hmartinHonor Martin, ’73, English, was featured in a Buffalo News story in July 2016 for her work as vice president of clinical services at Aspire of Western New York.




Dr. James RamseyDr. James Ramsey, Jr., ’79, History and Government, has been appointed clinical assistant professor and director of the first year experience and developmental education at Medaille College in Buffalo.





Donald Hogan, ’80, Social Work, has retired after coaching for 26 years at Watervlet High School and was honored by the school, community and former players and coaches. He is currently coaching at Hudson Valley Community College and is director of forensic mental health at the Rensselaer County Correctional Facility, a position he has held for more than 29 years.

Lorraine Stahl, ’81, Medical Technology, is employed as quality control lab supervisor and laboratory manager at UNYTS.

Deborah Skinner, ’83, Art Education, published a children’s fantasy novel, “Queen Sllabruos The Mirror World,” in April 2016.

Brian GrahamBrian Graham, ’86, Elementary and Special Education, has been appointed superintendent of the Grand Island Central School District.





Rebecca (McKerchie) Ryan, ’98, Elementary and Special Education, is assistant principal at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.

Christine Sherman Malie, ’99, Physical Therapy, earned a doctorate of physical therapy at Shenandoah University and has been promoted to manager of outpatient rehabilitation services at Mary Washington Hospital and Stafford Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va.

Brian PettitBrian Pettit, ’99, Physical Therapy, was welcomed back to Daemen as part of the February 2016 Hometown Heroes celebration held in conjunction with the men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader vs. Dowling College. A former Daemen basketball player, he served in the U.S. Army prior to attending the college.




Stephanie Williams-Holmdahl, ’02, Psychology, completed her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2015 and specializes in suicide risk and personality assessment of ethnic minorities. She is employed as a staff psychologist and practicum training coordinator at the California Department of State Hospital-Salinas Valley.

Jordan Pulaski, ’03, Business Administration, is employed in pharmaceuticals at Genentech Hematology Oncology.

Scott Moyer, ’04, Business Administration, serves as risk manager in the Greece Central School District.

Lauren Jaeger, ’05, ’12, Psychology/Executive Leadership and Change, is a major gift officer at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Michael Patane, ’05, Physician Assistant, contributed to writing the article, “Teamwork: Strategies for a Successful Robotic Program,” which focuses on how to run a successful surgical robotic program based on findings from robotic surgeries performed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Amanda Dickerman, ’06, ’10, Early Childhood/ Special Education, has been named the 2016 Teacher of the Year for the Northeastern Division by The Learning Group, where she is employed.

Lindsey (Haggmark) Hall, ’06, Visual Arts Education, and her husband have written and illustrated their first children’s book, “I Don’t Want to Take a Bath,” published by Tate Publishing.

Jenna Ostrowski-Winter, ’06, Graphic Design, is a photographer/graphic designer at Chevalier Outdoor Living.

Abe DebadtsAbe Debadts, ’08, Physician Assistant, has received the Patricia Lewis Adjunct Staff Award from Rochester Regional Health System in recognition of his excellence in patient and family care, collaboration with the healthcare team, and his service as a role model to other health care professionals.




Amy Farner, ’08, Health Care Studies, is serving as vice president of online marketing at Awakenings Treatment.

Amanda Holman, ’08, ’10, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, is a physical therapist at River Pediatric Therapies.

Damian Desbordes, ’09, ’13, Political Science/ Executive Leadership and Change, has been promoted to director of student accounts at Trocaire College.

Tamblyn Gawley, ’09, Art-Painting, is curriculum advisor at the Arts at Exploration School, Inc.

Celia (Patarino) Gonser, ’09, Health Care Studies, is director of product development at Clinical Support Services.

McKenzie Higgins, ’09, Political Science, was recently promoted to Compliance Specialist 1 for Human Resources Compliance at M&T Bank.

Jerry Webb, ’09, Art, is working as a sales marketing analyst at Arcade Beauty.


Jessica Raimondo, ’10, ’14, Business Administration/ Executive Leadership and Change, is a digital ad sales planner at Synacor based in downtown Buffalo.

Ann Marie Taggart, ’11, Executive Leadership and Change, is a technical services advisor at Microsoft.

Alexis (Ruffino) DelCarlo, ’12, Business Administration, is a human resources associate at Nutra- Bland Foods, Inc.

Courtney Donovan, ’12, History and Government, is a licensing coordinator at New Era Cap.

Amanda (Buckley) MooneyAmanda (Buckley) Mooney, ’12, Professional Accountancy, has been promoted to tax manager at Lumsden & McCormick, LLP.




Amy Zink, ’12, Physician Assistant, is a physician assistant at Jewish Senior Life of Rochester.

Jeremy Banas, ’13, Graphic Design, is employed as a junior art director at 15 Fingers in Buffalo.

Jamal Cort, ’13, Athletic Training, is serving as an intern athletic trainer at The Madison Square Garden Company.

Anna Jaremko, ’13, Health Care Studies, is employed as a special projects assistant at Independent Health.

Amber MazurekAmber Mazurek, ’13, Nursing, is working as a patient care services advisor at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.





Kirsten SharpKirsten Sharp, ’13, Business Administration, is a human resources assistant at Cobham Mission Systems.




Korianne Lee Sulzbach, ’13, ’16, Health Care Studies and Public Health, is a research support specialist in the University at Buffalo Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health.

Mary Rose Graham, ’14, Executive Leadership and Change, is serving as director at Southtowns Surgery Center of Kaleida Health.

Julia GiczkowskiJulia Giczkowski, ’14, Professional Accountancy, has been promoted to senior accountant in the tax department at Lumsden & McCormick, LLP.




Tracey Pamphile, ’14, Health Care Studies, is a recruitment coordinator for MetLife at Allegis Global Solutions.

Special Thompson, ’14, Psychology, is an office aid/school aide at Ichan Charter School 7.

Darcie Neaverth, ’15, Physician Assistant, is a physician assistant in the primary care practice at Family Care Medicine.

Tyler Russell, ’15, Health Care Studies, is a cardiac monitor technician at Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca.

Peggy (Inchiosa) Stefanski, ’15, Nursing, is working in the medical intensive care unit at Kaleida Health.

Elizabeth VanDeusen, ’15, Business Administration, is an e-commerce assistant at HABA USA.

Holli Nesbitt, ’16, Physician Assistant, is a member of the Strong Memorial Hospital Colorectal Surgical Department.



Amber Penkszyk, ’03, Business Administration, married Glenn Aronow on Sept, 11, 2015 at Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards in Gasport, N.Y.

Megan Herr, ’09, Natural Science, and Michael Feldman, ’11, History and Government, were engaged in August 2015 and married in July 2016. Megan is working as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute.

Jennifer (Grzebinski) Tharnish, ’09, ’11, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, married Jeff Tharnish on April 9, 2016. Residing in East Aurora, N.Y., Jennifer is a physical therapist at GreenField Health and Rehabilitation Center, and Jeff manages the international department at ABC-Amega, Inc.


Kristin MulliganKristin Mulligan, ’13, Physician Assistant Studies, and Adam Sobieraj, ’10, Business, were married on Oct. 17, 2015.




Caitlin Scheeler, ’15, Physician Assistant, and Matthew Ullery, ’14, Religious Studies, were married on Oct. 10, 2015. They reside in Cheektowaga, N.Y.



Jennifer (Koenig) RossmanJennifer (Koenig) Rossman, ’03, Elementary and Special Education, gave birth to her second child, Elliot Matthew, on Aug. 30, 2015.




Sara (Schupp) Rivers, ’06, Elementary Education and Adam Rivers, ’06, Art Education, were married on July 26, 2014. They welcomed a son, Brayden John, on Sept. 15, 2015. Sara is a literary specialist and Adam is an art teacher.

Justin JohnstonJustin Johnston, ’08, History and Government and Danielle (Corbett) Johnston, ’10, Physician Assistant, welcomed a daughter, Jane Elizabeth, on Aug. 9, 2016.




Christin (Ratzel) YoungChristin (Ratzel) Young, ’08, ’10, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, and her husband, Justin, welcomed a baby boy, Elijah, on March 27, 2016.





Jason HartmanJason Hartman, ’11, Psychology, and Abby (Cryan) Hartman, ’12, Biology, welcomed a daughter, Rhyla Jordan, on April 1, 2016.




Jessica (Pankok) FilipowskiJessica (Pankok) Filipowski, ’12, Accounting, and her husband, Michael, welcomed a son, Joseph James, on March 26, 2016.




Phylicia Dove, ’15, Executive Leadership and Change, gave birth to a son, Isaac Adrien Dove, on June 19, 2015.

Janelyn JimenezJanelyn Jimenez, ’16, Liberal Arts, with her family welcomed a son, Nicolas, on June 22, 2016.






We are grateful to the wonderful faculty and staff who have provided years of service to Daemen College. Congratulations!

Sharon Benz began her career at Daemen in January 2003 and retired as coordinator of the Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement in July 2016.

William DiPietro started at Daemen in September 1984 and retired as a professor of business administration in August 2016.

John Frederick began his career at Daemen in June 2001 and retired in April 2016 as the director of executive leadership and change.

In Memoriam

Saraswathi (Saras) MagillSaraswathi (Saras) Magill, passed away on Feb. 21, 2016. She retired in 1999 as a professor of mathematics from Daemen after more than two decades of service. Also serving as chairperson of the Mathematics Department, she was very devoted to the college and the department.


Thomas KrickovichThomas Krickovich passed away on April 15, 2016. He was a student in the physician assistant program. The Tom Krickovich Memorial Fund has been established to carry on his legacy and to contribute to the Daemen Physician Assistant Program.




Sr. M. Justine Lyons, ’57, English,Sr. M. Justine Lyons, ’57, English, passed away on Dec. 15, 2015. She worked in education as a teacher, tutor and speech therapist. She was also well known for her singing and work with children’s choirs, and she enjoyed oil painting. Donations were made to the Sisters of St. Francis.



M. Clement SchubertM. Clement Schubert, OSF, ’59, Education, passed away on Feb. 25, 2016. She served the New York area as a nurse’s aide and teacher. Donations were made in her memory to the Sisters of St. Francis.




Lucy CurleyLucy Curley, ’61, English, passed away on Aug. 2, 2016. She served on the Niagara Frontier State Park Commission and was director of Artpark & Co. and the Ashford Hollow Foundation. She also founded Lucy Curley & Company, Inc., a grant and loan consulting firm in downtown Buffalo. She donated her remains to the University at Buffalo’s Anatomical Gift Program.



Barbara (Pietraszek) GulloBarbara (Pietraszek) Gullo, ’61, English, passed away on June 6, 2016 after a courageous four-year battle with cancer. She worked for 35 years in real estate at CFG Investments, a company she established with her husband.




Toni Smith Wilson, ’69, Theatre, passed away on May 28, 2016 under hospice care in her Buffalo home. She and Rosalind Cramer established the Theatre of Youth in 1972, and she was an actor and director in a number of productions. A theater teacher for 40 years at the Buffalo Seminary, she also taught acting, creative dramatics and voice at many area workshops, schools and colleges, including Daemen.


Kathleen (Suchan) HopperKathleen (Suchan) Hopper, ’70, Mathematics, passed away on March 4, 2016. She was retired as a mathematics teacher in the Cheektowaga Central School District. In leaving a legacy gift to Daemen, she was a member of the M. Angela Canavan Society.



Mary (Benson) MyszkiewiczMary (Benson) Myszkiewicz, ’72, Elementary Education, passed away on May 5, 2016. She was a teacher and longtime president of the Allentown Village Society and parent organization of the Allentown Art Festival.



Donna (Jeffs) MurrayDonna (Jeffs) Murray, ’72, Elementary Education, passed away on Feb. 13, 2016 following a lengthy fight against breast cancer. She was employed for 32 years by the New York State Education Department’s Office of the Professions, from which she retired in 2011.


Karen Shaw, ’85, Nursing, passed away on Jan. 31, 2016. Employed for 31 years at the Veterans Administration, she was a member of the National Rifle Association, an avid animal lover and supporter of various animal related charities.


Kim Sweet-CassavinoKim Sweet-Cassavino, ’91, Adolescence Education, passed away on Nov. 1, 2015. She was a member of the Buffalo Chapter DAR. Memorials were made to Joyful Rescues.




Samuel PaganoSamuel Pagano, ’16, Graphic Design, passed away on July 6, 2016. He received the Outstanding Achievement in Visual Communication honor at the 2016 Daemen Excellence Awards Ceremony. Pagano’s senior exhibition on a theoretical investigation of typography remains on display in the Tower Gallery of the Haberman Gacioch Art Center.