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Billy Fong-Frederick G’19 is working as a special education teacher for the New York City Department of Education (New York, New York). He received the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award for 2018.

Paul Groff G’19 is working as a first-grade teacher for the North Colonie central school district (North Colonie, New York).

An announcement of the marriage of Daniel Mulhall G’17 and Christie Elizabeth Nelsen appeared in the New York Times in early August. He is assistant principal at P.S; 307 in Brooklyn, New York.

Diana Weaver G’16 has been appointed assistant principal for Manor Oaks School in the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park school district (New Hyde Park, New York).

Jennine Slaughter Spennacchio ’14, G’12 has begun working as speech pathologist for Midland School and Rye Middle School (Rye, New York). She had previously been a speech-language pathologist for the Peekskill City School District (Peekskill, New York).

Collin Cusack ’10, G’12 is working as academic coach and advisor for Mount Saint Mary College (Newburgh, New York).

Timothy Rodgers G’12 was named as assistant principal for Samoset Middle School (Ronkonkoma, New York). He had most recently been dean of students for grades K through 8 at P.S./I.S. 178 since 2017; prior to that, he had been a health and physical education teacher at P.S./I.S. 178.


Jerry Gibson ’08 was appointed associate principal for Cambridge Elementary School (Cambridge, New York). He was previously a special education teacher for Mechanicville Elementary School (Mechanicville, New York).

Kevin Witt G’08 was named the director of physical education, health, and athletics for the Seaford school district (Seaford, New York). He was most recently assistant principal of physical, education, health, athletics, and security for Benjamin Cardozo High School (Queens, New York).

Robert McGough ’07 was appointed new principal of Moreau Elementary School of South Glens Falls school district (Glens Falls, New York). He has been with the district for nearly a decade, having most recently been assistant principal at Oliver W. Winch Middle School.

Daesha Devon Harris ’02 was featured in Smithsonian magazine in April 2019. She joins Rachel Baxter ’11 for a joint alumni exhibit in the Esther Massry Gallery this fall.

Antonio Abitabile G’02, G’09 has been named superintendent of the Lansingburgh Central School District (Lansingburgh, New York). He was most recently at Hudson High School, where he had worked as principal of Hudson High School since 2012. He begins his new position as superintendent in December 2019.

Of the five baseball standouts named to the Clinton County Mariners Hall of Fame (Morrisonville, New York) for 2019, three are Saint Rose alums: Justin (Gus) Terry ’01, Doug Kimbler ’98, and Jason Miller ’94. They were honored at a ceremony in early August.

Jim LaBate ’87 recently published a collection of his essays, called “Writing Is Hard.” These essays are writing guidelines that LaBate, who teaches in the writing and research center at Hudson Valley Community College, created for his students over the last 20 years. He adds that the essays are perfect for any college student, or really anyone, who wants to become a better writer.

Tracie Killar ’86 and her South End Children’s Café, which serves healthy, free meals and after-school activities to lower-income children and their families, was featured in the Altamont Enterprise in August. Killar’s café also provides the families with activities and field trips, and the article spotlighted a field trip to the Altamont Fair. 

Coleen Murtagh Paratore ’80 and her book, “The Big Book About Being Big,” were recently featured at a read-together event at the Troy riverfront (Troy, New York).

Marion Leap ’79, G’84 has retired from the City School District of Albany (Albany, New York), where she worked as a full-time art teacher for 34 years; before that, she worked for Coxsackie/Athens school district. She continues to teach part time as an art teacher and creates her own artwork in her home studio.

In memoriam
Allison Borowksi ’18
Deniece Clancy G’11, G’14
Anne Marie Lobosco Cramer ’99
Mary Murray ’80
J. Edward John ’78
Edward Connor G’74
Janet Campbell ’68
Arlene Cravet Burgess ’67
Sister Monica Murphy, CSJ ’66, G’92
Roddie Ellen Dobris Kaplan G’62
Carrol Varley Gutta ’61
Suzanne Brennan Stone ’61
Anne Marie Brown ’56
Margaret Manny ’54
Eugenia (Jean) Nichols Valente ’48
Mary Helen Renaud ’45

Friend of Saint Rose
Harvey Lee Sperry was a Trustee of the College from 2003 until 2007 and is commemorated on a plaque in Room 113 of the Thelma P. Lally School of Education. He was a great supporter of the Massry Center for the Arts and its programming and attended many performances.