Jonathan Munroe ’16 was promoted from Member Specialist to Member Solutions Specialist at SEFCU. He now works for the member solutions center at SEFCU, with the duties of processing loan payments and answering questions for members regarding their accounts. “We donate a lot to charity, and the work environment and benefits are awesome!” says Jonathan.
Julianna Maria Palomba ’16, who is currently teaching at Eagle Elementary School in the Bethlehem District, was awarded the NYS Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award.
Rachel Salasky ’16 is working as Youth Volleyball Director and Marketing Director at SportsLink in Charlotte, N.C. Her goal was to move to Charlotte and work for a grassroots organization, and SportsLink, the area’s largest organizer of adult sports leagues, met that objective perfectly. Her current project is kicking off the organization’s youth leagues. “I am so happy I made the move to Charlotte, and I am having a blast with my job working events and being on the courts almost every day.”
Adama Barry ’14, who was choosing between Columbia University and New York University for her master’s degree in social work, has decided to attend Columbia University this coming fall.
Jacquelyn Chyrell Richards ’14, who is pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, became a program assistant at Cornell University Graduate School. She will be working specifically with the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement (OISE). She has served as president of the Cornell Black Graduate and Professional Student Association since 2017. She expects to complete her MPA in 2019.
Kali Bradford ’12 moved to New Orleans immediately after graduating from Saint Rose, where she was the Music and Talent Coordinator at the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. She has since relocated to London, where she is pursuing her MBA in international business from London Metropolitan University, with an expected graduation year of 2019. She also completed an MA in Music Industry Management and Enterprise with Distinction from London Metropolitan University in 2016 and an LLM in Entertainment Law from the University of Westminster in 2017. In 2017, she served as a panelist for the Off the Record New Music and Conference Showcase. She manages alt-rock band “The Green Bottle Kiss” and works at Distiller Records in London, where she was recently promoted to label manager. She encourages Saint Rose students to consider internships with her in London.
Dan Barner ’11 announces that the company he founded, Prolific Marketing, will be moving to a new location this summer. The company is staying in Ballston Spa and moving to a larger space at 27 Kent Street, just a few minutes from the current location. Look for an announcement of their grand opening.
Connor Clark ’11 is celebrating three years working for tech startup TickPick, a ticket marketplace similar to StubHub “only without the service fees for buyers.” He started off primarily in customer support, as most do at his company, but has transitioned into more of a content manager/editor role, in which he writes relevant blogs that help the site’s SEO rank, and he reviews and edits outside-authored content, using his writing background. “In a way, you could say I’m handling a Quality Assurance role for the site, as well,” he adds.
Patrick Cullen G’10 is currently the Head of Engineering at a San Francisco healthcare startup called Carrot, which lets employers offer customized fertility benefits for their employees, from basic testing to in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
Natelege Turner-Hassell ’02, G’03, G’08 was honored at the Commission on Economic Opportunity’s annual awards ceremony. The award highlights “individuals and businesses that are transforming their communities through advocacy, empowerment, investment, and compassion for those living in poverty. All proceeds from the event support organizational programs and services that reach more than 12,000 children and families each year.” Turner-Hassell is principal of School 2 in the Troy City School District.
Jim Eaton ’97 saw one of his beers take top honors in the Hudson Valley Hops Beer Festival in Albany in May. Placing first in the competition, Little Mo Session IPA is a session beer created by Fort Orange Brewery, which Eaton cofounded. Another Fort Orange creation, Stress Away DIPA, finished second by one vote for the People’s Choice Award.
Anthony “Jay” Longe II ’94 passed away unexpectedly on May 8, 2018, at the age of 49. A graduate of Burnt Hills High School and Hudson Valley Community College, he earned a B.S. in Business Administration at Saint Rose. His wife of 23 years, Regina Longe ’94, graduated from the same Saint Rose class. An employee of the NYS Thruway Authority, Jay was a humorous, outgoing soul, and a kindhearted father and husband who coached his children’s teams and was proud to attend all their events. A hunter, fisher, and boater, he belonged to the Pine Hills Beagle Club in Altamont, was handy around the house, and loved working on projects. To leave a special message for the family online please visit NewComerAlbany.com
Michael Zegarelli G’93 passed away at the age of 63 on April 27, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. A native of Minster, Ohio, Michael grew up in Utica and graduated from Utica Free Academy, then attended the University of Findlay College in Ohio. He earned a master’s degree in special education at Saint Rose, then worked as a special-education teacher in the Utica City School District for over 25 years, until retiring in 2012. He also worked in the Utica City School District for over 20 years as a coach for wrestling, baseball, softball, and football. He joined the Utica College Football staff in 2002 and coached for 13 years, until retiring in 2015. Online tributes at www.EannaceFuneralHome.com.
Paul Douglas Whitbeck ’75 passed away on April 24, 2018, at the age of 73, at his home in Delmar. Born in Mechanicville on New Year’s Eve 1944, Paul grew up watching his father teach English in Mechanicville. He graduated from Mechanicville High School, earned a bachelor’s degree from the Berklee College of Music, and earned his masters at Saint Rose. He worked in New York City as a studio musician before touring the country with his band. He was a devout Jehovah’s Witness. He later settled in Delmar and devoted himself to teaching music for the City School District of Albany, where he enjoyed introducing young people to band. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice in Paul’s name.
Sr. James Miriam Koeppe ’65, G’74, passed away on May 4, 2018, at age 89, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham. A Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 69 years, she was a native of Albany and graduated from Catholic Central High School in Troy. She received a B.S. and M.S. in elementary education at Saint Rose, then taught in elementary schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses for 49 years. Upon retiring, she volunteered to drive Sisters to various appointments and served on the business office staff in St. Joseph’s Provincial House. An outspoken, honest individual with a great sense of humor, Sister James Miriam was a delight to live with. Her love of angels showed in the angel pin she always wore. She enjoyed shopping and working on her computer, which she used to make greeting cards for those close to her. Contributions in Sister James Miriam’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.
Sr. Ann Therese Flynn ’63, CSJ, passed away on May 14, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham, at the age of 98. The Albany native graduated from St. Ann’s Academy and worked for 10 years for Harmanus Bleecker Library, the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and the New York State Department of Corrections. She entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph and professed final vows in 1953; she was a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 70 years. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Saint Rose, she taught in Albany and Syracuse Diocese schools for nearly 50 years. She was also a home visitor in St. Lucy’s Parish (Syracuse) and served as coordinator of transportation at St. Joseph’s Provincial House. She sought to provide her students with thorough knowledge in an environment of self-discipline, hard work, and mutual respect, and taught with her mind and heart, praying that her students would be equipped to face life’s challenges with integrity and a sound work ethic. In her later years, she visited the infirmed Sisters at the Provincial House daily. Contributions in Sister Ann Therese’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110. Please visit www.mcloughlinmason.com.
RoseMarie Schillaci Manory ’56, G’59, Saint Rose Professor Emeritus of History and an icon in the College’s history, passed away at age 84, on May 9, 2018. A recipient of the Alumni Association’s Carondelet Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, she is perhaps best known for her detailed recollection of past Saint Rose stories, and for authoring “Of Glory and Praise,” still considered the definitive history of the College. RoseMarie began as a full-time faculty member at Saint Rose in 1969 after teaching at Hudson Valley Community College, Troy High School, and the Fonda-Fultonville Central Schools. She rose to the rank of an associate professor, teaching European and New York State History, and mentoring many future social studies teachers. She studied abroad at the American University in Rome and participated in a seminar study program in Moscow. She served on the Board of Trustees of Historic Cherry Hill from 1991-1995 after serving on the Advisory Board from 1988-91, and retired in 1996. RoseMarie earned her Bachelor of Arts in social studies with a minor in English from Saint Rose in 1956, and her Master of Arts in History/Political Science in 1959. As an alumna, she was a Capital Campaign and Phonathon volunteer, a Reunion committee member, and served on the Alumni Board from 2000-2004. A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, RoseMarie drew great joy from her sons and grandsons, and her 43 years with her beloved late husband, Tony.
Dr. Roberta Toma ’54, G’57, passed away on May 11, 2018, at age 85. A native of Cohoes, she graduated from Cohoes High School, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Science in Elementary Education, preK-6, from Saint Rose. After teaching elementary school in Cohoes, she completed her Ph.D in educational research and psychology from Fordham University on a full scholarship. She was a professor of elementary education at SUNY Oneonta until retiring 1996. After retirement, she regularly traveled with her sisters and nephew, John, and hosted a macaroni dinner every Sunday for the next 13 years. Her sister, Karen T. White ’61, G’68, is also an alumna of Saint Rose.
Margaret “Midge” Priddle ’48 passed away at the age of 90 on March 30, 2018, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. A graduate of the Academy of Holy Names, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Saint Rose, and went to work as a research assistant at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. There, she became known for her superb research skills, even temperament, and integrity, and was promoted to laboratory supervisor. She moved to the Berkshires after retirement and enjoyed the Thursday Morning Club in Great Barrington. Other activities included skiing, travel, theater, and Scottish country dancing. She had many lifelong friendships. Her gracious, sweet disposition made her dear to many. She was interred in St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, alongside her beloved parents.
Mary O’Connell Holton ’46 passed away peacefully at her Watervliet home on May 20, 2018, at the age of 92. A native of Troy, she lived in Watervliet, graduating from St. Patrick’s School and Catholic Central High School before completing her Bachelor of Science in Business at Saint Rose. She received her master’s degree from The New York State Teachers College (now University at Albany). She taught and served as an administrator in Watervliet. She later purchased and operated an independent insurance agency from 1968 until 1988. After retiring, she and her husband, Thomas, traveled the United States in a motorhome, visiting each state (Alaska twice). A lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Church (Watervliet), she also served as president of the Rosary Society, a eucharistic minister, and charter member of the Craft Guild and the bingo team. She volunteered for many years at the Watervliet Public Library. Memorial contributions may be made to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 2416-7th Avenue, Watervliet, NY, 12189 or to the Watervliet Public Library, 1501 Broadway, Watervliet in memory of Mary T. Holton. Visit parkerbrosmemorial.com to leave a message of sympathy.