Cougar Heroes

We are honored to recognize the "Cougar Heroes" among our 10,400+ alumni base who are serving on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis. 

Do you know of an essential worker? Let us know so we can recognize them. Please email Barb DiTurno bditurno@lakeca​ names, graduation year, and profession. Once A Cougar, Always A Cougar! 

Aime James Fountain ‘96, BSN - Registered Nurse at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta, CA
Allie Rhoten '11 - Registered Nurse in Neurology at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Allison Quick Salopeck ’84 – President & CEO at Jennings Center for Older Adults
Dr. Allyn Checovich '06 - Trauma Surgeon at University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Amber Rosboril '12 - Clinical Mental Health Therapist at Family Pride of NE Ohio in Chardon
Amy Beers-Baca '86 - Registered Nurse at Beachwood Surgery Center
Amy Bush '98 - Radiologic Technologist at Lake Health's Lake West and Tri-Point Hospitals
Andrew Kramer '95 - Registered Nurse at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Angela Comella Wilkinson ’06 - Respiratory Therapist at Tri-Point and Lake West Hospital
Annisa Kotoch '12 - Registered Nurse in Adult Emergency Medicine at University Hospitals
Ashley Ours Baragry '10 - Certified Medical Assistant in OB/GYN at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
Bob Levar '89 - Stepdown Nurse Manager at Lake West Hospital
Bob Lloyd '83 - Battalion Chief for the Eastlake Fire Department
Bonnie Taylor ‘97 - Registered Nurse in trauma surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
Brenda Obergefell Stenger '83 - The UPS Store
Brianna Lloyd '07 - Registered Nurse in Labor & Delivery at Tripoint Hospital
Brooke Willis '11 - Occupational Therapist at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus
Caitlin Costello O'Connor '06 - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Baylor Scott and White in Austin, TX
Carla Huber Lyons '81 - Registered Nurse at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center
Carla Obergefell Kozlowski '90 - The UPS Store
Caroline (Carly) Wilkes Klein MSN, CNP '08 - Nurse Practitioner at Summa Akron City Hospital
Catherine Ross MacLaren ‘85 - working with patients around the world on an Alzheimer drug trial in the hot zones of France, Austria and Italy
Chad DeBarr '98 - K9 Officer with the Canfield Police Department working with Officer Rocky
Christina Bauer '05 - Stepdown Assistant Nurse Manager at Lake West Hospital
Clayton Kovats '93 - Captain at Westlake Fire Department 
Colleen Gamber Buzzard '93 - Registered Nurse
Concetta Occhipinti Kless ‘00 - Lead lab specialist and medical assistant at Signa Health Inc. in Willoughby
Cori L. Stacy Brown ’04 - Trauma and Critical Care Nurse at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Courtney Schuster ‘06 - Intervention Specialist at Re-Education Services in Mentor
Craig Wilhelm '97 - Firefighter/Paramedic for Painesville Twp Department
Cristina DiBiase Knapp '90 - Registered Nurse in the ICU at Lake West Hospital
Dan Dragar '03 - Pharmacist at Lake West Hospital in Willoughby
Dana Colacarro Portis ’06 – Registered Nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Metro Health Medical Center
Dr. Daniel Brunner '87 - Emergency Room Physician at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in KY
Dave Oster ’83 – CEO at Laurel Lake Retirement Community
Dawn Smiley Hearn '77 - Registered Nurse at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
Debbie Brunecz ‘79 - Registered Nurse at Naples Community Hospital in Naples, FL
Diane Brunner Lucek '89 - NICU Registered Nurse at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital 
Dina Ciano Vanjo ’84 and Chris Vanjo '77 - Owners of Hands of Mercy Family Care LLC
Dominic Chiappone '01 - Lieutenant with the Perry Joint Fire District
Dr Carlo Cutler '93 - Anesthesiologist with First Colonies Anesthesia in Frederick, Maryland
Dr. Dawn Delooze Riebe ‘97 - Pediatrician at Suburban Pediatrics in Solon.
Dr. Erika Druzina Critell '11 - Internal Medicine Resident at Riverside Hospital in Columbus
Dr. Jennifer Brancel Stasko ‘90 – Internal Medicine Physician at UPMC in Monroeville, PA
Dr. John Feller ’78 - Physician with Desert Medical Imaging and Halo Diagnostics in Palm Desert, CA
Dr. Malcolm Christopher MacLaren, DO, FAOAO ’84 - Duel Board Certified in Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery and Trauma in Ft. Lauderdale/Polk County, FL
Dr. Michael Riebe ‘97 - Dentist at Riebe Family Dentistry in Painesville
Dr. Patrick Sweigert '08 - Physican at Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Dr. Sean Kelly ’98 – Hepatologist/Gastroenterologist (Liver Specialist) at OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus
Dr. Tammy Radomile Parker '88 - OB/GYN at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital
Derek Jividen '06 - Police Officer in Maple Heights
Devon Jividen '10 - Fireman in Warren, OH
Emily Gilreath '10 - Medical Laboratory/Cytogenetics Technician at Akron Children's Hospital
Eric LaMonica ‘98 - General Manager @Heinens in Pepper Pike
Erin Seifert '12 - Registered Nurse in the ICU Unit at Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Geoff Cannon '00 - Lieutenant Firefighter wth the Ashtabula Division of Fire
Gina Randazzo Stenger '96 - Medical Assisstant at Cleveland Clinic Willoughby Hills Family Center
Gino DeSantis '06 - Pharmacist at Giant Eagle
Greg Kampman ’09 - Physician's Assistant in the ER at Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital
Greg Smolik ’80 – Owner of Best Solutions Medical Supply Company
Heidi Goebelbecker-Goodwin ’90 - Nurse Practitioner & Midwife in Surgical Breast Oncology at University Hospitals
Jane Kovats Byler '84 - ICU Flex Nurse in Columbus
Dr. Jeffrey Budrys, DDS '01 - Dentist at Budrys Dental in Mentor
Jenna Piazza '14 - Registered Nurse on hepatology unit at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Joe Busher '11 - Registered Nurse in the NICU at University Hospitals
John Baniewicz '10 - Internal Medicine Resident at Summa in Akron
John Marjak ‘89 - Firefighter in Cleveland Heights
John Olenik '21 - Designed, manufacturing and selling face shields through his own business
Karrah Busher '14 - Registered Nurse at Cleveland Clinic
Katie Hagen Wilson '09 - Registered Nurse in the Emergency Room at Mercy Hospitals in Cincinnati
Katie Zinn ‘04 - Social Worker/Case Manager in the transplant unit at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Kelly Stenger Gregorc '11 - The UPS Store
Kevin Butsko '14 - Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Mentor
Kim Champa '95 - Registered Nurse at University Hospitals
Kim Lunder Evans '89 - Emergency Department Nurse Manager at Lake West Hospital
Kim Novak Janezic '93 - Speech Pathologist for Lake Health Systems
Kirsten Lorek ’13 – Certified Athletic Trainer and Senior Physician Extender at the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute in Columbus
Kristen Gladish '17 - 4th year Nursing Student at The Ohio State University working at OSU Wexner Medical Center
Kristy Eckert Calabrese '01 - Registered Nurse at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Lauren White '13 - Registered Nurse at the Cleveland Clinic
Lenore Obergefell Emerson '81 - The UPS Store
Lori Zelenskas '92 - Registered Nurse in the surgical department at Metro Hospital
Madison English ’13 - Registered Nurse at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus
Maggie McNamara ‘11 - Pharmacist at Giant Eagle in Mentor-on-the-Lake
Mary Kathryn Lillash ’15 – Registered Nurse at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
Matthew Horton '98 - Donated and delivered over 100 meals to local Bangkok, Thailand Hospital for COVID-19 Patients, Nurses, & Doctors
Michael Hanzel-Klemencic '14 - Registered Nurse at Akron Children's Hospital
Michael Werner ’89 - Lieutenant at Eastlake Police Department
Micheal Rogers '14 - Physician Assistant Certified in Neuro Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
Miles Cindric '18 - EMT working for Ohio Ambulance and attending Paramedic School
Natalie Bell '11 - Registered Nurse at Guardian Angels Family Care
Nathan Barry '01 - Fireman/Paramedic with Euclid Firefighters Local 337
Nick Ricchino '01 - Occupational Therapist at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus 
Peggy Manning '86 - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Cleveland Clinic
Rachel Lyons '09 - Registered Nurse at The Christ Child Hospital Heart & Vascular in Cincinnati
Rita Morales Kovac '76 - Health Unit Coordinator at Cleveland Clinic
Rose Sullivan Rechner ‘96 - Population Health Navigator at Cleveland Clinic Willoughby Hills Family Health Center
Ryan Anspach '10 - Physician Assistant in the Lake Health Emergency Department
Samantha Fairbanks Rogers '08 - Certified Nurse Practitioner at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Sara Lloyd Newpher '01 - Police and Fire Dispatcher/911 Operator at the Geauga County Sheriff's Office
Sarah Baniewicz Faetanini '08 - Pharmacist at the Giant Eagle in Mentor
Sarah Starcher Sraj '11 - Speech Pathologist in a nursing home and at Cardinal Autism Resource and Educational School
Savannah Sason '13 - Respiratory Therapist in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Cleveland Clinic
Shannon Finnegan '11 - Registered Nurse and Lung Transplant Coordinator at Clevelan Clinic
Shannon Strah Markowski '93 - Registered Nurse
Stacey Latkovic Ice '07 - Nurse Practitioner in Toledo
Stephanie Latkovic '07 - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
Taylor Hamilton '12 - Corrections Officer for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
Veronica Williams '14 - Registered Nurse in the Critical Care Unit at Tripoint Medical Center
Alex Hyla ‘11 - Sergeant at Geneva-on-the-Lake Police Department
Amy Steigerwald '14 - News Reporter at WTOL 11 in Toledo
Frank Bates '96 - Physical Therapist at Indiana University Hospitals in Indianapolis
Katy Brackin-Soeder, BSN, RN, CMSRN '02 - Registered Nurse at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital 
Kevin Crowley '05 - Willoughby Police Officer
Lori Pusateri ‘01 - Acupuncture Physician and works with the Hilo VA Primary Care Clinic in Hawaii
Luke Grgic '14 - Deputy with Lake County Sheriff's Department
Michael Kocab '83- Captain for the Willoughby Fire Department
Michele Smolik Kline, MSN, CNP ‘78 - Certified Nurse Practitioner/Medical Breast Specialist with Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Center in Beachwood
Nikki Kern Wilson '95 - Medical Assistant at Cleveland Clinic Willoughby Hills Health Center