Graduates on The Go

| 1960s |

Rich Fiedler (B.A. '69), owner of Fiedler Gallery in his native Greenport, N.Y., is a well-known regional artist who paints local subjects and scenery. His works are in the collections of several major corporations and have appeared on the covers of Yankee magazine. Rich has also exhibited in a variety of galleries and museums on the east end of Long Island. When not painting, he enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife, Marilyn, and their two children, Morgant and Ricky.

After retiring from the New York City Department of Corrections, George Sidoti (B.S. '65) spent time as an owner and trainer of thoroughbred horses. He is now the founder and president of Northport, N.Y.-based New Five Star Millennium Entertain-ment Inc., a not-for-profit theater company. George, a former community mayor of Parkville-Brooklyn, also supports a number of charitable organizations and is a huge fan of the New York Yankees.

| 1970s |

Richard H. Bass (B.S. '71) has been appointed to the board of directors of Greenstone Holdings Inc. He is also the president of Rudolf Bass Inc., a family-run woodworking equipment dealer.

As the co-founder of Casablanca Records (whose artists included Kiss and Donna Summer), Larry Harris (B.F.A. '71) chronicles the label's rise and fall in his book, And Party Every Day: The Inside Story of Casablanca Records. He credits the communications program at NYIT for his success in the entertainment field. During his career, Larry has worked with DirecTV, Universal Music Group, Warner Bros. Records, Higher Octave Music, Atlantic Records, NBC, and other major corporations.

Chester Schnepf (B.F.A. '72) was interviewed for an original radio documentary on Edgar Allan Poe, entitled "Poe: A Celebration," which aired on the radio station of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Chester is a professor and chair of the humanities department at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Conn. The NYIT graduate is also a prolific painter.

Lawrence Reoch (B.S. '73) is spending his retirement by giving back. He's a community volunteer for the Westerville, Ohio, fire and police departments and a member of search and rescue teams for the Department of Homeland Security as well as his local police and fire departments.

NYIT Trustee Richard J. Daly (B.S. '74) was honored at the American Heart Association's 47th Annual Long Island Heart Ball. Richard, CEO of Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc. and a member of the Broadridge board, says: "To this day, when I am in meetings, I still hear the words of professors Deerson, Broadwell, and Robbins, who continue to give me the intestinal fortitude to suggest to high-priced professionals that they reached the wrong conclusion and to come back to me with a better answer. NYIT gave me the pragmatic skills to be successful." He is also a founding member of the board of directors of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County Inc. and serves as honorary director.

Social worker Leslye Abbey (B.S. '79) has a private clinical practice in North Bellmore, N.Y. She is also a filmmaker with numerous credits, including a project that was shown at the "Indigenous Peoples and Self-Determination" exhibit at the United Nations in April 2010. Her other projects include: "Rosey at 100," a documentary about artist, feminist and nurse Rosey Kramer Meyers; a documentary that examines aging; and a profile on Catherine Papell, a founding member of the Association of Advance-ment of Social Work.

This August, Paul F. Cataldo (B.S. '79) will become principal of White Mountain Middle School in Eagle Point, Ore. He has spent the past 30 years in education and is currently serving out his term as principal of Hedrick Middle School in Medford, Ore.

| 1980s |

Long Island Business News has included Denise E. Brooks (B.Arch. '80) in its "Ones to Watch: Long Island Engineering." A state licensed and registered architect, Denise is principal of Habitech Planning & Design in Glen Cove, N.Y. Previously, she was a director of design for Innerdynamics Inc. and Stillwell Factor, as well as an adjunct professor of architecture at NYIT. Denise is an active member of the American Institute of Archi-tects, the U.S. Green Building Council, Long Island Business Associates, and the Executive Women's Golf Association, among other community organizations.

Maria H. Sastre (B.S. '81, M.B.A. '83) has been appointed chief operating officer for global operations at Signature Flight Support Corporation. She will be responsible for the daily operations of Signature's worldwide network of fixed base operations, located at the company's global headquarters in Orlando, Fla. She joined Signature from nonprofit organization Take Stock in Children, where she served as president and CEO. Maria serves on the boards of directors and audit committees of Publix Supermarkets and Darden Restaurants.

James T. Powers (B.Arch. '82) of CSArch Architecture, an architecture, engineering, and construction management firm, manages the company's office in Melville, N.Y. He joined the firm last year as director of business development.

Ben Milano (B.F.A. '83) has started the business blog, "Ben Milano's Adventures in Marketing: A Roadmap to Modern Marketing." He is currently the director of marketing communications for New York Life.

John Scano (B.S. '83) is vice president of global financial operations for Henry Schein Inc., a worldwide distributor of health care products and services, where he heads up the operational aspects of working capital management. A certified public accountant, he is based at the company's worldwide headquarters in Melville, N.Y.

Thomas W. Buckridge (M.B.A. '84) has been honored by Cambridge Who's Who for his dedication, leadership, and excellence in financial and business consulting. Thomas is the managing director and founder of Nummarius LLC, a nationwide financial and business consulting company based in Tampa, Fla. He is also a founder of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies in Saint Leo, Fla.

John R. Panico (M.S. '84) has accepted a position with the University of Chicago as director of labor relations.

Bernard DeLoach (M.A. '86) is the Internet campus pastor for Discovery Church in Orlando, Fla. In this position, he hopes to help foster spiritual movement in the lives of attendees worldwide. He has served as the church's creative arts director for the past five years.

Assignment Manager Carol Pack (B.F.A. '86, M.A. '87) of NYIT's LI News Tonight has published her first historical fiction novel, Code Name: Evangeline, which is available though Amazon's Kindle store. The story follows a woman who joins the British Secret Intelligence Service to free her brother from the Nazis.

Hugh Ettlinger (D.O. '87), an associate professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine at NYCOM, was featured in a March 2, 2010, New York Daily News article about the Neuromuscular Skeletal Medicine Residency Program at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y. Hugh is director of the program, which provides newborns at St. Barnabas with osteopathic manipulative treatments before they are sent home in an effort to correctly align the infants' bodies as they begin their lives.

Norma I. Lopez (D.O. '88) practices family medicine and is the chief medical officer and chief medical informatics officer at the Lynn Community Health Center in Lynn, Mass. She has been happily married to her husband, John, for 20 years.

Franchising World has included Emir Lopez (B.S. '88) in its Eighth Annual Minorities in Franchising Special Edition. He owns two Domino's Pizza franchises in East Harlem, N.Y. Thomas Vecchione (B.Arch. '88) has been selected as a contestant for the fifth season of HGTV's Design Star. He serves as design director for Gensler, a San Francisco-based architectural firm with offices worldwide.

Ronald Loneker (B.F.A. '89, M.A. '90) has received the NJEDge.Net Recognition Award for his dedicated service to NJEDge.Net, a nonprofit technology consortium of academic and research institutions in New Jersey. He was especially noted for the eight years he served as chair of the Educational Activities Task Force (EATF). Though Ronald serves as director of media services for the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J., he remains an active member of NJEDge.Net's EATF, Distance Learning Academic Advisory Board, Collaborative Faculty Development Initiative, and Video Resources Group.

A member of the Syosset, N.Y., Volunteer Fire Department since 1991, Giovanni Graceffa (B.S. '89) has been re-elected to his second five-year term as the fire commissioner for the Syosset district. During his first term as commissioner from 2003 to 2007, Giovanni was elected twice by his fellow fire commissioners to serve as board chairman and oversaw the district's buildings and grounds programs.

Dennis Dowling (D.O. '89) has been honored with the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society Physician of the Year Award. Dennis has taught at many colleges of osteopathic medicine and other educational institutions nationally as well as in Europe and Japan. Since 1990, he has supervised residents in the physical medicine and rehabilitation department at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

Vincent Byron Jr. (M.B.A. '89) has been selected to be the opposition senator in St. Kitts. He adds music and sporting accolades to his list of accomplishments, having represented his country in cricket and football from 1973 to 1982. He has also served as a radio and television sports commentator and bandleader.

| 1990s |

Richard N. Krinsky (D.O. '90) has been named Doctor of the Year for the second consecutive year by the Torrington, Conn.-based Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH). The award recipient is chosen by CHH nurses and other caregivers in recognition of a physician they admire and respect. Richard is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in critical care pulmonary medicine and practices.

Ho Wen-Jean (M.A. '90) resigned from her job at a leading digital media company to follow her passion for jewelry design. Today, she is the CEO of Taiwan-based Fenice Design, a successful business she started with her jewelry design teacher, Wong Mei-Ling. Her products, which combine contemporary and traditional Eastern designs, can be found around the world in exhibitions and museum shops.

Reddy Allen (M.S. '91), founder of information technology consulting company TechnoDyne in Wayne, N.J., has been accepted into the Young Presidents' Organization, a forum that connects young business leaders with executives around the world. His company's annual revenue exceeded $80 million dollars in 2008. Techno-Dyne serves public sector agencies and global Fortune 500 clients.

Erika Jurasits (D.O. '91) is the owner of North Country Family Health and Medicine in Rocky Point, N.Y. As a NYCOM student, she interned at Peninsula Medical Center in Queens, N.Y., and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J. During her health policy fellowship, she helped write one of the United States' first patient protection acts.

Family practice physician Jacqueline A. Watson (D.O. '91) serves as the executive director of the U.S. Depart-ment of Health's Board of Medicine in Washington, D.C., where she is responsible for managing the regulatory oversight for the licensing and disciplining of more than 11,000 physicians and other health professionals. Jacqueline was the founder, president, and CEO of Health Concepts International LLC and has served as a consultant for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Potomac Electric Power Company, National Institutes of Health, Pharma-ceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, and Volunteers of America. Jacqueline is also the founder of Jamaican Women of Washington Inc., a nonprofit organization that supports underserved women, children, and families in the Caribbean.

Seena N. Stern (M.A. '91) is regional faculty member for the American Heart Association (AHA), where she teaches basic life support and mentors AHA instructors. She also dedicates much of her time to the Medical Reserve Corps, responding to disasters nationwide.

Rich Stabile (B.T. '91) is the chairman, founder, and CEO of Long Island Spirits, one of the first distilleries on Long Island. He recalls the time he spent in his NYIT physics classes with Professor Gabriel Sunshine, who inspired Rich with stories of his service in the U.S. Air National Guard. "His strength of character inspired me to pursue excellence in everything I did," says Rich.

Scott A. Wolf (D.O. '91) has been appointed vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer for Mercy Medical Center in Massachusetts. He serves as liaison between administration and the medical staff and focuses on risk management, patient safety, and requirements for accreditation.

Christopher Harding (B.S. '92) is a building inspector for the Town of Brookhaven, N.Y. He and his wife, Mary Ann, have three kids.

Carol Ann Hasenstab (B.S. '92) has been promoted to retail market manager for TD Bank, where she oversees the managers of 11 TD Bank stores in Nassau County, N.Y. In addition, she serves on the executive board of the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce, is past president of the NYIT Alumni Federation, and is a member of the Long Island Works Coalition. She is also a member of the Amityville, N.Y., school board and the Amityville Chamber of Commerce, serves as co-president of the Parents' Association for the St. Martin of Tours School, and volunteers for the Amityville School District's School Busi-ness Partnership program.

Christopher E. Rivielle (B.S. '92, M.B.A. '02) has joined Newmark Knight Frank at the company's New York headquarters as a senior managing director in the project and development management division for the New York area. He is also an adjunct professor in NYIT's School of Archi-tecture and Design.

Gregory J. Zuercher (D.O. '92) has been named one of New Hampshire magazine's Top Doctors of 2010. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and works at the St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, N.H.

Raymond Habibe (M.B.A. '92) has been appointed director of finance for the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa. Prior, he served in a similar capacity for the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino.

Frederick Corsentino (B.S. '93) is senior vice president, North America sales, for Exalt Communications, which designs, manufactures, and markets wireless backhaul systems for service providers and enterprises worldwide. Prior to Exalt, Fred was president of Saturn Ventures, a consulting company focused on building revenues for tech companies.

Michael C. Savino (M.A. '93) is an adjunct professor of English at Dowling College. He is also the founder of Headline Communications, a small public relations and marketing firm in Patchogue, N.Y. Michael has worked for Manhattan Community College, the New York Aquarium, New York Hall of Science, the Syosset school district, This Week publications, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Craig J. Smith (B.S. '94) is the founding partner of C2 Limited Design Associates, a boutique interior design firm based in Fairfield, Conn. Craig says the best part of his job is creating memories for individuals and families to cherish. His favorite NYIT memory is his first day at the Manhattan campus: "I could not stop from dreaming of all the possibilities that lay ahead. It was ironic that the Gulf and Western Building directly across the street would one day be converted into the Trump International Hotel & Tower, my first significant hotel project in New York."

Charlotte F. Hughes (M.S. '94) is vice president and learning consultant at SunTrust Bank in the Atlanta, Ga., area. She supports the bank's wealth and investment, management and corporate, and investment banking divisions in the areas of talent development and performance improvement.

An-Chi Miau (M.B.A. '95) is associate director of the commercial brokerage division of Sierra Realty Corp. in New York City.

Stanford Who's Who has recognized Alexander Y. Marinbakh (D.O. '95) for his work in the field of urology. Alexander earned an M.D. and Ph.D. at the Moscow School of Medicine before attending NYCOM. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American Urological Association, American Osteopathic Association, and the American Endourological Society. His hobbies include music and traveling.

Michael Graziosi (B.Arch. '96) and Edward J. Hoschler Jr. (B.Arch. '96) have relocated their six-year-old business, Hoschler Graziosi Architects, to Oyster Bay, N.Y. In addition to supermarkets and banks, the pair are involved with Salten Hall renovations at NYIT-Old Westbury.

Joel Kase (D.O. '96) is setting his sights on politics, having announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the Maine Senate, District 16, in March. He is currently practicing medicine at Maine General Medical Center and is also an associate professor at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition, Joel is president of the Maine Osteopathic Association and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Auburn and Lewiston and as chairman of the Board of Healthy Androscoggin.

Tina Ferro (B.P.S. '99, M.S. '05) is vice president of operations for two hotels on the east end of Long Island as well as an adjunct professor of hospitality management at NYIT. She loves teaching "not only because I love the hospitality industry but I love to give back to the students what the professors gave me-the real world insight and experience that make it real." She and her husband have one son, Dominic.

Graig F. Weich (M.A. '99) is the founder and president of Beyond Comics Inc., a multimedia studio in New York City. He has directed live action shorts based on his comic book creations, featuring his superheroes "Ravedactyl" and "Code Name: Justice." Before launching his own company, Graig worked on Todd McFarlane's popular Spawn series at Image Comics. He also had cameos in Spiderman and Spiderman 3.

Daniel J. Abbis (D.O. '99) has been named one of New Hampshire magazine's Top Doctors of 2010. He is a radiologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua Hospital.

| 2000s |

Alexander S. Kedzierski (D.O. '00) has joined the Department of Family Medicine at Dreyer Medical Clinic in Illinois. He is board certified in family medicine and has hospital affiliations with Provena Mercy Medical Center and Rush-Copley Medical Center. Alexander's special interests include diabetes, preventive health, sports medicine, and geriatric care.

It's Not a Diet - It's Creative Eating, a book by June Lay (B.S. '01), was published in November 2009 by Outskirts Press. June is a lifestyle columnist for Health News Digest, part of the Exercise for Medicine initiative founded by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association to advance the health benefits of exercise.

Joseph F. Laurita Jr. (B.S. '01), a seven-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, was sworn in to the Garden City, N.Y., Police Department.

Tecoa N. Turner (D.O. '01) joined CapitalCare Pediatrics in Clifton Park, N.Y., this past January. She has a special interest in asthma and has served on the Pediatric Asthma Coalition of the Capital Region. She is a former National Health Service Corps scholar and coordinator for the Reach Out and Read nonprofit program to support early literacy. Tecoa also enjoys reading, traveling, dancing, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

SistaPac, the production company of Maureen Aladin (M.S. '02), has launched a Web series called "Kindred," which tells the story of three African-American women living in New York City. In addition to playing the roles of producer and writer, Maureen is also an on-camera talent. She is currently producing Inside the Orange Bowl YFA, a youth sports show, and has appeared as a guest host for NYCTV's They're So New York.

Sonia Rivera-Martinez (D.O. '02) has been elected president of the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society. She is a family physician as well as an assistant professor in the NYCOM Department of Family Medicine. Her favorite memory of NYCOM was the White Coat Ceremony: "Being recognized in that ceremony as a future physician gave me the sense that I had truly arrived at my dream profession. The sensation has remained with me ever since that day," she says.

Lisa Preston (D.O. '03) has joined the Osteopathic Wellness Center in Ridgefield, Conn., where she cares for many types of health conditions, including injury and surgery recovery, trauma, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, migraine and tension headaches, and learning disorders and developmental delay in children. One of the highlights of her career was spending a month with the Himalayan Health Exchange. She recalls, "We lived in tents, and although we were there mainly to treat the monks and villagers with Western medicine, I was fortunate to also be able to treat many of the local farmers with osteopathic manipulation, as they were often in pain from carrying heavy loads."

Kalpesh Purohit (D.O. '03) is this year's recipient of the Aerospace Medical Association Foundation's Davis Scholar-ship. Purohit is currently a resident in aviation medicine and preventive medi-cine in the U.S. Army.

Irfan Syed (D.O. '03) is assistant professor of medicine, General Medi-cine, Hospital Medicine Unit, at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine.

Elliot Lazarus (B.Arch. '04) and wife Michal are participating in the Masa Israel Journey/World Union of Jewish Students internship program in Jerusalem. He is working on a light rail project that runs outside the Old City and says it is an architect's dream. "It's a privilege to assist in weaving such a piece of modernity through an ancient urban fabric in a way that is both efficient and contextually sensitive," says Elliot.

Robert Roelle (M.S. '04) is the principal of Prospect Hill Elementary School in Pelham, N.Y. He had been serving as the interim principal since summer 2009.

Treasury & Risk magazine has named Neil Russell (M.B.A. '04) to its 2009 list of Corporate America's Outstanding Financial Executives Under the Age of 40. Neil is the vice president of investor relations at Sysco Corp., the $37 billion food service distributor.

Tatiana DiCoby (D.O. '05) has become the second doctor located in new medical offices at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital of the Lawrence Avenue Medical Campus in Potsdam, N.Y. She is certified by the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. During her residency, she was executive chief resident at Metropolitan Hospital Center.

Tso Huang (Jerry) Wu (D.O. '05) is an internist/hospitalist for the medical staff of Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel, N.Y. He is also affiliated with the Health Quest Medical Practice in nearby Mahopac.

Mariellen J. MacKay (B.S. '06) has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for her dedication, leadership, and excellence in management. She is an account manager for Gateways Community Services in Nashua, N.H., and works with developmentally disabled children. She is also chair of the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities. A member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, Mariellen is in the process of pursuing her master's degree in human services.

Tricia Psarreas (B.A. '07) has founded a freelance writing company in Lynn, Mass., The Brighter Writer, which caters to clients on five continents and employs six writers. Tricia is a member of the Customer Service Council for Elance, an online marketplace that helps companies find and hire professionals. Tricia has published two books and is working on her third, the forthcoming Grimmora series.

Daniel Spindle (B.S. '07) has joined the Phoenix, Ariz.-based KSAZ-Fox 10 news team as a reporter. Previous positions include anchoring the weekend newscast at KOBI-TV in Medford, Ore., and at KGUN 9-TV in Tucson, Ariz. When he's not working, Dan loves movies, basketball, and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Kendra, have one daughter and two boys.

Chris Lau (B.F.A. '07) works at DealerTrack in Lake Success, N.Y., as an imaging specialist. His 3-D car modeling and accessory designs are utilized by automotive dealers throughout the United States. He is also executive vice president and multimedia artist at Pow Studios, a video game company he started with two friends, including fellow NYIT grad Justin Varghese (B.F.A. '08). Chris enjoys moviemaking, digital photography, graphic design, music, and sports. He recalls his first day of classes at NYIT as his most memorable: "The whirlwind transition from high school to college, the sea of new students, the professors, and the class schedules kept me on my toes."

Jessica N. Soskil (B.Arch. '07) has been chosen as one of Long Island's top young professionals by the Huntington, N.Y., Chamber of Commerce. She is one of 30 award recipients under the age of 30 who have contributed to local business and civic communities. Jessica joined H2M, an architecture firm, in 2007 and presently works as a staff architect in its Firematics Architecture division. In 2008, she worked for the Long Island Fight for Charity and raised almost $8,000. Jessica credits NYIT with giving her a priceless education and priceless friends. "I remember when we would work all night and watch the sunrise. In 2005, I attended the study abroad program in Shanghai, which changed my whole perspective on hard work and dedication. I was truly enriched by that experience and could not be more grateful that I had that opportunity."

Cambridge Who's Who has recognized Elizabeth Melillo (M.B.A. '07) for her dedication, leadership, and excellence. She is the budget and expense controller for Pay-O-Matic Corp. Elizabeth is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the New Jersey Society of CPAs.

Khalid Bukhari (B.S. '09) has started Dallah Promotions with his brother Salman. The Bahrain-based company has promoted events for some of the country's largest companies, including Nestle, ABC Gulf, Virgin Megastores, and the Bahrain car show, among others. He was also a judge in Nescafe's "Show 'em What You Got," a talent show that his company organized. Dallah has also organized several concerts.

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