2002 Program Distinguished Alumni

College of Liberal Arts graduates exhibit many fascinating paths to success. Each year we celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni at an Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony.


Erik T. Bork

'89 B.F.A. Motion Pictures

Erik Bork won the Emmy Award for producing the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon with Tom Hanks. Also to Erik's credit is his production supervision of Band of Brothers , also an HBO miniseries produced by Tom Hanks and Seven Spielberg. Erik moved to California in 1991 and got his first break one year later as a producer's assistant on the Emmy-Award winning TV series Picket Fences.

Ana Maria Douglas

'79 B.S. Spanish Education

Ana Maria Douglas, a native of Spain , received an M.A. in Spanish from Bowling Green State University in 1985 and has done extensive graduate work in French. She has been an instructor and then a lecturer of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages, teaching a wide range of courses. In 1997, Wright State's Greek Affairs Council gave her an “Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year” award.

Kathryn M. Felty

'78 B.A. Sociology, '82 M.A. Applied Behavioral Science

Kathryn completed her Ph.D. in sociology at Ohio State University in 1988. She was hired by the University of Akron where she served as director of the Women's Studies Program and director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Sociology. Her professional service to her discipline includes having served as vice president of Sociologists for Women in Society and vice president-elect of the North Central Sociological Association.

Mary E. Kenton

'74 B.S. English Education, '78 M.A. History

Mary Kenton has provided many years of dedicated service to WSU and the surrounding community, and her tenure as associate director of the University Honors Program has spanned four directors. In that capacity, she has given the program essential continuity through her work in communications, curriculum development, scheduling, and budgeting. She recently published “Christianity, Democracy, and Socialism: Bouck White's Kingdom of Self Respect ,” as a chapter in Socialism and Christianity in Early Twentieth Century America (1998).

Joshua D. Klarin

'79 B.A. Political Science and Urban Affairs

Josh Klarin is currently President and CEO of PRIMEDIA Workplace Learning, which provides distance learning technology and training for the private sector. He joined PRIMEDIA in August 2002 from the Frontline Group, where he was the Executive Vice President and founding principal of the strategic consolidation group in the training and education market. Josh is member of the State Bar of Ohio and a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law.

Jesse K. Lightle

'99 B.S. Urban Affairs, '01 M.P.A.

Jesse Lightle had a notable academic record in both her undergraduate degree in Urban Affairs and in her Master's of Public Administration degree. She continues her commitment to the field as assistant to the city manager for the City of Centerville, Ohio. Additionally, Jesse frequently returns to Wright State providing assistance through functions such as facilitating and provides input as an alumna of the department.

Lt. Col. John W. McCance

'82 B.A. Communication

Lt. Col. John W. Cance's undergraduate career was marked by his efforts to support broadcast instruction at the university. He served as the first general manager of Cable 4A, being primarily responsible for developing and implementing the university's cable television operations. A member of the 445 Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, McCance has served as an Air Force Legislative Fellow to U.S. Senator Mike DeWine in Washington D.C.

Elizabeth Cobb Nicholson

'78 B.A. Social Work

Libby earned a Master's of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Louisville in 1982 and was instrumental in establishing the first child advocacy center in southern Ohio. In December, 1977, she was named director of ARE House, which provides a multi-disciplinary team approach to child abuse investigation involving medical personnel, child protection works, law enforcement, prosecutors, therapists, and victim advocates. Prior to her employment at The Children's Medical Center, she worked for Montgomery County Children Services as a protective service caseworker and supervisor.

Kathleen M. Robinette

'78 B.A. Anthropology

Upon graduation, Kathleen Robinette took a job with a Yellow Springs firm and began her career in applied work in physical anthropology, concentrating in anthropometric studies. She received an M.S. in mathematics and statistics from WSU in 1982, going on to complete her Ph.D. in biostatistics at the University of Cincinnati. Kathy's curriculum vitae reveals her as the sole author of 11 articles and co-author of an additional 38, and is the past recipient of numerous service and managerial awards.

Mary D. Rogero

'84 B.F.A. Sculpture

After Mary Rogero graduated magna cum laude, she went on to acquire a degree in architecture and eventually became a founding partner of a new Dayton Firm, Rogero-Buckman Architects. The firm has been involved in many of the projects key to Dayton 's downtown renaissance. Specifically, Fogero-Buckman Architects was the local firm for the Riverscape project, and Mary designed the popular invention stations.

Kathryn A. Sanford

'81 B.A. Philosophy

Since receiving her B.A. in 1981, Kathryn has pursued a long career in health care. She studied nursing at Wright State and then worked as a neurophysiology technician. She entered medical school at Michigan State and completed her residency at Providence Hospital in Michigan.

Sherri L. Szeman

'78 B.A. English, '80 M.A. English

After completing her master's degree in 1980, Dr. Sherri Szeman pursued a Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati in the mid-1980's, later teaching at Clark State University.

Szeman has received international recognition for her writing. Her first novel – the highly successful The Commandant's Mistress – was a best seller and scheduled to appear on Showtime as a motion picture.

Judith M. Thompson

'99 B.A. Classical Humanities

Judith Thompson began her degree in 1989, studying part time while working at The Dayton Foundation; she graduated summa cum laude and in November 1999 was promoted to executive vice president. In December 2000, she was named one of the Top Ten Women in Dayton. Judith was a superb student, active in her community and has made trips to Greece and Italy with the Classics Department.

Mark T. Willis

'89 B.A. Religion, '01 M.A. English

Mark Willis is currently Research Coordinator in Wright State University 's School of Medicine. Mark's work as a legislative advocate for passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act was recognized in 1990 by an invitation to the White House for the ADA signing ceremony. His creative writing was supported in 2002 by an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council.

William L. Wittman

'77 Master of Music

William Wittman earned his bachelor's degree from Ohio University in 1975, completed his master's degree from WSU, and did post-graduate work at Ashland University, The Ohio State University, and Ohio University. He served as Graduate Assistant in Instrumental Music at Wright State University from 1975-77. Bill was the first class of graduates from the Master of Music degree program at WSU.