Syracuse University Magazine

Class Notes

Mel Rubenstein ’57 (WSM) of Manlius, N.Y., published The Peacetime Draft During the Cold War: Its Impact on a Generation of Americans, a compilation of stories from 19 individuals who served from 1953 to 1964 as a result of the draft.

Irma Raker ’59 (A&S), a retired Court of Appeals judge, received the Maryland State Bar Foundation 2009 Annual H. Vernon Eney Award for outstanding leadership in working to improve government and the administration of justice.

Harrison V. Williams Jr. L’59 (LAW) of Fayetteville, N.Y., was named in the 2009 issue of New York Super Lawyers —Upstate Edition. Williams is an attorney at the Green & Seifter firm representing corporate, bank, and individual clients in banking, real estate, insurance, and construction. 


Lewis Grossberger ’62 (A&S/NEW) of New York City writes a blog on a range of topics at True/

Bob Bond ’64 (WSM) of Weaverville, N.C., returned from a Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer assignment in Kenya, where he assisted a small-scale farmer’s sunflower seed-and-oil business. Farmer-to-Farmer is part of the U.S. foreign aid program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Its goal is to improve the lives of small-scale and private farmers and agribusiness entrepreneurs worldwide. 

Melinda Blau ’65 (EDU) of Northampton, Mass., co-wrote Consequential Strangers: The Power of People Who Don’t Seem to Matter… But Really Do (W.W. Norton & Co). The book focuses on the role of personal connections beyond family and friends, such as those we know casually and interact with in our activities. Consequential Strangers creates a portrait of a new social landscape—on and off the Internet—and its significant impact on business, creativity, the work place, physical and mental health, and the strength of communities. 

Patrick Morelli ’66 (A&S) was commissioned to create a life-sized sculpture of 14th-century Muslim scholar and historian Ibn Khaldun for display at Columbia University. 

Virginia Ward Tanzmann ’68, G’69 (ARC) is a member of the Bond Oversight Committee for the Los Angeles Unified School District. An architect, she represents the American Institute of Architects on the committee, bringing expertise in school facilities and cost control and encouraging sustainable design.

Tom Truxes G’68 (WSM) of Westbrook, Conn., received recognition for his book, Defying Empire: Trading with the Enemy in Colonial New York (Yale University Press). The book was a runner-up for the 2009 Francis Parkman Prize, awarded annually by the Society of American Historians for the best nonfiction book on an American theme. Truxes is a senior lecturer in graduate studies in history at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

Don Bredes ’69 (A&S) of Danville, Vt., wrote The Errand Boy (Three Rivers Press), the third in a series of literary suspense novels.

Doug Brode G’69 (A&S), an adjunct professor at the Newhouse School, wrote Shooting Stars of the Small Screen: Encyclopedia of TV Western Actors (University of Texas Press). He is currently writing Dream West, about theatrical western films, and Yellow Rose of Texas: The Myth of Emily Morgan.


Donna E. Shalala G’70 (MAX), president of the University of Miami, is a board member of the American Philosophical Society.

Glenn A. Bateman ’71 (A&S) of Buffalo, N.Y., retired after 34 years as a physical education teacher at Tonawanda High School. 

Caryl Andrea Oberman ’71 (A&S) of Elkins Park, Pa., was named a 2009 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine and Law and Politics magazine. Oberman represents children and their parents in educational matters. 

Thomas William Baker ’72 (A&S) of Atlanta, Ga., joined the health law group of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.

David F. D’Alessandro ’72 (Utica College) of Weston, Mass., was awarded an Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations for his work as chairman and CEO of John Hancock Financial Services. 

Kevin F. McMurray ’72 (A&S) of Brewster, N.Y., wrote Desire Turned Deadly: The True Story of a Beautiful Girl, Her Teenage Sweetheart, and the Love that Ended in Murder (St. Martin’s Press). 

Michael Beebe ’73 (NEW) of Buffalo co-wrote with Maki Becker The Bike Path Killer (Kensington Books), the true story of an accused serial rapist and murderer.

Gayle R. Berg ’74 (EDU) was appointed to Boston University’s Board of Overseers. She is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at BU’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. 

Sheryl Dicker L’75 (LAW) wrote Reversing the Odds: Improving Outcomes for Babies in the Child Welfare System (Brookes Publishing Company), addressing healthy child development in the welfare system. 

Max Ginsberg ’75 (A&S/NEW) exhibited 25 contemporary paintings in his Know Justice Know Peace series at the Missing Peace Art Space in Dayton, Ohio. 

Robert P. Mitchell G’75 (NEW) of Boston is the Faculty of Arts and Sciences assistant dean for diversity relations and communications at Harvard University.  

Robert Rupp G’75, G’83 (MAX), professor of history and political science at West Virginia Wesleyan College, was a finalist for West Virginia’s 2008 Professor of the Year. Rupp has been a member of the Wesleyan faculty since 1989 and is the president of the college’s faculty senate.

Dawn Turco ’75 (EDU), senior vice president of educational operations for the Hadley School for the Blind, won the 2009 Excellence in Rehabilitation Award from the Illinois Chapter of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. 

David Wildnauer ’76 (ARC) of Walpole, Mass., develops educational content for the Green Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable practices by children, families, and communities.

Thomas Fensch G’77 (NEW) of Richmond, Va., published Essential Elements of Steinbeck (ASJA Press), analyzing the career of author John Steinbeck. 

Bob Costantini ’78 (NEW) is a correspondent with CNN Radio in Washington, D.C.

Jay Kramer ’78 (WSM) of Laguna Beach, Calif., is vice president of worldwide marketing at SEPATON, a leader in data protection solutions.

Deborah Raines ’78 (NUR) is director of the Scholarship of Teaching program at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. 

Pamela B. Henning ’79 (NEW) is senior vice president of integrated and emerging media at FOX Cable Entertainment Networks in New York City. She is the first woman to hold this position. 

Mark Grimm G’79 (NEW) published Everyone Can Be a Dynamic Speaker: Yes, I Mean You!, a book available at He owns Mark Grimm Communications, an Albany, N.Y., firm that provides public speaking training and media relations services.

Richard Whittaker G’79 (MAX) was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and is a vicar at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Tooele, Utah. 


JoAnn Laing ’80 (WSM) of Palisades Park, N.J., wrote The Janus Principle (Brick Tower Press), advising company owners on selling to small businesses. It is her third book.

Bob Black ’81 (NEW) and David Goren ’81 (NEW) were honored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. In voting by their peers, Black was named Virginia Sportscaster of the Year and Goren was named North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year. Goren just finished a 20-year career at WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, N.C. Black is the University of Richmond’s assistant athletic director for communications and has been the play-by-play voice of Spider football and basketball since 1983. During their college years, the two worked together at SU’s WAER-FM. 

Sandra Freund Coonley ’81 (CHD) opened One Stop Kid Shop, a children’s store in Malvern, Pa. Husband Charlie ’80, G’83 (ESF) is an account manager with Varian Inc. Son Brian ’09 (EDU/MAX) was Class Marshal for the School of Education and is attending graduate school at The Peabody School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

Desare Frazier ’81 (NEW) is executive director of communications and marketing at MINACT, a leading provider of career training and support services to government agencies and businesses in Jackson, Miss.

Anthony D’Angelo ’82 (NEW/A&S), G’97 (NEW) of Camillus, N.Y., is director of operations for St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center Foundation.

Rick Lyke ’82 (NEW) served on a panel at the Livestrong Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland, addressing the stigma that cancer survivors face while battling the disease. A survivor of prostate cancer, Lyke founded Pints for Prostates, a campaign that uses the universal language of beer to encourage men to take charge of their health. 

Gerianne Wright Downs ’83 (NEW) is assistant director of public relations and publications in the Office of Institutional Advancement at SUNY Plattsburgh and editor of Plattsburgh Magazine. She and husband Jack announce the birth of daughter Brigid Melissa, who joins sisters Margaret Mary, 11, and Patricia Anne, 8. 

Syd Jones ’83 (A&S/NEW) of Denver is executive director of Big City Mountaineers, a nonprofit organization benefiting inner-city youth.

Craig E. Colton G’84 (MAX) wrote Perilous Place, Powerful Storms: Hurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana (University Press of Mississippi) about the causes and consequences of flawed protection levees after Hurricane Katrina.

Dana Klein ’85 (NEW) is honorary consulate general for the Republic of Macedonia with a mission to create business, educational, and cultural exchanges and alliances. Klein is the owner of DKMC Inc., a public relations firm in Hollywood, Fla. 

Vincent Legg ’85 (VPA) is the chief financial officer of the Dentsu America advertising agency in New York City. He is responsible for business and financial operations and implementing the agency’s business strategy. 

Randall Luther ’85 (ARC) is principal of the architectural firm Tai Soo Kim Partners in Hartford, Conn.

Joseph D’Agnese ’86 (NEW/A&S) and his wife Denise Kiernan wrote Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence (Quirk Books). They are now traveling through the original 13 colonies in search of historic sites associated with the signers for a documentary film.

Craig Giangiulio ’87 (NEW) is executive director of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice in Philadelphia. 

Greg Rapp ’87 (VPA) of Chapel Hill, N.C., is founder of The FurnitureLab, creating inventive tables and chairs for dining areas in restaurants, hotels, universities, and airports. 

Frank F. Britt ’88 (WSM) is president and CEO of M/C Communications in Boston, a leading global provider of medical education event management solutions for health care professionals. 

Diana Dwyre G’88, G’94 (MAX), political science professor in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at California State University, Chico, was named 2009-10 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Political Science at Australia National University in Canberra, where she will be in residence during spring 2010.

Shaun H. McGraw ’89, G’97 (LCS) of Liverpool, N.Y., was honored by Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors at its Evening of Stars banquet recognizing top performers for 2008. 


Gregory Karp ’90 (NEW/WSM) of Morrisville, Pa., wrote The 1-2-3 Money Plan: The Three Most Important Steps to Saving and Spending Smart (FT Press), based on his national newspaper column, Spending Smart.

Jacqueline Davidson Kopito ’90 (A&S) of Short Hills, N.J., co-wrote with her twin sister, Amy Davidson Lombardo, “College Separation,” a short story published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing). 

Donna M. Marr ’90 (WSM) is a partner in the audit department of DiCicco, Gulman & Company in Boston.

Jason Robbins ’90 (WSM), CEO and founder of ePromos Promotional Products Inc., a logo merchandise provider, was featured on the cover of the March 2009 edition of The Counselor Magazine. is an eight-time winner of the Best Promotional Products Web Site award. Robbins resides in Bedford, N.Y., with his wife, Jennifer, and two daughters. 

Lauret Edith Savoy G’90 (A&S), a geology professor at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., wrote “Pieces toward a Just Whole,” an essay published in the Spring 2009 issue of The Georgia Review, which focused on culture and the environment.  

Yong-Ho Suh G’90 (WSM) is dean of the School of Management of Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea. 

Michael DiGiovacchino G’91 (WSM) of Ambler, Pa., is eastern region sales director at Ariba Inc., a leading provider of spend management solutions.

Joseph Feese ’91 (NEW) launched Heyday PR, a full-service public relations firm in Seattle. 

Heather Somaini ’91 (NEW) and partner, Tere Throenle, announce the birth of twins: son, Libero Colombo, and daughter, Isabella Lara. Somaini is chief of staff at Lionsgate entertainment studio in Santa Montica, Calif.

Robert E. Leach ’92 (WSM) was featured in the 11th edition of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, an annual publication showcasing the region’s business leaders. Leach is an accomplished author and the president of RELM Group, an advertising and marketing firm.

Christopher Meek ’92 (A&S/MAX), a trader for Goldman, Sachs & Co., organized a loan modification and foreclosure counseling event in Stamford, Conn., helping 36 homeowners save their houses from foreclosure.

Traci Stein ’92 (A&S/NEW) earned a Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She began a postdoctoral fellowship in pain psychology in the Department of Anesthesiology at Columbia University Medical Center this summer. 

Peter Tryba ’92 (A&S) married Rachel Natola. They reside in Newton, Mass. 

Christopher P. Cirmo G’93 (LCS) is dean of the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. 

Stacie B. Collier ’93 (A&S) of Cranston, R.I., was selected for inclusion in the 2009 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Business.

Kent Fischer ’93 (NEW) is vice president of GMMB consulting firm in Seattle, specializing in media strategy. 

Ari Markenson ’93 (A&S) is deputy general counsel at Cypress Health Care Management in White Plains, N.Y., and is chair-elect of the health law section of the New York State Bar Association. 

Elizabeth August L’94 (LAW), a legal writing professor at the SU College of Law, and husband Thomas B. Mafrici L’91 (LAW) of Cicero, N.Y., wrote Cicero: A Portrait (Arcadia Publishing), a book depicting the town’s rich history.

Peter Delano ’95, G’97 (LCS) and Keith Wetherby ’97 (A&S) co-founded Warrior Roots, a genetic testing company in Kensington, Md., that offers insights into clients’ ancestry and athletic potential.

Paul J. Greene G’95 (NEW) is an associate at the Preti Flaherty firm in Portland, Maine. Greene is a member of business law and bankruptcy law practice groups, counseling companies and individuals. 

Cheryl Hoffman ’95 (CHD) earned a Ph.D. degree in community research and action from Vanderbilt University and is a researcher and program evaluator in the field of adolescent mental health in Nashville, Tenn.

Gregory Komarow ’95 (A&S) and wife Jennifer announce the birth of daughter Anastasia Jennifer. They reside in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Shinichi Okamoto G’95 (MAX) of Yokohama, Japan, participated in the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), contributing to a research project on information disclosure. IVLP brings about 5,000 foreign nationals from around the world to the United States to confer with their professional counterparts and experience America firsthand.   

Roger Bailey L’96 (LAW) of Ringgold, Ga., was selected for inclusion in the 2009 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Business. 

Karin Sloan Delaney L’96 (LAW) of Baldwinsville, N.Y., is a partner in the law firm of Hancock and Estabrook. 

Seth Everett ’96 (NEW) is an on-air host for Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and 1050 ESPN Radio New York. 

Laurie Hackett ’96 (VPA) married Rino Maddalena. They reside in Rockville, Md.

Ken Smith G’96 (VPA), a graphic design professor at Radford University in Virginia, is a historical artist whose oil painting, Air Station Savannah, was chosen by the United States Coast Guard for inclusion in its permanent collection. Smith is a participant in the Coast Guard Art Program, which uses visual arts to communicate the history and lifestyle of this branch of the military service. The collection includes more than 1,800 works and is shown at galleries, museums, Coast Guard bases, and other U.S. government locations in the United States and abroad. Visit

Doug Tribou ’96 (NEW) is a producer and reporter for National Public Radio’s sports show, Only a Game. He and his wife, Hilary McQuilkin, live outside of Boston. 

Janelle White Wolfe ’96 (NEW) and husband Robert ’94 (ESF) of Lancaster, Pa., announce the birth of daughter Sloane Madeline.

Helen Dewey G’97, G’08 (MAX) is director of operations and business development at Hezel Associates in Syracuse. She is responsible for operational oversight and continued growth of new business for the company, which provides research, evaluation, and strategic services to national and international clients in education, technology, publishing, and business.

Farhana Huq Garman ’98 (VPA) and Bradford Garman ’02 (VPA) announce the birth of a son, Nathan Edward. The family resides in Braintree, Mass. 

Micah Gelman ’98 (NEW) is executive producer at The Associated Press in Washington, D.C. Gelman oversees all domestic video production for both online and global broadcast. 

Jill Perno Hallihan ’98 (A&S) and Sean Hallihan of Hamden, Conn., announce the birth of a son, Tyler Thomas, who joins brother Brady. Jill is a practicing attorney at the Law Offices of Brian J. Farrell Jr. 

Ebonee Lewis ’99 (A&S) was reappointed a member of the Diversity Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. 


Corrinne L. Altman ’00 (CHD), G’02 (MAX) married William A. Moore III. They reside in Medford, Mass. 

Mary Beth Cryan ’00 (VPA) received a Louie Award for her “Urban New Year” greeting card produced by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The Louie Award is the top honor for publishing and creative excellence in the greeting card industry. 

Lisa Kim DeBonville ’00 (NEW) and husband Christian ’00 (NEW) of Astoria, N.Y., announce the birth of a daughter, Sophie Kim. 

Darlene Burgos Grande ’00 (VPA) is a music/choral director at Frangus Elementary in Orlando, Fla. The school’s 5th-grade jazz chorus performed the National Anthem for a sold-out crowd at an Orlando Magic game in April 2009.

Courtney Harris Heath ’00 (A&S) and husband Robert ’00 (VPA) own Seed Stitch Fine Yarn, a retail outlet focused on knitting, crochet, and other fiber arts. They live in Salem, Mass. with their 2-year-old daughter Mazie May Heath. 

Sarah Panzarella ’00 (VPA) opened Imagine That, a fine arts and crafts gallery in Skaneateles, N.Y., featuring the work of 30 local, regional, and national artists in art glass, ceramics, woodworking, fabric design, painting, and printmaking. 

Jennie Traill Schaeffer ’00 (VPA) participated in “Main Street Women of Spring Street,” an evening runway show and fund-raiser for Main Street Newton Inc. in Newton, N.J. She owns Traillworks, a studio and art gallery on Spring Street. 

Jonathan M. Taylor ’00 (ARC) is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Sahar Alnouri ’01 (NEW/A&S) met with Vice President Joe Biden L’68 to discuss reconciliation in Iraq. Alnouri serves as program manager to Mercy Corps, coordinating efforts to bring peace and stability to the country. 

Michael de Bear ’01 (NEW/A&S) earned a master’s degree in classroom instruction from Ashland University. He is a high school social studies teacher, as well as a water polo and swimming coach, in Dublin, Ohio. 

Alison Jernigan ’01 (NUR) married Dwayne Murray ’97 (A&S), who earned an M.B.A. degree from the University of Phoenix in 2008. They reside in Laurel, Md. 

Jaime Winne Alvarez ’02 (NEW) and husband Christopher Joseph Alvarez ’99 (A&S), G’01 (A&S/EDU) announce the birth of their son, Cooper Luis. They reside in Syracuse, where she is news manager in the Office of News Services at SU and he is a math teacher at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. 

Dave Levinthal ’02 (NEW/MAX) is communications director at the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C., serving as the independent, nonpartisan organization’s editor and spokesman.

Christine Scharf ’02 (A&S) married David Holmes. They reside in New York City. 

Adam Ritchie ’03 (NEW) and his independent brand communications agency, Adam Ritchie Brand Direction, worked with Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard to support Timberland’s national eco tour. The tour featured urban greening events in major markets and concerts by Gossard. 

Kime H. Smith L’03 (LAW) joined the Archer Norris Law Corporation in Walnut Creek, Calif. 

Christa Solfanelli ’03 (A&S) married Jerry DeSiderato ’02 (A&S). They reside in Philadelphia, where she is a construction litigation lawyer at Marks, O’Neill, O’Brien and Courtney, and he is a construction litigation lawyer at Mitts Milavec.

Robert Beadle G’04 (NEW), president of Northeast Public Relations Inc. (NEPR), was named 2009 Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Rhode Island and all of New England by the U.S. Small Business Administration. He is a regular speaker for the R.I. Economic Development Corporation and offers public relations information to the community through personal appearances.

Alexandre Chapeaux ’04 (LCS) earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He is a biofuels research engineer with the National Renewable Laboratory in Golden, Colo.

Tatiana Nikitas ’04 (A&S) earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree at Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. 

Victoria Perez ’04 (A&S) married Nicholas Shires ’04 (WSM). They reside in Liverpool, N.Y. She is a market manager with Duvel USA, and he is a senior accountant with Dannible and McKee in Syracuse.

Ian Weston ’04 (A&S) earned a master’s degree in global health policy and public health from George Mason University and is senior director of government affairs and policy for Jeffrey J. Kimbell and Associates, a life sciences and health policy lobbying firm in Washington, D.C.

Evan S. Morris ’05 (NEW/A&S/MAX) married Jillian Laudin. They reside in Arlington, Va., where he works in the government relations department for Harris Corporation, specializing in communication law.

Peter Lerner G’06 (WSM) of Ithaca, N.Y., wrote Microstructure and Noise in Financial Markets (VDM-Verlag).  

Geoffrey Marsh ’07 (NEW) is a web services associate at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science in Boston. 

Epaphras C. (EC) Osondu L’07 (LAW), English professor at Providence (Rhode Island) College, was awarded the 2009 Caine Prize for African Writing for his story, “Waiting,” detailing the harsh realities of living in a refugee camp.

Roslyn Esperon ’08 (A&S) was curator of Michael Barletta: Visual Soundtrack, an exhibition by a Syracuse artist at the Kimmel Windows Gallery at New York University

Adam Novak ’08 (NEW) received the 2009 Bronze Bell Award from the New England Publicity Club for his work in public relations. Novak works for Pan Communications, a public relations firm specializing in technology, consumer, and professional services.

Andrew Friedman ’09 (NEW) is a music management assistant at Monotone Inc. in Los Angeles.