Aug. 4, 2011
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Thomas Caine ’80 (CAST) writes, “My wife, Rebecca Koebernick Caine ’80, ’82 (SCB), passed away on March 18, 2011, after a long illness. Rebecca and I met at RIT in 1979-80 and have been proud alumni ever since. Rebecca is also survived by her two sons, Brian and Matthew. Matthew is now a third-year student at RIT majoring in game design and development. I would welcome hearing from classmates and can be reached by e-mail at Tom@CaineAssociates.com.”
Wendy Maruyama ’80 (CIAS) recently announced her status of professor emeritus at San Diego State University in San Diego, Calif. “I am now officially retired from San Diego State University as professor emeritus after teaching at SDSU for 21 years. I have taught for a total of 31 years since graduating from RIT.” She is now working on a new project, which can be seen at www.tagproject.posterous.com.
Peter Tuttle ’81 (CAST) was awarded the designation of commercial lines coverage specialist by the National Underwriter Co. Tuttle, a CPA, added insurance to his offerings in 2006. He lives in Nashville, Tenn., with his wife and family.
Robert Stoll ’78, ’81 (KGCOE), ’85 (SCB) received his doctorate in business administration with a concentration in operations and supply chain management. He recently accepted a position at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, as a professor. Before that, he was employed at Thomas Associates Inc. as a technical director.
Scott Grove ’79, ’81 (CIAS), an award-winning American artist and art studio furniture maker based in Rochester, has won the Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge Award for two of his works. Grove received the overall Grand Prize Award of $5,000 for his Ski Media Cabinet, made from quilted maple, figured sapele, amboyna, wenge, silver and mother-of-pearl. “I am proud to have my work recognized in such an extraordinary way. It is a great honor to receive one prize, let alone two.”
Scott Guerin ’80, ’81 (CIAS) received a master’s degree in psychology at Kean University and a second master’s degree and doctorate degree in psychology at the Fielding Graduate Institute with an emphasis in spiritual and consciousness development. He has been an adjunct professor in psychology for 11 years at Kean. In April, he presented his research on the effects of prayer and meditation on the quality of life at the mid-year research conference for a division of the American Psychological Association at Loyola University in Columbia, Md.
Joy Parker ’82 (SCB) has been awarded the 2011 Robert Ross Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Personal Achievement Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Greater Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter. Parker received the award in recognition of her commitment to raising awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), of which she was diagnosed in April 2010. Parker also shares her experience living with the disease by chronicling her journey on her blog at www.simplejoysonline.com. Parker continues to maintain a full-time career at WXXI Public Broadcasting Council.
Anne-Marie Punzi ’81, ’82, ’95 (CIAS) writes, “Five artists who graduated from RIT in the early 1980s reunited this past April to celebrate their paintings, photography and ongoing friendship with an exhibit of recent work at The Little Theater Café Gallery in Rochester. Since receiving their BFAs, Phyllis Bryce Ely ’81 (CIAS); James Lewis ’82 (CIAS); Patrice Cook McPeak ’82 (SCB); Punzi; and Mark Watts ’83 (CIAS), ’90 (CAST) have continued to develop as artists, producing paintings, printmaking, fine art books and photography.”
Bruce Meissner ’82 (CIAS) accepted a position at Paradise Post Printing in Paradise, Calif., as general manager. He previously worked at The Sacramento Bee as vice president, production.
Daniel Taylor ’81, ’83 (CIAS) was the guest speaker at the Connecticut Directors Art Club Student Conference at Sacred Heart University on March 26. He talked to the students about his career path and provided tips for succeeding in the design business.
Sharlene Nally ’84 (SCB) recently joined the Homes for Heroes Program as a lender affiliate for Rochester and surrounding areas. Homes for Heroes gives discounts on real estate agents, mortgage, attorney and inspection services when the hero is buying or selling a home. “Our heroes include military, policemen, firemen, educators and medical personnel.”
Neil Darish ’84 (GAP) writes, “I just won the 2011 Small Business Award Financial Champion of the Year for the State of Alaska. I created a mentor program for the Department of Economic Development for Alaska called “Financial Stability for Remote Tourism Businesses.” I have been restoring the ghost town of McCarthy, Alaska, since 2001. I own McCarthy Ventures LLC, which is comprised of several small restaurants, hotels and stores.” www.McCarthyLodge.com.
Errol Ahearn ’85, ’85 (CIAS) is the executive creative director of Global Experience Specialists and was recognized Jan. 2 by Exhibit Designers and Producers Association (EDPA) as its 2010 Designer of the Year.
Harry “O” Friedman, SVP ’77, ’80, ’83 (NTID), ’85 (CAST) of Silver Spring, Md., celebrated his 26th year with the U.S. Navy on May 17 at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in West Bethesda, Md. He is in the Communications Department, producing television, video and photography.
Kimberly Baribeau Andersen ’85 (NTID) writes, “I have been working for Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, N.H., for 25 years and received the 25th year pin in October 2010.”
Adam Cooper ’85, ’86 (CIAS) writes, “It’s been more than 25 years since graduating from RIT and I have developed (pun intended) into a well-rounded photographer working on a wide variety of subjects in the medical setting. I have won many awards for my photos over the years, but most recently received Best of Show in the BCA Salon 2008. I was featured in a full-page spread in the August 2009 issue of Popular Photography about medical and scientific photography.”
Armen Chakmakjian ’87 (KGCOE) accepted a position at Constant Contact in Waltham, Mass., as manager of product development. Chakmakjian previously was employed at Intuit as manager of product development, following the SaaS wave. “I’ve also self-published a science fiction novel called Urtaru, which is available on Kindle and in print.” www.urtaru.com.
Edward Shanshala ’85, ’87 (COS), ’00 (CAST) is CEO of Ammonoosuc
Community Health Services and was recently featured in a Bi-State Primary Care video called 16 Minutes: Open Doors to Health in New Hampshire. The video looks at the positive impact New Hampshire’s Community Health Centers have had on their communities, as well as the challenges they face to continue to provide high quality preventive and primary care. View the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPxsLz30xFY&hd=1.”
Bradford Ashbrook ’87 (CIAS) is the new PSA Journal Software review editor.Ashbrook majored in imaging and photographic technology and has been employed in several photography related pursuits. For the past 14 years, he has worked in the audio-visual industry.
Robert Manuse ’87 (SCB) recently accepted a new position with MCR Federal LLC, the nation’s premier integrated program management consulting firm. He is a principal with responsibility for managing and building the firm’s business at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He previously was a senior associate and senior manager at Booz Allen Hamilton in the business analytics practice with a focus on homeland security.
Elisabeth Sabbatini ’89 (CIAS) and her husband, Jim, are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Elisabeth Drew Sabbatini. She was born on Jan. 3 in New York City.