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Class Notes Winter 2018

Peter Baigent


JAY ROSENBERG ’67 and WAQIDI FALICOFF ’69 reconnected 50 years after producing music together as students and completed a recording of their song “Heaven Release Her,” which is being considered for the 2017 International Acoustic Music Awards.

BARBARA GABA, PHD ’69 was named president of Atlantic Cape Community College.

ROBERT PASSIKOFF, PHD ’69 is due to publish his book, At the Speed of the Consumer: Branding in the 21st Century. He is founder and president of Brand Keys, Inc.


BARRY BERMAN ’72 started a real estate investment business, Integritas Consulting Group, Inc.

ROBERT WISHNOFF, EDD ’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.

THOMAS MCDONALD ’74 works in South Sudan, Africa, training school personnel in leadership.

HANS JÜRGEN PIRNER, PHD ’74 published The Unknown as an Engine for Science.

MONA SCHEUERMANN, PHD ’74 recently published Reading Jane Austen. She was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Vienna in 2014.

LESLIE KLEMPERER, ESQ. ’75, retired vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary of Delta Air Lines, Inc., serves on the board of directors of Citizen Advocacy of Atlanta & DeKalb, DALRC Retiree Assistance Program and the Georgia Justice Project.

RACHEL SHUSTER ’76, one of the founding members of USA TODAY, is now editor at the Tax Foundation in Washington, DC.

BETTIE STEINBERG, PHD ’76 was promoted to provost of research for Northwell Health.

EDWARD REINER ’77 recently became a senior business consultant at IBM in the Watson Health Analytics Group and now leads efforts to improve health outcomes.

DAVITA SILFEN GLASBERG, PHD ’78, ’83 was named Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut.

KEITH POWELL ’78 is a founding member of the Water Street Chamber Players Wind Quintet and Piano.

MITCHELL ACKERSON ’79 retired from the U.S. Army after more than 31 years of service.

NANCY EHRLICH LAPID ’79 is the editor in charge at Reuters Health, the medical news division of Thomson Reuters.


BERNARD FIALKOFF, DDS ’80 held a seminar on “Controlling the Drug Epidemic Worldwide” at the Greater New York Dental Convention in New York City.

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.

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

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

STUART GLICK, ESQ. ’81, an attorney with Thompson & Knight LLP, was recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2017.

KEVIN LAW ‘82 was ranked 49 in City & State Magazine’s 2016 Albany Power Top 100 listing.

SHANKARA PRASAD, PHD ’82 is founder and managing trustee of the Sampoorna Swaraj Foundation, and is the architect of the Work Flow Automation software solution for Indian government organizations.

GARY A. ROSENBERG, ESQ. ’82 was honored as “Best Lawyer” in healthcare law by Best Lawyers 2017.

MARIE TSIVITIS CIACCO ’84 is an epidemiologist for the NYS Department of Health, Hospital Acquired Infection Reporting Program.

AUDREY KAMIN ’84 joined MVP Realty Advisors as senior vice president, national accounts manager.

SCOTT MIDDLETON, ESQ. ’84, founding partner and trial attorney at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, was elected to the Board of Directors of East End Arts and appointed to the Judicial Screening Committee of the Suffolk County Bar Association.

DAWN ZIER ’86, CEO of Nutrisystem, was named a 2016 Power Woman by New York Moves magazine. She also appeared on CNBC Power Lunch.

COLETTE MCCARRICK GEARY, PHD ’87, ’89 was inaugurated as the 12th president of The College of St. Scholastica.

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

MARY MESSINA REMMLER ’88, ’93 was appointed vice president for strategic planning and analysis at the University of Delaware.

MICHAEL SILBER, MD ’88 is founder of Great Lakes Medical Imaging.

ED OGNIBENE ’89 is vice president of product development for Rapid Micro Biosystems.


PATRICK JENKINS ’90, founder, Patrick Jenkins & Associates, ranks No. 7 on the 2016 Queensborough 50 list by City and State.

SHARON KLUGEWICZ ’90 was promoted to president of Americas Region for Chembio Diagnostics, Inc.

JUSTIN FRANKEL, ESQ. ’92 was named to the 2016 Metro Area Super Lawyers.

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.

GARY ROMANO ’93 published his first book, Small But Mighty.

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, managing partner of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, was awarded “Best Lawyer on Long Island” by the annual Best of Long Island, and was appointed to the board of directors at United Cerebral Palsy of Long Island and the Tourette Association of America.

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.

MARIA RODRIGUEZ ’95 was designated deputy ambassador at the Venezuelan Embassy in Denmark.

ZOLTAN ANTAL, MD ’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.

MARCIA NEBLETT ’98, professor of foundations drawing and design at SCAD, recently gave a TedxSBU talk about her Fulbright Grant to India.

TISCHELLE GEORGE ’99 was honored with the One Hundred Year Association’s 2016 Issac Liberman Public Service Award.

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


PARTH MEHTA, MD ’00, pediatric hematologist and oncologist, joined The International Association of HealthCare Professionals.

MICHELLE NEARON, PHD ’00 is associate dean of graduate student development and diversity and the OGSDD director at Yale University.

RUBEN COSTA-SANTOS, PHD ’02 is the director and head of FX at ITG.

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

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.

WARREN CHEESMAN ’03 is the director of research and development at Air Techniques, Inc.

NANCY STEVENS, PHD ’03 was named a 2016 Ohio University Presidential Research Scholar.

JUSTIN BELKIN ’04 was one of four winners of Canon’s Spirit Award, celebrating outstanding employees.

MELISSA LANFRIT-HAIT ’04, pianist and teacher, was a featured entrepreneur in The Sanskrit Post.

PATRICE GERVAIS ’05 co-created an app, Lingoji, with fellow Stony Brook alumnus DAVID-GEORGES RENAUD ’11 that combines emojis and lingo to create culturally specific, sticker-sized icons.

HANSEN HSU, PHD ’07 is a curator in the Center for Software History at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley.

JEFFREY REYNOLDS, PHD ’07, president and CEO of the Family and Children’s Association, delivered a TEDx Talk at Adelphi University.

ERAN SHOR, PHD ’07, ’10 is associate professor in the Department of Sociology at McGill University.

VINCENT VACCARO ’07 was promoted to staff accountant in the Tallahassee office of James Moore.

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.

CLAUDY BINCE ’08 graduated as the valedictorian of his class from Howard University School of Law.

INNA FALIKS ’08, pianist, will premiere her “Reimagine: Ravel and Beethoven,” with commissions from nine renowned composers in response to Ravel and Beethoven.

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.

TONI LYN MORELLI, PHD ’08 was hired as a research ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey at the Northeast Climate Science Center. Her climate change research has been featured on NPR and in Mother Jones.

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

BRET SIMNER ’08 delivered his TEDx talk, “A Humorous Introduction to the Double Bass.”

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

ANTHONY COOKE ’09 is a visiting assistant professor of English at Emory University.

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

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.

PATRICIA SCARLATA ’09 is living and working abroad as a K–12 school counselor at an international school in Bangkok, Thailand.


RICHARD MURDOCCO ’10 wrote an op-ed piece, “Third Track is the Charm,” for Crain’s New York.

JONATHAN GOTTFRIED ’11, co-founder of Major League Hacking, was named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 in the area of education.

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.

RAY FURUTA ’12, ’13, ’15 is producing artistic director and founder of Chamber Music Silicon Valley, which recently launched its Young Artist Program.

KEVIN PURCELL ’12 is one of 15 medical students nationwide to receive the 2016 Physicians of Tomorrow Award from the American Medical Association 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.

LAURIE BAEFSKY ’13 was recently appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Integrating Higher Education in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee.

ROSE DUMOND ’13 works for the Mental Health Service Corps/ThriveNYC, a new mental health initiative with the mayor’s office.

JO EUN LEE ’13 is a reporter at the largest Korean newspaper in New York City, Korea Daily.

CATHERINE SALUSSOLIA, MD ’14 started her pediatric neurology residency at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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

KIMBERLY BURKART ’15 and NICOLE RAMIREZ ’16 opened SmallCakes Cupcakery and Creamery in Patchogue.

LONIA FRIEDLANDER, PHD ’15 is in Israel to start her Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship.

SAMANTHA GODFREY ’15 received a graduate fellowship in the forensic linguistics master’s program at Hofstra University.

FRANCESCA NAKAGAWA, PHD ’15 is co-founder of Slurp Ramen in Port Jefferson Village.

AARON ROSENTHAL ’15, ’16 is a software engineer at MLB Advanced Media.

DINA GIULIETTI ’16 became nurse manager of the telemetry unit of Mather Hospital.

JANEE JOHNSON ’16 is an intern at Colure Media and works for a diagnostic imaging tech start-up on Wall Street.



Martin L. Meltz, PhD ‘63
Bruce E. Enos ‘69
Constance Kobylarz-Wilde ‘73
Barbara A. Finnegan ‘76
Gerard J. Nolan ‘76
Eliot Lupkin ‘79
Ann-Marie Robinson ‘80
Michael J. Gulotta, DDS ‘81
Roberta A. Richin ‘81
Terrence E. Gavin, PhD ‘82
Francis M. Creighton ‘84
Dawn E. Hettrick ‘87
Peter P. McEntee ‘88
Michael T. Wild ‘92
Dave Kim ‘00
Akeem O. Ajimotokan ‘01
Thomas Kern ‘04
Alina Onefater, H. Amaranta ‘11
Talia Martirano ‘15


Peter Baigent
Peter Baigent

The Stony Brook University campus community mourns the passing of Peter Baigent, vice president for student affairs, in October.

In a distinguished career at Stony Brook that spanned nearly 25 years, Baigent, 71, was dedicated to driving strategic direction for the Division of Student Affairs. Earlier, as president of the Faculty Student Association, he served as an exemplar of leadership by fostering relationships with students, faculty and administrators.

A native of England, Baigent came to the United States in 1972 to pursue a doctorate in education. A rugby enthusiast, Baigent played an integral role in the resurgence of rugby in this country, helping it to become a recognized league sport.

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