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FAMiLY ACC ounTinG
steve Miller ’92
1920s - 1940s Raul da silva B.A. ’58 penned a book slat-
ed for publication by Diversion Press. The
Steve Miller graduated from Adelphi with
a B.B.A. in accounting in 1992, but the joy
down as a result of spina bifida. The Millers,
following their intuition, adopted Patrick,
Mary Tobacoff ’29 celebrated her 101st prologue was published in the July/August of working with children during summers who is now 15 years old, adding a son to
birthday in March 2008. 2008 issue of Fate Magazine. at Maplewood Camp in Wantagh, New their young family in the first interracial
York, sent him back to school two years adoption to be processed by the adoption
Margaret Ortstein B.A. ’30 turned 100 Betty (Kipniss) Macdonald B.A. ’58 has later to pursue a master’s degree in early agency.
years old on June 24, 2008. works in the permanent collections of a childhood education. After completing
number of galleries, including the American his degree, Mr. Miller and his wife Tammy The Millers, knowing they wanted
norman hall B.A. ’48 has a new grandson, Cultural Center, New Delhi, india; the packed up and moved to Georgia, where to expand their family, ref used to
Aaron. He is now the grandfather of six. Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires, they knew the large family they always discriminate in their review of children
Argentina; the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art dreamed of would have space to run available for adoption.
1950s Museum, Rutgers University, New Jersey; around in the yard. Steve Miller ’92 and tammy with their children, Sydney, ryann (back row), Brandon, Patrick,
the House of Humor and Satire, Gabroro, “We will welcome anybody into our home,”
Mackenzie, emily, kieran (middle row), teagan, evan, and aidan (front row).
sarah (Cifarelli) wellen B.A. ’50 published Bulgaria; the White House, Washington, The Millers are now the proud parents of Mr. Miller says.
a book of poetry, Reflections, with her own D.C.; the Library of Congress, Washington 10. Steve, who is one of three children, and
photography as illustrations. Her former stu- D.C.; the New York Public Library; and the
The Millers chose to adopt their children Mr. Miller also sees the experience as “Everything we do, we do as a family.”
Tammy, who is one of nine, always wanted
dents invited her to the 50th high school re- Boston Public Library.
simply because they most needed their care. rewarding for his biological children. Mr. Miller says, whether going out to a
a large family.
union of the East Meadow High School class
With the family’s busy schedule, every- restaurant or cheering on family members
of 1957, where they honored her with the es- “We wanted to help out a child who other
“As fun as my family was, her family was
tablishment of a scholarship in her name. She 1960s a ton,” Mr. Miller says.
people would overlook,” Mr. Miller says.
one has to pitch in. at sports games. “We take up half the
field,” Mr. Miller says. When his youngest
taught ESL for 35 years. Her husband Rick “Not a day goes by that the older ones don’t
Felissa lashley B.s. ’61 retired as dean of Most of their adopted children, cared for in daughter scored a goal in a recent soccer
Wellen B.A. ’55 passed away just after their With six girls and four boys, ranging in help,” Mr. Miller says. “Before i turn around,
50th wedding anniversary in 2003. the Rutgers College of Nursing. She is an foster homes prior to the adoption, joined match, the Miller family’s cheers drew
age from five to 15 years, the high school they have the younger ones in bed.”
active consultant and continues her writing. the family around the age of four. The stares. “People were looking at us, like,
sweethearts have achieved their dream.
Edward Frank B.A. ’51 served as sales man- lengthy process of adoption, involving ‘Look how many people are here to support
Their family makes a complete dozen with Mr. Miller is currently the principal of
ager for Proctor & Gamble for 30 years. He libby (ulin) hart B.A. ’62 began her a number of multi-page applications, an her,’” Mr. Miller says.
five natural daughters and five adopted Ot well Middle S chool in Cumming,
is now retired. He married Mildred Tierney career as a financial investment advisor in in-depth family study, and long periods
in 1951. children. Georgia. His school, which now hosts three “We discussed the financial implications of
1993. She worked with Dean Witter and of waiting for approval from various of his 10 children, is only five miles from the having a large family, but it is worth it to
Morgan Stanley before moving to Jankey The Millers became certified to adopt departments, was at times frustrating.
william wipfler B.A. ’52 was awarded a family’s ranch-style home, which Mr. Miller see the joy on the kids faces,” Mr. Miller
Montgomery Scott in 2005. She is the moth- in the state of Georgia after the birth of
Doctor of Divinity degree. says would be a good candidate for ABC’s says. “it’s exhausting, but it’s fun.”
er of three married sons and grandmother of “The longer they took, the longer the
their first two daughters, Sydney, who is next Extreme Makeover Home Edition project.
virginia (nicolosi) Faro M.s.s. ’56 retired seven grandchildren. child was not in our home,” Mr. Miller
now 14 years old, and Ryann, who is 12. By Jennifer Derri ’10
in 1991 after working at Kings Park Mental remembers. “You just have to be persistent,” The strain of fitting 12 people under one
When given a copy of the adoption view
Hospital, Goldwater Memorial Hospital, and Elise (lowengrube) lev B.s. ’62 is an asso- he says, because the effort is certainly
book My Turn Now, Steve and Tammy both roof, however, is outweighed by a sense
the public school of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. ciate professor at Rutgers College of Nursing. worthwhile. “Our adopted children give
pointed to the same picture of a young of family.
After retirement, she traveled extensively She is conducting research on students’ pre- more to us than we have ever been able to
African American boy from southern
with her husband. They have three daugh- paredness for careers in biomedical and be- give to them,” Mr. Miller says.
Georgia who was paralyzed from the waist
ters and three grandchildren. havior research.
58 ClaSS NoteS Spring 2009
david Martin B.A. ’62, M.A. ’66 published Birds and Blooms. She created a writers group
the book, The Wisdom of Friends: A Book For The at Canyon Lake Senior Center that has
Teenage Children of Divorce, which can be found at been established for 10 years. She has
hTTp://www.ThEwisdOMOFFRiEnds.COM. two granddaughters.
Alice (dhein Ksiez) Byrne M.s.w. ’63 has a neil Grossman G.C. ’76 was named a fellow
private practice for individuals, couples, and of the American Psychological Association.
family groups. She is the co-editor of the He is the chair of the Family Law Committee
journal, GROUP. She authored the introduc- of the Suffolk Count y Psychological
tion for the journal and co-led workshops at Association, where he coordinates monthly
the Annual Conference of Eastern Group consultations with attorneys and judges
from the Supreme and Family Courts in
Psychotherapy Society in November 2007.
steven Fink ’94
Suffolk County. He published two articles:
Eve (Mechur) Blohm B.A. ’64 was included How Consideration of Family Dynamics Adds to
in Cambridge Who’s Who. the Understanding of Family Forensic Cases in The
Family Psychologist, 24 (2), 26–27; and, with
wesley Memeger ph.d. ’66 is a retired M. Kline Pruett, Changing the Culture of Divorce
The toys on display in the lobby of Bang Zoom, Ltd. rest quietly
chemist. One of his photographs was recent- in The Family Psychologist, 24 (3), 21–22. He
ly displayed at the Delaware Art Museum. also presented two workshops: Exploring on their shelves during office ho urs, but it is not hard to imagine
the Family interactional Space at the Suffolk
Tsoltim shakabpa B.B.A. ’67 will soon County Psychological Association in January that when the doors close for the day, Barbie and her horse,
publish his sixth book of poems, Dead People 2008; and Assessment for Child Therapists
Talking, with Paljor Publications in New at the New York institute for Psychotherapy Jumping Tawny, leap from the shelf to race the anthropomorphic
Delhi, india. Training in January 2008.
race car, Lightning McQueen, around the lobby, while Hokey
Michele shenfeld B.A. ’69 was appointed Gerald Bray M.s.w. ’77 maintains an active
executive director and vice president of practice in psychotherapy. Pokey Elmo and Dora the Explo rer dance the night away.
Hudson Valley Blood Services, a division of
philip Reilly M.B.A. ’77 was mentioned
the New York Blood Center. She has worked Alumnus Steven Fink ’94, co-owner of the largest toy company at the time. He was hired
in the Portland Business Journal. He is the
at the New York Blood Center for 10 years. small toy invention company in Cincinnati, as an assistant brand manager in the marketing
President of CMD, an integrated agency that
She previously was a senior administrator at Ohio, that is responsible for conceptual- department. Several years later, when Tyco
has grown over the past 30 years by offering
a number of hospitals in the New York area. izing, developing, and licensing these toys was acquired by Mattel, Mr. Fink moved to the Barbie item.
a deep bench of strategic marketing solutions,
She earned an M.A. in public administration to big-name manufacturers, such as Mattel, inventor relations department, where he met Mr. Fink anticipated
including interactive, PR, media, advertising,
from New York University. Fisher Price, and Hasbro, finds imagination the two designers who would later become other big sellers in 2008,
film and video, promotion marketing, and
is one of his company’s biggest assets. his business partners. including a Lightning McQueen
graphic design services.
diane Revinskas B.A. ’70, M.s. ’73 is the remote-controlled race car and an
Mr. Fink’s interest in toys began in high After moving to Cincinnati with Hasbro in 1999,
assistant principal of mathematics at John Barbara pine M.s.w. ’78 is a professor animatronic dinosaur. The company’s most
school when he “caught the collector’s bug” Mr. Fink jumped at an opportunity to join Bang But what does it take to invent a best-
Dewey High School. She was recently elected emerita at the University of Connecticut. She recent success, however, was not a toy at
from his father. As his collection of toys Zoom, Ltd., which had been launched five years selling toy? Certainly, it helps if a product is
to the executive board of the Association of retired last year after teaching for 26 years. expanded, so did his appreciation for the earlier. instead of working with inventors from all. The angled measuring cup invented marketed well, Mr. Fink says. The item also
Mathematics Assistant Principals Supervision. Her teaching, research, scholarship, and con- history of toy play and design. the seat of a big manufacturer like Mattel, Mr. by Bang Zoom, Ltd. has become a kitchen must fall within a reasonable price range.
sulting were focused on child welfare, social Fink now oversees manufacturer affairs and gen- essential and is sold nationwide at major Most importantly, however, a toy must
stephen Blank M.B.A. ’71 was named direc- “Toys to me are more like pieces of artwork,” retailers such as Target.
work administration, and professional ethics. eral business development for the small company. have long-term play value.
tor of Home Properties. he says. i appreciate them in a way that
She lives in Guilford, Connecticut, with her “We don’t walk away from what we think
someone might appreciate a painting.” Bang Zoom, Ltd., with only nine employees, “A kid will want to play with a good toy
husband Larry Dowler. invents roughly 150 toys every year. The is a strong idea,” Mr. Fink says.
John neubeck B.A. ’71 was interviewed over and over,” Mr. Fink says. “They will
Mr. Fink enrolled at Adelphi as a politi-
by the Arizona Daily Star for his perfor- company sells and licenses only about 15 Mr. Fink and his wife Nora have two think about it at night before bed and want
Anthony Ricco B.A. ’78 was awarded the cal science major, with plans to attend law
mance with The Band, The Blonde, and of those inventions, abandoning close to young children, Max and Jake, who often to play with it again.” The goal is to find
American inns of Court Professionalism school and specialize in intellectual prop-
The Baritone. 90 percent of its ideas. serve as inspiration for toy designs. out which cartoon characters, songs, and
Award for the Second Circuit. The award erty law for toys. After reconsidering his
themes will inspire this sort of play. “You
was presented in a special ceremony at the interest in law post-graduation, Mr. Fink “Rejection is part of this high-risk industry,” Mr. “i have become very aware of their devel-
Anne (lebrizzi) Fauvell M.A. ’75 published have to immerse yourself in the world of
Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse in spent several years working odd jobs in Fink says, but Bang Zoom, Ltd. has enjoyed opment, and how that could potentially
four books, including two books of fictional kids,” Mr. Fink says. This kind of intuition
New York City on September 24, 2008. Philadelphia, until his life-long hobby led relative success with the invention of a number relate to toys,” Mr. Fink says.
short stories and two books of poetry. Her is the key to success in the highly competi-
him back to the toy industry. of top-selling products in recent years.
next work, Spinning Wheels, is scheduled to diana Truss B.B.A. ’78 was named comp- One of the dolls invented by Bang Zoom, tive toy industry. “You just have to think
A relentless campaign of networking, cold- in 2003, Hokey Pokey Elmo was the top-selling Ltd. that will be coming out next year like a kid,” Mr. Fink says.
be published in 2008. Her works have been troller at OncoMed Pharmaceutical Services,
calling, and letter-writing landed Mr. Fink toy of the year. in 2007, Barbie’s horse, Jumping mimics many of his son’s actions.
published in newspapers, journals, and liter- achieving her lifelong career goal at the By Jennifer Derri ’10
a coveted interview with Tyco, the third Tawny, bounded into place as the best-selling
ary magazines, including Reminisce and age of 52.
60 ClaSS NoteS Spring 2009
“i see myself as a change-maker with a strong education Courtney voses B.B.A. ’78 celebrated her Marylee di lorenzo d.s.w. ’85 moved
25th year as a private practice attorney. to North Carolina in 2005 after living in
in the field of prevention, treat ment, and recovery,” says peter ducey B.s. ’79 was appointed chair
Mexico for seven years. She was involved
in recruiting new voters for Barack Obama’s
of the biological sciences department at the
Karen M. Carpenter-Palumbo M.S.W. ’86, commissioner State University of New York at Cortland.
James Kalpakis B.B.A. ’85 is an attorney
of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Gary Jacobs B.B.A. ’79 was appointed CFO
specializing in personal injury, real estate,
of Chem RX Corporation.
and litigation. He has offices on Long island
Substance Abuse Services (OA SAS). shirley Calhoun B.s. ’80, M.s.w. ’83 has and in New York City. He is president of
been working at Stony Brook University KAL-PAK Realty LLC, a company that owns,
Hospital for 23 years. manages, and develops properties in New
York, North Carolina, and Florida. He is
Karen Carpenter-P alumbo M.s.W. ’86 Michelle Mach B.s. ’80, M.A. ’84 was
included in Cambridge Who’s Who.
president of the Queens Chapter of Cooley’s
Anemia Foundation, which raises money
deborah susan (Tannenbaum) wolfson to find a cure for the rare blood disorder
M.s. ’80 was named in the Winners Section that affects young children.
of Newsday. She is an assistant professor of lynn (sullivan) Ruis M.B.A. ’85 is a staff
mathematics at Suffolk County Community accountant for The Villages in Central Florida,
College, where she received the Governance the world’s largest retirement area. She is an
Award for Academic Excellence and Ser- active member of the Florida Government
vice. She has taught at Suffolk County Officers Association. She is married to Bob.
Community College for 28 years. Her son Mike recently finished his third tour
diane (Tisko) peterson B.B.A. ’81 was pro- in iraq and her daughter Michelle is studying
Her office oversees the largest and most com- Physicians’ Health Plan inc., serving more moted to alternate group manager of private pre-med at the University of Central Florida.
prehensive chemical-dependence treatment, than 400,000 members in upstate New York. lending at America Bank, Florida Division. Jeannine weiss B.s. ’87 is a board certified
prevention, and recovery system in the nation.
Ms. Carpenter-Palumbo earned her M.S.W. She earned national top sales performance pediatric and special care dentist. She is a
Under her direction, more than 1,500 staff
at Adelphi’s Hudson Valley Center in Pough- for 2007–2008. She earned an M.B.A. in le- consultant for the Navy Reserves Volunteer
members supervise 35,000 employees in non-
keepsie, New York, while working for the New gal compliance at Florida Atlantic University. Medical Corps of Nassau County and
profit and for-profit treatment centers who care
York State Office of Mental Retardation. Manhattan. She is the program director of
for, on average, 110,000 clients each day. sandra Kane B.A. ’82, M.s.w. ’84 recently
Reach Out & Read.
opened The Music Academy for Special
Ms. Carpenter-Palumbo’s commitment to “i was able to open my mind and learn more,”
Learners in Ronkonkoma, New York, which James panzarino B.s. ’88 was included in
change was evident in her decision, soon Ms. Carpenter-Palumbo says of the program.
offers one-on-one instruction in piano, key- Cambridge Who’s Who.
after her 2007 appointment, to ban smoking board, guitar, and art, as well as small group
in addition to her professional commitments, Carol sottile M.A. ’88 is retired.
in all New York State chemical dependency
Ms. Carpenter-Palumbo has found ways to instruction in art and keyboard for children.
prevention and treatment facilities. danielle (Gaudio) lalehzar B.s.Ed. ’89,
impact communities through her volunteer For more information, please visit hTTp://
work. She has served on numerous boards, www.MusiCACAdEMy.vpwEB.COM. M.A. ’90 recently produced an instrumen-
all iN a daY’S Work oaSaS Ms. Carpenter-Palumbo reels off the dire statis-
including those of the Parsons Child & Family tal CD compilation of hit songs by the
Commissioner karen M. Carpenter- tics supporting her controversial move. While Michael Mondo B.B.A. ’82 joined invesco
Center, the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Four Seasons.
Palumbo M.S.W. ‘86 wields a bat 18 percent of New Yorkers smoke, 92 percent as the senior director of the institutional sales
signed by clients of a treatment of those with other chemical dependencies are Northeastern New York, the New York State shamir Ally B.B.A. ’89, M.B.A. ’92 co-
program she oversaw, catches up and service team.
also addicted to cigarettes. She cites research Commission on National and Community authored the paper, Globalization, Sport, and
at her desk (bottom right), conducts
a meeting (bottom left). showing that smoking is a trigger for other Service, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation Terrie Rabinowitz B.A. ’83, M.s.w. ’85 Tourism: The Case of the 2007 Cricket World
addictions. of Northeastern New York. is a private practitioner in two locations. Cup in Guyana, which was presented at the
Michael serif M.B.A. ’83 is an adjunct as- international Conference on Globalization
“New York was the first state in the nation to do “These are organizations and causes i wanted
sociate professor of accounting at Dowling and Performance in the European Tourism
this,” says Ms. Carpenter-Palumbo of the ban. to dedicate my time and effort to,” she says.
College. He is married to Karen and has industr y at the Romanian American
“We are very proud.” “They could really make a difference.”
University in Bucharest, Romania in
two children, Amanda and Jeffrey.
“i’m an advocate for helping those that can’t November 2007. He also co-authored the
Prior to heading up OASAS, Ms. Carpenter- leslye Abbey M.s.w. ’85, a filmmaker and
take care of themselves,” says Ms. Carpenter- paper, 2007 Cricket World Cup Sport Tourists:
Palumbo served as regional vice president photographer, has produced several award-
Palumbo. The Caribbean Experience, which was present-
for the American Cancer Society, and from winning documentaries and movies through ed at the European Association for Sport
1997–2004, she was executive vice president
By Ana Barbu ’10 her production company, Snowflake Video Management Conference in Heidelberg,
of government programs for Capital District
Productions. Germany in September 2008.
62 ClaSS NoteS Spring 2009
Claudine Carberry-Keenan B.A. ’89 is
executive assistant to the provost at Richard
He serves on the board of trustees of Molloy
College, Catholic Charities, Mercy Medical
Garett nadrich B.A. ’03 is currently en-
rolled in an M.B.A. program at Palm Beach
Kipp-Cailean Glaze B.A. ’06 recently grad-
uated from Colorado Technical University
needs. She is also an adjunct professor
Stockton College. She joined the board Center, and St. Francis Hospital. He previ- Atlantic University. He works for the with an M.S. in management.
Corey walsh B.A. ’07 is a seventh-grade Garett nadrich B.A. ’03 married
of trustees for the Galloway Community ously served as secretary to the Bishop of Georgia-based company, A.D.A.M. in
laurie lucas B.s. ’06 is a staff nurse in the language arts teacher at his alma mater, Michelle Nadrich on May 27, 2008.
Charter School. the Diocese of Rockville Center. benefits portal site implementation. He
is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. neurosurgical intensive care unit at North Nessacus Middle School. He is pursuring
Jamey hecht B.A. ’89 published the book Mary-Grace Tomecki B.A. ’96 was elected sabine (pamphile) hercule B.s. ’06
Shore University Hospital. a master’s degree at the Massachusetts
of poetry, Limousine, Mignight Blue: Fifty Frames trustee of the Village of Floral Park on the Alexander Caviris B.A. ’04 has taught married Jean Herby Hercule, and
College of Liberal Arts.
from the Zapruder Film. Citizens Party ticket. She serves as the Floral at Suffolk Community College, Vaughn Rosetta Marzano M.s.w. ’06 is conducting gave birth to their first daughter on
Park Public Library commissioner, liaison to College, Farmingdale State College, and the investigations for NYC Children’s Services Chad henry B.A. ’08 was selected in April 11, 2008.
sandra Kalman M.s.w. ’89 leads the NAMi
the New York-New Jersey Port Authority, C.W. Post Campus of Long island University. and studying to take the social work licens- the Fifth Round of The National Lacrosse
support group for bipolar patients at Zilker
Hillside Hospital. liaison to the Covert Avenue Chamber of He has taught general education and ing exam. League Draft. He was drafted 52nd overall
Commerce, and liaison to the Citizens with honors sections of European and world by the Boston Blazers.
shirelle (Farrar) pearson B.B.A. ’89 is
pursuing a post-master’s certificate in hu-
Disabilities Committee. She was presented
with the Trailblazers in the New Millennium
Monica Texel B.B.A. ’06 is a human
resources assistant at international Swaps Elizabeth Krzewski M.A. ’08 is a counselor at
man resources at Hofstra University. She is Award by the Nassau County Legislature. Brian peters B.F.A. ’04 played the role & Derivatives Association, inc. Western Queens Recovery Services, inc. She Florentina (Leipniker) Shupack B.A. ’30
also pursuing a certified employee benefits of Hamlet in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz has been recognized in Cambridge Who’s Who.
nancy Rudolph B.s. ’99 is the director and Guildenstern Are Dead in his second pro- Barbara snyder M.s.w. ’07 is managing Kathryn (Stern) Hirsch B.S. ’43
specialist designation. She is a member of the
Society for Human Resource Management of alumni affairs at Queens College. duction at the Loft. He previously played home care cases for Medicaid-eligible clients Chavelt st. Charles M.B.A. ’08 was fea- Daisy Elliott B.S. ’44
and the international Society of Certified Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. who receive housekeeping or home atten- tured in Long Island Business News in August Frances (Taschmann) Fein B.A. ’46
Brian Gellerstein B.s. ’00, M.A. ’01 is hap-
Employee Benefit Specialists. dant services. She makes field visits to homes, 2008. He completed his M.B.A. after the
py to announce his engagement to Andrea Michele salvato B.A. ’04, M.A. ’05 and Robert Shelford B.A. ’52
rehabilitation centers, and hospitals to assess closing of Apex Financial Group, where
Margot Ann (diekmann) Edlin M.A. ’90, Tuttman. Their wedding is planned for Matt simeone B.s. ’04, M.A. ’06 are ex- Joan (Morse) Lansky B.A. ’53
the type of service plan that suits the client’s he was a Hempstead branch manager.
M.A. ’95 is involved in a family literacy November 2009. He is the program director cited to announce their engagement. Their Ethel (Fordsman) Rieger B.S. ’54
project for immigrant families. She teaches at Little Kids Rock, an organization that re- wedding is planned for July 2010.
special education in a program sponsored by stores and revitalizes music education in low- William Ersfeld B.A. ’54
VESiD. She is conducting research on stu- income public schools across the country. sherin Ahmed M.s.w. ’05 has been prac- Henry Ressmeyer M.A. ’55
dent self-efficacy. She is also involved in ticing social work and is dedicated to the
Joseph lardaro M.B.A. ’00 runs all comm/ Gordon Etherington B.B.A. ’57
a service learning project and is working improvement of service delivery.
on an article on learning communities.
data sales for Graybar Electric in New York.
susan Flannery-Mcgrath M.A. ’05 relo- Office of Alumni Relations Martin Crowe B.B.A. ’59
Frank Atzert B.S. ’59
Mary Anne (Condon) hornell ph.d. ’01, cated to northeastern Pennsylvania in 2006.
lawrence Gellerstein B.s. ’90, M.s. ’96 Joseph J. Geraci Jennifer Boglioli
a former associate professor of nursing at She left her position as an administrator of Martha (Parker) Lamoureux B.S. ’59
worked in foster care for 10 years, before
Alfred State College, returned to the campus Director Assistant Director Andrew Edwards B.B.A. ’59
teaching for six years. He now serves as truant a non-public school in New York City and
in August 2008 in a new role, working half- accepted a position as dual department chair
officer, a positon he has held for seven years. Mary Ann Mearini ‘05 George Mulholland B.S. ’60
time in the president’s office, serving as gov- of Penn Foster College, a distance learning Senior Associate Director Ronald Musgnug B.A. ’61, M.B.A. ’66
Richard Eng B.s. ’90 was announced by ernment relations coordinator, and half-time institution. She finds it extremely rewarding
Flushing Financial Corporation as the winner as director of the College’s B.S.N. program. to assist adult learners achieve their dreams To find out more about our programs and alumni benefits, Robert Washburn B.A. ’64
of the Empire State Certified Development please call: (516) 877-3470. Alice Phillips B.A. ’66
Joseph Minoso B.F.A. ‘01 was appointed of earning a degree.
Corporation’s Lender of the Year Award.
associate artistic director at Teatro Vista, phyllis (Kaufman) Goodstein M.s.w. ’05
Anthony Bivona M.S. ’67
Audrey Austin M.B.A. ’92 joined STC
Associates. He is the senior director of
Theatre With a View in Chicago, illinois. is the author of the recently released book, Alumni Association Board Ronald Small M.B.A. ’67
Keith scalia B.A. ’01 ran for office in the 200+ Ready-To-Use Reproducible Activity Sheets Brian Grant M.B.A. ’68
client services and technology practice.
12th District of the New York State Assembly. That Help Educators Take a B.I.T.E. (Bullying Patrick Smalley ‘86 Jo-Ann Hertzman ‘80 Elizabeth (King) Mcauliffe M.A. ’70
Mary Tantillo ph.d. ’92 is an associate He is a high school English teacher and Interventions That Empower) Out of Bullying. The President Secretary
professor of clinical nursing at the University empirically researched book provides strate- Samuel Prioleau M.A. ’75
lifelong resident of Massapequa, New York,
of Rochester School of Nursing and a clini- gies for victims of bullying. it is published Eric Hieger ‘92 Martha Stark M.B.A. ‘86 William Ward M.A. ’76
where he lives with his wife Jennifer and
cal associate professor of psychiatry at the by Marco Publishers. Executive Vice President President Emeritus
two children, Cassandra and Logan. Wallace Gray B.A. ’78
University of Rochester School of Medicine
Michael shepherd M.s.w. ’01 recently re- Marilyn Mosin M.s.w. ’05 is the project Raymond Hintzen B.A. ’78
and Dentistry. She was one of 15 alumni hon- Drew Crescenzo ‘78 Rita Little ‘72
ored by Monroe Community College as part located his private practice in Huntington, director of J.A.S.A.’s Young at Heart Club, Grady Faulkner ’75 Andrea Dockery Miller ’92 Arthur Ravenell B.A. ’78
of “Giving Back. Moving Forward — MCC New York, where he practiced for four years, Senior Center, located in the Suffolk Y-JCC Larry Fried ‘60 George A. Olney ‘71 irene (Knoblock) Lewkowicz B.S. ’80
Alumni Contributing to the Community.” to Miami Beach, Florida. in Commack.
Alan C. Hanson ’85 David Roethgen ‘58 Kathleen Sheridan B.S. ’83
paulo pereira B.A. ’93 has been teaching helene Cohen M.s.w. ’02 is a social Brian Clinton M.A. ’06 was named al- Brett Heimov ‘92 Teresa Savory M.B.A. ‘94 Margaret (Schofield) Link M.S.W. ’87
social studies at Mineola High School for 16 worker at Sarasota Hospital. She is assist- lied health coordinator of the Continuing Marguerite D. Izzo M.A. ‘86 Gregg Scheiner M.B.A. ‘90
Roger Haller M.S.W. ’87
years, and has coached the boys varsity soc- ing in the creation of a Ronald McDonald Education and Community Service Depart- Alyson M. Kelly M.B.A. ‘87 Joseph Sessum ’75
cer team for 12 years. He was recently elect- House for the hospital. ment at Three Rivers Community College Elaine (Barreca) Boehm B.S. ’87, M.S.W. ’88
Sheldon Kleiman M.B.A. ‘83 Marc Sieben ‘75
ed to the incorporated Village of Mineola in Norwich, Connecticut. Mark J. Kulewicz M.B.A. ‘85 Thomas Sinopoli ‘65 Bernadette Gordon M.A. ’04
lisa Mason B.A. ’03, M.A. ’04 ended
Board of Trustees. Joan Kuster ‘51 Beth H. Tenser ‘91
her career as a teacher to become a certi- david Fuller B.A. ’06 worked for three
Francis Caldwell M.s.w. ’95 is the pastor of fied paralegal. She works full-time in real years in political campaigns, and now works
St. Martha’s Parish in Uniondale, New York. estate and law. in nonprofit.
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fascinating. i disliked accounting, but i
Adelphi was flexible for me, At Lehman, Mr. Saridakis focused on pre-
dicting the future prices of particular bonds
and the value of Lehman’s fixed income
portfolio. He even built an automated col-
and i needed it to be. Adelphi has had
lateral management program that helped
streamline the trading operations. One of
the largest global suppliers of data on bond
a really big influence on where i am today. prices for Wall Street firms at the time was
Reuters. Mr. Saridakis was such an avid con-
sumer of the company’s data that he was
recruited by Reuters to build mathematical
Innovating His Way to the Top
models and trading applications for distribu-
tion to its global client base. He launched
a mini start-up at Reuters called FAST,
Financial Application Specialist Team. From
there, it was a short leap to his next calling:
A serial entrepreneur, Christopher d. saridakis ’90 started his first online advertising.
recruited to Marsh & McLennan as a fi-
business in the mid-1980s—being on call to make deliveries for nancial analyst, and while working full- At 27, he joined DoubleClick as one of the
local florists—while pursuing his undergraduate degree in eco- time, pursued his M.B.A. Mr. Saridakis says founders of its technology division and
Marsh provided him with a great opportu- launched its global technology business for Christopher d. Saridakis ’90
nomics at Adelphi. The demands of school and his desire to learn nity. At a young age, he was able to “invest internet advertising. With a team of others,
caused him to walk away from that business, but Mr. saridakis was some of the company’s money,” and worked Mr. Saridakis built DoubleClick’s annual
destined for bigger and better things. Today, he is the youngest alongside great mentors like Tom Quinlan, revenues to $400 million and market value
now CEO of RR Donnelley. to an impressive $13 billion. He was instru- According to Mr. Saridakis, he and his fel- According to Mr. Saridakis, traditional
member of the 12-person management committee at Gannett Co.
Known for publishing usA Today, the company also owns 85 other From there, he went to work for Lehman, mental in building DoubleClick’s global low founders started with $100,000 and media companies have been slow to exam-
starting out in the analyst training program, footprint in Europe, Africa, South America, great passion and by 2005 sold 92 percent ine online consumer behavior. Not true
daily newspapers, 900 non-dailies, more than 200 web sites, and the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific region.
an experience he describes as “pretty tough.” of the company to Gannett for more than of Gannett.
23 television stations. A multinational news and information compa- $
100 million in cash.
After his successful career with DoubleClick, “They’ve been the most progressive: willing
ny, Gannett employs more than 46,000 people in the united states Mr. Saridakis made his way to Lehman’s
trading floor where he developed technol- Mr. Saridakis became intrigued with build- “Most companies don’t communicate ef- to listen, and willing to learn. They know
and the united Kingdom through its newsQuest division. ing and funding businesses on his own.
ogy that facilitated the efficient trading and fectively using the technology available to it’s not about Gannett; it’s about the con-
Mr. Saridakis traces his rapid rise to his clearing of fixed income instruments. Ever them,” he says. “i’m very interested in hu- sumer,” he says.
“i was becoming more and more interest-
Adelphi preparation. since Adelphi, he has been intrigued by the man behavior and social interaction using
ed in consumer behavior online. So, i left Mr. Saridakis is also an active angel investor
intersection of economic theory and market digital devices. At PointRoll, we hire any-
DoubleClick for what i considered to be for many media software development and
“There were so many resources available to reality. He fondly recalls Adelphi professors
an experiment,” he says. “At the same time, where from 13 to 20 college interns a year.
me at Adelphi,” he says. “i had jobs through- who were passionate about economics and service companies and invests in a dozen or
out college—i even worked in the ban- we had a 19-month-old son when my wife They gain valuable work experience, and
economic theory, including: so companies at any point in time.
quet department at the Garden City Hotel. gave birth to triplets. We sold our house in they teach us about what they are doing
Adelphi was flexible for me, and i needed it Howard Gittelman: “He taught labor and Westport, Connecticut, and we moved to and how they are using technology. Many if he had it to do all over again, Mr.
to be. Adelphi has had a really big influence public policy, and was willing to debate Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.” of us want to and need to become students Saridakis says he would have taken
on where i am today.” anything.” of this behavior.” more liberal arts classes.
“in the start-up days (of the internet explo-
Since graduating, Mr. Saridakis has worked Sergio Roca: “i loved his course on econom- sion), it was all about passion, competition,” “The independent-minded thinker is valuable
PointRoll’s offices continue to reflect the
at top-tier companies, including Marsh ic development relating to economic systems says Mr. Saridakis. “You had to win. At that
irreverent philosophy of its founders. to any type of company, perhaps more valu-
& McLennan, Lehman Brothers, Reuters in communist countries.” time, we were building an industry, and try-
able than what kind of discipline you have,” he
America, DoubleClick, and PointRoll. ing to build a company at the same time.” “We’re a unique start-up,” says Mr. Saridakis. says. “When we need technically proficient
David Gleicher: “His class was history of “We have 21,000 square feet in an old chemi-
With a few colleagues, Mr. Saridakis built people, we can always hire and train them.
Early on, he even interviewed with the CiA economic thought, and he always applied a
PointRoll, a company which today enables cal plant located off the Schulykill River That’s why the liberal arts are so important.
for a position as an economics intelligence sense of reality to historical economic issues.”
advertisers, agencies, and publishers to cre- outside of Philadelphia. All of our offices, Personally, i wish i would have taken more
officer, but opted instead for a paid intern-
“The Adelphi faculty taught economics, not ate engaging advertising that connects with even mine, convert into large conference psychology and sociology classes. i’ve of-
ship—one he landed through Adelphi’s
math, and they taught economics in an ap- consumers by creating an interactive on- rooms. And the people are like the culture. ten told my wife that i’d love to go back to
Center for Career Development—with
the Department of Labor. He was then plied system, which i found completely line environment that generates conversion. They are unique; no two are alike.” school and get my Ph.D. when i retire.”