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Class Notes, Spring 2013 Issue

April 4, 2013 by Editor in Class Notes with 0 Comments

Spring Class Notes 2013

Editors: Mary Beth Finnerty ’85, director of alumni relations; Lori Lasch ’06, assistant director of alumni relations; and Eileen Verno ’12, coordinator of alumni relations/special events
Please submit all of your class notes information to your class coordinator; or, if there is no coordinator listed for your class, please send all information to for posting in the magazine. We look forward to hearing your news and updates!

Class of 1951
Submit news to John Hourigan, joninca[at]
Class of 1955

Martin Kelly is getting ready for his 15th season as artistic director of the Bridge Theater Company in Whitehall, N.Y. While working there he wrote eleven plays, nine of which were produced there and throughout the region. His play A Marriage of True Minds deals with John and Abigail Adams and their seven years of separation during the American
Revolution. It was produced and presented in Quincy, Mass. where the two patriots lived. You can find a copy in the Siena College library. Currently, Martin is preparing six plays written in the 1970s for publication. Two of them were
presented off Broadway during the mid-70s. For 24 years (1967-1991), he was the theatre critic for the Albany Times Union newspaper. Later, he led a touring troupe, Riverview Entertainment Productions, throughout the Northeast to perform musical revues and mystery comedies. When asked his age, he responds: “Four score and seven, you do the math!”

From John Hourigan. For the past 40 years we’ve been hiding out in a small town just north of San Francisco trying to avoid or even escape the rest of the world. We live on a small creek that is actually part of the Pacific Ocean, so  technically, we can claim to have an ocean view! Our four children and six grandchildren all live between here and Seattle. In January we flew from San Francisco to San Diego and boarded a cruise ship that was to take us down the West Coast, stopping in ports in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and through the Panama Canal. From there we stopped briefly at Cartagena, Columbia and then on to Fort Lauderdale. It was a great way to relax, read, and enjoy delicious dinners followed by a music-filled lounge that was great for dancing. The transit through the canal was fascinating. The present canal and the new one being built are engineering marvels. There are ships now being built that are too large for the original canal so with any luck at all, the new, larger canal will be completed about the same time the new ships arrive. We were told the charge for transiting the canal was $360,000 and ships were lined up waiting to go through! I went through the canal about 68 years ago, but going the other way, on the way to the islands of the South Pacific. That trip, while full of fear and trepidation, was also exciting in its own way. However, the food on this cruise was noticeably better where all I was concerned with was whether the prime rib was going to be too rare!

Class of 1959
Submit news to Frank Martin, ftmartin[at]

Class of 1963
Submit news to Kevin Raymond, Kraymond27[at]

Clear your calendars for our 50th reunion to be held from May 31-June 2, 2013. All of the information for this wonderful event can be found on the Siena College website under the Alumni section. There are many activities planned to  elebrate this momentous occasion so I hope that everyone can join us for the festivities. It is hard to believe that 50 years have passed since I roamed Siena Hall, the old barracks and worked the late shift in the Dawson Library. Contact your classmates so that we can share a trip down “Memory Lane” to reminisce about the special times that we shared at Siena College. I look forward to seeing you there!

My wife Pat and I had the opportunity to embark on an Elderhostel trip to Williamsburg, Va. in Dec. The trip was very enjoyable and we learned a lot about our history going back to the 1600s. The trip was all the more interesting because we met Erin Wright, from the Siena class of 2003. Erin is the assistant director of learning odysseys at the College of William and Mary. It was wonderful to connect with an alumna of Siena while we were there.

John Bradley, now Father John Bradley, has been the pastor at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Albany for the past 37 years. Blessed Sacrament Parish has a school and Father John has developed numerous social service outreach programs as pastor. We all look forward to seeing our classmate at our upcoming 50th anniversary celebration in May.

Class of 1965
Submit news to either Jack Mulvey, jkmulvey [at] or Paul Merges, pmerges[at]

Class of 1967

Submit news to Rick Spataro, rspataro67[at]

Class of 1968
Don Brady, Ph.D., Psy.D, NCSP and his wife Flo were guests on Dr. Robert Weil’s Chicago area based PBS radio show, The Sports Doctor, on October 4, 2012. During the half hour appearance Don and his wife spoke on sports related concussions, a topic Don has been presenting papers on for more than 20 years.

Class of 1970
Submit news to Bob Hermann, Rher311[at]
Class of 1971
Submit news to Nicholas Positano, njpositano[at]

Class of 1972
Submit news to Jack Callahan, Jackcallahan33[at]

Jules Comeau, D.D.S. retired last year after a 35-year career practicing dentistry and now keeps busy volunteering with the local dental society and doing maintenance for St. Henry’s Church in Long Lake. He enjoys skiing several times a week during the winter and hiking and kayaking during the rest of the year, along with substitute teaching at his children’s school in Newcomb. He lives in Long Lake, N.Y. with his wife Betsy, who is a retired speech language pathologist, and their 12-year-old children. Happy and healthy retirement to Jules. Classmates of 1972, please send me any updates or news about your life.

Class of 1973
Submit news to Brian Valentine, bgvalentine[at]

I’d like to remind you about Reunion Weekend, May 31 – June 2, 2013. I hope to see many of my ’73 classmates at the Reunion for our 40th reunion celebration.

Class of 1975
Submit news to Janet Gutowski Hall, Janet.hall[at]

Class of 1976

Submit news to Jean Reamer, jpreamer[at]

Sue Vincelette Van Nostrand M.S., RN, FNP recently returned from a seven-day medical mission trip to South Quito, Ecuador, with the Timmy Global Health Organization. Sue was one of 28 volunteers that included doctors, nurses, pharmacists, nursing students and undergrads. Nine of the volunteers were nursing students at Manchester Community College where Sue has been teaching for more than 20 years. The brigade conducted ten health clinics, saw more than 700 patients and administered more than 750 fluoride treatments for children. Every patient was given a toothbrush, toothpaste and 75 vitamins to last until the next brigade arrives. The student volunteers were instrumental in gathering the donations and collecting the supplies and medications utilized on the trip. When asked about the highlights of her trip, Sue stated “A highlight came when I gave one of my extra pair of reading glasses, one of many which I pick up for $2 because I lose them regularly, to a lady who hasn’t been able to read for a while. Her reaction was so touching. We also gave a pair of glasses to a young boy who was nearsighted. I got them from a coworker whose son out grew them. He gave me quite a smile! I think his sisters were as excited as he was. What a great feeling. Ecuador is a beautiful country and her people are very warm and welcoming. A very good way to start off the New Year.” This was Sue’s first trip but I am guessing not her last. The mission of the Timmy Global Health Organization is to expand access to healthcare and empower students and volunteers to tackle global health challenges. To learn more about the organization visit 

Dave Guyette recently started a new position as operations security specialist with the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is responsible for coordinating security operations for the embassy and writes a daily intelligence summary for the Kabul area. Dave’s position is a civilian role. He comes to this assignment after nearly five years working in Baghdad, Iraq as an intelligence analyst for L-3 Communications, supporting the U.S. Army. He previously retired from the Army Reserve after 23 years of service. Thank you, Dave!

I recently took early retirement from HP and am currently in what I like to call a “rewiring” phase after 36 years of dedicated service spread across Western Union, EDS and HP.  During my career, I reaped the benefits from Western Union’s decision to outsource to EDS, and then from HP acquiring EDS. It was an exciting and rewarding career. The people I met and the places I went provided a wealth of experiences and fantastic memories. The best prize is my wonderful husband who I met while living in Australia.

Class of 1977
Submit news to Linda Fitzsimmons, lindafitzsimmons[at]

Claudia Verruto Bernstein is happy to share that she authored her first book which was published in December of last year.  The Last Day I Had a Daddy is written from the perspective of a seven-year-old girl and takes the reader from that day and through the next couple of years through sadness to healing. Claudia’s beautifully illustrated book is available at The Open Bookstore in Schenectady and online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Tim Spellman recently marked 27 years of employment with National Grid in Buffalo, N.Y. Tim was one of the thousands of utility workers deployed to Long Island and the Metro New York area for Superstorm Sandy restoration last fall. He lives in Williamsville, N.Y. with his wife Ann Marie. They have four children and are enjoying spending time with their three grandchildren.

Thomas Maroney, a founding partner of Maroney O’Connor LLP, located in Lower Manhattan, was honored by the New York City Brehon Law Society at its Annual Dinner in March in New York City. The Brehon Law Society is a professional association composed of judges, lawyers and law students to foster the profession of law among individuals of Irish ancestry and is dedicated to improving civil justice. Tom focuses his practice, on general litigation and as national counsel for high exposure, insurance defense and complex products liability matters. Tom is a past chair of the New York State Bar Association Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law (TICL) Section. The TICL Section has over 2600 active members. He is a TICL Diversity Team member and a creator of the award winning “Strength by Association” series that highlights the benefits of bar association membership, diversity and mentoring. He is a past president of the Defense Association of New York, serves as the New York State representative to the Defense Research Institute and sits on the Character and Fitness Committee for the Appellate Division, First Department. He is a frequent lecturer on Civil Trial Practice, Negotiating Strategies and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Tom lives in Village of Baxter Estates in Port Washington with his wife Michelle and their three daughters.

Class of 1978
Submit news to Rick Gabriel, rgabrielsyr[at]
Class of 1979
Submit news to Sue Reilly Hayes, Clifton522[at]

Class of 1980
Submit news to Diane DeSilva, diane0429[at]

Class of 1982
Submit news to Bob Young, rjy60[at]
Class of 1983
Submit news to Elvira Altimari-Jaeger, Eaj6[at]

Can it really be 30 years? Boy, does time fly. It feels like just yesterday I was donning the cap and gown and filing into the ARC with all of you. It was a bright sunny day in May of 1983. In a few short months we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of that day, a day that was an end and a beginning for all of us.

Let’s make it special! I want to send out a unique challenge to everyone to make one phone call and reach out to one person whom you have not spoken to or seen for a long time. How about your freshman roommate from Plassmann, Hennepin or Ryan? The guy or girl you met at your first wing party? Your foosball partner? The person who gave you your first ride to Dapp’s? Bring back any memories? Let’s make this the best reunion ever.

We want to make our class party even more special so the committee is putting together a “Memories DVD” and would like to ask all of you to send us your photos. We can include our college years as well as past reunions. So get out the old albums and look up some old friends. Please contact Rosemary Schiavo Chersi at and she will let you know how to submit your photos. The deadline for photo submission is April 15.

If you have not already, make your reservation at the Marriott on Wolf Road, the committee’s choice for the class of ’83 hotel.

Let’s be the class to have the most participation, give the most money and most importantly, have the most fun this year! It’s not too late. Join the Siena Alumni Facebook Group, go to the Reunion Web Page, join the reunion committee and make your donation to the Annual Fund.

And a big congratulations to Dan Blanchfield and his wife Carlene who welcomed twins. Ryan Thomas and McKenna Grace were born on December 12, 2012.

Shout outs go to anyone who hasn’t been to a reunion in the last 10 years. Get a move on, what are you waiting for? We are not getting any younger. You have been missed. Hope to see all of you at Reunion 2013.

Class of 1984
Submit news to Lisa SanFratello McCutcheon, mcclisa[at]

Class of 1985
Submit news to Cathy Casey and Ron Bjorklund, Bjork90[at]

Congratulations or shall we say “Slainte” to Kevin Gibson (aka Gibber) who was recently honored as the Ancient Order of Hibernians Monmouth County “Irishman of the Year,” a distinction bestowed on a member who has been notably active in service to his or her community. Kevin has participated in many events benefiting his community including the Polar Plunge, Wounded Warrior events and Harbor House Fundraisers, including biking 400 miles each year for the past seven years to raise money for homeless teenagers in Ocean and Monmouth counties.

Soooooo, anyone celebrating a milestone birthday this year?  Oh really?? We’ve been thinking it would be fun to all celebrate the BIG one in a BIG way — misery loves company, right?  We are looking at an event in New York City, most likely in September. To that end we have created a Facebook group for our class and friends to keep you connected and advised of any plans that are made. Connect with us on Facebook at Siena College Class of 1985 (and friends) for further details.

Class of 1986
Submit news to either Edward Giordano, Edward86[at], Susan Slattery, susanslatter[at] or Michelle Roche, mrroche[at]
Class of 1987
Submit news to Gerry McAndrew, Geraldine.m.mcandrew[at]

Congratulations to Maryann Foley King and her husband Ted King ’86, they will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in October. Maryann and Ted live in Fair Lawn, N.J. with their three children, TJ, Matthew and Annie. Matthew is a senior and Annie a junior in high school. Their oldest TJ is a sophomore at Siena.

Cathy McShane Russ’ daughter Caitlin is a 2011 graduate of Siena with a degree in biology. Her son Kyle is a sophomore, class of 2015, studying business. Cathy commented that while there have been many changes to the campus, the spirit and warmth of the Franciscan community lives strong.

John Ellis was elected as a Supreme Court Justice for the Fourth Judicial District in New York. The district includes 11 counties including Schenectady, Saratoga and Fulton. John’s chamber is located in Tupper Lake. Robert Seymour ’04 is serving as his court attorney. Prior to this prestigious appointment John served as family court magistrate for the past eight years. He and his wife Heidi have two children, Olivia and Scout. Congratulations, John!

Class of 1988
Submit news to Paula Cacossa Wang, Pc6888[at]
Class of 1989

Submit news to Mike Carbonaro, sienanews.1989[at]

David Verbraska was elected to the Albany Law School Government Law Center Advisory Board. Verbraska, vice president of worldwide policy and public affairs at Pfizer, is also beginning an executive MBA program at Columbia Business School. This summer he and his wife Chris Matzel ’90, dropped their teenage kids off at camp and headed to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with fellow Siena alumni Stefan ’90 and Kim Parker ’90.

Jennifer Robb celebrated 12 years as the owner of her own dental practice and was also appointed to the board of the Lorain County Dental Society. She continues to serve as their newsletter editor and website administrator.  The Lorain County Dental Society provides professional support to member dentists and assists Lorain County, Ohio residents who have dental questions. 

Mike Oates was appointed to the board of directors of the New York Biotechnology Association. The New York Biotechnology Association supports the development and growth of New York State’s biotechnology industry and serves its members and the biotechnology community by providing a network for information exchange, shared services and collective action. 

I had a busy 2011. I passed the certification exam for Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Basketball and now referee middle school and younger basketball in the Lehigh Valley. So watch out basketball fans you may see me on a court near you. I ran into Bonnie Starr Spugnardi at my son’s game recently and it was great to see a fellow alumni in the Lehigh Valley. In addition to the PIAA basketball activities, I joined the staff of Blue Mountain,, as a ski instructor this year and am planning to test for the PSIA Level One ski instructor certification. It was a tough year to teach skiing with the lack of snow but my skiing has improved so much since starting this journey and the looks on the kid’s faces when they get it is worth all the effort.

Class of 1990
Submit news to Janet Shotter Swierbut, jswierbut[at]

Class of 1991
Submit news to Kevin Clarke, siena91[at]

Marc Brown is in his sixth year as coach at New Jersey City University (NJCU). He recently received the 2013 New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Coach of the Year Award. Marc engineered what is believed to be the greatest turnaround to a season in Division III basketball history. In a rebuilding season during which the Gothic Knights lost all five starters from its 2011-12 squad and only had two returning letter-winners during the final half of the season, NJCU rebounded from an 0-7 record in the NJAC in early January, to win nine of its final 11 league games and become the first known men’s or women’s team in Division III history to qualify for its conference tournament after such a start. Congratulations, Marc!

Class of 1992
Submit news to Mary Pat McLoughlin Holler, jmpholler[at]

Marty Dauer and his wife Alison welcomed their daughter Marbella Grace on August 6, 2012. The family lives in Newtown, Pa.

Class of 1993
Submit news to Sue Hannon, Shannon[at]

Adam Wendt was promoted to director of technology at SRC, Inc. in their Defense and Environmental Solutions Division. SRC, Inc. is a not-for-profit research and development company specializing in defense, environmental issues and intelligence. Adam will lead the development and execution of technology plans including strategic technical investments, as well as consult on many programs across the organization. Congratulations, Adam!

Get ready to reminisce. Our 20th reunion is this year. The plans are already in the works and it looks like it is going to be awesome. On Saturday morning of reunion weekend (May 31 – June 2) the class of 1993 and friends of Jeff Brown, whom we lost to ALS in October 2011, are organizing a golf benefit in celebration of Jeff. The event will honor him and help out his family with expenses with college being the main focus. The event will take place at 7:30 a.m. at Eagle Crest Golf course in Clifton Park. The hope is to gather 75 to 100 golfers for a four-person scramble and will include breakfast, lunch and perhaps a silent auction and raffles. If you plan to be in town Friday night, come out and support this celebration of Jeff, raise some money and have some fun at the same time. The cost is to be determined. If you are interested email Jon (JT) Tellstone at or John (Guido) Aspland at Can’t wait to reconnect with all of you. Registration will open on the Siena College website on April 1st and don’t forget to donate to our class reunion gift.

Class of 1994
Submit news to Glenn Hofsess, gh[at]

Keith Kelly and his wife Lynette had their second child Jacob Ryan on May 10, 2012. Keith also started in his new position as head golf professional at Harbor Club on Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga. on June 4, 2012. Keith and his family now live in Eatonton, Ga.

On April 7, 2012, Lori Vaccaro and her husband Bob had twin girls, Sarah Catherine MacDonald and Jenna Elizabeth MacDonald. Both are happy and healthy. They joined big sister Emily who was born on November 25, 2009. The twins were born at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City where Lori is employed. She was promoted in December 2011 to vice president for audit and corporate compliance.

On February 14, 2013 Liz Carriera Leigh, her husband Jason and big brother Christian welcomed twins to their family. Emmett Roden and Siobhan Kathryn are doing great.

Andie Kordzek lives in Niskayuna, N.Y. with her husband and three kids. Luke is three, and her twins Delilah and Elisabeth are two. Andie has a Ph.D. in criminal justice and teaches as an adjunct professor at the University at Albany. Andie’s old roommates, Jennifer “JJ” Kelly and Toni Eustaquio Wolff, are both married and each has three beautiful children. JJ lives outside of Syracuse, N.Y. where she works as an endocrinologist and Toni lives in Long Island, N.Y.

Michael Sgroi and his wife Yuka are proud to announce the birth of their first child. Mason Hiroaki was born on January 24, 2012. Mike and Yuka live with their handsome baby boy in San Francisco, Calif.

Kyle Howard and his wife Stacy were blessed with twins on May 28, 2012. Big sister by two minutes, Kaitlyn Siena and little brother Garrett Adams were born in Newport Beach, Calif. The family lives in Fountain Valley, Calif.  Kyle is the manager of retail planning at Vans Footwear in Cypress, Calif. and Stacy is the principal at Paularino Elementary School in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Class of 1995
Submit news to Neil Wilcove, nwilcove [at]

Amanda Braun recently accepted a new position. On May 1, 2013, she will be the new athletic director at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Congratulations, Amanda!

Class of 1996
Submit news to Brian Murray, murray21[at]
Class of 1997
Submit news to Selena Dutcher, selenadutcher[at]

Congrats to Shelly Ribando and her husband Michael as they welcomed their daughter Ava Capri on June 22, 2011.

Laura Wachendorfer Cocozza and her husband Francis Cocozza ’98 welcomed their fifth child, Thomas Nathaniel on December 31, 2012. Thomas joins in the Cocozza fun with his siblings: Joseph 10, Jonah 7, Anthony 5 and Margaret 4.

Alison Newell Blessing C.P.A. is manager for the government, compliance and labor team with The Bonadio Group. She specializes in accounting and consulting work with various types of governmental entities. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the New York State Government Finance Officers’ Association. Alison is also an at-large member of the New York State Government Finance Officers Association Board of Governors and a board member of The Food Pantries of the Capital District, Inc.

Mike Hehir wed Kerin Murphy Hehir on August 12, 2011. Many Siena alumni attended including Suzanne Muldowney Borruso ’98, David Hay ’98, Brian Buckley, Greg Brower, John D’Adamo, Dennis Scott ’02, Tom BorrusoJohn Sweeney, Dan Coleman, Todd Curley, James Dinan ’12, Steve Lopez , Joanne Vance Buckley ’02, Lauren Kisling Hay ’00, Tom McCormack, Kevin McCormickPat Pondillo, Jill Vermeulen Stefenac, Stacey Olechowski Curley ’00, Trisha English Sweeney ’96, Tricia Kelly McCormack ’96, Rico Viscusi and Chris Stefanac. A great time was had by all.

Christopher Conway, Todd Curley, George LaMarche III and Christopher Litchfield were included in The Business Review’s 40 Under 40 Capital Region Class of 2013. Chris Conway is vice president of business development at AMRI and on the Board of Associate Trustees at Siena. Todd Curley is vice president at Prime Cos. and on the Board of Associate Trustees at Siena. George LaMarche is founding member and partner at LaMarche Safranko Law PLLC. Christopher Litchfield is president of Siena Fence Company. Congratulations to all.
Cheryl Gnade McGrattan was recently appointed to vice president of marketing, communications and community relations at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville, N.Y.

Class of 1998
Submit news to Janine Trapp Scotti, Sienasaints98[at]
Class of 1999
Submit news to Brendan Fitzgerald, nyfitzgerald[at]

In October of 2012, Valerie Brunner proudly accepted the “Unsung Hero Award” presented by the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, held at their annual Keys for the Homeless Conference. Valerie is the program director for the Family Service League in that area and has not only served the homeless for 15 years in her professional capacity but has been volunteering her time for this cause since she was a young child. This award recognizes a person who goes above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of others and who does so with enthusiasm and dedication.

Class of 2000
Submit news to Shaymus Schweitzer, Sienasaints2000[at]

Catherine Greene Estefan and her husband Ed welcomed their second child, Luke Nicholas, on March 31, 2012. He  oins big sister Clare. Neerav Patel and his wife Dolly welcomed their first child Aria on January 21, 2013. Amy Zurlo McGeady wed Matthew McGeady on July 28, 2012 at All Saints on the Hudson Church in Mechanicville, N.Y. Several Siena alumni were in attendance. The reception was held at the Mohawk River Country Club in Rexford, N.Y. Mike Durant and Neerav Patel were included in The Business Review’s 40 Under 40 Capital Region Class of 2013. Neerav Patel is chief operating officer and principal at Empire Broadcasting Corp. and a member of the Board of Associate Trustees at Siena. Mike Durant is director of the National Federation of Independent Business New York State.
Congratulations to all.

Class of 2001
Submit news to Maura Mack, Sienanotes01[at]

Catherine Mulvey Alcoba wed Sean Alcoba on June 9, 2012 in Long Beach, N.Y. In attendance were many Siena alumni including Allison Celauro Laidlaw, Kate Sweeney Chapman, Christine Kenneally and Tara Crawford Hennessy. Congratulations, Kate!

Amanda Wright Kenny and her husband Matt welcomed their fourth child, Andrew Scott, on February 28, 2012. Christina Torelli George and J.R. George ’99 welcomed Ryan Lucas on May 31, 2012. Bill Hisgen and I welcomed our second daughter Katharine Grace on June 11, 2012. Mary Kate Joyce Kraus and her husband Kevin Kraus ’03 welcomed their second daughter Molly Noreen to their family on June 14, 2012. Emma is her proud big sister. Allison Celauro Laidlaw and her husband Chris welcomed their second daughter, Ella Joan, on July 11, 2012.

Shari Quinn has been named director of student services for Austin’s School of Spa Technology. She previously served as community relations specialist with ITT Technical Institute in Albany. Shari will be responsible for managing the Career Services staff and the coordination of the Student Services team. She will oversee student retention, the evening student population, programming and student disciplinary activities. Shari will also manage the development and implementation of extracurricular programming to enhance the overall student service experience at the school. Shari holds an MBA with a concentration in marketing from the University of Phoenix.

Class of 2002
Submit news to Christine Cinnamond, Christine.cinnamond[at]

Samuel Zimmerman wed Jessica Elizabeth Cichy at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Gloversville, N.Y. A reception at Mallozzi’s Banquet House in Rotterdam followed with many Siena alumni in attendance. Congratulations!

Class of 2003
Submit news to Kelly Quist Demars, kqdemars[at]

Michael Demars and I were wed on October 8, 2011 and now that I write this section, I have no excuses not to get my picture in. Father Matt Wetsel presided and Stephanie GrayKimberly Roginski Ogborn and Jolleen Wagner ’04 were bridesmaids. I work as the director of legislative operations for Schenectady County 

Sarah Levasseur Sindell finished medical school in Albany in 2007, got married in 2010 and finished her general surgery residency in Seattle in 2012. Sarah lives with her husband in Anchorage, Alaska, working for the Alaska Native Medical Center.

Roy Chiquitucto and his wife Anne were both promoted to major in the U.S. Army. They live in Kansas with their sons Christian and Joshua and await their next assignment.

Erin Wright is assistant director of learning odysseys at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., where she earned her master’s in education.

Amber Heckman Hernandez and her husband Osmar welcomed their daughter Isabella on March 22, 2012. Congratulations to the Hernandez family.

Don’t forget it’s a Reunion Year!  You might have gotten a letter from our reunion committee made up of William BordakGina GizziJennifer GrantGary Krisanda, Robert Prestyly and Sonya Smelyansky VanBortel. I am excited to see what they have planned for us. Hope to see you May 31 – June 2.

Class of 2004

Submit news to either Melissa Termine Goetz, Mtermine24[at] or Lauren Weber, Lwebs13[at]

Thank you to Jolleen Wagner for all that she did to coordinate the news and notes for the class of 2004 and welcome to Melissa Termine Goetz and Lauren Weber who will be taking over.

Scott Monuteaux wed Stefani Smith on July 7, 2012, with many Siena alumni in attendance. Fun was had by all. Congratulations, Scott and Stefani.

Kate O’Hagen was elected in May 2012 to serve as an at- large delegate from the state of New York. She attended the Democratic National Convention in September 2012. Congratulations, Kate!

Greg Pautler is founder of,, and other internet-based ventures. He recently returned to campus to speak to the retailing class of Professor Gil Brookins to share his experiences, the challenges of start-ups and online retailing, as well as supply chain management, SEO and specialty retailing. Thanks, Greg!

Class of 2005
Submit news to Breanne Suhrland Elsesser, bsuhrlan[at]

Elizabeth Kirmss Keating and her husband James are happy to announce the birth of their second child, James Allen, on September 22, 2012. Big brother Jack loves him to pieces. Best wishes to the Keating family. 

Laura Wood Stewart wed Aaron Stewart on October 5, 2012 at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Her classmates Rebecca Hoyt Andujar, Dave Hayes and Tyne Modica were in attendance. A great time was had by all. Congratulations, Laura.

Class of 2006
Submit news to Chris Elsesser, Christopher.elsesser[at]

Gregory Perry and Melissa Krueger Perry welcomed their first child, Carter Matthew, on September 29, 2012. Carter is very excited to make his first visit to Siena College soon.

Colleen Carey became engaged to her long time boyfriend Philip Davis in December 2012. The happy couple is planning a September 2013 wedding in the Adirondack Mountains.

Denisa Hluchova wed Michael Crisafulli of Colonie, N.Y. on September 21, 2012 in Albany, N.Y. The newlyweds are planning a European honeymoon this year so she can “show off” where she was born and raised to her husband. Denisa currently works at Community Care Physicians, where she is managing the Adolescent Obesity Practice, a practice she started four years ago for the company. She is also the assistant women’s tennis coach at Siena, a team she played on while a Siena student.  She happily reports that “she just can’t stay away.”

Matthew Gidaly wed Claire Devine on August 4, 2012. In May 2013 Matt graduated from UNC Dental School and has been accepted as an orthodontic resident at the University of Alabama Orthodontic Program.

Sean Barron has been promoted to manager at The Bonadio Group’s Syracuse, N.Y. office. The Bonadio Group provides accounting, consulting and financial services. Sean lives in Chittenango, N.Y.

Class of 2007
Submit news to either Mike Utzig, mutzig[at] or Jackie Shelburne, jacqueline.shelburne[at]

If you haven’t been on campus lately there have been some major changes with a brand new dorm and a new academic building, Rosetti Hall, which will bring together the departments in the School of Liberal Arts, Sociology, Social Work and Education. If you’re ever in the area and want a tour, stop in and say hi.

Caitlin Carroll is engaged to Will Brown and they will be married next October in Long Island, N.Y. Her former Ryan Hall roommate Cristina Polizzi is engaged to Brian Woods and they will be married in May 2014.

Meredith Toussaint and Eric Schwerdt were engaged on December 11, 2012. Eric proposed at Higgins Beach in Scarborough, Maine. They are planning a wedding for June of 2014. Meredith recently accepted a new position with SmartWatt Energy, Inc. in Ballston Lake, N.Y.

Alison Reidy wed Jeffrey Markin in Nyack, N.Y. on July 7, 2012. Alison’s good friend Nate Jenkins is engaged to Heather Loneck and they will be married in November 2013.

Eric Jasuta wed Emily Jones ’08 on May 5, 2012 in Brunswick, N.Y. Lots of fun was had by the many Siena alumni in attendance.

Laura Darling is a founding member of Darling & Wesdorp, PLLC located in Delmar, N.Y. She recently won a directing award for a production of Guys and Dolls with the Troy Civic Theatre.

I, Jackie Shelburne, recently earned my master of social work from Boston College with a concentration in a macro level study of older adults.

Jennifer Rota wed Ryan Lenihan on December 29, 2012. The wedding featured many 2007 alums and at one point a Siena chant broke out that was led by Jen’s father. The happy couple honeymooned in Hawaii.

Blair Gearhart was promoted to senior analyst at Public Financial Management. Congrats, Blair!

Class of 2008
Submit news to Danielle Grasso and Patrick Preston, Sienacollege2008[at]

In May I received an M.S. Ed. in College Student Services Administration from The College of Saint Rose, ran a couple of 5Ks, started working for UAlbany in their School of Public Health and moved to a great new apartment. I can’t believe that it’s been five years since we graduated but here we are waiting for reunion. I hope everyone will be able to attend May 31 – June 2. As a committee member, I really hope to see you all there.

Charles Mahoney and Meaghan Fortier Mahoney ’09 had their first child, Abigail Kathleen, born February 18, 2013 in Glens Falls N.Y. Mom and baby are happy and healthy. Abigail is rocking some great Siena onesies.

Kristen Hans was admitted to the New York State Bar and has taken a position with Robert A. Ungar Associates, Inc., which is a lobbying firm. This past September Kristen, many other Saints and I attended the wedding of Bryon McKim and Kerry Sullivan of Maine in Albany, N.Y. A great time was had by all. Congratulations to you both!

Alex Riccio and Jess Winkler were engaged in Central Park last April and were wed at Siena on November 17, 2012. Alex wrote, “We both also got residency positions at Albany Medical Center, me in neurosurgery and Jess in ear nose and throat surgery.”

Emily Jones wed Eric Jasuta ’07 on May 5, 2012 in Brunswick, N.Y. Lots of fun was had by the many Siena alumni in attendance.

Christopher McGuinness is engaged to Kim Gilliland ’09. They will be married in Long Island, N.Y. this June in what is sure to be a Siena alumni-filled wedding.

In the midst of rain, snow and bagpipes, Ciara Greene was engaged to Mike Erdman at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. Anyone who knows Ciara knows her love of Irish culture and St. Patrick’s Day. It was the perfect scene in front of Central Park and was definitely worth the wait in the cold to be a witness to it.

Maria Segala wed April London ’09 in Williamstown, Mass. on June 30, 2012. They live in Boston, Mass. where Maria works in the Office of International Programs at Boston College and April works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Congratulations to you both!

Tim Hannigan is an attorney with Hannigan Law Firm PLLC. He joined the law firm after completing a judicial clerkship as an Appellate Court attorney with the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department. Congratulations, Tim.

We hope that everyone’s blocked off May 31 – June 2 and will be attending Reunion 2013. If you have any photos you’d like to include in the slide show please send them to me at the same email. It is sure to be a great time reliving our glory days.

Class of 2009
Submit news to Tiffany Salonich, Tsalonich11[at]

Philip Sidoti wed Gina Ciampino on September 15, 2012 at St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church in Schenectady, N.Y. A  eception followed at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs. Phil is a marketing manager at Pitney Bowes Software in Troy, N.Y. He and Gina live in Niskayuna.

Congratulations to Amy Gadziala who became engaged to Brandon Simons in December 2012.

April London wed Maria Segala ’08 in Williamstown, Mass. on June 30, 2012. They live in Boston, Mass. where April works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Maria works in the Office of International Programs at Boston College. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Donna Flores who received her master of arts from the School of Health and Sciences for Community Psychology at The Sage Colleges in December 2012 and Devin Robinson who received his master of arts in education from Marist College in January.

Channing Vidal is the coordinator of student conduct in the Dean of Students Office at Coastal Carolina University. He received the Student Affairs Spirit Award which is awarded by the leadership team in the division of student affairs. The award recognizes a staff member each month for their work and contributions to the campus community.

Kelly Burke is in her second year of teaching middle and high school English in the Bayport – Blue Point school district on Long Island N.Y. She currently teaches sixth, eighth and tenth grade. Kelly is the National Junior Honor Society advisor this year, where she’s hosting her first St. Baldrick’s Foundation head shaving event to raise money and awareness for childhood cancers.

Chris Gackstatter, first lieutenant, infantry platoon leader, United States Army, was featured on both the front page of the print and online editions of the New York Times on February 15, 2013. The article described the hurdles of getting gear out of Afghanistan.

Class of 2010

Submit news to Kelly Peckholdt, kellypeckholdt[at]

Bernadette Flynn was hired as a legislative budget analyst for the New York State Assembly Minority Ways and Means in October 2012.

Lindsay Colford was hired at Austin and Williams in Hauppauge, N.Y. in August 2012 as an assistant account executive. She is enjoying learning and expanding her career in advertising.

Lisa Dussault Centi wed Daniel Centi on November 10, 2012.

Katie Leo and Tim Jeffreys are getting married in May 2013. They both recently moved to Mass. to pursue their teaching careers. Katie is teaching U.S. History at Ispwich High School. Tim is teaching English at Danvers High School.

Maggie Glover received her master’s in special education from SUNY New Paltz in December 2012.

Class of 2011
Submit news to Allison Collins, Am27coll[at]

Amanda Lesniewski is an assistant for the Government, Compliance and Labor Team in The Bonadio Group, a group of accounting, business advisory, payroll, and personal financial service entities with offices across New York State. She previously interned at The Bonadio Group and the New York State Division of Criminal Justice. Amanda received her master’s in business administration degree from Union Graduate College.

Brittany Trela is an assistant for the Health Care/Tax Exempt East Team in The Bonadio Group. She worked as an accounting intern for the New York Business Development Corporation and received her master’s degree in accounting from Siena.

Katie Steinmann lives in Golden, Colo. and is pursuing a second degree in meteorology at
Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Class of 2012
Submit news to Therese Daly, classof2012classnotes[at]

Courtney Bowman will be graduating from Siena College’s master’s program in May. She has accepted a position with the accounting firm KPMG.
Rose Himmelmann, Emily Isenberg and Maggie O’Donnell are pursuing their master’s degree in social work at Fordham University and will graduate in May 2013.
Alicia Caldara is pursuing her master’s degree in professional school counseling at The Sage Colleges and has accepted two graduate assistantships, one in career planning and one in graduate admissions at the college.
Dennis Mazzuca is working as a reporter for Putnam County News and Recorder in Cold Springs, N.Y.
Renee Solheim is a software engineer at Family Farm Insurance in Albany, N.Y.
Amanda Altobelli started Physician’s Assistant School in January at Albany Medical College.
Michele Smith is a first-year medical student at the University of Buffalo Medical School.
Susie Grauel wed Patrick Carpenter, a West Point Graduate, on December 28, 2012 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
James Pater and Shane McMahon have started a company called Eonic, They developed an electrolyte solution that will be more efficient to use in engines of hybrid vehicles.
Michael Fitzgerald works as a tax information aide for the state of New York.

In Memory

Siena College mourns the loss of the following members of our community:

Richard F. Lindstrom, Former Board of Associate Trustees

Francis M. Sheehan ’42

Morris Sax ’43

Urano J. “Reynold” Salvado ’44

James M. McHugh ’49

Dr. Michael G. Melas ’49

Eugene “Gene” Paulsen ’49

Earl H. Avery ’50

Cornelius “Neil” Gray ’50

Timothy J. Horgan Sr. ’50

Rosario S. Ilacqua ’50

Raymond J. Kazyaka ’50

Charles H. Carpenter ’51

Rodrigues O. Sutton ’51

Frank J. Verald ’51

John W. Willson ’51

Joseph Gulotta ’52

Tyler R.S. Halse ’52

Harry J. D’Agostino ’53

Thomas Petronella ’53

James F. Schaninger ’53

Anthony J. Wilson ’53

John H. Northcutt ’54

James P. Walsh, Jr. ’54

Sturmius G. Braum ’55

John E. Cosgrove ’57

Charles J. Curthoys ’57

Peter G. Redmond Sr. ’57

Louis J. Cotrona ’58

Dominic F. Spano ’60

James Utermark ’60

Edward M. O’Connell ’61

Thomas B. Leonard ’61

Jon A. Olson ’62

Michael McCullough ’63

Vincent G. Mailloux ’64

Howard L. Marcou ’64

Michael J. Dollard ’65

Gerald “Jerry” Demers ’67

Raymond F. Mahoney Sr. ’67

Bruce E. Tofte ’67

J. Robert Montgomery ’71

James L. Doran ’72

Lawrence V. Cordone ’73

Kevin J. Mc Aleese ’79

William G. McGonigle ’84

Roy B. Roberti ’86

Ellen M. Fogarty ’91

Karen M. (Britt) Millington ’92

Michelle M. Martineau Lake ’95

Tracy Laverty ’03


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