Skip to Page's ContentSkip to Top NavSkip to SearchSkip to FooterSkip to Class Notes Nav


Class Notes

Search Results

Joseph C. O’Laughlin, D.O. ’71, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, was honored by the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physicians for 40 years of service to the citizens of Michigan. O’Laughlin served as chief of gastroenterology at Regional Medical Center, co-founded the Tri-County Center for Endoscopy and Surgery in Clinton Township, Michigan, and served as clinical associate professor of Medicine at Michigan State University. O’Laughlin performed more than 60,000 diagnostic and interventional gastrointestinal endoscopies during his career.

Colonel (RET) Richard H. Breen Jr. ’77, Alexandria, Virginia, was recently inducted into the Cardinal O’Hara High School Hall of Fame. Breen’s career in the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense was recognized during a ceremony at the Springfield school campus.

Brian J. Benedetti ’78, Wilkes-Barre, was elected chairman of the board of trustees at the Everhart Museum in Scranton.

Karen Kraynak Creamer ’80, Swedesboro, New Jersey, was promoted to vice-president, BU Operations Management at Syneos Health Clinical. Syneos Health, with headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a global, fully integrated biopharmaceutical solutions organization that helps customers improve and accelerate the delivery of therapies that impact health worldwide.

Melinda Ghilardi ’80, Dunmore, of Munley Law, will serve a three-year term as the unit county governor on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Board of Governors. Ghilardi’s term began in May 2019.

Jack Garvey ’20 studied abroad at Trinity College Dublin. During his last week in Ireland, his family visited for a trip around Ireland. Pictured are Jack’s father Larry Garvey ’78, brother Daniel ’19 and sister Marie ’21 atop Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holiest mountain, in County Mayo.

Bill Canny ’77, H’07, executive director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, far left, hosts students for a networking event in Washington D.C. The Center for Career Development and Political Science Department sponsored the D.C. networking trip April, which was made possible through alumni funding for the Ignatian Global Citizenship Program. Carl Thorsen ’90, founding partner of Thorsen French Advocacy, a boutique government relations firm, also hosted the group while they were in the city.

Eugene M. Sibick, CAPT (Ret), D.D.S. ’80, Williamsville, New York, recently retired after a distinguished 34-year career with the U.S. Navy. Dr. Sibick has received numerous awards and decorations throughout his career, including the 1988 “Outstanding Dental Officer” for the Northeast Region, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the Expert Rifle and Pistol Medals, for which he was affectionately known as “Dead Eye Doc.” Sibick serves as an adjunct professor in the biology department at Medaille College and continues to serve the 8th District Dental Society as the chairman of the Peer Review Committee.

Mary Andrews Brown ’81, Maplewood, New Jersey, was one of this year’s four inductees into the DTC Advertising Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is designed to honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in the advancement of direct-to-consumer marketing.

Robert English ’81, Eatontown, New Jersey, was elected to his fourth three-year term on the Eatontown, New Jersey Board of Education. In addition, English was also chosen to be the board president for the fifth consecutive year.

Harry A. Lennon ’83, Round Top, New York, has been elected to his fifth term on the Greene County, New York, Legislature, where he serves as the minority leader.

Susan J. Soloway ’83, Annandale, New Jersey, was sworn in as Hunterdon County New Jersey’s fourth female freeholder in 305 years. Soloway, an accountant by trade, was a two-term mayor, formerly served on the Township Land Use Board and is active as a volunteer in the Franklin Township community.

Linda Albrechta Garbade ’84, Conklin, New York, was honored by the Catholic Schools of Broome County with the 2019 Richard Bucci Excellence in Teaching award.

Anthony P. Trozzolillo ’84, Scranton, was selected for inclusion on 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. Trozzolillo was selected in the category of Personal Injury, General: Defense.

Suzanne Flanagan ’87, Basking Ridge, New Jersey, was awarded the role of senior account executive with Cutting Edge Technologies, a New Jersey-based IT consulting firm. Flanagan, the mother of a brain cancer survivor, is the founder of the Luke Forward Pediatric Brain Cancer Fund and a member of the Bernard’s Parents with Exceptional Children group, which raises funds to help children with special needs.

Timothy Fox ’89, Fleetwood, earned his Ph.D. in leadership from Alvernia University.

Michelle Lindsey Karedes ’89, Endicott, New York, was promoted to senior director of Strategic Facility Planning at United Health Services. During her 20 years at the region’s largest health system, she has held a range of positions in management including most recently the system director of Oncology Services.

Patricia Savage, Ph.D. G’89, Hollidaysburg, was named one of Pennsylvania Business Central’s 2019 Top Pennsylvania Women in Business CEOs. Savage is president/CEO of Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries.
Cathy J. Toner ’89, Downingtown, was promoted to assistant dean, Talent & Staff Development, Community & External Outreach at the Villanova School of Business at Villanova University.
Paul L. D’Andrea, M.D., USAF ’90, Hampton, Virginia, was promoted to colonel in the United States Air Force while deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan, June 1.
Sean McFarland ’90, Frederick, Maryland, recently completed a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Technology at the University of Maryland.
Carl Thorsen ’90, Bethesda, Maryland, was named for the sixth consecutive year as one of Washington’s 25 “top lobbyists” (corporate) by The Hill. Thorsen is a founding partner of Thorsen French Advocacy, a boutique government relations firm.
Three alumni graduated with doctorates from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and were inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), the National Dental Honor Society. Their induction into OKU gives them the distinction of completing their doctorate in the top 12 percent of graduating dental students across the nation. Current dean of the School of Dental Medicine Bernard Costello, D.M.D., M.D., FACS ’91 stated those who are part of OKU are “the best of the best.” He was especially proud to see the successes of his fellow alumni from Scranton. 

From left: Dr. Bernard J. Costello, Maria Genello, D.M.D. ’15, Jessica Hatala, D.M.D. ’15 and Joseph Browning, D.M.D. ’15.

Patricia Miller McEnery ’91, Line Lexington, and Cheryl Ruddock Leatherbarrow ’91, Pipersville, best friends since their University of Scranton days, both completed their doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership and Administration at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Marilyn (Bogusch) Pryle ’91, G’97, Clarks Green, was named the 2019 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year by the state’s Department of Education. Each year, students, parents, teachers and community members submit nominations for the award in recognition of an educator’s achievements both in and out of the classroom. Pryle, an English teacher at Abington Heights High School, has written several books about teaching reading and writing. Visit for more information.
Eric D. Brophy ’92, Wall, New Jersey, was named executive director of the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority on September 10, 2018.
Joanna Prokosch Zucker ’92, Scottsdale, Arizona, joined PCA Skin Care, a Colgate Palmolive subsidiary, as their chief executive officer.
Christopher D. Pavuk ’94, Peckville, was selected for inclusion on the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List. Pavuk was selected in the category of workers’ compensation.
Christopher J. Williams, Ed.L.D. ’94, Roseville, California, graduated on May 30 from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.L.D.). His capstone (dissertation) concentrated on addressing chronic absenteeism within the context of the school district as an ecological system.
Sharon Holmes Hartranft, M.Ed. ’95, Chalfont, was appointed science department chair at Archbishop Wood High School where she teachers AP Environmental Science, Honors Forensic Science and Biology.
Timothy M. Gallen ’96, Hatfield, was appointed to the finance committee for the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, effective September 2019.
Daniel M. Stanislawczyk ’97, Lake Worth, Florida, was named president and CEO of Seagull Services, Inc.
Kelly Thompson-Brazill ’99, Raleigh, North Carolina, was appointed director of the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Georgetown University’s School of Nursing and Health Studies in January 2019.
Kathleen Zelno ’99, G’04, Los Angeles, California, received the 2019 Program Assessment and Evaluation Corporate Excellence Award from Lockheed Martin Corp., Washington, D.C.
Brian Shahum ’00, Portland, Oregon, joined the Brown & Brown NW (BBNW) team as an insurance broker in their Commercial Lines team. Shahum brings with him more than three years of experience in Portland’s commercial real estate market and over 12 years of domestic and international insurance claim knowledge.
Jonathan A. Cote, Ed.D. ’02, Califon, New Jersey, earned his Doctorate of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University in August 2018. Dr. Cote is the registrar and teaches physics at Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey.
Jennifer Menichini ’02, Pittston Township, a lawyer with the firm Joyce, Carmody and Moran PC, became the chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division in May.
Rachel Trommelen Wellons ’02, New Orleans, Louisiana, has been elected to the position of chair-elect for the Vestibular Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy. She will serve in this position during 2019-20 and then move into the chair position in July 2020. Wellons is an assistant professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at LSU Heath.
Stephanie Longo ’03, Dunmore, has received a Gold Award in the History category from the Nonfiction Book Awards via the Nonfiction Authors Association for her 2018 publication Italians of Lackawanna County published by Arcadia Publishing. The Nonfiction Book Awards recognize literary excellence in more than 150 categories. The program honors books yearround, judging them based on a scoring system that evaluates the quality of the writing and production of the book. A book can receive a bronze, silver or gold award based on the final evaluation score.
Colin J. O’Boyle ’04, Plymouth Meeting, a shareholder at Elliott Greenleaf PC in Blue Bell, became the chair-elect of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division at the conclusion of the association’s annual meeting in May 2019.
Jonathan Miknis ’06, Dillsburg, graduated from Penn State University with a master’s degree in nursing with the adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner option in May 2019.
Jonathan Poplawsky, Ph.D. ’07, Knoxville, Tennessee, a materials scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, develops and links advanced characterization techniques that improve our ability to see and understand atomic-scale features of diverse materials for energy and information technologies. Poplawsky’s article, “Probing Materials to Improve Energy and Information Technologies,” was published by the U.S. Department of Energy Science News in its January 2019 edition.
Adam Z. Rosinski, S.J. ’07, Raleigh, North Carolina, a Jesuit in the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, was ordained to the priesthood on Saturday June 8, 2019, at the Fordham University Church in the Bronx, New York. Father Rosinski’s first assignment as an ordained priest is to serve as parochial vicar at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Raleigh.
William T. Colona ’08, Teaneck, New Jersey, accepted a position at Fordham University as director of Government Relations, Federal, and Urban Affairs.
Jacqueline DeFilippis ’08, Somerset, New Jersey, a school counselor at the Samuel E. Shull Middle School in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, was recognized as the 2018-19 Governor’s Educational Services Professional of the Year for the second time.
Daisy Vélez, Psy.D. ’09, Norfolk, Virginia, earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from La Salle University. Vélez specialized in health psychology by completing her internship in medical/health psychology at University of Florida and residency in consultation and liaison psychology at Jackson Health System in Miami. She recently earned her license and is now a psychologist at the Hampton VA Medical Center in Virginia.

Photo taken during the Commencement Weekend Legacy Reception of Thomas A. Langan, D.D.S. ’83, South Abington Township, and his five sons, all graduates of the University. Dr. Langan’s father, Eugene Langan Jr., was a 1958 graduate of The University of Scranton and his grandfather, the late Eugene Langan Sr., was a graduate of St. Thomas College’s Class of 1934. From left to right: Nathan ’19, Colin ’16, Brendan ’11, Thomas Sr. ’83, Kevin ’14, and Thomas Jr. ’09.

Mark Mensack ’84 proposing to Ellen Postupack Brylewski ’84 at Reunion Weekend juxtaposed against a photo of the couple during their student days at Scranton. They met at Scranton during Orientation and became fast friends. After college, they married other people but reconnected a few years ago.
Dana M. Poloni ’11, Nazareth, was awarded the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2019.
Christopher H. Nebzydoski ’12, Pleasant Mount, was awarded the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2019.
Alexander Zygmunt, M.D. ’12, Cincinnati, Ohio, was named to the 10-member Residents and Fellow Board of the Journal of Child Neurology. Zygmunt earned his medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2016 and is currently a resident in child neurology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Elena Habersky ’13, Dallas, was awarded a fellowship grant through the American University in Cairo and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to conduct ethnographic research in Uganda during March 2019. Habersky’s project examines how African refugee populations, namely Congolese and Darfuri communities, assemble, become and escape in urban settings from Amman to Cairo to Kampala. Her research hopes to show how migration within the Global South changes the humanitarian governments and societies in which these refuges reside. During her month in Uganda, she was able to connect with Father Henry Mulindwa ’07, a local Diocesan priest and Scranton alumnus whom she met in January 2013 on the Christianity in Africa travel course.
David M. Linhares ’13, Scranton, was recently promoted to client delivery director for Conifer Health Solutions based in Frisco, Texas. Linhare will have both client services management and revenue cycle performance responsibilities for one of the company’s largest clients, Tenet Healthcare. Tenet Healthcare currently operates 65 acute care hospitals nationwide.
Nicholas J. Minissale ’13, Neptune, New Jersey, was awarded the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2019.
April Francia ’15, Philadelphia, gained admission to the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Stephen Gadomski ’15, Charleston, South Carolina, was awarded a 2019 Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is awarded to the most academically outstanding and socially committed United States citizens. There are 34 scholars selected to be part of the 2019 class of Gates-Cambridge Scholars at the University of Cambridge.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Contact Us
Copyright 2022 The University of Scranton. All Rights Reserved.