Class Notes

Steven Adelson ’15 ’17 helped build the Vote Everywhere organization and continues to drive social change.
Robert Bernstein ’72 has authored a new book, which will be coming out on November 15, titled “Uniquely Normal, Tapping the Reservoir of Normaley to treat Autism”.
Jeffrey Cohen ’12 has joined IMT Vislink as Key Account Manager for newsnet Bidirectional IP ENG Ecosystem.
Barbara Gaba ’69 has been inaugurated President at Atlantic Cape Community College.  She is the first woman and African American President of the history of the school.
Hamerton Jeanty MD ’05 has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System Medical Group as a hospitalist and the medical staffs at Faxton St. Luke’s and St. Elizabeth’s.
Steven Portericker ’02 has started at Goddard Riverside as Associate Deputy Executive Director beginning October 30, 2017.
Carson Puriefoy ‘16, Stony Brook Men’s Basketball alumnus, reached a deal to join MLP Academics Heidelberg in the German ProA League.
Caterina Reed ’14 is the new coordinator of on campus student employment at the Stony Brook University Career Center.
Alexander F.L. Sand, Esq. ’08 has been recognized as National Law Journal Cybersecurity Trailblazers for his significant contributions and pioneering work in the areas of cybersecurity and data privacy.

Craig Amodemo ’96 is the owner Hampton Estates Realty.  The company was recently named “Business of the Year” by the Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch Residential Program.
Anthony Casabianca ’11 graduated from medical school and began his residency in general surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Long-Qing Chen ’85 has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany.  He is the Donald W. Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, professor of engineering science and mechanics and professor of mathematics at Penn State University. 
Michael Cosentino ’07 served as an honorary captain during the Seawolves’ homecoming game on October 14.  He is principal at St. Peter’s.
Bruce Fischer PhD, ’73, ’82 is a retired psychologist currently running for the US House of Representatives in South Carolina’s 7th District.
Dr. Patrick M. Fratellone ’82 has joined Canbiola, Inc. (CANB) as a medical advisor and distributor. He is an attending physician at St. Luke’s Hospital, Roosevelt Hospital, and Beth Israel Hospital, and current professor at University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. 
Bernard Fialkoff DDS ’80, president and founding sponsor of the Americas Chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, rang the NASDAQ opening bell on Friday, September 15, in honor of National Recovery Month.  
Gregory Gordon MD ’00 has been appointed Head of Medical Department (U.S.) of  TiGenix NV (Euronext Brussels and NASDAQ: TIG), an advanced biopharmaceutical company exploiting the anti-inflammatory properties of allogeneic, or donor-derived, stem cells to develop novel therapies for serious medical conditions. 
Keely Harris ’82 has started a foundation,, to create an awareness for G6PD deficiency, a common genetic enzyme deficiency. 
Gerard Hevern MD ’76 accepted the prestigious 2018 Family Physician of the Year award from the American Academy of Family Physicians.  He is a family physician in Suncook, New Hampshire.
Malyk Leonard ’16 currently holds an adjunct lecturer position at Suffolk County Community College, teaching mathematics for the Department of Continuing Education, while pursuing a Master’s in Education with a specialization in curriculum and teaching.  He is also developing an academic consulting firm which aims to provide students with the proper opportunity to pursue college degrees as well as work in industry, while ensuring that they are academically and socially prepared and developed professionally to achieve their goals.  
Benjamin P. Malerba, Esq. ’95 has been named to the prestigious Best Lawyers ® in America for, healthcare law, for 2017.  He is a partner with the firm of Rivkin Radler LLP. 
Arthur Malatzky ’71 retired after 42 years in the energy industry and is now enjoying family and travel. 
Bruce C. MacIntyre ‘72, will retire from Brooklyn College CUNY in January 2018. 
Grace Meek ’88 was featured in Risk and Insurance Magazine in an article titled “Grace Under Pressure: Allied World’s Grace Meek pushes aside adversity and thrives in the program business.”  She is Senior Vice President, head of U.S. Programs for the Allied World Insurance company.
Thomas Moloney ’74 recently retired as journalist first class, US Navy Reserve.  He served in Iceland, Hawaii and the UK and is co-founder of NYC Fleet Week.
Joseph Moreno, Esq. ’96 – In August 2017, Joe testified before a U.S. Congress, House subcommittee on the financing of lone-wolf terrorist attacks.   
James Michael Queen PhD, ’70, ’71, 78 is caving in the Guadalupes, now looking at 6 generations of karst and paleokarst, and three orogenies (up from 1 and 1 when first I started looking in 1972)), plus new models of atmospheric circulation in caves due to thermal convection, humidity driven convection, barometric pumping, and involvement of H2S in post-drainage modification of caves. 
Shaireen Rasheed ’90 was interviewed by the New York Times, based upon her essay in the Huffington Post on teaching about Charlottesville in the classroom.  She is a professor at LIU. 
Timothy J. Sellati, Ph.D. ’96 has been appointed as Chief Scientific Officer of Global Lyme Alliance. 
Pen-Sheng Yang ’03 is now in Taiwan, is married and has one son.  He is a Senior HW Engineer at ARRIS.
Lisa Sisk ’98 is working as a Certified Nurses Midwife with the Kings Mountain Womens Care within the Caroline Healthcare system.
Andrew Szabo ’76 has retired after 24 years as an elementary school guidance counselor for the NYC Department of Education. 
Marty Tillman ’68, an international educator for forty years, retired as Associate Director of Career Services at the Johns Hopkins Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, in Washington DC, in 2010.  He remains active as a writer, consultant and national thought leader on the relationship of education abroad to student career development and employability and is married to fellow SBU alum, Gail Hochhauser (’68).

Vijay Alreja ’83, has been awarded the Ray H. Witt Metallurgy Award from the Advanced Casting Research Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  He is president of the VJ Group.
Abdulhadi Baalbaki ’95 is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist at a private practice.
 Barry Bass DDS ’81 is director of oral and maxillofacial and implant surgery at North Shore University Hospital – Manhasset.  He works alongside four Stony Brook Dental graduates in the group.
 John T. Bauer, Esq. ’82 was named “Lawyer of the Year” in Best Lawyers in America 2018 Guide.  He is a shareholder in the Long Island office of Littler Mendelson P.C..
Pierre Beaunegre ‘05  is a member of the board for the MDCB.
Brendan Bone ’17 has started a position at NYU as a paramedic.
 Andre Brochetelli, Esq. ’96 recently joined French & Casey, LLP In New York City.  Mr. Brochetelli handles litigation matters including construction, premises liability and real estate matters.
Alejandra Castillo ’92 has been named the new CEO of YWCA USA in September of 2017.  The Young Women’s Christian Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
Maria Colandrea ’06 MS, ’14 DNP became a follow of the AANP.
Alexander Davis ’15, classical bassoonist, joined other emerging professional instrumentalists, singers, composers and conductors for a summer schedule of study and performance with musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as part of a Tanglewood Music Center fellowship.
 Bernard Fialkoff DDS ’80 was inducted into the Pierra Fauchard Academy.  He is president of the Fialkoff Dental Study Club and Implant Certainty Training Program.
James Gasperino MD ’99 has recently become the Chair of the Department of Medicine, and Vice President for Critical Care, Perioperative and Hospitalist Medicine, as well as Associate Chief Medical Officer at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. He is also Senior Faculty at Mount Sinai Health System.
Victoria Goldenberg ‘15  is currently working as a psychotherapist at Parientes of Suffolk on Long Island and Rothschild Mental Health Counseling in Brooklyn. She is also an adjunct professor of psychology at CUNY Queens College and Brooklyn College.
Brian Gugerty ’82 is a co-lead auther of McCormick, K. Gugerty, B. & Mattison, J. (2017) Healthcare Information Technology. San Francisco: McGraw-Hill.
Edward Hernandez ’09 has been elected Chair of the new Social Work Department at Medgar Evers College.
 Stephen Kanes MD ’95 is the Chief Medical Officer at Sage Therapeutics, a neuroscience focused biotech in Cambridge, MA, working on developing new treatments for severe seizure disorders, postpartum depression, major depression as well as movement disorders.
Margaret Kelly ’77 has retired and moved to Newport, RI.
Kenneth A. Lee, DDS ’85 has joined Inspire Dental Group, a multi-specialty dental practice with offices in Amherst, West Seneca and downtown Buffalo.
Miles Linefsky, Esq. ’09 recently joined French & Casey, LLP In New York City. Mr. Linefsky handles litigation matters including construction, premises liability and real estate matter
Evelyn Marienberg MD ’88  was named one of Newsday’s Top Doctors for Radiation Oncology in July 2017.
Janet Martino MD ’83 is an Independent Consultant in Healthcare Information Technology.
Jay Motola MD ’82 has been a part of the Department of Urology at Mount Sinai for the last 3 years and is presently the president -elect for the New York section of the American Urological Association. He will become president in May 2018.
Yun Cee Ng Dirsa ’14 recently launched a free nursing education podcast for emergency nurses called the Resus Nurse Podcast and Blog. The goal is to elevate our emergency nursing practice to provide the best chance for our sick patients.  Go to for show notes and podcast directory.
 Karl O’Leary ’05 has been named principal of the Delaware Academy.
 Cedric Ortiguera ’90 has performed the first robotic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Northern Florida.
Evelyn Ortiz ‘07 was recently promoted from Director Government Affairs to Chief External Affairs Officer at Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, a non-profit organization.
 Keval Patel, MD  ’08 has completed his residency and is now employed as a cardiology fellow at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
Cheryl  Pouletsos BSN ’86 ’05, ‘06  wrote a fiction novel, A Deadly World under the pseudonym Victoria Vernon which was published in February with
 Kaitlyn Rocca ’16 has completed two internships at Disney and is now applying to psychology masters programs.
Ilvis Sonia Rodriguez ’92 is working full time supervising an investigation unit for the Suffolk County CPS. Ilvis has spent 14 years in an Abuse Team working with Special victims via Child Protection.
Harriette Rovner Ferguson ‘82  coauthored “Experiencing Infertility,” published by WWNorton and translated into Spanish. The book is a great resource for individuals and couples making their way to parenthood via fertility treatments and third party reproduction. Harriette also became a yoga tach in 2014 with a certification to teach mindfulness and meditation. She has formed a group practice called Transformations Counseling in Smithtown with fellow alumnus Ken Burns.
 Robbie Samuels ‘ 97, ’02 – recently released a new book about strategic, effective, and inclusive networking.  Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences” is a practical guide to help you build meaningful and authentic relationships to help you stop wasting time networking and start building great relationships.
Steven Sanderson MD ’16 is currently working on a readmissions reduction team for the DSRIP MAX Series project at Brookhaven Hospital Medical Center. He is working on consulting work for SQL Queries, SSRS, SSAS, and Tableau KPI dashboard building for hospital finance departments.
Dean Sheppard MD ’75 was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Mark Silverberg DDS ’82 is an anesthesiologist and managing member of Mobile Anesthesiologists, LLC.  He has developed a warming garment for operating/procedure room personnel.
 Robyn Stein DeLuca PhD ’99, research assistant professor at Stony Brook University, Department of Psychology, has just completed a book, “The Hormone Myth: How Junk Science, Gender Politics and Lies About PMS Keep Women Down,” published by New Harbinger Publications on August 1.
Selina Taranto’99 has been promoted to Senior Social Worker at Northwell.
Dawn Tesoro ’02 is recently certified as an international health coach.
Kathleen Valerio ’04 is the advisor to Stony Brook University’s Student Blood Drive Committee. The Fall 2016-Spring 2017 efforts resulted in over 2,000 pints donated on campus.
Melicia Vergara Thom ‘16 is working as a Physician Office Assistant at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Patricia Voepel ’82 received her doctoral degree in Educational Administration from Dowling College in January 2016.
Robert Yeager ’96 received the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
Gary Zeitlin MD ’00 has joined White Plains hospital as in infectious disease specialist
 Dawn Zier ’86, Nutrisystem CEO, was interviewed for a Wall Street Journal article titled “Behind the Tournaround at Nutristystem.”  The article appeared both in the August 14 print edition and online.
Neil Butterklee, Esq. ’80, ’82 has been appointed to the Stony Brook University Alumni Association Board of Directors
William Casill, ’80 has joined Gen Re’s North American life and health business as Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary, assuming strategic oversight of pricing and valuation for General Re Life Corporation.
Elizabeth Dumont ’89, professor of biology and senior vice provost for academic affairs, has been named the dean of the School of Natural Sciences at the University of California, Merced.
Dinah Felipe ’04, was recognized by The SUNY Impact Foundation as they recently held an EOP 50th Anniversary Gala in New York City. As part of the celebration, they recognized notable EOP alumni from across SUNY. Among the alumni recognized were six Stony Brook University graduates.
Diane Freedman ’93 will be honored with the Warrior Award this coming October from the Transformative Education Development Services Inc.
Samantha Godfrey ’15 was awarded a graduate fellowship in her Forensic linguistics masters program at Hofstra University
Marilyn Gottlieb ’12, author of Life with an Accent had her book published six months ago in Israel by Books in the Attic, in conjunction with Yidioth Books, the book division of Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper. The book is available in English on in both the adult and young adult versions. The Hebrew version is in book stores all over Israel. A book launch took place at the Alma Center for Hebrew Culture in Tel Aviv and is doing well.
Veronica Garzero ’16 has moved to Europe for her Master’s in Biomedical Sciences. She is now living in the Netherlands.
Kaedrea Jackson, MD, MPH ’01 has been appointed as medical director of the Emergency Department at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.
Shahnilla Jamal ’00 has been appointed to the Stony Brook University Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Latoya Joyner ’08, NYS Assemblywoman, was recognized by The SUNY Impact Foundation as they recently held an EOP 50th Anniversary Gala in New York City. As part of the celebration, they recognized notable EOP alumni from across SUNY. Among the alumni recognized were six Stony Brook University graduates.
Tracy King-Sanchez ’92, ’94, ’12  was recognized by The SUNY Impact Foundation as they recently held an EOP 50th Anniversary Gala in New York City. As part of the celebration, they recognized notable EOP alumni from across SUNY. Among the alumni recognized were six Stony Brook University graduates.
Sagar Mehra ’16 has started working at Yahoo! in October 2016 as a software development engineer.
Jaime Moore ’88 was recognized by The SUNY Impact Foundation as they recently held an EOP 50th Anniversary Gala in New York City. As part of the celebration, they recognized notable EOP alumni from across SUNY. Among the alumni recognized were six Stony Brook University graduates. Jaime has also been appointed to the Stony Brook Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Alexa Moritz ’13 has been named to the foundation board of the Orange County Cerebral Palsy Association. She is a community relations/administrative assistant at Inspire.
Derek Peterson ’88 was recognized by The SUNY Impact Foundation as they recently held an EOP 50th Anniversary Gala in New York City. As part of the celebration, they recognized notable EOP alumni from across SUNY. Among the alumni recognized were six Stony Brook University graduates.
Ruchi Shah ’16 has been appointed as a member of the Steering Committee of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York State Council on Women and Girls.
Melisa Sidor, Esq. ’94 has joined the firm of Campolo, Middleton, McCormick LLP as Counsel, enhancing the firm’s comprehensive offerings in the areas of estate planning and administration, commercial and residential real estate, commercial contracts, business transactions, and not-for-profit organizations.
Michael Sirchia ’96, ’98 has joined REDI Global Technologies LLC as the Head of Infrastructure.
Nicholas Theberge, DDS ’13, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, completed his residency in 2017. He got married in June of 2013 and he and his wife are pleased to announce the birth of their son in December of 2015.
Michael Thoennessen ’88, Michigan State University (MSU) Distinguished Professor, has been named Editor in Chief of the American Physical Society (APS). He assumes the position on September 1, 2017.
Edith Wainwright ’94 wrote a textbook in French to teach Haitian Literature, and a poetry book, which was published a few years ago.
Dawn Zier ’86 was interviewed by Jim DeTar for for articles titled “Getting the Fat Out: Why Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem are Growing Like a Weed” and “How Nutrisystem Delivers Weight Control to The Doorstep Economy”
JULY 2017
Mary Arnett ’08 invented a solution for noise-reducing heel tips. The company — Ssh-oes Quiet Comfortable Heels — is searchable with Google.
Alex Bard ’96, 2014 40 Under Forty recipient and Campaign Monitor CEO, joined Redpoint Ventures as partner.
Janet Bernier, JD ’86, principal at BDO USA LLP and leader for the northeast region’s State and Local Tax Practice, received the Distinguished Alumna Award during the 2017 Department of Political Science Convocation on May 19.
Raphael Dalleo, PhD ’00, ’04, won the 2017 Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Award for best book about the Caribbean — awarded by the Caribbean Studies Association — for American Imperialism’s Undead: The Occupation of Haiti and the Rise of Caribbean Anticolonialism (University of Virginia Press, 2016).
Michael Montiel ’07 is a physician assistant in psychiatry at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Richard Murdocco ’10, real estate columnist and founder of The Foggiest Idea, was awarded two first place awards at the 2017 Press Club of Long Island Media Awards in the categories of Narrative–Column and Best Blog Created and Maintained by an Individual.
Rani Nasser, MD ’05, went to medical school and became a neurosurgeon after graduating from Stony Brook University. He was also a part of the surgical team that helped separate conjoined twins this past fall. He and other members of the team were interviewed on CNN on Friday, June 24.
Sunghoon Park, Esq. ’04, joined the intellectual property law firm of Volpe and Koenig, P.C. as an associate. He specializes in patent procurement and patent litigation, primarily in the areas of telecommunications, wireless networking and computer software.
Kelly Presutti, PhD ’09, earned a PhD from MIT’s Department of History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art. Her dissertation, “Terroir After the Terror: Landscape and Representation in 19th Century France,” was supported by grants from Harvard, the French Embassy, the Getty Foundation, the Huntington Library and MIT. She will be a fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in the District of Columbia next year, where she will continue to pursue her investigation of place in post-revolutionary French aesthetics.
Eric Starr ’08 presented a solo recital at the 2017 International Trombone Festival at the University of Redlands entitled “Slide Rules.” The performance featured contemporary solo works for the trombone by fellow Stony Brook alumnus Matthew Vandegriff ’12, as well as John Cage, Matthew Burtner and Daniel Corral.
Phyllis Zagano, PhD ’79, senior research associate-in-residence and adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University, was featured on the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation’s network TV show, “Witness.”
JUNE 2017
Douglas Bacon, MD 85, is professor and chair of anesthesiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Ross Barkan ’11 received The New York Press Club’s award for distinguished newspaper commentary in May 2017. He wrote a series of 10 pieces for the Village Voice about local and national politics.
Daniel Beckles, MD, PhD, FACS ’91, ’94, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, was honored at the 2017 Caribbean American Healthcare Awards. 

Kate Boyd 94, pianist, was in concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on May 17, 2017, performing works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Elaine Agnew, Bach, Chopin and Prokofiev. She’s an associate professor of music and an instructor of piano at Butler University and Interlochen Center for the Arts, respectively.
Carl Corry ’96 was named a Press Club of Long Island 2017 Journalism honoree and inducted into the Long Island Journalism Hall of Fame.
James DePace ’15 received Celebrate Long Island’s Young Professionals Award in May 2017 from the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. He is manager, digital media and analytics at Horizon Media.
Frank Esposito ’12 received a Celebrate Long Island’s Young Professionals Award in May 2017 from the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. He is with the Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology.
Katherine Hauswirth ’95 is pleased to announce the launch of her new book with Homebound Publications, The Book of Noticing: Collections and Connections on the Trail.
Veronica H. Jones ’98 graduated from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas, Texas, with a Master’s in Nursing Education. She’s a faculty member at Mountain View College, also in Dallas.
William Lawrence ’08 published his first novel, The Punk and the Professor through Loyola University’s Apprentice House Press, Maryland 2017. The autobiographical novel, set on Long Island, is a sociological look at dysfunctional suburbia during the 1980s and 1990s.
Elbert Nasis, Esq. 91, was recently included in Who’s Who in Business Law by Long Island Business News. He is partner at the firm of Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP.
Howard Pfeffer ’84 was appointed president and CEO of Internet@. He most recently served as the senior vice president of the broadband group at Time Warner Cable.
Reema Sultan, Esq. ’11, received a Celebrate Long Island’s Young Professionals Award in May 2017 from the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce.  She is assistant general counsel at Northwell Health.
Gino Veneroso ’11 received a Celebrate Long Island’s Young Professionals Award in May 2017 from the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. He is director of sales at Sunrise Senior Living, LLC.
Russell Wellinger ’80 was a guest panelist with the School of Professional Development’s Winter Institute at Stony Brook University. He is a managing director at the Bank of New York Mellon where he heads the HR Vendor Management and Mergers and Acquisitions activities.
MAY 2017
Rahul Alreja ’06 is pursuing his EMBA through the EMBA Global Americas and Europe program, a joint program between Columbia Business School and London Business School. He is the director of Global Sales at VJ Technologies.
Stephanie Brumsey ’09 was recognized at the Reuters annual Journalists of the Year Awards for her work with the Reuters Facebook Live team, named the winner in the Best Storytelling Innovation category.
Terry Budd, Esq. ’80 was recognized in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers in America awards compilation for his trial work across the country. The fifth edition of his book, Trial Lawyers’ Legal Treatise: The Trial Experts Answer Book, will be published by the Practicing Law Institute.
Ann Cassin PhD ’76, ’78 is pleased to announce that her book Out of Iceland was recently published.
Alyson Chadwick ’92 is now writing for She produces political news and commentary.
Kiegh Dudley ’13, ’15, with the accounting firm of CohnReznick LLP, was the recipient of the firm’s Yearning for Knowledge Award.
Michele Fazio, PhD ’08, returned to campus as a guest of the Graduate School and the Office for the Integration of Research, Education, and Professional Development. He delivered a workshop that addresses issues surrounding social justice and inequality and offered a model of activism through curricular innovation and community collaboration.
Danielle Foster ’16 is now working in wealth management for a world-renowned private bank.
Joseph Gigante, MD ’88 was elected as the next president of COMSEP (Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics). He’ll serve as president elect from 2017–2019 and will assume the president role from 2019–2021.
Michael Gutch, PhD ’93 was appointed chief financial officer and chief business officer of Entasis Therapeutics Inc., a company focused on the discovery and development of breakthrough anti-infective products.
Michael Levine, Esq. ’88 was promoted to partner at Hunton & Williams LLP. He focuses his practice on insurance recover, counseling and litigation.
Valerie Link ’14 is now a mental health program specialist with the Office of Mental Health’s Long Island Field Office.
Devoney Looser, PhD ’93 has a forthcoming book, The Making of Jane Austen, that was recently named to Publishers Weekly’s list of Best Summer Books of 2017 in the category of nonfiction.
Rachel Scelfo, Esq. ’98, ’99, of Counsel to the Land Use and Zoning Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman LLP, was one of 50 who were honored by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University at its Outstanding Women in Law Reception.
Dr. Gilbert Snider ’71 and his wife Judy just released their newest song, “What More Can I Say: A Wedding Song.” It’s available online.
Dr. Janine Susan, Esq. ’97, a partner in the Intellectual Property Group at Burns & Levinson LLP, was honored with a 2017 Women Worth Watching® in STEM award by the Profiles in Diversity Journal.
Kelly Zegers ’16 was named the James Murphy Club Reporter of the Year by the Press Club of Long Island.
Dawn Zier ’86 is a finalist for EY’s 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year award — Greater Philadelphia region. She shared her turnaround formula and a surprising source of innovation in an interview with Bill Carmody, “10 Steps to Mastering the Doorstep Economy.”
APRIL 2017
Thomas Ascher ’15 started a new position as a financial advisor with AXA Advisors in Woodbury.
Barton Davis ’71, ’76 is publishing his new book with Julian Lennon, titled, “Touch the Earth.” The book is first in their series of children’s books and will be published on Earth Day, April 22, 2017.
Sheldon Feldman MD ’71 was named chief of the division of breast surgery and surgical oncology and director of Breast Cancer Services at Montfiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care. He will also join the faculty of Albert Einsten College of Medicine as a professor of clinical surgery.
John Ferrari ’98 joined 5W Public Relations as Senior Vice President of Finance.
Laura Gambino ’16 started with Omnicom Media Group as a Senior Research Analyst on the Primary Research and Insights team.
Laura Klahre ’97 is the founder of Blossom Meadow (home grown honey) on the North Fork of Long Island. She now has over 100 hives, and manages additional hives for other folks. She opened a new store in Cutchogue.
Richard Rosenbaum, Esq. ’75, executive chairman of Greenberg Traurig, will be honored on the firm’s behalf with the Advancement of Justice Award by the National Judicial College.
Bedel Saget ’88, multimedia/graphics editor for The New York Times, will receive a World Press Photo Award for his Simone Biles Olympic Feature.
Scott Siegel MD DDS ’94, ’97, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, joined the International Association of Healthcare Professionals with his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World.
Bret Simner ’08 delivered a TEDx talk in August 2016 (TEDxBasel), “A Humorous Introduction to the Double Bass.”
Dawn Zier ’86, Nutrisystem CEO, appeared on CNBC Power Lunch on March 7. She spoke about the company’s corporate performance.
Phyllis Zagano PhD ’79 was honored at the Sacred Heart Academy dinner dance on Friday, March 24.
MARCH 2017
Rachel Brandwein ’12 will be performing on the harp in an upcoming concert in New York City at DiMenna Center, featuring music written exclusively by Hong Kong Composers.
Joseph Campolo, Esq. ’94, managing partner of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, was awarded “Best Lawyer on Long Island” by the annual Best of Long Island, presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union.
Inna Faliks ’08, pianist, will premier her Reimagine: Ravel and Beethoven, with commissions from 9 renowned composers in response to Ravel and Beethoven, in Los Angeles in June and in New York City during the next season. In connection with her Music/World series, she began a collaboration with LA’s WordTheater, where she performs between literary readings by some of Hollywood’s top actors.
Jo Eun Lee ’13 is working as a reporter at the largest Korean newspaper in New York City, Korea Daily.
Parth Mehta, MD ’00, pediatric hematologist and oncologist, joined the prestigious organization, The International Association of HealthCare Professionals.
Scott Middleton, Esq. ’84, founding partner and trial attorney at the firm of Campolo, Middleton and McCormick, was elected to the Board of Directors of East End Arts.
Toni Lyn Morelli, PhD ’08 was hired as a research ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey at the Northeast Climate Science Center. Her research on the effects of climate change has been featured on NPR and in numerous scientific and general interest publications, including Mother Jones.
Nicole Ramirez ’16 and Kimberly Burkart ’15 opened a new business in Patchogue called SmallCakes Cupcakery and Creamery.
Robert Richardt ’95 was promoted to partner of CohnReznick LLP.
Rachel Shuster ’76, one of the founding members of USA TODAY, became the editor in May 2016 at the Tax Foundation, the nation’s leading independent tax policy nonprofit, in Washington, DC.
Heidi G. Sidley ’92, managing director and principal at StoneStreet Equity, was named one of the Top Women Advisors in 2016 by the National Association of Plan Advisors.
Alexei Smirnov ’08 and Nicole Zelyez ’08 fell in love at Stony Brook University in 2006. Nicole works at BSW Wealth Partners, a wealth advisory firm in Boulder, Colorado. Alexei works at Vention Medical in Boulder, Colorado as a Product Development Engineer.
Joseph Campolo, Esq. ’94, managing partner at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick in Ronkonkoma, was appointed to the board of directors at UCP, United Cerebral Palsy of Long Island, in Hauppauge.
Chris Cloonan ’12 was featured in Newsday for his work as a tour guide in Cuba. His interest and fondness for the country was sparked by a trip he made through the School of Journalism.
Bernard Fialkoff, DDS ’80 held a seminar on “Controlling the Drug Epidemic Worldwide” at the Great New York Dental Convention in New York City this past November.
Davita Silfen Glasberg, PhD ’78, ’83 was named Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut.
Audrey Kamin ’84 joined the company of MVP Realty Advisors as senior vice president, national accounts manager.
Scott Middleton, Esq. ’84, founding partner and trial attorney at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP has been appointed to the Judicial Screening Committee of the Suffolk County Bar Association.
Waqidi Mindspring ’69 and Jay Rosenberg ’67, through their collaboration as undergraduates, have completed their first recording of the song “Heaven Release Her” in June 2016. The song is in consideration for the 2017 International Acoustic Music Awards.
Edward Reiner ’77 recently became a senior business consultant at IBM in the Watson Health Analytics Group. He has been working in the life sciences industry for more than 25 years and now leads efforts to improve health outcomes.
Jeffrey Reynolds, PhD ’07 will be delivering a TEDx Talk this coming March at Adelphi University. He is the president/CEO of Family and Children’s Association (FCA), which serves 20,000 Long Islanders annually.
Vincent Vaccaro ’07 was promoted to staff accountant in the Tallahassee office of James Moore, where he will provide a range of services in the firm’s accounting department.
Dr. Zoltan Antal ’98 was named chief of pediatric endocrinology at the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medicine.
Brian Batten, PhD ’03 was promoted to associate in the Richmond, Virginia office of Dewberry. He is a senior coastal scientist and project manager with Dewberry’s resilience solutions group and leads the firm’s sea level rise practice.
Justin Belkin ’04 was one of four winners of Canon’s Spirit Award. The Canon Spirit Award celebrates outstanding efforts of employees who make a positive difference for the company, colleagues and customers.
James Bibb, PhD ’94 joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Surgery as professor and vice chair of basic research.
Joseph Campolo, Esq. ’94 was appointed to the board of directors of the Tourette Association of America. He is managing partner at the firm of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick.
Warren Cheesman ’03 is the director of research and development at Air Technologies, Inc.
Ruben Costa-Santos, PhD ’02 is the director and head of FX at ITG (NYSE:ITG).
Dr. Barbara Gaba ’69 was named the next president of Atlantic Cape Community College by the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees.
Tischelle George ’99 was honored with the One Hundred Year Association’s 2016 Issac Liberman Public Service Award this past December. She is the assistant director for asset building and financial literacy in the Department of Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability.
Justina Geraci, Esq. ’02, assistant United States attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Violent and Organized Crime Unit, was honored with a “True American Hero Award” by the Federal Drug Agents Foundation.
Jonathan Gottfried ’11 was named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 in the area of Education. He is a co-founder of Major League Hacking.
Venancio Fuentes ’80, chair of the Department of Engineering Technologies and Engineering Science at County College of Morris, is the senior member in the institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Sharon Klugewicz ’90 was promoted to president of Americas Region for Chembio Diagnostics, Inc. She will be responsible for commercial operations in the United States, Latin America and Canada.
Richard Murdocco ’10 wrote an op-ed piece, “Third Track is the Charm,” that was featured in Crain’s New York.
Ed Ognibene ’89 is the vice president of product development for Rapid Micro Biosystems, a leading provider of automated, non-destructive, rapid microbial detection.
Kevin Purcell ’12 is one of 15 medical students nationwide to receive the 2016 Physicians of Tomorrow Award from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation.
Dean Tarulli ’12 started an oyster farm in East Hampton to grow top quality oysters and to support marine habitat restoration work in the New York and Long Island area. He is partnered with the Billion Oyster Project.
Dawn Zier ’86, CEO of Nutrisystem, was named a 2016 Power Woman by New York Moves magazine.

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