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Class Notes, Winter 2012 issue

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Winter Class Notes 2012

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

Anthony Schmitz recently served as the grand marshal in this year’s 56th Annual Albany Veterans Day Parade. Tony, dressed in a vintage military uniform with a special sash, rode in a Cadillac through the streets of Albany.
Tony fought in Italy and France during WWII and was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroics.

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

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

Geoff Harrington, a self-described “voice from the wilderness” has been back on campus several times since that sunny summer day in 1963 when Bishop Scully gave us our diplomas.  Little did we know what would come in the days ahead. Geoff plans on attending the reunion in June.

Rich Mannis and his wife Carol have lived in Summerlin, in the western part of Las Vegas for the past 10 years. Rich is a realtor with Anchor Realty and Carol is a clinical social worker in a local hospital for the elderly. They have one grandchild Hailey who is a freshman in college. Rich and Carol enjoy traveling throughout the United States, golfing, biking, reading and going to the cinema and shows in Las Vegas. Rich gets together with Greg Spencer, Bob O’Connell, Ed Hart and others for a biennial memorial golf outing in Saratoga, N.Y., in memory of John Faraci. Rich looks forward to seeing everyone in June.

Pete Mastrangelo and his wife of 47 years, Katharina, live in Queensbury, N.Y. They have three children, 10 grandchildren, one a freshman at Siena, and four great grandchildren. After graduation and ROTC Commission, Pete served in the U.S. Army for five years, including a year in Vietnam as an infantry platoon leader. He then worked for Glens Falls National Bank for more than 40 years, retiring as vice president in 2008. Pete enjoys playing golf and volunteering in several community organizations, including serving on the board of a transition house for homeless veterans. He’s looking forward to seeing everyone at our 50th reunion.

Kevin Raymond and his wife Pat have lived in Dale City, Va., for more than 40 years. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Kevin enjoys working with community organizations and writing articles for the local newspaper. He serves on the Prince William County Social Services Board and works for the Federal Housing Finance Agency. He is looking forward to attending our 50th reunion.

John Roulier and his wife Marie were married in August of 1962 and today have four children and six grandchildren. After graduation John went on to pursue his Ph.D. in mathematics and taught at several colleges and universities. One of their daughters required a double lung transplant due to a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis. Faith and prayer gave John and Marie strength during the difficult times. They are now retired and spend their summers at their home in the Adirondacks.

Sr. Grace Frances Strauber is the director of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program at St. Francis Parish in Hoboken, N.J. She has been a Franciscan Sister of the Poor for 65 years.

Paul Thorpe and Paul Bechet have volunteered to serve on our Class of 1963 50th reunion committee. They are looking for a few good men and women to help.

Please send me an email on your life and activities.  I’m sure everyone in the class would love to hear from you. Hope to see you at Reunion 2013.

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

Our class mourns the loss of Bob Lubner, a loyal member of the Siena ’65. He will be remembered by the way he enjoyed bringing a smile to others, sharing his many stories and as a good friend.

Eugene Napierski is part of a group of area business men who recently founded Empire Broadcasting Corp. The company, based in Voorheesville, N.Y., recently purchased four local radio stations. He is founding partner at Napierski, VanDenburgh, Napierski & O’Connor, LLP in Albany, N.Y.

Daniel LaVista is chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, the nation’s largest community college district, which comprises nine community colleges serving more than 240,000 students annually.

Class of 1967

Submit news to Rick Spataro, rspataro67[at]

Class of 1968
Submit news to Bill McGoldrick, bmcgoldrick[at]

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

Professor William F. Messier Jr., CPA, D.B.A. is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award given by the American Institute of CPAs. This award recognizes full-time college accounting professors who excel as educators and who have achieved national prominence in the accounting profession. Professor Messier is currently the Kenneth and Tracy Knauss Endowed Chair in Accounting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Tom Killeen, Ed.D., has had a book published, The School That Saves Kids’ Lives, an account of his experiences of working with at risk students in an alternative high school in an urban area in New Jersey. Included in the book are reflections of both staff and graduates talking about what made this program extraordinarily successful.

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

I recently visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City and found the name of our classmate Don Kauth. He was one of the finest members of the class of ’72 and one of the many best and brightest that we lost. He will be remembered always.

Bruce Gembala retired in April 2012 after a 35-year career with the NYS Office of Medicaid Inspector General. He headed the Bureau of Provider Audit which has statewide responsibility for the audit of Medicaid fees for service providers. He lives in Loudonville, N.Y., not too far from campus, with his wife Maryanne and two playful Samoyeds. He would love to hear from you.

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

Joseph Tardi, principal at Joseph Tardi Associates, is in radio now. He is part of a group of area business men who recently founded Empire Broadcasting Corp. The company, based in Voorheesville, N.Y., recently purchased four local radio stations. Joe serves as executive vice president.

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

Jim Nolan, Ph.D., recently received the Monsignor Burns Memorial Award from Catholic Central High School in Troy, N.Y. The award recognizes people whose lives and actions reflect the values of the school, with emphasis on personal moral development, the building of community and service to others. Jim is a professor in the school of business at Siena College. David Buicko was awarded Executive of the Year by The Business Review for his vision and contribution to the Capital Region’s economy. He is chief operating officer of The Galesi Group in Rotterdam, N.Y. Fr. Dennis Tamburello, O.F.M, Ph.D., received the Volunteer of the Year Award from Mount McGregor Correctional Facility in honor of the work he’s done there in the recent years. Mount McGregor is a medium security, all male correctional facility located in Wilton, N.Y. Fr. Dennis has been a part-time Chaplain with the New York State Department of Correction and Community Supervision since 1991, but started his volunteer work at Mount McGregor, mostly teaching classes, in 2009. Congratulations to all!

Class of 1976

Submit news to Jean Reamer, jpreamer[at]

Tony Hazapis, owner of Hippos Home Entertainment Center in Albany, N.Y., is part of a group of area businessmen who recently founded Empire Broadcasting Corp. The company, based in Voorheesville, N.Y., recently purchased four local radio stations.

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]

This has been a tough year for the Class of ’79 as three of our classmates passed away. After the last Siena News listed the name of Peggy Maddi Glenn in the In Memory section, I heard from several people inquiring what happened. In early June Peggy unexpectedly died peacefully in her sleep. Our hearts go out to her husband Terry and her children Lizzie, Bryan and Molly. Siena was well represented at her funeral as several of her close friends made the trip to Kansas City. Kevin McAleese and Patty Lewis traveled from Philadelphia, Janet Wydra Curtin and her husband Chris flew in from Albany, N.Y., Agnes Forsyth DeRose drove from Chicago and Dorothy “Dot” Skiba Pisarski and her husband Ed made the trip from Des Moines. Peggy would have loved the mini reunion quality of the occasion as she had a deep love for Siena. Also, it was the first time her oldest daughter Lizzie was with both her Godparents, Kevin and Janet at the same time. Proxy Godparents served at her baptism in Mississippi as an infant. All present drew comfort from one another and felt privileged to share memories with the family.

On July 27, 2012, Paul Solimini passed away after a heroic three-year battle with cancer. Prayers and condolences go out to his wife Joyce and children Laura and Christopher. After graduating from Siena, Paul earned his M.S.W. from SUNY Albany and became a clinical social worker. As his obituary reads, “Paul was a tireless advocate for children and families in the field of foster care, adoption and family therapy. He was always known to go the extra mile for those in his care … Paul will be remembered for his ability to bring joy and laughter into people’s lives and never to take life too seriously.” My personal memory of Paul is of his joyful participation in the folk group at Siena liturgies, smiling and enthusiastic.

Brian Keating shared the tragic news that Bill Walsh passed away on October 30, 2012 after suffering a heart attack. Bill, a finance major at Siena, was a resident of Halesite, on Long Island’s north shore. We grieve with his wife Amy and children William, Christopher, Ryan and Blake. If anyone has special memories of these three classmates they’d like to share, drop me a line and I will try to include them in a future column.

Wedding bells rang on Friday, November 23, 2012 for my Siena roomie Loretta “Lori” Collins and her long time love Lou Noferi. I was there to share the happy day in Medford, Mass., along with Janet Wydra Curtin, Scott Bailey, Patty Lewis and Rick Gabriel ’78. All agreed it was great to have a joyous occasion to celebrate together. John Murray Jr. was honored by the Catholic Charities Housing Office at their HOPE for the Homeless event on November 5, 2012. He was commended for his commitment to the mission of Catholic Charities and for helping communities all over New York State through a charitable foundation he established at Rose & Kiernan, Inc. to support community activities and charitable works. John is the immediate past president of the board of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, and is president, chairman and chief executive officer of Rose & Kiernan, Inc., a company that provides insurance, surety and benefit services in East Greenbush, N.Y. John serves as first vice chair on the Siena College Board of Trustees.

Dave Smith was inducted into the Capital District Baseball Hall of Fame in October 2012. He played baseball at Siena College from 1976 to 1978 and was the first local player to play in the prestigious Cape Cod League. He was drafted and went on to play in the minor leagues for the New York Mets organization and currently serves as Vice President for Development and External Affairs at Siena College. He was inducted into the Siena College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987.

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

Class of 1982
Submit news to Bob Young, rjy60[at]

I missed updating you after our 30th Reunion in June 2012. With that in mind I would just like to say to everyone that was there, what a great time I think we all had! It is safe to say that we all woke up Sunday still laughing from the night before. On Saturday morning of the reunion weekend I was able to attend an awards breakfast in which Mary Liz Blowe Finn was presented the Professor Joseph A. Buff Award for Career Achievement. There was a short video highlighting her career at GE and The Nielsen Company as well as her sharing her thoughts on her Siena education, personal relationships maintained over the years with classmates, faculty and the influences of her parents in her life. The recognition was well deserved.

Just about the time of the reunion Margot Hennigan Anderson was named Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving at the United Way of the Greater Capital Region. Margot is happy to work at an organization that embodies the Franciscan values taught at Siena; dignity of the individual, service to the underserved and compassion for those experiencing hardship. She shares “Our 30th Siena class reunion was great, despite us all being way too young for a 30th!”

Ken Hayner was inducted into the Capital District Baseball Hall of Fame in October 2012. After a great baseball career at Siena he went on to play in the minor leagues. He is currently owner of The Sports Barn Hayner Brothers Baseball and Softball Academy in Halfmoon, N.Y., with his brother Norm Hayner ’85. He was inducted into the Siena College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991.

John Neeley recently competed in the Grand Masters Division and the Open Division for Judo at the 2012 Canadian-American Police and Fire Games held in St. Cloud, Minn. in June 2012. He represented the New York State Police and USA Judo.  He is pleased to report that he won a gold medal in the Grand Masters Division but is especially proud to have won the bronze medal in the Open Division where he competed against judo players half his age. John has been involved in Judo since 1975 and was president of the Siena College Judo Club.

One final update, I would like to recognize Colonel Eric Ashworth who retired from the U.S. Army in June 2012 after 30 years of service to our nation. He and his family now live in Carlisle, Penn.

Class of 1983
Submit news to Elvira Altimari-Jaeger, Eaj6[at]

If anyone can possibly believe it, we are gearing up for our (gulp!) 30th reunion! Please clear your calendars for May 31-June 2, 2013. Start calling your friends and talk it up! For those of you who could not make our 5-0hhh last year in NYC and/or the 25th Reunion, you definitely need to make it for our 30th. Please check out the Siena College website and click on the Alumni tab to take a look at the plans so far. The current committee is listed. If you wish to be a part of the Class of 1983 Reunion 2013 Committee, please contact the Alumni Relations Office. You may also make a donation to the 1983 Class Scholarship Fund on the website as well.

To all of our classmates who live in the New York City/Long Island/New Jersey area, our hearts and prayers go out to you in the wake of the recent hurricane. We’re there for you, please keep in touch with us.

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

Jim Howard was inducted into the Capital District Baseball Hall of Fame in October 2012. He has been a scout for the Baltimore Orioles organization since 1988. In 2011 he was inducted into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame and this year will receive the Jim Russo Scout of the Year Award from the Orioles organization. Congratulations Jim!

Class of 1985
Submit news to Cathy Casey and Ron Bjorklund, Bjork90[at]
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]
Class of 1988
Submit news to Paula Cacossa Wang, Pc6888[at]

Tom Benoit is a founding member of the website, a website for fans of Siena College’s men’s and women’s basketball programs. He serves as editor, writer and correspondent for both teams. He attends practices, weekly media luncheons with the coaches and, at times, travels to watch the teams play. I hope you all enjoyed a blessed holiday season. Mark your calendars for Reunion 2013 in June. Hope to see you there!

Class of 1989

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

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

Mary Lou Garde Banino just welcomed a new baby to her family. Mary Lou and her husband Chris welcomed their third child on September 4, 2012. Here is what she had to say, “Joining big sisters Chloe and Cassie, Cooper Laird is a wonderful addition to our little family. I am sure that we have classmates that have children already in college. However, I am on the other end of the spectrum – having a baby at 44. It’s a little crazy and totally fun.” Congratulations Mary Lou and Chris.

Hope this finds everyone well. Please send me your interesting stories no matter how big or small. It is always so much fun to read about what everyone is doing. May your year ahead be filled with much joy.

Class of 1991
Submit news to Kevin Clarke, siena91[at]
Class of 1992
Submit news to Mary Pat McLoughlin Holler, jmpholler[at]
Class of 1993
Submit news to Sue Hannon, Shannon[at]
Class of 1994
Submit news to Glenn Hofsess, gh[at]

Gerry and Becky Oliver Esposito welcomed their son Maxwell Alexander on July 31, 2012. Congratulations!

Class of 1995
Submit news to Neil Wilcove, nwilcove [at]
Class of 1996
Submit news to Brian Murray, murray21[at]
Class of 1997
Submit news to Selena Dutcher, selenadutcher[at]

In February 2012, after 15 years with the same group of radio stations, I, Selena Dutcher, accepted the position of upstate New York marketing director for Albany Broadcasting. The move adds a few more stations to my business card as I now oversee 11 radio stations in the Capital District and beyond.

Diane Stanek Heaphy and her husband Joe welcomed their second daughter Avery Jane on June 12, 2012.  She joins her big sister Sadie Grace who was born on December 22, 2009.

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

Hello class of ’98. I hope this issue finds you and your families safe and secure in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. I’d like to ask that everyone please keep the Siena community in your prayers as those who were affected by the storm recover. Congratulations to Meaghan Harding Tuttle and her husband Ryan who welcomed their son Rowan Mannion on July 8, 2012. Jimmy Secretarski checked in to let us know that he and his wife Erin are enjoying being parents to their three children: Jay 6, Tommy 4 and Anne just under a year. My husband Thomas and I welcomed daughter Katherine Marie on March 13, 2012. Hope to see everyone at Reunion 2013!

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

Kate O’Hagan was elected in May 2012 to serve as an at large delegate from the state of New York and attended the Democratic National Convention in September 2012.

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

Neerav Patel is part of a group of area businessmen who founded Empire Broadcasting Corp. The company, based in Voorheesville, N.Y., recently purchased four local radio stations. Neerav will serve as chief operating officer and treasurer. Congratulations!

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 been the principal of Voorheesville Elementary School for the past four years. He recently completed his doctorate in educational leadership through The Sage Colleges. Congratulations Tom!

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

Andrea Craparo Graves and Gregory Graves ’02 were married on April 9, 2011. In attendance were Chris Curtis ’02, Bob Engels ’04, Michael Craparo ’98, Rob Stout ’02, Christopher Tichio ’99, Johnson Varughese ’99, Amanda Kelly Engels, Tim Hinteman ’02, Bobby Prestyly, Tom Laffin ’02, Heather Caron Laffin, Joanne Kerins Whitney, Casey McCanta, Rebecca Aney McCanta and Stephen DeSalvo ’00. Fr. Dennis Tamburello, ’75, O.F.M., and Br. Michael Harlan, O.F.M., officiated. On March 14, 2012 Andrea and Greg welcomed their son Carter Gregory. Prosper Karangwa recently accepted a job with the NBA’s Orlando Magic as a college scout. He will be based out of Cincinnati and will scout mid-west colleges and universities. Luke Tyler has been in the real estate business since we graduated. After candid pokies consulting for a few years, Luke founded Simplicity Title Agency, LLC, in Basking Ridge, N.J., a company specializing in residential and commercial closings. Luke employs five full time employees and has 12 part time independent contractors. The growing company has revenues of $1 million annually and serves all of N.J. with partnerships to provide title insurance in every state throughout the country. Todd Donovan was promoted to national crosschecker with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He will travel nationwide to compare player ability to others from across the nation and report his findings. Congratulations to all!

Class of 2004

Kathleen Harnett Bridon and Ben Bridon ’03 welcomed their second child Liam Griffin born July 2, 2012. Liam joins big sister Leah. Due to a move with the military, the Bridon family relocated to the Washington, D.C., area shortly after Liam’s arrival. Brian Auerbach is principal at Creasy & Auerbach Agency-Allstate in Atlanta. Ken Jubie married Laura Slagen at the Saint Mary of the Angels Chapel on Saturday, August 11, 2012. Fr. Bill Beaudin ’76, O.F.M. served as the ceremony’s officiate. Beaudin delivered a heartfelt and humorous homily that garnered applause from the congregation. Jubie’s brothers Kyle and Korey served as his Best Men. Slagen’s sister Alicia Mullaney was her Matron of Honor and her friend Kaitlyn Ross was her Maid of Honor. Steve and Melissa Goetz, John Heslin, Tom McGrath ’03 and Michael Wickham ’05 were members of the wedding party. After the ceremony, family and friends, including several members of the Siena College community, gathered for an evening reception at the Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake. The Jubies honeymooned in Hawaii.

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

Greetings Class of 2005! Congratulations are in order for a few of our fellow classmates.

Jana Barrett and Brent Sniezyk were married on July 16, 2011.

Ken Jubie married Laura Slagen at the Saint Mary of the Angels Chapel on Saturday, August 11, 2012. Fr. Bill Beaudin ’76, O.F.M. served as the ceremony’s officiate. Beaudin delivered a heartfelt and humorous homily that garnered applause from the congregation. Jubie’s brothers Kyle and Korey served as his Best Men. Slagen’s sister Alicia Mullaney was her Matron of Honor and her friend Kaitlyn Ross was her Maid of Honor. Steve and Melissa Goetz, John Heslin, Tom McGrath ’03 and Michael Wickham ’05 were members of the wedding party. After the ceremony, family and friends, including several members of the Siena College community, gathered for an evening reception at the Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake. The Jubies honeymooned in Hawaii.

Christopher Moro married Jessica Neumann of Hillsdale, N.J., on May 25, 2012. The wedding took place in Stony Point, N.Y., in front of many family and friends.

David Plante and his wife Sarah Chilson Plante ’06 welcomed their son Cameron David on April 22, 2012. David was an environmental studies major at Siena and is happy to share that his son was born on Earth Day. How green! The proud parents’ are hoping Cam will choose Siena College when the time comes. He will be following in his parents’ and his grandfather, George Plante’s ’50, footsteps to become a fourth generation Siena graduate.

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

I am excited to share that I graduated with an advanced graduate certificate in school building leadership from Dowling College in May 2012. Obtaining this certificate brings me one step closer to my goal of becoming a school administrator somewhere on Long Island. Additionally, this past summer I was hired as an adjunct professor by Mercy College, in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. During the fall semester, I taught macroeconomics in Mercy’s School of Business Distance Education program. An interesting fact about my new gig—my supervisor at Mercy is one of our classmates, Christopher Salute. Christopher was hired by Mercy last spring and was recently named the executive dean for the Undergraduate School of Business and the Center for Business Media.

Kristina Carstensen married Joshua Massaconi on November 6, 2010 at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Chestertown, N.Y. A reception followed at the Hiland Park Country Club, where they celebrated with many members of the “Siena family” from the classes of 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010. After their big day Josh and Tina enjoyed a fantastic honeymoon in Hawaii.

Katie Luker married Keith Cherney on July 27, 2012 in Utica, N.Y. Fr. Ken Paulli ’82, O.F.M., was co-celebrant. In attendance were many Siena alumni, including mother of the bride Kim Kamilow Luker ’82, Rebecca Simbari Almstead ’82, Sheila Lemke Peebles ’82, Cheryl Buff ’82, Lisa Van Houtte ’80, Chris Madden ’77, Jen Holzhauer, Kim Witkowich, Melissa Benzo Coffay, Christine Mulhall, Katie Bubnack, Christina Gorman, Stephanie BattistaCara Marchio Musits and Jason Musits ’07. A wonderful time was had by all.

After meeting in graduate school, Leigh Fitzsimons married James La Porta on July 15, 2012. The couple was married on Long Island at the Notre Dame Church in New Hyde Park and continued their celebration at Fox Hollow in Woodbury. Leigh’s Siena roommates and friends were among those present at the wedding, including maid of honor Theresa Falchi and bridesmaids Karen Patricia, Mary Beth Kearns Besler and Justine Aquino Oliveto. Other Siena alumni in attendance were David and Noreen Auringer and James Oliveto ’05. Leigh and James honeymooned in Hawaii and returned just in time to get things organized before the start of the school year.

Lisa Di Stefano married Jason Rubino, from Colonie, N.Y., on November 12, 2011. Their wedding ceremony was held at Saint Thomas Church and their reception followed at the State Room in downtown Albany. Lisa is working as a marketing specialist for Fuller & O’Brien – Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc., in Albany, N.Y.

Ryan DiMaso and Lindsay Finch DiMaso welcomed their second child, a boy named Parker Ryan, into their family on November 1, 2012. Their daughter Chloe loves her new role as a big sister. Congratulations DiMasos!

Meghan Slenkamp is engaged to Bill Smart of Philadelphia, Penn. Meghan and Bill are looking forward to their September 2013 wedding in Haddonfield, N.J.

Sarah Chilson Plante and her husband David Plante ’05 welcomed their son Cameron David on April 22, 2012.

Carl Falotico, our class of 2006 president, was recently promoted to deputy corporation counsel for the City of Schenectady. Congratulations Carl!

Joe DeFilippo is happy to announce that he purchased one of our favorite local establishments, Dapps Tavern, in June 2011. He and his business partners renovated the building inside and out. On September 1, 2012 Dapps was reopened to the public. With its industrial themed makeover, Dapps now features an expanded kitchen serving appetizers and entrees, a fully stocked bar with eight beers on draft, a high end media system, several LED HDTVs and enough room for DJs, live music and dancing. Congratulations Joe!

Class of 2007
Submit news to either Mike Utzig, mutzig[at] or Jackie Shelburne, snazzyj23[at]

Steve Jacobus is the proud owner of Hudson Valley Game Rooms in New Hampton, N.Y., selling pool tables and other game room supplies. He expressed the following: “It’s a tough gig in this economy but I do have to say that I owe a lot of who I have become to Siena College and the people there. I’ve stayed positive about what I’m doing and have seen consistent growth through these times.” If any alum is ever in the area, give the store a look and say hi to Steve.

On April 14, 2012 Louis Ethier and Gloria Lopez married after being together for seven years. “We are everyday so thankful to Siena for uniting us. We were also blessed to have Fr. Bill Beaudin ’76, O.F.M., marry us in front of many of our friends and family.”

Kelly Jaeger married Tim Egan ’06 on August 13, 2011. The ceremony was performed by Fr. Bill Beaudin ’76, O.F.M., at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, N.Y. The happy couple honeymooned in Aruba.

Melissa Beatrice was engaged to Glenn Phillips on October 7, 2012. They are planning a May 2014 wedding. Melissa has been a lifelong friend since elementary school. Melissa and her family are wonderful people and I can’t wait to see the big Italian wedding. Congrats Melissa!

James Cataldo was engaged to Nicole Dann on May 10, 2012. The wedding date is set for May 3, 2013. Congrats James and Nicole!

John Adams celebrates his engagement to Sarah Veillette. He recently took a position with Albany Medical Center’s I.S. Financial Systems Team as a senior application specialist.

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

Adam Sopris is marketing coordinator at Gramercy Communications, a public relations, public affairs and marketing firm in Albany, N.Y.

Alyssa Bombard graduated from Albany Law School and has been admitted to both the New York and Massachusetts Bar. She was recently promoted to associate at Park Strategies, LLC, Albany, N.Y.

Class of 2009
Submit news to Tiffany Salonich, Lovesrain87[at]

Leah Antil is living in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, for the next year and is working at Minsk State Linguistics University (MSLU), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

Javid Afzali obtained his juris doctor degree, magna cum laude from Albany Law School in May 2012. He is an associate with the law firm Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP.

Anthony D’Amato is vice president of the D’Amato Family’s Power Fuels, LLC, Energy Division, Oil Holdings Terminal and Power Fuels Heating & Cooling Company. Tony is responsible for the oversight of more than three million gallons in fuel sales per year, three internal departments and the overall growth strategy and marketing of the division’s products and services to its customers.

Tara Nolan was married on June 16, 2012.

Conor Geary is the marketing and advertising manager for a downtown Hartford, Conn., brewery called City Steam Brewery Cafe. He manages their comedy club and restaurant. The beer is also available in select New York areas, including Albany. The comedy club is called The Brew HaHa.

Frank Battiste received his CPA designation. He is an associate in accounting, assurance and advisory services at the certified public accounting firm CMJ, LLP in Queensbury, N.Y.

Tess Gallagher is marketing director for Smart Lunches, an online planning and delivery service that brings nutritious high quality meals to thousands of students at schools, daycare centers and camps in the Boston area. She is glad to share that the company gives back a portion of its earnings to support underprivileged children. Tess was also chosen by the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX) to be a part of their 2012 Future Leaders Group. Selection was based on leadership skills, entrepreneurial spirit and early impact on the Massachusetts innovation economy.

Class of 2010

Submit news to Kelly Peckholdt, kellypeckholdt[at]

Michael Ellement won the 2012 Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition hosted by the University at Buffalo. Michael is a second year law student at the Catholic University of America.
Ronald Moore was named October Player of the Month. He plays for Albacomp in the Hungary-A Division of the European Basketball League.

Kim DeFilippo shared that her brother Joe DeFilippo ’06 purchased a favorite local establishment Dapps Tavern in June 2011. He and his business partners began a complete renovation of the building with an industrial themed makeover. Joe and Kim invite you to stop by for a visit.

Kathryn Cuffaro graduated with her master’s degree from The College of St. Rose in December 2011. She is teaching sixth grade reading and English in the Bayport-Blue Point School District.

Congratulations to everyone!

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

Tiffany Bullis is a staff accountant at Slocum DeAngelus & Associates PC in Latham, N.Y.  She thanks Siena for preparing her with the skills needed to succeed both inside and outside of the work place.

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

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, especially members of the class of 2012 and the entire Siena community.

Amanda Altobelli is working in the emergency room at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, N.Y., before beginning the physician assistant program at Albany Medical College in January 2013.

Allegra Serafini is an associate recruitment specialist for Ross Stores in New York, N.Y.

Mary Kate Zimmerman moved to Orlando, Fla., and works at Walt Disney World as a jungle cruise skipper which she thoroughly enjoys. Mary Kate is hoping to stay with Disney as well as earn a master’s degree in education along the way.

Justin Devendorf is completing a year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA. He works at the Albany County District Office where he serves as a program coordinator.

Colin O’Reilly is assistant director of admissions at Siena College. His territory includes Conn., Vt., and R.I.

Kristen Perrella is pursuing a degree in nutrition and working in Albany, N.Y.

Lisa Zimbaldi accepted a full time au pair position in the New York City area until she starts graduate school in the fall of 2013.

Ashley Franc is a resident specialist at CNY Services Inc. in Syracuse, N.Y. She works with patients with a wide range of mental disabilities and handicaps.

Bill Halloran is a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual. He is helping young alumni plan for their financial goals and dreams.

Terrance Logan will be attending Dowling’s aviation management M.B.A. program in January 2013.

Olivia Franzini is a sixth grade English language arts teacher at Invictus Preparatory Charter School in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Teresa Buckhout is an accountant with tarte Cosmetics in Manhattan. She is planning to pursue her master’s degree in January 2013.

Sean Smith is assistant branch manager for Trustco Bank.

Derek Miller is a medical sales representative with the Capital District Physicians Health Plan.

Danielle Boswell is attending Touro College School of Health Sciences in Bay Shore, N.Y., in pursuit of a master’s of science degree in their physician assistant program.

Gabby Atten is a first year medical student at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Alicia Caldara is working as a substitute teacher while pursuing her master’s degree in professional school counseling at Sage College in Albany, N.Y.

Maria Valanzano is an account executive intern for Sprint Nextel in Manhattan.

Bob Zimmerman is pursuing a master’s degree at SUNY Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Kelly Paterson, Tara Kelly, Cara Hannigan, Joseph Kaczmarek and Christie Ziegler are first year medical students at Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y.

Rami AlyGad is working as an environmental engineer technician at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

James Pater is working on his master’s degree in nano engineering and economics at SUNY Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Melanie Bishel is a recruiter for Insight Global in Manhattan.

Rachel Buckner is working for Kinderhook Bank.

Kristin Cacchioli is an editorial assistant at North Shore Today.

William Cardona is a technical recruiter at Teksystems in Albany, N.Y.

Dan Pendleton is pursuing his M.B.A. at The College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y.

Vincent Cimijotti is a regional accountant for Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Albany, N.Y.

Courtney Feiden is an inside sales representative at Fortitech, Inc. in Albany, N.Y.

Patrick Fontaine is in the middle management training program at NBT Bank.

Sean Hogan is an associate account representative at IVANS, Inc.

Katie Ness is pursuing a master’s degree in psychology at St. Joseph’s University in Penn.

Cameron Scott is a military interpreter at Fort Ticonderoga in Ticonderoga, N.Y.

Shawn Reap is an emergency room technician at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, N.Y.

Eric Guzman is marketing coordinator for Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless in Albany, N.Y.

Alex Mazza is working at Weill Cornell Medical College as a data manager on the Multiple Myeloma and Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical trials. Additionally, he started his own business as a health coach to assist clients in losing weight and maintaining for life.

Michelle McMahon is an accountant for Noble Associates in New York City.

Jillian Melendez is a tour guide in New York City at the Lyndhurst Museum.

Emily Merritt is a wildlife research assistant on Martha’s Vineyard in Mass.

Rebecca Nardi is a customer engagement specialist at Elaine Ramundo Associates, Inc., Nationwide Insurance in Albany, N.Y.

Diana Nystrom is pursuing her master’s degree at Union College. She wants to teach mathematics.

Ann O’ Dowd is an associate at EOX Holdings, LLC in New York City.

Anthony Parente is a quality assurance engineer at Treo Solutions in Albany, N.Y.

Rob Hicks is working at The Ayco Company and pursuing his M.B.A. at Union College.

Emily Pritchard is the program coordinator at Geo Visions International Exchange Programs.

Amy Spielvogel is a sales associate at Kraft Foods in Stamford, Conn.

Lauren Servello is a P & S analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald.

Leigh Denning and Jenn Russo are pursuing their master’s degrees at The College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y.

Janet Monem is pursuing her master’s degree in accounting and upon graduation will work at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Haley Zautner is a staff accountant at Mohawk Country Club.

Mike Savage is a customer service representative for Applied Energy Group.

Hannah Blasting married Christopher Bodenstab on September 16, 2012. She is working for County Waste in Clifton Park, N.Y., but will be moving to Arizona to join her husband.

Katherine Johnson is pursuing her master’s degree in accounting at Siena College.

Sarah Jarocki is a legal assistant at Hargraves, McConneil and Costigan P.C. in New York City.

Lindsay Tegas is an analytical chemist at Xerox in Rochester, N.Y., and is pursuing her master’s in material science and engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Ashley Knox is pursuing her master’s degree in special education and literacy at SUNY Albany.

Renee Solheim recently moved to Albany, N.Y., and is marketing coordinator at

Renee Benedetti is the international marketing programs coordinator at Autotask.

Katie Carew is director of marketing at Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Emily Schultz is a lab technician in the BioDefense Lab at the N.Y.S. Department of Health, Wadsworth Center.

Laura Luzzi is a residential care counselor for Community Resources for Justice.

Jeff Audi is pursuing his master’s degree in accounting at The College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y.

Emily Brock is working for the Policy Support for National Life Group in Vt.

Jessica Rupert is box office manager at Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center and is a founding member of the Loose Cannon Theater Company.

Elizabeth Rice is an associate at Tax Matrix in Albany, N.Y.

Megan DeRudder is a software associate developer at NYISO in Albany, N.Y.

Stephanie Belmont is pursuing her master’s degree in speech pathology at The College of St. Rose.

Marisa DeJulio is a junior marketing coordinator at Price Chopper Supermarkets.

Joe Fava is a mathematics teacher at a private school in New York City.

Zachary Fitzsimmons is a graduate student at the Rochester Institute of Technology studying computing and information sciences.

Mary Schulte is coordinator of international programs and services at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Marissa Hertzig is a retail sales representative at Nestle USA and living in Arizona.

Ryan Cook is a NSDP sales representative at Nestle S.A.

Taimese Revell is working for the Brooklyn Nets in the entertainment events department.

Chelsea Flaim spent time in London training for her job as a resource recruiter in New York City.

Bridget DeBardelaben recently moved to Albany and is a mathematics teacher at Green Tech High Charter School.

Ronnie Mosimann is working at Moodswing 360 and Chaos Firm in NYC. He also produces music and has a song called “Turnt” that came out in December. You can check it out on

Julia Sokolohorsky is an event marketing representative for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Albany, N.Y.

Matthew Scouten spent his summer backpacking across Europe. He went sky diving in Switzerland, hiked the Swiss Alps and traveled across 11 different countries. He had the most amazing time.

Kyle Ketcham is pursuing his master’s degree in special education and literacy at SUNY Albany.

Tara Keough is a resident counselor at Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany, N.Y.

Michael Onufrey is completing his master’s in accounting at Siena and has accepted a job in Long Island at KPMG. He will start in January.

Cristina Centeno has been named the 2012 BSNF Rookie of the Year. In her first professional basketball season Cristina is playing for the Quebradillas Piratas. After playing with the Puerto Rican National Team, she was picked fourth overall by Quebradillas in the 2012 BSNF Draft.

Alexandra Falvey is assistant director of admissions at Siena College and visits and recruits prospective students living in Mass., Maine and N.H.

Zachary Griffiths is an economic analyst for Wells Fargo.

Kathryn Ornellas is an analyst at JP Morgan Chase in New York City.

In Memory

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

Thomas J. Pendergast ’43

Robert E. Walsh ’44

Peter Verdicchio ’47

Martin J. Kenny ’48

Thomas J. McCudden ’48

Robert J. Huba ’49

Louis W. Witt, Jr. ’51

Richard S. Nacewicz ’54

Charles F. Graber ’55

Dr. John J. Stiglmeier, Sr. ’56

Charles F. Ryan ’64

Robert Lubner ’65

G. Michael O’Connor ’67

Peter J. Andres ’68

William E. Walsh ’79

Timothy J. Hunziker ’80

Cheryl A. Nelson ’82

Cristina Loftus-Teta ’90

Mark Toole ’92

Gino Turchi H’05

Samantha Lee Neil ’10

Fr. Cyril J. Seaman, O.F.M.


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