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Class Notes, Summer 2013 Issue

August 23, 2013 by Editor in Class Notes with 0 Comments

Summer 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 1949

Congratulations to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist William Kennedy. His novel Roscoe will become an opera. The novel is set in Albany, N.Y. in 1945, and is the fictional examination of the O’Connell-Corning democratic machine.

Class of 1951
Submit news to John Hourigan, joninca[at]
Class of 1954

Carmen Viglucci has published his memoir Albany Street Kid sharing memories of his early years growing up in Albany, N.Y. in the late thirties and forties. He worked at newspapers across the state, including the Albany Times Union. His earliest stint was on the sports desk at the Siena paper.

Class of 1959

Submit news to Frank Martin, ftmartin[at]

Class of 1961

Tom Pillsworth was honored by the American Red Cross as a 2013 Legacy recipient for his humanitarian contributions during the war in Baghdad in 2005. He performed the sensitive and difficult job of delivering emergency messages from military families in the U.S. to service members in Iraq. The “Our Legacy Continues Project” was created to honor Red Cross members who served with the military. Tom began volunteering with the Red Cross in 1998 and was among the Red Cross first responders at ground zero after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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

The class reunion and celebration of our 50th anniversary was simply fabulous. I hadn’t been on campus in 45 years. The grounds were immaculate and buildings were well placed and built to last forever. The staff put in a tremendous amount of work and imagination to pull together all of the dinners and parties and picnics. The friars, along with President Fr. Kevin Mullen, O.F.M., were especially affable in their comments and personal interchanges. The conversations with classmates were memorable. Even Tom Donato, whom I didn’t know very well, accepted my offer of $20.00 to start a standing ovation for me when my name was called. But he was the only one standing. I will owe him the $20.00 for next time.

Frank Gadek checked in. He could not come to reunion but would love to hear from you.

I ask that everyone from the class of ’63 who reads this, please consider sending in a note about how you are doing. EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW. Many of us are retired and have a lifetime of memories and loved ones to talk about. Just a few sentences in an email will plug you into the rest of the class who read this. Please let us all know how you are doing!

Class of 1965

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

Class of 1966

James Barba received the 2013 Citizen Laureate Award from the University at Albany Foundation. The award recognizes outstanding leaders in business, government and academia. Congratulations!

Class of 1967

Submit news to Rick Spataro, rspataro67[at]

Class of 1968

Thomas Getman checked in! “Walking 18 holes a day, at least five super senior tournaments a month. If you are in Georgia and want to play, let me know.”  Sounds great, Tom!

Class of 1969

Joe Condon was presented with the Community Service Award from the Center for Donation and Transplant of New York in April. He is the public affairs director at Albany Broadcasting, Inc. Joe hosts the weekly public affairs show “The Subject Matters” for ION TV stations in Albany, Syracuse and Buffalo.

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]

Bruce Gembala retired in April 2012 after a 35-year career with the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General. He headed the Bureau of Provider Audit which had statewide responsibility for the audit of Medicaid fees for service providers. Bruce lives in Loudonville, not too far from campus, with his wife Maryanne and two playful Samoyeds.

Jules Comeau, D.D.S., retired last year after a 35-year career practicing dentistry. He now keeps busy volunteering with the local dental society and St. Henry’s Church. He enjoys skiing several times a week during the winter, hiking and kayaking during the rest of the year, along with being an occasional substitute teacher at his children’s school. He lives in Long Lake, N.Y. with his wife Betsy, who is a retired speech-language pathologist, and their 12 year old children.

Dear classmates, please send me any updates or news about your life. We all look forward to hearing from you!

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

Class of 1974

John Cahill recently ended a 40-year career as a basketball referee, and has accepted a position as supervisor of officials for the new Big East Conference.  His new role involves training, development and assigning of officials; conducting a rules clinic at each of the member schools; and traveling to game sites to evaluate crews and stay in contact with coaches and athletic directors. He will continue to practice law at his firm, Messina & Cahill in Slingerlands, N.Y.

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

David Kruczlnicki retired as president and chief executive officer of Glens Falls Hospital in May after 24 years. He will continue to serve as president and chief executive officer of Adirondack Health Services, the parent company of Glens Falls Hospital.

Class of 1976

Submit news to Jean Reamer, jpreamer[at]

Pat Stout Smith and Charlie Smith would like to share their joy with the graduations from Siena of their son Charlie ’13 and their daughter Michele ’12. Patty and Charlie are thrilled to see their children join them in the Siena tradition and welcome them to our alumni community. Michele is attending UB Medical, and Charlie will continue his education next year at Siena in the master’s program for accounting.

Jimmy McCarthy checked in! He has been an attorney for the last 30 years specializing in medical malpractice. He and his wife of 24 years, Maria, have four children ages 22, 19, 16, and 12. Jim is hoping to come to our 40th reunion in 2016 and wants to give a shout-out to Liston, Loftus, Tolosky, Youngkin and the rest of the Class of 1976!

I regret to share with you the passing of two classmates this May. I believe most of you will remember these two wonderful ladies if you lived in Hennepin Hall or perhaps shared a class with them. Both ladies were resident assistants. Anita Brown was originally from Long Island but remained in the Albany, N.Y. area after college. Anita was a classy lady and will surely be remembered for her quick wit. She was a member of the first Siena women’s NCAA basketball team. She worked as a principal budget examiner for the New York State Division of Budget for over 20 years before retiring in November. She is remembered for her professionalism, loyalty, compassion and her humor.

Jane Goldner was from Cortland, N.Y. and known for her smiles and fun-loving, cheery disposition. I can picture her during our Siena days with her long golden red hair and freckles and remember her kind ways and upbeat attitude. One of her favorite phrases was, “If you are lucky enough to be Irish, you are lucky enough.” A mother of two boys, Jane retired as the director of Cortland County Probation Department in 2009. Jane also worked with the Office for the Aging and Foster Care in Cayuga County. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Church in Cortland. The Siena community extends our condolences to the families of Anita and Jane. Please join me in remembering Anita and Jane in your prayers and thoughts.

The classes of ’75 and ’76 have always had a strong bond, and we’d like to wish the class of ’75 a happy 60th birthday!! Rumor has it that Greg Bell ’75 will be celebrating his 60th birthday at the 20th anniversary of his annual “Bellstock” music festival this summer. Woodstock lives on!!

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

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

Six of our classmates shared a great vacation in Ireland together in September 2012. The three couples who found love at Siena and have been close friends since our undergrad days are Dave and Karen Beha Wentworth, Rich and Terri DuPre Sleasman, and Mark and Jane Barnes Casale. 

Elizabeth Bouchard has been a librarian for over 20 years, currently serving as a reference librarian at Maria College in Albany, N.Y., and a catalog librarian at the Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar, N.Y. The New York Library Association recently honored her with the 2012 Excellence in Library Innovation Award, which recognizes librarians who have been creative, innovative or visionary in the field of academic or special librarianship. The award was presented for her work cataloguing Maria College historical documents, for winning a grant for the college to participate in the New York Heritage digitization project, and for publishing an academic paper on the school’s Monastery of the Immaculate Conception in the American Catholic Studies Journal. The association granted the honor for completing an intensive, multiphase project for a small library. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the death of one of my dearest friends, our classmate, Kevin McAleese. Kevin passed away on February 15, 2013 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. His beloved friend Patty Lewis was with him when he died. I attended Kevin’s wake and funeral in Philadelphia, along with Siena friends Patty, Rick Gabriel ’78 and his wife Nadine Zaloom Gabriel ’80, Lorrie Scardino, Pete Hansen and his wife Andrea Pedro Hansen ’80, and Chip Davy. We toasted Kev and talked about how he would’ve thoroughly enjoyed the gathering in his honor. It was great to hear friends and associates from all areas of his life—family, work, Army, volunteer commitments—share personal reflections on what Kevin had meant to them. He touched many lives and is sorely missed.

I am also deeply saddened to report the January 7, 2013 death of another classmate, Ann Marie Dyer.  This news comes from Pam Moroukian, who was searching for her friend online and sadly came across her obituary. Ann Marie was a biology major and, like Kevin, an ROTC scholarship student. She began her medical career in the army and later served in a variety of nursing administration positions, most recently as director of clinical services at Heritage Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare, Fort Myers, Fla. Our condolences go out to her four children and other family members. Pam writes, “For most of us from 1979, staying in touch was hard work and sometimes only by accident. I eventually settled in Chicago where, although I am still far from my family in upstate New York, I am 850 miles closer to my dear friend, Jane Ann Jackson Walsh. We met as freshmen on the first day of the first class at Siena. Two kids from upstate New York, bio majors, one commuter, one Hennepin dormer. Thankfully we were both dedicated letter writers and while our lives took us in different directions, ironically we both settled in Illinois. Today, Jane heads up an incredible non-profit, Children of Hope and Faith, an organization that helps orphans and needy children in Tanzania.”

I’ll close with Pam’s reflective words, which are worth pondering and acting on, “I don’t know about you, but if there is someone you have always been meaning to “look up,” then let 2013 be your year of happy remembering and rekindling. With a little effort, the internet and prayer, today it is possible to reconnect with those classmates and friends who shaped us, challenged us, gave us our first crushes and broken hearts, and with whom we had laughter, adventures and many happy memories. It’s worth it. Best wishes to you all.”

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

Joanne Fitzpatrick Maloy and her husband Jack Maloy ’76 were honored with the Family Service and Volunteerism Award from the Academy of the Holy Names, a Catholic college preparatory school for young women in Albany, N.Y.

James J. Clark, Ph.D., LCSW, recently joined the University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences as director of the UC School of Social Work.

Russell Clark, CFO of Presbyterian Homes & Services, Inc. was named the Central New York Financial Executive of the Year by the Bonadio Group. The award is given to a financial professional for outstanding performance in their role as corporate financial steward. Clark, who received the award June 27 at a ceremony in Syracuse, has been with Presbyterian Homes & Services for 24 years.

Class of 1981

Congratulations to David Palladino! On May 17, 2013, exactly 32 years to the day he graduated from Siena, David was awarded the honor of being named the 2013 Miami-Dade High School Science Teacher of the Year. He is celebrating his 18th year as a science teacher.

Mark Woroby, Vito Losito and Tim Johnson, along with their wives, enjoyed a mini reunion while celebrating Mark’s birthday in February at a Siena men’s basketball game!

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

Spring at Siena was just as I remembered. The campus was bustling with alumni a few weeks ago as our class and others celebrated reunions. Although the landscape has changed since 1983, it was a bucolic setting and we all felt instantly at home again. It was a fun weekend catching up with old friends and reminiscing. There were about 100 ’83ers who came to events – a great turnout for a 30th reunion – but we missed a lot of classmates who had graduations and other commitments and were unable to be there. Special thanks to the Alumni Relations Office for a great job and the reunion committee who put the extra special touches to the celebration. Megga kudos go to Rosemary Schiavo Chersi for putting together a spectacular photo slideshow which brought us all back to the early 80’s (what were we thinking with that hair???) and our time at Siena. The slide show will eventually make its way to the website and the Alumni Relations Office will send out an email to alert us. Check the college website for photos of the reunion. Special congratulations to Louis Ianniello and Stephen Obermayer who “distinguished” themselves and our class with special awards. I am not going to send any specific shout-outs – if you haven’t been to a reunion ever or in a long time – you know who you are and the slide show is evidence of your existence – we thought about you on June 1st – we hope you thought about us too.  You were missed and we hope you are able to come in 2018 when we celebrate our 35th.  Mark your calendars now – the older we get the faster time flies!

The Alumni Relations Office would like to add to this column to congratulate Elvira Altimari-Jaeger who also “distinguished” herself and your class with a special award.

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

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

Class of 1986

Submit news to Edward Giordano, edward86[at], Susan Slattery, susanslattery[at] or Michelle Roche, mrroche[at]

Class of 1987

Submit news to Gerry McAndrew, Geraldine.m.mcandrew[at]

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

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

William Maloney is a clinical associate professor at New York University College of Dentistry and is in private practice in Westchester County, N.Y.  He has authored over 115 professional publications and has recently appeared in the documentary Universal Babe about baseball icon Babe Ruth. The documentary premiered at the New York Times Building in New York City.

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

Tom Wronoski is a business sales manager for Verizon Wireless. He was named to the company’s president’s cabinet for ranking in the top two percent of the company’s more than 15,000 sales executives nationwide during 2012. Tom was one of just six people in upstate New York to earn the distinction for performance in sales and customer service nationally.

Tim Ford, who spent over 18 years at Yale University, has joined the University of Delaware athletics staff as senior associate athletics director and director of development for athletics.

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

Scott Wilson is president and chief executive officer of SeaComm Federal Credit Union headquartered in Massena, N.Y. He was recently featured in Profile Magazine, a print and digital publication that identifies and promotes innovation in prominent American industries. The article which appeared in the November/December edition highlighted key strategies being used by the credit union, enabling it to be one of the top performers in the U.S. during the most recent economic downturn. SeaComm was also named Credit Union of the Year in 2012 by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. Congratulations Scott!

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

Kris Bouchard McConville recently opened the Law Office of Kris McConville, PLLC located in Scotia, N.Y. Congratulations Kris!

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

What a blast reunion 2013 was! It was great to reconnect with so many of you!  I must say I think we have all aged gracefully and I hope to say the same thing at the 50 year reunion! A big announcement was that our class had 20 people contribute $1,000 or more to the annual fund! For those of you who missed it – we hope to see you at the big number 25.

One person who did miss it was Jim Kaden. He checked in to let us know he was promoted to assistant director for the Ice Arena and Outdoor Pool in the University of Delaware Athletics and Recreation Department. He is also an adjunct professor at University of Delaware in the Sports Management program as well as adjunct professor at Wilmington University.

Please forward me any updates that I didn’t remember from the weekend and we’ll get them in the next issue. Have a great summer!

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

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

After serving as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice for five years in Washington, D.C., Dan Healy rejoined the law firm Anderson, Kill & Olick, LLP, as counsel in August 2012. He litigates commercial cases across the country, with a focus on insurance coverage and intellectual property disputes.  Dan lives with his wife and three children in Bethesda, Md. 

Megan McCarthy Foy and her husband Jeff are thrilled to announce the birth of their second daughter Avery Marion who was born on November 6, 2012.  Avery joins big sister Kaelyn who is four. 

Mark O’Brien and his wife Katie, along with big brother Finn, welcomed Buckley “Buck” Burke O’Brien into the world on May 15, 2013. Buck is named in part after our Siena classmate Todd Burke, who lost his battle with cancer in 1996.

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

Donna DeFrancesco Anderson and her husband George welcomed twins, Nicholas James and Jeffrey Thomas, on December 9, 2012.

Todd Curley and Stacey Olechowski Curley ’00 welcomed their son Christopher to the world on May 30, 2013. He joins big sisters Ava and Gabriella.

Cheryl Gnade McGrattan is vice president of marketing, public relations and community relations at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville, N.Y.

Class of 1998
Submit news to Janine Trapp Scotti, Sienasaints98[at]

Hello class of ’98! Well, our 15th reunion is behind us, and it was great seeing some of you there! I hope to see more of you at the 20 year reunion in 2018!

I received some exciting news from two of our classmates. Laura Wachendorfer Cocozza ’97 and her husband Francis Cocozza welcomed their fifth child, Thomas Nathaniel, born on December 31, 2012. Thomas joins in the Cocozza fun with his siblings, Joseph, ten; Jonah, seven; Anthony, five; and Margaret, four. Congrats to the Cocozza family!

Patrick Jordan has been promoted to senior assistant corporation counsel for the city of Albany, N.Y. He and his wife Laura live in Castleton-on-Hudson, N.Y. with their two children, son Finn, five, and daughter Teagan, two. Congratulations Patrick!

Michael Rubeis and his wife Savithri welcomed their first child Anishka Veronica on May 11, 2013. He was not able to make reunion this year but looks forward to future visits to the campus. Congratulations to Mike and his growing family!

Class of 1999
Submit news to Brendan Fitzgerald, nyfitzgerald[at]

Danielle Minelli wed Christopher Pagnotta on November 3, 2012 at St. Kateri Church in LaGrangeville, N.Y. Br. Michael Harlan and Fr. Larry Ford presided. Many Siena alumni were in attendance and a great time was had by all. Dee is employed as a director with New York City’s Department of Homeless Services.

Patrick Crowe and Karen Gisotti Crowe, along with their two year old son Jason, welcomed twins, James “Jamie” and Katherine “Katie” on March 21, 2013.

Hollie Brown Smith joined the medical staff of Pro Health Partners and Cherry Brook Health Care Center as an advanced practice registered nurse.

Congratulations to all!

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

Congratulations to Matthew Woodard and Denise Egolf Woodard who welcomed their daughter Morgan Kaleigh on January 26, 2013. Matt also made partner at his firm Jackson Lewis LLP in White Plains, N.Y. in January. Congratulations Matt and Denise!

Stephen DeSalvo checked in! He is the director of alumni relations at Pace University and is happy to say his daughter Sienna is now 18 months old. Congratulations!

Stacey Olechowski Curley, her husband Todd Curley ’97 and big sisters Ava and Gabriella welcomed Christopher who was born on May 30, 2013. Congratulations to the Curley family!

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

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

Thomas B. Reardon, Ed.D. has returned to Siena College as an adjunct professor in the education department. He is teaching courses in middle-level instructional methods and adolescent development and has a research article published by the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).  It is part of a series encompassing the theme of “the whole teacher” and is his seventh publication. Welcome back and congratulations!

Angela Rosetti has been promoted to operations manager at TALK 1300 AM radio in Albany, N.Y. She has been with TALK 1300 since the station went on the air.

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

The class of 2003 celebrated our 10 year reunion in June!  It was great to catch up with old friends and make some new ones, too! At the reunion I found two classmates who are getting ready to welcome baby number two into their lives. Christopher Zale, wife Marina and big brother Aiden are expected to be a family of four by August and Chuck Rossbach and Meaghan Horn Rossbach’05 will make their daughter Tara a big sister as well.

Sonya Smelyansky VanBortel, her husband Peter and their son Zachary welcomed Juliet Kay to the world on March 21, 2013.

Brian Romano started his own law firm in Danbury, Conn. and celebrates five years in business.

Eric Brandt and his wife Melissa attended the reunion as well. They will celebrate four years of marriage later in the month.

Fr. Matt Wetsel has moved closer to Siena and is now an associate pastor at Holy Trinity Church in Johnstown and Holy Spirit Church in Gloversville.

If you missed the reunion or I missed you there, don’t be a stranger.  Send me your updates!

Class of 2004

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

Darcy Robertson Passarelli and her husband Mike welcomed their daughter Amalia Patricia on April 27, 2013.

Kate Virkler Grant and her husband Ken Grant ’06 welcomed their first child Conor Joseph on June 3, 2013. Congratulations to the Passarelli and Grant families!

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

Greetings Class of 2005! I hope you all are enjoying the wonderful summer season! Congratulations to Sally Block who recently received her New York State license in massage therapy. She is currently working at Virgo Massage and Bodyworks and Spa Virgo in Albany, N.Y.

In other news, Gary Holle is a senior airman and is currently deployed with the United States Air Force at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. He is part of the 455th Expedition Aerial Support Squadron. Previously, Gary was deployed at Al Asad Air Force Base in Iraq as part of “Operation New Dawn.” On behalf of the Class of 2005 and the entire Siena College community, we would like to thank Gary for his continued service to our country. We wish you a safe and speedy return home!

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

What’s up Class of 2006? I hope 2013 has been treating you and your family well!  Some happy news to share! Ken Grant and his wife Kate Virkler Grant ’04 welcomed their first child Conor Joseph on June 3, 2013. Congratulations!

Please remember to keep sending in your updates! Whether it is an engagement, marriage or baby announcement, new job, or other interesting milestone of life; no news is too small! I look forward to hearing from you all very soon!

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

William Helmer was admitted into the third department of the New York State Bar Association in June. He is currently working at Darling & Wesdorp, PLLC, in Delmar, N.Y. 

Stacey Tuttle will earn a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Southern Connecticut State University in August 2013. 

Blair Gearhart began a new job with the New York State Education Department. He is working as a grants management specialist for charter schools. 

Jackie is excited to report that she has started a new position as a geriatric care manager at a firm in Manchester, Conn. called Elder Care Consulting, LLC.

Dyana Christie received tenure at Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, N.Y.

Kelly Edelman just finished her first year at the same school and is excited to work in such a great environment alongside Dyana!

Maria Marino O’Connor and her husband Kevin welcomed their daughter Mia Marie on June 3, 2013. Congrats!!

Love is in the air. James Cataldo wed Nicole Dann on May 3, 2013. James had classmates James Shahen, Nick Peters, Dan Papierniak, and Chris Begley in his wedding party. Lynn Hallenbeck was on Nicole’s side.

Meredith Toussaint got engaged to Eric Schwerdt in December.

Erin King and Kevin Farrell are to be wed in September.

Whitney Tarella and Michael Landis were wed on September 29, 2012 in Walt Disney World, Fla. They currently reside in Fort Worth, Texas. Three of Whitney’s Siena roommates were bridesmaids, including Stephanie Korona Ebbesen, Jamie Knightes, and Caitlin Goodman.

Amanda Kuryluk ’07, Esq., has joined Maguire Cardona, P.C., a civil litigation and general practice firm based at The Sage Mansion as an attorney. The focus of her practice is in the areas of medical malpractice, as well as all aspects of civil litigation, including research, motions and appeals.

The Class of 2007 wishes you all a lifetime of happiness, and Jackie and I wish you a wonderful summer. Please send us updates on your adventures, promotions, weddings, etc. for the next edition of Siena magazine.

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

Hayley Jurnak is a pharmaceutical sales representative at AstraZeneca. She accepted the position in November 2012.

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

Erin Haynes and Joe Cannella were engaged on May 24, 2013.

Jenna Millington and Patrick Ryan were engaged in April 2013. They met in high school. Jenna said, “We will have the wedding in the winter of 2014 and are so very excited to start this next chapter of our lives!”

Matthew Jones and Kaitlyn Robetor were wed at the St. Mary of the Angels Chapel at Siena College on May 4, 2013.

Elizabeth Murphy and Michael Sicawere were wed on May 26, 2013.

Vinny DaSilva and Christina Sillery were wed on July 29, 2012.

Toni Marrow received her master’s of arts in government and politics from St. John’s University on May 19, 2013.

James Ferguson received his juris doctor degree from Albany Law School in May 2013.

John Shahda received his master’s of business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2013.

Jason Nurmi is the territory manager of eastern New York and surrounding areas for Zimmer Dental. Zimmer is one of the largest global providers of orthopedic and dental implants.

Zachary Gosse is playing with the Westchester Flames F.C., an American soccer team based in New Rochelle, N.Y. He previously played three seasons with the Brooklyn Knights. Zach is featured in the upcoming movie Going Pro: American Soccer which is a documentary following the players and coaches of the Premier Development League’s Brooklyn Knights soccer team over the course of the 2012 season.

Lindsey Rosecrans has accepted a new position as the first women’s lacrosse coach at Illinois Wesleyan.

Franchel Mendoza has joined Team in Training which is part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society organization. He is dedicating his running through the organization in memory of a great friend and fellow alumni from Siena, Edwin Ferreira ’06, a friend he has admired since college who passed away. Franchel says, “I am dedicating my training and running in the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society to Edwin Ferreira who persevered against odds and lived a rewarding life.” Franchel is moving forward with training by running each week and completing three half marathons and a full marathon. Check out Franchel’s website at

Congratulations to all of you. Please email me anytime to share your news with our class.

Class of 2010

Submit news to Kelly Peckholdt, kellypeckholdt[at]

Hello Class of 2010! I have not heard from anyone in a while! Send me your news!

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

Kait Ross recently accepted a position as coordinator of Children’s Miracle Network Programs at Albany Medical Center. Congratulations Kait!

Alexandra Mancuso is serving with the Franciscan Volunteer Ministry, an organization of laypeople whose members live together in faith and community as they minister to those in need. She is working with St. Anthony of Padua Parish and its ministries in Camden, N.J. She began her year of service last summer.

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

Shaun Looney graduated from Army Ranger School in Fort Benning, Ga. on April 5, 2013. He is a 2nd Lt. in the army after participating in the Mohawk Battalion ROTC program.

Brian Dorrian, Tim Quinn and Sam Racette are serving with the Franciscan Volunteer Ministry, an organization of laypeople whose members live together in faith and community as they minister to those in need. Brian is working with St. Anthony of Padua Parish and its ministries in Camden, N.J.; Tim is working with St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia, a soup kitchen run by Franciscans; and Sam is at St. Paul Church in Wilmington, Del. They all began their year of service last summer.

Ben Thomas lives in California and works at University of California Davis as the sustainability manager in dining services.

Class of 2013

Submit news to Cassy Jane Werking, c18werk[at]

Hello Class of 2013! Congratulations on graduating and I hope everyone is enjoying the summer. Although we will not be returning to the halls of the college we all called home, we will stay connected through class notes, which I will be coordinating. Please feel free to email me with any updates about your life and post-Siena endeavors that you would like to share with the class. Distance may separate us, but remember once a Saint, always a Saint!

In Memory

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

Joseph C. McCormick ’50

Dean V. Chandler ’51

Alfred W. Minch ’53

Rev. Carmel F. Moitke ’54, O.F.M.

Dr. Thomas Cinelli ’57

August Di Donna ’58

Thomas Waring ’58

Michael J. Kelleher ’59

William P. LaRoe ’59

Fred J. Saccocio Sr. ’59

Dr. Frank A. Lizzi ’61

William Donlon ’62

Rev. Father Paul F. Engel ’62

Francis R. Carey ’64

Robert Gauvreau ’64

Mary N. Kennedy ’65

Dennis Patrick Mohan ’65

Michael P. Shea ’73

Theodore H. Clements ’74

John E. Pike ’75

Carol A. Williams Urquiola ’75

Anita Brown ’76

Jane E. Goldner ’76

Sr. Lorraine Bernier ’78

Karen M. Smith-Sfara ’79

Michael Shotts ’89


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