Syracuse University Magazine

Class Notes


Jean Smith Young ’44 (WSM) resides at Asbury Methodist Village, a wellness retirement community in Gaithersburg, Md. She and several other SU alumni who live in the community gathered recently for a luncheon hosted by SU to talk about changes at the University since their time as students. For a photo of the gathering, click here.

Barbara Smith Rivette ’48 (A&S/NEW) received the Good Citizenship Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution in March. She is chair of the Onondaga County Environmental Health Council, a post she has held for more than a decade, and is a member of the Onondaga Lake Watershed Partnership. A researcher, editor, and author who concentrates on environmental and historical topics, she has been recognized with the Local Government Historian Award from the Association of Public Historians of New York State, and with Central New York Planning’s Citizenship Award for a lifetime of environmental activism. She also serves as historian for the Town of Manlius and the villages of Fayetteville and Manlius (N.Y.).  


Shirley C. Samuels ’52, G’57 (EDU) and her husband, Stanley Samuels ’51, G’54, G’58 (A&S), of New York City, celebrated their 65th anniversary in September with their three children and five grandchildren. She is a former education professor and therapist who retired as assistant clinic director at the Center for Preventive Psychiatry in White Plains, N.Y. He retired after serving 40 years as a biochemist and professor at the NYU School of Medicine.  

William Skye ’53 (A&S), G’55 (EDU) retired in 1988 as assistant principal at Watertown (N.Y.) High School, following his career as a teacher, coach, and administrator, and including 30 years (seven of them active) as a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel. Career highlights included being drafted by the New York Giants out of SU and playing briefly for the Green Bay Packers, serving as vice president and state legislative chair for the New York State Retired Teachers Association and as vice president for the Blind and Visually Impaired Association, and being selected Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce and Elks Club in Carthage, N.Y. SU named him a LetterWinner of Distinction in 1992. He was also inducted into the Hall of Fame at North Plainfield (N.J.) High School in 1996.  

Gwen Mahle Romagnoli ’54 (SDA) wrote Learning to be a Widow: Stories of Love, Loss, and Lessons Learned Along the Way (Romagnoli Books), a collection of essays dedicated to the memory of her late husband, Franco Romagnoli. 

Roma Stibravy ’54 (A&S) is founder and president of NGO Sustainability, a nonprofit organization in consultant status with the United Nations for raising awareness and advocacy for sustainable development/renewable energy. The organization also implements projects, including a small-scale solar energy project in Liberia and a potential conversion of Manresa Island in Norwalk, Conn., to solar energy. NGO Sustainability’s Young Members Committee is open to all Syracuse alumni. A Sustainable Clothing Fashion Show fundraiser was held in October in New York City. Co-chairperson for the event was Alexandra Sutherland ’15 (ARC). 

Jimmy “Jazz” Flanigan ’55 (A&S) of Stone Ridge, N.Y., a former business executive and retired U.S. Air Force colonel, is a jazz pianist who has for three decades been performing Olde Memory Lane concert programs for audiences interested in popular and dance music of the 1920s and ’30s, including AARP groups, senior citizens and church groups, and assisted living facilities and elder care centers. 

Edward F. Donohue ’56 (A&S), ’57 (EDU) is retired from a career as a high school and college basketball coach. He was recently elected to his fifth hall of fame recognition, this time at Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He resides in New Port Richey, Fla., with his wife, Ruth, and says, “We like it here but miss the beautiful fall and spring seasons of the Northeast.”


Bill Batcher ’62 (A&S), a retired teacher, wrote Imaginings (CreateSpace), his third book of poetry. 

Howard A. Palley G’63 (MAX), professor emeritus and Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Human Services Policy in the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, edited a special issue of the journal Global Social Welfare titled “International Comparisons of Some Healthcare Delivery Impacts on Vulnerable Populations.” The issue, for which he also wrote a critical introduction, includes articles on health care delivery in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Italy, Spain, China, and Japan. 

Joseph H. Zerbey IV ’65 (A&S) retired as president and general manager of The Toledo Blade newspaper and as vice president of newspaper operations for Block Communications Inc., its parent company, where he will continue as a consultant.

Ernest J. Yanarella ’66 (A&S) taught an urban planning and sustainability course at Shantou University in China this summer. His 11th book, Getting from Here to There? Power, Politics, and Urban Sustainability in North America (BrownWalker Press), was released in June. He is planning to work on his 12th book during his upcoming yearlong sabbatical in China, beginning in July 2017, after completing six years as political science department chair at the University of Kentucky. 

Charles Salzberg ’67 (A&S), a novelist, journalist, and writing instructor, wrote Twist of Fate, one of three crime novellas in a collection titled Triple Shot (Down & Out Books). 

Doug Brode ’69 (A&S) co-edited It’s the Disney Version: Popular Culture and Literary Classics and Debating Disney: Pedagogical Perspectives on Commercial Cinema (Rowman & Littlefield).


James Colasanti Jr. ’71 (VPA) wrote an article published online by the Greensboro, N.C., News & Record about his unplanned 1969 road trip to Woodstock as an SU student. He is recently retired from Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Also a past president of the Animal Rescue & Foster Program of Greensboro, he has six rescue dogs and has received four Maxwell Medallions from the Dog Writers Association of America for excellence in writing. 

Mindy Fried ’72 (A&S/SWK), G’75 (SWK), a sociologist and principal of Arbor Consulting Partners in Boston, wrote Caring for Red: A Daughter’s Memoir (Vanderbilt University Press), about caring for her 97-year-old father, Manny Fried, in the final year of his life. 

James T. Scarnati G’72, G’73 (EDU) of Henrietta, N.Y., wrote Only Until I Need Glasses: The Extraordinary Life and Adventures of Jimmy DeAngelo (Dog Ear Publishing), a lighthearted coming-of-age novel set in a small rural town in the 1950s. He is a retired superintendent of schools and U.S. Army lieutenant colonel.

Linda Troeller G’72 (NEW), G’75 (VPA), an internationally renowned art photographer, was on assignment in Bad Schandau, Germany, in June, photographing creative images for a new five-star hotel.

Peter Weinberger ’72 (A&S), an attorney at Spangenberg Shibley and Liber, was named Best Lawyers’ 2017 Medical Malpractice-Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year in Cleveland and was recognized on the Best Lawyers list in the fields of medical malpractice—plaintiffs and personal injury litigation—plaintiffs. 

Louis P. DiLorenzo ’73 (A&S), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in the firm’s New York City office, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 and is included in the 2016 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business directory. He was also named one of the top 20 practitioners in the area of traditional labor and employment law in a survey published in the June 2016 edition of Human Resource Executive

Deborah S. Derman ’74 (EDU), a grief counselor who has been in private practice for more than 20 years, wrote Colors of Loss and Healing: An Adult Coloring Book for Getting Through Tough Times (CreateSpace), intended to help people with any loss that calls on them to redefine their identity, including illness, divorce, financial ruin, and post-addiction. 

Barry R. Kogut ’74 (A&S), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in the firm’s Syracuse office, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 and in the 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.

Dennis McDonald ’74 (NEW) of Medford, N.J., presented a paper on the Mount Holly and Smithville Bicycle Railroad at the 27th International Cycling and History Conference in New Haven, Conn., in June. 

Herbert L. Byrd Jr. G’75 (E&CS) is president and CEO of MOJA Inc., an information technology and intelligence analysis company in Manassas, Va. He wrote Proclamation 1625: America’s Enslavement of the Irish (FriesenPress).

Thomas A. Jambro G’75 (EDU) is a member of the board of trustees for the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State and a member of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Castellani Art Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Frick Collection in New York City.

Joanne E. Romanow ’75 (FALK), an attorney at Casner & Edwards law firm in Boston, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2017

James Karman G’76 (A&S), professor emeritus of English and comparative religion and humanities at California State University, Chico, wrote The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers, with Selected Letters of Una Jeffers (2015), the final volume in a series of three that also included Robinson Jeffers: Poet and Prophet (2015); and Stones of the Sur: Poetry by Robinson Jeffers, Photographs by Morley Baer (2002), all published by Stanford University Press. His work was recently honored with three awards: the Lawrence Clark Powell Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Robinson Jeffers Association, the Oscar Lewis Award for Western History from the Book Club of California, and the Gold Medal for Notable Contribution to Publishing from the Commonwealth Club. 

Vivian-Lee Nyitray ’76 (A&S) is the associate vice provost and executive director of the University of California Education Abroad Program.

Paul T. Czepiga ’77 (WSM), L’84 (LAW), a principal with CzepigaDalyPope law firm in Berlin, Conn., is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants Advisory Council, representing the trust, estate, and gift taxation interest group as its chair.

Jeff Hoffman ’77 (VPA) is founder of Squashhouse Media, a video production and digital media company based in Marblehead, Mass. Current projects include producing a series of documentary films about Israel’s War of Independence, the first of which is titled 4 Million Bullets: The Untold Fight for Survival.  

Edward F. Klein ’77 (ESF) is a retired family physician and former U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel. He resides in Middletown, N.Y., with his wife, Amy. 

Carol Herman Abram ’78 (VPA) received a blue ribbon at the Milton (Mass.) Art Center First Annual Juried Art Exhibition for Pear Triplets, a piece created in soft pastels. She is also studying oil painting.  

Carmen Harlow ’78 (A&S) wrote My Life in Syracuse: My First 60 years ( A portion of the book’s proceeds go to support the Urban Sports Hall of Fame’s youth, sports, and neighborhood initiatives in Syracuse.  

Martha Hall Kelly ’79 (NEW) wrote Lilac Girls (Ballantine Books, 2016), a New York Times best-selling novel inspired by the true story of Caroline Ferriday, a World War II heroine. 

R. Steven Lewis ’79 (ARC), an architect and advocate for social justice and diversity in the field of architecture, received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2016 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award and was elevated to the AIA’s College of Fellows. Beginning in March, he will serve as Detroit’s urban design director for the Central District, a mayoral appointment.  

Denis Sweeney ’79 (NEW), owner of Sweeney Enterprises marketing and public relationship consulting services in Corning, N.Y., earned designation as an accredited small business consultant from the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants. 


George F. Bellows G’80 (WSM), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in the firm’s Buffalo office, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2017.

Rick Burton ’80 (NEW), the David B. Falk Professor of Sport Management in Falk College, co-wrote Sports Business Unplugged: Leadership Challenges from the World of Sports (Syracuse University Press), a collection of columns. His author royalties for the book will go to a Falk College scholarship. His son, Andrew Burton ’10 (NEW), shot the photo for the book’s cover. 

Edwin J. Kelley Jr. L’81 (LAW), G’81 (WSM), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in the firm’s Syracuse office, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 and in the 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.

Valerie Ann Leeds G’81 (A&S) wrote Paul Moro: A Painter’s Journey (Newington-Cropsey Foundation), an essay exploring the art and life of the Italian-born American artist. The publication accompanied a retrospective exhibition of Moro’s work at the foundation, held this summer in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.

Mark G. Cunningham L’84 (LAW) is a partner at MCIS law firm in Los Angeles. 

Alfredo N. Rivera ’84 (A&S) is chair of the Department of Psychiatry and medical director of geriatric psychiatry at the Medical Center of Aurora (Colo.).

Lamont R. Bailey ’85 (VPA), a managing partner at the Queens-based law firm Bailey & Bailey, was appointed general counsel of the National Bar Association, the country’s oldest and largest national association of predominately African American legal professionals.

Thomas Ferrara ’85, G’90, G’99 (E&CS), G’01 (WSM), director of facilities at the Syracuse City School District, was named Educator of the Year as an administrator by the Syracuse City School District Education Foundation.

Bosco McKinney ’86 (VPA) is an artist residing in Plattsburgh, N.Y., whose pen and ink images have won many awards and are sought after by collectors ( 

Stephanie Goldman ’88 (VPA), president of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and member of the board of Lighthouse International, is a board member with the Parkinson’s Foundation, a New York City-based organization focused on Parkinson’s research, care, education, and advocacy. 

Jane Haseldine ’88 (NEW), a journalist and former crime reporter, wrote The Last Time She Saw Him (Kensington Publishing), a suspense novel about a crime reporter whose son is kidnapped on the 30th anniversary of her brother’s abduction. A second book in the series, Duplicity, is due out in April.  

James Burns ’89 (NEW) completed a 600-mile walk from Philadelphia to Ann Arbor, Mich., this summer, raising funds for a children’s hospital in Philadelphia and the ChadTough Foundation in Ann Arbor, whose mission is to support research and raise awareness for pediatric brain tumors.

Don Vassel ’89 (E&CS) is CEO of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, a mentoring organization that provides empowerment programs for youth living in at-risk environments. 


Lauret Savoy ’90 (A&S) received a 2016 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape (Counterpoint). 

Elizabeth St. Hilaire ’90 (VPA) wrote Painted Paper Art Workshop: Easy and Colorful Collage Paintings (North Light Books). The book offers more than 30 techniques for painting decorative papers, instructions for creating painted paper collages, and a gallery of paper paintings for inspiration (

Brian J. Butler ’91 (A&S), L’96 (LAW), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in the firm’s Syracuse office, was recognized in the 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.

George R. McGuire ’91 (E&CS), L’96 (LAW), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in the firm’s Syracuse office, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 and in the 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.

David Camuzo L’92 (LAW) is director at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s national office in New York City.  

Daniel Martindale ’92 (A&S) is president of the Warren, Washington, and Albany county (N.Y.) chapters of NYSARC Inc., which promotes opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Matthew Kinney ’94 (A&S) is senior counsel at Patriot Energy Group in Burlington, Mass. He is celebrating his fifth anniversary in the legal/regulatory department of the company, which acts as a client-side energy procurement and management consultant for commercial and industrial clients in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest regions. 

Shawn Kolodny ’94 (VPA), a former Manhattan nightclub owner and then tech investor, is a professional artist who is currently artist in residence at the Wynwood Arcade in Miami.   

Todd Wachtel ’94 (A&S), a partner at Levinson Axelrod law firm in Hillsborough, N.J., wrote a chapter in the LexisNexis Practice Guide: New Jersey Workers’ Compensation. He is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a workers’ compensation attorney. He lives in Princeton, N.J., with his wife, son, and daughter.

Ted Meyer ’95 (NEW/WSM) is senior vice president of global public relations and communications at Natixis Global Asset Management, one of the world’s largest asset managers, based in Boston.

Dana Babbin L’96 (LAW) is the founder of Pink Truck Designs, a gender neutral clothing line inspired by her twin daughters, who have a strong affinity for trucks, cars, and tractors. 

John L. Levitow ’96 (NUR) received a doctorate in nursing practice from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., in May. 

Martin A. Schwab L’98 (LAW), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in the firm’s Syracuse office, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2017.

William Warkentin ’98 (A&S), a major in the U.S. Marine Corps, earned a master’s degree in military studies at Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Va., in June. In August, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding service as Fire Support Officer, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, from April 2012 to July 2015.

Hillary Berman ’99 (NEW), founder of Popcorn & Ice Cream, a Washington, D.C.-based marketing consulting firm that focuses on small businesses and startups, wrote Customer, LLC: The Small Business Guide to Customer Engagement and Marketing (Popcorn & Ice Cream).


Bradley C. Freeman G’00, G’05 (NEW), a communication and information studies professor at the American University in Dubai, co-wrote Singapore Radio: Then and Now (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). 

Julie Litzenberger Murphy ’00 (NEW) is partner and senior vice president of the public relations division at Sage Communications in Washington, D.C.

Megan Anne Stull ’00 (A&S/NEW) of Arlington, Va., was named a recipient of the Federal Communication Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award for 2016. She was also elected by her peers to the position of assistant treasurer of the Federal Communication Bar Association.

Takashi Koga G’02 (IST), a librarianship professor at Tenri University in Japan, co-wrote Information Governance in Japan: Towards a New Comparative Paradigm, an e-book published in May. 

Anthony Koschmann G’03 (NEW) earned a Ph.D. degree in marketing at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, and is a marketing professor at Eastern Michigan University. 

Francisco Palao-Ricketts L’03 (LAW) is a partner at DLA Piper law firm in Palo Alto, Calif., where he is an executive compensation attorney with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. 

Andrew Schwab ’03 (A&S) is chief of advocacy at the Alliance of Community Health Plans in Washington, D.C.

Erin Young Villagra ’03 (EDU/VPA) is assistant vice president of learning and development at Peapack-Gladstone Bank, headquartered in Bedminster, N.J. 

Matt Brill ’04 (WSM) and his wife, Amy, of Columbus, Ohio, announce the birth of their daughter, Ruby, who joins big sister Miriam. 

Kathleen McGary Laney ’04 (A&S/NEW), president of Laney Solutions parking industry recruitment firm in Boulder, Colo., was recognized by the National Parking Association as a member of the 2016 40 Under 40 class of young professionals and up-and-coming leaders in the parking industry.

Jessica Wechter ’04 (A&S/NEW) is special assistant to the president at the NEA (National Education Association) Foundation in Washington, D.C., a public charity that supports public school educators and their students. 

Kristy B. Frame ’05 (A&S), L’09 (LAW), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in the firm’s Syracuse office, was recognized in the 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. 

Brenna O’Leary ’06 (NEW) is an account manager at Powerhouse Public Relations in Santa Ana, Calif. 

Todd Wojtowicz L’06 (LAW) and his wife, Jodi, wrote No Chimney? No Problem! (Moon Jump Press, 2015), a children’s holiday book.  

Brian D. Agnew G’07 (WSM) is the vice president of institutional advancement at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J. 

Malcolm J. Merriweather ’07 (EDU/VPA) is the ninth music director of The Dessoff Choirs, one of New York City’s leading choruses, known for pioneering performances of choral works from the pre-Baroque era through the 21st century. 

Michael Nordman ’07 (A&S/NEW) is the community affairs manager at MillerCoors, leading LGBT national and Chicago community partnerships at the Chicago corporate headquarters. 

Meredith Sandacz Riley ’07 (VPA) and Christopher R. Riley ’07 (IST) of Baltimore announce the birth of their daughter, Renner Lee.  

Lindsay Truesdell ’07 (NEW/VPA) is an associate communications specialist with Delaware North, a hospitality and food service management company headquartered in Buffalo.  

Alyza Bohbot ’08 (VPA), CEO of City Girl Coffee in Duluth, Minn., is a member of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance Board of Directors.  

Heather Lupole ’08 (VPA) married Matthew Crespy ’08 (NEW) in September. They reside in Los Angeles, where she is an associate at CO Architects and he is the creative executive director at Weimaraner Republic Pictures, a film/television production company. 

Raquel Santos G’08 (EDU) earned a Ph.D. degree in education at the University of Lisbon in July. She is a faculty member at the Instituto Politécnico de Santarém in Portugal.

Christopher J. Stevens ’08 (A&S), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in the firm’s Albany office, was recognized in the 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

Vin Nucatola ’09 (NEW), a branded video producer with Thrillist Media Group, created a video ad for Smith & Forge hard cider, along with three fellow SU alumni. It features CrossFitGames competitor Kenneth Leverich costumed as an elderly man who astounds bodybuilders and spectators at Southern California’s Muscle Beach by lifting massively heavy weights. The video reached more than 90 million views and was the most watched video on the Internet in July.  


Caitlin Mahoney Crimmins ’10 (EDU) and her husband, John, announce the birth of their daughter, Fiona Catherine, in March 2016. 

Amanda M. Franko ’10 (VPA) is a marketing coordinator at Avison Young commercial real estate services in Morristown, N.J. 

Allyssa Kaiser ’13 (NEW) is an account supervisor at Rokkan digital advertising agency.

Valerie Cramer ’14 (NEW) is a communications specialist in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.