Syracuse University Magazine

Class Notes


Joseph F. Zimmerman G’51, G’54 (MAX) of Delmar, N.Y., is professor of political science at the Rockefeller College of the State University of New York at Albany. He wrote Horizontal Federalism: Interstate Relations (SUNY Press), which provides detailed information and analysis of interstate relations, and advances recommendations to improve the economic and political unions.

Paul Zuckerman ’51 (A&S), G’67, G’97 (EDU) of Salt Lake City designed and constructed Wasatch Wildflowers, a photographic exhibition that provides easy identification of wildflowers in the Central Wasatch and Western Rocky  Mountain ranges. The exhibition, which was created for the summer Utah State Fair and the Salt Lake County Fair, was made with a close-up photographic technique to capture and enlarge the wildflower images using the Hasselblad camera system. The exhibition is now on permanent display on the University of Utah campus.


Susan Mandel Glazer ’60  (FALK) wrote Beyond the Looking Glass, which invites teachers to reflect on their personalities, behavior patterns, and vocabulary, and on students,to im-prove classroom relationships and foster a safe and dynamic learning environment.

Denise LeFrak Calicchio ’63 (EDU) co-wrote Rooftop Gardens (Rizzoli), a real estate and design book that profiles Manhattan’s most exclusive addresses and their private gardens.

William K. Weisenberg ’66 (A&S), assistant executive director for public affairs, government relations, and diversity initiatives for the Ohio State Bar Association,  received the Bar Medal Award  for exemplifying meritorious service to the legal profession, community, and humanity.

Robert Pressman G’67, G’70 (EDU), a pediatric psychologist in Providence, R.I., his wife Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman ’69 (A&S), a licensed clinical social worker and trainer in family therapy, and their daughter, Rebecca Jackson, co-wrote Good Night and Matilda & Maxwell’s Good Night (Good Parent Inc. Publishers), a series of short, informative books for busy parents that offer simple, expert advice on one parenting issue at a time. Each book in the series has a special companion book just for kids.

Roland Van Deusen ’67 (A&S), G’75 (SWK) was arrested with activist Daniel Ellsberg and members of Veterans for Peace, for a civil disobedience demonstration at the White House on the ninth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.

Joan Lesikin ’68 (VPA) had a solo exhibition of paintings at the Unison Gallery in New Paltz, N.Y.

David Patterson ’68 (A&S) is executive director of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

Barbara Gydé ’69 (VPA) is chief external affairs officer for Lighthouse International, a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment, and empowerment.

James W. Heffernan ’69 (A&S), G’74 (WSM) is chairman of the Council on Developmental Services for the state of Connecticut. He and his wife, Kathleen McGuire Heffernan ’70 (A&S), were honored by HARC Inc. for their many years of dedication and service to people with intellectual disabilities.


Helen L. De Haan ’70 (IST) retired from teaching fifth grade and serving as the library media specialist in the Newark Valley (N.Y.) School District in 1997. She spent the next 12 years serving on the district’s board of education before retiring again in 2010.

Ruth Brown Kowal ’70 (A&S) retired as director of administration and finance at the Boston Public Library after a 40-year career in Massachusetts public libraries.

Lois Mathieu ’70 (A&S) of Bloomfield, Conn., wrote Debut (SterlingHouse Publisher), a novel about the significance of giving a child up for adoption.

Arvind Sharma G’70 (MAX), Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University, wrote Hinduism as a Missionary Religion and One Religion Too Many: The Religiously Comparative Reflections of a Comparatively Religious Hindu. Both books were published by SUNY Press.

Thomas E. Brydges ’71 (A&S), L’73 (LAW), a partner in  Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel law firm in Buffalo, N.Y., was presented with the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation’s 2011 President’s Award for his outstanding service to the national historic site.

Janet Kern Mendelsohn ’71 (A&S/NEW), a freelance writer and photographer, wrote Maine’s Museums: Art, Oddities & Artifacts. She lives with her husband, Robert Mendelsohn ’68 (SDA) in Somerville, Mass., and Kittery Point, Maine.

Michelle Morse ’71 (VPA) of Pompano Beach, Fla., is an illustrator and muralist. She painted a mural at Coral Springs High School for the documentary, POM Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold, by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.  

Amy Brill Rafferty ’71, G’78 (A&S) of Franklin, N.H., retired as graduate faculty and director of distance learning at New England College. She is  a volunteer mentor with the Lakes Region (N.H.) chapter of SCORE, providing management counseling and workshops for local businesses.

Robert Seidman G’71, G’80 (LCS) wrote Saving Higher Education: The Integrated, Competency-Based Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program (Wiley), which presents a clear path to saving costs without jeopardizing academic quality.

Karen DeCrow L’72 (LAW) participated in a roundtable discussion addressing the global challenge of providing women greater access to justice. The event was hosted by the Fifth Judicial District Women in the Courts Committee in Syracuse as part of the World Learning Visitor Exchange Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. The three-week program is designed for female judges, lawyers, law enforcement officers, and advocates for women’s rights around the world.

Gladys Montgomery ’72 (A&S) of West Stockbridge, Mass., wrote Storybook Cottages: America’s Carpenter Gothic Style (Rizzoli), which takes readers on an evocative visual tour of historic and newly constructed Carpenter Gothic cottages, highlighting the style’s defining details and a range of approaches to interior decoration.

Toni S. Sullivan ’72 (A&S), a social worker and community activist in West Sacramento, Calif., distributes food, clothing, and household items to neighbors who are low income and elderly, or who have disabilities. She also helps people spay and neuter their pets and feral cats; transports people to doctor’s appointments; and offers advice on how to obtain aid when necessary.

Joe Ehrmann ’73 (A&S), SU All-Century Football Team member and letter winner in lacrosse, wrote InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives (Simon & Schuster), a book on how to integrate values and education into sports.

Eleanor Frierson ’73 (IST) of Chevy Chase, Md., was named the 2010 Federal Librarian of the Year by the Library of Congress’s Federal Library and Information Center Committee for her leadership and direction of the National Agricultural Library and her service as co-chair of the Alliance.

Beth Gigante Klingenstein ’73 (VPA), an associate professor of music at Valley City State University, earned a Ph.D. degree in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota. She is a nationally recognized presenter and author on issues facing independent piano teachers and has published more than 25 articles and two books, the most recent being The Independent Piano Teacher’s Studio Handbook (Hal Leonard Corporation).

Joseph Nowinski G’73 (A&S) of Tolland, Conn., is a prominent psychologist who co-authored Saying Goodbye, which offers a roadmap for families confronting their feelings while a loved one’s health declines. Nowinski has written several award-winning books and is a columnist for the Huffington Post.

J. Edward “Ned” Tillman G’73 (A&S) of Columbia, Md., merged his firm, Growth Adventures, with BuzzQuake Marketing to launch Sustainable Growth, a partnership that advises businesses, non-profits, and government agencies on becoming leaders in sustainability. He is married to Kathryn Bell Tillman ’73 (VPA/EDU).

D. Rodman Henderer ’74 (ARC) of Chevy Chase, Md., was elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows by the 2011 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects.

Ronald Mason ’74 (UTICA) is vice president for human resources at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. A member of the president’s cabinet, he is the first to serve in this new senior management position.

Judy Nauseef ’74 (NEW), a landscape designer in Iowa City, serves on the 2011 Garden Design magazine advisory board.

Herbert Weisbaum ’74 (NEW), an award-winning journalist, is afternoon anchor at ABC affiliate KOMO NEWS in Seattle. He also reports on consumer issues for KOMO Radio and TV, and writes “The ConsumerMan," a popular weekly column that warns readers about scams, bad deals, dangerous products, and false advertising. For his dedication to helping consumers, Weisbaum was honored by the National Consumers League and the Consumer Federation of America.

Ron Jensen G’75 (LCS) is president of IEEE-USA, the world’s largest technical professional association. His priorities for 2011 are to advance innovation, entrepreneurship, and competitiveness in the U.S.

Stuart (Lebzelter) Layne ’75 (NEW) is chief marketing and revenue officer of the Arena Football League. A sports marketing and media veteran, Layne has worked for 24 years as a sales and marketing executive in sports and communications, including CBS Television Network sales and senior marketing and sales executive with the Seattle Mariners and Boston Celtics. Founder of his own sports and entertainment marketing agency, Seven 2 Sports Marketing, Layne created integrated marketing strategies for such clients as the Indiana Pacers, Celtics legend Bill Russell, Regan Communications-Boston, the National Corporate Theater Fund, and team sports solutions for ClickSquared, one of the world’s leading digital database marketing companies.

Michael Schuman ’75 (NEW) of Keene, N.H., won a first-place award at the North American Travel Journalists Association competition in the category of Family Travel—Print, for his article “Science of Hocus Pocus” on the traveling exhibition, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, at the Museum of Science in Boston.

Wendy Shields ’75 (EDU), a teacher at Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, Conn., is vice president of Pathways Togo, a nonprofit organization created to provide scholarships to women and girls in Togo, West Africa—one of the poorest countries where more than half of the women are illiterate.

Budd Bailey ’77 (NEW) received the 2011 Tom Borrelli Award from the National Lacrosse League (NLL). Bailey covers the NLL for the Buffalo News.

Claire Cook ’77 (A&), a best-selling author who lives in Scituate, Mass., released her eighth novel, Best Staged Plans (Voice), a breezy beach read that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the home industry made popular by HGTV programming. Cook’s other novels include Life’s a Beach, Must Love Dogs, and Seven Year Switch.

Thomas C. Fensch G’77 (NEW) wrote The Man Who Changed His Skin: The Life and Work of John Howard Griffin (New Century Books), the first complete biography of the man who turned his skin black and traveled throughout the South in 1959-60. Griffin’s subsequent autobiography about his experience, Black Like Me, became an instant American classic. The author of 30 books, Fensch has published four books about John Steinbeck, two on Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, two on James Thurber, and one each on Hemingway and Oskar Schindler.

Steve Weissman ’77 (WSM) of Glen Rock, N.J., is chief financial officer of The Fireman Hospitality Group, a multi-restaurant owner/operator and management group of 10 properties nationwide.

Eileen Collins ’78 (A&S), H’01, the first female shuttle pilot and commander, received the Aero Club of New England Godfrey L. Cabot Award, which is given to individuals or teams who have made unparalleled contributions to advance aviation and space flight.

Robert Sacha ’79 (A&S/NEW), owner of Sacha Photography in New York City, co-directed and shot three films for the Open Society Foundations on denial of pain relief, forced sterilization, and detention as treatment. The films were produced by Pamela Chen ’05 (NEW), senior communications coordinator for the Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, as part of the organization’s campaign to Stop Torture in Health Care.

Rick Burton ’79 (NEW) wrote The Darkest Mission (Long Reef Press), a crime thriller that brings together WWII flyers, a sadistic Nazi colonel, East Germany’s feared secret police, the CIA, and a prominent U.S. senator with years of Cold War knowledge. Burton is the David B. Falk Professor of Sport Management at Syracuse University.

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Charles Shelton ’80 (NEW) is a professional writer/filmmaker specializing in the scary genres.

Melanie Gray L’81 (LAW) was honored by Crisis Intervention of Houston (CIH) at its “Magic of M” gala, which celebrated five women—all with first names beginning with M—for answering the call of service to the community through their tireless volunteer efforts. The event raised a record-breaking amount in donations for CIH, which operates Houston’s 24/7 Crisis Hotline. A partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges law firm and an active member of Houston’s philanthropic community, Gray also serves as vice chair of the SU Board of Trustees and as co-chair of The Campaign for Syracuse University.

Daniel Stetson G’81 (VPA) is executive director at Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Richard S. Vosko G’81, G’84 (EDU) received the Berakah Award from the North American Academy of Liturgy for his liturgical scholarship and award-winning contributions to sacred art and architecture.

Scott Barnett ’82 (NEW) of Milford, Conn., created Stags Tournament Central, a portal for the Fairfield Stags men’s basketball team, which featured in-game Twitter and Facebook action updates, video clips, and “Fan Zone” tournament updates during its MACC tournament games and NIT post-season play.

Bernard Lynch ’82 (NEW) is a photographer whose work has been published in American Photo, French Photo, The Miami Herald, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, and TROPIC magazine, among others. His photos were also featured in a juried exhibition, CHANGE, and in the gallery at the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

Mary Dennis Swanson ’84 (A&S) and her husband, Geoffrey R. Swanson ’85 (LCS), report that their son, Dennis Swanson ’14 (VPA), completed his first year at SU—the fourth generation of his family to attend Syracuse.

Michael Ancillotti ’85 (VPA) of Baldwinsville, N.Y., is president of Latorra, Paul & McCann Advertising in Syracuse. Ancilotti and his wife, Janelle Carpenter Ancilotti ’85 (A&S/NEW), have three sons.

Mitchell Hara ’86 (WSM) is senior vice president of corporate strategy at HSN Inc. (Home Shopping Network), an interactive, multi-channel retailer with direct-to-consumer expertise. Hara, who has 20 years of investment banking and capital markets experience, assists with the overall corporate strategy, identifying and developing new strategic initiatives and leading the strategic process for the company. He also evaluates and oversees potential strategic partnerships and transactions.

Jonathan Breger ’87 (NEW) is pre-sales engineer at ShoreGroup Inc., an information services company in Syracuse.

Terese Genecco ’87 (VPA), a jazz singer billed as Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band, headlines at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City on the last Tuesday of every month.

Stanton Weinstein G’87 (LCS) of Fort Washington, Pa., is president of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association for 2010-11.

Pamela J. Alvord ’88 (NEW) is executive vice president, managing director of strategy and operations, at Kilannon, an Atlanta-based advertising agency that serves both national and international clients.

David M. Black ’89 (A&S), an account executive for WMTW News 8 in Portland, Maine, is a four-time winner of the prestigious Hearst Television Eagle Award for being one of the top salespersons in the country. He lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, with his wife, Kim, and their two daughters.

David Horvath ’89 (WSM) of Bricksville, Ohio, is a hearing officer to the Ohio Board of Cosmetology and serves on the executive and finance committees of the Cuyahoga County Republican Party. He is also a Royal Arch Mason.

Gary Scheiner ’89 (NEW) of Millburn, N.J., is managing partner and chief creative officer of Rosetta, the interactive advertising agency acquired by the Publicis Groupe. He represented the United States as a jury member at the 2011 Cannes Lions Festival in France.

Amy Sapio Shiley ’89 (A&S) is general manager for the human resources and payroll departments in the New York and Pennsylvania divisions of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation. She resides in Orchard Park, N.Y., with her husband and two children.

Amy J. Vigneron L’89 (LAW), a partner in the Buffalo-based law firm of Cohen & Lombardo, is president of the board of directors of the Joan A. Male Family Support Center, the only 24-hour phone and in-home crisis intervention program in Erie County, N.Y.

Ann Welles ’89 (VPA) received a 2011 ARTS Partnership Award from the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes in recognition of her significant contribution to the region’s arts and cultural life.

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John Robinson ’90 (NEW), general manager for AXXESS Media Productions in Albany, N.Y., launched a new web portal,, to provide a series of mentoring resources for people with disabilities looking for employment or educational opportunities. is partnering with businesses, universities, and organizations—including Cargill, NYSARC Inc., Trust Services, the U.S. Business Leadership Network, and Syracuse University—to provide the best information possible to people with disabilities.

Craig Enger ’91 (NEW) of Rockville, Md., has a new album, Coastline, now available on iTunes, Amazon, and other venues. Profits from the sale of the album—which features acoustic rhythms, poetic lyrics, multi-part harmonies, and steel drums—will go to charity.

Timothy Potero ’91  (A&S) of Newtown, Pa., is deputy chief compliance counsel for Guy Carpenter & Company, a global risk and reinsurance specialist. He was selected as a “Rising Star” in Reactions magazine’s global survey as one of 50 executives regarded as the next generation of leaders in the insurance industry.

MaryBeth Vrees ’91 (NEW) is vice president, director of strategic communications, for Blitz, a Boston-based advertising agency. An award-winning media, public relations, and marketing veteran, Vrees focuses on public relations and social media. 

Kimberly A. Blackwell ’92 (A&S), CEO and managing partner of PMM Agency, an advertising agency located in Columbus, Ohio, was appointed to a three-year term on the National Women’s Business Council—a bi-partisan federal advisory board created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to President Obama, the U.S. Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.

Heidi Boyd Conlin ’92 (NEW), a lawyer at the Kimberly K. Glatt law firm in Hoboken, N.J., works in the “Adoption Options” division.

Shandana A. Durrani ’92 (A&S), a travel and lifestyle writer/editor living in New York City, wrote Day Trips from New York City, a getaway guide with tips for the local traveler. Her work has appeared in such publications as Condé Nast Traveler, Glamour, Wine Spectator, Silverkris,, and

Betsy Holahan ’92 (A&S) launched Great Point Strategies, a strategic communications consulting firm based in Alexandria, Va. Her firm provides a full range of communications services to help clients achieve their public policy objectives.

T.S. McMillin G’92 (A&S), a professor in the Department of English at Oberlin College in Ohio, wrote The Meaning of Rivers: Flow and Reflection in American Literature (University of Iowa Press).

Amy Scanlon ’92 (NEW) of New York City is senior vice president for business development and strategic partnerships at CBS television stations. She works with sales teams at the group’s 28 local stations and spearheads the creation and execution of new business initiatives at CBS-owned TV stations and other CBS local media assets.

Nina Raphael Arboscello ’93 (FALK) and her husband, Rick, of Greenville, S.C., announce the birth of their daughter, Victoria Syra, who joins brothers Nick and Will.

Justin Blount ’93 (LCS) is director of marketing for Kohler Engines in Kohler, Wis. He is responsible for the short- and long-term marketing plans of the company’s industrial and consumer product lines and for the development of those markets.

Betty Rose Facer G’93 (A&S), a senior lecturer of French and director of the Language Learning Center at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., co-edited Academic Podcasting and Mobile Assisted Language Learning: Applications and Outcomes (IGI Global).

Bette Kestin ’93 (NEW) and Michael Burchell of San Francisco announce the birth of their daughter, Savannah Olivia.

Adam Lippard ’93 (NEW), vice president at GMR Marketing in San Francisco, was honored by SportsBusiness Journal as one of the most influential young executives in sports, making the publication’s prestigious “Forty Under 40” list.

Nicole Rosmarino ’93 (A&S) of Centennial, Colo., enjoys a lively and productive career as a biodiversity advocate, working as wildlife program director for WildEarth Guardians. She helped broker a national deal with the U.S. Department of Interior to obtain federal protection for 250 imperiled plant and animal species.

Michele Helm Baer ’94 (A&S/NEW) and her husband, Justin Baer ’94 (A&S), of Bloomfield, N.J., announce the birth of their daughter, Gabriela Mae, who joins brothers Tobias and Nathaniel. Michele is president of Baer Consulting, a communications firm, and Justin is the Wall Street correspondent for the Financial Times.

Liz Dickler ’94 (VPA) of Los Angeles is vice president of drama at A&E television network, where she develops new scripted drama series and miniseries and oversees current projects.

Nicola Giacchetti McIntosh ’94 (A&S/NEW) and Scott McIntosh ’93 (NEW) own and operate the Kuna Melba News, a weekly community newspaper in Kuna, Idaho, that won three awards in the 2010 Idaho Press Club contest.

Luanne McKinlay G’94 (EDU) is president of Capital Area Speech-Language Hearing Association and is a school speech-language pathologist. She received the 2011 Board of Regional Association Presidents of New York State Distinguished Service Award at the New York Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Kimberly Murray ’94 (NUR) is service line administrator for orthopedic and spine services at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse. She provides administrative support and direction of orthopedic services, including financial and clinical performance, marketing, and strategic planning.

John Felker G’95 (MAX), a U.S. Coast Guard captain, received the Defense Superior Service Medal for completing a three-year tour as commander of the Coast Guard Cryptologic Group at Fort Meade, Md. He is now deputy commander of the Coast Guard Cyber Command in Washington, D.C.

Wendy Loughlin G’95 (NEW) and Tim McCoy G’06 (A&S) announce the birth of their daughter, Violet, who joins sister Katherine.

Brent Royer ’95 (A&S/NEW) is senior director, creative media services, at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.  He is expanding the creative and technical capabilities of the media production teams with a focus on delivering unique video content across multiple digital platforms in support of St. Jude’s fund-raising efforts.

Scott Bevier ’96 (WSM) is chief operating officer of WellNet Healthcare Group, a national health care management company in New York City.

Deanna Eckman ’96 (A&S/NEW), G’00 (IST) married Daniel Korte G’98 (NEW). They reside in Columbus, Ohio.

Richard Kriheli ’96 (A&S) launched SPLIT, a digital arts and letters quarterly.

Paul Maliszewski G’96 (A&S) wrote Prayer and Parable (Fence Books), a collection of stories that captures the ways we struggle with our instincts, faith, intellect, and imagination.

Judy Osgood L’96 (LAW) is a policy analyst in the office of Nevada Governor Sandoval.

Karen Skillin Rojas ’96 (ARC), and her husband, John Rojas ’90 (ARC Florence), of San Francisco announce the birth of their daughter, Marisa Anne.

Brett Walker ’96 (NEW) and his wife, Jennifer, of Winter Garden, Fla., announce the birth of their son, Reed Charles Newman, who joins brother Riley.

Jeff Glor ’97 (A&S/NEW), news anchor for the “Early Show” on CBS, gave the Commencement speech at the College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer Business School undergraduate ceremonies at Suffolk University in Boston. The university honored Glor with an honorary Doctor of Journalism degree.

David Sisco ’97 (VPA), a professor of voice at Marymount Manhattan College, won the 2010 National Association of Teachers of Singing Composition Award for “Missed Connections,” a song cycle based on a collection of craigslist posts for mezzo soprano and piano. He is completing his first full-scale musical, Falling to Earth, with collaborator Tom Gualtieri ’90 (VPA).

Craig Troskosky ’97 (A&S/NEW) is a management supervisor in the Rochester, N.Y., office of Eric Mower and Associates, an integrated marketing communications agency.

Ryan Johnston ’98 (NEW), weekend host of “The Sports Hub in Boston” talk show (WBZ-FM 98.5), made his NHL broadcasting debut when he filled in for four games on the Boston Bruins Radio Network.

Jason Kovar ’98 (WSM) is co-president of WellNet Health Plans at WellNet Healthcare Group, a national health care management company in New York City.

Julie Lacouture ’98 (A&S/NEW) is regional co-owner of the Los Angeles franchise Mom Corps, a company that finds challenging, flexible work arrangements for talented professionals in varying life stages who are seeking a better work/life balance. 

Scott MacFarlane ’98 (A&S/NEW) is Washington, D.C., correspondent for COX Television. He conducted a one-on-one interview with President Obama, in which the president made headlines worldwide by saying, “America is a stressed out nation.” MacFarlane is a board member of the WJPZ Alumni Asssociation.

Erin Reidy ’98 (A&S) is senior policy analyst at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in Washington, D.C. She leads policy development and strategic planning on public and private health care coverage issues, including efforts to implement the Affordable Health Care Act.

Fon Wang ’98 (ARC) was honored as a “Rising Star” at the Celebration of the Next Generation of Leadership reception hosted by Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. A principal and owner of the Center City design firm UCI Architects, Wang is working on creating a new student center on the historic campus of the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, renovating a Germantown train station, and designing an addition to a rehabilitation facility for the Volunteers of America.

Erin Troy Anzalone ’99 (NEW) and her husband, P.J. Anzalone ’97 (NEW), of St. Louis Park, Minn., announce the birth of their daughter, Hailey Teresa.

Kimberly Thomas Bissell G’99 (NEW) is associate dean for research at the College of Communication and Information Science and director of the Institute for Communication and Information Research at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Kathryn Carter ’99 (A&S) of Middleburg, Va., is director of public relations at Merchant Software Corporation.

Lauren Iacono ’99 (NEW) is director of digital strategy at PAN Communications in Andover, Mass.

Shadra Strickland ’99 (VPA) of Atlanta illustrated White Water, a book about a young boy growing up in the segregated South.

Eric Wohlleber ’99 (NEW) is vice president of Gramercy Communications, a public relations and marketing firm in Albany, N.Y. The company was founded by Thomas Nardacci ’96 (A&S).


Mary Beth Cryan ’00 (VPA) of Woonsocket, R.I., is an award-winning illustrator who specializes in art licensing, paper engineering, and product design. Two bobble head kits—Robots and Monsters—crafted by Cryan for the Worldwide Co. of London, were top sellers at the New York International Gift Fair. Two more of her bobble head kits—Sea Life and Fairy Tale—were released in May.

Kwame Harrison G’00, G’03 (MAX), associate professor of sociology and Africana studies at Virginia Tech, received the university’s 2011 Edward S. Diggs Teaching Scholars Award for his exceptional contribution to the teaching program and learning environment.

George Juliano Jr. ’00 (NEW) and his wife, Shannon, of Watertown, Mass., announce the birth of their twin sons, Anthony and Joseph, who join sister Lily.

Joseph F. Kanakaraj ’00 (IST) is the user interface engineer at Major League Baseball Advanced Media in New York City.

Thomas Ragonese ’00, G’02 (LCS) and his wife, Sarah, of Bloomington, Ind., announce the birth of their twin son and daughter.

Andrew Laver ’01 (VPA) and his wife, Jennifer, of Cherry Hill, N.J., announce the birth of their son, Ethan Morgan.

Colleen Locke ’01 (NEW) married Jonathan Cain ’01 (A&S/NEW). Colleen is the web editor for UMass Boston, and Jonathan is the senior news producer for New England Cable News. They live in Ashland, Mass.

Frank Mullins ’01, G’11 (WSM), an assistant professor of management at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C., earned a Ph.D. degree  in business administration from SU.

Jaime Winne Alvarez ’02 (NEW), a member of SU’s Office of News Services team since 2004, is now communications manager for the Whitman School of Management.

Marco Iacono ’02 (LCS) is a member of the iOS applications and frameworks team at Apple Inc. in Cupertino, Calif.

Jay Miles ’02 (NEW) wrote Conquering YouTube for Michael Weiss Productions, a leader in publishing books about filmmaking.

George Scott ’02 (A&S), an associate in the law firm of Nexsen Pruet in Columbia, S.C., is province president of North Carolina and assistant province president of South Carolina and Georgia for the legal fraternity of Phi Delta Phi.

Emily Spitale ’02 (NEW) is director of publicity for USA Network and the Sleuth Channel in New York City.

Matthew O’Neill ’03 (A&S) of Santa Monica, Calif., sold his action comedy screenplay, Bait and Switch, to Universal Pictures. Mark Wahlberg is slated to star in and produce the film, along with producers Scott Stuber (The Break Up, Couples Retreat), John Jacobs (Blades of Glory, Anger Management), and Stephen Levinson (Entourage).

Adam Ritchie ’03 (NEW) of Boston is owner of Adam Ritchie Brand Direction, a public relations company that has been hired to lead U.S. communications efforts for Chile-based Crystal Lagoons, creator of the world’s largest swimming pools.

Hilary Turner ’03 (A&S) married Bret Kricun. They reside in Philadelphia.

Brooke Alper ’04 (A&S) is associate director of alumni relations and annual giving at The Pingry School in Martinsville, N.J.

Jason J. Centolella L’04 (LAW), a member of the Green & Seifter law firm in Syracuse, practices in health care, business transactions, banking and financial institutions, mergers and acquisitions, and equipment leasing.

Victor Prial L’04 (LAW), an attorney at the Green & Seifter law firm in Syracuse, concentrates his practice in civil litigation.

Kari Benjamin-Kurta ’05 (VPA) is an account executive for iVilliage Network, an NBC Universal Company in New York City.

Noelle Lang ’05 (A&S) is enrolled in the Ph.D. program in medieval and early modern studies at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.

Valerie Ramirez G’05 (NEW) married Jules Byron Beesley. They reside in New York City.

Rachel Moran ’06 (A&S) was awarded a 2011 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship—a prestigious national award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. She is now a doctoral candidate in history and women’s studies at Pennsylvania State University. Her dissertation, "Body Politic: Federal Policy on American Physique, 1890-1965," examines the political history of 20th-century American weight and physique.

Leah Hurtgen Ziemba L’06 (LAW) is an associate in Michael Best & Friedrich law firm in Madison, Wis. She is part of the firm’s energy and sustainability industry team, focusing her practice on the siting and permitting of new development projects, including agricultural and energy projects, and counseling clients on environmental matters.

Denise Frias ’07 (A&S) earned a master of social work degree from Fordham University.

Geoffrey Marsh ’07 (NEW) is web/multimedia designer at the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

Erich Yahner G’07 (IST) of Silver Springs, Md., is employed by the Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C.

Jackie Friedman ’08 (FALK), a graduate of SU’s sport management program, is a sports reporter for The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. She was a top five finalist in the 2010 Association of Press Sports Editors (APSE) national sports journalism contest for a breaking news story she co-wrote on the State Commission of Investigations report highlighting the waste and abuses at New Jersey’s governing body for high school athletics.

Jessica Haynie ’08 (WSM) owns and operates Three Stones Consulting, a fund-raising and philanthropy consulting firm in Santa Fe, N.M.

Meredith Salit ’08 (ARC) married Ian Taubin ’07 (IST). They reside in Westchester, N.Y.

Whitney Daniels ’09 (VPA) opened WRKDesigns, a full–service graphic design studio in Syracuse.

Kelly Huth Luczkowiak ’09 (NEW) is an assistant features editor for The Express-Times, specializing in food and entertainment for the Lehigh Valley, Pa., newspaper.

Lee Meltzer ’09 (NEW), an assistant in the film and marketing department of PMK*BNC in New York City, is working on LUCKY, a new film by director Gil Cates Jr. ’91 (VPA) and screenwriter Kent Sublette ’91 (VPA).

Crystal Cave ’10 (NEW) works in real estate sales and leasing at Platinum Properties in New York City.

Jason Dean G’10 (IST) is cataloger and technical services librarian at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark.

Rebecca K. Greenblatt ’10 (FALK) is conference concierge with Hershey Resorts and Entertainment Company in Hershey, Pa. She responds to guest requests for services and information and coordinates special projects related to the catering and conference services department of the Hotel Hershey.

Michael Gursha ’10 (NEW/WSM) and Andrew Bank ’11 (NEW) launched the alpha version of a new tech startup called VouchBoard, an interactive service that gives users the unique ability to vouch for those who impact their lives.

Giavona Williams ’10 (A&S/NEW) completed her U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

Kenneth E. Michel G’11 (WSM), a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, earned a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.