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Ramon Cabrera (2001)
Career -- Currently serving in the Army as a Captain. I'm a ROTC Assistant Profesor of Military Science for Clarkson University ROTC covering the St. Lawrence associated colleges of SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton, St. Lawrence Univ. And Clarkson University. I've been serving in the Army since the summer of 2003. I am married with two boys. I just recently got interviewed by the local news to talk about the military friendly universities that made the list, such as Clarkson Univ. I have deploy to Iraq in two occasion for a total of 27months and Afghanistan for 12 month. Graduated from New Paltz December 2001, with a BS in Finance. Member of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity since 1998.

Charles Dumas (1975)
General -- Professor Emeritus Charles Dumas, who is presently an adjunct in the Black Studies Department at New Paltz will be presenting a reading of his original drama, RECONCILIATION, in New Paltz’s Black Box Theatre on October 20th at 5: 30 pm. The play tells the story of an African American couple in the diplomatic core stationed in Iraq in 2004, three months before that country’s first elections. The play was first presented at The Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences at University of Massachusetts this past June (see attached). It will have a full production next year. The following is a recent interview: INT: When did you graduate from New Paltz and what did you study? DUMAS: I graduated in 1975 with a major in political science and a minor in Black Studies. From here I went on to Yale Law School. After I got my juris doctorate from Yale I was in the corporate law department of a local major corporation before I became President of Mid-Hudson Legal Services. INT: What was your experience like at NP back in the seventies? DUMAS: I was one of the local “kids”. A returning adult student, I was thirty when I started Yale. I had gone to Dutchess Community College across the river after getting my GED. INT: GED to Yale Law School, that’s pretty impressive? DUMAS: Yea, I guess so. I was named Alumni of the Year at one point. And I served a term on the New Paltz College Council under President Alice Chandler. But, to answer your question, I had a good experience here. Prof. Howard Johnson, Doc Butler were my mentors. Her daughter, Beverly, was a mentor and a good friend. These people were giants. Doc started Black Studies and was one of the first Black women to get a PHD at her field. ”Stretch” Johnson was a colleague and friend of Paul Robeson. He used to tell us stories about being with Robeson at Peekskill. During my last semester, Spring, 1975, I was an intern in the Washington offices of Congressman Charles Rangel. Five years later in 1980, I ran for the State Senate in the 39th district, FDR’s old seat. I lost but got over thirty thousand votes. INT: So why did you leave law and politics and go into theatre? DUMAS: I never left politics. I still consider myself a progressive Democrat. But Ronald Reagan and the reactionary conservative agenda was why I left the practice of law. I was called to testify before the subcommittee investigating The Legal Services Corpoartion. The conservatives were concerned that we were too politically active representing farmworkers, low income tenants, aggrieved and minorities who were discriminated against. They skewered me slowly over a slow flame. They defunded legal services and we were out of a job. I turned to the arts to help mend my wounds and tried to help reset the country’s agenda. INT: How did you do? DUMAS: I can’t answer that. That is a question for you young people to answer. INT: Why did you come back to New Paltz? DUMAS: I retired from Penn State last June. I was named a Professor Emeritus, which I think means you are supposed to go sit under a tree and fade into the setting sun. But, I had visited New Paltz earlier in the year and realized that there were no Black faculty or any faculty of color in the theatre department. There is also a lack of minority representation in the curriculum and productions. That is absurd. New Paltz is less than two hours from New York City. The University has students who come from the City. Why not faculty? It is important that the major contributions that Blacks, Latinos and other minorities be represented in the curriculum and the canon of American theatre.

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

Lynne (Hayden) Hayden-Findlay (1972)
Career -- Lynne Hayden-Findlay (’72) and Chelsea Opera, a company she co-founded in 2004, are one of 36 opera companies from across the country to have received a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts – Art Works program. The funding will underwrite a performance at the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy MA of A Distant Love: Songs of John and Abigail Adams, an opera by Gary Fagin and Terry Quinn based on the letters exchanged by John and Abigail Adams.

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

Nancy (Kelly) Lee (1970)
Career -- Nancy Kelly Lee (Elem Educ & French) is co-owner of Jon Lee Auctions . The auction company , located in Eagle Bridge NY , specializes in antiques and estate appraisals & liquidation . Auctions are held at the Desmond Hotel in Albany NY on a regular basis. Nancy and her husband travel nation-wide for appraisals.

Erik (Angona) Lehtinen (1991)
Career -- Owner of Talent Business Management, a firm that specializes in serving the business management needs of professional entertainers, is now hosting a podcast which can be found on iTunes. In the podcast, the desire is to create a trusted community of advisors worldwide to support professionals working in the entertainment industry.

Helene (Miller) Leonardi (1971)
Career -- This Spring 2014, I was honored as a " Woman of Distinction,"by NYS Senator.Hon. Martin M. Dilan from the 18th Brooklyn, N.Y. My work in the community with my husband Bill Leonardi" class of "69. We were involved for three years in an Arts After-School program at P.S.151 in Bushwick. My arts background in creating my "Cupcake and Desserts" website.which has all our collaborative artwork as well. with a link to my husband Bill's "Surreal Images". Question: I'd like submit the picture from the award--how can I do that????? Thank you!!!

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

Jane (Suk) Stuart-Andrus (1968)
General -- Jane died of cancer on April 5, 2014. She was a sister in Phi Kappa Alpha. Could this sorority and the New Paltz alumni association be notified so that newsletters etc are no longer sent. Thank you. Dick Andrus ( Jane's husband) <>

Stacey (Trapani) Trapani-Barber (2000)
Career -- What has Stacey been doing since you've last heard from her in the last 14 years? She is happily married to Stephen Barber since 2005, has a 2 year old daughter Caralyn Daye and a son Joseph Constancio on the way in December 2014. Stacey earned her Master's degree from Marist College in 2004 in Psychology, obtained her Board Certification in Behavior Analysis in 2008, returned to Marist to pursue her Master's in Mental Health Counseling in 2010 and obtained her Mental Health Counseling License in 2012. Stacey is also currently working on her doctorate in psychology via California Southern University-online with an expected graduation date of 2016 and just recently became a Licensed Behavior Analyst, a newly recognized credential in New York. After working in the non-profit sector for individuals with Autism and related disabilities for the last decade, Stacey recently started her own company, Traber, LLC which provides a multitude of services for individuals and families impacted by Autism and related disabilities. A major part of her new business venture includes the development of a mobile application, ABA Tutor, which is scheduled for release in October 2014. ABA Tutor is a unique Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT) app which uses voice recognition software to increase speech production. This app is one of only one other DTT app available for individuals with Autism, and ABA Tutor is the only one designed by a Licensed and Certified Behavior Analyst!

Shirley Hoffman Warren (2004)
General -- On Tuesday, December 9th, at 8 pm, in Studley Theater, the SUNY New Paltz College-Community Chorale will premiere "Merry Notes," a set of three songs based on poems by William Shakespeare, with music composed by Shirley Hoffman Warren (Music, 04). Dr. Edward Lundergan will direct the choir, accompanied by Gary Palmieri on piano.

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.

Ellen (Zabriskie) Zabriskie (1979, 1981g)
Career -- Ellen Zabriskie has won a Nori award for commercial concept and music direction. Ellen raised her 3 sons and fully supported their careers as a single parent. Her sons are": Kyle a Producer for iheartmedia and completing his MBA @ SUNY. Tim is an Audio Producer for NYRA Television. Her son Miles born with Aspergers Syndrome is in a TV Pilot called , "Rise Above." Ellen has been Widowed and then after a brief marriage divorced.

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