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Distinguished Alumni

Lutheran High School East Distinguished Alumni

Lutheran High School East has maintained an Alumni Hall of Fame since 2001. Beginning in  2021, all members of the Alumni Hall of Fame have become "Distinguished Alumni." New Distinguished Alumni will be inducted each year.

Distinguished Alumni are listed below in alphabetical order by last name.

Sandra Baumann
Class of 1963  ·  Inducted 2001

Sandra Baumann was instrumental in the founding of the Lutheran East Alumni Association (LEAA). She was the first president of LEAA, a volunteer member of the Association’s Action Committee for many years, and serves on the Lutheran High School East Board of Directors.

Baumann was the recipient of the 2017 Cleveland Lutheran Educational Endowment Fund (CLEEF)’s Outstanding Lutheran School Leadership Award, which recognizes recipients’ dedication to Lutheran education in Northeast Ohio.

In addition to being a Lutheran East alumna, Sandy is a graduate of the Nancy Taylor Finishing School and Whiting Business College. Her professional career included serving as receptionist and later Executive Secretary at The Geo P. Little Company and Administrative Assistant at The Great Lakes Construction Company for 32 years. Her philanthropic patronage includes memberships with the Cleveland Museum of Art, Western Reserve Historical Society, Alliance Defense Fund; additionally, she is a Charter Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

She is an active member of St. John Lutheran Church (Garfield Heights) and serves on the Altar Guild as Lector and in numerous other volunteer capacities for the church.

Marcella Boyd Cox
Class of 1972  ·  Inducted 2006

Marcella Boyd Cox is the Chief Marketing Officer for the E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home and Crematory. She also manages the Euclid Avenue branch in East Cleveland, Ohio. As the CMO, she manages public service events and marketing campaigns for the funeral home forging new ground by promotion through billboards, bus, radio and television ads. She currently hosts “The Boyd Family Funeral Home Gospel Show” on WABQ 1540AM.

Marcella is strongly involved as a community volunteer, working with Lutheran High School East, the Coalition of 100 Black Women, the National Council of Negro Women, and the Cleveland Chapter of Girl Friends, where she has served as local president and national vice president. She was recently recognized with the R. Joyce Whitley Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Cleveland Chapter of the National Black MBA Association and is a member of the 2002 class of Leadership  Cleveland. She has also appeared on “Taking Care of Business” on the Village television channel, highlighting achievements of local leaders.

Marcella is a licensed funeral director and works alongside her extended family in a business currently celebrating 100 years of service to the community. She believes that God continually directs her path and regards the funeral business as an opportunity to focus on her love of people by impacting grieving families.

Following Lutheran East, Marcella attended Cleveland State University. She resides in East Cleveland, Ohio and is the mother of two children, Timothy F. and Ina E.

Dr. Guy Fish
Class of 1977  ·  Inducted 2004

Guy Fish, MD is a seasoned healthcare executive focused on equitable improvement in the health of communities through innovation in health products and services. In 2021, Dr. Fish became CEO of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC), a nationally recognized Federally Qualified Health Center serving 65,000 patients who comprise the majority of the population of Lawrence, MA. With its first-of-its-kind Health Center-based Family Practice residency program, GLFHC graduates leaders in community-based integrated care who are resolving social determinants of health.

Dr. Fish’s prior career spans multiple subsectors of the health economy, from direct patient care in solo practice and ED medicine to equities analysis on Wall Street at Sanford Bernstein. Dr. Fish currently sits on the boards of several healthcare startups that are focused on bringing new treatments to markets. Dr. Fish was previously the acting CEO of NextPhase Therapeutics, an international company using exosome technology to deliver cell-based therapies for serious dermatologic diseases. Recently, Dr. Fish led Cellanyx Diagnostics as CEO. Cellanyx is a company combining artificial intelligence and live cancer cell culturing to predict when a prostate cancer is aggressive and when it is not. Prior to Cellanyx,  Dr. Fish was a leader at Fletcher Spaght, Inc., a healthcare strategy consulting firm, and Fletcher Spaght Ventures, where he sat on the board of numerous portfolio companies including Biocius, BioTrove, Metabolon, PhaseBio, and Proteus.

As chairman of the board of Altarum Institute, and treasurer of the Harvard Alumni Association, Dr. Fish has been very active in advancing social justice and anti-racism. Dr. Fish is a formerly a Trustee Advisor of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he has chaired the Patient Care Committee and currently chairs the Medical Education Committee. He is an ardent supporter of the Bowdoin Street Health Center, serving on its Leadership Council and running the Boston Marathon to fundraise for the Health Center.

A Cleveland, Ohio native who graduated Lutheran High School East in three years, Dr. Fish holds a BA in biochemistry from Harvard University and earned his medical degree from Yale University. He practiced Internal Medicine in rural Delaware before earning his MBA at Yale. Dr. Fish is a co-author on patents and publications.

Dr. Gail Riedel Jones
Class of 1970  ·  Inducted 2005

Upon graduation from Bowling Green State University with a dual major in Biology and Chemistry, Gail Jones worked as a medical technician both in Cleveland and in Spain where her husband, Scott, was stationed in the United States Air Force. She then worked in hematology in Chicago and at Hillcrest Hospital in Cleveland, while studying to become a medical doctor. Dr. Jones graduated with honors from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine and today, she maintains a full time medical practice at University Suburban Medical Center in South Euclid.

Dr. Jones is a senior instructor at CWRU and additionally serves on the faculty for University Hospitals, where she trains medical residents in family practice. In her limited spare time, she is a gifted quilter having won numerous awards for her work. Her quilting guild donates quilts to area charitable organizations.

Gail and her husband have three grown children and reside in Chardon, Ohio.

Dave Keller
Class of 1963  ·  Inducted 2003

Dave Keller graduated from Concordia University (River Forest, IL) and later earned a Master’s degree from Cleveland State University. Keller then returned to Lutheran East, his high school alma mater, and taught math, physics, lab science, and computer technology from 1974-1996. He chaired the Mathematics department and served as advisor to the Student Council.

Keller was a recipient of the Wegman Educator Award, which honors outstanding contributions to school, community, and church. He is remembered as one of Lutheran East’s most beloved teachers.

As a member of St. John Lutheran Church (South Euclid), Keller served as an elder, youth advisor, Sunday School teacher, and men’s Bible study leader.

Dave Keller passed away in 1997. He was a caring person who possessed a keen sense of humor. He was most noted for his rock-solid faith in Jesus.

John P. Kellogg, J.D.
Class of 1970  ·  Inducted 2020

John P. Kellogg, J.D., is the Program Director Master of Arts in Music Business at Berklee Online, Berklee College of Music.

A frequent commentator on entertainment, music industry, and music business issues, John has appeared on radio, television, and other media. He also served as a judge on the New England Emmy-award winning TV talent show Community Auditions. John was recently featured in three episodes of the documentary series The Story of the Songs focusing on Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin.

In his 30 plus years as an entertainment lawyer specializing in the music industry, his client list has included Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The O’Jays, the late Gerald Levert, LSG, rapper G. Dep of Bad Boy Records, and others. A songwriter and former singer with Cameo, Kellogg advocates for the rights of artists through his teaching and writings, which include his best-selling book, Take Care of Your Music Business, Taking the Legal and Business Aspects You Need to Know to 3.0, which reached #1 and #2 on the paperback and general music business category sales charts on Amazon.com.  

Former Assistant Chair of Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, John has written several peer-reviewed academic journal articles and both developed and taught the first free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the music business, Introduction to Music Business, a six-week program available through edX.org and a four-week MOOC, Foundations of the Music Business, available through Coursera.org. Combined, the courses have enrolled over 180,000 students since their inception. An active online educator, Kellogg authored and instructs two Berklee Online courses, Introduction to the Music Business and a graduate level offering, Music Business Revenue Streams.

A Hall of Fame member of BESLA (the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association), he was the first African-American to become President of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA).  

Richard Labus
Class of 1961  ·  Inducted 2002

Rick graduated from Lutheran High School East in 1961.

Professionally, Rick worked for 29 years for the Lake County Department of Human Services. He has served as Chair of the Boards of Christian Education for two Lutheran churches and schools: St. John Nottingham and St. John Euclid South.

In 2000, Rick played a key role in working to prevent the closure of Lutheran East. Rick has served on the Lutheran East Operating Board since its creation in 2002 and has been a member of the CLHSA (Cleveland Lutheran High School Association) Board of Directors for 18 years.

In 2006, Rick was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Softball Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was the recipient of the CLEEF (Cleveland Lutheran Educational Endowment Fund)’s Outstanding Lutheran School Leadership Award. From 2008 to present, he has worked at Lutheran East as the school’s Tuition Manager. Throughout the past several decades, Rick has often served as President of St. John Lutheran Church in South Euclid.

In his spare time, he has served as Director of the Euclid Church Sports League for 48 years and he is an accomplished Appalachian Trail hiker.

Dr. Arthur Miller
Class of 1976  ·  Inducted 2004

Dr. Arthur J. Miller (former member of St. John Lutheran Church in Garfield Heights) became an internationally recognized oceanographer through the inspiration and encouragement of his Lutheran East science teacher, Mr. Charles Sharp.

Miller earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Oceanography from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1980 and his Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego in 1986.

Today, Dr. Miller is a Distinguished Research Oceanographer, a Senior Lecturer in Climate Sciences, and is Head of the Oceans and Atmosphere Section of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD. He studies oceanic influences on climate variability using a combination of computer simulation models and observations. He also works with biologists to understand how environmental changes affect marine ecosystems.

Dr. Miller has served on numerous national and international committees, advised 18 Ph.D. students, mentored many other students, and engaged in public outreach through media appearances and public lectures. Miller, along with his wife and son, live in San Diego and enjoy welcoming visitors.

Cheryl Parker
Class of 1982  ·  Inducted 2007

Following her graduation from Lutheran East in 1982, Cheryl went on to attend and graduate from the Marquette University College of Journalism.
Currently, Cheryl serves as the Regional Director of Public and Government Affairs for AAA.

She is based in Cincinnati and oversees the department’s media relations, traffic safety, advocacy, and business line partnership efforts in parts of Ohio, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.

She joined AAA in January of 2012 after a successful television news career that included a reporting stint at WLWT in Cincinnati and 16 years as an anchor and reporter at WXIN-TV in Indianapolis.

Parker was appointed by the Ohio governor to the Executive Advisory Board of Drive Ohio. She also serves on the Kentucky governor’s Executive Committee on Highway Safety.

Dr. Russell Raymond
Class of 1971  ·  Inducted 2003

Dr. Russell Raymond is a 1971 graduate of Lutheran High School East and a graduate of Asbury University and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a noted cardiologist at The Cleveland Clinic and his work has been published in over 90 medical journals. He has received numerous awards in the field of cardiac medicine.

Each year since 1999, Dr. Raymond has organized a medical team which provides crucial care for hundreds of impoverished people in Honduras. He established The Raymond Foundation, which annually funds heart surgery for Honduran children at The Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Raymond is also active in the ministry of The Salvation Army as a member of its Greater Cleveland Advisory Board.

Rev. Rick Schalk
Class of 1972  ·  Inducted 2002

Richard (Rick) Schalk attended Zion Lutheran School, then Lutheran High School East. After graduating from Lutheran East in 1972, Rich Schalk earned Associates of Art degree from Concordia Lutheran College in Ann Arbor, MI, his Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, IN, his Master of Divinity degree from Christ Seminary-Seminex in St. Louis, MO, his Master of Sacred Theology from The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA in May 1987, and his Doctor of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA in May 1993.

Rick was ordained as a Minister of the Lutheran church in January 1983 and served as the Pastor of St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church in Pawtucket, RI from 1992 until 2004, and as the Pastor of The Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Foxboro, MA from 2004 until 2019. Pastor Schalk was the recipient of the Richard Rapp Memorial Award in Doctor of Ministry Studies.

He was active in resettlement efforts for Liberian refugees, helping with housing, food, clothing, and employment
opportunities in the United States.

Pastor Schalk passed away in 2020.

Ewald Sems
Class of 1962

Ewald was born into a German community in Poland, and his family fled to Germany toward the end of World War II. As the Russian army advanced, they fled further into what eventually became West Germany. Having lost everything, the family lived in a barn above the farm’s cattle for seven years until they qualified to emmigrate to the United States. In 1952, they came through Ellis Island in New York and settled in Cleveland, OH.  

The day after they arrived, Ewald began school at St. Paul’s on East 55th. He recalls that he did not speak a word of English, but the Lutheran teachers patiently taught him both the language and the scriptures through memorization. Following St. Paul’s, Ewald attended Lutheran High School East, where he says he was “just an average student,” but fondly remembers playing basketball and making friends for a lifetime.

After a teacher at Lutheran East encouraged him to take a college prep course, he graduated from LHSE in 1962 and subsequently graduated from Kent State in 1966 with a degree in accounting. In 1967, Ewald became a United States citizen and, as he says,  “was rewarded with a one year in Vietnam.”

During his working years, Sems was CFO of an industrial mineral company in Chardon. Ewald married wife Alice in 1969 and the couple has 3 children and 13 grandchildren. After retiring in 1996, Sems led the expansion of Pilgrim Lutheran Brethren Church and was involved in the development of Sandridge Golf Course in Chardon. He enjoy playing golf and spends the winters in Florida. Ewald says that his life is dedicated to Jesus Christ as stated in Ephesians 2:8-9: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Dr. Lynda Blackmon Smith
Class of 1969  ·  Inducted 2001

Lynda Blackmon Smith is a 1969 graduate of Lutheran High School East.

She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University and is an expert in psychotherapy, counseling, assessment, and testing.

Lynda is the President of Chemical Addiction Recovery Enterprises, Inc.

Additionally, she serves on multiple local, state, and national boards including those of The Chamber of
Commerce of Southeastern Connecticut, The Citizens Bank of Connecticut & Rhode Island, and the National Defense Advisory Committee of Women in the Services.

Anthony (Phil) Smith
Class of 1970  ·  Inducted 2004

Anthony (Phil) Smith (former member of St. Philip Lutheran Church) is a 1970 graduate of Lutheran East. Following high school, Smith went on to attend Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska, where he majored in math and trained to be a secondary school teacher.

After graduating in 1974 from Concordia, he earned a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Cleveland State University in 1980.

Phil then taught math at schools in Nebraska, the Bronx (New York), and Warrensville Heights before establishing himself in the Shaker Heights school system where he was a math and computer science teacher from 1986 until his retirement. Smith also served as Chairman of his school’s Computer Science department.

Smith has served as an active member of the Lutheran East Alumni Association, leading alumni activities such as the annual picnic, clean up days, the Alumni Hall of Fame, and re-connecting with alumni.

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