Class Notes


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Marilyn “Mickey” Freed Scherzer and Sally Beltrandi Virzi continue to see each other often. They have been friends since 1948.


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Claire Odell Schaper was proud to represent Hartwick at the inauguration of Jason N. Adsit, PhD, as the seventh president of Mount Saint Mary College.


Ken Dobert, Thom Meredith ’73, Alicia Martinez Fish ’91, and Joe Pellegrino ’13 enjoyed catching up during True Blue. All have served the Alumni Association Board at one time or another.


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Christine Winant Johnson and Paul Johnson ’67 are proud to welcome her nephew Julian King ’23 to Hartwick.


Class reunion co-chairs Nancy Titus Helfrich and Chuck Reilly encouraged a great group of classmates to return for their 50th. Claire Hall Doyle was overheard saying, “This is more fun than I ever expected!”

John Biggs and Linda Samuelson Biggs celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family in Yellowstone National Park. John and Linda are enjoying retirement in Boise, Idaho. They have two children and four grandchildren.


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Jeanne Rockwell Martin is still happily working as a physician assistant in endocrinology in Aiken, SC. She recently moved to a smaller home with her dog, Kasey.


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Maria Vezina, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN has earned international recognition as a nurse leader. Maria is among 231 distinguished nurse leaders worldwide selected by the American Academy of Nursing as its 2019 fellows. Honorees were chosen based on their impressive contributions to increase access, reduce cost, and improve quality through nursing theory, practice, and science. Maria is the chief nursing officer/vice president nursing at Mount Sinai St.Luke’s Hospital and a Hartwick College trustee. Read more about Maria

Hartwick Athletics Hall of Famer David Lemanczyk and Taylor Steffens Bolton ’13 and attended the YMCA Mark May Celebrity Golf and Concert at the Oneonta Country Club in May. David’s baseball career included playing for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Detroit Tigers.


Barbara Allen retired in December 2018 after more than 40 years of hospital-based OB nursing. She’s been a “nanny” for three months and is loving it!


Kimberly Butler Nethaway and Jana Woldt Godfrey ’77 reconnected in Carcassonne, France, where Kim was directing the Oneida Area Civic Chorale in July. Jana says, “We don’t see each other often as I live in the UK and Kim lives in the US. It was great to chat over memories of our time as roommates in Leitzell Hall.”

Steve Young, MSPH, was invited by public health faculty to return to campus to address the college community on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. Steve is the director of the Division of Community HIV/AIDS Programs in the Health Resources & Services Administration.


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Charlene McCutcheon Marx P’10, P’16 was presented with the Alumni Association’s Meritorious Service Award during True Blue Weekend. A retired nurse, Charlene served on the Hartwick Board of Trustees and continues to be a major supporter of the College.


Suzy Truppner Rhatigan and Kevin Rhatigan ’79 are living in Raleigh, NC, where they are directors of Charis Bible College. They love living near their daughter, son-in-law, and grandson, who just turned three! They also have a two-year-old granddaughter in Philadelphia. They are excited about this new chapter in their lives and love working with their students. Since moving to North Carolina, Suzy and Kevin have seen several ’Wick classmates, including Mary Ellen Carosella Friedman, Cheryl Bolivar Gibson, Kathy Toop Watson, Bob Dixon, and Charlotte Guido Meuller-Bishop.


Keith Granet led the planning for his 40th reunion and many members of the class enjoyed a fabulous time back on campus during True Blue.


Jeff Stannard has been named managing director, head of the private client group of Boenning & Scattergood, an independent securities, asset management, and investment banking firm. He brings more than 30 years of experience as a senior financial services executive.

Joanne Dittes Yepsen was honored with the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Hartwick College Alumni Association during True Blue. The former mayor of Saratoga Springs, New York, Joanne now owns her own public affairs consulting firm.


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Linda Merrill Davis, FNP-C, CUNP recently met Hartwick Assistant Professor of Nursing Nicole Zhang, PhD, at the annual Society for Urological Nurses and Associates (SUNA) uroLogic Nursing Conference in Orlando, FL. The regional chapter president of SUNA, Linda practices with St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates.


Sara Clark Glennon says, “I was recently promoted to full professor at Landmark College, in Putney, VT, where I have taught English for 28 years and serve as the Writing Across the Curriculum coordinator. I enjoyed my seventh trip to Ireland this summer, teaching Irish Literature to Landmark students. Bob Glennon ’81 and I have been happily married for 31 years and we are extremely proud of our three sons, Clark, Graham, and Rhys.” Twenty-five years after graduating, Sara and her Phi Sig sisters Merideth Hartrick Smith, Anne Rutkowski Payne, Rene Timan Savage, and Jill Haney Carter continue their tradition of an annual get-together.


Rhonda Foote is proud to call her daughter Madison Draper ’19 a fellow Hartwick alumna. Madison graduated cum laude with an English degree and elementary education certification. Hartwick alumni sharing Commencement day included Jeanine Ball Long.


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Gerry Leonard had retired from the US Marine Corps with the rank of colonel and as chief of staff for the Marine Forces Reserve. He was commissioned as a Marine Corps officer in 1989 and soon joined the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. Across the next 30 years, Gerry commanded combat and/or relief operations in Kuwait, Bangladesh, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, among other locations and held leadership positions training forces. Gerry’s military decorations include the Legion of Merit (with Gold Star), Bronze Star (with Gold Star), and Meritorious Service Medal (with Gold Star). Gerry started his retirement by hiking the Appalachian Trail with his son.

Nick Thurlow has been named chief people officer for Vestmark, where he is responsible for human resources strategy and services, talent management, employee engagement, total rewards, and organizational development programs. After majoring in management, economics, and sociology at Hartwick, Nick earned an MBA from Boston College’s Wallace E. Carroll Graduate School of Management.

Amy Williams Raimy and Christopher Raimy recently stopped by campus to see their son, Tim Raimy ’17, back on Oyaron Hill. Tim is working at his alma mater as the events assistant in the Office of College Advancement; Christopher is Hartwick’s former director of Annual and Leadership Giving.


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Kathy Fallon and her family sport their Hartwick pride at home and away, including during a recent trip to Tallin in Estonia.


Phi Sig sisters and friends Jennifer Compton D’Onofrio and Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell ‘91 are also proud Hartwick mothers. Business administration major Joseph D’Onofrio ’22 and psychology major Olivia Garvey-Blackwell ’23 are pursuing their own extraordinary Hartwick experiences.


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Charlie Corcoran has been honored with the prestigious Henry Hewes Design Award for his scenic design of The O’Casey Trilogy at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York City. With many theatre credits and numerous other awards to his name, Charlie is also the production designer on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, filming at CBS studios.


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Dan Clayton was recently promoted to Operations Section Chief with the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services in Albany. He oversees a staff of seven across New York State responsible for ambulance inspections, controlled substances, ambulance operating certificates and mass gatherings relating to compliance with statute and regulation. Dan would love to hear from Hartwick friends at


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Joel Patterson, president and executive producer of Letter 10 Productions in San Francisco, is co-producing an unscripted documentary series for A+E Networks’ History channel. The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch takes scientists and other experts into this secretive 512-acre site in Utah’s Uinta Basin to investigate 200+ years of mysteries involving UFOs and paranormal sightings. Joel serves on Hartwick’s Board of Trustees.


Anna Song Beber, PhD, RN, FAAN, delivered the Lindsay A. and Olive B. O’Connor Lecture in nursing this fall. Her topic, The Baby Boomers Have Arrived! The Social Impact of an Aging Society, addressed a widening gap in the racial and socioeconomic disparities in health and social care for older adults. Anna is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing and a research fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

Mark Pawkett and his band The Mopar Cams rocked the True Blue Kick-off Party. Mark was featured on guitar and vocals.


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Chris Rochelle was featured in the new Netflix series Blown Away, television’s first-ever glassblowing competition. A studio art major who specialized in sculpture at Hartwick, Chris is an expert glassmaker and the hot glass projects team leader at the Corning Museum of Glass.

Eric Shoen-Ukre is loving his job as the director of alumni and donor relations at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He just started a master’s program in project management while his husband, David, is selling real estate. They love living in Revere and running on the beach with their dog Casper.

Eric Schoen-Ukre, Steve Baroody, Starr Wilbur Baxter, Kristen Falk, and three-generation legacy DJ Goldsack Connolly were among the members of the 20th reunion class who enjoyed a great time back on campus for True Blue.

After four and a half years and more than 1,200 performances on Broadway, Geno Carr has said goodbye to his leading role in Come From Away and return to sunny San Diego. He’ll be teaching at Grossmont College and MiraCosta College for the spring semester and already has a few shows lined up for 2020. Geno says, “New adventures await!”


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Sarah Beattie Galvin has been named to the Lake Placid Horse Show Association Board of Directors. She and her husband, Marc, are the second-generation owners of The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid, NY.


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Adrienne Spinozzi was on campus this fall to talk with students about her work as a curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the book she recently co-authored, American Art Pottery, published by Yale University Press.


Meredith Robbins has been named vice president of development at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. A theater arts and English major with a biology minor at Hartwick, Meredith earned an MFA in dramaturgy from the City University of New York.

James Altman is starting his second season as the assistant men’s basketball coach for New York University’s Division I program. This sociology major was caption of Hartwick’s basketball squad his senior year.


Brian Marroncelli graduated with his master’s degree in nursing from Regis College and has become a family nurse practitioner.


Brendan Gorman is the head coach of the Elmira College men’s lacrosse team. He previously served as head coach at Babson College, where he became the winningest coach in program history. Brendan majored in philosophy at the Wick.


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Mike Angstadt, PhD, has been named an assistant professor of environmental studies at Colorado College, where he teaches and researches environmental law and politics. Mike graduated from Hartwick summa cum laude with a major in political science and minors in environmental science and policy and history. He earned a PhD in political science with specialization in environmental politics from Colorado State University and a JD from Pace Law School.


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Jan Cocozziello has been named the head basketball coach at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey. His senior year at Hartwick, he helped lead his team to the ECAC championship. Jan majored in political science.

Alex Zook and Amanda McGuire were married on May 18, 2019, at the Somerset Club in Boston. Alex is the lead marketing associate at Payne-Bouchier in Boston. A theatre major at Hartwick, he earned a master’s in classical acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.


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Jennifer Murphy Picardo received the Outstanding Young Alumna Award from the Hartwick College Alumni Association during True Blue Weekend. A staff accountant for the Washington Nationals, she has generously hosted numerous Hartwick alumni events at the ballpark.


Sarah Otto Sanders has completed her third one-year term as the Young Alumni Trustee on Hartwick’s Board and has returned to service on the Hartwick College Alumni Association Board. Sarah works in data governance for MVP Health.

Jeremy Weremeichik is a visiting assistant professor of geosciences at Indiana University Southeast’s School of Natural Sciences. A geology major at Hartwick, Jeremy earned his master’s and PhD from Mississippi State University.

Martin McCann is the new head coach of men’s basketball at Daytona State College. The previous coach of Palm Beach State was named to the Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team. Martin was a standout player at Hartwick, where he majored in business administration.


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Elizabeth Allers is an attorney and Medicaid service provider with Hilton Estate & Elder Law, LLC, in Chadwicks, NY. She provides estate planning, asset protection, Medicaid planning, guardianships, trust and estate litigation, probate, and trust administration. A double major in mathematics and political science with a minor in geology, she earned a JD from Syracuse University College of Law.

Taylor Bolton has been appointed to the Oneonta Family YMCA board of directors. She serves as administrative supervisor at Community Bank, N.A. for its central and capital regions in New York and Pennsylvania. Her Hartwick degree is in business administration.

Dan Brainard is in his second season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Husson University in Bangor, ME. He previously served as an assistant football coach at Hartwick, where he majored in mathematics.

Devon Craft, DO, is the founder and owner of Craft Family Medicine in Ellenville, New York. The son and grandson of physicians, Devon studied biology / pre-med at Hartwick, earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. Devon and his wife live in Ellenville.

Hope Irion, LPC, ATR-BC, is a counselor and art therapist at the Baywood Center in Queensbury, NY. A psychology and studio art double major at Hartwick, she earned a master’s in art therapy and counseling from Drexel University. Hope is married to Chad Seaman ’13, a critical care nurse with Penn Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The couple married at Pine Lake Environmental Campus in June 2018.

Liz Kelly has accepted a promotion at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She is now a project coordinator on a large HIV surveillance epidemiology study in the infectious disease department at UNC, coordinating with the NC Communicable Disease Branch (CDB). Liz was a sociology/pre-med student at Hartwick who earned an MSPH degree in epidemiology from UNC Chapel Hill in 2017.


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Daniel Dunn and Sophia Daskalakis ’15 are engaged to be married in October 2020. After graduating from Hartwick, Sophia earned an MA from SUNY Albany and Daniel earned an MPA from Cornell.


Bobby Mele received his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the Duke University School of Nursing in August. He is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Stony Brook Medicine where he earned his MS in Neonatal Health in 2017.

Dan Mele returned to campus to perform during True Blue Weekend. The singer/guitarist had the Susquehanna Valley at his back as he entertained alumni, students, and families.

Shiva Senthil is the new head coach of SUNY Canton men’s basketball program. He previously served as an assistant coach at the University of Chicago, Clarkson University, and SUNY Purchase. Shiva played on two NCAA Tournament teams and majored in business at Hartwick.

When Lindsay Benko and Chris Gardner married last June, many of their Hartwick nursing friends were there to celebrate, including Kiara Goldwag, Megan Lefeber Kurtz, Megan Lawrence, Bobby Mele, and Jillian Price.

Sisters Steph Luce ’15 and Meg Luce and were back for True Blue. Steph, a history and art history double major, is the collections manager for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Meg, a business and art double major, is a strategy designer for Business Models, Inc.


Firdavs Abdunazarov is co-founder and a member of the board of ilmhona, the first coding boot camp in Tajikistan. He says, “ilmhona is a non-profit organization with the goal of equipping the young people with technical skills to succeed in the 21st century. For free.” He was a business and economics double major at Hartwick.

Tom Buckner is in his second season as the assistant men’s soccer coach at Jacksonville (FL) University. He was a goalie and a captain for the Hawks.

Marc Russell is the new head women’s soccer coach at Pierce College in Lakewood, Washington. He previously served as the graduate assistant coach at Central Methodist University. A four-year starter for the Hawks, he double majored in accounting and business.

In a powerful example of alumni collaboration, six young theatre graduates recently performed and produced an independent play, Willa, during ANT Fest 2019 in New York City. Nathan Skethway directed the play, wrote the music, and co-wrote the lyrics and book with Abigail Rose “Abbey” Vermeal ’18. Chase O’Neill was assistant director, James Canal the music director, and Alyssa Lundberg the movement director. Brian Chandler Cook was set designer and Abbey Vermeal lighting designer.


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Justine Kozubal is a graduate student in physical chemistry at UMASS Amherst. At Hartwick she majored in chemistry and physics and received Emerson funding to conduct astrophysics research with Hartwick Professor John Dudek in Germany.

Lauren Rosenberg is pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at The Sage Colleges where she is also is a graduate assistant coach in lacrosse. Lauren majored in psychology and minored in biology at Hartwick.

Andrew Watson is an associate in equity compensation at Cantor Fitzgerald global financial services firm in New York City. He previously served as a staff accountant for Omnicom global marketing. At Hartwick, he majored in accounting and business and minored in finance.

Sarah Shaw is in her first season as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Elmira College. She previously served as an assistant at Bridgewater State. A four-year shooting guard at Hartwick, Sarah majored in business administration.

Nick Sorrenti is the new head football coach at Chenango Valley High School in Binghamton, New York, having previously served two seasons as an assistant coach at Maine-Endwell. Nick majored in business at Hartwick.

Dan Gilbert took a break from his military service to join the second annual Dan Gilbert ’17 Run to the Top. He was joined by his parents, Annie and Bob Gilbert, and former cross country teammates in the run up Oyaron Hill.


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Marcus Hudson portrayed George Gibbs in the Fenimore Art Museum’s Gimmer Globe Theatre production of Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town this summer. Marcus is an assistant director of admissions for Hartwick.

Catherine Kondi, a graduate student in vocal performance, returned to Anderson Theatre to conduct a master class for current Hartwick students and to perform a recital for an appreciative True Blue audience.


D’Asia Brockington is back on Oyaron Hill working as a development assistant in Hartwick’s Office of College Advancement. She specializes in corporate, foundations, and government relations.

Wyatt Long, a former lacrosse player for the Wick, recently became a contributing writer for BroadStreet, covering the Philadelphia Flyers. He has also become a contributor to the Field Exploration Journal at Powell Lacrosse’s website.

Tom Peabody is the new defensive backs assistant coach for men’s football at Hartwick. He played defensive back and majored in business administration at the Wick.


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