Class Notes


Robert J. Carabasi, M.D., ‘46, is still enjoying life in Central Texas.


William J. Deery, Jr., Ed.D., ‘50, turned 91 years young in August 2017 – married 66 years, four children; one in Philly, one in Toronto, one in Texas, and one in Spokane, Wash. Alfred S. Hoffman, CPA,’57, will be celebrating his 60th wedding anniversary to his wife, Shirley, in November 2017.

Donald A. Marrandino, ‘58, retired in August 2016 after 47 years as Principal of the Brigantine Elementary School and 57 years in education. Michael B. O’Hara, ‘58, has published children’s books, A Short Tale of a Long, Long Tail and The Adventures of Alexander T. Frog.


Thomas J. Kirsch ‘62, MBA ‘79, received a Vietnam medal for Military Service by Baylor Hospital, Dallas for 3,500 hours as a “Caring Heart” volunteer.

Bill Raftery, ’63, was chosen for the 2017 Joe Lapchick Character Award.

Edward Slavish, ‘63, was voted Chairman of the Board of Governors Shriners Hospital for Children-Honolulu. Joseph P. Batory,

‘64, moderated a Center City forum for Philadelphia District Attorney candidates in April.

Charles F. Haldeman, Ph.D.,

‘65, and his wife, Phyllis, celebrated their 52nd anniversary on June 12, 2017.

Tim Tobin,‘65, is the author of 80 published short stories.

Joseph M. Bonmer, ‘66, and his wife, Sally, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Charlie Boland, ’67, retired after 48 years in his own real estate business in Northeast Philadelphia.

John T. Thorn, Esq.,‘67, has recently retired from active law practice after 40 years of defense construction litigation.


Francis C. Gatti Jr., Esq.,’70, retired from practicing law. Alfred Giovetti, CPA, ABA, ATA, ARA, ‘70, was elected president of the National Society of Accountants.

C. Raymond Larkin Jr., ‘70, was named to Board of Directors at REVA Medical.

Peter V. Marks Sr., Esq.,’72, proud grandfather of 19—from 26 years to 8 months, and is trying to make the world a better place.

Thomas Walsh ‘72, MBA ‘82, and wife, Sarah, were inducted into the Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame.

Robert A. DiTomasso, Ph.D., ABPP, ‘73, professor and chair of psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), has been inducted into the Fellowship of The College of Physicians ofPhiladelphia.

Justin M. Carisio Jr., ‘75, wrote a book titled A Quaker Officer in the Civil War: Henry Gawthrop of the 4th Delaware.

Joseph F. Nardelli, ‘78, released film Toxic Tutu on August 5th at Hollywood Cinema. It will be available on Blu- Ray on December 2.


John M. Donahue Sr., ‘80, was one of six camera operators assigned to the “main set” for the NFL Draft.

Barbara A. Steinmetz, ‘81, retired after 45 years in Catholic education. Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Tracy, STD, MSW, ‘81, on May 16th celebrated 25 years of ordination as an archdiocesan priest.

Diane Wing ‘81, M.A. ‘96, is the author of The Happiness Perspective: Seeing Your Life Differently, published November 2016.

Shreenivas R. Shah, MBA, ’82, was named President and Chief Executive Officer of BabyVision, Inc. Dominic M. Paranzino, M.S., ’83, is expanding his enterprise software and computing company, eParaTech LLC.

Robert A. Hopstetter, Esq., ‘84, proposed to his girlfriend, Sharon Blake, on campus while wearing an Explorer costume.

Dennis T. Owens, ‘84, recently won two Emmy Awards for television news.

Diane M. Ungvarsky,‘84, and her husband, Lt. Col. (Retired) Brooks Lyles, received an award from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., for their support of the International Military Student sponsorship program.

Joseph M. Claffey, ‘85, retired as a captain from United Airlines.

Scott M. (Schieck) Schaffer, ’85, will appear as a newscaster in season two of Designated Survivor on ABC.

Christopher Mars, ‘88, was ordained a permanent deacon by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on June 10.

George R. Kowal, ‘88, was appointed as senior director, sales and customer support, of the American Psychological Association.

John S. Grady, Jr.,‘89, President of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), was the recipient of the 2017 Ellipse Award.


Jose L. Mallabo,’91, with his company Vireo Labs LLC, recently launched the app ‘C’REER’ to connect students with suitable colleges and careers.

Ron Lupi, ’92, has been named regional vice president of the northeast for TASC.

Richard G. Poulson, Esq.,’92, will be included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® as a 2017 Best Lawyer.

Karen M. Heisler, M.S. ’ 93, has been appointed to a four-year term on the Montgomery County Workforce Development Board.

James F. Peoples, III, M.D., ’96, was inducted into the American College of Chest Physicians and professionally holds the title of Fellow of the ACCP.

James E. Cooper, MBA ’98, began a new position as vice president, finance and administration at Virginia Wesleyan University.

Marla McDermott, ’99, founder of The Walnut Club, was honored as a RadGirl Award Winner for Entrepreneur of the Year.


Anthony J. Biondo Jr., ’00, received the Readers Choice Award for Best Tech / Web Design Company for Biondo Creative.

Megan Barnett Bloomgren, ’01, was announced as the new vice president for communications for American Petroleum Institute (API).

Ricky Palladino, ’03, and his wife Briana had a baby girl, Nina Rose, on March 17, 2017.

Katie E. (Bambi) Kohler, ’03, was awarded first place for column writing in the 2017 Professional Keystone Press Awards, in Division IV, multi-day publications category.

Dennis Feltwell, M.A. ’04, was promoted to associate professor of humanities at Pasco-Hernando State College in Wesley Chapel, Fla.

Jillian Fornito, ’04, was named the executive director of the Global Interdependence Center (GIC).

Lauren Fritsky, ’04, and her husband, Brendan, welcomed a daughter, Maeve Lucinda, on April 22.

Bernadette Tortorella, ’04, and her husband Brian had a baby girl, Lily Marie, on May 4.

Patricia Benson, MBA ’05, vice president of finance and operations at Harcum College, has earned an Ed.D. from Wilmington University.

Jeffrey A. Leauby, ’05, helped organize and execute “Sembrando Semilas: Cuba 2017, a humanitarian program supporting the Cuban choir, Coro Entrevoces.

Katherine Missimer, Esq., ’06, was selected for inclusion in 2017 Pennsylvania Rising Stars® by Super Lawyers.

Michael Quirmbach, ’06, joined CordenPharma as vice president, global sales and marketing.

Grace (Motley) Smalley, ’06, and husband Nick welcomed a baby boy, James William, in April 2017.

Jessica Anne (Quilter) Wickersham, ’06, and John James Wickersham, ’07, were married on May 26, 2017.

Patricia “Patty” Guidetti, ’07, and Ryan Malloy, ’11, were married on October 8, 2016.

Leo Midure Jr., D.O., ’07, began employment with Team Health, as an attending in the emergency department of Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Washington Township, N.J.

Joseph T. Pace, ’07, earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Delaware Law School of Widener University in May of 2017.

Maureen S. Stocker, M.Ed. ’07, was selected by the College Board to be an AP Reader in Salt Lake City, Utah in June. She also received the James Madison Fellowship for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (2016).

Ryan C. Holmes, ’08, will serve as the University of Miami’s new associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

Megan (Rowen) Nolan, ’08, and husband, Timothy Nolan, welcomed a son, Timothy Patrick Nolan Jr., on September 11, 2016.

Kirk Petroski, M.A. ’08, and his wife had a baby boy, Lincoln Pierce, on February 21.

Sean P. Quigley, ’08, was inducted into the Archbishop Williams High School Athletic Hall of Fame at the school’s third annual Bishops’Ball.

Christina M. (Paranzino) Harris, ’09, and her husband Matt have welcomed a son, Nathan Harris. You may know Christina as the granddaughter of Pete the Barber.


Christine “Muffi” Molloy, M.D., ’93, delivered the third child of Andrew Vassallo, ’00, and twelfth grandchild of Ronald Vassallo, ’70, at Chambersburg Hospital on June 13, 2017.



Laura (Rongione) Adams, ’10, married Will Adams among Explorers on March 4th. From left: Monica White, ’12, Kristina Mooney, ’14, Justin Kueny-Rongione, ’14, Laura (Rongione) Adams, ’10, Don Rongione. ’79, Nick Rongione, ’76, Steven Kueny-Rongione, ’16, Maryellen Kueny, Ed.D. ’79, Kerri McQuiggan, ’16, Al Guerrini, ’81, and Roseanne (Guerrini) Rongione, ’82.

Anthony S. Mallamaci, ’10, and Veronica “Ronni” Sacchetti, ’11, were engaged to be married on August 20, 2017.

Reverend Jim Grogan, Sr., M.A. ’12, has been appointed pastor of The Church of theNativity in Fair Haven, N.J.

Marissa L. Hawthorne, ’13, married Mark Gable January 23, 2016 during the 2016 Blizzard Storm Jonas. On January 16, 2017, they welcomed their first baby, Connor Andrew Gable.

Cameron Cabrera, ’14, married Katie Marasco,’14. Cabrera was recognized in July at the ADP President’s Club Awards in Jamaica.

Angelica A. Cancel, ’14, was named Most Promising Pace Law Student.

Meagan C. Loughnane, CHES, ’14, recently earned her Personal Trainer Certification through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies assisting soldiers, soldiers’ family members and retired service members as a Health Educator for the U.S. Army.

Michael Sauter, ’14, married Kaleena Torres, ’15, on July 22, 2017 in Burbank, Calif.

Christopher Ballintyn, ’15, and Shannon White, ’16, were married on April 22, 2017 at St. Isodore’s RC Parish in Quakertown, Pa.


La ­Salle alums Mike Sauter, ‘14, and Kaleena Torres, ‘15, married on July 22, 2017.