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Alumni Spotlight #14 - Tula Arfaras O'Neal

 

 

 

TULA ARFARAS O’NEAL
Class of 1978

Tula Arfaras O'Neal


Tula O’Neal was born into a family of Red Devils who revered their Campbell traditions. Her parents, William and Fay (Mastorides) Arfaras, were Campbell graduates who chose to also provide  their children with an outstanding Campbell education. Tula’s sister, Stamatia (Mastorides) Hruby, graduated in 1966; her brother, John Arfaras, is a 1980 graduate; and, Tula is a proud member of the class of 1978.

While attending Campbell Memorial High School, Tula was active in a multitude of extra-curricular and athletic activities, including Reveler and Memo staff, Red & Black Drama Club and the golf team.

After graduation from high school, Tula attended Youngstown State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, majoring in Health and Physical Education, in June, 1983. She immediately pursued a Master’s Degree in Physical Education at The University of West Virginia,attaining that goal in June, 1984. A lifelong learner, Mrs. O’Neal also holds  Masters +55 status and has obtained a plethora of certifications, licenses, endorsements and advanced training in her continual efforts to educate others in the most conducive manner. She also strives to be informed of recent developments in the education field as is evidenced in her participation in:The Society of Health and Physical Education, The National, Ohio and Campbell Education Associations,The Ohio Association for Health and Physical Education,The International Coaches Federation and Delta Kappa Gamma, Mu Chapter.

During her 33 year tenure as a Campbell teacher, Mrs. O’Neal has also expended countless hours of volunteerism as she has served as a leadership advisor for Operation Keepsake since 2010. This organization enables students the opportunity to address pressing issues facing today’s youth. Each year, Mrs. O’Neal’s students produced films that assist teens in developing strategies which build healthy relationships and strong character. Tula’s students have won various awards in the “Friends 4 Friends” Film Festival, including four Best Film Awards. She is also a founder of the Volunteer Club which encourages and tracks students’ volunteerism in the community. For her efforts, Tula was the recipient of the  1998 JC Penney Golden Rule Award for exceptional volunteer service for education. Furthermore, as the sponsor of the class of 2003, Mrs O’Neal organized  many fundraising events and activities which allowed her students to incur minimal fees for senior events and graduation. Tula is highly involved in the lives of her students, always striving to meet their needs.

In the athletic realm, Mrs. O’Neal was a longtime trainer for  Campbell Memorial athletes, including the 1989 State Champion Runner- up Football Team under Head Coach Ed Rozum and Head Coach Brian Danilov’s 1993 State Champion Basketball Team. She also served as a CMHS Track & Cross Country Coach, taking 1993 long jumper, Stacie Cepin, to state. In an effort to involve as many Campbell students as possible in athletics, Mrs. O’Neal assisted in writing a “Tee Time for Kids”  grant from the United States Golf Association to create a summer golf program. This grant provided  the students of Campbell City Schools the opportunity to learn the game of golf and secured the equipment and funds for playing the game. Campbell City Schools was awarded this grant for six years( 1999-2005). Because of the overwhelming success of the program, Mrs. O’Neal was invited to speak about Campbell’s Tee Time for Kids golf program at the USGA’s Pikes Peak Summit.

In 2013, Tula co-authored a book, The Safe Zone: Lifestyle Improvement Manual and Alternative Approach to Stress Management , with Kim Hamilton, RN. Mrs. O’Neal also works for the Positive Choice Network in the area of Leadership, Education and Development. Her involvement in this pursuit led to her participation in a pro-bono coaching initiative which responses to the needs of workers and volunteers involved in the global refugee crisis.  It is obvious that Tula’s thirst for knowledge is insatiable as she is always teaching a class or taking a class.

Mrs. O’Neal is also highly involved in her Greek Orthodox religion. She and her family are members of St. Michael’s Greek Orthodox Church in Campbell and St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Church in Youngstown. Tula actively participates in all aspects of her faith, serving in a multitude of capacities in both church congregations.

Mrs. O’Neal was also an integral part of our organization’s growth. Tula, and her class of 2003, are founding trustees of our association; and ,she, and her family members, are also founding trustees. Tula has admirably never refused our numerous requests for her help as she has encouraged others to join the alumni association, served as the photographer for several of our events, motivated our students to apply for our scholarships and organized many of our functions. Mrs. O’Neal has never wavered in her dedication to her alma mater and continues to serve in any capacity to further assist in our growth.

Tula and her husband, Dan, reside in Canfield, Ohio. They have one son, Dr. Daniel O’Neal, who is engaged to Dr. Jessica Casterline. Daniel and Jessica are graduates of Northeast Ohio Medical University and are currently 2nd year residents at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Daniel is completing a residency in interventional radiology, while Jessica is a pediatric resident.

Mrs. Tula Arfaras O’Neal is a steadfast leader, teacher and mentor. She has worked tirelessly to enrich the lives of our Campbell students and to encourage them to carry on our proud traditions. The Campbell Memorial High School Alumni Association is grateful for her many unselfish acts; and, we are pleased to induct this extraordinary woman into our 2019 Campbell Memorial High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame.



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