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Class Notes Fall 2016

George Krasilovsky, PhD ’66 is a professor emeritus of Rockland Community College in New York.

David Sundberg, PhD ’66 is a professor emeritus of the University of Central Missouri.

Howard Klein ’69 was honored with Stony Brook’s 2016 EOP/AIM Distinguished Advocate Award for his $1 million gift for scholarships.

Barton Davis ’71, ’76, best-selling author, has entered into a three-book deal to publish bedtime storybooks.

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

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

Charles Berntson ’72, ’75 retired in May 2015 after 40 years in financial services.

Scott Karson ’72, partner at the law firm of Lamb & Barnosky LLP, was elected treasurer of the New York State Bar Association.

Randy Bennett ’73 received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Brian Ditchek ’73 published his science fiction novel, I Am Avhor.

Willie Taylor, PhD ’73, ’77 retired after 36 years at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Larry Abowitz ’75 was named executive director of tax services at Mitchell Titus.

Patricia Iglehart, PhD ’75 was featured in her hometown Waco Tribune Herald for founding an IRS 501(c)(3) that provides emergency housing, transportation, food and clothing for underprivileged individuals, organizations and agencies in urban areas in the United States, Africa, the Caribbean and South America.

Robert Steinberg ’75 is co-founder and managing partner of First Development Corporation.

John Bonfiglio, PhD ’76 was named strategic advisor and board member at TapImmune.

Alice Feiring ’76, journalist and author, published her fifth book, For the Love of Wine: My Odyssey Through the World’s Most Ancient Wine Culture.

Richard Hernandez, MD ’77 served as a U.S. Navy medical officer and performed multiple medical missions to developing countries. He is currently an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Florida and a medical officer for Indian Health Service.

Robert Peskin, DDS ’77, director of the dental anesthesiology residency program at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and member of the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine alumni board, received the New York State Dental Association’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award.

Robert Roth ’77 recently retired as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Home Box Office and was elected to the board of directors of the Stony Brook Alumni Association.

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

Ralph Pascualy, MD ’78 is chief executive of the Swedish Medical Group, the physician division of Swedish Health Services. He also serves as vice president and chief executive of Care Transformation.

David Weiner, PhD ’78 was named executive vice president of The Wistar Institute. He is the director of the Vaccine Center and the William Wikoff Smith Endowed Chair in Cancer Research.

John Haugh ’79 retired from MTA Bridges and Tunnels.

Richard Houghton, PhD ’79 is a research scientist and formerly the acting director at the Woods Hole Research Center.

Doreen Lorenzo ’79 joined the faculty of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, where she will oversee a campuswide initiative to integrate design thinking into the university curriculum.

Phyllis Zagano, PhD ’79, senior research associate in residence in the Department of Religion at Hofstra University, was appointed to serve on a 12-person commission established by Pope Francis to study the question of women deacons.

Michael Zenilman, MD ’80 was named vice chair and regional director of surgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

David Gersh, PhD ’81 received an Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development and also received recognition from the Holocaust Museum Houston for 15 years of volunteer work.

Mitchell Kramer, MD ’81 was appointed chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Huntington Hospital and assistant clinical professor at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine in New York.

Timothy Shizume, DC ’81 assumed the role of regional director of laboratories for Hartford HealthCare.

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

Seth Van Voorhees, PhD ’82 is chief financial officer and vice president of business development for Research Frontiers Inc.

Sunita Holzer ’83 was appointed executive vice president and chief human resources officer of Realogy Holdings Corp.

Christopher Genco, MD ’84, a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon, joined Beebe Healthcare.

Nancy Burner, Esq. ’85, was named a New York Times Super Lawyer, recognized as one of the top women lawyers in the Tri-State area in the category of elder law.

Ellen Flaherty ’86 was named president of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) at the May 2016 AGS Annual Scientific Meeting.

Rebecca Gallanter ’86 has been appointed assistant executive director of the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, a $21 million social services agency with 30 locations throughout the borough.

Matthew Gerber ’86 was named CEO of Digital Fortress.

Gerard Messina ’86 joined Norton Rose Fulbright as a patent prosecution partner. His clients include leaders in electronic control systems, computer hardware and software, semiconductors and financial systems.

Robin Rabii ’86 published his first book, The Poems of Robin R. Rabii.

Joann Skorupski ’86 invented SleevePal, and has four patents and trademarks. Deena Betze, Esq. ’87 was appointed to the board of directors of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Mercer and Burlington Counties, New Jersey.

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

Debra Scala-Giokas ’87 was a 2016 Direct Marketing Association of Long Island Hall of Fame honoree.

Charles Downey ’88 was inducted into the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 2016 inductee class. The former Stony Brook football player is currently a battalion chief for the FDNY.

Al Bello ’89, sports photographer for Getty Images, received the Sports Photographer of the Year Award of Excellence from Pictures of the Year International.

Melody Davis ’89 published a new book, Women’s Views: The Narrative Stereograph in Nineteenth-Century America.

Maria Emanuel Ryan, DDS, PhD ’89, ’98 was elected vice president of the American Association for Dental Research.

Pit K. Fu ’89 was promoted to vice president of the Segal Group.

Man Wai Ng, DDS ’89 is the inaugural DentaQuest Endowed Chair of Pediatric Oral Health and Dentistry at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is dentist-in-chief at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Department of Dentistry and an associate professor of developmental biology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Ronald Zirin ’89 is the principal of Intermediate School 230Q in New York City.


Carl E. Heastie ’90, speaker of the New York State Assembly, is featured fourth on the City and State New York Power 100–Albany 2016 list.

Patrick Jenkins ’90 is featured 57th on the City and State New York Power 100–Albany 2016 list.

Anthony Fazio, DDS ’92, ’96 received the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Catherine Stewart, PhD ’92, ’99 published a new book, Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers’ Project.

Cirstin Conneely ’93 is an LCSW in private practice in New York City and Westchester County.

Jason Hanley, PhD ’93, ’95, ’11 was named vice president of education and visitor engagement at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

Barbara Mills, DNP ’93, ’09 was honored with the Stony Brook University School of Nursing’s Distinguished Alumni Award and presented a keynote at the 2016 Nursing Continuing Education Alumni Symposium.

Errol Cockfield Jr. ’94 was named senior vice president of MSNBC Communications. He was also recently elected secretary of the Stony Brook Alumni Association board.

Diane Yentel ’94 was named president and CEO of the Washington D.C.-based National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Errol Cockfield Jr. ’94 Senior Vice President, MSNBC Communications “Stony Brook is different from
other universities because while it has stellar academics at its foundation, it’s a campus full of people who are invested in your evolution as a person. Stony Brook helped me to be better at who I am.”

Kathryn Gallagher ’95 was appointed secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health.

Kenneth Graham Jr. ’96, ’99 was named the superintendent of Sachem School District, Long Island’s second-largest district.

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

Heather Dufficy-Lampone ’99 was elected to the board of directors of the Stony Brook Alumni Association.

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


James Jeter, DMA ’00 performed principal bassoon for the Cecilia Chorus, including Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis,” at Carnegie Hall.

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

Milin Rao ’00 was elected to the board of directors of the Stony Brook Alumni Association. He also serves as chapter leader of Stony Brook University’s New Jersey Alumni Chapter.

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

Kerry Forrestal, MD ’01 released his novel, Cataclysm: The Myst Clipper Shicaine, with longtime friend, writing partner and fellow SUNY alum John Fracchia.

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

Ebone M. Carrington ’02 was named CEO of Harlem Hospital in New York City.

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

Jason Lantier ’03, ’16 was featured on CBS New York for his work as co-founder of Luv Michael, a granola-manufacturing company designed to create jobs for individuals on the autism spectrum.

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

Michael Nevradakis, PhD ’05, ’07, candidate in Media Studies at UT Austin, was awarded an Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation scholarship for the 2016–2017 academic year to complete his dissertation research in Greece.

Sean Bartlett ’06 is working for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as the communications director to the Democratic members and staff.

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

Rachel Schutz ’07Soprano Rachel Schutz, a Doctor of Musical Arts student in Stony Brook’s College of Arts and Sciences and critically acclaimed performing artist, won first place at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Artist Awards Competition finals.

Jon-Erik Wagner ’07 is the new regional account executive of Guaranteed Returns pharmaceutical company for Long Island, the five boroughs of New York City, New Jersey and some sections of the Lower Hudson Valley.

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.

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

Brian Schare, Esq. ’08 is the chief operating officer at Schulte Roth & Zabel.

Xiao Shen, PhD ’09, assistant professor of physics and materials science at the University of Memphis, won a 2016 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award by Oak Ridge Associated Universities for his work on novel optical materials.


Sakshi Bhargava ’10 is currently pursuing a PhD in developmental psychology at Pennsylvania State University.

Vivianna Schwoerer ’10 was invited to join the 2016 Council of Urban Professionals Fellows Program.

Michelle Kaku, MD ’11 was a fellow in neurophysiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and recently became an assistant professor at Boston University.

Amanda Marzullo ’11 is a multimedia specialist at NJ Advance Media and recently won a NY Emmy® Award in the Human Interest: Program/Special category for her piece “The Crossover.”

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

Daniel Offner ’11 has been named assistant editor of The Wave.

Amanda Sottosanti ’12 is the assistant marketing manager of the Burmax Company.

Jeremy Dennis ’13 won a Dreamstarter grant from Running Strong for American Indian Youth.

Brooke Learned ’13 is a first-year medical student at the University of New England.

Steven Licardi ’13, ’16 explores the use of poetry and performance art as a means of positively impacting communities, society and the policies that affect them with his work “Coup de Mot: Spoken Word as a Vehicle for Social Change.”

Jesse Poganik ’13 is a graduate student at Cornell University.

Daniel Ahmadizadeh ’14 is one of 28 residents selected to spend three months at the TED Talk headquarters to work on his startup,

Erica Cirino ’14, ’15 published “The Wild Side of Avian Influenza,” which explores the 2014–2015 U.S. avian influenza epidemic.

Yufei Ren, PhD ’15 is the winner of the 2015 Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation Distinguished Dissertation Award.

Gregory Rosenthal, PhD ’15 was awarded the Rachel Carson Prize for Best Dissertation from the American Society for Environmental History.

Leili Sarrafha ’15 is a PhD student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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

Ruchi Shah ’16 was named one of Glamour magazine’s Top 10 College Women as a senior at Stony Brook.

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

In Memoriam
Samuel “Sandy” Pearlman ’66
Albert Foster Jr. ’75
Paul Marsters ’85
Brendan Kelly, MD ’94
Jesse Walsh ’09

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