Alumni of the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business are always advancing in their career fields and some of them were noted in the media. Find out how they were featured.

News Items

Lorraine Frankel, M.B.A. ’89, and Mary Lindewirth opened a new Touching Hearts at Home location in Stirling, New Jersey, in mid-2013 to serve families in the region. The expansion of the company is in response to the increased demand across the country for elder care and companionship, delivered at home.

Jacqueline Delmont, M.D., M.B.A. ’13, was featured by the Associated Press in July after she received her graduate degree from Adelphi University. Her focus throughout her career has been on helping low-income and underprivileged populations, and her degree will enable her to further her work in the community.

Tanille Edwards ’03, M.B.A. ’05, released her second teen novel, Cameo, in July. Using a revolutionary approach to merchandising, the new novel is the latest teen book to offer its readers a soundtrack, which includes the song “Baby Come Back to Me,” one of two pop R & B singles offered to the book’s readers for free.

Richard Smith ’82, M.B.A. ’86, is the head of the Bank of the Ozark’s new loan production office in New York City. The office is an extension of the bank’s successful Dallas-based Real Estate Specialties Group. Mr. Smith is a 25-year real estate veteran of the New York area.

Talon Air, Inc., owned by Adam Katz ’81, recently completed an $18 million expansion at Republic Airport. The completion of the project adds to the company’s intent to become the East Farmingdale airport’s fixed-base operator (FBO). Talon caters to business executives and celebrities, from Martin Scorsese to Billy Joel, with a fleet of 25 jets, helicopters and seaplanes.

Jonathan Rizzo ’10 earned second place in the finals of Wendy Williams’ 2012 Next Great Voice competition. Watch here to view the final battle:

Adelphi’s Michael Driscoll, M.B.A ‘89, clinical assistant professor of accounting, finance and economics in the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, was cited as an expert source in a November 2012 New York Times article.

Scott Dimig ’06 won the Best Label Promotion Executive award at the Promo Only Summer Sessions in August.

Promotions, appointments and awards

Manchester Community College appointed Sandra Palmer, M.B.A. ’86, Ph.D., as interim dean of academic affairs in September. Previously, Ms. Palmer was dean of academic affairs at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where she served as the college’s chief academic officer and co-chair of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) self-study.

Joe Spadaford, M.B.A. ’76, executive vice president/chief operations strategy officer and president of Georgeson Securities Corporation at Computer share in Jersey City, New Jersey, joined the University of Dayton Board of Trustees in August. He is the former president of the University of Dayton’s National Alumni Association.

First Commonwealth Bank recently hired Thomas C. Doyle, M.B.A. ’76, as vice president/loan workout officer in August. In this role, Doyle will be responsible for restructuring the largest and most complex business, commercial and/or real estate loans.

T. Weiss Realty Corp., one of Long Island’s largest family-run real estate development companies, promoted Lauren Rachel Flanagan ’08 to director of marketing and public relations in July. Ms. Flanagan has been with the company for two years.

Mark Cleary, M.B.A. ’97, a 34-year Northrop Grumman veteran, was appointed vice president of supply chain management for the company’s electronic systems sector in July. In his new role, he oversees sector supply chain operations such as strategic planning and tactical execution.

The Board of Trustees of The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company appointed Eileen C. McDonnell, M.B.A. ’88, to chairman in July, in addition to her role as president and chief executive officer. Ms. McDonnell is one of the few women to hold leadership positions at a major U.S. life insurer.

Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI) has named Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy, M.D., M.B.A. ’13, as the system’s vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer. Prior to joining CHSLI, Dr. O’Shaughnessy held physician and faculty appointments at Beth Israel Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Hackensack University Medical Center and The Valley Hospital in New Jersey.

Christine McGlade, M.B.A. ’89, was one of two employees promoted to vice president of manufacturing operations for Northrop Grumman in May. As vice president, Ms. McGlade will be responsible for managing and integrating all manufacturing and support operations at the St. Augustine site in coordination with the company’s various aircraft programs and other functional organizations.

Julian M. Frank, M.B.A. ’82, was among those named as Ones to watch in wealth management, in the Long Island Business News at in May. Mr. Frank is the senior vice president and financial advisor at The Empire Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

Jacob Akindele, M.B.A. ’75, was featured in The Guardian Nigeria, in May for his dedication and success as a coach and player in tennis and table tennis.

Denihan Hospitality Group announced the appointment of Joe Gaeta ’87 as general manager of The Benjamin, a luxury hotel in the heart of New York City. Mr. Gaeta has a rich 20-year hospitality industry background and was previously the area director of sales and marketing for Denihan’s luxury independent hotels in New York City.

Kim Petry ’91 was appointed the new chief financial officer for the Responsible Teen Spending Company in February. Ms. Petry is a CPA and senior level executive with proven success in increasing profit margins, and solid financial management, business leadership and strategic partnering skills with the board of directors, legal, compliance, auditors and regulators.

Paul D. Sonkin ’90 joined GAMCO Investors, Inc., in January as the firm’s portfolio manager, nonmarket correlated investments, stubs and spin-offs, focusing on micro- and nano-cap stocks.

Barbara Cataletto, M.B.A. ’99, was the recipient of the 2012 Stevie Award in the category of Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Business Services in January. Ms. Cataletto is CEO and founder of Business Dynamics Limited in Mineola, a revenue cycle management company in spine coding.

Susan Ladarola, M.B.A. ’96, was promoted to general manager at Dana Rader Golf School in December 2012. In her new role, Ms. Ladarola’s principal responsibilities include overseeing the golf school’s marketing and sales functions and day-to-day business operations.

James T. Sharkey, M.B.A. ’79, was named president of Sun Logistics LLC in December 2012. The company is based out of New York City and is a transportation and logistics solutions provider catering to the motor carrier, distributor and retail industries.

Huntington Ingalls Industries promoted Tom Stiehle, M.B.A. ’92, to chief financial officer and vice president of business management for the company’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division in November 2012. In this role, Mr. Stiehle is responsible for all financials, contracts, estimating and pricing and business management functions across the division.

Marc Haskelson, M.B.A. ’93, joined THOR Associates in November 2012 as a partner in the role of chief operating officer. Mr. Haskelson works with innovators and existing brands to bring new products to market, utilizing his knowledge of fulfillment, customer care, payment processing and database marketing to enable direct marketers to achieve goals and objectives for operational efficiency.

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