Class Notes
Class Notes



Peter Brodie ’92, Administrative Study, received a promotion to deputy chief, data and informatics in the New York State (NYS) Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Trauma Systems. He has taken on new responsibilities for reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic and EMS system response. His greatest success is helping bring NYS up to documenting more than 98 percent of EMS care electronically.


Adam DeRose ’07, Art, wrote and illustrated the 17th book in his children’s books series, titled “The Moose’s Loose Tooth.”

Joella Laramay ’09, English-Adolescence Education, published a book titled “The Yang & Yin of Gender Transition.”


Kaylee (Peluso) Stearns ’10, ’12, Natural Science, Doctor of Physical Therapy, was named “Therapist of the Year 2020” for the Finger Lakes Region.

Daniel Garigen ’11, Accounting, has been named a partner at Dansa D’Arata Soucia CPAs and Consultants.

Nicholas Kaczmarek ’13, Graphic Design, was named the graphic and web designer for The Foundations of Kaleida Health (Kaleida Health Foundation & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation). He received a Buffalo Spree Best of WNY award for the podcast “When’s Food?”

Carly Duszynski ’14, Psychology, was named the fellowship program coordinator at UBMD Surgery.

Emily Buzzard ’18, ’19, Social Work, MSW, was named project director for the Office on Violence Against Women Campus Program at Niagara University.



Katherine Kempa ’06, Art-Painting, is engaged to fellow educator Jason Winters. She works as an art teacher in Yuma, Ariz.


Sierra Mizer ’16, Business Administration/Sports Management, is engaged to Lucas Taylor.

Stephanie Parwulski ’16, English, became engaged to Francis Norman on November 26, 2020.



Angela (Bocchino) Downey ’05, ’06, Special Education, married Korey Downey ’06, Graphic Design, on August 14, 2020.

Cheri Nowicki ’09, Childhood/ Special Education, married Steven Godzich ’09, Psychology, on February 4, 2021.


Andrew Engelbach-Schafer ’12, ’14, Natural Science, Doctor of Physical Therapy, married Amanda Marie Kielich on September 6, 2020.

Amy (Grimes) Chaudhari ’14, History and Political Science, was married on May 30, 2020.

Katharina (Kristan) Indivero ’15, Physician Assistant Studies, married Taylor Indivero on August 1, 2020. She is a vascular surgery physician assistant at Rochester General Hospital.

Tyler Vanice ’15, History, married Amanda Murphy on October 31, 2020.

Amy (Eisenhut) Kinnaird ’16, Graphic Design, married Zachary Kinnaird ’17, Accounting, on September 12, 2020.



Kwesi Victor ’10, Business Administration/Marketing, and Rose Mimy-Victor ’11, ’14, Health Care Studies, Nursing, welcomed their second daughter.

Lauren (Bevacqua) Tette ’13, ’16, Health Care Studies/ Community Health, Executive Leadership and Change, and her husband, Michael, welcomed their child, Joseph David, on March 3, 2021.

Gabrielle Heidinger ’19, Nursing, and her husband, Andrew, welcomed their child, Frank Andrew, on July 1, 2020.

in memoriam


Rita (Gradwohl) Sweeney ’52, English, passed away on February 2, 2021. A member of the college’s first graduating class and president of the Student Government Association, Rita recalled her time as an exhilarating and exciting adventure—everything was a first.

Rae (Coogan) Cassidy ’54, Natural Science/ Chemistry, passed away on January 9, 2021.

Dr. Agnes Schubert OSF ’55, Elementary Education, passed away on January 11, 2021.

Suzanne Hartke ’58

Suzanne Hartke ’58, English, passed away on November 7, 2020.

Joan (Donoghue) Hoebbel ’58, English

Joan (Donoghue) Hoebbel ’58, English, passed away on October 22, 2020. The first in her family to receive a graduate degree, Joan enjoyed sharing her knowledge and love of reading with her students.

Joan (Peterson) Kruger, Mathematics, who attended Rosary Hill/Daemen College in the late 1950s, passed away on December 18, 2020.

Sally (Farrell) Macaluso ’59, Secretarial Science, passed away on December 13, 2020.

Grace Ritz ’59, English, passed away on December 20, 2020.


Suzanne (Sharrow) Reilly ’60, Business Administration, passed away on February 12, 2021.

Margaret (Daley) Ruhland ’60, Natural Science/Chemistry, passed away on February 8, 2021.

Sr. Mary Owen Doody, OSF, ’63, Elementary Education, passed away on December 23, 2020.

Theresa (Beverage) Sheldon ’64, Med. Technology, passed away on October 29, 2020.

Judith Thrasher ’64

Judith Thrasher ’64, Sociology, passed away on January 30, 2021.

Linda DeStefano ’65

Linda DeStefano ’65, English, passed away on June 10, 2020.

Virginia (De la Cerda) Buscemi ’66, Spanish, passed away on November 17, 2020.

Sr. Mary Felicia Golembiewski-Dove, CSSF, ’66, Psychology, passed away on December 11, 2020. She was a science teacher in Catholic schools.

Nancy (Swiencicki) Lunney ’66, Sociology, passed away on October 17, 2020.

Mary (Hoftiezer) Simms ’66

Mary (Hoftiezer) Simms ’66, English, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021.

Marilynn Klubek ’67, German, passed away December 24, 2020.

Janette (Ruggiero) Schiesser ’67, Elementary Education, passed away on April 16, 2021.

Margaret (Saks) Walker ’68

Margaret (Saks) Walker ’68, Psychology, passed away on October 1, 2020.


Barbara (Bogdan) Badach ’70

Barbara (Bogdan) Badach ’70, History and Government, passed away on September 25, 2020.

Carol Razewski ’70, English, passed away on January 1, 2021.

Gail (Quackenbush) Harris ’71

Gail (Quackenbush) Harris ’71, Elementary Education, passed away on March 29, 2020.

Barbara Smith ’71, Biology, passed away on August 21, 2020.

Joann (Palumbo) Jackson ’72, Spanish, passed away on July 26, 2020.

James Neff ’75, Medical Record Administration, passed away on March 19, 2020.


Cecilia (Price) Glover ’86

Cecilia (Price) Glover ’86, Nursing, passed away on April 14, 2021.

Robert Molnar, Jr. ’86,

Robert Molnar, Jr. ’86, Art, passed away on October 5, 2020.


James Seitz

James Seitz, Business Administration, who attended Daemen College in the mid-1990s, passed away on December 27, 2020.

Jacqueline Blodgett ’96, Nursing, passed away on May 4, 2020.


LaTonya Myers ’10

LaTonya Myers ’10, Health Care Studies/Community Health, passed away on March 30, 2020.

Sarah (Pajak) Luke ’13, Social Work, passed away on December 23, 2020.

Dr. Corstiaan Brass

Dr. Corstiaan Brass passed away on December 20, 2020. At the time he was working with Daemen, he was the owner of the Center for Skin Integrity and worked with the college’s Department of Physical Therapy to improve wound care through a collaborative approach.

Dr. Simona Carrubba

Dr. Simona Carrubba, a former assistant professor of physics, passed away on February 5, 2021. She was an energetic member of the Department of Natural Sciences and contributed to our understanding of the effect of low-energy transmissions on the human brain through her research. She will be missed by her former colleagues and students.

Judy Casassa

Judy Casassa passed away on April 7, 2021. She was a professor of modern languages/German.

John “Jack” Segmen, Ph.D. passed away on May 6, 2021. A professor of psychology at Rosary Hill/Daemen College, he served on the Emeritus Faculty Advisory Board.

Alfred “Doc” Zielonka, Ph.D. passed away on October 7, 2020. A professor at Rosary Hill/ Daemen College, from which he retired in 1992, he also served as department chair, vice president, and acting president during the Canavan-to-Marshall presidential transition. He was one of the first faculty members appointed to the college’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. Edward (Ned) J. Cuddy

Dr. Edward (Ned) J. Cuddy passed away on June 22, 2021. He taught at Daemen for many years and was a beloved faculty member and chair of the History & Political Science Department. Beloved husband of 60 years to Jean (Arns) Cuddy ’60; dear father of Mimi Cuddy-Mierzwa ’85, Karen Cuddy-Miller ’87, Maureen Kieffer ’87, Jennifer Lantzas ’91, Michele Fisher ’98, and Margaret “Molly” Reader, DPT ’96, ’06.