Class Notes - Spring 2020

ARTHUR GRABINER ’50 served as a grand marshal for the 2019 Veterans Day Parade in Queens, NY. He is a World War II veteran who served in the United States Navy, earning numerous honors.

LYNN KEARSEY (NÉE RONSEN) ’68 published her mystery novel Death by Dose, fulfilling her high school yearbook “wanna do,” which was to become a nurse and a writer.

PETER CARLISI ’71 published the book What’s Another Word for Thesaurus?, a coffee table read full of wit, quips, and queries.

MICHAEL CONNORS ’72 was honored with the Thaddeus S. Dabrowski American Heritage Award at the 2019 Conservative Parties of Kings and Queen’s Counties’ American Heritage Dinner.

KEVIN GALLAGHER ’75 is publishing his first book, Teach Your Kid to Hit…So They Don’t Quit, this June. The book, which teaches parents how to help their child make contact with the ball during baseball or softball, aims to keep kids in the game and active in the sports community.

ROBERT ROBOTTI ’78, a Pace trustee, has been appointed to the board of directors of PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. in Calgary, AB.

THERESA PASQUA ’79 was named principal at Holy Savior Academy in South Plainfield, NJ.

YOUNGOR SEVELEE TELEWODA ’79 presented her credentials as the new Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations in Vienna. She is also Liberia’s ambassador to Germany.

NEIL GORDON ’80 published his latest book, The Righteous One, in October 2019. It appeals to readers willing to explore the ability of the mind to live without the constraints of the body.

JAMES MCHUGH JR. ’81 was inducted into the St. Augustine High School Hall of Fame in Brooklyn, NY. He’s devoted his career to education as a school dean and NYC Department of Education officer.

RONALD LEE ’81 was appointed Trenton school chief by the Trenton Board of Education after serving as the superintendent of the Orange School District.

STEVEN MILLIGRAM, JD, ’81 was elected to the Ninth Judicial District of the New York State Supreme Court in last year’s elections. He has served as a trial lawyer, health care attorney, and a Monroe Town Justice since 2012.

HAROLD E. KAPLAN, JD, ’83 was granted pro bono, out-of-state practice status by the North Carolina State Bar, enabling him to practice pro bono for Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville. Kaplan was recently elected president of Blue Heron Point Property Owners Association, Inc. in Lake Lure. He is the principal with Kaplan Dispute Resolution located in Fairview.

DAN MELLON ’84 became the vice president of sales transformation at Sinclair Broadcast Group.

DAVID HIRSH ’84, a Pace trustee, was appointed to the advisory board of Domio, the NY-based technology-powered apartment-hotel start-up.

DONNA RENDEIRO ’84 was featured in NJ Spotlight about her new role as executive director of the state’s Office of Planning Advocacy and secretary of the New Jersey State Planning Commission.

SHIRLEY ACEVEDO BUONTEMPO ’84, ’11 won the AARP Purpose Prize honoring her work as a founder of Latino U College Access in White Plains, NY, a nonprofit that helps first-generation low-income Latino students enroll in and graduate from college.

VICTORIA HOLT ’84 was appointed to the board of directors of Piper Jaffray, a Minneapolis, MN-based investment bank.

ANTHONY POLVERE ’85 was featured in Unseen Visitors, a photography exhibit in Powell, WY, that showcased the work of faculty in the Communications Department at Northwest College.

BLANCA DE LA ROSA ’85 published a new book, Pursuing a Better Tomorrow, which details hardships immigrants face to achieve success upon reaching the United States.

NANCY KOBA, JD, ’85 was elected to the Ninth Judicial District of the New York State Supreme Court in last year’s elections. Koba served 30+ years as a civil litigator in the state Supreme Court.

ROBERT RANIERI ’85 has been named chairman of the board of directors of the Wartburg Home, a senior residential and health care provider in lower Westchester County, NY.

DORA GOMEZ ’86, was the recipient of the 2019 InfraGard Northeast Region IMA Leadership Award, presented to her by the FBI’s Assistant Director in Charge. The award commemorates the contribution InfraGuard makes to the collaboration between the FBI and private sector.

GAIL A. MATTHEWS, JD, ’87 was appointed associate general counsel of the American National Standards Institute. Prior to that she served as deputy chief of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York’s civil division.

AMY ACKER ’88 co-authored Hidden Talents, which was published in October 2019. The book serves as a roadmap, guide, and interactive experience based around the concept of “leadership for life.”

DEIRDRE CHERRY ’89 was appointed chief credit officer of Gateway First Bank in Jenks, OK.

BRIAN ROTHERY, JD, ’90 joined the Garden City, NJ, law firm Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser PC as a partner.

JOANN TINNELLY ’90 was named interim CFO of Reed’s Inc. in Norwalk, CT. She has served as vice president and corporate controller of the company since July 2018.

JOSEPH MONTERO ’90, a licensed certified public accountant, has been promoted to a member of the firm at Smolin in Fairfield, NJ.

KARL RABAGO ’90, senior policy advisor of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, co-authored a Newsweek article on renewable energy sources.

KATHLEEN WESLOCK, JD, ’90 has received Cornell University’s Judge William B. Groat Alumni Award. She is the chief human resources officer at Livent Corporation and speaks to groups on topics including women in leadership, next-generation human resources, and diversity and inclusion.

YVETTE THOMAS-HENRY ’90 was appointed the regional vice president and general manager at Four Seasons Resort Nevis in the Caribbean.

JOAN SCHMIDT, JD, ’91 was appointed executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Arena Pharma- ceuticals in San Diego, CA.

ANTHONY FOSCHINO ’92 was re-elected to the Norwood, NJ, Borough Council. He previously served in elected positions at Norwood Board of Education and Norwood Zoning Board.

CRAIG ZOTTOLA ’92 was promoted from detective to sergeant for the Greenwich Police Department in Greenwich, CT. He has moved up the ranks since he joined the department in 2010 as a patrol officer.

FRANK BEYRODT JR. ’92 was recently elected to the town board for Riverhead, NY. He is an owner of DeLea Sod Farms, a past president of the Long Island Farm Bureau, and a member of the board of directors of Island Harvest Food Bank.

MARY ELLIS ’93 was appointed interim assistant superintendent of the Irvington School District Board of Education in NY.

TIMOTHY SHANLEY, JD, ’93 was elected mayor of Wyckoff, NJ, for 2020.

HARRY SOMMER ’94 was appointed CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. Sommer had served as president of international operations for the company, and as chief integration officer and VP of international business development.

JUDITH WATSON ’94 was appointed chief executive officer of Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, Inc. in Mount Vernon, NY.

CATHERINE MANLEY-CULLEN ’96 has been named chief nursing officer at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, NY. She had been the vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn.

GINA CAPONE, JD, ’96 was elected to the Ninth Judicial District of the New York State Supreme Court. She has been an attorney since 1997, and practices general law with a concentration on matrimonial, family real estate, and criminal law, as well as wills and probate. Since 2001, Capone has served as Putnam Valley Town Judge.

JOSEPH SCURALLI, DPS, ’96 was re-elected for his fifth term with the Township Council for the Township of Wayne in New Jersey.

KIM TRIPODO ’96 has been named vice president of human resources at TissueTech, in Miami, FL. Prior to that, she was director of human resources at ChenMed.

VANESSA FERRER ’96 was featured in an article in Westchester Magazine about the launch of her new business, Merch Cat, a web and mobile app business that helps musicians sell and manage merchandise.

LISA FANTINO, JD, ’97 celebrated the success of her third book, Fractured, which tells the story of a New York City detective investigating a series of murders.

SUSAN CAPLAN (NÉE SHAPIRA) ’97 was appointed chair of Northern Illinois University School of Nursing in DeKalb, IL. In 2018, she was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

CHARLES-EDOUARD DENIS ’98 was featured in an article in the San Francisco Examiner about his efforts to keep his seafood export business in Haiti open amidst recurring fuel shortages and currency devaluation.

LORIANNE O’DONNELL ’98 became chief operating officer of Abilis, a Greenwich, CT-based nonprofit that provides assistance to adults and children with developmental disabilities and their families.

RICK SUAREZ ’99 was appointed chief executive officer of Clarfeld Citizens Private Wealth in Tarrytown, NY. He first joined the firm as a student, and until recently served as COO.

THOMAS DUFFY ’99 released his seventh novel, Social Work, which touches upon issues of mental health.

BRENDAN MCGRATH, JD, ’00 was sworn in as a City Court Judge for the City of Yonkers, NY.

HEIDI DAVIDSON ’00, co-founder and CEO of Galvanize Worldwide, was elected chairperson of the board of directors of the Business Council of Westchester in Westchester County, NY.

BRETT DREYER ’01 was elected to the Board of Education in Cranford, NJ. He is currently a manager with Homeland Security Investigations in Newark, NJ.

DAVID RYZHIK ’01 became vice president of investor relations for MKS Instruments, Inc. in Andover, MA.

JOHN DILLON ’03 was appointed the vice president and division general counsel for American Water’s Southeast division in Lexington, KY.

JENNIFER ANN VORHIES, JD, ’04, partner with Florio Perrucci Steinhardt Cappelli Tipton & Taylor in Phillipsburg, NJ, was named president of the Warren County Bar Association for a one-year term.

USO SAYERS (NÉE FRASER) ’04 was named managing director of Johnson Lambert LLP in Park Ridge, IL.

DAMIAN FINLEY ’05 was promoted to vice president of construction and development of Robert Martin Co. in Elmsford, NY.

DEBRA MANDERS ’05 had her abstract paintings featured at an art reception at Valley Cottage Library in Valley Cottage, NY.

KASHYAP PATEL, JD, ’05 was featured in an article in News India Times about his appointment to senior director of counter-terrorism at the National Security Council.

STEVEN LEIDENFROST ’05 joined Asta Funding, Inc. in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, as CFO.

TERENCE COPPINGER ’06 joined Mazars US LLP, a leading accounting, tax, advisory, and consulting firm, as a tax partner in their Long Island office.

ERICA DELANEY ’10 joined AXA XL’s Northeast regional environmental team in NYC as a senior underwriter.

SHIRAZ SAEED ’10 was featured in Insurance Business about starting a career in insurance while finishing his MBA at Pace. He joined Starr Companies as a national practice leader specializing in cyber risk.

LAUREN CLANCY ’11 was interviewed by NorthJersey. com about IV+Revolution, her business that offers relief from nutrient depletion and dehydration via IV infusions.

HEATHER DEICHLER, JD, ’12 has joined the Lincoln Financial Group in Radnor, PA, in the newly-created role of senior vice president and head of product management for Lincoln MoneyGuard®.

PEDRO RIVERA ’12 has joined Fox 40 in Sacramento, CA, as a morning news anchor.

SMITH KIDKARNDEE, PSYD, ’14 was featured in the Manchester, CT, Journal Inquirer about learning to embrace the different parts of himself and his identity through community, running, and dance training.

TIMOTHY IZZO ’14 was sworn in as a firefighter in the Westport Fire Department in Connecticut.

ASHLEY ROMANS ’15 has been promoted to series regular for season two of the AMC show NOS4A2.

ERICK BETANCOURT ’15 conducted a Q&A session at the University of Rhode Island where he offered advice on hiring an agent, going on auditions, and finding a professional community that supports your vision.

KATHRYN BOSCH ’15 was featured in BroadwayWorld about being chosen for a young professional’s fellowship at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, CA. She will be their scenic construction fellow.

CASSIDY STONER ’16 appeared in Charlotte Magazine about her career and touring with the musical Aladdin.

DAVID SHOCKET ’16 and JONAH CAMIEL ’19 were associate lighting designers on Tony Award nominee Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

HAYLEY GRIFFITH ’16 is starring in the horror comedy, Satanic Panic.

SPENCER CLARK ’16 was featured in Broadway Buzz, about landing dream roles in West Side Story, Cirque du Soleil, Cats, and Frozen.

ELEN KRUT, JD, ’17 wrote her first book, Summer on a Poultry Farm, inspired by her life as an attorney and official for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services.

NATALIE POWERS ’17 was interviewed in a BroadwayWorld article about her role as Chava in a Fiddler on the Roof revival at the Orpheum Theater in New York, NY.

NATASHA VAN DE WETERING ’17 published Grow, a collection of poetry that relates plants and nature to human emotion.

RAFAEL SILVA ’17 was cast as a series regular on the Fox drama 9-1-1: Lone Star, playing the part of a police chief.

ALEXANDRA DEROSA ’18 and PAVAN NAIDU ’18 worked on installing the new solar-powered e-tree on Pace’s Pleasantville Campus.

BARTEK SZYMANSKI ’18 appeared as a guest star in the fifth episode of the seventh season of the series Chicago P.D.

HAROLD HODGE JR. ’18 wrote and directed Fancy Maids, which was named Rave Theater Festival’s Outstanding Play for 2019.

RICH EVERLY ’18, became director of facilities in the Hornell City School District. He’s also the district’s director of technology.


Michelino “Mico” Leo Paolino

DANIELA PAOLINO (NÉE MANSELLA) ’07 and her husband, Michelino, welcomed a baby boy, Michelino “Mico” Leo Paolino, into the world on August 23, 2019.

Juliette Grace Gannon

GABRIELLE GANNON (NÉE GOETZ) ’09 and her husband, Robert, welcomed Juliette Grace Gannon into the world on October 3, 2019. This future member of the Class of 2040 plans to major in smiling and minor in chubby cheeks.



RICK VEIT, JD, ’86 married Maria Scott on June 1, 2019, at the United States Military Academy’s Community Chapel in West Point, NY. Veit has been in private practice for 27 years, is a major in the New York Guard, and is an officer for the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the US Army.

ANDREW MORRISON ’10 married Lauren Elyse Romo on September 28, 2019, in Santa Fe, NM, where the bride’s family resides.

Alumni JOHN KREMIDAS ’11 and CHRISTINA DANZA ’12 came back to where their love story started—right here on Pace’s NYC Campus. The wedding party? All alumni, plus one first-year student: Stephanie Baldelli, Keith Zientek, Christopher Bruno, Andrew Hoppas, Michael Paccione, and Brianna Adelle.

“Our story is a testament to the future and relationships that can be built at Pace,” said Danza. “Pace holds such a special place in our hearts and it always will.”