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TANYA EASTMAN, business manager of Green & Siefter, Attorneys PLLC, has been elected to the board of directors for the Near Westside Initiative. She has also served as vice president with Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc.


Track & field alumni GARY GENTLES and ADENIYI OMISORE ’04 won Best Soul Site award from Centric TV and Soul Train in November for their online magazine www.singersroom. com. has become a robust communication portal between artists and their fans, educating and providing readers with critical news and information to improve their perception and desire of their favorite artists. CHRISTINE MURRAY served as one of the eight aides to the Grand Marshal Roy McLaughlin for the 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Yonkers.


GAVIN T. COSGROVE ran for the position of trustee on the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District school board, in the Kingston and Frontenac Islands, N.Y., ward. He is currently a practicing lawyer in the City of Kingston, N.Y. STEPHEN DEVITO announced his engagement to Allison Mainmona. DeVito is currently a reserve captain in the Air Force and plans to attend medical school. STEPHEN HERNON will be the assistant principle at Notre Dame Academy High School in Staten Island, N.Y.


ELIZABETH DOWD has announced her engagement to Keith L. Basile. Dowd works as the editor for Dance Retailer News. Their May 2011 wedding was held at the New Haven Lawn Club in New Haven, Conn. CHRISTOPHER HOLODAK has been promoted to human resources communications manager at BASF. CAITLIN REILLY led a group of nearly two dozen Sea Grant communicators and scholars in a habitat restoration planting effort in New Orlean’s City Park. Last month she visited the Sea Grant staff at Stony Brook University and spoke on her experiences 50   2011

with the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and Hurricane Katrina, and with on-the-ground issues of coastal land loss.


TONY AZIOS is currently a graduate student at American University in Washington, D.C., and is pursuing a M.F.A. in documentary film production. He is working as an intern with the Investigative Reporting Workshop, and is also producing a documentary about North Korean refugees adapting to their new lives in the United States. DEVIN FLOOD was sworn in as an officer of the Cheshire, Conn., Police Force. He has been working for the Wallingford Police Department since 2008. CHRISTOPHER BELL has announced his engagement to Dana Franchavilla. He is currently employed by ITT Geospatial Systems in Clifton, N.J.


DANIEL DEMAGISTRIS, vice president of account management for Universal Survey, has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in business management.


APRIL MARSLAND received the 2010 Diamond Recruiter of the Year award from the Securian Financial Network. She worked as a recruiting director for Ibis Financial Group since 2008, and has previously received the Bronze Recruiting Specialist award in 2009 and 2010 from GAMA International. SEAN OROHO has announced his engagement to Kaitlin Lynch. Childhood sweethearts, the couple attended the same elementary school, Immaculate Conception School in Franklin, N.J. KIMBERLY PIERCE is presenting her paper “Hong Kong and Feng Shui: A Symbiotic Relationship” at the American Sociological Association’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas this year. The paper explores the links between Hong Kong’s architecture, feng shui and the city’s success in the global market.


MARC BALASCO was one of 18 paramedics who graduated from the New York City Fire Department’s Paramedic Academy in March.


BRANDON AMLUNG was appointed to the position of police officer in the City of Rye, N.Y., and he was sworn in at City Hall on January 7. SHANE HENDRY has been working at La Salle Institute in Troy, N.Y., as the assistant director of institutional advancement. The Rosso family will be inducted into the St. Catherine Academy’s Hall of Fame. The family, including Jaspers MELISSA ROSSO, JENNIFER ROSSO ’06, and ALESSANDRA ROSSO ’14, was incredibly involved in the high school’s sport community. Jennifer, Melissa and Alessandra all coached volleyball at the school and helped lead the team to a state championship. Their parents have assisted with fundraising, parents clubs and sports videotaping for more than 13 years.

BIRTHS Stephanie & MATTHEW BONNEY ’83, son, John Matthew, 9/21/09 Mark & LISA POTENZA ’95, daughter, Jillian Summer, 6/28/10 Shannon & JASON MANNING ’96, son, Zachary Michael, 2/25/10 MARRIAGES


Lisa Quinn & RYAN JOHNSTON, 9/29/09


Breamond Ostrander & ANTHONY J. SCALA III, 2/19/11




BETH POZNER & TODD FISHER ’06, 9/18/10 ADVANCED DEGREES JEANNE SCANLON ’09 has completed a master’s in public administration from Pace University.

Manhattan Magazine Spring 2011  

SPRING A Day in the Life of the College 56 OBITS 22 A DAY IN THE LIFE MANHATTAN COLLEGE EDITORIAL Lydia Gray, Director of College Relations...