Class Notes


Mary Blackcloud Monsees ’63, Bus. Econ., recently took a trip to Rome.

Theresa Coleman Noonan ’63, Hist., traveled to Tanzania to visit Nazareth alumnae with members of the Tanzanian Action Team at St. Joseph’s parish in Rochester. She taught geography in several classes at St. Mary’s School for Girls at Mazinde Juu, one of the highest rated schools in the country, and has set up a pen pal program that connects young Rochester-area girls with Tanzanian students.

Diane Aceto Davis ’67, Speech Path., and her husband Joe have four grown sons and seven grandchildren.


Martha O’Grady Evans ’73, Studio Art, is a part-time professor of education at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y. Before retiring in 2006, she taught at Watkins Glen Central School for 30 years.

Elizabeth Sloma ’75, Speech Path., retired in May 2012 after 31+ years at Monroe County Dept. of Human Services and moved to San Antonio in June 2012.

Perri Berg Hogan ’76, Art Ed., is an adjunct English professor at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. She is an MLA and APA documentation specialist and gives presentations on the subject at various colleges throughout New York. She continues to do personal creative work, designing dresses for her granddaughter and designing crochet patterns. She is also a freelance greeting card writer and has written six children’s picture book stories and an adult novel. Hogan is starting a career as a voice-over talent for commercial advertising, narration, and audio books.

Joyce W. Brown ’79, ’07G, Art Ed., is assistant director at Pinehurst Senior Living Community in Honeoye Falls, N.Y.


Kathy Carruba Schmidt ’81, Studio Art, is an art specialist at Beauclerc Elementary School in Jacksonville, Fla., and a member of the Fiber Artists Network, NE Florida. She gave a presentation for the group at a workshop last November.

Hillary Cohen DeParde ’85, Studio Art, is a fine art photographer at Hillary C. DeParde Photography in Minneapolis, Minn.

Charles Benoit ’86, Hist., was featured in “Author Q&A Sit Down with Charles Benoit” in the Greece Post, May 24, 2012, where he discussed his newest young adult novel, Fall from Grace (Harper-Collins).

Don Kot ’87, Music Perf., director of Nazareth’s musical theatre program, directed the music for Geva Theater’s production of A Christmas Carol last December. Performing as well were Morgan Naum ’14, Kayla Perconti ’14, Meaghan Richardson ’10, and Ashley Squairs ’14. Nazareth’s long-time adjunct instructor in dance, Meggins Kelley, choreographed the production.

Karen Lauterbach Nelson ’89, Studio Art, is owner/designer at TRN Designs, LLC, in Atlanta, Ga.


Michael Park ’90, Art, played the role of “Gooper” on Broadway’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof last winter. This summer, he will perform on Broadway in Tuck Everlasting.

Katherine Rogala ’91, Acct., had an outstanding career in public accounting and is now working for Rochester General Hospital as the VP of Ambulatory Care.

Katharine “Kat” Evans ’92, Studio Art, Art Ed., is a visual effects artist at The Paint Collective, creating special effects for feature films such as Rango, Star Trek, Super 8, Transformers, X-Men 2, and many others. She is also a part-time instructor at the Academy of Art, University in San Francisco. She worked at Industrial Light & Magic until 2010 when she gave birth to her daughter, Charlotte.

Michael S. Fedison ’94, Eng., self-published a young adult novel, The Eye-Dancers, which is available as an e-book from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Sean Ferrell ’94, Philos., published his second novel, the time-travel murder mystery Man in the Empty Suit (Soho Press, 2013).

Kolleen Sulli ’94, Bus. Admin., worked for Eastman Kodak Company for three years and is now working for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

Sue Egan-Mongiovi ’95, Studio Art, is the owner of Sue Egan Photography, a wedding/portrait photography business in Rochester.

Anthony “Tony” Caprio ’96, Biochem., relocated from UNC-Chapel Hill to Charlotte, N.C. and joined the Department of Family Medicine at the Carolinas Medical Center. He is developing clinical and educational programs in geriatric medicine and palliative care.

Laura Taylor ’96, Studio Art, is a sign shop team leader at Wegmans in Rochester. She earned a B.F.A. in computer animation from the Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Fla., earned a black belt in tae kwon do, performs with the long-form improv teams Provumentary and Pinched with Four Aces, and performs in Spirits of the Past at Genesee Country Museum in a rendition of Bluebeard.

Sherri Baker Hamilton ’97, GR/ILL, did design and illustration work for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester and won both a Silver and a Gold American Advertising Federation Award in 2011. She is now teaching in the Visual Communications Design program at Nazareth.

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel ’97, Art Hist., has been assistant curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester Institute of Technology since 2009. Since graduating from Nazareth, she earned a Master of Science in printing technology from RIT. In 2001 she became production editor of RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Press, where she published several books on the collection’s unique holdings and continued to provide supplementary patron services support. Her previous experience in archival collections management includes photography collection curatorial assistant at George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester. She recently curated the exhibitions The Light of the Sublime, The Work of Rumi, and The Work of Isaiah Thomas in the RIT Cary Collection. Hugill-Fontanel is also a letterpress printer for fun.

Meredith Snow ’99, Art Therapy/Psych., is an art therapist and art and science instructor at the University of California San Francisco, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, and Aspire College Academy. She was formerly an art facilitator with Stanford Hospital and Clinics, where she worked with medically fragile adults and presented to students and staff in the Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration program. Her recent exhibitions include Oakland F3 (April 2012), a series of large acrylic paintings based on her work in a hospital setting (Myth, Medicine, and the Muse).


Tim Winter ’00, Art Hist./Studio Art, is creative supervisor/art at JAY Advertising. He recently completed an ad campaign in collaboration with the Rochester Ad Council and the Gandhi Institute for Rochester’s Season for Nonviolence. Some of the work from the campaign will be featured in the 2012 PRINT Regional Design Annual and exhibited at the HOW Design Conference in San Francisco in June 2013. The billboard series won an international award from Graphis and will appear in the 100 Best in Advertising Annual.

Dan Moosbrugger ’01, Art Ed., is an art teacher at Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Ind. He also coaches junior high boys and girls tennis and has an infant daughter.

Sara Visingard ’01, Econ., was elected partner of the New York firm Harris Beach, PLLC, effective January 1, 2013.

Kristie Kern ’02, ’03G, Health Sci., Phys. Therapy, was promoted to senior physical therapist in 2011 at Phoebe Home in Allentown, Penn. Phoebe Home Allentown, a 395-bed skilled nursing facility, provides short-term rehab, long-term care, specialized memory support, and geriatric care management services to the surrounding community.

Brad Daruszka ’04, GR/ILL/Studio Art, does graphic design and production and serves as secretary (and baby and dog sitter) at Turning Point Signs in Fairport, N.Y. He is currently working on a Halloween art show that was displayed last year at Dub Land Underground in Rochester.

Tom Moyer ’04, GR/ILL, is senior art director at Mason Selkowitz Marketing in Penfield, N.Y., where he has worked since 2004. He recently launched Downhill Threads, a new line of shirts for skiers featuring his own designs.

Karen Schranz Mersich, ’05, ’06G, Social Work, is married with two children, working part time at a school in Greece, N.Y., and enjoying her kids.

Daniel DiCaprio ’06, Studio Art, received his M.F.A. in metal design at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. His work in jewelry and sculpture combines traditional metalsmithing with wood carving techniques. He is represented by Charon Kransen Arts in New York City and has participated in SOFA (Sculpture Objects Functional Art & Design) New York, Chicago, and Santa Fe annually since 2008. His work has been exhibited internationally in Japan, Korea, Italy, Spain, and Germany.

Katie Baldwin ’08, Hist., Soc., was recently hired at the YMCA of Greater Rochester.

Adrian Womack ’08, Bus. Admin., is a department manager for Wegmans, working at stores in Virginia and Maryland to improve their staff morale and departmental effectiveness. He has been invited by Wegmans to speak at their annual scholarship convention and was also recently featured in the Washington Post for his numerous accomplishments.

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Barlow ’09, Comm., is the assistant director of athletic media relations at the University at Albany. She serves as the primary media contact for the Great Danes’ NCAA Division I football, track, and baseball programs.

Matt Chatham ’09, GR/ILL, is an art director for Pinckney Hugo Design Group in Syracuse, N.Y. He recently concepted and designed an online video game titled “Go, H20, Go!” for the global water technology company Xylum, Inc.

Justin Stevens ’09, Bus. Admin., works for Sage Rutty & Co. in Rochester and is the co-founder of a local chapter for Exit Planning Professionals. One of 16 nationwide, the chapter focuses on aligning professionals involved in exit and transition planning for privately held businesses.


Umaira Habib ’10, GR/ILL, is a graphic designer for Takeform Architectural Graphics in Medina. N.Y.

Caitlyn Knepka ’10, GR/ILL, formerly a graphic designer at Fiber Instrument Sales in Oriskany, N.Y., is now a graphic designer with Foster Martin Agency in New Hartford, N.Y. She recently exhibited in Rochester Contemporary’s 6 x 6 exhibition.

Fernando Martinez ’10, GR/ILL, is a graphic designer, motion artist, and semi web developer for LEAD Technologies in Charlotte, N.C.

Jessica Geraci ’11, Comm., is serving in the Peace Corps in the South Pacific Republic of Vanuatu for the next 27 months. Jessica is a third generation Golden Flyer, daughter of Laura Briefs Geraci ’86 and granddaughter of Virginia Koehler Briefs ’57.

Alice Hallahan ’11, GR/ILL, is in the M.F.A. Computer Graphics Design program at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Kristen Palladio ’11, GR/ILL, is an assistant art director at Retz Advertising in Syracuse.

Lauren Peczkowski ’11, GR/ILL, is an associate visual merchandising designer at Bumble and Bumble in New York City.

Brittany Cool ’12, GR/ILL, won first in the 2011 Fashion Photography Society of Publication Designers Annual Photography Competition and her work appeared in the 46th Publication Design Annual.

Ashley Hayes ’12, Art, is teaching first grade and fourth grade at Pioneers School in Palestine. Her job is similar to an elementary school teacher’s job in the United States. There are about 10 other teachers from the U.S., most of whom have degrees relating to international relations or human rights. The private school is funded by a nonprofit organization seeking to improve the quality of education in Palestine.

Sean Lounsberry ’12, GR/ILL, Hist., is an optician with Optimax Systems, Inc. in Webster, N.Y. He is still drawing, painting, and sculpting in his free time and recently had a solo exhibition in the Fountain Arts Center in Belmont, N.Y., and participated in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute’s 63rd Exhibition of Central New York Artists in February.

Kelly McGrogan ’12, Art Ed., is an adjunct faculty member at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, N.Y. She is also teaching a sketching and drawing adult course for BOCES and acrylic painting for adults at Michael’s Arts & Crafts in New Hartford, N.Y.

Eleanor Poore ’12, Studio Art/Painting, is a graduate student in Nazareth’s Creative Arts Therapy program.


Sally Valentine Steinmiller ’75G recently published There Are No Buffalo in Buffalo, a book of 78 poems about different places in New York State. The book is illustrated with paper collages by Steinmiller’s sister-in-law.

Weddings and Unions

Laura Murphy ’94to Jeffrey Francis Malczon, April 14, 2012.

Christina Church ’99 to Scott Krieger, Aug. 11, 2012. [top right]

Jenny Nothnagle ’02, ’05G to Raul Sanchez, Oct. 5, 2012. [bottom right]

Sarah Eksten ’03, ’07G to Scott Brasse, Nov. 19, 2011.

Andrea McSweeney ’05 to Michael Wasilkowski, Feb. 19, 2011.

Nicole Hoffman ’06 to Jason C. Richardson ’06, Sept. 17, 2011.

Ravae Comstock ’09 to Gordon Quonce ’05, Nov. 17, 2012.

Adele Flanagan ’09 to Shay Rosati, June 30, 2012.

Lynette DiBenedetto ’10 to Chad Maheu, Aug. 11, 2012.

Elizabeth Tredwell to Keith Kiss ’10, Aug. 25, 2012.

Caitlin Weber ’10 to Chris Law ’09, Oct. 7, 2012.

Births and Adoptions

Kolleen Olin Sulli ’94, a daughter, Reagan Barbara, June 3, 2010.

Carrie Morabito ’97, a daughter, Olivia Rose, Dec. 11, 2012.

Kristin Dunleavy-Davis ’99, a daughter, Claire Margaret, Oct. 10, 2012.

Michelle Gilardi Mallalieu ’02, ’03G, a son, Jude Salvatore, Oct. 16, 2012. Jude joins big brother Noah (3) and sister Emory (18 months).

In Memoriam

Marie Cappellino McCrone ‘36 on Aug. 28, 2012. She graduated from Loretto Academy, Niagara Falls, Canada, and from Nazareth College. She was a wonderful homemaker and a devoted mother.

Mildred Butler ’40 on Dec. 28, 2012. She worked at Rochester Savings Bank, as a teacher at St. Monica’s Grammar School, and for Monroe County. Butler loved to travel around the world with her children and, in later years, particularly enjoyed the Adirondacks. She is survived by her sons, James P. Butler and John C. Butler; loving grandchildren, Melissa, Colleen, and Jimmy; and cousins Mary T. Bush and Fr. Frederick Bush.

Elizabeth “Betty” Bradley DeMeo ’47 on May 10, 2011.

Rosemarie Lucks Feerick ’48 on Oct. 7, 2012.

Shirley Moorhead Reichert ’50 on Nov. 28, 2012. She married Dr. Robert C. Reichert in 1951 and lived in East Syracuse most of her life. She served as the director of the East Syracuse Free Library from 1981 until her retirement in 1999.

Mary Coen ‘51 on Aug. 27, 2012.

Gail Wilson Gage ’52 on Oct. 15, 2012.

Anne Reed Suter ’58 on Aug. 14, 2012.

Judy Shafer ’60 on Nov. 25, 2012. She taught eighth grade at Clifton Springs Central School and at Albany High School.

Patricia Ann Kneale ’61 on Dec. 21, 2012.

Mary Johanna Barrett ’65 on Dec. 23, 2012. Barrett passed away peacefully in her home in Berkeley, surrounded by her family, after a long illness.

Anna Rokiecki Martin ‘68, '93G on May 21, 2012.

Virginia Ehrstein Bourdon ’70 on Oct. 17, 2012.

Lynden Carol Kirk ’82 on Nov. 21, 2012. She was a loving wife, mother of four, and grandmother of four.

Sara Thurau Rogers ’87G on Nov. 13, 2012. Rogers passed at home after a lengthy illness with cancer.

Amanda Crow ’12G on Dec. 4, 2012. Crow had just completed her master’s degree in education and information technology and was a substitute teacher in the Canandaigua City School District.

Sister Dorothea Kunz on Aug. 2, 2012. A member of the S.S.J. Congregation since 1941, Sister Dorothea received her baccalaureate degree in mathematics from Nazareth College and her master’s degree from Cornell University, subsequently pursuing additional graduate study at Columbia University. After teaching mathematics at Nazareth Academy for two years, she was appointed to the Nazareth College faculty in 1947. She served as chair of the mathematics department as well as founder and director of the College’s Academic Advisement Center and retired in 1992.

Dennis Silva on Sept. 26, 2012. Silva served as the vice president for academic affairs at Nazareth College from 1987 to 2007. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Linda Silva, and two grandchildren. Donations in his memory may be made to the Deborah and Dennis Silva Endowed Scholarship at Nazareth College.


Connections expresses its apologies for reporting that Mary Catherine Maguire LaMay ’37, who passed in May 2012, was the last surviving member of the Class of 1937. She was not the last member, as her classmates have been quick to report.