1980s




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1980

Ellen (Feigin) Johnson ’80 (CAST) and Erik Johnson are happy to announce their marriage on Aug. 27, 2011, in Lake Loveland in Colorado. Together they have four grown children. She is currently freelancing and working part time for the boutique agency Creative Navigation designing high-end websites.

1981

Ronald Bucinell ’78, ’81 (KGCOE) was named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a fellow of the Kern Family Foundation.

Joseph Kagenski ’81 (KGCOE) accepted a position at NVIDIA Corp. in Westford, Mass., as senior infrastructure engineer. He was employed at Advanced Micro Devices as SMTS systems engineer.

Melissa Rabe ’81 (FAA) earned a 4,000-hour clinical Master of Science in June 2012 from Tri-State College of Acupuncture. She is licensed in New York and is nationally certified.

John Whalen ’81 (KGCOE) accepted a position at John Crane Engineered Bearings in Houston as global technical director. He was employed at TCE as president. He stayed on after selling his business because his wife said he was too young to retire.

1982

Mark Joseph ’82 (CAST) accepted a position at Molex in Voorhees, N.J., as business development manager. He was employed at TREK Connect as project engineer.

1983

Gerard Kiernan ’83 (CAST) oversaw the construction of a 30,000-square-foot equine center as director of operations at the Eastern States Exposition.

Stephen Lyons ’83 (CLA) led a U.S. Army delegation to visit China as part of a Disaster Management Exchange Table Top Exercise designed to enhance military engagements, establish habits of cooperation, and signal security cooperation to regional partners and members of the People’s Liberation Army.

Scott Pardo ’83 (CCE) has written a book on equivalence and noninferiority testing for engineers, available in September.

1984

Debra Rothenberg ’83, ’84 (GAP) has written her first book, Bruce Springsteen In Focus 1980-2012, which will be in bookstores in September and available at amazon.com.

1985

Mary Beth Barber-Mothersell ’85 (CLA) works for Sprint Relay and was promoted to customer relations manager III.

Ruth Silvers ’83, ’85 (GAP) placed in a group show at Cornell Street Studios in Kingston, N.Y.

Peter Simoneau ’85 (NTID) accepted a position at General Dynamics Electric Boat in New London, Conn., as piping designer. He was employed at Triton Environmental as civil tech/CAD drafter.

Richard Yanno ’85 (SCB) owns and operates Cat & Dog Rescue Sanctuary Inc., which is a not-for-profit private charity foundation for severely abused and tortured cats and dogs.

1986

Steven Hockstein ’85, ’86 (GAP) and his wife, Karen, are commemorating the 20th anniversary of Harvard Studio Photography, their Montclair, N.J., commercial and editorial photo business.

Ronald Klimley ’86 (SCB) accepted a position at Afni in Tucson, Ariz., as director of training.

Lawrence Kosson ’84, ’86 (GAP) was awarded the 2013 NAPAMA Award for Excellence as Agent in the Performing Arts, along with his business partner, Tim Drake, of The Roots Agency. The NAPAMA Award is given each year to an agent or manager in the field who has shown excellence in the performing arts.

Marie Leising ’84, ’86 (GAP) announces that her organization has undergone an expansion with the acquisition of Newhouse Associates, one of the industry’s most established and respected recruitment firms. She established Marie Leising & Associates in 2002. She has worked in the printing and graphic arts field since the mid-1980s.

Kimberlee (Conolly) Maselli ’86 (FAA) contributed paintings to Painting North Carolina: A Visual Journey, which celebrates the beauty of North Carolina and features more than 200 full color paintings. Go to www.KimberleeMaselli.com to learn more.

John McFarland ’86 (SCB) joined the board of directors for the Valley United Way in Connecticut.

1987

Colleen (Collins) McGuinness-Clarke ’87 (FAA), ’08 (CMS) retired June 14 after 25 years at RIT in University Publications. “I have been very fortunate to work with wonderful colleagues on great projects. Among them, NTID FOCUS magazine, presidential annual reports, the Frozen Four campaign, Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival, and art direction for RIT: The University Magazine since the inaugural issue in spring 1999. As director of University Publications, I have been involved with RIT’s branding and Enrollment Management and Career Services print publications and homepage design.”

Thomas Harvey ’87 (GAP) writes that his photographs of the Elise Legrand Dance Troupe, taken in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, are featured in an ART-TV Canada documentary on alternative art.

Elizabeth “Beth” (Mallonee) Maier ’87 (GAP) was the first place winner, International Juried Exhibition.

1988

Mary Karol (McCarthy) Matchett ’88 (CLA) received an Education Doctorate in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College on May 11. She was also nominated to be the student speaker at the program’s hooding/award ceremony.

Thomas Rickner ’86, ’88 (GAP) has returned to RIT as an online Executive MBA student in the Saunders College of Business. He expects to graduate in May 2014.