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Class Notes Summer 2008

 

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David R. Segal, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Research on Military Organization at the University of Maryland, received the Morris Janowitz Distinguished Career Award from the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, the major international and interdisciplinary organization of social scientists who study military and civil-military relations.

 

’63

Marilyn Kuker Carter has been teaching French, mainly in colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area, for more than 30 years. When not working or traveling, she likes to spend time at her secondary residence in Eureka, Calif. In May 2007, she made a presentation at the Simone de Beauvoir Society’s annual meeting in Montreal. Marilyn can be contacted at carterm@smccd.edu.

 

’64

Herb Rosenberg created "Dialogue with an Ancient Forest", an installation which has been traveling for a number of years, and was exhibited at the Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University in S. Orange, N.J. Rosenberg’s work is an environmental awakening in a large, amazing, sound-filled space.

 

’65

Harvey Goldstein has retired, having spent most of his career teaching political science, foreign policy, international politics and constitutional law. He served as director of veterans services at the University of Maine and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He retired to Punta Gorda, Fla., where he is active in several organizations, including the Charlotte County Republican Club.

Roger K. Miller wrote Invisible Hero (iUniverse, 2007), a novel inspired by the life of a young Army rifleman from Pennsylvania who fought in the Korean war and was held as a POW by the Chinese. Roger and his wife, Nancy, live in Menomonee Falls, Wis. He can be contacted at rkmiller0276@sbcglobal.net.

 

’67

The Reverend Dr. Christine (Bonney) Vogel was named dean of students and vice president for student affairs at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, where she also serves as adjunct faculty in the ministries field. The seminary is one of 11 affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Christine lives with her husband in Chicago.

 

’71

Steve Frank Klepetar and his wife, Wendy Klepetar ’72, welcomed a granddaughter, Ellen Barth Klepetar on July 9, 2007.

 

’72

Kathy Reilly married author Jay Neugeboren on Oct. 7, 2007. She is clinical director of Brooklyn Women’s Counseling Service and director of counseling services at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. She lives with her husband on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

 

’73

Fred M. Cohen is a self-employed attorney living in Bardonia, N.Y. He says, after more than 30 years in California, it’s good to be home.

Batya D. Moskowitz-Wininger, MA ’76 is a published writer and re-opened her private practice, Passion-for-Life Psychotherapy, and a separate life-coaching business, Upositive, specializing in the creative process. She gave a seminar at the Songwriter’s Guild of America, worked on a book on goals attainment and wrote murder mysteries and country song lyrics.

 

’74

Katherine Karlson contributed to, and, with Patricia Guy, edited an anthology of essays on Victorian/Edwardian social history as documented in the Sherlock Holmes stories titled Ladies, Ladies: The Women in the Life of Sherlock Holmes (Aventine Press, 2007).

 

’75

Michael Laser wrote Cheater (Dutton Juvenile, 2008), a novel for teenagers about high-tech cheating in high school.

Kevin Mednick published his first novel An Almost Life (Permanent Press, 2007), a book about the quirky life of a small-town litigator. Mednick lives near Albany, N.Y., and is a partner at the law firm Bendall & Mednick.

 

’76

Susan Ariel Aaronson is the co-author of Trade Imbalance (Cambridge University Press, 2007), a book that is the first study of how governments attempt to reconcile their trade and human rights objectives in the 21st century.

Joanne Knox would like to hear from classmates at jojilial@aol.com.

 

’79

Steven Cullen met with Peter Levitt ’79 and David Schultz ’80 in South Florida. The three met nearly 30 years ago while serving as teaching assistants in Philosophy of Law under the late Prof. Emilio Roma. Cullen, a former trial judge, practices mediation, arbitration and private judging in West Palm Beach, Fla. Schultz and Levitt are married to Binghamton graduates; Cullen’s twin sons expect to graduate from Binghamton in 2010.

Mark J. Gentile, a member of the corporate department advisory group at the law firm Richards, Layton & Finger in Wilmington, Del., was recognized in the third annual Lawdragon Leading Lawyers in America.

Steven A. Samnick leads proposal activities at Nortel Government Solutions in Fairfax, Va., providing IT, network, and communications services and equipment to federal government agencies. Previously, he ran the proposal activities for the Critical Infrastructure Protection division for General Dynamic Advanced Information Systems and at Lockheed Martin’s Naval Sea Systems unit in Manassas, Va.

David S. Zuckerman was elected town justice in New Castle, N.Y., and completed the New York City Marathon last November. He is the founding partner of a law firm with offices in Mount Kisco, N.Y., and The Bronx. His oldest child is in college; his youngest is a high school senior.

 

’80

Ian V. Ziskin, chief human resources and administrative officer of Northrop Grumman Corporation, was inducted as a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, the highest honor accorded to chief human resource officers.

 

’81

Jonathan L. Moll became vice president and general counsel at his long-time client, Babson College, after more than 20 years as a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and, prior to that, Goldstein & Manello in Boston. He can be reached at 781-239-4022 or jmoll@babson.edu.

James Orband '81


James Orband (pictured left) was elected chair of the business law section of the New York State Bar Association. He is the managing partner of Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP, in Binghamton. Orband is also a governing council member of Binghamton University and a trustee of Broome Community College.

 

’82

Edward S. Robbins and his wife, Shari, welcomed a daughter, Emma Sara, on Dec. 4, 2007. She joins big sister Lauren (4 years old). The family lives in Hollywood, Fla.

Stephen Seckler is the producer of CounseltoCounsel.com, a blog that was selected by the editors of the ABA Journal as one of the top 100 websites by lawyers, for lawyers. He is the managing director of the Boston office of BCG Attorney Search.

 

’83

Sharon Donnelly trained for the AIDSLifecycle, a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, intended to raise funds for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Lawrence Gerschwer joined the New York-based law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP as a partner. He was previously an assistant U.S. attorney for more than eight years.

Julianna (Parr) LaDue '83


Julianna (Parr) LaDue (pictured at left) was promoted to lead systems analyst for a major consumer electronics distributor in Syracuse, N.Y. She is supervising a junior programmer and being mentored in advanced progress programming techniques.

Larry N. Mayer wrote the short story “Love for Miss Dottie or Some Crazy Pain”, which will be included in The Best New American Voices (Harcourt, 2009), an anthology showcasing the best short stories written by students in American college and university writing programs.

Laurie (Rosenbaum) Steinmetz and her husband, David Steinmetz ’82, celebrated their son’s Bar Mitzvah in November 2007. In photo from left to right: Joyce (Katz) Ettinger ’82, Michael Ettinger ’82, Alan Pollack, Sharon Guss Pollack ’83, Mindy (Klein) Unger ’82, Laurie (Rosenbaum) Steinmetz ’83, Howard Unger ’82, David Steinmetz ’82, Lenny Friedland, Glen Wiener ’82, Cheryl (Haber) Dender ’83, David Dender, Deena Dorfman ’83, Robin (Cooper) Weinberg ’82 and Allan Weinberg ’81.

Philip A. Terry is a senior specialty sales representative for Johnson & Johnson. He would like to play in the annual Binghamton alumni basketball game and can be contacted at terryphilip12@yahoo.com.

 

’85

Michelle M. (Ellsworth) Griffin, MBA ’86 is chief operating officer at the Center for Economies of Change in Chicago. She is pursuing a PhD at Benedictine University, also in Chicago.

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J. Edward Hood was promoted from director to vice president for museum programs at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass.

Jeff Knapp completed his second year as a member of the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild. He has appeared in dozens of commercials, including those for AT&T, Volkswagen, Nasonex and Microsoft. Jeff has also been a spokesman for firms such as IBM, Prudential, Canon, KPMG and Pfizer. He lives in Manhattan and would love to hear from old friends, especially soccer teammates, at jeff.knapp@verizon.net.

 

’86

Michael Kerman and his wife, Rachel Kerman ’88, and two daughters, Sarah (12 years old) and Haley (9), relocated to the East Coast and live in the Main Line area outside Philadelphia.

 

’87

John Fracchia married Nancy Kane on Sept. 1, 2007 at Treman Park in Ithaca, N.Y. Guests included Rory Rothman ’77; Bill Ralbovsky ’84; Ross Herman’85; Kerry Forrestal, Tom Kennedy and Joan Perlin, all ’86; Mike Paes ’87; Michelle Berry ’88; Dan Abernethy ’90; Christine Arlt ’91; Karen Gorewit ’96; and Amber Graham ’02. John works at Ithaca College, where he serves as assistant director of employer relations for career services and as an adjunct faculty member in the business school.

Sam M. Intrator has written several books; the most recent title is Leading from Within: Poetry that Sustains the Courage to Lead (Jossey-Bass, 2007).

Tammy (Strachan) Severino and her husband, Fred, welcomed their third child, Caroline Paige Ann, on March 23, 2007. She joins siblings Rachael (5) and Patrick (3). Tammy received the Long Island Business News Top 40 Under 40 award in January 2007. She is the director of the St. Charles Hospital Foundation and was recognized for her work with the not-for-profit and business communities.

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Jeremy I. Silberman is a member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus in Somerville, N.J., practicing in the litigation group.

 

’88

Nancy Barno Reynolds, MSEd ’90 has joined Binghamton University as an ESL teacher for International Students and Scholars Services. She also teaches a new course at SUNY College at Cortland on integrating art across the curriculum. She is the founder and director of The Art School (theartschoolonline.com). She was the graphics designer for the campaign for New York State Supreme Court Judge Molly Fitzgerald. Nancy is married to attorney and Broome County Legislator Dan Reynolds ’88. The couple has four children: Martin (13 years old), Meg (11), Eamon (10) and Cate (6).

Amy Cooper Cary directs the archival studies program in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She oversees the archival studies concentration in the MILS degree program as well as the post-graduate program for the certificate of advanced study in archives and records administration.

Victoria Hunter Hay and Mark E. Danziger ’88 adopted a daughter, Margot, on Jan. 23, 2008. She was born in South Korea on May 14, 2007, and joins sister Ava (5 years old), also from Korea.

 

’89

Michael V. Campanile is a partner at the law firm of Morris Duffy Alonso & Faley in New York. He can be contacted at MCampanile@mdafny.com.

Jeffrey R. Markowitz was named president of CS STARS LLC, a subsidiary of Marsh Inc., where he has been employed since 1993. He lives in Chicago with his daughter Maura (5 years old) and his wife Marianne, who serves as chief financial officer for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

Ryan McGaughey and his wife, Rebecca, welcomed a son, Zachary Ryan, on July 20, 2007. He joins big sister Grace (3). Ryan is managing editor at the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn.

Kenneth Minklei is married to Joan Cannon Minklei ’90; they live in the Boston area with their three children.

Chris Musumeci, PhD married Dr. Kasey Spoonamore in Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 7, 2007. Guests included David Gold, Andrew Yu, Sean Doherty, Corey Gindi, Richard Michals and Thomas Newgarden, all ’89; and Rob Rubinstein ’90. The couple lives in Greenwich, Conn.

Andrew B. Rosenberg and his wife, Tracey, welcomed their second child, Emma Jolie, on Aug. 1, 2006.

Robert Scalcione was named director of business operations for Thompson Technology in San Rafael, Calif., a provider of photovoltaic products for the solar power industry.

Young Family
Drew Young and his wife, Amy Young ’89 (pictured left), say “hello” to all their Binghamton friends, especially SAE and SDT. Drew is deployed in Afghanistan with the Defense Intelligence Agency. The family moved from Albany, N.Y., to Northern Virginia in May 2007. Amy is home with the kids, Andrew (9 years old), Alexander (6) and Alayna Joy (1). Amy was a school social worker for BOCES in Albany for 15 years before the family moved. She is enjoying the time at home and being “the General” while Drew is overseas.

 

 

 

 

’90

Cindy (Greenberg) Buchalter and her husband, Gary Buchalter ’90, welcomed their second son, Adam JuanCarlos, who was born on Oct. 12, 2006, in Guatemala and has been home in Mahwah, N.J., since Aug. 23, 2007, joining big brother Logan (6 years old). Gary is a vice president and global head of client reporting for AIG Investments.

Gary Kibel, MBA ’92 has been named a partner in the law firm of Davis & Gilbert, LLP, in New York. He practices in the areas of advertising/marketing, new media and technology law.

Matthew Marcus is a pediatric radiologist in Columbia, S.C. He and his wife, Kelly, have two daughters Samantha (5 years old) and Jillian (2). Matthew can be reached at mmarcus@pittsrad.com.

Michael Weinraub and his wife, Carmiya, welcomed a daughter, Lily Grace, on Oct. 9, 2007.

 

’91

Gail Beichman Saul opened her own law practice, Gail B. Saul, Esq., in Garden City, N.Y., specializing in matrimonial and family law. She lives with her husband, Richard, and daughter, Melissa Loglisci, in East Northport, N.Y.

Jay S. Fleischman and Melissa R. Burton ’92 welcomed a son, Micah Spencer Fleischman, on April 16, 2007. Jay is the managing attorney at Fleischman Consumer Law Center in Brooklyn, concentrating on consumer protection law. Melissa is a clinical dietitian at the Brooklyn Kidney Center. The family lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

David K. Hales has joined the Cleveland office of the law firm Calfee as a partner in the real estate practice. He is a certified public accountant and previously practiced accountancy at a Big 5 firm in New York.

Marie (Jeanniton) Garvey and her husband, Ernest, welcomed a daughter, Grace Arabela, on Oct. 29, 2007. She joins big brother Aidan Connor (2 years old). Marie is a stay-at-home mom and lives with her family in New Hyde Park, N.Y.

Katz children
Allan Katz and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed a son, Joseph Mario (pictured at left), on Nov. 3, 2007. He joins big sister Ava (2 years old). Last fall, he merged his financial planning firm, Richmond Financial Associates, Inc., with the accounting firm Colella & Associates, CPA, PC, to form Comprehensive Wealth Management Group, LLC.

Arthur Laichtman and his wife, Ellen, welcomed their second child, Camryn Sage, on Oct. 3, 2007. She joins sister Samantha Maren (3 years old). Arthur is a managing director in risk control at UBS Investment Bank in Stamford, Conn., where he lives with his family.

Chevelle R. Moore is the author of The Healing of a Nation: Through the Ties That Bind Us Together (Tate Publishing & Enterprises, 2007). She calls the book a pathway for national leaders, educators, scientists and everyday people who want to access healing and see positive changes occur within their respective lands.

Margie Polanco Szillus would love to hear from nursing classmates at mpssam1@aol.com.

Robin Young and her husband, Patrick, welcomed a daughter, Riley Finnegan, on Oct. 3, 2007. She joins big brother Ian (6 years old) and sister McKenna (3). The family lives in Charleston, S.C.

 

’92

Theresa (Bongiardina) Huebner and her husband, Glenn, welcomed their second child, Julianna Joy, on June 10, 2007. She joins big brother John James (4 years old). Theresa is an art teacher in the North Rockland School District in Rockland County, N.Y., and would like to hear from old friends at TheresaMHuebner@aol.com.

David N. Brown became CEO of BSI USA in August 2007, after four years of working for Invest Victoria. He is responsible for helping Australian companies enter North America, as well as helping North American companies enter Australia and New Zealand.

James DelRosso-Freeman
Jeana DelRosso and David Freeman ’90 welcomed a son, James Paul Andrew DelRosso-Freeman (pictured at left), on Sept. 17, 2007. He joins big sister Sofia (4 years old). Jeana is the chair of the English department at the College of Notre Dame in Maryland. She is the co-editor of The Catholic Church and Unruly Women Writers: Critical Essays (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). Dave is director of marketing at Strayer University and lives with his family in Ellicott City, Md.

Michael Denzel and his wife, Lori, welcomed a son, Nicholas Henry, on Oct. 26, 2007. He joins sisters Gracie (4 years old) and Hope (2). Michael is a project manager for LendingTree.com and lives with his family in Mooresville, N.C.

Stephen S. Hughes and his wife, Melissa, welcomed a son, Zachary Stephen, on June 23, 2005. The family lives in Larchmont, N.Y.



Melissa (Levy) Jacobowitz and her husband, Steven, welcomed a daughter, Mia Rose, on Dec. 25, 2007. She joins brother Corey Holden (3 years old). The family lives in Hartsdale, N.Y.

Lynn Kroessler Ryan and her husband, John, welcomed a daughter, Mary Grace, on Jan. 7, 2008. The family lives in White Plains, N.Y.

Adam Weiner is the author of Don’t Try This At Home! The Physics of Hollywood Movies (Kaplan Publishing, 2007).

 

’93

Stacy Appelblatt Richer and her husband, Nathaniel, welcomed a son, Adam Doron, on Oct. 29, 2007. He joins sisters Samantha (5 years old) and Gabriele (3). The family lives in Fairfield, Conn.

John Maggio was elected partner at the law firm Condon & Forsyth, LLP, where his practice focuses on aviation, product liability and commercial litigation.

Jacqueline (Meyer) Brabants and her husband, Matthew, welcomed their first child, Madeline Elizabeth, on April 27, 2007. The family lives in Orangeburg, N.Y.

Michele (Rafiy) Levin and her husband, Michael, welcomed a son, Andrew Samuel, on June 20, 2007. He joins big brothers Zachary (6 years old) and Benjamin (5). Michele is a partner at the law firm of Catalano, Gallardo & Petropoulos in Jericho, N.Y., where she practices professional liability defense. The family lives in Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Rebecca (Schwartz) Benjamin and her husband, Steve, welcomed a son, Dylan Shea, on Feb. 7, 2008. He joins sister Arielle Isabella. Rebecca is an English teacher at Island Trees Memorial High School. Having received her school district administrator certification, she is also the district’s mentor program coordinator.

Vladimir Sinayuk and his wife, Dr. Natalia Hochbaum, welcomed their second daughter, Manuela, on Nov. 29, 2007. She joins big sister Micaela (4 years old).

John J. Tax, Jr., and his wife, Margaret, welcomed twins, John Salvatore and Sophia Rose, on March 29, 2007. John is a director in the assurance group of BDO Seidman, LLP in Manhattan and lives with his family in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. He would love to hear from old friends at jtax@bdo.com.

 

’94

Kevin Andres '94


Kevin Andres
(pictured at left) was elected to the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Hall of Fame in March 2007. He was a member of Binghamton University’s wrestling team from 1992 to 1994.

Eileen Biondi Pleva and her husband, Brian, welcomed their third child, Justin Matthew, on April 6, 2007. He joins sister Rachel (5 years old) and brother Jake (3). The family lives in Tenafly, N.J.

Dan Black and his wife, Lisa (Ferlazzo) Black ’95, welcomed a daughter, Lucy Jane, on June 4, 2007. She joins big brother Tommy (3 years old).

Anne Caroline LaMantia


Lisa (Horelick) LaMantia and her husband, Michael, welcomed a daughter, Anne Caroline (pictured at right), on Feb. 14, 2007. The family lives in Durham, N.C.

Cathleen C. Laporte is the founder and president of Athletes for Charity, a New York-based organization aimed at supporting the philanthropic and volunteer efforts of athletes in all sports. On May 21, 2007, Cathleen presided over the closing bell at the NASDAQ stock exchange in New York’s Times Square.

Murphy children


Jessica V. Murphy married Vincent G. Saccomando on Sept. 28, 2002. They welcomed a son and daughter, Ian and Shannon (pictured at left), on Feb. 7, 2006. Jessica is an attorney advisor for the Social Security Administration and can be contacted at jvmurphy1@yahoo.com.

Frank Serigano and his domestic partner, Jason, welcomed a son, Jacob Joseph Serigano.

 

 

 

’95

Grace Han and Bobby Liu ’93 welcomed their first child, Sophie Lijia, on Sept. 28, 2007. Bobby is senior vice president and general counsel at M.D. Sass Investors Services and Grace is senior associate director of marketing and admssions at Columbia University. The family lives in Manhattan.

Carrie Printz is managing director of David Carrie, LLC, a New York-based search firm placing candidates throughout the world. She would like to hear from alumni who are highly motivated recruiters, and can be contacted at cprintz@davidcarrie.com or (212) 308-6560.

Krishnendu Ray, PhD ’00 is a professor of food studies at New York University and is the author of The Migrant’s Table: Meals and Memories in Bengali-American Households (Temple University Press, 2004). A profile about Ray was published in The New York Times in January.

 

’96

Joshua Corin, MA ’00 wrote his first novel Nuclear Winter Wonderland, which is slated to be published by Kunati Books this fall.

Kieran Patrick Fowler


James Fowler, MASS ’06 and his wife Heather Mackey-Fowler ’99, welcomed a son, Kieran Patrick (pictured at left), on July 7, 2007. Jim is director of admissions at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Mass., and lives with his family in Grafton, Mass.

Matthew Jacob and his wife, Lauren (Gluck) Jacob ’98, welcomed a son, Mason Brady, on May 15, 2007. Matthew is an equity research analyst at Majestic Research and Lauren is a human resource generalist at Morgan Stanley. The family lives on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Jose A. Polanco opened a law office in Jackson Heights, N.Y.; his practice focuses on real estate, immigration and litigation. He can be contacted at info@josepolancolaw.com.



Inna (Voloshin) Leipzig and her husband, David, welcomed a son, Joshua Jay, on Oct. 12, 2006.

 

’97

Joseph Beyrouty married Meghan Gaven in August 2004. The welcomed their first child, Avery Cathleen, on Nov. 5, 2007. Joseph teaches sophomore English and senior college writing at Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale, N.Y., where he is a guidance counselor and the junior varsity baseball coach.

Joanna (Bulzomi) Diamond was named the Kids in Special Services coordinator for the Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center in Plainview, N.Y. Her responsibilities include creating and supervising recreational programs for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities, as well as providing community outreach.

John Cheng is married to Ana Cheng ’97; the couple has two daughters.

Melissa (Greenberg) Eckers and her husband, Randy Eckers ’96, welcomed a son, Ian Harrison, on Sept. 2, 2007. He joins big sister Jordyn (3 years old). Melissa is a senior manager at Accenture, a global management consulting company. Randy is a senior associate in the real estate group at Thatcher Proffitt and Wood.

Stacey Hollander Walker and her husband, Sam, welcomed a child, Cobie Blake, on Jan. 25, 2008. Cobie joins brother Zander (4 years old). The family lives in Weston, Conn.

Dr. Benjamin L. Kagan married Tracy Berman in Marlboro, N.J., on Nov. 11, 2007, with the reception in Point Pleasant, N.J. The couple kicked off the wedding weekend by attending the Bon Jovi concert at the new Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Mark Hinrichs ’98 and Geoffrey Wang ’02 attended the wedding. Benjamin is a post-doctoral research fellow at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Cancer Center and lives with his wife in Silver Spring, Md.

Christina (May) Bolin and her husband, Steve, welcomed their second child, Carter, on April 16, 2007. He joins big brother Daniel. Christina is a partner at an insurance defense firm and lives with her family in Daphne, Ala.


Johanna Mohr married Mike Jordan on Aug. 11, 2007 in Philadelphia. Guests included Sheryl Butler, Natalia (Maureira) Bartels, Samantha (Schneidt) Beltre, Patricia Looney and Theresa McNerney, all ’97. Johanna is an insurance analyst at Corporate Synergies Group, Inc., in Mt. Laurel, N.J., and lives with her husband in Philadelphia.


Lori Pitkofsky and her husband, Rob Pitkofsky ’98, welcomed a son, Seth Benjamin, on Nov. 20, 2007. Hannah is happy to be a big sister.

Renee (Schmidt) Gad and her husband, Basel Gad ’00, welcomed a son, Noah Basel, on Jan. 9, 2008, in New Brunswick, N.J.

Dr. Michael Schmitz and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Hilton, welcomed a son, Erik Vanderzee Schmitz, on Feb. 15, 2008, in New York. Michael is the chief resident in the combined emergency medicine/internal medicine residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in The Bronx. Michael accepted a position as an attending physician in the emergency department of Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford, Maine.

Sejal (Shah) Jani and her husband, Niraj, have a son, Sachin (1 year old).

Cindy (Taber) Korenberg and her husband, Matthew, welcomed a son, Max David, on Jan. 8, 2008. The couple lives in San Francisco.

 

’98

Chiji Akoma, PhD wrote Folklore in New World Black Fiction: Writing and the Oral Traditional Aesthetics (The Ohio State University Press, 2007).

Johanna (Alfonso) Bravo and her husband, David, welcomed a son, Mattias, on May 3, 2007. He joins sister Arianna. The family lives in Scottsdale, Ariz.


Chris Dean and his wife, Amy (Saperstone) Dean ’97, welcomed a son, Edison Cale, on Jan. 2, 2008.


Bill De Franza and his wife welcomed a daughter, Annabella Rose, on Jan. 10, 2008.

Daniel Eig and his wife Lynne Newman-Eig ’98, welcomed a daughter, Hannah Rose, on July 17, 2007. The family lives in Greenlawn, N.Y.

Melissa (Feldman) Desjardins and her husband, John, welcomed a daughter, Olivia Rose, on Aug. 14, 2007. The family lives in Manhattan.

Raquel Felix received her law degree, cum laude, from Albany Law School in May 2007. She is a clerk for The Hon. Christopher M. Klein in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California. She passed the New York state bar exam in November 2007.

Nicole (Licata) McCord and her husband, Michael, welcomed their first child, Sophia Grace, on Sept. 19, 2007. The family lives in Farmingdale, N.Y.

Kim (Piper) Werker is editor of Interweave Crochet magazine and has published five books including Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution (Interweave Press, 2007) and Get Hooked Again (Watson-Guptill, 2007). She runs the website CrochetMe.com and lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada with her husband, Greg, and Cleo the mutt.

Elizabeth (Rodriguez) Sandonato and her husband, Steven, welcomed a son, Roman Patrick, on Aug. 24, 2007. Elizabeth is an associate at the law firm Wilson, Elser in White Plains, N.Y., and lives with her family in Tarrytown, N.Y.

 

’99

Michael Eliav married Stacey Zabusky on July 1, 2007, in Woodbury, N.Y. The wedding party included Eric Goldman ’99, Ryan Arnold ’00 and Jessica Eliav ’02. Guests included Louis Ambriano, John Bonasera, Jay Lovenheim, Eric Ornstein, Justin Somma and Debra (Manitta) Ornstein, all ’99; Judith (Spirer) Ginsburg, James Marotta and Sherri (Heger) Brunner, all ’00; and Eric Klein ’01. Michael is a marketing director for Hachette Filipacchi Media, a magazine publisher. The couple lives in Manhattan.

Kristen (Simons) Larmann and her husband, Edward, welcomed their first child, Kaitlyn Jenna, on March 9, 2007. Kristen is a manager at Ernst & Young, LLP in Melville, N.Y.

Justin Somma and his wife, Virginia, welcomed a son, Nathan Ronald, on Oct. 10, 2007. He joins brother Donovan Thomas (3 years old). Justin owns Village Hardware in Hunter, N.Y., and lives with his family in Catskill, N.Y.

 

’00

David Berkowitz married Cara Adelglass on Dec. 8, 2007, on the Caribbean island of Turks & Caicos. Guests included sister Dana Berkowitz ’93; best man David Hirschl, Rachel Kobren and Michael Eisenstein, all ’00; Devin Cohen, Hirsch Fishman and Ross Wolfson, all ’01.

Suzanne (Bogdan) Jewett and her husband, Daniel, welcomed a daughter, Norah Kathryn, on May 11, 2007. Suzanne is a pediatric registered nurse and lives with her family in Boston.

Samantha (Brody) Morris and her husband, Scott, welcomed a son, Zachary Michael, on Aug. 30, 2007. The family lives in West Orange, N.J.

Dana Brombos ’05 married Paul Ching ’05 on Sept. 28, 2007, in Buffalo, N.Y. The wedding party included Katherine (Dumpert) Collette and Melissa Bernstein, both ’99. The couple lives in Sacramento, Calif.

John Brophy and his wife, Jane Brophy ’01, welcomed a son, Micah Gabriel, on Aug. 24, 2007. He joins brothers Samuel (4 years old) and Aaron (2). John is an accountant with TV-One in Silver Spring, Md. Jane is a clinical instructor in the undergraduate nursing programs at Georgetown University and George Mason University.

Butterweck-Alexander wedding


Fred Butterweck married Li Alexander (pictured at left) on Nov. 10, 2007 in Woodbury, N.Y. The bridal party included Alex Abruzzo ’99; Dan Collins and Amin Tehrani, both ’00; Ilana Imber-Gluck, Lauren Maltz and Amanda Froede, all ’01. Guests included Scott Honig, Carlos Pinto and Matthew Minerva, all ’00; Marisa (Mucciardi) Kurz and Stephanie (Mann) Honig, both ’01; Heidi (Tsue) Cervantes and Lorenzo Cervantes, both ’02. The couple lives in New York.

 

 

 

 

Colon-Nakhleh wedding
Maria Colon married Nader Nakhleh ’00 (pictured at right) on April 13, 2007, in New Rochelle, N.Y. The wedding party included Bassam Nakhleh ’97, Julie Rodriguez ’99 and Danielle Giles ’00. Guests included Erik Altman ’97; Marc Nakhleh ’98; Dave Angelillo, Jordan Altman and Tom Babu, all ’00; and Eric Schips ’01. Maria is a clinical social worker at an elementary school in Washington, D.C., and Nader is in fellowship training for pediatric pulmonology at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington.

Andrew Grant Rosslee married Julie Beth Walz ’01 on July 9, 2006 in Great River, N.Y. Kristine LaRosa and Mindy (Rosenfeld) Stookey, both ’01 were bridesmaids. Jake Stookey ’98, Julie Salka ’00 and David Lansky ’01 attended. The couple honeymooned in Costa Rica and lives in New Hyde Park, N.Y. Andrew is a business analyst at a New York-based hedge fund; Julie is a high school English teacher in Merrick, N.Y.



Zoya (Iosifovich) Weisensel and her husband, Joe Weisensel ’00, welcomed a daughter, Rachel, on June 19, 2007. She joins brother Adam (2 years old).

Helene Jurgens received a doctorate in clinical psychology from The New School on Jan. 31, 2008. She is an associate psychologist at an outpatient clinic in New York. She is also completing a postdoctoral training program in relational psychotherapy at the Stephen Mitchell Center.

Margaret Noonan Swedene and her husband, Jason, welcomed a son, Calvin James, who joins brother Henry (6 years old) and sister Sophie (4).

 

’01

Kimberly Eyring married Matthew Mongon on June 23, 2007 in Hawley, Pa. Jeffrey Horowitz ’94, Andrew Cohen ’01, Leigh Eskenasi ’02 and Anthony Maio ’07 attended. The couple honeymooned in Maui.

Nicole Hart married Joseph Zargari on Aug. 12, 2007 in Woodbury, N.Y. Michelle Brown and Gena Sabin, both ’01 attended.


Cassandra Henriquez-Kaba was appointed coordinator of student services and civic engagement in the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program at Syracuse University. Previously, she was director of high school placement at the Albert G. Oliver Program in New York. She has a master’s degree in African-American studies from Columbia University.

Super Bowl
Felicia Malarkey, MASS ’02, events specialist in the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at Binghamton University, attended Super Bowl XLII in February with Jose Moreira ’00, MBA ’03. By chance, they ran into Alumni Association board member Tony Mascolo ’77 (all pictured at left) at a pre-game party. They all celebrated the New York Giants’ victory, which spoiled the New England Patriots’ bid for an undefeated season.


Brian G. Manka joined the Buffalo office of Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, as an associate attorney, focusing his practice in the areas of professional malpractice and products liability defense.

Renee Moos married Steven Sokolowski on June 3, 2006, in Centereach, N.Y. Renee is a registered nurse in pediatrics at Stony Brook University Medical Center in Stony Brook, N.Y. The wedding party included Rebecca Moos and Leslie Smith, both ’01. Marc Ramsperger ’01 and Sara (Born) Ramsperger ’02 attended. Renee and her husband honeymooned on a 10-day cruise to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Egypt. They live in Centereach, N.Y., and celebrated their first anniversary in Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada.

Cosmina Olariu married Aaron Nolan on Sept. 3, 2006 in Canandaigua, N.Y. Seema (Irani) Bookbinder and Adam Bookbinder, both ’99; John Lops ’00; Christina Gonzalez, Lisa Bellard, Jennifer (Dong) Waldron, Jessica Clark and Beth Saubermann, all ’01 attended. The couple honeymooned in Block Island, R.I., Buenos Aires, Argentina and Punta del Este, Uruguay. The couple lives in Providence, R.I., where Cosmina is doing a residency in pediatric dentistry. She can be reached at cosmina727@gmail.com.

Kathleen Sheehy was named 2008 District of Columbia Teacher of the Year. She was selected to represent Washington in the National Teacher of the Year Program. Events included an Oval Office recognition ceremony with the President. She will work as an advocate and facilitator for quality teaching in Washington.

 

’02

Melissa Nemchin married Abe Lenderman ’02 on May 27, 2007 on Long Island. Melissa is an information specialist at ABC News and Abe is studying to become a physician assistant. The wedding party included Melissa O’Hara ’01; Melissa Dudas, Katie Passantino, Monica Martinez, Marc Kanter and Leigh Eskenasi, all ’02. Heather Levy ’01; Seth Patrich, Melinda McGuire and Andy Schachter, all ’02; and Mario Perez ’03 attended. The couple lives in Forest Hills, N.Y.

 

Birnbaum-Ofer wedding

'03

Wendy Birnbaum married Eyal Ofer (pictured at right) on Aug. 26, 2007, in Cedarhurst, N.Y. Michelle Sang ’02; Noel Katsogridakis, Antonietta Ruocco and Jennifer Wright, all ’03; Michael Bernstein ’05; and Matthew Birnbaum ’07 were in the wedding party. Katherine Macom and Anthony Scalise, both ’03; and Linda Roitman ’07 attended. The couple lives in Great Neck, N.Y.


Sandra Rose Brewer married Eric Jason Goodeve on Oct. 6, 2007 at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, N.C. Aurora Bonanno, Joni Wood and Jennifer Gioe, all ’03 attended. Sandra is attending Duke University’s nurse anesthetist program and is expected to graduate in April 2010.


Jannifer G. Flannery '03
Jennifer G. Flannery (pictured at left) is an associate at Damon & Morey in Buffalo, N.Y., practicing law in the firm’s trust and estate, and corporate departments.

Rob Nastasi married Wendy Abdmahmoodi on Dec. 23, 2006 at Newman House in Vestal, N.Y. Rob graduated from Upstate Medical University and will do his residency in anesthesia. Wendy graduated from Mercy College in 2005 with a master’s degree in elementary education. Wendy works at Binghamton University in residential life. Guests included Elana Epstein ’00, MA ’02; Terrilia Henry ’01; Kobina Commeh, Rachel Epstein, Maureen Foley-Oakley and Craig McAnally, all ’03.

 

 

 

 

’04

Jeffrey Glosick is continuing his graduate studies in business at St. Johns University in Rome.

Matthew Griesemer graduated cum laude from Albany Law School and was admitted to the New York State Bar in January 2008. He practices law in Hudson, N.Y., at a private law firm specializing in civil litigation.

Jen Kwok is a ukulele stand-up comedian based in New York. She was a finalist in NBC’s 2007 Stand-Up for Diversity Showcase, a nationwide search for the country’s top ten diverse comedians. She was also a semi-finalist in New York’s Funniest Stand-Up contest, sponsored by the New York Comedy Festival. She performs solo and with her musical comedy duo JENERIC all over the city. She can be reached through myspace.com/somersaultwithme.

Erin Elizabeth Smith published her first collection of poetry The Fear of Being Found (Three Candles Press, 2008).


Zalta-Busdeker wedding

 

Marnie (Zalta) Busdeker married Brett Busdeker ’04 on May 26, 2007, in Sayville, N.Y. Top row of photo at left (from left to right): Randy Fabian ’01, Chris Richter ’03, Travis Granger, Seneca Todd ’01, Greg Cohen ’01, Eric Burger ’02, Brett Busdeker ’04, Miguel Phillips ’00, Jose Moreira ’00, MBA ’03, Paul Oliver ’03, Elan Barnehama ’78 and Amza Lika.

Bottom row (from left to right): Jill Matthews, Elene Veveakis ’02, Natalie (Swed) Stone ’76, Sara Zalta, Marnie (Zalta) Busdeker ’04, Allison Steinberg ’04, Felicia Malarkey ’01, MASS ’02 and Nisa (Zalta) Barnehama ’78.

 

 

 

 

 

’05

Matthew S. Schneider, completing his last year at Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University, published a note in the Cardozo Law Review titled "Silenced: The Search for a Legally Accountable Censor and Why Sanitization of the Broadcast Airwaves is Monopolization". It argues that individual rights are trampled when the FCC, anti-indecency groups or advertisers dictate what airs on network television.

 

IN MEMORIAM

Donald A. W. Sheffield ’52 of Sherburne, N.Y., died on Dec. 18. 2007, at the age of 79. He is survived by two daughters, a brother and his former wife. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, expert in German literature, writer, craftsman and lover of media.

Alan Lichstein ’67, MAT ’69 died on Jan. 18, 2006, as a result of complications from liver and kidney transplants. He was the assistant superintendent for administrative services for the Union-Endicott Central School District in Endicott, N.Y., where he had worked as a social studies teacher, assistant principal, principal and personnel director for 37 years. He is survived by his wife, Irene (Greenberg) Lichstein ’67, and their sons, Jonathan and Matt.

David G. Nielson, PhD ’69 died in Bennington, Vt., on Dec. 3, 2007, at the age of 80. He was survived by Gladys, his wife of 53 years, and many relatives. David was an associate professor of history at Binghamton University from 1971 to 1982.

David (Wiener) Tauber ’96 died on Feb. 25, 2008 at the age of 34. Cantor Tauber was a winner of the H.L. Miller Cantorial Fellowship and the Richard Brisken Cantor in Residence Award. He thrilled audiences with his warm baritone and exciting stage presence. He was a resident artist with Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, N.Y., and the Amato Opera in Manhattan. He is survived by his wife Heather.

 

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