Take a look at what our alumni have been up to lately.

Take a look at what the College of Nursing and Public Health alumni have been up to lately.

Roslyn Barry ’63 recently celebrated her 71st birthday. After getting her master’s degree in nursing in child psychiatry at New York University in 1966, she married Kevin J. Barry, who retired as captain of leglslative affairs in the Coast Guard after a 25-year career. Her nursing degree led to a perfect career for a military wife; she practiced in Maine, New Orleans, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. After they moved to Virginia in 1985, they opened a Catholic gift shop and bookstore, The Paschal Lamb, with two other couples; the store marked 25 years in business in November 2012. Her husband passed away in April 2009.

Linda Jo Belsito, M.S. ’91, competed in the 2013 World Masters Games in Torino, Itay. She won a gold medal in women’s weightlifting and set 10 master world game records.

Kathryn (Wilgosz) Chiddo ’77 is a certified neonatal nurse and passenger safety technician, certified to make sure car seats are installed correctly and to teach others how to use and install a car seat.

Gara Edelstein ’77, M.S. ’90, has been appointed as the first chief nursing officer of the Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Rockville Centre, New York.

Barbara Franzese-Kennedy ’99, M.S. ’02, completed Adelphi’s R.N. to B.S. in Nursing program and then continued for an M.S. She is now an associate professor at Nassau Community College.

Corinne (Hirschfeld) Freeman ’47 is a financial adviser for Wells Fargo, and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry despite her nursing degree. She is the former mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, served on the Pinellas County Board of Education and was president of the Florida League of Cities. She was also chairman of the United Negro College Fund. In addition, she has served as a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Standing Committee on Economic Policy and a trustee for Palms of Pasadena Hospital and Bayfront Medical Center.

Alexis Gardiner ’06. M.S. ’13, who graduated in August 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, graduated with a master’s degree in nursing in May 2013.

Frances (Belfiore) Hilliard ’73, M.S. ’78, a retired faculty member of the nursing department at Nassau Community College, is currently a New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) volunteer, doing community presentations for Seniors Out Speaking, a program sponsored by the Medicare Rights Center that helps people on Medicare get the most from their coverage by educating them on such topics as coverage options, benefits and changes.

Jacqueline Rose Hott, G.C.’89, former Adelphi professor and dean emerita, helped listeners with their love and relationship questions this Valentine’s Day as a guest on The Sean Hannity Show. In April 2014, Dr. Hott was recognized by Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano as a Woman of Distinction.

Susan Letvak, Ph.D. ’96, was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in Fall 2012 and was recently promoted to professor and department chair of adult health nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Valerie T. Terzano ’74, M.S, ’90, was recently elected member-at-large on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Inc. Terzano, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Winthrop-University Hospital, joins a panel of 28 board members in their mission to provide leadership, innovation and support to the Girl Scouts of Nassau County.

Marylou Yam, Ph.D. ’94, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey, was named president of Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, in March 2014; she began her new duties in July 2014. She was the first woman to serve as dean of Saint Peter’s College of Arts and Sciences and School of Business Administration.


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