Distinguished Highlanders

Distinguished Alumni

Full Name

Inducted

Graduated

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T.D. Hughes, Jr.

2000

1967

T.D. Hughes, Jr.

Dianne Runk, M.D.

2001

1985

Dianne Runk, M.D.

Al Duebber

2001

1966

Al Duebber

Officer Joe Middendorf

2002

1980

Officer Joe Middendorf

Judge Mark Schweikert

2002

1970

Judge Mark Schweikert

Brian Bidlingmeyer

2003

1962

Brian Bidlingmeyer

Dana Ostholthoff Braun

2003

1963

Dana Ostholthoff Braun

Julie Jones Murphy

2004

1981

Julie Jones Murphy

Jim Rolfes

2004

1977

Jim Rolfes

Jeff Bauer

2005

1981

Jeff Bauer

Cheryl Ann O'Leary Sieve

2005

1967

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Cheryl Ann O'Leary Sieve

Cheryl was elected to the Delhi Township Board of Trustees in November of 2013 and was sworn in on January 1, 2014. Prior to serving as Trustee, she also served as Delhi Township’s Fiscal Officer from August 2010 until December 31, 2013.  Cheryl served on the township’s Financial Advisory Board (FAB) from 2004 to 2008 and served as Chairman during 2007.

Cheryl’s childhood was in Delhi Township.  She attended Delhi Elementary School and Oak Hills High School.  She is a graduate of The Ohio State University. Her professional career was in sales and marketing of consumer products including working for companies such as International Playtex, Revlon, and Alberto Culver. She had assignments in New York, Columbus, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois.

Cheryl has been active in Delhi and in the community. Her activities include:

Oak Hills Alumni and Educational Foundation
  • Chairman, 2010 to present
Western Economic Council
  • Appointed to Board 2015 – present
Ohio Judicial Family Network
  • Appointed to Board 2012
  • Chairman 2015-2016
Cincinnati Arts Association
  • Board member 2008 - 2013
Cincinnati Woman’s Club
  • Endorsed 2010
Delhi Township Civic Association
  • Member and served as Treasurer

Cheryl returned to Delhi in 1999 and married Judge Jon H. Sieve, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division. She is proud of her community and honored to serve its residents.

Cheryl Ann O'Leary Sieve

Susan Sommer Cornelius

2006

1981

Susan Sommer Cornelius

Steve Hausfeld

2006

1975

Steve Hausfeld

Dr. John W. Bardo

2007

1966

Dr. John W. Bardo

Russ Ratterman

2007

1972

Russ Ratterman

John P. Stoffel, Jr.

2008

1970

John P. Stoffel, Jr.

Dick Macke

2008

1974

Dick Macke

A.J. "Tim" Rodenberg

2009

1967

A.J. "Tim" Rodenberg

Bob Herzog

2010

1992

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Bob Herzog

Bob Herzog joined the Local 12 team at the end of 2005 and since then has worn many hats at the station. He currently anchors Good Morning Cincinnati. The notorious tradition known as Dance Party Friday, for better or worse, was Bob’s creation, and the off-beat segment, The Cooler, also gets the “Bob Treatment" each day.

Bob is a Cincinnati guy. More specifically, he’s a proud West Side guy. As a hometown boy, he takes special pride in getting involved in community events. From the Rusty Ball and the Delhi Skirt Game, to the Freestore Foodbank’s Hunger Walk and JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, Bob is always inspired to see neighbors helping neighbors. He graduated from Oak Hills High School in 1992, and Xavier University in 1996 where he majored in Communications: Electronic Media and minored in Natural Sciences. Bob also obtained a law degree from Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in 2002. 

Bob loves all kinds of music and movies and has a passion for basketball, but his number one hobby is spending time with his wife and four children. 

Bob Herzog

Christine Moorman

2011

1979

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Christine Moorman

Christine Moorman is a proud graduate of Oak Hills High School (‘79).  At Oak Hills, Chris played on the volleyball, softball, and basketball teams and participated in “It’s Academic,” Council on World Affairs, and National Honor Society while a member of Junior Achievement in Western Hills. She attended J. F. Dulles Elementary and Bridgetown Junior High School.  After graduating from Oak Hills, Chris attended Northern Kentucky University on a four-year scholarship from Junior Achievement, where she double-majored in Business and Political Science and a special program at the University of Michigan where she studied the science of survey research.  She received her MBA and Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business.  

Chris is currently the T. Austin Finch, Sr. Professor of Business Administration at The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University in Durham, NC. She is a member of the marketing area and active in the entrepreneurship program. She was on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Business from 1989-1999 before joining Duke.  

Chris’ research expertise is in examining the nature and effects of learning and knowledge utilization by consumers, managers, and organizations. Her research has been published in major marketing and management journals and supported by grants from the Marketing Science Institute, the Institute for the Study of Business Markets, and the National Science Foundation.

Chris is the founder and managing director of The CMO Survey (www.cmosurvey.org). She is co-author of the book, Strategy from the Outside In: Profiting from Customer Value (www.strategyfromtheoutsidein.com), and co-editor of the volume Assessing Marketing Strategy Performance. She has served as an Academic Trustee for the Marketing Science Institute, as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Marketing Association, as Chair of the Marketing Strategy Special Interest Group for the AMA, and as Director of Public Policy for the Association for Consumer Research. She won the 2008 Mahajan Award for Career Contributions to Marketing Strategy from the American Marketing Association and the 2008 Distinguished Marketing Educator from the Academy of Marketing Science. At Duke, Chris has served as area chair, chair of the Dean’s Search Committee, and on the university’s Academic Priorities Committee.

Chris’ teaching focuses on marketing strategy with an emphasis on building the business organization and strategy to be customer focused. She has taught this class to undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA classes as well as to managers of healthcare institutions, financial services, pharmaceutical and packaged goods companies. She views customer centricity as key to long-term firm profitability and a high-functioning free market system.

Chris lives in Chapel Hill amongst the dogwoods where she volunteers in the local community - mostly around activities related to her children.  Chris has been a youth basketball coach, coached the middle school Science Olympiad team with her husband Ed for several years, coached Odyssey of the Mind teams, and taught religious education at her local church.  She is passionate about helping young people understand their potential and how they can use it to change the world into a better place for all.

Chris is one of seven children in the Moorman tribe and is the proud daughter of Raymond Moorman and Joan Ronneberg.  Chris has been happily married to her high school sweetheart (Ed Holub, also OHHS ’79) for almost 25 years and has three children ages 24 (Samara), 17 (William), and 15 (Grant).

Christine Moorman

Tom "Rocky" Rothwell

2011

1971

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Tom "Rocky" Rothwell

Tom “Rocky” Rothwell graduated from Oak Hills High School in 1971.  He received a baseball scholarship and attended the University of Cincinnati where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1975.  

He began his teaching career working in some of the most challenging schools that Cincinnati Public Schools had to offer.  

After nine years of successful teaching and coaching he continued to serve the families of Cincinnati Public Schools as a school administrator after receiving his Masters of Education in Administration from Xavier University.

As an assistant principal, Rocky continued his work with Cincinnati’s inner city youth as well as assisting with the development of Cincinnati’s nationally recognized magnet programs.  He was instrumental in the development of the Primary School for Arts Enrichment which is now part of the School of Performing Arts, along with the development of the Academy of World Languages.  

In 1985, he was named principal of North Avondale Montessori School.  In each of his nine years as principal the school received the James N. Jacobs Merit Award, the most prestigious award given by the Cincinnati Public School District.

In 1997, the Cincinnati Public School Board of Education decided to launch the first public Montessori high school in the United States.  Rocky was selected to lead and develop Clark Montessori High School.  During his 10 years as principal, Clark Montessori received an excellent rating on the Ohio state Report Card.

The school went on to receive many other awards such as the Mayor’s Salute to Education Award for high academic achievement and was recognized as a National Model High School by the Center of School Change, Humphrey Institute.  The latest recognition occurred last year when Clark Montessori High School was recognized by President Barack Obama as one of three high schools in our nation that continues to demonstrate dedication for academic excellence and preparing students to graduate from college and being career ready.  His leadership methods have been featured in national education publications such as the Public School Montessorian.  He has also been the featured speaker on leadership both at local and national Montessori conferences.

After 20 years as a school administrator, Rocky was asked to join the Cincinnati Public Schools Central Office Administration.  He served as the Director of Schools which had the responsibility of overseeing all 61 schools in the school district.

He has been the assistant superintendent the past three years overseeing the district’s 18 high schools as well as many of the departments within the district.

This past school year, the Cincinnati Public School District became the first and only urban school district in the state of Ohio to earn an “effective” rating on the state Report Card.

Rocky plans to retire at the end of the 2011 school year after more than 35 years of service to the families of the Cincinnati Public School District.

Rocky married his Oak Hills High School sweetheart, Suzie (Walroth) also from the class of 1971.  They have been married 36 years and have two awesome daughters.  Annie is married to Jake Mullins and they have three beautiful children – Tanner, Macy and Max.  Abbie is married to Dave Crookham and they have a beautiful son, Tyler.  Rocky is asking for prayers on behalf of his son-in-law, Dave, who is unable to attend this celebration because he is currently deployed, serving his country as a Marine helicopter pilot.

Rocky would like to acknowledge his wife Suzie for her support and encouragement.  He would especially like to thank her and share his appreciation for the papers that she wrote and typed for him throughout his entire school career.  He would also like to thank her for pushing him even though he hated being pushed.

Rocky would also like to acknowledge his family and friends for their support throughout his life.  He especially appreciates them listening and laughing to his stories even though they have heard them over and over and over again.

Rocky would like to dedicate this honor to his parents, Ellen (Snellie) and Les Rothwell along with his mother and father-in-law, Marion and Chuck (Big C) Walroth for their love and support.

Tom "Rocky" Rothwell

Mark Reitzes

2012

1978

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Mark Reitzes

Mark Reitzes graduated from Oak Hills High School in 1978. While a student he participated in cross country and track. He received a distinguished merit award and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Currently, Mark is the President of Huntington’s Southern Ohio/Kentucky Region. He joined Huntington in 1992 and ascended through the ranks to Commercial Group Head before being appointed Regional President on January 1, 2008.

Mark is a CPA and began his career at KPMG CPA. He frequently speaks on banking issues before trade groups and has provided expert testimony before the United States House of Representatives Financial Institution Committee. Mark has addressed the FASB Emerging Issues Task Force and presented position papers before the AICPA Financial Institutions Committee. He holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati School of Business Administration.

Mark currently serves on the American Heart Association Board, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce Ballot Issues Committee, Association for Corporate Growth Cincinnati Board of Directors, Downtown Cincinnati Inc. Board of Directors Vice Chair and Executive Committee, Greater Cincinnati United Way Regional Disbursement Committee, Governmental Affairs Council for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Hamilton County Development Corporation Board of Directors, Kenton County Parks Board, Kentucky State Board of Electric Transmission and Generation, Northern Kentucky Chamber Board of Advisors, Playhouse in the Park Board of Directors, The Greater Cincinnati YMCA, Tri-County Economic Development Foundation Board, Vision 2015 Regional Stewardship Committee, Walnut Hills Cemetery Board of Directors, and various privately-held company advisory board appointments. Reitzes is the 2012 Greater Cincinnati March of Dimes Walk Chair and is also active in various charitable and civic causes.

Mark served as 2011 American Heart Association Heart Ball Chair, 2009 Northern Kentucky United Way Campaign Chair and 2008 Vice Chair. He is the past Chair of the Greater Cincinnati Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk and past Chair of the Thomas More College annual Fund Appeal Campaign.

Mark and his wife Mary, reside in Crescent Springs, Kentucky with daughter, Kelly, and sons Thomas, William, Michael and Mark.

Mark Reitzes

Mark Eggerding

2012

1974

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Mark Eggerding

Mark Eggerding has been a dedicated, lifelong resident of Bridgetown and a 1974 Oak Hills graduate. While a Highlander, Mark followed the sports beat as a writer on the Tartan staff and competed on the swim, cross country, and varsity tennis teams, earning him a spot in the Varsity O Club. After graduation, Mark studied at the Culinary Institute of America and earned an Associate Degree in Business from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Soon after, he attended Northern Kentucky University on a full academic scholarship and graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing as the Marketing Student of the Year.

With culinary and business expertise, Mark joined the sales team of John Sexton & Company, a national food distribution company, and has held numerous sales and leadership roles, building relationships with restaurants and businesses throughout Cincinnati, the Midwest, and the country. In 2000, Mark became president of the Cincinnati Division of U.S. Foods and was recognized as Cincinnati State’s 2004 Distinguished Alumni. Most recently, he moved into his current role as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of the $20 billion company.

Mark has led tremendous sales and business growth throughout the country as SVP. Such growth caught the attention of culinary celebrities like Mario Batali, Paula Deen, Rachael Ray, and Jamie Oliver, whom he collaborated and appeared with on the television show Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, inspiring students and families of Huntington, West Virginia to cook, eat, and live healthy.

With his team, Mark led a collaborative cookbook project with Paula Deen, Recipes from the Heart, of which all proceeds benefi tted Feeding America, America’s network of food banks committed to ending hunger. He recently published his first book, Sales Made Simple, and is currently writing his second.

Back at home, Mark has been a lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church and School in Westwood, serving as School Board Chairman, Sunday School Superintendent, President of the congregation, and a dedicated elder. He has volunteered with and supported many organizations with his family, including the Freestore Food Bank, Disabled Vets of America, Bridgetown and Oak Hills Athletics, Cincinnati Young Peoples Theatre, and Valparaiso University Parents Council.

Mark married his high school sweetheart, Gina (Bucalo) also from the Class of 1974, and they will celebrate 35 years of marriage this October. Together they have three children, Leslie (’01), Andrew (’05), and Kyle (’09), all whom attended Oak Hills. This summer his daughter and son-in-law, Adam Kiefaber, will celebrate the birth of their first child. Mark is the son of Howard and the late Dolores Eggerding and son-in-law of Sam and Joyce Bucalo. He would like to thank all of his family and friends for their love and support over the years and shares this honor with them.

Mark Eggerding

Diane Weidner

2013

1985

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Diane Weidner

Upon graduation in 1985 from Oak Hills, Diane Weidner attended the University of Cincinnati where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Carl H. Linder College of Business, with a Bachelor of Administration in Accounting. She earned an M.B.A. at Xavier University in 1995.

Diane started her career in AFG’s Finance Operations in 1987, later serving as Assistant Vice President within Great American’s Annuity Group and then Divisional Senior Vice President of Great American’s property and casualty information technology operations before assuming her current role. Diane is now a CPA in the state of Ohio and currently an Assistant Vice President at American Financial Group, responsible for investor relations, employee communications and public relations for AFG and the Great American Insurance Group brand.

Ms. Weidner serves as the Immediate Past President of the Cincinnati Tri-State Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), is a Community Leadership Board Member of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the American Diabetes Association, and a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certifi ed Public Accountants. Diane and her family are passionate fundraisers for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Diane and her husband, Rob, have three boys who are students in the Oak Hills Local School District. She is a PTA Board Member at Rapid Run Middle School and J.F. Dulles Elementary and serves on the Oak Hills PTA Advisory Council.

Diane Weidner

Dr. Joel Reginelli

2013

1986

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Dr. Joel Reginelli

Joel Reginelli graduated from Oak Hills High School in 1986. During his three years at Oak Hills, he was involved in activities which included athletics and student council. In addition to playing soccer and running track, he was involved in student government serving as Class Secretary his Sophomore and Junior year. During his senior year, he served as Student Council President. Following graduation from Oak Hills, Joel attended Miami University, and eventually pursued pre-medical studies. After receiving his BA in Zoology from Miami, Joel entered The Ohio State University College of Medicine. While attending The Ohio State, Joel served as Class President all four years and was involved in several student organizations. He was the recipient of the “College of Medicine Achievement Award” and the “American College of Physicians Award.” In 1995, he was received into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and graduating with honors.

Joel pursued post-graduate training in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia Medical Center. From there he accepted a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Joel served as Chief Fellow during his three years of general cardiovascular training, and was the recipient of the “Irving Dawson Memorial Award” in recognition of outstanding clinical skills in cardiology. At the completion of his general cardiovascular fellowship, Joel accepted a position as an advanced fellow in coronary and peripheral vascular intervention. During the two years of advanced fellowship, he was chosen by his interventional peers to serve as Chief Interventional Fellow, as he continued his clinical research activity.

Upon completion of his cardiovascular training, Joel returned home to Cincinnati to establish his practice. He is currently employed by The Christ Hospital as an interventional cardiologist with the Ohio Heart and Vascular Center. He participates in numerous clinical trials offered through the Lindner Research Center, and serves on national committees for the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Intervention. Ironically, although his practice is focused on interventional procedures, Joel fi nds his clinical interests moving toward preventative cardiology.

In his personal life, Joel tries to strike a healthy balance between the demands of his busy clinical practice and those of his family. His wife, Sherry (Gardner), is also a member of the Oak Hills Class of 1986; they have three children: a 15-year-old daughter, and two sons, ages 11 and 8. In his limited free time, Joel has served on committees at his church and his children’s school, and has enjoyed coaching youth soccer. In addition, he often provides weekend heart attack coverage for rural hospitals that don’t have a full-time interventional cardiologist.

Dr. Joel Reginelli

Bob Murphy

2014

1975

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Bob Murphy

Bob “ Murph” Murphy graduated from Oak Hills High School in 1975. He then went on to attend Miami  University where he received a BS degree in marketing in 1979. After graduation Murph went to work for the Cincinnati Insurance Company as a claim adjuster from 1979 to 1986. In May 1986 Murph had an opportunity to join Schiff-Kreidler Shell as an insurance agent. In 1989 he was named a company Vice President. In May 2012 Schiff Kreidler Shell merged with AJ Gallagher Company which is the fourth largest insurance broker in the world.

In 1990 Murph married Kathy Smith Murphy whom he met on a blind date. They have been married for 24 years and have one daughter, Chris Murphy. When Chris was about was about one year old she was diagnosed with a severe to profound hearing loss. It was at that time Murph and his wife became very passionate and began advocating for their daughter. In 1999 Kathy and Chris moved to St. Louis to attend the Moog Oral School. It was during that time Murph along with two other gentlemen began their mission of opening a school in Cincinnati for hearing impaired children in which the primary goal was for the children to be able to communicate orally and be able to communicate in today’s world. 

In 2000 Ohio Valley Oral School (now named Ohio Valley Voices) opened a school in the Montgomery Presbyterian Church. Today the school has their own building in the Loveland area and currently has 45 children enrolled. As Chris left Ohio Valley Voices, Murph along with two of the original founding fathers of Ohio Valley Voices and another father of a hearing impaired child, decided they needed to expand their reach for other hearing impaired children. Together they formed a non-profit foundation called Advocates for Deaf Education. In addition to supporting Ohio Valley Voices, ADE has set up a scholarship at St. Rita’s School for the Deaf, and sponsors a summer camp for hearing impaired children. ADE also provides financial support to families with hearing impaired children with tuition assistance and the purchasing of hearing aids, FM systems, etc.  Since 2003 ADE has raised over $375,000 for hearing impaired children. 

In 2002 Murph was also instrumental in serving on the lead committee in the merger of St. John’s United Church of Christ and Westminster Presbyterian Church, now called St. John’s Westminster Union Church. Currently he serves as the Financial Secretary and is a member of their Council/Session.

Bob is a former board member of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati in which he served from 2007 -2013. He is currently a member of the Association’s finance committee. He also serves on the board of the Oak Hills Alumni & Educational Foundation. He is member of the Oak Hills Boosters and a supporter of the Oak Hills girls’ softball team. He also serves on the reunion committee for the Class of 1975.

The Oak Hills school system has played a pivotal role in his development. His best friends are the ones that he met while at Delhi school as a first grader. The teachers and coaches at Delhi Junior High that he met were some of the finest people he has ever known. Those people were very influential and played a very significant role in shaping his life. His three years at Delhi Junior High were very special to him. His three years at Oak Hills were the final piece of the puzzle. Again the teachers and coaches were very influential in his development. 

Murph would like to dedicate this award to his many special friends. (Raiders) and his wife Kathy and daughter Chris who have offered their unconditional love and support. Finally, especially to his parents Bob & Mildred Murphy for giving him the encouragement, the principles of hard work, and the opportunity to be a success in life.

Bob Murphy

Rick Ahlers

2014

1977

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Rick Ahlers

Rick Ahlers is a proud 1977 graduate of Oak Hills High School.  He then attended The Ohio State University and obtained a degree in Business Administration in 1982.

Rick began his career with General Electric in their corporate credit department.  He then moved to the Trane Corporation as a regional credit manager.  After several years he went to work for Chiquita when the company was moving into downtown Cincinnati.

While working for Chiquita, Rick earned his MBA from Xavier University in 1993.  After graduating from Xavier he was approached by Cheviot Building and Loan to come to work for them.  This was the perfect opportunity for Rick to settle down with a local company and have time to spend with his family.

Ahlers spent years coaching baseball, football and soccer with the Delhi Athletic Association, Westside Soccer Club and Oak Hills Jr. Pro.  He was also active with the Ohio State Alumni Association, Oak Hills Athletic Boosters, Oak Hills After Prom, Oak Hills Finance Committee and he spent eight years on the Oak Hills School Board.

During his time on the Board he served two years as president and one year as vice president.  He was a part of the Board that brought Todd Yohey on as Superintendent and also passed the millage transfer to keep the district on solid financial footing.  During his final year on the Board they were able to pass the first levy in 16 years.

On the personal side, Ahlers married his high school sweetheart, Beth (Eckert) from the class of 1978.  They have raised three wonderful young adults, all graduates of Oak Hills, Alexander ‘04, Austin ‘07 and Allison ‘10.

Rick Ahlers

Rajesh Garg

2015

1979

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Rajesh Garg

Raj Garg is a 1979 graduate of Oak Hills High School.  He immigrated from India in 1967 to St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Cincinnati when he was in the sixth grade.  He started in the Oak Hills School District at C.O. Harrison Elementary School, followed by Delhi Junior High School. 

After Oak Hills, Garg attended the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, and graduated in 1981 with B.A. in Genetics and Sociology, summa cum laude.  He then attended the Yale Law School getting his J.D. in 1984.  While at Yale, Garg co-founded the Yale Law and Policy Review, a journal that continues to be a premiere forum for policy-related issues.  He also attended Stanford Medical School, graduating with a M.D. in 1988.  He completed his internship in internal medicine and went on to work in health care and licensing law at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, in Los Angeles.  In 1992, Garg joined McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm, in New York, where he has been for the last 23+ years. 

During his time at McKinsey, Garg has worked across all aspects of health care including biopharmaceuticals, medical products, payors, providers, ancillary service companies and global public health.  His work has taken him across Asia, Europe  and North America.  From 1994 to 1996, he was based in Bombay, India and helped found McKinsey’s pharmaceuticals practice for its new India offices.  He has worked across a broad swath of business issues for his clients leading to material impact on shareholder value over time.  He is particularly proud of his global public health work in the malaria space, which has contributed to a significant reduction in morbidity and mortality from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.  Garg has authored a range of health care related articles.

Garg has been an active member in his community.  He has served on the Board of the New York Blood Center and on the Advisory Board of the Hospital for Special Surgery.  He also serves on the Board of NYCCHP, a non-profit created by his wife and dedicated to sharing the joy of the holidays with children living in New York City homeless shelters.  He has had the great pleasure of coaching soccer for the West Side Soccer League for five years. 

On the personal side, Garg is married to Madhu, who he met at Yale Law School and has two wonderful children, Arjun and Surya.  Arjun is currently a freshman at Emory University while Surya is in high school at the Trinity School in Manhattan.

Garg has great regard for Oak Hills, its deep curriculum and many fine teachers, and the comprehensive education it provided him.   The quality of the education he received and the breadth of opportunities he was able to pursue at Oak Hills were essential to his future success. To watch Raj's video visit: https://vimeo.com/216860077

Rajesh Garg

Alex Triantafilou

2015

1989

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Alex Triantafilou

Alex M. Triantafilou is a product of the Oak Hills Schools having attended Springmyer Elementary, Bridgetown Junior High School and Oak Hills High School. He graduated in 1989.  Triantafilou went on to the University of Cincinnati and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

He served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney before being appointed and subsequently being elected as a Judge in the Courts of Hamilton County. Judge Triantafilou served for a period of four years hearing many high profile cases before voluntarily leaving the bench to join the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl where he is currently a Partner of Counsel.

Additionally, Triantafilou was named the Chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party in 2008.  He is a recognized community leader regularly appearing in local media on topics of law and politics.  He has been named a member of the 2005 class of Cincinnati’s “40 under 40,” recognizing upcoming leaders under 40.  He has also been named one of Cincinnati’s 35 “New Power Players” which recognizes 35 emerging leaders in the region.

Triantafilou is regularly named one of Cincinnati’s “Power 100” ranking him among the 100 most influential leaders in the region.  He has served as Legal Advisor to the Oak Hills Mock Trial team, as well as a baseball coach in the Bridgetown Baseball Association. Currently, he serves on various boards including the Board of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the Board of the Adopt-a-Class youth mentoring program, and is a longtime Board member of the Talbert House.

Triantafilou resides in close proximity to Oak Hills High School with his wife, Jennifer, a 1989 Oak Hills graduate, and their son, Michael.  He is a parishioner of the Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. To watch Alex's video visit: https://vimeo.com/216845868

Alex Triantafilou

Chuck Eckert

2016

1975

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Chuck Eckert

Charles A. Eckert, III, (Chuck) attended John Foster Dulles Elementary School, Bridgetown Junior High School and Oak Hills High School, graduating in 1975.  He went on to attend the University of Cincinnati. He graduated in 1979 with a B.B.A.

He has served as Banking Services Specialist for Automatic Data Processing, Operations Analyst for Fifth Third Bank and as an Assistant Vice President for Cheviot Building and Loan before beginning his current 22-year career with the Hamilton County Board of Elections where he now serves as an Election Administrator.

Chuck is an active member of Westwood United Methodist Church where he has served on the Finance Committee and as a member of the Administrative Board.  He has served as both a confirmation mentor at his church and as a mentor for Kelly Youth Services.  He is an active member of the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association and the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity Alumni Association.  He currently serves on the House Corporation for the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity at Miami University.  Additionally, he serves as a Vice President for the Hamilton County Republican Club and is active in numerous political campaigns throughout Hamilton County, specifically serving as a Campaign Finance Consultant.  In 2012, Chuck was named Hamilton County Employee of the Year.

Since 2011, Chuck has been a Trustee of the Oak Hills Alumni and Educational Foundation.  He recognizes the strong education he received from the Oak Hills Schools and values the relationships he has established with many fine Oak Hills teachers and administrators.  Serving as a current Trustee allows him to stay connected and to continue to support the rich tradition of the Oak Hills Schools.  Chuck, along with his cherished high-school friends, has been instrumental in planning class reunions every five years since graduating in 1975.  They most recently hosted their 40th reunion in September with a wonderful celebration at the Cincinnati Art Museum!

Chuck currently resides in Green Township.  He is the proud father of two wonderful children.  His daughter, Chelsea, resides in Cincinnati and is an Investment Officer for Robert A. Goering, Hamilton County Treasurer.  His son, Chase, is a Senior Associate with The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm in Dallas.

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Chuck Eckert

Dr. Mary Arnold Long

2017

1977

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Dr. Mary Arnold Long

Mary Caroleen Arnold was born to James and Gloria Arnold in Springfield, OH.  After they relocated to Mulberry, OH, Mary was blessed with a sister, Laura Elizabeth Arnold.  The Arnolds later relocated to Bridgetown, OH when Mary was in the second grade and Jim was teaching at Bridgetown.

While at Oak Hills High School, Mary participated in concert choir, track, “It’s Academic”, “The Best of Oak Hills” and was a statistician for the varsity baseball team.  She was a member of the Bridgetown Church of Christ.  The youth minister’s son, David, was born with hydrocephalous and babysitting for him helped Mary decide to enter nursing…and Bob Brockhoff’s admonition to “enter a career where you can help people.”

Mary attended Milligan College in Tennessee for three semesters, then completed her BSN at the College of Mt. St. Joseph in Cincinnati in 1981.  She worked 14 years for the Franciscan Health System, completing her MSN at the University of Cincinnati in 1993.  Mary relocated to Indiana in 1995, working as the first Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for Hancock Memorial Hospital for two years, then as a CNS for Community Hospitals.

In 2000, Mary returned to Cincinnati.  For 10 years, she was the Wound Care CNS at Drake Center, where she assisted in developing a nationally recognized wound team.  She had a one-year hiatus working at Clinton Memorial Hospital as Wound, Ostomy and Continence CNS.

In 2011, Mary and her husband, Richard Long, relocated to Charleston, SC.  She is now the Wound, Ostomy and Continence CNS at Roper Hospital and also owns WOConsultation, LLC.  In 2016, Mary received her DNP from Otterbein University.

Richard and Mary live on beautiful James Island, a barrier island adjacent to the Charleston peninsula.  Carrie, Chelsea, Caitlin and five grandchildren remain in Ohio, but technology keeps them connected.

Throughout her career, Mary has been active in multiple nursing organizations, including National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau, Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, and Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society.  She has presented locally, nationally and internationally and published many articles.  Her peers and colleagues have often chosen to award her nursing excellence, and she remains licensed as an advanced practice nurse certified as an adult health clinical nurse specialist, as a rehabilitation registered nurse and as a wound, ostomy and continence advanced practice nurse.

Mary is blessed to have the love and support of her husband, Richard Long; her parents, Jim and Gloria Arnold; her sister, Laura Arnold Hodge; and many friends and colleagues.

“Do not go where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”    -Emerson

To watch Mary's video visit: https://vimeo.com/216688154

Mary Arnold Long

Jon Weller, PhD

2017

1996

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Jon Weller, PhD

Jon Weller attended Bridgetown Junior High School and graduated from Oak Hills High School in 1996. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Xavier University, as well as a Master’s degree and PhD from the University of Cincinnati.

Jon began working in Enrollment Management at the University of Cincinnati in 2000 and has run the International Admissions Office for the past 10 years.  His team’s efforts have helped the University of Cincinnati become a global destination for education while increasing international undergraduate enrollment from less than 200 students to over 1,300 during this time.

Jon has helped the University of Cincinnati gain national attention for its international enrollment success and he frequently presents at national and international conferences. He plays a significant role in UC’s enrollment and international strategies and serves on various committees and task forces related to domestic enrollment, international enrollment and campus internationalization. He also created and implemented the Global Opportunity Scholarship program which reinvests a portion of international student tuition revenue into a small number of scholarships for academically gifted, but extremely financially challenged, international students.

In addition to his Enrollment Management responsibilities, Jon is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Organizational Leadership. He has created, and continues to teach, popular classes, such as the “How to Change the World” course that introduces students to major social and environmental issues throughout the world - and the organizations and individuals working to address them. He also leads a study abroad program to Peru through his “Changemakers: Lessons Learned through Travel in the Developing World” course.

Jon currently resides in Green Township with his wife, Sarah. He is an active parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes and currently serves on their Education Commission. He has enjoyed opportunities to partner with Oak Hills High School over the past years, such as hosting Oak Hills High School students for special on-campus visits to educate them about the college enrollment process. Jon has also spoken at international education events at Oak Hills as well as coordinated UC students with diverse international experiences to speak at the high school.

Jon and Sarah are the proud parents of three children. Their son, Jackson, is currently a student at Rapid Run Junior High School and their daughters, Maya and Elena, attend Our Lady of Lourdes School. Jon and Sarah’s children have gained an early interest in learning about different people and cultures and are looking forward to their first international journey to China, this summer. The Wellers hosted a sixth grade exchange student from Guatemala in 2015-2016 and Jackson is planning to participate in the Guatemala exchange program when he studies at Oak Hills High School. To watch Jon's video visit: https://vimeo.com/216842497

Jon Weller

John Maher

2018

1972

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John Maher

John grew up in a large Catholic family and attended St. Dominic before starting at Oak Hills. He and his six younger siblings all graduated from Oak Hills and all seven had Mary Jervis as their guidance counselor.

John was a three-sport athlete. He was one of the first in school history to qualify for the state tournament in wrestling. John earned a varsity letter three years in track. In football, he was voted MVP his senior year by his teammates.

John credits his great coaches at Oak Hills for guiding him to set goals and continue his education. After attending Middle Tennessee State University on a football scholarship, he settled in the Nashville, Tennessee area and taught school and coached for 10 years.

After purchasing a $6.95 “how to” book, John started building his first home in 1985. A year later, he transitioned into his second career as a homebuilder/developer. He builds and lives in Williamson County which is the fastest growing and most vibrant county in Tennessee with the county’s schools ranking among the top in the nation. His company, John Maher Builders, has built thousands of homes and has land holdings suitable for thousands more. John is thrilled that his son, Jack, will join the company upon graduation in May.

John credits his company’s success to his outstanding team members, many of whom have been with him over 20 years. John and his company have won numerous awards throughout the years. The Nashville Business Journal honored him as one of the 25 people that most influences business in Williamson County. He received the 2017 Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce Community Partner Award which illustrates his commitment to and impact on the city in which he builds.

Since athletics and education played such a large role in John’s life, he has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to support charities, school projects and provide scholarships to worthy recipients. As a thank you to Oak Hills, and in recognition of his most influential, coaches, Will Rutenschroer and Frank Shaut, John donated $100,000 for the original artificial turf for the Rutenschroer/Maher Field and recently $100,000 for a future wrestling room to honor Coach Shaut.

John has been married to his college sweetheart, Margie, for over 40 years and is proud that his four children were all excellent student-athletes. Beth and Jennifer graduated from Duke as will Jack this spring. Kathleen is a Clemson graduate.

John Maher

Pete Scalia

2018

1991

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Pete Scalia

Pete began performing at a young age. He started playing piano at age four and formed his first “band” while attending Delhi Junior High School (now Delhi Middle School). Comfortable onstage and behind the microphone, Pete performed in numerous stage productions at Oak Hills, as well as The Best of Oak Hills talent show. (His parents have the VHS videotapes to prove it!) While working as an office aide his senior year, a school secretary told him “You have a great voice. You should go into broadcasting!” After producing and recording the morning announcements as “Your Friendly Oak Hills Homecoming Announcement Person,” that’s what he did.

After graduating from Oak Hills in 1991, Pete studied communications at Ohio University — where he also hosted and produced original music for numerous stage, radio and television programs. 

Upon graduating from OU, Pete worked behind the scenes at WLWT-TV as a production assistant. That job was cut short, however, by the opportunity to tour with Chicago guitarist T.D. Clark as the opening act for classic rockers Ted Nugent and Bad Company. 

After returning from the road, Pete worked numerous broadcasting jobs in Cincinnati. He worked in radio as a DJ and producer of the Warm 98 (WRRM-FM) morning show; producer of Nick Clooney and later Dusty Rhodes’ morning shows on WSAI-AM; as stadium producer for the Bengals Radio Network — traveling with the team and announcer Dave Lapham; a production assistant for WXIX-TV; and as an audio engineer at Audiocraft recording studios. He also did a lot of freelance musical work through his home recording studio, and eventually toured as keyboardist for Cincinnati funk favorite Freekbass — produced by legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bootsy Collins. You can still catch Pete playing music with his dad, Tony (OHHS class of 1968) in their band, Snidely Whiplash.

For many years, Pete also worked extensively through a local talent agency, working as a spokesperson and on-camera talent for many corporate and commercial productions. 

Pete’s talents eventually led him back to WLWT, where he worked as morning traffic reporter. (That’s also where he proposed, on-air, to his beautiful wife, Amy!) From there, Pete anchored morning television at the ABC and FOX duopoly WKEF-TV and WRGT-TV in Dayton, Ohio. After a few years, he became morning anchor of Good Day Columbus at WSYX-TV and WTTE-TV in Columbus, Ohio. Thanks to his success at GDC, he was lured away by the local competition and is currently morning anchor at 10TV — WBNS-TV in Columbus. 

Around the age of 30, Pete was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis. After several years of treatment, he and Amy decided to start a family — which meant discontinuing his medication. Conceiving their first child proved to be difficult, but eventually, they were blessed with their daughter, Lola. Being off of his medications for so long proved life-changing for Pete, resulting in bilateral hip and knee replacement surgeries and many other physical changes. But that did nothing to slow him down. A true RA warrior, Pete considers it an obligation to educate people about arthritis. He is actively involved with the Arthritis Foundation, serving as a board member in Columbus and as emcee of numerous events. He has raised countless funds and raised awareness about arthritis, proving that it is not a “little old lady’s disease.”

Pete and his wife Amy were blessed with a second daughter, Sofia, and are eagerly anticipating the arrival of their son, Nicola — who is due to make his grand entrance this April 2018.

Pete Scalia