Class Notes: Summer 2022 Issue
August 23, 2022
August 23, 2022
Barbara Ghilardi of Cheshire and her husband, Mark Bobriwnyk, announce the birth of a son, Nicholas Mark, on Sept. 20, 2021. She is an assessment librarian at Fairfield University.
Jaimie La Bella of Brooklyn, NY, is a senior producer for Fox Business and a Fox radio commentator.
Megan Scully of Los Angeles is an associate producer for the ABC show, “Abbott Elementary.”
Gregory J. Massey of West Hartford, CT, a property/casualty insurance executive with nearly 40 years of experience in commercial lines underwriting, has been named North American adviser for VIPR Solutions, a UK-based provider of software solutions for the insurance industry.
Hilary Sturgis, MAT ’11, is an associate principal at Hildreth Elementary School in Harvard, MA.
Alicia Maione of Randolph, NJ, is a talent management leader with Amazon. She and her husband, Robert Maione Jr. ’13, are the parents of a son, Robert Michael Maione III, born in January 2021.
Jaquel Patterson of Stratford, CT, a doctor of naturopathic medicine with Fairfield Family Health, has written a book titled “Women and Lyme: An Integrative Guide to Better Health.” She has experienced the disease herself and has diagnosed individuals with chronic Lyme disease who have been misdiagnosed and/or mistreated.
Ryan DeCosta of Madison, CT, helped lead the social media coverage of the Tokyo Olympics as an associate producer and later covered the 2022 Winter Olympics and the Super Bowl for the NBC Sports Group. He was a recipient of the Sports Emmy Award for outstanding interactive experience in the event coverage category.
Lauren Klein of Ansonia, CT, married Joseph Durso in October 2021 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT. She is a regulatory affairs associate at Carrubba Inc. in Milford, CT.
James Phelan of Boston graduated in February 2022 with a PhD in molecular and microbiology from the Tufts University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He worked on Lyme Disease pathogenesis with a focus on developing new vaccine targets. His thesis was titled, “Understanding the Genetic Requirements for Borrelia Burgdorferi Survival in its Tick Host.”
Kristin Beaudet, MAT ’15, of Colchester, CT, was named 2022 Teacher of the Year for the Berlin, CT, public schools. She has been a fifth-grade teacher at Mary E. Griswold Elementary School for the past seven years.
Deric Godfrey of East Lyme, CT, is a graduate assistant in chemistry. After working over the years as a substitute teacher and surgical assistant, he completed a post-baccalaureate premedical certificate in biomedical sciences in 2020 and a master’s degree in biomedical sciences in December 2022. He is now pursuing a dentistry degree.
Billy Graeb ’15, MBA’16, of Southington, CT, married Adrianny Baez, 15, MBA ’16, on July 16, 2022.
Tyler Mecozzi, MS ’15, a science teacher at Western Middle School, Greenwich, CT, was nominated for the Connecticut State Department of Education's 2023 Teacher of the Year by her school district. She has taught science at WMS for 11 years and has served as science department learning facilitator. She earned a master’s degree in teacher leadership.
Michael Garteig of Portsmouth, NH, married Alexandra Mason ’16 in Madbury, NH. He is a former member of the Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey team.
Rachel Turner of Bristol, CT, and her husband, Eric, announce the birth of their first child, Brooklyn Harper, on March 24, 2022. Rachel is a special education teacher and Eric Turner is a current student at Quinnipiac.
Matthew Batten, originally of Shelton, CT, is a member of the San Diego Padres baseball team. He became the second Bobcat in program history to record a hit at the major league level in July 2022 with a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning in his first at-bat at Petco Park against the Seattle Mariners. He was the first baseball player in Quinnipiac history to record 50 hits in all four seasons of his career and the 10th in Quinnipiac's Division I history to drive in 100 runs.
Taylor Chelo ’17, MAT ’18, of North Providence, RI, is an academic adviser and professor of first-year students at Northeastern University’s College of Engineering. Before this new role, she was a fourth-grade teacher at a Title I public school in Connecticut for four years and earned a master’s in Higher Education from Providence College this past May.
Erica Fischer-Cartlidge, DNP ’17, of Springfield, NJ, began her role as chief clinical officer for the Oncology Nursing Society in July 2022. She is the former interim director of nursing evidence-based practice at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY.
Morey Hershgordon is sports director for WPR12. He is the recipient of the National Sports Media Association's Rhode Island Sportscaster of the Year Award.
Vanzetta James, DNP ’17, has been appointed senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI. She most recently served as senior vice president and chief nursing officer at the University of Maryland Capital Region Health.
Danielle Marmer ’17, MS ’21, of Orange, CT, is a player development and scouting assistant for the Boston Bruins professional ice hockey organization. Prior to her time in Boston, Marmer was director of player development and hockey operations for Quinnipiac’s women’s ice hockey team and before that, assistant coach for the Connecticut College women’s ice hockey team. She was a forward for Quinnipiac from 2013-17 and received the Quinnipiac Scholar Athlete Award, the National Scholar Athlete Award and was named to the ECAC All-Academic Team.
Kaitlyn Pratt of Bristol, CT, is associate director of foundation and public relations at Bristol Health.
Melissa Solomon, MHS ’22, of Boston is a research associate in cellular therapies bioanalytics at Sanofi, a global pharmaceutical company.
Kirk Samuelson, MAT ’00, of Madison, CT, began his new role in July as principal of Waterford High School in Waterford, CT. He was promoted from his position as assistant principal, which he has held since 2016. Before that, he was a science teacher in Guilford, CT, and then moved onto Madison, where he was the K-12 science curriculum leader for one year and the science and health program coordinator at Daniel Hand High School for three years.
David Amari ’02, MS ’09, of North Haven, CT, recently was promoted to product manager, NextGen Banking, at FIS, a global FinTech provider for banks and businesses. He manages the FIS modern banking platform, helping clients use technology to deliver innovative experiences.
Jason Klein of Mount Kisco, NY, a writer and sports blogger, wrote a book, “Yes Pepper,” which he describes as an empowering story for girls who play baseball. Jason and his wife, Alyssa ’02, have two daughters who have played baseball and who inspired him to write the book. To learn more, visit ByJasonKlein.com.
Justin Sintic, MS ’02, of Los Angeles recently landed a role on a new HBO miniseries, “The Idol” and will be guest starring on the TV series, “The Rookie:Feds” for ABC.
Matthew Connell recently was named vice president of health care at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, IN. Before that, he was the dean of nursing and health professions at the State College of Florida. He is pursuing a doctorate at the University of the Cumberlands.
Dana (Coseglio) Doucette ’04, MAT ’06, of Warwick, RI, graduated from the Principal Residency Network, an administrator certification program through the Rhode Island Center for Leadership in Educational Equity. She is eligible to work as a principal or educational administrator in Rhode Island.
Gregory Doucette ’04, MS ’06, of Warwick, RI, is a physical therapist at Performance Physical Therapy in Warwick. He has been selected by the American Physical Therapy Association to receive a 2022 State Legislative Leadership Award. He will be recognized at the APTA Honors and Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC, in August.
Gregory Glynn of Augusta, ME, is founder and CEO of Pliable, a marketing, public relations and broadcasting company that specializes in branding for high school, college and professional athletes. Pliable's current clients include golfer Caleb Manuel, who competed in the U.S. Open; triathlete and former Quinnipiac goalie Colin Cook; and Kaylyn and Alyssa Bourque. Gregory also created Mission E50, an initiative to increase the popularity of women's sports.
Erin Codey of Morristown, NJ, has been named interim director of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. She manages the business operations of the orchestra, now in its 94th season. Erin, who also has a degree in art education, has been instructing students in the visual and performing arts for the past 12 years.
Dawn Dittmar of Spring Lake, NJ, published a second novel, “It Can't Rain This Hard Forever,” (a sequel to “Pattie’s Best Deal”) in July 2022.
Daniel Black of Plainville, MA, announces the birth of a son, Robert Joseph, on Dec. 4, 2021. Daniel is vice president of marketing operations for Fidelity Investments.
Michael Fenster of Bayonne, NJ, is a junior accountant at Sunnyside Community Services. He recently hosted his seventh annual “Mini Finny Quinni” get-together at Eli’s on Whitney, Hamden, in April, attended by about 20 alumni known as The Q Crew.
Lee Burrows of Mansfield, NJ, is the owner of LD Distribution Services, an export food distributor and service provider to wholesale businesses in over 60 countries. Lee started LD 14 years ago, and the company now has more than 30 employees and contracts with major manufacturers, such as Nestle, General Mills and Frito Lay. The company recently expanded to a more modern facility in Washington, NJ.
Mark Scherer of Mystic, CT, is director of sales and distribution for Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, CT. He and his wife, Kristen (Wells) Scherer ’94, are proud to announce that their son, Tate, has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Class of 2026.
William Grimm of Branford, CT, is director of talent development at Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES), North Haven, CT.
Robin Riccitiello of Monroe, CT, is coordinator of the Alternate SPED program for the Brookfield, CT, public schools. Her son is a current student at Quinnipiac.
Christopher Thorpe of Milford, CT, has been promoted to the rank of captain in the North Haven, CT, police department, where he has served for 22 years. He was a DARE officer for 14 years, and a DARE mentor for five years. As a sergeant, he was a supervisor in the uniformed services division and as a lieutenant, he became the professional standards commander.
Sharon La Riviere ’99, MBA ’05, of Sherrills Ford, NC, is manager of digital marketing for Laticrete, a manufacturer of construction solutions for the building industry. She is responsible for building and expanding platforms that promote the organization, researching and implementing new innovative marketing strategies, overseeing digital marketing budgets and managing the digital marketing team. She has been with Laticrete since 2016.
Simone Morris of Norwalk, CT, is an inclusive leadership expert and career coach. She was named a recipient of the Women Business Development Council’s 2022 Women Rising Award. The award is presented annually to clients who show a strong commitment to WBDC, demonstrate success in their business and tenacity in pursuing their goals.
Robert Cohen of Morganville, NJ, was promoted to director of Customer Success Specialists for BMC Software in April. He led the global Helix Control-M and Control-M team within the customer success organization prior to his new role. He joined BMC in 2014 as a senior solution engineer in the pre-sales organization covering the North America strategic and enterprise accounts.
Jon Lederman and his wife, Janet, of Toms River, NJ, recently celebrated the birth of their first grandchild, Rosalia Marie Bottega. She was born on June 8, weighing in at 7 pounds 7 ounces.
Bob McCormick, JD ’93, has joined Third Economy LLC as a senior adviser.
Wendy Prince, JD ’98, principal and founding member of the Prince Law Group in Stamford, CT, has rejoined the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals after completing a refresher in basic collaborative disciplinary training in 2020. IACP is an international community of legal, mental health and financial professionals whose mission is to transform the way families resolve conflict by building a global community of collaborative practice and consensual dispute resolution professionals.
Stacey Lynch, JD ’02, of New York, NY, was appointed chief of staff for New York Gov. Kathy Hochul in July 2022. She has served in the executive chamber for nearly a year, first as chief of staff to the former lieutenant governor and more recently as a senior adviser to the governor. Previously, Stacy served as deputy director of intergovernmental affairs in the New York City mayor’s office.
Lisa D’Angelo, JD ’04, of Rocky Hill, CT, is the director of the state of Connecticut’s newly created Office of Ethics and Professional Standards. She is responsible for directing the development, implementation and evaluation of updated ethical and professional standards for the Criminal Justice Division and for implementing a comprehensive program of in-service staff development and training for prosecutors, inspectors and other division staff. She most recently served as a supervisory assistant state’s attorney in the Judicial District of New Haven.
Andrew T. Lolli, JD ’11, recently joined Armstrong Teasdale’s New York City office as a partner. His primary focus is on complex commercial litigation, including securities, corporate, partnership structure and dissolution matters. He also has extensive experience with construction litigation, estate litigation, insurance litigation and electronic discovery. Previously, he was a partner at Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck, also in New York.
Jason Gamsby, JD ’13, of Guilford, CT, has joined the Ouellette, Deganis, Gallagher & Grippe Law Firm in Cheshire, CT, as a trial attorney handling personal injury, medical malpractice and insurance defense. He previously was a trial counsel for Allstate Insurance Company.
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Rita A. Wellman‘58
Lois H. Nickeson ‘50
Richard C. Faccenda ‘95
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Michael R. Sirica ‘85
Jane E. Giacondino ’69
Salvatore R. Velardi ‘51
Rosemarie Caiaffo ‘52
Lorenzo G. Piroli ’04,’05
Mary L. Sullivan ‘58
William R. McClure ‘82
Dana A. Turczak ‘07
Paul J. Michalowski ‘69
James C. Pepides ‘73
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Philip A. Smith ‘67
Fred H. Kallert ’48
Christina J. St.Pierre ’05
Robert L. Serenson ‘88
John F. Naizby ‘93
Robert J. McEnerney Jr. ‘78
Robert A. Tarantino Sr. ‘75
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Alice M. Schmidt ‘47
Anthony W. Viola ’64
William B. Gargano ‘47
Paul S. Trigilia ‘80
Brian N. Perry ‘13
Vincent R. Imbriani ‘59
Daniel M. Podvesker ’08
George D. Allen ‘49
Vincent J. Penna ‘92
Robert A. Frederick ‘59
Frederick T. Palmer ‘67
John B. Sedensky ‘61
Linda C. Moquet ‘90
Steven W. Neher ‘08
Kristin G. Ingersoll ‘94
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