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Deborah M. Hamlin '86

Deborah Hamlin is chief executive officer of the Irrigation Association and executive director of the Irrigation Foundation. She has over 25 years of experience in working with professional and trade organizations.

At the Irrigation Association, Deborah was instrumental in shifting the organization’s focus to “promoting efficient irrigation.” Under her guidance, the association focuses on education and advocacy – ensuring competent professionals are designing, installing and maintaining irrigation systems and sharing the economic and environmental benefits of both agricultural and residential/commercial irrigation.

Prior to IA, Deborah served as executive director of the International Association of Plastics Distributors for 10 years. She has also held positions with the New York State Nurses’ Association and her father’s association management company in Albany, New York.

Deborah graduated from the New York State College at Oneonta and received her MBA from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri. Deborah is a certified association executive through the American Society of Association Executives, and was named an ASAE fellow in 2000. She is a recipient of the KCSAE Distinguished Association Executive Award. Deborah recently served on the board of the National Association of Wholesalers’ Institute for Distribution Excellence and as a member of the ASAE Certified Association Executive Professional Conduct Committee.

Deborah and her husband reside in Falls Church, Virginia.


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.

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. 

Dan Bagan ’84

Dan Bagan is Group President at Penton Media. He is currently responsible for several groups of magazines, websites, and events in the Food, Restaurant, Agriculture, and Meetings industries.

Some of the properties in his division are: 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 is 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.

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.


MaryAnn Pietromonaco '85

A twenty-five year veteran of the financial services industry, MaryAnn Pietromonaco ’85 has been with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 1999. She served as a branch manager until 2005 when she decided to step down from the responsibility to focus more on her clients’ and family’s needs.

Additionally, Pietromonaco is currently board secretary of Bad Girl Ventures, Inc. which educates and creates opportunities to female entrepreneurs. She is chairperson of the Planned Gifts Committee of St. Elizabeth Medical Center and also serves on the Gateway Community and Technical College Foundation Board and was a previous board member of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.