Class Notes

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30s

Connie Gilenson Lefkowitz ’39, a Golden Image Signature Member of the Boca Raton Museum Artist Guild, received the “Judge’s Recognition” award for her statue of white alabaster titled, “The Awakening.” It was exhibited in the October 2012 show of Artist Guild Gallery in Delray Beach, Fla. A member of the Artist Guild for 30 years, Lefkowitz is the oldest member of the Guild. She is also a member of the National League of American Pen Women and of Women in the Visual Arts.

40s

Alan Rosenberg ’49 received a medal of commendation from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., in recognition of 50 years of service as a pastor in the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination.

50s

Arthur Lemos ’55 MA, retired 20 years, taught instrumental music for 39 years, including three years in Paterson, N.J. He also composed 30 musical pieces and wrote two published books.

Calling all members of 50+ Classes!

Celebrate the anniversary of your graduation from Montclair State University! The 50+ Reunion Celebration will take place on May 24, 2013. All alumni who have graduated prior to 1963 are welcome to attend.  We will celebrate the milestone 55th Reunion of the Class of 1958. Visit montclair.edu/50+reunion for more information on the celebration, or contact Deb Corasio in the Office of Alumni Relations at 973-655-4207

60s‌

Hilda Kaplan Weisburg ’62 had her latest book Career Paths for School Librarians, published by the American Library Association.

‌‌Daniela Gioseffi ’63, an American Book Award-winning author of 14 books of poetry and prose, is also the editor and webmaster of www.PoetsUSA.com, a non-profit literary site named by Poets and Writers magazine as one of the best literary sites when it was founded in the late ’90s‌

Eugene Manfra ’64 won his third national Apex Award in recognition of excellence in newsletter design.

Janet M. Winter Becker ’67,  senior instructor of mathematics and mathematics basic skills coordinator at Penn State Berks, officially retired in August 2012, after 32 years at the campus.

Lenore Clemente Gleason ’68, ’74 MA traveled to Nicaragua with 20 youths and adults of St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church of Hilton Head, S.C., to work with Mustard Seed Communities, which works to take care of children and physically and mentally disabled young adults.

Lester Anderson ’69 is a co-inventor of a computer-networking patent. The title of the patent is “Monitoring Business Machines Using a Mesh Network on Field Nodes.”

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Calling all members of the Class of 1963!

Planning is underway for the Class of 1963 50th reunion! Mark your calendar to join your classmates on May 23 and 24, 2013. Visit montclair.edu/1963reunion for a schedule of events, information and a list of who is attending. For more information, contact Deb Corasio in the Office of Alumni Relations at 973-655-4207.

70s

David Clark ’70 retired after a long career in cardiology and now volunteers at the American Heart Association.

Melba Moore ’70, Tony Award winner, Oprah Legend and four-time Grammy nominee, was honored by The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival for her lifetime contribution to the arts community at the Gospel Jazz Brunch & Festival Awards in October 2012.

Elaine Hulbert Baldwin ’71, ’75 MA, ’92 MA was recently hired as the interim superintendent of schools in Woodland Park, N.J.

Elizabeth Dixon Middlemiss ’71 was named the temporary special assistant and senior advisor for education to the director of the Department of Defense Education Activity.

Ron Brown ’72 MA created the cover of the January 2013 issue of The College Mathematics Journal. The cover is based on the way a knight moves on a chess board.
 
John “Jack” Murphy ’72, ’75 MA  received the Thomas Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. This national fire service award is in recognition of a lifetime of unprecedented achievement.

Lawrence Morrow ’73,  who has practiced law in New Jersey and California, is now Of Counsel to a San Diego firm, where he plans to retire and teach Spanish. He has authored many articles on El Arte del Toreo, or bullfighting.

Lise Greene ’74, ’81 MA, ’06 Cert., following a year at Lehigh University as presidential writer and a freelance writer and editor, is now teaching English to refugees at Jubilee Partners in Georgia.

Dion Smith ’75 recently retired as an educator. He now works as a licensed therapist providing in-home crisis counseling through YMCA family services and private counseling.

Kathi Fiorino Evans ’76 announced that her company, All the Best Weddings & Celebrations, was included on The Knot’s “Best of NJ Wedding Planners” list for 2013. This is the sixth consecutive year that her company has been chosen by The Knot.

Egidio Robertiello 76 was named senior portfolio manager of Absolute Return Strategies by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

Joel Golub ’77 is now the FDNY chief information officer and deputy commissioner for technological development. He oversees the department’s efforts to use information and communications technology to support and advance its core life safety mission.

‌Maryann Woods-Murphy ’78, an Allendale educator, was chosen as part of a group of 100 outstanding educators nationwide to participate in the highly selective America Achieves Fellowship for Teachers and Principals.

Gail Brodsky-Trulli ’79 attended the inauguration of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's 17th president, Rafael Reif.

Stephen Mickolajczyk ’79 was hired by Marketsmith in Parsippany, N.J., as director of client services.

Debra Parente-Rosin ’79 recently joined the staff of the Music Studio. The announcement was made by Ted Schlosberg, founder and executive director of the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts.

80s

Ronald Campbell ’81 MA has been named CEO of NACAS, the National Association of College Auxiliary Services. Most recently, Campbell served as the president and CEO of College Business Concepts, LLC.

Robert S. Highley ’82, ’93 MS, associate professor of biology, has been reelected chair of the Department of Biology and Horticulture at Bergen Community College (BCC) in Paramus, N.J. He started at BCC in September of 1993.

Debreen Conklin Oliva ’82 opened a winery and tasting room in Fort Edward, N.Y., with her husband, Tony. The winery is located on their 150-acre thoroughbred horse farm, just north of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Richard Marranca ’83 is an adjunct professor and author whose novel, Dragon Sutra, was published recently by Oak Tree Press. He teaches in the Classics department at Montclair State and is the president of the New Jersey Fulbright Association.

Beverly Beveridge ’84 is a writer for the website examiner.com and a contributor with 1450 WCTC-AM Radio out of Somerset/Rutgers. She also co-hosts a radio show with Bert Baron called "Tuesday Tunes at 2 with Bert and Bev," featuring local/national musicians performing in New Jersey.

Dennis Quinn ’85 was recently elected to the Virginia State Bar Council.

Jim Anan ’86 published his first novel earlier this year. The book is titled The Dragon’s Lair, book one of a trilogy, and is about a young man pressed into service as a knight.

Aileen Arsenault ’86 has joined the New York office of True Partners Consulting as a managing director. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in both corporate and public accounting to the role, Arsenault will lead the firm’s Northeast Region International Tax Practice.

Kelley Cunningham ’86 is the art director of Highlights High Five magazine and also a new magazine for babies and toddlers called Highlights Hello, both from the Highlights for Children company, publisher of the classic Highlights magazine for more than 65 years.

Cherie Terminello Castellano ’87, ’90 MA was recognized for her work as program director of Cop2Cop, a 24-hour peer-to-peer helpline for law enforcement officers and their families directed by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–University Behavioral HealthCare by The National Police Defense Foundation. She received the 2012 State Troopers Coalition “Woman of the Year Award.”

Glenn Iafrate ’87 received the Chief's Award for the month of August 2012 from the Fort Lee Police Department.

Judith Accardi ’88 has been appointed as the Morris Municipal Court judge. The Borough Council approved Accardi's appointment.

90s

Richard G. Pyontek ’90 was approved by the Board of Directors to serve as chief financial officer, chief accounting officer and treasurer of the company at Syms Corp.

Valerie Bernhardt ’91 is the composer and producer of Mrs. President, an opera about Victoria Woodull, the first woman to run for the American presidency.

Harvey Bierman ’92 has joined The Finish Line, Inc., a leading national retailer of athletic shoes, apparel and accessories, as vice president, digital technology.

Gregory Wu ’92, ’94 Cert., ’03 MA, veteran teacher and administrator, was awarded the prestigious Ashby Award, recognizing him as the top educator in Ridgewood for the 2012 school year.

David Cohen ’93 accepted a position at VirtualArtsTV located in New York as chief marketing and sales officer. VirtualArtsTV is a leader in the live-streaming/performing arts space.

Bill Mesce, Jr. ’93 MA had his eighth book, PRECIS, a collection of short fiction, published in June by Stephen F. Austin University Press.

Chester "Chet" Parlavecchio ’93 MA, special teams coach of the Tennessee Titans, visited with former classmate Kenneth Knops ’92 MA, superintendent of Clark Township schools. Parlavecchio and Knops caught up on old times and Parlavecchio delighted central administrators, a board of education member and the supervisor of athletics with anecdotes from both his time coaching high school football in New Jersey and professional players in the National Football League.

Jill Sack ’93 MA was appointed principal of Mt. Hebron Middle School by the superintendent of Montclair Public Schools.

Sergio Tigeleiro ’93 has been selected to serve as senior vice president of finance at Prism Capital Partners in Bloomfield.

James Schalago ’94 was elected to the Morris school board for a three-year term.‌

Alice Steinheimer ’94 Cert. accepted the position of director of special services for the district of West Milford, N.J.

Elizabeth Anne Valandingham ’95 was elected a partner with the firm O'Donnell McCord, PC, in Morristown, N.J., in January 2011. She continues to practice real property tax appeal, municipal and land use law.

Joanne Vos ’95 joined Maraziti, Falcon & Healey LLP in Short Hills, N.J., as Of Counsel specializing in environmental law and litigation.

Mark Williams ’95 opened his own gym, Williams Sport Training, where he trains athletes of all levels and has served clients from several professional teams including the New York Red Bulls and the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League.  

Kristy Cipriano Zaleta ’95, a science teacher at Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury, Conn., was named Danbury’s Teacher of the Year for 2013.

Michael Steinbrick ’96 had his first art exhibition at the Victoria Hanks Fine Art gallery in Upper Montclair.

Al Boyle ’97 self-published his debut novel, A Twist of the Knife. The novel is a suspense thriller about a psychic working with the police to solve a missing person’s case.

Frank Casagrande ’97 MAT has launched a boutique firm, Casagrande Consulting LLC, which focuses on providing insight to institutions of higher education in the areas of advancement and development, board effectiveness, compensation and benefits for executives, faculty and staff, enrollment management, labor relations, marketing, performance management and  presidential evaluations.


Shawn Trautweiler ’97, a first grade teacher in Brick, N.J., received the Excellence in Education award.

William Gillard ’98 MA was named associate professor of English with tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley.

Michele Morgenstern ’98, a member of the Fort Lee Police Department since 2001, was chosen as the Chief’s Award recipient for October 2012.

Ihor Stefan Andruch ’99 works in the healthcare PR space and serves as vice president of client services for a firm in Bergen County, N.J. His son attends the Gifted and Talented enrichment program at Montclair State University.

Cathy Madalone ’99, ’04 MA was promoted to captain by the Bergenfield Police Department.

00s

Marc Capizzi ’00 MBA succeeded his father, Joseph Capizzi, as the Lodi school district’s business administrator.

Sean Adams ’01, ’10 MA was appointed by the Paramus Board of Education as new assistant superintendent for administration, curriculum and instruction.

Gregg Desiderio ’01 MA, ’05 MA, a fixture in Oakland’s education arena for nearly 20 years, is now principal of Valley Middle School.

Matthew Murphy ’01, ’06 MA, ’10 Cert. was named the new principal at the Godwin Elementary School in Midland Park, N.J., where he will take the lead position in a redefined administrative role.

Tiffany Aliche ’02 published The One Week Budget; started her firm, CLD Financial Life; and taught hundreds of people how to manage their money.

Thomas Pietrykoski ’02 was named communications director by U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and House Budget Committee.

Andrew Wallace ’02 was named vice president and relationship manager in the business banking lending group at Provident Bank.

Michael Kazimir ’03 won a committee seat on the Rochelle Park Council.

Douglas Walker ’03 MBA accepted the position of assistant principal at Chatham High School.

‌Luca Piscitelli ’04 was named Essex County's “Top Gun” by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office. He was recognized for making 21 DWI arrests in 2011, more than any other officer in Essex County.

Scott Rizzo ’04 MAT has accepted a position at Reading Memorial High School in the mathematics department.

Kent Bania ’05 MS, the science district coordinator in Nutley, N.J., received a $2,300 grant from PSE&G to link student learning techniques with appreciation for the environment.

Astrid Martinez ’05, former Miss Colombia USA 2000, now works in Charlotte, N.C., at WBTV Channel 3. She began her broadcast career with a stint in New York at HBO followed by roles as a fill-in-host at Azteca America in Naples, Fla., and as a co-host on the Fox 4 Morning Blend. Previously, she tackled border issues as the anchor for the KGBT 5 p.m. newscast in south Texas.

Stacy Perlstein Gallin ’06 MA received a doctorate in medical humanities from Drew University and is also pleased to announce the birth of her second child, Jordan.

Gina Liscio ’06, a percussionist, has been playing off and on since 2006 in the pit orchestra for the Broadway musicals Mamma Mia!, The Drowsy Chaperone, White Christmas, Promises, Promises, The Phantom of the Opera and Anything Goes.

Eric Magrini ’06 took over as head coach of the Wood-Ridge High School football program.

Rachel Falis ’07 was appointed director of dance programs at Wharton Music Center.

Gian Paul Gonzalez ’07, the man who gave the “All in” motivational talk credited with sparking the Giants’ run to a Super Bowl victory in 2012, was also honored by New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie as the 18th member of the New Jersey Heroes, an award bestowed on residents who give back to their communities.

Kristin Maier ’07 was sworn in as West Caldwell’s first female police officer. She worked on campus at The Ben Samuels Children’s Center as a teacher’s aide and served for approximately five years with the Montclair State University Police Department.

Kevin Mason ’07 MAT, a science teacher at Maplewood Middle School, was named the new assistant principal at Tuscan Elementary School in Maplewood, N.J.

Martin Cabalar ’08 joined Becker & Poliakoff, a diversified commercial law firm with more than 145 attorneys and lobbyists, at their New Jersey-New York Community Association Law practice. Cabalar is based in the Morristown office and represents community associations throughout New Jersey and New York, including homeowner and condominium associations, as well as cooperatives.

‌Melissa Mueller ’08 married Martin Leitner ’08 ’10 MBA on July 20, 2012.

Lesley Stephen ’08 recently graduated from Monmouth Medical Center’s Medical Laboratory Science program. She was honored as the Medical Technology Programs Outstanding Graduating Student.

Gregory Michael Vonoczky ’08 married Jessica Carol Gricko on June 23, 2012, at the Villa in Mountain Lakes, N.J.

Ronald Dorfeuille ’09 received the Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary at the school’s 200th Commencement exercises.

Mark D. Smith ’09 married Lauren Ashley Springsteen on June 30, 2012.

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10s

Anthony Bitar ’10 and his song “On Display” were featured on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Ilber “Bert” Ferati ’10 joined McSpirit & Beckett Real Estate’s team of agents.

Saydi Kaufman ’10 MFA, a Lacordaire Academy Upper and Middle School art teacher, presented her work in an art exhibition along with 15 other visual arts department faculty, at a faculty art exhibition at Bergen Community College's Bergen Gallery.

Kristen Olsen ’10 ScD  has been named treasurer of the New Jersey Academy of Audiology. She is an audiologist at Coastal Ear, Nose and Throat in Neptune, N.J.

Melissa Boyer Naslund ’11 married Jeff Naslund in September 2011 in Voorhees, N.J.

William Thomas Spice ’11 married Tasha Marie Green in October 2012 at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York.

Morgan Ditta ’12 was selected as grand prize winner of the first-ever Ultimate Halloween Costume Design Contest at HalloweenCostumes.com.

Debra Marvel ’12, deputy clerk of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, was recognized as one of the “Stellas della Contea di Essex” (Stars of Essex County).

Ryan Polukord ’12 premiered his first major science fiction/horror film, Danger Zone, at Montclair State University.

Mick Sudol ’12 was hired as the new assistant athletic trainer of Felician College. He is responsible for injury/illness treatment and prevention of Felician’s nearly 150 student-athletes.