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Brian Powers '72

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Following his graduation from SUCO in 1972, Brian Powers '72 attended the London School of Economics and was awarded. masters degree in comparative politics in 1973. He next attended the University of North Carolina School of Law where he was an Associate Editor of the Law Review and earned his JD in 1977. He took a position with the National Labor Relations Board in 1977, serving on Board Member Penello's staff for two years. He joined the Washington DC law firm of O'Donoghue & O'Donoghue in 1979. Brian Powers represented various unions and union sponsored fringe benefit funds for almost 35 years. He was general counsel for the International Typographical Union, the Operative Plasterers and Cement International Association as well as various local unions including IBEW Local 26, Steamfitters Local 602, NABET Local 31, IATSE Local 22, and the Airline Pilots Association. He litigated cases throughout the United States in both state and federal courts and before the NLRB and the Department of Labor. He also assisted in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements He was recognized as a "super Lawyer" In the specialty of labor law for several years by the Washington Post. In January 2013, he accepted a position as full time in-house General Counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers, a union representing close to 400,000 engineers engaged in the construction of buildings, pipelines, airports, harbors, and roads and bridges. The IUOE also represents stationary engineers who maintain the operating systems of existing buildings and complexes including universities, stadiums, office buildings, and industrial sites. In his capacity as General Counsel, he oversaw litigation throughout the United States and Canada and was engaged in the transactional work related to the construction of a state of the art training center in Houston , Texas. Brian Powers also was involved in various pro bono projects. In this capacity, he was lead counsel in habeas corpus litigation on behalf of Terry Williams, a death row inmate in Virginia. This litigation culminated in the Supreme Court overturning the death sentence of Terry Williams in a hallmark decision which received front page coverage by the New York Times. This was the first case where the Supreme Court ruled both the trial counsel was ineffective and that it was probable that had the case been handled properly that the jury would not have imposed the sentence of death. The Supreme Court also overturned the standard of review utilized by the lower courts with the result that death row inmates were allowed much greater leeway in arguing infirmities in the lower courts in capital cases. Hundreds of death row inmates benefited from this aspect of the decision. Brian Powers has also been active in his community. He served on the Board of Directors for many years for the Jelleff Boys and Girls Club in Washington DC and he coached girls basketball teams for about ten years. He retired in April of 2019 giving him more time to spend with his wife Alice, SUCO class of '71, his three daughters, and three granddaughters.

Barry Ziman '84

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Following graduation, Barry R. Ziman '84 worked at the New York State legislature, serving as Director for Legislation & Communications for a Bronx Assemblyman. As the staff leader of the Assembly Subcommittee on Equal Opportunity, his investigative work exposed a pervasive pattern of employment agency discrimination in New York State. The Ziman-led investigation featured in news coverage throughout New York state and on CBS' 60 Minutes. During the 1990s, Ziman served as Director of Strategic Advocacy for the Consumer Specialty Products Association in Washington, D.C. Currently, as Director of Legislation and Political Action for the College of American Pathologists (the nation's second largest medical society), Ziman authored over 100 state laws against kickbacks and fraud in the billing of laboratory services.

William Zarakas '78

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Bill Zarakas '78 is a Principal and the Chief Operating Officer for The Brattle Group, an international economics consulting firm that specializes in the strategic, economic and regulatory issues facing the energy and telecommunications industries. Bill has worked with a wide range of energy and communications companies and with governments on issues concerning energy and communications infrastructure for thirty years. He is extensively involved in the economics of distributed energy resources and smart grid technologies and in developing the framework to guide utility investment in reliability and resiliency in response to major events such as Superstorm Sandy. Bill has led Brattle's work in a variety of policy, regulatory and litigation matters, and provides testimony and expert reports used in courts of law, arbitration panels, and in regulatory proceedings, and has led special investigations on behalf of corporate boards of directors and reviews on behalf of regulatory commissions. He also leads the firm's work on issues pertaining to telecommunications infrastructure, having worked with telecom carriers and governments in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa on developing market structures that will incentivize deployment of broadband services. Prior to his time with The Brattle Group, Bill was a Senior Vice President with PHB Hagler Bailly and a Managing Director with Theodore Barry and Associates. He holds a master's degree in economics from New York University and a bachelor's degree, also in economics, from the State University of New York at Oneonta. Bill, his wife and two children live in northeastern Massachusetts. He is an avid hiker, climber and cyclist, and is very active in his church and community.

Michael Zagata '64

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Raised in West Davenport, Mike Zagata '64 earned a BS and MS in secondary science at SUNY Oneonta. He taught biology and algebra, and coached football, wrestling, rifle and track in the Oneonta and Southampton public schools. From Southampton he attended Iowa State Univ. and earned a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology. As an assistant professor at the Univ. of Maine-Orono's School of Forest Resources, he taught wildlife and forestry courses and directed the wildlife ecology summer program while conducting research focused on the impact of cutting practices on wildlife. He left Maine to become Field Director for The Wildlife Society and then was hired by Audubon's President as Director of Federal Relations in Washington, DC. He left Audubon to form a new Committee within the National Research Council (National Academy of Sciences) focused on renewable natural resources. He was lured away from the Council to become the manager of ecological sciences for Tenneco, Inc. a Fortune 50 Company. He subsequently became Director of Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) for Tenneco Oil E&P. From there he became VP of EH&S for Transco Energy Co. Under his leadership, the companies received the National Wildlife Federation's Conservation Achievement Award, Ducks Unlimited's Silver Teal Award and The Conservation Fund's Calder Award. After leaving Transco, Mike served in Gov. Pataki's cabinet as Commissioner (CEO) of New York's Dept. of Environmental Conservation. After leaving the DEC, Mike helped found and then served as President of the Conservation Alliance of New York and recently retired as President and CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society an international wildlife conservation organization promoting sound forest management for the benefit of both hunted and non-hunted wildlife. During that time he served on the Board of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. His awards/recognition include a letter from President Carter thanking him for his help in passing the Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act of 1980 (later known as CARA), and induction into the Hall of Fame by the offshore energy industry for his work on wetlands mitigation banking and Rigs to Reefs (converting retired offshore energy production platforms into functioning artificial reefs) and into the NY State Outdoorsman's Hall of Fame. Mike has a life-long commitment to conservation (wise-use) of our natural resources and to the educational and political processes.

Albert Zafonte '81

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Albert Zafonte Jr. '81 was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1959 to Albert Sr., a Fireman and Marie Borgia, a Registered Nurse. He grew up in Nassau County, Long Island where he lived with his parents and two younger sisters, Andrea and Lisa. Albert is a graduate of Plainedge High School, Class of 1977. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in American History and Political Science at Oneonta State College and graduated with the Class of 1981. It was during the college summer of 1980 when working as Student Association President he met his future bride and mother of his two beautiful children, Kathleen Gauer, Hartwick College, Class of 1981. Thereafter, Albert attended Syracuse University College of Law from where he graduated with the Class of 1985. Albert and Kathy moved to Long Island after law school graduation and were married in September 1988. Their oldest daughter, Alexandria, was born in 1990 and their second daughter, Gabrielle, was born in 1994. In 1995 they moved to Garden City, Long Island where they continue to reside to this day. Albert began practicing law on Long Island in 1985 working as a defense trial attorney in the field of personal injury litigation. In 1996, with the closing of his firm's office, Albert began his career as a solo practitioner working in the field of personal injury as a plaintiff's trial attorney. Presently, he continues in this field of law as a solo practitioner with his office located in Uniondale, Long Island.

Marian Young '76

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Marian F. Young '76 is Chief of the Molecular Biology of Bones and Teeth Section in the Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. She received her BS from SUNY at Oneonta, NY (1976), and her PhD in Developmental Biology from the Department of Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut (1981). After a fellowship in the Lab of Developmental Biology and Anomalies at the NIDR (1981-1983) Dr. Young headed a group in the Mineralized Tissue Research Branch also at the NIDR where she began her investigations on the molecular biology and function of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins in skeletal tissues. Her current research focuses on regulation and function of small proteoglycans in mineralized tissues and in their potential role in controlling pathological skeletal conditions such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and ectopic ossification. These pathologies originated by defects in stem cells whose fate was shown to be regulated by the ECM. Dr. Young has published over 190 peer-reviewed articles, reviews and book chapters on the molecular biology of ECM in mineralizing tissue. She has organized several symposia and scientific conferences on the topic of bones and teeth, mineralization and the ECM. In the NIH community she has served on a myriad of committees, some of which she chaired for promotion and tenure action, oversight of animal facilities, and summer student research. Other NIH service includes participation in the graduate partnership program, administrative oversight, and serving as project officer for contacts awarded to the NIDCR. She has supervised dozens of Research Fellows, students and considers training of future dental researchers a critical role of her duties as a senior investigator at the NIDCR.

Kristin Yetto '88

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As eBay Inc.'s Senior Vice President, HR, Kristin Yetto '88 is responsible for all aspects of the company's human resources capabilities designed to drive performance of the business. Kristin joined eBay in March 2003. Kristin is an avid ecommerce shopper and uses the company to bring her passion to life. eBay connects millions of buyers and sellers globally through it's global marketplace. Prior to joining eBay, Kristin was Sr. Director of HR for Palm, one of the world's leading handheld device companies. Kristin holds a BA degree from SUNY Oneonta and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Russell Sage.

Richard Yamarone '85

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Richard Yamarone '85 prior to his death was an economist with roughly three decades of experience on Wall Street, focused on monetary & fiscal policy, economic indicators, fixed income, commodities, and general macroeconomic conditions. He wrote for Bloomberg Brief Economics, a daily newsletter that features analysis, data and news on the forces shaping the global economy. Mr. Yamarone and the Bloomberg Briefs economics team provide in-depth analysis of macroeconomic data, policy and trends and how they will impact financial markets. He taught numerous courses on macroeconomics and economic indicators at several colleges and institutions. He has served as president of the prestigious Downtown Economists Club of New York City. The author of Trader's Guide to Key Economic Indicators, Mr. Yamarone was a member of the National Association for Business Economists, the American Economic Association, the New York State Economics Association and the Money Marketeers of New York University. He was bestowed many accolades for his work, including being featured as one of the top 10 economists in the U.S. by USA Today in 2007 and "Nostradamus of the Financial Industry" by Bank Advisor in 2008 for his prediction of the financial crises.

Paula Wilson '72

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Paula Wilson '72 retired as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Joint Commission Resources/ Joint Commission International, a subsidiary of the U.S. based Joint Commission. Early in her career, Wilson worked in the public sector when she held several senior positions in New York State during Governor Mario Cuomo's administration. She also has had extensive experience in the nonprofit health sector working in a large long-term care system and for two health policy organizations. Prior to working at Joint Commission Resources, Wilson was an associate professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and on the faculty of the New York University's Wagner School of Public Policy. Currently, she teaches at the business school of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jay Winuk '80

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Jay S. Winuk '80 is the president of Winuk Communications, Inc , the public relations agency he founded in 1994. He is also a co-founder, executive vice president and board member of MyGoodDeed, the nonprofit which began and oversees the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. 9/11 Day is now the nation's largest annual day of charitable engagement. On September 11, 2001, Jay's brother and fellow SUNY Oneonta alumnus Glenn J. Winuk, an attorney, volunteer firefighter and EMT, was killed in the line of duty at the World Trade Center. Inspired by his brother's devotion to community service and courageous actions, Jay joined with his friend and colleague David Paine in 2002 to develop and build the 9/11 Day observance. Jay has become a passionate advocate for volunteering and national service, and is a frequent inspirational public speaker and a leading national voice about volunteerism, charitable service, terrorism, and individual empowerment. He is the recipient of numerous national public relations awards for his work on behalf of his firm's clients, and many honors for his leadership role in the public service arena. Jay received the "Daily Point of Light Award" from former President George H.W. Bush and the Points of Light Institute and the "President's Call to Service Award" from The White House, one of the nation's highest civilian service honors. Jay serves on the board of directors of the 12.14 Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Newtown, CT, that engages students in the performing arts as a way to learn life skills and tools to overcome traumatic events. Jay also serves as a class ambassador for the class of 1980. Jay lives in Putnam County, NY, with his wife Carolyn and their two children.

Crystal Williams '77

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As of August 15, 2015, Crystal Williams '77 is retired. From 2009 to 2015, she served as Executive Director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Prior to that, she was Deputy Director for Programs, as well as Director of Liaison & Information, for AILA, and served with the Policy & Planning office of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Previously, she practiced immigration law in Atlanta, Georgia. Earlier in her career, she served as Director of the Legalization Assistance/Appeals Project for the then-American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF); and had previously been engaged in law publishing in a variety of fields, including immigration law. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the State University of New York at Oneonta. Crystal currently serves the college as a Foundation Board Member.

Nathaniel Wienecke '94

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Nathaniel Wienecke '94 is Senior Vice President of Federal Government Relations at the Property and Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), where he represents the insurance industry before Congress and the Executive Branch. Prior to joining PCI, he worked for JPMorgan, Chase & Co. in both Washington and New York. Previously, he founded Conscience Point Consulting and was in public service for nearly 15 years. The Hill newspaper has listed Nat as one of the top lobbyists in Washington for two years running. Nathaniel was the youngest Assistant Secretary of Commerce during the Bush Administration when he was the Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He worked on both the election and re-election efforts of President George W. Bush, including managing county-level recount efforts in Florida in 2000. Nathaniel currently serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee and as a board member of the Association of Government Relations Professionals and DeSales Media, a non-profit.

Tara White '02

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Dr. Tara Y. White '02 serves as history faculty member and former chair of Arts & Sciences at Wallace Community College Selma in Alabama. Her research areas include public history, Southern history, civil rights history, African American history, and women’s history. She also has professional experience in museums, historic sites, and archives. Since 1994, Dr. White has worked with a number of history museums and historic sites in various capacities. She has served on the staffs of Alabama State University, the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and the Alabama Historical Commission, where she was the site director for the Alabama State Capitol and the Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station (now Freedom Rides Museum).

John Werner '71

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John Werner '71, '75G (deceased) accepted a science teaching position at Arlington Memorial High School in Arlington, Vt., in the fall of 1972 where he served as a teacher, soccer coach, athletic director, and head of the middle school at various times during his 31 years at the school. During his years at Arlington, John was recognized as the New England Institute of Chemists Secondary School Teacher of the Year in 2000, received the 2001 Vermont Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence in Pollution Prevention, and the 2003 Bennington County Education Partner of the Year Award. As soccer coach, John was six times the Vermont Coach of the Year, four times the NSCAA New England Coach of the Year, and in 1995 was named NFICA National Coach of the Year. A co-founder of the Vermont Youth Soccer Association, John also founded and led the Southwest Vermont Soccer League for many years. This league has since been renamed the John Werner Soccer League. Arlington now hosts an annual high school tournament named for John each fall and grants a scholarship each year in his name. Following retirement from Arlington, John became the head men's soccer coach and an adjunct professor at Castleton State College. He led the Spartans to three conference championships and was named conference coach of the year three times in his nine years there. John was inducted into the SUNY Oneonta Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.

Jeffrey Weiss '86

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Jeffrey Weiss '85 is a Director and the Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer at TD Ameritrade, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for implementation and management of the firm's Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Sanctions Programs. Prior to joining TD Ameritrade, Jeff was Managing Director of AML Compliance at Knight Capital Group, and from 2001 to 2004 Jeff was a Managing Director in the Internal Audit Department of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., Mr. Weiss has also held various positions at Merrill Lynch, Herzog, Heine, Geduld, Inc. and Drexel Burnham Lambert, Inc. Jeff holds an M.B.A. from Penn State University, and a B.S. in Business Economics from Oneonta State University. He is a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton Business School, and a former Co-Chair of the Securities Industry Financial Management Association (SIFMA) Anti-Money Laundering & Financial Crimes Committee. Mr. Weiss is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and an instructor at the City University of New York, Baruch College.

Erik Wennerod '86

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Erik Wennerod '86 graduated with a BS in Business Economics and a Minor in English. When not at Paradise Lost he spent most of his free time as a writer and editor for the State Times. Upon graduation he landed a job in advertising at Ogilvy and Mather. In 1987 he received a scholarship for a satirical paper he wrote on "why advertising was more than a three martini lunch." He went on to receive an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1991. Using much of his Economics and English background Erik became an early practitioner of data in the development of highly targeted B2C and B2B advertising programs. For nearly 30 years he has developed Customer Relationship Management programs for such Fortune 500 companies as American Express, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett Packard, Verizon and BMW. A strong believer in every person's right to live the best life they're capable of living Erik has been active advocate of Birch Family Services whose core mission is to help families overcome the obstacles they face in raising children with disabilities. The proud father of three daughters Erik lives in Piermont, NY with his ever-forgiving wife Shauna. An active cyclist and runner he's looking to complete his fourth New York City Marathon this November. To this day he finds himself using much of the business and creative skills he learned nearly 30 years ago while at Oneonta State.

Michael Weiss '76

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Michael Weiss '76 earned his M.D. at SUNY Stony Brook in 1981. After an internal medicine residency at University of Wisconsin Hospital, he was an internist at Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Care Center in the South Bronx as part of the National Health Service Corp. His post-doctoral fellowship was at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the division of allergy & clinical immunology. He has published more than 30 articles in medical journals and chapters for medical textbooks in the allergy and asthma field, including 2 articles in The New England Journal of Medicine. Weiss moved to Seattle in 1989 and practices with Northwest Asthma and Allergy Center and has a clinical professor position at the University of Washington, School of Medicine.

Stephanie Waxman '73

Stephanie Waxman '73 retired after most recently serving as Vice President of Underwriting at Donald J. Fager and Associates, a dedicated management firm for the New York City based medical professional liability insurance company, known as MLMIC, one of the largest of its type in the country. The company insures over fifteen thousand physicians and healthcare providers and many of New York State's healthcare facilities and hospitals. She is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, and is also a licensed insurance broker. In 1974, she started her insurance career in White Plains, New York, then went on to spend a number of years living in New York city, and working for a large national insurance agency. While in New York, she also worked in the reinsurance arena, managing national accounts and unusual risks before beginning her focus in medical professional liability insurance in 1982. Taking a few years off to start her family, she relocated to Albany, where she raised her two children, Hallie and Ben, and still lives in close proximity to the Capital District. She supports various charities, animal shelters and fostering programs. She enjoys sports, including tennis, skiing, golf, and biking. Her daughter, Hallie and husband Neil Kelly, both alumni of SUNY Purchase, live and work in New York City Hallie an Operations Manager for a co-working firm and Neil, a contract specialist for Local 1000, AFSCME/CSEA. Stephanie's son, Dr. Benjamin Waxman, is an aerospace engineer who lives and works in Seattle. Stephanie's partner, Gary Senger, is a retired Captain of the New York City Fire Department and together they enjoy living in rural Columbia County, in Chatham, New York.

Gerard Watson '84

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Gerard (Jerry) Watson '84 has held several strategic management positions on Wall Street. Gerard is a Business Development Manager who now works with and for homeless kids at Covenant House of NY and NJ. He is also a consultant to United World Sports where he promotes rugby in the US. A geology major and lacrosse player at Oneonta, Jerry later earned an MBA in finance and marketing from Pace University's Lubin School of Business. He has worked most of his career in emerging markets and international equity sales at financial companies based in New York City including Bear Stearns, Spanish banks BBVA and Banco Santander, Citi and HSBC. He is married with three kids and lives in Madison NJ.

Tom Waldron '78

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Tom Waldron '78 is a transportation and urban design professional with 35-plus years of diverse public and private sector experience centered on rail and public transit. He is currently Global Transit Market Sector Director for HDR Inc., a 100-year old, U.S.-based architectural and engineering firm ranked in the Top 10 by Engineering News Record. Waldron's first taste of being able to help shape the world came through an urban planning internship with Joe Bernier, then City Planner with the City of Oneonta.

Laura Wankel '77

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Laura Avitabile Wankel '77, Ed.D. has been serving in the Vice Chancellor for Learner Engagement at Northeastern University since 2020 and prior to that served as the Vice President for Student Affairs beginning in 2012. Prior to Northeastern University, Dr. Wankel was at Seton Hall University where she served as Vice President for Student Affairs beginning in 1995. While at Seton Hall she also held titles of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Services. During her tenure she had been responsible for a variety of services and programs including Undergraduate Admissions, Student Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Registrar, Dean of Students and Community Development, Public Safety and Security, Student Health Services, The Career Center, Disability Support Services, Student Counseling Services, Housing and Residence Life and Athletics & Recreational Programs. Before Seton Hall University, Laura served as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at SUNY Purchase from 1987-1995. From 1983-87, Laura was Assistant Dean for Campus and Residence Operations at SUNY Purchase. Prior to that, she served in student affairs positions at the University of Pittsburgh. Laura has been an active NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education member at both the regional and national level. She has served as a program reviewer for several NASPA national conferences, member of the Region II Advisory Board, Pre-Conference Program Coordinator, member of the 1994 national conference committee, and Regional Vice President and served on the NASPA Board of Directors since 2010. She served as Chair of the NASPA Board 2013-2014 and remains on the Executive Committee of the Board. Laura has also been on the editorial boards for the NASPA Journal and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (JSARP). Laura holds a bachelor's degree in U.S. History from SUNY Oneonta where she graduated magna cum laude. She holds a M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina and an higher education administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. Laura also received a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management (IEM) from the Harvard Institute for Higher Education. Laura has served in a consulting capacity to a number of education-related projects, including, Learn and Serve America and the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps). Laura has a chapter on crisis management in Understanding Student Affairs in Catholic Colleges and Universities that is based on the tragic residence hall fire at Seton Hall University. She is co-editor of Reading the Signs: Using Case Studies to Discuss Student Life Issues at Catholic Colleges and Universities in the United States. She is co-editor of Higher Education Administration with Social Media, Misbehavior Online in Higher Education, Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Social Technologies: Facebook, E-Portfolios and other Social Networking Services, Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Mobile Applications: Smartphones, Skype and Texting Technologies, and Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Multimedia Technologies: Video Annotation, Multimedia Applications, Videoconferencing and Transmedia Storytelling with Emerald Group Publishing Limited. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU), and has presented on issues in higher education nationally as well as in Lithuania and Japan. Laura Avitabile Wankel was born and raised in New York City, she currently resides on the ocean in Hull, Massachusetts with her husband Charles. Her two children reside in Connecticut and New York City.

Robert Waite '72

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The semester of study abroad that Robert G. Waite '72 had at the University of Würzburg in 1969 changed his life. He returned to Germany, to Munich, to research and write his dissertation. For ten years, he taught at Idaho State University and in 1989 he returned to the east coast to work for the Department of Justice's Office of Special Investigations, in the so-called Nazi hunter unit. For the next two decades, he conducted research throughout eastern Europe, interviewed survivors and perpetrators, and worked closely with attorneys in developing legal cases against those who had aided the Nazis in carrying out their vicious programs of persecution. During his last two years at DOJ, he shifted to modern crimes and focused on Latin America. Since 2010, Waite has been in Berlin as a research historian at the German Resistance Memorial center. He teaches at the Free University and works with exchange students who come to Germany, much as he did from Oneonta all those years ago.

Susan Van Gelder '76

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Prior to her retirement, Susan Van Gelder '76 served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Policy & Corporate Secretary for the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) in Washington, D.C. for six years. In addition, she served as Corporate Secretary, overseeing FAH corporate activities and staffing the Board of Directors. Prior to joining FAH, Susan was with the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA). While at HIAA, Susan founded a non-profit organization, the Long-Term Care Insurance Educational Foundation. She began her career in the public sector working at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as a Presidential Management Intern in 1978 after graduating with a Master's degree in Public Administration from the Rockefeller School at SUNY Albany. Since retirement, Susan has become a docent at the U.S. Supreme Court where she conducts public lectures and private tours of the Court and serves on the College Foundation board of Directors.

Victor Van Ballenberghe '66

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Victor Van Ballenberghe '66 obtained his Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of Minnesota. He moved there in 1974 to research wildlife. Victor's main professional interests have been in ecological research on moose and wolves and in the politics of wildlife management. He published about 100 technical journal articles, book chapters, and symposium papers and presented about 150 papers at professional conferences. Victor published "In the Company of Moose" in 2004 that details his experiences with moose as a researcher across North America. He has since retired as a naturalist.

Peter Valenti '73

Peter Valenti '73 worked his entire career in the Oil & Gas Service Sector holding multiple positions from technical to management. He started with Core Laboratories as a Well Site Geologist and later assisted with field studies as part of its Reservoir Evaluation group. In 1977 Peter joined Schlumberger Well Services as a Field Engineer. He progressed into Sales and Management positions. In 1990 he joined Allegheny Wireline Services, an Appalachian regional company, as its President. Under Peter's leadership, this company increased in value from $3 million dollars to >$40 million dollars. In 1995 Peter worked with the management teams from sister companies, including the R&D group, to organize an employee buyout. The new employee-owned company spearheaded the R&D of Compact Logging Equipment. This development was novel in design, as the equipment was not only compact in size but also in power requirements. This revolutionary development attracted Precision Energy Services to purchase the company in 2004. A year later, Precision spun off its Energy Services Group to Weatherford International. After Precision's purchase, Peter became the northern US Wireline Manager and helped the company grow in the northeast US and Rocky Mt regions. In 2007 Peter began working as a Sr. Technical Advisor. Peter retired from Weatherford in April 2015. Peter holds BS, Earth Science, State University College, Oneonta, NY, and AA, Liberal Arts, Sullivan CCC, So. Fallsburg, NY.

Gary Tutty '71

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Gary Tutty '71 received both his B.A ('71) and Masters Degree ('78) in English Education from SUNY Oneonta. He taught Junior/Senior High School English and coached baseball and basketball for eight years. During that time, he supervised numerous SUNY Oneonta student teachers. He then had a ten-year career in medical sales during which he held positions in sales, sales training, and management for Proctor and Gamble, Kendall Medical, and American Cyanamid. He returned to education and served various schools in upstate New York as a dean of students and principal. In his last eleven years before retirement, Gary was Superintendent of Schools at Morris, Ilion, and Putnam Valley Central Schools. He was selected as a regional delegate for the NYS Council of School Superintendents. While at Putnam Valley CSD, he was named Superintendent of the Year by the Regional Association of School Administrators of Westchester,Rockland, Dutchess, and Orange Counties. He later received a Distinguished Service Award from the School Boards Institute of Oneida,Herkimer, and Oneida Counties. Gary also was recognized in the 110th anniversary SUNY Oneonta commemoration profiles publication. Since his retirement in 2007, Gary has served as an interim principal in two districts and Interim Superintendent of Schools in West Canada Valley, Herkimer, and the newly merged Central Valley Central Schools. During both his career and retirement, he has presented numerous workshops on goal setting and success to students, teachers, administrators, and parents. He continues to volunteer working with school districts and individual administrators on leadership, problem solving, and staff evaluation. He also is a volunteer for Hospice and Palliative Care. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor in English at Mohawk Valley Community College and Utica College and Graduate Administration at Utica College and Manhattanville College. He co-authored teaching manuals for The Center for Learning on Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth as well as one on teaching non-fiction. He is currently working on two novels he hopes to finish and have published this year. Gary is married to a SUNY Oneonta graduate ('72) Pamela Cizek and they have three children and six grandchildren.

Patricia Turner '77

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Dr. Patricia A. Turner '77 is currently a professor and also serves as Dean and Vice Provost for UCLA's Division of Undergraduate Education. She has a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York, Oneonta; and a master's degree and doctorate in rhetoric from UC Berkeley. She began her academic career at the University of Massachusetts, Boston Black Studies Department, and then transferred to the University of California, Davis, where she moved from assistant professor to professor of the African-American and African studies program, and then joined the administration as Dean and Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education from 1999-2012. Patricia has served as a consulting scholar for several documentaries. She conducted research for and appeared on camera in Marlon Riggs' Ethnic Notions, which won an Emmy Award in 1989 for best research in a documentary. She also conducted research for and appeared on camera in the 1992 Peabody Award-winning film Color Adjustment.] The author of four books and numerous articles and essays, Patricia has been interviewed for stories in the New York Times, Boston Globe, The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and many other prominent publications. She has been interviewed on the radio for features on such programs as Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation, and All Things Considered. She has appeared on the NBC Nightly News, the CBS Evening News, and The O'Reilly Factor. In addition, her book I Heard It Through the Grapevine inspired a story on ABC's 20/20.

Granville Thompson '68

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Granville Thompson '68 graduated from SUNY Oneonta and accepted a position on Long Island in elementary education. Thompson earned a master's degree from SUNY Stony Brook. For 31-years Thompson made education his life work. Mr. "T," as he was affectionately known by his student, gave to his pupils diligently. Thompson encouraged schooling outside of elementary education, supporting those who wish to attain their high school equivalency. Thompson additionally assisted SUNY Oneonta graduates as they completed their student-teaching requirements. Thompson was a fan of athletics and became a middle-school wrestling coach and baseball umpire. After 30-years on Long Island, he and his wife Judy retired to Naples, Florida. The lure of a classroom was too great, and Thompson found himself in the Collier County school system teaching technology skills K-5. For another 19-yearsm Thompson contributed to the Collier County Schools. During that time, he campaigned for grants bringing $10,000 of funding to the Collier County schools providing iPads and technology for student access. He was a stalwart in the community serving as the assistant varsity baseball coach and educational consultant in his church. Thompson's total career spanned an extraordinary 50-years. He remains active with SUNY Oneonta as a supporter and served as a member and president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors over an eight-year period. Thompson also represented the SUNY Oneonta Alumni as Vice President of the SUNY Confederation of Alumni. Highlighting his involvement, he was a keynote speaker at two Commencements. In 1989, he represented his fellow alumni at SUNY Oneonta's centennial celebration and in 2018 he served as class chair for his 50th year class reunion. Thompson, with his wife, created the Granville and Judy Thompson Scholarship fund supporting SUNY Oneonta aspiring teachers.

Jeff Thayer '84

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Dr. Jeff Thayer '84 is a Professor in the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department at the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder and Director of the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research. He has published over one-hundred journal articles spanning the spectrum of atmospheric and space sciences, often employing/developing active remote sensing techniques in the form of radars and lidars. He has been the principal investigator of many NASA and NSF projects, one of them being an eight-year directorship of a national upper atmosphere research facility near Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. He has received numerous teaching and research awards and has served on several national committees related to space research. Upon graduating from the Meteorology Department at the State College of New York at Oneonta, he was accepted by the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences at the University of Michigan for graduate studies. There, he specialized in space science and in developing remote sensing techniques. This research led him to Greenland and to his post-doctorate appointment as a research physicist at SRI International in Menlo Park, CA. After fourteen successful years at SRI International, he joined the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department at CU. Presently Prof. Thayer is the Director of the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research which engages 15 faculty, 17 research professionals, 72 graduate students and 18 undergraduates researching the fields of astrodynamics, space and earth science, guidance and navigation satellite systems, and remote sensing. He is also Chief Technology Officer at a startup company pursuing the commercial advancement of an invention he developed with his graduate students. He has always valued his education from Oneonta enabling his future - and the particular guidance provided him by Prof. Stephen Berman and Prof. Jerome Blechman.

Ellen Teller '78

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As Director of Government Affairs, Ellen Teller '78 directs the development and implementation of FRAC's legislative agenda. Working with Congress, national organizations, and FRAC's diverse state and local grassroots field network, Ellen advocates for improved access and participation to domestic anti-hunger programs for low-income individuals and families. Ellen joined FRAC in 1986 as a Staff Attorney and had previously worked at the American Bar Association's Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Consumer Federation of America. Ellen has a B.A. in Political Science and English Literature from the State University of New York at Oneonta, and a J.D. from Western New England University School of Law. She is a Member of the DC Bar and serves on the Boards of the Coalition on Human Needs (Chair); ActionAid USA; and the Congressional Hunger Center's Bill Emerson Hunger Fellows Advisory Committee. Ellen has been honored by the National WIC Association and the National Commodity Supplemental Food Program Association and has received the Congressional Hunger Center Emerson Fellows' Fairy Godmother Award.

Maureen Tarrant '77

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Maureen Tarrant '77 is President and CEO of HealthONE/HCA Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Prior to this position, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of Sky Ridge Medical Center, in Lone Tree, Colo. With more than 25 years of healthcare management experience, Maureen was promoted to CEO of Sky Ridge in 2001 from her position as HealthONE Vice President for Strategic and Administrative Services. Maureen received her MBA in healthcare management from Boston University and her BA in political science from SUNY Oneonta. She currently lives in Denver and has two grown children.

Cathy Tamraz '75

Cathy Baron Tamraz '75 retired as the President and Chief Executive Officer, oversees the company's day-to-day operations, long-term strategic planning, international expansion and global branding. She is headquartered in New York. She played a pivotal role in the acquisition of Business Wire by Berkshire Hathaway and Warren Buffett was quoted as stating that "In making this acquisition of Business Wire, we have followed our blueprint of buying profitable companies that are industry leaders, yet have significant growth potential. A major criteria in all our investment decisions is evaluating corporate management. Business Wire's experienced management team was key to our decision." Cathy joined Business Wire in San Francisco in 1979 and opened the New York office in 1980. She became head of the New York region in 1987. In 1990 she was named a vice president and appointed to the company's executive committee. In 1994 she was named senior vice president, executive vice president in 1998, chief operating officer in 2000, president in 2003 and CEO in 2005 and she remained in that role until her retirement. Prior to joining Business Wire, Cathy worked in the travel industry in Hawaii. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and education from SUNY at Oneonta and a master's degree in literature from Stony Brook University. She participates in conferences and seminars in the investor relations and public relations industries and has published articles on financial disclosure and new technology.

Jean Svadlenak '82

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Jean Svadlenak '82G established Svadlenak Museum Consulting in 1989 to help museums, corporations, and other organizations preserve, document, and share their community's history. Her clients include private non-profit, city, state, and federally-owned museums, agencies and historic sites, schools, parks, hotels, hospitals, corporations, and federal courts in the United States and Asia. Before establishing a consulting practice, Svadlenak was on the staff of the Kansas City Museum. She served two terms as president of the Missouri Museums Association, on the Council for the Association of Midwest Museums, and as an officer for the Committee on Museum Professional Training. Jean is a member of The Museum Group (TMG), an international consortium of senior museum consultants.

Jeffrey Strauss '71

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Jeffrey Strauss '71 brings more than 40 years experience in financial services and the alternative asset management sector with a focus on client services, fund administration, prime brokerage, hedge funds and broker dealers. Most recently, he was Global Head of Sales of HedgeServ Corp. and before that was Managing Director of Business Development at Butterfield Fulcrum. Prior, he was a consultant to Sierra Global, a European long short hedge fund. Mr. Strauss retired from Goldman Sachs in March 2006 after 23 years at the investment banking firm. At the time of his retirement he was the Chief of Staff for the US Client Services Group. Before being named Chief of Staff, he managed the Prime Brokerage Sales and Marketing team focused on fundamental long/short hedge funds. Mr. Strauss started in the Financial Services business with Shearson Hammill in 1972 and went to EF Hutton in 1975. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1979 in the Internal Audit Department, moved to the Credit Department where he was responsible for the firms Credit Risk Exposure system and also for Credit lines with Broker Dealers and Hedge Funds. In 1995, he moved to Smith Barney where he started and led their new Prime Brokerage Department, returning to Goldman in 1998 as Vice President in Sales. Jeff has been involved in Hedge Funds Care, a charity dedicated to prevention, treatment and education of child abuse, serving on their National Board of Directors, the Grant making committee and the annual gala committee. He has also been a member of the College of Oneonta Foundation, serving as President of the Board for four years and currently as an honorary director. He currently lives in Franklin Lakes, NJ with his wife and has three grown children.

Stanley Straughter '00

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Stanley Straughter '00, the name that is synonymous with Naz-Sect. He is the founder, the creator, the main person behind the scenes. Without Stanley Naz-Sect does not exist. Stanley took what he liked most about Music, Media, Technology, Graphics, Web Design and the Music Business, then forged ahead with Big Plans. A graduate of SUNY College at Oneonta in New York State, Stanley has learned the music business in class and also in the real world. Through his music publishing company, Stanley has had some modest success with placements on VH1's ""Chrissy and Mr. Jones"" show , Dancing with the Stars, Ellen Degeneres Show, USA Network, NBC Universal, American Idol, Fox Sports and to name a few. His company Naz-Sect Publishing, LLC d/b/a Naz Sect Media received a BMI award for achievement in the song ""Good Feeling"" performed by FLO RIDA. This song was co-written by Breyan Isaac and currently has over 190 Million plays on YouTube. ""Good Feeling"" has also been certified multiplatinum in the USA by the RIAA. He is also a self taught Web Developer and Graphic artist. Through Naz-Sect Media Group Stanley has designed various sites and all types of print media with differing complexities for small and large businesses alike. Stanley loves to network and meet new people. Expect more and more success from him in the future.

Keith Stewart '73

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Keith Stewart '73 earned an MA from the School of Criminal Justice at SUNY Albany after graduation. He has worked in SUNY's central administration, for the New York State Department of Education, and at Xerox Corporation. Since 1989, he has owned and operated a State Farm Insurance agency in Burnt Hills, N.Y. Currently, he is on the board of trustees for Saratoga Hospital and is a business partner with Skidmore College's Management and Business Department.

Barbara Stevenson '63

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Barbara E. Burke-Stevenson '63 worked hard to serve children and had been faced with many decisions about education and all of its intricacies. Her bottom line has been, "What is best for the children I serve?" She has been a leader in many capacities from classroom teacher to the Superintendent of Schools. As she approached she opened herself to do interim work to continue her service but also created her own corporation so that she could consult with school districts as well as other organization outside of the education world. She balances that work with family time, baking, cooking, crocheting, designing and making jewelry, designing and making clothes, photographing, reading, and writing. She has four wonderful children who are all successful, seven fabulous grandchildren, and is married to the kindest, most wonderful man in the world.

Caryl Stern '78

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Caryl M. Stern '78 is currently the President & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, following 27 years of non-profit and education work including serving as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director of the Anti-Defamation League; the founding Director of ADL's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute; and the Dean of Students at Polytechnic University. Caryl has served on numerous non-profit Boards including the United National International School, Mercy College, and the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation. Currently, she serves on the Boards of The Container Store, the WE ARE FAMILY Foundation, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, the SEEDS Academy, and the Advisory Board to the WNBA. Caryl's latest book, I BELIEVE IN ZERO: Learning from the World's Children (St. Martin's Press, 2013) was released in paperback this fall. Frequently appearing in the media, Caryl has been publicly recognized for her work, and was named as one of Jewish Women International's 10 ""?Women to Watch;""?one of ""25 MOMS WE LOVE" by Working Mother Magazine; a "Role MOMel " by the New York Daily News; and one of the FORWARD 50 - a list of the 50 most influential Jews in America. She has also been honored with the Leading Lights Award from the National Multicultural Institute and the FutureWork Institute and the Inspiration Award from the United Nations Association of Young Professionals. Caryl holds a B.A. degree in Studio Art from the State University of New York at Oneonta; and an M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Western Illinois University. She completed her doctoral coursework in this same field at Loyola University in Chicago and has received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from both Mercy College and Cedar Crest College. She is married, has three sons and two grandchildren.

Kimberly Springle '08

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Kimberly E. Springle '08 has spent much of her professional life in the museum field as an historian primarily focusing on local community history. During an 18-year span Springle held positions in various cultural institutions including the Smithsonian, National Museum of American History and with Lord Cultural Resources, a Canadian-based museum consulting firm. Currently Springle serves on the Executive Board of National Council on Public History (NCPH). She is a founding Board Member of Friends of Summer which is a 501c3 Organization. Springle also continues her work on the Editorial Review Board and Diversity of Inclusion Committee for the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). For the past 13-years, Springle has held positions serving as Executive Director of Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, the official museum and repository for the history of DC Public Education. In this capacity Springle acts as the steward of the Historic Museum site and serves as the Historian and Archivist for the DC Public School System. Springle is also the Founder and Principal of Nile Kongo Cultural Consulting, serving communities and individuals nationwide in preserving their cultural assets and lecturing on topics related to history and cultural heritage. Springle's research includes 20th Century African American History and the history of public education. In such examinations, she captures the untold stories of lesser known contributors to society. Springle also promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in worldwide education in her current role as Vice President of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International/DC State Organization. Springle is a proud native of Greenville, South Carolina.

William Spehr '84

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Bill Spehr '84 oversees all sales initiatives within existing and new markets for WebMD Health Services. He works with employers, health plans, governments, provider systems, and industry stakeholders to implement solutions to major health challenges and issues. Prior to joining WebMD, Bill was senior vice president of sales and account services at CVS Caremark, where he led the health plan segment. Bill has also held leadership roles at United HealthGroup and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Mr. Spehr holds an MPA in Health Policy and Management from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from SUNY Oneonta.

Daniel Spandau '77

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Daniel Spandau '77 is president and founder of DJS Consulting Inc. that provides environmental compliance services to reduce environmental impacts, energy use, and costs. He recently joined N2 Global Solutions, a company developing intelligent electrical systems to optimize energy use. A chemistry major at Oneonta, following an associate's degree, he has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1976. Danny conducted research on aerosol dispersion models related to acid rain while an undergraduate student at the Brookhaven National Laboratory where he became a research chemist. Danny later earned an MBA in Information Management from SUNY-Old Westbury. His executive leadership at the Tyree Organization, forming an environmental laboratory for a pump and tank contractor, helped it to expand into a national leader. He is a member of the Petroleum Equipment Institute and Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America, speaking and publishing in a variety of venues. As part of a recent National Science Foundation grant, Danny advises way to infuse environmental risk analysis into university pedagogy. He is also active in the Rotary Club of Boca Raton Sunrise Foundation, leading its annual Teacher of the Year award for Palm Beach County educators and matriculating first-year college students.

Lisa Soeder '80

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Lisa P Soeder '80 has had an esteemed career as a Doctor of Jurisprudence earning her degree from the University of Notre' Dame. Soeder also earned her Masters of Law Degree at NYU. Soeder is the founder of a boutique woman-owned law firm that specializes in the tax aspects of public finance, with offices in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Soeder serves on the Board of Directors of the two organizations most prominent in her field; The National Association of Bond Lawyers and the American College of Bond Counsel. She has also chaired and served on panels at a multitude of industry conferences. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Editorial Committee that compiled, published and updated The Federal Taxation of Municipal Bonds. Prior to forming her own firm Soeder was a partner in the tax departments of Hawkins, Delafield & Wood and of Nixon, Peabody. Soeder's foray in the hospitality and tourism field is as a proprietor of an historical Nantucket bed and breakfast. Soeder with her entrepreneurial spirit is the founding board member and co-owner of a DNA based nutrition and fitness company in California and Colorado. Soeder's career includes being an investor in a certified organic algae company in New Mexico involved with pre-production of Astaxanthin, and an investor in a retail clothing company based in California and Massachusetts. Soeder also owns two other Nantucket Inns and a restaurant. Currently she serves on the boards of The Theatre Workshop of Nantucket and The Nantucket Comedy Festival having been involved there since 2007. Her role in raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was celebrated earning her the LLS Woman of the Year for philanthropic efforts.

Kenneth Soeder '79

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Kenneth "Ken" Soeder '79 retired as the President of Jamestown Technologies, an integrated manufacturer and supplier of chemicals, process control equipment and customer support services used in commercial and industrial water treatment applications. Kenneth r is also a principal partner in Azure Water Services, LLC, the parent company of Jamestown Technologies. During Ken's thirty year involvement in the water treatment industry, he has published more than 12 technical papers on corrosion, deposit, and microbiological control in various handling water systems, and has also been granted three United States patents for new product developments. Ken has experience in treating many different types of water handling equipment, including large cooling towers and boilers associated commercial, industrial, and power generation operations, waste water treatment systems, groundwater remediation applications, and potable water services. Ken graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) Oneonta with Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, and has also received a Master of Science Degree in Water Resource Management from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. Kenneth has also earned the prestigious Certified Water Technologist (CWT) credential presented by the Association of Water Technologies (AWT), the only independent certification for industrial water treatment professionals. Currently less than 300 water treatment professionals worldwide have achieved the rigorous CWT credential from the AWT. Ken is also an active participant in the AWT's important Cooling Water Technical Committee, a member of the Connecticut chapter of the American Water Works Association, and a member of the American Chemical Society. Ken resides in Haddam, Connecticut. He is an instrument-rated private pilot with High Performance, Complex and Seaplane Endorsements, and a PADI-Certified Dive Master. Ken is also the President of Connecticut Flyers, LLC, a 20-pilot, two-plane recreational flying club based at Chester Airport (KSCN), Chester, CT. During the past several years, he has volunteered with the Big Brother Organization as a mentor and served as an EMT and President for the Haddam Volunteer Ambulance Service. Other interests include motorcycling, boating, golf, and landscape photography.

Heidi Shulman-Cohen '81

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Heidi Shulman-Cohen '81 has been working in the film and television industry, doing Costumes & Wardrobe for over 30 years. Her resume includes an eclectic body of work, all relating to helping create characters in the entertainment business, or just plain costumes. She has worked on such features as "Sleepless In Seattle", "Hand That Rocks The Cradle", "Angel Heart", "Big Daddy", "Captain Ron", and "The Professional", to name a few. She has also been a part of such blockbusters as "As Good As It Gets" "Independence Day", "Godzilla", & "Quiz Show". After traveling all over the country with films, Heidi decided to settle down, and work as the Wardrobe Supervisor, on the longest running television show in broadcast history, "Guiding Light". Over the course of her 10 years on the soap opera, Heidi met, and married fellow Oneonta alumni, Bruce Cohen. They live in Westchester County, New York, with their 6 year old daughter Jaden. After "Guiding Light" signed off in 2009, Heidi was back to freelancing, and has worked on various TV shows such as, "Boardwalk Empire", "America's Got Talent", "The View", "Person Of Interest", and currently, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", and the new HBO series airing at end of the month, "Gotham". After graduating SUNY Oneonta in 1981, with a BS in Home Economics/Theatre Production, Heidi went on to pursue her dream of doing Costumes, and never looked back.

Peter Sherman '79

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Peter Sherman '79 Senior Vice President, PAC Services Peter Sherman '79 is DDC's Senior Vice President of PAC Services. In this role, Peter manages the company's team of federal and state compliance experts and PAC managers. In addition, he oversees PAC compliance for a wide range of clients. Peter and his team ensure PAC compliance through the expert management of day-to-day operations and reporting. As a result, clients can focus on growing their PACs without the challenges and risks associated with maintaining compliance. Prior to joining DDC, Peter worked for Campaign Finance Consultants (CFC), a firm he co-founded, where he provided fundraising, strategic, public relations, and legal services to candidate committees, party committees, and not-for-profit organizations. As an attorney, Peter also operated a private practice, providing legal services related to federal and state campaign finance laws. Peter is a graduate of Catholic University Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review. He also has a Masters in Public Administration from the State University of New York at Albany, now known as the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. He attended undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Oneonta, where his major was Political Science.

Angelo Scopelianos '77

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Angelo G. Scopelianos, Ph.D. '77 Vice President, Research and Development From September 2012 until joining the company as Vice President of Research and Development, Dr. Angelo Scopelianos '77 was an independent consultant specializing in medical devices. He began consulting after his retirement from a 24-year tenure at Johnson & Johnson (J&J). Angelo began at J&J in 1988 as section manager of R&D and held the escalating positions of manager of R&D, director of R&D, vice president of R&D and finally from October 2010 to September 2012 senior vice president of R&D. He joined J&J after research leadership positions at EI Dupont de Nemours in Wilmington, Delaware, and Pennwalt Corporation. Angelo received his doctorate degree in organic chemistry from Pennsylvania State University, following completion of a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York-Oneonta. He holds over 35 U.S. patents and numerous international patents, and his awards include the Outstanding Science Alumni Award by Penn State University; the Scientific Leadership Award in Biomaterials Science awarded by a consortium of NJ research universities: Rutgers University, Princeton University and NJ Institute of Technology; the Johnson & Johnson Philip B. Hofmann Award for technical achievements in scientific research; and an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree bestowed by the State University of New York.

Adam Schwartz '81

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Adam Schwartz '81 is the founder and principal of The Cooperative Way, a consulting firm dedicated to assisting all types of cooperative businesses succeed. The Cooperative Way is a strategic partner with CDS Consulting Co-op, a shared services cooperative of 35 cooperative consultants. He provides strategic guidance (for boards, employees and members) for organizations seeking to utilize cooperative principles and values as a primary force in serving their members and the community. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington- College of Business in Fredericksburg, Virginia teaching about the cooperative business model. Prior to founding The Cooperative Way, Adam served as vice president for public affairs and member services from 2005-2011 for the National Cooperative Business Association. From 2001-2005 Adam was Vice President of External Affairs for the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative. From 1992-2001, Adam was a senior legislative representative for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). He is a frequent speaker and author on cooperative business, Adam has appeared on MSNBC and CNN to promote cooperatives as the better business model for economic and social change

Howard Schwartz '78

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After graduating Oneonta with a bachelor's in physics and teaching secondary-level science for a few years, Howard Schwartz '78 decided to get his BS-Mechanical Engineering, thus discovering his true calling in life. For the next 32 years, he rose to the ranks of Principal Mechanical Engineer specializing in innovative product development solutions. As a result he was awarded numerous US and International Patents. Some of these patents resulted in many millions of dollars for the companies that he represented. Never having lost the desire to teach, Howard presented at numerous professional conferences as well as sharing his knowledge and experience through technical seminars centered on Engineering Design and Analysis. Such activities were noticed by Abbott Labs, who selected him as a finalist in the Diagnostic Division's 1999 Senior Engineer of the Year. Also, in 1999, the International Association of the Engineering Modelling, Analysis and Simulation, (NAFEMS) recognized his presentation, and awarded him the distinction of best conference paper and speaker for the industrial applications category. Howard enjoys a number of activities that, although outside of his daily routine, can be considered engineering related. At the request of his company's HR departments, he visited colleges throughout numerous years promoting engineering as a profession. Howard has also judged the Annual Dallas Science Fair, where he has always been impressed by the number of dedicated youth who display amazing work and work ethic that would be the envy of even adults. Perhaps his favorite activity is one that tests his understanding of structural dynamics and acoustical design, where he is both a performer and restorer of vintage woodwind instruments, especially the Bb clarinet.

John Schaub '84

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Mr. John P. Schaub '84 retired from his position as the Superintendent of the Spacecraft Engineering Department within the Naval Center of Space Technology at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). In this role, John led a highly skilled workforce consisting of engineers, scientists, and technicians in the execution of cutting-edge spacecraft research and development programs relevant to the needs of the Department of the Navy and Department of Defense. John was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in December 2006 and has 24 years of Federal Service all at NRL. During this time, John has contributed materially to the successful launch of 15 satellites or space instruments with three more presently under development. Prior to his appointment to his latest position, John served as Associate Superintendent and then Acting Superintendent, Spacecraft Engineering Department covering the period of November 1998 to December 2006. John was detailed to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) from May 1994 to November 1998 where he served as Director, Space Technology Experiment Satellite Program Office. In this capacity, he led a multi-million dollar, "first of a kind" advanced technology demonstration space mission to accomplish challenging program objectives of national significance within severe cost and schedule constraints most of which are classified. John successfully completed the requirements of a dual degree program in 1984 and was awarded bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor's of science in physics with Honors from the State University of New York at Oneonta. Over his career, John has been rewarded with numerous Special Act, Notable Achievement and Outstanding Performance Awards and was the recipient of the NRO AS&T Team of the Year Award in 1998. John is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Glenn Schafer '78

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Glenn Schafer '78 is a labor relations leader and American Airlines pilot who has had more than 15 years of experience with a wide range of labor relations issues, labor contract administration, and collective bargaining agreements. He has served on numerous boards and committees to enhance labor/management relations. For the last three years, he has been the vice president of Long Island's largest kayak club; for the last four years, he has been the president of the Iota Tau Kappa Alumni Association. Early in his career, he served as a Captain and pilot in the United States Air Force.

Carol Sbarge '79

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Three-time Emmy winner Carol Sbarge '79 joined WSB-TV in Atlanta in 1992. Currently, she anchors Channel 2 Action News at Noon and files reports for Channel 2 Action News at 4 p.m. Carol earned a bachelor's degree in business-economics and holds a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University.

Richard Saperstein '81

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Richard Saperstein '81 heads a team of 19 professionals who deliver a broad array of cash and wealth management services to corporate and private clients. Rich began his career in 1982 and joined Oppenheimer & Co. in 1987. In 2003, he and his team moved to Bear Stearns where they established and ran the Cash Management Group. After J. P. Morgan acquired Bear Stearns in 2009, Mr. Saperstein and his team became affiliated with HighTower Advisors and launched Treasury Partners. With more than 30 years experience on Wall Street, and widely acknowledged for his investment expertise, he has consistently been ranked as a top Financial Advisor on Baron's annual survey. Rich frequently shares his perspectives on the markets in such media as The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Forbes, Smart Money, AdvisorOne, Kiplinger's, Research Magazine, Financial Week,, CNBC News, Money Media, Bloomberg, and Fox Business News. He also has been invited to speak at conferences sponsored by various industry groups, including the Association for Financial Professionals, Tiburon Strategic Advisors, the Investment Management Network, and Index Universe. Rich also generously gives his time to the Backpacks to Briefcases program in which he is able to interact and mentor current students in the Business department. Rich earned his MBA at New York University's Stern School of Business, where he currently lectures and is an advisor to the Michael Price Student Investment Fund. He is conversant in Italian, and is an avid salt and freshwater fisherman.

Paul Russo '91

Paul Russo '91 is Cheif Executive Oficer and founder of New York Pizza Development Group, LLC. Paul manages the day to day operations of the franchise development company, oversees the management team of corporate store operations and reviews all projects with final decision making. A graduate from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Economics and an AAS in Business Marketing from Queensborough College. Additionally Paul graduated from Yogurt U for the TCBY Yogurt franchise system where he oversaw management and development of five franchised TCBY Yogurt stores.His business experience included ownership of 2 independent pizzerias over a 10 year period which was the development of NYPD Pizza.

Alan Rubin '93

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Al Rubin '93 is the president and co-owner of A&D Transport Services, A&D Vanzsport, and A&D Otsego Realty. Rubin's transport companies operate in 14 counties and employ more than 150 people. In 2017, he formed the charitable program Warm Hearted Wheels Initiative, which collaborates with human services agencies in the greater Oneonta area, and was elected as fire commissioner for the Town of Oneonta. He and his wife Michelle support the SUNY Oneonta Entrepreneurial program.

Craig Rosenberg '92

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Craig Rosenberg '92 started his career in wealth management with Smith Barney in 1997. In 2007, he joined Merrill Lynch as a CDFA, CRPC Senior Vice President of Wealth Management and a Senior Financial Advisor Portfolio Manager. Criag is responsible for developing customized strategies for each of his firm's clients and delivering them with extraordinarily high client experience standards. Craig received his MBA from Hofstra University and sits on the board at the McGivney Community Center. He and his wife Jennifer live in Fairfield (CT) and have two sons.

Alberto Rondon '03

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Alberto "Dister" Rondon '03 is a New York City native, who's passion for music and art started in his youth. The rich cultural elements of NYC fueled him, as a visual artist, Bboy, salsa/mambo and Hip-Hop dancer, he has been able to bring to light the richness of his background. From national ads, movies, directing, music videos, painting large scale murals and international lectures and workshop, Dister has built a very diverse resume. This led him to becoming one of the most well known dancers and artists in NYC. With those experiences he has turned to focus on education and social justice through his conviction for keeping community and culture alive. ""Hop Hop has been misrepresented and vilified through all kinds of outlets. Yet it is a cultural phenomenon that has proven to be one of the most influential in modern history. I feel a responsibility to educate and help eliminate misconceptions for the sake of my culture".

Richard Rode '82

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Richard A. Rode '82, Ph.D., retired as a Research Fellow in the Statistical Innovation & Safety Statistics department within the Research & Development organization at AbbVie (formerly a division of Abbott Laboratories). Rick received his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia (1986), and his B.S. in Statistics and Mathematics (dual major) from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Oneonta (1982). He joined Abbott Laboratories as a member of the Nonclinical (Preclinical) Statistics department in 1986, transferred to the Clinical Statistics department in 1996, and transitioned to the Statistical Innovation & Safety Statistics department in 2013. Rick is a member of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the International Biometric Society / Eastern North American Region (ENAR), and the Drug Information Association (DIA). In addition, he previously served on the ASA Committee for Privacy and Confidentiality (2004-2009) and as President of the Northeastern Illinois Chapter of the ASA (2004). Rick currently serves on the Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy Oversight Committee (HAART-OC; November 2005 to present) and formerly served on the Data Collection on Adverse Events of Anti-HIV Drugs Steering Committee (D:A:D SC; June 2009 to November 2012). Rick is a co-author of 43 papers appearing in the medical/scientific literature.

Farrukh Quraishi '76

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Farrukh Quraishi '76 excelled as a student-athlete in men's soccer as a member of a team that advanced to the NCAA Championship Game in 1972. Quraishi's prowess in soccer was rewarded by winning the Hermann Award in 1974 given to the top male and female USA collegiate soccer player by the Missouri Athletic Club. The North American Soccer League's Tampa Bay Rowdies made him their top draft pick in 1975 and while a member of the club they won the NASL Championship. That same year Quraishi earned First-Team All-NASL honors, Rowdies MVP, and most popular player. As a member of the soccer world in 1994, Quraishi was integral in helping stage the World Cup in the Orlando venue as executive director of the city's site. Quraishi's contribution was recognized by the Atlanta Journal and Constitution when the newspaper called it the best venue in the 1994 World Cup. In 1996 when Major League Soccer began operations he served as the president and general manager of the Tampa Bay Mutiny. Quraishi's success at the helm helped to produce an Eastern Division Championship, a league MVP, six of the players named to the MLS All-Star Team, rookie of the year, a Golden Boot Award winner, and coach of the year recipient. Quraishi later went on to manage teams in the Boston area owned by Massachusetts Pro Soccer. Quraishi returned to Tampa in 2001 where he co-founded a sports agency representing professional soccer players. In 2014, he was named president & GM of the new Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL. Quraishi and his wife Lisa are proud parents of five adult children and three grandchildren.

Nick Preddice '90

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A native of Albany, NY, Nick Preddice '90 started his financial services career twenty years ago, working first for Connecticut Mutual, and later for Prudential. He found success early, and was appointed Managing Director at MONY in New York City. In 2002 Nick decided to take his experience and build a financial services business from the ground up with a singular vision: to ""make a difference in the lives of our clients, the people we work with, and the community."" Nick's vision of a firm that focused on people, rather than products, led him to partner with Gary Sancilio, another industry veteran with a client-relationship focus. Together they envisioned an environment that would support collaboration with their clients' other advisors, and offer a level of service that was unprecedented. The Affinity Group, LLC was born. A chance invitation to a fundraiser for Wildwood Foundation, a school for autistic children, opened Nick's eyes and heart to the needs of local non-profits. Today, Nick is an Executive Cabinet member of the Wildwood Foundation, and acts as Treasurer and Chair of the Wildwood Foundation Investment Committee. He is Immediate Past President of the Capital District Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization and actively supports many other charitable organizations. In 2006 the Albany Business Review named Nick in its ""Forty Under Forty"" - a list of forty young movers and shakers in business in the Albany area. In his free time, Nick enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife, Lisa, and their two sons.

Alice Powers '71

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Alice Leccese Powers '71, a nationally published writer, created and edited the popular “In Mind” series of literary anthologies for Random House and co-edited The Brooklyn Reader. Her articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, Newsday, Historic Preservation, Hemispheres, Home and Design, Luxe, and many other publications.  Passionate about the written word and effective communication, she taught writing for more than two decades at several colleges and institutions, including Georgetown University, American University, the Corcoran College of Art + Design, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian.   

Elizabeth Potthoff '75

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Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Potthoff '75 is Vice President and Associate General Counsel in PerkinElmer's Waltham office. She joined PerkinElmer in 2008. Beth advises PerkinElmer's Diagnostics business on a wide range of legal matters including various types of commercial contracts, compliance requirements, acquisitions and litigation support. Before joining PerkinElmer, Beth served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to various public and private companies in the technology and biotechnology sectors including, Curis, Inc., a public biotechnology company, Wheelhouse, Inc., a private company provider of internet-based, customer relationship management software, Shiva Corporation, a pioneer in the development of remote access technology (acquired by Intel) and Bytex Corporation, a public company supplier of local and wide-area networking products (acquired by Network Systems). Before commencing her career as a corporate legal generalist, Beth worked as a senior international tax attorney at Wang Laboratories, Inc. and as a tax law consultant at Ernst & Young. She earned an M.B.A. during the tenure of her earlier business career, which included finance and manufacturing support positions at Raytheon Company and General Dynamics Corporation. Personal Note Beth was born in Rhode Island and grew up in New York. She currently enjoys family life in Massachusetts, with her husband and two adult children who live nearby.

Amy Posner '76

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Amy K. Posner '76 retired as an Associate General Counsel after a 22-year career in MetLife's Law Department preceded by two years at Proskauer Rose. Retirement is a gift filled with travel, theatre, friends and relatives, workouts, reading for pleasure, political activism, museums, and many other joys. She also volunteers at her local Planned Parenthood, and helps socialize cats for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Pet Shelter, while continuing her philanthropic pursuits. While at MetLife, she was an ERISA litigation specialist in charge of the company's nationwide benefit claim litigation. She counts among her accomplishments at MetLife arguing an ERISA case before the United States Supreme Court, the scariest thing she's ever done on purpose. (Many thanks to Oneonta's Theatre Dept. professors for the training that helped her manage the fear.) She was the lawyer responsible for the company's group insurance side of the house for purposes of the company's demutualization in 2000, as well as being responsible for working on the winning bid for the federal employee long term insurance program, and subsequently working on the negotiation of the program's terms, drafting its documents, and creating the administrative company that ran the program. After graduating from Oneonta in 1976, she acted off-Broadway where Tennessee Williams came to see her twice?in one of his plays?at the Jean Cocteau Repertory Company, and also worked as a travel agent before graduating magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School ('85).

Joseph Poon '78

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Joseph Poon '78 is known for the Asian Fusion restaurants he has owned in Philadelphia, his Wok 'N Walk Tours of Philadelphia Chinatown, hands-on cooking classes, and autobiographical award winning cookbook, Life is Short - Cooking is Fun!. . In May 2006, Chef Poon was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the State University of New York at Oneonta, where he serves on the Advisory Board for the food service and nutrition department. There, he was awarded the Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Alumnus Award in 2013. A year later, Chef Poon received the 2014 "Chef of the Year" award from the American Culinary Federation Delaware Valley Chefs Association. Poon's passion for teaching culinary students is palpable. "They are our future," he says.

Paul Ploutz '55

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Dr. Paul Ploutz '55, a lifelong learner himself taught every grade from 5th throughout supervising Ph.D. candidates through graduation. He taught science courses at University of Michigan, University of Northern Colorado (Greeley), Colorado College (Colorado Springs), Hocking Technical College (Ohio), and retired from Ohio University (Athens, Ohio), in 1985. He was the K-12 Coordinator of Math and Science, Livonia Public Schools, Michigan, and the K-12 Jefferson County Colorado Public Schools Science Supervisor with 80 schools and 120,000 students. Paul co-authored several textbooks, a dozen educational games (Geologic Time Chart & Periodic Chart of Elements) and Metric Manuals. He was an active Life Member of the National Science Teachers Association, (NSTA); Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Paul was even a founding member and 1st Editor for the National Science Supervisors Association (NSSA) along with numerous other awards, recognitions. Prior to his death in 2018, Paul had been living in his beloved Pine Lake Nature Preserve near Albany involving himself in many community organizations.

Janet Perna '70

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Janet Perna '70 spent more than 30 years working in the software industry, and continues to actively serve her community in retirement. As General Manager of Information Management for IBM's Software Group, she helped run a multi-billion dollar business focused on delivering products to help businesses around the world manage their information assets. Since retiring, Perna has served on the boards of several software companies in the U.S. and Canada and is currently on the board of Solace Systems and a Technology Advisor to BridgeGrowth Partners and Georgian Partners. She is also a member of the Foundation Board of Directors at the State University of New York at Oneonta, and is an active volunteer with Champions for Learning the Education Foundation in Naples, FL. Perna is also a founder of the Perna-Rose Foundation for Hope. Prior to her professional achievements, Perna earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mathematics and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta.

Paul Perlman '76

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Paul Perlman '76 graduated with a BS in Education (Secondary Social Science). Following graduation, he attended and graduated from Harvard Law School, '79, cum laude. Paul is a partner with Hodgson Russ LLP, a 200 lawyer firm headquartered in Buffalo, New York. He handles intellectual property litigation throughout the country, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret cases. In 2010, Paul chaired Hodgson Russ' strategic planning committee, and he has been a member of the firm's Board of Directors. Paul is currently president of the SUNY Oneonta Foundation Board of Directors, and has served on the Board for six years. He has endowed a scholarship in memory of his parents, Eleanor and Max Perlman. Paul resides in Orchard Park, New York with his wife, Beth. Paul has a private pilot's license with an instrument rating, and an amateur radio license.

Antonio Perez '68

Dr. Antonio Perez '68 has served as president of Borough of Manhattan Community College - the largest in the CUNY system - since 1995. He is active member of many Manhattan organizations including the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's World Trade Center Memorial Committee, the Ralph Lauren Cancer Center, the Business Alliance for Downtown New York, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Greater New York Councils of Boy Scouts of America. Nationally, serves on the boards of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System, and the National Community College Hispanic Council as well as the editorial board of "The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education." His honors include the Annual Latino Heritage and Culture Award in New York City and Crain's New York Business called him one of New York's top 100 minority business leaders. A Secondary Education major at Oneonta who started his college studies at William Penn College in Iowa, he went on to earn master's and doctoral degrees at SUNY Albany. He became president of Gateway Community & Technical College (New Haven, CT) before age 40. He also received an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from SUNY Oneonta in 1997.

Salvatore Paolantonio '77

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Sal Paolantonio '77 has been a national correspondent for ESPN since 1995, covering the NFL for SportsCenter, Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, NFL Live, NFL Insiders and He is also host of the network's NFL Matchup Show on Sunday mornings, and regularly contributes to World News Tonight and Good Morning America on ABC-TV. Sal's contributions to Sports Center and Sunday NFL Countdown have also earned him six Emmy awards. Throughout his career, Sal has authored three books: How Football Explains America (2008); The Paolantonio Report: the Most Overrated and Underrated Players, Coaches, Teams and Moments in NFL History (2007) and Frank Rizzo: The Last Big Man in Big City America (1993). In 1977, Sal graduated with a degree in European History from SUNY Oneonta, which named him as a Doctor of Humane Letters in 2012. He currently resides in Moorestown, N.J. with his wife, Lynn, with whom he shares three grown daughters and a granddaughter.

Joann Palumbo '73

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Joann T. Palumbo '73 serves as Counsel at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP. Joann has practiced trusts and estates law with major New York City firms since 1986. She focuses on estate planning and estate and trust administration, including representation of individuals and institutions. A fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, Joann is an adjunct associate professor at Fordham University School of Law, where she teaches trusts and estates drafting. . Joann graduated from the State University College at Oneonta with a degree in secondary education, english and earned her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review. She was a member of the Committee on Estate and Gift Taxation of the New York City Bar from 2005-2008 and is a member of the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Joann was recognized for her work in estate planning and probate law by Metro New York Super Lawyers for 2006 -2016 and Metro edition of The Top Women Attorneys in New York from 2014-2016. In her free moments, Joann enjoys Broadway and off-broadway theater, films, both profound and insane, and has recently did a 12 mile hike in the Redwood forest.

Hugh O'Toole '87

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Hugh O'Toole '87 is the Chief Executive Officer of Innovu. Hugh understands that the world of retirement services and benefits can be complicated. He has dedicated his career to aligning the financial wellness of American employees with the positive impact their wellness has on the financial statement of their employers. His first mission was to bring non-profit employers and their employees institutional investment product, versus the legacy insurance products historically sold to them. As a partner of Professional Pensions, Inc. (PPI), we accomplished this mission and the firm grew rapidly. Principal Financial Group purchased PPI in 1999. In 2014, he founded Viability AG LLC, to address the relationship between financially well employees and the impact on the employer's financial statement, through mitigating the future liability from healthcare, risk protection/management, productivity and engagement of their employees. In 2015, Viability was purchased by MassMutual, and he once again joined the MassMutual team as a Senior Vice President. His current focus is on how to change the advisor/consultant practice models from their siloed focus on Health & Welfare, Retirement and Property & Casualty, to a practice model focused on holistic Human Capital Risk Management. Through leading capabilities in data aggregation, data science/analytics and behavioral finance, the industry can have a much greater impact with the convergence of data and benefit disciplines versus a myopic view. Outside of work he enjoys kayaking, hiking, playing golf, and traveling with his family. He is very involved in his church and community.

Barbara O'Neill '74

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Barbara O'Neill '74 is a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University and is Rutgers Cooperative Extension's Specialist in Financial Resource Management. She provides national leadership for the Cooperative Extension programs Investing for Your Future and Small Steps to Health and Wealth as well as professional development for military family service professionals and New Jersey financial educators. She is the author of two trade books, Saving on a Shoestring and Investing On A Shoestring, and co-author of Money Talk: A Financial Guide for Women. She is a certified financial planner and earned a doctorate in family financial management from Virginia Tech, a master's degree in consumer economics from Cornell University, and a bachelor's degree in home economics education from SUNY Oneonta. She has received over three dozen awards for personal or program excellence and over $1 million in grants and to support her financial education programs and research. In 2003, she served as president of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education. Dr. O'Neill is an avid Twitter user and tweets personal finance information and research findings using the handle @moneytalk1.

Geraldine O'Neill '67

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Geri O'Neill '67 has combined careers in journalism, education, and geriatrics with extensive studies in psychology, self-development, and metaphysics, which has led to a long career as an author and public speaker. For over 35 years, she has been presenting seminars and workshops to educational and medical professionals, athletes, and executives as well as the general public. O'Neill is a metaphysical minister, teacher, and author of several books, including Make the Best of the Rest of Your Life and Healing Feelings.

Stan Nosek '69

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Stan Nosek '69 retired from UC Davis in June 2010 after nearly 34 years of service in a variety of administrative leadership assignments. He returned in November 2010 at the request of the Chancellor to serve as the interim Vice Chancellor for Research. His service in this office was completed in October 2011 at which time he re-retired to his 5-acre ranchette in the English Hills area of Vacaville, Calif., to serve as vice chancellor of manure management reporting to his wife, and ranch CEO, Julie. That didn't stop him from accepting an invitation from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo to serve as the interim Vice President for Administration & Finance from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

Carl Nold '78

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Carl Nold '78 is President and CEO of Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional preservation organization in the United States, founded in 1910. Nold is past chairman of the American Alliance of Museums and also served as chairman of the Midwest Association of Museums, vice-chairman of the Virginia Association of Museums, secretary of the Michigan Museums Association, and ex-officio chairman of ICOM-US, the American branch of the International Council of Museums. He is a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and the American Antiquarian Society, and serves on the board of grant designators of the George B. Henderson Foundation, which funds preservation work and other activities to improve the visual appearance of Boston.

Marie Nelson '87

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Dr. Marie S. Nelson '87 is a Podiatrist at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1991 and completed her residency at Michigan Health Center/ Michigan Health Care Corporation. She is certified in Foot surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. She is also certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Nelson for several years owned a private practice in Novi, Michigan prior to joining the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2015. She previously worked for several years as Clinical director and Associate Residency Director at Michigan Hospital and Medical Center as well as staff Podiatrist for The Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Nelson devotes her spare time to various charities. She is the co-founder of The Haitian Network Group of Detroit (HNGD), a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote Haitian culture and contribute to the welfare of Haitians worldwide. She served as HNGD President from 2002 to 2007. She was also a Board member of Haiti Outreach Mission (HOM), a non-profit organization with an ecumenical humanitarian mission to Haiti for several years. She served as Vice President of HOM until 2012. She has participated in numerous medical missions to her native Haiti including during the devastating earthquake of 2010. She resides in Pensacola, Florida.

Calvin Neider '79

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Calvin Neider '79 is a Managing Partner and Co-founder of Clearview Capital, LLC, a private equity investment adviser, and co-manages the firm's activities. Founded in 1999 and based in Old Greenwich, CT, Clearview Capital invests in small to mid-size companies in the US and Canada. Clearview also maintains offices in Chicago and Los Angeles. Clearview is currently investing from Clearview Capital Fund III, a $325 million private equity fund. Investors are primarily state pensions, endowments, foundations and fund-of-funds. Clearview currently advises three investment funds that have equity interests in eleven portfolio companies. Prior to forming Clearview, Cal was a Managing Director at Capital Partners, a lower middle-market private equity firm, where he led the firm's financing efforts, co-managed due diligence and assumed significant responsibility for deal sourcing and portfolio management. Cal has more than 18 years of leveraged lending experience, most recently as Senior Vice President and District Manager of the New York region for LaSalle Business Credit, Inc. Previously, Cal held management positions at Manufacturer's Hanover Trust and Barclay's Bank with responsibilities including underwriting, marketing and auditing. Cal holds a BA in Business Administration from SUNY Oneonta and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. Cal is a member of the Association of Corporate Growth, has previously been an Adjunct Professor at the Fordham Graduate School of Business and is a member of the Business Advisory Council for the School of Economics & Business. He and his wife Phyllis have a son and a daughter and live in Briarcliff Manor, NY. ADDITIONAL NOTES: Also, just a couple of things to maybe add to my bio/history.? I am involved with raising the Class of 1979 Scholarship (Barry Warren) and also hired an alumni Melissa Grende, BA in Communication Studies in 2007.

Albert Narvaez '62

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While attending SUNY Oneonta Al Narvaez '62 served on the Student Council and was President of the Sophomore Class. After teaching for two years in Valley Stream, he relocated to Bogota, Colombia where he taught for two years and then operated several successful businesses for another two year period. Upon returning to the U.S., he was employed by the Brevard County, Florida public schools. His distinguished 36 year career included leadership positions as a resource teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal of Gardendale Elementary Magnet School, Coordinating Principal, and Director of School Choice. His vision and innovations led to the districts first Year Around School, first Magnet School and the first Schools of Choice. Over the years he held leadership positions in professional organizations, was published in professional publications, and did consulting at the state and national levels. He was also successful at writing and being awarded state and national grants. In addition, he was a frequent presenter at state and national conferences, skilled at collective bargaining and strategic planning, and served on the district Superintendent's senior staff. He and his school were also recognized with a variety of awards and honors including Florida Regional Principal of the Year and National Blue Ribbon School. Al is retired and still resides in Cocoa, Florida where he and his wife (deceased) raised two children and he now enjoys spoiling his two grandchildren. He has been a member of Rotary International for more than 40 years and has supported the SUNY class of'62 scholarship fund. He enjoys travel, cinema, several hobbies and looking forward to the next sunrise.

Kevin Murray '75

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Kevin Murray '75 graduated from Oneonta with a degree in Economics and Political Science, and a minor in Statistics. Kevin went on to Arizona State Business College and received a Master's in Hospital Administration in 1977. After completion, Kevin performed an administrative residency at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso ,TX. and worked as an Assistant Administrator at Oswego Hospital from 1978 to 1980. In July of 1980, Kevin moved to Long Island and has worked in administration at John T Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson since.

Patricia Montague '84

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Patricia (Patti) Davis Montague '94 currently serves as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the School Nutrition Association (SNA). SNA is a 501(c) (4) professional association with 56,000 members, who are responsible for providing healthy and nutritious meals to students in primary and secondary schools across the country every school day. Patti has more than thirty years of association management and marketing experience. During her 22 years with SNA, she has held the positions of Director of Member Services & Marketing, Staff Vice President of Operations and Administration, Chief Operations Officer, and in 2012 was named SNA's CEO. Patti is a member of the American Society of Association Executives where she has served on national committees, and earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) certificate in 2005. In addition, she is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Prior to joining the Association, Patti was the Director of Marketing Communications at SMART HOUSE, LP. In addition, she worked for some of the top ad agencies in New York prior to moving to the Washington, DC area doing strategic marketing and research for such clients as Proctor and Gamble, Federal Express, Dunkin Donuts, and more. She is a trained focus group moderator and strategic planning facilitator. She has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the State University of New York and has completed graduate level course work in business administration. Patricia currently lives in Fairfax Station, Virginia with her two college-aged sons, Andrew and Robert Montague.

Robert Miraldi '72

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Robert Miraldi '72 is an award-winning author and journalist who taught media studies at the State University of New York College at New Paltz for 35 years. He is one of the foremost experts in America on investigative journalism. His 2004 biography, The Pen Is Mightier: The Muckraking Life of Charles Edward Russell, was named the best book in the country in journalism and mass communication. He is the author of three books and editor of three others. In 1992 he was a Fulbright Scholar, lecturing in the Netherlands. He has been named one of America's outstanding journalism educators. His writing on the First Amendment and freedom of speech has won national awards. Miraldi grew up on Staten Island where he was an award-winning reporter. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from SUNY Oneonta in 1972 and a master's degree in journalism from Boston University in 1974. A PhD. in American Studies, he taught classes on media law, press history, and news reporting. His most recent book, Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist, was published in the fall of 2013. Harvard University's Nieman Reports named it one of the best investigative books in the nation. Since retirement, Robert has become a syndicated columnist for USA Today. He is currently President of the Stone Ridge Library where he is overseeing a $500,000 renovation campaign. He lives in Stone Ridge with his wife, Mary Beth Pfeiffer, and he has two children and two grandchildren.

Wayne Mickiewicz '73

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Wayne Mickiewicz '73 began his career as a Sales Representative for the Aetna Life Insurance Company. In 1975 Wayne joined Mutual of New York in Syracuse as a Computer Programmer Trainee. He leveraged this opportunity into a distinguished thirty-seven year career in information technology and business management. Wayne progressed throughout his career to achieve executive positions as President, CEO, COO or CIO within various service companies. These companies included: Goldman Sachs, ADP, Prudential Insurance, Bell & Howell, United Healthcare and Accenture. Wayne spearheaded several strategic turnarounds and acquisitions within these organizations by creating a focus on client relationships, new markets and operational efficiency. Wayne and his wife Anna have been married for forty-one years, having met in 1972 while attending Oneonta State. They are now retired in Kiawah Island, SC and improving their golf games, as well as serving various charities. Wayne is currently assisting in teaching and building an Entrepreneurial Studies program at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. He also serves on The Citadel's Advisory Board for the School of Education.

Stephen Metzler '80

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After his junior year at SUNY Oneonta, Stephen Metzler '80 took a summer job as a ticket agent with British Airways and kicked off his career. He held various positions of increasing responsibility while working at airports in New York City, Raleigh, N.C., Knoxville, Tenn., New Orleans, Tampa, Fla., and Islip, N.Y. In 1987, New York Air merged with Continental Airlines and I continued my career advancement in Operations and Customer Service. I went to work with an aviation services company, International Total Services (ITS), in 1994 overseeing the company's operations at numerous airports throughout the East Coast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest. ITS was sold in 2001 to SMS Holdings, Corp. and Metzler became the Vice President of Operations for one their newly formed companies, FirstLine Transportation Security, Inc. where he remained until his retirement in 2014. Metzler was fortunate enough to meet his future wife Sonja at Newark airport in 1995. She lived outside Cleveland so he took a transfer to be with her. Since 2010, Metzler has given over 700 volunteer hours to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist. In addition to volunteering with the CVNP, he is on the Tree Commission with the City of Broadview Heights and the Membership Director for the Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association.

Gary Mead '71

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Gary Mead '71 is the executive associate director for Enforcement and Removal Operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Washington D.C. Gary oversees a $2.5 billion budget and 8,395 employees. ERO promotes public safety and national security by removing national security threats, high-risk criminal aliens, illegal alien fugitives, and absconders; and ensuring safe and effective custody management for more than 30,000 illegal aliens in custody each day. Between 1974 and 2006, he served in the U.S. Marshals Service where he held a number of Senior Executive Service law enforcement and administrative positions at the associate and assistant director levels. His areas of responsibility included Prisoner Operations, Asset Forfeiture, JPATS, Management and Budget, Human Resources, and the U.S. Marshals Service Training Academy. Between 2006 and 2008, he served as the assistant director for management, deputy director and acting director for the ICE Office of Detention and Removal Operations (currently, ERO). From 2008 to 2009, Gary was a self-employed criminal justice and immigration consultant. He returned to ICE in November 2009 as deputy assistant director, and then assistant director, of Detention Management. Gary holds a master's degree and has received two Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Awards.

William McVicar '81

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Dr. William K. McVicar '81 is currently Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer of Flex Pharma, Inc. Previously, Dr. McVicar joined Inotek Pharmaceuticals in September of 2007 and is now Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. His responsibilities included Project Management, Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Development, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Drug Metabolism, Pharmacokinetics, Regulatory Operations, and Quality. Dr. McVicar's career in the pharmaceutical industry spans 25 years. He joined Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in 1988 and in 1990 he started his career in Project Management becoming an International Project Manager in 1993. As such, he managed a series of projects including the lead development projects in collaborations between Novartis (formed in 1995 by the merger of Sandoz and Ciba Giegy) and leading biotechnology companies including Systemics, Inc., and Genetic Therapy, Inc. In 1996 he moved to RPR Gencell, an independently managed division of Rhone Poulenc Rorer dedicated to the commercialization gene therapy where he ran the Project Planning and Management group and served on the management board. In 1998 he joined Sepracor, Inc. in Marlborough, MA. As Vice President of Development Operations, he oversaw the development, FDA review and approval of multiple NDAs and SNDAs. He earned his BS in Chemistry from SUNY College at Oneonta and his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Vermont.

Patrick McCann '75

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Pat McCann '75 has over 30 years of leadership experience in the environmental, engineering and construction business. He started his early career as a management consultant with Booz Allen and Hamilton and then was recruited by Chemical Waste Management to lead the strategic planning and marketing group for this publicly traded company. Pat wanted to get operations experience so he agreed to run a small start-up operation for the company and over time he took on growing P&L responsibilities leading up to President of a $175 million joint venture. Pat joined Weston Solutions in 1996 and helped lead the company through a successful transformation from public to employee ownership, becoming chief operating officer in 1997, president in 1998, and chief executive officer from 2003-2013. At Weston, Pat focused the strategy of the company to become a leader in Sustainable Development. This resulted in a doubling of the company's revenues and a seven fold increase in share value. During this time, Weston won several "best places to work" awards as well as number one in ethics based on a Philadelphia Daily News survey. Currently, Pat serves on a number of boards and is the Chair of Water for People, an international development organization with operations in 9 countries that focuses on providing sustainable water and sanitation to some of the poorest villages in the developing world. He also has served on the SUNY Oneonta Foundation board and was chair of the investment subcommittee. Currently, Pat and his wife Linda serve as co-chairs for the Grow. Thrive. Live fundraising campaign. Pat has a B.S in Economics from SUNY Oneonta, an M.S in Economics from SUNY Binghamton and an MBA from Virginia Tech.

Heather McArdle '92

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Heather McArdle '92, from Ossining, N.Y., is an award-winning geosciences teacher and author. She started out by taking an elective geology course in high school, Newburgh Free Academy, and has since become an award-winning geoscience instructor herself. Heather has created and teaches a dual-enrollment college physical geology course that enables high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to jumpstart their own geoscience careers, while earning college credits through the S.U.N.Y. system. Heather secured her Bachelor of Science dual degree in geology and secondary science education from S.U.N.Y. Oneonta ('92), and a master's degree in secondary science education with an emphasis in geology, from Syracuse University. She has taught high school and college-age students in fields of geoscience for more than 18 years. Having authored professional papers in publications that include The Science Teacher, The Journal of Geoscience Education and The Science Education Review, Heather has also published three geoscience lab manuals, worked with Flinn Scientific, Inc. to create and produce three geoscience kits, and has created the "Living the Earth Sciences" Web page. A recognized "Outstanding Earth Science Teacher" (Eastern Section) by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, and recipient of the "CPO Frey-Scientific Excellence in HS Inquiry-based Science Teaching" by The National Science Teachers' Association; Heather was most recently named The American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation's national "Teacher of the Year" for 2014. Heather is their first ever award recipient from the State of New York. Heather lives in Ossining, N.Y. with her husband of 20 years, Thomas McArdle (S.U.N.Y. Oneonta, Class of 1990)

John McAlary '86

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Since 2004 John McAlary '86 has served as the Executive Director of the New York State Board of Law Examiners, which is an agency of the New York State Judiciary that is responsible for administering the New York State Bar Examination. From 1998 to 2004 he served as Deputy Executive Director and Counsel to the State Board of Law Examiners. Before his appointment to the State Board of Law Examiners, Mr. McAlary was a staff attorney for the Attorney Grievance Committee for the Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department and an associate at a mid-level litigation firm. Mr. McAlary is a past Chair of the Council of Bar Admissions Administrators (CBAA) and has served as chair or vice-chair of several CBAA committees. For the past three years he has also served on the Board of Trustees of a national not-for-profit corporation. He received a BA in History from the State University of New York at Oneonta and a Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School. He resides in Slingerlands, NY with his wife and two children.

Robert Mackey '87

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Robert "Bob" Mackey '87 graduated SUNY Oneonta with a Bachelor's of Science in Social Science in Secondary Education and Political Science. He later earned a Master of Arts in Education Development and School Administration from Vermont College of Norwich University. Bob and his wife Barbara are both educators and lived in Central New York throughout their careers along with their children Garrett, Nate and Nicole. Bob began his career teaching high school social studies and athletic coaching in 1987. In 1994 Bob began his journey into school administration becoming the Superintendent of the Downsville Central School in 2001. Later Bob's administrative career brought him to his current position as the Superintendent at Unadilla Valley Central School District working in that role since 2007, Bob has since retired. Bob credits his mother and step-father passing on the philosophy roots of service are "Creating an environment with work encouraged by my parents and mentors throughout the years have impacted my life and career goals; Forging my passion about Creating an environment where everyone FLOURISHES today, tomorrow, and beyond." These qualities developed Bob's skills to think critically building new educational programs along the way. Bob's roles have assisted him making decisions that are child centered. "Opportunities can be created by education and extends to everyone's children providing opportunities to learn and grow" Bob states. Bob gives great credit to his stepfather who raised him from an infant and while dying from Hodgkin's Disease, he changed his name before passing away to honor his devotion.

Charles Lustig '81

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Deputy Executive Director of Operations Chuck Lustig '81, Human Rights Watch's deputy executive director of operations, is responsible for the smooth functioning of the organization's offices and staff in more than 40 locations worldwide. He manages the finance, information technology, administration and human resources divisions, and oversees Human Rights Watch's strategic plan. Lustig previously worked at ABC News, ultimately serving as director of foreign news coverage during such international crises as the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 2010 Haitian Earthquake. He negotiated with the North Korean government to allow ABC reporters access to the country for in-depth reports and a documentary, and he was executive-in-charge of interviews with Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. Lustig has received three Emmy Awards, two DuPont Awards, and a Peabody Award.

Peter Lund '73

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Peter Lund '73 earned his masters in geography at SUNY Albany in 1973 and in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina in 1979. In 1980, Peter began his career at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as an intelligence analyst and became a manager of analysts. In 2002, Peter was selected for the CIA's Senior Intelligence Service, and in his capacity as a senior manager, large analytic organizations responsible for supporting CIA and DOD operations. In his final assignment in 2007, Peter established an intelligence support element at U.S. Africa Command headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. He also served as the Command's first senior representative for the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). In recognition of his outstanding leadership and analytic direction on a wide range of national security issues over a 30-year career, Peter was awarded the National Intelligence Achievement Medal in 2010. Peter was actively involved in recruiting and hiring analysts for the CIA. As a hiring advisor, he participated in recruitment activities at dozens of college campuses, including SUNY Oneonta. He was directly involved in employment offers to well over 100 undergraduate and graduate students. Fully retired now, Peter spends his time with his wife, Donna Nidds '73, in Florida, and is active in his church as a Stephen and Pastoral Care Minister.

Jennifer Carpenter Low '92

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Jennifer Carpenter Low '92 has 27 years of experience in the nonprofit sector serving in program, development, and executive roles working with local, national, and international organizations. Low began her career at the Anti-Defamation League where she expanded award-winning A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute programs in seven European countries, Japan and Israel, and was a member of the Bertelsmann Foundation's International Tolerance Network. Low's career at the Anti-Defamation League spanned over 16-years eventually becoming Assistant Chief Operating Officer. Low continued her career at UNICEF USA as the Director, Special Fundraising projects. As a development leader at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Jennifer helped raise funding and in-kind media sponsorships for UNICEF's emergency responses in Haiti and Japan. Low followed up her accomplishments as Director, Development at The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County where she led fundraising, marketing, and communications strategy. Low also held fundraising positions at Long Island University as Director, Advancement and Marketing Operations and later as Associate Vice-President, Fund Development at the New York City Leadership Academy. Currently Low is the Vice President of Smile Farms Inc., a leader in creating solutions for the problem of unemployment among adults with developmental disabilities where she leads the development and execution of strategy. In 2019, Jennifer was named Vice-Chair of the Board for Mondays at Racine Cancer Care Program. Jennifer holds a bachelor's degree from SUNY Oneonta and is a 2020 Alumni of Distinction Honoree.

Katherine Litel '76

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Katherine Pospula Litel '76 served most recently before retirement as a senior retail executive with an extensive Merchandising and Planning background in Ladies' apparel and Children's footwear within a retail and wholesale environment. She had multi-channel retail experience working in Department store to Off-Price, Specialty to Sporting Goods, Retail/Wholesale and E-commerce businesses. Most recently, she worked for Gordon Brothers Retail Partners in Boston providing oversight for retail disposition deals along with offering a merchant perspective for appraisals and investments.

Michael Linden '82

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Michael Linden '82 has owned and operated Linden Graphics, a successful promotional printing firm based in New York City, for more than 25 years. Prior to that, he worked in finance for eight years at Charles Schwab. Linden also earned a degree in horticulture from SUNY Farmingdale. He serves on the board of directors at New Hope Community, an agency that supports adults with developmental disabilities, and is an active volunteer at the Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism, as well as the Berkshire Botanical Gardens.

Jerry Liebrand '80

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Jerry Liebrand '80 has held positions in sales, marketing, business development, strategy, portfolio management and general management in the pharmaceutical and devices segments of the healthcare market. Prior to forming his consultancy, Jerry held a variety of roles for the Surgical Devices Business Unit of Covidien, a leading global healthcare products company. These included VP Strategy and Portfolio, VP Global Marketing and President for the US business Unit. Prior to joining Covidien, Jerry served as Vice President, Product Acquisitions & Licensing for GE Healthcare. With more than 25 years in the healthcare industry, he has worked for leading companies including Sanofi Winthrop Pharmaceuticals, Nycomed AS, and Amersham plc. Jerry served as Chairman of the Board for Oncura, a company focused on treating prostate cancer. He has also recently served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Yale Center for Customer Insights (YCCI). Mr. Liebrand received his BS in Biology from the State University College of Oneonta (NY) and his MBA from the University of New Haven.

Dawn Langeland '94

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An award-winning communications strategist, Dawn Langeland '94 is known for building programs that capture consumers' attention, deliver against business objectives and drive results. She is recognized by the industry for her work in brand reputation, social media and word-of-mouth. Dawn specializes in building global integrated campaigns spanning social media, retail, media relations, spokesperson support, content development, advertising and partnerships. Dawn has served as strategic integration counselor across myriad industries including consumer packaged goods, food and beverage, health care, travel and tourism and government relations. She brings strategic insights, creative fire power and unmatched energy to every opportunity and challenge. As a student, Dawn studied both Speech Communications and Political Science which are both at work with her professional career now.

John Lambrech '93

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John Lambrech '93 began his career with Ernst and Young and focused on serving financial services clients. After a few years of public accounting, John joined Canaan Partners, an early stage venture capital firm, as an Investment Analyst. Over his 15-year tenure at Canaan Partners, he held a variety of positions, including serving as their Director of Finance for more than five years. In early 2011, Lambrech joined W Capital, a $2 billion private equity firm focused on providing secondary liquidity solutions, as its CFO and CCO. More recently, he has had the privilege of reconnecting with SUNY Oneonta and has participated in several student-oriented activities with a goal of connecting with students entering the job market. These activities include participating on the school's Business Advisory Council, hosting Backpacks to Briefcases as well as meeting with recent graduates for informal shadow days, mock interviews, resume feedback and networking development.? He looks forward to doing more of these activities in the years ahead because mentoring young professionals starting their careers is one of his greatest joys and rewarding experiences.

Annette Krassner '84

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Annette Krassner '84 joined Glocap as CEO in January 2018. She brings over 25 years of experience within the financial services industry working with both small and large firms. Annette was most recently a Partner and the Chief Administrative Officer at Pine River Capital Management from 2012 through March 2017. She had global oversight for human resources, facilities, events, administrative staff and internal communications. She founded and chaired the firm's Charitable Initiatives Committee and was a member of the Operating and Human Capital Committees. Prior to joining Pine River, Annette spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs where she was a Managing Director in the Securities Division. She co-headed the Prime Brokerage Consulting Services & Product Development team, having founded Consulting Services in 1999. Annette and her team helped hedge funds launch their businesses and facilitated their growth. Among other services, she was directly involved with talent introduction, working closely with the founders and senior leadership at her client firms. Annette joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 as a Senior Telecom Analyst where she had project management responsibilities for setting up GS offices globally. From 1986 to 1994 Annette worked at IPC Information Systems. She received a BA in Communications from the State University of New York, Oneonta. Annette was named one of the Hedge Fund Journal's "50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds 2013", she's a Global Angel for 100 Women in Finance and a member of the UJA Professional Women's Board.

Brian Katz '72

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Brian G. Katz '72 is a research hydrologist and an environmental scientist. He spent more than 35 years with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and is now with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. His groundbreaking water-quality research studies have been featured in "New Explorers," a cable series; National Geographic; Discover; and National Public Radio. Brian has received awards, including the John Hem Excellence in Science and Engineering Award from the National Ground Water Association. He was elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA) and received their Distinguished Service Award. In addition, Brian currently serves as editor for the journal Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, gives lectures at Florida State University, and has advised graduate students at several universities in Florida. In his spare time, Brian volunteers at Alzheimer's respite centers in Tallahassee, where he does various activities including music therapy with his guitar

Mary Ann Hildebrandt '75

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Mary Ann Hildebrandt '75 after graduation, returned to her hometown of Kingston, NY and began working for Gateway Community Industries, a not-for-profit human services agency that provides vocational, residential and therapeutic services to individuals with disabilities. Hildebrandt began her 42-year career at Gateway as a receptionist working her way up the ladder to become President and CEO. She was awarded the Gateway's Lifetime Achievement in 2018. Hildebrandt pursued a master's degree in Public Administration from SUNY Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. Hildebrandt is active in her local community serving on Boards at the Ulster County Board of Health and The YMCA of Ulster County. In 2006, she was recognized as the Woman of the Year by the YWCA. Currently, she is the treasurer New York Statewide Senior Action Council/Ulster County Chapter and Chair of the Health Alliance Foundation Board, Kingston's Community Hospital. Hildebrandt resides in Saugerties, NY with her husband Mark and they have been married since 1983. The couple met at The Gateway Community Industries. Mary Ann and Mark now spend time traveling throughout Europe and the United States. Hildebrant was an active varsity student/athlete at SUNY Oneonta as a member of the softball and basketball teams. She still plays recreationally and spends time on the golf course.

Ann Henning '90

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Ann Henning '90, SPHR, SCP is the Senior Director of Human Resources at CareMount Medical P. C., the largest independent multispecialty medical group in New York State. She is responsible for all Human Resource functions for the organization; her areas of responsibilities include recruitment and staffing, total rewards, employee engagement, employee relations and management development. Ann's 25 years in Human Resources includes experience in the Telecommunications industry as well as Healthcare. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Westchester Human Resource Management Association and has served as the College Relations Chairperson since 2012. Ann has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from SUNY Oneonta and was inducted into Delta Mu Delta, a National Honor Society in Business Administration, when she earned her Master's Degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College.

Gregory Harris '97

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Greg Harris '97 is the President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Harris joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, and oversaw development, special events, membership, board relations and government affairs. As CEO, Harris has guided the organization through an era of unprecedented transformation with a focus on innovation and customer engagement. Under his leadership the Museum has grown attendance and revenue by double digits by executing on a strong strategic plan and focusing on the mission to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. Before joining the RRHOF, Harris spent 14 great years as a senior executive at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., where he advanced from curating the Hall of Fame broadcast collection to serving as vice president of development. He worked directly with Baseball Hall of Fame inductees and created a strong national network of donors, sponsors and influencers and represented the institution in Washington, D.C. where he built a successful government affairs practice for the Museum and worked closely with the White House and congressional offices. Harris's passion for music made the opportunity to shift from baseball to rock and roll possible. In the 1980s, he and a partner founded, owned and operated the legendary Philadelphia Record Exchange, a retail store that specializes in selling rare, used and independent records. The store mirrored and amplified his love of rock, R&B, soul, blues, country, folk and other musical genres. He also served as a road manager for a national touring group and played bad guitar in garage bands. A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Harris holds a B.A. degree in history from Temple University and a master's degree from the Cooperstown Graduate Program for History and Museum Studies.

James Gold '68

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Born in Seattle but raised in upstate New York, Jim Gold '68 met his future wife, Cheryl, at the Cooperstown Graduate Program in 1966. Trained in folk studies and museum management, Gold spent the majority of his career at the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, with the last 29 years as Director of the Bureau of Historic Sites. In this capacity he was responsible for the preservation and development of 35 state-owned historic sites and a technical support facility at Peebles Island State Park in Waterford that provided archeological, curatorial, conservation, exhibition, interpretive, and restoration services throughout the state. He was the Commissioner's liaison with state historic site and state park "friends'" groups, including significant public/private partnerships at artist Frederic Church's Olana in the Hudson Valley and Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House in Buffalo where extensive restoration has taken place. Before his retirement, Gold served on the boards of the New York State, mid-Atlantic and American Association of Museums and was chair of Saratoga Spring's Design Review Commission and co-chair of the city's Open Space Committee. He currently is vice-president of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation and is on the board of Pitney Meadows Community Farm.

J. Ritchie Garrison '74

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Ritchie Garrison '74 graduated from Bates College in 1973. He then entered the Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York, College of Oneonta, class of 1974, focusing on History Museum Studies. He completed his graduate education at the University of Pennsylvania where he earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in American Civilization.  He retired as a Professor of History from the University in 2020, having taught hundreds of graduate students, many of them now in the fields of museums, historic preservation, teaching, antiques and Americana, and publishing.  

Lisa Ferrero '85

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Lisa Ferrero '85 after earning a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Statistics from SUNY Oneonta she went on to earn a Master's of Business Administration from the University of San Diego. Ferrero began her career in 1987 with Corning as a statistician in the Big Flats, NY plant, holding various production management positions. Ferrero joined Corning Display Technologies in 1995 as a market analyst relocating to Japan. There, Ferrero was eventually appointed as the export sales manager for Taiwan and Korea. In 1998, Ferrero was promoted to Market Development Manager and returned to Corning, New York. In 2000, Ferrero's success let to her appointment as the Director of Strategic Marketing, Planning and Analysis for Display Technologies. Ferrero went onto Environmental Technologies joining the company as the business manager for the heavy-duty diesel sector. Ferrero's responsibilities escalated becoming Director of Automotive Substrates. Ferrero's career rocketed eventually being named Vice President and Deputy General Manager, Display Technologies/Asia. From 2010 to 2015, Ferrero was General Manager of Corning Display Technologies where she administered over business and manufacturing operations across four regions in China, Japan, Taiwan and the United States. In January of 2016, Ferrero became the Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. Ferrero oversees Aviation, Business Services, Corning Enterprises, Community Affairs, Global Supply Management, Government Affairs, Global Information Security and Information Technology.

Jerry Enzler '79

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Jerry Enzler '79, graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a B.A. and went onto Loras College, eventually returning to SUNY Oneonta where he earned a master's degree in museum studies. Following up on his education Enzler received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Clarke University, the Honorary Doctor of Laws from Loras College, Dubuque's First Citizen Award, and the Iowa's Petersen Harlan Lifetime History honor. Enzler was the founding director of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa, and the principal leader of the America's River project. That project is known for transforming the Dubuque riverfront on the Mississippi. Enzler is known for being a visionary and driving force for the creation of National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The museum is a Smithsonian Institute affiliate and considered to be the most comprehensive river museum in the world. Enzler for 40-years led the scholarly, visionary, fundraising and entrepreneurial teams that established the museum with award winning exhibits and films seen by over 4-million people. Enzler piloted the project to develop the 14-acre educational campus that includes four exhibits buildings, a National Landmark steamboat, small boat collection, major aquarium installations, five interactive theatres, a wet lab, wetlands, boatyard, blacksmith shop, historical library and species propagation lab. A key leader, Enzler help to orchestrate the American River project securing a $400 million of investments to transform Dubuque's' riverfront including the $100 million raised for the Museum and Aquarium. Enzler created national networks of museums and appeared as a scholar on the History Channel and other national media. He directed the Dubuque County Historical Society's National Rivers Hall of Fame, Mathias Ham House, Old Jail Museum, Ryan House, RiverWorks Discovery, Dubuque Guide Service, and several historic preservation projects.

Jim Doig '75

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Jim Doig '75, is the President and CEO of Sidney Federal Credit Union, a position he's held since 1997. He graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 1975 with a degree in Secondary Education and a concentration in Mathematics. A native central New Yorker, he's had a diversified career with an outstanding resume of professional and philanthropic endeavors. He established himself as a leader early in his career with National Bank & Trust Company of Norwich, now commonly known as NBT Bank. Throughout his career there he held a multitude of management positions. As President and CEO of Sidney Federal Credit Union, he's been instrumental in their massive growth of assets, facilities and membership for over 20 years. He has devoted a lifetime to volunteerism and local leadership. His philanthropic efforts include: Norwich YMCA, Sidney and Chenango United Way, Hospice of Chenango County, Commerce Chenango and Sidney Chamber of Commerce, Norwich and Sidney Rotary Clubs, Chenango Housing Improvement Program, Vision 21, Greater Sidney Development Corporation, Sidney Community Foundation, SUNY Oneonta's College Foundation Board, state and national credit union committees and boards, and several youth sports activities. He's also received recognition as Sidney Chamber Citizen of the Year, New York Credit Union Association Outstanding Professional, Commerce Chenango Volunteer of the Year, and Sidney Rotarian of the Year. During his down time, Jim enjoys spending time with his family, including his significant other, her son, and their 2-year old grandson. He also enjoys golf, basketball and being a fair-weather motorcycle rider.

William Derrenbacher '66

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William "Bill" Derrenbacher '66 is the retired Director of the Professional Services Division at Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) and currently serves as their Executive Advisor. ESRI is the world leader in Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and serves hundreds of thousands of organizations and millions of users around the world. In 1975, Derrenbacher joined Jack Dangermond, the founder of ESRI, and developed the part of the organization that carried out cutting edge projects globally, including the Digital Chart of the World in 1992. Derrenbacher built an organization of more than 600 staff in the US and internationally. Under his direction they carried out thousands of projects that broke new ground, advanced ESRI's technology, and provided substantial value. In 2015, in recognition of his accomplishments in the field of Applied Geography, Derrenbacher was awarded the James R Anderson Medal by the Association of American Geographers (AAG).

Mark Delligati '75

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Mark S Delligati '75 after graduating from SUNY Oneonta went onto American University and earned a masters in public administration in 1977. For 32 years, Delligati served on the staff of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). For his expertise in project management, Delligati was recognized with NRC's Meritorious Service Award. Delligati oversaw the licensing of facilities and technologies involved in the storage and disposal of nuclear waste and used nuclear fuel. As a member of the Senior Executive Service at NRC he was a manager in three of NRC's program offices. In 2016, Delligati retired as the Deputy Director of New Reactor Licensing. Delligati kept his affiliation as a prideful alumnus beginning his work as the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Director holding the premier alumni event in the Washington, DC area (and the first outside New York State) in 1979. He remains active with the college still today in the same region. Delligati also served a term on the Alumni Board and is a recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Service Award and Red Dragon Spirit Award for the Class of 1975. In addition to his alumni activities, Delligati has been an active supporter of the Political Science Department and School of Social Science Networking Events. Deligati has been invited to speak on the campus of SUNY Oneonta several times lecturing on Environmental Regulation. Delligati was also instrumental in inaugurating the student exchange program with Caen University in France. Delligati remains active in his local community volunteering his time in lay ministry and serving as Vice President of his Parish Council. Alexandria, Virginia Sister City is Alexandria-Caen (France) and Delligati chairs the committee to enhance the relationship between the two cities. Delligati divides his time now between his home in Alexandria and Naples, Florida with frequent visits to the United Kingdom.

David Daly '82

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David John Daly '81, student athlete in men's soccer, attended SUNY Oneonta in 1977. He also attended the Stanford Business School in Strategic Marketing Management following that up attending Harvard Business School in General Executive Management. A 30-year veteran in the sporting goods industry working for Nike beginning in 1986 in the UK. Daly's success elevated him to senior roles in management becoming the Director of Sales for Nike in the UK overseeing $1 billion in sales. Daly handled all soccer business for Nike in the region. In 1992, Daly relocated to Amsterdam, Holland before coming back to Nike's headquarters in Portland, Oregon. In 1993, Daly appointed as head of the creation team for the Tiempo Premier shoe worn by eight-players on the United States World Cup Team. Daly's success at Nike with the Tiempo Premier Brand was key in soccer branding. Daly relocated to Hong Kong running Nike's soccer business in the Asian Pacific. He assisted in growing the Nike Brand throughout Southeast Asia. Daly returned to Portland commencing growth of Nike's Soccer Equipment division. Daly's team created the Merlin Soccer ball approved as FIFA's official soccer ball. After contract signing, the Premier League designated Nike as the official ball supplier. Manchester, England Daly's next position as a 13-year deal orchestrated with Manchester United began. Once successful, he returned to Nike UK/Ireland as sales director for five years. In 2011, Daly led Nike Football as Senior Director in Amsterdam responsible for global merchandising with leading soccer clubs such as Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Barcelona, Inter Milan, AS Roma and Juventes. Daly retired from Nike in 2016 but remains active in soccer in his role as Non-Executive Director of Fulham Football Club. Daly is a youth soccer coach in Windsor, England working with his son and nephew as participants. Daly spends time with the Cricket youth squads in the area, also. An avid bicyclist and charity organizer participating in various events such as the London Marathon, Cycle Oregon, climbing Kilimanjaro, McLehpse Trail (100km walk in Hong Kong) and the Seattle to Portland bike ride.

Richard Croft '76

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Richard Croft '76 is internationally renowned for his performances with leading opera companies and orchestras around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Opera National de Paris, Berlin Staatsoper, the Salzburg Festival, and Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, as well as the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Leslie Coopersmith-Greenberg '71

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Leslie Coopersmith-Greenberg '71 was born April 16, 1949, in New York City and grew up on Long Island. She graduated from Oceanside High School in 1967 and from the State University of New York in 1971, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and psychology with honors. She also attended Harvard University, where she studied management techniques. In 1993, Leslie married Michael Greenberg at Shelter Rock Jewish Center in Roslyn, NY. Leslie began her professional career as marketing manager at Ward Foods in 1978. Six years later, she joined Nabisco Brands as senior marketing manager and in 1987 became the first female to serve as vice-president of sales of the company. A year later, Leslie moved on to Droste USA Inc. and in 1991, she accepted the role of president and CEO at Guylian USA Inc. the position she held at the time of her induction. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys tennis, golf, reading, dancing and being with family and friends.

Robert Constantine '75

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Dr. Robert M. Constantine '75 is an anesthesiologist in Syracuse, New York and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including St. Joseph's Health Hospital and Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Adam Church '84

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Dr. Adam L. Church '84 is an emergency medicine physician in Great Neck, New York. He received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Richard Choppa '83

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Rich Choppa '83 Program Director, Missile and Weapon Systems, Defense, Space & Security, Boeing Rich Choppa is program director for Boeing's Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Sustainment Programs, overseeing a portfolio of sustainment programs for the nation?s strategic deterrence systems that includes support for U.S. Air Force missile wings nationwide. Choppa joined Boeing in 2003 as program manager for Missile Defense International Programs. Most recently, he served as senior director for Global Sales & Marketing for Missile and Weapon Systems. Before joining Boeing, Choppa served 21 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He served as a forward observer, fire support officer and commander in Ranger and Airborne units with multiple worldwide deployments, as well as a policy director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. A combat veteran of the Panama, Iraq and Balkan conflicts, Choppa is also a veteran of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.

Roseanne Catella '76

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Roseanne Catella '76 started her career in education in Michigan, where she earned a master's degree and started teaching elementary school. After moving to Ohio in 1982, she shifted careers and was the sales and marketing manager for Amresco. After a hiatus to spend time with her children, she started a learning center at Gardiner elementary school in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. For ten years, she trained parent volunteers to work effectively with students. Currently, she is the president of Ohio Business College.

Frank Caruso '78

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Frank Caruso '78 is a Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of US Growth Equities, a position he has held since 2012. He has led investment teams since 2004 and was a portfolio manager from 1995 to 2004. Caruso joined the firm in 1993, when it acquired Shields Asset Management, where he had been director of Equities. Previously, he was a managing director at Shearson Lehman Advisors, as well as CIO for Shearson Lehman Asset Management's Directions and Capital Management businesses. Caruso was also formerly the lead portfolio manager for Shearson's family of growth and income mutual funds and a senior member of Shearson Lehman Advisors' Investment Policy Committee. He holds a BA in business economics from the State University of New York, Oneonta, and is a member of the CFA Society New York and the CFA Institute. He is a CFA charterholder.

William Canary '74

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With over 20 years of experience in leadership and public service at the national level, William Canary '74 provides the strategic insight needed to help organizations succeed. As a consultant he leverages his vast knowledge of public policy and government to provide solutions that allow organizations to meet their strategic objectives. Mr. Canary began his professional career in New York, where he quickly made a name for himself in the political arena, winning several elected positions in the Long Island area. Recognized for his integrity, ability to solve problems, and collaborative leadership style, he soon gained the attention of top political leaders in Washington, which eventually led to key appointments as a Special Assistant to President George H. W. Bush and Chief of Staff for the Republic National Committee. Over his career, he has been an advocate for businesses and champion of economic growth, holding roles as CEO of the Business Council of Alabama and President and CEO of the American Trucking Association. Currently, he is as a Senior Fellow for the United States Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as a thought leader on matters related to business and the economy. Canary founded Canary & Company Consulting to lend his expertise to organizations in need of specialized support. His strong knowledge of business, economics, and politics make him an asset to executives and organizational leaders seeking professional and trustworthy advisory to solve complex challenges.

Nicoletta J. Caferri '78

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Nicoletta J. Caferri '78 a career prosecutor and current Chief of the Animal Cruelty Prosecutions Unit in the Queens, NY County District Attorney's Office. Caferri prosecutes animal cruelty crimes, including animal fighting, animal hoarding, intentional injuring or killing of companion animals, and neglect or abandonment of household pets. Caferri works closely with NYPD's Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad and the ASPCA. In 2016 Caferri was named by the Animal Legal Defense Fund as one of America's Top Ten Animal Defenders also having been awarded the ASPCA Award of Excellence and the New York City Bar Association Thomas E. Dewey Medal for outstanding prosecution. A 1985 graduate of Brooklyn Law School Caferri was is admitted to practice in New York, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Caferri is also a member of the New York City Bar Association Animal Law Committee, the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association, the National Coalition on Violence Against Animals, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys Animal Cruelty Advisory Committee, and the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York legislative sub-committee for animal cruelty legislation.

Simon J. Bronner '77

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Simon J. Bronner '77, Ph.D., is distinguished professor of American Studies and folklore, chair of the American Studies program, at the Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg. He has also been a visiting distinguished professor at Harvard University, University of California at Davis, Dickinson College, Osaka University in Japan, and Leiden University in the Netherlands, and visiting scholar at Hong Kong University and the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam. His research on folklore, American cultural history, and ethnic studies has resulted in the publication of 40 books, over 200 articles, a dozen exhibitions, and numerous keynote lectures all over the globe. His book titles in the last year include Folklore: The Basics, Youth Cultures in America, Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination, and Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia. He has received awards for the Encyclopedia of American Folklife, The Meaning of Folklore, Jews at Home: The Domestication of Identity, Grasping Things: Folk Material Culture and Mass Society in America, American Children's Folklore, and Old-Time Music Makers of New York State. He has been the editor of the online Encyclopedia of American Studies and the journals Material Culture and Folklore Forum. He also edits book series on Folklore and Ethnology for Lexington Books and Material Worlds for the University Press of Kentucky. He has received awards for research, teaching, and service from Penn State University, and lifetime achievement awards from the American Folklore Society and the American Studies Association.

Jeffrey Block '84

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Jeffrey A. Block '84 founded what is now known as Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP in 1989, after graduating from Brooklyn Law School. Early on, Mr. Block was determined to make his mark in the courtroom, practically sprinting up the courthouse steps as a young lawyer to wage a battle on behalf of the underdog. Since then, his career has been marked by a series of highlights and remarkable results, yielding more than one-hundred resolutions that exceed one-million dollars. Today, Mr. Block is highly regarded by the bench and bar. He is often called upon by fellow trial attorneys to serve as trial counsel on their most significant cases. He has handled cases for clients that were referred to him by both judges and courthouse employees that respect his legal acumen. Over the last several years, in recognition of his achievements, Mr. Block has been elected as a ""Super Lawyer"" in New York State, identifying him as being among the top 5% of New York personal injury trial lawyers. He also has been recently honored as one of the ""Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New York State"" by The National Trial Lawyer. Mr. Block has also been selected by his peers to be included in the New York's Best Lawyers for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Mara Bergman '78

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From an early age, Mara Bergman '78 had a passion for words. She has had a long career in publishing, mainly in children's books, and has worked for Walker Books, a leading children's publisher in London, since 1984. As Senior Commissioning Editor, she acquires and works on teen and young adult fiction. While at Oneonta, Mara was active in the poetry scene and worked on the college literary magazine, Art & Scope. Her first collection, The Tailor's Three Sons and Other New York Poems, won the Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet Competition and was published by Seren in 2015. Crossing Into Tamil Nadu won the Templar Quarterly Poetry Prize and was published in 2016. Mara's first full collection is due out with Arc in 2018. She is also an award-winning children's author, with more than twenty titles to her credit, including picture books, early readers and educational books. Snip Snap! What's That? won the Stockport Children's Prize in England and in the US received a Parents' Choice Award, won a Silver Award from the Society of Illustrators, was a Junior Library Guild selection and was selected as one of the Bank Street's Baker's Dozen. In England, Oliver Who Would Not Sleep won the Booktrust Early Years Award and was shortlisted for the Stockport Children's Book Award. It was also a Booktrust Early Years selection, with 200,000 copies reaching children who might not otherwise have access to books. Mara has worked towards promoting literacy through events and readings at literary festivals, colleges, schools, libraries, bookshops, museums, and educational centers. She is married, has three grown children, two dogs and a cat, and makes her home in Tunbridge Wells, England.

Gail Andrews '80

Gail Andrews '80 after graduating from SUNY Oneonta went on to have an esteemed career in the arts. Andrews garnered degrees from William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA and a master's degree from Cooperstown Graduate Program in New York. She went on to study decorative arts at the Winterthur Institute and Museum/Attingham Summer School in England. Ms. Andrews began her career in 1976 as Curator of Decorative Arts at the Birmingham Museum of Art eventually serving as the Assistant and Acting Director during a career spanning 24 years. In her role as the R. Hugh Daniel Director oversaw several groundbreaking exhibitions helping to establish the Birmingham Museum of Art. Andrews coordinated presentations of works that were rarely seen in America including the exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci from the Bibloteca Reale in Turin bringing 11 rarely seen drawings to the museum. Andrews career evolved to eventually being named in 2017 as the Director Emerita when she retired. Under Andrew's leadership at the Birmingham Museum of Art hosted sought-after traveling exhibitions including the Matisse from the Baltimore Museum of Art and Pompeii along with Tales from the Eruption drawing nearly 100,000 visitors. The museum in 2013 under Andrews guidance hosted a series of exhibitions and programs commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. Andrews followed that up hosting exhibitions such as the Birmingham Project. Ms. Andrews became an authority of folk art and textiles having written various articles published throughout the state of Alabama. A passionate believer in the transformative role of museums in cultural life, Andrews is still actively involved in a variety of arts and educational organizations regionally and nationally. She has been a member of Leadership Birmingham class, a member of the 1997-98 Leadership Alabama program, and the Alabama Academy of Honor. Andrews was a president of the Rotary Club of Birmingham and Cabinet at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2007-08, she served as President of the Association of Art Museum Directors.

Scott Albert '80

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Scott Albert '80 was an educator, teacher, counselor, and advisor for more than 25 years. He received his bachelor’s in Psychology from SUNY Oneonta and went on to complete a master’s in Social Work from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston.  He dedicated his professional career to supporting teens and young adults and helping them adjust and succeed in adulthood. This took many forms, from working at a group home in Boston after his undergraduate studies to serving as the Director of Counseling and Human Development at The Lawrenceville School. In his most recent role as Senior Global Trainer at the Center for Supportive Schools, he trained and coached administrators and teachers in over 100 schools globally how to implement programs that foster the academic, social, and emotional well-being of students. In addition, he worked as a teen mentor and family coach, and served on numerous boards for youth and education, including those for the Waldorf School of Princeton, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Mercer County and The Childcare Center at the Lawrenceville School.  

Alyssa Adomaitis '94

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Dr. Alyssa Dana Adomaitis '94 is full-time, tenured Associate faculty and Director of The Business and Technology of Fashion degree program. Previously, she was faculty in the Fashion Merchandising program in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State University San Marcos and California State Polytechnic University Pomona. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2002 from the University of Minnesota on full scholarship in Social Psychology of Dress and Human Behavior and obtained her MBA in Marketing from Long Island University/C.W. Post in Marketing in 1997. Her research area of interest is the social psychology of dress, consumer persuasion used marketing, and semeiotics. 

Jeffrey P. Gluck '79

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Jeffrey P. Gluck '79, a communications and public relations executive at IBM and an early pioneer in the corporate use of social media, passed away on May 31, 2012. Gluck began his career as a news reporter at WUPE Radio in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and then worked as a reporter-anchor at WGY Radio and WRGB TV in Albany, where he was one of the best-known voices in the Capital Region. After leaving daily journalism, Gluck worked as a staff manager at Verizon Corporation and then as a staff director for media relations at Bell Atlantic. Joining IBM in 1998, Jeff held leadership positions in media relations, employee communications, and executive communications and he was among the first experts in IBM communications in the new field of social media. Never leaving his early days in radio far behind, Gluck was the voice for several IBM radio ads and he was often the producer and voice of IBM videos.

Michele Fahey Dangelo '68

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Michele Fahey Dangelo '68 has fond memories of chairing the Friendship Committee at Oneonta and credits that experience with developing confidence in her leadership and organizational skills, as well as preparing her for a career as a nonconventional educator, business woman, and professional artist.

After graduation, Michele joined United Airlines as a flight attendant but soon desired more. In 1973, she earned her master's degree from the University of Hawaii, and developed a self-tutorial program for flight attendants as her thesis. United promoted her to a training specialist at their Chicago headquarters and implemented her proposal system wide. Michele received her MBA from Northwestern University, moved to Boston, invested in real estate with her husband, and decorated Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants where she discovered her artistic self and decided to pursue an art career. In 1990, Michele began to paint and simultaneously was invited to join the Museum Associates at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and later the Gallery Instructor Program, where she taught Boston school children from grades K through 12 about art. She also developed and implemented an on-going art program with her local elementary school for students to curate and hang an art show from a regional museum collection. Educating young people continued to play a role in her life as her art career developed.

Concurrently, her painting career evolved and she soon became well known for her colorful work that represents a "multigenerational storehouse of memories." Her paintings may be found in galleries, and private and public collections worldwide. She supports philanthropic efforts including public television, healthcare and homeless organizations, local museums, boys and girls clubs, private causes and more. Through her interest in art, she has created and achieved more than she ever dreamed possible as an educator, business woman, and professional artist.

John Harlow Ott '75

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John Harlow Ott '75 is the retired executive director for the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library in Lexington, Massachusetts. Ott's 37-year career in museums has always focused on building institutional capacity, community integration and diversity to reflect the evolution and importance of our nation's arts, culture and history. His past positions include executive directorships of Hancock Shaker Village; the Atlanta Historical Society; the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum; and the National Heritage Museum in Lexington. He served as President of the Freedom's Way National Heritage Association as it became one of the newest National Heritage Areas under the National Park Service, was President of the Groton Historical Society, restoring the Governor George Boutwell House, and he has led a range of initiatives over the years to promote and enhance tourism in the State of Massachusetts. He currently serves as a Trustee of Old Sturbridge Village and is Overseer of Merriconeag Grange #452 in Harpswell, Maine, where he lives with his wife Lili Reineck Ott, also a 1975 graduate of the Cooperstown Graduate Program.

Rob Klein '72

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Rob Klein '72 is the Retired Director of Redevelopment Programs, Montgomery County, Maryland. In that role, he planned, designed, and vetted projects valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. During his years at SUNY Oneonta, he initiated a student cafeteria worker movement, which led to becoming class president. He served as a resident advisor and during summers sold books door-to-door in the Midwest and the Deep South. For nearly three years after graduation, he backpacked in Europe, Africa, and Latin America and made it all the way up the Nile River and to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. He has also have been adjunct faculty at Empire State College, managed a World Bank infrastructure study for Tianjin, China, and managed a transit privatization study for the Massachusetts governor. Klein's civic involvement included managing two political campaigns, Boy Scout leadership, and Unitarian Sunday School teaching.

Franklin "Buzz" Hesse '74

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While working as an archaeologist for the New York State Museum and Science Service, F. J. Buzz Hesse '74 discovered over a dozen sites in the Upper Susquehanna region. Hesse led the 1968 excavation of the 18th century Indian village of Unadilla, which had been burned during the time of the New York Border Wars, and his published report on this work earned him a Fellows award from the New York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA). He has published several articles on archaeology and is a co-author of Dr. Robert Funk's two volume Archaeological Investigations in the Upper Susquehanna Valley, New York State. Hesse was the founder of the Upper Susquehanna Chapter of NYSSA and was instrumental in the chapter acquiring both the Roland B. Hill Memorial Museum building in Otego, New York, and the Roland B. Hill Archaeological Collection for which the museum is named. As owner of Hesse Galleries, Hesse enjoyed clients and customers across the US and overseas. Now retired from both archaeology and the auction business, Buzz continues to buy and sell antiques privately. Recently, Hesse completed the Hesse Archaeological Museum on his property in Otego. The Museum displays over 14,000 years of prehistoric and historic archaeological material culture.

Jean Lown '72

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Jean Lown '72 earned a master's degree in textiles from Cornell University, then taught at Virginia Tech where she met her husband-to-be, Bryan Dixon, in a bike shop. Shortly thereafter she left for South America with Rob Klein '72 for the adventure of her life. High school French wasn't much use in Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru; Rob's Spanish helped to extricate them from situations like being held up at knife point on her first day in Columbia. A highlight of the trip was a visit to Machu Picchu, arriving via the Inca Trail which they found via directions on a hand-drawn map. While completing her PhD at Virginia Tech, she taught consumer and personal finance at the University of Rhode Island. In search of western adventure, Jean accepted a faculty position at Utah State University in 1982. Lown retired from USU after a career researching everything from remarried couple finances to consumer bankruptcy and student loans. She was named a fellow of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, an organization she helped found. Lown continues to review journal articles and offers financial advising services in exchange for donations to non-profit organizations.

Roy McDonald '69

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Prior to college, Roy McDonald '69 worked in a steel mill and believes he'd still there if it weren't for the opportunities that SUNY Oneonta offered. After graduation, he started out at IBM as a marketing manager, then moved to a position as a Director and Investment Banker with PaineWebber-UBS, and then as an investment banker at M and T Bank. His second career was in public and elected service, which was a nice fit for the political science major. He was elected Town Supervisor of Wilton, New York, and County Supervisor as well as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Saratoga County. Following his local service, McDonald was elected to the New York State Assembly and then the New York State Senate. He has served on and chaired several government related boards. During retirement, he has worked with PBS Albany WMHT television on a special program that ran with the Ken Burns Vietnam War documentary. Additionally, he is on the board of directors for the New York State Military Museum and has worked on the new Korean and Vietnam war exhibit. He was also recommended as a source to the New York City Historical Society by the New York State Historian. McDonald is a Decorated Combat Army Veteran of the Vietnam War and served with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam.

Stacy Orzell '89

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Stacy Orzell '89 worked as a photographer on a cruise ship after graduation. After meeting her now husband Brian Orzell, she earned her masters at New York Institute of Technology. In 2009, her youngest son was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Orzell now "works from her heart" as a consultant for the Autism Move-a-thon of Orange County, is a Special Olympics Swim Coach, and teaches an adaptive water safety and skills program. She is still a photographer.

Richie Phillips '75

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Richie Phillips decided to trade his teaching job for a music career in 1981. He landed a job as house piano man at Albany 's prestigious 21 Club, a political hangout across from the state capitol building and that is where he honed his craft as writer/performer of satirical song parodies. Seven years later, he jumped to radio, landing at WGNA in 1988, where he remained for 29 years as the cohost of a #1 rated morning show, which won a CMA Award. He also created a school songwriting program - the "Rhyming With Richie" Tour -- where he helped children create songs with strong anti-bullying message, which won two New York State Broadcasters Awards for community service, a citation from Sage Colleges, and the School Administrators Association of New York Award. He and Sean McMaster founded Blue Friday of New York, a charity organization to raise funds for families of police officers killed in the line of duty. And, yes, he still entertains in the Capital Region and has a podcast called The Top with Richie Phillips.

Thomas Capek '85

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Thomas G. Capek '85 is senior vice president and Corning's chief engineer. Capek is responsible for leading the corporate Manufacturing Technology and Engineering organization and for leading the engineering function globally for the company. Capek joined the Corporate Engineering function in Corning, New York as a design engineer in 1986 where he worked on numerous glass melting process projects. He relocated to the Harrodsburg, Kentucky plant in 1989 as a member of the first joint development program with Samsung Corning Precision in the position of melting engineer.

In 1990, he moved into the plant operations group as melting department head and was appointed production department head in 1994. While at the Harrodsburg plant, Capek entered the division engineering group as melting technology manager where he was responsible for many melting process fundamental improvements. He was appointed to the position of Harrodsburg plant operations manager in 1999, and plant manager in 2000 where he helped transform the plant to be a fully dedicated flat glass melting and forming facility.

Capek relocated to Corning, New York in 2003 as division engineering manager for Display Technologies and, in 2004, was named director Division Engineering. In 2010, Capek was appointed division vice president and director, Engineering for the glass technology group, and in May 2014, moved into the position of vice president and chief engineer, Manufacturing Technology and Engineering. He was appointed senior vice presented and chief engineer in November 2018. Capek holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor's in physics from the State University of New York at Oneonta. He serves as a member of the Dean's Leadership Council of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson University, and he works closely with many engineering schools to assure a strong pipeline of engineering talent for Corning.

Rick Olszewski '80


Rick Olsewski ’80 has spent the past 39 years as a leader in various roles, such as trainer, consultant, executive coach and national speaker. He has been a partner with Sandler Training, a worldwide leader specializing in sales and management training and executive coaching. Rick’s clientele has ranged from local political dignitaries, college coaching staffs, CEO’s, presidents and professional service companies, spanning a diverse range of industries.

He is actively involved in several organizations within the community and serves on the board of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame. His passion for the collegiate environment, specifically SUNY Oneonta, shines through when he comes back to campus to speak to the Business Economics classes, as well as other campuses within the SUNY system. Rick’s love for teaching and coaching goes beyond the classroom as indicated by his 10 years of coaching basketball. He is still an active mentor for several of the team members, and through his continued guidance and support has watched them grow into respected members of their communities.

Rick has had a positive impact on many and has made it a core value to help others achieve their dreams and goals. His humor and down to earth style with real world applications of pragmatic theory makes him one, of the most sought-after trainers. His uncanny ability to relate to each individual, unique attitude, outlook, and approachability assist him in changing people’s lives. Rick is a resident of Cicero, New York, a suburb of Syracuse where he enjoys life with his wife, JoLee and children Erikka, who is also a SUNY Oneonta graduate, class of 2008, son-in-law Jason, daughter Korrie and son Case.

Harry Bradshaw Matthews '74

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Harry Bradshaw Matthews '74 was the first student to receive academic credit for his internship with the New York State Assembly Minority Ways and Means Research Division. He earned his master's degree in education from Northern Michigan University in 1980. Prior to relocating to Oneonta in 1993, he served as the first Dean of Intercultural Advancement at Gettysburg College. He is the Associate Dean and Director, Office of Intercultural Affairs at Hartwick College, and founding president of the USCT Institute for Local History and Family Research. The Institute was designated in 2011 by the National Park Service as a research facility of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. In 2016, Matthews was selected for inclusion among 15 Community Heroes in Portraiture, resulting in a 30" x 40" painting of him for preservation in Delaware and Otsego Counties, New York. In 2018, Matthews was elected a director of the SUNY Oneonta Foundation Board. He is the 2019 recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award as chosen by Marquis Who's Who. Matthews is the author of several books including African American Freedom Journey in New York and Related Sites, 1823-1870. He is also the author of African American Genealogical Research: How to Trace Your Family History, which has been cited as one of the 24 most useful publications in family history research. The publication was selected in 2007 by the Library of Congress for its permanent collection.

Bianca O'Brien '85

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Bianca O'Brien '85 heads up the New York Life Insurance Company Nassau where she leads a team of over 140 agents, managers, and staff. Bianca began her career with New York Life after graduation. Prior to running the Nassau office, Bianca was a corporate vice president for the Northeastern Zone, where she steered 25 agencies, 18 sales offices, 200 field managers, and 3,500 Agents to achieve record levels of performance. Bianca was named the first Woman of the Year by the American Cancer Society in 2009; she is a founding member of the New York City Chapter of the Women in Financial Services where she served both as vice president and president. Bianca lives in Point Lookout, New York, with her husband and daughter.

Andreas Schonherr ‘92

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Andreas Schonherr ‘92 earned his master’s degree in comparative literature from UBC in Vancouver in 1995. Since then, he has been teaching literature and languages at schools and universities in Canada, Japan, France, Guatemala, and in his native Germany. Having played in many orchestras in Europe and the US as a violinist, he has also been performing as a singer in recent years. In 2008, he published his first book about a 2-year journey through 25 African countries. He frequently gives presentations of his travels, writes for newspapers, and has also been active in working with refugees over the last year.

Lori Currier Woods '79

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Lori Currier-Woods received her Bachelor of Science Degree from SUNY Oneonta in 1979. She went on to earn her Juris Doctorate Degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 1982. Thereafter she worked as a private practice attorney in Los Angeles, California and also served in the District Attorney’s Offices in Los Angeles, California and Orange County, New York. Lori went on to work in private practice in New York and later served as an Attorney for the Child at the Children’s Rights Society, Inc. She has also served as Councilperson to the Town of Monroe, New York and as an attorney/consultant/trainer for the Children’s Rights Society, Inc. Lori is now a Family Court Judge in Orange County in the Ninth Judicial District of New York. She was first elected in 2005 and began her first term in 2006. She was reelected to a second term in 2015 and began serving her second term in 2016. She has also served as an Acting Supreme Court Justice since 2008 and presides over the Integrated Domestic Violence part of the Orange County Supreme Court. In addition to her service to the community from the bench, Lori is also the Lead Judge for the Orange County Child Welfare Court Improvement Project in New York State. Lori has always been active in civic activities and is currently a member of the YMCA Board of Directors in Middletown, New York. Lori credits her time at SUNY Oneonta for preparing her for the pursuit of an advanced degree and a successful career. She is greatly honored and humbled to receive the Alumni of Distinction Award and extends her heartfelt congratulations to all of the individuals being honored.

Seth Crystall '80

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Seth Crystall ‘80 worked on Wall Street in numerous positions for 35 years. For the past three years, Crystall has worked as a senior credit analyst at Debtwire, a subsidiary of Acuris. He was recently recognized with a company award for his credit report on bankrupt firearms manufacturer, Remington Outdoor. Within the SUNY Oneonta community, Crystall is an ardent supporter of the Backpacks to Briefcases program. His presentation, which he has also given on campus, provides straightforward advice and job-seeking tips to students in the Business Economics program. Over the past five years, Seth has met and kept in touch with more than 200 students who have solicited his mentoring advice.

Denise Sheehan '86

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Over her nearly 30-year career, Denise Sheehan ’86 has successfully led organizations committed to protecting the environment and global climate and has assisted many organizations in achieving their goals. She serves as Executive Vice President at Capitol Hill Management Services, a management consulting firm, located in Albany, New York, specializing in services to non-profit organizations. She also serves as a Senior Advisor to the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST). Before this, Sheehan served as the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and as the Executive Director of The Climate Registry.

Gretchen Sorin '75

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Gretchen Sullivan Sorin '75 is Director and Distinguished Service Professor at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, a training program for museum curators, educators, and directors that is part of the State University of New York College at Oneonta. She is also a Fellow of the New York Academy of historians. Dr. Sorin holds a B.A. degree from Rutgers University in American Studies, an M.A. in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and a Ph.D. from the University at Albany in American history. For the past 20 years Sorin has worked to broaden representation in the museum field for underrepresented groups.

She is the recipient of the Katherine Coffey Award from the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, the Thurgood Marshall Unity Award from the Oneonta NAACP, the Philip Jones National Ephemera Society Fellowship Research Award, the State University of New York Chancellor’s Research Award, and the Chancellor’s Award for Research and Creative Activities. In 2006 she was named to the rank of Distinguished Service professor.

Dr. Sorin writes and lectures frequently on museum practice, diversity and inclusion, and African American history. Her books include Touring Historic Harlem, Four Walks in Northern Manhattan with architectural historian Andrew Dolkart, In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Through the Eyes of Others: African Americans and Identity in American Art and Case Studies in Cultural Entrepreneurship: How to Create Relevant and Sustainable Institutions. She is the author of Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights published by W. W. Norton/Liveright in 2020. Sorin is also co-writer and senior historian working with Steeplechase Films and filmmaker Ric Burns on a documentary film, Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility that aired nationwide on PBS.

Roy Freiman '81

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Roy Freiman ‘81 worked at Prudential Financial for 25 years, serving in several executive level positions including Vice President of Strategy and Analytics. In that position, he led a team that managed data analytics, developed strategic plans, and created innovative solutions to generate new business. Throughout his career, Freiman was actively engaged and committed to mentoring many of his employees and associates through formal and informal programs. Perceiving a void in leadership and lack of collaboration in state government, Freiman left Prudential entered a hotly contested General Assembly race in New Jersey. Freiman’s only other foray into government was his political career in Student Government at SUNY Oneonta where he was elected a Senator, Treasurer, and Supreme Court Justice. He beat the odds and became Assemblyman for the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 16thh District. In spite of being known for his thoughtful decision-making, Roy is an avid Met fan and enjoys motorcycle riding with his son. Freiman and his wife, Vicki Rucci Freiman ‘80, a second-grade teacher, have two dogs. Their two children Allison and David are now grown.

Susan Weiner '81

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Susan Weiner '81, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN, FAADE, owns Susan Weiner Nutrition. She has been elected to serve as a director on the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Board of Directors from 2018-2020. She was honored to serve as the 2015 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year and was the recipient of the 2016 Dare to Dream award from the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. Weiner is the “Diabetes in Real Life” columnist for Endocrine Today. She is the co-author of “The Complete Diabetes Organizer” and “Diabetes: 365 Tips for Living Well." She is an advisor for several high-profile health websites, including and On Track Diabetes.

Ron Sanchez '97

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Ron Sanchez '97 is in his second season as the head coach of the Charlotte 49ers men's basketball program. Prior to coming to Charlotte, Sanchez was an integral part of three-time National Coach of the Year Tony Bennett's staff for 12 years as they built Washington State University and the University of Virginia into powerful teams. During Sanchez's time at Virginia, the Cavaliers won 212 games, three ACC regular-season titles, and two ACC Tournament titles, while making six appearances in the NCAA Tournament and one NIT Appearance. While at Washington State, the Cougars played in the NCAA Tournament twice and the NIT once. Sanchez began his coaching career as an assistant coach at his alma mater for the 1998-99 season.

Corinna Caracci '91, '94

Corinna Caracci '91, '94 is the director of residence life at SUNY New Paltz. After completing her degree at SUNY Oneonta, she served the campus as a Residence Director while earning a master's degree in education. In her nearly 30-year career in higher education, Caracci has been a committed advocate for students and a dedicated mentor for professionals. Caracci's other passion is in the area of self-defense, where she has over 25 years of experience in self-defense training and instruction. She holds a first-degree black belt in Japanese Karate-Do Shotokan and is a R.A.D self-defense instructor for the National Academy of Defense. She has taught more than 5,000 students across the country, created men's and women's communication workshops, and hosted a community-wide annual awareness day called "One Billion Rising," in order to educate people on how to end violence against women.

Karim Adeen-Hasan '77

In 2015, Karim Adeen-Hasan '77 was appointed assistant deputy comptroller for diversity management in the New York State comptroller's office. He brought to the position more than 25 years of experience as an administrator or manager in equal employment opportunity (EEO) field. Before this appointment, Karim completed eight years of service in the New York State office of general services. New York City native, Karim lives in Schenectady where he is actively involved with coalitions for human rights and Community Fathers.

John Stoffolano '62

John Stoffolano '62 taught high school biology at Oneonta High School for two years before earning a master's degree in veterinary entomology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. After graduation, he accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Entomology Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he remains as a full-time time, full professor, still active in teaching, research, and writing. During his 50-year tenure at UMass, he has taken sabbatical leaves to London, England; Siena, Italy; Otago, New Zealand; Hilo, Hawaii; and Jalapa, Mexico. John and his wife Susan live in a 200-year-old farmhouse on a 5-acre farm where they raise animals and have extensive flower and vegetable gardens. He has published over 152 journal refereed research papers, co-authored The Science of Entomology, and wrote Tonino: The Adventures of a Boy/Cricket from Boston's North End. Currently, he is writing The Impact of Insects on Human Culture, which he was able to research while on his travels around the world.

Alda Abbracciamento '76

As Chief Growth Officer of leading tech platform, flytedesk, Alda Abbracciamento '76 is driving growth through sales, marketing, product, research and insights, while overseeing client relationships and providing access to Flytedesk's strategic marketing insights and proprietary research to help grow their businesses.

A dynamic global marketer known for building extraordinary relationships with clients, Alda was recently Worldwide Managing Director for Ogilvy where she spent 15 years leading global integrated marketing programs for top brands like UPS, Yahoo!, BP and Barclays. Before that, Alda was Executive Vice President and Partner at The Martin Agency and Senior Vice President and Group Management Supervisor at Grey Advertising.

Scott Harris '06

Scott Harris '06

Scott Harris 06 is a multi-platinum, Grammy nominated songwriter, producer, and musician best known for his work with Shawn Mendes and co-writing Grammy winning song, "Don't Let Me Down" by The Chainsmokers featuring Daya. Harris has recently written 13 songs on the self-titled third album Shawn Mendes, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Harris has written songs for a number of artists, including Pink, Jessie J, Bebe Rehxa, Khalid, X Ambassadors, Quinn XCII, Jon Bellion, Dermot Kennedy, and The Head and The Heart.  

Lauren Yedvab '92

Lauren Yedvab '92

 Lauren Yedvab '92 is an accomplished healthcare executive with extensive experience providing leadership, strategic direction, and administrative oversight to major teaching hospitals in New York City.  Yedvab is the chief operating officer of Overlook Medical Center in Summit, New Jersey. Prior to joining Overlook, she held positions with Northwell Health, the largest integrated health system in New York State and the deputy executive director of Lenox Hill Hospital. She began her career at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital as an administrative fellow. She is an active member of the alumni board for the Sloan Program at Cornell University and was named one of Crain’s New York Business 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in 2005.  

Kenneth Roberts '71

Kenneth Roberts '71

Kenneth Roberts '71 has served as President of John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson, N.Y. for over 30 years. Roberts also serves as president and member of the Board of Directors of Mather Health System, Inc., Mather Management Corporation, and the JTM Health Facilities Foundation.

He is secretary and member of Island Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and INRC Services Corporation as well as a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company, the largest underwriter of medical professional liability insurance in New York.

Roberts is a recipient of the Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman Humanitarian Award and both the Outstanding CEO and Health Care Hero awards from Long Island Business News.

Sarah Pharaon '15G

Sarah Pharaon '15G

Sarah Pharaon '15G is the Senior Director of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a dynamic global network of over 250 museums, historic sites, and memory initiatives in 65 countries. These sites inspire millions of people each year to explore the parallels between past and present, build bridges of understanding, and take action on pressing social issues. She directs the Coalition's work in North America on issues of immigration, race, education equity, and mass incarceration and has led two national dialogue initiatives: From Brown v Board to Ferguson and National Dialogues on Immigration. 

She consulted on the design of Eastern State Penitentiary's Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration, which garnered the American Alliance of Museums’ top prize in 2016. Pharaon created programming and offered training for the 2018 Americans exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian, which presents the explicit and implicit racism inherent in depictions of Native Americans in U.S. culture.

Prior to her work at the Coalition, Sarah was Director of Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and was the founding curator of the Arab American National Museum.  She is a consulting expert on dialogue, community engagement and telling marginalized stories for the National Park Service and serves on the Leadership Council for the American Association of State and Local History.   

Roland E. Holstead ’67

Alumni of Distinction honoree Roland E. Holstead was the sixth member of his extended family to attend the College (the 14th member of the family has just completed her first year at the College). Holstead earned a doctorate from the University of Connecticut and was awarded a post-doctoral Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship from Harvard University to study computer-assisted instruction. 

He served on active duty with the United States Navy (1967-69) in the Taiwan Defense Command. He continued service in the Navy Reserve and retired as a captain aboard the USS CONSTITUTION in 2004. 

Holstead began his career at Springfield College and continued as an assistant dean at the University of Connecticut, a dean at the University of the District of Columbia, and a vice president at American International College.

He served on the Board of Directors of the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association, culminating his service to the College as president of the association (2016-18.) During that time, he chaired the Class of 1967 reunion, served on the Alumni Awards committee, and stewarded the Class of 1967 Scholarship.

Kent Newhart ‘77

 Kent Newhart '77

Kent Newhart ‘77 describes his life’s journey as “the road less traveled.” Newhart grew up in a town that exemplified the concept of it taking a village to raise a child. His community-minded spirit led him to serve the YMCA, his church, and the LCCC Foundation.

His college career started at the University of Colorado, but he found that skiing, mountain climbing, and skydiving were more to his liking. Once he left the campus, he worked in construction, as a delivery driver, and in the Bethlehem Steel blast furnace, where he learned about the good and the bad sides of unions. Thanks to classes at a community college, the “light bulb went off” for Newhart and he transferred to SUNY Oneonta, where he finished his education.

After a career in public accounting, he opened his own financial firm in 1983. He and his wife have two married daughters and five grandchildren.

George Allen ’88

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George Allen ’88, is the President of Northern Eagle Beverages, Inc., President of Cooperstown Brewing Company and President of the Lake George Beer Hub. George is an Oneonta, NY native having been born and raised here. After graduating from Oneonta High School in 1983, George went on to SUNY Delhi, University of South Florida and eventually made his way back to Oneonta where he received his English degree from the college.

George is an active member of many organizations including the NYS Beer Wholesalers Association, NYS Brewers Association and is currently a board member on the Fox Hospital Foundation Board, Board of Trustees at Hartwick College and the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. George lives with Elizabeth Murwin ’86 in Oneonta and enjoys golf and travel.

Evan Rakowski '05

Evan Rakowski '05

Evan Rakowski '05 is the principal and founder of Radical Spark, a consultancy that develops, launches, and partners with organizations transforming health care, technology, and environmental science. In 2011, Rakowski founded TripleCare, which he grew to become the largest high-acuity telehealth provider to skilled nursing facilities in the United States.

In 2010, Rakowski was on the founding team of Clinically Home, a hospital-at-home program that avoided ER admissions through telemedicine. In 2008, Rakowski was the first employee at a global business incubator, where he led operational development for a nationwide correctional healthcare service and a biodiesel company in Uganda. Rakowski began his career as a business consultant and managed accounts for clients ranging from pure startups to the Fortune 500.

Melanie Kaplan ‘78

After graduating from SUNY Oneonta, Melanie was selected for an elite program in Textile Design and Science at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) before getting her first experience as a designer in the home furnishings sector in 1979. Her skills as a creative leader in commercial environments catapulted Melanie to the position of Design Director at Bloomcraft Inc., a prominent decorative fabrics producer within her first year.

After a few short years, Melanie transitioned from the fabric markets to the finished products arena as Vice President, Product Design and Development at Whisper Soft Mills where she first began to work directly with major retailers to develop specific programs for bedding. In 1986, she became VP Design Director (and ultimately SVP) for home furnishings at Dan River Inc, a storied American textile company, where her unique gifts flourished. Over the next 21 years, Melanie’s ability to translate art and develop successful design, while recognizing and satisfying commercial requirements, led Dan River to a spot as a major market supplier and an innovative front-runner in the consumer home furnishings market. During that time, Melanie partnered with prominent designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Martha Stewart, Lilly Pulitzer, Alexander Julian and more; and the products developed in Melanie’s design studio arrived in millions of American homes every year. In 2007, Melanie made the leap from wholesale to retail, becoming the Chief Creative Officer for Hanover Direct Inc where she presently heads all design, product development and sourcing and is responsible for the image of company’s major brands, which include The Company Store, The Company Kids and Scandia Home. Melanie’s place as a home fashion guru is unquestioned and her energy, expertise and leadership continue to inspire industry colleagues on all sides of what is today a global supply chain in a world home furnishings market.

Melanie makes New York City her home and although her work keeps her on the move across hemispheres and through time zones, she commits free time and resources to the Lower Eastside Service Center (LESC) in New York, an organization committed to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and/or mental illness.

Scott Salmirs '84

Scott Salmirs '84

Scott Salmirs '84 is the President and CEO of ABM Industries. The company delivers unique facilities solutions for the Aviation, Commercial Real Estate, Education, Government, Healthcare, Industrial & Manufacturing, Sports & Entertainment, Technology, and other industries.

Salmirs joined ABM in 2003, holding several executive management positions over the years. Previously, he spent 12 years running ABM's Northeast region. Prior to joining ABM, Salmirs spent more than 20 years in the corporate facilities business, holding leadership positions and managing the building portfolios for CBRE, Goldman Sachs, and Lehman Brothers.

Marion Groetch ’84

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Marion Groetch ’84 is the Director of Nutrition Services at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and a lecturer and Course Director at the Institute of Human Nutrition at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.

She is a frequent invited lecturer at both national and international conferences, has published numerous peer-reviewed research and review articles with over 400 citations, multiple textbook chapters and media CME courses all focusing on dietary management, nutrition and growth in patients with food allergy.

Groetch serves on the Medical Advisory Board of the International Association for Food Protein Entercolitis (IAFFE), is the Chair Elect of the International Network of Dietitians and Nutritionists in Allergy (INDANA), and the Co-Chair of the Credentials Committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).

In 2015, she received the AAAAI Allied Health Professionals Award in recognition of her service to the allergy/immunology allied health community as a leader, mentor, and educator.

Jeffrey Andersen '76

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Jeffrey Andersen '76 is the Director of the Florence Griswold Museum, where he has served for 41 years.  A native of Northern California, Andersen holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY-Oneonta), Cooperstown, New York and a B.A. in History from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon.

Mr. Andersen is the author of numerous exhibition catalogues on historic American artists. Under his direction, the Florence Griswold Museum has evolved from a seasonal attraction with visitation of fewer than 1,000 per year to a dynamic art museum with a staff of 20 and visitation of nearly 80,000 annually.  Working closely with teams of trustees and professional colleagues, Andersen led a long-term effort by the Museum to acquire the entirety of the original Florence Griswold property and complete a transformative master plan designed to reposition the museum nationally as a center of American art. In November 2016 Andersen was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New England Museum Association.        

Jeffrey Andersen recently completed his service as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Connecticut Humanities. He is a professional member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), for which he has led a number of visiting review committees for museums seeking accreditation or reaccreditation.   

He is married to Maureen McCabe, the Joanne Toor Cummings ’50 Emeritus Professor of Studio Art at Connecticut College in New London.  They reside in Quaker Hill, Connecticut.

Larry R. Klebanoff '89

Larry Klebanoff

Larry Co-Founded League in the basement of his childhood home in Wyndmoor, Pa in 1991. The company served the collegiate licensed market with clothing accessories such as belts and other products that were in demand in the marketplace. Over the years League expanded its product offering and has grown into a full apparel lifestyle brand that continues to serve the collegiate licensed market.

Serving as a Senior Advisor to L2 Brands, Larry brings 27 years of experience leading League and its ever expanding business operations. He continues to play an integral role in League's Bridgeport Operation and oversees and helps guide League Central America, League's El Salvadorian-based state-of-the-art sewing factory. Larry has insisted on a work environment that cares about how they conduct their business. The League brand has started the journey of becoming a Fair Labor Association-Participating Company. We will be working to gain the same designation for Legacy.

Larry is a 1988 graduate of State University of New York at Oneonta, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science. He owned and operated his own building restoration company prior to establishing League. Larry currently resides outside of Philadelphia with his wife and two children.

Lisa Ferrero '85

Lisa Ferrero '85 became senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Corning Incorporated in January 2016. She is responsible for Aviation, Business Services, Corning Enterprises and Community Affairs, Global Supply Management, Government Affairs, Global Information Security, and Information Technology.

She served as general manager of Corning Display Technologies from July 2010 through 2015. In this role, Ferrero oversaw Display Technologies’ business and manufacturing operations across the segment’s four regions: China, Japan, Taiwan, and the United States.

Ferrero joined Corning in 1987 as a statistician in the Big Flats, New York plant. While in Big Flats, she held various production management positions until joining Display Technologies in 1995 as a market analyst in Tokyo. While in Japan, she was appointed export sales manager for Taiwan and Korea. In 1998, she was named market development manager and returned to Corning, New York. In 2000, she was appointed director of strategic marketing, planning, and analysis for Display Technologies.

In 2002, Ferrero joined Environmental Technologies as business manager for the heavy-duty diesel business, and in 2003 she was named director of the automotive substrates business. In June 2005, she was named vice president and deputy general manager, Display Technologies Asia.

Ferrero holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics from the State University of New York-Oneonta, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

Craig S. Lesser ’72

Craig Lesser ’72 is the managing partner of the Pendleton Group, which provides governmental affairs, economic development, and strategic communications counsel to governments and businesses. Lesser served as Georgia’s Commissioner of Economic Development from 2004-07, where he directed efforts to recruit new businesses, expand existing businesses and increase Georgia’s global trade and tourism revenues. In 2016, the Atlanta Regional Commission presented its Harry West Visionary leadership award to Lesser and in 2017, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Georgia International Awards event. Most recently, he was awarded the Medallion of the Governor General of Canada for his efforts to preserve strong business and economic ties between the U.S. and Canada.

Jack Smith '91

Jack Smith ’91 was recently appointed to head a European Union war crimes tribunal and will serve as the Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor in The Hague Netherlands beginning this fall. Most recently, Mr. Smith was the Vice President for Litigation for Hospital Corporation of America, a Fortune 100 company with over 45 billion in annual revenue and over 250,000 employees. From 2015 to 2017 Mr. Smith served as Acting United States Attorney and First Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Prior to those appointments, Mr. Smith served as Chief of the Public Integrity Section of the United States Department of Justice, supervising the litigation of complex public corruption prosecutions across the country. Smith also previously served as Investigations Coordinator at the International Criminal Court (ICC), where he supervised sensitive investigations of foreign government officials and militia for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, and Chief of Criminal Litigation at the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he supervised over 100 criminal prosecutors. Mr. Smith began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney's Office.

Jennifer Scanlon ’80

Jennifer Scanlon ’80 is Interim Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. A historian with a scholarly focus in U.S. women’s history, Scanlon has published widely and for a variety of audiences.

In the spring of 2016, Oxford University Press released her most recent book, Until There is Justice: The Life of Anna Arnold Hedgeman, the first biography of civil rights stalwart Hedgeman. Scanlon’s last book, Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown was named a “Book of the Times” by the New York Times.

Professor Scanlon serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and has served as Executive Director of the Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH), an affiliate of the American Historical Association (AHA). and the Organization of American Historians (OAH).

Peggy Richter '76

Until her recent retirement, Peggy Richter was a partner at Kutak Rock LLP, a national law firm of approximately 500 lawyers with 17 offices across the country. She was co-chair of the Corporate Department in the Denver office, served on the firm's national Policy Board, chaired the firm's Audit Letter Committee and served on the Policy Board's Diversity Committee.

Her practice focused on real estate, finance, corporate and natural resource matters, representing real estate investment trusts, financial institutions, corporations and other entities in a variety of transactions. She was lead real estate counsel in a sale-leaseback financing transaction reported by The Wall Street Journal to be the largest such transaction in the United States at that time. Peggy also represented a nonprofit client in connection with the purchase, lease and development of properties for community development purposes (including the development of a public library and a Boys and Girls Club recreational center).

Peggy served as President of the Alliance of Professional Women and through her volunteer work on the Board of its affiliate, The Alliance Foundation, which promotes microfinance lending in Third World countries, Peggy helped establish numerous village banks on a number of continents. She also provided pro bono legal services to and served on the board and as secretary of The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA, an affiliate of the Denver Dumb Friends League, assisting with the preparation and prosecution of animal cruelty and neglect cases.

Peggy graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a B.S. in 1976 and received an MLS from Long Island University (C.W. Post Campus) in 1979. She previously worked for the American Bar Association in Washington, DC where she attended law school at George Washington University. After meeting her husband and moving to Colorado, Peggy transferred and received a JD from the University of Denver College of Law in 1985. She lives with her husband, Alan Ogden, three cats and a dog, in their new home in Blaine, Washington where, against Peggy's better judgment, she has taken up the game of golf in her retirement.

Tom Denniston ’75

Tom Denniston '75 began his career in 1979 as a litigation attorney for a New York maritime defense law firm handling marine insurance trials and appeals before various state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1986, Tom was appointed Vice President/General Counsel of the Through Transport Mutual Insurance Association's West Coast office in San Francisco. Presently, Denniston is an Executive Vice President and Producer Partner in the Pacific Series San Francisco office of Lockton Companies, LLC.

Gregory J. Aidala, Ph.D., ’72

Greg earned his master’s degree in mathematics education from SUNY Albany. He began his professional career at Bethlehem Central Middle School in 1973 teaching mathematics for four years, before becoming assistant principal and then principal of Chatham Middle School.

In 1986, he completed his Ph.D. in educational administration. Subsequently, Greg served as superintendent of schools at Salem Central (1988-2000) and Guilderland Central School District (2000-2007). In retirement, Greg does consulting work with local school districts and New York State as well as enjoying time for golf and tennis.

He has been a member of both the Salem and Colonie Guilderland Rotary Clubs and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Albany Pro Musica.


James A. Ajello ’75

James A. Ajello ’75 is the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., since January 2009, Ajello is responsible for helping manage strategic planning, accounting, tax, investor relations, financial reporting, corporate finance, and enterprise risk management across the company in addition to other duties. Before that, Ajello served as Senior Vice President-Business Development at Reliant Energy, Inc., where he led its growth among competitive electricity markets across the United States. Ajello holds an MPA from Syracuse University and is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the European Institute of Business Administration in Fontainebleau, France.

Gary Alger ’74

Gary Alger,
Ed.D., has been an educator for more than 41 years, including work as a classroom teacher, school principal, and Assistant Superintendent of Schools. For the past 11 years, he has served as an Associate Professor and the founding Director of Educational Leadership at Quinnipiac University where he developed two successful graduate programs and also served as the Interim Dean of the School of Education. In 1987, Alger earned his Doctor of Education degree in Educational Management from the School of Business and Public Management at the University of Bridgeport where he was also presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2008. Alger has presented at national conferences and has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals. He sits on numerous professional boards and committees, including an appointment by the Connecticut State Board of Education to the Connecticut Advisory Council for Administrator Professional Standards.

Jacqueline Lillard Allen ’76

Jacqueline Lillard Allen ’76 went to Harvard Law School after graduation and in 1979 she received her Juris Doctor, cum laude. She has worked as an assistant corporation counsel for the Boston, an Assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts and as a trial attorney for Cigna Insurance. In 2001, she was hired as a litigation attorney for CNA Insurance Companies. In 2003, she was promoted to managing trial attorney. Allen has been very active in the Congregational Church of Needham and is a volunteer with Family Promise, a network of houses of worship that house and support homeless families.

Hon. Richard Ambro ’81

Justice Ambro was elected as a New York State Supreme Court Justice for the 10th Judicial District to a 14-year term running from 2013 - 2026. He presides over felony trials in Riverhead, NY in Suffolk County. Previously, Justice Ambro served as a Suffolk County Court Judge in 2010 and for 11 years as the Principal Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice C. Randall Hinrichs, currently the District Administrative Judge of Suffolk County. Justice Ambro resides in Wading River, with his wife Susan and their son Matthew, a student at SUNY Oneonta.


Marty Appel ’70

Marty Appel’s onetime stint as editor of SUNY Oneonta’s State Times was his first step towards a career that counts his becoming one of Major League Baseball’s youngest public relations director as just one of his many accomplishments.

Appel began guiding communication efforts for the New York Yankees in 1973. He went on to spend 20 seasons with the team as both VP of Public Relations and Executive Producer of telecasts. Through his firm, Marty Appel Public Relations, the New York City resident continues to serve as a consultant to the Yankees and has appeared in YES Network’s Yankeeographies. He has also written team publications and is considered a go-to authority on Yankee history by such outlets as ESPN, HBO, and the broadcast networks. For 21 years, Appel was a consultant to the Baseball Hall of Fame and has written 18 books. Appel is married and the father of two children - Brian, who founded and produces the music festival Boston Calling, and Deborah, who works for CBS.


Robert W. Arnold III ’70


Robert W. Arnold III, for 17 years, was the Chief of Government Records Services at the New York State Archives. Since 1980, he taught at the college level and completed his 32nd year of teaching in the classroom at the College of Saint Rose and his 15th year of teaching online at Excelsior College. He is also a historical consultant and a frequent lecturer throughout New York State.

Seth Asumah '82

Seth Asumah '82 was promoted to Distinguished Teaching Professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees in May. He is an 18-year member of the SUNY-Cortland Political Science Department.

A native of Ghana, Seth is Chair of the African American Studies Department, which became the Africana Studies Department this fall. He is a renowned scholar of African regimes and national development as well as multicultural issues in America. A prolific author, he has co-edited or co-written seven books, 16 book chapters and 14 scholarly articles.

Seth earned his masters degree in public administration and a doctorate in government and international relations from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He began his teaching career in 1987 as an assistant professor of political science at Hartwick College. He joined the SUNY-Cortland faculty as an assistant professor in 1989, became an associate professor in 1995, and was promoted to professor in 2002.

Seth resides in Cortlandville. He has one daughter, Tosha, a graduate student in clinical psychology at Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.

Dan Bagan ’84

Dan Bagan is Retired Group President at Penton Media. He was responsible for several groups of magazines, websites, and events in the Food, Restaurant, Agriculture, and Meetings industries. Some of the properties in his division were: Farm Progress Show, Husker Harvest Days Show, Nation’s Restaurant News, MUFSO, Supermarket News, The Farm Press titles (Delta FP, Western FP, Southwest FP and Southeast FP) Restaurant Hospitality, BEEF Magazine, Farm Industry News, Meetingsnet, and The Special Event. Dan was a member of the Penton Executive Committee. In 2013, Dan was named Top Publishing Executive by Crain’s Media Business in their annual Innovators Awards.

Jane Bailey ’72

Jane Bailey ’72, retired Provost of Post University, launched its online Master of Education degree program in 2009. She was named Dean of the School of Education in 2010, where she was instrumental in adding a number of new Master of Education degree program concentrations as well as ensuring that Post was among the very first schools in Connecticut to be able to offer a path to the Connecticut Early Childhood Teaching Credential (ECTC) upon completion of the University’s B.S. in Child Studies degree program. Prior to joining Post, Bailey held positions at the College of William and Mary and Christopher Newport University.

Dr. Jeffrey E. Barnett ’79

Dr. Jeffrey E. Barnett ’79 received his master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Yeshiva University on a full scholarship through the U.S. Army’s Health Professions Scholarship Program. After completing his education and military training he served as the first psychologist of the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command.

After completing his military service, he entered private practice as a psychologist and accepted a faculty position at Loyola University Maryland. Currently, he is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and the Social Sciences as well as a Professor of Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. Dr. Barnett is an active scholar with over 250 publications, which includes 10 books, and he has provided over 300 professional presentations and workshops both in-person and online. Among the many awards he has received are the APA’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Independent Practice of Psychology, the APA Outstanding Ethics Educator Award, and the APA award for Outstanding Leadership in Psychology. He also was recognized as the first Distinguished Alumnus of the Ferkauf Graduate School this past year.

Don Berchoff '84


Don Berchoff is the Vice President for Americas and Transport at MetraWeather, a New Zealand-based weather information services company operating globally. Previously, Don was the Vice President, Advanced Weather Programs at Unisys where he led Unisys planning and execution of international and domestic commercial and governmental weather systems, software, and service capabilities. He also led Unisys’s Navy and Department of Interior (DOI) Profit and Loss businesses with a focus on transitioning DOI to commercial provided cloud hosted service.

Prior to joining the private sector, Don was the Director for Science and Technology at the National Weather Service. Don spent 24 years in the US Air Force and retired as a Colonel in 2008. He has extensive experience working inter-agency programs with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the State Department. Don is currently serving as the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Chair for the Nationwide Network of Networks Advisory Sub-committee and on the AMS Board on Enterprise Communication. He is a decorated veteran, including recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal and Bronze Star.

Howard W. Bergendahl ’80

Howard Bergendahl, MS, JD, CPPS, is President of the Bergendahl Institute, LLC, a professional consulting firm dedicated to facilitating the transfer of successful performance improvement techniques from the nuclear power industry to other industries, specializing in improving the safety culture of healthcare organizations. Howard’s career began in the nuclear power industry where he started as a Radiological Health Engineer and went on to spend 20 years operating and managing nuclear facilities. He advanced to the position of Vice President-Nuclear where he was the corporate officer with overall responsibility for the safe operation of a large commercial nuclear facility with an 800 person staff. In 2003, he co-founded the Bergendahl Institute and for the last 12 years, Howard has led the Institute in its mission.

Jay G. Bernhardt ’66

In the summer of 1966, Jay G. Bernhardt worked for American Finance in Little Falls, N.Y., as a bill collector. With advice from his mother to “go West” (such as Syracuse or Rochester), he took her literally and moved out to Los Angeles. He worked for Litton Industries, now known as Northrup Grumman, as a sales engineer at the inside order desk. With the lure of a company car, Jay came back East and started work at Goodall Rubber, a manufacturer of hoses and conveyor belts, in 1970. Jay started his own company, JGB Enterprises, in Syracuse in 1977. With a small loan, he set up in a small machine shop. JGB quickly grew to $300,000 in sales the first year. JGB’s second year brought $600,000 in sales and year three brought $1,000,000. In 2014, JGB had $130 million in sales and currently employs 200+ employees. JGB also has branches in Buffalo, Charlotte, N.C., St. Louis, Mo., and Williston, N.D.


Richard Bird ’77

Richard Bird is president of R.BIRD, a design consulting firm creating brand strategy, product packaging, corporate identity and related communications for more than 30 years. Clients are internationally recognized brands and strategy-oriented organizations across the globe and around the corner. Richard is on the board of directors of the International Package Design Council and the AIGA Brand Design Association, and maintains active membership in these design industry associations: AIGA, APDF, DMI and IDSA. He has spoken at design industry conferences, served as a judge in design competitions, and taught design technologies as adjunct professor at a private university.


Charles L. Bisgaier, Ph.D. ’74

Dr. Bisgaier’s career choice was influenced from his experiences at SUNY Oneonta, especially from his teachers and mentors in the Biology and the Chemistry Departments. Following receiving his doctorate from George Washington University, he studied lipoprotein metabolism within a Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) for atherosclerosis at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, N.Y., prior to joining Parke-Davis/Warner-Lambert in 1990. At Parke-Davis he was an Associate Research Fellow in the Department of Vascular and Cardiac Disease, where he played a role in discovery and development of pharmaceuticals that modulate lipoprotein and cholesterol metabolism. Dr. Bisgaier co-founded and is currently or was previously on the management team of a number of private and public companies, including Esperion Therapeutics Inc., Synthetic Biologics Inc., ProNAi Therapeutics, Inc., Hygieia, Inc., Michigan Live Ventures, LLC, BioSavita and Gemphire Therapeutics, Inc. Dr. Bisgaier is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Michigan and has served on the board of The Michigan Medical Research Organization, a non-profit organization. He is a named inventor on many patents and patent applications, and has published over 80 peer reviewed manuscripts and reviews.


Kenneth A. Blye, Ed.D. ’67

Ken Blye spent his working life in education. He began teaching at Oneonta Junior High, moved to Miami, Fla., and taught at Miami Coral Park Sr. High and coached wrestling.

Then he began at Miami Dade Community College (now Miami Dade College) as an information and management specialist and helped create and chair an interdisciplinary general education program. He became an Academic/Student Dean at the Medical Center Campus where he created the general education and basic science program for the Nursing and Allied Health students. While at Miami Dade, Ken completed his Masters and Doctoral degrees and achieved the rank of Full Professor. Three years before he retired in 2003, Ken designed and implemented student information systems for the College’s 67,000 students. After retirement, Ken pursued his passion for photography by founding the Orlando Camera Club. In 2008, Ken and eight other members won the Natures Best Magazine Windland Rice Smith Camera Club Award and had their images displayed in the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History for eight months.


Jay Boak '70

In July 2014, Jay Boak retired from the District Superintendent's position at the Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida Board of Cooperative Educational Services following 44 years of service in public education. Jay began his career in education as a secondary English teacher in the Holland Patent Central School District. He also served as an Assistant Principal in the Cazenovia District and as the Senior High School Principal in the Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District. In addition to his public school service, Jay also served as a Field Coordinator for the New York State Education Department. In 2015, he was appointed to the Professional Standards and Practices Board by the New York Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education.

Chuck Bogosta ’80

Chuck Bogosta ’80 is the executive vice president of UPMC, a $12 billion non-profit company and the State of Pennsylvania’s largest employer, and president of UPMC’s International and Commercial Services Division, for which he oversees UPMC’s international and commercial business efforts. He also oversees UPMC’s homegrown Advisory Services group, which advises governments and large healthcare organizations on the development of Oncology, Pediatric, Telemedicine and Information Technology initiatives. His team is also spearheading efforts to create and manage innovative, for-profit businesses that leverage UPMC’s medical and technological expertise. Chuck is also president of UPMC CancerCenter, a partner with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

John F. Bonamo ’72

After practicing Obstetrics & Gynecology for 19 years, Dr. John F. Bonamo ’72 served as President and Chief Medical Officer of Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC), Barnabas Health System's flagship hospital. It is home to the second largest kidney transplant program in the nation, and has a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that leads the nation in survival rate for very low birth-weight infants. In 2015, Dr. Bonamo assumed the role of Executive VP & Chief Medical Officer for the Robert Wood Johnson-Barnabas Health System (RJWBarnabas Health), increasing his role to include all 12 system hospitals. In addition to his role with Barnabas Health, Dr. Bonamo is a faculty member for the Beijing University International MBA Program, for which he has traveled to China on numerous occasions in order to teach hospital executives about healthcare management practices, quality, and safety.

Paul L. Bonington ’81

Paul Bonington’s eye for the publishing industry can now be seen in the pages of Engineering News-Record (ENR), a magazine owned by McGraw-Hill Companies. He’s been at the company since 2003 and is now serving as Vice President of Media and publisher of ENR. There, Bonington is leading efforts to grow the brand digitally in order to inspire and inform more engineers, architects, and contractors around the world. Bonington started his career working in technology media at several established and start-up magazines upon his 1981 graduation from SUNY Oneonta.

Mitchell F. Borger ’79

Mitch Borger

Mitchell F. Borger ’79 ’is a partner in the midtown Manhattan law firm of Ellenoff Grossman and Schole LLP, practicing in their Labor & Employment Group. Prior to that, he was at Macy’s, Inc. for 24 years, most recently as a Vice President, Assistant General Counsel. He started his career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the Bronx District Attorney. For the majority of Mitch's tenure there, he prosecuted child abuse and domestic violence crimes. In 1987, Mitch began his in-house counsel career as a litigator for the New York Power Authority. In 1992, Mitch moved to a generalist position at United Merchants & Manufacturers, Inc., a textile company that has since dissolved. In 1995, Mitch joined Federated Department Stores, Inc., which in 2007 rebranded itself into Macy's, Inc., in its New York Regional Office, handling employment, operational, and loss prevention matters, along with the supervision of the Company’s litigation portfolio. Since 1996 Mitch has been involved in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, first marching as a clown and more recently helping to supervise the 950+ clowns. In 2017 Mitch was awarded the Parade’s Distinguished Service Award.

Beth Brooks ’03

After graduation, Beth Brooks remained at SUNY Oneonta, and as the Assistant Residence Hall Director of Hulbert Hall. During this time, Beth earned her Master’s Degree from SUNY Albany in Curriculum and Technology Integration. Beth and her husband Ryan proudly own Oneonta’s legendary Brooks’ Bar-B-Q. Though Beth never imagined that she would have a career in the restaurant and catering business, she uses her passion for people every day as the Director of Human Resources. Beth imagined Brooks' country-themed Generations Gift & Ice Cream Shop and was proud to see her vision turn into an exciting attraction at the restaurant's campus. In addition, she has organized restaurant-sponsored activities and events for local families and children. In recent years, Beth's involvement in the business has been "behind the scenes,” as she is happily raising two children, Carter and Abigail.

Michael Brophy ’73

Michael Brophy ’73 graduated from Villanova Law School in 1976, held clerkships, and spent four years with the U.S. Third Court of Appeals.

In 1981, he joined the first of four firms in which he practiced. His career has includes appearances in the state and federal courts of more than 20 states as well as successful representation before the U.S. Supreme Court on a federal maritime action. Brophy retired in 2016.


David Bullock ’68

David Bullock ’68 retired as a Senior Executive (civilian equivalent of military general officer or flag officer) with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) where he spent nearly 20 years working in information technology, business analytics, base realignment and closure, and construction management with a focus on employing technology to save money for the taxpayer and improve support for the warfighter. He began his federal career as a Supply Officer in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Commander after 20 years of service, six of them at sea.

Christopher Burr ’83

Burr is hard at work predicting the nation’s next big storm in his role as Executive Officer of the National Hurricane Center (NHC), a division of the United States’ National Weather Service, which is based in Miami. Burr earned his Master’s in 1986 from the University of Maryland and began his career with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 1986 in Washington, DC. Burr has held several positions during his tenure at the NHC, including operational forecaster and branch chief of its Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch.

Nellie A. Bush ’66

Nellie A. Bush is the daughter of a naval veteran and glove factory worker, from whom she learned the power of hard work and perseverance. Her first year at SUNY Oneonta was her first time living away from home and it fostered a sense of independence and determination. Her post-graduate education continued at the College of Saint Rose where she earned a Master of Science Degree in Special Education. Her next accomplishment was earning a Certificate of Advanced Study at SUNY Albany in the area of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, but the pinnacle of her professional career was earning my Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership at NOVA Southeastern University in Florida. She retired after 43 years in a variety of roles: classroom teacher in the regular and special education classroom, Elementary Principal, Director of Special Education & Pupil Services, Committee on Pre-school and School-age Special Education Chairperson, Personnel Director, the Assistant Superintendent of Schools K-12, and the Data Coordinator for the Amsterdam School District. .

Wayne K. Camp ’76

Wayne K. Camp ’76 serves as Distinguished Geological Advisor for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, located in The Woodlands, Texas. Camp has been employed by Anadarko since 1980 and has worked various domestic and international exploration and development projects. Camp's expertise includes identifying and evaluating new hydrocarbon exploration play opportunities onshore North America, offshore Gulf of Mexico and Indonesia, where he and his wife resided for three years. Camp was co-editor and contributor Understanding, Exploring, and Developing Tight-gas Sands, which was awarded best AAPG special publication in 2010. Camp also was senior editor Electron Microscopy of Shale Hydrocarbon Reservoirs that was published in 2013, and is now in its second printing. Camp also served as an advisor for the U.S. Department of Energy Unconventional Resources Technology Advisory Committee.

Roland A. Caputo ’82

Roland A. Caputo ’82 is the executive vice president of The New York Times Print Products and Services Group. Previously, Caputo served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for The New York Times Media Group. Prior to that, Mr. Caputo had served as vice president and chief financial officer for the newspaper. Mr. Caputo had been vice president of circulation fulfillment services and the vice president of circulation business development since September 2000. Caputo was president of The New York Times’ City & Suburban Delivery Systems Inc. from January 1999 to September 2000 after having served as the group director and plant manager of The Times’s Edison plant since September 1996.

Dr. Sylvia R. Carey-Butler ’80

Dr. Sylvia R. Carey-Butler ’80 has been an educator for over 33 years. She joined the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in November 2013 as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence. Prior to coming to Oshkosh, she served as Interim Executive Director of the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Institute for Capacity Building and Director of UNCF’s Enrollment Management Program. Prior to joining UNCF, Dr. Carey-Butler served as Assistant Provost and Dean of Honors at Dillard University in New Orleans. She also served as Associate Dean of Studies at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.; she has also held numerous positions in higher education for the New York State. Dr. Carey-Butler is the recipient of numerous awards including an Honorary Doctorate from SUNY Oneonta in 2014, the SUNY Oneonta Alumni of Distinction Honor in 2014 and the 2006 Alumnae of the Year Award at SUNY Oneonta, the first African American to receive the award.

Dr. Kenneth R. Carter ’85

Dr. Kenneth R. Carter ’85 joined the University of Massachusetts Polymer Science and Engineering Department faculty in 2004 after performing polymer research for 13 years at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif. Dr. Carter established the University of Massachusetts Nanoimprint Lithography Laboratory and is a Test Bed Project coordinator for the new NSF-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing at UMass. He is currently the Associate Director for Research of the UMass Materials Research Science & Engineering Center on Polymers (MRSEC). His teaching interests include graduate-level courses in polymer chemistry and advanced polymeric materials. His research group at UMass focuses on polymer synthesis, polymer brush layers, organic electronic materials, and advanced nanopatterned materials design and synthesis.

Andrea J. Casper ’75

Andrea J. Casper ’75 began her career at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. She held positions of increasing responsibility for over 10 years and then transferred to the Food and Drug Administration Center for Biologics where she reviewed of applications for IVD products, blood, and plasma as well as conducted establishment and manufacturing inspections. She joined Johnson and Johnson in 1989, then, in 1994, joined Roche Molecular Systems. In 1997, she returned to Johnson and Johnson and was promoted in 2005 to Vice President Worldwide Regulatory Affairs and Product Vigilance. With 25 years of progressive experience in regulatory affairs, Andrea joined C.R. Bard, Inc. in 2011 and currently holds the position of Corporate Officer and Vice President of Regulatory Affairs.

William B. Cassidy ’84

William B. Cassidy ’84 is a senior editor at and The Journal of Commerce, an online news service and biweekly magazine covering global freight transportation. He started his career at McGraw-Hill. Since then, he has covered the trucking and logistics industries, information technology, Capitol Hill and federal regulatory agencies, economics, and international business for several publications. From 1998 through 2009, he was managing editor and executive editor at Traffic World, a weekly magazine that merged with The Journal of Commerce in 2009. Cassidy has also done extensive freelance work for BBC Radio nan Gaidheal and BBC Alba, Scotland Gaelic-language radio and TV stations. He is a member of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and lives in Alexandria, Va.

Peter J. Cayan ’69

Before his retirement in 2002, Peter J. Cayan ’69 was the president of SUNY IT at Utica/Rome. Until he moved into that position in 1982, he was the CEO of SUNY North Country Community College at Saranac Lake and the School of Business Management Dean at SUNY Delhi. He served in the U.S. Army from 1948-1951 and was awared a Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Stars for his time with the Second Infantry Division in Korea.

Dr. Lee Christensen '78

Lee Christensen, Class of 1978, is a board-certified medical doctor in diagnostic, vascular, and interventional radiology. After studying chemistry at Oneonta, Lee earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine where he also completed his residency. He was a fellow at Northwestern University Hospital in Evanston, IL. Lee is currently affiliated with Radiology and Nuclear Consultants, LTD serving the Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights, IL.

Dr. Margie Clapper ’80

Dr. Margie Clapper ’80 has made great strides in cancer research over the past two decades, most notably at the Fox Chase Center in Philadelphia, where she serves as co-leader of its Cancer Prevention and Control Program. This program was created in 1991, was one of the nation’s first to develop therapies for cancer chemoprevention, and has been regularly funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. After completing her postdoctoral training in the Cancer Center’s Department of Pharmacology, Dr. Clapper shared her expertise as a member of the editorial boards of Cancer Prevention Research and Clinical Cancer Research.

Sheryl Clark ’87

As Brand President of Boston Proper, Sheryl Clark ’87 is responsible for the overall growth and direction of the Boston Proper brand, overseeing all aspects of business strategy and operations. She is focused on creating a seamless experience across digital, print, social and mobile platforms. With over 20 years of experience working for major retail apparel brands with global recognition, including Old Navy, Gap and Bloomingdale’s, Sheryl brings her knowledge, insight and passion to all aspects of her role as a Brand President for Chico’s FAS.

William A. Clement '69

William A. Clement '69 was actively engaged in oil/natural gas exploration and production for 40 years. He most recently served as Manager of Clement Resources, LLC, President of Stone Canyon Exploration, Inc., partner in NYTEX Group L.L.C. and as consulting geoscientist for Range Resources Mid-Continent Business Unit. His discoveries included: Sutter's Mill St. Louis Limestone, Courson Ranch Morrow field, T.E. White Hunton field, East Clinton Red Fork field, Northeast Hydro Springer field and Braithwaite upper Morrow field and he had prospected and drilled over 400 oil/natural gas wells in his career. Bill died in September 2013.

Kathleen Kerley Connon ’81

Kathleen Kerley Connon ’81 has taught eighth grade English at Scarsdale Middle School for more than 30 years. In 2008, Kathleen was the recipient of the Westchester Human Rights Commission’s Teacher of the Year Award for a Civil Rights Era unit. In February 2015, she was one of eight teachers in the country who received the 9/11 Tribute Center Award. This award is given to teachers whose students create exemplary educational projects that help others understand the impact of 9/11. The Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust Foundation also recognized her for the lessons executed from The Red Bandanna Project.

Ken Cohen ’81

Ken Cohen ’81 started his career as a salesman for Title Guarantee in New York City and worked in that industry for over 30 years. He was recognized as one of the top salesman of title policies for Fidelity National Title Insurance Company’s commercial real estate business. Ken did his business with attention to detail, honesty and integrity. In September 1984, he married Jennifer Young ’84 and lived in Scarsdale, N.Y. They moved to Ridgewood, N.J in 1987 where they raised their 3 children, Katie, Kyle and Alec. He passed away on June 18, 2013.

Richard M. Cook ’76

Richard M. Cook ’76 has worked in the public and private sectors advancing healthcare policy reform for the last 35 years. In 1991, he was appointed Assistant Secretary to the Governor for Health Policy under Governor Mario M. Cuomo. During his tenure with Governor Cuomo he managed the passage of legislation that extended prenatal care to low income women; ended discrimination for health insurance policies provided to individuals and small businesses; and expanded the ban on smoking in public places. In 1996, he joined Albany Medical Center where he worked to funds to rebuild the Center’s Pediatric Intensive Care Center; secured regulatory approval for the first Upstate New York heart transplant center; and led the Board and Senior Staff through 3 Strategic Plans. In 2013, after retiring, he joined the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), the only statewide association representing all of New York’s not-for-profit hospitals.

Bill Collins ’71

Bill Collins ’71 enlisted for a two-year stint in the U.S. Army after his graduation. There he served as an instructor at the Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Okla. In 1976, he earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Albany Law School. Shortly after admission to the bar, Bill began a 19-year career in the Executive Branch of NYS government with the Department of State, Lieutenant Governor’s Office, Governor’s Office of Employee Relations, Department of Labor, and Department of Taxation and Finance, where he was the Deputy Commissioner & General Counsel and supervised a staff of 55 attorneys. After a brief time in private practice, Bill returned to state government in the Legislative Branch and served for 15 years as Counsel to the Assembly Majority. In 2006, he was honored as co-recipient of Albany Law’s Distinguished Alumni in Government Award (his co-recipient was Court of Appeals Judge Victoria Graffeo ’74). Bill is presently employed as a lobbyist with The Vandervort Group in Albany.

Dr. Raymond Colucciello ’60

Dr. Raymond Colucciello ’60 began his career in public education in the Capital Region where he taught at the elementary and high school levels. Colucciello currently serves as Superintendent of Schools of Fonda-Fultonville Central School District. During his 55-year long career, he has served as a teacher, building principal, director of curriculum, and superintendent of schools in eight school districts, including the cities of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy.

Robert J. Coskey ’74

Robert J. Coskey ’74 has over 30 years of oil industry experience with the Rocky Mountain divisions of Mobil Corporation, Forest Oil, and Rose Exploration, Inc. As an inventive exploration geologist, he generated numerous prospects throughout the region including the Bakken, Mowry, Gothic, and Niobrara plays. In 1989, Mr. Coskey co-founded Rose Exploration, Inc. where he discovered significant hydrocarbon reserves in the Paradox and Williston basins. Coskey was awarded the Outstanding Scientist Award for 2011 by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists for his willingness to disseminate his ideas to the scientific community and his long record of success.

Anthony Coniglio ’90

Anthony Coniglio ’90 is CEO of Primary Capital Mortgage, a residential mortgage lender and servicer licensed in over 40 states. He is also a Senior Vice President of Resource America Inc., which manages Primary Capital’s parent company Resource Capital Corp. Coniglio has more than 25 years of financial services experience. He has worked as a managing director and co-head of JPMorgan’s Specialty Finance Investment Banking team. Prior to JPMorgan, he held a number of roles at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Early in his career, Coniglio worked at Price Waterhouse auditing Banks and Asset Managers and obtained his CPA license. He is also on the board of directors of St. Mary’s Hospital for Children.

Harold “Hal” Crawford ’89

Harold “Hal” Crawford ’89 is a Senior Vice President and Director of Risk Management for Brown Brothers Harriman’s trust business. Crawford is responsible for the general oversight of the banks’ risk management program and is a member of the banks’ executive team. Prior to joining BBH, he served as the Deputy Regional Money Laundering Prevention Officer and Head of Financial Intelligence at UBS Investment Bank in New York, the National Director for Enhanced Due Diligence at the U.S. Trust Company of New York. Hal spent several years working for Arthur Andersen’s Regulatory Risk Services Practice, and was a National Bank Examiner with the U.S. Treasury Department.

Yvonne Cummings ’72

Yvonne Cummings ’72 has dedicated much of her 40-year career to serving the public, first by teaching legal research for the New York City Department of Correction and later through serving the city’s government-funded Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). Yvonne retired as Senior Director of Finance for Revenue Management, where she was overseeing revenue cycle operations for the $6 billion public benefit corporation, which is also the largest public health care system in the U.S.. Cummings was an honorary director of the College Foundation Board after serving eight years in a row as its regular director. She also served as co-chair with Jeff Strauss ’71 for SUNY Oneonta’s 125th Anniversary Campaign: Possibilities Full of Promise.

Brian J. Curry ’79

Brian J. Curry ’79 is a co-founder and managing partner of Fairfield Partners, a boutique executive search firm with specialty practices in the consumer goods and technology sectors. Prior to Fairfield Partners, Brian was a Managing Partner at Lindsey & Company, an executive search firm in Darien, Conn. Brian spent more 20 years at leading technology firms in sales and sales management positions, including Transcentive (now Computershare), the leading provider of performance-based compensation solution, and Hyperion Solutions (now Oracle), a leading analytic applications software provider. Brian is a board member of the Connecticut Venture Group Stamford Chapter, a professional organization that is committed to connecting leading Venture Investment Professionals with high-growth emerging companies. Brian and his wife, Susan ’80, a partner and chief operating officer at Klingenstein, Fields & Co., LLC, a wealth advisory firm in New York City, have two children, Tara and Brian Jr.

Susan H. Curry ’80

Susan H. Curry ’80 started her career in the private investors department at Wertheim & Co and moved to Individual Capital Management as a portfolio assistant.

She worked closely with the firm’s investment clients, reporting on the progress of their portfolios, making suggestions on their personal financial plans, and ensuring the accuracy of the custodial and reporting functions. She became a Vice President of Wertheim Schroder & Co. and then a Senior Vice President of Klingenstein, Fields & Co. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer. 

Vincent Czaplyski ’76

Vincent Czaplyski ’76 began his airline career in 1982 when he was hired by Provincetown Boston Airlines. A year later he transitioned to New York Air to fly DC9 and MD-80 aircraft. By way of two mergers, he now flies for United. From 1992 to 2009, Czaplyski enjoyed a freelance aviation writing sideline, penning over 200 articles for major aviation publications such as AOPA Pilot, Air & Space Smithsonian, Airways, Airliner, and others. During that time he also operated an aviation consulting practice. In 2015, Czaplyski launched Upward Spiral, where he offers one-on-one and group coaching programs to clients worldwide. In late 2016, he will launch Fearless Flying, an online program, designed to help those who fear of flying overcome this limitation.

Jay Davidson ’69

Jay Davidson ’69 taught in San Francisco public schools from 1969 through 2003, both in the junior high school level for grades 7 - 9 as well as in elementary schools. During his tenure in education, Davidson mentored children and new teachers coming into the district, and was a master teacher for students from San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco. His 1997 book, Teach Your Children Well: A Teacher's Advice for Parents, covered the curriculum areas of reading, writing, listening skills, math, science, social studies, and creative expression, and provided insight on how to cooperate with others, as well as responsibility, exercise and motor skills, health and diet, safety, and parent involvement at school. From 1998 until 2002, Davidson put pen to paper as the Teacher Talk columnist for the Palo Alto Daily News, which appeared in numerous parenting publications throughout the U.S. Upon retirement in 2003, Davidson left the Bay Area to serve the Peace Corps in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, West Africa.

John DeMelis ’88

John DeMelis ’88 is a Partner in Ernst & Young’s Americas Professional Practice - Auditing group and has over 26 years of experience serving companies across diverse industries, including serving as coordinating partner and engagement quality review partner for both public and privately held clients in the consumer products, manufacturing, service, and commodities trading industries. In his role as a member of EY’s Professional Practice group, DeMelis is involved in the development of the firm’s audit methodology and the development and implementation of the firm’s tools and processes to enhance the quality of EY’s audits. John is also actively involved in the development and deployment of EY’s assurance learning curriculum.

Dennis DeSimone ’78

Dennis DeSimone ’78 is board-certified a medical doctor in internal medicine practicing as a hospitalist at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Flint, Mich., where he has been employed since 1984. There he serves on the internal medicine teaching faculty and as Medical Director of Hospital Services focusing on care coordination and patient experience. DeSimone earned his medical degree from the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery with internship and residency at Genesys. He is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Fellow of Hospital Medicine.

Rob Diedrich ’79

Rob Diedrich ’79 is an officer and the Vice President of Resources for SM Energy Company, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations across North America. Through his 35-year career as a petroleum geologist, Diedrich has explored for and developed oil and gas reserves in locations throughout the U.S. including Texas, Wyoming, Montana, and North Dakota. He serves as the President and Director for the Rocky Mountain Section Foundation of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and is a counselor for the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, a Denver-based geoscience organization.

Christine DiLandro ’87

Christine DiLandro ’87 is the SVP, Director of Media & Integrated Marketing for Citi. In her role, she is responsible for media investments and strategic communications planning in support of Citi Cards. DiLandro led the integrated marketing partnership for Citi Bike, the largest bike share program in the U.S. She began her career with Citibank in 2004 where she managed advertising strategy, creative and media development, and PR for the Retail Bank. She is involved in a number of mentor programs such as StepUp, focused on empowering teen girls from under-resourced communities.

Carol DiSanto ’80

In 1987, Carol DiSanto ’80 was hired by CDM as a VP, Account Supervisor and the agency’s 25th employee. In 2006, Carol became President of CDM New York and in 2011 was named President of The CDM Group, leading 1,100+ employees across nine operating business units of the Company. During this time, Carol also oversaw the Pfizer global business on behalf of the Omnicom Group as the Worldwide Enterprise Lead on the business. In March of 2014, Carol voluntarily stepped down from the role of President she held for seven years to become an executive mentor to The CDM Group. In Carol’s new role, she works closely with the CEO of The CDM Group to support and positively influence the culture of the Agency.

Prior to becoming President of the Agency, Carol was a Managing Partner and CDM New York’s Director of Client Services where she focused her energies on the strategic, service, team staffing, and relationship needs of the Agency’s healthcare clients. Before becoming CDM New York’s Director of Client Services, Carol oversaw the agency’s direct-to-consumer business, including the historic DTC launch of Viagra. Being so closely associated with the promotion of an Rx pop-culture icon remains a highlight of her long career in agency client service.

While Carol has held a range of strategic and operational roles across the different business units of The CDM Group, her first love has always been developing people who are passionate about client service and about being as effective as they can be (both in their personal lives and professionally). She believes that client partnerships need to be built on trust, and that the Agency’s success is a byproduct of that client trust. To be effective with clients, one has to first know themselves quite well, and how others personally receive them.

To that end, Carol recently became a certified trainer of Achievers I, a 3-day leadership course created by Dr. Gerald Bell, founder of the Bell Leadership Institute in Chapel Hill, NC. Carol has brought the course in-house and teaches it to SVPs at The CDM Group in addition to providing one-on-one executive mentoring and coaching.

Achievers I is founded on the premise that when we build our core behavioral competencies and reduce extreme personality behaviors, each of us will be in a better position to build ourselves, and ultimately help others build themselves to be more effective as leaders and in life.

Carol holds a BA in business/economics from the State University of New York College at Oneonta and is a past recipient of the Healthcare Business Women’s Association (HBA) “Rising Star award.” She was the sponsor for the American Heart Association (AHA) Fit Friendly initiative that introduced the benefits of diet and exercise in the workplace… In her spare time, Carol likes to work in her garden (trying to avoid the poison ivy) and being physically active—with running, cycling and paddle boarding her preferred forms of exercise.

Carol married her SUNY Oneonta sweetheart and is the very proud mom of two sons who are both working in NYC—one for his own website ( ) and the other in advertising (… in an entry-level position at a terrific consumer agency that he got all on his own).

Robert Dobbins ’78

Robert Dobbins ’78 is managing strategy and operations in Panasonic Corporation of North America's new health & wellness solutions business providing service solutions for clinical and social engagement to support effective healthcare delivery. Previously he worked in the CTO organization and led new business initiatives in a variety of emerging technologies. Before joining Panasonic in 2001, Bob was Chief Operating Officer of face2face animation, a Lucent Technologies New Ventures spin-off company creating automated animation software. Bob’s early career was spent in the publishing industry, where he evolved from marketing into information technology roles. Bob is married to Pauline Zaphiris Dobbins ’79.

Hal R. Dodt ’77

Hal R. Dodt ’77 has 30+ years of experience in all phases of commercial real estate, including a wide variety of product types: commercial land development, resort hotel properties, office and retail facilities. The first 15 years of his career were devoted exclusively to working on the half of U.S. pension funds for property investments through partnerships and straight acquisitions. The most recent 15 years have been devoted to personal investments in this arena and to organizing private investors for these acquisitions.

Peter R. Dorn ’69

Peter R. Dorn ’69 is a registered lobbyist with the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. He is employed as the principal consultant with PKDorn and Associates, Inc., a Capitol Hill consulting firm that helps clients effectively navigate the Federal government maze. He provides professional, knowledgeable and dedicated consulting to industrial firms who work primarily with the Department of Defense and U.S. Intelligence Community. Prior to establishing PKDorn, Pete served for 33 years in both the Executive and Legislative branches of government. His career was highlighted with 12 years on Capitol Hill as a senior professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Prior to his congressional work, Pete worked in the office of the Director of Central Intelligence’s Crime and Counter-Narcotics Center located at the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Va. As a government senior civilian, Pete worked in the White House as a principal budget and legislative staffer for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. His final military tour was in the Pentagon on the General Defense Intelligence Budget and Program staff. He is a retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel who specialized in military planning, programming and budgeting after tours of duty with the infantry, reconnaissance, aviation and intelligence fields of operations that included tours in Southeast Asia-Vietnam and the Far East.

Ann Scorza Dudley ’75

Ann Scorza Dudley ’75 retired from the American Airlines Corporation as a Managing Director, Flight Service after a long career overseeing diverse customer service departments and directing large operations in highly regulated, fast paced environments. She began her career as a flight attendant for Command Airways, a regional carrier in the Northeast. She climbed the ranks of the Command Airways organization and left to join American Airlines. At American, Ann held a variety of roles including management mentor for Women in Aviation; General Manager in Allentown, Pa., and Buffalo N.Y.; Customer Services at the Dallas Hub; Operations Manager at Raleigh Durham Hub; Director Airport Services and Managing Director Corporate Security at Corporate Headquarters; and Vice President of the DFW Hub for American Eagle in Dallas.

Steven A. Edelstein ’79

Steven A. Edelstein ’79 is an independent investment professional. He received his M.S. in Statistics and Econometrics from Cornell University. After graduation, he spent 12 years in quantitative research at various New York investment firms. In 1995, he left Morgan Stanley as vice president in their futures and options department to become a fixed income portfolio manager at Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo, a privately held Boston-based investment management firm. Retiring from GMO as a partner in 2008, he helped start a high tech company that develops small scale waste-to-energy technology.

Daniel Eichinger ’78

Daniel Eichinger ’78 graduated and followed his wife-to-be, Donna M. Rogan ’78, to New York City where she started medical school. In ’86, Eichinger earned his PhD in Medical Science from NYU, then Eichinger completed his postdoctoral work at Johns Hopkins in 1989. The next year, Eichinger joined the Pathology Department and, later, the Medical Parasitology Department at the NYU School of Medicine. Eichinger officially retired from NYUSoM in 2014 and is currently the Chief Scientific Officer at a biotech startup he co-founded that has sites in Puerto Rico and Baltimore.

Chris Feeney ’78

Chris Feeney ’78 used his SUNY Oneonta experiences -- both his academic lessons and the lessons her learned as manager of lower and upper campus night food services -- to develop his professional career. He started in financial services technology with roles in sales and client management before expanding responsibilities into innovative technology/product management and executive roles in software and services companies. Today Chris is President of BITS | Financial Services Roundtable and works on behalf of the nation’s financial institutions with regulators, policymakers, and the administration to promote safety and soundness in cybersecurity, fraud management, and emerging technologies while protecting consumer privacy and online security. Through his advisory business, Chris is a board advisor for technology innovators and a strategy consultant for CEOs and Presidents at software and financial services firms.

Dave Feldman ’82

Dave Feldman ’82 started his career as the resident lighting designer for Dance Theater Workshop in New York City. In 1984, he formed Feldman Designs, lighting & set design firm based in New York. He has provided lighting design and theatrical consultation for television, video, music, dance, theater, and industrials for more than 30 years and his work has been seen on NBC, CNN, CBS, HBO, VH1, MTV, Fox News Channel, Current TV, Comedy Central, Cablevision, PBS, E!-Entertainment, In-Demand TV, The Disney Channel, A&E Television, and The Food Network. Feldman received the New York Dance and Performance award, "The Bessie," for his work with juggler Michael Moschen. He has taught lighting design at Wright State and Princeton Universities and continues to lecture regularly.

Gerry Ferrante '77

Gerry Ferrante '77 graduated from Nazareth High School in Brooklyn, New York. Upon graduation from SUNY Oneonta, He worked briefly as a junior copywriter in an ad agency and then spent five years as a high school social science teacher in Mastic Beach, New York. During that time, he earned a Masters of Arts in Public Affairs from the Averill Harriman School at SUNY Stony Brook. In 1982, he started as an account executive at Merrill Lynch. In 1985, Shearson Lehman Brothers recruited Ferrante into the management training program. Although the company name has changed, he has proudly been at the same firm for 30 years.

Malcolm S. Field ’81

Malcolm S. Field ’81 earned his Ph.D in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University in 1994, where he remains a faculty affiliate. Currently, Field is a senior research hydrogeologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a member of the EPA’s Red Team, which responds to terrorist attacks. He is also the editor in chief of the Journal of Cave and Karst Studies.

Greg Floyd ’80

Greg Floyd ’80 is the nightly news anchor at WRGB-TV/CBS6 in Schenectady, the same television station where he interned during summers while a student at SUNY Oneonta. He has won numerous awards from the NYS Broadcasters Association and Associated Press. In the past year, he won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award and a regional Emmy Award. Outside of the newsroom, Greg spends a lot of time working with local charities, including the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

David Frick ’77

David Frick ’77 enrolled at SUNY Oneonta intending to study political science so that he could understand how a country could involve itself in the war in Vietnam when the majority of U.S. citizens opposed it; he switched to Economics when he realized the conflict was driven by business. His education changed his life. He moved to the Boston area in 1978 and had jobs at NCR, Diebold, Applied Communications, and the Amherst Group before being a co-founder and the President of Transaction Resources, Inc., in 1993. In 2016, the company employs twenty people and processes $1 billion per year in credit card volume and does about 2.5 million gift card processing transactions through our cloud-based in-house card processing system known as CardDog. Frick and his wife Nancy have made several trips to Haiti to build homes for the homeless and have been fortunate enough to have had each of their three children join us on a trip.

Rich Frommer '75

Rich Frommer '75 has an extensive history in the oil and gas Industry and has worked within organizations like Samson Resources Company and HS Resources. At Samson, Rich held the position of senior vice president in the Rocky Mountain division, where he built and developed a team and organization from a four-man start up with an initial $200 million acquisition into a $4 billion asset that was part of the largest private equity oil and gas buyout. Frommer is currently working to cultivate and expand Great Western Oil & Gas Company, a rapidly growing domestic exploration and production company in the Rocky Mountain and Mid-continent Region that holds roughly $1 billion in assets.

Bob “Duke” Gallagher ’75

As Dell Services (a division of Dell Computer Inc.) CIO, Bob “Duke” Gallagher ’75 is responsible for all aspects of Information Technology Delivery for his organization, including infrastructure and application design implementation and ongoing support. Bob joined Dell in 2009 and moved to his current role in 2012. Prior to that, Bob was responsible for IT organizations at companies such as Perot Systems, Fiserv Health, Willis and William M. Mercer.

Kathleen Galvin ’72

Kathleen Galvin ’72 began working for the Helena Rubenstein company in Roslyn, New York, which became the gateway for a long and illustrious career in the cosmetic and fragrance industry. She worked with and was well liked by the many celebrities that she personally advised regarding the fragrance industry. Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, Rihanna, Andy Roddick, and Maria Sharapova all valued her guidance. She also became a close friend of Josie Natori, Nicole Miller, Queen Latifa, and Vince Camuto. She passed on April 9, 2015.

Don Garber '79

Don Garber '79 is the Commissioner of Major League Soccer. In 2002, Garber created Soccer United Marketing (SUM), an affiliate of MLS and one of the world’s leading commercial soccer companies. SUM represents a wide variety of soccer properties, including the United States Soccer Federation, the Mexican Soccer Federation and CONCACAF. In addition, Garber serves on a variety of professional and philanthropic boards, including the executive committee of the United States Soccer Federation, the Committee for Club Football at Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), and Vice President of Hope and Heroes, an organization raising funds and creating programs for pediatric cancer patients and New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Bob Genis