Eileen Barrow, OP, B.S., M.L.S.
St. Thomas Aquinas College, Class of 1961
Assistant Principal, St. Elizabeth School
Washington Heights, New York City
Sr. Eileen was born and raised in the Washington Heights section of
Manhattan. She attended Incarnation Elementary School and Aquinas High
School, entering the Dominicans Sisters of Sparkill on September 8, 1956.
Shortly after entering the community, Sister Eileen began her studies at
STAC and in 1961 was awarded her BS in Education. She earned an MLS from St. Johns University and
certification in School Administration and Supervision from Fordham University.
Sister Eileen has spent most of her life in elementary education in teaching and administration. She served
at St. Agnes School in Sparkill, St Helena in the Bronx, Holy Family in Hicksville, Long Island, St.
Anthony in Nanuet, Our Lady of Mt Carmel in Middletown, and Most Precious Blood in Walden, New
York, where she worked at all grade levels.
Sister Eileen returned to Saint Thomas Aquinas College as librarian for one year in 1970. She then went
back to where her own education began in Washington Heights serving as Principal of St. Rose of Lima
School and as Assistant Principal at St. Jude. Currently, Sister Eileen is the Assistant Principal at St.
Elizabeth School also in the Heights.
Sister Eileen has served on numerous Boards, including Albertus Magnus High School in Bardonia, and
presently serves on the Board of Aquinas High School in the Bronx. Sister Eileen has been a member of
Middle States evaluating teams for many years. While teaching in Orange County, she worked with the
Literacy Volunteers of America and was involved in several programs at the Walkill Correctional Facility in
Orange County, New York.
From 1988 through 1996, she was a member of the Executive Team of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, as
the Director of Personnel.
Sister Eileen is an educator; and brings a deep appreciation for the potential of each child. She demon-
strated this belief in each of her educational ministries. The Dominican Sisters of Sparkill have been
committed to working with the poor and with immigrants since their founding in 1876. Sister Eileen sees
her role as educator as a fulfillment of this legacy and commitment. She believes that education provides
her students with the means to carry out their dreams and become all they are meant to be. Sister Eileen
proudly continues this ministry at St. Elizabeth School in New York City.
For her life-long commitment to the education of children and her belief in the value and potential of each
child, Sister Eileen Barrow, Class of 1961, is proudly inducted into the St. Thomas Aquinas College Hall of
Michael J. Monahan, B.S., FHFMA
St. Thomas Aquinas College, Class of 1974
Dell Systems Healthcare & Life Science
Michael was born in Missoula, Montana on February 13, 1952. His father,
Thomas Monahan, was born in the Bronx, NY was an Educator and fought
with the WWII 10th Mountain Division. Michael’s mother, Agnes Karaffa,
was born in Toronto, Ohio and was a WWII Army Nurse stationed at Walter
Reed Military Hospital, Washington, DC. Michael is second of 6 of children.
Michael spent his early years in Missoula and moved in 1963 to Helena,
Montana until the summer of 1969, when the family moved to Spring Val-
ley, N.Y. He spent his senior year at Spring Valley High School lettering in Football, Basketball and
Tennis, and graduated in 1970.
At St. Thomas, Michael was a member of the first class of full time men to be admitted to STAC. This,
Michael states, “created a unique dynamic of 300 women and 30 boys.”
On the home front, Michael ran the Recreational Youth Basketball program in his home town of Ramsey
for eleven years.
Today, Michael is a member of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Ramsey, New Jersey. There, he serves
as a Member of the Men’s Cornerstone Committee, a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Social
Michael was married to Kathleen (Dwyer) Monahan on September 29, 1979, St Michael the Archangel’s
Feast Day. Together they have three children; Megan, 28 of San Diego, California, Susan, 25 of Arlington,
Virginia and Kevin, 21 of Baltimore, Maryland.
Currently, Michael assists hospitals and health systems’ senior leadership in developing strategies that
strengthen their relationships with their community physicians for Dell Systems, an $8 billion division of
Dell, Inc. Traveling along the East Coast, he utilizes the various hardware and services offered by Dell
Services or its many partners including an electronic medical record, health information exchanges and the
various hardware solutions to enhance the physician’s clinical decisions and improves patient outcomes.
Mike and his team are working toward an eventual accessible healthcare information network, as defined
by the President and passed by the Congress to allow healthcare providers’ access to a patient’s complete
up-to-date medical history, instantly and across medical providers. Previously, Michael has worked for
numerous organizations focused on the healthcare industry including, Cerner, Deloitte, Pannell, Kerr,
Forster and was a controller and CFO at various hospitals in the New York and New Jersey area over the
past 37 years.
For his commitment to bettering the healthcare system, involvement in his parish, devotion to family and
support of St. Thomas Aquinas College, Michael J. Monahan, Class of 1974, is proudly inducted into the
St. Thomas Aquinas College Hall of Fame.
Daniel J. O’Kane, Jr., B.S.
St. Thomas Aquinas College, Class of 1979
Haverstraw, New York
Dan was born in Bronx, New York in 1957. The family moved to Old
Bridge New Jersey, Cleveland, Ohio and New City, New York before
finally settling in Tomkins Cove, N.Y.
Dan graduated from Don Bosco High School in 1975 and St. Thomas Aquinas College in
1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Shortly after graduation from STAC, Dan became
a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters' Union.
An entrepreneur, Dan immediately began running his own business serving Rockland
County residents. Currently, Dan owns and operates O’Kane Associates Construction
Company, which is a private company located in Garnerville, established in 1991. O’Kane
Construction is a commercial construction firm servicing the larger New York metropolitan area.
Dan serves as both a volunteer and active supporter of many youth groups and veterans’
causes in the Rockland area. Recently Dan served for three years as Vice President of the
Committee for The Families of Iraq War Veterans. Dan created an annual golf event that
supports the families of Iraq War Veterans.
Dan currently serves on the President’s Council at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Dan is also
an active member of St. Peter’s Parish in Haverstraw, N.Y.
For his commitment to his profession, his devotion to his parish and his support of
St. Thomas Aquinas College, Dan O’Kane, Jr., Class of 1979, is proudly inducted in the
St. Thomas Aquinas College Hall of Fame.
Wesley Lem, B.S.
St. Thomas Aquinas College, Class of 1977
Major Accounts Manager
Wesley Lem was raised in Pearl River, New York and resides in Pleasanton,
California with his wife Susan and daughters Tracy and Kelsey. Wesley
graduated from Nanuet Senior High School and earned a Bachelor of Science
Degree from St. Thomas Aquinas College. Wes was the first and oldest of
three Lem brothers to enroll and graduate from STAC, after completing a few semesters at Brooklyn
College. While at STAC, Wes helped re-vamp all of the on-air broadcast equipment for the WTAC radio
station. Working with faculty advisor and English Instructor Walter Johnston, he worked to secure
donations from local merchants to help to fund the purchase of the Radio Station equipment.
Selecting STAC for college was really a logical decision for Wes. Being able to work part time and attend
college full time greatly reduced his number of student loans. This was an ideal work-study situation and
the proximity to home was a key advantage over selecting other colleges in the New York metro area.
When asked about the impact that STAC has made on his business career, Wes replied, "The college
education I received at St. Thomas Aquinas clearly was the springboard to my success in the business
world. The faculty and staff created a nurturing environment and gave me the tools to be successful in life
and to be self-sufficient."
Wes was married to Susan, his wife of 21 years, in the summer of 1989, He has spent over 24 years in the
computer technology industry and worked for companies in senior sales and management positions for
IBM Corporation, Lotus Development, Adobe Systems Inc., Cisco Systems, Foundry Networks, Packet
Engines, and Spirent Communications to name just a few.
Wes's specialty was with start-up companies in the Silicon Valley. Wes was very successful in convincing
early adapters to purchase computer software, hardware and networking equipment and services from the
previously listed companies.
In 2003, Wes and his family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where they lived for five years. Wes worked as a
full time volunteer counselor for SCORE, where he helped local businesses in Honolulu get off the ground
and also worked closely with the Small Business Association to secure small business loans. They returned
to the San Francisco Bay area in 2008 and currently reside in Pleasanton, California.
Wes enjoys spending quality time with his family and also practices Jazz guitar, reads, cooks, bicycles and
writes in his spare time.
In recognition of Wes' achievements in the computer technology field, his volunteer work, his work with
Silicon Valley Companies and for his dedication and support of the College, Wesley Lem, Class of 1977, is
proudly inducted into the St. Thomas Aquinas College Hall of Fame.
Robert Lem, B.S.
St. Thomas Aquinas College, Class of 1981
Director of Global Financial Systems,
Weight Watchers International, Inc
New York, New York
The middle of three brothers to graduate from St. Thomas Aquinas
College, Robert Lem is a true Rockland County native; born in
Suffern, raised in Pearl River, and graduated from Nanuet Senior High School.
Bob graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in
Through the years, Bob has worked for several leading companies. He attributes his success
and longevity in his business career directly to his STAC education.
When asked about his STAC experience, Bob replied, “The excellent staff and faculty of the
school, coupled with having to work my own way through college, gave me both the work ethic
and education I needed to excel in the business world.”
Bob is currently the Director of Global Financial Systems at Weight Watchers International,
Inc., where he has overall responsibility for the Company’s management reporting systems and
infrastructure. Prior to Weight Watchers, Bob spent five years at McKinsey & Company, one
of the most prestigious and elite firms in Management Consulting.
Earlier, Bob has held vice president positions at IBJ Schroeder Bank and CS First Boston. Bob
is also proud to add his ten-year stay at Time Warner to his career roster.
Bob lives in Chappaqua, New York with Jennifer, his wife of 24 years, along with their daughter
Alexandra, 19 and son Andrew, 17.
For his professional work in the finance industry, his dedication to his family and his support of
his Alma Mater, Robert Lem, Class of 1981, is proudly inducted into the St.Thomas Aquinas
College Alumni Hall of Fame.
Edward Lem, B.S.
St. Thomas Aquinas College, Class of 1986
Corporate Tax Specialist, Hess Corporation
Woodbridge, New Jersey
Edward Lem was raised in Pearl River, New York and currently resides in
Edison, New Jersey. Edward graduated from Nanuet High School in 1982 and
earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from St. Thomas Aquinas College.
Upon reflection of his experience at STAC Edward stated, “STAC afforded me
an education in an environment which allowed me to grow and prosper and
eventually laid the foundation for me to succeed in the Fortune 100 world.”
Edward began his professional career as a Corporate Accountant with WITCO Chemical Corporation
formerly of Woodcliff Lake, N.J. Edward then transitioned to a Corporate Tax Accountant in 1987 first
with Time Incorporated for 8 years, then for the last 15 years at Hess of Woodbridge, New Jersey.
Responsibilities include the management and planning of federal and state income tax compliance for Hess
and its 30 domestic subsidiaries.
Edward reflects that no textbook could have prepared him for the current economic rollercoaster. “From a
child remembering the inflation and energy crisis’s of the 70’s to riding the expense account 80’s as a
‘Yuppie,’ to experiencing now the economy that our parents had lived through. What history has taught us
is that events have a way of repeating themselves in cycles. By wiping the economic slate clean, you are
resetting the palette for invigorating economic and technological growth for the next generation.”
Ed’s professional life is balanced with his devotion to his family. Edward is married to his Taiwanese born
wife Sintty of 21 years and has a son Patrick, 21, a junior at Rutgers University and a daughter Nicole who
is a senior in High School a Blair Academy.
Edward’s devotion to family comes from his inspiration from his 1st generation Chinese American parents
– Brooklyn born Wing Lem and Honolulu born Betty Lem. “I was raised by their beliefs that it is better to
give than receive and to lead by your actions. I was also taught the importance of understanding my
Chinese heritage while growing up in an American culture. I have only great memories of my childhood
friends in Nanuet to the completion of my education at STAC. My upbringing has allowed me to pass
down to my children the appreciation of American Society balanced between work and family.
Edward is a weight lifter, jogger, and passionate sports enthusiast who enjoys all of the NYC professional
teams. You will find him and Sintty in their free time biking along the West Side Highway or dining in one
of their favorite restaurants in NYC.
For his dedication to his profession in accounting, for his devotion to his family and general health and for
his support to St. Thomas Aquinas College, Edward Lem, Class of 1986, is proudly inducted into the St.
Thomas Aquinas College Hall of Fame.
Raymond J. Farrell, Jr., B.S.
St. Thomas Aquinas College, Class of 1982
Bronx, New York
Eileen Farrell, B.A.
St. Thomas Aquinas College, Class of 1982
Art Director, the Scarsdale Inquirer
Public Relations Coordinator, Mount Pleasant
Born in the Bronx and raised in Garnerville, New York, Ray is a graduate of North Rockland High School.
He attended St. Thomas Aquinas College from 1978 to 1982 and was a 4-year member of the Cross
Country team under Coach Walter Johnston. In his senior year, the cross country team finished the season
with a 15-2 record and Ray and teammates John Wightman and Marty Doherty qualified to compete in the
NAIA championships in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It was the first time in STAC history that Spartan runners
qualified for the national meet.
Ray graduated St. Thomas in 1982 with a degree in criminal justice. After graduation, Ray worked as the
Administrator on Duty at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital until his appointment to the New York City Fire
Department in 1989. He was assigned to Engine 38 in the Bronx.
Days after the 9/11 attacks in September of 2001, Ray was promoted to lieutenant and his first few months
were spent working at the fire department’s family assistance unit at Pier 94 in Manhattan. He was later
assigned to Ladder 21 in Hells Kitchen. In 2005, Ray volunteered as part of the FDNY relief effort that
was deployed to New Orleans just weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit. Ray was promoted to captain in 2006
and is currently stationed in Spanish Harlem. Ray is a member of the FDNY Emerald Society and the An-
chor Club, and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He lives in Hawthorne, NY with his wife Eileen
and their three daughters, Suzanne, a junior at RIT; Betsy a freshman at SUNY Fredonia and Kathleen, a
junior at Westlake High School.
Eileen was raised in Dobbs Ferry, NY and graduated from Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale, NY
before attending STAC. She chose St. Thomas because of its friendly atmosphere and co-ed flag football
team! At STAC, she was a founding member of the Lady Spartan volleyball and softball teams and editor
of the 1982 yearbook The Thomist. Eileen graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Art. Her
professional career as a graphic artist/art director includes advertising, magazine and newspaper companies.
She has also branched out into public relations, working in her hometown school district. Both her newspa-
per design and public relations work have won numerous awards from the NY Press Association and NY
School Public Relations Association. On the community front, Eileen has been a Girl Scout leader for 15
years, leading three troops of girls through their senior years in high school. She has also volunteered as a
religious education teacher.
For their commitment to their profession, their collective countless hours of community service, their devo-
tion to their faith and their families, Eileen Zaranski Farrell and Raymond Farrell, Class of 1982, are
proudly inducted into the St. Thomas Aquinas College Hall of Fame.
James T. Russell, B.S., M.A.
St. Thomas Aquinas College, Class of 1999
Social Studies Teacher, Clarkstown South High School
West Nyack, N.Y.
A native of Woodbury, N.Y. and a graduate of St. Dominic High School in Oyster
Bay, N.Y., Jim earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from STAC in 1999. He
received his Master’s Degree in Social Studies Education from NYU in 2003.
Upon graduation from STAC, Jim served as the first Assistant Director of Alumni
Affairs and Annual Giving at the College. In 2001, he began his teaching career in the NYC Board of Educa-
tion at M.S. 80 in the Norwood section of the Bronx. While at M.S. 80, Jim served on the School Leadership
Team; as Chairperson, Grant Writer, Report Card Coordinator and finally served as the Dean. In 2006, Jim left
M.S. 80 and began teaching at Clarkstown South High School in West Nyack, N.Y. He has taught A.P. U.S.
Government and Politics, U.S. History, International Baccalaureate, Years 1 & 2, and Syracuse University
Project Advance course in Public Policy. Jim is currently on the site-based team, coordinator of the school’s
blood drives, is the advisor of the National Honor Society, is involved in the Clarkstown Teachers Association
as a building representative and serves as Chairperson of the Political Action Committee.
Reflecting on his experience at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Jim says, “My time at STAC has had a profound
influence on my life. I will always have a special place in my heart for the faculty, administration and staff that
helped to educate and guide me. They have all prepared me well to meet the challenges I face each day with my
Since 1998, Jim has served as Parish Youth Minister at St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Nyack, N.Y.
During his time at St. Francis, the Youth Group has become the largest in the Archdiocese of New York. The
parish was awarded the CYO/TAF Apostolic award in 2004 and Jim was awarded the Youth Ministry Award in
2006. In May of 2011, Jim will become an Associate Member of the Sparkill Dominicans.
Since Jim arrived in Sparkill in 1995, he has been involved in STAC campus activities. While a student, Jim
was elected the freshman and sophomore class president, Student Government President for two years, served
as a student member of the Student Affairs committee of the Board of Trustees, and also had a radio program on
WSTK. For his service to STAC, Jim was awarded the Terence Cardinal Cooke Award at Commencement in
1999. More recently, Jim serves on the STAC Alumni Association Board of Directors and was elected its Vice
President in 2010.
Off campus, Jim has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Historical Society of Rockland County, a
member and current President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, (AOH) Division 1, and current Treasurer of
the Rockland County AOH. He is also past chairperson and current member of the executive committee of the
Rockland County Youth Bureau and is currently the secretary of the board of Thorpe Family Residence, located
in the Bronx.
Jim married his wife Tricia (nee Cahill) on August 29, 2009.
For his dedication to the teaching profession, his commitment to giving back to society, his strong faith and
support and commitment to family, James Russell, Class of 1999, is proudly inducted into the St. Thomas
Aquinas College Alumni Hall of Fame.
2011 Spartan Award
The Rockland Country Club Foundation
Sparkill, New York
After a number of informal meetings in 1984, the Rockland Coun-
try Club Foundation was incorporated on December 14, 1984. The
Founders were a group of past Club Presidents, led by John Morro
and including Kent Vanderhoef, James Patterson, Joseph Romano,
Anthony Tozzoli, Bob Jablonski and George Garrecht. In January
1985, George Van Ausdall was elected Club President and he joined the original Board of Directors at that
time. Together these gentlemen contributed $800 in seed money to start the Foundation.
In early 1985, it was determined that the principal interest of the Foundation would be the awarding of
scholarships to Rockland and Bergen County students entering college. A committee of educators was
formed and chaired by Dr. Donald T. McNelis, then President of St. Thomas Aquinas College. In 1985, two
scholarships of $1,000 each renewable for up to a total of four years were awarded.
Since 1985, the members of Rockland Country Club contribute to an Annual Appeal to support the Foundation.
In addition, the Foundation has organized a golf tournament that has become the primary fund raising event
for the Foundation. In the early years the Foundation partnered with Ken Venturi and then the Heisman
Foundation, supported by former Heisman Trophy winners, to raise scholarship funds. In the last several
years, guided by Club member’s Tom Torpey and Jon Miller, the Annual Golf Classic has partnered with
such notables as Mark Sanchez, Eli Manning, Paul O’Neil and others to continue the fund raising efforts of
With the granting of this year’s scholarships, the Rockland Country Club Foundation achieved a significant
milestone, over $1 million in scholarships to students have been awarded since the start of the organization.
In addition, over $400,000 in community grants and contributions have been made to organizations in
Rockland and Bergen Counties.
St. Thomas Aquinas College has been a long time beneficiary of scholarship awards from the Foundation.
Currently, four $2,500 scholarships are awarded to STAC students annually. Over the years STAC students
have received a total of $83,000 in scholarship awards. The ties between Rockland Country Club and St.
Thomas Aquinas College have always been strong, just look around the STAC campus and you will see the
names of several RCC members on buildings and courtyards. Rockland Country Club is proud of its
relationship with St. Thomas Aquinas College. Foundation President, Jim Joyce and Club President, Hector
May are pleased to carry on the tradition started by our colleagues in 1984.
For their assistance in higher education in the Rockland and Bergen County, their dedication to helping
students reach their full potential, and their support of St. Thomas Aquinas College, The Rockland Country
Club Foundation is proudly inducted into the St. Thomas Aquinas College Hall of Fame, with the Spartan
2011 Spartan Award
IBEW Local Union 363
John Maraia, Business Manager
New City, New York
On October 10, 1925, a small group of eighteen electrical workers was granted
a charter from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and formed
IBEW Local Union 363. The founding members of this new local union
would meet at the Odd Fellows Hall in Nyack, NY. In subsequent years, as
Rockland County’s population and economy grew, Local 363’s membership
and involvement in the community grew as well. Local 363 has maintained a strong commitment to the
community becoming involved with many organizations including
St. Thomas Aquinas College.
In its early years, Local 363 functioned without a Business Manager. In 1930, John McGuigan became the
local union’s first Business Manager, and was followed by John Doerzaph and later George Schrader. Pat
E. Damiani took the reins in 1947 and held the position of Business Manager until his retirement in 1980.
His son Cosmo Damiani succeeded him until his death in 1990. From 1990 to 2005, Local 363 was under
the leadership of Joseph Maraia. Presently, John Maraia is Business Manager of Local 363 and perseveres
with the same dedication as his predecessors.
Local 363 expanded its jurisdiction through a series of mergers with other IBEW local unions (215, 806,
1725, 133, 645, 631, and 1968) and now serves Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan,
Delaware, and Greene Counties. To meet the increasing demand for trained electrical workers and to keep
pace with rapidly changing technology, Local 363 constructed a new state-of-the-art regional training facil-
ity in Harriman, NY.
From eighteen Rockland County electricians who formed a local union in 1925, IBEW Local 363 has
grown to become a large local union with thousands of members in electrical construction, voice and data
cabling, telecommunications, photovoltaic, utility workers, electrical manufacturing, electrical supplies and
distribution, and public sector maintenance. It is a local union of workers who take great pride in the ac-
complishments of their forefathers and carry a strong commitment to meeting the demands of the future.
For their service to the tri-state area’s businesses and residents, for their commitment to training services to
the area’s trades men and women, for their assistance in the community, and their support to St. Thomas
Aquinas College, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union #363 is proudly inducted
into the St. Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Hall of Fame.