Brooke Meredith Katzman has received her doctorate degree in chemistry from Emory University in Atlanta.

Katzman graduated magna cum laude from Youngstown State University with a dual degree in chemistry and biology in 2009. While at YSU, she received several merit-based awards in chemistry, including the Irwin Cohen Scholarship for undergraduate research in chemistry, the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh Award, the Hypercube Scholars Chemistry Award and the American Chemical Society Penn-Ohio Border Section Award.

A native of Boardman and 2005 graduate of Boardman High School, Katzman is the daughter of Edward and Bonnie Katzman.

She will continue her scientific career as a postdoctoral fellow in clinical chemistry at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Zachary John Liptak, formerly of Boardman, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Particles and Fields with a doctorate in high-energy particle physics.

He graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School in 2004 and earned bachelor’s degrees in physics and Japanese from the University of Notre Dame in 2009.

Liptak has accepted a position at the University of Colorado at Boulder as a postdoctoral researcher on the T2K, LBNE and NA61 experiments. He lives in Boulder, Colo., with his wife, Mina, and son, Kenshin Elijah.

He is the son of Ronald and Constance Liptak of Boardman.


Laura Ann Canale, daughter of Larry and Ann Canale of Columbiana, was sworn into the practice of law by Judge Joseph Vukovich of the 7th District Court of Appeals.

She received her juris doctorate during a commencement ceremony Jan. 25, graduating magna cum laude from the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in Lansing, Mich.

While at Thomas M. Cooley, she completed an externship with Justice Bridget Mary McCormack of the Michigan Supreme Court. She also completed three terms in the Cooley Innocence Project. She is a 2002 graduate of Canfield High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in criminal justice, both at Youngstown State University.

Laura Laine Pollander of Andover recently graduated magna cum laude from the Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Conn.

In addition to earning her juris doctor degree, she was awarded a concentration in intellectual-property law with honors. She has been registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office since 2012.

While at Quinnipiac, Pollander was inducted into the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society, was president of the Intellectual Property Law Society, served as Yale Sappern Fellow in the New Haven superior court and was the articles and opinions editor of the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal.

She received six distinguished academic-achievement awards and a service-to-the-law school award. Pollander’s student note also was chosen for publication in the Probate Law Journal.

Before attending law school, Pollander graduated in 2010 from Mount Union College in Alliance with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with a major in biology.

A 2006 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School, Pollander is the daughter of Dr. Edward and Pamela Pollander of Andover.


Craig Cusano earned his doctor of pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

Cusano is a 2007 graduate of Boardman High School. He is the son of Linda Macala.

He has accepted a position with GSW Worldwide in Columbus as associate medical director.

Michael Francis Perry, son of Brian and Michele Perry of Boardman, graduated from the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University.

Dr. Perry, who will be doing a pediatrics residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, was named the Outstanding Student in Pediatrics at the graduation ceremony.

He is the grandson of Helen Gallo and the late Michael Gallo and Rebecca Perry and the late Francis Perry, all of Leetonia.


Stephen T. Bolton of the Youngstown law firm Manchester, Newman & Bennett will serve a three-year term as District 13 representative on the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association.

District 13 includes 442 members who practice in Columbiana and Mahoning counties.

Bolton will succeed Atty. Joseph L. Ludovici of East Liverpool, whose term ended June 30. The 24-member board meets monthly to manage the association’s business affairs, set policy, review pending legislation and conduct other business on behalf of OSBA members.

Bolton earned both his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Virginia. He focuses his law practices in the areas of commercial litigation, and oil and gas law. He also belongs to the Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana county bar associations. He received the Mahoning County Bar Association’s Professionalism Award in 2008.

Bolton lives in Lowellville with his wife, Deborah, a registered nurse. They have four grown children and recently celebrated the birth of their second grandchild.

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