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Fall 2020 Class Notes


James Betts ’67 continues to do Scottish country dancing and has traveled through France and Normandy with his wife and fellow alumnae Grace Kessler Betts ’67.  

Howard Blue ’63 had his ffirst book, “Words of War,” a book about U.S. radio during World War II, published in 2002. Most recently, he writes for the Rheinstrom Community Foundation, working on a biography of the late Carroll Rheinstrom.   

Gail Cafferata ’66, ’70 wrote the article “Gender, Judicatory Respect and Pastors’ Well-Being in Closing Churches”, which was published in the June 2020 issue of Review of Religious Research. Gail is a Priest Associate at The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa, CA, where she lives with her husband Robert.

Martin Peckerar ’68 teaches engineering at the University of Maryland College Park in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Last year, he and his wife, fellow alumnae Nancy nee Druss ’68 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. 

Sidney Secular ’62 is writes articles on political issues for newspapers and is currently publishing her own newsletter, “Freedom Movement Action Report.”  She is also assisting in a third political party presidential campaign and will be receiving the Humanitarian of the Year award from Who’s Who in America.   

William Snizek ’63 is an Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Virginia Tech. 


Vincent Ashby ’73, received the 2020 MLK Humanitarian Award from Trident Technical College in South Carolina.  

Steven Attias ’70 celebrated his 4th year retirement anniversary in December.

Peter Berger ’78  has retired from his career as an interventional cardiologist, during which he worked at the Mayo Clinic in MN, Duke in NC, Geisinger in PA and Northwell in NY. He is still involved with research projects and serves on an advisory committee to the Commissioner of Health for NYC.

Steve Bilzi ’72 is an apple consultant, former Chairman for the local Board of Education and held several North Carolina state and local appointments in technology, education and business. He is a proud father of five children, and proud grandfather of five grandchildren.

Victoria-Ann Bonanni ’74 is a recipient of the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mitchell Bressack ’73 sold his practice after 37 years in private practice of dermatology and joined a medical school as a part-time faculty member.

Ruth Clifford PhD ’75 works in private practice in California, specializing in couples and sex therapy. 

Carol Dahir ’71, educator, author and international consultant, is a professor in the Department of School Counseling at New York Institute of Technology.

Barton Davis ’71, ’76, is a co-author of a children’s book series with Julian Lennon.  Their latest book, “Touch The Earth” made the New York Times bestseller list and is being produced as an animated TV series.  Their work will continue with their next book, “The Morning Tribe.”  

Carol Davis Wiebelt ’76, ’81 has retired from government service and public school teaching.  

Linda Delaney Davis ’79 has retired from 31 years in public school teaching and is now working as a professional assistant for astronomy classes at Suffolk County Community College (Eastern Campus).

Keshab Dwivedy PhD ’75, retired as principal engineer from Nuclear and moved to North Carolina. 

Ayse Erzan ’76 retired from Istanbul Technical University in 2012 and has been awarded the APS Sakharov prize for 2020. 

Robert Feirsen ’75 is chairperson of the Department of Education at NYIT.

Charles A. Fleming ’77 has been elected president of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society.

Jordan Goldrich ’73 has authored a new book, Workplace Warrior and has created a successful business as an executive coach.

Richard Hurst ’70 will be celebrating 50 years in front of the classroom, which began at Stony Brook giving lectures to his peers in his undergraduate classes.  His career has led to his half-century of teaching and doing research.  

Scott Karson, Esq. ’72 is the president elect of the New York State Bar Association and will become president in June 2020.  He is former president of the Suffolk County Bar Association (2004-2005) and partner at the firm of Lamb & Barnosky, LLP.  

Robert J. Kaufman, Esq. ’72 has joined the firm of Fox Rothschild LLP as partner in the firm’s Litigation Department in its Atlanta office.

Richard Kummer ’70 has retired from practicing law.  He had his own practice, Law Office of Richard E. Kummer

George J. Meyer, Esq. ’74, ’78, co-chair of the shareholder and construction industry group at the firm of Carlton Fields, has been appointed to the American College of Construction Lawyers’ (ACCL) Board of Governors.

Barry Seidel ’78 just published a book Evolutions of a Law Practice – How I Opened My Own Practice Right Out of Law School

Fay Sharit ’76 retired from podiatry in 2015 after practicing for 32 years.  She continues working part-time as an Associate Director of Primoris Academy, a private school in Westwood, NJ.  She enjoys reconnecting with several Stony Brook alumni in New Jersey on several group hikes.

Duane Webb ’74 has retired from full time GI medical practice in May of 2019 and is now pursuing part-time consulting and volunteer opportunities. 

Richard Weiss, Esq. ’76 has joined the law firm of Schoeman Updike & Kaufman LLP, a WBENC-certified women owned law firm founded in 1969.

Dr. Phyllis Zagano’s ‘79 recently published her latest book, Women: Icons of Christ. Dr. Zagano was appointed to the Pontifical Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women in 2016.


Nancy Anderson ’84 is vice president of Aircraft Modernization & Modification at Boeing. Most recently, she returned to Oklahoma City to take the firm’s top executive post in town after starting her career with Boeing there 22 years ago.  

Venkat Chebolu PhD ’83, professor of chemistry at Jefferson Community College has been named as a recipient of the 2020 SUNY Chancellor’s Award.

Anthony Claudio ’85, is a teacher and volunteers teaching kids how to play ultimate frisbee. 

Scott Cohen ’85 DDS is currently in private practice in Denville, New Jersey, in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Shaun Comfort ’84 has published his first book How Much Is that Cure in the Window?: Simple Math Solutions for Complicated Problems in Biology, Medicine, and Healthcare. The book draws on his experience in physics, neurology, and biopharmaceutical medicine to present an accessible and entertaining book that gives you the ability to evaluate and understand many of the pressing issues in healthcare today using no more than simple algebra and reasoning.

John Cona ’87 has two young adult fantasy-adventure novels coming out in 2020. The first one launched on June 30 under the pen name Prof. WW Marplot and includes many scenes at Stony Brook University.

Bernard Fialkoff DDS ’80, New York gum and dental implant specialist, organized a NYC Dentists Give Back Day in December to help NYC veterans.

Elena Kaczorowski ’83 co-authored Linear Algebra and Geometry, published by the American Mathematical Society.  The book is organized around carefully sequenced problems that help students build both the tools and the habits that provide a solid basis for further study in mathematics.  

Lane Lipton ’87 is Wall Street technical project manager.  In the past he has explored professional writing and served as a New York City Teaching Fellow, where he taught AP calculus.

David M. Miller DDS ’86  was inducted as Nassau County Dental Society’s Treasurer on January 19, 2020.

Richard Napolitano ’83 has been appointed CEO of Advisor360°.

Milagros “Milly” Peña ’86, PhD ’90 has been named as the next president of SUNY Purchase. She will be the first Hispanic woman to lead a SUNY college.

Atefeh “Atti” Riazi ’84 has been named chief information officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  Previously, she was the chief information technology officer and assistant secretary general at the United Nations.

Ronnie Schindel, Esq. ’89 has joined the firm of Pryor Cashman as co-chair of its Family Law Group.  

Joanne Summer ’81 is a speech therapist in private practice at Well Spoken Speech Therapy, LLC in Manasquan, New Jersey.  

Bhalachandra Tembe PhD ’81 has retired from IIT Bombay and moved to IIT Dharwad as a visiting Professor.


Joseph Campolo, Esq. ’94 and Scott Middleton, Esq.  ’84, managing partners of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP are pleased to announce the firm has been recognized on the Forbes “America’s Top Trusted Corporate Law Firms” List.  

Frank Cipriani ’91 is currently a specialist professor at Monmouth University, where he is advisor to the “Nuestros Sonidos Latinos” radio show.  The radio show has been nominated by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s award for best Foreign Language radio broadcast for three consecutive years and this year, was named the top foreign language university broadcast in the United States.

Anitra Eiding Ingalls ‘97 married David Alexander Hyde at the Golden Hind Farm in Madaket, on Nantucket Island, Mass. Antira is research assistant at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Palisades, N.Y. She is to begin doctoral studies in geochemistry at the State University at Stony Brook, L.I., in the fall. 

Karin Falcone Krieger ’90, authored an article on the history of Dover Publications, This is a Permanent Book which was recently published in Contingent Magazine.

Todd Goffman ‘92 has joined Globalization Partners as general counsel.

Virginia Goldman ’93, a licensed social worker, has moved to Denver and returned to doing art.

Michael Griffin, Esq. ’93 was recently featured in the Chambers USA 2020 Guide, a publication ranking the leading lawyers and law firms across the U.S. Mr. Griffin is a Principal and Office Litigation Manager in the Seattle office of Jackson Lewis P.C where he focuses his practice on employment litigation.

Assemblyman Carl Heastie ’90 is listed in the 2020 Albany Power list, ranked #10.

Patrick Jenkins ’90, founder, Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates, is listed in the 2020 Albany Power list, ranked #68.  

Maryjane Kenney ’96 retired this past July from a position of being Nissequogue Village Clerk for the past 16 years. 

Thomas Lendvai ’99 recently received his first major public art commission for the new Tappan Zee Bridge.  

Joseph Moreno, Esq. ’96 is general counsel at SAP National Security Services, Inc. (SAP NS2), a client based in Northern Virginia.

Atabek Nazirovbout ’98 was appointed as a head of the Capital Markets Development Agency in Uzbekistan, which is also a securities market regulator. The goal of the agency is to develop a functioning domestic capital market system, to support economic growth, and the wide reform agenda promoted by the President Mirziyoyev.

Barbra Osborn ‘93 has been appointed vice president of public relations at Northwell Health.

Wayne Park ’94 has joined the global asset management firm American Century Investments as head of personal financial solutions.

Ainsley A. Reynolds ’93, CPA, was elected as president of the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy.

Thalia Segal MD ’91 joined Singular Anesthesia in Hartsdale, NY.  Her oldest daughter is a freshman at Middlebury College and her two younger daughters are in high school.  

Cliff Weisner, Esq. ’95 has been named principal of Lee & Associates South Florida in Miami.  His area of practice will focus on retail investment sales and leasing.

Wayne White ’96, ’99 is an at-large director at NYSUT and Bellport Teacher Association president.  

Diane Zinna ’96 will have her first book The All-Night Sun published by Random House on July 14, 2020. It is set in Sweden, Washington, DC, and a town based on Port Jefferson. Learn more about her novel at


Ahmed Belazi ’06, ’10 and Allison Kruger ’13 are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jude. 

Dominik Biezonski ’04 is working as a professional grant writier for an HHMI-supported lab at Rockefeller University. He is currently the Senior Scientific Grant Writer for the entire New York Genome Center.  He has also had a prolific music career, playing sold out shows in NYC and releasing 2 full-length albums.

Emily Cappiello ’07 has joined Stony Brook University’s Office of Marketing and Communications team as a Media Relations Specialist.  She most recently was the Executive Editor of Gourmet Insider Magazine and Senior Editor for HomeWorld Business Magazine, ICE Publications.

Roy Flores ’00, ’04 recently became the president of the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association. This is the membership association for athletic trainers, healthcare professionals that work in all settings to teach prevention of injuries, provide emergency care, and evaluate and rehabilitate injuries.

William Gioconda ’05 is VP in marketing at Citi.

Lauren Hallam ’03 leads employee and community engagement for Fox Corporation as VP of Employee and Community Engagement. 

Daniel Kivatinos ’01, ‘02 and Michael Nusimow ’01, co-founders of DrChrono, have teamed up with Cognition IP to help it draft new patent applications that will focus on machine learning technology.  They have also partnered with Ricoh to automatically scan patient ID, medical documentation and referrals, helping patients for a seamless process into the DrChrono EHR.

Thomas Lipani Jr. ‘08 has been appointed the new principal of Grundy Avenue Elementary School in the Sachem Central School District, effective July 1.

Rob Longiaru ’09 is working with the University of Oklahoma on a GPS Telemetry Project with Black Skimmer on Long Island Conservation Biologist and Town of Hempstead.

Ninrav Makwana MD ’07 has joined Rhode Island Medical Imaging as a radiologist.  

Jennifer Muilenburg ’07 is a nurse practitioner and acupuncturist with an office located in Stony Brook Medical Park, Just Enjoy Life Acupuncture And Wellness Center.  

John Mulligan ’07 recently joined AT&T’s new ad-tech company, Xandr, as Senior Solutions Consultant for Global Accounts.  

Edith Ohadekwe ’02 a registered nurse who worked in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has relocated to the city of London in England, UK where she has been working in England’s National Health Service (NHS) for 11 years as a manager of several outpatient services and an inpatient ward/unit.

Elizabeth Pincus ’08 was just elected to the role of AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses) National Vice President for the 2020-2022 term.

Gabriela Saldana Parkes ’07 is now living in Dallas and teaches kindergarten in a private elementary school.  

Erik Ulrich ’07, Clinical Director and Interim Director of Social Services and Mental Health at Little Flower Children’s Services of New York received the CEO Innovation Award for his ongoing dedication to the mental health needs of the Residential Treatment Center residents.

Osaze Uzamere ’07 has been appointed as chief of staff by  Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki.


Nicole Abiss ’16 has invented Extendabone, an extender to make trombones accessible to children, smaller individuals and those with limited mobility.  She is a  trombone instructor at Montclair State University in New Jersey and has led clinics at many universities and music festivals.

Ashliann Arditi ‘19 is a Science Teacher at SA Upper West. Ashliann recently won a Rookie of the Year Award, which recognizes first-year teachers who have embraced the challenge of teaching and demonstrated significant growth. 

Mireya Castillo ’06, ’13 is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Priscilla Love.  

Dana Castro ’15, ’16 has started working as a scientist at Estee Lauder in October 2018.  

Amy Ellis ’11, ’19 is a clerk of the Suffolk County Legislature.

Renée Fannon ‘18 is a first grade lead teacher at SA Bensonhurst and has won an Excellence Award for ETHOS, which recognizes school staff who have exemplified the SA values of Excellence, Teamwork, Humor, Ownership, and Scholars. 

Marisa Femia ’17 is currently teaching ENL in the Hauppauge School District.

Megan Harned ‘12 is working for a new mental health startup called Mental Health Match. Their mission is to make it easier for people to find a therapist using their matching tool and algorithm that show searchers skilled therapists who are in their budget and are best matched to their needs.

Eliana Horowitz ’16 is pleased to announce her marriage to Jason Emrani in May, 2019.

Franck Joseph II ’12, deputy commissioner for community relations, NYC Commission on Human Rights, was named one of the 16 Queens heroes by City and State who are the locals leading the borough through the COVID-19 crisis.

Tamika Julien ’15 DNP, CNM, WHNP-BC, CLC is the newest member of the Yale School of Nursing midwifery faculty practice, where she is sharing her expertise with students in the midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Graduate entry prespecialty in nursing programs as lecturer. She is also caring for the underserved population at the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center and the Vidone Birthing Center at Saint Raphael campus of Yale New Haven Hospital. 

Sohyun Kim ’15 is currently working on her diplomat and civil servant exams in Daegu, South Korea. 

Katerina Kramarchyk, Esq. ’10, associate at the firm of Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy, has been selected as an “Up & Coming Attorney” by the Daily Record.

Claire Laborde ’12 is a foreign language teacher in the New York City Department of Education.

Nicole Laible ’12, has been working for the past five years in local government as an Environmental Project Manager, working on p3 initiatives.  She manages four boards and a watershed alliance. She serves on the Hudson River Watershed Alliance and has received awards in environmental education and leadership for her work in government.  

Anthony Lapelosa ’12, ’14 is a teacher at Carey High School. 

Luisa Le Donne, PhD ’17 has moved to Italy and now has a postdoctoral position at the Italian Institute of Technology, Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems.

Riddhima Laha ’18 has started his PhD in Robotics and Mechatronics at TU Munich. 

Christopher Legare ’15 recently graduated from Penn State College of Medicine and will be starting an emergency medicine residency program at St. Luke’s University Hospital.

Dr. Yan Leyfman ’11 was recruited by the Global COVID-19 Taskforce to serve as a special adviser for Immunology, Oncology and Novel Therapeutics and to lead the Immunology Group in devising solutions and shaping policy to improve survival outcomes. Most recently, he has been elected to serve as a member of American Society for Transplantation & Cellular Therapy’s (ASTCT) Educational Committee to develop novel educational opportunities for fellows, residents, and medical students in hopes of inspiring them to pursue careers in transplant and oncology, respectively.  Yan was chosen to present during The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Virtual Medical Student Research Symposium on June 30, 2020 highlighting the work of 45 medical students across the US. He delivered a brief presentation on new treatment recommendations for the management of a rare type of lymphoma of the lung.  Yan has also recently had an article published on PubMed titled “Potential Immunotherapeutic Targets For Hypoxia Due to COVI-FLU.”

Caitlin Mullen ‘17 received rave reviews for her first novel, Please See Us.  She has been the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Saltonstall Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center.  The New York Times review, coupled with NPR’s Books to Read during the Pandemic has made Caitlin’s book a must read this spring.  

Safa Naibzada ‘14 is a sixth grade science teacher at SA Bronx Middle School and won an award for Achievement, which recognizes educators who, through their outstanding instruction, have led their students to exceptional academic growth. 

Melissa O’Brien ’19 is the marketing and communications manager for the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, Delaware.

Betul Pamuk ’14 is a research associate at Cornell University.  

Joseph Park MD ’14, will be on the upcoming 16th season of the ABC show “The Bachelorette” expected to premiere at some point in the fall.

Mary Beth Patterson retired from New York’s Stony Brook University Hospital in 2018, but returned to work when the coronavirus pandemic hit, joining daughter Kelly Patterson ‘15 on the front lines. The two appeared on The Today Show to talk to Al Roker about their experience working side by side.

Ashely Rizzotto ’15, a commencement speaker in 2015, gave a TEDx Talk on Mastering the Art of the Interview in March. She is a career counselor for online student initiative at Florida International University.   

Kirsten Schweitzer ‘19 got married in December 2019 and will be graduating from the accelerated nursing program in 2020.  She recently got a job as a nurse technician.

Genevieve Sly Crane ’12 has been awarded the Whiting Award, based on the early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come for her book, Sorority.  She teaches in the Creative Writing and Literature BFA program at Stony Brook. Sorority (Scout Press, 2018) is her first publication.

Yalile Suriel,’14, a PhD candidate in the Department of History, has won the American Education Research Association (AERA) Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research.

Dureya Syed MD ’15 is an internal medicine intern resident at Stony Brook University Hospital

Karen Tsai, MD ’17, Kevin Tsai, MD ’19 and their organization have donated more than 1.2 million PPE to hospitals in COVID hotspots such as New York City, the Bay area, Southern California, New Orleans, Atlanta, Chicago and Boston to date. 

Sofia Varino, PhD ’14, ’17 will be a postdoc fellow at the Minor Cosmopolitanisms research training group in the department of English and American Studies at Potsdam University, in cooperation with Humboldt University and Freie University, in Berlin, Germany.  She will be working on her new book on multispecies genealogies of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as supervising doctoral candidates and collaborating with other researchers in the group.

Justin Waryold ’14 received the 2020 Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator Award by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Facilities on April 25, 2020.

Tamara Weathers ’10 was promoted to senior social worker for the Emergency Department Team at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in September 2019.  

Giselle Zabranskey ’16 is now a financial aid advisor at the University of Buffalo (SUNY).

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