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Sarah Cifarelli Wellen, B.A. ’51, M.A. ’74, is currently teaching a course in conversational Italian at the American Italian Heritage Museum in Albany. One of her poems was recently published in Oasis Journal.

James L. Donahue, B.A. ’51, and his wife, Cynthia Howells Donahue, B.S. ’53, are retired.

Pamela Livingston, B.A. ’51, is included in the 2012–2013 Marquis Who’s Who of American Women for her longtime demonstrated professional success as a communications and marketing consultant, developing corporate identity and image programs for executives.

Robert Dunhill, B.A. ’52, became a vendor to the General Services Administration regarding direct mail, mailing lists, etc. He also teaches blackjack to casino goers.

Lois Schnakenberg, B.A. ’56, M.A. ’68, has been accepted as an active exhibiting member of the Woodstock Art Association Museum.

Mary Finnin, B.S. ’58, is vice president of the Foundation of New York State Nurses. Betty (Kipniss) MacDonald, B.A. ’58, is a printmaker and artist and reviews exhibits for the Journal of the Print World.


Jack Dowd, B.A. ’60, opened Jack Dowd’s 27 at the Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts. The show ran from June 23 through August 19.

Emily Horcher, B.A. ’62, attended her 50th Adelphi reunion and enjoyed it very much. Claire Machosky, B.B.A. ’62, and Roland Gomez, B.A. ’51, met at an Adelphi reunion held at the Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., in Spring 2010. Little did they realize that fate would bring them together in the coming months as Ms. Machosky’s grandson, Joseph Machosky, was auditioning for a part in an upcoming production of Oliver. Mr. Gomez, who is affiliated with the Little Theatre of Alexandria, was doing the casting and directing for the upcoming production of Oliver. He was enthralled with Joseph and his theatrical ability. A new friendship was forged between Adelphi alumni, the show was a huge success and Roland Gomez touts Joseph Machosky as his latest rising star.

Alan Anderson, M.S. ’63, was inducted into the International Game Fish Association.

Frank Young, M.S. ’66, along with his wife, enjoyed a river/canal cruise in the Netherlands and Belgium in April.

Paul Quentzel, B.A. ’67, accepted the position of the chief of gastroenterology at Ireland Army Hospital, Fort Knox, Kentucky, in January 2012.

Morris Fidanque, M.A. ’68, presented “An Afternoon of Original Prose Readings” at the Howland Public Library in Beacon, New York.

Michael Vinciguerra, M.S. ’69, Ph.D. ’71, has announced his plan to retire on May 31, 2013, as president at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, after 10 years of service.


Richard Funke, B.B.A. ’71, announced his retirement from WHEC-TV.

Bob Beamon, B.A. ’72, is an established artist who is chief executive officer of the Art of the Olympians Museum in Fort Myers, Florida.

Arline Cord Frankel, B.S. ’72, is a retired elementary school teacher.

Patricia Gloeckner, B.S. ’73, is the Department of Nursing faculty representative to the Adjunct Faculty Association at Nassau Community College.

Donald Newman, B.S. ’73, was appointed to the board of Nature’s Bioceuticals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mistral Ventures Inc.

Dwayne Weissman, B.B.A. ’73, is married to Debra DiCroce Weissman, B.A. ’74, M.S. ’77, and has two beautiful daughters.

Edward Ehmann, M.A. ’75, is retiring from the Smithtown Central School District.

Richard O’Neill, B.A. ’75, a clinical psychologist who is also a radio talk show regular, actor and voice-over artist, was profiled in the Syracuse New Times.

Elizabeth Bouraad, B.A. ’76, has been a monitor at the Art Students League of New York for 10 years.

Ernest Cipullo, B.A. ’76, retired as police commissioner after 51 years of service with the Garden City Police Department.

Gail Dolan, B.S. ’76, has been named Florida regional dean of the School of Nursing by Rasmussen College.

James Hegmann, M.A. ’77, is the president of Hegmann Distributors, Inc., and had been running a successful business for the past 30 years. He is a permanently certified educator.

Karen Doblin, B.S. ’78, works in the Department of Pain Management and Palliative Care’s Outpatient Pain Service at Phillips Ambulatory Care Center. She was awarded the 2012 New York/New Jersey Nursing Excellence Award and was chosen in the Home, Community and Ambulatory Care category.

Ralph Mora, M.A. ’78, Ph.D. ’83, presented a five-hour workshop entitled “The Treatment of Childhood PTSD related to Natural Disasters” at the 18th Annual Conference of the International Association for Dynamic Psychotherapy, held in Sendai, Japan. The conference was intended to support East Japan in its rehabilitation and recovery from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

James Parla, M.A. ’78, was named superintendent of the Wappingers Central School District.

Kevin Dillon, B.S. ’79, was appointed executive director of Connecticut Airport Authority.


Joy Borrero, B.S. ’80, is pursuing a Ph.D. in Nursing at CUNY and wrote a letter to the editor in Newsday in support of requiring bachelor’s degrees for nurses.

Anna Lee, Ph.D. ’80, is working at Kaiser and practicing as a psychoanalyst.

Robert Schimenti, B.B.A. ’80, has just joined zConnect, a managed services company located in Atlanta, Georgia, and owned by Bud Ducey, B.S. ’85.

Richard Scheinberg, M.S.W. ’81, opened the Sunrise Counseling Center in East Islip, New York, in 1993. His agency was selected as the 2012 Agency of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, New York State Chapter in a special ceremony held in March in Albany.

John Weisenseel, B.B.A. ’82, was appointed as chief financial officer by AllianceBernstein L.P. He leads all global finance and reporting functions for the firm. AllianceBernstein is a leading global investment management firm that offers research and diversified investment services to institutional investors, individuals and private clients in major world markets.

Vivien Gurfein, B.A. ’83, was born and raised in rural England, and trained as a nurse during World War II, treating wounded troops and civilian casualties. Married, and with only her child, she arrived in the United States, where she entered the competitive arena of modeling in New York City, before resuming her nursing career. Her 2012 book, “Limey” and Proud of It, is based on the story of her life.

Veneta Burrell, B.S. ’84, M.S.W. ’86, currently resides in Florida and is the owner of Spaulding’s Intake and Referral Agency Inc., a nonprofit organization with a specialty in substance abuse treatment along with mental health services. She is married with two children and has eight grandchildren.

Sharon LaCruise, B.A. ’84, is the producer and director of the documentary film Independent Lens: Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock. Catch clips at www.pbs .org/ independentlens/daisy-bates.

Nancy E. Strauss, B.S. ’84, serves as vice chair, clinical professor, director of residency training and attending physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center. She is also a professor of clinical rehabilitation medicine at Weill Cornell Medical School.

Mindy (Young) Cohen, B.S. ’85, provides psychotherapy services for adults and geriatric individuals, groups, couples and families in private practice. She also designs and leads therapy support groups for medical oncology and rheumatology patients as well as for caregivers.

Bernard (Bud) Ducey, B.S. ’85, is owner of zConnect, a managed services company located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Adam Levin, B.A. ’85, oversees nationwide complaints, consumer mediation and community outreach for New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Nassau Regional Office. Also a songwriter and performing musician, he contributed four works to the recently released album, Paint the Peel. His song, “Words on the Wall,” was recorded with musicians in three countries. His website is

Charles Rice-González, B.A. ’85, is a writer, longtime community and LGBT activist and executive director of BAAD! the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. His debut novel, Chulito, was released in October 2011, and he co-edited, with Charlie Vázquez, From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction, released in August 2011. He is also an award-winning playwright and serves on the boards of the Bronx Council on the Arts and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. For more information, visit

Michael Taunton, M.B.A. ’85, has been named vice president of finance at Arrow Electronics.

Osbert Hood, B.S. ’86, a member of the Adelphi University Board of Trustees, was appointed chief operating officer at Advent Capital Management, LLC.

Catherine Hottendorf, M.B.A. ’86, was named executive director of Franklin Hospital.

Eileen C. McDonnell, M.B.A. ’88, is president and CEO of Penn Mutual and recently received the President’s Award from The American College Foundation in honor of her long-term generosity and service to the college and its advancement efforts.

Rosemarie Tully, B.A. ’88, has been appointed the new chair of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Henry Herms, B.B.A. ’89, is chief financial officer of Almanac Realty Investors, a leading provider of growth capital to public and private real estate companies.

Laura LaForgia, B.B.A. ’89, was named a partner at the New York accounting firm Marks Paneth & Shron.


Mary Anne Dumas, Ph.D. ’90, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in October 2012.

Denise Linkh, M.S.W. ’90, joined Family Life Consultants in Collinsville, Illinois, as a therapist. She has more than 20 years of experience working as a psychotherapist and specializes in treating depression and anxiety and working with survivors of sexual abuse and assault. She also oversaw behavioral health services as a U.S. Air Force officer.

Maria Scarangella, M.B.A. ’90, was named assistant vice president and now oversees underwriting operations in GEICO’s Tucson office, which has primary responsibility for the states of Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Washington.

Kimberly (Castellotti) Ward, B.A. ’92, currently resides in Palm Beach, Florida, with her husband and two boys. She and her husband have been top-producing real estate brokers for the past 13 years. Recently, Ms. Ward was featured in Fabulous Forties magazine for a hobby and bucket list item of hers—becoming a cheerleader at age 40!

Anthony Jaeger, B.A. ’93, currently works at ESPN as a senior assignment editor.

Joseph Triscoli, M.B.A. ’93, was appointed senior vice president of Asset-Based Lending at Valley National Bank.

Monet Dunham, M.S. ’94, has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for Excellence in the Arts.

Staci Paletta, B.S. ’96, has been named the newest orthodontic associate at Southeast Orthodontics, a respected provider of orthodontic care to adults, adolescents and children with two offices in Raynham and Brockton, Massachusetts.

Hadyn Sloane-Seale, B.A. ’97, is the new head coach of the women’s soccer team at the University of Manitoba.

Darlene (Hart) Barry, B.S. ’98, M.S.W. ’00, has been an external clinician at the New York City Fire Department for the survivors of 9/11. Her specialty is PTSD and all anxiety disorders. Her first practice began in Long Beach, New York, and she started a second practice in Manhattan a year and a half ago. She volunteers with the homeless, advocating for housing and meals.


Kaolin Bass, B.F.A. ’02, was in the world premiere of the Tennessee Williams play, In Masks Outrageous and Austere. She is acting with Broadway luminary Shirley Knight. The play opened at the Bleecker Street Theatre on April 16 and ran through May 26.

Jennifer Pristera, B.S. ’02, joined Garden City Group Inc.’s team as vice president, human resources.

Kristen Beckmann, B.F.A. ’03, received an M.F.A. in acting from the University of Montana on May 12, 2012. She married Graham Colin Moriarty on June 2, 2012. Ms. Beckmann is doing the educational tour with Montana Repertory Theatre in the fall touring around Montana schools performing in a brand new play, An Unladylike Battle for Survival in the Sunnyside Library, written by Jay Kettering, and teaching acting workshops to the students as well.

Jeannette Casto, M.A. ’03, was honored with the Educator of Excellence Award from the New York State English Council.

Laurie Lawrence, B.A. ’03, gave birth on December 14, 2011 to daughter, Addison Skylar Lawrence, who was 20 inches long and weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz.

Tim O’Donnell, B.F.A. ’03, is the general manager at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City. He has directed a production of Cloud 9 at the Stella Adler School of Acting in New York and the New York premiere of The Giant’s Garden, a new musical from Toronto, which was part of The Puzzle: Marble’s Festival of New Works.

Sylvia Hooper, B.A. ’04, started a not-forprofit organization in 2008 called Foster Parent Advocacy Foundation Inc., which provides advocacy, support, education and empowerment to help improve the quality of life for foster parents and children in foster care. The organization has received considerable local media coverage. To learn more, visit

Abhijeet Muzumdar, M.B.A. ’04, has been promoted to VP of Bessemer Venture Partners. He works with Bessemer India in the Mumbai office. He focuses on Internet and technology start-ups and financial services companies and has been closely involved with a number of investments including,, Home First Finance Company and Dhanlaxmi Bank.

Vincent Ricciardi, B.F.A. ’05, a tenor, has performed throughout the tri-state area, specializing in Italian Opera, Neapolitan song and Operetta. Some concert highlights include Bella Napoli: A Celebration of Neapolitan Song and Dance in New Jersey and Vincent Ricciardi Sings Mario Lanza and Caruso Too! at The Triad in New York. He is also a featured soloist at St. Monica’s Church in Manhattan. Recently, he has performed in productions around New York with Regina Opera, Opera of the Hamptons and Bleecker Street Opera. He was the featured Italian singer at the Southington, Connecticut, Italian Festival on July 28. He performed at New York’s 86th Annual Feast of San Gennaro in September.

Katelyn Stoehr, B.A. ’05, M.S. ’07, is a licensed audiologist and registered hearing aid dispenser in New York State. She provides hearing services at Precision Eye Care, which offers full-service audiology services to Long Island residents.

Nicole Richichi, M.A. ’06, M.S.W. ’09, is now the chair of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Committee at the Northport VA Medical Center.

Erin Callahan, B.F.A. ’07, has worked for four seasons at East Lynne Theater Company (one of two equity houses in Cape May County) and has worked closely with an independent film company since 2009. She has been the lead in many feature films, Web series and pilots. She runs her own online store that is funding her theatrical pursuits. She recently filmed her second commercial for North End Wine and Liquor that was due to air in the Bronx. Ms. Callahan will be featured in Glamour magazine for a body awareness issue and is beginning a transition into modeling. She thanks “all the professors and alumni for their advice and support” and notes, “we truly come from an extraordinary college and theatre department.”

Tammy Leisen, B.S. ’07, was appointed senior vice president of Government Banking on Long Island for Capital One Bank.

Brett Garfinkel, B.F.A. ’08, earned an M.F.A. in Dance Performance and Teaching, summa cum laude, from Purchase College in May 2012. He recently performed with the Paris Opera Ballet at Lincoln Center in Giselle. He has been appointed an assistant professor of dance at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He is very excited to start his teaching career and begin a new chapter in his life.

Brady O’Malley, B.B.A. ’08, is a first-year associate with Smith, Sovick, Kendrick and Sugnet, a litigation firm in Syracuse, New York. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, and received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award, which is given to the best overall advocate in the College’s graduating class. He also served as business editor of the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce.

Katie Siegmund, B.F.A., ’08, is a member of two theatre companies, The Off 8th Collective and Rapidfire Bootleg Theater, both started by fellow Adelphi alumni. The Off 8th Collective was created by Ms. Siegmund and classmate Jennifer Mulligan, B.F.A. ’08, with the goal of creating theatre that helps people. Off 8th, which creates work that is socially relevant, brought its marriage equality cabaret, “Good Morning Heartache,” to Adelphi in October 2010. Off 8th has begun production on a new work written by Colin Murphy, B.F.A. ’09, and Lauren Brickman, B.F.A. ’09. The production team also includes Ben Farha, B.F.A. ’10, and Chris Bott, B.F.A. ’09. The collective has raised money to fight for marriage equality, against human trafficking and for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Rapidfire Bootleg Theater is the brainchild of Michael DiFrancisco, B.F.A. ’09. Since its creation last fall, it has had nine productions. Plays, cabarets and new works have been performed in backyards and living rooms. Audiences have been growing, and every production has been an exciting night of theatre. The Rapidfire team includes Mr. DiFrancisco, Mr. Murphy, Mr. Farha, Samuel Adams, B.F.A. ’08, and Ms. Siegmund. Check out the website:

Cassandra Alvarez, B.A. ’09, is currently working for the SS United States Conservancy, a national nonprofit dedicated to saving and restoring the historic ocean liner, SS United States. She helped launch this past July. The interactive website has been the organization’s largest fundraising campaign to date.

Joshua Blumenthal, M.A. ’09, is the men’s lacrosse head coach for Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts.

Karen Lange, M.S. ’09, was recently honored by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council at the Woodbury Country Club as a nominee for the 2012 Nurse of Excellence Award.

Alex Simmons, B.F.A. ’09, has participated in a number of productions in New York’s Off-Off Broadway scene, including Prom Night of the Living Dead with the Brooklyn Interactive Theater Experience, Giggle Giggle Quack with the Manhattan Children’s Theatre, a new musical called Sophia at the Richmond Shepard Theatre, and an original play, Age Out, at Theater for the New City. He has also appeared as a gang member in an independent horror film, Echo’s From the Future: A Harrow House Tale, produced by High 5 Productions. Mr. Simmons has done some work with CollegeHumor, appearing as a featured extra in two of the website’s online sketches, “Occupy Wall Street vs. the iPhone Line” and “Google’s No Privacy Policy.” He scored his first professional out-of-town gig in Massachusetts, joining the Plymouth Players for their third summer season, performing Shakespeare’s Hamlet and The Taming of the Shrew in repertory, as part of a company of seven male actors. The Plymouth Players perform at the Plymouth Plantation historical museum.


Melissa Boo, B.A. ’10, is pursuing an M.S. in sustainability management at Columbia University, and working for the Nassau Land Trust to develop Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s in Malverne, New York. Jessica Ricco, B.A. ’10, M.A. ’11, was crowned Miss Long Island 2013 on August 12, 2012.

Anna P. Smith, B.F.A. ‘10, is living in New York teaching music, modeling and acting on small theatre productions for the last two years. She was part of the ensemble in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s As You Like It at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. She also booked the lead in Much Ado About Nothing at the Carolinian Shakespeare Festival in North Carolina.

Kate Fallon, B.F.A. ’11, recently toured through 17 states with the Hampstead Stage Company, a children’s theater company whose main goal is to bring literature and theatre back into the lives of children. She has performed in several shows throughout Manhattan, including a production of Romeo and Juliet that was directed by Nicole Schalmo, B.F.A. ’08. Ms. Fallon has also recorded an audio book with that is currently for sale on She says: “It has been a very busy year since graduation from Adelphi, but I can only hope that another busy year awaits me. Nick Petron, Brian Rose and Maggie Lally did their very utmost to make sure that I was prepared for the hard knocks of the ‘real world,’ and I want to honor their hard work with equal dedication.”

Marlee Koenigsberg, B.F.A. ’11, was a marketing and communications intern at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City last summer. She has been a directing apprentice at Powerhouse Apprentice Company at Vassar College. She has also served as the assistant director of a multimedia opera at The Kitchen in New York City, called Song from the Uproar. She began work with director Kim Weild on an original piece investigating deaf culture, and what it means to communicate. She joined Gia Forakis & Company (GF&Co.), a theatre company in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, as the associate producing director for the 2012 salon season and worked as the stage manager for two GF&Co. salon showings, Medea and Antigone, in Spring 2012.

Sean Replogle, B.B.A ’11, is the newest member of Flynn Zito Capital Management, LLC, based in Garden City, New York.

Matthew Sagistano, B.S. ’11, is the assistant lacrosse coach/offensive coordinator at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts.

This piece appeared in the Adelphi University Magazine Fall 2012 edition.

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