Fall 2010 Issue

Alumni Connection

Class Notes

Send us your favorite wedding photo to include in our “Barry Married” photo album.

Sharlene Linhart-Glassman ‘87 and her husband Gary celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on November 3.

The Barry Buccaneers and friends who attended her wedding included (left to right): John “Jay” Ahern ’87, Jim Varsallone ’88, Geoff Leval ’88, Denise Myers Leval ’90, Maria Varsallone ’79, Jessica Jusino-Cordero ’87, Frank Cordero, Linda Myers ’84 and Linhart-Glassman’s mentor, the late Phyllis Saunders ’64.

The late Rabbi Samuel Z. Jaffe, a former professor of religious studies at Barry, officiated at the ceremony. The couple lives in Sunrise with their daughter, Laura, a third-grader at David Posnack Hebrew Day School, and their two Italian Greyhounds, Bella and Milo.


Tina DeGise Quinn was in a golf tournament on July 6 and enjoyed a visit from her children this past summer.

Terry Vazac Haggerty is taking computer lessons and loves using her new skills. Terry’s granddaughter also had the opportunity to meet Sister Linda during a recent campus tour.

Barbara Scheier Phillps and husband Bill took a river cruise along the Danube in May, but they didn’t get a chance to cruise because they were flooded out. They took a bus instead. They also took their grandchildren to Yellowstone. Barbara and Bill are planning a trip to Turkey in September.

Jan Roccio Seidel and husband Bruce attended a two-week family reunion of Jan’s family in Hawaii in July with 40 people attending.

Nell Kemble Favarato and husband Bob moved to Daytona Beach to be closer to their family.

Mary Gorham McLoughlin’s daughter Kerry and her husband are adopting two boys ages 6 and 10. The whole family is welcoming them.

Jane Simons went to Ireland last year and loved it so much that she wanted to stay.

Beverly Nyahay Eyerly recently took a cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Amsterdam and enjoyed it tremendously.

Hope Lewis Lawler and husband Bill met Rose Villalba Dery and her husband for lunch while Hope and Bill headed to Helen, Georgia.

Natalie McClesky Crawford was in West Palm Beach last winter with a girlfriend while a blizzard raged at home. Her husband Paul and their dog stayed in Delaware.

Diane Balconis Quinn and husband Gerry met up for lunch with Nell and Bob Favarato in Orlando last winter. They look forward to the Notre Dame football season.

Diane Balconis Quinn and Jan Roccio Seidel are co-chairing the Class of 1962’s 50th reunion at Barry’s main campus in Miami Shores in 2012. If any classmates would like to participate or update your information they can e-mail Diane Favarato at gramcritter9@embarqmail.com or call the Alumni House at 305-899-3175.


Jeanne Blackwood has just released a book of inspirational poetry, “Frisson of Spirit” For more information about the book please visit www.tatepublishing.com/tipsheet/book.php?key=10391


Luise M. Read retired in 2006 after teaching physical education for 33 years. She is now living full time in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


Nadir Baksh has just published “8 Strategies for Successful Step-Parenting.” As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Baksh has a private practice in Ft. Lauderdale and Stuart, Florida, where he specializes in family, clinical and forensic psychology. He is also the co-author of “In the Best Interest of the Child: A Manual for Divorcing Parents and You Don’t Know Anything!” and “A Manual for Parenting Your Teenagers.”


Edward Joyce recently had a book published titled, “The Apprentice Boy.” The book’s website is www.theapprenticeboy.com.


Dr. George L Salis was recently promoted to senior principal tax compliance analyst & tax counsel at Vertex Tax Technologies, Inc., of Sarasota, Florida. He also continues to write professional articles and teach International Taxation & Transfer Pricing at The Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California.

Sharon McGuire, OP was awarded national certification as an advanced transcultural nurse (TCN-A) by the Transcultural Nursing Society in 2009.


Leo J. Shea III, Ph.D., a clinical assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine at Rusk Institute, a division of the New York City University, spoke at the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society Educational Meeting at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, London. His work with Lyme patients was recently cited in the national, award-winning book “Cure Unknown.” Dr. Shea is vice president of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS).

Frank Mottek anchored CBS Radio’s KNX-AM Miracle Mile studio, was written up in the Los Angeles Business Journal recently. He discussed his coverage of the Challenger explosion and how Katie Couric trained him in TV news by taking him out to cover a peacock that had landed in some woman’s backyard. Mottek has worked in radio and television in South Florida for many years before joining CBS in Los Angeles in 1992. He also created and taught the Newsradio course at University of Southern California for ten years.


Cynthia Alejo (Ramal) and husband, Juan Carlos Alejo, recently celebrated the birth of their child, Andrew Joseph Alejo.

Anthony Borrow has been a Catholic Charities counselor in San Antonio and a theology teacher at Jesuit College Prep in Dallas. His first assignment as a priest will be as a campus minister at Cristo Rey Jesuit College Prep in Houston. (New Orleans Province)


Amy Liptak Caruse has written her first book “The Black Squirrel Ball.”The book signing was held at the Granby Town Hall in Southwick, Massachusetts. Prior to writing her book, she worked as a community relations manager for the regional banks and for one of the oldest social service agencies in Massachusetts. Lenore Polo Rodicio was featured in the week of June 3 issue of Miami Today as one of The Best of Miami Educational Upgrades 2010 or “her dedication to the college mission of providing access to minority students and providing them the tools to succeed in the classroom and beyond.”


Laurie Ann Wallace, of Charlotte, North Carolina, daughter of Sandra Wallace and the late Joseph Wallace, is engaged to Michael Joseph Samuel Pastrick.

Elizabeth Ricci of Rambana & Ricci, PLLC Immigration Attorneys appeared on the radio show “The Gadsden Journal” on July 17. She discussed the need for immigration reform.

Mabel Lopez is started a new practice, Mind and Brain Care, LLC, this fall. It is a comprehensive center for brain-related disorders, psychological issues, cognitive rehabilitation, and prevention/educational service. Dr. Lopez is chief of psychiatry and psychology at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida. She also has a show “Viva su salud,” which continues to air on Telemundo. Dr. Lopez continues to serve as Calusa chapter president for the Florida Psychological Association and is the president-elect for next year.


Cecilia Novella is still living in North Carolina and has been working at Emergys, a small consulting company. She also attended Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and obtained a degree in executive management. She now has a daughter, Chiara, who is 17 months old.

Lisan Parker has transitioned into the nonprofit sector with a focus on global health. She is a scientific liaison, Secretariat for the Working Group on New TB Drugs’ Stop TB Partnership at the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development.

Debra Malina, a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), was voted the 2010-2011 president-elect of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist (AANA) headquarters in Park Ridge, Illinois. She is president/owner of Malina Anesthesia Services in Memphis, Tennessee, and a guest lecturer of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing in Memphis.


Sona Ramdath completed his residency in podiatric medicine and surgery in June and will start a sports medicine fellowship with Dr. A Saxena at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in San Francisco.


Alice Keene has worked as a therapist in Florida and Appalachia. For the last four years Alice has been working abroad as an elementary school counselor in Kuwait.

Karls Paul-Noel, a Miami Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) assistant chief, has been named one of the World’s Most Influential People in 2010 by Time Magazine. Chief Paul-Noel was recognized as one of the heroes of the year for his efforts in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in January. He has been an active member of MDFR’s Urban Search and Rescue team since 1987 and has responded to disasters worldwide, including earthquakes in Turkey, Haiti, the Mozambique Floods and numerous hurricanes.

William Buitrago is completing his surgical residency at the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. At Baylor, Buitrago has been an active member of the scientific community and has been involved in multiple educational activities. He graduated with an MD-PhD degree in May. After receiving his PhD and returning to medical school, he decided to pursue a career in surgery with the goal of specializing in the field of surgical oncology.

Angelina Marie Suarez, daughter of Priscilla M. Suarez-Trujillo ’02, MS ’05


Jorge Plasencia is the chairman and chief executive of Republica, an advertising branding, communications and interactive media company. Jorge also serves as chairman of Amigos for Kids, a nonprofit that he cofounded in 1991.


Sister Susan Zemgulis, OP is the administrator of Dominican Retreat and Conference Center on Union Street in Niskayuna, New York. She oversees the facility, including its programming. Some of the programs offered are knotting programs as well as retreats for persons with disabilities. For more information please visit the website www.dslcny.org.

Major Cheryl Stewart was promoted to deputy chief of the Tallahassee Police Department. She oversees the operations bureau of the Tallahassee Police Department, which consists of the patrol and special operations divisions. Stewart is the highest-ranking woman in the history of the department.

Amber Siller-Knogl has moved out of Chicago into her new home in Niles, Illinois. She is just finishing up her internship and is searching for employment in the area.

Elizabeth Ridley Leckemby has been working as a championship director for Bruno Event Team and just finished the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont Country Club outside of Pittsburgh. She is now heading to Omaha, Nebraska, for the 2013 U.S. Senior Open.


Patricia Ann Booth works at AHEPA #18 (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) as a geriatric social worker. She helps the elderly network with the Department of Children and Families as well as with the Social Security office in an effort to help them attain traditional Medicare and Medicaid benefits or disenroll from HMO insurance plans. She is a certified catechist and received a pontifical diploma through the Holy See in Rome. She also received the Service Coordinator of the Year Award in 2003 from the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association for her work with AHEPA #18.

Rachel Theisen is proudly representing Barry University around the world in the United States Army.


Katherine Entwisle received the Rookie of the Year honor for 2007-2008 at Hubert Sibley Elementary School in Miami.


Lina Arencibia enrolled in the MD program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the recipient of a Case grant.

Tina Franklin is in a joint program between the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey (UMDNJ) and Rutgers University, continuing her studies in physiology under the mentorship of Dr. Dipak Sarkar. Her research focuses on the developmental effect of alcohol on rat pups in order to better understand the effects of alcohol on infants and fetal alcohol syndrome.


Dr. Brian Botts has accepted the position of principal at Edison College High School, Lee campus, Fort Myers. His career began as a science teacher at Lehigh Senior High School, where he was an assistant principal. Most recently, he was the principal of Fort Myers Middle Academy. Additionally, Dr. Botts has served as an adjunct professor in the School of Education at Edison State College in Fort Myers.

Danielle Jackman enrolled in the applied developmental science doctoral program at Colorado State University.


Shane Bobart enrolled in the MD program at St. George’s University, Grenada.

Krystal Lago enrolled in the developmental psychology PhD program at Florida Atlantic University. She received a teaching assistantship and the Presidential Fellowship Award.

Kiyana Edwards enrolled in the environmental science master’s program at the State University of New York.

Joao Luna enrolled in the geochemistry doctoral program at the University of Georgia. He earned a teaching assistantship.

Maria Perez enrolled in the chemistry doctoral program at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Emir Rubi enrolled in the biological science doctoral program at City of Hope Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Duarte, California. He received a full tuition waiver.