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Miles Borden ’50 of Kings Park, N.Y., is active in local civic associations and a local historical museum. During his time at Oswego, he was the president of the student body, as well as a member of Beta Tau Epsilon and the cross country and track and field teams.

Noel Rudley ’52 is living in Scottsdale, Ariz., following retirement from his role as science coordinator for the Garden City (N.Y.) School District.

1953: 65th Reunion 
– June 7-10, 2018

John “Jack” Proud ’57, one of the longest-serving county legislators in Oswego County, ends his elected government service in the fall. Proud was first elected to the Oswego County Legislature in 1995 and took office in January 1996. He represents most of the town of Mexico and a part of the town of Richland in District 7. Proud grew up in Oswego, graduating from both Oswego High School and SUNY Oswego. He began his education career as a teacher at Mexico High School in 1958 and retired in 1994.

1958: 60th Reunion 
– June 7-10, 2018


1963: 55th Reunion 
– June 7-10, 2018

Susan Mikolay Pate ’63 of Armonk, N.Y., retired from teaching after 40 years: 28 years full time and 12 years part time. She most recently served as a teacher of General Education Diploma and English Speakers of Other Languages classes. She now winters in Cocoa Beach, Fla. In retirement, she joined Delta Kappa Gamma for women educators. She travels extensively, counting Turkey and Bolivia among her favorite destinations.

Margaret “Peg” Helmke McKinstry ’65 of Oswego has been active on several community boards and committees, including Harborfest board of directors; the YMCA board for 25 years; the Oswego County Historical Society board of trustees for 15 years, with six as president; Literacy Volunteers; Oswego holiday lighting committee; Leadership Oswego County and many more. She is a past recipient of the Zonta Club Woman of the Year award and an Amelia Earhart Award. She has worked in five different departments in the Oswego County government over a 25-year period. After retiring in January 2003, she began working part time for the Oswego County Republican Committee office.

David R. Nichols ’66Ph.D., of Whippleville, N.Y., is a custom guitar artist who has made guitars and inlays for musicians, including B.B. King, Johnny Cash, ZZ Top and Aerosmith. See story on page 33.

Perry Zirkel ’66Ph.D., was honored with the 2016 Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law, given by the Education Law Association in recognition of an outstanding article, book, book chapter or other form of scholarly legal writing. Zirkel is a professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University. His research focuses on empirical and practical studies of special education law, general education law and labor arbitration issues.

Edward Brozman ’67 of Sandisfield, Mass., is director of development for the Great Barrington (Mass.) Rudolf Steiner School. Previously, Brozman was the chief advancement officer at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. He has also served as vice president for institutional advancement at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, and executive director of development and alumni relations at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y.

Gary Meltzer ’67 of Flushing, N.Y., travels to New Orleans for the month of January each year. Retired for 16 years, he remains active in theatre and sports.

Bernice (Bobbie) Lischak Trotter ’67 of Norristown, Pa., is a retired teacher from Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Flourtown, Pa. She is also retired from the U.S. Air National Guard.

1968: 50th Reunion 
– June 7-10, 2018

Dennis Kehoe ’69 of Newark, N.Y., retired from the position of Wayne County (N.Y.) judge. He is a graduate from the state police academy and served four years as a trooper, mainly working in the Fishkill and Albany areas. At the age of 29, he enrolled at Western New England School of Law in Springfield, Mass. He began his legal career in Wayne County in 1979, becoming judge in 1995. He and his wife, Karen, have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Clinton Many ’69 of Brook Park, Ohio, is a senior claims adjuster for York Risk Services at GAB Robins North America.


Jean Palkowski Edminster ’70 is a retired fifth-grade teacher living in Fayetteville, N.Y. She volunteers at the Encore Thrift Shop of the Syracuse Sounds of Music Association. She is also on the Everson Museum Council and belongs to the Zonta Club of Syracuse. She enjoys travel, attending theatre performances and meeting her SUNY Oswego roommate, Carol Stefanski Familo ’70, for lunch.

1973: 45th Reunion 
– June 7-10, 2018

Timothy Cooper ’73 of Las Vegas is musical director at Temples Bet Knesset BaMidbar and P’Nai Tikvah in Las Vegas, as well as choir director and accompanist at First Christian Church, Las Vegas, which has been selected to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Nov. 19, 2017.

John DeHollander ’73 was recognized by the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs with a Friend of the Federation Award at its annual banquet on April 8. He is the retired director of the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District. He began his career as a technician with the soil and water conservation district in 1978 and was promoted to district manager in 1985, serving for a total of 38 years.

Lynne Madden ’73 retired after 32 years at the Victor Farmington (N.Y.) Library as its youth services specialist. She and her husband headed to the Adirondacks. They have four children.

Chuck Hubbard ’74 and his wife, Jill, live in Indian Land, S.C. Chuck works for Cloeren Incorporated of Orange, Texas, a producer of precision tooling for the plastics industry. He previously worked for 36 years at Black Clawson Company in Fulton, N.Y.

Jack Kaplan ’74 of Syracuse, N.Y., is a computer scientist/IT senior project manager for the United States Department of Defense in the Integration and Operations Division. He previously served as director of IT for companies in the electrical, medical and milk industries.

Andrew Bartucca ’75 of Palmyra, Va., retired from his position of program manager for Leidos.

Alan Spindler ’75 of Rome, N.Y., is an agency principal for the Allstate Insurance Agency.

Robert (Bob) Abbate ’76 of Trumbull, Conn., is president and creative director for Bob Abbate Marketing.

Patrick Bradley ’76 of Lewiston, N.Y., is the director of public relations and communications at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Tom Hogle ’76, Ph.D., of Syracuse, N.Y., returned to Vietnam this summer via the Greatest Generation Foundation as part of the 50th anniversary of his tour in the 9th Infantry to the Mekong Delta.

Richard Wheeler ’76 of Whitney Point, N.Y., is a health sciences instructor at Binghamton (N.Y.) High School.

Christine Hoyt Barnes ’77 of Bainbridge, N.Y., is an instructional support technician for SUNY Oneonta’s Department of Chemistry.

Helene Dickinson Coon ’77 of Webster, N.Y., retired from her position as teacher for the St. Kateri School in Rochester (N.Y.).

Anne Goldych Dailey ’77 M’84 of Pennellville, N.Y., is manager of network partnerships for MST Services of Charleston, S.C.

Elizabeth Dunne ’77 of Clarence, N.Y., is a teacher at Clarence Middle School and an Apple computer specialist.

Paul Giudilli ’77 of Perth, N.Y., is retired from the Houston Police Department. Since 2000 he has been a professor of criminal justice at Fulton Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, N.Y. He is also a town justice for the Town of Perth.

Denis Mahony ’77 of Virginia Beach, Va., is a transportation researcher for VBD Drive.

Kevin Smith ’77 retired on June 30 from his position as executive director of ARC of Seneca Cayuga (N.Y.). He was employed by ARC for 36 years, serving as executive director for 35 years.

1978: 40th Reunion 
– June 7-10, 2018

Robert H. Anderson ’78 of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., was recognized as a Professional of the Year for 2016 by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide for his outstanding contributions and achievements over 34 years in the field of energy. He is a project specialist at Consolidated Edison. Following graduation from Oswego, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps as an officer, spent five years on active duty and remained in the Marine Corps Reserve for another 25 years.

Judy Fine Gordon ’78 of Ellicott City, Md., is an academic counselor for Baltimore City Community College.

Judy Smath ’78 of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., is group marketing director for Nielsen Film Group in New York City.

John Donohue ’79 of Lawrenceville, N.J., is the vice president for college advancement at the College of New Jersey.

Kevin McNamara ’79 of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., is a retired instructor for the Mahopac Central School District.

Michael Presutti ’79 of Wallkill, N.Y., retired following a 35-year career as a teacher, coach and school administrator.


David Buck ’80 of Palm Springs, Calif., retired from his position as sales professional for xpedx, a distributor of packaging, facility and printing supplies and equipment.

Kathleen Smith Clark ’80 of East Arlington, Vt., is the minister of the Federated Church of East Arlington.

Mark Erskine ’80 of Seattle is the manager of creative services for the Boeing Company.

Richard Lashley ’80 was appointed to the Banc of California Inc. board of directors, as a member of the bank’s Joint Audit and Enterprise Risk committees.

Laura McGovern Lisowski ’80 was named the Bob Graham Education Center of the Miami-Dade (Fla.) public schools Teacher of the Year. Lisowski’s career started in 1980 at Santa Clara (Fla.) Elementary School. She has worked in the district offices and math department and in professional development. She has presented at conferences across Florida, as well as Boston, Chicago, New Orleans and St. Louis.

Thomas Markel ’80 of Falls Church, Va., formed Markelsoft, an iOS, Android, Windows and Mac developer house. He also co-founded Bit Systems, a software engineering development company. He worked at IBM, developing the commercial software Java Encryption product Cryptolopes; TRW Inc. as a senior software developer doing classified government contracting work; and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency as a software developer.

Michael S. McCoy ’80 of New Hartford, N.Y., was named executive director of St. Luke’s Home for the Mohawk Valley Health System. Prior to joining MVHS, McCoy served as administrator of record for the Edward L. Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility on St. Mary’s Hospital Memorial Campus in Amsterdam, N.Y. He is a licensed New York State nursing home administrator.

Maria Olivet Roache ’80 of Lexington, Ky., is a senior commercial line underwriter for Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Susan O’Hara Sullivan ’81 accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship at Clemson University in Greenville, S.C. She earned a doctorate in nursing from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in public health nursing from the University of Connecticut.

Frannie Fiss Franc ’82 of Newtown, Pa., runs an educational consultant business working with students and their families. She remains in touch with SUNY Oswego friends Kathy Garry Holland ’83, Caroline Cornick Kompf ’84 M’92, Lori Brinski Blackburn ’93 M’97 and Lisa Rambarose Dombroskie ’82. She celebrated her 28th wedding anniversary with her husband and two sons on a three-week trip to Japan.

Eric R. Houghtaling ’82 of Delmar, N.Y., has been named director of marketing and admissions at the Children’s Home of Kingston, N.Y. He holds a master’s degree in professional studies in humanistic education from SUNY New Paltz, and has served as a residential clinician and program director at the Children’s Home of Kingston since 2010.

Monique Hilton Jacobs ’82 of Latham, N.Y., is public information specialist for the school districts served by the Capital Region (Albany, N.Y.) BOCES. She earned national certification as an emergency medical technician, and she serves as a state-certified EMT and a volunteer EMT in the Capital Region, as well as for the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Ironman competition.

Charles Kamide ’82, of Liverpool, N.Y., is the regional manager for EVO Merchant Services.

Timothy Reagan ’82 of Corinth, Texas, is senior national operations manager for the Digital Services Center and Remote Services business team at Siemens Industry in Irving, Texas. He and wife, Nancy, have seven children.

Eileen Green White ’82 of Ridgefield, Conn., is an associate with New Earth Life Sciences nutrition products.

Jacqueline Wilbur ’82 of Hyde Park, Mass., is a consultant and coach for Strategic Advisory Services in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Mary Rose Gunsalus Dow ’83 moved to Kenya, Africa, 12 years ago with her husband and their six children. They founded the Dow Family Children’s Home, where they currently care for more than 80 orphaned children.

Mark Feldman ’83 is a self-employed certified public accountant in South Setauket, N.Y.

Steven Vestigo ’83 of Riegelsville, Pa., is senior director of global business intelligence for Pfizer in Collegeville, Pa.

Jocelyn Sokolski Egan ’84 of East Northport, N.Y., is the senior vice president of discovery solutions at Discovery Communications Inc. in New York City.

Mary Beth Maroney Fierro ’84 M’88 CAS’92, principal at Oswego Middle School, was named the 2017 New York State Middle School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. In her first year, she introduced the Mentor-Scholar program, where at-risk students are paired with a mentor from the SUNY Oswego School of Education, working one-on-one with their mentee twice a week after school. This program has grown to include more than 75 students in 2017.

Jeanine McPartlin ’84 of Forest Hills, N.Y., is associate librarian for attorneys Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLC in New York City.

Mike Perrin ’84 was appointed deputy director of New York State Operations by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in March 2017. Perrin most recently served as executive deputy commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. He previously served as deputy commissioner for administration and finance at the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, overseeing all agency budget functions, federal homeland security grant programs and financial aspects of Federal Emergency Management Administration funding aimed at recovery from Superstorm Sandy. Perrin also served in the Office of the County Executive of Albany County for 15 years.

Daniel Vickery ’84 of Johnsonville, N.Y., retired from his position as technology teacher for the Ballston Spa (N.Y.) Middle School. He served as Oswego State men’s ice hockey team manager from 1982-1986.

Monica Hackett Brill ’85 of Mount Morris, N.Y., is office manager for Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency in Rochester, N.Y.

Jay Gussak ’85 of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., works as a sale associate for YP Marketing Solutions.

Bill Karl ’85 of Baldwinsville, N.Y., teaches 6th-grade science for the Phoenix (N.Y.) Central School District.

Dale Roberts ’85 of Greer, S.C., has worked for more than 30 years in the specialty chemicals and pharmaceutical industries. He is a research scientist/engineer for Bausch + Lomb in Greenville, S.C. He holds a master’s in chemistry from Sacred Heart University. He and his wife, Patricia, have a daughter and two golden retrievers.

Richard Royka ’85 of Slingerlands, N.Y., is national account manager for Hallmark Cards Inc.

Donna Butler ’86 of Highlands, N.J., is an associate director for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

Thomas E. Eiswerth ’86 of Atlanta is an executive manager and global project manager for Verizon Foundation.

Robert Hageny ’86 ’99 M’06 ’16 is advanced technology classroom operations manager for SUNY Oswego’s Campus Technology Services.

John McDermott ’86 was named Residential Management Executive of the Year by the Real Estate Board of New York. He has been responsible for Ogden CAP Properties LLC’s residential portfolio both in New York City and Washington, D.C., since 2003. Prior to Ogden, he was a building manager for Milford Management and an asset manager for the Real Estate Recovery and Sentinel Real Estate. He is a member of REBNY’s Residential Management Council, and has served on the board of directors and as general manager for the St. John the Baptist hockey program (Suffolk County, N.Y.). He and wife, Julie, have three children.

David McNally ’86 was recently recognized by City & State magazine as one of its “50 over Fifty,” honoring New Yorkers who have distinguished themselves in civic affairs. Since 2005, McNally has been the AARP New York director of government affairs and advocacy. McNally began his career with AARP in 1994, opening the first state-based AARP legislative office in the country. Prior to AARP, he worked in a variety of communications positions for the state assembly, including as public affairs director for Majority Leader James R. Tallon.

Michael Morotti ’86 of Granite Bay, Calif., is co-founder and chief revenue officer for SuperOrg Solutions in San Francisco.

Marc P. O’Hearn ’86 is vice president and director of government banking for Evans Bank in western New York. He serves on the board of directors of the New York State Government Finance Officers Association and the Niagara County Community College Foundation. He is the financial secretary for his church and serves on the volunteer board of the Albion (N.Y.) Running Club.

Teresa Roney ’86 of Skaneateles, N.Y., rejoined attorneys Bond, Schoeneck and King in Syracuse, N.Y. Prior to rejoining Bond, she served as counsel at Bousquet Holstein and for nine years was a sole practitioner in Skaneateles. For four years, while managing her own law firm, she was the Skaneateles town supervisor.

Charles Canham ’87 of Penfield, N.Y., is media production engineer for Rochester Institute of Technology, where he is responsible for supervising the 12-camera high definition television production truck that broadcasts the RIT Division I hockey teams as well as its Division III men’s lacrosse. He has been married for 27 years to Jacqueline Smith Canham ’86, who is a certified human resources professional and benefits administrator for Gatehouse Media. They have two sons and met at SUNY Oswego when they lived in nearby rooms on the 6th floor of Funnelle Hall.

Frank Goebel ’87 of Menands, N.Y., is an examiner with the New York State Legislative Bill Drafting Commission. He is also a senator with Junior Chamber International. Although afflicted with the genetic neuromuscular disease hereditary spastic paraplegia, he is an active bowler, having participated in three leagues this past season; he longs for his second 300 game. He completed his 15th season as secretary of the Rensselaer County men’s bowling league.

Mark Sutherland ’87 of Whippany, N.J., is historic sites manager for the Morris County (N.J.) Park Commission.

Robert Bento ’88 of Smithtown, N.Y., has taught technology, as well as served as a coach, in the Levittown (N.Y.) schools for 30 years.

Ross Goldberg ’88 of Congers, N.Y., is senior director of marketing for the diabetes division of pharmaceutical company Sanofi in Bridgewater, N.J.

Patrick Lyons ’88 M’94 of Fort Mill, S.C., is a teacher for Fort Mill High School.

Diana Russo Kanfer ’89 of Liverpool, N.Y., was promoted to partner at the Bonadio Group. She is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Kanfer is also a member of the National Automobile Dealers Association and Greater Syracuse (N.Y.) Business Development Corporation Loan Committee.

Thomas Sullivan ’89 of Orange, Conn., is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Stamford, Conn.

Mary Beth Grasso Touey ’89 of Collegeville, Pa., is director of Victory Bancorp. She is also the controller of Women’s Healthcare in Pottstown, Pa., and previously held various sales and marketing positions in the Ford Motor Co., including roles in Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Parts & Service Division, Lincoln/Mercury, and its previously owned Premier Automotive Group.

Jeffrey Travis ’89 of Roswell, Ga., is a business analyst at NCR Corporation in Atlanta.


Gary E. Bischoping Jr. ’90 is chief financial officer for Varian Medical Systems, headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. Previously, he served Dell Technologies as chief financial officer of its Client Solutions Group, CFO of its Enterprise Solutions Group & Commercial Business and treasurer. Bischoping earned an MBA at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester in 1997.

Nancy Van Vranken Haley ’90 of Valley Cottage, N.Y., is treasury manager for PepsiCo Inc. in Purchase, N.Y.

Erica Lakin Russo ’90 is a corporate vice president at New York Life Insurance Company. She lives in Summit, N.J., with her husband, Vincent, and two sons, Dylan and Ethan. Dylan will attend SUNY Oswego in fall 2017.

Kevin Schofield ’90 of Madison, Conn., is director of clinical outreach services at Yale University.

Karen Cianfrocco Hinderling ’91 is the elementary school principal for the Oriskany (N.Y.) Central School District. She previously served as the director of technology, as a teacher on special assignment and as an elementary teacher.

David Belles ’92 of Lebanon, Conn., is the conductor and artistic director for the Chamber Singers at Eastern Connecticut State University, which included a stop at SUNY Oswego in March as part of the group’s spring tour.

Brian Bishop ’92 of Columbus, Ohio, is a senior risk associate at JP Morgan Chase & Co..

Russell Byer ’92 of Hilton, N.Y., is a teacher for the Penfield Central School District. He is also a volunteer with Lean2Rescue and the Northville-Lake Placid Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club, and shares his Adirondack Park and Finger Lakes region adventures on

Jolene T. DiBrango ’92 was elected executive vice president of New York State United Teachers in April 2017. DiBrango oversees NYSUT’s Research and Educational Services Department and the Education and Learning Trust. She is the union’s liaison to the New York State Board of Regents and the State Education Department. DiBrango served as president of the Pittsford District Teachers Association from 2011 until her election to the statewide office.

Chris Golio ’92 of Chatham, N.J., is a managing director for Crestline Investors Inc. in the firm’s Business Development and Client Partnership Group. He is based in New York. Prior to joining Crestline, Golio was a partner for Constellation Associates, a managing director and chief operating officer of U.S. institutional distribution for Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners, managing director and co-head of Customized Solutions for UBP Asset Management LLC, partner and head of business development at Double Alpha Group Inc., and a senior vice president at Zurich Capital Markets Inc.

Randy Griffin ’92 was named the new fire chief for the Oswego Fire Department, effective March 2017. He has 30 years of experience in fire service and emergency management. He was appointed as a career firefighter in 1994 with the Fayetteville (N.Y.) Fire Department and has served in various capacities in the fire service, including training officer, health and safety officer and director of medical operations.

Gretchen Wohlabaugh Schoen ’92 of Rochester, N.Y., is a human resources manager for optics manufacturer Sydor Optics.

1993: 25th Reunion 
– June 7-10, 2018

Karl Lydell ’93 was featured in the April 2017 edition of the Jamestown and Chautauqua Region Post-Journal for his contributions to music over four decades in western New York, northwestern Pennsylvania and Chicago. He plays for groups No Limit and Smokehouse, and in a duo called The Karl/Marks Show.

Jennifer Sawyer Norvell ’93 is on active duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals Corps, serving as a trial attorney on complex criminal cases based in San Antonio. She is also an online instructor for the SUNY Oswego Human Development department.

Gerald Leske ’94 of Scotch Plains, N.J., is executive vice president for insurance brokerage firm Brown & Brown of New York.

Dave Longley ’94 was named assistant news director at NewsChannel 9 WSYR-TV in Syracuse, N.Y., following 25 years as the station’s on-air meteorologist.

Andrea Mody-Barres ’94 of New Hartford, N.Y., is a preschool teacher for the Jewish Community Center of Utica, N.Y.

Matt Ryndock ’94, a 20-year veteran of the Wayne County (N.Y.) sheriff’s office, was promoted to lieutenant in charge of the sheriff’s office civil division. Previously, he was a sergeant. He also will be commander of the emergency response team.

Rob Geyer ’95 of Camillus, N.Y., is an attorney with Wolff, Goodrich & Goldman in Syracuse, N.Y.

Juliana Hannett ’95 of Great Neck, N.Y., is general press representative for Polk & Company in New York City.

Paul E. Becht ’96 of Glen Cove, N.Y., is partner at Margolin, Winer & Evens LLP. He is a certified public accountant.

Nicole Woodall ’96 is a a senior tax manager at Firley, Moran, Freer & Eassa in Syracuse, N.Y. Previously, she worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

1997: 20th Reunion 
with 1998 and 1999 
– June 7-10, 2018

Meegan O. Fitzpatrick ’97 was promoted in October 2016 to associate director of biological sciences at the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center in Albany, N.Y.

Frank Varriale ’97, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., received the Alfred Romer Award from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology for his research that resulted in a key discovery about the evolution of chewing in horned dinosaurs (ceratopsians). He earned a doctorate at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine at the university’s Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution. See related story on page 26.

1998: 20th Reunion 
with 1997 and 1999 
– June 7-10, 2018

Barbara Forleo ’98 of Cicero, N.Y., is a tax senior manager at Firley, Moran, Freer & Eassa in Syracuse, N.Y. Previously, she worked at Ernst & Young.

1999: 20th Reunion 
with 1997 and 1998 
– June 7-10, 2018

Todd Klaben ’99 of Camillus, N.Y., was promoted to partner at the Bonadio Group in Syracuse, N.Y. Klaben is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Klaben currently serves as chairman of the finance committee for St. Joseph’s Church and treasurer of the Francis House Board of Directors, and is past president of NYSSCPA’s Syracuse Chapter.

Scott Wiley ’99 of Powell, Ohio, represents the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the national association community on Capitol Hill through the CPA Society State Executives Association, and he serves as chair of the Board for the American Society of Association Executives in Washington, D.C. He was recently featured by as the author of “Four Things Every CEO Under 40 Should Be Doing.”


Ryan Lemon ’00 of Oswego is the international recruitment manager for SUNY Oswego.

Sara Durante LoPrinzi ’00 of Mineola, N.Y., is a teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Hempstead, N.Y.

Ryan Baker ’01 of Phoenix, Ariz., is vice president of Equity Lifestyle Properties, managing resorts in Canada, the Pacific Northwest (Seattle and Portland, Ore.), Denver and Texas.

Michael Kite ’02 of Liverpool, N.Y., is an expansion sales director in the digital sales department for Advance Media New York. Previously, he was director of media sales-corporate partnerships at WCNY.

Jeffrey Smith ’02 is a major in the U.S. Air Force assigned to the 39th Medical Group at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.

Erin Bullard ’03 of Fabius, N.Y., is director of marketing and business development at Vertical Access in Ithaca, N.Y., and its affiliated companies, Alta Access and TPAS.

Leah Walker Deasy ’03 M’06, Ph.D., of Mexico, N.Y., is an assistant professor at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, N.Y. She earned a CAS in disability studies from Syracuse University in 2009 and an Ed.D. in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College in 2016.

Joe Dottolo ’03 M’08 of Baldwinsville, N.Y., is a technology teacher in the Syracuse (N.Y.) City School District’s Danforth Middle School.

Tiffany Roberts Piatkowski ’03 M’07 of Rome, N.Y., received the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016. She is a technology teacher, STEM integration specialist and lead instructor for Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES.

Todd Silverman ’04 is a rabbi in New Orleans at the Touro Synagogue, where he is rabbinic director of lifelong learning. Along with lifecycle events and liturgical duties, he oversees the congregation’s religious school, Hebrew program and youth group activities, classes and a four-part cooking class entitled, “In the Kitchen With Rabbi Silverman.” Session topics have included recipes for challah, Jewish soups, Chanukah latkes and sufganiyot.

Derek Warren ’04 of Hilton, N.Y., became principal for Quest Elementary School in the Hilton Central School District on July 1. Warren served as an administrative intern at Merton Williams Middle School and Village Elementary School in 2016. Previously, he taught grades four through six at Village Elementary School, and served as assistant principal at Craig Hill Elementary School and West Ridge Elementary School in the Greece (N.Y.) School District. Warren holds a master’s degree in literacy education from St. John Fisher College and a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from SUNY Brockport.

Trevor J. Lehman ’05 M’06, a certified public accountant of Baldwinsville, N.Y., was promoted to manager at DiMarco, Abiusi & Pascarella in Ithaca, N.Y.

Michael Olenick ’05 is chief executive officer and founder of 160ft Beerworks in Houston, where he lives with his wife, Jennifer Mott Olenick ’05, and their two children.

Stephen Tucker ’05 M’13 of Bloomville, N.Y., received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016. Tucker is a professor of automotive technology for SUNY Delhi.

Andrew Zilnik ’05 was recently selected to serve as director of field service and chief operating officer of the Connecticut Rivers Council – Boy Scouts of America. Based in Hartford, the Connecticut Rivers Council serves more than 18,000 youth throughout Connecticut.

Audrey Hager ’06 of San Antonio is a postdoctoral fellow with the University of Texas Health Center at San Antonio.

Michael Kelly ’06 of Johnstown, N.Y., is a global studies teacher for the Little Falls City School District.

Whitney Lash-Marshall ’06 of Bridgeport, N.Y., is executive director of Baltimore Woods Nature Center, a nonprofit environmental educational organization in Marcellus, N.Y. She has a master’s degree in conservation biology and a Ph.D. in environmental and natural resource policy from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where she has served as a visiting instructor for courses in conservation, ecology and community planning.

Danielle Dills Cummins ’07 of Bergen, N.Y., is a marketing agent for Farm Credit East.

Jennifer Gaffney-Goodnough CAS’07 was named superintendent for the Sackets Harbor (N.Y.) Central School District. Gaffney-Goodnough served as K-12 principal at Sackets Harbor Central School District for 10 years, and she has been an active member of the Sackets Harbor community throughout that time.

Joe LaPlante ’07 is leaving 7 News in Syracuse, N.Y., as the weekend weathercaster after nine years. He will work for the Glens Falls, N.Y.-based Weather Routing Incorporated, a company that forecasts weather for ships.

Sara Hamme Petrie ’07 of Monument, Colo., is an account executive for KKTV CBS 11 and a mother of three.

Jessica A. Flynn Skiff ’07 of Glenfield, N.Y., is human resources director for Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville, N.Y. She earned credentials as a professional in human resources from the HR Certification Institute in June 2011 and as a Society of Human Resources Management professional in January 2015.

Kristi Kaufman Taylor ’07 of Freeville, N.Y., is education director for the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County (N.Y.).

Johanna Fox Bossard M’09, an agriculture teacher for the Hamilton (N.Y.) Central School District, and her husband, Bret, received the 2016 New York State Achievement Award for Excellence and Leadership in the Agriculture Industry. The Bossards are partners at Barbland Dairy, a 1,700-head farm in Fabius, N.Y., and, in addition to her full-time teaching position at Hamilton, Johanna serves as the farm operation’s public relations and tour coordinator. She is a board member of the Madison County Farm Bureau.

Kathryn Henry ’09 M’11 is secretary of the board for the nonprofit Tiny Houses of Greensboro, N.C., which builds tiny house villages for the homeless.

Caryn Jennifer Humiston ’09 of Astoria, N.Y., and Christian Frederick Heilman married on Oct. 8, 2016. She has worked as a graphic designer in New York City for the past eight years.

Theodore Letcher ’09 of Lebanon, N.H., joined the Terrestrial and Cryospheric Sciences Branch of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. Letcher holds a master’s degree in atmospheric science from Colorado State University and a doctorate in atmospheric science from SUNY Albany.


Pamela Russell ’10 of Parish, N.Y., is a teacher at North Syracuse Middle School.

Elisa Bleistein ’11 of Brentwood, N.Y., is a strategic staffing coordinator at Access Staffing in Melville, N.Y.

Evan Duffey ’11 is a meteorologist for AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pa. He also volunteers for the Logan Fire Company in Bellefonte, Pa.

Dan Higham ’11 of Vestal, N.Y., was elected to the Society for Human Resource Management’s Young Professionals Advisory Council.

Leah Landry ’11 of Oswego is producer/web coordinator for WRVO Public Media at SUNY Oswego.

Marisa Pettus ’11 of Tuckahoe, N.Y., is an account executive for Creative Circle in New York City.

Jessica Bagdovitz ’12 of Baldwinsville, N.Y., is digital media producer for marketing firm Digital Hyve in Syracuse, N.Y.

Heather Doherty ’12 of Davenport, Fla., works for Quick Food and Beverage Service at the Walt Disney Company Foundation in Orlando, Fla.

Jennifer Lee ’12 of Mableton, Ga., is a colorist and video editor at ECG Productions in Atlanta.

Ashley Sauers ’12 of Baltimore is a kidney/pancreas transplant social worker at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is also a reviewer for the Journal of Nephrology Social Work.

Hessvacio Hassan ’13 of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a software engineer and web developer for IAC Applications in Yonkers, N.Y. He is also the creator of virtual reality games and experiences, including “Don’t Look Away VR,” released in January.

Michael Keeley ’13 is the play-by-play broadcaster as the “Voice of the Rochester (Minn.) Honkers.” He broadcasted all 72 games of the 2016 season. Keeley has also been the broadcaster for the Austin (Minn.) Bruins NAHL hockey team since 2015. He has been working in the NAHL since 2014 when he began his career with the Keystone Ice Miners (Pa.). Keeley has been broadcasting hockey since 2009 when he began his career as the radio voice of the Oswego State men’s ice hockey team.

Ashley Maher ’13 is director of the Office of Academic Affairs at Notre Dame College in Cleveland.

Alexa Rudy ’13 of Allston, Mass., is a senior associate for iProspect in Boston. She plays ice hockey in a men’s league and serves as a hockey referee on weekends.

Olivia Basile ’14 of Cheektowaga, N.Y., is a marketing specialist for McGuire Development Company.

Vincent N. Cusumano ’14 M’15 of Syracuse, N.Y., became a certified public accountant. He is a tax associate at Fust Charles Chambers, joining the firm in June 2015.

Troy Forbes ’14 of Liverpool, N.Y., is an estimator for LeChase Construction Services in Syracuse, N.Y.

Holly Granat ’14 of Syracuse, N.Y., is a project coordinator in the Onondaga County Office of the Environment. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and a master’s in forest and natural resources management from SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry.

Danielle Limer-Nies ’14 of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., is development operations assistant for Amnesty International USA in New York City.

Jeremy Long ’14 of Charlotte, N.C., is an associate producer with Perform Group, a sports content and media outlet. Previously, he was a production assistant for ESPNU Project.

Omy Melo ’14 of Jackson Heights, N.Y., is an assistant video editor for Nickelodeon.

Maximilian Principe ’14 is an account coordinator for the marketing agency Fifteen in Buffalo, N.Y., where he currently resides. Principe was most recently with Canalside, serving as programming manager/event coordinator.

O. Stephany Reyes ’14 of East Northport, N.Y., is an editor for the East Meadow (N.Y.) Herald and former reporter for the Merrick (N.Y.) Herald.

Joseph Grande ’15 is a residence hall director for SUNY Buffalo.

Lauren Lasky ’15 of Watervliet, N.Y., is a brand strategist at Terakeet in Syracuse, N.Y.

Alyssa Ashley Otoski-Keim ’15 of Wolcott, N.Y., starred as as the title character in Eurydice at the Central New York Playhouse in DeWitt, N.Y., in February.

David Owens ’15 of Oswego is a freelance illustrator and art director. He recently had an illustration featured on the cover of the Fort Worth (Texas) Weekly.

Hartley Ruch ’15 of Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, is a mortgage closing officer at HomEquity Bank in Toronto.

Allysa Swilley ’15 is lead zoologist for Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y. She achieved internet fame as the caretaker for the world’s most famous pregnant giraffe, April. See related story on page 24.

Taylor Wendler M’15 of North Syracuse, N.Y., is an audit associate at Dermody, Burke & Brown in Syracuse, N.Y.

Alyssa Besio ’16 of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., is a development assistant at Neighbors Link Northern Westchester (N.Y.).

Adam L. Kroft M’16 of Manlius, N.Y., is a staff accountant in the tax services group at Grossman St. Amour CPAs in Syracuse, N.Y.

Jamie Lavigueur ’16 is multimedia producer for MLB Advanced Media in New York City.

Sasha Padilla ’16 was awarded a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

James Walters ’16 of Colorado Springs, Colo., is a producer at KRDO Newschannel 13.

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