Stony Brook 40 Under Forty Recognition Program

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The 2017 Nominees

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Name Title Degree
Antoinette Acosta '17 Mentee,  Mount Sinai Hospital, Emergency Department BA Psychology 
Nihal Advani '07 CEO,  Georama  BS Business Management 
TanyaLisa Agha '15 Lecturer and Teacher, Stony Brook University//New York State BS//MAT Mathematics, Teacher Prep//Italian Studies
Tariq Ahmad, MD '06 Assistant Professor of Medicine  Yale University School of Medicine  MD Medicine 
Daniel Ahmadizadeh '14 Co-Founder and CEO, Riley BS Business Management
Nikita Airen '00 Director - Markets Business Control and Supervision, Citi BS Information Systems 
Oluwaseun Ajayi, Esq. '01 General Attorney  U.S. Department of Education, Office of General Counsel's Division of Postsecondary Education  BA Political Science 
Shari A. Alexander, Esq. '02 Partner, Moses & Singer LLP BA Multidisciplinary Studies 
Asif Alidina '07 Senior Vice President of Operations  Exam Transport and Company  BS Business Management 
Rahul Alreja '06 President, Electronix Division,  VJ Technologies  BS Computer Science 
Ami Amini-Salari, DDS '07 Dentist  Massachusetts General Hospital  BA Multidisciplinary Studies 
Zoltan Antal '98 Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology,  Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health, New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center BS Biological Sciences 
Ian Antonio '05, 09 Percussionist,  Yarn Wire  MM/DMA Music Performance 
Sarbajit Banerjee '04 Professor of Chemistry,  Texas A&M University PhD Chemistry 
Laura Barger '03, '07 Pianist  Yarn Wire  MM/DMA Music Performance 
Anthony Baron, Esq. '02 Founding Partner, Mayer Baron PLLC BA Political Science
Collin Bartoldus '15 President,  LI Ultimate  BA History 
Kevin Beiner '01 Senior Vice President, Regional Executive Director, Northwell Health BA, Multidisciplinary Studies
Justin Belkin '04 Senior Specialist,  Canon, U.S.A.  BA Political Science 
Tejas Bouklas '09 Assistant Professor  Long Island University Post  BS Biology 
Chevon Brooks, Esq '01 Partner  Quiantros, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. BS Business Management 
Shawn Brown '09 Social Media Producer,  News 12 Long Island BA Journalism 
Samia Bwana '08 Consultant,  Visiwani Ventures MPH Public Health
Adrian Carrasquillo '09 White House Correspondent,   Buzz Feed News BA Journalism 
Ebone Carrington '01 CEO,   Harlem Hospital  BS Business Management 
Julio Carrion, DMD '12 Periodontist and Founder//Assistant Professor, Smiles for Hope//Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine PhD Oral Biology and Pathology
Vincenza A. Caruso '14 AARP Age-Friendly Community Project Coordinator, Glen Cove Senior Center BS Psychology
Morgan Cato '04, 05 Director of Business Operations - League Operations,  NBA BS Business Management//MPS Human Resource Management 
Danielle Cavaliere, Esq. '07 Associate, Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano LLP BA Multidisciplinary Studies 
Sean Chamberlain '07 President//Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Dynamic Sports Management//Farmingdale State College BS Africana Studies
Manohar Chapalamadugu '02 Founder and CEO,  Agile CRM  MS Computer Science 
Khurram Chaudhary '05 Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology, Retina Service,  Stony Brook University  BS Chemistry 
Franklin Chiao, MD '08 Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Founder of Pediatric Anesthesia Symposium New York Presbyterian Hospital  MD, Medicine
Jeffrey Chien '12 Clinical Instructor Stanford University MD Medicine
Peter Chupas '03 Chemist and R&D Integration Leader, Argonne National Laboratory  PhD Chemistry 
Corey Cohn '00, '02 Senior Advisor for International Programs,  U.S. Department of Energy BS Geology//PhD Earth Space and Sciences 
J. Robert Coleman '08 Chief Operating Officer,  Codagenix, Inc. PhD Molecular Genetics and Microbiology 
Micah Danney '11 Journalist  New York Daily News  BA Journalism 
Daniel David '12 CEO, Executive Coach,  Prestige Multimedia Productions BA Sociology
Frederick A. Davis '02 Director, Physician, Northwell (formerly Northshore-LIJ) BS Biology and Philosophy
Denise DeGennaro '11 Assistant Director of New Student Orientation,  Hofstra University  BA English
Kara Desanna '14, 17 Executive Assistant to the Provost,  Stony Brook University  BA History, MA Higher Education 
Renee DiResta '04 Director of Marketing,  Haven  BS Computer Science//Political Science
Marcelo Disconzi '12 Assistant Professor,  Vanderbilt University  PhD Mathematics 
Jonnel Doris '00, 01 Senior Advisor and Director NYC Mayor's Office of Minority and Women Owned Businesses  BA Political Science, Sociology//MA Public Policy 
Kristen Drury '05, 07 Educator,  William Floyd High School BA Chemistry/Science Teacher Preparation//MA Liberal Studies 
Tal Eidelberg '05 CEO,  Intrigma, Inc.  BS Computer Science 
Bergre Escorbores '00, 01 Principal,  South Middle School, Brentwood Union Free School District  BA Economics//MA Liberal Studies 
Media Esser '10 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner,  Children's Hospital of Wisconsin  MS Neonatal Nurse 
Edward Fabian '08 President,  American Eagle Systems, Inc. MBA Finance
Samuel Fagin '13 Senior Director, Talent Marketing,  TLA Worldwide BS, Business Finance 
Inna Faliks '08 Pianist//Professor Piano, Head of Piano Area,  UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music  DMA Music Performance 
Dinah Felipe '04 Contract Manager/Fiscal Manager,  New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene  BS Business Management/Economics 
David Fink, Esq. '01 Attorney, Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP  BS Business Management 
Arturo Flores '00 Athletic Trainer,  New York University  BA Multidisciplinary Studies 
Kyle Folk-Freund '14 Program Assistant, Justice and Reconciliation,  Trinity Wall Street  BA, Economics 
Charles Fox '05, '11 Senior Coordinator for Community Services,  Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk Inc.  BA Political Science//MA Public Policy 
Caitlin Franco '04 Founder and Executive Director  Equality Charter School  BA English Elementary Education 
Vlad Frants, Esq. '05 Associate Attorney//Adjunct Professor, Greenberg Traurig, LLP//Fordham University Graduate School of Business BA Psychology//Political Science
Curt Friehs '13 Business Librarian,  SUNY Old Westbury MPS Human Resource Management
Nicole Galante '03, 05, 14 Acting Director of English Education,  Stony Brook University BA English/Elementary Ed//MA Liberal Studies
Joseph Galizia '13 Paramedic New York-Presbyterian BS Health Science 
Perumal Gandhi '14 Co-Founder, Perfect Day Foods  MS Biomedical Engineering
Justina Geraci, Esq. ''02 Assistant United States Attorney,  U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, Violent & Organized Crime Unit BA English 
Tristram Gillen '02 Recruiting and Employer Brand Expert,  LinkedIn BA Political Science 
Matthew A. Glaser '17 Owner/General Manager,  WELJ-FM Bold Broadcasting, LLC BA Political Science
Katelyn Gleason '08 Co-Founder and CEO  Eligible Inc.  BA Theater Arts 
Camile Gooden, MD '04 Doctor  NYU Winthrop Hospital BS Biochemistry 
Melody Goodman '99 Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Biostatistics New York University BS Engineering and Applied Sciences
Mario Gotoh '08,12 Violinist and Violist   MM//DMA, Music Performance
Jonathan Gottfried '11 Co-Founder,  Major League Hacking BA History 
Saagar Govil '08 CEO  Cemtrex, Inc. BE Engineering Science 
Regine Grandmougin '98 Senior Executive Director,  Columbia University Medical Center  BA English 
Gabriella Greco '16 Adjunct Professor,  St. Joseph's College  MA English 
Russell Greenberg '04, 09 Percussionist,  Yarn Wire  MM/DMA Music Performance 
Rebecca Grella '99, 00, 12 Director of Research Science, Brentwood Union Free School District  BS Biological Sciences//MA Biology// PhD Ecology and Evolution 
Ebony Grover '06, 10 Global Sales Manager, Mainetti USA BA Sociology//MBA Business Administration Management
Ilfenesh Hadera '07 Actress   BA Political Science 
Jerry Harrison '12 Software Engineering Manager  Data Devices Corp BE Computer Engineering 
Nazmul Hassan '00 Commander, U.S. Public Health Service BS, Biochemistry
Aisha Haynes '08 Research Mechanical Engineer,  U.S. Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center  PhD Materials Science and Engineering 
Natalie Hernandez '00 Assistant Professor and Assistant Director,  Office of Community Engagement, Morehouse School of Medicine  BA Anthropology
Evelyn Hsieh, MD '06 Assistant Professor of Medicine,  Yale University School of Medicine  MD Medicine 
Shaimaa Hussein, Esq. '07 Litigation Attorney,  Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP  BA Political Science 
Huy Huynh '08 Engineering Supervisor,  General Dynamics  BE Computer Engineering 
Kaedrea Jackson-Brown, MD '01 Medical Director of the Emergency Department, Mount Sinai St. Luke's  BS Biochemistry
Hon. Kimberly Jean-Pierre '08 Member of Assembly, Assembly District 11  New York State Assembly  MA Public Policy 
Dennis Jeremey '13 Artist    BA Studio Art 
Franck Joseph II '12 Managing Director,  NYC Commission on Human Rights  BA Political Science 
Nikolai Joukov '06 CEO,  modelizeIt Inc. PhD Computer Science 
Hon. Latoya Joyner '08 Member of Assembly, Assembly District 77,   New York State Assembly BA Political Science//Sociology
Tokufumi Kato '01, 03, 07 Senior Vice President/Portfolio Manager (Multi-Asset Class Investment Team), Neuberger Berman BS Physics, Mathematics// MA, PhD Physics
James Keane '08 Global Director of Disruptive Growth Exploration,  Anheuser-Busch Inbev MBA Business Administration 
Robert Keenaghan '01, 08 CEO,  EPIC Stores  BA Social Science Interdisciplinary/Sociology//MBA Finance 
Erica Kimmerling '11 Hellmann Fellow in Science and Technology Policy,  American Academy of Arts and Sciences  BE Biomedical Engineering 
Daniel Kivatinos '01, 02 Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder,  Drchrono, Inc.  BS Computer Science, Psychology//MS Computer Science 
Dani Klupenger '13 Reporter,  Los Angeles Rams BA, Journalism//BS Business Management 
Tom Koehler '08 Baseball Pitcher,  Toronto Blue Jays BA History, Sociology 
Iryna Krechkovsky '14 Vice President and Co-Founder,  Chamber Music / OC DMA Music Performance 
Jeffrey Kruszyna '05, 06 Jr. Partner,  HSP Direct BA Political Science//MA Public Policy 
Jason Lantier '03, 16 Autism Program Manager and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, St. Mary's Children's Hospital   BA Psychology//MBA Business Administration 
Steven Licardi '13, 16 Social Worker//Poet//Author Social Justice//Spoken Word BA Psychology/Philosophy//MSW Social Work
Serena Lloyd '05 Director of Human Resources  The Buntin Group  BA Psychology 
Tony Lo, DDS '08 Dentist//Captain,  Vivid Expression//United States Army, Medical Command National Guard BA Economics
Trisha Lollo '99 President,  Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital BS Biological Scienes 
John M. Lopez '07 Director and Producer, LPZ Media  BA Economics
Monica Lorenzo '08 Athletic Trainer,  Radio City Christmas Spectacular, NY Knickerbockers, Treavor Day School  BS Athletic Training 
Joshua Lory '09 Director, Cloud Research and Development,  VMware BS Technological Systems Management
Brian Lotito '00, 01 Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor, Bank of America - Merrill Lynch  BA Political Science/History//MPS Human Resource Management 
Kevin Loucks '13 President and Co-Founder,  Chamber Music / OC DMA Music Performance 
Guru Madhavan '02 Biomedical Engineer and Director,  The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine MS Biomedical Engineering
Jalal Mahmud '08 Research Scientist and Manager,  IBM MS//PhD Computer Science 
Robert Maloney '17 Head Teacher  Fastrack Kids  BS Mathematics//MAT Mathematics 7-12
Thomas Manuel '16 President/Founder,  The Jazz Loft  DMA Music Performance
Amanda Marzullo '11 Multimedia Specialist  NJ Advance Media  BA Journalism 
Michelle Mbekeani-Wiley, Esq '11 Community Justice Staff Attorney,  Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law  BA German Languages and Literature/Political Science 
Craig Medico '02, 04 Economics Educator  Paul D. Schreiber High School  BA Political Science//MA Liberal Studies 
Michael Mennella '00 Wealth Management Advisor,  Northwestern Mutual BS Business Management//Economics
Jennifer Millard '08 Program Manager,  The Omnicon Group  BS Applied Math and Statistics 
Brian Mitra '01 Dean of Student Affairs, Kingsborough Community College - City University of New York (CUNY) BS Health Science
Jean Montalvan '02 Senior Vice President,  American Industrial Acquisition Corporation BA Political Science 
Toni Lyn Morelli '08 Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey at the Northeast Climate Science Center PhD Ecology and Evolution
Momina Mustehsan '15 Pakistani Singer and Songwriter    BE Biomedical Engineering//Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Rani Nasser, MD '05 Neurosurgeon,    University of Cincinnati School of Medicine  BS Biochemistry 
Nicholas Navin '10 Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics,  The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center  PhD Molecular Genetics and Microbiology 
Ali Nazir '05, 07 Chief Legislative Aide,  Suffolk County Legislature - Leslie Kennedy BA Political Science//History//MA Public Policy 
Daniel Nicholas '08, 09 Director of Home-Stat,  New York City Department of Homeless Services  BA Sociology//MA Public Policy 
Emily Nocito '16 Graduate Researcher,  University of Maine BS Coastal Environmental Studies
Michael Nusimow '01 Co-Founder and COO Drchrono  BE Computer Science/Computer Engineering 
Stephanie O'Brien '08, '17 Teacher, Commack High School BS Chemistry//MAT Teaching Chemistry 7-12//PhD Science Education 
Lucy Oliver '11, 12 Two-time Olympic Athlete    BA Sociology//MA Liberal Studies 
Martin Palermo '04, 06 Master Chemistry Teacher,  William Floyd School District  BS Biological Sciences//MAT Teaching Biology 7-12 
Trinley Palmo ''12 Deputy Secretary, Head of the Public Health and Medical Service  Central Tibetan Administration Department of Health  MPH Public Health 
Zahid Parma '13 MD Candidate,  Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University  BA Theater Arts 
Capt. Jophiel Philips '05 JAG Captain, 27th Special Operations Wing Judge Advocate,  U.S. Air Force  BA Political Sciences 
Sophia Pierre-Antoine '13 Programme Officer/Activist  YWCA Haiti BA Sociology
Michael Poch '05 Senior Associate,  CBRE BS Business Management//Economics
Frank Posillico '13 Journalist - Video Producer New York Daily News  BA Journalism 
George Pourakis, MD '05 Senior Health Insurance Specialist  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services  MD Medicine 
Candace E. Prince-Modeste '04 Chief of Staff, New York City Council BA Political Science
Masa Prodanovic '02, 05 Associate Professor,  The University of Texas at Austin  MS/PhD Applied Mathematics and Statistics 
Steven Raga '08 New York State Chair//Queens County Democratic Committeeman, 34th Assembly District   National Federation for Filipino American Associations//New York State Assembly  MA Public Policy 
Matthew Record '11 Assistant Professor San Jose State University BA Political Science 
Brad Reid '05 Senior Legislative Counsel,  NYC City Council - Government Affairs Division  BA History 
Dominick Reyes '13 Mixed Martial Arts Fighter, Ultimate Fighting Champion BS Information Systems
Caroline Ritter '97 Co-Portfolio Manager,  Lyrical Asset Management BA Economics//BS Applied Math and Statistics 
Gabriel Ruttner '16 Biomedical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, URSA BE Biomedical Engineering//Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Chris Salierno, DDS '05 Dentist,  Broadhollow Dentistry LLP DDS Dental Medicine
Kibasa Samuel '10 Director of Training and Compliance  Community Housing Innovations  MS Social Work 
Katarzyna Sawicka '04, 05, 14 Founder and President,  ImmunoMatrix BS Engineering Chemistry//MS Chemistry//PhD Biomedical Engineering 
Joseph Scaduto '08 Founder and CEO  Traverse Biosciences  MBA Business Administration 
Mary Schlageter '12 Manager of Research Development,  21st Century Fox  BA Anthropology/Sociology
Rachel Schutz '07, 16 Critically Acclaimed Singer//Lecturer in Music and Voice  University of Hawaii at Monoa BA Music//DMA Music Performance 
Michael Scialabba, DDS '03 CEO, VP of Clinical Affairs,  Gentle Dental DDS, Dental Medicine 
Allison Selby, MD '09 Cardiologist  Mount Sinai-St. Luke's Hospital System  BS Biology 
Ruchi Shah '16 Founder and CEO, Mosquitoes Be Gone BS Biology
Jason Shank '09, 11 Project Manager,  EJ Electric  BE Engineering Science//MS Materials Science
Laura Sheritt '12, 13 Program Director and Co-Founder,  Fostering Acadia  BS//MSW Social Work 
Jonathan Simowitz ''06 Software Engineer, Alphabet/Google BE Computer Science
Jordan Slutsky MD '08 Associate Vice Chairman, Residency Program Director  Stony Brook Medicine, Department of Dermatology MD Medicine 
Jessica Steier '10 President and Chief Operating Officer,  Vital Statistics Consulting  MPH Public Health 
Lauren Stiles, Esq. '00 President,  Dysautonomia International BA, Earth Space and Sciences 
Sarah Stumbar, MD '12 Assistant Professor,  Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University MD Medicine 
Kara Thomas '11 Author    BA English/Teacher Prep in English 
Meghan Thompson '08 Owner, Valentine Thompson  BA Multidisciplinary Studies 
Sabrina Thompson '07 Navigation and Mission Design Engineer,  NASA (Navigation and Mission Design Branch)  BE Mechanical Engineering
Jennifer Tokash '01 High School Mathematics Teacher,  NYC Department of Education  BS Applied Math and Statistics
Jason Trelewicz '04 Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering Department  Stony Brook University  BE Engineering Science 
Kimberly Trueman, Esq. '09 Attorney, Burner Law Group, P.C. BA Spanish Language and Literature
Wihelm Tye '16 NFL Tight End  New York Jets  BA Sociology 
Alexander Urbelis, Esq. '02 Partner, Blackstone Law Group BA Philosophy
Gunes Uzer '07, 12 Assistant Professor,  Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Biose State University  MS Mechanical Engineering//PhD Biomedical Engineering
Chris R. Vaccaro '11 Editor-in-Chief  The Topps Company  MA Public Policy 
Jessica Vanacoro '04 Senior Program Director  Camp Wilbur Herrlich MSW Social Welfare 
David Vertsberger '16 Accounts Payable Specialist,  CityMD BS Business Management 
Tristan Walker '05 Founder and CEO  Walker & Co. Brands BA Economics 
Jameel Warney '16 NBA D League Forward  Texas Legends  BA Multidisciplinary Studies 
Justin M. Waryold '05, 08, 14 Clinical Asst. Professor, Senior Nurse Practitioner, Stony Brook University, Dix Hills Medical Associates BS Adult Health Nursing//MS Adult Health Nursing//DNP Adult Health
Megan Wider '08 Physician Assistant,  Northwell Health  BA Psychology 
Cheryl Woods Giscombe '00, 02, 05 Melissa and Harry LeVine Family Distinguished Professorship in Quality of Life, Health Promotion, and Wellness School of Nursing at UNC Chapel Hill BS Nursing//MA Psychology//PhD Social Health Psychology
Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu '07, 11 Assistant Professor, Experimental Psychology,    Idaho State University MA Psychology//PhD Social Health Psychology
Ning Yu '10 Pianist  Yarn Wire  DMA Music Performance 
Stanislav Zakharenko, Esq '97 Head of Legal,  Audible, Inc.  BA, Music 
Rahsmia Zatar '06 Executive Director//Social Worker,  S.T.R.O.N.G MSW Social Work 
Kimberly Zoder-Martell '02 Assistant Professor,  Ball State University  BA Psychology/Sociology
Josiah Zoodsma '17 Quad Assistant,  Stony Brook University Campus Residences BS Biochemistry 


I nominated a @stonybrookalum for the 2017 #SBU40Under40 Recognition Program!

Nomination Guidelines

Eligibility for Nomination

  • Must have earned a Stony Brook University undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Must be 40 years of age or younger during the calendar year 2017
  • Must submit a professional photograph that will be used by Stony Brook University

*Past recipients who are still 40 or under can be renominated and can receive repeat recognition

Criteria for Nomination

  • Nominees have demonstrated achievements in business, research, technology, healthcare, the arts, leadership, community, educational, entrepreneurial and/or philanthropic endeavors
  • Nominees exemplify the spirit of Stony Brook, including commitment, passion, leadership and the pursuit of excellence

Nomination Process

Nominations can be made by anyone who knows the nominee and has access to the required supporting information (including but not limited to a colleague, client, employer, family member, peer or member of the University faculty and staff). Self-nominations are accepted, but a letter of recommendation from a third party must be sent to

Awards are determined by the University's 40 Under Forty Awards Committee, comprised of representatives from the University's senior administration, alumni leadership, faculty and deans.

The 40 Under Forty Alumni Awards is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Alumni Association, a separate 501 (c) (3) non profit organization.

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