Lieutenant Commander Joyce Zongrone, ’70, EnglishLieutenant Commander Joyce Zongrone, ’70, English, was congratulated by Congressman Al Green, 9th District Texas on her US Navy retirement after 35 years of service. Her name was read into the Congressional record and the Congressman also presented her with a flag, which was flown over the Capitol in her honor.

Sheila McCarthy, ’71, Theatre Arts, received the 2013 Artie for Outstanding Actress in a play. Sheila was recognized for playing Violet in “August: Osage County.”

Nedra J. Harrison M.D., ’74, Natural Sciences; Pre-medicine, was voted as a Top Doc for the April 2013 issue of Phoenix Magazine, which profiles the top rated doctors in the Phoenix/ Scottsdale surrounding areas. Her specialties are breast disease and breast cancer surgery and she is affiliated with the Scottsdale Healthcare System.

James Louis Ramsey, Jr., ’79, History and Government, was conferred a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from University of Buffalo in February, 2013 after successfully presenting his dissertation findings.


Michael G. Wydysh, ’80, History and Government, was appointed as a Vice President, along with Jerry Kopsa, for Evans Bank.

Barbara A. Gorenflo RHIA, ’81, Medical Record AdministrationBarbara A. Gorenflo RHIA, ’81, Medical Record Administration, has been named to the position of Administrator at Blocher Homes, an affiliate of Beechwood Continuing Care.

Ann Briody Petock, ’84, Nursing, was featured in the Business First Who’s Who in Healthcare article, regarding her position as Administrator/Owner of Briody Heath Care Facility.

Janet Trapani, ’84, Physical Therapy, has established a physical therapy practice, Janet Trapani Physical Therapy, in Auburn, NY. Janet received certification from the McKenzie Institute and the North America Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.

Brian S. Graham, ’86, Special Education, has been appointed as the Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Services for the West Seneca School District.


Peter Brodie, ’92, Administrative Study (Allied Health), accepted a position as the Contract Specialist at Albany Medical Center Hospital. In addition, Peter has started his own consulting firm.

Susan Falsone, ’96, Physical Therapy, was featured in USA Today, in an article regarding her position as the only woman chief trainer with a professional team, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Carol Kowalik, ’96, English, has been appointed a Member-at-Large to the WNY Library Resource Council’s Regional Advisory Committee.

Tami Buzzard, DNP, ’97, Adult Nurse Practitioner, participated in an expert panel of lipidologists in Dallas, TX. She was one of 15 healthcare providers invited from throughout the United States to review Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH). She currently works for the Olean Medical Group Cardiology Department.

James R. Peiffer, Jr., ’99, Elementary Education, has been named the new Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at the Penfield Central School District.

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Sandra L. Hofschneider, ’02, Humanities, has been appointed as the Director of Marketing at Fidelis Care.

Raymond J. Hammel, ’06, Doctor of Physical Therapy, received the 2013 Ken-Ton YMCA Volunteer of the Year award for his service to the community.

Terri Swiatek, ’07, Graphic DesignTerri Swiatek, ’07, Graphic Design, has joined the SKM Group as an interactive designer. Terri is a board member for the Advertising Club of Buffalo and BN360.

Donald Hogan, ’08, Social Work, after 25 years of coaching Watervliet High School football, has been appointed the defensive coordinator for the Semi-Pro Troy Fighting Irish football team.

Matthew Kearns, ’08, ’10, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, was featured in Business First as a 30 Under Thirty honoree — Western New Yorkers who are in the early stages of their careers and achieving at the highest levels both in their workplaces and the community.

DeWan Stroud, ’08, Business Administration, has been promoted to Career Development Manager at People, Inc.

Tamblyn Gawley, ’09, Art, received a Fulbright Grant for research and study in painting and printmaking. Tamblyn will be traveling through New Zealand and working with the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.

Ryan Henry, ’09, Business Administration, was inducted into the Finger Lakes Community College’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Ryan currently holds the record for the most assists and 3-pointers in the program’s history.

Sherria M. Lewis, ’09, Physician Assistant, has been appointed to the medical staff at Summit Family Medicine in Niagara Falls, NY.

Allyson Nye, ’09, Social Work, has joined the staff at Saint Peter and Paul School in Hamburg where she was a 2001 graduate.

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Callie Johnson, ’10, Global Business, was featured in the Business First as a 30 Under Thirty honoree — Western New Yorkers who are in the early stages of their careers and achieving at the highest levels both in their workplaces and the community.

Christine M. LeDonne, ’11, MBA AccountingChristine M. LeDonne, ’11, MBA Accounting, is the new Audit Staff Accountant at the firm of Lumsden McCormick LLP. She has also served as a volunteer for VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), Habitat for Humanity and Ducks Unlimited.

Brittany Ackroyd, ’12, Physician Assistant, has become a member of the Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte, NC, as a Physician Assistant in Inpatient Cardiology.

Lizabeth Aiello, ’12, ’13, Athletic Training, spent a week in Haiti this summer, along with 20 other Daemen College and UB students, as part of the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation. She spent days assisting with orthopedic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

Amanda Buckley, ’12, Accounting, has successfully completed her requirements to practice as a Certified Public Accountant. Amanda is currently employed with the firm of Lumsden & McCormick, LLP.

Emily Lotterer, ’12, Graphic DesignEmily Lotterer, ’12, Graphic Design, has accepted the position of Marketing Coordinator for Foit-Albert Associates.

Alicia Malik, ’12, Art-Painting, was featured in the Buffalo News for her art exhibit “Dust.” She is one of the newer members of Marcus Wise’s 464 artistic troupe.

Samantha Jaus, ’13, Physician Assistant, recently joined Northtowns Orthopedics as the newest Physician Assistant. She will be working alongside Dr. Peter Gambacorta, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in pediatric and adolescent sports medicine and general orthopedics at the practice.

Caterina Phichith, ’13, Health Sciences & Physician Assistant, was named Physician Assistant at Gastroenterology Associates. She will manage patient care at the Maple Road, Amherst and Elaine Drive, Niagara Falls offices.

Andrea Murdoch Phipps, ’13, Health Sciences & Physician Assistant, was named Physician Assistant at Gastroenterology Associates. She will manage patient care at the Maple Road, Amherst and Elaine Drive, Niagara Falls offices.

Jason Szabo, ’13, Physician Assistant, was welcomed to the Champion Orthopedics and Sports Medicine team, at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, as a certified Physician Assistant.



Adam Rosen, ’99, Mathematics and Jennifer (Katz) Rosen, ’02, Physical TherapyAdam Rosen, ’99, Mathematics and Jennifer (Katz) Rosen, ’02, Physical Therapy, welcomed their daughter, Melody Rivka Rosen, on February 28, 2013.

Katie (Johnson) Stahl, ’03, Psychology, and her husband, Jonathan, welcomed their daughter, Olivia, on February 21, 2013. Olivia joins her big brother, Logan, who is 3-years old.

Adrienne Dykeman- Rhoda, ’04, Physician AssistantAdrienne Dykeman- Rhoda, ’04, Physician Assistant, and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of their daughter, Autumn Shea, on March 19, 2013.

Dawn Marinaccio Seguin, ’10, Social Work, and her husband, Brian, welcomed their daughter, Isabelle Marie, on February 25, 2013.

Fruma Friedmen, ’12, Early Childhood Special Education, welcomed Ari Friedman on June 11, 2012.

Virginia Kaufman, ’12, Physician Assistant, welcomed a baby boy, Oliver Wendell, on March 11, 2013.

Gitty (Brecher) Link, ’12, Early Childhood Special Education, welcomed her son, Yisroel, on December 10, 2012.

Dina (Lichtman) Rub, ’13, Early Childhood Special Education, welcomed a baby in April 2013.

Rechy (Neiman) Eilander, ’13, Early Childhood Special Education, welcomed a baby on May 7, 2013.



Jarett Myers, ’06, Natural Sciences, is engaged to Vicky Mosquera and they plan to wed October 4, 2013.

Adam Telech, ’08, Art, will marry Jill Bransky in November 2013.

Elida Alvarez, ’09, Social Work and Christopher O’Neal, ’08, Business Administration, are planning a Spring 2014 wedding in the Bronx, NY.

Alesha Akins, ’10, Physician Assistant, planned a July 2013 wedding to Jordan Pedersen in Waddington, NY. Following the wedding, the couple will live in North Carolina.

Bridgette Burke, ’11, Special Education and David Johnson, ’11, Interdisciplinary Studies, are planning a July 2014 wedding.

Emily Mountain, ’11, Physician Assistant, is engaged to Kurt Karn and they planned a May 2013 wedding.

Amanda Ryan, ’12, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, is engaged to Gregory Albro and plan to wed on June 21, 2014 in Hornell, NY.



Jeffrey Wiess, ’91, Accounting, married Melissa Clouse on November 10, 2012. After a honeymoon in Cancun, they now reside in Columbus, OH.

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Michael J. (Petsch) Munger, ’03, Nursing, and John Munger, ’13, Nursing, were married on August 13, 2011 and were the first couple to be married in Chautauqua after the passage of the Marriage Equality Act. They currently reside in Brocton, NY.

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Nicole Ernst, ’10, Nursing, married Robert J. Krug on June 8, 2013 in West Seneca, NY.

Angelia (Maki) Stablewski, ’10, Nursing, married Kevin Stablewski on May 17, 2013.

Victoria Henry, ’12, Physician Assistant, married Taylor Battaglia on June 15, 2013. After a Mediterranean cruise, the couple will make their home in Amherst.

Jessica Pankok, ’12, Accounting, married Michael Filipowski on August 11, 2012. They reside in Rochester, NY. In



Patricia F. (LoBue) Becht, ’55, Medical Records AdministrationPatricia F. (LoBue) Becht, ’55, Medical Records Administration, a longtime medical secretary and community volunteer, passed away on March 29, 2013. She is mother to Susan D’Arcy, Elizabeth Caruana, Joseph Becht and the late Dianne Lo. She is also grandmother to eight and great-grandmother to five.


Nance (Henry) Pilowa, ’66, Elementary Education, died on April 19, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Jonathan, and her three children, Jon, Jessica, and Emily.


Sister Anne Marie Ball, ’73, Biology, entered into rest on April 15, 2013. She was known for her keen sense of humor, gentle smile and generosity.

Timothy Maggio, ’74, Psychology, a licensed rehabilitation counselor and state health therapist for more than 30 years, passed away on April 17, 2013. He volunteered for First Night Buffalo, the Gus Macker Tournament and was the recipient of many volunteer awards.

Loretta (Jakusz) Grandits, ’92, EnglishLoretta (Jakusz) Grandits, ’92, English, passed away on August 13, 2013. Lori was the Daemen College bookstore manager for many years prior to her retirement in 1992.

Arthur Uzlyan, ’10, Psychology, died suddenly on April 27, 2013. He is the beloved son of Maria Uzlyan-Marion, the late Eduard Uzlyan and dear brother of Allen and Jacob.

Christine M. (Goodlander) Bakeman, ’11, Psychology, beloved wife of Larry, loving mother of Crystallyn (Jeff) McNutt, James Shimo Jr., Joseph Shimo and Elizabeth Bakeman passed away on May 23, 2013.

Dorothy P. (Jamison) SheehanDorothy P. (Jamison) Sheehan, passed away on July 28, 2013. For many years, Dorothy was the Canavan Hall Residence Director until her retirement in 1999. Dorothy is also the mother of Barbara Sweitzer. Barb’s husband Skip Sweitzer, served as Director of Maintenance at Daemen College until 2013.

Dr. Edward J. McMahonDr. Edward J. McMahon, passed away June 14, 2013, after a brief illness. He was 71. Dr. McMahon, professor of education, taught at Daemen College for 45 years. He served as Chair of the Daemen Education Department for 25 years. He earned a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, and a Master’s Degree from Canisius College. He also earned a Bachelor’s degree in education from Buffalo State Teachers College.

Dr. McMahon received the Daemen College President’s Award for Oustanding Faculty member in 1985. In 2011, he was granted the title of professor emeritus.