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Dan Bagan ’84
4/13/2018

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.

Phyllis MacBeth '66
3/18/2018

Phyllis MacBeth '66 began her teaching career in the third grade classroom in Norwich, New York. She moved to Pennsylvania to teach in elementary school and as an adjunct instructor at Lycoming College. In 1970, she earned her master's in Educational Administration and, in 1979, MacBeth opened a private preschool in 1979, where she worked with 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds for 28 years. In her retirement, she splits time between Naples, FL, and near Reading, PA.

Gregory J. Aidala, Ph.D., ’72
2/22/2008

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
2/21/2008


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
2/20/2008



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
2/18/2008


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
2/17/2008


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
2/14/2008


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
2/13/2008

  

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
2/12/2008

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.

Jane Bailey ’72
2/10/2008

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
2/9/2008

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
2/5/2008

  

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
2/4/2008

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
2/1/2008

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
1/29/2008

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
1/28/2008

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
1/24/2008

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
1/23/2008

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
1/22/2008

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
1/21/2008

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
1/20/2008

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
1/19/2008

Mitchell F. Borger ’79 is Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, for Macy's, Inc. 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 litigation.

Beth Brooks ’03
1/14/2008

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
1/13/2008

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
1/12/2008

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
1/10/2008

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
1/8/2008

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
1/5/2008

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
1/2/2008

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
1/1/2008

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
12/30/2007

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
12/28/2007

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
12/27/2007

William B. Cassidy ’84 is a senior editor at JOC.com 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
12/25/2007

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
12/22/2007

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
12/20/2007

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
12/19/2007

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
12/18/2007

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
12/17/2007

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
12/16/2007

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
12/15/2007

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
12/14/2007

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
12/13/2007

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
12/13/2007

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
12/12/2007

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
12/12/2007

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
12/10/2007

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
12/9/2007

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
12/8/2007

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
12/7/2007

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
12/5/2007

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, 99 Ways to Guide Your Child to Success in School, 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 1993, Davidson left the Bay Area to serve the Peace Corps in Africa.

John DeMelis ’88
12/1/2007

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.

Tom Denniston ’75
11/30/2007

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.

Dennis DeSimone ’78
11/28/2007

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
11/26/2007

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
11/24/2007

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
11/23/2007

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 ( LeanItUp.com ) 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
11/22/2007

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
11/21/2007

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
11/18/2007

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
11/16/2007

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
11/15/2007

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
11/13/2007

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
11/8/2007

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
11/7/2007

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
11/6/2007

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
11/4/2007

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
10/31/2007

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
10/28/2007

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
10/26/2007

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
10/25/2007

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
10/24/2007

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
10/22/2007

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 ’80
10/20/2007

Bob Genis ’80 is a trial attorney with the Bronx, N.Y., law firm of Sonin & Genis, which specializes in the trial of wrongful death and significant personal injuries caused by medical malpractice or negligence. The firm has achieved more than 15 multi-million dollar verdicts. Genis is the only recipient of the “Lawyer’s Lawyer” Award from the Bronx County Bar Association and has received the Leadership Award from the Jewish Lawyers Guild.

Kristine B. Giotto ’82
10/16/2007

With her daily generosity of heart, mind, and hands-on contributions, Kristine B. Giotto ’82 has positively affected her New Hartford community. She is a prominent figure in the not-for-profit community as a steadfast fundraiser and volunteer. Whether it is for regional causes such as the St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation in Utica, the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties or for high-profile causes such as the diagnosis, treatment, and research of the degenerative neurological condition known as ALS. For almost 20 years, Ms. Giotto has been the Director of Giotto Enterprises, an umbrella group that has nine distinct companies, which are involved in varied interests, from electronics manufacturing to real estate. The group has grown to collectively employ 350 staffers and bring in $75 million dollars in annual revenue.

Robert J. Goetschkes '88
10/14/2007

Robert J. Goetschkes '88 served in the Kingdom of Tonga for the Peace Corps as an industrial arts teacher after graduation. While traveling in New Zealand and Australia, the first Gulf War broke out, he enlisted. After serving 7 years Active Duty, he went into the Active Reserves and studied Education at Seton Hill University, graduating in 2002 with a Master of Arts in Elementary Education. He has been teaching for more than 15 years. Goetschkes was nominated for this award by a Chinese student at Bellevue University who thought it uncanny that his alma mater’s mascot is the Red Dragon, and that in China the Red Dragon is a symbol of something lucky with the ability to change things in the world.

Shelly V. Goldman '74
10/12/2007

Shelly V. Goldman '74 has spent over four decades as a teacher and education researcher. She’s taught elementary and middle school, and has helped to found three progressive and experiential schools—an alternative school middle school in East Harlem in the 1980s, a school-within-a school in Palo Alto, CA in the 1990s, and a K-8 charter school in East Palo Alto, CA. She is a professor at Stanford University in the Graduate School of Education and holds an appointment in the Mechanical Engineering design program.

Victoria Graffeo '74
10/10/2007

The Honorable Victoria Graffeo '74 began her 14-year term as an Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals in December 2000. Her judicial career began in 1996, when she was appointed to fill a vacancy as a Justice of the New York Supreme Court in the Third Judicial District. In March 1998, Governor George Pataki appointed her to the Appellate Division where she sat on the Third Department bench until her elevation to the Court of Appeals. Before entering the public sector, she practiced with a law firm in Colonie, New York, where she engaged in civil and criminal litigation.

Michael Guido ’76
10/7/2007

Michael Guido ’76 is a Senior Partner with Carroll, Guido & Groffman, a New York- and Los Angeles-based entertainment law firm specializing in the music industry. Guido has been practicing entertainment law since he graduated from the New York Law School in 1980. He has shared his experience publicly numerous times throughout the years and was featured on the PBS Frontline special “The Day the Music Died” in 2005. That same year, he was awarded the Spirit of Liberty Award by People for the American Way along with his partners, Rosemary Carroll and Elliot Groffman, for the firm’s advocacy of artists’ rights.

John Haaland '80
10/4/2007

John Haaland '80 completed his BS degree in Chemistry in 1980, with concentrations in Business Economics and Educational Psychology. Upon graduation, he worked as a Quality Assurance chemist for North American Phillips Corporation, out of the Hudson Valley, New York. Relatively early in his career, however, John realized he was attracted to the business side of science, and upon leaving the lab, moved his family to California, to take on his first sales position, selling analytical instrumentation for Technicon Industrial Systems, where he was responsible for eleven western states and miles of travel on the road.

Over the course of his career, John’s responsibilities married his interest in innovation and business by combining his scientific and commercial background, delving into product, environmental, marketing and sales roles at Ashland Chemical (Drew Water Treatment Division) and BOC’s (British Oxygen Corporation) Environmental Market Sector in New Jersey. Some of his projects included business development for products and services such as embedded automation systems, SPC software, remote data acquisition and process simulation, not to mention a variety of chemical water treatment technologies. John has published and presented numerous technical presentations at trade meetings, received employee recognition awards and is particularly proud to be a co-inventor for a patent granted in 1999. He continues his education through professional development classes at MIT Sloan in Massachusetts.

Currently, John serves as President and the sole US based Corporate Officer for Technical Fibre Products Inc. (TFP), an American subsidiary of UK based James Cropper, PLC. He serves as Director and President for Techfibres Inc. the holding entity for TFP sister companies Electrofiber Technologies and Metal Coated Fibers. John joined TFP Inc. in 2001, and has been responsible for the upward strategic growth and expansion of the US division through sales, marketing, administration and product development. In 2012, John helped coordinate a move of manufacturing and sales to the Capital District of New York, in Schenectady, just outside of Albany, where the US operations are now based. TFP is a specialty advanced material supplier with key applications spanning the Aerospace, Defense, Energy, and Automotive markets, focused primarily on composite fabrications, and, recently, carbon nanomaterial processing.

While an undergraduate, John participated in work study, intramural sports and was even involved in student life when living on campus. In 1978, he met his wife of 35 years, Ann (Bucciferro, class of 1980) when they were both Resident Advisors of Ford Hall. John remains in contact with many college classmates via social media, including LinkedIn.

John believes the foundations laid at SUCO, together with determination, hard work, optimism and the support of his family (Ann and daughters, Britt and Alyssa) directly relate to his achievements to date. Being well rounded, and grounded, with an education such as Oneonta provides, has enabled him to adapt and grow as a person and as a professional.

Elisabeth Haile '52
10/3/2007

Ms Elisabeth “Thunderbird” Haile graduated from the Oneonta Teachers College in 1952 with a bachelor’s in Education. Ms Haile went on to receive her master’s from New York University in Recreation Education. In 2002, she was granted an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Southampton College of Long Island University. Ms Haile teaches sacred dance, traditional Native dance, modern interpretive dance techniques and Native American Studies and has served on national committees of the Presbyterian Church,USA .

Ms Haile has been awarded numerous honors including a “Women of Vision” Award from the Schenectady YCWA and a “Women of Faith” Award from the Presbyterian Church, USA. Ms Haile is also very active in her home community; she is a founding member of the Hayground School in Bridgehampton and is a storyteller at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. She opened the annual Shinnecock Pow Wow with a liturgical dance and serves on the Shinnecock Land Defense Committee and the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum Board.

Ms Haile is married to Richard Haile, and has four grown children and ten grandchildren. Her daughter, the Rev. Dr. Holly Haile Davis, is the first Native American women to be ordained by the Presbyterian Church, USA.

Deborah Hamlin '86
10/2/2007

Deborah Hamlin '86 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.

Marty Hansen ’75
10/1/2007

Marty Hansen ’75 was hired by the Social Security Administration in Midtown Manhattan shortly after graduation. In 1981, he was promoted to Social Security Headquarters in Baltimore. By 2007, he held the position of Associate Commissioner for Quality Review until his retirement in 2012. Among his responsibilities was reviewing the accuracy of the workloads at the agency, which handles more than 500,000 Agency transactions and conducted customer service surveys of approximately 40,000 customers annually. Prior to that position, Hansen served as the Director of the Payment and Recovery Policy staff where he led the implementation of the Tax Refund Offset program, which has returned more than $2 billion to the Social Security Trust Funds. Hansen and his wife Donna have two grown children. Since his retirement, Hansen is enjoying golf, reading, and working around the house.

Stanley Hansen ’75
9/30/2007

Stanley Hansen ’75 has spent over 30 years preparing students for success. The SUNY Oneonta graduate currently serves as Executive Director for the New York State Education Department’s Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs and has helped spearhead a number of programs to combat the high school dropout rate as well as provide services to at-risk youth. A resident of Albany, New York, Hansen currently serves as the New York State At-Risk Youth Coordinator and is a member of the National Dropout Prevention Network. He has led numerous training workshops in the areas of Staff Development, Diversity, Equity, Budget Development, and Mediation/Negotiation. From 2001 through 2010, Hansen was on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics New York, Inc. and has contributed to a number of other philanthropic efforts. Hansen and his wife, Queenie, have two grown children, Shannon and Stacey.

Philip Hertik '73
9/24/2007

Philip Hertik is the retired Chairman and CEO of Windsor Health Group, Inc. which was founded in 2000 as a managed healthcare company and was sold to global insurer Munich Re in 2010. Windsor currently owns and operates Windsor Health Plan, Inc., a southeast regional managed healthcare plan serving Medicare Advantage enrollees and Windsor HomeCare Network, a specialty managed care company which organizes and manages networks of home healthcare providers. When sold to Munich Re, Windsor had annual revenues of approximately $500 million.

Prior to founding Windsor, Mr. Hertik served as an independent consultant and investor in the healthcare industry, including the development of a dental practice management company on behalf of CompDent Corporation and a national private equity firm, serving as the company’s first president.

Mr. Hertik was previously the chairman and chief executive officer of Coventry Corporation (now Coventry Health Care), a publicly traded regional managed care and insurance organization. During Mr. Hertik’s eight-year tenure with Coventry, the company grew through acquisitions and significant internal growth from $50 million in revenues to nearly $1 billion, with the market value of the company’s equity exceeding $700 million. Coventry was recently acquired by Aetna for an enterprise value exceeding $7 billion.

Prior to joining Coventry, Mr. Hertik served in senior executive capacities for Preferred Care and HealthAmerica, both managed care companies. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hertik was Assistant Administrator of the Saratoga Hospital. He began his career with Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young) with a practice concentration in healthcare.

Mr. Hertik was a founding director of the Nashville Health Care Council, a trade group representing the interests of the many healthcare organizations headquartered in Nashville. In addition, he currently serves as a director of Amplion Clinical Communications, an innovator in nursing care communications, Patient Focus, a revenue cycle management firm, Conduit Corporation, a business incubator and Unity Physician Partners, a medical home provider. Previously he has served as a director of several successful healthcare companies including, among others, Athena Diagnostics, a provider of highly specialized genetic assays, and Tandem Healthcare, a regional provider of post-acute long-term care services. He is also a Trustee of The Ensworth School, and serves on the boards of the Nashville Rowing Club and the Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center.

Mr. Hertik is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a master’s degree in accounting and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the State University of New York.

He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Amber and children Morgan and Austen.

Roz Hewsenian ’75
9/23/2007

Roz Hewsenian ’75 serves as the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Chief Investment Officer. She is responsible for the strategic direction of the Trust’s investment program and its implementation. She joined the Trust in 2010 as the Deputy Chief Investment Officer. Previously, Roz was the Chief Executive Officer of Clay Finlay, LLC, a global equity firm with offices in New York, London, and Hong Kong. Roz spent the majority of her career at Wilshire Associates in Santa Monica, Calif., as senior investment consultant serving governmental pension funds. Roz received an MBA from Pace University.

Robin Higgins ’72
9/22/2007

Robin Higgins ’72 earned her BA from State University of New York at Oneonta and MS from C.W. Post College of Long Island University. She also studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Among her academic awards are an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from SUNY at Oneonta, and selection to the Chancellor’s Society of the SUNY.

Mrs. Higgins is a 20-year veteran of the Marine Corps, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

She then went on to a 10-year career in government. Under President George H.W. Bush, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor. She served as Executive Director for the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, appointed by Governor Jeb Bush. And she was appointed by President George W. Bush as Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs in the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Mrs. Higgins is the widow of Colonel William R. (Rich) Higgins, a Marine officer taken captive by terrorists in Lebanon in 1988 and later murdered. She went on to become an internationally known speaker on surviving adversity and terrorism. Her book, Patriot Dreams - The Murder of Colonel Rich Higgins was published in time for the commissioning of the USS Higgins (DDG 76), a Navy destroyer named for her husband.

In September 2002, Mrs. Higgins left government service to pursue family, philanthropic and personal interests.

Jim Hipkens '72
9/20/2007

Jim Hipkens, Class of 1972, was a biology major at SUNY Oneonta. He earned master’s and PhD degrees in experimental therapeutics/cancer research from SUNY Buffalo and graduated cum laude from Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. His early career was as medical director of the Emory physician’s assistant program at the Grady Clinic before working as medical director of the Georgia Department of Corrections. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, he later joined the Southeast Kaiser Permanente Medical Group at Gwinnette where he was named among Atlanta’s “Top Doctors” in Atlanta magazine. He served on its board of directors and became an Associate Chief of Medicine.

Marshall Hirsch '74
9/19/2007

Marshall Hirsch '74 received his B.S. in Biology from Oneonta in 1974. While there he was elected to the CHI BETA PHI fraternity recognizing excellence in scientific studies. He furthered his education by attending both St. John’s University Pharmacy College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences and the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy for undergraduate and graduate studies. While at both settings he was able to distinguish himself as a member of the RHO CHI National Pharmaceutical Honor Society.

Mr. Hirsch has had a storied career in Pharmacy over the last 37 years including Pharmacy Director of a New York Medical Center and the Pharmacy Manager of a governmental hospital facility. Over these many years, he was a true leader and good friend to colleagues. He inspired his staff to excel in tasks given to them. He showed, by example, how to care for patients by going above and beyond so as to provide competent service excellence. Furthermore, he had utilized his educational training from Oneonta by serving as an Adjunct Professor of Graduate studies in Pharmacy at the Brooklyn Campus of Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy. Similarly, he was selected as an adjunct professor for pharmacy interns and residents with an affiliation with the Albany College of Pharmacy. Through this avenue, he was able to positively influence the lives of others in this field and again demonstrate leadership. Innovative, he was at the forefront of technology and saw the potential advantages to be applied in his profession. During these 37 years of Pharmacy practice, Mr. Hirsch had displayed high moral character and ethics.

Roland E. Holstead ’67
9/18/2007

Roland Edward Holstead ’67 is the current Vice President for Academics at Study Abroad Associates; a private consultative organization that assists colleges and universities in the development of off-campus international programs. He is also a member of the faculty of the School of Arts and Sciences with the rank of full Professor of Sociology at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts.

His career in higher education began at Springfield College. Holstead is a proud Vietnam Era Veteran who served in the United States Navy on active duty in Taipei, Taiwan. He continued to serve our nation in the naval reserve and retired aboard the USS CONSTITUTION, the oldest commissioned ship in the United States Navy, with the rank of Captain. His last duty assignment was as the Reserve Strategic Communications Officer for the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia.

Currently, Holstead is the president of the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Stephen Horgan '79
9/17/2007

Stephen Horgan '79 is an experienced senior executive and entrepreneur who has successfully built businesses domestically and internationally. For over 20 years, he served in executive positions for The Coca-Cola Company, Coors Brewing Company and MillerCoors where his talents most often started or transformed organizations and resulted in dramatic improvements in capability and performance.

Mr. Horgan is presently involved in a variety of ventures and investment, most notably as a founding partner of InterContinental Beverage Capital. Intercontinental Beverage Capital (IBC) is a New York-based Merchant Bank focused specifically on the beverage and consumer packaged goods industries.

In 2011 Horgan launched Brand Aspirations, a consulting and investment company specializing in nurturing and development of emerging CPG, Food and Beverage companies. Brand Aspirations and it’s partners have worked with a broad range of companies and brands to compress the business cycle and deliver accelerated results. He has worked with the largest bottling and distribution companies in the world and also serves on the Board of Directors of TQ Logistics.

Stephen graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta with bachelors degrees in Business and Economics. He received his MBA in Business Management and Finance from the University of Connecticut School of Business. He was born in South Boston, MA. and grew up in Schenectady, NY.

Mr. Horgan is active in community service, and served on the advisory board of Children’s Miracle Network as well as numerous other industry advisory committees. He is a sports enthusiast, and enjoys history and travel. He is a c!urrent member of the University of Connecticut and University of New York alumni associations.

He is married to Catherine B. Horgan of Marengo, Iowa, and has four children. Mr. Horgan resides in Atlanta, G!eorgia with his family.

Gladstone Hutchinson ’83
9/16/2007

Gladstone “Fluney” Hutchinson ’83, Ph.D., a tenured associate professor of economics at Lafayette College, returned to the faculty in January 2013 after serving as Director General and Chairman of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) from July 2010 through January 2013. For this work, Dr. Hutchinson was awarded the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for contributions to the economic and national development of Jamaica. Dr. Hutchinson has also served as an elected member on the Board of Trustees at Clark University, where he earned his doctorate in economics. Dr. Hutchinson was Dean of Studies at Lafayette College between July 2001 and June 2006. He spent the fall of 1999 as a Visiting Research Associate at the International Monetary Fund. He is a 2008 Inductee in the SUNY Oneonta Sports Hall of Fame.

Jay Jacobs '77
9/13/2007

Jay Jacobs is the Executive Director of The TLC Family of Camps, which includes three sleep-away camps, four Long Island day camps and a preschool.

Jay is highly regarded in the camping industry for his innovative ideas and has served the summer camp community in a variety of capacities. He was appointed by New York Governor Mario Cuomo to be a Member of the Governor’s Council on Camp Health and Safety, served as President of the New York State Camp Directors’ Association (4 yrs) and was President of the New York Section of the American Camping Association (3 yrs). In 1992, Jay was a principal founder and the first Chairman of the New York State Children’s Camp Safety Group, which assists camps to improve safety and thereby reduce workers’ compensation insurance costs.

In addition, Jay launched the Timber Lake Foundation, which donates approximately $800,000 a year to send less fortunate children to not-for-profit camps and various child-related programs, along with other philanthropic projects. In 1991, Jay was founder of the American Camping Association’s (ACA) SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education) and has served for 22 years as Chairman. He remains an active and major contributor to the organization, which last year sent more than 1,500 inner city children to not-for-profit camps in the tri-state area. In 2001, Jay founded and currently serves as Chairman of ACA’s Project Heal the Children, a program that provides free summer camp experiences to the children of victims of the September 11th tragedy.

Jay is also very active in local, state and national politics. He is currently the Nassau County Democratic Chairman, and is the longest-running chairman in the county’s history since being elected to the position in 2001. Since he took office the county voters have elected a Democratic Majority in the County Legislature in 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007, and elected a Democratic County Executive, County Comptroller, County Assessor, and District Attorney. He also served as Chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee under both Governors David Paterson and Andrew Cuomo, from September 2009 until June 2012. He currently serves as an at-large member of the Democratic National Committee and sits on its Credentials Committee.

Jay grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, NY and graduated with a BA degree from SUNY Oneonta and a JD from Northwestern University Law School. Jay currently resides in Laurel Hollow with his wife Mindy. They have two daughters, Jessica and Jackie. During the summers, Jay and Mindy both live and work full time at one of Jay’s camps, Timber Lake, in upstate New York.

Tom Kane ’83
9/9/2007

Tom joined Constellation Brands from Armstrong World Industries where he served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Government Relations for the flooring and ceiling business. During his 27 year career, he has experience in multiple global businesses in a range of industries from industrial products to government services to consumer hard goods. He has also worked in various human resources leadership roles at Black & Decker Power Tools, General Electric and Martin Marietta.

Tom earned a B.S. in Economics and Communications from State University of New York, Oneonta, majoring in Business Economics and a MBA from the State University of New York, Binghamton.

Constellation Brands is the world’s leading premium wine company that achieves success through an unmatched knowledge of wine consumers, storied brands that suit varied lives and tastes, and more than 4,400 talented employees worldwide. Constellation Brands is a S&P 500 Index and Fortune 1000 company with more than 100 brands in their portfolio, sales in about 100 countries and operations in approximately 40 facilities.

Tom established an endowed scholarship The Kane Family Scholarship in 2011. This award will be awarded to full time undergraduate students who are economically disadvantaged. The scholarship will pay its first award next fall. Tom received the SUNY Oneonta Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2011.

John Kaplan '83
9/8/2007

John Kaplan graduated from the State University of New York’s College at Oneonta in 1983 with a B.A. in Meteorology and a minor in Mathematics. After receiving his M.S. degree in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1986, John accepted a position as a research meteorologist with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Hurricane Research Division in Miami, FL. During the course of his 27-year career with the U.S. government, he has co-developed several statistical hurricane intensity prediction models that have been employed as operational forecasting tools by the National Hurricane Center. John has co-authored nearly 20 pier-reviewed manuscripts that have been published in meteorological journals and has been awarded both the American Meteorological society’s Banner Miller award and the U.S. Department’s Bronze medal. He has also served as a research meteorologist onboard numerous operational and research aircraft missions that were flown both through and around hurricanes by U.S. Department of Commerce aircraft. John currently resides in Miami, FL where he remains employed by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Hurricane Research Division of the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory.

Melanie Kaplan ‘78
9/7/2007

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.

George F. Kaywood '70
9/5/2007

George F. Kaywood '70 is fond of saying "I wandered into Oneonta's college radio station,WONY, one day and sort of never left." It was there he began a career in radio broadcasting that continues yet today. He has enjoyed success as an air personality in music and talk formats, and as program director at small and large stations throughout the Eastern U.S. Today, he owns and operates RadioGeorge.com, a website of over 130 channels featuring mostly oldies (1955-1975) and smooth jazz, with listeners in more than 4,000 cities in over 140 countries and nations.

George is also on the Board of Directors of The Conclave, a 40-year-old national nonprofit organization with a legacy as a champion for radio, for up-and-coming talent, as well as young men and women who have decided to make radio a career and need access to mentors in order to grow. The Conclave annually presents scholarships for the continuing education of college students who want to work in radio.

With Internet radio still in its early stages, George has developed entirely new processes to meet the demands of "broadcasting without towers," as some put it. These have caught the attention of national radio companies and program syndicators who are working with him to apply the changes needed to evolve this new media.

Several national radio execs and consultants say George is a great storyteller, a description which he says makes him feel he has been a success. Taking a cue from prominent CBS radio/TV personality Charles Osgood, George smiles when he uses Charles' catch-phrase "See you on the radio!"

Larry Kirshner '89
8/31/2007

Larry Kirshner is an Executive Vice President of Frenkel & Co one of the largest insurance brokers in the United States and based in New York City. He has worked in the employee benefits industry for over twenty years. Shortly after graduating SUNY Oneonta, he began his career at CIGNA in their New York City group sales office where he spent ten years learning the fundamentals of the employee benefits business. Joining Frenkel as an equity holding partner in 2001, he has played a significant role in Frenkel achieving exponential growth and its leadership position in the employee benefits consulting industry.

Larry is actively involved with larger employers in designing, implementing and overseeing strategic program design and cost containment strategies such as alternative funding mechanisms, consumer driven health plans, wellness and population management programs. In addition, he works with international benefit plans helping to design strategies to maximize efficiencies such as global pooling arrangements, consolidation of locally based plans and utilizing international insurers.

Recognized as a leader in the field, Larry has earned respect in the industry from the many insurance companies he works with as well as his peer competitors. He is involved with trade organizations Assurex Global, International Benefits Network (IBN) and The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB) in promoting the important role of the benefit advisor in today's marketplace. Larry is active in his community of Harrison NY where he resides with his wife, three sons (Jake, Will and Matthew) and beloved Labrador retriever Spencer.

Dr. Reginald Knight ’74
8/28/2007

Dr. Reginald Knight ’74 is an orthopedic spine surgeon with the Bassett Spine Care Institute. He is a graduate of the SUNY Oneonta and received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Upstate Medical Center. He continued his training at New York Medical College, where he completed a residency program in Orthopaedic Surgery. He then went on to complete a fellowship in Spinal Surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Dr. Knight is a member of numerous prestigious medical organizations, the College at Oneonta Foundation Board of Directors, and his expertise in clinical research has allowed him to publish over 50 articles and abstracts in medical journals such as the Spine Journal, Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, and the Journal of Spinal Disorders.

Michael Kopp '87
8/27/2007

Michael Kopp, a 1987 Business Economics graduate, was the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Electronic Data Resources (EDR). Providing payment processing solutions to small to medium sized business, EDR was headquartered in Florida, but quickly opened up sales offices throughout the country.

“In 1999, we were a cold start-up, with no customers, no employees, and not even a business logo. By 2005 we had over 30,000 customers, hundreds of earnest, hard-working employees, and a buyer for our business. I was quite a ride”.

Kopp stayed on through the transition, and then returned to upstate NY, where he lives with his wife, Emily. While in Florida, Michael was an active board member of “Little Smiles”, a hands-on charity dedicated to providing needs, gifts, and travel for very ill children.

“By far the most amazing and humbling experience of my life. I met the founder, Chip Donohue, at one of their golf outings, and was instantly taken by the generosity and caring of this volunteer based charity. Chip was the best man at our wedding.”

During his Oneonta years, Michael was named SUNY Scholar Athlete, the highest individual honor offered by the 11 member SUNY Universities.

Michael has now returned to the “workplace”, albeit far removed from his corporate successes.

“I’m an Educational Aide and a Soccer Coach now. Life has rewarded me, many times over. The places my journey has taken me have been remarkable, and I always learned something from people, when I expected it least. I am most thankful for my Oneonta State professors, coaches, and advisors, and of course, my family and friends."

Maureen Kane Kotlas ’76
8/26/2007

Maureen Kane Kotlas ’76 is the Director of Environmental Health and Safety at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Maureen previously served in this title at the University of Missouri, Harvard University, the University of Maryland, College Park, and Stony Brook University. In her earlier career, Maureen was a flight attendant and instructor for Eastern Airlines. Maureen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, English from SUNY Oneonta, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University, and graduate certificates from Stony Brook University and the University of Maryland. She holds the designation of Certified Safety Professional. Maureen has been an adjunct instructor at Stony Brook University and Suffolk County Community College.

Dana Kuznetzkoff ’83
8/21/2007

Dana Kuznetzkoff ’83 is the founder of Fourth Agreement, a versatile film & TV production company whose mission is to create unique films that inspire and entertain. She has led diverse projects from HBO’s pilot episode Boardwalk Empire to their acclaimed series The Wire and was the co-producer of NBC’s Smash.

Currently, Dana is one of the producers of the series, The New Yorker Presents, an episodic show for Amazon Studios visualizing the iconic magazine’s unique stories. She is the producer of the award-winning documentary Thread, which focuses on women in Afghanistan and is developing a film about the hidden history of the women of World War II based on the book We Band of Angels.

Dana serves on the National Board of Delegates and the Executive Committee of the Producers Guild of America. A guest lecturer at NYU and Columbia University, she is also on the advisory board of Naked Angels Theater Co. and is a member NY Women in Film and Television and the Directors Guild of America.

Joann La Perla-Morales '68
8/20/2007

Dr. Joann La Perla-Morales is president of Middlesex County College, responsible for leading an institution of 13,000 credit and 11,000 non-credit students, with a main suburban campus and two urban centers. She has sparked new academic programs and student services, including creation of a nursing program in cooperation with Raritan Bay Medical Center. She serves on several boards, including New Brunswick Tomorrow, Centenary College, Raritan Bay Medical Center, the New Jersey Community Colleges Consortium for Workforce Development, Making it Possible to End Homelessness, the Edison Arts Society, and the New Jersey State Ethics Commission. Dr. La Perla-Morales holds a doctorate and master’s degree from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta.

Dan Lagani '85
8/17/2007

Dan Lagani is President & Chief Revenue Officer of Mode Media, Inc. (formerly Glam Media), a top 10 digital media company with over 6,000 websites around the world. Hired in fall 2013 to accelerate growth and increase market share among its competitive set including Google, Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo and AOL, he leads all revenue, brand strategy, marketing and sales operations.

An accomplished media operator and the driving force behind the digital transformation and reinvention of some of the world’s best-know brands, Dan has also served as North American President of the Reader’s Digest Association, President of the Fairchild Division of Condé Nast and Publisher of Better Homes and Gardens. His reputation for helping companies thrive during periods of great change has been profiled in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and has resulted in revitalized businesses, record profits, award-winning websites, industry-leading digital brands, Fortune 500 partnerships, television programs and live consumer events.

A 1985 graduate of SUNY Oneonta, Dan received a BS in Speech Communications and Studio Art. He is a member of the Board of the SUNY/College at Oneonta Foundation and serves as chair of its Advancement Committee. Dan and his wife Fiona Bremner-Lagani (Class of 1984) live in Westchester County, NY with their two children, Samantha and Gavin.

Christy Lamagna '90
8/14/2007

Having launched three companies into the events marketplace; Strategic Meetings & Events, SME Displays and Christy Lamagna Consulting, Christy has enjoyed a wonderfully rewarding, 24 year career.

Christy is writing two industry books, one on strategic planning and the other on the art of planning for personal success. She coaches planners entering the industry and those looking to accelerate their career trajectory. Christy also works with internal event departments helping them streamline processes, build infrastructure and function more strategically.

Recently featured in an American Express promotional video and awarded one of the top Women Entrepreneurs of New Jersey for the 2014, as well as a Women Entrepreneur Honoree in 2015, Christy is embarking on a professional speaking tour to spread her strategic message and bring attention to reshaping the industry.

Joanne LaMarca Mathisen ’86
8/13/2007

Joanne LaMarca Mathisen ’86 is a Senior Producer on NBC's Today Show, where she supervises the broadcast’s popular and highly acclaimed fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. An NBC News veteran with more than 25 years, LaMarca is responsible for all aspects of the fourth hour, most especially making sure the appropriate beverages are served to the hosts and, relatedly, the seven-second audio delay button is manned. Over her years at Today, LaMarca worked her way up from the NBC Page Program to show writer, supervising producer of its third hour, and entertainment producer. In that role, she covered such major awards shows as the Oscars, the Grammys, the Emmys, the Golden Globes, and her favorite, the Country Music Association.

Joan Lavis ’82
8/10/2007

Joan Lavis ’82 is the chief Financial Officer of BrightLine Partners, LLC. Before joining BrightLine in 2003, she was the Managing Director, UBS Investment Bank where she managed an $800 million private equity portfolio and executed $9 billion in acquisitions. Prior to that, Joan was a Manager Director at GE Capital in numerous positions including structured debt, corporate development and strategic planning. Joan started her career in auditing and M&A consulting at Ernst & Young. Joan has served on numerous boards.

Joan graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 1982 with a BS in Accounting and from University of Rochester Simon School of Business in 1983 with a MBA in Finance and Accounting.

Craig S. Lesser ’72
8/9/2007

Craig S. Lesser ’72 is the former commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Currently, he is in the private sector providing advice and strategy in the areas of economic development and government affairs through various entities including the Pendleton Group, the JEL Consulting Group, and the Saffron Group. Lesser is also the chairman of the board of the World Trade Center, Atlanta, and chairman of CIFAL, a UN based initiative to train elected officials in the western hemisphere. He is on the board of directors of Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) and is chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Economic Competitiveness Initiative. In its January 2014 issue, Georgia Trend Magazine once again named Lesser to its list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians.

Michael Levenstein '74
8/8/2007

Dr. Michael Levenstein graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 1974 with a degree in biology. Dr. Levenstein went to Stony Brook University and completed his medical degree in 1981. During this time he completed his residence at Bassett Hospital. In 1985, Dr. Levenstein traveled to St. Louis to fulfill a US Public Health Service obligation, providing health care to patients in inner city clinics for 3 years.

In 1988, Dr. Levenstein and his wife, Dr. Deanna Palumbo, established Bassett’s first Oneonta-based health center in 1988. The Bassett practice, now called Oneonta Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, has grown from four providers to 19.

Dr. Levenstein and his wife, have recently retired from primary care practice at Bassett Hospital after more than 30 years of service. Although, they both plan to stay in the area and work per diem for Bassett Healthcare Network, both at regional health centers and at the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), providing annual physicals to firemen and EMTs.

Dr. Levenstein has two children, Daniel and Alex.

Through the years, Dr. Levenstein has served on many community leadership boards, including SUNY Oneonta's Health & Wellness Center, Planned Parenthood, the Community Services Board, and the Catskill Symphony Orchestra.

Adam Levine '94
8/7/2007

Adam Levine, Designer and CEO, is the owner of http://wrapitgiftbag.com/; he is a New York based Gift Wrap Storage Expert, Google+ Hangout On Air Personality, and blogger specializing in organization for the home.

Adam recently healed himself from a decade of the chronic chaos, disorganization, and clutter piles that had exhausted his every attempt to live an organized and stress-reduced life. He shares his story of how his life was transformed by the simple act of cleaning up his wrapping paper, which ultimately led to a huge positive transformation in his life. He inspires you to clean up your messes, too.

Adam lives in New City, N.Y., where he runs his business operations and gets to spend time with his 2 beautiful children. Adam's work has the internet abuzz and his products have been warmly received by a national audience. 

 

 

David Liban '85
8/5/2007

David Liban graduated from Oneonta in 1985 and then started a successful video business. In 1994 he received his M.F.A. in TV Studio Production from Brooklyn College. Since then he has made numerous independent film and television productions that vary in style from fiction to documentary to television studio production, all the while building his career as faculty member, teaching film and television production.

He’s been a professor of Film and TV since 1996, and is currently an Associate professor and the Chairperson for CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media, Department of Theatre, Film and Television.

Liban’s films and videos have received numerous awards from both national and international film festivals. His recent film, Looking for Mr. Miyagi is currently available on Amazon Prime and is being aired internationally (in which it mentions Oneonta). His film Mortal Lessons is a documentary about death, dying and living life has aired on The Documentary Channel and was awarded a Heartland Emmy in the Cultural Documentary category in July 2010. Liban was also nominated for an Emmy in the Best Director category in 2010. Through PBS distribution and cablecast airings, this films has been available for viewing to over 26 million households. His previous film, Carhenge: Genius or Junk? was also aired nationally on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy Award.

In 2002 Liban received a Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Award to travel to Porto, Portugal where he taught television production at Catholic University of Portugal.

In December 2009, Elsevier Press/Focal Press published a book Liban co-authored called, The Video Editor’s Guide to Soundtrack Pro. Professor Liban is currently working on a documentary about victims of sex trafficking.

Dr. Kenneth Lindemann ’78
8/2/2007

Dr. Kenneth Lindemann ’78 is board certified in Internal Medicine. After earning his M.D. in 1985 from the School of Medicine in Buffalo, he completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Lindemann subsequently went on to pursue a career in corporate medicine and spent the next 22 years with ExxonMobil, assessing the health risks and medical infrastructure challenges facing new venture oil and gas exploration around the world. In 2011, Dr. Lindemann retired from a senior leadership position at ExxonMobil and established shmAdvisors, where he counsels corporate clients on the use of responsible science to address public health concerns and communicate risk in the face of environmental and technological crises.

Jim Lozano ’82
7/28/2007

Jim Lozano ’82 is the President and CEO of CFO for Hire, which he founded in 2000. CFO for Hire provides outsourced accounting services and financial management for small- to medium-sized companies as well as not-for-profit entities. CFO for Hire also provides interim- and long-term CFO level services for larger companies. Prior to starting CFO for Hire, Jim had a variety of senior level finance positions in the financial services industry. Jim was the CFO for a de novo bank, Capital Bank & Trust in Albany, NY. After Capital Bank, Jim was one of the founding members of a startup network management company, Neworks Networking in Troy, NY, which was eventually sold to Avaya. Jim is a past Treasurer of the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.

Hal Luftig '79
7/27/2007

Hal Luftig '79 is currently the lead producer of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Kinky Boots, by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper. Kinky Boots, directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, won 6 Tony Awards and was nominated 13 times, the most of any production in the 2012-2013 Broadway season.

In 2012, Hal was the lead producer of the first-ever Broadway revival of Evita, starring Ricky Martin, Elena Roger and Michael Cerveris. The production can currently been seen across the country on its national tour. Hal was also the lead producer of the hit musicals Catch Me If You Can and Legally Blonde, which together were nominated for a total of 11 Tony Awards.

After receiving an MFA in Arts Management from Columbia's School of the Arts, Hal started his career off-Broadway in downtown Manhattan, working in some of New York's most storied and venerable theaters. There, he created fertile ground for up-and-coming talents like Eric Bogosian and Charles Busch, in shows like Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll and The Lady in Question.

His other shows have included Ariel Dorfman's Death & the Maiden, George Wolf's Jelly's Last Jam, Tony Kushner's Angels in America, the 20th Anniversary production of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart at the Public Theater, the unexpurgated revival of The Diary of Anne Frank, Twyla Tharp and Billy Joel's Movin' Out, the work of comic geniuses like Whoopi Goldberg & Kathy Najimi, and Tony Award-winning new musicals like Thoroughly Modern Millie as well as revivals of delightful classics like Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I and Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun.

Hal has gone on to be one of the leading producers in New York and around the globe. He has won four Tony Awards, including two as lead producer, and London's Olivier Award, also as lead producer. Hal is a member of The Broadway League, and is a longstanding member of its Executive Committee and Board of Governors.

Ian T. MacMillan '63
7/23/2007

A recipient of the Hawaii Award for Literature, the Elliott Cades Award for Literature, and numerous other prizes and distinctions, Ian T. MacMillan served as the fiction editor for the Pacific Journal of International Writing for many years. Mr. MacMillan was also a celebrated professor of English at the University of Hawaii, where he taught creative writing from 1966 to 2008.

As a fiction writer, Ian MacMillan authored eight novels and five short story collections and made over a hundred appearances in literary and commercial magazines. His works were frequently honored for literary excellence including the Associated Writing Programs Award, the O. Henry Award, Pushcart Prize, a Best American Short Stories Award, and the 1992 Hawai`i Award for Literature. His novel, Village of a Million Spirits, won the 2000 PEN-USA-West Award for Fiction. Among Ian MacMillan’s later novels are The Braid, and The Bone Hook, both set in Hawaii, and a ninth novel, In The Time Before Light.

Neil Mazzella ’73
7/13/2007

For more than three decades, Neil Mazzella ’73 has been behind the scenery for more than 300 Broadway plays and musicals, Including The Lion King, The Producers, and The Phantom of the Opera. He is the chairman of Hudson Scenic Studio and Hudson Theatrical Associates, which handle the technical and management aspects of Broadway shows and other productions, like the Papal Mass by Pope Benedict at Yankee Stadium.

MaryAnn Pietromonaco '85
5/30/2007

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.

Donna Moss '71
1/1/2007


Dr. Donna Jeanne Moss received her B.A. (History, 1969) and M.S. (Social Science Education, 1971) from SUNY Oneonta and her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Syracuse University (1979).

While working on her Ph.D., Donna was elected as an officer of the Graduate Student Organization and served on the University Senate and other university organizations.  She was selected as the Outstanding Graduate School Student the year she graduated.  As an administrative intern she was the Syracuse City School District Title IX Coordinator and her leadership resulted in the district being one of the first in NYS to comply with Title IX in all areas.

Dr. Moss has been a building administrator at all levels K-12.  She was the first female principal to serve in the Morris and South Seneca Central School Districts.  She was Assistant Superintendent/Director for Curriculum in Amsterdam & Highland Schools and Supervisor for Research & Development at Ulster BOCES.  She has been an Interim Assistant Superintendent in districts and serves as a Consultant in NYS and NJ.  

Her vision has resulted in innovative programs for students and her integrity, honesty, and emphasis on equity and fairness has impacted everyone in these districts.  For example, she brought professional ballet, art, and symphony presentations to students; implemented on-line secondary courses; secured grant monies for a solar energy project and an electric car project; and implemented after school programs for ESL students and families.  At Ulster BOCES she wrote/coor-dinated 10 million dollars in grants that impacted all populations

Dr. Moss has conducted staff training and community presentations over her career on topics including curriculum development, data analysis, Common Core Standards, learning styles, change, and effective teaching.  She has presented in NYS and at national ASCD conferences, and has numerous publications.  An adjunct instructor at SUNY Oswego, SUNY New Paltz, and SUNY Cortland, she taught undergraduates and graduates.  A champion of equity during her career, she has mentored countless teachers and administrators.

Dr. Moss has been recognized and honored statewide and nationally.  For example, she was elected President of NYSASCD and NYS Congress of School Administrator Organizations and served on ASCD Board of Directors and various committees.  One of the first members of ASCD’s African American Critical Issues Network, she was honored for her leadership by that group in 2001.  She was a founder and President of Mid-Hudson Women in Educational Leadership and served on the Board and as Vice Chair for Affiliate Support for NYS Association for Women in Administration.  She was a member of the NYS Education Commissioner’s Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Education and NYS Education Department’s Staff and Curriculum Network.

Dr. Moss is a community leader.  She is on the Kingston Hospital Board of Directors, chairs the Broadway Hospital Campus Quality Assurance Committee, and is a member of SUNY Ulster’s VATEA Council.  She has served on many community Boards, including Family of Woodstock, Ulster County AIDS Task Force, Ulster County School-to-Work, and Ulster Youthbuild.  She is a member of the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce, Arts Society of Kingston, Saugerties Fish & Game Club, Kingston Democratic Women, the Fabius Historical Society, and other groups.

Married to Joseph L. Lewis (SUNY Oneonta, 1972), they live in Kingston, NY.  She loves photography and painting and exhibits regionally.

Arthur Nimmo '75
1/1/2006


Arthur Nimmo ’75 is a Professor of Restorative Dental Sciences at the University of Florida College of Dentistry and serves as the Director of the Predoctoral Implant Dentistry program. Dr. Nimmo received his DDS degree from the University of Maryland in 1979. He completed specialty training in prosthodontics at the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences in 1983.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists. Dr. Nimmo has had multiple responsibilities at the national level including a term as section editor for the Journal of Prosthodontics, two terms as a consultant to the American Dental Association (ADA) for the National Board Examination test construction, and a term as the Commissioner representing the specialty of prosthodontics on the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Dr. Nimmo was the recipient of the American College of Prosthodontists Distinguished Service Award in 2005.

 

Shelia Striffler '72
1/1/2005

Shelia Striffler '72 began her career at RCA in their Pension and Annuity department. Her office was high above Rockefeller Center, which was quite a change from Oneonta. She left RCA to concentrate on raising her family and performing civic responsibilities in New Canaan, Connecticut. From 2001-09, she served on the College at Oneonta Foundation Board in various positions, which included Head of the Advancement Committee, Vice President, and President.