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Class Notes, Winter 2013 Issue

January 3, 2014 by Editor in Class Notes with 0 Comments

Winter Class Notes 2013

Editors: Mary Beth Finnerty ’85, director of alumni relations; Mike Utzig ’07, 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 alumni[at] for posting in the magazine. We look forward to hearing from you!

Class of 1951

Submit news to John Hourigan, joninca[at]

Class of 1959

Submit news to Frank Martin, tmartin[at]

Our 55th reunion is happening June 6-8, 2014. Please mark your calendars as I hope to see you all back on campus to celebrate!

Class of 1960

Rev. Raymond M. Rafferty retired on July l, 2013 as pastor of the historic Church of Corpus Christi in Manhattan. He was pastor there for 15 years. He will reside at Church of the Ascension, 221 West 107th St., New York, N.Y. 10025 and assist at that parish. Congratulations on your retirement!

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

Chuck Boutin retired last year as an administrative law judge in Maryland. His wife Cindy is an R.N. with the Baltimore County school system. After retirement, Chuck worked for six months at Home Depot in Lawn and Garden to learn gardening. Chuck also plans to teach in the Harford

County school system this coming year. They have a Hunter Legend 37’ sailboat at Rock Hall, Md. They sail the Chesapeake Bay and spend much of the summer on the boat. They also enjoy babysitting their two local grandchildren. Chuck and Mike Parker spend a week fly fishing each June on the West Canada River in central N.Y. Chuck reports, that “the Lord has been good to us.”

Frank Cunningham wore many hates at Siena, perhaps most memorably as editor of Siena News, and went on to a distinguished career as a journalist. After graduating from Siena, Frank traveled to Europe. He met his wife Sue in Rome. They had four children, two boys and two girls, and now have seven grandkids. Frank and Sue have traveled to many places in the world, going from Albany to Burlington, Vt. to Guam, back to Vt. and on to South Bend, Ind. where they settled for several years. Frank has worked with newspapers, magazines and books, including freelance work in the Far East and Western Pacific for the old Chicago Daily News. Frank went to work for the Ave Maria Press at the University of Notre Dame. The Press publishes high schools texts, parish materials and a wide variety of books. Frank became the president and publisher of Ave Maria Press in 1993. Sue also worked at Notre Dame, directing experiential education programs that have become models for numerous American universities. Frank and Sue retired in 2005 to the Lake Michigan town of South Haven where they continued to do publishing projects and community service activities, write, visit kids and grandkids, and engage in their lifelong love of travel. They have also become avid trekkers and have been on backpacking trips of 500, 235, and 200 miles as well as the Milford Track in New Zealand. Frank and Sue will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next year.

Geoff Harrington attended our 50th anniversary reunion celebration in May and had a great time visiting with classmates throughout the weekend. Geoff and his wife Bonnie have lived in Ridgefield, Conn. since 1967, where he has worked in the real estate business. They have three children and seven grandchildren. They recently returned from a trip to Oshkosh, Wis. where they attended the largest airshow in the world, EAA AirVenture 2013, with thousands of aircraft, and air shows day and night. Geoff reports they just about built an entire town for this annual event. He enjoyed a half hour flight with Captain Oliver in a 1943 SNJ, with acrobatic stunts included!

Howard Healy has spent forty exciting years in the field of journalism. He is currently an editor at the New York State Bar Association in Albany. In his off time, he and his wife like to visit their daughter in Manhattan. Howard also keeps in regular contact with fellow ’63 alum Jack Mayer. They meet regularly for breakfast at a favorite diner on Western Avenue. 

Dick Holmes reports that after 43 years in high school, including several years as principal of Watervliet High School, he finally retired in 2006. Since that time, Dick has been busy freelance writing, serving as condo association president, and enjoying family life. In 2008, his book For Parents Only: Straight Talk from Inside the American High School was published. In 2010, he authored Just Lucky, I Guess: Lessons I Learned Through Forty-Three Years in High School. These are must-reads for parents and grandparents. In addition, Dick has had several articles published in the Albany Times Union and in the Venice, Florida Gondolier Sun. Along the way, Dick and his wife Katey, who went to the College of St. Rose, re-settled in Venice, Fla. where he has been president of the board of directors of the Triano Condominium Association for the past four years. Dick and Katey have five children. The ranks of their grandchildren continue to increase, most recently with the birth of Luciana Rose in March 2010. She brings the number to 11.

Mike Mitrione is semi-retired, but still functioning as the chief financial officer for a company in which he is a major owner. He recently finished a year as the Virginia state commander for the American Legion and serves as its alternate national executive committeeman. Recent knee replacement sidetracked his training for his third degree black belt in Tai Kwon Do, a situation he hopes to remedy when fully recovered from surgery. On the family front, Mike and his wife Joan are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year. They have two children and six grandchildren.

Kevin Raymond and his wife Pat vacationed in Northern Wisconsin in July: beautiful, peaceful and scenic on the northern shores of Green Bay. They have lived in Northern Virginia for 42 years, have four children and seven grandchildren whom they visit as often as possible. Two of the grandchildren live in Fredericksburg, Va. and five are in Raleigh, N.C. Kevin retired in 1998, but went back to work in consulting and government. He also enjoys going to the Capital at lunchtime and participating in marches and rallies for favorite causes.

Ron Smith and his family just completed a family reunion on the North Carolina coast. They had about 50 family members, two brothers from Albany, N.Y., but most from western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. Ron and Annamae used the occasion to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family a few months early.

After graduating from Siena, Dominick Lizzi earned a master’s degree in History. He also did post-graduate work at Cornell University. Dominick taught at Germantown High School from 1964 – 1996, with a two-year sabbatical at the International School of Prague. Dominick currently serves as the historian of the Town of Valatie in the Hudson Valley. With the help of his wife, Mary Ann, Dominick’s “Valatie, The Forgotten History” has been published by the Valatie Press. It is a fascinating story of the emergence and history of a mill town in the 18th and early 19th century.

Class of 1965

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

Class of 1967

Submit news to Rick Spataro, rspataro67[at]

Vincent Flynn checked in. He and his wife Donna founded MercySong, a not-for-profit recording and publishing apostolate. Along with their seven children, they have produced 18 CDs of Catholic music and devotionals, along with several books, including Vincent’s best-selling book 7 Secrets of the Eucharist published with Ignatius Press. His latest book, 7 Secrets of Confession, was released in August 2013.

Class of 1968

Submit news to Jim Donsbach, jamesdonsback[at]

Mike Bossert was honored by The Albany Business Review as being a CFO of the year for his work with Tri City Rentals. The Class of 2013 is made up of financial executives across industries as varied as construction and retail.

Michael Fallon was named the new chair of the board of trustees at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. Fallon’s professional career began with the Chase Manhattan Bank; he subsequently held positions with Chemical Bank, Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb and Cushman and Wakefield. More recently, Fallon was president of United Properties Group of Montvale, N.J., and later president of the Southwood Corporation of Merrimack. He has served on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards, and is currently chairman of the board of The W.C. & A.N. Miller Development Company of Bethesda, Md., and co-chair of the Advisory Committee of Miller, Fallon, Dennehy of New York, N.Y.

Mike Long was named head men’s basketball coach at Hudson Valley Community College. Long brings to Hudson Valley more than 40 years of coaching experience, starting with his head coaching career at the College of Saint Rose from 1973-86, where he compiled a 164-156 record. Most recently, Mike was the 2013 recipient of the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame Sam Perkins Sportsmanship award.

A special thank you goes out to former class notes column writer Bill McGoldrick for all his efforts keeping the Class of 1968 well informed and active here in Siena News.

Class of 1969

Submit news to Ken Dedrick, Ken.dedrick[at]

Our 45th Reunion Weekend is right around the corner. Please save the dates of June 6-8, 2014.

Where have 45 years gone? Make this weekend a priority on your 2014 calendar. Come and see all the changes to the Siena campus. Renew friendships with fellow classmates!

Please email me all of your exciting updates for the next edition of Siena News. I look forward to hearing everything the Class of 1969 has been doing.

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]

It took me many years but I finally got to the 9/11 Memorial. I visited our lost classmate and my friend Don Kauth Jr. at the memorial. I know there were others from Siena as well. Don was one of the BEST and BRIGHTEST I ever met. It is a very solemn place and a sad reminder of that tragic day and the wonderful people like Don who were lost. He, like all those who died all too soon, should never be forgotten. It is not an easy duty but I urge you to take the time to visit the memorial and say a prayer, if ever in NYC.

Congratulations to Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez. He has served Catholic communities in the Bronx, Boston, Texas and Puerto Rico and was honored in October for his 25th anniversary of becoming bishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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

I had the privilege to attend Reunion 2013. Congratulations to the Class of 1968 for their impressive class gift and their Siena College Presidential recognition. At the reunion, I met my classmates John Lyons and Tom Abazia. John is a retired teacher and lives in Latham, N.Y. Tom is a software engineer for the Oracle Corporation and lives in N.J. Both were impressed, as I was, with the many changes that have taken place on the Siena campus and the many new opportunities available to Siena students.

I still live in Arlington, Va. And work as an engineer for the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. I also teach engineering part time in the evenings for the Office of Advanced Engineering Education (OAEE) at the University of Maryland at College Park, Md. The OAEE offers master’s degree opportunities for engineering professionals. Please share news about yourselves and your families with us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Class of 1975

Submit news to Janet Gutowski Hall, janet.hall[at]

Class of 1976

Submit news to Jean Reamer, jpreamer[at]

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

While many of us in the class of 1977 continue to work, some are retired and a few have children who are well on their own or preparing to leave the nest. Kevin MacCary and Debbie Iritano MacCary, who reside in Colorado, recently celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary and are anticipating the upcoming marriages of two of their three daughters within the next 10 months. Debbie is retired from school counseling and Kevin is the vice president and general counsel of United Launch Alliance. He was just named the chair of Volunteers of America –Colorado. Dave Linehan retired from the investment business last year and now spends his time between New York City and Cape Cod, and also travels outside of the country. Diane Walton Farny, with her husband Charlie Farny ’76, traveled to Germany in December 2012 where they visited Christmas markets in seven cities by train around the city of Frankfurt. Retired for three years from state and federal employment, Diane and Charlie look forward to planning a future trip to England or Hawaii. It was great hearing from everyone. Send in your updates!

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

Gary Chatnik was inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Adirondack Chapter Hall of Fame in June 2013. He has been coaching girls’ lacrosse at Guilderland since 2002 where he has won 196 games and five Section II titles, including the 2013 Class A crown. Congratulations, Gary!

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

Diane DeSilva and former basketball great Rod Owens were wed at Prime at Saratoga National in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on February 15, 2013. Steve Gerbes, Rick Mulvey, Mike Catino ’81,  Mike Bassett, Andreya Drury ’90, Jon Conover ’99, Nicole Case ’10, Colleen Taylor Amato, Carol Keppler Hopper, the bride’s brother, Dan DeSilva ’88 and the bride’s daughter, Alexandra Natale ’14, are just a few of the many alumni in attendance. The couple met at Siena in 1978. They spent their first date as a married couple at the Saint’s men’s basketball game at the Times Union Center on February 16, 2013, before leaving for their honeymoon. Diane is the director of English for Shenendehowa School District in Clifton Park, N.Y. and Rod works as a senior financial manager at Bechtel in Schenectady, N.Y.

Class of 1981

Catherine Kalaydjian was appointed chief operations officer at Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd., a Bermuda-based global specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance. 

Jim Gaffney won a gold medal in the 50m dash (50-54 age group) at the Empire State Senior Games at SUNY Cortland. In between runs, Jim is director of content metadata at Tribune Media Services in Queensbury, NY.

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

Hello Class of ’83! There is not much news so I will be brief. I hope you are all enjoying your holidays and recovering from our reunion. Stay in touch with your friends from Siena so that we can make the next reunion even more special. If you have any updates or noteworthy items, please forward them to me for inclusion in the next Siena News. 

Mike Madden is owner of Phoenix- based Cookies in Bloom and Hannah’s Caramel Apples, which make custom cookie arrangements and gourmet caramel apple gift baskets. He tells us, “Our specialty is creating personalized themes that will show your recipient just how much you pay attention to the many attributes that make that person one of a kind.” 

Michael Hickey will serve as the next chairman of the Center for Economic Growth, in Albany, N.Y. CEG has about 300 members, and the organization promotes growth of the private sector in New York’s Capital Region. Executives from many of the area’s most prominent employers make up the board of directors.

Peter Hartney participated as a panelist on October 16, 2013 at the NJ Partners: Aging, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, the NJ Coalition for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults in collaboration with the NJ Foundation on the Aging sponsored a workshop titled, “Disaster  Response for at Risk Adults: Lessons Learned.”

Shout outs to Peggy Miller, Sue Tart, Mike Sullivan and George Noonan. We missed you in June and would love to hear from you … keep in touch ‘83!!!!

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

Michael Zovistoski was elected in June to serve as secretary/treasurer for the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Incorporated in 1897, it is one of the largest state accounting organizations in the nation with more than 29,000 members encompassing all areas of public practice, government, education, business and industry. Michael is a partner with UHY, LLP in Albany, N.Y., managing director at UHY Advisors NY, Inc. and a member of Siena’s School of Business Executive Advisory Board.

Sharon Smith was named executive director of the Food Bank Association of New York State in May. The not-for-profit association is made up of eight regional food banks that acquire, warehouse, and distribute donated and low-cost food to emergency feeding programs and other charitable agencies throughout the state.

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

Steve Hart was inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Adirondack Chapter Hall of Fame in June 2013 and has played a big part in the success of the Albany Capitals and North Colonie Capitals youth lacrosse programs. Congratulations, Steve!

Class of 1986

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

Steven Tommasone checked in. He is a financial advisor at Eldridge & Bassotti Financial Group, an office of MetLife. You can email him at stommasone[at], he would love to hear from his classmates!

Class of 1987

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

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

Peter O’Malley has been named as chief executive officer of Canaccord Genuity Asia. Peter joins Canaccord from Kenosis Capital Partners, where he was chief executive and founder.

Class of 1989

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

Peter Iwanowicz has been named executive director by Environmental Advocates. Currently, Peter is an assistant vice president of the American Lung Association where he directs the association’s Healthy Air Campaign. In his new role, Peter will tackle the pressing environmental issues facing New York State.

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

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

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

Tom Moran joined Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP as an associate in the firm’s New York City office. His practice focuses on all aspects of civil litigation, including labor law and  construction site accidents, premises liability, property damage and motor vehicle accidents. He lives in Point Lookout, N.Y. with his wife and four children. Congratulations, Tom!

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

Rob White recently accepted the position of business development manager at EP&M International, an award-winning exhibit design and project management firm in Albany, N.Y. Congratulations, Rob!

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

Class of 1995

Submit news to Neil Wilcove, nwilcove[at]

Ed Henry received the 2013 NBA Special Honors Award for his outstanding work as Fox News Channels Chief White House correspondent. Meredith Price has been appointed chief financial officer at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, N.Y. Congratulations to both!

Class of 1996
Submit news to Brian Murray, murray21[at]

Christopher Conroy was hired as a full-time umpire by Major League Baseball. He worked his way up through the minor leagues and worked as a call-up umpire before officially joining the MLB umpire staff in June 2013. 

Jennifer McPhail McCormick and Steven McCormick welcomed son Owen Alexander on September 20, 2012. He joins big sister Ashley and big brothers Jacob and Luke. Congratulations to Chris and the McCormick family!

Class of 1997
Submit news to Selena Dutcher, selenadutcher[at]

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

Greetings Class of ’98! We have a few exciting updates this issue: Susan Collemer, MD, has been promoted to quality director at Westerly Hospital in Westerly, R.I. Congrats and good luck in your new position, Susan! 

Krista Kanabay Piwonka was one of two who received the Illinois CPA Society’s Volunteer Service Award for 2013. She was honored with this award due to her continuous participation in the ICPAS Military Tax Preparation Project, which provides free tax services to active members of the military. Congrats, Krista!

I’m very excited to share that my friend, Christina Joseph Quirin, and her husband Tim, welcomed identical twin boys, Max and Ben, in May. They arrived early but are doing well.

Lastly, my husband, Tom, and I have added to our own family. We welcomed our son, Evan Peter, on October 23, 2013. He joins big sister Kate, who is 19 months and half-sister Julia who is 15.

Keep the updates coming; we love hearing from you.

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

Hello Class of 1999. I’m sitting in my office as I write this, staring out at a dark sky, however, on a bright note: the Red Sox are World Series Champions! Who’s with me! Go Sawx!

Elaine DiDonato Sheridan reported with a smile that she and her husband Brian, and their daughter — and now “big sister”— Alivia welcomed Ciana Kathleen on August 21, 2013. Congratulations to your growing family!

Anyone following Jon and Toni Conover on Facebook knows they celebrated their beautiful son Anthony’s 3rd birthday, and their youngest son Gianfranco’s baptism at the end of October. Chris Tichio is Gianfranco’s godfather.

Can’t wait for your updates!

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

Bronwyn Tobin and Craig Wucherpfennig ’99 welcomed Kieran Joseph Wucherpfennig on October 16, 2013. He joins big brothers Declan and Owen. Congratulations!

Class of 2001
Submit news to Maura Mack, Maura820[at]

Greetings Class of 2001, I am happy to share with you the following news: Trevor Short and his wife Casie welcomed a daughter, Violet Elizabeth, on August 30, 2013.

Pat Salonia and Angela Cifra Salonia welcomed son, Benjamin Ross, on August 22, 2013.

Karen Musa Izzo and her husband Thaddeus welcomed son, Matthew Justus, on April 8, 2013. 

Mary Catherine Kraus and her husband Kevin’03 welcomed their second daughter, Molly Noreen Kraus, on June 14, 2013.

Dr. Daniel Fisher and Dr. Kristina Young-Fisher welcomed their son, Garrison Alexander Fisher, on August 27, 2013.

Best wishes to all the families on their additions!

Katie Collins wed David Szalda on October 27, 2012 with many Siena friends in attendance.

Also, another congrats is in order for our classmate Brennan Heffernan, who was recently recognized by the Christie Administration as a district level and county Teacher of the Year in Bergen County, N.J. The county teachers of the year were chosen by a countywide panel of administrators, teachers, parents and county education association representatives convened by the executive county superintendents of schools.

Please continue to send updates my way. Cheers!

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

Ryan Hungershafer won Northwestern Mutual’s national FORUM award. The award is based on helping clients achieve financial security.

Brian Gathen and his wife Farrier welcomed their son, George William, on August 13, 2012. The family recently celebrated George’s first birthday. Congratulations! 

Kristen Farina married Jeremy Lawless on August 3, 2013 at the Inn at Erlowest in Lake George, N.Y. Siena alums in attendance were Amy Sussdorff, Sue Quirini, Colleen Brady, Jen Daley, Kevin Megyesi, Eric Guenther ’06, Steve Bell ’01 and Sarah Bressette.

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

The future of Siena is strong as the Class of 2003 brought many future Saints into the world this year. Here are just a few.

Aurora Isabella Zale was born to Chris “CJ” Zale and his wife Marina Zale on August 17, 2013. She joins big brother Aiden.

Meri Marshall Faulkner and her husband Lloyd welcomed their third child, Madelyn Jane, born on June 11, 2013. She joins big sister Samantha and big brother Colby. Congratulations to the Faulkner family.

Andrew Nikola and his wife Heather welcomed their daughter Sophia Renee on April 10, 2012. Congratulations!

Amanda Reynolds Cech and her husband Dan rounded out their family of four with the birth of Hayden Charlotte on April 25, 2013, who joins big sister Alexandra. 

Jennifer Hornbeck and Mark Grant welcomed son Cormick Bean on April 11. He joins sisters Marlie and Avery. In wedding news, Erin Cassidy married Patrick Collins on May 10, 2013 in a private lakeside ceremony in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Stephanie Richemond received the 2013 Educator of Excellence award from the New York State English Council on October 18. Educators were nominated by colleagues based on who inspired excellence in students as well as teachers.

Keeps your news coming! I would love to hear about the major milestones and share them with the class!

Class of 2004

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

Hello Class of ’04! I am excited to be a news and notes coordinators so I can keep up with what everyone is up to. Steven Goetz and I welcomed our second child, Giuliana, in December. We are currently living in Latham, N.Y. and enjoy running into Siena alum when we are out and about.

Maya Nanda welcomed a son with her husband Peter Lapsiwala, His name is Tejh Lapsiwala and he was born June 13, 2013. Congratulations, Maya! 

Hailey Sweeney Towne and Jeb Towne welcomed their son, Leo Patrick, on May 14, 2013. Hailey and Jeb reside in Seattle, Wash., where Jeb is the CFO of Global Seas, which owns and manages fishing and research vessels. Hailey is a landscape architect for D.A. Hogan and Associates and specializes in the design of athletic facilities.

Megan O’Connor Armstrong and Mark Armstrong welcomed their second child, Madison, born on March 12, 2013. Megan was recently promoted to chief operations officer for Saratoga’s Community Federal Credit Union this year.

Matt Ungerer has some very exciting professional updates! He is currently one of the owners at T.A.C.S. -The Auto Collision Specialists in Glenmont, N.Y., along with his mother, Andrea, and two brothers, Kevin and Brian. T.A.C.S. has been a family owned and operated Auto Body & Collision Repair business since 1979 and has worked on over 20,000 vehicles. In June 2013 they were awarded 2nd place in the Capital Region Living Magazine “Best of Customer Service” for the region. Matt attributes the company’s sense of community and the importance of taking care of others to his education at Siena.

Debra Smith, a certified public accountant, has been promoted to manager of Marvin and  Company, P.C. in Queensbury, N.Y.

Christopher Mills wed Meghan Hafele on September 15, 2012 on Long Island, N.Y. In attendance were Siena alumni James Finn ’03, Paul Aiuto, John Maloney ’82, Mike Ranieri ’03, Eric Pedersen ’03 and Annie Burak Dotzler ’03.

Please continue to send updates about what you’re up to. And remember, our 10 year reunion is being planned for June 2014!

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

Greetings Class of 2005! It was so great to hear from many of you this issue, so keep the good news coming. Laura Williams graduated in April 2012 with a master’s in clinical dietetics and nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh. She then passed the registration exam and became a registered dietitian! Needing a change of pace, she decided to move to Austin, Texas and was soon hired as a territory manager for Douglas Labs, a company that manufactures dietary supplements for healthcare practitioners. Congratulations, Laura! 

Brendan Maloney and Mary Pavelchak ’06 were married at Sacred Heart Church on May 17, 2013. Many Siena alumni were present to help Brendan and Mary start this exciting new chapter of their lives together.

Ryan Mark wed Erin Goodrich at Brown’s Brewery Revolution Hall in Troy, N.Y. on October 26, 2013 surrounded by many Siena friends and loved ones. The happy couple honeymooned in Aruba.

John Lee wed Danielle Vega ’06 on August 10, 2012 at Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown, N.Y. 

Mike Hartigan wed Tara Belisle on November 10, 2012 at the Trump Soho in New York City.

In baby news, four of our fellow classmates recently welcomed little bundles of joy! Margaret Ostendorf Trimarchi and her husband, Mike, welcomed their son, Joseph David, on February 20, 2013.

Bridget Munn Kimball and her husband Randy ’03 welcomed their son, Braeden Mark Kimball, on March 17, 2013. The couple moved to Saratoga Springs in July.

Philip and Michelle Gariepy Cafaro welcomed their daughter, Taylor Elizabeth on May 19, 2013, in Niskayuna, N.Y.

Finally, Courtney McHale Humphrey and her husband, Dave, welcomed their daughter, Margaret Kathryn Humphrey, on June 15, 2013. Congratulations to all!

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

Hey, Class of 2006! I hope that this edition of Siena News finds you well. We are excited to welcome two Little Saints to our Siena family.

Nadia McGovern ’04 and William L. McGovern celebrated their second wedding anniversary on May 20, 2013. They also welcomed their first child, Benjamin Lawrence, into their family on May 4, 2013.

Nicole Connelly Pickering and Andrew Pickering welcomed their first child, Kinsley Ann, into their family on August 23, 2013. Congratulations to the McGovern and Pickering families!

Neil Falkenhan and Amy Christensen were wed on June 7, 2013 at The Liberty House in Jersey City, N.J. In the wedding were Kimberly Daleo, Danielle Vega Lee, Nicole Huguenot Hausmann, Katherine McNamara and Cathlyn Fagan Poppe. Neil works in commercial insurance and Amy is a teacher. They live in East Hampton, N.Y.

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

Welcome back to our news section Class of 2007!

Samantha Tompkins has passed her NYS RN boards and is currently practicing at St. Peters Hospital in Albany, N.Y. in their medical cardiology and stroke unit.

Ryan Watroba was promoted to director of relocation and business development at Prime Companies.

Danielle (Schism) Conway, husband Tim, and big brother Lucas welcomed Madison Grace into their family August 17, 2013.

Brian Turner and Jen Materazzo tied the knot at St. Mary of the Angels Chapel at Siena on August 17, 2013. Congratulations to two wonderful people. 

Michael Budz is having a great 2013! He married the love of his life, Courtney, and started a new job at Bose in June. He was married on September 13, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Church in Cohasset, MA. They celebrated with friends and family at the Red Lion Inn in Cohasset. One of Mike’s groomsmen was Siena alumni Kyle Kolbe. Mike and Courtney enjoyed a relaxing honeymoon in Antigua before returning to their home just outside of Boston in Norfolk, MA. Mike is currently working as a Demand Planning Analyst at Bose Corporation, while Courtney is a Special Education teacher at Walpole High School. 

Julie Clancy planned The Emma Willard Mini Maker Faire which was the first Maker Faire for the Capital Region. The Faire featured local established and emerging makers. The event was a family friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music, local food, educational workshops and installations. Way to be a trailblazer, Julie! 

Matt Restivo is a fast man! He completed his fourth NYC Marathon with a time of 3 hours and 31 minutes on November 3, 2013.

Please send along your updates to Jackie or myself for the next edition of the magazine. New jobs, weddings, babies, reunions, etc. are all welcomed! Hope to see you all at a few Siena games this season!

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

Hi Everyone! From the sound of it, everyone had a VERY busy summer. Our five-year reunion was a great success and we’d like to thank everyone for coming and being a part of the celebration. Less than five years now until our 10-year reunion, so MARK YOUR CALENDARS! We’re thrilled to hear of all the great news from everyone. Please keep it coming!

To start, we heard from Laura Sherin, “I got engaged! My fiancé’s name is Patrick Tucker. We both live in New York City, and are planning a wedding next August.” We’re thrilled for Laura and wish her all the best in wedding planning and her future!

Keeping with the engagement theme, Kristen Hans got engaged to James Curran ’10 during this year’s Rugby Alumni weekend festivities. They are both living and working in Albany as lawyers. We will all be waiting for what is sure to be a big multi-generational Siena wedding photo. Congrats, you two! 

Marie Fuda Eastman sent us some news that was an oldie, but a goodie. In 2011 she got married to Christopher Eastman. In attendance were a great group of fellow Saints. Brett Mancini ’07, Kathleen McManus Mancini, Amanda Kurban, Alyssa Bombard, Eric Patton, Lauren Garbade ’10, Lou Petraccione, Kaitlyn DiPalermo ’11 and Rosa Fuda ’10.

Dr. Jessica Winkler and Dr. Alexander Riccio were married at the Siena College St. Mary of the Angels Chapel on November 17, 2012. They are both 2012 graduates of Albany Medical College and are currently second year surgical residents at Albany Medical Center.

In more wedding news, Siena basketball fans and my dear study abroad amiga, Natalie Cassala, got married to Michael Kosar on Sunday, October 13. They were married at St. John the Evangelist church in Schenectady, N.Y. and the reception was held at the Key Hall Room at Proctor’s Theatre. Both are living and working as teachers in the Capital Region. Congratulations! 

Laura Menges and her husband Mike welcomed their son, Luke Hylander, born on June 26, 2012. Congratulations to the Menges family!

In education news, Johnny Z has graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine! Dr. John Zampella finished his Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellowship this past May and he is now doing his intern year on the Osler medical service at Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by residency in dermatology at Johns Hopkins! We’re excited that there’s another Dr. Saint out there!

As the basketball season approaches, here’s to hoping we see some familiar faces at the games and some winning numbers on the score board. Hope everyone is doing well and as always, Let’s go Saints!

Maria Segala wed April London ’09 in Williamstown, MA on June 30, 2012. They live in Boston, MA where Maria works in the Office of International Programs at Boston College and April works at MIT.

Class of 2009
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Michael Paulsen earned his juris doctor, magna cum laude, from Albany Law School and is now practicing law with Hinman Straub Advisors LLC as a member of the firm’s health law and government relations department. Hinman Straub Advisors is the government affairs partner of Hinman Straub PC, an Albany law firm founded in 1932.

Catherine Cagino received her doctor of dental surgery degree, cum laude, from SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in May2013. She is currently a resident  at SUNY Buffalo in the advanced education in prosthodontics program where she is working towards a masters in oral sciences.

Vancardi Foster graduated from Quinnipiac University with a masters in arts of teaching  program. He is the seventh and eighth grade Social Studies teacher at the Roosevelt School in Bridgeport, Conn. 

Anthony Dinova is the director of the new national event The Sip. The organization provides a place and opportunity for like-minded, sophisticated patrons to gather and enjoy the rich food, wine, and other amenities local communities have to offer.

There is love in the air for the following couples. Tom Scudder and Lisa Murphy became  engaged on June 8, 2013. Kevin Sheldon and Lauren Rapsard became engaged on June 30, 2013. Celeste Sisson and Jami Burnetter became engaged on July 24, 2013. Mike Kilroy and Robin Marie Sansonetti became engaged on August 16, 2013.

Congratulations to all the happy couples! 

Christopher Bopp wed Jacquelyne Ginnan on July 20, 2013 at Siena College’s St. Mary of the Angels Chapel with Friar Dennis Tamburello ’75 performing the ceremony.

I hope you all are enjoying the winter weather!

Class of 2010

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Jessica Mushel is the new head coach for the softball program at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. Congratulations! 

Andrew Bullard of Queensbury, N.Y. joined Marvin and Company in 2011 and has been promoted to beginning in-charge in the audit department. 

Kelly Peckholdt was hired as a part-time social studies teacher in the East Rockaway School District on Long Island for the 2013-2014 school year. 

Michelle Sullivan completed her master’s degree in second language learning from SUNY New Paltz and received a full-time job teaching French at Suffern High School in Suffern, N.Y. 

Katie Leo and Tim Jeffreys wed in Rockport, Mass., in May and celebrated with family and friends in Schenectady, N.Y. in July. 

Brittney Wineinger completed an internship with Marvin and Company in 2009 and joined the audit department staff in 2012. She has been promoted to level 2 in the audit department. 

Kristin Scheitinger and Tom Polizzi recently got engaged. 

Kevin Flood started working as an associate website merchandiser at Saks Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in June.

Class of 2011
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Davia Litz started her third year of teaching in the fall as a math specialist at Blue Creek Elementary School in Latham, N.Y. She is finishing her master’s degree in adolescence special education at the College of Saint Rose and will receive her masters in December. 

Amanda Ricciardi graduated from Fordham University School of Social Services with a master’s degree in social work in May 2012. She received her New York State Social Workers License (LMSW) and is currently working in drug and alcohol prevention at the Harrison Youth Council in Westchester County, N.Y. as a youth and family counselor. 

Allison Collins is in her third year of teaching second grade in Manhattan. Her classroom is named Siena College Class of 2028, after her alma mater! She also graduated from Touro College with her masters in childhood and special education. 

Thomas Gelok completed a summer professional experience in the office of University Housing at Georgia Southern University. He recently began a new position at the University of Buffalo as an assistant residence hall director. 

Concetta D’Alessio also accepted a new position at the University at Buffalo as an assistant apartment complex director. Both will be graduating with their masters in higher education administration in May 2014. 

Emily Godfrey married Matt Boucher, brother of Kate Boucher in August.

Grace Murphy got married on October 6, 2012 to a fellow Delta Sig she met at Spring Fling when she was a sophomore at Siena. He went to Indiana University. 

Frank Freund is attending Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) – Carolina Campus. He will graduate in 2017. 

Brian Litz graduated from Union Graduate College June 2013 with his MBA in Healthcare Management. He is now senior practice coordinator for the Divisions of Endocrinology, Rheumatology and Clinical Nutrition at Albany Medical Center. 

Karen Casey graduated from Touro College with a master’s degree in special education. She also got a new job at Comsewogue School District on Long Island as an ESL teacher in middle school.

Class of 2012
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Thomas Piraino joined the audit department at Marvin and Company, P.C., one of the Capital Region’s leading accounting, auditing, taxation and management consulting firms. 

Cristina Centeno is assistant coach for the women’s basketball program at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. 

Felicia Brooks recently accepted a position as recruiting coordinator for Spottily in New York City. Congrats! 

Terrance Logan accepted a position at Boston University as a graduate assistant and currently is enrolled at Suffolk University where he is pursuing a master’s degree in higher education. 

Shineigh Wren is attending the Russell Sage College of Nursing program in Albany, N.Y. 

Kayla O’Hare accepted a position as admissions representative at ITT Technical Institute. 

Colin Caldwell completed his master’s degree at Siena and now works as a federal tax associate at KPMG. 

Emily Pritchard accepted a position as budget specialist in NYS Division of the Budget in Albany, N.Y. 

Sarah Weston accepted a position as audit associate at KPMG in Albany, N.Y. 

Gregory Marcoux accepted a position as admissions counselor at American International College. 

Marissa Hertzig relocated to the East Coast and now works as a business analyst at Nestle Nutrition. 

Christina Derevjanik accepted a position as assistant media planner for Target Cast. 

Hayley Samela is working as editorial intern at Health and Fitness in London. Look for her articles! 

Kristen Lange is a medical affairs associate editorial assistant at Hudson Medical Communications. 

Bridget DeBardelaben was accepted at SUNY Albany and is currently pursuing her master’s degree as well teaching at Greene Tech in Albany, N.Y.

Alberto Sepulveda accepted a position as an audit associate at KPMG this summer in Albany, N.Y.

Michael Onufrey accepted a position at KPMG and started early this year in New York City. 

Marisa DeJulio completed her MBA from Saint Rose and accepted a position as merchandising coordinator at Imperial Distributors in Albany, N.Y. 

Janet Monem works as a risk assurance associate at PWC in Albany, N.Y. 

Emily Merritt is a graduate research assistant at Auburn University in Alabama, where she is getting her master’s degree in wildlife science. Her thesis is on evaluating the efficacy of current Atlantic horseshoe crab population estimation methods. 

Katherine Johnson accepted a position with PWC as an accountant and recently passed the fourth and final part of CPA exam. Congrats!

Greg Solazzo accepted a position as an auditor with KPMG in Albany, N.Y.

A huge congrats to Emily Isenberg, Maggie O’Donnell, and Rose Himmelmann for graduating from Fordham with masters degrees in social work! 

Steve Pietruniak accepted at full time position as an audit staff accountant at Danbible & McKee, LLP in Syracuse, New York.

Renee Solheim accepted a position as a digital project manager at TMP Worldwide. 

Matthew Pappis is currently attending Sage Graduate School and was recently nominated to Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. Congrats, Matt!

Joe Frumusa recently completed his master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and has started working as a producer at News 12 in New York City.

Wishing everyone a wonderful winter and continued success through the season.

Class of 2013

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On a beautiful August day the Siena Class of 2013 reunited at the Saratoga Racetrack for a day of fun, laughter, and reminiscing of our time not so long ago spent on the campus we all know and love. Even though it has been a little over 100 days since we graduated, we are all experiencing the same sadness that we are not returning to Siena for classes. This event gave us an opportunity to help each other cope by sharing how Siena has paved the way for the next chapter of our lives. We may not have won big at the track money wise, but we won in a different way. We reignited the Class of 2013 spirit and were reminded how we can spread the love, knowledge, and kindness we experienced at Siena in all of our future endeavors. 

Lisette Del Rosso Rayher joined the finance team at Fingerpaint, a marketing solution firm headquartered in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 

Lily Grenci joined the LeMoyne College women’s basketball staff as a graduate assistant.


In Memory

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

Edward Noga ‘43

Rev. Abbott J. Hope ’48

Dr. Anthony J. Sbara ‘48

Albert V. Paparian ‘49

Alfred E. Renzi Sr. ‘49

Frank De Frank ‘50

Richard J. Doran ‘50

Joseph V. Laraia ‘50

Charles H. Miller Jr. ‘50

Carmen Isgro ’51

Robert M. Skelly ‘51

George W. Hume ‘52

James Gordon Jalet ’52

Glenn Thurber ’57

Rev. Anthony Gulley ’58

Paul R. Riley Jr. ‘58

Katherine Clark ’59

Edward “Ned” J. Slattery ‘61

Dr. Theodore F. Comfort ‘62

Warren A. Wickware ‘62

Robert C. Cichy ‘64

Frederick P. Dodge ‘64

Brig. Gen. Henry J.

McFerran ’66

David Bolduc ’68

John B. Cummings ’69

R. David McCarthy ’70

David J. Misarko ‘71

Robert J. Anglum ’74

Charles M. Dickson ‘74

Mary T. (Nash) McGinty ‘76

Arthur J. Baker ‘77

Cholette A. Jenks ‘82

Dawn Perry ‘95

William H. Milham ‘97

Gen. John W. Pauly H ’98


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