June 7, 2019
Join us for an event honoring our 40 Under Forty award recipients on June 7, 2019 at Novellas in New Paltz, NY
6-9 p.m.
This event will honor 40 alumni under the age of 40 who earned a SUNY New Paltz undergraduate, graduate, or certificate of advanced study degree.


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Thomas Akacki '07

Title: Legal Advisor, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Special Operation Command
Degree: BA Political Science


Claudette Aldebot '06 '08g

Title: Director of the Office of Access & Equity Programs, Bard College
Degree: BA Spanish, MPS Humanistic-Multicultural Education


Lena Alessi '12

Title: 2nd Grade Teacher for the Albany City School District
Degree: BS Early Childhood & Childhood Education B-6


Jonathan Amoia '03

Title: Partner/Director, Sandhill Investment Management &
Member of Forbes New York Business Council  
Degree: BS Marketing


Louis Arocho '10

Title: President and CEO of Elite Search Professionals &
President and CEO of Catskills Delivery
Degree: BS Finance


Emily Atkin '11

Title: Staff Writer for The New Republic
Degree: BA Journalism


Missy Graff Ballone '13

Title: Founder, Wellness for Makers  
Degree: MFA Metal


Caitlynn Barrett '17

Title: Freelance Off-Broadway Set Designer
Lead Scenic Artist at The Atlantic Theatre Company, Linda Gross Theatre
Volunteer with TDF's National Austism Friendly Performance Program
Degree: BA Theatre Arts


Stacey Bastien-Renelique '05 '07g

Title: Supervisor of Speech Improvement for New York City Department of Education
Degree: BA Communication Disorders, MS Communication Disorders


Gal Ben-Avinoam '17

Title: SDR Manager, Machine Learning & AI Specialist for Anodot, Inc.
Degree: BS Marketing


Danielle Bolan '15

Title: Staff Firmware Engineer for IBM Z, IBM Poughkeepsie
Degree: BS Computer Engineering


Peter Boutros '12

Title: Police Officer with the Village of Piermont Police Department & Liaison to the Police Athletic League (PAL)
Degree: BA Sociology


Erin Brady '05

Title: Producer for ABC News  
Degree: BA Communication Media


Shara Branon-Bender '05

Title: Homeless Prevention Coordinator, YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.
Degree: BA Creative Writing


Pasquale Catalano '03 '06g

Title: IBM Z I/O Test Architect, Engineering System Test & Integration, IBM  
Degree: BS Computer Engineering, MS Electrical Engineering


Diana Chin '08

Title: Director of Operations & Administration at Comarch  
Degree: BA English


Kaitlyn Collyer '15

Title: Visual Artist & Adjunct Professor at SUNY New Paltz
Degree: MFA Printmaking


Lee Conell '09 '11g

Title: Writer
US-Japan Creative Artist Fellow, co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the US-Japan Friendship Commission 
Lecturer in Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University
Degree: BA English, MA English


Kevin Connell '03

Title: Senior Manager of Media Asset Management at World Wrestling Entertainment
Degree: BA Communication Media


Carrie Davenport '05

Title: Peer Coach/Grade 2 Inclusion Teacher at Jamestown Public Schools &
Adjunct Professor at SUNY Fredonia  
Degree: BS Elementary Education Pre K-6: English


Angela Dekkan '13

Title: 3rd Grade Teacher at Woodmont Charter School in Tampa, Florida  
Degree: BA Contract Major in Italian Language and Literatures


Burak Dekkan '13

Title: Experienced Senior Financial/External Auditor at Ernst & Young
Degree: BA Economics


Pearce Delisle '05

Title: Americas Manager, Content Marketing Evangelists - LinkedIn
Degree: BA Journalism


Danielle Diaz '05

Title: Client Development Director for Update Legal
Degree: BA Theatre Arts


Dariah Duncan '17

Title: Budget Fellow for the New York State Division of Budget
Assistant Coach for the JV Girls Basketball Team at Albany High School  
Degree: BA Economics


Dillon Dzikowicz '16

Title: PhD Student & Nurse Research Assistant, University of Rochester, School of Nursing
Adjunct Psychology Professor at SUNY Orange County Community College  
Degree: BS Biology


Stephanie Echevarria '16

Title: Wig Supervisor for Clueless: Off Broadway with The New Group &
Freelance Wig Artisan 
Degree: BA Theatre Arts


Errol Eisner '06 '09g

Title: Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at TSG Reporting, Inc.
Degree: BS Marketing and Finance, MBA 


Jonathan Engel '06

Title: Trial Attorney at Finkelstein & Partners, LLP
Degree: BA History


Steven Engels '11

Title: Advisory Manager at Anthony M Buzzeo CPA, PLLC
Degree: BS Accounting


Kevin Fagan '15

Title: Director of Communications for New York City Councilman Jumaane D. Williams of Brooklyn
Degree: BA Contract Major, Digital Media Production and BA Digital Media Management


Lancelot Farquharson '03

Title: Customs and Border Protection Officer Program Manager, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Degree: BS Business Administration Management


Jessica Fiorillo '12

Title: Director of Compliance for Capalino+Company
Degree: BA History and Political Science


Aileen Force '12

Title: Co-Owner of Yo Bagels &
School Garden Coordinator for Honaunau Elementary School, Hawaii  
Degree: BA Anthropology


Theresa Formato '10

Title: Associate Director of Procurement for Columbia University Facilities and Operations  
Degree: BS Accounting


Dylan Gafarian '18

Title: Academic Counselors and Coordinator for Volunteer Outreach
Research Aligned Mentorship Program, Farmingdale State College, SUNY
Degree: Graduate Certificate, Multicultural Education


Chris Ganje '05

Title: CEO and Co-Founder of AMPLYFI  
Degree: BA History


Joseph Gentsch '11

Title: Business Intelligence Analyst for Amazon Web Services
Degree: BS Accounting


Chirstopher Gilbert '10

Title: Associate Engineer & Team Leader, Central Hudson Gas & Electric
Degree: BS Electrical Engineering


Marc Gilliland '08 

Title: Operations Manager, Flagler Broadcasting
Degree: BA Communication Media


Viktor Gjorgjieski '07

Title: President, National Association of Prestigious Academic Citizens (NAPAG) headquartered in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Degree: BA International Relations


Syelle Graves '03

Title: Visiting Faculty Lecturer of Linguistics at Brooklyn College
Project Coordinator at Brooklyn College Linguistics Lab
Program Coordinator of the Intersection of Linguistics, Language, and Culture NSF REU Site
Degree: BA French


Lindsey Guile '14

Title: Assistant Professor of Visual Art, Dutchess Community College
Director, The Mildred I. Washington Gallery  
Degree: MFA Painting-Drawing


Daniel Hagenlocher '06

Title: Deputy Director of Athletics at New York Institute of Technology
Degree: BS Marketing


Rebecca Halpern '08 '09g

Title: Speech Language Pathologist at Minisink Valley Central School District
Degree: BA Communication Disorders, MS Communication Disorders

Gary Harris '15

Title: Logistics Specialist, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Degree: BS Management


Goldie Harrison '16

Title: CEO and Founder of 24:OURS Creative
Founder, SSOYD Scholarship
Marketing and Promotions for ROC Nation
Degree: BA Digital Media Production and Digital Media Management


Jacqueline Hesse '04 '07g

Title: ELA Teacher, Newburgh Free Academy P-TECH
Co-Founder Global to Local
Degree: BA English, MAT Seconary Education - English


Jesse Hicks '15

Title: Senior Sales Operations Analyst at Mendix
Founder, Occupant Karma 
Owner/Founder, A Day Away Kayak Rentals  
Degree: BS Management


Khalil Jamal '15

Title: Internal Audit Manager, CPD Group
Degree: BS Finance


Vixon John '09

Title: Associate Producer, Video with Apartment Therapy Media  
Degree: BA Journalism


Jessica Joyce '03

Title: Senior Manager, Public Relations, Social Media, Influencer Marketing and Promotions for Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc.
Degree: BA Public Relations


Ryan Judge '13

Title: Assistant Principal at Highland High School
Degree: Master of Professional Studies Humanistic-Multicultural Education


Brenden Kassel '12 '13g

Title: Tax Manager in the Investment Management Tax Group at Deloitte Tax, LLP  
Degree: BS Accounting and Finance, MBA Public Accountancy


Joel Kelsey '05

Title: Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal 
Degree: BA Political Science


Badar Khan '07 '10g

Title: Head of Development, Siemens Saudi Arabia, MindSphere Application Center
Degree: BS Computer Engineering, MS Electrical Engineering


Tara Kleinhans '16

Title: Operations Coordinator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County 
Degree: BS Digital Media Management


Sarah Klena '03

Title: Math Professional Development Specialist, Curriculum Associates
Degree: BS Elementary Education Pre K-6, Political Science


James Koob '18

Title: Executive Assistant for Collier Construction LLC  
Degree: BA History


Adam Korol '15

Title: In-Charge Accountant at RBT CPAs, LLP  
Degree: MBA Public Accountancy


Kevin Lam '11 '15g

Title: Organizing Director with the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW)  
Degree: BA Asian Studies, MPS Humanistic-Multicultural Education


Jamiles Lartey '10

Title: Reporter, The Guardian US  
Degree: BA Black Studies


Jason Latorre '11

Title: Senior Video Editor & Director, Marvel Entertainment  
Degree: BA Communication Media


Jonathan Lawler '10

Title: Archivist and Digital Collections Manager, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Part-time Lecturer, Universtiy of Washington
Degree: BA History


Lauren Lawlor '07 '09g

Title: Director - Compensation, Benefits, & Employment with Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation
Degree: BS Management and Marketing, MBA


Kyra Lazzaro '05

Title: Assistant Counsel for Legal Oversight for the SUNY Charter Schools Institute 
Degree: BS Elementary Education


Fiona Lee '12 '14g

Title: Supervisor, Communications Planning at Carat (Dentsu Aegis) 
Degree: BS Marketing, MBA


John Lepore '05

Title: Principal/Chief Creative Director at Perception
Degree: BFA Graphic Design


Lara Levine '06

Title: Award Winning, Touring Musician, Band Leader of Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones  
Degree: BA Journalism


Judy Lin '18

Title: Litigation Case Assistant at Goodwin Procter LLP  
Degree: BA Political Science


Giancarlo Llaverias '16 

Title: Dutchess County Legislator, District 1
Co-Founder of Hudson Valley Young Black and Latino Professionals 
Degree: BS Communication Studies


Francesca Lormeus '09

Title: Speech Language Pathologist MS, SLP, TSSLD/BE, New York City Department of Education  
Degree: BA Communication Disorders


RaeAnne MacMillan '05

Title: PALS Coordinator at Women Aware, Inc. 
Degree: BA Visual Arts


Melissa Mansfield '02

Title: Public Affairs Vice President at SKDKnickerbocker
Degree: BA French


Ariel Marrero '13 '16g

Title: Doctoral Student Clinician at Counseling and Psycholigical Sevices, James Madison University 
Degree: BA Psychology, MS Mental Health Counseling


Jose Martinez '07

Title: Dean of Culture, New Heights Academy Charter School
Degree: BA Sociology


Luisa Martinez '14

Title: Software Engineer for the Z/OS UNIX Team, IBM
Degree: BS Computer Science


Anthony Martins '15

Title: Senior Account Executive at Indeed  
Degree: BS Marketing


Michael McCormack '08

Title: Payroll Manager, Columbia University  
Degree: BS Accounting


Ian Michna '10

Title: Founder, Jenkem Magazine 
Degree: BA Psychology


Bradley Miro '15

Title: Developer Programs Engineer, Google
Degree: BS Mathematics


Katelyn Monahan '17

Title: GIS Technician at RAMTeCH Software Solutions in contract with Central Hudson   
Degree: BA Geography


Andy Monk '17

Title: Professional Artist, Activist and Educator
Degree: MFA Sculpture


Katherine Mooney '16

Title: Program Assistant, Neighbors Link  
Degree: BA Spanish


Eddie Monroy '12 '13g

Title: Director of Consulting, Strategy Leaders, Inc.   
Degree: BS Management, MBA


Emma Morcone '11 '14g

Title: LGBTQ Coordinator/Deputy Title IX Coordinator at SUNY New Paltz
Degree: BS Music, MPS Humanistic-Multicultural Education


Colin Morrell '12

Title: Teacher of Physical Science (Physics) at The Bronx High School of Science
Degree: BS Physics


Liisa Murray '07

Title: Music Therapist at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale by Riverspring Health
Degree: BS Music Therapy


James Nani '10

Title: Tax Correspondent with Law360
Degree: BA Journalism


Aubrey Nolan '12

Title: Marketing & Publicity for The Bright Agency
Freelance Illustrator and Cartoonist  
Degree: BFA Painting

James O'Brien '02

Title: Chair, Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science at Springfield College
Associate Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Springfield College
Vice President, International Association for Relativistic Dynamics (IARD)
Degree: BA Physics, Mathematics


Caitlin O'Connor '16

Title: High School English Teacher in the East Meadow and Brentwood School Districts on Long Island, NY  
Degree: BA Adolescence Education: English


Kayla O'Donnell '12

Title: Senior Attorney/Assistant General Counsel at the New York State Liquor Authority
Degree: BA Political Science


Theresa Orr '17

Title: Intensive Care Coordinator at Children's Friend and Family Services/JRI in Massachusetts  
Degree: BA Sociology & BS Music


John Pacos '14

Title: Tax Manager for Anthony Buzzeo CPA PLLC 
Degree: MBA Public Accountancy


Holly Palmieri '08

Title: Program Director and Anchor, TODAY Show Radio, SiriusXM Radio 
Degree: BA Communication Studies


Yesenia Pazmino '16

Title: First Grade ICT Lead Teacher for Success Academy Charter School
Degree: BS Early Childhood and Childhood Education B-6


Kimberly Perillo '12

Title: Model Teacher/Lead 8th Grade ELA Teacher at Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School 
Degree: BS Adolescence Education: English


Ryan Pfluger '05

Title: Freelance Photographer  
Degree: BFA Photography


Frank Pignatelli '08

Title: Police Sergeant, Irvington Police Department  
Degree: BA Sociology


Juan-Carlos Pineiro '07

Title: Assistant Director of Student Involvement at SUNY Westchester County Community College
Adjunct Psychology Professor at SUNY Orange County Community College
Senior Core Teacher for nOMad  
Consultant for Newburgh Free Academy  
Degree: BA Psychology


Nicoy Pusey '08

Title: Director of Residence Life and Housing, Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Degree: BA Communication Studies and Black Studies


Michelle Quartin '06

Title: CEO and Founder of Opus Architectural Arts, LLC
Degree: BFA Sculpture


Eli Reid '14

Title: Technical Director and Technical Theatre Professor, Queens College  
Degree: BA Theatre Arts


Michael Reisner '05 '07g

Title: Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Reisner Counseling Services
Degree: BA Psychology, MS Mental Health Counseling


Jessica Restivo '15

Title: SUNY Downstate Medical Center Fieldwork Level II Occupational Therapy Student 
Degree: BA Psychology


Paul Romanelli '03

Title: Principal, Long Beach Middle School
Degree: MAT Elementary Pre K-6/Special Education Inclusion


Kaitlin Ruggiero '08

Title: Mathematics Teacher at Sunset Park High School, Brooklyn, NYC DOE 
Degree: BA Adolescence Education: Math


Mohamed Salama '14

Title: Principal Field Application Engineer with ASML  
Degree: MS Electrical Engineering


Destiny Saldivar '13

Title: Assistant Director of Talent Search at the Double Discovery Center, Columbia University 
Founding Editor and CEO at
Degree: BA Psychology


Andrea Sheridan '17

Title: Associate Professor of English, SUNY Orange County Community College 
Degree: MA English


Bette Sloane '06

Title: Secondary Mathematics Teacher at Mineola Union Free School District  
Degree: BFA Photography


Carly Sloane '13

Title: Senior Digital Designer at e.l.f. Cosmetics  
Degree: BFA Graphic Design


Michael Smith '17

Title: Digital Technology Leadership Program (DTLP) at GE Power  
Degree: BS Computer Science


Alexandra Sofen '14

Title: Program Manager, Engineering at Uber  
Degree: BA Communication Media


Gordon Tepper '02 

Title: Director of Public Relations for Long Island University 
Degree: BS Communication Media


Tyler Terlecky '09 '11g

Title: Senior Account Executive, Salsify  
Degree: BA Communication Studies, MBA


Daniel Timari '07

Title: Assistant Vice President, Private Client Banker at JP Morgan Chase
Degree: BS Finance


Abe Uchitelle '10

Title: President, Dragon360
Degree: BA Political Science


Eileen Uchitelle '09

Title: Senior Systems Engineer, GitHub 
Degree: BFA Photography


Michael Vaughan-Cherubin '04

Title: Director of National & Regional Partnerships, U.S. Soccer Foundation  
Degree: BA International Relations


Maria Vigna '13

Title: Co-owner, Designer, & Site Manager for Earth Designs Cooperative  
Degree: BA Anthropology


Christine Vuolo '13 

Title: School Counselor at The Quad Preparatory School
Executive Function Coach at The Child Mind Institute 
Degree: BS Psychology, BA Theatre Arts


David Walton '06

Title: Owner and Goldsmith at Hudson Valley Goldsmith, LTD
Degree: BFA Metal


Sara Walton '10

Title: Owner, Hudson Valley Goldsmith
Degree: BS Visual Arts Education


Miriam Ward '15

Title: Associate Producer, MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show
Degree: BA Digital Media Production and History


Kaitlyn Way '15 

Title: Manager of Visitor and Volunteer Experience at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut
Degree: BA History


Sarah Weikel '10 '12g

Title: Director of Donor Relations at The Arc of Dutchess  
Degree: BA English, MA English


Jenny Weinbloom '14

Title: Executive Producer, Meow Wolf
Degree: BA Contract Major in Performance Studies


Daniel Wild '06

Title: Senior Coordinator, MiLB Digital Initiatives at Major League Baseball
Degree: BA Journalism


Fatena Williams '06

Title: Director of Front Office Operations, The Knickerbocker Hotel
Adjunct Professor at New York Institute of Technology
Board Member of New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association
Head of Committee of Women in Lodging for American Hotel and Lodging Association  
Degree: BA Economics


Elenor Wilson '09

Title: Editor, The Studio Potter
Degree: MFA Ceramics


Alexandria Wojcik '07

Title: Field Organizer with Antonio Delgado for Congress
Degree: BA English


Noreen Yarwood '02

Title: Founder, Shake It Out, Inc.
Theater Educator/English Teacher
Degree: BA Theatre Arts


Sofia Yuen '04

Title: Program Administrator and Fellowship Coordinator at the NYU Langone Medical Center  
Degree: BS Biology




Nominations are now closed. Honorees will be announced in March of 2019.



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