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Class Notes Spring 2009

 

’61
Barbara (Goodwin) Van Nortwick is spending her retirement years in Cape Cod, Mass., and Nokomis, Fla. She ended her professional career as director of the New York State Legislative Law Library in 2002. She would like to hear from classmates by e-mail.

 

’62
David R. Segal
is a professor of sociology and director of the Center for Research on Military Organization at the University of Maryland. He received the 2008 Distinguished Former Faculty Award from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was a distinguished visiting professor 1988-89. Segal also received the 2008 American Sociological Association Award for Public Understanding of Sociology.

Norman Spector received his master’s degree in economics from The New School. After ten years of working for The Travelers, he became a marketing research consultant. He opened several focus group facilities under the name Hartford – New Haven Research Center. He and his wife, Barbara, have three children and three grandchildren. They live in West Hartford, Conn. Norman can be contacted by e-mail.

 

’63
Forrest Greenslade
teamed with another artist to produce the Force of Nature exhibition, which was displayed last fall in Chatham County, N.C. He expresses a somehwat off-beat perspective through his sculpture and acrylic paintings of animals and mythical creatures.

 

Barry Winkler '65 and Kenneth Bloom '66

’65
Barry S. Winkler
and Kenneth Bloom ’66 (pictured at left) got together in Miami to see a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Florida Marlins. Barry is a professor in the Eye Research Institute of Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. Ken is a lawyer in Miami.

 

’68
William Barker
is the Isaac Henry Wing Professor of Mathematics at Bowdoin College and has co-authored Continuous Symmetry: From Euclid to Klein, an advanced undergraduate textbook in transformational geometry.

 

’70
Heather Marilyn Kaney
retired in June 2007 after a 36-year career in the human services field. She has focused on gaining permanent resident status (and dual citizenship) in Canada. Her husband, who is a Canadian citizen, is sponsoring her. She can be contacted by e-mail and would be interested in swapping immigration stories with other Binghamton alumni.

 

’72
Roger Lee Hall, MA
is a music preservationist, whose biography was selected for inclusion in the 2009 edition of Who’s Who in the World.

 

’73
Erica B. Garay
is a partner in the law firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein in Garden City, N.Y. She received the Founder’s Award from the Long Island Women’s Agenda.

Shelley Haven showed her painting and monotypes in a two-person exhibit last summer at the Lesley Heller Gallery in New York.

Maureen Love Maliszewski was part of the first graduating class of the Decker School of Nursing, and would like to hear from classmates by e-mail.

Steven G. Wiseman practices law in Buffalo, N.Y., and was selected for inclusion on the 2008 Upstate Edition New York Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers magazine, in the area of family law. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y., with his wife, Ronna.

 

’75
Mike Hudak, PhD ’86
wrote Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching (Biome Books, 2007).

Ilene Springer is a freelance writer, hoping to teach English in Malta. She would like to hear from classmates by e-mail.

 

’76
Patti Breitman
is the co-author of How to Eat Like a Vegetarian, Even If You Never Want to Be One (Lantern Books, 2008)

Jane Gottlieb published Music Library and Research Skills (Prentice Hall, 2009).

Laurie (Levine) Graff wrote The Shiksa Syndrome (Broadway, 2008), a book about a Jewish girl who pretends to be a shiksa (non-Jewish woman) to catch a Jewish guy. Laurie also wrote You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs (2004) and Looking for Mr. Goodfrog (2006).

Vincent L. Scarsella and his wife of 29 years, Rosanne, welcomed a grandson, Alexavier, born to their son, Derek, and his wife, Melissa, on Feb. 11, 2008. Vincent left the Attorney Grievance Committee of the 8th Judicial District to take a position with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance as director of a criminal tax fraud special investigations unit.

Kenneth A. Selzer joined Finistere Ventures as a venture partner. The San Diego-based venture capital fund is focused on investing in early stage companies in the areas of medical devices, diagnostic tests, ag-biotech and biofuels. He can be reached via e-mail.

 

’78
Michael Chartan
and Jessica Singh ’96 joined the New York office of law firm Duane Morris LLP from the now-dissolved firm Thelen LLP.

Tim Sheridan and his wife, Judy, welcomed twins, a boy and a girl, on July 15, 2008.

 

’79
Margaret Bellville
and her American Quarter Horse, Curly, captured the World Champion Showmanship Title at the American Quarter Horse Association Bayer Select World Championship Show in Amarillo, Texas, last August.

Dr. Mary Hall is chair of the department of family medicine at Carolinas Medical Center and received the Peter Curtis, MD Award, which honors senior faculty who have contributed to the mentoring of junior faculty and to the development of the statewide department.

Jeffery Lyle Segal, MA is co-producer and co-author of book, music and lyrics for I Come for Love, a musical presented last fall at the New York Musical Theater Festival. It’s the story of an alien girl in search of romance who crashes her flying saucer at Roswell, N.M., in 1949, and falls for a reporter who thinks she’s a nice, down-to-Earth girl.

 

’80
Mark S. Raybuck, MA ’82
ran track and cross country 1976-80, and would like to hear from former teammates by e-mail.

Gary Scharfman joined the staff of United Way of New York City as director of grants fundraising.

Stephen Burwood '81

 

’81
Stephen Burwood
(pictured at left) was appointed director of the James M. Clark Center for International Education at SUNY Cortland. He was previously assistant provost for international affairs at SUNY Geneseo.

Seth Wolin and Joseph Perri ’85 are chiropractors in Armonk, N.Y., and The Bronx, respectively; they are participating in the Alumni Mentors Network, a service of Southern California University of Health Sciences/Los Angeles College of Chiropractic.

 

 

’82
Salvatore J. DeSantis
and his wife, Jo C. DeSantis ’84, are proud to announce their son, Gregory, played the role of James in Billy Joel’s and Twyla Tharp’s Tony-award winning national tour of Movin’ Out at the Forum Theater in Binghamton, N.Y., on Nov. 23, 2008.

 

’83
Anthony S. Kendall, MBA ’85
was named CEO of Mitchell & Titus, LLP, the largest minority-controlled accounting, audit, tax and business advisory firm in the United States. Kendall is president of the Binghamton University Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Michelle S. Marcus was appointed to the position of administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration, serving in the Albany, N.Y., office of disability adjudication and review. She previously served as principal attorney of Portnoy and Marcus, PC, a law firm in Newburgh, N.Y., concentrating in Social Security disability claims.

Margi Preus, MA is the author of The Peace Bell (Henry Holt, 2008), a picture book based on the true story of the American-Japanese Friendship Peace Bell. She can be contacted through margipreus.com.

Michael A. Weiss worked for 15 years as an entertainment attorney before starting his own business, Media Mobile Management, LLC, which focuses on devising and implementing global new media distribution strategies for content owners and distributors. He can be contacted through mediamobilemanagement.com.

 

’84
Scott Anderson
married his partner of 10 years, Jose Pena, in Los Angeles, where he has lived for 21 years. Scott would like to hear from friends by e-mail.

Kathleen C. Arnold received the 2007 Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneur of the Year award from Advance for Nurse Practitioner. She was pictured on the front cover of NP Journal.

 

 

Peter Englot '86

’86
Peter Englot
(pictured at left) is associate vice president of public affairs at Syracuse University. He had previously served as director of strategic initiatives in the University’s division of public affairs.

 

’87
Marc Berger
joined the faculty of Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa., as a lecturer in the animal biotechnology and conservation department. Previously, he was manager of pre-clinical research at Nucleonics, Inc.

Tim Curci '87Tim Curci (pictured at right) is a network engineer for IPLogic, Inc., in Buffalo, N.Y. He previously worked for CXTEC where he consulted and engineered Cisco network solutions for the company’s professional services team. He lives in East Amherst, N.Y.

Christoper Daly moved with his family to Charlotte, N.C., for a new start on life, and is looking forward to many happy years there. He would like to hear from other alumni in the area and can be reached via e-mail.

 

’88
Michele Barrett
is communications manager for the College of Human Ecology at Syracuse University. She was previously director of public relations at Herkimer County Community College.

Mario Paniccia is an Intel Fellow and director of the company’s photonics lab; R&D Magazine named him 2008 Scientist of the Year.

Jennifer Pearlman is the producer and owner of Pic Two Productions, which produces the series Sandhogs for The History Channel. Other television credits include Steven Bochco’s TNT series Raising the Bar, the PBS Emmy award-winning children’s series Seemore’s Playhouse, and numerous television commercials. At press time, she was slated to begin pre-production of the feature film The Hard Kill in the spring. Jennifer lives with her family in Upper Saddle River, N.J.

 

’89
Hall Groat II
produced a social documentary addressing sustainability. An evolving, interactive exhibition associated with the film can be found at http://sustainabiltyart.blogspot.com. He was involved with the A Painting a Day International Fine Art Movement, which, at press time, was slated to have a full-page ad in the November 2008 edition of Art in America.

Christopher Harper was selected to represent Cortland, N.Y., in the 2008-09 online edition of Cambridge Who’s Who Registry Among Executives and Professionals.

 

’90
Barri Sperber Feuer
and Scott Feuer ’90 welcomed a daughter, Rayna Madison, on Dec. 26, 2007. She joins brother Ethan Spencer (10 years old) and Taryn Samantha (6 years old). The family lives in East Northport, N.Y.

Lorraine Stephens-Olusesi was appointed deputy commissioner of the Division of Family Permanency Services at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. She is married to Dr. Olatunde Olusesi and has two children.

 

’91
Daniel Richards
and his wife, Kristy, welcomed a daughter, Katharine, on July 3, 2008. She joined sister Alexandra (8 years old), and brothers Samuel (5) and Nolan (4). The family lives in Stony Brook, N.Y.

 

’92
Scott Robert Dinstell
and his wife, Audrey, welcomed twin girls, Samantha Eliana and Lauren Nicole. They join sister Abby. Scott was promoted to trial attorney within the AIG Insurance Company staff counsel organization.

Russell Kym Horsell is heading a small electronics/robotics start-up. Since leaving Binghamton, he has worked in computer science research, medical services, computer services and embedded development. He has also run small-to-medium businesses in computing and engineering services.

Stacey Schor Tatar lives in New City, N.Y., with her husband, Eric, and children, Sophie (5 years old) and Joshua (2). Stacey can be contacted by e-mail.

Cullen Thomas '91Cullen Thomas (pictured at left) wrote Brother One Cell (Viking Adult, 2007), which chronicles his three-year prison term in South Korea. At press time, the story was scheduled to be part of an episode of Locked Up Abroad on the National Geographic Channel. Thomas discussed his book at Landmark on Main Street in his hometown of Port Washington, N.Y.

Waters weddingKathleen Waters Bunshoft (pictured at right) got married in 2005 and welcomed daughters, Mary Adelina and Elizabeth Catherine, on Jan. 23, 2007 and Aug. 26, 2008, respectively. Kathleen lives in San Francisco and is a marketing director for Kodak’s online division. She would like to hear from friends by e-mail or on Facebook.com.

Jackie Woods Katz and her husband, Adam, welcomed a daughter, Chana, on Sept. 21, 2008. She joins brothers Yaakov (4 years old) and Dovid (2).

 

 

 

Bonnie S. Baker '93

’93
Bonnie S. Baker
(pictured at left) is an associate with law firm Deily, Mooney & Glastetter in Albany, N.Y. She was appointed chair of the Committee on Consumer Bankruptcy of the American Bar Association’s Section of Business Law.

Nancy (Eisenstein) Sherman and her husband, Eric, welcomed a daughter, Sarah Hope, on May 2, 2008. She joins brothers Jared (4 years old) and Corey (2). Nancy is a corporate vice president at New York Life Insurance Company and lives with her family in Manhattan.

Marjorie N. Feld published Lillian Wald: A Biography (University of North Carolina Press, 2008). Feld is an assistant professor at Babson College in Babson Park, Mass.

Scott Krokoff is a musician and launched scottkrokoff.com, a website that will serve as the homebase of his operations.

Matt Symons and his wife, Emma, welcomed a son, Leonel Efrem, on Sept. 26, 2008.

 

’94
Jodi Cohen
married Alexander Ansari on Aug. 28, 2008, at the New York Botanical Gardens. Guests included Seth Zaslavasky, John Maggio and Ruddy Reyes, all ’93; Kathleen (Kushch) Storch ’94; Allison (Ain) Breth ’95; Rachel (Cohen) Buchsbaum and Allison (Krumholtz) Zaslow, both ’96; and Noshin Ansari ’02.

Michael Devinoff married Christine Pang on June 7, 2008, in St. James, N.Y. Guests included Andrew Marcus, Bonnie Siegel, Neil Hoffman and Theresa Pellecchia, all ’94. Michael was promoted to senior director of forecasting for Bristol-Myers Squibb, and lives with his wife near Princeton, N.J.

Susan Kang Nam '94Susan (Kang) Nam (pictured at right) is the leader of Boston Salty Legs Career Club, which was one of six clubs in the country selected to be featured by ABC’s Good Morning America.

Sarah (Oakden) Armstrong has been married to Kevin Armstrong since June 2000; they have three children, Aidan (7 years old), Emily (6) and Landon (3). The family moved to the Atlanta area in 2003, where Sarah works part-time as a pediatric speech language pathologist. She is active in her community, serving as PTA president. She would like to hear from classmates on Facebook.com or by e-mail.

Amy Saltalamachia, MBA ’03 and John MacDonald IV ’92, MS ’98, welcomed their third daughter, Jordan Elizabeth, on Feb. 7, 2007. She joins sisters Emma (7 years old) and Bailey (5). The family lives in Apalachin, N.Y.

Bayley Faryn Blitz

Deborah (Yarkon) Blitz and her husband, Brett, welcomed a daughter, Bayley Faryn (pictured at left), on Oct. 13, 2008. Debi is a pediatric occuapational therapist and lives with her family in Bellmore, N.Y.

 

 

 

 

 

Zachary Bancroft '95

’95
Zachary Bancroft
(pictured at left) was admitted to the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida and the Northern District Court. He is an attorney, working for Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Central Florida.

Rosemarie Castellano received the Arts, Culture and Recreation Award from the Volunteer Center of the United Way. She is volunteer string coordinator of the Songcatchers After School Music Program, which has provided music lessons to underprivileged children in New Rochelle, N.Y., for more than ten years.

Donovan Bryce CraftLetticia Craft received a master’s degree in social work from Yeshiva University in 2001 and is a social worker supervisor in child welfare in New York. She and her boyfriend, Walter Thomas, welcomed a son, Donovan Bryce (pictured at right), on July 11, 2008. The family lives in The Bronx.

Melissa Baron Gordon and her husband, Robert, welcomed a daughter, Julia Dylan, on June 27, 2008. She joins brothers Joshua (5 years old) and Jeremy (3).

Christine (D’Ambrosia) Heenan and her husband, Hilary, welcomed their second child, Alison Rose, on April 23, 2008. She joins big brother Brendan (4 years old). Christine is a partner in the Manhattan office of Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP, where she focuses her practice on insurance coverage matters and coverage litigation.

Gila (Garber) Goldstein and her husband, Steven, welcomed their second daughter, Sara Eden, on Feb. 20, 2008. She joins sister Maya Rose (4 years old). Gila is an attorney for a law firm in Boca Raton, Fla., where she lives with her family.

Brett Handsman and his wife, Jessica, welcomed a daughter, Abigail Chloe, on Sept. 12, 2008. She joins sister Rebecca (2 years old). Brett is an orthodontist, practicing in Springfield, N.J., and Edison, N.J. He lives with his family in Cranford, N.J.

Aileen Horowitz and her husband, Jeffrey, welcomed a son, Kyler Louis, on June 10, 2008. He joins sister Jordyn (3 years old).

Ajo John and Nancy (Ragonese) John ’95 welcomed a daughter, Johannah Faye, on April 22, 2008. She joins siblings Izzy (6 years old), Nina (4) and Ian (1). Ajo is a private-practice radiologist and Nancy is a stay-at-home mother. The family has moved to Christiansburg, Va.

George Stanley Marino and Jeannie Mandell welcomed a son, Benjamin Joseph Marino, on Oct. 26, 2007.

Sheila Raftery Wiggins is a partner in the trial practice group in the Newark, N.J., office of Duane Morris LLP. She was named one of the 2008 “40 Under 40” by the New Jersey Law Journal based on her professional achievements.

 

’96
Juliann (Frese) Sutterfeld
and her husband, Larry, welcomed a son, Gavin Matthew, on July 7, 2008. He joins sister Lauren (4 years old).

Karel Kurst Swanger, PhD wrote Worship and Sin: An Exploration of Religion-Related Crime in the United States (Peter Lang Publishers, 2008). She is a member of the public justice faculty at SUNY Oswego.

Erik Hage, MA ’98 is the author of The Words and Music of Van Morrison (Praeger, 2009). Erik is an associate professor of journalism at SUNY Cobleskill, and working on a book about the novelist Cormac McCarthy for McFarland & Co.

Rhonda (Lachut) Maxwell and her husband, Mark, welcomed their fourth son, Isaac Ronald, on Nov. 24, 2008. He joins brothers Jayson (10), Connor (8) and Aidan (5). The family lives in Newport, N.Y.

Frank Maldari and his wife, Liza (Bushnoe) Maldari ’96, welcomed a daughter, Juliet Ann, on Oct. 23, 2008. She joins brother Caleb (3 years old). The family lives in East Lyme, Conn.

Sheila Munoz Dimella is married and has two daughters. She is pursuing a master’s degree in pediatric nursing at New York University.

Naomi Rabinowitz released her first CD Flute Path; she composed all the songs and plays both flute and piano on the album. It is available at cdbaby.com/cd/naomirabinowitz. She was a member of the wind ensembles and orchestra at Binghamton University.

Natalie Helen PartridgeAmy Roach Partridge and her husband, John Partridge ’96, welcomed their first child, Natalie Helen (pictured at left), on Feb. 14, 2008. Amy is a freelance business journalist and frequent contributor to Binghamton University Magazine. John is a branch manager with Powers Fasteners. The family lives in Ossining, N.Y.

Marni Sheren-Manoff and her husband, Eric, welcomed a daughter, Ryan Danielle, on March 28, 2008. She joins brother Sean (2 years old). Marni is an oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. The family lives in Dix Hills, N.Y.

Keith Eric Sontag married Denise Marie Cleary on Oct. 19, 2008 in an interfaith ceremony in Woodbury, N.Y. Guests included his brother and best man, Scott Jordan Sontag ’99. The couple lives in Lake Grove, N.Y. Keith would like to hear from friends by e-mail.

Howard Unger and his wife, Maya, welcomed a daughter, Madeline Cecelia, on June 25, 2008. Howard lives with his family in Brooklyn and works for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Weiss-Turley weddingJoseph Weiss married Roxanne Turley (pictured at right) on July 5, 2008 in Albuquerque, N.M., where the couple resides. Joseph is an associate general manager for Lobo Sports Properties.

Steven J. Zani, MA ’96, PhD ’99 is chair of the department of English and modern languages at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

 

’97
Alicia Fritz
married Donald Lanzer at Beaches-Turks and Caicos on June 28, 2008. The couple lives in Santa Fe, N.M., where Alicia teaches English at Santa Fe Indian School.

Michael Indich and his wife, Jaime (Vogel) Indich ’98, welcomed a daughter, Kayla Rose, on July 29, 2008. She joins sister Lara Claire (4 years old). The family lives in Merrick, N.Y.

Nick Jezarian, Josh Abraham ’97 and Geoff Wolinetz ’98 are a three-man writing crew known as YankeePotRoast.org. They wrote Underrated (Citadel, 2008).

Seth Marcus '97 and his son Ryan

Seth Marcus (pictured at left) works for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington. He was promoted to a branch chief in the agency’s Office of Community Planning and Development. He was recently identified as a HUD Emerging Leader. He and his wife, Marisa, welcomed a son, Ryan, in October 2007.

 

’98
Michael Cohn and his wife, Marlene, welcomed a daughter, Lauren Pearl, on June 9, 2008. She joins brother Evan (2 years old). The family lives in Atlanta.

Dale Elliott married Andrew Vernal in New Rochelle, N.Y., on Oct. 4, 2008. Guests included Kidan Yigzaw ’97; maid of honor Rachel Altschuler ’98; Christine Sheremeta and Eileen Meaney, both ’99; and Ippei Iwashiro ’03. The couple lives in Manhattan.

Scott Garozzo and his wife, Tracy Grosman Garozzo ’99, welcomed a son, Rex Corey-Max, on Aug. 13, 2008. He joins brothers Ben (5 years old) and Nate (3). The family lives in West Chester, Pa.

Stacey (Levine) Ackerman and her husband, Larry, welcomed a son, Noah Samuel, on March 25, 2008. He joins brother Joshua and sister Claire (both 3 years old). The family lives in Plainview, N.Y.

Prout-Stoody weddingDr. Tina Prout married Cullen Stoody (pictured at right) on June 28, 2008, in New Rochelle, N.Y. Guests included Tanya Hrabsky ’97; Daniel Eig, Dr. Lynne Newman-Eig, Lori Colman and Joel Richman, all ’98; Robin Colman, Robert Miller and Jared Streger, all ’00. The couple honeymooned in California and lives in Colorado.

Hillary Raphael published a novel Ximena (Future Fiction London, 2008). She also wrote I Love Lord Buddha, which was adapted for screen.

Devonnie (Aguilar) Stemp and her husband, Fred, welcomed a son, Tyler Frederick, on Nov. 9, 2008. He joins sisters Olivia (4 years old) and Gabriella (2). The family lives in Nutley, N.J.

Lainie (Wexler) Miller and her husband, Gregory, welcomed a daughter, Erica Reese, on Aug. 30, 2008. She joins sister Whitney (2 years old). The family lives in Hillsdale, N.J.

 

Fox-Szuchmacher wedding

 

’99
Shawn Fox
married Emily Szuchmacher (pictured at left) on July 13, 2008, in Lake Success, N.Y. The wedding party included Aaron Belisle ’00. Michael Venezia ’00 attended. The couple lives in Manhattan, where Shawn is an associate at the law firm McGuireWoods LLP.

Jaeger-Mottern weddingElizabeth Jaeger married Mark Mottern (pictured at right) on Sept. 27, 2008, in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada. Elizabeth is a publicist with BWR Public Relations in Beverly Hills, Calif. Madelyn (Calabrese) Barth ’99 and Dr. Michael Jaeger ’76 attended. The couple lives in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Jeff Lipson and his wife Jessie (Schwartzfarb) Lipson ’99, welcomed a daughter, Shoshana Hazel, on May 30, 2008. The family lives in Manhattan.

Scarzella-Markowitz wedding

Carole Scarzella married Brian Markowitz (pictured at left) on July 13, 2008, in Tarrytown, N.Y. The wedding party included matron of honor Erica (Binen) Ben-Zvi ’98, best man and groom’s brother Jay Markowitz ’96, and groomsman Eric Braunstein ’98. Guests included Michael Braunstein ’96; Natalie (Grinman) Udall ’97; Michael Santamaria and Melissa (Feldman) Desjardins, both ’98; Jonathan Sussman, Diana Demirdjan and Belinda Leung, all ’99. Carole is a vice president at Smith Barney and lives with her husband in Brooklyn.

Christine Sopilnick Teetz and her husband, Bobby, welcomed a second son, Joseph Richard, on April 2, 2008. He joins brother Robert.

 

 

’00
Annie (Goldstein) Cohen
and her husband, Justin, welcomed their first child, Allison Morgan, on Aug. 13, 2008. The family lives in Manhattan.

Jamie (Kissel) Silver and her husband, Scott Silver ’00, welcomed a daughter, Jenna Elizabeth, on Feb. 20, 2008. Jamie is a vice president in the equity structured products group at Goldman Sachs & Co., and Scott is a history teacher at Tappan Zee High School. The family lives in Nanuet, N.Y.

Rachel Rashkin married Dr. Eliahu Shoot on Aug. 13, 2008, in a seaside wedding in northern Israel. The couple lives in New Orleans, where Rachel is completing a doctoral internship in clinical psychology. She is the author of two psychology books for children.

Andrew Rosslee and his wife, Julie (Walz) Rosslee ’01, welcomed a daughter, Emma Jane, on April 27, 2008. The family lives in New Hyde Park, N.Y.

Trina (Sisselman) Rice and her husband, Jeremy Rice ’00, welcomed twin daughters, Madison Wynne and Hannah Leah, on July 11, 2008. The family lives in Plainview, N.Y.

Lisa Brigette Smith received her New York state license as a clinical psychologist and works at the Renfrew Center in New York, specializing in eating disorders.

Teri Wilcox '00 and Kyle Shiel '00Teri Wilcox married Kyle Shiel ’00 (pictured at right) on Sept. 18, 2004, in Binghamton, N.Y. The couple lives in western Massachusetts, where Teri is on the faculty of Westfield State College and Kyle is pursuing his MPA in regional planning at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

 

’01
Eric Daniel Landau
married Kimberlee Dawn Auletta on July 19, 2008, in Killingworth, Conn. Eric is director of government affairs for Prospect Park Alliance in Brooklyn.

Sherri Littman married Brad Smith on July 19, 2008, in Plainview, N.Y. The wedding party included Debbie Gerstman Smith ’92; Julie Azizollahoff and Lauren Rothenhaus, both ’01; and Julie Littman ’05. Guests included Jennifer (Roth) Platt ’99; Ben Benzel and Victoria Bozovic, both ’00; Meredith Fromkin, Matthew Kirschner, Sue Swan, Nicole (Lagnado) Siegel and Nidhi Chandhok Patel, all ’01.

Raymond John Sosler IVRaymond Sosler III and his wife, Sally (Rapp) Sosler ’01, welcomed a son, Raymond John IV (pictured at left), on June 1, 2008. The family lives in Middletown, N.Y.

Matthew Trager married Louise Hambury on Sept. 14, 2008. The couple resides in London, where Matthew works for HSBC. Rob Goldblatt and Zoltan Olti, both ’00, attended.

 

 

 

 

 

Marisa Birnbaum '02 and Gail Babes '00

’02
Marisa Birnbaum
and Gail Babes ’00 (pictured at left) were married on Sept. 14, 2008, in Cape May, N.J. The couple was legally wed July 12, 2008, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Marisa is co-president of Mobile Tek Labs, a mobile dental lab, in New York. Gail is a senior research analyst at Hudson Health Plan.

Choy-Quijano weddingSylvia Choy married Sergio Quijano ’02 (pictured at right) on Sept. 23, 2007, in Great Neck, N.Y. Guests included Emilie Simone, Jian Sun, Rachel Bonsignore, Irene Wong, Jeff Wong, Gale Lui, Nathalie Mathieu, Lyndona Marrast, Cuong Cao and Saurabh Malhotra, all ’02; Evelyn Carranza and David Ortiz, both ’03. Sylvia is a fourth-year student at SUNY College of Optometry and Sergio is an internal medicine resident at New York University.

Lisa Greenwald is the author of My Life in Pink & Green (Amulet Books, 2009).

Rob Krolick married Amy Weissberg ’03 at Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park on Aug. 17, 2008. The wedding party included Jennifer (Ross) Bruckner, Evan Gotlob, Michael Huttenlocher and Stefan Tesoriero, all ’02; Kari (Gabrielsen) Latif, Sara Spiegelman, Allison Siegel and Stacey Weinick, all ’03. Guests included Evan Weiss ’99; Heather Binen, Brian Weiss, Steve Corletta and Ryan Goldberg, all ’01; Erica Portnoy and Shannon (Taylor) Goldberg, both ’02; Erica Hepburn, Kristin Viglietta and Amanda Breitfeld, all ’03; Donna (Hirsch) Weiss ’04; Jessica Weiss ’05; and Brian Liebman ’06. The couple lives in Bayside, N.Y.

Melinda McGuire married Matthew Kaufman on Dec. 8, 2007, at Jericho Terrace in Mineola, N.Y. The wedding party included maid of honor Rachel Azizollahoff ’03 and bridesmaid Nicole Cassler ’01. Guests included Rob Miller ’00; Leigh Eskenasi, Abe Lenderman, Melissa (Nemchin) Lenderman, Melissa Dudas, Marc Kanter and Suzanne Horn, all ’02. Melinda earned a master’s degree in international affairs at Marquette University and is a personal banker at JPMorgan Chase.

Schlosser-Hendelman weddingFrancine Schlosser married Neil Hendelman (pictured at left) on May 25, 2008. Guests included Jacqueline (Starer) Fine ’99; Elana Epstein ’00, MA ’02; Jarret Stromer ’01; Stacey Temler and Bernadette Joe, both ’02; Rachel Epstein and Wendy (Abdmahmoodi) Nastasi, both ’03; and Polly Cheung ’05. Francine works for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a nonprofit that provides financial and technical assistance to community development organizations. The couple honeymooned in Japan, and lives in Great Neck, N.Y.

 

 

 

 

’03
Sabarni K. Chatterjee, PhD
joined the Washington-based intellectual property law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, PLLC, as a technical specialist.

Paul M. Collins, Jr., MA '03, PhD '05Paul M. Collins, Jr., MA, PhD ’05 (pictured at left) is an assistant professor of political science at the University of North Texas. He published his first book, Friends of the Supreme Court: Interest Groups and Judicial Decision Making (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Eddey-Epstein weddingRachel Epstein married John Eddey (pictured at right) on July 5, 2008, at Abigail Kirsch at Stage 6 in Brooklyn. The wedding was taped for an episode of TLC’s hit reality show Rock the Reception. Rachel received her master’s degree in nonfiction writing from New School University in 2005 and works as a writer/researcher at Columbia University. The couple lives in Manhattan. Guests included Timothy Schlauraff ’01; Bernadette Joe and Francine Schlosser, both ’02; Wendy (Abdmahmoodi) Nastasi ’03;  and Regina Maieli ’04. The bride’s mother Sharon ’69, brother Michael ’98 and sister Elana ’00, MA ’02 all graduated from Binghamton.

Vickie Mike, EdD is a Spanish teacher at Horseheads High School in Horseheads, N.Y. The state’s education department named her 2009 New York State Teacher of the Year.

 

Dental School Graduation

 

’04
Charlie (Ci) Chen, Antony DeSantis ’98, Sonali Patel ’03, Lindsey Krecko ’04, Jason Kneller ’03
and Jared Seltzer ’04 (pictured at left) graduated from the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook University last May.

Jen Kwok was profiled in an article about ukelele players published in The New York Times on Aug. 10, 2008.

Jonathan Landers is co-author of the science fiction book Set Sail for the Stars (Photon Communications, 2008).

Lea Webb is a member of the City Council in Binghamton. She was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine for her efforts in attempting to bring a grocery store to the city’s north side.

 

 

’05
Cassandra A. Schmitt
earned an MSI in archives and records management from the School of Information at The University of Michigan in April 2008. She is an accessioning and processing archivist in Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Oregon.

 

Bailey-Friedman wedding06
Ilene Friedman
married Keegan Bailey ’06 (pictured at right) in Elmira, N.Y., on May 25, 2008. Amanda Jordan ’05, MPA ’07 was the maid of honor. Jennifer Jee ’06; Corey Bailey and Timothy Bailey, both ’08 were in the wedding party. Guests included Jeff Kahn ’82; Donnalyn Kahn ’83; David Turkett and Dan Zilkha, both ’05; Russell Feit, Jill Guenther Keller, Jason Roytman and Matthew Sinack, all ’06.

 

’07
Joshua Delmage
married Victoria Wargo ’07 on May 24, 2008, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

 

’08
Sylvia Hiu Wai Chow
became a U.S. citizen on July 18, 2008.

 

IN MEMORIAM
Lesley Krauss ’64
died on April 20, 2007. She worked for many of the major New York publishing companies during her career; most recently, she was a freelance editor. She is survived by her sister, Judi Jurmann, three nephews, seven great-nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Dr. John B. Montana ’69 died on Sept. 29, 2008, at the age of 61 as a result of acute myelogenous leukemia. He was a gay activist and one of the first physicians in New York to identify and treat AIDS patients at the outset of the epidemic in 1981. He is survived by his brother, Victor, and his nephew, John.

Thomas Leshendok ’72 died on Nov. 3, 2008, as a result of congestive heart failure due to diabetes. Tom was retired from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, where he served as deputy director for mineral resources in the Nevada State Office 1983-2003. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Maureen (Palanker) Leshendok ’70, a sister, sisters-in-law, a niece, three nephews and a 19-year-old cat, Obi-wan.

Donald R. Musante ’72 of Plover, Wisc., died on April 19, 2008, at the age of 57. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, three brothers and sister. He was an actuary with Sentry Insurance in Stevens Point, Wisc., and loved travel, golf, bicycling, woodworking, playing the piano and violin, and square dancing.

Karen Voight ’72 died from ovarian cancer on Nov. 2, 2008. She worked for more than 30 years as a psychiatric social worker at St. Clare’s Hospital Behavioral Health Center in Denville, N.J. She is survived by her son, Jared, and his wife, Arianna Voight-Cherna; her daughters, Jessica Voight-Cherna and her husband, Francisco Ferreras; Gabrielle Voight-Cherna and her fiance, Kyle Evangelista; her five grandchildren, Jacob, Elena, Isaac, Isabelle and Ethan; her former husband Marc Cherna ’72; her father, Douglas Voight; her sisters, Jeanette and her husband, John Isaac, and Diana Norris. The family can be contacted by e-mail.

Caren Acker ’74 died on Oct. 26, 2008, at the age of 56, following an eight-year battle with a brain tumor. For almost 10 years, she designed scarves under the label CAZ. She is survived by her husband; her parents, Allen and Jean Acker; and her brothers, Jeff and Scott.

Joette (Delia) Curiano ’77 died suddenly on April 9, 2008. She was surived by her husband of 28 years, Charles “Chuck” Curiano ’77, her daughter Jennifer ’05, son Matthew, and many relatives. Joette was director of student health services at Siena College in Albany, N.Y., and most recently was a health educator at Troy High School in Troy, N.Y. Joette and Chuck first met as freshmen at Newing College 35 years ago.

Dr. Mitchell Goldbaum ’82 died in a motorcycle accident on Aug. 8, 2008. He is survived by his brother Richard Goldbaum, nephew Joshua Goldbaum, sister-in-law Leslie Wright, sister Joanne Goldbaum, and god-daughters Mallory and Gemma Leopold Needle. Mitchell was a medical doctor in Colorado Springs for much of his career.

Robert Michelson ’89, MS ’92 died on Jan. 29, 2008 at the age of 40, following a four-year battle with colorectal cancer. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Margherita, and their sons, Matthew, Joseph and Gregory. Robert worked at the New York Stock Exchange and was an advocate for the education, awareness and funding of colorectal cancer. For more information, visit colorectalcancercoalition.com.

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