2000s




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2000

Patrick Flaherty ’00 (KGCOE) recently accepted a position at Worcester Polytechnic University in Worcester, Mass., as assistant professor in the biomedical engineering department.

Elizabeth Kowaluk ’00 (CIAS) recently accepted a position at Diamond Packaging in Rochester as project coordinator. She was employed at Mosaic as project manager.

Brian Moon ’00 (CLA) was recently promoted to vice president of sales, convention, at the National Restaurant Association. He leads a successful sales program, which continues to push the annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, and its co-located beverage alcohol event the International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event, further out front as the leading restaurant, food service and hospitality events in Chicago and nationwide.

Edward Shanshala ’85, 85, 87 (COS), 00 (CAST) was featured in a video for the Ammonoosuc Community Health Services Pharmacy in Littleton, N.H. To see the video, go to http://youtu.be/0KjZ403iD2w. He also has been appointed as a faculty national expert to and co-chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resource Service Administration Patient Safety & Clinical Pharmacy Collaborative 5.0.

Deborah (Yalmokas) Kelly ’00 (CIAS) received a Master of Fine Arts in interior architecture and design from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Calif., on July 26. She graduated summa cum laude.

2001

Sarah Boswell ’01 (CAST) and Scott Dunnington ’03 are happy to announce their marriage on Sept. 1, 2012, in Buffalo. They live in Rochester.

Adam Rackoff ’01 (CIAS) recently released the Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad app with actor Matthew Modine. A former Apple marketing manager, Rackoff formed the Cinco Dedos Películas production company with Modine in 2011. In addition, the duo has produced two award-winning short films and a new children’s storybook app, the Punky Dunk Project. To learn more about the Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad app, go to www.fullmetaljacketdiary.com.

Lacey (Dickerson) Ryan ’01 (GCCIS) and Sean Ryan are happy to announce their marriage on April 22, 2012, in Grand Caymans during a scuba dive trip. They live in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Ryan recently accepted a position at IBM in Poughkeepsie as a software engineer.

Nicholas Spittal ’00 (COS), ’01 (SCB) and Jennfer Spittal are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Weather Mustari. She was born on May 17 in Raleigh, N.C. Brothers Weston, Walker, and Wilson are excited to add a little sister to the family. Spittal was recently promoted to director, strategic clinical development at Chiltern International in Slough, UK.

2003

Eric Bonus ’03 (GCCIS) and Tiffany (Swasta) Bonus ’04 are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Nathan Emerson. He was born on April 25 in Rochester.

Karen Escourse ’02, ’03 (NTID) writes that she has been working in Royal Bank of Canada for five years as of January 2012.

Dominic Vera ’03 (NTID) is currently serving on the board of directors for Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Government as Board Member at Large (2011-2013) and chaired a one-day seminar at the Jack Morton Auditorium in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University on June 15.

2004

Erin (Moran) Demers ’04 (CAST) and Morgan Demers ’04 (KGCOE) are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Huxley Yates. He was born on April 12 in Burlington, Vt. Their 3-year-old son, Rowan, is happy to be a big brother.

Jeffrey Mc Cullor ’04 (SCB) recently co-founded Erie Ale Works—Erie, Pa.’s newest microbrewery. Local distribution will begin in early 2013. Go to eriealeworks.com to see what’s brewing.

Amy Niggel ’04 (COS) and Michael Niggel ’03 are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Lucas Robert. He was born on May 23 in Burlington, Vt. He joins his big brother, James, and big sister, Claire.

Michelle Pedzich ’04 (CAST) has joined Canandaigua National Corp. as vice president, human resources. Pedzich is a member of the National Society for Human Resources and the Canandaigua City School District Board of Education. Pedzich lives in Canandaigua, N.Y.

Tianay (Hardy) Perrault ’04 (SCB) was recently promoted to assistant principal at Rocketship Discovery Prep in San Jose, Calif. “I will be managing our blending learning model, which incorporates online learning programs with traditional classroom teaching, data tracking and tutoring.” For details, go to www.rsed.org.

Carlos Ramos ’01, ’03, ’04 (CAST) and Felia (Aldridge) Ramos ’04 are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Dallas Miguel. He was born on June 20 in Conyers, Ga. Damaris, 3, and Nissa, 1, got their wish of a baby brother ahead of schedule.

2005

Carmen (Goatseay) Johnson-Lawrence ’03, ’05 (CAST) and David Lawrence are happy to announce their marriage on May 5 in Shortsville, N.Y. They live in Shortsville. In attendance were the bride’s cousin, Orlando Ortiz ’04, ’08, and his wife, Denishea Flanigan Ortiz ’04. The couple honeymooned in Ohio.

Michael Sperling ’05 (CIAS) and Jodi (Goldenberg) Sperling ’06 are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Zoey Maya Sperling. She was born on April 21 in Salem, Mass.

2006

Kathleen “Casey” Copps DiPaola ’06 (CAST) recently joined her mother’s law office, Law Office of Anne Reynolds Copps, in Albany, N.Y., where she will be practicing in the areas of labor and employment, education, adoption, matrimonial law, custody and visitation, support, real estate and trusts and estates.

Andrew Lamb ’06 (GCCIS) was nominated for the Microsoft Alumni Foundation, 2012 Integral Fellows Award recognizing impactful contributions in the global philanthropic community.

Ben Pfeiffer ’06 (SCB) and his wife, Emily, are thrilled to welcome their son, William Douglas, who was born Aug. 1. Pfeiffer is currently enrolled in a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at the University of Rochester and lives in Penfield, N.Y.

Jennifer Smith ’06 (CIAS) was recently published in the May/June 2012 edition of Architecture Leaders of Today for her design work in hospitality in Southern California. She is the senior designer at Kelly Architects in Los Angeles.

2007

Joel Baillargeon ’07 (KGCOE) and Clare Collins are happy to announce their marriage on April 14 in Springfield, Mass. Mike Saitta ’07 (KGCOE) and Robert Norquest ’07 (KGCOE) attended with their wives Ashlee Saitta and Kelly Norquest. Baillargeon and Collins currently live in Enfield, Conn.

Justin Giardina ’07 (CIAS) is the founder of a Charlotte, N.C. brand building agency—TakeRoot. The com-pany recently launched its new public initiative GrowCharlotte.com. The project is coined as a community action network connecting all members of the local food industry in the Charlotte area. The project will be working closely with several schools within RIT as a senior project and independent study to create GrowRochester.com.

Katelyn (Kern) McDevitt ’07 (CIAS) and Timothy McDevitt ’07 are happy to announce their marriage on April 28 in Philadelphia. They live in Thorndale, Pa. More than 20 RIT alumni attended the wedding and had a part in it, including bridesmaids, groomsmen, photographer and officiant.

Nancy Coogan ’07 (NTID) has a new job as a teacher of the deaf and hard-of-hearing in Bullitt County, Ky., just south of Louisville. She obtained her Kentucky Teaching Certificate and is grateful to be teaching at the high school level.

Matthew De Persis ’07 (SCB) was recently promoted to manager, retail development at Nickelodeon from partner marketing coordinator at MTV Networks in New York, N.Y.

Melissa Newcomb ’07 (CIAS) writes that her pen-and-ink mural of the Rochester city skyline and the arched bridge spanning the Genesee River is approximately 6 feet tall and 8 feet wide. The piece captures a view of the city skyline as seen from a spot southwest of the Frederick Douglass–Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge, along the Genesee River. Newcomb, assistant professor of art at Keuka College, devoted the majority of her time in June and July to apply the India ink, layer by layer, to create the work.

2008

Brian Abraham ’08, ’08 (GCCIS) successfully defended his thesis, “Systems Biology Approaches to Understanding Hematopoiesis,” which he researched at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, earning his Ph.D. in bioinformatics from Boston University.

Breanna Dobbe ’08 (CIAS) graduated from the Academy of Art in San Francisco with a master’s degree in advertising and a focus on copywriting. She is doing a marketing internship with Greenopedia, a Berkeley-based start-up, and working on starting a small online business to support advertising and design students.

Frankie Dauphin ’08 (GCCIS) and Priscila Ilarraza ’10 (COS) are happy to announce their marriage. The wedding ceremony took place on Nov. 17, 2012, in Miami, Fla. They were married on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Epic” ship before the ship set sail, headed toward the Caribbean.

Michael Saffran ’08 (CLA) recently accepted a position at SUNY Geneseo, in Geneseo, N.Y., as communication lecturer and WGSU-FM faculty director. He was employed at Rochester Institute of Technology, University News Services, as associate director/manager of new media. The move marks a return to his undergraduate alma mater, where, as a student, he worked for WGSU as a DJ, news director, program director and station manager.

Jennifer Seaman ’05, ’08 (CIAS) writes that she has recently been published in feminist artist Heide Hatry’s upcoming book Not A Rose. The book features the writing of 101 prominent intellectuals, writers and artists who address the question of the flower from a multiplicity of perspectives. The book released in October 2012 at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany.

Ellen Cretekos Sulcs ’08 (KGCOE) and Peter Sulcs ’05, ’09 (KGCOE) celebrated their second wedding anniversary in August 2012 with a relaxing trip to Jamaica. The couple lives in Scottsville, N.Y.

Jessica (Sarkis) Tytler ’08 (SCB) and Chris Tytler ’07 (SCB) are happy to announce their marriage on July 9, 2011, in Rochester. They met at RIT in 2007.

2009

Jennifer Arnett ’09 (CLA) earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Joshua Beal ’09 (SCB) is a managing partner at Schwarz Financial Services LLC, which established a branch office in Honolulu in 2010. He is responsible for overseeing the firm’s operations in Maryland, Florida and now Hawaii. In June, Beal was appointed to the Honolulu Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Disabilities to represent the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

Sarah Exley ’09 (CLA) and Mark Ozimek ’09 (KGCOE) are happy to announce their engagement. They were engaged in a hot-air balloon over Canandaigua Lake on Aug. 25. The couple met on the first day of freshman orientation while in line to get their student ID photos taken in 2004.

Fredyne (Yust) Frey ’09 (CLA) and Chris Frey ’07 (GCCIS) were married on June 18, 2011, on Canandaigua Lake, N.Y., with many college friends and RIT Crew alumni on hand. Wedding photographer Karin von Voigtlander ’01 (CIAS) captured the day. They live in Scottsville, N.Y.

Lauren Hamm ’09 (CIAS) received an MSA in biomedical visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago on May 3.

Kenneth Jenks ’01, ’05, ’05, ’09 (CAST) joined ANPI LLC and Zone Telecom LLC as vice president of enterprise product operations, bringing with him 32 years of telecommunications experience. Jenks served five years as director of operations engineering for AireSpring Inc. Jenks began his career as a telephone switchboard repairman in the United States Marine Corps.

Amanda Lasicki ’08 (CAST), ’09 (CIAS) received an M.A. in counseling in higher education—student affairs from the University of Delaware on May 25. She works as the assistant director of residential life and coordinator of Greek life at Albright College.

Lauren Maggio ’09 (CIAS) is a freelance interior designer in Boston and also works at the Boston Design Center. She and several friends, including alumnae Sarah Boles 09 (COS) and Amy Holcomb 09 (COS), had a blast whitewater rafting in August in the Adirondacks.

Courtney (Wenner) Martin ’09 (NTID) and Cody Martin ’09 (NTID) are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Emerson Cooper. He was born on July 14 in Amherst, N.Y.

Kiersten Shinrock ’09 (CLA), ’07, ’09 (NTID) recently accepted a position at Rochester Institute of Technology as assistant director of Alumni Relations. She was employed at Washington University in St. Louis as coordinator for student involvement and leadership.

2010

Sara (Carr) Offermann ’10 (KGCOE) and Eric Offermann ’10 (KGCOE) are happy to announce their marriage on April 2 in Boyds, Md. They live in Silver Spring, Md. Heather Godlewski ’10 (KGCOE), Dan Emord ’09 (GCCIS) and Nick Harezga ’10 (KGCOE) were in the wedding party.

David Gerhart ’10 (SCB) writes, “I successfully passed myCAMS and am now a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. I am employed as an anti-money laundering specialist by Metro Bank in Harrisburg, Pa.”

2011

Cherrie Mahon ’11 (SCB) was honored in May by the Rochester Women’s Network as a 2012 honoree for the W Award. The award is presented to a woman who works tirelessly on behalf of women. She was one of only five award recipients for 2012.

Sarah (Thompson) May ’07, ’11 (CLA) and Brian May ’08, ’11 (GCCIS) are happy to announce their marriage on June 9 in Lenox, Ma. They live in Rochester, with plans to relocate to the West Coast in 2013.

2012

Emily Burns ’12 (KGCOE) is a TCV (lean) engineer at Garlock Sealing Technologies in Palmyra, N.Y. After spending the summer traveling on the east and west coast, she is enjoying living in Rochester’s Park Avenue neighborhood.

Sanket Gohil ’12 (GCCIS) received an M.S. in human computer interaction from the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. He is currently working in Development and Alumni Relations at RIT.

Yansong Jiang ’12 (CIAS) has joined Eric Mower + Associates as an assistant motion graphics designer/video editor. Jiang will design and edit videos and other branded content for clients across the company’s seven offices. Jiang lives in Syracuse, N.Y.

Amar Reynolds ’09, ’09, ’12 (CAST) recently accepted a position at the Department of Veteran Affairs in Buffalo as veterans claim examiner. Reynolds was employed at VWR Education as warehouse systems supervisor.

Robert Watson ’12 (GCCIS) recently accepted a position at NimbleUser in Pittsford, N.Y., as a developer.