Syracuse University Magazine

Class Notes


Sarah Harvey Short ’45, G’70 (HD), G’75 (EDU), registered dietician, Fellow of the American Dietetic Association, and SU professor of nutrition in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, was inducted into the Nottingham High School Wall of Fame in Syracuse.

50sGeorge Meek '57

Joel M. Weisman ’50 (SDA) of Boca Raton, Fla., wrote Speaking of Commercials, a memoir about the beginning of network television that traces his career in advertising and as a film and television director of commercials and documentaries.

Jack Warner ’51 (A&S) retired as the cross country head coach at William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y. A member of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Warner coached for seven decades, including the past 18 years as head coach at William Smith.

Carolee Ackerson Bertisch ’56 (A&S) wrote a memoir of poetry and prose, Walking To The Beat Life: Mystery, Melody and Motion (Hedgehog Books).

Hall Groat ’59 (VPA) completed commissions for a German art collector honoring Australian tennis legends Ken Rosewall, Rod Laver, and Roy Emerson. The oil paintings will become part of a new tennis museum in the United Kingdom.


Robert Yates ’60 (A&S) of Spring Branch, Texas, starred on SU’s 1959 championship football team and played six seasons with the Boston (now New England) Patriots. A Vermont native, Yates was inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his athletic achievements. As this issue went to press, we learned Yates passed away on April 16.

Carol “Shultze” Lucha-Burns ’63 (VPA), professor emerita in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Hampshire, wrote her first novel, Georgia, A New York Story (Lucha-Burns LLC).

Howard A. Palley G’63 (MAX), professor emeritus of social policy and a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Human Services Policy at the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, co-wrote The Political and Economic Sustainability of Health Care in Canada: Private Sector Involvement in the Federal Provincial Health Care System (Cambria Press, 2012).

Dave Bing ’66, H’06 (A&S), the mayor of Detroit,  has his inspiring life story told by Detroit Free Press sports columnist Drew Sharp in Dave Bing: A Life of Challenge (Human Kinetics).

Patrick Morelli ’66 (A&S) of Albany, N.Y., wrote Fire & Ice, a contemporary novel about “passion and romance, heroism and cowardice, and pride and patriotism in a world ravaged by violence and greed.” (

David F. O’Neil ’66 (A&S) taught math for 34 years for the Syracuse City School District and has been a member of the SU Alumni Association for 28 years. Now retired, he enjoys traveling to Ireland, Italy, and the Yankees’ spring training camp, and spending time with his three children—all music teachers—and his three grandchildren.

Charles Salzberg ’67 (A&S) of New York City wrote Swann Dives In (Gale/Cengage Publishing), a novel about a private investigator who discovers the clues to finding a missing college student lead to Syracuse University.

Paul Bloom ’68 (VPA) anchored and reported TV news in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Diego over a 44-year journalism career. Currently working with KSWB-TV—Fox 5, San Diego, Bloom has been honored with the San Diego Press Club’s lifetime achievement award. A licensed private pilot since 1981, he flies around the Southwest with his wife, Faye, and plays tennis year-round.

Michael Seltzer ’68 (A&S), a professor in the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College in New York City, was named a distinguished lecturer and an affiliated faculty member of the college’s Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management. An executive-on-campus at Baruch since 2007, Seltzer has taught graduate-level courses in nonprofit management, corporate citizenship, philanthropy, and fund raising. 

Margaret Dunkle ’69 (A&S) of Port Republic, Md., is a lead research scientist at the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University. She received a Love of Learning award from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Her article “Reaching Underserved Children with Autism Screening: The 2011 LA Developmental Screening Project,” was published in the December 2012 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 

Wayne Mahood G’69 (MAX), distinguished service professor emeritus in the School of Education at SUNY Geneseo, wrote Fight All Day, March All Night: A Medal of Honor Recipient’s Story (SUNY Press), an inspiring narrative of a young Civil War soldier, as told through his letters from the battlefield.

Jean M.J. Frechet G'72, G'72


Carl Stephanie G’70 (MAX) and his wife, Marilyn, of Unionville, Conn., published two books: The New City Manager—A Study in Government Ethics; and Zoning 101—A Practical Introduction, Third Edition (

John Triggs ’71 (LAW), an attorney with the Waddey & Patterson intellectual property law firm in Nashville, was named to the Best Lawyers in America list for 2013.

Carol Cimino G’72 (MAX) is the new superintendent of Catholic School for the Diocese of Buffalo. Sister Carol is a national consultant with William H. Sadlier Publishers, an adjunct consultant with Catholic School Management Inc., and has been an associate professor at Manhattan College since 1990. Since 1987, she has been executive director of the Catholic School Administrators Association of New York.

Karen DeCrow L’72 (LAW) of Jamesville, N.Y., wrote “Trials in Opera—The Portrayal of Lawyers and the Legal Profession” for the October 2012 issue of the New York State Bar Association Journal

Ed Bauer ’72, G’73 (NEW) wrote and published an e-book, The Final Truth: Solving the Mystery of the JFK Assassination.

Rachel Josefowitz Siegel G’73 (SWK) wrote My Songs of Now and Then: a Memoir (iUniverse Press). The book chronicles her life stages in brief vignettes, poems, and photographs of family and friends.

Judith M. Backover ’74 (A&S/NEW) retired from careers as an editor and writer for several publications and as a high school and college teacher.

Raymond Jablonski ’74 (A&S) of Janesville, Wis., retired after 35 years as a state prosecutor. He served as a deputy and an assistant district attorney in Rock County.

Ann Groot Knudsen ’74 (ESF) and her husband, Michael Knudsen ’77 (ESF) of Bismarck, N.D., wrote Warriors in Khaki (Robertson Publishing), a book about Native Americans from North Dakota who served in WWI.

Steven Rothman ’74 (A&S), a 16-year congressman representing the 9th congressional district in New Jersey, joined the Sills Cummis & Gross law firm, where he is chairing the newly formed interdisciplinary defense industry group and serves as a member of the firm’s government relations/public policy and litigation practice group.

William M. Virkler G’75 (WSM) is an assistant professor and chair of criminal justice at Utica College (N.Y.), where he is executive director of economic crime, justice studies, and cybersecurity, administering five undergraduate and two master’s degree programs. He is serving in his 14th year as New Hartford town justice and serves on the New York State 5th Judicial District Advisory Board for town and village judges.

Nancy Peidelstein ’76 (A&S) curated an exhibition at the James A. Schwalbach Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee that includes the work of SU Professor Emeritus Michael A. Sickler, who was significant in her artistic development.

Patrick J. Walsh ’76 (LCS) of Lansdale, Pa., was named a Fellow of ABET, the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. 

Nancy Bagranoff G’78 (WSM), dean of the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business, was named to the  board of directors of the American Institute of CPAs.

Carolyn Jones ’78 (NEW), a socially proactive photographer, created the 100 People Project using visual and educational tools to tell the story of 100 people who exemplify all of the almost seven billion people on the planet. In recognition of her work, Jones is prominently featured in Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time (Welcome Books), which includes portraits and first-person narratives that give insight into the minds of the country’s most inspiring social entrepreneurs.

Jack Powers ’78 (VPA), special education and English teacher at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Conn., won the 2012 Connecticut River Review Poetry Contest for his poem, “Counting,” a meditation on celebrity and the misspent life. His poems have appeared in Rattle, Cortland Review, Inkwell, and Poet Lore, among others, and he was named the 2005 Poet of the Year by the California Council on Teacher Education and the 2008 Poet of the Year by the New England Association of Teachers of English.

Pierre Cournot L'77


Gail Norris ’80 (NEW/WSM) of Pittsford, N.Y., is vice president and general counsel for the University of Rochester. Norris is a regular blogger for the Democrat & Chronicle, writing on innovation, entrepreneurship, and small business issues.

Ron Weston ’82 (ARC) is associate principal and operations manager of the New Jersey-based Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor architecture and engineering firm.

Steve Hoffman ’83 (NEW), president of Skyline Exhibits & Design in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., completed the Certified Trade Show Marketer Program, which is awarded by Exhibitor in affiliation with Northern Illinois University Outreach.

Michael Lanza ’83 (NEW), Northwest editor, Backpacker Magazine, received a National Outdoor Book Award for Before They’re Gone—A Family’s Year-Long Quest to Explore America’s Most Threatened National Parks (Beacon Press). 

James Culmo G’84 (LCS) of West Islip, N.Y., is vice president of Northrop Grumman Corporation’s newly formed high altitude, long-endurance enterprise, which combines individual unmanned systems programs into one organization to create greater efficiency and affordability.

 Matt Hoffman ’85 (NEW) is co-founder and president of HMS Media, a company that creates television press clips for Broadway shows and tours (Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Glengarry Glen Ross) and original content for PBS in Chicago and nationally, including 2012’s popular music pledge special Under the Streetlamp, featuring cast members of Jersey Boys. Hoffman won his fourth Chicago Emmy for directing the arts documentary Dance for Life.

Nancy Banfield Johnson ’85 (NUR) wrote Catching Critical Changes: Six Essential Steps for Effective Nursing Assessment (Advantage Media Group).

David Spencer ’85 (NEW) is a photojournalist for the State Journal-Register newspaper in Springfield, Ill. He was honored with a Webby Award in the art category for his personal web site,, which represents his personal and evolving collection of vintage photographs.

Robert Siegel ’86 (ARC), founder of Robert Siegel Architects—an award-winning architecture firm known for designing unique modern buildings and interiors throughout the United States and Asia—merged his firm with New York-based Bridges + Lavin Architects AIA PC, an industry leader in retail architecture.

James Charmatz ’88 (VPA) is a member of a special effects team for film, television, and commercials at Legacy Effects in Los Angeles. His job includes concept design, photography, sculpting, painting (traditional and digital), web design, and graphic design.

Scott Goldstein ’88 (NEW) of Deerfield, Ill., was honored by Northwestern Mutual with membership into its 2012 Forum group, which recognizes an outstanding year of helping people achieve financial security. Goldstein is affiliated with the McTigue Financial Group in Chicago.

Andrea Davis Pinkney '85 and Steve Sheinkin '90


Kathleen Dawes G’90, G’93 (MAX), an employee of the Evaluation Support Division in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, received the 2012 Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Government Evaluation Award from the American Evaluation Association for placing unprecedented emphasis on the importance of environmental evaluation.

Joel Klaiman ’90 (A&S) is executive vice president and general manager of Columbia Records.

Allison Slater Ofanansky ’90 (NEW) wrote a series of children’s books: Harvest of Light (2008); Sukkot Treasure Hunt (2009); What’s the Buzz: Honey for a Sweet New Year (2011), all published by Kar Ben, a division of Lerner. A fourth book, Cheesecake for Shavuot, is scheduled for release this year.

Tracey McAdam Doull ’91 (VPA) launched Kitchen Moxie, a web-based company offering tips, tricks, and recipes to help women gain confidence in the kitchen and bring back the art of elegant at-home entertaining.

Maria Piazza G’91 (WSM) is chief marketing officer at GE Healthcare in Aliso Viejo, Calif.

Sandra J. Sabourin G’91 (MAX), L’91 (LAW) is a partner in the Goldberg Segalla law firm in Syracuse. She concentrates her practice in the areas of general litigation, commercial and construction litigation, municipal litigation, and appellate advocacy.

Thomas Yezerski ’91 (VPA) exhibited the original illustrations from his book, Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story (FSG, 2011), at the Hoboken Historical Museum.

Aaron Krause ’92 (A&S), a Philadelphia-based inventor and entrepreneur, presented his latest invention, Scrub Daddy, on ABC’s prime-time hit show Shark Tank, scoring a deal with QVC’s Lori Greiner.

Glen Garvin ’93 (WSM) of Mason, Ohio, is vice president of dealer specialties at Dominion Dealer Solutions. He is featured in Unfair Advantage (CelebrityPress), a book targeted to automotive car dealerships and people interested in the retail side of the automobile industry that offers advice from some of the world’s most successful automotive retail experts. 

Ronda Roaring G’93 (NEW) is the owner/publisher of, the region’s largest tourism web site with 800 pages, nearly 300,000 unique visitors, and five million hits per year.

Jonathan Daniel ’94 (WSM) is founder and CEO of Silo Financial Corp., a boutique private equity real estate finance company based in Stamford, Conn. 

Susan Koeppen ’94 (NEW) is the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news anchor at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. She became a national spokesperson for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation after suffering cardiac arrest while training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon in 2011. She was back to running just five months after undergoing open heart surgery.

Adam Bailey L’95 (LAW) was named one of the 2012 Super Lawyers, New York Metro area, and was recognized by Chambers USA 2012 for his hard work and responsiveness. He was honored as Best First-Time Author by the National Association of Real Estate Editors for his book, Finding the Uncommon Deal. He also received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbel, a peer review rating that shows a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. 

John Gondak ’95 (LCS) is associate head coach for Nittany Lion track and field/cross country at Penn State.

Keith Jodoin ’95 (NEW) of Fairfax, Va., is owner, producer, and writer at Sapling Pictures, a digital media and branding company, which received an outstanding marketing award from the American Marketing Association for live-action and animated digital shorts for Face the Facts USA, a nonprofit public policy initiative.

Stefan Mychajliw ’95 (NEW), former TV news reporter and co-founder of a public relations firm in Buffalo, was elected comptroller of Erie County, N.Y. 

Shayna Smith Postman ’95  (VPA) serves as cantor at the Town and Village Synagogue in lower Manhattan. She was featured in a moving YouTube story, Max Gets Bar Mitzvahed—A Musical Journey.

Pilar Savone ’95 (A&S) was nominated for an Academy Award as a producer for Django Unchained, a film by Quentin Tarantino. 

Shannon K. Stevens ’96 (NEW) is a senior account executive at The Public Relations and Marketing Group in Patchogue, N.Y.

Stacey McGlynn Atkins ’97 (A&S) is a shareholder in the Querrey & Harrow law firm in Chicago.

Joanna Chambers Finer ’97 (SWK) and Eric M. Finer ’97 (LCS) announce the birth of their daughter Kiera Lenna, who joins sisters Brooke and Sarah.

Jennifer Garelick ’97 (NEW) married Natasha Dupuy in New York City. Garelick is a line producer at Showtime Networks Inc., focusing on behind the scenes promotions.

Kate Joyce ’97 (A&S/NEW)of Baltimore launched Mother Tongue Books Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote literacy by providing communities with culturally appropriate storybooks and other educational material in mother tongue languages. This initiative is an extension of her work in international literacy and education as the executive director of the International Book Bank. In collaboration with the International Reading Association and the Highlights Foundation, her new endeavor seeks to fulfill a critical gap in global literacy efforts—the lack of mother tongue books for young readers around the globe.

Noemi Mendez ’97 (A&S) is an information services specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau’s Philadelphia Regional Office. Her new position involves reaching out to new and existing Census data users and showcasing the various ways to visualize data through geographic information systems.

Adam Wendt ’97 (LCS) is director of technology for SRC’s defense and environmental solutions division. SRC Inc., formerly Syracuse Research Corporation, is a not-for-profit research and development company with more than 55 years of experience in defense, environment, and intelligence.

Bradley Wilson G’97 (MAX), who earned a doctoral degree in public administration from North Carolina State last summer, is assistant professor and director of student media at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. 

Elyse Blazey ’98 (NEW) married Michael Gentile in Sarasota, Fla. They reside in New York City.

Joshua Frances ’98 (VPA) was inducted by the U.S. Navy as an honorary U.S. Navy Blue Angel, a designation that happens to very few civilians. He was honored by the Navy for his work in homeland security and public service and had the opportunity to train and fly with the Blue Angels as part of his induction. Past inductees were mostly retired military and twice his age. Frances lives in Brunswick, Maine, with his wife, Rebecca Hoffmann-Frances ’99, G’01 (FALK).

Ana Garcia G’98 (MAX)is deputy director, health policy, at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City. She is also co-director of New York’s Obesity Prevention Policy Center and CoalitionDASH-NY: Designing a Strong and Healthy New York.

Oriol Izard Mirabell ’98 (IST), professor at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, earned a Ph.D. degree in information and knowledge society from Open University of Catalonia.

Annie Stoltie G’98 (NEW), editor of Adirondack Life magazine based in Jay, N.Y., wrote Adirondacks (The Countryman Press), a detailed insider’s guide to the Adirondack Park and beyond. She has written more than a hundred articles and essays about the Adirondacks and has won numerous International Regional Magazine Association awards for her writing and editing.

Shelvia Dancy G’99 (NEW), a television news reporter/anchor at the ABC affiliate in Memphis, was named one of 40 Under 40 Distinguished Alumni of N.C. Central University.

Rob Hammer ’99 (NEW) of Los Angeles is vice president of post production for The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), the governing body of professional surfing that is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent. Hammer leads a team of video professionals to grow surfing as a worldwide pro sport across broadcast and web-streaming media. This year, the ASP will broadcast live from such locations as Australia, Brazil, Fiji, and California.

Amy Lanctot Thibault ’99 (NEW) is manager, corporate reputation, at CVS Caremark in Woonsocket, R.I.


Jay Mandel ’00 (WSM) is vice president, global digital marketing, at MasterCard in Purchase, N.Y.

Amber Larish Winters ’00 (NEW) and her husband, David Winters, of East Pembroke, N.Y., announce the birth of their son, Braeden Liam, who joins sister Addison Claire. Amber is the director of project operations and planning for university communications at the University at Buffalo.

Joseph Burns ’01 (A&S) served on the official proceedings staff of the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Christopher Poole ’01 (A&S) joined the Buffalo-based law firm of Cohen & Lombardo, concentrating in the area of insurance defense. 

Ryan Thompson ’02 (VPA), known professionally as Ryan Wilde, is a professional milliner. She was one of the outstanding creative Brooklyn residents featured in a series of YouTube videos shown on the Jumbo-tron at the Barkley Center, the Brooklyn Nets’ new arena. 

Eric Schlameuss ’03 (ARC) is assistant vice president, architecture, at RXR Realty in New York City.

Jackie Shutack ’03 (NEW) married Eugene Wong ’02 (WSM). Jackie is media associate for New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, and Eugene is an advertising executive with Style Network.

Michael P. Votto L’03 (LAW), associate general counsel for the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, was named to Connecticut Magazine’s 40 under 40 future business leaders for 2013.

Brittany Bunce Buffington ’05 (WSM), a certified financial planner, is a financial services representative of Rochester-based Financial Freedom Group, an office of MetLife. She completed the General Securities Representative exam administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Nicholas Fondulis ’05 (VPA) shot scenes opposite Justin Long and Evan Rachel Wood in the upcoming film A Case of You. He also provides voices in the iPad app version of Greg Pak’s Vision Machine comics, which debuted at the 2012 New York Comic Con. 

Alexandra Alazio ’06 (NEW) is sales development manager for the Lifestyle category at Everyday Health Inc., a company named “the next big thing” by the Wall Street Journal. Alazio supports client efforts through the design of cross-site marketing programs. 

David Brewer ’06 (NEW), vice president for program strategy and acquisitions at Bravo and one of the youngest vice presidents at NBC since Jeff Zucker, was named one of Forbes magazine’s Top 30 Under 30

Richard J. Ahn G’07 (MAX), L’07 (LAW) is an associate in the New York office of Goldberg Segalla LLP as part of the firm’s regulatory compliance and global insurance services practice groups.

Meredith Laing ’07, G’09 (VPA) and Chris VanBenschoten ’04 (A&S) were married last fall on Cayuga Lake in Aurora, N.Y. Meredith is manager of communications and public relations at the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and Chris is an executive chef. They live in Princeton, N.J.

Joshua Simoneau ’07 (ARC) received a master’s degree, with merit, in city design and social science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Brittany Angellella ’08 (EDU) married Kyle Guadagnolo ’08 (A&S). Brittany is a former SU field hockey player, and Kyle is a former SU lacrosse player. They reside in Maryland.

David Holland ’08 (WSM), a senior accountant at the CPA firm of Testone, Marshall & Discenza in Syracuse, joined the Phillips Free Library board of directors in Homer, N.Y., and will serve a three-year term.

Sharon Siler DiFusco ’09 (IST) and her husband, Rick DiFusco of Syracuse, announce the birth of their daughter Nicoletta Marie, who joins sister Giovanna Marie.

Trevor Marstellar ’09 (WSM) completed the CPA exam and earned his license as a CPA in New York State. He works on the audit staff of Dannible & McKee LLP Certified Public Accountants and Consultant in Syracuse.

Clare Rutz ’09 (A&S) of Greene, N.Y., returned home in September after completing her Peace Corps volunteer service as an urban agricultural extension agent in Senegal.

Bret Carnter ’11 (WSM) is an “experienced assistant” at the Bonadio Group, upstate New York’s largest provider of accounting, consulting, and financial services. 

Nick Corieri ’11 (WSM) is an assistant for the accounting, consulting, and financial services firm, The Bonadio Group, in Syracuse. 

Samantha Stark ’11 (A&S) is a media planning/buying assistant at Crowley Webb advertising agency in Buffalo.

Keir Weimer ’11 (WSM), founder and president of The Thistle Island Group, a real estate investment and holding firm, joined Select Sotheby’s International Realty in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., as a licensed salesperson.