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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.
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.
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."
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.
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 -- www.garykonizforcongress.com - Donations Needed
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.
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.
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) <email@example.com>
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! www.abatutorapp.com www.traberllc.com www.facebook.com/abatutorapp