1980s




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1980

David Price ’80 (GAP) and John Henry ’76 (GAP) traveled with their wives to Spain and Morocco in September 2011. The two have been friends since they met in 1973 in the School of Printing graduate program. Price recently founded TekBasics, a Macintosh consulting business in Dunstable, Mass. Henry is research and development and technical manager of Metalcraft in Mason City, Iowa.

1981

James Bossert ’81 (CCE) of Fort Worth, Texas, was honored on May 20 at ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement in Anaheim, Calif. Bossert was recognized by the world’s largest network of quality resources and experts for his innovative contributions and achievements in quality. He received ASQ’s Distinguished Service Award for his dedication and energy to promote and lead by example in the pursuit of quality; for his desire to help others learn and succeed in the quality profession; and for his sustained service to ASQ to improve the process and methods utilized that paved the way to ASQ’s standing as a world leader in quality. ASQ’s Distinguished Service Medal represents the highest distinction from the Society for service, and honors the lifetime contribution of any person who has been recognized as a long-term enabler, catalyst, or prime mover in the quality movement.

1982

Frank Towner ’82 (FAA) has been selected as CEO of the Ithaca, N.Y., YMCA. His career with the YMCA started in 1982 as a student at RIT. He began as a lifeguard and worked at different YMCAs in Rochester; Columbus, Ohio; and Orlando, Fla. He took a position as senior program director in Ithaca in 1995. Towner advanced in the YMCA training program to attain the associate director position in 2004. His long-range vision is to create a camp for homeless children, at-risk youth and those in their formative years that struggle with obesity or delinquency, along with children whose families do not have the resources to provide a recreational camping experience.

F. Stephen Wershing ’82 (SCB) and Gaelen McCormick are happy to announce their marriage on Sept. 10, 2011, in Geneva, N.Y. They live in Henrietta, N.Y.

1983

Raymond Grosshans ’83 (CAST) was recently promoted to deputy director from program manager at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls. “This opportunity allows me to continue working with Idaho National Laboratory colleagues while supporting university research in Idaho.”

Mark Winans ’83 (GAP) was recently promoted to vice president of National Printing and Packaging from president and offset group vice president at Gannett Publishing Services in McLean, Va. Gannett merged three divisions in September 2011. “I am now directly responsible for 43 Gannett-owned and 28 contract-print sites that we utilize across the U.S.”

1984

Karen Carpenter-Palumbo ’84 (CLA) has been named president and chief executive officer of Vanderheyden Hall, a children and family services agency in New York state’s capital district with a service area of more than 30 counties. She is a former commissioner of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Sharon Dobias ’84 (GAP) has been named vice president of Courier Digital Solutions in North Chelmsford, Mass. CDS provides digital solutions to the educational book market.

Julie Moy ’84 (GAP) recently accepted a position at Brandman University in Irvine, Calif., as events manager. She was employed as assistant director of special events. “Moved from one coast to another for promotion, sunshine and peace of mind.”

Michael Murphy ’84 (CAST), senior vice president of Cambria Suites and Ascend Collection, has been appointed as an officer of Choice Hotels International Inc. Murphy, who joined Choice in 2009, is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for the company’s emerging brands Cambria Suites and the Ascend Collection membership program. Prior to his current role, he served as senior vice president of the company’s global sales group.

Thomas Shillea ’84 (GAP) was recently highlighted in the Kutztown University magazine in an article titled “Master of the Platinum Printing Process.” Highlights of his career were noted, including his photographic portraits of Coretta Scott King, Malcolm Forbes and Ronald Reagan. He is currently the director of art programs at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pa. To read the article, go to http://issuu.com/kutztownuniversity/docs/tower/14.

1985

Maria (Delahoussaye) Garden ’85 (NTID) and Robert “Bobby” Annis ’79 (SCB) are happy to announce their marriage on April 14, 2012, in Church Point, La. They live in Branch, La.

Thomas Turchioe ’85 (KGCOE) accepted a position at Critigen in Denver, Colo., as chief technology officer. He was employed at SAP as director, performance and scalability. “I was given a chance to work with a company that has a deep legacy of innovation (spun out of CH2M Hill) to drive production efforts and lead the technology effort overall. I simply could not pass it up.”

1986

Catherine Rinehart Hogan ’86 (CAST) is an actress in New York City. The highlights of 2011 for her included having the lead role in two independent feature films, appearing on two national TV shows, doing her first regional TV commercial and attending her first film premiere.

1987

Richard “Todd” Barber ’87 (KGCOE) recently accepted a position as account general manager at Comverse Inc., the world’s leading provider of software and systems enabling value-added services for converged billing and active customer management for communications providers in Wakefield, Mass.

Paul Boccard ’87 (COS) recently accepted a position at Microwave Concepts in West Caldwell, N.J., as senior manufacturing and process engineer. He was employed at Aeroflex as an engineering manager for Resistive Technology.

Joseph Chirco ’87 (KGCOE) was installed as board chair of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York. Chirco, manager of marketing operations at Carrier Corp., has been a trustee with Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York since 2008. He has been with the Carrier Corp. since 1985, where he has held several leadership positions.

1988

Daniel Mendelson ’88 (COS) has been named medical director of Monroe Community Hospital, recognized as the Highland Hospital Distinguished Physician for 2011, and recognized as the RIT College of Science 2012 Distinguished Alumnus.

Mary Ryan ’88 (COS) was promoted to principal scientist at Janssen Research and Development LLC in Radnor, Pa.

1989

Brian Steblen ’89 (CAST), Joy Parker ’91, ’92 (GAP), and Mike Champlin ’91 (GAP) have joined together to form DeBergerac Productions Inc., a full service video production and media restoration company. DeBergerac Productions in Fairport, N.Y., has worked with such clients as Eastman Kodak and Strong Museum of Play. http://debergeracproductions.com.