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Communication & Media

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Veronica Agosta (1994)
Career -- Since graduating New Paltz in 1994, Veronica has been a financial writer and editor, covering the insurance, real estate, and banking industries for various publications, including Real Estate Forum magazine and American Banker newspaper. For the past few years she has been freelancing for a corporate public relations firm in New York. Her two passions are history and literature; she recently completed a master's in English from City College of New York and received a master's in American history from San Francisco State University in 1999. Veronica lives in San Francisco with her husband, Duncan Lyon, and her newborn daughter, Alexandra Agosta-Lyon.

Andrew Austin (1991)
Career -- He is now a freelance writer living in northern Dutchess County. He spent some time in Boston working as an office assistant at the development office of Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a full-time reporter at the Hudson Register Star, Watertown Daily Times in northern New York, and at the Kingston Daily Freeman's Greene County bureau. He has also freelanced for Ulster Publishing, Blue Stone Press, and Citizen Magazine. He also spent a few months working as a kayaking instructor in Cold Spring, N.Y.

Mike Badolato (1987)
Career -- Recently accepted position as Enrollment Management Specialist/Student Services Counselor in Student Services Office at Mohawk Valley Community College.

Mike Badolato (1987)
Birth -- Mike Badolato '87 and Lynn Allen announce the birth of triplets, Anthony, Bryan and Francesca, born April 14, 2006.

Jessica Baron DeGraff (1992)
Career -- She received her Master of Science in Education Degree in '96. She lives in Odenton, MD, where she and her husband both teach for the Anne Arundel County Public School System. Jessica teaches special education at an elementary school.

Bruno Battistoli (2003)
Career -- Class of 2003, says: "I can honestly say that the journalism program at SUNY New Paltz changed my life. Although many years had gone by since my youthful college days, I had never lost my interest in the world of ideas. A varied and successful career in business made it possible for me to return to college and pursue a journalism degree. It is one of the best decisions I ever made. It opened a world of ideas and opportunity to me, and I was made to feel welcome by students and faculty alike. I earned recognition as the outstanding graduate of my class. The skills I learned at SUNY New Paltz are in demand in the industry and in the classroom, and the experience I gained there has opened doors to a world of new possibilities." Bruno is an editor for the Southern Ulster News and has taught as an adjunct for the Journalism Program.

June Beallor (1983)
Career -- June Beallor (Sociology/Journalism, 1983) earned the Academy Award for the best feature length documentary as producer of "The Last Days." The film is an account of the final days of the Jews of Hungary, rounded up by the Nazis in 1944. The story is told by five people, all Americans now, who as young people survived the Holocaust. The film, which was shot on locations in the United States, Europe and Ukraine, follows the five individuals back to their hometowns, as they recount pleasant childhood memories, then deportation to the camps, narrow escapes from execution, liberation, and their journeys to America. Building new lives out of their turbulent childhoods, the documentary depicts the tenacity and courage or these survivors. Steven Spielberg was the executive producer. Beallor says, "My education in social responsibility began at SUNY New Paltz. I loved that school. On a daily basis, I think about things I learned in those classes."

Bennet Beckenstein (1979)
Career -- Bennet runs a graphics and video animation business.

Ren Beckford (1998)
Career -- Can someone please update my career information. I just read in the Observer that I was a master control operator at Group W Network Services. I haven't worked there in 3 years (almost 4.) I am currently a Manager, Distribution Services for ABC Television Network in New York City. I oversee and coordinate satellite distribution to ABC affiliate stations.

Ren Beckford (1998)
Career -- He is currently a master control operator. Ren works for Group W Network Services in Stamford, CT.

Jennifer Bergonzi Hurson (1993)
Career -- She works in corporate communications for KPMG in Montvale, N.J. After graduating from New Paltz she joined Principal Communications, a corporate and financial public relations agency owned by Grey Advertising in Manhattan. In the next seven and a half years, she worked at several New York City-based financial PR firms, specializing in financial services and real estate clients. In addition to handling both media and investor relations, Jennifer has also focused on writing annual reports, print advertising, and marketing materials. In 2001, she left her post as vice president at Citigate Dewe Rogerson to stay at home with her newborn daughter, now 4. After four years as a stay-at-home mother, she returned to public relations as a corporate communications manager at KPMG LLP, a Big Four accounting firm. She lives with her husband and daughter in Nyack, N.Y.

Jeannie Bergsten (1991)
Career -- She spent six years after graduation working for The Music Paper and Musician's Exchange as an assistant editor and contributor. The magazines were oriented to the music industry. She then graduated from Fuchsberg, Touro Law Center in December 2001. She was sworn in as an attorney in September 2002. She presently works as an associate attorney for the law offices of Barry Levin. The firm is referred to as a boutique general practice firm, concentrating on trial work in the areas of criminal, commercial litigation and family law While attending New Paltz, Jeannie worked for the New Paltz News, Times Herald Record and the Daily Freeman.

Amy Berkowitz (1995)
Career -- For the past eight years, she has been a Community News Specialist at the Times Herald-Record in Middletown covering Southern Orange County. She is responsible for writing stories, briefs and events as well as creating and editing contests for children in the Community Section. She also started a new column for the community section. The column covers people who have put a good face on controversial topics. Her first column was about a 61-year-old foster mother who got into the program after losing her own children in a fire. She also write children's stories.

Danielle Bermingham (2000)
Career -- She left the Poughkeepsie Journal life department in April of 2005 after working there for two years as an editor. She now works at a weekly magazine called Velocity. It's under the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., but fairly independent and "a hell of a lot of fun,": she says. "I'm editing copy, designing pages and writing stories. I just covered a Kentucky Derby party and met Cuba Gooding Jr. and Will Sasso and saw Michael Jordan and a whole bunch of other celebs! Ridiculously fun." For more on the publication, see www.velocityweekly.com

Adam Bernard (2005)
Career -- Has now been promoted to producer of the daily radio show "The Morning Drive" on Sirius NASCAR Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Pamela Bertini (1998)
Career -- She recently hooked up with a producer/director who has started her own music video production company on Long Island. For her first video Pamela was hired as the Production Designer. Her job was to design, execute, and build the set along with set dress and props. For the second video, Pamela was the director's personal assistant and did location scouting as well.

Mary Beth DeCecco (1997)
Career -- After completing her SUNY New Paltz internship at the Legislative Gazette, a student-run government newspaper based in Albany, NY, Mary Beth remained in the area and worked in various positions in public relations and marketing. In 2003 she took a job with The Business Source, a direct mail marketing company in Delmar, N.Y., and helped launch a new life and leisure magazine, Capital Region Living, where she currently works as editor, a job she enjoys immensely.

Michelle Lea Biaso (2002)
Career -- During the last semester of her senior year, she interned at The Danbury News-Times and covered the local craft fairs and occasional structure fire or two. After graduating in 2002, the News-Times asked her to stay on board and keep interning through the summer. That internship eventually turned into a full-time job and "I am still there today. And I haven't covered a craft fair in ages. These days I write for News-Times 180, our paper's young reader publication, which I played an instrumental part in creating and launching. It's geared to 18-35 year-olds, so I write more about entertainment, beauty, fashion, and young local people doing cool things than anything else. I get to meet the most interesting people like Carrot Top and Stephen Baldwin and do some interesting things such as going to the new 90s club that opened in New York and visit Mohegan Sun for a night. Plus, my editor is a fellow New Paltz alum, Jackie Domin, and we work great together."

Matt Block (1992)
Career -- Matt is Manager of Production and Operations at Fox Business Network. Matt has worked in production managment since graduation. Before joining Fox Matt was a freelance Line Producer and Production Manager.

Ted Bloom (1984)
Career -- He received his MS Ed. in Vocational-Technical Education. Ted started a mobile personal training company, which established him as a professional speaker and writer. He landed a fitness question and answer column in three New York newspapers. Ted's most recent venture is instructing computer science to the emotionally disabled.

Rob Borsellino (1974)
Career -- Rob is a columnist at the Des Moines Register, the largest and most influential newspaper in Iowa. He began his career in Kingston as a reporter for the Freeman. His column of commentary on politics and personalities in the Register is widely read, controversial and one of the most discussed parts of the newspaper. Recently, Rob, who is 55, announced in a column that he has ALS, a debilitating disease, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The column received national attention for his courageous use of his column to discuss his ailment. Even those who often opposed his views stood up to applaud his courage and open a discussion of living a life coping with disease. He held editor's positions at Newsday and the Albany Times Union before moving to Des Moines and working in radio and television, and then joining the Register. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/
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Adam Bosch (2005)
Career -- After graduating in 2005, I dabbled in the publishing world as a publishing assistant at John Wiley & Sons publishing company in Hoboken, N.J. After leaving the dark side, I got a job as a weekly reporter for the Wallkill Valley Times where I continue to report on local government, schools, crime and other community topics. I also work as editorial assistant to author Roger Kahn, who was the distiguished Ottaway professor during my senior year. I was accepted to The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and am working toward my master's degree of science in journalism.

Sarah Bradshaw (2003)
Career -- The day after graduating in 2003 Sarah started working at the Poughkeepsie Journal as a news assistant. Today, she works for the Business and Opinion pages doing anything from writing daily articles to answering phones to typing in letters to the editor. She is also pursuing a master's degree in communications from Marist College, but, she says, "my heart will always belong to SUNY! A year ago, I moved across the bridge to Wappingers Falls, where I live with my dog, Capo."

William Brady (1998)
Career -- He has been building a successful still photography business in Manhattan. He specializes in food and product photography as well as retouching. William's clients include: The Food Emporium, Krispy Kreme donuts, Pet Portage, Frankie S. Finery, Ziff Davis, McGraw hill, Advanced Biotch, Micro Biomedics, Ideas Inc., and Polaner & Maple Grove Farms. In addition, he has a graphic design firm which creates direct mail and print advertising.

Dennice Brown (1987)
Career -- Dennice has worked at Columbia Records in New York as a Coordinator in the Administration Department for 6 years.

Jason Bryden (2001)
Career -- Jason Bryden is the Assistant Sports Information Director at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. A member of Division III, Washington College is in the Centennial Conference.

Jason Bryden (2001)
Career -- Named the Assistant Sports Information Director at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

Alena (Gajdos) Bubniak (1991)
Career -- She is Managing Editor of GOLFONLINE, the Web site of GOLF MAGAZINE, a Time Warner publication. In her current role, Alena oversees all content for the site, which includes posting daily news coverage, integrating magazine content, and writing and editing online exclusives. She also works with the other divisions of Time Warner, in particular the editors of Sports Illustrated, CNN, People and AOL Golf, and outside portals, such as Yahoo! Golf, to create cross-promotional and special event packages. She started at GOLF MAGAZINE as a copy editor, then several years before that she worked as assistant editor for Sports Publishing Group, working on special-interest publications for sporting events ranging from the 1994 World Cup to the World Series and All-Star Game. She lives in Floral Park, NY with her husband John and two children.

Josephine Bucciarelli Grigon (1985)
Career -- She ran an in-school TV studio for 5 years in an elementary school in Cleveland, Ohio, where she now lives. Josephine received her M.S. in Education. She is in the process of trying to get an educational program funded for a pilot project this fall. She developed it for children as a resiliency program to aid in the prevention of violence. Josephine is also trying to get the book she wrote for the program published. She is using the program with children on a part-time basis in a small charter school in Cleveland.

Brian Buccinna (1999)
Career -- He works as an Undergraduate Admissions Counselor in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Stony Brook University. Brian is also currently enrolled in a program to become certified to teach SS.

Susan Buraczewski (1996)
Career -- She is presently the Recruiting Coordinator for the law firm of Coudert Brothers LLP in N.Y.C., where she manages their summer associate program.

Dania Cabrera (1983)
Career -- Dania received a BSN from Southern Connecticut State University in May of 2004,and is now a registered nurse working on a surgical unit at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown Connecticut

Joseph Capizzi (2002)
Wedding -- Joseph Capizzi married the beautiful Kimberly Capizzi on August 17, 2007 in the town of Carmel, New York.

Roberto Carboni (1992)
Career -- He continued his career as a production-professional on a freelance basis for numerous producers and directors of corporate industrials. His present position is at a hardware store only five minutes from his house.

Wheeler Carrie (1998)
General -- Carrie Wheeler is the Director of Public Programming and Community Outreach for the Tompkins County Public Library in Ithaca, NY where she develops programs for adult audiences including: signings by Pulitzer Prize winning authors, musicals performances and community forums. She has been recognized for her creative approach to programming. Wheeler also coordinates all public relations activities for the library. She lives in Interlaken, NY with her fiance, Ismael Carmenatty and their 7-year-old son, Keagan.

Denielle (Ziemba) Cazzolla (1998)
Career -- She is Weekend and Special Sections editor at The Daily Star in Oneonta, N.Y. The newspaper is an 18,000-circulation, 6-day-a-week publication in upstate New York. After finishing her internship at The Legislative Gazette, she was hired at The Daily Star in June 1998 as a copy editor. She was promoted to her current position in October 2000. In this position, she is responsible for most of the special sections inserted in paper that involve editorial contributions. Weekly, she is responsible for the lifestyle and religion pages published in the weekend edition. She is also responsible for editing and laying out the editorial page on a daily basis. Deni married Michael Cazzolla in 2001. Residents of Downsville, they have a son, Gabriel Michael, who was born in 2004.

Nancy Centers (1987)
Career -- She holds the position of Assistant Professor of ESL at Roger Williams University. She is responsible for both instruction and administration of a small but growing ESL program.

Rebekah Chernek (1998)
Career -- She works as a Human Resources Specialist for MasterCard International. Rebekah works mainly on employee relations cases, and creating and implementing various organizational policies and practices. She has traveled extensively with MasterCard to various regional and international offices. Currently Rebekah is back in school pursuing her Masters in Corporate Communication at Iona College in New Rochelle. Rebekah is engaged to fellow New Paltz alumni, Joseph Raimo, who is currently working in Advertising for J. Brown/LMC Group in Stamford, CT.

Tammy Cilione (2002)
Career -- She graduated in 2002 from New Paltz with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Today, she is one of two full-time business reporters at the Poughkeepsie Journal. As a senior she worked an eight-week internship at the Poughkeepsie Journal. She recalled, "At the end of my internship they were looking to find someone to do some 'stringing' for both the business and city desks. Primarily I covered small businesses for the business desk and the Millbrook school district for the city desk. After a year they were looking to employ someone full-time at the business desk and thanks to my internship and freelance work I had the experience they were looking for." In addition to working full-time at the Journal, she is also working on a master's in communications at Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

Erin Clark (1995)
Career -- She works for a mid-sized social services agency in NYC. She started in the Development office and earned a few promotions. Erin currently holds the position of Data Resources Coordinator, which falls under the Quality Improvement Department. She has also received her Masters in Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice this year.

Anthony Cocco (1988)
Career -- Since graduating from New Paltz 1988. Cocco has traveled many paths. He says, "I have held several different office jobs since graduation, both in the Boston area and also in South Florida, where I lived from 1990-1995 before returning to Massachusetts (I survived Hurricane Andrew in 1992, though it was tough not having cable service for more than a month). For the past 8 years I have held various communications-related positions in the financial services field; Boston is a good city in which to work if one is interested in financial services, as several major mutual fund companies are located here. I've worked for MFS Investment Management -- the company that created the very first mutual fund back in 1924 -- as a shareholder report production specialist since June of 2000. In this position, I am allowed to flex my editorial and writing muscles to some extent, as I am charged with the responsibility of both vetting and suggesting changes to the content of our semiannual and annual shareholder reports."

Chris Connolly (1996)
Career -- He worked in broadcast news as a Creative Director, Production Director, and Promotions Producer. Next Chris worked for a global interactive company for 2 + years as "Senior Digital Editor/Motion Graphic Design." He now has a company called R.A.I Productions.

Lisa Coppola Stratton (1988)
Career -- For the past 14 years she has worked in educational communications. She is currently director of media and public relations at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. I She "graduated" into higher education PR after spending 12 years in public school district (K-12) communications. In both educational settings, she has focused on working with the media, local communities, and internal audiences. She writes, "My background in journalism has been invaluable. As with most journalism students at New Paltz, I spent six months covering the State Legislature for the Legislative Gazette. Following that awesome and humbling experience, I started my career as a beat reporter at a small city daily newspaper where I learned to write on deadline and to recognize what makes a good story. This knowledge has earned me respect and led to productive relationships with the reporters and editors I now contact daily to get Union College ink or air time. It has also given me a strong foundation to deal with crisis communications, writing for the web, and publication production -- all a part of my daily work."

David Cullen (1989)
Career -- He has spent his past 12 years as a teacher. Since August of 2000, David has worked in Shiprock, New Mexico. Shiprock is located on the eastern portion of a Navajo Indian Reservation, in the Northwestern corner of New Mexico, one hour South of the Colorado state border. David is a Social Studies teacher at Shiprock High School.

Tara D'Andrea (1994)
Career -- She is Grants Officer at Riverkeeper, an environmental organization located in Garrison and White Plains, NY. Prior to joining Riverkeeper, she spent six years in the development department at The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture in New York City, most recently as Assistant Director. She managed grants and helped to oversee all aspects of fundraising for the Center's art exhibitions, public educational programs, and graduate degree programs. Tara resides in Cold Spring, NY with her husband and son, Alexander Evan, born in March 2005.

Frank D'Angiolillo (1991)
Career -- He lives in Saratoga County, NY. Frank is an Eastern New York State Sales Manager, Imagistics International, Inc. He is managing and training sales representatives in Networked copier/printing/faxing solutions for small and large business groups. Frank is also responsible for sales for the entire Eastern Region of NY State (East of Syracuse, North of NYC-and New Paltz.)

Frank D'Angiolillo (1991)
Career -- He lives in Saratoga County, NY. Frank is an Eastern New York State Sales Manager, Imagistics International, Inc. He is managing and training sales representatives in Networked copier/printing/faxing solutions for small and large business groups. Frank is also responsible for sales for the entire Eastern Region of NY State (East of Syracuse, North of NYC-and New Paltz.)

Lori Daniel Barry (1993)
Career -- She now lives in Santa Maria, California. Lori currently works as a Senior Sales Representative for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.

Irizarry Darving (1989)
Wedding -- I married Wini Sapong (New Paltz Alumni class of 1988) on August 7, 2010

Marilyn de Poto (1992)
Career -- She is living in N.Y.C. and working for Creative Networks International. Marilyn is a producer/writer in the on-air department for the channel Cult Network Italia. She also creates trailers for the company's film and non-film programming (which is similar to the Bravo channel). The channel is in Italian, though Marilyn has only a passing knowledge of the language, which makes for interesting and challenging work.

Marilyn de Poto (1992)
Career -- Just wanted to send an update on my information (which is outdated on the web site): I am now living on Long Island and working as an Associate Producer for ADM Productions in Port Washington which is a corporate communications production company (http://www.admpro.com/ ) whose clients include T.G.I. Friday's, Dunkin' Brands, Blockbuster Video, and Goodyear Tires, among others... Thanks! Marilyn de Poto

Catherine (Gilkey) Deming (1997)
Career -- She has been working as a staff writer for the Winchester Sun in Kentucky. Cathy covers city government, utilities commission, breaking news, crime, courts and features. In addition to writing she also does some layout and editing. Winchester is about 20 minutes to the east of Lexington, KY. Catherine won an award (second or third) from the Florida Press Club for general news writing, and a first place from the Kentucky Press Association for feature writing, and placed in a few other categories. She was just notified a few weeks back that she had won another first place award from KPA.

Cazzolla Denielle (1998)
Birth -- Denielle (Ziemba) and Michael Cazzolla announce the birth of their second child, a daughter, Mikayla Renee Cazzolla. She was born at 6:42 a.m., Oct. 31, 2008, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta. She was 5 pounds, 14.6 ounces, and 18.5 inches long. She is joined at home in Downsville, N.Y., by her parents and her big brother, Gabriel.

Jackie (Smith) Domin (1997)
Career -- Jackie Domin recently had several stories spotlighting the Albany area published in US Airways magazine, which featured the city in its April issue.

John Doyle (1998)
Career -- He works with Verizon Wireless, in Tampa Florida, doing sales for the southeast region. In September'01, John married Jill Girardi,'99, who also majored in communications at New Paltz.

David Dugatkin (1985)
Career -- He graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 1985 with a BA in English with an emphasis in journalism Worked for a Sanibel Island, Florida weekly newspaper The Islander for one year. Returned to New York and worked on another weekly newspaper, The Wallkill Valley Times in Walden, N.Y. for one year. From 1987-1990 worked as Investigator for the Orange County Legal Aid Society, Goshen, N.Y. In 1990 entered the police academy and went to work for the New Paltz Police Department. Promoted in 2000 promoted to Detective. Married to Elisa with two children.

Grace Early (1991)
Career -- She earned her M.B.A. from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Grace has been employed with the New York State Thruway Authority since 1994. She is now in Human Resources primarily supervising the Worker's Compensation Program.

Zabriskie Ellen (1984)
Career -- Ellen Z has performed Talk Radio@ WMMS Cleveland. Presently,Waking Up with The Wolf show Co Host- Albany, NY. Ellen has taught Radio Production at SUNY New PAltz.

Anthony Farmer (1995)
Career -- He covers county government and politics in Dutchess County for the Poughkeepsie Journal. He has been a reporter at the Journal since the fall of 1997. He also is a regular contributor to a weekly lifestyle column geared toward twenty- and thirty-somethings. He also does some investigative and computer-assisted reporting work. He lives in Kingston with his wife and two children.

Stacy (Ginsberg) Farrugia (2000)
Birth -- John ('00) and Stacy ('00) Farrugia are so very happy to announce the birth of their daughter Debra Yarden Isabel Farrugia on July 29, 2006. Benjamin Zachary, age 2, is a very proud big brother!

James Ferguson (2005)
Career -- After graduating a semester early in December 2005, James interned at Clear Channel Radio of the Hudson Valley (in Poughkeepsie) and Clear Channel Tri-State (in Sussex, NJ) under another New Paltz Alumni, Josh Reed. Josh is the Director of Online Content and Marketing for both Clear Channel Clusters. James interned from January to March helping out with website updates, adding new features, and assisting the ever changing site during the Annual St. Jude's Radio-thon. The internship was cut short after James heard about an up-and-coming advertising company run by another New Paltz Alumni, Chuck Omphalius. James now heads the Station Relations department at SoftWave Media Exchange (www.swmx.com). He has been there since April of 2006.

Johana Fernandez (1996)
Career -- She began teaching as a substitute in Oct. '97 and has been teaching 2nd grade ever since. Johana received his Masters in Learning Technology from Mercy College in May '00. Johana has been working towards a bilingual extension by taking courses here and there.

Lauren Fox (1997)
Career -- She works in Publicity at the Verve Music Group.

Thyssene Frederick (1989)
Career -- I was named Director of Admissions at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, NC. I assumed the positon May 1, 2006.

Monica Fredericks (1991)
Career -- She is in communication-video production. Monica's first job was at Blair Communication, a NYC rep firm. After 18 months with the company she left for a small start up software company half owned by Reuters, half owned by Westinghouse. Her next job was as the rerun assistant at The Associated Press in Rockefeller Center. She then worked at Gannett as an editorial photo assistant in Westchester. Currently Monica is at home being a mom. Her next venture is to work for Newsday, Magazines such as Oprah "O," or travel doing photography.

Laura (Silverman) Funk (1991)
Career -- She holds the current position of assistant director of the Queens College Advising Center and transfer academic advising coordinator.

Naomi Gabay (2000)
Engagement -- Naomi Gabay became engaged to Andrew Schwab (Syracuse, '03) on July 14, 2006 while vacationing in Burlington, Vt. They are planning a wedding for June 24, 2007. Andrew is a politcal operative in New Jersey, and Naomi is a radio producer. They currently live in Hoboken, NJ.

Naomi (Gabay) Gabay-Schwab (2000)
Career -- Naomi is currently employed by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia as a Supervising Producer at Sirius Satellite Radio.

Naomi (Gabay) Gabay-Schwab (2000)
Wedding -- Naomi Gabay married Andrew Schwab (Syracuse, '03) on June 24, 2007 in Livingston, New Jersey. They honeymooned in Greece and now reside in Hoboken, NJ.

Jo Galante (1983)
Career -- She is a highly respected communications professional who has contributed countless hours to her community as Communications and Government Affairs Director for Ulster-Greene ARC. She played a key role in the passage of the Health Care Decisions Act that protects the rights of people with developmental disabilities when receiving medical care and a background check law for employees who work with this vulnerable population. Jo is well known for her community activism spanning more than three decades. She is one of the founders of Woodstock Nuclear Opponents, the Mid Hudson Valley Schizophrenia Association, the Saugerties Concerned Citizens and Vietnam Veterans Association. Galante is a former news reporter for the Times-Herald-Record. A series of news reports written by her about a young man who was incarcerated on trumped up murder charges led to his release from prison. She holds a MA in Social and Policy Studies from SUNY Empire State College. She lives in Saugerties where she is co-owner of The Woodworker with her husband Alex Cicale. They have two children. Ulster County Community College recently honored her as an outstanding graduate.

Jessica Gardner (1999)
Career -- She graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 1999 and began working as a police reporter for the Pocono Record in Stroudsburg, Pa. Shortly after, she moved to Port Jervis, N.Y., to take a position with the Times Herald-Record, a regional daily headquartered in Middletown, N.Y. Since then, she's covered community news, courts, police and features. She won two Associated Press awards in 2003. Jessica recently married and bought a house in Port Jervis with her husband.

Robert Gavin (1994)
Career -- He graduated from SUNY New Paltz in December '94 with a degree in journalism. First published as a student in the Legislative Gazette, he now covers Albany for a living as a reporter for the Staten Island Advance. He began as a reporter with the Gazette-Advertiser, a weekly newspaper in Rhinebeck, in April 1995. He moved to the Naugatuck Daily News in central Connecticut in December 1996 and joined the Advance in May 1997. Initially he covered the New York City Police and Fire Departments and federal courts.He has been the paper's Albany Bureau reporter since December 1999. He is originally from Staten Island and now splits his time between there and Albany.

Peter Genzer (1993)
Career -- He is currently Principal Media & Communications Specialist at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, in New York. Brookhaven is a U.S. Department of Energy research laboratory with world-class programs in physics, chemistry, materials science, atmospheric and environmental sciences, brain imaging, and biology. In his current role, Peter writes press releases, news articles for the site newspaper, fact sheets, and government relations materials; interacts with television and print journalists from around the world; edits a bi-weekly e-mail management newsletter; and manages internal communications. He also serves as a Public Information Officer for the Department of Energy's Radiological Assistance Program, a team of health physicists who serve as first responders to radiological emergencies anywhere in the Northeast. Prior to joining Brookhaven in 1996, Peter worked for three years as a general assignment reporter for the Times-Beacon-Record newspapers in Setauket, N.Y. In 1994, he was recognized with a "Rookie Reporter of the Year" award from the New York Press Association. Peter lives in Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., with his wife Sheri (also a New Paltz graduate) and daughters Rachel and Rebecca.

Alyssa Gleason (2003)
Career -- She is a double major in Journalism and English. She lives on Long Island., working in advertising for LHFI (Levitz Home Furnishings, Inc.) also known as Levitz and Seaman's furniture. She says, "I just happened to land my current job through applying to tons of online postings and I have been here ever since November of '03. I would love to work in New York City someday for a popular magazine but until then I am content with my work now including the great people I work with and a close commute home."

James Gormley (1997)
Career -- He is currently the editor of the The Legislative Gazette in Albany, where he once worked as a student intern. After graduating from SUNY New Paltz in 1997, James worked for weekly and daily newspapers across New York State as a reporter and photographer. He covered everything from school boards to murder trials to the now infamous Woodstock '99 concert in Rome, N.Y. In 2001, James returned to The Legislative Gazette as assistant editor. He became editor in the summer of 2005. There he helps train young journalism students in reporting and news writing as they cover the Governor, the Legislature and all things political. Inspired by his journalism classes at new Paltz, James has written about Joan Didion and the "New Journalism" while earning a master's degree in English from the University of Albany.

James Gormley (1997)
Career -- He began his journalism career as an intern at The Legislative Gazette in Albany, covering New York State politics. After graduating from SUNY New Paltz in 1997, James worked for weekly and daily newspapers across New York State as a reporter and photographer. He covered everything from school boards to murder trials to the now infamous Woodstock '99 concert in Rome, N.Y. In 2001, James returned to The Legislative Gazette as assistant editor. There he helps train young journalism students in reporting and news writing as they cover the Governor, the Legislature and all things political. Inspired by his journalism classes at new Paltz, James has written about Joan Didion and the "New Journalism" while earning a master's degree in English from the University of Albany.

Amber Greene (2003)
Career -- She lives in New York City. Since November 2003, she has worked as Public Affairs Coordinator for New York State Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky who is based out of Westchester County. Amber's responsibilities include researching, analyzing, and monitoring a wide range of community issues and legislation, including transportation, land use, economic development and social services to inform legislative action. In addition, she works daily with state, federal, city, and local governments to address the concerns of the public. Amber majored in public relations and will pursue her MPA next year.

Leigh Grimm (1993)
Career -- She started her editorial career in magazine publishing shortly after college and has been working as a Senior Account Executive at S.I.R. Marketing Communications, Inc., a public relations agency, for the past 5 years. Her clients include: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, DxO Labs, and nik Multimedia, Inc. Leigh has also had the opportunity to travel to numerous locations around the world while taking lots of travel pictures, some of which have been published in magazines. Her company's Web site is www.sironline.com.

Charlie Guido (1986)
Career -- He is a freelance writer/producer in N.Y.C., working primarily in on-air promos for Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite and TV Land. When you see "The Pants That Ate Fred Mertz," that's his.

Eric Gullickson (2000)
Career -- He graduated from SUNY New Paltz in December of 2000 with a degree in Journalism. He was hired on as an assistant business reporter with the Poughkeepsie Journal after completing his internship at the Business News Desk. A year later he took the position of reporter and managing editor of the Blue Stone Press, a small community weekly newspaper located in the Hudson Valley. Two years later he moved into a position as the writer and editor for the Office of Public Affairs at the State University of New York at New Paltz and is currently the coordinator of media relations and the spokesperson for the college.

David Guzzetta (1991)
Career -- He opened his own Real Estate Company, American Way Real Estate, specializing in foreclosures, working out of a Victorian mansion in Port Jefferson Village, NY. His company holds 15 licensed Realtors in their office and 2 assistants. Their office is ranked in the 18% in their market share and is still growing.

Andrew Hackmack (2003)
Career -- He graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2003 with a degree in journalism. He now works at a weekly newspaper in Milton, NY, the Southern Ulster Times, which covers three town in southern Ulster County. He covers the education beat focusing on two school districts and also covers one town government. Andrew also does page design for the Times, in addition to photography and some light editing. During college Andrew spent six semesters as an editor on the campus newspaper, The Oracle, and interned at the Times Herald-Record.

Scott Hammons (1997)
Career -- He is working in hotel development, opening 5 boutique hotels for the Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group in Washington, D.C.

Robyn (Hansen) Harple (1997)
Birth -- Robyn and Doug joyfully announce the referral of their daughter, Ella Hee Ra, born in South Korea on February 12, 2007. The happy parents hope to have Ella home in time for her first Thanksgiving!

Arlen Harris (1998)
General -- Arlen professed Perpetual (Final) Vows with the Capuchin Franciscans, a Roman Catholic religious order. The profession took place on September 10, 2005 at Sacred Heart Church in Yonkers, NY. The Capuchin Franciscans are the same religious order that staff St. Joseph's Church in New Paltz. He is presently a Master's of Divinity student at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA.

Reagan Haynes (2000)
Career -- She is a former Associated Press writer and award-winning daily newspaper reporter. She now freelances from her Michigan home, where she lives with her husband. On April 12, 2005, they welcomed their first child, daughter Iliana Rea.

Steve Hedderton (1986)
Career -- Steve Hedderton has been appointed to the Integrated Marketing Communications faculty at the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University. Professor Hedderton will serve as an adjunct instructor teaching courses in Direct Marketing in the School of Journalism's online graduate degree program. In addition to his academic appointment, Prof. Hedderton serves as the Manager of Membership Marketing at the Direct Marketing Association, Inc. in New York, NY. He holds a Master of Science degree in Communications from Iona College, and a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY New Paltz. Additionally, he is a Yeck Scholar, having attended The John D. Yeck Center for Advanced Studies in Direct and Interactive Marketing -- a joint program offered through a partnership between Harvard University and the Direct Marketing Education Foundation.

Steve Hedderton (1986)
Career -- Steve and his wife, Sue, recently completed the acquisition of the Minuteman Press franchise in Middletown, NY. Steve handles the day-to-day operation of the business. Minuteman Press is a full service print shop providing everything from business cards and business stationery, to brochures, NCR and rubber stamps. They are located at 670 Route 211 East in Middletown.

Vanderlee Heidi (2007)
Career -- Heidi Vanderlee is Marketing Coordinator for classical print music publishers Carl Fischer Music and Theodore Presser Company.

Liz Hess (1998)
Career -- She graduated from New Paltz in 1998 and got a job as a reporter at a 30,000-circulation daily in Gastonia, N.C., called The Gaston Gazette, owned by Freedom Communications. She worked there until 2002 when she was named assistant editor of a 6,800-circulation weekly called The Fort Mill Times in Fort Mill, S.C., owned by McClatchy. In September of last year she was named editor of two weekly papers, The Yorkville Enquirer and The Clover Herald" based in York, S.C., and also owned by McClatchy. The two papers have a combined circulation of about 6,000. After this June (2005) she plans to be a stay-at-home mom, while freelancing for publications in the Charlotte, N.C., metro area.

Dave Hines (1999)
Career -- He recently completed his fourth year as the assistant sports editor at the Daily Freeman, a Journal Register Company newspaper in Kingston, N.Y. Hines assists the sports editor with the daily operations and layout of a broadsheet sports section as well as occasional special sections and supplements that provide news to readers across three Hudson Valley counties (Ulster, Dutchess and Greene), on a wide variety of local, regional, national and international sports topics. Prior to 2001, Hines spent eight years as the Sports Information Director at SUNY New Paltz, where he coordinated publicity operations for the college's athletic teams. Hines resides in Kingston.

Rob Hoffman (1990)
Career -- She started freelancing as an on-line and Avid editor. His clients include MTV, Image Group Post, The New York Stock Exchange, Bates Advertising and TWI. Rob also started his own post-production company in 1998 called Evolution Post. His major clients include Sony Music, The New York Stock Exchange, and Alexis Entertainment.

Melissa (Lajara) Hoffmann (2003)
Career -- When she explored SUNY New Paltz's journalism program, receiving a degree in 2003. Lajara began an internship with the Middletown-based Times Herald Record while at SUNY, which developed into a two-year position at that newspaper. Later, she worked the top beat at the Gloversville-based Leader Herald, and currently writes as a freelancer for the Daily Freeman in Kingston. She also runs a retail website, www.todaysluggage.com. She married her husband, Ivan Lajara, in their last year together at SUNY New Paltz. Ivan is now editing the Life section at the Daily Freeman.

Kevin Hogan (1990)
Career -- He is currently chief editor/writer for the New York State Assembly's Communication Information Services in Albany. He came to the Assembly in 2001 after a decade in journalism. In addition to reporting on local and state news, Kevin has covered the sectarian troubles in Northern Ireland and traveled extensively to such countries as Algeria, Bosnia, Croatia, Cuba and Uzbekistan. Kevin was also a reporter and photographer with The Legislative Gazette during a 1988 internship.

Jennifer (Bergonzi) Hurson (1993)
Birth -- Jennifer and John Hurson welcomed Frederick Alexander on December 30, 2005. Freddie joins big sister Charlotte, 5. Jennifer handles corporate communications for Big Four accounting firm KPMG.

Brian Iarocci (2002)
Career -- He is currently a freelance sports writer/photographer for the Long Island Advance. In 2003, he started REP Publishing LLC, which is in development of a lifestyle magazine, REP, along with repmagazine.com.

Mary-Teresa James (1985)
Career -- She obtained a Masters Degree in Communication Disorders in'87. Mary has worked as an audiologist at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center since then.

Whitney Jennifer (1994)
Career -- Career -- She is a 1994 graduate who lives in Hillsdale, NJ, supplemented her bachelor's degree with a master's degree in Journalism from Iona College, where she graduated in 2002 with honors and an award for "Outstanding Graduating Student in Journalism." After spending the beginning of her career as a reporter for a newspaper, Whitney refined her skills and spent 10+ years working as an editor specializing in AMA style/FDA regulatory adherence in medical publishing, medical education, and pharmaceutical advertising. After serving as Editorial Director at a healthcare advertising agency, and Editor of two trade magazines (Medical Product Outsourcing and Orthopedic Design & Technology), she is now an Editorial Project Leader in the Global Marketing Communications group at Mercer LLC, based in New York, NY.

Whitney Jennifer (1994)
Career -- Addendum: After specializing for years as a medical editor, Jennifer got back to her journalism roots and has spent the past three years at editor of two B2B (Medical Product Outsourcing--www.mpo-mag.com; Orthopedic Design & Technology--www.odtmag.com) magazines covering business trends in the medical device industry. She writes in-depth features, edits all content, lays out the entire issue, lines up contributors, manages associates and attends trade shows.

Lynn Johnson (1986)
Career -- She moved to Burbank, California in January of '98, where she spent most of the next ten years assisting executive producers on various television shows produced by Spelling Entertainment, Stephen J. Cannell Productions and Village Roadshow Pictures. Currently Lynn is working as office manager at a small accounting firm. A couple years ago, she began writing uplifting and inspirational poetry. Lynn has won three Editor's Choice Awards for outstanding achievement in poetry. She started a Web site last year: www.lynncjohnson.com where they sell handcrafted gift items of her poetry.

Franzis Kaisik (1993)
Career -- He employed at WDST-FM in Woodstock, where he serves as news director, morning show co-host, and PSA director.

Buckley Kathy (1976)
Career -- Teaching filmmaking and television production for the past 15 years at Nyack High School. Many of my students have gone on to major in film and while in the program have won prestigious film festival awards. Many students have also gone on to work in television and film.

Denise Kennedy (1989)
Career -- He began work at NBC Television Station in N.Y.C. for 9+ years. After leaving NBC Denise worked at Grey Worldwide Advertising Agency. Grey was nice enough to allow her to take personal leave and work at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia for NBC Sports. Denise also worked at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

MaryBeth (Shanley) King (1990)
Birth -- On May 26, 2006 my husband Chris and I are pleased to announce the birth of our second child Connor John King. He was 1 month early and was 5 pounds 1 ounce and 19 inches long. His big sister Maggie is thrilled!!!

Rich Klein (1983)
Career -- Rich Klein (1983), former city editor of The Legislative Gazette, is living and working in New York City and in Bethel, NY. His company, Riverside Public Relations LLC, just celebrated its 5th anniversary.

Rich Klein (1983)
Career -- Riverside Public Relations LLC, located in Irvington, N.Y., creates successful communications programs for companies, law firms and organizations who seek to shape, build and maintain their reputations with their critical audiences. He is the founder and president of the company which for 20 years has helped Fortune 500 companies, major law firms and non-profit organizations to communicate effectively with internal and external audiences, particularly when organizations are involved in a crisis and high stakes litigation.

Tina Kleuker (2001)
Career -- She works as a Special Projects designer for the Cape Cod Times, a 50,000-circulation newspaper on Cape Cod, Mass.,. She began work there in the summer of 2002 as a utility designer -- one who can design all sections of the newspaper. She had won NEPA, NEAPNEA awards for my work, which can be viewed on www.Newspagedesigner.com/ She writes, "Newspaper work is all what you expect it to be. Fun. Rewarding. Stressful. I enjoy deadline a great deal. And it's great to work for a capable company. We think big for our size. I love that." Tina interned in the summer of 1998 at the Poughkeepsie Journal. She was hired that September as a page designer/copy editor for a year. In 1999 she took a job as a page designer for the Times Herald-Record of Middletown. She moved to The Cape Cod Times, the Record's sister paper in the summer of 2002.

Christina Knopf (2000)
Career -- I completed an M.A. in political communication in 2001, and a Ph.D. in cultural sociology and political communication in 2005, both from SUNY Albany. In Fall 2006, I became an Assistant Professor of Communication at SUNY Potsdam in the Department of English and Communication, where I teach public speaking, political communication, social movements, and the rhetoric of American women, among other things. Prior to that, I taught communication & speech classes at Monroe Community College, Genesee Community College, SUNY Albany, and the College of St. Rose.

Catherine Kozak (1990)
Career -- Reporter for the Virginia Pilot in Nags Head, N.C. Right now, I'm the only reporter in the office, covering the entire Outer Banks. It's a great beat -- lighthouses, furious weather, history, beaches, whales, etc -- but it's too much to handle by myself. The paper may hire another Nags Head reporter in the near future. I came here in 1995, and since then I've covered two big murder trials, the moving of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, numerous hurricanes and the centennial celebration of the Wright brothers first flight. Lots of helicopter and plane rides. And a lot of fun. Before that, I free-lanced for the good ol' Kingston Freeman (making $1.10 an inch) and ended up covering the Woodstock '94 Festival from beginning to end. I might sound like a kid, but I still think being a reporter is the best job in the world.

Stacy Krugman (1993)
Career -- She is living in Los Angeles. She is working in Web development and design, and online marketing. Stacy also runs the official Web site for Charlotte Ross, who stars on NYPD Blue.

Naomi Kurzyna (1991)
Career -- She taught 3rd grade for 2 years then moved to Concord, NH where she became a material planner and purchaser for the International company OSRAM Sylvania. After three years Naomi moved to New Bern, NC where she held the same position, but for a different company, BOSCH. Naomi held that position for 3 weeks until her son was born in '97. She then became a stay at home mother and had a little girl 1.5 years later. Naomi plans to go back to school for her graduate degree in Health Management.

Ivan Lajara (2002)
Career -- He is the Preview Editor and Life Editor at the Daily and Sunday Freeman in Kingston, N.Y., where he has worked since January of 2001. He was named Editor of the Year for Suburban Newspapers in January 2006. Initially hired at the Freeman as a copy editor in the news department (where he also did his internship), he was transferred to Life in February of 2004, taking the top position there in October of that year. The Peruvian native is married to Melissa Lajara, a Class of 2003 journalism graduate. They live in Albany, N.Y.

Shauna Le Claire (2000)
Wedding -- Shauna McNeely, class of 2000 married Jon Le Claire, class of 2000 on 10/01/06 in Southampton, NY

Ian Lebowitz (1990)
Career -- He completed my internship at the Legislative Gazette in the Spring of 1990 and then graduated from SUNY New Paltz. The Gazette was a challenging and rewarding growth experience. Soon after, I moved into an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and began working in various part-time jobs, which included copy editing, and graphic design. I bumped into a few of my friends from college along the way. My career developed into presentation graphics/desktop publishing. At present, I am the Visual Graphics Manager at J. & W. Seligman and Co. Incorporated, since 1996. I create laptop presentations, brochures, designs and other materials. I was married to my wonderful wife Laurie in 2002, and we continue to live in New York City. www.ianlebowitz.com/

Kevin Lenihan (1995)
Career -- After graduating in 1995, Kevin Lenihan worked at several newspapers in upstate New York as a reporter and editor before taking a fellowship with the American Political Science Association in Washington, DC in the fall of 2000. During and after the fellowship, he worked as a legislative assistant and then as a press secretary in the House of Representatives. Since 2003, he has been the assistant city editor at the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Peter Levine (1992)
Career -- He is in the graphic communication business. Peter handles marketing and corporate identity print communication for medium and large corporations. He currently lives in Roseland, NJ.

Gail Lewis (1992)
Career -- She is currently employed as a Corporate Concierge and works with McKinsey & Company in mid-town Manhattan.

James Livingstone (1995)
Career -- He works for the Henrico County Police Department, which surrounds Richmond, VA on the east, north, and west. He has been there since June 2000.

Julie Lopez-Kelly (1992)
Career -- She began her career at Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. She is now the Manager of Wegmans Sales and Demonstration Services, which oversees the Demonstration program and staff in 59 of their retail stores.

Bridget Lubrano (1996)
Career -- She married fellow New Paltz Alumnus and'96 graduate Alex Driekonski. She is employed as an editor at Morgan Stanley in N.Y.C. In December'00 Bridget received her M.S. in Publishing from New York University.

Diana Lynn Martin (1996)
Career -- She obtained her Masters in Special-Ed in May '00. She is now a special education teacher at BOCES in Goshen, NY. Diana married Charles Omphalius, who also graduated from New Paltz '97.

David Markowitz (1986)
Career -- He spent 5 years in retail and then went back to school for a NYS license in Massage Therapy. David then founded HealingCollage.Com-Teaching Wellness, and Self-Care Thru Experimental Expos in New York City. He also played in a band called "Scratch-n-Sniff." David still plays for fun but in a more subdued context, currently with a violinist and flutist and he is the Executive Director of the New York City Folk Music Collective. See www.MP3.com/FolkCollective for sights, sounds, and gig info, though on there, he's called Dave Love.

Jennifer Maurici (1997)
Career -- After graduating from SUNY New Paltz in 1997, Jennifer was hired as a reporter for The Queens Tribune -- a weekly newspaper in Queens, N.Y. A year later, she accepted a part-time position at Junior Achievement of New York (JANY), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children. Passionate about the mission, she spent the next five years at JANY and continued her employment with the organization when she moved to Schaumburg, Illinois in August of 2003. She continued her non-profit work when she moved to San Diego in 2004. She currently resides in Arizona City and has recently been accepted to Arizona State University where she will pursue a master's degree in Social Work with a specialization in Child Welfare.

Ed Mazza (1994)
Career -- After leaving New Paltz, Ed Mazza moved to Japan, where he freelanced and eventually found his way to the world's largest newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun. His fingerprints were in every section of the newspaper. In addition to extensive editing work, he covered politics and international affairs, wrote business features, a technology column and reviewed books and opera (despite knowing precious little about opera). He was also the Asia correspondent for the now-defunct Tabloid.net. After leaving Japan in 1998, he joined the New York Daily News. There, he was sports editor of the Daily News Web site, and wrote Sunday features for the print edition. A year later, he joined ABCNEWS.com as an international affairs writer, eventually becoming overnight editor of the Web site. In 2002, he joined World News Now, ABC's slightly offbeat overnight news broadcast, where he is currently employed as a producer.

Tim McGlone (1985)
Career -- Since 2001, he has covered federal courts and federal law enforcement agencies for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk. His beat also encompasses homeland security, military justice, the death penalty and DNA issues. Previously. He has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Middletown, N.Y., Newburgh, N.Y. and Schenectady, N.Y., before going the Pilot in 1997. He has won journalism awards in New York and Virginia, including the 2004 Virginia Press Association's Award for Journalistic Integrity and Community Service for continuing coverage of DNA issues and the 2001 VPA Best in Show Award for a series on a man sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit.

Sean McMann (1966)
Career -- After graduating in 1966, Sean took a job as a newspaper reporter at a weekly newspaper in Wappingers Falls, NY. After 28 months at the weekly, he took his first job at a daily newspaper in May 1999, covering sports at the Rutland (Vt.) Herald. Following a successful stint at the Herald, he accepted a position with the Poughkeepsie Journal's Sports department. Beginning in September 2000, he began covering everything from high school and collegiate sports to the New York Yankees, Mets, Jets and Giants, including the 2003 World Series.

Karl Melissen (1987)
Career -- He is working for Henry Schein Inc. as a buyer in the Non-Stocking Items Dept, where he has been employed for 12 years. Karl lives in Glen Head, NY and his hobbies include working out, beer and wine making, cooking, gardening, writing, reading, and working for a non-profit Theatre company.

Melissa Mercatante (2000)
Career -- Following her internship at the Legislative Gazette in Albany she decided to head south to Tampa, FL. For three years she wrote and designed a trade magazine and web site for the wall coverings industry. She writes, "It was a great experience traveling and learning the business, but I decided to move to a larger organization where I could be part of a team. Now I'm a copy writer for Home Shopping Network covering anything from fashion to coins to luggage. For fun I do some freelancing, entertain snowbirds and am in the process of becoming a first-time homeowner!"

Laura (Craft) Metallo (1999)
Birth -- Gave birth to a son, Cole Jeffrey Metallo, (6lbs, 13.5 oz) on May 15, 2007.

Nancy Meyer (1990)
Career -- She is a 1990 graduate of SUNY New Paltz, with a BA in Journalism and French, pursued her career in journalism and has maintained her fluency in the French language. Upon completion of her internship at The Legislative Gazette and graduation in 1990, Nancy was appointed Managing Editor of Empire State Report, a monthly news magazine covering New York State government and politics. After two years honing her writing and editing skills there, she went on to become Editor in Chief of Intimate Fashion News, a bi-weekly trade paper. In 1994, Nancy took a general assignment editor post at Home Furnishings News, a weekly owned by Fairchild Publications. Six months later, she was promoted to Lighting and Decorative Home editor. Since then, Nancy has held various positions at HFN and taken on more responsibilities. Her current title is Senior Editor, Lighting and Home Decor. In 1997, Nancy was awarded a Journalism Fellowship from the French-American Foundation, and spent two months in France, during which she wrote for Les Derni'res Nouvelles d'Alsace, one of the largest regional dailies in France. An outdoors enthusiast and avid runner, skier and cyclist, Nancy followed the Tour de France in 2003 and 2004, and filed stories for various Fairchild publications. She married Andrew Heiz in June 2004 and resides in Flushing.

Jennifer (Wengrow) Mills (1993)
Career -- Senior Account Executive at HRP Television Sales in New York , New York

Melynda Milman (1998)
Career -- She has been living in the Netherlands since graduation in 1998. She is married to a Dutchman she met there while studying in the Europe in the World program during junior year. She worked at the Amsterdam bureau of Bloomberg News as a financial journalist for three years and is currently a senior editor at ABN AMRO, an international bank headquartered in Amsterdam. As a senior editor, her tasks include: being the 'voice' of the CEO, writing his messages to all staff (there are 100,000 employees); editing all stories that appear on our global intranet site; running a publication for all communications professionals across the company; writing the more difficult stories for the global intranet site (longer features and profiles of the Managing Board members); providing editorial and journalistic training to colleagues; writing and maintaining the company's global style guide. "I must say, I really enjoy my job!" she writes. "Infinitely more gratifying than Bloomberg (where they were experts in 'slaveshop journalism')."

Christine Moltzen (1998)
Career -- She worked in NYC for Simon & Schuster and Reader's Digest for 7 years. She then started a family, and is back to work part-time at a public library in the children's dept.

Ed Moltzen (1988)
Career -- He is currently a senior editor at CRN, a national technology news weekly based in Manhasset, N.Y. For the past ten years, he has covered the business side of high tech and writes about companies ranging from Intel to Xerox. Before CRN, he spent several years at the Middletown Times Herald-Record. Where he had the opportunity to write about both local and national issues and covered stories ranging from regional race relations to the 1992 presidential campaign. Along the way, he spent several years working nights as a standup comic on Long Island and New York City and published a book, Laughs: Breaking Into Standup Comedy. "If you think readers can be brutal, try a live audience!" he writes. In addition to everything, he now also publishes a web log at www.latefinal.com. He is married to New Paltz alum Christine Matzke and they have two children.

Desmond Murray (1982)
Career -- He has been employed at Marist College in Poughkeepsie for about 14 years now. Desmond holds the positions of Assistant Director of Field Experience and Chair of the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee.

Bonnie Nach (1999)
Career -- She started her own Real Estate Appraisal Company in Northern New Jersey. Bonnie also owns and operates 2 Web sites related to online wagering.

Dorna Naseri (2004)
Career -- This class of 2004 journalism major is currently working as a reporter for The Evening Bulletin. The Philadelphia-based newspaper, which was published daily for 134 years until 1982 and rivaled newspapers such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, recently restarted publication last November. Naseri is the higher education reporter for the Bulletin, and also covers general assignment topics.

Amanda (Kennedy) Newell (2001)
General -- I currently work for a non-for-profit agency which serves developmentally disabled and neurologically impaired individuals. I have been working for this agency since I graduated from school in 2001. This past July I got married to Sean Newell who was my next door neighbor while I lived in Bevier Hall at New Paltz. We just purchased our first house last month.

Weinstein Nicole (1992)
Career -- Nicole spent more than 15 years in Journalism before accepting a position with the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) in 2006. She is now Director of Public Information for the agency, writing speeches, press releases, etc. and handling media relations.

Susan Nielsen Goldstein (1985)
Career -- She works as a Creative Group Head for Publishers Clearing House in Port Washington, (Long Island), N.Y. She has been there since 1997. She creates and writes their direct mail packages. "We're the big Sweepstakes company with the famous Prize Patrol," she says. She met her husband, Michael, while in PR on Long Island. They married in 2000. She has a 15-month-old son born in 2004.

Dana O'Rourke (1993)
Career -- She worked at Lintas as an Assistant Media Planner for 1 year. She then went to the client side (Combe Inc.) in the in-house media department for 5+ years. Dana is currently employed by Icon International (a barter company located in Stamford, CT.) as Senior Media Buyer.

James Ostermann (1999)
Career -- He became a fitness trainer on Long Island and is currently a probationary firefighter for the Fire Department of N.Y.C.

Chris Palermo (1991)
Career -- He spent 9 years in the publishing industry, as editor for a variety of trade magazines including Wood Digest, Plastics World, maintenance Supplies, Marine news, and most recently Lighting Design and Application. Chris has returned to school to pursue his Masters Degree in Education at CW Post University. He'll be certified by December '02 as a secondary school English teacher. His hobbies include competitive board gaming, and he has accumulated a collection of approximately 550 'specialty' board games, including historical combat simulations/war games; German party games and sports recreation/simulation games.

Jennifer (Bender) Paruolo (1994)
Birth -- Jennifer Paruolo (nee Bender)and her husband Richard announce the birth of their son Andrew Carmine. He was born 12/16/05. Andrew joins his big sister Madison Elizabeth (9/03) in the family.

Jessica Pasko (2001)
General -- Since graduating in May '01, Jessica has worked for the Associated Press in their Albany, N.Y. bureau. She recently marked her two-year anniversary there.

Jessica M. Pasko (2005)
Career -- Since graduating in May '05, Jessica has worked for the Associated Press in their Albany, N.Y. bureau. She also recently published an article in ARTnews magazine, one of the most widely-read fine arts publications in the country.

Frank Pasquale (1991)
Career -- He is a Production Manager for Barron's Educational Series. He manages about 80 book titles at a given time, tracking from manuscript through bound books. Frank's hobby (2nd job) is as an avid golfer, and he plays to a 1-handicap. Frank is attempting to qualify for the 2002 US Open, which will be played on Long Island, at the Bethpage Black Course.

Sam Passow (2004)
Career -- He is a news clerk at The Bergen Record, a daily newspaper in Hackensack, New Jersey. Previously, he was a freelance reporter for the weekly Clifton Journal. He also interned at Complex Magazine and Russell Simmons' Oneworld Magazine, both in New York City.

Bill Petkanas (1978)
Career -- From New Paltz (BA Communication Arts contract major 1978) to NYU (PhD Communication & Media Studies 1990) to Western Connecticut State University (now Professor of Communication and department chair). And New Paltz still rocks.

Jody (Angell) Pflederer (1993)
Career -- She started as the Director of Public Relations for the Connecticut Humane Society in September 2000 and manages PR for the non-profit throughout the state.

Jesi Pierce (1999)
Career -- She is a reporter at the Daily Messenger in the city of Canandaigua in the heart of the Finger Lakes region upstate. The paper is owned by Messenger-Post Newspapers though it has grown to also include several weekly papers, it still has that "family" newspaper feel. It's the oldest continuously published newspaper this side of the Hudson and it won AP's Best Newspaper in the State award in 2004 year (for its circulation). ("Yes, I am a wee bit proud - I love it here," she says.). She covers the growing towns of Victor and Farmington and works as a court and crime beat reporter. She joined the staff there in October '04. Before this she was the editor of her hometown paper, the Courier-Journal (based in Palmyra, NY). The Courier is a weekly that's been around since 1838. There, she did everything -- layout and design, photos, editing, writing. She writes, "It made my days at the Oracle seem easy (really!) and it almost made me crazy, though it was great experience. I was at the weekly for a couple years after leaving the daily Finger Lakes Times, where I had worked a couple years right after college as a general assignment bureau reporter. Sure, like so many others, I jumped around a bit after college, but now I believe I have landed in a great place. I intend to lay my roots here for a quite a long while. I've finally found a newspaper with heart, and I think anyone in this biz knows what I mean by that. It's so important. Still lovin' journalism, though there are highs and lows."

Jessica Pierce (1999)
Career -- Jessica Pierce ('99 Journalism) recieved four awards in the 2006/2007 New York State Associated Press writing contest. She took home two first place awards in the categories of continuing coverage and sportswriting; a second place award for depth-reporting and a third-place award for beat reporting. She works at the Daily Messenger newspaper in Canandaigua and lives in Wayne County with her husband and their son, Maxwell.

Jessica Pierce (1999)
Career -- Jessica Pierce ('99 Journalism) took first-place in the newspaper feature writing category in this year's New York State Associated Press awards contest. Her award was for story called "Colin's War" that profiled a young drug addict. Last year she won third-place for Arts & Entertainment reporting. She works at the Daily Messenger in Canandaigua, N.Y. and lives nearby with her husband and their 15-month-old son, Max.

Trista (Levy) Polo (1993)
Career -- Trista is currently very active in the Hudson Valley Community. She has a thriving business which provides teaching, training and coaching to those interested in additional income streams and has a successful Residential Real Estate practice. In addition, Trista is a member of the Junior League of Poughkeepsie and an associate artist with Half Moon Theatre. Trista considers networking a key activity to her success and credits some of her networking success to her membership in BNI Hudson Valley.

Trista Polo (1993)
Career -- She took a position as a Mortgage Consultant with GMAC Mortgage Corp. in Wappingers Falls, NY. In her spare time Trista is able to spend time on her passion for music by singing in a trio in a classic "coffee house" style and collaborating with musicians on original compositions.

Shonda Prince (1998)
Career -- She worked for two years as the Managing Editor of a youth-produced newspaper in Harlem, Harlem Overhead. Currently Shonda is working at Weill Medical College as an Assistant Editor/Writer in Public Affairs. Shonda is also attending NYU as a master's candidate in the School of Continuing and Professional studies. She will be graduating in May 2002 with a degree in magazine publishing.

Nicole (Weinstein) Quill (1992)
Career -- She lives in Ballston Spa, N.Y. Nicole has worked in journalism for almost 10 years. Most recently she worked at the Saratogian in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (a daily paper) as a copy editor/writer. Nicole now begins her job as a writer/reporter/copy editor for The Jewish World, a weekly newspaper in Albany.

Erica Ramos Guevara (1997)
Career -- She is the Executive Producer for the FOX station in the Rio Grande Valley, an 8-minute drive from Mexico. Erica is the entertainment personality, hosting her own pop culture segment every night on Fox News at Nine. She also does some freelance writing, such as movie reviews, for a local entertainment magazine.

Dennis Reardon (2000)
Career -- He is a reporter and copy editor for the Central Penn Business Journal in Harrisburg, Pa., where he has worked since graduation. He recently won three awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association for articles he wrote last year. He and his fiance are engaged to marry in October. He enjoys volunteering at his church, visiting his family in Long Island and rooting for the New York Mets.

Josh Reed (2001)
Career -- Accepted promotion to be Director of Online Content and Marketing for Clear Channel Radio of the Hudson Valley as well and Tri-State (serving 16 radio stations total) on July 1st, after leaving Marist College for a Promotions Director position in January 2005.

Rachel Reuben (1998)
Career -- Rachel has been promoted to Director of Web Communication and Strategic Projects at SUNY New Paltz. She is also the Director of the college's new Welcome Center in the Haggerty Administration Building lobby.

Richard Richtmyer (1994)
Career -- He is a reporter living and working in Anchorage, Alaska. As a business writer for the Anchorage Daily News, he covers a broad range of topics including growth and development, the economy, consumer issues, finance, construction, transportation, telecommunications and technology. Before moving to Alaska in 2002, Richard lived and worked for eight years in Manhattan, where he primarily covered technology and business. He worked for three years as a technology writer for CNN's financial Web site, CNNMoney.com. As did many New Paltz journalism graduates, Richard cut his teeth at the Legislative Gazette in Albany.

Jason Romano (1997)
Career -- I currently work at ESPN as a Producer. I work mostly on the show Outside the Lines, but also on SportsCenter and ESPNews.

Mark Rosenberg (1985)
Career -- I graduated form SUNY New Paltz in 1985. I interned with the Legislative Gazette in 1984. After graduating I wrote for a couple of weekly newspapers before going back to school. I graduated veterinary school at the University of Georgia in 1994. I worked for veterinary hospitals in Maine and then Connecticut before purchasing the Hurley Veterinary Hospital, in Hurley NY five years ago. The hospital is a mixed-animal hospital- providing health care for pets as well as farm animals. The hospital underwent a major building expansion this year. I am married to Donna (Pasqua) Rosenberg, a 1986 SUNY New Paltz graduate and we have three children.

Jill (McAlpine) Roth (1992)
Career -- She has since moved to New Hampshire. Jill recently quit her job as Manager for Putnam Investments and opened a Kids Clothing Store in Windham NH called JillyBeans.

Alicia Ruddy (2003)
Career -- She is currently working as The Saratogian's city reporter in Saratoga Springs. She writes about city issues, such as taxes, water, development and politics as well as features on interesting people in the community. Ruddy attended Georgetown University's Institute on Political Journalism in 2002 and learned more about national issues of importance to citizens. She interned at the Bureau of National Affairs, in Washington, D.C. and the Legislative Gazette in Albany. After graduation, she worked as an Editorial Assistant at the Times Union in Albany and then as the town reporter in Warrenton, Va., Ruddy will move to Washington, D.C. in May 2005 to work as a marketing coordinator at Kimley-Horn and Associates, a multi-disciplinary firm, which Fortune 500 selected as the 46th best company to work in the United States. She will apply her writing and researching skills to compose proposals for a variety of projects.

Nicole (Bowen) Sandhage (1996)
Career -- She is a Senior Media Market Specialist in Radio. Nicole negotiates radio schedules for markets all over the country including Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington and Poughkeepsie. She works at Active International in Pearl River, N.Y. Prior to that, she worked at Miramax Film in N.Y.C for the international department.

Bianca Sausa (1999)
Career -- She was a newspaper reporter for nearly five years before changing paths to become a teacher. She writes on a freelance basis while attending graduate school in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at SUNY New Paltz. She plans to graduate Spring '06, become a high school English teacher and teach her first real loves: writing and literature. She lives in Rosendale, N.Y. with her boyfriend, Keith Ferris (fellow New Paltz alumnus of '00), and their cat, Scoop. After graduating from SUNY New Paltz in 1999, Bianca worked her way up from editorial assistant to general assignment reporter at the Times Herald-Record of Middletown, NY with a stint at the Kingston Daily Freeman in between. She left the TH-R for graduate school in 2004.

Gary Savoy (1989)
Career -- He spent 7 years selling Local and National Radio airtime finishing his career as the youngest General Sales Manager in NYC for Hispanic Broadcasting. In 1997 he left Radio and joined an Internet startup company named GO2Net. Gary was a Sales Manager and left in '99. He was recruited to help write the business plan for Worth.com, sister company to Worth Magazine. Currently, Gary is the General Manager of Family Publishing, a division of Trader Publishing.

James Schlett (2002)
Career -- James started 2005 with a new job as a business reporter for the Daily Gazette in Schenectady, N.Y. After graduating from SUNY New Paltz in 2002, he landed a job at the Watertown Daily Times' Massena bureau, near Canada, where he covered the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, Alcoa and General Motors plants and several northern New York towns. He then moved on to the Westerly Sun, a small daily in south western Rhode Island, where he covered a few New England communities and the Narragansett Indian Tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, which owns Foxwoods Resort Casino. He currently lives in Albany and is enjoying the poetry scene there.

Brian Scolaro (1995)
Career -- Has made it to stardom! Is currently one of the leading actors on the hit series 'Stacked' on Fox.

Brendan Scott (2001)
Career -- He graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2001 and soon after became a full-time staff writer at the Times Herald-Record, where he had started working as an intern the prior summer. In his five years at the 80,000-circulation daily newspaper, the mid-Hudson native has coaxed stories from community beats, sifted through the emotional aftermath of Sept. 11 and traveled to Boston and New York to cover the 2004 national political conventions. He is currently covering Orange County government and politics. His coverage of a death in Orange County Jail recently received the New York Newspaper Publishers Association's award for Distinguished Investigative Reporting in the 50,000 to 175,000 circulation class.

Brooks Scott (1979)
Career -- I'm vice president of marketing and communications for IBM Research -- the home of Watson, IBM's computer that won on Jeopardy. I started with IBM in the mailroom almost 30 years ago.

Deborah Scott Burg (1980)
Career -- She is living in Rochester N.Y. Deborah has completed her Master's degree and is working part-time as a Career Counselor on the urban campus of a large community college.

Joann Serafini (1981)
Career -- She is District Sales Manager of the San Francisco Region for Cingular Wireless. Before she got in the wireless business, Joann worked in Advertising for magazines and newspapers.

Robin Shapiro (1991)
Career -- She received her Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication at the California State University, Fullerton. Robin worked as an adjunct instructor for several colleges and universities, created and implemented a "World of Work" program for a youth services agency, been a diversity consultant for a large national nonprofit organization, and most recently is a Senior Training Specialist at a financial services institution in downtown Manhattan.

Jason Silverberg (1999)
Career -- has been living in Austin, TX for approximately a year and a half. There he works with Fox News as a camera operator and audio director.

Todd Sliss (1999)
Career -- Several months after graduating from New Paltz in May 1999, Sliss joined the staff of The Scarsdale Inquirer weekly newspaper (Westchester County) as the sports editor. Since October '99, Sliss has done it all for the sports section from editing to writing to designing pages and everything in-between. From 1999-2003, Sliss has won 12 awards from the Newl; York Press Association for sports coverage, feature writing, column writing and special sections. In 2001, he won third place Sports Writer of the Year. He lives in New Rochelle with his wife Carrie Sliss (formerly Roach, NP '00).

Jackie Smith Domin (1997)
Career -- She worked at the Press Enterprise in Bloomsburg, Pa. Jackie recently traded her reporting job for one as a copy editor.

Lee Solomon (1997)
Career -- He started his career in the tape/library shipping dept. of a small postproduction house. He was soon promoted to Assistant Editor but then left to work for United Artists. Here Lee worked on the movie "The Thomas Crown Affair" with Pierce Brosnan. He worked as an office PA. After that Lee became a camera assistant for the show "Upright Citizen's Brigade" on Comedy Central. From there he moved to VH-1 where he worked as a PA in the Series and Specials Dept., doing research, logging, screening, etc., for various shows. Towards the end of his time there, Lee began writing and editing his own pieces.

John Steffanci (1985)
Career -- He was a Morning DJ & Producer at WPDH, Fm from 1985-90. During 1990-94 John was Host & Producer of "The John Steffanci Show" on WKIP AM/FM. From 1994 to present time he is a Sales Supervisor at Clear Channel in Las Vegas.

Alex Storozynski (1983)
Career -- He is Editor in Chief of amNewYork, the Tribune Company's newspaper in New York City that launched in October of 2003. Storozynski worked for eight years at the New York Daily News where he was a Pulitzer Prize-winning member of the editorial board. His other awards include the Associated Press Award for Editorial Writing, the Deadline Club Award, the Society for Professional Journalists Award, and the George Polk Award. Alex has more than 20 years experience of writing and journalism experience. He has also worked in government, writing speeches for Democrats and Republicans. Prior to that, he was editor of Empire State Report, a public policy magazine. A 1983 New Paltz crag in Political Science, he also has a master's in journalism from Columbia University and studied in Poland in the mid-1980s as a graduate fellow at the University of Warsaw He worked as a journalist interviewing activists such as Lech Walesa after the crack down of the Solidarity movement. He also been published in the European edition of the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Newsday, the New York Post and several magazines and newspapers in Poland.

Cynthia Taicner (1999)
Career -- She works for a Barter company called Active International. She works in the media dept. where she is a Local Spot TV Coordinator. Cynthia is also an Assistant TV Buyer, working in markets such as New York, Tampa, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and many more. She is currently taking a class within her company to be trained as a buyer.

Gordon Tepper (2002)
Career -- Gordon Tepper was recently named to the Long Island Business News 40 Under 40 class of 2013, a prestigious award that honors young business and community leaders. He is currently the Director of Communications for the City of Long Beach.

Robyn Thurston (2002)
Career -- Recently accepted a position at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)as an Associate Advancement Officer.

Michelle Tuber-Beers (1992)
Career -- She lives in the city of Camarillo, located between Santa Monica and Santa Barbara. Until recently she worked as a production manager for a publishing company which specializes in translation. Michelle currently works as a fitness trainer, and would love to have her own personal training business.

Heidi Vanderlee (2007)
Career -- She is now an Associate Project Manager in the Public Service Announcements Department at WestGlen Communications in Manhattan.

Marie Villani (2001)
Career -- She has been the education reporter for The Riverdale Press, a weekly newspaper in the Bronx, for four years, joining the staff after graduating SUNY New Paltz in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. In her time at the Press, Villani has won state and national prizes for reporting, and most recently was honored as the 2004 Writer of the Year by the New York Press Association, the highest individual award given by the organization. The National Newspaper Association, comprised of community newspapers across the country, awarded Villani best education story in 2003 and 2004 for her magazine-length articles about the various methods of teaching first-graders to read and arts in public and private schools.

Heather Weber (1997)
Career -- She has been working with Group W since June'97. She started as a Tech 1 (the positions she now hires for), and then moved to a Network/Traffic coordinator. From there she eventually moved to Supervisor, finally to Manager of the Program Services/Traffic Department.

Keri Weston-Shiu (1995)
Career -- She is currently a pharmaceutical sales representative for Bayer Pharmaceuticals.

Jennifer Whitney (1994)
Career -- She is a 1994 graduate who lives in Hillsdale, NJ, supplemented her bachelor's degree with a master's degree in Journalism from Iona College, where she graduated in 2002 with honors and an award for "Outstanding Graduating Student in Journalism." After spending the beginning of her career as a reporter for a newspaper, Whitney refined her skills and has spent the past nine years working as an editor specializing in AMA style/FDA regulatory adherence in medical publishing, medical education, and pharmaceutical advertising. She was recently promoted to Editorial Director at Bruce Leeb & Company, a healthcare advertising agency in Fair Lawn, N.J.

Andrew Wiesenberg (1990)
Career -- I just started my 9th year at Georgia Public Broadcasting as a Master Control Operator. In my very limited spare time I volunteer to find homes, for Labrador Retrievers. I am also a foster parent for homeless Labradors. I have 2 dog children Sammy and Sarah.

Erica (Pratico) Wilders (2000)
Career -- After graduating from New Paltz in May 2000 (with a brief stint as an editor for a trade magazine) she moved to New Rochelle and began working as a copy editor for a group of weekly newspapers published by The Journal News. I spent two years watching these papers grow-my career steadily alongside them-and then decided to move back to the New Paltz area and take a job at the Poughkeepsie Journal (my old stomping grounds as an intern) coordinating their special sections. (Oh, and in the meantime, I married my college sweetheart, Eddie.) After two years there, I came back to The Journal News (and oddly enough, moved back to New Rochelle) as an editor for their Custom Publishing division, where I am today. Part of a small staff, I am the editor of their bridal magazine, The Bridal Book, but also do a great deal of writing for their new community magazine, In Town. So to recap: In the past five years I got married, moved three times, have had four jobs and I couldn't be happier. -

Wendy Wilkins (1992)
Career -- She is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress, made her short film directorial debut with "Jack and Diane" a music lyrical look at a couple's breakup starring Chris Hardwick. "Jack and Diane" made its world premiere at the 16th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival in March of 2001 and went on to play at the Seattle International Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, 1-Reel Film Festival, St. John's Women's International Film and Video Festival, and many others. "Jack and Diane" can currently be seen on IFILM.com and will make its network debut on the Lifetime Movie Network. Wendy currently works independently developing and directing projects with a female focus. "Get Skinny," the story of three normal sized women who kidnap a model and make her eat, is Wendy's second short film. She is currently in production on the mockumentary short "Backseat Debutantes" and her one-woman show (with two other people) entitled "Jane Says" will make its debut in January 2002 in Los Angeles.

Heather Yakin (1997)
Career -- She has been working at the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, N.Y. since February 1997. She has covered crime and courts for all of that time, with forays into local government coverage. She has reported on and written about murders in Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties, consumer fraud, larcenies, child sexual abuse, evictions and condominium law being used to lower taxes on single-family homes. She says. "You may know that New York bars cameras from its courtrooms. But in Sullivan County, We've got a judge friendly to the First Amendment. As a result, we've quietly been in court (with still cameras) for several murder and homicide trials, including the case of Diane Odell, who was accused of smothering her three newborns, killing them immediately after their births. We were joined in the courtroom by Court TV, which filmed the trial for later broadcast."

Rick Yannotta (1996)
Career -- He is an Account Executive at WQXR-FM, a classical radio station owned by the New York Times, in NYC.

ellen (DiPrizito) zabriskie (1982)
Career -- Update: I am Co-Hosting The Waking Up With The Wolf Radio Show In Albany New York For www.pyx106.com Previously I did full time pm Drive at WDST Woodstock. Our radio show was in both Cleveland WMMS and Albany. I have taught Radio at SUNY NEW PALTZ and THE NEW SCHOOL! Thank You SUNY Miss New Paltz.

Arthur Zaczkiewicz (1996)
Career -- Currently, he is a senior editor of WWD (Women's Wear Daily), the daily newspaper covering the fashion and retail industries. He is also financial editor of Fairchild News Service, which serves Fairchild Publications with a variety of financial and business news including proprietary analysis reports. He manages a team of four reporters, and works with numerous correspondents from cities such as Paris, Milan, Berlin and Tokyo. Fairchild Publications publishes several consumer and business-to-business magazines, including WWD, W, Jane, Details, Modern Bride, DNR, Home Furnishings News, and InFurniture, among others. Internally, He has developed several training programs and workshops for Fairchild reporters, editors and managers. This past January, he was given the employee of the year award. Aside from generating and executing in-depth business reports for WWD and Fairchild, he is frequently called upon as an expert on fashion retailing. This includes serving as a regular panelist and guest speaker on investor seminars and conference calls for Bear, Stearns & Co. and Citigroup Smith Barney. Prior to joining Fairchild in 2000, he worked as a reporter, editor and freelance writer for several publications. His work has appeared in the Times Herald-Record, Newsday, Hotel Business, Homeworld Business, Electronic Buyer's News, Ulster Magazine, the Woodstock Times, and the New Paltz Herald.

Ariel Zangla (2001)
Career -- She graduated from the Journalism Program at SUNY New Paltz in May 2001. Upon graduation she went to work for the Daily Freeman in Kingston, N.Y. as a correspondent and in June 2002 joined the staff as the police beat reporter. In December 2004 she took the position of Greene County bureau reporter and now works for the Freeman in their Catskill office.

Corrinne (DeVestea) Zarelli (1998)
Career -- She lives in Carmel, NY. She is currently working at the Legislative Department of Putnam County, as a liaison between the public and the nine legislatures in her county. Corrinne deals with press releases/media clippings/press conferences and a lot of correspondence for and from the legislatures.


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