1990s




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1990

Cynthia Swan Jansen ’90 (CIAS) and John J. Wisniewski are happy to announce their marriage on July 4, 2010, at the Santa Monica Beach Bluff, Calif. They had a fun-filled beach wedding, despite Jansen’s broken foot, cast and wheelchair (one week before the wedding). The couple lives in the Los Angeles area. She owns her own glass studio, Terra Pax Studio. www. terrapaxstudio.com.

Edward Leicht ’90 (KGCOE) is an engineering supervisor at ITT Corp. in Rochester.

Jolie Sasso ’90 (CAST) has been appointed account manager of corporate accounts for The Marco Corp., Brantford, in Ontario, Canada.

1991

David Good ’91 (NTID) married Roxanne Sutphen on April 25. They live in Maryland where they run their business, FARFtour Disc Golf. Sutphen is the mother of NTID student Rachella Shephard ’09 (SVP).

John Hamberger ’91 (CAST) and Julia are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Owen Richard. He was born on July 25 in Raleigh, N.C.

David Gianna ’91 (CIAS), ’91 (CAST) recently accepted a position at Intersec Worldwide in Newport Beach, Calif., as principle. Gianna was employed at NetSPI as PCI security practice lead. He continues to teach at Everest Online and at the University of Maryland University College.

Steven Buck ’91 (SCB) was recognized by Training Magazine as one of the “Top Young Trainers 2010.” He accepted the award in February at the Training 2011 Conference and Expo in San Diego, Calif. The Paychex Training and Development Center, where he works, was also recognized as one of the Top 125 Training Organizations.

Brittany Getman Casey ’91 (SCB) is director of new projects at New Venture Advisors LLC in Manchester, N.H.

1992

Brian Stumm ’92, ’93 (KGCOE) was elected to serve as the national president of the National Fraternity of Kappa Delta Rho in August 2010 at its national convention. He was one of the founders of the Iota Beta chapter at RIT. He was promoted to the director of engineering for Global Fire Suppression in November 2010. In May 2011, he was appointed the director of engineering for Marioff Oy, a business within Global Fire Suppression specializing in high-pressure water mist suppression, and is relocating to Helsinki, Finland, with his wife, Janet.

Darrin Stern ’94, ’92 (CAST) is excited to announce the arrival of his second daughter, Joley Faye, on Aug. 1. She joins Livia and Jared as the newest Stern member. “On a work note, I am proud the Chicago Clean Energy Alliance is now a 501c6 organization. I am a founding board member of this organization.”

Loren Hendrix ’92 (CIAS) writes, “Released the Half Watt interactive game!”

Michael Naud ’92 (SCB) is vice president of information services at MGM Studios Inc. in Beverly Hills, Calif. Previously he was employed at Spyglass Entertainment Holdings as vice president of information systems.

Terry Myers ’90, ’92 (CIAS) was promoted to prepress business analyst for RR Donnelley’s book group. In this role, he works to streamline and standardize prepress operations across a multi-divisional platform with operations in the United States, China and India.

Benjamin Lessig ’92 (COS) and Celeste Walls are happy to announce their marriage on June 3 in Long Branch, N.J. They live in Toms River, N.J. Lessig is currently board certified in geriatrics, practicing in Toms River.

Phaedra Ruffalo ’92, ’94 (CAST) joined Schwan’s Food Service Division as innovation manager in Bloomington, Minn. Her new role will consist of identifying new food trends, ingredients, technologies and packaging for the expansion of Schwan’s current brands and creating new food and brand platforms for their innovation pipeline in the food service division.

1993

Stephen Johnston ’91, ’93 (COS) and Lauren O’Connell Johnston ’92, ’93 (CIAS) brought home their son, Michael Nagesh, from India in November 2010. He is 3 years old and busy learning to surf in San Diego, Calif.

John Fredette ’93 (CIAS) spent six weeks in Africa as part of IBM’s Corporate Service Corps program. He was based in Kenya and worked with the local government on several innovation initiatives. He works on the Worldwide Advertising team at IBM and manages creative development and media. He lives on the north shore of Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

Christopher Knigga ’93 (NTID) and his wife, Leslie, are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Mason Vincent. He was born on July 22.

1994

Christopher Hanna ’94 (CIAS) is president of Atomic Design. Atomic Design, a leader in Web design, development and marketing, celebrated its 15th anniversary. www.AtomicDesign.net.

John Kramer ’91 (CAST), ’94 (CIAS) accepted a position at Satellite ProLink Inc. in Lakeland, Fla., as media buyer assistant and production coordinator.

Karen Fuller Tribbett ’94 (COS) was promoted last year to lieutenant colonel in the United States Marine Corps reserve. She married Maj. Matt Brannen in October 2010 and they reside on base at MCRD Parris Island, S.C.

1995

Jeffery Lomax ’95 (CAST) was promoted to vice president at Whitman, Requardt & Associates LLP in Baltimore, Md. Lomax is a bridge engineer and has been with the firm for more than 16 years.

1996

Kenneth Aponte ’96 (KGCOE) is a senior implementation consultant at Element K in Rochester. He was employed at Diamond Management and Technology Consultants as senior manager. “I moved back to Rochester after being gone for 15 years. My family is here and I wanted to be closer to my parents.”

Maggie Thayne ’96 (SCB) and her husband, Anthony, welcomed their third child, Cooper, in January 2009. Cooper now races around with big brother Tucker, 9, and big sister Logan, 7. Thayne also recently started a consulting firm, M. Thayne Consulting.

Michael Austin ’96 (CLA) and Jodi (Gardner) Austin ’97 (COS) are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Danica. She was born on June 14, 2010, in Fairfax, Va. Her older brothers include Gardner, 10; Caleb, 8; Zachary, 6; and Luke, 4.

Paul Armani ’96 (COS) is a senior health physicist at GRD Environmental in Buffalo and was previously employed at Ensol Inc. as senior health physicist.

Sandra Dolitz-Vasquez ’96 (CLA) and her husband, William, (they originally met in Rochester) celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary. They live in Norwalk, Conn., and are both employed in the information systems field, he in network security and she as an information systems trainer. Their son, Ben, turns 8 this year.

Rebecca Baird ’96 (CIAS) received a Master of Science degree in creative arts therapy from Nazareth College on May 8.

1997

Douglas Mawn ’97 (KGCOE) and his wife, Heather, are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Tyler Matthew. He was born on April 20 in St. Mary’s, Pa. Tyler joins Andrew, 3, and Martina, 2.

John MacRae ’97, ’97 (CIAS) has worked for Reader’s Digest since 1998 and was recently promoted to senior art director, Reader’s Digest Books & Entertainment.

Peter Burns ’97 (COS) was named a fellow of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology. He has been active in the society for many years, teaching, presenting and as a board member. He has worked as an imaging scientist at Xerox, Kodak and Carestream Health and also consults for libraries and museums.

Hope Henry ’97 (CAST) and her husband, Paul, are happy to announce their marriage on Oct. 23, 2010, at Stroudsmoor County Inn, Stroudsburg, Pa. They live in New Jersey. Colleen (Vilenski) Spano ’97, ’98 (CAST) was in attendance as Hope’s bridesmaid.

Alan Bruce ’97 (CIAS), ’98 (SCB) accepted a position at Gannett’s USCP Midwest Group, a group of 21 Gannett-owned media companies, as director of IT Client Services and senior IT Business Partner in Wisconsin. He was employed at Gannett Wisconsin Media as ITS director.

Paijit Sangchai ’97 (CAST) is CEO and founder of Flexoresearch Group in Nonthaburi, Thailand. Sangchai was selected to be the Technology Pioneer 2011, clean tech category, by the World Economic Forum. His research and development on non-recyclable laminated paper waste pulp recovery was also selected by TIME magazine as one of 10 start-ups that will change your life.

Michael Pallone ’97 (CIAS) was promoted to director of promotion sourcing from print buyer for Condé Nast in New York City due to his significant contributions to implementing a new buying strategy for Condé Nast marketing and editorial departments.

Jane Norden Falter ’97 (CAST) was awarded the ACRW (Academy Certified Résumé Writer) credential by the Academy of Résumé Writers. This new credential provides additional services for her career resource business. www.janefalter.com.

1998

Jim Crocker ’98 (CAST) accepted a position at Google in Denver as network transport engineer. “Thanks, RIT. Google cared where I went to school!”

Melissa Answeeney Reese ’98, ’07 (SCB) and Andrew Reese are happy to announce their marriage on Aug. 5 in Fort Collins, Colo., where they live. Tracie Lamphere Spiliotis ’99, ’01 (SCB) was a bridesmaid. The celebration was attended by fellow RIT alumni Kristin (Hubinsky) Barlette ’96 (CIAS); A. Steve Czompo ’88 (CIAS); Garrett Johnson ’96, ’98, ’03 (COS); Pano Spiliotis ’99, ’01 (COS); Paul Stella ’03 (SCB); Lawrence Taplin ’02, (COS); Dan Viggiano ’97 (KGCOE) ’05 (SCB); Trina (St. Louis) Viggiano ’97 (CAST); and Jim Wilbur ’98 (CAST) ’06 (SCB).

1999

Matthew Wilson ’99 (CAST) announces the publication of Wikitravel Walt Disney World, a new travel guide from Wikitravel Press. The guide is compiled and edited from the user-generated content at wikitravel.org and is updated monthly. The book is for sale at Amazon.com and is printed on demand.

Robert Camp ’99 (KGCOE) received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with a concentration in nanomedicine science and technology from Northeastern University in January 2011 and has accepted a position of assistant professor of engineering at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Arielle Walrath ’99 ’99 (CIAS) has announced the rejlaunch of her company, Forge, as Might & Main. Based in Portland, Maine, Might & Main is a specialty brand marketing company, led by Walrath, Kevin Brooks and Sean Wilkinson.

Robert Jackson ’99, ’99 (CAST) released his first literary compilation, Looking Out From Within, A journey into a poetic landscape, available at www.createspace.com or Amazon.com.

Nicolas Rubio ’99, ’01 (SCB) who founded Global Union at RIT, came back to campus for a visit in May. Rubio appears here with Bharat Thazhathu ’12 (KGCOE), who was the 2010–2011 President of Global Union. He had been working at Revlon since 2007 in Caracas, Venezuela, as a business development manager, Latin America export.

Tracy Weber ’99 (CAST) was named a 2011 Swan Valley High School Distinguished Alumnae. Weber is currently CEO and founder of Kaleidoscope Learning Circle LLC, which helps individuals and teams develop self-awareness and leadership skills through partnering with horses, a process called Equine Assisted Learning. Weber is also an adjunct professor for the College of Applied Science and Technology and RIT Dubai.