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Sheia (Hutcheon) Barr (1965)
General -- Hello from Indiana...... Our 50th reunion is coming up and I'd like to see some Arethusa sorority sisters, fellow cheerleader and art ed. majors to show up. It's been a long path from then to now and we would have much many memories and life stories to share. I taught elem. art for about 40 years and am enjoying volunteering with 4 non-profits in retirement: P.E.O. (an educational organization that provides scholarships to women); the local hospital; Franklin Symphonic Council that brings music and art to the county, sends children to the Indianapolis Symphony, and more; and Morning Light that raises funds for a hospice facility for homeless and indigent people. I still have the heart and soul of the 1960's....with pride. Dredge up in your memory the lyrics of "Where have all the flowers gone?" and wonder. Namaste, Sheila

Irene Berner (2011)
General -- Irene Berner was just elected President of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association (WVTRA) for a third term. She is principal of Berner Financial Services, an independent investment and planning firm located in New Paltz. The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is a 22 mile linear park stretching from Wallkill to Kingston. The next time you visit campus, please check out the Rail Trail, since it's it's located 500 feet from campus.

Andrew Carden (2012)
Career -- Andrew Carden covered New York state politics as a reporter for The Legislative Gazette before pursuing his Master's in Journalism and Public Policy at Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, he worked in the War Room at Mitt Romney's presidential campaign headquarters in Boston and later interned with Massachusetts Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester). He graduated from Northeastern in the August 2013. For the past two years, he has served as Legislative Aide to Massachusetts State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen).

Proskey Chris (2007)
Career -- Chris Proskey has been inducted into the Society of Flavor Chemists as a certified member. This required a 7 year apprenticeship along with multiple tests and interviews in front of a board of certified flavorists. He now works as a Flavorist at International Flavors and Fragrances.

Harry Cullen (1973, 1973g)
General -- Founded KullQual Enterprises in 1997, a consulting business that supports quality, environmental, and medical waste compliance in San Diego area. Retired from part time college teaching involving the integration of statistics into quality/environmental applications, after 26 years.

Kevin Dunning (2001)
Career -- Kevin recently appeared as a Peer in Gilbert & Sullivan's 'Iolanthe' with San Francisco's Lamplighters Music Theatre, a recording of which was lauded as among the 'Top 12 Opera Recordings of 2014" by Opera News. Kevin has been a member of the company since 2008, when he starred as Archibald Crane in the first-ever full revival of the orchestral score of Lucy Simon's 'The Secret Garden' since it opened on Broadway in 1991.

Gay (Norton) Edelman (1973)
Career -- After four decades as a magazine writer and editor, most recently on staff at Family Circle, Gay Norton Edelman has published her first print book, The Hungry Ghost: How I Ditched 100 Pounds and Came Fully Alive. Based on her own recovery from food addiction and compulsive overeating, and on her years of reporting on psychology and spirituality, the book offers eating and weight management strategies anyone can use. Edelman now works primarily as a writing and spiritual life coach.

Judi Esmond Martin (1995, 2010g)
Career -- Is the new owner of Hudson Valley Pottery in Rhinebeck, NY which is a ceramics and pottery school for adults and children.

Stuart (Garber) Garber (1977)
Career -- Dr. Stuart H. Garber DC, PhD has developed a line of condition specific remedies that heal without side effects. Dr. Garber's Natural Solutions are all natural formulas and can be found in 59 Whole Foods Markets in CA, NV and AR, other retail health food chains in CA and WA, doctors offices nationwide, Amazon, Amazon Mexico and Dr. Garber's own webstore: He created them for his own patients over 10 years ago and shared then them with colleagues. Anxiety, Depression, Sleep, Thyroid, Hormone Imbalance, Constipation, Skin, Joint, Lung, Environmental Issues and Bone Density. They were so effective his colleagues convinced them to produce them for the general public. Dr. Stuart H. Garber earned the first PhD in the US and is the president of the California Homepathic Medical Society. He maintains a private practice in Santa Monica, CA.

Christine Garry (1977)
Career -- Please contact me for any of your real estate needs in the Atlanta area! Relo specialist.

Career -- Gary S. Graifman ('74), a partner in the law firm Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, will be a featured speaker at the NJ State Bar Association Annual Meeting on May 14, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey on the panel entitled “Latest Developments in Class Action Litigation.” Mr. Graifman will speak on recent cyber security data breach class actions, including medical data class actions involving Anthem Healthcare and Primera Healthcare. Mr. Graifman is the head of the class action practice at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman and is currently a member of the Steering Committee on the Home Depot data breach class action.

Sara Higgins (1983)
Career -- After 7 years as an artisan food purveyor, Sara has expanded Raspberry Fields Farm, Marlboro, NY into an event venue. She is offering her 150 year old Victorian Italianate homestead for weddings, field trips, and business retreats. Take a tour at

Albert Hor (2011)
Career -- Albert Hor is currently working as a staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society (Brooklyn Neighborhood Office). He represents low-income families and individuals in eviction proceedings and other housing matters. He received his J.D. from City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law in May 2014, and is admitted to practice law in the state of New York.

Lynn (Johnston) Johnston (1986)
Career -- As publisher and editor of Whispering Angel Books, I am proud to announce the publication of our fifth anthology of inspirational short stories and poetry called "Miracles & Extraordinary Blessings."

Rich Klein (1983, 1983g)
Career -- Rich Klein published his first photography book in late 2014 called Massapequa: A Pictorial History Through The Eyes of Baby Boomers. The self published book features places around Massapequa and Massapequa Park, Long Island that are memorable to the boomer generation. The book sold out quickly after its first printing and has led to three photography exhibits, two that were sponsored by the Town of Oyster Bay and another by the local library.

Sosis (Brennan) Laura (2006, 2008g)
Birth -- Laura Brennan Sosis (Elementary Education/Special Education) '06/'08g and Jeffrey Sosis (Accounting) '06 are proud to announce the birth of their son, Leo John Sosis. He was born on April 8, 2015.

Gwen (Garro) lawrence (1988, 1990g)
Career -- Gwen Lawrence has been a practicing fitness professional since 1990. Her current practice includes private yoga training, class instruction and her sport-specific Power Yoga for Sports training program Gwen’s unique combination of dance, massage and yoga training experience, coupled with her extensive knowledge of anatomy, and nutrition, provide her clients, and athletes with overwhelming benefits. Gwen is the yoga instructor for over 20 years for several New York Yankees baseball players, team yoga instructor for the New York Giants, New York Knicks, New York Red Bulls, New York Rangers, several major college teams, including Yale and UNC, and many youth teams in a variety of sports. She is also the official spokesperson for Gaiam TV, and ambassador for Lululemon and Manduka, Gaiam, Prismsport, Lululemon,Kulae, her writing appears in Men's Health, Women's Health, Fitness Magazine, Shape Magazine, Yoga Journal, Details magazine and, She makes regular appearances on NBC TODAY show, Good Day NY and many TV news and national radio shows. Gwen also owns her own Yoga School where she trains people to teach the power yoga for sports system. She was named to 2010 Westchester's Best list. she was featured in ESPN Magazine at the "Best innovation in Sports Medicine" as well she is a featured teacher for Gaiam. Gwen has also been seen in Gaiam Ads in Yoga Journal. Her first book was release in February, Body Sculpting with Yoga. "I transform lives from good to great, helping my clients reach their highest potential, using my 6 power yoga for sports philosophy's to Attain fitness, find Balance, Create goals, and Define personal happiness in work, school, family and life the way only an intuitive Yogi and seasoned MOM can" She is also Married to her high school sweet heart for nearly 25 years and has three Sons 18, 19, and 22 Gwen lawrence yoga ,You tube @gwenlawrence , twitter Gwenlawrence on instagram Check out my online power yoga for sports teacher training program

Melanie Lenci (1999)
Wedding -- Melanie Lenci… had no idea when she graduated SUNY New Paltz how she’d put her degree to good use, but since launching her business, Rsum Relief, back in 2005, her toils have been published in more than one of those chunky best-of resume and cover letter writing guidebooks. As an award-winning LinkedIn profile writer she draws out her clients’ personality and value and presents it with the punch, pizzazz and professionalism that prompts recruiters prospects and potential business partners to take notice. Besides sharing her career expertise on programs like The Career Confidante and Win-Win@Work Radio Show, Melanie’s website is a wonderland of resume and LinkedIn samples and where she’s constantly sharing the latest and greatest LinkedIn, resume, networking and professional branding tips on her killer blog,

Pamela (Fishman) Liebgold (1984, 1988g)
General -- I am Author of the website I write articles on nutrition and psychology that are meant to inspire others to lead long, healthy and happy lives together! Check it out!

Craig McGuire (1994)
Career -- What do Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan all have in common? HINT: A new book published this month by New Paltz alumn Craig McGuire reveals how they share the same fateful phenomenon that afflicted the Titanic, the Deepwater Horizon, Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Facility, the Exxon Valdez and so many more. From John Belushi to John Candy, Sharon Tate to Watergate, pop stars, politicians and personalities also share this same strange connection. Give up? “Beyond the Ides – Why March is the Unluckiest Month of All,” is the latest book from author and New Paltz graduate Craig McGuire, published by Strategic Media Books, Inc., exploring how they all suffered sudden twists of epically bad luck during March, sending them spinning off into disaster. Just ask Julius Caesar. From assassinations that changed history to bizarre celebrity deaths and epic disasters, “Beyond the Ides” is a work of imaginative non-fiction divided into 13 chapters, each with seven sections chock full of March murders, mayhem and massive nuclear meltdowns. Remember the Alamo? How about Pearl Harbor, or Jamestown, or My Lai? From the Boston Massacre to the meltdown at Three Mile Island, the New York Draft Riots to Rodney King and the days Los Angeles burned, “Beyond the Ides” is a chronicle of unfortunate events from the unluckiest month of all that readers will not want to put down. Do not take the author’s word for it. Visit to learn more about “Beyond the Ides – Why March is the Unluckiest Month of All” and make your own connection. Yet know that this book will forever change the way you look at life. But don’t worry. It’s only for 31 days a year.

Elyse Olechnowicz (2010)
Career -- Dr. Elyse Olechnowicz of Rockaway, New Jersey recently graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been appointed to an intership at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

Elizabeth Paldino (1999)
Career -- Elizabeth Paldino recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Queens College, receiving her MLIS with a specialty in Children's and Young Adult Services in the Public Library.

Rachel Reuben (1998, 2009g)
Career -- I was hired as the Vice President for Communications at Colgate University in July 2014, after serving four year as the Associate Vice President for Marketing Communications at Ithaca College.

Nadine Robbins (1987)
General -- I am currently working on a new series of portraits entitled "Bad Habits and Guilty Pleasures" which will be in a gallery in New York. I'm also working on my oyster paintings for my gallery in Wellfleet. As for graphic design, I'm down to only working on logo design part-time since my painting career is taking hold. My family is doing well. We recently moved outside of Rhinebeck, NY where my now 13 year old son is thriving. I have a new studio space for my painting. My husband and I have been together for almost 27 years. Amazed at how fast time is going. I still keep in touch with the Dave Hyllka and Sue. They are doing well. I'd love to touch base with the class of 1985, 1986, 1987. Email me :)

John Schrader (1997)
Career -- Kingston Native John David Schrader is making strides! John has recently been accepted into The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences - The Recording Academy. The Recording Academy is responsible for the Grammy’s. It was John’s achievements as a Songwriter, Composer and Producer that garnered his acceptance into The Recording Academy. John says of the process, "my presentation to The Recording was 230 pages in total. It chronicled all of my work and achievements to date." John is now eligible to partake in the voting process, attend The Grammy’s and John will be able to submit his brand new CD “21 Summers” in 2015 for consideration in the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. John’s 200+ page presentation to The Recording Academy was called, “One of the most well put together presentations I have ever seen” by a Recording Academy Representative. John’s last CD “Daylight Crashing” continues to garner air play on radio across the US and overseas as John prepares to release his 4th CD “21 Summers.” John is an active member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) as well. John’s last CD Daylight Crashing” earned him a ‘Certified International Top 100’ for his song Shock by the International Association of Independent Recording Artists (IAIRA). John also continues to compose orchestral and instrumental music for Film and Television as well as working on set for various films. On top of all this, John recently received a call from a Songwriting/Producing team based in NY and LA requesting that John collaborate on projects for their various artists. The Producer is responsible for projects by Alicia Keys, Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), Willie Nelson, Sarah McLachlan, Moby and many others. Keep an eye out for John as he continues his upward climb! John’s website:

Howard J Seigel (1975, 1975g)
Career -- Howard J Seigel has recently published a short story collection titled "Oblivious." These humorous tales of woe are character driven with a focus on melancholy, misfortune, and the absurd. Search: to view story synopses and excerpts.

Vince Tampio (2011)
Career -- Vince Tampio’s Sophomore Solo Album: SYZYGY REMIX Set to Release November 11, 2014 (Philadelphia, PA October 21, 2014) Vince Tampio self releases SYZYGY REMIX, a collection of music based on his previous album SYZYGY. Utilizing stems from SYZYGY (released January 14, 2014), Vince called upon Philadelphia and New York artists to remix a track of their choice for SYZYGY REMIX. The resulting album features a range of instrumental musical styles including dub reggae, ambient, trance, avant garde, and funk. The eleven tracks featured on SYZYGY REMIX were composed by rearranging instrumental performances originally recorded for SYZYGY. Vince played the majority of those instrumental performances. “Not only have I seen this guy play virtuosic trumpet, but also bass, keyboards, vocals, and guitar, and in a variety of styles.” – Joe Lekkas (Palm Ghosts). When placed in the hands of the remixers, each track donned a new identity. Some of the resulting remixes are quite different from the originals. In addition to composing, performing and recording for SYZYGY REMIX, Vince served as Executive Producer, created the album art/design, and even remixed a track himself. “I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Vince Tampio on stage and in the studio. Vince has superb instincts and musicality that far exceeds his years. Vince is a very strong player and arranger and I have been lucky to work with such a trusted and professional musician.” – John “Heyward” Howkins (Heyward Howkins). Vince Tampio is a trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer/arranger in the Philadelphia and New York regions. He regularly performs and records with Indie rock bands including Palm Ghosts and Heyward Howkins. Also, he is a member of Soul cover band: The York Street Hustle, for which he plays trumpet and arranges horns. Vince has appeared on multiple albums over the past few years including his self produced debut solo album SYZYGY. He performs, composes, and records original music. “Vince Tampio proves himself a very creative composer. I look forward to hearing more from this upcoming composer & instrumentalist.” – Fred “Rock Steady Freddie” Reiter (New York Ska Jazz Ensemble).

Eddie Wilders (1999)
General -- LOCKARD & WECHSLER DIRECT (LWD) PROMOTES EDDIE WILDERS TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, RESEARCH AND ANALYTICS IRVINGTON, NY – Lockard & Wechsler Direct (LWD), a full-service direct marketing agency dedicated to tracking, analyzing and optimizing their clients’ media investment, announces the promotion of Eddie Wilders to Senior Vice President of Research and Analytics. Wilders, who has been with the company for 13 years, previously served as Vice President, Director of Research. “Eddie is the architect of our research and analytics group,” said Dick Wechsler, Founder and CEO of LWD. “Under his direction, his team has become an integral part of every client we serve and every new business opportunity we pursue.” Wilders manages the research and analytics group of LWD. He and his team provide clients with post-buy analytics including impressions, ratings data and reach/frequency analysis. He evaluates media landscapes for current and potential clients that will deliver the most efficient programming. Of particular note is Wilders’ stewardship of the agency’s proprietary integrated media attribution system, SmartMatch™. According to Wilders, “Integrated marketing now rules the day. Understanding the impact of one media channel on another, like television on mobile and the web are critical to media optimization and ROI analysis. That’s the focus of SmartMatch and our entire research and analytics team.” Prior to LWD, Wilders worked at Mindshare as a spot broadcast negotiator and JWT as an assistant spot negotiator. Wilders graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz. He resides in Pleasantville, NY with his wife and new baby girl. About Lockard & Wechsler Direct Founded in 1967, Lockard & Wechsler Direct (LWD) is a fully integrated direct marketing agency. LWD serves clients with its robust media and creative capabilities supported by a research and analytics tool chest that includes proprietary media planning and buying technology. In the past 15 years, LWD billings have grown from $20M to $450M. For more information, please visit

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