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Pantle Welcomes Back Alumni

Pantle Welcomes Back Alumni
Pantle Welcomes Back Alumni

During an Ignatian retreat for alumni in May 2012, Rev. G. Donald Pantle, S.J., (seated on right) helped bring together 49 alumni, spouses and children at the University’s Retreat Center at Chapman Lake. The retreat was based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Father Pantle and Jean Willi, moderator of the retreat, led the event’s Masses and direction.

Class of 1944 Graduate Marvels at Campus’ Transformation

Class of 1944 Graduate Marvels at Campus’ Transformation
Class of 1944 Graduate Marvels at Campus’ Transformation
During his visit to campus for the Loyola Science Center dedication ceremony in September, Francis Lukash ’44 was captivated by the transformation of his beloved alma mater. “It doesn’t resemble the place where I went to school, but I love the changes,” he explained. Prior to his retirement, Lukash spent 30-plus years at the Continental Grain Company, an international grain-trading firm, traveling the world. During his globe-trotting, Lukash visited Egypt, Japan and much of South America

Vietnam Memorial Named in Honor of Late Alumnus

Vietnam Memorial Named in Honor of Late Alumnus
Vietnam Memorial Named in Honor of Late Alumnus
On July 21, 2012, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Hillsborough County, Fla., was named in memory of the late Lt. Col. James Michael Basta ’61. Following his graduation from Scranton, Basta entered the U.S. Army through the ROTC program, in which he was a distinguished military graduate and commissioned as a second lieutenant. After 24 years of active military service, which included tours of duty in Germany, Taiwan and three years in Vietnam, where he flew both fixed-wing and helicopter aircraft, he retired as a lieutenant colonel. During his career, he was awarded numerous medals, including two Purple Hearts. Basta settled in Tampa, Fla., working at MacDill Air Force Base and later as a civilian contractor until his retirement in 1999. A Tampa, Fla., resident for more than three decades, Basta was a member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association of Florida, and he was instrumental in erecting the memorial that now bears his name. Basta passed away on April 24, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marie, and four children. In June 2012, Basta was posthumously awarded the University’s Frank J. O’Hara Award. 
R. Barrett Noone, M.D. ’61, Haverford, a Philadelphia-area plastic surgeon, was honored with the 2012 Special Achievement Award from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, recognizing a career of contributions to plastic surgery. This is the highest award given by the specialty society. 
William Kiehl ’67, Mountville, had his fourth book, “The Last Three Feet: Case Studies in Public Diplomacy,” published in September. 
Len Schneider ’67, Nutley, N.J., had his fourth book, “The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to High Performance Home Theater” published. The book details topics like Blu-ray discs, computer audio, loudspeakers and room acoustics, and was recently awarded “Best of 2012” honors by, a leading website covering consumer electronics.
Gerald Luchansky ’68, Olyphant, has been re-elected chairman of the Mid Valley School District board of directors for 2013.
Joseph Castine ’70, Oneonta, N.Y., is planning to thru-hike the American Discovery Trail. The trail is more than 6,800 miles and is part-city, part small-town, part-forest, part-mountains and part-desert.
Richard Patterson, Ph.D. ’70, El Paso, Texas, authored a book titled “Turtle on the Fencepost: Finding Faith through Doubt.”
Geraldine Turkington G’70 was named Union Savings Bank’s vice president, senior commercial lending officer, responsible for generating new business development and building client relationships.
John Houston, Ph.D. ’72, an associate dean of graduate education at Fordham University, was elected to one of the Clifton (N.J.) Board of Education seats in November.
William Hanley ’74, a veteran economic development specialist, joined newly elected Pennsylvania Congressman Matt Cartwright’s staff working as a senior economic development specialist, handling special projects including grant writing for the district.
David McCormick ’75, G’79, Centreville, Va., has been elected regional vice president and member of the global board of directors of the Institute of Management Accountants.
Hon. Malachy E. Mannion ’76, a U.S. magistrate judge, was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate to become a federal district judge in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Alan Peslak, Ph.D. ’76, associate professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State Worthington Scranton, was recently named IST Statewide Faculty Member of the Year for 2012-13. He received the honor at the recent all campus IST meeting.
Col. Joseph Agostinelli, DPM ’77, Niceville, Fla., was elected a life member of the American Military Surgeons of the United States for 30 years of continuous service as a military surgeon, professor and consultant.
Thomas G. Parisot ’78 has been elected the new director of the board of directors of Thomaston Savings Bank. Parisot is a corporator of the bank and is a partner at the law firm of Secor, Cassidy & McPartland, P.C. in Waterbury and Southbury.
Peter A. Cognetti, M.D. ’79 was named UNICAN of the Year by the Scranton chapter of the UNICO. He received the award Jan. 26 at the chapter’s charity ball.
Sam Evans ’79, Milford, Conn., is vice-president at Photronics, Inc.Robert J. Mancuso ’80, G’83 has joined Wayne Bank as senior vice president, chief information officer.
Catherine Potash ’80, Hamilton, N.J., celebrated 20 years with St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center in Lawrenceville, N.J., as an admissions liaison. She is responsible for assessing patients for admission to rehabilitation at this comprehensive facility operated by the Diocese of Trenton.
Robert English ’81, Eatontown, N.J., was re-elected to his second three-year term on the Eatontown School Board.
Chester D. Newhart Jr. ’81 was named a visiting instructor of business and accounting  at Wilkes University.
Nancy Norman Olivo, Ph.D. ’81, has been hired as the director of human resources for the city of Suffolk, Va.
Marise Garofalo ’83 was hired by The Commonwealth Medical College as its new vice president for institutional advancement, overseeing development, alumni relations and marketing communications.
Terrence P. Lenahan, M.D. ’83, an expert in pulmonary medicine and critical care, has been hired by Delta Medix and will join its multi-specialty group of physicians and surgeons.
Colette Mazzucelli, Ph.D. ’83, Brooklyn, N.Y., organized and led a United Nations/Rotary International module session for her New York University Global Civil Society graduate course at the UN Secretariat in July. The module featured a presentation from Chairman Deepak Kapur, who traveled from New Dehli, India, to participate in a discussion analyzing the efforts to eradicate polio in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. The session was filmed as an educational and humanitarian resource for internet viewing. 
Joseph Yanish, MHSA, FACHE  ’83, a hospital administrator for more than 28 years, was inducted as president of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Rhode Island chapter, Jan. 17.
Mark Mensack ’84, Cherry Hill, N.J., has recently published articles regarding fraud in the 401k industry. As a result, he is now the author of a new column, the “401k Ethicist,” in the Journal of Compensation and Benefits.Louis Pocchiari ’84, Butler, is the director of the Prospect Library in Butler County.
Angelo J. Bolcato, Esq. ’87, partner at Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP, has been named to the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce board of trustees. The chamber, which has more than 700 members, recently held an induction ceremony for its 2013 board. Bolcato is vice chair of the chamber’s membership committee.
Mary Danuinas Woolson ’87, Lancaster, has established a health coaching and energy healing practice called SynchronEssence.
Patrick Cawley, M.D. ’88 was hired as the Medical University of South Carolina’s vice president of clinical operations and CEO of the Medical University Hospital Authority. Dr. Cawley previously served as chief medical officer of the hospital authority.
Col. James Cummings, M.D. ’88, Chevy Chase, Md., is the new director of Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (GEIS), a division of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center.
Joseph T. Kelly Sr., D.M.D. ’89 has been honored with a Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition Award from the Academy of General Dentistry. The award recognizes his commitment to lifelong learning, volunteering services to people in need, mentoring new dentists, and participating in organized dentistry. 
Rob Sarisky, Ph.D. ’89 has been appointed chief business officer of FORMA Therapeutics. Dr. Sarisky is an experienced scientific and business professional from the pharmaceutical industry, most recently serving as vice president of oncology business development and licensing within Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a Johnson & Johnson company.
Daniel O’Toole ’89, Oradell, N.J., a principal at Block O’Toole & Murphy LLP, has obtained one of the top 10 jury verdicts in the state of New York in July 2012 for the fourth time in seven years. He was recently honored by the Institute of Jewish Humanities in New York City as Lawyer of the Year.
Kelly Hurley ’90, Allendale, N.J., joined the Arlon Group as its chief financial officer. The Arlon Group is a private equity firm that focuses on making investments in food and agricultural businesses.
Margaret Bartnicki-Tatich ’91, Binghamton, N.Y., was named director of community and donor relations at the Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference.Richard D. Padula ’91 has been promoted to First National Community Bank’s assistant vice president, mortgage loan originator supervisor, where he is responsible for the daily management and overall performance of the mortgage originators.
Bernard Prevuznak, Ph.D. ’91 was recently named superintendent of the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.
Chris Schneider ’91, Naperville, Ill., has been named to the finance committee and board of directors of the Ray Graham Association (RGA) for People with Disabilities. RGA serves nearly 2,000 children and adults with primarily intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Illinois’ DuPage County.
Dawn Leas ’92 has joined Wilkes University’s low-residency graduate creative writing program as associate director. In her new role, she will assist with marketing, outreach, student recruitment and program development.
Kristin Maile ’92, a former University volleyball standout, has taken another step up the career ladder, moving on to Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, N.Y., as the school’s director of athletics and physical education.
Joe Turturica G’92 was named the vice president of human resources at Kane Is Able, Inc. Turturica will oversee human resource responsibilities for 1,000 KANE associates across 16 nationwide offices and distribution centers.
Tom Anderson ’93 co-founded Rabbit Hole Brewing, a new craft microbrewery opening in Texas, which has selected the city of Justin as its initial business location with a grand opening scheduled in the coming months.
Kim Emick ’93, an occupational therapist at Allied Rehab Hospital, was recently certified in the treatment of lymphedema by Lymphatic Care Specialists in Blacksburg, Va., where she studied anatomy, physiology, and the pathophysiology of the lymphatic system.
Jennifer Hopkins ’93, president of Sustainable Energy Fund, was elected to CAN DO Community Foundation’s board of directors. Hopkins is also a certified public accountant and a certified renewable energy professional.
Robert Keefrider Jr. ’93 has been named chief financial officer at Onesource Water. Keefrider, who has worked nearly 20 years in the finance and corporate development field, most recently spent 10 years with FuelEnergy.
Paul Matey ’93, South Orange, N.J., was appointed deputy chief counsel to Governor Chris Christie.

Alumnus Lectures on Campus, Defends Dissertation

Alumnus Lectures on Campus, Defends Dissertation
Alumnus Lectures on Campus, Defends Dissertation
As part of The University of Scranton Veterans Association luncheon, held on Nov. 9 in recognition of Veterans Day, Mike Noonan ‘93, a University of Scranton commissionee, served as the event’s guest speaker. A former captain in the Army Reserves who deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Noonan now serves as director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s program on national security. Noonan is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and a fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society. Additionally, Noonan defended his doctoral dissertation at Loyola University Chicago in December. His degree will be conferred in May. Pictured (from left) are Noonan, Jessica Persoon ’13, cadet battalion commander for the University’s ROTC program, and Ray Burd, director of printing and mailing services at Scranton.
Staci Wille ’93 recently opened Heritage Health and Physical Therapy, LLC, in Sparta, N.J. She has 19 years of experience treating orthopedic and neurological conditions. 
Amy Ferguson ’94, G’96, Dunmore, published a novel called “The Sanctity of Love and War.”
Joseph Armstrong ’95, Philadelphia, is a shareholder and director of litigation at Fineburg, McCarthy, P.C.
David Guarino ’96, Clark, N.J., has been named global head of communications for S&P Dow Jones Indices, the world’s largest index provider and home to the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Elizabeth Aldridge ’97, Langhorne, is the principal of Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School in Bucks County. 
Gretchen Wintermantel ’97, Scranton, served as co-chair of Marley’s Mission Third Annual Blue Ribbon Gala in February.
Stephen Timchack, Psy.D. ’98, Bear Creek, has obtained board certification in clinical psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. He maintains a private practice in Kingston.
Jennifer Inglett ’99, G’00, Oakland, N.J., is president of the Neuro-Development Treatment Association (NDTA), an organization that provides clinical training, supports clinical research, and supports family education in the Neuro-Development Treatment approach used for the management and treatment of individuals with central nervous system pathophysiology.
Rev. Thomas Muldowney ’99, Scranton, was appointed vicar general of the Diocese of Scranton. Father Muldowney also serves as a chaplain for the Pennsylvania State Police.
Courtney Gilligan Saleski, Esq. ’99, a former assistant United States attorney in the District of Columbia, has joined the law firm DLA Piper as a partner in its litigation practice. She will work in the firm’s Philadelphia office.
Thomas Welsh ’99, Warren, N.J., was promoted to assistant principal for student affairs at Immaculata High School in Somerville, N.J.Kristin Erk Erbach, D.D.S. ’00 has joined the Zefran Dental Group in Honesdale. 
Marykay Nutini, D.O. ’01, finished her pediatric rehabilitation fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins Hospital. She currently works at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore, Md., where she specializes in treating children with acquired brain injuries.
Veasna Lay ’02, Denver, Colo., is a certified prosthetist-orthotist at the Veteran’s Administration Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinic in Aurora, Colo.
Cory Adams G’03 was named South Middleton Township’s new township manager. Adams spent eight years as a lobbyist with the Pennsylvania Association of Township Supervisors and is very familiar with issues affecting townships.
Maria Boulis Villafuerte, D.O. ’03, Royal Oaks, Mich., a physician at Kingswood Hospital, was part of the team selected for a Focus on People Award of 2012 recognizing their project, “Psychiatry Readmission Prevention (PReP): Pediatrics Team.” This award acknowledges teams which achieve success in the pillars (people, service, excellence, quality & safety, growth, research & education, community, and finance) of The Henry Ford Experience. 
Lucie Iuzzolino ’03, Valley Cottage, N.Y., recently joined the 9/11 Memorial team as a visitor services host. In a recent article for the 9/11 Memorial Blog (, she recounted where she was on Sept. 11, 2001 (a junior at The University of Scranton), and how she worried for her father, who had been doing electrical work in the World Trade Center, until she heard from him and learned he fled Manhattan on foot. Iuzzolino states, “When working at the 9/11 Memorial, I am reminded that the human spirit is tremendously resilient.”
Joseph Pierce ’03, Greenville, N.C., was one of 10 Ph.D. students selected nationally for research support from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in June. The ACSM Doctoral Student Research Grant Initiative will fund his dissertation project entitled “Role of Skeletal Muscle-Released Myokines in Human Fat Lipolysis.”  
Christopher J. Holland ’05, Nanuet, N.Y., is on the board of directors of the Celiac Disease Foundation.
Kristin Perilli ’05, foundation director for The Thomas Jerome House, an assisted-living facility for veterans with traumatic brain injuries, has led the foundation in purchasing a residence in Hamilton Square, N.J. The foundation is named in honor of Thomas Jerome Hromisin ’05, who suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq.
Lawrence T. Mattern ’05, of Brian T. Kelly, CPA & Associates, has completed requirements for certification as a certified public accountant by the Pennsylvania state board of examiners. 
Kirk Burr G’06, Beachwood, N.J., was named principal of Berkeley Township Elementary School.
Chad Mullen ’06, who writes under the pen name C.M. Mullane, had his new novel, “The Mirror of Aberrantine,” picked up by Northampton House and is available for download on any e-reader.
Allyson Urie ’06, Kingston, N.Y., graduated from Drexel University with a master’s degree in library and information science through Drexel’s iSchool program. She is currently a volunteer at the Kingston Library where she assists the reference department with its health collection.
Patrick Ehnot ’07 has been promoted to First National Community Bank’s electronic banking coordinator, where he will oversee all electronic banking projects to ensure the installation of products are completed on time and all terms and conditions are met.
Allana Prosser G’08, Johnsonville, S.C., was named South Carolina Middle Level Assistant Principal of the Year 2013.
Jeffrey Passetti ’10, Nanticoke, has been named assistant director of campus ministry at Misericordia University.
Maria Gubbiotti ’11, Falls, is a second-year medical/Ph.D. student at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. She is a member of the Pathology Honor Society, global health chair of the AMA Student Association and vice president of the Pathology Interest Society. 
Conor McMenamy ’11, Florham Park, N.J. is a regional internal wholesaler at AXA Equitable.
Tara Cobb G’12 has been promoted to real estate lending support coordinator at First National Community Bank.
Pat Casterline ’12 finished fifth in the 17th annual Steamtown Marathon in October.

Spreading Their Scranton Pride

Spreading Their Scranton Pride
Spreading Their Scranton Pride
Young Scranton alums Maggie Coyne ’12 (from left), Michael Wiencek ’12 and Caitlin Hopkins ’12 share their Scranton passion with students of the newly established Yap Catholic High School in the Micronesian Islands where Wiencek and Hopkins are volunteer teachers. For those who are wondering, Micronesia is a subregion of Oceania, comprised of thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. Yep, it’s OK to be envious.
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