Class Notes


Kenise Kilbride ’59, Hist., has been “drafted” to return to teach at Ryerson University for the second term in a row, this time a graduate course in Multiculturalism and Planning Policies.


Peg Rooney Hall ’65, French, co-authored Second Wind on the Way of Saint James: A Novel, with her husband, Russell J. Hall. The novel is about hiking The Way of Saint James (El Camino de Santiago).


Carol McManus ’71, Soc. Sci., made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in November with a group comprised mostly of parishioners from St. Leo’s Parish in Hilton, N.Y., and St. Louis in Pittsford. There she enjoyed a magnificent, once-in-a-lifetime journey through “the pages of the Bible” and drank in the culture, environment, and atmosphere of Israel.

Kathleen Rourke ’75, English, received the 2013 Volunteer Leadership award from the Central New York Region of the American Red Cross. The award was presented for her “outstanding support of the American Red Cross Tompkins County chapter.” She also received her 15-year pin signifying her years as an emergency services volunteer. Presently in her final year of obtaining an M.A. in pastoral studies from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, Rourke is doing an internship this academic year at Hospicare of Ithaca.


Lawrence Dugan ’81, Mgmt. Sci, Perf. Arts., recently earned a Doctor of Management in Community College Administration and Policy from the University of Maryland.

Elissa Orlando ’82, Eng., was recently promoted to senior vice president after 18 years at WXXI. She is responsible for television programming and production and all of WXXI’s news operations, including radio, TV, online, and digital.

Tracey Brewster ’89, Bus. Admin., began working at StormFrog as a service delivery manager in May 2013.


Laurie King ’95, Psy., relocated to Raleigh, N.C., in May 2013. She is currently employed as an outreach athletic trainer by Triangle Orthopedic Associates and assists with athletic trainer services at two high schools in the Raleigh area.

Jeffrey McCaffrey ’96, ’02G, Bus. Admin, Mgmt., recently left Alstom Signaling Inc., where he was a senior project manager, to take a position at The Gleason Works as the manager of the project and contract management organization.

Wendy Barnhart Ross ’97, Hist., was recently elected president of the Rochester Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication and will serve a one-year term.

Julianna Sikes ’97, ’01G, Art Edu., Gen. Edu., taught in the Canandaigua City School District from 1997 to 2005, then moved back to her home state of California to accept a position as an assistant principal.

Margaret LeJeune ’98, Studio Art, is assistant professor of photography at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. Her recent series of photographs, The Modern Day Diana, is getting national and international attention. LeJeune’s series is currently featured on, one of the leading internet magazines in the U.S., and in the online version of the Daily Mail, one of the top newspapers in England.

John Powell ’99, Soc. Sci., recently accepted the position of principal of Stillwater Elementary in Stillwater, N.Y., after working 11 years at Stillwater Central Schools as a teacher and assistant principal.


Ryan McDermott ’00, Bus. Admin., has been named vice president and relationship manager at M&T Bank for the Central New York region. He previously worked for KeyBank.

Timothy D. Boldt ’01, Poli. Sci., has been named a 2013 New York Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Jason Richardson ’06, ‘11G, IT, Mgmt., started a new job as reliability operations lead at Palantir Technologies.

Kate Wheeler ’06, Art Ed., recently accepted a full-time position as a seventh and eighth grade fine arts teacher in Grants, New Mexico.

Laura Mancuso ’07, Studio Art, teaches workshops and classes on printmaking at Anchorage Community Works, a new community art center in Anchorage, Alaska. She had a solo exhibition in January 2014 and participated in an Object Runway show where artists and designers created outfits using found and unique objects. She also participated in the International Gallery of Contemporary Art Members Exhibition in January 2013.


Emily Brasley ’10, Comm. Rhet., began a literary magazine called Canto Magazine, which gives emerging writers the opportunity to be published.

Kaitlin Legg ’10, Comm., is now the program coordinator at the University of North Florida’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center. She was formerly the program assistant at the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies.

Rebecca Nagel ’10, Bio., completed her master’s work in population genetics at the University of Mainz, Germany. She has been accepted into a Ph.D. position at the University of Potdsam (Germany), where she will be working with African weakly electric fish.

Amanda Poppe ’11, Edu., recently completed a three-month internship in higher education administration at U.C. Berkeley.

Rikesh “Ricky” Lad ’12, Bus. Admin., works for Macmillan Publishers within their international marketing department.

Becky Welch Thompson ’12, Bus. Admin., works at Six Month Smiles as a lab specialist.

James Wood ’12, Mktg., works at Goulds Water Technology, a Xylem, Inc. brand in Seneca Falls, N.Y., as a product specialist in the applications group.

Benjamin Stracuzzi ’13, Env. Sci., recently got a job with LaBella Associates, PC, as an environmental analyst.


Chris Blaine ’10G, Art. Edu., is a director for the 2014 Warnborough College Conference on the Arts in Canterbury, England.

Jaschira Phillips ’11G, Edu., recently started a new job as a software developer at Monro Muffler Brake, Inc.

Weddings and Unions

Tracey Harmon ’89 to Stephen Brewster, March 23, 2013.

Jennifer Root ’02 to Chad Forrest, June 11, 2011.

Jennifer Benson ’02, ’04G to Justin Kotlarczyk ’04G, Sept. 29, 2007.

Jessica Myers ’05 to Peter Cayer ’06, Aug. 16, 2013.

Michelle (Mimi) Wright ’05, ’10G to Paul Johnson, March 23, 2013.

Gillian Micoli ’07 to Justin Tierney, Aug. 12, 2013.

Laurie Tucker ’07 to Andrew Stuntz, Oct. 5, 2013.

Courtney Greene ’08 to Richard Smith, June 22, 2013.

Elizabeth Tregan ’08 to Thomas Whitcomb, July 13, 2013.

Margaret Gonzalez ’09 to Christopher Dillard, Sept. 6, 2013.

Laura Lewicki ’09 to David Lamb, Aug. 10, 2013.

Rebecca Glogowski ’10 to Michael Sabin, April 13, 2013.

Lyndsi Holmes ’11, ’12G to Josh Wickert on Sept. 1, 2013.

Diana Daniel ’12G to Joseph Seroski, Oct. 26, 2013.

Rebecca Welch ’12 to Joe Thompson, June 9, 2013.

Births and Adoptions

Kathryn Hillger ’67, a granddaughter, Carly Marie, on June 28, 2013.

Nicole Zervas Adsitt ’97, a daughter, Hannah Marie, Oct. 1, 2013.

Jessica Gilson Basta ’01, ’05G and Jacob Basta ’98, a daughter, Carmela Millie, July 28, 2013.

Candice Brown ’01, a son, Myles Bon, on Sept. 25, 2013.

Jennifer Root Forrest ’02, a daughter, Calista Jane, March 21, 2013.

Jennifer Benson Kotlarczyk ’02, ’04G and Justin Kotlarczyk ’04G, a daughter, Addyson Helene, April 30, 2010, and a son, Keegan Dean, April 9, 2013.

Lisa Handzel Jackson ’03, ’06G, a son, Paul Thomas, Dec. 14, 2011.

Leah Stevens ’09, ’11G, a daughter, Avery Jane, Feb. 19, 2012, and a daughter, Olivia Grace, June 14, 2013.

In Memoriam

Mary Elizabeth Fritsch ’36, on Oct. 9, 2013, in her 99th year.

Avril C. Kaiser ’44, on Nov. 3, 2013.

Barbara Schreck Donahue ’46, on Oct. 21, 2013.

Rose Mary Connor Kessenich ’46, on Oct. 18, 2013.

Alice VanDevoorde ’46, on Oct. 10, 2013.

Anna Frances Payne ’49, on Aug. 14, 2013, after a brief illness.

Dorothy Therese Schropp ’50, S.S.J., on Aug. 26, 2013.

Lina Hill ’51, on Sept. 12, 2013.

Bernadette Hunter ’65, on March 10, 2013.

Gregory Houston ’72, on March 21, 2012.

Mary Helen Buyck ’74, ’79G, on Aug. 20, 2013.

Rita Bodensteiner Zimmer ’75G, on Oct. 1, 2013.

Danute Staskevicius Liauba ’76, on Oct. 29, 2013, after a 10-year battle against ovarian cancer.

Margaret Ellen “Meg” Azarian ’77, on Oct. 8, 2013.

William C. Gerling ’77, on Nov., 11, 2013.

Delphine Wise ’78, on Sept. 13, 2013.

James K. Charles ’79, on May 5, 2012.

Wendy Rider Metz ’79, ’82G, on Aug. 30, 2013.

Jannie M. Terry ’80, on Nov. 20, 2013.

Cecelia LaFay ’86G, on Nov. 3, 2013.

Patricia MacDonald ’88, on Nov. 2, 2013.

Lorraine Laws Born ’93, on Oct. 7, 2013.

Kelly Connelly ’96, on Dec. 4, 2013.

Yvonne A. Peluso ’08G, on Nov. 2, 2013.

Patricia Taylor Pivnick, faculty emeritus, on Nov. 6, 2013.

Barbara Lee “Bobbie” Rubin, faculty emeritus, on Nov. 4, 2013.