NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Celebrates Hooding of 284 Graduates
NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Celebrates Hooding of 284 Graduates
NYIT Salutes the Class of 2013 at its 52nd Commencement
NYIT’s Physician Assistant Graduates Celebrate at White Coat Ceremony
Energy Conference 2013: Preparing for Climate Change
Annual Reception Celebrates Faculty Scholarship
| 1960s |
Joseph P. Maccaro (B.S. ’62) is a retired electronics engineer who worked for the U.S. Department of Defense as chief of the quality assurance engineering branch for Long Island. He recalls providing engineering support to NASA for the development and procurement of the 16mm motion picture camera used on the Apollo and Skylab space missions and having the privilege of working with hundreds of dedicated U.S. military men and women. Joe has been married for 46 years, has two sons (an attorney and a physician), and two granddaughters.
Larry Brett (B.F.A. ’68) has been rockin’ Vermont for the past 41 years. Since graduating from NYIT, he’s been living his boyhood dream—entertaining people on the radio, in night clubs, and at parties. In addition to running his company, LBJ (Larry Brett’s Jukebox), he has been a radio DJ, sports announcer, and radio advertising salesman. For the past 11 years, his day job has been as a sales rep for Business People-Vermont. Larry credits NYIT’s hands-on radio and television education for his many successes. Some of his best memories of the college include transferring from a windowless West 70th Street building to the spacious Old Westbury campus; beating New York University in basketball on their home court after being down by 20 points in the second half; and working at WNYT. Larry has been married for 27 years and has two children. At 65, Larry says he’ll “never grow too old to rock and roll!”
| 1970s |
James Van Nostrand (B.S. ’70) has retired as Southampton (N.Y.) village administrator, a position he held for 13 years. Before that, he worked as employee relations manager at Citicorp (then First National City Bank), director of employee relations at Union Pacific Corporation, and vice president for human resources at Chase Manhattan Bank. James has been busy outside the office as well, serving as chairman of the building committee at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Manorville (N.Y.), chairman of the Holistic Learning Center of New Jersey, and performing magic shows as “The Amazing Jimmy Van.”
David Baumgarten (B.S. ’72, M.B.A. ’76) has been promoted to lieutenant colonel of the Civil Guard Police, District of Jerusalem (Israel).
Joseph T. Farnitano (B.S. ’76) is enjoying retirement in Wilmington, N.C., with his wife of 50 years, Patricia. He retired in 1986 from the Suffolk County (N.Y.) Police Department, where he began his 22-year career as a foot patrolman and left as deputy inspector, as well as holding the title of commanding officer of the Major Crimes Bureau. After his police career, Joe worked in Georgia as a staff writer for the Hartwell Sun newspaper and as solid waste manager for Hartwell County. He is proud to note his greatest accomplishments—five children and 13 grandchildren. His oldest son, Michael, serves as a senior inspector with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and shared a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize with the IAEA staff; his daughter, Patricia, worked as a brain trauma nurse for Emory University Hospital before raising a family; son Thomas is a sales executive for a computer software developer; son Christopher is a Duke University Medical School graduate and operates family, HIV, and sigmoidoscopy clinics; and daughter Theresa is an emergency room nurse. It’s no wonder that Joe is so proud!
Tom Kosonen (B.Arch. ’76) has joined CB Richard Ellis Group, a global leader in real estate services, as managing director of its new Assessment and Consulting Services Group, based in New York City. Tom, a registered architect with 30 years of construction and real estate experience, previously held positions as managing director at Bear Stearns & Co. and vice president at Chase Manhattan Bank.
Robert Pernick (M.B.A. ’76), a faculty member in the Carey Business School at the Johns Hopkins University, recently co-authored The Varieties of Leadership at Novarum Pharmaceuticals, a novel about a U.S. company’s struggles in launching a joint venture with a Middle Eastern firm. Robert says that because the story is grounded in leadership and organizational behavior theories, it can also be used by professors and students to analyze the characters’ actions, including their ethical behavior and leadership abilities.
E. Harold Schiffer (B.S. ’77) just retired as acting chief of police at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. One highlight of his career was organizing the security detail for a 2006 visit by President George W. Bush. Harold was invited to take a photo with the president, which he says “is now prominently
and honorably displayed at my home alongside my NYIT diploma.” He previously served as a detective in the New York Police Department and worked in the private sector.
James Fallon (B.F.A. ’78) is director of sales and marketing at Allegria Hotel & Spa in Long Beach, N.Y., where he helps manage revenue, business development, and marketing opportunities for several areas of the resort property. With more than 20 years of hospitality experience, James has worked for the Marriott Corporation, Hyatt Hotels, Concorde Hotels, Raffles International Hotels, and The Pierre. He is on the advisory board of American Express Centurion and Fine Hotel Resorts and is a member of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives.
Architect Vince MacDermot (B.S. ’79) has given up plans and blueprints to pursue his other love, the trombone. After juggling between careers in architecture and music for more than 30 years, Vince has decided to simplify his life. He was hired to play trombone in the Broadway production of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical at the Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City. (Incidentally, his father, composer Galt MacDermot, wrote the original score.) Says Vince: “I’ve been doing architecture and music all my life, but I don’t recommend doing two things professionally.” He and wife Marianne have two sons, whom he has advised to pick only one career.
Ronald D. Victorio (B.S. ’79) was installed as president of the Rotary Club of Staten Island (N.Y.) in September 2009, marking his second term. Ronald’s architecture practice, Victorio Associates, is located in West Brighton. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of Staten Island and of the Staten Island chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Ronald and his wife, Linda, have six children.
| 1980s |
Architect Richard Bearak (B.S. ’80, B.Arch. ’87) is director of land use for the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Borough President’s Office.
For the past 20 years, architect Robert Murphy (B.S. ’80) has been employed with the New York City Housing Authority in the architecture and design department, servicing approximately 320 housing developments (more than 3,000 buildings). His department provides general infrastructure repairs and updates, designs new community centers, renovates apartments and offices, and improves grounds and landscapes.
Samuel Abbate (B.T. ’81) has been appointed Northrop Grumman Corporation’s vice president for the Virginia Information Technology Infrastructure (VITI) program. He will manage the 10-year, $1.9 billion partnership between Northrop Grumman and VITI to modernize the state executive branch’s information technology infrastructure as well as provide expertise and resources to support improved delivery of government services. Sam’s experience includes more than 27 years in program and enterprise leadership of large-scale IT infrastructure programs. Prior to his appointment, Sam served as Northrop Grumman’s vice president and program manager for the New York City wireless network program as well as director and deputy integrated product team leader for electronic support and attack systems.
Paul DiCarlo (B.T. ’81) is the director of technology assessment for Bridgemedica LLC, a complete concept-to-supply partner for medical device companies in Walpole, Mass. Paul wrote Enhancing Business Through Technology Assessment, a book about how technology assessment helps medical device companies enhance their businesses and intellectual property portfolios. He has 34 issued patents and 54 pending, and has spent the past eight years conducting technology assessments and new business development for Boston Scientific and Bridgemedica.
International development consultant Patricia Hill Williams (M.A. ’81) is spending her time these days “communicating across the hemisphere.” She is chairman of the board for Partners of the Americas, a private organization of volunteers from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. The group focuses on improving the lives of people throughout the world. Patricia previously served as vice president of external affairs at Farmingdale (N.Y.) State College.
Attorney Gerard Romski (B.S. ’82) has been appointed to the board of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. He is counsel and project executive for Arvene by the Sea, a mixed-use development on 127 acres of oceanfront property in Queens, N.Y., and is also counsel at the New York City firm of Bauman, Katz and Grill LLP.
Tony Jones (B.F.A. ’83) is a media specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau’s Charlotte Regional Census Center. In this role, he coordinates media relations activities across North Carolina.
Gary N. Lombardi (B.S. ’83) is senior vice president in the commercial lending department at Gold Coast Bank in Islandia, N.Y. His previous experience includes senior positions at financial institutions such as First Trade Union Bank, where he served as senior vice president and marketing manager for the New York division, and Washington Mutual Bank, where he was vice president and team leader in charge of small business lending for Nassau and Suffolk counties (N.Y.).
Lisa Brett Hodes-Pignataro (B.F.A. ’85), an adjunct professor and field supervisor at Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J., is also director of marketing for jerseyhappenings.com, a free calendar service. During her spare time, Lisa coaches figure skating and hockey—which she has been doing for the past 22 years—and is writing a book about her son’s journey through brain surgery and creating a non-profit organization in his honor. Lisa says she made lifelong friends at NYIT and credits the person she is today to her NYIT education. She has three girls and one boy.
Laura Jewell (M.B.A. ’85) has been appointed director of communications at Berkeley College, where she will manage internal and external communications. In 2001, Laura founded Jewell Marketing Associates, a firm specializing in an integrated approach to branding, marketing, communications, public relations, online initiatives, and event management. Prior to that, she served as global marketing director for Lucent Technologies and as a professional speaker, guest lecturer, mentor, and workshop instructor to business associations, colleges, and universities.
Michael R. Aaron (D.O. ’86), medical director of preventative and nuclear cardiology at Shore Heart Group in New Jersey, is this year’s chair of an American Heart Association initiative to encourage Americans to take up walking and other healthy habits to improve their heart health. “Brisk walking for 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of stroke, bad cholesterol levels, and high blood pressure,” says Michael. He specializes in heart disease and preventive cardiology and is an attending physician at several New Jersey hospitals. Michael is board certified in internal medical and cardiovascular disease and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and diplomat of Nuclear Cardiology.
Robert J. Coni (D.O. ’86) has been named chief of neurology at St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network in Bethlehem, Pa. A member of St. Luke’s medical staff since 1995, Robert also serves as medical director of the Headache Center and the Acute Rehabilitation Center. His expertise includes electrodiagnostic testing.
Raymond Izen (M.S. ’86) lives in Las Vegas, where he works for Palm Mortuaries and Cemeteries doing advanced planning. Previously, he was a New York City schoolteacher.
Author Frank Sheehan (M.B.A. ’86) has had his fourth book of poetry, Salvation, published. A writer for 15 years, he says the best part of his career is making his own schedule every day. Previously, Frank served as a practicing attorney for 10 years. He chose NYIT because it had an excellent M.B.A. program; his favorite memories of the university are the friendships he made. Frank lives in Mineola, N.Y., with his wife—a social studies teacher—and seven-year-old son, who he says “is the greatest thing that ever happened to me.”
At American Hydrotech Inc., Adam M. Kraujales (B.S. ’87) serves as district sales manager for the greater New York metropolitan market. He has more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience in the construction industry and previously served in technical services and architectural sales roles for Allied Building Products Corp.
Allison T. Levinson (M.S. ’87) has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership, and excellence in health care. A registered and certified dietician and nutritionist, Allison is the nutrition administrator for Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Center in Dix Hills, N.Y., where she is responsible for ordering food, overseeing preparation of modified diets, menu development, and the food requirements menu. She also supervises clinical dieticians, reviews children’s assessments, and manages adherence to compliance and safety regulations.
Engineer Robert A. Perless (B.T. ’87, M.S. ’93) has joined In Order To Succeed, a full-service project and time management consulting firm serving New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Robert has more than 15 years of project management experience within the energy industry and previously served as project engineer at Southern Connecticut Gas Company. He is licensed in Connecticut as a professional engineer as well as recognized as a project management professional by the Project Management Institute and a certified energy manager by the Association of Energy Engineers.
Dante Ramos (B.S. ’88) is a project manager/engineer at Industrial Acoustics Company Inc. in the Bronx, N.Y., where he manages multiple projects from design and approval to manufacturing and final installation. He is proud of the successful launch of two audiometric acoustical enclosures that he designed and engineered. Dante’s previous experience includes working as a manufacturing engineer for several companies in the New York metro area. He credits NYIT with providing him with the educational tools to escape an earlier life of personal hardship in his native Honduras. Says Dante: “The fortunate combination of affordable tuition, small class sizes, and excellent instructors provided me with the pathway to my career.”
| 1990s |
Cambridge Who’s Who has recognized Gina C. Greco (D.O. ’90) for her dedication, leadership, and excellence in family medicine for the past 14 years. A physician with East Meadow (N.Y.) Family Practice, she provides diagnoses, treatment plans, and counseling in conjunction with diet, hygiene, and preventive health care. Gina has also served as assistant professor of family practice at NYCOM.
Actor/producer Alfonso A. Meneses (B.S. ’90)—known in the biz as Antonio Saillant—has appeared in several TV shows, including The Sopranos and Important Things with Dimitri Martin, soap operas All My Children and As the World Turns, and in such feature films as The Interpreter, Jersey Girl, and Just My Luck. He is also the owner of Angel Light Pictures, an independent film production company in New York City that just completed production on The Ascension, a thriller starring Corbin Bernsen. Upcoming Angel Light film projects include Heterosexuals, The Expendables, Blood Cauldron, and 1066.
Humayun (Hank) J. Chaudhry (D.O. ’91) has been named president and chief executive officer of the Federation of State Medical Boards, a Dallas-based non-profit organization that represents all 70 U.S. medical boards in developing and promoting high standards for physician licensure and practice. Prior to this appointment, Hank was commissioner and CEO of the Suffolk County (N.Y.) Department of Health Services as well as a clinical professor of preventive medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and an adjunct clinical associate professor of medicine at NYCOM. He is the current president of the American College of Osteopathic Internists.
Emanuel Lichtinshtein (B.S. ’91) is national fleet sales manager for Volvo Cars of Canada. He lives in Toronto, is married, and has two sons.
Richard Jantz (B.S. ’92) has joined project management and consulting firm VVA LLC of New York City as director. For 15 years, he has led project teams and analyzed business requirements for his clients’ real estate projects. Richard says one of his most notable endeavors was managing Time-Warner’s equity interest during the development of the Time-Warner Center.
Donald Malloy (M.B.A. ’92) is director of business development for NagraID Security, the U.S. division of a Swiss company that provides secure authentication credentials for smart cards. He and his wife live in San Jose, Calif., and have three grown daughters.
Gastroenterologist Steven Kessler (D.O. ’94) is moving south to join Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Erlanger Health System in its new academic gastroenterology center, which focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive tract. Steven says his main focus will be on colorectal cancer screenings to help combat the 148,000 new cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed in the United States each year. Before joining Erlanger, he practiced at Sound Gastroenterology in Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.
Therapist Diane Langfelder (B.S. ’94, M.P.S. ’97) has made a name for herself as an expert on balancing motherhood and a career. Her first book, Baby Steps: The Path from Motherhood to Career, discusses returning to the workforce and emphasizes the need for balance, health, and happiness instead of trying to “have it all.” She has had to practice what she preaches—in addition to being a therapist at the Universal Institute in Livingston, N.J., where she counsels patients with traumatic brain injury and substance abuse issues, Diane is an adjunct professor of psychology at Montclair State University and Centenary College. She also presents her workshop, “The Mom Series,” in the New York metro area and is a regular contributor to working mother parenthood blogs. Diane has also served as a therapist for a reality-based Internet show and appeared in educational videos. She has a six-year-old daughter, Lauren.
Andre D. Pierre (B.T. ’94) was elected mayor of North Miami in May 2009. Only the second person of Haitian descent to hold this office, Andre says that “throughout the campaign, many told me that I wouldn’t win because I had no name recognition. They advised me to wait a couple of years.” Prior to his election, Andre ran his own private criminal and immigration law practice.
Patrick Buckley (M.S. ’95) has been promoted to engineering services manager at Foley Power Systems in Piscataway, N.J., where he is responsible for project management, order administration, and engineering support in the electric power, marine, and industrial engine markets. Before joining Foley in 2005, Patrick worked at Consolidated Edison of New York as general manager of substation operations.
Architect Carlos R. Castro (B.S. ’95) was named the 2009 Small Business Person of the Year by the Latin American Economic Development Association. The award recognized his passion for his work and commitment to giving back to the community. Carlos runs his own architecture firm, Archi-Tecto Studios LLC. The groundbreaking for his current project—a $3.1 million, 9,000-square-foot Puerto Rican Unity for Progress community center in Camden, N.J., featuring touches of his native Puerto Rico in the design—took place in July 2009. Carlos and his wife of 10 years, Minerva, have an eight-year-old son, Jared.
Chris Sciacca (B.S. ’96) has traveled the world as part of IBM’s communications division since 2001 and is now stationed at the company’s Nobel Prize-winning research lab just outside of Zurich, Switzerland. Past posts have included the Czech Republic and Austria. He also received citizenship in Cyprus and is engaged to be married.
Basit Ali (D.O. ’96) has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for his dedication, leadership, and excellence in health care. He is a physician with DFW Wound & Hyperbarics in Texas and specializes in wound treatment and hyperbaric medicine. He also consults with home health agencies, educating and mentoring their nurses on wound care. Basit credits his surgical training as key to providing exceptional wound care and advanced limb salvaging via state-of-the-art technology. Basit says his job’s most rewarding aspect is “improving the quality of patients’ lives.”
Physician Juan F. Acosta (D.O. ’97) received his Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Investigation from Weill Cornell Medical College in June 2009. This program, which accepts only 10 to 12 students per year, trains highly motivated individuals to become independent clinical investigators. Juan, who is board certified in emergency and neuromusculoskeletal medicine, is also program director of the emergency medicine residency at Yakima (Wash.) Regional Medical and Cardiac Center. He is also an associate professor at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition, Juan was elected president of the Foundation for Osteopathic Emergency Medicine.
Andrew W. Slavinsky (B.S. ’97) is an account manager for Cisco Systems, where he provides technology solutions to schools and local governments in northern California via video conference from North Carolina, his home state. Previously, Andrew spent 10 successful years at Nortel, receiving an operational excellence award given to the top 1 percent of the company. He is also a certified project manager and is completing his Master of Business Administration with a finance specialization at NYIT. After graduating, he’d like to teach online courses. Andrew and wife Chrissy enjoy traveling, trying new foods and wines, volunteering, and spending time with their dog.
Jeffrey Dormu (D.O. ’98) has joined Good Samaritan Cardiovascular Surgical Associates in Lebanon, Pa., where he performs both open-vascular and endo-vascular procedures.
Father Richard Frechette (D.O. ’98), director of medical services for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) International and director of NPH in Haiti, has devoted his life to the medical needs of children around the world. He’s the founder of Compassion Weavers, a not-for-profit organization that “invests in humanity” in Haiti by providing food for poor schoolchildren as well as offering medical and educational services, fresh water delivery, and burials for the deceased of the indigent population. Richard sends his thanks to all NYIT alumni and friends who contribute to causes in Haiti.
David Nadler (B.S. ’98, M.S. ’00) is director of quality assurance at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, where he measures the effectiveness of the agency’s health and safety programs. He joined the department in 2003 as an auditor and then served as director of environmental compliance. David is married and has two daughters.
Former emergency room physician Scott Burger (D.O. ’99) and his partners at Doctors Express—an urgent care center in Towson, Md.—are trying to launch the nation’s first urgent care franchise to deliver affordable, expeditious, non-emergency treatment during evenings and weekends to patients without appointments. Scott says his goal is to have at least 3,000 Doctors Express franchises nationwide—complete with digital x-ray equipment, a lab, and a pharmacy. He and his wife, Kathleen, have one son, Jack.
Sadiya (Sarij) Cheshty (B.S. ’99) has joined Lancaster Gastroenterology in East Hempfield Township, Pa., as director of the Center for Women’s Digestive Health. The first female physician to join the practice, Sadiya is certified in endoscopic ultrasound, an advanced procedure to detect and biopsy lesions.
Steven A. Coleman (M.S. ’99) is manager of the Radiological Control Division for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Lab in Upton, N.Y. He oversees the group that is responsible for controlling, preventing, and limiting exposure to radiation on the laboratory’s 5,300-acre site. “I’m currently identifying the most efficient ways to deploy our division’s resources to make sure that we comply with all radiological requirements while supporting the laboratory’s world-class research.” Steven served in the U.S. Navy from 1984 to 1990, and was a nuclear reactor operator aboard the submarine U.S.S. Atlanta. He is also a doctoral candidate at the University of Phoenix, where he expects to earn a Ph.D. in organizational leadership later this year.
| 2000s |
Pastry chef Idalee A. Cathcart (B.A. ’00) is in the process of starting her own company. With a signature truffle called Idalee’s of Texas, she already has a tagline: “Candies too beautiful to eat ... too delicious to resist.”
Rakesh N. Martin (M.B.A. ’00) joined Universal Health Care Group in St. Petersburg, Fla., as director of special needs plans. He held a similar position at Wellcare Health Plans in Tampa and also served as senior project manager at MetLife Insurance. In addition, Rakesh is an adjunct professor at Monroe College in the Bronx, N.Y., where he teaches project management and information systems.
Thomas G. Zimmerman (D.O. ’00), adjunct clinical assistant professor of family medicine at NYCOM, testified at the U.S. House of Representatives’ Small Business Committee hearing on “Increasing Access to Capital for Small Businesses” on Oct. 14. He addressed the committee on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association and in support of the Small Business Health Information Technology Financing Act.
Jeffrey L. Brown (D.O. ’02) has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership, and excellence in osteopathic medicine. He is a physician with Optimal Health Primary Care in Henderson, Nev., and specializes in neuromusculoskeletal disorders as well as treating patients with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, diabetes, and hormone imbalance.
Christopher Eldredge (M.A. ’02) is the executive vice president of alternate channels and carrier sales for Broadview Networks, an integrated communications provider in Rye Brook, N.Y. He is responsible for day-to-day management of the agent sales channel and wholesale organizations, and focuses on recruiting and training new partners as Broadview expands its presence in the alternate channel area. Prior to joining Broadview, Christopher served as vice president of carrier sales and service for Frontier Communications and has held sales, marketing, and operational leadership roles at such telecommunications providers as Cablevision Lightpath.
Stanislav Avshalumov (D.O. ’03) has joined Nassau University (N.Y.) Medical Center’s Total Orthopedics and Sports Medicine as director of joint replacement and hip preservation surgery. He has extensive experience in orthopedic trauma, especially trauma of the hip, has authored numerous papers, and is an active researcher.
Andrew Faskowitz (D.O. ’03) is part of the Crystal Run Healthcare practice in Middletown, N.Y. He is board certified in neurology, having completed his residency at Albert Einstein/North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a fellowship in pain management, hospice, and palliative care at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
David M. Spiro (D.O. ’03) has joined the department of neurosurgery at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. David completed a general surgery internship at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, Calif., and a neurosurgery residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y.
Thalia Anthony (M.S. ’04) is director of human resources at Long Island Head Start, a federally funded program that serves more than 1,675 families throughout Suffolk County and employs more than 350 people. Thalia, a certified senior professional in human resources, is the proud mother of two daughters.
San Diego-based advertising company L7 Creative Communications has hired Scott Blair (M.A. ’04) as interactive art director. Scott has more than eight years of experience in high-end Web design, programming, and development, and was previously senior Web designer for the DXAP Group, where he managed strategies and online marketing campaigns.
Hasan Bazerbashi (B.S. ’05) is an information technology systems developer for a publishing, advertising, and marketing company in Damascus, Syria. He credits his NYIT degree in computer science for making him marketable in a competitive job environment and for permitting him to pursue his passion for technology.
Michael F. Coney (B.S. ’05) has been appointed president and CEO of Unitrends, a leading producer of data protection appliances for backup and recovery solutions in Columbia, S.C. Michael previously served as president and general manager of Acronis Americas and also held executive and management positions at Veritas, Sun Microsystems, Ingres, and Monster.com.
Tolga Tohumcu (M.S. ’05) landed a job as a software unit test engineer with FalconStor Software—which specializes in data protection and disaster recovery for enterprise-level companies—shortly after receiving his NYIT degree. In February 2009, he became director of education and training for the company. Tolga is also an adjunct professor at SUNY Farmingdale in the computer programming and information systems department and previously taught at Katharine Gibbs College in Melville, N.Y. He and his wife are the proud parents of their son, Adam.
Jin Bai (M.B.A. ’06) is director of Camex Energy Corp., an oil and natural gas exploration, development, production, and marketing company headquartered in Calgary, Canada. Jin served as the assistant architect and project leader at the China Northwest Building Design Research Institution from 1991 to 1996. From 1997 until his appointment at Camex in October 2009, he was the vice president and marketing director of Canadian Overseas Immigration and Business Services Inc. Jin is a trustee of the Burnaby (Canada) Board of Education, president of Northwest Benevolent of Canada, an advisor to the Canada Community Service Association, and a member of the Vancouver and Burnaby Boards of Trade.
Joyce Guirand (D.O. ’06) is on staff at Middletown (N.Y.) Medical. While completing her residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine at Jamaica Hospital, she participated in research concerning hypertension control in black and Latino populations while focusing on preventative medicine for all age groups and populations.
Clickbook.com, a performance-based advertising network in Sarasota, Fla., has named Nick Shwaery (M.A. ’06) creative director, responsible for front-end development and managing the company’s designers, developers, video editors, and market researchers. Nick has more than nine years of experience in creating interactive Web content. Before joining Clickbook.com, he worked for Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts Online and held positions for Starwood Vacation Ownership, Deep Focus, Avenue A: Razorfish, The Washington Examiner, and Avatar New York. Nick has also produced creative work for Ford Automobiles, HBO, DIRECTV, Court TV, TBS, Comedy Central, Citigroup, and L’Oreal.
Omar Al Helalat (M.S. ’07), listed in the 2009 edition of Who’s Who in the World, is pursuing a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. Omar’s research interests include artificial neural networks and pattern recognition.
Robert F. Nawroth (B.S. ’07) serves as a junior engineer at Sub One Technology, which manufactures advanced coatings for internal surfaces.
Shital Kayastha (B.S. ’08) is a first-year medical student at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Bartosz Rutkowski (B.P.S. ’08) is a shift manager with Avis Budget Group at JFK International Airport. He says he’s “a very happy husband” and continues to stay in touch with NYIT faculty and students.
Certified Physician Assistant Jennifer Acrich (M.S. ’09) has joined the medical staff at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich. Jennifer also practices at Personal Health Care, P.C., in Livonia, Mich.
Abeer Al-Ghawi (B.S. ’09) has been working part-time as a customer service adviser for the British Council, an international not-for-profit organization, where he counsels candidates who wish to study in the United Kingdom. Abeer speaks English, Arabic, and Spanish and aspires to work for the United Nations as a translator. He says that his favorite NYIT moment was attending commencement at the Old Westbury campus. “What a feeling to be surrounded by hundreds of students from different backgrounds and nationalities from different campuses all across the globe who share with you one thing … the NYIT experience.”
Krista M. Southworth (M.S. ’09) is a physician assistant at Hoosick Falls (N.Y.) Health Center.
Peter Zuong (M.B.A. ’09) is the chief information officer at Genesis Capital in Texas.