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Michael Manley ’66, Lancaster, published his book, “The Alley” on Amazon in print and Kindle.

Patrick Cioni ’64, G’69, Scranton, has published “Object Images, Ego Formation, and Identity: A Christ-Centered Approach” in the June 2014 issue of Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He wishes to thank John J. O’Malley, Ph.D. ’64 and Helene O’Malley for his inspiration regarding this publication.

Francis X. O’Connor ’71, an attorney in Great Bend (Susquehanna County), was elected by his peers to serve as the 120th president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is the first rural sole practitioner in memory who has been chosen to lead the 27,000-member legal organization. 

“I’m so pleased it’s a University of Scranton graduate who is in that position,” said Colleen Neary ’88, an attorney and PBA member. “He is a kind, kind man, and he has brought his Scranton background to the job. In all we do, especially as attorneys, he reminds us of our obligation of service to others.” 

During his term, which began last year and ends this May, O’Connor began a program that encourages attorneys to provide pro bono legal assistance to veterans. “I’ve asked all lawyers, if they are members or not, to do something for veterans who have put themselves in harm’s way so we have the freedoms we have today,” he said. “It is important in our position to say ‘thank you.’” 

O’Connor and his wife, Sharon, have three children (two of whom are Scranton alumni) and two grandchildren. 

O’Connor is a former member of the University’s Alumni Society Board of Governors. 

“Your legacy, I believe, is not how much money you make, but the good you leave behind,” said O’Connor.

Chester Pleban ’71, St. Louis, Missouri, wrote “Conviction of Innocence,” the fictional story of a white police officer accused of murdering a black burglary suspect by a politically motivated prosecutor in a racially charged environment. The story is inspired by an actual criminal case.

Casmir Yanish ’72, New York, New York, is the director of Space and Design for the New York City Human Resources Administration, the world’s largest social service agency. He leads a group of architects, engineers and facilities staff in caring for more than six million square feet of space, where service is provided to the neediest New Yorkers.

Robert Franklin ’77, Charlotte, North Carolina, will retire as a senior vice president from Wells Fargo at the end of the year. After spending 17 years with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Robert spent 15 years at Wells Fargo. There, he has been responsible for starting several successful businesses for the firm.

The late Steven Cox ’80 passed away from cancer in 1991. The nonprofit Steven A. Cox Foundation, named after Cox, celebrated its 25th Anniversary on Oct. 6. Visit coxcharityclassic.com for information on the foundation’s golf outing, which has raised more than $6.4 million for cancer research and patient support over the years in honor of Cox.

David Begany, SSJ ’81, New Orleans, Louisiana, was ordained as a priest for the Society of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart, the Josephites, in May 2014 at St. Luke Catholic Church, Washington, D.C. He has been assigned as a parochial vicar of Corpus Christi-Epiphany Parish in New Orleans.

Brian Regan ’82, Bethlehem, a partner in the accounting firm Regan, Levin, Bloss, Brown and Savchak, received the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Award.

Robert Ryder ’82, Pittsford, New York, was recently voted the No. 4 CFO from among the largest 500 publicly traded companies by The Wall Street Journal. Robert is the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Constellation Brands.

Charles Mooney ’83, Harrisburg, was named director of retail operations for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Joseph Yanish ’83, Cranston, Rhode Island, was appointed as VISN 1 strategic planner for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in June 2014 and is responsible for all tactical and operational planning for the eight-hospital network with a $2.5 billion annual budget and 13,500 employees in six states. He previously served for 21 years at the VA Medical Center in Providence as a health systems specialist.

Col. Donald Jenkins, M.D. ’84, Rochester, Minnesota, received the Distinguished Service Medal at the American Legion 96th National Convention on Aug. 26. This is the highest honor that the American Legion bestows. A former U.S. Air Force trauma surgeon, Jenkins pioneered innovative ways to stop battlefield bleeding.

Joseph Gershey, D.P.M. ’85, South Abington Township, was elected president of the Pennsylvania Podiatric Medical Association at its annual inaugural dinner held in King of Prussia in November.

Barbara Taylor ’85, Scranton, recently published her first novel, “Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night.” Publishers Weekly named Taylor’s book a “Best Summer Read for 2014.”

Jeffrey Lattmann ’86, New Providence, New Jersey, the executive managing director of Beecher Carlson, is celebrating 10 years with the firm and leads the practice for advising on directors and officers liability, cyber liability, employment practice litigation, crime insurance and professional liability insurance and related products. Lattmann was recently elected to the Minority Business Development Institute, a nonprofit entity that offers comprehensive education and advisory services that outline a road map for growth and success of minority, veteran and women contractors. He completed his commitment to the Professional Liability Underwriting Society after 15 years of involvement, including six years on the board and three years as president.

Malcolm MacGregor ’86, North Abington Township, has been elected president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice

Ann Kearney Astolfi, D.M.D. ’88, in Jamaica providing dental education through 1000 Smiles.

Ann Kearney Astolfi, D.M.D. ’88, Bethlehem, and her daughter Jeanne, a high school senior, traveled to Jamaica with 1000 Smiles for a week in the fall. While there, they were able to provide 927 children with patient dental education/oral hygiene instructions at seven different elementary schools and distribute more than 1,200 toothbrushes and toothpaste to the children. The team addressed the restorative, hygiene and extraction needs of 876 people during this particular week. 1000 Smiles is in its 12th year of treating patients.

Jeffrey Catalano ’90, West Roxbury, Massachusetts, a partner at Todd & Weld LLP, has been elected treasurer of the Massachusetts Bar Association for its 2014-2015 year.

Jason Daria ’91, Bryn Mawr, an attorney with the firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP, has been named to the 2015 "Best Lawyers in America" list by U.S. News & World Report for his efforts in the area of personal injury litigation on behalf of plaintiffs.

Steven Moersdorf ’93, Chester, New Jersey, has been appointed to the board of directors of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network.

Timothy Ferguson ’95, Scranton, has been appointed by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane ’88, as an agent with the Bureau of Consumer Protection

Timothy Gorton ’97, New York, New York, received an Early Career Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives via the New York Chapter, Healthcare Leaders of New York.

Sean Meehan ’97, Hazlet, New Jersey, had a featured role in a recent HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart.”

Adelaide Riggi Cutalo ’97, Morristown, New Jersey, has been named to this year’s New Jersey Law Journal “New Leaders of the Bar” list. This special recognition is for lawyers under the age of 40 who are emblematic of the next wave of leadership of the New Jersey bar based on their career achievements thus far.

Cristin Kiley Mount, M.D. ’99, Lakewood, Washington, was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army. She is the chief, pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine service for Madigan Army Medical Center.

Col. Kevin Murray ’00, Stafford, Virginia, received The Attorney General’s Award for Heroism in October 2014 and the FBI Shield of Bravery in August 2014.

Gregory Shahum, Ph.D. ’00, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was promoted to director-international operations with Genesis Rehabilitation Services and is working on introducing a rehabilitation facility to Guangzhou, China.

Suzanne Messer ’01, Cicero, New York, an associate with the firm Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, has been included in the 2014 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in the field of general litigation.

Michael Draney ’03, Parsippany, New Jersey, achieved the status of certified instructor of Songahm taekwondo in September 2014.

Pamela Kalinowski ’06, Castle Rock, Colorado, received a J.D. from William & Mary Law School in May 2014. She is working on a legal fellowship at the Douglas County Attorney’s Office.

Eileen Patterson ’08, Massapequa, New York, starred in a national tour production of the musical adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Debra Pavlico G’08, Forty Fort, has released her first book, “Conversations with Women: The Journey Toward Self-Esteem,” a nonfiction work that tackles the important topic of a woman’s journey on the path to developing self-esteem.

Stephanie O’Brien ’09, Bogota, New Jersey, has joined New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse as stage manager of its Educational Touring Theatre Company for the 2014-15 season.

Michael Flynn ’10, Scranton, is the artistic director of the Scranton Shakespeare Festival and received a Lackawanna County Arts Council grant.

Hunter Greene G’10, Astoria, New York, received an Early Career Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives via the New York Chapter, Healthcare Leaders of New York.

Matthew Suda ’10, Memphis, Tennessee, earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis. He expects to finish is Ph.D. by 2017.

William Peter Koar ’11, Allenhurst, New Jersey, has joined the Red Bank, New Jersey office of WithumSmith+Brown PC, continuing his career in the accounting industry.

Andrew Wynne ’11, Fairport, New York, a Peace Corps master’s international student at the College of Charleston, wrapped up a 27-month stint with the Peace Corps Volunteers in the Philippines where he was helping communities improve the lives of their citizens and expand their opportunities. He chronicled his entire experience as it happened on his blog, which is available here: philippinecamino.blogspot.com.

Christopher Cummings ’12, G’14, Scranton, recently wrote a book titled “After Everyone’s Dead.”

Susannah Bruno ’13, Philadelphia, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Cottage Housing Inc. in Sacramento, California.

Stephen DeChiaro ’13, Cranford, New Jersey, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Oasis Center Loft Program in Nashville, Tennessee.

Samantha Dzirko ’13, Dingmans Ferry, is working as a production manager intern for the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville.

Nicholas Needle ’13, Kingston, joined the Villanova Law Review.

Corinne Nulton ’13, Peckville, was awarded the 2014 Norris Church Mailer Scholarship by the Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program.

Chelsea Valentine ’13, Tamaqua, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Open Door Mission Foundation in Houston, Texas.

Kerry Delaney ’14, Aston, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at St. Matthew Catholic School in Phoenix, Arizona.

Melissa DeSoto ’14, Port Tobacco, Maryland, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest at Catholic Charities, St. Margaret’s Shelter in Spokane, Washington.

Andrew Gentilucci ’14, Danville, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest at Paschal Sherman Indian School in Omak, Washington.

Carly Ramge ’14, Wyckoff, New Jersey, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Women Against Abuse in Philadelphia.

Kyle Swartz ’14, Lewisburg, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Alameda County Homeless Action Center in Oakland, California.

Pictured are Michael McDermott '71(right), past Alumni Society President, with his grandson, Brooks, and son, Michael McDertmott '10 (Brooks' uncle).

Pictured are Michael McDermott '71(right), past Alumni Society President, with his grandson, Brooks, and son, Michael McDertmott '10 (Brooks' uncle).

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