Announcements

1960s

Mary Ruth (Leberer) Haberman, ’61, Business Administration, was among the ’15 Christus Super Omonia Distinguished Alumnae award recipients honored by Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Claudia M Kregg-Byers, ’66, History and Government, received a master of public health and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, where she is currently an assistant professor teaching clinical community health nursing and practicum.

1970s

MaryEllen (Swartzenberg) Elia, ’70, History and Government, has been appointed New York State education commissioner, making her the first woman to hold the post. She started the position in July 2015.

Johanna Metz-Coleman, ’70, Business Administration, has been elected supervisor of the Town of Lancaster.

Linda (Lombardo) Appleby, ’74, Music, has been inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame for her significant impact on the local, national and international music scene. Her career as a music educator spanned 40 years, and she currently directs the gospel choir and choral ensemble at Villa Maria College.

Marilyn Foote-Kragbe, ’74, Elementary Education, is retiring after 25 years as a teacher in the Buffalo Public Schools and a teaching career of 45 years.

Michael Poch, ’76, Business Administration, has been promoted to administrative vice president at M&T Bank.

Patricia (Mercadante) Valiante, ’77, Music, retired from a 30-year career as chorus director at Amsterdam High School. She conducted her final concert in June 2015.

1980s

Dawayne Robinson, ’81, Business Administration, is a senior financial analyst of information systems and global solutions at Lockheed Martin in the Washington, D.C. area. Adair White Johnson, ’86, Psychology, made the Amazon

Adair White Johnson, ’86, Psychology, made the Amazon best seller list for her book, “Get Over It! 7 Steps to Living Well with Lupus.”

Deborah (Stevens) Cancilla, ’89, ’02, Global Business, joined PinnacleHealth as CIO in 2014 and is spearheading the centralization of the organization’s IT system. She was named by Becker’s Health IT and CIO Review to the 2015 list of “24 Female Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know.”

1990s

Karen Cuevas, ’90, Humanities, has completed her certification in alcoholism counseling. Brenda (Stillman) Shue, ’91, Physical Therapy, has earned a doctorate degree in physical therapy from Utica

Brenda (Stillman) Shue, ’91, Physical Therapy, has earned a doctorate degree in physical therapy from Utica College, and is employed as a physical therapist at Spiritrust Lutheran Home Care.

Peter Brodie, ’92, Administrative Study, received the 2014 Schenectady County Harriet C. Weber EMS Leadership Award for the work he did following tornado recovery in the Town of Duanesburg.

Alan Turner, ’93, Business Administration (Marketing), has been named president and CEO of United Way of Central Florida.

Thaddeus Jackson, Jr. ’96, ’14, Biology, has relocated to St. Petersburg, Fla., and is an environmental science teacher at Lakewood High School.

Kristy (Heintz) D’Angelo, ’98, Psychology, has been appointed vice president of behavioral health services at Gateway- Longview, Inc., in Buffalo, N.Y.

Eugene Gonsiorek, ’99, Physical Therapy, has been named vice president for long-term care at Kaleida Health.

Paul Michaud, ’99, Physical Therapy, received the “Army Medicine Wolf Pack Award” from the Surgeon General of the Army and has been promoted to lieutenant colonel.

Joanne (Walton) Sorensen, ’99, Nursing, who is employed at UPMC Hamot, was named a 2015 Cameos of Caring recipient in the quality and safety category by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.

2000s

Geoffrey Abraskin, ’02, ’05, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, has been named area vice president of operations at Amedisys Home Health and Hospice in Baltimore, Md.

Darcy (Smith) Fargo, ’02, History and Government, is a senior employee engagement and training specialist at Alcoa.

Stephanie Williams-Holmadahl, Ph.D., ’02, Psychology, who holds a master’s degree in forensic psychology, has earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Palo Alto University. Her dissertation was entitled “Ethnic Differences on MMPI-A with Detained Adolescents.”

Adam Desio, ’03, Graphic Design, had his “Kinetic” series of photography on display at Art First Gallery in Fredericksburg, Va.

Michael (Petsch) Munger, ’03, Nursing, was chosen as “Best Nurse in Dallas” by ‘D Magazine.’ He was one of 80 chosen as finalists and received the top award in his category for his role in rescuing a drowning child.

BLinc Ideas, a company owned by Andrew Wheeler, ’04, ’05, Physical Therapy & Philip (PJ) Tudisco, ’05, ’11, Executive Leadership and Change (Business), has partnered with the InVentures Group. Their newest idea, the torque table, is expected to generate significant interest among health professionals involved in physical therapy and rehabilitation.

Emily (Hoeh) Boyd, ’05, ’06, Special Education, is on the faculty in exceptional student education at St. Petersburg College.

Matthew Pokigo, ’05, ’07, Accounting and Business and Global Marketing, and his business venture, Consumer’s Craft Cruiser, were featured on “Start Up,” a television show that gives a look into the world of the modern American entrepreneur.

Daniel Skrok, ’06, Graphic Design is a graphic designer at You42, in Atlanta, Ga.

Joel Marsh, CPA, ’09, Professional Accounting, has been promoted to manager at Lumsden & McCormick.

2010s

Carissa Myers, ’10, Health Care Studies, is a loan coordinator at Guaranteed Rate in Hartford, Conn.

Bianca Rodriguez, ’10, Business Administration & Marketing, has joined the Buffalo Sabres and is responsible for payroll at the HarborCenter.

Laura Antoine, ’11, Health Care Studies, is an assistant manager at City MD Urgent Care in New York City.

Craig Frost, ’11, ’12, Health Care Studies and Athletic Training, is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in Buffalo, N.Y.

Courtney Marrs, ’11, Health Care Studies, is as an environmental health specialist in the City of Nashua Health Department in New Hampshire. She specializes in health inspections, food borne illness and outbreaks.

Michael Asbach, ’12, Physician Assistant, is one of 240 certified physician assistants nationally to earn the specialty credential Certificate of Added Qualifications from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Kelsey Jones, ’12, Social Work, was featured in a story in The Buffalo News related to her position as a caseworker at Gateway-Longview, Inc., in Buffalo N.Y. Judette Dahleiden, ’13, Executive

Judette Dahleiden, ’13, Executive Leadership and Change, has been appointed director of the WIC Nutrition Program at Catholic Charities of Buffalo. Cameron Garrity, ’13, Graphic Design, was featured in the Amherst Bee for his role as director of the Geppetto Festival, which was held at Daemen. Kara Klump, ’13, ’14, Childhood and Special Education, is a special education teacher at the Cantalician Center in Depew, N.Y. Ryan Spady, ’13, Graphic Design, is a graphic designer at SKM Group. Deborah (Caldwell) Billoni, ’14, Professional Accounting, received a 2015 Business First Women of Influence Award in the community supporter category. Nicole DeLiberis, ’14, Spanish Adolescent Education, participated in a summer internship in housing operations at Lafayette College and is a graduate assistant

Cameron Garrity, ’13, Graphic Design, was featured in the Amherst Bee for his role as director of the Geppetto Festival, which was held at Daemen. Kara Klump, ’13, ’14, Childhood and Special Education, is a special education teacher at the Cantalician Center in Depew, N.Y. Ryan Spady, ’13, Graphic Design, is a graphic designer at SKM Group. Deborah (Caldwell) Billoni, ’14, Professional Accounting, received a 2015 Business First Women of Influence Award in the community supporter category. Nicole DeLiberis, ’14, Spanish Adolescent Education, participated in a summer internship in housing operations at Lafayette College and is a graduate assistant

Kara Klump, ’13, ’14, Childhood and Special Education, is a special education teacher at the Cantalician Center in Depew, N.Y. Ryan Spady, ’13, Graphic Design, is a graphic designer at SKM Group. Deborah (Caldwell) Billoni, ’14, Professional Accounting, received a 2015 Business First Women of Influence Award in the community supporter category. Nicole DeLiberis, ’14, Spanish Adolescent Education, participated in a summer internship in housing operations at Lafayette College and is a graduate assistant

Deborah (Caldwell) Billoni, ’14, Professional Accounting, received a 2015 Business First Women of Influence Award in the community supporter category. Nicole DeLiberis, ’14, Spanish Adolescent Education, participated in a summer internship in housing operations at Lafayette College and is a graduate assistant

Nicole DeLiberis, ’14, Spanish Adolescent Education, participated in a summer internship in housing operations at Lafayette College and is a graduate assistant in the University at Buffalo Study Abroad Office. Jorge Ebanks, ’14, Business Administration, is a member of the London Lions in the British Basketball League. Brittany Jensen, ’14, Health Care Studies, is a patient access associate at the Rushville Community Health Center. Ayana Williams, ‘14, Psychology, was featured in “Five Kinds of Silence,” which was presented by Solid Lines Productions at Daemen College. Kayleen Coleman, ’15, Physician Assistant and Health Sciences, is a physician assistant at WNY Immediate Care. Colleen McCarthy, ’15, Professional Accounting, is a staff analyst at Brisbane Consulting Group, LLC, in Buffalo, N.Y. Kevin

Jorge Ebanks, ’14, Business Administration, is a member of the London Lions in the British Basketball League. Brittany Jensen, ’14, Health Care Studies, is a patient access associate at the Rushville Community Health Center. Ayana Williams, ‘14, Psychology, was featured in “Five Kinds of Silence,” which was presented by Solid Lines Productions at Daemen College. Kayleen Coleman, ’15, Physician Assistant and Health Sciences, is a physician assistant at WNY Immediate Care. Colleen McCarthy, ’15, Professional Accounting, is a staff analyst at Brisbane Consulting Group, LLC, in Buffalo, N.Y. Kevin

Brittany Jensen, ’14, Health Care Studies, is a patient access associate at the Rushville Community Health Center.

Ayana Williams, ‘14, Psychology, was featured in “Five Kinds of Silence,” which was presented by Solid Lines Productions at Daemen College. Kayleen Coleman, ’15, Physician Assistant and Health Sciences, is a physician assistant at WNY Immediate Care. Colleen McCarthy, ’15, Professional Accounting, is a staff analyst at Brisbane Consulting Group, LLC, in Buffalo, N.Y. Kevin

Kayleen Coleman, ’15, Physician Assistant and Health Sciences, is a physician assistant at WNY Immediate Care. Colleen McCarthy, ’15, Professional Accounting, is a staff analyst at Brisbane Consulting Group, LLC, in Buffalo, N.Y. Kevin

Colleen McCarthy, ’15, Professional Accounting, is a staff analyst at Brisbane Consulting Group, LLC, in Buffalo, N.Y. Kevin

Kevin Smeader, ’15, Professional Accounting, is a staff accountant in the tax department at Lumsden & McCormick. Angela Vacanti, ’15, Professional Accounting, is a staff accountant in the tax department at Lumsden & McCormick. Sasha Bomberry, Social Work, has been appointed

Angela Vacanti, ’15, Professional Accounting, is a staff accountant in the tax department at Lumsden & McCormick. Sasha Bomberry, Social Work, has been appointed executive director at the Coalition of Adoption and Foster Family Agencies.

Sasha Bomberry, Social Work, has been appointed executive director at the Coalition of Adoption and Foster Family Agencies.

Births

2000s

Kathleen (Texido) Henniger, ’01, Psychology, and her husband, Jason, welcomed a son, Alexander, on Nov. 16, 2014, who joins big brother Zachary.

Robin (Hackney) Jones, ’02, Education, welcomed a daughter, Stella, on Jan. 9, 2015.

Wayne Brown, ’03, History and Government, and his wife, Kristine, welcomed a daughter, Margaret “Maggie” Brown, who joins big sister Julia.

Emily (Dlugosh) Hunt, ’05 Childhood/ Special Education, and her husband, Josh, welcomed a son, Rory Paul, on April 14, 2015.

Rachael (Wistner) Reed, ’05, Childhood/ Special Education, and her family welcomed a daughter, Natalie Marlene, in October 2014.

Amanda (Delbel) DePasquale, ’06, Childhood/Special Education and Christopher DePasquale, ’05, Physical Therapy, welcomed a son, Leonardo, on June 8, 2015, who joins big sister Chiara.

Steven Gonser, ’07, ’09, Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Celia (Patarino) Gonser, ’09, Health Care Studies, welcomed a son, William Philip, on Jan. 11, 2015.

Ashley (Sisson) Bartz, ’08, Physician Assistant, and her family welcomed a daughter, Reese Lillian, on Nov. 9, 2014.

Damian Desbordes, ’08, ’13, Political Science/Executive Leadership and Change and Kadie Desbordes, ’13, Nursing, welcomed a son, Zachary Brian, on Aug. 26, 2015.

Sarah (Bogardus) Burnett, ’09, Adolescence Education, and her husband, Michael, welcomed a daughter, Bailey Mae, on Sept. 14, 2014.

Anne Marie (Arendt) Holly, ’09, Physician Assistant, and her husband, Tom, welcomed a daughter, Mara Elizabeth, on May 13, 2015.

2010s

Esther (Gleiberman) Warshavchik, ’11, Early Childhood Special Education, welcomed children Chana on Feb. 21, 2015, and Goldy on Oct. 24, 2012.

Weddings

1990s

Amy (Sieczkarek) Overs, ’95, Graphic Design, married Darryl Overs on June 27, 2015. They reside in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

2000s

Jennifer (Spike) Gregory, ’01, Business Administration, married Nelson Gregory, Jr. on Oct. 4, 2014, in Hornell, N.Y. After honeymooning in Jamaica, Jen returned to her human resource business partner position at Superior Plus Energy Services, and Nelson returned to his position at SUNY Geneseo.

Jennifer Lambrecht, ’01, Physical Therapy, married Christopher Vaughn on May 23, 2015, in a private ceremony at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. She is a PT/CHT in southern Maryland.

2010s

Alyssa (Shone) Mulhern, ’12, Natural Science and Ryan Mulhern, ’11, Health Care Studies, married on March 14, 2015. Alyssa is a health care recruiter and Ryan works as a county health educator at Wayne County Public Health.

Caitlin (Illig) Siefer, ’12, Health Care Studies, married Derek Siefer on Sept. 5, 2015, at Brookfield Country Club in Clarence, N.Y., and they reside in Williamsville.

Caitlin (Chauvette) Johnson, ’13, Adolescent Education (French), married Paul Johnson on May 3, 2015. They honeymooned in Williamsburg, Va.

Amanda (Jakaub) Kelley, ’13, Nursing, married Matthew Kelley on Aug. 2, 2014. They reside in Seneca Falls, N.Y.

Katie (Ingerson) Madden, ’13, Health Science and Physician Assistant, married Nicholas Madden on July 5, 2014. They reside in Jamestown, N.Y.

Janelle (Szwejbka) Young, ’15, Physician Assistant, married Craig Young, ’15, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, on Sept. 13, 2015, at Vizcarra Vineyards in Gasport, N.Y., and they honeymooned in Cancun, Mexico. Janelle is a physician assistant at Physician General, P.C., and Craig is a physical therapist at Orthosports Physical Therapy.

Melinda (Mahoney) Long, Health Science, married Garriett Long on March 8, 2014, in Woodstock, Vt., and they reside in Norwalk, Conn.

Retirees

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.

John Blest retired in August 2015 as program director for the accounting program in Brooklyn.

Robert Cianciosa retired in May 2015 as classroom technology assistant.

Michele Gatza retired in January 2015 as financial aid technician.

Linda Hammer retired in January 2015 as second/third shift maintenance supervisor.

Kathleen Lavin retired in January 2015 as records registration assistant.

Arlene Lina retired in July 2015 as administrative associate for the vice president for academic affairs.

Marcy Moore began her career at Daemen in July 1990 and retired as director of physician assistant graduate admissions in May 2015.

James Moran began his career at Daemen in September 1970 and retired as professor of philosophy and religion in August 2015.

Regina Rexford retired as career counselor in June 2015.

MaryLou Rusin began her career at Daemen in July 1979 and retired as professor and chair of the Nursing Department in February 2015.

In Memoriam

1950s

Yolanda (Paluca) Hujer, ’53, Music, passed away on Jan. 14, 2015.

Margaret (Roach) O’Neil, ’53, English, passed away on Feb. 26, 2015. She is predeceased by her two sons and grandchild. She resided in Clearwater Beach, Fla., where a funeral service was held in her memory.

June (Mahany) Hillery, ’54, Music, died on Nov. 7, 2015, after battling Alzheimer’s disease. A retired teacher’s assistant at Lakeview School in Mahopac, she was a parishioner and folk group music director at St. John the Evangelist Church and a member of the Columbiettes.

Mary Lou (Orlando) Riso, ’57, Mathematics, passed away on Dec. 5, 2015. Donations were made in her memory to the Frank and Mary Lou Riso-Horizon Fund at the New York State Court Reporters Association.

Jacqueline (Schmidt) Hardick, ’60, Mathematics, passed away on May 28, 2015, and memorials were made to Niagara Hospice.

1960s

Sr. M. Arthur Wingerter, ’60, Elementary Education, passed away on Sept. 10, 2015. She retired from her teaching career in 2000. Donations were made in her memory to the Sisters of St. Francis.

Mary Ann Schultz, OSF, ’61, Education, passed away on Nov. 28, 2015, at the Sisters of St. Francis Health Center, where donations were made in her memory. She taught elementary education at many Buffalo school districts and retired in 2007.

Rita (Balling) Hammond, ’62, Art, passed away on Feb. 5, 2015, after a short illness. She was head of the art department and taught art for 36 years at St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster, N.Y. An active member of the East Aurora Art Society, she showed her artwork at many shows in Western New York. Hammond was also president of the New York Forest Owners Association Niagara Frontier Chapter and a master forest owner, a volunteer at Alden Meals on Wheels, and a member of the Millgrove Fire Company’s Women’s Auxiliary.

Brenda (Kowalewski) Roberts, ’62, English, passed away on June 7, 2015. Relatives and friends gathered at Lombardo Funeral Home in Buffalo to celebrate her life.

Concetta (Polizzi) Muscarella, ’63, History and Government, passed away on Jan. 29, 2015. A retired social studies teacher in the Buffalo Public Schools, she enjoyed reading and traveling, and volunteered and participated in many local events and festivities. She is survived by her husband, children and grandchild.

Victoria Dixon, OSF, Ph.D., ’63, Mathematics, passed away on June 18, 2015. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1952, and later taught at Sacred Heart Academy, Rosary Hill College (now Daemen) and Canisius College. Memorials were made to the Sisters of St. Francis.

Joanne (Angelo) Moeller, ’64, Music, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 14, 2015. She dearly loved her family, friends and virtually everyone she met. She was an accomplished pianist and experienced cook, loved gardening, and developed into a good golfer after learning to play in her 50s. She also enjoyed bible studies, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

Maureen Cleary, ’65, Biology, passed away on Oct. 8, 2015. Taking care of the elderly was her passion in life, and she worked for decades at the St. Francis Home in Williamsville. She is survived by her relatives and friends.

Edna (Aranibar) Marks, ’68, Art, passed away on May 12, 2015. She was a talented painter, seamstress, interior decorator, and pianist, and was an art teacher at Newtown Middle School. Donations were made in her memory to the Caroline Previdi Foundation in Newtown, Conn.

Nancy Grassia, OSF, ’69, Elementary Education, passed away on Oct. 14, 2015. She was involved in both education and pastoral ministry. Donations were made in her memory to the Sisters of St. Francis.

Charlotte (Poler) Graver, ’69, Sociology, passed away on Nov. 22, 2015. She was a generous donor later in life to causes related to elder care, Jewish family services, cancer research, the arts, and community health care. Donations were made in her memory to Jewish Family & Children’s Services in Sarasota, Fla.

Lisa (Macnamara) Holt, ’69, History and Government, passed away on Oct. 2, 2015. During her career, she taught social studies, worked for the New York State Education Department, and was a children’s librarian at Schenectady County Public Library, where contributions were made in her memory.

1970s

Lynne (Chiaramonete) Shiesley, ’70, Sociology, passed away on March 21, 2015. A devoted mother and wife, she was a realtor and real estate broker for more than 25 years at Hunt Real Estate. She enjoyed cooking, couponing and playing slots at the casino.

Jeanne Laufersweiler, OSF, ’73, Elementary Education, passed away on Nov. 1, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Memorials were made to the Sisters of St. Francis, Stella Niagara.

Mimi (Bullard) Rudy, ’74, Religious Studies, passed away on April 14, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C. She was an avid lover of music and taught for many years in both public and parochial schools. She will be remembered as a woman who forged deep and abiding friendships wherever she went.

James Martin, ’75, Psychology, died on March 12, 2015. He was a Buffalo jazz icon who played with many great artists and was known to perform in famous area nightclubs. He was a community activist that founded the Love Supreme School of Music and co-founded the Masten Jazz Festival that continued under his leadership for 20 years.He was also founder of the General Bass/Pappy Martin Tennis Program at Martin Luther King Park.

Karen Parucki, ’76, Biochemistry, passed away on May 28, 2015. She was director of quality assurance at HartyBake Corp., in Georgia. In 2015, she was honored as a VIP member of the National Association of Professional Women for her contributions to female professionals. She enjoyed traveling, cooking and gardening in her free time.

1980s

Sharon A. Thomas, ’81, Business Administration, passed away on Oct. 5, 2015. She was chief clerk of Buffalo City Court and was active in many professional and community organizations and committees, and received numerous awards and recognitions. She will be remembered for her positive approach to life and exceptional sense of humor.

Ithrene Cameron, ’82, History and Government, passed away on April 8, 2015. She worked in the financial aid departments at the University at Buffalo and SUNY Geneseo, and was then a regional account executive at Sallie Mae Corp., from where she retired in 2010.

Terence Klinetob, Jr., ’88, ’05, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, passed away on July 27, 2015, after a two-year battle with cancer. Those who knew him will remember Klinetob as a dedicated professional, a great friend, and an outstanding person. Memorial donations were made to the Sharon M. Pepper Wish Upon a Star Program at the F.F. Thompson Foundation and the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.

1990s

Joanne (Fritz) Panus, ’98, Nursing, passed away on Sept. 15, 2015. She was employed in the Olean General Hospital operating department until her retirement, and then worked for the Olean General Hospital clinic in the Seneca- Allegany Casino.

Jaime (Coho) Herbert, ‘99, Social Work, entered into rest on April 14, 2015. Donations were made in her memory to the National Fibromyalgia Association and Buffalo Veterans Hospital.

2000s

Robert Eckis, Jr., ’01, Humanities, passed away on Dec. 29, 2014. He was a WWII Army veteran. Memorials were made to Hospice Buffalo.

Daemen Community In Memoriam

Robert Eck, passed away on Jan. 27, 2015. He was a member of the Daemen College Board of Trustees from 1980–95 and was chair for six years. He was a loving, devoted husband, father and grandfather. Eck spent his 38-year career at Buffalo Forge Co., where he was promoted to president of Buffalo Pumps, Inc., a subsidiary of Buffalo Forge. Active in the community, he volunteered with Williamsville Rotary Club and served as chairman of the Goodwill Board of Trustees. A memorial service took place in Venice, Fla., where he and his wife had lived since 1997.

Paula Fox, OSF, died on Nov. 11, 2015. She was a dedicated professor and administrator at Rosary Hill/Daemen College from 1955–77. She served as the dean of women/vice president of student affairs and assistant professor of English. Donations were made to the Sisters of St. Francis.

Louis Harasty passed away on Feb. 28, 2015 in Clarence, N.Y., after a short illness. He was a WWII veteran, newspaper photographer and high school teacher, and was also a professor at Rosary Hill / Daemen College.

Peter Jellinick, a Daemen College retiree, passed away on Aug. 1, 2015. He served as maintenance shop foreman from April 1990 until he retired in June 2001. In lieu of flowers, memorials were made to Wings Flights of Hope.

Richard Schweichler, DPT, passed away on Nov. 27, 2015. He designed and directed the physical therapy program at Daemen College, which celebrated its first graduating class in 1977. He served as director for 22 years, successfully guiding the program through its continued external accreditation, and is credited with establishing one of the most successful and respected programs in the United States.