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Vol. 3, Issue 2 • Fall 2010 • A newsletter for alumni and friends of the Nazareth School of Management For more information on SOM, visit

Dear alumni and friends,


The current economy has not been kind to the workforce! Folks get laid off and many turn to their alma mater for help. We have been receiving lots of requests for assistance. Director of Career Services Mike Kahl and his team have been doing a great job of helping our alumni deal with the trauma of job loss. Rather than wait for more alumni to call us, we decided to reach out. With the assistance of some great colleagues, we put together two workshops (September 11 and 18) primarily for our unemployed and underemployed alumni. Attendees learned how to deal with change, and they also learned more about the effective tools and strategies that lead to a successful job search. However, the strength of the workshop was a panel of five SOM alumni: Ben Barrow ’88, Martin Cranmer ’02G, Manuela Eckert ’06G, Rob Ewanow ’90, and Leigh Ann Schon ’93G. What made these people special is that they all had lost a job at some point in their career. They all found the experience stressful and challenging, but all found a way back to productive and meaningful full-time employment. They learned a great deal from their experiences, and they enthusiastically shared their stories with the workshop attendees. Thanks to the panelists, the attendees learned how to persevere and keep a positive attitude during what can be a very stressful time. This is another great example of the things our graduates do for each other. I cannot thank them enough. They generously gave of their time, and that is the most precious resource we have.

t the end of the 2010 academic year, Professor of Economics Joseph DaBoll-Lavoie was named undergraduate chairperson of the School of Management. In this capacity, he will oversee all operational aspects of the SOM’s undergraduate programs, including scheduling, hiring, and advising. This new assignment is a natural fit for DaBoll-Lavoie, who has spent more than 20 years at Nazareth College dedicating himself to the Dr. Joseph DaBoll-Lavoie, education of undergraduates. new undergraduate “The greatest strength of our chairperson of the School undergraduate program is the expertise of Management. of our faculty,” says DaBoll-Lavoie. “We offer excellent and dedicated teaching in a great mix of programs, as well as wonderful internship opportunities here in Rochester and all over the country.” DaBoll-Lavoie joined the Nazareth faculty upon receiving his doctorate in economics from Binghamton University. His scholarly research has focused on environmental economics; accordingly, an area of opportunity that he looks forward to developing for the College has to do with sustainability. He is very interested as well in international education and was instrumental in starting Nazareth-in-Berlin, a fulltime fall semester undergraduate program in Germany. DaBoll-Lavoie’s wife, Kathleen M. DaBoll-Lavoie, is also a Nazareth College professor and the chair of the inclusive childhood education program. They have two children, Brad, a student at University of Pittsburgh, and Abby, a high school junior. “Dr. DaBoll-Lavoie is an excellent choice as undergraduate chair,” says Gerard F. Zappia, dean of the School of Management. ”Joe is known for his commitment to teaching excellence, his collegial manner, and his willingness to expand beyond his discipline for the greater good of the College.”


Gerard F. Zappia, Dean Nazareth College School of Management Visit Dean Zappia’s official blog at






Student Profile


DaBoll-Lavoie Named Undergraduate Chair


3 4 New Faculty

Alumni Profile



Student Awards


Golf Tourney

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Student Spends Semester at Sea for influential leadership. Her service projects included working at a YWCA in Vietnam where young girls learn how to sew and helping elderly people in Hong Kong who were taking English language courses. Gotshall’s Gotshall with a young friend in a Ghanaian village. Semester at Sea has altered her career objectives. “As soon as I returned, people could see I had a light in my eyes,” she says. “I had an appreciation for other ways of life, a passion for traveling, and the realization that I wanted to serve internationally.” Looking ahead, Gotshall is particularly interested in working for a non-governmental organization, possibly one that is focused on the rights of women. “I want to get my hands dirty and help people,” she says.

he Nazareth College experience of Mackenzie Gotshall ’11 has been nothing less than transformative. This Corning senior, majoring in business administration with minors in human resource management and women and gender studies, has kept herself very busy during her time on campus. In addition to taking on a challenging academic load, she has served as a freshman orientation leader, participated in Dance Team, and held the post of Vice President of Campus Programming for the last two years. “This position has helped me become better at organizing myself and allows me to connect what I do here on campus with what I learn in the classroom,” Gotshall says. “It’s almost like an internship.” As busy and fulfilled as she has been on campus, Gotshall has also developed into a true citizen of the world. In the fall of her junior year, she was enrolled in a program called Semester at Sea. For 109 days, she was one of more than 500 students—and the only one from Nazareth—who lived on a ship that traveled to 11 different countries, including Spain, Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, India, Vietnam, China, Gotshall during a camel trek in Morocco, and Japan. During several hours outside of Marrakesh. that time she took 15 credits in international service learning, international leadership development, international business, and strategic communications

Gotshall celebrated the end of her travels by skydiving in Hawaii.

Nazareth Meets Wall Street Last winter, more than 30 students from the School of Management’s Economics and Investment Club traveled to New York City to see the financial sights, visiting the NASDAQ stock exchange and the studio of the CNBC television show Fast Money. Daniel Matteo ’10, ’11G, an accounting major and one of the student organizers, even had sufficient connections to get Nazareth’s name up in lights on the NASDAQ sign.


New Faculty The School of Management welcomes the newest members of its faculty for the fall 2010 semester.

Eileen Beiter, assistant professor of accounting

of organizational behavior at both RIT’s Saunders College of Business and the University of Sheffield Management School. Hair’s other previous positions include assistant to the director in the corporate communications department at Cranfield University School of Management and various administrative positions at Sheffield Hallam University.

Beiter has an M.B.A. in accounting from Canisius College in Buffalo and a B.A. in economics from SUNY Binghamton. She is a certified public accountant and has taught accounting part-time at Nazareth since 2003, been an adjunct professor at Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College, and served as a mentor of business, management, and economics for Empire State College in Rochester. Beiter’s experience in industry includes serving as controller at the Rochester Museum and Science Center from 2001 through 2007 and as a senior consultant at Deloitte & Touche in Rochester from 1998 to 2001.

Lorraine M. Henderson ’97G, assistant professor of management Henderson has an M.S. in management from Nazareth College and a B.B.A. in finance from St. Bonaventure University in Olean. She is currently working on her doctorate in organization and management through Capella University in Minneapolis, with her Ph.D. anticipated in spring 2011. Henderson serves as the director of the M.S. in management and the M.S. in human resource management programs at Nazareth; from 2007 through 2010, she also served as Nazareth’s director of continuing professional programs, advanced certifications, and lifelong learning and as the project director for distance education. Her previous positions include ownership of Cultural Change Consulting and senior associate at LeBarbour Associates, Inc.

Helen Eisenberg, assistant professor of business education Eisenberg has an M.S. and a B.S. in business education from SUNY Albany and has taught business and management parttime at Nazareth since 2006. Prior to joining the Nazareth faculty, she taught high school business education in the Greece Central School District for more than 30 years. From 2004 through 2007, she served as site coordinator for Smaller Learning Communities at Olympia High School in Greece.

Cathy A. Leverone, assistant professor of accounting Leverone received a master of finance degree from Boston College Graduate School of Management and a B.S. in administration from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics. A certified public accountant, she served most recently as a senior tax accountant at Insero and Company CPA’s P.C. in Rochester. Previous positions include adjunct professor of accounting, finance, and management at Hesser College in Manchester, N.H.; financial supervisor at GTE Government Systems in Needham, Mass.; and director of Tiny Tots Preschool & Kindergarten in Auburn, N.H.

Rose Hair, assistant professor of human resource management Hair has a Ph.D. in management from the University of Sheffield Management School, UK, an M.Sc. in human resource management from Sheffield Hallam University, UK, and a B.A. (Hons.) degree in the history of design/history of art from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She was previously an adjunct professor



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SOM Alum Creates


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idea for a line of clothing that would homas Edison famously utilize technology activated said that, “Genius is one by moisture—the good, honest sweat percent inspiration and that comes with physical exertion. 99 percent perspiration.” “I was always sports-oriented,” says Nazareth alumnus Joe Yacano ’92 Yacano, who played soccer and golf has found a way to join inspiration at Nazareth. “So for me this was a and perspiration within an innovative genuine aha! moment.” new business called ViewSport. This Yacano recognized the motivational Pittsford-based company designs and potential in this business—getting manufactures sweat-activated athletic people to “go for the burn” and apparel. The genius of these unique thereby bringing hidden designs to the togs is that hidden designs appear fore—and six months ago, ViewSport on them once the fitness threshold set up shop as a self-funded operation. is attained. Ben Wood (left) and Joe Yacano ‘92, owners of ViewSport. “We formalized our business plan and Yacano has enjoyed a successful and Photo by Annette Lein, courtesy the Democrat and Chronicle reached out to friends for help with the varied career since graduating from Media Group. legal end of things, manufacturing, and Nazareth College with a bachelor’s even the video on our website,” says Yacano. “I find myself thinking degree in business administration. After 18 years working in the back to what I learned at Nazareth—particularly how to collaborate field of pharmaceutical and biotech sales at firms such as Bock, Eli effectively. The best advice I can give to a budding entrepreneur is to Lilly, and Amgen, Yacano joined forces with his wife Nicole, a jewelry align yourself with the people who can help you.” designer and fellow Nazareth graduate, to help with her fledgling Already, things are beginning to move for ViewSport. The business. Together, the Yacanos set up a retail operation for TRU company has entered into an arrangement with Jon Beason, Jewelry, which this year enjoyed national media exposure when its linebacker with the Carolina Panthers, who will be wearing their designs were featured on the finale of American Idol. product for his workouts. In addition to its online presence (www. Having whetted his entrepreneurial appetite with TRU Jewelry,, ViewSport has also lined up a number of retail outlets Yacano was ripe to start his own business. That opportunity for its products. “The creative freedom is incredible when you’re presented itself when he met a young medical student named your own boss,” say Yacano. “We make the decisions and don’t Ben Wood, who was dating Yacano’s babysitter. Wood had a novel have to ask anyone for permission.”

Former Disney


Speaks at Nazareth


ee Cockerell, former executive vice president of operations at Walt Disney World, spoke to a sold-out audience at Nazareth College last May 25. The headliner event was co-sponsored by Nazareth’s School of Management and the Small Business Council of Rochester, an affiliate of the Rochester Business Alliance, Inc. Cockerell’s 10-year tenure at Walt Disney World encompassed responsibilities at 20 resort hotels, multiple theme parks, shopping and sports complexes, and the ancillary operations support functions. Prior to joining the Walt Disney World Co., he spent 17 years in executive positions with the Marriott Corporation and eight years with Hilton Hotels.

Former Disney exec Lee Cockerell spoke at an SOM event last spring.

Since retiring from Disney, Cockerell has formed his own company, Lee Cockerell, LLC, which is a leadership, management, and customer service consulting company specializing in leadership and management training with


an emphasis on how to create world-class customer service through great leadership. His recent book, Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney, is based on principles taught at the world-renowned Disney Institute. “Today everything is a commodity, and the only thing that sets a business apart and makes it better is its people,” Cockerell told the Rochester Business Journal. “It’s important to make your people your brand.” Cockerell’s discussion included topics such as being perceived as a great leader, the difference between management and leadership, ways to set an organization apart, and customer service and employee engagement.

Alum Addresses Honor Society Inductees


avid Graham ’03, controller for the Bonadio Group, the largest CPA and consulting firm in Rochester, spoke at the business and economic honor societies induction ceremony last April. As a member of the men’s lacrosse team, Graham quickly developed a reputation for hard work and dedication. He was also known as an excellent student, pursuing an accounting degree, one of the most challenging programs at Nazareth. Graham maintains his connection with his alma mater by serving on the School of Management Advisory Council, the primary external advisory to the dean.

Advice to Students Entering the Workforce • Learn to think outside the box and get creative about utilizing the resources you have.

Yvonne ’03 and David Graham ’03

• Ask questions, and don’t just do things

because others before you did them. There is always a better/different way to do things.

• Stay motivated and determined while

looking for a job, and remember to network, network, network. You never know where your next opportunity will come from, and you never know when something will come to fruition.

innovative thinking. If you • Don’t be afraid to work for a small company. • Edomphasize what you’ve always done, you’ll get


Small organizations often allow you to share your ideas readily with management—you won’t be just another number.

what you’ve always gotten.

Each year, SOM students are recognized with a variety of awards, scholarships, and commendations as well as induction into internationally recognized honor societies. We would like to congratulate the latest group of SOM honorees. Elizabeth Fake Award In honor of Elizabeth Fake, the first chairperson of the Business Department at Nazareth College, this award is presented to several graduating seniors for their high level of academic achievement and their overall contributions to the School of Management and Nazareth College. Keri M. Cameron Riley Carhart Hope Lester Daniel Matteo Stephen Trobert

Leo Yballe Servant Leadership Award

Daniel L. Strong Memorial Award In honor of Dan Strong, associate professor of accounting, this award is given to a graduating business administration senior who has demonstrated a significant improvement in his/her accounting skills and who has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0. Kathryn Zwickl

In honor of the memory of Leo Yballe, a valued member of the School of Management, this award is given to a graduating senior in the School of Management who has been active in student leadership and civic engagement and has exemplified appreciative inquiry through dynamic classroom performance and excellence in teamwork. Jamie L. Rouselle

Sigma Beta Delta Recipients

Omicron Delta Epsilon Recipients

Inductees into the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society:

Inductees into the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economics Honor Society:

Sarah A. Berkley, Keri M. Cameron, Shane Michael Degnan, Amanda P. Deroo, Whitney T. Finch, Amy G. Floeser, Joshua Raymond Formella, Jackeline Marie Martinez, Ryan Robert McGrath, Rachel Piemonte, Jamie L. Rouselle, Jared L. Schreiner, Jigme Dorji Sherpa, Jenna K. Wolff.

Keri M. Cameron, Riley Carhart, Edmond Dibble, Clinton Ferrel, Amy G. Floeser, Joshua Raymond Formella, David Henry Martin Jablonski, Jackeline Marie Martinez, Victoria Pape, Alexandra Parrotta, Rachel Piemonte, Lucinda A. Rumble, William J. Siwy, Mallory Tabolt, Stephen Trobert, Jennifer E. Young. 


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Strokes for Scholarships S O M G o l f To u r n e y Raises $5,500 Thanks to a devoted group of SOM alumni, the Third Annual School of Management Golf Tournament was another great success. The tourney took place on June 4 at Shadow Pines Golf Club in Penfield, New York, raising $5,500 for the Mike Dianetti ’83, ’86G Scholarship Fund. Winners of this year’s tournament were Griffith Hannel ’91, Steve LaSalle Jr. ‘83, and Marc LaSalle ‘91. Planning for the Fourth Annual Tourney has already begun, led by committee members Jennifer Jopson ’01, Doug Johnston ’85, and Jim Ockenden ’83. The date for the 2011 tourney will be June 3, 2011, at Shadow Pines. Save the date!

Winners (left to right) Steve LaSalle ‘83, Marc LaSalle ‘91, and Griffith Hannel ’91.

Left to right: Terry Bedford, David Drake, and Mark Tweedle.

Left to right: Jeanne Truini, Andrea Truini True ‘06G, and Eric Schneider. Back: Rick Truini.

Nazareth College School of Management Newsletter: Fall 2010