Reunion Organizer: Jeff Petry (541-556-5404)
The River Valley class of 1990 will be celebrating their 20 year class reunion on July 24th, 2010. They are still looking for people to help organize it! Please find us on Facebook (RVHS Class of 1990 - 20 yr Reunion) and join the fun!
Thomas Dunn: Since graduating from the University of Akron (BA English/Philosophy '93), I have squandered my youth on sundry pilgrimage through paradise and ravaged exotic lands, searching for the American dream. Afflicted with a chronic case of wanderlust, I abbreviated my graduate studies at Indiana University to return to Ohio before migrating south to Atlanta, Jacksonville, and the whirlwind of New Orleans. Excess got the upper hand, at which time I retreated to the north. The virus of fiction took me down. Somehow, the remnants of accidental contact resulted in the memories to write what I saw, scratching out a novel between stints as a computer consultant until last year when a company for which I worked was acquired. The resultant monies were stipend enough to permit me wonder and reflection, vast travels and time, to quit work and move closer to the eye of the hurricane, the bayou where I split time between my fair lady Elizabeth, her two sons Xia and Sabastian, our expected daughter Echo (due in early March), the bar and the venom, the paper, the pen.
Since 1/2/01, a few things have changed in Tom's life. He's now living in Delaware, Ohio with his daughter, Echo, who will be 3 in Feb. 2004. He is writing for Pearson Education in Columbus as well as various websites and magazines. The completed his first novel (that is not yet published) and he's working on his second. He has been able to extensively travel throughout North America with articles/editorials out of Las Vegas, New Orleans, Atlanta, and good ol' Ohio. Tom's email address is: email@example.com.
Jenni (Gaston) Hypes
graduated from OSU in 1994 with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She is currently employed by River Valley as the District Technology Coordinator. As a tech. coordinator, she is involved in purchasing hardware and software for the district and troubleshooting and maintaining the equipment. She also helps to develop technology-related staff development for River Valley and creates and maintains the River Valley District web pages. Jenni was married in 2000 to Tom Hypes of Columbus. Tom and Jenni opened The Shepherd's Nook, a Christian bookstore, in Marion in May, 2002 and are started The Shepherd's Fellowship, a contemporary, non-denominational church in the Marion area in February 2004. They live in Waldo, Ohio. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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graduated from Grove City College (www.gcc.edu) in May '94 with a BS in Computer Systems/Business Administration/Industrial Management. In June, 1996 Dave married Lynne, his college sweetheart, after her graduation from GCC. Lynne was a music major and now teaches private piano lessons. They are living in North Olmsted, Ohio. Their daughter Samantha was born in June 2005. After working in the IT industry both in-house and as a consultant for 12 years, Dave joined a long time friend as a full partner in Designing Interactive (www.designinginteractive.com), a web development and consulting business, fulfilling his biggest career goal of self employment. The whole family is quite involved in their church, Harvest Ridge Assembly of God (www.harvestridge.net). Lynne plays keyboard and sings on the worship team, Dave has taken the volunteer position as the Media Ministry Director, and Samantha is an active member of the nursery. While there isn't much of it, when Dave does get some spare time you can find him in the garage, working to finish the restoration of his 1971 Plymouth Road Runner. Dave does try to get back to Marion when the alumni band marches, at least as much as his schedule allows. You can reach him via email at: email@example.com
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graduated from the University of Toledo in 1995 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He moved up north to southfield MI to work for an Architect-Engineering firm (Giffels Associates). While working for Giffels, he took classes for his MBA at Lawrence Technical University. After working for Giffels for 4 years, he left to go to DaimlerChrysler as a plant engineer. He just moved to Kokomo, IN to be closer to the transmission plant that he has been assigned to. His new address is: 479 Bradford Circle, Kokomo, IN 46902. He can be reached at: (765) 453-6627 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
is still living in Marion and working at Whirlpool for the last 4 years. Before Whirlpool he worked for Sears Automotive and at one point owned and operated his own business; Rocket Automotive. At this time in his life he is planning his wedding to Nicole Carpenter from Bucyrus and remodeling his grandparents home that he and Nicki now own. Their wedding is being planned for Sept. of 2000. Brian can be reached via email at: email@example.com
Christie (Leffler) Bell: I graduated from the University of Akron in 1995 with a major in Graphic Design. It was at an intramural flag football game that I first laid eyes on my future husband, Tony. About 4 years later, we began dating and got engaged after only 2 months! Not only do I not have 2 great stepchildren, Joshua, 13, and Kassie, 9, but our little baby girrl, Macie Marie was born October 26, 2000. We live in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and I am an Art Director at Malone Advertising in Akron.
I missed out on our class reunion, but would love to see some friends from back in the day! I visit Marion quite often to see my family, but haven't had much luck running into anybody. Where does everyone in Marion hang out these days, anyway? Miss you guys! I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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- I graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies in 1990. I then went west and earned a MS in economics, with a minor in Environmental Science, at the University of Wyoming. I am now living in Eugene, Oregon with my wife Jossi. We got tired of the traffic and hectic lifestyle of Philadelphia and needed a change. We now are in a medium sized city that is an hour away from the Pacific Ocean and Cascade Mountains. Work keeps us busy during the week, but we spend a lot of our free time in the outdoors. We even joined a local rowing club and have become avid crew members. I can be contacted at email@example.com
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graduated from The Master's college (Santa Clarita, CA) in 94 with a History Major and like all wise history majors he said to himself "Self, what can you possibly do with a history major?" After that introspection he went out and found a job in the airline industry (he was not a flight attendant). In his last year of college he had found himself the love of his life. Unfortunately for his family and college friends she was from even further away.... Alaska. When she was finished with college she returned home and he packed up his life, bought a dog sled and is now living in the Great White North. He is currently selling telecommunications equipment for a local company in Anchorage. His wife, Aimee, is a second grade teacher for the Anchorage School District. They currently have no children because twenty second graders is the best form of birth control available. Matt and Aimee can be reached at: (907) 258-1352. Their address is: 1556 G. Street, Anchorage, AK 99501. Matt can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacey L. Walter
: I'm currently in my third year of medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After graduation from RV, I completed a BA in International Studies and an MA in Linguistics at Ohio University in 1995, taught at the university for a while, then spent two years overseas working at a camping shop in London and teaching English in Taiwan. I came back in 1997 to do pre-med work at OU, where I met my husband Keith Wilde, an artist and Kenyon grad. We got married in May 2001, and just welcomed our first child, Reuben James Walter-Wilde, on November 14, 2002. (Stacey's email address is: email@example.com
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