Syracuse University Magazine

Class Notes

40s

Patrick McCarthy ’48 (A&S) of Oneida, N.Y., competed in the Empire State Senior Games and won a gold medal in badminton singles. He and his wife, Patricia, celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in April.

Doree Knoepke Steinmann ’48 (SDA) wrote Your Second Fifty Years: Rising Above the Myths of Aging (YSF Publishing), about people’s inspiring ideas for the second half of life. The book is based on Steinmann’s 20 years of interviews on Cable Community TV.

50s

Frederick W. Morgan ’50 (A&S), a retired social studies teacher from the Elmira (N.Y.) City School District, wrote a story about his experience as a young soldier coming home for Christmas from war in Italy in 1944. His story—The Kindness of Strangers—was published in the November/December issue of Good Old Days magazine.

Joseph F. Zimmerman G’51, G’54 (MAX), political science professor at the University of Albany, wrote The Recall: Tribunal of the People, 2nd edition (State University of New York Press, 2013). 

Milton R. Sheftner ’56 (A&S/MAX) of Marina del Rey, Calif., was awarded the Archival Technology Medal by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers last October. The medal was awarded to Sheftner in recognition of his long-standing and continued leadership contributions to the motion picture and television industry in defining practices for the storage and archive of the industry’s film legacy and digital media content. 

Warren Kimble ’57 (VPA), a renowned American folk artist, received the 2013 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Vermont Arts Council. The award was presented to Kimble by Governor Peter Shumlin last October at the Town Hall in Brandon, Vt.

Harvey H. Kaiser ’58, G’65 (ARC), G’74 (MAX) published a paperback edition of The Building of Cities (Cornell University Press), examining the city-building process in three Upstate New York communities. Rewritten from his Maxwell School doctoral dissertation for Cornell University Press and first published in hardcover in 1978, the book is considered a classic in the history of urban planning and remains an invaluable resource for developers, architects, public officials, and citizens involved in local government. Kaiser also wrote Snooks Hollow: A Green Residential Project (Snooks Hollow Development), the story of a sustainable house design that achieved recognition as the highest LEED rating home built in America at the time of completion in October 2012.    

Arnold P. Etelson ’59 (A&S) was elected Montebello village justice, continuing 46 years of judicial service to Rockland County and New York State. He formerly served as Spring Valley justice for nine years and as Ramapo town justice for 36 years.  

60s

Helen Dunn Frame ’60 (A&S/NEW) wrote the second edition of Retiring in Costa Rica or Doctors, Dogs and Pura Vida, an e-book that aims to enable readers to make an informed decision about retiring to or part-time living in Costa Rica. 

Alan N. Willson Jr. G’65, G’67 (E&CS), Distinguished Professor and Charles P. Reames Chair in Electrical Engineering at UCLA, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to the theory and applications of digital signal processing. 

Diana Knight Bendz ’68 (ESF), a retired IBM manager, received the 2013 Technical Innovation Lifetime Achievement Award from the Small Scale System Integrated Packaging Center at Binghamton University for her contributions to the Greater Binghamton technical community. 

Frank Ritter ’68 (A&S) presented a photographic exhibition titled The World Trade Center: A retrospective of the last twelve years…and from where we came, at the 331 Main Gallery in New York City last September.

Karen B. Winnick ’68 (VPA), a children’s book author and illustrator, wrote Gemina, the Crooked-Neck Giraffe (Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens), a nonfiction story about a giraffe that inspired children because she was comfortable with who she was, even though she was different from the other giraffes at the Santa Monica Zoo.

70s

Genie Abrams ’70 (NEW) began a four-year term as a member of the City Council of Newburgh, N.Y., on January 1. 

Ken Goldberg ’70 (A&S), G’73 (IST) is president of the Cleveland Heights (Ohio) Historical Society. He retired from his position as librarian/records manager for the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency and has long participated in activities involving local architecture and history.

Deborah Mackin ’71 (VPA) of Eagle Bridge, N.Y., co-wrote Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive (AuthorHouse), which provides leadership lessons and organizational “survival” tactics through the eyes of one of the world’s most industrious and successful creatures, the honey bee.

Karen DeCrow L’72 (LAW) was the keynote speaker at the Women’s Health: Where Are We Today? conference sponsored by Upstate College of Nursing. Her topic was “Healthcare for Women: A Historical View.” DeCrow also was a panelist for the A Passion for Law and Opera event held at the New York City Bar Association.

John P. Kellogg ’72, G’75 (NEW) is an entertainment lawyer and assistant chair of the music/business management department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He developed the first free online course to focus on music, Introduction to the Music Business, offered through edX, a consortium founded by Harvard and MIT that offers free online study from leading universities and colleges around the world.

David J. Noonan L’72 (LAW), a partner in the Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge law firm in San Diego, was selected for inclusion on The Best Lawyers in America 2014 list, and named a 2014 Southern California Super Lawyer and a Top 50: San Diego Super Lawyer.

Jack Rudnick L’73 (LAW) was named director of the Technology Commercialization Law Program at the Syracuse University College of Law. 

Joseph Fahey L’75 (LAW) is a judge in the New York State Unified Court System and an adjunct law professor at SU. He wrote James K. McGuire: Boy Mayor and Irish Nationalist (SU Press), a book about the life of a prominent businessman and leading Irish American nationalist who, in 1894, became the youngest mayor of Syracuse at age 26.

Robert P. Mitchell G’75 (NEW), assistant dean for diversity relations and communications, Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, received the Service to Quinnipiac Award from Quinnipiac University, which is presented biennially to an alumna or alumnus who devotes much of their time to the continued excellence of Quinnipiac’s Alumni Association program. Mitchell is also a member of the SU Alumni Association Board and the SU Boston Regional Council.    

Thomas Moore G’75 (A&S) wrote A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World (Penguin). 

Salvatore Torquato ’75 (E&CS), a professor of chemistry at Princeton University, published a paper describing a possible new state of matter in Physical Review E, a journal for research in statistical, nonlinear, and soft-matter physics. 

Molly Keim Morrison G’76 (NEW), a noted conservation strategist, was honored with the eighth annual Rebecca Lukens Award by the National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum in Coatesville, Pa. 

Melissa Killeen ’77 (A&S), a recovery coach who specializes in working with the recovering entrepreneur or business person, wrote Recovery Coaching: A Guide to Coaching People in Recovery From Addictions (MK/RC Publishing).

Scott Pitoniak ’77 (NEW) co-wrote The Buffalo Bills: My Life on a Special Team (Sports Publishing), a memoir by former Bills’ wide receiver Steve Tasker.  

Melissa Bennett ’78 (ARC) is the building services group leader in the Boston office of Dewberry, a leading professional services firm that provides architecture, engineering, and management and consulting services to a variety of public- and private-sector clients.

Dawne Chandler ’78, G’00 (WSM) of Auburn, Calif., earned a Ph.D. degree in organization and management with a specialization in project management from Capella University. After retiring as vice president, operations, for DST Output communications solutions, Chandler is an adjunct professor and consultant with Chandler Consulting Group. 

Randa Awn Handler ’78, G’79 (NEW) wrote and illustrated The Boy Who Spoke to God (Premier Digital Publishing), a fairy tale that addresses children’s basic questions about God. Set in a time long ago, the fairy tale takes place in a magical kingdom where Greek, Chinese, Zulu, and Mayan tribes live happily together.

Tim Wendel ’78 (NEW) of Vienna, Va., wrote Down to the Last Pitch: How the 1991 Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves Gave Us the Best World Series of All Time (Da Capo Press). A founding editor of USA Today Baseball Weekly, Wendel is an exhibit advisor to the Baseball Hall of Fame and a writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University. 

Christopher Kerr ’79 (A&S), a litigation attorney for Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys at Law in Buffalo, was named to the 2013 Super Lawyers list. 

Mark P. Salsbury ’79 (UTICA) wrote Human Capital Management: Leveraging Your Workforce for a Competitive Advantage (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform), a book that offers a roadmap for leaders and managers who seek to optimize their human capital.

Denis P. Sweeney ’79 (NEW) of Corning, N.Y., owns Sweeney Enterprises, a consulting firm that specializes in a full range of marketing, public relations, and video production services. He also is the voice of high school football and basketball in New York’s Southern Tier for radio stations NEWS TALK 1230, WENY-AM 1450, and GEM-FM 98.7.

80s

Bruce E. Machlica G’80 (NEW) of Victor, N.Y., is president and CEO of the global sports marketing and entertainment representation firm Chatham Communications Corporation, which has been retained by the estate of Babe Ruth as its exclusive business manager. He also spoke recently to Newhouse public relations classes on celebrity damage control and crisis intervention. 

Kevin M. Young ’80 (A&S), an attorney at the Tucker Ellis & West law firm in Cleveland, was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2014.

Bill Janocha ’81 (VPA), a freelance illustrator and Mort Walker’s studio assistant on the Beetle Bailey comic strip, was commissioned by the No Greater Love organization to create artwork to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. With permission from the JFK Library, Janocha created a sepia illustration of President Kennedy walking away, as if in serious contemplation, inscribed with Kennedy’s quotation, “God’s work must truly be our own.”  The artwork was placed within a memorial wreath garnished with roses that matched those presented to the First Lady early that fateful day in Dallas. The wreath was then marched on November 22 by a U.S. Navy Seal Guard team to a special spot in a televised public ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. The wreath was permanently donated to the JFK Library.

Valerie Ann Leeds G’81 (A&S) is an independent curator who organized the exhibition and accompanying catalog for Southwestern Allure: The Art of the Santa Fe Art Colony at the Boca Museum of Art in Boca Raton, Fla. The exhibition features more than 40 outstanding artworks selected from leading public and private collections that present a thorough picture of which artists went to Santa Fe, what they found compelling about the environment, the work they produced, and the prevailing artistic trends, from realism to modernism, which they applied to Southwestern subject matter.

Maura McEnaney G’82 (NEW) wrote Willard Garvey: An Epic Life (LibertyTree Press), a biography of the late Wichita tycoon whose “every man a homeowner” vision to build affordable homes in developing countries eventually provided thousands of families, from South America to Asia, the opportunity to ascend the economic ladder. 

Hugh Johnston ’83 (WSM) of Greenwich, Conn., was inducted as an inaugural member of the Christian Brothers Academy Hall of Fame in Syracuse. 

Ann Giacobbe Neidenbach ’84 (WSM) of New York City is senior vice president and head of market systems at Nasdaq OMX. She was named one of 2013’s “Elite 8” technology executives by Wall Street & Technology.

Joseph Zawistowski G’84 (WSM), a chartered financial analyst, is the Hudson branch manager for Wells Fargo Advisors Northeast Ohio market. 

Sandy Caron ’86 (FALK), professor of family studies and human sexuality at the University of Maine, Orono, wrote The Sex Lives of College Students: Two Decades of Attitudes and Behaviors (Maine College Press). Based on 20 years of research, the book offers insight into the differences between college men and women, as well as interesting trends in students’ attitudes and behaviors since 1990.

Craig Borten ’87 (A&S) was nominated for an Academy Award for his original screenplay for Dallas Buyers Club, which was also nominated for Best Picture. Borten first interviewed Ron Woodroof, the movie’s real-life main character in 1992, but it took 20 years to get the AIDS drama made. Finally, it was filmed in 2012 with Matthew McConaughey as its star. Borten also wrote Looking for Jimmy (2002) and The 33, which is scheduled to come out this year.

Marianne Pilla Cushing ’87 (VPA), wrote Mahalas Lane, a novel inspired by her stay in a cottage on Maine’s rocky shoreline. Cushing is a copy editor with Soma Intimates, a women’s lingerie retailer based in Fort Myers, Fla., where she lives with her husband, daughter, and three “fur babies.”   

Joseph Kasouf ’87, G’90 (VPA), L’90 (LAW) is general counsel at Counsel Financial in Buffalo, N.Y.

Harris G. Siegel ’87 (NEW) of Havre de Grace, Md., won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of News Design at the annual convention in Louisville, Ky. He was recognized for groundbreaking work, particularly in sports and features design at the Asbury Park Press.

Linda D’Antonio G’89 (E&CS) of Webster, N.Y., is a triathlete competing in the Coeur d’Alene Ironman competition in Idaho in June—13 years after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). D’Antonio also is participating in the Race to Finish MS —a unique program with the goal of creating a world free of MS. This fundraising platform offers athletes of all types the chance to help find a cure for MS while pushing their own personal endurance limits. Her “Iron for MS” team is open to anyone who seeks to train for an endurance event while raising awareness and funds for the MS cause. 

Chris Renaud ’89 (VPA) co-directed Despicable Me 2, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. He also lends his voice to the minions, the bad guy’s little yellow helpers. Earlier in his career, Renaud worked as a story artist on such films as Robots; Ice Age: The Meltdown; and Horton Hears a Who! In 2006, he was nominated for an Academy Award for No Time for Nuts, an animated short he wrote and co-directed.

Jeff Speck G’89 (A&S), an award-winning city planner and urban designer, wrote Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2012). The book looks at how walkability, combined with smart growth and sustainable design, can help reinvigorate American cities.

Eric H. Weitz ’89 (NEW) is chairman of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

90s

Julie Dennehy ’90 (NEW), president of Dennehy Public Relations, is incoming president of the Boston chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She has held numerous leadership roles in public relations, including serving on PRSA’s Universal Accreditation Board, and as co-founder and administrator of the Boston Independent Practitioners Network, past president of the Publicity Club of New England, and former director of the International Special Events Society’s New England chapter.  

Rosemary Hennessy G’90 (A&S) is the L.H. Favrot Professor of Humanities, professor of English, and director of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University in Houston. She wrote Fires on the Border: The Passionate Politics of Labor Organizing on the Mexican Frontera (University of Minnesota Press), which examines the issues of labor and community organizing on Mexico’s northern border from the early 1970s to the present day.

James Mackey ’90 (ARC) passed the Architect Registration Exam and is now a licensed architect in the state of Massachusetts.

David Sewell McCann ’90 (VPA) of Charlotte, Vt., launched the media business Sparkle Stories, an online resource for original, high-quality audio children’s stories for subscribers around the world. Sparkle Stories continues to be the No. 1 iTunes Kids and Families podcast.

Allison Slater Ofanansky ’90 (NEW), a children’s book author, wrote New Moon, New Month, the fifth book in her Nature in Israel series about Jewish holidays and their connection to natural cycles. She also released Patchwork Torah. Both children’s books were published by KarBen/Lerner.

Tim Robb ’90 (A&S) is general counsel of National Financial Partners Corporation, a leading provider of benefits, insurance, and wealth management services, located in New York City.

Davita Smith Carpenter ’91 (A&S), author, speaker, trainer, and coach, is president of Career & Life Balance Management in Aberdeen, Md. Under the pen name Davita Nicole, she wrote Woman to Woman (Tate Publishing), a book about one woman’s self-reflections and tribulations as she journeys through life.

Jeffery M. Fuller ’91 (ARC) is president of CSDA Design Group, an internationally recognized architecture and engineering firm. Fuller is based in CSDA’s Los Angeles office.

Greg Hamilton ’91 (ARC), an architect specializing in hospital design, launched Chemo Cozy, a company that provides clothing for cancer patients during chemotherapy treatments. As an outgrowth of his experience undergoing chemotherapy, Hamilton and his wife, Ellen, designed warm and comfortable clothing that allows easy access to oncology patients’ ports, PICC-lines, or other infusion sites without disrobing. Their second product line will be geared toward children. Part of the profits from Chemo Cozy will be dedicated to funding cancer research.

Candida Hoeberichts ’91 (FALK/VPA) is a director of investor relations at AEW Capital Management, an international real estate investment management firm. Based in San Francisco, she is responsible for developing and maintaining client and consultant relationships in the western United States. 

Brad Wirz ’91 (WSM), creator of Gone Reading, a philanthropic e-commerce site that sells book-themed products to benefit reading-related charities, was featured in a Huffington Post story about ways to help build libraries in developing countries.

David Kelley G’92 (EDU) presented a workshop, Corporate Sponsorships in High School Athletics, at the 44th National Athletic Directors Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in December. The conference, sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, provided an educational in-service program for interscholastic athletic administrators.

David R. Lucas ’94 (A&S) is the principal of Lucas Law Group, a law firm in Melrose, Mass.

Jen Reeder ’94 (A&S), who at age 39 donated a kidney to her husband, Bryan Fryklund ’94 (A&S), in 2012, founded the nonprofit organization Rock 1 Kidney to provide information and inspiration for others who are considering becoming donors. Kidney donors are invited to share their stories online at www.rock1kidney.org.

Amma Tanksley-West ’95 (A&S), G’01 (MAX) is vice president-strategy and secretary to the corporation at the United Negro College Fund in Washington, D.C.

Keisha-Gaye Anderson ’96 (A&S/NEW) is a poet, author, screenwriter, and former journalist whose work has appeared in the Killens Review of Arts and Letters; Small Axe Salon; The Mom Egg; Afrobeat Journal; Poems on the Road to Peace: A Collective Tribute to Dr. King; Sometimes Rhythm, Sometimes Blues (Seal Press); and Streetnotes: Cross Cultural Poetics. Her television work includes documentary production for CBS, PBS, and Japanese television, and her feature articles have appeared in Psychology Today, Black Enterprise, Honey, and Teen People. Anderson lives in Brooklyn and teaches African American literature at CUNY. 

Ephraim J. Fink ’96 (NEW) is an equity member of the general practice law firm Maya Murphy PC in Westport, Conn. He and his wife, Michele Haiken ’96 (EDU), a teacher at Rye Middle School in Rye, N.Y., created the Twitter blog The Teaching Factor. They live in Stamford, Conn., with their two children.

John Guerriero ’96 (A&S/NEW) is an associate in the Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney law firm in New York City.

Erin Henderson Oxenham ’96 (FALK) and her husband, Shawn Oxenham ’96 (NEW), of San Francisco, announce the birth of their daughter, Alexandra Ellery, who joins big sister Olivia.

Julie Gueraseva ’97 (VPA) launched LAIKA, New York City’s first magazine to offer a modern guide to vegan living.

Melanie Atkinson Metzger ’98, G’99 (IST) is assistant director at the Albany (N.Y.) Public Library.

Melanie Barnas Simmons ’98 (NEW), director of advancement at Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women in Rochester, N.Y., is president of the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Michael Alper ’99 (A&S/NEW) married Melissa Hanisch in July 2013 in Chicago. He is a probation officer with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Jamie K. McCallum ’99 (A&S), a sociology professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, wrote Global Unions, Local Power: The New Spirit of Transnational Labor Organizing (Cornell University Press), exploring the challenges and potential of transnational labor strategies. 

00s

Emily Apel G’00 (NEW) earned a law degree from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore., and was admitted to the Oregon bar in October. She is an attorney with the Umpqua Valley Public Defender in Roseburg, Ore., where she represents indigent criminal defendants.

Karen Fox G’00 (MAX), a psychic, medium, and medical intuitive and director of the Denver-based Aspen Program for Psychic Development, wrote Build Your Psychic Skills: The 90-Day Plan (Schiffer Publishing).

Elizabeth Gebler Griswold ’00 (NEW), graphic design director and project leader in the branded environments market at MSA Architects in Cincinnati, has been named an associate at the firm.

Sarah Leadbeater ’01 (VPA) of Amesbury, Mass., was recognized by the Massachusetts Technology Education Engineering Collaborative as the 2013 Technology Engineering Teacher of the Year “for outstanding educational leadership in the promotion of technology and engineering education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.” 

Melissa Buckley Kaule ’02 (NEW) of Langhorne, Pa., is national executive director at Thirty-One Gifts, one of the nation’s fastest-growing direct sales companies.

John Raiti G’02 (E&CS), a robotics software and web developer at Brown University in Providence, R.I., is a member of Robots for Humanity, a collaborative robotic learning research group that explores new aspects of how robots can learn and interact with humans and help people with severe disabilities better navigate the world. The team’s work was filmed at TEDx MidAtlantic.

Tito Bottitta ’03 (IST), Jared Novack ’06 (VPA), and Mike Swartz ’08 (FALK) are co-owners of Upstatement, an international firm based in Boston that designs large-scale news and magazine websites. Three of the firm’s sites won Editor & Publisher Awards, including Best Overall Website Design for GlobalNews.ca, Best Daily Newspaper Website for BostonGlobe.com, and Best College/University Newspaper Website for DailyOrange.com, which the firm created pro bono in 2012.

Lisa Kelly ’03 (EDU) and Michael Lombardi ’03, G’12 (WSM) of White Plains, N.Y., announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Geames Kelly-Lombardi. Lisa is an attorney at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, and Michael is an account director at Ogilvy.

Arron Robinson Neal ’03 (NEW) and her husband, Robert Neal III ’03 (VPA), of Los Angeles announce the birth of their son, Robert Eugene Neal IV.

Kimberly Ross ’04 (A&S) married Alex Kramer ’07 (FALK) in January. 

Rebecca Atwood ’05 (VPA) is a talent manager at The Group Entertainment in New York City, representing a list of accomplished actors working in film, television, and Broadway theater.

Christopher J. Cummiskey L’05 (LAW) is a senior associate at the elder abuse law firm of Garcia, Artigliere & Schadrack in Long Beach, Calif.

Marisa McCrone ’05 (A&S/MAX) earned a master’s degree, with distinction, in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Jesse Paskevich Sawby ’05 (A&S) and her husband, Erick Sawby ’05 (VPA), announce the birth of their son, Samuel Erickson. Jesse is a development coordinator at the Barnes Foundation, and Erick is the director of business development at Leadnomics in Philadelphia.

Marisa Warren ’05 (A&S), G’06 (VPA), an attorney in the Pedowitz & Meister law firm in New York, was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for the New York Metro area.

Ashley Connors ’06 (A&S) and Hannah Lavon ’06 (VPA) are co-owners of Vs. Stuff, an online shop featuring colorful mittens, socks, and baby booties that double as wearable puppets and come in playful pairs of rivals—from cat vs. dog to dragon vs. unicorn. The company has been featured in several magazines, including InStyle and Reader’s Digest, and on websites for CNN Money, Metro NY, AOL Small Business, and others.  

Brooks Neal ’06 (VPA), director of business development at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., was selected Kentucky Speedway’s 2013 Salesperson of the Year after generating a more than 80 percent increase in new and incremental business. 

John R. Wright ’06 (A&S) joined the Rogers Mantese & Associates law firm in Farmington Hills, Mich. His practice focuses on representing health care providers and health care professionals.

Courtney Rae Kasper G’07 (NEW) of Auburn, N.Y., is associate publisher of the Scotsman Media Group and editor-in-chief of Today’s CNY Woman. 

Joseph M. Murphy ’07 (VPA) of Canastota, N.Y., is a freelance illustrator who had an art exhibition at Café Kubal on the SU Hill. Murphy’s show was a collection of work from his Syracuse University series Where the Vale of Onondaga Meets the Eastern Sky. The pieces on display were a mix of acrylic, watercolor, and pen and ink drawings, all of which depict various images of the SU campus.

Brian Holden ’08 (VPA) is a principal at Holden & Mickey, his family’s financial services business located in Winston-Salem, N.C. Holden specializes in wealth management and income protection strategies, working with both individual and business clients.

Jeanine Kowalski ’08 (A&S) married Sam Stanton ’10 (FALK) last December. Jeanine is administrative assistant to student services at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif., and Sam is assistant director of Northern California Golf Association Membership in Pebble Beach, Calif. They reside in Monterey.

Chelsea M. Pizzi G’08 (NEW), public relations/social media specialist at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, N.J., received the inaugural Rising Star Award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 1 for her achievements, creativity, and potential for future success in the communications field.

Emily DiTomo G’09 (NEW) is account manager to the vice president at Philadelphia-based Buchanan Public Relations firm. A seasoned public relations practitioner, she has developed and executed communications strategies on behalf of clients in the technology, financial services, health care, utility, retail, and arts industries. 

10s

Matthew Nojiri ’10 (NEW) is a reporter at the Reading Eagle newspaper in Reading, Pa. He reports on happenings in the area and also writes a weekly health feature about developments at local hospitals.

Mitchell Bernstein ’12 (WSM) is manager of operations at MAXX Sports & Entertainment in New York City.

Alec Burkin ’13 (WSM) participated in the Gift of Life campus bone marrow donor drive, resulting in a perfect match for a woman diagnosed with leukemia. He underwent the donation process to help save her life, and the two met for the first time at the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation’s Fourth Annual Walk for Life at Florida Atlantic University in February.