Notes: Class Notes

1954

Carmen Anthony Fiore ’54 published Supplement to Shakespeare (Royal Fireworks Press), a textbook that explores the theatrics of the Elizabethan era and Shakespeare’s contributions to it. Fiore hopes the book will encourage students to appreciate and enjoy Shakespeare’s plays and their meanings. To learn more, visit www.carmenanthonyfiore.com.

1956

Doug Smith ’56 played the lead role in Sunshine Boys at Desiderio’s Dinner Theater in Lancaster, N.Y. Doug and has wife, Polly, live in Grand Island, N.Y., and closely follow Rider athletics, even though, they note, the colors have changed since the ’50s.

1962

Daya Devi-Doolin ’62 released her seventh book, Yoga, Meditation and Spiritual Growth for the African American Community: If You Can Breathe, You Can Do Yoga and Find Inner and Outer Peace. The focus is on Hatha yoga, which she has been studying, teaching and practicing since 1968. Devi-Doolin, the author of award-winning and best-selling books on motivational and spiritual growth, can be reached at [email protected].

1963

After losing his right leg in the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, Bill White ’63 began 18 months of rigorous therapy at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. Recently, he returned to work, began driving again and is even coaching soccer. He sends his best wishes to his brothers in Delta Sigma Pi.

1967

John Plahovinsak ’67 retired (for the second time) to spend more time with his wife of 38 years, Sarah, and their two grandchildren. He worked for 14 years for the city of Cincinnati as a senior human resource analyst. He enlisted as a private in the United States Army in 1967, received a direct commission as a second lieutenant in 1971 and retired from active duty in 1999, after serving for 32 years in the military. The 2013 recipient of the Ford Oval of Honor Award for military achievement, he is vice president of Chapter 63 of the Disabled American Veterans and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2290.

1969

George Horvath ’69 retired in 2002, after working for the state of New Jersey for 32 years as a data processing programmer and systems programmer. Since then, he garnered media attention after he became the first person to catch two piranhas in North America when he caught two red-bellied pacus (piranhas) in the Delaware River. He has also tagged and released more than 7,600 fish in New Jersey, 238 of which he captured in 11 different states.

1970

Dr. Jeffrey Cornelius ’70, professor emeritus of choral music and former dean of Temple University’s Boyer College, was presented with the Elaine Brown Award for lifetime commitment to excellence in choral music by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association at its statewide meeting in the fall of 2014.

John M. Bushby ’70 has published his fifth novel, The Last Voyage of the Paramaribo Queen. It is the second of the Rick Kasten series of espionage novels.

1972

Eric Borden ’72, MA ’75, director of business development for The Kichler Companies, was awarded the 2014 Pillar of the Industry Award by the American Lighting Association (ALA). Borden was honored in front of his peers during the ALA Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn., this past fall. Borden has also been instrumental in the success of ALA’s educational programs. He serves as chairman of the ALA Education Committee. During his service, he has developed various programs and ideas that have had a positive impact on the association and the lighting industry.

1973

A few members of the class of 1973, Bobbie Boardman ’73, Iris Pearson ’73, Arlene Levine ’73, Susan Brown ’73, Susan Lorber ’73 and Jan Echochard, who met as freshman and lived in Gee Hall, got together for their annual brunch to discuss old times.

1974

Dave Gergel ’74 currently works as golf sales coordinator for Shula’s Golf Club and co-hosts the number one Saturday radio sports show in South Florida, The JM Lexus Challenge.

1977

Michael Varga ’77 recently published Under Chad’s Spell, a fictional account of two young people who join the Peace Corps and are sent to Chad right before civil war breaks out. In real life, Varga joined the Peace Corps right after his graduation from Rider University. Three weeks after commencement, he traveled to Chad to begin his two-year term. Learn more at www.michaelvarga.com.

1979

John Barr ’79, vice president and assistant general manager, scouting and international operations for the San Francisco Giants, has helped put together the team who won its third World Series Championship in the past five seasons against the Kansas City Royals in October 2014. He can be reached at [email protected].

1980

Therése Halscheid ’80 added to her publishing career with her latest book of poetry, Frozen Latitudes (Press 53). To learn more, visit www.theresehalscheid.com.

1983

Mark Oberndorf ’83 had a one-person show of his paintings, “A Closer Look at Our Community: The Fine Art of Mark Oberndorf,” at Lambert Castle Museum in Paterson, N.J., which began in December 2014 and ended in March 2015.

1984

Gary Frey ’84 was one of 35 Phi Sigma Kappa/Epsilon brothers who attended the 2014 Paleologos Memorial Golf Outing, an event that has been continuous since the early 1990s.

1985

Francis “Frank” Loughlin ’85 has been inducted into the fifth annual Warren County Hall of Fame. His educational contributions span more than 30 years and include leadership skills in coaching championship soccer teams and teaching at all levels of education, including elementary, middle school and high school.

Vincent J. Milano ’85 was appointed chief executive officer of Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing nucleic acid therapeutics for cancers and rare diseases. Milano, who was also appointed to the company’s Board of Directors, previously served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of ViroPharma Incorporated.

1987

Michael Housel ’87 had his first book, Flask of Eyes, published by Damnation Books. Housel has been employed by the New Jersey Department of Education as a credentials examiner for 18 years. Visit him online at bizarrechats.blogspot.com. He currently resides in Trenton, N.J., with his wife, Donna, and their cat, Cody.

1990

Henry Miller ’90 has transitioned from senior vice president and global life sciences practice leader at Solomon Page Group into the new position of practice leader for the Global Life Science Practice at Diversified Search, a women-founded-and owned executive search firm. Miller has a significant track record across life sciences and health care organizations assisting in identifying key executives in general management, commercial, operational, financial and technical roles.

1992

Shari Kesten ’92, writing as Shari Nichols, has signed a contract with Ellora’s Cave Publishing for her first novel, Witch Hunter, a paranormal romance. For more information on her novel, visit sharinichols.com.

1993

Michael Leone ’93 was recently named the top supplier rep of the year by Advantages magazine in its “Best Reps 2014” issue published last winter. Leone was nominated by Hit Promotional Products, where he has worked for the past five years as the metropolitan New York regional sales manager.

1995

Jennifer Dale MBA ’95 co-authored Qual-Online The Essential Guide: What Every Researcher Needs to Know about Conducting and Moderating Interviews via the Web with Susan Abbott. The information-packed guide for qualitative researchers provides numerous case studies that can assist marketers and journalists in understanding how online interviewing can solve a variety of challenges.

1997

Christine (Grace) McFadyen ’97 and Brian McFadyen, along with brothers Evan and Gavin, welcomed Evelyn GraceAnn on Feb. 25, 2014.

2000

Ed Mayer ’00 has been named vice president of corporate communications for AECOM, the world’s number one engineering design firm by revenue, according to Engineering News-Record magazine. Mayer has been with AECOM for eight years.

Maureen Sicree Satz ’00, MBA ’05, and Brad Satz ’99 welcomed their second child, Brooke Elizabeth, on July 23, 2014. Their daughter Ava, 3, loves being a big sister.

2003

Nancy Capasso-Lee ’03 was recently appointed the new senior program administrator for the School of Arts and Science Educational Opportunity Fund program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

2004

Jennifer (Nash) Mickendrow ’04 and Ryan Mickendrow ’04 welcomed baby Ryan Charles Mickendrow on Sept. 11, 2014.

2006

Michael Greenberg ’06 and Hope Greenberg ’06 welcomed their first daughter, Brielle Madelyn Greenberg, on Aug. 15, 2014.

2007

Kelly (Williams) Maresca ’07 and Albert A. Maresca Jr. announce the birth of a baby boy. Aiden Williams Maresca was born June 28, 2014.

2009

Marcia N. Leach ’09 graduated from Widener University Law School in July 2014. She passed both Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar exams and has been sworn in as an attorney in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

2010

Steven Waxler ’10 has moved on from Deloitte & Touche, LLP, in Princeton to take on a more fulfilling opportunity at Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia as an ACA Auditor III.

Lisa Tremonte ’10, magna cum laude graduate, and Joseph Laciano ’07 announced their engagement to be married — the wedding will take place on July 24, 2016. Tremonte currently holds the position of a special education teacher at Apshawa Elementary School in West Milford, and Laciano works in IT at First Investors in Edison.

2011

Victoria Resnick ’11 is a full-time career counselor at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Career Development Center. She has also obtained professional licensure and certifications as a licensed associate counselor, national certified counselor and a substance awareness coordinator. While journeying through a Master of Arts program, Resnick was a school counselor intern at Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center, a graduate assistant for the Department of Psychology and Counseling, and an academic support specialist for the Educational Opportunity Fund, both at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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