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Class Notes Spring 2020

1960s

DIANE SCILLIA, PHD ’67 retired from teaching at Kent State University after 33 years.

CHARLES SOLOMON, ESQ ’68 retired from the Manhattan State Supreme Court after 32 years.

ROBERT DECOSTANZO ’69, ’73 authored The Paleo Perspective: The Plight of Prehistoric Man in Modern Times.


1970s

JOHN FORSYTHE ’70, ’73 retired from IBM after 45 years.

BRUCE H. JOFFE ’70 authored EXPAT Leaving the USA for Good.

RICHARD SACKS ’70 retired from his career as a fact-checker at The New Yorker and Reader’s Digest after 35 years.

HARVEY HEILBRUN ’72 had a story published in Storytelling Magazine.

SHIRLEY WHITENACK, ESQ. ’72 received the 2019 New Jersey State Bar Foundation Medal of Honor.

STAN ARKOW, MD ’73 is medical director, inpatient psychiatry, at Columbia University Medical Center.

TERENCE MCCAFFREY, PHD ’73, ’78 retired from a career as a clinical device development scientist.

LAWRENCE GOLLOB ’74 retired after 36 years with Georgia-Pacific.

NII NARKU QUAYNOR, PHD ’74, ’78, chairman, Ghana Dot Com, is pioneering the Internet in Africa.

PHIL DUSTAN ’75, a College of Charleston professor, won an Emmy Award for Chasing Coral, a Netflix documentary.

ANDREW SCHULMAN ’75 performed at Carnegie Hall as part of his Medical Musician Initiative.

GAIL ERLEBACHER-WEITZ ’76, ’78 is senior communications specialist, Groundwater and Environmental Services.

DENISE O’DOHERTY ’76 authored Thriving Through Transition: Self-Care for Parents of Transgender Children.

ELYNDA HICKSON-TINNIE, ESQ. ’77 exhibited her photography at the Water Mill Museum.

JOHN QUINN ’77, a former sports editor, was featured in Heart Insight magazine.

JOHN REINER ’78, ’79, Lockhorns cartoonist, received the Alumni Award at the Shirley Strum Kenny Arts Festival.

DARRELL TURNER ’79, ’80 is program evaluator, NYC Administration for Children’s Services.

Justice Lizbeth Gonzalez '74
Justice Lizbeth Gonzalez ’74

1980s

JULIE MIRKIN, DNP ’80 is chief nursing officer, Stony Brook University Hospital.

ANNY MORROBEL-SOSA, PHD ’80 is vice president, academic and student affairs, University of Wisconsin.

ROY ZEIDMAN ’80 is president/CEO, Watchdog Advertising Inc. & Paradise Advertising Inc.

GLENN LUCHEN ’81 is chair of student activities, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Long Island section.

PATRICIA MARCIN, ESQ. ’81 is chair of the board of advisors, Long Island Community Foundation.

LEE COHEN, MD ’82 was named to the 2019 New York Magazine Best Doctors list for child/adolescent psychiatry.

RICHARD AMATO, DDS ’83 was named Top Periodontist by Connecticut Magazine.

MICHAEL BOYAJIAN, ESQ. ’83 authored The Armenians in Paris: The Joy After the Sorrow.

FELICIA COSMAN, MD ’83 received the American College of Endocrinology Distinction in Endocrinology Award.

CHERYL MOSS-MELLMAN, MD ’83, ’87 is director, clinical breast services, Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

TIMOTHY RESSMEYER, PHD ’83 authored The Impact of Confidence: 7 Secrets of Success for the Human Side of Leadership.

RONNA GORDON-GALCHUS, ESQ ’84 was named judge, Family Court, New York State Unified Court System.

RICHARD HART, PHD ’84 received the 2019 Don Ihde Distinguished Alumni Award from the Stony Brook Department of Philosophy.

MARK HOCHMAN, DDS ’84 received the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine.

ALICIA STOVELL-WASHINGTON, MD ’84, ’88 is the 2019 Stony Brook Renaissance School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus.

BABAK BEHESHTI, PHD ’85, ’87 is dean, College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, NYIT.

NANCY COLLETTI, PHD ’85, ’91 is program director, respiratory therapy, University of Cincinnati.

JAMES GESUALDI, ESQ. ’85 received the Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award from the American Bar Association.

CRAIG MILLER ’85 is chief digital and information officer, Planet Fitness.

YUAN-CHIEH CHENG, PHD ’86, ’88 is vice president of worldwide sales, Summit Wireless.

REBECCA GALLANTER ’86 is executive director, Opportunity Project.

CHRISTOPHER MARYANOPOLIS ’86 is chief operating officer, Signature Investment Advisors.

SERENA SACKS ’86, ’87 received the Woman of the Year Award presented by Women in IT.

JOANN SKORUPSKI ’86 has five patents and a trademark on her invention SleevePal.

SALLY SLEEPER, PHD ’86 is vice president, army research division, and director, RAND Arroyo Center.

LAURENCE HIGGINS, MD ’87, ’92 is vice president, strategic development, Arthrex.

ROYCE CALHOUN, MD ’88 is medical director, thoracic surgery, St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

ENOCH CHAN, MD ’88 is medical director, Outreach.

GRACE MEEK ’88 is president and CEO of Homesite Underwriting Managers Inc.

NICHOLAS CARMI ’89 is head of financial services, BitGo.

GREGORY CONNERS, MD ’89 is chair of pediatrics and executive director, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

MARGARET DUFFY, PHD ’89 is associate executive director, patient care services, and chief nursing officer, Cohen Children’s Medical Center.


1990s

KATHLEEN GALLO, PHD ’91, ’95 is executive vice president and chief learning officer, Northwell Health.

SYLVIA DIAZ, PHD ’92, ’11 is on the board of directors at Mather Hospital.

RON GARRY, MD ’92, ’96 is president, Florida Geriatrics Society.

MICHAEL HIGGINS ’92 is vice president of information security and chief information security officer, Harris Corporation.

HIREN MAJMUDAR ’92 is vice president, business development, SiFive.

PATRICK MCGOUGH ’92, ’95 is an adjunct lecturer at Queens College.

JOSEPH MORAN, MD ’92 is medical director, bariatric surgery, Clinch Valley Medical Center.

PETER KUEMMEL ’93 received the New York State Society of Physician Assistants Presidential Award.

DEVONEY LOOSER, PHD ’93 authored The Daily Jane Austen: A Year in Quotes.

DK BARTLEY ’95 is managing director and head of diversity and inclusion, Moody’s Corporation.

AIMEE BRUNELLE ’95 was awarded the National Athletic Trainer Service Award.

MILAN CIRKOVIC, PHD ’95, ’00 authored The Great Silence: Science and Philosophy of Fermi’s Paradox.

SOTIRIOS STERGIOPOULOS, MD ’95 is president and CEO, A2A Pharmaceuticals.

MARGARET KREPP ’96 is director of nurse practitioners, Huntington Hospital.

MATT LARSEN ’96 was awarded Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

PAUL LIPTON, PHD ’96 is associate dean, undergraduate education, Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.

ROBBIE SAMUELS ’97, ’02 led a TEDx talk at TedxBeaconStreet.

STEPHEN SANFILIPPO, PHD ’97, ’02, ’10 retired from the faculty at Maine Maritime Academy.

EDWARD JOHN YATCO, MD ’97 is a bariatric surgeon, Lenox Hill Hospital.

DEAN C. ADAMS, PHD ’99 received the 2019 Rohlf Medal for Excellence in Morphometric Methods and Applications.

ELOISE CHAPMAN-DAVIS, MD ’99, ’04 received the 2019 Stony Brook Renaissance School of Medicine Outstanding Recent Graduate Award.

LAUREN HALLAM ’99, ’02 is vice president, employee and community engagement, Fox Corporation.


2000s

MICHAEL CIRAOLO, ESQ. ’00 is general counsel and chief operating officer, Neurotrope.

NATALIA CINEAS, DNP ’01 is senior vice president and chief nurse executive, NYC Health + Hospitals.

PHILIPPE DOUYON, MD ’01 authored Neuroplasticity: Your Brain’s Superpower.

PETER SCIOTTO ’03 is principal systems engineer, Long Island’s Telephonics.

PRABHDEEP SINGH ’03 leads AI product strategy at UiPath.

JONATHAN USS ’03 is principal member, technical staff, Oracle.

ASHLEY PERROTT, MD ’04 moved to a submarket role for community medicine with Novant Health.

IVAN WEISS ’04 is executive vice president and COO, elite|studio e.

WILL KIM ’05 is assistant vice president of underwriting, GEICO, regional operations.

TRISTAN WALKER ’05 was on a live episode of NPR about his brand Walker & Company, which was sold to Proctor & Gamble in 2018.

JUSTIN WARYOLD, DNP ’05, ’08, ’14 was named Top Nurse for Long Island by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council.

KIRILL ALEKSEYEV, MD ’06 is medical director, Post Acute Medical Rehabilitation Hospital of Dover.

CONSTANTINA PAPAGEORGIOU, ESQ. ’06 is a partner, Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP.

SUSAN VAN SCOY, PHD ’06, ’10 authored The Big Duck and Eastern Long Island’s Duck Farming Industry.

MICHAEL BOECHERER, PHD ’07 is chair, humanities, Suffolk County Community College.

ILFENESH HADERA ’07 is co-starring in Godfather of Harlem on Epix.

SHAIMAA HUSSEIN, ESQ. ’07 is a partner, litigation, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, LLP.

CHRIS TANAKA ’07, ’13 is on the board for the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals.

BOYAN DOYTCHINOV ’08, ’10 is director, financial planning, Mark J. Snyder Financial Services, Inc.

RAMNEET KALRA ’08, ’11 won the Frederick O’Reilly Hayes Prize for outstanding and innovative work by employees in NYC agencies.

MINDY KRONENBERG ’08 is editor of the international poetry journal Oberon.

VANESSA CHERIS ’09 is assistant brand manager, baby care innovation, Procter & Gamble.

PATRICK DOLAN, ESQ. ’09 is a senior associate attorney with Maguire Cardona, P.C.

JOSHUA WEIL ’09 is a high school math teacher and spent a year teaching in the Middle East.


2010s

ALICE DEBIASIO ’10 is vice president and general manager, Security at Resideo.

FAINA GELMAN-NISANOV, MD ’10, ’14 is an OB-GYN at NYU Langone Health.

KATERINA KRAMARCHYK, ESQ. ’10 is a litigation associate, Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP.

RICHARD MURDOCCO ’10 has written op-eds for the NY Daily News and Newsday.

JULIANNE OATES ’10 is a critical-care registered nurse, U.S. Navy Nurse Corps.

SETH OFFENBACH, PHD ’10 authored The Conservative Movement and the Vietnam War — The Other Side of Vietnam.

BILAL QIZILBASH ’10 is CEO of EasyKale Labs LLC.

MENG WANG, PHD ’10, ’11 is an applications engineer, Brookhaven National Laboratory.

PARDIS CAMARDA, ESQ. ’11 is a litigation attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog.

AMANDA MARZULLO ORTIZ ’11 received the PR News Rising Star Award.

RAQUEL OTHEGUY, PHD ’11, ‘16 is an assistant professor of history, Bronx Community College.

CHRIS VACCARO ’11 is vice president, digital news, Altice USA.

JERRY HARRISON ’12 is software engineering manager, Data Device Corporation.

LISA JANNETTE ’12 is logistics manager at Broadridge.

STASI LUBANSKY, DNP ’12 is on the board of directors for the American Holistic Nurses Association.

LAUREN MALONEY, MD ’12, ’16 received two national Emergency Medicine awards from the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine.

VIGNESH RAJAN ’12 is technical program manager at PayPal.

Jean Clifford Brutus '11, '12
Jean Clifford Brutus ’11, ’12

ANDREW BERTRAM ’13, community relations coordinator at Success Academy, received its Excellence in Education Award for ETHOS.

JEREMY DENNIS ’13 served as an artist-in-residence at the Parrish Art Museum.

LETIER SANTANA ’13 was named one of the “Top New Creatives 58” by CMYK Magazine.

MICHAEL ST. CLAIRE ’13 is a professional rugby player for Rugby United New York.

MICHELLE FIORINI ’14, ’16 is a home health registered nurse with Northwell Health.

MARK RICE, PHD ’14 is an assistant professor of Latin American history, Baruch College.

MARY-BETH CHARNO ’15 opened a practice for patients with environmentally acquired illnesses.

ESHA CHEBOLU ’15 was chosen as an NIH Medical Research Scholar.

FANNY CORNEJO’S ‘15 photo of the endangered yellow-tailed woolly monkey was chosen by the Central Bank of Peru for a new coin to raise awareness about the threat of extinction of indigenous animals in Peru.

FANGYU DENG ’15 is a senior member of the technical staff, VMware.

KYLE GRUDER, ESQ. ’15 is an associate, commercial litigation, Farrell Fritz.

RASHUAN ALLEN ’16 released his third poetry collection, The Blues Cry for a Revolution.

TAYLOR BOURAAD ’16, ’18 developed the first LGBTQ+ living learning unit at Cornell University.

BRITTANY FITZMAURICE ’16 started her own nurse practitioner practice.

JENNIFER LAFFEY, DNP ’16 is assistant vice president, advanced clinical providers and nurse practitioners, Northwell Health.

MARIA MCCRANN ’16 is a fifth grade history teacher at Success Academy.

LYS-CLAUDIE PERARD ’16 is a pediatric nurse practitioner, school-based health clinic, NYC Health + Hospitals.

PRISCILLA WIGGINS ’16 is stewardship and alumni engagement coordinator, the George School.

JADRY GRUEN, MD ’17 is QI chief at the VA, Yale School of Medicine.

JOHN HUTTIE ’17, ’18 is community affairs liaison, Office of the Suffolk County Executive.

SAMANTHA LAI ’17 is supervisor of one of YAI’s residential group homes.

ROWAN QUIRK ’17 is currently a community health volunteer in the Peace Corps, Lesotho.

RONNY REYES ’17 is the Press Club of Long Island’s 2019 Cub Reporter of the Year.

TRACY THORN ’17, nurse manager, South Nassau Communities Hospital, received the 2019 Cupola Award.

ANTHONY VERNICE ’17 founded his own business, Victory Sports Performance.

KAILI XIE ’17 was named to Ford Motor Company’s fourth class of Thirty Under 30.

FRANK BARNES III ’18 is a board trustee, Hearing Loss Association of America, New Jersey State Association.

CHRISTOPHER CAMERON ’18 is a news assistant, The New York Times, in Washington DC.

ALLILSA FERNANDEZ ’18 was featured in Forbes along with the Stony Brook Peer Mental Health Alliance, which she founded.

MORGAN MARRAN ’18 is account supervisor, Ampersand Marketing.

NORIKO TAIRA ’18 is a process leader, Procter & Gamble.

ESTHER LENDERMAN ’19 is a behavior specialist counselor at Adelphi.

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