Syracuse University Magazine

Class Notes


Patrick McCarthy ’48 (A&S), a retired automobile franchise owner, and his wife, Patricia, celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary in April. Both also turn 90 this year. They have resided in Oneida, N.Y., for 50 years, and have been honored together with the Roses for the Living award for community service. Also a 50-year member of the Oneida Rotary, McCarthy is an avid SU sports fan. He plays tennis weekly and expects to compete in the 2016 New York State Senior Games in tennis, badminton, and horseshoes.

Sonia Sloan ’49 (A&S), a retired microbiologist who held positions at Temple Medical School and Dupont and then entered the field of fundraising and development, was awarded the state of Delaware’s Order of the First State by Governor Jack Markell and was selected to be inducted into the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame. These honors recognized her considerable volunteer activities, including serving on the founding boards of the Delaware American Civil Liberties Union, Public Allies, Delaware Financial Literacy Institute, and Agenda for Delaware Women, and as a past president and current board member of Planned Parenthood of Delaware.

Herbert M. Sorkin ’49 (A&S) of Clifton, N.J., reports that his “greatest accomplishment, to date, is being here to see and hold” his first great grandchild, Jack Elliot Forman. Sorkin has been writing a blog, The Sorkin Report, since 2012.


Arnold Friedman ’50 (WSM) and his wife, Bette, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in December. He retired in 1992 as editor of the Springfield Republican (Mass.), after a 42-year career as a newspaper journalist. They reside in Louisville, Ky.

Robert H. Bolton ’51 (A&S) and his wife, Dorothy Grover Bolton ’53 (A&S), G’70 (EDU), wrote What Great Trainers Do: The Ultimate Guide to Delivering Engaging and Effective Learning (AMACOM Books, 2015). Retired from Ridge Training, the company they founded in the ’80s to teach managers and trainers the people skills necessary for organizational success, they are at work on their fourth book. Robert’s first book, People Skills (Simon and Schuster), has been in print since 1979. They reside in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Suzanne Raphael Berkson ’53 (VPA) of Evanston, Ill., illustrated The Parakeet Named Dreidel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015), a picture book adaptation of a Hanukkah story written by the late Isaac Bashevis Singer. She is a retired art teacher and working artist. This is her first picture book.

Harold Winer ’54 (A&S) received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lake County (Ill.) Municipal Prosecutors Association for his 50 years of prosecutorial service to the Village of Deerfield, Ill. He is the longest serving prosecutor in Lake County history.

Randy Place ’55 (A&S) of Greenwich, Conn., a career coach and executive management consultant, wrote Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach: How to Find a Job and Manage Your Career While Coping with the Hassles of It All (Place Publishing, 2015).

Edward S. Lisk ’56 (VPA) of Oswego, N.Y., an internationally recognized clinician, conductor, and author, received the National Band Association 2015 Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts Award, recognizing his outstanding contributions to furthering the excellence of bands and band music.  

James L. Worley ’58 (WSM), owner of Pali Kai Inc. real estate agency in Kihei, Hawaii, received the Michael H. Lyons II Palaka Award for exemplary community service from the Rotary Club of Kahului in recognition of his devotion to the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center and several other community organizations.

Robert K. MacLauchlin G’59 (NEW), retired professor of speech communication and director of TV-radio instruction at Colorado State University (CSU), was honored by his former students from many decades back with a surprise alumni breakfast during CSU’s 2015 homecoming weekend.


Marion Behr ’61, G’62 (VPA) is an artist and cancer survivor who compiled, illustrated, and published Surviving Cancer: Our Voices and Choices (WWH Press, 2014). In 2015, the book was awarded the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) Gold Medal in the health/medicine/nutrition category, the President’s Gold Medal for Health & Fitness from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association, and the New Apple Book Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing Medal in the “Specialty Books” category.

Ronald P. Kaminski ’61 (A&S) of Walnut Creek, Calif., wrote Home Sweet Home Handbook (Advanced Publishing, 2015), a resource for anyone buying or selling a home, based on his 28 years of law-related real estate appraisal experience.

Sylvia Mackey ’63 (A&S) launched a campaign with the Concussion Legacy Foundation to raise funds for research and advocacy related to chronic traumatic encephalopathy in honor of her late husband, Pro Football Hall of Famer John Mackey ’63 (A&S), who battled the disease for several years before his death in 2011.

Rachel A. Walker ’63 (A&S), a former Peace Corps volunteer (1963-66), is retired from a career that included work with TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and in federal medical insurance and property management. She continues to manage Walker Farm, her family’s 57-acre ancestral property in Gasport, N.Y., which was protected in 2012 by the Western New York Land Conservancy.   

Arlene Heyman G’65 (A&S), a psychiatrist who lives in New York City, wrote Scary Old Sex (Bloomsbury, 2016), a collection of stories about aging and intimacy. 

James A. Jacobs ’65 (A&S), G’66 (NEW), G’73 (MAX), professor emeritus of journalism and English at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif., wrote Days of the Dead (Palo Verde Books, 2015), a historical thriller set in Mexico City in 1968. The book is a sequel to Transgressions (Palo Verde Books, 2010), a coming of age novel set in Syracuse in the 1950s.

Joseph Bruchac G’66 (A&S), award-winning Abenaki author of more than 120 books for adults and young readers, wrote Trail of the Dead (Lee & Low Books, 2015), a young adult novel that examines the psychological toll that being a leader can take, and how Native American traditions can encourage healing.

Diana K. Bendz ’68 (ESF) received the 2015 Graduate of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award from the SUNY ESF Alumni Association in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in the field of chemistry and beyond.

Hermon R. Card ’68 (A&S), G’00 (EDU), an adjunct faculty member in the Newhouse School and retired English teacher, photographer, motivational speaker, education consultant, author, and “occasional” poet, was elected to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame as a baseball umpire in 2015. He and his wife, Dolores, wrote The Missing Piece: Educating New Kids for a New World (Balboa, 2013).

Douglas Brode G’69 (A&S) wrote Deadlier than the Male: Femme Fatales of 1960s and 1970s Cinema (BearManor Media, 2015).

Julie Music Morrow ’69 (A&S) received the 2014 Volunteer of the Year award from Hospice of the Rapidan in Culpeper, Va., in April 2015.


Andrea Ibanez ’70 (A&S), G’73 (MAX) of Tucson, Ariz., wrote two mysteries set in North Carolina: A Mockingbird’s Song (CreateSpace, 2015) and its sequel, A Dowitcher’s Dirge (CreateSpace, 2016).

William Leogrande ’71 (A&S), G’73, G’76 (MAX) of Chevy Chase, Md., co-wrote an updated edition of Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

Toni S. Sullivan ’71 (A&S), a social worker and community activist living in Sacramento, Calif., is a member of the board of directors at Elica Health Centers, a nonprofit organization that serves low-income populations, particularly immigrant communities, in the greater Sacramento area.

Marion J. Bachrach ’72 (A&S), an attorney at Thompson & Knight law firm in Dallas, was recognized in the 2015 New York Metro Super Lawyers list.

Lyle Confrey ’72 (A&S) and Tony Gabriel ’71 (E&CS) announce their wedding in June 2016, having reconnected two years ago after 41 years apart. Both retired, they divide their time between residences in Newport, R.I., and Burlington, Ontario.

Donna Higier ’72 (EDU) married Howard Attermann ’73 (WSM) in June 2015. They reside in Florham Park, N.J.

J. Martin Rochester G’72 (MAX), the Curators’ Teaching Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, wrote The New Warfare: Rethinking Rules for an Unruly World (Routledge), his 10th book.

Linda Troeller G’72 (NEW), G’75 (VPA), an internationally renowned art photographer (, published Living in the Chelsea Hotel (Schiffer, 2015), a photographic collage of 76 images and vignettes depicting life in the famous New York City hotel.

Louis P. DiLorenzo ’73 (A&S), a managing member of the Bond, Schoeneck & King law firm New York City office, was recognized in the 2015 New York Metro Super Lawyers list.

Dennis F. Glackin G’73 (MAX) of Newton Square, Pa., retired as founding partner of Glackin Thomas Panzak Inc., a consulting land planners and landscape architects firm in Paoli, Pa. He and his wife of 45 years, Joyce, plan to spend their retirement in St. Michaels, Md., enjoying their seven grandchildren and sailing the Chesapeake Bay.

Thomas Centolella ’74 (A&S) of San Francisco received the 2015 Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press for his poetry manuscript Almost Human. The prize consists of a cash award, publication, and national distribution. This is the fourth book of poems for Centolella, who teaches creative writing in the Bay Area.

Judy Nauseef G’74 (NEW), a garden writer and landscape designer living in Iowa City, wrote Gardening with Native Plants in the Upper Midwest: Bringing the Tallgrass Prairie Home (University of Iowa Press, 2016).

Herbert Weisbaum ’74 (NEW) is the midday news anchor and consumer reporter at KOMO radio in Seattle. He also covers the consumer beat for NBC Digital. He was recently inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Silver Circle in recognition of his years of community service.

Robin Brailsford ’75 (VPA) is a public artist and landscape architect in Dulzura, Calif. She invented and patented a public art and architecture technique, LithoMosaic, which pairs the best qualities of monolithic concrete with modern mosaics and is found in projects from Alaska to Nevada. Her LithoMosaic and pierced steel LA Metro station in Irwindale, Los Pioneros de la Rivera San Gabriel, opened in March. In May, she was the Convocation speaker at the University of New Mexico, Fine Arts, Digital Media, and Architecture and Planning graduation, sharing her lessons from 30 years of designing and building environmentally conscious public art for park and transit projects, including this year’s Territory of Magic/Innovation Corridor, for Albuquerque Rapid Transit.

Thomas Moore G’75 (A&S), a spiritual scholar, psychotherapist, and author of the bestselling book Care of the Soul, appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul Sunday television show in October, discussing his latest book, A Religion of One’s Own (Penguin, 2014).

Shelley Thorstensen ’75 (VPA) of Oxford, Pa., is an artist with expertise in printmaking techniques. An exhibition of her work, As Above, was shown at the Union Gallery at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., from November 3 through January 15.

Jatrice Martel Gaiter L’77 (A&S), executive vice president of external affairs for Volunteers of America in Alexandria, Va., is chair of the board of directors of the National Human Services Assembly, which unites more than 80 human service organizations, including the American Red Cross, AARP, and United Way Worldwide.

Tracy E. Leenman ’77, G’83 (EDU/VPA), owner and CEO of Musical Innovations in Greenville, S.C., was named 2015 Dealer of the Year by NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants.

Scott Pitoniak ’77 (NEW), an award-winning sportswriter who resides in Rochester, N.Y., wrote Frozen in Time: The History of RIT Hockey (RIT Press, 2015).

Craig Lifland ’78 (A&S), a partner at Halloran & Sage law firm in Hartford, Conn., was selected for inclusion in the Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyers list.

Russell Tracy G’78 (A&S), professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, was awarded the Distinguished Scientist designation by the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association at the AHA 2015 Scientific Sessions in Orlando in November.

Mark Grimm G’79 (NEW), owner of Mark Grimm Communications, was sworn in as an Albany (N.Y.) county legislator in January.

Mary Anne Luketich Waltz G’79 (IST) is a library development specialist 1 in the Division of Library Development at the New York State Library in Albany.


Patricia Braham Danver ’80 (NEW) is director, alumni and community relations, at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Rich Siegel ’80 (NEW) of Culver City, Calif., wrote Round Seventeen & 1/2: The Names Have Been Changed to Protect the Inefficient (Erupting Volcano Publications, 2015), a compilation of short stories about life in the ad agency world.

Kevin Young ’80 (A&S), an attorney at Tucker Ellis law firm in Cleveland, was recognized in the 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers list.

Raymond Hrynyk ’81 (A&S) of Canastota, N.Y., wrote Fishing Oneida Lake: A Complete Guide to New York’s Most Productive Warmwater Fishery (Burford Books, 2015) and Fishing the Adirondacks: A Complete Angler’s Guide to the Adirondack Park and Northern New York (Burford Books, 2016), his fourth and fifth books about fishing in New York State, all written under the pen name Spider Rybaak.

Valerie Ann Leeds G’81 (A&S), an independent curator, organized the exhibition Charles Harold Davis (1856-1933): Mystic Impressionist for the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn.

Llewellyn J. Cornelius ’82 (A&S) is the Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Social Justice and Civil Rights Studies in the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia, Athens, where he also serves as director of the Center for Social Justice, Human, and Civil Rights.

Sherijo Damico ’82 (FALK/WSM) is director of real estate and property management for Habitat for Humanity of San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys (Calif.).

Jim Condelles ’83 (NEW) is senior manager, communications, at Boeing Philadelphia, leading communications for the Boeing vertical lift division and its military helicopter facilities in Pennsylvania and Arizona.

Susan Buehler ’84 (NEW), executive vice president at Bellevue Communications Group, was named a 2015 Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Alfredo Rivera ’84 (A&S) is the medical director of geriatric psychiatry at The Medical Center of Aurora in Denver. 

Susan Chaityn Lebovits ’85 (VPA) is executive director of Boston Cancer Support, a nonprofit organization and community outreach program that provides resources for cancer patients and their families at the state, region, city, and town levels.

Gregory J. O’Connor ’85 (ARC), president of GJO Associates architectural firm in Worcester, Mass., received the American Institute of Architects Central Massachusetts 2015 Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture and the 2015 Worcester Chamber of Commerce Silver Hammer Award for historic preservation.

Rick Fedrizzi G’87 (WSM) of Syracuse, CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, wrote Greenthink: How Profit Can Save the Planet (Disruption Books, 2015).

Laird Ogden ’87 (VPA) was included in Anthology: Visual Narratives from Nashville’s Print Community at the First Center of the Arts in Nashville, a juried exhibition presenting the works of individual artists and small presses who use print techniques to tell stories through images and text.

Julie Smith-Clementi ’87 (ARC) is a partner at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, a multidisciplinary design firm in Los Angeles that was honored as one of the 2016 AD100 by Architectural Digest

Michael Winston G’87 (SWK) wrote Forward to Danger (CreateSpace, 2015), the final volume in the Sgt. Smith World War II trilogy, a historical fiction based on the experiences of his father. Best known for his six-volume Jonathan Kinkaid series about an American naval officer during the Revolutionary War, he is also an artist. His paintings can be viewed at

Holly Nichols ’88 (FALK/WSM) married David Scrano in September. She is adult librarian at the Paine Branch Library in Syracuse.

Carolyn Hill ’89 (A&S/NEW) of New York City wrote Things I Don’t Want to Talk About (WordTech Communications, 2015), a poetry book.

Larry Richards ’89 (VPA) is the executive producer for commercial production at WFTS-TV, ABC Action News in Tampa, Florida.


Elizabeth St. Hilaire ’90 (VPA), a collage artist based in Orlando, Fla., wrote Gelli Prints: A Mono-Printing Plate How To (, 2015). Her next book, Paper Painting (North Light Books), is due out in August. In October, she taught collage workshops in Tuscany, which she will offer again in June. Her artwork was accepted into the National Collage Society’s annual juried show in 2015, and is available in reproductions at Pier 1 Imports and HomeGoods stores.  

Jacqueline Saturn ’90 (A&S), general manager of Caroline Records and Harvest Records at the Capitol Music Group in Los Angeles, was named to Billboard’s “Women in Music 2015: The 50 Most Powerful Executives in the Industry” list.

Lauret Savoy G’90 (A&S) was among the authors longlisted by the PEN American Center’s annual literary awards. Her book, Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape (Counterpoint) was listed for the PEN Open Book Award for an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2015.

Jill Hecker Schneider ’90 (NEW) is senior producer at Bloomberg TV.

Kimberly A. Blackwell ’92 (A&S), founder and CEO of Progressive Marketing and Management Agency in Columbus, Ohio, was named to the 2015 Ebony Power 100 list, recognized by Ebony magazine as one of the most influential and inspiring African Americans in the country.

Johanna Garton ’92 (A&S/NEW), an attorney and writer living in Denver, wrote Awakening East: Moving Our Adopted Children Back to China (Marcinson Press, 2015). The book chronicles a 25-year period in her life that begins with her first year at SU.

Glenn Ruga G’92 (VPA) is executive director of ZEKE, a print and digital global awareness magazine published by the Boston-based Social Documentary Network that features visual stories and in-depth articles on timely issues in current affairs. 

Lisa Serafin ’92 (A&S), a principal at Redgate, a real estate advisory, development, project management, and investment firm in Boston, was appointed to the MassHousing Board by Governor Charlie Baker in January.

Eric Stangel ’93 (NEW) is a co-creator and co-executive producer of the daytime entertainment TV show Harry, hosted by Harry Connick Jr., which will debut nationwide on the Fox network in September.

John Welsh ’93 (A&S) of Frisco, Colo., a professional bartender, wrote Weedgalized in Colorado: True Tales from the High Country (Peak 1 Publishing, 2015), described as “a lighthearted and surprisingly informative read, featuring on-the-ground stories from scores of participants in Colorado’s historic transformation into a cannabis-friendly state.”

Tyler Aldredge ’94 (E&CS) is senior vice president of clinical laboratory operations at Metamark Genetics, a company based in Cambridge, Mass., that develops diagnostic and prognostic tests for urological cancer care.

Matt Friedman ’94 (NEW), co-founder of Tanner Friedman strategic communications firm in Farmington Hills, Mich., is a member of the board of directors for the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

Jenna Lucente ’94 (VPA) is an art professor at Salem Community College in Carney’s Point, N.J.

Harmony Verna ’94 (NEW), a freelance writer and communications professional who resides in Newtown, Conn., wrote Daughter of Australia (Kensington), her first novel.

Jesse Ash ’95 (A&S) is a partner at Reed Smith law firm’s Washington, D.C., office, and a member of the firm’s life science health industry group.

Robert Davis ’95 (VPA) is director of arts and cultural programming at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York City.

Chris Hannan ’95 (VPA) is executive vice president of communications and integration at Fox Sports in Los Angeles, overseeing public relations and corporate communications teams.

Cheryl Hoffman ’95 (FALK) is director of the Children and Youth Policy Division at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.

Ted Meyer ’95 (NEW/WSM) is senior vice president of global public relations and communications at Natixis Global Asset Management in Boston.

Joe Ray ’95 (A&S) of Seattle co-wrote Sea and Smoke: Flavors from the Untamed Pacific Northwest (Running Press, 2015), a travelogue and cookbook, with award-winning chef Blaine Wetzel.

Rachel Sears Casanta ’96 (A&S/NEW) and Philip Casanta announce the birth of their daughter, Francesca Rio, who joins big brother Giovanni. They reside in Ventura, Calif. A former professional triathlete and co-owner of Hypercat Racing, a coaching company and bike fit studio, Rachel is an endurance sports coach and contributing author to The Women’s Guide to Triathlon (Human Kinetics, 2015).

Charles H. Cobb ’97 (A&S), an attorney at William Mattar Law Offices in Buffalo, is a member of the board of directors of HOME: Housing Opportunities Made Equal, a nonprofit organization that tackles housing discrimination by providing information, counseling, investigation, and legal services.

Rebecca Conklin Kleiboemer ’97 (A&S/MAX) began a four-year term as village councilwoman for Whitehouse, Ohio, in January. She and her husband, U.S. Navy Commander Daniel Kleiboemer ’96 (A&S), have two sons, Gabe and Max.

Matt Magnani ’98 (A&S/EDU) and Holly Rowe Magnani ’00 (NEW) announce the birth of their daughter, Zoey, in November.

Ben Wightman ’99 (NEW/WSM) and his wife, Surtini, announce the November birth of a daughter, Evangeline Jean, who joins big sister Grace Lynn. They reside in Singapore.


Elizabeth Braungart Fauth ’00 (A&S), a faculty member in the Department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development and coordinator of the gerontology certificate program at Utah State University, recently presented at a TEDx event on the topic, “Finding Joy in an Alzheimer’s Reality."

Robin Lester Kenton ’00 (NEW) is vice president of marketing and communications at Brooklyn Public Library, the fifth largest public library system in the United States. She resides in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

Ann Melinger ’00 (A&S/NEW) is CEO at Brilliant Ink, a New York City-based employee engagement consultancy that works with companies to assess and improve their employee experiences.

Susie Moreno ’00 (ARC) is a senior project manager at Dewberry professional services in the firm’s Houston office. She has 15 years of project management experience, particularly in tenant improvements and renovations, as well as retail and hospitality projects.

Kate Rorick ’00 (NEW) co-wrote The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet (Touchstone, 2015), a novel that brings Jane Austen’s characters into the digital age and is based on the Emmy Award-winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. A Los Angeles resident, Rorick has written for various television shows, including Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Terra Nova. She also writes historical romance novels under the pen name Kate Noble.

Christopher R. Poole ’01 (A&S), an attorney at Cohen & Lombardo law firm in Buffalo, was designated as an Upstate New York Super Lawyers 2015 Rising Star.

Douglas Guiffrida G’02 (EDU), a professor at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester (N.Y.), received the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision 2015 Publication in Counselor Education and Supervision Award for his book, Constructive Clinical Supervision in Counseling and Psychotherapy (Routledge, 2015).

Andrew Hopko G’02 (NEW) is an attorney with the trusts and estates practice group at Plunkett Cooney law firm in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Mike Nunes G’02 (NEW) is vice president of current programming at NBC Entertainment in Universal City, Calif.

Marty Voelker G’02 (VPA), art teacher at Downers Grove North High School, was named the 2015 Illinois Secondary Art Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association.   

Brent (Denisar) Denisar-Green ’03 (NEW) married James (Green) Denisar-Green in October. They reside in Durham, N.C. Brent earned a Ph.D. degree in physical therapy at Duke University in May 2015.

Mark Johnson ’03, G’05 (NEW) is the chief technology officer at the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Adam Ritchie ’03 (NEW) became the first public relations professional to “walk” across the country while doing PR. The three-year walk covered the distance from Boston to San Francisco and was completed using a treadmill desk made by a client of his Boston-based agency, Adam Ritchie Brand Direction.

Jamie Bellavance Coelho ’04 (NEW) is an associate editor at Rhode Island Monthly magazine. She won a Gold Award from the City and Regional Magazine Association for editing The Dish, the magazine’s local food newsletter.

Michelle Kinney ’04 (VPA) married Joseph Urso in November. They reside in New York City, where she is a professional photographer who specializes in creative portraiture, weddings, lifestyle, and photojournalism.

Kathleen McGary Laney ’04 (A&S/NEW) founded Laney Solutions, an executive search firm specializing in parking technology and intelligent transportation industry placements working with clients in North and South America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

Heather Taylor ’04 (A&S) earned a Ph.D. degree with honors in political economy from Goethe University Frankfurt am Main in Germany in May. She is an economic affairs officer at the United Nations Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand.

Jennifer Taylor ’04 (A&S) married Shaun Kessler in September. They reside in San Diego, where she is a client services advisor for Vistage Worldwide.

Scott Abraham ’05 (NEW) is a sports reporter and anchor at WJLA (ABC7) in Washington, D.C.

Alison Bennett ’05 (VPA) is a television writer living in Los Angeles. Over the last year, she has written for two seasons of You’re the Worst (FXX) and a season of The Awesomes (Hulu). She currently has a show in development with FX.

Stephen Pinson ’06 (A&S) is an associate attorney at Scott & Scott intellectual property and technology law firm in Southlake, Texas.

Erin McLaughlin ’07 (A&S), the first Pan Am 103 Lockerbie Scholar to graduate from SU, was granted permanent residency (Green Card) to the United States. She is an assistant director of experiential education at Fordham University in New York City.

Lindsay Truesdell ’07 (NEW/VPA), senior event marketing coordinator at the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, was selected as a member of Buffalo Business First’s 2015 Thirty Under 30 class. The honor was awarded to 30 Western New Yorkers in the early stages of their careers who are achieving at high levels at work and in the community.

Julia Ehrenfeld ’08 (NEW), vice president of media relations at Bank of America, was named to the PR News Rising PR Stars 30 & Under list.

Marissa Broe ’09 (NEW) married Michael Harrington ’09 (WSM) in September. They reside in Pittsburgh, where Marissa is an ecommerce associate site merchandiser at Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Michael is a treasury management officer at PNC Bank.

Elsa D. Buss ’09 (A&S/NEW) is an associate attorney at Segal McCambridge Singer and Mahoney law firm in Chicago. 

Bryan Catalano ’09 (A&S) earned a J.D. degree from University of Maryland School of Law and an MBA degree from University of Maryland Smith School of Business in May 2015.

David Poliner ’09 (A&S) and Allison Nast ’10 (NEW) announce the birth of their daughter, Lyra Anne. They reside in Pittsburgh, where he is a combined internal and emergency medicine resident at Allegheny General Hospital and she is a labor and delivery nurse at Magee-Womens Hospital.


Reid Berdanier ’10 (E&CS) completed a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, where he is a postdoctoral research associate in the Compressor Research Laboratory.

Michael A. Clore ’10 (A&S) is deputy attorney general at the State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety.

Darien Clark ’10 (A&S) is the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston’s associate director of campus ministry at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Christopher Johnson ’10 (A&S) earned a Ph.D. degree in botany/evolutionary ecology from Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa, and received the Best Young Scientist award from the South African Association of Botanists. He writes that he will marry “the love of my life” in July and will begin law school at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in August.

Katie Budd ’11 (NEW) is an assistant digital media buyer at Pinckney Hugo Group marketing communications firm in Syracuse. 

Thomas Polech ’11 (E&CS), a traffic engineer in Rochester, N.Y., is a licensed professional engineer in New York State.

Meredith Taylor ’11 (A&S/NEW), an account executive at Kellen global management and communications company in New York City, was recognized as a 2015 Young & Aspiring Association Professional by Association TRENDS magazine.

Geoffrey Campbell G’13 (NEW) is the digital and social media specialist at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, Pa. His article “Save Prospective Applicants from Hitting a Wall” was published in the January/February 2016 edition of Currents, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) magazine.

Brittany Brathwaite ’13 (A&S) and Kimberly Huggins ’13 (A&S) co-founded Kimbritive, a Brooklyn-based collaborative that offers interactive skill-building and empowerment workshops for young people, youth service providers, and adults on topics related to sexual health and reproductive justice.

Molly Schab G’13 (EDU) is pursuing a doctor of physical therapy degree at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Flose Boursiquot ’14 (A&S/NEW) of Miami writes the blog Let It Flose: be with me as I figure it all out.

Sara Haag G’15 (FALK) is a divisional director for family services in Madison and Chenango counties (N.Y.) with Liberty Resources Inc.

Luke Martin ’15 (NEW) is an assistant account manager at Pinckney Hugo Group marketing communications firm in Syracuse.