40 under 40

Inaugural 40 under 40 Class


Adam Abreu ’17

B.A., Economics and Political Science
Hometown: Huntington, NY

Following his graduation from Hartwick, Adam has worked in the legal department for a leading natural and organic food manufacturer, The Hain Celestial Group, as a Legal Analyst; where he advises on contractual relationships, litigation, and large corporate transactions. He played an integral role in two of Hain’s largest projects: the divestitures of the Tilda Rice and Hain Pure Protein business units.

Adam recently completed his second year of law school at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where he was selected to advise non-incarcerated pro se litigants on a variety of legal issues from tort claims to bankruptcy, in the Eastern District of New York at Central Islip.


Katsiaryna Salavei Bardos ’02

B.A., Management
Hometown: Fairfield, CT

Katsiaryna earned a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Connecticut. She is an Associate Professor of Finance at Fairfield University, where she teaches corporate finance and real estate at undergraduate and graduate levels. Her current research examines corporate social responsibility and within-firm pay inequality. She has published articles in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, and Journal of Behavioral Finance. Her award -winning research has been presented at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and referenced in a US Treasury White Paper.


Dr. Christopher Belnap ’03

B.A., Biology and Geology
Hometown: Carlisle, PA

Following his graduation from Hartwick, Chris earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the cofounder and CEO of Resilient Biotics. Resilient Biotics is a microbiome therapeutics company identifying new treatment strategies to create less dependence on antibiotics. Chris returned to Hartwick in 2019 to present the Commencement address to the graduating class. His inspiring talk informed graduates of the many ups and downs encountered in building a successful career.


Samantha Capparelli ’14

B.A., Anthropology
Hometown: Miami, FL

Samantha, who has always had an enduring passion for wildlife, went to work at Zoo Miami as a zookeeper. Two years ago, she left this role to develop the Wild Bunch, a group of young professionals dedicated to supporting Zoo Miami and the Zoo Miami Foundation through fund-raising and community awareness. She works to bring the global need for change to her local community, as well as to change the perception of animals in captivity. She is inspired everyday by the animals she works with and the wonder on the faces of children when they get to interact with these animals in person. Samantha recently began working for Chimp Haven, an animal welfare organization.


Dr. Stephanie Carr ’06

B.S., Biochemistry
Hometown: Oneonta, New York

As Assistant Professor of Biology, Professor Carr is teaching a new generation of Hartwick students. A well-respected professor who has also been honored for her research, Stephanie recently received a research grant from the National Science Foundation to study microbes and their viruses with the deep ocean crust.


Brian Cook ’16

B.A., Theatre Arts
Hometown: Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Following his graduation from Hartwick, Brian became the technical director and master carpenter at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. He has appeared on television in “Evil Lives Here” and onstage in “Network” on Broadway with Bryan Cranston.


Christa Welch DiGuiseppe ’03

B.A., Biology
Hometown: Livermore Falls, ME

Following her graduation from Hartwick, Christa has been dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and providing services for adults with intellectual disabilities in her home state of Maine. In 2017, she embarked on her dream of becoming an entrepreneur and opened Summit Support Services. Christa leads a team of four case managers and is the chief information technology officer for the agency. She also serves on a team of professionals in the development of a new statewide information system that all service providers could use in supporting clients with intellectual disabilities throughout the state.


Justin Dimmel ’02

B.A., Math and Philosophy
Architecture of the Sacred 2000, 2001, 2002
Hometown: Liverpool, NY

Following his graduation from Hartwick, Justin earned a master of science in mathematics and a Ph.D. in mathematics education at the University of Michigan. Prior to earning graduate degrees, Justin was an Americorps VISTA volunteer and also worked as a high school mathematics teacher at adventure-based independent schools. He is currently an assistant professor of mathematics education and instructional technology in the School of Learning and Teaching and the director of the Immersive Mathematics in Rendered Environments (IMRE) research lab at the University of Maine (imrelab.org). The IMRE lab designs immersive environments for creating and transforming spatial figures and investigates how such environments create opportunities for learning and teaching. He has broad interests in how people learn to represent and communicate mathematical ideas.


Darcy Dolge ’10

B.A., Music
Hometown: La Grande, Oregon

Following her graduation from Hartwick, Darcy has owned and operated her own business in visual arts and sound therapy. In 2015, her passion for the arts and supporting artists led Darcy to become Executive Director of Art Center East, a non-profit organization providing arts learning programs in rural schools and communities throughout a ten-county service area. As such, she has been instrumental in directing facilities improvements, such as gallery lighting, street signs, and the juried gift gallery, which provides retail opportunities for a rotating contingent of 40 artists. Under Darcy’s direction, class offerings have expanded by 400%, enhancing and diversifying the organization’s revenue streams and providing opportunities for teaching artists to work with community members and develop their skills. Darcy has also increased partnerships with community organizations like Shelter from the Storm, which addresses sexual assault, the Union County District Attorney’s Office, and the Union County Juvenile Department. Darcy and her team strive to increase equity and accessibility to the arts in Northeast Oregon.


Noel Pierson Fairbanks ’02

B.A., Accounting and Management
Hometown: Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania

Following her graduation from Hartwick, Noel became the Vice President, Global Finance Service Delivery, for Johnson & Johnson. In this role, Noel is a member of the Global Services Leadership Team and an extended member of the CFO staff. Noel is responsible for Account-to-Report, Invoice-to-Cash, Payroll, and Travel & Expense services for Johnson & Johnson businesses across all sectors and regions, managing an organization of 2,400 finance employees based in five delivery hubs and spanning more than 70 local offices around the globe. She also serves on several nonprofit boards and supports STEAM initiatives within her community.


Alison Garcia ’07

B.A., Biology and Psychology
Hometown: Saylorsburg, PA

Following her graduation from Hartwick, Alison earned a master’s degree as a physician assistant from Pace University. She serves in this role at New York Presbyterian Hospital and NYU Langone Hospital focusing on neurosurgery and stroke intervention. She additionally works in ENT, Urology, Orthopedics and Trauma. She serves as Clinical Preceptor with Weill Cornell Physician Assistant Program teaching on-site clinical skills and completing student evaluations. She will be completing the Doctorate of Medical Sciences (DMSc) degree and four graduate certificates in Global Health, Public Health, Advanced PA Education, and Health Administration in May 2021.


Dr. Patrick Hanley ’06

B.A., Biology, Chemistry
Hometown: Rochester, NY

Following his graduation from Hartwick, Patrick earned his Ph.D. in Immunology from Baylor College of Medicine where he also completed a postdoc in cellular therapy. He is now Director of the Cellular Therapy Laboratory at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C where he is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Patrick also serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy and is a co-founder and on the board of directors of Mana Therapeutics, a start-up biotech company.


Dr. Louise Hecker ’00

B.A., Biology
Hometown: Oneonta, NY

Following her graduation from Hartwick, Louise earned her doctorate in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan. Her research background and training are rooted in regenerative biology and investigating mechanisms of tissue injury-repair. As a tenured Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona, Tucson, her research is focused on understanding why the repair process “goes awry” in aging and identifying novel pathways that can be targeted to reverse age-associated diseases, such as Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). She is founder and chief scientific officer of Fibronox, LLC, a biotech company that has exclusive licensing rights to a first-in-class Nox4 inhibitor drug candidate for fibrosis, which is the clinical term for scar tissue.


Nobel Htoo ’18

B.A., Public Health
Hometown: Gone Nyin Tan, Myanmar

Following her graduation from Hartwick, Nobel joined Wine To Water, a non-profit organization committed to finding clean water solutions for developing countries. She has returned to Myanmar to undertake several projects. As a refugee from Myanmar, Nobel channeled her desire to help others during her time at Hartwick through her work with the campus chapter of Wine To Water.


Rasha Mukbil Jawabri ’06

B.S., Biochemistry
Hometown: Ramallah, Palestine

Rasha focuses her work on the protection of children especially those with disabilities in Palestine and surrounding Arab countries. She works with international and national organizations to build their capacities and strengthen programs and policies that are protective and safe for all children. She also helps organizations develop preparedness plans to provide timely and appropriate responses to child protection concerns and incidents as they arise.

Rasha developed the first Palestinian publications in sexual education for people with mental disabilities, multiple disabilities, as well as, children with autism in an effort to prevent sexual abuse against them.


Melissa Lareau ’08

B.A., Economics and Political Science
Hometown: Naples, Italy

Following her graduation from Hartwick, Melissa earned a master’s degree in international affairs at Texas A&M University. She worked for Ernst & Young initially and then moved to Uganda as the East Africa Finance Director for a microfinance NGO. There she immersed herself in the community and launched a business that enabled women to gain financial independence by making wallets and other goods. Upon returning home, Melissa worked at Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. foreign assistance agency that promotes economic growth. She currently lives in Italy, where she has volunteered for social justice NGOs, taught English to immigrants and Italians, and produced translations and social media for an Italian language school.


Adam Lazar ’04

B.S., Management


Pathy V. Leiva ’01

B.A. Spanish 2001 and Psychology 2002
Hometown: Yonkers, NY

Pathy has dedicated her life’s work to helping historically disadvantaged students find their path to college. During her eleven years as a recruiter for SUNY Oneonta, she worked specifically with farm working and migrant children. She succeeded in bringing over 275 students to college and ensuring they had the financial and academic support they needed to succeed. In 2018, she was named Director of College Assistance Migrant Program (C.A.M.P.) and in 2019 she was given responsibility for two additional programs. She is also Interim Director of Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) & Access to College Excellence (ACE) at SUNY Oneonta. Pathy continues to advocate for disadvantaged students of color, migrant, and farm working students.


Meg Luce ’14

B.A., Studio Arts and B.S., Business
Hometown: Saratoga Springs, NY

Following her graduation from Hartwick, Meg earned a MBA in design strategy from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a strategy designer at Business Models Inc. where she consults on innovation with Fortune 500 clients, coaches startups working toward venture rounds, and shares knowledge and lectures at universities like NYU and Columbia University. Meg has stayed very connected to Hartwick since graduation. She has hosted talks on campus, connected current students with entrepreneurs in her network, and mentored students. She worked with Hartwick’s PSGE Center to plan and execute a three-day “Innovation Link” excursion for current students. During this trip, a group of 12 students from a range of majors and class years were treated to two-day innovation immersion, with one day focused on a hands-on design thinking workshop that had them plan and pitch a business idea of their own, and a full day of visiting offices such as Google and startup accelerators.


Daniel “Dan” Martin ’10

B.A., Business Administration and B.A., Economics
Hometown: Fairport, New York

Following his graduation from Hartwick, Dan became a benefits and HR Consultant with Gallagher, a Fortune 500 Company. The company is a global leader in insurance, risk management and consulting services. Gallagher helps organizations and their employees face emerging challenges in today’s uncertain times. He has served in a number of roles with the organization, most recently Director of Marketing for the Northeast and Atlantic Regions. Dan is also a Board Member of the National Human Resources Association’s Rochester Chapter. Outside of his work, Dan serves as an assistant coach with the St. John Fisher College varsity football program. He and his wife, Jackie, reside in Fairport, New York with their two boys, Wesley and Calvin.


Lisa Mayer ’05

B.A., Psychology
Hometown: Avon, Connecticut

Following her graduation from Hartwick, Lisa founded and became CEO of My Social Canvas, a social-impact fashion accessories brand whose products are designed by girls, for girls. Through MSC, Lisa is building a global community of Gen Z girls and equipping them to design the life and career they love! MSC’s products can be found at Verizon and Target.com, and have been featured by the TODAY Show, on NASDAQ, and in InStyle Magazine. In 2016, Lisa was honored as a “Change-maker” by the United States of Women Summit, a leadership summit hosted by Michelle Obama at the White House.


Geoffrey McDonald ’08

B.A., Political Science
Hometown: Concord, NH

Geoffrey serves as Vice President and Trust Officer of Concord Trust Company of Bedford, New Hampshire. Before joining Concord Trust in 2018, he served as a consultant for nonprofit organizations as well as a non-profit executive for two organizations. In 2015, he earned the Certified FundRaising Executive designation, a globally recognized credential for fundraising professionals. Geoffrey remains engaged at Hartwick as a member of the chapter council for Alpha Sigma Phi.


Amanda Medina ’12

B.A., Studio Art
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Following her graduation from Hartwick, Amanda moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she serves as an Employment Marketing Specialist at The Home Depot’s Store Support Center Headquarters. In this role, she supports corporate hiring initiatives and works to improve overall candidate experience. Through her work with the Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot, she has supported the rebuilding of a camp for the Girl Scouts, volunteered at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and Toys for Tots. This work also took her to Texas where she played a role in the relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey. For her efforts, she has received multiple awards from Home Depot.


Dr. Robert Mele ’14, DNP, NNP-BC, CCRN

B.S., Nursing
Hometown: Patchogue, NY

Following his graduation from Hartwick, Bobby began his nursing career at UNC Chapel Hill Children’s Hospital in their Newborn Critical Care Center. Completing his master’s degree at Stony Brook University in 2017, he became a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) and moved back home to Long Island to practice in the Neonatal ICU (NICU) at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. The Stony Brook NICU was his first home: the unit cared for him in 1992 when he was born prematurely. He continued his studies and graduated from Duke University, School of Nursing with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in the fall 2019. Bobby has held an academic position at Stony Brook, School of Medicine within the Department of Pediatrics and has since moved to Northwell Health – Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC). He is currently practicing full-time in the NICU at CCMC and also holds practice privileges in five other hospitals across Long Island. Bobby thanks his Hartwick family who, to this day, continue to encourage him to chase his passions.


Katie Meuer ’15

B.A., Anthropology and B.S., Biochemistry
Hometown: Elburn, IL

Following her graduation from Hartwick, Katie studied at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health where she obtained her master’s in public health with a focus on global health policy. While attending graduate school, Katie worked for the workforce development service organization, ISCOPES, as a team advocate for the Adult Health Literacy Team, which served community partners working with people experiencing homelessness and living with HIV. During her time as a master’s candidate, Katie was accepted as a part of the Master’s International Peace Corps program. She completed her master’s thesis work during her two year service as a Community Health and Youth Development Specialist in Peace Corps Lesotho. In addition to her thesis work on the effectiveness of Lesotho’s newly designed supply chain management standard operating procedures, Katie worked with her community partners to establish a monthly adolescent health club at the local clinic, focusing on HIV risk mitigation and destigmatization, train service providers on youth friendly health services, improve access to HIV testing services and treatment, including increased outreach efforts, and create a regional youth leadership camp. She also served on Peace Corps Lesotho’s Health Program Advisory Board, Gender Equity Committee, and as a Resource Volunteer for Peace Corps-led training. Katie continues to serve her communities through her work as a Region Coordinator and Puppy Raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a passion that started as a college fundraiser at Hartwick, and as a member of the Hartwick College Alumni Board.


Jeffrey Moyer ’04

B.A., History
Hometown: Bethel Park, PA

Following his graduation from Hartwick, Jeff fulfilled his passion for physical fitness and inspiring personal health in others through coaching. He then launched his own business in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania focusing on strength and conditioning. Jeff is also a published author and has written fitness articles for magazines and on-line platforms. He has spoken around the country, and consulted worldwide with athletes and coaches.


Kate Chambers Prickett ’05

B.A., Anthropology and Economics


Peter “P.J.” Prunty ’10

B.A., Political Science


Tony Riley ’09

B.A., Physics


Liz Salmeron ’09

B.A. Math; B.A. Studio Art; Certification in Education Math & Art 7-12
Hometown: Farmingdale, NY

Following her graduation from Hartwick, Liz teaches special education to incarcerated youth in New York City. In her seven years of teaching, Liz has instilled in her students the value of an education to empower and overcome obstacles. She participates in continuing education focused on social emotional learning in order to further her success in the classroom.


Colleen Schindler ’09

B.A., Anthropology
Hometown: Hamilton, New York

Following her graduation from Hartwick, Colleen has worked in the healthcare field as a direct support professional with the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OWPDD), then running a group home for teenage girls, and now focusing on community-based case/care management. As the Assistant Director of Program Operations for LIFEPlan CCO NY, she works with individuals with developmental disabilities and provides in-home and community based care management for thirty-eight counties in NYS. Colleen plays a key role in policy creation, quality management, reporting, and adherence to quality metrics.


Dr. Victor L. Schultz ’09

B.S., Biochemistry and B.A., German
Hometown: Gloversville, New York

Following his graduation from Hartwick, Dr. Schultz continued his education at American University, earning a master’s degree in organic chemistry. His passion for scientific discovery and critical thinking led him to pursue a doctoral degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he completed a doctorate in synthetic organic chemistry. Subsequently, he was accepted as a postdoctoral fellow in the chemical engineering department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work in flow chemistry emphasized integration of team-building and organizational structures from cross-disciplinary areas, including biology, engineering, computer science and chemistry.

Victor is currently employed as a senior scientist with Merck & Co., where he is developing new processes and techniques used in the pharmaceutical industry.


Nathan Skethway ’16

B.A., Theatre Arts
Hometown: Elliottsburg, PA

Following his graduation from Hartwick, Nathan moved to New York City to begin a design internship with SpotCo, one of Broadway’s leading advertising agencies. He was later promoted to a full-time designer position. While working at SpotCo, Nathan created the artwork for several Broadway shows, including “True West” with Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano, “Farinelli and the King” with Mark Rylance, and Steve Martin’s “Meteor Shower” with Amy Shumer. In 2018, receiving permission from horror author Stephen King, Nathan began work on a new folk musical based on King’s short story, “Willa”. “Willa” recently had its Off-Broadway debut at ANT Fest and included contributions from several Hartwick alumni. Nathan is a New York City-based writer, composer, director and graphic designer. He works as the Multimedia editor for Playbill.


Adrienne Spinozzi ’01

B.A., Art History and English
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Adrienne is the Assistant Research Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her work focuses on the study of American Ceramics and Glass as well as 19th and 20th century Decorative Arts. Her most recent book, “American Art Pottery,” was published in September, 2018. She is recognized as an expert in her field, having been quoted in multiple publications, and is a sought after public speaker. Adrienne has returned to Hartwick to speak in classes about her work and hosted a presentation of her research for a group of New York City alumni and friends at the Metropolitan in spring 2020.


Allison Sulock ’04

B.S. Music Education & B.A. Theatre Arts
Hometown: Burbank, CA

Following her graduation from Hartwick, Allison’s career has taken her to over forty countries while touring with musicals artists including Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Madonna, and Janet Jackson. She is a well-known and sought after Media Server Engineer, as well as a designer, programmer, technician, and producer for productions from Blue Man Group, to Disney on Ice, to intimate theatre. She also performs music as a part of the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire and in the LA-based Irish-rock band, The Hounds of Belfast.


Daryl Thompson ’06

B.A., Visual Arts
Hometown: West End, Anguilla, British West Indies

Following his graduation from Hartwick, Daryl attended the Savannah College of Art and Design to further his creative studies. Having returned to his native Anguilla, Daryl is currently involved in several ventures. As Creative Director and manager of Alloyd Enterprises Limited, he designs and manufactures a wide variety of items using laser engraving technology. He also oversees a creative services firm called Quartet Creative. This firm manages company or initiative public images from inception to function. He is the 2018 recipient of the Anguilla National Youth Awards Visual Arts Award.


Lynnet Decoteau Weddas ’06

B.A., English
Hometown: Bronx, New York

Lynnet is an entrepreneur who established Lynnet’s Professional Touch (LPT) just one year after graduating from Hartwick. Her endeavor to marry her passions for writing, editing, and public speaking to her desire to be in service to, and amplify, other creatives of color has been a fruitful one. Later, inspired by her young daughter, Lynnet created a line of premium flash cards. With a growing list of products and services, Noonie’s Learning Annex serves parents, caregivers, and educators of early learners.

Lynnet lives in Tampa, Florida with her fellow entrepreneur husband, Lynden A. Weddas ‘08, and their young daughter. Keep up with Lynnet online at LPTediting.com.


Calvin Yeager ’16

B.S., Biochemistry
Hometown: Eureka, CA

Following his graduation from Hartwick, Calvin is a Ph. D. candidate and National Science Foundation graduate fellow studying viruses in the Microbiology and Immunology department at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 2019, he launched Curioscity, a scientific communication and outreach podcast dedicated to making difficult scientific concepts accessible and enjoyable to a general audience. Each episode discusses important and timely scientific issues impacting modern society, and often highlights contributions from Hartwick alumni.


Nadexhda “Nadya” Zhexembayeva ’01

B.A., Management and Psychology


Daniel “Dan” Zuck ’05

B.A., Geology and Psychology
Hometown: New Hartford, New York

Following his graduation from Hartwick, Dan began his professional career as a field geologist for Arcadis, a global environmental consultant firm. He is now the company’s technical leader for New York State chemical vapor intrusion assessments and compliance. Dan is also the technical health and safety lead for multiple international Fortune 500 client teams as it relates to implementing EHS compliance. Married to fellow graduate, Erin LaRochelle Zuck, he has served his community as a member of the Board of Directors for a local church and the Skenandoa Golf and Country Club in Clinton, New York.

Inaugural 40 under 40 announced in New York City

Hartwick College 40 Under 40 Alumni gathered for inaugural event

In August 2019, the Young Alumni Engagement Team of the Hartwick College Alumni Board nominated and selected forty individuals as their inaugural 40 under 40 award winners. This remarkable group of individuals exemplify True Blue spirit as they excel in their professions, community work, and support of Hartwick College.

Congratulations and thank you!

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