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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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, “stevetobak.com.”
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.
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Bruce Deitchman, MD ’78
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Heather Martin, MD ’96