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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”


James Amos ’51 (GAP), renowned for his career as a photographer for National Geographic, exhibited his works at the Albin O. Kuhm Library and Gallery at the University of Maryland January through March 2009.


Richard Zakia ’56 (GAP) started working on his 14th book on his 83rd birthday! Co-authoring his new effort, which has a working title Photographic Composition VISUALIZED, is his former student David Page ’66 (GAP). In the meantime, Zakia’s book Perception and Imaging, third edition, has entered its second printing and is being translated into Japanese.


John Wright ’61 (GAP) writes, “For those interested—I have a happy marriage of some 40-plus years and I earned my M.A. from Empire State College in 1998. The best to all!”


Brian Shapiro ’62 (FAA) authored Search for Expression, a book detailing his life, now available at The book contains 240 photos of paintings, drawings, sculpture and architecture from Brian’s earliest childhood works to the present time.


Donald Kingston ’64 (SCB) retired as the vice president of Kelly Services in 2007. He was appointed in March 2009 to the planning board for the Town of Duck, N.C.

Gerald Yahn ’64 (CCE), a very spunky 95- year-young alumnus, visited campus requesting a copy of his diplomas. Why? Because he wanted to show his grandchildren the value of having an RIT education!


Janice Fox-Ford Sterling ’63, ’70 (FAA) attended the U.S. Design Policy Summit along with leaders representing major U.S. professional design organizations, design education accreditation organizations, and federal government in Washington, D.C., to develop a blueprint for a U.S. national design policy.


Thomas Camiolo ’71, ’72 (SCB) and Ronni Gilder Camiolo ’73, ’74 (SCB) will be visiting China for three weeks on their 32nd wedding anniversary.

Stephen Schultz ’72 (SCB) writes, “Not an XK150, it’s a real live Jaguar!”

Richard Woodring ’72 (KGCOE) is the vice president of operations-NA at the Parker Hannifin Filtration Group. Upon graduating from RIT, he joined Parker in 1972 as an engineering trainee. He and his spouse, Cheryl, recently celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary.


Rick Colson ’73 (GAP) writes, “I just launched the world’s first virtually 100 percent green custom photo lab, It would be such an honor to print for anyone from RIT!”

Kenneth Reasoner ’73 (KGCOE) retired in January 2006 at age 56 from Johnson Controls after 30 years in the Rochester office. He now is the bookkeeper for a group travel business: Ken and Sheila still reside in Victor, N.Y.

Barry Roth ’73 (GAP) and Jeff Sakoff ’73 (GAP) are working on a photo book entitled The 5th question. It is a photo essay exploring modern Judaic imagery.


Charles Baird ’74 (FAA) donated a painting at the dedication of the Julius P. Seeger Career Center at the Texas School for the Deaf on Aug. 29, 2008. The painting depicts hands signing “a career can earn a comfortable life.”

David Binko ’74 (GAP) marked the 10th anniversary of his incorporated consulting practice, Collabrium LLC. Dave founded Collabrium after concluding a 22-year career in research and administration at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He currently resides in bustling Ellicott City, Md.


Leslie Baxter ’75 (KGCOE) was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) for his contributions to high-speed digital communication networks, including digital PBX architecture, structured cabling systems and local area networks. The IEEE looks to the fellows for guidance and leadership as the world of electrical and electronic technology continues to evolve.

Richard Wegman ’75 (CAST) has been promoted to chief systems engineer at Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC). Rick has been a software/systems engineer for more than 30 years and currently is assigned to the NASA ARES-I program at the Marshal Space Flight Center at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.


Laurence Goldberg ’76 (GAP) writes, “The members of House LS of the original United Nine of CENTRA, later dubbed Fish G., still opposite Sol Huemann Hall, will be celebrating their 40-year anniversary in Rochester. These were the daring young men that put the Mickey Mouse hands on the Kate Gleason clock in March 1970.”

David Smith ’76 (GAP) is thrilled to be part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD broadcast team, transmitting live HD video performances to theaters around the globe. For the last two seasons, David has been operating a robotic dolly camera attached at the foot of the Met’s gigantic stage. This year, Live in HD garnered a 2009 Peabody Award, as well as a technical Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He writes: “Congratulations and many thanks to The Met for this wonderful and meaningful opportunity.”


Carol Fonde ’78 (GAP) is a professional photographer and master color printer based in New York City and is internationally recognized for her expertise in the field of archival color reproduction. Carol prints for many significant photographers such as Christian Witkin, Bruce Davidson, Steven Klein, Hiro and Brigitte LaCombe. Her personal photographs of sea and landscape have recently sold through Ralph Lauren showrooms in New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills and London and are often used to support The Nature Conservancy.

James Perkins ’77 (KGCOE) is the founder of ES4T Consultancy LLC, a management consulting firm focused on working with companies to improve the effectiveness of their engineering function.


Gregory Hafer ’77, ’79 (GAP) and Elaine Lynch were married on May 30, 2009, in Pottsville, Pa., where they currently reside. Gregory is a systems administrator at Schuylkill Medical Center.

Gene Salerno ’79 (FAA) started Jubal1 Ties, an online designer necktie company. “I have been working with fractals, using a program based in fractal geometry that creates some very new and exciting images. I actually have a whole section on my Web site,, devoted to RIT ties!”


Jeffrey White ’79, ’80 (GAP) has been promoted to vice president/general manager of the Monarch Division of Electronics for Imaging.


Marilyn Bridges Davis ’79, ’81 (GAP) was part of a photographic exhibition, Natura, in February and March 2009 at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center. It featured work by former RIT professor John Pfahl and a number of RIT alumni who studied with him. Among the alumni participants were Barbara Phillips Bosworth ’84 (GAP); Dean Chamberlain ’77 (GAP); Alida Fish ’76 (GAP); Richard Gray ’82 (GAP); Paul Lange ’74 (GAP); Silvia Lizama ’83 (GAP); Forest McMullin ’77 (GAP); Steven Mosch ’83 (GAP); Judy Natal ’80 (GAP); Jean Pearce ’76 (GAP); Stuart Rome ’77 (GAP); and Jane Chase Wattenberg ’73 (GAP).

Willy Conley SVP ’76 ’80, ’81 (GAP) writes, “My photo was recently published on the cover of a new book titled Deaf American Poetry by Gallaudet University Press.” The book also includes three poems by Conley (

Gale Bram Gand ’81 (FAA) is the author of Chocolate & Vanilla and Gale Gand’s Short & Sweet. The Food Network host, co-owner of the world-renowned Chicago restaurant Tru, and mother of three has just released her latest book Gale Gand’s Brunch! The recipes are aimed at making entertaining effortless for chefs at every level.

Brock Maylath ’79, ’81 (GAP) is the director of business planning at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center; a 380-bed acute-care hospital in Reno, Nev. Projects that Maylath has completed include Reno CyberKnife, expansion of the Saint Mary’s Urgent Care service line, acquisition of the daVinci Robotic Surgical System and an ambulatory surgical center.

Robert Schott ’79, ’81 (FAA) attended the Leadership Forum at Silver Bay, Lake George, N.Y., in July 2009.


Keith Cagle SVP ’77, ’82 (COLA) taught an interpreter workshop sponsored by Sorenson VRS called “1000 Faces of ASL” on non-manual ASL features in Canada on Dec. 20, 2008. He is a current Ph.D. student in educational linguistics through the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. Keith attended the wedding of his brother, Robert Cagle SVP ’75, ’78 (NTID), ’82 (CAST) to Margaret “Peggy” Mudd on Aug. 17, 2008, in Rochester.

William Siskar ’82 (KGCOE) is general manager at Refcon LLC in New Jersey.


Bryan Grubb SVP ’80, ’83 (NTID) was the keynote speaker at Goodwill’s annual meeting on Sept. 28, 2008, for MRDD month. He works for the Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Marysville, Ohio. Bryan focuses on his capabilities instead of his disability. He was born with Usher’s Syndrome and is both deaf and blind. Visit

Robert Luce ’81, ’83 (GAP) is a forensic sales specialist at Leica Microsystems in Manasquan, N.J. Previously, Robert was employed at Fujifilm USA as director of Government Sales. “The changing imaging market prompted the search for a new position. Working with the crime labs and forensic examiners is exciting and personally rewarding.”


Faron Fleury ’84 (KGCOE) is director of U.S. Operations with BreconRidge Corp. with operational responsibility for two U.S. facilities and global electronic repair services. “I’ve been with BreconRidge for nearly 20 years and have had the distinct pleasure of working in many different capacities including engineering, marketing and senior management. In 2002, I received a patent award for software design of an autodialing solution used during European telecommunications deregulation.”

Scott Hill ’82, ’84 (SCB) is property manager at Uniland Development Company and was honored by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Rochester-Western New York Chapter 58 with the 2008 President’s Award. The award recognizes service to the organization and promoting excellence in the field of property management.

Raymond Kunzmann ’83, ’84 (GAP) is business development manager at InnerWorkings in New York City. Ray lives in the New York/New Jersey area.

Lisa Lewis ’84 (CAST) recently accepted a position at Princeton University in the Deptartment of Molecular Biology.

T. I. Weintraub ’82, ’84 (GAP) continues to work at General Dynamics C4 Systems in Colorado Springs. He is the director of Business Development and Colorado Operations. “Still living the dream in Colorado Springs. Family and job are going great! Who could ask for more? Maybe the Tigers will beat the Air Force Academy in 2010!”


Michael Graziano SVP ’79 , ’82 (NTID), ’85 (CAST) writes, “In July 2008 I was elected secretary of St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf Alumni Association. I will serve a four-year term. Currently, I am in Aberdeen Proving Ground; 2009 chairman of the Combined Federal Campaign. I am also the APG webmaster and have been since 2007.”

Robert Wells ’85 (COS) is the senior oncology sales specialist with Eisai Inc. in their lymphoma division. Eisai has committed its resources to helping patients with cutaneous t-cell lymphoma (CTCL), a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.


James Cain ’86 (KGCOE) has just authored his fifth teambuilding text. Essential Staff Training Activities has more than 50 unique activities that explore a wide variety of staff training topics, from decision making and goal setting to creative problem solving and teamwork. “You expect your staff to be able to think on their feet,” he says. “This book shows you how to train them on their feet.”

Michael Crandell ’86 (KGCOE) was recently promoted to engineering manager at Norwich (N.Y.) Aero, a leading manufacturer of sensors for the aerospace industry. Michael and his wife, Katrina, have twin sons, Trevor and Spencer, who are attending RIT, both majoring in engineering.

Lawrence Kosson ’84, ’86 (GAP) was elected to the Association of Performing Arts Presenters board of directors. Founded in 1957, Arts Presenters is a national service organization with nearly 2,000 organizational members and 4,000 performing arts professionals who come together from around the world at the APAP Conference in New York City. The organization is dedicated to developing and supporting performing arts and the professionals who work in the field. Members range from the nation’s leading performing arts centers, to civic and university performance facilities, to the full spectrum of artist agencies, managers, national consulting practices that service the field, and a growing roster of self-presenting artists.


David Lazaroff ’87 (KGCOE) is a senior systems architect for the U.S. Geological Survey while guiding the nonprofit Holistic Community Living he founded in 2007. Visit for more information.


Zarek Dietz ’88 (GAP) writes: “In addition to running a successful photography studio in Sherman Oaks, Calif., I have added an online travel department to my repertoire.”

Daniel Mendelson ’88 (COS) is an associate prof-essor of medicine, Division of Geriatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Mendelson is the medical director of the Highlands at Brighton, The Baird, and Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County. He is co-director of the Geriatric Fracture Center as well as director of consultative services and palliative care at Highland Hospital.


Brian Murphy ’89 (CAST) has moved back to Western New York and is a Six Sigma consultant/MET professor at the University of Buffalo and Erie Community College. Brian was employed by the United States Navy as repair officer, Submarines and Surface Fleet. Brian worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) serving as project superintendent on the submarines USS Boise, USS Montpelier, USS Hampton, and USS Jacksonville. He served as the Fleet Forces Command maintenance director, submarine maintenance program manager and Atlantic Fleet diving and salvage officer until March of 2006. Brian served as the submarine repair sfficer of the Mid Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center, Norfolk, Va., until retiring from Naval Service in February 2008. He is a licensed professional engineer in the mechanical engineering field and a Six Sigma Blackbelt licensed by the American Society for Quality (ASQ). This year marks the 20th reunion for RIT’s class of 1989 and he looks forward to reconnecting with his class.


Dale Dimick ’90 (CAST) and Ryanna Allen were married on Nov. 22, 2008, in Rochester. They currently reside in Webster, N.Y. They honeymooned in Scotland, France and Italy. Groomsmen included Paul D. Wheeler ’90 (SCB) as best man and Bradley T. Moore ’90 (KGCOE). Also in attendance were Anthony Laruffa ’92 (CAST) and Bryan Casebolt ’90 (GAP). Ryanna, a graduate of Daemen College, is a physical therapist with Monroe No. 1 BOCES. Dale enters his 20th year with Lu Engineers in Penfield, N.Y.

Michael Karpovage ’88, ’90 (FAA) announces his second novel, Crown of Serpents, a mystery thriller set in Central New York’s Finger Lakes Region. “If you’re looking for a fast-paced murder mystery, chock full of Revolutionary War, Iroquois, and Masonic history, then check out Living back down in Alanta, Ga. and enjoying the weather!”

Anne McDermott ’90 (CAST) received the 2008 Milton and Anne Sidney Prize for her dedication and ongoing commitment to the promotion of evidence-based care for pregnant women and infants by Yale University School of Nursing.


Paul Finkelstein ’91 (GAP) and Sara Finkelstein celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary. They currently reside in Delray Beach, Fla. “Several years ago we launched a unique, innovative mobile photography studio ( We love hooking up with alumni living in Florida and have been assisting with leading the South Florida Alumni Chapter for the last three years.”

Lisa O’Mara ’91 (COLA) and John O’Mara announce the birth of their son, John Baldwin, born in November 2008 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Va. “Mom and Dad, big sister Kieran, and the O’Mara, Pratt and Decker grandparents welcome Jack to our family.”

Julie Apolito Rehm ’91 (COS) is the senior associate dean and associate vice president of strategic initiatives at Case Western Reserve University. In this capacity, Rehm and her team seek, manage and coordinate public and private sector alliances and initiatives that raise awareness for university priorities and leverage investments in projects with synergy. Rehm graduated from the University of Rochester in 1996 with a Ph.D. in chemistry from the College of Arts and Sciences.


Joseph Brennan ’93 (FAA) writes “Nothing but fine design for a divine 2009! I never thought building one-of-a-kind art furniture and accessories would be a crucial part in learning to walk again. I now know what I do is my true calling. Please visit my Web site,, and contact me for the whole story . . . I miss you RIT! God Bless!”

Sanford Fitelson ’93 (CAST) and Kristin Ricotta announce the birth of a daughter, Hannah Rose, on Jan. 9, 2009, at Torrance Memorial, Calif. Sanford is packing manager at Schwarzkopf & Henkel in Irvine, Calif.

Robert Harner ’93 (CAST) is now a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional.

Tonia Pelletier Meyer ’93 (GAP) and Matthew Meyer announce the birth of a daughter, Lila Grace Meyer, on March 3, 2009, in Rochester. Lila joins a brother, Griffin, and sister, Ava.

Victor Parente-Blake ’93, ’98 (CAST) is an independent consultant in telecommunications. Visit to learn more.

Grant Senn ’93 (CAST) is a senior engineer at Covidien in New Haven, Conn. Grant moves running production lines around the world and has been employed with Covidien since July of 2008. Covidien is one of the largest healthcare companies in the world.

Robert Wagner ’93 (SCB) is director of worldwide corporate industry analyst relations for Xerox Corp.


Sean Morrison ’94 (CAST) is a structural designer responsible for corrugated packaging for International Paper’s four Florida manufacturing plant locations.

Atul Patel ’94 (KGCOE) accepted a position at MTS Systems Corp. in the Minneapolis, Minn., area as product manager. Atul previously was employed at Daimler Trucks North America as product specialist, Heavy Duty Powertrain. Other recent accomplishments include the completion of his first century (100 mile) bike ride at Lake Tahoe in June 2008. He rode to honor his father and to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Philip Potts ’94 (CIAS) passed the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam in March 2009.

Susan Unger ’94 (CIAS) and John Snoonian announce the birth of a son, Dante Louis Stone Snoonian, on Jan. 30, 2008, in Cambridge, Mass. He is constantly surrounded by his three siblings, Charlotte and Else, twin girls, age 6, and big brother Vinny, age 2.

Aaron Waterman ’99 (KGCOE) and Kelly Reese announce the birth of a daughter, Zoey Reese Waterman, on Jan. 28, 2008, in Hartford (Conn.) Hospital.


Lisa Bork ’95 (SCB) writes, “My debut mystery novel, For Better, For Murder, will be published by Midnight Ink in September. For more information, see


Dale Davis ’96 (KGCOE) is a patent attorney for General Electric Corp. and was extremely honored to have been selected to be sworn-in to the United States Supreme Court Bar by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Cristin Frank ’96 (CIAS) and her husband launched Cargot brand Roll & Go, which makes organizers to discreetly and conveniently carry cosmetics and baby essentials. They are made using recycled cotton and have been featured in several baby blogs and were included in the Cleveland Leader’s Ultimate Baby Guide in May 2009.

Valerie Lusczek ’96 (CIAS) was promoted to director of major gifts at Wildlife Conservation Society. “In my new role, I raise gifts of $100,000-plus for WCS to support their zoological parks, education programs and global wildlife health initiatives. Prior to that I was executive director of NYU’s Finding A Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures and director of donor relations at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.”


David Drake ’83 (CCE), ’97 (CAST) is director of operations for the Hillside Family of Agencies, Human Resources Department, Rochester.

Jennifer Griswold SVP ’92, ’95, ’97 (COS) is a research associate and has been employed for seven years at Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in Buffalo. “My lab had a paper published in the Jan. 8, 2009, edition of Nature Magazine. I am listed as second author. The article is titled “Structural basis for androgen specificity and oestrogen synthesis in human aromatase.”

Charles Wilson ’97 (CIAS) presented at the May 2009 Kalamazoo Animation Festival International regarding work with accident reconstruction and product failures as well as a recent historical animation project with the Bard Graduate College and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also taught a hands-on workshop where people learned to animate using the paint-on-glass technique.


Lori Bloom ’98 (CIAS) was recently promoted to lead graphic designer for Cinnabon at FOCUS Brands in Atlanta.

Alan Bruce ’97 (CIAS), ’98 (SCB) was promoted to director of information technology solutions from publishing systems manager at Gannett Wisconsin Media in Appleton, Wis.

Servio Ramirez ’98 (COS) and Rachel DeMent Ramirez ’98 (COS) are the proud parents of Servio Alvan Eugene Ramirez (4 years) and Gabriel Henry Daniel (13 months). They reside in Omaha, Neb.

Adam Will ’98 (KGCOE) and Julie Will announce the birth of a daughter, Emily Grace, on April 3, 2009, in Rock Hill, S.C.


David Haas ’99 (KGCOE) and Shannon Haas announce the birth of a son, Jaden Robert, on Oct. 12, 2008, in Concord (N.H.) Hospital. He joins big brother Evan and big sister Addison.

Mistie Munton SVP ’93, ’99 (COLA) and Thomas W. Cramer SVP ’89, ’06 (NTID), were married in April 2008 and have a son, Hayden Thomas, born on July 3, 2008.

strong>Marci Norton ’99 (KGCOE) and Sean Norton ’99 (KGCOE) announce the birth of their son, Tyler Matthew, on Sept. 3, 2008, in New Haven, Conn. “Tyler’s big sister Sara just loves him,” they report.

Aaron Waterman ’99 (KGCOE) and Kelly Reese announce the birth of a daughter, Zoey Reese Waterman, on Jan. 28, 2008, in Hartford (Conn.) Hospital.


Michael Cerchio ’00 (KGCOE), commander, Co. E, 2nd Bn., 4th Avn. Regt., was interviewed by the magazine Eagle Talon (of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division) regarding the versatility of the CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopter-based portable refueling system.

Jesse Klein ’00 (KGCOE) and Sarah McNeil Klein ’00 (CAST) announce the birth of a son, Jonah Andre, Feb. 22, 2009, in Rochester.

Norma Moran SVP ’95, ’00 (COLA) recently accepted a position at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., as a data analyst.

Leslie Wickham ’00 (COS) is a molecular technologist III at the Genzyme Genetics facility in midtown Manhattan. Genzyme is a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Boston predominately focusing on the treatment of rare genetic disorders.


Michael Attebery ’01 (CIAS) writes, “My second novel, Billionaires, Bullets, Exploding Monkeys, is available in bookstores and through as both a printed book and a Kindle eBook.”

Patricia Palmer Canne SVP ’99, ’01 (NTID) is a teaching assistant at the Rochester School for the Deaf. On March 6, 2009, she received the American Red Cross Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action for saving the life of a RSD student last December.

Joseph Iacovissi ’01 (SCB) and Melanie Icovissi announce the birth of a son, Joseph Amato, on Feb. 24, 2009, in Rome (N.Y.) Memorial Hospital.

Monique Godbott Mills ’01 (CAST) and George D. Mills ’01 (CAST) celebrated their 6-year wedding anniversary. They have two children, Tre, 1, and Amerie, 2.

Thomas Oravsky ’01 (SCB), ’01 (GCCIS) was promoted to lead systems architect at American College of Physician Executives in Tampa, Fla.

Jennifer Thompson ’01 (COLA) and Rich Keel were married on April 19, 2009, in Littleton, Colo. They currently reside in Aurora, Colo.

Aimee Whyte Solomon SVP ’96, ’01 (CAST), ’01 (COLA) co-authored an article with Douglas Guiffrida from University of Rochester Warner School. The article, titled: Counseling Deaf College Students: The Case of Shea, was featured in the Journal of College Counseling, Fall 2008.


Mitul Gandhi ’02 (SCB) was featured on NBC news. When Mitul and his wife couldn’t find reliable information online about a good daycare for their son, they started their own Web site. Based at Jacksonville Beach. Fla., they are hoping to make a first stop for parents.

Paul Gomez ’01 (CAST), ’02 (GCCIS) is senior associate at Baker Robbins & Co. in New York City. Paul works as a litigation technology consultant, working with Fortune 500 corporations and AmLaw 100 law firms to provide guidance in technology implementation and support during discovery for large scale litigations.

Heidi Plain ’02 (SCB) and Nathaniel Langdon ’02 (KGCOE) were married on Oct. 11,2008, at Esperanza Mansion in Bluff Point, N.Y. Meghan Sweeney ’01 (CIAS) served as maid of honor while Shawn Jackson ’04 (KGCOE) acted as groomsman. Following the wedding, the couple returned to Austin, Texas, where Nate is currently employed as an engineer for Freescale Semiconductor and Heidi works as a senior web developer for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Christine D’Amato Stratemeier SVP ’96, ’02 (CIAS) and William W. Stratemeier, ’02 (CIAS), have a daughter, Izabella Rose, born on Sept. 18, 2008.


Denise Herold ’03 (SCB) is a marketing manager at National Healing Corp. in Boca Raton, Fla. Denise is responsible for strategic marketing and communication functions for region-specific wound healing centers in the United States.

Sarah Kankiewicz-Arkins ’03 (CIAS) and Brennen Arkins announce the birth of a son, Ambrose Joseph, on Dec. 16, 2008, in Savannah, Ga.

Cheryl Lomedico ’03 (CAST) and Joseph S. Lomedico were married Feb. 21, 2009, in Rush, N.Y.

Scott Risinger ’03 (CAST) and Rachael Vollaro were married May 29, 2009, at Lombardi’s on the Sound in Port Jefferson, N.Y. They currently reside in Kew Gardens, N.Y. Tung-To Lam ’04 (CAST) attended the ceremony. They honeymooned in Santorini, Greece, and Tuscany, Italy.

Julie Stewart SVP ’94, ’01 (CIAS), ’03 (NTID) played the lead role of Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, which opened Jan. 9, 2009, at the Riffe Center in Phoenix, Ariz. This bilingual theater production was produced by the Phoenix Theatre for Children.

John Tomac ’03 (CIAS) had an illustration, “There Used to be a Ballpark Here,” included in the Summer 2009 Communication Arts Illustration Annual.

Dominic Vera SVP ’99, ’03 (NTID) was the exhibits coordinator for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Government’s National Training Conference, May 5–7, 2009. The theme was “Climbing Ladders of Opportunity.” Find out more on the Web at


Timothy Bonarski ’04 (CAST) was recently promoted to special agent for the FBI. Previously, Tim was employed by the United States Army as an executive officer, 75th Ranger Regiment, in Savannah, Ga. Tim graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., on Feb. 10, 2009.

TuWanner Cleveland ’04 (COLA) received a master’s degree in social work from University at Buffalo on May 9, 2009. TuWanner is also the recipient of this year’s Thorn and Rose Award.

Wagner DaSilva ’04 (COS) received an M.S. in chemistry from RIT, an M.S. in business administration from the University of Rochester; and will soon receive his MBA. He works for Xerox Corp. as a project chemist.

Nicole Dowse Dowd ’04 (SCB) is the founder and president of Green Baby Shoppe Inc. (, which specializes in natural products for baby and mom.

Matthew Hartman ’04 (CIAS) recently accepted a seat as part of the Suffolk University School of Law Class of 2012, Boston.

Kristin Mills (Reiland) ’04 (COS) entered her fourth year of medical school. She plans to complete an internal medicine residency program and subsequently enter an allergy/immunology or infectious disease fellowship.

Amy Niggel ’04 (COS) received her M.A. in liberal studies from SUNY College at Plattsburgh on Dec. 13, 2008.

Amber Stanton Zion SVP ’97, ’03 (NTID), ’04 (CIAS) was featured in a television commercial for Kay Jewelers during the holiday season. She was also featured in an episode of CSI: NY in 2006. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career and is working as a graphic designer. Visit


Sarah Messina ’05 (CAST) and Scott L. Anderson were married on March 14, 2009, in the Port of Miami, Fla., on the Celebrity Century cruise ship. Forty-two friends and family joined them for the ceremony, followed buy a five-night voyage to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and George Town, Grand Cayman. The Andersons reside in North Dakota and both are employed by Microsoft.

Humayun Zafar ’05 (GCCIS) writes, “I have a research paper titled “Current State of Information Security Research in IS’ accepted for publication in the Communications of the Association for Information Systems. It is a top-five ranked journal in information systems. I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Information Systems and Technology Management at the University of Texas, San Antonio.”


Mayank Agrawal ’06 (KGCOE) is the senior associate at L.E.K. Consulting, a Boston-based management consulting firm. Recent projects include assessment of a potential acquisition candidate for a large Middle East- based shipping and logistics company, a comprehensive organizational restructuring for a major private jet carrier in the U.S., outlining corporate strategy for a leading pharmaceutical company in Europe, improving profitability for a British media and publishing firm, and developing a marketing plan for a new product entry in Latin America. He received a master’s degree from Dartmouth College.

Nichole Bolding ’06 (CIAS) and Chris Jones were married on Dec. 21, 2008, in Frederick, Md. They currently reside in Alexandria, Va. Nicole is a senior research analyst at InfoTrends Inc.

Michael Jones ’06 (SCB) and his wife, Nicole, announce the birth of a daughter, Grace Lynne. “Mom, daughter and dad are doing fine!”

William Keyser ’06 (CIAS) held a one-person show, “William Keyser: Painting/Sculpure” at the Dyer Arts Center at NTID earlier in 2009. More than 150 works were on view. Keyser is a professor emeritus in RIT’s School for American Crafts, where he taught in the woodworking program.

Megan Lutz ’06 (KGCOE) received an M.S. in statistics from Virginia Tech in May 2009. She will begin pursuing a Ph.D. in quantitative psychology at Georgia Tech this fall.

Lisa Menard ’96 (NTID), ’00, ’06 (CAST) married Corey Julseth on June 2, 2007, and gave birth to their daughter, Lila, on Oct. 15, 2007.

Charles Palmer SVP ’02, ’06 (NTID) was inducted into the New York State Section V Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 15, 2008. While attending high school at Rochester School for the Deaf, Palmer scored 2,875 points—the highest total ever recorded by any boys’ basketball player in the state.

Donald Slate ’06 (KGCOE) is an engineer at Raytheon Corp. in Andover, Mass. He also tutors Lawrence High seniors in math and English using sign language through a program called Stand and Deliver.

Brendan Van Meter ’06 (CIAS) recently accepted a position at SourceMaker Inc. in Tappan, N.Y., as director of product R&D and Manufacturing.

Matthew Weinstock ’06 (KGCOE) received a master’s of science degree in engineering management from Northeastern University in May of 2009.

Jennifer Wozniak ’06 (CAST) is a project engineer for Pike Co. She has received her leadership in energy and environmental design accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute.


Helena Fruscio ’07 (CIAS) was recently appointed by the governor to the Massachusetts State Wide Creative Economy Council.

Abraham Janne Herrera ’07 (GCCIS) and Maria Carolina Janne-Celemin were married on Jan. 3, 2009. They currently reside in Herndon, Va.

Andrea Kahn-Richie ’07 (NTID) recently became an RID nationally certified interpreter and will be completing her M.S. degree at the end of this summer, 2009.

Laura Mona ’07 (CAST) has been admitted to the Albany Law School class of 2012 and will be leaving her position as senior project manager with SPEC engineering to attend law school in the fall of 2009.

Andreana Paolella ’05, ’07 (NTID) and Raymond Durkin ’06 (GCCIS) were married May 3, 2008, in Webster, NY. They currently reside in Rochester. Guests included: Lisette Silver ’05, ’09 (CAST); Eric Bustamante ’06 (GCCIS); Vincenzo Aquino ’05 (GCCIS); Sean Sullivan ’06 (GCCIS); Michael Ray ’06 (CGGIS); Jean Rodman ’86 (NTID), Tony Madalena ’05 (NTID) ’09 (CAST); Michelle Koplitz ’08 (COS); Lynn Finton ’84 (CAST) and Ken Finton ’84 (COLA) ’91 (CCE); Chris Edgerton ’05 (NTID); Karen Wilcox ’05 (NTID); Gina Coyne ’07 (NTID); RIT interpreter Aaryn Adams; Tom Raco ’63(CIAS); Brion Swanson ’01 (CIAS); Russell Lenigan ’05 (CIAS); Robert Bowman ’08 (CAST); Erin Snyder ’07 (CIAS); Erica Dorflinger ’07 (COLA); Aleshia Miller ’07 (COS); Nate Rooke ’06 (CIAS); Mary Steensma ’95 (NTID); Brad Francis ’05 (GCCIS). Andreana currently works at RIT as an interpreter and Raymond works at Thomson Reuters as a software engineer.

Joshua Poehlein ’07 (CIAS) was interviewed recently by UK-based Photo Pro Magazine regarding Jason’s “Unstill Lives” series.


Luke Adams ’08 (COLA) became the first deaf contestant on the CBS reality show The Amazing Race. He traveled around the world with his mother, Margie, as his teammate. They finished third overall, appearing in the final episode in May and winning $10,000 and three future trips for coming in first on three different legs of the race.

Ryan Carroll ’08 (CAST) is a manufacturing engineer with Kennametal Inc. in Greenfield, Mass. “In November, I completed my Six Sigma Green Belt training and am currently working on a project to save $6,000-plus of scrap and generate $80,000-plus annually.

Steven Dibelius ’08 (GCCIS) is joining the School of Information at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2009. He will be pursuing a master of science in information degree.

Ryan Fortin ’08 (GCCIS) is the IT director at Archer Communications in Rochester. “I love working on the cutting edge and meeting challenges every day,” Ryan writes. “It keeps life interesting!”

Michelle Gerson ’08 (COLA) is the outreach coordinator for Viable Inc., a Maryland-based company that provides video relay services. Viable helped sponsor a seven-week cross-country tour by DeafNation. The crew stopped at NTID on the 7,500-mile trip.

Erica Passarell ’08 (CIAS) and Samuel Kendall were married on Jan. 24, 2009, in Albion, N.Y. They currently reside in Columbus, Ohio.

Jason Wagner SVP ’02, ’05 (NTID), ’08 (SCB) is a tech support person for Sorenson Communications Inc. in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Elaine Gilbert ’09 (nutrition management) shares a hug with her grandmother, Margaret Gilbert ’36 (retail distribution) following the College of Applied Science and Technology graduation ceremony. Margaret began her studies at Mechanics Institute in 1933, during the Great Depression and after graduation worked at Sibley’s Department Store in Rochester. She also worked in the purchasing department of General Railway Signal. Elaine will begin a 10-month dietetic internship at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in Baltimore in September. Margaret lives with family, including Elaine, on Conesus Lake in Livonia, N.Y.