Robert deCostanzo ‘69 is retired and living on Long Island. I have recently written a book entitled “The Paleo Perspective: The Plight of Paleolithic Man in Modern Times.” It is available on Amazon and Borders.
Phil Giampietro MD ‘78, ‘86 was named the Asok K. Ray Professorship in Pediatrics by Dr. Mark I. Rosenblatt, Executive Dean, on behalf of the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
Susan Ciambriello ‘81 is the founder of Bella Vita ADHD Coaching – Life and Executive Function Coach for Adults, College Students, and Families impacted by ADHD.
Cynthia Bogard, PhD ‘91, ‘95, after a successful career as Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Hofstra University, has reinvented herself as a novelist. Her debut novel, “A History of Silence” will be published by Atmosphere Press on March 7, 2023.
Glenn D. Magpantay, Esq. ‘92 has been recommended for appointment to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, for a term of six years. The Commission is comprised of eight commissioners, including four appointed by the president and four appointed by congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Schumer.
Diana Voss ‘98 was awarded the Student Life Award by the Division of Student Affairs this past November. Since 1982, The Student Life Award is awarded each year to a member of the SBU community from outside the Division of Student Affairs who exemplifies leadership consistent with our values, has served as an excellent partner to multiple units within the division, and routinely has gone above and beyond in contributing to the success and quality of life of our students.
Susan M. Frey PhD ‘83 who most recently served as university librarian and professor of library services at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, has been appointed as the next dean of our Sojourner Truth Library, SUNY New Paltz, effective March 2, 2023.
Joseph Moran MD ‘92, general surgeon, was recently Hired by University of North Carolina Health System.
Courtney Groves ‘08 has been employed with Nassau County for twelve years.
Montgomery Granger ‘00 Authored, ‘Saving Grace at Guantanamo Bay: A Memoir of a Citizen Soldier.
Erika Grumet ‘00, writer, has been accepted to become a member of Lilith Magazine’s 2023 “The New 40” cohort. She will be one of ten emerging Jewish feminist writers participating in a year of workshops, writing sessions and mentoring by the Lilith Magazine staff.
Crystal Henry ‘08 is the CEO of Goodwill Home care.
Laura Positano ‘07, ‘13 provided research and editorial support for the recently published book, “Street Smart: The Primer for Success in the New World”.
Arian Prelvukaj, Esq. ‘07 is now a partner with the law firm MG+M. Arian focuses his practice on complex tort and product liability litigation. He has extensive experience in conducting depositions, motion practice and comprehensive analysis of discovery production to ascertain alternate theories of liability and defense. Super Lawyers named Arian a “Rising Star.”
Vijayshankar Venugopal ‘04 advanced his career and is currently CIO for a FinTech firm – Helix Financial Systems LP.
Chris Cooper ‘18, defensive back most recently was selected in the seventh round of the 2023 XFL Supplemental Draft by the BattleHawks, shined in his debut with the St. Louis BattleHawks, out of the XFL.
Brigid Martin ‘14 is pleased to announce her debut novel, “Totally Psychic” is coming out in August 2023!
Victoria Olsen ‘19 has started a new position as Medical Dosimetry Assistant Program Director at Mount Sinai. In her new position under the Center for Radiation Sciences Education, Victoria will educate students in the clinic and serve as the liaison between the physics and education teams.
Keith Scott ‘18 has started a new position as the Vice President of Policy and Program Development for Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE). FREE is one of the largest human services providers on Long Island.
Mohammed Shaaban ‘19 has been selected as one of the “Innovators Under 35” in the MENA region by MIT Technology Review.
Lesleigh Ann Irish-Underwood ‘20 has been named Chief External Affairs Officer & Head of Brand, the first-ever CXO & Head of Brand of Vibrant Emotional Health.
Shazim Hassan ‘22 has recently started my new job as a Project Engineer in the AVD Performance Vehicle team at General Motors, as part of a 2 year rotational program.
Linda Humes ‘77 was the recipient of the National Association of Black Storytellers Charles Edward & Linda Jenkins Brown Nia Award for Services in November 2022.
Robert Calcaro ‘05 has been appointed by Governor Hochul to serve as her designee to the Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission. He will be continuing as assistant regional director at the NYS DEC and looks forward to working in both positions.
Vincent Costa, Esq. ‘09 has been promoted to partner at the firm of Campolo, Middleton, McCormick LLP.
Michelle Mbekeani ‘11 is a Forbes contributor in their Money section. Her articles will analyze the costs and return on investment in public finance and policy. Michelle is a senior legal & policy advisor for justice reform at the Cook’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Howard Blue ‘63 is pleased to announce his latest book, “The Man Who Sold Superman to the World” was recently published. He was appointed the ambassador to the United States, representing the micronation of Pontinha which is quite close to Portugal.
Fredda Brown ‘73 retired a year ago and is now professor emerita at Queens College.
Mitchell A. Maiman ‘77 is a retired physician and has successfully launched his first novel entitled “Every Third Night.”
Keith Bratti ‘98 is vice president, Radioligand Therapies, Patient & Specialty Services for Novartis Corp.
Jennifer Bentley, Esq. ‘93 received the leadership in law award from Long Island Business News during their annual Leadership in Law dinner. She focuses in representation of public sector union clients in collective bargaining/contract negotiation, binding interest arbitration, administrative proceedings including grievance arbitrations and improper practice proceedings, labor litigation and legislation.
Domenique Camacho Moran, Esq. ‘90 has been recognized as a leading lawyer by the 2022 New York Metro Rising Stars list.
Kenneth Marcus ‘73 was inducted as a Fellow in the American Health Law Association, an honor conferred on about 1% of upwards of 14,000 members, in recognition of excellence and leadership in the practice of health law and the contribution to the education of other health lawyers.
Paul Juarez ‘19 is building a dormer on anexisting home, has three kids now: twins, both 7 years old and a baby who is almost 2 years old. Paul is currently hired as supervisor for an adult literacy program.
Eldad S. Tarmu ‘15, DMA is pleased to announce the release of his new music album and performed recently at the Jazz Loft in Stony Brook.
Yiyang Yang, PhD ‘13, ‘15 has been selected to receive the Women in Finance Award by Virtu Financial LLC. The award recognizes women who make significant contributions to the financial industry through their entrepreneurial spirit and leadership. Yiyang received the STEM Champion in Trading – Equities award for her strong quantitative research abilities which enabled her to make significant contributions to Virtu’s marketing making business.
Eric Lorensten ‘22 is now officially Eric Lorentsen, LMSW, MFP Master Fellow, after only two profoundly formative years at our School of Social Welfare. Eric now serves as a mental health clinician with a local non-profit, LGBT Network, providing free counseling services to LGBTQ+ youth aged up to 21 with a client-centered, trauma-informed eclectic approach. Eric also provide non-clinical services to various populations such as older adults, neurodiverse persons (e.g, ADHD, Autism, etc.) as well as macro-work in advocating for the dignity and rights of all LGBTQ+ individuals.
Linda Humes ‘77 will be receiving the National Association of Black Storytellers 2022 Charles Edward & Linda Jenkins Brown Nia Award for Service during the NABS Conference – The Power of BlackStorytelling in November.
Kumu Gupta ‘86 launched the Global Peace Secretariat for 15th Anniversary U.N. International Day of Non Violence on October 2, 2022, Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.
Devoney K. Looser, PhD ‘93 has authored a biography, Sister Novelists: The Trailblazing Porter Sisters, Who Paved the Way for Austen and the Brontës, published by Bloomsbury Publishing on October 25. The book was named one to Apple’s list of “Most Anticipated Fall Books” in non-fiction and got a starred review from Kirkus.The book was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEH Public Scholar Award.
Amanda Goun, Esq. ‘04 was reappointed at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and is now a deputy bureau chief.
Thomas McGrath ’90 has been named assistant to the superintendent for human resources, and regional schools and instructional programs, at Nassau BOCES.
Fanny Cornejo ’15 has been named a finalist for the Inaugural Indianapolis Award, “Emerging Conservationist Award” presented by the Indianapolis Prize. The award recognizes professional wildlife conservationists, biologists and scientists under 40 years of age who are working to make strides in saving animal species from extinction.
Joan Dickinson ’12 was honored by the Three Village Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County and New York State for her service to the local community.
Andrea Harrington PhD ‘09, ‘13, NASA’s Mars Sample Curator at Johnson Space Center, was recently featured in the New York Times.
Cindy Zuniga-Sanchez ’12 , Esq. was featured on NBC’s The Today Show, where she discussed the practical steps that consumers can take during this period of economic uncertainty. Zuniga-Sanchez is also pleased to announce the publication of her new novel Overcoming Debt, Achieving Financial Freedom: 8 Pillars to Build Wealth.
Rico Simonini, MD ’88’s movie “Frank and Ava” is currently available on Prime Video.
Ali Nazir ‘05, ‘07 is serving as Chair of the Town of Brookhaven’s Redistricting Commission.
Geoffrey Bansen ’10 has received two New York Emmy nominations for individual weather talent and a piece on rain percentage that he produced and edited.
Daniel Carroll ’14, MBA ’16 has written a horror novel “A Man in Pieces” which will be published by Darkstroke Books under the pen name of Henry Corrigan.
Gavin Heslop ‘19 has been signed to the roster for New York Giants, defensive cornerback.
India Pagan ‘21 has signed her first professional contract with BC Pharmaserv Marburg in Germany. Pagan is set to begin her professional career after concluding a decorated five-year career at Stony Brook.
Stephanie O’Brien ’08, ’17 is now the director of science for Smithtown School District and NYS Science Teachers Association Teacher of the Year.
Andrew Ehrinpreis ’18, PhD, has accepted a one-year position as a visiting assistant professor in Latin American History at Bowdoin College.
Frank Posillico ’13 received two awards at the 45th Boston/New England Emmy Awards, including “Outstanding Light Feature (Single Report)” for Thrawls and Throttle: Lobster Boat Races in Maine.
Sean Deery ’20 is with Hamptons Commercial Real Estate at Compass.
David Yee PhD ’20, an assistant professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, recently published an article Forging Mixtec Identity in the Mexican Metropolis: Race, Indigenismo and Mixtec Migrant Associations in Mexico City, 1940-1970 in the top-tier, peer-reviewed Journal of Latin American Studies. His book, Informal Metropolis: Life on the Edge of Mexico City, 1940-1976, is in the advanced stages of review with University of Nebraska Press.
Giannina Braschi ’79, ’81 has won the Enrique Anderson Imbert Award, her second lifetime achievement award in six months. This national award recognizes those who have made sustained and significant contributions to the knowledge and dissemination of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures in the United States. She is the Puerto Rican author of the poetry epic Empire of Dreams, the Spanglish classic novel Yo-Yo Boing! and the geopolitical tragicomedy United States of Banana. I hope that you will announce this good news below in your newsletter.
Phillip Lederer ‘73 has retired as Emeritus Professor of Business Administration at the University of Rochester. He received his PhD from Northwestern and resides upstate with his wife Sue and son Julian, in 1830’s Greek revival home with period furnishings. “We send greetings to all of our old friends from ’69!”
Virginia Nolan ‘78 has published a book titled Loving Michael: Everyone Has Special Needs, available on Amazon.com and Barnesand Noble.com.
Nancy Manolakos ‘97 is proud to be re-entering the IT industry as an Application Support Analyst II in New York City.
Triumf H. Qosej ‘97 is pleased to announce that the research article titled “DOING BUSINESS ON THE BLOCKCHAIN SUPERHIGHWAY – Capital Markets and Blockchain Technology Paradigm” – has been published in a second edition on May 12, 2022 at Times Beacon Record family of six newspapers..
Dan Slepian ‘92, of NBC’s “Dateline,” recently had his work featured by The New York Times. Slepian’s work has help to free five men who were wrongfully-convicted of murder.
Jeremy Dennis ’13, photographer and Shinnecock tribe member, has turned his childhood home into a studio for exhibitions, workshops and a residency program for BIPOC artists.
Shannon Malone, Esq. ‘16 wasl be sworn in and admitted to practice law in NYS this past April. After graduating from SBU with honors, she attended Touro Law where she went on to earn CALI academic excellence awards in Criminal Law, Torts, and Legal Process I and II; additionally, she published a law review note discussing the admissibility of recovered repressed memories of sexual abuse in criminal proceedings. She graduated third in my class and earned her Juris Doctor in January 2021. Presently, she is working as an associate attorney at the law firm Glynn Mercep Purcell and Morrison.
FCA, a leading health and human services nonprofit organization on Long Island, recently welcomed Keith Scott ‘18 as its grants director. In this position, Scott will oversee the procurement of grant funding and assist with strategic initiatives including the expansion of programs throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Danielle Shlomit Sofer ’12 will be joining the faculty at the University of Dayton as a tenure-track assistant professor in music theory and music technology this fall, and is also pleased to announce their first monograph being published with MIT Press, which will be released on July 5.
Kara Tompkins ‘16 married Matthew Tompkins on October 15, 2016. They welcomed their first daughter, Mackenzie, on May 19, 2019 and their second daughter, Madison, on February 22, 2022.
Robert Feirsen ’72 is pleased to announce his new book published: From Conflict to Collaboration: A School Leader’s Guide to Unleashing Conflict’s Problem-Solving Power (Rowman & Littlefield/American Association of School Administrators (AASA) as well as a new position as associate professor at Manhattanville College.
Jane Weintraub DDS ’79 has been inducted as the 51st President of the American Association of Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research.
Barry Bass DDS ’81 received the Distinguished Alumni Award during the students white coat ceremony for the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine
Kumu Gupta ’86 was the recipient of the National Society Daughters of American Revolution (NSDAR) Community Service Award. The DAR Community Service Award is a non-competitive award opportunity for chapters and states to provide a recognition to individuals and organizations for performing outstanding voluntary service within the previous five years. Kumu has been active in Community Service, both in Quincy and in India. As member of President’s Challenge program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (under President Obama) Kumu worked with American families to increase health practices with diet and receiving the COVID vaccine. She also received a plaque from AAGPBL (from the Tom Hanks movie ‘ League of their Own’) for promoting women in baseball last month.
Triumf Quosej ’97 has published a research article in the Village Times Herald (of Times Bacon Record News Media Corp.), titled “DOING BUSINESS ON THE BLOCKCHAIN SUPERHIGHWAY – Capital Markets and Blockchain Technology Paradigm.”
Charles Weinrich ’93 is founder at The Wellington Group at Morgan Stanley.
Kerryann Billman ’13 has recently been promoted to Assistant Chief Inspector for the Stormwater Quality department in Houston Public Works. Kerryann began her career at Stony Brook at age 36 as a transfer student after taking 18 years off of school to raise a family She was recently mentioned in the Houston Public Works News to Know newsletter. She is the only woman who holds the title of Assistant Chief Inspector in HPC (Houston Permit Center).
Joanna Chen ’18 has moved to Singapore, gotten a Master’s degree in Technopreneurship and Innovation at Nanyang Technological University and has joined the startup that holds the record for fastest to unicorn.
Rebecca Hayman ’19 is pleased to announce she is a Digital Marketing Manager at Fortis!
John Scalamandre ’17, ’18 has have been elected Co-President of the Investment Banking Club at Columbia Business School.
After graduating from Stony Brook, Amanda Vitale ’16 attended Hofstra law school and upon graduating, spent 2.5 years as a former prosecutor with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. Upon leaving the DA’s office, she secured an associate position at a criminal defense firm in Nassau County with cases throughout New York State, defending the accused.
Caleb Andrade ’21 is living in México and working at Kantar Insights (a UK-based firm) as an executive analyst. Caleb also completed a PhD in mathematics at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He is married with two beautiful daughters, four months and two years old.
Football alumnus TJ Morrison ’21, has signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Morrison continues his professional career in the CFL after spending time with the Las Vegas Raiders of the NFL in 2021.
Debra Scala Giokas ‘87 is pleased to announce the publication and release of her new book “Unraveling Yarns About The First Ladies: A Book To Get Kids Hooked on History.” This is Deborah’s second book. She is a marketing communications professional and is also a member of the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators. The book will be published and available on June 2, 2022. Debra will give a virtual talk at the James Madison Museum of Orange County on May 20 at 6:00pm in celebration of Dolley Madison’s birthday, titled “Unraveling Yarns About the First Ladies.”
Joseph Campolo, Esq. ‘94 has launched a new company, Strata Alliance, that focuses on high-net-worth individuals and business owners. Founder and CEO of Strata Alliance, he manages a team of professional service providers in the fields of accounting, law, mergers and acquisitions, finance, insurance, and others to assist clients. He is also managing partner of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP.
Lily McNair, PhD ‘87, ‘89 has been named Board Chair of Take the Lead for a one-year term, with the opportunity to renew for two years.
Steven Millendorf, Esq. ‘89 has been elected to partner of the law firm Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a seasoned privacy and cybersecurity attorney in Foley & Lardner LLP’s Technology Transactions & Outsourcing; Cybersecurity; and Privacy, Security, & Information Management Practices. With over two decades experience as an engineer, Steve’s practice focuses on counseling a broad range of clients on domestic and international privacy, cybersecurity, and IP matters. Steve’s privacy credentials include the CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM, and FIP.
Christina Vargas ‘90, Chief Diversity Officer and Title X Coordinator, Suffolk Community College, will be honored at Long Island Business News Diversity in Business Awards this coming March.
Dr. Jocelyn Ho ‘16, PhD recently won the International Alliance for Women in Music Ruth Anderson Commission Prize for her piece Women’s Labor, for electronic embedded irons.
Jenna Montalvo ‘18, ‘21 has joined the law firm of Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP as a Marketing Coordinator. “The firm continues to grow in number of attorneys and practice areas,” said Kristina E. Sornchai, Director of Marketing. “Jenna’s education and previous marketing experience have positioned her to assist the team in adding new elements to our current marketing mix, thereby expanding our reach and enhancing our brand,” she added.
Calvin Hu (DMA candidate, piano), was recently announced as one of 10 international Adobe Rising Stars for his travel and food photography.
December 2021/January 2022
Victoria Bonanni ‘74, after retiring from a 35-year writing career, having her own 1-person company, and not working for 11 years, returned to work in 2017 as a sales associate and front cashier for CVS Health at a 24/7 store in her town. She started working at age 17 in retail and enjoys working with the public and values the importance of customer service.
Steve Nelson MD ‘74 has been named Interim Chancellor of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Louisiana’s largest and most comprehensive professional health university.
Jonathan Segal ‘73 released a new single titled “Last Tango at Stony Brook.”
Robert Zwerling ’76 has published a new book “AI-Enabled Analytics for Business”
Chris Kiwus ‘83 has been named interim senior vice president and chief business officer at Virginia Tech.
Steve Pleickhardt ‘81 is the owner and CEO of American Dental 30 miles outside Washington DC. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Dentistry 1985, and is a political candidate who ran for the House of Delegates for the Virginia Assembly.
Sonia K. Bain ‘91 has joined the firm of Blank Rome LLP, in the firm’s New York office as a partner in the Real Estate practice group, which continues to strategically expand its team and enhance its capabilities across key U.S. markets and sectors. Sonia is well-known in the real estate industry and represents developers, retail companies, hotel groups, landlords and tenants, and family offices in New York and across the country in the acquisition and development of numerous types of commercial real estate assets. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Sonia was a real estate partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. In addition to her practice, Sonia currently serves as the president of New York Women Executives in Real Estate (WX), where she has been a board member and officer for five years. WX is an invite-only membership of women in commercial real estate whose mission is to support and enhance the profile and success of women in the industry, dovetailing into Sonia’s passion for mentoring women—particularly those entering their careers in law and the real estate industry at large.
Dina Schuldner ‘94 was recently promoted to Supervising Librarian I in Norfolk Public Library. MA, English Language and Literature, University of Chicago; Master of Library Science, City University of New York at Queens College. Former 7th grade English Language Arts teacher. Former academic librarian and adjunct instructor of Information Literacy.
Robert Babirad ‘04 has authored a book, “A Westhampton Beach Christmas” based in the Hamptons.
Krystyna A. Baumgartner ‘07, ‘08 was recently named a 2021-2022 Front-Runner by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). Information is available here.
Joshua Lory ‘09 received the 2021 Top Product Marketing Influencer from VMWare.
Michael Mennella ‘00, is partner, and private wealth advisor with the Atrium Financial Group, founding member of Northwestern Mutual newly formed private client group. The Atrium Financial Group, a boutique firm within Northwestern Mutual, is expanding its team and presence across New York State, providing further opportunity to deliver a distinctive client experience.
Britta Merwin ‘06, former News 12 Long Island meteorologist, is now an anchor at the new Fox Weather streaming service.
Allison Chan ‘19 is currently working as a nurse practitioner.
Helana Darwin ’16, ’20’s first book is the #1 New Release in Gender Studies on Amazon. “Redoing Gender: How Nonbinary Gender Contributes toward Social Change” is based on her dissertation within the Sociology department. Redoing Gender analyzes the labor of nonbinary outness and advances efforts to theorize social change. Written for a general readership, Redoing Gender aims to increase cisgender readers’ empathy for nonbinary people and willingness to engage as allies in the so-called “gender revolution.”
Ryan Gallagher ‘12 has relocated from Connecticut, and was recently hired at the South Carolina environmental agency in the bureau of air quality. I relocated from Connecticut to Columbia, South Carolina in fall 2019. He is currently a meteorologist.
Ramona S. Ramdeo-Persaud DNP ‘97, ‘99, 01, ‘05, ‘17 currently works at Northwell Health, after obtaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Stony Brook in 2017.
Brendan Shea DMA ’17 and Yerin Kim DMA ’18 are in a violin/piano duo and have released their first studio album next month. It’s titled “The Sound and the Fury”, and was released on 11/12/21 on the Blue Griffin label. Yerin is an assistant professor of piano at Central Washington University.
Amrit P. Singh, Esq. ’17 has been appointed as Co-Secretary of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey. He will be installed at the SABA-NJ Annual Installation Dinner on January 26, 2022. He is an associate at the firm of Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. and is a member of the firm’s Business and Commercial Litigation Group.
Samantha Weber-Fishkin ‘16, ‘18 has been awarded The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has awarded 2021-22 fellowship. Recipients will pursue academic work and lead innovative community projects to empower women and girls.
Scott Zukowski PhD ‘18 is a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for American Studies at the University of Graz, Austria, and also associate editor of the journal Amerikastudien/American Studies.
Christopher March ‘20 recently started medical school at KYCOM.
Kaschit Pandya ’97 is now the Deputy CIO of the entire IRS and the person behind the release of the stimulus checks.
Natalia Cineas ’01 has been selected as a recipient of the 2021 HealthImpact DAISY Nurse Leader Award in Policy. Read more.
Will James ’09 currently develop and produce podcasts and other special projects for a Seattle-based NPR station, including a series TIME named one of the 10 best podcasts of 2020. Read more
JD Allen ’16 this summer was elected vice president of the Press Club of Long Island, the regional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Allen is assistant news director at WSHU and a journalism lecturer at the School of Communication and Journalism.
Geoffrey Bansen ’10 took home his first ever Emmy award during the 64th Annual New York Emmy Awards, for a weather project – the “Weather Squad”!
Rachael Eyler ’19 joined the news team at ABC12 in Flint Michigan. She will cover mid-Michigan. After graduating from Stony Brook, Eyler completed the Wall Street Journal Fellowship. She previously worked at WJFW, an NBC affiliate in Wisconsin.
Nicole Mastrocinque ’16 associate, has joined Barclay Damon’s Commercial Litigation and Construction & Surety Practice Areas. Her primary office location is Buffalo. Mastrocinque concentrates her practice on advising and representing private and public entities in construction and commercial matters. She has gained experience through internships and clerkships where she helped with a range of litigation matters.
Darwin Yanes ’18 recently joined the Towns team at Newsday, Long Island’s only daily newspaper. He will cover North Hempstead. He previously covered Long Beach for the Long Island Herald. While at Stony Brook, he interned at WSHU.
Saifur Rahman PhD ’75 has been elected president of IEEE for 2022.
Charles DeLuca ’84 celebrated his 25th year at Nikon in marketing and customer service.
Justin Frankel, Esq. ’92 has been named a 2021 New York Metro Super Lawyer.
Robbie Samuels ’97, ’02 is pleased to announce the release of his second book “Small List, Big Results: Launch a Successful Offer No Matter the Size of Your Email List.” The book is geared towards entrepreneurs, but would be valuable for fundraisers, board members, community organizers, and anyone trying to get buy-in for an idea. There’s an exercise in the book called “Wake Up Your Network” and the bonus content includes several workbooks to help readers implement the strategies in the book.
Artemis Danehkar ’05 has published a book ““By the River: Stories of Natural Disaster, Ordeal, and Resilience,” a collection of short stories about hurricane Irene in Upstate NY, 2011 and hurricane Sandy, 2012. Artemis is currently working with Long Island Adolescent and Family Services as a sibling specialist.
Martina Clark ’16 is pleased to announce the publication of her book, “My Unexpected Life.”
Micaela Haimov DMA ’15, ’19, Executive Director of Kollective366, a new classical orchestra starting this fall, is excited to announce their inaugural concert, being held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Astoria on November 13, 2021. The concert will also feature fellow Stony Brook alum ShanRong Tuo. www.Kollective366.org
Hameika Hanson ’14 has been elected to the American Society of Adaptation Professionals’ (ASAP) Board of Directors. Hanson, a native of Huntington Station, is currently a community protection specialist at the Nature Conservancy in New York. She begins her board term in fall 2021, where she will continue to advance the work of ASAP’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) committee, which Hanson chaired and helped to establish shortly after joining the professional organization in 2018.
Kristin Schultz ’12 is currently employed as a regional recruitment director for Xavier University, working with students from WNY and Western PA regions.
Virginia Nolan ’78 is pleased to announce the publication of her new book Loving Michael: Everyone Has Special Needs.
Nancy Burner, Esq. ‘85 has been recognized for the eighth consecutive year by Best Lawyers in the practice areas of Elder Law and Trusts and Estates.
Hao Huang DMA ’85 will be part of a livestream commemorating the 150th anniversary of the 1871 Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre that follows up on his podcast series “Blood on Gold Mountain.”
Ed Testa ‘87, AVP for Advancement Services received the Campus Life Partnership Award during the 26th annual Frederick Preston Partnership Awards Ceremony hosted by the Office of the Dean of Students, for his leadership in philanthropic support for students experiencing financial emergencies.
Alejandra Y. Castillo ‘92 was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. As the new head of the Economic Development Administration, she will be responsible for fulfilling the agency’s mission of leading the federal economic development agenda.
Danny Rivera ’99, his debut poetry chapbook, Ancestral Throat, will be published by finishing line press on December 3, 2021. It is now available for preorder.
Natalia Cineas ‘01, senior vice president and system chief Nurse executive for New York City Health + Hospitals, has been honored by The Network Journal as one of its “25 Influential Black Women in Business.” Dr. Cineas has also been selected to be inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Majid Mohammadi PhD ‘06 is pleased to announce the publication of his new book “Stony Brook LI – Where I Was Born Again”
Martina Clark ‘16 has published a memoir. My Unexpected Life: An International Memoir of Two Pandemics, HIV and COVID-19 will be available everywhere books are sold from Northampton House Press on October 5th, 2021.
Chris Cooper ‘18 has earned a spot on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 53-man roster.
Joan Dickinson ‘12, director of community relations for Stony Brook University, recently won the Presidential Excellence Award from the International Town & Gown Association (ITGA), presented in recognition of outstanding leadership through volunteer service or educational achievement.
William Camarda ’77 completed his master’s degree in Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies: History at Harvard University, earning the Thomas Small Award for Academic Achievement and Character and the Dean’s List Academic Achievement Award for candidates with GPAs of 3.8 or higher.
Ena Garay ’77 has started a travel blog, www.travelswithtalek.com, and most recently her book, Cuban Exile Memories, was published.
Richard Schnoll, Esq. ’75 was recently elected Managing Partner of the law firm, Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf LLP, Saddle Brook, NJ.
Clark A. Jablon, Esq. ‘82 has been named to the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the legal profession’s oldest and most respected peer-review publications.
Eileen White PhD ’83 was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences. She is a professor in the Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry at Rutgers University.
Domenique Camacho Moran, Esq. ‘94 has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 in the area of Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management.
Jennifer Konczynski ’98 co-authored a book with her daughter, titled Everything You Never Told Me.
Deborah McElligott ’95 DNP, ANP-BC, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC, CDE was recognized as the 2021 Holistic Nurse of the Year. She is a board-certified Holistic Nurse Practitioner and Integrative Health and Wellness Coach at the Center for Wellness and Integrative Medicine, part of Katz Institute for Women’s Health, at Northwell Health.
Eric Penzer, Esq. ‘93 has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 in the area of Litigation and Trusts and Estates. He was also included in the 2021 Chambers High Net Worth rankings for Private Wealth Disputes – New York.
Elaine Colavito, Esq. ‘03 has been recognized as a Premier Business Woman of Long Island in the Legal Category, by Richner Communications, Inc./The Herald Community Newspapers.
Bryan Field ’00, PhD ’05 authored a book for MIT Press commissioned for their Essential Knowledge Series. The book will be titled A Theory of Everything and is expected to be published in the Spring 2023.
Marco A. Navarrete ’03 is living in Switzerland, married with two children and working at Zurich Insurance as Head of Data Integration in Investment Management.
Jane Chen, Esq. ’14, associate with the firm of Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP’s Real Estate practice group, was recognized by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University as a 2021 recipient of the University’s Outstanding Women in Law Awards.
Jen Cruz, Esq. ‘13 is an associate at the firm of Barclay Damon. She is a member of the Health & Human Services Providers and Health Care Controversies teams. She graduated from Albany Law School of Union University and served as a Barclay Damon summer associate and legal assistant for the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People With Special Needs. She is based in the firm’s Albany office.
Yan Leyfman ’11, as a second author, wrote an institutional retrospective analysis with guideline changing recommendations performed at MSKCC in the largest study in the literature for low grade marginal zone lymphoma of the lung was published in the journal, Blood Advances. This work was recognized as one of the top 200 research projects for 2019 at the 2019 ASH Annual Meeting and presented as a virtual presentation at the 2020 ASCO Medical Student Virtual Research Symposium. In addition, he wrote a book chapter about our model for SARS-CoV-2 and COVI-Flu that was published in July 2021. Yan presented during the 2021 American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Annual Meeting, and was selected in June of 2021 as one of 49 trainees to present at the 2021 ASCO medical student and resident abstract forum about his cancer COVID mechanism. He established an international research mentorship program to elevate the skillset of medical students and help them reach their potential in their specialty of interest and is the ASTCT Educational Committee Associate Director of CAR T Cell Webinar Series, helping to develop a course to educate the public about immunotherapeutic innovations and a member of Education Committee (youngest trainee ever named) There was a podcast about Leyfman was recently released about his journey, Chernobyl and COVID-19. Dr. Muldoon also happens to be an SBU alum.
Kevin Loucks DMA ‘13 has been named CEO of Chamber Music America.
Joseph Piccininni ’14 is a real estate broker in the Hamptons for the last 7 years.
Charlotte Whitney ‘14 has been appointed as a specialist in the Academic Advisement Center at Herkimer County Community College.
Emily Fackelman ‘20 has a new position as a social work float with Cassena Care Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Rachael Eyler ‘19 was featured prominently in a story about how reporters prepare for and handle hostility from the public in the course of doing their jobs. The story ran in the winter issue of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Quill Magazine. Eyler is a weekend anchor and investigative reporter at WJFW, an NBC affiliate station in Wisconsin. Last fall, her JRN 490 project was a finalist for the Online Journalism Association’s David Teeuwen Student Journalism Award.
Ann Lin ’18 and Chris Giuliano ’18 were recently spotlighted in an article by Forbes magazine for research conducted to explore the effectiveness of cancer drugs.
Ana Llácer ’11 directed and produced an award-winning documentary about the water crisis Bolivia faced between 2016 and 2017. “UMA: A Water Crisis in Bolivia” tells the story of three indigenous communities and their fight to protect their water supplies from mining amid a devastating drought.
Guneet K. Singh ‘19 graduated from the NBC Page Program in early 2021 and began working as a Development Assistant at Jimmy Fallon’s production company, Electric Hot Dog, assisting with the creation of both scripted and unscripted content primarily for NBC.
Greg Wehner ‘14 started a new job in February as a staff writer for Ocean City Today in Ocean City, MD where he is building a better digital presence for the outlet. In addition, Wehner recently graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Master’s Degree in Interactive Media and Communications.
Two alumni are finalists for the Livingston Awards, a competition to support young journalists run by the University of Michigan’s Wallace House. Will James ’09 is a finalist in the national competition and Will Welch ’16 is a finalist in the local competition. The competition’s 50 finalists were selected from more than 500 submissions.
James Bowen ’21 is heading to Texas to be a multimedia journalist for KETK-TV.
Karina Gerry ‘20l started a new job as a multimedia journalist at WUTR in Utica this fall. Since starting there, she’s covered local politics, education and, of course, the pandemic.
Brianne Ledda ’21 will join the newsroom at Suffolk County News,
Erika Peters ‘20 completed an internship with NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, home to the Artemis mission, the agency’s lunar exploration program.
Maia Vines ’21 will be pursuing her master’s degree at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School
Nirvani Williams ‘20 beginning this summer will be covering socioeconomic disparities in western Massachusetts as a Report for America fellow at New England Public Media. Nirvani is the third Report for America fellow to graduate from the School. The fellows were Eric Schmid ’18 and Rebecca Liebson ’19.
DPB Financial Planning Expert Len Comberiate ‘73 ‘74 was Inducted into the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists Hall of Fame.
Steven M. Sack, Esq. ‘75, employment law attorney, “The Employee’s Lawyer,” was interviewed by UpJourney for an article titled “What to Do When You Get Fired Unfairly.” Mr. Sack said that, in the event you believe you were unfairly terminated, you should make sure you weren’t fired for your age, race, gender identification, religion, national origin, physical and/or mental disability, sexual preference, or military status.
Clark Jablon, Esq. ‘82 of Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP has been named among the 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.
Patricia Zubini Weiss ‘82 earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner degree, 2020.
Kelly Connolly ‘97 has been chosen by the Board of Education in West Babylon to be a recipient of the 2021 SCOPE Teacher Award. She has taught English at West Babylon High School since 2002.
Ron Popenhagen ‘90 has published a book with Edinburgh University Press; Series: Edinburgh Critical Studies in Modernism, Drama and Performance. The book is titled Modernist Disguise: Masquerade in Modern Performance and Visual Culture (2021).
Michael J. Weinberg ‘90 was promoted to Vice President of Residential Services and Housing Solutions at AHRC New York City. Adjunct Professor at the College of Staten Island – CUNY.
Shanice Douglas ‘13 is the Founder & CEO of Witted Roots, a mental health and emotional wellness platform for millennial women of color.
Catherine Galluzzo ‘17, ‘18 graduated with a Masters in Nutrition in 2017, completed a dietetic internship with Stony Brook Medicine in 2018 and has started a job at The Willows at Ramapo as Chief Clinical Registered Dietitian.
Maura E. Carroll ‘21, registered nurse at South Shore University Hospital, graduated with a Master’s of Nursing Leadership from Stony Brook University.
Edith Osman, Esq ’70 is a recipient of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s 2021 Community Service Award. She was recognized at the organization’s 36th annual judicial reception on May 5.
Jay Hanas, PhD ’81 and his laboratory recently published a paper in the journal Brain Sciences entitled “Distinguishing Alzheimer’s Disease Patients and Biochemical Phenotype Analysis using a Novel Serum Profiling Platform: Potential Involvement of the VWF/ADAMTS13 Axis”. The paper stresses the importance of maintaining adequate blood flow in the brain to help prevent or ameliorate Alzheimer’s disease. Jay is a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Read more here.
Lori Reichel ‘88 wrote an award winning book titled Common Questions Children Ask About Puberty, started the Puberty Prof Podcast this past January, and created an app called TALK Puberty to guide puberty talks (just in time for spring puberty talks). More information can be found here. Reichel aslo teaches future Health and PE teachers at Western Michigan University.
Dean Thomas ’87 received the 2020 Goodpaster Award for Excellence in Research. The award is named in honor of former IDA president and trustee Andrew J. Goodpaster and is given annually in recognition of intellectual leadership within the IDA community.
Zohaib Rattau ’16 works as a product marketing manager at a series C startup called Unqork and founded a digital marketing agency with 6 employees based on Long Island called Insaan (www.Insaan.nyc).
Bansari Sheth, Esq. ’12 has joined the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP in New York as an associate in the litigation department. Bansari handles a range of litigation, with a focus on real estate matters including commercial landlord-tenant disputes and disputes arising from contracts of sale. She also has experience negotiating and drafting residential and commercial lease agreements, amendments, extensions and modifications.
Antonio Xu Liu ’17 has been recognized as a top 100 Ethnic Minority Future Leader for 2021.
Augie Contressa ’20, a defensive back who played in 41 games over a four-year career at Stony Brook, signed a deal with the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Samuel Kamara ’21, a defensive lineman who played in 41 games with Stony Brook, has inked a deal with the Chicago Bears.
TJ Morrison ’20, the 2020 Stony Brook Football captain, was signed to a deal by the Las Vegas Raiders.
Mary Beth (Olbrych) Medley ’70 is the 2021 SSK fest recipient. She was recognized in a condensed virtual ceremony on Friday, April 23rd at 1pm on zoom. She had a long career in music and as a student at SBU, brought many of the big artists to play.
Debra Scala Giokas ’87 authored a children’s book, celebrating Clair McCardell, the American designer who changed fashion culture. The book will be available on May 24 (which would have been McCardell’s 116th birthday), a picture book for children ages 6 through 10, titled “Claire: The Little Girl Who Climbed to the Top and Changed the Way Women Dress. The pen and ink picture book illuminates the fashion icon’s story and will empower little girls.
Hao Huang DMA ’85 was recently interviewed by NowThis about his podcast “Blood on Gold Mountain,” following a recent publication in The Washington Post. His team was also awarded the UCLA Chancellor’s Arts Initiative Award to present “The Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre: 150-year Commemorative Performance and Dialogue”, a live performance in LA on October 24, 2021.
Wei Yin, PhD ‘04, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), has been appointed Associate Dean for Diversity and Outreach for the Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS). An alumna of the College, Professor Yin received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Stony Brook in 2004.
Emil Karolak ’10 has started his own business, Karolak Woodworks, going into the arts; fine woodcrafts. “As a young boy I had my father, an architect, and grandfather, an ex aerospace engineer for Grumman, teaching me things such as reading and creating scaled floor plans and drawings, but also to build things with my hands. I am going to start making bespoke furniture pieces, made to heirloom quality.”
Antonio Xu Liu ’17 recently published an op-ed about the intersection of LGBTQ+ and immigration equality from the perspective of me and my husband’s marriage.
Pierre Cordova ’20 has started a new business consulting firm, Sentinel Advisors Ltd. Visit his LinkedIn page to learn more.
Larry Beinhart ’70 is pleased to announce the publication of his new book, Zombie Pharm, available on Amazon.
Stuart Crystal ’79 started a new role as General Manager of Brevettar, the licensing arm of Upper Deck, working with the rights to iconic athletes such as Wayne Gretzky, Tiger Woods, LeBron James and Michael Jordan.
Eugene Schlanger’s ‘76 book September 11 Wall Street Sonnets (published in Paris in a bilingual French-English edition on the 5th anniversary of the terrorist attack) will be republished on the 20th anniversary later this year. Coverage included the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and the German press which did a follow-up story on the 15th anniversary.
Hao Huang DMA ‘85, a pianist who served as a four-time United States Information Agency Artistic Ambassador is working on a podcast project with a fellow alum, “Blood on Gold Mountain” The first podcast released was aired on March 24, Press Play at National Public Radio KCRW-FM has broadcast an interview about our Blood on Gold Mountain podcast! Click here to read more.
Mitchell Krame MD ’81 celebrated his 5th year as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Huntington Hospital Northwell Health. Dr. Kramer is also an Associate Professor at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and Assistant Professor at the Hofstra/Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician.
Michael Kruger, PhD ‘85 has been named dean of Texas Christian University’s College of Science & Engineering. He has served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Dakota since 2017, overseeing 17 departments and nine centers and institutes. Previously, he was associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 2013 to 2017.
Derek Petersen ’88 received Long Island Business News Diversity in Leadership award.
Stephanie Baez ‘08 has been recognized by City and State’s 2021 “Above and Beyond” class!
Joshua Friedlander ’09 has started a new financial planning firm on Long Island, ArisGarde, designed to help the ultra-affluent, business owners, and physicians/dentists meet their premier planning goals.
Dr. Paul Giangrasso ‘96, DPT ‘06, a graduate from the Philosophy Program and the School of Health Technology and Management, recently published a book by the title “Opaciphobia,” which is out on Amazon. The book talks on subjects of mental health and self-compassion and represents his blending of education he received here at SBU.
Joseph Maggio ’12 has been named Illinois football program’s Director of Video,
Santiago Salinas, PhD ’12, faculty member in the biology department at Kalamazoo College, has been awarded tenure, recognizing his excellence in teaching, scholarship and service to the College. The honor signifies the College’s confidence in the contributions the professors will make throughout their careers. Salinas, the Roger F. and Harriet G. Varney Assistant Professor of Biology, teaches classes such as vertebrate biology and human physiology. His research interests include his work in the K Fish Lab, where he and his student collaborators study the ways fish populations cope with changes in the environment.
Ellen Stanton ’72 is completing a documentary about seals and sea lions. Visit www.lajollaharborseals.net to read more.
Giannina Braschi ’79, ’81, is the subject of the new book Poets, Philosophers, Lovers: On the Writings of Giannina Braschi (U Pittsburgh). Edited by “Professor Latinx” Frederick Luis Aldama and Tess O’Dwyer, this new book features a foreword by Ilan Stavans, essays by 15 scholars in 6 countries, plus a rare interview with Braschi. visit gianninabraschi.com for more info.
Ruth Gotian ’92, is in a contract to write a new book, The Success Factor, Developing the Mindset and Skill Set for Peak Performance (Kogan Page, 2022). She has also been named to the “Thinkers50 Radar List.”
Dr. Robert (Bob) Hitchcock MD ’94 is the Executive Director of Medical Services for TimelyMD, where he oversees a national network of medical and mental health physicians and advanced practice practitioners that serve hundreds of thousands of students at TimelyMD partner institutions.
Patrick Jenkins ’90, President of Patrick D. Jenkins & Associates, has been named to City and State New York’s 2021 50 Over 50 list.
Michele Harper MD ’05 has published a memoir titled The Beauty in Breaking which has been named a New York Times Notable Book.
Kinga Augustyn ’13 is pleased to announce her new recording “Turning in Time” was released this January. The album features solo violin compositions including two world premieres by Krzysztof Penderecki and Debra Kaye. It can be heard on all major platforms (or on a physical disc).
Meghan Costa ’10 is a professional beatboxer for Stiletta.net, who most recently released a music video with a message of hope for the world.
Steven Hromin ’18 has a new book titled WEALTH: How to Set Yourself Up for Financial Success, available on Amazon.
Rebecca MacDonell-Yilmaz MD ’12 worked with two fellow pediatricians to publish We Stand Together Just Six Feet Apart, a children’s book explaining the coronavirus pandemic to kids ages 3-8. The book proceeds have raised over $1,200 for No Kid Hungry.
Nickcoles Martinez ’11 had his first peer-reviewed journal article, “Increasing Museum Capacities for Serving Non-White Audiences,” published recently in Curator the Museum Journal.
Shafkat Rakib ‘14 has joined Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna, a boutique insurance recovery law firm that launched in January, as an associate. He joins from Anderson Kill, and has interned with the Legal Aid Society of New York.
Charles Bleecher MD, FACP ’82, internist and geriatric medicine physician, has joined New York Health (NYHealth) in Port Jefferson Station.
Michael Fuggini ’88 has been appointed senior VP of operations, Quality & Process Engineering for Micross Holdings. Micross is the leading global supplier of turnkey high-reliability microelectronic services and products for the defense, space, commercial aerospace, medical and severe-duty industrial applications.
Edward Knapp ’82 has been appointed to the board of directors for the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). He is the corporate chief technology officer for American Tower.
Patricia Marcin, Esq. ’81 attorney at Farrell Fritz, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyer in America in the field of trusts and estates law.
Dan O’Neill MD ’83 is pleased to announce the publication of his new book, “Survival of the Fit: How Physical Education Ensures Academic Achievement and a Healthy Life.”
David Schulenberg ’82, a music history professor at Wagner College, has published a new Bach biography with Oxford University Press.
Claire Spettell ’82, ’86 is an advisory board member at Newtopia Inc., a leading habit change platform for disease prevention.
Françoise B. Bonnell ’90, Army veteran, has been appointed by the Fort Monroe Authority as the new director to oversee the Casemate Museum, which houses a trove of artifacts from the installation’s storied history. She has 22 years of military service under her belt, and she began her new role as the director of museums, education and interpretation,
Domenique Camacho Moran, Esq. ’90, attorney at Farrell Fritz, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyer in America in the field of Employment Law.
Jacqueline Grace ’99 has been appointed senior VP & general manager of Tropicana Casino.
Liam Harrington ’97 has been appointed as president of Durante Rentals.
Amy Liao PhD ’93, president of Brooks Life Science Services, has received the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Wallace A. Coulter award for innovation in healthcare. The Coulter award recognizes an outstanding individual who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to and made important contributions to patient healthcare.
Christopher Adam ’02 has joined OCLI (Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island), a highly respected multi-practice ophthalmology and optometry group. He specializes in medical and surgical management of diseases of the retina and vitreous.
Joseph Antonelli ’09 has a new job as a Deputy Commissioner at NYC DoITT and was elected Deputy Chief at the Manhasset-Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department.
Robert Babirad ’04 is pleased to announce that he has authored a book titled “In-Transit Passenger – Making the Journey Matter,” released April 6, 2020.
Gregory Bohle ’08, DDS, MD, FACS has joined Adelberg-Montalvan Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics and now provides pediatric oral surgery for the practice’s patients.
Margo DelliCarpini ’99, ’05, vice provost for strategic educational partnerships and dean of the College of Education and Human Development at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), has been named chancellor of Penn State Abington, after a national search.
Darren Kaufman MD ’80, ’00 has joined the nephrology team at New York Health.
Chengyu Liang, MD, PhD ’04 has been appointed as professor in the Molecular & Cellular Oncogenesis Program of the Wistar Institute Cancer Center, an international biomedical research leader in cancer, immunology and infectious diseases.
Amoy Walker ’05 of the Atlanta Girls’ School (AGS) was recognized as teacher of the year by the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA).
Lauren Schulz ’03 has joined the practice at New York Health (NY Health)
Aisha Alvarez ’05, ’10 is pleased to announce the publication of her book, Mommy’s Smile, now trending on amazon.
Brian Kroll ’18 has been named the new director of fine arts for Islip School District
Rachel Naomi Kudo ’17 has continued to perform and teach in various venues around the world, including at the 2019 Bachfest Leipzig and Musik- und Kongresshalle in Lübeck, Germany since her time at Stony Brook as a pianist. She has been engaged as a live stream host for the 2020 U.S. National Chopin and 2019 Cliburn Junior International Piano Competitions. In February 2021, in a Virtual Special Event for The Gilmore, she will present the world premiere of Marc-André Hamelin’s Suite à l’ancienne, which she commissioned with funding from the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. She got married in May 2019.
Isai Jess Muñoz ’10 is pleased to share that the new recording of “Visca L’Amor: Catalan Art Songs of the 20th and 21st Centuries,” featuring tenor Isaí Jess Muñoz (DMA Voice Performance ‘10) and pianist Oksana Glouchko (DMA Piano Performance ’11), was released on Bridge Records January 15, 2021. This recording of 20th and 21st century Catalan composers showcases six song cycles by Frederico Mompou, the only well-known figure among them, as well as rarely heard works by Eduard Toldrà, Joan Comellas, Ricard LaMotte de Grignon, Narcís Bonet, and a world premiere recording of a new commission by living Catalonian composer, Elisenda Fábregas. Dr. Muñoz now serves as associate professor of voice and opera at the University of Delaware and as vice president of the National Opera Association.
Cara O’Connor PhD ’05, ’16, ’17, assistant professor of social sciences for the Borough of Manhattan Community College, has received the Distinguished Teaching Award for 2020. She is currently working on a book-length project tentatively titled “Unraveling Respect,” which includes chapters on amour-propre, respectability politics, primary goods and disability rights. O’Connor currently co-directs the Society for Women in Philosophy-New York City (SWIP-NYC).
Donovan Alexis ’20, hotel administrator at the Holiday Inn Express, has produced a two-minute commercial that highlights not only the best of the hotel, but the numerous activities and sites in the Three Village area. The commercial took four days of shooting and includes drone shots of the Old Field Lighthouse, Avalon Park and Preserve, Stony Brook Village and the Port Jefferson waterfront.
Amanda Albin DMD ’20 has joined Adelberg-Montalvan Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics as an orthodontist
August – December 2020
Diana Acosta ’06, ’07 has been named a “2020 Latino National Security & Foreign Policy Next Generation Leader” by The Diversity in National Security Network and New America.
Jake Adwar ’13, ’14 is the certified responsible engineer (CRE) of recurring flight software for the upcoming Delta IV Heavy launch of the NROL-44 mission.
Neil Alper ’71 retired as associate professor of economics, emeritus, from Northeastern University in December 2016.
Alyssa Amato ’01 is a real estate broker with The Corcoran Group in NYC, primarily covering properties in Manhattan and Brooklyn. In this role, she has the opportunity to guide clients through an important life change, while experiencing some of the most fantastic architecture in the world.
Robert Babirad ‘04 has a new travel memoir titled In-Transit Passenger: Making the Journey Matter.
Randy Bennett ’73 received the 2020 E.F. Lindquist Award. This award is presented jointly by AERA and ACT in recognition of outstanding applied or theoretical research in the field of testing and measurement. The award is meant to acknowledge a body of research of an empirical, theoretical, or integrative nature rather than a single study.
Modiha Bhatti ’06 works for NYC Economic Development Corporation.
Thomas S. Bianchi ‘81 is an oceanographer and biogeochemist. He is currently the Jon and Beverly Thompson Endowed Chair of Geological Sciences at the University of Florida and editor-in-chief of the journal Marine Chemistry. Learn more.
Claudy Bince ’08 married Ashley Beard this past July in Brooklyn. Claudy is a corporate law associate at the New York City firm of Clery Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
Michael Broz ’17 was accepted and has enrolled as a doctoral student in the Philosophy Department at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Patti Cuartas ‘96, ‘00 was recently promoted to associate CMIO at Mt. Sinai.
Alyson Chadwick ’92 has published a collection of poetry and essays Travels with Pete: What the Grist Mill Has Produced.
Tiffany Channer ’07 is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Preston Chadwick Telemaque. Born November 24, 2020, 7 pounds, 19.5 inches at 12:30 pm.
Terrence Crossdale ’09 has started a new role as a senior web engineer at Bloomberg LP, fully embracing his senior leadership role.
Ciahnan Darrell ’10 has authored his debut novel A Lifetime of Men, which has been released by Propertius Press.
Jonnell Doris ’01, ’02 has been appointed by New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio as commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services. He was honored by City & State with “The Responsible 100” award at a virtual event this past December.
Leon Dorsey ’16 recorded eight exuberant and swinging renditions of the finest tunes from The Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band along with his trio members Michael Wolff and Mike Clark.
Ed Fabian ’08, president of American Eagle systems, was featured in a Newsday LI Business “Long Island Road to Recovery” for tailoring their services to help stamp out COVID.
James Gasperino, MD ‘99, chair, medicine; vice president, critical care perioperative and hospital medicine; associate chief medical officer, Brooklyn Hospital Center, was selected by Crains as one of the notable in health care 2020.
Frank Granati, DDS ’78, ’82 recently affiliated his dental practice with Heartland Dental Inc, a Dental service Organization in Patchogue, NY.
Christine Goerke ’94 was honored at the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s first ever online gala on December 3, 2020.
Rebecca Grella, PhD ’99, ’01, ’12, ’20 has been named an outstanding teacher by the University of Chicago in recognition of going “above and beyond” in the classroom. She is a science research teacher at Brentwood High School.
Clarence Hall, PhD ’14, has been a full-time faculty member in history at Queensborough Community College since 2014. Hall published his first book in November 2020.
Shrikant Iyer ‘01 has set a Guinness World Record by creating the world’s largest origami dragon.
Clark Jablon, Esq. ’82, attorney at the Philadelphia law firm of Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP, was named to the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the legal profession’s oldest and most respected peer-review publications.
James “Jim” Lee ’77 has been appointed the regional CEO of Kona Community Hospital. He most recently served as interim hospital administrator at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center on Oahu.
Yan Leyfman MD ’11, ‘18 has worked during the pandemic to connect several hospitals and frontline workers with the resources to acquire PPE. As a volunteer with the Penn State COVID-19 Engineering Group, he worked to devise novel strategies of disinfection to prolong the life of PPE and helped to write a summary of their findings. He also volunteered with COVID-19 patients both locally, nationally and internationally, giving talks about the pandemic in multiple languages. Additionally, Yan was recruited to join the Global COVID-19 Taskforce to serve as a Special Advisor for Immunology, Oncology and Cellular Therapeutics, where he worked to devise solutions and shape policy to improve survival outcomes. This resulted in one of the largest international anthologies about COVID-19, published in the Journal of Global Infectious Disease adding novel perspectives about the virus to the literature. Yan was made Director of the Immunology Group, where he lead an international cohort of MDs, PhDs, and MD-PhDs that produced the first cohesive mechanism of action for SARS-CoV-2, a new prognostic assay to predict patient outcomes, and presented the first synergistic paradigm between the flu and SARS-CoV-2, termed “COVI-Flu”, and model along with therapeutic interventions and preventative strategies for both. Yan was recognized for research excellence by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and as a 2020 New York State & City Manhattan Hero for his community service and research contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stephanie Hayman ’12, ’18 is pleased to announce her new book Surviving My First Decade in Corporate America will be sold on Amazon, Apple and Google stores beginning next week.
Vanessa Herman ’94, ’08 has been named vice president for Government and Community Relations at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Linda Humes ’77, adjunct assistant professor in the Africana Studies Department at John Jay College, led the unveiling of a new stamp to commemorate Kwanzaa, which celebrates values and beliefs around African-American heritage.
Warren Lenard ’82 has been named Chief Technology Officer of the Year honoree by IBJ. Selected from over 40 nominees, the award recognizes the great technological strides Byrider is making.
Scott Middleton, Esq. ’84 was recently elected president of East End Arts.
Brian Muff ’19 is a newly published author of the young adult suspense novel Lady of the Lake.
Timon Parris ’17 was claimed by the Atlanta Falcons — landing Parris on Atlanta’s 53-man roster for the season opener against the Seahawks.
Eric Penzer, Esq. ’93, attorney at the firm of Farrell Fritz, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021.
Derek Peterson ‘88 was awarded for being an innovator who brings products of global scale to market and has been featured by the Journal of Black Innovation among many extraordinary innovators in the 20th annual 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology!
Patricia C. Marcin, Esq ’81, partner at the firm of Farrell Fritz, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021.
Joseph Moreno, Esq. ’96 authored an article for Bloomberg News titled “Leaving BigLaw and Transitioning to In-House in a Pandemic.”
Domenique Camacho Moran, Esq. ‘90, partner at the firm of Farrell Fritz, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021.
Triumf Qosej ‘97 is CEO & Founder of Strategic e-Business Systems, Inc., a premier e-business and management consulting company.
Diana Romeo ‘92 recently published her first book, From an Autism Mom with Love.
Mallory Rothstein ’15 participated in a Tedx talk recently titled “What Going Back To My High School Taught Me” as part of TEDxMilpitasHighSchool.
Serena Sacks ’87 has accepted a role at Microsoft as the National Customer Success Leader for the Education Industry after 25 years in Fortune 100 companies (IBM, Walt Disney World, etc) and 10 years as a public sector education CIO.
Keith Scott ’18 will be receiving the 2020 LIBN 30 under 30 award.
Amier Shenoda, Esq. ’07 has been recognized on the 2020 New York Metro List of Super Lawyers – Rising Stars.
Bruce Stern ’72 has authored a new book titled Reflecting on Failure available via Amazon.
Kaitlin Woody ’07 has been selected for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Centurions Fall 2022 Class. The Centurions Leadership Program of The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce spends two years exploring the opportunities and issues of the Kansas City metropolitan area to prepare a representative cross-section of the community’s emerging leaders for their role in shaping the future of greater Kansas City.
Joseph Underwood ’14, ’17 recently won a 2020 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.
Earlier this year, alumni siblings Karen Tsai, MD ’17 and Kevin Tsai, MD ’19 made headlines for their work securing critical PPE donations. This fall, they made headlines once again as presenters at The Emmy Awards.
Steven Hromin ‘18 recently wrote a personal finance self-help book titled WEALTH: How to Set Yourself Up for Financial Success.The COVID-19 pandemic inspired Hromin to write something that will help others put themselves in the best financial position going forward. Hromin recently accepted a Full-Time offer to join JPMorgan Chase as a Global Finance analyst.
April – July 2020
Roy Flores ’00, ’04 recently became the president of the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association. This is the membership association for athletic trainers, healthcare professionals that work in all settings to teach prevention of injuries, provide emergency care, and evaluate and rehabilitate injuries.
Amy Ellis ’11, ’19 is a clerk of the Suffolk County Legislature.
Anitra Eiding Ingalls ‘97 married David Alexander Hyde at the Golden Hind Farm in Madaket, on Nantucket Island, Mass. Antira is research assistant at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Palisades, N.Y. She is to begin doctoral studies in geochemistry at the State University at Stony Brook, L.I., in the fall.
Franck Joseph II ’12, deputy commissioner for community relations, NYC Commission on Human Rights, was named one of the 16 Queens heroes by City and State who are the locals leading the borough through the COVID-19 crisis.
Karen Tsai, MD ’17, Kevin Tsai, MD ’19 and their organization DonatePPE.org have donated more than 1.2 million PPE to hospitals in COVID hotspots such as New York City, the Bay area, Southern California, New Orleans, Atlanta, Chicago and Boston to date.
Katerina Kramarchyk, Esq. ’10, associate at the firm of Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy, has been selected as an “Up & Coming Attorney” by the Daily Record.
Joseph Park MD ’14, will be on the upcoming 16th season of the ABC show “The Bachelorette” expected to premiere at some point in the fall.
Mary Beth Patterson retired from New York’s Stony Brook University Hospital in 2018, but returned to work when the coronavirus pandemic hit, joining daughter Kelly Patterson ‘15 on the front lines. The two appeared on The Today Show to talk to Al Roker about their experience working side by side.
Milagros “Milly” Peña ’86, PhD ’90 has been named as the next president of SUNY Purchase. She will be the first Hispanic woman to lead a SUNY college.
Nicole Abiss ’16 has invented Extendabone, an extender to make trombones accessible to children, smaller individuals and those with limited mobility. She is a trombone instructor at Montclair State University in New Jersey and has led clinics at many universities and music festivals.
Osaze Uzamere ’07 has been appointed as chief of staff by Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki,
Richard Napolitano ’83 has been appointed CEO of Advisor360°.
Thomas Lipani Jr. ‘08 has been appointed the new principal of Grundy Avenue Elementary School in the Sachem Central School District, effective July 1,
Todd Goffman ‘92 has joined Globalization Partners as General Counsel.
Venkat Chebolu PhD ’83, professor of chemistry at Jefferson Community College has been named as a recipient of the 2020 SUNY Chancellor’s Award.
Nancy Anderson ’84 is vice president of Aircraft Modernization & Modification at Boeing. Most recently, she returned to Oklahoma City to take the firm’s top executive post in town after starting her career with Boeing there 22 years ago.
Ashliann Arditi ‘19 is a Science Teacher at SA Upper West. Ashliann recently won a Rookie of the Year Award, which recognizes first-year teachers who have embraced the challenge of teaching and demonstrated significant growth.
Ahmed Belazi ’06, ’10 and Allison Kruger ’13 are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jude.
Peter Berger ’78 has retired from his career as an interventional cardiologist, during which he has worked at the Mayo Clinic in MN, Duke in NC, Geisinger in PA and Northwell in NY, with increasing administrative responsibilities along the way. He is still involved with some research projects and consulting and serves on an advisory committee to the Commissioner of Health for NYC.
Gail Cafferata ’66, ’70 wrote the article “Gender, Judicatory Respect and Pastors’ Well-Being in Closing Churches”, which was published in the June 2020 issue of Review of Religious Research. The research for this publication was conducted while she served as a Visiting Researcher at Boston University Center for Practical Theology, School of Theology, with financial support from The Louisville Institute’s Project Grant for Researchers. Gail is a Priest Associate at The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa, CA, where she lives with her husband Robert.
Frank Cipriani ’91 is currently a specialist professor at Monmouth University, where he is advisor to the “Nuestros Sonidos Latinos” radio show. The radio show has been nominated by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s award for best Foreign Language radio broadcast for three consecutive years and this year, was named the top foreign language university broadcast in the United States
Shaun Comfort ’84 has published his first book How Much Is that Cure in the Window?: Simple Math Solutions for Complicated Problems in Biology, Medicine, and Healthcare. The book draws on his experience in physics, neurology, and biopharmaceutical medicine to present an accessible and entertaining book that gives you the ability to evaluate and understand many of the pressing issues in healthcare today using no more than simple algebra and reasoning.
John Cona ’87 has two young adult fantasy-adventure novels coming out in 2020. The first one launched on June 30 under the pen name Prof. WW Marplot and includes many scenes at Stony Brook University.
Genevieve Sly Crane ’12 has been awarded the Whiting Award, based on the early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come for her book, Sorority. She teaches in the Creative Writing and Literature BFA program at Stony Brook. Sorority (Scout Press, 2018) is her first publication.
Amy Ellis ’11, ’19 is a clerk of the Suffolk County Legislature.
Jordan Goldrich ’73 has authored a new book, Workplace Warrior. Jordan has created a successful business as an executive coach.
Michael Griffin, Esq. ’93 was recently featured in the Chambers USA 2020 Guide, a publication ranking the leading lawyers and law firms across the U.S. Mr. Griffin is a Principal and Office Litigation Manager in the Seattle office of Jackson Lewis P.C where he focuses his practice on employment litigation.
Renée Fannon ‘18 is a first grade lead teacher at SA Bensonhurst and has won an Excellence Award for ETHOS, which recognizes school staff who have exemplified the SA values of Excellence, Teamwork, Humor, Ownership, and Scholars.
Marisa Femia ’17 is currently teaching ENL in the Hauppauge School District.
Megan Harned ‘12 is working for a new mental health startup called Mental Health Match. Their mission is to make it easier for people to find a therapist using their matching tool and algorithm that show searchers skilled therapists who are in their budget and are best matched to their needs.
Assemblyman Carl Heastie ’90 is listed in the 2020 Albany Power list, ranked #10
Patrick Jenkins ’90, founder, Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates, is listed in the 2020 Albany Power list, ranked #68.
Tamika Julien ’15 DNP, CNM, WHNP-BC, CLC is the newest member of the Yale School of Nursing midwifery faculty practice, where she is sharing her expertise with students in the midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Graduate entry prespecialty in nursing programs as lecturer. She is also caring for the underserved population at the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center and the Vidone Birthing Center at Saint Raphael campus of Yale New Haven Hospital.
Sohyun Kim ’15 is currently working on her diplomat and civil servant exams in Daegu, South Korea.
Karin Falcone Krieger ’90, authored an article on the history of Dover Publications, “This is a Permanent Book” which was recently published in Contingent Magazine.
Dr. Yan Leyfman ’11 was recruited by the Global COVID-19 Taskforce to serve as a special adviser for Immunology, Oncology and Novel Therapeutics and to lead the Immunology Group in devising solutions and shaping policy to improve survival outcomes. Most recently, he has been elected to serve as a member of American Society for Transplantation & Cellular Therapy’s (ASTCT) Educational Committee to develop novel educational opportunities for fellows, residents, and medical students in hopes of inspiring them to pursue careers in transplant and oncology, respectively. Yan was chosen to present during The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Virtual Medical Student Research Symposium on June 30, 2020 highlighting the work of 45 medical students across the US. He delivered a brief presentation on new treatment recommendations for the management of a rare type of lymphoma of the lung.
Daniel Kivatinos ’01, ‘02 and Michael Nusimow ’01, co-founders of DrChrono, have teamed up with Cognition IP to help it draft new patent applications that will focus on machine learning technology. In May, DrChrono launched a fully integrated telemedicine app exclusively to its network of providers and is First EHR to build a telemedicine physician marketplace for patients. Most recently, the company has partnered with Ricoh to automatically scan patient ID, medical documentation and referrals, helping patients for a seamless process into the DrChrono EHR.
Katerina Kramarchyk, Esq. ’10, associate at the firm of Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy, has been selected as an “Up & Coming Attorney” by the Daily Record.
Luisa Le Donne, PhD ’17 has moved to Italy and now has a postdoctoral position at the Italian Institute of Technology, Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems.
Christopher Legare ’15 recently graduated from Penn State College of Medicine and will be starting an emergency medicine residency program at St. Luke’s University Hospital.
Ninrav Makwana MD ’07 has joined Rhode Island Medical Imaging as a radiologist. Dr. Makwana did his residency at Rhode Island Hospital in the Brown Department of Diagnostic Imaging as well as an internship in the Brown Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Makwana’s teaching experience includes presentations given to the Brown University Department of Diagnostic Imaging.
George J. Meyer, Esq. ’74, ’78, co-chair of the shareholder and construction industry group at the firm of Carlton Fields, has been appointed to the American College of Construction Lawyers’ (ACCL) Board of Governors.
Joseph Moreno, Esq. ’96 is general counsel at SAP National Security Services, Inc. (SAP NS2), a client based in Northern Virginia.
Jennifer Muilenburg ’07 graduated the Nurse Practitioner program in 2007 and has recently ventured as a new business owner. She is a nurse practitioner and acupuncturist with an office located in Stony Brook Medical Park, Just Enjoy Life Acupuncture And Wellness Center.
Caitlin Mullen ‘17 received rave reviews for her first novel, Please See Us. She has been the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Saltonstall Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center. The New York Times review, coupled with NPR’s Books to Read during the Pandemic has made Caitlin’s book a must read this spring.
Safa Naibzada ‘14 is a sixth grade science teacher at SA Bronx Middle School and won an award for Achievement, which recognizes educators who, through their outstanding instruction, have led their students to exceptional academic growth. She says her decision to pursue education stems from her experience as a teaching assistant at Stony Brook while majoring in History — as well as what she learned from her parents’ experiences: “As immigrants, my parents were able to build a wonderful life here due to the education they received in their home country. I always had a passion to share that same opportunity with young people.”
Atabek Nazirovbout ’98 was appointed to become a head of the Capital Markets Development Agency in Uzbekistan, which is also a securities market regulator. The goal of the agency is to develop a functioning domestic capital market system, to support economic growth, and the wide reform agenda promoted by the President Mirziyoyev.
Edith Ohadekwe ’02 became a registered nurse and worked in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She relocated to the city of London in England, UK where she attended graduate school and earned a Master of Science degree in Health Management). Since then, she got married, is a mother of two young children and has been working in England’s National Health Service (NHS) for 11 years as a manager of several outpatient services and an inpatient ward/unit.
Elizabeth Pincus ’08 was just elected to the role of AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses) National Vice President for the 2020-2022 term.
Ronnie Schindel, Esq. ’89 has joined the firm of Pryor Cashman as co-chair of its Family Law Group.
Yalile Suriel,’14, a PhD candidate in the Department of History, has won the American Education Research Association (AERA) Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research.
Sofia Varino, PhD ’14, ’17 will be a postdoc fellow at the Minor Cosmopolitanisms research training group in the department of English and American Studies at Potsdam University, in cooperation with Humboldt University and Freie University, in Berlin, Germany. She will be working on her new book on multispecies genealogies of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as supervising doctoral candidates and collaborating with other researchers in the group
Giselle Zabranskey ’16 is now a financial aid advisor at the University of Buffalo (SUNY).
Diane Zinna ’96 will have her first book The All-Night Sun published by Random House on July 14, 2020. It is set in Sweden, Washington, DC, and a town based on Port Jefferson. Learn more about her novel at dianezinna.com.
Emily Cappiello ’07 has joined Stony Brook University’s Office of Marketing and Communications team as a Media Relations Specialist. She most recently was the Executive Editor of Gourmet Insider Magazine and Senior Editor for HomeWorld Business Magazine, ICE Publications.
Robert Feirsen ’75 is chairperson of the Department of Education at NYIT.
Charles A. Fleming ’77 has been elected president of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society.
David M. Miller DDS ’86 was inducted as Nassau County Dental Society’s Treasurer on January 19, 2020
Wayne Park ’94 has joined the global asset management firm American Century Investments as head of Personal Financial Solutions.
Atefeh “Atti” Riazi ’84 has been named Chief Information Officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She previously was the chief information technology officer and assistant secretary general at the United Nations.
Erik Ulrich ’07, Clinical Director and Interim Director of Social Services and Mental Health at Little Flower Children’s Services of New York received the CEO Innovation Award for his ongoing dedication to the mental health needs of the Residential Treatment Center residents.
Justin Waryold ’14 will receive the 2020 Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator Award by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Facilities on April 25, 2020 at the annual meeting in Chicago.
Cliff Weisner, Esq. ’95 has been named principal of Lee & Associates South Florida in Miami. His area of practice will focus on retail investment sales and leasing.
Richard Weiss, Esq. ’76 has joined the law firm of Schoeman Updike & Kaufman LLP, a WBENC-certified women owned law firm founded in 1969 (new firm name is Schoeman Updike Kaufman & Gerber LLP and has 27 lawyers, in offices in New York, New York and Wayne, New Jersey.)
Dr. Phyllis Zagano’s ‘79 new book, Women: Icons of Christ is a groundbreaking review of the sacramental ministry of women throughout Christian history and the answer to current Catholic disciplinary objections to restoring women to the ordained Diaconate . Dr. Zagano was appointed to the Pontifical Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women in 2016.
December 2019/January 2020
Vincent Ashby ’73, received the 2020 MLK Humanitarian Award from Trident Technical College, Medical University of South Carolina.
Steven Attias ’70 is celebrated his 4th year retirement anniversary in December.
Victoria-Ann Bonanni ’74 is one of the recipients of the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dominik Biezonski ’04 has earned his PhD from UMass, performed post-doctoral research at Harvard and Columbia and became an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia. He turned to professional grant writing for an HHMI-supported lab at Rockefeller University and is currently the Senior Scientific Grant Writer for the entire New York Genome Center. He has also had a prolific music career, playing sold out shows in NYC and releasing 2 full-length albums and many more singles and got married recently.
Steve Bilzi ’72 is an apple consultant, business and real estate concerns, former Chairman for the local Board of Education and held several North Carolina state and local appointments in technology, education and business. He is a proud father of five children, and proud grandfather of five grandchildren.
James Betts ’67 continues to do Scottish country dancing and has traveled through France and Normandy with his wife and fellow alumnae Grace Kessler Betts ’67.
Mitchell Bressack ’73, after 37 years in private practice of dermatology, sold his practice and joined a medical school as a part-time faculty member.
Howard Blue ’63 has been writing since retiring from teaching high school history. His first book, “Words of War,” a book about U.S. radio during World War II, came out in 2002. He writes occasionally for a local newspaper in Columbia County, New York. Most recently, he writes for the Rheinstrom Community Foundation, working on a biography of the late Carroll Rheinstrom.
Gail (Erickson) Cafferata ’66, ’70 recently published a book The Last Pastor: Faithfully Leading a Closing Church (Westminster John Knox Press, 2020). She served as a medical sociologist at Episcopal Divinity School for nearly 25 years before ordination as an Episcopal priest. She served a Northern California congregation for nine years before it closed in 2012, writing the book based on a national study of pastors who had similar experiences and her personal experience.
Joseph Campolo, Esq. ’94 and Scott Middleton, Esq. ’84, managing partners of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP are pleased to announce the firm has been recognized on the Forbes “America’s Top Trusted Corporate Law Firms” List.
Mireya Castillo ’06, ’13 is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Priscilla Love.
Anthony Claudio ’85, is a teacher and has started volunteer work teaching kids how to play ultimate frisbee.
Dana Castro ’15, ’16 has started working as a scientist at Estee Lauder in October 2018.
Scott Cohen ’85 DDS received his DDS from Columbia School of Dental and Oral Surgery followed by a Medical degree from SUNY Brooklyn Downstate College of Medicine and then completed an internship in general surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He then completed an Oral and Maxillofacial surgical residency from Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is currently in private practice in Denville, New Jersey, in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Ruth Clifford PhD ’75 continues to work in private practice in California, specializing in couples and sex therapy.
Barton Davis ’71, ’76, is a co-author of a children’s book series with Julian Lennon. Their latest book, “Touch The Earth” made the New York Times bestseller list and is being produced as an animated TV series. Their work will continue with their next book, “The Morning Tribe.”
Carol Dahir ’71, educator, author and consultant nationally and internationally, is a professor in the Department of School Counseling, New York Institute of Technology
Carol Davis Wiebelt ’76, ’81 has retired from government service and public school teaching.
Linda Delaney Davis ’79 has retired from 31 years in public school teaching (grades 6-12) and is now working as a professional assistant for astronomy classes at Suffolk County Community College (Eastern Campus)
Keshab Dwivedy PhD ’75, retired as principal engineer from Nuclear and moved to North Carolina.
Ayse Erzan ’76 retired from Istanbul Technical University in 2012 and was given the APS Sakharov prize for 2020.
Bernard Fialkoff DDS ’80, New York gum and dental implant specialist, organized a NYC Dentists Give Back Day to Help NYC Veterans, held on December 9.
William Gioconda ’05 is VP in marketing at Citi.
Virginia Goldman ’93, a licensed social worker, has moved to Denver and returned to doing art.
Lauren Hallam ’03 leads employee and community engagement for Fox Corporation as VP of Employee and Community Engagement.
Eliana Horowitz ’16 is pleased to announce her marriage to Jason Emrani in May, 2019.
Richard Hurst ’70 will be celebrating 50 years in front of the classroom, which began at Stony Brook giving lectures to his peers in his undergraduate classes. His career has led to his half-century of teaching and doing research.
Anthony Lapelosa ’12, ’14 is a teacher at Carey High School.
Thomas Lendvai ’99 recently received his first major public art commission for the new Tappan Zee Bridge.
Lane Lipton ’87 has been a Wall Street technical project manager for many years. He explored professional writing, then served as a New York City Teaching Fellow, where he taught AP calculus.
Rob Longiaru ’09 is working with the University of Oklahoma on a GPS Telemetry Project with Black Skimmer on Long Island Conservation Biologist and Town of Hempstead.
Elena Kaczorowski ’83 has co-authored a book, Linear Algebra and Geometry, published by the American Mathematical Society. The book is organized around carefully sequenced problems that help students build both the tools and the habits that provide a solid basis for further study in mathematics.
Scott Karson, Esq. ’72 is the president elect of the New York State Bar Association and will become president June 2020. He is former president of the Suffolk County Bar Assocoiation (2004-2005) and partner at the firm of Lamb & Barnosky, LLP. He concentrates his practice in the area of appellate litigation.
Robert J. Kaufman, Esq. ’72 has joined the firm of Fox Rothschild LLP, partner in the firms Litigation Department in its Atlanta office.
Maryjane Kenney ’96 retired this past July from a position of being Nissequogue Village Clerk for the past 16 years.
Richard Kummer ’70 has retired from practicing law. He had his own practice, Law Office of Richard E. Kummer
Claire Laborde ’12 is a foreign language teacher in New York City Department of Education.
Nicole Laible ’12, has been working for the past five years in local government as an Environmental Project Manager, working on p3 initiatives. She manages four boards and a watershed alliance. She serves on the Hudson River Watershed Alliance and received awards in environmental education and leadership for her work in government.
Riddhima Laha ’18 has started his PhD in Robotics and Mechatronics at TU Munich.
John Mulligan ’07 recently joined AT&T’s new ad-tech company, Xandr, as Senior Solutions Consultant for Global Accounts.
Betul Pamuk ’14 is a research associate at Cornell University.
Martin Peckerar ’68 teaches engineering at the University of Maryland College Park in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Last year, he and his wife, fellow alumnae Nancy nee Druss ’68 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Melissa O’Brien ’19 is the marketing and communications manager for the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, Delaware.
Ainsley A. Reynolds ’93, CPA, was elected as president of the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy.
Ashely Rizzotto ’15, a commencement speaker in 2015, has influenced her passion for public speaking and empowering others. This past March, she gave a TEDx Talk on Mastering the Art of the Interview. She is a career counselor for online student initiative at Florida International University.
Gabriela Saldana Parkes ’07 is now living in Dallas and teaches kindergarten in a private elementary school.
Kirsten Schweitzer ‘19 got married in December 2019 and will be graduating from the accelerated nursing program in 2020. She recently got a job during school as a nurse technician.
Sidney Secular ’62 is writing articles frequently on political issues for newspapers and publishing her own newsletter, “Freedom Movement Action Report.” She is also assisting in a third political party presidential campaign and will be receiving the Humanitarian of the year award from Who’s Who in America.
Thalia Segal MD ’91 joined Singular Anesthesia in Hartsdale, NY. Her oldest daughter is a freshman at Middlebury College and her two younger daughters are in high school.
Barry Seidel ’78 just published a book “Evolutions of a Law Practice – How I Opened My Own Practice Right Out of Law School”
Fay Sharit ’76 retired from podiatry in 2015 after practicing for 32 years. She continues working part-time as an Associate Director of Primoris Academy, a private school in Westwood, NJ. She enjoys reconnecting with several Stony Brook alumni in New Jersey on several group hikes.
William Snizek ’63 is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Virginia Tech.
Joanne Summer ’81 is a speech therapist in private practice at Well Spoken Speech Therapy, LLC in Manasquan, New Jersey.
Dureya Syed MD ’15 is an internal medicine inter resident at Stony Brook University Hospital
Bhalachandra Tembe PhD ’81 has retired from IIT Bombay and moved to IIT Dharwad as a visiting Professor.
Tamara Weathers ’10 was promoted in September 2019 to senior social worker for the Emergency Department Team at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Duane Webb ’74 has retired from full time GI medical practice in May of 2019 and is now pursuing part-time consulting and volunteer opportunities.
Wayne White ’96, ’99 is an At-Large Director at NYSUT and Bellport Teacher Association President.
Sarah Amin, Esq. ’09 joined Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP as an Associate in the Employment & Labor group. She has worked on a variety of matters including internal investigations, wage and hour issues, and negotiations. Prior to joining the firm, Sarah was an Agency Attorney with the New York City Office of the Comptroller where she represented the City in the enforcement of prevailing wage and living wage laws. She earned her JD from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in 2013.
Michael Beacher ’18 has been accepted to the PhD program at Rutgers for Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Ricardo (Rick) Calabrese ’82, ’90 was recently promoted to oversee Regulatory Affairs at Sartorius Stedim North America. He is the Head of BPS Quality Systems & Regulatory Affairs.
Joe Campolo, Esq. ’94, managing partner of Campolo Middleton & McCormick LLP has been recognized as one of the most distinguished leaders in the Long Island Business Community and was inducted into the “Long Island Business Hall of Fame” on November 7, 2019.
Judith Batorski ’85, ’87 is developing her art studio, “The Vine and the Branches Art Studio” from her home with Patreon.com. She is selling her art to donate proceeds to other religious, humanitarian and educational organizations. She writes poetry and recently had a poem published in in the fall issue of WestWard Quarterly, 2019, titled “Looking Out A Window.”
Lynn Decker ’92 is the Associate Registrar at SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Vernon Devine PhD ’71 has retired in Minnesota, where he has lived since the ’70s.
Cheryl Dunayer Lapidus ’77 is retiring to Florida after 42 years in the pharmaceutical industry. She is manger of quality assurance, Clinical Systems, Inc.
Paul Feldman ’70 retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2010.
Melanie Foglia ’18 is currently in graduate school at Adelphi University for a Masters in Mental Health Counseling.
Steven Fries ’88 has retired from his career as a physician assistant, after 24 years of service as a NY State employee-working in OMH, DOCCS and OPWDD.
Victoria Goldenberg ’11, ’13, ’15, has earned her LCSW and is working as a psychotherapist in Brooklyn. With her MA in Psychology, she works as an Adjunct Lecturer for the CUNY system and is in the process of establishing her own private practice. She conducts research, volunteers and plans to prepare to pursue her PhD.
Albert Kalter ’72, is owner and chiropractor for Braintree Chiropractic. As his practice career ages, his involvement in professional development with the board he has served since 1987 continues. He now serves as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society, Inc.
Sue Kern ’73 is the Family Law Information Center Attorney at Fresno Superior Court in Fresno, CA. Together with her husband and two adult children, they operate an organic farm, a local natural food market, and run the school garden program at their local elementary school. She is on the Board of Directors of Centro La Familia Advocacy, Madera Coalition for Community Justice, the Ecological Farming Association and KFCF/Fresno Free College Foundation Radio Station.
Judy Levin-Charns ’73 retired as the assistant superintendent for student services in the Newton, MA public schools in June 2016. She is currently the program coordinator for the graduate program in special education administration at Bay Path University in East Longmeadow, MA.
Rosalie Machalow ’79 is a retired nurse practitioner in adult psychiatry. She is married 43 years to fellow alumnus Robert Allen Machalow, who passed away suddenly this past May. She has two children, Deborah ’12 an attorney in Wisconsin and Charles, a software engineer in California.
Joey Magidson ’09 is a nationally recognized film critic.
Art Malatzky ‘71 has retired after more than forty years in the energy industry.
Michael Matilsky ’72 is an IVF Laboratory Director at Boca Fertility. He has been in this position for the last twenty years.
Meagan McMahon ’18 has a new job as therapeutic support staff. She is enrolled in Texas Tech University for graduate school.
Robin Moller ’16 is traveling with Simulation in Nursing company, providing education for Long Term Care facilities to better meet the needs of clients and CMS regulations. She is an educator with Audacia Foundation.
Anjerica May Parcon ’18 is working full-time at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Naomi Phelps ’69 has retired after thirty-four years in student affairs in higher education.
Andrew Qazi ’19 is currently attending graduate school at the University of California – San Diego.
Ray W. Russell ’72, retired recently after a successful 37.5 year career with The Aerospace Corporation. He received a lifetime achievement award for work in Calibration and Testing of Remote Sensing sensors from the Space Dynamics Laboratory, Utah State University in 2018. He is now working as a retiree casual in the areas of test and calibration, while continuing to pursue his astronomical interests. He enjoys mentoring young people coming up in his areas of expertise.
Debra Scala Giokas ’87, marketing director at the law firm of Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman LLP, was featured recently on “Dear English Major,” a blog for current and/or recently graduated English students to gain knowledge and sense of direction for their careers.
Stephanie Shane ’15 a graduate of the Stony Brook Doctor of Physical Therapy program, opened a small private practice in Manhattan after graduation. Her office is a provider-only clinic run by two Stony Brook grads. She has been in practice for two years, serving her community in the East Village.
Victoria Steward ’15 is working as an office coordinator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Vincent Strynkowski ’89 has been the Administrator for Dismas House, a transitional housing program for returning citizens supported by the Society of St. Vincent De Paul – Long Island for the past two years.
Dean C. Adams ’99 will be the 2019 recipient of the Rohlf Medal, sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology and Ecology and Evolution. Dean is professor of Evolutionary Biology at Iowa State University, where he is the director of Graduate Education and Evolutionary Biology. He will present a lecture on October 24 as part of the Provost Lecture Series, “Morphometrics, Macroevolution and An Effect Size Measure for Multivariate Data.”
Frank Barnes III ’18 is a Board Trustee: HLAA-NJ (Hearing Loss Association of America, New Jersey State Association). Publications: “Hearing Loss Is My Superpower” Hearing Health magazine. Managing Hearing Loss, Spring 2019, A Publication of Hearing Health Foundation.
Dwigth Bartley ’95 has been named Managing Director and Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Moody’s Corporation.
Taylor Bouraad ’16, ’18 recently opened up the first LGBTQ* living learning community at Cornell University.
Royce Calhoun ’88 MD is Medical Director, Thoracic Surgery at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. He has performed surgery live on Facebook to raise awareness about lung cancer.
Nicholas Carmi ’89 has been appointed Head of Financial Services at BitGo.
Mireya Castillo ’06, ’13 is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Pricilla Love.
Michael Cicero ’89 is pleased his daughter, Gina is studying psychology and pre-med at Stony Brook University. She is also a member of the Stony Brook Dance Team.
Kaitlyn Cozier ’10, ’12 is the new Assistant Director of Undergraduate Biology at Stony Brook University.
Juan Espinoza MD ’99 was the keynote speaker during Hispanic Heritage Night on Thursday, October 10.
John Forsythe ’70 retired from IBM last October, after almost 45 years.
Kathleen Gallo ’91, ’95 PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN is Founding Dean and Professor, Executive Vice President and Chief Learning Officer at Northwell Health.
Diana Hannan ’15 received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.
Katerina Kramarchyk ’10 is an associate with the law firm of Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP, located in Rochester. She recently won the Monroe County Bar Association’s Emerging Bar Leader Award.
Margaret Krepp ’96 is now the Director of Nurse Practitioners at Huntington Hospital.
Samantha Lai ‘17 is supervisor of one of YAI’s residential group homes.
Esther Lenderman ’19 has a new position as a behavioral specialist counselor at Adelphi, and recently got engaged.
Devoney Looser PhD ’93 is pleased to announce her latest book, The Daily Jane Austen: A Year in Quotes, which was published by the University of Chicago Press (October 2019). With the support of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award, Devoney is at work on a biography, Sister Novelists, about the once-celebrated authors Jane and Anna Maria Porter. It is slated for publication by Bloomsbury in fall 2021 and was announced as a Deal of the Week by Publishers Weekly over the summer.
Steven Scott Mazzola ’96 and Dr. Jeffrey Scott Akman were married on October 12 at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington. Steven is a senior grants manager at the AARP Foundation.
Carrie Mongle ’15 was recognized with the President’s award to Distinguished Doctoral Students and was honored with the invitation to give the commencement speech during Stony Brook’s Doctoral Hooding ceremony this past May.
Rowan Quirk ’17 is currently a community health volunteer in the Peace Corps, Lesotho. He works with a group of youth at a peri-urban clinic to improve youth friendly services.
Deanna Robbins ’64 retired from the Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Veteran’s Affairs. She received her PhD in 1982.
Joseph Ruggiero ’85 is now a grandfather to one granddaughter and one grandson.
Robbie Samuels ’97,’02 will be participating in a TEDx talk on Saturday, November 23, TEDxBeaconStreet. His talk will be about how you can make great connections even when you feel like an outsider, a call-to-action from his book “croissants vs. bagels”
Tristan Walker ‘05 was featured recently on a live episode on NPR, “Walker & Company: Tristan Walker.”
Rashaun Allen ’16 is pleased to announce his third poetry collection, “The Blues Cry For A Revolution will be released this coming November.
DK Bartley ‘95 has been named Managing Director and Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) at Moody Corporation.
Dr. Enoch Chan ‘88 has joined Outreach, a drug and alcohol treatment services agency in Richmond Hill, Green point and Long Island, as its full-time medical director.
Philippe Douyon ’01 MD has authored a book, Neuroplasticity: Your Brain’s Superpower published April 29, 2019.
Margaret Duffy ’98 is Associate Executive Director, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.
Sonia Kaczmarazyk ‘11 and Joseph Russo ’11 were married this past June.
Daniel Kivatinos ’01, ‘02 and Michael Nusimov ‘01, co-founders of DrChrono, have rolled out a new Mobile HER feature for iPad, iPhone and Apple Pencil.
Peter Kuemmel MS ’93 was the Presidential Award recipient at the New York State Society of Physician Assistant conference.
Jason Luft ’09 married Alyssa Sebastian on August 23 in Rockville Centre. He is a music teacher at Public School 222 in Brooklyn.
Grace Meek’88 has been appointed as President and CEO of Homesite Underwriting Managers, Inc. and Senior Vice President of Homesite.
Michael Russo ’12 is clinical navigator of the NICU at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia,CA.
Michael St. Claire ’13, a professional rugby player for United New York and recruiter at Facebook, was interviewed recently CBS New York.
Andrew Schulman ’75 is doing a solo guitar recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on October 27th, a benefit for the Medical Musician Initiative he founded last year.
Shirley Whitenack ’72 received the 2019 New Jersey State Bar Foundation Medal of Honor Award on Monday, September 16.
Priscilla Wiggins ’16 is the Stewardship and Alumni Engagement Coordinator at George School in Newtown, PA,a private Quaker boarding and day school. She also coashes the girls varsity soccer team and been a dorm parent.
Richard Amato DDS ’83, a periodontist, was recently named Top Periodontist by Connecticut Magazine for the 8th consecutive year and the 10th time overall. He will be celebrating 30 years at his practice this December.
Noelle Bucellato ’12 and Matt Kozar were married on August 18 in Somers, NY. Noelle is assistant vice president in the market integrity group of the compliance department at BNP Paribas.
Robert DeCostanzo ’69 recently published The Paleo Perspective: The Plight of Prehistoric Man in Modern Times. The book is about our prehistoric genetic design struggles to cope with modern circumstances.
Sylvia Diaz MSW ’92, PhD ’11, has been appointed to the board of directors of Mather Hospital.
Alice Feiring ’76 has authored a book titled “Natural Wine for the People.”
Michelle Fiorini ’14, ’16 will soon be employed as a Home Health Registered Nurse through Northwell Health.
Charles Fox ’85 has established his own business after years of serving the public and private sectors, and soon plans to retire. He conducted a number of studies and analysis/development of computerized database management systems throughout his career. He is currently the owner of Masters Window Tinting and Detail in West Babylon.
David Harrington MD ’90 has been working as a respiratory therapist for the past nine years at Children’s Medical Center in Washington DC and for the past year, has been working as a transport therapist with both NICU and Pediatric transport teams. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand from 1993 to 1995 and gained his Masters of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. In 2005, he worked in Sri Lanka performing post-tsunami work on the east coast of the island nation.
Christopher Maryanopolis ’86 has been appointed head of Signator Investors, Inc., John Hancock’s dual registered broker dealer/investment advisor. He has been with Signator nearly 10 years.
Anny Morrobel-Sosa ’80 has been named Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, University of Wisconsin. She will begin on October 1.
Joseph Moran MD ’92 is the Chief of the Department of Surgery at Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands, VA.
Richard Murdocco ’10 authored an op-ed piece that was featured in the July 29th issues of the NY Daily News, “Give Robert Moses His Due”
Tracy Thorn ’17, a nurse manager at South Nassau Communities Hospital, is the recipient of the 2019 Cupola award.
Edward John Yatco MD ‘97 is a board-certified bariatric surgeon with Lenox Hill Hospital.
KaiLi Xie ’17 has been named to Ford Motor Company’s fourth class of Thirty Under 30, a unique philanthropic leadership course that matches employees with nonprofits to address challenging social issues.
Michael Boecherer PhD ’07 has been promoted to Full Professor of English at Suffolk County Community College (Eastern Campus), based in Riverhead, NY. This October, he will be awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition, he was re-elected as the campus’ Academic Chair of Humanities for his third consecutive three-year term.
Aimee Brunelle ’95 ’17 was awarded the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA): Athletic Trainer Service Award at the NATA 70th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in Las Vegas,on June 26. The Athletic Trainer Service award (ATSA) recognizes NATA members for their contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local and state levels. ATSA recipients have been involved in professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts and service as a volunteer athletic trainer. She is the first SBU grad to receive this award!
Eloise Chapman-Davis MD ’04 was named as 2019 Outstanding Recent Graduate for Renaissance School of Medicine.
Esha Chebolu ’15 was chosen as an NIH Medical Research Scholar. She hopes to pursue her interest in health disparities and social determinants of health.
Fanny Cornejo’s photograph of the endangered yellow-tailed wooly monkey was chosen by the Central Bank of Peru for a new coin, designed to raise awareness about the threat of extinction of indigenous animals in Peru.
Patrick A. Dolan, Esq. ’09 has joined the firm of Maguire Cardona, PC, a civil litigation general practice firm with an office in Albany as Senior Associate Attorney.
Nabila Girgis ’14 is a pharmacist for Walgreens.
Allilsa Fernandez ’18 was featured in an article in Forbes along with the Peer Mental Health Alliance (PMHA) program on Stony Brook’s campus, which she founded and created to fill gaps in mental health coverage
Elynda Hickson-Tinne ’77 will be exhibiting her photography with the Good Ground Art Show between July 5 and July 21, 2019 at the Water Mill Museum, Water Mill, NY.
Michael Higgins ’92 is Chief Information Security Officer for Harris Corporation.
Ramneet Kalra ’08, ’11 won the Frederick O’Reilly Hayes prize, an annual award which recognized high professional achievement in the service of New York City’s government.
Will Kim ’05 has been elected as assistant vice president of underwriting for Geico, for the company’s regional operations in Woodbury, New York.
Ryan Kong ’19 will be a MS1 medical student at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine this coming August.
Jennifer Laffey ’16 started in health care as an ICU nurse before getting her Master’s degree, after which she moved to North Shore University Hospital. There, she found many opportunities to develop her career such as preceptorship, mentorship, leadership and program development. Before moving to Health Solutions where she assumed a leadership position, Jennifer helped develop a team of four ACPs into a multi-disciplinary team of 50 spanning Long Island and began teaching for the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies NP program. She is currently the NP, Assistant Vice President.
Terence McCaffrey ’73, PhD ’78, retired from a career as Clinical Device Development Scientist and is now an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry – Miami Dade College, Miami, Fl.
Jennifer Nassour ‘93 is running for District 8 City Council.
Dr. Sotirios Stergiopoulos ’95 has been appointed president and CEO of A2A Pharmaceuticals.
Chris Tanaka ’07, ’10, Assistant Director of LGBTQ*, has been elected to the board for the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, a national organization that aims to advance LGBTQ* professionals in higher education.
Noriko Taira ’18 is now a process leader (engineering) at Procter & Gamble
Anthony Vernice ‘17 has started his own business, Victory Sports Performance. The company is a strength and conditioning facility that specializes in athletic performance.
Alicia Stovell Washington MD ’88 was named 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Renaissance School of Medicine.
Justin Waryold ’05, ’08, ’14 has been named top nurse on Long Island, recognized at this year’s Nurse of Excellence Award Ceremony in Nesconset, hosted by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council.
Roy Zeidman ’80 is president and CEO of Watchdog Advertising Inc. & Paradise Advertising, Inc. serving businesses throughout the New York Region. They just started work for Habitat for Humanity.
Brian Batten ’99, PhD ’03, senior associate, senior coastal scientist, contributed to prior editions of the Land Development Handbook, along with a number of Dewberry employees. The fourth edition of the Land Development Handbook, a widely used reference for design professionals, students, and private and public land developers, is now available from publisher McGraw-Hill. Authored by Dewberry and originally published in 1995, the first three editions have sold nearly 40,000 copies to date. The new edition and accompanying books are available through McGraw-Hill, Amazon, and other retailers.
Lee Cohen MD ’82, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center was listed in the 2019 New York Magazine Best Doctors issue for Child/Adolescent Psychiatry.
Ron Garry ’92 MD ’96 is the subsection Chief of Geriatrics and is the current President of the Florida Geriatric Society
Faina Gelman-Nisanov ’10, MD ’14 is an OBGYN practicing in New York City at NYU.
James Gesualdi, Esq ‘85, an attorney in Islip and author of “Excellence Beyond Compliance: Enhancing Animal Welfare Through the Constructive Use of the Animal Welfare Act” was named the 2019 recipient of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practices Section, Animal Law Committee Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award.
Jadry Gruen MD ’07 will be acting Chief Resident of Quality and Safety at the West Haven VA medical center in 2020. In this role, he will be an active learner and participant of quality improvement at the VA hospital while also leading QI learning and initiatives among internal medicine residents at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Ilfenesh Hadera ’07 is back as Opal Gilstrap in the second season of “She’s Gotta Have It,” which premiered on Netflix on May 24, 2019. She is also co-starring in “Godfather of Harlem” which is coming to Epix this fall.
Yoga Kammili ’07, medical student at UConn School of Medicine, will be spending the summer bicycling cross-country to raise money for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.
Jennifer Laffey ’16 started in health care as an ICU nurse before she got her Master’s degree, after which she moved to North Shore University Hospital. There, she found many opportunities to develop her career such as preceptorship, mentorship, leadership and program development. Before moving to Health Solutions, where she assumed a leadership position, Jennifer helped develop a team of four ACPs into a multi-disciplinary team of 50 spanning Long Island and began teaching for the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies NP program. Now, she’s the NP, Assistant Vice President.
Marika Lindholm ’88 is one of the editors of a new anthology “We Got This” which chronicles the journey of more than 75 solo moms.
Lauren Maloney ’12, MD ’16, a chief resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine (EM), has received two national Emergency Medicine awards at the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Annual Conference held in Las Vegas, NV, May 14 through May 17: Resident Educator Award and RAMS Excellence in Research Award.
Cheryl Moss-Mellman ’83, MD ’87 is Director of Clinical Breast Services at the Christine Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute, Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
Ashley Perrott MD ’04 moved from 100% Clinical medicine to a Submarket Role for Community Medicine with Novant Health. She still sees patients, but enjoys helping to mold the future of Community Medicine through the organization through this Physician Leadership role.
Denise O’Doherty ’76, psychotherapist, author and public speaker, has authored a book, “Thriving Through Transition: Self-Care for parents of transgender children.”
Nii Narku Quaynor ’74, PhD ’78, chairman of Ghana Dot Com LTD, is pioneering the internet in Africa.
Vignesh Rajan ’12, started as a technical program manager at PayPal.
Guy Young MD ’92 has published a medical mystery novel, “Bad Blood” available on lulu.com.
Larry Bassett ’88, community activist, has his story told in part in the documentary film The Pacifist now available on Amazon.
Brian Batten ’03, CFM, PhD, Senior Associate; Senior Coastal Scientist contributed to prior editions of The Land Development Handbook. The fourth edition of the Land Development Handbook, a widely used reference for design professionals, students, and private and public land developers, is now available from publisher McGraw-Hill. Authored by Dewberry and originally published in 1995, the first three editions have sold nearly 40,000 copies to date. The new edition and accompanying books are available through McGraw-Hill, Amazon, and other retailers.
Felicia Cosman MD ’83, Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, is the 2019 recipient of the American College of Endocrinology Distinction in Endocrinology Award by the American Association of Clinical
Philippe Douyon ’01 MD has authored a book, “Neuroplasticity: Your Brain’s Superpower.”
Lawrence Gollob ’74 recently retired from his position as the Director of Project Management in Gypsum Business after 36 years with Georgia-Pacific corporation. He served in Director of R&D role for Georgia-Pacific Chemicals prior to Gypsum role.
Richard E. Hart, PhD, ’84, was the recipient of the 2019 Don Ihde Distinguished Alumni Award, conferred by the Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook University. His lecture accompanying the award ceremony on April 18 was “Charles Johnson and American Pragmatism.” Johnson, an award winning author of fiction and non-fiction, also, received his PhD in philosophy from SBU. Prof. Hart is the Cyrus H. Holley Professor of Applied Ethics and Philosophy Emeritus at Bloomfield College, New Jersey. The award was presented by Dr. Ihde, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Stony Brook, and was attended by several doctoral students and friends from the mid to late 1970’s.
Bruce H. Joffe ’70, nonprofit executive and author, recently published a book “EXPAT Leaving the USA for Good.”
Sung Yup Kim PhD ’15 has accepted a position at Seoul National University in the Department of History, Geography and Philosophy.
James Nichols PhD, ’05 ’12, assistant professor of History at CUNY, recently published his revised Stony Brook dissertation as an academic book.
Raquel Otheguy PhD ’11, ’16 is now an assistant professor of history at Bronx Community College.
Ronny Reyes ’17 is the Press Club of Long Island’s 2019 Club Reporter of the Year and a finalist in the Community News category in the Press Club of Long Island’s Contest. He also won two awards in the New York Press Association for coverage of religion and news story.
Mark Rice PhD ’14, assistant professor of Latin American History at Baruch College recently published his revised Stony Brook dissertation as an academic book.
Richard Sacks ’70 has retired after 35 years in the fact-checking business–The New Yorker and Reader’s Digest, mainly. He is married to fellow Stony Brook alum Lydia Papandrea ’72. He enjoys writing novels and playing basketball.
Ivan Weiss ’04 is executive vice president and COO of elite|studio e. He is chair of the 2019 AJC Foodservice & Hospitality Division annual dinner. Fellow Stony Brook alumni and the founder, President and CEO of the company, Eric D. Weiss ’77, is receiving the National Corporate Innovation Award.
Justin Williams PhD ’07, ’11, assistant professor of history at CUNY, recently published his revised Stony Brook dissertation as an academic book.
Andrew Bertram ’13, community relations coordinator at Success Academy is a recipient of Success Academy’s Excellence in Education Award for ETHOS, which recognizes those who exemplify values of excellence, teamwork, humor, ownership and students.
Babak D. Beheshti, PhD ’85, ’87 has been appointed dean of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).
Pardis Camarda, Esq. ’11, an attorney based in the Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog Law Wilmington office, served as the Site Co-Chair for the Wilmington call center during the North Carolina Bar Association’s 12th Annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day on Friday, March 1.
Mary-Beth Charno ’15 has opened her own practice, specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and care of the patient suffering with environmentally acquired illnesses.
Vanessa Cheris ’09 received her MBA from the University of Michigan in 2017 is is an assistant brand manager at Procter and Gamble.
Michael Ciralo PhD ’00 has been appointed general counsel and chief operating officer at Neurotrope
Rebecca (Mendelssohn) Gallanter ’87 has been appointed Executive Director at Opportunity Project, Millburn, New Jersey. This nonprofit organization serves individuals with brain injury via the “clubhouse” model. The organization also advocates for individuals with brain injury and disabilities, promotes awareness and prevention. The programs and services work in conjunction with a large NJ hospital in order to research outcomes and expand the program.
Venancio Fuentes ’80 has pursued a career in higher education and became a professor at County College of Morris after working in industry for several years.
Ronna H. Gordon-Galchus, Esq. ’84 has been appointed by Mayor de Blasio judge to Family Court, New York State Unified Court System. Judge Ronna Gordon-Galchus started her legal career with The Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division. She then formed a law practice partnership with her husband specializing in criminal and family law and appellate practice for nearly 29 years.
Carolyn J. Hall ’09 leads workshops for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, part of a varied career in marine ecology and contemporary dance.
Jerry Harrison ’12 is a software engineering manager at Data Device Corporation on Long Island. The company produces numerous products in areas like data bus communication, power control, motor control and motion feedback
Mindy Kronenberg ’08 is a professor at SUNY Empire State College and editor of the international poetry journal Oberon. Oberon has been selected for inclusion in the EBSCO Humanities research database for libraries. Her own poetry is included in the international Ekphrasis project, facilitated by Netherlands artist Joost de Jonge.
Lissette Lugo ’06 is a pipeline programs coordinator with the talent acquisition team at National Grid, in Hicksville NY.
Maria McCrann ’16, a fifth grade teacher of history at Success Academy, is a recipient of the Academy’s Excellence in Education Award for Growth, which recognizes educators who have exhibited singular progress since the start of the school year.
Craig Miller ’85 has been appointed chief digital and information officer for Planet Fitness.
Emerson Mota ’05, ’13 worked at the Cardio Thoracic ICU at North Shore Manhasset since graduating from SBU, and got into the CRNA program at Columbia University. Mota sends special thanks to Professors Faulkner, Galiczeuski, Voelpel.
Bilal Qizilbash ’10, CEO of EasyKale Labs LLC, sells kale powder made according to a process that he patented and for feeding and employing the homeless in the Mississippi town where his company is based.
Seth Offenbach PhD ’10 published a book, “The Conservative Movement and the Vietnam War – The Other Side of Vietnam”
John Reiner ’78 ’79, Lockhorns cartoonist, received the Alumni Award during the Shirley Strum Kenny Student Arts Festival on Thursday April 18, 2019. The award was presented by fellow alumnus Norman Prusslin ’73.
Karen Schnall ’09, ‘12 completed her Masters in Nursing Leadership in May 2016 through Stony Brook School of Nursing. She obtained her current role of Nurse Manager of the Stony Brook Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Special Procedures Unit in December, 2018.
Peter Sciotto ’03 is a Principal Systems Engineer designing next generation avionics (that is electronics for aircraft systems) at Long Island’s Telephonics.
Sally Sleeper ’86 has been named the new vice president, Army Research Division and director, RAND Arroyo Center at the RAND Corporation.
Joann Skorupski ’86 now has five patents and trademark on her invention called Sleevepal®️-gift card holder sleeve with balance log.
Stephanie Sottile ’18 has joined the Navy Nurse Corps and started her new job as an Ensign in the Nurse Residency Program at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.
Robert Stein ’72 is a K-12 substitute counselor/teacher in Eugene, OR and teaches at the religious school at Temple Beth Israel.
Meng Wang ’10, PhD ’11 is an application engineer in the environmental science department at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and, prior to that role, she was a test engineer at Motorola Solutions.
Aleksandr Zverinskiy ’06 and Ludmila Aramian were married this past February on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Dr. Zverinskiy is a medical director at Richmond University Medical Center.
Natalia Cineas ’01 has been appointed senior vice president and chief nurse executive for NYC Health + Hospitals.
Fangyu Deng ’15 has a new position at VMware as a member of technical staff.
Brittany Fitzmaurice ’16 has started her own NP practice. After starting her practice, she integrated her EMR with HIXNY. As part of the process they learned more about the practice she was running and the organization that sub-contracted her. They decided to feature Brittany in their annual review.
Laurence Higgins MD ’87, ’92 has joined Arthrex as the vice president of strategic development.
Mark Hochman DDS ’84 has been named the 2019 Distinguished School of Dental Medicine Alumni Award recipient.
Melissa Joseph ’16, registered nurse at Mather Hospital/ICU, has been accepted to Columbia University’s Nurse Anesthesia Program.
Matt Larsen ’96, director of athletics at North Dakota State University has been named Athletic Director of the year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Paul Lipton ’96, who has served in a number of senior roles at Boston University, joins the Woodrow Wilson School as associate dean of undergraduate education, effective July 1.
Hiren Majmudar ’92 has been named vice president of business development at SiFive, the leading provider of commercial RISC-V processor IP and silicon solutions.
Patricia Marcin, Esq. ’81 has been elected to the Board of Advisers for the Long Island Community Foundations. She is a partner at the firm of Farrell Fritz.
Morgan Marran ’18 has a new position as a project manager for a Long Island agency, Ampersand Marketing. She is also the founder of Ellipsis Public Relations, a firm focused on social media management and public relations.
Julianne Oates ’10 has been an active duty Navy nurse since graduation. As a critical care nurse, she has been deployed twice, once with the hospital ship USNS Comfort in 2015 for a partnership mission in Latin America, and most recently last summer to the Middle East in support of the US Marines.
Aysia Olaniyan ’18 is currently in nursing school.
Lys-Claudie Perard ’16 started working at school based high school clinic, Bushwick educational complex School based health clinic/ NYC Health+ Hospital/Gotham Health, in September last year and enjoys working with adolescents. It’s both exciting and challenging! Prior to this, she was working in a general pediatric clinic.
Letier Santana ’13 was recognized as one of the winners of CMYK’s “Top New Creatives 58.” Her winning campaign promoted Sunset Sarsaparilla, a western style beverage that is featured in the video game “Fallout.” She re-ignited the brand by targeting millennial festival-goers who spend money on experiences and are loyal to the brands they love. Letier, who will be graduating from the Branding + Integrated Communications Masters Program at the City College of New York this May, was guided by Professor Gerardo Blumenkrantz in BIC’s Creative Round Robin course where her campaign was seeded during a “brief and critique” at global marketing and technology agency Digitas. CMYK magazine has recognized top student design work since 1996. After a brief hiatus, they reemerged in 2018 with their 58thissue, which recognized 70 winners and 100 projects in its “Top New Creatives 58.”
Charles Solomon, Esq. ’68 has retired after being a judge for thirty-two years in Manhattan State Supreme Court.
Rosemary Toledo ’71, ’79 is a member of the Vineyard Community Church, Cape Coral, Florida and has also gone back to teaching. Her son, Mark is a Master Barber in New York. She plans on being a Pastor.
Susan Van Scoy, PhD ’06, ’10 has published a book titled “The Big Duck and Eastern Long Island’s Duck Farming Industry.”
Judge Michael Boyajian ’83 has written The Armenians in Paris: The Joy After the Sorrow – a book about the Armenians who survived the genocide and who came to Paris to rebuild their literary legacy in the 1920s amid the American expats like F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, as well as authors like James Joyce. He pays tribute to SBU Professors Taylor, Flanagan and Thompson in the Armenian version of Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast.
Christopher Cameron ’18 has accepted a position as News Assistant at the New York Times in Washington DC.
Gregory Conners MD ’89 has been named Chair of Pediatrics and Executive Director of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
Gail Erlebacher-Weitz ’76, ’78 is working as a Senior Communications Specialist at Groundwater and Environmental Services (GES) in Wall, NJ. She is also registered as a professional Geologist in 3 states.
Kyle Gruder, Esq. ’15 has joined Farrell Fritz as an associate in their Water Mill Office.
Lauren Hallam ’99, ’02, ’03 is VP of Employee and Community Engagement for Fox Corporation.
Harvey Heilbrun ’72 had a story published in the February issue of Storytelling Magazine (National Storytelling Network) titled Castle of the Faithful Wives, based on a Grimm Brothers Legend. He was also featured on the StoryStoryPodcast.com broadcast this past November.
Owen Meyer ’11 runs his own fund, Meyer Equity.
Julie Mirkin ’80 has been appointed as the Chief Nursing Officer, Stony Brook University Hospital
Constantina Papageorgiou, Esq. ’06 has been promoted to partner at the firm of Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP. She is a member of the firm’s trust and estate practice.
Thomas Pedigo ’00 is currently a physician’s assistant, emergency medicine at US Acute Care Solutions, former military.
John Quinn ’77, former sports editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, was featured in a story in the Winter 2018 edition of Heart Insight Magazine titled “You Gotta Believe.”
Serena Sacks ’86, ’87, Chief Information Officer for Fulton County Schools and recent cancer survivor, is a finalist for the 2019 Women in Technology “Transformational Leader of the Year” and received the 2018 Georgia CIO of the year (non-profit).
Jonathan Uss ’03 has moved to Seattle, WA and currently works at Oracle as a principal member of the technical staff. Prior to this, he worked for Amazon and Northrop Grumman while pursuing his Master’s Degree in computer science.
December 2018 and January 2019
Abdulamir Al-Dafar Hamdani ’15, PhD Anthropology and Archaeology, was recently appointed to the Ministry of Culture in Iraq by the Iraqi Parliament.
Stan Arkow ’73 is a Medical Director, Inpatient & ED Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He is also an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.
Kirill Alekseyev ’06 is currently a medical director at Post Acute Medical Acute Rehabilitation Hospital in Dover, DE.
Diane Caminis ’67 is Chair of NY Unit of the Herb Society of America, and a Board Member of Japan Society of Fairfield County.
Yuan-Chieh Cheng PhD ’86, ’88 has joined Summit Wireless Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WISA), as vice president of worldwide sales.
Milan Cirkovic ’95, ’00 has authored a book that was recently published titled, “The Great Silence: Science and Philosophy of Fermi’s Paradox”
Nancy Colletti ’85, ’91, ’96 has been appointed to the faculty at the University of Cincinnati as Professor of Program Director Respiratory Therapy in the College of Allied Health Sciences.
Alice Debiasio ’10 is now the vice president and general manager of Resideo’s global pro security business, a spin off of Honeywell Homes and ADI Global distribution business. Alice worked for Honeywell Homes business for five years.
Jeremy Dennis ’13 served as an artist-in-residence at the Parrish with South Fork students in grades four through twelve. He led workshops and lectures.
Boyan Doytchinov ’08, ’10 is now Director of Financial Planning at Mark J. Snyder Financial Services, Inc.
Shaimaa Hussein, Esq. ’07 is a partner with the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher in the firm’s litigation department in New York City.
John Huttie ’18 is now an aid to the Suffolk County Executive, Suffolk County Government.
Lisa Jannette ‘12 recently changed careers and is working as a logistics manager after spending 5 years in Financial operations
Stasi Lubansky ’12 has been elected to the Board of Directors for the American Holistic Nurses Association. She will be installed this coming June, 2019. She is an adult nurse practitioner at Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates.
Glenn Luchen ’81 is Chair IEEE Long Island, Student activities.
Jacqueline Loughran ’17 has been accepted to a Masters in Occupational Therapy program at NYIT. She will start in May of 2019.
Patrick McGough ’92, ’95 is an adjunct lecturer at Queens College where he teaches History of Ireland from 1690 to present and Irish in America.
Amanda Marzullo Ortiz ’11 recently received the PR News Rising Stars Award. She is a digital content producer for Northwell Health and a former Stony Brook 40 under Forty Alumni Award recipient.
Richard Murdocco ’10 had two op-ed pieces recently published: “Amazon Delivers Hope to Millennials” via Newsday and “When Amazon Comes, the Suburbs Must Adapt” via NY Daily News.
Richie Narvaez ’86, ’88 has published his debut novel, “Hipster Death Rattle,” which will be published in March, 2019.
Christine Pham ’88 is currently teaching the Dynamic Genome, a course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) to first year students in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California, Riverside.
Timothy Ressmeyer ’83 has published a new book titled “The Impact of Confidence: 7 Secrets of Success for the Human Side of Leadership”
Stephen Sanfilippo, PhD ’97, ’02, ’10 retired from the faculty at Maine Maritime Academy in May 2018. He and his wife Susan ’05 are very active with public history organizations in Maine and on Long Island.
Diane Scillia ’67 has retired from teaching at Kent State University after 33 years.
Prabhdeep Singh ’03 has joined UiPath to lead AI Product Strategy.
Darrell Turner ’79, ’80 is currently a program evaluator with the NYC Administration for Children’s Services.
Joseph Underwood, PhD ’03, ’08 organized and opened an exhibit in Dakar, to Beloit Wisconsin last fall which will be opening later this month at Kent State University. The exhibit will be coming to the Zuccaire Gallery this coming summer.
Chris Vaccaro ’11 is Vice President of Digital News for Altice USA, where he oversees the digital platforms for News 12, i24, News 12 Varsity and other media properties. He is also an adjunct journalism professor at Hofstra University and LIU Post and the Executive Director of the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame.
Joshua Weil ’09 is a high school math teacher in Florida and spent 2017-2018 teaching in the Middle East.
Phyllis Zagano, PhD ’79 was one of three panelists at a recent discussion about Catholic women deacons at Fordham University. Dr. Zagano, author of many books on the topic, was appointed to the Papal Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women by Pope Francis in 2016. The Commission recently submitted a report to Pope Francis.
Keesha Jackson-Muir ’93, principal at Braddock Elementary School since September 2014, has been named Fairfax County Public Schools 2018 Outstanding Principal by FCPS.
Anita Kokui Gbeho ’86 has been appointed as deputy joint special representative for the African Union-United Nations hybrid operation in Darfur.
Michelle Mbekeani ’11 has been named to the Forbes Under 30 list for Law & Policy.
Abdullah Basaran ’15 is pleased to announce that his first monograph, “The Postmodern: Philosophy, Literature, Convalescence” has been published in Turkish by Dedalus Publishing House. He is pursuing his PhD (4th year, candidate) in Philosophy at Stony Brook.
Sanford Bernstein ’74 received a merit award from the National Institute of Health to continue investigations into the role of the motor protein myosin in health and muscle disease.
Kathy Caton ’91 co-composed A Pilgrimage of Hope, the Rite of Passage. The world premiere performance will be presented at the Dalton Congregational Church, FCC, on Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10 at 7pm. A contemporary musical passion play composed and designed by Kate Caton and Ted Kastrinos, the play investigates the impulse to reflect and revisit humanity through the eyes and ears of artistic expression. Kate presently serves as Director of Music for the First Congregational Church in Dalton, and balances these efforts with her work as a music teacher in the North Adams Public Schools and her private voice and piano students.
Tim Cangeleri ’03 has founded and launched miwwas.com which provides an introductory video series on investing in the stock market. This on-demand educational video series allows viewers with little or no experience to conveniently learn about the stock market. Viewers are encouraged to relax, watch, learn and invest. For more info visit https://miwwas.com.
Dr. Nick Fitterman ’84 has been named the new executive director of Huntington Hospital by Northwell Health. He was the Vice Chair of Medicine at Northwell and previously he was the Head of Hospitalists at Huntington Hospital.
Atiba Rogers ’15 hosted a book signing for her debut book of poetry and prose colossal heart on September 29, 2018. The book, which was self-published on August 28, 2017, is partitioned into four sections: bemoan, exhibitionist, expressionist and lion. Rogers eloquently reveals and revisits her most intimate moments.
Bruno Difabio ’92, 6-time World Pizza Champion, Restauranteur and Food Network Veterans has partner with his best friend, Sean Brauser, 2-time World Pizza Chamption and renownwned chef to open Amore Cucina & Bar in Brookhaven, Georgia.
Laura Doukas ’15, creative director of Hauptman Realty, a commercial real estate company, received the 30 Under 30 Award from Long Island Business News.
Rachel Doukas ’12, ’14, founder at Doukas Media, Inc. received the 30 Under 30 Award from Long Island Business News.
Bernard Fialkoff DDS ’80 sponsored and hosted the following events and programs recently: The 11th Annual Drug Free Heroes Awards Gala, held in honor of the UN International Day against Drug Abuse; the 2nd Annual United Nations Convention held at the UN on drug education and cultural sustainability sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Senegal; the Drug-Free Basketball Tournament held at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY with the NYPD and in which Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams presented Dr. Fialkoff and the Dreg Free World program a proclamation; and the Drug Free World/Harlem Wizards/Miss Manhattan Float at the Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Debra Grimm ’04, ’10 has been named vice president and chief nursing officer at Long Island Community Hospital in Patchogue.
Brooke Gubitosi ’17 was a ball person at this year’s U.S. Open. She was a member of the Stony Brook lacrosse team.
Gregory Klubok ’13 has joined the firm of Rivkin Radler in Uniondale, in the firm’s insurance group.
Lester Paldy ’62, a former marine infantry and intelligence officer and Korean War veteran, recently actively participated in candidate training at the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia. He also consults with Brookhaven National Lab’s Nonproliferation and National Security Department and volunteers as a professor in the Department of Pathology working to connect Stony Brook medical and engineering researchers with their counterparts at national labs and the Naval Submarine Medical Research Lab. He is leading a senior seminar in Stony Brook Honor’s College this fall.
Lauren Pecorino PhD ’84, ’90 is the sole author of a university textbook, “The Molecular Biology of Cancer,” published by Oxford University Press (4 Editions) 6 foreign translations.
Derek Peterson ’88 CEO of Soter Technologies, has been named to the board of LISTnet.
John Suleiman ’79, after a successful career in Investment Banking, marketing continuing education and in customer service, advertising, marketing and public relations, John (“John The Beach Realtor”) recently became a Florida Realtor and Real Estate Consultant for Coldwell Banker, St. Pete Beach FL where he specializes as a 3rd generation real estate pro in buying and selling beach properties along the Florida Gulf coast.
Rick Singer ’75 has been appointed president of Winter Properties, a vertically integrated real estate investment, management and development company. He will be overseeing all business operations.
Dorrien Van Dyke ’17, former Stony Brook Seawolves women’s lacrosse player, was named an assistant coach at James Madison.
Mireya Mayor PhD ’08, primatologist and most recently referenced as the “female Indiana Jones” in the LA Times, is among the speakers planned for the Irvine Barclay Theatre’s National Geographic Live Speaker Series.
Justine Marfa ’18 enlisted in the US Army serving Active Duty as a 35N, Signals Intelligence Analyst, examining communications/activity and relays that information by producing combat, strategic and tactical intelligence reports. She received an award from the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, Certificate of Achievement: “Commanding General Award”, “For distinguishing herself as the most outstanding Soldier of Cycle 3-18, Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Chemical Brigade.
Karleen Sarduy ’09 works for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and is pursuing her LCSW.
Gus Alfieri ’89, Hall of Fame championship high school basketball coach and founder the All-American Basketball Camp in Syosset, that marked its 50th anniversary July 25.
Elizabeth Donaldson PhD ’97 is pleased to announce that her edited collection Literatures of Madness: Disability Studies and Mental Health is officially available in print and electronic form. The collection contains essays on canonical authors and lesser known and sometimes forgotten writers, including Sylvia Plath, Louisa May Alcott, Hannah Weiner, Mary Jane Ward, Michelle Cliff, Lee Maracle, Joanne Greenberg, Ann Bannon, Jerry Pinto, Persimmon Blackbridge, and others. The volume addresses the under-representation of madness and psychiatric disability in the field of disability studies, which traditionally focuses on physical disability, and explores the controversies and the common ground among disability studies, anti-psychiatric discourses, mad studies, graphic medicine, and health/medical humanities.
Jeffrey Denman ’10 has been named to City & State Albany 40 Under 40 list and was recognized at their 10 year reunion on August 14.
Lauren Ferrante, MD ’07 was presented with the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award during the School of Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony on August 12. Dr. Ferrante is an Assistant Professor of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine at Yale School of Medicine.
Anton Haug ’64 retired from The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory on January 4, 2018.
Taoli Ji ’04 (Tony) and Sobonneth Ung’04 have started Vianetic, a new innovative diaper bag company focused on bringing a new line of innovative diaper bags for the modern day parent, has debuted its revolutionary product—the Vianetic 20L and 16L backpacks—at the New York Baby Show. Founded by two college sweetheart and SBU Alumni, its patent pending design—which has been fully funded on Kickstarter—takes the stress and fear out of traveling with a baby and not knowing where to change your baby. The backpack will allow new parents to easily change their baby inside cars, and on any flat surface. Find out more about the Vianetic diaper bag story https://www.thevianetic.com/
Elynda Hickson-Tinnie ’77 and Glenn Tinnie are exhibiting their photographs at the Port Jefferson Library during the months of July and August 2018. Viewers can see photographs of classic cars, landscapes, creative abstracts, sunsets and more.
Peter Kaufman PhD ’99 has co-authored a book “Teaching with Compassion: An Educator’s Oath to Teach from The Heart” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018)
Paula McWilliam ’98 has been announced as the director of nursing at Franklin Pierce. She will resume this position after September 1.
Ramon Parsons, MD/PhD ’92 was presented with the 2018 School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award and recognized for his distinguished career as a cancer researcher. He is the Director of the Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Dawn Zier ’86, CEO of Nutrisystem was recently published in the Philadelphia Business Journal titled, “Even the best leaders need advisors.” On August 1, she was a guest on CNBC Power Lunch, discussing Nutrisystem’s latest innovation.
Samantha D’Annunzio MD ’11 became attending physician in pulmonary critical care with Westmed Medical Group and Greenwich Hospital.
Suraiya Afrina ’14 is currently working as a Knowledge Management and Multimedia Consultant with the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP.
Dominique Batiste ’10 heads the Consumer Insights Team for Starz Entertainment as Director of Consumer Insights and Analytics.
Siobhan Becker ’17 has started her own photography business last fall.
Jasmine Blennau ’16 graduated with an MBA in marketing from St. John’s. She has started a position as an associate producer/equipment specialist at Fairfield University in Connecticut.
Thomas Cassidy ’71, ’78 is pleased to announce his recent book, “Damage Control” has been published.
Natalia Cineas ’01 received the Network Journal’s 40 Under Forty Award during their 21st Annual 40 Under Forty Achievement Awards Ceremony on June 21.
Janelle Clausen ’16 received an honorable mention for “Rookie of the Year” from the New York Press Association for reporting.
Micah Dann ’11 is in Jerusalem on a three-month fellowship with The Ground Truth Project. He is also completing a fellowship with the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America.
Theresa Dooley ’10 is pursuing her Master’s in library and information science at Simmons College in Boston. She is working as a supervisor and training specialist at UMass Amherst’s Du Bios Library.
Kaitlyn Gallagher ’12 has been promoted to associate director, business development at Socialfly, a social media marketing and influencer marketing agency.
Angelo Lambroschino ’15 graduated from Caldwell University with a masters degree in higher education administration. He is chapter leader for the New Jersey Alumni Chapter.
Kevin Loucks ’13 has been appointed as an administrator of the Music Academy of the West.
Jon Millian ’12 is currently the producer of Channel 7 Eyewitness News’ 5 pm newscast on weekends.
Frank Posillico ’13 was promoted to senior editor of video at the New York Daily News.
Holly Riordan ’15 has completed her novel, “Before The Farmhouse Burned Down,” a fantasy novel now available on Amazon.
Jonathan Sobel ’91 received the Outstanding Graduate Award — PA from the School of Health Technology and Management. Jonathan is the Senior Administrative Director of PA Services at Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System), where he is responsible for PA operations at all of the system’s Manhattan campuses.
Gwenn Schwerdel ’12 received the 2018 School of Health Technology Management’s Outstanding Graduate Award.
Matt Weinberger ’08 is currently working as a senior editor at Business Insider. He has gone on Good Morning America as a tech expert twice, and Fox 5 invited him on to discuss a story he wrote.
Adam Wos MD ’01 was appointed medical director of the Emergency Department at Mather Hospital.
Juliette Vendryes ’10 received the 2018 School of Health Technology Management Outstanding Graduate Award. She is the administrative director for Cardio-Pulmonary Services at New York Presbyterian Hospital Lawrence.
Dawn Zier ’86, CEO of Nutrisystem, Inc. received the Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Award in the Retail and Consumer Products category in the Greater Philadelphia region.
Jessica Banslaben ’06 completed her PhD in Social Work, specializing in social policy and gerontology from Fordham University (2018).
Joe Campolo, Esq. ’94, managing partner at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick in Ronkonkoma, has been elected to the board of advisers of the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College in Rockville Centre.
Angela Damaso ’15 is a software engineer at Kaplan Test Prep, leading an initiative to make products 100% usable for people with disabilities and spread awareness about technical and design accessibility.
Frank Granati DDS ’78 ’82 has his own private practice in general dentistry. He is also a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Pilot, master mason and a knights Templar.
Adam Huck ’16 received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education. His degree is in Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning.
William (Bill) Fox ’89 graduated Holy Apostles College & Seminary on May 5, 2018 with a Master of Divinity, magna cum laude and a Master of Arts in Moral Theology, summa cum laude. His master’s thesis, “The Consistent Ethic of Life in the Face of The Hermeneutics of Selfishness” was defended magna cum laude. He was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri on May 19, 2018 by the Most Rev. James V. Johnston, JCL, DD. Bishop Johnston assigned me as parochial vicar (“associate pastor”) at St. Peter Parish and St. Therese Little Flower Parish, both in Kansas City, MO, effective June 12, 2018.
Michael Mihaley ’10 has completed his novel recently, The Underdog Parade, which is being published by Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books.
Michael Nevradakis ’05,’07 completed his doctoral studies in May, receiving his Ph.D. in Media Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation, titled “From the Polis to Facebook: Social Media and the Development of a New Greek Public Sphere,” was based on a long-term research project in Greece and examined social media’s impact on the public sphere, civil society and public discourse in Greece during the years of the country’s economic crisis. During this multi-year study, Nevradakis received fellowships and funding from the U.S. Fulbright Foundation, the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, the Erasmus+ Exchange Program, the Greek State Scholarships Foundation, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Furthermore, in February Nevradakis was awarded the prestigious Dissertation Fellowship by the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, one of twelve such fellowships awarded nationwide, for the completion of his research and dissertation.
Kylie Ohlmiller ’18, (Stony Brook Women’s Lacrosse), was named the 2017-2018 America East Woman of the Year at the conference’s annual awards dinner on June 5.
Chengjian Yao PhD ’15 will finish his postdoctoral position in one month, and will fulfill his new position as a tenure track assistant professor at ShanghaiTech University in July 2018.
Duane Webb MD ’74 was promoted to chief of gastroenterology in May 2017, Omlympic Medical Physicians, Sequim, WA.
Naomi Danis ’71, ’72 will be having a book coming out this May from PowKidsBooks, with illustrations by Cinta Arribas. It is her fourth picture book for kids. The book, “I Hate Everyone” is narrated by a little girl who is who is a hot mess of feelings at her birthday party. Naomi is managing editor at Lilith Magazine.
John W. Dominice III ’17 has been promoted to the Senior Vice President of Sales for Max USA Corp, where he will continue to oversee sales and marketing in North America, Canada, South America and Mexico.
Lauren Ferrante MD ’07 was selected to be named the Stony Brook School of Medicine Outstanding Recent Graduate Award.
Scott M. Karson, Esq. ’72 is the recipient of the 2018 Suffolk County Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a partner in the Melville, New York law firm of Lamb & Barnosky, LLP, where his primary concentration is in the area of appellate practice. Scott is a former President of the Suffolk County Bar Association (2004-2005) and he currently serves as Treasurer of the New York State Bar Association.
Lissette Lugo ’06, engineer at National Grid, was award with the Alumni Champion Award by the Stony Brook Career Center during their Career Partnership Celebration.
Lily D. McNair, PhD ’83, ‘87 has been named the next president of Tuskegee University. She is currently provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wanger College in New York. She will be Tuskegee’s eight president and the first woman president of the university in its 136-year history, starting on July 1, 2018
Daniel McLane, Esq.,’88 is the 2018 recipient of the Nassau County Conservative Party’s Special Torch of Freedom Award. Mr. McLane is currently the Principal Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas Rademaker, an acting Supreme Court Justice.
Bedel Saget ’88, Graphics/Multimedia Editor, Sports, New York Times, was award with the Alumni Champion Award by the Stony Brook Career Center during their Career Partnership Celebration.
Steven M. Stowe’s PhD ’79 book “Keeping the Days – Reading the Civil War Diaries of Southern Women” has been published by UNC Press this spring.
Mark Wolff, DDS, PhD ’77, ’81, ’97 has been named Dean of The Robert Schattner Center
University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. He will assume his role on July 1, 2018.
Cincy Bautista-Thomas ’98 is an Associate Director of Field Education at Columbia School of Social Work for the last 8 years and is a Phd Candidate in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is also co-founder of a personal and professional development training company, Velocity Visions, Inc. with fellow classmate, Ancy Lewis.
Jane Chen, Esq. ’14 has been named to the Executive Board of the Hofstra Law School Alumni Association and co-chair of the Board’s Diversity Committee.
Fran Danis PhD ’74, ’76 was inducted by the NASW Foundation as a NASW Social Work Pioneer® (National Association of Social Workers Foundation).
Rachel Hershenberg PhD ’13 has a self-help book that was just published. The foreword was written by Stony Brook faculty (& Distinguished Professor), Marvin Goldfried.
Saagar Govil ’08 has been appointed CEO and chairman of Vicon Industries.
Huntley Myrie ’90 has been listed in Savoy magazine as one of 2018 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. He is Senior Vice President, Fuel and Motion Control Division, Eaton Aerospace Group for Eaton.
Elizabeth Pincus ’08 was elected to serve as the National Secretary for AORN (Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses) at the AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo in New Orleans this past March 2018.
Brian Stallard ’13 is the producer and a co-host of the podcast, Base Paris. The podcast was just named among the 2018 Webby Awards’ “five best podcasts in the world” for the subjects of science and education.
Justin Steele, MD ’02 has joined New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in its Department of Surgery. Dr. Steele specializes in robotic surgery, hepatobiliary-pancreatic, and complex abdominal hernia surgery.
Diego Acero ’10, ’11 , has joined the Northwell Transplant Team as a transplant coordinator after donating a kidney to his sister-in-law in 2016.
Justin Belkin ’04, project manager at Canon, U.S.A. has been appointed to the Town of Babylon’s Industrial Development Agency. (IDA)
Robert Bernstein ’71 is pleased to announce the publication of his award winning book (Psychology/Mental Health from Best Book Awards), “Uniquely Normal: Tapping the Reservoir of Normalcy to Treat Autism”
Mark Bridges ’83 earned his second Oscar for his work on “Phantom Thread,” costume designer.
Frank Burgert ’80 has been awarded College Radio Station Engineer of the year, for his work with WUSB, presented by the national college radio station organization, the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.
Eva Chalas, MD ’81, was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who.
Heather Findletar Hines ’09, Midwifery Class 7 and DNP Class 1 is Program Director for the School of Nursing Midwifery Program.
Diane Fisher ’71 will receive the Master Pilot Award from the FAA, 50 years as a pilot at the ‘Sun and Fun’ Airshow Lakeland, Florida, the 2nd largest airshow in the U.S.
Brian Gugerty ’82, Senior Service Fellow, presented the following at Informatic conferences in March: Blackwell, C., Palso, K., Eckerson K., Marfo, A and Gugerty, B.. Achieving New Results with What Already Exists: Repurposing an existing standard and functionality to achieve new goals. Poster Presentation at the 2018 AMIA Summit, San Francisco, CA, March, 2018. Gugerty, B. Update on the National Health Care Surveys Public Health Reporting Registry. HIMSS 2018 Federal Pavilion Presentation, Las Vegas, NV, March 2018.”
John Hennessy, PhD ’75, ’77 will be honored at the Commonwealth Club’s Distinguished Citizen Award Gala on April 19 in San Francisco.
Kelsea Johnson ’17 auditioned on NBC’s The Voice.
Dr. Dimitrios Kilimitzoglou, DDS ’02, who owns ESI Healthy Dentistry in Smithtown and teaches at Stony Brook University’s Dental School, has been elected president of the Suffolk County Dental Society in Hauppauge.
Dan Smith ’90, principal of Seaford Middle School, has been named Administrator of the Year by the Council of Administrators and Supervisors in recognition of his educational leadership.
Hanaa’ Tameez ’16 – a previous Wall Street Journal Fellow upon graduation from Stony Brook, was recently appointed as the inaugural diversity reporter at the Fort WorthStar-Telegram
Brianna Titone ’04 is a candidate for State House District 27 of Colorado.
Dr. Fahim Ahmed ’95 has been appointed as chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs of Mercy Medical Center.
Arnold Anderson ’93, upon his 30th year of service to others, founded the non profit 501c3 Inspiring Our Youth A Game, Inc in Northeast Florida. The goal, to neutralize the effects of social and educational marginalization on elementary, middle and high school aged youth and their families. We measure our success through increasing high school graduation rates, access to college preparation, prevention of juvenile offending, enhanced health education and decreasing child welfare dependency.
Kim Brandeau ’94 was recently sworn in as a Deputy Comptroller of Nassau County. She has more than 12 years of experience working in the Suffolk County Executive’s Office, most recently as the chief budget examiner.
Erik Buckholz ’97 was recently promoted to be the Human Resources Director for CulinArt, Stony Brook campus.
Randell Bynum ’94 has been named as the new CEO for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County.
Joseph Campolo, Esq. ’94 has been elected chairman of the HIA-LI, Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island.
Linda Capuano ‘72 was appointed Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in January 2018.
Aviva Diamond ’08 was sworn in on December 4, 2017, as a Mt Lebanon School Director, Mt Lebanon, PA.
William Fox ’89, was ordained a transitional deacon for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph (Missouri) on May 13, 2017. He is scheduled (pending final approval from my bishop) to be ordained a priest on May 19, 2018.
James Gesualdi, Esq. ’85, an attorney in Islip, was honored to be the inaugural recipient of the Exemplary Service Award given by the New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law. He was a founding member and served as chair and vice chair during the committee’s early stages of being a “special committee,” served as chair and continues to serve as a member of the committee. He is author of “Excellence Beyond Compliance: Enhancing Animal Welfare Through the Constructive Use of the Animal Welfare Act” and has served as a special professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law where he taught Animal Law.
Thomas Dono Jr., Esq. ’94 has been appointed chief legal officer of Stoneridge, Inc.
Gary Morgenstein ’74 is pleased to announce his new science fiction baseball novel, “A Mound Over Hell” will be published on March 29 from BHC Press.
Yan Leyfman ’11, one of only 16 nationwide and one of the first medical students to be invited to give a keynote podium presentation at the 2017 ASCO Symposium– the largest and most prestigious oncology conference in the world.
Andrew Schulman ’75 was the first musician accepted as a member of the Society of Critical Care medicine as the first Certified Medical Musician this past September. The Turkish edition of his book “Walking the Spirit” has just been released.
Elana Spira, PhD ’02, ’05 has co-authored a book, “The Organized Child: An Effective Program to Maximize Your Kid’s Potential – In School and in Life”
December 2017 and January 2018
Asif Ali Alidina ’07 has been named to the Orlando Business Journal’s 40 under 40.
Robert Bernstein ’71, a Behavioral Therapist, recently published the 2017 Best Books Awards winner, Uniquely Normal: Tapping the Reservoir of Normalcy To Treat Autism, where he shares a different approach based on cognition thinking in helping people of all ages with ASD.
Sanford Bernstein ’74 received a prestigious MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health for his research program to study muscle disease and aging.
Anne Canadeo ’77 was honored by Assemblyman Andrew Raia (East Northport) as a “Woman of Distinction” for her dedication to combating hunger and promoting literacy through her volunteer work. She is on the leadership team of the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative.
Laura Coppola ’94, currently AGCS’s (Allianz Global Corporate and Security) North American Regional Head of Management Liability Commercial, will take over as Regional Head of Financial Lines for AGCS North America, and will remain based in New York.
Harriet Hyman Alonso Ph.D. ’86 received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Peace History Society, an affiliate of the American Historical Association. Her new book, Martha and the Slave Catchers, a novel for Middle Grade children, was published in November by Seven Stories Press/Triangle Books for Young Readers.
Thomas Koehler ’08 has signed a one year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Koehler split the 2017 season, his fifth in the majors, his 10th as a pro, between the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Larry Lewis’ ’76 first book, Sadie’s Boys, was released in December 2017. This nonfiction book tells the story of Larry’s uncles, father and grandmother during World War II, when his father survived a POW camp in Germany, his uncle Charlie was killed in 1943 serving a navigator on a B17 in the Pacific, and his grandmother, Sadie, fought to save her sons.
Sheree Meyer ’79 was appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at California State University, Sacramento on July 1, 2017.
Keith Miller ’06, chief lending officer at Suffolk Federal Credit Union, has been named to Long Island Business News’s 40 Under Forty.
Virginia Nolan ’78 published her first book, One Day at Christmas, a holiday adventure about the superintendent of a low-income Bronx apartment house, who wants to give all the residents a wonderful Christmas, but needs to find the money to do so.
Ami Shah MD ’94 is a board-certified radiologist and director of mammography and women’s imaging at New York City Health and Hospitals. She was featured in an AMA article this past December.
Jameel Warney ’16 has been named USA Basketball’s Male Athlete of the Year.
Neil Yager MD ’05, an interventional cardiologist, has joined Albany Medical Center’s Division of Cardiology and has been appointed assistant professor of cardiology at Albany Medical College.