Syracuse University Magazine

Class Notes


Harvey Jacobs ’50 (A&S) is a noted author of satire and science/fantasy fiction whose manuscripts are archived in the Special Collections Research Center and who taught with Leonard Brown ’51 and the late Donald Dike G’54 in 1958-59 in a summer intensive program for writers, the precursor to SU’s Creative Writing Program. Samplers of his body of work were recently published by ReAnimus Press in a series of three mini-books titled But Wait…There’s More, offered free as e-books or in print at low cost.  

George Marotta ’50 (A&S), G’51 (MAX) celebrated his 90th birthday. To help him mark the occasion, four of his cousins visited from Italy with five of their friends. 

George L. Potter ’51 (A&S) has lived in Puerto Rico for 49 of his 89 years and is known there by the name Jorge Potter Appleton. He wrote A Poetic Guide to Puerto Rico for Gringos and Other Poems and Stories (Black Mountain Press, 2016). A fellow of the American College of Neurological Surgery, he considers his greatest achievement to be his neurosurgical care of patients, having earned an M.D. degree at McGill University and completed a residency at Northwestern. He is also a trained technician in meditation and biofeedback.

William L. Fibkins G’59, G’72 (EDU), an author and educational consultant specializing in developing intervention programs for at-risk students, wrote Sexual Misconduct in the Schoolhouse: Prevention Strategies for Principals, Teachers, Coaches, and Students; Second Edition (Roman & Littlefield). 


Marilyn Wolfe Levinson ’61 (A&S) writes mysteries and novels for kids. Her latest mystery, Death Overdue (Crooked Lane Books), the first book in her Haunted Library series, is due to be released in October, written under the pseudonym Allison Brook.

Marvin K. Lender ’63 (A&S) was inducted into the Baking Hall of Fame in Manhattan, Kansas, in recognition of his innovative contributions to the industry and entrepreneurial spirit. 

David K. Barnhart ’64 (A&S), a lexicographer whose background in linguistics spans 50 years of scholarship, is the editor of Barnhart’s Never-finished Political Dictionary of the 21st Century (Lexik House Publishers, 2016), a compilation of modern terms that have entered the English language largely as a result of the last five U.S. presidential political campaigns. He also edits and publishes The Barnhart Dictionary Companion, a quarterly of new words and meanings. 

William Winter ’66 (ESF) of Syracuse is a SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry professor emeritus of chemistry.

Karen B. Winnick ’68 (VPA) wrote Good Night, Baby Animals, You’ve Had a Busy Day (Henry Holt and Co.), a treasury of six original stories following young animals as they explore their natural habitats.

Malcolm R. Campbell G’69 (NEW) wrote Eulalie and Washerwoman: Florida Folk Magic Stories (2016), a sequel to the award-winning Conjure Woman’s Cat (2015). Both are published by Thomas-Jacob Publishing.

Stan Crilly ’69 (A&S), owner of the Flying Red Horse Studio in Hollidaysburg, Pa., was inducted into the Blair County Arts Hall of Fame in 2015 for public art and architecture. For much of his career, his work focused on murals, decorative painting, and portraiture in the public and private sectors. He was formerly an architectural photographer for Lawrence S. Williams Photography in Upper Darby, Pa., and a visual art specialist at the Pennsylvania State University College of Agriculture. His work has been published in various national magazines, including Colonial Homes and Traditional Homes. He received a special citation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania House of Representatives recognizing his “talent, leadership, dedication, and contributions to the arts.” 


Peter Dreier ’70 (MAX/NEW), the E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and chair of the Urban and Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College in Los Angeles, received a 2016 City of Justice Award from the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy in December, recognizing his work to advance social justice. 

Lois Mathieu ’70 (A&S), an award-winning fiction writer and poet, wrote Women Under Siege (CreateSpace, 2016), a novel about an independent single woman whose world changes following an earthquake in the Maine village where she runs an art gallery. 

Joyce Di Camillo ’71 (VPA) founded Project Music, a not-for-profit organization that serves inner-city students in Stamford, Conn. Project Music, which is celebrating its third season of growth, is built on the principles of El Sistema, using the transformative power of music to effect positive social change for students most in need of access, opportunity, and inspiration. Di Camillo, a Steinway artist, serves as board chair. 

Sally J. Gladden G’71 (VPA) wrote Geepers, I Love You (Xlibris, 2016), based on love letters her dad wrote to her mom during the Great Depression. 

Sharron Snyder Palmiter ’71 (A&S) retired after a long career as a librarian at Seattle University, where she was designated a professor emerita.

Alan Levy ’72 (A&S), a senior founding partner with Manhattan law firm Levy Tolman & Costello, was recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Metro New York for 2016. He was also recognized as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in New York in 2014. 

David J. Noonan L’72 (LAW), a partner at Noonan Lance Boyer & Banach law firm in San Diego, was named Best Lawyers’ 2017 Lawyer of the Year for Legal Malpractice Law—Defendants.  

Louis P. DiLorenzo ’73 (A&S), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King in the firm’s New York City office, was recognized in the 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers list in the field of employment and labor. 

Richard Freedland ’73 (E&CS) of Mountain View, Calif., is developing an automated technology to help older adults who have multiple chronic conditions to manage their medications. As part of his research for the project, he is collecting stories and experiences of caregivers who manage medication for elder family members and friends. He can be reached at

Gerald Ingram ’75 (A&S) of Philadelphia is proud to share news about his son, Malcolm, a Fulbright Scholar and 2016 graduate of Temple University Law School who passed the Pennsylvania bar and will practice in labor and employment law. 

James P. Lee ’75 (A&S/EDU), market manager for Eastern New York at NOCO Energy Corporation in Tonawanda, N.Y., is a member of the board of directors at Christ the King Retreat House and Conference Center in Syracuse. 

Joanne E. Romanow ’75 (FALK), an attorney at Boston law firm Casner & Edwards, was recognized in the 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list and was noted on the Super Lawyers Top 50 Women Massachusetts list. 

Nitza Milagros Escalera G’76 (EDU) is the inaugural assistant dean of diversity initiatives and assistant dean of student affairs at Fordham University School of Law in New York City. 

Sherri Gallagher ’78 (E&CS), a quality and industrial engineering consultant at Technacon Company Inc., wrote Profit Is Not a Four Letter Word (Pas Auf Publishing, 2016), a guide for small business owners and managers that draws on her more than 35 years of experience in manufacturing.

Craig Lifland ’78 (A&S), an attorney at Halloran & Sage law firm in Hartford, Conn., was recognized in the 2016 Super Lawyers list.

Deborah Raines ’78 (NUR), a faculty member at the University of Buffalo, received the 2016 National League of Nursing Isabel Hampton Robb Award for Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Practice. 

Chris G. Trapp ’78 (WSM), partner at the law firm Greco Trapp in Buffalo, was recognized as a Buffalo Business First 2016 legal elite honoree. He is vice chair of the County of Erie Board of Ethics.

Susan Emshwiller ’79 (VPA), a screenwriter, filmmaker, teacher, playwright, director, novelist, and artist, is a film studies professor teaching screenwriting at North Carolina State University in Raleigh (

Stanley Klocek ’79 (NEW) is senior global commodity leader at GE Water and Distributed Power in Trevose, Pa.

Michael Kranish ’79 (MAX/NEW) of Silver Spring, Md., is a national political investigative reporter for The Washington Post. He co-wrote the biography, Trump Revealed (Scribner, 2016). Previously Washington Bureau deputy chief of The Boston Globe, he is co-author of John F. Kerry: The Boston Globe Biography (Public Affairs, 2004); author of Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War (Oxford University Press, 2010); and co-author of The Real Romney (Harper, 2012). 

Steve Newvine ’79 (NEW), a senior program manager in the energy efficiency division at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco, was one of three employees honored with the Frederick W. Mielke Jr. Award for Outstanding Community Service.

Virginia Doyle Sobol ’79 (A&S/NEW) joined the board of directors of the Reproductive Health Access Project in New York City. 


Bonnie Benhayon ’80 (NEW), the global environmental business executive for Bank of America in Boston, joined the national board of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. 

Lee Certilman ’81 (WSM), president and dealer principal at Nardy Honda Smithtown in St. James, N.Y., received the 2017 TIME [Time Inc.] Dealer of the Year award in January at the 100th annual National Automobile Dealers Association convention and exposition in New Orleans. The national award honors new-car dealers in the United States who exhibit exceptional performance in their dealerships and perform distinguished community service. 

Alexandra Coursen L’81 (LAW), a harpist and retired lawyer, was one of 13 finalists in The Future Blend Project, an international competition for harp composition, for her piece, Neshama—a specialized form of composition that uses the letters of people’s names to create music. She is the only woman composer in the competition, which was held in Warwick, England, in January. 

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 September completed the design and construction of Newark (N.J.) Collegiate Academy, a charter school for students in grades 9-12. The company has also been selected by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation Inc. as the construction manager for the new 26,000-square-foot Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, expected to be completed in 2019.

Rick Arruzza ’82 (NEW) of Stamford, Conn., wrote Sparky’s Wonderful Life, the ninth children’s book in a series inspired by the true story of his family’s dog, Sparky, who was rescued through Adopt-A-Dog. Donations from sales of the book help Adopt-A-Dog and other animal rescue organizations continue their work (

Bill Carey ’82 (MAX/NEW) wrote Enter the Drones: The FAA and UAVs in America (Schiffer Publishing, 2016), a history of the FAA’s experiences and challenges in regulating unmanned aircraft in civilian airspace. 

Cheryl Harris Forbes ’82 (NEW) is the director of communications at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Conn. 

A. Stevens Krug ’83 (ARC), an award-winning architect based in West Chester, Pa., who is well-known for his work in sustainable design, received the President’s Award from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in November. 

Charles J. Reith Jr. ’83 (E&CS) is president and CEO of Solomon Associates, a Dallas-based performance improvement company for the global energy industry.

Clarissa Welsh Ceglio ’84 (NEW) is an assistant professor of digital humanities and associate director of research for Greenhouse Studios/Scholarly Communications Design at the University of Connecticut. Prior work includes development of, an award-winning state public history project in collaboration with Connecticut Humanities, and editorial positions in the arts, history, and medical fields. She and her husband, Jack, live in Connecticut. 

Debra Gussin ’84 (NEW/WSM), a songwriter, received the first-ever Best Lyricist Award from the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. She has won more than 30 international songwriting awards, including the John Lennon Award and the CINE (Council on International Non-Theatrical Events) Golden Eagle Award. 

Leo M. Lambert G’84 (EDU) announced in February he will be stepping down as president of Elon University in Elon, N.C., a position he has held since 1999. He will continue service to the university as president emeritus and professor.

David Rufo ’84 (VPA), G’16 (EDU), an artist, teacher, and researcher, earned a Ph.D. degree in teaching and curriculum at the Syracuse University School of Education. His dissertation focused on the self-initiated creativity of children in an elementary classroom setting. Visit to view his artwork. 

Joe Sternberg ’85 (A&S/FALK) is a commercial real estate broker at NAI Mertz in Southampton, Pa.

Tim Green ’86 (A&S), L’94 (LAW) wrote Left Out (HarperCollins, 2016), a kids’ book about a deaf boy who creates a new identity for himself through playing football. Green also teamed up with Yankee great Derek Jeter to write Baseball Genius (Jeter Publishing).

Bob Niedt G’86 (NEW) is an online editor at Kiplinger Washington Editors in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Linda. 

Michael Rinella G’86 (MAX), senior acquisitions editor at the State University of New York Press in Albany, N.Y., edited and annotated Reporting on the Kennedy Assassination (University Press of Kansas), a published account of Dutch journalist Willem Oltmans’s investigation into the assassination. The book was produced with the permission of the Willem Oltmans Foundation in the Netherlands and with a translation grant from the Dutch Foundation for Literature.

Robert Siegel ’86 (ARC) is a design principal at the Manhattan office of HDR Inc., an architectural, engineering, and consulting firm.  

Michael J. Smith G’86 (NEW), a retired U.S. Coast Guard commander and executive director of the Grand Haven (Michigan) Coast Guard Festival, received the Spirit of Hope Award from the Department of Defense at a Pentagon ceremony in Washington, D.C., in September. The award is presented to one individual from each of the armed forces who embodies the core values of legendary entertainer Bob Hope, who gave generously to military men and women for five decades: duty, honor, courage, loyalty, commitment, integrity, and selfless dedication.  


Stephanie Adler-Paindiris ’90 (NEW), a principal with Jackson Lewis law firm in Orlando, Fla., was named to the 2017 BTI Consulting Group Client Service All-Stars List. 

Robert Beck ’90 (WSM) is a financial advisor at Pinnacle Investments at the company’s newly opened Philadelphia location. Ryan W. York ’06 (WSM) is CEO of the Syracuse-based firm, which manages investment and brokerage accounts for individuals and institutions. 

Scott Erdy G’90 (ARC) is a partner at Erdy McHenry Architecture in Philadelphia, which won the 2016 Firm of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architects Pennsylvania Chapter. 

Mark Gross ’90 (VPA) is co-founder and creative director of Highdive Advertising in Chicago. He was formerly the creative director at DDB, where his award-winning work included the Bud Light “Real Men of Genius” campaign, one of the most awarded radio campaigns in advertising history. 

Bob Hocking ’90 (A&S), a writer and photographer living in Vernon, N.Y., wrote Something Old, Something New (CreateSpace, 2016), a collection of travel pieces that focuses on trips to Savannah and Orlando. 

Allison Ofanansky ’90 wrote several new children’s books: Tisha b’Av: A Jerusalem Journey (Kar-Ben, 2017), the sixth book in the Nature in Israel series; and a new series published by Apples & Honey Press that includes How It’s Made: Torah Scroll (2016), How It’s Made: Matzah (2017), and How It’s Made: Hanukkah Menorah (2018). All are illustrated with photographs by Eliyahu Alpern. 

Carey A. Smith G’90 (E&CS) is president of the federal business unit at Parsons engineering firm in Washington, D.C. She was inducted into the 2017 Wash100, a distinction that recognizes leaders for outstanding performance throughout the federal government contracting industry.

MaryBeth W. Vrees ’91 (NEW) is president at High Point Communications Group, a strategic marketing and advertising agency in Boston.  

Holly Amidon ’92 (EDU) wrote A Lifetime of Good Eats: The Foods I Love to Cook and Share (Liferich, 2016), a story of a life well-lived and a collection of recipes, many of which are for comfort foods, but with her own creative spin. 

Kimberly A. Blackwell ’92 (A&S), chief executive officer at PMM Agency, a national award-winning full-service marketing and talent management corporation in Columbus, Ohio, was named among the country’s Top Women in PR by PR News in January. 

Leah DeCesare ’92 (NEW/WSM) wrote Forks, Knives and Spoons (SparkPress), her debut novel. Set at SU during her student years of 1988-92, the book brings humor and timeless wisdom to the 20-something dating mindset. She is also the author of the parenting series Naked Parenting (Mother’s Circle, 2016) and is a Huffington Post columnist.  

Kevin C. Reigrut ’92 (A&S) is executive director of the Maryland Transportation Authority.

Sara Millett Au ’93 (A&S/NEW) is social media manager for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla. She has also published two parenting books and is working on a third. 

David I. Spector ’93 (WSM), a member of the executive committee and co-chair of the fraud and recovery practice group at Akerman law firm in Miami, began a three-year term as Akerman’s chairman and CEO in February. 

Laurie B. Levine G’94 (FALK), a private practice therapist and a clinical fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, wrote Now I Know It’s Not My Fault (CreateSpace), a young adult novel about a teenager who becomes a victim of a beloved high school teacher. Her first novel, the book draws on Levine’s years of experience as a family therapist. 

Brian Abbott ’95 (A&S/NEW), paralibrarian for public relations at the DeWitt (N.Y.) Community Library, wrote Death at Danforth House (Soul Mate Publishing, 2016), the second novel in his Syracuse Mystery Series

Lauren Eidt-Pearson ’95 (FALK) is an instructor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass., and an integrated behavioral health clinician in a family medicine residency clinic at UMass Memorial Medical Center. 

Dale Jones G’95 (MAX) is chancellor and chief academic officer at Penn State University Wilkes-Barre.

Matthew McChesney ’95 (ARC) is a partner at KSS Architects in Princeton, N.J.

Kristen M. Birmingham L’97 (LAW), a partner at Phillips Lytle law firm in Buffalo, was named to the Buffalo Law Journal Legal Elite of Western New York 2016 and to the Legal Elite Top 10.

Sarah Shirley ’97 (ARC) launched Mersur, a line of resort clothing, in January 2016.

Lisa Kyler Winkler ’97 (VPA) received the 2016 Middle School Art Teacher of the Year award from Very Special Arts New Jersey for her work with students with special needs. She also received a 2016 New Jersey Governor’s Award in Art Education. Last school year she was selected as High School Teacher of the Year by the Art Educators of New Jersey and received the Frederick L. Hipp grant from the New Jersey Education Association. She teaches art and photography to students in grades 6-12 at Colling­s­wood (N.J.) Public Schools. She resides in Audubon, N.J., with her husband, Jeremiah Winkler ’97 (VPA), and their two children.  

Holly E. Brown ’98 (VPA) showed her collagraphs and etchings in her first international solo exhibition, Recente Werken, at Ray Brandstore in Delft, Netherlands, from October 1 to January 1. In 2015, her portfolio Three Poems was placed in the Poets Laureate Collection at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.   

Paul S. Lieber ’98 (NEW) is a resident senior fellow at United States Special Operations Command’s Joint Special Operations University, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. 

Scott MacFarlane ’98 (A&S/NEW) won four Emmy awards, including best investigative reporter, at the 2016 National Capital Region Emmy Awards for his work at WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.

Steven Simpson ’98 (NEW) is MBA director and career consultant for marketing at the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) and is chairman of the board of directors for Compeer Rochester, a nonprofit mental wellness organization.  

Robert Yunich ’98 (NEW) earned a master of education, curriculum, and instruction, secondary school English degree at George Mason University in December. He teaches English and serves as the newspaper advisor at Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, Va. 

Jill Yonkers Emmons L’99 (LAW) was appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to the SUNY Geneseo College Council, which advises the institution’s senior administration.

Jason Jedlinski ’99 (NEW) is vice president of product management at Gannett Company Inc. in McLean, Va., responsible for the digital platforms powering USA Today and 109 local newspapers. 

Larry P. Thomas G’99 (EDU), G’10 (WSM) is managing director of the award-winning Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars program at American University in Washington, D.C. In November, the program was featured in an article on the Black Enterprise website, highlighting its emphasis on students committed to social justice and the advancement of under-resourced and underserved communities. 

David Whipple ’99 (ARC) is founder of Assimilation Design Lab, an architecture firm in University City, Pa., which received the 2016 Philadelphia Emerging Architecture Prize from American Institute of Architects Philadelphia in October. 


John Jiloty ’00 (NEW) is vice president of social media and content for The Martin Group and Martin Davison Public Relations in Buffalo. 

Andrew Laver ’01 (VPA) and his wife, Jennifer, announce the January 2016 birth of their daughter, Harper Quinn, their second child. He is vice president of the Syracuse University Alumni Association, serving on the executive committee and chairing the awards committee. The family resides in Voorhees, N.J. 

Petar Mattioni ’01 (ARC) is a partner at KSS Architects in Philadelphia. 

Sarah Davis ’02 (NEW) edited Jeweled Splendors of the Art Deco Era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection (Thames & Hudson). A jewelry historian, she also wrote the catalog and afterword for the book, which was published to coincide with the exhibition by the same name on view at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City through August 27.

Susan DeMar ’02 (A&S), administrative assistant in the geography department at New Mexico State University (NMSU), received the 2016 Stephen W. and Robert E. Roberts Memorial Staff Award in October for outstanding service and dedication. She also received the NMSU 2017 Community Engagement Staff Award. (see photo)

Allison Bellins Dennis ’02 (A&S/NEW) is deputy communications director at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water in Washington, D.C.

Wayne Pollock ’02 (NEW), an attorney in Philadelphia, founded Copo Strategies, a firm that provides legal service to parties facing legal disputes by advocating for them in the court of public opinion. The firm designs and implements strategies supporting the favorable resolution of legal disputes while minimizing any reputation harm the disputes could cause.

Abby Chiat ’03 (NEW) married Daniel Solow on July 3, 2016. They reside in Chicago, where she is the marketing manager for the global financial services research and consulting division at TransUnion. 

Austin J. Gerber ’03 (ARC) is an associate with SOSH Architects in Atlantic City, N.J. He joined the firm as an intern architect in 2003 and now, as a member of its senior leadership team, brings more than 14 years of expertise in design, coordination, and management. 

Adam Ritchie ’03 (NEW) and Jesse James Salucci ’03 (VPA) of Boston are members of The Lights Out, an indie band that collaborated with Aeronaut Brewing Co. to release an album on a beer can. T.R.I.P. is a sci-fi album exploring the idea that the observable universe is one of many, where everything possible exists somewhere. A beer by the same name was specially brewed to pair with the album, and includes instructions on its label to obtain a copy of the album by taking an action on social media. Salucci also invented the Color Machine, a wearable, synchronized LED light show to accompany the music on the album, which both helped write. (see photo)

Heather Eshelman McClusker L’04 (LAW), an attorney at Stevens & Lee in Princeton, N.J., was named a shareholder of the law firm in January.  

Kristina Schmidt ’04 (VPA) is vice president of marketing for Basic Resources Inc. in New York City.

Cornelia Sewell-Allen ’04 (VPA) is dean of student life at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

Katie Womack G’04 (VPA) is assistant director of collections management at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, N.C.

William Low G’05 (VPA) of Huntington, N.Y., designed “Holiday Window Views,” a U.S. Postal Service stamp issued in October as a Forever stamp.

Amelia DeCesare Sugerman ’05 (VPA) and her husband, Jonathan, announce the August 2016 birth of their son, Cole Everett. They reside in Attleboro, Mass., where she is the manager of global public relations for Collette, a tour operator-based travel company with offices around the world. 

Megan Caiazzo Formisano ’06 (A&S) and her husband, Robert Formisano ’05 (E&CS), announce the birth of their daughter, Gianna Marie, who joins big brother Vincent. 

Scott Brown ’07 (A&S) started Brightside Home Inspections, a Syracuse area home inspection company.

Sara Campbell ’07 (NEW) is a senior account executive at Lovio George communications and design agency in Detroit. 

Shannon Tronick Mihaly ’07 (E&CS) and Jonathan Mihaly ’07 (E&CS) welcomed their first child, Jackson Dennis, in March 2016. Both work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. 

Talia Stuart Roselli ’07 (NEW/VPA) is senior manager of content marketing with the Ticketmaster North America division of Live Nation Entertainment, headquartered in Los Angeles. 

Alexander V. Bach ’08 (A&S), a writer and musician who lives in Chicago, wrote Eisenstein’s Monster (Tetracules Press, 2016), his first novel. Described as “a wild romp through the terrains of our consciousness,” the book is about a man with terminal cancer who meets a young woman he hopes will facilitate an existence beyond the limits of his body. 

April N. Knox G’08 (EDU) is an attorney at Littler, a global employment and labor law practice, at the firm’s Nashville office.

Andrew P. Rubin L’08 (LAW) married Emily Hungerford Rubin in Denver in January 2016. In October, he was appointed to the board of directors of the Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region. 

Michelle Ciolek ’09 (A&S) is an associate attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz law firm in Houston.

Kelli Coughlin ’09 (A&S), senior labor relations attorney at Metro-North Railroad in New York City, received the 2016 Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro-North Railroad President’s Award. She is the first-ever recipient from the labor relations department and the most junior employee to receive the honor in its 30-year tradition, in recognition of her creativity, outstanding work, and dedication. (see photo)

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: Peter Sestina ’06 (A&S/NEW), director; Adam Reynolds ’06 (NEW), producer; and Allison Baruck ’09 (NEW), editor. 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.  


Sam A. Davis L’10 (LAW), an attorney at Boston law firm Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, was recognized in the 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list as a Rising Star.

Joseph Kaifala G’10 (MAX) is founder of the Jeneba Project, an organization that provides and promotes educational opportunities for students in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, and co-founder of the Sierra Leone Memory Project, which records oral testimonies from survivors of that country’s civil war. He wrote Free Slaves, Freetown, and the Sierra Leonean Civil War (Palgrave Macmillan), a historical narrative of Sierra Leone from the mid-15th century to the end of its civil war in 2002.

Carrie Werbler ’10 (VPA) and Jacob “Coby” Kurosaki ’10 (WSM) were married in September and report that more than 40 SU alums attended their wedding at Temple Emanu-El in Closter, N.J. They reside in Manhattan, where she works in advertising at GumGum and he works in investment banking at JP Morgan. (see photo)

Alexis Lian ’11 (A&S) received a public policy fellowship through Leadership for Educational Equity to serve at the Executive Office of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she focuses on implementing career, vocational, and technical education policies.

Laura Beachy ’12 (A&S/NEW) is the director of We Were Quiet Once, a documentary film that tells the story of how people on the ground in Pennsylvania witnessed and memorialized the 9/11 crash of Flight 93. The film aired on PBS across Pennsylvania on the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Ryan Balton ’11 (A&S/NEW) was the film’s post-production supervisor and Cory Sage ’12 (A&S/NEW) was director of photography.

Leah Davies ’13 (NEW) is the community relations and alumni affairs coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys. 

Alyssa Brown Easton ’13 (E&CS) married Joseph Easton in October. They reside in Tonawanda, N.Y.

Hoang Murphy ’13 (A&S) received a fellowship through Leadership for Educational Equity to serve in the U.S. Department of Education Office of the Secretary in Washington, D.C., where he focuses on the Teach to Lead initiative. 

Flose Boursiquot ’14 (A&S/NEW) wrote Close Your Eyes, Now Breathe (CreateSpace), a book of poetry described as “defiant, pained, evocative, visceral, and emotionally vibrant.” She debuted the book, her first, at a release event in Brooklyn in February. In January, she performed “March on Sister,” a piece from the book, before an audience of about 7,000 at the Women’s March in West Palm Beach, Fla. She says the piece “reminds us why educating young women is important and why we cannot remain silent in the face of injustice anywhere.” (see photo)

Timothy Bryant ’15 (FALK/MAX), a student in the Ph.D. degree program in sociology at the Maxwell School, was named Outstanding Student for 2016 in the mid-Atlantic region by the University & Professional Continuing Education Association.