Syracuse University Magazine

Class Notes


Barbara Knickerbocker Beskind ’45 (FALK) of San Mateo, Calif., has enjoyed a long career as an occupational therapist. At age 90, she works one day a week at IDEO, the legendary global design firm that designed Apple’s first mouse and the Pilates machine. With her extensive experience in occupational therapy, Beskind consults on a variety of products for elderly people.

Helen Mollica Barolini ’47 (A&S) is a writer whose novel Umbertina has been chosen as one of the 100 best American novels on a list compiled by Professor Sandra Gilbert at the University of California at Hayward ( 

Patrick McCarthy ’48 (A&S) of Oneida, N.Y., competed in the Empire State Senior Games and won gold medals in badminton singles and tennis doubles. McCarthy has been attending SU football games for 83 years and has been a football and basketball season ticket holder since 1950. He and his wife, Patricia, celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in April.


John W. Tailby ’51 (A&S) of Hot Springs Village, Ark., has published five books, including a biography of former NBA player and coach Larry Costello. Tailby has spent the last 24 years traveling in Europe and Asia after retiring as vice president of Sentry Insurance in 1989. He also retired as a lieutenant colonel after serving in World War II, the Korean War, and service with the N.Y. Air Guard.

Harold McGrath ’53 (WSM) of Cazenovia, N.Y., was inducted into the Nottingham High School Hall of Fame in October. During his college career, he was the Eastern Intercollegiate singles tennis champion and ranked 10th in the country. McGrath also is a Syracuse University Varsity Club Letterman of Distinction and a member of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.

Joan Fortgang Schepps ’53 (A&S), G’53 (EDU) has achieved the rank of Gold Life Master, having earned 2,500 master points in tournament duplicate bridge play. She has donated her world-class collection of trump indicators to the American Contract Bridge League. The collection is on permanent display at the league’s museum in Horn Lake, Miss.

David C. Ashley ’55 (ARC), emeritus founding partner of Ashley McGraw Architects in Syracuse, wrote The 7 Principles of Jesus: A Romantic Thriller (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform). It is about an architect who, by virtue of an apparent miracle, is perceived to be a returned Jesus. Two chapters relate to Syracuse University, one titled “Hendricks Chapel” and the other “Gun Battle on Campus.” 

Norman R. Lee ’58 (A&S) is a children’s advocate who has led a 50-year effort to abolish all forms of punishment inflicted on children ( In recognition of his work, Lee received the Lifetime Legacy Achievement Award from the Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University, Chicago.


Ernest Ragogini ’60 (VPA), professor of music at Notre Dame of Maryland University, founded Arts for Hearts’ Sake, an organization that presents solo recitals, chamber music, and poetry readings by artists who donate their services. Ragogini also is founder and director of Music at Notre Dame Concerts, bringing professional artists to the university for the past 47 years, and serves as executive advisor of the Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition. Notre Dame has awarded him the Mullan Distinguished Teacher Award, the Mission and Ministry Award, and the President’s Medal.

Gerhard Schwedes ’60 (A&S) of Fayetteville, N.Y., was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame at the 28th annual induction dinner in October at Drumlins. Schwedes was captain of SU’s 1959 national championship football team and a letterwinner in lacrosse.

Marion Behr ’61, G’62 (VPA) published Surviving Cancer: Our Voices and Choices (WWH Press), a compilation of 67 voices belonging to survivors and a “cancer team” of doctors, social workers, cancer organization leaders, and other professionals who assist cancer patients. An artist and cancer survivor, Behr created sculptures out of radiation cradles, depicting the moods of people in their cancer journey. The cradles were the subject of several exhibitions, and she created the book as an accessible resource to help others and emphasize the importance of early detection. For more information, visit or

Bob Snyder ’62 (A&S), Syracuse sports writer and columnist for the Herald-Journal/Herald American and The Post-Standard from 1965 to 2006, was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame at the 28th annual induction dinner in October at Drumlins. His column— ‘Snyde’ Remarks—appeared locally for decades, and he covered everything from SU’s first Final Four to the Miracle on Ice to the Masters and Ryder Cup. He wrote two books, contributed to countless national magazines, co-hosted an SU/Big East basketball postgame show on the Fox affiliate for 17 years and, for three years, was a color analyst on the SU basketball radio network. As an undergraduate, he was a Daily Orange columnist, sports editor of the yearbook, and assistant to sports information director Val Pinchbeck Jr. the year Ernie Davis won the Heisman Trophy.

Pamela Kesselring Kelley ’66 (A&S) of Houston wrote Hop City Saga (Morris Publishing), a three-book historical novel series about the saltbox house she and her family once lived in on Hop City Road in Saratoga County, N.Y., and the colonial struggle for liberty.

Charles Salzberg ’67 (A&S) wrote Swann’s Lake of Despair (Five Star/Gale, Cengage Learning), a mystery novel about a wise-cracking, world-weary private detective.

Richard F. Corrigan ’68 (A&S/MAX) of Bradenton, Fla., published his first novel Krystal Vision (Zharmae Publishing Press), one of the Krystal Vibration Series, exploring the growth of terrorist organizations worldwide and their impact on society.

Lois Pesin Silverman ’68 (A&S) of Orlando, Fla., wrote Some of the Best Destinations in Life Begin with a Detour (Kindle edition), which she hopes will motivate and inspire those who have found themselves dealing with divorce, job loss, or other issues. Along with discussing her own journey, Silverman interviewed such successful people as Harris Rosen, CEO of Rosen Hotels and Resorts, and Norman Bridwell, creator and author of Clifford, The Big Red Dog Series, about their life detours.

Alice K. Boatwright ’69 (A&S) of Lake Forest Park, Wash., launched her new book, Under an English Heaven: An Ellie Kent Mystery (Cozy Cat Press), in August at a reading and signing event at St. David’s church in Syracuse. Set in the English Cotswolds, the book is about  an American professor of English literature who, as the new wife of an English vicar, becomes the chief suspect in a local murder.

Alan More ’69 (A&S) was honored by George Mason University with the 2014 Teaching Excellence Award for Adjunct Faculty. He has been teaching intelligence studies at Mason since retiring in 2005 from a 32-year career in the U.S. intelligence and national security communities. Next summer, he will teach a course on Anglo-American intelligence at Oxford University in England.


David Gorelick ’70 (A&S) is retired and living with his wife, Susan, in Solana Beach, Calif.

Jeffrey Koppelson ’70 (A&S), ’72 (EDU) retired as director of SUCCESS, a psychiatric treatment program on Long Island. He is now writing humorous novels, the first of which, Eating Trees, is a rags-to-riches-to-rags story about a carpenter’s helper who comes up with a harebrained idea to make his fortune by selling diet cookies made of sawdust. 

David Drake ’71 (A&S) works for the Orleans County (N.Y.) Department of Social Services. He retired after 10 years as volunteer chairman of the Oak Orchard Water Protection Alliance, which was formed to develop a comprehensive watershed management plan for one of the largest tributaries of Lake Ontario. 

Katharine “Kate” Saller Schwadron ’71 (NEW) is a writer and humanitarian activist living in St. Louis, Mo. She wrote The Moon in Your Sky: An Immigrant’s Journey Home (University of Missouri Press), the story of one woman’s journey from rural Uganda during the reign of dictator Idi Amin Dada, through her family’s escape to the United States, and her ultimate triumph over devastating challenges.

Gary J. Grieco ’72 (E&CS), owner of Air Consulting Associates in Morris Plains, N.J., wrote Sherman’s Angels: A Christmas Story (Tate Publishing), which was released on Veteran’s Day in November.

Martha Honey G’72 (MAX), co-director of CREST (Center for Responsible Travel), gave the keynote address on “the role of the media in promotion of responsible travel” at TBEX North America in Cancun, Mexico ( 

Oliver B. Quinn ’72 (A&S) is principal and senior counselor at Taft and Partners, a New Jersey-based communications and public affairs firm. A distinguished graduate of the Rutgers School of Law-Newark Class of 1975, Quinn is chair of the Rutgers University-Newark Advisory Board.

Louis P. DiLorenzo ’73 (A&S) is managing member of Bond, Schoeneck & King law firm’s New York City office and chair of its 65-member labor, employment, employee benefits, and immigration practice group. DiLorenzo, who specializes in all aspects of labor and employment law, was among only 20 professionals cited as “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys—Labor” by Human Resource Executive, a leading human resources magazine. 

Joe Lamachia ’73 (NEW) of Rockaway, N.J., is general manager and advisor to the student officers and staff of WSPR Radio at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, where he is also a communications professor. He received the Jeff Tellis Outstanding Advisor Award for 2014 from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System in New York City.

John G. McGowan ’73 (WSM), L’81 (LAW), a member of the Bond, Schoeneck & King law firm, was named the 2015 Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in Syracuse for litigation, banking, and finance. Only one lawyer in any practice area in a city can receive this honor.

Ned Tillman ’73 (A&S) wrote Saving the Places We Love: Paths Toward Environmental Stewardship (Chesapeake Book Company), which discusses the major environmental challenges of our time and offers pragmatic steps to address them. His earlier book, The Chesapeake Watershed, received the 2010 Excellence in Journalism Award from the Renewable Natural Resource Foundation, and was selected as the 2010 Best Book on Environmental and Natural Resources by the American Society for Public Administration.

Aileen Jackowsky G’75 (EDU), director of senior services at InterFaith Works of CNY in Syracuse, is responsible for the agency’s Senior Companion Program, which provides support to more than 200 frail elderly people in a three-county area. 

Mike Kelly ’75 (A&S/NEW) of Teaneck, N.J., wrote The Bus on Jaffa Road: A Story of Middle East Terrorism and the Search for Justice (Globe Pequot Press), a nonfiction narrative that chronicles a terrorist attack and its impact on the families of two U.S. victims as they seek justice. In the story, Kelly, an award-winning columnist for The Bergen Record, offers lessons for today’s war on terrorism and the current violence in the Middle East. For more information and a video on the book, visit

Alan Reddig ’75 (VPA) retired after a 44-year career in industrial design. In his last year as senior lecturer in the School of Design at Rochester Institute of Technology, he received the institute’s Outstanding Teaching Award for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty. Reddig will continue teaching a design history course as an adjunct, and direct and play drums in the East Rochester Fire Department Band. 

Alphonso Rief Kanan ’76 (WSM), director of the SUNY New Paltz Business Institute, received the Dr. Emanuel Saxe Outstanding CPA in Education Award from the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. 

Douglas Llewellyn G’76 (EDU) of Rochester, N.Y., published new editions of his bestselling books, Teaching High School Science Through Inquiry and Argumentation and Inquire Within: Implementing Inquiry- and Argument-Based Science Standards in Grades 3-8  (Corwin Press). The books help teachers integrate hands-on investigations with scientific argumentation as fostered through the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core English/Language Arts standards. Llewellyn gave two presentations on inquiry and argumentation at the National Science Teachers Association national conference in April.

John D. Rodgers ’76 (A&S) is a partner in the Deily & Glastetter law firm in Albany, N.Y. 

Judy Douglas ’77 (A&S), G’81 (MAX), client industry executive with HP Enterprise Services, received Federal Computer Week’s prestigious Federal 100 Award, conferred to industry and government individuals who “made great things happen” in and for government ( She previously received The President’s Award from Federal Computer Week, a special honor given to those who have demonstrated a continuing commitment to excellence.

Thomas Fensch G’77 (NEW), chair of the mass communications department at Virginia Union University in Richmond, compiled and edited Oskar Schindler and His List: the Man, the Book, the Film, the Holocaust, and its Survivors. First published in 1995, the book has been re-issued in hardcover, trade paperback editions, and an e-book version available from Amazon.

Steven A. Paquette ’77 (NEW), L’79 (LAW), a member of the Syracuse law firm Bousquet Holstein, was named to the 2014 issue of New York Super Lawyers—Upstate Edition. He specializes in divorce and family law matters and working with businesses to maximize their potential for success.

James Owen Calderwood ’78 (ESF) of Durham, N.H., is an artist who works with lines in a variety of media, including drawings, sculpture, and murals. His temporary FISH NET street mural, which was commissioned by Mayor Carolyn Kirk and the Committee for the Arts on behalf of the City of Gloucester, Mass., for the 2013 HarborWalk Public Art Challenge, was selected as a Massachusetts extraordinary public space.

Dianne Chappell-Daly G’78 (FALK), L’94 (LAW) of Syracuse received the 2014 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association for her outstanding efforts in providing free legal services in the immigration field.

Burton Goldfield ’78 (E&CS), ’83 (A&S), CEO of TriNet, a cloud-based human resources services company headquartered in San Leandro, Calif., has appeared on CNBC’s Mad Money and was featured on the cover of the August issue of Smart Business Magazine of Northern California ( 

Sharon Bredlau Sassaman G’78, G’83 (EDU) is a psychologist living and practicing in Suzhou, China. She presented a paper, “Supporting the Spiritual Health of Families, Based on the Work of Carl Jung,” at the International Conference on Psychology and Religion in Beijing. Sassaman also serves as a consultant on the design of a national mental health system for China.

Doug Sherk ’78 (NEW) is CEO of EVC Group, a public relations firm located in San Francisco. In June, his company received the 2014 Big Apple Award in the marketing consumer products, technology category, from the New York City chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. 


Ann Lukacs Davison ’80 (A&S), a certified empowerment life coach from Hurley, N.Y., launched, a business designed to help clients focus on their personal vision. 

Kevin M. Young ’80 (A&S), an attorney with the law firm Tucker Ellis in Cleveland, is included in the list of the Best Lawyers in America for 2015. Chair of the firm’s insurance group, Young also co-wrote the 2014 edition of Ohio Insurance Coverage (Thomson Reuters), a reference guide for attorneys representing both insurers and those insured.

Reni Gower G’81 (VPA), a professor in the painting and printmaking department at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), received the College Art Association’s Distinguished Teacher of Art Award as well as Distinguished Teaching Awards from VCU and VCUarts in 2014. Since June 2013, she has exhibited her works at galleries and museums around the country and internationally, including the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Arizona; Villa Richardson, Vatican City, Italy; Langford 120 Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; Totally Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, Georgia, among others. For more information on her works, visit

Mark Harmon G’81 (NEW) received the national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for column writing in small to medium markets. Harmon writes for the Knoxville Sentinel and is a professor of journalism and electronic media at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Lisa Chipolone Romeo ’81 (NEW) of Cedar Grove, N.J., is a member of the inaugural faculty of the Bay Path College (Longmeadow, Mass.) online M.F.A. program in creative nonfiction. She also works as a freelance editor and writer and teaches with The Writers Circle in several locations in northern New Jersey.

Jeffrey Eckel G’82 (MAX) is president and CEO of Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure, a New York Stock Exchange publicly traded company in Annapolis, Md., that makes debt and equity investments in sustainable infrastructure projects.

Bernard J. Tarver ’82 (NEW), a playwright, producer, and actor, had his play Space Relations selected for presentation at the 4th annual StageBlack: A Festival of New Plays at the June Havoc Theater in New York City and at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters in Dallas.

Martin Willitts Jr. G’82 (IST), a Quaker, poet, organic gardener, and retired librarian living in Syracuse, won the inaugural Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award for his composition Daffodils. The prestigious award was presented by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David located in Swansea, Wales, the birthplace of poet Dylan Thomas.

Robyn Webb ’82 (EDU/FALK) published her 18th book, The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide: Rent with Confidence—Learn Where to Stay Without Getting Overwhelmed, Ripped-Off or Scammed! (Eggplant Press). The guide eliminates the fear factor and imagined horror stories of renting in a foreign country.  

Gerald Rapella ’83 (NEW), director of program operations at the ABC Television Network in New York City, received his third Disney Inventor Award. 

Claire LaFleur Hall ’84 (NEW) is project/program specialist at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Her responsibilities include developing, writing, and editing information, news articles, and feature stories for a variety of publications advancing the accomplishments of the school.

Benjamin Israel ’84 (NEW) is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of the Kaplan Kirsch Rockwell law firm.

William Saurer ’84 (NEW) is president and CEO of Principle Broadcasting Network/Universal Media Access, which operates radio stations in Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the tri-state New York metropolitan area. In June, he assumed the additional duties of CEO of Million Dollar Media, the largest provider of insured contests to the media industry.

Margaret “Peggy” Hale G’85 (SWK) of Brockport, N.Y, Sandy Cross G’84 (SWK) of Rochester, N.Y., and Audrey Keech G’88 (SWK), formerly of Canandaigua, N.Y., met monthly for lunch for the past 30 years. In June, the three MSW grads enjoyed a last lunch together in upstate New York before Keech moved to Florida.

Jon Hymes ’85 (A&S) of Bethesda, Md., is executive director of the American Optometric Association (AOA). Hymes joined the AOA in 2005 as its Washington office director, and has been the organization’s lead advocacy strategist through a period of significant activity in health care policy and notable legislative and regulatory advances for optometry. 

Edmund L. Luzine Jr. ’86 (A&S) is an investment banker who was recalled to active duty following the 9/11 attacks. After a long and distinguished career as a military intelligence officer, Luzine retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of lieutenant colonel in June. He is founder and president of Adirondack Capital Management, a private, leading alternative investment management firm in the global emerging markets, natural resources, commodities, and energy sectors (  

Robert Siegel ’86 (ARC) is a design director in the New York office of Gensler, a global design firm with 46 offices around the world. As a visiting critic, he has taught fifth-year architecture studios at the SU School of Architecture.  

Pilar A. Cano ’87 (A&S) is a partner and manager of the collections and replevin departments in the Deily & Glastetter law firm in Albany, N.Y.  

Carla Fischer Haase ’87 (A&S/NEW) of Fayetteville, N.Y., showed her Orange Pride when she managed to get Pat Monahan, the front man for the Grammy Award-winning rock band Train to wear a “Beat Duke” T-shirt onstage during the band’s performance at the New York State Fair in August.

Michael W. Hurwitz ’87 (WSM) of Larchmont, N.Y., is a partner in the Marks Paneth accounting firm’s real estate group in the New York City area. He advises clients on real estate investment trusts, opportunity funds, portfolio restructurings, acquisitions and dispositions, partnership taxation, and core tax compliance issues. 

Reneé Abdou-Malta G’88 (NUR) is the New York region vice president of ValueOptions, a health improvement company specializing in mental and emotional well-being and recovery. She was one of seven honorees to receive a 2014 Women of Excellence Award presented by the Women’s Business Council and the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Ann Cavallo G’88 (A&S), G’91 (EDU), professor of curriculum and instruction and associate dean for research and graduate studies at the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Education and co-director of UTeach Arlington, was awarded an $800,000 Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grant from the National Science Foundation.

Mary J. Nowyj G’88 (VPA) wrote Town of Onondaga, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America Series. The book features more than 200 vintage images of the Central New York town and captures the history of the various hamlets and important areas of growth since the town’s founding in 1798.  

Debra Person ’88 (FALK), founder and executive director of Exodus 3 Ministries in Syracuse, was featured in the June/July issue of Mysterious Ways magazine published by Guideposts. 

Pamela A. Mulligan ’89 (A&S/NEW) is an associate in the Stark & Stark law firm in Lawrenceville, N.J., where she practices in the area of commercial litigation. 

Scott Stone ’89 (A&S/NEW) was named pro bono attorney for the month of September 2014 by the Nassau County Bar Association for his work with the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Landlord Tenant Part. Stone has a general practice law firm in East Rockaway, N.Y., and serves as special counsel to the City of Glen Cove and the Village of Farmingdale for tax certiorari.

Patty K. Wongpakdee ’89 (VPA) is an associate professor of graphic design at the New York Institute of Technology. Her book, Art Without Waste: 500 Upcycled & Earth Friendly Designs (Rockport Publishers), showcases a collection of creative reuse of everyday items by designers, illustrators, and artists from around the world.


Jeff Donaldson ’91 (NEW) of Cranberry Township, Pa., is director of the consumer and brand marketing practice at Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm located in Pittsburgh.

Marc Roth L’91 (LAW), G’91 (MAX), a partner at Manatt Phelps and Phillips in New York City and co-chair of the firm’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act compliance and class action defense group, is included in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2014, a publication that recognized him for his work in advertising and marketing law. 

Kristin Cardi ’92 (A&S) is an architectural conservator with Materials Conservation, a Philadelphia-based firm dedicated to conserving the materials of cultural heritage. Among her projects are safeguarding historic grave markers for Christ Church’s burial ground and preserving the Revolutionary War Monument in Washington Square for the National Park Service.

Lori Talbert Geary ’92 (NEW) and Traci Montemarano Messier ’92 (NEW) serve on the board of Sunshine on a Ranney Day, a nonprofit organization that builds dream-room makeovers for children with long-term illnesses. Geary, a political reporter for WSB-TV in Atlanta, chairs the board. Messier, a public relations professional with Jackson Spalding in Atlanta, is serving her first term on the board. 

Jane Friedberg Larkin ’92 (NEW) wrote From Generation to Generation: A Story of Intermarriage and Jewish Continuity (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform). This true story follows the journey of a Jewish woman who, through the ups and downs of her interfaith marriage, ultimately rediscovers her faith and finds her Jewish voice. Larkin also writes about parenting and interfaith relationships for, The Jewish Daily Forward, and at

Teresa M. Roney L’92 (LAW) of Skaneateles, N.Y., is a member of the Bousquet Holstein law firm’s real estate practice group in Syracuse. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

Eric J. Stockel ’92 (A&S) joined the West Palm Beach, Fla., office of Kelley Kronenberg, a national full-service law firm. He focuses his practice on representing employers and insurance carriers in all aspects of claims under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and General Admiralty and Maritime Law.

Anthony Calabrese L’93 (LAW) joined the Ernst & Young office in Chicago after four years in the firm’s London office. He specializes in international tax issues involving insurance companies and asset managers.

Kent Fischer ’93 (NEW) is director of media relations at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Gregory Komarow ’93 (A&S) is director of human resources at Johns Hopkins Medical International in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. His article, “Social Media in the Global Workplace: Are We Crossing the Privacy Line?” was featured in the May 2014 issue of Certified, a publication for human resources professionals. Also in May, he presented a keynote address, “Building Capacity for the 7-Year Journey,” at the second annual International Conference for Human Resource Professionals.

Ari J. Markenson ’93 (A&S) of New York City is vice chair of The Health Lawyer editorial board for the American Bar Association. He is a partner at Duane Morris law firm, practicing in the area of health care law. 

Rich Meneghello ’93 (A&S), a partner in the Fisher & Phillips law firm office in Portland, Ore., is included in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2014, which lists top law firms and attorneys across the United States. Meneghello focuses his practice on defending and advising employers on disability discrimination issues. He has been featured in Chambers USA since 2007. 

Matt Friedman ’94 (NEW) of West Bloomfield, Mich., is chair of the board of trustees of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing the health and health care of Michigan children. He is co-founder of Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications in Farmington Hills.

Ari Katz ’94 (NEW) of Sandy Springs, Ga., is chief recruiting officer of Womble Carlyle in Atlanta. Katz previously served as national director of legal recruiting at Bingham McCutchen.

Nkechi Madonna Agwu ’95 (EDU), a professor of mathematics at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. She will travel to Nigeria to work with the Federal University of Technology Akure, Center for Gender Issues in Science and Technology, on the curriculum-building project, Culture and Women’s Stories: A Framework for Capacity Building in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Related Fields.

Kenneth Deleon ’95 (VPA) of Staten Island, N.Y., is president and creative director of Deleon Group, an advertising agency with national and regional clients. Last winter, he participated in the Polar Bear Plunge, braving the icy Atlantic Ocean to raise more than $3,600 in donations for the Special Olympics.

Christopher M. Jones G’95 (MAX) is dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of political science at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

A. Bailey Wood ’95 (A&S) is vice president of communications at the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Washington, D.C., suburbs.

Christine Woodcock Dettor L’96 (LAW), a member of the Syracuse law firm Bousquet Holstein, was named to the 2014 issue of New York Super Lawyers—Upstate Edition. She has extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations and also focuses her practice in the areas of trusts and estates, health care, professional practices, and elder law.

David Lawrence ’96 (A&S) of Covington, Ky., is a veterinary technician and a convenience store employee.

Tricia Cruz ’97 (A&S/NEW), founder of the Vamos! public relations firm in Rochester, N.Y., received the 2014 Pinnacle Award for Small Budget Campaign from the American Marketing Association, and the 2014 Award of Excellence for Multicultural Public Relations from the Public Relations Society of America Rochester chapter. Cruz is public relations chair for the Rochester Latino Rotary Club and serves as director of development and communications for the Ibero-American Action League.

Noemi Mendez ’97 (A&S) is a member of the advisory board for the Temple University professional science master’s degree in geographic information systems, and was elected to the board of the Pennsylvania Mapping and Geographic Information Consortium.

Drew Schoonmaker ’97 (A&S/EDU) of East Northport, N.Y., is an outside mortgage loan officer at Bethpage Federal Credit Union.

Anthony Adornato ’99 (NEW) is a journalism professor at Ithaca College in upstate New York. He was selected by NerdScholar, a financial literacy website for college students, as one of the 40 Under 40 Professors Who Inspire.

Marc David G’99 (EDU) of Columbia, S.C., is division chair for religion and humanities at Morris College. He wrote Coming Full Circle: Memoirs of a Campus Life Dean (NOOK Books), an autobiography that documents his journey from college student to college administrator. In one chapter, he recalls his matriculation as a graduate student at Syracuse University. 

James Sarnoff ’99 (A&S), an attorney at Sarnoff & Baccash law firm, was honored with the 50th annual Davis, Gidwitz and Glasser Young Leadership Award presented by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. The award honors young volunteers who have demonstrated exemplary dedication and made significant contributions to Chicago’s Jewish community. Sarnoff is also a member of the Jewish Federations of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet.


Rick Mattioni ’00 (A&S) retired from WVTF FM radio in Roanoke, Va., after a 40-year career in public broadcasting. 

Jamie Strongin Parker ’00 (NEW) of Middletown, Del., is marketing manager of Summers Laboratories, makers of Triple Paste Medicated Diaper Rash Ointment and other skincare products.

Bryan LeFauve G’01 (NEW) of Lancaster, N.Y., is COO of SKM Group, a full-service marketing communications agency.

Andrew Laver ’01 (VPA) is a business development manager in the Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del., offices of the McCarter & English law firm. As vice president of the Syracuse University Alumni Association, he is a member of the association’s executive committee and chair of the awards committee. He is also president of the Legal Marketing Association’s metro Philadelphia chapter.

Kyle McIntosh ’01 (IST) is a talent acquisition consultant with Travelers Insurance in Hartford, Conn. 

Michael Jabot G’02 (EDU), a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at SUNY at Fredonia, was named the 2014 Environmental Educator of the Year by the Nature Sanctuary Society of Western New York.

Casey Boss ’03 (ARC) and her husband, David Whipple ’99 (ARC), of Philadelphia announce the birth of their son, Oliver, who joins big brother Sullivan.

Rachel Park Hurt ’03 (A&S), G’04 (MAX) and her husband, Adlai Hurt ’04 (VPA), of Knoxville, Tenn., announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Opal. Rachel is senior associate at Arnett, Draper & Hagwood law firm, and Adlai is the associate director of development for the University of Tennessee College of Engineering.

Lindsay Lambert ’03 (NEW) of Vestavia, Ala., is managing editor of Coastal Living magazine.

Katherine Palmiter ’04 (A&S) is a jewelry specialist at Auctionata, an online shop for art, antiques, and collectibles located in New York City.

Victoria Perez Shires ’04 (A&S/MAX) and her husband, Nicholas Shires ’04 (WSM), announce the birth of their son, Parker Nicholas, who joins big brother Owen Leslie. Victoria is the upstate New York lead brewery representative for Bell’s Brewery. Nicholas is a senior tax manager at Dannible & McKee accounting firm. They reside in Liverpool, N.Y. 

Nick Fondulis ’05 (VPA) played the lead role of Brad in The 30 Year Old Bris, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. He also shot a series regular role opposite Peter Stormare in a live-action pilot for Adult Swim and played young Jeff Ross in the 2014 People’s Choice Award-nominated series Losing it with John Stamos.

Christina Niemberg Graves G’05, G’09 (A&S) received the prestigious Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Texas system. She lives with her husband, Stephen Graves G’05, G’09 (A&S), in Flint, Texas.

Steven Lord ’05 (VPA) married Lauren Taylor in June. They live in Staten Island, N.Y

Megan Caiazzo Formisano ’06 (A&S) and Robert Formisano ’05 (E&CS) of Bordentown, N.J., announce the birth of their son, Vincent Joseph.

Carly Migliori ’07 (NEW) is the production director at Fast Company magazine, which was named 2014 Magazine of the Year by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

Kathleen Poe Ross G’07 (NEW) and Jon Ross G’07 (NEW) of Atlanta announce the birth of their son, Samuel Grady.

Kathryn Vomero Santos ’07 (A&S), an assistant professor of English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, earned a Ph.D. degree in English and American literature from New York University. 

Shannon Levit Small G’07 (EDU) and her husband, Brian Small ’02 (WSM), G’08 (EDU), announce the birth of their son, Ari George, who joins big sister Danillel Hazel. Brian is executive director of Hillel at Syracuse University.

Erich Yahner ’07 (IST) is manager of archives and research services at The Humane Society of the United States in Gaithersburg, Md. 

Benjamin Green ’08 (A&S) is a fourth-grade teacher at the Central Jersey Arts Charter School in Plainfield, N.J. 

Emilee Lawson Hatch L’08 (LAW), an associate attorney of the Syracuse law firm Bousquet Holstein, was designated as an Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Star. 

Will Elkins G’09 (NEW) of Aberdeen, S.D., is digital content manager at the American News in Aberdeen, overseeing all digital products and websites for the news company.

James W. Livengood ’09 (A&S) is co-founder and director of production for Radicle Farm Company (, which grows produce hydroponically in urban and semi-urban greenhouses throughout New Jersey, providing living salad greens for a local restaurant and retail market in the greater New York City region. 

Carissa Matthews ’09 (NEW), G’13 (MAX) married William Ralbovsky ’11 (A&S), G’13 (MAX) in Tully, N.Y. They reside in Greenbelt, Md. 

Luis E. Ormaechea L’09 (LAW) of Penfield, N.Y., is an attorney with Harter Secrest & Emery law firm. He is an associate with the firm’s  employee benefits and executive compensation and securities practice groups. 


Jacob R. Nielson ’10 (A&S) of Tenafly, N.J., earned a J.D. degree from New England Law| Boston. Beginning in 2015, he will serve as first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Hilary Nitka G’10 (WSM) joined the tax department of Dannible & McKee Certified Public Accountants and Consultants in Syracuse. 

Joshua McIntosh G’12 (EDU) is vice president of student affairs and dean of students at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He was previously dean of academic services at Johns Hopkins University.  

Jeremy McKenzie G’12 (MAX) is enrolled in the master in public policy program at Brown University. His graduate studies are fully funded by the U.S. Coast Guard, and he will teach public policy at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., following completion of the program.

Kathleen Walpole ’12 (NEW), a management analyst intern for Clark County in Las Vegas, Nev., earned a master’s degree in public administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Sarah Roche G’13 (NEW) and Nomi Foster G’13 (NEW), co-founders of Platypus TV, a social television startup, spent 12 weeks last summer at Startfast Venture Accelerator, an intensive program meant to launch their business ( 

Sindhu Yarlagadda ’14 (E&CS) is a business analyst at Clairvoyant in Chandler, Ariz.