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October 2008 Class Notes


Lt. Colonel William Noyes, ’47, (music ed.) and Maxine (Swetland), ’42, (elem. ed.) celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year. The couple met while attending SUNY Fredonia.


Warren C. (music ed.) and Anne (Tiffert) Wohltjen, ’51, (music ed.) of Georgia celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on Aug. 19.


Dr. Charles Burnsworth, ’53, (music ed.) of Oneonta, N.Y., represented SUNY Fredonia at the inauguration of Dr. Nancy Kleniewski as SUNY Oneonta president. Dr. Burnsworth was recently honored by having a scholarship fund established in his name at SUNY Oneonta by former members of its Women’s Glee Club, in recognition of his leadership and dedication to outstanding choral performance and to recognize his contribution to their personal lives. Dr. Burnsworth served Oneonta’s music department for 45 years as a professor of music and is scheduled to be elected to the department’s Hall of Fame in early 2009.


Roy, ’57, (speech and hear. hand.) and Jeanette (Kaufmann) Kuck, ’58, (see below) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August. Roy retired in 1984 from Lake Shore Central School in Angola, N.Y., as director of Special Education. He and Jeanette, who retired in 1992 from teaching elementary music at Eden (N.Y.) Central Schools, have two grown children, Ruth and Stephen, and two grandchildren, Bethany and Zachary.


Sallie (Shapley) Pullano, ’58, (music ed.) is serving as co-chair of the Committee to Re-elect Judith Claire as Family Court Judge in Chautauqua County, N.Y.

Loretta Weisberg, ’58, (elem. ed.) of Kennesaw, Ga., taught for 38 years before her retirement. She’s now teaching a couple of education courses at the college level.


Dr. Stephen H. Lazar, ’63, (speech and hear. hand.) was the graduation speaker at the Tel Aviv University School of Medicine graduation in May. He has completed 40 years as a dean at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

Chuck Polvino, ’63, (elem. ed.) of Stone Mountain, Ga., retired in 2007, then “got bored” and is now substitute teaching on a limited basis.


Richard Nunemaker, ’64, (music ed.) is retiring as a member of the Houston (Texas) Symphony after 41 years. André Previn hired Richard in 1967 as a clarinetist, bass clarinetist and saxophonist. On Labor Day, KUHF Houston Public Radio and Bob Stevenson presented the “Front Row” Richard Nunemaker Special, a retrospective of his career. His newest CD, with pianist/composer/producer Paul English, is “The Louisville Project,” and was recorded immediately following a performance on the campus of the University of Louisville (Ky.). Richard will continue commissioning and performing new music for clarinet and saxophone, teaching at the University of St. Thomas, keeping an active private studio and performing as a freelance musician in the Houston area.


Tom Fischer, ’65, (elem. ed.) of Morgantown, Ga., is currently doing immigration consulting, and just returned from India and Thailand.


John Barnes, ’68, (earth science/sec. ed.) of Harrisburg, Pa., was recently appointed chief of the Pennsylvania Geological Survey’s Resource Analysis Section. He has had a lengthy career at the Pennsylvania survey, having fun working in the laboratory with X-ray techniques and a recently acquired SEM on a wide variety of samples. He also helps keep track of the state’s industrial minerals industry and enjoys writing for both technical and educational publications. After SUNY Fredonia, he earned his M.A. in Geological Sciences from the State University at Buffalo.

Rev. William Carey, ’68, (elem. ed.) retired after about 40 years of teaching in both public and private schools. At the time of his retirement, he was on the faculty of Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, Conn. He will continue to reside in St. Aloysius Parish in New Canaan, Conn., where he will be chaplain of its school and director of adult religious education programs.


Loren Adams, ’69, (music ed.) of East Bethany, N.Y., has retired as an elementary librarian/music teacher in the Addison (N.Y.) Central School District.

Lance Madden, ’69, (pol. sci.) was elected secretary of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AmCham). An attorney in Buffalo, N.Y., he is head of Hodgson Russ LLP’s International/Cross-Border and Immigration Practice Groups.

Dr. Brenda (Sterio) Peters, ’69, (elem. ed.) is serving as interim elementary school principal in the Brocton Central School District.

Dr. Barry E. Taylor, ’69, (chem.) is a Ph.D. Research Fellow with DuPont Electronic Technologies, working at the Technical Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C., doing development and research on thick film screen printable electronic pastes. He earned his doctoral degree in Solid State Inorganic Chemistry at Brown University working for Aaron Wold, a friend and associate of Paul Weller, his SUNY Fredonia mentor, thesis advisor and friend. Barry spends as much time as possible at his cottage in the Adirondacks with his dog, Sadie Mae, and cockatiel, Ravi Singh, and would like to hear from fellow Fredonia alumni.


Classmates from 1970 have formed a Yahoo! Group as a way of re-connecting with Fredonia roots. They invite anyone who graduated from Fredonia in the ’70s to join the group. Persons can log in to register at

Lance Durban, ’70, (econ.) is organizing a trip to Egypt in March 2009 and is inviting Fredonia alumni to join in the fun. For more information contact Lance at

Frank Vollaro, ’70, (chem.) see 1971.


J. Elton Dewhurst, ’71, ’73, (chem.) reports from Macungie, Pa., and works for Air Products. He and Frank Vollaro’s, ’70, (chem.) version of “The Element Song,” was first written in 1968, revamped in 2007, and was finally recorded in entirety, including 116 verses for a total of 47 minutes of music. Each element gets one four-line verse except hydrogen, which gets two extra for deuterium and tritium, and carbon and nitrogen each get two verses because, “we like them.” He included the last verse in his e-mail to Professor Emeritus Philip Kumler: “Elements, elements, the subject’s never boring…Who wouldn’t want to hear a song of boron, lead and fluorine?...We hope you like the song we wrote, don’t say we didn’t warn ya…And yes, we learned about this stuff at SUNY in Fredonia.” J. Elton spends as much time as he can in his digital home recording studio where he has produced over 18 CDs.

Dr. Stephen Markuson, ’71, (music ed.) from Oneonta, N.Y., represented SUNY Fredonia at the inauguration of Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich in October. He is a faculty member at Hartwick.


Patti (Coyle) Dunham, ’72, (applied music) performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony as a member of the New York Choral Artists at Carnegie Hall in September. She also performed and acted as musical director for Nikki Blonsky’s show at Feinstein’s nightclub in Manhattan. She has appeared as a soloist with the Philip Glass Ensemble on national and international tours, The Dessoff Choirs, The Spirit of America Symphony Orchestra Pops, and in many other programs, concerts and at numerous jazz clubs and events in the tri-state area of New York City. She is currently a teaching artist for Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.


Angelo Bennice, ’73, (chem.) see 1974.

Maxine Davis, ’73, (music ed.) of New York City, a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, participated in a body mapping conference at SUNY Fredonia in September.

Sharon Green, ’73, (elem. ed.) is co-founder, secretary and PR coordinator of Global African Village, an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to improving life for the impoverished Bagishu people of eastern Uganda. For more information, visit the group’s website at Sharon is also reading coordinator and chair of Niagara Reeds in the Office of Academic Support at Niagara University in Lewiston, N.Y.

Karl Holz, ’73, (bus. admin.) has been named president of New Vacation Operations for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts in Florida.


Howard Brown’s, ’74, (bus. admin.) first novel, Private Anguish, was released officially on Oct. 21 by Tate Publishing. Howard lives in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Dr. Keith Mesch, ’74, (chem.) of Cincinnati, Ohio, comments on Angelo Bennice, ’73, (chem.) being named to the Fredonia College Council. “Great news…He was my ‘study buddy’ for PChem back in my day. I spent several evenings at his kitchen table going through PChem problems trying to pass Hopke’s class. We did it and we got As!”

John A. Vecchio, ’74, (elem. ed.) has been named vice president for institutional advancement at Trocaire College in Buffalo, N.Y.



Catherine Congdon, ’75, (elem. ed.) was honored by Jamestown Community College as a distinguished alumna in education. She has taught at Randolph (N.Y.) Central School for 32 years.


Dr. Joe Korwin, ’75, (chem.) recalled fondly to Professor Emeritus Philip Kumler his Houghton Hall days and his many friends including Dr. Jerome Supple, Dr. David Dingledy, Dr. Gilbert Moos, Mike Marletta, J. Elton Dewhurst, Steve Suib, Lesley Palmer Czochor and his uncle, “Ange” Bennice, who convinced him to pursue chemistry. He became a physician assistant and then a physician (internist) and currently works at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Augusta, Ga., as medical director of the Special Exam Unit and the Employee Health Unit. In addition, he is a clinical associate professor of medicine at the Medical College of Georgia, his other alma mater.

Distinguished Service Professor Robert Spitzer, ’75, (pol. sci.) was named chair of the Political Science Department at SUNY Cortland. He conducted a Constitutional Day Panel during a Sandwich Seminar at the university and also participated in a community roundtable on the upcoming elections, “The 2008 Elections: A Realignment in the Making?”

Pat Volk, ’75, (chem.) retired from teaching physics and physical science at Pine Valley Central School in South Dayton, N.Y. She is enjoying her four grandchildren, and reports her youngest son, Kevin, ’04, graduated from SUNY Fredonia summa cum laude with majors in English and Applied Music.


Emma (Sharp) McFayden, ’76, (elem. ed.) of Williamsville, N.Y., was honored with the President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement at Buffalo State College, where she is assistant director of Recruitment and Retention, Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Program. She received the award at Buffalo State’s Convocation in September.

Frank J. Priznar, ’76, (special studies), who is CEO and owner of PRIZIM, Inc., a technical management consulting company in Maryland, was inspired partly by reading the Statement to reconnect with former classmates Dave Barto, ’75, (biology) in Alaska, and Bob Clerman, ’75, (biology) in Virginia. Frank’s company has received a number of honors including as one of 35 companies in the U.S. named a Winning Workplace in 2007 and 2008 in the Wall Street Journal; named one of the 50 best places to work in Washington, D.C. and “Good for the Soul” by Washingtonian magazine; and named Best Place to Work in 2008 as one of the top 20 environmental firms in the U.S. according to the Environmental Business Journal. He added, “My experience at Fredonia taught me that even if I was not the smartest, fastest, or best looking – it was possible, with hard work, to make a positive impact.” He encourages classmates to contact him through e-mail at

Attorney Mark Zanghi, ’76, (pol. sci.) was elected president of the Knox County Bar Association for the 2008-2009 term. He also serves as chair of the Bar Admissions Committee and is an associate attorney with McDevitt, Mayhew & Malek, LPA of Mount Vernon, Ohio. He lives with Pam Kirst (see below) and their son, James, in Mount Vernon.


Dr. Mark Bailey, ’77, (chem.) just celebrated his 10th anniversary at SAS Institute. His work is a mixture of teaching, developing and revising training courses, and “collaborating with JMP R&D at SAS Institute.” His focus remains on data analysis, statistics, modeling, design and analysis of experiments, and scripting. He and his wife have two children, Greg and Lisa, and live in Haddonfield, N.J.

Mary Bosek, ’77, (sociology) was named the host of the WCA Women’s Health Show. She is director of Case Management at WCA Hospital in Jamestown, N.Y.

Dave Fleck, ’77, (sociology) has moved to Conway, S.C., with his wife of over 30 years, Eileen, and three of their children, Daniel, Casey Jo and David Jr., with their eldest, Christina, in graduate school.

Pamela A. Kirst, ’77, ’96, (English) is an instructor in the English department at Zane State University in Zanesville, Ohio.

Tina Rausa, ’77, (theatre) appeared as the schoolteacher/daughter in the Chautauqua Opera production of Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene” in August.


Michael Castelle, ’78, (special studies) of Roswell, Ga., is president of A2Z Recognition Products, Inc., a promotional products marketing company specializing in creating and managing on-line stores. He is also a member of the Fredonia Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Dr. Joe DelPrincipe, ’78, (chem.) reports from Texas that he is chairman of the Emergency Room and president of Arlington Emergency Medicine. He also works for the area department of public safety as its medical director as well as directs a first response EMS service, and trains police officers to draw blood for their DWI program. He has five sons aged 12 to 18, and a grown daughter, Lorenza.


Melanie (Stern) Castelle, ’79, (elem. ed.) of Roswell, Ga., is a principal in one of the highest performing elementary schools in the nation.

Scott Lewis, ’79, (chem.) pursued a career in aviation after graduating from SUNY Fredonia and has been flying for United Airlines since 1985, currently as a captain on the Airbus 320, and has been a flight instructor at Florida Institute of Technology. He lives in Maryland with his wife and two teenage children, teaches martial arts one night a week, and is pursuing a second career as a writer. Professor Emeritus Philip Kumler, who received this information from Scott, noted, “Though he did not pursue chemistry as a career, Scott indicated that his Fredonia degree did open doors for him and contributed to his problem solving skills.”

Pamela (Hall) Lydic, ’79, (psych.) was honored as Person of the Year by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce at its annual banquet in October.

Dr. Greg Roth, ’79, ’84, (special studies, chem.) reports that the Burnham Institute for Medical Research in Orlando, Fla., for whom he is director of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology, as well as an associate professor, was chosen as one of four comprehensive chemical library screening and chemical probe development centers in the nation as part of a National Institutes of Health Roadmap initiative in chemical genomics.

Caryl (Mason) Ward, ’79, (French) is head of Acquisitions and Subject Librarian for Comparative Literature for SUNY Binghamton Libraries. She wrote about her husband, Thomas’, ’80, inspiration for sending a gift to the Dr. Franklin Krohn scholarship fund established with the Fredonia College Foundation. Tom had a business decision to make and the two of them considered, “What would Frank Krohn do?” illustrating that Dr. Krohn’s teaching continued to influence Tom long after he left Fredonia.


Janis Ashkin, ’80, (sociology) of Alpharetta, Ga., is a career counselor in private practice. She recently participated in a People to People Ambassador program to China and Mongolia to meet with counselors from those areas.

Brian J. Moore, ’80, (pol. sci.) is celebrating his 20th year as an attorney at Roetzel and Andress in Akron, Ohio. He is also chairman of the Ohio Real Estate and Finance Practice Group.

Thomas Ward, ’80, (bus. admin.) see 1979.


Patti (Andolino) Brandt, ’81, (chem.) lives in Minnesota and has completed 22 years at 3M where she is currently a Material Compliance Program manager. Her latest focus is getting 3M ready to meet the requirements for the new European regulation called REACH. Prior to that assignment she was Six Sigma Black Belt and lead/coached many cost reduction, quality improvement and new technology projects. She and her husband, Mike, have two sons, Kyle and Alex. Patti volunteers with a youth group at church, was on the school parent advisory council for a few years, and is now on the new high school boundary task force and oversight committee.

John Campbell, ’81, (bus. admin.) is partner and Chief Investment Officer at Cornerstone Investment Partners. He serves on the Fredonia College Foundation Board of Directors and is chair of its Investment Committee. John is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. He and Debbie (below) live in Atlanta, Ga. with their family.

Debbie (Hare) Campbell, ’81, (bus. admin.) is at home with John (see above) and their two teenage daughters, Lauren, 18, and Katie, 15. She and John would like to hear from old friends at


Debra Schwartz, ’82, (bus. admin.) has been named president and CEO of Mission Federal Credit Union in San Diego, Calif. She had been serving in the dual role as interim CEO and executive vice president since the April retirement of the former president. Prior to joining the credit union, Debra served as Chief Financial Officer at First Future Credit Union, and as executive vice president at San Diego County Credit Union. She earned her M.B.A. from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.


Rebecca Nystrom, ’83, (biology) was honored by Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College as a distinguished alumna in education. She has been a biology professor at JCC since 1983.

Domonic Sack, ’83, (sound. rec. technology) of Stamford, Conn. is a sound designer and executive vice president of Sound Associates, Inc. He has worked on events including the Metropolitan Opera concert during the summer in Brooklyn as systems engineer, and will work on the “Tale of Two Cities” at the Hirschfield Theatre as sound designer.

Tom Tomaka, ’83, (coop. engineer., physics) of Atlanta, Ga., has had a 25-year career in information technology, adding, “My years at Fredonia taught me an appreciation for a liberal education.”

Bob Von Holt, ’83, (bus. admin.) of Fogelsville, Pa., would like to reach out to old friends. He can be reached at


Jim Happell, ’84, (chem.) is a research associate professor at the University of Miami (Fla.). His current interests are the atmospheric chemistry of ozone-depleting substances and using CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) to trace global ocean circulation. He reports spending more time at sea over the past several years and just recently returned from a cruise to Antarctica where he experienced 30 to 40-foot waves for 24 hours.

Scott Martelle, ’84, (pol. sci.) has left the Los Angeles Times to work on books and as a freelance journalist. He is also teaching a journalism course at Chapman University in California. His book, Blood Passion, is now available in paperback.

Greg Navarro, ’84, (English) anchors FOX44 News Burlington/Plattsburgh/Montreal at 7 and 10 p.m. weekdays.


Susan L. Asquith, ’85, (bus. admin.) was recognized by Business First of Buffalo, N.Y., as one of its “Outstanding Women of Influence” in Western New York for 2008 in the category of community supporter. Susan is senior vice president at Travers Collins & Company of Buffalo. She also serves on the board of Kids Escaping Drugs and the Seneca Diabetes Foundation, is a member of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s local development advisory group and the Nichols School marketing committee, and is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Buffalo.

David A. Ezzo, ’85, (anthro.) of Kenmore, N.Y., has been selected for inclusion in the 2009 edition of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. Dog Ear Publishing recently released his second book, Cannibalism in Cross-Cultural Perspective, a survey of cannibalism in 25 North American Indian cultures.

Charles Hagmaier, ’85, (chem.) lives and works in Canada. After many years at Kodak in Rochester, N.Y., he moved Canada in 2002 to work for Deluxe Laboratories, the largest motion picture processing facility in the world. He has been working in motion picture-related work since graduating. He is currently vice president of engineering for Deluxe, and lives in Oakville, Ontario, with his wife, Tina, and their three children.

Jerry Kadar, ’85, (commun.) see note under “Births.”


Charlie Bald, ’86, (math/physics) is a senior design engineer at Parker Hannifin Corp., Fluid Control Division in New Britain, Conn. He and Kathy (see below) have two children and live in Farmington, Conn.

Kathy (Keller) Bald, ’86, (account.) is a director of Corporate Accounting at Henderson Global Investors NA in Hartford, Conn.

Lisa Brigantino, ’86, ’88, (music theory, music theory/comp.) and her husband, Dr. Thomas Millioto, ’88, (music perf.) of Brooklyn, N.Y., wrote and recorded the music for a national television advertising campaign for Plato’s Closet, an apparel store chain. They collaborate regularly on composing and studio work for film and television projects. Lisa tours internationally with Lez Zeppelin, an all-girl, all-Led Zeppelin tribute band, in June headlining at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tenn. For more information, visit


Dr. Kim (Neifer) Caldwell, ’87, (rec. gene technology) and her husband, Guy, received the first HudsonAlpha Prize for Outstanding Innovation in Life Sciences from the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology for their groundbreaking research on diseases of the nervous system, especially in relation to Parkinson’s disease. Kim is an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University Alabama in Huntsville.

Andy Calimano, ’87, (commun.) co-owner of Starfish Junction Productions, received the 2008 ExecuLeadership award for Emerging Biz/Entrepreneur in June. The awards are sponsored by ExecuLeaders, an association dedicated to educating the business community in methods and techniques of sales, marketing and networking. Starfish Junction Productions is an event planning, production, and management company in Bay Shore, N.Y. Prior to co-launching his company, Andy was managing partner for Integrated Direct, a full-service direct and interactive marketing agency. He is former president and founder of New York University’s Master of Science Direct and Interactive Marketing Alumni Chapter.

Tim Dick, ’87, (coop. engineer., history) was named director, Global Vendor Management, at the Amherst, N.Y., office of Ingram Micro.

Margaret V. Russell, CPA, ’87, (psych.) was named chief financial officer of Biophan Technologies, Inc., a developer of next-generation biomedical technology based in Pittsford, N.Y. She had been as partner, director and senior manager at Insero & Company CPAs, P.C., until her appointment at Biophan. From 1999 until 2001 she was manager of the Assurance and Business Advisory Services Division at Arthur Andersen, LLP.

Vicki (Ehrenberg) Schlaerth, ’87, (commun.) see note under “Births.”


Dr. David Bower, ’88, (music perf.) earned his Ph.D. in Music Education from New York University. He celebrates his 15th anniversary as Director of Music and organist at the Catholic Church of St. Ann in Raritan, N.J. , and presented research on music education technology at the 2008 conference of the International Society of Music Education in Bologna, Italy.

Dr. Thomas Millioto, ’88, (music perf.) also see 1986. Tom teaches guitar privately through CUNY Hunter and at the Brooklyn Queens Conservatory of Music. He played guitar in the theme music for Emeril Lagasse’s new show, “Emeril Green” on the Planet Green television channel. For more information, visit Tom’s website at


Jeffrey DeAngelo, ’89, (psych.) was appointed principal of Clayton Avenue Elementary School in the Vestal (N.Y.) Central School District. Prior to this, he had worked in alternative and special education at the Broome-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) for six years. He lives in Binghamton, N.Y., with his wife and four children. Friends can reach him at


Alan W. Gracie, ’90, (account.) was promoted to director at Freed Maxick & Battaglia certified public accountants of Buffalo, N.Y. He joined the firm in 2006 after a stint at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and prior to his promotion was a senior manager.


Jason and Michelle (Vitanov) Nowak, ’91, (chem.) plan to move from Fort Levenworth, Kan., to a new assignment at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo. Jason graduated from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College, and the pair are excited about their move west.

Paul D. Posener, ’91, (pol. sci.) of Wellsville, N.Y., represented SUNY Fredonia at the October inauguration of Dr. John M. Anderson as president of SUNY Alfred College of Technology. Paul is director of Residence Life at Alfred.

Veronica (Curcio) Scholes, ’91, (sociology) has worked as a school social worker at Wellsville (N.Y.) Middle School for 11 years. She lives in Angelica, N.Y., and is married with four children.


Christopher Bennett, ’92, (elem. ed.) has been named an assistant principal at East Rochester (N.Y.) Elementary School, and will serve as student manager for grades seven and eight. He was formerly at the Gates Chili School District, where he taught fifth grade for six years and was an instructional coach for four years.

Chris Grundner, ’92, (bus. admin.) created a two-minute video for a contest sponsored by Lance Armstrong’s website explaining how he overcame an obstacle and made a difference. The video, about his journey over the past four years since his late wife Kelly’s passing away from a brain tumor, made the top 10, and in the end, placed second. The winner was to have received a Trek bicycle signed by Lance. Chris’ goal was to donate the bike to be auctioned off with proceeds going to the foundation he created in honor of Kelly, who was also a SUNY Fredonia alumna, The Kelly Heinz-Grundner Brain Tumor Foundation, Inc. Chris is president and director of the foundation, based in Washington, D.C. He has remarried, and he and Susan have a son, Cooper Kelly.


Patrick DeFazio, ’93, (math.) was promoted to associate professor of mathematics at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y. He also participated in the July 2008 Alumni Leadership Conference at SUNY Fredonia.

Amy Vercant, ’93, (English) has joined The Maytum Company of Dunkirk, N.Y., a full-service public relations/advertising firm and publishing company, as an account director.

Kevin Wenke, ’93, (biology) a financial planner with MetLife in Orlando, Fla., passed the Certified Financial Planning board exam in July. Friends can reach him at


Chris Loss, ’94, (commun.) see note under “Births.”


Soffian Adam, ’95, (biology) was honored by Jamestown Community College as a distinguished alumnus in education. He has taught biology in Dunkirk, N.Y., for the past 10 years.

Jim Davis, ’95, (bus. admin.) and his wife, Colleen, recently launched Davis Graphic Design, a design and marketing firm, in Raleigh, N.C. They decided to open their own firm after the birth of their daughters, Maire, 3, and Ivy, 1. Those interested in learning more about the firm can find it online at

April M. (Deak) Farrell, ’95, (elem. ed./early child.) graduated with honors from the ECPI College of Technology, Medical Career Institute of Charlotte, N.C., as a Registered Medical Assistant. She is presently working with a plastic and hand surgeon in Fort Mill, S.C.


Dr. Kris Griffith, ’96, (chem.) earned his doctoral degree from Georgia Tech under Dr. Charles Liotta in 2001. He went to work for American Pacific Corporation in southern Utah as a senior scientist, and after four years was promoted to director of the Analytical Labs and Product Development division that manufactures perchlorates, sodium azide and a fire extinguisher blend, Halotron. Kris is married, and he and Tara have a daughter, Sloane Maci.

Jason Overmyer, ’96, (sociology) of Phoenix, Ariz., earned his Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University in 2000. He was named Probation Officer of the Year for 2007 in Maricopa County, and works as a faculty associate for Arizona State’s School of Social Work.


Greg Borowski, ’97, (commun.) of Marilla, N.Y., has left his career as a producer at WGRZ-TV after 11 years and accepted the position of video product manager at Synacor of Buffalo, N.Y., an Internet company specializing in the delivery of digital content. He and his wife, Kim, have just celebrated their fifth anniversary, and have a son, Everett, and a daughter, Mikayala.

Michael F. Helwig, ’97, (commun.) was hired as marketing coordinator for the law firm of Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak, LLP of Buffalo, N.Y. Prior to joining the firm, Michael was vice president of Sales and Marketing for NewsTrax, Inc. of Buffalo, N.Y. He also owned and operated Helwig’s, Inc. and Helwig’s Fish Market in Dunkirk, N.Y., from 1999 until 2006.

Kim (Fleischman) Kegler, ’97, (art) of East Aurora, N.Y., has been an assistant professor teaching graphic design at Daemen College of Buffalo in its Visual and Performing Arts department for the past two years. See note under “Marriages.”

Deanna J. Kowal, ’97, (biology/sec. ed.) was promoted to principal of the Academy of Math, Science and Technology at Jim Bridger Middle School in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nev. During the past school year, Deanna was a presenter of “Interventions for English Language Learners” at the National Middle School Association’s annual conference, and “Coaching the Literacy Coach” at the International Reading Association’s annual conference.


Casey Jakubowski, ’98, (social studies/history) received a Certificate of Advanced Studies in teacher mentoring from the State University at Buffalo. He is currently an associate, educational improvement, at the New York State Education Department.

Joel Keefer, ’98, (commun.) was named executive assistant to Chautauqua County (N.Y.) Executive Greg Edwards.

Anthony C. Popielarz, ’98, (chem./sec. ed.) is director of Innovation and Research at Vegetable Juices, Inc., in Chicago, Ill.


Dr. Ed Castellana, ’99, (chem.) completed his Ph.D. in chemistry at Texas A&M in 2005 and is currently there as a postdoctoral fellow.

Jennifer (Meyer) Davis, ’99, (music ed.) see note under “Births.”

Keith J. Hall, ’99, (music ed.) earned his M.A. in Education/Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix in July. He also received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the National Society of High School Scholars in May 2007, and is currently director of Bands and Choirs, and Fine and Performing Arts chair at The Sarasota (Fla.) Military Academy. Friends can reach him at

Alexsandra Lopez, ’99, (commun. disord.) of Buffalo, N.Y., was selected by Pearson, Inc. to administer the standardization edition of the CELF-2 (Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals), Spanish Edition. Her participation will help establish the clinical norms for the popular speech and language test. She also participated in a nationwide effort underwritten by the Pearson Foundation to set a world record for the largest shared reading event in the world, “Read for the Record.”

Joy (Stepinski) Musser, ’99, (speech and hear. hand.) see note under “Births.”

Gregg Parete, ’99, (bus. admin.) see note under “Marriages.”

Cheryl L. (Hilgert) Popielarz, ’99, (health. serv. admin.) is a division financial manager with Liberty Mutual Commercial Markets in Chicago, Ill.

Deborah Pinto Wisniewski, ’99, (social work) was honored by Jamestown Community College as a distinguished alumna in education. She is a social worker in the Dunkirk (N.Y.) Public Schools.


Maclain (Nichols) Berhaupt, 2000, (interdis. studies) was honored by the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce with its 2008 Dunkirk Community Service Award at the annual Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce banquet in October.

John W. Dutko, 2000, (bus. admin.) lives in Atlanta, Ga., and has worked as a small business lender for five years for Cornerstone Bank. See note under “Marriages.”

Sara Baker Michalak, 2000, (interdis. studies) of Fredonia, had her book, The Garden Within, released by FootHills Publishing. It is a volume of essays based on her observations of Western New York’s plants, animals, weather and natural phenomena.


Benjamin Davis, ’01, (music ed.) see note under “Births.”

Alissa (Long) (elem. ed./English) and Patrick Dwyer, ’01, (earth sci./sec. ed.) see note under “Births.”

Lisa (Graham) and James Kennedy, ’01, (elem. ed.) teach in Anne Arundel County in Annapolis, Md. See note under “Marriages.”

Rhonda Thompson, ’01, ’04, (social studies/sec. ed., interdis. studies) was honored in June by Ripley (N.Y.) Central School as Teacher of the Year. She is a secondary social studies teacher.


Christopher G. Czopp, ’02, (interdis. studies) was named manager, Digital Production, at William S. Hein & Co., Inc. of Buffalo, N.Y.

Melissa (Doyle) Parete, ’02, (commun.) see note under “Marriages.”

Lindsay Robinson, ’02, (commun.) graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and is an assistant vice president for National City Bank in Cleveland, Ohio.

Christine (Prince) Williams, ’02, (music ed.) see note under “Births.”


Dr. Benjamin Albright, ’03, (music perf.) joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August as a trumpeter/cornetist. He performs with the Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra, and Marine Chamber Ensembles at the White House, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and across the country during the band’s annual concert tour. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in Music Performance from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and has performed with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colo., and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.


Erynn Anderson, ’04, ’07, (English) has joined the SUNY Maritime College Privateer athletics staff as head women’s lacrosse coach. She will also serve as assistant sports information director and assistant women’s volleyball coach. Erynn formerly was head coach of lacrosse and assistant intramural director at SUNY College of Technology at Morrisville.

Anneke Ieda, ’04, (music perf.) has joined the Kenan Center in Lockport, N.Y., as a string instructor.

Vanessa (Hosein) Smith, ’04, (English) see note under “Births.”

Kevin Volk, ’04, (English, applied music) see 1975.

Thomas Williams, ’04, (bus. admin.) see note under “Births.”



Amy Cleveland, ’05, (sociology) of Batavia, N.Y., was appointed technical assistant/international student advisor at Genesee Community College.

Maria Fasciano, ’05, (music perf.) is continuing her studies with Rita Shane. She recently completed her master’s degree in vocal performance at the Eastman School of Music, and performed with the Chautauqua Opera this summer as one of 26 young professionals selected for the opera’s Young Artists Program.

Kris Hite, ’05, (biochem.) is entering his fourth year in the biochemistry program at Colorado State University. He has submitted a review article about his work (involving chromatin) to Biochemistry & Cell Biology, and hopes to get some additional teaching experience at Colorado State. He bikes to his lab every day and fixes old bikes, as well as runs and hikes in the northern Rockies with his yellow lab, Ben.

John Lemon, ’05, (chem.) is in a Ph.D. program in chemistry at the University of Arizona, working with Mary J Wirth on probing the proton pumping action of bacteriorhodopsin in an artificial lipid bilayer with potential solar energy applications.

Amy Monroe, ’05, (early child. ed.) see note under “Births.”



Ryan Landis, ’06, (chem.) works at Xerox in Rochester, N.Y., as an EA toner process specialist.

Jodi Rzepka, ’06, (commun.) associate director of Human Resources at SUNY Fredonia, graduated from the Executive M.B.A. program at the State University at Buffalo School of Management.

Kristen Veltz, ’06, ’07, (child ed./social studies, curr. and instr.) won the Rochester (N.Y.) Harborfest 10K with a course record-winning time of 38:03. She completed this year’s Boston Marathon in April with a time of 3:03.20.


Ryan Arnold, ’07, (pol. sci.) is regional internship coordinator for College Pro Painters, US, Ltd. in Kansas City, Mo. Prior to joining College Pro, he was expansion consultant for a year on the professional staff of Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity.

Timothy Fox, ’07, (visual arts/ceramics) enlisted in the U.S. Navy under its Delayed Entry Program.

Joshua Liddell, ’07, (school build. lead.) has been named assistant principal at Chautauqua Lake Central School.

Henry Milliman, ’07, (chem.) reports enjoying the Ph.D. program in Polymer Science at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he is working with Dr. Dave Schiraldi. His National Science Foundation-sponsored project is entitled, “Processing of Self Assembled, Bottom-up Nanocomposite Polymers,” and he presented a poster on his work at an NSF-grantees conference in Knoxville, Tenn. in January.


Karen Ewing, ’08, (music ed.) has been hired by the Enlarged City School District of Middletown, N.Y., as a teacher of general/choral music in grades two through five.

Benjamin Klein, ’08, (interdis. studies) has been hired as a reporter at the Jamestown (N.Y.) Post-Journal.

Kathryn Kornacki, ’08, (English) is attending the State University at Buffalo, pursing a master’s degree in Student Affairs, and working as a graduate assistant at U.B.’s Publicity and Marketing office.

Christopher Maue, ’08, (math. middle child. cert.) has been hired as a sixth grade math teacher at Smithfield (N.C.) Middle School, and was also accepted into the Curriculum and Instruction graduate program at SUNY Fredonia.

Spencer Morgan, ’08, (history) was hired by the University Residence Hall Association as an assistant hall director at the State University at Buffalo. He is attending Buffalo State College in pursuit of a master’s degree in history with a concentration in Museum Studies.

Neal M. Sheehan, ’08, (account.) has been named a staff accountant at Lumsden & McCormick, LLP of Buffalo, N.Y.

Christopher Valle, ’08, (music ed.) was hired as a string teacher for grades four through eight at Hyde Park (N.Y.) Central Schools.




Ethel (Cowden) Goatley
Class of 1934

Maxine (Swetland) Noyes
Class of 1942

Marie (Kourelis) Stavrides
Class of 1946

Joyce (Diedrich) Holmes
Class of 1955
James S. Cummings
Class of 1977

Barbara (Penny) Hesse
Class of 1981

Dr. J.F. Buckley
Class of 1986
Stephanie A. Frucella
Class of 2001
Amelia “Amy” Vanni
Class of 2001
Matthew K. Marin
Class of 2006


Rose Klassen
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Communication

Dr. Julius Paul
Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, 1970-1992



Kimberly Fleischman, ’97, (art) to Thomas Kegler.

Gregg Parete, ’99, (bus. admin.) to Melissa Doyle, ’02 (commun.).

John W. Dutko, 2000, (bus. admin.) to Colleen Foughner.

Lisa Graham to James Kennedy, ’01, (elem. ed.).



A son, Jake Sawyer, to Riva and Jerry Kadar, ’85, (commun.) of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Twins, Aurora Paige and Joseph Donald Jr., to Joseph and Vicki (Ehrenberg) Schlaerth, ’87, (commun.).

A daughter, Bella Joy Rhuea, to Allison and Chris Loss, ’94, (commun.) of Scottsdale, Ariz.

A son, Liam James, to Benjamin, ’01, (music ed.) and Jennifer (Meyer) Davis, ’99 (music ed.).

A son, Liam Henry, to John and Joy (Stepinski) Musser, ’99, (speech and hear. hand.).

A daughter, Madelyn Mae, to Alissa (Long) (elem. ed./English) and Patrick Dwyer, ’01 (earth sci./sec. ed.).

A son, Nicholas Paul, to Thomas, ’04, (bus admin.) and Christine (Prince) Williams, ’02, (music ed.).

A daughter, Katie Kiara, to Scott and Vanessa (Hosein) Smith, ’04, (English).

A son, Xavier Thomas Monroe, to Amy Monroe, ’05, (early child. ed.) and Chad Avery.


posted @ Monday, July 06, 2009 3:07 PM by Christine Davis Mantai

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