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Linda (Axelrod) Bowers (1972)
Career -- Linda Bowers (Axelrod) MA LPC was awarded EMDRIA's (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association) 2013 Outstanding Contribution and Service Award at the annual conference in Austin Texas 9/27/2013. Linda is a Certified EMDR Therapist, Approved EMDRIA Consultant and Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) Consultant. She also Co-Chairs EMDRIA"S Special Interest Group (SIG) on EMDR and Medical Illness and is the Southern Arizona Regional Coordinator for EMDRIA.
Debra (Kramer) Branitz (1973)
Career -- Will have an exhibit of her original oils on canvas at the Agora Gallery in New York City. The show will run from January 14th through February 4th, 2014. Opening reception Jan. 16th.
Robin (Polinski) Colten (1977)
General -- Steve (also class of 77) and I recently bought a weekend home in the area. We are so happy to be back in New Paltz.
Pedro Gonzalez (1987)
Career -- Formerly worked as Staffing Manager for GlobalFoundries (high tech manufacture in upstate NY), recently moved to South Carolina working as Director of Employer Relations at the Moore School of Business for University of South Carolina.
Roberta Josephson (1987, 1990g)
Career -- Roberta "Robi" Josephson announces the publication of her second non-fiction book, An Unforgiving Land: Hardscrabble Life in the Trapps, A Vanished Shawangunk Mountain Hamlet, co-author Bob Larsen, Black Dome Press, October 2013. Robi's first book was a picture history titled Mohonk: Mountain House and Preserve, Images of America, Arcadia Publishing, 2002.
Don Kaufman (1968, 1973g)
Career -- twists and turns galore. After undergraduating: journalism (culminating with the Hudson Valley Encounter -- anybody remember? > teaching for a year > NYC copywriter . self-employed copywriter AKA Absolutely Write > Internet marketing finale -- ClikTru.com. What a long strange trip it's been...Love to hear from anyone who shared it with me early on.
Kimberly (Mundell) Kerrigan (1995, 2001g)
Wedding -- Kimberly (Mundell) Kerrigan married New Paltz native, Robert Kerrigan, on October 6, 2012, in Ulster Park, NY. Their beautiful daughter, Fiona Louise Kerrigan was born February 19, 2013.
Kate Kusterbeck (2009)
Career -- Now offering integrative healing services and classes at EarthMind Wellness Center in Ellenville, NY.
Alexander Marrero (2003)
Career -- Alexander Marrero has been appointed as an Affiliate Facilitator for Orange County Community College. He visits SUNY - Orange students to provide them with private classical piano lessons in their homes. The students are eligible to receive 1 academic unit of undergraduate credit during the fall and spring semesters if they are pursuing Associate Degrees in Music. For more information, call 845-781-6049, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel (Jones) Martin (1995)
Wedding -- I got married to Lee Martin on 6/21/2013.http://www.mywedding.com/leeandrachelmartin
Ian Merkel (1920)
Engagement -- Ian Merkel got engaged to Amanda Villalobos on September 25th at the Sun Gate, Machu Pichu, Peru. We are planning to wed early summer 2015 in Denver area, Colroado.
Jenna (Hecker) Pitera (2006)
Wedding -- Jack Pitera (05', Business) and Jenna Hecker (06', English) were married in Gibraltar on August 6th, 2013 in an intimate ceremony. The two live in Albany, NY where he works for the New York State Division of the Budget, and she work for the University at Albany.
Art Shapiro (1975)
General -- RT Shap: I thought I would put my first word out for a 40th reunion to all my SUNY New Paltz friends. I am planning to attend the Sept. 2014 (40th) alumni reunion weekend and it would be great to see as many of my old friends as possible... (too many to list; you know who you are...). Lets connect by email or LinkedIn over the winter and spring 2014. I am newly retired and have the time and means to travel from Oregon for this event. We''ll be too old soon to truly enjoy a reunion so lets do it in 2014. Forty years! Art Shapiro Portland, OR email@example.com
Zev (Michael) Sonnenstein (1989)
Career -- I will be receiving my Rabbinic ordination on January 4, 2013. I am now serving in my own congregation in Palm Coast Florida.
Gloria (DeBenedetto-Gibson) Sting (1958)
General -- Chuck & I continue to be healthy & active. We have enjoyed some travel, play golf and belong to a health club. We are fortunate to have many wonderful friends so life is good! We had the opportunity to visit New Paltz a few years ago, and what a poignant visit it was.......so many happy memories!!! Hello, to all the old friends who may remember me as Gloria Gibson.
Vince Tampio (2011)
Career -- I recently wrapped production on my first full length solo album Syzygy. Not only did I compose, arrange, and perform on the majority of the instruments, but I also served as executive producer, audio engineer, visual artist, and graphic designer. Syzygy is an instrumental narrative comprised of diverse musical genres including Jazz, Rhumba, Reggae, Fusion, and Alternative Rock. The album is scheduled to release on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
robert weisel (1973, 1976g)
Career -- Appointed Chief United States Immigration Judge for New York and New Jersey