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Four will enter Beaver Local Hall of Fame

CALCUTTA — The Beaver Local Alumni Association will induct four new members into its Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Occasions Event Center here. Tickets for the induction dinner are available at Ponderosa in Calcutta or by calling Marcie Guy 330-801-2597.

— Robert A. Cain, DO, FACOI, FAODME, who currently serves as the associate dean for clinical education at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. In this role he has oversight of business development and relationship management for clinical experiences associated with undergraduate and graduate medical education (GME).

As part of his GME related duties, he functions as the chief academic officer for the Ohio Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE), a statewide medical education consortium. Prior to this university appointment he served as the director of medical education (DME) at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio (2006-2014) and as the director of the internal medicine residency program at the same facility (1999-2007).

As a specialist in pulmonary medicine, Dr. Cain operated a private practice in Dayton, Ohio from 1994-2008.

He is a 1980 graduate of Beaver Local,

— Gail Burton Foreman, the daughter of the late Frederick and Virginia Burton of the Old Fredericktown Road, graduated from Beaver Local in 1979.

She began her teaching and coaching career at Leetonia High School and in 2007 accepted a job offer with Sarasota County, Fla., schools. She moved to Bradenton, Florida where she now resides with her wife of 28 years, Patricia Cummins, and with their two dogs, King and Queenie.

Foreman provides regular professional development to staff in the school district. She advises student government, student activities and the Gay Straight Alliance. She also coached softball and is part of the Renaissance Team. In her current teaching position Gail has a full day. She teaches two units of U.S. history, AICE Sociology which are college level classes through Cambridge University in England. She is also part of the Law Academy teaching criminal justice and criminology as a magnet program at Booker High School.

Foreman and her wife are also the guardians to Gail’s two cousins, Vivian and Linda.

— Brent McConnell, a 1983 Beaver Local High School graduate, grew up in Negley and served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2004.

During his early career as a Korean cryptologic linguist he was trained in Korean and Chinese language for work at intelligence sites in the U.S. and overseas. Commissioned an Air Force officer in 1993, he completed intelligence officer training for assignments that included foreign intelligence organizations, the National Security Agency and the Joint Chiefs of Staff and retired from the military on 2004.

He currently serves as chief, international policy for the defense technology security administration in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and is responsible for international weapons negotiations on behalf of the Pentagon. He leads the office responsible for ensuring U.S. weapons shared internationally are in the best interest of U.S. national security and he has received personal recognition for his work with India, Israel, Korea, Ukraine and the Philippines.

Brent and his wife, Im Sun, recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary and are the parents of Brandon, a Department of Homeland Security cyber systems engineer, and Joshua, a college student and Air National Guard cyber operations member.

Brent’s parents, Shirley and Robert Kontnier reside in Negley and his father Larry resides in East Liverpool.

— Keith Meredith, Pharm.D., a 1981 graduate of Beaver Local, began his pharmacy career working as a staff pharmacist at various retail and hospital pharmacies, eventually advancing his hospital pharmacy career by working as the director of pharmacy at East Liverpool City Hospital for 12 years. He followed that with six years as the director of pharmacy at Salem Regional Medical Center.

In 2013, Keith was appointed to his current position as the vice president of clinical operations at Salem Regional Medical Center. He is responsible for overseeing several clinical departments including pharmacy, laboratory, rehab services, cardiopulmonary and the medical imaging department.

Meredith served on the Beaver Local school board from 2001 to 2012 and was board president for five years. Since 2015, he has been an active member of the Beaver Local Schools Foundation, working to raise money for scholarships. In 2017, Keith was appointed to the board of trustees for Eastern Gateway Community College.

In 1986, Meredith married his college sweetheart, Heidi, also a pharmacist. Together they operate a 116-acre farm almost within sight of Beaver Local’s new school. He considers his greatest achievement as being successfully raised by his three daughters, Emily, Claire and Laurel. All three are valedictorian/summa cum laude graduates of Beaver Local.

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