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Dawn House ’93, ’90 (CAST) writes, “I loved RIT, now I love retirement. Have pursued a passion for painting and am proud to have a website where you can view just a sample of my work. Let me know what you think.”

William Nobes ’90 (CAST) ran the Rochester Marathon last year and also was recently promoted to director of business development at Junction Solutions.


Sharon Coates ’86, ’91 (SCB) was a recipient of the 2009 Rochester Business Journal Environmental Leadership Award and is vice president/co-owner of Zaretsky and Associates Inc., a landscape design and installation firm in Penfield, N.Y. Sharon is proud to announce Zaretsky and Associates Inc. is the recipient of the Upstate New York Better Business Bureau’s 2010 Torch Award. This award honors businesses for their ability to demonstrate the highest standards of customer service, community involvement, adherence to truthful and honorable business practices and outstanding reliability.

Lynford McNish ’91 (KGCOE) is a master staff engineer for IBM Corporation, East Fishkill, N.Y. He has been there for 16 years and is married to Jacqueline Goffe-McNish.

Michael Ruemmler ’91 (CIAS) has become an avid road cyclist. He rode his first century (100 miles) charity ride for American Diabetes Tour de Cure on April 17 in Chesapeake, Va., with his dad and brother, Paul. Michael says, “I also participated in the Covered Bridges Metric Century (100K/62 miles) on Aug. 15, 2010, in Lancaster, Pa.”


Mohamad Tawil ’92 (GAP) acquired a digital printing company in Houston, Texas.

Donald Urmston ’92 (SCB) is a full-time instructor of business management at Jefferson Community College, Watertown, N.Y. Previously, Donald was an instructor at Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute.

David Solon ’92, (CIAS) is proud to announce the launch of Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13 on iTunes U. David believes this is just the start of sharing great educational resources with our K-12 school districts. Find it under the K12 section of iTunes U or go to this link: itms:// and check out “Twenty Minutes for Tech” instructional technology podcast.

Jason Berry ’92 (CIAS) directed a new release, Chasing Legends, a high-energy documentary about the Tour de France. The film left viewers cheering for more. This is Jason’s third feature film in eight years, the other two having won more than seven international awards. In the documentary, Jason talks through a shot with Ben Stiller, who makes a cameo in the film. Photos can be found at:

David Kavanagh ’92 (CAST) recently accepted a position at Eucalyptus Systems, Santa Barbara, Calif., as a software engineer.


John DeVaney ’93 (CLA) received an award for Sworn Supervisor of the Year by the Henderson Police Department in March 2010. John was also promoted to corrections lieutenant in June 2010.


Patricia Chandler ’94 (CIAS) is showing her mixed media and oil paintings at The Gallery at Caterpillar Hill in Sedgwick, Maine. She is also teaching three studio art courses at two University Colleges for the University of Maine at Augusta and has recently received five painting commissions.

Christy Wasserman ’94 (CIAS) was recently promoted to business analyst manager at the Arizona Department of Education, Phoenix, Ariz.

Jennifer Ward Burke ’94 (CIAS) is a graphic artist in the Creative Services Group at Zippo Manufacturing Company in Bradford, Pa. “This is exactly why I went into illustration and then added graphic design to my portfolio. Now, I’m designing original concepts for those amazing Zippo lighters, real American-made collectors’ items, as well as promoting some great brands and corporate identities.”


Jeffrey Pinard ’95 (CAST) and wife, Sharon, are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a baby girl named Madelyn Mae. She was born on May 14, 2010, in Dover, N.H.

William Barlow ’99 (SCB), ’95 (KGCOE) was promoted to director of small and medium business solutions development for IBM Corp. and is currently living in Newburyport, Mass., with his wife, Jeanette, and children Amelia, 5, and Merrick, 3.

Kim-Christine “KC” Ryan-Foster ’95 (CAST) and Todd Foster ’94 (CIAS) are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Waverly Violet. She was born on March 20, 2010, in Madison, Wis.


Candice Lucas ’06 (SCB), ’96 (CLA) has been selected as one of Rochester’s Outstanding Community Leaders by the Rochester SANKOFA Festival of the Arts Committee for her contributions to the growth and well being of not only the African-American community, but of all of Rochester’s citizens. She was recognized for her outstanding service to the community on Aug. 28 at the SANKOFA Festival in Rochester.

Mary Carter ’96 (NTID) is the author of My Sister’s Voice, the first of four books to feature a leading deaf character. Publisher’s Weekly states, “Carter’s talent continues to evolve, as evidenced in this solid offering about deaf artist Lacey Gears.”

Jonathan Gippe ’96 (CAST) and wife, Rebecca, are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Mackenzie Ann. She was born on May 14, 2010, at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa.


Mark Higgins ’03, ’97 (SCB) accepted a position at Higgins Henderson LLC located in Fairport, N.Y., as a financial advisor. Mark recently was employed at BCC Software as vice president of customer service. “I am excited to make a move that I’ve been thinking about making for years. Working with my dad, to help people plan for their futures financially, makes it all the better.”

Joyce Vachon ’97 (COS) and husband, Robert, would like to announce the birth of their second child, a son, Christopher Roland Vachon. He was born on July 29, 2010, at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children, Huntsville, Ala.

Kyle Bates ’97 (CIAS) accepted a position as paramedic for the town of Tonawanda, Paramedic Unit, located in Tonawanda, N.Y. Kyle recently was employed at Mercy Flight, WNY as a flight paramedic. “I have had two articles published in EMS trade magazines, been a regular on various EMS podcasts, as well as starting three of my own. These activities have helped me gain recognition nationally, allowing me to travel across the U.S. and Alaska speaking at various conferences.”


Stephen Mac ’98 (CIAS) and wife, Jen, are happy to announce their mar-riage on Aug. 7, 2010, in Livonia, N.Y. They currently reside in Camillus, N.Y. Because of his long-time, season ticket holding, Corner Crew member’s passion for RIT Tiger Hockey (she let him follow them to Albany and then Detroit), the wedding party was introduced by Rocky Perrotta, the announcer at the men’s hockey games during their reception at the Rabbit Room Restaurant at the Lower Mill in Honeoye Falls, N.Y. Rocky announced them as a “starting line-up” complete with the bridesmaids and groomsmen creating a hockey stick arch for the happy couple to walk through as “Eye of the Tiger” played in the background.

Patrick McGuire ’86, ’98 (CAST) has had a book published titled Conveyors: Application, Selection, and Integration. The book is part of CRC Press’ Industrial Innovation series. “The book is based on my over 20 years of material handling experience in a variety of industries and positions.”

Angelo Santabarbara ’98 (SCB), ’97 (COS) and Melissa Reagan Santabarbara ’98 (KGCOE) are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Bella Antonia. She was born on Dec. 31, 2009, in Niskyuna, N.Y. “Bella joins our RIT cub pack of Luca, Olivia, and Dina.”

Darven Peterson ’98 (SCB) accepted a position at Siemens AG located in New York, N.Y., as a staff software engineer. Darven recently was employed at Xerox as a technical program manager.

Alison Riley ’98 (CIAS) writes, “I graduated from RIT’s graphic design program in 1998. I just traveled to Tanzania with my company, Thomson Safaris, where I am the art director. While in Tanzania, I directed a film crew to get marketing footage for my company. When I was done, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and made it to the summit. The thing I wanted to share with you was that while I was in the Serengeti, I spotted a fellow RIT student. He was wearing RIT lacrosse shorts which I also happened to have with me in my pack. I’ve attached an image of Evan Gelfand ’10 (KGCOE) and I as we waited for our bush plane in the Serengeti. Small world, huh?”

Robbie Mumford ’98 (COS) and wife, Nicole, are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Timothy James. He was born on July 4, 2010 in Warren, Ohio.

Fermin Colon-Lopez ’98 (COS) received a Ph.D. in imaging science from RIT in August 2010. Fermin also received a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification in January 2010.

Peter Huggins ’98 (CAST) has been appointed director of meetings for the International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR). Most recently Peter was employed with the American Chemical Society (ACS), where he worked for the past nine years with increasing responsibilities in the Society’s education and scientific conferences department. There, he managed more than 100 educational courses per year, including many webcast and “hybrid” meetings with both physical and virtual aspects. In addition, he was responsible for hotel and conference centercontract negotiations, and his department generated significant revenue for the ACS.


Jennifer D’Heron Goldstein ’99 (COS) and husband, David Goldstein ’03 (CAST), welcome a son, Brock Jacob, and a daughter, Lana Bluebell, on July 23, 2010. They join big sister, Evelynne Rose, born on April 16, 2007.