Class of 1980
Robert A. Cain, DO, FACOI, FAODME, 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).
Over the past two decades he has served on a number of local, state, and national committees, task forces, and boards in a variety of roles, including the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Council on Postdoctoral Training Institutions (COPTI), AOA Council on Postdoctoral Training (COPT), American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) Council on Education and Evaluation, ACOI Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) Board and Executive Committee, the AOA Blue Ribbon Commission on Osteopathic Medical Education, the
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) UME-GME Task Force, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Osteopathic Principles Committee.
Awards include the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators Leadership Award (2014), Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Master Clinical Faculty (2011), Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Standard of Excellence Award (2009), and the ACOI Teacher of the Year (2004).
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 High School in Lisbon, Ohio, a 1984 graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, 1988 graduate of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, a 1989 graduate of the traditional rotating internship program at Firelands Community Hospital in Sandusky, Ohio, a 1992 graduate of the internal medicine training program at Brentwood Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, and a 1994 graduate of the pulmonary medicine fellowship program at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. He completed Midwestern University’s Costin Institute for academic leadership in 2009. The American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine (AOBIM) recently recertified him in pulmonary medicine (2018).
Class of 1979
Gail Burton Foreman is the daughter of the late Frederick and Virginia Burton of the Old Fredericktown Road. Gail graduated from Beaver Local High School in 1979. She grew up in the Calcutta/Fredericktown area enjoying the woods and tub area surrounding her home. While at Beaver Local she was a member of the track team, sports editor of the school newspaper, and the president of the conservation club.
After graduating, she attended Kent State University and majored in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Upon completing her degree, Gail acquired a position as a Loss Prevention Investigator then moved into the position of a Workman’s Compensation Investigator and other Law loss related jobs for Giant Eagle Corporate. Realizing the education deficits through her investigations, Gail decided to enter the field of Education. She fell in love with education at Youngstown State University.
She received her BS and then her master’s in Special Education, Elementary Education and Secondary Education certifications. Gail began her teaching career at Leetonia High School and achieved Highly Qualified Status. While at Leetonia, Gail Coached Girls Softball, assisted with Volleyball and went on to become the Athletic Director. After she gave a professional development presentation in South Carolina, Gail was approached by then Superintendent Gary Norris and was asked if she would be interested in a position with Sarasota County Schools in Florida in 2005.
Gail continued to be recruited by Sarasota County schools and in 2007 accepted the job offer and moved to Bradenton, Florida where she now resides with her wife of 28 years, Patricia Cummins, and with their two dogs, King and Queenie.
As Gail began her new position at Booker High School she quickly began to realize once again the importance of her role as an educator. She taught struggling and unmotivated students Math and English. The students and Gail began developing trusting relationships and they soon began to flourish academically. The switch had been flipped and it has been in the ‘on’ position ever since. Gail is well known on the forty-seven-acre campus as a mentor to students and other teachers, is the Sarasota County Teachers Union representative and holds a seat on the executive board. Gail 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 Psychology and Sociology which are college level classes through Cambridge University, Cambridge England. Gail is also part of the Law Academy teaching Criminal Justice and Criminology as a magnet program at Booker High School. Gail also represents the school district in a variety of community programs with her beloved students. Of recent was the Boxer Institute on Racism and Intolerance.
Gail and her wife are also the guardians to Gail’s two cousins, Vivian and Linda, of whom also reside with Gail and Pat as well as Vivian‘s dog, Roxy.
Gail arrives at school at 6:15 a.m. to meet students in need of tutoring, food, clothing or just a hug and leaves when their needs are met. Gail is constantly working to ensure the homeless in her classes are fed, computers are secured, clothes and college tuition are secured through scholarships, grants or because of student need qualifications.
Gail and Pat also ensure that students whom are unable to pay for their cap and gown and senior trips don’t go without (secretively). During Thanksgiving and Christmas you can find any number of students and their families at Gail and Pat’s house for dinner and love. There are always gifts, laughter and holiday cheer shared around a fire after a family meal.
Gail and Pat currently have several graduates in college they assist and plan to continue to do so in the future. Gail’s students from Leetonia and Booker High School leave her as graduates and then become her friends and family of which she is most proud. Gail is listed in Who’s Who among American Teachers several times, received Teacher of the Year 2009 and in 2012 and continually is nominated yearly. “I am in it for the outcome not the income and my babies know it. I expect their best and I get it.” I am proud to be an educator. “I am very blessed every year to spend 180 instructional days with the future.”
Class of 1981
Keith is a 1981 graduate of Beaver Local High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati in 1986 and later his Pharmacy Doctorate from the University of Florida.
Keith 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 twelve 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.
Service, education and family are important to Keith. Upon graduation from college, he returned to our community and has been very active in the Beaver Local School system. He served on the Board of Education from 2001 to 2012 and as 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 for Beaver Local graduates. In 2017, Keith was appointed to the Board of Trustees for Eastern Gateway Community College.
Keith has been very active in the Destination Imagination program at Beaver Local and has coached DI teams for ten years, with two of his teams advancing to the Global Tournament. Keith has represented Beaver Local as host and as a Site Director for two Regional DI tournaments and this year’s State DI Tournament.
In 1986, Keith married his college sweetheart, Heidi, also a pharmacist. Together they operate a 116 acre farm almost within sight of Beaver Local’s beautiful 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.
Class of 1983
Brent McConnell, a 1983 Beaver Local High School graduate, grew up in Negley and served 20 years in the US 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 US and overseas. Commissioned a US 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 US weapons shared internationally are in the best interest of US national security and he has received personal recognition for his work with India, Israel, Korea, Ukraine and the Philippines.
Often attending school at night after a full day’s work plus a part-time job, he received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland, Master’s Degree from The George Washington University and attended the Universities of Hawaii, Virginia and Harvard. He twice received the Pentagon’s Defense Exceptional Civilian Service medal, the US Air Force’s Top Senior CiviliAward, and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award. Brent devotes much of his time to serving in his church and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Brent gives tremendous thanks to the love of his life, Im Sun, for her sacrifice, devotion and wisdom. Brent and 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.