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Bernard Dick, Ph.D. ’57, Teaneck, New Jersey, recently published a book titled The President’s Ladies: Jane Wyman and Nancy Davis” about former President Ronald Reagan, an actor who married not one, but two Hollywood actresses. 

James Mezick, Ph.D. ’61, East Brunswick, New Jersey, had the technology from his start-up, SanRosa Pharmaceutical, for the redness of rosacea, developed by Galderma Labs as MIRVASO, a topical gel, and approved by the European Union for marketing.

James Costello ’64, Lafayette, Louisiana, published his first novel, a political thriller titled “The Gang from Capitol Hill.” 

Bart Billings, Ph.D. ’66, Carlsbad, California, received the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International’s (CCHR) Human Rights award for his decades of work with the military and veterans, including obtaining the Congressional hearing into the relationship between psychotropic drugs and violence/suicide. 

Francis X. O’Connor ’71, Susquehanna, was named president of the 27,000-member Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Rev. Joseph R. Kopacz, Ph.D. ’72, Jackson, Mississippi, was installed as the Bishop of the Diocese of Jackson. (Read more about his transition from Scranton to Jackson here.)

Fr. William Kelley, S.J. ’73, Los Gatos, California, was named the next secretary for social and international ministries by the Society of Jesus at the Jesuit Conference in Washington, D.C. In his new position, Fr. Kelly will coordinate and support the Jesuits’ social justice work in the U.S. and international justice ministries. 

David McCormick ’75, The Villages, Florida, has been elected a member of the global board of directors of the Institute of Management Accounts (IMA). He serves as subcommittee chair with the IMA’s Policy Oversight and Audit Committee. McCormick also earned the Certified Fraud Examiner designation issued by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. 

H. John Keimig ’77, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, was presented with a Career Recognition Award by the American College of Healthcare Executives in January 2014. He is the president and CEO of Healthcentric Advisors of Rhode Island.

Patricia Siegel Hudson ’77, Pacifica, California, authored a ground-breaking book on membership-based organizations (MPBs) titled Special Interest Society: How Membership-based Organizations Shape America.” This book offers scholars, practitioners and interested readers a better way to understand the role these organizations play in our lives and the many ways in which they shape our world.

MG John Gronski ’78, Jonestown, is the commanding general of the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

Lt. General Chris Burne ’80, Langley AFB, Virginia, has been promoted to a three-star general in the U.S. Air Force after being nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Judge Advocate General (the Air Force’s top lawyer). General Burne’s father, Frank ’42, is a decorated veteran of World War II and his son Christian ’14 was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army.

Lizanne Katz Fiorentino ’80, Suffern, New York, was recently named president of the board of directors of the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center in Pomona, New York. Hi-Tor is Rockland County’s only animal shelter and provides care to more than 2,500 animals per year.

Craig Aebli, D.D.S. ’81, Orlando, Florida, is the president of the Central Florida Academy of General Dentistry.

Lisa Duda ’81, Wayne, a partner in the firm of Stradley Ronon, has been appointed to the board of directors of Druedling Center, Holy Redeemer Health System’s transitional housing and comprehensive program for homeless women and children. 

John “Jay” Tucker ’81, Milford, was selected to receive the Bernard P. Ireland Award by the Middle State Regional Council of the College Board. This award is the highest individual award given in the Middle States region and it recognizes an individual with a commitment to improving humanity through education, by demonstrating a record of service to young people in the easing of the transition from high school to college, and distinguishing themselves as a change agent in their constituency. 

Thomas Flanagan ’82, Spokane, Washington, was selected as the Teacher of the Year at Gonzaga Prep School, where he has taught chemistry and worked in campus ministry since 1998.

Robert Ryder ’82, Pittsford, New York, executive vice president-CFO of Constellation Brands, rang the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange on May 5. While on the floor, Bob was interviewed by CNBC, Bloomberg and TheStreet.

William Trently, D.M.D. ’82, Stratham, New Hampshire, published his third book, Yes, You Are Home,” in May 2014 in the genre of historical fiction/philosophy. 

Elizabeth Ciabocchi, Ed.D. ’83, Lindenhurst, New York, was appointed vice provost for digital learning at St. John’s University. In this position, she will oversee instructional technology integration and development of blended and online learning across the university.

Joseph Yanish ’83, Cranston, Rhode Island, was presented with a Career Recognition Award by the American College of Healthcare Executives in January 2014. He is a health systems specialist for VAMC Providence.

James Courey, D.D.S. ’84, Robbinsville, New Jersey, has a full-time dental practice in prosthodontics and is on the faculty of Columbia University in the implant and prosthodontic departments.

Mark Mensack ’84, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, had two of his “401k Ethicist” articles used as required reading for a course taught at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Mary O’Neill, Ph.D. ’85, Lakeville, Connecticut, was awarded the statewide Adjunct of the Year Award by the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Board of Regents. 

Gerald Bowen ’86, Ivyland, an attorney and managing partner of the law firm Bowen & Burns and  adjunct college professor, recently published a book about his special needs daughter, Grace, titled Blessed by a Saint available at dorrancebookstore.com. The net proceeds from book sales will be donated to charities for the disabled.​

Mary O’Toole Mahoney ’86, Sherborn, Massachusetts, has been promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel at Tufts Health Plan.

John Luciani G’87, York, president of First Capital Engineering, has received his professional engineer license for the state of New York. John is now licensed to practice civil engineering in New York and is able to seal and certify drawings for projects within the state. He is also licensed in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia as well as being a professional land surveyor in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

John F. McGuire, M.D. ’87, Canandaigua, New York, has been elected president of the medical staff at FF Thompson Health.

Susan Degli-Antoni Corrado ’88, Lebanon, has joined the law firm of Boyle Litigation, Harrisburg as director of Investigations. 

Michael Cresitello ’89, Middlesex, New Jersey, was recently confirmed as a judge of the New Jersey Superior Court. 

Angela Wooster Sargent ’89, Manheim, senior executive vice president/chief information officer at Fulton Financial Corporation, earned the Women of Influence distinction from Central Penn Business Journal.

Lori Williams, M.D. ’89, Eynon, is the president of the Lackawanna County Medical Society. 

Daniel Munley ’90, Clarks Summit, a partner in the Munley Law firm in Scranton, has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the fifth consecutive year. 

Ralph Riviello, M.D. ’90, Woolwich Twp., New Jersey, was named 2014 Emergency Physician of the Year by the Pennsylvania Chapter of American College of Emergency Physicians. 

Thomas Shields, Ph.D. ’90, Richmond, Virginia, was selected as a Distinguished Educator of the Year at the University of Richmond. He will receive this honor at the fall colloquium. 

Carl Thorsen ’90, Chevy Chase, Maryland, founder of the boutique government relations consulting firm Thorsen French Advocacy, was recognized by The Hill as one of the Top 25 Lobbyists in Washington, D.C.

Jason Daria ’91, Bryn Mawr, was named a 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Philadelphia magazine.

Dan Antonelli ’92, Washington, New Jersey, has published his third book on branding, “Building a Big Small Business Brand.” Dan is the president and creative director of Graphic D-Signs Inc., an advertising agency. 

Brian Loftus, D.D.S., ’92 Nazareth, has been named Moravian Academy’s Distinguished Honoree at the 2013 Association of Fundraising Professionals Philanthropy Day. Dr. Loftus is a member of Moravian Academy’s board of trustees.

Jeffrey Brauer ’93, Dalton, will present “Diffused Impacts of Electoral Policy: Proportional Representation as the Best Option for the American Presidency” at the Australian Political Studies Association Conference at the University of Sydney, Australia in September 2014.

Tracey Wieners Rush ’93, Drexel Hill, was appointed principal of Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School in the Drexel Hill section of Upper Darby.

Paul Mullin ’99, Norristown, was elected to partnership in the firm Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell and Lupin. 

Michael Berardinelli ’00, Brick, New Jersey, received an M.S. in educational administration from The University of Scranton and will be certified as a principal and supervisor in New Jersey.

Terrence Brody ’00, Chatham, New Jersey, was appointed by Gov. Chris Christie as the executive director of the governor’s office of Recovery and Rebuilding, the lead branch of the Governor’s Office tasked with coordinating Sandy-related recovery efforts across the state government. 

Lt. Brian Kupchak, Ph.D. ’00, G’02 has been commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy as a physiologist. Following ODS training, he will be stationed at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. 

Brian “Box” Brown ’02, Cranford, New Jersey, had his graphic novel “Andre the Giant, Life and Legend” published in May 2014. 

Fr. Michael Bartholomew ’03, Huntingdon Station, New York, has been appointed pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Westhampton Beach, New York. He is the youngest current pastor in the Diocese of Rockville Center. 

Marie DiDario Werner, D.O. ’03, Wethersfield, Connecticut, graduated as chief resident from the Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living Psychiatry Residency Program where she will continue her medical training in the Psychosomatic Medicine and Palliative Care Fellowship Program.

Michael Draney ’03, Parsippany, New Jersey, achieved the rank of 1st degree black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. 

Joseph Pierce Ph.D. ’03, Burlington, New Jersey, was awarded his Ph.D. in bioenergetics and exercise science from East Carolina University. 

Vito Cirigliano, D.O. ’04, Rockville, Maryland, completed his gastroenterology fellowship and is a staff physician at Ft. Bragg Womack Army Medical Center. 

Jenna Ann Brown, D.O. ’06, Jersey Shore, New Jersey, accepted a position with Family Practice Center PC in central Pennsylvania. 

Stephen Clark ’06, Philadelphia, won the First Person Arts’ Grand Slam (“Philly’s biggest storytelling showdown”).

Maggie Leuzarder ’06, Summit, New Jersey, is an associate at the national, bipartisan strategy firm Mercury. 

Thomas Umile, Ph.D. ’06, Ardmore, accepted a position of assistant professor of chemistry at Gwynedd Mercy University. 

Joseph Butash, M.D. ’07, Boston, Massachusetts, accepted a position of staff physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance. 

Patrick McManus ’07, Garden City, New York, was awarded an M.S. in education from CUNY Queens College. 

Fr. Mark Searles ’08, Easton, was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John O. Barres at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown. Fr. Mark celebrated his first Mass of Thanksgiving at his home parish of St. Jane Frances de Chantal in Easton on Pentecost Sunday, June 8. His first assignment is with Sacred Heart parish in Allentown.

Andrew Ponti ’10, California, Maryland, is tourism coordinator for the Division of Tourism at St. Mary’s County Department of Economic and Community Development in southern Maryland. 

Michael Zaydon ’12, New York, New York, has attained his Certified Public Accountant license and currently works at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the Banking & Capital Markets group. Michael is a member of the Pennsylvania CPA Journal and has been named the Emerging CPAs column coordinator. 

Mike Baumhardt G’13, Coral Gables, Florida, is associate director of Student Activities and Organizations at the University of Miami.
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