Class Notes


Deirdre Mckiernan Hetzler ’61, Hist., just published her first book, Irish America Reawakening: The Eoin McKiernan Story (Borealis Press, 2013). the book is available at the Nazareth College Bookstore; read more about Hetzler and the book.

Carol Cimino ’67, S.S.J., Hist., was appointed as the new superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Buffalo.


Kathleen Trafford ’70, Soc., was recognized among the top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers comprise the top five percent of lawyers in each state.

Colleen Arnold ’79, Bus. Econ., is the senior vice president of application management services at IBM. She is a member of IBM’s performance team of senior executive leaders and has served on rotational assignments as a member of the IBM chairman’s strategy team and IBM’s technical leadership team.


Macreena Doyle ’80, theatre arts, began a new career in human resources at St. Lawrence university in January 2013 after nearly 28 years in St. Lawrence’s university communications.

Sandra Robinson ’83, Speech Path., has worked in New York City’s public schools as a speech therapist for 29 years. She was recently featured in an article in the New York Teacher newspaper.

Joyce Wynes ’85, Studio Art, was accepted for Studio Visit Books #20 and #21 through juried competition. During the past four years, she has been in many group and solo shows in addition to being awarded grants from the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte, N.C.

Paul Leone ’89, English, was recently named director/executive producer of Glint Advertising and Design in Rochester. He also produced and edited a documentary about a Vietnam vet, which was released in fall 2012.


Jill Dickey ’91, Art, owner of the Rose Cottage, moved her business to its new location along South Manlius Street in Fayetteville. the Rose Cottage is a boutique for the home, featuring gifts and custom picture framing.

Patrick Hull ’91, Bus. Admin., moved to San Francisco after graduation and has worked as marketing manager for The Body Shop (three years), vice president of marketing and sales for Birkenstock USA (11 years), and most recently vice president of marketing and communications for insurance brokerage firm Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. (seven years). after 21 years in San Francisco, Hull has moved to Chicago to open Vertical Gallery, an art gallery in West Town (specifically Ukrainian Village) that focuses on urban, contemporary, and street art.

Kerry Brooks ’92, Bus. Admin., was promoted to director of field service within Liberty Mutual’s group benefits division. She oversees a national team of account managers who oversee new business implementations, ongoing account service and stewardship, and customer retention.

Rebecca Summers ’93, Int’l Studies, recently separated from active-duty military service to focus on pursuing her post-graduate degree in student affairs/college counseling. Her long-term goal is to study the reintegration of nontraditional students, specifically combat female veterans, into higher education classrooms and campuses.

Nicole Adsitt ’97, Speech Path., the coordinator of developmental studies at SUNY Cayuga Community College in Auburn, N.Y., received the national on Course Ambassadors of the Year Award for 2012.

Brian Slaninka ’97, Bus. Admin., is an account manager at IV4, Inc., an information technology solutions and consulting company in Syracuse and Rochester, N.Y.

Vivian Ginorio ’99, Psych., recently started working at Cooke Center for Learning and Development in New York City as the senior manager of special events and development.

Sara Lewis ’99, Eng., recently moved back to the area and accepted a position as the vice president of youth development for the YMCA of Greater Rochester. She was formerly the director of out-of-school time programs for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati.


Sara Colacino Visingard ’01, Econ., was made partner at Harris Beach PLLC in Rochester with a specialty in employment law.

Amy Korver ’06, Psych., was recently promoted to marketing analyst in the marketing department at Preferred Mutual Insurance Company.

Gavin Thomas ’06, Bus. Admin., left Butler-Till Media to begin as a social and content strategist/producer.

Kerry Church ’07 ’09G, CSD, Speech Lang. Path., received the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Award for Continuing Education, effective November 2012 to November 2015.

David Sano ’07, Bus. Admin., has been a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch for four years with the senior team. He currently works exclusively with Nazareth College students as they intern with him.

Christina Savatxath ’07, Art Edu., has been singing with the Rochester Chorus of Sweet Adelines International for two years and performed last April in Syracuse for the Region 16 competition. This all-woman a capella group was featured in the February edition of 55 Plus magazine.

Timothy Garvin ’08, Political Sci., accepted a position as an assistant district attorney in Erie County, N.Y.


Sara Florini ’11, Hist., is currently studying in the history department at The American University of Washington, D.C. She expects to graduate in May 2014 with an M.A. in public history.

Anna Hadnagy ’11, Comm., founded Gradfly, an online portfolio platform for high school and college students to showcase their work in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Elise Kanaley ’12, IT, recently accepted a new job as an associate business systems analyst for Xerox in Rochester.


Natalie Palermo ’04G, Art Edu., teaches elementary art in the Webster Central School District in Webster, N.Y. She recently published Rowan Discovers...The Elements Of Art!!!, an elementary art education book that she both wrote and illustrated. the book is available in both Webster, N.Y., Wegmans locations, Hyatt’s All Things Creative, the Memorial Art Gallery gift shop, and online at

Weddings and Unions

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

Jenny Bovet ’05 to Dave Giromini ’06, Aug. 6, 2011.

Lynette DiBenedetto ’05 to Chad Maheu, Aug. 11, 2012.

Allison Beebe ’07, ’10G to Jamie Huver ’08, July 10, 2012.

Katie Metzger ’08 to Trevor Kriewall, Oct. 1, 2011.

Rachel Cushman ’09 to Ryan Conley ’07, July 29, 2012.

Melissa Early ’09 to Michael Houlihan ’09, June 8, 2012.

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

Births and Adoptions

Sally Ridosh Donahue ’75, ’80G, a granddaughter, Julia Catherine, Sept. 1, 2012.

Jason Yorton ’97, a daughter, Mackenzie Marie, Feb. 15, 2013.

Robin Medina Locke ’04 ’07G, a son, Ryan Michael, Dec. 30, 2012.

Elizabeth Puppa Springuel ’06, a son, Logan Henri, Oct. 4, 2012.

In Memoriam

Margaret O. Davignon ’39, on March 26, 2012.

Gertrude DiPasquale Buckley ’43, on Jan. 28, 2013.

Helen Dorchak Wooden ’44, on Feb. 10, 2012.

Ann Harkenrider ’46, on March 27, 2013.

Shirley Archibald Tucker ’50, on Jan. 24, 2013.

Madeleine Kanaley ’55, Jan. 4, 2013.

Margaret Gervais Rowe ’59, on Feb. 16, 2013. She volunteered at Birthright, serving as director and receiving a lifetime achievement award in 2009.

Linda Hallen Hays ’65, on Jan. 6, 2013. During a career that spanned more than three decades, she worked as program director for the Educational Testing Service, a legislative analyst for the New Jersey Department of Education, and as a middle school teacher.

Marianne Villa Bess ’72, on Feb. 11, 2013. She was a dedicated teacher for more than 40 years at Holy Apostles, St. Ambrose, Holy Cross, and St. John Neumann schools.

Joan Ghignone Glavin ’73, on Jan. 2, 2013.

Barbara Thomas Russell ’79G, on July 3, 2011.

Ruth Porter ’82, on Feb. 26, 2013. She was the oldest graduate of the class of 1982 at age 63. Her paintings, prints, and colored pencil drawings appeared in many art shows and hang in many Rochester homes.

Mary Catherine McMahon ’89, on March 21, 2013.

Marcel Blaakman, on March 7, 2013. He worked at Nazareth College from 1967 until he retired in 1992. For many of those years he served as the technical director of the Arts Center.

Rene Phillips, O.F.M., on April 16, 2013. Fr. Phillips, a professed Franciscan friar for 61 years and a priest for 56 years, began teaching at Nazareth College in 1973. He served through the 1980s as a faculty member in the education department whose area of particular expertise was in the field of reading.