MPoppenbergMary Kay Poppenberg, ’61, English, was awarded the Allerton Lifetime Achievement Award by the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh in the 2014 Tribute to Women Leadership Awards.

Dianne Riordan, ’64, English, was featured at a book-signing event for her novel “The Names of My Mothers,” a book detailing the brief relationship she forged late in life with her birth mother.

ELiddyElizabeth Liddy, Ph.D, ’66, English, was featured in an article on her entrepreneurial work as dean of Syracuse University’s iSchool.



HMartinHonor Martin, ’73, English, was named vice president of clinical services at Aspire of WNY.


DDemyanickDale Demyanick, ’79, Business Administration, chairman of the Daemen College Board of Trustees, has been appointed a trustee of the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation located in Western New York.


ELaddElizabeth Ladd, ’80, Social Work, has been named director of outpatient services at BryLin Behavioral Health System.

Robin Ward, ’83, Elementary Education, earned a master’s degree in art education from Texas Woman’s University in 2009 and an MFA in visual arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2014.

Michael S. Brogan, Ph.D., Doctorate of Physical Therapy, ’84, ’04, currently vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Daemen, has been selected for the Fulbright Specialist Program, which connects U.S. scholars and professionals with counterparts at overseas institutions.

LMarinelliHon. Lynn Marinelli, ’85, English, was selected winner of the Advocate for the Cultural Sector Award at the Art Services Initiative of WNY’s inaugural Spark Culture Awards held in June.

MKlossMaryellen Kloss, ’86, Accounting, has been elected to serve on the Clarence Board of Education.


KPriorKaren (Swallow) Prior, Ph.D., ’87, English, will have a new book drawn from her dissertation research coming out this fall.



Josephine (Minneci) Nicotra, ’92, Travel and Tourism, has been appointed manager at the Orchard Park AAA Travel and Insurance Center.

LCerconeLouis Cercone, ’94, Accounting, has been awarded the globally preferred certified fraud examiner (CFE) credential. He is managing director of Brisbane Consulting Group, LLC.

SHazudaScott Hazuda, ’95, Physical Therapy, is president of Ares Sports Rub, LLC, which markets a 100 percent all-natural topical analgesic cream that he formulated.


TFoleyTimothy Foley, ’96, Business Teacher Certification, was inducted into the Wall of Fame at Frontier High School at the annual Wall of Fame Night and Athletic Awards Dinner held in May.

Daniel Predmore, ’96, BFA Graphic Design, developed the company Predmore Creations, which sells glassware products based on his original designs in more than 100 retail stores and galleries.


RKordylewskiRobert Kordylewski, ’01, ’04, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, was honored for 10 years of service at The McGuire Group.


PMcKinneyPatricia McKinney, ’01, Nursing, was named the 2014 Nurse of Distinction at WCA Hospital in Jamestown, N.Y., during National Nurses Week. She is senior staff nurse in the 5D inpatient medical/surgical unit.

Jessica Beal, ’02, Elementary and Special Education, was honored in June as Albion’s Educator of the Year. She is currently chairperson of the school’s committee on special education.

VAntrumVi-Anne Antrum, ’03, Nursing, has been named vice president and chief nursing officer at Buffalo General Medical Center.


DDowneyDavid Downey, Jr., ’03, Physician Assistant, has joined the practice of Oswego Health cardiologist Thomas Grady Jr., M.D.


Jeremy Bittel, ’04, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, is co-owner of Maple City Physical Therapy.

SHopkinsSarah M. Hopkins, CPA, ’05, Accounting, has been promoted to principal at Lumsden & McCormick, LLP.


TVogelTara Vogel, ’05, Executive Leadership and Change, has been accepted as a member of the 2014 Leadership Buffalo Class and was appointed executive director at Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara.

Trina Burruss, ’06, Executive Leadership and Change, has been accepted as a member of the 2014 Leadership Buffalo Class.

Kelli Fuhrman, ’06, Elementary/Special Education, was recently named director of education at Family Psychiatry and Psychology Associates: Division of Education in Raleigh, N.C.

Jack Bright, ’08, Nursing, was featured in the Olean Times for his role as clinical supervisor at Olean General Hospital’s Milliman Outpatient Surgery Center. He will be deployed for up to a year with the U.S. Army Reserves to Afghanistan, where he will serve on the front lines of medical care for injured soldiers.

Melody (McCalister) Baker, ’09, Executive Leadership and Change, has been named regional opportunity corps program manager at Service Collaborative of WNY.

Jessica Gorski, ’09, Adolescence Education, was named a 2014 honoree in Business First’s 30 Under Thirty award program, which selects 30 Western New Yorkers in the early stages of their careers who are achieving at high levels both at work and in the community.

Timothy Miller, ’09, Natural Science, was featured in an issue of Naturopathic Doctor News & Review.

LDebaccoLaura DeBacco, ’10, Physician Assistant, was appointed coordinator of the OB/GYN Center at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Jaclyn Grace, ’10, Nursing Education, is an adjunct faculty member at Niagara University and Niagara County Community College.

Alicia Malik, ’12, Art-Painting, was featured in an exhibit on her series of paintings entitled “Husks” at Buffalo Arts Studio.

AMooneyAmanda (Buckley) Mooney, ’12, Professional Accounting, was promoted to senior accountant at Lumsden McCormick.

Jeremy Banas, ’13, Graphic Design, was named a graphic designer at Cenergy Marketing & Communications.

Nicholas Chowaniec, ’13, Graphic Design, was named a graphic designer at Cenergy Marketing & Communications.

Paul Whissel, ’13, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, was featured in The Buffalo News for his innovative treatments at Prescribed Motion, a physical therapy and exercise studio he owns and operates in Williamsville, N.Y.

Nicole Deliberis, ’14, Adolescence Education-Spanish, accepted a position as a graduate assistant in the Hilbert College Office of Student Activities.

JGiczkowskiJulia Giczkowski, ’14, Professional Accountancy, has joined the tax team at Lumsden McCormick.


ALongAllyson Long, ’14, Physical Therapy, accepted a position as a physical therapist at Sports Physical Therapy in Tonawanda, N.Y.

La’Quisha Pompey, ’14, Early Childhood Special Education, was featured in The Buffalo News on her life journey to achieve her college degree since being paralyzed by a stray bullet in 2006. Her story was also shared on WGRZ-TV, WKBW-TV and YNN Buffalo.

Holly Weaver, ’14, Nursing, was featured in an article celebrating Nurses Week and was highlighted with her daughter, Kristen Weaver, ’14, Nursing, for all they do working together at Olean General Hospital.

Emily Wilwol, ’14, Early Childhood/ Special Education, accepted a teacher’s assistant job at Albany Med Kids in Albany, N.Y.



Patricia (Mychalak) Margeson, ’99, Graphic Design, and her husband, Stephen, welcomed their first daughter, Adalyn Paige, to their family on Jan. 14, 2014.


David Downey, ’03, Physician Assistant, and Amber (Wood) Downey, ’01, Elementary/Special Education, welcomed a daughter, Madison, on May 8, 2013.

Randi (Smith) Sears, ’03, Elementary/ Special Education, and her husband, Alan, welcomed their third child, Ashton Robert, on May 12, 2014. He joins big sisters Aryana and Ava.

James Felicita, ’05, Political Science, and Bethany Felicita, ’05, Psychology, welcomed their second child, Austin Steven, on March 17, 2014. Austin joins his big sister Carly Grace.

Abe DeBadts, ’08, Physician Assistant and Lisa (Mullane) Debadts, ’07, ’09, Physical Therapy, announced the birth of their son, Jack Abram, on April 23, 2014. He joins big sister Paige.

DDesbordesDamian Desbordes, ’08, ’13, Political Science/ Executive Leadership and Change, and Kadie Desbordes, ’13, Nursing, announced the birth of their son, Damian III, on March 18, 2014.

David Oakes, ’08, Business/Marketing, and his wife, Kara, welcomed their first son, Connor Michael, on Dec. 16, 2013.

Rachael (Cunningham) Mesiti, ’09, Art, married Charles Mesiti on Sept. 22, 2012, and they also welcomed their first child, Haylee Madisyn, on April 19, 2012.

Pessy Abrahamson, ’13, Early Childhood Special Education, welcomed her daughter, Mimi, on Feb. 6, 2013.

Chaya (Weingort) Kahan, ’13, gave birth to her daughter, Malka, on April 6, 2014.



Robin Hackney, ’02, Education, was engaged to Nathan Jones in June 2013 and planned to wed in July 2014. The couple resides in North Charleston, S.C.

RAlloyRudolph Alloy, ’05, Business Administration, is engaged to marry Nicole Curcio in May 2015.


ABradleyAlicia Bradley, ’05, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, was engaged to marry Eric Wood and the wedding was planned for Aug. 9, 2014.

Christy S. Edler, ’10, ’12, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, became engaged to Patrick Martin on Aug. 22, 2014. She is employed as a physical therapist at Autumn View in Hamburg, N.Y.

TMeyersTaylor Meyers, ’10, ’12, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, became engaged to Philip Prynn in August 2014. She is a physical therapist for the Buffalo Rehab Group and her fiancé works as a health and physical education teacher in the West Seneca Central School District.

JNixonJames Nixon, ’12, Business Administration, is engaged to marry Belinda A. Cook in 2014.

Abby Cryan, ’14, Biochemistry, and Jason Hartman, ’14, Psychology, are engaged and planning to wed in Fall 2014.

Megan Morrell, ’14, Physician Assistant, and Jordan Nolan, ’12, ’14, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, are engaged and planning a wedding for Summer 2015.

DRomerDaniel Romer, ’14, Business Administration, announced his engagement to Amanda Heterbring. They reside in Columbia, S.C. and planned to wed in July 2014.




AKerrAmy E. Kerr, ’04, ’06, Elementary/ Special Education, married Gregory Soroka on Feb. 17, 2014. After a trip to Jamaica, the couple is making their home in Buffalo, N.Y.

Hannah (Borowicz) Forysinski, ’09, Natural Science, married Jarett Forysinski in St. Thomas on June 25, 2014. She is currently working as a critical care nurse at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and her husband is a manager at the Hard Rock Café in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Anne Marie (Arendt) Holly, ’09, Physician Assistant, married Thomas Holly in Baldwinsville, N.Y, on May 17, 2014. She is employed as a physician assistant at Rochester General Medical Group’s Allergy and Rheumatology Department. The couple currently resides in Webster, 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 recent retirement.

Paulette Anzelone, ’73, Psychology, began her career as registrar in October 1973 and retired in August 2014.

Dr. Ellen Banks began her career as a professor in September 1973 and retired in August 2014.

Robert Beiswanger began his career at Daemen in April 1983 and retired as vice president for business affairs and treasurer in August 2014.

Louise Berry began her career at Daemen in September 2004 and retired as grants administration manager in August 2013.

Dr. Lynda Cessario began her career at Daemen in December 1987 and retired as an assistant professor in August 2013.

Gayle Nason-Churchill began her career at Daemen in September 1966 and retired as an assistant professor in August 2013.

Barbara Kuehn began her career at Daemen in July 1993 and retired as enrollment research coordinator in September 2014.

Michael Looker began his career at Daemen in October 2004 and retired as controller in September 2013.

Darrell Moore began his career at Daemen in September 1995 and retired as director of computer support services in May 2014.

Dr. Alex Pleshkewych began his career at Daemen in September 1970 and retired as a professor in August 2013.

William Predmore began his career at Daemen in September 1967 and retired as an associate professor in August 2013.

Dr. Charles Reedy began his career at Daemen in September 1969 and retired as an associate professor in August 2013.

Dr. Peter Siedlecki began his career at Daemen in September 1965 and retired as a professor in August 2013.

Christine Smirnow began her career at Daemen in November 2004 and retired from maintenance in March 2014.

Christine Strzalka began her career at Daemen in April 2003 and retired as a secretary in August 2013.

Frank Sweitzer began his career at Daemen in September 1991 and retired from maintenance in August 2014.

Frank Terrose began his career at Daemen in July 1996 and retired from maintenance in July 2014.

In Memoriam


NHigginbothamNorma (Stelman) Higginbotham, ’54, Natural Science (Chemistry), passed away on April 19, 2014. A celebration of her life was held at the World Prayer Tower of Gospel Tabernacle Church in Orchard Park, N.Y.

LPetersonLoretta Peterson, OSF, ’57, English, of Stella Niagara, passed away on July 15, 2014. She was a teacher and librarian at the Buffalo Academy of Sacred Heart and at Bishop McMahon High School in Buffalo, N.Y. She also taught in Ohio, West Virginia, California, and Italy. Memorials were made to the Sisters of Saint Francis.


JGregoireJane Frances Gregoire, OSF, ’62, passed away on Oct.18, 2013. She was executive director of the Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, Minn. Upon retirement in 2011, she moved to Jacksonville, Fla., where she helped set up Gabriel House of Care. She is survived by her Franciscan Sisters, the Stella Niagara Franciscan Sisters, and her brothers.

CIannoCecile (Viggiano) Ianno, ’66, Elementary Education, passed away on Aug. 20, 2014, surrounded by her loving family after a brief and courageous battle with brain cancer. She was a teacher, a homemaker and avid volunteer. Contributions were made in her memory to St. Joseph’s Auxiliary, Francis House or Hospice of CNY.

BBurrowsBethlyn A. (Beiter) Burrows, ’67, French, passed away on Feb. 4, 2014. Memorials were made in her honor to Hospice.


KRollsKathleen M. (Zahm) Rolls, ’67, Education, died peacefully on May 30, 2014. She was an elementary school teacher, an avid gardener, a mother figure to many, and a true friend. Remembrances were made to her favorite cause, the American Humane Society.


JCaponeJoanne L. Capone, ’72, History and Government, passed away on Jan.15, 2014. She is survived by her loving family and contributions were made in her memory to Sisters of Mercy and the Journeys Program, Harris Hill Nursing Facility.

Adreienne M. Webdale, ’72, Psychology, entered into rest on July14, 2013. As a member of Daemen’s Canavan Society, the college is immensely grateful for her support.

BSchwachBarbara (Frank) Schwach, ’73, Art, passed away May 20, 2014. She taught at the Montessori Children’s House in Olean, N.Y., until retirement. She enjoyed singing and served as a Eucharistic minister and school volunteer. She also loved traveling and sharing her passion for the visual arts and music. Memorials were made to the SSJ Sister Karen Klinczack Center for Non-Violence.

KHaase-FalboKathleen Haase-Falbo, ’75, Religious Studies, entered into rest on Sept. 2, 2013, in Cleveland, Ohio, surrounded by her family and friends after a brief illness. For the past 21 years, she was director of pastoral ministry for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. She is survived by husband, Mark, two children, Jennifer Kilgore and Joshua Falbo, and five grandchildren, Charles, Tristain, Donovan, Kahlan, and Baedaen.


Marian M. Anderson, ’93, Nursing, passed away on Feb. 14, 2014. She worked at Olean General Hospital until her retirement. She is survived by her husband and three children.

Christopher Page, ’93, Physical Therapy, passed away on July 25, 2014. He established and operated Chris Page Physical Therapy in Whitesboro, N.Y. He lived for his wife and son. Remembrances in his name were made to the Nicholas Page Education Fund.

Faculty/Staff In Memoriam

Marcia M. Boehmke, RN, passed away on May 4, 2014. She began teaching at Daemen in 1991 and taught full time from 1995–2002 in nursing with clinical expertise in oncology. She also contributed to the development of the Palliative Care Graduate Program. Memorials were made to the SPCA Serving Erie County.

TGermanTimothy German, a security supervisor and lieutenant at Daemen, entered into rest on Feb. 11, 2014. He was past master of Tyrian Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and a member of St. Joseph University Parish. He enjoyed camping and hunting, and playing the bagpipes. He is survived by his wife, Kelly, and two sons, Connor and Ryan. Memorials in his honor were made to the Food Bank of WNY.

charlieCharles “Charlie” Sabatino, professor of philosophy and religious studies, passed away on March 13, 2014. He was instrumental in the creation of Daemen’s successful service learning program, and was a co-facilitator of a monthly Cancer Wellness Center support group held on campus. An avid runner, he completed approximately 45 marathons, including 13 in Boston.