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Photo: Hector Garcia ’71, Ron Pascale ’71, Leon Martino ’71, Nancy Martino ’72 and Julius John ’71, ’78MBA at Iona’s 2021 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend.

1960s

Robert Ripp ’63 retired as chairman of the Board of Directors of LightPath.

Anthony R. Pasqua ’64 was recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a trusted financial planner for his professional achievements in the finance industry and dedication to helping his clients at Integrated Financial Partners (IFP).

Michael P. J. Kennedy, Ph.D., ’69 was celebrated in The Star Phoenix for weaving his love of hockey and literature into a lifetime of meaningful work, teaching and writing multiple books about the sport.

John J. Cafarella ’69 has published a 12-volume collection, “Gnus Almanac,” as well as a collection of essays and stories.

Jack A. Addesso, Esq., ’69 was recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a trusted attorney for his exceptional work in the field of law and in acknowledgment of his work at Jack A. Addesso PLLC.

1970s

LeRoy W. Mitchell ’71, ’72MBA was elected chair of the Board of Trustees at Westchester Community College; he has served on the Board for 20 years.

John Costello ’72 retired as rector of Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, FLA.

Jo Anne Simon, Esq., ’74 ran for Brooklyn borough president.

Stephen J. DiGangi ’74 was ordained as a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of New York.

Robert S. Mitchell ’75, president and owner of OneBooks – an online and virtual bookkeeping firm – created a new digital publication titled, “The Small Business Survival Guide.”

Teresa A. Applegate ’76 joined Ameritas as vice president.

John J. Dresko ’78 was elected CEO/president of the Orthodox Church Capital Improvement Fund (OCCIF).

Brian J. Smith ’79 was elected registrar of voters in Norwalk, Conn.


John Munro

ALUMNUS REUNITED WITH LOST COLLEGE RING 50 YEARS LATER

A few years after graduation, Iona College alumnus John Munro ’66 was on a ski trip in Rutland, VT, when he lost his cherished Iona class ring that was gifted to him by his parents.

One day this past summer, 50 years after losing his ring, John received a call from his beloved alma mater. His original ring had been found! A kind stranger had taken his grandchildren to a school playground in the Rutland area, when he noticed something glistening on the ground and discovered it to be an Iona College class ring. Luckily, John’s name and graduating year were engraved on the ring, so he was able to contact the College and ship it back to John, who currently resides in Hunterdon County, N.J.

Later, John was able to connect with the gentleman and the two plan to stay in contact.

“He’s an amazing person,” John said. “He didn’t want any reward or anything, he was just thrilled to get it back to me. Values, honesty and integrity really manifested in him.”


1980s

Gilbert J. West Sr. ’80 was sworn in as president for the Northern Dutchess chapter of the NAACP.

Gilbert West
Gilbert J. West Sr. ’80

Alfred F. Kelly Jr. ’80, ’81MBA, ’19H was named one of the nation’s top chief executive officers of 2021 by Glassdoor.com. Additionally, he discussed how COVID-19 disrupted the payment ecosystem as a guest on Washington Post Live.

James J. Parker ’81 recently celebrated his 40-year service anniversary with IBM.

Anthony J. Cirieco ’81MBA was re-elected to a four year Somers, N.Y., Town Board spot.

Anthony J. Cirieco ’81MBA

Stephen P. Norton ’82 left St. Benedict’s Church for a six-month sabbatical to study for a doctorate in ministry preaching.

Richard A. Muller ’82 joined Keene Family of Companies as director, business development.

Paul Beaudin, Ph.D., ’82 has been selected as the next vice president of academic affairs at Northern Essex Community College.

Warrell A. Hauck Jr., Ph.D., ’82MBA was elected to serve the Milford Board of Education, District 1.

Jane E. Chero ’84 was appointed senior vice president of Steinreich Communications Group, Inc.

Gary T. DeCesare ’85 became head coach of the boys basketball program at De La Salle Institute.

Charlotte Griggs ’85 shared her mother’s poems with a new generation in “GOD, MAMA and US.”

Kathy M. Collins ’85MBA was hired as program manager at Lapham, a community facility that serves local adults and especially seniors.

Teresa M. (Killeen) Kenny, Esq., ’87, Rockland’s first female town supervisor, was recognized by Rockland Report on International Women’s Day.

Teresa M. (Killeen) Kenny, Esq., ’87

Philip J. Egan ’87 was appointed director of revenue generation at Kauai Beach Resort.

Kevin P. Ford ’88 was sworn in as the new interim chief of the Danbury Fire Department.

Thomas P. Davis ’88 joined AKHAN Semiconductor as the new chief marketing officer.

Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Esq., ’88, chairman and managing director of Gibbons P.C., announced his intention to transition his role to executive chairperson, effective February 1, 2022.

Craig T. Beazer, Esq., ’89 was named executive vice president and general counsel by the Lincoln Financial Group.

Christopher J. O’Connor ’89, ’92MBA, ’94PMC was published in Supply Chain Quarterly, discussing COVID-19 and the health care supply chain.

Christopher J. O’Connor ’89, ’92MBA, ’94PMC

Margaret C. Timoney ’89, ’92MBA was interviewed by Know Your Value’s Mika Brzezinski about her unconventional upbringing, the challenges of steering her company through a global pandemic, how to get women into leadership positions and more.

Douglas J. DeRito ’89 became Alpharetta city councilman, Post 3.

Kevin Barrett ’89 announced his retirement from Palomar College.

1990s

Annmarie Emanuelo ‘90MSEd was hired as director of operations, joining New York State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick’s senior staff in serving the 38th District.

Leroy E. Dixon ’91 was promoted to principal at the Eastview Middle School.

Lisa M. DeSchamps ’92 joined Verona Pharma as the non-executive director.

Gerald O. McClease ’92 was featured in CT Insider, highlighting his family legacy at Wilbur Cross.

Monica O’Brien ‘92MSEd was named the 2021 Connecticut Mother of the Year by American Mothers, Inc (AMI).

Monica O’Brien ‘92MSEd

Raymond F. Kerins Jr. ’92, ’94MS was appointed CEO of The Next Security Group.

Kyle Flood ’93 was a part of the Alabama Crimson Tide coaching staff that won the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship.

Peter J. Gennuso, Esq., ’93 joined McCarter & English, LLP as a partner.

Maurizio Adornetto ’93 was featured in the Westchester & Fairfield County Business Journals series, celebrating the positive impact that foreign-born business professionals have on the regional economy.

Michael A. Baston, JD, Ed.D., ’94 has recently been elected to join the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges.

Michael A. Baston, JD, Ed.D., ’94

Daren Helmold ’94 was inducted into the Saint Joseph Athletics Hall of Fame.

Michelle M. Haus-Buonome ’94 was promoted to colonel in the New York Air National Guard during a ceremony at New York National Guard Headquarters in Latham.

Michelle M. Haus-Buonome ’94

Steve I. Chaplain ’95 became a new chief financial officer for the National Health Council.

Joseph J. Mercora ’95, ’99MSEd, ’01ME was appointed principal of Bronxville Elementary School.

Michael A. Gillin ’96 was featured in the Long Island Press story, “Who Are the Top Techies on Long Island?”

Charles McGair ’98 was recognized as “Outstanding First Principal for 2021” by the Rhode Island Association of School Principals.

Brian C. Ahern ’99 was featured in the Daily News reflecting on his journey to becoming a member of the Port Authority Police Department’s Pipes and Drums band following 9/11.

2000s

Kerri A. Horgan ’01, ’09MST was featured in The Journal News reflecting on the restaurant business.

Michael A. Perrota ’03MS released his first novel, “The Ragnarök Vaults: A Thomas Braddock Novel.”

Amelia Olivera Garcia ’03MA is Parkway Elementary School’s new principal.

Amelia Olivera Garcia ’03MA

Matt Rizzetta ’05 created an exclusive partnership between S.S. Campobasso, a soccer club that plays in Italy’s Serie D, and Italian Football TV.

Anthony C. Fava ’06 was named new coach ofYonkers Force football team.

Gabrielle Gambrell ’08, ’10MA participated on a panel for TheWrap, discussing cancel culture with a leading group of public relations professionals.

Nicholas Derasmo ’09MA has joined Marino PR as senior vice president.

2010s

Paul J. Noto, Esq., ‘11MA became a partner with the law firm Dorf & Nelson LLP.

Leonard E. Korir ’12 returned to the Faxon Law New Haven Road Race 20K lineup as preparation for marathon training.

Danielle B. (Iannitti) Hulbert ’12 is a special education teacher at Milton School in Rye, N.Y.

Sean P. O’Shea ’13, founder of Majestyk – a premiere digital product studio – was named in The Silicon Review’s “30 Best CEOs of the Year.”

Michael Carpentieri ’13MSEd. joined Eldred Central School District as its new elementary principal.

Kaitlyn H. Jansson ’14 has been named the new softball head coach at Drexel University.

David Laury ’15 competed in the Stay Hungry Sports Stop the Violence Basketball Tournament.

Ashley M. Luzon ’15MA joined the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) membership team.

Amy Wert ’15 is raising awareness and advocating for people with disabilities after a paralyzing accident.

Amy Wert ’15

Luke Timothy Riordan ’16 attended medical school at St. George’s University and entered a residency program for internal medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Kayla E. Coughlin ’17 was featured in the New York Post in remembrance of her father, NYPD Sgt. John G. Coughlin, who died on 9/11. She and her sister work with the NYPD.

Alissa Phillips ’19 was featured in The Examiner News, highlighting her volunteer work for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Alissa Phillips ’19

2020s

Brianna M. Tagliamonte ’20 volunteered as a Greenburgh COVIDAngel and helped over 100 people find vaccine appointments.

Row 1, left to right: Kayla Castillo ’21, Mia Solomon ’21, Saba Whitmore ’21 Row 2, left to right: Claudia Powell ’21, Dominic Brown ’21 and Olivia Cruz ’21

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