Class Notes


Charles H. Higgins, ’51, and his wife, Carol, have been married for 53 years, and have three children and grandchildren. “I would like to hear from some fellow grads from Class of ‘51. We live in Florida in the winter and New Jersey in the summer.”
John J. Malone, ’52, and his wife Elizabeth, have 14 children and 55 grandchildren, many of whom have gone to La Salle University.

Rev. Charles A. Coyle, Ed.D., ’55, a Professor Emeritus of Marketing at Kutztown University, was nominated by the University’s alumni as a “Difference Maker” during its Sesquicentennial Celebration. The honorees were recognized as faculty or staff who made a difference in students’ education, career, and/or life. He is also a Permanent Deacon in the Allentown Diocese and resides there with his wife, Suzanne.

Pat Kennedy, ’58, is currently living at Premier Cadbury Continuing Care Retirement Community in Cherry Hill N.J. and serves as Treasurer for the Cadbury Residents Association. Michael B. O’Hara, ’58, published a children’s book entitled, A Short Tale of a Long, Long Tail.

William J. Randall, ’59, and his wife, Rosemarie, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 3, 2016.


Samuel P. Cimino, DDS, ’60, was re-nominated to the board of trustees of Harcum College 2017-2019, and also serves on the Dental Program’s advisory board.

Joseph Batory, ’64, was highlighted in the February 2017 issue of Rotarian Magazine for his leadership in procuring fully subsidized Peace Fellowships in the recent past for two Philadelphia police officers and a Philadelphia assistant district attorney. Each of these three fellowship recipients studied violence prevention and peace building techniques for three months with an international group of professional colleagues who were also awarded fellowships at Chulalongkorn University (known as The Harvard of the East) in Bangkok.

Joseph J. Karlesky, ’65, has retired after serving as a professor of government and as a Provost at Franklin and Marshall College.

James F. Savage Jr., ’65, and his wife, Kathleen, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

John M. Kramer, Ph.D., ’66, was honored by the University of Mary Washington with the establishment of an award in his name in recognition of his “exemplary career.” The award will be given annually to a faculty member at Mary Washington “who has demonstrated dedication and excellence in teaching, scholarly endeavor, and student mentoring.” Kramer has taught at Mary Washington since 1971. Since 1980, he has concurrently served as a Professor in National Security Studies at the United States Naval War College.

Peter J. Dalton, ’66, was named CEO and Chairman of tevixMD, a healthcare company, located in Jupiter, Fla.

Ed Mautner, ‘66, of Round Hill, Va., and his wife Helen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 19, 2016. In attendance were the couple’s five children and their spouses and 14 of their 16 grandchildren.

Sam Augustine, ‘66, of Yardley, Pa. published his first book, They Went in Harm’s Way. These are the untold stories of heroes who made national news. It is available through all sources and the ebook through Amazon. Fifty percent of all royalties go to the VFW relief funds for veterans in need.

Joseph (Jay) Drummond, ‘67, and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September 2016.

Henry E. Rzemieniewski, Esq. ’67, was elected to Mantoloking, N.J. Borough Council.

Edward W. Duffy, ‘68, of Philadelphia, Pa. had his most recent book, Philadelphia Celebrates, published by Camino Press. It describes the planning, financing, and staging of the city’s three great commemorations of America’s Declaration of Independence celebrated in 1876, 1926, and 1976.

Thomas R. McGuigan, Esq., ’69, retired from Squire Patton Boggs in Cleveland, Ohio, where he served as partner, in December 2016.


John M. Kaffenberg, ’71, has retired after nearly 45 years with the IRS as program manager of the Practice Networks in the Transfer Pricing Practice office of the Large Business and International Division in Washington, D.C.

Neil Greenberg, Esq., ‘73, joined the Southampton, Pa. law firm of Hoffman, Sternberg and Karpf in January 2017. The firm specializes in personal injury and insurance litigation.

Miriam “Mimi” (Gary) Maloney, ’74, was honored as a “Legend of McDevitt” by Bishop McDevitt High School’s (Wyncote, Pa.) Alumni Hall of Fame. She is married to Francis Maloney, ’68.

Edward J. Beck, ’75, was awarded the Department of the Navy Meritorious Service Medal for his outstanding work and support of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Aviation. He served as the Interim and Programs Budget Division Director at NAVSUP WSS (Aviation), Philadelphia. He has retired from WSS after over 40 years of combined military officer and civilian executive service.

Rev. Martin Schratz, O.F.M.Cap., ’76, was installed as pastor at Immaculate Conception Church in Hendersonville, N.C.

Regina (Cudemo) Bogle, M.D., ’76, has recently published Feeling Our Way: Embracing the Tender Heart, a book which integrates neurological, mythological, psychological, energy medicine, and spiritual perspectives to help us better appreciate our empathic sensitivities and the meaningful purpose they can serve in our changing times. More information is available at

Gerald Hathaway, Esq., ‘76, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Walnut Street Theatre, where he worked backstage as a union stagehand while he attended La Salle. Jerry is a partner in the New York City office of Drinker Biddle & Reath, where he practices labor and employment law on behalf of management, mostly representing entertainment companies and private equity funds.

Don Rongione, ‘79, and Maryellen Kueny, Ed.D., ‘79, celebrated 40 years of marriage on Dec. 18, 2016. Their two youngest sons Justin, ‘14, and Steven, ‘14. Kueny-Rongione are the head coach and assistant coach, respectively, of La Salle’s Ice Hockey Team.


James G. Lindsay, ’80, was named the Director of Administration for the Christian Brothers Conference in Washington, D.C. in October 2016, after 20 years as the Executive Director of the Catholic Volunteer Network.

Eric Fillman, ’84, has been named Chief Integrity Officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Office of Attorney General. “Ethics, integrity, professional responsibility and transparency are integral to the reputation of the premier law enforcement agency in our Commonwealth,” stated Fillman. “I’m deeply honored that Attorney General Josh Shapiro has given me the responsibility of serving as the office’s first Chief Integrity Officer.”

Daniel Fitzpatrick, CPA, CFA, ’86, was named an Emerging Icon honoree by The Philadelphia Inquirer and H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest for the inaugural Industry Icon Awards. The awards honor individuals who have made unparalleled contributions to the economic excellence of the Philadelphia region. Dan, a La Salle Board of Trustee member, is the President of Citizens Bank of Pa., N.J., and Del.

Susan Thoma Neary, ’89, who has worked for The Walt Disney Company for the past 25 years, recently coauthored her latest book for the company, entitled, Maps of the Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years from California to Shanghai.

Jim Wittmer, CPA, ’89, partner and east region practice leader for corporate strategic tax services for Grant Thornton LLP, was re-elected to the firm’s partnership board.



Mark Donati, MBA ‘92, of Audubon, N.J., was recently named Chief Operating Officer of Bellwether Behavioral Health. Bellwether is a multistate provider of residential and community based services to intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals.

Damian Mogavero, ’92, founder of the restaurant analytics company Avero stepped down from his role as CEO of the company in January to begin new ventures in the hospitality industry. He also recently launched his book, The Underground Culinary Tour, which he co-authored with Joseph D’Agnese.

Kristen E. Polovoy, Esq., ’95, was appointed in November 2016 to serve as a federal judiciary Pro Se Law
Clerk in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, based in the Trenton vicinage.

Mark A. Ricci, ’95, won an Emmy for Outstanding Post Produced Audio for an NFL Films program.

Christine M. Soares, Esq., ’95, has joined Cosen O’Connor law firm as a member of its Energy, Environmental, and Public Utilities Practice.

Timothy Esposito, ‘97, of Elkins Park, Pa. was named an Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication.

John A. Torrente, ’98, has made partner at Begley, Carlin & Mandio law firm, located in Langhorne, Pa.

John Maketa, ’99, Vice President of Corporate Development for Performance Assessment Network (PAN), has recently co-authored a new book entitled Leading With Vision, which will be released in May 2017.


Therese Zaccagnino Marmion, ‘01, and her husband, Michael, had a baby girl, Annabel Margaret, on April 21, 2016.

Thomas R. Hubbard Jr., ’03, and his wife, Lauren, welcomed son, Devin Marshall, on April 6, 2016. Rachel McLaren, ‘03, was promoted to associate professor with tenure at the University of Iowa. She and her husband, Jesse Stone, welcomed a baby girl, Ada McLaren Stone, on July 15, 2016.

Tracey Rotan, M.A. ‘04, of Wilmington, Del., was named vice president of employee communications for Barclaycard, a unit of Barclays PLC.

Nichole DuBan, ’04, is the new Digital Advertising Operations Manager at Crossmedia, an advertising agency located in Manayunk, Pa.

Sarah E. Kovacs-Peacock, ’05, and her husband, Ian, welcomed a son, Rollie Robert, on August 21, 2016.

Steven Conway, ’06, and his wife, Averee, welcomed a son, Laynce William, on March 30, 2016.

Adam M. Bagni, ’07, of Boston, Mass., was nominated for three Emmy Awards by the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, for his work as a reporter at NBC 10, WJAR-TV in the Providence, R.I./New Bedford, Mass. market. Adam now has five career nominations.

Francis J. Cantwell, ’07, of Riverton, N.J., married Christina Cantwell, ’12.

James J. Clark Jr., ’07, of Philadelphia, Pa., graduated from the 191st Cadet Class of the Philadelphia Fire Department on June 29, 2016. He is currently assigned as a firefighter/EMT at Ladder 9 in Center City, Philadelphia.

Michael T. Farrell, ’07, of Philadelphia, Pa., was named principal for Penn Alexander School in West Philadelphia in June 2016.

Bethann M. Finnegan, ’07, of Rockledge, Pa., married Ryan Mulloy in May 2015.

Jessica (Steltz) Flood, ’07, welcomed a daughter, Andie Lynn, on November 24, 2016.

Suzanne S. Herold, Ph.D., ’07, of Florham Park, N.J., earned her doctorate of philosophy in liturgical studies and sacramental theology from The Catholic University of America in May 2016. Her dissertation is titled “Christ and the Triumphant Victims: Relics and the Altar in the Ordo dedicationis ecclesiae et altaris.”

Amy (Berger) Barca, ‘08 and husband, Richard Barca, Esq., ‘08, of Mullica Hill, N.J., welcomed a daughter, Stella Maria, on October 26, 2016.

Patrick F. Brett, M.S.Ed., ’08, of Perkiomenville, Pa., played a round of golf at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., on July 20, 2016 as the first recipient of an award from The Round of a Lifetime Foundation.

James R. Emme, ’08, of Feasterville Trevose, Pa., married Stephanie Vozzi, MBA ’09, on Aug, 13, 2016.

Brittany M. Strobel, ’08, and husband, Michael Strobel, ’08, of Royersford, Pa., welcomed a daughter, Abigail Anne, on Jan. 3, 2016.

Lucia (Polednakova) Chaideftou, ’09, had a baby boy, Janicko, with husband, Konstantinos Chaideftou, on April 9, 2016.

John C. Chamberlain, ’09, of Washington, D.C., married Caitlin N. Harding, ’09, on Oct. 17, 2015.

Josh Filer, ’09, and his wife, Lauren O’Hara, ’10, had a baby boy, Jack Francis, on
September 2, 2016.

Christopher W. McNabb, ’09, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., graduated with a master’s of divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary’s 204th commencement ceremony on May 21, 2016.

Kelly K. Peters, ’09, of Coopersburg, Pa., recently accepted the role of public relations manager at Deacom, Inc. in Chesterbrook, Pa. In this position, she leads all internal and external PR efforts including social media management, event planning, content marketing, and media/ analyst relations.

Joseph P. Quintiliani Jr., D.O., ’09, and wife, Kelly C., ’09, of Havertown, Pa., welcomed son, Joseph Paul Quintiliani III, on July 7, 2016.


Kylie L. Flett, M.A. ’10, of Philadelphia, Pa., was named to Billy Penn’s “Who’s Next in Communications” list, which features 18 of the area’s top communication professionals.

Adrienne N. Larmett, ’10, has been promoted to consulting manager at accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP. She works with higher education and research institution clients to provide guidance in the areas of grants administration processes, sponsored research compliance, internal audit, and fraud investigation related services. She works out of Baker Tilly’s Philadelphia, Pa. office.

Lauren O’Hara, ’10, and her husband, Josh Filer, ‘09, hada baby boy, Jack Francis, on September 2, 2016.

David G. Barba, ’11, of Conshohocken, Pa., married Jessica J. Bachinsky, ’11, on Oct. 3, 2015.

Patrick K. Delapp, ’11, of Arlington, Va., married Vanna Dela Cruz on May 28, 2016.

Sean Ellis, ’11, was named an Environmental Fellow with DENIN (Delaware Environmental Institute) in Newark, Del. in Sept. 2016. As a Fellow, he will collaborate over a two year period with the other four Environmental Fellows to complement each other’s primary academic programs and individual research, while pursuing environmentally relevant research that addresses societal needs.

Lacey E. (Bruno) Gary, ’11, of Bridgeport, Pa., married Phillip J. Gary, ’11, of King of Prussia, Pa., on April 22, 2016 at Normandy Farm. They met as DayONE hosts in the summer of 2010 and have been together ever since.

Cecilia A. Loftus, MBA ’11, of Philadelphia, Pa., was named Senior Vice President and Eastern Regional Director of Wells Fargo’s Employee Stock Ownership Plans Advisory Practice.

Lynn A. Panepinto, ’11, of Philadelphia, Pa., graduated from the Hispanic Institute and is studying for dual master‘s degrees in social work and Latin American studies at the University of Texas, Austin.

Terrence M. Riley, ’11, and Alyssa L. Cave, ’12, are engaged to marry. They plan to wed in 2018.

Tyler A. Batory, ’12, of Wethersfield, Conn., appeared on CNBC on June 16, 2016, speaking about amusement park stocks and whether they see a boost in summer months.

Kerri Corrado, ’12, joined WHDH 7 News in Boston as a reporter. She most recently served as a multimedia journalist for the weekday morning news for WJAR NBC10 in Providence, R.I.

Jenna L. DeMareo, ’12, of Woodbury, N.J., married Robert Freeling II, ’14, of Erie, Pa., on Sept. 3, 2016.

Claire A. Fisher, ’12, of Arlington, Va., was recently named a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Defense.

Mary Beth Smart, ’12, and her husband Jurgen Busching, moved to Southern California where she works in the solar industry.

Kimberly M. Stein, ’12, of Ossining, N.Y., received a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from New York University in January 2016.

Julia A. Walsh, ’12, M.Ed. ’16, married Brendan Young, ’12, of Philadelphia, Pa., in November 2016.

Thomas R. Wingert, ’12, of Glenside, Pa., was named one of the 40 Top Business Innovators by Philadelphia Magazine in November 2016.

Renee P. Washington, ’13, is a sports reporter at Calkins Media Incorporated. She also recently received her master’s in education degree from Lehigh University.

Lauren K. Noga, ’13, recently took the position of registered nurse at Reading Hospital.

Meghan M. Christmas, ’13, M.Ed. ’16, of Cinnaminson, N.J. and Matthew J. Kilbride, ’13, MBA ’17, of Philadelphia, Pa. became engaged. They plan to marry on June 23, 2018.

Matthew J. Howell, ’14, of Philadelphia, Pa., was named a Law Clerk for the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Katherine E. Hummel, ’14, of Ann Arbor, Mich., recently finished her master‘s degree in English at Purdue University and will be pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.

David M. Paragamian, M.A. ’15, of Morrisville, Pa., was named managing director for Razorfish Health, a division of Publicis Health.

Meagan C. Loughnane, ’16, works for the U.S. Army’s Public Healthcare Command as a Health Educator at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. In 2016 she passed the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.


Many Explorers were in attendance for the wedding of Cameron Cabrera, ’14 and Kaitlin Colbridge, ’14, including: Hugh McCaffrey, ’79, Karen Wirtshafter, ’82, Jacki Donato, ’13, Anastasia Fries, ’15, Alanna Diffendal, ’15, Allison LaTorre, M.A. ’17, Stephanie Wirtshafter, ’13, Austin Vasko, ’15, Paul Szyzsko, ’13, Tori Mitros, ‘14, Kaitlin Colbridge, ’14, Savanna Smith, ’14, Kelly Collins, ’14, Claire Andrews, ’15, Khalid Annassabi, ’14, Kelly Furman, ’15, Meghan Forlini, ’13, Maggie O’Ferrall, ’14, Lauren Ignacio, ’15, Chris Pane, ’15, Olivia Armater, ’13, Kevin Day, ’14, Sean McCaffrey, ’15, Madeline Collins, ’15, Coleen Larkin, ’15, Sean McCall, ’14, Ben Pershall, ’15, Erin Carroll, ’12, MBA ’16, Br. Edward Hofmann, ‘70, Sarah Chamber, ’13, Cameron Cabrera, ’14, and Catherine Cabrera, ’14.