Syracuse University Magazine

Class Notes

30s

Don Waful ’37 (A&S), G’39 (MAX), one of SU’s oldest living alumni and surviving World War II veterans, was Chancellor Syverud’s guest of honor at the home football game against North Carolina State in November. At age 98, Waful, a Syracuse resident who has never missed a football game in the Dome, is something of a local hero, given his P.O.W. background, his former role as president of Syracuse Chiefs minor league baseball, and his close ties to SU Athletics, the YMCA, the Reformed Church of Syracuse, and numerous musical organizations.

40s

Ruth Cowan ’44 (A&S), a physical therapist living in Dallas, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in November, recognizing her outstanding commitment to help create a world free of MS. The award is presented to volunteers with 35 or more years of service. In 1975, Cowan co-founded the Swim-In aquatic therapy program for people living with MS, a collaborative effort between the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the MS Society and the National Council of Jewish Women. As program supervisor, Cowan volunteered more than 3,000 hours of her time and professional skills through the years.

Phyllis Marks ’45 (VPA) is an artist and retired art teacher and art director who lives at Woodlawn Commons, a senior community in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She is an instructor at the Empire State College Academy for Lifelong Learning, where she teaches a Mindful Doodling course.

50s

Jack Cavanaugh ’52 (A&S) wrote Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside: World War II, Army’s Undefeated Teams, and College Football’s Greatest Backfield Duo (Triumph Books) about Heisman Trophy winners Glenn Davis and Felix Blanchard, among the best-known college football players between 1944 and 1946. A veteran sportswriter and former adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Cavanaugh has written five books in the past eight years. He lives in Wilton, Conn., with his wife, Marge.

Artemio R. Guillermo G’54, G’72 (NEW) published Aurora Borealis: Christian Witness in Alaska (Authorhouse) and wrote the third edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Philippines (Scarecrow Press). His previous publications include Churches Aflame (Abingdon), Epic Tales of the Philippines (University Press of America), and Tales of the 7,000 Isles. He and his wife, Corazon, live in Fairfield, Ind., and have seven grandchildren (three of them SU alumni) and a great granddaughter.

Donald F. Megnin ’54 (A&S), G’65, G’68 (MAX), a retired Methodist minister and professor emeritus of international politics at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, has published nine books, including Moments in Time: A Memoir (Xlibris, 2010), and is working on a 10th. He and his wife, Julia G’65 (EDU), reside in Jamesville, N.Y. Click here to read his reflections on teaching in Thailand as a representative of the University’s Syracuse in Asia program in the 1950s. 

Sherry Suib Cohen ’55 (EDU) of New York City has published 24 books, including several New York Times bestsellers, among them It Ain’t All About the Cookin’ (Simon & Schuster, 2007), a memoir co-written with celebrity chef Paula Deen.

Frank J. Vecchione ’57 (A&S), a director in the financial restructuring and creditors’ rights department of Gibbons law firm in Newark, N.J., was honored as a 50-year member of the Essex County Bar Association at its annual dinner in October. He was recognized for his long-standing commitment to the legal profession.

Roger Nyquist G’58 (VPA), an internationally known organ virtuoso, recording artist, and teacher residing in Sacramento, Calif., released a new music CD, Roger Nyquist Plays a Tribute to Arthur Poister. Nyquist was a student of Arthur Poister H’67, the renowned American organist and teacher who served as Hendricks Chapel music director and SU organ professor from 1948 to 1967. Poister died in 1980 at age 81.

60s

Edward J. Klein ’60 (WSM) earned a master’s degree in Judaic studies at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and was ordained a Humanistic Judaism rabbi.

Stuart Melnick ’60 (A&S) is a physician living in Los Gatos, Calif.

Elaine Rubenstein Silliman ’60 (SDA), professor emerita at the University of South Florida, received the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in November for distinguished contributions to the communication sciences and disorders profession. She has written or co-written eight books and published numerous research articles on language learning disabilities in monolingual and bilingual children and adolescents. 

Bill Batcher ’62 (A&S) published Celebrations (CreateSpace), his second book of poems. A retired teacher, he leads a writers’ group in Riverhead, N.Y. His award-winning poetry has been published in magazines, anthologies, and online collections.

Richard Hand ’65 (A&S), a retired salesman and poet living in Phoenix, was spotlighted as Poet of the Month at Late Night Poets blog (latenightpoets.com) in January. His poetry has been published in many venues, both online and in print, and he has performed as a spoken-word poet in Arizona, California, and upstate New York.  

Charles G. Waugh ’65 (SDA), G’69 (A&S), a communications and psychology professor at the University of Maine at Augusta, has taught college-level courses for 50 years. A prolific writer, he has co-edited, co-written, or written 218 published books on topics ranging from the Civil War to science fiction, with another 24 in press or accepted for publication.

Marian Mesrobian MacCurdy ’66, G’72, G’80 (A&S) wrote Sacred Justice: The Voices and Legacy of the Armenian Operation Nemesis (Transaction Publishers). The book weaves together narrative, memoir, original unpublished letters, and other sources to tell the story of a group of Armenian men who led a covert operation to bring to justice the Turkish architects of the Armenian genocide early in the 20th century. This is the third book for MacCurdy, retired professor and chair of the Department of Writing at Ithaca (N.Y.) College. She is currently special assistant to the president at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., where she teaches courses in the personal essay, teaching writing, and the theory and practice of therapeutic writing.

Lee Carl G’67 (NEW) of Drexel Hill, Pa., received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs for his novel The Key (Old City Publishing). It tells the story of three families who live on the same street in a small town, and how one woman’s hatred for another leads to bullying, plotting, and setting a booby trap.

Doug Brode G’69 (A&S) wrote John Wayne’s Way: Life Lessons from the Duke (Globe Pequot Press).

Robert L. Kravitz ’69 (VPA) was one of three clergymen from Arizona invited to address some 4,000 attendees at the inauguration of Governor Douglas Ducey in January. The rabbi was also featured in the January 2015 edition of Arizona Jewish Life magazine, highlighting his more than 20 years of volunteer police chaplaincy service to the cities of Phoenix and Scottsdale and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Pierre Ramond G’69 (A&S), Distinguished Professor of Physics and director of the Institute for Fundamental Theory at the University of Florida, received the 2015 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, one of the nation’s most prestigious research prizes. The award was established in 1959 by the Heineman Foundation for Research, Educational, Charitable, and Scientific Purposes Inc. and is administered by the American Physical Society and the American Institute of Physics.

70s

Marcia J. Scherer ’70 (FALK/NEW), a rehabilitation psychologist and founding president of the Institute for Matching Person and Technology in Webster, N.Y., joined the Vocational-Community Issues Panel of Brain Injury Association of America/Mount Sinai Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Guidelines Project. Fifty of the nation’s top researchers and clinicians, as well as family members of people with brain injuries, were selected to participate in the project, which is a grant-funded investigation to develop guidelines for rehabilitation and disease management for adults with traumatic brain injury. Scherer is also a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center and project director at the Burton Blatt Institute at SU.

Lawrence J. Center ’71 (A&S/MAX), assistant dean in the Department of Academic Conferences and Continuing Legal Education at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., received the Paul R. Dean Alumni Award in October. The award honors outstanding alumni who have exhibited leadership to Georgetown Law and to the legal profession.

William M. LeoGrande ’71 (A&S), G’73, G’76 (MAX), a professor of government in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., co-wrote Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana (University of North Carolina Press) with Peter Kornbluh.

Toni S. Sullivan ’71 (A&S), a social worker and community activist in West Sacramento, Calif.,  is CEO of Toni Charities, serving people with low incomes as well as those who are elderly, disabled, or homeless.

Stuart Grauer ’72 (A&S), founder and president of The Grauer School, an independent college preparatory school in Encinitas, Calif., received the University of San Diego’s highest alumni honor, the Arthur E. Hughes Career Achievement Award, for his work in education. Also founder of the Small Schools Coalition, he has written two books on education topics: Real Teachers: True Stories of Renegade Educators (Select Books Inc.) and Learn by Discovery (forthcoming).

Mitchel B. Wallerstein G’72 (MAX), former dean of the Maxwell School and current president of Baruch College in the City University of New York, was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recognizing his contributions in the fields of international peace and security, human rights, and trade security policy, and for leadership in higher education.

Peter H. Weinberger ’72 (A&S), managing partner of Cleveland-based law firm Spangenberg Shibley & Liber, was recognized as a Local Litigation Star—Plaintiff in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Litigation, a publication focusing on leading trial and firm attorneys in the United States. This is the third consecutive year he was selected.

Beth Gigante Klingenstein ’73 (VPA), retired music department chair and professor emerita at Valley City State University, is executive director of the North Dakota Council on the Arts in Bismarck.

Ellen S. Podgor ’73 (SDA) is a law professor at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla., and president of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools. A nationally recognized legal expert in the area of white collar crime, she received the Stetson Law Review J. Ben Watkins Award in November.

JoAnne Vacca G’73 (EDU) and Richard Vacca G’73 (EDU) of Vero Beach, Fla., were honored as 2014 Distinguished Service recipients by Kent State University’s College of Education, Health, and Human Services. They are professors emeriti in the School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State and co-authors of several textbooks, including Content Area Reading: Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum (Pearson, 2013).

Bruce Waltuck ’73 (A&S/MAX) is co-founder of Yes, And…Philly, a group that brings the learning and practice of Liberating Structures and other methods for transformative collaboration and change to the greater Philadelphia area.

Bruce W. Dearstyne G’74 (MAX), an adjunct professor at the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland and former program director at the New York State Archives, wrote two books. The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State’s History  (SUNY Press) explores the history of New York State by describing 16 key events, from the promulgation of the first state constitution in 1777 through the resilience of the New York City fire department on 9/11; and Leading the Historical Enterprise: Strategic Creativity, Planning, and Advocacy for the Digital Age (Rowman & Littlefield and the American Association for State and Local History) covers how to lead historical programs, e.g., museums, historical societies, and archives.

Walter Broadnax G’75 (MAX), Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs in the Maxwell School and a Syracuse University Life Trustee, is featured in The HistoryMakers at the Library of Congress, the nation’s largest African American video oral history collection.

Sandi Tams Mulconry ’75 (A&S/NEW), principal of Group M Communications, is president of the board of directors of the Skaneateles (N.Y.) Area Chamber of Commerce.

Renata Schamle G’75 (IST) of Victoria, British Columbia, writes a blog at renataveritashistory.com, sharing reflections about life on Canada’s west coast and stories of her extensive travels. She also writes about IT, technical, and construction activities at renataveritasprojects.wordpress.com and offers commentaries on items in the news at renataveritasopinion.wordpress.com.

Janet Roseman ’76 (EDU), a medical educator and teacher who resides in Boca Raton, Fla., wrote If Joan of Arc Had Cancer: Finding Courage, Faith, and Healing from History’s Most Inspirational Woman Warrior (New World Library). Written to honor the memory of her mother, the book draws directly from the words spoken by Joan of Arc at her trial to inspire women facing a diagnosis of cancer or other serious disease and help them discover inner strength and create an environment for healing.

John R. Gutman ’77 (NEW) of Norwalk, Conn., is executive director at New Covenant House, the state’s largest soup kitchen and food pantry, where he leads a capital campaign to raise funds for a larger new facility scheduled to open in spring 2015.

John Hannon ’77 (WSM) earned a master of arts degree in history from George Mason University in December 2014. In April 2014, he was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.

James M. Hoefler ’77 (E&CS), a political science professor at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., invented XoomRooms, a portable, temporary, sustainable wall system for dividing spaces in homes and apartments (xoomrooms.wordpress.com/video/).

Bradley D. Myerson ’77 (A&S) of Manchester Center, Vt., had his firm, Myerson Law Offices, listed in the Best Law Firms 2015 edition of U.S. News and World Report—Best Lawyers in the field of criminal defense. He was also selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 for his work in criminal defense, marking the seventh year he has been listed.

Scott Pitoniak ’77 (NEW), an award-winning journalist who lives in Rochester, N.Y., wrote 100 Things Syracuse Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Triumph Books). The book includes a foreword by Floyd Little ’67 (A&S) and features traditions, facts, trivia, and personal anecdotes from players and coaches.

80s

Douglas Adler ’80 (A&S) is assistant sales manager for the home lending solutions New England division at Citizens Bank in Manhattan.

Andrew Katell ’80 (A&S/NEW) of White Plains, N.Y., is vice president of communications at Entergy Corporation, overseeing communications for the company’s nuclear power business in the northern United States.

Art Monk ’80 (VPA), a Syracuse University Trustee and an inductee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame, serves on the board of Every Child Fed, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending child hunger.

Keith Nordstrom ’80 (NEW) is multimedia producer at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.

Debra Beitch Peoples ’80 (NEW) wrote Hollow State (peoplesbooks.us), a political suspense novel chronicling four generations of an American family, from the Great Depression to the future of 2025.

S. Scott Rohrer ’80 (A&S/NEW) of Washington, D.C., wrote Jacob Green’s Revolution: Radical Religion and Reform in a Revolutionary Age (Penn State University Press), a biography of the radical Presbyterian minister who was a key figure in New Jersey during the American Revolution. Rohrer is senior copy editor at the National Journal.

Kevin Young ’80 (A&S), an attorney at Tucker Ellis law firm in Cleveland, was recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2015 by Super Lawyers Magazine

Nancy Terzian ’81 (EDU/VPA) of Nashville, Tenn., released Traveling Light, an acoustic music CD featuring 10 original songs (www.nancyterzian.com).

Sandra Madden ’84 (NEW) of Douglas, Mass., published Hearts All Around Us, a collection of photographs and inspirational quotations chronicling her experience recovering from traumatic brain injury and coping with chronic pain. A portion of the book’s proceeds will go to the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts.

Peggy C. Combs ’85 (A&S), the 11th commanding general of the U.S. Army Cadet Command and the 85th commanding general of Fort Knox, was promoted from brigadier general to major general in a ceremony at the Pentagon in December. 

Lisa A. Coppola ’85 (NEW/WSM), L’89 (LAW), partner at Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola in Buffalo, N.Y., received the Volunteer Lawyers Project’s 2014 Immigration Award at the city’s 7th Annual Champions for Justice Bash in November. She was recognized for her efforts as a pro bono attorney who obtained asylum in the United States for an East African family.

Constance Lombardo ’85 (VPA) wrote and illustrated Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Children’s Books), to be published in fall 2015 as the first of a highly illustrated three-book series for middle grade readers. 

Jeff McCormick ’85 (A&S), G’86 (WSM), a venture capitalist and business owner living in Boston, ran for Massachusetts state governor as an independent candidate in the November election. He is a youth sports coach for lacrosse and baseball and a board member for Citi Center for Performing Arts, Boston, and other charities. He and his wife, Christine, have two daughters and a son.

Gini Mandelbaum Warner ’85 (VPA), a clinical nutritionist in Southern California, published The Gluten-Free Edge (www.healthbygini.com). Co-written with Chef Ross Harris, the book contains 200 gluten-free recipes and detailed information about adopting a gluten-free diet.

Rick Fedrizzi G’87 (WSM) of Syracuse is CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, which received the prestigious Champions of the Earth award from the United Nations Environmental Programme. The award recognizes the organization’s service to the planet and outstanding contribution to sustainable building through its LEED green building rating system. 

Jeffrey Haas ’87 (VPA) received the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education’s 2014 Jazz Education Achievement Award in November, recognizing his contributions to the state’s students and teachers in the areas of jazz pedagogy and performance and his efforts to promote the appreciation and study of jazz as an original American art form. He is director of bands at Ridgewood High School and an adjunct professor of jazz pedagogy at Monclair State University. He also coordinated and directed the first ever performance of the Syracuse University Alumni Pep Band at the 2K Sports Classic Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City in November.

Jeanine Santelli ’88 (NUR), chair and professor of nursing at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing at the organization’s conference in Washington, D.C., in October.

Gregory A. Tanner ’88 (WSM) is director of data delivery with Osmose Utilities Services, where he manages project and engineering delivery teams in Syracuse, Buffalo, Boston, and Atlanta. He resides in Atlanta with his wife, Caroline, and their sons, Will and Duncan.

Christine Wagner G’88, G’92 (MAX), a Sister of St. Joseph and co-founder and executive director of St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center in Rochester, N.Y., received the 2014 Farash Prize for Social Entrepreneurship, which recognizes the grassroots efforts of those who work to bring about social change. The center serves more than 2,000 people each year, providing medical, dental, and mental health care for those who are uninsured or under-insured in an eight-county area. It also serves as an educational center to students pursuing nursing or doctoral degrees or licenses in mental health counseling.

Danielle Moen Cummings ’89 (A&S) is chancellor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, the first woman and the first layperson to hold the position in the diocese’s 128-year history.

90s

Helen Drosos Capone ’90 (A&S) is a designer at Rizco Design in Manasquan, N.J., with more than 20 years of combined experience in graphic design, marketing, and creative services.

Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson ’90 (VPA), an artist living in Longwood, Fla., published Painting Paper, a 60-page book featuring full-color photos and step-by-step instructions in painting decorative papers for scrapbooking, art journaling, gift wrap and tissue, place cards, mobiles, and more.

John Robinson ’90 (NEW) of Glenmont, N.Y., is managing partner and CEO at Our Ability, a company owned and operated by people with disabilities to support people with disabilities. He was honored at the White House in October as one of the Disability Employment Champions of Change, which recognizes individuals for their significant contributions in making workplaces more accessible and creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities. 

Ashley Hayes ’91 (A&S/NEW), L’01 (LAW), a litigation practice partner at Hancock Estabrook law firm in Syracuse, was elected to the membership of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, composed of recognized leaders in the legal community.

MaryBeth Weber Vrees ’91 (NEW), director of customer communications and marketing at Pepco Holdings Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based diversified energy company, was named MARCOM Professional of the Year for 2014 by PR News. Vrees was recognized for her leadership, dedication, and use of innovative strategies in playing a key role in the dramatic transformation of the company’s reputation in recent years. 

Julie Friend ’92 (VPA), director of global safety and security for Northwestern University, was honored in November by the Overseas Security Advisory Council, a division of diplomatic security in the U.S. Department of State, for her national leadership in addressing security and safety issues in the world of academia.

Kristen Gomez ’92 (NEW) of Marlborough, Conn., is director of creative services at The Pita Group marketing agency.

David Sweeney ’92 (A&S/NEW) is director of marketing and communications at MIT Technology Review, a global media company based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

Derek Landel ’93 (E&CS) of Ramsey, N.J., and Darren Buck ’94 (VPA) of Boston are co-founders of the Duke Baxter Band, an eight-piece party band specializing in the classic soul music of the ’60s and ’70s that has been going strong for 14 years.

Matt Tryniski G’93 (E&CS) is vice president of the defense and environmental solutions division at SRC Inc., a not-for-profit research and development company in North Syracuse, N.Y.

Anne Tramer Brownlee ’94 (A&S), vice president of corporate communications for Omni Hotels & Resorts based in Dallas, received the Gold Star of PR Award for Corporate Professional of the Year in the 2014 Stars of PR Awards for Outstanding Achievement by Communications Agencies and Professionals by Bulldog Reporter.

Chris Haddad G’94 (ARC) is a partner with the Suyama Peterson Deguchi architectural firm in Seattle.

Karen Sendelbach L’94 (LAW) of Ann Arbor, Mich., celebrates the 20th anniversary of her family’s law firm, Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg. The firm’s seven attorneys have more than 152 years of combined practice experience in family law, estate planning, and non-adversarial methods of dispute resolution. 

Leslie Pankowski ’95 (WSM), director of special projects in the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality, is project director for I Teach NYC, a monthly e-newsletter distributed to 75,000 New York City public school teachers. Dan Kaplan ’01 (NEW) manages the newsletter’s layout and copyediting, and Justin Mathews ’11 (A&S) oversees design and distribution.

Allegra Rustici Bijelic ’96 (NUR) and her husband, Steve Bijelic ’95 (WSM), of Cincinnati, announce the birth of their daughter, Gabriella Roselyn. Allegra is a cardiac rhythm disease management clinical specialist at Medtronic, and Steve is a financial accounting advisory services senior manager at Ernst & Young. 

Sarah Glover ’96 (A&S/NEW) is social media editor at NBC-owned television stations. Based in New York City, she collaborates with and oversees the social media strategies for 11 stations across the country.

Amy Norway Hoyte ’96 (A&S) is executive director of Rebuilding Together South Sound in Tacoma, Wash., a nonprofit organization that brings together volunteers and communities to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners. She was named to the Business Examiner Media Group’s 2014 “40 Under Forty” list.

John Wallace ’96 (A&S), former SU men’s basketball letterwinner and retired NBA player, was one of many New York area athletes, entertainers, and executives to participate in the sixth annual TopSpin Charity celebrity ping pong tournament in Manhattan in December, helping to raise more than $1.5 million to empower youth through educational organizations. 

Ellen Callaway ’97 (VPA), a professional food and product photographer living in Arlington, Mass., created a personal photo project, Glamorizing Recycling, to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and reusing waste. She volunteers with the Arlington Recycling Committee to learn about the town’s waste disposal regulations as part of the project, in which she mixes textures, colors, and a variety of waste materials to portray trash in visually appealing ways (callawayphoto.com). 

Wanda Dann G’97 (E&CS), a senior systems scientist and director of the Alice Project at Carnegie Mellon University, received the Alumni Achievement Award from Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, W. Va., in October.

Sarah Layden ’97 (NEW) wrote Trip Through Your Wires (Engine Books), her debut novel. She teaches writing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Edward Goldis ’98 (A&S) is a partner with Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig law firm in Philadelphia, where he focuses his practice in the fields of auto defects and crashworthiness, product liability, construction and workplace accidents, and medical malpractice.

Rob LaPlante ’98 (NEW/WSM) is executive vice president of Burbank, California-based Lighthearted Entertainment, which produces VH1’s Dating Naked and Bye Felicia! and MTV’s Are You the One?

Rachel Marcoccia ’98 (WSM) is counsel at Reed Smith law firm in New York City.

Gordon Sinclair ’98 (A&S) founded Saratoga Springs Capital, an exclusive commercial real estate financing and advisory firm that assists commercial property owners and developers throughout North America.

Paul R. Gittens ’99 (A&S) is a board certified urologist and the director of Vitevity Health in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., a medical center dedicated exclusively to male and female sexual dysfunction, hormone replacement therapy, and male infertility. He is also a faculty member in the urology and ob-gyn department at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

Eileen Vitelli ’99 (VPA) is an interior designer with Studio3877, a Washington, D.C.-based architecture and design firm, where she designs interiors and helps streamline the spec-writing process for the company’s growing roster of hospitality projects.

00s

Marc Ben-Ami ’00 (WSM) of Rutherford, N.J., is director of forensic accounting at Botwinick & Company, where he also provides commercial insurance claim consulting and audit and tax services. A frequent guest lecturer at SU and other institutions on the topic of fraud investigations and forensic accounting, he also chairs the Syracuse University Accounting Alumni Council. 

Vincent Panzanella ’01, G’02 (NEW) is vice president of marketing and communications at Sean John fashion lifestyle company in New York City.

M. Louis Robinson III ’01 (VPA) of New York City, a doctoral candidate within the department of organization and leadership at Columbia University, is a fellow with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans under the Obama administration.

Susan DeMar ’02 (A&S) received a Mayor’s Citation for Community Service in Las Cruces, N.M., in October. She was recognized for her work with the New Mexico State University Women’s Club, among many other community outreach activities.

Douglas Guiffrida ’02 (EDU), a faculty member at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education, wrote Constructive Clinical Supervision in Counseling and Psychotherapy (Routledge). The book articulates a novel approach to clinical supervision that integrates constructivist ideas of human growth and change with several diverse theories of psychotherapy.

Eric Reed G’02 (MAX), history professor at Western Kentucky University, wrote Selling the Yellow Jersey: The Tour de France in the Global Era (University of Chicago Press), which places the history of the famous bicycle race in a global context.

Christina Pachucki Lindeman ’03 (NEW) and Jesse Lindeman ’03, G’04 (IST) announce the birth of Theodore David, who joins sister Allie. They live in Northern California, where Christy is a business analyst at CBS Interactive and Jesse is the vice president of product at MobileIron Inc.

Catherine Macris L’03 (LAW) is a partner with Fragomen Worldwide in New York City, providing counsel on all aspects of corporate immigration.

Philip Mancini G’03 (WSM), G’04 (MAX) is performance management program director for the U.S. Department of Human Resources in Washington, D.C.

Hadi Seyed-Ali ’03 (A&S) is the managing foreclosure and compliance attorney at the Law Offices of Les Zieve in Southern California.

Stacey Meneilly ’04 (FALK) married Rick Messé ’07 (WSM). Stacey is a registered dietitian for pediatric gastroenterology of SUNY Upstate Medical University. Rick is a solutions workflow consultant designing software and IT solutions at Ricoh USA. They reside in Syracuse.

Rochelle Coleman ’05 (A&S) is the founder of Rochelle Athletic Consulting/RAC Basketball, a basketball and life skills training company offering individual training, clinics, and camps for youth in the Washington, D.C., area. She recently conducted a basketball clinic for the U.S. Department of State Sports United Program, which uses sports as a foundation for building relationships among youth from different countries. A women’s basketball letterwinner while at Syracuse and former European professional player, Coleman is also head varsity girls basketball coach at Paint Branch High School in Maryland, her alma mater.

London Ladd ’06 (VPA), an artist and teacher living in Syracuse, illustrated Lend a Hand (Lee & Low Books), a children’s book written by John Frank that features 14 poems about young people participating in acts of kindness and volunteerism.

Lisa Mara ’08 (NEW) is founder and executive director of DanceWorks, a post-grad performance outlet for advanced and technically trained dancers who want to continue choreographing and performing after college and into their adult lives. The company, which grew from Mara’s experience at Syracuse with the student-run DanceWorks organization, has more than 150 performers at its Boston location and an additional 100 in New York City, many of them SU alumni.

10s

Darien Clark ’10 (A&S) is director of campus ministry at Christ Church Newman Center in St. Cloud, Minn., serving St. Cloud University. He earned an M.A. degree in religious education from Fordham University in May 2014.

Jenna Kristal ’10 (A&S) is an associate with Locks Law Firm in Philadelphia, focusing on asbestos exposure, pharmaceuticals, toxic torts, and other personal injury matters.

Sugam Langer L’10 (LAW), an attorney in Albany, N.Y., successfully completed the TCS New York City Marathon in November in just under five hours. She participated as a representative of the USTA (United States Tennis Association) Foundation, raising money for the Capital Region’s 15-LOVE Program. Langer serves on the board of directors for the youth tennis education program, which was instrumental in her own development as an athlete.

Catherine LaPointe ’10 (VPA), an illustrator and designer, received a New York State grant to promote arts in the community. She is gathering community input and photos to inspire a series of paintings of northern New York State, which will be exhibited at TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) in Canton, N.Y., in May.

Matthew Watson ’10 (FALK) earned a J.D. degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law and passed the Mississippi bar exam. He is an associate attorney at Glover, Young, Hammack, Walton & Simmons in Meridian, Miss.

Christopher Brunt G’11 (A&S) is a fiction writer and poet whose work appears in Drunken Boat, Bat City Review, Ovenbird Poetry, and other publications. His short story “Next Year in Juarez” appeared in the Winter 2014-15 issue of Ploughshares literary magazine. He is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Houston Honors College and is at work on a novel.

Camille Diamond ’11 (A&S), G’14 (FALK), Catiria Vasquez ’11 (A&S), and Derick Odei ’13 (A&S) are members of the Children’s Corps, a New York City-based nonprofit organization that recruits and trains highly skilled and dedicated college graduates and professionals to serve for two years in the city’s child welfare agencies.

Jeremy McKenzie G’12 (MAX) was promoted to lieutenant commander in the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Megan Threats G’13 (IST) received scholarships from Technical.ly to attend the Forbes Under 30 Summit and the Technical.ly Rise Conference in Philadelphia in October. She founded DigITal Girls, a nonprofit organization committed to helping women and girls secure academic enrollment, internships, and careers in IT-related fields.

Leanne Albro ’14 (FALK) of Homer, N.Y. was inducted into a 10-month term of service in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an Americorps program, in November. The NCCC supports disaster relief efforts, the environment, infrastructure improvement, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. As a corps member, Albro will complete a series of service projects as part of a 10- to 12-person team.

Joseph M. Hanna G’14 (MAX) received the 2014 Legal Service Award from the Minority Bar Association of Western New York (MBAWNY). A partner at the Goldberg Segalla law firm in Buffalo, Hanna chairs the firm’s diversity task force and its sports and entertainment practice group. He serves as president of the MBAWNY Foundation and has been recognized regionally, statewide, and nationally for his innovative efforts to increase diversity in the legal and business communities. He is also founder and president of Bunkers in Baghdad Inc., a nonprofit organization that collects and ships new and used golf equipment for recreational purposes to U.S. troops in 30 countries. 

Sara F. Pupparo L’14 (LAW) is an associate attorney at Harter Secrest & Emery in the firm’s Rochester (N.Y.) office, where she represents clients in residential and commercial real estate matters.