Nick Faraci ’15 was chosen by his class to be the commencement speaker at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, where he and 120 other students graduated with their M.D. degree. Nick specializes in internal medicine and plans to return to Pittsburgh for his residency.
Lisa Coffey D’19 will launch her new book, “iDid and uCan 2,” with a reading and vendor showcase event on August 7 at Penn Hills High School. Lisa is the CEO of Four Pillars to Power Consulting, and the book is about living a purposeful life balancing foundation, faith, finances, and future.
Jeff Joll ’83 contributed a chapter on computer passwords to “On Thin Ice,” a book on cybersecurity for small and mid-sized organizations. Jeff is the owner of Computer Troubleshooters – Pittsburgh.
Kenya Boswell M’06 was appointed senior vice president of community affairs for Highmark Health. She previously was president of the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania and director of global impact citizenship for BNY Mellon.
Charlie Batch M’17 joined the advisory board of Hemp Synergistics, a Leetsdale maker of CBD powder for treating pain, inflammation, anxiety, and sleep disorders. Charlie is a cofounder of Impellia, a Michigan sports analytics company, and is a player advisor for a Harvard University football players health study.
Gretchen Fry Chamberlain ’04 M’10 became director of Pittsburgh regional sales for American Commercial Barge Line. Gretchen is secretary for the Waterways Association of Pittsburgh and an active member of the Pittsburgh Port Commission Stakeholders.
Samantha Medasie Walter ’20 and Bryce Walter were married June 5 at Fernstone Retreat in Farmington, Fayette County. Samantha is attending law school at Penn State.
Thomas Moore M’93 joined the board of directors of Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which provides services and advocacy for people living with autism and other disabilities. Thomas leads the global enterprise services team at W.L. Gore & Associates, makers of Gore-Tex and other polymer products.
Molly Jo Smith ’17 M’17 M’21 married Joshua Jurik on May 14 at a small ceremony with their parents in Savannah. Molly is a lead analyst with BNY Mellon.
Jayson Council M’04 joined the strategic advisory board of Notion Consulting, a New York leadership and change consultancy. Jayson is lead adjunct faculty member of the master’s program in nonprofit management at Columbia University School of Professional Studies.
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- June 2021
James N. Grant ‘84 and Jim Patrick Grant ‘96, father and son, provide facility management services at the Joseph Kohn Training Center in New Brunswick, N.J., through their business, Grant Integrative Facilities Management. The facility teaches blind and visually impaired people life skills that enable an independent lifestyle.
Kristin Lynch ‘01 M’03 has been named director of restaurant insights at Paytronix. Kristin will oversee restaurant brands’ engagement with Paytronix Data Insights, leading a team of strategists and marketing specialists for more than 40 restaurant clients, including Jimmy Johns, Caribou Coffee and Qdoba, with the goal of increasing sales.
Nick Faraci ‘15 graduated from the University of Central Florida Medical School as an M.D. in May and was selected as their class commencement speaker. Nick was an Academic All-American and Campbell Award semifinalist who played football as a nursing student at RMU.
Amanda Harrington ‘17 graduated from Howard University College of Dentistry, earning her D.D.S.
- May 2021
Noreen Parker ’81 is the general manager and vice president of Fox 17, a television station in Nashville. She was profiled in Nashville publication StyleBlueprint as one of four women leading the city’s newsrooms.
Dave Brendza ’83 is the Division Vice President and General Manager for OneADP Augusta and Louisville locations and is a 37-year veteran of ADP. Dave leads and oversees their growth. Since his arrival, the Augusta facility has grown approximately 50% and he oversaw the $22 million expansion project completed in 2017. Dave recently shared insights in HR management as a speaker for the Augusta Metro Chamber.
Vic Gregovits ’86 is the new team President of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Vic has worked in a variety of executive roles with sports teams and organizations across the country for 30 years and returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh in his new role with the professional soccer club.
Douglas Huffner ’88 joins the University of Toledo as associate vice president for risk management and chief risk officer. Douglas held a similar role at Ohio State University beginning in 2012.
Tonia Autieri ’99 was honored with the Promising Practitioners Award from Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education. Tonia is a school counselor at the Boyce Middle School in the Upper St. Clair School District.
Jada Grandy-Mock ’00 M’04 is featured on the cover of Charlotte N.C. publication Pride Magazine, as chief corporate community economic development officer at Fifth Third Bank. Jada leads their community development, corporate responsibility and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) strategic initiatives. Her goal is to partner with community organizations that support small businesses, affordable housing, economic and workforce development to create financially inclusive and economically viable communities.
Frank Vieira ’12 released his new album “Limbo Lane” which is available on Spotify and being played on radio stations around the country. Frank’s new album has a positive and jazzy feel, reflecting on having fun with loved ones, as the world has navigated the pandemic.
Jocey Kleiber M’15 is the head coach of the new Division III women’s hockey program at Lawrence University. Jocey’s first season with her team was chronicled by the Appleton Post-Crescent.
Kandra Slis ’17 M’17 is an ambassador for the Navigators program started by Pittsburgh nonprofit Catalyst Connection, which provides consulting and training services to small manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania. Kendra connects with local schools and after-school programs to participate in virtual experiences to share their career stories and inspire students to consider manufacturing.
Jonnai Jones ‘18 has worked as a first and third grade teacher in Philadelphia and serves as a mentor to high school girls within her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Jonnai begins pursuing her masters degree in the fall at the University of Pennsylvania.
Faith Musko D’20 received the 2021 History of Teaching Excellence Award at Waynesburg University. Dr. Musko is an assistant professor of forensic science and serves as the chair of the professional development committee and organizes the university’s annual CSI Camp for prospective students.
James Crudden ’71 passed away on April 2 at 71 years old. Jim was known as “The Candyman” from his years as President at his family business, the Rosalind Candy Company. Jim resided in New Brighton with his wife Carol. Jim was a past executive board member of Retail Confectioners International, Family Services of Beaver County, Merrick Art Gallery and the New Brighton School Board.
Beth Ann Cooley ’79 passed away on March 28 at 65 years old. Beth Ann was a doctor and leaves behind her husband Len, sons, grandchildren and family, who wrote a touching tribute to her life.
- April 2021
John Gill ’83 M’91 was recognized for his volunteer efforts to improve and build community in Pine Township in a recent article on TribLive.com. John has been in banking for 43 years and is chairman and CEO of CFS Bank, headquartered in Charleroi.
Eric Renner ’84 became president and CEO of 1st Summit Bank in Johnstown. Eric recently joined the board of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. He and his wife have four children and enjoy their time as grandparents.
Elise James-DeCruise ’00 M’04 has been appointed the first chief equity officer at Ad Council. Elise will oversee diversity, equity and inclusion, bringing more than 20 years of experience in strategies and solutions to professional development in marketing and communications.
Melissa A. Pugne ’03 M’04 has been admitted to the partnership at Sisterson & Co., an accounting and financial consulting firm. Melissa joined Sisterson in 2006. Her experience includes tax return review and tax planning and she works with a variety of industries including real estate, manufacturing and distribution, oil and gas, investment companies, private foundations, and public charities.
Scott Maidman M’05 was named to the 2021 Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list. Scott is currently a wealth management advisor and senior vice president at Merrill in Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Elizabeth, reside with their son and daughter in Mt. Lebanon, where he is a member of the Parents Athletic Council.
Marques Dexter ‘07 has been named assistant director of student initiatives within the office of institutional diversity at the University of Georgia. Dexter will continue his work creating and organizing programs to support students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Rachel Ragozzino ’09 and Joseph Miceli are engaged to be married on July 10. Rachel was recently promoted to research project assistant in the department of psychiatry at UPMC. Her research lab focuses on the brain function and symptomatology of individuals with major depressive and bipolar disorders.
J.T. Tann ’10 has joined Ice Breaker Resources as director of client development. J.T.’s role will be to build relationships and focus on client needs at the national executive search firm, which consults on commercial real estate investment, development and management.
Rebecca Rice Smeltzer ’14 and her husband Chris Smeltzer welcomed a baby girl to start 2020. Rebecca works at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and recently accepted a nursing management position.
Dominique Murray ’19 was recognized at the awards banquet for the local chapter of WIN, the Women’s Interactive Network, for her growth and dedication. Dominique is an event photographer in the Pittsburgh area.
- March 2021
Jennifer Burnett ‘04 has joined Princeton Mortgage as a branch manager in the Pittsburgh area, leading sales operations and execution strategies. Previously Jennifer was a senior loan officer at Movement Mortgage. She lives in South Fayette Township with her husband, Robert, and their two children, Reese and Ryan.
Curt Aftanas ‘05 and his wife, Michelle, are the parents of a son, Jace Joseph, born February 9.
Steven Sims ‘06 has launched an 8-part podcast series, “My Life as a Celebrity Look-A-Like,” sharing his many experiences working in Hollywood as “the other Jonah Hill.” Steven lives in L.A., working as a full-time supervising producer and occasionally taking acting gigs.
Chauncey Alexander ‘14 M’16 D’19 has been named special assistant in the Office of Communications and Outreach for the United States Department of Education. Chauncey was a digital engagement manager for President Biden's inauguration, an editorial writer for the Biden-Harris campaign, and digital engagement coordinator for the Democratic National Convention.
Hanlen Hoover ‘16 has accepted a position as a travel nurse for Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, Fla. Hanlen has been working as a nurse at UPMC Pinnacle Hospitals in Harrisburg.
Brittani Mosiniak ‘16 has accepted a position as a mental health nurse practitioner with the Nexus Group in Pittsburgh. After RMU, Brittani completed her graduate degree for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and has been practicing in that field.
Anne Shepherd Ph.D. ‘18 is associate chief information officer for user and network services for the Internal Revenue Service. She was recently profiled in the digital publication Government Executive for her bringing five minutes of group meditation at the end of her bimonthly virtual team meetings. Anne’s team maintains network infrastructure for the IRS, and adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic as the agency pivoted to process and send out stimulus checks.
Eric Hallas ‘19 is director of operations for City Rocks Basketball in Albany, N.Y. The program is part of the Amateur Athletic Union.
- February 2021
Skip Koskoski ‘84 was recently featured in a profile by the Observer-Reporter in Washington, Pa., sharing his basketball history included playing for the Colonials in their 1981-82 season, where the team won their conference tournament, made the NCAA Tournament, and played a first-round game against the Indiana Hoosiers, the defending national champions.
Tauna Perenovich ‘97 was honored by the VA in Pittsburgh for her 35 years of service as an employee of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Tauna has worked as an education specialist, information technology specialist, secretary at VA Pittsburgh, and as a VISN 4 Leadership Development Institute coordinator.
Tauna Perenovich ‘97
Craig Stefancik ‘01 is director of finance at Fivestar, overseeing day-to-day finance & accounting activities including cash flow management and profit and loss projections. Craig loves spending time with his wife and his four kids.
Khulood Al Ali ‘15 is pursuing dual master’s degrees in biomedical engineering and engineering and technology innovation management at Carnegie Mellon University. Khulood developed her interest in medical devices during a summer internship in Rwanda with Engineering World Health, working to repair healthcare technology in low-resourced communities.
Jesse Pigoni ‘18 of Beaver Falls is now an independent financial advisor with Jumet. Jesse recently obtained his CFPA and CRC certifications. Jumet Financial provides services to over 450 clients in 30 different states.
Abdulrahman Almutairi ‘18 is working in the education and training evolution commission in programmatic accreditation admissions for the government in Saudi Arabia.
Maggie LaGue ‘19 and Natalie Marcuzzi ‘20 both began their professional women’s hockey careers in the National Women’s Hockey League, with Maggie playing for the Connecticut Whale and Matalie playing for the Toronto Six. The season is being played in a “bubble” format in Lake Placid, N.Y., and the playoff championships will be shown on NBC Sports Network on February 4-5.
Gloria Jean Ables of Morgantown passed away on January 2. Gloria earned a certificate at RMU before going on to pursue an education degree, and became a business and accounting teacher for more than 20 years. Gloria enjoyed reading, traveling, her children and grandchildren, and her cats
- January 2021
Jeff Joll ‘83 teamed up with other leading IT professionals to co-author the new book, “On Thin Ice,” a collaboration of expert advice on the information technology industry, available on Amazon. Jeff and his wife, Eileen, are lifelong residents of the Pittsburgh area. They have four adult children and enjoy traveling and being outdoors.
Jackie Travisano ‘90 is an honoree in the education category at the 2020 Apogee Awards, created by South Florida Business & Wealth magazine to recognize C-suite leaders dedicated to their industries and communities. Dr. Travisano is the executive vice president for business and finance and chief operating officer of the University of Miami and sits on the board of AutoNation where she chairs the nominating and governance committee.
Erik Bergman ‘94 was appointed president of CNC Indexing & Feeding Technologies, a machine tool accessories company in Mason, Ohio.
Anthony Rodi ‘99 M’01 D’06 has been named one of the best undergraduate professors of 2020 by “Poets & Quants For Undergrads,” an online network for undergraduate business school education. Anthony is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh and was recently awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration.
Cathy Anderson ‘05 has been hired as the manager of member services for the National Cannabis Risk Management Association, and will work on the NCRMA's membership recruitment and experience initiatives.
Nick Martichenko ‘05 works with Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov as a sports therapist and also Golf Ontario’s Team Ontario. Nick is a chiropractor and therapist, practicing out of The Performance Lab in North York. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children and live in Bowmanville, Ontario.
Darius Boxley ‘17 is in his third year at Campbell University Law School in Raleigh, N.C. and was recently profiled and featured on the cover of the Campbell Law magazine. (article found here)
Gage Goulding ‘19 made the move to NBC-affiliate NBC2 in Fort Myers, Florida, as a television news reporter, after working as an anchor/reporter for WTOV in Steubenville, Ohio.
Lauren Comito ‘20 has been hired as an event and marketing associate at RJ Whyte Event Production, a full-service event production company located in Washington, D.C. Lauren is a December graduate and was hired upon completion of her internship with the company.
- December 2020
John McCann M’82 was a 2020 honoree for the St. Vincent College alumni of distinction. John is partner emeritus for Baker Tilly and resides in Churchill with his wife, Kathy.
David Baney ’87 and Leanna Hart ’86 of West View were married on October 10.
James Lucot Jr. ‘01 was named the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh Educator of the Year.
Saad Chaudhry ‘05 was named chief information officer at Luminis Health in Annapolis, Md. Saad was recognized in 2019 as a “Top Future-50 Leader” by Health Information Management Systems Society Middle East for his transformational IT leadership at Saudi German Hospitals Group.
Ryan McCleaster M’06 has been named chief of recreation for Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. Ryan has more than 20 years of experience, most recently working for the township of Upper St. Clair.
Stephanie Koenig ’14 was hired as human resources director at Lyons-Brookfield Elementary School in Lyons, Ill. after four years in human resources with the Orland Fire Protection District.
Nick Kohrs ’15, a driver for KnottFast Motorsports, has signed a sponsorship deal with Coilovers.com.
Adam Etzel ’16 has been promoted to estate settlement advisor II and assistant vice president with PNC Wealth Management and will work in Camp Hill.
Marcelis Branch ’17 launched a men’s and women’s athletic apparel brand, “No Days Off Society.”
Cathy Light M’17 has been named secretary to the board of trustees of California Institute of Technology, serving as the chief liaison to the Caltech board of trustees to facilitate their governance and fiduciary responsibilities. Cathy is the former secretary of the corporation and advisor to the president at Carnegie Mellon University.
Armani Davis D’19 was named to the “40 Under 40” by Pittsburgh Magazine. Armani is a public affairs fellow faculty lead with Coro Pittsburgh and a faculty member of the school of education and communications at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Patricia Cuddy Kozar ‘84 passed away October 31 at her Mt. Lebanon home after a battle with cancer. Missy worked as a paralegal for almost 14 years with K&L Gates and later worked in child care. She is survived by her husband, Mark, and daughter, Erin.
Richard "Dick" Biery passed away on October 30 at the age of 87. Dick was formerly a director of admissions at Robert Morris
- November 2020
Mark Calderini ‘78 was named deputy fire chief in Williamsport, Pa. Mark is a career firefighter and retired from active duty as a battalion chief in July.
Robert Woelfel ‘97 married Caila Ann Klaiss on October 19. Robert is a pharmaceutical sales representative for Amarin Corp. The couple resides in Manhattan.
Jordan Allen ‘13 received his third Mid-Atlantic Emmy award, as video editor on the WPXI morning news team in Pittsburgh.
Jemel Sessoms ‘15 was named headquarters company commander in the 110th Chemical Battalion in the U.S. Army. Capt. Sessoms is stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
Harold Honey M‘17 was appointed to the position of civil pavement engineer of the Federal Aviation Administration. Harold previously served as an active duty Air Force civil engineer officer and taught at the Air Force Institute of Technology until 2014. Harold and his wife, Jana, reside in Washington, D.C., with their two sons.
John Mihm ‘95 passed away on October 25. Survived by his wife, Donna, John recently retired from his position as auditor for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
Michael Best ‘01 passed away on October 5. Mike is survived by his wife Michelle Best ‘99 and their son, Lincoln. Mike was the general manager at Marriott in Harbour Point and Sunset Pointe in South Carolina.
- October 2020
James Grant ’84 and his son Jim Grant ‘96 are celebrating 22 years of their family business, Grant Integrated Facilities Management. The Turnersville, N.J., firm employs more than 100 and serves the healthcare, education, public sector, and government markets, with clients ranging from the U.S. Navy to the state of New Jersey and the Philadelphia Flyers.
Scott Gilson ‘85 has joined Infinity Systems Engineering as vice president of market development. He has more than 30 years of management experience and a lengthy Air Force career that included serving three years as inspector general for Space Command.
Robert Christy ‘91 has bee named president of JohnDow Industries, an automotive repair equipment supplier. Robert joined the company as vice president of sales and marketing in 2016 and focuses on long-term growth strategy and product development.
Bobbi Watt Geer '05, Kenya Boswell '06, and Lisa Abel-Palmieri D’09 were all named Women of Influence by the Pittsburgh Business Times. Bobbi is the president and CEO of United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Kenya is president of the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Lisa is the president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania.
Brad Cuprik M’10 was hired as marketing and communications manager for Special Pathogens Laboratory in Pittsburgh. SPL provides an integrated platform of evidence-based solutions for the detection, control, and remediation of legionella and other waterborne pathogens to prevent disease and save lives.
Darlene Dempsey D’17 was recognized by the Florida Nurses Association for her work in 2020. Darlene wrote an essay published in the book “Pandemic in Paradise: Florida Stories from the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic,” available on Amazon with proceeds benefiting the Florida Nurses Foundation.
Peter Freymark passed away on April 13 at the age of 84. Peter was a business professor at RMU for 15 years, teaching international management and other senior level courses.
Robert McCartt M’79 passed away on September 14 at the age of 74. Robert was a professor at Slippery Rock University and a CPA. He enjoyed listening to oldies music, going to the beach, softball, taking walks, and spending time with his beloved grandchildren. Robert was a member of New Castle Rotary Club and St. Camillus Church - Holy Spirit Parish. Robert is survived by his wife, Cecilia.
Robert Blem M’02 passed away on September 30 at the age of 63. He was an avid reader, enjoyed craft beers along with a good cigar, traveling to Aruba with his family and scuba diving.
- September 2020
Chris Dexter ’99 was named athletics director and supervisor of athletics and physical education at High Point High School in New Jersey. Chris has been a teacher and coach in the district for the last 20 years.
Wendy Tisch ’03 was appointed principal at Pymatuning Valley Middle School. Wendy spent the last 17 years in the Conneaut Area City Schools as a teacher and the last four as a primary school principal.
Matt Alvarez ‘05 was named co-anchor of evening newscasts at WTAJ-TV in Altoona. Matt is an Edward R. Murrow Award winner and previously worked as a reporter in Nashville and New York.
Stephen Abel ’13 was honored as a Pittsburgh Business Times “30 Under 30.” Stephen is a radiation oncology resident physician at the Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute.
Michael Curran D’13 begins this fall as an assistant professor of business at the University of Maine – Fort Kent. Curran was a professor at RMU for the last 8 years.
Chelsey Fletcher D’19 is an assistant professor of exercise science at Bethany College. She is also the volleyball commissioner for the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference.
- August 2020
Wally Jones ’73 was reappointed pastor of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church for an 18th year and a third year at Seymour United Methodist Church in Missouri.
Ken LaSota M’89 M’92 M’03 was named Pennsylvania Mayor of the Year for 2020 by the Pennsylvania State Boroughs Association. Ken is the mayor of Heidelberg and is an associate professor of geology and earth sciences at RMU.
Damian Gilliard ’96 M’00 was named vice president of identity and access management services with Citizens Bank. Damian previously worked as a VP at PNC Bank and spent 15 years at Dollar Bank. Damian also serves as a mentor with Amachi Pittsburgh.
Gary Sheets ’97 was promoted to vice president of infrastructure at the Larson Design Group. Gary also works as an industry advisor for Carnegie Mellon University’s aerial robotic infrastructure analyst program and is a member of Pittsburgh Technical College and Beaver County Career and Technology Center advisory boards.
Chris Carmody M’00 was elected to the Westminster College board of trustees. Chris is senior vice president for UPMC’s information services division and president of ClinicalConnect.
Susan Miller D’14 was named assistant superintendent at the Slippery Rock Area School District. Miller’s 26 years in education include a 10-year stint as assistant superintendent in the Laurel School District before becoming assistant director of curriculum and instruction for Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5.
Haley Kotun ’15 was promoted to senior auditor at the accounting firm Urish Popeck & Co. where she has worked since her graduation from RMU.
Christopher Conway ‘12 passed away on July 13. He was 30 years old and is survived by his wife Xanthia Saganis. Chris was an EMT and Pittsburgh firefighter whose hobbies included sports, music, and working on home projects.
Will Speidel ’17 passed away on July 21. He was 38 years old and is survived by his wife Breigh and their four children. Will worked for Real Hospitality Group as regional director of sales and marketing.
- June 2020
Troy Schooley ’03, CEO of P3R, has formed a partnership with his company and the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, which is a national nonprofit that aims to educate and empower the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination.
Saad Chaudhry ’05 M’05 was named the group CIO for Saudi German Hospitals in the Middle East. Prior to this, he had spent his career in IT leadership roles at healthcare organizations in the U.S. at both Johns Hopkins Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Mark Dunmire ’09 was ordained as a priest at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg. Mark resides in Lower Burrell. He completed his final semester of seminary remotely due to COVID-19 and says his message entering the priesthood during these difficult times is “hope.”
Nicolette Adamson ‘16 married Dr. Matthew Burger, both of Irwin, on May 23 on the Ligonier Diamond. She is currently working for Geico in Washington, D.C. but will transfer with Geico to Florida, as the couple plans to reside in Tampa for the first year of Matthew’s residency and in Orlando for the following years.
Logan Carney ’20 has published his first book, “Our Seats In Left Field,” available for presale on Amazon now. The book tells the story of a young Pirates fan who lost his father due to cancer and struggles with depression, as the Pirates begin to play winning baseball.
John Zebroski ’67 of Moon Township passed away at his home on July 4 at the age of 101. John was registrar at Robert Morris University until his retirement in 1985, and before that, dean of men. John's 40-year RMU career began after he returned from Europe, where he served in the Army Quartermaster Corps in World War II. His daughter Gerri Gass ’77 fondly recalls receiving her diploma from her father. “He loved the people he worked with,” she says. “It was his life.”
Robert Shannon ’52 of West View, passed away on June 19. In 1943, Bob enlisted in the United States Navy and served in the Atlantic Ocean protecting convoys against German U-boats, arriving home on V-J Day. Bob married his wife Regina and graduated from RMU before working as an accountant. Bob served for more than 40 years at St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church. He enjoyed traveling, his family, golf and a good poker game.
Justin Hart ’13 M’13 passed away on June 2, 2020 at age 31. He resided in Ellwood City and worked as an accountant for DON Services in New Castle. He enjoyed fishing, spending time with his dog and sitting around a bonfire with his family.
- May 2020
Iris Townsend ’81 was named a winner of the TAZ book awards in the self help category for her book “H.O.P.E.: Helping Others to Pursue Endurance.”
Mark Bula ’89 was appointed chief strategy officer and general manager of steel for Everguard. Mark will be responsible for the strategic leadership of the company’s overall growth plans and will also spearhead its efforts in the steel industry.
Matthew Neelan ’91 recently launched TruBlue Total House Care of Cranberry, a home repair franchise.
Rebecca Mugridge ‘98 has been named SUNY distinguished faculty. Rebecca is the dean of libraries at the University of Albany and was awarded the designation based on her scholarly contributions on policy development for research libraries and her service to the university and the field of library science.
Chad Van Horn ’06 released his second book, “The Debt Life,” a collection of true stories that underscore proven tactics to lift the burden and stress caused by debt. Chad is the founding partner attorney of Van Horn Law Group.
Monica Stanton ’06 was named to Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest Class of 2020 by the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for her leadership qualities, community involvement and business success.
Daniel Kitchen ‘16 won second place in sports/outdoor column writing at the Pennsylvania News Media Association Keystone Awards. Daniel is the sports editor at the Record-Argus in Greenville. He is also an on-air personality at COOL 101.7 and 92.7 WGRP.
John Sughrue ’63 passed away on May 15. He spent over 30 years working as an accountant for Duracell, retiring in 2000. He was an active member of the St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church and choir, a member of the Knights of Columbus and Lions Club, and an avid bridge player.
Regis Bauer ’74 passed away April 29. Rege was a graduate of Homestead High School and a Vietnam War Army veteran. Rege enjoyed coaching youth baseball and basketball.
Stacy Dempsey M’06 passed away on May 6 after a brief illness. Stacy was a member of Beaver County Young Democrats and an avid pet lover.
- April 2020
Jo Resciniti ’01 published her third book, “More Than a Bad Teacher,” available on Kindle and Amazon.
Rachael Vesely ’07 was hired as a marketing, career and technology educator at Independence High School in Ashburn, Va.
Roy Cross III ’16 was sworn in as an assistant district attorney in Clearfield County, Pa.
Katey Ladika ’18 joined the staff of the Frederick Keys minor league baseball team in Frederick, Md., as a digital content coordinator.
Donald Dombrow ’48 passed away on July 25, 2019. Donald was a Jeannette native and a WWII Army veteran who served in the Pacific theater and was awarded a Purple Heart. Prior to retirement, he worked as an auditor and bank examiner. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bertha Link Dombrow.
Joyce Ross ’91 passed away on February 6. Joyce was a native of Butler and lived on the Jersey shore with her husband. She was a member of the National Organization for Women and championed women’s rights. Joyce was director of personnel for Atlantic County and retired in 2005.
- March 2020
Kevin Colbert ’79 signed a one-year contract extension as vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The contract extension keeps him with the Steelers through at least the 2021 NFL Draft. Kevin is in his 21st year with the franchise, tenth as the team’s general manager.
Wade Timmerson ’92 will be inducted to the Washington-Greene Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in June. Wade led the Colonials men’s basketball team to three NCAA tournaments and is a native of Fort Cherry.
Chris King ’94 will be inducted into the Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame in April. Chris is the Vice President and Director of Athletics at RMU.
James D. Lucot Jr. earned his master’s degree in Holocaust and genocidal studies at Gratz College in Philadelphia. James received his teaching certificate from Robert Morris in 2001.
Jake Nulph ’05 will be inducted into the Armstrong County Sports Hall of Fame in April. Jake played football at Robert Morris and was named head coach of the Edinboro University football program in January.
Marques Dexter ’07 was named a Fulfilling the Dream Award recipient at the University of Georgia for his efforts to help others and his work in diversity and inclusion. Dexter is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the kinesiology department with a specialization in sport management and policy.
Brian ’09 and Nathan Maskas ’13 are brothers celebrating the 100th anniversary of fourth-generation family-owned business M. Maskas & Sons, a candy shop turned distributor in Tarentum.
Sherry Guiler D’11 is a nurse practitioner, now working at Lexington Women’s Health – Brannon Crossing in Lexington, Ky. Sherry has practiced with her husband, Dr. Mike Guiler, since 1985.
Frank Vieira ’12 is a country music artist who recently released a new single, “Heart Broke,” to all major music streaming platforms.
Ryan Painter ’15 is a strategic services consultant with FireEye Mandiant in New York City. Ryan advises technical leaders across the Northeast on strategic improvements to organizations' cybersecurity programs.
Richard Gray ’72 passed away at his home in Wayne Township, Pa., on February 21. Richard was the president of Ellwood City Safety Appliance, a fourth-generation family business, and a member of the Ellwood City Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and reading.
- February 2020
Larry Butka ’91 recently spoke on a panel regarding the state of manufacturing for the Washington County Manufacturer’s Association. Larry is an account manager at Olympic Steel in Bedford Heights, Ohio.
Virginia Berlando ’94 spoke at the Allegheny County Bar Association health and wellness committee lunch and learn program on the Maria Kondo method of decluttering.
Patrick Carothers ’96 has been elected to serve an additional two-year term on the Leech Tishman law firm management committee, where he will oversee firm governance, strategic planning, and daily operational issues.
Amy Scheuneman ’03 was named the next executive director of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League, with a term beginning this July. Amy was the WPIAL’s associate executive director and will become just the second woman in the history of Pennsylvania high school sports to oversee one of the PIAA’s districts. She spent the previous 16 years as an athletic director at Avonworth, Bethel Park, and North Hills school districts.
Allison Oltmann ’04 was inducted into the East Palestine Distinguished Hall of Fame in Ohio for her success as a volleyball player. At Robert Morris she won two NEC championships with the Colonials.
Tracie Slater Brady M’05 has received the Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Recognition Award by the American Association of Community Colleges. Tracie is a Pittsburgh Technical College accounting instructor and is working on a doctorate in business administration.
Natasha Dirda M’11 was hired as principal for North Allegheny Senior High School. Natasha was previously a principal in Mt. Lebanon School District.
Kendall Valan '16 was promoted to associate editor and producer at Paramount Network. Kendall was previously a production coordinator for Paramount and worked for two years as a production assistant at Comedy Central.
- January 2020
John Punola ’56 was honored by the American Legion for 64 years of distinguished service to the organization. John is a veteran of the Korean War and was the commander of his post in McDonald, Pa., before moving to the post in Florham Park, N.J.
Renee Cavalovitch ’01 was named to the Pittsburgh Opera Board of Directors. Renee is the chief legal officer, general counsel, and vice president for legal affairs and risk management at Robert Morris University. She also serves as the secretary of the RMU Board of Trustees.
Channing Frampton ’11 joins WTXL-TV, the ABC affiliate in Tallahassee, as co-anchor of the station’s evening newscasts. Channing was formerly an anchor and reporter at WINK-TV, the CBS affiliate in Ft. Myers, Fla.
Lauren Roberts ‘14 earned her master’s degree from Drexel University and is now a certified physician’s assistant. Prior to completing her master’s, Lauren worked as a patient discharge advocate for high-risk patients at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y.
Hunter Carlheim ’16 was named the sorority and fraternity life coordinator at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Hunter is part of an advising team that provides guidance and leadership development to the campus organizations.
Tyson Wilson ’16 has joined Owls Nest Partners, a financial advisory firm in suburban Philadelphia, as an investment associate. Tyson recently earned his master’s degree in international banking, finance, and risk management from Glasgow Caledonian University while playing professional hockey in Scotland.
Lindsey Howard ’17 M’17 was promoted to senior internal auditor at PNC in Pittsburgh after spending a year as an auditor.
Taylor Lewand ’18 is a regional sales representative at TriState Capital Bank in Pittsburgh, where she works with financial advisors to establish financial security for their clients.
Cheryl Paxton-Hughes M’18 has joined Aspirant, a Pittsburgh-based global management consulting and technology firm, as an engagement manager for organizational effectiveness. Cheryl has more than 20 years of experience in HR and IT services.
Ed Parham ’19 was promoted to software development engineer for Eaton in Pittsburgh.
Madison Parks ’19 is a mechanical designer at CJL Engineering in Pittsburgh, where she began her career as an intern.
Nancy Buehler Young ’63 passed away at her home in Punxsutawney on December 22 at the age of 76. Nancy worked as a legal secretary in Pittsburgh, then raised three sons with her husband, Joseph, in Edgewood. She later was an office manager for an electronics company and also worked for the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging.
- December 2019
Al Caponi ‘77 was named director of the Allegheny County Department of Facilities Management, where he had been interim director since June of this year. Al previously was deputy director of administration in the department and has worked for the county for the last 10 years.
Velma Payne ’96 was recognized at Idaho State University as the school’s career path internship supervisor of the semester. Velma, a health informatics assistant professor and director at Idaho State, supervises students in paid internships in the health informatics field.
Dan Best ’01 was appointed chief human resources officer at The Service Companies. The company, based in Miramar, Fla., provides hospitality staffing, specialty, and engineering services to the gaming, hospitality, and facility services industries across the United States and the Caribbean.
Jeffrey R. Bowser '02 and his wife Kathleen welcomed daughter Gwendolyn Marie to the family on November 14. Jeffrey works as the director of auxiliary finance at the University of Pittsburgh. Jeffrey and Kathleen reside in Ross Township and also have two sons, Conrad and Ross, and a daughter, Magdalene.
Meagan Sampogna '04 has become the chief operations officer at BioMatrix Specialty Pharmacy, an Erie-based company offering nationwide pharmacy services and digital health solutions. Meagan previously worked in a variety of high-level roles at McKesson.
Dana Collins Kramer ’05 is the senior development manager for SportsPittsburgh, the sports development division of VisitPittsburgh. Dana is responsible for promoting the city to sports event and meeting planners to attract major sports events and experiences to Pittsburgh.
Kevin Bazner ’06 M’08 was awarded a doctoral fellowship from the Order of Omega, an honor society for Greek organizations. Kevin is a doctoral candidate in higher education administration at Texas A&M, where he works as a graduate research assistant in the department of educational administration and human development.
Devlin Robinson ’11 announced his bid to become the Republican nominee in the Pennsylvania 37th State Senatorial District. Devlin resides in Bridgeville, and is a Marine Corps veteran who founded a medical supply firm, Veterans Medical Technology.
Sherri Fawcett M’13 is engaged to Philip Thompson, both of Carnegie. Sherri works in corporate international tax in Pittsburgh. The couple is planning an October 2020 wedding.
Jennifer Callen-Naviglia D’17 recently released the children’s book, “K-9 Merlyn: Police Dog Extraordinaire,” co-authored with her sister, about the police dog that was partnered with her husband, Mike. Jennifer was inspired by the difficulty her three boys had while learning to read and focuses on improving children’s reading skills.
Cheryl Hegyes ’69 passed away on November 27. Cheryl worked as a secretary at Westinghouse and for a doctor’s office and the Transfiguration Catholic School in Mt. Pleasant where she resided with her husband.
Christopher Rivers ‘14 passed away on November 9. Chris was a member of the RMU football team and held a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After graduating, Chris joined the Army and served from February 2015 to October 2018. He resided in Killeen, Tex., with his wife Makaela.
- November 2019
Daren Ellerbee M’07 is director of the University of Pittsburgh Community Engagement Center in Homewood. Daren has integrated a successful youth advisory board, the Justice Scholars program, and the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, and next year they will open a health and wellness center.
Brianne McLaughlin Bittle ’09 became the first woman named to an NCAA Division I men’s hockey staff when she became the Colonials goaltending coach this fall. Brianne owns and operates McLaughlin Hockey, a goaltending training company based at the RMU Island Sports Center.
Anthony Stough '10 is a U.S. Army veteran and founder of Civease. The organization works with veterans to find ideal civilian careers after their military service. Anthony is doing workshops at the RMU Center for Veterans and Military Families.
Leeanne Smollen ’12 married Benjamin Carlucci on September 1. The couple resides in the near Fayetteville, N.C., where Leeanne works as the director of human resources for Hutchens Law Firm. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Fayetteville State University.
Katie Carlton ‘17 is a UI/UX designer for VieCure, a Denver-based company. She is helping to design the company’s clinical oncology platform.
David Roderick '50 passed away on October 5 at his Latrobe home following a battle with cancer. He was 95 years old. David was formerly the CEO of U.S. Steel.
- October 2019
Mark Debiasio M’99 was appointed chief financial officer at NexTier. Mark is responsible for leading financial operations for the Butler company.
Amy Janas ‘02 was named membership and training coordinator for the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Kimberly Still M’04 was promoted to managing director in tax services at Crowe LLP in Atlanta.
Sean McClain M’06 was named CEO of Montauk Energy in Pittsburgh. Sean had previously been both CFO and CIO at Montauk.
Serina Green ’08 M’11 joined the board of Sojourner House, a residential recovery service for mothers and children in the Pittsburgh area. Serina is director of strategic growth and operations for Signature Financial Planning.
Maria Satira ‘12 married Drew Bennett on October 5. Satira is a news anchor at WNCT-TV in Greenville, S.C.
Tiffany Tyson D’12 released a series of children’s books called, “Patti Fix-It.”. Tiffany is the founder and CEO of Tyson Multimedia, an organization that seeks to nurture young girls on the topic of self-esteem, bullying, peer pressure and substance abuse. She resides in Wilson, N.C.
Ryan Higgins ’14 married Erica Robb ’15 on August 31. The couple resides in the Baltimore area, where Ryan is a territory manager at ConMed and Erica is a teacher.
Keiona Middleton D’15 was appointed Allen University’s vice president for planning and information technology.
Jacob Hartzfeld ’16 married Kelley Bittner ’16 on August 31. The couple resides in the Nashville area where Jake works for the Nashville Predators NHL team as an associate producer in broadcast and entertainment. Kelley is a preschool teacher and freelance photographer.
Zac Lynch ’16 married Madeleine Collias ’15 on September 1. The couple resides in the Pittsburgh area, where Zac works in technical sales for Schroeder Industries. Maddie is a nurse at UPMC Children’s Hospital.
Daniel Maier ’16 married Gianna Pro ’16 on September 28. The couple resides near Pittsburgh where Gianna is a senior account executive in business sales at FedEx Services and Dan is a specialist in external reporting at BNY Mellon.
Jerry Kulousek '70 passed away on August 28 at the age of 72. Jerry had a long career in the insurance industry and was also a lifelong racing fan.
James Chalmers '79 passed away on September 3 at the age of 63. James was a former Conrail police officer and later an insurance adjuster.
- September 2019
Bobbi Mohoska Lynn ’92 is the owner of the Pittsburgh region’s first Tropical Smoothie Café franchise, opening in Moon in October.
Heath Senour ’96 is associate athletic director for compliance at the University of Idaho. Heath joins the University of Idaho after working in the same role at Santa Clara last year and at Kennesaw State for seven years prior.
Charlene Filsaime '01 M'06 is the proud parent of twins, Madeleine and Joseph, born on June 7.
Ramy Sidhom ’03 M’05 has been appointed president of aviation finance for PNC Bank, North America. Most recently the COO for PNC Equipment Finance, Ramy now will focus on new growth initiatives and providing risk and governance oversight.
Kelly O’Brien Rados ’04 was promoted to deputy director of Worcester County Recreation and Parks in Maryland. Kelly recently graduated from the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Ritch Stevenson Leadership Institute.
Kimberly Burkey Still M'04 was promoted to managing director in tax services at Crowe LLP, a public accounting, consulting, and technology firm with offices around the world. She has been with the firm for nine years and is based in the Atlanta office.
Scott Maidman M’05 has been recognized on the 2019 Forbes “Top 250 Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” list for the second consecutive year. Scott resides in Mt. Lebanon and is a senior vice president and wealth management advisor for Merrill Lynch.
Angela M. Hamilton ’06 earned the strategic enrollment management endorsement from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers. Angela is director of enrollment services at the Community College of Beaver County.
Steven Sims ’06 is working in Los Angeles as a television producer on shows that have aired on Bravo, NBC, and VH1, including “Returning the Favor” and “American Ninja Warrior,” and with celebrities ranging from Mike Rowe to RuPaul to Nicole Richie.
Sean Currin M’11 married Amanda Dawson on May 4. Sean works for Verizon Communications as an information technology manager in Silver Springs, Md.
Jocelyn Kleiber M'15 is the first women's hockey coach at Lawrence University, an NCAA Division III college near Green Bay, Wisc.
Michael Wiggam '05 M'07 passed away on July 14. He was 46 years old.
- August 2019
Lou Baverso M’03 was appointed president of UPMC Pinnacle Cumberland Region, which includes hospitals in suburban Harrisburg and Carlisle. Baverso brings more than 20 years of health care management experience to the role. He was most recently vice president of operations at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside.
Traci Estenson ’89 runs a nonprofit, Cinderella Affair, in Tempe, Ariz. The organization empowers young women by giving away prom attire from dresses to shoes to jewelry. Estenson also works alongside her husband, Tim, with Estenson Racing, a motorcycle racing team that promotes philanthropy in the community and encourages its riders to pursue education.
Bobbi Watt Geer M’05 was named chief executive officer of United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Geer is the first female CEO in United Way SWPA history.
Bethany Giombetti ’18 was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship. Giombetti is one of 24 Pennsylvanians recruited to join the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation fellowship program this year. The program is designed for those with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math, and prepares them to teach in high-need secondary schools.
Terry Hileman ’85 was named chief financial officer at Aptara, a company that designs and develops content transformation solutions. Hileman joined Aptara in 2007 and brings 27 years of experience to the role.
Tito Lima ’89 was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer of the CNB Financial Corporation. Lima has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, accepting this position after holding the same title at NexTier Bank for the last four years.
Don Owrey M’95 was named chief operating officer of UPMC Susquehanna and president of UPMC Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Owrey has more than 30 years of experience in health care as a leading regional health care strategist.
Matthew Sarver ’07, was promoted from manager to senior manager at regional accounting firm Goff Backa Alfera & Company