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May 17, 2013
 
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1950s

Robert Dunhill, B.A. ’52, has been hon-ored in the Marquis Who’s Who in America each year since 1985.


1960s

William (Bill) Greenhut, B.A. ’66, has been appointed as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine in the fields of neurosonography and sonographer education and management.

S. Richard Levin, B.A. ’68, joined Hall Estill, an Oklahoma-based law firm, as special counsel.


1970s

Diane Wink, B.S. ’70, has been appointed the Hugh F. and Jeannette G. McKean Endowed Chair in Nursing at the University of Central Florida College of Nursing. Dr. Wink has been a member of the college’s faculty since 1987. She serves on the editorial boards of three national peer-reviewed nursing education journals and is an active member of several national nursing organizations.

Ira Schildkraut, M.A. ’71, has been appointed director of College Guidance at Shalhevet High School for Girls in North Woodmere, New York, in addition to teaching economics and Advanced Placement U.S. History.

Sandy Oestreich, B.S. ’72, M.S. ’74, spear- heads the reignited Equal Rights Alliance (ERA) in Florida. For 12 years, she has been working toward gender equality. She also helps mentor other ERA-active states as they routinely file ERA ratification bills. She has partnered with leaders in other states to put a new ERA bill before the U.S. House and Senate to speed up ERA passage. On August 17, 2012, she spoke about the ERA at the U.S. Capitol. She speaks twice a week throughout Florida, other active states, the Southeast and Washington, D.C.

Gregory Palaski, B.B.A. ’77, was named to the South River New Jersey Historical & Preservation Society board of trustees.

Judith Drumm, B.S. ’78, presented research on the “Student’s Experience of Learning Caring” at the International Association for Human Caring conference in Philadelphia in June 2012.

Ralph Mora, M.A. ’78, Ph.D. ’83, is employed by the Department of the Navy.

Elaine (Kaupp) Smith, B.S. ’78, M.S. ’88, was selected as one of the six national winners of the 2012 Nursing Excellence Awards, in the area of education and mentorship, from nurse.com. She currently serves as the vice president of nursing education at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.

James Sharkey, M.B.A. ’79, has been named president of Sun Logistics LLC, based in New York City.

Bob Vondrasek, M.B.A. ’79, vice president of technical projects of the National Fire Protection Association, announced his retirement at the end of 2011. A longtime participant and leader in American National Standards Institute activities, Mr. Vondrasek is well known in the standardization community for his dedication to the development of critical standards, codes and initiatives for public safety.


1980s

Barbara Brickmeier, M.B.A. ’83, is vice president, human resources, for IBM Corporation. In her role, Ms. Brickmeier oversees global benefits design, including retirement, health and welfare for IBM’s employees and retirees. She also has overall responsibility for IBM’s HR business development and HR delivery, and is the HR leader for corporate functions.

Jeffrey H. Minde, Esq., B.S. ’84, M.S.W. ’85, was recently ordained a senior monk of the Southern Palm Zen Group of Boca Raton, Florida.

Michelle Winfield, M.S. ’84, and her husband, Claude Winfield, were presented with an extension of the Congressional Record by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, which was read on the floor of the 112th Congress on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. Ms. Maloney recognized the Winfields, both of whom have been longtime educators and volunteers, for their selfless devotion to community service.

Deborah Viola, B.B.A. ’84, is the secretary-treasurer of the Bergen County Board of Social Services in New Jersey. Dr. Viola, who has an M.B.A. and Ph.D., is also associate professor and associate director of doctoral studies in the Department of Health Policy and Management at New York Medical College’s School of Health Sciences and Practice.

Karen Giuliani, M.S. ’85, received a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her dissertation was on maternal ego identity status as a developmental predictor of postpartum depression.

Donna Jackson, B.A. ’86, has penned her first book, Not One Second Late, available in paperback and as an e-book. More information is available at outskIrtspress.com/notonesecondlate.

Carmen (Cicirelli) Sapara, B.S. ’87, is the manager of patient services for ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, New Jersey, which offers proton therapy, an advanced and powerful treatment for cancer and a highly effective alternative to standard (photon) radiation therapy. As manager of patient services, she and her team support and offer resources to patients and their family members from the United States and international communities. She is also proud to be a two-year cancer survivor herself.


1990s

Anne Kontopoulous, B.B.A ’90, M.B.A. ’03, has been promoted to the position of assistant vice-president of finance by the New York State Catholic Health Plan, Fidelis Care. She will be responsible for financial regulatory re- porting, budgeting and performance analyses.

Thomas Sitehle, M.B.A. ’92, is chief financial officer and vice president of business management at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipbuilding division. He is responsible for all contracts, estimating and pricing, and business management functions across the division.

Marc Haskelson, M.B.A. ’93, joined THOR Associates as a partner in the role of chief operating officer.

Susan Iadarola, M.B.A. ’96, has been promoted to general manager at Dana Rader Golf School in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Richard C. Kendrick, B.S. ’97, has been named chief marketing officer of Steben & Company, a leading provider of managed futures funds.

Joseph Spallina, B.S. ’98, the head women’s lacrosse coach at Stony Brook University, was named the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Coach of the Year.

Barbara Cataletto, M.B.A. ’99, won a 2012 Stevie Award, one of the world’s premier business awards, in the category of Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Business Services. She is CEO and founder of Business Dynamics Limited in Mineola, New York, a revenue cycle management company in spine coding and reimbursement that she started in 1998. She is also a member of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery’s Coding Task Force and Adelphi’s Robert B. Willumstad School of Business Advisory Board.


2000s

Gustavo Escobar, B.A. ’02, graduated from New York Law School in 2005, after which he worked for four years at a not-for-profit organization, The Action Center in Queens, as director of academic programs, overseeing after-school programs, parent programs and supplemental educational services. He subsequently was accepted to the NYC Teaching Fellows program to earn his master’s degree in bilingual elementary special education. He has taught bilingual special education classes at P.S. 127Q in East Elmhurst, New York.

Cassandra Martinez, M.S.W. ’02, director of clinical services for Access 7 Services, Inc., has been recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excel lence in clinical services and social work.

Austin Barry, B.S. ’04, hired a manager in September 2012, who is helping him with his music career. He has performed in more than 30 shows in the past six years, including four performances on The Gong Show and two shows with the woman who discovered Whitney Houston. He hopes to be touring soon.

Nicholas Ferrelli, B.A. ’04, has earned a master’s degree in library and information science from CUNY Queens College along with a certificate in archiving and preservation of cultural materials. He would like to thank Adelphi’s undergraduate program in history as well as the faculty of the Swirbul Library where he currently works for providing him with the motivation and guidance that has since proved invaluable and inspirational.

Cristin Gonzalez, B.A. ’04, worked for the district attorney’s office in Manhattan for al- most four years as a paralegal and then decided to pursue her master’s degree in secondary education social studies at Queens College. She is now a certified teacher of social stud- ies, seventh through 12th grades.

Ewa Sobczynska, B.A. ’04, is the operations officer for the Sustainable Development Department of The World Bank Group. Last year, she was named to Adelphi’s 10 Under 10 list of high-achieving young alumni. She currently lives in Washington, D.C., with her partner, Paolo, and their daughter, born in 2012.

Ranya Abbas, B.A. ’05, went to the New School for her graduate studies where she completed an M.A. in international affairs with a concentration in socioeconomic development. She is currently a vice president of compliance at Forex Capital Markets, an international currency trading firm based in New York City. She was married in 2010 and says she is now the mother of “the cutest baby boy of the century,” Alemu.

Dobromira Banova, B.A. ’05, pursued her M.S. in Economics at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. While there, she worked as a teaching assistant at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She made the most of low- cost airlines during that year to travel around Europe as much as possible. In August 2010, she returned to Bulgaria to marry the love of her life. She works at ISI Emerging Markets, a business intelligence company, as a senior re- search analyst, leading international projects

Stephanie Szitanyi, B.A. ’05, received her master’s degree in international relations and European studies from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, before pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science, focusing on women in politics and international relations, at Rutgers University. She is the director of outreach and college relations at Global Maximum Educational Opportunities, Inc.

Tiffany Tucker, B.A. ’05, started the non-profit Redemption, Inc. as a student at Adelphi. After graduating, she worked for several Brooklyn elected officials. Recently, after working with the Brooklyn district attorney’s office, she decided to start a consulting firm and focus more on the nonprofit field.

Mariam Cisse, B.A. ’06, earned her M.A. in Socioeconomic Development at the New School, after which she worked at ACCION USA as a lending associate and community relations specialist, creating loans and giving advice to small business owners across New York. She then moved on to work with the East River Development as a financial counselor, providing financial advisement to individuals in low-income public housing neighborhoods. She is also the founder of ForMali, an NGO that offers mentorship and financial support to prevent international students from dropping out of school.

Meaghan (Raftery) Kaplan, B.A. ’07, was named rehab manager for Therapy Resources Management, which provides occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology services to adults in skilled nursing facilities.

Megan Kleven, B.S. ’07, is the owner of Mama Soup, which recently opened its newest location in Mineola, New York.

Dan Calder, B.A. ’08, has held several internships at NGOs in New York and Guatemala, including Mercy Corps, Camino Seguro and the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security. He has worked on mobilizing disarmament campaigns with Religions for Peace as its youth network associate. In Fall 2011, he began studying for his master’s degree in public health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Daniel Carter, B.S. ’08, graduated from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and is now a resident in anesthesiology at SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital.

Yana Kusayeva, B.A. ’08, who coordinated the Levermore Global Scholars program at Adelphi for three years, is pursuing her master’s degree in public administration at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. In 2009, she founded a local human rights organization, Dialogue Beyond Borders.

Chris Clerge, B.A. ’09, has worked for the Department of Homeland Security. In Fall 2011, he began studying at George Mason University for a master’s in public policy.

Sharla-Renee Hart, B.A. ’09, has volunteered with Hempstead Rebirth, a non-profit organization in Hempstead, New York, which focuses on empowering, rebuilding and restoring the village of Hempstead. She has had the opportunity to provide research on incorporating sustainability measures into proposed projects. In Fall 2011, she began working on a master’s degree in community health promotion at Adelphi and continues to focus on the interconnections among poverty, physical health, malnutrition and education. With her degree, she hopes to continue to work on these public health issues locally and internationally.

Josselyn Portillo, B.B.A. ’09, has worked in tax services at Ernst & Young. She has also done some audit rotations for financial services clients in New York City. She loves her job, even though busy seasons can be interesting. She works in teams that can be very diverse. The members of one of her audit teams, for example, hailed from the Philippines, Ukraine, Jamaica, Haiti, Canada and El Salvador. She enjoys the multinational character of her firm. In her spare time, she catches up with family and friends, travels to Panama and El Salvador and enjoys painting.

Adam Solomon, B.F.A. ’09, joined Advantage Payroll as client relationship manager.

Aleksandra Terzieva, B.A. ’09, completed a Master of Philosophy in International Relations and European Studies at Cambridge University before working as a trainee economist/policy analyst at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development’s headquarters in Paris.


2010s

Jennifer Fauci, B.A. ’10, recently published her first children’s book, a Christmas story titled A Present for You, A Present for Me. It is available on amazon.com. She also writes for publications such as Newsday, various patch.com websites and The Latin Kitchen.

Svetla Marinova, B.A. ’10, has worked as a research assistant and, while pursuing an M.A. from Columbia University in climate and society, was involved in a research project studying the impacts of natural disasters on human development, income inequality and child mortality. She has also interned with Forever Verdant LLC, helping the European Union (EU), from applying for EU funding to providing translations and even analyzing and drafting contracts. He has also accepted the directorship of an outdoor advertising agency. He is enjoying working and having a bit more leisure time than he had while studying with a cost/benefit analysis as part of certifying buildings and businesses in the New York area for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Jonathan Rizzo, B.B.A. ’10, was featured as one of the eight contestants in the Next Great Voice competition on The Wendy Williams Show.

Veronika Yordanova Yosifova, B.A. ’10, started law school at the University of Illinois in Fall 2011.

Ashley Paterno, B.A. ’11, was named a national marketing communications specialist at Risk Placement Services, Inc. in October 2012. 

This piece appeared in the Adelphi University Magazine Spring 2013 edition.
 
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