Gloriajean LaSota, ’73, Business Administration, director of the Teacher Center of Cheektowaga, was selected by Buffalo Business First as a 2014 Women of Influence in the community supporter category.
Bonnie (Szymoniak) Cassidy, ’78, Medical Record Administration, received the 2014 Distinguished Member Award presented by the American Health Information Management Association, the organization’s highest honor. Her volunteer service on national, state and local levels spans three decades and includes more than 50 appointed and elected positions.
Michael Brogan, ’84, ’04, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Daemen vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, received a 2015 Community Leader Award in Health Care from the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York.
Michele Cushman, ’91, Humanities, has accepted a new position as associate director of planned and reunion giving at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.
Peter Brodie, ’92, Administrative Study, is serving as constituent services coordinator in the Montgomery County Office for New York State Sen. George A. Amedore, Jr. He previously was volunteer and voter engagement coordinator for the Amedore campaign.
Laura Weiser Erlandson, ’95, Biology, is associate professor of biology at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, and is currently developing the university’s biology programs. She resides in Killeen, Texas with her husband and two daughters.
Michael (Petsch) Munger, ’03, Nursing, has been chosen as a finalist for D Magazine’s Best Nurse in Dallas Award for his role in rescuing a drowning child. Previously named an Excellence in Nursing Award winner in the magazine’s March 2015 issue, he is a CRNA in the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management in Dallas.
Leilani (Richardson) Pelletier, ’04, Executive Leadership and Change, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association WNY Chapter, was selected by Buffalo Business First as a 2014 Women of Influence in the non-profit leadership category.
Lauren (Metzger) Jaeger, ’05, Psychology, ’12, Executive Leadership and Change, recently changed careers from higher education to pursue her passion as a design consultant at MOD: Matter of Design in Hudson, Ohio.
Terri (Ingraham) Swiatek, ’07, Graphic Design, accepted a new position as the digital marketing manager at Canon Design.
Timothy Rentschler, ’08, Adolescence Education (Social Studies), is an associate at Vinal & Vinal, P.C.,where he is responsible for no-fault arbitrations and litigation.
Melodie (McCalister) Baker, ’09, Executive Leadership and Change, has been accepted as a member of the 2015 Leadership Buffalo Class Experience.
Chadwick Hopson, ’10, Business Administration (Sports Management), has been signed to a management deal by Harris Management, a Beverly Hills-based talent management company.
Barbara Piotrowski, ’10, Executive Leadership and Change, has been accepted as a member of the 2015 Leadership Buffalo Class Experience.
Gabrielle Lorusso, ’11, ’12, Athletic Training, is an assistant athletic trainer at Keuka College, where she uses her skills set in rehabilitation techniques to assist the college’s student-athletes.
Tyler Threehouse, ’11, Political Science, was hired in December 2014 as an attorney at William Mattar, P.C.
Ken Pomichter, ’13, Animation, is an adjunct college instructor teaching 3D modeling and perspective drawing at ITT Technical Institute in Getzville, N.Y.
Fuad Abdul, ’14, Political Science, has accepted a position as an operations and research intern at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Kathleen (Henniger) Wheeler, ’03, ’04, Education and Andrew Wheeler, ’04, ’05, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, welcomed their son, Jack Andrew, on Sept. 30, 2014.
Rachael (Passetti) Faulkner, ’06, ’08, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, and her husband, Mike, and daughter, Haley, welcomed Jack Michael James to their family on Nov. 13, 2014.
Kelly (Lynch) Weber, ’07, Early Childhood/ Special Education, welcomed Clark Thomas on Dec. 10, 2014.
James Manchester, ’09, History and Government, and wife, Rachel, welcomed their daughter, Ainsley, in 2014.
Kristy (Coval) Prine, Biology, and husband, Jeremiah, welcomed their daughter, Chloe Elizabeth, on April 16, 2014. Chloe joins big sister, Meghan Luciana.
Scott Emser, ’07, Business Administration, was engaged to Ashley Scudder and planned to marry on Oct. 4, 2014. He is employed at Ingram Micro in Williamsville, N.Y.
Elise Bailey, ’09, ’11, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, was engaged to marry Jared Olson in February 2015 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Michelle Thorpe, ’12, Natural Science, was engaged to marry Joseph Lynch on Jan. 10, 2015. She is a certified nursing assistant at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, N.Y.
Lindsay Miller, ’12, ’14, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, is engaged to marry Bryant Clark, ’12 ’14, Doctorate of Physical Therapy. They plan to wed in August 2015.
Megan Conley, ’13, Art Education, is engaged to marry Mitchell Altman-Cosgrove, ’13, Political Science, on Sept.24,2016 in Hamburg, N.Y. Both are pursuing graduate degrees.
Safiya (Solomon) Faustin, ’06, Business, married Gary Faustin on May 24, 2014 in Roslyn, N.Y.
Ann Marie (Bradosky) Boudreau, ’08, ’10, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, married Paul Boudreau, Jr., on June 14, 2014. They reside in Queen Creek, Ariz.
Katie (Bronowicki) Conway, ’10, English Adolescent Education, married Brian Conway on Aug. 23, 2014. Katie is an eighth grade English teacher and Brian is a Spanish teacher in Rochester, N.Y.
Gabhriel (Kohlbrenner) Griffin, ’11, Natural Science-Health Science, married Brian Griffin on Sept. 6, 2014. She is services coordinator/ interpreter for a sign language interpreting company in Rome, N.Y., and resides in New Hartford.
Jason Hartman,’11, Psychology, married Abby Cryan, ’12, Biochemistry, on Sept.13, 2014 in East Aurora, N.Y., and they honeymooned in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. She earned a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Rochester and resides outside of Erie, Pa.
Amanda (Ryan) Albro, ’12, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, married Gregory Albro on June 21, 2014 in Hornell, N.Y. After a trip to Punta Cana, the couple have made their home in Buffalo.
Emily (Wilwol) Miller, ’14, Early Childhood/ Special Education, married Kyle Miller on Oct. 11, 2014. They reside in Troy, N.Y.
We are grateful to the wonderful faculty and staff who have provided years of services to Daemen College. Congratulations to the following individuals on their retirement.
Linda Baszczynski began her career as a maintenance worker in April 2007 and retired in January 2015.
Anne Gorlewski began her career as a maintenance worker in December 1996 and retired in January 2015.
Blake Thurman began his career at Daemen in August 2001 and retired as executive director of retention activities in December 2014.
Mary Lucille Condon, ’56, History and Government, entered into rest on Nov. 9, 2014. She worked as a guidance counselor for 25 years in Buffalo Catholic Diocese Schools. She loved anything Irish related, including music, dancing, singing, and reading.
Marcia Ann (Delaney) Oravec, ’56, English, of Tampa, Fla., passed away on July 18, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, John, a daughter, sons, and grandchildren.
Elizabeth “Betsy” (Hill) Lagonergo, ’58, Physical Therapy, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 7, 2014. She was a survivor of many difficulties in life who nevertheless presented a spirit of joy and love to everyone she met. She will be remembered with utmost joy and gratitude. Contributions in her honor were made to establish the Hannah G. L. Education Fund.
Martha (Resch) Reagan, ’59, History and Government, entered into rest on Sept. 15, 2014. She was a realtor for 40 years and volunteered her time and talents to many charitable organizations. Contributions were made in her memory to the American Heart Association.
Mary Katherine Lacaria, OSF, ’60, Elementary Education, passed away on Jan. 15, 2015 in the Health Center of the Sisters of St. Francis. She ministered throughout Buffalo, Stella Niagara and at Holy Trinity School in Dunkirk, where she was principal. She also taught and served as principal in Columbus and New Lexington, Ohio, and in Greenville, S.C. Memorials were made to Stella Niagara Education Park or the Sisters of St. Francis in Stella Niagara, N.Y.
Regina (Detlefson) Joyce, ’61, Biology, passed away on Nov. 13, 2014. Her career focused on cancer research, starting in Buffalo and later working for the Federal Drug Administration in the Baltimore- Washington area. In retirement, she and her late husband, Ronald Joyce, moved to Niceville, Fla.
Helen Welch, OSF, ’61, Elementary Education, (formerly Sister Roberta of Stella Niagara), passed away on Sept. 19, 2013. She was an educator and school principal for many Catholic schools and was also a local minister at Stella Niagara Convent. Memorials were made to Sisters of St. Francis in Stella Niagara, N.Y.
Sr. Patricia A. Dunn, ’65, Elementary Education, passed away on Aug. 9, 2012 after a long illness. She professed her vows with her religious congregation on Dec. 27, 1982. She served in various mission in New Hampshire and was a dedicated educator for many years.
Christina (Feltes) Rice, ’72, English, passed away on May 18, 2014 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. She resided in Lake Forest, Calif. with her husband, Joe.
Jessie (Annalora) Blood, ’83, Medical Record Administration, entered into rest on Jan. 5, 2014. She enjoyed camping, baking and riding motorcycles with her husband, Myron. Memorials were made to Miller House Volunteer Fire Company.
James Gamble, ’89, Physical Therapy, passed away on Nov. 18, 2014. He loved Daemen and his fellow graduates. Memorials were made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association and/or Daemen College.
Lisa (Deichman) Boris, ’07, ’10, Nursing/Executive Leadership and Change in Nursing, passed away on Oct. 11, 2014. As co-coordinator, she was a driving force in Roswell Park Cancer Institute achieving the designation of Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence.
Michele (Quarantello) Sirianni, ’09, Business Administration (Human Resources Management), passed away on Dec. 5, 2014. She is survived by her husband and three children. Memorials were made to the American Cancer Society.
Daemen Community In Memoriam
Adrian F. Dedecker, Jr. passed away on Jan.17, 2015. Serving on the Daemen College Board of Trustees from 1985–92, he was a member of the M. Angela Canavan Legacy Society and the Dedecker Parlor in Rosary Hall is named in his honor. Dedecker was founder and president of Matthews, Barlett & Dedecker, Inc., now M&T Insurance Agency. He served with distinction as an Army captain in WWII and received a Purple Heart. Active in many civic affairs, he was a past president of the Buffalo Club and served on the board of directors of Millard Fillmore Hospital and the AAA.
M. Sarah Doran, OSF, passed away on Sept.19, 2014. She was a longtime member of the Rosary Hill/Daemen faculty. After her retire-ment to Stella Niagara in 1983, she volunteered and was engaged for several years in her much-loved clown ministry. Memorials were made to Sisters of St. Francis in Stella Niagara, N.Y.
Kathleen A. (Gallagher) Field, passed away on Feb. 16, 2015. She was a student in the Executive Leadership an Change Program. Memorials were made in her honor to the Kathleen Field Scholarship Fund at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Thomas Kacalski passed away suddenly on July 31, 2014. He was an assistant coach for Daemen’s men’s soccer team, and also coached soccer for the Hamburg Monarchs, Empire United SA Buffalo and Lackawanna High School. As a coach, he won four championships. A social studies teacher at Lackawanna High School, he is survived by his wife, children and grandchild.
Jennifer McAlmont, passed away on Nov. 30, 2015. She was a Health Care Studies student.
Louise (Granelli) McMillan Clary, entered into rest on Dec.19, 2014. She co-founded the Citizen Action Committee and was a disability advocate for the elderly at Mental Hygiene Legal Services. She was also an actress, costume designer and produced playwright with the Buffalo Ensemble Theatre. She is survived by her husband.