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Class Notes

Key to abbreviations:

  • CAST - College of Applied Science and Technology
  • CCE - College of Continuing Education (now CAST)
  • CIAS - College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
  • COLA - College of Liberal Arts
  • SCB - E. Philip Saunders College of Business
  • KGCOE - Kate Gleason College of Engineering
  • COS - College of Science
  • FAA - Fine and Applied Arts (now CIAS)
  • GAP - Graphic Arts and Photography (now CIAS)
  • GCCIS - B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
  • NTID - National Technical Institute for the Deaf
  • SVP - NTID "Summer Vestibule Program"

1949

Francis Sweeney '49 (FAA) writes, "Are RIT grads creative?" Francis Sweeney answers the question: "ALWAYS!"

1950

Edward Vidler '50 (SCB) writes, "I would like to contact a few classmates from the RIT Retailing Class of 1950. People ask me how I've lived so long! Come on over and visit me in East Aurora and look over our store, I'm the Old Geezer in the Red Apron with the yo-yo. www.vidlers5and10.com."

1953

James Forney '53 (GAP) writes "My wife and I are enjoying retirement and traveling extensively- just back from several weeks in Middle East, and will be somewhere at sea on the last trans-Atlantic voyage of the QE2 during homecoming. I am a member of the International Board of Governors of the Circumnavigators Club; a more than 100-year-old worldwide organization whose members have all been completely around the world. Here I am in Ephesus, Turkey 2007."

1955

Donald Nagel '55 (FAA) and wife Joyce Nagel '56 (FAA) each received a $1,000 Purchase Award at The Pastel Society of America's 36th Annual Juried Exhibition at The National Arts Club in New York City.

1956

Ellen Clark Younkins '56 (FAA) writes, "Hi. My latest venture is a shop that I have on Etsy, an international marketing Web site for handcrafted objects. I have just begun and only have a few items listed, but I hope to have more in the coming weeks. You can view my shop by going to elenaydesigns.etsy.com or you can spend hours perusing the Etsy site by going to www.etsy.com where you will see zillions of handcrafted things from all over the world."

Richard Zakia '56 (GAP) was named the Honored Educator for 2008 by the Society For Photographic Education, Northeast Division.

1962

Arthur Feingold '62 (KGCOE) writes, "A picture of me taken in 2003 along with my wife Raquel. As anyone could see, I look exactly the same as I did when I graduated from RIT. (Well, maybe not exactly!) BSEE folks can drop me an e-mail at Arturo529@optonline.net."

1965

David Smith '65 (GAP) writes, "Flatlander John R. Thompson '65 (GAP) heads to the mountains of Utah to reunite with Mountain Boy David E. Smith '65 (GAP)." John is a trustee of the Hackley Public Library in Muskegon, Mich. The library discovered they owned an 1830 Palmyra Edition of the Book of Mormon-the first edition, which is quite rare and valuable. Dave is retired and moved to Utah to be with his daughter and family. Dave helped set up meetings for John to meet dealers and obtain an appraisal for this Book of Mormon. It has been 43 years since they saw one another. In between meetings, Dave introduced John to the canyons and wonders of Utah. The photo of John and Dave was taken in the Mormon Visitor Center in Salt Lake City. The background universe painting was designed and painted by Sidney King, the uncle of Dave's wife, Ginger.

1967



Ronald Meyers '67 (FAA) is the recipient of the 2008 Regis Masters Series, which honors senior artists who have had a major impact on developmentof 20th-century (and now 21st-century) ceramics. Meyers is the creator of extraordinary pots animated by people and cats, fish, goats, rats and birds that manage to be wicked and comical . Meyers' work has been shown throughout the U.S.A. and Korea, as well as in many public and private collections.

Philip Yoder '67 (GAP) has accepted a position at NetJets International as captain on a Gulfstream 550. Philip continues at ICOM Multimedia as president. "After 35 years as president of ICOM Multimedia, I have scaled back that operation so that I can pursue my first passion-flying. I now fly every other week, traveling the world!"

1971

Robert Kiss '71 (GAP) wrote: "Just thought you might like to know that BET J television used my 1984 Essence Cover of Iman in their REAL LIFE DIVAS program aired in October. I shot that photo 8-by-10: Can you imagine? Good to know that this Jurassic-Era photog is getting some airtime! Please check my Web site: www.bobkiss.com."

Thomas Klinkowstein '71 (GAP) conducted a "Horizon Projects" workshop on the future of design for Virtueel Platform in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in November 2008.

1972

Harvey Duze '72 (GAP) writes, "I published ‘Local' Produce, a collection of photos with a common theme (and it has nothing directly to do with fruits and vegetables), on Blurb.com. My second book, Impressions of Italy, was released the second week in September. This book is based on a 13-day trip to Italy in October 2007. Both books are available in both a soft and hardcover edition."

Vincent Favale '72 (GAP) was awarded the Honorary Veteran Award by the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council for his exemplary service to the veterans community. Among his many projects was a statue honoring Gold Star Mothers in Veterans Park, Carmel, N.Y.

1975

Patrick Dennis '75 (GAP) was employed at Wachovia Securities LLC as senior vice president and assistant general counsel. "After nearly 10 years at Wachovia Securities, two Wachovia colleagues and I formed Oyster Consulting LLC providing compliance, regulatory and technology consulting services to broker/dealers and investment advisers. For more information, please see www.oysterllc.com."

Elaine Gray Dumler '75 (COLA) writes, "I'm proud to announce the release in March 2009 of my third book designed to help military families with deployments, titled The Road Home-Smoothing the Transition Back from Deployment. I've been working with the families and service members for seven years now and been featured on many national news programs talking about family/deployment issues. We also started the free Flat Daddy project. Learn more by visiting www.ImAlreadyHome.com"

1976

Valerie O'Hara '76 (FAA) was the guest of honor at Ecumenical Worship Service/reception in honor of the 100th anniversary of her family business, Pike Stained Glass Studios in Rochester. The celebration was held Sept. 27, 2008, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Rochester. The church invited the community to join together for a celebration of art and design, as depicted through the stained glass work that is representative of the O'Hara family's creations. All churches, synagogues and individuals who had Pike stained glass windows were invited to bring a small photo display to share at the celebration.

1977

Dale Taysom '77 (SCB) is the managing director of Prudential Real Estate Investors and head of global transactions. Dale has held this position since 2007. Prior to that he was head of United State transactions from 1993-2007. Dale is also a member of PREI's domestic and international investment committee and a member of the Global Management Committee.

1978

Donney Drennon-Gala '78 (COLA) was appointed as a co-vice-chair for 2008–2012 to the Correctional Trainer Certification Commission. This commission is sponsored by the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel and American Jail Association. Drennon-Gala is also a proposal reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Higher Education Programs, Washington, D.C. (2007–present).

1979

Richard Hurwitz '79 (GAP) has accepted a position at OneSource Office Interiors in Portland, Ore., as an account executive. Richard recently was employed at Olympus-ITA as Western regional sales manager.

1980

Julie Sullivan Saffren '80 (GAP) is an associate at Schlepphorst and Emede in San Jose, Calif., practicing family law. She is also adjunct faculty at her "other" alma mater, Santa Clara University School of Law, teaching a domestic violence seminar. A member of the State Bar of California's Family Law Executive Committee, she is incoming editor of the Family Law News, a quarterly publication of the State Bar that is distributed throughout California.

1981

John Bale '79, '81 (GAP) is teaching communications at Middlesex County College. He continues to teach marketing at Caldwell College, as well as running his marketing communications firm, Balefire Communications LLC.

James Bossert '81 (CCE) was awarded a Ph.D. in technology management specializing in Quality Systems from Indiana State. He was also recognized by RIT's John D. Hromi Center for Quality and Applied Statistics as the first member of the newly created CQAS Academy. He presented a paper on "Six Sigma, Past, Present and the Future."

Harvey Braswell '78, '81 (KGCOE) is pleased to announce that he can still ride a unicycle while juggling three torches, a skill learned from Greg Moss' juggling class at RIT. In addition to his role as director for Asia Pacific Logistics at Sun Micro Systems, Harvey continues to improve his skills as a blues pianist and enjoys his '84 Firepower Pinball machine. He wishes he could get his hands on the "Ship Ahoy!" pinball machine that was found in the cellar under Nathanial Rochester Hall from '76-'81.

Lynne Damianos '79, '81 (GAP) is teaching Business Fundamentals and Interior Architectural Photography at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University, Waltham, Mass., campus.

Scott Grove '79, '81 (FAA) is studio director of Wendell Castle Inc., in Scottsville, N.Y., bringing more than 25 years of expertise in alternative materials, sculpting, furniture making, studio management and marketing to his new position. Grove is an active member of the American Furniture Society and exhibits in galleries and shows across the country. His work is a part of the permanent collection in the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tenn. Visit www.scottgrove.com.

1982

David Baum '82 (SCB) has accepted a position at Open E Cry Futures in Chicago as futures broker. David previously was employed at TradeStation Securities as Active Trader Sales Rep/Team Leader.

Richard Ingalls '80, '82 (KGCOE) opened a new Batteries Plus store in Buford, Ga., offering a full line of batteries, accessories and related equipment to retail customers. He also offers store-direct commercial programs providing outstanding benefits to qualified businesses including delivery and recycling, open account billing, bulk purchasing efficiencies and local battery expertise.

1983

Wade Cook '81, '83 (GAP) currently competes on the professional barbecue circuit sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. His team, Scenic City Smokers, closed out their 2008 year with a first Place Rib call at the Tennessee State BBQ Championship in Lenoir City. This follows a first Place Pork call in their debut at Winchester, Tenn., High On The Hog competition. They plan to cook in four to eight events in 2009 and are currently seeking sponsors.

1984

John Brown '84 (SCB) John and his business partner own and operate Premier Recruitment Group LLC, an integrated suite of recruitment services delivering solutions in executive and professional search, recruitment outsourcing, contract staffing and per diem nurses/healthcare recruitment. Headquartered in Rochester, the company employs 21 people and works with leading companies throughout the Untied States. They can be contacted at www.thepremierpartners.com.

1985

James Casper '83, '85 (CAST) has started a new game company, Cokesbury Acorns LLC (www.CokesburyAcorns.com), based in Fuquay-Varina, N.C. Their mission is to design and produce games that entertain, challenge and expand the knowledge of the player. Additionally, their social mission includes giving at least 10 percent of the net profits to organizations that provide direct relief and assistance to those in need around the world. The company's first game, the world geography trivia game, "Do You Know Where You Are? - World Challenge Edition," is available at Amazon.com.

Connie DiSanto '85 (FAA) and Christine Hebert are happy to announce their civil union on Aug. 2, 2008. They reside in Portsmouth, N.H. Connie continues to work as a production/studio manager at Plainspoke, a design studio in Portsmouth, N.H.

Timothy Muldoon '85 (KGCOE) and Leslie Barbagallo announce the birth of a daughter, Devin Rose, on Feb. 9, 2008, in New York City. They write that "Devin surprised her parents by coming early and continues to amaze them daily. Her current ambition is to become the first great white female rapper."

1986

John McFarland '86 (SCB) was promoted to director, commercial marketing, from district manager at Hubbell Inc. in Milford, Conn. "My wife, Mindy, and our 3-year-old, Donovan, moved to Newtown, Conn., in January of 2009."

1987

Robert Manuse '87 (SCB) was promoted to senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, Va. He leads the delivery of federal financial management service within several key components of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. After graduating from RIT, Manuse earned graduate degrees in international relations and public administration at George Mason University and applied economics at Johns Hopkins University.

1989

David Cassidy '89, '90 (SCB) is a member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, PA. He regularly counsels companies regarding all facets of employment law and drafts employment policies and procedures to ensure employer compliance with federal and state laws. Cassidy was featured in New Jersey Monthly among the 2007 Super Lawyers Rising Stars in labor and employment law. Cassidy is admitted to the bars of New Jersey, New York, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits. Cassidy earned his J.D., cum laude, from Western New England College of Law in 1996.

Carol Lohse Healy '89 (FAA) is the strategic account manager at Valassis, a national leader in media services, in Windsor, Conn. Carol is also the communications chairperson and diversity awareness trainer and was recently elected as an officer on the board of directors for the non-profit Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, Conn. Carol's work was displayed in two art shows in 2008.

James Joy '89 (CAST) is the quality/regulatory manager at Lucid Inc., a medical device company in Rochester. The company produces the innovative VivaScope laser imagers that assist physicians in forming clinical judgments regarding difficult skin conditions without a painful biopsy and associated scarring. Joy is responsible for worldwide regulatory compliance. Last quarter, the company received U.S. Food & Drug Administration 510(k) approval for their product as a Class II Medical Device. Early in 2008, VivaScope imagers received regulatory clearance in China.

Judith Pinkham '89 (CAST) and William Charland announce the birth of a son, Ryan Thomas Charland, on Oct. 3, 2008. Ryan's arrival was seen around the world since Daddy Bill Charland was deployed with the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan. Judy's sister, Joyce, was by her side during the birth and Bill was connected via cell phone and SKYPE. Both parents heard "it's a boy" and Ryan's first cries at the same time. Big Brother Daniel was able to see Daddy and show off his little brother shortly after the birth, thanks to modern technology. Bill returned home in February.

1990

Craig Backus '90 (SCB) is owner of EmbroidMe in Birmingham, Mich. "With major changes happening in the mortgage market, I took the opportunity to purchase a franchise! We had our official grand opening just before Thanksgiving 2008."

Richard Friends SVP '85, '90 (NTID) was promoted to senior program control analyst at Northrop Grumman in Washington, D.C. Richard received an MBA in accounting from University of Phoenix on Sept. 13, 2008.

Mary Seymour Maurice '90 (SCB) was promoted to vice president at Wachovia. Mary Lynn is currently a technology project manager (PMP) supporting wealth management.

Karen Ostromecki '90 (FAA) was awarded professional runner-up by Interior Design Magazine for her "Light Shower" concept for a new ResinArt Panel design. The concept was based on resin panel specifications put forth by Veritas, a product 2008 at Chicago's Merchandise Mart.

1991

Scott Saldinger '89, '91 (GAP) has moved to KXAS NBC5 (a division of General Electric's NBC Universal) in Dallas as a business development account manager. 2009 marks Scott's 16th year in the television broadcast industry.

1992

Monica Banko Meehan '92 (FAA) designed a catalog for the New Mexico Museum of Art exhibition, "Flux: Reflections on Contemporary Glass," that took top honors in the category of Books and Exhibition Catalogues in the Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA) 2008 Publications Design Competition.

Therese Hannigan '90, '91 (FAA), '92 (GAP), an associate professor at RIT, was recognized by Rochester Business Journal among their Forty under Forty 2008 honorees.

Mark Pizza '92 (GAP) recently accepted a position at Toys "R" Us in Wayne, N.J., as a senior manager in the Print Production & Procurement Department. "I am currently a print and digital production consultant in the retail and entertainment industries while I also work on my personal digital imagery projects at www.markapizza.com/imagery."

Kevin Shea '92 (GAP) writes, "After 10 years and 2 months of covering crime in New Jersey's capital city, and having a ball doing it, I left the Trenton Times newspaper in November 2008 during a corporate buyout program. I am now searching for the next professional chapter in my life and spending a lot of deserved time with my wife and three daughters as I look around."

Amy Matson Walts '92 (FAA) and Robert Walts '91 (CAST) announce the birth of a daughter, Tiana Claire, on Dec. 2, 2008, at Rochester General Hospital. Tiana joins brother Alexander (age 15) and sister Aja (age 3).

1993

Joseph Brennan '93 (FAA) writes, "I am blessed and thankful to be alive and see the year 2009. My colorful life has led me to find my true passion, that of being the owner and operator of Brennan Designs (where being unique is a very good thing)! Please visit my Web site and let me know what you think (www.brennandesigns.net). I'd love to hear from you!"

Richard Hutchins '93 (COLA) is senior systems analyst at Frontier Communications supporting the internal customer relationship management software as well as the shopfrontier.com site. Rich is responsible for working with various business units within the company to understand what they want the software to do and then documenting software requirements.

Brian McDermott '93 (FAA) writes, "Happily married for two years and living in Pittsburgh, I am a full-time art instructor at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and have been accepted into national and international juried pastel exhibitions. My wife, Kathy, is a also a teacher, at the Depaul Institute for Hearing and Speech in Pittsburgh.

Brian Stumm '92, '93 (KGCOE) is director of engineering at Kidde North America in Ashlan, Mass. Kidde is part of United Technologies' Fire and Security Division. Brian received an MBA degree from Northeastern University in May 2008 and was inducted into the Beta Gamm Sigma Honor Society. Brain received an M.E. in electrical engineering from Penn State University in December 2006.

1994

Alan Davis '94 (CAST) was recently promoted to vice president, contract manufacturing, from director, contract manufacturing, at LiDestri Foods Inc. in Fairport, N.Y.

Timothy Myers '94 (SCB) is senior vice president for retail segment sales and strategies at HSBC in Buffalo. Timothy previously was employed at Xerox Federal Credit Union as vice president for sales and member services. Timothy received his MBA in 1994 with a dual concentration in financial management and corporate accounting.

Amy Rentzel '93 (FAA), '94 (CIAS) and Kevin Werther were married Sept. 3, 2006, in Penfield, N.Y. They reside in Webster, N.Y.

1995

David Bretz '95 (CIAS) has been working at the Johnson Space Center in Houston for some time. His team of image analysts has played a major role in inspection of the exterior of space shuttle Atlantis and Endeavor during each mission to ensure that no serious damage has occurred that might lead to a repeat of the Columbia disaster.

David Frishkorn '95 (SCB) has accepted a position at Comverse Technology Inc. in New York City as vice president and chief compliance officer. David was previously director of business ethics and compliance at Xerox Corp. in Norwalk, Conn.

Rosanne VanDuzer Lissow '95 (SCB) and husband, Tom, announce the birth of a son, Andrew, in November 2008 in Cary, N.C. Andy joins 4-year-old Jennifer and 21-month-old Amy at home.

1996

Karen Braun '96 (COS) is a research staff member for Xerox Corp. and was recognized by Rochester Business Journal among their Forty under Forty 2008 honorees.

Ladan Madresehee '96 (SCB) is the project manager at NeuStar Inc. in Sterling, Va., in their fiduciary services group. Previously Ladan was working as a contractor doing project management for XO Communications. Ladan and her family live in Reston, Va.

1997

William Brantly '97 (SCB) has published his first book, Forever Is Not Long Enough, available online at the following sites: createspace.com and amazon.com. "I hope everyone enjoys it because I've put a lot into it and I know it's not perfectly formatted, perfectly written or even an easy read, but it's my take on what I've seen, felt and heard and what I try to make sense and understand every day," he writes.

Charles Wilson '97 (CIAS) has been working on a joint project for the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and Bard Graduate College assisting the digital restoration of a deteriorated 17th century blackwork cap, while at the same time animating two gold-and-silk thread stitches normally found on elaborately embroidered 17th century women's coats. The display, "English Embroidery from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1580-1700: 'Twixt Art and Nature," is at the Bard Graduate Center, 86th street in New York City. (www.bgc.bard.edu/exhibit/gallery.shtml).

Krista Kleinschmidt Wolff '95, '97 (CIAS) and husband, Eric, announce the birth of their son, Torin Dean, June 1, 2008, in San Diego, Calif.

1998

Gumersindo Claveria '98 (CAST) and Kristine Alana were married Nov. 22, 2008, in Queens, N.Y. They reside in Flushing, N.Y.

Karen Donnelly '98 (CAST) has accepted a position at The Schiele Group in Chicago as estimator.

Althea Guss '98 (COLA), '99 (CIAS) and husband, Jamie, announce the birth of their daughter, Lucy Scarlett, on May 4, 2008, in New York City. Althea is the fashion editor at All You Magazine and Jamie is a project manager for E.A. Technologies.

Jason Mann '98 (CAST) received a master's degree in manufacturing management and leadership from RIT on Nov. 23, 2008.

Servio Ramirez '98 (COS) and wife, Rachel DeMent Ramirez '98 (COS) have two children, Servio Alvan Eugene (4 years) and Gabriel Henry Daniel (13 months). They reside in Omaha, Neb.

Leah St. Martin '98 (COLA) is a benefits analyst at Hewitt Associates in Lincolnshire, Ill. "I do manual pension calculations for a client with over 20 different pension plans."

William Ward '98 (CAST) has recently retired from IBM after 30 years of service.

1999

Shauna Jetty-Sherboneau '99 (CIAS) and husband, Derek, announce the birth of a son, Sean Lawrence Sherboneau, on July 20, 2008, in Watertown, N.Y.

Kathleen Lange '99 (CIAS) writes, "One of my photographs won second place, color category, in the 2008 Governor's Cup Yacht Race Professional Photography Competition in Maryland. Winning photos will be on display at the Baltimore Washington International Airport."

Christine Palmiere '99 (SCB) is manager of business analytics and technology for CooperVision Inc. and was recognized by Rochester Business Journal among their Forty under Forty 2008 honorees.

Derek Punaro '99 (CAST) and wife, Amanda, announce the birth of a daughter, Ariella Sophia, on Oct. 8, 2008, in Buffalo. Ariella is their first child, and the first grandchild for both sides of the family. She also has three great-grandparents to spoil her.

Heather Ruppert '98, '99 (CAST) has recently received a promotion to education services specialist working with U.S. Marine Corps. She accepted this position after working for the Navy for the past two years.

Heather Springer '99 (SCB) received a master's of science degree in childhood education from Nazareth College on May 10, 2007.

2000

Sarah Laughter Crandall '98, '00 (CIAS) and husband, Sean, announce the birth of a daughter, Lorelai Katherine, on April 13, 2008, in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Marie Desrosiers SVP '96, '00 (COLA) was inducted into an honor society for social work students during undergraduate and graduate school.

Brian Krenzer '98, '00 (CIAS) was promoted to associate creative director from senior art director at Razorfish in Chicago.

Joseph Werner '00 (CAST) and wife, Heather, announce the birth of a daughter, Lilliana Marie, on Aug. 12, 2008, in Rochester.

2001

Daniel Cavanagh '01 (KGCOE) received a master's degree in engineering management from Old Dominion University on May 10, 2008.

Jeffrey Fasoldt '01 (SCB) was elected president of the Rochester Chapter of Financial Executives International.

Douglas Hund '01 (CIAS) was promoted to marketing manager at Gensler in San Francisco.

Richard Nalezynski '99, '01 (CAST) formerly a programmer for the U.S. Army Game Project, is working with Epic Games (www.epicgames.com) to provide Unreal Engine licensees with outstanding support via the Unreal Developer Network (www.udn.epicgames.com). In November 2008, Epic released Gears of War 2 - the highly anticipated sequel to the original award-winning title released in November 2006.

David Robertson '01 (CIAS) is program manager, PMO, strategic planning and transformation for Excellus Health Plan Inc. and was recognized by Rochester Business Journal among their Forty under Forty 2008 honorees.

Deborah Brown Robison '01 (CAST) and husband, Rich, announce the birth of a daughter, Chloe Elise, on Nov. 26, 2008, in Austin, Texas. Deborah reports that "Chloe Elise is welcomed by her big sister Abigail, who has already showered her with plenty of kisses. Parents are both doing great!"

Kyle Skrinak '01 (CAST) is the co-owner and director of technology at Skrinak Creative Inc. in Apex, N.C. Kyle was employed at RR Donnelley as quality and EHS director. "Over a year ago, I found opportunities to better align my career with market changes in the graphic arts and while continuing to use my developed skills, talents and to greatly afford me the ability to do what I enjoy doing."

Haileab Tsegay '01 (GCCIS) received a master of science degree in information technology from University of Maryland on May 26, 2007.

Allison Orke '01 (SCB) and Colin Young were married June 24, 2006, in Syracuse. They traveled throughout Europe for their honeymoon. They reside in Bethesda, Md., where Allison works in R & D Federal Government contract negotiations for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Colin is attending Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences to become a doctor.

2002

Sivakumar Balasubramanian '02 (GCCIS) and Ramya Shivakumar announce the birth of twin daughters on Aug. 7, 2008, in Falls Church, Va.

Michael Fisher '02 (GCCIS) and Maria Thomas were married Nov. 29, 2008, in Rochester. Michael received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Rochester on May 16, 2008. They reside in Rochester.

Justin Lassiter '02 (GCCIS) and wife, Jill, announce the adoption of daughter, Hannah Katerina, born on Nov. 18, 2005, in Kirovograd, Ukraine. Hannah was adopted at the age of 2 years. "She joins her older brother Jackson and younger brother Ethan, and is doing very well," Justin reports.

Sean McVey '02 (GCCIS) is a digital forensic examiner at Stroz Friedberg in New York City. He is a EnCE certified examiner and a certified data recovery professional.

Nicole Welsh '02 (CIAS) and Jared Unterborn '03 (CIAS) were married Nov. 9, 2008, at the historic Esperanza Mansion in Bluff Point, N.Y. The bridal party consisted of several other RIT alumni, including Scott Bedford '01 (CIAS), '02 (SCB); Aaron Unterborn '99 (CAST), Jason Treadwell '01, '03 (SCB) and Stephen Abbott '04 (CIAS). The wedding was photographed by Lindsay Raymondjack '01 (CIAS). Following the reception, the couple spent their honeymoon touring Venice and the Greek Isles. They reside in Southbury, Conn.

2003

Erin Bellamy '03 (CIAS) has illustrated her first children's book, Digging Spring, written and self-published by Elisabeth Hurley. The book can be viewed at www.lulu.com/diggingspring.

Kenneth Berry '03 (GCCIS) and wife, Sabrina, announce the birth of a son, Lucas James, on Dec. 3, 2008, in Rochester General Hospital.

Tricia Piatkowski '03 (GCCIS) and Jeffrey Hock '04 (CAST) were married on June 7, 2008, in Elma, N.Y.

Jha-Sung Koo '03 (GCCIS) writes, "I am a Web application developer at Ntreev USA Inc., the online game publisher, in Irvine, Calif. I've been working on two massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG), Trickster (http://trickster.ntreev.net) and Grand Chase (http://grandchase.ntreev.net) for two years preparing a new game in the North American market next year."

John Nuszkowski '03 (KGCOE) was promoted to research assistant professor at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W. Va. "My current research focuses on internal combustion engines and emissions with a special interest in fuel additives, low temperature combustion and heat release rate analysis."

Tara Parekh '03 (CIAS) has accepted a position as visual design editor for the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University, in Washington, D.C. She published her second book, 2002 Photographs of Thailand and Cambodia, available on lulu.com.

Thomas Peeples '94 (KGCOE), '03 (CAST) was promoted to technology team leader at the Goodyear truck and aircraft tire plant in Danville, Va. Previously, he was chief engineer for Goodyear at the Goodyear Proving Grounds.

Sylvia Rosenthal '03 (CIAS) is one of 13 artists to be juried into the Searchlight Artist Program at the prestigious American Craft Council Show in Baltimore. Md. This group of emerging talent presented their work on a national platform for the first time at the 33rd annual event Feb. 27–March 1, 2009, at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Amber Szymanski '03 (SCB) and Kevin Powell were married on July 26, 2008 in Portland, N.Y. They reside in Portland, N.Y.

Stacey Wronkowski '03 (SCB) was recently promoted to manager in the Risk Advisory Services practice at Ernst & Young in Chicago.

2004

Kevin Barker '04 (COLA) is a disaster assistance expert with FEMA and works out of the Albany, N.Y., office.

Kathy Mast '04 (CIAS) and Steve McClure were married on May 24, 2008, in Morgantown, Pa. They currently reside in Ephrata, Pa. Among the guests were alumni Erik Dolatowski '02 (KGCOE), Toccarra Dolatowski '04 (CIAS), Sonja Lengel '04 (CIAS), Melissa Genovese '05 (CIAS), Liz Lambert '04 (COS), Kevin Gonzales '05 (COS), Brian Gonzales '05 (KGCOE), Greg Yoder '02 (CIAS) , Jeff Raj '03 (GCCIS), Josh Hoiland '03 (KGCOE) and others.

Joseph Monahan '04 (GCCIS) writes, "I'm biking (yes, as in bicycle) across the country this summer to raise money and awareness for the American Lung Association. There are going to be about 20 of us riding 48 days to cross 12 states and 3,300 miles. The ride starts on June 23 in Seattle and finishes on Aug. 9 in Washington, D.C. For more details on the actual ride, check out: www.cleanairadventures.org/big_ride_across_america and my personal training blog: www.seejoeride.com."

Michelle Pedzich '04 (CAST) is director of compliance for HR Works and was recognized by Rochester Business Journal among their Forty under Forty 2008 honorees.

Carlos Ramos '01, '03, '04 (CAST) and Felia Aldridge Ramos '01 (NTID), '04 (SCB) announce the birth of a daughter, Damaris Maia, born on Oct. 20, 2008, in Conyers, Ga. "This is our first baby of hopefully many more to come," Carlos writes. "Mom is doing great."

Christopher Vongsawat '04 (CAST) has been deployed to Afghanistan to serve with the U.S. Army.

2005

Kara Austin '05 (CIAS) has accepted a position at Dixon Schwabl Advertising in Victor, N.Y., as graphic designer. Dixon Schwabl is currently ranked the No.1 Best Small Company to Work For in America by the Great Place to Work Institute.

Kara Doughman '05 (CIAS) and Matt Austin were married on May 17, 2008, at Artisan Works in Rochester. They currently reside in Rochester. Alumni in attendance: Anna McCabe '05 (GCCIS), Bill Gavett '05 (SCB), Sarah Behling '04 (KGCOE), Courtney Martin '04 (CIAS), Molly Miles '06 (GCCIS), Joelle Tannenbaum '05 (CIAS), Stephen Mokey '07 (KGCOE), Daniel Owens '00 (CIAS), Cara Owens '00 (COS). The couple honeymooned in Coronado, Calif.

Jesseca Flaherty '05 (KGCOE) has accepted a position at Dresser-Rand in Benicia, Calif., as project engineer in their Pacific Northwest Field Service Division. Jesseca was previously employed at Pathways Charter School as their science resource librarian. She says she loves getting back into the engineering world and spending most of her time working in oil refineries and can't wait to start traveling.

Megan Martin '05 (CIAS) is a photo studio manager and retoucher in New York City.

Dana M. Roberts '05 (SCB) and David Johnson were married Oct. 23, 2008, in Washington, D.C., where they currently reside.

2006

Royce Abel '06 (KGCOE) and Tulin Dadali '04 (COS) were married on Oct. 4, 2008, in Sonnenberg Gardens, Canandaigua, N.Y. They currently reside in Rochester. They will be going to Peru for their honeymoon.

Mayank Agrawal '06 (KGCOE) has been an associate in the Boston office of L.E.K. Consulting since January 2008. Mayank has worked on a variety of projects including an organizational restructuring of a private jet aircraft carrier, a commercial drug launch strategy for a large bio-pharmaceutical company, and an acquisition assessment for physician-owned specialty hospitals. Mayank holds an M.S. degree in engineering management from Dartmouth College.

Chelsea Baker '06 (COS) and Joshua Akin were married on Oct. 11, 2008, in Canandaigua, N.Y. They currently reside in Clifton Springs, N.Y.

David Chinander '06 (COLA) is a computer help desk analyst at Western Illinois University.

Julia Dickinson '04, '06 (COLA) is a research director at Rochester Business Journal.

Brian Lio '06 (GCCIS) is now a cast member and executive producer at Jet Set Zero, a production company built around a reality travel series that follows the lives of young Americans as they work and travel internationally. Learn more at www.jetsetzero.tv.

Amy Luce '06 (COS) is attending Nazareth College for a master's degree.

Theresa Buscemi Mertz SVP '71, '06 (NTID) joined the Rochester School for the Deaf Outreach Center as coordinator of "Signs for All," the school's American Sign Language instruction program. Mertz holds an undergraduate degree from SUNY Empire State College and a graduate degree from RIT/NTID.

Lindsay Rusert '06 (SCB) and Robert Bjorhus '04 (SCB) were married June 28, 2008, in Buffalo. Fellow alumni in attendance were Tom Burke '04 (GCCIS), Casey Copps '06 (CAST) and others. Marie Peters '07 (CIAS) performed a reading. The couple currently resides in Philadelphia with their miniature schnauzer, Harold.

Paul Santoro '06 (GCCIS) has relocated to Newport Beach, Calif., and specializes in advanced wireless and IP communications technologies for SRA International, a leading government consulting and systems integration firm.

Pamella Stomel '05, '06 (CIAS) is account executive for Ramsey Press Inc. While obtaining her bachelor of science degree in graphic media, she was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award, recognizing her for her 4.0 GPA and four years of service to PUB's executive board (a graphic arts organization) and service to the School of Print Media's advisory board at RIT.

Christian Szabo '06 (CAST) is the corporate compliance administrator with Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rochester.

Stephanie Tyler '06 (COS) has moved to Massachusetts where she is growing her practice as a financial adviser with Merrill Lynch in their Westborough office.

Sarah Weeden '04, '06 (CIAS) is a photographer in Belize, Central America. Her work with Stonetree Records can be seen in the CD project "Umalali, The Garifuna Womens Project" (which reached No.1 on the world music charts in Europe and Canada). Soon her work will be seen on the new Aurelio Martinez CD, and for WOMEX, the World Music Expo in Seville, Spain. In addition to freelancing, Sarah teaches photography at a university in Belize and has curated several gallery shows of her students' work. Sarah can be contacted at sarah.weeden@gmail.com. To see Sarah's work, visit www.sarahweeden.com.

2007

Brian Argauer '07 (KGCOE) and Laura Grell '07 (COS) were married on Aug. 23, 2008, at St. Gabriel's Church, Elma, N.Y. They purchased a house and currently reside in Cheektowaga, N.Y. Other RIT alumni participating were Katie Werner '07 (GCCIS) and Laurie Underhill '07 (KGCOE) as bridesmaids and Eric Ernst '08 (KGCOE) as a groomsman. The couple honeymooned at Sandal's Whitehouse in Jamaica.

Candi Daviton '07 (NTID) joins Rochester School for the Deaf's PRIDE Program as employment specialist/job developer. PRIDE is a supported employment service for deaf adults who have additional disabling conditions. Originally from California, Daviton holds an undergraduate degree from California State University and a graduate degree from RIT/NTID.

Benjamin Harris '07 (SCB) was promoted to product manager, VideoCensus at The Nielsen Company in New York City.

Laura Loscalzo '07 (CAST) and husband, Jeremiah Loscalzo '94 (CIAS), '93 (GAP) announce the birth of a dauthter, Olivia Ann, on May 19, 2008, in North Carolina.

Amanda Malkin '07 (CIAS) holds a pre-program internship in the paper conservation department at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, Williamstown, Mass.

Kimberly Rosenthal '07 (CIAS) and Craig Philip Oliver '06 (CAST) were married June 20, 2008, at The Carriage House in Rochester. Craig is currently a plant operator at the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Plant in Oswego, NY. Kimberly is a graphic department assistant at the Huhtamaki Print Packaging Facility in Fulton, N.Y. The couple honeymooned in York Harbor, Maine. They reside in Oswego.

Jennifer Rowe '07 (COLA) is a Web application developer at Flower City Printing in Rochester.

Rachael Talbott SVP '01, '07 (COLA) and husband, Brett Talbott '01 (NTID) are parents of two children, daughter Keira S. Talbott and son Grant J. Talbott. Keira was born on Dec. 25, 2006, and Grant was born on Feb.19, 2008, both in Rochester.

2008

Brandon Borgna '08 (SCB) is communications manager with the American Trucking Association in Arlington, Va.

Katie Fernaays '08 (NTID) joins the Rochester School for the Deaf Outreach Center as coordinator of RASA@RSD, an after-school program for deaf and hard of hearing students attending RSD and other schools in the Rochester area. Fernaays holds an undergraduate degree from Gannon University and a graduate degree from RIT/NTID.

Carrie Fisher '99 (COLA), '08 (NTID) joined the Rochester School for the Deaf faculty in the High School Department as mathematics teacher. Fisher holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from RIT/NTID and a graduate degree from Gallaudet University.