Alumni Networking Biographies
Several times each year, the Career Center holds Student-Alumni Networking Nights to assist you in learning about careers, gathering information and advice, and expanding your network of contacts.
Click on the links below for a list of alumni career bios in these career fields:
Business, Finance & Consulting
Engineering & Technical
Government & Policy
Health & Medicine
Nonprofit & Social Responsibility
Contact information for these alumni is available in the Career Center (4-200 Dewey Hall), or by emailing Michelle Marks-Hook at email@example.com.
KERRI CLEGHORN, Boston Symphony Orchestra Business Partners
Prior to her current position as Associate Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Business Partners, Kerri worked as a fundraiser for the Boston Public Library Foundation and the University of Massachusetts Boston. She came to Boston to work for McLean. She received her bachelors degree in Psychology in 2000.
MEG COLBERT, Memorial Art Gallery
Meg is the Visual Resources Assistant and Creative Workshop Registrar for the Memorial Art Gallery, an art museum with a permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects that also offers rotating temporary exhibitions, lectures, concerts, tours, art classes and family activities. Meg splits her time between two jobs, which both fall under the Education department. As the Visual Resources Assistant, Meg provides image and information assistance to the community, educators, and Gallery staff as well as other museums and institutions worldwide. She also works on digitizing the Gallery’s archival records including historical documents and photographs. As the Creative Workshop Registrar, Meg takes and processes registrations for art classes held at the Gallery. Meg received a BA degree in 2007 from the University of Rochester, majoring in Art History with a concentration in Museum Studies and graduated Magna Cum Laude. While at the University of Rochester, Meg was the Publicity Manager for the Hartnett Gallery, an outside consultant for the Rochester Museum and Science Center, Editor of Discovering Rochester Magazine, and worked for the Visual Resources Collection in the Art and Music Library. Meg participated in the semester long Art New York program in New York City where she was a marketing intern at the Museum of Modern Art.
JENNIFER MOON, Artists Space
Jennifer Moon is the Associate Curator at Artists Space, a not-for-profit contemporary arts institution in New York City. In this position she acts as exhibition coordinator and registrar, and assists in the development of curatorial projects and public programs. She is also an independent curator. Jennifer completed her Certificate in Arts Administration at New York University, after receiving her Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture at Parsons School of Design. At UR, Jennifer was a double major in Studio Arts and Health & Society. She studied abroad with an art therapy program in the Harnett Gallery, was a teaching assistant for Professor Allen Topolski, and an artist assistant to Professor Elizabeth Cohen. Jennifer is also a member of Kappa Delta sorority.
NAOMI WEINSTOCK, Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra
Naomi Weinstock, class of 2006, joins the fundraising department of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra in January 2009 as Development Officer for Institutional Gifts. There, she will manage all foundation, corporate and government relations for one of the nation’s most groundbreaking music ensembles. Prior to joining the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Naomi spent nearly three years in the administrative office of New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, most recently as Executive Office Coordinator. At the University of Rochester, Naomi was a music major, concentrating on the history of opera and musical theater. She was musical director for the a capella group Vocal Point, and spent a semester abroad in Vienna, Austria. Naomi is now active on both the Class of 2006 and Young Alumni councils.
Business, Finance & Consulting
ELIZABETH ANTONIOUS, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Elizabeth is a Senior Research Associate in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The Kansas City Fed is one of the 12 regional Reserve Banks, that along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make-up our nation’s central bank. The research staff conducts innovative research on monetary policy, the payments system, and regional and community issues and the work is shared with policymakers, other researchers and the public. Elizabeth works closely with PhD economists to publish professional research and provide policy advice for bank leadership and other decision makers. Elizabeth graduated in 2010 from the University of Rochester, with a major Economics and a minor in Arabic. While at the University of Rochester, Elizabeth was a member of the Finance and Economics Undergraduate Council, a teaching assistant in the Economics and Religion & Classics departments, and was an intern at Manning and Napier Advisors.
DAN APFEL, National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions
Dan works as Program Associate, Education & Training, coordinating financial literacy and professional development programs for credit unions around the country. He also Coordinator of the New York State Coalition of Community Development Financial Institutions, a statewide network advocating for a state-run CDFI Fund. Prior to joining the Federation Dan served as the Community Researcher and Project Coordinator for Sector 4 Community Development Corp. in Rochester, NY. Dan one of the Founders of the University of Rochester Alumni for Social Responsibility. Dan holds a B.A. in History from the University of Rochester.
TOMAS APONTE, First Investors Corporation
Tom is a Division Manager with First Investors Corporation, an over 80 year old national financial services firm. Tom helps his clients achieve their short, intermediate, and long-term financial goals and objectives. Whether his client is an individual, family, or small business, he works closely with each of them to make investment recommendations that will help them achieve their financial goals. Recognizing that the goals of his clients change over time, he emphasizes an ongoing long-term relationship. Tom received a BA degree in 2005 form the University of Rochester, majoring in Economics and Statistics.
KRISTEN BOLD, Bold Resource Solutions
Kristen is a Recruiter and Human Resource Consultant, and the owner of Bold Resource Solutions. This Talent Acquisition and HR Consultant Firm works primarily the Rochester market, but also contracts with U.S. based industries in the virtual environment. Expertise includes healthcare recruiting, training and development, and HR Generalist work. Some of Kristen’s recent clients include Unity Health System (current), Building Blocks Comprehensive Services, and K-Source Staffing. Kristen received her BA degree in 1989 with a double major in Health & Society and Psychology, focusing on the field of Behavioral Medicine. In 1992, she also earned her MS in Education from the Warner School of Education. While an undergrad, Kristen was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority, serving on the Executive Board during her junior and senior year.
JOSEPH CALA – Free Lance Marketing Consultant
Joseph is a strategy marketeer who specializes in new product development and branding. Joseph’s past experiences include marketing consultation and direction for numerous Rochester-area business, non-profits, and broadcasting/communication ventures. Joseph recently finished his Masters in Business Administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2011. Prior to that, Joseph received a BA degree in 2006 from the University of Rochester, majoring in Political Science. Currently Joseph is finishing his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at the John D. Hromi Center for Quality & Applied Statistics at RIT.
FRANCIS CLEMENT, Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company
Francis is a Wealth Management Advisor in the Fairport, NY branch of Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company which provides financial planning services in the 50 states. As a Certified Financial Planner, Francis aids business professionals and entrepreneurs in creating long-term financial planning solutions. Some of the services that meet client needs include Trust and Private Client services, Business Planning, Investment Advisory services and solving client insurance needs through risk planning. Francis started college at Simons Rock College of Bard in Great Barrington, Massachusetts after completing the tenth grade. He completed his Economics degree at the University of Rochester in 1997. He started at Northwestern as an intern during his senior year at the U of R and had gone full time after graduation.
MICHAEL COLE, C.F.P., MetLife
Michael has been involved in the financial planning business since 1999. He began working as a financial planner with Ameriprise doing fee-based financial planning with families. This involved asset management, insurance and annuity sales and elder care issues. Michael then completed his Certified Financial Planner designation in 2002. He expanded his experience by taking an internal sales positon with an insurance company where he worked with small business owners on tax-deductible benefit plans. This lead him to a positon with Phoenix Life Insurance Company were he was a Wealth Management Consultant charged with helping company agents and clients implement financial planning concepts. He then pursued a similiar position with MetLife, were he currently works. His experiences have given him a good overview of both personal financial planning and the financial services industry. Michael received a BA in Political Science and Economics from the U of R in 1998.
MARY DiMATTEO, Analysis Group, Inc.
Mary DiMatteo is an Analyst in the Boston office of Analysis Group, an economic and litigation consulting firm that provides economic, financial, and business strategy consulting to law firms, corporations, and government agencies across multiple industries. Mary has provided consulting services in financial litigation cases, as well as business strategy and analysis in the energy industry. Her work involves quantitative and qualitative analysis of pricing models, supply and demand forecasts, industry research, and policy and regulation applications. Mary received her BA in Political Science at the University of Rochester and a Management Certificate in Marketing from Simon School of Business in 2007. While at Rochester, she was member of Varsity Field Hockey team, and actively involved in student government and community service initiatives. She also studied abroad in Turkey and completed a Honors thesis on renewable energy policies.
KYLE DUNN, Financial Services Professional at Financial Architects (a general agency of MassMutual)
Kyle represents Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyholders. The company has a long history of financial strength, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyholders every year since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company’s strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.
DANA EISENBERG, ICAP plc
Dana is a Research Analyst in the NY/NJ office of ICAP plc, a UK based (LSE: IAP, FTSE 100) inter-dealer broker which carries out transactions exclusively for institutional clients. As a member of the Risk Arbitrage & Special Situations research team, Dana principally analyzes the transaction risk of on-going mergers, and the operations and capital structure of company’s undergoing periods of distress/bankruptcy, spin-off’s, split-offs, recapitalizations, and restructurings. At Rochester, Dana received a BA in Economics (2006) with a Citation of Special Achievement in Finance and served as President of the Kappa Chapter of Sigma Beta Rho Multicultural Fraternity. Dana recently passed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level III Exam.
JILL ENDRES, M&T Bank
Jill is a management trainee and product administrator at the Buffalo headquarters of M&T Bank, one of the best performing regional banks in the nation. As a member of this year’s Management Development Program, she receives intensive training for one year to develop technical and leadership skills. Jill works in the Alternative Banking department, coordinating the bank’s social networking policy and implementation efforts. Jill received a BA degree in 2009 from the University of Rochester, majoring in English and Psychology and minoring in French. While at Rochester, Jill was a captain of the women’s swimming and diving team; a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and Wind Symphony; studied abroad in Sydney; worked at the Career Center as a peer career advisor; and interned at the PGA Tour, Yahoo!, University of Rochester Communications.
MALIK EVANS, M&T Bank
Malik Evans is a Vice President with M&T Bank. He has been with M&T since 2002. The University of Rochester graduate (Political Science) believes that financial literacy and economic empowerment, in concert with a quality education, are key to improving the lives of citizens in the community. Mr. Evans regularly presents financial literacy seminars that focus on money management, business development and basic banking. Business development is a regular part of Mr. Evans’ job, and he enjoys assisting current and new businesses in securing financing for their operations. The Rochester resident believes bankers are a vital part of the community. “Bankers provide the catalyst for making dreams come true — from investing in the future to buying a home to starting a business.”
A passionate believer in the power of education, Mr. Evans ran for and became the youngest member ever elected to the Rochester Board of Education in 2003. He currently serves as Board President. He serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Monroe County Fair and Recreation Association, the University of Rochester Young Alumni Council, the Catholic Family Center Board of Directors, and the Rochester Area Community Foundation Board of Directors where he serves on the Distributions Committee. Mr. Evans has served as a Legislative Aide to Rochester City Council Member and he was a member of former Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson’s Commission on Race and Ethnicity.
Mr. Evans’ dedication to community service began while he was a student at Wilson Magnet High School. He served on the New York State Youth Advisory Council and was a founder of the City/County Youth Council, which he chaired for five years. The Council developed more than 20 workshops around leadership development and team building for youth, including the annual “Steppin’ Up To Solutions” youth conference, which has spread to communities across the country.
ALEX GERINGER, J.P. Morgan
Alex Geringer is an Associate in J.P. Morgan’s Interest Rate Derivatives Prime Brokerage group. J.P. Morgan’s Prime Brokerage business provides the hedge fund industry with the tools to build more effective and dynamic businesses by offering innovative solutions and services across multiple asset classes (Foreign exchange, Fixed Income, Credit and Interest Rate Derivatives) and geographies. Alex manages his hedge fund clients’ portfolios and serves as the main point of contact for all interest rate derivative transactions. Alex received a BA degree in Political Science and Religion 2006 from the University of Rochester. While at the University of Rochester, Alex was a member of Theta Chi, studied abroad in Barcelona, was a member of the Rochester soccer team and interned at Merrill Lynch for a pair of financial advisors.
MATT GOLDBLATT, J.P. Morgan
Matt is an Officer at J.P. Morgan. He just completed a 2-year rotational program in J.P. Morgan’s Treasury & Securities Services (TSS). TSS provides corporate and institutional clients solutions in cash: payables/receivables, liquidity & trade, and securities: custody, fund accounting, lending, FX, futures, options, transitions management, clearance, collateral & alternative investments.
Working in downtown Manhattan, Matt is a product strategy analyst in Private Equity & Real Estate Fund Services. He is part of a 7 person product management team which is accountable to a $60 million business with a 28% CAGR since its inception 3 years ago. His role includes strategy (modeling, market sizing), as well as product development (deep dives into private equity funds and their structure) to solution how J.P. Morgan can best service alternative investors. Prior rotations in TSS include: Commercial Cards (NYC), International Expansion Strategy (London), and FX Sales (NYC).
Matt received his BA degrees in Political Science and Economics and a Business Management certificate in Marketing from the University of Rochester in 2006. While at UR, Matt was a proud brother of the Delta Upsilon fraternity, served on the Fraternity Presidents’ Council, was President of the Students’ Association, enjoyed being a Residential Advisor and touring the campus as a Meridian.
JONATHAN GOROM, AXA Advisors LLC
Jonathan is a Financial Advisor for AXA Advisors in the Rochester office, a global financial services company that has offices in most of the major cities across the United States. Jonathan works in a specialized division at AXA call the Retirement Benefits Group, a team that focus on providing retirement benefits for public school and non-profit organizations. For the last two to three years Jonathan has been learning the industry, adapting to its many changes, and building his client base, while becoming an expert in variety of products and areas. He is focusing on retirement planning but provides services such as, life insurance, disability insurance, long term care, college planning, estate planning, and small business planning. Jonathan received a BA degree in 2006 from the University of Rochester, majoring in Economics with a concentration in Finance. While at the University of Rochester, Jonathan participated in Greek life and was a member of the Football team all four years.
HABIBE HAKIQI, Manning & Napier Advisors
Habibe Hakiqi works in Equity Research at Manning & Napier Advisors. Manning & Napier Advisors is a buy side investment firm that manages over $18 billion worth of assets. Habibe started working at Manning in January as a Junior Analyst in their Technology Group. Habibe was also recently accepted into the Harvard Business School’s MBA program. She plans to attend after working for two or three years. At the University of Rochester, Habibe completed a double major in Economics and Political Science, with a certificate in Management Studies. As a student, Habibe was a Teaching Assistant for Economics, Political Science and Political Economy. She was also a tutor for the Office of Minority Student Affairs throughout her college career.
JARED HALPERIN, Morgan Stanley
Jared is a 3rd-year Analyst in Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investment Banking Group, working on both private equity and sell-side banking transactions. Prior to 2008, Jared spent two years in the Public Finance Department’s Healthcare group, providing strategic advice to not-for-profit healthcare systems. Jared executed over $2Bn in primary bond market and derivative transactions on behalf of clients such as Partners HealthCare (Boston), NYU Hospitals Center (New York), and BJC Health System (Missouri), to name a few. Jared received a B.A. in 2002 from the University of Rochester, majoring in Political Science. While at the University of Rochester, Jared was the President of Theta Chi Fraternity, studied abroad in Barcelona, and interned in the Rochester office of Merrill Lynch.
JEANINE R. KHOURY, Drake, Beam & Morin
Jeanine Khoury is currently working as a Senior Career Consultant at Drake, Beam, Morin – a leading global outplacement, coaching and career management firm providing services to private and public companies. She joined DBM in the Spring 2008 to help establish a “NY Executive Office” and coach displaced financial services and other corporate executives in job search practices. Jeanine is a seasoned financial services executive with over 25 years of diverse global financial services experience. She spent most of her professional career at JPMorgan Chase and its heritage organizations where she has held various senior leadership and management positions spanning key business functions including Product Management, Sales Support, New Product Development, Program Delivery, Financial Management and Control, as well as Staff Development and Training. Jeanine holds a BA in Biology and Psychology from the University of Rochester and an MBA in Banking and Finance from Pace University.
AMY KLENKE, Mercer
Amy received a BA in Mathematics and an Actuarial Studies certificate from the University of Rochester in 2007. Amy joined Mercer in 2007 where she is an Associate in the Retirement, Risk & Finance business in Mercer’s Chicago office and works with clients of various sizes and industries on their retirement needs. In her 4+ years of actuarial experience, Amy has worked on a variety of projects including pension and retiree medical valuations, experience analysis, nondiscrimination tests, and plan design studies. Amy is also on an internal team that supports the expanded use of Mercer tools both internally and by clients. While at Rochester, she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and the swim team.
JAMIE KLIMANSEWSKI, Xtention Solutions, Inc
Jamie is President of Xtention Solutions, Inc., a Rochester-based supply-chain consultancy. Xtention focuses on two verticals: first, providing logistics and supply-chain expertise to small and mid-sized companies that may not have the internal infrastructure. Second, offering logistics and IT services to local municipalities, state organizations, and federal government agencies to help respond to public emergencies. Some of Xtention’s clients are Ingram Micro, Eastman Kodak, Monroe County, and State of South Carolina. Jamie graduated in 1995 with a BA in Economics.
KATIE LENNON, Towers Perrin
Katie Lennon is an Associate in the Health and Welfare division of Towers Perrin, which helps employers manage health care costs while continuing to meet employees’ needs and drive productivity and engagement. Katie has worked on a variety of projects including competitive benchmarking, self-insured pricing, plan design strategy, compliance, and vendor selection and implementation. Katie received a BA degree in Health and Society in 2005 from the University of Rochester. While at the University of Rochester, Katie was the president of Kappa Delta Sorority, interned at Marsh Inc., and was a member of the Meridian Society.
MICHAEL MARISA, Excellus BCBS
Mike is a Rating Manager at Excellus BlueCross, BlueShield which finances and delivers health care services across upstate New York to more than 2 million people. Mike prices and negotiates rates for individual groups and is responsible for the financial performance of a $1.5 billion book of business insuring companies from Buffalo to Utica. Mike received a BA degree in 2001 from the University of Rochester, majoring in Math and Statistics. While at the University of Rochester, Mike was the President of the Strong Jugglers.
KATELYN McCALL, Compensation Advisory Partners
Kate is an Analyst at Compensation Advisory Partners, a compensation consultancy located in New York City that serves as independent outside counsel to Boards, Compensation Committees and Management in matters of Executive and Director compensation, strategy and corporate governance. Kate has provided compensation consulting services including compensation survey benchmarking, proxy analysis, incentive plan design and non-employee Director compensation. Kate received a BS degree in 2011 from the University of Rochester, majoring in Mathematics. While at the University of Rochester, Kate was a member of SUMS and the Ballet Performance Group.
MICHAEL McCORMICK, Ambac
After graduating from UR with his BA in Economics and Statistics, Mike started at Standard & Poor’s and worked there for about two years (2004-06). There he was a member of the Residential Mortgage-backed securities group, where his responsibilities included evaluating loan-level mortgage performance and stressing bond cashflows to determine ratings. Towards the end of his time there, he reviewed final legal documents. In September 2006, he began his Master’s degree in Statistics at Columbia University. Upon graduation, he secured a position at Bear Stearns in the FAST Mortgage/ABS group, where he supported the trading desk in their daily activities, and structured deals using a C++ based language. Recently he began a new position at Ambac as a lead analyst in charge of surveilling and analyzing the Subprime and Alt-A mortgage market for broad and specific business exposures.
ETHAN McKENNEY, Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc.
Ethan is a Risk Management Analyst at Manning & Napier, an investment management firm located in Fairport, NY, a suburb of Rochester. Manning & Napier is 100% employee-owned with more than 275 employees, approximately $18 billion in assets under management, and clients in all 50 states. Ethan assists Manning & Napier’s sales force by reviewing clients’ investment/retirement goals, discussing potential risks within clients’ portfolios, providing financial planning, and answering clients’ unique tax, investment, retirement, and other financial planning-related questions. Ethan graduated from the University of Rochester in 2005 with a BA in Statistics and a BS in Applied Mathematics (and an Economics minor), and is currently working toward becoming a Certified Financial Planner. At the U of R, Ethan was a Teaching Assistant for 6 different Statistics courses and ran on the Track & Field team. Ethan is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
MATT MURPHY, J.P. Morgan
Matt is an Analyst in the New York office of J.P. Morgan’s Worldwide Securities Services, a servicing provider that helps institutional investors, alternative asset managers, broker dealers and equity issuers optimize efficiency, mitigate risk and enhance revenue. Matt was a summer analyst in 2010, working in Treasury Services Strategy and Advisory Solutions team, working on deals with Disney, Proctor & Gamble and Caterpillar, before receiving an offer to return after graduation. Matt recently started working in Hedge Fund Services as a fulltime analyst. Matt received a BA degree in 2011 from the University of Rochester, majoring in Political Science and Financial Economics. While at the University of Rochester, Matt cofounded and managed the university’s first investment club, Meliora Capital Management LLC, interned at Waddell & Reed, spent three years as a research assistant for the political science department, studied abroad on the Semester at Sea program and played on the men’s basketball team.
JAY NERGER, Waddell & Reed
Jay graduated from the U of R in 2011 with a BA in Financial Economics and currently works at Waddell & Reed as a Financial Advisor. While a student, Jay was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and performed in the UR Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.
DAN NICE, Pictometry
Dan Nice ’06 is currently the head pf infrastructure market planning at Pictometry International. His responsibilities at Pictometry range from business and market planning, product development, partnerships, and enterprise sales. Previously at Pictometry, he held a senior sales role, where he was brought in to start the infrastructure vertical. Prior to Pictometry, Dan was an entrepreneur and ran his own businesses – starting with an internet venture and eventually a business development consulting firm. At U of R, Dan majored in neuroscience and was part of Sigma Nu fraternity. He was also a Kauffman Entrepreneur Year (KEY) scholar.
DAVID PACKHEM, Trinity Pharma Solutions
Dave Packhem is an Associate Business Analyst at Trinity Pharma Solutions in Waltham, MA. Trinity Pharma Solutions provides technology-based solutions that support the commercial operations of pharmaceutical and emerging biotech companies. Dave received a BS degree in Neuroscience in 2008 from the University of Rochester.
OSCAR PEDROSO, Owner of Osnik and Founder of MBA Writer’s Block
After being bored in the healthcare industry for five years, Oscar tossed in the towel and decided to pursue his own small technology venture with his best friend Nick. And that’s exactly what he has done with the creation of Osnik – an evolving tech start-up company that will change the way people are connecting to their surroundings via smart phone technology.
Oscar also is the Founder of MBA Writer’s Block – a free online essay resource for MBA applicants looking to write admission essays effectively. Resources range from an active blog, links to study guides, to an eBook written by me on how to approach the application writing process. His specialities include grant writing, fundraising, general management. program evaluation, brand building, blogging, PR and marketing.
Oscar majored in Economics and French Literature in ’96 at the University of Rochester.
SARAH PERLIN, ITA Software
Sarah is a Human Resources Generalist at ITA Software in Cambridge, MA. ITA is a leader in providing innovative Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions to the airline industry. ITA developed the industry’s most comprehensive airfare shopping system used by Orbitz, US Airways, United Airlines, Kayak, and others, and is currently building a new passenger reservation system with launch partner Air Canada. Sarah works in the many areas of Human Resources, including, compensation analysis, employee relations, benefit administration, new hire on-boarding, and recruiting. With her small team of five, she enjoys working to ensure that ITA recruits and retains its talented employees and continues to be one of the top companies to work for in the Boston area. Sarah received a BA in 2006 from the University of Rochester, majoring in Psychology and also graduated with a Certificate in Management Studies. While at the University of Rochester, Sarah was a Resident Advisor (RA) and interned in Human Resources at Harris Corporation.
CHRISTOPHER PETROSINO, Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc.
Christopher Petrosino is Managing Director of the Quantitative Strategies Group at Manning & Napier Advisors, LLC and a member of the firm’s Senior Research Group. An employee-owner with over ten years experience with the firm, he is responsible for assisting in the development of market and economic overviews for the firm. This includes constructing indicators to assess risks and opportunities in various asset classes, as well as providing statistical analysis to support research efforts of the firm’s sector groups. Christopher earned his BA in Economics and Statistics from the University of Rochester and his Masters of Science in Statistics from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is also a CFA charterholder.
AMANDA ROSENBLUM, Assured Guaranty Corp.
Amanda Rosenblum is an Analyst in the New York office of Assured Guaranty Corp, a leading provider of financial guaranties and credit enhancement products to investors, financial institutions, and other participants in the global capital markets. Amanda’s clients are Financial Advisors, Bond Counsels, and Underwriters who work on behalf of various municipal entities including cities, towns, counties, and school districts. The insurance provided by Assured Guaranty allows these municipalities to access cheaper financing for their capital needs and protects investors from possible default. Prior to that, she spent a year at Standard and Poor’s as a research assistant in the Quality and Knowledge team, in which she worked alongside the Residential Mortgage group to conduct reviews of both current and past transactions. Amanda graduated from the University of Rochester in 2007 with a BA in Mathematics/Statistics, and a minor in Economics. While at the University of Rochester, Amanda was a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and participated in an accounting internship at WXXI public broadcasting station.
JAKE STONE, Manning & Napier Advisors
Jake recently graduated from the University of Rochester as a Financial Economics major and a member of the class of 2009. Jake currently does quantitative analysis within the Fixed-Income Research Group at Manning & Napier, specializing in Mortgage Backed Securities and other Asset Backed products. As a student, he spent two summers as an intern with Kingsview Group LLC, an investment management firm specializing in alternative investments (commodities, real estate, and venture capital projects). On campus, he served as a D’Lion, as well as a Computer Science and Biology TA.
DEBORAH TOUSSIE, Andover Research, Ltd.
Deborah is a Vice President/Recruiter with Andover Research, Ltd, a New York City based recruiting firm that specializes in the placement of actuaries, and benefit, compensation and HR consultants on a national basis. The firm’s clients include the major benefit consulting firms, accounting firms, insurance companies, managed care organizations, and investment firms. Deborah has worked with Andover for 15+ years. Prior work experience includes a career in banking and finance. She holds an MBA in finance from Columbia University and a BA in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. Her son Isaac attends the University of Rochester currently.
CHRISTOPHER VOISINE, AXA Advisors
Chris is a Financial Advisor in the New York City branch of AXA Advisors, LLC. Over the past 4 years in this capacity, Chris has built a business comprised of over 300 clients. He is being promoted to Vice President in January 2010, at which point he will begin building and managing his own team. As a financial advisor, Chris handles the investment and insurance needs of individual clients, as well as small businesses. More specifically, this includes portfolio management of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds/ETF’s; life, disability, long-term-care, and health insurance; retirement planning and annuities; and estate planning for the transfer of assets from generation to generation. See www.CHRISVOISINE.com for more detailed information about Chris, AXA Advisors, and the career path.
Chris received a BA in Economics in 2004 and completed the 3-2 program with an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the Simon School in 2005. While at the University of Rochester, Chris was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia.
JESSICA K. WILLIAM, IBM GBS Consulting
Jessica is a public sector (government) business consultant for IBM, an international computer technology and consulting corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York. Currently, she is a project management consultant managing over 300+ contractors representing over 17 firms for the Navy ERP project in Annapolis, MD. The project works to ensure that the Navy ERP end-to-end SAP business management system is implemented effectively and efficiently in order to transform and standardize Navy business practices to better serve sailors, marines, and U.S. taxpayers. Jessica received a BA degree in 2006 from the University of Rochester and majored in Anthropology. While at the U of R, Jessica was a member of the Senior Class Council, the Meridian Society, D’motions, and Kappa Delta Sorority.
MARK WOLFRAM, Management Trainee, M&T Bank
Mark is a Relationship Banker and Management Trainee at M&T Bank in Buffalo, NY. He has learned banking from the ground up starting as a teller in 2008 up to his current position as a Relationship Banker. He currently works for M&T Bank as well as M&T securities offering various financial products/solutions to families and small businesses. He is currently enrolled in M&T Bank’s Management Development Program which is a 1 year intensive program designed to prepare employees for various management positions. Mark received a BM in 2008 in Jazz and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of music. He also attended the Simon Summer Business Institute 2007.
STUART YOUNGENTOB, JD, CPA, Arkin Youngentob Associates
Mr. Youngentob is a principal of Arkin Youngentob Associates, LLC, a leader in the insurance and financial services industry in the Washington, DC metropolitan area for more than 50 years. With more than 22 years of experience in the areas of insurance, tax, and investment planning Stuart counsels professional and industry leaders in the design of estate plans, advanced retirement plans, business succession plans, executive compensation plans and employee benefit programs. Stuart’s business experience includes six years of service as a senior officer of one of the largest privately held real estate companies in the Washington, DC area and three years as a tax professional for Price Waterhouse Coopers. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the State Bar of Georgia. He is a founder and director of Monument Bank of Bethesda, Maryland.
He received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Rochester in 1981; he also holds a J.D. (Emory University School of Law) and an M.B.A. (Emory University School of Business). At the U of R, he was president of the ski club, an officer of his fraternity (Alpha Delta Phi), and managed the Campus Pub (when it existed in Wilson Commons). As a junior, he participated in a study abroad program focusing on international business in Vienna, Austria.
STEVE BRADT, Harvard University
Steve Bradt is assistant director of communications at Harvard University, where he manages a group that handles worldwide publicity of research findings in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Steve also fields and responds to unsolicited media queries from a wide variety of local, national, and international news organizations, handling issues management and crisis communications as needed. A 1996 UR graduate with a double-major in biology and English and a minor in art history, Steve served as executive news editor of the Campus Times for two years and lived for three years in Tiernan Hall, at the time a special-interest dorm focused on community service. He began his career at the UR Office of Public Relations, where he worked for two years as a science writer, followed by stints at Brandeis University and the University of Pennsylvania. Steve is married to Allegra Boverman ’96, a former CT photography editor and now a professional photojournalist.
CHRISTOPHER BURNS, ITT Space Systems Division: Airborne Natural Gas Emission Lidar (ANGEL) Services
Christopher joined the ANGEL Services team as Marketing Manager in August, 2008. His role is to lead marketing and communications activities for a new tech-based commercial service business in the energy sector. Additionally, he is charged with developing and executing the ANGEL Services marketing plan, strategies, and tactics. He also manages internal and external resources and marketing budget for optimal results.
Previously, Christopher has worked as a marketing & communications strategy consultant, both independently and previously through High Tech Rochester, a technology business incubator in the Rochester, New York area. Through these endeavors, Burns developed expertise in the areas of product and service marketing for both new and existing products and services, particularly for new, early-, and growth-stage firms. He has also worked with dozens of entrepreneurs and start-up companies in the technology sector, focusing his work on business planning, market planning, go-to-market strategies, capital strategy and investment readiness.
Christopher holds an MBA degree in marketing & entrepreneurship from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Rochester (1997).
NICOLE COX, Eric Mower and Associates (EMA)
Nicole works in Account Services at Eric Mower and Associates’ Buffalo, NY office. EMA is a full service marketing communications agency specializing in advertising, sales promotion and public relations. In her role, Nicole acts as a client liaison and project manager for her clients which include Transitions Optical and Lactalis USA, the parent company for several specialty cheese brands such as Président and rondelé. Nicole received a BA degree in 2008 from the University of Rochester, majoring in Economics with a minor in Mathematics. She also completed two management certificate programs at the Simon School in Marketing and Accounting. While at the University of Rochester, Nicole served as a co-chair for the Rochester Every Day (RED) program, coordinated Wilson Commons Wednesday and Wake Up Wilson through the Student Activities Office, and was a member of the Finance and Economics Council, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Golden Key Honor Society.
HEATHER EMERSON, Tiller, LLC
Heather Emerson is a principal of Tiller, a consultancy that develops advocacy marketing platforms for Fortune 500 companies such as Allianz Global Investors, Alliance Bernstein, AARP, ING, JP Morgan, New York Life and Sears. Heather joined Tiller from Wechsler Ross & Partners, a leading marketing and design firm, where she oversaw complex, strategic marketing communications programs for financial services firms including Bank of America Private Bank, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, Principal Financial Group and Ariel Capital.
Heather received a B.A. in art history in 1995. While at Rochester, she was a member of Phi Sigma Sigma, serving as Alumni Chair and sitting on the Executive Committee as Housing Chair. She also tutored third graders through the University’s Partners in Reading program and studied abroad in Florence, Italy.
PEGGY FOX, Corporate Marketing Expert
Peggy has a 30-year career in marketing. After graduating from the UR in 1976 with a degree in Psychology she received an MBA in Marketing from Boston College Carroll School of Management. She spent 17 years at Bausch + Lomb in Rochester, initially supporting international subsidiaries and then moving into a US based role. She moved from B+L to Constellation Brands, managing large consumer brands like Cook’s Champagne, Arbor Mist, Paul Masson Brandy, Manischevitz wine, Vendange and other well know brands. She was involved in all types of marketing activity including new product development, consumer insights, advertising (print and TV), promotions, etc. Peggy is married to a University of Rochester alum (Jed, Class of 1974) and has 2 boys. The older one graduated from Ithaca College and New England School of Law and is currently a law clerk and the younger graduated from Union College and is a Media Planner for Deutsch Inc (an advertising agency in NYC).
DAN GROSS, The Orchard
Dan Gross is the Manager of Film, Television and Advertising for the world’s largest independent distributor of music and video, The Orchard (NASDAQ: ORCD). His primary responsibilities include liaising with record labels, music supervisors, and creative executives in order to negotiate licensing terms for the use of music in moving picture. Recent placements have included films such as Pride & Glory, Four Christmases, and Hancock, television shows such as CSI: Miami, The Simpsons, and Family Guy, and advertisements for British Airways and AT&T Wireless. He has also assisted in music supervision for films and websites. Dan is pleased to have hired one of UR’s own through this event before and is glad to be attending again this year. He earned his B.A. in Economics and a Certificate in Management Studies in 2003 and is a proud member of the Midnight Ramblers.
EMILY JOSEPHSON, McCann Erickson
Emily Josephson is an Account Executive at the world’s largest global advertising agency, McCann Erickson. Immediately following graduation, Emily worked on the Verizon Wireless account for several years, focusing on new product launches and entertainment. Recently, she transitioned to the New Business team, pitching for new clients and representing the agency. She graduated in 2006 with majors in Political Science and English, and a minor in Psychology. While at the University of Rochester, Emily was President of D’Motions dance group, the founding coordinator of RED, studied abroad in Italy, and was a Meridian.
NICOLE KAPLAN, Magazine Publishers of America (MPA)
Nicole Kaplan is VP, Marketing & Promotion for MPA, the association for the consumer magazine industry. In this role, Nicole is responsible for marketing magazines to advertisers and their agencies through advertising, pr, events and sales materials. She oversees the annual MPA Kelly Awards, which recognize outstanding magazine advertising — and produced the first-ever Virtual Kelly Awards in 2007. Nicole also runs MPA’s in-house creative services department, developing promotions for MPA events, conferences and other efforts. Before MPA, she held account management positions at various advertising agencies including: DDB Needham, McCann Erickson and CMG on accounts such as: Virgin Atlantic Airways, Lucent Technologies, Trump International Hotel & Tower, Tauck World Discovery, Mobil Gasoline and CIGNA HealthCare. Nicole received a B.A. in English from the University of Rochester and a Certificate of Management Studies in Marketing. She was a member of Delta Gamma.
RICHARD (DICK) KEIL, Public Strategies, Inc.
Dick Keil is a Director of Media Relations with Public Strategies, Inc., an Austin, Texas-based firm that provides media strategy and crisis communications advice for corporate clients, including a variety of Fortune 100 companies. Before joining the Washington office of PSI, Inc., in January, 2007, Keil spent nearly 20 years as a journalist in Washington, serving as Chief White House Correspondent and political writer for Bloomberg News. In that capacity, he led Bloomberg’s coverage of the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns, and made numerous television appearances, including ABC News’ “Nightline,” and served as a regular panelist on PBS’ “Washington Week In Review.” He worked at Bloomberg from 1997 until December, 2006; prior to that, he spent 10 years in the Washington bureau of The Associated Press, where he covered a number of beats ranging from presidential campaign finance to the administration of former DC Mayor Marion Barry. He is a 1983 graduate of the UR, where he received a BA in English; while at Rochester, he also served as a writer and editor for The Campus Times (then a five-day-per-week daily) and earned All-America honors in track and field, finishing second in the 1,500 meter race at the 1983 NCAA Division III Championships.
ADAM KONOWE, Sullivan Higdon & Sink
Adam is vice president of public relations at Sullivan Higdon & Sink, where he specializes in business-to-business and business-to-government public relations, primarily for aviation, aerospace and defense companies. Since 1999, he has represented some of the industry’s most recognizable brands while working for two firms, first Stacking/TMP Worldwide followed by Sullivan Higdon & Sink. Earlier, he spent more than six years in broadcasting with C-SPAN, BizNet and PBS The Business Channel. Adam earned a BA from the University of Rochester, double majoring in history and political science, and spent his junior year abroad at Keele University in the UK. At Rochester, he was an active member of Drama House, the theatre program and WRUR-FM. Adam also earned an MA in communication from American University, where he currently teaches PR as an adjunct professor.
KHARTOON OHAN, BBDO NY
Khartoon Ohan is a Vice President, Director of New Business Development at BBDO NY, the #1 advertising agency in North America and among the top three agency networks in the world. At BBDO, Khartoon is responsible for growing the agency’s client roster and within the past 3 years, she’s helped BBDO gain over $2.5 billion of billings as well as Agency and Network Of The Year status from The Gunn Report, The Won Report, Cannes Lion International Advertising Festival, AD AGE, ADWEEK, Creativity and Campaign Magazines. Prior to joining BBDO, Khartoon worked at Ogilvy & Mather on accounts such as Kraft, Miller Lite and American Express. Khartoon began her career in advertising at Grey Worldwide where she was an account manager for multiple consumer packaged goods brands. Khartoon graduated from the U of R in 2000 with a degree in Psychology.
BARBARA PIERCE, Kodak
Barbara Pierce is Assistant Director of Corporate Communications at Kodak, the world’s foremost imaging innovator which helps consumers, businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of pictures and printing to enrich their lives. Throughout her career, Barbara has provided Public Relations expertise in corporate, ad agency, and non-profit environments. Barbara received a BA degree in 1992 from the University of Rochester, with a major in English, minor in Creative Writing, and a Management Certificate in Personnel Management. While at the University of Rochester, Barbara was a member of the Music Interest Floor, played double bass in Community Orchestra, volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and worked with Eastman Opera Company and Dining Services/Cash Operations.
GRAEME ROBERTS, GrowMotor and iWrite Marketing
Graeme Roberts is founder of GrowMotor, a marketing consulting and education firm and iWrite Marketing, which focuses on writing for digital media. Graeme has worked in marketing, sales, and product development for a big corporation, and for several startups, including Gradient Lens Corporation, where he was Vice President of Marketing and Sales. He has an MBA from the Simon School at the University of Rochester; his undergraduate degree is a Diploma of Art in Film & Television from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.
MARISSA ROBINSON, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising
Marissa is an Assistant Account Executive in the New York office of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, a global advertising agency with over 400 offices around the world. Marissa works on IBM as part of the Worldwide Software Group team which creates advertising campaigns for Ogilvy offices around the world. She manages multiple creative campaigns, media initiatives and all finances across the team. Prior to her position at Ogilvy Marissa worked at Roberts Communications a mid sized full service advertising agency in Rochester, NY. Marissa acted as a liaison and project coordinator between the agency, the creative team and 7 clients, managing print, digital, broadcast and direct marketing objectives. Marissa received a BA degree from the University of Rochester in 2009, majoring in Economics with a minor in Spanish and a Certificate of Management Studies in Marketing and Accounting/Finance. While at the University, Marissa was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, Alpine Ski Team Club, Intramural Volleyball and also spent a semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain. She also completed internships at the Strong Museum of Play, TTI Floor Care North America, Frontier Communications as well as participated in the Simon School Summer Business Institute.
CHRISTINE STOELTING, Daymon Worldwide
Christine is an Associate Business Manager/Category Manager for Wegmans Brand at Daymon Worldwide. Daymon is a global private brand brokerage company of 15,000+ associates that specializes in the global sales, marketing, design and procurement of private brand consumer products and represents over 5,000 manufacturing partners for 211 retail customers in 22 countries. Daymon’s domestic customers include Wegmans, Tops, Giant Eagle, HEB, Safeway, Whole Foods, Winn-Dixie, Harris Teeter, Office Depot, Advance Auto Parts, Price Chopper, Supervalu, Albertsons, Sears and Kmart, among many others. Although Daymon Worldwide’s corporate headquarters are in Stamford, Connecticut, Daymon houses a team of associates inside the corporate offices of each of its retail customers throughout the world, working directly with in-house category merchants and buyers to increase sales, profit and unit penetration for each of their customers’ existing private brand businesses. Daymon’s business model is truly unique and advantageous in the private brand brokerage industry. In Christine’s specific role with Wegmans Brand, she works to drive sales and volume in two categories through project management, syndicated data analysis, market research, strategic marketing planning, event planning, sales forecasting and new product development. She works directly with product developers, QA technologists, creative designers, project coordinators, promotion planners, food intensity tasters, business information and consumer insights analysts, and regional brand ambassadors in NY, PA, NJ, VA and MD to manage her categories. She relies heavily on analytical, creative and interpersonal communications skills. Prior to Daymon, Christine interned at Fisher-Price (Mattel) in Custom Products and at MindShare (London, UK) in media planning for British Petroleum’s “Low Carbon Emissions” campaign. Christine received her BA in French, Spanish, and Certificate in International Relations from the College in 2005, and graduated from the Simon Graduate School of Business with her MS in 2007 and MBA in 2008.
SHERYL GROSSMAN GOLDFARB, Silver School of Social Work at NYU
Sheryl Goldfarb is the Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment for the graduate social work programs at the Silver School. She coordinates the application process with faculty and administrators; coordinates all forms of correspondence with prospective and accepted students; recruits new students and assists with School marketing and publications. Prior to entering into the field of higher education, Sheryl was involved in Jewish Communal Service and was employed at UJA-Federation of New York, one of the largest federations in the country. After graduate school Sheryl worked as a geriatric social worker at Beth Abraham Health Services, a skilled nursing facility and rehabilitation center. Sheryl earned an M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1997. She graduated in 1994 from the University of Rochester with a B.A. in Psychology. While at UR, Sheryl was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, the Meridian Society, was a D’Lion in Susan B. Anthony, and studied abroad in London. Sheryl worked at the Mount Hope Family Center summer camp, was an intern at the Hillside Children’s Center In-Home Diversion Program and after graduation worked full-time at one their Residential Treatment Facilities.
CATEY JURAVICH, Windward School
Catey Juravich is an Assistant Teacher at Windward School, a private school for students with language-based learning disabilities located in White Plains, where she has been employed since September 2008. She currently teaches sixth, seventh, and eighth grade language arts and science and works with the drama club. Catey received a BA from the University of Rochester in brain and cognitive science and psychology in 2004, and completed an MS in inclusion childhood education at the Warner School in May 2008. While at the University of Rochester, Catey was a member of Vocal Point, an all-female a cappella group, and both a resident advisor and community assistant. She was also a research assistant in the psychology department, and completed a Take 5 program entitled “Recent American History and Culture and Their Effects on Human Behavior.”
PATRICIA WATERS, Jumpstart at the University of Rochester
As the Jumpstart Site Manager at the University of Rochester, Patricia coordinates all aspects of the program enabling 62 college students to work one-on-one with 55 preschoolers throughout the City of Rochester. Jumpstart is an Americorps program working toward the day all children enter school prepared to succeed. Prior to returning to Rochester, Patricia was a Teach for America Corps Member in NYC. She taught seventh grade science at Mott Hall Middle School in the Bronx while earning her Master’s of Science in Teaching from Pace University. Patricia obtained a B.A. in Biology and Psychology from the University of Rochester in 2006. She participated in the Jumpstart and Urban Fellows program while attending the U of R, and was Wilson Day Coordinator in 2005.
Engineering & Technical
JENNIFER ALLEN, Xerox Corporation
Jennifer is an Operations Manager in the Components Development and Manufacturing Group at Xerox Corporation. Xerox is a global technology and document management company which manufactures and sells a range of multifunction systems, printers (color and black and white), digital printing presses and related consulting services and supplies. Jennifer is responsible for all aspects of manufacturing – environmental, health and safety (EH&S), product quality and product delivery from two highly automated chemical coating plants that operates on shifts. She provides technical leadership to both engineers and the industrial work force, fully utilizing her portfolio of Lean Six Six Sigma certifications. She joined Xerox in 2006 after spending the first part of her career at the Eastman Kodak Company. There she gained technical work and leadership experience in Imaging Science R&D, Manufacturing and EH&S. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and is currently pursuing an eMBA at the Simon School of Business. Originally from Jamaica West Indies, she enjoys reading, tennis, community service and spending time with her family: husband Franklin, sons Spencer, Christian and Nathan.
CHRISTOPHER CALO, Google
Chris Calo is a User Experience Designer and Web Developer for Google in New York City. He applies his expertise in interaction design and front-end coding to create pleasant and productive web interfaces for Google’s display advertising division, DoubleClick. He received a BS is 2004 and and MS in 2006 in Mechanical Engineering from the U of R, where he also served as the Students’ Association President from 2003 to 2004. Chris lives in the borough of Manhattan, enjoys Spanish language, and loves to ski and rock climb.
DAVE CLADER, Areté Associates
Dave is a Staff Scientist in the Los Angeles office of Areté Associates, an advanced science and engineering company that provides innovative solutions to challenging technical problems faced by the United States. His current research at Areté focuses on computational imaging. Examples of some of some projects that he is involved with at Areté include coded aperture imaging, hyperspectral imaging, and advanced deconvolution algorithms. Dave received a Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of Rochester in Quantum Optics. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from SUNY Geneseo.
JIM COLELLI, IBM
Jim is a senior engineering manager at IBM’s advanced semiconductor manufacturing and development facility located in Burlington, Vermont. He currently has both technical project management and people management responsibilities for an organization with a broad scope of job functions, including: semiconductor product failure analysis; kerf design; IT systems; and product yield analysis. Jim joined IBM in Yorktown Heights, NY at the Thomas J Watson Research Center, in June of 1987; he worked as a research and development engineer, primarily in the areas of LASER ablation, photolithography, and metrology. He has also held both engineering and management positions in the area of semiconductor process integration. Jim received a BS degree in Optics from the University of Rochester in 1987. While at UR, Jim was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, worked on several Optics research projects in conjunction with Strong Memorial Hospital, and completed an internship with IBM. Jim also has an MBA degree from the University of Vermont.
CHERYL COLLINS, The Student Loan Corporation – Citi
Cheryl is a Senior Project Manager for Citi, where she manages software development projects for the Student Loan Corporation, a part of Citi’s Global Consumer Group. She has provided business process re-engineering, business systems analysis and project management services to companies in the Manufacturing (Xerox Corporation), Telecommunications (BellSouth, Global Crossing), Financial Services (Student Loan Corporation, Citi) and IT Services (Electronic Data Systems (EDS)) industries during her fifteen year career in the Information Technology field. Cheryl received a BA degree in History and Political Science from the University of Rochester. While at the University of Rochester, Cheryl was Co-chair of the Women’s Caucus and received the Susan B. Anthony Award for Leadership
DAVID COMPERTORE, Bausch & Lomb
David is a Senior Optical Engineer at the Bausch and Lomb, Rochester, Goodman Street facility. David has worked on new product development starting with voice of the customer and moving all the way through to transferring final designs to production. In his role he has established many relationships with consultants and service providers active in the optics field. He is an active member in the local Rochester section of the Optical Society of America. David has maintained and filled a University of Rochester intern position, reporting to him, at Bausch and Lomb for the past four years. His University of Rochester BS degree is in optics, graduating in 1987.
TREVOR DIMARCO, BAE Systems: Electronics, Intelligence & Support
Trevor is currently in his second year of BAE Systems’ Operations Leadership Development Program (OLDP). This program is designed to develop high potential, entry level employees for future leadership positions within the Operations business area. More specifically, Trevor works in the Operations Strategy and Deployment group. He is on a team that develops the strategic plans that Operations utilizes to deploy its resources. BAE Systems’ Electronics, Intelligence & Support (EI&S) operating group faces the demands of a rapidly evolving market in defense and homeland security, meeting its customers’ needs for high reliability, time critical decision making systems. BAE Systems takes Electronic Warfare & Countermeasures to a whole new level. Trevor received a BS degree in 2008 from the University of Rochester, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. While at the U of R, Trevor was a member of the Wind Symphony and interned at ITT, Space Systems Division.
MIKE ISMAN, Eons.com
Mike Isman is a Software Engineer for Eons.com, a social networking website for the Baby Boomer generation. Mike has been involved in web development since he graduated from the U of R in 2004 with a BS in Computer Science. Between graduation and Eons, Mike has worked full-time for Plymouth Rock Assurance, developing multi-state quoting engines, as well as for Partners Health Care as part of the team building the Master Patient Index which serves the entire Partners network. In his spare time, Mike is in charge of the technical parts of Livingto100.com, which is a Life Expectancy Calculator designed by a leading gerontologist and researcher of centenarians. During his time at UR, Mike participated in the award-winning Robot Research project, was a member of the Ski Team, and studied abroad in London.
ERIC JANOSKO, Pfaudler Inc.
Eric is the Test Center Engineer for the US headquarters of Pfaudler Inc. based in Rochester, NY. Pfaudler, part of the Process Solutions Group of Robbins & Meyers, is a multinational corporation best known for being a worldwide leader in providing glass-lined reactor systems, modular process systems, and wiped film evaporators. Eric is responsible for operating the pilot plant, which contains various pieces of Pfaudler equipment that can be configured to meet specific customer needs. Eric also takes part in some project and process engineering of the systems. Customers typically come from the pharmaceutical, chemical, and food industries. Recent tests have been performed for Land O’ Lakes, 3M, Abbott Labs, and Evergreen/Universal Lubricants. Eric received a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester in 2008. While at the U of R, Eric interned with Professor Hong Yang of the chemical engineering department as well as the Xerox Corporation. He was also a Resident Advisor and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
JAMES A. JOHNSON, Vanteon Corporation
James is a Hardware Engineer at Vanteon Corporation in Fairport, NY. Vanteon is an engineering consulting firm which develops custom embedded solutions specializing in Digital Imaging, Digital Video and Wired and Wireless/RF Communications. James has developed and executed quality assurance plans on embedded systems used in Information Security, Consumer, and Mass Transit industries. He has recently designed custom RF diagnostic tools, Power-over-Ethernet Switches, and high efficiency switching power supplies. James received a BS degree in 2007 and an MS degree in 2008 from the University of Rochester, majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. James completed the 3/2 program at the University of Rochester with Prof. Thomas Jones, ECE, completing a thesis, “Electrowetting-based Microfluidic Droplet Transport as a Result of Capacitive Sensing”.
FUAT KORO, Bose Corporation
Fuat Koro is a Technology Strategist at Bose Corporation. Fuat graduated from the University of Rochester in 1997 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and also holds M.S. and M.B.A. degrees.
TOM KRAUS, Arete Associates
Tom currently works as an Optical Scientist in Arlington, VA for Areté Associates, an Employee-Owned company that provides innovative solutions to the most challenging technical problems faced by the United States. Among his many responsibilities, Tom works in the design and implementation of complex optical systems for a wide variety of applications and platforms including air, ground, and in-situ ocean applications. In addition, Tom works with a variety of engineers and scientists to develop advanced imaging and non-imaging optical algorithms for use in optical system calibration and advanced data analysis products.
Tom completed his BS in Optics in 2005 and MS in Optics in 2007. In 2006, Tom completed his Take Five Program entitled: “Religion, Science, and their affect on Society.” While at the University of Rochester, Tom was involved in The Midnight Ramblers, MASA, The Meridian Society, Freshmen Fellows, Freshmen Orientation, and The Optical Society of America Student Chapter. As a Rochester alumnus, Tom is an active volunteer for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by participating in college fairs and interviewing students in the greater DC area. Tom is also a member of the Young Alumni Council and helps to sponsor a variety of events in the DC area throughout the year for UR’s young alumni.
WILLIAM L. KYBURZ, General Dynamics Information Technology
William (Bill) Kyburz is Director, Business Development in the Fairfax, VA office of General Dynamics Information Technology, a leading provider of technology-based solutions to the Federal Government and public sector. Bill has provided technically advanced, cost-effective IT-solutions to numerous Government departments, including security, asset management, and custom applications development and implementation. Some of Bill’s recent clients include: DoD, GSA, Justice, and Treasury. Bill received a BA degree in Mathematics 1979 from the University of Rochester and a MSE from the University of Pennsylvania. While at the University of Rochester, Bill was active in numerous student activities.
JENNIFER LABUDA, Abraxis BioScience
Jen is a Project Leader at Abraxis BioScience, a pharmaceutical company that develops and manufactures innovative treatments for cancer and other critical illnesses. She coordinates projects to transfer nanotechnology from development to manufacturing sites, ensuring strict adherence to FDA guidelines. She is responsible for designing and implementing manufacturing and cleaning procedures and also provides technical support to developmental and manufacturing operations. Jen received a BS degree in 2002 from the University of Rochester majoring in Biomedical Engineering, and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University at Buffalo in 2009. While at the University of Rochester, Jen played Varsity Basketball for 4 years. She is also a veteran of the US Army Reserves, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom during 2004.
NOAH LOREN, GEO2 Technologies
Noah Loren is the Director of Product Applications at GEO2 Technologies, a Boston area environmental technology company. At GEO2, Noah leads product test programs and directs application of GEO2 products across various industries. He is also responsible for new business development and participates in the strategic leadership of the company. Prior to joining GEO2 Technologies, Noah held various positions of increasing responsibility at General Motors Corporation, where he was involved in diesel engine and exhaust after treatment integration in both light- and heavy-duty vehicles. Noah has also held positions at Detroit Diesel Corporation in both product application and engine/emissions development. Noah holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and an M.S. in Management of Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. While at he University of Rochester, Noah was an Editor and Senior staff of the Campus Times Newspaper and also was co-captain of the SAE Mini Baja team.
ROBERT MARCELLO, Constellation Energy – Ginna Station Nuclear Power Plant
Robert is a Design Engineer/System Engineer for Ginna Nuclear Power Plant. Ginna produces 610 MW of electricity, enough to power approximately 500,000 homes in New York State. It is the oldest operating Pressurized Water Reactor in the United States, starting commercial operation in 1969. It recently began operating under its new 20 year license and plans to apply for an additional 20 year license to allow it to operate for a total of 80 years. As a Design Engineer, Robert designs improvements to plant structures, systems, and components. As a System Engineer, Robert optimizes systems within the plant to ensure that they are running at maximum potential. Robert received a BS degree in 2007 from the University of Rochester, majoring in Chemical Engineering. While at the University of Rochester, Robert was a member of the Keidaeans High Honor Society, a recipient of the Eisenberg Engineering Award, and President of AIChE. Robert is currently perusing a Masters in Material Science, part-time, from Rochester Institute of Technology.
BRIAN METRO, Xinetics, Inc
Brian is an Optical Engineer at Xinetics, Inc which is located approximately 30 miles outside of Boston. Xinetics is a small company of roughly 100 employees that produces precision controlled adaptive optics for commercial and government applications. At Xinetics, Brian provides optical testing support for a variety of programs, in addition to working on several R & D projects. Brian received a BS in Optics in 2006 from the University of Rochester. While at the University of Rochester, Brian was a member of Sigma Chi, a Freshman Residential Advisor, served in the Students’ Association, and was also a summer intern at Xinetics and Northrop Grumman Space Technology.
ARTHUR MITCHELL, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc.
Art Mitchell is an Senior Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, a Global Management and Technology Consulting Firm. Art works in the Information Technology and Security consulting arena providing consulting services to the US Government. He has specifically worked in areas of National Security, Computer Security, Process Improvement, and Systems Integration. Art received a BA degree in 1991 from the University of Rochester in Political Science and an MS in Public Policy, also at the U of R, in 1993. He has been in government consulting since graduating and has been with Booz Allen for 10 years.
ANKUR PANSARI, Facebook
Ankur is a Sales Engineer in Palo Alto, CA for Facebook Inc, the world’s leading social network. Ankur works closely with the Business Development team to help negotiate partnerships from a technical standpoint with some of the world’s largest companies. Recently announced partnerships include Google, Microsoft, AT&T, and Verizon. Ankur received a BS in Optics, BS in Applied Math, and Minor in Physics from University of Rochester in 2004. After spending 2 years at Google helping to implement 9-figure deals, Ankur joined Facebook near the end of 2007. While at University of Rochester, Ankur founded the Business and Investment Club, played Squash, and founded the Campus Club Connection tool through his business Treosoft.
NATALIE PAYNE, Delphi
Natalie Payne is a senior product design engineer at Delphi, an automotive component supplier. Natalie has worked on a variety of variable valve actuation devices, technologies for improving engine efficiency; improving fuel economy and reducing emissions without sacrificing performance. She holds five patents and has followed several products from concepting phases through to production. Natalie received her BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1993 from the University of Rochester, an MS in Mechanical Engineering Design and completed her MBA from Kelley School of Business this year.
JOHN PERSHING, 1010Data
John is a Software Engineer at 1010data, a data warehouse company located in New York City that provides a platform capable of high performance analytics on “big data”. John develops client side software for clients in various industries including retail, CPG, telecommunications, insurance and finance. John received a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Mathematics in 2010 from the University of Rochester. While at the University of Rochester, John was president of CSUG, president of the Chess & Go club, and a member of the Alpine Ski team.
MATT ROE, Acoustic Dimensions
Matt Roe is a Designer at Acoustic Dimensions, a mid-size acoustic consulting firm located just outside of New York City in New Rochelle, where he has worked since September 2008 upon completion of a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at the U of R. He is currently engaged in several corporate and environmental acoustics projects at locations throughout Manhattan and across the country. In addition, Matt has been an integral part of room acoustics and mechanical noise control design solutions for Performing Arts Centers and Concert Halls located internationally. While at the University of Rochester, Matt was a part of the Midnight Ramblers all-male a cappella group, the Delta Upsilon Fraternity, and Tau Beta Pi. He also was a Teaching Assistant for several classes in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
GLORIA G. SEE, BAE Systems
Gloria is in the BAE Systems Engineering Leadership Development Program, based out of Nashua, NH. She is currently working design, prototyping and testing on an RF communication module while taking multidisciplinary technical courses taught by subject matter experts in the company. Gloria graduated from UR’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department in 2009. As a student, she participated in undergraduate research, SWE, IEEE and fencing, as well as spending a semester abroad at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
RITA SHERMAN, Harris RF Communications
Rita is an Electrical Engineering Manager at the Rochester, NY office of Harris RF Communications, the military tactical radio division of Harris Corporation. Rita provides funding analysis and project management support for several technical projects. Previously, Rita spent 20 years at Xerox working is several areas including business strategy and software development management. Rita holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester (1992), a High Technology MBA from Northeastern University (1991) and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University (1984).
BETSY SWOVICK, Bausch + Lomb
Betsy is a Process Engineer within the Solutions Process Development Group at Bausch + Lomb, a global eye health company headquartered in Rochester, NY. Bausch + Lomb works to provide consumers with better vision through contact lenses, solutions, pharmaceuticals and surgical devices. After graduating in May, 2010, Betsy began as a Clinical Study Assistant in Vision Care, assisting those who managed both contact lens and solution clinical trials, giving her the opportunity to meet and network within the company. In her current position, she aids in providing solutions to improve quality in processes and increase productivity at the company’s multiple sterile ophthalmic manufacturing sites. She also participates in the production of solutions to support Research & Development efforts within the Rochester Scale Up Lab for Solutions. At the University of Rochester, Betsy majored in Biomedical Engineering, concentrating in Cell and Tissue Engineering. She also received a Certificate in Management Studies, concentrating in Marketing. She was very involved in both Ballet Performance Group and the Music Interest Floor. She was a Research Assistant for both an asthma research group and the Flaum Eye Institute at the University of Rochester. She also completed a Marketing Internship with the start up company SiMPore and a software Engineering Internship at Retrotech.
MICHAEL TILTON, Paychex, Inc.
Mike is a Software Developer for Paychex, Inc. Paychex is based in Rochester, and is the largest provider of payroll and associated products (401k, Health Insurance, COBRA, etc.) nationwide. Mike has worked on Health & Benefits renewal automation, increasing process transparency, and performing support on a vast library of existing code using Java, Pro*C, PL/SQL, and SQR. Mike graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in Computer Science, a Certificate of Management Studies in Information Science, and a minor in Film & Media Studies.
LAURA WONG, TSG Pittsburgh
Laura is a Jr. Mechanical Design Engineer at TSG Pittsburgh, a company that was founded in 1995 by two Carnegie Mellon University faculty to invent, design, prototype, and develop robotic and automation products for military, energy, and hazardous inspection market sectors. Laura has designed multiple prototypes through the use of Solid Works and has been involved in multiple projects throughout the company. Laura received a BS degree in 2008 from the University of Rochester, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. While at the University of Rochester, Laura was a member of the Junior Varsity women’s soccer team.
Government & Policy
NAZMIA ALQADI, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Nazmia is a Program Analyst at the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, an office dedicated to advancing public safety through community policing. Nazmia manages grants, conducts research, and works with intra/interagency working groups. She is a budget analysis for the grants managed by her directorate, a production manager for an e-newsletter produced by her office, and a production coordinator for the Publishing unit. Nazmia is the issue manager (subject matter expert) for crime victims and works to advance her areas through knowledge resources, conferences, and working groups that may influence policy. Nazmia received a BA degree in 2008 from the University of Rochester, majoring in Psychology and a MA degree in 2010 from the University at Albany, majoring in Criminal Justice. While at the University of Rochester, Nazmia was a member of various student organizations (CAB, URCG, Outing Club, etc.) and worked as a Meridian with the Admissions Office all after transferring in as a Junior.
MARCH K. BISHOP, Naval Sea Systems Command
March is a Contract Specialist in the Naval Acquisition Intern Program (NAIP), within the Department of the Navy. The NAIP is a three-year full-time salaried program designed to train recent college graduates in the business of government acquisition. The interns in the contracts division conduct price analysis on proposals and negotiate with contractors for the procurement of naval vessels. Upon completion of the intern program, most graduates are offered a full-time position. March received her B.A. in 2008, majoring in International Relations with Minors in French and Arabic. She is a member of Alpha Phi, was an active member of the outdoor club and was a Meridian and a hosting coordinator for the Admissions Office. She studied abroad in France, Malawi and Jordan. She has been admitted with deferred admission to Harvard Business School where she will begin an M.B.A. program in fall 2011.
KRISTY BROWN, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Kristy Brown is a Senior Analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, a legislative branch agency that evaluates the effectiveness of federally funded programs and initiatives. Most of GAO’s work is conducted at the request of Congressional committees or individual members of Congress. Kristy is in GAO’s Homeland Security and Justice division, where she is currently leading a review of efforts underway by the Department of Justice and federal courts to ensure that crime victims are afforded their rights. Kristy’s prior work at GAO includes evaluations of the Transportation Security Administration’s rationale for modifying the way in which it screens airline passengers, TSA’s efforts to secure flights arriving in the United States from foreign countries, and financial assistance provided to small businesses that were victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Kristy received her Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University in 2001 and BA degree from the University of Rochester in 2000, majoring in mathematics and political science. While at University of Rochester, Kristy was a member of the women’s tennis team and Gospel Choir.
PETE DAVIS, U.S. Department of State
Pete Davis is a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State. He will begin a two-year tour in Tunis, Tunisia in early 2009. He previously served as Liberia Desk Officer at the State Department. Pete earned an MA in International Relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2004 and a BA in History at the University of Rochester in 1997. While at Rochester, Pete studied abroad in Zimbabwe and participated in the Take Five program.
RAISA DUKAS, Department of Energy
Raisa is a Research Analyst in the Washington DC office of the Department of Energy. Raisa has researched a variety of topics including energy security, policy issues, bilateral relations, and other areas of interest to her office. Raisa received a BA degree in 2007 from the University of Rochester, majoring in Spanish and International Environmental Policy (an individualized concentration). While at the University of Rochester, Raisa was a member of Gamma Phi Beta and MLC Undergraduate Council; studied abroad in Prague, Oaxaca, and Brussels; was an intern in the Provost’s Office and created the MLC Annual Film Festival.
MELINDA FOUNTAIN, U.S. Department of State
Melinda (Mindy) is a diplomat in the Foreign Service for the United States Department of State. Her first assignment was to the U.S. Mission to the UN for the duration of the General Assembly, followed by language training in preparation for a two year tour in Warsaw, Poland. As a Consular Officer in Warsaw she assisted Americans overseas and processed immigrant and non-immigrant visas. Following Warsaw, she studied the Georgian language and culture for eight months and is currently serving in Tbilisi, Georgia as a Political Officer. As a Political Officer, she keeps the Ambassador and Washington appraised of developments in the country on certain topics. Some of the issues she works on include covering refugees, internally displaced persons, trafficking in persons, political-military affairs including Georgia-NATO relations, and other international organizations to include the UN, OSCE and the European Union Monitoring Mission. Melinda earned a degree in Political Science with a minor in French and a certificate in Polish and Central European Studies, and did a Take 5 in Judaic Studies, finishing her Take 5 in spring of 2002. Following this she earned her master’s degree in European Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. While at the U of R Melinda also was on the swimming team, studied abroad in Poland, Israel and France, and as a member of STING was one of the first Meliora Weekend Student Co-Chairs.
JOHN T. LYNCH, Jr., U.S. Department of Justice
John Lynch is Deputy Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section in the Criminal Division of the Justice Department. He supervises over twenty attorneys on litigation, policy, and training matters relating to criminal computer intrusions and damage, interception, computer fraud, and related crimes. He also works with a network of over 200 Assistant U.S. Attorneys across the country who have received specialized training on investigating and prosecuting network crimes. He joined the Section in 1997, and has worked on or supervised numerous investigations and prosecutions, legislative efforts, and the first-ever multilateral treaty addressing cybercrime. John received a BA from the University of Rochester in 1990 and a JD from Cornell Law School in 1993. He also served as a law clerk for Hon. Michael A. Telesca (’52), who was then Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. While at Rochester, John studied Classical Greek and Philosophy, and worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo and Rochester.
MARIANNA PUGLIESE, Senator Gillibrand
Mariana Pugliese graduated in May 2011, earning a BA in International Relations, with a minor in Economics and doing a Take 5 Year studying women, identity and gender. During her undergraduate career, she interned for the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, Western Hemisphere Area Studies Program in Washington D.C. and for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Rochester. After graduating, she joined Senator Gillibrand’s team as the Rochester/Finger Lakes Regional Assistant. As a student, Mariana was involved in Amnesty International, the Catholic Newman Community and WRUR, where she still hosts a Brazilian music radio show as she did for the past 4 years.
BRYAN ROTACH, City Year Boston
Bryan Rotach is the Special Projects Manager in the Boston office of City Year, Inc., an international non-profit organization that engages over 1,400 young adults in educational, service, and civic engagement programs in challenged schools and communities. In this capacity Bryan oversees the implementation of the office’s strategic plan, consults on the development of transformational fundraising campaigns and community partnerships, and supports the special project needs of the governing board. Bryan received his BA (Anthropology) in 2003 and MBA (Finance) in 2008 from the University of Rochester. While an undergraduate, Bryan was a member of the Campus Activities Board and STING and conducted research on students, faculty, and alumni for the University’s Provost.
RANIT SCHMELZER, National Women’s Law Center
Ranit Schmelzer is the Vice President of Communications at the National Women’s Law Center. She leads the Center’s Communications office, devising communications strategies and launching programs to highlight the Center’s legal and public policy initiatives.
Ms. Schmelzer joined the Center in 2004 after 17 years on Capitol Hill, where she held several senior communications positions. For over a decade Ms. Schmelzer was Communications Director to U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. In that capacity, she served as chief communications advisor and spokesperson to the Senator and devised media campaigns for Democratic Caucus initiatives. From 1989 to 1993, she served as Press Secretary to U.S. Representative Barbara Kennelly, a member of the House Leadership and the Committee on Ways and Means. Ms. Schmelzer began her career on Capitol Hill as Deputy Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, the first Democratic woman to be elected to the Senate in her own right.
Ms. Schmelzer is a former member of the Board of Directors of Horton’s Kids, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides services and mentoring to underprivileged children in Washington, DC. Ms. Schmelzer earned a B.A in political science, cum laude, from the University of Rochester. While at Rochester, she studied in England and interned in Parliament, worked on numerous local Rochester campaigns, and worked in the Bursar’s office.
AADIKA SINGH, American Civil Liberties Union and Southern Poverty Law Center
Aadika is a research assistant and writer for the Human Rights Program of the American Civil Liberties Union and conducts interviews with clients applying for trafficking visas on a contract basis for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Previously as a legal assistant in the Human Rights Program of the ACLU, Aadika researched cases related national security concerns and advocated for protecting human rights while countering terrorism through urgent appeal mechanisms and public education efforts. She also supported the preparation of a class action lawsuit on behalf of over 500 Indian guest workers trafficked into the United States. Prior to joining the ACLU, she was a project coordinator at Blacksmith Institute, an NGO focused on remediating polluted sites in the developing world and an editorial assistant at Earth Island Journal. Aadika is co-founder of the University of Rochester Alumni for Social Responsibility <http://uralumni.net>. She received a BA in Film Studies (with a focus on media production) and minors in English (with a focus on theater production) and Spanish from the U of R in 2005. While a student, Aadika was a committee head of Grassroots, producing an environmental film festival and co-directing a campaign for the Graduation Pledge that encouraged students to consider the social and environmental ramifications of future employment.
VERONICA TRIANA, The CORE Group
Veronica Triana is currently serving as Deputy Director, Humanitarian Pandemic Preparedness (H2P) Initiative, at the CORE Group in Washington, DC. The CORE Group, a membership association of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), promotes and improves the health and well-being of children and women in developing countries through collaborative NGO action and learning. Veronica has over 8 years experience managing global health programs, including programs in maternal and child health, and micronutrient deficiencies. Veronica received a BA in Health and Society (1998) and MPH (2000) from the University of Rochester. While at the University of Rochester, Veronica was a member of Amnesty International, Spanish and Latino Students’ Association (SALSA), studied abroad in Bolivia, and participated in other international study and research opportunities, as well as in programs with Rochester’s Latino community.
Health & Medicine
IDDIL H. BEKIROV, Ph.D., National Institutes of Mental Health
Iddil is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, where she studies the functional significance of the parathyroid hormone ligand, TIP39, and its receptor in the central nervous system. In 2004, she completed her dissertation on the role of Classic Cadherins in the Development of Hippocampal Circuitry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine of NYU. She has several publications, is a co-author in a textbook and has presented at numerous meetings both nationally and internationally. She received her MS in Biology at New York University and completed her BA in 1992 at the University of Rochester, double majoring in Biology and Psychology.
TUMA BISWAS, Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Student
Tuma is a first year clinical psychology doctoral student at SUNY Buffalo working under the advisement of Dr. William Pelham. Tuma’s main focus of research is in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. As a graduate student, Tuma takes classes, conducts research, writes papers, and works with clients. Prior to graduate school, Tuma worked at the Center for Children and Families at SUNY Buffalo as a lead counselor for a specialized ADHD summer camp and a research assistant. She also worked at the Judge Baker Children’s Center in Boston, MA as a project coordinator for a large research study. Tuma received a BA degree in 2005 from the University of Rochester, majoring in English and Psychology. While at the University of Rochester, Tuma was the president of Psi Chi, a member of the Psychology Undergrad Council, worked at the Mt. Hope Family Center and numerous other psychology related projects.
JOSEPH DOOLEY, University of Rochester Medical Center
Dr. Joseph Dooley is an Anesthesiologist and Critical Care Physician. He completed his M.D. at the Uof R in 1987 as well as his residency from 1994-1997. His subspeciality interests include Critical Care Medicine, Anesthesia of liver transplants, thoracic surgery, neurosurgery and complex spine surgery. Aside from his current work at the University, Joseph served as a General Medical Officer in the US Army from 1990-1994, thus attending medical school on a military scholarship. Joseph completd his BA in Physics at Middlebury College in Vermont.
FREDERICK FLO, University of Rochester Medical Student
Frederick Flo is a medical student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is a Miami, FL native who completed his BS in Biology and BA in Religious Studies with minors in Chemistry, Psychology, and Health & Humanities from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. He is currently involved in research focusing on single nucleotide polymorphisms in Long QT Syndrome at the Heart Research Follow- up Program, as well as a clinical humanities study at Strong Memorial Hospital comparing the functionality and spirituality of ALS patients.
DAVID J. MENER, UR School of Medicine & Dentistry
David received his BA degree in 2005 from the University of Rochester, double majoring in Psychology and American Sign Language. In addition, he received his Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry as part of the 5 year combined MD/MPH program. While at the University of Rochester, David was the Director of Operations for the Medical Emergency Response Team, interned for the Head and Neck Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY and volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician for Magen David Adom abroad in Ashdod, Israel.
David was recently elected to Alpha Omega Alpha (the Medical School Honor Society); he will graduate in May of this year and is currently applying for a residency program in otolaryngology.
LORI JEANNE PELOQUIN – Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, and Clinical Senior Instructor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry (Psychology) University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Provides psychological services to children with autism spectrum and regulatory/sensory processing disorders and their families as well as general psychological practice with children, adolescents and adults, individual mentoring of professionals from multiple disciplines, and provision of consultation services to various classrooms, service programs, and parent support groups. Provision of workshops and presentations on variety of topics related to autism spectrum disorders and the Developmental-Individual Differences-Relationship based Approach. Dr. Peloquin received her Bachelors degree from the University of Minnesota, and her PhD from the U of R (’85).
KATHLEEN PLUM, PhD, RN, NPP, Director, Monroe County Office of Mental Health
Locally and nationally, we are facing a shortage of professionals in a variety of disciplines and work settings that serve individuals of all ages who struggle with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Innovators and leaders in these fields will be in great demand as we implement health care reform and retirements accelerate over the next 3-10 years.
Dr. Kathleen Plum began her professional career with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Bronx Community College in 1969. She followed this up with 3 degrees from the University of Rochester: a BA in Psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences (73), a Master’s in Nursing with a specialty in mental health (76), and a PhD in Nursing (93) with a cognate in health psychology and public policy. In 1995, she became licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry.
Her more than 40 years of professional experience in the behavioral health field includes: Captain, US Army Reserves- Army Nurse Corps ; therapist and founder of the Strong Ties Community Support Program in the Department of Psychiatry of University of Rochester Medical Center; nurse practitioner and psychogeriatric consultant; nursing professor at the University of Rochester, and St. John Fisher and Finger Lakes Community Colleges. But for the past eight years, she has had the great pleasure of serving as Director of the Monroe County Office of Mental Health, the local entity responsible for receiving and allocating approximately $38,000,000 of public funding, and for overseeing a local continuum of services and supports in three disability areas: mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, and developmental disabilities. During this time, she has also served as Principal Investigator for Monroe County ACCESS- a federally funded grant to transform services and supports in Monroe County for children with mental health challenges and their families, and as co-chair of the Steering Committee for the New York Care Coordination Program- a multi-county collaborative serving adults with serious mental illness.
Dr. Plum is a Red Cross certified Disaster Mental Health Counselor, an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, and current President of the Western New York Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She has published book chapters on disaster mental health and Compeer, and several journal articles related to recovery in serious mental illness.
JIM PRODAFIKAS – National Clinical Account Manager – Medical Affairs, Managed Markets at AstraZeneca
Member of the Board of Directors at Epilepsy Society of Southern New York Jim’s passion is driving brand strategy through innovative medical strategy, communications and KOL development. His therapeutic experience spans CNS, Psych, Cardiovascular and Oncology and he has experience in managed markets/HEOR. Jim’s Specialties include Medical Science Liaison team development/strategy, Managed Markets, Medical education/communications, key opinion leader development, publication planning, medical marketing, team building and leadership.
RANDY G. RAETZ, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.
Randy is a family and cosmetic dentist in private practice here in Rochester, NY. He performs all facets of dentistry on patients of all ages. Randy received his BA in Biology from the University of Rochester in 1988 and continued onto the University at Buffalo where he received his DDS degree in 1994. Randy did a general practice residency at University Hospital in Syracuse, NY from 1994 to 1995. He then became director of the dental residency program at University Hospital through 1996. Randy returned to Rochester and became an associate dentist in a private practice. Randy opened up his own dental practice in 2004, and last year moved into a much larger office space. Randy also received his Fellowship degree from the Academy of General Dentistry in July 2008, something which only 7 % of dentists in the US and Canada have attained. While at the University of Rochester, Randy was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu, Cinema Group, Meridians, and the YMCA Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. Randy welcomes any student who would like to come in and shadow in the office.
GENELLE SAWYER, Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina
Genelle is a Clinical Psychologist who is currently completing the second year of a post-doctoral research fellowship at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on child maltreatment and its impact on and relation to family processes and interactions, particularly with victims of child sexual abuse. Her other interests include mental health assessment and treatment of trauma victims and their family members. Genelle also provides trauma-focused treatment to adults, children and families at the NCVC. Genelle received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska in 2007. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 1999, majoring in Psychology. During her time at the University of Rochester, she was actively involved with the after-school and summer camp programs at the Mt. Hope Family Center.
ALEX SCHLOSS, D.D.S.
Alex Schloss is a periodontist who has been in private practice in Manhattan for 30 years. He was also a clinical assistant professor of periodontology and implantology at the NYU College of Dentistry for 22 years. In addition to treating humans he was also a dental consultant at the New York Animal Hospital for 5 years in which he treated dogs, cats and the occasional tiger or polar bear. He has lectured at dental and veterinary meetings about periodontics and has published articles in the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry. Alex graduated from the University of Rochester in 1974 with a BA in Political Science and General Science. In his spare time, he does philanthropy consulting and writes a weekly blog about philanthropy efficiency in the Jewish world at www.jewishphilanthropynews.blogspot.com. His oldest daughter, Rona, is a U of R student currently spending her Junior year studying abroad in Israel.
FAISAL SIDDIQUI, MD
Dr. Siddiqui is a physician with a focus in Aging Medicine. His current time is split between 80% in private practice and 20% as part of the University Hospital PMR Physicans Group. His goal is to combine cutting edge scientific research and techniques in the biology of aging with latest clinical treatment strategies in aging medicine as applies to wellness and disease states. Some areas of focus include cosmetics, aesthetics, pharmaceuticals, nutrition, fitness, sports medicine and athletics. Dr. Siddiqui is also involved in corporate ventures with his wife Mariska Siddiqui who is an accomplished entrepreneur and skin care specialist. In addition, he serves on the advisory board for Medical Data Recovery Service, a fast growing medical data management company pioneering computerized medical data.
Dr. Siddiqui received a BS degree in 1996 from the University of Rochester majoring in Molecular Genetics. He completed a Take 5 program as part of the Program in Biology and Medicine. He also completed the Summer Research Fellowship at Strong Cancer Research Center and a semester Independent Research Project in the Department of Immunology. He attended medical school at Upstate Medical University, completed a Transitional Year medical internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and medical residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University Hospital – all in the Syracuse New York area. He is originally from Rochester, NY.
KIMBERLY SNYDER, J.P. Wilmot Cancer Center
Kimberly is a Health Project Coordinator in the J.P Wilmot Cancer Center at Strong Memorial Hospital. In this position, Kimberly is responsible for organizing and running clinical trials in GI cancer and thrombosis related to cancer. She is in charge of screening and recruiting patients into the trials as well as coordinating visits and procedures for patients on study. Kimberly also helps write and edit protocols, consent forms, and case report forms, manage databases and regulatory documents. Kimberly received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and in Russian language in 2008 from the University of Rochester. While at the University of Rochester, Kimberly was a member of the University of Rochester Christian Fellowship, the Russian Club, the Modern Language and Culture Committee and studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia.
ADRIENNE WALCER, Explorys, Inc
After obtaining at BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Health Statistics in 2011 Adrienne accepted a position at Explorys, Inc – Gartner’s ‘Cool Vender in Life Sciences’ and MedCity’s 2011 ‘Startup of the Year’in Cleveland, OH as a Cliniacal Date Analyst. Explorys’ unique software platform allows medical innovators to search through millions of electronic health records in the blink of an eye. Recently noted for the development of the first clinical ontology and coding system designed to systematically represent specialty of medical providers, job functions include innovating for software development, data mining and standardization, epidemiological data quality assurance, and designing clinical trial protocols for top hospitals and pharmaceutical companies.
While at the U of R, Adreinne was involved with Public Health Committee, URSHAC, Undergraduate Philosophy Council, NJR, Rock Repertory Ensemble.
COREY WALKER, University of Rochester Medical Student
Corey Walker is a medical student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. A native of Rochester, NY and graduate of McQuaid Jesuit High School, Corey completed his Bachelor of Science degree from the Hajim School of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Cell and Tissue Engineering, in 2010. During his undergraduate time, Corey published two basic science papers on Traumatic Brain Injury in the laboratory of Berislav Zlokovic, MD, PhD, and this past summer worked on a project studying the role of pericyte biology in Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, he is also doing a clinical research project with the Department of Neurosurgery at Strong studying outcomes of ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement for the treatment of hydrocephalus. He hopes to pursue a residency position in a surgical specialty upon completion of medical school.
LAURA WINGATE, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America
Laura Wingate is the National Manager of Patient & Professional Programs for the (CCFA), a not-for-profit health charity dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Laura oversees the national operations and implementation of patient and professional education and support programs for the 40 CCFA local chapters and oversees the national initiatives directed toward physician education. While at the University of Rochester, Laura was a four-year recipient of the Bausch & Lomb Scholarship, worked in the office of Cultural Affairs & Diversity and was an active member of the Community service dorm. She majored in Health and Society and graduated in 2004.
JOANNE WU, UR Strong Memorial Hospital, Orthopedics & Rehabilitation Dept.
Joanne Wu is a second-year medical resident in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital. As an alumni of the University of Rochester’s medical school, she interviews for the Admissions Office as well as serves as a mentor for the medical students in providing free sports physicals for the underserved school communities. In her spare time, she also teaches cycling at Rochester Athletic Club, as well as competes as a marathoner and triathlete. Joanne received her BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 2006 and graduated in Tau Beta Pi Honors Society. During her undergraduate education, Joanne served as a sports editor for Campus Times Newspaper, Chair of the Student Senate Projects Committee, Sports Information Web Assistant and an active member of Alpha Phi Sorority.
LUKE BELLOCCHI, Baker & McKenzie
Luke Bellocchi recently joined the global law firm of Baker & McKenzie in their Global Migration and Executive Transfer practice group. Previously, he served in the administration as Deputy CIS Ombudsman at the Department of Homeland Security and as Assistant Commissioner for Congressional Affairs at U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) starting in 2007.
During the 2006-2007 comprehensive immigration reform debates on Capitol Hill, he worked at the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee (under the chairmanship of Senators Jon Kyl and later Kay Bailey Hutchison), where he issued legislative notices and provided policy advice to staffers on homeland security, judiciary, and immigration issues. Starting after 9/11, he also served as Counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, where he mainly conducted oversight on immigration issues.
Prior to that, he worked at the U.S. Department of State as an Attorney Advisor in the Bureau of Consular Affairs on visa, citizenship, and passport issues. He was detailed to the Secretary of State’s staff (Operations Center) and to U.S. Consulate, Toronto.
Luke received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology at the University of Rochester, his JD at the State University of New York, an LLM at Georgetown Law School, and an MS degree at the National Defense Intelligence College.
CECILIA BONACCIO, Esq., Genesee Management, Inc. (an affiliate of Wilmorite)
Cecilia is Counsel and Risk Manager for Wilmorite, a privately owned real estate development company based in Rochester. Wilmorite has been in the real estate development business for over 50 years and is best known for its involvement in the construction and management of mall properties. Wilmorite currently owns the three major regional enclosed malls, plazas, hotels and offices. Wilmorite is also the developer of Collegetowne for RIT, casinos, hotels and college dormitories. Cecilia has been with Wilmorite for over 10 years. She began with the company as their litigation manager, responsible for the management of all company negligence claims. Her position has evolved to include oversight of the company’s risk management department. Her job duties include management of outside counsel, litigation, contract review, and management of the company’s insurance program. Cecilia earned her B.A. from the University of Rochester in English with a minor in journalism. She went on to earn her JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and practiced personal injury litigation in Cleveland, Ohio before joining Wilmorite.
HILARY BONACCORSI, Condon & Forsyth LLP
Hilary Bonaccorsi is a Paralegal in the New York office of Condon & Forsyth LLP, a law firm recognized for its expertise in handling aviation, complex tort, product liability, insurance and commercial litigation. Hilary interned at the Office of the Honorable Judd Gregg (R-NH) in the United States Senate. Hilary received a BA in History in 2007 from the University of Rochester, where she studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia and was a member of Delta Gamma and the UR Equestrian Team.
MARGARET C. CALLANAN, NY Supreme Court Attorney Grievance Committee
Peggy has been counsel to the Grievance Committee since 1992, and is currently a Principal Counsel, where she has been responsible for the investigation of complaints against attorneys alleging professional misconduct, and the presentation of numerous major investigations to the Grievance Committee and to the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, Fourth Judicial Department, including the trials of serious cases before Referees. Prior to 1992, she was an associate with Harter, Secrest & Emery in Rochester, and a Confidential Law Assistant to the Appellate Division, Fourth Department in Rochester. She received her BA degree in Political Science from the University of Rochester in 1979, and her JD from the University at Buffalo School of Law, where she was a member of the Buffalo Law Review. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Bar Association of Erie County, the New York State Association of Disciplinary Attorneys, and the National Organization of Bar Counsel, and is a frequent lecturer on ethics and attorney discipline topics.
JOSEPH CASION, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Joe Casion provides general corporate counsel to both not-for profit organizations and for-profit businesses in the practice areas of agriculture, food and dairy, closely held businesses/private companies, health systems and hospitals, and higher education, to name a few. His experience includes advising clients on formation, transactions, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions; facilitating consolidations, mergers, and other transactions between large not-for-profit organizations; advising not-for-profit organizations regarding the attainment of tax-exempt status and ongoing compliance with federal and state tax-exempt requirements; representation of businesses and individuals in disputes with federal and state taxing authorities; drafting and negotiating employment agreements, confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements, and other documents relative to the formation, ownership, operation, and management of organizations; drafting and negotiating transactional documents, including shareholders’ agreements and asset or stock purchase agreements; and managing the sale or acquisition of privately held companies valued at more than $10 million.
Joe obtained his BA (magna cum laude) from the University of Rochester, majoring in History; he received his J.D. from Syracuse University.
DAVID S. COLE, Baker & McKenzie LLP
David Cole is a principal in the Washington office of Baker & McKenzie LLP, an international law firm with more than 65 offices in more than 35 countries globally. David represents private and public companies in business combination and corporate financial transactions. David assists domestic and overseas companies to complete merger, joint venture, acquisition and divestiture transactions, raise capital in public equity and debt transactions and obtain financing through private equity and venture capital investments. David also assists private equity funds to invest in, acquire and divest portfolio companies, and he represents borrowers and lenders in connection with senior credit facilities and mezzanine and other subordinate debt financing. Recently, David has closed public offerings involving natural resources in non-U.S. jurisdictions, assisted the underwriter of an initial public offering of a satellite integrator, closed a leveraged buy-out of a U.S. government contractor, closed acquisitions and divestitures of businesses in the chemical, energy, retail, computer hardware, information technology and motion picture industries and closed private equity investments in natural resource extractors and venture capital investments in the biotech industry. David also leads his practice group’s clean tech industry initiative. David received a B.A. in Political Science in 1990 from the University of Rochester and a J.D. in 1994 from The George Washington University. While at the University of Rochester, David played cornerback on the University’s football team, played clarinet in the University’s orchestra, took part in the Washington Semester Program, interned with the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office and cleaned dishes and flipped burgers in Douglas Dining Hall. David is an avid hockey player today and coaches his son’s mite travel and house league hockey teams.
SARA FINIKI, Inverness Medical Innovations
Sara Finiki is a patent attorney at Inverness Medical Innovations, a medical diagnostics company focusing on infectious disease, cardiology, oncology, drugs of abuse and women’s health. Sara received a B.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Rochester in 2004, and received a J.D. with a concentration in Intellectual Property Law from Suffolk University Law School in 2007. She is admitted to the Massachusetts bar. While she was a student at Rochester, Sara was was involved in class council, the Society of Women Engineers, the Biomedical Engineering Society, STING, and was a campus tour guide. She currently serves as co-chair of the Young Alumni Council and is a UR Involved volunteer.
JON P. GETZ, Muldoon & Getz
Jon P. Getz is a trial and appellate lawyer with extensive experience in both civil and criminal cases in the Federal and State Courts. Mr. Getz has successfully represented private citizens, small businesses, members of law enforcement, firefighters and attorneys in complex Federal, State, criminal and civil litigation. In civil practice, he has tried numerous cases for both plaintiffs and defendants involving contract disputes, personal injury, business torts and New York State Civil Service matters. Mr. Getz has also represented firefighters and police officers who have been injured in the performance of their duty as well as duty disability related cases. Mr. Getz represented firefighters injured in the September 11th tragedy.
Mr. Getz is a frequent speaker at various continuing legal education seminars, and is an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Brockport where he teaches Moot Court, Law & Social Issues, and Introduction to Law & Legal Process. Mr. Getz has served on the Monroe County Bar Association’s Board of Trustees and is the past Chair of the Criminal Justice Section, as well as the Solo & Small Firm Practice Section. He is currently the Chair of the Memorial Committee of the Monroe County Bar Association. Mr. Getz currently serves as the New York State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section liaison for the Seventh Judicial District covering eight counties.
Mr. Getz is a 1989 graduate of the University of Rochester with honors in history and political science, where he served as a Resident Assistant and received the Student Life Award in 1989. He received his JD degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law in 1992.
SHELDON GLASSMAN, Law Offices of Sheldon Glassman
Sheldon Glassman is a self-employed transactional real estate attorney in NYC. He represents real estate developers in the sale of conversion units and new construction and in the acquisition of construction finance and permanent financing. He also represents residential buyers and sellers. He acts as counsel to numerous cooperative and condominium boards. Sheldon graduated from the U of R in 1977 with a BA in history and political science; he graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1981. He currently sit on the following boards: Business Development Board of Hudson Valley Bank, Edgemont School Foundation, Edgemont Athletic Booster Club, and serves as Trustee at Shaarei Tikvah Temple. He is former president of the Southern Greenville Civic Association and has coached youth sports for the past 14 years.
ANTONIO HAYNES, Nixon Peabody LLP
Antonio Haynes is a litigation paralegal in the Rochester office of Nixon Peabody LLP. A multi-practice international firm, Nixon Peabody has 19 offices spanning the U.S. as well as locations in Paris and Shanghai. As a paralegal, Antonio is primarily responsible for supporting attorneys in managing all aspects of litigation ranging from discovery to trial support. Antonio received a B.A, magna cum laude in French with highest distinction from the University of Rochester in 2007. He was a member of the Pride Network, Phi Beta Kappa, and wrote for the Campus Times. He plans to attend law school in the fall.
LAWRENCE A. KALLAUR, Boylan, Brown, Code, Vigdor & Wilson LLP
Larry is a corporate lawyer at Boylan Brown, a law firm based in Rochester NY focusing on business and corporate legal services and wealth succession planning. His practice is concentrated on corporate finance transactions. He represents businesses at all stages of development, from startups to public companies, and in a variety of industries. He is a member of Boylan Brown’s technology practice group, where he helps entrepreneurs plan, finance and sell high-tech businesses. He supports the local entrepreneurial community through Boylan Brown’s membership in the Upstate Venture Association of New York, as a judge in business plan competitions sponsored by High Technology of Rochester and through regular speaking engagements. His transactional experience includes venture capital and angel financings, mergers and acquisitions, contests for corporate control, leveraged and management buy-outs and recapitalizations. In addition to operating companies, he has represented venture capital funds, private equity sponsors and mezzanine lenders. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1989 with a BA in History and Russian Studies and received his J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law in 1999. He began his legal career at Shereff, Friedman, Hoffman & Goodman, LLP in New York City. He is a member of the Business Law Council of the Monroe County Bar Association.
MEGHAN SCHUBMEHL, Nixon Peabody LLP
Meghan is an associate at Nixon Peabody LLP in Rochester, NY, focusing on tax, trusts and estates law. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in May 2010. During the school year she worked for the Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office, where she was responsible for researching copyright issues for the University. While in law school she also worked for the National State Attorney General program and the Army JAG Corps as a legal intern. Prior to law school, she worked at Klein Steel Service, Inc. in Rochester as a pricing and market analyst and as a paralegal in the New York law firm of Jay J. Sangerman, PLLC. She received her B.A. from UR in May 2005, with majors in mathematics and history. While at UR she was an RA, planned Wilson Days, and participated in the Urban Fellows program.
MARK S. ZAID, Esq.
Mark S. Zaid specializes in litigation and lobbying on matters relating to national security, foreign sovereign and diplomatic immunity, international torts and crimes, defamation, the Constitution (First and Fifth Amendments), and the Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts (FOI/PA). Through his practice Mark often represents former/current federal employees, intelligence and military officers, Whistleblowers and others who have grievances against agencies of the United States or foreign governments. Additionally, he frequently represents members of the media and the public in First Amendment and FOI/PA disputes, and has handled dozens of security clearance cases throughout the national security and military communities.
Mark is also the Executive Director of the James Madison Project, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, with the primary purpose of educating the public on issues relating to intelligence gathering and operations, secrecy policies, national security and government wrongdoing.
Mark has testified before a variety of governmental bodies including the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, the House Government Reform Committee, the Department of Energy, the Public Interest Declassification Board, and the Assassination Records Review Board. He is a frequent contributor of opinion pieces and legal articles and often appears as a commentator in media interviews for such entities as CNN, FoxNews, MSNBC, BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Reuters, Associated Press and others.
A 1992 graduate of Albany Law School of Union University in New York, he completed his undergraduate education (cum laude) in 1989 at the University of Rochester, New York with honors in Political Science and History.
Daniel Israel, AMI
Daniel is an Artist Representative and founding member of AMI, an international jazz agency based in New York City. He has booked hundreds of performances for his artists throughout the world at a variety of festivals, performing arts centers, clubs, colleges and universities, and corporate events. Prior to AMI, Dan worked at Joel Chriss & Co. for two years and was responsible for representing his artists in the Northeast US territory.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude with High Honors from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2005. He studied classical saxophone at the Eastman School of Music with Chien-Kwan Lin and was a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. As former Music Director and Business Manager of the all-male a cappella group, the Midnight Ramblers, Dan led the vocal group on tours throughout the United States and is featured on four studio albums. He was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity and Meridian Society. For his senior honors project, Dan wrote music and lyrics and produced an original musical, Killing Time. As part of his fifth-year Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year Fellowship, Dan created a University-wide plan for collaborative annual musical theater productions at the University of Rochester.
He also leads an active life composing for musical theater. Daniel is a proud member of the advanced BMI Lehman Engle Musical Theatre Workshop, where he is the recipient of the 2010 BMI Harrington Award for Creative Achievement in Musical Theatre.
Nonprofit & Social Responsibility
DEREK CROWE, Foodlink
Youth Farm Education Coordinator; AmeriCorps*VISTA, Rochester Youth Year Fellow at Foodlink, Webmaster at The Point Rochester
NILS KLINKENBERG, Sustainability Strategy Consultant
Nils is an independent consultant on organizational sustainability and social-responsibility initiatives, based in greater Boston. His work focuses on facilitating processes for visioning and strategic planning of actions to help companies, cities, and other institutions succeed in a world of increasing social and ecological constraints. Organizations he has advised include the University of Rochester, a large iron and steel manufacturing company in northern Brazil, and a retirement community in the suburbs of Boston. In 2009 Nils received an MSc degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. Nils received a BS degree in 2006 from the University of Rochester, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Mathematics and French. While at the University, Nils was a student leader in Grassroots, sang in multiple vocal ensembles, studied abroad in France, was a Resident Advisor, and participated in the Take Five program. Nils is a member of UR Alumni for Social Responsibility, a growing group of Rochester alums (not officially affiliated with the university) interested in networking with other alumni and current students who are interested in pursuing environmentally sustainable and socially responsible careers and lives.
LIESEL SCHWARZ – Sustainability Planner for SWBR Architects, Rochester NY
As a sustainability planner for SWBR Architects I work on sustainable policy development both within our firm and for our clients, building energy audits, and LEED credit submission. I have also done a lot of research for the firm on sustainable best practices, making me a resource for sustainability related information. Lastly, I continue to work to make SWBR’s everyday operation more sustainability.At the U of R, Liesel majored in Sustainability Planning and Development while obtaining a minor in Business.
NATASHA R. THOMPSON, Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Natasha is the President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier in Elmira, NY. The Food Bank is the leading hunger relief agency in the Southern Tier region of Upstate New York, providing nearly 7 million lbs of food to a network of over 185 community based organizations throughout six counties. During her tenure at the Food Bank, Natasha helped the Food Bank diversify its services by planning and securing funding for the establishment of innovative programs such Food Stamp Outreach, BackPack, and Mobile Food Pantry to better address the problem of hunger and food insecurity. As President & CEO, Natasha has led the creation of the organization’s first five year rolling strategic plan, developed a marketing plan to increase the Food Bank’s brand awareness throughout its service area, and strengthened the board of directors through the recruitment and training of 12 new board and committee members from diverse personal and professional backgrounds. Currently, Natasha is managing the organization’s first ever Capital Campaign with a goal of raising $3.5M that will allow the Food Bank to acquire and renovate a new facility by 2011. To date, she has personally secured nearly $900,000 in pledges from individual donors.
Natasha received a BA degree in 1996 from the University of Rochester, majoring in both Psychology and Religion. As an undergraduate, Natasha lived in the Drama House, interned at the Mt. Hope Family Center, and worked at the Strong Museum of Play. Natasha returned to the University to receive her MBA from the Simon School in June 2009 through the Executive MBA Program.
NEIL JANOWITZ, ESPN the Magazine
Neil Janowitz is a struggling writer and a general editor for ESPN the Magazine, a position made possible by his involvement with the Campus times and the English department, and in no way made possible by his psychology degree. Having attained his increasingly rare post through a series of improbably fortunate events, Neil has resolved to use his insubstantial sway to help burgeoning writers gain a foothold in what is perceived by the one or two people he bothered to ask as an intimidating industry. He would also like to prematurely retire and devote himself full-time to woodworking, so finding a suitable replacement would be helpful.
CLAIRE HOFFMIRE, Epidemiology PhD Candidate
Claire is a third year PhD student in Epidemiology at the University of Rochester. Epidemiology is the study of how disease is distributed in populations and the factors that influence or determine this distribution. Epidemiologists study disease etiology, natural history, prognosis, treatment and burden across communities. Epidemiological research often provides the scientific foundation for public health programs. As a PhD Candidate, Claire has completed the required coursework for her degree and passed oral and written comprehensive examinations. The remainder of her study will be focused on a dissertation project involving primary data collection. Claire’s dissertation will be focusing on sleep quality and sleep disturbances within the pediatric Down Syndrome (DS) population. She will address the effects of Autism co-morbidity on sleep in this population and investigate behavioral and physiological correlates of sleep disturbances in children with DS. Claire has assisted with research studies in the Clinical Nursing Research Center at Strong and the Strong Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Claire graduated with a B.S. in Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of Rochester in 2006.
ALI HOROWITZ, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department, MIT
Ali Horowitz is a technical assistant in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at MIT. She is the lab manager for the Early Childhood Cognition Lab which studies causal learning in early childhood and tests off-site through unique partnerships with the Museum of Science and Boston Children’s Museum. Ali coordinates the overall running of the lab, including facilitating the museum partnerships, overseeing administrative tasks, training researchers, and running studies. Ali graduated from the University of Rochester in spring 2008 with a BS degree in Brain and Cognitive Science. While at the University of Rochester, Ali was a member of STING, D’Lions, and Jumpstart, studied abroad, and worked in two research labs.
ERIN NOBLE, University of Rochester Graduate Student
Erin is starting her third year in the Immunology, Microbiology, and Virology PhD program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She is pursuing the Virology Track and her research in the lab of Dr. Baek Kim focuses on Influenza A virus. She received her B.S. in Immunology and Microbiology in 2007 from the U of R along with a distinction in research for completion of a senior thesis in the lab of Dr. Robert Marquis.
ANN RICHARDS, Massachusetts General Hospital
Ann Richards is a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Tobacco Research and Treatment Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. The center integrates a clinical service providing state-of-the-art smoking-cessation treatment to the hospital and surrounding community with a multidisciplinary research group that develops and tests smoking treatment interventions for health care settings and evaluates tobacco-control public policies. Ann received a BA degree in Health and Society in 2005 from the University of Rochester. While at the University of Rochester Ann was a member of the Women’s Varsity Swimming and Diving Team, a member of the Health and Society Executive Board and also was a member of the Senior Class Council.
JULIA T. SILVEIRA, Weill Cornell Medical College
Julia is pursuing a Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City beginning fall 2011. She initially worked as a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Chemical Genomics Center at the NIH for a year following her graduation from U of R. Her research focused on organic synthesis of potentially anti-tumorous molecules. She then went to the Uniformed Services University (Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD) to do research on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Julia received a BS degree in 2008 from the University of Rochester, majoring in Chemistry. While at the University of Rochester, Julia worked under Dr. Robert K. Boeckman for her senior thesis, and was a workshop leader for Organic Chemistry.
DON AVIV, Interfor Inc.
Don Aviv is the Chief Operating Officer of Interfor Inc and the Managing Director of the Physical Security Consulting Group. Interfor is a global investigations and security consulting firm. He has extensive experience in physical security, risk management, executive protection, crisis mitigation and global investigations. Prior to joining Interfor, Don was the head of global security for Parametric Technology Corporation, an international technology firm, where he was responsible for the security and safety of company assets and personnel within 138 field offices globally. During that time, he was an Executive Member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee in the Town of Needham, Massachusetts. Don has also previously worked as an undercover and field investigator for a regional investigative firm. Don has authored articles on physical security and threat mitigation. Don is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Board Certified Physical Security Professional (PSP). He is also a licensed New York State Private Investigator and Security Officer and most recently attained certification as a Professional Investigator (PCI, Professional Certified Investigator). He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester and an Alpha Phi Sigma M.S. in Criminal Justice from Suffolk University. Don is a member of numerous investigative and security-related organizations and trade groups. Don is currently a board of director of One Heart Global, a non-profit that supports the victims of terrorism. While at the University of Rochester, Don was a member of Phi Kappa Tau and studied abroad in Galway, Ireland.
ABBY KOHUT, Staffing Symphony
Abby Kohut (www.linkedin.com/in/abbykohut) has been a leader in corporate staffing and a certified Myers-Briggs coach for the past 15 years. She has held positions such as Senior Director of Recruiting & Career Development for Kaplan, Inc., Employment Director at Sabert Corporation, Manager of Global Recruiting for Alpharma, Inc., and Interim Director of Recruiting for Continuum Health Partners. She is currently the President of Staffing Symphony, LLC, a staffing consulting and expansion company. A leader in her field, Abby is determined to help others achieve the same success. Abby received a BA in Psychology in 1988 from the U of R. While in school, Abby was president of the Table Tennis Club and the Lilac Lanes Bowling League. She also completed many career-related internships in Psychology and was a member of the Meridian Society and Psychology Club.
JAMES KLIMASEWSKI, Xtention Solutions, Inc.
Jamie is President of Xtention Solutions, Inc., a Rochester-based supply-chain consultancy. Xtention focuses on two verticals: first, providing logistics and supply-chain expertise to small and mid-sized companies that may not have the internal infrastructure. Second, offering logistics and IT services to local municipalities, state organizations, and federal government agencies to help respond to public emergencies. Some of Xtention’s clients are Ingram Micro, Eastman Kodak, Monroe County, and State of South Carolina. Jamie graduated in 1995 with a BA in Economics.
RONALD G. SHAPIRO, IBM
Ronald G. Shapiro, Ph.D., an independent consultant and board Certified Human Factors Professional, serves on the Executive Council of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and is a past-president of the Division of Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology (21) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Ron has managed IBM Technical Learning, Human Factors and New Employee Orientation World Wide, College and University Tuition Payment Programs in the United States, and Career Counseling in North Carolina. He has worked as a human factors (HF) practitioner in both large company (IBM) and small consulting firm environments. He has served as the corporate coordinator of HF and Usability at IBM, and as the Learning Integrator and Program Manager for Skills and Employee Development for the IBM Software Group.
Ron taught psychology at the university level and presents regularly at HFES professional psychologists’ and educators’ conferences, and to various college student groups often on career preparation. He is an experienced recruiter, has authored several articles on recruiting, and chaired the HFES speakers bureau, the HFES Computer Systems Technical Group, HFES Council of Technical Groups, National Ergonomics Month, and the careers panel at the HFES Annual Meeting. Ron compiled a guide for job candidates, which may be viewed at HFES.ORG. He was awarded the O. Keith Hansen Outreach Award by HFES in 2005. The Blue Opportunities Program, which Ron designed, won the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) 2007 Innovative Business Solution Award. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
Ron received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester (UR), and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University (OSU) in Experimental Psychology. While at UR and OSU Ron served as both a research and a teaching assistant. At UR he worked at the Computing Center and was active in numerous student activities including chairing the Red Cross Blood Drive, leading a scout troop in the community as well as one at Strong Hospital, offering campus tours, and he even ran for president of the undergraduate student body.