Wilkes

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Class Notes – Spring 2020

1969

Michael Stair of Mountain Top, Pa., was accepted as a member of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers. The organization, with headquarters in Los Angeles, Calif., primarily has members who are active in the film industry on the West Coast. Stair is putting together a staff for the purpose of creating a full studio orchestra in New York City. The orchestra would give arrangers, composers, performers and others an opportunity to try out their works where they otherwise might not be able to do so.

1970

Anne Thomas of Plains, Pa., received the Educator of the Year Award on Nov. 13, 2019. The award, given by Wilkes University, recognizes a teacher who is a lifelong learner, reflective practitioner and effective communicator who continues to grow academically and professionally. 

1974

Rick Masi of Delran, N.J., was inducted into the Cinnaminson High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Masi taught at Cinnaminson from 1975 to 2014. Masi also taught business education at Wilkes, coached football, and was the head golf coach from 1987 to 2014.

1977

Charlie Calkins of York, Pa., an attorney with the CGA Law Firm, received the prestigious William and Catherine Booth Award from the Salvation Army after 22 years of service with the organization. The William Booth Award is one of the highest awards that may be conferred by The Salvation Army. Nominees are chosen on the basis of dedication to The Salvation Army’s goals of service to man and outstanding humanitarian effort within the community. Calkins was recognized for many achievements within the organization including raising money so that each child in the after-school program could have a laptop, ensuring that they could have the same access to educational resources as other children.

Claire Maziarczyk of Niskayuna, N.Y., is part of the Legacy Project at the Thomas J. Watson Library in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Thirty patterns of her distinctive decorative paste papers are part of the permanent collection at the museum. Her work will be part of an exhibit including 25 other American decorative paper makers opening September 13, 2022. 

1975

David Nieman of Dallas, Pa., art work was displayed at the Wyoming Valley Art League’s Circle Centre for the Arts. Nieman is a great admirer of the Impressionists and often paints scenes from northeast and central Pennsylvania.

1978

Michael Heller of Marshall, Texas, was ordained as an independent minister by the National Association of Christian Ministers. 

1984

Leo Morgan of Woodbridge, Va., retired on Dec. 13, 2018 after more than 34 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

1985

Judith (Kaska Kohl) Fox is a clinical professor of law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she teaches and practices consumer law. Her book, “The Foreclosure Echo: How the Hardest Hit Have Been Left Out Of The Economic Recovery,” co-authored with Linda Fisher, was published by the Cambridge University Press in July 2019. Since joining the Notre Dame faculty in 1997, she has taught courses in consumer law, alternative dispute resolution, ethics and domestic violence. Fox also runs the University of Notre Dame Economic Justice Clinic. Her advocacy and research focus on issues of predatory lending, primarily in the housing market. In 2016 she was named for a three-year term to the national Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Consumer Advisory Board.  She currently serves on the advisory boards of the Indiana Foreclosure Legal Assistance Program, the predatory lending committee of the Bridges Out of Poverty Initiative and on the executive board of the National Association of Consumer Lawyers.

1988

Andrew Bossard, pictured second from left above, won the Department of Defense Civilian Ambassador for the Alliance Good Neighbor award. The award recognizes individuals and organizations in the Republic of Korea for exceptional contributions in a better quality of life for United States service and family members and for enhancement of relations between the Republic of Korea and the United States. The awards ceremony was hosted by Gen. Robert V. Abrams, the commander of United States forces in Korea. 

Helen Brannon of Westbury, N.Y., was promoted to vice president of the Mount Sinai Health Systems Command Center and Throughput Operations and to senior vice president for throughput at Mount Sinai Hospital in September 2019.

1991

Kristen Piatkowski and Gary Hoskins MBA ’07, of Columbus, Ohio, were married on Dec. 21, 2019. 

1994

Jonny Perloff of Slatington, Pa., received two new patents for a expandable spinal fixation system. He is a project engineer for Globus Medical, Inc. The patents were issued Nov. 27 and May 22, 2018. 

1995

 David Hines of Kingston, Pa., was re-elected to the board of directors of the Keystone State Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), a 10,000 member national organization advancing professionalism in the field of public administration. Hines is director of operations for the City of Pittston in Luzerne County, Pa. He continues to compete in running races – an interest that started on the Wilkes cross country team.

Timothy Williams of Las Vegas, Nev., spent part of the summer providing professional development to teachers in the Department of Defense schools in Germany. In addition to being an instructional coach in Las Vegas, he is a curriculum consultant with Delta Education and a national board certified teacher. 

1997

Christine Pavalkis D’Angelo ’97 and Justin D’Angelo ’03 were married in December 2019. Although they attended Wilkes several years apart, they were introduced by mutual friends at Wilkes Homecoming 2016. When they were married, several Wilkes friends were in attendance, including matchmakers Kevin Beerman ’01 and Donna Talarico-Beerman ’07, MFA ’10. In February 2020, they were featured as Wilkes Sweethearts on the Colonel Connection alumni web site. 

Heather Lynn Johnson of Port Richey, Fla., accepted a promotion and is now a registered nurse case manager at Vitas Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. 

1999

Lucia Piccolino of Scranton, Pa., owns multiple companies including Social Victory Media LLC, Autobahn Title and Tag, Autobahn Adventure Travel, Oneway2fun.com and Ricochets Rapid Detail LLC. 

Frank Tomaszewski of Broomall, Pa., is technical operations manager for NBC10 and Telemundo 62 in Philadelphia. 

2000

Andres Torres of Staten Island, N.Y., was promoted to captain in the New York City Fire Department with a ceremony on Nov. 14, 2019.  

2006

Ashley Ambirge of Philadelphia, Pa., published a book with Penguin Random House titled “The Middle Finger Project.” In the book, she chronicles her journey from growing up in trailer park to earning her first million dollars as a creative writer doing unconventional business and living an unconventional life. Ambirge notes that the book names Wilkes University as a part of that journey. The book is based on advice given in her online business, The Middle Finger Project, an irreverent media company that helps other women find their voice and teaches them to use it to build their businesses. 

Peter Mayes of Bethlehem, Pa., successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in educational leadership at East Stroudsburg University. He is currently the principal of Nitschmann Middle School in Bethlehem, Pa. 

2007

 Nicholas P. Zmijewski of Lancaster, Pa., was elected to the top leadership post at ArchivesSpace. ArchivesSpace is the open source archives information management application for managing and providing web access to archives, manuscripts and digital objects. It is built and managed by archivists for archivists in a variety of organizations. Zmijewski is the archivist for the Industrial Library and Archives in Bethlehem, Pa.

2009

Jessica Berkey of Salem, W.Va, created the Bulldog Acts of Random Kindness (BARK) Club at Doddrige County High School in West Virginia. The club was recognized as West Virginia’s representative in the Reader’s Digest Nicest Places in America article. Due to her work advising the club and as a Spanish teacher at the school, she was chosen as the 2018/2019 high school teacher of the year. 

2011

 Daniel Kautz and his wife, were married on May 18, 2019, in Indianapolis, Ind., where they now reside. Wilkes University alumni at the wedding are pictured, above from left, Trevor Hirsh ’11, Christopher Horn ’11,Benjamin Andrews ’11, John Hawkins ’11, Daniel Kautz, Harry Zinskie ’12, Justine Zinskie ’12 and Jeff Koscil ’11 MS ’12.

2013

Aaron Nikles of Naugatuck, Conn., has been a senior engineer for FedEx Express in Connecticut for almost six years. He recently bought a house in Naugatuck with his girlfriend, where they live with their pets. 

2014

Christine Lee is now a reporter at the Republican-Herald, a Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper in Pottsville, Pa. She previously served as editor of the Florham Park Eagle and reporter for the Madison Eagle, which are both weekly papers in the New Jersey Hills Media Group. 

2015

Evan Miller is projects coordinator for the city of Rehoboth Beach, Del. He received the Delaware Association of Public Administration 2019 Young Professional of the Year award. After graduating from Wilkes, Miller earned his master of public administration degree from the University of Delaware and was an ICMA Local Government Management Fellow for two years. ICMA is the national organization for professional city and county managers. 

2016

 Olivia Hewison and Tyler Sutton of Philadelphia, Pa., married on Oct. 19, 2019. The wedding took place at Greek Peak Hope Lake Lodge in N.Y.

2018

Corey J. Hauser has been named editor-in-chief of the Washington and Lee Law Review at Washington and Lee University School of Law. His note on whether federal magistrate judges may dispose of habeas corpus petitions with party consent will be published in the review in 2021. Hauser is a member of the law school’s class of 2021.

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2002

Sherri Maret M.S. of Newville, Pa., launched her second book, “The Magician” with Pittsburgh illustrator Pamela Behrend. Her first book was “The Cloud Artist.”

2005

Melissa Leedock PharmD, of Harrisburg, Pa., was promoted to senior director of Medicare pharmacy operations and clinical programs at Capital BlueCross in Harrisburg.

2007

Gary Hoskins MBA – See undergraduates 1991

2011

Michelle Schmude Ed.D. of, Mountain Top, Pa., was recently promoted to associate professor of medicine at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Schmude has published numerous scholarly works and presented at multiple conferences, including the Drexel University Fifth Annual Assessment Conference, the Harvard Macy Program for Educators in Health Professions and the 2019 AAMC Health Professions Financial Aid Administrators Conference. She is president of the board of directors of the Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center.

2012

Mohammed Aburiyaleh MBA, of the United Arab Emirates, started the company Baggagement, which uses innovative technology to manage luggage in the travel industry. He credits the experience he gained studying entrepreneurship in the Wilkes master of business administration program with helping him to start the business.

2015

Maxwell Bauman MA’14, MFA’s book, “The Mummy of Canaan,” has been published by Clash Publishing. The book is the story of American teens visiting Israel who awaken an ancient curse, bringing a mummy who slaughters and dismembers them one by one to make himself whole again.