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Richard Guarino, BS (R), is editor of the fourth edition of New Drug Approval Process, published by Marcel Dekker, Inc., N.Y.C. He has lectured worldwide on global product submissions to the pharmaceutical industry.


Dorothy Fontana, AA (R), a screenplay writer best known for her work on “Star Trek,” was inducted into the Museum of Television and Radio’s “She Made It: Women Creating Television and Radio” in December 2006 for her contributions to the television industry.


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David Pollack, BS (R), who is retired, divides his time between his home in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and New Orleans, La., with his daughter and grandchildren. He writes that he would like to hear from anyone from the class of 1960. Pollack may be reached at P.O. Box 71122, Madison Heights, Mich. 48071.


After 35 years with the FBI, Stan Fullerton, BA (R), established SJ Fullerton and Associates, a private investigation firm specializing in anti-terrorism and travel security for corporations and individuals worldwide.

Margaret “Meg” Parker Spitler, AA (T), moved back to New Jersey from retirement in northern Alabama after the death of her husband, George. She writes that she is enjoying watching her grandson grow.


Jack Luiszer, BS (R), MBA’70 (R), writes that he is looking for FDU graduates who live in Southwest Florida and who are interested in starting an alumni club. Luiszer may be reached at


Jane Paccioretti Minard, BS (R), lives in Sugarland, Texas. She became a grandmother to Travis Charles, born to her son, Charlie and his wife, Meghan, in December 2005, and a step-grandmother to Chandler, 5, when her daughter, Jennifer, married James Windham.


Ellen Shipman Blue (BS (M), has three children — Dawn, Adam and Jamie. She writes that she enjoys visiting her grandsons, Christopher and James, in Connecticut.

Robert Hersh, BA (M), DMD’78 (T), was sworn in as president-elect of the New Jersey Dental Association (NJDA). He will lead the NJDA in 2007 as its 137th president. Hersh is an attending dentist at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township, N.J., and is a consultant to the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry.

William Holley, BS (T), is the author of How I Live with Diabetes and Cook Meals for One. The book may be purchased online at or by calling 1-888-232-4444.

Robert Lorenzi, MA (T), retired from Camden Community College (CCC) after 37 years of service. Lorenzi, who was presented with a presidential medal, chaired CCC’s English department and served as faculty union leader. He also received the 2005 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.

Lydia Lefkowitz Nagin Manley, AA (T), works at Lucent Technologies in Whippany, N.J. She lives in Morris Plains, N.J., and is divorced. She writes that she would love to hear from former friends and classmates. Her e-mail address is

Louis Miceli, BS (T), retired after 39 years in various electrical engineering and engineering management positions. Together with his wife, he will pursue charity work in local student mentoring programs.

Felix Palomba, BS (T), and his wife, are both retired. He writes that they enjoy living in New Hampshire and spending the winter in Florida and Georgia. Palomba was appointed curator of a New Hampshire museum, where he catalogs north country artifacts.


Paul Perrone, BA (T), is a parole officer with the New York State Division of Parole.


Theodore Durling, BS (R), retired after 31 years as a chiropractic physician. His daughter, Jen, is a fashion merchandiser for BCBG Max Azria in New York City. Durling writes that he looks forward to traveling and living the good life in Florida.

Linda Gail Bartos Edelman, BA (T), lives in Toms River, N.J., where she is a substitute teacher. She has three children: Kerri, Keith and Craig. Edelman writes that she has been an avid tennis player for 30 years.

After retiring from his job as operations manager, specialty chemicals, at Morton International/Rohm and Haas, Arthur Liming, BS (T), MBA’74 (T), enjoys traveling with his wife, Eileen. Their daughters, Karen and Laurie, are teachers, and their son, Jim, is a manager at Linens & Things. Liming writes that he would love to hear from chemistry majors from the class of 1969.

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J. Barry Mascari, AA’68 (T), BA (T), MAT’72 (T), began his term as president of the American Association of State Counseling Boards. He is currently chair of the New Jersey Professional Counselor Examiners Committee (Licensing Board) and assistant professor of clinical education at Kean University, Union, N.J.

Michael Minassian, BA (T), professor of English at Broward Community College, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., was awarded his second endowed teaching chair for excellence in teaching.


Robert Watson, BS (R), was appointed president, chief executive officer and director of Airtrax, Inc., developer of patented, omni-directional wheel technology with military and commercial applications.


Dennis Greenhouse, BA (T), was named director of the Community Capacity Development Office in the United States Department of Justice. This office oversees the country’s Weed and Seed Program, which brings together law enforcement and the community to weed out crime and then seed the community with programs such as treatment, prevention and intervention.


Steven Budabin, BS (R), is a consumer safety officer with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He and his wife of 10 years, Judy Iwler, live in Falls Church, Va. Budabin writes that he would like to hear from fellow classmates. He may be reached at

James Pastena, BS (M), was named to the board of managers of Paradigm Spine, LLC, N.Y.C. He formerly was president and chief executive officer of EBI, LP, a subsidiary of Biomet, Inc.


Jim Anzaldi, BA (R), was reelected mayor of Clifton, N.J., for a fifth term. He is tied for holding an elected city office the longest in Clifton’s history.

Debra Sternin Cantor, BA (M), has retired after 24 years of teaching with dual certification. She is married and has a 17-year old son. Cantor writes that she is passionate about gardening and interior design. She is starting up a business on eBay where she will sell hand-painted decor, glassware and garden ornaments.

Josephine Waltz, BA (M), published her first book, titled Write Out of the Oven! Letters and Recipes From Children’s Authors. The book, published by Libraries Unlimited, is a collection of letter and recipes from more than 50 well-known and award-winning children’s authors who provide insights into their lives and advice to the children who wrote to them.

Simona Weiss, BA (T), was selected for inclusion in the 2007 edition of Who’s Who in America. She also was included in both the 25th anniversary silver edition and 26th edition of Who’s Who of American Women, which were published in November 2005 and November 2006, respectively.


Frank Finale, MA (R), is co-editor of The Poets of New Jersey: From Colonial to Contemporary and author of A Gull’s Story, Part Two, which were both published by Jersey Shore Publications, Bay Head, N.J. Finale is listed in the 2007 edition of both the Marquis Who’s Who in America and Marquis Who’s Who in the World.

Richard Kosofsky, DMD (T), was promoted to clinical associate professor, department of cardiology and comprehensive care at New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry. He also is on the admissions committee at NYU.

Susanlee Wisotzkey, BA (R), holds an MS degree in health service administration from Saint Francis University, Loreto, Pa. She writes that she is working on her doctorate.


Susan Trusewich Burns, BS (R), and her father, William Trusewich, BS’55 (R), announce that her son, Daniel Burns, a student at the Metropolitan Campus, is the third generation of their family to attend FDU. Trusewich Burns’ brother, William Trusewich, Jr., BS’81 (R), who was a marine biology major, lives Auckland, New Zealand.

Nick Cyprus, BS (T), a member of the Silberman College of Business Advisory Board, was appointed controller and chief accounting officer for General Motors Corp. He was previously senior vice president, controller and chief accounting officer of The Interpublic Group of Companies in New York.

Marcella LoCastro, MBA (R), managing director of SolomonEdwardsGroup’s New Jersey office, was elected president of the Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) for a two-year term. LoCastro received a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) Certification.

Steven Shiendling, MA (T), is the author of Fumbles, Field Goals and the Myth of the Hail Mary: Helping Men Become Better Relationship Partners, published by Brown Books in April 2006.


Daryl Pullin, BS’78 (T), was appointed shareholder of R.W. Beck, Inc., a management consulting and engineering firm, and will serve in its Austin, Texas, office.

Frank Romano, MBA (R), and Sheryl Epstein-Romano, BA (M), MAT’79 (M), announce that their son, Evan Drew, celebrated his bar mitzvah at the Rockleigh (N.J.) Country Club. The couple also has a daughter, Alexis, 10. Epstein-Romano, a realtor with Special Properties in Saddle River, N.J., is a top producer in the area. She writes that FDU alumni relocating to the Saddle River area may reach her at (201) 819-2999.

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Karen Brundage-Johnson, BA (R), was appointed commissioner on the Atlantic County Commission on Women. She also was one of the judges for the HR Department of the Year Awards, sponsored by the Rosen Group. Brundage-Johnson was instrumental in helping her Borgata Talent/HR Team win the 2005 HR Department of the Year Award (large companies category) and the 2004 Human Resources “Best Practices” Award from the New Jersey State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Ira Shapiro, BS (M), received a Special Service Award from the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors. He also was named Sports Doctor of the Year by the American Chiropractic Association Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness.


Paul Lucha, Jr., BS (R), returned from a six-month deployment in Iraq, where he provided surgical care to American and Iraqi soldiers and civilian casualties at a field hospital.


Nancy McKay Massa, MA (R), published a children’s nonfiction book titled She’s My Grandmother, which is the story of her son’s and her mother’s relationship through the difficult stages of Alzheimer’s. It illustrates how adversity is viewed through the eyes of a loving child. The book is available (print on demand) through the publisher, AuthorHouse, at


Kate Buggeln, BA (R), a marketing consultant, is on the governing board of Business Council for Peace (, a not-for-profit organization that works in Afghanistan, Rwanda and Iraq to help women grow businesses. Planning her fourth trip to Afghanistan, along with husband, Stephen Kulovits, BS’82 (R), she wrote an op-ed piece titled “Here’s Why I’m Going Back to Afghanistan,” which appeared in the October 22 issue of The Record.


Maria Ann Bruno, MPA (R), had her first novel, titled Creole Cowboy, published under the pen name Mistie Rowe.

Christine Denning, AA’79 (T), BS (T), is founder and president of Communications Synergy, LLC, which celebrated its first anniversary. The agency provides public relations and communications services for consumer, industrial and B-to-B clients who require personalized strategies to improve their bottom lines. Denning was a guest lecturer at the College at Florham.


Ronald Kowalski, Jr., BS (R), and his wife, Karin Henrickson, adopted a daughter, Grace Elizabeth-Mei Kowalski, on June 6, 2006.

Cathleen Krahe, MBA (T), visited Iran in March, and Jordan and Syria in June, on a people-to-people exchange. During her trip, Iraqi and Palestinian refugees were interviewed and videotaped in Jordan and Syria.

Noelle Esposito Vander Brink, BS (M), is editor-in-chief of Nepa Marketing Group, which publishes Morris Homestyle, a magazine on home improvement, decorating and landscaping. She and her husband, Bill, own a marketing company and publish several magazines in Pennsylvania, which include Pocono Relocation Guide, Lehigh Valley Relocation Guide, Pocono Lifestyle, Festivities, Lehigh Valley Bride and Pocono Wedding Planner.


Peter Fishbein, BS (T), exhibited a large sculpture of a Russian Hussar of the Napoleonic era during the 24th Annual East Coast Toy Soldier show and sale at the Rothman Center in the Metropolitan Campus. The sculpture, which was made of forged and formed steel, is about seven feet in length and height and weighs about 300 lbs. Fishbein owns Fishbein Metal Studio, Inc., in Middleville, N.Y., where he does metal sculpture, forged architectural ironwork and metal furniture. His studio’s Web site is

Luis Rios, BS (T), works at Pernod Ricard USA as a marketing manager for the Caribbean. He also started his own promotional agency called Move More Productions, Inc., which conducts liquor promotions in the New York metropolitan area.

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine named Mark Yeager, MBA (M), to the Economic Growth Council, which assists the Governor’s Office of Economic Growth in the creation and implementation of statewide economic-development policies. Yeager is president of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, New Jersey Chapter and president of Gale Real Estate Services, a Mack-Cali subsidiary in Florham Park, N.J.


Diana Butler, MBA (R), and Bill Boyes, an attorney, were married in West Palm Beach, Fla. She recently moved from New Jersey to Palm Beach Gardens.


Alice Westergren Kell, BA (M), and her husband, Michael Kell, BS (M), announce that their son, Edward, placed second in the 2006 MathCounts competition for the Anthracite Region. Their younger son, Joseph, received the Arrow of Light, which is the highest honor given to a Cub Scout.


Gary Branning, MBA (M), was appointed managing partner and senior vice president of Managed Market Resources, a healthcare consulting and medical communications company with offices in Morristown, N.J., and Chesapeake, Va.

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Thomas Timko, BS (M), was appointed chief accounting officer of Delphi Corp., Troy, Mich. Timko joined Delphi in June 2006 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.


Angela Calzone, MA (M), was appointed president of Change & Response Strategies LLC in Morris Plains, N.J. She was previously executive director of The Schonbraun McCann Group LLP and chief operating officer/executive director of Wiss & Company LLP.

Stanley Mierzwa, BS (T), and his wife, Patricia Martinez Mierzwa, BA’89 (T), MAT’92 (T), celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary in August 2006. Mierzwa is director of information technology at the Population Council. Their children, Caroline and Alex, are in kindergarten and pre-K, respectively.


Rosemarie Condron-Kells, BA (M), and her husband, Michael Kells, BS’93 (M), MBA’99 (M), announce the birth of their third daughter, Hayley Marie, on July 11, 2006. She joins sisters Riley, 6, and Brady, 3.

Deena Siddiqi, BA (T), lives in Dallas, Texas, where she works as a marketing manager in a law firm. She and her husband, Saif, a software engineer, have two sons: a four-year old and a two-year old. Siddiqi writes that she would love to hear from old friends and professors. She may be reached at


Christine Cavaliere-Friedlein, BA (M), MA’98 (M), and her husband, Kurt, announce the birth of their daughter, Audrey Elizabeth, on July 21, 2006.

Linda Zinn, MBA (M), was promoted to director of business application development of FlightSafety International, an aviation training company with headquarters in New York.


Kelly Decker Maren, BA (M), and her husband, Pete, announce the birth of their first child, Katherine Leigh, on June 22, 2006.

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Melissa Gargano, BA (M), MAT’03 (M), and Paul Postorino, BA (M), MAT’05 (M),were married July 30 at the Madison Hotel in Morristown, N.J. A fifth-grade math and science teacher at Mohawk Avenue School in Sparta, N.J., Gargano is pursuing an MA in educational technology at New Jersey City University. Postorino is an English teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Iselin, N.J.


Thomas Miller, MBA (M), has returned to Discovery Laboratories, Inc., in Warrington, Pa., as senior vice president, commercialization and corporate development. He initially joined the company in 2004 as vice president of worldwide marketing.


A. Zachary Yamba, president of Essex County College, appointed Dr. Joseph Juliano, MAS (T), to the college’s Foundation Board in April 2006.

Zarko Morin, BS (M), and Randi Schienberg, BA’02 (M), MAT’03 (M), were married at the Madison Hotel on June 30, 2006. Morin is a financial analyst at Crum&Forster in Morristown, N.J., while Schienberg is a fourth-grade teacher in Branchburg, N.J. The couple lives in Hillsborough, N.J.

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Lester Herrschaft, BS (R)


James “Jim” Leva, BS (T)


Boris Sichuk, BA (R)


Estelle Ludwin Dubin Steiger, MS (T)


Martin “Marty” Hanrahan, BS (M)


Robert Bennett, BA (R)


Nathaniel Burstein, BS (T)


Amiee Carter, BS (T)

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