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Launch of STAT: Students Today Alumni Tomorrow

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Class Notes:
Arts and Sciences
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Arts and Sciences

Sister Hilary Mullany, O.S.F., B.A. 1956, M.F.A. 1957, of Clinton, Iowa, celebrated her 60th anniversary in religious life in July 2005. In April 2005, the Ashford University theater in Clinton was named the Sister Hilary Mullany Theater.

Dorinda (Carosella) Cavanaugh, B.A. 1966, M.A. 1978, is the co-founder of the 30-year-old Terre des Hommes Canada, a Montreal-based international charity whose work is focused on abused and abandoned children, and of Terre des Hommes pour les Enfants, an international adoption agency located in Montreal. She is a well-known figure in the world of international adoption. Her most recent project — arranging for a severely abused, abandoned Vietnamese child to leave Vietnam — made the front page of the Montreal Gazette. Cavanaugh’s actions also were recognized by the Vietnamese government.

Brian Larkin, B.A. 1966, of Providence, R.I., received an honorary doctorate in sacred music from St. Dunstan’s College of Sacred Music in Providence in 2005. In April, he was elected to the board of directors for the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, an organization involved in whale rescue and marine studies. Larkin is also head of the Grace W. Allsop Foundation, a private foundation devoted to animal causes.

Clyde Rader, M.F.A. 1967, is working for the International Executive Service Corps in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in West Africa.

Thomas Greco, B.A. 1969, has been appointed chairman of the Council on Government Affairs of the Arizona Dental Association. He holds a D.M.D. degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a J.D. degree from Seton Hall School of Law. Greco has a private dental practice in Mesa, Ariz.

Sam Parker, B.A. 1969, of Riverdale, Md., has been nominated to serve as chair of the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Parker, who has more than 25 years of planning experience, has served as an associate director at the Prince George’s County Redevelopment Authority since 2004. He worked in the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s Planning Department from 1991 to 2004.

Peter J. Connors, B.A. 1973, was elected in December to the executive committee of the New York State Bar Association tax section. He was elected to counsel of the ABA Bar tax section as well as counsel of the U.S. Branch of International Fiscal Association (a leading organization for interna-tional tax professionals). Connors is a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in New York.

Maryann Karinch, B.A. 1974, M.A. 1979, of Estes Park, Colo., released her eighth book, How to Spot a Liar (Career Press). Her co-author is Greg Hartley, a former Army interrogator.

Angela A. Puglisi, M.F.A. 1974, M.A. 1976, M.A. 1977, Ph.D. 1983, of Vienna, Va., was promoted to Lady Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

J. Michael Blake, B.A. 1976, was sworn in on Jan. 23 as a judge for the Court of Workers Compensation in New Jersey.

William A. Ross, B.A. 1976, of Midlothian, Va., has served as vice president of information security operations for the Federal Reserve since 2003. He and his wife, Marion, have five children: Matt, Jessi, Kelly, Mary and Grace.

Rev. Peter VB. Wells, B.A. 1976, presented a talk at the annual Spirituality Convocation at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J. In his talk “From Water and Towel, to Kiss, Fire, Water and Oil,” he examined the major elements of the sacred triduum as central to the Roman Catholic identity. Parochial vicar of St. Vincent Martyr Parish in Madison, N.J., Father Wells also serves on the clergy committee for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

Sister Marianne Hieb, R.S.M., M.F.A. 1979, of Collingswood, N.J., is author of Inner Journeying through Art-Journaling, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London. It describes a holistic journaling process that combines spiritual direction, art therapy, holistic spirituality and the language of design principles to help focus prayer and self-expression.

Rev. Gregory C. Kimm, B.A. 1981, was installed on Jan. 8 as the new pastor of St. Joseph of Cupertino Church in Cupertino, Calif.

Jennifer Smith Stepanek, B.A. 1982, of Rockville, Md., has edited two books that were written by her late son, the well-known poet and peacemaker, Mattie J.T. Stepanek. The first of these two books, Reflections of a Peacemaker: A Portrait Through Heartsongs, released August 2005, became a New York Times best-seller. The second, Just Peace: A Message of Hope, was released in March. Because former President Jimmy Carter collaborated on some of the material with her son, Stepanek traveled to Plains, Ga., for the release of Just Peace. Stepanek’s publicity tour included appearances on “Good Morning America,” “Larry King Live” and “Entertainment Tonight.”

Edward Vaughn, M.A. 1982, of Fayetteville, N.C., completed the sixth and final book of The Tybee Series of novels with Tybee VI: Pretty Little Princess, published by AuthorHouse in Bloomington, Ind. He had worked on the series for the past two years.

Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., M.A. 1983, was elected Villanova University’s 32nd president. Before his election, Father Donohue had been a tenured associate professor and the chairperson of Villanova’s theater department, a position he assumed in 1992. He is a member of the Augustinian Institute Advisory Board and has served on numerous committees at Villanova, including the Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and the University Judicial Boards.

Betsy Cerulo, B.A. 1984, graduated in December 2005 with a master’s degree in integrative health science from Capital University of Integrated Medicine, where she was honored as co-valedictorian. She is building a practice focusing on coaching health care professionals to deliver higher quality care. Cerulo is also CEO of AdNet/AccountNet Inc., recently recognized as one of Baltimore’s top 50 women-owned businesses.

Heather Harris, B.A. 1988, and Steven Winkler, B.S. 1989, announce the birth of their first child, Alexandra Harris Winkler, on March 2. Proud family members and CUA graduates include grandmother Millicent Rader Harris, M.F.A. 1975, and uncle John Winkler, B.S. 1986. Heather is a lawyer/legislative consultant and sits on the boards of directors of two of Virginia’s largest political organizations, and Steve is the managing director of an information technology consulting firm. They have been married 13 years and live in Annandale, Va.

Dan C. Wackerman, M.F.A. 1989, was presented with the 2005 Obie Award (Off Broadway’s most prestigious honor) for Outstanding Direction of Elmer Rice’s 1931 drama Counsellor-at-Law. Wackerman is the artistic director of The Peccadillo Theater Company, which won the 2005 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival for Counsellor-at-Law.

John T. Bergin, B.A. 1990, of Bethesda, Md., was named partner at the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in its Washington, D.C., office. He practices in the firm’s construc-tion group, focusing on resolving construction disputes in the private and public sectors.

Julie Valentine, B.A. 1990, of Sunnyvale, Calif., is a life coach and author. She has designed a coaching system based on the ancient teachings of Kabbalah and other mystic traditions. Her “Art of Divine Design” is a 10-week program that blends traditional coaching techniques, esoteric teachings, creative projects, meditations and experiential exercises.

David S. Glennon, B.A. 1991, was appointed assistant principal of Osceola Elementary School in Naples, Fla.

William “Bill” M. Noonan, B.A. 1991, vice president and a principal of Contravisory Research & Management, was a guest in March on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” with Maria Bartiromo. Noonan, who lives in Scituate, Mass., commented on stock buying and selling strategies. Contravisory, founded in 1972, analyzes the long-term relative strength of stocks.

Katryn “Kati” B. Seliskar, B.A. 1991, and her husband, Bob, announce the birth of their third child, Katryn Cecilia Nina Seliskar, on Feb. 16. She joins brothers Judson Robert, 3, and Joseph Patrick, 2. The family lives in Helena, Mont.

Daniel M. Tobin, B.A. 1991, of Hempstead, N.Y., was named a semifinalist in the International Library of Poetry’s 2006 contest. He also performed a principal part in the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island’s production of The Gondoliers this spring.

Elizabeth Trowbridge, B.A. 1991, has been appointed director of human resources at the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company. Trowbridge has been with the railroad company since 2003, previously serving as assistant manager and interim manager of human resources. Prior to that, she worked in the human resources field in a variety of industries ranging from health care to high tech.

Theodore “Ted” J. Biribin, B.A./M.A. 1992, was hired by MasterCard Advisors as vice president/senior managing consultant in the company’s Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa region, headquartered in North Sydney, Australia.

Darrin C. Dinello, B.A. 1992, and Amy (Gebert) Dinello, B.A. 1992, announce the birth of their fourth child, Charles Ryan, on Jan. 17. Charlie joins siblings Hannah, 7, Joseph, 3, and Caroline, 2. The family lives in Harrisburg, Pa.

Jessica Gilkison, B.A. 1992, of Madison, Wis., is staff attorney at Disability Rights Wisconsin. In addition to providing legal representation to clients with disabilities, she trains and supervises advocates on legal and ethical issues regarding public benefit programs and services.

Nicole Atorino Hoops, B.A.1992, and her husband, Jack, welcomed Meredith Nicole, on Dec. 19, 2005. She joins siblings Tyler, 8, Abigail, 6, and Sammy, 4. The family has recently moved to Mendham, N.J.

Deirdre M. Woodbyrne, B.A. 1992, M.A. 1995, and her husband, Kevin “Murph” Bamrick, announce the arrival of their first child, Ruari Josephine, on April 24. Deirdre is a freelance producer and actor, and her husband is a sales executive with Siemens Medical. They live in Ramsey, N.J.

Kristen A. (Durfee) Kramer, B.A. 1993, and her husband, Joe, welcomed their second child, Joseph Carlin, on Dec. 19, 2005. Joseph joins sister, Caroline, 2. Kristen is working as a therapist part time at an outpatient mental health clinic. They live in Riverside, R.I.

Amy (Canuso) Martucci, B.A. 1993, and her husband, Chris, announce the birth of Jenna Grace on Jan. 17. She joins brother Julian, 3. The family lives in Middletown, Del.

Jorge A. Mestre, B.A. 1993, has joined Andrés Rivero and Eduardo Palmer to form a new law firm named Rivero Palmer & Mestre LLP in Miami. The firm is a high-end commercial litigation firm established by three Cuban-American business trial lawyers.

Eugene J. Halus, M.A. 1994, Ph.D. 2003, and his wife, Christina (DeMarco) Halus, M.S.W. 1996, announce the birth of their second child, Liam Christopher, on Dec. 1, 2005. The family lives in Souderton, Pa. Eugene is an assistant professor of political science at Wesley College in Dover, Del. He recently was named a Jesse Ball DuPont Fellow in recognition of the academic and research support he has provided to the field of environmental education and policy in Delaware.

Amy (Leach) Bourdeau, B.A. 1995, M.S.W. 1997, and her husband, Chris, announce the birth of their first child, Jackson Thomas, on Dec. 24, 2005. Amy is a licensed clinical social worker for Kaiser Permanente’s Behavioral Health Department. The family lives in Falls Church, Va.

Elizabeth A. Sherman, M.A. 1996, Ph.D. 1998, and her husband, Joseph Sherman, of Seattle, both Maryknoll lay missioners, received their mission crosses and formal assignments to Venezuela in December 2005. The Shermans, along with their two children, Joshua, 5, and Cecelia, 3, will be living in Venezuela to help raise the quality of life through sustainable improvements in health care.

Frederick Duffy Hanna, B.A. 1997, and Dana (Iannone) Hanna, B.A. 1997, announce the birth of Frederick Duffy Hanna Jr. on Nov. 30, 2005. He joins brother, Jimmy, 1. The family lives in Pittsburgh.

Jessica R. Towhey, B.A. 1997, left her position in Washington, D.C., as communications director for U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky., in January and moved to northeastern Ohio, where she is communications director for Republican Chuck Blasdel’s congressional campaign.

Shanna (Peterson) O’Neal, B.A. 1998, and her husband, Tye, announce the birth of their son, Owen Joseph, on April 22. They live in Oreland, Pa.

Alanna (Caffrey) Rosenberg, M.A. 1998, and her husband, Jasper, announce the birth of their daughter, Molly Eleanor, on Nov. 10, 2005. The family lives in Medford, Mass.

Shannon Alexander Mazza, B.A. 1999, and Chris Mazza, B.A. 1996, announce the birth of their second child, James Thomas, on March 7. He joins brother Jackson, 2. They live in Braintree, Mass., where Chris is in sales and Shannon is a first-grade teacher.

Stacey Persichetti-Moyers, B.A. 1999, of Bristol, Pa., was promoted to director of advertising and promotion at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Formerly communications manager, Moyers oversees the development of advertising strategies and campaigns as well as the creation of programs to boost museum attendance.

John Bilancini, B.A. 2002, is working as a development associate at Eliza Bryant Village on the east side of Cleveland. Eliza Bryant is the second-oldest traditionally African-American eldercare facility in the United States.

Matthew J. Hanka, B.A. 2002, is completing his first year in the Ph.D. program in urban and public affairs at the University of Louisville. Last year, he was an adjunct lecturer of political science at the University of Louisville, Indiana University-Southeast in New Albany, Ind., and Jefferson Community College in Louisville.

Lynne (Dardis) Pesce, B.A. 2002, and her husband, Stephen, announce the birth of Allison Marie Pesce, on March 30. The family lives in the New Orleans area.

Jerry F. Reynolds, B.A. 2002, became a program officer in February for the Enterprise Corporation of the Delta/Hope Community Credit Union, a leader in the community development field, in Biloxi, Miss. He assists businesses, individuals and nonprofits in community development efforts aimed at rebuilding the Gulf Coast region after Hurricane Katrina.

Colleen E. Manning, B.A. 2003, of Hingham, Mass., joined the ABC40 sports team as a producer/reporter in July 2005. Previously, she worked as a freelance reporter for RSN-TV in North Conway, N.H., and for the sports and production departments of WMTW-TV in Portland, Maine.

Teresa A. Mercandetti, B.S. 2005, of Yonkers, N.Y., is working for Lundbeck Research USA as a cellular biologist in Paramus, N.J.

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