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Reunion is a time for classmates to reunite, share memories about their Rider experience, and learn about the Rider of today. We would love to have you participate in your special reunion and become involved in the planning. If you are interested, please contact Patrick Corrigan ’97, ’99, associate director of alumni relations, at 609-896-5340 or via e-mail at pcorriga@rider.edu, or Steven Spinner, associate director of annual giving, at 609-896-5392 or sspinner@rider.edu.

In 2006, we established a new tradition for Rider University alumni—June Reunion Weekend. Our success was overwhelming and we want to build upon what was established and continue to improve this weekend for our alumni.

As we begin to plan for next year, we want to re-engage as many alumni as possible. In an effort to do this, we have re-established a class agent program. We are identifying several alumni from each 5th year reunion class to join efforts with the alumni relations and advancement offices to work hand in hand to develop events and programming for your respective classes.

Our goals are simple—create events that are attractive to you and give you the opportunity to reconnect with your fellow classmates and reacquaint yourself with the Rider of today. Many of you have not been engaged with the institution and Reunion Weekend provides you with the opportunity to do just that!

Another goal is to increase class participation in the annual giving program. Your support helps to enhance Rider’s academic stature and solidify it as a quality institution by allowing the University to respond to its most pressing needs in academics, programming and facilities. Your gift truly makes a difference in the lives of Rider students—just as alumni gifts made a difference in your education when you were a Rider student.

Class participation results will be reported throughout the year and awards will be presented during Reunion Weekend to the classes raising the most dollars and those with the highest participation rates. Support Rider and show your class pride!

We hope we can count on you to be a part of this new tradition at Rider.

Mark your calendars for Reunion Weekend—June 15–17, 2007!

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Alumni Profiles

TKE Alumni Reunite in South Carolina

Keeping the Connection - Andrew Glantz '71 and Howard Lipstein '72

Prized Partnership - Ray Gill '74

Grace Ashton Webster celebrated her 101st birthday on May 28, 2006. She attended the two-year secretarial course at Rider College's East State Street location. Following graduation, Grace continued working in downtown Trenton for a few years. She lived in New Hope, Pa., and traveled by train from Lambertville, N.J. Grace now resides at Heritage Towers in Doylestown, Pa. Her brother, George ’33, and her nieces, Phyllis Morley ’67 and Marcia, also graduated from Rider.

Carol Stream, Ill., resident Richard Blackburn sold his business in 1985 and is retired. He and his wife, Eunice, a retired Army nurse, have three sons and five grandchildren.

Dorothy Hulse Hallock is living in Daytona Beach, Fla. She is active in several community organizations. Dorothy, a Zeta Mu Epsilon member, wonders if there are any Zetas living in the area.

Howard Albrecht's memoir, “See You In Nairobi...or Adventures in the Laugh Trade,” was published in December 2005. He also writes: “We are again doing our jokeletter, 'Funny Stuff from the Gags Gang.'” It is available for free on the Web at http://home.earthlink.net/~howbern

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Rudolph Peins, former member of the Rider University Board of Trustees, resides in Boca Grande, Fla. He retired from the Hunt Corp. after serving for 27 years as its CFO. He is currently director for the Chesapeake Utilities Corp. Rudy writes: “I was extremely impressed and proud of Rider after reading the Fall 2005 issue of Rider University magazine. It is a tribute to the students and faculty for their excellent work and hard-earned achievements.”

The International Graphoanalysts Society recently named Irene Paranay Lambert Graphoanalyst of the Year. She became a certified graphologist in 1985 and a master graphologist in 1992. The last several years Irene has been operating a handwriting business under the name I.P. Lambert, LLC.

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., resident Charles Halpert writes: “After five years of retirement I became tired of playing golf, so I went back to work, accepting a position at North American Auto Consultants.” His wife, Brenda, is a director at Beaumont Hospital.

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“Since retiring from the Hamilton Township, N.J., public schools in 1992,” writes Henry Barkholz, “I’ve taught English in the Ukraine for two years, in the Philippines for six months, the Republic of the Marshall Islands for one year and two years in Kazakhstan.” He is a resident of Yuba City, Calif.

On December 30, 2004, David Owens retired from the Montgomery County (N.J.) Sheriff’s Department as a lieutenant after 27 years of service. After a short vacation, he returned to the department on a part-time basis.

Maryellen Stasny Doyle is a program manager for the U.S. Navy. “I made a wonderful move last August to a townhouse in Philadelphia and love being able to walk almost anywhere. I was promoted recently to program manager to implement the new Department of Defense pay-for-performance system at my agency’s two locations. Both kids are now Villanova graduates. Kelly, 25, is an accountant at the headquarters of David’s Bridal, close to her Manayunk apartment. Ryan, 22, received an offer from Goldman Sachs and is working on Wall Street.”

Belvidere, N.J., resident Frank Dragotta was named to the Raritan Valley Community College board of trustees. Retired as a board secretary and school business administrator in 1996 from Keyport School District, Frank is a former teacher and high school principal in Belvidere. The Korean War veteran is married and the father of two children.


Brenda Brown, now referred to as Daya Devi-Doolin, and her husband, Chris Doolin, have released their debut CD called “Level Seven.” Daya, recently ordained as a unity minister with the World Federation of Practical Christianity, is a practicing Reiki master teacher in the Central Florida area and is the director of The Doolin Healing Sanctuary, which offers treatments in Reiki, rebirthing, power of thought visualization and seminars and workshops in alternative methods of healing. Her book, “Super Vita-Minds: How to Stop Saying I Hate You…To Yourself,” has received five-star reviews on amazon.com. Her book can be ordered through padaran.com.

Barry Cassak and his wife, Georgia, celebrated their seventh anniversary by moving to the retirement town of Sun City, Ariz. Having settled into a telephone collector position for the last three years, Barry has been promoted to training coordinator and recruiter for Viking Southwest.

PHH Corporation announced that Clair Raubenstine has assumed the role of executive vice president and chief financial officer. He brings with him an extensive background in the accounting profession, having served as an assurance and business advisory services partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, having been associated with the firm for 39 years. Clair is a member of the board of directors and the audit committee of Stonebridge Financial Corporation, serves as president and as a board member of the Bucks County Economic Development Corporation, is a member of the board of directors and finance committee of the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, and is a member of the Accounting Advisory Council of Rider University. He is a certified public accountant, a certified management accountant and a certified financial manager.

Medford, N.J., resident Douglas Endres is a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, where he has worked for more than 42 years. He enjoys playing golf and he and his wife, Linda, have been country dancing for more than 15 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Edward Macheski has lived in Myrtle Beach, S.C., since 1998. He and his friend, Phyllis, enjoy golf, walking, the beach, antiques, traveling to Las Vegas, and Rocky, their dog. Ed, who has two daughters and two granddaughters, has been a Wall Street portfolio manager since 1965 with notables including management of the common stock portfolio for the New York State Retirement System and a portfolio of stocks for The Quantum Fund.

In October 2005, the brothers of Phi Kappa Psi had a reunion. The graduating classes represented were between 1964-1969. “Many of us hadn’t seen each other in 40 years,” writes Bob Meinzer. “Thanks to the Rider folks for helping with the contact data. The weather took a turn for the better on Saturday, so some of the brothers played golf. The rest of us went to New Hope, Pa., to visit a winery. Many old and semi-embarrassing stories were told on Saturday night, as we gathered for dinner. The biggest change, other than the new buildings, was the size of the trees on campus.”

Marvin Struzer '66 (right) with Kenny Rogers

Marvin Strauzer writes: “For the past two years, I have been serving on a special marketing board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey. Last October, we ran our third annual “Concert for Kids” at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, this year featuring Kenny Rogers (at left in photo above), whom I had the chance to meet. My employer, Clear Channel Outdoor, is also a sponsor of the event.

Alumni Profile

More than 40 TKE alumni reunite in South Carolina

TKE alumni reunionA small idea has grown into a big event. When about 20 Rider TKE alumni got together last year at Rider, they came up with the idea of trying to attract more of their former brothers to a larger reunion. This year, they made that idea come to life with a gathering of TKE alumni in Bluffton, S.C., about 15 miles from Hilton Head.

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In an e-mail from JoAnne Jingoli LaBella, she let us know that she and her husband, Pat LaBella ’64, celebrated the marriage of their son, Michael, last May. They also have four other children, Patrick, Andrea, Chris and Peter. “Pat and I are still living in Fairfield, Conn. Pat is semi-retired, enjoying his golf and doing real estate appraisals and filings in his spare time. I am still working full time as an office manager and financial assistant in Westport, Conn., and thoroughly enjoying my newest role as a grandmother,” writes JoAnne. She and Pat have a granddaughter, Sophie, and a grandson, Trey Patrick.

A teacher in the San Diego, Calif., schools, Gary Navoy has also finished a novel, “The Hearts of Sparrows,” based upon Matthew 10:29. Gary has three children, Shane, Michelle and Carrie Ann.

“Barbara and I have retired and moved to Vero Beach, Fla.,” writes Bert Nelson, Jr. He is retired after 36 years in the insurance claims business.

Meryl Silk Weiss, a resident of Davenport, Fla., recently celebrated 40 years as a social worker. A mental health professional at Polk County Regional Juvenile Detention Center, she is studying with the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling to work with problem gamblers and their families. Her daughter, Jillian, who is recovering from breast cancer, lives in Los Angeles and works in film, music and writing.

Donna Winnett Guthrie is one of six playwrights celebrating their sixth decade with a traveling play festival in six locations during 2006. Their Web site is www.6womenat60in2006.com. Donna, a La Jolla, Calif., resident, co-founded the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, founded Kids Corner, Ltd., and won a commission to research and develop four historical monologues for classroom theater. During her 50th year, she organized a five-mile hike in each of the 50 states, has worked with the Jimmy Carter Project for Habitat for Humanity and completed the San Diego Marathon and the Susan B. Komen Triathlon. The author of many children’s books, she currently teaches children’s writing at Colorado College and has served as artist-in-residence in three states. Her newest project is an educational videoblog production for children, Meet Me at the Corner, exploring urban history and society. Donna also has several new books underway with no plans to retire any time soon.

Port Richey, Fla., is home to Richard Back and his wife, Nancy. They are semi-retired and remodeling a 30-year-old house.

Patricia House relocated from Vermont to Hallowell, Maine, for her job at EDS where she is a global health consultant. “I am thrilled to be working with technology solutions to health disparities,” she writes.

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Bucks County Community College professor Blaine Greenfield has won the 2006 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award. The 30-year veteran business teacher plans to use part of the stipend to promote anti-smoking campaign on the Newtown, Pa., campus of BCCC. In addition to teaching, the Belle Mead, N.J., resident works part-time as a mediator and arbitrator for such diverse groups as New Jersey’s Superior Court, Mercer County Family Court, the Better Business Bureau, and the New York Stock Exchange. Blaine also serves as president of the BCCC faculty union and as a board member for the BCCC Foundation, the college’s nonprofit educational trust.

Somerset County, N.J., Business Partnership has announced that Steve Kalafer is the recipient of the organization’s 56th annual Outstanding Citizen of the Year. He is the owner of Flemington Car and Truck Country Family of Automotive Dealerships, including 16 agencies representing 32 franchises in Flemington, Clinton and Princeton. He is also chairman of the Somerset Patriots baseball team in the independent Atlantic League; founding board member of the Hunterdon County Economic Partnership and the Hunterdon Central High School Foundation; a former member of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission; an appointee to the state Economic Master Plan Commission for New Jersey and chairman of the Transportation subcommittee; and transition team member for former Gov. James McGreevey. A board member of New Jersey Manfacturer’s Insurance Company, Rider University and the Actors Fund of America and chairman of the N.J. Public Research Organization and The Friends of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, his Flemington Pictures production company has produced many award-winning short films. Steve and his wife of 34 years, Suzanne, have two married sons, Jonathan and Joshua, and a new grandson, Zachary Milton.


The trustees of Atlantic Cape Community College named Bobby Royal Sr. of Vineland, N.J., to head its Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Center and community affairs office. He has filled a variety of assignments since joining the college in 1974, including directing ACCC’s educational opportunity fund, continuing education development and college recruitment, and serving as assistant dean of special programs and executive director of admissions and college recruitment.

Day treatment counselor Christine Watson Hibbitts works for the Community Service Foundation in Pipersville, Pa. She also counsels at an alternative high school.

“Still living in Chicago and have been with Lee jeans for the last 15 years,” writes Dave McAllister. “I was recently re-married last October and one of my fellow dormmates/hallmates in Conover C, Jim Lubin, was in attendance at the wedding. My son is 20 and a junior at Elmhurst College in Illinois and my daughter is 14 and will be in high school next year. Just wanted to say hello to all of my former classmates.”

Roger Rossano and his wife, Susan, have moved from North Caldwell, N.J., to sunny California. “We are looking to start our new company and looking for a new home. Our children, Justin and Marisa, are fine and still in New Jersey.”

Richard Corbett earned an executive master’s in public administration degree from Rutgers University-Newark, and was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. He is an associate counsel with the New Jersey Office of Legislative Services.

Barbara Nolan Heise and her husband, Stephen Heise, have moved back to New Jersey after living in Maryland, Florida, California, Oklahoma and Texas. Steve now works for the largest hotel in New Jersey—Tropicana in Atlantic City—as vice president of human resources. “Our son, Peter, stayed in Florida and our daughter, Kristy, stayed in Texas,” writes Barbara.

Alumni Profile

Keeping The Connection

Howard Lipstein '72 and Andrew Glantz '71When Andrew Glantz '71 and Howard Lipstein '72 first met at Rider, they probably could not have predicted they would end up as business partners 30 years later. But career and life paths have led them to just that place—as co-owners of a company that has Rider roots going back more than 70 years.

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Robert Burke, CPA, writes: “My wife, Filomena, and I have relocated to Jacksonville, Fla., from Jackson, N.J. I now have my CPA practice here. My wife has her own project management company and enjoys working from home. Our two boys, William and Harry (Old English sheep dogs), whom are rescues through the Texas OES organization, are also enjoying the Florida weather. The people here, both in business and personal life, are wonderful. Through my practice, I have also met Jim Rowland ’72, and his lovely wife, Joann. If there are any other Rider alumni in the area, please contact me so we can organize a social event.”

“My husband, Bill Harris, and I have been living in Jakarta, Indonesia, for the past 10 years,” writes Patricia Carey Harris. “We have two children, Kimberly, 18, and Steven, 15. They have been educated at the International School here, and our daughter has just started her freshman year at Dartmouth College. While being posted overseas, we have spent time traveling through Asia (Hong Kong, Bangkok, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Taipei and Singapore, as well as other parts of Indonesia, namely Bali) and Australia (Melbourne, Perth and Sydney). One summer we came back from the States and stopped in Frankfurt, Germany, on our way to visiting Cape Town, South Africa. We have seen a lot of places and met many wonderful people, but it is a long way from America.” Bill is vice president, materials management at P.T. Freeport Indonesia.

Kenneth Knops was recently appointed superintendent of schools of the Branchburg School District in Somerset County. Prior to joining the Branchburg schools, he was superintendent of schools in Morris Plains, N.J. Ken and his wife, Victoria, reside in Glen Ridge, N.J.

Anne Wilkinson Speck writes: “We were married at Disney World on March 5, 2005. My husband, Walter, is a private pilot and flew us to the Out Islands of the Bahamas for an island-hopping honeymoon. My three daughters, Abby, Leigh and Robin, were bridesmaids. Anne is vice president of human resources at Muhlenberg College.


Centre Hall, Pa., resident Kim Yarnell Bierly has joined the Bob Casey for U.S. Senate campaign as a field coordinator in 21 mid-state counties. Her responsibilities include coordinating volunteer activities, working with the county committees, contacting supporters for Casey and attending events with the candidate or in his place when he is not available. For 15 years, she was a reporter and news editor at The Express newspaper in Lock Haven followed by 12 years as the network television marketing coordinator in the department of public information at Penn State University. For the past five years, she has operated a home-based public relations and campaign consulting business. Kim is a member of the Penns Valley school board and is the president and founder of Golden Retriever Rescue of Central Pennsylvania, Inc.

Dr. Joseph Murphy '78

Dr. Joseph Murphy has been appointed president of The New Jersey Board of Chiropractic Examiners. The director of the Suburban Chiropractic Center in Chatham, N.J., he is also the editor-in-chief of the Column, the official newsletter of the NJBCE, and is a frequent guest on Jessie Frees’ Ask the Experts radio show on WMTR-AM. (photo)

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Marie R. Power-Barnes '80, MBA '91 (right) with Dr. Pamela Brown 'xx, professor of communication at Rider.

Thomas Edison State College Associate Vice President Marie R. Power-Barnes MBA ’91 (seen at right in photo above with Dr. Pamela Brown 'xx, professor of communication at Rider) was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of professional excellence by the Rider University chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the communication honor society. The Hamilton, N.J., resident is a communications professional with more than 25 years of experience in marketing, market research, publishing, corporate communications, public relations, media relations, strategic planning and project management. She is an adjunct instructor of communications at Rider and a former member of Rider’s alumni association board of directors.

Cynthia Course MBA ’87 has been promoted from enforcement and information services and support officer to assistant vice president in the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank’s supervision, regulation and credit department.

Natalie Dearborn Cruickshank, who was featured recently in The Princeton Packet, is a retired Princeton Township, N.J., clerk who reads to 136 children weekly at Johnson Park Elementary School. She also brings along some of her 54 stuffed animals to help with the story. “During the summers I miss school terribly,” she said. “I’ve gotten to the point I just want to live here.”


Dana Raines let us know that she and Jeff enjoy their home on the bay in Newark, Calif., with their precocious Jack Russell terrier. Dana manages the training function in clinical biooncology. She is proud to be part of a company that saves lives and hopes to see cancer eradicated in her lifetime.

Andrew Skibitsky is the mayor of Westfield, N.J., where all elected town government positions are volunteer. Andrew’s day job is global marketing director for Schering-Plough Animal Health. He and his wife, Debbie, have four children, Drew, Hope, Shane and Troy.

“I am teaching second grade at Hillside School in Closter, N.J.,” writes Charlene Vogt-Gerbig. “I love the joyful discoveries my students make everyday! I have recently started teaching a graduate class in early childhood language and literacy as an adjunct professor for the College of New Rochelle.”

In a note from Stephanie Woolley, she tells us that she recently returned to New Jersey after living in Bradenton, Fla. Since 2002, after 20 years working at the corporate level, she has become an independent investor in real estate. Stephanie sends her best wishes to all her colleagues from 1978 to 1983. “My memories of Rider remain in my heart forever,” she writes.

Danbury, Conn., resident Lawrence Galardi is manager of systems and technology field communications at IBM, where he has worked for nine years. He recently bought a new house, which he is renovating, on an acre of land.

Recently featured in “Mercer Business” magazine was Sherise Woodward Ritter, who was recognized as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business. A licensed CPA in both New York and New Jersey and a member of the American Institute and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, she is a managing director of The Mercadien Group and a principal of Mercadien, P.C., certified public accountants. In 2002, Sherry received the Ethel Downing Johnson Memorial Award from the YWCA. As a member of the Rider University Accounting Advisory Council since 1997, she serves as a guest speaker/commentator for the faculty and students of the business school and is a member of many organizations and committees.

“I went to Antarctica in January/ February 2005,” writes Kathleen DiDio San Martino, “and took some fantastic photos. National Geographic Adventure magazine accepted my favorite Antarctica (South Georgia) photo for their online March 2006 ’Life’s an Adventure’ Reader Photo Album from among hundreds of submissions.”

Ileane Grossman Frank received her master’s degree in communications design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1990, she began her own business, a full-service graphic design firm called Imagine Graphic Design. Ileane won several awards for the work she produced and was published in several art magazines. She writes: “I owe my love for art to Dr. Pat Chmel, Dr. Harry Naar, and Carol Scotti.” Ileane is the CEO of MyZeek.com, which was created after she partnered with national executive recruiter Robert Model. She and her husband, David, have three children, Alyssa, Max, and Sophie, and reside in Green Brook, N.J.

“Just wanted to say hi to everyone from Switlik C and Conover C,” e-mails Lisa Cantello-Turley. “E-mail us at leepyr@bellsouth.net. Joe Turley and Lisa have been married for more than 17 years and have four children ages 7-13 (two boys and two girls). “Those of you who knew us at Rider probably can’t believe we even got married. But we did, and we are still hanging in! We have been living in Charlotte, N.C., for more than 10 years. Joe is a consultant with IBM and I recently began a new career as a realtor. Life is very busy working and carting four kids around from activity to activity…but wouldn’t have it any other way!”

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Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Dawson writes: “I have served at the Allied Joint Force Command Headquarters in Brunssum, The Netherlands, since August 2002, which included a short stint in Kabul, Afghanistan, at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters. My wife, Barbara, and I moved to Naples, Italy in May 2006 where I took command of the Allied Forces South (AFSOUTH) Battalion. Daughter Courtney is a Counter Intelligence Staff Sergeant currently serving in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); son Staz, a 2005 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, is currently serving as an Ensign aboard the Cutter Rush in Honolulu, Hawaii, and daughter Kristen is a second year Cadet at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY. Ciao!”

Joan Monaghan has been promoted to senior manager of the accounting and auditing department at Amper, Politziner & Mattia, certified public accountants and consultants. A member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, she has more than 17 years of accounting and consulting experience.

Dr. J. Reese Nicolini writes: “I am a Navy physician stationed with the Marine Corps and recently returned from Iraq, where I was a forward-deployed operational medical officer. I have recently been selected to start residency in emergency medicine at Naval Medical Center in San Diego.”

Frances Constantine recently moved to Marlton, N.J. She is the assistant to the co-president of Morgan Stanley in New York City.

Christine McPartland Mitchell received her master’s of education and taught second grade for eight years. Now she is a stay-at-home mom with two children, Michael, who started kindergarten last September, and Elizabeth, who will start kindergarten this year. She and her husband, Edward, and the kids are at home in Wantagh, N.Y.

Palm Bay, Fla., resident Linda Galbraith Ward is executive assistant to the dean of the College of Science at the Florida Institute of Technology. “In addition to my administrative duties, I also get to use my marketing skills for projects, such as the Annual College of Science Research News & Report, the redesigned College of Science home page that can be seen at http://cos.fit.edu, and a custom holiday card for the college that was sent out to 400 potential students who have been accepted to Florida Tech.

Lynne Schwerzler Fletcher MA ’93 is working part-time as a guidance counselor in Woodbury Heights, N.J. She and her husband, John, reside in North Hanover, N.J., with their son, Kellen John, and daughter, Miranda Lynne. Kellen’s and Miranda’s uncle is Stephen Fletcher MA ’95, Rider’s head swimming and diving coach.

“My husband and I recently celebrated our fifth anniversary by traveling to Australia for a second honeymoon,” writes Julie Browning Jacobs. “While there, we met up with Gigi Beretta ’89. She lives outside Sydney and is working on her Ph.D. and teaching in the field of marine science. We went out with her and her husband and their nine-month-old son, Andrew. Gigi and I hadn’t seen each other since 1991, so this marked a 15-year reunion for us, and was a welcome change from e-mail and snail mail.” Julie earned a M.Ed. from Temple University in 1996 and works at MossRehab Hospital in Philadelphia in the Drucker Brain Injury Center.

John Reffue recently received his Ph.D. in communication from the University of South Florida. His dissertation defense was chaired by his fellow Rider class of 1990 alumnus, Dr. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, who is currently an assistant professor of political science at USF’s St. Petersburg campus. John is the senior faculty member in communications at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. He and his wife, Sherri, live in Tampa and have two children, Thomas, 8, and Jessie, 2. John can be reached by e-mail at johnreffue@tampabay.rr.com.

Director of government and community affairs at Comcast Cable Corp. Robert Clifton is currently serving on the Board of Chosen Freeholders for Monmouth County, N.J., since he was elected on November 2, 2004. He has also served on the Borough’s unified planning and zoning board of adjustment, the board of health and Monmouth County board of drug and alcohol abuse services. In addition, Robert has served as the chairman of the Bayshore Conference of Mayors and was the mayor of Matawan Borough from 1996-2005.

Chalfont, Pa., is home for the Wolfenson family. Nancy Gomba-Wolfenson is director of risk management at GMAC Residential and her husband, Erik Wolfenson ’93, is a manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. They have two children, James and Katherine. Nancy and Erik would love to hear from anyone who attended their wedding in 1995.

Sonja Ross is pursuing her Ph.D. in health sciences at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in the school of health-related professions. Sonja is also employed by UMDNJ as a program coordinator for the continuing and outreach education department where she is working on diabetes research funded by the Center for Disease Control. The study is designed to look at the relating structural factors in health care systems and provider organization to the processes and outcomes of care. Sonja resides in Somerset, N.J. Her e-mail address is sonjavross@aol.com.

Schering-Plough employee Tracey Schorn Blazovic was recently honored at the 2006 Tribute to Women and Industry Awards Gala. She is senior director of global regulatory affairs operations for the research and development arm of Schering-Plough. She directs all GRA prescription drug registration submission activity, technology implementation, high priority drug development project management activities and finance and business operations.


Steve Margiotta of Ridgewood, N.J., e-mailed us with an update on his life. For six years he worked at ESPN in the remote production department as an associate producer, then worked for National Hockey League Productions as a segment producer-editor for two years. The last 11 months he has hosted, produced, and written for his own show called “Sportsworld,” which airs on a network called American Desi TV on the Dish Network, a station that can be seen nationwide.

Police officer Nicholas Muscente has been chosen as the Ewing Township, N.J., police department’s Officer of the Year. Married and the father of two, he holds a master’s degree in finance from Philadelphia University.

Advanced Health Media (AHM), the leading supplier of technology solutions for compliant pharmaceutical meetings, speaker programs and health care professional interactions, announced that Richard Parker has been promoted to senior vice president of finance and operations for the fast-growing New Jersey-based firm. He is responsible for directing all financial management functions of the firm while managing the strategic direction of company operations to deliver best-in-class customer service. Richard is a CPA in New Jersey as well as a certified valuation analyst.

“It’s been a long time since my days at Phi Sig and Rider,” writes Kevin Tedesco. “Since then I have been involved in several interesting events and sports venues over the years due to my career, including two NFC Championship Games, two Stanley Cup finals and concerts including Jimmy Buffet and the Rolling Stones. Other highlights include the last event at Veterans Stadium and the grand opening of Citizens Bank Park. I am writing you from my office at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, where I am division manager of concessions for Aramark Corporation (sports and entertainment division) and where I’ve had the fortunate experience of planning, developing and ultimately opening this great ballpark.” Kevin resides in Medford Lakes, N.J., with his wife, Cheryl, and son, Andrew.

Alumni Profile

Prized Partnership

Ray Gill '74The Rider experience and the Rider connection both have played big roles in the law career of Ray Gill '74, who recently was voted as one of the Top Ten Attorneys in New Jersey by Law & Politics magazine.

“Rider prepared me for my career in that it prepared me for law school,” Gill said. “It would be nearly impossible to succeed in law school without a strong core education.”

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Chad Beatty is president and publisher of Saratoga Publishing. He is also owner of Spa City and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He and his wife, Kim, and their son, Keegan, reside in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Jay Morris taught instrumental music for 15 years, served as vice principal at Grice Middle School for five years, and is currently in his second year as principal at Lalor Elementary School in the Hamilton Township, N.J., school district. “Rider’s educational administration program truly prepared me for this highly gratifying profession,” he writes. He and his wife, Smadar, have three sons, Evan, Sean and Eric.

Nancy McAlpin Gundaker and her husband, John Gundaker, live in Somerdale, N.J., with their son, Patrick Robert, who was born on March 15, 2005. Nancy is a 7th and 8th grade science teacher in Clementon, N.J., and John is a consultant for Eastern Mortgage Services.

The Philadelphia-based band Eyelevel, featuring Steve Pompeo on drums, was selected by radio station WXPN as a “Philly Local Pick of the Day” on August 28. For more information about Eyelevel, visit www.enginecompanyrecords.com/eyelevel.

George Higham is an auditor for the treasury department, division of purchase and property of the state of New Jersey. He and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Pine Beach, N.J., with their three children, George, Christopher and Mallory.

AEP Networks announced the appointment of Kathryn Kinnamon to chief financial officer. She is responsible for the company’s financial and administrative functions, and has more than 19 years of experience in accounting operations, treasury, human resource management and corporate finance. Previously, Kathy served as vice president of finance and controller at AEP, a position she held since joining the company in 2001.

Vaidehi Vyas Dave is an epidemiologist and surveillance coordinator for the Essex, N.J., Regional Health Commission. “Working in the public health field for almost five years gives me a great satisfaction as I work toward preventing medicine to help the public avoid further the spread of infectious diseases,” she writes. Vaidehi, her husband, Jay, and their son, Kernik, reside in Edison, N.J.

Living in Orange, N.J., Kory Mellon is an art teacher at Lakeland Regional High School and an adjunct professor of art methods at Seton Hall University.

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Veronica Adams Kustowski writes: “We recently relocated to Chesapeake, Va. My husband, Ron, transferred to the Norfolk branch of the Army Corps of Engineers. I am taking a few years off from teaching and enjoying my time as a stay-at-home mom for our son, Brian Christopher, who was born October 3, 2005.”

Rider alumni attending the wedding of Julie Petrosh and John Mascari included: best man Chris DiRese, groomsmen Donald Gilbert ’98, Jamie Gallagher ’99, and Rich Standing ’98, bridesmaids Marlo Morris Greco ’98 and Nancy Hood Bowers, father of the bride Robert Jennings ’69, Cliff Madsen ’73, Chris Foti, Chris Fox, Dan Farkas ’00, Rachel Farkas ’00, Scott Dinella ’98, Jennifer Noble Dinella ’96, Todd Elgart ’96, Jennifer Alexander Elgart ’96, Serge Nisenzon ’98, Chris Mareth ’00, Joe Cauda ’96, Vince D’Auria ’99, Eric Brodsky ’98, Gina Geraci Bencivengo ’98, Melissa Graff Lacabue ’98, Melissa Gould ’98, Joe Serra, and Steve Mondragan.

Stephanie Shapiro Tuzzeo ’97 was the maid of honor for Jeanette Baker at her marriage to Jason Gribbin. Lauren Reo Normile ’95 was the bridesmaid. Other Rider grads attending the wedding were Michael Montoya ’97, Michael Fendrick, Barry Cymerman ’97, Robyn Murphy ’97, Karen Averbach Friedman ’71, Terry Friedman ’71, Yvette Paradiso Michaels and Tennille Kolm ’97.

Amy Yacovino Zalot and her husband, John Zalot ’99, welcomed their second daughter, Danielle Mae, on May 20, 2005. She joins her sister, Gabriella, at home in Hamilton, N.J., where Amy is a stay-at-home mom and John is a math teacher at Hopewell Valley Central High School.

Wiss and Company, L.L.P., a Livingston, N.J.,-based accounting firm, has announced that manager Matthew Barbieri, CPA, was featured in the November/December 2005 edition of the publication Merger & Acquisitions. Matthew is a manager in Wiss’ commercial practice group, a member of their food industry group and also serves on their paperless technology committee.

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Laura Schoenheit Andruski is the production and publicity manager in the arts department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Clifton Park, N.Y., resident and her husband, Stephen Andruski, have four children.

After living for a year in Littleton, Colo., Ed Mayer and his wife, Amy, have moved back to the East Coast and are now residing in West Windsor, N.J. Ed is working in Manhattan as corporate communications manager for AECOM, a global provider of design and management services in the transportation, facilities and environmental markets.

Andrea Smith Yospe and her husband, Ryan Yospe ’02, have a son, Conner Matthew, born on August 22, 2004.

Living in Voorhees, N.J., Karen Bass is a service coordinator for Southern New Jersey Perinodal Cooperative. She is also in the credentialing process to begin her private practice as a therapist.

Rider grads in the wedding party of Melissa Rasinya and Brian Kennedy were bridesmaids Kristin Cook, Emily Garcia, Stephanie Kedersha ’00 and Lauren Santiago ’04. Groomsmen were Anthony Battista ’02, Christopher Garcia, Christopher Lella ’99 and John Stone. Brian is a geologist with Hatch Mott MacDonald, Inc. and Melissa is a trade clerk for LaBranche Company on the NYSE.

In Knoxville, Tenn., Richard Nelson is a special agent for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He was formerly a customs officer employed by the Department of Homeland Security in Charleston, S.C.

Brian O’Leary is finance manager for Kellogg’s. He and his wife, Stephanie Lobell O’Leary, a stay-at-home mom, and their son, Brady, reside in Fayetteville, Ga.

The board of directors of the Puerto Rican Action Board has announced the appointment of Nancy Rosado as executive director. She has served as the action board’s deputy director since November 2002, providing supervision, management and oversight of the agency’s daily operations.

“I recently moved to Philadelphia and live in Rittenhouse Square,” writes William Veltre. “I am a sales representative for Bedford Freeman & Worth and was rookie of the year in 2005. I will soon transition into marketing and editorial in our New York offices.”


Former Rider News sports editor Michael Basford is an editorial assistant in the Rutgers University office of alumni communication. He is responsible for editing and managing the alumni section of Rutgers Magazine, which is published three times a year and sent to more than 300,000 alumni and friends. Mike also writes feature stories and provides content for the alumni Web site in addition to overseeing production of several departmental publications.

Nelle Fallon is a human capital/global mobility tax staff at Ernst & Young. She and her boyfriend recently purchased a house in Tewksbury, N.J. “It’s a very exciting time for us. We also rescued five cats that now have a wonderful home to live,” she writes.

“For the past three years, I have been teaching sixth grade in South Brunswick, N.J., at Crossroads South Middle School,” writes Jason Bloom.

“I am now the head instructional technologist for the faculty and staff at Newark Academy, a private school in northern New Jersey,” writes Michael Harris. “I still keep in touch with John LeMasney, Rider’s manager of instructional technology, as he left a lasting impression on what I wanted to do after college. I am also taking over the wrestling program for the school and hoping to utilize the many lessons and valuable teachings that I acquired while wrestling for coaches Gary Taylor and John Hangey during my time at Rider.” Mike is also a certified Apple Computer technician and does freelance computer consulting for schools in the region. “I always try to push people to Rider, as it was a very exciting and worthwhile experience that allowed me to achieve the success I have had after college.” Mike can be reached at mharris@newarka.edu.

Elisa Prospero of Philadelphia, Pa., is an account manager for an event marketing company specializing in exhibit design. She frequently travels throughout the United States and Europe for events.

Anthony Sapio is living in Browns Mills, N.J., with his wife, Erica Bolinski Sapio. Anthony is an implementation specialist with Commerce Bank and Erica is a production/design assistant for Unique Homes magazine.

WithumSmith+Brown, certified public accountants and consultants, announced the promotion of Joshua Titus MAcc ’04 of Perkasie, Pa., from staff accountant to semi-senior accountant.

Alexandra Alazio has completed the master’s program at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. She now has her graduate degree in television, radio and film.

“I work full-time for the New Jersey State Police in the Combined DNA Index System department, where we receive hundreds, sometimes thousands, of fingerprints and buccal swabs from convicted offenders everyday,” writes Natalie Fisk of Robbinsville, N.J. “We input all the information into our databases, which allows us to keep track of offenders and possibly link them to other cases.”
Nicole Fulmino is a corporate relations assistant at the Schonbraun McCann Group, LLC. The Bloomfield, N.J., resident also writes a column for the Union County Women’s Journal.

Katie Hall '05 and Tank Wahlmann '03 wedding photo.

It almost looked like a Rider basketball game at the July 29th Goshen, N.Y., wedding of former basketball players Katie Hall ’05 and Tank Wahlmann ’03. The wedding party included former Rider Broncs Kim Peto ’05, Lauren Thomer ’04, Melanie James ’03, Michael Scott ’02, Nolan Leonard and Maurice Bailey. Rider alumni and staff attending the wedding were Andrew Shore ’04, Tami Coyle ’05, Becky Hower ’05, Robin Stein ’02, Shaun Sullivan ’01, Becky Boteler ’02, Leanne Moore ’05, Drew Wiseman ’06, Dan Joworisak ’05, Jaclyn Levi ’05 (Rider's assistant director of annual giving), Carl Romero ’05 and his wife, Cathy Carter-Romero (Rider’s director of publications), Josh Cooper ’04, Renee Taliento ’03, Bob Pizzuto ’03, Nilsa Britto ’07, Hobe Hare ’99, Karin Torchia (associate director of athletics) and Mike McNulty (strength and conditioning coach for men’s basketball). Katie and Tank honeymooned in Hawaii before returning to their new home in Cary, North Carolina, where Tank is a mortgage backed securities analyst at Credit Suisse and Katie is a 7th grade language arts teacher in Durham County.

Dr. Peter Meggison MA ’74 is the 2004 recipient of The John Robert Gregg Award in Business Education, the most prestigious award in business education in the United States. Peter is an educator at the Massasoit Community College in Brockton, Mass., where he has taught since 1986. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he has found time to serve as a leader in state, regional, and national organizations including chair of the Policies Commission for Business and Economic Education. The author of two books, Peter is an active participant and executive board member of the Eastern Business Association and the National Business Education Association. He has been the recipient of many awards and honors during his long and distinguished career.

Hood Johnston MBA ’80, CPA, was elected secretary of the North Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) for the 2005-2006 fiscal year. A trust officer with Omega Bank in Selinsgrove, Pa., he is past president of Lewisburg Sunrise Rotary and current director of the Bucknell Club of Susquehanna Valley.

East Windsor, N.J., resident Anne Ciemnecki MA ’81 was recently appointed senior fellow by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. The title is reserved for individuals who have nationally recognized expertise in a policy or research field, have established Mathematica as a leader in a technical or methodological area, and have an outstanding record of achievement in directing large and complex projects.

TyRx Pharma, Inc. recently appointed William McJames MBA ’82, who has more than 20 years of experience in the design, development and introduction of medical devices, as the vice president of product development. Prior to joining TyRx, he served as the director of research and development for the cardiovations division of Ethicon, Inc. Bill has been issued 14 U.S. patents for medical devices, medical technology manufacturing processes, and clinical methods for the deployment of innovative medical technology.

Fayetteville-Manlius school board member Michael Masse MBA ’83 has been selected to become the Treasurer of the New York State School Boards Association. He currently serves on NYSSBA’s board of directors, and is the first member of the Fayetteville-Manlius board to serve in a statewide school board capacity, giving F-M a voice at the state and federal level. Mike and his wife, Sheri, have two children, both graduates of F-M and currently attending St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Judith Daly Rottkamp MA ’86, assistant vice president of nursing at St. Francis Medical Center, received the 2005 Diva and Don Gala Award from the Institute for Nursing presented to exceptional individuals in the field of nursing. She is a member of the N.J. State Nurses Association, the Organization of Nurse Executives, an auxiliary board member of the Children’s Home Society, a member of the Child Placement Review Board of Mercer County, the facilitator of “Future Nurses” Club of Notre Dame High School, and a member of the Mercer County LPN Advisory Board. Judy resides in West Trenton, N.J.

Rico Telofski MBA ’88 left the corporate world and turned his experience into the online comic strip “Conehenge”. It is a continuing story of an ordinary Jersey guy working at a large corporation who dreams of giving up the daily nonsense and starting his own small business. “I wanted to write about everyday things, especially things people in New Jersey can relate to, and the insane side of what business people have to put up with,” he writes.

Kathleen Clayton MBA ’89 is a principal at Salerno, Gannong & Angelo, PC, in Clark, N.J., a firm specializing in accounting, audit and tax consulting. Also the president of the Two Hundred Club of Union County, she is a certified public accountant licensed in New Jersey and New York.

Barbara Sargent MA ’92 was hired for the position of assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the grades K-12 in the Madison, N.J., school district. The former principal of the Village Elementary School in Montgomery Township is also an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J. During her six years as principal, she was responsible for opening a new elementary school. Barbara was the recipient of the 2003 New Jersey Principal of the Year Award for Central New Jersey, and a 2002 International Reading Association Exemplary Reading Program Award. She resides in Hillsborough Township, NJ, with her husband and three sons.

Donna Dovgala McInerney MA ’93, a Notre Dame High School graduate, was recently inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. She serves on the advisory council for Notre Dame High School, served on the Hopewell Township Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth School Sector Leadership Group, and worked with the Mercer County Interfaith Hospitality Network and with the Social Justice Committee of St. Alphonsus Parish, Hopewell. Donna is a coordinator for the Claus Project, which provides Christmas presents for underprivileged children in the Greater Trenton area. She and her husband, Timothy, reside in Hopewell, N.J., with son, Ryan, and daughter, Kayla.

Air Force Major James Mott MA ’95 is deployed to an overseas forward-operating location to support the missions of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He is an administrator with 10 years of military service and normally assigned to the 89th Medical Group, Andrews Air Force Base, Camp Springs, Md. Jim and his wife, Debbie, are residents of Smithsburg, Md.

Kevin Kirwan MA ’96, counselor at Bear Tavern Elementary School in Hopewell, N.J., received the prestigious 2005 Governor’s Recognition Award recently. He worked for nine years in industrial arts, teaching woodworking and architectural drafting before shifting his attention to guidance counseling.

Nancy Yard MA ’99, MA ’01, is principal of Holland Township School. Before joining HTS, she was a principal and child study director for four years in Washington Borough, Warren County. Nancy lives in Raritan Township with her husband, Ken, a cabinetmaker. They have two sons, one attending Rowan University and another at Towson University. In her spare time, Nancy is an avid hiker.

Timothy Stys MA ’00 is the new school business administrator for the Montgomery, N.J., school district. A resident of Hillsborough, the certified public accountant has been business administrator in the North Plainfield school district and at the Somerset County Vocational and Technical school district.


  • Melissa Rasinya ’01 and Brian Kennedy ’01 on October 1, 2005.
  • Julie Petrosh ’97 and John Mascari on January 21, 2006.
  • Jeanette Baker ’98 and Jason Gribbin on May 28, 2006.
  • Katie Hall ’05 and Brandon “Tank” Wahlmann ’03, July 29, 2006.


  • Avery Catherine to Roger Ward ’87 and Jessica Ward on May 11, 2006.
  • Miranda Lynne to Lynne Schwerzler Fletcher ’90, MA ’93 and John Fletcher on December 1, 2005.
  • Caroline Patricia to Micah Rasmussen ’92 and Renee Rasmussen on November 12, 2005.
  • Ava Marie to Cristina Candelori Calloway ’93 and Carl Calloway on April 16, 2006.
  • Patrick Robert to Nancy McAlpin Gundaker ’93 and John Gundaker ’93 on March 15, 2005.
  • Hanna Lily to Adam Hantman ’93 and Sondra Hantman on July 22, 2006.
  • Spencer and Hunter to Ben Levin ’93 and Kim Levin on April 5, 2006.
  • Ava Elisabeth and Mia Rose to Meridith Lentini Ashley ’94 and Christopher Ashley ’95 on December 14, 2005.
  • Mallory Catherine to George Higham ’94 and Stephanie Higham on March 8, 2006.
  • Noah Edmund to Tracy Russo Johnson ’95 and Jared Johnson on February 9, 2006.
  • Sarah Madeline to Debbie Ahlers Latham ’95 and Michael Latham on June 5, 2006.
  • Jordan Christine to John Pancari ’95 and Christine Bell Pancari ’95 on March 5, 2006.
  • Victoria Elizabeth to Louis Kish ’96, MBA ’04 and Dawn Kish on May 13, 2005.
  • Megan Grace to Jodi Wendt-McDonald ’96 and Robert McDonald on October 17, 2005.
  • Brian Christopher to Veronica Adams Kustowski ’97 and Ron Kustowski on October 3, 2005.
  • Laura Ann to Bobbi Loy Luster ’97 and Jonathan Luster ’97 on May 23, 2006
  • Tyler Anthony to Lisa Magro Van Cleef ’97 and Dan Van Cleef on August 24, 2005.
  • April Rose to Juliet Lancaster Avila ’98 and Isai Avila ’98 on February 22, 2005.
  • Jordan Amare to LaShieka Purvis Hunter ’98 and Eugene Hunter on October 17, 2005.
  • Madison Brooke to Michele Durand Kenney ’98, MBA ’02 and Doug Kenney ’97 on July 14, 2006.
  • Daniella Mae to Amy Yacovino Zalot ’98 and John Zalot ’99 on May 20, 2005.
  • Brandon Jacob to Amanda Bloch ’00 and Erik Rothbard ’99 on April 4, 2006.
  • Aden Stone to Paul Csogi ’00 and Lindsay Csogi on June 21, 2006.
  • Brady Paul to Stephanie Lobell O’Leary ’00 and Brian O’Leary ’01 on December 22, 2005.
  • Tyler Jack to Danielle Mancini Ambrosio ’01 and Jack Ambrosio ’99 on April 6, 2006.


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