Class Notes Spring 2021

John P. Welsh, ’50, celebrated his 100th birthday Dec. 13. He earned two Purple Hearts in World War II before studying business at La Salle.
Samuel P. Cimino, D.D.S., ’60, was a distinguished honoree and inductee into the Circle of Excellence at Harcum College. Instrumental in establishing Harcum’s dental hygiene program, he actively has served as a member of the Dental Programs Advisory Board since 1989 and as a Harcum College trustee since 2002.

Frank Varga, ’62, and his wife Marlene celebrated 67 years of marriage Oct. 10.

Bruce E. Zehnle, ’66, was a contestant on an episode of The Price Is Right.

Walter Plagens, ’67, was re-elected scribe, Knights of Columbus Assembly #1774, in Holiday, Fla., and re-elected recorder, Knights of Columbus, Council #6475, also in Holiday, Fla.

Robert Baselice, ’67, and his wife Frances celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in February 2020.

Louis J. Beccaria, Ph.D., ’67, earned appointment by the Chester County Commissioners as a Board Commissioner on the Chester County Housing Authority.

Arthur G. Ogden, Ph.D., ’68, authored Philosophy of American Sport: Quest for Virtue, published by Carolina Academic Press.

Thomas Witt, Esq., ’68, earned recognition in the Band 1 ranking for zoning and land use, the highest ranking achievable based on an assessment of a firm’s technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence commitment and other factors, by Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States.

Michael A. DellaVecchia, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, FICS, FCPP, ’70, an ophthalmologist, pathologist, and biomedical scientist from Philadelphia, was sworn in as the 171st president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED).

C. Raymond Larkin, ’70, of Align Technology, has been named a strategic advisor at Respiratory Motion, Inc.

Ralph Joseph Teti Esq., ’70, of the law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson Attorneys, was named one of 2020’s Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. He earned selection by his peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the legal profession’s oldest and most respected peer-review publications.

William Winning, Esq., ’70, was recognized in the Band 1 ranking for white collar crime and government investigations, the highest ranking achievable based on an assessment of a firm’s technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence commitment and other factors, by Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States.

Thomas Baldino, Ph.D., ’71, retired from full-time teaching at Wilkes University in May 2019 after 41 years as a college professor. He is currently completing a book on Pennsylvania government and politics with Dr. Paula Holoviak, Kutztown University, to be published by Penn State University.

Roman, ’71, and Olha, ’77, Nowakiwsky celebrated the July 8 birth of their second grandchild, Alice Anastasia Thomson. They are enjoying retired life in Colorado.

George Anthony Tomezsko, ’71, a resident of the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia, received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles.

Stephen Malpezzi, Ph.D., ’74, received the John M. Quigley Medal for Advancing Real Estate and Urban Economics from the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association and presented his corresponding address, “Global Perspectives on Real Estate and Urban Development in a Time of Stress,” during the Association’s national meeting.

John Wargo, ’74, is retiring from service after 21 years as an active infantry officer and almost 25 years as the Senior Army Instructor, LTC, at Gurdon S. Hubbard High School in Chicago, Ill.

Carl Joseph Williams, ’74, was elected chairman of the board, General Cannabis Corp., in September 2020.

Kevin D. Davis, MPH, ’80, was the distinguished honoree and recipient of the Belfast Homecoming Ambassador Award.

Franz Fruehwald, ’80, was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in June.

William Larkin Jr., ’81, earned election as chairman of Penn Community Bank.

Dr. Carlton Payne, ’81, chief psychologist of the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, will retire after 37 years of service. Dr. Payne was the first African American psychologist in the Department’s history.

Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, Esq., ’81, recently released her book Under Our Roof: A Son’s Battle for Recovery, a Mother’s Battle for Her Son.

Lori Siatkowski Petrozino, ’83, received the 2020 Philadelphia School District Lindback Distinguished Teacher Award.

Judy Ann Starr, ’84, received the 2020 Philadelphia School District Lindback Distinguished Teacher Award.

BG Walter T. Lord, ’86, who recently retired, served as the honorary guest speaker at 2020 Drexel ROTC Military Ball.

Dominic J. Catrambone, ’87, launched his first fund on the New York Stock Exchange, symbol VSL, Volshares Large Cap ETF.

Luke T. Prendergast, ’87, received the 2020 Philadelphia School District Lindback Distinguished Teacher Award.

Donna M. DeRosa, ’87, wrote a cookbook, The Big Book of Mediterranean Diet Cooking, which was released in September.

Judith A. Algeo, Esq., ’89, joined High Swartz as a member of the family law team. Practicing out of the Doylestown office, she has established herself as one of Bucks County’s most distinguished family attorneys.

Thomas M. McGuire, Ph.D., ’89, earned promotion to Teaching Professor of Biology at The Pennsylvania State University’s Abington campus, where he teaches courses in genetics and cell/molecular biology.

Deacon Howard Morgan, MPM, ’89, was ordained a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y. in September.

Stacy K. Schwab, ’89, received the 2020 Philadelphia School District Lindback Distinguished Teacher Award.

Karol Ruth Silverstein, ’90, released her debut young adult novel, Cursed, which recently won the prestigious Schneider Family Book Award.

John F. Kolla Sr., CPA, MBA, ’91, recently retired from full-time employment and is currently the controller of Northwood Federal Credit Union in Northeast Philadelphia. He and his wife Lori just welcomed their fourth grandchild.

Richard G. Poulson Esq., ’92, of the law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson Attorneys, was named one of 2020’s Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Anthony L. Cossetti, ’94, joined Unity Bancorp as executive vice president and chief financial officer in June.

Karen Distefano-Spring, ’94, earned promotion to a full-time position with BOLD Studios, a company that helps job seekers create dynamic resumes and offers solutions, tools, and services.

Jennifer Maddox, ’94, has been appointed undersecretary with the Department of Housing and Community Development in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Kevin Meisler, ’94, earned promotion from Reserve Colonel to Brigadier General with the United States Army.

Pamela Lannutti, Ph.D., ’95, has been named director of Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies.

Kimberly M. Haas, ’96, launched the travel series Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas on PBS in September.

Matt Delaney, ’97, has been named vice president for the division of finance and facilities at Kutztown University.

Chilton Godfrey Goebel III, Esq., ’97, joined Saxton & Stump as a shareholder in the firm’s healthcare litigation and commercial litigation practices in Malvern, Pa.

Michelle Bauer, ’00, vice president at Power Home Remodeling, earned selection to Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list.

Kishayra J. Lambert, ’00, received promotion to associate commissioner (SES) for the Office of Electronic Services and Technology with the Social Security Administration.

Christopher J. Cabott, Esq., ’01, agent for Super Bowl LIV MVP Patrick Mahomes, has been named president of Steinberg Sports & Entertainment.

Dana Rush Connors, ’01, earned promotion to vice president of corporate affairs for Bimbo Bakeries USA.

Jeremy Uhrich, ’01, received recognition from CNN, The Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show, People magazine, and many other news outlets for initiating Cookies for Caregivers—a program that has delivered more than 10,000 cookies to health care workers and caregivers in Huntingdon, Pa., since March 2020. He is also the author of four books including “Super Sammy Saves the Day” and “Appropriate Behavior Counts: A Guide For Young Athletes.” He recently hosted a virtual book reading in September for alumni and their families.

Julie Dees, MA, LPC, ’02, joined the Family Service Association of Bucks County as the nonprofit organization’s chief operating officer.

Joanna McClinton, Esq., ’03, was elected as the Minority Leader in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She is the first female, and second African-American, to hold the highest-ranking Democratic leadership position in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Ricky Palladino, Esq., ’03, earned recognition as Best of the Best Attorneys Top 10 Immigration Law Attorney for 2020.

Donna (Norman) Zak, ’04, and her husband, Greg Zak, welcomed a baby girl named McKenzie Jae Zak, born April 17.

Thomas Joseph Namako, ’04, earned promotion to deputy editor-in-chief at BuzzFeed News.

Noreen Buckley, ’05, competed in a national electricians’ contest, the IDEAL National Championship, which was broadcast on ESPN2.

Vicki Kline, ’05, welcomed a baby girl, Magdalena Lisa, born Aug. 24.

Jeff Leauby, ’05, received the Certified Financial Technician (CFTe) designation by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.

Rosemarie Leone-Ryan, ’05, married Stephen Ryan in December 2019.

Lauren Sandusky, ’05, welcomed a baby boy, Chris, born April 27.

Colleen Bridget Donnelly, ’06, and Shane Donnelly, ’06, welcomed a baby girl, Nora, born in December 2019.

Steven Paul Humiston, ’06, and Katherine Missimer, Esq., ’06, welcomed a baby boy, Zachary Humiston, born April 20.

Matthew John Kilrain, ’06, and his wife welcomed a baby boy, Grayson, born May 28.

Michael S. Quirmbach, MBA ’06, earned promotion from vice president of global sales and marketing to CEO and president, CordenPharma Group.

Ben Rosehart, ’06, and his wife, Lori, welcomed their first child, Lucy Clare Rosehart, born in December 2019. Rosehart is now the Sports Information Director at Concordia University Irvine.

Anthony Holmes, MBA, ’07, joined ESL Federal Credit Union as vice president/director, mortgage lending.

Corey Cannon, ’07, and Stephanie Cannon, ‘08, welcomed a baby boy, Asher James, born Aug. 31.

Amy (Berger) Barca, ’08, Esq., and Richard Barca, ’08, Esq., welcomed their daughter, Luciana Viola, born in December 2019. Richard was also elected as a principal by Post & Schell, P.C.

James Emme, CPA, ’08, and Stephanie (Vozzi) Emme, ’09, welcomed a baby boy, James Emme, born Feb. 1.

Rev. Kevin Hughes, S.J., ’08, was ordained a priest on Aug. 8, 2020. He is the Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Hope Church, Portland, Me.

Christopher Hanson, ’09, and his wife welcomed a baby boy, Luca Hanson, born April 13.

Michael John O’Keefe, ’09, earned promotion to assistant director of undergraduate admissions at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Katherine Ellen Ryan, ’09, MED ’14, received the 2020 Philadelphia School District Lindback Distinguished Teacher Award.

Julia L. Hartman, ’10, was named one of the top 20 life coaches in Los Angeles by Entrepreneur.

Allison Krolikowski, ’10, and her husband Michael Zakrzewski welcomed a baby girl, Abigail, born Jan. 17.

Shauna (McNally) Scarnato, ’10, married Dave Scarnato in November.

Eric Seidman, CPA, MBA ’10, earned promotion to partner at Wouch Maloney, a regional CPA and business advisory firm with offices in Pennsylvania and Florida.

Vanessa Francesca Bisco, ’11, and Matthew Bisco, ’11, welcomed a baby boy, Lorenzo, born June 16.

Sarah Gonzalez, ’11, and Brian Gonzalez, ’11, welcomed a baby boy, Noah, born Sept. 4.

Stacey Gorin, J.D., ’11, a Commercial Litigation Department Associate at Capehart Scatchard, earned the 2020 Robert W. Criscuolo Award, presented annually by the Burlington County (N.J.) Bar Association. To be eligible for the award, candidates must be a member in good standing of the BCBA, under the age of 36 at the time of presentation of the award or involved in the practice of law for five years or less, and demonstrate significant involvement and contributions to the BCBA, community service, and other civic duties.

Kyla Jones, ’11, MA, ’12, earned recognition by the American Advertising Federation Dallas as the 2020 Young Professional of the Year.

Kerri Lynn Mack, ’11, welcomed a baby boy, Joseph John (“JJ”), born May 31.

Louis O’Brien, ’11, and his wife welcomed a baby boy, Nicholas, born April 3.

Katherine (Feld) Piree, ’11, and John Piree, ’11, welcomed a baby, Marin Piree, born in September 2019.

Lynn Anne Panepinto, ’11, works in Austin, Texas, as a bilingual social worker-therapist.

Colleen Tewksbury, Ph.D, MPH, RD, CSOWM, LDN, ’11, of Glenside, Pa., is a senior research investigator at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Keely Byron, ’12, entered the Ms. Health and Fitness Competition on behalf of Prison Yoga Project, a non-profit that challenges the penal system from the inside-out, bringing a physical yoga practice into correctional facilities and advocating for less punitive and more restorative measures.

Michael Fredericks, ’12, married Jenny Mejia in August.

Stephen Jiwanmall, ’12, was named communications manager of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, Pa. He was previously a multimedia journalist at Lehigh Valley Public Media in Bethlehem, Pa.

Eruore Oboh, ’12, has been hired as the assistant dean for admissions and enrollment management at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law.

Allen Prendergast, ’12, married his high school sweetheart, Michele Anna Morelli, in a small March 21 ceremony with friends and family.

George McBlane, ’13, and Georgia Hansen, ’13, welcomed a baby girl, Elizabeth Mary, in May.

Christopher Stephen Pfeiffer, ’13, was recently interviewed on the Behavioral Grooves podcast on tips for adjusting sales compensation plans.

Rosey (Carberry) Steelman, ’13, had a baby girl, Winnie Steelman.

Cameron Cabrera, ’14, and Katie (Marrasco) Cabrera, ’14, welcomed a baby girl, Charlotte Maren, born Aug. 31.

Matt Herrmann, ’14, was named director of creative and design at Forbes.

John Newhouse, ’14, residence life coordinator at Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus, was honored by the College of Student Affairs program with the 2019-2020 CSA Professional of the Year Award.

Shannon (White) Ballintyn, ’16, and Christopher A. Ballintyn, ’15, MCPC, ’18, welcomed a baby boy, Liam.

Mandee Kuenzle Hammerstein, ’16, earned election to the Bristol Riverside Theatre Board of Trustees in Bristol, Pa.

Trans O. “RJ” Lualhati, ’16, devoted personal time to 3D-printing full face shields for donation to Philadelphia-area hospitals that lack personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kimberly Nolan, ’14, was named a 2020 Philadelphia School District Lindback Distinguished Teacher.

Jennifer Louise McKenzie, MED, ’17, was named a 2020 Philadelphia School District Lindback Distinguished Teacher.

Rafael Sebastian Rodriguez, F.S.C., ’17, and four Brothers from the Lasallian Region of North America, will begin their novitiate year at the Regional Novitiate in Chicago.

Jeffrey Gonclaves, M.A., ’18, and his wife welcomed a baby girl, Penelope, born Aug. 30.

Kelly O’Rorke, ’18, was named a cast member on the third season of the Big Egg web series.