Gannon helped me launch my second career. After 21 years in nursing, I decided to pursue a career in social work—and Gannon was clearly the place to achieve that goal. The program featured excellent professors and offered internship opportunities that have enhanced my career: since graduation, I have earned a master’s degree in social administration from Case Western Reserve University, received my clinical social worker licensure and worked at several agencies.
Presently, I have a thriving private practice where I do psychotherapy and adoption work, specializing in obsessive-compulsive and anxiety disorders and grief counseling.
David H. Peace ’86
As a Gannon student, I worked in the Physical Plant and was assigned the easy jobs, repairing mowers and other campus equipment. When one of the large tractors broke, I tore the engine apart, ordered new parts and fixed it. From then on, I worked alongside the campus mechanics while taking courses in heat transfer and thermodynamics—but also philosophy and theology.
I earned my MBA from Cleveland State University, and today, I am responsible for all facets of technology development, materials science and new product development as vice president of engineering for Swagelok Co. in Solon, Ohio. I enjoy using the liberal arts side of my education as I develop the team, environment and resources where creativity and innovation can thrive.