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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.

Judy Chicurel (1976)
Career -- Judy Chicurel's debut collection, If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go (Penguin/G.P. Putnam's Sons) is forthcoming on October 30, 2014. Set in a down-at-the-heels seaside town during the 1970s, "this dazzling collection brings to mind the books of Richard Prices and films of Martin Scorsese," writes New York Times bestselling author Julie Klam. "Wonderful, vivid, funny, heart-wrenching and authentic, I dd not want this book to end."

Helen Gutfreund (2012)
Career -- Formerly the Director of Marketing & Communications at the New Paltz Regional Chamber or Commerce, I've accepted a position as Director of Marketing & Communications at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and its four properties, including Mair Hall, McCann Ice Arena, Ice Time Sports, and the recently acquired Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center.

Gary Koniz (1974)
Career -- - Donations Needed

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.

Jessica Pasko (2005)
Career -- After nearly a decade working in print media, Jessica is now working as the digital content director for KION-TV news California's Santa Cruz-Salinas-Monterey region.

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.

Rachel Reuben (1998, 2009g)
Career -- On July 28, 2014 I began as the Vice President for Communications at Colgate University. Previously I was the associate vice president for marketing communications at Ithaca College for the past four years.

Kristyn Smith (2004)
Career -- As of March, I am a one year member of IATSE Local One, the premier stagehand union. In addition this coming winter I'll be the audio mix engineer for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tour.

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