Syracuse University Magazine

Class Notes


Herbert Alpert '47 (WSM) of Fayetteville, N.Y., wrote Louis Marshall 1856-1929: A Life Devoted to Justice and Judaism (iUniverse), a biography of one of Syracuse's most prominent citizens who was a lawyer, philanthropist, environmentalist, Constitutional expert, and justice defender. 

Mary Hand Connolly '47 (WSM) enjoys substitute teaching at middle schools and high schools in North Haven, Conn. 

Phyllis Freshman Marks '47 (VPA), an artist living in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., teaches art at the Empire State College Academy for Lifelong Learning. She collected more than 50 works created by her students for display at a SaratogaArtsFest exhibition last June, and exhibited her paintings at the Empire State College gallery.  

Katherine (Kay) Shaw Nelson '48 (A&S) of Bethesda, Md., wrote her 21st book, The Cloak & Dagger Cook: A CIA Memoir (Pelican), which recounts her recruitment to the CIA as a graduate of Russian studies and journalism, as well as how she became interested in food and cooking while living and traveling around the world as a spy.

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Franklin Hooper '50 (A&S) wrote Deadline for a Dark Horse (AuthorHouse), a political satire. He is a retired New York City teacher who now resides in Lenoir, North Carolina with his wife. 

George Marotta '50 (A&S), G'51 (MAX) is senior advisor at Marotta Wealth Management, a fee-only investment advisory firm he co-founded with his son, David, in Charlottesville, Va. He formerly served in foreign affairs positions in the federal government for 25 years and as a research fellow in international finance at Stanford University's Hoover Institution for 15 years.

Stanley Trachtenberg '52 (A&S) wrote The Elevator Man (Wm. B. Eerdmans), a picture book illustrated by noted artist Paul Cox for ages 4 to 8 that tells the story of a boy who must adjust when his building replaces a traditional manual elevator and its friendly operator with a self-service model. 

Joan Fortgang Schepps '53 (A&S), G'53 (EDU) and husband Elihu Schepps of Boca Raton, Fla., donated their collection of trump indicators (used in Whist and early forms of Bridge as a reminder of the trump suit) to the American Contract Bridge League. The collection consists of more than 650 pieces and is on display at league headquarters in Horn Lake, Miss. 

Aldo Tambellini '54 (VPA) joined artist Otto Piene at the Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge, Mass., in December to present the first U.S. showing of Black Gate Cologne, the original television broadcast done by artists in 1968 in Cologne, Germany. The two artists founded the Black Gate Theater in New York's Lower East Side in 1967, the city's first space for live multimedia performances and installations.  

Dick Park G'56 (EDU) retired after 31 years as head coach for the Franklin (Ill.) College Grizzlies men's golf team. 

Frank Elliott G'57 (MAX ) of Venice, Fla., is at work on writing a two-part memoir. 

Carole Eisner '58 (A&S) exhibited nine monumental works made from twisted and curved steel in malls from West 64th to West 166th streets in New York City.

Robert K. MacLauchlin '59 (NEW) is retired and lives in Fort Collins, Colo., with wife Liz. He was a professor of speech communication and director of television-radio instruction at Colorado State University from 1969-1997.  An endowed scholarship was established in his name when he retired and became a professor emeritus in 1997. In 2006, he was inducted into the Broadcast Professionals of Colorado Hall of Fame. 


Robert S. Phillips '60 (A&S) is professor emeritus of creative writing at the University of Houston.

Fran Pokras Yariv '61 (A&S), G'64 (EDU) co-wrote with her sister Feeding Mrs. Moskowitz and The Caregiver: Two Stories (SU Press). The book's two novellas offer poignant and funny insights into the world of the elderly. 

Norman Cohen '62 (A&S), who resides in New York's Capitol District, wrote a book of poetry, Beyond the Sky-and-Water Line, under the pseudonym Dahl Quarray ( Jeanne Benas '69 (VPA) illustrated the book ( Cohen also wrote Fables by Jambbal (NGC Publishing), a collection of original fables written under the pseudonym jambbal (

 Elizabeth Glickman Alderman '63 (EDU) and husband Stephen Alderman '61 (A&S) of Bedford, N.Y., received a $100,000 Purpose Prize from Civic Ventures, a Bay Area think tank that acknowledges social innovators in their encore careers. The Aldermans were recognized for the Peter C. Alderman Foundation. Established to honor their son, who died on 9/11, and to assist victims of trauma and terrorism around the world, the foundation creates homegrown mental health systems in communities desecrated by violence.  

Roland Van Deusen '67 (A&S), G'75 (SWK) was featured in the article, "Less Than Citizens (Part One): People of Fort Drum" at A representative of Veterans for Peace, Van Deusen works on projects to assist veterans, including getting reductions in their property taxes, providing phone cards to Veterans Administration patients, and pushing Congress to pass laws assisting veterans. Now retired, he was a substance abuse counselor who has years of experience working with soldiers and ex-soldiers at Fort Drum (N.Y.) and in the prison system in Northern New York. 

Mark Harvey '68 (A&S) of Boston performed the National Anthem at Fenway Park, published an article titled "Spirit Soundings" in the national magazine JAZZIZ, and released his 10th CD recording, American Agonistes, which received international critical acclaim. 

Jacqueline Karch '68 (VPA), an artist living in North Carolina, taught her dog, Netop, to paint and has raised more than $10,000 for various charities and animal rescue groups by exhibiting and selling Netop's work.

Ray Brown '69 (A&S), a high school English teacher in Cerritos, Calif., wrote and illustrated Linda and the Time Machine (Bookemon), the first in a series of children's storybooks. 

Mark J. Feldman '69 (A&S) of Roslyn, N.Y., is executive director of the New York State Dental Association. 

Sue Kelman '69 (A&S), G'71 (NEW) of Boston is director of communications in the national office of Campus Compact, a nonprofit coalition of college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education.    

Mary Tatarian '69 (A&S) of Fort Meyers, Fla., wrote Seabliss (Publish America), a mystery romance with a tropical setting. Visit

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John T. Rafferty '70 (A&S), L'73 (LAW) retired from the Los Angeles Supreme Court after 25 years on the bench. His retirement party, hosted in the West Los Angeles Courthouse, was the largest attended in recent court history. He now resides in Manhattan's theater district. 

Augustine Ubaldi '70 (LCS) of North Olmsted, Ohio, is working as an expert witness in the fields of aviation and railroads. He also completed teaching three classes in the construction engineering technology program at Cuyahoga Community College. 

James A. Powell Jr. G'71 (NEW) retired as an assistant professor of telecommunications at Alabama A&M University after 31 years of service. He is an active member of Leadership Evergreen, an organization designed to empower community members in his hometown of Evergreen, Ala. 

Douglas Wilcox '71, G'74 (ESF) retired from the U.S. Geological Survey and began a new career in academia with an endowed faculty position at SUNY Brockport. 

Susan Duprey '72 (A&S) is on the board of directors for the Manchester Development Corp., a nonprofit organization in Manchester, N.H. She is included in Woodward & White's listing of Best Lawyers in America for 2009-2010 in the specialties of land use and zoning law and real estate law. 

Barry Glick G'72 (A&S), a counseling psychologist who serves as a consultant to juvenile and adult human services and correctional systems across the nation, wrote Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for At-Risk Youth, Vol. 2 (Civic Research Institute). The book brings together the work of leading practitioners and theorists in a hands-on guide to the best rehabilitative intervention programs for at-risk youth populations. Visit

Howard Groopman '72 (A&S/NEW) retired from the Internal Revenue Service in Portland, Ore.

Horace Huntley G'72 (MAX), history professor at University of Alabama at Birmingham, co-edited Foot Soldiers for Democracy: The Men, Women, and Children of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement (University of Illinois Press), a collection of oral histories by people who participated in civil rights activism at the grassroots level. Huntley is also director of the Oral History Project at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and coeditor of Black Workers' Struggle for Equality in Birmingham.   

Sharon Haines Jacquet '72 (EDU), a managing director and senior private banker with J.P. Morgan and an SU trustee, was recognized by Barron's Magazine as one of America's Top Private Bankers. 

Shelley Rotner '72 (A&S) is a freelance photojournalist, and author and photo-illustrator of more than 30 award-winning children's books. A new book she co-wrote with Diane deGroat, Dogs Don't Brush Their Teeth, was one of Time magazine's top 10 children's books for 2009. Rotner has also traveled extensively for UNICEF, documenting programs about children, women, and education. She is working on a collection of hand-painted photographs that capture beautiful and sacred places she has discovered in her travels. Visit

Mary Ann Finn DiChristopher G'73 (SWK) is acting associate commissioner for the Division of Prevention, Recovery, Technology, and Management Services for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. She was previously the commissioner for the City of Albany Department of Youth and Workforce Development. 

Betty Marmon G'73 (NEW) is vice president of development and external affairs at Inglis Foundation in Philadelphia, an organization that serves people with physical disabilities to enable them to enjoy life with the greatest possible independence and mobility.

Jack Sklar G'73 (MAX) retired as information and advice officer for the United Kingdom national charity Carers UK, which provides support for people caring for a family member or friend who is elderly, sick, or disabled. He plans to use the knowledge and experience acquired through more than 25 years in the field to volunteer with other charities. 

Jeff Blumenfeld '74 (NEW) wrote You Want to Go Where? How to Get Someone to Pay for the Trip of Your Dreams (Skyhorse). The book takes readers behind the scenes of some of the most historic and modern-day adventures and provides advice on how to fund and arrange their own explorations. He is editor and publisher of Expedition News, an insider's guide to the adventure marketing business, and runs Blumenfeld and Associates Inc., a public relations firm in Darien, Conn. 

Barbara Gellman-Danley '74 (EDU/VPA) is president of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College in Ohio. She previously served as the vice chancellor for academic affairs and system integration for the Ohio Board of Regents and as president of Antioch University McGregor, an adult-learning private university.

Suzanne McVay Novelli '74 (A&S), '75 (EDU) earned a Women of Influence Award from Business First newspaper for outstanding community work over a long time period. A financial advisor at Alliance Advisory Group in Buffalo, N.Y., she has provided leadership for such organizations as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Erie County libraries, and twice chaired the Girls Going Places entrepreneurship program for young girls.

Robin Brailsford '75 (VPA)  of Dulzura, Calif., is co-inventor of LithoMosaic, a unique structural concrete process that combines mosaic with concrete, and a founder and director of Public Address, a public art advocacy group.

Jim Gallucci '75, G'76 (VPA) is a sculptor in Greensboro, N.C. He led a team in a multimillion-dollar project to create four 55-foot light towers in the center of Raleigh's City Plaza. 

Thomas A. Jambro G'75 (EDU) of Hamburg, N.Y., was awarded the Merchant Mariner credential, generally referred to as a captain's license, by the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, National Maritime Center.   

Jim Alexander '76 (A&S) is a candidate for the at-large position on the University of Colorado Board of Regents. The position will be determined by a statewide election in 2010. 

Joe Amato '76 (A&S/LCS) wrote Once an Engineer: A Song of the Salt City (Excelsior Editions), a memoir about growing up in a low-income family in Syracuse during the '70s. Amato worked as an engineer in two Fortune 500 manufacturing plants before earning a doctorate in English. This is his seventh book. He also has two novels forthcoming, and co-wrote two award-winning screenplays with his wife, Kass Fleisher. He divides his time between teaching in Illinois and hiking in Boulder, Colo., with his wife and his brother, Mike Amato '78 (LCS).   

John Dooley G'76 (LCS), professor and chair of computer science at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., was honored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers with selection as a senior member. This recognition, offered to only 12 percent of IEEE members, acknowledges professional accomplishments and length of service in the field.

Phyllis Harrison '76 (A&S) of Cary, N.C., wrote Plowshares in the Palatinate (iUniverse), a novel about a young Huguenot who escapes a death sentence in the Netherlands during the religious struggles of the 17th-century. The book is a sequel to The Fires of Europe.

Mary Hyland '76 (VPA), of Endicott, N.Y., wrote A Sudden Gift of Fate (CreateSpace), the story of an Irish couple who are given a winery, set in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, as a wedding gift. The novel is a sequel to her first book, The Cyber Miracles

Will Jordan G'76 (NEW), of Wakefield, R.I., wrote The Incarnation of Catman Billy (Press of Light), an uplifting animal story wrapped inside a tale of adventure that gives readers examples of how they can change their lives through practical energy work. 

James Little G'76 (VPA), a painter living in New York City, received a prestigious $25,000 grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Visit

Jack LoSecco '77 (A&S), G'80 (MAX) is assistant vice president of software engineering at SRC (formerly Syracuse Research Corporation) in Syracuse. He has more than 25 years' experience in Department of Defense and intelligence community information technology systems development and management.

John McMahon '77 (LCS) is a brigadier general in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in command of the Northwestern Division, overseeing civil works, environmental restoration, and military construction in more than a dozen states. 

Bradley D. Myerson '77 (A&S) of Manchester Center, Vt., is listed in the 2009 New England Super Lawyers in the field of criminal defense. He is also listed for the second consecutive year in The Best Lawyers in America, a nationwide peer review and evaluation publication. 

Toni Whitaker '77 (CHD), a fashion designer and owner of Toni Whitaker Boutique in Houston, featured her art work at the exhibition Beyond the Catwalk: Sketches, Sculpture, and Watercolor.

Michael Doery '78 (LCS) is a senior project manager at United Illuminating Company in Shelton, Conn., where he is managing a project that is part of a 10-year plan to update the electrical infrastructure in coastal Connecticut towns. 

Robert B. Iadeluca G'78, G'79 (A&S), who earned a doctoral degree from SU at age 57, is now 89 and works full time as a clinical psychologist. He is featured in What Should You Do with the Rest of Your Life by Bruce Frankel (Penguin Press), which shares the stories of 12 people who are active in later life. 

Brent Marchant '78 (A&S/NEW) is a featured contributor in the arts for the online magazine VividLife

Angela Robinson '78 (NEW) is the host and executive producer of In Contact, a news and public affairs television program that airs on Atlanta's PBS station. The show earned the 2009 National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence award in the category of television public affairs interview discussion. 

Maxanne Witkin '78 (A&S/NEW) is a member of the senior executive service as director of the Office of Employment Discrimination Complaint Adjudication in the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Michael Kranish '79 (MAX/NEW), Washington correspondent for The Boston Globe, wrote Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War (Oxford University Press). 

Carl R. Lammers '79 (A&S), a colonel in the United States Marine Corps, retired and earned the Defense Superior Service Medal for his work for national security. He resides in Tampa, Fla., with his wife, Gina. They have four children and two grandchildren.

Andrew J. Reinhardt L'79 (LAW) is president-elect of the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group, a national nonprofit organization serving people with work-related injuries or occupational illnesses.  He is a personal injury attorney in Richmond, Va. 

Glenn Storrs '79 (A&S) is assistant vice president of the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, which received the National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The nation's highest honor for museums, the award went to only five of the 17,500 museums in the United States in 2009.


Warren Berger '80 (NEW) of Mount Kisco, N.Y., who writes and speaks about creativity and innovation, wrote Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Your Life, and Maybe Even the World (Penguin Press).

Marion Hancock Fish L'80 (LAW), an attorney with the Hancock & Estabrook law firm in Syracuse, is 2010 president of the Onondaga County Bar Association. She is the third generation in her family to hold the position: Her great-grandfather, Theodore E. Hancock, served from 1903 to 1909, and her grandfather, Stewart F. Hancock Sr.,  was president in 1946. 

Steven G. Miller '80 (WSM) was appointed as a part-time court traffic hearing officer by the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County, Fla. He is a general practice attorney in Boca Raton. 

David Siegel '81 (A&S) has worked in information technology at Avon Products Inc. for 12 years. He lives with his family in Hudson Valley, N.Y., and is proud to announce his daughter is an SU first-year student.

Karen Romano Young '81 (EDU) of Bethel, Conn., wrote Bug Science and Crime Scene Science. The books are part of the Science Fair Winners series for ages 10 to 14, published by National Geographic Children's Books. 

Steven Zweig '81 (A&S) was named one of the top attorneys in upstate New York for 2008 by Super Lawyers Magazine. He specializes in personal injury defense and product liability in Buffalo, N.Y. 

Jerome Johnson G'82 (WSM), a major general in the U.S. Army, retired after 36 years of service. A ceremony was held in his honor at U.S. Army Forces Command in Fort McPherson, Ga., where he was deputy chief of staff since 2007. He and his wife, Doris, are relocating to Washington, D.C., where he will join Honeywell Technical Solutions as vice president for operations and logistics.

Dean Bass Stevens '82 (NEW) is pursuing a master's degree in higher education and counseling at North Carolina State University.

Michael Balkind '83 (A&S) wrote two novels, Sudden Death and Dead Ball (Sterlinghouse), which are the first in his Deadly Sports Mystery series ( He is also writing a script for a Deadly Sports television pilot, and co-wrote The Fix, a manuscript, with ESPN anchor Ryan Burr.

Thomas DeRoss G'83 (WSM) is national director of charitable management services for Fifth Third Bank, headquartered in Cincinnati, overseeing the delivery of financial services for the nonprofit community. 

Glenn Dowgiallo '83 (VPA) received a 25-year service award from Dow Industries in Wilmington, Mass., where he began working one week after graduating from SU, starting in the dark room in the art department. He helped create an ink and quality control department, worked in customer service, and is now in sales.   

Kathryn Baird Howell '83 (VPA) and her creative and life partner released their debut CD, Don't Explain, featuring romantic classics by some of America's greatest songwriters. Visit

George F. Kocar G'83 (VPA) exhibited The Two Sides of Kocar at The Art Gallery in Willoughby, Ohio, in October and November. The solo show presented the brightly colored cartoon expressionism and social commentary for which Kocar is best known, as well as paintings of a darker nature, featuring skulls and skeletons.

Michelle Beshaw '84 (VPA) won the 2009 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Costume Design for her work in The Very Sad Story of Ethel & Julius.

Eric Fredrikson '84 (NEW), G'87 (WSM) of New York City completed his 20th consecutive NYC Marathon, his 36th marathon overall. Fredrikson, who is assistant vice president of the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation Corporate Trust Department, ran this year in honor of his niece Halle, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last summer, and in memory of his best friend Jim Lynch, who died in December 2005 following a long battle with colon cancer.

Richard Howlett '84 (VPA) works in the community relations department at the Sitrin Health Care Center in New Hartford, N.Y.

Gary A. Pudles '84 (A&S), president and CEO of AnswerNet telemessaging firm in Willow Grove, Pa., received the American Teleservices Association's Spirit of Philanthropy award, recognizing his longstanding commitment to charitable causes. 

Marley S. Barduhn G'85 (CHD) is the interim assistant provost for teacher education at SUNY Cortland. 

Tadeusz Masternak '85 (LCS) is technical director of the Directorate of Intelligence and Requirements of the Air Force Materiel Command, located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

Thomas Reno '85 (A&S) is CEO with 42West LLC, one of the entertainment industry's leading public relations and marketing communications firms, with offices in New York and Los Angeles.

D.J. Stavropoulos '85 (LCS) is a senior project manager at Fiserv, a provider of technology solutions to the financial world, in Atlanta. 

Joe D'Agnese '86 (A&S/NEW) co-wrote with wife Denise Kiernan The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers and the Self-Employed: The Only Personal Finance System for People with Not-So-Regular Jobs (Random House). He also wrote a children's picture book, Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci (Henry Holt), about the marvels of the Fibonacci number sequence in mathematics. 

Russell Ford '86 (LCS) and wife Karen announce the birth of son Jonathan Robert, who joins twins Gregory and Katelyn. 

Mona Overman Shattell '86, G'96 (NUR) is associate professor with tenure at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing. She received the Research Award from the International Society of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurses. 

Robert Siegel '86 (ARC) announces the opening of the new United States Land Port of Entry in Calais, Maine, which was designed by his firm, Robert Siegel Architects, for the U.S. General Services Administration's Design Excellence Program. The largest border station in New England, the project won a design award from the American Institute of Architects and has been widely publicized online, in print, and on television.

Joy Solomon '86 (A&S/NEW) spearheaded the launch of the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, N.Y., a comprehensive elder abuse shelter. She works as the shelter's director and managing attorney.

Randi Davenport G'87, G'91 (A&S) of Chapel Hill, N.C., wrote The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes (Algonquin), the story of her son's mental illness and its effects on the family.

Michael Graf '87 (NEW), principal, producer, and director with Spot Filmworks Ltd. in Madison, Wis., received an Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in a public service announcement or campaign from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

William H. Maxwell '87 (LCS), G'03 (WSM) celebrated his third anniversary as an electrical engineer at C&S Engineers, a consulting engineering firm in Syracuse. In June, he earned a master's degree in engineering power systems from SUNY Buffalo. In October, he presented a co-written paper at the IEEE Industrial Applications Society Annual Conference in Houston. He is licensed as a professional engineer in seven states.  

Nicole Migeon '87 (WSM) is the principal architect and designer of the boutique firm Nicole Migeon Architect in New York City. Her work was featured on, an online partner of Elle Decor and Metropolitan Home magazines. 

Pam Schanwald '87 (NUR) was recognized by the Arthritis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania with the Heart-in-Hand Award for her work in pediatric care and dedication to arthritis awareness. She is CEO of the Children's Home of Pittsburgh and Lemieux Family Center.

Michael Dooling G'88 (VPA) of Audubon, N.J., has illustrated more than 50 children's books, including Young Thomas Edison and Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale. His books have sold more than a million copies, and he has visited more than 800 schools nationwide with his "History through Picture Books" program. Visit

Tom Fleming '88 (VPA), a comic book/fantasy artist, wrote Draw and Paint Fantasy Females (David & Charles). He was nominated three times for the prestigious Chesley Award from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, and has worked on movies with Jody Foster, Val Kilmer, and Adam Goldberg, as well as for the NBC television shows Surface and Life.  

Jamie Kraft '88 (NEW) is executive producer of CNN's American Morning. He resides in New Jersey with his wife and four children. 

Jim Periard G'88 (LCS) is assistant vice president of business development electronic warfare and com-munication systems at SRC Inc. in Syracuse.

Linda English G'89 (EDU), founder and director of membership development for Learning for International Non-Governmental Organizations (LINGOs) in Bend, Ore., was a finalist for the Microsoft Alumni Foundation 2009 Integral Fellows Award. 

Beth Kaminkow '89 (NEW) is president and CEO of TracyLocke, an advertising agency in Wilton, Conn. 

Nancy Van Cleave '89 (CHD) received the 2009 Excellence in Teaching award from the Elmira (N.Y.) College Office of Continuing Education and Beta Tau Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for continuing education. A New York State licensed marriage and family therapist, Van Cleave is a lecturer in human services and psychology at Elmira College. She also works part time at an eating disorder clinic and has a private counseling practice.

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Diana Muller Katovitch '90 (EDU) is a secondary special education teacher for Waterloo (N.Y.) Central Schools. She wrote The Power to Spring Up: Postsecondary Education Opportunities for Students with Significant Disabilities, published in 2009. She resides in Union Springs, with her husband, Dale Katovitch '74 (A&S), and their son, Sam.  

Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson '90 (VPA) is a freelance graphic artist and collage artist who creates "paper paintings" from torn bits of handmade, hand-painted, and found papers. Her work is represented by Grand Bohemian Gallery in Orlando, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Asheville, N.C.; and Taos, N.M., as well as at Celebrations Gallery in Pomfret, Conn.; Juxtapose Gallery in Westfield, N.J.; and Katharine Butler Gallery in Sarasota, Fla. A solo exhibition of her collage work will be held at the Maitland (Fla.) Art Center, September 10-October 24. Visit

Jennifer Delehanty Popper '90 (NEW) and her husband have owned Studio Fitness, a Pilates and yoga studio located in Warren, N.J., for three years. 

Stephen Rice '90 (A&S) and wife Jody announce the birth of their daughter, Summer, who joins brother Charlie. Rice retired from the World Wrestling Federation in 1992. He recently opened the Steve Rice Paper Company, a division of Vance Refrigeration.  

Frank W. Ryan '90 (WSM), L'94 (LAW) is chair of the litigation department at international law firm Nixon Peabody LLP in New York City. A trial lawyer who has been with the firm for more than 15 years, Ryan focuses on such industries as technology, media, sports, and entertainment.  

Kevin Chernett '91 (VPA) is vice president of marketing and digital content of Live Nation, the world's largest concert search engine, in Chicago. 

Amy Kolb Noyes '91 (NEW) wrote Nontoxic Housecleaning (Chelsea Green), part of the Green Guide series. She writes on sustainable living topics from her farmhouse in northern Vermont. 

Brian Hearn '92 (NEW), an artist and film curator at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, is one of 12 fellows in the Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship, a new contemporary art program for arts writers and curators. He also received the Tilghman Award from the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle in 2009 for outstanding support of films in Oklahoma. 

Aditya Bhatnagar L'93 (LAW), G'93 (LCS)  is a financial consultant with AXA Advisors in Falls Church, Va. He lives in Fairfax with his wife of 13 years, Preeti, and their sons, Siddharth, 10, and Mrinal, 7.

Anthony Calabrese L'93 (LAW) was promoted to U.S. desk, financial services at Ernst and Young in London, providing U.S. tax assistance to insurance companies and other financial service providers in London and throughout Europe. 

Michael Guevara L'93 (LAW) opened a law office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after 15 years of practicing immigration law at firms there and in Washington, D.C. Visit

James McCommons G'93 (NEW), associate professor of journalism and nature writing at Northern Michigan University, wrote Waiting on the Train: The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service (Chelsea Green). Both travel narrative and investigative journalism, the book resulted from McCommons's 20,000-mile Amtrak journey in 2008 and 2009. In it, he explores how the country may move passenger rail forward and what role government should play in creating and funding mass-transportation systems. 

Alexander Oberweger G'93 (NEW) and Caroline Oberweger announce the birth of their daughter, Natalie Tania, in New York City.

Lori Tendler Schwartz '93 (CHD) and husband Jonathan announce the birth of their son, Jordan Davis. Schwartz is an oncology social worker at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. They reside in Westwood, N.J.

Lori Abrams Seidler '93 (CHD/WSM) and husband Robert Seidler announce the birth of their daughter, Amanda Rose, who joins brother Max. They live in East Brunswick, N.J. 

Matt Tryniski G'93 (LCS) of Syracuse is assistant vice president of programs for SRC Inc., a research and development company specializing in defense, environment, and intelligence.

Faye Sykes Vantreese '93 (CHD) is a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual in Atlanta. She was previously a financial advisor with Edward Jones.  

Gillian Farquhar '94 (VPA) is a customer ambassador, managing global customer marketing and advocacy efforts at QlikTech Inc., a business intelligence software vendor in Boston.

Susan Jelinek Murphy '94 (NEW) is vice president of the toy and juvenile product division at Coyne Public Relations in Parsippany, N.J. She lives in West Milford with her husband and two children. 

Marleine Pacilio '94 (NEW) of Sunland, Calif., was a finalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting competition for her script, Born Elizabeth Jane.

James A. Patry '94 (NEW) is the public relations and marketing director for Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, N.H. He is also founder and chair of the Annual North Country One Pitch Softball Tournament, which has raised nearly $25,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire.

Deborah Carr-Warner G'95 (NUR) is an associate professor of nursing at Alfred State College, where she also is developing the bachelor's degree program in nursing. 

Joseph M. Di Scipio G'95 (MAX), L'95 (LAW) is vice president of legal and FCC compliance for Fox Television Stations in Washington, D.C. He is the former president of the SU Law Alumni Association.

Sekou Hamilton '95 (VPA), a television and screenwriter living in Los Angeles, wrote a graphic novel, CSI Interns: Intern at Your Own Risk (Tokypop), a comic book adapted from the CBS crime drama, CSI

John Kyranos '95 (NEW) and wife Leigh of Fredericksburg, Va., announce the birth of their son, James Randall, who joins sister Alexis, 2. Kyranos is a project manager for IT projects for the Department of Homeland Security.   

Lisa Trdina Rios '95 (NEW) and Putt Rios announce the birth of their daughter, Piper, in Royal Oak, Mich. She joins sister Laney, 3. 

Robert L. Smith G'95 (NEW), a writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, co-wrote Immigrant, Inc.: Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (John Wiley & Son), which reveals the impact of immigrants on the new economy and their power to revive cities and communities. Visit

Andrew K. Solow '95 (VPA) was named counsel in the litigation department in the New York City office of the Kaye Scholer law firm.  

Steven Springer '95 (LCS) and wife Danielle Devlin-Springer announce the birth of their son, Xavier Robert, in Baltimore. 

Fanon Che Wilkins G'95 (MAX), an associate professor of African American history and culture in the Graduate School of American Studies at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, is co-editor of From Toussaint to Tupac: the Black International since the Age of Revolution (UNC Press). The book is a collection of essays offering an overview of the global movements that define black internationalism.

William Berglund '96 (A&S/NEW) is a counsel attorney with Tucker Ellis & West in Cleveland. He practices in the firm's trial department in the area of professional and products liability. 

David Cole '96 (A&S) married Margaret McLaughlin. He is an associate at Foley Hoag in Boston. They reside in Somerville, Mass.

George Harris '96 (WSM) of Costa Mesa, Calif., is vice president of business development at OnForce. He is a U.S. Navy veteran with more than 40 years' experience managing field service operations.  

Jake Lynn '96 (A&S) is director of public affairs for the American Psychoanalytic Association in New York City. He is a former press secretary to several elected officials in the New York City area, worked in the Bloomberg administration's Small Business Services department in the same capacity, and directed public affairs efforts for the New York Historical Society. 

Joe Bednar '97 (VPA), G'00 (NEW/WSM) is director of product marketing and entertainment information at Tribune Media Services in Queensbury, N.Y.  

Aditya Chauhan '97 (LCS) wrote Applied Game Theory (VDM Verlag), a book that applies a game-theoretic model to analyze coexistence between organized crime and unaffiliated criminals in the context of union corruption. 

Rachel Ganslaw '97 (SWK) and Seth Robbins '96 (IST) announce the birth of their son Ethan Levi, who joins sister Sarah. They reside in Sharon, Mass.

Freddy Morales '97 (WSM) is the finance country manager for the Bristol-Myers Squibb affiliate in Ecuador. He was featured in Faces of Success, a biographical collage of successful Latinos at the company. Morales previously worked for Bristol-Myers in Panama, and also held positions at CBS Sports and PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

Courtney Taurisano-Sprague '97 (NEW) is a communications specialist in the community relations department at Sitrin Health Care Center, a not-for-profit corporation in New Hartford, N.Y.

Patrick Tehan '97 (WSM) married Meghan Casey. They reside in Rochester, N.Y., where he is a senior reporting analyst at Global Crossing. 

Donna M. Cusano-Sutherland '98 (NEW) joined GlaxoSmithKline in Collegeville, Pa., as director, R&D communications. She resides in Phoenixville, Pa., with son Bryan. 

Wellington Edward '98 (WSM) is principal assistant secretary of the division of planning, research, and monitoring for the Ministry of Home Affairs in Putrajaya, Malaysia. 

Eric Meissner '98 (A&S) attends the University of Oxford's Said Business School as a candidate for a master's degree in business administration. 

Anna Papanastasatos '98 (NEW) and husband Rigas Gartaganis '98 (WSM) of Milton, Mass., announce the birth of their son, Angelo, who joins brother George. Papanastasatos is a producer/project manager at Auritt Communications Group in Manhattan, and Gartaganis is a fixed-income portfolio specialist at Loomis Sayles and Company in Boston. 

Carissa Potenza '98 (NEW) of New York City co-produced Owning the Weather, a documentary film that examines weather modification, geo-engineering, and man's contributions to climate change. The film features interviews with significant contributors to modern science, environmental activism, philosophy, and meteorology. It was shown as part of the 2009 UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, and is an official selection at a number of film festivals around the world. It premiered in New York City in January, is available for download, and on video-on-demand channels.

Erica Rosen '98 (NEW) married Jason DuPlessis. She is the delivery manager at ClickSquared, an e-mail marketing company, and a freelance web designer. They reside in Foxboro, Mass. 

Rob Yunich '98 (NEW) and wife Elana Milstein co-wrote The Kitchen Dance, a cookbook and guide to making quick, healthy kosher meals in tight quarters. Yunich is communications manager at the USA Rice Federation, Arlington, Va.

Kim Bissell G'99 (NEW) is a professor of magazine journalism at the University of Alabama, where she earned the 2009 Krieghbaum Under-40 Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The award recognizes outstanding early career accomplishments and individuals who have shown outstanding achievement and effort in teaching, research, and public service. 

Jill Cozza-Turner '99 (NEW) of Hudson, N.Y., won a Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in Animation for her work on the PBS children's series WordWorld

Rachael Shwom Evelich '99 (A&S) is an assistant professor of climate and society in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. She earned a Ph.D. in sociology with a specialization in environmental science and policy from Michigan State University in 2008. Her research focuses on societal efforts to adapt to and mitigate climate change. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Nick, and their 20-month-old daughter, Marishka.

Nicole Glab Glor '99 (A&S/NEW) and husband Jeff Glor '97 (A&S/NEW) of New York City announce the birth of their son, Jack Thatcher. Nicole is senior vice president and director of national media relations with Regan Communications, and Jeff is a correspondent and anchor with CBS News. 

Karman Cheng Hsu G'99 (MAX), L'99 (LAW) and husband Ray Li-Chih '04 (IST) announce the birth of their son, Izan Karay, who joins brother Joshua. They reside in Brea, Calif.

Mark Murphy '99, G'01 (NEW) married Christi Gorelli. They reside in Boston.

Brian Smorol '99 (LCS) and Emily Smorol announce the birth of a son, Christopher Brian, in Syracuse. 

Shadra Strickland '99 (VPA) illustrated A Place Where Hurricanes Happen (Random House), a free-verse picture book by Renee Watson in which four friends describe their lives before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina. In November, Strickland spoke at the Cleveland Public Library's opening reception for Our Children Can Soar, a traveling art exhibition featuring original art by 13 premier children's book illustrators, and at the National Council of Teachers of English National Convention in Philadelphia. Visit

Fontella White G'99 (NEW) earned a Ph.D. in religion with a concentration in the New Testament and early Christianity from Claremont (Calif.) Graduate University. In December, she was ordained by the American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles and Congregations of the Southwest and Hawaii in Los Angeles. 

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Meghan Murphy Beakman G'00 (MAX), L'00 (LAW) is general counsel for the Oneida Indian Nation and its enterprises, including Turning Stone Resort and Casino. She resides in Fayetteville, N.Y.

Jeffrey Cumber '00 (LCS) is the lead teacher for the Robert E. Lee Engineering Academy, a high school engineering program in Jacksonville, Fla. He also teaches at the University of North Florida in the department of mechanical engineering. 

Kimmy Gatewood '00 (VPA) won the 2009 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Music for her work on The Apple Sisters.

Jay Mandel '00 (WSM) is a leader of global digital marketing at MasterCard in Purchase, N.Y.

Michelle O'Connor '00 (VPA) of Pennington, N.J., was nominated for the 2009 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Ensemble for her work in Universal Robots.

Trajan Perez G'00 (WSM), L'00 (LAW), a litigation attorney, is a partner with Archer Norris in Walnut Creek, Calif. 

Danielle Goode Pryor '00 (NEW) of Hopkinton, Mass., launched Good Gear, an eco-friendly sports apparel business featuring products made from bamboo.

Suzanne Sheehan '00 (EDU) married Jason Nord. She is a speech pathologist with Farmington (Conn.) Public Schools. 

Megan Anne Stull '00 (A&S/NEW) joined Google's Washington, D.C., office as telecom policy counsel. She was previously an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. 

Neil Swaab '00 (VPA), an instructor at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City and creator of the alternative comic strip Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggles, was a finalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting competition for his script, Eddie Fantastic!  

Corey Volovar '00 (VPA) married Bruce Wexler '01 (EDU). They live and work in Los Angeles.

Joseph Babik '01 (NEW) married Cristen Apodaca. They reside in Fresno, Calif. 

Michelle Fang-Avitable '01 (CHD/WSM) and husband Matthew announce the birth of their daughter, Sofia Michelle. They reside in Richmond, Va.

Andrea Lannon '01 (A&S) was a top five finalist for Modern Bride magazine's "Bride of the Year." She is a special education teacher of students who are severely multiply disabled in Queens, N.Y. 

Bryan LeFauve G'01 (NEW) is vice president of integrated marketing at SKM Group Inc., an advertising and marketing communications agency in Depew, N.Y. 

Claude Liu G'01 (WSM) is a manager responsible for the customer relationship management and market insight teams at A.S. Watsons, a leading health and beauty retail chain with more than 1,600 stores in 10 Asian markets and two European markets. He is based in Taiwan.

Maura Pearlstein '01 (A&S) of Catskill, N.Y., earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Francis Woodworth '01 (A&S) was recognized as one of Billboard Magazine's top 30 under 30 music executives for his work at Eleven Seven Music in New York City, which is one of the industry's top indie record companies. He is general manager of the label, whose artists include Motley Crue, Buckcherry, TRAPT, Drowning Pool, and Sixx A.M. 

Christian Fuchs G'02 (NEW) is the first communications director at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA in Washington, D.C. Fuchs oversees, producing video and multimedia pieces and writing and designing print materials. 

Lisa Berger Goldberg '02 (VPA) and husband Seth Goldberg '02 (WSM) launched a product called the texthook, a smartphone holder that fastens to the handlebars of a stroller, exercise equipment, shopping cart, or bicycle, allowing access to the touch screen or keyboard. They reside in New York City, where Seth is a real estate attorney, and have an 18-month-old son, Ethan Ryder.

Melissa Auman Greiner '02 (NEW) and husband Walter Greiner announce the birth of a son, Henry Joseph, in Abington, Pa. 

Janelle A. Kerlin G'02 (MAX), assistant professor of public management and policy at Georgia State University, edited Social Enterprise: A Global Comparison (Tufts University Press), a collection of essays that examines the diverse ways social enterprise has emerged in different regions.

Pete Mason '02 (A&S), a special education teacher and graduate student in Albany, N.Y., wrote PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish, a coffee table book featuring art inspired by the band. Sales benefit the Mockingbird Foundation, which was founded by Phish fans in 1996 and has raised more than $600,000 for music education.

Brianne Puleo G'02 (NEW) works in the community relations department at the Sitrin Health Care Center, a not-for-profit health care corporation in New Hartford, N.Y. 

Rhianna Trefry '02 (VPA) earned a master's degree in business administration from the Heller School at Brandeis University. Her interests are in human relations and organizational development. 

Celeste Stahl Balaban '03 (A&S) and Howie Balaban announce the birth of daughter Teagan Elizabeth in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.  

Lynette Barry '03 (A&S) married Andrade Haughton '03 (LCS). They reside in Middleboro, Mass.

Allison Bellins '03 (NEW/A&S) married Keith Dennis. She is the communications director for the Green Power Partnership at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. They reside in northern Virginia.

Casey Boss '03 (ARC) married David Whipple '99 (ARC). They reside in Philadelphia. 

Scott Faller '03 (IST/WSM) is an IT quality leader in corporate tax systems at General Electric in Albany, N.Y. He earned a master's degree in business administration from Union Graduate College in Schenectady, N.Y., in 2009.

Lisa Kelly '03 (EDU) married Michael Lombardi '03 (WSM). They reside in White Plains, N.Y.

Melissa Krekel '03 (VPA) married Paul Kiesche. They reside in Long Valley, N.J. She is director of research at Edison Research.  

Mary Beth Burke Neville '03 (A&S) married Shaun Neville '03 (A&S). They reside in Manchester, N.H.

Christy Pachucki '03 (NEW) married Jesse Lindeman '03, G'04 (IST). They reside in San Jose, Calif. 

Chris Rummel '03 (VPA) was nominated for the 2009 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Sound Design for his work in Twelfth Night, or What You Will. He is a teaching artist with Roundabout Theater Company in New York City.

Hillary Shultz G'03 (NEW) married Brad MacDougall. They reside in Vernon, Conn., where she is an account director at Integrated Marketing Services. 

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 business litigation lawyer at Mitts Milavec, LLC.

Rachel Boll G'04 (NEW) married Brad Moodie. They live in Seattle, where she works in corporate communications for T-mobile. 

Sheryl Glassman '05 (A&S) of Lancaster, Pa., earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dana M. Harsell G'05 (MAX) received the Charles and Betty Corwin Award in Teaching Excellence from the College of Business and Public Administration at the University of North Dakota, recognizing him for superior teaching evaluations and innovative teaching methods. 

Evan S. Morris '05 (NEW/A&S/MAX) married Jillian Laudin. They reside in Arlington, Va., where he specializes in communication law in the government relations department of Harris Corp. 

Alyson Potts '05 (A&S) married Brian Sturm '05 (A&S). They reside in Jersey City, N.J. She is a senior associate at Emanate Public Relations in New York City. He graduated from Seton Hall Law School and is an attorney at the firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, also in New York.   

Kelly Vergamini '05 (A&S) married Matthew Yount. They reside in Manhattan.

Lisa L. Verkuilen '05 (A&S) is director of communications for the Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

David Brewer '06 (NEW) is director of program planning at Bravo Media in New York City.

LaToya Crayton '06 (A&S) earned a master's degree in medical physics with an emphasis in radiation therapy physics and a minor in nuclear medicine physics from Duke University. She is an assistant physicist at USMD, a medical center in Houston.

Julia B. Joyce '06 (A&S), L'09 (LAW) is an associate attorney at Green & Seifter Attorneys in Syracuse, focusing her practice in the areas of economic development, employee benefits, and litigation. She is a member of the Onondaga County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the University Neighborhood Preservation Association. 

Bryan Dumas '07 (NEW) is a production assistant at NBC Sports in New York City whose team won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for its efforts during the 2008 season at NBC Sports Sunday Night Football, which culminated in Super Bowl XLIII. 

Matthew Francisco '07 (WSM) married Corin Melchior. They reside in Hackettstown, N.J. He works for a publishing company.   

Lorae French '07 (NEW) is a writer for the New York Songwriters Circle's web site. She writes a blog, reviews performances, interviews artists, and writes general copy for the site. 

Matthew Unger '07 (VPA) is vice president of business and creative development at JTS Productions in New York City, relocating to the East Coast from Los Angeles. 

Valter Varderesian '07 (VPA) exhibited Elemental Realms, sculptures created with steel, bronze, or gold, at the Agora Gallery in the Chelsea art district of New York City in February. 

Andrew Harding '08 (NEW/A&S) is development coordinator for SpikeTV after a year of freelance film production. 

Peter LaSala '08 (VPA) co-created, wrote, directed, and produced a web series, It's OK! I'm an Actor, with Christopher Ventura '08 (VPA). LaSala resides in Manhattan. Ventura founded Ventura Creative, a production company, and resides in Brooklyn.   

Jennifer Marsh G'08 (VPA), art and art history professor at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, is directing a global collaboration project ( to wrap the 37-story Saturn V rocket replica at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville with possibly the world's largest collaborative quilt cover (more than 32,000 square feet). The Dream Rocket team hopes to collect 8,000 handmade quilt panels from people in all 50 states and 100 countries, representing each participant's dream for a better tomorrow. The wrapping is set for May 2011 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's historic speech about landing a man on the moon. 

Marielle Messing '08 (NEW) is an editorial assistant at Prevention Books for Rodale Publishing in Emmaus, Pa. 

Julianne Pepitone '08 (A&S/NEW) is an associate web producer and staff reporter for in New York City.

Curtis M. Eatman '09 (A&S) was accepted to the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in Pittsburgh, a rigorous and demanding graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares participants to translate their ideals into action for improving their own communities and beyond.  

Rachel King Gibson G'09 (NEW) is a research assistant at Hezel Associates, a nationally recognized research consulting firm in Syracuse.  

Matthew J. Keane G'09 (WSM) is an assistant professor in the accountancy department at Providence College in Rhode Island. 

Rebecca Langford G'09 (NEW) is pursuing a doctoral degree as a Roy H. Park Fellow at the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication. 

Jansen Moon '09 (ARC) is an architect with GWWO Inc. in Baltimore and a member of the design team for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Interpretive Center to be constructed in Church Creek, Md.