Charlene J. Haykel, ’65, English, co-authored “College Access: A Family Guide for Planning and Funding College” in 2010 and recently received the 2012 Clearmark Award for best original document from The Center for Plain Language. Charlene is currently chief executive officer of Simply Student Aid, a New York City company that published the guide.

Annmarie (Bernadowicz) George, ’66, Music Education, lost her beloved mother in May 2011 from Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 94. She is greatly missed by Annmarie and her grandchildren, Jeanette George, Joe George and Janice George Biletnikoff.

Annmarie (Bernadowicz) George, ’66, Music Education, was elected to another three-year term as a faculty senate member at Gannon University where she will also celebrate her 40th year of teaching in 2013. She was a recent past President of the Faculty Senate from 2009–2010 and honored by her colleagues with the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2010, an honor that recognizes faculty for outstanding teaching and academic achievements. Annmarie also serves on the Rank and Tenure and the Budget Advisory Committees at Gannon University.


Nancy J. (Gruver) Winiecki, ’80, Physical Therapy, is working as a therapy coordinator for Hearts in Motion, a non-denominational not-for-profit that provides services and volunteer opportunities in Guatemala and Central America.

Melonya L. Johnson, ’85, Psychology, is Coaching President of BSMART Mastermind Alliance and announces that they have launched a Mastermind Alliance program geared towards newly appointed executives who have been in their current position three years or less. BSMART Mastermind Alliance is a peer-to-peer, facilitated group where participants will complete a six-month engagement of group sessions that will provide senior leaders with partners who support goal attainment, share varied experiences, expertise and skills to sharpen their leadership abilities. The sessions will also cover goals, issues, work-life balance, professional development and more. For more information visit

Michael P. Ryan, ’85, Business Administration, was appointed Group Vice President, Recovery & Remarketing Manager at M&T bank.

Karen Marie Cuddy-Miller, ’87, Early Childhood/Special Education, has been appointed Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Grand Island Central School District.


Kathy A. (Rapp) Kurtz, ’95, Nursing, has been named Nurse Practitioner at Gastroenterology Associates. Kathy is board-certified as a Family NP through the American Nurses Credentialing center. She works in their Williamsville office.

Dawn M. (Scime) Higdon, ’98, Travel & Tourism, after graduation Dawn worked at Walt Disney World for five years, then Verizon Wireless for seven years. She was married in 2007 to Jason, has two children, Gabriella & Ethan and is now a stay at home mom. Her best memory of Daemen College is being part of the Psi Xi Omicron sorority.


Anthony J. M. Jones, ’01Anthony J. M. Jones, ’01, Business Administration Sports Management, has been named to the National Bar Association Top Lawyers Under 40. Anthony is a Managing Partner of The Jones Firm, LLP.

Andrea L. Skillman, ’03, Physician Assistant, has joined Northeast Orthopaedics, LLP in Albany, NY. Andrea will be working with Dr. Alfandre in both the operating room and in the office, providing patients with an integrated system of care in his sports medicine practice.

Kenneth L. Mitchell, ’03 & ’04, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and his wife, Nicole L. (Scott) Mitchell were married on September 3, 2005 and have celebrated the birth of two children, Brody on June 30, 2008 and Noah on April 12, 2010.

Lisa B. Avery, ’04, Leadership Certificate, a broker consultant with Hunt Real Estate ERA, was the 2012 recipient of the Realtor Associate of the Year award from the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors.

James F. Retallack, ’04, Psychology, graduated in 2011 from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and ordained on July 24, 2011. He is an Associate Pastor.

Benjamin Forest Plucknette, ’06 & ’08, Doctor of Physical Therapy, upon graduation he gained entrance into medical school at Touro College in NYC, for which he accepted a scholarship and commission from the US Air Force. Benjamin is an Orthopaedic Surgery Resident in Fort Sam Houston, TX.

Kari M. (Flanders) Achatz, ’07, and Nick R. Napierala, ’09Kari M. (Flanders) Achatz, ’07, Visual Arts Education, and Nick R. Napierala, ’09, Visual Arts Education, had an exhibit at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in June & July 2012. The exhibit encouraged youth to write on the walls and touch everything in sight. Keri & Nick combined their art and teaching experiences to create “Secret Spaces” which asked guests to create their own escape and leave a message about their favorite secret space on the walls of the room and furniture. The room featured white walls and furniture and light-colored blankets and pillows.

Janelle M. (Siergiej) Brandel, ’07, Early Childhood/Special Education, works in the Broward County school district. Janelle services children in the self-contained autism cluster at Park Springs Elementary in Coral Springs, Florida where she was selected as Teacher of the Year for 2013.

Kathleen Jane (McKinney) Cloutier, ’07, Nursing & ’10, Nurse Practitioner, has joined Western New York Rheumatology Center, an Amherst-based private medical practice of Dr. Sunita Chadha as nurse practitioner.

Terri B. (Ingraham) Swiatek, ’07, Graphic Design, has been named lead digital designer at Travers Collins in their digital marketing services group.

Laurie A. Fenton, ’09, Nursing, received an Alumni Nurses of Distinction Award from Jamestown Community College. The annual recognition honors nursing graduates who have distinguished themselves as healthcare providers and are nominated by their employer. Laurie is a manager at The Resource Center and is currently pursuing a master’s degree to become a Nurse Practitioner.

McKenzie M. Higgins, ’09, Political Science, made the Dean’s List during the fall 2011 semester and received the Leadership Achievement Award from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. This award is given to graduating students who have demonstrated dedication to the campus community and the legal profession through leadership and involvement in various organizations and societies. She attributes her leadership skills to the foundation laid by Daemen.

Brett M. McDermott, ’09, Professional Accounting, joined the professional audit staff as a senior accountant at Lumsden & McCormick, LLP. Brett is responsible for auditing and accounting services to commercial businesses and exempt organizations.

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Jessica D. Farr, ’10, Nursing, works at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital as a RN and was promoted to night charge nurse.

Martha E. Kershaw, ’10, Nursing Education, presented “Cancer Basics” at a Celebration of Science speaker series at Jamestown Community College on March 26th, 2012. The discussion included cancer and its incidence, prevention, and care. Martha is a staff development instructor at Roswell Park Cancer Institute for the past eight years.

Megan E. Tomassini, ’10 & ’12, Doctor of Physical Therapy, was hired as a physical therapist at The Resource Center in the agency’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center.

Allison M. Green, ’11, Early Childhood/Special Education, was appointed an account manager associate in the M&T Insurance Agency Group Division in Buffalo.

Pamela A. Hennesen, ’11, Physician Assistant, has been named a Physician Assistant at Gastroenterology Associates. Pamela works in their Williamsville office.

Amanda L. Buckley, ’12Amanda L. Buckley, ’12, MS, Accounting, is a staff accountant at Lumsden & McCormick in its Tax Department. Amanda was elected to the Board of Directors of the Amherst Youth Foundation, where she has been a volunteer since 2005.

Brandon J. Seiferth, ’12, Accounting, joined Lumsden & McCormick’s professional audit staff responsible for auditing and accounting services to commercial businesses and exempt organizations. Shanshan Yang, ’12, Global Business, is Director of marketing outreach in Fangxiang International Consulting Group, Inc.



Angelica R. Horvath, ’03, ’04, Early Childhood/Special Education, is engaged to Stephen Clark.The happy couple are planning a fall of 2013 wedding.

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Bianca Lissette Rodriguez, ’10Bianca Lissette Rodriguez, ’10, Business Administration, Human Resources, was engaged to Kristopher Rotonda on April 28th, 2012. They are planning a wedding for early 2013. Bianca is employed for Frank Crum working in their Human Resources Department and resides in Clearwater, FL.



Carol-Ann (Levy) Ruark, ’77, Fine Arts, married her soul mate on January 12, 2012 and resides in Cambridge, MD. Carol is owner of “A Few of My Favorite Things Gourmet and Gifts,” a wine, cheese & chocolate shop, and is preparing to open a wine bar inside the shop.


Michelle L. Leahy, ’94, Nursing, and Timothy S. Whitcomb were united in marriage on May 26, 2012 on Princess Beach in Destin, FL. Michelle is currently employed with the Cattaraugus County Department of Social Services as the Health Administrator. Brian Patrick Sweeney, ’98, Physical Therapy, was united in marriage to Kristin Ann Haynes in Skaneateles, NY on February 18th, 2012. The newlyweds currently reside in Manlius, NY.


Wayne N. Brown, ’03Wayne N. Brown, ’03, History & Government, married Kristine Schuh. The happy couple were wed on October 12, 2012. Wayne is the Founder and President of the charity Acromegaly Community.

Asia L. (Conley) Phillips, ’03, Social Work, married Burt Phillips on April 28, 2012 in Woodbridge, VA where they currently reside. They honeymooned in Puerto Rico. Asia is a Program Manager with The Arc of Greater Prince William.

Christopher E. Turner, ’05, Business Administration & ’09, Executive Leadership Program, married Ann Marie Heine in May 2012.

Samantha E. (Gabel) Stafford, ’06Samantha E. (Gabel) Stafford, ’06, Natural Science, became the bride of Matthew Stafford on May 26, 2012 in Rochester, NY. The service was held at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church and reception at Mario’s Italian Steakhouse. They honeymooned in Northern California. Brother of the bride, Anthony Gabel, ’11, Business Administration, was a groomsman.

Benjamin Forest Plucknette, ’06 & ’08, Doctor of Physical Therapy, married Stephanie Leigh Nixon in September, 2012 in Rochester, NY. Ben & Stephanie were classmates in middle school and high school sweethearts. They reunited in Texas in 2011 and will make their home in San Antonio, TX.

Janelle M. (Siergiej) Brandel, ’07Janelle M. (Siergiej) Brandel, ’07, Early Childhood/Special Education, married Keith Brandel on March 10th, 2012 in a waterfront ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Nicole M. Sheehan, ’07Nicole M. Sheehan, ’07, Natural Health Science, married Craig M. DeCastro in September, 2012 in Geneva. Nicole spent two years in Uganda as a Peace Corps volunteer and now works as the Program Services Manager at Madison Cortland ARC.

Steven R. Gonser, ’09, and Celia A. (Patarino) Gonser, ’09Steven R. Gonser, ’09, Physical Therapy, and Celia A. (Patarino) Gonser, ’09, Health Care Studies, were married on May 19, 2012 in Rochester, NY. The couple met when they attended Daemen College in the spring of 2007 and reside in Hamburg, NY. The groom is a Physical Therapist at Buffalo Rehab Group and the bride is the Manager of the Account Services division at Clinical Support Services, Inc.

Daile M. Johnson, ’09 & ’11,Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Gregory Jackson exchanged wedding vows on November 11, 2011 in Jamestown, NY.

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Pamela Lynn (Rowles) Crist, ’10 BS, ’12 MS, Global Business Management, married Gene Crist on July 28, 2012. The newlyweds reside in Buffalo, NY.

William A. Marsh, III, ’10, Political Science, and Michaela M. Conrad married on October 6, 2012. William is employed at the Fargo Bar & Grill, Aurora.

Ryan Andrew Curl, ’11, Psychology, was united in marriage to Melissa Renee Paussa on August 6, 2011. The newlyweds traveled to Greece and the islands of Santorini and Mykonos for their honeymoon and reside in Buffalo. Ryan is pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University at Buffalo.

Darren M. Holland, ’11, Physician Assistant, married Samantha L. Little in Ithaca, NY on July 29th, 2012. Congratulations to the happy couple.

Maghen E. Brennan, ’12, Nursing, is engaged to Eric Kron, II, and planning an October 20, 2012 wedding. Maghan currently works as a registered nurse in the maternity department at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, NY.

Alexis N. Ruffino, ’12, Business Administration, and Nicholas Del Carlo are engaged and plan an October 2012 wedding.



Brian L. Conly, ’95, Physical Therapy, and Deborah (Roth) Conly, ’99, Physical Therapy, announce the birth of their third child, Lauren, on June 30, 2011. Lauren joins older brothers, Justin (six) and Luke (three) in the Conly house.

Brian Huempfner, ’98, Physical Therapy, and his wife, Ursula, announce the birth of their second son, Callum Brian, born February 2012. Callum joins big brother, Brendan (three).


Tammy M. (Witter) Fullerton, ’00Tammy M. (Witter) Fullerton, ’00, Early Childhood/Special Education, and her husband, Preston, are proud to announce the birth of their third child, Sophia Marie, born September 19, 2011. Sophia Grace (six) and Preston, Jr. (three) are also in the Fullerton household.

Kristin M. (Tommell) Gallagher, ’00, Physical Therapy, and her husband, Brian, announce the birth of Hailey Jane who was born in March 2012.

Tammy M. (Witter) Fullerton, ’00Kathleen M. (Texido) Henninger, ’01, Psychology, and her husband, Jason, welcomed their first baby, Zachary Andrew, on July 25. Kathleen is currently a registered respiratory therapist at the VA Hospital of Buffalo.

Alicia Beth (Dare) Wilson, ’01, Physical Therapy, and her husband, Joe, welcomed their third child, Evan Joseph, on March 26, 2012. Evan joins his twin brothers, Brayden and Carter, three years old.

Lynn A. Seward, ’02, Special Education, gave birth to an eight lbs. eight oz. baby boy, Liam Fred-Eugene, on May 18, 2012.

Cynthia (Spiess) Hennessy, ’03, Psychology, and her husband welcomed their first child, Lucas Henry, on March 14, 2012.

James F. Retallack, ’04, Psychology, and his wife, Olivia, had a baby boy, Drake James Ryan, on April 27, 2012.

Matthew C. Paluch, ’05, Business Administration, and his wife, Jessica, are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Allie Madelyn, born on February 7, 2012 weighing seven lbs. 15 oz.

Sara A. (Goetz) Theriault, ’05Sara A. (Goetz) Theriault, ’05, Early Childhood/Special Education, and her husband, Spencer, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Easton Charles, born April 15, 2012. Easton joins big brother Landon in the Theriault household.

Amanda Lynn (Delbel) DePasquale, ’06, Early Childhood/Special Education and Christopher L. DePasquale, ’04 & ’05, Doctor of Physical Therapy, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Chiara Lee, born January 26, 2012.

Maria D. (DiCarlo) Dool, ’06, Early Childhood/Special Education, married Jason Dool on October 10, 2009 and gave birth to Carter Christopher on June 4, 2012.

Michelle A. (Sands) Nitsche, ’07, Health Science & ’09, Doctor of Physical Therapy, announces the birth of Julia on July 11, 2011.

Ashley L. (Simpson) Waterman, ’07Ashley L. (Simpson) Waterman, ’07, Business Administration, and her husband welcomed their second child, Olivia Margaret, on March 14, 2012. She weighed in at eight lbs. five oz. and was 22 inches long. She joins big brother, Gabriel, (two). The Waterman family resides in Hamburg, NY.

Rebekah L. (Fleming) Elliott, ’08Rebekah L. (Fleming) Elliott, ’08, Psychology, and her husband, Jason, welcomed their daughter Olivia Payton on April 19, 2012.

Shoshana (Morgenstern) Berman, ’09, Education, gave birth to a baby girl, Shifra, on January 10, 2012.

Jaime L. (Reardon) Fravor, ’09, Early Childhood/Special Education, and her husband, Robert C. Fravor, III, proudly announce the birth of their son, Robert C., IV, (aka Bubba) who was born on June 23, 2012. Jaime is a special education teacher for the Graham A. Barden Elementary School in NC.

Lisa Ann (Mullane) DeBadts, ’09 and R. Abe DeBadts, ’08Lisa Ann (Mullane) DeBadts, ’09, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and R. Abe DeBadts, ’08, Physician Assistant, welcomed their daughter, Paige Laura, on March 5, 2012. Abe was promoted to Lead Midlevel at Rochester General Hospital Nephrology Unit in June 2012.

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Shanshan Yang, ’12, Global Business, gave birth to Candice Li on July 6, 2011.

In Memoriam

Lucy R. (Della Penta) Monaco, ’52, Music, passed away on August 10, 2012. Beloved wife of Marino Monaco; mother of Michael (Debra), Marino A. Jr. “Marty” (Michelle), and the late Carmela “Cami” (Brian) Mahoney; loving grandmother of seven.

Virginia “Ginger” Irma (Ungerer) Culligan, ’58, Art Education, entered into rest on November 14, 2011 and was the mother of Karen Culligan.

Ann Judith (Watson) Bratty, ’60, Social Studies, passed away on December 4, 2011, Survived by an uncle, Harry Bojan of Boynton Beach, FL and many cousins, nieces, nephews and good friends. Judy was a retired Social Worker and a longtime member of Business and Professional Women of Buffalo.

Linda Ann Hertel, ’66, Art, died unexpectedly on July 5, 2012 at the age of 67. Dearest sister of Jeanne M., her twin and the late Richard W. Hertel, II; dear sister-in-law of Lynn C. Hertel; also survived by several cousins and her beloved cat Toby. Linda was an art teacher for 37 years in the Depew public schools retiring in 2003.

Jean Dowd, ’70, Math Education, passed away on September 4, 2012. Daughter of Mary Kelly Bishop and Thomas Patrick Dowd; stepdaughter of Kenneth Bishop; survived by brothers Thomas (Mary), Michael (Leslie Bergman) and Brian (Theresa), and sisters Mary Ann (Michael) Harrington, Jane (Jack) Shea and Suzanne Park; aunt to 14 nieces and nephews; numerous friends who acted as caregivers during her extended illness, especially Pat Wolf and Pat Tower.

Cynthia M. (Owczarzak) Frank, ’77Cynthia M. (Owczarzak) Frank, ’77, Elementary Education, died on July 22, 2012 at the age of 56 in Hospice Buffalo following a short illness. Cynthia is survived by her husband of 34 years, William; a son, Richard; her parents and a brother.

Rose Mary Roy, Ph.D., ’72, History & Government, the former Sister Rose Virginie, daughter of the late Leo Lucien and Mary Roy, passed away with her beloved brother at her side on Monday, April 16, 2012, at the age of 62, due to a rare form of cancer. Rose Mary leaves behind her beloved brother, Joseph John Roy, of New Hartford and numerous other relatives and friends.

Mark Zuppa, ’88, Business Administration-Accounting, passed away on March 27, 2012 and was the son of Anthony and Jean; brother of John (Karen) Zuppa; uncle of Austin and Elliott Zuppa.