2005 Inductees



Kathy Gould Dawson '75

Laura M. Lengel, Ph.D. '82

Chief Judge Paul R. Matia '55

Mark McDonough, M.D., P.A. '78

Richard Pocker '73

Elaine Schulte, M.D. '79




Danute Bankaitis-Davis '76

Michael Pochatek '76

Nelson Russ (1936-1972)



Charles Kullik (1973-2001)

David Zeih (1972-2000)

Alumni Hall of Fame 2005 Inductees

Kathy Gould Dawson – Class of 1975

Writer, Author, Public Speaker, Motivator, Relationship Coach

  • One of the mid-west's most well-known and respected relationship coaches.
  • Founder of The Marriage Movement
  • Marriage/Relationship columnist for The Plain Dealer
  • "The Love Doctor" on WEWS Live on Five 
  • Appearance on the Today show and other national talk shows
  • Featured in national publications Women's World and Family Circle
  • Conducted workshops and seminars for corporations, civic organizations and churches
  • Chautauqua Institution faculty member

Laura Lengel, Ph.D. – Class of 1982

International and Intercultural Communication Researcher and Lecturer


1986 Miami University, B.A. Major, Musicology; Minor, Arts Management

1989 Miami University, M.S. International Mass Communications Studies

1993 - 1994 Fulbright Research Scholar

1995 Ohio University, College of Communication, Ph.D.

1995 - Present  Associate Professor, Department of Communications, Richmond American International University in London

1996 - Present  Director, International Field Study Program, Richmond American International University in London

2002 - Present  Associate Professor, School of Communication Studies, Bowling Green State University

Numerous Books, Publications and Conference Presentations


Chief United States District Judge Paul Matia – Class of 1955

1955-1959 Case Western Reserve University, B.A (cum laude)

1959-1962 Harvard Law School, J.D.

1962 Admitted to Ohio Bar

1966-1970 Assistant Ohio Attorney General

1971-1975, 1979-1983 Member, Ohio State Senate

1975-1984 Partner, Hadley, Matia and Mills Co. L.P.A.

1982-1984 Vice President, Van Meter, Ashbrook & Associates

1985-1991 Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Cuyahoga County

June 27, 1991 Nominated by President George H.W. Bush (R) to the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio

November 15, 1991 Confirmed by the United States Senate

He also sat by designation on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit during his tenure as a district court judge.

During his time as a judge, he was notable for restoring John Demjanjuk's United States citizenship in 1998 but later revoking it in 2002 after a new trial.

1993 Presiding judge National Football League v. Rodor, Inc. (copyright)

He assumed senior status on December 31, 2004 and retired as a judge on May 31, 2005

Mark McDonough, M.D., P.A. – Class of 1978

Reconstructive and Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon Specializing in Burn Trauma

1983 Cleveland State University, B.S., P.T. - Physical Therapy

1983 - 1985 Orlando Regional Medical Center

1985-1986 Kuhns Physical Therapy Associates

1986 - 1987 Winter Park Memorial Hospital

1987 - 1992 Intrinsic Rehabilitation Associates - Private practice providing rehabilitation services

1994 Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, M.D.

1994 - 1995 Case Western Reserve University Integrated Surgical Residency

1995 - 2000 U.S.F. College of Medicine. Training in General Surgery and Sub-specialty of Plastic Surgery

2000 - 2002 Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Chief Resident Plastic Surgery

2002 to Present - Private practice

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

American College of Surgeons

American Medical Association

American Burn Association

Numerous Research Publications & Presentations


Richard Pocker - Class of 1973

Elaine Schulte, MD - Class of 1979

1983 Skidmore College, B.A. Music and Biochemistry

1988 MD, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York

1991-1992 Instructor, Department of Pediatrics

1992 M.P.H. University at Albany, School of Public Health, Albany, New York

1992-1998 Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York

1993 Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University at Albany, Albany, New York

1993 Board Certification in Pediatrics

1993 Medical Director Lead Poisoning Prevention Resource Center, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York

1996-1998 Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York

1998-2001 Director, Pediatric Residency Program, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York

1998-2007 Associate Rofessor of Pediatrics, Dept. of Pediatrics, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York

1999 Director, International Adoption Program, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York

2000 Recertification in Pediatrics 

2001 Division Chief, General Pediatrics, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York

2007 Cleveland Clinic

Numerus grants, professional presentations, publications and participation in grand rounds, special events and continuing medical education.

Athletic Hall of Fame 2005 Inductees

Danute "Bunki" Bankaitis-Davis, Ph.D. – Class of 1976

Volleyball, World Class Bicycle Rider

1978, 1979 Cleveland State University Athletic Alumni Association Most Outstanding Volleyball Player

1978-1979 Cleveland State University Athletic Alumni Association Female Athlete of the Year


1980 Cleveland State University - B.S. Chemistry

Director's Award - Highest Cumulative GPA by a graduating senior - 3.77 in Chemistry

Cleveland State University's top graduating chemistry major

1981 Cleveland State University - M.S. Organic Chemistry

1986 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Ph.D. Synthetic Organic Chemistry

1986-1992 United States Elite Women's National Road Racing Team

1988 United States Olympic Team (Seoul, South Korea) - Road Race, 14th Overall

1989 Stage Winner at Women's Tour de France, 10th Overall

1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991 United States World Champion Road Racing Team Member

1989 United States World Champion Team Member - Cycling

1991, 1992 United States World Champion Team Member - Team Time Trial - Gold Medalist

1991 Cleveland State University Athletic Hall of Fame

1992 National Championships - Team Time Trial - Gold Medalist

1992 United States Olympic Team (Barcelona, Spain) - Cycling


Michael Pochatek – Class of 1976

Baseball, Football, Wrestling

1974 Baseball - Best Pitcher

1975 Baseball

  • Best Pitcher - Most Wins (9)
  • Southwest Conference All-Star

1976 Baseball

  • Best Pitcher - Best ERA 0.82, Most Wins (9)
  • Southwest Conference All-Star
  • East-West All-Star - Best Pitcher Award
  • Plain Dealer Dream Team
  • Plain Dealer All-Scholastic Team
  • Received credit for both the Win and the Save in a game against Medina


Nelson Russ (1936 - 1943, 1946 - 1972) 

Fairview High School Health and Physical Education Teacher

Coach: Basketball, Football, Track, Tennis, Bowling

1935 College of Wooster

1949 Western Reserve University, M.A.

  • 1946 First Director of the Fairview Recreation Department
  • Started one of the first city recreation programs in Ohio
  • Fairview High School Athletic Director
  • Fairview Park Athletic Club - Director and Historian
  • Helped raise over $100,000 for little league baseball
  • President, Fairview Park Retired Teachers Association
  • President, Fairview Park Boosters Club
  • President, Fairview Park Kiwanis Club
  • Cuyahoga County Coaches Association - Golden Deeds Award
  • Rocky River Athletic Club - Good Neighbor Award
  • 1959 Fairview Park Citizen of the Year
  • 1976 - 1980 Fairview Park City Council
  • Fairview Park Republican Club - 1983 Republican of the Year
  • 1992 Nelson Russ Park dedicated in his honor


Faculty Hall of Fame 2005 Inductees

Charles Kullik (1973 - 2001)


Athletic Director

Principal - Lewis F. Mayer Middle School

Principal - Fairview High School

Fairview Park Citizen of the Year

A dedicated educator who truly cares about kids.

1964 John Carroll University - B.S. 
1968 John Carroll University - M.A.
1972 – 1976 Treasurer, Ohio School Counselors Association
1976- 1998 Parliamentarian, Ohio School Counselors Association
1990 Fairview Park Citizen of the Year
 2002 – 2006 Fairview Park Board of Education 



David Zeih (1972 - 2000) 

History Teacher and Track & Field Coach

  • Taught Advanced Placement United States History
  • Was member of Fairview Park Education Association Executive Council for 12 years.
  • Pioneered Political Debate Assemblies
  • High School Voter Registrar
  • Created Advanced Placement United States History
  • High School Selective Service Registrar
  • Coordinated Ohio University American History Contest

1983 League of Women Voters Recognition of Achievement Award

1984 Fairview Park Kiwanis Advancement of Education Award

1990 Nominated for the Cuyahoga County Bar Association Auxillary National Law Teacher of the Year

1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 Fairview Park Business Advisory Council Teacher Recognition Award

1990 Teacher of the Year

2000 Teacher of the Year

2000 Metro-Kiwanis Outstanding Educator Award