Syracuse University Magazine

Class Notes


Gloria Mitchell Lagergren ’46 (VPA) is a retired artist whose career included establishing her own needlepoint design business, and a 50-year relationship with the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur (Delaware) Museum as an artist and guide specialist. In March 2014, her paintings of pansies were exhibited in the Hall Gallery at Stonegates Retirement Community in Greenville, Del., where she resides.

James H. Abbott ’49 (A&S), G’50 (MAX) of Syracuse, a retired hospital administrator, was honored at Upstate University Hospital in June as its first CEO. The hospital’s lobby was named for Abbott, who was hospital administrator at Upstate from 1964 to 1971, having served as an administrator at Good Shepherd Hospital at SU (now Huntington Hall) before that.   


Grant Van Patten G’51 (NEW) hopes to get in touch with his fellow graduates of the 1951 master’s degree program in radio and television. He can be reached by mail at 83 Pepper Lane, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 12866.

Ronald L. Goldfarb ’54 (A&S), L’56 (LAW), an attorney, author, and literary agent who resides in Key Biscayne, Fla., and Alexandria, Va., is the editor of After Snowden: Privacy, Secrecy, and Security in the Information Age (Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press).

Roma Stibravy ’54 (A&S) is founder and president of NGO Sustainability, a nonprofit awareness-raising and advocacy group that seeks to forge new pathways toward creating an economy based on renewable energy and women’s empowerment.

Robert McMeekin ’56 (A&S) of Newhall, Calif., swam in the U.S. Police and Fire Championships in San Diego in June, winning three gold medals and one silver. He also swam in the World Police and Fire Games in Fairfax, Va., where he won two silver medals, and competed in the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah, in October.  


Sorrell Chesin G’60 (EDU), who retired last year after more than 45 years in administrative positions at the University at Albany, SUNY (UAlbany), is president of the UAlbany Emeritus Center, an association that serves some 700 retired faculty, administrators, and professionals with emeritus status. He was also appointed to the Governance Council of the UAlbany Senate.

Sidney Tarrow ’60 (A&S), professor emeritus of government and visiting professor of law at Cornell University, wrote War, States, and Contention: A Comparative Historical Study (Cornell University Press), an examination of how social movements and contentious politics in general influence war-making.

Howard A. Palley G’63 (MAX), a professor emeritus and distinguished fellow at the Institute for Human Services Policy in the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, co-edited Comparative Health Care Federalism (Ashgate Publishing), an examination of health care federalism within a competitive global context, and co-wrote two chapters in the book, as well as its conclusion.

Bill McDonald ’64 (A&S) of Woodstock, Vt., participated in a 3,000-mile transcontinental bike ride from Astoria, Ore., to Niagara Falls in 39 days last summer.

Leo V. Kanawada Jr. G’65 (MAX) of Hicksville, N.Y., wrote Captain, Infantry (AuthorHouse), a first-person account of his active duty assignment as a U.S. Army ROTC infantry officer in South Korea and South Vietnam in the mid-1960s.

Michael Morgan ’65 (A&S), professor emeritus at Indiana University, is the Grafstein Chair in Philosophy and Jewish Studies at University of Toronto. He published his 19th book, Rethinking the Messianic Idea in Judaism (Indiana University Press), in fall 2014.

Edward Susman ’67 (A&S) of West Palm Beach, Fla., is featured in the documentary Enquiring Minds: The Untold Story of the Man Behind The National Enquirer. An internationally published freelance medical writer and the author of four books, he worked for the tabloid newspaper for 18 years.

Mark S. Harvey ’68 (A&S), a musician, minister, and educator teaching at MIT, was named the 2015 Boston Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists Association, which recognized 24 activists/advocates nationally who made significant contributions to their communities. He also published a historical essay as part of the compilation recording The Boston Creative Jazz Scene 1970-1983 (Cultures of Soul Recordings), which includes a selection by his own ensemble.

Peter Klein ’68 (WSM), founder of PK Associates growth management consultancy in Rye Brook, N.Y., co-wrote Think to Win: Unleashing the Power of Strategic Thinking (McGraw-Hill Education), which demystifies the strategic thinking process and provides a straightforward blueprint for success.


Gary W. Porcelli G’70, G’93, G’01 (EDU) is president of the Oneida-Madison-Herkimer (N.Y.) Cooperative Board of Education.

Shirin N. Velji G’70 (MAX) received the Western College (Oxford, Ohio) Alumnae Association 2015 Service Award at her 50th reunion in June, recognizing her lifetime commitment to education, civic engagement, and humanitarian public service. Now retired, she worked with the World Bank from 1973 to 1997, followed by human services work with a private firm in Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika. She and her husband have since relocated to Kirkland, Wash., to be near family, including their four grandchildren.

Thomas Croswell ’71 (A&S), president and chief operating officer of Tufts Health Plan in Watertown, Mass., is board chair of the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Warren Schultz ’71 (A&S) of New York City is executive editor at Modern Farmer magazine. In September, he left for Senegal on a Peace Corps assignment as an urban agriculture specialist.

Toni Sullivan ’71 (A&S) of West Sacramento, Calif., spent 13 years on the island of Crete in Greece, where she also climbed Psiloriti, the island’s highest mountain at 8,057 feet. A retired chef, she still loves to cook for fun.

Linda Wentz Nash ’72 (NEW) wrote Dear Dead Dad (Amazon Digital Services), a novel exploring the death of a horseman named Dan, told from the perspective of his daughters.

David J. Noonan L’72 (LAW), a partner at Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge law firm in San Diego, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 and was honored for his 20th anniversary on the list of notable attorneys.

Howard Sholkin ’72 (NEW), a marketing communication writing instructor at Boston University and Lasell College in Newton, Mass., is chair of the Public Relations Society of America’s Investment Committee. He is also a member of the executive committee of the Newton Festival of the Arts.

Peter H. Weinberger ’72 (A&S), managing partner of the Cleveland-based law firm Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.

Louis P. DiLorenzo ’73 (A&S), a managing member of the Bond, Schoeneck & King law firm New York City office, was named one of the top 20 practitioners in the area of traditional labor and employment law in a survey published in Human Resource Executive magazine in June. He was also selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.   

John G. McGowan ’73 (A&S), L’81 (LAW), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. He was also recognized in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.

Sheryl Friedner Strich ’73 (FALK/VPA) is president of the Orange County (Calif.) Podiatric Medical Association, the first woman president in the association’s history. 

Barry R. Kogut ’74 (A&S), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. He was also recognized in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.

Donald P. Sanford G’75 (NEW) of Madison, Wis., wrote On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota (Commodore’s Press), the story of the people, places, and events that shaped the shoreline of Madison’s greatest lake.

John D. Rodgers ’76 (A&S), a partner at the Deily & Glastetter law firm in Albany, N.Y., was recognized in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list, the Top 25 Hudson Valley Super Lawyers list, and the Super Lawyers Business Edition.

Cynthia Weixel ’76 (A&S/NEW) and Frank Surette ’77 (NEW) celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary in May with a trip to Sicily. Cynthia is a staff attorney at the Social Security Administration in Falls Church, Va., and Frank is a financial advisor at Mass Mutual in Vienna, Va. They have two daughters and live in McLean, Va., with summers in Cape Cod.

Richard Ehrlickman G’77 (E&CS) co-founded TransactionsIP, an intellectual property brokerage and consulting firm in Boca Raton, Fla.

Thomas Fensch G’77 (NEW) wrote The Sordid Hypocrisy of To Protect and To Serve (New Century Books), his 33rd nonfiction book, described as “a savage indictment of the worst police practices in America.”

Melissa Killeen ’77 (VPA) is owner of Melissa Killeen Recovery Coaching in Laurel Springs, N.J., and author of Recovery Coaching: A Guide to Coaching People in Recovery from Addictions (CreateSpace, 2013). In July, she received the Vernon Johnson Award from Faces and Voices of Recovery at the America Honors Recovery gala, an annual event that celebrates and honors the nation’s most influential recovery community leaders and organizations.

Tracy Kaplan Leenman ’77 (VPA), G’83 (EDU/VPA) owns Musical Innovations, a school music retailer based in Greenville, S.C. The company was named to the National Association of Music Merchants list of the Top 100 Music Dealers in the World for the third consecutive year in May.

Bradley D. Myerson ’77 (A&S), an attorney at Myerson Law Offices in Manchester Center, Vt., was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. This is the eighth year he has been listed.

Steven A. Paquette ’77 (NEW), L’79 (LAW), a member of the Syracuse law firm Bousquet Holstein, was recognized in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.

Billy Sternberg ’77 (NEW) published two articles in the New York Observer that explore the 1930 disappearance of New York Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater and its potential relationship to the 1929 death of Sternberg’s grandfather, New York State Assembly Leader Maurice Bloch, a confidante of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  

Robin Cohen Westmiller ’77 (NEW) is N2 Publishing’s area director in Oxnard, Calif., and publisher of River Ridge Living, a social magazine for residents of River Ridge communities. She has also published several books under the pen name Raven West, including the romantic mystery First Class Male (CreateSpace, 2014).

Ann Tyler G’78, G’88 (EDU) is associate dean at the Western Michigan University College of Health and Human Services, where she is chair and professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology.

Mark Roberts G’79 (A&S), a poet, fiction writer, and lyricist living in Los Angeles, released a music CD, Villanelle, under the pen name B.D. Love, in collaboration with singer-songwriter Maura Kennedy. The CD is nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award in the folk category.


Laurence G. Bousquet L’80 (LAW), a member of the Syracuse law firm Bousquet Holstein, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.

James Vallone ’80 (WSM) is executive vice president and general auditor at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York City.

Douglas W. Whitney ’80 (ARC) is an architect who is CEO of WBRC Architects Engineers, a firm with offices in Maine and Florida. In August, he was inducted into the Francis Crowe Society at the University of Maine, an honor usually reserved for engineers. He is also a board member of SU’s SunCoast Alumni Club in Florida.

Kevin Young ’80 (A&S), an attorney at Tucker Ellis law firm in Cleveland, co-wrote the 2015 edition of the reference text Ohio Insurance Coverage (Thomson Reuters). He was also selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.

Rose Flederbach ’81 (NUR) and her husband, William Flederbach ’83, G’90 (E&CS), of Raleigh, N.C., celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in October. Rose served as a critical care nurse for most of her career, and is currently a perioperative nurse at Rex Hospital. She also played an active role with FEMA disaster relief. William recently retired from his position as vice president of engineering at Qualcomm Inc., where he led a team in development of the Snapdragon processor.

Edwin J. Kelley Jr. L’81 (LAW), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. He was also recognized in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.

Miguel Lopez ’81 (NEW), a painter and sculptor whose work has been exhibited extensively in Bogotá, Colombia, was featured in Masters of the Imagination: The Latin American Fine Art Exhibition in September and October at the Agora Gallery in Chelsea, N.Y.

Kevin McLaughlin G’81 (NEW) completed five years of work on a documentary, The Week that Changed the World: The Newark Riots ( The film explores race relations through the decades and includes interviews with every Newark mayor since the 1967 riots and recollections from numerous first-responders and citizens. Three of McLaughlin’s favorite singer-songwriters contributed to the project, including Garland Jeffreys ’65 (A&S).

Erick Weiss ’81 (VPA), president of Honeysweet Productions Inc. in Los Angeles, served as chief operating officer and executive producer of the 2015 Federation of International Lacrosse World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, held in Syracuse and the Onondaga Nation in September.

Gilbert M. Hoffman L’82 (LAW), of counsel at Bousquet Holstein law firm in Syracuse, is co-chair of the Committee on Title and Transfer of the New York State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section.

Bridget Maloney Bush ’83 (A&S/NEW) serves on an eight-member commission to study the creation of a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. She practices law and writes a column for The Courier-Journal in Louisville.

Anne McGinness Kearse ’83 (FALK), a member attorney at Motley Rice in Charleston, S.C., was recognized by Best Lawyers as a 2016 Lawyer of the Year.

Dianne Cooney Miner ’84 (NUR), founding dean of the Wegmans School of Nursing at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., was named an Honorary Faculty Fellow of Nursing and Midwifery by the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland.

Vittorio Ricci ’84 (E&CS) is chief technology officer at the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport (R.I.), whose mission is to provide research, development, test and evaluation, engineering, and fleet support for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, undersea offensive and defensive weapons systems, and counter-measures.

Brian Burns ’85 (A&S/MAX), a court judge in Otsego County, N.Y., and an acting New York State Supreme Court justice, serves on the board of directors of the New York Association of Drug Court Professionals. He also serves on the New York State Family Violence Task Force, and supervises approximately 160 town and village judges in a five-county area of New York. His chambers are in Cooperstown. 

Dawn Lerman ’85 (NEW), a nutrition expert and contributing author to The New York Times blog series Well, wrote My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes (Berkley).

Sandra L. Caron G’86 (FALK), a professor of family studies and human sexuality at the University of Maine, published The Sex Lives of College Students: A Quarter Century of Attitudes and Behaviors (Maine College Press), based on her academic research during the past 25 years.

Janice Healey Cooney ’86 (NEW) of East Greenwich, R.I., is senior director of customer development at Johnson & Johnson. She earned an executive master of healthcare leadership degree at Brown University in May.

Donna Turi ’86 (FALK/WSM) and her husband, Jeff, traveled to Ethiopia as members of the RENEW Impact Angel Network. They invested in five companies in East Africa as a result of the trip, which included spending time with entrepreneurs, touring places of business, enjoying local cuisine, and traveling to famed cultural sites.

Amy Schwan Lakin ’88 (E&CS), executive vice president of supply chain management at ABB/Baldor Electric in Fort Smith, Ark., received a 2015 Step Ahead Award from the Manufacturing Institute in March. The award honors women in manufacturing who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and who represent all levels of the industry, and is intended to showcase opportunities in the field and inspire next-generation female leaders to pursue careers in manufacturing.

Erik L. Larsen ’88 (A&S) of Middletown, N.J., is senior vice president and leader for business lending at Investors Bank.

Jerry Leo ’88 (NEW) is executive vice president of program strategy, lifestyle networks, and production at Bravo Media in New York City.

Lexie Shabel ’89 (VPA) is founder and executive director of Breast Wishes Fund, a nonprofit organization based in New Mexico that supports individuals diagnosed with breast cancer and their families, offering treatment alternatives and prevention and wellness education.


Patty Enrado G’90 (A&S) wrote A Village in the Fields (Eastwind Books of Berkeley), a historical novel about Filipino-American farm workers during the Delano Grape Strikes of the 1960s and ’70s in California. The book’s cover was designed by Melody dos Santos Shah ’95 (VPA).

Beth Mowins G’90 (NEW), a play-by-play commentator and sports journalist at ESPN, received the Newhouse School’s Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media in July.

Brian J. Butler ’91 (A&S), L’96 (LAW), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse, was recognized in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.

George R. McGuire ’91 (E&CS), L’96 (LAW), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. He was also recognized in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.

Eileen Moeller G’91 (A&S) published Firefly, Brightly Burning (Grayson Books), her first book of poetry, which is described by one reviewer as an exploration of “all the complexities of a woman’s ordinary life in order to find the moments of grace and transcendence that save us.”

Amy Altshuler ’92 (A&S) is the business transactions practice group leader at Lewis Roca Rothgerber law firm in Denver.

Craig Ettinger ’92 (WSM) launched the startup Josar Media Inc., creator of the Tastebud mobile application that enables people to share recommendations on movies, music, books, TV shows, podcasts, and apps ( or follow @thetastebudapp).

Eric J. Stockel ’92 (A&S) is a founding partner at SBSB Law’s office in Boca Raton, Fla. He and his wife, Michele A. Stockel ’92 (A&S), recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. They have two daughters, Bari and Hanna, and live in Weston, Fla.

Zahra Wright ’92 (FALK) is a project officer in the Government of Australia Department of Finance in Canberra, Australia.

Sara Millett Au ’93 (NEW), a parenting journalist living in Orlando, Fla., co-wrote Stress Free Discipline: Simple Strategies for Handling Common Behavior Problems (AMACOM Books), the second in a series of parenting books. A blogger at, she also administers a business development program with Orange County Public Schools.

Erin Frankel ’93 (VPA) and Paula Heaphy ’93 (FALK/VPA) collaborated on Nobody! (Free Spirit Publishing), the fourth book in a series on overcoming bullying. Frankel, a teacher and writer living in Pittsburgh, wrote the books, and Heaphy, a designer and illustrator living in Brooklyn, illustrated them.

Jessica C. Pirro ’93, G’96 (SWK) is chief executive officer at Crisis Services in Buffalo, N.Y., an agency that provides suicide intervention services, programs for suicide prevention and emergency mental health, and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Jan Klodowski ’94 (WSM), vice president of Agri-Services Agency (ASA) in East Syracuse, N.Y., and head of the ASA workers’ compensation department, serves on the Vermont Captive Insurance Association board of directors. ASA is a subsidiary of Dairy Farmers of America.

Stephanie Rankin Herriott G’95 (EDU) is manager, employee services, at the State Library of Ohio in Columbus.

Dane Lopes ’95 (E&CS) is U.S. head of sales and distribution at Everest Re insurance company in New York City.

Keisha-Gaye Anderson ’96 (A&S/NEW), editor-in-chief of Brooklyn College Magazine, earned an M.F.A. degree in creative writing at City College of New York in 2014. She wrote Gathering the Waters (Jamii Publishing, 2014), a poetry book.

Christine Woodcock Dettor L’96 (LAW), a member of the Syracuse law firm Bousquet Holstein, was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. She was also recognized in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.

Charles Cobb ’97 (A&S) is an attorney at William Mattar Law Offices in Buffalo, N.Y. 

Deanna Durante ’97 (NEW) and Timothy Swan ’97, G’99 (IST) announce the birth of their daughter, Mattax McQuain Swan, who joins big sister Maya. They reside in Flourtown, Pa.

Beth Monaghan ’97 (NEW) is principal and co-founder of InkHouse, a Massachusetts-based public relations firm that was named one of the state’s top 100 women-led businesses by The Globe Magazine and the Commonwealth Institute in 2013, a Boston Business Journal “Best Places to Work” in 2015, and a Boston Business Journal “Pacesetter” for the past five years.

Holmes Osborne ’98 (WSM), a principal with Holmes Osborne Global Investors in Kansas City, Mo., was a featured financial advisor in The Wall Street Journal in November 2014. He and his wife, Jennifer, announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Cleo.

Martin A. Schwab L’98 (LAW), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.

Erin Anzalone ’99 (NEW), line producer for Tremendous! Entertainment, won a Daytime Emmy Award for her work on Rock the Park, an exploration of the country’s national parks. The series was named the 2015 Outstanding Travel Program and airs on ABC this fall.

Scott M. Cohn ’99 (NEW) wrote Daddy Said a Word I Never Heard (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), the second in his “Daddy” series of humorous children’s books. He is co-founder of the New York City ad agency, Night Agency, and lives on Long Island with his wife and two daughters.

Miles Grant ’99 (NEW) is director of communications at the National Wildlife Federation, based in Washington, D.C., working remotely from his home in Fairhaven, Mass.

Desiree Luszcz ’99 (VPA/EDU), G’01 (EDU) was elected 2015 Teacher of the Year at Manville (N.J.) High School, where she has taught visual arts for 14 years. 

Shadra Strickland ’99 (VPA), an award-winning illustrator who teaches at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, illustrated Sunday Shopping (Lee & Low Books), a children’s book about an imaginative family tradition shared between a grandmother and granddaughter.


Brian Eden ’00 (A&S/NEW) and his wife, Leah, announce the birth of their daughter, Hazel Isabella. Eden is a copywriter at Droga5 advertising network in New York City.

John Jiloty ’00 (NEW) is director of social media at Martin Davison Public Relations, based in the company’s Buffalo, N.Y., office.

Sam Okantey ’00 (WSM), competing for Ghana, won the gold medal in the men’s triple jump (ages 40-44) at the World Masters Athletics Outdoor Championships in Lyon, France, in August.

Matthew R. Piechota ’00 (NEW/WSM), a certified public accountant and the chief financial officer at the Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, Conn., is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants’ advisory council for the 2015-16 activity year, representing the not-for-profit organizations committee.  

Neil Swaab ’00 (VPA), an illustrator based in Brooklyn, wrote The Secrets to Ruling School (Without Even Trying), a children’s book for middle-graders published by Amulet Books. Part narrative and part guidebook, the book includes comics and illustrations to help kids navigate the challenges of middle school.

Kathleen Farrell G’01 (MAX), G’03 (A&S), G’08 (MAX) is a professor of social sciences and education at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H. She is a scholar in sociology, gender and sexuality studies, and popular culture and leads students in initiatives that support LGBT members of the college community.  

Susan DeMar ’02 (A&S), an administrative assistant in the geography department at New Mexico State University (NMSU), received the Ralph B. Crouch Memorial Award in June, recognizing her contributions to NMSU. 

Phil Carlucci ’03 (NEW) of Massapequa Park, N.Y., wrote Images of America: Long Island Golf (Arcadia Publishing), a photo-history. He is also founder of, an Internet guide to regional public golf, and a freelance writer/editor for Zagat Survey.

Adam Hardgrove ’04 (NEW) is a fire captain/paramedic at Richland Fire and Emergency Services in Richland, Wash. He was selected to attend the two-year Managing Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md.

Darnell T. Parker ’04, G’05 (SWK) is associate vice president for student affairs and Title IX coordinator at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. 

Nicholas L. Shires ’04 (WSM) is a partner at Dannible & McKee Certified Public Accountants and Consultants in Syracuse.

Erin Butler ’05 (A&S) married Corey Reynolds ’05 (WSM) in September 2014. Erin is a physician assistant at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Corey is a vice president at Macquarie Group financial services, both in New York City.

Martin J. Davis ’05 (A&S) is principal safety consultant at HazTek Inc., a provider of comprehensive safety management services in Medford, N.J.

Brian McClintock ’05 (NEW) of Philadelphia is senior director of communications at Little League Baseball and Softball, one of the largest youth sports organizations in the world.

Matthew J. Rogers G’05 (NEW) of Nashville is a staff songwriter at Ole Music. He co-wrote the song “We Went,” which was released in May by country music artist Randy Houser.

Brian J. Sturm ’05 (A&S) is an associate in the corporate practice group at Martin LLP, a law firm in Stamford, Conn. 

Justin Robert Young ’05 (NEW) launched a new card game—The Contender: The Game of Political Debate—on Kickstarter in July and raised more than $45,000 from more than 1,000 backers to start printing and distribution. The game was developed by a four-person team that includes Meg Paradise ’06 (VPA), co-founder of the Guts & Glory design and branding studio in Oakland, Calif.

Elizabeth Knickerbocker ’06 (NEW) is an experiential learning outreach coordinator at the State University of New York at Oswego.

Brenna O’Leary ’06 (NEW) is a senior account executive at Morgan Marketing and Public Relations firm in Irvine, Calif.

Maximilian Osinski ’06 (VPA) collaborated with several peers in the entertainment industry to create Hollywood Hitmen (Luna Pictures Entertainment with Singhi Inc.), a 30-minute web comedy that presents an irreverent parody of Los Angeles and the entertainment industry. He co-stars in the series, which he co-wrote with Rafi Silver ’06 (VPA). Dan Newmark ’07 (VPA) is also featured.

Kristen Vaccariello Tozzo ’06 (A&S) and her husband, Vincent, announce the birth of their daughter, Sienna Rose, in White Plains, N.Y., in July.

Phillip Gregory Burke ’07 (VPA), an actor, playwright, and educator living in New York City, made his American debut as a playwright at The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Playwrights Playground in June, when excerpts from his play, Flutter, were publicly read for the first time at The Dwyer Cultural Center. The play is the first in a three-play series that examines how members of the African Diaspora sociologically experience and navigate through deviant behavior occurring within society.

Antonio L. Diaz-Albertini L’07 (LAW) is a special counsel at Schulte Roth & Zabel in the law firm’s New York City office.

Jenna M. McKnight G’07 (NEW) of New York City is senior U.S. editor at Dezeen, an online publication focused on architecture and design. The media company is based in London and recently opened a New York office. 

Jennifer Burgomaster Tarolli ’07 (A&S/NEW) and Christopher Tarolli ’07 (A&S) of Rochester, N.Y., announce the birth of their son, Jackson Christopher.

Emilee Lawson Hatch L’08 (LAW), a member of the Syracuse law firm Bousquet Holstein, was designated as an Upstate New York Super Lawyers 2015 Rising Star.  

Christopher J. Stevens ’08 (A&S), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in Albany, was designated as an Upstate New York Super Lawyers 2015 Rising Star.  

Lindsey Wilson G’08 (NEW) is Dallas city editor at CultureMap, a Texas lifestyle website, covering arts and culture, fashion, food, and home and design.

Christine Sawatzke ’09 (ARC), an architect at SOSH Architects in the firm’s Atlantic City office, completed the Architect Registration Exam and earned a State of New Jersey architecture license.

Julie L. Shires ’09 (A&S/MAX) is a kindergarten teacher at the Military and Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis Global Studies Magnet School in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District in North Carolina.

Sonita L. Surratt ’09 (VPA) was producing director of the Redd Opera Festival, a showcase for emerging composers, directors, writers, musicians, and singers, held in Chicago in June. 


Michael D. Dwyer G’10 (A&S), a media and communication professor at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa., wrote Back to the Fifties: Nostalgia, Hollywood Film, and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties (Oxford University Press).

Abbie Hausermann G’10 (SWK) founded High Peaks Therapeutic Mentoring in Dedham, Mass., a mental health center that offers ecotherapy sessions, an innovative style of counseling based on healthy interactions in nature through outdoor walk-and-talk sessions and weekend wilderness quests.

LeAnne St. Gelais ’10 (EDU) married Matt Shaler G’13 (EDU) in June. They reside in Oneonta, N.Y.

Rebecca Townsend ’12 (A&S/NEW) is an account manager at Pinckney Hugo Group marketing communications firm in Syracuse.

Allyssa Kaiser ’13 (NEW) is president of Big Apple Orange, the SU alumni club of NYC.

Alexandra Curtis ’14 (A&S/NEW) was crowned Miss Rhode Island 2015 and represented her home state in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., in September. She is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at Brown University.

Maryann Akinboyewa ’15 (A&S/WSM) was selected by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) in Washington, D.C., to participate in the 2015 WBENC Student Entrepreneur Program. Sponsored by Shell, the program fosters growth for the next generation of women-owned businesses.

Audrey Lawrence G’15 (FALK) is an associate program director at the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter, in Syracuse.

Sarah Richheimer ’15 (NEW) is a public relations and social media coordinator at Martin Davison Public Relations, based in the company’s Buffalo, N.Y., office.

Lauren Whitaker G’15 (A&S) is one of 165 U.S. citizens selected by the U.S. Department of State and Georgetown University as an English Language Fellow for 2015-16. She will spend 10 months teaching English in Kazakhstan.