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Elizabeth (Wood) Bernabe (1997g)
General -- Elizabeth Wood Bernabe, Ed.D. Graduated from Walden University on July 12, 2014, with a Doctorate of Education in Teacher Leadership. Her dissertation is entitled "Ninth Grade Transition: A Step to Effective Lifelong Learning." Elizabeth graduated with honors from Kappa Delta Pi and the Golden Key Honour Society.

Debra (Kramer) Branitz (1973)
Career -- Will have an exhibition if her original oils on canvas at the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in NYC from June 6th through mid-August.

Mary Coleman (2005)
Engagement -- Mary D. Coleman '05 (English) and Vijay Kitson, Esq. '05 (History) became engaged on Valentine's Day 2014. Coleman earned both her MA in English Literature and MFA in Fiction from Hofstra University where she works in event planning and communications. Kitson earned his JD from New York Law School and is an associate at Rappaport, Hertz, Cherson, & Rosenthal, P.C., practicing Real Estate and Landlord Tenant Law. They plan to wed in the early summer of 2016.

Donna Drake (1984)
Career -- Donna Drake, who is currently teaching fourth grade in Dumont New Jersey, has been awarded a National Endowment of the Humanities summer fellowship. She will be studying America's Industrial Revolution with fellow teachers and historians at the Henry Ford in Dearborn Michigan in August.

Jay Fertig (1985, 1985g)
Career -- After a career as a Computer Instructor/Owner of a company instructing at institutions such as the United Nations, at Aramco, in Saudi Arabia and for the Obama administration. I have scaled-back the institutional training that I had been doing for the last two decades. Recently, I have opened up an antique store in South Florida. Very content to have the change of career and finally off the corporate treadmill. I also have four boys ranging in age from 8 years old till almost 21 years old. Would love to connect with old friends...especially- J. Germano and R. Gahan. The years have been great, but N.P. Was still some of the best years...Still traveling the world...

Gary Koniz (1974)
Career -- - Donations Needed

Aimee (Bodron) Licari (2004, 2007g)
Birth -- Camila Joliet Licari was born on December 2, 2013. She is my third child.

Alexander Marrero (2003)
Career -- On May 4th in 2014, Alexander Marrero made his conducting debut with the Southern Hudson Valley Youth Symphony. The full orchestra performed the original version of the "Can-Can" from Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach. Alex was successful in inviting undergraduate and graduate students from the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School of Music to join the ensemble for the performance. Alex is currently the Executive Director of the Southern Hudson Valley Youth Symphony.

Sarah (LeBlond) Pfeffer (2009)
Career -- Hello, I wanted to send a little update about my education and career. I completed my MA in Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Sacred Heart University in December 2013 and will walk at graduation on May 17, 2014 - exactly 5 years to the day from my undergraduate ceremony! I have also received the Gold Medal of Excellence in Communication for my academic success - I earned at 4.0 GPA and held leadership roles within my department. I recently had the opportunity to speak on an alumni panel at the Sacred Heart Communication & Media Studies undergraduate senior night. I was able to share my insights on my higher education and career experience. While focusing on Public Relations, the Master's program at SHU allows for learning skills along the entire communication & media spectrum. I created a short film, "Project Limulus" about a horseshoe crab conservation project and it was accepted into the Beneath the Waves Film Festival. I am the Communications Coordinator for Media and Public Relations at South Kent School, where I handle web content, write press releases, connect with press, take photos, create promo videos, design invites and academic pieces, and more. I am also a writer for the website Geeks of Doom. I am thankful for my time at SUNY New Paltz and how the Communication department provided me with a solid foundation of research and analytical thought.

Berkowitz Phil (1975)
Career -- Philip Berkowitz, a shareholder in the New York City office of Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has been appointed 2014–15 Vice-Chair of the International Employment Law Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law. Berkowitz is also the U.S. practice co-chair of Littler’s International Employment Law Practice Group.

Mathew Swerdloff (1995g)
Career -- Mathew Swerdloff spent a month in India at Visva-Bharati University lecturing in the Education Department as part of a Fulbright grant. He traveled extensively during his visit, and blogged about his trip while there. You can read his blog at: Remember to read from the bottom up as it is a chronological blog.

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