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Shirley Goebel Christie (M.A. ’75) is working at art museums in New York City, including MOMA with Rirkrit Tiravanija’s “Untitled (Free)” and the Guggenheim’s “Stillspotting nyc” and “Gutai: Splendid Playground” exhibitions (the last as a contributing artist).

Sajida (Kamal) Grande (M.A. ’65) is working with the U.S. military as a linguist in Afghanistan after teaching English for many years at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Grande had to learn Pashto for this job.

Laurean Robinson (M.A. ’05) is currently teaching seventh- and eighth-grade classes at Miami Lakes Middle School, her alma mater.

Stephen Cedermark (M.A. ’08) teaches music in grades pre-K through 3 at P.S. 58 (the Carroll School) in Brooklyn. A story referencing his work at the school in cooperation with the Metropolitan Opera appears on page 36 of this magazine.

Michalina (Trucker) Fulmore (M.A. ’06) received National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Music. Her elementary school chorus performed the “Star Spangled Banner” on the diamond at Citi Field before a New York Mets game. Last summer Michalina married longtime sweetheart former TC employee Clifford Fulmore.

Jazz drummer Dustin Kaufman (M.E. ’12) was selected as one of 12 semifinalists for the 25th Annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The winner will receive a $25,000 music scholarship and a recording contract with the Concord Music Group.

Ja-Young Theresa Kim (M.E. ’06) directed the inaugural season last August of the Hamptons Music Sessions, a summer music festival in East Hampton, New York. This year the event will run August 5–16. The festival’s faculty members partake in the HMS Outreach Initiative, which creates scholarships for students unable to afford a music education.

John C. Golembe (M.A. ’65)has retired from the Central Texas College Europe Campus. His first retirement was from University of Maryland in 2007.

Katherine G. Rodi (M.A. ’95) is Director of the Office of Employee Relations at the New York City Department of Education. Previously she was a Senior Counsel within the Department’s Office of the General Counsel.


Ann Rowe (M.A. ’81) authored Creating Effective Programs for Gifted Students With Learning Disabilities (Prufrock Press, 2013),a book on assessment and programming for gifted students with learning disabilities.

Sara Farber (M.A. ’08) is a toy writer and content developer responsible for the jokes, songs and chatter emanating from many talking toys in your home. She also develops content for apps, digital books, virtual worlds and electronic games. After 15 years in the toy and children’s media industry, Farber has started her own company, Galactic Sneeze, which she runs with her husband. They’ve created the board/party game Schmovie, which challenges players to craft witty titles for movies with outlandish premises.

Mary E. Moran (M.A. ’86, M.E. ’87) was selected by her colleagues to serve as a Trustee on the New York Weill Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council Board (2012–2016). Moran was a faculty member at Weill Cornell Medical Center in the Departments of Pediatrics and Adult Psychiatry. She specializes in Women’s Behavioral Health & Psychology of the Workplace. She is currently in private practice and maintains her affiliation at New York Presbyterian Hospital-The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell as consultant-liaison.

Ruth Nemzoff (M.A. ’64) published her second book, Don’t Roll Your Eyes: Making In-Laws into Family (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2012).

Pinar Ozbek (M.A. ’09, M.E. ’09) was elected Secretary General of the Turkish Psychological Association in October 2012.

Carol M. Wan (M.A. ’03, M.E. ’04) married Gary Wong in November 2010 and gave birth to Lia Hue Ting Wong in September 2012. She runs an educational consulting company.


Marian Martinello (Ed.D. ’70) continues in retirement to explore inquiry learning and primary source research in publication, in-service teacher education and museum education, especially pertaining to south Texas heritage. She serves as President of the University of Texas-San Antonio Retired Faculty Association, which is developing a history project in celebration of the university’s 50th anniversary in 2019.

William Levinson (M.E. ’72, Ed.D. ’73) published Achieving Success for New and Aspiring Superintendents: A Practical Guide (Corwin, 2011).

Jacob B. Padgug (Ed.D. ’59) and his wife fulfilled a lifelong dream and made aliyah, moving to Israel and becoming Israeli citizens on August 14, 2012. At 85, he was the oldest passenger on the charter flight full of Americans and Canadians making aliyah.

Kelly Aramaki (M.A. ’99), Beacon Hill International School Principal, was named the 2013 Washington State Elementary School Principal of the Year.

Michelle Dette Gannon (M.A. ’02) has created the Language Playground, a company devoted to helping parents teach their children to speak a second language. Gannon and her team have also developed Lingo’s Market, an app that helps children learn how to spell and recognize more than 100 food items in French, English, Spanish or Mandarin.

Edna Ranck (M.E. ’78, has published book reviews in the National Association of Early Childhood Educators’ Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education and OMEP’s (the World Organization for Early Childhood Education) International Journal of Early Childhood, as well as an article on young children and geography in Child Care Information Exchange (May/June 2012). She served on the organizing committee for a Working Group on Children’s Rights for the World Forum Foundation and traveled to Campo Grande, Brazil, to present a paper concerning a trip that Walt Disney took to South America in 1941 at the invitation of the U.S. State Department. In September she met Isabelle Yelland, age one, the second great-granddaughter of her second husband, Dr. James G. Ranck, a 1955 TC alumnus.


Rebecca Ackerman-Lieberman (M.A. ’99) has helped launch a first-of-its-kind Education Entrepreneurs Fellowship at the Tennessee Charter School Incubator (TCSI). Lieberman is the Chief Talent Strategy Officer at TCSI and will be leading nationwide recruitment of top education reformers to turn around Tennessee’s lowest-performing schools.

Harriet Fields (M.E. ’71, Ed.D. ’81) spent a month in Rwanda after a meeting with Samantha Basile (M.A. ’11), Founder and Executive Director of the Mama Project, a not-for-profit organization that aims to increase the literacy and vocational skills of women in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Fields plans a return to Rwanda to bring university public health nursing educators to provide service learning and “train the trainer” experiences. While in Rwanda, Fields also met with the Rwanda Cinema Center and their Kwetu Film Institute to screen two films featuring her grandfather, comedy icon W.C. Fields, under the stars.

Ani Kalayjian (M.E. ’81, Ed.D. ’86) spearheaded a humanitarian peace-building mission to Kenya, Rwanda and DR Congo in summer 2012. In December she chaired and organized an Interfaith Festival at John Jay College of Criminal Justice featuring meditation, interfaith prayers, visualization, yoga and chakra balancing. Also in December, ABC-TV News and BronxNet TV interviewed Kalayjian about the psychological impact of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Bridget Kumbella (M.A. ’10) and Monica Oberlander (M.A. ’87) are featured in The American Nurse, a coffee table book celebrating nurses across the country. Check out their interviews at

Sarah Steen Lauterbach (Ed.D. ’92) will retire from Valdosta State University in Florida in May 2013. She will continue to teach in the bachelor’s in nursing program at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.

Adrienne Wald (Ed.D. ’10) joined the University of Massachusetts Boston in September 2012 as Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Traditional and Accelerated Undergraduate Nursing Program in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Elaine Ruiz (Rodriguez) (M.E. ’89, Ed.D. ’94) is CEO & Founder of the International Leadership Charter High School (ILCHS) in the Bronx, created in 2006, a public charter that offers an academically rigorous college prep program. In December 2012 the school was ranked in the top 1 percent of all high schools, second among all charter schools and seventh among 500 New York City high schools. At ILCHS, which has a 95 percent graduation rate, more than 85 percent of youth are the first members of their families to attend college.


Elizabeth Griffiths (M.A. ’08) and her business partner, Trevor LeVieux, founded Building Blocks Media, a San Diego–based educational technology company that has just released its first iPad app for kids. Called Musical Paint, the app features innovative technology that enables children to paint music.

Angela C. Santomero (M.A. ’95) is helping a new generation of preschool “neighbors” experience the neighborhood of make-believe known as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS KIDS. Santomero is a co-executive producer of the program and Founding Partner and Chief Creative Officer of Out of the Blue Enterprises.


Colette Mazzucelli (M.E. ’11), a graduate faculty member in Global Affairs on the NYU Woolworth Building Campus, received a 2013 NYU SCPS Excellence in Teaching Award.


Julia Berger (M.A. ’06) is working part-time on her Ph.D. in mathematics education at Syracuse University.

Karen Billings (Ed.D. ’86), VP for the Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association, was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishers Hall of Fame. The organization recognizes those who have dedicated their careers to the advancement of educational resources and the industry that develops and supports them.

John Selisky (M.A. ’87, Ed.D. ’94) was appointed Director of Mathematics at Minneapolis-based Data Recognition Corporation, which develops nationally recognized K–12 school assessment products for state and local education authorities.


William A. Howe (M.A. ’90, Ed.D. ’91) has published Becoming a Multicultural Educator: Developing Awareness, Gaining Skills and Taking Action (Sage, 2013), the core text for pre-service and in-service pre-K–12 educators in courses on multicultural education and diversity.

Dana Diesel Wallace (Ed.D. ’01) is the new Executive Director at the Vision Network of Delaware, a coalition of school districts and charter schools that focuses on building leadership capacity, strengthening instructional focus and developing a culture that supports student success. The Network comprises 28 schools across eight districts, and three charter schools, which together serve 23,000 students in three counties.

Joseph Bertolino (Ed.D. ’03) was inaugurated as Lyndon State College’s 15th President in April. Prior to his arrival at Lyndon, he served as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Student Personnel at Queens College/City University of New York. Bertolino also served as the Dean for Community Development at Barnard College of Columbia University and has worked in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania state higher education systems and the SUNY system. He received the University of Scranton’s 2011 Frank O’Hara Award in Education.

Jeffrey S. Putman (M.A. ’07, M.E. ’98, Ed.D. ’12) is the new Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at SUNY Downstate. Putman previously served as Downstate’s Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. He is a current member of TC’s Alumni Council, serving as Co-Chair of the Programs and Resources committee.

Published Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013