Updates for Alumni

Grads on the Go

Jun 12 2013

1970s

Louis Fortunato (B.S. ’70) has celebrated 25 years as professor of accounting at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. He also holds an M.B.A. from Pace University and a C.P.A. license. In addition to teaching, he manages an accounting practice where his students earn academic credit and gain experience. He fondly remembers his Zeta Epsilon Pi brothers from NYIT.

George Kuchek (B.S. ’75) has transferred from Long Island to the New York City office of the Spector Group, a leading architecture, interior design, and planning firm.  

Properties on Long Island’s Gold Coast are the specialty of Edward D’Ambrosio (B.S. ’79), executive sales director at Douglas Elliman Real Estate. He has more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, and advertising.

1980s

Jeffrey Goldberg (D.O. ’81) is chair of behavioral health at Coney Island (N.Y.) Hospital and a board member of the Physician Affiliate Group of New York, a partnership among doctors within the New York City public hospital system. 

CEO Glenn Goulet (B.F.A. ’81) leads Table Trac, a developer and provider of casino management and table game management systems for the global gaming industry. The company is based in Minnetonka, Minn.

Read Daniel McVey’s (B.S. ’81) self-published memoir, Breath of Life: The Life of a Volunteer Firefighter.

Itzhak Fisher (B.S. ’82) is executive vice president of global business development for Nielsen, an international information and measurement company, and serves as chairman and partner of Pereg Ventures, an entrepreneur-led venture capital firm in New York City.

Elizabeth Pierce (M.B.A. ’81) is a 23-year resident of Oakland, N.J., where she is one of four trustees on the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School Board of Education.

Charles Schafer (B.S. ’82) is president and chief financial officer for Revolution Lighting Technologies in Charlotte, N.C.

Roseann Stichnoth (M.B.A. ’82) is head of the Financial Services Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Lucette Nadle (D.O. ’83) is a board-certified physician in neuromusculoskeletal medicine in Westborough, Mass.

Barry Zimmerman (D.O. ’83), medical director of the stroke center at Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, N.J., was honored at his employer’s gala for his outstanding humanitarian efforts and leadership at the hospital and in the surrounding community.

Kyriacos Athanasiou (B.S. ’84) accepted the 2012 Nemitsas Prize from the president of the Republic of Cyprus at the presidential palace in Nicosia, the country’s capital. He is also the Child Family Endowed Chair in Engineering at the University of California-Davis and the co-inventor of the EZ-IO kit, a piece of emergency medical equipment used as an alternative intravenous system for people in need of fluids and drug treatment.

Patricia D. Galloway (M.B.A. ’84), Ph.D., P.E., chief executive officer of Pegasus-Global Holdings Inc., has joined the governing board of the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Wash. The center’s goal is to inspire a lifelong interest in science, math, and technology through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs.

Christine Keihm (B.S. ’84) is vice president at Sundial Brands, an Amityville, N.Y.-based natural skin care company. She has more than 15 years of experience in brand management, sales, product and packaging development, and operations and strategic business planning.

Andrew Borg (M.A. ’85) is senior research analyst for wireless and mobility at Aberdeen Group in Boston.

Cyber security is on the radar of Walter Curti (B.S. ’85), vice president for data protection engineering at Syncsort, a technology company in Woodcliff Lake, N.J.

Mark Dresner (M.S. ’85) is CEO and director at Resource Exchange of America Corp., a company based in Sarasota, Fla.

Kevin Falvey (B.F.A. ’85) is editor in chief of Boating magazine. He is a boat builder and the author of Falvey’s Guide to Fishing Long Island.

“After more than 30 years as an airline pilot, I embarked upon my second calling—writing,” says George Jehn (B.S. ’85), who has published his mystery novel, Flying Too Close to the Sun.

Bill McCleary (B.S. ’85) is an executive director at UBS Investment Bank and the inventor of the rolladryer, an eco-friendly device to dry and store paint rollers and brushes.

Personal trainer Larry Wasserman (M.A. ’85) helps clients get in shape as the owner and fitness director of Body Basics Fitness in Warren, N.J. He is also a corrective exercise specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Donna Carucci-Krumm (B.F.A. ’86) serves as marketing director of Kassoy, a worldwide jewelry supplier headquartered in Plainview, N.Y.

Daniel R. Ferrara (D.O. ’86) is president and chief executive officer of Island Medical Physicians in Hauppauge, N.Y.

Kevin Hyms (M.B.A. ’86) is a self-employed safety and environmental engineer at KLH Associates in Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

Audrey Paulssen-Sorrano (D.O. ’86) was a featured doctor in the article, “Five-Star Primary Medical Care: Wantagh Resident Extols Expert Care at South Nassau Primary Medical Care,” published in Healthy Outlook by South Nassau Communities Hospital in Long Island, N.Y. She has 25 years of experience in internal medicine and joined the staff of South Nassau Primary Medical Care in 2008.

Gerard Richter (B.S. ’86) is an electrical engineer in New York. He also speaks German, Japanese, and Chinese.

Christopher Stress (B.S. ’86) is deputy director of the Berks County (Pa.) Parks and Recreation Department.

Proud grandfather Michael Walvick (D.O. ’86) has retired. His son earned a D.O. and has started an internal medicine practice.

Robert Weinberg (D.O. ’86) is investigating mechanisms of beta-amyloid peptide in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches second-year medical students the ins and outs of differential diagnosis.

Andrea Klemes (D.O. ’87) is medical director of MDVIP, a personalized, member-based health care program that empowers people to reach their health and wellness goals through in-depth knowledge, expertise, and one-on-one coaching with doctors.

John Massaro (B.S. ’87), C.P.A., is an audit manager at Armao, Costa, and Ricciardi CPAs in Garden City, N.Y., and president of the Chaminade Long Island Businessmen’s Association.

Nicholas Turansky (B.S. ’87) is vice president and branch manager at Community National Bank in Garden City, N.Y.

Gastroenterologist John Ahn (D.O. ’88) has more than two decades of experience in the field. He runs the private practice, Digestive Disease Associates, in Safety Harbor, Fla.

Rev. Dwayne Jackson (B.S. ’88) is the minister at The First Reformed Church of Astoria (N.Y.), which celebrates its 178th anniversary this year.

John Keville (B.S. ’88), J.D., is a partner based in the Houston legal office of Winston and Strawn, where he practices intellectual property litigation for patents, trade secrets, copyrights, and trademarks.

The Philadelphia Business Journal awarded Ed Vallejo (B.S. ’88) its 2012 Minority Business Leader Award. He is vice president of investor relations for American Water, the largest U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company.

Lizardos Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in New York is the company of choice for Christopher Abruzzo (B.S. ’89), senior plumbing and fire protection designer, and Dirk Anderson (B.S. ’04), senior electrical engineer.

Helaine Bocker (B.F.A. ’89) is director of the creative services division at Lloyd Staffing in New York City.

Sylvia Nagginda Luswata (M.A. ’89), queen of Buganda Kingdom in Uganda, spoke on education at TEDxEuston 2012. The London conference convened African leaders and thinkers to “challenge conventional wisdom” for engaging people on their home continent. 

Hilda Rothstein De Gaetano (B.S. ’89, D.O. ’92) teaches pediatrics and serves as assistant dean of pre-clinical education at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

1990s

Kurt Kalafsky (B.Arch. ’90) is the 2013 president-elect of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) New Jersey chapter. The AIA has also appointed him to its national resolutions committee.

Bold, abstract paintings by Carrie Moyer (M.A. ’90) headlined a 2013 exhibition at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The show featured paintings and prints created in the past six years.

Lt. Col. Andrew Caliendo (B.S. ’91) is commander of the 501st Ordnance Battalion, a National Guard explosives ordnance disposal unit based near Schenectady, N.Y.

Roger Fremgen (B.T. ’91) is senior director of engineering in the Plainview, N.Y., office of Veeco Instruments, a technology company specializing in process equipment solutions that enable the manufacture of LEDs, power electronics, hard drives, MEMS, and wireless chips.

Thomas Jan (B.S. ’91, D.O. ’94) received a medical professional award from the Caron Foundation, a leading nonprofit provider of drug and alcohol addiction treatment.

Andrew Labetti (B.P.S. ’91) was appointed general manager of the Omni Berkshire Place, a luxury hotel in New York City.

Juliette McKenna (M.S. ’91) is director of development and community relations for the nonprofit organization, Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities Inc., in Bethpage, N.Y.

Angelo Arzano (B.S. ’92) is technical principal for HOK, a global architecture firm in St. Louis. He previously served as senior project architect for One World Trade Center, the first commercial high-rise building to be constructed on the former World Trade Center site in New York City.

Nenad Grlic (B.S. ’92, D.O. ’97) has been appointed director of the department of emergency medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Long Island Business News has named Christine Hodyl (D.O. ’92) a physician hero for her work as a breast cancer surgeon at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y.

As a lifelong resident of the Town of Islip, N.Y., there is no better person to serve as its councilwoman than Trish Bergin Weichbrodt (B.F.A. ’93), who transitioned to public service after a career as an award-winning journalist for News 12 Long Island, CBS, Inside Edition, and Fox News' Strategy Room.

Ann Lombardo (B.F.A. ’93) is director and executive board president at the Water Mill (N.Y.) Museum.

For 23 years, New York state assemblyman Joseph Saladino (B.S. ’93, M.A. ’95) has championed small businesses and jobs creation, voiced concerns about property taxes on Long Island, and advocated for protection of the environment.

Leslie W. Smith (D.O. ’93) has joined Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa as the medical director for its Advanced Wound Center.

The Town of Islip (N.Y.) Economic Development Commission presented ElectroMotive Designs, co-founded by Joseph M. Ambrosio (B.S. ’94), with its 2012 Small Business Award. The Ronkonkoma, N.Y.-based firm provides engineering services and manufactures hybrid electric conversion systems for cars.

The Dutch government asked Raj Goel (B.S. ’94) to speak about cyber security at The Hague, an invitation he says “would not have happened without NYIT.” His presentation at the 2013 National Cyber Security Centre Conference in the Netherlands came after meeting the cyber security director for the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice at NYIT’s Cyber Security Conference last year.

Carl Goodman (D.O. ’94) is a financial partner at Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP) at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in Patchogue, N.Y., and an attending physician in emergency medicine at Brookhaven Hospital. He also serves as EMS director for EMP of Suffolk (N.Y.) and as medical director for other EMS agencies. He is married to Melissa Goodman, a musician, and they have two children, Joshua and Matthew.

Jeff Pavell (D.O. ’94) is chief of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey.

Robert Tudisco (A.A.S. ’94, B.T. ’95) is a senior data center engineer at mindSHIFT Technologies, a company in Commack, N.Y.

Kristen Kastrinos (B.F.A. ’97), a former NYIT student-athlete on the women’s soccer team, completed her first Ironman triathlon in 15 hours, 15 minutes, and six seconds in November 2012 in Tempe, Ariz. “It was a very humbling experience,” she says.

MS Family Medicine, a New York-based medical practice run by Michele C. Reed (D.O. ’97), received national attention when it was featured on the Rachael Ray Show in January.

Philanthropist Elisabeth Thieriot (M.A. ’97) reveals the secrets of achieving longevity, health, and well being through seasonal living in her book, Be Fabulous At Any Age.

Salvador Guerrero (D.O. ’98) serves on the medical staff of Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa.

Hillary Beberman (D.O. ’99) is a physician based in Oyster Bay, N.Y., and is affiliated with Glen Cove Hospital, part of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.

Michael Macrina (B.Arch. ’99) has moved from his home office to Main Street in Stony Brook, N.Y. He reconfigured a 650-square-foot office space designed for his growing architectural practice.

2000s

Shelley Carolan (D.O. ’00) is a pediatrician on the medical staff at Nyack (N.Y.) Hospital.

Shanyun He (M.S. ’00) is the controller at Port Royal Sales, an importer and distributor of canned food products in Woodbury, N.Y.

Timothy Collins (D.O. ’01) serves on the medical staff of Health Quest Medical Practice’s division of pulmonary medicine in Hyde Park, N.Y.

Sergey Koyfman (D.O. ’01) is medical director of the head and neck cancers program at Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center in Middletown, N.Y.

Robert Nelson (B.S. ’01) serves as product marketing manager at ESP/SurgeX, an energy intelligence firm in Knightdale, N.C.

Addressing a future shortage of generalist physicians is the goal of Laurie Kilbury-Taylor (D.O. ’02). As program director for United Memorial Medical Center’s residency program, she is guiding the center’s transition into a teaching hospital in partnership with Lake Erie (N.Y.) College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Jamaal McLeod (D.O. ’02) is medical director in the Orlando, Fla., office of PhysioAge Medical Group, a leading provider of bio-identical hormone therapy.

Economist and international relations scholar Taha Ozhan (B.S. ’02) was a speaker at the 2012 Istanbul World Forum in Turkey.

Gail Schuman (D.O. ’02) has moved from New York to New Hampshire, where she practices at the Hospital for Children, Elliot Pediatric Neurology, in Manchester.

Dwight-Kenyatta Bartley (M.A. ’03) is director of talent acquisition for Gust, a company based in New York City that connects entrepreneurial startups with investors.

Igor Beneditskiy (D.O. ’03) is a physician who specializes in pain treatment and medicine in New York City.

The International Association of Health Care Professionals has chosen Marios Gagos (D.O. ’03) as its cardiology expert in the group’s publication, The Leading Physicians of the World. He is an award-winning cardiac physician and faculty member at New York Hospital Queens, where he uses non-invasive imaging techniques to diagnose heart problems. 

Kristen E. Cardamone (D.O. ’04) has opened a private practice, Sports and Spine Integrative Center, in Red Bank, N.J.

Sara Fusco (M.A. ’04) is director of community relations for Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C., a firm specializing in workers’ compensation and social security disability law in Woodbury, N.Y.

Michael Hill (D.O. ’04) leads the endovascular neurosurgery team at Essential Health 32nd Avenue Clinic in Fargo, N.D.

Tejpreet Nakai (B.S. ’04, D.O. ’07) applies her expertise in internal medicine as a physician at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Medford, Mass.

Integrated communications are the specialty of Alana Sorrentino (M.A. ’04), an account supervisor in the New York City office of the Kellen Company, an employee-owned professional services company.

Hospitality industry pro Tonia Brownell (B.P.S. ’05) is innkeeper at the Glen Sanders Mansion, built in 1658 in Scotia, N.Y.

Elizabeth Dougherty (B.P.S. ’05) is the voice of Food Nation Radio Network. As a cook and food writer, she is the fourth generation of chefs and gourmet grocers in her family.

Rich Meyer (M.B.A. ’05) is a direct-to-consumer marketing executive with more than a decade of experience in the field, including work at pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly. 

Mikah Sellers (M.B.A. ’05, M.A. ’07) is a vice president at Levick, a communications agency in Washington, D.C.

Aiysha Balbosa (D.O. ’06) is a doctor at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. As a pediatric otolaryngologist, she specializes in diseases of the ear, nose, and throat.

Dalkeith Facey (D.O. ’06) is a general surgeon at Wythe County (Va.) Community Hospital.

Shaikh Hafeza (D.O. ’06) is a cardio-logist at South Jersey Heart Group. She lives in Mount Laurel, N.J., with her husband and children.

Richard J. Margaitis (D.O. ’06) has joined Premier Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Gwendoline Menga (D.O. ’06) is a physician at Northwest Diagnostic Clinic-Cypress Station in Houston, Texas.

Regina Nisita (M.A. ’06) is human resources and operations manager at Affect Inc., a public relations and social media firm in New York City. She helps coordinate the New York Job Project, a contest to find one qualified employee to fill a full-time position at the firm.

George Poulos (D.O. ’06) practices at the Astoria and Wall Street, N.Y., medical offices of ENT and Allergy Associates, which specializes in ear, nose, throat, allergy, and audiology medical services.

Jana Vondran (M.B.A. ’06) is head of supply chain management services at Siemens Global Shared Services in Orlando, Fla.

Billy Wing (M.B.A. ’06) is a sales engineer based in Houston, Texas, for Haws Corporation, a company that makes water delivery and emergency equipment products.

Derek Appel (B.S. ’07) is a solutions architect at Hewlett-Packard Networking in New York.

Olympic speed skater Allison Baver (M.B.A. ’07) starred on The Millionaire Matchmaker, a Bravo TV show.

Physical medicine and rehabilitation are the specialties of Sean Butler (D.O. ’07), a doctor on staff at Doylestown (Pa.) Hospital.

Adam J. Dann (D.O. ’07) completed an orthopedic surgical residency at Des Peres Hospital in Saint Louis, Mo., and now serves as a hand surgery fellow at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. His wife, who is also a D.O., is completing an anesthesia pain management fellowship at the University of Iowa. They have two daughters, Madeline and Elsa.

Erika Horning (M.A. ’07) is an environmentally conscious painter and graphic designer.

As chef de cuisine at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Robert Neumann (A.O.S. ’07) says his proudest career achievement is “growing in my position through mentoring and learning new things each day.” His culinary training includes working at French restaurants in New York City, such as Michelin-starred Daniel and Bar Boulud.

Mallory Pichardo (B.F.A. ’07) is project coordinator of diversity and inclusion for the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.

Allison Rathmann (D.O. ’07) will begin a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in July 2013.

Charles Stermer (M.B.A. ’07) is president and CEO of ECO-IT Networking, a provider of IT and computer services.

Stephanie Webb (D.O. ’07) has joined NYC Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression Center in Manhattan, where she specializes in treating neck and back pain.

Rawa Araim (D.O. ’08) is a brain injury fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas.

John Asheld (D.O. ’08) is a chief resident at the department of internal medicine at Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Medical Center, where he will stay on staff for a cardiology fellowship. His brother, Wilbur Asheld (D.O. ’10), is an internal medicine resident at Winthrop University Medical Center in Long Island, N.Y., and will stay on for a cardiology fellowship.

Grigoriy Grenader (D.O. ’08) has joined Columbia Health in New York City after completing a residency in family practice medicine at Plainview Hospital in the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.

Justin Karush (D.O. ’08) is a general surgery resident and research fellow in the department of thoracic surgery at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He will spend his last two years of general surgery at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and eventually pursue a cardiothoracic clinical fellowship.

“My career really hit new heights after earning an M.B.A. at NYIT,” says Joseph Kascmar (M.B.A. ’08). He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and director of technical services for 21st Century Oncology in Fort Myers, Fla. “In my current role, I am responsible for the clinical operations management of more than 90 radiation oncology centers throughout 16 states nationwide.”

Frank Landino (D.O. ’08) is in the final year of his radiology residency at Hartford (Conn.) Hospital, where he was appointed chief resident for the 2012-2013 year.

Jennifer Maertz (M.B.A. ’08) is a litigation attorney and resident of Rocky Point, N.Y.

A medical career is a family tradition for Andrea Mow (D.O. ’08), director of St. Peter’s Behavioral Health Unit in Helena, Mont., and the daughter of a retired urologist. She oversees a geriatric psychiatric program for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and late-life depression.

Kathryn E. Pascucci (D.O. ’08) practices obstetrics and gynecology at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn.

Molly Shipman (D.O. ’08) has joined the Center for Women’s Health in Connecticut, where she is an OB/GYN physician.

Brian Thomas (D.O. ’08) is a member of the anesthesiology department at Highland Hospital in Rochester, N.Y.

Marathon runner Tracey Viola (D.O. ’08) is applying her fitness knowledge as a family physician at Lake Placid (N.Y.) Health Center. She regularly volunteers as a medical staffer at high school, college, and amateur athletic events as well as marathons.

Antoinette DelBel (M.A. ’09) is a reporter for the Buffalo, N.Y.-based YNN news network on Time Warner Cable.

Chris Dittus (D.O. ’09) has completed an internal medicine residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, where he also served as chief resident. His next step is a three-year hematology and oncology fellowship at Boston University Medical Center.

Julia Garcia (B.F.A. ’09) is the creator and co-founder of truality.org, a website featuring motivational speakers with the goal of raising self, social, and cultural awareness in students at U.S. schools and college campuses.

Sylvia Jo Glaz (B.P.S. ’09, Cert. ’10) is a human resources associate at Precipart, an engineering firm in Farmingdale, N.Y.

Bradford Landry (D.O./M.S. ’09) is an intern and resident representative to the American Osteopathic Association’s board of trustees. He serves as chair of its Council of Interns and Residents.

Creativity abounds in Meagan Meehan (B.A. ’09), a writer, poet, cartoonist, and modern artist.

An editorial campaign for an upscale fashion brand is one of the latest freelance projects by photographer Diego Rios (M.A. ’09). “I shot an old-fashioned tea party on a frozen lake in upstate New York. There were 10 of us working in low temperatures. It was freezing and fun, and the contrast of a high-culture tea party on ice worked really well.” His full-time job is art director in the NYIT Office of Communications and Marketing.

Physician Benjamin Sommer (D.O. ’09) is a member of Camden (N.Y.) Family Care.

2010s

Cutting-edge technology is the forté of Adam Bitterman (D.O. ’10), who has co-developed the SREMS Protocol iPhone app that relays critical information to emergency medical personnel caring for patients in the field. He is an orthopedic surgical resident at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and a co-founder of JAMB Innovations, a company that creates mobile apps for medical uses.

Pro lacrosse athlete Josh Kacprzak (B.S. ’10) plays for the Rochester (N.Y.) Knighthawks. At NYIT, he was a leading defenseman for the Bears and earned All East Coast Conference Honorable Mention recognition.

Awais Mahmood (B.Arch. ’10) is a project designer for the hospitality group at Baskervill, an international architectural, engineering, and interior design firm with offices in Richmond and Tysons Corner, Va.

George Martignetti (B.S. ’10) is an architect at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners in New York City. He recalls one NYIT experience: “I attended a career fair in 2009 and from that day my life has been changed. I was given an opportunity by a major contracting company and subsequently networked myself to a rewarding architectural career. I am proud of my education and the doors it has opened.”

Safwa Zafar (B.S. ’10) was one of 20 aspiring doctors selected to receive a medical school scholarship from the CityDoctors program, a partnership between St. George’s University in Grenada and affiliated New York hospitals. The program aims to address a looming national shortage of primary care physicians and expand opportunities for doctors in New York City.

James Capobianco (B.P.S. ’11) manages front desk operations at the historic Garden City (N.Y.) Hotel. He shared his career experiences with NYIT hospitality students who participated in an educational tour of the luxury property in February.

Regina Maldonado (M.S. ’11) is a certified physician assistant at RX MedSpa in Sarasota, Fla.

Comics, anime, video games, and science fiction are a few of the interests of Jamila Rowser (M.A. ’11), who blogs about them at GirlGoneGeekBlog.com. The social media and communications whiz is also the community manager at VaynerMedia, a brand consulting agency in New York City.

As a board member of the Secaucus Housing Authority, Rachel Andre-Tomlinson (M.A. ’12) is the first African-American woman to serve on any municipal board in the New Jersey town’s history.

Rahmat Balogun (D.O. ’12) is an internal medicine resident in the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.

Ian Borneman (B.F.A. ’12) is one of five entrepreneurs under age 23 to launch PassengerProject.org, a New York-based organization whose motto is “Look Good, Do Good.” The group designs and screen-prints apparel that is sold to benefit charities from the American Heart Association to the American Red Cross. One of its latest causes is raising money for Hurricane Sandy victims. 

Renny Pacheco (M.S. ’12) is a member of the client relations team at Seamless.com, an online food delivery company that services more than two million people in 40 cities around the world. While at NYIT, he participated in the Alternative Spring Break project in Peru, an experience that inspired him to pursue an internship at the Clinton Global Initiative, where he supported humanitarian causes and met former president
Bill Clinton.

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York honored Kyle Reitan (B.F.A. ’12) as the 2012 EMS Provider of the Year for saving the life of an injured motorcyclist. He is a lieutenant for the Miller Place (N.Y.) Fire Department EMS Corps and a full-time production assistant at WCBS News Radio 880.

Nikki Jo Rotolo (B.S. ’12) is pursuing a master’s degree in early childhood education and history.

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