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Joseph M. Cardamone, M.D., FACP ’59, Minnetonka, Minn., received the 2010 Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award. This award is given to a physician who, in the opinion of the members of the selection committee, by reason of his/her professional contribution on the basis of medical research, achievement or leadership, has become the outstanding physician in this and other years.
Donald Myers, Ed.D. ’60, Honesdale, published two books, a children’s book titled “My Life with Roger,” illustrated by his granddaughter Shannon, and another book titled “How to Survive and Learn from Life Experiences.”
Paul Cioni ’64, Scranton, has been notified by the Center for Credentialing and Education that he has met the qualifications for the credential “Approved Clinical Supervisor.” He is engaged in the practice of counseling and psychotherapy. His chapter, “Hate Revenge and Forgiveness: A Healthy, Ego-Strengthening Alternative to the Experience of Offense” has been published in the book “Psychology of Hate.”
Jack Hattman G’64, Wheeling, W.V., retired after 47 years as a professor of English at West Liberty University.
Louis Orlando ’67, Villanova, published his third book, “The Ultimate Phillies Trivia Quiz-Second Edition.”
Frank McCartney ’69, Maple Glen, executive director of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, is the 2011 president of the International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association, an international transportation policy and advocacy organization.
Arthur Granito ’70, Harrisburg, was appointed vice president and chief financial officer of the Cancer Recovery Foundation International, an international charity with organizations in London, Paris, Toronto, Berlin and the United States.
James Kocsi ’72, Port Reading, N.J., retired after 38 years of service with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Gerard Dougher ’73, Scranton, is a senior accountant at Public Service Electric and Gas Company in New Jersey.
David W. Quinn ’74, Roslyn, is vice president audit manager, Credit and Credit Services.
Ernest Kollra, Esq. ’75, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has been re-elected president and chairman of the board of The Irish Theater of Florida.
Carl Witkowski ’75, Duryea, is chief operating officer of GUARD Insurance Group.
Paul Biedlingmaier ’76, Lansdale, was named one of the 2010 Five Star Wealth Managers by Philadelphia Magazine.
Stephen Apaliski, M.D. ’77, Colleyville, Texas, completed a one-year training program in executive & professional coaching at the University of Texas, Dallas. He is on the certification track of the International Coach Federation and plans on focusing his coaching on physicians in times of change while continuing his practice of medicine.
Col. Daniel Battafarano, D.O. ’77, San Antonio, Texas, received the Outstanding Clinical Educator Award in 2011 from the Internal Medicine Residency at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) and an Outstanding Faculty Medicine Clerkship Award in 2011 from the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio (UTHSCSA). Dr. Battafarano is the chairman of rheumatology at SAMMC and clinical professor of medicine at UTHSCSA.
Patrick Fiore ’78, Palmetto, Fla., was elected to the office of city commissioner in Palmetto Bay, Fla.
Brian Duke ’79, Washington Crossing, was nominated by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett to serve as secretary of aging.
Hon. James Gibbons ’79, Clarks Summit, has captured both nominations in his bid for a second six-year term as a Lackawanna County district justice.
Anthony Ponte ’79, Houston, Texas, is vice president, internal audit services, for Dresser-Rand Group, Inc.
Gail Parsons Eddy ’80, Nederland, Colo., is the owner of Geek for Hire, Inc., which received the Angie’s List 2010 Super Service Award for providing consistently high quality service to their customers.
John Cardone, M.D. ’82, Fairview, is a cardiovascular surgeon and member of the Cardio-Vascular and Thoracic Surgery group at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie.
Barbara Samuel Loftus G’82, Moosic, is vice president for planning at Misericordia University.
Lori Brucker Block ’83, Pitman, N.J., was presented with the 2010 Joseph A. Barnes Award for consistent, extraordinary and long-standing contributions to Rowan University. She was also named to Rowan University’s Wall of Fame 2010 by the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for her contributions to academic advising.
Paula Hresko Mendoza ’83, Upland, Calif., was a speaker for the Cal Poly Pomona University’s Engineering Club Leadership Retreat. Her presentation was on job search strategies for success. She is a site manager for Raytheon Company.
Colette Mazzucelli, Ph.D. ’83, Brooklyn, N.Y., earned a Master of Education in international education development, international humanitarian issues, at Teachers College Columbia University. Colette is one of 400 “crisis mappers” with the Standby Task Force, a network of volunteers that supports existing emergency response mechanisms. The Task Force’s mappers log in from around the world to patch together a real-time picture of situations such as the current crisis in Libya so that aid groups can address humanitarian needs.
Jeffrey Schimelfenig ’83 was named president-elect of the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association (LGBT Bar). His term will begin in 2012. The LGBT Bar is an association of lawyers, judges, law students and other legal professionals and is an affiliate of the American Bar Association.
Harry Lennon ’83, Round Top, N.Y., was elected minority leader of the Greene County, N.Y., legislature for 2011-2012. He was first elected to office in 2006 and is currently serving his second term.
Dr. John Zangardi ’83, Potomac Falls, Va., was appointed deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, information operations, and space. In support of the assistant secretary of the Navy, Dr. Zangardi is the principal Department of the Navy advisor for C4I, IO, space, business enterprise acquisition, and information technology and resource management. In his oversight role, he coordinates with key stakeholders to maximize alignment with Navy and Marine Corps needs.
Morgan Benson G’84, Delta Junction, Alaska, just returned from a tour with the U.S. Army in Iraq. He served with the 62nd engineer detachment in Mosul constructing sewers and water lines, developing a trash pickup system, and assisting the Iraqi government to function by helping all of its citizens with cleaner utilities.
Therese DeVries Narzikul ’86, Devon, was appointed to the 2011 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. The award, created by public law in 1987, is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive.
Margaret McMenamin, Ed.D. G’86, Hellertown, was installed as the eighth president of Union County College.
Andrea DeJesus, DPT ’87, Belmar, N.J., earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from The University of Scranton in May 2011.
Robert DiGenova ’87, Red Bank, N.J., of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office was elected as the chairman/president of the County Narcotics Commanders Association of New Jersey and represents the state of New Jersey as a delegate with the National Narcotic Officers Association Coalition.
Donald Kanavy ’87, Archbald, appointed superintendant of the Valley View School District.
Theresa Rice Haughey ’87, Raleigh, N.C., was appointed director of pharmacovigilance and regulatory quality assurance at GlaxoSmithKline U.S. headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
David Allegra ’88, Basking Ridge, N.J., was elected to the board of trustees of the New Jersey Commission on Accreditation for Home Care (CAHC). CAHC, a home care watchdog, monitors agencies throughout New Jersey to ensure consumers receive services that meet established guidelines and industry practices.
Christopher Henry ’88, Royersford, is a state program specialist (grant manager) with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in Princeton, N.J.
Bernard Costello, D.M.D., M.D., FACS ’91, Presto, was promoted to professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He is chief of pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Christen Gilmore Pionzio ’91, Doylestown, has been appointed solicitor for the New Britain Borough Zoning Hearing Board.
Bill Loehfelm ’91, New Orleans, La., signed a two-book deal with Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, for publication of his third and fourth novels. His third novel, “The Devil She Knows,” was published in spring 2011.
Michael Hollinger ’93, Reading, opened his own law firm, Hollinger Law.
Jill Joswick Bednar ’93, Springfield, is principal of Las Dos Chicas, a 501(c)3, which is awarding its first study abroad scholarship, “2011 Pack Your Bags Scholarship.”
Janine Edwards ’94, Honesdale, won the Republican and Democratic nomination in the primary for the position of Wayne County district attorney.
Erin O’Malley-Stewart ’94, Reston, Va., has been named dean of faculty at Bishop D.J. O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va. Erin completed her post-masters endorsement in school administration at The George Washington University.
Marc Fusaro, Ph.D. ’96, Russellville, Ark., assistant professor of economics at Arkansas Tech University, was presented with the Thomas P. Tyler Excellence in Teaching Award during the 22nd annual College of Business Awards Program at Chambers Cafeteria East Banquet Hall in April.
Timothy Gallen ’96, Hatfield, was elected treasurer of the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling, serving concurrently as delegate for Pennsylvania to the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
Maureen Brady Coyle ’97, New York, N.Y., director of Study Abroad at Felician College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to study and observe educational developments and international education in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Joann Gallichio, DSc ’97, Jacksonville, Fla., accepted a neuro faculty position at the University of St. Augustine.
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Michael Malia ’97, Manasquan, N.J., was certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a civil trial attorney, a distinction held by less than two percent of New Jersey attorneys. He also recently achieved the honor of being recognized as a board certified civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
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Shahriar Pourreza ’99, West Orange, N.J., is a senior analyst within Citigroup’s energy /commodities team.
Philip Grieco ’00, Secascus, N.J., is director, sponsorship development, in team marketing and business operations for the National Basketball Association.
April Karas Fletcher ’00, Little Neck, N.Y., is an associate director, sales and marketing, at ESPN Audio.
Brian Shahum ’00, Brooklyn, N.Y., was appointed regional claims specialist-financial lines at Chartis International. Brian, who will relocate to London with his new position, will be monitoring emerging claim trends within financial lines in Europe and supporting various initiatives to improve customer orientation and marketing of financial lines claims service.
Laura Zambuto ’00, Atlanta, Ga., received the Gerald R. Cooper Award for Excellence in laboratory safety and bio-security at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Honor Awards. Laura is a safety and occupational health specialist with the CDC’s influenza division.
Matthew McGuigan ’01, Coatsville, joined the firm Blank Rome LLP as an associate in the financial services group and a member of the consumer financial services industry team.
John Errigo ’02, Bensalem, is pursuing his Ph.D. in organizational management and leadership at Capella University.
Katie Slattery ’02, Suffern, N.Y., a lawyer with the New York City Department of Education, is a litigator for the special education unit.
Patricia Meli Pruzhansky ’03, Huntington Station, N.Y., received her master’s degree in early childhood education with honors from Hofstra University. She is certified in both elementary and early childhood education and is currently teaching pre-school for Long Island Head Start.
Tara Ravina Hatler ’03, Rutherford, N.J., was presented with the Women’s Bond Club Rising Star award. The award is given to women leaders in financial services who have demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities. Tara is a senior manager with Ernst & Young.
Maria Villafuerte ’03, Royal Oak, Mich., graduated from the Henry Ford Psychiatry Residency Program in Detroit. She received the chief resident certificate, leadership track certificate, Resident Teacher of the Year Award and GSD’er (Get Stuff Done) of the Year Award.
Susan Chrusciel ’04, Plainsboro, N.J., is pursuing her MBA in pharmaceutical management and marketing at Rutgers Business School.
Caitlin McGrath ’04 is executive assistant in marketing and sales for The Bostonian Group.
Rachael Miller ’04, Weehawken, N.J., completed costume designs for “The Diary of Adam and Eve, The Lady with All the Answers and Under Milk Wood” at the Electric Theatre Company in Scranton.
Christopher Ryan Joyce ’05, Lake Placid, N.Y., is director of development at Camp Dudley in Westport, N.Y.
Matthew Youssef ’05, Baltimore, Md., is a recipient of The Daily Record’s 2011 20 in Their Twenties Award. This award recognizes young professionals in their 20s whose creativity and entrepreneurial spirit already are contributing to new energy in Maryland. Winners were selected on the basis of their professional accomplishments, community involvement and the impact of their achievements.
Michael P. Hill ’06, Columbia, Mo., has joined VA Mortgage Center.com as senior director, content marketing.
Kelly Lewandowski ’06, Gettysburg, has been named head women’s basketball coach at Salisbury University.
Capt. Joseph Mazzocchi ’06, Campbell Hall, N.Y., was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, one of the military’s top honors, in February 2009 for his exceptionally meritorious service while serving as an executive officer and platoon leader in Afghanistan. He is also the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal and the NATO Medal. He is currently serving his second deployment in Afghanistan.
Wade Beale ’07, Lakeland, Ga., is assistant principal at Echols County Elementary School.
Michelle Bochanski, DPT ’07, Washington Twp, N.J., received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Rhode Island.
Jenna Brown, D.O. ’07, Lewisburg, received the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in June. She will continue her medical training in family practice at Williamsport Regional Medical Center.
Joegi Mathew ’07, North Massapequa, N.Y., is a fund controller for Tishman Speyer where he oversees the accounting for two real estate funds.
Melissa Thompson, D.O. ’07, Norristown, received the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in June. She will continue her medical training in family practice at Mercy Suburban Hospital.
Colleen Zanis, D.O. ’07, Ardmore, received the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in June. She will continue her medical training in psychiatry at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia.
Sarah Kosydar ’08, Media, recently returned from a mission trip to Guatemala where she volunteered for Hearts in Motion. Sarah is a physician assistant with Just Kids Pediatrics in Newark, Del.
Andrew Calogero ’10, Brookside, N.J., is assistant stage manager at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.
Mia Collarini ’11, Jessup, was named head coach of Scranton’s softball program. In addition to becoming the 12th head coach in the program’s 35-year history, she is pursuing a Master of Science in school counseling.