How our political science alumni are making an impact.

Aldi Binozi ’10 is working for the town of East Hampton in the Ordinance Department as a Code Enforcement officer. He also works as a part-time adviser for an overseas oil company.

Joseph Bruno ’13 is in his first year at Cornell University Law School. This past summer, Joe interned at the Nassau County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency, where he assisted county prosecutors in compiling and synthesizing ticket data.

Phil DiSanto ’12 is in his second year at Columbia Law School. He spent his summer interning with the Office of the New York State Attorney General in Mineola, NY, where he assisted with various aspects of state litigation. Next summer, he will be joining the New York office of a large international law firm as a summer associate. Phil was also recently invited to membership on the Columbia Law Review and continues to serve on the Board of Trustees of Adelphi University.

Vida Erdman, (née Manavizadeh) ’04 continues to work as an infusion nurse in outpatient oncology at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Every August Vida also participates in a big event called the Reach Paint & Repair-a-thon where volunteers paint, do home repairs, and landscape for seniors in the community to help allow them to stay in their homes. She is also volunteering with a refugee resettlement agency and is going to be paired with a refugee family from Nepal as their mentor. She has also been on a mission to try every ice cream parlor in Portland.

Gustavo Escobar ’02 is currently entering his 5th year as a Special Education teacher in the NYC Department of Education. He is currently teaching 8th grade at P.S. 127 in East Elmhurst, Queens. Gustavo was married on December 15th to Natalie Friedl.

Hillary Frisbie ’06 (B.A. with majors in Communications and Political Science) is a Facility Management and Capital Project Coordinator at Henry Street Settlement, overseeing various project in 17 facilities across the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Current projects include renovation and restoration of historic landmark facilities, sustainable design integration, and emergency management & disaster planning. Hillary currently holds a Masters in Arts in Cultural Management (Pratt ’12) and is pursuing a Master of Science in Facility Management (Pratt ’14). Hillary has presented sustainable project development in Austria at the European Facility Management Conference and will be speaking at the International Facility Management Association’s (IFMA) annual conference presenting facility life cycle planning and inclusion within the industry. In addition, Hillary is the Co-Founder of the International Summer Challenge in Facility Management and Real Estate Development as well as the Co-Chair of the New York City chapter of IFMA.

David Fuller ’06 won the Republican endorsement for Stratford, Connecticut’s Zoning Commission for the 2013 elections. He is currently working as a development and marketing officer for the Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens, a nature museum and education center in Stamford, CT. He has completed his coursework for his Masters of Arts in Communicators and is preparing research for his thesis. Dave is also currently teaching state and local government at Housatonic Community College, in conjunction with a graduate assistantship at Fairfield University.

Christian A. Fundo ’07 is a third-year associate in the Corporate and Securities group at Dechert LLP. Christian is also an active participant in Dechert’s pro bono practice and has represented several LGBT individuals who have sought asylum in the United States.

Michael Ganci ’07 is an associate attorney at Cobert, Haber and Haber, LLP currently specializing in matrimonial law.

Brian Hoyle ’10 is beginning year 3 of full-time teaching in fifth grade, and has already started classes for a second M.A. in educational administration. Brian was nominated as Science Teacher of the Year in Prince William County, Virginia, and was a presenter at the “Excellence and Equity in Education” conference in August. Brian recently spent a week in Paris and the French countryside with his girlfriend, Ashley Bencivenga, and the two still reside in Lake Ridge, VA, with their dogs Mindy and Lola.

Antoniya Kaneva ’08 moved to a new position as a full-time member of the legal team at Intralinks, Inc., a Software-as-a-Service company. Her position is Contract Specialist and it entails supporting the company’s sales organization by negotiating the legal terms and conditions of contracts with clients and vendors, monitoring the performance of existing contracts and strategizing about minimizing company’s exposure to legal risks.

Ethan Keller ’10 joined Premiere Radio Network as Web/Show Producer for the Rush Limbaugh Show early this year. After graduating Adelphi University, Ethan gained experience from various leaders in the news industry. He worked at WABC Radio as a producer and occasional commentator for political shows, and later joined the Fox News Channel. During his 3 years at FNC, he predominantly worked on America’s Newsroom and Studio B/Fox Report with Shepard Smith. He is involved with various charities for US service members and veterans.

Maria Kozak ’13 is in her first year at American University’s Washington College of Law and recently made it onto the Intellectual Property Brief journal.

John Miller ’12 is currently in his second year at Harvard Law School. Between classes, he remains very active with various student groups dedicated to negotiation, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. He also meets his friends every Friday for board games.

Aleksandra Pinkhasova ’13 is in her first year at George Washington University Law School. Aleksandra, along with her partner, won the GW Law Negotiation Competition and made it onto the Alternate Dispute Resolution Board. In her “free time,” Aleksandra enjoys running, particularly when she can take in the D.C. landmarks along her route.

Sarabeth Rangiah ’13 is working as a Field Organizer for Melinda Katz’s campaign for Queens Borough President. She also preparing for the LSAT exam and preparing her law school applications.

Michele Rosenblatt ’09 was sworn in on September 4th 2013 as a NY attorney. She has joined the Suffolk Women’s Bar Association and the NYC Bar Association. Recently, she just finished editing and cite-checking the Honorable Stephen L Ukeiley’s book called The Bench Guide to Landlord & Tenant Disputes in New York. Go and get it for a good read!

Elizabeth Taras ’13 is in her first year at George Washington University Law School, where she is rekindling her love for caffeine and approaching challenging work with a positive attitude.

Adaeze Udoji ’08 joined the General Counsel’s Office of American Express as a Compliance Officer earlier this year. She has been supporting different business units as they create compliance programs and address risk management concerns globally that impact card services. This year, Adaeze started serving as a member of the Adelphi University Board of Trustees. She is also in her second year as a member of the International and Comparative Law Committee of the NYC Bar Association, creating programs for the Global Regulation of Financial Markets subcommittee.

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This piece appeared in the Political Science Newsletter Fall 2013 edition.

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