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Arts & Humanities

Daniel Chazanoff (Ed.D., 1964) has a total of 285 items on his publications list including music books, articles and musical compositions. For more information or a full list of his publications, feel free to contact the office of Alumni Relations at

Judith Friedland Leavey (M.A., 1980) has worked with Sage Services for the past 13 years. Sage identifies and works with academically talented students and strives to reach out to minority populations, significantly increasing their minority participation, specifically ELL students.

John C. Golembe (M.A., 1965) retired in 2007 from the University of Maryland’s European Division after 31 years. In addition to being collegiate professor of History, Golembe served in several senior administrative posts, including Director of the European Division.

Preston Green (Ed.D., 1995) was promoted to full professor in Penn State’s Department of Education Policy Studies. He also has a faculty appointment with the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. In addition to having written three books and nearly 50 articles and book chapters pertaining to educational law, he helped to create Penn State’s joint degree program in law and education and he runs the Penn State University Law and Education Institute.

Anitra C. Hampton (M.A., 1999) stated she enjoyed her time at TC and encourages all current students to keep the faith and never give up.

Edward Kim (M.A., 1994) who is the head of school at Breck School in Minneapolis has been elected to the Governing Board of the National Association of Episcopal Schools for a three-year board term. Kim has also been appointed to the faculty for the 2010 National Association of Independent Schools’ Institute for New Heads and has served on numerous boards including Delbarton School, Charity Navigator, and the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Ellen Mahoney (Ed.M., 1981) is the chair of the art department at The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California, and was named Los Angeles Regional Scholastic Art Teacher of the Year by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for Southern California.

Alexander R. Marrero (M.A., 2010) conducted the “Confutatis” from the Mozart Requiem in June 2010. The ensembles involved included Varsity Choir and Chamber Orchestra from Suffern High School.

Jason Rhodes (M.A., 2004) was recently named Teacher of the Year for West Henderson High School, and then for Henderson County, North Carolina. Next is a regional selection, and if selected there, it will be a state selection.
William J. Spurlin (Ph.D., 1989) is Professor of English and Director of the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence & Cultural Change at the University of Sussex in Britain. For excellence in pedagogical research and teaching practice, Spurlin was named a Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy in 2009. He is currently President of the Comparative Gender Studies Committee of the International Comparative Literature Association. His next book examines the influences of French colonialism and postcolonial nationalism on new gay francophone literature emerging from the Maghreb.

Roschel H. Stearns (M.A., 1970) After a long career as a social worker in the fields of child welfare and juvenile justice, she is now having an “encore” career selling and renting residential real estate in Manhattan.
Biobehavioral Sciences

Montgomery Granger (M.A., 1986) authored Saving Grace at Guantanamo Bay: A Memoir of a Citizen Warrior, about his time as the ranking Army Medical Department officer from February to June 2002. A retired Army Reservist who served 22 years and went on 3 deployments, Granger married a fellow TC student, Sandra Spears Granger (Deg, Year). They both taught in New York City public schools before moving to Long Island and, he says, “We are the proud, proud parents of five wonderful children, all potential future TC grads!”

Curriculum & Teaching

Bernard M. Cohen (M.A., 1952) received an honorary degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in May. Cohen is the first Rabbi to receive an honorary degree from SMWC, which is the nation’s oldest Catholic liberal arts college for women.

Lindsey Russo (Ed.D., 2010) begins a tenured assistant professorship at the SUNY New Paltz School of Education this fall. She is also Director of Curriculum Development and Research at the Blue School, founded and owned by the Blue Man Group. A private school for children ages 2 through second grade on the Lower East Side, the school identifies music, movement and the creative arts as an integral part of its curriculum and is also a lab school that prepares and sponsors teachers from its faculty for placement in underprivileged school projects in the U.S., Africa, Nepal and India.

Health & Behavior Studies

Janis Paushter (Ed.D., 1976; Ed.M., 1975; M.A., 1971) retired from the Fairfax County, Virginia, public schools in 2003. For the last 12 years of her career, she served as principal of Fairhill Elementary School. Now, her students are of the equine variety.

Eleanor Sobel (M.A., 1976) is a state senator and received the 2010 Legislative Appreciation Award from the Florida League of Cities. The League chose Senator Sobel because of her “strong and consistent support of municipal home rule issues.”

International & Transcultural Studies

Kijan Bloomfield (M.A., 2008) will be transitioning from her job as the Director of the After School Program at Legal Outreach, Inc. to start full-time studies at Princeton University as a doctoral student in the department of Religion.

Joseph Castleberry (Ed.D., 1999), President of Northwest University, delivered the opening prayer at the U.S. Senate Session at 9:30 am on June 10, 2010. To view the event, visit
Mathematics, Science & Technology

Yoon-il Auh (Ed.D. 2000; M.A., 1993; Ed.M., 1991) is the president and co-founder of the Web Concert Hall ( The site was launched during his doctoral study at TC and it recently celebrated its 12th year of broadcasting the classical music performances for free on the internet. Yoon-il currently serves as Deputy Provost at the National Labor College in Maryland.

Brian Jacob (M.A., 2002) recently had his first policy paper, “Closing the Gaps: The Challenge to Protect Costa Rica’s Health Care System.” published in Georgetown Public Policy Review. Also, after eight years working as a business analyst for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Engineering Department, Brian has accepted an assignment with the agency’s Aviation Department.

Organization & Leadership

Joseph Catania (M.A., 2004) writes that he is making a career change to become a high school history teacher.

Laurel Donnellan (M.A., 1999) is the author of the book/audio set, Born To Do: The Practical Guide To Loving Your Work. She is the President of Three Giant Leaps ( She has lectured at NYU, Fordham and Cornell and has worked with executives from all over the world.

Nigel D. Furlonge (Ed.M., 2006) is leaving his current post (Academic Dean at Lawrenceville) to help found a school in Trenton for children in economic hardship.

Martin J. Lecker (Ed.D., 1990; Ed.M., 1990) wrote a new textbook titled Conducting Business Ethically: A Philosophical Approach, (Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2010). He has been Professor of Business at SUNY Rockland Community College for 25 years.

Published Friday, Dec. 17, 2010


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