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1971 Dennis Hennigan was one of two CBA alumni inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 16, for his longtime sports officiating career. Denny’s achievements as referee include: head referee at the annual Cortaca Jug game between Cortland and Ithaca; head referee for “The Game” between Harvard and Yale in 1996; BIG EAST Conference football official from 1998-2012; Atlantic Coast Conference referee (2013); head referee in 15 bowl games including the 2004 Bowl Championship Series; and National Championship Game at the Sugar Bowl, Fiesta, Capital One, Citrus, Liberty, and Chick-fil-A bowls. He also officiated the Notre Dame-USC game three times; Miami-Florida State games on numerous occasions, and was head referee at the 2010 Army-Navy game. Dennis is currently Coordinator of Football Officiating for the ACC and a partner at Costello, Cooney and Fearon.
1971 Sportelli Chiropractic Center, owned by Dr. Vincent Sportelli, was voted Best Chiropractor in the Syracuse New Times Best of Syracuse ’17 contest, after 24,000 votes were cast.
1973 Ron Spadafora recently joined Notre Dame Schools in Utica, NY as executive principal,where he oversees both Notre Dame Elementary School on Barton Ave. and Burrstone Road’s junior/senior high campus. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Rochester, a Master’s of Science in Social Studies Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration, both from Syracuse University. He is also a graduate of the Superintendent’s Development Program at the State University of New York at Oswego.
Ron began his career as a social studies teacher and spent 20 years in the Syracuse City School District. He most recently served as interim principal at Stockbridge Valley Central School District. Prior to that, he served the Oneida City School District for 16 years, retiring as the superintendent of schools.
He was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award – Superintendent, from Oneida-Madison-Herkimer School Boards Institute last year, and the New York State Secondary Principal of the Year from SAANYS/NAASP/MetLife in 1996.
1975 Tom Fletcher was one of two CBA alumni to be inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 16. Tom was inducted as a three sport athlete in baseball, basketball, and golf. All-around athlete … that describes Tom Fletcher in a nutshell. At CBA, he starred in basketball (1973-75) and baseball (’74-75). Tom was a big part of CBA winning its first sectional title in ’75, beating a Notre Dame of Utica in OT. He averaged 12 points a game and made First Team All-CNYCL. On the baseball diamond, Fletcher led CBA to its first undefeated 16-0 season in the CNYCL. Tom had a perfect 9-0, with a 1.05 earned run average for the Brothers. Fletcher gained first team All-CNYCL honors in Baseball as well.
He received a full basketball scholarship to play at Le Moyne. During his four-year court career up at The Heights, he averaged 10 points and four rebounds. He also played baseball at Le Moyne where his stats were spectacular including a career pitching 29-4 record, 1.91 ERA. He pitched a 3-2 complete game victory over New Haven to secure third place in the Dolphins’ second consecutive trip to the Division II College World Series. A two-time Division II All-American in baseball, Tom went 12-2 with a 1.50 ERA as a senior in ’79.
On the links, the two-handicapper has countless tournament titles as a member of Tuscarora Golf Club. In 2015, Tom won the New York State Senior Amateur. In 2015 and 2016, Tom won the Syracuse District Golf Association 2-man best ball tournament. He remains among Central New York’s better amateur players having made two Mitchell Cup Teams, most recently in 2015. Tom is already a multiple Hall of Famer, having been inducted by LeMoyne in 1992 and CBA in 2006.
1988 Jim “Taggs” Battaglia was selected to serve as CEO/Scout Executive of the Stonewall Jackson Area Council Boy Scouts of America headquartered in Waynesboro, VA. Jim assumed his new responsibility on Sept. 16. Jim will be overseeing all executive operations for the council that serves over 4,000 youth in 13 counties in Central and Western VA. Jim and his family look forward to being part of the scouting family in Virginia and welcome communication from any CBA alum in the area.
1992 John Judge was appointed as the Dean of the School of Engineering at Catholic University effective June 1. Judge will provide academic and administrative leadership to the school, while representing the school to the University and those in the field of engineering. He will be responsible for leading its development, promotion and growth.
1993 Elliot DeGroot and his wife, Paula, welcomed their second daughter on March 17th (St. Patty’s Day)…Marie Ellen DeGroot. Fittingly, she has bright red hair!
1996 Marc Cusano, Esq., has been honored as a “Rising Star: Super Lawyer.” The designation is bestowed by the Super Lawyers subsidiary of Thomson Reuters and recognizes just 2.5% of attorneys — the very best of the best. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented process combining peer nominations, evaluations, and independent research. Marc represents individuals and families in all aspects of estate planning, elder law, and probate administration. He also advises business owners in matters of corporate formation, tax planning, asset protection, and succession planning.
1998 Mike Erwin was truly humbled to be promoted to Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) in the U.S. Army Reserve on Sept. 5 at the Pentagon. His wife and children, parents, brother & his wife, and many friends and colleagues were in attendance. Mike commented on the ceremony, “My family’s love has been steadfast throughout my life and career, and I am so grateful for them. It was also special because my Battalion commander from our year-long deployment to Iraq (including the Battles of Najaf & Fallujah) promoted me.”
1998 R.J. Nicolli and Chelsea Monterville were married on July 29 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. Sal Massa ’98 and Kellyn Nicolli ’03 were in the wedding party and other CBA alumni in attendance were: Ron Nicolli ’67 (father of groom), Anthony Nicolli ’71, Louis Santaro ’85, Bill Marsallo ’91, Chrissy (Tracy) Julka ’96, T.J. Triscari ’97, and Jon Law ’98. R. J. is a Senior Financial Advisor with M & T Bank. The couple resides in Chittenango.
2000 Matt Paulus was selected as a recipient of a 2017 Forty under 40 Award from the Syracuse Business Jounal. He is the owner/CEO of Paulus Development Company. Matt and his fellow recipients will be honored at a ceremony on Nov. 16.
2000 Jim Cavale has launched a new software service called Influencer that is aimed at managing student athletes’ reputations and their brand. “There are three ‘what’s in it for me’s’ for the school,” Cavale said. “Number 1, you’re going to protect your brand. Number 2, you’re going to grow your brand’s reach through your athletes. Number 3, you’re going to add a recruiting asset, because you’re going to be able to tell your athletes you have a solution for their personal brand, for them to grow it and have solutions around them managing it themselves for when life after sports begins.” Jim has already partnered with Alabama Football and is excited to see where he can take this new venture.
2001 Marianne Corbishley married Jeremy Gerrard on Nov. 12, 2016 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Syracuse. A reception followed at Traditions at the Links. Her sister, Katie Corbishley ’04 was in the wedding party. Other alumni attendees were Rev. Frank Corbishley ’74, John Tooley ’96, Michael Tooley ’97, Elizabeth Ann Calnon ’99, Jeff Corbishley ’03, and Chris Tooley ’05. Marianne is a senior economist with FHFA and the couple resides in Fairfax, VA. PHOTO: Pictured (l-r): Ashley Gerrard, Katie Corbishley ’04, Marianne Gerrard ’01, Jeremy Gerrard, Jose Acay, RJ Nelis .
2002 Anthony Marrone and his wife, Melissa, welcomed Antonio James Marrone on Sept. 12. Baby Nino weighed in at 7 lbs. 15 oz. and is 20.5″ long.
2003 Kerry (Halleran) McCarthy and her husband, Michael, welcomed Carter James on Sept. 25. According to the proud mama, Carter was 7lbs. and 19 inches of perfection.
2003 Dagmara Adeline was born on Sept. 24 at 9:56 p.m. at Crouse Hospital. Kelly Smith and Derrick Smith are now officially parents!
2003, 2005 Stan Germain and Jessica Ockenden were married on Sept. 2, 2017 in Annapolis, MD. The ceremony was at Saint Mary’s Church and the reception was held at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. CBA graduates in the wedding party were: Matt Germain ’08 (best man), Mark Ilacqua ’03 (groomsman), Matt Whyland ’03 (groomsman), Stephanie Ockenden ’06 (MOH), Leanne Ockenden ’10 (MOH), MaryKate Hannan ’05 (bridesmaid), Lauren Logan ’05 (bridesmaid). The couple has recently moved to Kennett Square, PA.
2003 Pinnacle Capital Management (PCM) named Dean S. Dellas as national sales director on Sept. 18. Dean holds a general securities representative (Series 7) license from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and is also licensed as an investment advisor representative (Series 66). Dean will split his time between the firm’s Fayetteville, NY, and Boston-area offices. Having worked in the financial services field for 10 years, Dean began his career at Merrill Lynch and joined PCM’s affiliated broker-dealer, Pinnacle Investments, LLC, in 2013. Dean is a native of Cazenovia, NY and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
2006 In July, Mark Callahan was awarded a master of science degree in real estate development from Massachusettes Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Katie, celebrated with his classmates at a dinner where he was presented with the MIT Center for Real Estate Thesis Excellence Award for his thesis, Using Transactional and Spatial Data to Determine Drivers of Industrial Land Value. Mark has accepted a position as Development Manager with Gilbane Development Company in Providence, RI.
2006 Cedric Edwards pulled a diamond ring from his pocket, proposing to Melinda Edwards moments after totality at an eclipse watch party in Nashville, TN.
2007 David Ingram married Katelyn Rutherford of Baldwinsville on Sept. 23. Alumni in attendance were his father, David Ingram ’74, James Morgan ’81 and Patrick Smeeding ’07. David works as a Fire dispatcher for Onondaga County Emergency Communications.
2007, 2008 Kaley Pfohl ’08 and Shane Hopkins ’07 were married on May 27 at Chapel By The Sea and the reception was at Carlouel Yacht Club, both in Clearwater Beach, FL. CBA graduates in the wedding party were: Best Man, Kyle Hopkins ’10, Mike Bulman ’07 , Devin Daly ’07, Art Dessein ’07, Brittany Brigandi ’08, and sister of the groom, Jillian Hopkins ’18. Dads Kerry Hopkins ’75 and Mike Pfohl ’79 are both CBA grads. They took a short getaway to Key West after the wedding and are planning to go to Greece next year. Shane is an account executive at eMaint and Kaley is Internship Program Manager at Gartner. The couple lives in Fort Meyers, FL.
2008 James Wanamaker recently joined Smiles of Skaneateles as a general dentist. He earned his dental degree from SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and completed a post doctoral general practice residency at SUNY Upstate and the Syracuse VA Hospital.
2009 Clare Kenville and Ty Murphy were married on Feb. 25 at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Downtown and had their reception at The Hotel Syracuse. Clare graduated from Loyola University Maryland and Ty from Towson University. Many brothers were in attendance!
2012 Dylan Haines signed a one year contract with Lugano Tigers Basketball, LNB, in Switzerland. Dylan played hoop for Boston University where he averaged 1.4 points and 1.6 rebounds as a senior.
2013 Phil Parkes is working as a paralegal in the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Antitrust Division. Phil helps attorneys research large companies to make sure they are operating in compliance with the laws of fair business competition.
2013 Rachel Perla was named assistant coach of the University of Scranton’s women’s lacrosse team. She joins the Royals lacrosse coaching staff fresh off a playing career at St. Bonaventure University. In her three year career, Perla scored 53 goals and added 19 assists (a 72 point total) as an attacker/midfielder and served as team captain for the 2017 season. She was named to St. Bonaventure’s Dean’s List from 2015 through 2017, and also served as an intern for the women’s lacrosse program in the Fall of 2015. Perla earned her Bachelor of Science in Sports Studies from St. Bonaventure in May 2017.
2013 Courtney Finkbeiner has enterd the Peace Corps in Fiji as a Community Youth Empowerment Volunteer. She will be blogging about her experiences. Check it out here: https://finkyinfiji.wordpress.com/
2014 On Oct. 7, Zachary Grzelka represented RIT at the 70th Annual NY State Economics Association Conference, where he presented his research paper: An Economic Analysis of Collisional Cascading in Low Earth Orbit. The paper is also his senior capstone project, however he’s continuing his research on the topic beyond that phase to pursue publication of his model. In addition to immersing himself in theoretical economic modeling, he was selected as the 2017-2018 RIT Peer Mentor for the Economics Department and also serves as a peer tutor for the department.