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Clayton Aarons (1980)
Career -- Clayton A. Aarons Class of 1980 was recently appointed on September 15, 201, by Governor Martin O'Malley to be an Associate Judge of the District Court of Maryland in Prince George's County, Maryland. Judge Aarons is a proud graduate of New Paltz and of the Howard University School of Law (1983). He is a former public defender and assistant state's attorney in Prince George's County, Maryland.

Joseph Cosentino (2006g)
Career -- Joe Cosentino (MA 2006) has written AN INFATUATION, a romance novella published by Dreamspinner Press, and PAPER DOLL, the first Jana Lane mystery novel published by Whiskey Creek Press. Both take place in the Hudson Valley.

Victoria DiStefano (2011)
Career -- Awarded 2014 Young Professional of the Year by Melville Chamber of Commerce.

Kristin Dwyer (2011)
Career -- Theatre Arts alumni Kristin Dwyer ('11) and Megan Di Maggio ('09) are producing Professor Laurence Carr's original drama, The Wakeville Stories this winter in Arlington, MA. For updates, follow

Vanessa (Vasadi) Figueroa (2005)
Wedding -- Vanessa Vasadi and Billy Figueroa were married on August 31st, 2014 at Diamonds Mill Tavern in Saugerties, New York. They met at SUNY New Paltz in spring of 2002 and graduated together as class of 2005. Billy Figueroa was a computer science major and now working as a Software Engineer in lower Manhattan. Vanessa Figueroa was a Biology major and now working as a Pharmaceutical Microbiologist for a large company in Germany. Both own small business companies, specializing in technical consulting and they currently live together in upper Manhattan.

Faith Hassell (2013)
Career -- Received a Master's in Human Resources Management from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. this past December. She has been thoroughly enjoying her residence in Washington, D.C. She sends a shout out to all of her New Paltz friends and teachers!

Haley (Bloom) Herbst (2013, 2013g)
Wedding -- Haley (Bloom) Herbst '13 and Eleazar Herbst '12 were married in Savannah, GA on October 17th 2014. The couple lives in Washington, DC.

Schrader John David (1997)
General -- John has been excepted into The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences - The Recording Academy is responsible for The Grammys. Based on John's body of work, qualifications, achievements and awards, the recording Academy excepted John on 12/9/14. John can now attend the Grammys and be part of the voting process and submit his own music for a Grammy consideration in the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. John graduated with honors from the communication and media department in 1997 and was an Adjunt Professor in the department in 1998. To find out more about John, visit

Alexander Marrero (2003)
Career -- Alex Marrero is now the Executive Director of the Rockland Youth Orchestra. For information, please visit

Keisha Parker (2000)
Career -- Keisha recently joined the Philadelphia office of Cruser & Mitchell where she focuses her practice on representing automobile, industrial and commercial equipment manufacturers and distributors in complex litigation and products liability defense matters in federal and state courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Keisha is a 2008 graduate of Villanova University Law School, were she received her Juris Doctor, and a 2010 graduate of Temple University Law School, were she received her Masters of Law in Trial Advocacy. Keisha can be reached at

James Perry (2014, 2007g)
Career -- Starting in Fall of 2014, Jim an Instructor of Computer Science at the University of South Dakota.

John David Schrader (1997)
General -- Based on his qualifications and achievements in the field of music, John was recently accepted into The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences - The Recording Academy. John is now eligible to attend the Grammys, be part of the voting process and submit his own music for Grammy consideration in the 58th annual Grammy Awards Ceremony in 2015. John plans on submitting his latest CD "21 Summers" in 2015 upon its release. John also continually scores instrumental music for film and television as well and has been featured in front of the camera recently on several films. John was a bad jumped professor in the media production department here at SUNY New Paltz. Johns' last CD "Daylight crashing" garnered a "Certified International Top 100 by the international Association of Independent recording artists for his song 'Shock.' John also married his southern sweetheart soul mate Maridyth Schrader in 2014. John's website:

Kim Sealy (1990)
Career -- Kim Sealy was announced Publisher of the bimonthlies Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health owned by America Media Inc, June 2014. She joins from Working Mother magazine, where her eight years culminated with her being promoted to Publisher prior to leaving. Sealy's work has won praise as a "proven leader with an extraordinary track record of leveraging all brands assets to the benefit of its community and partners. She is the second African-American women in recent memory to be publisher of non-endemic magazines. Earlier in her career, Sealy held management and sales positions at Teen People and Johnson Publishing Co.

Bethany White (2005)
Birth -- Bethany White and husband John Lee '03 (secondary Ed.) '08g (7-12 Math), welcomed twin girls Sophie and Catherine on August 28, 2014. Born 10 weeks premature, both girls are healthy and thriving.

Victor Willert (1979)
Career -- Has retired after working 25 years in the New York City Department of Education as a teacher (Manhattan) and an administrator in the Bronx. Previously worked as teacher at Holy Name of Jesus and Cathedral High School, both in Manhattan. Currently living in Henderson, Nevada.

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