Syracuse University Magazine

Class Notes

Helen Slayton-Hughes ’51 (VPA)


Jack Cavanaugh ’52 (A&S), an adjunct professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, wrote Season of ’42 (Skyhorse Publishing), a book about the first baseball season at the outbreak of World War II and the war itself. His previous books include Damn the Disabilities: Full Speed Ahead; Tunney; Giants Among Men; and The Gipper.

Donald F. Megnin ’54 (A&S), G’65, G’68 (MAX), a retired teacher, wrote his seventh book Glimpses of the Past: Letters from Overseas (Outskirts Press). It includes many letters from his two-year stint as an English lecturer at a university in Bangkok representing Syracuse University’s Syracuse-in-Asia Association.

Aldo Tambellini ’54 (VPA) exhibited work and performed at the Chelsea Museum in New York City. 

Jerome Harris Parmet ’57 (VPA) of Scarsdale, N.Y., president of an interior architecture firm for 35 years, makes metal sculptures that have been exhibited throughout the country ( 

Hall Groat Sr. ’59 (VPA) wrote They Called Me the Brush Slinger: Creating a Career in Art (iUniverse), a memoir chronicling his life as a full-time, self-employed artist (

Stephen Alderman ’61 (A&S)


Bernice Ascolese Wicks ’60 (NEW) retired after two decades as director of community information for Somerset County Vocational and Technical Schools in Central New Jersey. 

K. Coralee Burch ’64 (A&S) of Dundee, N.Y., wrote Halo for a Helmet (CreateSpace), a biography about her high school and college classmate, Ernie Davis ’62. She used more than 35 years of interviews with Davis’s teammates, friends, family, and others to write the book. 

Dave Palmlund ’64, G’68 (WSM) of Dallas earned the prestigious Distinguished Service Award from Financial Executives International, an association of chief financial officers and senior officials at large corporations. 

James J. Magee G’66 (SWK) of New Rochelle, N.Y., wrote Paradox for Life Review: A Guide for Enhancing Older Adults’ Self-Esteem (Rowman and Littlefield). 

Ernest Yanarella ’66 (A&S), professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Kentucky, published his 10th book, The City as Fulcrum of Global Sustainability (Anthem Press). 

Neil Wilson G’67 (A&S) is a retired psychologist who continues to teach and maintain a private practice in Teaneck, N.J. He started the New Jersey Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis in 1972 and co-directed it until 2008. 

Paula J. Martin ’68 (A&S) is executive director of Harlem Center for Education. She received the Walter O. Mason Award from the Council of Opportunity in Education for her “outstanding work with low-income, first-generation individuals in accessing post-secondary institutions and attaining higher education credentials.”

Arthur M. Davis G’69 (NEW) is a third-generation missionary who has worked in Kenya for 40 years. He wrote From Foot Safaris to Helicopters: 100 years of the Davis family in missions (, 2011). He lives with his wife, Mary Ellen, in Kenya.

Philip S. Salisbury ’69 (MAX) of Springfield, Ill., wrote I’m Fed Up with the Tea Party! (Infinity Publishing), a book that provides his view of what is wrong with American politics today.


Kenneth Goldberg ’70 (A&S), G’73 (IST), library/records administrator for the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency in Cleveland, is a board member of the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission.

Richard E. Hurley ’70 (A&S), an accounting professor in the School of Business at the University of Connecticut, was chosen as the 2011 Educator of the Year by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Hurley, a member of the New York State Society of CPA’s Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing Committee, co-authored “Global Fraud Focus,” which was published in Fraud Magazine.

Edward F.D. Spencer G’70 (EDU) retired from his position as vice president of student affairs at Virginia Tech. He was an associate professor of higher education from 1996 until his retirement, and his recent presentations and publications focused on the nature of today’s college students as well as tragedy and recovery at Virginia Tech.  

Phyllis L. Stibler Byrd ’71 (VPA) of New Castle, N.H., is an interior designer at Stibler Associates, which designed the interior of Bid2Win Software Inc. in Portsmouth. 

Celal Karatekelioglu G’71 (MAX) of Izmir, Turkey, retired in 2005 from his public service career, which ended with seven years at the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank in Thessonaloniki, Greece ( 

Karen DeCrow L’72 (LAW), a private practice attorney in Jamesville, N.Y., spoke to a group of American history teachers from more than 20 Central New York school districts on the connection between women’s history and U.S. history.

Toni Sullivan ’72 (A&S), a social worker and community activist living in West Sacramento, Calif., runs her own charities that benefit her low-income neighborhood, including those who are elderly, disabled, and homeless. Through her charities she distributes food, clothing, and household items; helps pay for spaying and neutering pets and feral cats; transports people to doctor’s appointments; and helps people apply for aid.

Walter Sabo ’73 (A&S/NEW) is chief operating officer of Merlin Media, based in Chicago and New York. 

Frances E. Cafarell ’74 (NEW) is clerk of the court for the New York State Appellate Division, Fourth Department. The clerk of the court, which is the highest non-judicial employee in the Appellate Division, manages the operations of the court; supervises non-judicial personnel; develops recommendations concerning policy, programs, and procedures; and represents the Appellate Division before legislative committees, bar associations, and other agencies.

Don Pendley ’74 (NEW) of Bloomfield, N.J., is president of the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and a trustee of the Mensa Education and Research Foundation. 

Jon Bramnick ’75 (MAX) was elected Republican leader of the New Jersey State Assembly. He represents the 21st legislative district in Westfield, N.J.

William M. Virkler G’75 (WSM), assistant professor of criminal justice in the Department of Economic Crime and Justice Studies at Utica College in Utica, N.Y., is president of the Oneida County Magistrate Association and was re-elected to serve a four-year term as New Hartford town justice. He also serves on the New York State 5th Judicial District advisory committee.

Arthur Carakatsane G’77 (EDU) of Lynnfield, Mass., is a member of the mock trial committee of the Massachusetts Bar Association, which administers a high school mock trial competition. 

Monte F. Hancock Jr. G’77 (A&S) of Melbourne, Fla., is chief scientist for Celestech Inc. and an adjunct professor of computer science for the Webster University Space Coast Region. He wrote Practical Data Mining (CRC Press), which explains the ins and outs of the detection, characterization, and exploitation of actionable patterns of data.

Steven A. Paquette ’77 (NEW), L’79 (LAW), an attorney at Green & Seifter in Syracuse, was elected to a two-year term on the board of directors of the Central New York Collaborative Family Law Professionals. 

Mark Stevens ’77 (NEW/WSM), president of Acorn Media U.S., helped launch Acorn TV, a digital TV service focused on British dramas and mysteries.

Janice Goldberg Stolar ’77 (NEW) of East Brunswick, N.J., is the executive director of the ISEF Foundation, which strives to narrow Israel’s socioeconomic gap through higher education for gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

James W. Moore ’78 (LCS), a software engineer, earned the 2011 Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a professional association for the advancement of technology. The award recognized him for leadership in the standardization of software and systems engineering.  

Jeanne Beltrone Ethier ’79 (NUR) works part time as a neonatal nurse at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, Va. Her husband, Michael Ethier ’77 (ESF), works as a civil engineer for Langley Air Force Base. They live in Yorktown, Va.  

Wyatt Kash ’79 (NEW) is the editorial director for AOL Government. Previously editor-in-chief of Government Computer News, Kash won the 2011 Crain Award, which is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the development of editorial excellence in business media.

Jonathon Gruber ’89 (NEW)


Mary Bucci Bush G’80, G’84 (A&S) wrote Sweet Hope (Guernica Editions), a novel about Italians and African Americans living and working together on a cotton plantation in the early 1900s. She is a professor of English and creative writing at California State University, Los Angeles. 

 Albert F. Larmann ’80 (WSM) received the Hartzog Enduring Volunteer Service Award from the National Park Service for his work to plan and complete Central New York’s segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail. 

Mark Harmon G’81 (NEW), professor of journalism and electronic media at the University of Tennessee, wrote Crashing the Commission: Confessions of a University Twit (Tellico Books) about his time as an elected county commissioner. 

Keith Lerner ’81 (WSM) of Livingston, N.J., established JaMax Business Ventures Consulting.  

Greg Romberg G’81 (MAX) of Evergreen, Colo., is a senior advisor in the governmental affairs group in the Denver office of the Husch Blackwell law firm. He is also president of Romberg and Associates, a government relations and public affairs firm. 

Martin A. Sweeney G’81 (MAX), a retired teacher and town historian of Homer, N.Y., wrote Lincoln’s Gift From Homer, New York (McFarland & Company) about three men from Homer who played pivotal roles in Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and iconography. 

James Best ’82 (ARC) of Pound Ridge, N.Y., used his architectural training to help a builder win the Home Builders Association Award for the “Best Not So Big House.” His innovative design fit a large amount into a small footprint (

Joan Casilio Adams ’84 (NEW), of J. Adams & Associates, was named Buffalo’s Family Lawyer of the Year for 2011 by Best Lawyers. She has been listed in all editions of The Best Lawyers in America since 1998. 

Cathi Hanauer ’84 (A&S/NEW), a New York Times bestselling author, will publish her third novel, Gone (Atria/Simon & Schuster), in June. She also conceived and edited a collection of essays, The Bitch in the House. Her articles, essays, and/or criticism have appeared in The New York Times, Elle, Parenting, O, and Self magazines, and she has taught at The New School in New York and the University of Arizona ( 

Stephen Kozuch ’84 (WSM) and Tim Mulvaney announce the birth of their daughter, Nava Frances, who joins sister Tova Michele. Kozuch is a financial consultant at AXA Advisors in New York City. 

Shari Ekelchik ’85 (A&S/NEW) is a senior vice president of talent and organizational development with Citigroup. She lives in Baltimore with her daughter, Alexandra Rose.

Terri Ginsberg ’85 (VPA) wrote A Companion to German Cinema (Wiley-Blackwell), an editorial collection that contains 22 newly commissioned essays by well-known writers as well as up-and-coming scholars. Ginsberg, who serves on the board of directors of the International Council for Middle East Studies in Washington, D.C., also wrote “Academic Freedom, Ideological Boundaries, and the Teaching of the Middle East” for Arab Studies Quarterly; and “Global Cinema: Cinéma Engagé or Cinéma Commerciale?” for Situations: Projects of the Radical Imagination.

Darren A. Sanefski ’85 (VPA) earned a master’s degree in interactive design at SUNY Oswego after 20 years as a visual journalist at The Syracuse Newspapers. He is now an assistant professor and service journalism lecturer in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi. 

Russell Ford ’86 (LCS), a water treatment engineer, was appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s science advisory board drinking water committee, where he is helping to guide how the agency regulates drinking water. Ford is the drinking water infrastructure global service leader at CH2M HILL. 

Michael Winston G’87 (SWK) of Ithaca, N.Y., writes historical novels, including the Jonathan Kinkaid trilogy about naval events during the American Revolution, and Sunset of the Iroquois about the Clinton-Sullivan campaign’s invasion of Native American lands in New York (Amazon Digital Editions). 

Deb Adair ’88 (NEW) received an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound for the film Moneyball

Scott Goldstein G’88 (NEW) of Deerfield, Ill., was honored by Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company with membership in its 2011 Forum Group, recognizing his outstanding year of helping clients achieve financial security. 

Jerry Leo ’88 (NEW) is executive vice president for program strategy and production for Bravo Media. In his expanded role, Leo oversees the creative and production operations of more than 30 series and the strategic planning of all linear and digital scheduling.

Cesar Astralaga ’89 (A&S) of Greenbush, N.Y., is the first Colombian American to be elected president and chair of Somos el Futuro, a statewide organization for policy and advocacy in the Hispanic/Latino community. 

Lawrence Swiader ’89 (NEW), G’93 (EDU) of Washington, D.C., is the senior director of digital media at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. In response to the high rate of unplanned pregnancy in the United States, he helped launch, a birth control support network for women.

Saul Wisnia ’89 (NEW) of Newton, Mass., is senior publications editor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He wrote Fenway Park: The Centennial (St. Martin’s Press) in anticipation of the ball park’s 100th anniversary in April (


Colleen Hyland ’90 (A&S), a teacher at Chittenango (N.Y.) Middle School, earned the prestigious title of National Board Certified Teacher from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Jay Lipoff ’90 (A&S), a chiropractor in Great Mills, Md., wrote Back at Your Best: Balancing the Demands of Life with the Needs of Your Body.

Sandra M. Stevenson ’90 (A&S) will participate in The New York Times Leadership Academy, which includes workshops with editors and an intensive management training program at Harvard University.  

Stacy Bierlein ’91 (NEW) of Newport Coast, Calif., is a founding editor of Other Voices Books and co-creator of the Morgan Street International Novel Series. She is the editor of the award-winning anthology A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross Cultural Collision and Connection and co-editor of Men Undressed: Female Writers and the Male Sexual Experience. Her latest collection of stories is A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends (Elephant Rock Books).

Sherry Szydlik Lombardi ’91 (NEW) of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., is co-founder and president of, a site where parents can find fun local activities to do with their children. 

Evan Sokol ’91 (WSM) is director of marketing and publicity at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in San Francisco. 

Joshua N. Weiss ’91 (A&s) of East Longmeadow, Mass., created The Negotiator In You (AudioGo), an audio book series that provides instruction on how to negotiate effectively and strategically.

David Appel ’92 (WSM) launched Appel Insurance Advisors in Newton, Mass. The independent firm advises and brokers the acquisition of life, disability, long-term care, and corporate executive benefit programs. 

Jason Chapman ’92 (IST) is president of global business services and CIO of finance at MeadWestvaco in Richmond, Va. 

Shane W. Evans ’92 (VPA) of Kansas City, Mo., received the Coretta Scott King Award for Underground (Roaring Brook Press), a book he wrote and illustrated about the Underground Railroad before slavery was outlawed in 1865 ( 

Donald A. Migliori G’93 (MAX), L’93 (LAW) is president of the Rhode Island Association for Justice, an organization of trial lawyers. 

Susan La Mont Weissman ’93 (VPA) of McLean, Va., presented a solo painting exhibition, Short Stories, at the Antreasian Gallery in Baltimore. 

Glenn Thomas Griffin ’94 (A&S) Glendale, Calif., is an artist/photographer specializing in abstract photography. 

Jason Senft ’94 (VPA) and Justin Senft ’94 (VPA), identical twins, won best of show in the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque’s 2011 photography contest for their photo of a circus clown holding a baby while being fed by an elephant gripping a bottle of milk in its trunk. 

Veronica Conforme ’95 (A&S) of Teaneck, N.J., is the chief operating officer of the New York City Department of Education. She has worked for the department since 2003 and previously served as its chief financial officer. 

F. Matthew Jackson L’95 (LAW), a partner at the Deily, Mooney & Glastetter law firm in Albany, was named to Super Lawyers New York, Upstate 2011

Jane L. Wals ’95 (FALK/VPA) of New York City was a featured longtime Acura car owner in Acura Style (

Seth Kaufman ’96 (NEW) of Montvale, N.J., is vice president and general manager of Pepsi/Starbucks North American Coffee Partnership.

Emiko Oye ’96 (VPA) designs jewelry and sculpture from recycled materials. Her creations are shown in exhibitions across the United States and in Europe.

Ken Smith G’96 (VPA) of Pulaski, Va., is an historical artist and assistant professor of graphic design at Radford University. He was commissioned by the University of Tennessee’s McClung Museum to depict a key Civil War battle at the Siege of Knoxville. His painting, At First Light, can be viewed at

Frederick Griesbach ’98 (NEW), a high school math teacher and adjunct math professor at Miramar College, was selected as a 2011 Noyce Master Teaching Fellow by Math for America San Diego, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in the county’s public secondary schools. 

William Warkentin ’98 (A&S), a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, is the operations officer at the Combined Arms Training Center in Camp Fuji, Japan. His wife, Kelly Jackson Warkentin ’06 (A&S), is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. 

Meredith Goldstein ’99 (NEW), an advice columnist at The Boston Globe, wrote The Singles (Lim Orchard Productions). The book, which has been optioned for a film, is about SU grads who meet up with each other at a wedding. 

Jennifer Reynolds Wheelock G’03, G’04 (MAX)


Jason Benedict G’00 (ARC) is an associate at King + King Architects in Syracuse. He lives in Chittenango, N.Y., with his wife, Ann Marie Vecchiarelli ’99 (FALK/VPA), and their infant son, Zachary. 

Patrick T. Driscoll ’00 (LCS) is an associate at Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, an intellectual property law firm in Concord, Mass.

Raymond A. Capone III ’01 (A&S) earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the University of Western States. He practices and resides in Portland, Ore.

Gregory Foster ’01 (VPA) married Sandy March Spencer. They live in Warners, N.Y.

Darrek “DJ” Isereau ’01 (LCS) was one of 40 Central New York residents named to BizEvents’s 2011 “40 Under Forty” list for his contributions in the workplace and community. He is the business area manager of analysis and communications in the Syracuse Research Corporation’s defense and environmental solutions unit. 

Bryan LeFauve ’01 (NEW) is executive vice president of SKM Group, a full-service communications agency in Buffalo.

Jim Zissler ’01 (VPA) was recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as a 2011 Top Specialist in the magazine’s sports and cultural events category for his work at Inside Sports & Entertainment Group. The New York City-based company provides clients with VIP access to such iconic sports and entertainment events as the Super Bowl. 

Jaime Winne Alvarez ’02 (NEW) is director of media relations and communications for SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 

David DeFlece L’02 (LAW) of Cherry Hill, N.J., is an associate in the financial restructuring and bankruptcy practice group at White and Williams law firm in Philadelphia. 

Daniel Axelrod G’03 (NEW) is a Graduate School Fellow in the mass communications Ph.D. program at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. From 2004 to 2009, he won 14 newspaper journalism awards from press associations in New York, Pennsylvania, and New England.  

Lindsey Ellis Brook ’03 (NEW) and Ryan Brook ’03 (IST) of Clifton, N.J., announce the birth of their son, Asher Ellison. Ryan is a senior manager at Accenture in Washington, D.C. 

Elizabeth Crowley ’03 (VPA) was accepted into the School Administration Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies program at American International College. 

Adam Ritchie ’03 (NEW) owns a marketing agency and, a social media brand that helps people share their memories by creating digital connections to physical items. He is leading the communication efforts for LifeSpan, the creator of the treadmill desk. 

Deena Moore ’03 (VPA) married Daegon Keller at Santa Lucia Chapel in Big Sur, Calif. They reside in the San Francisco Bay area.

Mirza Tihic ’03 (A&S), G’04 (LCS), G’06 (WSM) is director of employment training programs at SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 

Michael Zyborowicz ’03 (WSM) of Philadelphia received the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s MS Leadership Award for his philanthropic efforts. He is a certified public accountant and manager of the accounting, tax, and business consulting firm Citrin Cooperman. 

Dustin Ehrlich ’04 (ARC) is team leader in the higher education studio at King + King Architects in Syracuse. 

Michael S. Horn L’04 (LAW) of Springfield, N.J., is an associate at Archer & Greiner’s Attorneys at Law.  

Tatiana T. Scott ’04 (A&S), a forensic scientist living in Brooklyn, N.Y., launched Forensic Nexus, an Internet site that offers aspiring forensic scientists tutoring and mentoring services provided by criminal investigation professionals in the field.

Sarabeth Wager ’05 (VPA) married Bradford Tukey ’00 (VPA). They reside in New York City, where she is a first-year M.B.A. student at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and he is an ergonomics consultant for Herman Miller. 

David Brewer ’06 (NEW) is vice president of program strategy and acquisitions at Bravo Media. In this new role, Brewer supervises all functions of the Bravo program planning department, including linear and digital program scheduling, series rollout planning, and movie and series acquisitions. He also leads the programming support for sales and marketing initiatives.

Stephen Hass ’06 (A&S/NEW) is an assistant account executive at Luquire George Andrews, an advertising, digital, and public relations agency in Charlotte, N.C. 

Ray Toenniessen ’06 (A&S) is director of operations and development at SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families. He also serves as national managing director of SU’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities. 

Jennifer Burgomaster ’07 (A&S) married Christopher Tarolli ’07 (A&S). She works as an attorney for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, and he is completing his medical education at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. They reside in Brooklyn.

Shannon Grotzinger ’07 (A&S/ NEW) married Andrew Catauro ’06 (A&S/NEW). Shannon is the development communications manager for a New York nonprofit, the Doe Fund, and Andrew is coordinating producer of the PBS prime-time documentary series POV. They reside in Brooklyn.

Liz Maimone ’07 (NEW) is a senior copywriter in the Buffalo office of advertising agency Crowley Webb. 

Stephanie Rosalyn Mitchell ’07 (VPA) sang the lead in LIMBERLOST, which was read in the Dramatists Guild program “Friday Night Footlights” in Los Angeles. The musical was written by Helen Slayton-Hughes ’51.

Iain Haley Pollock G’07 (A&S) teaches English at Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadlephia. He will join the faculty of the Solstice Low-Residency M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., with the summer 2012 residency/fall semester. His first collection of poems, Spit Back a Boy (University of Georgia), won the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. 

Elizabeth Sayed ’07 (ARC) is team leader in the higher education studio at King + King Architects in Syracuse. 

Darryn Glenn ’08 (IST) is serving as an education volunteer of the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. 

Kimberly Harding ’08 (A&S), who graduated  from American University College of Law in Washington, D.C., in 2011, received the Gillett Prize for attaining the highest scholastic average in the juris doctorate program. 

Erin McGuinness ’08 (ARC) is an intern architect at Spillman Farmer Architects in Bethlehem, Pa.

Neal J. Powless G’08 (EDU),  head of the Native Student Program at SU, is a co-producer of Crooked Arrows, a movie about a Native American lacrosse team competing in a prep school league tournament. 

Jonathan Kestenbaum ’09 (A&S) of Great Neck, N.J., is founder and “Chief Executive Nerd” of, a web site that offers customized, around-the-clock tutoring for college students. 

Lisa Klapper ’09 (NEW/WSM) of Williamsville, N.Y., is a media planner/buyer for the Buffalo office of advertising agency Crowley Webb. 

Alexander Bierce L’10 (LAW), a financial representative of Northwestern Mutual, married Kelley Garrity in Raleigh, N.C. They reside in New York City.

Rebecca Greenblatt ’10 (FALK) of Lancaster, Pa., is assistant restaurant manager of Hershey Grill in Hershey, Pa. 

Caitlin Mahoney ’10 (EDU), a fifth-grade teacher in South Bronx, earned a master’s degree in literacy from Columbia University. 

Caitlin Mahar Rounds G’11 (IST), a project manager at Eric Mower and Associates in Syracuse, oversees the execution of traditional and digital marketing campaigns for clients. She lives in Baldwinsville with her husband, Joshua.