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Donald Betterly ’53, Ambler, was elected as a sighted governor to the board of the Middle Atlantic Blind Golfers Association. Don coaches and helps blind members play this “wonderful game.”
John Erhard, D.D.S. ’67, Scranton, was elected chair of the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry. He also represents Pennsylvania on the American Association of Dental Boards and The American Dental Examiners.
Gerald Luchansky ’68, Olyphant, has been re-elected chairman of the board of directors of the Mid Valley School district for a fourth consecutive term.
The late John Choplinsky ’71, Virginia Beach, Virginia, was honored by the United States Fleet Forces (USFF) Command with an audi¬torium named after him at Naval Support Activity-Hampton Roads, due to his tireless devotion and service to the fleet. He was a former USFF staff civil service member.
Rev. John Terry ’71, Wilkes-Barre, celebrated his 40th anniversary as a priest in the Diocese of Scranton in May 2015. He also celebrated his 35th anniversary as director of the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center in Wilkes-Barre. He is presently pastor ofOur Lady of Hope Parish.
Hon. Thomas Blewitt ’72, Moscow, has left the federal bench and is now affiliated with JAMS in Philadelphia and Northeastern Pennsylvania. He specializes in mediation and arbitration of civil disputes.
Rev. Jeffrey Samaha ’74, Forestville, Maryland, was presented the Hospital Chaplain of the Year award by the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. at a Rose Mass that was held in March.
William Lynagh, M.D. ’75, Arlington, Virginia, is celebrating his 10th year with Advisory Board Company as managing director and senior medical director for Crimson Physician Engagement.
William DeLiberis, DPM ’76, Vineland, New Jersey, celebrated his 10th anniversary as a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Camden. Deacon DeLiberis was ordained on June 11, 2005 and is assigned to Christ the Good Shep¬herd Parish in Vineland.
Susan Swain ’76, H’99, Alexandria, Virginia, is the author of First Ladies (C-Span series), which came out in April. The book is a look inside the personal life of every first lady in American history, based on original interviews with major historians.
Many Scranton graduates were present at the 29th annual Nebzydoski family reunion in Pleasant Mount. Father Timothy Cadigan from The University of Scranton joined the family to celebrate Mass. Back row (left to right): Joseph Mastroianni ’14, Thomas Nebzydoski ’79, Emily Nebzydoski M.D. ’09, Michael Heary ’78, Thomas Nebzydoski VMD ’07, Ashley Dix ’12, Father Timothy Cadigan S.J., Daniel Nebzydoski ’02, Christopher Nebzydoski ’12, G’14, Melissa Chiarelli DO ’01, Mark Nebzydoski ’98, G’00, Henry Nebzydoski VMD ’68, Andrew Nebzydoski VMD ’77, John Nebzydoski ’10, G’12 and John Nebzydoski M.D. Ph.D. ’65; Front row (left to right): Grace Nebzydoski ’13, Sarah Vassallo VMD ’07, Joseph Nebzydoski VMD ’74, G’77, Bobbi Kelly ’06, Patrick Kelly VMD ’07, Kathryn Pisarcik DO ’10, Audrey Nebzydoski ’99, Brian Spinelli ’96 and Beth Spinelli VMD
John Heitman ’79, Moscow, was recently promoted to the position of chief of the Management Employee Relations division at Tobyhanna Army Depot.
Betsy Courtney ’81, Conshohocken, was named chief development officer of Bancroft, a leading provider of programs and supports for children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities and adults needing neurological rehabilitation, based in South Jersey.
Robert English ’81, Eatontown, New Jersey, was elected to serve a one year (2015) term as president of the Eatontown Board of Education.
John Cardone, M.D. ’82, Fredericksburg, Virginia, has been named to Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top Doctors for 2015.

Stephanie Funk ’82, Dulles, Virginia, was sworn in as the USAID mission director of Zimbabwe in a ceremony held on June 11 in Washington, D.C.

Carisia Switala ’82, Reston, Virginia, hada book launch for her book titled Eternity’sSecret: What the Bible & Science Have toSay About Time.
Gary Jones G’85, South Abington Township, was named to the board of directors of the American Supply Association at its annual strategic plan¬ning meeting in Dana Point, California.
Members of the Class of 1983 recently reunited in Washington, D.C. Pictured here, clockwise from lower right, are: Eileen McElvenny Gatti, Candice Grindstaff Bello, Marie Roselli Mackrell, Sue Idelberger Soloway, Nancy Atkisson Brady, Joanne Cosentino Veschi, Linda Schultz Lee, and Dori Essex Meoni.
Timothy Vallilee G’85, Key West, Florida, is one of 13 artists whose artwork was selected to appear in the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s (PDF) 2015 Creativity and Parkinson’s Calendar. His watercolor “Melanie’s Beach Party” is the featured image for the month of June in PDF’s nationally distributed, free calendar that helps to raise awareness.
Thomas Kennedy ’86, Nashua, New Hampshire, is the East Coast field marketing manager at WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.
Robert DiGenova ’87, Middletown, New Jersey, took a position as the deputy chief of police/deputy director of public safety with Stevens Institute of Technology Police Department in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Rachel Lawhon Powers ’87, South Portland, Maine, recently completed coursework at the University of Maine for special education endorsement. She has been employed bythe Scarborough School District in Scarbor¬ough, Maine, as a middle school resource math teacher.
Scranton friends get together in the Outer Banks. Alumni are pictured here with their families and include (in no particular order): Michael Guarnuccio ’89, Marie (Gentile) Guarnuccio ’89, Mary Ellen Monahan ’88, Kathleen (Cardinale) Waytowich ’89, Betsy McPartland ’89, Carolyn (Gilmartin) Colonna ’89 and Erin Garrity ’89
Eileen Amari-Vaught, Ph.D. ’91 Overland Park, Kansas, is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies.
Jim ’91 and Kelly McDonald Clark ’91, Northport, New York, have launched a new business venture, CRYPTIQ Inc., in Northport. CRYPTIQ takes on the latest craze: live action “room escape experiences.” Participants race against the clock to find clues, uncover hidden messages and themes, and solve riddles and logic puzzles with the goal of unlocking the room door within a frenzied 60 minutes.
Giles Davis ’93, Somerset, New Jersey, has been named a partner at Bienstock & Michael LLC. His practice focuses on entertainment and intellectual property litigation and repre¬sents clients in the music industry and musical instrument manufacturing.
Jason Bryce Rush ’93, Tustin, California, presented at Keystone College’s annual Constitution Day lecture on “California Politics 101…The Golden State and the Golden Night¬mare” thanks to an invitation from classmate Jeffrey Brauer ’93. Rush also offered the same presentation on campus to Profs. Jean Harris and William Parente’s political science classes.
Dominique Ponzio Bernardo ’93, Bridgeport, was appointed CFO at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, a human services agency in North Philadelphia.
Philip Gelso ’95, Duryea, was elected the 20th president of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL) in April 2015 at the Association’s Annual Meeting in Harrisburg.
James Nardone ’95, Charlottesville, Virginia, has been appointed to a senior leader position in the Senior Executive Services, Department of Defense, in Charlottesville.
Chris Kearns ’98, Chester Springs, director at Lockheed Martin, was named to the 2015 Federal 100 by FCW. These awards are presented annually to government, industry and academic leaders who have played pivotal roles that affect how the federal government acquires, develops and manages technology.
Michael Mongiello ’98, Lewisberry, has been elected a shareholder of the firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin.
Gino Orrino ’98, Bellerose, New York, president of Orrino Capital Service, has been named in Insurance Business magazine’s Hot 100 list for 2015. This annual list recognizes 100 people who have made waves in the insurance industry over the past year.
Thomas Lawrence ’98, Millington, New Jersey, was appointed national sales manager at Oticon Inc.
Elizabeth Flanagan McNichol ’99, Dresher, was admitted into partnership at PwC U.S., Philadelphia Metro Market. McNichol is an assurance principal, SAP specialist in the Risk Assurance area.
Jason Bartlett ’01, Norwood, New Jersey, received a Ph.D. in history from Temple Univer¬sity. His dissertation examined the 50-year history of the nation’s first community develop¬ment corporation founded by Senator Robert. F. Kennedy and community leaders from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Kristin Everitt Vrabel ’01, Penllyn, was admitted into partnership at PwC U.S., Phila¬delphia Metro Market. Vrabel is an assurance partner in the Asset Management area.
Katie Tricarico ’02, Franklin Park, New Jersey, was named one of seven state finalists for the 2015 New Jersey Teacher of the Year. In addition, she was selected as the 2014-2015 Somerset County Teacher of the Year. She teaches kindergarten in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District.
Rev. Christopher Washington ’02, La Paz, Bolivia, was appointed by Pope Francis to the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican Embassy) in Bolivia. With this appointment, Fr. Washington becomes a member of the Pope’s Diplomatic Corp and a citizen of the Vatican City State.
Nicole Petrin Clark, Ed.D. ’03, Clark, New Jersey, recently graduated from Rutgers University with a doctorate in teacher leadership. She also received her master’s degree in counseling from Rutgers in 2010 and is currently over¬seeing the mentoring of new teachers in her current district where she also serves as a first grade teacher.
Tera Ravina Hatler ’03, Rutherford, New Jersey, was promoted to partner at Ernst & Young LLP in New York, New York.
Elizabeth Ali ’05, Providence, Rhode Island, is the associate director of Off Campus Student Services at Johnson & Wales University. Most recently, she served as an area coordinator at The University of Scranton, overseeing the lower quad and GLM buildings for just over four and a half years.
Christopher Holland ’05, Nanuet, New York, was named on the “Rising Stars: Top 40 Under 35” list by Intelligent Insurer.
Erica Fischer-Cartlidge ’06, Springfield, New Jersey, a clinical nurse specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, has been named the 2015 Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN®) of the Year by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.
Andrea Marino Nattrass ’06, Richmond, Virginia, received her masters in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Kristy Gogick, Ph.D. ’07, Pasadena, California, earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in April 2015.
Father Erik Lenhart, O.F.M. Cap. ’07 on his ordination day, held June 13, 2015 at the Monastery Church of the Sacred Heart in Yonkers, New York. By his side are fellow Scranton alumni (left to right): Casper Magacs ’06, G’07, DPT ’12, Joanna Mercuri ’11, Erik Lenhart ’07, John Mercuri ’07, Elizabeth Kurtulik Mercuri ’07, Dawn Neenan ’10 and Dan Neenan ’07.
Stephanie Kazanas ’08, Slingerlands, New York, is a current Ph.D. candidate in cognitive/developmental psychology, working on her dissertation and teaching courses. In March, Stephanie was awarded the President’s Excel¬lence in Teaching Award at the University at Albany, SUNY.
Sarah Beauchamp G’09, Miramar, Florida, was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars.
Rev. Seth Wasnock ’09, Broadheadsville, was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Scranton on June 6, in St. Peter’s Cathedral.
Nicholas Lucente ’10, Harrisburg, was named manager of digital marketing at JPL, a Harrisburg based integrated marketing communications agency specializing in brand, digital, B2B marketing and adver¬tising. Lucente leads a team of three, managing the integrated digital campaigns, e-commerce, SEO and analytics for clients such as The Hersey Company, The American Chemistry Council and The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth Pulice ’10, Glen Mills, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2015. Her diploma was presented to her by her father, Dominick Pulice, VMD ’79. Elizabeth has accepted a one year internship at Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware.
Alyssa Goldbach, M.D. ’11, Middle Village, New York, graduated with academic honors from the Philadelphia College of Osteo¬pathic Medicine with an M.D. She will be completing her residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Lisa Marie Keller ’11, Colchester, Vermont, graduated with her masters of education degree from the University of Vermont’s Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration graduate program.
Michael Zaydon ’12, Dickson City, was promoted to senior associate in the Private Equity Specialist Group at Pricewater-houseCoopers LLP in New York City.
Harrison Wolff ’13, Clarks Summit, recently completed an internship in Los Angeles, California with USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame Coach Bob Takano, completing more than 100 hours of hands-on experience and passing the internship exams. Harrison is co-owner of Raise The Bar, a strength training/conditioning and Olympic weight¬lifting gym in Scranton.

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