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Leslie Beltran ’08: Taking on the ‘Untreatable’

Leslie Beltran '08 at NYU in white coat

Leslie (Sandusky) Beltran ’08 is a neuroscientist at the NYU School of Medicine.

She graduated from Saint Rose with a degree in psychology, where she found a passion for research working in a lab alongside her professor and academic advisor, Rob Flint.

Having worked at multiple universities and colleges since, she now uses that love of research to develop immunotherapies for the treatment of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases.

Learn more about Beltran in this video.

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Get to Know Our Student-Athletes in Video Series

Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco

Our Golden Knights are frequently celebrated for their athletic accomplishments, but there is much more to these student-athletes than what you would find on the stats sheet.

We’ve launched a new video series that allows fans to get to know them better, from the serious aspects of being a student-athlete to the silly ones.

Be sure to follow the Golden Knights on Facebook or visit gogoldenknights.com to see the latest installments.

See all the videos on YouTube.

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Class Notes: March 2019

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2010s

Shanice Davis ’18 was featured in the Times Union in January. Since graduating with her bachelor’s degree in social work in 2018, she has embarked on her graduate degree in the same field. She’s working full time at Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing in Valatie, New York, and is interning at private practice Families Together. She shared her cheerful outlook and her love of helping others in “Recent undergraduate pursues further education while embarking on a career in social work.”

Heather Graves ’18 received the Community Spirit Award in the Miss Fulton County and Miss Montgomery County competition, which was held on January 18, 2019, in the Gloversville Middle School in Gloversville, New York.

Angelo Magliocca ‘18 began as a multimedia strategist for the Albany Business Review in Albany, New York. He had most recently been working as an account executive for the Albany Empire professional football team.

D. Soleil Paz ’18 is working for Macmillan Publishers (New York, New York) as a book-cover designer. “I’m expecting my first original cover designs to be published this fall and am thoroughly enjoying my work,” she adds. “I recently launched a long passion project stemming from the senior thesis I created at Saint Rose (I believe the project can still be viewed at the Office of Spiritual Life). The extension of my thesis can be found at jointhejourney.xyz.”

Sastry Narasimhadevara G’17 is working as a Java developer with Highmark Health in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Carly Weller ’17 is hospital outreach director at Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne, New York.

Robert Agostinoni G’16 has been promoted to assistant vice president of commercial lending and business development at the Bank of Greene County. He has been with the bank for more than 12 years and serves on the board of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce in Greene County, New York.

Lauren D’Annibale ’16 is working as a full-time English teacher for the City School District of Albany. “I’m currently the AVID College and Career Readiness Elective Teacher at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School.”

Danica Brugge G’15 has been named interim principal of John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School in North Bellmore, New York, for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year. Brugge previously was the assistant principal of Saw Mill Road Elementary School, since August 2016.

Lindsey Brooker ’15 is working as a speech-language pathologist at the Center for Disability Services in Albany, New York.

Corrine Furjanic ’15 lives in State College, Pennsylvania, and has been working for the Penn State Alumni Association as their graphic designer on their alumni magazine, the Penn Stater. “I helped do a rebrand of the magazine, which launched January 2018. I also have my own design business, where I am currently doing an interior design project for my church.”

Jeremy Peralta ’15 is a criminalist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City.

Asia Ewart ’14 is a multimedia editor and visual journalist for the New York Daily News in New York City.

Hermann Ettien G‘14 is a program evaluation specialist with the New York Office of Mental Health in Brooklyn, New York.

Jermaine A. Brookshire, Jr.,’13 is a prospective fellow with the 2019 New Leaders Council, a leadership and professional-development program that equips fellows with the skills to run for office, manage campaigns, create startups, and access networks of thought leaders. NLC Fellows take their activism back into their communities and workplaces to effect progressive change. He is also a candidate for the juris doctorate (JD) at Washington University School of Law (St. Louis, Missouri).

Memoli Ward ’12 started a new position as interactive designer with M.Gemi in New York City.

Adam Ulmen ’11 is director of research at Kingsley Gate Partners, LLC, in Twinsburg, Ohio.

Kyle Pero ’10 has accepted a position with New York State Senator Jen Metzger as counsel and director of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture.

Briana Brinson ’10 is an assistant district attorney for Albany County in Albany, New York.

Robert Caserta ’10 is a manager in the IT Advisory Services practice for KPMG China. He is based in Hong Kong, where he has been since 2014.

2000s

Michele Passonno G’09 is assistant director of the Office of Respect at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

August Rosa ’08 and the popular two brew pubs he runs in Saratoga Springs and Albany, Pint Sized, were the subject of an article in Edible Capital District in October 2018.

Thomas Hammond G’07 is a managing director with TNS Companies in the Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida area.

Alexandra McDowall ‘07 is assistant compliance officer at PKS Investments in Clifton Park, New York.

Robert Comire ’06 was promoted to creative director at LEGO Group (Enfield, Connecticut).

Sean Corlew ’06 was promoted to supervisor at his certified public accounting firm, CMJ LLP, in Queensbury, New York. He has been with the firm since 2005.

Bethany Everest ’04 is director of clinical operations at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Eliza (Whipple) Bianco ’04, G’07 is working as a senior account supervisor at public relations firm, Baker Public Relations in Albany, New York. “We have a Saint Rose intern working with us at the moment!” Bianco had moved to New York City to work for a PR firm, with celebrity clients like Bobby Flay, and moved back to the Capital Region about six years ago.

Martin Daley ’01 is director of water quality programs for the Capital District Regional Planning Commission in Albany, New York.

Alan Poirier ’01 has been appointed to the board of directors of HashChain Technology, Inc. He has been serving as chief technology officer at [s[ Cube Inc. (Delmar, New York)

Mike Perno ’00 was named head coach of the men’s basketball team at Saint Rose. He is in his 13th season coaching the team, and has replaced longtime coach Brian Beaury after Beaury’s retirement.

Kurt Rossner ’00, Adam Szamreta ’01, and Eric Hoover ’03 were in Forbes for their roles as co-owner and designer at Old Smoke Clothing Co. in Saratoga, New York.

Dr. Nicole Surething ‘00, a clinical psychologist and owner of Wellness Therapy Services, LLC, in Locust Grove, Virginia, is now qualified complete Competency to Stand Trial and Insanity Defense Evaluations in the state of Virginia.

1990s

John Savage G’98 was recently spotted on a gig with his ensemble, the John Savage Quartet, at 9 Maple Ave. in Saratoga Springs, New York. Savage, whose credits include playing with Ben E. King, the Drifters, and The Classics Four, is the instrumental music teacher at Gloversville High School.

Nikki Arel Radens ’96 owns Essential Touch LLC, where she is a licensed massage therapist and yoga instructor, in Manchester, Connecticut. She recently added the position of Cadre with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). In this part-time capacity, she travels around the U.S. with The Wall That Heals, and assists in the setup and breakdown of a three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial (Washington, D.C.) and traveling education center. She also assists with volunteer training, educational tours, and visitor assistance. Nikki had been volunteering with veterans and the VVMF, but says she enjoys this opportunity to work for them as a part-time employee and serve local communities.

Michael F. Knowles, CPSM, ‘95 became Regional Business Development Director for Geomatics in Texas at McKim & Creed, Inc. in Plano, Texas.

Kevin Tollisen ’94 was elected chair of the Board of Supervisors for Saratoga County, New York. He has served as Halfmoon supervisor since 2013.

1980s

Mike Natoli ’88, partner and managing director for Deloitte Digital in Atlanta, Georgia.  After 20 years or so at IBM, building and running their digital agency, IBM iX, I was recruited to Deloitte as a Partner/Managing Director within Deloitte Digital, where he leads a team that helps clients with their digital strategies, brand experiences, digital marketing campaigns, and the creation of personal and trusted experiences across all digital channels.

Julie Panzanaro ’87 was named director of admissions at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York.

1970s

Elizabeth Miller ’76, G’77 continues to renew and beautify downtown Glens Falls, New York, one site at a time. After completing a multimillion-dollar restoration of a performing-arts space and restaurant, she is set to work her magic on a building across the street. The article, “Elizabeth Miller’s next investment in downtown Glens Falls,” appeared in the Albany Business Review on January 29, 2019.

Miller was also honored with the 30th annual J. Walter Juckett Community Service Award from the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce (presentation on March 9, 2019).

Mark Parker ’72: “After 30 years of working in the ultra-high-net-worth space, trust, tax and investment, I retired from U.S. Trust Company in 2011. In May 2018, I completed three years at The Rinker School of Business at Palm Beach Atlantic University as a professor of finance teaching upper-level finance courses. PBAU is a small Christian University in West Palm Beach, Florida. I am a Master Golf Teaching Professional and have been teaching all levels of golf for the last 13 years. I was just appointed as Head Golf Coach at The Thales Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina.”

1960s

Gail Gallerie ’66: “During the State University of New York at New Paltz’s Alumni Reunion weekend, I was awarded The Heritage Award which recognizes those whose “devotion to the ideals of the College serve as an extraordinary example to the entire New Paltz community.” Having spent my entire career at SUNY New Paltz, serving as chief of staff for seven presidents over 34 years, being selected for this recognition was exceptionally meaningful to me.”

In memoriam
Ariel Davis ‘17
Kimberly Sala Lamberton G‘16
Leslie Barnard III ‘02
Patti Jo Payne G’01
Mary Loretta “Sally” Fero Conklin ’00
Donna Maria Accuosti G’90, G’07
Pamela Stewart ‘85
Margaret Hines Knox ‘84
Mary Therese Mereness ‘82
Janice Collins Woodcock G’81
Mark Cerosaletti ‘80
Robert Cook ‘76
Carol Gormley O’Brien ‘73
Sister Yolanda Amoroso, MPF, ‘71
Frances Breslin Seibert G‘68
Patricia Trobley Davies ‘68
Paula Maywalt ‘65
Nicholas Moreno G’65
Garrett Murphy ‘64
Sister Geraldine Corkrey, CSJ, ’64, G’71
Sister Jean Kinney ‘63
William J. Kirsch G’62
Sister Mary Brendan Gilleran, CSJ ‘58
Sheila Brady Daniels ‘57
Carol Hines Coleman ‘57
Joan VanPatten Cooper ‘57
Kathleen Kelleher Riley ‘57
Frances Renna Brehm ‘55
Janet Getty Koert ‘55
Mary Barber ‘53
Sister Mary Patricia Murtagh ‘53
Mary Jane Kavanagh ‘51
Mary Edna Cassidy Lynch ‘51
Rita McDonald Cooney ‘50
Dorothy Fitzpatrick Nealon ’46
Sophie Greco Ferrara ‘42
Margaret McKeon Buckley ‘39

Friends of Saint Rose
Martin Dalton, Sr., president of Sanders Fire and Safety
Mr. Thomas Healy, the financial advisor for the late Mr. Ken and Mrs. Thelma Lally
Mrs. Mary Q. Reagan, who gave the east and west stained glass windows in the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary in memory of her late husband, former Trustee Joseph A. Reagan. Joe was instrumental in the initial negotiations for the Sanctuary and, as a member of the Physical Plant, carried the plans to completion
Dr. Judith Barnes, who supported Community of Excellence event in 2011 and 2014-2015

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Events for March 2019

Take in a lecture, conference, game, or concert at Saint Rose soon.

March 16: Men’s Lacrosse vs. Merrimack, 1 p.m. Christian Plumeri Sports Complex

March 18: Mark Weitzman, expert on anti-Semitism and extremism, will deliver the talk “The New Face of Extremism” for the Sidney & Beatrice Albert Interfaith Lecture at 7 p.m. March 18 in the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary, 959 Madison Ave., Albany. The lecture is free and open to the public.

March 20: Softball vs. Le Moyne, doubleheader, 3 and 5 p.m., Christian Plumeri Sports Complex

March 22: Baseball vs. Bentley, 4 p.m., Christian Plumeri Sports Complex

March 23: Baseball vs. Stonehill, doubleheader, noon and 3 p.m., Christian Plumeri Sports Complex
Softball vs. Saint Michael’s, doubleheader, noon and 2 p.m., Christian Plumeri Sports Complex

March 24: Baseball vs. Bentley, noon, Christian Plumeri Sports Complex
Softball vs. Saint Anselm, doubleheader, noon and 2 p.m., Christian Plumeri Sports Complex

March 27:
Baseball vs. Le Moyne, 3:30 p.m., Christian Plumeri Sports Complex
Men’s Lacrosse vs. American International, 5 p.m., Christian Plumeri Sports Complex

March 30: Saint Rose Camerata, 7:30 p.m., Massry Center for the Arts. The Saint Rose Camerata Season Finale includes cantatas for soprano with oboe and flute by Bach and Telemann, Shepherd on the Rock by Schubert, Curio for solo guitar by Assistant Professor Andrew McKenna Lee, and the Octet for Winds by Igor Stravinsky.

April 4: The Secret Sisters, country-folk songbirds, Lydia and Laura Rogers, 8 p.m., Massry Center for the Arts. Order tickets for the Massry Center online.

April 6: “Infinity of Inclusion: The Rewards and Challenges of Educating Everyone” one-day conference. Learn more about engaging English-Language Learners, the LGBTQ community, and advocating for trauma-informed communities and students with exceptionalities. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thelma P. Lally School of Education, 1009 Madison Avenue, Albany. Attendees will receive a certificate of Continuing Education Credits. Cost is $15 for students; $25 for faculty and professionals. Register for Infinity of Inclusion here.

April 10: “Healthy Minds Campaign: Suicide Prevention Symposium,” a panel discussion for education and mental health professionals, 7 to 9 p.m., Touhey Forum, Thelma P. Lally School of Education. Register for Healthy Minds here.

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