Stony Brook Matters

Class Notes

June 2019

Brian Batten ’99, PhD ’03, senior associate, senior coastal scientist, contributed to prior editions of the Land Development Handbook, along with a number of Dewberry employees.  The fourth edition of the Land Development Handbook, a widely used reference for design professionals, students, and private and public land developers, is now available from publisher McGraw-Hill. Authored by Dewberry and originally published in 1995, the first three editions have sold nearly 40,000 copies to date. The new edition and accompanying books are available through McGraw-Hill, Amazon, and other retailers.

Lee Cohen MD ’82, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center was listed in the 2019 New York Magazine Best Doctors issue for Child/Adolescent Psychiatry.

Ron Garry ’92 MD ’96 is the subsection Chief of Geriatrics and is the current President of the Florida Geriatric Society

Faina Gelman-Nisanov ’10, MD ’14 is an OBGYN practicing in New York City at NYU.

James Gesualdi, Esq ‘85, an attorney in Islip and author of “Excellence Beyond Compliance: Enhancing Animal Welfare Through the Constructive Use of the Animal Welfare Act” was named the 2019 recipient of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practices Section, Animal Law Committee Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award.

Jadry Gruen MD ’07 will be acting Chief Resident of Quality and Safety at the West Haven VA medical center in 2020.  In this role, he will be an active learner and participant of quality improvement at the VA hospital while also leading QI learning and initiatives among internal medicine residents at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Ilfenesh Hadera ’07 is back as Opal Gilstrap in the second season of “She’s Gotta Have It,” which premiered on Netflix on May 24, 2019.  She is also co-starring in “Godfather of Harlem” which is coming to Epix this fall.

Yoga Kammili ’07, medical student at UConn School of Medicine, will be spending the summer bicycling cross-country to raise money for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

Jennifer Laffey ’16 started in health care as an ICU nurse before she got her Master’s degree, after which she moved to North Shore University Hospital. There, she found many opportunities to develop her career such as preceptorship, mentorship, leadership and program development. Before moving to Health Solutions, where she assumed a leadership position, Jennifer helped develop a team of four ACPs into a multi-disciplinary team of 50 spanning Long Island and began teaching for the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies NP program.  Now, she’s the NP, Assistant Vice President.

Marika Lindholm ’88 is one of the editors of a new anthology “We Got This” which chronicles the journey of more than 75 solo moms.  

Lauren Maloney ’12, MD ’16, a chief resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine (EM), has received two national Emergency Medicine awards at the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Annual Conference held in Las Vegas, NV, May 14 through May 17: Resident Educator Award and RAMS Excellence in Research Award. 

Cheryl Moss-Mellman ’83, MD ’87 is Director of Clinical Breast Services at the Christine Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute, Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Ashley Perrott MD ’04 moved from 100% Clinical medicine to a Submarket Role for Community Medicine with Novant Health.  She still sees patients, but enjoys helping to mold the future of Community Medicine through the organization through this Physician Leadership role.

Denise O’Doherty ’76, psychotherapist, author and public speaker, has authored a book, “Thriving Through Transition: Self-Care for parents of transgender children.”

Nii Narku Quaynor ’74, PhD ’78, chairman of Ghana Dot Com LTD, is pioneering the internet in Africa.  

Vignesh Rajan ’12, started as a technical program manager at PayPal.

Guy Young MD ’92 has published a medical mystery novel, “Bad Blood” available on lulu.com.

May 2019

Larry Bassett ’88, community activist, has his story told in part in the documentary film The Pacifist now available on Amazon.

Brian Batten ’03, CFM, PhD, Senior Associate; Senior Coastal Scientist contributed to prior editions of The Land Development Handbook. The fourth edition of the Land Development Handbook, a widely used reference for design professionals, students, and private and public land developers, is now available from publisher McGraw-Hill. Authored by Dewberry and originally published in 1995, the first three editions have sold nearly 40,000 copies to date. The new edition and accompanying books are available through McGraw-Hill, Amazon, and other retailers.

Felicia Cosman MD ’83, Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, is the 2019 recipient of the American College of Endocrinology Distinction in Endocrinology Award by the American Association of Clinical

Philippe Douyon ’01 MD has authored a book, “Neuroplasticity: Your Brain’s Superpower.”

Lawrence Gollob ’74 recently retired from his position as the Director of Project Management in Gypsum Business after 36 years with Georgia-Pacific corporation.  He served in Director of R&D role for Georgia-Pacific Chemicals prior to Gypsum role.

Richard E. Hart, PhD, ’84, was the recipient of the 2019 Don Ihde Distinguished Alumni Award, conferred by the Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook University. His lecture accompanying the award ceremony on April 18 was “Charles Johnson and American Pragmatism.” Johnson, an award winning author of fiction and non-fiction, also, received his PhD in philosophy from SBU. Prof. Hart is the Cyrus H. Holley Professor of Applied Ethics and Philosophy Emeritus at Bloomfield College, New Jersey. The award was presented by Dr. Ihde, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Stony Brook, and was attended by several doctoral students and friends from the mid to late 1970’s.

Bruce H. Joffe ’70, nonprofit executive and author, recently published a book “EXPAT Leaving the USA for Good.”

Sung Yup Kim PhD ’15 has accepted a position at Seoul National University in the Department of History, Geography and Philosophy.  

James Nichols PhD, ’05 ’12, assistant professor of History at CUNY, recently published his revised Stony Brook dissertation as an academic book.

Raquel Otheguy PhD ’11, ’16 is now an assistant professor of history at Bronx Community College.

Ronny Reyes ’17 is the Press Club of Long Island’s 2019 Club Reporter of the Year and a finalist in the Community News category in the Press Club of Long Island’s Contest.  He also won two awards in the New York Press Association for coverage of religion and news story.

Mark Rice PhD ’14, assistant professor of Latin American History at Baruch College recently published his revised Stony Brook dissertation as an academic book.

Richard Sacks ’70 has retired after 35 years in the fact-checking business–The New Yorker and Reader’s Digest, mainly. He is married to fellow Stony Brook alum Lydia Papandrea ’72.  He enjoys writing novels and playing basketball.

Ivan Weiss ’04 is executive vice president and COO of elite|studio e.  He is chair of the 2019 AJC Foodservice & Hospitality Division annual dinner. Fellow Stony Brook alumni and the founder, President and CEO of the company, Eric D. Weiss ’77, is receiving the National Corporate Innovation Award. 

Justin Williams PhD ’07, ’11, assistant professor of history at CUNY, recently published his revised Stony Brook dissertation as an academic book.

April 2019

Andrew Bertram ’13, community relations coordinator at Success Academy is a recipient of Success Academy’s Excellence in Education Award for ETHOS, which recognizes those who exemplify values of excellence, teamwork, humor, ownership and students.  

Babak D. Beheshti, PhD ’85, ’87 has been appointed dean of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).

Pardis Camarda, Esq. ’11, an attorney based in the Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog Law Wilmington office, served as the Site Co-Chair for the Wilmington call center during the North Carolina Bar Association’s 12th Annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day on Friday, March 1.

Mary-Beth Charno ’15 has opened her own practice, specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and care of the patient suffering with environmentally acquired illnesses.  

Vanessa Cheris ’09 received her MBA from the University of Michigan in 2017 is is an assistant brand manager at Procter and Gamble.

Michael Ciralo PhD ’00 has been appointed general counsel and chief operating officer at Neurotrope

Rebecca (Mendelssohn) Gallanter ’87 has been appointed Executive Director at Opportunity Project, Millburn, New Jersey. This nonprofit organization serves individuals with brain injury via the “clubhouse” model. The organization also advocates for individuals with brain injury and disabilities, promotes awareness and prevention. The programs and services work in conjunction with a large NJ hospital in order to research outcomes and expand the program.

Venancio Fuentes ’80 has pursued a career in higher education and became a professor at County College of Morris after working in industry for several years.  

Ronna H. Gordon-Galchus, Esq. ’84 has been appointed by Mayor de Blasio judge to Family Court, New York State Unified Court System.  Judge Ronna Gordon-Galchus started her legal career with The Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division. She then formed a law practice partnership with her husband specializing in criminal and family law and appellate practice for nearly 29 years.

Carolyn J. Hall ’09 leads workshops for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, part of a varied career in marine ecology and contemporary dance.

Jerry Harrison ’12 is a software engineering manager at Data Device Corporation on Long Island.  The company produces numerous products in areas like data bus communication, power control, motor control and motion feedback

Mindy Kronenberg ’08 is a professor at SUNY Empire State College and editor of the international poetry journal Oberon.  Oberon has been selected for inclusion in the EBSCO Humanities research database for libraries. Her own poetry is included in the international Ekphrasis project, facilitated by Netherlands artist Joost de Jonge.

Lissette Lugo ’06 is a pipeline programs coordinator with the talent acquisition team at National Grid, in Hicksville NY.  

Maria McCrann ’16, a fifth grade teacher of history at Success Academy, is a recipient of the Academy’s Excellence in Education Award for Growth, which recognizes educators who have exhibited singular progress since the start of the school year.  

Craig Miller ’85 has been appointed chief digital and information officer for Planet Fitness.

Emerson Mota ’05, ’13 worked at the Cardio Thoracic ICU at North Shore Manhasset since graduating from SBU, and got into the CRNA program at Columbia University. Mota sends special thanks to Professors Faulkner, Galiczeuski, Voelpel.

Bilal Qizilbash ’10, CEO of EasyKale Labs LLC, sells kale powder made according to a process that he patented and for feeding and employing the homeless in the Mississippi town where his company is based.

Seth Offenbach PhD ’10 published a book, “The Conservative Movement and the Vietnam War – The Other Side of Vietnam”

John Reiner ’78 ’79, Lockhorns cartoonist, received the Alumni Award during the Shirley Strum Kenney Student Arts Festival on Thursday April 18, 2019.  The award was presented by fellow alumnus Norman Prusslin ’73.

Karen Schnall ’09, ‘12 completed her Masters in Nursing Leadership in May 2016 through Stony Brook School of Nursing.  She obtained her current role of Nurse Manager of the Stony Brook Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Special Procedures Unit in December, 2018.

Peter Sciotto ’03 is a Principal Systems Engineer designing next generation avionics (that is electronics for aircraft systems) at Long Island’s Telephonics.

Sally Sleeper ’86 has been named the new vice president, Army Research Division and director, RAND Arroyo Center at the RAND Corporation.   

Joann Skorupski ’86 now has five patents and trademark on her invention called Sleevepal®️-gift card holder sleeve with balance log. 

Stephanie Sottile ’18 has joined the Navy Nurse Corps and started her new job as an Ensign in the Nurse Residency Program at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

Robert Stein ’72 is a K-12 substitute counselor/teacher in Eugene, OR and teaches at the religious school at Temple Beth Israel.

Meng Wang ’10, PhD ’11 is an application engineer in the environmental science department at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and, prior to that role, she was a test engineer at Motorola Solutions.

Aleksandr Zverinskiy ’06 and Ludmila Aramian were married this past February on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  Dr. Zverinskiy is a medical director at Richmond University Medical Center.

March 2019

Natalia Cineas ’01 has been appointed senior vice president and chief nurse executive for NYC Health + Hospitals.

Fangyu Deng ’15 has a new position at VMware as a member of technical staff.

Brittany Fitzmaurice ’16 has started her own NP practice.  After starting her practice, she integrated her EMR with HIXNY. As part of the process they learned more about the practice she was running and the organization that sub-contracted her.  They decided to feature Brittany in their annual review.

Laurence Higgins MD ’87, ’92 has joined Arthrex as the vice president of strategic development.

Mark Hochman DDS ’84 has been named the 2019 Distinguished School of Dental Medicine Alumni Award recipient.

Melissa Joseph ’16, registered nurse at Mather Hospital/ICU, has been accepted to Columbia University’s Nurse Anesthesia Program.  

Matt Larsen ’96, director of athletics at North Dakota State University has been named Athletic Director of the year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).  

Paul Lipton ’96, who has served in a number of senior roles at Boston University, joins the Woodrow Wilson School as associate dean of undergraduate education, effective July 1.  

Hiren Majmudar ’92 has been named vice president of business development at SiFive, the leading provider of commercial RISC-V processor IP and silicon solutions.   

Patricia Marcin, Esq. ’81 has been elected to the Board of Advisers for the Long Island Community Foundations.  She is a partner at the firm of Farrell Fritz.   

Morgan Marran ’18 has a new position as a project manager for a Long Island agency, Ampersand Marketing.  She is also the founder of Ellipsis Public Relations, a firm focused on social media management and public relations.  

Julianne Oates ’10 has been an active duty Navy nurse since graduation.  As a critical care nurse, she has been deployed twice, once with the hospital ship USNS Comfort in 2015 for a partnership mission in Latin America, and most recently last summer to the Middle East in support of the US Marines.   

Aysia Olaniyan ’18 is currently in nursing school.  

Lys-Claudie Perard ’16 started working at school based high school clinic, Bushwick educational complex School based health clinic/ NYC Health+ Hospital/Gotham Health, in September last year and enjoys working with adolescents. It’s both exciting and challenging!  Prior to this, she was working in a general pediatric clinic.   

Letier Santana ’13 was recognized as one of the winners of CMYK’s “Top New Creatives 58.” Her winning campaign promoted Sunset Sarsaparilla, a western style beverage that is featured in the video game “Fallout.” She re-ignited the brand by targeting millennial festival-goers who spend money on experiences and are loyal to the brands they love. Letier, who will be graduating from the Branding + Integrated Communications Masters Program at the City College of New York this May, was guided by Professor Gerardo Blumenkrantz in BIC’s Creative Round Robin course where her campaign was seeded during a “brief and critique” at global marketing and technology agency Digitas.   CMYK magazine has recognized top student design work since 1996. After a brief hiatus, they reemerged in 2018 with their 58thissue, which recognized 70 winners and 100 projects in its “Top New Creatives 58.”   

Charles Solomon, Esq. ’68 has retired after being a judge for thirty-two years in Manhattan State Supreme Court.

Rosemary Toledo ’71, ’79 is a member of the Vineyard Community Church, Cape Coral, Florida and has also gone back to teaching. Her son, Mark is a Master Barber in New York.  She plans on being a Pastor.

Susan Van Scoy, PhD ’06, ’10 has published a book titled “The Big Duck and Long Island’s Duck Farming Industry.”

 

February 2019

Judge Michael Boyajian ’83 has written The Armenians in Paris: The Joy After the Sorrow – a book about the Armenians who survived the genocide and who came to Paris to rebuild their literary legacy in the 1920s amid the American expats like F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, as well as authors like James Joyce.  He pays tribute to SBU Professors Taylor, Flanagan and Thompson in the Armenian version of Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast.

Christopher Cameron ’18 has accepted a position as News Assistant at the New York Times in Washington DC.  

Gregory Conners MD ’89 has been named Chair of Pediatrics and Executive Director of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Gail Erlebacher-Weitz ’76, ’78 is working as a Senior Communications Specialist at Groundwater and Environmental Services (GES) in Wall, NJ.   She is also registered as a professional Geologist in 3 states.

Kyle Gruder, Esq. ’15 has joined Farrell Fritz as an associate in their Water Mill Office.  

Lauren Hallam ’99, ’02, ’03 is VP of Employee and Community Engagement for Fox Corporation.

Harvey Heilbrun ’72 had a story published in the February issue of Storytelling Magazine (National Storytelling Network) titled Castle of the Faithful Wives, based on a Grimm Brothers Legend.  He was also featured on the StoryStoryPodcast.com broadcast this past November.

Owen Meyer ’11 runs his own fund, Meyer Equity.  

Julie Mirkin ’80 has been appointed as the Chief Nursing Officer, Stony Brook University Hospital

Constantina Papageorgiou, Esq. ’06 has been promoted to partner at the firm of Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP.  She is a member of the firm’s trust and estate practice.

Thomas Pedigo ’00 is currently a physician’s assistant, emergency medicine at US Acute Care Solutions, former military.  

John Quinn ’77, former sports editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, was featured in a story in the Winter 2018 edition of Heart Insight Magazine titled “You Gotta Believe.”

Serena Sacks ’86, ’87, Chief Information Officer for Fulton County Schools and recent cancer survivor, is a finalist for the 2019 Women in Technology “Transformational Leader of the Year” and received the 2018 Georgia CIO of the year (non-profit).

Jonathan Uss ’03 has moved to Seattle, WA and currently works at Oracle as a principal member of the technical staff.  Prior to this, he worked for Amazon and Northrop Grumman while pursuing his Master’s Degree in computer science.

December 2018 and January 2019

Abdulamir Al-Dafar Hamdani ’15, PhD Anthropology and Archaeology, was recently appointed to the Ministry of Culture in Iraq by the Iraqi Parliament.

Stan Arkow ’73 is a Medical Director, Inpatient & ED Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.  He is also an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.

Kirill Alekseyev ’06 is currently a medical director at Post Acute Medical Acute Rehabilitation Hospital in Dover, DE.

Diane Caminis ’67 is Chair of NY Unit of the Herb Society of America, and a Board Member of Japan Society of Fairfield County.

Yuan-Chieh Cheng PhD ’86, ’88 has joined Summit Wireless Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WISA), as vice president of worldwide sales.

Milan Cirkovic ’95, ’00 has authored a book that was recently published titled, “The Great Silence:  Science and Philosophy of Fermi’s Paradox”

Nancy Colletti ’85, ’91, ’96 has been appointed to the faculty at the University of Cincinnati as Professor of Program Director Respiratory Therapy in the College of Allied Health Sciences.

Alice Debiasio ’10 is now the vice president and general manager of Resideo’s global pro security business, a spin off of Honeywell Homes and ADI Global distribution business.  Alice worked for Honeywell Homes business for five years.   

Jeremy Dennis ’13 served as an artist-in-residence at the Parrish with South Fork students in grades four through twelve.  He led workshops and lectures.

Boyan Doytchinov ’08, ’10 is now Director of Financial Planning at Mark J. Snyder Financial Services, Inc.

Shaimaa Hussein, Esq. ’07 is a partner with the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher in the firm’s litigation department in New York City.

John Huttie ’18 is now an aid to the Suffolk County Executive, Suffolk County Government.

Lisa Jannette ‘12 recently changed careers and is working as a logistics manager after spending 5 years in Financial operations

Stasi Lubansky ’12 has been elected to the Board of Directors for the American Holistic Nurses Association.  She will be installed this coming June, 2019. She is an adult nurse practitioner at Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates.  

Glenn Luchen ’81 is Chair IEEE Long Island, Student activities.

Jacqueline Loughran ’17 has been accepted to a Masters in Occupational Therapy program at NYIT. She will start in May of 2019.

Patrick McGough ’92, ’95 is an adjunct lecturer at Queens College where he teaches History of Ireland from 1690 to present and Irish in America.

Amanda Marzullo Ortiz ’11 recently received the PR News Rising Stars Award.  She is a digital content producer for Northwell Health and a former Stony Brook 40 under Forty Alumni Award recipient.

Richard Murdocco ’10 had two op-ed pieces recently published:  “Amazon Delivers Hope to Millennials” via Newsday and “When Amazon Comes, the Suburbs Must Adapt” via NY Daily News.

Richie Narvaez ’86, ’88 has published his debut novel, “Hipster Death Rattle,” which will be published in March, 2019.  

Christine Pham ’88 is currently teaching the Dynamic Genome, a course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) to first year students in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California, Riverside.

Timothy Ressmeyer ’83 has published a new book titled “The Impact of Confidence: 7 Secrets of Success for the Human Side of Leadership”

Stephen Sanfilippo, PhD ’97, ’02, ’10 retired from the faculty at Maine Maritime Academy in May 2018. He and his wife Susan ’05 are very active with public history organizations in Maine and on Long Island.

Diane Scillia ’67 has retired from teaching at Kent State University after 33 years.

Prabhdeep Singh ’03 has joined UiPath to lead AI Product Strategy.

Darrell Turner ’79, ’80 is currently a program evaluator with the NYC Administration for Children’s Services.

Joseph Underwood, PhD ’03, ’08 organized and opened an exhibit in Dakar, to Beloit Wisconsin last fall which will be opening later this month at Kent State University.  The exhibit will be coming to the Zuccaire Gallery this coming summer.

Chris Vaccaro ’11 is Vice President of Digital News for Altice USA, where he oversees the digital platforms for News 12, i24, News 12 Varsity and other media properties. He is also an adjunct journalism professor at Hofstra University and LIU Post and the Executive Director of the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame.

Joshua Weil ’09 is a high school math teacher in Florida and spent 2017-2018 teaching in the Middle East.

Phyllis Zagano, PhD ’79 was one of three panelists at a recent discussion about Catholic women deacons at Fordham University. Dr. Zagano, author of many books on the topic, was appointed to the Papal Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women by Pope Francis in 2016. The Commission recently submitted a report to Pope Francis.

 

November 2018

Keesha Jackson-Muir ’93, principal at Braddock Elementary School since September 2014, has been named Fairfax County Public Schools 2018 Outstanding Principal by FCPS.

Anita Kokui Gbeho ’86 has been appointed as deputy joint special representative for the African Union-United Nations hybrid operation in Darfur.

Michelle Mbekeani ’11 has been named to the Forbes Under 30 list for Law & Policy.

 

October 2018

Abdullah Basaran ’15 is pleased to announce that his first monograph, “The Postmodern: Philosophy, Literature, Convalescence” has been published in Turkish by Dedalus Publishing House. He is pursuing his PhD (4th year, candidate) in Philosophy at Stony Brook.

Sanford Bernstein ’74 received a merit award from the National Institute of Health to continue investigations into the role of the motor protein myosin in health and muscle disease.

Kathy Caton ’91 co-composed A Pilgrimage of Hope, the Rite of Passage. The world premiere performance will be presented at the Dalton Congregational Church, FCC, on Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10 at 7pm. A contemporary musical passion play composed and designed by Kate Caton and Ted Kastrinos, the play investigates the impulse to reflect and revisit humanity through the eyes and ears of artistic expression. Kate presently serves as Director of Music for the First Congregational Church in Dalton, and balances these efforts with her work as a music teacher in the North Adams Public Schools and her private voice and piano students.

Tim Cangeleri ’03 has founded and launched miwwas.com which provides an introductory video series on investing in the stock market. This on-demand educational video series allows viewers with little or no experience to conveniently learn about the stock market. Viewers are encouraged to relax, watch, learn and invest. For more info visit https://miwwas.com.

Dr. Nick Fitterman ’84 has been named the new executive director of Huntington Hospital by Northwell Health. He was the Vice Chair of Medicine at Northwell and previously he was the Head of Hospitalists at Huntington Hospital.

Atiba Rogers ’15 hosted a book signing for her debut book of poetry and prose colossal heart on September 29, 2018. The book, which was self-published on August 28, 2017, is partitioned into four sections: bemoan, exhibitionist, expressionist and lion. Rogers eloquently reveals and revisits her most intimate moments.

 

September 2018

Bruno Difabio ’92, 6-time World Pizza Champion, Restauranteur and Food Network Veterans has partner with his best friend, Sean Brauser, 2-time World Pizza Chamption and renownwned chef to open Amore Cucina & Bar in Brookhaven, Georgia.

Laura Doukas ’15, creative director of Hauptman Realty, a commercial real estate company, received the 30 Under 30 Award from Long Island Business News.

Rachel Doukas ’12, ’14, founder at Doukas Media, Inc. received the 30 Under 30 Award from Long Island Business News.

Bernard Fialkoff DDS ’80 sponsored and hosted the following events and programs recently: The 11th Annual Drug Free Heroes Awards Gala, held in honor of the UN International Day against Drug Abuse; the 2nd Annual United Nations Convention held at the UN on drug education and cultural sustainability sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Senegal; the Drug-Free Basketball Tournament held at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY with the NYPD and in which Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams presented Dr. Fialkoff and the Dreg Free World program a proclamation; and the Drug Free World/Harlem Wizards/Miss Manhattan Float at the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Debra Grimm ’04, ’10 has been named vice president and chief nursing officer at Long Island Community Hospital in Patchogue.

Brooke Gubitosi ’17 was a ball person at this year’s U.S. Open. She was a member of the Stony Brook lacrosse team.

Gregory Klubok ’13 has joined the firm of Rivkin Radler in Uniondale, in the firm’s insurance group.

Lester Paldy ’62, a former marine infantry and intelligence officer and Korean War veteran, recently actively participated in candidate training at the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia. He also consults with Brookhaven National Lab’s Nonproliferation and National Security Department and volunteers as a professor in the Department of Pathology working to connect Stony Brook medical and engineering researchers with their counterparts at national labs and the Naval Submarine Medical Research Lab. He is leading a senior seminar in Stony Brook Honor’s College this fall.

Lauren Pecorino PhD ’84, ’90 is the sole author of a university textbook, “The Molecular Biology of Cancer,” published by Oxford University Press (4 Editions) 6 foreign translations.

Derek Peterson ’88 CEO of Soter Technologies, has been named to the board of LISTnet.

John Suleiman ’79, after a successful career in Investment Banking, marketing continuing education and in customer service, advertising, marketing and public relations, John (“John The Beach Realtor”) recently became a Florida Realtor and Real Estate Consultant for Coldwell Banker, St. Pete Beach FL where he specializes as a 3rd generation real estate pro in buying and selling beach properties along the Florida Gulf coast.

Rick Singer ’75 has been appointed president of Winter Properties, a vertically integrated real estate investment, management and development company. He will be overseeing all business operations.

Dorrien Van Dyke ’17, former Stony Brook Seawolves women’s lacrosse player, was named an assistant coach at James Madison.

Mireya Mayor PhD ’08, primatologist and most recently referenced as the “female Indiana Jones” in the LA Times, is among the speakers planned for the Irvine Barclay Theatre’s National Geographic Live Speaker Series.

 

August 2018

Justine Marfa ’18 enlisted in the US Army serving Active Duty as a 35N, Signals Intelligence Analyst, examining communications/activity and relays that information by producing combat, strategic and tactical intelligence reports.  She received an award from the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, Certificate of Achievement: “Commanding General Award”, “For distinguishing herself as the most outstanding Soldier of Cycle 3-18, Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Chemical Brigade.

Karleen Sarduy ’09 works for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and is pursuing her LCSW.

Gus Alfieri ’89, Hall of Fame championship high school basketball coach and founder the All-American Basketball Camp in Syosset, that marked its 50th anniversary July 25.

Elizabeth Donaldson PhD ’97 is pleased to announce that her edited collection Literatures of Madness: Disability Studies and Mental Health is officially available in print and electronic form. The collection contains essays on canonical authors and lesser known and sometimes forgotten writers, including Sylvia Plath, Louisa May Alcott, Hannah Weiner, Mary Jane Ward, Michelle Cliff, Lee Maracle, Joanne Greenberg, Ann Bannon, Jerry Pinto, Persimmon Blackbridge, and others. The volume addresses the under-representation of madness and psychiatric disability in the field of disability studies, which traditionally focuses on physical disability, and explores the controversies and the common ground among disability studies, anti-psychiatric discourses, mad studies, graphic medicine, and health/medical humanities.

Jeffrey Denman ’10 has been named to City & State Albany 40 Under 40 list and was recognized at their 10 year reunion on August 14.

Lauren Ferrante, MD ’07 was presented with the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award during the School of Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony on August 12. Dr. Ferrante is an Assistant Professor of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine at Yale School of Medicine.

Anton Haug ’64 retired from The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory on January 4, 2018.

Taoli Ji ’04 (Tony) and Sobonneth Ung’04 have started Vianetic, a new innovative diaper bag company focused on bringing a new line of innovative diaper bags for the modern day parent, has debuted its revolutionary product—the Vianetic 20L and 16L backpacks—at the New York Baby Show. Founded by two college sweetheart and SBU Alumni, its patent pending design—which has been fully funded on Kickstarter—takes the stress and fear out of traveling with a baby and not knowing where to change your baby. The backpack will allow new parents to easily change their baby inside cars, and on any flat surface. Find out more about the Vianetic diaper bag story https://www.thevianetic.com/

Elynda Hickson-Tinnie ’77 and Glenn Tinnie are exhibiting their photographs at the Port Jefferson Library during the months of July and August 2018. Viewers can see photographs of classic cars, landscapes, creative abstracts, sunsets and more.

Peter Kaufman PhD ’99 has co-authored a book “Teaching with Compassion: An Educator’s Oath to Teach from The Heart” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018)

Paula McWilliam ’98 has been announced as the director of nursing at Franklin Pierce.   She will resume this position after September 1.

Ramon Parsons, MD/PhD ’92 was presented with the 2018 School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award and recognized for his distinguished career as a cancer researcher. He is the Director of the Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dawn Zier ’86, CEO of Nutrisystem was recently published in the Philadelphia Business Journal titled, “Even the best leaders need advisors.” On August 1, she was a guest on CNBC Power Lunch, discussing Nutrisystem’s latest innovation.

 

July 2018

Samantha D’Annunzio MD ’11 became attending physician in pulmonary critical care with Westmed Medical Group and Greenwich Hospital.

Suraiya Afrina ’14 is currently working as a Knowledge Management and Multimedia Consultant with the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP.

Dominique Batiste ’10 heads the Consumer Insights Team for Starz Entertainment as Director of Consumer Insights and Analytics.

Siobhan Becker ’17 has started her own photography business last fall.

Jasmine Blennau ’16 graduated with an MBA in marketing from St. John’s. She has started a position as an associate producer/equipment specialist at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

Thomas Cassidy ’71, ’78 is pleased to announce his recent book, “Damage Control” has been published.

Natalia Cineas ’01 received the Network Journal’s 40 Under Forty Award during their 21st Annual 40 Under Forty Achievement Awards Ceremony on June 21.

Janelle Clausen ’16 received an honorable mention for “Rookie of the Year” from the New York Press Association for reporting.

Micah Dann ’11 is in Jerusalem on a three-month fellowship with The Ground Truth Project. He is also completing a fellowship with the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America.

Theresa Dooley ’10 is pursuing her Master’s in library and information science at Simmons College in Boston. She is working as a supervisor and training specialist at UMass Amherst’s Du Bios Library.

Kaitlyn Gallagher ’12 has been promoted to associate director, business development at Socialfly, a social media marketing and influencer marketing agency.

Angelo Lambroschino ’15 graduated from Caldwell University with a masters degree in higher education administration. He is chapter leader for the New Jersey Alumni Chapter.

Kevin Loucks ’13 has been appointed as an administrator of the Music Academy of the West.

Jon Millian ’12 is currently the producer of Channel 7 Eyewitness News’ 5 pm newscast on weekends.

Frank Posillico ’13 was promoted to senior editor of video at the New York Daily News.

Holly Riordan ’15 has completed her novel, “Before The Farmhouse Burned Down,” a fantasy novel now available on Amazon.

Jonathan Sobel ’91 received the Outstanding Graduate Award — PA from the School of Health Technology and Management. Jonathan is the Senior Administrative Director of PA Services at Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System), where he is responsible for PA operations at all of the system’s Manhattan campuses.

Gwenn Schwerdel ’12 received the 2018 School of Health Technology Management’s Outstanding Graduate Award.

Matt Weinberger ’08 is currently working as a senior editor at Business Insider. He has gone on Good Morning America as a tech expert twice, and Fox 5 invited him on to discuss a story he wrote.

Adam Wos MD ’01 was appointed medical director of the Emergency Department at Mather Hospital.

Juliette Vendryes ’10 received the 2018 School of Health Technology Management Outstanding Graduate Award. She is the administrative director for Cardio-Pulmonary Services at New York Presbyterian Hospital Lawrence.

Dawn Zier ’86, CEO of Nutrisystem, Inc. received the Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Award in the Retail and Consumer Products category in the Greater Philadelphia region.

 

June 2018

Jessica Banslaben ’06 completed her PhD in Social Work, specializing in social policy and gerontology from Fordham University (2018).

Joe Campolo, Esq. ’94, managing partner at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick in Ronkonkoma, has been elected to the board of advisers of the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College in Rockville Centre.

Angela Damaso ’15 is a software engineer at Kaplan Test Prep, leading an initiative to make products 100% usable for people with disabilities and spread awareness about technical and design accessibility.

Frank Granati DDS ’78 ’82 has his own private practice in general dentistry.  He is also a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Pilot, master mason and a knights Templar.

Adam Huck ’16 received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education. His degree is in Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning.

William (Bill) Fox ’89 graduated Holy Apostles College & Seminary on May 5, 2018 with a Master of Divinity, magna cum laude and a Master of Arts in Moral Theology, summa cum laude.  His master’s thesis, “The Consistent Ethic of Life in the Face of The Hermeneutics of Selfishness” was defended magna cum laude.  He was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri on May 19, 2018 by the Most Rev. James V. Johnston, JCL, DD. Bishop Johnston assigned me as parochial vicar (“associate pastor”) at St. Peter Parish and St. Therese Little Flower Parish, both in Kansas City, MO, effective June 12, 2018.

Michael Mihaley ’10 has completed his novel recently, The Underdog Parade, which is being published by Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books.

Michael Nevradakis ’05,’07 completed his doctoral studies in May, receiving his Ph.D. in Media Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.  His dissertation, titled “From the Polis to Facebook: Social Media and the Development of a New Greek Public Sphere,” was based on a long-term research project in Greece and examined social media’s impact on the public sphere, civil society and public discourse in Greece during the years of the country’s economic crisis. During this multi-year study, Nevradakis received fellowships and funding from the U.S. Fulbright Foundation, the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, the Erasmus+ Exchange Program, the Greek State Scholarships Foundation, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Furthermore, in February Nevradakis was awarded the prestigious Dissertation Fellowship by the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, one of twelve such fellowships awarded nationwide, for the completion of his research and dissertation.

Kylie Ohlmiller ’18, (Stony Brook Women’s Lacrosse), was named the 2017-2018 America East Woman of the Year at the conference’s annual awards dinner on June 5.

Chengjian Yao PhD ’15 will finish his postdoctoral position in one month, and will fulfill his new position as a tenure track assistant professor at ShanghaiTech University in July 2018.

Duane Webb MD ’74 was promoted to chief of gastroenterology in May 2017, Omlympic Medical Physicians, Sequim, WA.

 

May 2018

Naomi Danis ’71, ’72 will be having a book coming out this May from PowKidsBooks, with illustrations by Cinta Arribas. It is her fourth picture book for kids. The book, “I Hate Everyone” is narrated by a little girl who is who is a hot mess of feelings at her birthday party. Naomi is managing editor at Lilith Magazine.

John W. Dominice III ’17 has been promoted to the Senior Vice President of Sales for Max USA Corp, where he will continue to oversee sales and marketing in North America, Canada, South America and Mexico.

Lauren Ferrante MD ’07 was selected to be named the Stony Brook School of Medicine Outstanding Recent Graduate Award.

Scott M. Karson, Esq. ’72 is the recipient of the 2018 Suffolk County Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is a partner in the Melville, New York law firm of Lamb & Barnosky, LLP, where his primary concentration is in the area of appellate practice. Scott is a former President of the Suffolk County Bar Association (2004-2005) and he currently serves as Treasurer of the New York State Bar Association.

Lissette Lugo ’06, engineer at National Grid, was award with the Alumni Champion Award by the Stony Brook Career Center during their Career Partnership Celebration.

Lily D. McNair, PhD ’83, ‘87 has been named the next president of Tuskegee University. She is currently provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wanger College in New York. She will be Tuskegee’s eight president and the first woman president of the university in its 136-year history, starting on July 1, 2018

Daniel McLane, Esq.,’88 is the 2018 recipient of the Nassau County Conservative Party’s Special Torch of Freedom Award. Mr. McLane is currently the Principal Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas Rademaker, an acting Supreme Court Justice.

Bedel Saget ’88, Graphics/Multimedia Editor, Sports, New York Times, was award with the Alumni Champion Award by the Stony Brook Career Center during their Career Partnership Celebration.

Steven M. Stowe’s PhD ’79 book “Keeping the Days – Reading the Civil War Diaries of Southern Women” has been published by UNC Press this spring.

Mark Wolff, DDS, PhD ’77, ’81, ’97 has been named Dean of The Robert Schattner Center
University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. He will assume his role on July 1, 2018.

April 2018

Cincy Bautista-Thomas ’98 is an Associate Director of Field Education at Columbia School of Social Work for the last 8 years and is a Phd Candidate in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is also co-founder of a personal and professional development training company, Velocity Visions, Inc. with fellow classmate, Ancy Lewis.

Jane Chen, Esq. ’14 has been named to the Executive Board of the Hofstra Law School Alumni Association and co-chair of the Board’s Diversity Committee.

Fran Danis PhD ’74, ’76 was inducted by the NASW Foundation as a NASW Social Work Pioneer® (National Association of Social Workers Foundation).

Rachel Hershenberg PhD ’13 has a self-help book that was just published. The foreword was written by Stony Brook faculty (& Distinguished Professor), Marvin Goldfried.

Saagar Govil ’08 has been appointed CEO and chairman of Vicon Industries.

Huntley Myrie ’90 has been listed in Savoy magazine as one of 2018 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. He is Senior Vice President, Fuel and Motion Control Division, Eaton Aerospace Group for Eaton.

Elizabeth Pincus ’08 was elected to serve as the National Secretary for AORN (Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses) at the AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo in New Orleans this past March 2018.

Brian Stallard ’13 is the producer and a co-host of the podcast, Base Paris. The podcast was just named among the 2018 Webby Awards’ “five best podcasts in the world” for the subjects of science and education.

Justin Steele, MD ’02 has joined New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in its Department of Surgery. Dr. Steele specializes in robotic surgery, hepatobiliary-pancreatic, and complex abdominal hernia surgery.

March 2018

Diego Acero ’10, ’11 , has joined the Northwell Transplant Team as a transplant coordinator after donating a kidney to his sister-in-law in 2016.

Justin Belkin ’04, project manager at Canon, U.S.A. has been appointed to the Town of Babylon’s Industrial Development Agency. (IDA)

Robert Bernstein ’71 is pleased to announce the publication of his award winning book (Psychology/Mental Health from Best Book Awards), “Uniquely Normal: Tapping the Reservoir of Normalcy to Treat Autism”

Mark Bridges ’83 earned his second Oscar for his work on “Phantom Thread,” costume designer.

Frank Burgert ’80 has been awarded College Radio Station Engineer of the year, for his work with WUSB, presented by the national college radio station organization, the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.

Eva Chalas, MD ’81, was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who.

Heather Findletar Hines ’09, Midwifery Class 7 and DNP Class 1 is Program Director for the School of Nursing Midwifery Program.

Diane Fisher ’71 will receive the Master Pilot Award from the FAA, 50 years as a pilot at the ‘Sun and Fun’ Airshow Lakeland, Florida, the 2nd largest airshow in the U.S.

Brian Gugerty ’82, Senior Service Fellow, presented the following at Informatic conferences in March: Blackwell, C., Palso, K., Eckerson K., Marfo, A and Gugerty, B.. Achieving New Results with What Already Exists: Repurposing an existing standard and functionality to achieve new goals. Poster Presentation at the 2018 AMIA Summit, San Francisco, CA, March, 2018. Gugerty, B. Update on the National Health Care Surveys Public Health Reporting Registry. HIMSS 2018 Federal Pavilion Presentation, Las Vegas, NV, March 2018.”

John Hennessy, PhD ’75, ’77 will be honored at the Commonwealth Club’s Distinguished Citizen Award Gala on April 19 in San Francisco.

Kelsea Johnson ’17 auditioned on NBC’s The Voice.

Dr. Dimitrios Kilimitzoglou, DDS ’02, who owns ESI Healthy Dentistry in Smithtown and teaches at Stony Brook University’s Dental School, has been elected president of the Suffolk County Dental Society in Hauppauge.

Dan Smith ’90, principal of Seaford Middle School, has been named Administrator of the Year by the Council of Administrators and Supervisors in recognition of his educational leadership.

Hanaa’ Tameez ’16 – a previous Wall Street Journal Fellow upon graduation from Stony Brook, was recently appointed as the inaugural diversity reporter at the Fort WorthStar-Telegram

Brianna Titone ’04 is a candidate for State House District 27 of Colorado.

 

February 2018

Dr. Fahim Ahmed ’95 has been appointed as chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs of Mercy Medical Center.

Arnold Anderson ’93, upon his 30th year of service to others, founded the non profit 501c3 Inspiring Our Youth A Game, Inc in Northeast Florida. The goal, to neutralize the effects of social and educational marginalization on elementary, middle and high school aged youth and their families. We measure our success through increasing high school graduation rates, access to college preparation, prevention of juvenile offending, enhanced health education and decreasing child welfare dependency.

Kim Brandeau ’94 was recently sworn in as a Deputy Comptroller of Nassau County. She has more than 12 years of experience working in the Suffolk County Executive’s Office, most recently as the chief budget examiner.

Erik Buckholz ’97 was recently promoted to be the Human Resources Director for CulinArt, Stony Brook campus.

Randell Bynum ’94 has been named as the new CEO for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County.

Joseph Campolo, Esq. ’94 has been elected chairman of the HIA-LI, Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island.

Linda Capuano ‘72 was appointed Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in January 2018.

Aviva Diamond ’08 was sworn in on December 4, 2017, as a Mt Lebanon School Director, Mt Lebanon, PA.

William Fox ’89, was ordained a transitional deacon for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph (Missouri) on May 13, 2017. He is scheduled (pending final approval from my bishop) to be ordained a priest on May 19, 2018.

James Gesualdi, Esq. ’85, an attorney in Islip, was honored to be the inaugural recipient of the Exemplary Service Award given by the New York State Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law. He was a founding member and served as chair and vice chair during the committee’s early stages of being a “special committee,” served as chair and continues to serve as a member of the committee. He is author of “Excellence Beyond Compliance: Enhancing Animal Welfare Through the Constructive Use of the Animal Welfare Act” and has served as a special professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law where he taught Animal Law.

Thomas Dono Jr., Esq. ’94 has been appointed chief legal officer of Stoneridge, Inc.

Gary Morgenstein ’74 is pleased to announce his new science fiction baseball novel, “A Mound Over Hell” will be published on March 29 from BHC Press.

Yan Leyfman ’11, one of only 16 nationwide and one of the first medical students to be invited to give a keynote podium presentation at the 2017 ASCO Symposium– the largest and most prestigious oncology conference in the world.

Andrew Schulman ’75 was the first musician accepted as a member of the Society of Critical Care medicine as the first Certified Medical Musician this past September. The Turkish edition of his book “Walking the Spirit” has just been released.

Elana Spira, PhD ’02, ’05 has co-authored a book, “The Organized Child: An Effective Program to Maximize Your Kid’s Potential – In School and in Life”

 

December 2017 and January 2018

Asif Ali Alidina ’07 has been named to the Orlando Business Journal’s 40 under 40.

Robert Bernstein ’71, a Behavioral Therapist, recently published the 2017 Best Books Awards winner, Uniquely Normal: Tapping the Reservoir of Normalcy To Treat Autism, where he shares a different approach based on cognition thinking in helping people of all ages with ASD.

Sanford Bernstein ’74 received a prestigious MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health for his research program to study muscle disease and aging.

Anne Canadeo ’77 was honored by Assemblyman Andrew Raia (East Northport) as a “Woman of Distinction” for her dedication to combating hunger and promoting literacy through her volunteer work.  She is on the leadership team of the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative.

Laura Coppola ’94, currently AGCS’s (Allianz Global Corporate and Security) North American Regional Head of Management Liability Commercial, will take over as Regional Head of Financial Lines for AGCS North America, and will remain based in New York.

Harriet Hyman Alonso Ph.D. ’86 received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Peace History Society, an affiliate of the American Historical Association. Her new book, Martha and the Slave Catchers, a novel for Middle Grade children, was published in November by Seven Stories Press/Triangle Books for Young Readers.

Thomas Koehler ’08 has signed a one year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Koehler split the 2017 season, his fifth in the majors, his 10th as a pro, between the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Larry Lewis’ ’76 first book, Sadie’s Boys, was released in December 2017. This nonfiction book tells the story of Larry’s uncles, father and grandmother during World War II, when his father survived a POW camp in Germany, his uncle Charlie was killed in 1943 serving a navigator on a B17 in the Pacific, and his grandmother, Sadie, fought to save her sons.

Sheree Meyer ’79 was appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at California State University, Sacramento on July 1, 2017.

Keith Miller ’06, chief lending officer at Suffolk Federal Credit Union, has been named to Long Island Business News’s 40 Under Forty.

Virginia Nolan ’78 published her first book, One Day at Christmas, a holiday adventure about the superintendent of a low-income Bronx apartment house, who wants to give all the residents a wonderful Christmas, but needs to find the money to do so.

Ami Shah MD ’94 is a board-certified radiologist and director of mammography and women’s imaging at New York City Health and Hospitals. She was featured in an AMA article this past December.

Jameel Warney ’16 has been named USA Basketball’s Male Athlete of the Year.

Neil Yager MD ’05, an interventional cardiologist, has joined Albany Medical Center’s Division of Cardiology and has been appointed assistant professor of cardiology at Albany Medical College.

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