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At the 20th anniversary banquet of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States in June, Carmen Nanko-Fernández, B.A. 1980 (A&S), M.A. 1984, D.Min. 1991 (THEO), president of ACHTUS, delivered an address titled “Theologizing en Espanglish: The Imago Dei in the Vernacular,” which was then published in the fall 2008 Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology. She is assistant professor of pastoral ministry at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

Joseph Tomaino, B.S.N. 1981 (NURS), is chief nursing officer of Aging in America, a senior health continuum based in the Bronx, N.Y., and is vice chairman of the Westchester County Health Care Corp., which operates Westchester Medical Center. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the graduate nursing programs at the College of New Rochelle in New York and at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine. He lives in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., with his wife of 25 years, Cheryl. Their daughter, Courtney, graduated from Salisbury University and works at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Their other daughter, Katie, has begun her freshman year at Marist College.

Ginny (Stahlman) Loggins, B.A. 1982 (A&S), recently played Lady Macbeth in Muse of Fire’s production of Macbeth at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Ala.

Michael Petruzzello, B.A. 1982 (A&S), founding and managing partner of Qorvis Communications, one of the nation’s largest independent advertising and public relations firms, received the Excellence in Business Award from the Sons of Italy Foundation at a May black-tie dinner in Washington, D.C. Before establishing Qorvis, he was CEO of Shandwick North America, reportedly the largest public relations agency in North America. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Claudia Balint, B.A. 1983 (A&S), finished her eighth year teaching in a math/science magnet school in Vero Beach, Fla. She is living with her dad, John Balint, B.A. 1950 (A&S), and their black poodle, Mimi — a legacy left by her mother, Dorothy Shutrump Balint, B.A. 1950 (A&S), upon her death in 2001 from pancreatic cancer.

Burton A. Clark, M.A. 1985 (A&S), of Mount Airy, Md., received the Strayer University Outstanding Alumni Award during a June graduation ceremony in Fairfax, Va. He is the program chair for management science at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. In addition, he serves as an operations chief for the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency during national emergencies and disasters. He writes a national column and hosts a radio show for Firehouse.com.

Joseph Feuerherd, B.A. 1985 (A&S), has been appointed publisher and editor in chief of the National Catholic Reporter. Over the course of two decades, he has filled roles from intern to Washington correspondent for the biweekly newspaper. He and his wife, Rebecca, will relocate from Maryland to Kansas City, Mo., where the newspaper is headquartered. They have three grown children: Zachary, Bridget and Benjamin.

Michael Celli, B.A. 1986 (A&S), spent a week working for the Mississippi Center for Justice with fellow law students from CUA’s Columbus School of Law. They traveled to 11 of the 17 trailer parks where residents of Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers still live, having moved there in 2005 as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Based on his interviews with the residents, he wrote an article, “No Homes, No Options,” that discusses FEMA’s inadequate response to the issues that the residents of the trailers are facing.

Rev. R. Adam Forno, M.Div. 1986 (THEO), pastor of St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph Parish in Rensselaer, N.Y., was made a member of the Bethlehem University Foundation Board. The board’s function is to wisely steward the foundation’s financial resources and foster awareness of the Vatican-sponsored Bethlehem University, the only Catholic university in the Holy Land.

Randolph E. Gross, B.S.N. 1989 (NURS), of New York City, completed his nurse practitioner degree in women’s health at Columbia University. At the graduation ceremony, he was awarded the Mary Dickey Lindsay Award, given to the student who best exemplifies a dedication to individualized, culturally sensitive comprehensive care for women and their families. He now works as a board-certified nurse practitioner for inpatient gynecologic oncology services at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He has been accepted in the cancer center’s nursing research fellowship program for 2008–2009.

Richard Lynch, B.A. 1989 (A&S), of Canton, Mass., has been promoted to chief therapist at MetroWest Medical Center’s Radiation Oncology Center in Framingham, Mass.

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