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Nicholas Heineman of Palm Coast, Fla., recently celebrated his 90th birthday. He has been retired for 15 years.


Steven  Paradise and Jane Paradise ’66 have moved to Canal Walk in Somerset, N.J. They have both retired.


Jane Paradise, see Steven Paradise 1965.


Catherine Chandler-Oliveira of Saint Lazare, Quebec, recently won the Richard Wilbur Award for her fourth book of poetry, The Frangible Hour (University of Evansville Press). Her first book, Lines of Flight (Able Muse Press) was shortlisted for the Poets Prize. Her fifth book, Pointing Home, will be published later this year by Kelsay Books. Her website is cathychandler.blogspot.com.


1976 Mary Ellen (Dwyer) Jolley MA’94 of Nanticoke, Pa., was recognized by the League for Innovation at Luzerne County Community College.  She was involved in the project, College Ready Math Program, which was recognized as the 2018 Innovation of the Year Award winner for the community college. The program was developed to help high school students enhance their college-ready math skills. Pictured from left are Rosana Reyes, a current Wilkes doctor of education candidate and vice president, enrollment management and student development; Mary Ellen Jolley ’76, MA ’94, Dallas, off-campus programs specialist; and Nicole (Layaou) Saporito ’94, professor and chair, mathematics and engineering at the community college.


Joseph P. Lavelle of Washington, D.C., was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, a peer-reviewed ranking recognizing lawyers for their professional excellence across the United States. He has more than 25 years of experience litigating patent cases and is currently employed by DLA Piper, a global law firm.


Elizabeth DeCosmo Dean ’82, MBA ’85, formerlyof Occoquan, Va., has relocated to the Wilkes-Barre area and been named executive director of the Irem Temple Restoration Project. She previously served as board chair of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. Dean has been recognized with various awards including “Influential Woman of Virginia” and the Ethel Georges Labor of Love Award.

1981: Peter Steve of Plymouth, Pa., was selected as the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award recipient recognizing his lifetime of achievement within the marketing and advertising community. The award was presented on March 1, 2019 at the Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre. Steve is the owner and chief creative officer of Ideaworks Marketing in Wyoming, Pa.


Andrew Bloschichak of Harrisburg, Pa., was appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf to serve a three-year term on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Health Policy Board. As a board appointee, he will serve as an advisor on regulations and other health-related issues. Bloschichak currently serves as the senior medical director for Capital Blue Cross.

Alvin Bauman of Carlisle, Pa., has retired as senior policy analyst from the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is now performing acoustic music at local venues near his residence. He posts updates on his performances on his FaceBook page, JustAlvinsMusic.


Amy Elias of Knoxville, Tenn., is the recipient of a named fund, the Amy J. Elias Founders Award, awarded by The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present. The association is an international scholarly arts organization started by Elias in 2009. The organization’s scholarly journal, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, was founded by Elias in 2016 and has won three national awards. In 2017, Elias was appointed director of the humanities center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and also continues her faculty appointment as professor in the English department.


Shelley (Umbra) Pearce of Los Angeles, Calif., presented at an international tele-summit in March 2019. Entitled “Dharma and the Evolution of Conflict,” the five-day symposium highlighted renowned teachers, authors, religious educators, and psychologists presenting their unique views on conflict, compassion, and healing our divides including integral theory founder, Ken Wilber.


1992: Lee Morrell was recently named manager, advertising and public relations for Mercury Insurance, a provider of home, auto and business insurance.  In his role, Morrell will work with the company’s multiple external agencies to craft messages that position the company within the competitive insurance space.  Under Morrell, those agencies manage public relations, marketing, social media, advertising and video creation. He also will work with the company’s multiple sports marketing and entertainment initiatives to ensure these relationships continue to draw traffic and new customers. Morrell joins Mercury following four years as public information officer for the Saugus Union School District, a 15 school, elementary-only district in northern Los Angeles County. He lives in Saugus, Calif., with his wife LeeAnn and daughter Sydney, as well as a menagerie of three cats and two dogs. He is pictured cherry picking with his wife and daughter in Leona, Calif.


Jason Langdon is now a senior vice president in the enrollment division of Ruffalo Noel Levitz. He previously worked at the College Board.


Nicole (Layaou) Saporito – see 1976

Debbie Yendrick is beginning her 21st year teaching at Lincoln-Hubbard School in Summit, N.J. After being a classroom teacher for 20 years, she will be a basic skills teacher for reading and math. In May 2012, she was named Lincoln-Hubbard’s Teacher of the Year.


Phillip Torres of Elk Grove, Calif., is now a registered respiratory therapist at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif.


Lucia Piccolino of Scranton, Pa., recently started her own business, AutoBahn Title and Tag, in June 2018.


2000: Jason Evans of Lahaina, Hawaii, is the producer of Xploration Awesome Plant. The program was nominated for a daytime Emmy award in the category of outstanding educational or informational series.  Evans has been the producer of Awesome Planet for all five seasons its run. This is his third year with an Emmy nomination and fourth Emmy nomination over the past 5 years. The photo, taken by Evans, is from a 2018 shoot about shark conservation in Fiji. In the shot is the host, Philippe Cousteau, an underwater camera person, and the dive safety team.


Angelina Cardoso of Bridgeport, Conn., accepted a position as the director of curriculum development and implementation at Great Oaks Charter School in Bridgeport. Previously, Cardoso was an educator for the Diocese of Bridgeport for 14 years.  More recently she was a math teacher and curriculum enthusiast at a charter school in Bridgeport.

2001: Katie (Pearson) Desiderio MBA ’03 of Allentown, Pa.,was recently honored at the Lehigh Valley Business Forty Under 40 Awards Ceremony, as one of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s most accomplished young business professionals. She is an associate professor of management at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., where she also is executive director of graduate business programs.

Matthew Reitnour of Kenmore, N.Y., was recently promoted to associate athletic director for communications at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. Reitnour, who has served as the college’s lead athletic department spokesman since 2006, is entering his 19th year at the institution.


2002: Stefanie Taylor and husband, Andrew, welcomed their third child on March 6, 2019. His name is Alexander Joseph Stephen and he has two big sisters, Mackenzey and Ellyson.


Nicolle Nyzio of Media, Pa., published an opinion article in the Daily Times in Delaware County about the importance of encouraging STEM education for girls. She is the corporate environmental, health and safety coordinator for Heraeus for the Americas region, including sites in Yardley and West Conshohocken, Pa.


Lauren Pluskey McLain MBA ’10 was promoted to managing director of the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre. In that role, she has all administrative oversight for the Art Deco-style theatre that brings a broad range of performing arts events to the region annually. Prior to assuming her new role, McLain served as director of development for the F.M. Kirby Center for three years.


Stacie Gogo of Rockaway, N.J., performed at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. with the Pushcart Players in “Stone Soup and other Stories.” Gogo appeared Off-Broadway as a Kit Kat Girl in “Cabaret” at The Players Theatre, as Penny Pingleton in “Hairspray” at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, in the ensemble of “Grease!” at the Surflight Theatre and in international tours.



2010: Megan Grim of Lewisberry, Pa., was promoted to manager at Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz. Grim has over eight years of experience in public accounting. She provides tax services to small for-profit and nonprofit entities in a variety of industries, and specializes in employee benefit plans.

Jason Woloski of Wilkes-Barre was one of 42 physicians in Pennsylvania recognized as a “Top Physician Under 40” by the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Honorees are nominated by colleagues and selected by a committee of Pennsylvania Medical Society member physicians. Woloski is a family physician with Geisinger Wilkes-Barre Community Medicine and also is an assistant program director with the Geisinger Kistler Family Medicine Residency Program in Wilkes-Barre. He serves on the board of trustees for both the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and the Luzerne County Medical Society. Woloski is a participant in the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s 2019 Year-Round Leadership Academy.


Allison Roth of Denver, Colo., along with her mother, Elizabeth Eron Roth, and uncle, Joseph B. Eron, are publishing a book, Ted Eron Designed That, in November 2019. The book chronicles the iconic work of Roth’s grandfather, a package designer for some of the most iconic supermarket brands in the 1950s and 1960s. Roth served as the photographer of products, paintings and original sketches for the book.


2013: Jessica (Short) Frazier MS ’15 of Scranton, Pa., was married on May 25, 2019. Pictured are Wilkes alumni in attendance at the wedding: Kevin Ruitenberg ’13, Brian Palmiter ’13, Anthony Cooper ’14, Lauren Machell ’15, Samantha Lindo ’14, Joseph Pugliese ’13, Jessica Short-Frazier ’13, John Sweeney ’13, Lindsey Coval-Cooper ’15, Ashley Mehall ’14, Bethany Sharpless-Chalk ’15 and Dawn DiMaria ’14.

Brian Palmiter of Wilkes-Barrewas named the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers 2019 Young Engineer of the Year. He has been promoted in his role of civil designer in the water and municipal service center at Borton-Lawson. Palmiter is actively involved in community organizations and activities including the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, the United Way of Wyoming Valley and his alma mater, Wilkes University. Palmiter also serves as a mentor to younger engineers.

Alexandra Roman of San Diego, Calif., was accepted into the International Education Management program at the Middlebury Institute.


2017: John Stoner of Carlisle, Pa., was promoted to senior associate at SEK, CPAs & Advisors.  


Joseph Ungvarsky of Wilkes-Barre is employed as a registered nurse at First Hospital in Kingston and is currently enrolled in Wilkes University’s psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. He will be starting a new job at the University as a clinical instructor for the undergraduate nursing program for psychiatric nursing.



Elizabeth DeCosmo Dean ’82 MBA — see undergraduates 1982


Mary Ellen (Dwyer) Jolley MA ’94 – see undergraduates 1976


Susan Robel MHA of Salt Lake City, Utah, was names senior vice president of clinical operations and chief nursing executive for Intermountain Healthcare. During her 34-year career at Geisinger, Robel led efforts to standardize nursing practices and developed the Geisinger Nursing Institute. She also helped guide the organization’s move toward value-based care, which is a major focus at Intermountain.


Katie Desiderio MBA – See Undergraduates 2001


2006: John Bednarz MA of Shavertown, Pa., has been selected a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 2019. This is the eleventh consecutive year Bednarz has been named a super lawyer.


Lauren Pluskey McLain MBA – See undergraduates 2006

Dania Ramos MA of Bloomfield, N.J., is the series creator of Timestorm, a fiction podcast about twelve-year-old twins from Newark who travel through time to preserve Puerto Rico’s true history. The series relaunched on Aug. 1, 2019. Ramos is the author of the middle-grade mystery books Ignacio in the Dark and Who’s Ju?


2013: David Tirado of Lancaster, Pa., has been named director of information technology at Saxton & Stump, LLC, a full-service law firm. Previously, he worked at multiple school districts in central Pennsylvania in positions ranging from network and PC specialist to director of information technology and services. Tirado has worked for over a decade in the IT industry at multiple companies in the Lancaster area, including as the system administrator for Cardinal Technologies and the network administrator for Miller & Miller CPAs.


Jessica (Short) Frazier MS – See undergraduates 2013


Mona Nashman EdD of Alberta, Canada, was recognized with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Alberta Alumni Association for leadership in international education. Nashman was honored at one of the highest levels when Queen Elizabeth made her a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2016.