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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Steven Spinner, associate director of annual giving, at
609-896-5392 or email@example.com.
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
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
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
Mark your calendars for Reunion Weekend—June
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classes celebrating a milestone reunion year during Reunion
Weekend, June 15–17, 2007.
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Master's Notes | Weddings
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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
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
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
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 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.
More than 40 TKE alumni reunite in South Carolina
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
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,
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.
Keeping The Connection
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 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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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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 email@example.com.
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.
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.