The 2018 Inductees into the Riverside High School Hall of Fame
There was a record number of nominations for the 2018 Riverside High School Hall of Fame. The committee had extremely difficult decisions this year.
There are three categories: Alumni, Athlete, and Faculty& Staff.
You are more than welcome to attend the Award Ceremonies Saturday, October 13, 2018. Download this form to RSVP.
Kristen Ann Keefe, PhD - Alumni
Kristen Ann Keefe, PhD, Class of 1980, is a 2018 inductee into the RHS Hall of Fame, Alumni Category. Currently a professor and researcher at the University of Utah, she has been recognized for outstanding leadership in the fields of pharmacy and neuroscience. She serves in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology within the College of Pharmacy at U of U. She and her team at the University have researched and published materials on Parkinson’s disease and brain plasticity as it relates to drug addiction. She has mentored post-doctoral fellows, students working on doctoral dissertations, undergraduate students, and high school students in research experiences. She has served on 49 PhD dissertation committees at U of U and other institutions. She has generated ten million dollars in federal funding for research.
Dr. John Vonhof - Alumni
Dr. John Vonhof, Class of 1979, completes the Alumni Category of 2018 inductees into the Hall of Fame. For the past 27 years he has worked for the Boeing Company in program management of various Air Force platforms, including the F-18, F-15, T-45 and C-17. He has also been involved in the Cryogenic Upper Stage Delta IV rocket, the Future Combat System Contract for the Army, the C-130 and the B-1 Bomber programs. The work he performs for these programs is classified with the U.S. Government.
His areas of expertise include program management, finance, cost analysis, negotiations, accounting and cyber security. He is now Senior System Security Engineer for the Boeing B-1 Bomber. For five years (1985 – 1990) he was an engineering supervisor for the Lockheed Corporation and supervised 25 technicians.
Eric Lakia - Athlete
Eric Lakia, Class of 2003, is another inductee into the Hall of Fame, Athletic Division. At Riverside he broke school records that have not been equaled and continues still with a coaching career that began after graduation from Ashland University.
Wrestling has been Eric’s focus, and he was a 4-time state qualifier in the sport, the only one in the school’s history. As a 4-year varsity letter winner, he set a school record with 155 career wins and never lost a dual meet from 7th through 12th grade. He also placed 5th in the state tournament in 2002. Eric also played football his freshman, junior and senior years, winning Touchdown Club honors and 2nd team PAC his senior year. Additionally he played baseball his freshman and senior years.
Merralee Retallick - Alumni
Merralee Retallick, Class of 1981, joins the 2018 inductees into the Hall of Fame, Alumni Category. She recently retired from her role as managing partner with the ENVISION team at DXC Technology (formerly Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP). DXC Technology is the world’s leading IT services company, and her role in the small ENVISION Global Advisory group attests to her extensive background in consulting engineering, and computer science.
She previously held vice-presidency positions with Konica Minolta Business Solutions and Greater Bay Bank. For 13 years she worked in management positions for Keane, Inc., and before that in engineering roles with GE.
Courtney Kolesar Eppich - Athlete
Courtney Kolesar Eppich, Class of 2004, is a 2018 inductee into the Hall of Fame, Athletic Category. She was one of Riverside High School’s stand-outs on the girls’ basketball team and earned a full athletic scholarship for college.
A 4-year letter winner, she was the team’s MVP and scored the most points in the school’s history (1,251) as well as the most in a single game (34). The News-Herald chose her as an all-star senior and named her MVP of the N-H Classic, and she achieved all-star status with the Greater Cleveland Basketball Coaches Association.
Luise Hanold - Faculty Staff
Luise Hanold, retired RHS science teacher, is a 2018 inductee into the Hall of Fame, Faculty and Staff Category. After teaching at various other schools, including John R. Williams Junior High, she taught chemistry and math at the high school from 1978 – 1995.
Her ability to inspire students by conveying her vast knowledge in science inspired many students to pursue careers in the field. Her superior intelligence and curiosity about the world were legendary among her friends on the faculty.