Syracuse University Magazine

Class Notes


Jerry Leider ’53 (SDA) is a film and television producer and CEO of the Jerry Leider Company Inc., an international production and distribution company based in Los Angeles. He is co-producer with actor Wendell Pierce of the racial drama Billy, a film adaptation of the Albert French novel about a 10-year-old Mississippi boy who was convicted and executed for murder in 1937.

Ronald L. Goldfarb ’54 (A&S), L’56 (LAW) of Alexandria, Va., and Key Biscayne, Fla., wrote his first novel, Courtship: A Novel of Life, Love, and the Law (Ankerwycke/American Bar Association), under the pseudonym R.L. Sommer. The book is an epic love story spanning 60 years and three continents. An attorney, author, and literary agent, he has written 11 books and 300 articles as well as numerous op-eds and reviews.

Carol Hoffman Cook ’56 (NUR) is a retired psychiatric nurse practitioner living in San Diego.


Lila Larimore Anastas ’62 (NUR) of Albuquerque, N.M., is president of the Hurliman Scholarship Foundation, which awards college scholarships to high school students in southern Colorado.

Sanford Sternlicht G’62 (A&S), professor emeritus of English at SU, wrote August Wilson’s Twentieth-Century Cycle Plays: A Reader’s Companion (Texas Tech University Press). Described as a “short literary guide” to the iconic playwright, the book is written with teachers, theater professionals, and audiences in mind. He has published 32 books, including two poetry volumes and books on dramatic literature, literary biography, and military history. A former actor, he has also directed many plays.

Harry M. Bobonich G’64 (A&S), retired dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, published his seventh book, Gone, Just Gone: Thirteen Baffling Disappearances (CreateSpace). Co-written with his son, Chris Bobonich, the book is a collection of stories exploring true cases of people who have mysteriously vanished.  

Nancy DiPace Pfau ’64 (A&S) wrote Sharon and Sharon Springs, part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. A retired teacher, Pfau is the town historian for Sharon and the village of Sharon Springs, N.Y. The book features some 200 vintage photographs from the Sharon Historical Society and the private collections of local residents.

Larry Bashe ’66 (A&S), G’68 (MAX), who retired as managing director in the public finance department of the Raymond James investment bank in May 2014, received the Eagle Award from the New Jersey Alliance for Action. The award recognizes his contributions to the quality of life of New Jersey residents through designing low-cost financing techniques to fund public infrastructure improvements.

John Hall ’66 (A&S) of Cazenovia, N.Y., is a flugelhornist with the JT Hall Jazzz Consort, a jazz and blues band that has performed widely in Central New York since 1999. The group released its debut CD, Rain After Midnight, which features six compositions by Hall.

Eric Mower ’66 (A&S), G’68 (NEW), chairman and CEO of Eric Mower + Associates marketing and public relations agency, received the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Sustainability, Corporate Volunteerism and Business Ethics award from City & State Reports magazine in April.

Roland C. Van Deusen ’67 (A&S), G’75 (SWK), a U.S. Navy veteran and member of the group North Country Veterans for Peace, was featured in the article “Veterans for Peace” and on the front page of the Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times, recognizing his “Honor the warriors, not the wars” demonstration during a rally and listening session at the Fort Drum Army base in March.   

Eugene C. Ayres ’68 (A&S), an award-winning novelist, journalist, columnist, critic, and film and television writer and producer, wrote Red Tide (Booktrope Editions), part of a series featuring environmentalist and private investigator Tony Lowell. He divides his time between Florida, where the series is set, and the Pacific Northwest.

Eileen Bernstein Douglas Israel ’68 (A&S) is co-founder of Douglas/Steinman Productions, an independent production company in New York City, which released its third full-length documentary on DVD in May. Titled The Dance Goodbye (First Run Features), the film chronicles the career transition of retired New York City Ballet principal dancer Merrill Ashley.

Sam Kafrissen ’68 (A&S) of Arlington, Mass., wrote The Mill Town (IDBP Industries), a mystery novel set in Rhode Island in 1958, the first in a series featuring private investigator Hugh Doherty.

Douglas Brode G’69 (A&S) wrote Sex, Drugs, and Rock ’n’ Roll: The Evolution of an American Youth Culture (Peter Lang Publishing), an exploration of the cultural, political, and social revolution that took place in the United States between 1955 and 1970.

Bruce Chadwick ’69 (NEW) is the entertainment critic for the History News Network, a website for history lovers that draws some 400,000 readers each month. He reviews and writes columns about plays, films, and cultural events related to history. A journalism and history professor at New Jersey City University and a lecturer in American studies at Rutgers, he has written 29 books, most about history, and is at work on one about life in New York City immediately preceding the Civil War.

Anton Gotlieb ’69 (A&S) is dean and professor of dental medicine at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, in Bradenton, Fla.


Linda L. Day G’70 (MAX) published This House is Just Right: A Design Guide to Choosing a Home and Neighborhood (CreateSpace). Illustrated by R. Thomas Jones, the book offers home buyers a process of self-discovery to help them make good choices. A retired professor of city and regional planning with California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Day is now a contributing faculty member in the graduate public policy and administration programs at Walden University.

Edward F.D. Spencer G’70 (EDU), vice president emeritus for student affairs at Virginia Tech, received the 2015 Alumni Award of Distinction from the North-American Interfraternity Conference for his lifelong service to the educational mission of fraternities as a member of the Journey chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Augustine F. Ubaldi ’70 (E&CS), an airport and railroad engineering expert at Robson Forensic based in Dublin, Ohio, was interviewed by several media outlets as an expert witness regarding the fatal train crash on February 3 in Valhalla, N.Y., including The New York Times and CNN.

Roslyn A. Mazer ’71 (A&S) is the inspector general at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.

Robert Pratt ’71 (SDA), a retired U.S. Army colonel, portrayed one of his ancestors, complete with period uniform, in the Grand Review Parade in Washington, D.C., in May, an event commemorating the 150th anniversary of the triumphal march of federal troops at the end of the Civil War in 1865.  

Susan Duprey ’72 (A&S) is of counsel at Bernstein Shur Counselors at Law in the firm’s real estate and municipal law practice groups in Manchester, N.H.

Patrick Ahearn G’73 (ARC), founding principal of Patrick Ahearn Architect with offices in Boston and Martha’s Vineyard, was named to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows, an honor awarded to AIA members who have made significant contributions to the profession and society. A Syracuse Architecture Advisory Board member, he established the Patrick J. Ahearn Endowed Scholarship in 2009 and a Special Initiatives Fund in 2014.  

Mary Schmidt Campbell G’73 (A&S), G’80 (VPA), G’82 (A&S), dean emerita of the Tisch School of the Arts and former university professor in the Department of Art and Public Policy at New York University, assumes the role of president at Spelman College in Atlanta in August.

Louis P. DiLorenzo ’73 (A&S), an attorney with Bond, Schoeneck & King in the firm’s New York City office, is included in Chambers USA 2015, a guide that lists, ranks, and provides commentary on the top lawyers in 175 countries.

Robert Heller ’73 (EDU) is a middle school social studies teacher in Somers, N.Y., where he has taught for 40 years. He was inducted into the Somers Education Foundation Hall of Fame for his years of service to his students as well as his colleagues as an officer in the Somers Faculty Association.

Ellen A. Roth G’74 (VPA) is co-founder and executive recruiter at Getting to the Point Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in helping corporations attract highly sought executive talent to Pittsburgh. She wrote Ten Fingers Touching (Getting to the Point Inc.), an illustrated fable of romance, mystery, and adventure.

Paul Leuzzi ’75 (ESF) is vice president, assistant general counsel, and chief compliance officer at the Weyerhaeuser Company in Federal Way, Wash. He is active in his community as a director on the boards of the Eastside Human Services Forum and the Seattle IP Inn of Court, and serves on the Community Building Committee of United Way of King County.

Blaine Harden ’76 (NEW) wrote The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom (Viking). Harden also wrote Escape from Camp 14 (Penguin, 2013), The New York Times bestseller about the only known person born inside a North Korean prison camp to have escaped. He resides in Seattle. 

Harry Weller ’76 (A&S/NEW), senior assistant with the Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney’s Office, received the University of Connecticut School of Law Alumni Association 2014 Public Service Award.

Bob Costantini ’78 (NEW) is the White House correspondent at Westwood One News radio in Washington, D.C.

Gerard Martin ’78 (A&S), a pediatric cardiologist and senior vice president of the Center for Heart, Lung, and Kidney Disease at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., received the Distinguished Fellowship Award from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). He was recognized for being a dedicated champion of the ACC’s goal to improve clinical outcomes in cardiovascular care.

Deborah Raines ’78 (NUR) received the 2015 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Scholarship from the University of Buffalo School of Nursing in May.

James Naughton ’79 (A&S/NEW), G’82 (A&S), former canon for communications and advancement for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (D.C.) and founder and retired editor of the Episcopal Café online magazine, received the House of Deputies medal honoring him for service to the Episcopal church at the Diocese of Washington’s annual convention in January.

Joel J. Reinfeld L’79 (LAW), an attorney in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., wrote “FROs [Final Restraining Orders] in NJ: Nothing Lasts Forever, or Does It?” an article published in the New Jersey Law Journal in December.

Mark Roberts ’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 musician Maura Kennedy.

David Rockwell ’79 (ARC), founder of the New York City-based Rockwell Group architecture and design practice and a member of the Syracuse Architecture Advisory Board, was named to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows, an honor awarded to AIA members who have made significant contributions to the profession and society.


Katherine R. Allen G’80, G’84 (FALK), professor of human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, received the 2015 Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Academic Advising.

JoEllen Kwiatek ’80 (A&S) of West Valley, N.Y., published her second book of poems, Study for Necessity (University of Iowa Press), winner of the 2014 Iowa Poetry Prize.

Douglas G. Phelps ’81 (A&S) is president of Phelps Construction Group, headquartered in Boonton, N.J. Jeffrey S. Rainforth ’97 (ESF) is vice president, and Frank R. Salerno ’81 (A&S) is a partner at the firm, which in May completed a project for the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation Inc. to build expanded galleries for the Peopling of America Center at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration in New York Harbor.

Keat Tan ’81 (ARC), a principal and director of design at gkkworks company based in Colorado, was named to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows, an honor awarded to AIA members who have made significant contributions to the profession and society.

Elie-Antoine Atallah ’82 (ARC), principal of the Studio of Metropolitan Design, and his wife, Maureen Ward ’83 (ARC), senior director of facilities planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, are modernist architects who designed their own home in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood.

Richard Finkel ’82 (NEW) is a member of the law firm at Bond Schoeneck & King in Garden City, N.Y., with extensive experience in the areas of municipal law, land use and zoning, litigation, and labor and employment matters.

Elizabeth J. Rosenthal ’82 (NEW) wrote Birdwatcher: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson (Lyons Press). Originally published in 2008 and released in paperback and e-book in June, the book chronicles the accomplishments of one of the 20th century’s foremost environmentalists and naturalists. 

Robert Gay G’83 (MAX), a sociology professor at Connecticut College, wrote Bruno: Conversations with a Brazilian Drug Dealer (Duke University Press), based on extensive interviews with a former leader of one of Brazil’s most powerful organized crime factions.

A. Stevens Krug ’83 (ARC), an architect in West Chester, Pa., is chair of the Climate Change Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Ronald Leibman G’83 (WSM) of Glen Rock, N.J., is a partner at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti and co-chair of the law firm’s transportation and logistics group. He serves on the advisory board for the H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management in the Whitman School of Management.

Richard Granoff ’84 (ARC) is president of Granoff Architects in Greenwich, Conn. The design firm celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Jed Buck ’85 (NEW/WSM), owner and director of Meadowbrook Day Camp in Long Valley, N.J., received the American Camp Association’s National Service Award. 

Janice Convery ’85 (A&S/NEW) of Albuquerque, N.M., wrote Dogs in the Sun: A Tropical Odyssey (CreateSpace, 2014), a novel inspired by her experiences living in Haiti, Los Angeles, and Mexico.   

James R. Lorraine ’85 (NUR) is a U.S. Air Force major and president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership, a nonprofit military and veterans services organization based in Augusta, Ga. He was selected as one of 60 scholars comprising the inaugural class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a leadership development initiative that draws upon the resources of the U.S. presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.

Katherine Magon ’85 (VPA) and Russell Danwin ’78 (E&CS) are pilots with American Airlines who crewed together flying a 767 from England to Chicago in March. Magon is a first officer, and Danwin is a captain with the airline. 

Margaret Griffin ’86 (ARC), a co-founder and principal of the Los Angeles-based Griffin Enright Architects and a member of the Syracuse Architecture Advisory Board, was named to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows, an honor awarded to AIA members who have made significant contributions to the profession and society.

Tricia McLaughlin ’86 (A&S/NEW), a New York City-based artist, created Slideways (R&R Games Inc.), a fast-paced tic-tac-toe puzzle game of logic and skill for ages 8 and up.

Renard Barnes ’87 (E&CS) is general counsel at AJS Shared Services, an entity that provides legal, financial, and executive managerial support to the New Jersey-based Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor architectural and engineering firm.

Mary Ann Hopkins ’87, G’89 (E&CS) of Washington, D.C., is president of the government services unit at Parsons, an engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm. She was selected to the 2014-15 Wash100, a group of private and public sector leaders chosen by Executive Mosaic’s organizational and editorial leadership as the most influential voices in the government contracting sector and recognized for their ability to drive vision, innovation, and achievement.   

Bill Roth ’87 (NEW), longtime Virginia Tech athletics radio play-by-play broadcaster known as the “Voice of the Hokies,” accepted a new position as announcer for UCLA football and men’s basketball in April.

Shari Simmans-Bolouri ’87 (A&S) is vice president, marketing and events, at the Alexandria (Va.) Chamber of Commerce.

Jeffry Comanici ’88 (WSM), former assistant dean for advancement at the College of Visual and Performing Arts, is director of philanthropy at Crouse Health Foundation in Syracuse. A graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse, he has been active in local community organizations, including Oakwood Cemetery, DeWitt Community Church, Susan G. Komen Central New York, Vera House Foundation, and the Consortium for Children’s Services.

John DiDonna ’88 (VPA) is program chair and artistic director of theater at Valencia College in Orlando, Fla. He is the creator/director of Phantasmagoria Orlando, a critically acclaimed Victorian storytelling troupe and “horror circus” that features dance, puppetry, explosive stage combat, and live music, now celebrating its sixth year.  

Eric Leeb ’88 (VPA), G’89 (NEW) of New York City co-produced ActSense: Ladies First, an evening of one-act plays featuring three actresses from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The plays were presented at the Bridge Theatre at Shelter Studios in Manhattan in July to benefit Abrigando Sueños (Harboring Dreams), an initiative in Argentina that aims to supply 10,000 people in need with winter kits consisting of blankets and clothing. 

Brian A. Caswell G’89 (WSM), a partner with Caswell & Associates Certified Public Accountants in Phoenix, N.Y., was re-elected to the International Ethics Standards Board of Accountants for a second two-year term. He is one of the board’s 18 voting members and the only member from the United States.

Daniel B. Heukrath ’89 (ARC) is practice leader, architecture at N.K. Bhandari Architecture and Engineering firm in Syracuse.

John Beaton Hill ’89 (VPA) is writer and director of The Wolves of Savin Hill, a crime-thriller that won the Chris Brinker Award for Most Outstanding First Feature Film at the 2014 San Diego Film Festival. David Cooley ’90 (VPA) stars in the film.

Lawrence Swiader ’89 (NEW), G’93 (EDU) is senior director of digital media at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy in Washington, D.C.. He leads the Bedsider program, a digital intervention in reproductive health directed to women ages 18 to 29 that provides comprehensive information and resources related to birth control. 


Doug Brunk G’90 (NEW) of San Diego wrote Wildcat Memories: Inside Stories from Kentucky Basketball Greats (University Press of Kentucky, 2014), a collection of first-person essays from 32 former coaches and players.

Scott Erdy G’90 (ARC), a founding partner and lead designer at Erdy McHenry Architecture in Philadelphia who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, was named to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows, an honor awarded to AIA members who have made significant contributions to the profession and society.

Michael Lawton ’90 (VPA) is creative director at Fortune magazine in New York City.

Joseph Nelson ’90 (A&S) is senior credit officer at TD Bank in Hartford, Conn.

Allison Slater Ofanansky ’90 (NEW) received the 2014 National Jewish Book Council award in the illustrated children’s book category for The Patchwork Torah (KarBen/Lerner, 2014). Her book New Month, New Moon (KarBen, 2014) is the fifth in her Nature in Israel series, with a sixth scheduled for publication in 2017.

Lee Wybranski ’90 (VPA), owner and creative director at Lee Wybranski Art & Design in Flagstaff, Ariz., has painted the official commemorative poster for the United States Golf Association’s U.S. Open every year since 2008.

Craig Enger ’91 (NEW) of Rockville, Md., co-wrote and co-edited America Speaks: Great Writings and Speeches That Forged a Nation (Hobo Publishing, 2014) with his father, Norman Enger. 

Joshua Zinder ’91 (ARC) is principal and founder of JZA+D, a Princeton, N.J.-based design firm that received the Architectural Firm of the Year 2014 service award from the American Institute of Architects New Jersey (AIA-NJ) in January. Zinder received the AIA-NJ Architect of the Year service award in 2013. Staff members at the firm include Mark Sullivan ’91, G’93 (ARC), Ben Grace G’10 (ARC), and Megan Pritts ’12 (ARC). 

Erica Berman ’92 (NEW) is creator, manager, and owner of Haven in Paris, a luxury vacation rental agency with properties in England, France, and Italy, and maintains the Hip Paris blog.

Eugene McCabe ’92 (E&CS) retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of active duty. He is the manager of the Engineering Support and Plan Review section of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation in Anchorage, where he oversees a group of civil and environmental engineers who develop and review technical standards and review wastewater system designs statewide.

James Morris ’92 (A&S/NEW) wrote What Lies Within (Kindle Press), a young adult thriller. A former television writer who now works in digital media, he lives with his wife and dog in Los Angeles.

Alana Suko ’92 (NEW) is executive director at Hornercom public relations and marketing communications agency in Harleysville, Pa.

Sergio Castiglione G’93 (ARC) of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a photographer specializing in architecture and urbanism. He will present an exhibition of his work in New York City at the art gallery at the Consulate General and Promotion Center of Argentina in New York in September.

Eric Grode ’93 (NEW), a critic, author, teacher, and digital journalist, is the new director of the Newhouse School’s Goldring Arts Journalism Program. He has written about the theater and the arts for such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and New York magazine. His second book, The Big Book of Broadway: 150 Definitive Plays and Musicals (Voyageur Press), is forthcoming this summer.

Greg Sankey G’93 (EDU), a longtime associate commissioner in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), was named the league’s eighth commissioner in March by the presidents and chancellors of the SEC. He and his wife, Cathy, reside in Birmingham, Ala., and have two daughters.

Michelle Sures Rath G’94 (EDU) is a high school counselor at American School of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Rosiland Rollins ’94 (E&CS) is a patent agent at Roylance, Abrams, Berdo & Goodman, an intellectual property law firm based in Washington, D.C.

Winston C. Fisher ’96 (A&S), SU Trustee and a partner in the Manhattan-based Fisher Brothers real estate firm, rode with Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes in the annual Race Across America in June, raising nearly $550,000 to help treat wounded military heroes suffering from traumatic brain injury.  

Rachel Mazur G’96 (MAX), a wildlife biologist at Sequoia National Park in Three Rivers, Calif., and a recognized expert in black bear ecology and management, wrote Speaking of Bears: The Bear Crisis and a Tale of Rewilding from Yosemite, Sequoia, and Other National Parks (Falcon Guides).

Dawn Hughes Sangley ’96 (ARC) is an associate principal at PLDA Inc., a Baltimore-based commercial interior design firm.

William F. Gramer ’97 (A&S) is an attorney with Devine Millimet law firm in Manchester, N.H.

Edward S. Goldis ’98 (A&S), a partner with Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig law firm in Philadelphia, was listed as a 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Philadelphia magazine.

Wanda Lotus McCrae G’98 (E&CS) is one of the inaugural artists whose black-and-white street photography was selected for exhibition by Rush Street Gallery, a digital exhibition of contemporary artistic photography. Her photography was also accepted for inclusion in Colors of Humanity’s February show, Red.

Jennifer Carnahan ’99 (NEW), a business executive who formerly held positions at such Fortune 500 companies as General Mills and McDonald’s, owns Primrose Park, a women’s clothing boutique—designed by Kristen McCory ’96 (VPA)—that opened in northeast Minneapolis in October. Also a yoga teacher, Carnahan is president of the SU Alumni Club in the Twin Cities.

Scott M. Cohn ’99 (NEW), cofounder of the New York City-based creative agency Night Agency, wrote Daddy Sat on a Duck (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), a funny and heartwarming children’s book that offers up a salute to real-life dads everywhere and is crafted with contemporary parents in mind. A second book, Daddy Said a Word I Never Heard, will be released in November.


Marcia Fields ’00 (NEW) co-wrote, co-produced, and co-directed the comedic short film Moving On with her husband, Mike Spear. The film premiered at the 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February and was selected for the NoHo Cine Fest in North Hollywood in April and the New Hope Film Festival in Bucks County, Pa., in July.

Kristen Duda ’01 (VPA) is an event and fundraising specialist at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York, which operates a year-round home away from home for families whose children are hospitalized with serious illnesses or injuries.

Sapna Kollali ’01 (A&S/NEW), G’09 (EDU) and her husband, Kevin Tampone ’01 (NEW), announce the birth of their daughter, Jyothi, who joins big sister Leela. They live in Syracuse, where Sapna is a public information officer at Madison-Oneida BOCES and Kevin is a business reporter at Syracuse Media Group.

Theresa Siconolfi ’01 (VPA) is a production manager at SKM Group marketing agency in Depew, N.Y.

Kelly Nelson ’02 (A&S) married Benjamin Schoen in September 2014. They reside in St. Louis, Mo.

Benjamin L. Riemer ’02 (A&S), an associate attorney at Bell Nunnally & Martin law firm in Dallas, was named to the 2015 “Texas Rising Stars” list published by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters publication and ratings service.

Neil J. Smith ’02 (NEW) is a partner at Mackenzie Hughes law firm in Syracuse.

Emilie Cole ’03 (A&S/NEW) is director of communications at Asana, a software startup focused on team productivity. She resides in San Francisco.

Ritu Kaur Cooper L’03 (LAW) is an attorney with Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, a health care law firm in Washington, D.C.

Christopher Ellis ’03 (NEW) and his wife, Kelsey, announce the birth of their son, Everett, in September 2014. Ellis is a development associate at Community Health Center of Cape Cod in Mashpee, Mass., and is director of the Woodlawn Run for a Cause, a 5K race that has raised more than $80,000 for various charities since 2007.

Seth Feldman ’03 (A&S/NEW) partnered with his sister, Brooke Feldman ’11 (VPA), and their father, Edward Feldman ’69 (A&S), to establish Bergen Shakespeare, a New Jersey nonprofit corporation offering Shakespeare in the Park performances in Ridgefield Park, N.J., in July and August. The organization was formed in 2014 with the goal of bringing free theater and arts experiences to the community.

Austin Gerber ’03 (ARC) is project manager at SOSH Architects in Atlantic City, N.J.

Matthew Perl ’03 (A&S) is chief marketing officer at Fix Media in Alexandria, Va.

Jackie Shutack Wong ’03 (NEW) and husband Eugene Wong ’02 (WSM) announce the birth of their daughter, Helena Giselle, in June 2014. 

Whitney M. Kummerow ’04 (NEW is an attorney at Hancock Estabrook law firm in Syracuse. 

Todd B. Rubin ’04 (ARC) is president and minister of evolution at The Republic of Tea in Novato, Calif. He received the Generation Orange Award for philanthropy in 2014, and was also honored as one of North Bay Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2014.

Kathleen Foley Ioanilli ’05 (NEW) and Michael Ioanilli ’03 (WSM) of London, England, announce the birth of their son, William Rowan, in November.

Rebecca L. Tweed ’05 (A&S), a political consultant in Portland, Ore., was profiled in the March issue of Portland Monthly Magazine as one of the state’s most influential women.

Aaron Meyerson ’06 (A&S) is director of business operations at WiredScore in New York City. The company provides a standardized rating system to identify, evaluate, and certify commercial buildings with the fastest, most reliable Internet connections.

Michael Speronza ’06 (ARC) is an associate at MDSzerbaty+Associates Architecture in New York City.

Ryan W. York ’06 (WSM) is chief executive officer of Confidential Planning I at Pinnacle Holding Company in Syracuse. He serves on the board of directors for the SU Alumni Club of Central New York and the Arc of Onondaga Foundation.

Alana Edmunds ’08 (IST) married George S. Smith Jr. in October. They reside in New York City, where she leads mobile products for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

Emilee Lawson Hatch L’08 (LAW), an attorney at Bousquet Holstein law firm in Syracuse, received the 2015 New York State Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the 5th Judicial District in May. She was nominated for the award by the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County Inc. for the volunteer legal services she provides in the community, including her work with Upstate University Hospital’s social work department.

Arley Sochocky ’08 (VPA), interior design studio manager at SOSH Architects, was recognized as one of Atlantic City Weekly’s “Top 40 Under 40.” She also completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program at Grace and Glory Yoga in Northfield, N.J.

Will Elkins G’09 (NEW) is the communications and social media manager at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

Katie Gibas ’09 (NEW), weekend anchor for Time Warner Cable News in Buffalo and host of a national monthly health show for Time Warner, received two awards from the Syracuse Press Club in May for her work with Time Warner Cable News Central New York: first place for television investigative story and second place for television news feature. 

Leigh Paynter G’09 (NEW) married German Martinez G’09 (NEW) in San Francisco. Leigh is a reporter at CBS KOVR-TV, and German is a marketing strategist for a Bay Area tech startup.


Andrew Graham ’11 (NEW) is senior talent manager at Big Frame, a leading media company in the YouTube entertainment space, managing individuals with large digital followings and building businesses in conjunction with them.

Geoff Campbell G’13 (NEW) is digital and social media specialist at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, Pa. 

Nate Haddad ’13 (A&S) is an AmeriCorps volunteer serving at the Thomas J. Kenny Elementary School in Dorchester, Mass., and a program coordinator at Playworks, a nonprofit organization that promotes healthy play and provides trained recess coaches to low-income schools in major urban areas of the United States. He was named 2015 Rookie of the Year by Playworks for his efforts at the Kenny school, including organizing a Saturday community clean-up event.

Allyssa Kaiser ’13 (NEW), an account executive at MRY, attended the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, in March on behalf of her company, as a result of winning an agency-wide social competition with her photo entry.

Flose Boursiquot ’14 (A&S/NEW) is an associate organizer at PACT (People Acting for Community Together), a Miami-based affiliate of DART (Direct Action and Research Training Center). She was one of 11 individuals selected from a pool of 580 applicants this year by the DART Organizers Institute to be trained as part of a new generation of community organizers.

Chelsea D’Amore ’14 (A&S/NEW) is an account coordinator at Hornercom public relations and marketing communications agency in Harleysville, Pa.