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Alumni Profiles

Arnold Ropeik '47

Charles '97 and Cari Nebbio Gallagher '97

Gregory Lorjuste '02

Vishal Anand '98

Nereida Cordero celebrated her 94th birthday in San Juan, PR, where she lives near her only son and his wife in a building overlooking the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean. She still bakes cakes for special occasions, and she loves baking pistachio cake the most. Nereida traveled the world with her late husband, Ignacio, in decades past and at present is writing and compiling her memoirs of those trips as well as keeping herself busy by reading newspapers and book

Arthur Schreiber, founder and president of the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame, has announced the relocation of the Hall and Museum to Marconi Station in Wall Township, N.J. The new home of this national attraction will become a major part of the Information Age Learning Center at the historic Camp Evans site famous for its electronics, radio, radar, satellite and telephone history. Arthur is a former trustee of Rider University.

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Newport, N.C., resident Richard Duncan is enjoying retirement. He works part-time at an amusement park and likes to travel with his wife, Betty. They will be teaching crafts on cruise ships for six weeks this year.

Richard McKinley Sr. of East Hartford, Conn., and his wife, Carolyn, are enjoying retirement in a four-season climate after 30 years in Phoenix.

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Erika Geberl Boardman lives with her husband in Largo, Fla., where they spend their time on the tennis court and the golf course. Erika is a retired accounting instructor from DeKalb College in Atlanta.

For the past five years in July, the class of 1963 brothers of Delta Sigma Pi has held a reunion at the farm of brother Larry LaFrenz in Zionsville, Pa., near Allentown. Larry, Donald Wilson and former Rider baseball pitcher Ron Bittner tracked down many brothers from their class along with other Rider guests. Some came from as far away as Boston, Florida and Michigan. Everyone enjoyed the great tales and stories (some of which have been exaggerated) from the good old days at 909 Bellevue Avenue. Attending the reunion were: Ed Wallace, Gil Raudenbush '65, Walt Jesionowski, Ken Putt, Larry LaFrenz, Dale Ledden, Don Wilson '65, Bruce Moodie, Bill Weinfeld '64, Fran Spisak, and William “winky” Johnston '62.

John Harrell Jr. MA '74 recently retired after 23 years as senior classified library coordinator at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Princeton, N.J.

John Millard Sr. writes: “My wife, Judith, and I are still living on our boat on the Manatee River in Palmetto, Fla.” John is a product manager at Harcourt Testing and Judith is a department chair at Manatee Area Vo-Tech Center.

David Cosky MA '70 wrote to tell us he retired in June as a professor of management and office administration at Gloucester County College. “After 40 years of teaching (five years at Collingswood High School and 35 years at Gloucester County College), I felt it was time. At the June 2005 meeting of the Gloucester County College Board of Trustees, I was granted the rank of professor emeritus. I now have more time to devote to my antique automobile collection,” the Haddon Heights, N.J., resident writes.

Marlene Stonaker Cleary retired seven years ago after teaching 32 years at Delsea Regional High School in Franklinville, N.J. She moved to the Calabash area of North Carolina, which is the most southern andeastern point of the state, and recently received her North Carolina and South Carolina real estate license, launching her new career. “If anyone is thinking of relocating or moving to the Calabash or Myrtle Beach area, please send me an e-mail at mcleary@century21carolina.com.”

Alumni Profile

Arnold Ropeik '47

An era came to a bittersweet close on Feb. 7, 2006, when the last column written by Arnold Ropeik ’47 was published in that day’s edition of The Times of Trenton.

Ropeik recently retired as The Times’ senior editor and tried his best to sum up a 45-year career with the newspaper in that final 15-inch column.

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“We miss the East coast and our family and friends (and good bagels, pizza and diners),” writes Theresa Pachella Sposato. “But we are greatly enjoying our new semi-retired life in the Puget Sound area of Washington. We are fortunate that our daughter, Sara, and her family live nearby as well as an old high school buddy of my husband, Arnie. Life is good.” Theresa has two other children, Caren and Adam, and five grandchildren.

After 38 years in the petroleum industry, Dom Diaferia has retired to Naples, Fla. “Summers in Connecticut, winters in Florida. If I knew it would be this good, I would have retired years ago,” he writes.

Rockville, Md., resident Brent Gulick is principal at The GCI Group. He recently served as visiting executive in Rider's Computer Information Systems department, and is a member of the CIS Advisory Council. He is also a consultant for Rider for federal and congressional business development.

West Palm Beach (Fla.) Fishing Club member Pete Michalczyn found himself in the Mid-Atlantic $500,000 tournament winner's circle this past August. The 14-year club member was lead gaff aboard the Melina, a 60-foot North Palm Beach-based Betram owned by Bill Burris Jr. The Melina took home top honors for the heaviest blue marlin, a 699-pound fish that was worth a whopping $213,000. Pete is an avid fisherman, since retirement in 1990 from Capital City Aluminum Products in Hamilton, N.J., which he owned. He and his wife, Sharyn, reside in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and are enjoying retirement.

Retiree Lawrence Thomas of Green Brook, N.J., is enjoying life. He continues to run his home-improvement business, skydive seven months of the year and ski the other five months. “I had a great career in teaching for 36 years. Great students and great memories,” he writes.

Domenick Camisi, CPA, of Tabernacle, N.J., chief financial officer and senior vice president of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals, has been named treasurer of the board of trustees of the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey, Inc.

Craig Taylor and his wife, Melody Nabson Taylor '70, of Cherry Hill, N.J., write: “We are happy to announce the birth of another grandchild. We now have four! Ayalah, Harrison, Nolan and Aitan. We are enjoying spending time with our three married children and with our grandchildren. Our lives are so full.”

Diane Turton Realtors was selected one of the 25 fastest growing companies in the Garden State in 2005. Diane Settle Turton, the firm's president and broker/owner, and the entire Turton Team were honored by NJ Biz, which runs the annual NJ Finest's program, honoring the 50 fastest growing companies. She was also recently honored as an outstanding humanitarian by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Founded in 1986, Diane Turton Realtors is a full-service real estate company with 23 offices throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties with three offices in Florida. Diane is a member of Rider University's Business Advisory Board.

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Edith (Peggy) Archer Ferguson is enjoying her life in Warrenton, Va., where she is an elementary school teacher. She has two daughters, Jessica and Erinn, and three grandchildren who all live nearby.

Photographer Helen Cherry Hauptman writes: “After marrying in 2001, I moved out of Los Angeles to Empire, 65 miles east. I opened a large studio and bought a home overlooking a lake, with an outdoor portrait garden.”

Michael Ivankovich has released his 11th book in the antiques and collectibles field. Generally regarded as the country's leading authority on Wallace Nutting and other leading early 20th century hand-colored photographers, he partnered with his wife, Susan, in the release of this Collector Books publication. Michael runs the Michael Ivankovich Auction Company in Doylestown, Pa., and was named Pennsylvania's Auctioneer of the Year in 2004.

After 32 years, Marianne Colligan Dougherty retired from South Brunswick, N.J., High School, where she has supervised and taught the school's family and consumer services and technology education courses. She looks at her retirement as the end of one phase of her life and the start of a new adventure. While her plans include playing tennis and doing volunteer work with literacy programs and reading, Marianne will not be abandoning her love of teaching. She will be teaching business courses at community college, keeping herself in the classroom where she feels most comfortable.

Evangeline Weck Ontiveros writes: “We happily left Los Angeles after 25 years to relocate to Richmond, Va., when my husband, Alan, transferred jobs within GE affiliates. My son, Sam, is finishing his senior year in Los Angeles with his father and going into acting (like his mom did). I am decorating our new home and investigating theater opportunities in Central Virginia. Hope to reconnect with Bijou Theater alums!”

Yardville, N.J., resident Barbara Apgar Slachta retired from teaching for the Freehold, N.J., board of education in 2003. She and her husband, Paul, have two daughters, Kristy, a graduate student at UPenn School of Dental Medicine, and Alison, a high school student. The Slachtas spend their summers at their home in Beach Haven, N.J.

Advanced Medical Marketing Communications of Lambertville, N.J., is pleased to announce the hiring of Kathleen Pietras Stasia as vice president, new business. Formerly the executive vice president for the Institute for Advanced Medical Education, she comes to Advanced with more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, and a proven track record of promoting growth for major healthcare businesses.

“I recently started my own company called Silk Flower Power,” writes Gail Weiner Allan, “where we create silk arrangements for home, office, gifts and centerpieces.” For more information, check out her Web site at www.azsilkflowerpower.com. Gail and her husband, John, an analyst for Qwest, live in Sun City, Ariz.

Principal Gail Garber retired in June after 26 years of service at the Pine Road Elementary School. Initially a reading specialist at Pine Road, she sought principal certification by default, having been asked to serve as acting principal during the 1982-83 school year. One of many moments of distinction throughout her career includes the year Pine Road was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

PDI, Inc., a diversified sales and marketing services company, announced that Kevin Connolly has joined the company as executive vice president and general manager, medical education and communication. Bringing more than 25 years of pharmaceutical sales and marketing experience to PDI, he was formerly senior vice president, group general manager in Cardinal's Health Medical Communications Group.

Susan VanNostrand Hughes, a paralegal with Laddey Clark & Ryan in Sparta, N.J., is a recent graduate of Sussex County Community College, earning an associate of applied science degree in paralegal studies. She joined the full-service law firm in 2004 as an intern and later became a full-time associate. Her focus at the firm is the preparation of wills, living wills, power of attorneys, trust documents and deed transfers.

In July 2003, seven Rider buddies got together in Sedona, Ariz., to celebrate turning 50. They went on a hot air balloon ride, a pink Jeep tour, a three-hour trail ride, and a hike along the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Christine Baber Smith '73, Elaine Nelson Convery, Beatrice Stem May, Leslie Antunes Rounsaville, Nancy Higgins Peterson, Diane Cerdan Laslie '74, and Beverly Kirby originally met on the second floor of Ziegler A in the fall of 1971 and have stayed great friends since. They get together four-to-five times a year. Chris lives with her husband, Gary Smith'74, and three children in Henniker, N.H.; Elaine lives in Clinton, N.J.; Bea lives with her husband, Jeff, and daughter in Great Meadows, N.J.; Leslie lives with her husband, Jeff, and two children in Mildred, N.H.; Nancy lives in Hope, N.J.; Diane lives with her husband, Bill, in Cape Coral, Fla.; and Bev lives in Enfield, Conn. “Our next two big get-togethers will be in Eastman, N.H., and Cape Cod, Mass.,” writes Bea.

Alumni Profile

Charles ’97 and Cari Nebbio Gallagher ’97

Ten years after meeting on Rider's Lawrenceville campus, Charles and Cari Nebbio Gallagher are back in Mercer County as successful teachers and, recently, as parents.

Charlie is in his fourth year as a teacher of film, video and multimedia at Princeton High School while Cari has been teaching first grade at Lawrenceville Elementary School for five years.

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South Jersey Gas announced that John Stanziola has joined the company as director, regulatory affairs. He was previously the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities' executive director. In his new position he develops and recommends regulatory initiatives that help promote the company's goals. John has served on various committees at both state and national levels, including the National Regulatory Utilities Commission's Executive Management Committee.

“I am currently teaching the Meadow Lakes residents in watercolor classes and pastels,” writes Gertrude Britton Kimble of Hightstown, N.J. “I am also painting portraits and doing art therapy with some students. I am enjoying retirement!”

After a lifetime in New Jersey, Karen Mallia left to join the faculty of the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She is teaching advertising, having been a copywriter and creative director at numerous New York advertising agencies before starting her own freelance business. She and her husband, Bruce Bakaj, celebrated their 25th anniversary in September.

At an annual gala awards ceremony, the Business Marketing Association (BMA) recognized 10 agencies as “The Best-of the-Best.” Frank Sonnenberg's company, Sonnenberg, Haviland & Partners, was one of the recipients of this honor. The BMA, one of the leading business-to-business marketing and communication industry associations in the country, judged the creative efforts of 330 agencies in the NY/NJ metropolitan area over a 10-year period of time. Frank is a former trustee of Rider University.

Scottsdale, Ariz., resident Charlene Schaefer Tomlinson is the 2005 Teacher of the Year award recipient for the Deer Valley Unified School District. She and her husband, James, have a daughter, Tiffany.

Karen Strausberg Castor recently became the director of budgeting and planning for Aerosoles. She lives in Springfield, N.J., with her husband, Mark, and their son,Benjamin. “Rider is definitely in my family. My mother, Irene Silver Strausberg '51, is an alumna, my late uncle Leon Troll '55 was a grad, and my niece, Jennifer Nemiroff '08, was just named a Andrew J. Rider Scholar,” she writes.

Martin Durkin is the managing partner of the law firm of Durkin & Abel, P.C., where he specializes in fire and explosion litigation. Residing in the Old City section of Philadelphia, Pa., he is the president of the GDL Farms Corporation, which provides independent and assisted senior housing for more than 1,000 residents in seven facilities throughout the Delaware Valley.

Novellus Systems, Inc., the productivity and technology leader in advanced deposition, surface preparation and chemical mechanical planarization processes for the global semiconductor industry, announced that William Kurtz has joined the company as executive vice president and chief financial officer. He was formerly with Engenio Information Technologies, Inc., where he was senior vice president and chief financial officer. William is a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee for both PMC-Sierra, Inc. and Redback Networks, Inc.

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The Star-Ledger published an article in March 2005 on Kevin Allen about the Montclair, N.J., native being sworn in as the city's first African-American fire chief. He is a 25-year veteran of the 88-member department.

Haddonfield, N.J., lawyer Glenn Henkel of Kulzer & DiPadova, who was honored as one of the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers for 2005 by New Jersey Monthly Magazine, received the Founders' Award from the Estate & Financial Planning Council of Southern New Jersey on June 1, 2005. Glenn is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a trustee of the Camden County Bar Association and also the Moorestown Community House. He has held many other distinguished positions and his published articles have appeared in national tax journals as well as numerous other publications.

Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. announced the appointment of Richard Ranieri to the position of senior vice president, human resources. He is responsible for leading the company's human resources efforts for more than 500 employees and managing the company's strategic organizational growth and leadership development efforts.

Dorothy Silva is a community outreach officer for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Ky. She recently transferred from Army Recruiting Battalion in Miami, Fla., where she served as an editor and public relations specialist.

Eugene Stark, CPA, of Martinsville, N.J., has been appointed vice president of General American Investors Company, Inc., a closed-end investment company. He formerly served as a vice president of Prudential Financial, Inc.

Carol Linneman Cirasa e-mailed to say that after more than 20 years as a legal assistant, she returned to college, received her elementary teaching certification in July 2003, and is now a third grade teacher in Piscataway, N.J. She plans to continue her education and become a certified reading teacher. “On the home front,” Carol writes, “I turned into a Bridgewater soccer mom following my son Matthew's traveling team. Speaking of boys-note to the girls from Ziegler B: that little red-headed boy who used to come to the dorm to visit with my parents (my nephew, David) recently celebrated his first wedding anniversary. How time flies by! We're coming up on 25 years, ZB, it's time to start planning another reunion!”

“In September of 2004, my husband Scott's job relocated us to the Albany, NY, area, which puts us much closer to the beautiful Adirondack Mountains,” writes Ann Young Frankel. “I work part-time teaching water aerobics, and love it.” She and Scott have two children, Abygail and Sam.

Lorene Claus Hartigan of Lambertville, N.J., has been promoted to assistant vice president in the information technology department at New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company in West Trenton, N.J. She heads a functional team of project managers, business analysts, software developers and quality control resources that develop and maintain software solutions that make up the company's information technology portfolio. Lori started at NJM as a part-timer while attending Rider and began working full time as a programmer after graduating.

TyRx Pharma, Inc., a privately held company located in Monmouth Junction, N.J., announced that William McJames is vice president of product development. Having more than 20 years of experience in the design, development and introduction of medical devices, he has been issued 14 U.S. patents for medical devices, medical technology manufacturing processes, and clinical methods for the deployment of innovative medical technology.

Janna Miller MacConnell writes: “We had been living overseas from 1987 to 2003 with my husband's work: Sydney, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; London, England; and Johannesburg, South Africa. We have since settled in Richmond, VA, and I have recently acquired my own business, Curves.” Janna and her husband, Bruce, director of a consulting firm, have two sons, Brandon and Bruce III.

Wyckoff, N.J., resident Mark Oberndorf is a professional artist who has been selected for inclusion in the 2006 edition of Who's Who in the World for his body of work and teachings. The Bergen Record recently published an article about Mark saying that he is “The Edward Hopper of Bergen County.” He has had numerous exhibitions at many galleries from Provincetown, Mass., to Greenwich, Conn., to northern New Jersey. He also gives presentations at local schools showing kids what an artist does on a day-to-day basis and how he goes about constructing his paintings. Mark has a Web site at www.markoberndorf.com if anyone would like to see some of his work.

Thomas Comer was featured in New Jersey Law Journal in February 2005. He is a partner in the law firm of Lomurro, Davison, Eastman & Munoz, practicing personal injury, labor and employment law. Tom is a member of the Monmouth Bar Association and the American Trial Lawyers Association of NJ (Board of Governors 2003-present), and was a former Neptune Township, N.J., zoning board attorney.

Lieutenant Colonels Loretta Saulter Thomas and Roberta Andrechick Niedt MA '99 stand together following a deployment ceremony outside the Sovereign Bank Arena on October 9, 2004. Lt. Col. Thomas serves as the battalion commander of the 250th Signal Battalion and Lt. Col. Niedt is the battalion commander of the 50th Personnel Services Battalion. Both units are part of the N.J. Army National Guard. They were college roommates while at Rider and were commissioned together in 1983 through the Rider ROTC program. Lt. Col. Thomas is deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and is scheduled to return home in the fall.

The Glass family, Tom Glass, Adria Back Glass, Connor and Hannah, live in Ocean, N.J. Adria is a pre-school music teacher and entertainer for children's birthday parties and Tom is a manager at Prudential Investments in Newark, N.J

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The board of trustees of the Tuckerton Seaport (www.tuckertonseaport.org) has recently hired Michele Pierdinock of Hamilton, N.J., as its new executive director. She will work closely with the trustees, staff and volunteers to create a comprehensive operational strategy that reflects their vision while defining the finance, capital and human resources necessary to implement their goals and objectives. Michele will also manage the day-to-day operations at the Seaport. “I summered at the Jersey shore while growing up and I love salt water. I'm discovering the living-bay history of New Jersey,” she says. “Tuckerton was the Third Port of Entry as designated by George Washington. There's an enormous amount of local history and bay history here that's truly remarkable.”

Newton, N.J., resident Kim Bougas is a controller for Westport Corporation in Pine Brook, N.J. She earned her MBA in finance from the University of Colorado in May 2005. Richard Filipow has been promoted from police officer detective to sergeant detective in the Fairfield, N.J., police department. His fields of experience are in arson, domestic violence and evidence custody.

Chuck Hackel is a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Bridgewater, N.J. He and Tom Dominko, another financial representative with the company, were featured in an article recently in The Courier News. Chuck specializes in insurance sales.

At the American School Counselor Association's conference held in June in Orlando, Fla., Deborah Hardy was selected as the 2005 Secondary School Counselor of the Year.

Andrea Mastrobattista, of Bernardsville, N.J., has started her own company, Operation INSPIRATION, which provides online resources to “all things inspirational” at www.operationinspiration.com.

Mark Piccone has received the Bristol-Myers Squibb President's Award given to employees who donate time and effort for humanitarian causes. Mark received this year's honor for his volunteer work on the “Tour of Hope,” an eight-day bike ride across the country with Lance Armstrong and 24 other cancer survivors to raise awareness of clinical trials for cancer patients. Mark is also a three-time winner of Bristol-Myers Squibb's highest honor for sales in the company's oncology division.

The Boys and Girls Club of Vineland, N.J.,named Tammy Glovsky-Ortega to the position of president of the board. She is a family worker coordinator at the IMPACT Program through South Jersey Healthcare in collaboration with Vineland public schools. Tammy, who also serves on several other boards including the Tiny Tim Fund and the Sisterhood of Beth Israel Congregation, is married with a three-year-old daughter.

InsightExpress, a leading online market research firm, announced recently the appointment of Michael Krameisen to senior account executive in the media sector. A seasoned marketing research veteran with almost 15 years of experience, he will be responsible for establishing and building strong relationships with clients in the media industry and provide thought-leadership and strategic marketing research solutions to support the business objectives ofcompanies that operate within this sector. Michael resides in Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., with his wife, Jamie, and son, Joshua.

Middletown, N.J., resident Stacey Solomon is an assistant professor in the psychology department at Caldwell College. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2001.

“We are so glad to still be receiving the alumni magazine here at our new home in Hong Kong,” writes Elena Caprari Wehrenberg. “Last year my husband, Alan Wehrenberg, accepted an expat assignment in Hong Kong with Merrill Lynch. His new role is director of compliance - Asia Pacific. We anticipate being here two to three years. This past year has been interesting as we adjust to living abroad with all the cultural/climate differences that go along with it.” Elena and Alan are the parents of four children, Evan and triplets A.J., William and Julia.

Rider grads in attendance at the wedding of Lori Berish and Christopher Kotes were maid of honor Susan Berdan '91, matron of honor Hillary Rhody Peterson, MBA '93, Jennifer Esposito Cagiao, Ed Stewart, uncle Donald Apai '58, MA '62, and cousin Arlene Dogaluk Dollar '74. Lori, a zone marketing analyst for State Farm Companies, and Christopher, a senior personal banking officer for MBNA America Bank, live in Kennett Square, Pa.

Lithia, Fla., resident Denise Tracy Valenza writes: “I recently walked the Susan B. Komen 3-Day Walk in Tampa, Fla. I walked 60 miles in three days and with my team, we raised more than $70,000 to help find a cure for breast cancer.” Denise, married and mother of three daughters, is regional manager for Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Alumni Profile

Gregory Lorjuste ’04

Before he was persuaded, Gregory Lorjuste ’04 never gave much thought to even going to college. Today, he is a successful alumnus of Rider University and is part of a program launched by one of the nation’s up-andcoming leaders.

Lorjuste, of Trenton, N.J., was one of 10 individuals nationwide recently selected to participate in Yes We Can, a national Democratic campaign management and training program founded by U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and run by his administrative fundraising group, Hopefund.

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Robert Adams Jr. has been appointed vice president of support services at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, N.J. He joined Jersey Shore in 1992 as a patient registrar in access services and most recently served as senior manager, orthopedic and rehabilitation service line and support services.

John Caruso was featured recently in The Courier News' Restaurant News section. After working for the banquet departments of several major hotel chains, he followed his dream and opened his own place. John and his mother, Anna, former proprietor of Mom's family-style restaurant, opened Olivia, a new eatery in Middlesex, N.J.

Cheryl Coffee is an environmental manager for Congoleum Corporation in Hamilton, N.J. She and her husband, Jorge Gomez, live in Yardley, Pa., with their two daughters, Laura and Sarah.

Milford, N.J., voters gave incumbent Teresa Griswa Kane MBA '97 a solid win in balloting for a three-year school board term. A resident since 1980, she is the single mother of a Milford fifth grader and has worked for AT&T for 21 years.

Amper, Politziner & Mattia, CPAs and consultants in Edison, N.J., has announced that Edward O'Connell has been promoted to senior manager in the accounting and auditing department and a member of the firm's technology and public companies groups. Ed is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, where he has served on the society's auditing and accounting committees.

Lanmark Group welcomes Christine Rizzo Gallagher as account supervisor. She is an active member in numerous clubs and associations, including the American Marketing Association.

NAI Global appointed Cheryl McDonald transaction manager with its corporate services team. She has 10 years of experience in corporate real estate and specializes in process management, site selection and lease negotiations.

Wells Fargo lending manager Bryan McEntegart lives in Fairless Hills, Pa., with his wife, Kathleen, and their son, Reilly. Bryan's hobbies are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Jeet Kune Do, playing guitar and spending free time with friends and family.

Sharon Keys Longo was recently promoted to divisional human resources director for Terminix International. She resides in Marlton, N.J., with her husband, Michael.

The Staubach Company announced that Shawn Straka has been appointed vice president of corporate services. He has been with the company since 2002.

Wayne Frohlich has been named a partner in the law firm of Linda L. Piff, P.C. in Wall, N.J. A longtime resident of Toms River, he is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association (Young Lawyer's Division), the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Wayne is also a member of both the Monmouth County and Ocean County bar associations.

Living in Fords, N.J., Beth Ann Blitch Lynch is a teacher at St. Joseph School in Carteret, N.J. Her husband, Christopher, is a communication specialist for Cingular Wireless.

After three years as residence director of Switlik Hall on Rider's Lawrenceville campus, Katie Musar, MA '04 spent a year as an RD at the University of Washington in Seattle before returning to the East Coast in July 2005 to take a similar position with The New School in New York City. Katie is also preparing for a Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip to Alaska in July. She asks Rider alumni and friends interested in making a donation to Habitat for Humanity on her behalf to e-mail her at kthabitat@gmail.com for information.

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On June 26, 2005, Wendy Bitman married Harris Cohen. Rider alumni in the bridal party included Christi Calvano, Cyndi Bracchi '96 and Jeanine Bass Friel. Other grads in attendance were Becky Green Feinberg '99, Sharon Bass Houser MBA '01, Nancy Hood Bowers and Joanne Hansen Curcio. Wendy and Harris live in Mt. Laurel, N.J., where she teaches third grade.

Mike Fries recently completed his first season as head coach of the Cinnaminson (NJ) High School boys' basketball team, guiding the Pirates into the South Jersey Group II playoffs.

Rider alumni in Gainesville, Fla., for the wedding of Cliff Olsen and Jamie Wootten were (left to right) Paul Pieri; best man Brian Kelley '97; and on the other side of the bride and groom, Julie Carbonari Tighe '00, M.Acc. '01; James Tighe, MBA '00; and Dan Gregory, MBA '01. Cliff, a former Rider men's basketball team manager, is a sports writer in the Gainesville area and is enjoying learning the ropes of parenthood with his 7-year-old stepdaughter, Courtney. Jamie is an underwriter specialist with Nationwide Insurance in Gainesville. They live in High Springs, Fla.

Rider grads Alanna Sanders and Kim Finn Kunz were bridesmaids at the wedding of Meghan Barno and Jeffrey Portik. Also in attendance was Candace Schaner Leffler.

The law firm on Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP announced that Jessica Battaglia has joined the firm as an associate in the real estate department. A member of the firm's planned real estate practice group, she concentrates her practice in planned real estate development and community associa-tion law. Jessica is a member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Community Associations Institute and the New Jersey State and American Bar Associations.

“Over the past four years, I have been working on my master's degree and moving,” writes Leslie Day of Frederick, Md. “It has been hectic and stressful, but I am really enjoying my new company and have had two promotions since starting.” Leslie is research manager for Medlmmune, Inc.

Amper, Politziner & Mattia, certified public accountants and consultants in Edison, N.J., have announced that Sean Hoopes has joined the firm. He is a senior accountant in the firm's internal audit/insurance group and has earned the CFE designation from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Hamilton, N.J., is home to stay-at-home mom Gina Schultz Mycyk. She and her husband, Orest, are enjoying raising their daughter, Kaitlyn, who was born on August 27, 2004. “I am also keeping busy with my stepchildren, Larissa and Brittany, and their dancing and gymnastics classes,” writes Gina.

Newlyweds Nicole Viti Drake and her husband, Thomas, reside in Old Bridge, N.J., where Nicole is an addictions counselor and Tom is a chef.

Alumni Profile

Vishal Anand ’98

When he transferred to Rider University from Mercer County Community College in the fall of 1996, Vishal Anand '98 envisioned for himself a career on Wall Street.

While that may still happen, the route there will have been a bit different from the way he originally planned it, thanks to a help-wanted ad on the bulletin board in Rider's office of career services. “There was a job listing that offered $10 an hour and that was a decent amount of money,” said Anand, who was already married at the time. “So I gave it a shot and faxed over a résumé.”

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In attendance at the wedding of Laurie Alfieri and Christopher Micali '99 were Jennifer Reeves Cook, Anna Maria Diaz '04, Julie Alfieri '06 and Julie Herstein '07. The newlyweds currently reside in East Brunswick, N.J. They are both pursuing master of arts degrees in school counseling services at Rider.

Laura Schoenheit Andruski of Clifton Park, N.Y., has been named the production and publicity manager for iEAR Presents! (Integrated Electronic Arts at Rensselaer). She directs the presentation and production of public activities of the arts department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is responsible for planning, management, fund-raising and publicity for such activities.

Warrington, Pa., resident Tracy Davison MBA '05 has been promoted to financial administrator for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

On June 12, 2005, Heather Gordon received her Ph.D. from Dartmouth College. Her degree was awarded by the department of psychological and brain sciences and focused on the influence of trait psychopathy on the decoding, interference and utilization of emotional information. Heather is currently working at Tufts University in Medford, M.A., as a post-doctoral research fellow.

Living in New York, N.Y., Kerri Gumbel Klein is a second-grade teacher for the Oradell board of education. She is also working on her master's degree in reading at William Paterson University. Her husband, Jason, is a physical therapist.

At the wedding of Lauren Kluth and John Delisio, Michelle Triglia was the maid of honor and Lisa Jablonski '99 and Danielle Chevere Drumm '99 were the bridesmaids. The ceremony took place on July 30, 2005.

“I am a sales rep for Sir Speedy in Bensalem, Pa., where I reside,” writes Angela Ciocca. She is a member of the Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce.

Gina Monari is signed by several local modeling agencies, including Reinhard Model & Talent and Greer Lange Model & Talent in Philadelphia, and Anderson Models in Marlton, N.J., as a commercial fashion model in the tri-state area. Her most recent assignment was for a Charming Shoppes vendor runway show in Atlantic City, N.J., where she appeared as a Lane Bryant lingerie model. In addition, for the past four years, she has been working as associate editor/writer for Med Ad Inc. in Newtown, Pa., publishers of Med Ad News, R&D Directions and Pharmalive.com.

Courtney Schleyer Robinson of Tinton Falls, N.J., is a stay-at-home mom taking care of her son, Zachary Daniel, who was born on June 20, 2004. She and her husband, Marc, enjoy traveling when they can.

Bridesmaids at the wedding of Stephanie Colbry and Joseph Povlosky were Jader Harlow, Valerie Goldberg, Rachel Samely '03, Janine Romano '03, Melissa Miller '03, Rhonnee DelaCruz '03, and Rukiya Henderson '04. Anthony Masucci, MBA '04 was the best man and Justin Davis '04 was an usher.

Frank Gramlich was the best man and Patricia Pollak and Kristine Hibbs were bridesmaids at the wedding of Kellie Springhorn and David Cramer. Christopher Nugent '03 was an usher. Other Rider grads in attendance were Janice Hutchinson Hillsdon '01, Chary Delacerna '03 and Diane Bukowczyk '04. Kellie, a third-grade teacher, and David, an account executive for The Coastal Group, reside in Rocky Hill, N.J.

Bernadette Schumacher Williams recently opened a business called Bridal Needs LLP for anyone who needs a bridal consultant or wedding-related items. The site is www.bridalneeds.net.

After graduating from Rider, Danica Wirski spent several months traveling throughout the United States. After a year teaching art in Colorado, she moved to Montana, where she lives on a farm and works for a real estate company doing their marketing and advertising.

Rider grads at Laura Berger and Frank Luzzi's wedding included Amy Householder Leslie '04, Brandon Leslie, Haley Ross '04 and Jaclyn Levi '05.

At the wedding of Teresa Swan and Nicholas Schaefer '02, Michael Basford '02 was best man and Dana Flatekval '04 was the maid of honor. The groomsmen were Kevin Chapman '02, MAcc '04 and Matthew Swan '05 and Sharon Kelley was the reader. Other Rider guests were Kerry Greenstein, Ed Mayer '01, Roger Alvarado and Lindsay Walter '06.

There were several Rider grads in and attending the wedding of Tracy Selb and Carleton Eastlack MBA '05. In the wedding were Matthew Popilowski '05 and Brian Gallo. Also in attendance were Robert Castro, Jarrod Kedersha '01, Stephanie Kedersha '00, Marissa Cattel, Melissa Riley '05, Associate Dean Ira Mayo and Dr. Kathleen Pierce.

New York, RPR Marketing Solutions has added Casey Harris as an account executive to its rapidly expanding team. His responsibilities are client relations and the development and implementation of plans to expand RPR's client portfolio.


  • Lester Finch '63 and Karen Stalcup on May 28, 2005.
  • Lori Berish '92 and Christopher Kotes in October 2004.
  • Wendy Bitman '97 and Harris Cohen on June 26, 2005.
  • Alison Christmann '95 and Douglas Carey on May 7, 2005.
  • Tara Kelly '95 and Robert Hryszko Jr. on April 9, 2005.
  • Sharon Keys '95 and Michael Longo on September 11, 2004.
  • Beth Ann Blitch '96 and Christopher Lynch on June 6, 2004.
  • Angie Bransfield '98 and Eugene Gendek on June 25, 2004.
  • Cliff Olsen '98 and Jamie Wootten on November 12, 2005.
  • Meghan Barno '99 and Jeffrey Portik on April 9, 2005.
  • Nicole Viti '99 and Thomas Drake III on April 9, 2005.
  • Laurie Alfieri '00 and Christopher Micali '99 on June 25, 2005.
  • Paul Csogi '00 and Lindsay Augustyniak on September 4, 2004.
  • Kerri Gumbel '00 and Jason Klein on July 3, 2004.
  • Lauren Kluth '00 and John Delisio on July 30, 2005.
  • Julie Pasternak '01 and Andrew Santaniello '01 on October 9, 2004.
  • Stephanie Colbry '02 and Joseph Povlosky on May 14, 2005.
  • Bernadette Schumacher '02 and Rich Williams on August 20, 2005.
  • Kellie Springhorn '02 and David Cramer '02 on July 16, 2005.
  • Laura Berger '03 and Frank Luzzi on November 5, 2005.
  • Colleen McMullen '03 and Stephen Camuccio on April 23, 2005.
  • Teresa Swan '03 and Nicholas Schaefer '02 on October 1, 2005.
  • Tracy Selb '04 and Carleton Eastlack '04, MBA'05 on August 20, 2005.


  • Connor Tobias to Tom Glass '86 and Adria Back Glass '88 on July 28, 2005.
  • Julia Elizabeth to Robert Sasso '88, MBA '92 and Amy Sasso on March 26, 2005.
  • Sophia Irene to Irene Raissis Alton '93 and Scott Alton on December 2, 2004.
  • Marisa Lynn to Julie Lincks Terrone '93 and Don Terrone on August 30, 2005.
  • Matthew Joseph to Alicia Ardito Lordi '94 and Jim Lordi on August 11, 2005.
  • John Paul to Laura Merk Okupski '94 and Brian Okupski on April 22, 2005.
  • Jaden Giovanni to Stacey Goldmann Ricco '94 and John Ricco on June 28, 2005.
  • Cristian to Janet Pena Simms '94 and James Simms on May 18, 2004.
  • Thomas Joseph to Michelle Meaney-DeMarsh '96 and Thomas DeMarsh on June 9, 2005.
  • Alexandra Julia to Tanya Singura Soltys '96 and Gene Soltys on May 28, 2005.
  • Anastasia Emma to Veronica Yankowski Pavliv '96 and Gregory Pavliv on July 21, 2005.
  • Natalie Frances to Keila Berrios Irizarry '97, MBA '99 and Christopher Irizarry on April 27, 2005.
  • Reece Bridget to Cari Nebbio Gallagher '97 and Charles Gallagher '97 on July 25, 2005.
  • Isabella Nicole to Robin Napravnik Moschitti '97 and John Moschitti on December 1, 2004.
  • Rebecca Jule and Samantha Jule to Nicole Alligood Quinlan '97 and John Quinlan on June 3, 2005.
  • Maji Ann to Tony Whalen '97 and Laura Whalen on May 9, 2005.
  • Emily Rose to Amy Conklin Bollinger '98 and Fred Bollinger on June 2, 2005.
  • Isaac to Tara Caponigro Halikiopoulos '98 and Nicholas Halikiopoulos on January 10, 2005.
  • Nicolas Amaurys to Liliana Martiniez Rodriguez '99 and Maury Rodriguez on March 24, 2005.
  • William Brian to Christa Ploumitsakos Appelget '01 and William Brian Appelget '99 on May 27, 2005.
  • Sarah Elizabeth to Amy Compton Fowler '02 and Steven Fowler '97, MBA '01 on March 11, 2004


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