Comella, Sultz named winners of Ping Recent Graduate Award

Kate Ann Wright Comella, BSEC '92, and Christopher Sultz, BBA '87, are the recipients of the 1997-98 Ping Recent Graduate Award from the Ohio University Alumni Association. The award re cognizes graduates of the past 15 years who have shown active interest in the university and/or how an Ohio University education has been a factor in their career development.
Kate Comella, BSEC '92

The award is named for President Emeritus Charles J. Ping and his wife, Claire. Ping was president of Ohio University from 1975 to 1994 and is executive director of the uni versity's Cutler Scholars Program.

With background in early childhood development and psychology from Ohio University, Comella studied Montessori teacher education at the Columbus Montessori Center and went on to establish the Peaceful Children Montessori School in Kirtland in Northeastern Ohio in 1996. Comella remains an administrator and teacher at the school.

Montessori teaching is based on the belief that young children learn best in an environment that supports individual development and a personalized path of learning.

Christopher Sultz, BBA '87
An active member of the Ohio University Women's Club of Cleveland since her graduation, Comella has served as a program chair and currently is co-chair of the club's Ways and Means Committee. She organizes activities for the Siblings' Weekend trip to Athens each year, including coordinating 14 buses of mo re than 600 siblings.

Sultz, who graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University and earned an MBA from the University of Michigan, is senior vice president of industrial operations for Prime Group Realty Trust in Chicago, a real estate investment trust with 10 million square feet of office and industrial property holdings.

Sultz is treasurer of the Greater Chicago Chapter of the Alumni Association. He established an endowed scholarship with the Honors Tutorial College and is a regular sp eaker at the College of Business' annual Career Day. He also has served on the Honors Tutorial College Board of Visitors.

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