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Class Notes Fall Highlights

Find out what’s new with Stony Brook alumni with a quick look at some recent Class Notes from our Alumni Association.

Charles “Andy” Fleming ’77 has been elected president of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society. He is the owner of Cats Exclusively Veterinary Hospital in Pittsford, NY, and has been taking care of felines for more than 30 years.

Atefeh “Atti” Riazi ’84 has been named chief information officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She previously was the chief information technology officer and an assistant secretary-general at the United Nations. She received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Stony Brook University in 2018 and was previously featured on the SBU website in 2013.

Milagros “Milly” Peña ’86, PhD ’90
has been named the next president of SUNY Purchase. She will be the first Hispanic woman to lead a SUNY college. Previously, she served for five years as
Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the University of California at Riverside. She earned her Master’s and PhD in Sociology from Stony Brook.

Assemblyman Carl Heastie ’90 is listed in the 2020 Albany Power list, ranked No. 10. Recently, he initiated a New York State grant to support the creation of a new space for the UNITI Cultural Center, which will be opening later this academic year in the Stony Brook Union.

Joseph Moreno, Esq. ’96 is general counsel at SAP National Security Services Inc., based in northern Virginia. He has been regularly featured on CNN, providing legal analysis. He is also a member of the SBU Alumni Association board. His accomplishments were highlighted in a 2018 story in SBU News.

Genevieve Sly Crane ’12
has been honored with a 2020 Whiting Award, based on her early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come for her first book, Sorority. She teaches in the Creative Writing and Literature BFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.

Yalile Suriel ’14, a PhD candidate in the Department of History, has won a 2020-21 American Education Research Association Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research Award. Her dissertation is titled Campus Eyes: University Surveillance and the Policing of Brown and Black Student Activism in the Age of Mass Incarceration, 1960-1990. For more on her work, see this recent feature on her from SBU News.

Karen Tsai, MD ’17 and Kevin Tsai, MD ’19, along with their organization DonatePPE.org, have donated more than 1.6 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals in COVID-19 hot spots such as New York City, the Bay Area, Southern California, New Orleans, Atlanta, Chicago and Boston. Recently, Karen collaborated with Guy Gilchrist to create Monster Dance, a storybook intended to inform, educate, and empower children during the pandemic. Proceeds from sales will be donated to the PPE initiative. The siblings also presented at the 72nd Emmy Awards this past September. To see their video presentation and to learn more about their mission to help others, click here.

For more Class Notes by decade, please click here.

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