Monday, July 28, 2008

Class Notes


Robert J. Heldt (B.B.A., M.B.A.,'73) of San Jose, CA, retired from FMC Corp. as manager of subcontracts in 1996.  He is enjoying RV travel throughout the USA and additional traveling in Europe.  He is boating and fishing weekly in the great San Jose, CA climate.


Laurence N. Charney (B.B.A.) of Port Washington, NY, was appointed to the Board of Directors of XTL Biopharmaceuticals Ltd.



John R. Riesenberger

John R. Riesenberger (B.S., M.B.A., '75) of Basking Ridge, NJ, has joined MannKind Corporation as corporate vice president and chief commercialization officer.


David Groelinger (M.B.A.) was elected chief financial officer of Sky Sotheby’s International Reality.


Bruce R. Thaw (B.B.A., J.D., '78) of Farmingdale, NY, has been named a member of the MDRNA, Inc. Directors Strategic Advisory Board by Nastash Pharmaceutical Company Inc.


Neil Getter (B.B.A.) of Huntington, NY, was appointed executive vice president for Willis Group, an aerospace leadership team.

Gerald Tucciarone (B.B.A.) of Seaford, NY, is the chief financial officer and treasurer for Hauppauge Digital Incorporated and has been selected for inclusion in the 2008-2009 Princeton Premier Registry.

Geraldine M. Wolk (M.B.A.) of Plainview, NY, has been featured in Long Island Business News “Who’s Who: Ones to Watch in Accounting.”  Ms. Wolk focuses on a broad range of areas including professional services, not-for-profits, trusts and estates and wholesale and retail businesses.


Dr. Sheila Handy (B.B.A., M.B.A., '81) of Columbia, NJ, accepted a position in the school of business management and economics at East Stroudsburg University teaching accounting.

John Winther (B.B.A.) of Mastic Beach, NY, has been married for 29 years with 4 children and one granddaughter.  He has been with Grumman for 23 years.


Steven Kent (B.B.A., M.B.A., '85) of Marlboro, NJ, was elected vice president, global testing & QA of Freeborders, the leading provider of technology solutions developed from China.


Marc DeSimone (M.B.A.) of Smithtown, NY, has been featured in Long Island Business News “Who’s Who in Banking.”  Mr. DeSimone is president and chief executive of American Community Bank in Glen Cove, NY.


Gary Tynes (B.B.A.) of Dix Hills, NY, is the managing member, chief operating officer and chief financial officer for a New York City hedge fund with approximately $1.4 billion in assets. After he graduated from Hofstra, he started his career in Public Accounting and became a CPA.  In just over four years, Mr. Tynes was recruited by one of his clients where he has worked for more than18 years.  He started as the firm's controller in 1990, became a partner in 1997, and was elected to the management committee in 2000.  Mr. Tynes is one of three managing members who run the business.  He has two daughters, Haley, 17 and Jessica, 15.

Terry S. Weissberg (B.B.A.) of Boynton Beach, FL, got married in 1999, has two children, and is working as an investment officer.


Arthur B. Cohen (M.B.A.) of Westport, CT, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of HealthCor Management, LP.  Mr. Cohen is the founder of the company and serves as its portfolio manager.


Marc Weiss (B.B.A.) of Long Beach, NY, has been featured in Long Island Business News “Ones to Watch: Small Business.”  Mr. Weiss is the CEO as well as chief entertainer for a Long Beach-based company that specializes in what he calls “culinary entertainment.”


David Bernstein (B.B.A.) of Bridgewater, NJ, was elected to the Board of Directors of New Milliennium Bank.

Jaspreet S. Mayall (B.B.A., J.D., '91) of Dix Hills, NY, was featured in Long Island Business News “Who’s Who in Tax & Bankruptcy Law.”  Mr. Mayall is a partner in the debtor/creditor rights and bankruptcy group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman LLP in East Meadow.

Linda Obedzinski (B.B.A.) of Glastonbury, CT, was one of three parents from Naubuc School in Glastonbury to receive the volunteer recognition award from the Connecticut Association of Elementary School Principals.  This award, presented at a banquet sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Schools, recognizes outstanding service to the school community.


Deborah Brown-Volkman '88

Deborah Brown-Volkman (B.B.A.) of East Moriches, NY, has published her fifth book, How to Feel Great at Work Every Day. Deborah is a professionally certified coach, motivational speaker, and the president of Surpass Your Dreams, Inc. She provides career coaching for senior executives, vice presidents and managers who are looking for new career opportunities or seeking to become more productive in their current roles


Eric Goldstein (B.B.A.) of Sandy Hook, CT, has started a company called Sporty Minds.  The company has developed a DVD that teaches young children their ABCs through sports imagery.  To learn more about Sporty Minds, visit


Susan (Maurizio) Christiano (B.B.A.) of Monroe, CT, is running a successful public relations firm, Da-Ve Communications, and has recently launched an online hair jewelry boutique for young girls called Bowtique Alley.


Joelle Goldstein Cohn (B.B.A.) of Charlotte, NC, has started a company called Sporty Minds.  The company has developed a DVD that teaches young children their ABCs through sports imagery.  To learn more about Sporty Minds, visit


Bernadette (Catanzano) Iannacchino (B.B.A.) of Deer Park, NY, will be recognized by The Queens Courier and Queens Business Today for the outstanding contributions made by women in the borough during the Sixth Annual Top Women in Business Networking Awards Dinner.  She is the Queens branch manager of Chase Home Mortgage.

Allan Spielman (M.B.A.) of Woodmere, NY, hosted a Monterey Pop 1967 tribute concert to benefit Save One Person. Save the World, a project of The Meaningful Life Center.  He is married with two boys, Areiel and Yoni.


Carlo Gambale (B.B.A.) of Commack, NY, is a partner in the computer information solutions firm Nextlevel Information Solutions in Lido Beach.  He is also a partial owner of a large recording studio and music venue, 3MB Recording Studios, in Smithtown, New York.  He is married to Tanya Schulte (B.B.A. ’95).  They have two children: Hayley and Christopher.


Edward J. Wolff

Edward J. Wolff (B.B.A.) of Dallas, TX, has accepted a new position as chief administrative officer with Pinnacle Realty in Dallas, Texas.  He runs the corporate support operations for this international, multifamily company.


Michael McCreesh (B.B.A.) led a team of 34 riders in the 2007 PanMass Challenge in August as part of TeamBrent.  Thanks to their efforts, the Dana Farber/Boston Children’s Hospital broke ground on a much-needed targeted radiotherapy program.

Chris Nicholson (B.B.A.) of Bay Shore, NY, has been featured in Long Island Business News “Who’s Who in Commercial Real Estate.”  Mr. Nicholson is an agent at Island Associates Real Estate in Smithtown, NY.


Lorraine Aycock (B.A., M.B.A., '99) of Roosevelt, NY, has been selected to serve as market development manager for Bank of America Long Island.

Stacy Perez (B.B.A., M.B.A., '01) of West Babylon, NY, has been named “Ones to Watch: Long Island Technology Firms.”



Joseph Ancona

Joseph Ancona (B.B.A.) of Commack, NY, has been featured in Long Island Business News “Who’s Who in Banking.”  Mr. Ancona joined Suffolk Federal Credit Union as director of commercial lending.

Jamison Skala (B.B.A.) of Bay Shore, NY, and his wife Denise celebrated the second birthday of their son, Ethan Jamison Skala on November 7, 2007.


Sabira Beg (B.B.A.) of Revere, MA, was promoted to project manager at Bovis Lend Lease where she manages finishes for multi-million dollar construction projects.  In addition, Ms. Beg just started running her own business. She owns and operates an early learning center for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years and currently has 45 students enrolled.

Kimberly A. Schwartz (B.B.A.) of Hollis, NY, is engaged to Lamont Harris of Long Island City, NY.


Brian Gunn (M.B.A.) of Garden City, NY, joined GMAC in the global automotive finance business as risk officer for consumer credit. In this role, Brian will further enhance the risk management capabilities in the global automotive finance business by managing the consumer credit asset portfolio.


Anthony C. Musumeci (B.B.A.) of Bohemia, NY, has been featured in the Long Island Business News “Who’s Who in Engineering & Environmental Consulting.”  He is chief marketing officer at Emtec Consulting Engineers.

James John Stucchio (B.A., M.B.A., '03) of Dix Hills, NY, was appointed assistant superintendent for business and operations by the Hauppauge Board of Education, effective July 1, 2008.  Mr. Stucchio and his wife Kathy are expecting their first child on August 18, 2008.


Brian M. Clark (B.B.A.) of Calgary, Canada and his wife Shannon Clark (B.A. ’99, M.A., ’02) just welcomed their second daughter, Brinley Ann on August 23, 2007.  Their oldest daughter, Ashlyn Smith, was born on October 13, 2004.  He just finished his 10th season playing football in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders. Mr. Clark also works in the oil and gas sector with Lonkar Services Ltd., in business development.

Constantine Moshos (B.B.A.) was appointed vice president of business development for Data Dimensions.


Stephen Fereance (B.A., M.B.A., '07) of New Hyde Park, NY, has done volunteer work in the local communities and has been accepted into a flight program with the U.S. Air Force.

Shibu Idichandy (B.B.A.) of Miami, FL, has been licensed in New York as a certified public accountant.  He has recently graduated with his masters in taxation from the Alvah H. Chapman, Jr., Graduate School of Business, Florida International University Chapman in Miami.

Joseph Vincent (M.B.A.)
of East Hills, NY, has been appointed senior vice president of operations for Dow Jones Consumer Media Group.


Chris Kutner (M.B.A.) of Rockville Centre, NY, was promoted to the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross in Nassau County.


Brian Gabel (B.B.A.) of Jackson, NJ, is raising capital for public and private small-growth stage companies on Long Island and across the globe, focusing on bringing insightful ideas to the money that brings them to the masses.


Kevin Flavin (B.B.A.) of Peabody, MA, received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law on May 18, 2008.

Carinne Marino (B.B.A.)
of Moriches, NY, has a wonderful new job working for Kenneth Cole Productions in New York City


Michael Roschnotti (B.B.A.) of East Northport, NY, was appointed a junior analyst at N.I.R. Group, LLC, one of the largest and most active private investment in public equity  fund managers in the world.





Finnegan Matthew


Mollie Jane


Sophia Elizabeth


Adriana Delainey

Spencer born to Russell Horowitz (B.B.A., '93) and Melissa Horowitz

Finnegan Matthew born to Vincent and Melissa (Compton) Pasko (B.B.A., '95)

Mollie Jane to Steven Schwinger (B.B.A., '93) and Lori (Beeber) Schwinger (B.B.A., '93)

Sophia Elizabeth born to Bradley and Christine (Yude) Weiss (B.B.A., '94)

Adriana Delainey born to Anthony (B.S.,'98) and Danielle (Kolb) Willis (B.B.A., '98)


Andrea Janas (B.B.A., '00) and Anthony Curran (B.A. '98, M.S., '02) were married on April 19, 2008 at Windows on the Lake in Lake Ronkonkoma.

Stephen Distefano (B.B.A., ‘05) of East Northport, NY, was married on August 11, 2007 to Angela Vitale (B.B.A., ’06)

In Memoriam:

Robert W. Armstrong (’61)

Edith Barnes (B.A., ’63, M.A., ’69)

Harry Borley (B.B.A., ’72)

John Frederick Haller (M.B.A., ’54)

Robin Kugelman Holstein (B.B.A., ’85)

Arlo J. Jensen (M.B.A., ’76)

Seymour Kulick (B.B.A., ’60)

Louis Marro (B.B.A., ’68)

Stanley P. Mermell (M.B.A., ’75)

Harold Joseph Sullivan (B.B.A., ’66, M.S.Ed., ’67)


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