Class Notes

1970s

Ralph Crystal ’70 was selected for the 2020 Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Education Award. He is the Wallace Charles Hill professor of counselor education at the University of Kentucky College of Education, where he has been on faculty since 1981.

Arthur Ammon ’77 was inducted into the annual Lower Verde Valley Hall of Fame. For forty years, he worked in the telecommunications industry, thirty-four of which were with AT&T Network Services organization. Ammon is a past president of Rotary Club of Fountain Hills, AZ.

Adam Norris ’78 was sworn in as lieutenant at the Millburn Police Department, in NJ, where he has served since 2001.

Artemio Jimenez Jr. ’79 was appointed director of property management at BEB Capital in Port Washington, NY. He served as controller for the Hudson Yards mega-development in Manhattan from 2015 to 2018, where he oversaw an estimated $23 billion in construction projects.

1980s

Susan Bender, JD, ’80 was recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Top Attorney in the field of Law. She’s a partner at Bender & Rosenthal LLP in New York, NY.

Tom Cunningham ’80 was appointed managing director at Carl Marks Advisors, an investment bank in New York City. Throughout his career, he has served in a number of CFO, COO roles.

Bob Genise ’80 has been named a senior member to White Oak Aviation in Bellevue, WA. He has over 35 years of executive management experience in aviation finance.

Brian Finneran ’81 was appointed president of Hanover Bancorp in Mineola, NY. He continues to serve as the chief financial officer of the company and the bank.

Richard J. McAlonan Jr. ’82 was appointed senior advisor to transfer pricing practice of Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, LLC in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the firm, he served as director of national tax transfer pricing controversy and Americas director of advance pricing agreements at Ernst & Young (EY).

Paul Juras ’83 was appointed chair of the global board of directors of The Institute of Management Accountants. He is a professor at Babson College in Wellesley, MA.

Nicholas Florio ’85 has been appointed independent director of Recruiter.com Group, Inc. He has more than 30 years of experience in business consulting and financial advice and is the founder of Strategic Staffing Concepts. 

Joseph Pastore ’85 was appointed vice president of wealth management at Hercules Investments in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to joining Hercules Investments, he served as vice president and financial advisor for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and senior portfolio manager for Merrill Lynch.

Ellen Gambino ’86 was appointed acting president of Dutchess County Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY. She has served the college in various academic leadership roles since 2006.

Thomas Gibbons ’86 was appointed chief executive officer of BNY Mellon. He has served in various roles with the company since 2006 including chief financial officer, chief risk policy officer, and most recently vice chairman and interim CEO.

Ronnie Hakim, JD, ’86 was appointed senior vice president and national transit and rail market sector leader of HNTB, in New York City. She most recently served as managing director of the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Cheryl IdellCheryl Idell ’86 joined WarnerMedia as executive vice president and chief research officer. Her experience includes previous roles at Snapchat, Mindshare, and Nielsen.

Wilson Kimball, JD, ’86 was appointed president and chief development officer of the Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers, NY, where she has served as commissioner of planning and development since 2013.

Maria Maher (née Logatto) ’86 became a trustee of Riverview Medical Center Foundation in Red Bank, NJ. She is a marketing professional and has lived in the county for the past seven years with her husband and their five children.

Jason Molfetas ’87 has been named senior vice president and chief information officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, GA. Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, he served as managing director of CIO Advisory for KPMG and director of IT Enablement for DXC Technology.

Karen Benedetti ’88 was appointed vice president of marketing at The Savings Bank in Wakefield, MA. She brings more than 30 years of marketing leadership experience from financial institutions in New England and the mid-Atlantic region of the US.

Margherita DiManni, JD, ’88 was appointed deputy general counsel at The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America in New York City. Over the past 22 years, she has held a variety of roles within Guardian's law, compliance, and government affairs departments.

Angela Giannini, JD, ’88 received the 2020 Attorney Professionalism Award from the Committee on Attorney Professionalism of the New York State Bar Association. She is a founding partner of Fontana Giannini and president of the Westchester County Women’s Bar Association.

William Trapani ’88 and his wife are proud to announce the birth of their third child, Daniel.

William Trapani ’88 and his wife are proud to announce the birth of their third child, Daniel.

Renée TrewickRenée Trewick ’88 was elected the trustee chair of the Southern Baptist Convention in the Bronx, NY. She works as vice president of risk management at Marsh USA.

Patrick Fabbio ’89 was appointed chief financial officer at WindMIL Therapeutics in Baltimore, MD. He will lead development and execution of the company’s financial strategy and join the senior leadership team in setting and executing overall business strategy.

Milton Pappas ’89 became a member of the board of Pet Partners, an animal therapy organization with headquarters in Bellevue, WA.

Denise Pearson ’89 was appointed vice chancellor and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. She has been vice president for academic affairs and equity initiatives at the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association since 2018.

Abby Tuttle ’89 has retired from Rye City School District after 32 years of service at Rye Middle School in New York. She received honorable mention for her years of service at the Rye Board of Education meeting in June, 2020.

Mark Williams ’89 celebrated five years of success of the reading literacy program Shakespeare in a Chair, a program he leads at a middle school in Charlotte, NC.

1990s

Adrian Armstrong, JDAdrian Armstrong, JD, ’90 was confirmed to the New York State (NYS) Court of Claims. He has served as a Mount Vernon, NY City Judge since 2015.

Yvette Bowden, JD, ’90 was appointed assistant city manager and director of community vitality Boulder, CO. She has managed the Parks and Recreation and Community Vitality departments since August 2018.

André Dhawan ’90 was appointed president, Americas at Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a manufacturing company in Greensboro, NC, where he has served as the company’s president, Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific since 2016.

Wendy Edelstein-Gonzaga ’91 was appointed chief compliance officer at Pure and Natural Pet in Norwalk, CT. She has over 20 years of experience from her time at Condé Nast, a global mass media company that produces some of the world's leading print, digital, video, and social brands.

The Hon. Lyndon Williams, JDThe Hon. Lyndon Williams, JD, ’91 was appointed City Judge for Mount Vernon, NY. He previously served on the county board and city council.

John Noonan ’92 was appointed executive vice president of sales and marketing at a Boston Retail Solutions company in Vero Beach, FL. He has over 30 years of experience in brand implementation and maintenance programs, including signage, graphics, custom branded elements, and construction services.

Tommy Thomas ’92 was appointed vice president of investor relations at Avantor, Inc. in Radnor, PA. He earlier served as chief financial officer at PerkinElmer.

Lily Choy ’93 has joined First National Realty Partners as head of property accounting in Red Bank, NJ.  She comes to the firm with over 25 years of experience in corporate finance with a focus on real estate. 

Angelina Galiteva, JD, ’93 was elected chair of the California Independent System Operator (ISO) in Folsom, CA. She is the founder of Renewables 100 Policy Institute, and serves as a US Department of State expert speaker on renewable energy and power grid issues.

Robert Valas ’93 has become a partner at Cullari Carrico LLC in Fairfield, NJ. He also serves on the audit committee for New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) and the board of the Estate Planning Council of Bergen County Inc.

Marc D’AmicoMarc D’Amico ’94 was appointed director of curriculum for kindergarten through eighth grade at the Greenwich Public Schools. He’s been principal at Glenville School in Greenwich, CT, for the past 15 years.

David Kelly ’94 joined Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) as US chief information officer in New York City. His career has been dedicated to roles in technology, from head of technology for the Americas at Barclays Capital, to managing director & chief technology officer at SAC Capital Advisors, L.P, to chief technology officer of the enterprise division at Thomson Reuters.

Karen Geer ’95 was appointed president of South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, MA. Previously she served as executive director of Interschool Orchestras of New York.

Carl AlbanoCarl Albano ’96 was appointed superintendent of Garrison Union Free School District in Putnam County, NY. Most recently he was superintendent of the Tuckahoe school district in Westchester County, NY.

Robert Costello ’96 was appointed chief operations officer of H. Beck, Inc., a national independent financial advisor platform located in Rockville, MD. Previously, he served as vice president of investment advisory operations at Prudential Financial and held various positions at Advisor Group and the MetLife Broker Dealer Group.

Seth Mandelbaum, JD, ’96, managing partner with McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP in White Plains, NY, was appointed Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Westchester Park Foundation (WPF). Since 2015, he served as the WPF’s vice chairperson and has been a member of its Board of Trustees since 2011.

Stephen Riebling, JD, ’96 and Marcia Payton, JD, ’96, who have been married for 20 years, have opened a new law firm with offices across New York and Connecticut. Riebling has been a White Plains, NY-based defense attorney since 1997. Payton is a former prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney’s Office.

Mary Storella, JD, ’97 was appointed the group's vice chair and head of life sciences transactions at Lowenstein Sandler in Roseland, NJ. She joined the firm from the position of vice president and senior counsel at Celgene Corporation.

2000s

Philip J. DeAngelo ’00 was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. He is the owner and managing director of Focused Wealth Management.

Todd Karlin ’00 was appointed chief program officer at Astor Services for Children & Families in Rhinebeck, NY, where he has served for 18 years, most recently as assistant executive director of clinical services.

Reshid Walker ’00 was appointed assistant principal at Rehoboth Elementary School in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Most recently he served as assistant principal at Claymont Elementary in Brandywine School District.

Steven Parrinello ’01 was appointed managing director at Pennybacker Capital Management, LLC in Austin, TX. He has more than 15 year of experience in the commercial real estate debt market having most recently worked with Guggenheim Commercial Real Estate Finance in senior, mezzanine, and construction loans.

Gauri Chawla, JD, ’02 was appointed vice president for global alliances at inRiver, a product information management provider in Chicago, IL. She has more than fifteen years of alliance and leadership experience in technology ecosystems including positions at Marketo and Oracle.

Elisa Hogan ’02 has assumed the position of senior vice president, senior credit officer at Tompkins Mahopac Bank in upstate New York. She has been in banking for 22 years.

Paula Schauwecker, JD, ’02 has assumed the newly-created position of chief talent officer at Beveridge & Diamond, a law firm in New York. She also serves as corporate secretary for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

Nicole Callahan, PhD, JD, ’03 became a partner at Hall Booth Smith, PC, specializing in medical malpractice. She has extensive experience in intellectual property matters, including pharmaceutical and medical device patent cases.

Eileen Egan, JD, ’04 was appointed executive director of Phelps Hospital, part of Northwell Health in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Most recently she served as vice president of administration and interim executive director. Egan joined Phelps in 1981.

Alexandra EstrellaAlexandra Estrella ’04 was appointed as Superintendent of Schools for Norwalk, CT. Most recently she was Superintendent for Community School District Four in East Harlem, NY.

Rosel Moxey (née Wilson) ’04, vice president of Sunshine Holding Ltd in the Bahamas, has been elected to the Global Board of the International Women’s Forum.

John Mastronardi ’05 was appointed executive director of The Nathaniel Whitherell, a nursing facility in Greenwich, CT. Most recently he was administrator of Montefiore/Schaffer Extended Care Center in New Rochelle, NY, and has over 15 years of experience in healthcare management.

Trisha Matulewicz (née Matthews) ’05 was promoted to chief financial officer of Group One Limited in Farmingdale, NY. Before coming to Group One, she served as the vice president of finance at NYC-based Medical Knowledge Group.

Anju Rupchandani ’05 was appointed executive director of Zone 126, a non-profit based in Astoria and Long Island City in Queens, NY, and continues working in the sphere of childhood education.

Amanda Barelli (née Sammataro) ’06 was inducted into The Westerly High Athletic Hall of Fame in Westerly, RI. She is a computer science teacher at PS 92 in the Bronx, NY.

Anthony Diaz ’06 heads Loan Syndicate, Sales and Trading at Antares Capital in Chicago, IL. He joined the firm in 2016 after serving 13 years at GE Capital as a member of the Sales Desk and Structuring teams within Capital Markets. 

Tiffany Gagliano (née Reis), JD, ’06 was appointed Dean of the School of Business at the Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. She has served in numerous roles with the City of Newburgh and Orange County, including assistant corporation counsel for Newburgh.

Stacey Gershkovich (née Apatov) ’06 was the inaugural speaker of the Power of Partnership program launched by the Chamber of Commerce in Rowan County, NC. She is managing director of sharing at the Robertson Center at Success Academy in New York City.

Donna Kladis ’06 has joined Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation as its chief technology officer in Poughkeepsie, NY. She most recently served as chief information officer of Techtronic Industries and before that as vice president, global transformation at Estée Lauder.

Anthony Lando ’06 has joined Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty in Irvington, NY. He is recognized in REAL Trends’ annual “America’s Best” ranking of the top half of 1 percent of real estate professionals nationally, as well as Westchester Magazine’s “Five Star Real Estate Agent.”

Elizabeth Luk, JD, ’06 was appointed head of BNY Mellon Trust of Delaware, part of BNY Mellon Wealth Management in Greenville, DE. She has nearly 15 years of trust experience including ten years working specifically in the Delaware Trust Administration industry.

Antonio Rebello Reis ’06 and Romulo Sampaio, SJD, ’06 joined Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados, a Rio de Janeiro-based environmental firm as partners. They have previously worked together on environmental litigation and consultancy matters related to major M&A deals and infrastructure projects.

Michael Mattone ’07 was named vice president of community impact at Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union in upstate NY.

Christopher Roker ’07 became chief executive officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan and chief growth officer for the health system. He has served as NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens CEO since 2016.

Telfar Clemens ’08 was included in Fortune’s 40 under 40 in Media and Entertainment. He is the designer of his namesake fashion label based in Brooklyn, NY.

Helen UzamereHelen Uzamere ’08 became Commissioner of Management Services for the City of Mount Vernon, NY. Her experience includes an international business career of more than 25 years in IT.  She is also a Pace faculty member.

2010s

Jessica Dzenkowski ’10 was appointed director of marketing and advertising at Intercounty Appliance in Medford, NY.

Annette Serrao ’10 was appointed senior director and portfolio manager, US Total Return Fixed Income, for SLC Management in New York City. She has been with the firm since 2010. 

Anthony Desiato, JD, ’12 was featured in an interview by Abovethelaw.com highlighting his career as a lawyer, educational administrator, and filmmaker. 

Britton SmithBritton Smith ’12 was featured by Playbill in an article on diversification challenges in acting education.

Aleisha Allen ’13 was featured by Amomama.com, an entertainment news website. Once a child star of Are We There Yet?, she shared a twist in her career as she turned from actress to pathologist and her experience as a frontline worker during a health pandemic.

Dominique Fishback co-starred in Netflix’s superhero film Project Power alongside Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Joseph Sauer, JD, ’13 was promoted to senior counsel at New York-based law firm Fullerton Beck LLP. Before joining the firm he served in the City of New York’s Bronx Tort Division.

Laura SpallinaLaura Spallina ’13, a clinical coordinator/surgical hospitalist-NP at Northern Westchester Hospital was named the first inductee into the Hall of Fame for the Career and Technical Education Center at Putnam Northern Westchester, NY, by the Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

Chanel Thervil ’13 discussed her career in art and her life’s passion for enriching the art world for people of color with the Boston Herald.

Cathryn Wake ’13 was interviewed by Broadwayworld.com about her performance in the play Conscience at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, NJ.

Sam Francois ’14 has become director of marketing and communications at Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL. He was previously director of e-commerce and onboard marketing at Carnival Cruise Line.

Kristin Hess ’14 was featured in Brand Makeovers series on Medium.com. She is a New York City-based graphic and branding designer.

Ivan Kagame ’14 was appointed to the board of Rwanda Development Board. He is an entrepreneur and investor with interests in Rwanda and the United States.

Kolin Kleveno ’14 was appointed first senior vice president of Tinuiti, a performance marketing agency in New York City. He has over 15 years of experience at 360i, where he served as senior vice president for addressable solutions.

Book Image The Art of Start Up by Edoardo MagginiEdoardo Maggini ’15 published the book The Art of Startups: How to Beat Larger Companies Using Machiavelli's War Strategies offering unique and viable solutions to the problems small startups face. The book is now available on Amazon.

Julieth Saenz ’15 has been researching workforce and automation relationships during the pandemic at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Her report was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Opal VadhanOpal Vadhan ’15 has authored an article published on Popsugar.com about her efforts as a volunteer working to combat food insecurity.

Obiora Anekwe ’16 published the book The Great Migration of Black Women Educators from Segregation to Integration which celebrates and honors Black women educators who journeyed and battled against the odds to educate Black children. The book is now available on Amazon.

Neil Garguilo ’16 won a Daytime Emmy Award for his Funny or Die series Brainwashed By Toons. He was nominated twice for the series and shares an Emmy Award with Seinfeld star Jason Alexander. Check out his alumni profile.

Tia Jackson ’16 was recognized with the Modern Day Technology Leader Award during the 2020 Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) STEM Conference. She is a Software Engineer with General Dynamics Mission Systems in Annapolis Junction, MD.

Jamen Nanthakumar ’16 joined the cast of Women of The Wings on Broadway.

Robert Poliseno ’16 was appointed chief operating officer, North America field operations at Chubb in Whitehouse Station, NJ. Most recently, he served as the company's regional executive officer for the Mid-Atlantic region, and he has been with the company since 2008.

Joseph Tso ’16 was appointed special advisor to the board of directors at TrapX Security, a cyber defense solutions provider in Waltham, MA. He has more than 20 years of experience with cybersecurity and IT industries and serves as chief information security officer at Scotiabank.

Nicole Wiitala, JD, ’16 was profiled in They’ve Got Next: Labor and Employment by Bloomberg Law. She’s currently an associate with Sanford Helser Sharp in New York City.

Sardia Anderson ’17 published a collection of poems Reflections of a Tribal Soul which is available on Amazon.

Stephanie Tunic, JD, ’17 was appointed deputy corporation counsel for Port Jervis, NY. She is also the attorney for the Town of Montgomery, Zoning Board of Appeals and serves on the Town of Cornwall Economic Development Advisory Council, both in New York State.

Mikaela Coni ’18 was appointed assistant superintendent for business at the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, NY. She’s been with the district since 2018 and prior to that served as a senior accountant for O’Connor Davies LLP, in Harrison, NY.

Timothy Johnson ’18 was awarded the patent for temperature measurement by infrared analysis. The technology is being applied in a long-range medical grade thermometer which can detect fever from three feet.

Sydney Mesher ’19 was interviewed by Popsugar.com about her performance as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall and activism in fighting disability stigma in dancing.

2020s

Jenny Marbella and Izabella MorrisJenny Marbella ’20 and Izabella Morris ’20 were featured in a Cosmopolitan article on interracial couples.

Abigail Mason and Jordan MartAbigail Mason ’20 married Jordan Mart of Brooklyn, NY. The ceremony took place at the bridegroom’s parents’ house in Chalfont, PA.

Blake Rozelle ’20 wrote, directed, and edited Lost But Not Forgotten which premiered on YouTube in October of 2020.