Syracuse University Magazine

Class Notes


Morton Kaish ’49 (VPA) and Luise Meyers Kaish ’46, G’51 (VPA) of New York City are exhibiting paintings and sculptures in The Century Masters two-person presentation Kx2/II at the Century Association in New York. Luise is professor emerita of Columbia University, where she served as chair for the Division of Painting and Sculpture. In 2011, Morton received the National Academy Museum’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

Cohn spotlight



Joseph F. Zimmerman G’51, G’54 (MAX), professor of political science at the Rockefeller College of the University at Albany, added two more books to the more than 50 he has already authored and edited: State-Local Governmental Interactions, and Interstate Cooperation: Compacts and Administrative Agreements, 2nd edition (State University of New York Press).

Clarence L. Cable ’57 (A&S) of Westerly, R.I., is a retired corporate publicist who has surpassed the 5,000 game mark in International Scrabble Club competition. His 83 percent wins vs. losses over two years earned him a high 750 rating for time limited games matched randomly against competing Internet players of all ages from around the globe. He also has twice won Scrabble tournament gold in the annual CVS-R.I. Senior Games.

Patricia Wray Lovelace ’57 (FALK) and her husband, Guy Lovelace ’59 (A&S), of Jupiter, Fla., have published seven books in six years, including The Carnival Never Got Started (Vantage Press, 2005), Evil in the Islands (BookSurge Publishing, 2006), and The Carnival Never Got Started Redux (BookSurge Publish, 2008).

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.

Dunkle spotlight




Don Fulsom ’60 (A&S), an adjunct professor at American University, wrote Nixon’s Darkest Secrets (St. Martins), which uses recently declassified documents and tapes to shed new light on one of America’s most fascinating and troubled presidents.

Gary Milek ’60 (VPA) of Windsor, Vt., had his painting November Study #2, in egg tempera and gold leaf, featured at the GOLD exhibition at Belvedere Museum in Vienna, Austria, last spring.

Robert Phillips ’60 (A&S/NEW), G’63 (A&S) of Houston published his 31st book, The Ice House Sketches (Texas Review Press), a collection of short fiction.

Arthur J. Roth ’61 (A&S) of Loudonville, N.Y., is a director-at-large of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. A tax consultant with Mayer Brown, he was the commissioner of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance from 1999 to 2003.

Frances Pokras Yariv ’61 (A&S), G ’64 (EDU) of Pasadena, Calif., enjoyed a 50th reunion get-together with her Sigma Delta Tau pledge class of 1957 in Norwich, Conn., in May.

Joyce Dallaportas ’62, G’70, G’75, G’88 (A&S) received a citation from the archivist of the Henry Moore Foundation in England, acknowledging that the foundation’s copy of her dissertation on sculptor Henry Moore and author D.H. Lawrence is the only piece of work in its collection dealing with the two. The acknowledgment validates her vision of bringing the pair together to show their intertwined themes and modes of expression.

Robert V. Rose ’63 (A&S) is a retired physician who did an online survey of “Teachers Applying Whole Language” to test his belief that teaching children to write the alphabet to a definable level of fluency would facilitate the acquisition of literacy, and he found an overwhelmingly positive correlation. He also published an article about his survey in Pen World Magazine.

Richard deRosa ’65 (A&S), who lives with his wife, Sandy, on a 10-acre hillside outside the village of Cooperstown, N.Y., wrote Hawthorn Hill Journal: Selected Essays (Sunnyside Press). His collection of essays covers a wide range of topics, including politics, art and culture, hiking, family teaching, raising chickens, and the joys of gardening.

Allan Hyman ’65 (A&S) of Sands Point, N.Y., was honored by the Nassau County Bar Association WE CARE FUND for working to improve the quality of life for children, the elderly, and others in need throughout the county.

Herb Silverman G’65, G’68 (A&S) of Charleston, S.C., wrote Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt (Pitchstone Publishing). A champion of church-state separation, Silverman tells the story of his run for governor of South Carolina to challenge the state’s constitutional provision that barred atheists from holding public office.

Patrick Morelli ’66 (A&S) is an internationally recognized sculptor and architectural designer. He gave a presentation at the King National Historic site in Atlanta about the personal and professional challenges he faced during his 10-year odyssey to create Behold, a 10-foot bronze statue of a father holding his infant, which overlooks Dr. Martin Luther King’s tomb at the historic site.

Robert Coleman ’67 (SDA) of Atlanta received an Industry Statesman Award during the American Coatings Association’s 125th anniversary reception and dinner held in Indianapolis in May. The award is given in recognition and appreciation to a person near retirement for his or her long and devoted service to the paint and coating industry.

Richard Spiegel ’67 (A&S) of Staten Island runs Ten Penny Players Inc. with his wife, Barbara Fisher. The company, which Fisher started as a children’s theater in 1967, focuses on publishing poetry and providing creative writing programs through its Waterways Project.

Dennis E. Bradford ’68 (A&S) wrote A Dark Time (Ironox Works Inc.), a novel about a student who vanishes from SUNY Geneseo in New York.

Lawrence Brill ’68 (WSM) practices law and is a principal at Export Trade Consultants in Columbia, Md.

Charles W. Dayton G’68 (A&S) of Nevada City, Calif., is working on a series of mystery novels.

William “Biff” Olson ’68 (WSM) of Hendersonville, N.C., published two e-books, Listening for Blue Fog (Hukilau, 2011) and The Ahhh (Hukilau, 2012). Both novels have received five-star ratings from and

Alan Gordon L’69 (LAW) is the national executive director of the American Guild of Musical Artists, which represents opera singers, and ballet and modern dancers.

Robert L. Kravitz ’69 (NEW/SDA) of Scottsdale, Ariz., earned Master Chaplain credentials from the International Conference of Police Chaplains. Rabbi Kravitz, who serves as coordinator of the Roth Family Hospital Chaplaincy of Jewish Family & Children’s Service, delivered the Centennial Invocation to open the session of the Arizona House of Representatives on Statehood Day on February 14.

Ciotta spotlight






Victoria Brown ’70 (NEW) of Boca Raton, Fla., wrote and self-published Zemsta (Woodchuck Publishers), an historical fiction and suspense novel about the Prohibition era.

Peter Dreier ’70 (A&S/NEW) of Pasadena wrote The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books), a compelling narrative of the major social justice movements of the United States and the ways high ideals are transformed into action.

Sharon Kissel ’70 (A&S) of Washington, D.C., is a longtime civil and human rights advocate and legislative librarian at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In May, she was recognized for her outstanding contribution to the ACLU in a speech before the 112th Congress entered into the record by Eleanor Holmes Norton—a distinction few, if any, librarians have received.

Marcia Joslyn Scherer ’70 (FALK/NEW), professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Rochester Medical Center, is project director for SU’s Burton Blatt Institute and Center for Effective Rehabilitation Technology, and president of the Institute for Matching Person & Technology. She wrote Assistive Technologies and Other Supports for People with Brain Impairment (Springer Publishing Company, 2012) and Assistive Technology Assessment Handbook (CRC Press, 2012).

Augustine F. Ubaldi ’70 (LCS) of North Olmstead, Ohio, gave a live interview on the CBC Canada television program Connect with Mark Kelley regarding the February 26, 2012, VIA Rail derailment.

Joseph Agonito G’72 (MAX) of Syracuse published his third book, Lakota Portraits: Lives of the Legendary Plains People (Morris Book Publishing, 2011). He received the Western Heritage Award for Best Western Novel in 2006 for Buffalo Calf Road Woman, the Story of a Warrior of the Little Bighorn (Morris Book Publishing), a book he co-authored with his wife, Rosemary Agonito.

Karen DeCrow L’72 (LAW) spoke at the plenary session of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York in June. She was also invited to be one of 15 special guest readers at an event sponsored by the Syracuse James Joyce Club.

Stephen Landrigan ’72 (NEW) of West Roxbury, Mass., is a journalist and playwright who co-authored Shakespeare in Kabul (Haus Publishing), a book that chronicles a production of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost he helped produce in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2005 and 2006.

Joey Nigro-Nilsen ’72 (NEW), co-host of Ciao! on WCNY radio in Syracuse, interviewed SU football coach Doug Marrone ’91 about growing up Italian American in the Bronx.

Toni Sullivan ’72 (A&S) is a social worker and community activist in West Sacramento, Calif. In the 1970s, she lived in a small fishing village on the Greek island of Crete, where, for fun, she taught geology to the children of illiterate peasants by using fossils found in pebbles on the beach and strata revealed in seaside cliffs.

Rosemary Giambattista Agonito G’73 (A&S) of Syracuse is an award-winning author who has published two new books: Hypocrisy, Inc.: How the Religious Right Fabricates Christian Values and Undermines Democracy and Miss Lizzie’s War, a Civil War novel based on the true story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy socialite who led an underground Union network and became General Grant’s spy in Richmond, Va.

Jan Dejnožka ’73 (A&S) of Ann Arbor, Mich., wrote The Growth of a Thinker: A Chapbook of Poems available on

Marianne Streff Gustafson G’74 (EDU) of Rochester, N.Y., was named an associate dean at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, one of the colleges of the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Services.

Carl J. Handman ’74 (ARC) is an adjunct instructor in the third-year design studio at the Marywood University School of Architecture in Scranton, Pa.

Dennis McDonald ’74 (NEW) wrote Medford (Arcadia Publishing), a pictorial history that boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of the affluent New Jersey suburb settled by Quakers in the late 1600s.

Ira Schor ’74 (SWK) is senior vice president of operations at the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Boston.

Howard Manas ’75 (NEW), an Alzheimer’s Association advocate for Northern New Jersey, met with Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), and Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) to seek additional funding for Alzheimer’s research.

Marilou Ryder G’75 (EDU) of Huntington Beach, Calif., is a retired school superintendent who established an executive mentoring business for educational administrators. She wrote Rules of the Game: How to Win a Job in Educational Leadership (Delmar Publishing), a guide for aspiring and current educational leaders that covers all aspects of the planning and interview process.

Jeanette Angeloro G’76 (SWK), a psychotherapist in private practice, is director of outpatient Behavioral Health Services at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse.

John G. Clemons ’76 (NEW) of Leesburg, Va., was named a Fellow by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). The honor acknowledges his outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment, and service to IABC and the profession. He is the first African American to receive this high honor.

Janet Roseman ’76 (EDU) of Boca Raton, Fla., is a clinical assistant professor in family medicine at Nova Southeastern University School of Medicine, specializing in the areas of compassion, presence, spirituality, and medicine.

Steven A. Paquette ’77 (NEW), L’79 (LAW), a member of the Bousquet Holstein law firm in Syracuse, is a certified Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a member of the board of directors of the Central New York Collaborative Family Law Professionals.

William Crossett IV ’78 (A&S) of Fayetteville, N.Y., was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers for his sustained contribution to the field at large. He is a partner in the law firm of Meggesto, Crossett & Valerino in Syracuse.

Lauren Overs Hunnicutt ’78 (A&S), a managing real estate broker in the greater Seattle area, earned membership in the International Diamond Society, a level achieved by only the top 8 percent of all Realtors in the Coldwell Banker system worldwide.

Fran Becque ’79 (FALK/NEW) of Carbondale, Ill., started Focus on Fraternity History, a blog about women in higher education and the history of women’s fraternities.

Crystal Godfrey LaPoint ’79, G’84, G’88 (VPA) of Fitchburg, Mass., is an accomplished composer and artist. She wrote When My Mommy Cries (Balboa Press, 2012), a book that translates personal struggles into a tender tale of mutual understanding to help families cope with sadness.

Collado-Schwarz spotlight




Katherine R. Allen G’80, G’84 (FALK), professor of human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., received the 2011-12 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, which is presented annually by Virginia Tech’s Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research.

Roy W. Gillig ’80 (WSM), L’82 (LAW) of Hingham, Mass., is a partner in the tax practice of the Burns & Levinson law firm. His areas of focus include federal, state, and international tax planning and structuring, tax controversy and litigation, and other tax-related services.

Audrey McKibbin Moran ’80 (NEW) of Jacksonville, Fla., is senior vice president for social responsibility and community advocacy at Baptist Health.

Edwin J. Kelley L’81 (LAW), an attorney in the Bond, Schoeneck & King law firm, was honored by Syracuse Newspapers with its annual Central New York Community Achievement Award.

Valerie Ann Leeds ’81 (A&S) gave a talk, “From New York to Corrymore: Robert Henri and Ireland,” at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse in conjunction with the traveling exhibition she co-curated on the same subject.

Dilafruz Williams G’81 (MAX), G’87 (EDU), professor of educational leadership and policy at Portland State University in Oregon, co-authored Learning Gardens and Sustainability Education: Bringing Life to Schools and Schools to Life (Routledge). The book goes beyond touting the benefits of learning gardens to survey them as a whole-systems design solution with potential to address myriad interrelated social, ecological, and educational issues.

Lizz Lund ’83 (VPA) of Lancaster, Pa., wrote Kitchen Addiction (CreateSpace, 2011), her first novel of the Mina Kitchen series. A sequel, Confection Connection, will be published soon.

Dave Giambattista ’84 (WSM) is vice president, human resources, enterprise BPO at ACS Inc., a Xerox company.

David Rufo ’84 (VPA) had his article “Building Forts and Drawing on Walls: Fostering Student-Initiated Creativity Inside and Outside the Elementary Classroom” published in the May issue of Art Education.

Mary Alice Smolarek ’84 (A&S), a partner in the Wright, Constable & Skeen law firm in Baltimore, was selected for inclusion in the 2012 Super Lawyers in Maryland for estate planning and probate. She also was named to the 2012 “Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast” in Maryland for trust and estates, wills and probate by Martindale-Hubbell.

Charles Finn ’86 (NEW) of Elizabeth, N.J., is editor of High Desert Journal, a literary and fine arts magazine out of Bend, Oregon. He wrote Wild Delicate Seconds: 29 Wildlife Encounters (OSU Press), a collection of micro-essays that border on prose poems.

David Kelly ’86 (LCS) of West Newton, Mass., wrote The Ballpark Mysteries (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2011), a series of chapter books for elementary school children that follows two cousins who encounter mysteries when they visit different Major League Baseball parks.

Tracy Kinne ’86 (NEW) took honorable mention in the general non-fiction category at the 2012 Paris Book Festival for On Sale: Employers Get Good Workers Dirt Cheap, her memoir about working as a low-wage cashier and sales associate after taking a buyout from her 21-year career as a journalist.

Robert Odawi Porter ’86 (A&S) is president of the Seneca Nation, one of the six nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. When elected president, Porter took a leave from his position of professor of law, Dean’s Research Scholar of Indigenous Nations Law, and director of the Center for Indigenous Law, Governance and Citizenship at SU’s College of Law. A resident of Salamanca, N.Y., he was honored with a distinguished alumnus award by Syracuse University’s Western New York Alumni Association.

Kevin Twitchell ’86 (NEW), vice president of global sales and partnerships for New Video headquartered in New York City, is a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, a nonprofit organization internationally recognized for its groundbreaking programs involving music therapy.

Erica Branch-Ridley ’87 (VPA/NEW) of West Orange, N.J., is vice president, executive in charge of production, for Sesame Learning, where she is responsible for working across multiple platforms and connecting various Sesame Workshop departments to ensure the greatest benefit of their mission-driven content.

Arlene Gibbs ’87 (A&S), a former Hollywood film producer and screenwriter residing in Rome, Italy, was nominated by the 43rd NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture for co-writing the screenplay for the blockbuster film Jumping the Broom. Her e-book, The Rebirth of Mrs. Tracey Higgins (Cheng Caplan Company, 2011), is available on

Joshua Koskoff ’88 (A&S) of Westport, Conn., is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, an international honor society of outstanding trial lawyers.

Eric Weitz ’89 (NEW), an attorney at Messa & Associates law firm, is a new member of the Board of Governors for the Philadelphia Bar Association. He will serve a three-year term, working to establish official policy for the association and provide guidance to the overall legal system.

Tom Wilber G’89 (NEW) wrote Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale (Cornell University Press), a journalist’s view of the polarizing debate over the use of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas production.

Wirz spotlight





Sheryl Kahn Berk ’90 (NEW), a New York Times bestselling author, collaborated with TV star Tia Mowry on her memoir, Oh, Baby! and with Jersey Shore’s JWoww on her Rules According to JWoww. She also co-wrote Soul Surfer, which was a major motion picture last summer. Berk and her 9-year-old daughter, Carrie, authored The Cupcake Club: Peace, Love and Cupcakes, a new children’s book series.

Susan Cornelius Edson ’90 (A&S/NEW), assistant athletics director for communications at SU, was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Hall of Fame in June.

John Robinson ’90 (NEW) of Glenmont, N.Y., launched, an online resource for people with disabilities to be able to mentor and connect with one another through social networking, uploading personal video stories, and offering career and educational guidance.

Curtis E. Smolar ’90 (A&S/NEW) of San Francisco is a partner in the Fox Rothschild law firm, working in the litigation department.

Stacy Cohen Struminger ’90 (FALK/WSM) of Richmond, Va., launched RAINRAP, a company that features an alternative to traditional raingear for the practical and fashion-conscious consumer.

Mark C. Wilkins ’90 (LCS) is director of global production planning for Edmund Optics in Barrington, N.J. Wilkins and his wife, Storm, live in the metropolitan Philadelphia area.

Mark Chandler ’91 (ARC) is vice president at Clark Construction Group, where he is responsible for the field operations of the $425 million CityCenterDC project in Washington, D.C.

Kerrie Restieri Heslin ’91 (WSM) of Oak Ridge, N.J., is a partner in the management-side law firm Nukk-Freeman & Cerra. She was selected by the New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine as one of the “Top 50 Women” attorneys in New Jersey.

Bari Koral ’91 (NEW) is an accomplished acoustic guitarist and singer/songwriter who with her band, the Bari Koral Family Rock Band, has become one of today’s top children’s musical performers. The band released its second CD, Anna and the Cupcakes, as a follow-up to its first full-length CD, Rock and Roll Garden.

John Lemmex G ’91 (WSM) is chief financial officer of Bayer MaterialScience in Pittsburgh. He resides in Cranberry Township, Pa., with his wife and two children.

Melissa Bekelja Wanzer G’92 (VPA), professor of communication studies at Canisius College in Buffalo, received the 2012 Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award from the Canisius College Alumni Association for her teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world.

Kevin M. Morley ’93 (A&S) of Centreville, Va., earned a Ph.D. degree from George Mason University. He is the security and preparedness program manager for the American Water Works Association in Washington, D.C.

Andrew Hickey ’94 (A&S), a partner in the Choate, Hall & Stewart law firm in Boston, was named a “40 Under 40 Deal Makers” finalist for 2012 by The M&A Advisor, an organization that recognizes and connects the world’s leading merger and acquisition, financing, and turnaround professionals.

Andrew Kaffes ’94 (NEW), president of A.G. Kaffes & Associates, a public relations firm located in Washington, D.C., was named one of Greek America’s “Forty Under 40” by the Greek America Foundation.

Ken DeLeon ’95 (VPA) is president and creative director of DeLeon Group, an advertising agency in New York City that celebrated six years in business in February.

Christopher Jones G’95 (MAX) is a professor of political science and associate vice provost for university honors at Northern Illinois University (NIU). In 2011, he was a member of the U.S. scholarly delegation invited by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss international security issues, and was named NIU’s Outstanding International Educator. His latest book, The Handbook of American Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2011), was co-edited with Steven W. Hook.

Dane Lopes ’95 (LCS) is senior vice president, sales leaders-east region, at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions in New York City.

J. Adam Blair Boone ’96 (VPA), G’98 (A&S) of New York City is the founder and vice president of the Art Song Preservation Society (ASPS). The society, which held its first vocal arts competition in March, awarded the winner coaching, rehearsals, and career advisement that will result in a future solo recital with ASPS.

Christine Ferrara Della Monaca ’96 (NEW) and husband, Michael, of Leominster, Mass., announce the birth of their daughter, Melissa Katherine, who joins brother Gregory James.

Ryan Harrington ’96 (VPA) of New York City is director of documentary programming at the Tribeca Film Institute. He produced Finding North, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and will be in theaters nationwide in early 2013.

Elyssa Kreitzer ’96 (VPA) of New York City runs Divalysscious Moms, a luxury lifestyle company she founded that plans events for moms in the tri-state area, and also markets new brands and companies to moms on the company's web site.

Erin Henderson Oxenham ’96 (FALK) and her husband, Shawn Oxenham ’96 (NEW), of San Francisco announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Scarlett.

Mont Allen G’97 (A&S), a doctoral candidate in art history at the University of California, Berkeley, was selected as a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow for his dissertation “The Death of Myth on Roman Sarcophagi,” which examines the extinction of mythological imagery in ancient Roman funerary.

Kristin Bojanowski ’97 (NEW) married William Bruton Jr. They live in Tonawanda, N.Y.

Rachel Ganslaw Robbins ’97 (SWK) and her husband, Seth Robbins ’96 (IST), of Newton, Mass., announce the birth of their son Eli Samuel, who joins sister Sarah and brother Ethan.

Lisa Bauer L’99 (LAW) is special counsel in the Kenney, Shelton, Liptak and Nowak law firm, where she concentrates on insurance coverage counsel and litigation practice.

Brian Smorol ’99 (LCS) and his wife, Emily, of Syracuse announce the birth of their daughter, Sophie Emilia.

Mark Starosielec ’99 (A&S/NEW) and his wife, Jaclyn, announce the birth of their son Reed Andrew who joins sister Sophia, and brother Tate. Mark is a supervising attorney with the Social Security Administration in Buffalo.

Dosso spotlight




Ellis spotlight









Kerry R. Gotham G’00 (EDU) is director of alumni relations at The College at Brockport (SUNY).

Elizabeth Gebler Griswold ’00 (NEW), graphic design director at MSA Architects, won a Merit Award from HOW magazine’s In-HOWse Design Competition and an American Graphic Design Award from GD USA. She resides in the greater Cincinnati/northern Kentucky region with her husband, Douglas Griswold ’00 (A&S), and their son, Chase.

Gregory Sheppard ’00 (VPA) returned to Syracuse from his home in New York City to sing a program of American composers at the May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society this spring.

Thomas Kelty L’01 (LAW) and his wife, Rhiannon, of Fairfield, Conn., announce the birth of their son, Thomas Matthew Kelty III.

Jennifer Ford Phoenix ’02 (A&S/EDU) and husband Timothy Phoenix ’02 (A&S) of Memphis, Tenn., announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Jude, who joins sister Josephine Daphne.

Mara Silver-Smith ’02 (WSM) is an account manager, creative services, at COACH in New York City. She works on international catalog and domestic direct mail.

Shelley Thomas ’02 (VPA) married Frank Harts at Belvedere Mansion in Staatsburg, N.Y. They reside in New York City.

Allen Yesilevich ’03 (WSM) launched Scrapsity, a web site that provides a forum for users to rediscover their favorite childhood memories through videos, images, audio, and games.

Ashley Hanry Kang ’04 (NEW), G’11 (EDU) and husband HeeRak Kang ’04 (LCS) of Syracuse announce the birth of their son, Yoon-Mo Desmond. Ashley is director of The Stand, Syracuse’s South Side Community Newspaper Project, and serves as the community newspaper coordinator for SU. HeeRak is a quality engineer for Welch Allyn in Skaneateles Falls, N.Y.

Andrew Thomson ’04, G’09 (IST) of Kennebunk, Maine, is CIO and in-house counsel at Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland.

Brittany Bunce Buffington ’05 (WSM) is a certified financial planner who works as a financial services representative and an investment advisor representative at the Financial Freedom Group in Rochester, N.Y.

Emilio Nicolas G’05 (NEW), L’05 (LAW) of Austin, Texas, was selected as one the 2012 “Rising Stars” by Thomson Reuters, a business data provider located in Manhattan. Rising Stars are attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing law for 10 or fewer years.

Alexander Roberts ’05 (WSM) earned an M.B.A. degree from Yale University in May.

Colette Smith ’05, G’07 (VPA) of White Plains, N.Y., is founder and president of the DAR Project Inc., a nonprofit organization that raises money to send to Tanzanian college students and sends donated goods to its partner organization in Dar Es Salaam, including 50 pounds of clothing collected on  the Syracuse and Columbia university campuses.

Alexandra Alazio G’06 (NEW) of Port Monmouth, N.J., is a member of the client solutions department at USA Today, creating cross-platform marketing campaigns for national advertisers. She also serves on the board of trustees at the Adult School of Montclair and chairs its public relations committee, focusing on increasing the school’s social media presence.

Megan Caiazzo ’06 (A&S) married Robert Formisano ’05 (LCS) in June 2011. They reside in central New Jersey.  

Kristen Vaccariello ’06 (A&S) of New Rochelle, N.Y., is managing editor of Dial Books for Young Readers.

Mirel Ketchiff ’09 (NEW) of Englewood, N.J., is associate editor at First for Women, a service magazine owned by Bauer Publishing. She writes and edits home, health, relationship, and gardening columns.

Louis Jim L’10 (LAW) is an attorney in the Rochester, N.Y., office of Bond, Schoeneck & King, where he concentrates his practice in litigation matters.

Ryan O. Pyne ’10 (A&S) of Bloomfield, N.J., completed his U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes.

Lindsay van Harssel ’11 (VPA) of Lewiston, N.Y., is art director at J. Fitzgerald Group, an international marketing technology company based in Lockport, N.Y.

Jonathon Hughes ’11 (A&S) of Stamford, Conn., is a global partnerships associate for Latin America and the Caribbean with AmeriCares, a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization.

McClintock spotlight