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Undergraduate Degrees

1954

Robert Bhaerman is an educational consultant to the American Humanist Association, a position he’s held for the past several years.

1969

Nancy (Wanczyk) Stinger was recently accepted into the Charleston Artist Guild. Her work has been juried into the Charleston Artists Gallery.

1976

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Garry Taroli

Garry Taroli received a citation in January 2017 from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives thanking him for his pro bono work as an attorney on behalf of animals, children and various community organizations. Taroli also received the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award for the hundreds of hours he donates to organizations. He is a pro bono assistant district attorney in Luzerne County where he handles most of the animal cruelty cases on behalf of non-profit animal rescue organizations. He is a member of the board of the Luzerne County SPCA and acts as the organization’s pro bono solicitor. Other animal organizations receiving his assistance include Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge, a no-kill shelter in Dallas, Pa., and Modified K-9, a non-profit that specializes in rehabilitating pit bulls and other powerful breeds.

1977

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Richard A. Russo

Richard A. Russo, a partner in the firm Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017. Russo was selected in the area of personal injury litigation – plaintiffs.

1981

Joseph Mina was recently hired as head coach for the Genesee Rapids baseball team in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.

1984

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Sharon Michener Gross

Sharon Michener Gross was given the 2016 Penn State Friend of Extension Award in Montgomery County. She was recognized for her service as a master gardener volunteer since 2005, a 4-H Club leader since 2009, and for ten years serving on the 4-H development board, including four years as board president.

William Dodge received his doctorate in biology from Wayne State University in May 2016, and earlier earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fisheries and wildlife from Michigan State University. His dissertation was “Ecology of Coyotes (Canis latrens) in Greater Detroit Area of Southeastern Michigan.”

1986

Paul Cummings presented the talk “Annular Semigroup Conjugacy Diagrams” at a special sessions of the meeting of the American Mathematical Society hosted by the University of Denver in October 2016. The talk was based on an article he co-authored titled that appeared in the October issue of Semigroup Forum.

1988

Helen Brannon was promoted to vice president of hospital throughput at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Earlier in her career, she served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an electrical engineer. After retiring from the Marines, she graduated from nursing school and went on to earn an MBA with distinction in healthcare administration. She is currently completing a master’s degree in nursing education. Brannon gratefully recalls Dean Jane Lampe Groh, who gave her a second chance after she failed during her first year at Wilkes, providing the basis for all she’s achieved since. Brannon says, “I loved Wilkes and will never forget my time there.”

1994

Jonathan Perloff has received his fourth patent with Globus Medical. It is a patent on an expandable interbody spacer implant to treat one or more damaged, diseased, or traumatized portions of the spine.

1999

Maggie (Redmond) Lipperini has been awarded a fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Lipperini is the executive director of orthopedics and neurosciences at Regional Hospital of Scranton.

Lucia (Peregrim) Piccolino of Scranton, Pa., is the owner of Wilkes Barre Scranton Night Out. The parent company was based in Michigan since 2009 and was established in Wilkes-Barre in 2010. She is also the co-owner of Ricochets Rapid Detail LLC, also in Scranton.

Corinna Sowers-Adler was joined by Broadway arranger Lawrence Yurman on piano for the premier of a new show entitled, “Something Beautiful” at the Appel Room in Lincoln Center in November 2016.

2002

REUNION: OCT. 6-8

Justin D. Lewis was recently promoted to principal quality assurance auditor for the airports operations and customer service division at Alaska Airlines.

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Ellyson Jo Taylor

Stefanie Henninger Taylor and her husband Andrew Taylor welcomed a daughter, Ellyson Jo, on Aug. 21, 2016. Ellyson Jo weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long.

2004

Stephen Robert Cheskiewicz EdD ’13’s doctoral dissertation “Megabit Learning in a GigabitWorld: Student Perceptions of Computer Science and Information and Technology Programs” was presented at the Tenth Annual Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society in Madrid, Spain. The presentation led to a collaboration with Miguel Colobran, a doctoral student at the Universitat de Barcelona. The pair worked together on a large-scale, multi-national study of student perceptions of internet security. Their findings have been presented at the University of California at Berkley, the 2015 EDUCAUSE Conference and most recently at the Ninth Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation held in November 2016 in Madrid, Spain. Cheskiewicz and Colobran have collaborated on a book, Making An Expert Report Of A Computer Crime, which has been published in Spain with publication in the United States slated for 2017. Cheskiewicz is an assistant professor of information technology at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., and teaches as an adjunct professor in graduate teacher education and computer science at Wilkes and at King’s College.

2006

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Natalie Daniella Rollins

Amanda Lewis Rollins married Andrew Rollins on August 16, 2015. The couple was married in Point Pleasant, N.J., and the reception was held at Clark’s Landing Yacht Club. Three bridesmaids were Wilkes alumni: Natasha Suszko Schmeltz, Lara Judson Macumber ’08 and Rachel Moskal Gold ‘06. In October 2016, Amanda and Andrew welcomed their daughter Natalie Daniella. The couple resides in South Brunswick, N.J.

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Novaleigh Reagan Steich

Gary Steich, Jr. and wife Michelle Steich are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Novaleigh Reagan. Novaleigh was born on Nov, 27, 2016, and weighed 4 pounds 10 oz.

2007

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Payne wedding

Jennifer Hameza Payne ’07 and Matthew Payne were married on June 17, 2016, at the Inne of the Abingtons in North Abington Township, Pa. The bride is a case manager at Lackawanna Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The groom is a corrections officer at State Corrections Institute in Waymart, Pa. They reside in South Abington Township, Pa. The bridal party pictured from left to right are Janette Weister, Andrew Taylor, Courtney Kvaka, Brian Saam, Jennifer Hameza Payne, Matthew Payne, Emily Taylor, Keith Payne, Katie Seaman and Brian Seaman.

2010

Christopher Gulla, of Berlin, N.J., accepted a new position as an associate attorney at Mintzer Sarawitz Zeis Ledva & Meyers L.L.P. in Cherry Hill, N.J.

2011

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Neil Horn

Chris Horn and Theresa Scaramastro Horn PharmD ’14, welcomed a baby boy, Neil, on Oct. 5, 2016 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

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Kathleen Edwards and Wilkes alumni.

Kathleen Edwards married Dr. Paul Link on Oct, 28, 2016, in Apopka, Fla. Many Wilkes alumni were in attendance, including Nicole Cairns ’11, Lindsay Rowland Wise ’12, Chelsea Horst Reppert ’11, Samantha Zatsko Stack ’11, Richelle Shertzer ’11, bridesmaid Analicia Jost Roberts ’11, Jake Roberts ’11, Evan Soda ’10, bridesmaid Shannon McDonald ’11, maid of honor Jennifer Powell ’11.

2012

REUNION: OCT. 6-8

Kristen Stanchak was promoted to senior manager at accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP. Stanchak, a certified regulatory compliance manager, works at Baker Tilly’s Wilkes-Barre, Pa., office.

2013

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Robert Sebia has joined the firm Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin in Lansdale, Pa., as an associate in the firm’s real estate, business, and trusts and estates departments.

2014

Christopher J. Kemple of Glen Rock, Pa., accepted a position as an environmental engineer with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Graduate Degrees

1985

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Margaret Bart MBA was recognized by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for her work as chief executive officer of Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge. The letter of recognition was presented by state representatives Karen Boback and Aaron Kaufer.

2008

Amanda Sharry-Rogers, PharmD, recently earned her board certified pharmacotherapy specialist accreditation. She works for Geisinger Health System as a clinical pharmacist in neurology concentrating on multiple sclerosis patients.

2011

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Panko wedding

Erin Walter-Panko PharmD and Michael Panko, PharmD were married on Sept. 17, 2016, at St. Paul’s Church in Bullville, N.Y. The bride is a district pharmacy supervisor at CVS. The groom is a pharmacy manager at CVS. They reside in Montgomery, N.Y.

2011

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Schmude

Michelle Schmude EdD has been accepted to present her project “Portfolio for Professional Development Competency Assessment of Medical Students” to the Harvard Macy Institute’s Program for Educators in Health Professions in May 2017. Schmude also presented “A Case Study in Appreciative Advising for Student Success” at the University of New Mexico’s Ninth Annual Mentoring Conference in October 2016, and “Assessing and Implementing Change to a Third-Year Curriculum: Half LIC and Half Block Format” as a tabletop session at the AAMC National General Meeting in November 2016.

2013

Stephen Robert Cheskiewicz ’04 EdD ’13 – see undergraduate degrees 2004.

2014

Theresa Scaramastro Horn PharmD ’14 – See undergraduate degrees 2011.

Jenny S. Collins EdD hosted a book signing for her book, Rock of Ages: On Being My Mother’s Keeper, at the Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, Pa. The book highlights her experience serving as caregiver for her mother, a World War II Navy Wave. Proceeds from the sales went to Valor Clinic, a public charity that supports a shelter for veterans in Jonas, Pa.