Kathleen A.P. McCarthy, ’60, Social Sciences, was awarded the Christus Super Omnia Award from the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart for 2011.

Pamela R. (Ryan) Jacobs-Vogt, ’62, English & ’84, Honorary Degree – Doctor of Humane Letters, and her husband, Peter Vogt, received the St. Vincent de Paul Award at the Niagara University President’s Dinner on November 11, 2011 at the Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel and Event Center. The award is conferred upon individuals “whose vision, accomplishments and good works reflect the life and ministry of St. Vincent de Paul.”

Brigit (Shea) Truex, ’64, Biology, Elementary Education, proudly announces the release of Strong as Silk, the story of California’s Gold Hill Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony, in both prose and poems. For more information visit

Mary Alice (Regan) McClusky, ’67, Elementary Education, hosted a Royalty Interest Group meeting last year with ladies from The USA and Canada. Mary Alice and her family enjoy attending the Daemen College Alumni events.


Carol (Kane) Golyski, ’73, Medical Technology, received the New York State for Clinical Laboratory Science Servicer Award at the annual state meeting which was held in Farmingdale, NY. Carol was recently named Program Director of the Medical Technology Program at the University at Buffalo.


CORRECTION – Patricia (Coppola) Farrell, ’84, Medical Technology, was promoted to manager of lab services for diagnostic immunology at IMMCO Diagnostics.  Patricia joined the company in 1989 and recently served as lab services supervisor.


Peter Lee Brodie, ’92, Administrative Study, accepted a position as a claims analyst at Albany Medical Center, after returning home to the great northeast. Just eight months later he was promoted to Team Leader and responsible for ten analysts billing Blues and HMO’s. Before January 2012, he was promoted to Supervisor for a team of senior claims analysts focused on payment trends and claim denials.


Jonathon Dean, ’01, Physical Therapy, is Director of Rehab at Alliance Healthcare Systems where he oversees 3 rehab facilities in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jacqueline Marie Schenk, ’01, Business Administration, opened “A Blooming Place Florist” in Tonawanda, NY and recently celebrated the 10th anniversary. Jacqueline absolutely loves being a small business owner and floral designer!

Susan (Robertson) Orton, ’04, Nursing, received a Master of Science in Nursing Education with a certificate in Adult Education from Westminster College in Utah. She works at the Salt Lake City Veterans Administration as the Staff Development Coordinator for Mental Health Services.

Amanda Lea Dickerman, ’06 & ’10, Early Childhood/Special Education, recently wrote and published a book about a dolphin with Autism titled “Dennis is Different: a story about autism and acceptance”. The book was written as a children’s story, however through the publishing process, the publisher suggested that the book could also be used as a teaching tool for use in a classroom setting in regards to other issues students face today (i.e. bullying).

Brooke M. Habberfield, ’06, Social Work, received her Masters in Human Services from Capella University in 2008 and also completed her MSW from Roberts Wesleyan College in May 2011. Brooke has accepted a position at Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic as a Crisis Specialist in late 2011.

Genette Danyel Brooks, ’07, Human Resource Management, published a book titled “Any Time God”. It is a book of poetry about overcoming obstacles, believing in God through all trials and tribulations and finding true love and happiness in these last days through Christ Jesus the Lord. Genette is working on the publication of her second book “Tender Love Poems”. She is in a graduate program in Higher Education Administration working on a certificate as a paralegal and works with a job placement agency.

Kari Achatz, ’07 and Nick Napierala, ’09, art educators, have combined their art and teaching experiences with childhood memories to design an interactive installation Secret Spaces in the Useum™ inside the Burchfield Penny Art center in Buffalo. Visitors entering the Useum find themselves in a fantastical bedroom scene where guests are encouraged to write on furniture and investigate the installation, revealing hidden blankets and props. Guests are encouraged to build their own space or share a secret space with others by taking a photograph and adding it to the artist’s blog dedicated to imaginary play at the Useum. Secret Spaces (May 12– Sept 9, 2012)

Julie Anne Jemiolo, ’09, Nursing & ’11, Nurse Practitioner, is the new Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner for Buffalo General Hospital.

Amanda Louise BuckleyAmanda Louise Buckley, ’11, Accounting, is responsible for tax compliance services to businesses and individuals at Lumsden & McCormick, LLP.

Kristin Mary Duggan, ’11, Early Childhood/Special Education, is currently in graduate school with the Thomas Reynolds Center at Daemen College. Her memory of undergraduate school is how comfortable the professors make you feel.

Mary Beth (Reilly) Moore ’11, Nurse Practitioner, is the Residential Nurse Case Manager at People, Inc.

Josefina I. Paez, ’11, Business Administration, for the last two years has worked at HSBC Bank as a Business Banker.

Samantha Jo Tagliarino, ’11, Fine Arts, is co-owner of a new store in the Elmwood Village of Buffalo called Off Beat Emporium which opened on June 18, 2011. Please stop by and support your fellow alumna.



Janelle M. Siergiej, ’07, Early Childhood/Special Education, is marrying Keith Brandel on March 10, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Danielle M. Walters, ’07, Health Care Studies, is engaged to Ryan Vance. A September 2012 wedding is being planned.

Rachel Elizabeth Carroll, ’08 & ’10, Early Childhood/Special Education, announces her engagement to Christopher Pellicano. A June 2012 wedding is being planned. Rachel works for the Frontier Central School District.

Julie Anne Jemiolo, ’09, Nursing & ’11, Nurse Practitioner, and Michael W. Thompson, ’06, Art, are engaged to be married.

Christine M. Phillips, ’10, Nursing, is engaged to James Flowers. Christine is employed as an oncology specialist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Miranda Lynn Knapp, ’06, Art Education, is engaged to James Raynor. An October 6, 2012 wedding is planned. Miranda is currently employed as an art teacher in Rome City School District.



Laura (Bonnell) Ferris, ’03, Early Childhood/Special Education, married Jesse Ferris on the beach in St. Thomas, USVI, on August 19, 2011. The couple resides in Elmira, NY.

Michael J. Petsch, ’03, Nursing, was united in marriage on August 13, 2011 to John Luman Munger. With the passing of the marriage equality, this was the first marriage in Chautauqua County.

Brianne M. (Whitbeck) Wood, ’04, Early Childhood/Special Education, married Greg Wood on August 6, 2011.

Melody J. (Manwaring) Leon Vega, ’04, International Studies, was married on September 2, 2011 and resides in Pennsylvania.

Amanda J. (Blaszczyk) Meacham, ’05, Physician Assistant, married Steve Meacham on October 8, 2011.

Nina D. (Zehr), ’05, English, married Justin Sheehan in the Adirondack Mountains, surrounded by close friends and family, on July 9, 2011. The bride was attended by her step-daughter and they reside in Grand Island, NY.

Beth Ann Kaczmarek, ’07, Physician Assistant Studies, was married on August 26, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario to Dr. Maurice Gillezeau. Beth Ann currently works as a physician assistant for an orthopedic surgeon in East Amherst, NY.

Randi E. (Cattoi) Deuro, ’08, Biochemistry, married Nicholas Deuro on September 17, 2011.  They honeymooned in California and look forward to beginning their lives as husband and wife.

Laura M. (Sutton) Ripson, ’10, Social Work, married Ben Ripson in Youngstown, NY on May 28, 2011.

Rachel Anne Kroening, ’11, Doctor of Physical Therapy, married George Sisson on September 23, 2011.



Mary (Dudzic) Beach, ’99, Special Education, and husband Nate Beach, ’99, Physical Therapy, welcomed their son, Ethan James on June 8, 2011. Ethan joins his sisters, Ella Rayne (3) and Lily Grace (2).

Diana (Beyer) Chamberlain, ’99, Business Administration, and her husband, Scott, welcomed their second child, Logan Scott, on September 13, 2011 who joins big sister, Ella.


Anna Marie (Weber) Ashbaugh, ’01, Physical Therapy, and her husband, Dave, welcomed their daughter, Skylar Grace, on August 31, 2011.

Jamie L. (Wolfe) McDonough, ’01, Physical Therapy, welcomed twin boys, Patrick and Aidan, on August 23, 2011.

Danielle (Morganti) Bonnevie, ’02, Physical Therapy, and her husband, Phil, welcomed their first child, Claire Lynn, on December 27, 2011.

Angela Renee (Hillis) Pisani, ’02, Physical Therapy, and her husband, Jason, welcomed their first child, Natalia, on June 15, 2011.

Randy E. Cenedella, ’03, Business Administration and Management Information Systems, and his wife, Sarah, would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Sydney Estelle, born August 25, 2011. Sydney weighed 8 lbs. 14 oz.

Holly L. (Betti) Cellino, ’05, Early Childhood/Special Education, and her husband, Sam, welcomed Marie Rooth Cellino on December 6, 2011. Marie joins big brother Rocco in the Cellino household. Congratulations Holly & Sam!

Jessica C. (Borek) Scholze, ’05, Social Work, announces the birth of her daughter, Alexis Jessica, born on February 12, 2012 weighing 8 lbs. and joins big brother Zach.

Scott M. Fiege, ’06, Business Administration, and his wife welcomed their second son, Easton Michael, on December 31, 2011.  Easton was 7 lbs. 15 oz. and 21″ long.

Heather Marie (Metzger) Robilotto, ’06, Early Childhood/Special Education, and her husband, Mike, welcomed Carter Michael on November 22, 2010. Carter weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. and was 21″ long.

Elizabeth Marie (Sobieraj) Traquair, ’08, ’09, Early Childhood/ Special Education, and Scott R. Traquair, ’09, Natural Science, would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Cecilia Elizabeth, born November 25, 2011 and weighing 7 lbs. 13 oz.

Mary Beth (Reilly) Moore ’11, Nurse Practitioner, delivered a baby boy, Jack Moore, on June 28, 2011.

Josefina I. Paez, ’11, Business Administration, gave birth to Jasmine Monique Fleming on December 9, 2009.  Jasmine weighted 7 lbs. 15 oz. when born.

In Memoriam

Jean A. (Deplato) Tzetzo, ’52, Sociology, December 19, 2011 at the age of 82, beloved wife of 55 years to Constantine Tzetzo; devoted mother of Gregory (late Laura), Jeffrey (Cynthia), Dr. Hillary (Suzanne), Timothy (Kathleen) and John Tzetzo; loving grandmother of Stephanie, Alyssa, Elizabeth, Emily, Erin, Alexandra and David Tzetzo.

Mary Jane “M.J.” (Sullivan) Kelley, ’57, English, October 10, 2011, loving mother of Kathleen A., M.D., and Candace E. Kelley; sister of Patricia (Richard) Hunt, John (Anne) and the late E. Michael (Roberta) Sullivan, M.D.; also survived by nieces and nephews.

Sister Juanita Nirschel, ’61, Education, December 26, 1932 – November 12, 2011. Survivors include a sister, Norine.

Carolyn Sue “Cookie” (Sterlace) Kochan, ’65, History & Government, passed away on February 20, 2011. She leaves behind her husband, Chester J., children, Matthew, Nicholas (Amy), John and Mary (Alan) Ross, five grandchildren, and two brothers.

Mary Ellen (Cuillo) Cellini, ’67, Education, passed away on October 19, 2011 at the age of 67. Beloved wife of Angelo; mother of Bryan and the late Angela; step-mother of Angelo, Linda, Lawrence (Linda) and Mark; and grandmother of Avery.

Arlene Frances Spriesch, ’72, Elementary Education, passed away on September 19, 2011. Arlene is the daughter of Yvonne, sister of Marlene Madeline Jarnot (`72, Elementary Education), Charles, Joseph (Hillary), Yvonne Tripi, and many nieces and nephews.

Sister Mary Patricia Dombrowski, ’74, Elementary Education, passed away on October 29, 2011 at the age of 77. Sister is survived by her siblings, nieces and nephews.

Marion E. (Gay) Francavilla, ’83, Nursing, passed away on April 6, 2010, wife of Charles, mother of David (Kathleen) and Charles (Bingjing), grandmother of four and daughter of Ernest and the late Rose Gay.

Casey Joseph Ronas, ’88, Business, passed away on December 26, 2011; beloved son of Grace Lesswing Ronas and the late Casimir G. Ronas; dear brother of Mary (Joseph) Schnitter; loving uncle of John, Grace and Joe; nephew of Frances Lesswing.

Thomas E. Kolman, Jr., ’96, Physical Therapy & ’06, Doctor of Physical Therapy, March 22, 1967 – November 29, 2011. Tom is survived by his wife, Linda, and children Bradley, Jillian, Ryan Kolman and Brooke Hines, parents and siblings.

Bob L. Belford, ’96, Physical Therapy, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2011. He is survived by his parents: James and Delores Belford of Schererville, IN; brothers: James F. (Casey) Belford and Darren Belford both of Schererville, IN; nieces: Michelle and Melissa; and a nephew, Eric Belford. Bob was a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada for the last 15 years where he practiced PT.

Maureen C. (Boyle) Jemison, ’08, Nursing, passed away September 27, 2011 at the age of 55. Maureen is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Ronald G. Jemison; daughter Kimberly M. Jemison; grandchildren: Kristopher Kleinke and Cheyenne Kleinke.