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Rochester Review
May-June 2010
Vol. 72, No. 5

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River Campus Undergraduate: 1990s


John Sotomayor sends a photo of himself with Cox Communications public affairs specialist Devon Chestnut at the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce “Stars Over Ocala” ceremony, where his business, Sotomayor Media Creations, was named Minority Business of the Year. John has held several posts at the chamber, including member of the board of directors, chair of the Hispanic Business Council, and member of the board of regents for the Emerging Leaders of Ocala. John would love to hear from friends at


Brian Mittman has published a book, Five Deadly Sins that Can Derail Your New York Worker’s Compensation Case (Word Association). Brian is managing partner of the New York–area law firm, Markhoff & Mittman.


Heather Hands Steinfield writes that she has been elected a partner at the global strategy consultancy Simon-Kucher & Partners, where she focuses on pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device clients. She adds, “I am only the second woman to be elected partner at SKP, and the first in the United States and in our life sciences division.” . . . Seth Diamond ’94S (MBA) has been named to the new position of vice president of marketing insights at Catapult Marketing in Westport, Conn. . . . Jerry Tichner has been promoted to partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery. He specializes in health law and works in the firm’s Boston office.


Aaron Muderick won the popular election to the Narberth Borough Council in November, and was later elected vice president of the council by his fellow members. Aaron lives in the Philadelphia suburb with his wife, Elizabeth, and their daughters, Sara, 6, and Rebecca, 3. . . . Ken (K. C.) Marshall (see ’82).


Robert Kerr sends an update. He graduated magna cum laude from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2007, and in April 2008 married Jennifer Tritt. Attending the wedding were Tom Kitson, Frank Franzino, Sue Alley Franzino ’94 Eric Karr ’97, Tom Donohue ’97, Jon Conron ’97, Christine Millbyer Douglas ’94, and Terry Douglas ’96. In January, Robert opened his own law firm in Augusta, Ga., specializing in disability law. . . . Jonathan and Kimberly Ramirez Levine ’97 started an online business in December,, that provides products for parents. Their first product is a stroller sign to help parents keep strangers from touching their babies. It reads: “Your Germs Are Too Big For Me, Please Don’t Touch.” . . . . Darby Leigh, a rabbi at Bnai Keshet synagogue in Montclair, N.J., and one of only five deaf rabbis in the world, was featured on the ABC documentary A Place for All: Faith and Community for Persons with Disabilities. The documentary aired multiple times on stations nationwide from December through February. . . . Gretchen Harris Zenner ’02S (MBA) writes, “My husband, Albert, and I have been blessed with the birth of our first child, August William, in September 2009.” . . . Latha Srinivasan and her husband, Sean O’Neil, welcomed a daughter, Rekha Ranjini O’Neil, in March 2009. Latha writes: “She weighed 6 pounds, 7.7 ounces, and was 18.8 inches long. She joined big brother, Karthik, who is four years old.” Latha adds that she practices labor and employment law and business and real estate litigation in Cleveland. . . . Michael King has coauthored a book, Multiscale Modeling of Particle Interactions: Applications in Biology and Nanotechnology (John Wiley & Sons). Michael is an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Cornell.


Greg ’00S (MBA) and Amy Collins Hogan ’09S (MBA) welcomed a daughter, Audrey Katherine, in October. . . . Maura Gagan sends an update. She is living in Albany and works as a compliance auditor for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice. In September, she married Aaron Quantock, who works for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. The photo, she writes, is of “the Fun Bunch!”: Christina Petretta Mills, Miranda Chiu, Maura, Meredith Burrell ’95, and Jennifer Romano Canning.


Mark Drapeau writes that he has completed two postdoctorates: one at New York University in neuroscience and another at the Department of Defense in government policy. He is now the director of innovative social engagement for Microsoft’s U.S. public sector division, an adjunct faculty member in media and public affairs at George Washington University, a cochair of the May 2010 Government 2.0 Expo, and a columnist for Federal Computer Week. . . . Kimberly Ramirez Levine (see ’95).


Saul Maneiro writes that he was elected to the Monroe County legislature, representing a district in northeast Rochester, in November. He was sworn in on January 4.


Ryan Sowers-Martinez writes that he and his wife, Jessica, welcomed their first child, Owen Alexander Sowers, in December. Owen was born at Newton Wellesley Hospital near Boston. . . . Joshua Boxer and his wife, Jessica, welcomed a son, Julius Benjamin, in November. Julius weighed in at 7 pounds and measured 20 inches. Joshua is the son of Harriet Siegel Boxer ’68 and the nephew of the late Naomi Siegel ’72. Jessica is the daughter of John Rayson ’71, the granddaughter of Barbara Chandler Rayson ’45, and the grandniece of Glenn Rayson ’39, the late Delwyn Rayson ’41, and the late Leland (Ennis) Rayson ’44. . . . Paul Hencoski and his wife, Juli, welcomed a baby boy, Jacob Andrew, to their family in May 2009. Jacob joins a big sister, Ella, 3. Paul is a partner at the audit, tax, and advisory firm KMPG. . . . Jeremy Speich is a partner at the Albany, N.Y., law firm McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, and the chair of the associate board of directors of the St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation.