Class Notes


Lucia Vetter Unger ’35, Chem., celebrated her 100th birthday on May 19, 2014. Lucia taught for many years at Corpus Christi School in Rochester, N.Y. She has also served countless hours as a volunteer at the Mercy Outreach Center and the Red Cross, as well as tutoring students for the G.E.D.


Eileen McGee Pestorius ’61, Eng., had a one-woman art show last winter at North Hills Gallery in Austin, Texas, featuring about 60 watercolors and oils. She also is a member of Plein Air Austin and Capital Art Society and teaches in Eanes ISD Community Education. In May 2013, she took a small group to France, and last May, she painted again in Italy.


Lois McClure ’75, Soc., was named “Vermonter of the Year” by Burlington Free Press for “her lifelong commitment to enriching people’s lives in ways big and small.”

Eileen T. Dalton ’77, ’81, Music, retired from Atlanta Public Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 1, 2013, after teaching special education for 30 years.

Nancy Anne Holowka ’78, Art Hist., Studio Art, and William Holowka ’78, Studio Art, both part of Rochester’s The Wildroot Group, displayed new works in the Nazareth College Art Department's Colacino Gallery last winter.


Yolanda Benitez ’84, Bus. Admin., was the keynote speaker at the 12th annual ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! Rally 2014.

Jamie Slattery ’88, Sci., was named senior vice president of software engineering at Spireon, a Mobile Resource Management (MRM) company based in Irvine, California.


Richard Slater Jr. ’92, Bus. Admin., is now the executive director of North American finance for the Novartis Corporation, based in East Hanover, N.J.

Sage Miller ’94, Math Ed., a math and computer programming teacher at Webster Thomas High School, has been honored by the National Center for Women and Information Technology with an Aspirations in Computing Educator Award for inspiring young women to pursue tech careers. She attended an upstate New York affiliate event last May.

Julianna Sikes ’97, ’01G, Art Edu., Gen. Edu., started a new position with Mt. Diablo Unified in Contra Costa County, Calif. in fall 2013. In her new role as school support administrator, Sikes provides direct coaching and support to principals and oversees several different curricular areas. A world-class athlete in fencing while at Nazareth, Sikes currently coaches fencing in Berkeley and volunteers as a member of the U.S. Fencing Association’s Safe Sport Resource team.

Mary Jo Burd ’98, Hist., was named the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year at Sun Valley Middle School in Indian Trail, N.C., and Global Teacher Leader for Union County Public Schools. She has since taken a new teaching position at Charlotte Catholic High School teaching AP U.S. Government and Politics.

T.C. Pellett ’98, Hist., was recently awarded the Ad Council of Rochester’s “Lantern Award,” given since 1978 to long-standing volunteers of the organization for their exceptional support and commitment. He was also recently hired by Brand Cool in Rochester as their public relations manager.

Jason Sanderson ’98, Modern For. Lang., completed his Ph.D. in sociolinguistics at Georgetown University in 2013.

Deanna Messinger ’99, Econ., has accepted the position of director of development at Kids Escaping Drugs (KED) in West Seneca, N.Y. KED is a non-profit organization that works to combat youth substance abuse and addiction through education, intervention, and in-patient rehabilitation (in partnership with Renaissance Addiction Services, Inc.).


Robert C. Whiteside ’03, Art, part of Rochester’s The Wildroot Group, displayed new works in the Nazareth College Art Department’s Colacino Gallery last winter.

Kellie Leigh ’05, ’10G, Mus. Edu. and Incl. Edu., was recently named assistant dean of residential life at the Eastman School of Music. She had previously worked in both the academic advisement and residential life offices at Nazareth College.

Dawn Morgan ’05, Psych., completed a graduate degree from Buffalo State College in 2011 and moved to North Carolina.

Leigh Kirby ’08, ’13G, Mus. Therapy, co-wrote the chapter “Music Therapy and Pain Management in Pediatric Patients Undergoing Painful Procedures” in Pain International Research in Pain Management, 2010.

Matthew Chatham ’09, Art, was promoted to senior art director at Pinckney Hugo Group; a full-service marketing communications firm in Syracuse, N.Y. Chatham has worked at the agency for four years and was previously an art director.


Samantha Eklund ’10, Psych., graduated with a bachelor’s in ministry in June 2013. She works as an office manager and a youth leader. She is also engaged to be married in January 2015.

Adam Rall ’10, Chem., earned his master’s degree in chemical engineering from University of Buffalo in December 2013. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D in the same field, which he plans to complete in August 2016.

Ryan Rall ’10, Hist., graduated from Northeastern University Law School in May 2014 and will focus on criminal prosecution.

Meg Richardson ’10, Mus. Theat./Dance, starred as Belle in Geva Theatre’s December 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. At the conclusion of the production, Richardson also received her membership to the Actors Equity Association, the performing arts union representing theatre actors and stage managers.

Casey Wilczak ’10, Theatre, drew on his experiences as a participant in the 2008 March of Remembrance and Hope to work on The Devil’s Arithmetic, a play about the Holocaust adapted from a book by the same title, at Prime Stage Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pa. After working on the show, Wilczak spent his third season working at The Lost Colony, the country’s longest-running outdoor drama that is performed every summer in Manteo, N.C.

Ashley Manchester ’11, Engl., has been accepted to the University of Florida’s English doctoral program. She will focus on a comics and visual rhetoric track.

Leah Gerstner ’12, Social Work, works for Imagine Innovations for Children in Lafayette, Colorado; a non-profit organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities.

Heather Irish ’12, Hist., is the lead paralegal for Fein, Such, and Crane LLP in Rochester, N.Y.  She has been at the firm since May 2012.

Weddings and Unions

Richard Slater Jr. ’92 to Wayne Wolfe, June 10, 2012.

Dawn Douglas ’05 to Garry Morgan, June 25, 2011.

Carey Mulherin ’05 to Zachary Parker ’05, Aug. 14, 2010.

Catrina Thayer ’09, ’11G to Andrew Bestram, July 6, 2013.

Anna Maria Wing ’10 to Peter Goderie, Aug. 24, 2013.

Births and Adoptions

Holly DiCarlo Reinhardt ’02, a daughter, Rahmeto Joy, and a son, Esayas Matthew, adopted from Ethiopia, Feb. 1, 2013.

Jackie Russell Lipsky ’03, a daughter, Audra Grace, July 4, 2012.

Kathryn Haldeman Smail ’03, a daughter, Karolyne Marion, April 20, 2013.

Tara Fedele Cole ’04, a daughter, Julia Rose, Nov. 28, 2013.

Carey Mulherin Parker ’05 and Zachary Parker ’05, a son, Brady, August 2013.

Jessica Kimble Wood ’06, a son, Henry Joseph, Nov. 5, 2013.

Melissa Kotas Hartford ’07, a daughter, Quinn Paige, Oct. 24, 2013.

Chelsea Carhart Lehmann ’09, a daughter, Harper Julia, Feb. 12, 2014.

Jennifer Majesky-Pike ’09, a son, Nicholas Joseph, July 23, 2013.

In Memoriam

Sr. Ann Vincent DeRitis ’47, on April 8, 2014.

Virginia Sullivan ’53, on Jan. 24, 2014.

Joan Floegel ’56, on Jan. 7, 2014.

Joan Vaughan Hughes ’56, on Jan. 18, 2014.

Angela C. Fina ’59, on Nov. 10, 2013, after a 10-year battle against ovarian cancer. She began the drawing and ceramics program at Nazareth College.

Maureen Kilroy Zottner ’67, on Dec. 22, 2013.

Elsbeth Gerum ’76, on March 29, 2014.

Carol Robinson ’80, on Feb. 9, 2014.