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Lakeland Alumni Hall of Fame members, from left, Mary Wynne-Peaspanen, Louise Sullivan, Christine Weber-Bresky, Linda Erdei, Melissa Amspaugh, Linda Cappelli-O’Brien and John Paganini.

The Lakeland Community College Alumni and Friends Network recently inducted seven new members into the 2018 Lakeland Alumni Hall of Fame. The award honors Lakeland graduates who have made a difference in their careers, in the community and at Lakeland.

Amongst this year’s Lakeland Alumni Hall of Fame inductees is Linda M. Erdei, Lakeland class of 1977; who graduated with a Masters of Science in Forensic Science from FIU. Her colleagues include: Melissa Amspaugh, class of 1989; Linda Cappelli-O’Brien, class of 1969; John Paganini, class of 1981; Louise R. Sullivan, class of 1990; Christine M. Weber-Bresky, class of 1987; and Mary Wynne-Peaspanen, class of 1978.

Erdei began working at the Lake County Crime Lab (LCCL) in 1992 and retired as its director this past August. Under her leadership, the forensic laboratory obtained national accreditation for the first time in 2000 and international accreditation for the first time in 2009. Erdei has been involved with the western Reserve Junior Service League and Birthright of Lake County. She lives in Mentor and is an ongoing student at Lakeland, taking classes in jewelry and metals. Her jewelry has been exhibited in the Gallery at Lakeland where she has been awarded for her body of work.

Previously inducted members of the Lakeland Hall of Fame established the Alumni Hall of Fame Scholarship. To date, more than $14,000 has been raised to help Lakeland students achieve their academic goals.

Congratulations Linda!

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