Eugene Murphy (B.S.)

Eugene Murphy (B.S.) recently celebrated his 85th birthday, in true La Salle style. Although he said he did not want birthday gifts, he couldn’t turn down a new La Salle hat and a chance to display his graduation portrait. La Salle is a family tradition for Murphy—three of his grandchildren, Heather (Boudwin) Francisco, ’07, MBA ’14, Rebecca Boudwin, ’05, and Gene Cleary, ’99, are also alums.


Mark R. Stein, M.D. (B.S.) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., celebrated 50 years of marriage with his wife, Phyllis, on Dec. 27, 2014. He is active in patient care, research, and publications.

1965 — Reunion Year

Daniel F. Steinmetz Jr., Esq. (B.A.) of Erial, N.J., retired from practicing law in December 2013. He has 11 grandchildren.


The Rev. Robert J. Fritz (B.A.) of Cherry Hill, N.J., participates in the Spirit Players performances at St. John Neumann Parish in Cape May, N.J.


William D. Bradshaw (B.A.) of Radnor, Pa., represented the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors (NACDA) at a U.S. Senate committee hearing. He was inducted into NACDA Hall of Fame as a former athletic director at La Salle, DePaul, and Temple universities.


1970 — Reunion Year


George A. Tomezsko (B.A.) of Philadelphia, Pa., presented two PowerPoint lecture series at the Holy Redeemer Lafayette retirement community in Philadelphia. The first lecture, “Six Great Philosophers Who Changed History,” was presented in six installments and covered Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Niccolò Machiavelli, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Jean Paul Sartre. The second lecture, “Five Supreme Court Cases that Changed American History,” examined Marbury v. Madison, Dred Scott, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, and Roe v. Wade.


Andrew E. DiPiero Jr., Esq. (B.A.) of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., celebrated his 30th anniversary as a member of the Board of Directors of Quaint Oak Bank. In 2015, for the 10th consecutive year, he was selected for Super Lawyers.

Lt. Col. John S. Wargo (Ret.) (B.A.) of Gurnee, Ill., was named the Senior Military Instructor of the Year for the 44 JROTC programs in the Chicago public school system.

The Hon. Barry E. Watson (B.A.) of Post Falls, Idaho, is semi-retired after serving as a magistrate judge for more than 22 years. In his retirement, he is a senior judge for the Idaho courts.

Carl J. Williams (B.A.) of Atlanta, Ga., was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors for Planet Payment Inc., a U.S.-based company that provides currency conversion and multi-currency processing services. He is President, Chief Executive Officer, and a director of the company.

1975 — Reunion Year


Michael L. Camma (B.A.) of Aston, Pa., retired after 33 years of working in the welfare office in Chester, Pa. The Hon. Diane M. McMonagle Welsh (B.A.) of Wayne, Pa., was honored by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania with the 2015 Take the Lead Award. She was recognized as an outstanding female leader who has demonstrated courage, confidence, and character, while making her community a better place.


William F. Flooks Jr. (B.S.) of White Plains, N.Y., was appointed Chair of the Board at Hospice and Palliative Care of Westchester in White Plains.

The Rev. Kathleen M. (Boone) Walter (B.S.) of Dunedin, Fla., was called to service as the priest-in-charge at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Clearwater, Fla.


William J. Burns (B.A.) of Chevy Chase, Md., was elected to the Board of Directors for International Paper Company. He is President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States.


1980 — Reunion Year

Kenneth J. Cooper (B.S.) of Ocean City, N.J., was named the 2014 Ocean City Realtor of the Year by the N.J. Realtors. He was nominated for his involvement in community projects and  the Board of Realtors organization.

Naomi J. Halas, Ph.D. (B.A.) of Houston, Texas, was awarded the 2014 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids at Rice University. She is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice and holds appointments in the departments of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, and Bioengineering.

James F. Kenney (B.A.) of Philadelphia, Pa., won the Democratic nomination for mayor of Philadelphia on May 19. A former city councilman-at-large, he will face Republican Melissa Murray Bailey in the general election on Nov. 3.


John Greed (B.S.)

John Greed (B.S.)

John Greed (B.S.) of Yardley, Pa., has been named President of Mutual of America Life Insurance Company. He began his career with the company in 1996, and he had previously served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2007.


Tina M. (Veneri) Davis (B.A.) of Croydon, Pa., was sworn into a third term as Pennsylvania state representative for District 141, representing Bristol, Middletown, Penndel, and Hulmeville.

1985 — Reunion Year


Dennis Owens (B.A.)

Dennis Owens (B.A.) news anchor for ABC 27 in Harrisburg, Pa., was a regional winner of the 2015 Regional Radio Television Digital News Association’s Edward R. Morrow Award for Investigative Reporting. He and photo journalist Eric Heisler were honored for their report, “Connecting the Dots,” about the influence of lobbyists on state government.


Martin E. Schmieg (B.S.) of Delray Beach, Fla., was appointed President of Vetbiologics Inc., an animal health subsidiary of Bioheart Inc., an emerging enterprise in the regenerative medicine and cellular therapy industry.

Kateryna A. Schray, Ph.D. (B.A.) of Huntington, W.Va., was named the 2014 West Virginia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. She is a professor of English at Marshall University.


Cheryl A. Reeve (B.A., MBA ’90) of Minneapolis, Minn., will serve as an assistant for the USA Basketball Women’s National Team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is the coach of the Minnesota Lynx, a professional basketball team playing in the western conference in the Women’s National Basketball Association.


Joanie D. Alston, MBA, NHA, Plg, CDP, R.N. (BSN) of Harrisburg, Pa., earned a Certified Dementia Practitioner certification.

William E. Welch (B.S.) of Raleigh, N.C., was appointed Global Vice President of Sales at Zscaler, an Internet security firm.


1990 — Reunion Year


Richard A. Genoni (B.S.) of Malvern, Pa., will lead strategy in the Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) product category for Legg Mason Inc.


Susan G. (Amato) McGowan (B.A.) of Franklin Lakes, N.J., was elected to the Franklin Lakes School Board for a second term.


Francis J. Shammo, CPA (MBA) of Branchburg, N.J., was joined by Verizon finance leaders as he was honored by CFO Studio magazine. The magazine promotes New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut-area finance executives as business and strategy thought leaders.


Joseph E. Pilkus III (B.A.) of Chantilly, Va., accepted a position with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Foreign Language Program, which is responsible for integrating linguists across the community into the intelligence cycle.

1995 — Reunion Year

Kirsten T. Quinn (B.A.) of Philadelphia, Pa., performed in a two-person play, Collected Stories, at the Walnut Street Theatre. She is a professor at Community College of Philadelphia and got into acting while she was a student at La Salle at the urging of her English professor, Helena White.


Loretta (Shirley) Esposito (B.A.) of Elkins Park, Pa., and her husband, Timothy Esposito (B.A.), welcomed a son, Harrison James.


Mike Sielski (B.A)

Mike Sielski (B.A) sports columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer, was voted by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top sports columnist in the country in the 175,000-plus circulation category. Sielski was a sports reporter for the Wall Street Journal before joining the Inquirer as a columnist in 2013.


JoEllyn E. Perry-Powell (MBA) of Mount Laurel, N.J., was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Alice Paul Institute, whose mission is to honor the legacy of her work for gender equality through education and leadership development.


2000 — Reunion Year

Keri A. (Dempsey) Cooper (B.A.) of Park Ridge, N.J., and her husband, Benjamin, welcomed a daughter, Delaney Faith.


Helene (Holmes) Baczkowski (B.A., MBA ’07) of Philadelphia, Pa., and her husband, Matthew, welcomed a daughter, Alice.

Joseph Biondo (B.A.) of Philadelphia, Pa., and his wife, Ashlee, welcomed a son, Joseph John.

Kevin R. Toll (B.S.) of Havertown, Pa., was named Top Producer for the Devon, Pa., office of Long & Foster Real Estate for December 2014.


Alexis M. (Karras) Cragle (B.A.) of Willow Grove, Pa., and her husband, Ryan M. Cragle (B.A.), welcomed a daughter, Harper.

Joseph Walicki (MBA) of Hartland, Wis., was appointed President and Vice President of Johnson Controls’ Power Solutions business. He was also elected a corporate officer by the company’s Board of Directors.


Douglas I. Oliver (M.A.) of Philadelphia, Pa., was a candidate for mayor of Philadelphia during the Democratic primary campaign.


Paul J. Bender, Esq. (B.S.) of Bethlehem, Pa., announced his candidacy for a Bethlehem district judge seat.

2005 — Reunion Year

Meredith Marakovits (B.A.) of Walnutport, Pa., was featured for the 2014 Women’s History Month Interview Series as the New York Yankees clubhouse reporter for YES Network.


Veronica M. (O’Neill) Soriano (B.A.) of Philadelphia, Pa., earned a master’s degree in social work from Temple University and is a member of the development team at the Gesu School in Philadelphia.


Adam M. Bagni (B.A.) of Boston, Mass., is the official Bay State Bureau digital news journalist for Sinclair Broadcast Group. He previously reported on both news and sports.

Daniel C. Garbaccio (B.S.) of Waldwick, N.J., is planning a July 2015 wedding to Hui-Lian Leo.


Lindsay M. (Yeager) Fedorowicz (B.S., M.S. ’10) of Norristown, Pa., and Joseph P. Fedorowicz Jr. (B.A. ’09) welcomed a daughter, Cassidy Bray.

Janet A. (Amato) Tirado (M.A.) of Clifton Heights, Pa., is a communications manager with Wilson Legal Solutions. She is an award-winning communications expert.


Joseph P. Fedorowicz Jr. (B.A.) of Norristown, Pa., and his wife, Lindsay M. (Yeager) Fedorowicz (B.S. ’08, M.S. ’10), welcomed a daughter, Cassidy Bray.


2010 — Reunion Year

Melissa N. (Pompeo) Kobialka (BSN) of Lansdale, Pa., and her husband, Michael L. Kobialka (B.A.) of Lansdale, Pa., welcomed their first child, Lisa Grace.

Vittoria R. Woodill (B.A.) of Philadelphia, Pa., is the host of Polished for Pennies on ULIVE.com and creator of the Polished for Pennies lifestyle blog. The blog and her style tips have been featured on ABC’s The Revolution with style expert Tim Gunn and on queenlatifah.com. She appears locally in Philadelphia as the CBS 3 and CW Philly traffic reporter.


Melissa M. Risch (B.A.) of Warminster, Pa., married Shawn Kada.

Melissa A. (Lipari) Trolene (BSN) of Newtown, Pa., was elected Unit Council Chair of Silverstein 11, an advanced medical subspecialty unit at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.


Vittorio R. Terrigno (B.S.) of Bridgeton, N.J., is a first-year medical student at Ross University in Roseau, Dominica, West Indies.