Our 2022 Inductees

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Barbara (Czyzewski) Masten, 1966

Barbara remembers a few favorite teachers at Woodward, notably: Jim Wilusz, Don Bahna, and especially, Eileen Hudgin. In fact, Barbara thought so highly of her that she emulated Mrs. Hudgin’s teaching theory and techniques into her own teaching style. Barbara had taught English at Lourdes College (now University) for 25 years, when she retired. Barbara created and directed many programs at Lourdes and has received several awards. She was an Associate Professor and Chair of the English Dept. She earned her B.Ed. and M.Ed. at The University of Toledo.

 

Her husband of 46 years, Bill, passed away in 2018. She has a son, Todd (Ann) and is delighted with two granddaughters.

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Toni (Heidelberg) Gerber, 1968

Toni says that her experiences and education at Hamilton and Woodward helped her evolve into the person she’s become. After serving as principal at Sylvania’s Central/Central Trail Elementary for 22 years, Toni retired and has working in the educational field ever since!She is the VP of the Autism Model School Bd. of Ed., among other roles with several organizations. She received her Bachelor’s in Science, and Master’s in Ed. Administration& Supervision from The University of Toledo.


Toni and her husband, Ken, also a ’68 grad,will celebrate their 49th anniversary in March, 2022. They have two daughters: Kristy (Clay),Melissa (David), and four grandchildren.

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Ric Wolkins, 1970

Ric learned to play the trumpet from his dad, had his first public appearance at age nine, and he’s been performing ever since! Ric felt so honored that Keith Biler, his band director, had submitted his name to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Rose Bowl Parade, and the first McDonald’s All-American Band in ’69. He was in the Marching Band at our U. of Toledo, then went to the U. of North Texas and performed with a jazz band. Ric has played with several local well-known bands & jazz groups, in the Toledo Symphony for 55 years, and has played with well-known musicians, such as Dizzy Gillespie, and ten years with Bobby Vinton. He frequently plays at Detroit’s Fisher Theater.     

 

His wife is Karen and his children are Ben (Trisha), Lindsay, Kiera,and he has two grandchildren.

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Pam Hays, 1972

At Woodward, Pam was active in the marketing club, DECA, having won many contest seven at the national level. After graduation, she attended classes for licenses and certifications, which she used in her employment and her businesses. She was seriously injured in 2000. The aftermath of this accident left her with traumatic brain, skull, and back injuries. Residual challenges led her to the need to help military and vets with similar injuries and conditions. In 2009, Pam created a non-profit, “The Arms Forces,” that provided helpful services and programs to military and vets who had Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD. Pam used her marketing skills to develop the fundraising. She is now working with Behavioral Health as a Vocational Professional.

 

She has 5 children and 11 grandchildren.

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William B. Hones, 1975

His life-long passion is music, and he is an internationally recognized professional bass player. He is grateful to the mentorship of Keith Biler and Al Haga at WHS. William’s 40+ year musical career has taken him from our Peristyle, to the White House and numerous symphonies here and abroad, including playing for the Dali Lama in Tibet. He has appeared with numerous stars including Ray Charles. He played with the Air Force Band for 26 years and served as Principal Bassist and Non Commissioned Officer in Charge of USAF Strings. William earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music from BGSU and U.of Akron, respectively. He’s now teaching bass at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

 

He and his wife, Amy, live in Maryland. They have two children, Daniel and Joyce, and one grandchild.

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Leslie (Gunner) Losh, 1975

Dan Duvendack encouraged Leslie, his Saga Editor, to go into business and she followed his advice! After graduating as Co-Valedictorian, Leslie earned her BBA from The University of Toledo, and her MBA from DePaul. Leslie became a leader among her clients in the market research industry. Eventually, Leslie purchased a small research company, renamed it Mindseye Research Group, and transformed it into a respected boutique firm that, today, works with Fortune 500 companies. Her business is in Wheaton, IL, and has a satellite office in Racine, WI.

She was married to her Woodward high school sweetheart, Ken, who passed away after 28 years of marriage. She has two children, Gillian and Alec.