Alumni Class Notes, November

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Alumni Class Notes, November

 Class Notes

Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D. ’67, Lexington, Kentucky, is recognized for his lifelong contribution to the study and research of stressful life events and stressful transitions across the lifespan in his professional publications and research summarized in his Handbook of Stressful Transitions Across the Lifespan through Springer Publications. More here.

Susan M. Swain ’76, Alexandria, Virginia, Co-Chief Executive Officer and President of C-Span, was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame at their 27th annual dinner. The dinner honors the pioneers, innovators, shows and stars who have made significant contributions to the broadcast/television industry.

Kathleen Fitzgerald Sherman ’78, Mountain View, California, opened her own solo law practice in February 2017, after practicing in a large law firm for several years.

John J. Gill, Jr. ’78, G’80, Branchville, New Jersey, retired from Kittatinny Regional High School after 39 years. Gill served as a Biology teacher for 21 years and finished as a guidance counselor for 18 years. He will continue as head varsity wrestling coach, a position he has held for 38 years.

Peter C. Butera, Ph.D. ’80, Lewistown, New York, was named dean of Niagara University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Isabel Dwornik, Ed.D. G’84, Endwell, New York, recently published a book titled Dreams and Deception: Sports Lure, Racism, and Young Black Males’ Struggles in Sports and Education as part of Peter Lang Publishers’ Adolescent Cultures, School, and Society Series. Dwornik earned a master’s degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in Counselor Education from Syracuse University, an MHRA from the University of Scranton, and a doctorate in Educational Theory and Practice from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She has worked as a counselor and administrator for SUNY Broome Community College, Catholic Social Services, and the Maine-Endwell Central School District. She was also an instructor for Binghamton University for many years.

Daniel J. Murray ’85, Maple Glen, was named as chief executive officer of Pennswood Village Board of Directors. Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed Continuing Care Retirement Community for people age 65 and over in Newtown.

Kate Groark Shields ’97, Fort Washington, is the owner of a full-service marketing communications firm, Vault Communications. Vault has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing privately-held businesses regionally and nationally by Inc. magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Business Journal and Philadelphia 100, a joint initiative of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Wharton Small Business Development Center and the Entrepreneur’s Forum of Greater Philadelphia.

Jennifer Hunara ’00, G’02, Bethlehem, accepted the position of administrator, Department of Surgery, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City in July 2017.

Barbara Ginty ’06, New York, New York, was recently chosen as a finalist for the "Grow Your Value Competition" which was held during the "Know Your Value" event in New York City on October 30, 2017. The "Know Your Value" event was founded by MSNBC's cohost of Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinsk, and will include such guests as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Martha Stewart, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jane Pauley and many other notable speakers. Ms. Ginty will be competing among two other finalists at the "Know Your Value" event, pitching her business, Planancial, which offers online personal finance education classes, for the chance to win a $5,000 grand prize. 

Thomas Schneider ’06, Long Beach, New York, received a MS in Nursing, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner from Molloy College in August 2017.

Joseph Wolfe ’11, Long Branch, New Jersey, has joined DLA Piper as an associate in the firm’s Philadelphia office.

James P. Shygelski ’14, Scranton, has joined the Law Offices of Jennifer J. Riley as an associate attorney.

2nd Lt. Nicholas M. Tallo ’15, Wethersfield, Connecticut, commissioned in the Marine Corps in November 2015 after successful completion of USMC Officer Candidate School. He then attended The Basic School with Bravo Company 2-16.  After graduation in June 2016, 2nd Lieutenant Tallo reported to Battery E, 2d Battalion, 11th Marines to perform on-the-job training. In September 2016 he checked in to Marine Artillery Officer Basic Course 7-16 and Joint Fires Observer Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In February 2017, 2nd Lieutenant Tallo completed the curriculum as the Distinguished Honor Graduate, and reported to Battery G, 2d Battalion, 11th Marines to serve as the Mortars Fire Direction Officer. In May 2017, 2nd Lieutenant Tallo deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in the South Pacific, where he is currently serving as the Mortars Platoon Commander


Donald W. Burdick ’50, Easton
Anthony J. Martino ’51, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
William F. Butler, Sr.  ’52, 
James F. Brennan, Ph.D. ’61, Newark, Delaware
Thomas Matkosky ’61, Peckville
James F. Huff ’62, Moscow
James P. Murphy ’65, Hughestown
Joseph D. Yeager ’68, 
Sr. Patricia Rogers, H.M. G’69, 
Villa Maria
Daniel Wolfe G’74, Susquehanna
James P. Naticchi ’75, 
Maryann J. Grippo ’88, Scranton
Mary Ann Duffy Savitsky ’90, 
Kristen Glodek-Oestergaard ’97, Elkins Park
Anne M. Kearney ’00, Scranton
Stephen M. Pfail ’13, G’14 Garden City, New York

Friends Deaths
Anne Marie LaCotta, wife of Jerome P. LaCotta ’63, G’72
Richard Seagrave, father of MaryBeth Seagrave Doherty ’96


A son, Jack Conrad, to Joseph ’10 and Mallory O’Hara DeLullo ’10, Newport News, Virginia

Nicole Clemson ’13 
to James Mirra ’13
Katherine Lynch ’13 
to Colin Reilly ’14
Aileen McGonigle ’13 
to Paul McCormick ’13

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