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1940s
James W. Coker, A.B. ’47, is an author, poet, and golfer in Florence, Oregon.

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1950s
Frank Calistro, B.B.A. ’50, is a trumpet player in Charlie Salerno’s Clam Diggers Dixie Band in New Haven, Connecticut. A World War II combat veteran in Germany who played with the 97th Army Band, he received a music scholarship to play in the University of Miami’s Band of the Hour. He became a school psychologist/guidance counselor, employed by the East Haven and Fairfield Board of Education for 34 years. He continues to play taps for veterans in New Haven cemeteries.
Jerome Gumenick, B.B.A. ’52, and his family have pledged $750,000 to the fundraising campaign for the First Freedom Center, the lobby of which will bear the Gumenick name. Jerome Gumenick is chairman of Gumenick Properties, one of the most successful developers in Virginia and Florida.
Philip Edward Juliano, B.B.A. ’52, has been in the food industry for nearly 20 years, serving as a chef, cooking school owner, and author of the cookbook, Phil Juliano’s Kitchen. He also authored a book on the Great Depression and has been involved in community theatre for the past ten years.
Ralph Fistel, B.Ed. ’53, now retired, is in his 48th consecutive year as a member of the board of directors of Temple Samu-El Or Olom in Kendall, Florida.
Royce A. Watson, B.S. ’54, B.B.A. ’67, M.B.A. ’68, has been installed as CEO and potentate of Almas Shrine Center in Washington, D.C.
Peter F. Harvey, A.B. ’55, a New York City theatre designer, recently showcased his exhibition, “Other Rooms: Interiors by Peter Harvey,” at the Hudson Guild.
Nelson Hanover, A.B. ’57, and Edward Robin, B.S.E.E. ’57, formed Health Care Services of America, with offices in Long Island and New York, New York, and Health Care Services of New Jersey in Iselin, New Jersey. These three offices provide temporary and permanent staffing to hospitals, nursing homes, acute care surgery centers, rehabilitation centers and medical clinics.
Paul Siegel, B.S. ’58, J.D. ’62, wrote Florida Trial Objections, a 550-page guide for trial lawyers and litigants.
Alvin Snyder, A.B. ’58, is senior fellow in international broadcasting at the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy.

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Bonnie Reiss Has Got Arnold’s Back


ou might not think that “Conan the Barbarian,” California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, needs someone to watch his back. But that’s just the task Bonnie Reiss, B.B.A. ’76, has set for herself.

Reiss, a Democrat and longtime activist for women’s and environmental causes, had worked on Schwarzenegger’s campaign team. She never doubted he’d win—“he’s a winning machine”—but imagined her work would end when he triumphed. Then she got the call to serve as his senior advisor.

“I didn’t hesitate. It’s like family; that’s how we feel about each other,” she said, speaking poolside from her California home. “Arnold didn’t come from politics. He needed someone who has political sense, knows how he likes to work, knows his heart and mind, and can watch his back.”

The seed of their friendship was sown in 1980 in Washington. Reiss had taken a year off from Antioch Law School to work on the presidential campaign of Senator Edward Kennedy. She became friendly with many of the Kennedys who frequented the office, but “Maria [Shriver] and I had a special connection and friendship.” Shriver was dating Schwarzenegger, who at the time had acted in just one film and had earned the titles Mr. Universe, Mr. Olympia, and Mr. World.

“He was extremely smart and funny with a thirst and zest for knowledge and life. Most importantly I saw how he was to Maria,” she remembers.

Born and raised in Queens, New York, Reiss is the youngest of three children. At the University of Miami, her published column and radio show advocated student involvement on campus. She has since enjoyed a successful career in entertainment law and completed a stint as CEO of a nonprofit foundation. Most recently she has helped facilitate youth programs, such as “Arnold’s All-Stars,” and in 2004 she was selected to a two-year term on the California Board of Education.

Now with some urging for an amendment change that would allow foreign-born citizens to run for president (Arnold in 2008?), who knows for how much longer she’ll be watching Conan’s back?

-Michael R. Malone

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1960s
Michael “M.Z.” Brennan, B.B.A. ’60, a former Hurricanes baseball player and retired stockbroker who started his own accounting firm, was featured in the November issue of The Deltasig, the journal of the national business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi.
Dianne Guerin Gasworth, J.D. ’61, former attorney general for New York, now practices in Palm Beach, Florida, doing mediation. Her three children are attorneys.
Harvey A. Wagner, B.B.A. ’63, was appointed president and CEO of Quovadx, a strategic software and services company headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.
Teresita Z. Hernandez, B.B.A. ’64, is CEO and chairman of the board of Hernandez Engineering, which has offices in six states and more than 450 employees. She was recently honored as a distinguished alumna of the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where she earned a Master of Science in educational administration.
Lois Lazarus Locker, A.B. ’65, is a professor of AIA/CES in public relations and marketing for architects at Pratt Institute Community Outreach Initiative. She also is a mentor for the AIA New York chapter.
Reed Kantor, B.Ed. ’66, has retired after 30 years as a public school teacher in the Bassett Unified School District of California. He now lives in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
Stanley Skopit, B.S. ’67, was named chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Nova Southeasten University. He was president of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology in 2003-2004.
Michael Blynn, B.B.A. ’69, M.B.A. ’70, J.D. ’77, an attorney and vice mayor of North Miami, has been elected vice chair of the South Florida Regional Planning Council, which reviews major development projects and county and municipal comprehensive plans for Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe Counties.

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For Ron Mann, Publishing Is Good Business


enerally speaking, businesses, banks, and law firms are boring,” says South Florida CEO publisher Ron Mann, A.B. ’87, “but the individuals behind them are far from boring.” Recent cover stories in Mann’s monthly glossy include “Legends of South Florida,” celebrating living business pioneers, and “NextGen,” featuring prominent business leaders under 40.

As a University of Miami student, Mann helped found The Wave, a small alternative weekly absorbed by New Times in 1988. “New Times was hip and trendy and coincided with the entire renaissance of South Beach.” In his seven years at New Times, Mann helped build the readership and prominence the publication enjoys today. In 1994 he became publisher of New York Press, similar to New Times but with strong competition, including The Village Voice.

“When you’re from New York City and you have a measure of success elsewhere, you want to try duplicating it there,” he says. Within four years, Mann grew annual revenue at New York Press seven-fold. He twice tried to buy that publication, but “the numbers didn’t work.”

Mann returned to Miami in 2003 and became an investor of South Florida CEO, which was founded in 1997 as Miami Business Monthly. He purchased it a year later. “Miami had grown up,” Mann says. “I could have purchased a community or lifestyle magazine, but I saw a lot of potential in a business magazine.”

Under Mann’s tutelage, ad pages have doubled and subscriptions have quadrupled. The formula of focusing on the people of business is one that Mann plans to use in sister publications in Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville, with Palm Beach CEO expected to launch first. He also wants to resurrect Latin CEO, which folded in 2002.

A husband and father, Mann also serves on the boards of Junior Achievement and Miami-Dade County’s School Improvement Zone Task Force. While he believes education is the foundation of success, Mann also credits much of his prosperity to investors who believed in his ideas and work ethic. He is decidedly optimistic about continued economic growth in Florida.

“The wealth that will pass from one generation to another over the next 20 to 30 years is staggering,” he says. “It’s going to spur a whole new wave of entrepreneurship. As a publication, that means we’ll always have something to cover.”

– Leonard Nash

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1970s
Carole Cotton, B.Ed. ’70, is owner of Happy Balloons, a balloon decoration company in Miami, Florida. She has been a top provider of balloons to the University for nearly two decades.
Bruce P. McMoran, B.B.A. ’71, J.D. ’76, was listed in the Best Lawyers in America publication for the third consecutive two-year period. He is the senior partner of McMoran, O’Connor & Bramley in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, where he represents clients in all areas of employment law. He also has been named to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, consisting of attorneys who have won jury verdicts or achieved settlements in excess of $1 million.
Myles B. Abbott, M.D. ’72, was appointed to the editorial board of the journal Pediatrics and to the board of directors for the American Board of Pediatrics.
Glenn Charles Lewis, A.B. ’73, was chosen to chair the Virginia Bar Association Board of Governors. Recipient of the Virginia State Bar Family Law Lifetime Achievement Award, he is chairman and founder of The Lewis Law Firm, a national law practice based in Washington, D.C., specializing in family and matrimonial law. Lewis also is a chief legal analyst and commentator for BBC World TV and is the host for Law Weekly, a national cable television talk show on law matters. George Mason University School of Law has honored him with its Distinguished Achievement award.
William Frech, A.B. ’75, received his M.B.A. from Monmouth University in 2001. He is an acquisition logistics manager/COR/ordering officer at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.
Elaine Kopecky Thompson, B.S. ’75, a graduate of Indiana University School of Optometry, practices on a part-time basis in Birmingham, Alabama. She and husband Roy Thompson have two sons, ages 12 and 9.
Raymond Angelo Belliotti, M.A. ’76, Ph.D. ’77, distinguished professor and chairperson of the philosophy department at the State University of New York at Fredonia, has published Happiness Is Overrated (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). The book combines a historical overview of the concept of happiness from Plato to contemporary writers with practical advice on how to obtain happiness. He also is the author of Justifying Law (1992), Good Sex (1993), Seeking Identity (1995), Stalking Nietzshe (1998), and What Is the Meaning of Human Life? (2001).
Darcy La Fountain, B.B.A. ’77, is a realtor for Vellano Realty Group in Manalapan, Florida.
Kenneth R. Benoit, M.M. ’78, adjunct professor at Broward Community College, premiered two compositions: “The House of the Lord” and “Sonatina for Bassoon and Piano.”
Glenn Myles Mednick, J.D. ’79, has joined the Boca Raton, Florida office of Hodgson Russ LLP as a partner in its Estates & Trusts Practice Group. He also is a member of the Executive Council of The Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and serves on many of its committees.
Cara Pasquale, A.B. ’79, M.B.A. ’83, has been promoted from director of business development to senior associate at Miller Legg, one of the largest multi-disciplined consulting firms in Florida. In this role, she will continue to be a part of the firm’s senior management team and participate in corporate strategic planning activities. Pasquale also is past president of the Davie/Cooper City Chamber of Commerce and current chair of the chamber’s Government and Economic Affairs Committee.
George O. Rosenwasser, B.S. ’79, M.D. ’83, performed a corneal transplant that was featured in Gift of Life, a Discovery Health Channel documentary series of six one-hour episodes focusing on organ and tissue donation and transplantation. He practices at Central Pennsylvania Eye Institute in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

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Terry Hickey Follows His Academic Vision


s a first-generation college student, I know what parents go through in order to provide a college education for their children,” says University of Central Florida (UCF) Provost Terry Hickey, Ph.D. ’72. “They put a lot of faith and trust in us, and we have to live up to that.”

Hickey, who manages a budget that exceeds $300 million, oversees all academic, research, and student services programs at UCF, a 43,000-student state university in Orlando.

An accomplished, tenured vision scientist who spent 24 years as a professor and researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Hickey secured federal funding to establish a visual science research center, making UAB’s optometry school the first in the nation to receive such federal support. Much of his research involved amblyopia, or lazy eye. Studying human autopsy material, he completed an anatomical study of the structure and development of the human primary visual pathway from the retina to the brain. Hickey’s work, published in Science, concurred with ophthalmologists’ hypothesis that strabismus surgery, intended to correct lazy eye, crossed eyes, and other conditions, should occur early for maximum efficacy.

While at UAB, Hickey and his colleague, Professor Steve Hajduk, initiated BioTeach, a program funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to train Alabama high school teachers in modern DNA biology and to provide the skills and equipment for conducting desktop DNA experiments in their classrooms. Over time, Hickey served as dean of UAB’s Graduate School, associate vice president for health affairs, and associate provost for academic programs.

In 1997 Hickey became dean of the College of Sciences at Old Dominion University in Virginia, and in 2000 he became senior vice president and provost at the University of Akron. After several Ohio winters, he and his wife were ready for warmer weather when UCF called in 2003. The Hickeys, who have two grown sons and one young grandson, enjoy tennis, exercising at the gym, and gardening.

“The University of Central Florida reminded me a lot of UAB,” says Hickey, “in terms of being a metropolitan institution really striving to work with the community. It’s a relatively young institution working to dramatically expand its research, and that’s the type of university where I fit best.”

– Leonard Nash

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1980s
Mary W. Sheffield, J.D. ’80, was elected a circuit judge for the 25th judicial circuit in Rolla, Missouri.
Daniel Adams, M.M. ’81, chair of the faculty assembly at Texas Southern University, delivered a presentation at a joint meeting of the European American University Forum and the American Association of University Administrators in Rome, Italy, in November. His presentation, “The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights Funding Initiative and Its Implementation at Texas Southern University,” was part of a larger session titled “Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Connecting Diversity, Development and Distinction.”
Bruce A. Blitman, J.D. ’81, a Pembroke Pines attorney, was elected to the constituency board of the University of Miami Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM CARD). Constituency board members provide advice to staff of UM CARD on policies, priorities, and activities. Blitman also has been appointed to the advisory board of The Sterling Aventura, an assisted-living community in Aventura.
Nan A. Markowitz, A.B. ’81, was appointed executive director of the Citizens Independent Transportation Trust, overseeing expenditure of the People’s Transportation Plan (half-percent surtax). She also was recently chosen as chair of the United Way of Miami-Dade’s Women’s Leadership.
Bruce Davis, B.B.A. ’82, is senior vice president of investments at UBS Financial Services. He lives with his wife and three sons in Hollywood, Florida, where he is coach of the Nova Middle School Soccer Team, district champions of 2004.
Maria T. Currier, M.S.N. ’83, J.D. ’88, partner at the international law firm of Hunton & Williams, has been appointed general counsel for the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association. A former critical care nurse, she is a board-certified health care law specialist who has extensive experience in regulatory matters, such as fraud law, privacy, and Medicare.
Donna Burns, M.M. ’84, was selected as a 2004 YWCA Salute to Women Achievers in Industry honoree. She is vice president, portal plan manager for the Cross Prime Brokerage initiative in investment bank technology at JP Morgan Chase.
Gerald Noe Jr., B.Arch. ’84, is sole proprietor of a Cincinnati, Ohio-based architectural firm that specializes in commercial and residential design. At the 11th annual Chrysalis Awards in Atlanta during the 2004 Southern Building Show, his work contributed to the award of Best Single Family Residential Restoration Project received by Apex, Inc.
Rogg S. Rumsky, J.D. ’84, is vice president and regional counsel for Fidelity National Title, working in the Garden City, New Jersey office.
Michael J. Higer, J.D. ’85, has been selected, with Judge William Van Nortwick of the First District Court of Appeal, to chair the State Court/Federal Court Liaison Committee of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar. The primary goal of this committee is to foster a closer relationship between the judiciary and the business community.
Gary McCloskey, Ph.D. ’85, has been appointed the first-ever Chair in Augustinian Pedagogy at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. In this role, Reverend McCloskey leads the new St. Augustine Institute for Learning and Teaching. He also continues his responsibilities as dean of the college.
Blake R. Nestock, M.D. ’85, is a Master of Science candidate at the Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management.
Gary S. Salzman, B.B.A. ’85, J.D. ’88, a shareholder in the Orlando office of law firm GrayRobinson, P.A., was named Best of the Bar by the Orlando Business Journal. He has been board certified since 1997 by The Florida Bar in business litigation, practicing in the areas of business litigation, arbitration, and mediation.
J. Alex Villalobos, A.B. ’85, Republican senator for District 38, is the Florida Senate majority leader.
Henry J. Weiss, M.S.I.E. ’85, M.B.A. ’87, is a team leader for the environment, health, and safety team at the Integrated Utilities group of AES Corporation, based in San Salvador. He received the Best in Class Presidential Public Service Health and Safety Award.
Kimberly Kolback, J.D. ’86, moderated the panel Sports Licensing 2004 in November during the 16th Annual Southern Regional Entertainment and Sports Law Seminar in Los Cabos, Mexico. The seminar featured sports attorneys from across the country, including counsel for NASCAR, Collegiate Licensing Company, Major League Baseball Players Association, and Coca-Cola.
Hilda M. Fernandez, A.B. ’87, was promoted to director of communications for the Miami-Dade County government.
Stephen R. Garcia-Vidal, A.B. ’88, has partnered with his father, Raoul, to create the Coral Gables, Florida law firm of Garcia-Vidal and Garcia-Vidal, LLP. The firm specializes in real estate law, wills and trusts, corporate law, probate and guardianship, estate planning, and foreclosures.
Dorothy Hindman, B.M. ’88, D.M.A. ’94, assistant music professor at Birmingham-Southern College, received a special commendation in the 2004 Nancy Van de Vate International Composition Prize for Opera for her work, Louise: The Story of Magdalen. Her opera, on a libretto by Sally M. Gall, was commissioned by Alabama Operaworks. Hindman, a founding member of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance, also is a 2005 Almquist Choral Composition Competition winner and recipient of the 2004 International Society of Bassists Composition Prize.
Mark D. Fussell, M.P.A. ’89, has marked his 15th year with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A public health advisor, he presently manages the agency’s HIV/AIDS regional assistance program for Central America. He is based in Guatemala City, Guatemala, following previous assignments in Geneva, Switzerland, and Harare, Zimbabwe.
Adelle A. McIlroy, B.S. ’89, was promoted to managing director at International Network Services, a specialized consulting firm operating from 32 offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She is responsible for all security consulting services delivered globally by the Ethical Hacking Center of Excellence in Washington, D.C.
Johnny C. Taylor Jr., B.S.C. ’89, has been appointed chairman of the board of directors for the Society for Human Resource Management, a global group representing human resource students and professionals. Taylor is president of McGuireWoods HR Strategies, a wholly owned subsidiary of the McGuireWoods LLP law firm, which provides solutions on human resource issues. He also is a member of the University’s President’s Council.

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From Hollywood to Politics, Jonathan Hefler Aims High


olice officer and doctor were the roles Jonathan Hefler, M.B.A. ’02, played most often on The X-Files, Family Law, Days of Our Lives, and General Hospital. “I wanted to see if I could do it, even though I had no formal training in acting,” Hefler says. “Why climb the mountain? Because it’s there.”

While Hefler quit acting because of the industry’s “seedy underbelly,” he may dabble again some day. But if history is an accurate predictor of his future endeavors, there are many other mountains awaiting his ascent.

At the University of Miami, Hefler and surgeon Ronald F. DeMeo, M.B.A. ’01, grew Radiation Shield Technologies into a successful “homeland security company” that develops and markets radiation and nuclear protection garments for civilian and military applications. Today Hefler is vice president of marketing for TSG Reporting, a Manhattan firm that provides personnel and logistics support for law firms holding depositions, arbitrations, and hearings nationwide. He manages key elements of business development and expansion.

A history buff, Hefler left TSG for several months to serve on the 2004 presidential campaign trail. “It was a 24/7 job,” he reflects, noting that people on the advance staff are lucky to sleep three hours nightly. “I was in a different city every few days.” Along the way, he organized a John Kerry rally attended by thousands at the University of Miami Coral Gables campus, coordinated a Wesley Clark event at an overcrowded Arizona VA hall that the local fire marshal nearly cancelled, and got lost in an Iowa snowstorm with Richard Gephardt. “It was a challenging and rewarding experience,” Hefler says of campaign work, “between coordinating with the Secret Service, the crowds, and the hordes of news folks, making sure the candidate delivered a rousing speech.”

Hefler, 29, who would like to get married and have a family some day, credits recreational basketball for keeping him focused amid his 100-hour workweeks. Raised in a liberal family, he says he will eventually pursue politics himself. He cites his grandfather, Sidney Steinberg, a World War II veteran, as a key role model. “There will always be a part of me that wants to leave this world a little better than I found it. It’s how I was raised.”

– Leonard Nash

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1990s
Chris DeRosa, B.M. ’90, is the drummer for the blues band Paul Mark and the Van Dorens, which has been touring in preparation to record its fifth album. DeRosa also is in residency at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he is a guest lecturer and works with the dance department as a rhythmic liaison.
Michael R. Holub, A.B. ’90, has been named the national executive director of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity and executive vice president of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Foundation, both headquartered in Indianapolis.
L. Fernando Becerra, B.B.A. ’91, is president of Twin Real Estate Group in Miami, Florida.
Manuel Occhiogrosso, B.Arch. ’91, M.Arch. ’92, launched the architectural firm, Gestalt Design Studio. He recently received a master’s degree in psychology, which he applies to design homes that promote mental health and well-being.
Scott J. Brook, J.D. ’92, city commissioner of Coral Springs, Florida, cofounder of Premier Networking Alliance, and vice chair of the Broward County Planning Council, has announced his candidacy for the Florida Senate District 32.
Janelle K. Christensen, J.D. ’93, is a partner in the Lincolnshire, Illinois law office of Tressler, Soderstrom, Maloney & Priess. She practices in the area of general civil litigation, with an emphasis on insurance and personal injury defense.
Mark R. Dylewski, M.D. ’93, former associate director and assistant professor of thoracic surgery at Georgetown University Hospital and the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., has moved back to Miami to establish a private practice in noncardiac thoracic surgery, specializing in thoracic surgical oncology.
James M. Kunick, J.D. ’93, is of counsel for the Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw law offices in Frankfurt, Germany. He assists multinational clients with information technology licensing and outsourcing transactions.
Virgil M. Napier, B.B.A. ’93, has transferred from The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, to The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove, where he serves as director of sales. In this role, he oversees a sales team responsible for $20 million in total revenues. Last year he married Barbara Essig.
John Olea, A.B. ’93, formerly a shareholder at Lubin, Volker and Olea, P.A., has opened his own practice, John Olea, P.A. He focuses exclusively on criminal defense in both state and federal courts.
Kevin J. Wheeler, B.S.C. ’94, is a talk show host for the national radio network, The Sporting News. He also writes columns for The Sporting News magazine. He is married to Susan M. Wheeler, A.B. ’94.
Stefania Bologna, J.D. ’95, LL.M. ’98, is a partner at Finley & Bologna International in the Miami office, where she practices corporate, immigration, real estate, and intellectual property law and international business transactions.
Richard Celler, B.S.C. ’96 and Emily (Zeller) Celler, A.B. ’96, announce the birth of their daughter, Chloe Erin, who joins big brother Noah, age 2.
Cynthia Fletcher, Ph.D. ’96, is assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Florida International University. Her research expertise is sickle cell disease in adolescents.
Davana Marie Lehman, A.B. ’96, received a Ph.D. in exercise science from Auburn University.
Matthew J. Polli, B.B.A. ’96, and Kenneth G. Rolston, A.B. ’97, have formed PR Investment Group, an Atlanta, Georgia-based firm that invests in vacation rental properties in the mountains of North Georgia. Polli and Rolston met as roommates in Pearson Residential College.
Yesenia Arias Collazo, B.B.A. ’97, has been promoted from assistant vice president to vice president in the International Banking Division at Union Planters Bank in Miami. Her responsibilities include international business development in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, and Costa Rica.
Lisa A. Keese-Hathaway, A.B. ’97, M.P.A. ’99, has given birth to her second child. She lives in Waxhaw, North Carolina, and recently received a promotion in sales.
Renee C. Kreutzer, B.S.Ed. ’97, M.S.Ed. ’98, has earned a doctorate in curriculum, instruction, and educational leadership. Her dissertation was titled “Teachers’ Perceptions of the Usefulness of Individual Education Plans.” She resides in Miami with her son, Jordan.
Alex Rey, B.B.A. ’97, M.B.A. ’98, is manager of capital planning for Royal Caribbean Cruises in Miami, Florida.
Alisha Binds, B.F.A. ’98, costars in a major role with Laurence Fishburne, Ethan Hawke, and an all-star cast in the action-thriller, Assault on Precinct 13.
Lauren Camner, M.B.A. ’98, was promoted from vice president of Web services to senior vice president of alternative delivery channels at BankUnited, where she also is a member of the board of directors. She will oversee management of the call center and continue to serve as the company’s Webmaster and director of investor relations.
James J. Deane, B.B.A. ’98, formerly a senior financial analyst for Seaboard Marine Ltd., has joined accounting firm Berkowitz, Dick, Pollack & Brant as an audit senior.
Elizabeth E. Thomas, LL.M. ’98, has been selected, along with 29 other Mississippi residents, to participate in the 2005-06 Leadership Mississippi program, sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council’s M.B. Swayze Educational Foundation, which identifies emerging young leaders and helps them develop leadership skills.
Sarah A. Karns, A.B. ’99, J.D. ’03, practices with her father and brother, Joshua Karns, J.D. ’00, at Karns Law Associates, a personal injury law firm with offices in Middletown and Providence, Rhode Island.
Paige Provenzano, B.S. ’99, received her Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from the University of Florida College of Law.

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The Love of Journalism Motivates Myrka Dellanos

rowing up in Miami, Myrka Dellanos, B.F.A. ’86, knew two things: She wanted to be a performer, and she wanted to attend the University of Miami.

An accomplished pianist and ballet dancer, Dellanos attributes her love of writing and inquisitive nature to her Cuban-born parents, both of whom were Spanish literature professors. She earned a scholarship to study music at the University of Miami, but “the practical teenager in me decided on communications and journalism,” a decision that has helped her become one of the most accomplished and internationally recognized Hispanic television journalists.

Dellanos started her career reporting, then anchoring the news on the local affiliate for top Spanish-language network Univision. She helped launch the Primer Impacto news-magazine show, for which she provided live coverage of such historic events as Princess Diana’s funeral services in London, the O.J. Simpson verdict in Los Angeles, the World Cup soccer championships in Paris and Seoul, Korea, and the unfolding standoff between federal agents and Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.

Ten years at Primer Impacto and two Emmys later, Dellanos left the show in 2003 to pursue special projects, including a “Barbara Walters-type” show she is developing with Univision. This September Dellanos hosted the annual Hispanic Heritage Month kickoff at the White House, followed by a visit to U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Kuwait in November as part of the USO Tour with performer Wayne Newton. Next up is a book about her career in television and possibly a clothing line.

“The love of journalism, of telling a good story, of informing my audience, will always be my number-one goal and motivator,” says Dellanos, who was conducting an interview even as she went into labor. Daughter Alexa, now 10, appeared with mom two years ago beneath the famous milk moustache in the “Got Milk?” campaign ads. “These shared life experiences are what make your audience love you and get to know you better.”

Nevertheless, Dellanos prefers to keep her life private. “The only reason I am a public person is because I am a journalist and have chosen to work in television,” she says. “As long as that is the primary focus, I will have done my job correctly.”

– Annette Herrera

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2000s
Rosemary Taylor, M.B.A. ’00, has joined UnitedHealth Group as the director of marketing, eastern and central regions for its specialty services company, United Behavioral Health, in Miami.
Charles Buscemi, M.S.N. ’01, a doctoral candidate at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, was selected a 2004 Grantmakers in Aging Fellow.
Robert T. Datorre, J.D. ’01, assistant city attorney for the City of Miami Beach, and Elizabeth C. Stephens, D.P.T. ’03, recently were married in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Jason Pasquale, B.S.C. ’01, made his television debut in Sci-Fi Channel’s Chupacabra: Dark Seas, the tale of a smuggled monster that gets loose on a cruise ship. He resides in Burbank, California.
Stacey Elias, B.S.N. ’02, was named Mrs. Hollywood and will compete in the Mrs. Florida pageant in July. She is director of nursing for Medical Staffing Network’s home health care division in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
Johis Ortega, B.S.N. ’02, is working in the emergency room at South Miami Hospital and pursuing a master’s degree in adult acute care.
Michael Criscitiello, Ph.D. ’03, is completing his postdoctoral work with Martin Flajnik, professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Criscitiello’s wife, Pam, gave birth in October to daughter Sofia Marie. Older sister Sydney turned 3.
Carolyn Waszkiewicz, M.B.A. ’03, was named office manager for Faster-Form Corporation, the parent company to multiple divisions serving the wholesale and retail floral industry. She is responsible for human relations, ERISA and affirmative action compliance, accounting, payroll, and purchasing for ten Faster-Form divisions.
Jorge Arauz, A.B. ’04, former managing editor of The Hurricane newspaper, is managing editor of several magazines at Miami-based publishing house Perfect Vision Media. His titles include LRM, Las Olas Magazine, International Yachtsman, SPACES, and Florida Classic Home.
Angie Pérez, M.A. ’04, has been hired as the national morning news anchor for Televen, one of the three largest television networks in Venezuela.
Heather Seiler, B.S.C. ’04, is a financial advisor at American Express Financial Advisors in Miami Lakes, Florida.
Brian Cavallaro, M.F.A. ’05, is associate producer for My Crazy Life, a show that is premiering this year on E! Network. He also has won a Regional Emmy award for a commercial he directed in Philadelphia, and his thesis film, In Plain Sight, is presently showing on Pay-Per-View.
Diana Peña, B.B.A. ’05, has joined accounting firm Berkowitz, Dick, Pollack & Brant as a tax staff accountant. Previously she owned a business that provided individual income tax return services.


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