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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 “Summer Vestibule Program”


Eugene Penler ’50 (GAP) and students Krishna C. Madaparthi ’13 (GCCIS), right, and Breanna Shartzer ’13 (GCCIS) happened to meet recently at the 390th Memorial Museum in Tucson, Ariz. Their mutual love of aircraft and RIT created an instant bond between Penler and Madaparthi. Penler served in the U.S. Air Force as a bombardier aboard a B-29 during World War II. The museum contains the restored B-17G, “I’ll Be Around.”


Donald Nagel ’55 (FAA) was represented in the Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association’s National Juried Show with two pastels, Amicola Falls and Marshscape No. 8. Two works by Joyce Nagel ’56 (CIAS) were also included: a pastel, Taking Off, and oil, Mom’s Moment, which won a merit award. The show featured 130 pieces from 25 states selected from 500 entries.


Michael Blain ’56, ’57 (GAP) was honored by State of Israel Bonds for a lifetime of service at its annual tribute luncheon Nov. 15, 2009, at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla in Carmel, Ind. He received The Star of David Award given in recognition of those who, in the spirit of King David, have demonstrated devotion to the land and people of Israel, true leadership and generosity.


Kevin Gilson ’64 (GAP) is a member of the early music quintet Consort Anon and recently performed at the Walters Art Museum as part of their holiday open house. The group also performed for students and senior citizens at Glenelg Country School. The quintet recently celebrated 30 years of public performances. Kevin is a founding member.

Donald Kingston ’64 (SCB) was elected to the Duck (N.C.) Town Council in his first run for public office. Don will serve as the mayor pro tempore of the town.

David Spindel ’64 (GAP) was commissioned to create a cover for the Silver Spur Awards in Burbank, Calif. David also signed a contract with Simon & Shuster for a book that will contain numerous photos of John Lennon taken at the last recording session of Lennon’s Double Fantasy album in 1980.


Fred Buja ’65 (KGCOE) received his second U.S. patent to measure temperature and pressure as a combined thermal-mechanical strain imposed on a thermocouple bead. The patent-pending sensing technology application measures physiological respiration rate and vascular blood pressure-pulse rate without a pressurized cuff, with the sensor array to be attached to a watch for 24/7 wireless monitoring and alarm.


Jan Detanna ’68 (FAA) sings lead in his doo-wop group, Deke and The Blazers. The group has been touring across the U.S. as part of The Ultimate Doo-Wop Show produced by Canterbury Productions, appearing with the legends of doo-wop that they grew up listening to years ago. They also perform background harmonies for Cleve Duncan, original lead singer of The Penguins, and the song, Earth Angel. The tour has made stops in Los Angeles, Detroit, San Diego, and Seattle, to name a few. They recorded their first CD, Doo-Wop Straight from the Heart, early in 2009.

Stephen Whittaker ’68 (GAP) has been elected an active member of the Supreme Council, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the U.S. Stephen is classified as a 33rd degree free mason. The awarding of the 33rd designation is a national honorarium that recognizes service, leadership, dedication and commitment to the principles of brotherly love and care among fellow men.


Janice Fox-Ford Sterling ’63, ’70 (FAA) was a member of the 2009 National Design Policy Summit ( on Nov. 2, 2009. This is the second meeting of the group, which includes members of professional design associations, design educational bodies and design-related federal government agencies. One of the summit goals is to establish an American Design Council with a presence in government and the creation of a Secretary of American Design and Innovation position.


George McGee ’71 (SCB) visited Stephen Omondi Okongo of Kenya in the fall. Stephen (pictured here) was orphaned as a teenager and George began to sponsor Stephen five years ago. To read more, go to

John Peelle ’71 (GAP) moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1976 and opened his own photo studio in the Scottsdale Air Park. His clients have included almost all the major advertising agencies, many design studios and many corporate clients including Forever Living Products, Best Western International and Pointe Resorts, just to name a few.


Jane Wattenberg ’73 (GAP) photo-illustrated a version of The Duck And The Kangaroo, written by 19th century writer and painter Edward Lear. This love song between two unlikely friends is published by Greenwillow/HarperCollins Books. Wattenberg is the author/illustrator of many eye-popping photo-collage books for children. The New York Times squawked, “Yowza!” for her hip-hop adaptation of Henny-Penny. Her Never Cry Woof! is howls of fun. Her accordion novel for babies, Mrs. Mustard’s Baby Faces, is celebrating its 20th year in print.


Joyce Greenberg Goode ’74 (FAA) has been elected president of the San Francisco Quilters Guild.

Thomas Pearce ’74 (SCB) recently started his own business, Pearce Corrugated Consulting, in Three Rivers, Mich. Thomas previously was employed at Smurfit Stone Container as director of engineering. “I was able to take my RIT education and 35 years’ experience in the corrugated industry and start my own business. As a management consultant, I am helping the future managers in our industry.”

William Zarycranski ’72, ’74 (GAP) recently became director, biopharmaceutics, at Teva Pharmaceuticals USA in Horsham, Pa. Zarycranski was previously associate director, scientific affairs, within the Clinical Pharmacology Services Group at Pharmanet. In his new role, Zarycranski conducts Phase I clinical pharmacology and bioequivalence trials to support innovative and generic business units.


William Truran ’75 (GAP) is an adjunct professor at William Paterson University. He has produced a new book called Digital Imaging: from Capture to Production. He writes, “Now I am teaching both studio lighting and digital imaging at night and run a photo studio during the day. That means fun from early morning to late at night!”

Patrick White ’84, ’75 (SCB) founded publicly traded Document Security Systems Inc. (DSS) in 2002 and serves as chief executive officer and a director. In 2008 and 2009, Document Security Systems was named to the Technology Fast 500 published by Deloitte LLP for the fastest-growing technology companies in the U.S. White currently sits on the board of several technology companies and is a frequent speaker at industry functions. DSS has 80 employees and manufacturing plants in San Francisco and Rochester.


Michael Gendron ’76 (SCB) was the keynote speaker at the annual Ohio Statewide Conference on Entrepreneurship and Ethics in November.

Stan Godwin ’76 (GAP) retired from Texas A&M University-Commerce after 30 years of teaching. “I was the photography coordinator and interim head of the art department. I moved back to my childhood home on Cape Cod, Mass., where I operate Stan Godwin Photography Workshops ( and work as a consultant with the Photo Imaging Education Association, a sub group of PMA. My old friends should find me on Facebook!”

Dale Romano Grogan ’76 (GAP) and husband, James, own two stores inhistorical Wickford, R.I.: “The World Store” and “Nautical Impressions; Gifts for Sailors and Landlubbers Alike.”


Chingho Lu ’77 (SCB) writes, “I am on a mission to help people experience wellness and build wealth for their life purposes. Please visit my blog at”

Richard Malone ’77 (GAP) is the new president and chief executive officer of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. As CEO he is responsible for the leadership and management of the organization – one of the largest nonprofits in the city– and will oversee its $84 million operating budget. Malone is the former senior vice president of Tribune Co.’s Interactive group, a multimarket Internet business.

Robert Whiteside ’77 (FAA) is a creative arts therapist at the Jewish Home of Rochester. Bob is also a 2003 graduate of the Nazareth College of Rochester Post Graduate Art Therapy Certification Program, an exhibiting and studio artist, and adjunct professor of the Visual and Performing Arts Department of Monroe Community College.


Daniel Mills ’78 (FAA) writes, “Just back from China for the opening of a solo show at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Museum, and from being a visiting artist there. A great experience!”

David Pieramico ’78 (SCB) was recently promoted to senior adjunct faculty in the accelerated learning program at Medaille College in Rochester. “I currently teach finance classes in both the bachelor’s and master’s business administration degree programs, as well as in the master’s of organizational leadership degree program.”

Eugene Rusiecki SVP ’71, ’75 (NTID), ’78 (CAST) was employed at Siemens Energy & Automation as senior systems engineer. “I am currently a job seeker. Looking to do the same line of work, as an automation and controls engineer. Contact me if you know of a referral who is looking to fill a position.”


Clifford Townsend ’79 (GAP) writes, “While everyone was flitting about the RIT campus for our 30th reunion in October, my wife, Karen, and I decided to cheer on the RIT Cycling Club at the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Championships in Vermont. Here is a picture of me and my freshman, Greg Townsend (CIAS), at the Dual Slalom event. Cheers!”


James Coe ’80 (CCE) writes “After a successful 23-year career in the U. S. Army, which ended in an untimely wound, I settled in Lake Placid, N.Y. Currently, I am the front-office supervisor and concierge for the No. 1 resort in the Adirondacks, The High Peaks Resort. I thank RIT for the education that put me where I am!”

Michael Graff ’80 (GAP) was named president and CEO of Sandy Alexander earlier this year. Sandy Alexander, a graphic communications company in Clifton, N.J., has been an industry leader for many years and employs a significant number of RIT alumni. Mike is very proud of his degree from RIT and speaks of his school often.


Nancy Letavish ’80, ’82 (SCB) recently married John T. Magerowski ’80 (KGCOE). John found Nancy through RIT’s Alumni Online Community after being out of touch for more than 15 years!


James Meadows ’83 (CCE) is a training team manager with ADT Security Services in Kansas City, Miss. He is also a freelance corporate writer and an Assemblies of God ordained minister. He recently completed a MBA degree with the University of Phoenix. Prior degrees are an A.A.S. in chemical technology with Broome Community College and an M.Div. in pastoral counseling with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

Daniel Taylor ’81, ’83 (FAA) and Nora Vaivads-Taylor ’83 (CIAS) have moved their design studio, Taylor Design, to 247 Main Street in Stamford, Conn. Founded in 1992, Taylor Design ( develops branding, print and interactive communications for corporations and institutions, including MasterCard Worldwide, Thomson Reuters, FedEx, Sarah Lawrence College and Cleveland Institute of Art.


William Abraham ’84 (CAST) completed the 100-mile Pelotonia Charity Bike Ride supporting cancer research performed at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.


Brad Hankin ’85 (GAP) accepted a position as operations manager at Two C Pack Systems in Nashua, N.H., where he is responsible for managing all facets of manufacturing for a mid-sized folding carton facility. The operation produces “just in time” high-end and upscale novelty consumer packages. The facility operates the largest geothermal system in New England and is the only packaging company in the U.S. to have this environmentally preferable system. Two C Pack is also 100 percent wind powered.

Donna Hartnett ’85 (CAST) currently works part-time with her husband, Andrew Radack, in the law firm of Radack & Hartnett in Silver Creek, N.Y. Donna also works part-time for Ivoclar Vivadent Inc. in Amherst, N.Y., as director of QA/regulatory affairs and assistant corporate counsel.


Jonathan Bannister ’86 (FAA), in keeping with his life-long interest in Japanese martial arts and culture (RIT Aikido Club), is currently executive director and marketing communications manager for the Pacific Northwest Budo Association in Seattle, Wash., which raises funds and provides grants and scholarships for cooperative arts education in Washington State. Bannister (Ph.D./Ma.D.Sc., University of Asian Martial Arts Studies) was inducted into the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame and the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and further honored by the City of Seattle whose mayor named Oct. 18, 2009 “Dr. Jonathan Bannister Day” in recognition of Bannister’s successful efforts to build bridges of friendship and understanding between the peoples of Japan and the United States.

Jack Van Antwerp ’86 (GAP) was promoted to director of photography at The Wall Street Journal. This past year has seen many changes for WSJ including becoming the largest newspaper in the U.S. Last year, WSJ took several photo awards including second place Photos of the Year for best use of photography online (second to National Geographic, which took first) and first place NPPA award for best domestic news photo story.

William Wright ’86 (GAP) has been elected as the chairman of the board of Wright of Thomasville Inc. He will also hold the position of chief marketing officer for the company.


Anne Olsen-Williams ’87 (COS) was married in August 2009 to Joseph M. Chavez. They live in Englewood, Colo., where she works for Dishnetwork.

John Rice ’85, ’87 (GAP) accepted a position as general manager at in Ft. Collins, Colo. “For the first time in my life, I’m not working in the field of photography, but have taken over operations of a long-time client. It was the right thing at the right time.”

David Smith ’87 (KGCOE) is managing director of Accenture Global Talent & Organization Performance in Hartford, Conn. The practice is a group of skilled professionals who provide human resources, talent management and learning solutions enabling clients to improve the performance of their people, their organization and their business.


Cavit Habib ’88 (KGCOE) is CEO and shareholder of ISS Facilities Services in Turkey. “I employ 22,000 people and I run five different companies providing cleaning, maintenance, security, catering, landscaping and pest control services all around the country.”


James Joy ’89 (CAST) was promoted to director of quality and regulatory compliance at Lucid Inc. in Rochester and is responsible for approvals and compliance of Lucid’s medical devices with worldwide regulatory agencies.


Cindy Dunne ’85, ’90 (SCB) is a recruiting clerk at U.S. Census Bureau in Winston-Salem, N.C. “I encourage anyone who wants to learn more about the government or the area they live in, or who wants a job with flexible hours for a temporary length of time, to sign-up for the job skills test to find out where their skills can best be used. Check the Web site for more details. I enjoy keeping busy at a time in my life when many people are fully retired.


Scott Curry ’92 (CAST) announces the birth of a daughter, Elsie Jazzlyn.

Jennifer Mohney Gogos ’92 (FAA) and husband, George, announce the birth of their daughter, Alexandra Maria, on Sept. 1, 2009. Alexandra joins big brother Adam, 2½, at home in Amherst, N.Y.

Terry Myers ’92 (GAP) was recently promoted to prepress manager for RR Donnelley’s Jefferson City, Mo., division, which images approximately 1 million Kodak plates annually.

Kathi Vokes ’92 (COLA) and Brian Vokes announce the birth of a daughter, Jordan Elizabeth, on Aug. 10, 2009, in Mons, Belgium.


Michael Larson ’93 (COLA) is an attorney and founder of the Law Office of Michael J. Larson P.C. in New York City. Michael previously was employed at United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps as CPT, Judge Advocate. “The timing was right to start a private practice. We handle cases in the areas of civil litigation, criminal law, real estate, family law and immigration.


Janice Cifelli ’94 (CAST) is the chapter leader of the Western New York Chapter of the Vasculitis Foundation. “We are a support group that meets throughout the year to discuss various issues that affect us. I plan to have medical professionals attend as guest speakers in the future. If any alumni have or know anyone who has one of these rare diseases, please feel free to contact me! Even if you don’t live in the WNY area, I’m happy to speak with anyone about their vasculitis journey.

Erin Malone ’94 (CIAS) writes, “My first book was recently published by O’Reilly Media. Designing Social Interfaces: Principles, Practices and Patterns for the User Experience presents a family of social Web design principles and interaction patterns, capturing user-experience best practices and emerging social Web customs for Web 2.0 practitioners. The book is primarily geared to interactive designers and developers.”

Michael Mogilski ’94 (SCB) was promoted to manager, Medical Office Administration, in May 2009. He’s responsible for all operations of the medical facility including internal medicine, specialties, pediatrics, OB/GYN, radiology, laboratory and pharmacy.


Seth Gitner ’95 (CIAS) and Angela Gitner announce the birth of a daughter, Sadye Annabell Gitner, on Sept. 20, 2008, in Roanoke, Va. They are now living in their new home in Manlius, N.Y. Seth, who specializes in multimedia storytelling for the Web, has left daily newspaper photojournalism to become a tenure-track assistant professor of newspaper and online journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School for Public Communications at Syracuse University.


Karen Rybarczyk Braun ’96 (COS) is a color scientist at Xerox Corp. in Binghamton, N.Y. She served as general co-chair for the IS&T/SID 17th Color Imaging Conference in Albuquerque, N.M, Nov. 10–14, 2009.

Erin Esposito ’96 (COLA) was named executive director of Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims (ASADV), a non-profit agency providing support for deaf and hard of hearing adults and their children who are or have been victims of domestic violence and or sexual assault.


Michael Sivigny ’97 (CAST) brought great pride to the Merrimac River Rowing Association when he captured the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. Michael’s long-term goal is rowing in the 2012 Olympics in London. Michael, who is single, jokes and says he’s living “The transient-rowing lifestyle.”

Dieter Steigerwald ’97 (SCB) has been admitted to the partnership in the audit department at Fust Charles Chambers LLP, a certified public accounting firm in Syracuse, N.Y. His primary responsibilities include providing accounting and consulting services to manufacturing and commercial concerns, service companies and health care entities.

Timothy Wood ’97 (CIAS) is graphics coordinator of the east coast at Fres-co System USA Inc. in Telford, Pa. “After the birth of our daughter, Quinn, I worked as a freelance graphic designer to spend more time at home. Now that she is older, I needed to transition back into a full-time position. I now preflight art for a packaging company that produces over 80 percent of all coffee packaging in the country. Clients include Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Eight O’Clock Coffee, White Coffee and many more.”


Alice Merchant ’98 (CIAS) is a systems program manager at Splash in New York City. “Splash is an international design and production agency and an independent provider of marketing management systems. I am looking forward to contributing to the growth of the New York City division.”


Brian Fregonese ’99 (KGCOE) and his wife, Nissa Anderson Fregonese ’00 (KGCOE), announce the birth of a daughter, Gina Paige, on Oct. 21, 2009, in Fond du Lac, Wis. Mom, baby, Dad, and 5-year-old sister Alyssa are all doing fine.

Elizabeth Nida ’99 (CIAS) and Carl Obert were married Sept. 19, 2009, in Minneapolis. They reside in Rochester, Minn. Carl works in management at IBM and Elizabeth is a senior staff photographer at the Post-Bulletin.

Derek Punaro ’99 (CAST) was recently elected to the board of directors and treasurer of the Central Terminal Restoration Corp. The CTRC was founded in 1997 to oversee the stabilization and restoration of the Central Terminal in Buffalo as a mixed-use facility, offering space for public events, light industry, cultural/educational space, office operations, condominiums, retail shopping and dining and access to passenger and light rail train services.

Nicolas Rubio ’01, ’99 (SCB) and Angela Incerti were married Dec. 5, 2009, at the Preciosísima Sangre Church with reception at the Tamanaco Intercontinental Hotel in Caracas, Venezuela. Angela and Nicolás spent their honeymoon on a cruise from Miami to Haiti, Colombia, Panamá, Costa Rica and Key West. They also stayed a few days in South Florida. They reside in Caracas.


Chandandeep Bhandari ’00 (SCB) writes, “My training and education at RIT helped to convert my business in New Delhi, India, into a multi-national organization. In April 2009, acting as vice chairman and CEO of my family-owned business, BIC Logistics Ltd. entered into a joint venture with Australian logistics giant Toll Global Logistics.”

Brandy Tyson-Flyn Donough ’00 (CIAS) is president and CEO of United Lithographers Inc. in Spokane, Wash., after the unexpected passing of her father. While in the United Kingdom, she was a project manager for Black Pig, an advertising agency, until 2007 when she and her husband, Cameron, had a son. “Quite a change from the past two years as a stay-at-home mom, but I love a good challenge!” Currently, they are relocating from North Pole, Alaska, back to Spokane.

Evan Thomas ’00 (KGCOE) received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in May 2007.

Chad Waters ’00 (CAST) and wife, Bernadette Waters, announce the birth of a son, Owen Alexander, on Sept. 9, 2009, in Meadowbrook, Pa.


Melinda “Mindy” Cole Class ’03, ’01 (COLA) and Clipson Class ’01 (CAST) announce the birth of a son, Ronan Cole, on April 20, 2009, in Rochester. He was welcomed home by big sister Bronwyn.


Jennifer Dashnau ’03 (SCB), ’02 (COS) and Michael J. Brown were married on Oct. 17, 2009, at the Hotel Fiesole in Skippack, Pa. Following the wedding and honeymoon in Australia, the couple returned to the Philadelphia area where Jennifer is employed as a process engineer in Recombinant Vaccine Technology and Engineering at Merck & Co. and Michael serves as business administrator for Detweiler Family Medicine and Integrative Chiropractic Center.

Jillian Knight ’02 (KGCOE) was recently promoted to assistant store manager from service desk supervisor at The Home Depot. “I have been with Home Depot over seven years and love the challenges that I get to solve on a daily basis.”

Mark Rozum ’02 (GCCIS) recently became an applications engineer at Vivisimo Inc. in Pittsburgh. Mark had been employed at Consolidated Communications as lead Web developer. According to Mark, “Vivisimo is a leader in enterprise search technology.”


Kimberly Bonarski ’03 (COLA) and Timothy Bonarski ’04 (CAST) announce the birth of a son, Tyler Timothy, on Sept. 1, 2009, in New Haven, Conn. “Tyler is a happy, healthy little boy, and so far a great sleeper!,” they write.

Carl Gause Jr. ’03 (COLA) and Crystal Gause announce the birth of their son, Joshua David Gause, on June 1, 2009.

Kevin Giles ’03 (CAST) is project manager for The Pike Company and earned his Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute in September 2009.

Sergio Guevara ’04 (KGCOE), ’03 (CIAS) recently went to work for Arryx Inc. in Chicago. “I was laid off from Microvision in January 2009 due to downsizing, but luckily landed a new job from my first interview. I started working for Arryx at the end of April. I am the primary engineer in their research group responsible for opto-mechanical and optical design.”

Rebecca May ’03 (CAST) and Jason Stryker ’08 (CAST) were married on Aug. 29, 2009, at Nazareth Chapel in Rochester. The reception was at Frontier Field Stadium where they threw out the first pitch and guests enjoyed a baseball game. Attendants included Kristina Mamon ’01, ’06 (CIAS), Jennifer Miazga ’03 (CIAS) and Paul Diedrich ’03 (KGCOE). They currently reside in Rochester and are both employed at RIT.


Christopher Banner ’04 (GCCIS) and Amanda Griffin ’04 (CIAS) were married on Aug. 15, 2008, in Boston. They currently reside in Billerica, Mass.

Tu Wanner Cleveland ’04 (COLA) is volunteering as a MSW at True Bethel Charities, a ministry of the True Bethel Baptist Church in Buffalo.

Laurie Jerome ’04 (CIAS) and Mark Hedberg ’04 (GCCIS) were married on June 20, 2009, at the Webster (N.Y.) Arboretum. The couple met while attending RIT. Many RIT alumni were present for the ceremony, including best man Rob Heller ’08 (CIAS), groomsman Josh Coon ’98 (CIAS), Leah Coon ’02, ’05 (CIAS), Jesse Silverstein ’08 (GCCIS), Maureen Wood ’05 (COS), Adam Blair ’05 (CIAS), Melissa Dawn Keith ’04 (CIAS), Nicole Campbell ’05 (CIAS), Christopher Daley ’06 (COS), Eileen Shannon ’03, ’05 (COLA) and many other family and friends. Following the ceremony, the couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Antigua. They currently reside in their Webster, N.Y., home with their two cats. Laurie works as a graphic designer for Barbour Design and Mark is a Web developer at Crosman Corp.

Scott Kanzelmeyer ’04 (GCCIS) was promoted in October 2009 to systems engineer IV for The Boeing Co.

Marisa Santiago ’04 (SCB) and Patrick Kieliszek were married on March 14, 2009. The two met while members of RIT’s Computer Science House and they wed in the Davis Planetarium of the Maryland Science Center. James Kieliszek ’03 (GCCIS), Melissa Kellogg Ferrier ’03 (SCB), and Aaron Halterman ’05 (KGCOE) served in their bridal party. Also in attendance were many of their friends from RIT and CSH, a dinosaur, and their dog, Einstein. They currently live in New Jersey where Patrick is pursuing a degree in physics and Marisa is a sales manager for DC Comics.

Evelyn Sizemore ’04 (CIAS) graduated cum laude, SCAD Combined Honors Scholarship (2007–2009) and received a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from Savannah College of Art and Design on Aug. 27, 2009.

Scott Streiker ’04 (CIAS) recently became manager, Electron Microscopy Lab, at California Animal Health and Food Safety Lab in Davis, Calif. Scott previously was employed at University of Dayton Research Institute as associate research electron microscopist. “This change is a welcome and yet daunting career advancement opportunity,” he writes.


Amy Brate Cham ’05 (CAST) writes, “Last spring, I left the world of Web development and Internet marketing to start Paper Swan Photography, which offers wedding and event photography services. Paper Swan is a joint venture with my husband, Matthew Cham, and represents the fulfillment of a long-time personal dream. You can see our work at”

Shaun Farrell ’05 (GCCIS) and Jennifer Kilmer were married on Nov. 6, 2009, in Geneva, New York. They currently reside in Washington, D.C.

Anna Leung ’05 (COLA) launched RIJI Green to provide economic empowerment to human trafficking survivors through employment. RIJI Green producers receive fair wages, health care, education and daycare for their children. Products are made in India, Cambodia, and Nepal. RIJI Green provides social justice through commerce. Fifteen percent of all profits are reinvested to support a non-profit combating modern day slavery. “Who knew buying a product could do so much? We specialize in customize bags, retail and fundraising items,” she writes. Visit

Michael Maeder ’05 (KGCOE) was promoted to test officer at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. “This exciting opportunity allows me to manage and direct testing of systems in a variety of applications for vehicles and soldiers from a first-hand perspective.”

Ryan Pancoast ’05 (CIAS) was recently hired to illustrate the ad campaign for The Neil Simon Plays. Two of Simon’s most popular plays, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound, are returning to Broadway and will be playing at the Nederlander Theatre in the fall.

Steve Shapiro ’05 (GCCIS) and Melanie Ciufo ’07, ’08 (COB, CIAS) were married on Aug. 8, 2009, at St. Louis Church in Pittsford, N.Y. Melanie was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and Steve was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa while at RIT. Melanie is currently working toward her Ph. D. at Henley Business School in England and Steve is the founder and CEO of in Rochester. They honeymooned in Riviera Maya, Mexico.


Mayank Agrawal ’06 (KGCOE) was promoted to an associate consultant position at a Boston-based international management consulting firm. With more than three years of industry and strategy consulting experience, he has worked across a range of industries including aviation, health care and life sciences, manufacturing, media and entertainment, private equity/venture capital, and social sector. He has gained experience in North America, Central America, South America, Europe and the Middle East. As part of a voluntary initiative for empowerment of women, he recently spent two months in India setting up a school for girls in a small village in Uttar Pradesh.

Sarah Atlee ’06 (CIAS) is one of 12 fellows chosen for a new contemporary art program for arts writers and curators. Structured unlike any program in the nation, the Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship encourages new writing that is informed, articulate and inspired and engages audiences in contemporary art. Atlee is an artist and blogger at

Andrew Badera ’06 (GCCIS) was recently retained as CTO at Measure & Manage LLC in Teaneck, N.J. “This is a unique, challenging opportunity to lead a development team in rapidly prototyping and launching a completely new product in the collaborative business intelligence and business process management space,” he writes.

Jeffrey Barker ’06 (CAST), ’06 (COLA) and Jennifer Dey were married on Aug. 29, 2009, in Lewiston, N.Y. They currently reside in Scottsville, N.Y. Kevin Kray ’06 (GCCIS) was the best man. Adam Mattina ’06 (GCCIS) and Caitlin Fields ’07 (CIAS) were also in attendance.

Michael Carvelli ’06 (CAST) became a certified project management professional and achieved a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. He is assigned as the battalion engineer for the 3rd BN, 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Benning, Ga. He hopes to complete his professional engineer exam in October 2010.

Francis Cavalier ’06 (CAST) and Eileen Cavalier announce the birth of a son, Rory James, on July 2, 2009, in Rochester. Rory joins his older brother Owen, who was born July 10, 2007. Frank is an engineer with Trident Precision Manufacturing in Webster and Eileen is the controller for the Arc of Monroe County. They were married in 2006.

Ci Chen ’06 (CAST) is finishing his D.D.S. degree at New York University in 2010 and starting residency at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn.

Erhardt Graeff ’07 (COLA), ’06 (GCCIS), is a research assistant on The GoodPlay Project at Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero. “My work at Project Zero will focus on studying the ethics of youth digital media usage.” Erhardt also researches social media with the Web Ecology Project and is a founding trustee of The Awesome Foundation for Arts and Sciences, funding “ridiculously awesome” ideas.

Eric Hunn ’06 (CIAS) is a Marvel Motion Comics competition finalist. His motion comic The Worst Part About Getting Your Memories Back was voted community choice. Eric resides in Marlboro, Mass., with his wife, Kristen. He teaches animation classes at Mount Ida College and is also an artist and animator for Tom Snyder Productions, Watertown, Mass. Eric does freelance illustration, animation and video

Minsoo Kim ’06 (COS) is pursuing a doctor of medicine degree at the Ben-Gurion University/Columbia University Medical Center in Israel.

Tham Nguyen ’06 (CAST) is an application specialist at Apple Inc. in Cupertino, Calif. “With nothing left to lose when laid off in February of 2008, I chose to shoot for the stars and applied for a position at Apple in California. I was accepted and relocated to California within a month of my application.”

Lori Wielinski ’06 (SCB) and Chris Tiede ’05, ’06 (KGCOE, SCB) were married on Aug. 1, 2009, in Buffalo. They currently reside in Bellevue, Ky.


Cynthia Gray ’88, ’90, ’91 (CCE), ’07 (SCB) was recently named managing director, RIT & Rochester General Health Systems Alliance. She previously was assistant vice president, Government and Community Relations, at RIT.

Ryan Jimmerson SVP ’99, ’02 (NTID), ’04, ’07 (CAST) and Jennifer Peuv Jimmerson ’04 (GCCIS) announce the birth of a son, Maxwell An Jimmerson, on May 6, 2009, in Gillette, Wyo. Ryan is working as a mechanical engineer doing data analysis for Cloud Peak Energy, the third largest mining company in the world. Jenni is a stay-home mom and designing various collage cards at home for a few clients.

Ralph Smith ’07 (CIAS) has two photos in the first edition for Grey Sparrow Press book, In the Silence of this Room, which he describes as “a cross-cultural collection of poetry, narrative, and photos that grapple with some of the most pressing issues of the world: war, poverty, health care, environment, family, beauty, and lastly—the ever-present need to connect—love.”


Robert Beatty ’08 (GCCIS) has been employed for two years at Atlantic Records in New York and works in the Digital Media Department.

Lori Duprey ’07 (CAST), ’08 (CIAS) writes “These last few months, I have found myself busily launching my new business, Light+Ink: Photography and Design Studio, in Rochester. The goal is a one-stop resource for quality, creative photography and graphic design for people and businesses. Our services and portfolio are available online at”

Christopher Rowoth ’08 (CAST) is an associate packaging technologist in the Packaging Research and Development Department for Heinz North America in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Jennifer Russell ’08 (CAST) writes, “I am proud to announce that I am now the owner of Rochester’s First Pole Dance Fitness Studio, X-Polsé Pole Dance Fitness. The grand opening was Jan. 2, 2010. The studio is at 1000 Turk Hill Road, Fairport. I encourage you to visit the Web site,, for more information.”


Bradford Evans ’09 (GCCIS) recently became a software engineer at UPS Logistics Technologies in Towson, Md. “I was looking for my first salaried position, and found the perfect fit.”

Julie Zepke ’09 (CIAS) is a product designer at Skooba Design in Rochester. Julie has found her niche in softgoods, designing laptop bags, briefcases and backpacks for the Skooba brand as well as pro-grade camera bags for Tenba. She joins fellow alumni Bryan Hammer ’06 (CIAS) and Kevin Berliner ’08 (CIAS) on the design staff at Skooba.