March 22, 2012
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Gerald Kehoe ’92, ’92 (CCE), ’00 (CAST) has retired after 33 years at Eastman Kodak Co.
Jeremy De Lyser ’00 (CAST) passed the NCEES Professional Engineering Exam in April 2011 and has earned a professional engineering license in New York state.
Philip Livingston ’00 (CLA) has self-published Obdurate Odyssey, the story of Livonia, N.Y., resident Joe Yantachka who built his own canoe, paddled inland waterways to Florida’s Gulf coast, then hiked the Appalachian Trail home.
Joseph Werner ’00 (CAST) and his wife, Heather, are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Allison Marie. She was born on Sept. 6 in Rochester. She joins big sister Lilliana, 3.
Daniel Price ’00 (CAST) and Jamie Hoover are happy to announce their marriage on Dec. 21 in Rochester. They live in Henrietta, N.Y.
Edward Shanshala ’85, ’85, ’87 (COS), ’00 (CAST) was interviewed on Littleton, N.H., Channel 2 television about his successful implementation of integrated clinical pharmacy services and an on-site pharmacy at Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, a federally qualified health center where he is the CEO. See the interview at http://bit.ly/AsotxB.
Mary Hogan Jacob ’01 (KGCOE) and Brian Jacob ’01 (KGCOE) are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Braden Patrick, on June 10 in Manassas, Va. Big sister Kaylin is 4 and big brother Kyle is 2.
Michael Attebery ’01 (CIAS) writes, “Seattle On Ice, my third novel, is currently the No. 8 Action/Adventure title on Kindle. Amazon has also marked down the retail price, so the book is free.” http://amzn.to/umxx3u.
Paul Gomez ’01 (CAST), ’02 (GCCIS) accepted a position at FNC Consulting in New York as senior associate. He was employed at Hildebrandt Baker Robbins as manager. Also, Gomez and Elizabeth Girolamo are happy to announce their marriage on May 14 at St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. They live in Brooklyn. Included in the wedding party were one of the “Best Men” Todd Roeder ’07 (CAST), and groomsman Ross Karchner. Also in attendance were Sean McVey ’02 (GCCIS), Alex Chadis ’04 (GCCIS) and Justin Seger ’06 (CAST).
Christine Holtz ’02 (CIAS) was promoted to professor of media arts, photography at Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, Pa., last fall.
Wayne Didas ’03 (KGCOE) accepted a position at Monroe Litho Inc. in Rochester as vice president, business development. Didas also will serve as a member of Monroe Litho’s executive team, focusing on profitable growth.
Thomas Naeger ’03 (GCCIS) and Victoria Naeger are happy to announce their marriage on Sept. 2 at St. Gregory the Great in Williamsville, N.Y. They live in Tonawanda, N.Y. Robert Ruff ’02 (GCCIS) was a member of the wedding party. Also in attendance were Eric Kuzniar ’94 (CAST), Mark Komar ’96 (CAST), Bob Komar ’72 (KGCOE) and Greg Moss, associate director of recreation and facilities for RIT.
Denise Herold Southern ’03 (SCB) and Garret Southern were married in April 2011. They live in South Florida.
Victor Silva ’02, ’03 (SCB) is now director, media and technology marketing solutions at comScore in San Francisco, Calif.
Anthony Nally ’03 (CAST) received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida on Dec. 4.
John Tomac ’03 (CIAS) was one of several cancer survivors profiled in the July issue of Runner’s World. The feature, which he also illustrated, chronicled his journey from being diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in 2009 to finishing the New York City Marathon in under three hours one year later. Tomac retro-inspired illustrations on the revamped www.cascadebreweryco.com.au website and helped the site capture a CyberLion for illustration and design at the Cannes International Creativity Festival.
Adam Lindsay ’03 (GCCIS) writes that as part of a local Web development team, Rochester-js, Adam Lindsay and David Moffitt won first place in the design category of the international Node.js Knockout competition. The contest invites Web developers and designers from around the world to compete against each other to create Web apps using the Node.js computer programming language. The Rochester team’s winning entry was an acronym creation game called Acronode (play it online at www.acronode.com).
Patrick Applegate ’04 (CAST) accepted a position with the U.S. Air Force in Barksdale Air Force Base as weapons and tactics flight commander. He was employed at Minot Air Force Base as chief of aircrew training. “In December 2010, I graduated from the prestigious U.S. Air Force Weapons School as a B-52H weapons officer and selected in December 2011 as a finalist for the Robbie Risner Award, honoring the most outstanding weapons officer from the previous year.”
Stacey Price Spivak ’04 (CIAS) and Izar Spivak are happy to announce their marriage on April 30, 2011, in Cincinnati, where they live. Eleven RIT alumni attended the wedding, three of whom were in the bridal party.
Stephanie Maksymiw ’04 (COS) accepted a position at SRC Inc. in North Syracuse, N.Y., as a quality assurance specialist. She was employed at Tessy Plastics as a quality technician.
Aiyana Appling ’04 (CIAS) writes, “For over a decade, family and friends have come to me for advice and recommendations regarding travel. In October 2010, I decided to devote my passion for travel into a business where people would get out and experience the world with confidence. Therefore, it is a privilege to introduce Gardner-Mathews Travel Concierge LLC.”
Tuwanner Cleveland ’04 (CLA) accepted a position at the Erie County Legislature as legislative assistant. Cleveland has had the opportunity to participate in intergovernmental affairs and community relations in the new position.
Calvert J. Waller III ’02, ’05 (CIAS) is manager of animation/lead modeler for Oneida Nation’s Four Directions Productions, which debuted its second animated short, a centuries-old legend brought to life through animation, at the Syracuse International Film Festival in October. www.OneidaIndianNation.com.
Sarah Connors ’05 (SCB) accepted a position at Winter, Wyman as staffing manager in June. www.winterwyman.com.
Gretchen Sprehe ’05, ’05 (COS) accepted a position at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C., as an image analyst. She was employed at the Pentagon as a watch officer. “I went on a year-long rotation at the National Military Command Center to get a better feel for how NGA plays into the greater whole of the Department of Defense. It was an amazing experience.”
David Moszak ’98, ’05 (CAST) accepted a position with ICG Commerce as a packaging sourcing project manager. ICG Commerce partners with Fortune 500 companies to identify and implement cost-savings programs.
Matt LaFever ’98, ’05 (CAST) and John H. Azulay III are happy to announce their marriage on Sept. 23 at the Saphire Estate on Lake Massapoag in Sharon, Mass. LaFever is a registered nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. They live on the South Shore where they look forward to their next exciting role of parenthood.
Jeffrey Barker ’06 (CAST), ’06 (CLA) and wife, Jennifer, are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Jace Jeffrey Barker. He was born on Oct. 2 in Rochester. He joins sister Jillian, 3. Barker recently left his bartending position at Applebee’s to open his own bar/restaurant, Jeffrey’s Bar in Henrietta, N.Y. www.jeffreysbar.com.
John Kitchura ’06 (KGCOE) is an associate in the litigation department and a member of the patent law and intellectual property groups of Proskauer Rose LLP. He is in Proskauer’s Boston office. His practice focuses on patent and trademark prosecution, patent validity and infringement analysis, intellectual property due diligence in corporate transactions and intellectual property portfolio management and development for clients ranging from start-ups to publicly traded companies.
Steven Kumpf ’05 (KGCOE), ’07 (SCB) was honored among 65 technologists with Boeing’s annual “Special Invention Award,” highlighting the best of innovations that have demonstrated true value to the company and the future of aerospace. This year, 20 inventions, most of whom have been granted or are awaiting U.S. patents, are included in the list.
David Moffitt ’07 (CIAS) writes that as part of a local Web development team, Rochester-js, David Moffitt and Adam Lindsay won first place in the design category of the international Node.js Knockout competition. The contest invites Web developers and designers from around the world to compete against each other to create Web apps using the Node.js computer programming language. The Rochester team’s winning entry was an acronym creation game called Acronode (play it online at www.acronode.com).
Michelle Nicholson ’06 (CIAS), ’07 (SCB) and David Blonski ’07 (KGCOE) are happy to announce their marriage on July 23 at Belhurst Castle in Geneva, N.Y. They live in Palo Alto, Calif. Bridesmaids were Lindsey Brady ’06 (CIAS) and Leigh Bryson ’08 (COS) and attendees were tennis coach Ann Nealon, Rod Razavi ’05 (GCCIS), Adam Depuit ’07 (GCCIS), Joe Schember ’08 (CIAS), Ashley Thompson ’07 (CIAS), Jose Plaza ’07 (SCB), Dan Territo ’07 (SCB), Josh Dennis ’06, Justin Dickinson ’05 (GCCIS), and Stephanie Keating ’06 (CIAS).
Ryan Larcom ’07, ’07 (KGCOE) and Melissa Zaczek Larcom ’06 (KGCOE) are happy to announce their marriage on Oct. 1 in Buffalo. They live in Indianapolis. Wedding party attendants included Pamela Snyder ’05 (KGCOE), Jamie Duke ’06 (COS), Bryan Zaczek ’10 (CIAS) and Joaquin Pelaez ’07 (KGCOE).
Patrick Best ’07 (CLA) has recently released a book, 9 Deadly Sins That Destroy Social Security Disability Claims, designed to help disabled individuals navigate the complexities of the Social Security Disability process. Best is the lead Social Security disability attorney of the northeast Pennsylvania-based law firm, MHK Attorneys. To get a free copy, go to www.pasocialsecurityattorneys.com/order-ssd#.
Helena Fruscio ’07 (CIAS) was appointed creative economy industry director by Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki. Fruscio will help advance the state’s $1 billion creative economy industry. Fruscio is a member of the Massachusetts Economic Development Planning Council and the Massachusetts Creative Economy Council.
Kristin Semmler-Frace ’07 (CAST), ’07 (SCB) is happy to announce her marriage to Robert Frace on Oct. 9, 2010, in Spencerport, N.Y. They live in Brockport, N.Y.
Kristen Madar Mayer ’07 (CIAS) and Justin Mayer ’04 (CIAS) are happy to announce their marriage on Sept. 3 at Germonds Presbyterian Church in New City, N.Y. They currently reside in Montclair, N.J. Guests included Erin Snyder Bowman ’07 (CIAS), Rob Bowman ’08 (CAST), Kara Slezak Hodecker ’07 (CIAS), Eric Hodecker ’08 (KGCOE), Katie Nemmer ’07 (CIAS), Nikki Perry ’07 (CIAS), Joe Schmitt ’07 (CIAS), Rachel Diesel ’08 (CIAS) and Eric Madar ’12 (CIAS).
Kyle Martel ’07 (SCB) and Alan Krzywicki ’07 (KGCOE) are happy to announce their engagement. They met playing intramural volleyball at RIT in 2006. They moved to Alexandria, Va., in the fall of 2007.
Karen Izbinski ’07 (CAST) is owner of Quarter Bound Press, a new-media design and publishing firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C. Izbinski is editor-in-chief and publisher at Quarter Bound Press. She has developed books, manuals, online help systems and other technical artifacts for Northrop Grumman, Xerox, Eastman Kodak, Nissan North America, Royal Bank of Canada and Novartis Pharmaceuticals. One of her recent publications, Seeing Through Savernake, by Margaret H. Wharton, can be found at Barnes & Noble @ RIT and on Amazon.
Christina Pfandl ’07 (COS) and Pat Stephens ’08 are happy to announce their marriage on Sept. 24 at The Boathouse in Lake George, N.Y. The couple, who met at RIT in 2004, lives in Essex Junction, Vt.
Maria Cummings Infield ’99 (SCB), ’07 (CIAS) accepted a position at Monroe Litho Inc. in Rochester as an account executive. She will be focusing on enhancing the company’s sales and service entity within the upstate and western New York area.
Pedro Santos ’08 (SCB) was listed as one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 outstanding people in the energy sector in 2011 for his discovery of innovative technology to lower costs in the natural gas supply chain. Santos is founder and president of OsComp Systems, a company that has won prizes for the project, which reduces by more than 30 percent the operating and capital costs to compress natural gas.
Devin Kerr ’08 (CIAS) and Dawn Orlandella are happy to announce their marriage on Oct. 8 in Syracuse. They live in Liverpool, N.Y.
Karabo Legwaila ’08 (CIAS) is a dynamics specialist for Oneida Nation’s Four Directions Productions, which debuted its second animated short, a centuries-old legend brought to life through animation, at the Syracuse International Film Festival in October. www.OneidaIndianNation.com.
Abhijit Sarkar ’08 (COS) received a Ph.D. in applied automation and computer science from University of Nantes, France, on Nov. 28. His area of work continues to be color science. In December, he returned to the U.S. to join ColorModules, a technology startup based in Stamford, Conn., as a color scientist and the director of research and development.
Nicole Jarrett Alvarado ’08 (CIAS) and David Alvarado are happy to announce their marriage on Oct. 22 in Sainte Genevieve, Mo. They live in Baltimore.
Ashley Vickers Hannan ’08 (CIAS) and Brian T. Hannan ’08 (GCCIS) are happy to announce their elopement on July 23, which took place on the beach on Anna Maria Island, Fla. They live in Boca Raton, Fla. Brian works for StopZilla, an antispyware software company. www.StopZilla.com.
Gregory Ventura ’08 (SCB) started his own business, SNAPpod NY photo booth rentals, last July. SNAPpod NY serves western New York with photo booth rentals for weddings, birthdays, corporate parties, or most any event. www.snappodny.com.
Justin Baum ’09 (CLA) recently returned from a year-long deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan, earning the Bronze Star Medal. While there, he served as a military police platoon leader and a senior police mentor for an Afghan National police station. “As a criminal justice graduate, I was able to apply the theories and practices learned at RIT to the Afghan Police and successfully set the framework for building an effective police force.”
Shalini Saycocie ’09 (CIAS) and Chad Carbone ’08 (CIAS) are excited to announce their elopement on Dec. 11, in Tabernash, Colo. They celebrated with friends and family in Warwick, R.I., upon their return. They live in Brooklyn.
Julie Zepke Krug ’09 (CIAS) and Ken Krug ’10 (GCCIS) are happy to announce their marriage on Aug. 6 in Glastonbury, Conn. They live in Chili, N.Y. Bridesmaid Pam Waclawski ’10 (CIAS), groomsman Sam Yurick ’10 (GCCIS) and guest Karen Smith ’11 (KGCOE) participated in the celebration. Tiffany Backhus ’09 (CIAS) photographed the day’s events.
Angelo Di Nardi ’09 (GCCIS) writes that his previous employer Apture was acquired by Google on Nov. 10. He is now a member of the Chrome team and working to enhance the Web browsing experience.
Jennifer Greene ’09 (CIAS) and Casey Rathbone ’10 (GCCIS) are happy to announce their marriage on Oct. 7 in Austin, Texas. Alumni Patrick Goodell ’06 (SCB) and Rob Hudson ’09 (KGCOE) were groomsmen. Alumna Amber Schinas ’08 (CIAS) was the maid of honor and alumna Sarah Seltzer was a bridesmaid. They live in Portland, Ore.
Amber Cutter ’09 (CAST) and Ben Liset are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Ezra Thomas Liset. He was born on Aug. 14 in Chicago.