College Corner

Six local residents were awarded Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy.

Bradley Balestra of Wheeling is the son of Samuel and Mary Balestra. He is a graduate of Wheeling Park High School. While studying at the WVU School of Pharmacy, Balestra was a member of the WVU chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, the Beta Eta chapter of the Kappa Psi co-educational pharmaceutical fraternity and the WVU chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association. He also achieved Dean’s List honors. Balestra will be employed in community pharmacy practice in the Ohio Valley area.

Mason Bowman of Wheeling is the son of Trish Bowman and Michael Bowman. He is a graduate of Wheeling Park High School. While studying at the WVU School of Pharmacy, Bowman was a member of the WVU chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists and the WVU chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy. He will be employed in community pharmacy practice in Moundsville.

Emily Ellwood of Wheeling is the daughter of David and Dixie Ellwood. She is a graduate of Wheeling Park High School. While studying at the WVU School of Pharmacy, Ellwood served as vice president of travel/points for the WVU chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists and as a scholarship committee member and vice regent of recruitment for the Beta Eta chapter of the Kappa Psi co-educational pharmaceutical fraternity. She was also a member of the WVU chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy and the Alpha Eta chapter of the Phi Lambda Sigma national pharmacy leadership society. From the WVU School of Pharmacy, she was the recipient of the Angelo Monaco Scholarship. She is also a three-time recipient of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity National Scholarship Honor Certificate. She also achieved President’s and Dean’s List honors. Ellwood graduated magna cum laude and will be employed in hospital pharmacy practice in Wheeling.

Ryan W. Holt of McMechen is the son of Richard and Michal Holt. He is a graduate of John Marshall High School and a graduate of Bethany College with a bachelor’s degree in biology. While studying at the WVU School of Pharmacy, Holt achieved Dean’s List honors. Holt will be employed in community pharmacy practice in Morgantown.

Melissa Hood of Follansbee is the daughter of Randy Hood and Connie Tarr. She is a graduate of Brooke High School and a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. While studying at the WVU School of Pharmacy, Hood served as the social and community service chair for the WVU chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy. She was a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, the WVU chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, and the Beta Eta chapter of the Kappa Psi co-educational pharmaceutical fraternity. She also presented a poster, “Effectiveness of nurse-driven sedation protocol on mechanically ventilated patients in a pediatric intensive care unit,” at the 2014 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in Anaheim, Calif.; coordinated the Mr. Pharmacy 2014 competition, an event to raise funds for the West Virginia Make-a-Wish Foundation; and coordinated the 2014 WVU School of Pharmacy Variety Show, an event to raise funds for the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Comfort Fund. Hood was the recipient of the Bernabei Independent Pharmacy Scholarship, the Ohio/Marshall Counties Pharmaceutical Association Scholarship, the Charles Stump Community Service Award, and the WVU School of Pharmacy Dean’s Scholarship. She was also the recipient of the bronze level President’s Volunteer Service Award and achieved Dean’s List honors. She will be employed in community pharmacy practice in Follansbee.

Kelley Stevens of Follansbee is the daughter of Mark and Terri Stevens. She is a graduate of Brooke High School. While studying at the WVU School of Pharmacy, Stevens served as the Community Awareness campaign co-chair of the WVU chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists and the president and secretary of the Alpha Omicron chapter of the Lambda Kappa Sigma international professional pharmacy fraternity. She was a member of the WVU chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy and the Alpha Mu chapter of the Rho Chi academic pharmacy honor society. Stevens was also a member of the APhA-ASP 2012 Region 2 Midyear Regional Meeting planning committee. Stevens was a recipient of the Bernabei Independent Pharmacy Scholarship, the Ohio/Marshall Counties Pharmaceutical Association Scholarship and the Roger S. Cole Memorial Pharmacy Scholarship. She was also a recipient of the Lambda Kappa Sigma Ruth Davies Flaherty Service Award. She also achieved President’s and Dean’s List honors. At graduation, Stevens was the recipient of the Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of leadership to the School of Pharmacy, the University, or the profession of pharmacy. She graduated magna cum laude.

Tessa Ann Mitchell, daughter of Tom and Julie Mitchell of Moundsville, graduated magna cum laude from Saint Mary’s College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communicative sciences and disorders. She will be pursuing a master’s degree at The Ohio State University.

Bret Nadolski has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2015 semester in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at West Virginia University. An upcoming senior, he is a sport management major, minoring in business administration. Nadolski is a John Marshall High School graduate and the son of Charlotte and Chester Nadolski of Moundsville.

College Corner

Six local residents were awarded Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy.

Bradley Balestra of Wheeling is the son of Samuel and Mary Balestra. He is a graduate of Wheeling Park High School. While studying at the WVU School of Pharmacy, Balestra was a member of the WVU chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, the Beta Eta chapter of the Kappa Psi co-educational pharmaceutical fraternity and the WVU chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association. He also achieved Dean’s List honors. Balestra will be employed in community pharmacy practice in the Ohio Valley area.

Mason Bowman of Wheeling is the son of Trish Bowman and Michael Bowman. He is a graduate of Wheeling Park High School. While studying at the WVU School of Pharmacy, Bowman was a member of the WVU chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists and the WVU chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy. He will be employed in community pharmacy practice in Moundsville.

Emily Ellwood of Wheeling is the daughter of David and Dixie Ellwood. She is a graduate of Wheeling Park High School. While studying at the WVU School of Pharmacy, Ellwood served as vice president of travel/points for the WVU chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists and as a scholarship committee member and vice regent of recruitment for the Beta Eta chapter of the Kappa Psi co-educational pharmaceutical fraternity. She was also a member of the WVU chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy and the Alpha Eta chapter of the Phi Lambda Sigma national pharmacy leadership society. From the WVU School of Pharmacy, she was the recipient of the Angelo Monaco Scholarship. She is also a three-time recipient of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity National Scholarship Honor Certificate. She also achieved President’s and Dean’s List honors. Ellwood graduated magna cum laude and will be employed in hospital pharmacy practice in Wheeling.

Ryan W. Holt of McMechen is the son of Richard and Michal Holt. He is a graduate of John Marshall High School and a graduate of Bethany College with a bachelor’s degree in biology. While studying at the WVU School of Pharmacy, Holt achieved Dean’s List honors. Holt will be employed in community pharmacy practice in Morgantown.

Melissa Hood of Follansbee is the daughter of Randy Hood and Connie Tarr. She is a graduate of Brooke High School and a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. While studying at the WVU School of Pharmacy, Hood served as the social and community service chair for the WVU chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy. She was a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, the WVU chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists and the Beta Eta chapter of the Kappa Psi co-educational pharmaceutical fraternity. She also presented a poster, “Effectiveness of nurse-driven sedation protocol on mechanically ventilated patients in a pediatric intensive care unit,” at the 2014 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in Anaheim, Calif.; coordinated the Mr. Pharmacy 2014 competition, an event to raise funds for the West Virginia Make-a-Wish Foundation; and coordinated the 2014 WVU School of Pharmacy Variety Show, an event to raise funds for the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Comfort Fund. Hood was the recipient of the Bernabei Independent Pharmacy Scholarship, the Ohio/Marshall Counties Pharmaceutical Association Scholarship, the Charles Stump Community Service Award and the WVU School of Pharmacy Dean’s Scholarship. She was also the recipient of the bronze level President’s Volunteer Service Award and achieved Dean’s List honors. She will be employed in community pharmacy practice in Follansbee.

Kelley Stevens of Follansbee is the daughter of Mark and Terri Stevens. She is a graduate of Brooke High School. While studying at the WVU School of Pharmacy, Stevens served as the community awareness campaign co-chair of the WVU chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists and the president and secretary of the Alpha Omicron chapter of the Lambda Kappa Sigma international professional pharmacy fraternity. She was a member of the WVU chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy and the Alpha Mu chapter of the Rho Chi academic pharmacy honor society. Stevens was also a member of the APhA-ASP 2012 Region 2 Midyear Regional Meeting planning committee. Stevens was a recipient of the Bernabei Independent Pharmacy Scholarship, the Ohio/Marshall Counties Pharmaceutical Association Scholarship and the Roger S. Cole Memorial Pharmacy Scholarship. She was also a recipient of the Lambda Kappa Sigma Ruth Davies Flaherty Service Award. She also achieved President’s and Dean’s List honors. At graduation, Stevens was the recipient of the Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of leadership to the School of Pharmacy, the university, or the profession of pharmacy. She graduated magna cum laude.

Tessa Ann Mitchell, daughter of Tom and Julie Mitchell of Moundsville, graduated magna cum laude from Saint Mary’s College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communicative sciences and disorders. She will be pursuing a master’s degree at The Ohio State University.

Bret Nadolski has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2015 semester in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at West Virginia University. An upcoming senior, he is a sport management major, minoring in business administration. Nadolski is a John Marshall High School graduate and the son of Charlotte and Chester Nadolski of Moundsville.

College Corner

Kimberly J. Zeidler-Watters of Lexington, Ky., graduated with a Doctor of Education in instruction and administration from the University of Kentucky on May 9.

Her dissertation examined transformative participation in a professional community of practice using a holistic case study methodology.

As director of the Partnership Institute for Math and Science Reform (PIMSER) at the University of Kentucky, College of Education, she works with districts and agencies across the state to support mathematics and science improvement in K-12 schools.

She received a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from West Liberty University in 1989 and a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in science from Loyola University Maryland in 1996.

She is the daughter of Henry Zeidler and the late Nancy (Freund) Zeidler of Wheeling. She resides in Lexington with her husband, Tom; daughter, Kelly Mae; and stepson Thomas.

The following students have been named to the Ohio University Dean’s List while attending classes at the Eastern Campus for the winter semester ending May 1. Students earn their place on the Dean’s List by completing at least 15 credit hours during the semester, 12 of which must be hours attempted for letter grades, with a minimum grade point average 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Ashland: Jason Moore; Bannock: Bryan May; Barnesville: Zoe Buccella, Mark Gingerich, Jenny Lowry; Bellaire: Cody Anderson, Malachi Benesh, Michelle Maffe, Luc Messenger, Ashley VanDyne; Belmont: Anna Frazier, Jeremiah Kemp, Nickolas Wittenbrook; Bethesda: Courtney Miller, Zachary Parsons; Bridgeport: Ryan Cunningham, Brielle Hill, Ellen Scheid, Becca Theaker; Brilliant: Kyle Sutphin; Cambridge: Austin Warehime; Dover: Nicole Filippi; Fairpoint: John Bland; Flushing: Morgan Carpenter, Caitlyn Romshak; Freeport: Andrea Clay; Martins Ferry: Amanda Funari, Morgan Stalder, Tiffany Travis; Mingo Junction: Addison Keller; Mingo Junction: Miranda Treglia; Moundsville: Dustin Gellner; New Concord: Derek Bennett; New Matamoras: DerekAllen Krieg; Powhatan Point: Marlayna Marconi, Rebecca Stewart; Rayland: Kevin Balk, Joseph Hutton, Rachael Hutton; Senecaville: Kelsey Beros, Lynsey Beros; Shadyside: Toni Andes, Valerie Wallace; Smithfield: Kaylee Decesare; St. Clairsville: Benjamin Bertrand, James Bradfield, Corianne Cain, Erica Clark, Chase Garan, Jason Garczyk, Molly Knox, Dana Sandoval, Hanna Taylor, Bond Weidman; Wheeling: Laken Schodzinski; Woodsfield: Millicent Cottrell, Brittany Gallagher, Cassady Knuchel, Kaitlin Miller.