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1930s

Retired teacher Rose Tevlin ’36, celebrated her 100th birthday at the Glen Arden retirement community in Goshen, NY. “This wasn’t a surprise party,” she told the Goshen Chronicle. “I planned it right down to having 10 lights on each table.”

Rosalyn Zimmerman ’37, retired teacher and former docent at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, was profiled in www.abqjournal.com.

 

1940s

Phyllis L Kossoff ’46 was profiled in “Women Shaping History 2016” in Education Update Online, honoring women of extraordinary achievement.

 

1950s

Laura Kruger ’56, longtime curator of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the Institute at the opening of her latest exhibition, “Terra Firma”. The exhibition, which runs through June 28, 2019 includes the work of more than 60 artists showing the beauty of the natural world and what’s at stake with climate change.

Gloria Sfiroudis ’54 was recently awarded the UFT 2017 Marsh Raimo award. 2017 will be her 53rd year teaching.

 

1960s

Rita K. Gilbert ’63 has been selected for “Super Lawyers for 2018.” Super Lawyers is a rating service in which lawyers are recognized for professional achievement by their peers.

Linda Langiulli ’63has been appointed interim principal of Seven Bridges Middle School in Chappaqua, New York.

Patricia Bath ’64, the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology and the inventor of laserphaco cataract surgery, was spotlighted in Time Magazine’s series, Firsts – women who are changing the world.

Ronnie Hess ’66 is the co-author (with Joan Peterson) of “Eat Smart in Portugal: How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure” (September 2017).

 

1970s

The Turbulence Series by Alice Aycock (MFA ’71) was on view in the Fall 1917 at the Marlborough Gallery in New York. The exhibition presented some of her most recent works including five large-scale aluminum sculptures and a number of smaller works, as well as a selection of works on paper.

Jeanette Ruiz ’74 has been reappointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio as administrative judge of the New York City Family Court, a position she has held since 2015.

Opal Palmer Adisa ’75 has been appointed director of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies. Adisa served on the faculty of the California College of the Arts in Oakland since 1993, most recently as a distinguished professor in the master of fine arts program in writing and diversity studies.

Kevin M. Sheehan ’75 has been appointed to the Navistar Board of Directors.

Charlotte Biblow (MS ’76) was honored by the American Heart Association at their 2018 Long Island Go Red for Women luncheon.

John J. Fitzpatrick ’78 was recently appointed First Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Carver Bancorp, Inc. Fitzpatrick, who is based in Harlem, formerly served as the Chief Operating Officer of Fieldpoint Private Bank and Trust in Greenwich, CT. Carver is the largest African- and Caribbean-American managed bank in the United States, with nine branches in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.

 

1980s

 Philip Guarnieri ’80, Chief Executive Officer of Empire State Bank, has been named to The Grace Foundation board of directors and executive committee. The Foundation provides programs and services for individuals impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Lyle Schwartz ’81 was named TVWeek’s Media Buyer of the Year 2017.

Amy Goodman (MS SPED ’83) has been appointed interim Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services for the City School District of New Rochelle.

Catherine Brown ’84 has been appointed Vice President, West Coast of Vetted Solutions, an executive search firm. Brown most recently served as the President of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation and previously served as the Vice President, Pacific West Region of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Grace Fimbel ’84, a certified nurse-midwife has joined the Saint Peter’s Midwifery Program staff in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

“The Lily Pond,” a solo exhibition by Ilan Averbuch (MFA ’85) was on view at the Nancy Hoffmann Gallery in Chelsea September/October 2017.

John Champagne ‘86, professor of English and chair of the Global Languages and Cultures program at Penn State Erie has been named Penn State Laureate for the 2018-19 academic year.

Dona D. Vaughn (MA ’86), Artistic Director of Opera Programs, Manhattan School of Music, and Artistic Director, PORTopera (New York, NY, and Portland, ME) has been elected to the Board of Directors of OPERA America, the national service organization for opera.

Thomas P. Hawkins ’87 has joined the Oshkosh Corporation as Senior Vice President, Government Relations.

Stephanie Wiles (MA ’87) became Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery in July 2018.

In Fall 2017 Helga Tomala ’88 joined the faculty of New Canaan Country Day School as a world language teacher, teaching French and Spanish.

Ralph A. Vitacco ’88 has been appointed planning and economic development director for Sandwich, MA.

Internationally-renowned artist Nari Ward ‘89 debuted a series of new work this past summer at Lehmann Maupin gallery in Chelsea.

 

1990s

Gina Kingston ‘90 is the author of “Guyba and Nalo”, published by Rebel Press, 2018.

Ana Maria Correa ’91 has been appointed Director of Community Engagement at the Miami City Ballet.

Photographs by Jocelyn Lee (MFA ’92) were on view at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in the fall of 2018. The Appearance of Things represents nearly 10 years of work by Lee, and encompasses still life, portrait, and landscape photographs, as well as many images that fuse these genres. 

J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner ( MS ‘92), Project Director for the Brooklyn Mental Health Court Advocacy Program and the Forensic Intensive Case Management Program, is a forensic commentator for the television show CopyCat Killers, which airs on the REELZ Channel.

Recent and new works by Enoc Perez (MFA ’92) were on view at the Brand New Gallery in Milan in the fall of 2017.

Dara Caputo (MSW ’93), Manager of Medical Affairs for CareMount Medical, has been named to the Board of Directors of CoveCare Center in Carmel, New York. The Center addresses mental health needs, substance use, and social and emotional issues of adults, children, families, and seniors.

The work of Paul Pfeiffer (MFA ’94) was presented by The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in spring 2018. Pfeiffer is best known for manipulating media footage from sports and music culture to expose the absurdity, complexity, and violence of popular spectacles.

Bryan Evans ’95 has been appointed vice president of marketing and communications at Greater Trenton, a nonprofit economic development organization in Trenton, New Jersey.

Chrystal Kornegay ’95 has been appointed Executive Director of MassHousing in Boston. - an independent, quasi-public agency that provides financing for affordable housing in Massachusetts.

 

 

2000s

Suzette T. Rodriguez ’00 has joined the law firm, Blank Rome LLP as Of Counsel in the Labor and Employment group. She is based in the firm’s Princeton, New Jersey, office.

Jessica C. Murphy ’01 has been appointed Dean of Undergraduate Education at the University of Texas, Dallas.

Edwin Torres (MA ’01), deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, has been appointed president and CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts.

Claire Moore (MFA ’02) has been appointed Education Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. Prior to joining the Dallas Museum in January 2017, Moore served as a museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Rosemarie Ampha (MSED ’04) has been appointed Director of Secondary Special Education for the White Plains Public Schools in White Plains, NY.

Joseph Colangelo ’04 has been appointed Town Manager of Hanover, Massachusetts.

Tim Maloney (MS ED ’04) has been named head basketball coach for Dunbar High School in Fort Myers, Florida.

Will Meyerhofer (MSW ’04) a former attorney turned psychotherapist, is the author of an article entitled,” Lawyer Burnout and the Finish Line Problem” that appeared in the online publication Above the Law on September 27, 2017.

Melissa Tell ’04 has been elected to a second term as a member of the East Meadow, Long Island Board of Education.

Ruben Pinkhasov ’05 has been appointed director of Upstate Urology at the Mohawk Valley Health System. Pinkhasov is also an assistant professor of urology at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Lauren Ridloff (MS ED ’05), who has been deaf since birth, was nominated for a 2018 Tony award for her starring role in “Children of a Lesser God” at Studio 54 in New York.

Marlene Taveras ’05 was appointed assistant principal of Wahneta Elementary School in Polk County, Florida.

Richard De Brasi ’06 was ordained into the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Newark in May 2017. He received a bachelor’s degree in English literature and music from Hunter before earnings his master’s degree at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University.

Devin Katayama ’06 has been named the host of public radio KQED’s new podcast, “The Bay.”

Yasufumi Nakamori ’06 has been appointed Senior Curator, International Art (Photography) at the Tate Modern, London.

Elasea Douglas ’07 was featured in Top40 Charts.com. She is part of the Jazz Duo Acute Inflections.

Noted author Liz Moore (MFA ’07) was Writer-in-Residence at Temple University for the fall 2017 semester.

Manijeh Moradian (MFA ’07) has been appointed Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Revolutions at Brandeis University.

Melissa Orozco ’07, founder and creative director, Yulu Public Relations in Vancouver, BC was profiled in Business Vancouver, October 12, 2017.

Allison Banhazl (MS ED ’08) has been appointed Principal of Waverly Park Elementary School in Lynbrook, New York.

Yael Dadoun ’08 is a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati.

Gabriel de Guzman (MA ’08 ) has been appointed Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Smack Mellon, a nonprofit arts organization located in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

Dawn Howard-Mistry (BSN ’03, MSN ’08), Transitions of Care Nurse Practitioner at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, has been elected to the American Health Council Nursing Board.

Matthew Coogan (MUP ’09) has been named chief administrative officer to the mayor of Newburyport, Massachusetts.

 

2010s

 

Monica Bintz (MS ED ’10) has been named principal of Culbreth Middle School in Orange County, North Carolina.

Josh Myler ’10 was appointed principal at Hildreth Elementary School in Harvard, Massachusetts as of July 2017.

Sunil Yapa (MFA ’10) is the author of “Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist,” The book, Yapa’s debut novel, was a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Ilya Gamer ’11 has joined the investment sales team at Schuckman Realty in Lake Success, New York. He is an off-market specialist in the sales and acquisition of all commercial property types in NYC with an emphasis on high street retail and new developments.

Crystal Hana Kim (MS ED ’11)‘s debut novel, If You Leave Me, has been published by Harper Collins.

Phil Klay (MFA ‘11) has been awarded s the 2018  George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Journalism, Arts & Letters for outstanding work in the category Cultural & Historical Criticism. 

Entrapment, a solo exhibition by Jeff Sonhouse (MFA ’11) was on view at the Monique Meloche gallery in Chicago. The show included new paintings and works on paper that continue Sonhouse’s ongoing interrogation of African American male identity and its representation in Western culture.

Carol S. Ward (MA ’11) was appointed Director of the One River School of Art + Design.

Cyrenthia Ward (MUP ’11) has been named a Rising Star of the American railroad industry by Progressive Railroading magazine.   Ward is a community planner for the Federal Transit Administration.

Jacqueline Lindenfeld (MSE ’12) has been appointed director of middle school support at Yeshivat Noam in Paramus, New Jersey.

Carrie Lynch (MA ’12) a social studies teacher at Khalil Gibran International Academy in Brooklyn, has been nominated for a Daily News Hometown Heroes in Education award for her great commitment to helping her students, many of whom hail from war-torn Yemen. .

Nina Martinez (MSED ’12) has joined the law firm of Outten & Golden LLP as an associate and a member of the firm’s Class Action Practice Group.

Krystal Sital (MFA ’12) is the author of “Secrets We Kept:  Three Women of Trinidad”, published by W.W. Norton.  The memoir tells a tale of racial injustice as it cuts through the fabric of her family.

Emily Young ’12 is a weekend reporter for ABC Affiliate WXOW in La Crescent, Minnesota.

Gabrielle Erbst (MSE ’13) has been named Director of Admissions at Tucson Hebrew Academy in Tucson, Arizona.

The Year to Come, a new play by Lindsey Ferrentino (MFA ’13), will have its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse’s 2018/19 season. 

Jonathan Harper Schlieman ’13 directed the east coast premiere of The Giant and The Pixie, fairy tale for grownups in September.  The play received its world premiere at Chance Theater in Anaheim, CA where it received a StageSceneLA award for Best Ensemble. The play was also named as a Finalist for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference.

Antigoni Gaitana (MA ’14), an opera dramaturg, has been selected to participate in the tenth anniversary of the American Lyric Theatre’s nationally acclaimed Composer Librettist Development Program. This apprenticeship is the first dedicated to opera dramaturgy in the United States.

“Carry Your Heart”, a new play by Georgette Kelly (MFA ’14) and the winner of the "Hope On Stage" playwriting prize was premiered at the Los Angeles Bootleg Theater this past May.  In September she was one of four new playwrights chosen to participate in Chicago’s Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit. The residency culminates in a public staged reading of each new play in summer 2019.

Deborah Baez (MSW ’15) has joined Syracuse Community Health Center as a social worker.

Naftuli Moster (MSW ’15) was quoted extensively in the article in Israeli Times about how US Yeshivas are weighted towards religious studies that neglect to prepare graduates for work — or university. Moster founded YAFFED (Young Advocates for Fair Education) to help change Yeshiva education.

Tammie Williams (MSW ’15) was named Elmont Person of the Year.  She was honored for her work as a community activist.

Abraham Gutman (BA/MA ’16) is the author of a June 8, 2018 opinion piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer entitled,” The solution to stopping stop-and-frisk problems in Philly: Abolish it.”

In September Claire Hollocou (MSED ’16) was appointed an elementary school teacher at the Bronxville School in Westchester County, New York.

Ashley Kiley (MPH ’16) has been appointed the director of Provider Relations at Tenet Diagnostics in Kenilworth, New Jersey.

Risa Puleo (MA ’16) is the curator of Walls Turned Sideways at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Texas.  The exhibit, on view from August 25, 2018 to January 6, 2019, features work by artists from across the nation that addresses the criminal justice system, mass incarceration, and the prison-industrial complex.

A new play by Nick Robideau (MFA ’16),  Inanimate, had its premiere at the Flea Theater in August 2017. The play began as Robideau’s MFA thesis project in the playwriting program at Hunter.

Matthew Locastro ’17 has won the Luce Scholarship for 2019.  Hunter College is one of only two public colleges in New York State and the only public college in New York City to have students considered for this distinction. Locastro is the only recipient from a New York State public college this year.

Amy Russo ’17 has been awarded a Pulitzer Center International Reporting Fellowship.  She will report on the stories of unaccompanied child refugees as they seek asylum in Sweden.

Charly Evon Simpson (MFA ’17) has been chosen as one of three Amoralists 2018/2019 WRIGHT CLUB playwrights. 

Diya Vij (MA ’17) participated in a panel discussion, Bread and Salt: The Immigration Ban and Other Policies’ Effects on Artistic Practice and Discourse, as part of Asia Contemporary Art Week in October 2018.