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Finley Martin ’63, Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, Canada, recently published his fourth book and second novel. It is a crime fiction mystery titled The Dead Letter.

Dominic Ingraffea ’67, Ringwood, New Jersey, was recently honored by the Ringwood, New Jersey Borough Council in recognition for his more than 40 years of volunteer service on the Ringwood Ambulance Corps as an EMT. During this time, Ingraffea has volunteered thousands of hours, answered hundreds of emergency calls, has held every elected office in the Corps and served on numerous committees. He has instructed and mentored members of the organization and residents of Ringwood.

Several members of the Class of 1967 got together in 2015 (they celebrated their 70th birthdays this year). Left to right: Lou Orlando, Skip Minakowski, Pete Lally, Tom Myles and Joe Leary.
Several members of the Class of 1967 got together in 2015 (they celebrated their 70th birthdays this year). Left to right: Lou Orlando, Skip Minakowski, Pete Lally, Tom Myles and Joe Leary.

Gerald Luchansky ’68, Olyphant, won another four-year term on the board of directors of the Mid-Valley School District during the recent general election in November.

Joseph Cimini ’70, Dunmore, received the Alan Sweeney Volunteer of the Year Award from the Lackawanna Historical Society.

Joseph O’Laughlin, D.O. ’71, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, was recently honored for 35 years of service to McClaren Macomb Regional Medical Center in Mount Clemens, Michigan, including 12 years as chief of Gastroenterology.

Judee Bavaria G’72 (right), member of the University’s Board of Trustees, in front of Judee’s parish, Old St. Joseph’s, Philadelphia. Beside Bavaria is her new pastor, Philip Florio, S.J., who used to work at the University, Will Dennis ’05, his fiancée, Danielle, and, at left, Jim Moore ’71. Moore also worked at the University for a few years.
Judee Bavaria G’72 (right), member of the University’s Board of Trustees, in front of Judee’s parish, Old St. Joseph’s, Philadelphia. Beside Bavaria is her new pastor, Philip Florio, S.J., who used to work at the University, Will Dennis ’05, his fiancée, Danielle, and, at left, Jim Moore ’71. Moore also worked at the University for a few years.

Kevin Kiley, M.D. ’72, Slingerlands, New York, was promoted to professor and serves as the chairman of OBGYN at Albany Medical College. Dr. Kiley received the Luella Klein Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in May 2015 at the annual national meeting.

Rudy DiGilio ’76, Washington, New Jersey, recently completed a self-supported bicycle trip from Camden, Maine, to Washington, New Jersey, with a friend.

Dennis Size ’76 (directly left, behind the pope), vice president of The Lighting Design Group, designed the lighting for ABC News’ special Town Meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican in September 2015.

Dennis Size ’76, Little Neck, New York, vice president of the Lighting Design Group, went to Rome to set up the one-on-one position in the Papal meeting room of the Vatican for an ABC special town meeting with Pope Francis in which His Holiness answered questions live and on camera from people in three U.S. cities. David Muir, of ABC’s “World News Tonight,” conducted an interview with Pope Francis, and the ABC News team gathered around Pope Francis for a photo, after which he shook hands and blessed the group.

Stephen Yokimishyn ’76, Dallas, recently retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development after 25 years of service with the governor’s Action Team. He served six Pennsylvania governors during his tenure.

Christine Meholic ’80, Lake Ariel, has been named the director of Project Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at The Commonwealth Medical College.
Nancy Edmunds ’82, Archbald, was this year’s recipient of the Harold Miller Award presented by the Lackawanna Bar Association for outstanding service to the courts and the community.
Edward Sitar ’82, Mahwah, New Jersey, CFO for Cancer Genetics, Inc., was named the winner in the Public Company category for the 2015 NJBIZ CFO of the Year awards program.
Harry Lennon ’83, Round Top, New York, has been re-elected to his fourth term on the Greene County, New York, Legislature, where he serves as minority leader.
Colette Mazzucelli, Ph.D. ’83, Brooklyn, New York, has an article featured in The Huffington Post’s The WorldPost: “The Syrian Refugee Exodus Needs a Civil Society Response.” Also, an international relations course taught for undergraduates at LIU Global by Professor Mazzucelli is mentioned in a recent New York Times article, “Extreme Study Abroad: The World Is Their Campus.”  In the pilot course this fall, Professor Mazzucelli innovates with Google's new Learning Management System (LMS), Classroom, to teach undergraduates engaged in fieldwork on several continents. The article also profiles the experience of an LIU Global senior, Clarissa Gordon, who is a thesis advisee working with Mazzucelli while on internship assignment in Trinidad and Tobago after her freshman, sophomore, and junior years studying in Costa Rica, India, and South Africa, respectively. On Sept. 26, Mazzucelli returned to the The University of Scranton to address The Schemel Forum on the subject of Wright Spaces: Citizenship Learning in Liquid Times, in which she presented the pedagogical initiatives being introduced in the LIU Global undergraduate curriculum during this academic year.
Marion Munley, Esq. ’83, Moosic, a partner at Munley Law, was recently elected secretary of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Trucking Litigation Group at the AAJ annual convention in Montreal, Canada. The Trucking Litigation Group provides its members with tools and resources to successfully litigate trucking cases and to remain abreast of important developments in trucking laws. Atty. Munley was also named first vice chair of the AAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, serves on the AAJ publications and retirement committees and is an at-large governor on its board of governors.
Jeaneen Andrews-Feldman ’84, Alexandria, Virginia, has joined the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as the chief marketing officer. Previously, she was senior vice president of Marketing at Merkle Inc. At SHRM she is a member of the executive leadership team for the Virginia-based professional membership association.
Thomas J. Grech ’84, Malverne, New York, joined the Queens Chamber of Commerce as executive director. Queens County is the most diverse county in the U.S., among 3,120 counties. The Chamber seeks to assist its members by fostering economic growth and prosperity in the Queens business community and offers a strategic, hands-on approach for each of its members.
Kevin Kucharski ’85, Hampton, New Jersey, senior vice president of Clinical Operations at Achillion Pharmaceuticals, was named as one of the PharmaVOICE 100’s “most inspiring people in the research industry” for 2015.
John Miller G’85, Fairfield, Iowa, was hired as a retired and senior volunteer program coordinator under United Way sponsorship for Jefferson County, Iowa. Miller recruits volunteers and arranges workstations for them with county nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity. He also has begun volunteering with the Institute for Asian and American Studies in Fairfield, helping develop and present PowerPoints on American cultural perspectives.
Michele Polny Smith ’86, Wapwallopen, recently passed the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties certification exam in Sports Physical Therapy. By doing so, she has earned the designation Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy.
Nadine Panfiel Bauman ’87, Island Heights, New Jersey, was promoted to the rank of sergeant at the Ocean County Prosecutors Office in Toms River, New Jersey. She is assigned to the Special Investigations/Corruption/Internal Affairs Bureau.
Jeffrey P. Utz, M.D. ‘87, Brooklyn, New York, is a science teacher at K233, The Montauk, in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to teaching sixth-, seventh- and eight-grade science, Dr. Utz coaches the chess team, after-school robotics and is a mentor in the Academy for Boys and Career Development, a program that helps at-risk boys stay on track. He is also a mentor at the Children of Promise, an organization that helps youths who have at least one parent who has been or is incarcerated. Dr. Utz is a Common Core Science Fellow, helping to revise the NYC Department of Education’s Scope and Sequence in earth science. During the summers, he is an instructor for the Center for Talented Youth of Johns Hopkins University, most recently teaching fifth- and sixth-graders about forensic science at its Chestertown, Maryland site at Washington College. He has also taught at CTY’s New York City site and taught high school students epidemiology at the CTY Princeton site at Princeton University.
Some of the bands, choirs, and strings alumni in attendance at Noel Night on Saturday, Dec. 5 were: Andrew Price ’15, Matt Fava ’15, Cathy Gavigan Seymour ’90, John P Fraunces Jr. ’92, Lynn King Andres ’89, Tom Cipriano ’98, Jessica Cranmer ’15, Tiff Crispell-Walsh ’03, Doug Jones ’10, Chris Samuels ’08, Blake Lucas ’15, Suzanne Tomitz ’14, Amanda Blorstad ’08, Allison Martyn ’08, Kyle Gleaves ’14, Susan Cook ’00, Bill McInerney ’90, Shawn Kenney ’14, Nicole Linko ’12, Connie K. Wall ’15, Maggie Boga G’10, Cheryl Boga, director of Performance Music, Amber Rugletic ’06, Linda Sweeney ’89, Matt Stokesbury ’15, Nicole Dice ’15, Michael Yasich ’89, Deirdre Sullivan ’15, Emily O’Connor ’15 and Tara Fueshko ’06.

Jack Strain ’90, Clarks Summit, had the second volume of his World in Flames Trilogy, Truman’s War, published on Amazon, where within three weeks it rose to No. 6 in the Alternative History fiction category. The first volume, Stalin’s War, was published in June 2014 and was on Amazon’s Top 100 list for Alternative History for nearly six months.

Lisa Burdziejko ’91, Wilmington, Delaware, has spent the past 24 years working in law enforcement and social work. Currently, she is a full-time social worker with Delaware’s Department of Justice Sex Crimes Unit, as well as an author. Her latest book, Kissing Frogs, is a modern-day fractured fairy tale.

Brian Dalton ’92, Lafayette Hill, has been appointed to the board of directors of The Timothy School (educating children with autism for 50 years).

Joanna Prokosch Zucker ’92, Scottsdale, Arizona, is vice president of Services (grooming, hotels and training) for PetSmart.

Brian Mayo ’94, Wayne, joined RELX Group (Reed Elsevier) in the Clinical Solutions business area as director for Mobile Engineering and Architecture, delivering mobile solutions to clinical customers.

Joseph McComb ’94, Broomall, graduated with his MBA degree from Villanova University.

Cory Donovan ’96, Haddon Township, New Jersey, recently launched FurAlert, a free mobile app that acts like Amber Alert for missing pets. This app will notify people nearby about your missing pet so they can help you quickly reunite. Learn more at

Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Grabo, M.D. ’98, Arcadia, California, a trauma surgeon and chief of trauma for the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, recently received the Romanian Medal of Honor for his actions in early 2015 while helping save many lives of Romanian soldiers who were injured by an improvised explosive device that was suddenly detonated.

Lorene Janowski, DPS ’00, New York, New York, is an advanced clinician, occupational therapist who specializes in pediatrics at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. After completing her clinical doctorate at New York University (NYU), she worked as an adjunct professor in the master’s level Occupational Therapy (OT) program. She now teaches the pediatric lab section of NYU’s OT program.

Phillip Snyder ’00, Mechanicsburg, has been promoted to general manager, The Home Depot- Crown Bolt Division DC20 in Carlisle.

Krista Mancini Swetz ’01, Crofton, Maryland, received Specialty Certification in School System Practice from the American Occupational Therapy Association in July 2014.

Suzanne Messina Messer ’01, Cicero, New York, an associate with Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, has been recognized in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in the field of general litigation.

Jonathan Rohl ’01, Long Island City, New York, and Ricardo Urbina ’01, Redwood City, California, competed in the Kona Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in October 2015. This is the most elite endurance sport in the world, with 2,000 competitors participating in the 140.6-mile journey.

William Slovinsky, Ph.D. ’02, Philadelphia, has defended his doctoral thesis and earned his doctorate in engineering from Temple University. Dr. Slovinsky is a postdoctoral researcher at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.

Stephanie Longo ’03, Scranton, was recently hired as the director of Marketing and Communications at the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

Susan Chrusciel ’04, Chatham, New Jersey, was recently appointed as District 83 Area 22 director for 2015-2016 by Toastmasters International.

Gina Mediago Desch ’05, Caldwell, New Jersey, was promoted to manager of Metals Operations at Charter Brokerage, LLC in Manhattan. Desch now oversees international imports and domestic exports of all metal commodities.

Katherine Prizeman ’08, Forest Hills, New York, received one of the 100 Magis Medals from the Jesuit Honor Society Alpha Sigma Nu for 100 members who exemplify Jesuit values.

Stephanie Tantum ’08, Langhorne, accepted a position as digital marketing campaign manager for HighPoint Solutions, an IT consulting firm catering to health care and life science organizations.

John Major ’10, Scranton, finished his seventh marathon on Oct. 11, in 4:43:52. He placed 1,721 out of almost 3,000 registered runners.

Scott Melideo, Ph.D. ’10, Norristown, earned his doctorate in biochemistry from Drexel University College of Medicine.

Joseph Fulginiti ’11, Mount Ephraim, New Jersey, graduated from Thomas Jefferson University with a doctorate in pharmacy in May 2015. He was accepted into a post-doctoral fellowship program at Acorda Therapeutics in Ardsley, New York. He is also pursuing his MBA in the business program at Rutgers University.
Michael Casari Jr. ’12, Hazleton, graduated from Widener University School of Law in May 2015 and is licensed to practice law after passing the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar examinations. Casari is employed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as a judicial law clerk for The Honorable Correale F. Stevens.
Holly Pilcavage ’12, Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, gave a TEDx Talk in Akron, Ohio in September 2015.
Joseph Scotchlas G’12, Largo, Florida, was recognized at the Florida Hospital Association’s annual meeting with the ACHE Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award. Scotchlas is the administrator for the Department of Medicine at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.
Stephen DeChiaro ’13, Cranford, New Jersey, has embarked on a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest at Recovery Café in Seattle, Washington.
Harrison Wolff ’13, Clarks Summit, has been named among the top 20 under 40 by Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal. Wolff is the co-owner of Raise the Bar Training and Performance in Scranton.
Paul McElhenny G’14, Altoona, was recently promoted to the position of logistics manager for North America at Gardner Denver.
Dominica Bianconi ’15, Scott Township, has dedicated a year of service to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at St. Aloysius School in New York, New York.
Maria Cleary ’15, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, has dedicated a year of service to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at St. Anthony Foundation in San Francisco, California.
Corrine DiGiovine ’15, Old Forge, has dedicated a year of service to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest at Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis in Anchorage, Alaska.
Michael Morris ’15, Lansdowne, has embarked on a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at St. Matthew Catholic School in Phoenix, Arizona.
Olivia Pappas ’15, Drexel Hill, has begun full-time service with Jesuit Volunteer Corps at the Red Sox Foundation and MassGeneral Hospital Home Base Program in Boston.
Janis Segura ’15, Red Bank, New Jersey, has dedicated a year of service to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Caroline House in Bridgeport, Wisconsin.
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