Lisa K. (Peterson) Eckstrom, `82, Nursing, was honored with an Alumni Nurses of Distinction award from The Jamestown Community College Alumni Association. Lisa was nominated by her employer, WCA Hospital, where she has worked since 1982.

Patricia (Coppola) Farrell, `84, Medical Technology, was promoted to manager of lab services for diagnostic immunology at IMMCO Diagnostics. Patricia joined the company in 1989 and recently served as lab service supervisor.

Paul A. Toporek, `85, Physical Therapy, is owner of Ontario Physical Therapy and has received the “Business of the Month” for July 2011 from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Ontario Physical Therapy has offices in Ontario, NY and Williamson, NY.

Charles H. Miller, `88, Biology, and his wife, Keri, would like to announce the birth of their second daughter. Alexandra Corrine Miller was born on March 2nd. She is the baby sister of 3 year old Jacqueline.


Nanci D. (Conti) Schlumbrecht, `92, Education, is teaching through North Shore Community and Technical College in their Youth Build program, working with young adults who need to earn their GED.

Alan Herbert Turner, II, `93, Business Administration, has recently been named the new President & CEO of the United Way of Southwest Alabama, in Mobile, AL. Previously, Alan was President & CEO for the United Way of West Tennessee. Alan and his wife, Stephanie, are proud to announce the birth of a new little girl, Sara Evelyne, born July 11, 2011 and weighed 8 lbs 3 ozs. Sara joins seven year old brother, Andrew.

Marcus J. Edwards, `94, Nursing, was honored with an Alumni Nurses of Distinction award from The Jamestown Community College Alumni Association. Marcus was nominated by his employer, Warren State Hospital, where he has worked for 28 years. Marcus has been a registered nurse instructor for eight years. He has earned numerous awards, including the hospital’s 2011 Nursing Employee of the Year award.

Daniel Edward Cieleski, `97, Physical Therapy, is the Director of the Long Beach and Rockville Centre offices of Dynamic Core Physical Therapy. He has continued his education with multiple courses in mechanical diagnosis and treatment (including all levels of The McKenzie Method), spinal mobilization /manipulation, core stabilization, sports medicine, joint dysfunction, and Kinesiotaping. Dan is a Certified Kinesiotaping Practicioner. He utilizes manual therapy techniques to address joint and soft tissue restrictions, exercise to restore ROM and strength, and education to the patient to maintain progress and reduce the risk of re-injury.

Tracy J. (Schilling) Martin, `97, Psychology, and her husband, Darren, welcomed their second child, Kate Morgan on February 15, 2011. Kate weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz. and measured 20 in. long. She joins big brother, Jack Matthew, who turned 3 in May.

Kristin (Dahl) Longhouse, `98, Elementary/Special Education, and her husband, Michael, welcomed their first child, Joseph Daniel, on August 6, 2010.

James Turner, `98, Nursing, has recently been inducted into the Kenmore East Hall of Distinction. James is currently the vice president of surgical and cardiac services at Erie County Medical Center.

Brian Scott Pettit, `99, Physical Therapy, and Jaime (Erskine) Pettit, `99, Physician Assistant, welcomed their fourth child, Tiernan Reece on June 7, 2010. Tiernan joins older siblings Trevor Rex (6 yrs), Delaney Rose (3 yrs), and Drake Ross (2 yrs).


Sage Marie RozanskiMichelle (Tollar) Rozanski, `00, Physical Therapy, and her husband, Michael L. Rozanski, `98 Physical Therapy, would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Sage Marie Rozanski, born on November 30, 2010. Sage joins big brother Ross, 2.

Jennifer Joy Burns, `01, Nursing, and Sgt. Shaun Axtell were united in marriage on April 23, 2011, at The Lodge at Hidden Valley in Varysburg. The newlyweds reside in Basom and Philadelphia. Jennifer is a women’s health nurse practitioner at Rochester General Health System.

Alexander Aidan MarquartCourtney (Carmichael) Marquart, `01, Physical Therapy, and her husband, Alex would like to announce the birth of their son, Alexander Aidan on August 13, 2010.

Jessica Ruth (Benson) Beal, `02, Education, and her husband, Jerome, are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Cora Susan, on July 2, 2011.

Lauren D. Cius, `02, Business Administration, was promoted to Associate Creative Director at SKM Group, a marketing communications agency in Depew, NY.

Darcy L. (Smith) Fargo, `02, History, Government & English, won a 2009-10 New York News Publishers Association Award of Excellence for Distinguished Breaking News Coverage. Darcy woks for the Malone Telegram.

Kristy Lynn Fortune, `02, Elementary/Special Education, is engaged to Jason Goergen. An October 22, 2011 wedding is planned. Kristy is currently employed as a special education teacher in Lancaster School District.

Darcy (Sweeney) Zehr, `02, Physical Therapy, and her husband, Chris, welcomed Camden Lee Zehr on February 6, 2011.

Marie (Smith) Voorhees, `02, Physical Therapy, welcomes her first child, Benjamin Voorhees, born April 26, 2010.

Book CoverWayne N. Brown, `03, History & Government Education, was featured in ESPN the Magazine: August 2011 issue, discussing his new book, Alone in My Universe, which discusses Acromegaly – the disease that afflicted Andre the Giant.

G. Philip Rossman, IVJennifer (Koenig) Rossman, `03, Education, and her husband, Phil, would like to announce the birth of their first child on March 8, 2011. His name is G. Philip Rossman, IV.

Randi Marie (Smith) Sears, `03, Elementary and Special Education, and her husband, Alan, welcomed their second child, a girl, Ava Marie on March 3, 2011.

Lucille Rose Wheeler Kathleen S. (Henninger) Wheeler, `03, Elementary and Special Education, and `04, MS in Special Education and her husband Andrew C. Wheeler, `04, Natural Science, and `05, Doctor of Physical Therapy, welcomed their first child, Lucille Rose Wheeler on July 14, 2011.

Jennifer L. Brzezinski, `03, Elementary and Special Education, and `04, MS in Special Education is engaged to Mark Bennett.

Geoffrey Lee Abraskin, `05, Physical Therapy, and his wife, Jessica, welcomed identical twins, Addison and Alyssa, on May 13, 2010. Addison weighed 3 lbs. 3 oz and Alyssa weighed 2 lbs. 8 oz. Both girls are doing well!

Carly Grace FelicitaJames A. Felicita, `05, Political Science, and Bethany R. (Sick) Felicita,`05, Psychology, announce the birth of their daughter, Carly Grace born on March 31, 2011.

Crystal Lee Garvin, `05, Nursing, and her fiancé, Dr. Daniel Hemmingson have planned an October 2011 wedding. Crystal works for Parkside Medical Anesthesia Associates as a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

Emily A. (Dlugosh) Hunt, `05, Childhood/Special Education, and her husband, Josh Hunt, welcomed Avery Thomas Hunt into the world on March 27, 2011. Avery weighed 9 lbs. 6 oz. and was 21 inches long.

Devin Asher JamesSheree (Morrison-Henry) James, `05, Health Care Studies, and her husband, Sean, would like to announce the birth of their son, Devin Asher James. He was born April 25th, 2011.

Lauren Metzger, ’05,Lauren Metzger, `05, Psychology, was married to Michael Jaeger on July 23, 2011 at Park Country Club in Williamsville, NY. The newlyweds have recently purchased a home in the Park Meadow area of Buffalo, NY. Congratulations and Best Wishes Lauren & Mike!!!

Katherine A. (Parks) Oehmler, `05, Art Education, and her husband Craig have launched a new website http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/eliahkp featuring their book Antzer Spider written by Craig and illustrated by Katherine.

Rachel (Wistner) Reed, `05, Childhood Special Education, and her husband, Nicolas, would like to announce the birth of their son, Logan Alexander, who was born on January 28, 2011.

Alicia LeighArin M. Wood, `05, Physical Therapy, would like to announce the birth of her baby girl, Alicia Leigh, born February 28, 2011 weighing 8lb 14 oz. Arin has been recently promoted to physical medicine and rehabilitation clinical coordinator at the Bath VAMC.

Nina D. Zehr, `05Nina D. Zehr, `05, English, is engaged to Justin Sheehan. The ceremony will take place in the Adirondack Mountain area on July 9th, 2011.

Laurie (Stahrr) Trzepacz, `05, Graphic Design, and her husband Tom welcomed their second child, Matthew Theodore, into the world on Dec. 8, 2010. Matthew’s big brother Chucky is very proud of him and a great little helper!

Taryn A. (Shevlin) DiRienzo, `06, Childhood Education, was married in July 2010 to Mike DiRienzo. The ceremony was held in Kenmore, NY and their reception was at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.

Kelley E. Piccone, `06, Physician Assistant, is engaged to Charles Monachino. A September 2012 wedding is planned in Rochester, NY. Kelley is currently employed as an Emergency Medicine P.A. at Pegasus Emergency Medicine Group in Auburn, NY and resides in Canandaigua, NY.

Isabella MarieKari M. (Flanders) Achatz, `07, Art Education, and her husband Adam Achatz welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Isabella Marie Achatz, on July 11, 2011.


Bridgett A. (Fuller) Donnelly, ’07,Bridgett A. (Fuller) Donnelly, `07, Psychology, married Joshua Donnelly on May 21, 2011.


Tera L. Kane, ’07Tera L. Kane, `07, Individualized Studies Sport Management, became engaged on December 29, 2010 to Eric Gibbs.

Cassandra Jean Phillips, `07, Childhood and Special Education, and Arron Keith Brown planned a July 2011 wedding. Cassandra is a teacher for Batavia City Schools.

Jennifer (Kish) Speaks, `07Jennifer (Kish) Speaks, `07, Elementary Education with Inclusion, was married November 7, 2010.  She also finished her master’s degree December 18, 2011.

Sara M. (Agugliaro) Tasca, `07, Physician Assistant, and her husband, Angelo, welcomed a baby girl, Valerie Jane Tasca on April 6, 2011.

Randi E. Cattoi, `08Randi E. Cattoi, `08, Biochemistry, became engaged to Nick, after a Nickelback concert in front of the band. Randi was extremely excited to meet lead singer Chad Kroeger and almost fainted when Nick proposed in front of him!

Victoria Fitzner, `08, Early Childhood/Special Education, was married to Jason Roberts on May 1, 2010. The couple resides in Hamburg, NY.

Lisa A. Karalus, `08, Nursing, was honored with an Alumni Nurses of Distinction award from The Jamestown Community College Alumni Association. Lisa was nominated by her employer, Brooks Memorial Hospital and Lake Shore Hospital, where she is a systemwide infection control nurse.

Julia M. (Bonkowski) Kennel, `08, Education, was married to Brandon Kennel in July 2008 and their son, Matthew Andrew was born February 16, 2011. Julia is a 4th Grade Teacher in the Baltimore City Schools and completed her Masters at Towson State University in January 2011.

Joel M. Marsh, `08Joel M. Marsh, `08, Accounting and `09, Masters in Accounting, earned his CPA designation by passing all four parts of the Uniform Certified Public Accounting Exam and satisfying the work experience requirement. Joel has been promoted to senior accountant in the tax department for Lumsden & McCormick, LLP. Joel is responsible for tax compliance services to commercial businesses and individuals. He is a candidate member of the AICPA and the NYSSCPA. Joel joined the Firm in 2009 after completing a tax internship in 2008.

Jennifer T. Rook, ’08, Business Administration and Joel M. Marsh, ’08, Accounting and ’09, Masters in AccountingJennifer T. Rook, `08, Business Administration and Joel M. Marsh, `08, Accounting and `09, Masters in Accounting, are engaged and their wedding is planned for September 10, 2011. While students at Daemen, Jennifer was a member of the cross country team and Joel was on the gold team. Also, Jennifer was the president of the business club and Joel was the treasurer.

Megan Elizabeth Rogers, `08, Physical Therapy and `10, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, was united in marriage on June 18, 2011 to Frank Elton Bundy, III. Megan is employed by Chesapeake Orthopedics in Glen Burnie, MD and resides in Arnold, MD.

Kelly Anne Rosenberg, `08, Childhood Education and `09, MS in Special Education, is engaged to Marc Jeffrey Schnirel. An October 1, 2011 wedding is planned.

Pamela H. Schmidt, `08, Nursing, completed her Masters of Science Nursing Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at the University at Buffalo in May 2011. Congratulations Pam!!!

Nichole L. Dongarra, `09, MS in Special Education, is engaged to Daniel Kraus. Nichole is employed as a special education teacher in Williamsville, NY.

Janelle M. Jensen, ’09, Health Care Studies, and Kyle Michael Backal, ’11, Natural Sciences, and ’14, Physical Therapy,Janelle M. Jensen, `09, Health Care Studies, and Kyle Michael Backal, `11, Natural Sciences, and `14, Physical Therapy, announce their engagement and plan for a December 15, 2012 wedding.

Celia A. Patarino, `09, Health Care Studies, and Steven R. Gonser, `07 and `09, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, announce their engagement and are planning a May 2012 wedding.

Laura A. (Becker) Ryan, `09, Health Care Studies, was married to Daryl Ryan on July 30, 2011 in Pine City, NY. Laura is currently attending UB for a Masters in Public Health.

Leigh Anne Vainio, `09, Physician Assistant, and Erik Johanson are engaged and planning a May 2012 wedding. Leigh and Erik are both Physician Assistants in Asheville, NC.

Amy Lynn Wroblewski, `09, Childhood/Special Education was married on September 17, 2011 at Kloc’s Grove in West Seneca, NY to Michael Mumbach. Amy is an early childhood teacher for Doodlebugs Child Care Centers.

Kristen Lee Lazarz, `10, English, and James Bishop are engaged.  Kristen is employed by Buffalo Medical Group and Catholic Health System.

Peter Jeffrey Loney, `10, BS/MS Accounting, and Kathleen Guyer are engaged and planning a June 2012 wedding at Holy Family Church in Orlando, Florida. A reception will be held at Walt Disney World. Peter currently works as a Staff Accountant at Tech Data, a fortune 100 company in Clearwater, Florida and is working on his CPA.

Barbara A. Piotrowski, `10, Executive in Leadership for Business, has been promoted to Director of Membership Operations at Independent Health. Barbara has been with IH for three years.

Vincent T. Primiano, `10, Social Work, became engaged to Caitlyn Lam. Caitlyn has a 20 month old daughter of which Vincent is taking on as his own.  We are a happy family, hard working, and will be married in July, 2012.

Gabriele C. Renzi, `10, Physical Therapy, and Jessica L. Jenney, `09, Physical Therapy, are engaged to be married.

Bianca Lissette Rodriguez, `10, Marketing/Human Resource, was hired at Maruchan Foods (ramen noodle company) for a bilingual human resource position. Her fondest memory is the booze cruise with the class of 2010. She misses her marketing/HR buddies!

Pamela Lynn Rowles, `10, Business Administration, became engaged this past spring to Gene Crist.  They are planning a summer 2012 wedding. Pam also has a daughter, Emily, born March 5, 2005.

Ashley Williams, ’10, Early Childhood/Special EducationAshley Williams, `10, Early Childhood/Special Education, is engaged to Kanayo N. Oweazim. A July 28, 2012 wedding is being planned. Ashley is a first grade teacher at The Dutch Broadway Elementary School, in the Elmont Union Free School District, Elmont, NY.

Kelly Ann Wittenbrook, `10, Nurse Practitioner, was honored with an Alumni Nurses of Distinction award from The Jamestown Community College Alumni Association. Lisa was nominated by her employer, Heritage Village Rehab and Skilled Nursing, where she is a nursing supervisor. Kelly is also a part-time nursing instructor at JCC.

Meghan Marie Allen, `11, History & Government, is going to Savannah College of Art and Design for a Masters Degree in Historic Preservation. Meghan tells us that her whole experience at Daemen was a great experience and would like to thank all who made it awesome!!!

Stephanie I. Kitrenos, `11, MS in Special Education, is engaged to Mr. James Baxter. A September 2011 wedding was planned in the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, Buffalo, NY.

Ryan Timothy Mulhern, `11, Health Care Studies, is currently working full-time with The United Way as a campaign manager.

Christine Louise Ranallo, `11, Nursing, was married on May 21, 2011 to Jacob Michael Chameli. The newlyweds reside in Clarence Center, NY.

Kurt Daniel Ransom, `11, BS/MS, Physician Assistant, and Michelle Marie Bogumil, `11, Nursing, were married on July 1, 2011. Kurt works as a Surgical Physician Assistant at Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport, NY and Michelle is an RN at Highland Hospital in Rochester.

Sarah Elizabeth Soroka, `11, Business Administration, has signed a professional basketball contract and will take her talents overseas, signing on to join Montijo Banda Basket of Portugal’s Pro A League. Sarah headed to Portugal mid September for training camp with the season beginning on October 22.

In Memoriam

Dolores M. (Connelly) Downing “Punkin”, `58, Medical Technology, passed away on April 24, 2011, beloved wife of Franklin G. Downing; dear mother of Stephen W. M.D. (Amy), Franklin G. Jr. (Shari), David M. (Karen), Matthew M. (Donna), Molly D. (W. James) Regan and Gretchen M. (Rodrick) Cappiello; also survived by 19 grandchildren.

Theresa A. (Pasto) McCarthy, `58, Secretarial Science, December 30, 2010, age 74, beloved wife of the late Robert J. McCarthy; loving mother of Kathleen (Jeff) Shilling, Colleen (Matt) O’Hern and Kevin (Maureen) McCarthy; cherished grandmother of Dylan, Keegan, Kyle, Ryan, Sean, Carly, Bridget, Meghan and Jason.

Sister Marcyann Kowalczyk, OSF, `60, History & Government, a teacher in Western New York for more than 50 years, passed away July 14th 2011 at the age of 73. Born in Buffalo, Sister Marcyann taught at the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart from 1967 to 2009, where she chaired the History Department. Prior to that, she taught at Bishop McMahon High School in Buffalo and Mater Dei High School in New Monmouth, New Jersey. An avid swimmer and cross country skier, Sister Marcyann was given the Franciscan Charisma Award by Sacred Heart Academy in 2009. She is survived by a sister, Rita Kuzma and will be missed by the generations of students who had her as an educator.

Sister Imelda Hanshaw, OSF, `62, Business Administration, passed away on January 15, 2011 at the Stella Niagara Health Center at the age of 98. Sister entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1951 and was professed in 1954. Sister had taught at McMahon High School, Rosary Hill College, Sacred Heart School in Columbus, OH, and at Stella Niagara. She is survived by a sister, Amelda Samples; sister-in-law of Drema and Earl Mitchell; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.    

Sister Clara Gallagher, OSF, `65, Education, of Stella Niagara, NY, passed away on June 28, 2011. In 1965, Sister Clara fulfilled a dream of her life to work with the people of Africa. She traveled to Bukoba, Tanzania where she taught from 1965 until 1971. She worked and made it possible for girls to also attend school in Bukoba.

She is survived by her sister, Marie and many nieces and nephews.

Sister Catherine Gale, OSF, `67, Education, of Stella Niagara, NY, February 18, 2011, sister of Helen Gallagher, Theresa Savely, Pauline (Carl) LaCorte and Jean Carroll, all of Columbus, OH. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth Ann (Bannan) Cowell, `72, French, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away on November 17, 2010. Elizabeth left behind her husband of 21 years, Richard, and three beloved step-sons, Clayton, Sgt. 1st Class Elias and Zachary Cowell. Elizabeth taught French from 1972-1955 at East Aurora High School. She was the Special Events Coordinator at Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from 1999-2005 until she retired.

Diana L. (Hawryluk) Burns, `79, Medical Record Administration, passed away peacefully on June 5, 2011, after an eight year courageous battle of ovarian cancer. Diana is survived by her loving husband, Bernard; five loving stepchildren; and eight grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, a brother, nieces and nephews.

Christine L. (Zielonka) Pellow, `81, Business, beloved mother of Jillian (Paul) Oleandi and Chase Pellow; cherished grandmother of Anabella Oleandi; loving daughter of Alfred (Mary) and the late Joan (nee Cuddy) Zielonka; and loving companion of Keith Szen, passed away on January 14, 2011 at the age of 51.

Laurence C. Wright, DDS, `84, Religion, August 1, 2011, beloved husband of Joan (Finley); loving father of David (Dana), James (Joanne), Douglas (Laurie) and Jonathan (Ann); also survived by 17 grandchildren and 14 great-granchildren. Larry’s primary career was as an orthodontist, and he cared for hundreds of area residents over his many years of practice.  But, later in his life, Larry found another calling and came to Daemen College to earn a degree in Religious Studies. He then served as the college’s Director of Campus Ministry for a number of years.  Larry loved working with Daemen students. The college chapel bears Larry’s name in recognition of his generosity of time and also resources (The Wright Chapel is located on the first floor of Duns Scotus).

Jeanne (Honegger) Strapason, `85, Humanities, passed away on July 25, 2011, at the age of 69. Jeanne is the dear mother of Anna Marie (Mark) Elsaesser and Michael (Ronda) Strapason, grandmother of Victoria and Christopher, and sister of Carol Honegger Dickson.

Donald J. Holland, Jr., `86, Art, passed away on July 4th, 2010 at the age of 45 after a long illness. He was the beloved son of Patricia (Sigrist) and the late Donald J. Holland, Sr.

Sandra A. (Galeziowski) Marasco, `86, Medical Records Administration, passed away on January 27, 2011 at the age of 49. Sandy is survived by her husband, Robert J.; mother, Elinor Galeziowski; 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

Sandy enjoyed spending time with her family and friends at gatherings and entertaining them in her home. Sandy will be remembered as a giving and generous person throughout her lifetime and also gave the gift of life through her organ donation.

Albert J. Raab, `02, History Education, suddenly passed away at age 32 on July 31, 2011. Beloved husband of Melissa (nee Rasey) Raab; loving father of Madison Julia; devoted son of Judith and the late James Raab; dear brother of Katherine (Michael) Barr. Al was a devoted teacher, an avid sports fan and traveler.

Susan M. Struminski, `04, Nursing, at the age of 50, passed away on August 27, 2011. Susan is survived by her brother, Mike (fiancée Sherry Falcone); niece, Nina Struminski; and many dear friends.