Spring 2010 Issue

Class Notes

Nancy Maschue Bushneck, Marina Pando Vazquez and Maria Pozo Humphreys from the Class of 1971 got together December 29, 2009 to reminisce about their 1970 semester trip abroad to Strasbourg, France and Neuchatel, Switzerland.They are searching for other members of the group to plan a reunion either later this year or in 2011. Please contact the Office of Alumni relations or Maria Pozo-Humphreys at mpozo88@yahoo.com.


Betty Galliher is announcing the birth of her first great-grandchild, Benjamin Atticus.

Hilda Fletcher and Don celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently.

Natalie Crawford’s fourth grandchild was born in September. Natalie and husband are traveling to Italy on their annual olive picking trip.

Nell Favarato and husband Bob remain very involved in animal rescue and are expanding the circle of their “animal family.” Their granddaughter, Sarah Bennett graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine with a double major in English and history and a double minor in anthropology and Spanish in April. Nell continues to compile and distribute the class of ’62 news letter.


Iris Diaz has released her new book, “Cuba: Another Side of the Story, memoirs of a Cuban childhood.” Iris creates a vivid sense of time and place through childhood memories of pre-and post-Castro Cuba. Iris left the island in 1961 and lived with relatives and friends, at boarding schools, college dorms and even a convent. After working 19 years in new York City as a researcher, associate producer and videotape technician at NBC-TV, she moved to central Florida and bought a small farm. She spends her time horseback riding and writing.


June Rawls has retired after 32 years of teaching at Kinloch Park Elementary, Gloria Floyd and South Miami Heights Elementary. She now co-owns and manages Bijoux Dance Center, 4150 SW 70th Ct. where she teaches ballroom dancing. June still lives in her childhood home in West Miami.


Marguerite McFarlan Young has retired from 30 years of teaching elementary education in Phoenix, Arizona. She is involved with marketing her great-aunt Sybil Kane’s children’s book “The Insect Wonderland.” The book’s Web site is www.insectwonderland.com.


Members of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Alumni Association met February 6 at the home of Alicia Barrett Rafter. 'We thought the Bring Barry Along idea of carrying the magazine on a vacation and sending back a photo displaying the issue was neat. But for this gathering we only traveled in Palm Beach County,' said Joanne Kelly. Standing from left to right are: Margaret Donnelly Thomas '60, Linda Lonzo Darling '72, Marguerite Larmoyeaux Baumann'58, Kathy Pacholek Viers'63, Nancy Weiller Volpi and Nanci Jackman'69. Seated are Joanne Rask Kelly '65, Elizabeth Morris Decker'69 and Pat Heldman Johnson'52.

Sandra Lokitz Curtis has moved to the Great Smoky Mountains in western North Carolina. Sandra worked as a licensed clinical social worker for a community mental health center in western North Carolina doing diagnostic assessments and psychotherapy. She is working as a volunteer computer software tech/trainer with the elderly neighbors of Hendersonville, just South of Ashville.


* Heather J. Rohan, CEO of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center was recently honored at Barry’s Distinguished Alumni Awards. Under her leadership, Aventura Hospital’s stroke program earned Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center certification and became a fully accredited chest pain center.


Henry (Hank) Malanowski received the Installation Planning and Facilities Management Team Award while assigned as deputy branch head at the Installations and Logistics Department, headquarters, Marine Corps from the Greater Washington, D.C, area chapter of the International Society of Logistics.


Nelson Lazo formerly CEO at Mariners Hospital in Tavernier is now CEO at Doctors Hospital. Mr. Lazo became CEO of Mariners Hospital in 2006. Prior to joining Baptist Health, he was Chief Operating Officer at Parkway Regional Medical Center in North Miami Beach. He also served as director of cardiopulmonary services at Mercy Hospital and CEO of Health South Rehabilitation Hospital in Cutler Bay.


Matthew J. Muhart was elected to the Barry University Alumni Association Board of Directors at the November 2009 board meeting. Muhart is senior vice president and chief financial officer, South Broward Hospital district. As chief financial officer Mr. Muhart, is responsible for overseeing the financial operations of the Memorial Healthcare System.

*Samir Vakil, DPM ’91, was selected to serve as the second vice president for the Florida Podiatric Medical Association and is scheduled to be inducted as FPMA president in 2012. Dr. Vakil practices with the Foot and Ankle Centers of Charlotte County, Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, Florida.


Lilliam Cordero, vice president and corporate Bank Secrecy Act officer for Bank of Florida Corp., recently earned the designation of certified anti-money laundering specialist. Cordero oversees the bank’s anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act programs.


Vicki Northrup has been named the new CEO of the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce. She has experience in management with the Ford Motor Company and as a regional sales and dealer development manager for Zenn Motor Company in Canada and Massachusetts.


*Terence McDonald, DPM, was inducted on January 22, 2010 as the president of the Florida Podiatric Medical Association. Currently in private practice in Ft. Lauderdale and Pembroke Pines with his wife, Cynthia McDonald, DPM ’92, Dr. McDonald served as the president of the Broward County Podiatric medical Society and was the first vice president of FPMA in 2009. McDonald plans to partner with the Florida Chapter of the American Diabetes Association to collaboratively increase the Diabetes Footprint Campaign. This project seeks to reduce the impact of diabetes by improving diabetes care by physicians and patient self-care. Dr. McDonald holds the issue in a personal regard as his two young children were diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.


Elizabeth Ricci of Rambana & Ricci, P.A. Immigration attorneys was appointed as American Immigration Lawyers Association Central Florida Chapter liaison to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Elizabeth was also recognized as the Girl Scouts “Woman of Distinction” in the Law category. This year’s finalists are women who have distinguished themselves through service and leadership in their respective community. Ricci says that she hope that because of this recognition she “can inspire young women to consider careers in law and let them know it is possible to be a successful lawyer, mother and wife.”


Candice (Lang) Hill is the clinic coordinator at Barry University Health Center and was nominated by the Miami-Dade Medical Reserve Corps and recognized at the Miami-Dade County Health Department’s Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception on March 22, 2010. “Candice Hill was instrumental in coordinating a successful H1N1 vaccination campaign using MRC volunteers at Barry University in 2009. Thanks to her hard work and dedication, MRC volunteers immunized close to 600 people; among them were students, professors, and staff members. Additionally, she recruited around 200 new MRC volunteers from the health and medical programs at Barry University. Hill “demonstrated an outstanding leadership and commitment to serve the community. The MRC community is very grateful and recognizes her excellent service.”


Michael Demask will serve as executive director of Hazelden’s facility in Naples, Florida, an internationally renowned nonprofit addiction treatment center. Demask currently serves as dean of the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies based in Center City, Minnesota.


*Yolande Davis, operational services coordinator of City of Coral Gables, has earned the designation of certified municipal clerk, which is awarded by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, Inc. IIMC grants the CMC designation only to those municipal clerks who complete demanding education requirements and who have a record of significant contributions to their local government, their community and state.


Bonnie Manley, who is partially blind, is now an algebra professor at Palm Beach State College. Bonnie, who has been teaching at the school for 12 years, has had two eye surgeries – a cornea transplant and a cataract graft; nothing has helped. However, that does not stop Manley who can make her students understand math by keeping it simple.


*Marty Cassini was elected to the Barry University Alumni Association Board of Directors at the November 2009 board meeting. Marty is an attorney working for Caserta, Spiriti and Gonzalez, Attorneys-at-Law and a lobbyist with The Cassini Group.

Megan Norcerino and husband Gianfranco Nocerino ’01, welcomed their first child, Giovanni Antonio Nocerino. Megan is in the final stretch of her doctoral program at Nova Southeastern University and will graduate in December with a dual major in higher education and education leadership. She is the vice president of the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alumni Chapter of Alpha Gama Delta.


Dr. Paul Ledesma has joined Dr. Richard Jacoby’s renowned podiatry practice at Valley Foot Surgeons in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ledesma will bring specific expertise in the areas of sports medicine and biomechanics. He has completed a 3-year podiatric reconstructive surgical residency at Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and private practice in Worcester, Massachusetts.


Jean-Paul Dardeene , a member of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints front office, was on the field January 24th amid a wild celebration during the aftermath and victory that sent the team to the first Super Bowl in its 42-year history. Dardenne joined the Saints’ staff in May 2006, less than nine months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.

David Jones has graduated with a doctorate in organic chemistry from Florida State University. David is working as a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Amos B. Smith, III at the University of Pennsylvania.


Maritza Borrajero has been named chief operating officer for Molina Healthcare, Inc. Borrajero will be responsible for managing all operational aspects of the company, including providing leadership and vision necessary to ensure affective organizational growth and financial strength.


A.J. Warco returned to the United States recently after being in Haiti since January 28 as part of the efforts of the charity “A Leg To Stand On,” which provides corrective surgery and prosthetic limbs for children injured in the earthquake. Warco has been involved in humanitarian efforts supporting children in Third World countries for the last 18 plus months. After graduating, he spent three years teaching computer technology and second grade in an elementary school in Miami’s Little Haiti; he also was a chess coach for some of the students. He brought eight of them to Pittsburgh, where they won a title in 2008.

Jason Parent has become part of the Beauregard, Burke & Franco law practice. Parent specializes in civil litigation. He is a member of the bars of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Florida.

Zachary Gill has joined the Fort Myers office of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, PA. Gill worked as a trial attorney for the state attorney’s office in Lee County, trying cases from third-degree felonies to first-degree murder.


Rachel Bleemer has designed a line of homemade glasses chains that South Beach Magazine calls “the sexy secretary trend.” This new design has been featured in Daily Candy and has been nominated for Daily Candy’s Sweetest things of 2009.

Latorea S. Spohr has joined the Bartow office’s trial division of the 10th Judicial Court Public Defender’s Office. Prior to joining the Public Defender’s Office as an assistant public defender, Spohr served as a legal research assistant with the law firm of Sigman, Sigman, Notari & Sigman in Orlando, Florida.

Jacqueline “Happy” Tysall enlisted in the Army and was deployed to Iraq in 2003. She has been hired by the Lafayette Sheriff’s Department, becoming Lafayette’s first female deputy.

*Membership Plus Members

In memoriam:

Jean Travnikar ’47

Carmen Semeria Jacque ’83

Karen Stabley ’80

Roger Koeval ’65

Thomas McNulty ’82