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Weddings | Births
| In Memoriam
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
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,
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 email@example.com.”
Arnold Ropeik '47
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
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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
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
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.
Charles ’97 and Cari Nebbio Gallagher ’97
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
“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
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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
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
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
Andrea Mastrobattista, of Bernardsville,
N.J., has started her own company, Operation INSPIRATION,
which provides online resources to “all things inspirational”
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
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.
Gregory Lorjuste ’04
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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,
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
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,”
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.
Vishal Anand ’98
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
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
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
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
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.