Class Notes


MAY 2017

Rahul Alreja ’06 is pursuing his EMBA through the EMBA Global Americas and Europe program, a joint program between Columbia Business School and London Business School. He is the director of Global Sales at VJ Technologies.

Stephanie Brumsey ’09 was recognized at the Reuters annual Journalists of the Year Awards for her work with the Reuters Facebook Live team, named the winner in the Best Storytelling Innovation category.

Terry Budd, Esq. ’80 was recognized in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers in America awards compilation for his trial work across the country. The fifth edition of his book, Trial Lawyers’ Legal Treatise: The Trial Experts Answer Book, will be published by the Practicing Law Institute.

Ann Cassin PhD ’76, ’78 is pleased to announce that her book Out of Iceland was recently published.

Alyson Chadwick ’92 is now writing for She produces political news and commentary.

Kiegh Dudley ’13, ’15, with the accounting firm of CohnReznick LLP, was the recipient of the firm’s Yearning for Knowledge Award.

Michele Fazio, PhD ’08, returned to campus as a guest of the Graduate School and the Office for the Integration of Research, Education, and Professional Development. He delivered a workshop that addresses issues surrounding social justice and inequality and offered a model of activism through curricular innovation and community collaboration.

Danielle Foster ’16 is now working in wealth management for a world-renowned private bank.

Joseph Gigante, MD ’88 was elected as the next president of COMSEP (Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics). He’ll serve as president elect from 2017–2019 and will assume the president role from 2019–2021.

Michael Gutch, PhD ’93 was appointed chief financial officer and chief business officer of Entasis Therapeutics Inc., a company focused on the discovery and development of breakthrough anti-infective products.

Michael Levine, Esq. ’88 was promoted to partner at Hunton & Williams LLP. He focuses his practice on insurance recover, counseling and litigation.

Valerie Link ’14 is now a mental health program specialist with the Office of Mental Health’s Long Island Field Office.

Devoney Looser, PhD ’93 has a forthcoming book, The Making of Jane Austen, that was recently named to Publishers Weekly’s list of Best Summer Books of 2017 in the category of nonfiction.

Rachel Scelfo, Esq. ’98, ’99, of Counsel to the Land Use and Zoning Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman LLP, was one of 50 who were honored by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University at its Outstanding Women in Law Reception.

Dr. Gilbert Snider ’71 and his wife Judy just released their newest song, “What More Can I Say: A Wedding Song.” It’s available online.

Dr. Janine Susan, Esq. ’97, a partner in the Intellectual Property Group at Burns & Levinson LLP, was honored with a 2017 Women Worth Watching® in STEM award by the Profiles in Diversity Journal.

Kelly Zegers ’16 was named the James Murphy Club Reporter of the Year by the Press Club of Long Island.

Dawn Zier ’86 is a finalist for EY’s 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year award — Greater Philadelphia region. She shared her turnaround formula and a surprising source of innovation in an interview with Bill Carmody, “10 Steps to Mastering the Doorstep Economy.”

APRIL 2017

Thomas Ascher ’15 started a new position as a financial advisor with AXA Advisors in Woodbury.

Barton Davis ’71, ’76 is publishing his new book with Julian Lennon, titled, “Touch the Earth.” The book is first in their series of children’s books and will be published on Earth Day, April 22, 2017.

Sheldon Feldman MD ’71 was named chief of the division of breast surgery and surgical oncology and director of Breast Cancer Services at Montfiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care. He will also join the faculty of Albert Einsten College of Medicine as a professor of clinical surgery.

John Ferrari ’98 joined 5W Public Relations as Senior Vice President of Finance.

Laura Gambino ’16 started with Omnicom Media Group as a Senior Research Analyst on the Primary Research and Insights team.

Laura Klahre ’97 is the founder of Blossom Meadow (home grown honey) on the North Fork of Long Island. She now has over 100 hives, and manages additional hives for other folks. She opened a new store in Cutchogue.

Richard Rosenbaum, Esq. ’75, executive chairman of Greenberg Traurig, will be honored on the firm’s behalf with the Advancement of Justice Award by the National Judicial College.

Bedel Saget ’88, multimedia/graphics editor for The New York Times, will receive a World Press Photo Award for his Simone Biles Olympic Feature.

Scott Siegel MD DDS ’94, ’97, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, joined the International Association of Healthcare Professionals with his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World.

Bret Simner ’08 delivered a TEDx talk in August 2016 (TEDxBasel), “A Humorous Introduction to the Double Bass.”

Dawn Zier ’86, Nutrisystem CEO, appeared on CNBC Power Lunch on March 7. She spoke about the company’s corporate performance.

Phyllis Zagano PhD ’79 was honored at the Sacred Heart Academy dinner dance on Friday, March 24.

MARCH 2017

Rachel Brandwein ’12 will be performing on the harp in an upcoming concert in New York City at DiMenna Center, featuring music written exclusively by Hong Kong Composers.

Joseph Campolo, Esq. ’94, managing partner of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, was awarded “Best Lawyer on Long Island” by the annual Best of Long Island, presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union.

Inna Faliks ’08, pianist, will premier her Reimagine: Ravel and Beethoven, with commissions from 9 renowned composers in response to Ravel and Beethoven, in Los Angeles in June and in New York City during the next season. In connection with her Music/World series, she began a collaboration with LA’s WordTheater, where she performs between literary readings by some of Hollywood’s top actors.

Jo Eun Lee ’13 is working as a reporter at the largest Korean newspaper in New York City, Korea Daily.

Parth Mehta, MD ’00, pediatric hematologist and oncologist, joined the prestigious organization, The International Association of HealthCare Professionals.

Scott Middleton, Esq. ’84, founding partner and trial attorney at the firm of Campolo, Middleton and McCormick, was elected to the Board of Directors of East End Arts.

Toni Lyn Morelli, PhD ’08 was hired as a research ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey at the Northeast Climate Science Center. Her research on the effects of climate change has been featured on NPR and in numerous scientific and general interest publications, including Mother Jones.

Nicole Ramirez ’16 and Kimberly Burkart ’15 opened a new business in Patchogue called SmallCakes Cupcakery and Creamery.

Robert Richardt ’95 was promoted to partner of CohnReznick LLP.

Rachel Shuster ’76, one of the founding members of USA TODAY, became the editor in May 2016 at the Tax Foundation, the nation’s leading independent tax policy nonprofit, in Washington, DC.

Heidi G. Sidley ’92, managing director and principal at StoneStreet Equity, was named one of the Top Women Advisors in 2016 by the National Association of Plan Advisors.

Alexei Smirnov ’08 and Nicole Zelyez ’08 fell in love at Stony Brook University in 2006. Nicole works at BSW Wealth Partners, a wealth advisory firm in Boulder, Colorado. Alexei works at Vention Medical in Boulder, Colorado as a Product Development Engineer.


Joseph Campolo, Esq. ’94, managing partner at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick in Ronkonkoma, was appointed to the board of directors at UCP, United Cerebral Palsy of Long Island, in Hauppauge.

Chris Cloonan ’12 was featured in Newsday for his work as a tour guide in Cuba. His interest and fondness for the country was sparked by a trip he made through the School of Journalism.

Bernard Fialkoff, DDS ’80 held a seminar on “Controlling the Drug Epidemic Worldwide” at the Great New York Dental Convention in New York City this past November.

Davita Silfen Glasberg, PhD ’78, ’83 was named Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut.

Audrey Kamin ’84 joined the company of MVP Realty Advisors as senior vice president, national accounts manager.

Scott Middleton, Esq. ’84, founding partner and trial attorney at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP has been appointed to the Judicial Screening Committee of the Suffolk County Bar Association.

Waqidi Mindspring ’69 and Jay Rosenberg ’67, through their collaboration as undergraduates, have completed their first recording of the song “Heaven Release Her” in June 2016. The song is in consideration for the 2017 International Acoustic Music Awards.

Edward Reiner ’77 recently became a senior business consultant at IBM in the Watson Health Analytics Group. He has been working in the life sciences industry for more than 25 years and now leads efforts to improve health outcomes.

Jeffrey Reynolds, PhD ’07 will be delivering a TEDx Talk this coming March at Adelphi University. He is the president/CEO of Family and Children’s Association (FCA), which serves 20,000 Long Islanders annually.

Vincent Vaccaro ’07 was promoted to staff accountant in the Tallahassee office of James Moore, where he will provide a range of services in the firm’s accounting department.


Dr. Zoltan Antal ’98 was named chief of pediatric endocrinology at the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medicine.

Brian Batten, PhD ’03 was promoted to associate in the Richmond, Virginia office of Dewberry. He is a senior coastal scientist and project manager with Dewberry’s resilience solutions group and leads the firm’s sea level rise practice.

Justin Belkin ’04 was one of four winners of Canon’s Spirit Award. The Canon Spirit Award celebrates outstanding efforts of employees who make a positive difference for the company, colleagues and customers.

James Bibb, PhD ’94 joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Surgery as professor and vice chair of basic research.

Joseph Campolo, Esq. ’94 was appointed to the board of directors of the Tourette Association of America. He is managing partner at the firm of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick.

Warren Cheesman ’03 is the director of research and development at Air Technologies, Inc.

Ruben Costa-Santos, PhD ’02 is the director and head of FX at ITG (NYSE:ITG).

Dr. Barbara Gaba ’69 was named the next president of Atlantic Cape Community College by the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees.

Tischelle George ’99 was honored with the One Hundred Year Association’s 2016 Issac Liberman Public Service Award this past December. She is the assistant director for asset building and financial literacy in the Department of Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability.

Justina Geraci, Esq. ’02, assistant United States attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Violent and Organized Crime Unit, was honored with a “True American Hero Award” by the Federal Drug Agents Foundation.

Jonathan Gottfried ’11 was named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 in the area of Education. He is a co-founder of Major League Hacking.

Venancio Fuentes ’80, chair of the Department of Engineering Technologies and Engineering Science at County College of Morris, is the senior member in the institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Sharon Klugewicz ’90 was promoted to president of Americas Region for Chembio Diagnostics, Inc. She will be responsible for commercial operations in the United States, Latin America and Canada.

Richard Murdocco ’10 wrote an op-ed piece, “Third Track is the Charm,” that was featured in Crain’s New York.

Ed Ognibene ’89 is the vice president of product development for Rapid Micro Biosystems, a leading provider of automated, non-destructive, rapid microbial detection.

Kevin Purcell ’12 is one of 15 medical students nationwide to receive the 2016 Physicians of Tomorrow Award from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation.

Dean Tarulli ’12 started an oyster farm in East Hampton to grow top quality oysters and to support marine habitat restoration work in the New York and Long Island area. He is partnered with the Billion Oyster Project.

Dawn Zier ’86, CEO of Nutrisystem, was named a 2016 Power Woman by New York Moves magazine.


Kristen Acierno ’05, ’16 is a high school math teacher in the South Country School District.

Stephanie Baez ’08, vice president of public affairs, New York City Economic Development Corporation, is one of the 2016 NYC 40 Under 40 Rising Stars.

Felix Claudio ’11 is based out of Philadelphia as a client manager for American Express, supporting local business.

Anthony Cooke ’09 is a visiting assistant professor of English at Emory University, 2015-2017.

Elaine Davis ’81 has lived in Hong Kong for the last six years, and is partner and chief operating officer of a Cayman asset management firm.

Peter Del Sordo ’90 is senior configuration management specialist at Altice USA/Cablevision.

Alex Dimitriu, MD ’01, ’05 established a successful practice in psychiatry and sleep medicine in Menlo Park, CA.

Nelson Eng ’06 started an MBA program at NYU Stern in fall 2015, completed an Master’s degree in engineering at Columbia University in 2014 and completed his first NYC Marathon in 2015.

Nancy Ehrlich Lapid ’79 is the editor in charge at Reuters Health, the medical news division of Thomson Reuters.

Tiffany Fernandez ’11 is overseeing the development of a 150,000 square foot ambulatory care center in Connecticut.

Daniel Frank, MD ’09 is faculty physician in emergency medicine and critical care at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Susan Frey ’83 just earned her PhD candidacy in an educational administration program. She was an academic librarian for over twenty years.

Stuart Glick, Esq. ’81, an attorney with the firm of Thompson & Knight LLP, was recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2017.

Samantha Godfrey ’15 was awarded a graduate fellowship in the forensic linguistics masters program at Hofstra University.

Monique Grant ’14 is working at the College Board and was previously on the Teach for America staff.

Ashlee Hewlett ’09 is an early childhood educator and started her own business to educate people on how to receive early childhood certification in Maryland.

Hansen Hsu, PhD ’07 is now a curator in the Center for Software History at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley.

Patrick Jenkins ’90, founder, Patrick Jenkins & Associates, is #7 on the 2016 Queensborough 50 list through City and State.

Mei Kee, MD ’88 is the regional medical director of Suffolk County for Hudson River Healthcare.

Joan Klingel Ray ’72 retired as professor emerita of English and President’s Teaching Scholar after 37 years at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She remains president of the North American Friends of Chawton House Library, and is the former president of Jane Austen Society of North America, 2000-2006.

Melissa Lanfrit-Hait ’04, pianist and teacher, was a featured entrepreneur in The Sanskrit Post.

Celia Mak ’09, ’13 opened new outpatient physical therapy clinic in Elmhurst, Queens.

Colette McCarrick Geary, PhD ’87, ’89 is the 12th president of The College of St. Scholastica. A celebration of her inauguration as president was held on Friday, October 14, 2016.

Francesca Nakagawa, PhD ’15 is co-founder of Slurp Ramen in Port Jefferson Village.

Patricia Ng, MD ’08, ’12 recently completed her chief resident year at the Brown Internal Residency Program in Providence, RI.

Robert Passikoff, PhD ’69 is due to publish his fourth book, At the Speed of the Consumer: Branding in the 21st Century. He is founder and president of Brand Keys, Inc., the New York-based brand loyalty and emotional engagement research consultancy.

Agnieszka Podlaska, PhD ’13 works as a specialist at Joint Imagery Intelligence Center in the military industry.

Anita Ramirez ’03 is teaching high school Spanish, English as a new language and home language arts in Spanish on Long Island.

Ericka Rivera-De La Cruz ’06, ’10 works at JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ as a nurse practitioner in conjunction with a multidisciplinary team to decrease re-admissions of patients who have COPD/pneumonia.

Maria Rodriguez ’95 was designated deputy ambassador at the Venezuelan embassy in Denmark.

Debra Scala Giokas ’87 was a panelist recently for the Public Relations Professionals of Long Island event, “Marketing and PR strategies for Professional Service Firms.” She is director of marketing at the law firm of Certilman Balin Adler and Hyman LLP.

Patricia Scarlat ’09 is living and working abroad as a K-12 guidance counselor at an international school in Bangkok, Thailand.

Eran Shor, PhD ’07, ’10 is associate professor in the Department of Sociology at McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada.

Nancy Stevens, PhD ’03 was named a 2016 Ohio University Presidential Research Scholar. She is a professor of functional morphology and vertebrate paleontology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Iantha Stewart ’14 was selected as one of Reed Smith’s inaugural Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholars.

Jennifer Tokash ’01 has taught high school math for 15 years and volunteers for various organizations within the community that benefit homeless women, children and animals.

Dr. Robert Wishnoff ’73, as president of DB&E Sports Imports, started a new venture in importing and distributing Slokker ski and bicycle accessories from Italy and Germany. He is also president and clinical director of Human Resource Associates, providing behavioral health services to corporate clients for almost 40 years.

Roger Zahab ’80 is senior lecturer and conductor of the orchestra at University of Pittsburg and a founding core faculty member of the MFA in music composition program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.


Joanna Asvestas ’04, ’06, ’10 is a high school French teacher for Great Neck Public Schools.

Barry Berman ’72 started a real estate investment business, Integritas Consulting Group, Inc.

Claudy Bince ’08 graduated as the valedictorian of his class from Howard University School of Law this past May. After sitting for the bar, he will return to New York and join the firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Hay Chan ’81 is a licensed agent with New York Life Insurance Company.

Lynn Decker ’92 is associate registrar at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Robin Deluca-Acconi, PhD ’94, ’15 presented “Social Workers as Global Activists: The Power of Advocacy in the Campaign for Fair Globalization” at NASW’s national conference in Washington, DC.

Justin Frankel, Esq. ’92 was named to the 2016 Metro Area Super Lawyers.

Ray Futura ’12, ’13, ’15 is producing artistic director and founder of Chamber Music Silicon Valley. Chamber Music Silicon Valley launched its Young Artist Program.

Rebecca Gallanter ’87 was appointed assistant executive director of the JCC of Staten Island.

Max Gilot ’07 is a practicing doctor of physical therapy in Texas.

George Goldman, MD ’72 was named to the 2015 Best Doctors list in New York Magazine.

Janee Johnson ’16 is an intern at Colure Media and is also working for a diagnostic imaging tech start up on Wall Street.

James (Jimmy) Lee ’83 is an R&D Directory for Johnson and Johnson, Medical Devices.

Stella Lyko ’76, ’78 is a math teacher at Half Hollow Hills High School East. She started her 38th year at the school this past September. She teaches pre-calculus, honors and regents common core algebra.

Mireya Mayor, PhD ’08 is one of seven Fulbright alumni who will receive the inaugural IIE Global Changemaker Award in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program.

Thomas McDonald ’74 is working in South Sudan, Africa, training school personnel in leadership.

Marcia Neblett ’98, professor of foundations drawing and design at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia, recently gave a TedxSBU talk about her Fulbright Grant to India.

Jeronimo Pan, PhD ’10 is an assistant research scientist at CONICET, Argentina.

Peter Pedulla ’15, ’16 started a new position as a regulatory reporting associate at Credit Suisse in New York City.

Hans Jurgen Pirner, PhD ’74 published a new book, The Unknown as an Engine for Science.

Keith Powell ’78 is founding member of the Water Street Chamber Players Wind Quintet and Piano.

Daniel Posner ’01 is principal engineer at UL, LLC in Wantagh, New York.

Shankara Prasad, PhD ’82 is founder and managing trustee of the Sampoorna Swaraj Foundation, Bangalore, India. He is also the architect of the Work Flow Automation software solution for Indian government organizations.

David-Georges Renaud ’11 co-created an app, Lingoji, with fellow Stony Brook alum, Patrice Gervais ’05. Lingoji combines emojis and lingo to create culturally specific, sticker-sized icons.

Eike Reichardt, PhD ’06 is currently serving as social sciences coordinator at Leigh Carbon Community College.

Donna Barbara Riley, PhD ’08, ’15 will present a series of three workshops, “What Ought to Be: Cultural Proficiency and Trans Care Across the Lifespan,” as part of the continuing education program offered by the Stony Brook School of Social Welfare. The series will be offered during academic year 2016-17.

Gary Romano ’93 is pleased to announce the release of his first book, Small But Mighty.

Pete Ronis ’78 is a preschool intervention specialist in Cleveland, Ohio.

Aaron Rosenthal ’15, ’16 is a software engineer at MLB Advanced Media.

Catherine Salussolia, MD ’14 started her pediatric neurology residency at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Mona Scheuermann, PhD ’74 recently published Reading Jane Austen with Palgrave Macmillan. She was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Vienna in 2014.

James “Jimmy” Sherman ’10 is a manager at Boston Medical Center.

Michael Silber, MD ’88 is founder of Great Lakes Medical Imagining with 27 radiologists and 80 employees, located in Buffalo.

Ravindra Thakur ’01 is currently a lecturer at PNG University of Technology, Department of Applied Physics in Lae, Morobe Province.

Jerome Varriale ’13 is a geologist at Anadarko Petroleum, Texas.


Mitchell Ackerson ’79 retired from the US Army after 31+ years of service.

Shivani Ahuja, PhD ’05, ’08 is a senior research associate at the Vollum Neurobiology Institute at OHSU in Portland, OR.

Joseph Antonelli ’09 was appointed assistant commissioner for financial management and budget administration at the New York City Department of Correction.

Laurie Baefsky ’13 was recently appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine 22-person Integrating Higher Education in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee.

Sarah Battaglia ’04 is working at Stony Brook University as assistant to the chair and graduate program coordinator in the occupational therapy program.

Firas Daaboul, PhD ’03, ’06 started his own business, providing consulting and advisory services to C-level executives.

Rose Dumond ’13 is currently with the Mental Health Service Corps/ThriveNYC, a new mental health initiative with New York City and the mayor’s office.

Lonia Friedlander, PhD ’15 is in Israel to take up her Fullbright post-doctoral fellowship.

Dina Giulietti ’16 became nurse manager of the telemetry unit of Mather Hospital.

Angelos Hannides ’01 is an assistant professor of marine science at Coastal Carolina University.

Leslie Klemperer, Esq. ’75 served as vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary of Delta Air Lines, Inc. from 2004 until his retirement at the end of 2011. Since then, he has worked as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law and serves on the board of directors of Citizen Advocacy of Atlanta & DeKalb, DALRC Retiree Assistance Program and the Georgia Justice Project.

Heather Morrison-Slaboda ’01 is pleased to announce the birth of her baby boy, JP Slaboda, in April.

Michelle Nearon, PhD ’00 is associate dean of graduate student development and diversity and the OGSDD director at Yale University.

Darlene Pierre ’02 is a surgical physician’s assistant in Pennsylvania.

Mary Messina Remmler ’88, ’93 was appointed vice president for strategic planning and analysis at the University of Delaware.

Melissa Ricketts ’99 is primary research manager for the heart failure and pulmonary hypertension program at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Gary A. Rosenberg. Esq. ’82 was honored as “Best Lawyer” by Best Lawyers 2017 in the area of health care law.

Gail Schuman ’73, ’80 is a pediatric neurologist moving to Rockford, IL.

Bret Simner ’08 recently delivered his TEDx talk, “A Humorous Introduction to the Double Bass.”

Bettie Steinberg, PhD ’76 was promoted to provost of research for Northwell Health.

Solomon Torres ’09 completed his MS in Biochemistry from the City College of New York in June 2016.

Marie Tsivitis Ciacco ’84 is an epidemiologist for the NYS Department of Health, Hospital Acquired Infection Reporting Program, covering 45 hospitals in Long Island, Queens and Westchester.

Michelle Wacker ’96 opened her own business this year.

Christina Ulrich ’12 is pleased to announce the birth of her granddaughter.

Tracy Zarate ’15 is currently working with the aging population.


Evguenia Alexandrova, PhD ’06 is an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology at Stony Brook University, starting July 2016.

Errol Cockfield ’94 was named Senior Vice President, MSNBC Communications.

David Cohen ’71, ’75 has operated for the past 40 years, with his staff, the largest wholesale agency in the state for group dbl, ltd., group life, vision, dental and voluntary products for the corporate community.

Charles Detelich ’72, a high school teacher in Redding, CT, is pleased to announce the birth of two grandchildren.

Jonnel Doris ’01 is the new senior advisor for New York City’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program.

Rose Elefante, Esq. ’87 joined the Melville law firm of Hamburger Maxson Yaffe & McNally as partner.

Bernard Fialkoff, DDS ’80, periodontist and dental implant surgeon, and president and founding sponsor of Foundation for A Drug Free World of the Americas Chapter, has partnered with the Bronx YMCA, Police Athletic League, National Council of Drugs of Haiti, CG Global Consultants, International Human Rights Commission, Laterna Restaurant and the National Latino Officers Association of America to provide free drug education booths at more than 15 NYPD precincts at National Night Out, which was held recently.

Guy Fiocco MD ’72 recently moved to Wilmington, NC, to start a rheumatology practice.

Arturo Flores ’00 is now an athletic trainer at NYU.

Peter Freiss ’16 is an assistant radiation safety officer at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY.

Pit K. Fu ’89 was promoted to vice president at the Segal Group, a leading firm of benefits, compensation and human resource consultation.

David Gersh, PhD ’74, ’81 just completed his 35th year teaching psychology at Houston Community College, two years as an adjunct and 33 years full-time. In May 2016, he was nominated and received a National Institute for Staff and Organization Development Excellence Award. He also received recognition from the Holocaust Museum, Houston, for 15 years of volunteer work.

Saagar Govil ’08, CEO of Cemtrex, was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2016.

Gary Hiel, PhD ’91,’96 is a visiting assistant professor of chemistry at Westminster College, Wilmington, PA.

Elizabeth Kaplan ’09 is a producer at DDB, a well-known ad agency in New York City.

Jessica Lodwick, PhD ’04, ’14 is a science writer, education and ecologist in Connecticut.

Trish Lollo ’99 was named president of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, St. Louis.

Allan Martin ’04, ’06 received his second master’s degree from College of Saint Rose in Educational Leadership and is now a certified school district leader.

Yamilka Mena ’11 is the new Northeast program manager for civic engagement at NALEO Education Fund.

Nancy Milburn ’80 is a volunteer at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Marcia Neblett ’98 recently gave a TEDxSBU talk about her Fulbright Grant to India. She is professor of Foundations Drawing and Design at SCAD in Savannah, GA and proud mother of Sophie, born in July 2013.

Michael Nevradakis, PhD ’05, ’07, candidate in Media Studies at UT Austin, was awarded a prestigious Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year to complete his dissertation research in Greece. His thesis focuses on social and new media and their impact on the public sphere and public discourse in the country during the economic crisis.

Drew Nunziata, DMD, MD ’06, ’13 joined the practice of Ramapo Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Suffern, NY.

Amy O’Connell, Esq. ’97 is celebrating two years as General Counsel for Roux Associates, Inc.

Laura Paesano ’10 started a boutique photography business in 2014, photographing kids and families. In early 2016, she expanded to pet photography.

Derek Peterson ’88 is the VP of software and business development at Intelligent Products Solutions and is an expert in software engineering.

Robert Pugsley ’68, retired from teaching at Southwestern Law School, has been named the inaugural Professor of Law Emeritus in Residence at Southwestern Law School.

Joseph Rosen ’77, ’79, ’80 is founding principal, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Capital Markets, Extraordinary Re Holdings (!Re), a Fintech startup accelerating the convergence of capital markets and insurance by creating the first liquid trading platform.

Joanne Schiefer ’79, premier adviser at Wells Fargo Advisors in Garden City, was elected president of the Estate Planning Council of Suffolk County.

Bruce Schoenberg ’76 is owner of Oasis Day Spa, which was once again named Best Day Spa in New York City and Westchester.

Katherine Serrone ’07 got married and is pleased to announce the birth of a sweet baby boy.

Noah Sills ’05, ’13, promotional planning manager of Ahold, USA, was part of a major milestone where Ahold and Delhaize merged to create one of the largest food retailers in the country. He is also pleased to announce the birth of his third child.

Amanda Sottosanti ’12 is now the Assistant Marketing Manager for The Burmax Company.

Gilbert Snider ’71 and his wife just released their country/pop song “Invisible.”

Stuart Tash ’72 is pleased to announce the birth of his first grandchild.

Michael Tschupp, Esq. ’98 is the Head of Intellectual Property, Region North America.

Melissa Weber ’16 was married on August 7, 2016 to fellow Seawolf Gregory Woody ’09, ’10.

Christopher Welwood ’15 is now an App Production for Topps Digital.

Andrew White ’88, ’93 is director of libraries at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

Michael Williamson’s ’71 composition “the Sea Venture” was premiered by the Williamsburg Symphony at The Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts in January, 2016.

Kaitlin Woody ’07, 2016 HALO Foundation Volunteer of the Year, is now the advancement director for the University of Missouri, Kansas City, School of Computing and Engineering.

Phyllis Zagano, PhD ’79 was appointed to serve on a 12-person commission established by Pope Francis to study the question of women deacons. She is Senior Research Associate in Residence in the Department of Religion at Hofstra.

JULY 2016

Bart Davis ’71, ’76, bestselling author, entered into a three-book deal in partnership with Julian Lennon to publish bedtime storybooks with independent publisher Sky Pony Press, a division of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

Melody Davis ’89 published a new book, Women’s Views: The Narrative Stereograph in Nineteenth-Century America, through the University of New Hampshire Press.

Ellen Flaherty ’86 was recently named president of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) at the AGS’s Annual Scientific Meeting held in May. She is the Society’s 63rd president and has been a member of AGS for nearly two decades.

Carline Dumerlin-Folkes ’03 recently published Kiss the Sky: Reflections on Becoming Your Best Self.

Tyler Honahan ’16 was selected by the Yankees in the 36th Round during the 2016 MLB draft.

Clark Jablon, Esq. ’82, partner with the Philadelphia intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, LLP, was ranked among the top attorneys in the practice of intellectual property law by Chambers USA, a leading legal ranking guide.

Scott Karson, Esq. ’72, partner at the law firm of Lam & Barnosky, LLP, became the treasurer of the New York State Bar Association on June 1, 2016.

Robin Rabii ’86 published his first book, The Poems of Robin R. Rabii – Insights that Nurture.

Rachel Scelfo, Esq. ’99 was named vice chair of the NCBA Municipal Law Committee. She is counsel to the Land Use and Zoning Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP.

JUNE 2016

Randy Bennett ’73 received the distinguished Alumni Teaching Award from Teachers College, Columbia University, for his work in the field of computerized testing and assessments.

Yevgen Borodin PhD ’05, ’09, president and CEO of Charmtech Labs, has partnered with e-book provider Gutenberg to offer free audiobook versions of more than 50,000 titles.

Victor Chen ’06, a recent graduate of Touro College of Pharmacy, completed a highly competitive residency at Brooklyn Hospital Center and has been doing research in a lab with Pall Corporation.

Jeremy Dennis ’13 won a Dreamstarter Grant from Running Strong for American Indian Youth. He is currently completing an MFA degree at Penn State.

Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie ’90 is featured 4th on the Power 100 – Albany 2016 list.

Patrick Jenkins ’90 is featured 57th on the Power 100 – Albany 2016 list.

John Klopotowski’s ’80 book A Jazz Life, detailing studies in jazz improvisation with Warne Marsh, is available on Amazon, and a newly released jazz CD titled Project 59 is available on CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon.

Pooja Parekh ’11 will be applying to law school to pursue a career in public policy.

Jonathan Young, MD ’16 will be starting his residency in adult psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center.

MAY 2016

Yelena V. Barbosa ’08 got married in September 2014 and her son, Samuel Adrian Barbosa, was born August 2015.

Deena Betze, Esq. ’87 was appointed to the Board of Directors of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Mercer and Burlington Counties, New Jersey. She is an attorney at the law firm of Borger Matez where she practices family and matrimonial law.

Ebone M.Carrington ’02 was named CEO of Harlem Hospital.

Kumu Gupta ’86 was selected to receive a 2016 Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

Sunita Holzer ’83 was appointed executive vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO) for Realogy Holdings Corp.

Alaina Ingram ’16 was selected as the 2016 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Suffolk County Division “Social Work Student of the Year.”

Donna Lake ’81 was inducted into the East Carolina University College of Nursing Hall of Fame at an event on April 15. The Hall of Fame honors prominent nursing professionals and also helps to raise funds for student scholarships.

Daniel Minogue ’16, soprano saxophone, a winner of the 2016 Undergraduate Competition, performed the Villa Lobos Fantasia in Stony Brook University Orchestra’s Concert at the Staller Center.

Gerard A. Messina, Esq. ’86 was named partner at the firm of Norton Rose Fulbright. He practices in the area of intellectual property.

Allen Muchnick ’71 was elected co-chair of the Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee in January 2016.

Robert M. Peskin DDS ’77 will receive the New York State Dental Association’s Distinguished Service Award this June for his efforts in restructuring the Association’s governance and his service as Speaker of its House of Delegates from 2009 to 2015.

Brian Richardson ’90 has been the president of All Age Services, a therapy agency working with children in the school based settings, for the past ten years.

Debra Scala Giokas ’87 of Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman LLP was one of the 2016 Direct Marketing Association of Long Island Hall of Fame honorees.

APRIL 2016

Richard “Skee” Houghton PhD ’79 is one of the world’s foremost experts on carbon dioxide emissions and disbursal in the atmosphere, oceans and land mass.

Patricia Iglehart ’75 was featured in the Waco Tribune Herald as having started an IRS 501 c 3 charity in her home town of Waco, Texas.

Steven Licardi ’13 is currently a Master’s Degree candidate in the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University. He is working on an independent study for the spring 2016 semester called “Coup de Mot: Spoken Word as a Vehicle for Social Change” and participated in an event held in April that explored the use of poetry and performance art as a means of positively impacting communities, society and the policies that affect them.

Dr. Man Wai Ng, DDS ’89 is the inaugural recipient of DentaQuest’s endowed chair of pediatric oral health and dentistry at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is Dentist-In-Chief at Boston’s Children’s Hospital Department of Dentistry and an associate professor of developmental biology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Daniel M. Siegel, MD, FAAD, ’95, a Smithtown dermatologist, was awarded an honorary membership from the American Academy of Dermatology.

JoAnn Skorupski-Gross ’86 became an inventor (Sleevepal, transaction card sleeve) and has four patents and trademarks.

MARCH 2016

James Cartiglia, Esq. ’78, shareholder at Patterson Intellectual Law PC, was named a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation.

Cirstin Connors Conneely, LCSW ’93, psychotherapist, has her own private practice in New York City and Westchester County.

Mei Kee, MD ’88 is the site medical director for Patchogue and Shirley Health Centers.

Daniel McCloskey, PhD ’00, ’03 received the 2016 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Rachel Scelfo, Esq. ’98, ’99 joined the Land Use and Zoning Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP as counsel.

Vanessa J.Schoenthaler, Esq. ’01 joined the law firm of Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer, LLP in the corporate and securities practice as partner.

Timothy Shizume ’81 assumed the role of regional director of Laboratories for Hartford HealthCare. He is responsible for overseeing the laboratory operations in eastern Connecticut.

David Spinelli ’94 is pleased to announce the birth of his son, Giacomo Rio Spinelli, born February 27th, 7 lbs 1 oz, 20 inches.

Catherine A. Stewart, PhD ’92, ’99 has authored a book, Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers’ Project, which will be published on April 25, 2016.


Jensen Ambachen, Esq. ’97 has joined the Condominium and Cooperative Law Practice Group at the firm of Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman LLP as Counsel.

Tat Fai Chiang DMD ’78 continues to have a full-time periodontics practice in New Jersey and is also a part-time professor at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.

Daniel Delehanty ’88 has joined Grameen America as chief program and strategy officer.

Alice Feiring ’76, journalist and author, has authored her fifth book, For the Love of Wine, My Odyssey through the World’s Most Ancient Wine Culture, which will be out March 1, 2016.

Nader Girgis ’06 and his wife, Dr. Sonal Sura are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Anaya Sonal Girgis.

Toni Hoverkamp, Esq. ’00 has been promoted to counsel at the firm of Farrell Fritz. She is a real estate attorney in the firm’s Hauppauge office.

Dr. Kaedrea Jackson-Brown ’01, associate director of Kings County Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine, will be participating on a panel discussion during Black History Month on February 18 titled “”Black Women’s Week: Be Yourself, Be Beautiful.”

Michele Romeo ’82 created a company, Michele’s Goji Berry Granola, a gluten free company, which has products in over 30 Whole Foods Market stores as well as 37 other locations throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

Steven Tornello ’96 wrote an article, which was published in The Cauldron, Presented by Sports Illustrated®, titled “Making the Perfect Super Bowl Ad is Tougher Than It Looks.”

Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu, PhD ’07, ’11, assistant experimental psychology professor at Idaho State University, has been honored as a 2015 Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Sciences.


Daniel Ahmadizadeh ’14 was selected as one of the “100 Most Influential Persian Entrepreneurs and Innovators of 2015.”

Melany Centeno ’07, dancer, performed with Jennifer Lopez at the American Music Awards in November.

Christopher Craddock ’00 and his company Rocketstar were featured in an article in Popular Mechanics, “RocketStar Wants To Make Going to Space a One-Step Process.”

Nora Dowd Eisenhower ’78 has been named a “2015 Influencer in Aging” by Next Avenue, an affiliate of PBS.

Kelcey Fredette ’06 was teaching information systems for Broward College and the University of South Florida in Lima, Peru from 2012-2015 and is now a senior project engineer at Globecomm Systems, Inc.

Dr. Dimitrios (Jimmy) Kilimitzoglou DDS ’02 was awarded a fellowship in the American College of Dentists, the oldest major honorary organization for dentists.

Gary Lewandowski PhD, ’00, ’02 published a new textbook, Discovering The Scientist Within, and also delivered a TED talk.

Daniel Kivatinos ’01,’02 and Michael Nusimow ’01, CEOs and founders of drchrono, have partnered with ZocDoc to sync medical records and online appointment booking. Drchrono also announced the launch of its iPhone EHR, with full clinical documentation functionality.

Onaje Muid MSW ’04 was inducted as a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. He was also appointed as lecturer to the Bryan Mawr School of Social Work and Research.

Richard Murdocco ’10 appeared recently on WCBS 2 News discussing how to best address the Long Island Railroad’s parking needs.

Michele Parker ’02, associate professor at the University of North Carolina Wilimington (UNCW), traveled to Ethiopia and delivered a half day workshop on Instrument Development while co-leading a week-long study abroad trip for eight UNC Wilimington undergraduate and graduate students.

Joseph Scaduto’s ’08 company, Traverse, was awarded a patent titled “Curcumin Analogues as Zinc Chelators and Their Uses.”

Brian Stoeckert ’98 was appointed as non-executive director of USForex Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of OFX, a global provider of online foreign exchange and payment services headquartered in Sydney, Australia. He also serves as co-chair of the Executive Board for the ACAMS Northern California Chapter, which received the 2015 Chapter of the Year award from the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering.

Dr. Mary Truhlar DDS ’84, dean of the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, was awarded a fellowship in the American College of Dentists, the oldest major honorary organization for dentists.


Asif Alidina ’07 established EXAM Transport & CO LLC, which was profiled earlier in 2015 on Bloomberg Business.
Madeline Augustin ’05 was a guest speaker for the National Society of Black Engineers SBU Chapter event “Yes! I am an Engineer.” She is technical lead engineer materials process & physics engineer at The Boeing Company.
Aimee Brunelle ’95 received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) College/University Committee Award: 2015 Head Athletic Trainer of the Year (Community College). She is also the president of the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association.
Donald Davidson, Esq. ’80 joined the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a securities litigation shareholder in its San Francisco office.
Rachael Doukas ’12, ’14 launched the Arthur Alarm App, available on the Apple App Store. The Arthur Alarm app was developed by Doukas Media Inc., a digital marketing agency founded by Rachael.
John Marco Lopez ’07 will be directing his second feature film this October in the Hudson Valley called “The Hudson Tribes.”
Paul Minoff, Esq. ’94 was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in America list in the area of commercial litigation. He is a shareholder and a member of the Fort Lauderdale commercial litigation team at the firm of GrayRobinson, PA.
Barry Ritholtz ’89 is featured in an interview on The Evidence-Based Investor, “The man with the big picture – an interview with Barry Ritholtz.”
Ginger (Xingjia) Tang ’14 was chosen by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation as a member of the 2015 Cohort of Teaching Fellows.
Christine Varghese ’13, on the team representing American University Washington College of Law, recently won the 2015 Peter James Johnson National Civil Rights Trial Competition.


Baaba Blankson ’09, ’11, ’13 was one of twenty students nationally to be awarded the American Medical Association’s Minority Scholars Award.

Erin D’Eletto ’04 joined St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue as assistant dean of military and veteran services.

Rose Marie Dunphy ’93 won the Judge’s Choice Award from Dan’s Papers 2015 Literary Prize Contest for her essay “The Love of Your Life.”

Eric Engoron ’14, ’15, Matt Lagueras, ’15 and Tom Rothamel, PhD ’02, ’04, ’08 received an alumni award during the 20th Anniversary of the Multimedia Lab Reception, part of the Department of Computer Science and Career Center CS Tech Day 2015.

Bernard Fialkoff DDS ’80, president and founding sponsor of Foundation for A Drug Free World, planned an international convention on drug abuse.

Timothy Finnegan, Esq. ’10 joined the law firm of Goldberg Segalla as an associate in its Workers’ Compensation Practice Group in Garden City.

Jeffery Mordos ’79 was elected chairman for the Young Adult Institute (YAI) Board of Trustees.

Kailash Raghuwanshi’s ’10 latest business in Indonesia, Express Bike Wash, was featured in an article TechinAsia.

Reza Raji ’86 won the 2014 CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) Innovation Entrepreneur Award – Executive of the Year.

Saleena Subaiya MD ’11 was recently selected to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) new class of Epidemic Intelligence Services (EIS) officers. Only about 60 EIS Officers are selected each year from a highly competitive national candidate pool of medical doctors, veterinarians and PhD recipients.

Stephen Tobak ’78, ’79 is pleased to announce his new book Real Leaders Don’t Follow: Being Extraordinary in the Age of the Entrepreneur and his new blog, “”

Michael Yen ’11, ’13 is manager, clinical performance data at Weill Cornell Medical College, Division of Managed Care.


Joseph Antonelli ’09 was featured recently in “Big Ideas SUNY,” the blog of the State University of New York. He is the assistant director of the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget in New York City.

Tiffany Channer ’07 is one of the top five 2015 ASCP 40 Under Forty honorees. She was recognized for her outstanding achievements and demonstrated passion for the pathology and laboratory fields.

Dr. Rachelle Heller ’64 is a professor of computer science, the associate provost for academic affairs at the George Washington University, Mount Vernon Campus and the director of the Elizabeth Somers Center and Women’s Leadership Program. She was recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine for her programming and mentorship.

Dr. Guenter Jonke ’82 has been named the chairperson of the New York State Dental Association’s council on ethics. He is an oral surgeon and a partner of Suffolk Oral Surgery Associates LLP.

Arthur Lambert, Esq. ’82 has joined the firm of Fisher & Phillips LLP as a partner in the firm’s Dallas office.

David Swenson ’83 has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president, marketing and operations at IM HealthScience®, innovators of IBgard®.


Daniel Ahmadizadeh ’14 was featured in Stacey Ferreira’s newly published book, 2 Billion Under 20: How Millennials Are Breaking Down Age Barriers and Changing the World.

Matt Calamia ’10 is a writer and producer for the New York Rangers’ websites. He was featured recently in the SBU School of Journalism alumni newsletter.

Dana Cutolo ’12 has contributed to the Stony Brook Sustainability Studies Program blog about becoming a true trailblazer and starting a business in Madagascar, Ny’Ala Skincare.

Mitchell Fourman MD ’08, ’14 and Christopher Lonardo ’08 launched the venture Coalytics last year and debuted their platform recently. The platform allows physicians and researchers to gather patient IRB subject-reported outcomes using tablets and smartphones.

Richard Murdocco ’10 interviewed Dr. Lee Koppelman for an article featured in the Long Island Press titled, “Face the Future Now, Says Long Island’s Master Planner Lee Koppelman.”

Phil Salathe PhD ’14 competed recently on Jeopardy and won.

Joanne Summer ’81 was featured recently in the Daily Record for her work as a speech pathologist for the Morris School District. She is also one of the chapter leaders for the New Jersey Alumni Chapter.

Dawn Zier ’86, CEO and president of Nutrisystem, is on the cover of the July/August issue of SmartCEO.

Morton Smith, Jr. ’62
John Chin ’73
Verna Venning ’75
Bruce Deitchman, MD ’78
Hope Edwards ’95
Heather Martin, MD ’96


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