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Robert Munley Sr. ’52, Dalton, of the Munley Law Firm, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the United States in 2018. Best Lawyers is universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Munley also was named to the 2017 “Irish Legal 100,” a compilation of some of the most accomplished and distinguished legal professionals of Irish descent in the United States.

John Granahan ’56, Scranton, was appointed chairman of the board of directors at St. Francis Kitchen in Scranton and St. Francis Commons.

The Very Rev. Myron G. Zuder, Ph.D. ’58, Akron, Ohio, celebrated 50 years as pastor of St. Mary Dormition Church in Akron. The Orthodox priest also celebrated 55 years of ordination and 55 years of marriage to his wife, Dolores. Zuder’s son, Gregory, was ordained a sub-deacon on the same day.

Andrew Scott McGowan, Ph.D. ’61, Bronx, New York, retired as a senior professor in the Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus, Department of Counseling and Development and was awarded the Distinguished Professor Award in ceremonies held in spring 2017.

Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D. ’67, Lexington, Kentucky, was recognized for his lifelong contribution to the study and research of stressful life events in his professional publications and research summarized in his Handbook of Stressful Transitions Across the Lifespan through Springer Publications.

Nicholas Camera ’71, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was elected the commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10804 in Little River, South Carolina.

Chester Pleban ’71, Ormond Beach, Florida, released his second novel, The Tarnished Oath. In both this book and his first, Conviction of Innocence, Pleban, a practicing trial lawyer for more than 43 years, writes about courtroom drama and crime.

John Kelly ’76, Herndon, Virginia, was appointed acting inspector general for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Susan M. Swain ’76, Alexandria, Virginia, co-chief executive officer and president of C-SPAN, was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame at its 27th annual dinner. The dinner honors the pioneers, innovators, shows and stars who have made significant contributions to the broadcast/television industry.

A group of 1989 alumni travels to Kauai, Hawaii, to celebrate their 50th birthdays with a “Hawaii 5-0” in summer 2017. From left: Brad Beckman, Eileen Witkoski Beckman ‘89, Marie Gentile Guarnuccio ‘89, Mike Guarnuccio ‘89, Rob Colonna, Carolyn Gilmartin Colonna ‘89, Erin Garrity ‘89, Marian Moravcik, Maura Garrity and Betsy McPartland ‘89.

A group of 1989 alumni travels to Kauai, Hawaii, to celebrate their 50th birthdays with a “Hawaii 5-0” in summer 2017. From left: Brad Beckman, Eileen Witkoski Beckman ‘89, Marie Gentile Guarnuccio ‘89, Mike Guarnuccio ‘89, Rob Colonna, Carolyn Gilmartin Colonna ‘89, Erin Garrity ‘89, Marian Moravcik, Maura Garrity and Betsy McPartland ‘89.

Kathleen Fitzgerald Sherman ’78, Mountain View, California, opened a solo law practice in February 2017, after practicing in a large law firm for several years.

John J. Gill Jr. ’78, G’80, Branchville, New Jersey, retired from Kittatinny Regional High School after 39 years. Gill served as a biology teacher for 21 years and as a guidance counselor for 18 years. He will continue as head varsity wrestling coach, a position he has held for 38 years.

Peter C. Butera, Ph.D. ’80, Lewiston, New York, was named dean of Niagara University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Marion Munley ’83, Moosic, of the Munley Law Firm, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the United States in 2018. Best Lawyers is universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. In September 2017, Munley spoke at the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (ATAA) 2017 Annual Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee. Munley, chair-elect of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group, delivered a presentation on truck driver training, proper visual search and hazard perception. Munley was also named to the 2017 “Irish Legal 100,” a compilation of some of the most accomplished and distinguished legal professionals of Irish descent in the United States.

Robert T. Voelkner ’83, Wayne, New Jersey, was promoted to vice president, sales and marketing, for LabVantage Solutions, a provider of laboratory informatics solutions and services.

Isabel Dwornik, Ed.D. G’84, Endwell, New York, recently published a book titled Dreams and Deception: Sports Lure, Racism, and Young Black Males’ Struggles in Sports and Education as part of Peter Lang Publishers’ Adolescent Cultures, School and Society Series. Dwornik earned a master’s degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in Counselor Education from Syracuse University, an MHRA from The University of Scranton, and a doctorate in Educational Theory and Practice from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She has worked as a counselor and administrator for SUNY Broome Community College, Catholic Social Services and the Maine-Endwell Central School District. She was also an instructor for Binghamton University for many years.

Thomas Grech ’84, Malverne, New York, previously executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce in Jackson Heights, New York, has been promoted to president and chief executive officer.

Susan Adams G’85, Pottsville, retired after serving 38 years as both a high school and elementary art teacher with the Williams Valley School District in Tower City.

Daniel J. Murray ’85, Maple Glen, was named chief executive officer of the Pennswood Village board of directors. Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community for people age 65 and over in Newtown.

Sean Granahan ’87, Montrose, is the president of Floating Hospital of New York and runs outpatient clinics for homeless women and children living in shelters.

Cornelius “Neil” Leary ’87, Virginia Beach, Virginia, a fourth-grade teacher with the Virginia Beach City Public School District, was selected as the 2018 Kingston Elementary Teacher of the Year.

John J. Luciani G’87, York, is officially registered as a professional engineer and professional land surveyor in the state of Delaware. Luciani is president of First Capital Engineering.

Brig. Gen. John Hashem ’88, San Antonio, Texas, was promoted to brigadier general, U.S. Army. Hashem’s current position is deputy commanding general Army North (5th Army), Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Kate Atkinson ’90, North Hollywood, California, wrote and produced a musical called “Part of the Plan,” which ran at the James K. Polk Theater from Sept. 10 through Sept. 24. This musical is scored with the music and lyrics of the late celebrated singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg. Produced by K-Squared Entertainment in association with the Nashville-based nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center(TPAC), this show marks TPAC’s first original production. Directed by Tony-nominated Lynne Taylor- Corbett, with book by Kate Atkinson and Karen Harris, this developmental production follows the lives of an adopted boy and the teenage girl of privilege who was forced to give him up. “Part of the Plan” takes audiences through the post-World War II boom times, the social and sexual revolution of the 1960s and the political upheaval of the 1970s while exploring the theme that everything in life happens for a reason.

Joyce Catherine Corbin Moya ’90, Lorton, Virginia, is currently employed as a behavioral health contractor at Marine Corps Base Quantico, a position she has held since 2016. Recently, Moya opened Hozho Behavioral Health and Life Coaching SVs., PLLC with locations in Springfield and Woodbridge, Virginia. Moya specializes in military culture and healthy lifestyles, women’s issues and couples therapy.

Daniel Munley ’90, Clarks Summit, of the Munley Law Firm, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the United States in 2018. Best Lawyers is universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. In September 2017, Munley spoke at the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (ATAA) 2017 Annual Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee. Board Certified ATAA member Munley spoke about the critical first steps in handling a truck accident case. Munley was also named to the 2017 “Irish Legal 100,” a compilation of some of the most accomplished and distinguished legal professionals of Irish descent in the United States.

FDNY Lt. Robert Meuser ’03, Stewart Manor, New York, earned a high honor from the City of New York when he received the Albert S. Johnson Medal of Valor on June 7, 2017, for rescuing a woman from a three-alarm fire in the South Bronx last fall. He is assigned to Ladder Company 48 and also works extensively with the FDNY’s Center for Terrorism & Disaster Preparedness.

FDNY Lt. Robert Meuser ’03, Stewart Manor, New York, earned a high honor from the City of New York when he received the Albert S. Johnson Medal of Valor on June 7, 2017, for rescuing a woman from a three-alarm fire in the South Bronx last fall. He is assigned to Ladder Company 48 and also works extensively with the FDNY’s Center for Terrorism & Disaster Preparedness.

Carl Thorsen ’90, Washington, D.C., has for the fifth consecutive year been named by The Hill newspaper as one of Washington’s 25 “Top Lobbyists.”

Scranton alumni from the Class of 1987 meet up in Apex, North Carolina. Pictured are Theresa Haughey, Michael Zazzeri and Kathy Bowe Mulderrig.

Scranton alumni from the Class of 1987 meet up in Apex, North Carolina. Pictured are Theresa Haughey, Michael Zazzeri and Kathy Bowe Mulderrig.

Keith Yurgosky ’91, G’02, Greenfield Township, was selected as the 2017 Pennsylvania State Star for the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network at the America’s SBDC National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Alan J. Orehek, M.D. ’91, Waymart, is working with Alzheimer’s treatment at the Dementia Center in Moosic, where a case of reversal of Alzheimer’s disease was published in Case Reports in Neurological Medicine, “Dementia Improvement after Plasma Exchange for Familial Hypercholesterolemia.”

Brett Lapinski ’93, Elk Grove, California, was recently promoted to senior regulatory clinical consultant with Kaiser Permanente’s Program Office. Lapinski’s responsibilities focus on implementation and oversight of Medicaid health care regulations. She has been with Kaiser Permanente since 2006.

Donna M. Stefans ’93, Woodbury, New York, principal and lead attorney at Stefans Law Group PC, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, L.I. Chapter. The firm’s unique holistic approach integrates asset protection planning, estate planning, elder law and geriatric care management to create a “life-care plan” for families facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Marianne Mazzei Rivers, Ed.D. ’95, G’98, Scranton, is pursuing postdoctoral certification in advanced education leadership at Harvard University.

Kate Groark Shields ’97, Fort Washington, is the owner of a full-service marketing communications firm, Vault Communications. Vault has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing privately held businesses regionally and nationally by Inc. magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Business Journal and Philadelphia 100, a joint initiative of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Wharton Small Business Development Center and the Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia.

Caroline Munley ’97, Dalton, of the Munley Law Firm, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the U.S. in 2018. Best Lawyers is universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Munley was also named to the 2017 “Irish Legal 100,” a compilation of some of the most accomplished and distinguished legal professionals of Irish descent in the United States.

Sean Keeler, M.D. ’98, Las Vegas, Nevada, is a member of the board of directors for the Unforgettables Foundation Nevada Chapter. The mission is to provide funeral costs to financially struggling families who lose a child from 32 weeks in utero through 18 years. Dr. Keeler and his wife recently co-chaired the annual gala that raised $50,000 for the foundation.

Michael B. Slater ’98, Moosic, received a certificate in autism from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. The credential is awarded to professionals working with individuals with autism in the education or health care industries.

Christine Palmeri Gonzalez ’99, Bel Air, Maryland, was recently promoted to assistant director of Nursing for Ambulatory Services at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Jennifer Hunara ’00, G’02, Bethlehem, accepted the position of administrator, Department of Surgery, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City in July 2017.

Several classmates from the Class of 1989 hold a two-day golf outing to commemorate their collective 50th birthdays. The outing was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, from Sept. 22-24. Part of the weekend included the raising of a gift for the Royal Fund from the group and others that could not make it. The group raised $1,215 and donated the money under the moniker ”The Class of 1989 Golf Outing and Friends in Memory of Paul Tuyp.” Paul was a classmate who passed in April 2017, but, more important to the members of his class, he was a great friend. Members of the class of 1989 pictured, from left: Pat Kane, Phil Keenan, Mark Farrell, Rob Mutone, Mario Macaluso, Kevin Hannon, Mike Gullo, Mark Melcione, Roger Fazio, Mike Ryan, Sal Palmieri, Andy Dinnhaupt, Chuck McManus, Kevin Lynch and Joe Parise. Phil Pagliaro attended the outing but was not present for the photograph.

Several classmates from the Class of 1989 hold a two-day golf outing to commemorate their collective 50th birthdays. The outing was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, from Sept. 22-24. Part of the weekend included the raising of a gift for the Royal Fund from the group and others that could not make it. The group raised $1,215 and donated the money under the moniker ”The Class of 1989 Golf Outing and Friends in Memory of Paul Tuyp.” Paul was a classmate who passed in April 2017, but, more important to the members of his class, he was a great friend. Members of the class of 1989 pictured, from left: Pat Kane, Phil Keenan, Mark Farrell, Rob Mutone, Mario Macaluso, Kevin Hannon, Mike Gullo, Mark Melcione, Roger Fazio, Mike Ryan, Sal Palmieri, Andy Dinnhaupt, Chuck McManus, Kevin Lynch and Joe Parise. Phil Pagliaro attended the outing but was not present for the photograph.

Brian Shahum ’00, Portland, Oregon, was mentioned in the Portland Business Journal for his work at his family’s company, Mercury Development. Mercury Development is a third-generation, full-service, commercial real estate company specializing in the development, leasing and property management of retail shopping centers.

Deirdre Walsh ’00 was promoted to chief operating officer in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for the U.S. in Washington, D.C.

Suzanne Messina Messer ’01, Cicero, New York, an attorney with Bond, Schoeneck & King, was named to the 2017 Upstate New York Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list.

Ariane Palmasani Conaboy, D.O. ’04, Waverly, was named director of Internal Medicine at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton. Conaboy practices traditional inpatient and outpatient internal medicine and was named the 2017 Scranton Times Reader’s Choice Awards Internist of the Year.

Megan Collelo ’06, Saugerties, New York, an attorney with Bond, Schoeneck & King, was named to the 2017 Upstate New York Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list.

Barbara Ginty ’06, New York, New York, was recently chosen as a finalist for the “Grow Your Value Competition,” which was held during the “Know Your Value” event in New York City on Oct. 30, 2017. The “Know Your Value” event was founded by MSNBC’s cohost of “Morning Joe,” Mika Brzezinski, and it included such guests as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Martha Stewart, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jane Pauley and many other notable speakers. Ginty competed against two other finalists at the “Know Your Value” event, when she pitched her business, Planancial, which offers online personal finance education classes, for the chance to win a $5,000 grand prize.

Judge Kipp Adcock ’16, took the oath of office to become North Pocono magisterial judge in January 2017. From left: Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas Judge Andy J. Jarbola III ’81 and Judge Adcock.

Judge Kipp Adcock ’16, took the oath of office to become North Pocono magisterial judge in January 2017. From left: Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas Judge Andy J. Jarbola III ’81 and Judge Adcock.

Thomas Schneider ’06, Long Beach, New York, received an M.S. in Nursing, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner from Molloy College in August 2017.

Dennis O’Malley ’10, Hartford, Connecticut, was recently admitted to the Connecticut State Bar. O’Malley graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in May 2017 and is now completing a judicial clerkship with the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Ayisha Sereni ’11, Phoenixville, founded and serves as the president of the Main Line School of Real Estate, a Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission-approved education provider.

Joseph Wolfe ’11, Long Branch, New Jersey, has joined DLA Piper as an associate in the firm’s Philadelphia office.

Kevin Dermody ’13, Philadelphia, was appointed to the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. In his new role, Dermody will focus on increasing the participation of members and growing membership by engaging with various community organizations to create new opportunities. He began serving a three-year term on Jan. 1, 2018.

James P. Shygelski ’14, Scranton, has joined the Law Offices of Jennifer J. Riley as an associate attorney.

2nd Lt. Nicholas M. Tallo ’15, Wethersfield, Connecticut, was commissioned in the Marine Corps in November 2015 after successful completion of USMC Officer Candidate School. He then attended The Basic School with Bravo Company 2-16. After graduation in June 2016, 2nd Lt. Tallo reported to Battery E, 2d Battalion, 11th Marines to perform on-the-job training. In September 2016, he checked in to Marine Artillery Officer Basic Course 7-16 and Joint Fires Observer Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In February 2017, 2nd Lt. Tallo completed the curriculum as the Distinguished Honor Graduate, and reported to Battery G, 2d Battalion, 11th Marines to serve as the Mortars Fire Direction Officer. In May 2017, he deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in the South Pacific, where he is currently serving as the Mortars Platoon Commander.

Laura Bopp ’17, Wantagh, New York, spoke at the 20th Annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. Bopp spoke on LEAP (Literacy Education and Advocacy in Prison), which she participated in at the University. The LEAP program focuses on facilitating creative expression for female inmates through writing.

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