Syracuse University Magazine

Class Notes


Beverly Mach Geller ’47 (NUR) of Hightstown, N.J., became a writer after careers in nursing and interior design. Her poems for adults and children have been published in many literary journals and anthologies. Her latest books are My Family and Me (Briendel Publishing), a book of children’s poetry, and Daily Bread (Finishing Line Press), a chapbook of adult poetry (


William Fibkins G’59, G’72 (EDU) of Peconic, N.Y., wrote four new books: The Emotional Growth of Teens: How Group Counseling Intervention Works for Schools (2014); Wake Up, Counselors!: Restoring Counseling Services for Troubled Teens (2013); Angel Teachers: Educators Who Care about Troubled Teens (2012); and Stopping the Brain Drain of Skilled Veteran Teachers: Retaining and Valuing their Hard-Won Experience (2012). All books were published by Rowman and Littlefield.

Hall Groat Sr. ’59 (VPA), an Impressionist painter from Manlius, N.Y., and his son, Hall Groat II, professor and chair of  art and design at SUNY Broome County Community College in Binghamton, N.Y., held a joint exhibition of their oil paintings at the Beard Gallery in Cortland, N.Y. The exhibition, Well Worth the Struggle, explored the formal and conceptual relationships between the work of father-and-son artists


Marian Lief Palley ’60 (A&S), G’63 (MAX) and her husband, Howard A. Palley G’63 (MAX), of Newark, Del., co-wrote The Politics of Women’s Health Care in the United States (Palgrave Macmillan). Marian is professor emerita of political science and international relations at the University of Delaware. Howard is professor emeritus of social policy at the School of Social Work and Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Human Services Policy at the University of Maryland. 

Barbara Kane Kligerman ’61 (SDA), G’62 (EDU) and her husband, Jack Kligerman ’60, G’62 (A&S), won the Cornerstone Award presented by the Bozeman, Mont., public library in honor of their outstanding service to the library and literary arts in their community. It was the first time a couple has received the award.

Jerome J. McGann G’61 (A&S) is an English professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He is a newly elected member of the American Philosophical Society, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.”   

Tom Cullins ’67 (ARC) of Burlington, Vt., is a retired architect pursuing his lifelong passion for painting and photography. He has won 18 national photography competition awards from the American Institute of Architects.

Eileen Brady ’69 (A&S) wrote Muzzled, A Kate D.V.M. Mystery (Poisoned Pen Press), a novel about a veterinarian who, while making her rounds, discovers a bloody scene of bodies and 27 blue-ribbon dogs running wild. Police suspect a murder-suicide, but when Dr. Kate proves the famous best-in-show champion is missing, a darker reality intrudes.


Todd Flaherty ’70 (A&S), president and CEO of the College Crusade of Rhode Island, received the Paul W. Crowley Award from the Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association. The award is given each year to a Rhode Island citizen who, in his or her professional and personal capacity, has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to improving the quality of education for the state’s children.

Peter H. Stockmann G’70, G’73 (E&CS) joined Bond, Schoeneck & King law firm’s intellectual property and technology practice in Syracuse.

David Champoux G’72 (NEW) of Bluffton, S.C., is an associate dean emeritus of Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, N.Y. He was one of three individuals selected by Herkimer College to receive the 2014 Torchbearer Award, which recognizes those who have made substantial contributions to the college’s development.

Lawrence V. Starkey G’72 (MAX) wrote The Inheritance (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform), a suspense novel about how great wealth can strain family relationships.

Louis P. Dilorenzo ’73 (A&S), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King, is included in the 2014 Chambers and Partners International Guide to the Legal Profession, which lists the top lawyers in 175 countries. Dilorenzo has practiced labor and employment law for more than 30 years and is a managing member of the firm’s New York City office.

Greg Ahlgren ’74 (A&S) is a criminal defense lawyer in Manchester, N.H. His historical military novel, Fisher (Amazon Digital Services), details the four-day battle between the Union Army and Navy and Confederate forces at Fort Fisher, N.C., in 1865. It is available in e-format.

Anne P. Dunne ’74 (A&S) is director of the radiology residency program at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. In April, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology, one of the highest honors the college bestows on a radiologist, radiation oncologist, or medical physicist.

Barry R. Kogut ’74 (A&S), an attorney at the Bond, Schoeneck & King law firm in Syracuse, is included in the 2014 Chambers and Partners International Guide to the Legal Profession, which lists the top lawyers in 175 countries. Kogut focuses his practice in the area of environmental law. 

Morgan Broman ’75 (A&S/NEW) is chief of staff in the office of U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, who represents New York’s 4th District.

Judith Leibensperger O’Rourke ’75 (A&S), G’10 (MAX) was inducted into the Order of the British Empire (OBE) on February 12, 2014. She was recognized for her work over the past 25 years to develop and strengthen the bonds between Lockerbie, Scotland, and Syracuse in honor of the SU students and all those killed in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in December 1988.

Marilou Parsons Ryder ’75 (EDU), associate professor, EDD Organizational Leadership at Brandman University in Irvine, Calif., wrote Rules of the Game: How to Win a Job in Educational Leadership (Delmar Publishing) and 92 Tips from the Trenches: How to Stay in the Game as an Educational Leader

Ernesto De Nardin ’76 (A&S), professor at the schools of medicine and dentistry at the University at Buffalo, is associate editor for the journal Immunological Investigations. He and a colleague wrote the textbook Contemporary Clinical Immunology and Serology.

Judy Douglas ’77 (A&S), G’81 (MAX), client industry executive at HP Enterprise Services, in Herndon, Va., is a member of the select commission of the Arthur S. Flemming Awards, which recognize exemplary federal service in leadership and management; legal achievement; social science, clinical trials, and translational research; applied science and engineering; and basic science.

Jeffrey Hoffman ’77 (VPA) of  Marblehead, Mass., co-created TeamImpel Marketing, which provides strategy and production services across multiple platforms, including brand development and advertising, website design and production, video production, and content development.

Paul Nunes L’77 (LAW) of Fairport, N.Y., is celebrating his 25th year as a partner at Underberg & Kessler law firm.  He was named one of the top 50 Super Lawyers of Upstate New York for the second year in a row. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Brent Marchant ’78 (A&S/NEW) published his second book, Consciously Created Cinema: The Movie Lover’s Guide to the Law of Attraction (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform), available in paperback and e-book formats. This new title is a follow-up to his previous work, Get the Picture: Conscious Creation Goes to the Movies (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform), both of which examine how movies illustrate the principles of conscious creation—also known as the law of attraction (

Mark Grimm G’79 (NEW) is an Albany-area public relations specialist whose article, “Tell the Truth Well: How to Be Prepared for Your Next Communications Crisis,” appears in PR News’ Crisis Management Guidebook. He also spoke on “Communication Clarity” at the Financial Planning Association of Northeastern New York Symposium in Troy, N.Y., in May.


JoAnn Laing ’80 (WSM), chair of Information Strategies in Ridgefield, N.J., was named a Leader Among Harvard Business School Alumnae, and one of New Jersey’s 2013 Best 50 Women in Business presented by Wells Fargo bank. 

Ed Katz ’81 (NEW/WSM), managing principal of Katnip Marketing in Westport, Conn., moderated a panel discussion on marketing at the Connecticut Business Expo in Hartford. In addition to working with clients in the fields of health care, entertainment, digital marketing, luxury homebuilding, and politics, Katz is on the producing team for the play, The King’s Speech, set to tour the United Kingdom later this year.

David Karwick ’82 (A&S), an executive in the key investment services at KeyBank in Lewiston, N.Y., was named Citizen of the Year by the Town of Niagara Business and Professional Association for his dedication to volunteer service.

Gerianne Wright Downs ’83 (NEW), assistant director for public relations and publications at SUNY Plattsburgh, wrote “Educational Opportunity Program: A Place Called Home,” for the Spring 2013 issue of Plattsburgh Magazine. Her article received the Best of Category Award from the SUNY Council for University Advancement.

Jill Kremins ’83 (FALK/WSM) is chief marketing officer at Boston-based American Student Assistance, a nonprofit leader in engaging students and alumni in responsible student loan borrowing and repayment.

Susan Buehle ’84 (NEW), executive vice president at Bellevue Communications Group in Philadelphia, serves on the Philly Ad Club Board of Governors.

Molly English ’84 (A&S/NEW) is communications director at Syracuse-based Service Employees International Union Local 200 United.

Peggy Huther Combs ’85 (A&S) is the 11th commanding general of the U.S. Army Cadet Command and the 85th to take command of Fort Knox—the first female commander in the history of each organization.

Ilene Kobert ’85 (A&S) was named a shareholder at the Miami office of the Greenberg Traurig international law firm.

Jeff McCormick ’85 (A&S), G’86 (WSM), managing partner, Saturn Management, Boston, is an independent candidate for Massachusetts governor.

John H. Buhrmaster ’86 (WSM), president of 1st National Bank of Scotia (N.Y.), is chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America.

Russell Ford ’86 (E&CS), vice president and global service leader—drinking water infrastructure at CH2M Hill based in Parsippany, N.J.— received the Pioneer Award at the 2014 BEYA (Black Engineer of the Year Awards) STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Conference in Washington, D.C.

Jack Douros ’87 (VPA), a freelance designer in Winston-Salem, N.C., won the 28th annual Carolina Blues Festival poster design contest sponsored by the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society.

Jim Charmatz ’88 (VPA) creates special effects for film, television, and commercials for Legacy Effects, a special effects studio specializing in creature design, prosthetic make-up, animatronics, and specialty suits. His job includes concept design, photography, sculpting, painting, web design, and graphic design.

Kathy Orr ’88 (NEW/WSM), chief meteorologist for KYW-TV and WPSG-TV, the CBS-owned stations in Philadelphia, was named to the Hall of Fame by the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia in recognition of her impressive body of work in the market.  

Randi Davenport G’89, G’91 (A&S) of Chapel Hill, N. C., wrote The End of Always (Twelve, Hachette Book Group), a novel about a courageous young woman’s struggle to rise above her family legacy of violence to take charge of her own life.

E. Martin Hinchliff G’89 (WSM) was inducted into the Dresser-Rand Engineering Fellowship Program, which honors individuals who have attained the highest level of distinction through significant engineering achievements that have made a global impact on the company.

Eric Lynch ’89 (A&S) is a new member of the litigation practice of Polsinelli law firm in Phoenix. He has more than 20 years of experience as a litigator, advisor, and trial attorney working with clients in the construction, mining, real estate, banking and finance, insurance, utilities, technology, and manufacturing industries.


Jay Lipoff ’90 (A&S), a chiropractor practicing in California, Md., is founder and president of the Foundation 4 Heroes, which supports and enriches the lives of children fighting cancer. The mission of the foundation is to promote the superhero inside and inspire children to overcome obstacles while lifting their spirits.

Martin Schwab L’90, L’98 (LAW), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse, is the new chair of the law firm’s trust and estate department. He concentrates his practice in estate planning and the administration of estates and trusts with emphasis in related tax matters.

Lori Varlotta G’90 (EDU) is president of Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio. She is the first woman president in the college’s 164-year history. 

Jennifer Bartok ’91 (A&S) married Bryant Taylor. They reside in New York City and South Carolina.

John W. Phillips G’91 (WSM), a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, is controller of The Coca-Cola Company in Marietta, Ga. He is founder and chairman of the company’s annual Veterans Day program and co-founder and president of The Coca-Cola Company Military Veterans Business Resource Group. In his new book, Boots to Loafers: Finding Your True North, Phillips details the three stages of transitioning from the military to a civilian career—transition, transformation, and integration—and the critical steps that need to be taken with each. 

Chrys Ingraham G’92 (MAX) is the Joseph and Juanita Distinguished Professor, professor and chair of sociology, and chair of accessibility initiatives at SUNY Purchase. She is leading a team of doctoral students and faculty at Purchase and Syracuse University in the research project “Minding the Gap: The Textually Mediated Experience of Everyday Accessibility.”

Kelly Rocha Light ’92 (VPA) of East Rockaway, N.Y., illustrated two middle grade series, Elvis and the Underdogs (Harper Collins) and The Quirks: Welcome to Normal (Bloomsbury). 

Joseph Urso ’92 (A&S) of Bangkok, Thailand, is director of corporate development within General Motors International Operations.

Donald F. Garber G’93 (ARC) of Glenside, Pa., is senior health care manager at the Francis Cauffman architecture firm, with offices in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. He is an award-winning architect with more than 30 years of experience in the design and project management of health care facilities improvement projects. 

Suzanne Sheets Colilla ’95 (NUR), a geriatric nurse practitioner with the University of Pittsburgh Division of Geriatric Medicine, earned a doctor of nursing practice degree from Carlow University in May. She received the Anne DeNardo McGowan DNP Leadership Award, which recognizes academic achievement and contribution of scholarly work to the nursing evidence base. 

Ken DeLeon ’95 (VPA) is president and creative director of DeLeon Group, a New York City-based advertising agency that for the past eight years has worked with such clients as Comcast (Xfinity), Pirelli Tires, YMCA, and Villanova University. The agency works in media, creating TV and radio commercials, handling social media, creating websites, and developing print and outdoor advertising.

Gregg Hartvigsen G’95 (A&S), professor of biology at SUNY Geneseo, wrote A Primer in Biological Data Analysis and Visualization Using R (Columbia University Press), a practical and lab-oriented introduction to R—the most widely used open-source statistical and programming environment for the analysis and visualization of biological data.

Heather Wightman ’95 (A&S/NEW) and her husband, Richard Koller ’95 (A&S), of Jersey City, N.J., announce the birth of their son, Harold Felix. 

Janet Lewis Zelesnikar ’96 (NUR) of Endwell, N.Y., co-wrote and self-published Silly Nomads from Palmerston Close, the first of three children’s books in the Silly Nomads trilogy, which tell the tale of two Jamaican brothers who create their own exciting adventures based on what they learn from TV (

Josh Bornstein ’97 (NEW) is district supervisor of transition services at Union County Educational Services Commission in Westfield, N.J.

Sarah O’Connell Sullivan ’97 (A&S) is the young adult librarian in the children’s department at Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen, Mass.

Felix Brandon Lloyd ’98 (A&S/NEW) is co-founder of Zoobean, a company that combines the perspective of educators and librarians with data science to make app and book selections for individual children. It also provides tools for families to collaborate with teachers to build their children’s literacy. Lloyd and his wife and co-founder, Jordan Lloyd Bookey, were featured on an episode of ABC’s Shark Tank in April. 

Jason Jedlinski ’99 (NEW) is senior vice president of marketplace development at News Distribution Network in Atlanta.


Myriam Bouchard ’01 (WSM) is a certified business advisor at the Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center. A lifelong entrepreneur, she is co-partner of The Suite Escape B&B in New Paltz, N.Y.

Matt Torok ’01 (A&S) is head men’s soccer coach at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark.

Allison Bellins Dennis ’02 (NEW/MAX) and her husband, Keith Dennis, announce the birth of their identical twin daughters, Kate Elizabeth and Zoey Michelle. Allison serves as a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Michael Lundin ’02 (VPA) married Audrey Krompholz in March. They live in Walnut Creek, Calif.

Benjamin L. Riemer ’02 (A&S), an attorney at Bell Nunnally & Martin in Dallas, was named to the Texas Rising Stars list published by Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Amy Peterson-Berry ’03 (A&S) and her husband, Brandon Berry ’01 (VPA), of Miami, announce the birth of their son, Carson Robert Andrew, who joins big sister Hannah.

Mike Cardamone ’04 (E&CS) and his wife, Jacqueline Cerone ’07 (VPA), started 21 Bundles, a service that sends baby-safe products to expecting and new parents every month. 

Todd Rubin ’04 (ARC), vice president of the Republic of Tea company, was honored by San Francisco’s North Bay Business Journal as one of its Forty Under 40 outstanding young business and community leaders of 2014. 

Trisha Bombardo ’05 (VPA) is senior art director at Pinckney Hugo Group, a full-service marketing communications firm in Liverpool, N.Y.

Collin O’Mara G’06 (MAX) is president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, America’s oldest and largest wildlife conservation and education organization.

Sage Suppa ’06 (VPA), an actor, writer, director, and YouTube vlogger, is working on preproduction for the web series 12, a parody of the popular television show 24 (;

Benjamin C. Steuerwalt ’07 (EDU) married Jesika Pufnok in July 2013 on the lawn of the Wagner Winery in Lodi, N.Y. A physical education teacher and wellness coordinator at McKinley Brighton Elementary School in the Syracuse City School District, Steuerwalt was a panelist for the WRVO-1 NPR News Community Forum Series on “Childhood Nutrition and Physical Fitness,” which aired in May. 

Geoffrey Korff L’08 (LAW) is president of Quaker City Castings located in Salem, Ohio.

Christopher J. Stevens ’08 (A&S) is an associate attorney in the Bond, Schoeneck & King law firm’s Albany office. He specializes in the areas of health, education and disability, white collar criminal, and evidence laws.

Samantha Aster ’09 (A&S), a professional and product liability defense attorney, is an associate in the New York City office of Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley law firm.

Holly Caiello ’09 (VPA) is campaign manager for the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter in Syracuse. She is responsible for organizing Walk MS fund-raising events in Syracuse, Mohawk Valley, Watertown, and Binghamton, N.Y.

Jeanine Kowalski ’09 (NEW) married Samuel Staton ’10 (FALK) last December. They reside in Monterey, Calif.