John plays a dual role as a research professor in Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute and Director of the National Robotics Engineering Consortium (NREC). John’s efforts are to enable widespread adoption of roboticized mobile equipment in industry and the military. He also has used his skills to oversee the creation and funding of the K-12 Robotics Academy at the NREC in Pittsburgh.
Audre has had a profound impact on the development of Geauga County. The Ohio Fairs Hall of Fame inducted him for his 65-year service as a director of The Great Geauga County Fair – longer than anyone else in Ohio and more than one-third of the 181 years that the fair has been in existence. The 2010 Fair marked the 95th year that he has attended the fair. Outside of the Fair, Audre has been a long time member and leader in the local grange, Geauga County Soil & Water Conservation Board, Geauga County Cooperative Association, Geauga County Maple Festival, Geauga County 4-H Advisory Committee, and Village of Newbury Trustee. In 1948, Audre received two awards: Geauga County Farm Family and Ohio Dairy Farmer of the Year.
Rick has been a successful venture capitalist in the areas of communications, applications and Internet/ mobile services. He is the Managing Director and co-founder of Gabriel Venture Partners. Over his career he has been involved in more than 50 venture investments and led over $100M in early-stage financings. While at AT&T, Rick received the President’s Award and the Quality Management of the Year Award. He also taught computer architecture at his alma mater, the University of Michigan. Currently Rick serves on several Board of Directors, coaches his children’s teams in various sports and has been a frequent contributor to at-risk children and educational charities.
Lori founded and built Stride Tool into a global company with hundreds of employees and multi-millions in sales. She and her husband Bill have started more than 20 businesses. Outside of her corporate role, Lori sits on several boards including many non-profit organizations. She is an active public speaker and has focused her attention to mentoring women in the business world. Lori spends much of her spare time in Western New York on her passion for horses.
Tim has been an entrepreneur for over twenty years in the marketing industry. His Clegg Industries, based in California, has been a leader in electronic promotional products, while his recently started company Americhip Inc. has taken marketing to a new multisensory level. Outside of work, Tim has kept busy overseeing a mentoring program and lecturing at Loyola Marymount College. His leadership and work ethic were seen early on at CFHS for he was selected MVP of the CVC in basketball. After CFHS, Tim graduated from Albion College in Michigan. Although his business ventures have gone global, Tim has been able to keep close with his family for brothers John ‘78, Kevin ‘83 and Jim ’79 also work with him.
Doug Baker’s career in the performing arts began in his senior year when he was director of the Orange and Black Review. Early in his chosen vocation he was manager of numerous Broadway productions in New York City. Presently, Doug is in his 14th season as general manager of Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. It is one of the largest and most active theatre companies in the nation. CTG stages programming year round at the 750-seat Mark Taper Forum and the 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County. Attendance exceeds 800,000 people a year. He is on the Board of Governors of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers and has been a guest lecturer at the Yale School of Drama and California State University. Doug was a founding trustee of Musical Theatre Works, a non-profit theatre based in New York City. He has worked closely with such stars as Carol Channing, Mary Martin, Yule Brynner, Mickey Rooney, Ed Asner, Carol Burnett and many others.
Dick Bodwell is the recipient of the first Chagrin Falls Alumni Association Community Service Award. Dick graduated in 1955 and married his high school sweetheart, Pudge Fischer ’56. They have been married 48 years. After entering the insurance business and living in Chicago, Detroit, Albuquerque and Houston, Dick and Pudge decided that they would like to raise their family in Chagrin Falls. Together they have three children: Brad *78, Beth ’81 and Greg’83. Since their return in 1970, Dick has given his time to many groups in the Chagrin Valley including: working with youth as a coach and umpire through the Chagrin Athletic Association, serving our schools and athletic programs as a Board member of the Chagrin Falls Booster Club and member of the CFHS Advisory Committee, service to his church as a Sunday School Teacher, Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry at the Geauga County Jail, and as a councilperson, Village Council President, and then Mayor. For the last two years he has been the Parade Marshall of the annual Memorial Day Service that takes place at Evergreen Cemetery. Dick’s service to the community has been recognized in the past as he has been the recipient of the Kemper’s President’s Club Cup in 1979, John Alden’s Top Hat Award in 1990, and the Chagrin Valley Jaycee’s Distinguished Service Award in 1992. Dick also enjoys playing golf. He and Pudge spend their free time traveling, collecting antiques and spending time with their five grandchildren-all boys!
David Boardman has enjoyed a distinguished career as an investigative reporter and newspaper editor. Employed by the Seattle Times since 1983, he is currently Assistant Managing Editor. Stories and projects which he has directed have won many national prizes and awards, including Pulitzer Prizes in 1990 and in 1997. The first was in National Reporting, for coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its aftermath. The second prize was in Investigative Reporting, for an exposé of fraudulent practices in the federal tribal-housing program. He has been a Pulitzer finalist on three other occasions. Last year, he won the Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award. David is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Washington.
John Church has used his Chagrin Falls High School education to make a contribution in the education world. His 35-year career includes experience as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. He recently retired after eleven years as Superintendent of the Polaris Career Center in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. The Career Center’s purpose is to provide career-based education to approximately 800 high school and 18,000 adult students. He has served as an officer of the Ohio Joint Vocational School Association and many other Ohio and national educational organizations, including: The Association of Supervisors and Curriculum Directors, The Ohio Career-Technical Association, The National Career-Technical Association, The Buckeye Association of School Administrators, The Ohio School Boards Association and The National School Boards Association. Involved in his community, he is a member of the Quality Community Partnership and Southwest Arts Council Executive Board.
Valedictorian of his class and president of the Honor Society, Pete Cubberley continues to be a leader in the face of some of our greatest challenges. For the past five years, he has been Medical Director of the Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland, where the volunteered as a physician for 25 years. Dr. Cubberley was instrumental in setting up the HIV/AIDS care program at Kaiser/Permanente and continues to devote much of his professional time to the care of persons with this disease. A 1957 graduate of Allegheny College, he served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He earned his medical degree from Western Reserve University in 1961. Dr. Cubberley is currently active in raising money for the AIDS Walk. He also participates in AIDS Healing weekends.
The “class clown” at Chagrin Falls High School came to be known as a “comic genius” in Hollywood. Tim Conway has achieved monumental success in motion pictures, television, and on stage. His work in television has earned him five Emmy Awards, including four on The Carol Burnett Show. He also won an Emmy for his guest appearance on Coach in 1997. Among Tim’s movie credits are The Billion Dollar Hobo, The Prize Fighter, The World’s Greatest Athlete, and The Apple Dumpling Gang. His stage career includes 182 appearances as Felix in The Odd Couple. He earned a Cleo Award for his work in TV advertising spots for Chase Manhattan Bank. In 1989, he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Long-time residents may recall Tim’s references to Chagrin Falls during episodes of McHale’s Navy in the 1960’s
Gregg Albers excelled as a student and athlete at Chagrin Falls High School. Today, he is a highly accomplished physician in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is the founder of Light Medical, Inc., a group of medical professionals providing care to the entire family. Dr. Albers is also the Medical Director of Pathways, a drug and alcohol treatment program in Lynchburg. He has written four books and authored numerous articles and reviews. Named to Who’s Who in Health Care/ Medicine in 1998, he can be heard on Health Journal, a weekly radio program aired on more than 700 stations.
Linda Bartlett Hobgood’s skills of communication have enabled her to enjoy a successful career that has included vast experiences in politics. She is currently an instructor and director of The Speech Center at the University of Richmond in Virginia. She supervises individual and group practice for oral presentations and also teaches classes, including Theory and Pedagogy. She has made many presentations on public speaking and served as a campaign manager, political consultant and speechwriter for several political candidates. Linda was graduated from the University of Virginia in 1975 with a B.A., with distinction, in history. In 1976 she earned an M.A. in speech communication. During the Nixon administration, she was a White House intern and Staff Assistant to the Office of the First Lady.
Co-Valedictorian of her class, Kathy remembers Dale Richmond’s Senior Government Day as one of her most influential experiences at Chagrin Falls High School. She became active in student government at Hiram College, where she became the first female senator elected. Enroute to an M.S. degree in special education from Eastern Montana College in 1980 and an Ed.D. in adult and higher education from Montana State University in 1993, Dr. Kelker has influenced thousands of families. She is Executive Director and Co-Founder of Parents, Let’s Unite For Kids (PLUK), a parent training and information center which, since 1984, has imparted information about assistive technology to consumers and professionals in the education, rehabilitation and medical fields. Kathy is the author of Taking Charge: A Handbook for Parents of Children with Emotional Handicaps. She has received several awards for her work, including the Development Disabilities Service Award for her significant contributions to the quality of life for the disabled citizens of her state, and the Professional of the Year Award from the Montana Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children.
Much of the growth and improvements at Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Center in Chesterland can be traced to the leadership of its first superintendent, George Clemens. A graduate of Hiram College and Kent State University, he was an elementary schoolteacher in Chagrin Falls for three years before embarking on a long career in special education. In 1965, he was appointed Director of Retarded Childrens Program in Geauga County. During that same year, Metzenbaum Opportunity School opened its doors to 59 children, and George was named as its first superintendent. During his tenure, Metzenbaum Sheltered Industries came into existence. Four residential houses and a new pavilion and greenhouse were also constructed. He was instrumental in beginning the Middlefield Care Center, an Amish birthing center. But, of course, it is his former students and staff members who remember him fondly. George’s best remembrance of Chagrin is of all the people who helped him with his education. As a student at CFHS, he was very active in athletics, captaining the 1939 football team. In 1987, he retired from education after serving 22 years as Metzenbaum’s superintendent. Today, he volunteers at Metzenbaum and welcomes its children to his farm during field trips.