Class Notes: Summer 2022 Issue

August 23, 2022

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Catch up with your fellow alumni and check out career updates, announcements, births, weddings and other milestones.

Class Notes


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.


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