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Art and Art Education
The artwork of New York-based Lynne Margaret Brown (M.A. ’01) focuses on cultural identity and contemporary global society.

Language, Literacy, and Social Studies
Phyllis Gimbel Schnitman (M.A. ’69) co-authored Healthy Schools: The Hidden Component to Teaching and Learning (Rowman & Littlefield).

Following the Sandy Hook tragedy, Dominick Tarquinio (M.A. ’78) invented a security door latch teachers can lock from inside the classroom by pressing a button.

Music and Music Education
Alex Marrero (M.A. ’10), Executive Director, Southern Hudson Valley Youth Symphony, is now also Affiliate Facilitator for Orange County Community College.

Teaching of English
Margaret Barrow (Ed.D. ’10) co-created the Transitions and Transactions Conferences at Borough of Manhattan Community College. TC’s Sheridan Blau keynoted the first conference in 2012, and TC students who presented published in Teaching Literature in Community College Classrooms: Traversing Practices (McGraw- Hill).
Kevin Nesbitt (M.A. ’00) is Director of Faculty Affairs and Academic Integrity Officer at John Jay College.

Teaching of Social Studies
Andrea Delorey (Smith) (M.A. ’95) is an elementary school assistant principal in Fort Collins, CO, and board member of No Barriers USA.

Jena R. Epstein (Rakoff) (M.A. ’04) and husband Eric have a new son, Jonah David.

Cynthia John (M.A. ’61) has retired as Associate Professor of Education from Neuman University.

“Synesthesia in Literature,” a chapter by Patricia Duffy (M.A. ’82), appears in the recently published Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia.

Theater Education
Educator Susan Hefler (M.A. ’71) is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist and a registered drama therapist.

Applied Physiology
Michael La Fountaine (Ed.D. ’08, M.E. ’05, M.A. ’03) received the 2013 New Investigator Award from the American College of Sports Medicine. He researches traumatic neurological injuries’ impact on the cardiovascular system’s endocrine function.


Clinical Psychology
Francis J. O’Brien Jr. (Ph.D. ’80) has transitioned to engineering math while still working on extinct Amerindian languages of southern New England.

Psychological Counseling
Retired school and rehabilitation counselor Iris Nelson-Schwartz (M.E. ’80) works part time in the Department of Ed-Division of Special Education at PS 186 in the Bronx.

Psychology in Education
Gavin Ryan Shafron (M.A. ’12) teaches psychology at Cañada College in Redwood City, CA. He has published in The Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, the APA journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture and in TC’s own Graduate Student Journal of Psychology.

Curriculum and Teaching
Marian L. Martinello (Ed.D. ’70), President of the University of Texas-San Antonio Retired Faculty Association, is exploring the University’s history for UTSA’s 50th anniversary in 2019. She has presented to the Texas State Historical Association.

Arlo Klinetob (M.A. ’67) is Vice Chair of the Foothills Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club and Chairman, Broadalbin Town Board of Appeals.

Patricia L. Supplee (Ed.D. ’87) was selected for a Fulbright Specialists Program at the National Defense University in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She assessed and developed English as a Second Language curricula and materials for Cambodian military personnel in the UN Peacekeeping Forces.

Elementary and Childhood Education
Lisa Richtmann (M.A. ’95) teaches at The Children’s Own School in Winchester, MA, New England’s oldest Montessori School.

Mala Hoffman’s (M.A. ’89) poetry collection A Year of Wednesdays was published by Finishing Line Press.

The Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted has designated Ronald L. Rubenzer (Ed.D. ’84, M.A. ’83, M.Phil. ’80) a Pioneer in organized advocacy for gifted children.

Sociology and Education
Judy Pryor-Ramirez (M.A.’05), a lecturer in sociology, teaches the course Youth Mentoring in the City at The New School.

Nursing Education
Laura Caramanica (M.E. ’81) was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in October 2013.
Cleo Graham (M.A. ’80) is the first African American ordained by the Rhode Island Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Jane Katz (Ed.D. ’78, M.E. ’72) won 13 Masters swimming medals at the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel. Katz, 70, is among the Games’ longest-tenured competitors.

Health Education
Srdjan Stakic (Ed.D. ’05, M.A. ’01) premiered his first feature film, Yellow Face, based on David Henry Hwang’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play. The first feature film funded by YouTube, Yellow Face won the audience award at the L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Nurse Executive Role
Robin S. Goodrich (Ed.D. ’12) is Associate Dean of the College of Health Professions and the College of Arts and Sciences at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI.

Nutrition Education
Paulette Sinclair-Weir (M.S. ’79) remains passionate about lessons learned from TC’s Joan Gussow about protecting the environment and buying and eating locally grown food.

Special Education
Kay Alicyn Ferrell (M.A. ’75) is the author of Reach Out and Teach (2011). She received the NY: American Foundation for the Blind, Migel Medal in 2013.

Developmental Psychology
Abdul M. Isira (M.A. ’99) credits his TC psychology degree with propelling his career in corrections.
At 89, Edith S. Marks (M.A. ’70) has published a novel, Like Everybody Else, about a blind man whose life is upended after an operation gives him sight in one eye. Marks coordinates one of the world’s largest Glaucoma Support and Education groups.

International Educational Development
Eva Armour (Gordon) (M.A. ’07) is Director of Global Strategy and Programs for Seeds of Peace, which works with new generations of leaders from nations in conflict in the Middle East and South Asia. Laurie Cigal (O’Connor) (M.A. ’03) is Executive Assistant to the President of Latin American Operations at Brink’s Inc., where she uses her Spanish and Project coordination skills.

Ilana Horwitz (Straznik) (M.A. ’08) began a doctoral program in education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education in fall 2013.

Kathryn Moore (Doane) (M.A. ’13) discussed Youth as Peacebuilders in Fiji at the Asia-Pacific Peace Research Association’s Bangkok conference in November.

Communication and Education
Michael A. O’Toole (M.E. ’97) has completed 10 years (three as board President) at Philadelphia social services agency Face to Face Germantown.

Secondary School Science Education
George Papayannis (M.A. ’03), a physics, biology, and chemistry teacher at Boston’s Fenway High School, was recently awarded a two-year Wipro Science Education Fellowship.


Adult Education Guided Intensive Study
Richanne C. Mankey (Ed.D. ’07) is Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Daemen College and remains Vice President for Student Affairs.

Educational Administration
Johnnie E. Anderson (Ed.D. ’86, M.E. ’84, M.A. ’66) provided administrative leadership for the Central Islip American Parks Civic Association and for community Broadway productions. Anderson is a certified Phi Delta Kappa International emeritus member.

Les Barbanell (Ed.D. ’76) published Breaking the Addiction to Please: Goodbye Guilt, which focuses on “caretaker personality disorder.”

Edward A. Mainzer (Ed.D. ’90) is on the Board of Directors of the American School Counselor Association.
Higher and Postsecondary Education

Jim W. Morrison (M.A. ’05) is Senior Advisor to the Provost at the University of Notre Dame.
Higher Education

Anne Pruitt-Logan (Smith) (Ed.D. ’64, M.A. ’50) was named among the Top 25 Women in Higher Education in Diverse Issues in Higher Education in March 2013.

Organizational Psychology
Gretchen Ladd Barrientos (M.A. ’00) and her husband are expecting a little girl in July. Their son Xander is 19 months old.

Following a private- and public-sector career, Gabrielle Vetter-Taaffe (M.A. ’84) is doing consulting.

Student Personnel Administration
Joanne C. Conlon (Ed.D. ’85) is Associate Professor with tenure at Westchester University of Pennsylvania.

Published Monday, Jun. 2, 2014