General Announcements

Joyce Haskell ’78, Sociology recently published her first book, The Tiny Tin Box.

Josephine (Minneci) Nicotra ’92, Travel & Tourism Management was promoted to Director of Branch Operations at AAA Western and Central New York.

Danette (Testa) Moore ’94, Education – Teachers Certification, a push-in consulting teacher at Brocton Elementary, will retire from teaching in 2024.

Kimberly (Jankowiak) Vermilyea ’98, Nursing was promoted to Chief Nursing Officer at HMP Senior Solutions in Nashville, TN.

Amy (King) Swanson ’99, Elementary Ed. – Special Ed. was inducted into the Class of  2023 Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.

Sharon Ehlers ’00, Nursing has become a tenured professor of Nursing at Kauai Community College.

Anibal Soler, Jr. ’00, Art -Teacher Certification completed The Fellowship for Public Education Leadership through the Yale School of Management.

Stephanie Foreman-Robinson ’07, Political Science was a 2023 Excellence in Education Awards Finalist for Friends for a Better Buffalo.

Damian F. Desbordes ’08, ’13, Political Science, Executive Leadership & Change was promoted to Asst. Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement, College of Arts and Sciences within the Division of Advancement at the University of Buffalo (UB).

David “DJ” Johnson ’10, ’16, Individualized Studies, Executive Leadership & Change was a recipient of the 2023 Buffalo Business First IDEA Awards.

Jewel Mason ’11, Business Admin. is now the General Manager of the Green Mountain Inn in Stowe, VT.

Carly (Duszynski) Hale ’14, Psychology was promoted to Senior Academic Advisor in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (EPAC) at UB.

Rasheedah H. Muhammad ’14, English – Communication & Public Relations completed her MBA at Clark Atlanta University. She is currently an Assistant VP in the Strategy & Management Small Business Ventures Program at Bank of America.

Matthew Ullery ’14, Religious Studies was promoted to Critical Care Registered Nurse in the ICU at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Ayana Williams ’14, Psychology is now an actress and a high school educator in Atlanta, GA.

Samantha Maiarana ’14, ’19, Business Admin. – HR Specialization, Leadership & Innovation was promoted to Assist. Director of HR and Business Operations for the School of Public Health and Health Professions at UB.

Hayley (Brown) Montgomery ’15, Business Admin. – Human Resource Management is now the HR Manager at del Lago Resort & Casino.

Ashley Cheff ’16, Political Science was promoted to Associate Attorney at Ogletree Deakins Phoenix, AZ office. She is also a new member of the Maricopa County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

Brandon Siwy ’16, Natural Science is now a Doctor of Chiropractic and works at Muller Chiropractic in Buffalo, NY.

Yolanda Stewart- Jones ’16, English – Com. & Public Relations is now a full-time Arts and Culture reporter with Central Current in Syracuse, NY.

McKinley Estime ’17, Liberal Studies is now the Associate Director of Equity and Justice at the University of Cincinnati.

Gianne D. Gerena ’17, Health Promotion – Community Health was promoted to Deputy Director with The New York State Department of Health.

Viet Nguyen ’17, ’19, Physical Therapy was named Best Physical Therapist in The Buffalo News’s Best of 716.

Maximilian Winterburn ’17, ’18, Business Administration, International Business was named a 30 Under 30 honoree by DataSure24.

Nancy (Tolsma) Shortz ’18, Art is now the Office Manager for Student Affairs at Daemen University.

Amanda (Papovich) Wojtkowski ’18, Accounting was promoted from CPA to Tax Manager at Lumsden McCormick in Buffalo, NY.

Erin Sinnott ’19, Business Administration – Sports Management is now the Director of Basketball and Recruiting Operations at UB.

Lauren McAuley ’20, ’22, Physical Therapy is now a Physical Therapist at Buffalo Rehab Group.

Desirae Marotta ’22, Early Childhood Ed. – Special Ed. was named New Teacher of the Year at Cedar Forest Elementary in Fredericksburg, VA, where she teaches first grade.


Katie Rogers, Education is engaged to Brett Carroll.

Kathryn McClure ’14, Social Work is engaged to Ray Sullivan and will be married on September 16, 2023.

Matthew Altman ’17, Natural Science is engaged to Victoria Zamora.

Kelly Ferreira ’18, English is engaged to Adam Veazey.


Amanda (Walser) Lomeli ’06, Psychology married Nick Lomeli on November 11, 2022.

Carly (Duszynski) Hale ’14, Psychology married Tyler Hale on September 3, 2022.

Katherine Pizzuto-Steck ’15, Arts Admin. married Spencer Steck on March 14, 2023.

Nicole (Strauchen) D’Arcy ’17, Nursing married Ryan D’Arcy ’16, Physician Assistant Studies on October 8, 2022.

Rachel (Haentges) Sterner ’17, Liberal Studies married Nicholas Sterner on July 29, 2022.

Allison Walzer Oexle ’17, Nursing married Cooper Oexle on March 20, 2023.

Natalie (Galus) Davis ’17, ’19, Business Administration, Special Ed. – Childhood Ed. married Aaron Davis ’15, Business Admin. – Global on October 29, 2022.

Michael Ehlers ’18, Physical Therapy married Lauren Sullivan on May 7, 2022.

Darian (Decker) Barnes ’19, ’21, Physical Therapy married Zachery Barnes ’19, ’21, Physical Therapy on November 12, 2022.

Sarah (Graham) Leggat ’20, Physician Assistant Studies married Jacob Leggat on September 16, 2022.

Andrew Sischo ’20, ’22, Business Admin. – Sports Management married Alexandria (Valenti) Sischo, Business Admin. on July 22, 2022.

Sori Kaye (Sara Shapiro) ’22, Alternative Certification Childhood Special Ed. married Yehuda Kaye

on April 12, 2021. They welcomed their baby, Yaffa, on March 12, 2022.


Holly Buczek ’07, Psychology and her fiancé, Jeffrey, welcomed their daughter, Madison Paige, on July 20, 2022.

Sarah (Lang) McGrath ’14, ’16, Physical Therapy and her husband, Sean, welcomed their baby, Silas James, on November 19, 2022.

Stephanie (Parwulski) Norman ’16, English and her husband, Francis, welcomed their baby, Lillian, on October 15, 2022.

Kimberly (Michielsen) Burgos Villar ’17, Biochemistry and her husband, Kelvin, welcomed their baby, Rhianna, on August 26, 2022.

Marissa Clemons ’17, ’19, Physical Therapy and Chino Berrios welcomed their son, Zayne, on September 20, 2022.

Lydia (Cooper) Coyne ’17, ’18, Physician Assistant and her husband, Seth, welcomed their son, Cooper John, on November 9, 2022.

In Memoriam

Geraldine (Drexelius) Kennedy ’53, Natural Science (Chemistry) passed away on February 4, 2023.

Sr. Colette Rhoney, OSF ’58, Elementary Education passed away on March 6, 2023.

Carolyn Colburn Short ’59, English passed away on March 7, 2023.

Elizabeth A. Maddigan ’60, Biology passed away on February 22, 2023.

Carol Ann (Eberl) Colucci ’64, Elementary Education passed away on April 26, 2023.

Valerie M. (Crapsi) Nigro ’65, Spanish passed away on February 12, 2023.

Stephanie Landry Ferrill ’67, Medical Technology passed away on November 7, 2022.

Patricia M. (Matheson) Jans ’68, Mathematics passed away on April 11, 2023.

Sr. Marion Karl, OSF ’68, Elementary Education passed away on March 27, 2023.

Barbara Morris ’72, Natural Sciences passed away on December 2, 2022.

Thomas Rourke, attended 1972-73, Art passed away on December 27, 2023.

Deborah Garney Shaughnessy ’73, Elementary Education passed away on January 14, 2023.

Peter Bertuca ’78, History & Government passed away on March 20, 2023.

Anne Merkt ’98, Nursing passed away on March 10, 2023.

Yvonne S. Boice-Zucaro ’16, Honorary Degree Recipient passed away on January 13, 2023.

Peter Zawodzinski ’20, Physician Assistant passed away on November 19, 2022.

Nelson P. Torre M.D., founding director of the Physician Assistant program passed away on April 22, 2023.