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1970 John Erardi published a new book: “Tony Perez From Cuba to Cooperstown.” This is his seventh book about baseball. Check out John’s website for articles and photos: https://www.johnerardi.com/
1986 Hearts & Science welcomed A.J. Storinge from GroupM as its new Executive Director, Media on the AT&T account. Storinge will be tasked with leading AT&T media across the New York, Atlanta and Dallas offices, while reporting to Ralph Pardo, Hearts & Science President on the account.
1993 Kevin Mahoney and his wife Carolyn welcomed a daughter, Elliott Rose Mahoney (“Ellie”), on February 11, 2018 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. Ellie is the couple’s first child. The family will continue to split their time between their homes in Manhattan and Waccabuc, NY. Kevin is the Managing Partner of Bay Street Advisors, a global management consulting and executive search firm focused on the financial services industry. Carrie was most recently a pre-school teacher in Manhattan.
1997 Nina Brown is one of the recipients of the Meredith Teaching Recognition Awards from Syracuse University. Nina has been an assistant professor of communications at SU since 2015. The Teaching Recognition Award Program recognizes excellence in teaching by non-tenured faculty and adjunct and part-time instructors. Recipients are selected for teaching innovation, effectiveness in communicating with students, and the lasting value of their courses. To be eligible, candidates must have completed two years of service to the University and not yet received tenure.
2002 Christopher Zdep launched Captivate Media, a video marketing firm that specializes in producing videos that help businesses and organizations grow. They primarily service the Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse region, but will travel anywhere. Captivate meets with businesses to understand their goals and target market, then designs a video marketing strategy for the year. They create the video concepts, produce them in HD quality, and can even do promotion of them. Captivate will ensure that organizations have the right video content so they can continue to succeed in this digital age.
2004 Ashley Dadey and her husband, Brenton, will be celebrating five years of marriage in June. They have two sons, Macalin Reid (3 years old) and Declan Xavier (2 years old) and are expecting their third baby in October. They reside in Oneonta, NY and Ashley works for SUNY Oneonta’s Division of Advancement as the Manager of Stewardship and Donor Communications and Brenton is a partner at Scarzafava & Basdekis law firm.
2007 On May 19th, Nathan Wayne will be ordained to the order of diaconate by the Most Reverend Robert Joseph Cunningham at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on 259 E Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY. If you cannot make it, view the livestream on the ceremony at – https://www.youtube.com/user/syrdio.
2010 Julie Basha, daughter of Dr. Bashar Omarbasha and Cecelia Thomson, graduated from Boston University in 2014 and Suffolk Law School in 2017. Julie earned a JD with a concentration in Health and Biomedical Law and graduated with Distinction. Julie has been hired as an Associate Compliance Specialist with Fresenius Medical Care-North America at their Corporate Headquarters in Massachusetts.
2011 Samantha Peltz has a new show on the National Geographic Kids YouTube page called, “What Sam Sees!” where Sam gets to explore the ocean and educate children as she goes! The episodes air every two weeks. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaibHLbcgb8
2012 Dylan Haines played his last game of the 2017-18 basketball season, marking his first year in the professional ranks. The 7-foot center has called Lugano, Switzerland, his home since last September, playing professional basketball for the Lugano Tigers of the Ligue Nationale de Basket B. Haines averaged 13.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game in playing out his one-year contract. Haines is excited to see where his future will bring him.
2013 Olivia Messineo, Graduate Student at SUNY Cortland in the Sport Management Program, was awarded the Graduate Service Award, for going above and beyond what is asked of them. She is on track to graduate December 2018, and will be in Charlotte, NC this summer as an intern with NASCAR’s Digital Media Engagement Department. Olivia graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Political Science and Finance and is also a former SU D1 Women’s Tennis Player.
2014 In March 2018, Zachary Grzelka received Rochester Institute of Technology’s 2018 Henry and Mary Kearse Distinguished Lecture and Student Writing Award for his paper “United Airlines 10-K Analysis” for the Dept. of Economics. That same month, he also represented RIT at the 2018 Midwest Economics Association’s conference in Chicago, where he presented original research. Following graduation in May, Grzelka will be attending Syracuse University Maxwell School’s doctoral program in economics.
2014 Michael DiGiorgio double majored in physics and music at Colgate University and ran the gamut of different types of performances and roles in their performing arts programs. He was involved in the university chorus and select chamber group with a role as tenor section leader and was in an a cappella group that he directed for two years. Michael acted in multiple plays and events with a theater group, created sets for stand up comedy, improv comedy, and co-hosted a radio show. He participated in ballroom dance and led and choreographed the group and sang and played drums for Colgate’s Catholic Newman community masses. For his final project for composition class, Michael wrote a piece for piano, violin, viola, and cello called, “The Tides of Sawaris,” with movements – 1: Zhurien, 2: Celine, 3: Fiora. The piece was performed on the main stage of Colgate’s chapel. This fall, Michael will be pursuing a masters degree in audio arts at Syracuse University and hopes to have a career in the music industry.
2015 Breanna Delaney was attending a conference regarding refugees at the Vatican recently, where she met Pope Francis. Breanna is studying in Geneva.
2016 Collin Recore just received a Type I scholarship from the Air Force. He is at Renssealer Polytechnic Institute studying aeronautical engineering, where he is a member of the Air Force ROTC. He recently signed his enlistment papers and took his oath. He is also part of their Honor Guard.
2016 Natalie Nardella is a member of the Amherst College Women’s Basketball Team that won their 2nd straight (and both undefeated) Division 3 National Championship, on March 17.