Barry University Class Notes - June Edition

Barry University Class Notes - June Edition

Welcome to the newest feature of Think Barry e-news: Class notes!  To submit your story for next month's issue, visit this website: 

"Class Notes" gives you the chance to share with the rest of the Barry family all of your personal and professional accomplishments. Just get married? Finally finished that next degree? Landed the perfect job? Moved to a new city or even a new country?

In addition to appearing in this newsletter, Class Notes are also included in Barry Magazine. 

Barry University June 2013 Class Notes


Larita Norris Kaspar celebrated her 48th Wedding Anniversary recently. Larita has 4 children, 6 grandchildren and is still teach teaching classes in Nursing.  


Hope Lewis Lawler and husband Bill are proud to announce that their oldest daughter defended her dissertation and earned her Ph.D. from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. in Communication and Rhetorical Studies. They also celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a weeklong celebration on a cruise with all of their children and grandchildren.

Peggy Raiss Atwood and husband Bill celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary at Hilton Head with all of their children.

Margo O’Connor and Bob are celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a cruise to Montreal for a month.

Patty Bourke Green and Marty celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in New Jersey where many friends and family live; they will continue to celebrate at Lake Tahoe with their daughter.

Rose Vilallba Dery and Bill are celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary with family and friends.  Some ’62 classmates will be there also. Rose and Bill are also celebrating graduations for their first grandchild from VA tech as a First Lieutenant in the Air Force. They also have twin granddaughter’s graduating from Blessed Trinity High School.

Ann Bredemeyer Doyle and Morrie are off for a long journey to where ever their hearts desire in their camper; they just returned from Baton Rouge.

Diane Balconis Quinn and Gerry are back in Indiana after spending the winter in Florida.

Barbara Scheier Phillips and Bill just returned from San Diego and Tucson with their grandson for his 7 year old trip. They are going to Helsinki in June, July to Switzerland, Austria and Germany with their 11 year old granddaughter, Cassie. In September they plan to visit Ethiopia.

Jane Simons celebrated her birthday and just returned from 8 days in Las Vegas and a drive through Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion.

Maureen Dinnen has been selected “Florida School Board Member of the Year” by the Florida Education Association.

Nell Favarato and husband Bob visited with grandkids in Massachusetts in February and going back in August. Their grandson, John and his girlfriend of several years had baby Aviendha in May, Nell and Bob’s first great-grandbaby.


Judith Antinarella has just retired from the full time faculty at Miami Dade College.  She had been Assistant Professor of Human Services and Addiction Studies at the college. Judith would love to see alumni notes from her other classmates.


Stephanie Rakofsky, SouthMiami Hospital’s Director of Social Work, Care Coordination and Counseling has been honored with the Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work’s 2012 Path Award. The Path Award recognizes individuals in public health, social work and dietetics for their contributions and commitment to promoting and protecting the health of the South Florida community.   


Brendan Francis participated at the first ever Global Healthcare Summit, 2012, organized by the Economist Group, United Kingdom. Brendan was among 250 invited Senior Healthcare Decision makers from around the world to discuss the future of healthcare. Dr. Francis was also invited by the Economist Group, UK. to join 150 global leaders in discussing the future of Africa.


Ruben J. Gomez and Marcia Gomez, 2000 had a baby boy named Liam Colin Gomez in January 2012.

Angel Velez Oyola, Director of the School of Theology at Interamerican University of Puerto, was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa by the Graduate Theological Foundation during the GTF's annual commencement. This honorary doctorate serves as a recognition of the importance of Dr. Velez’s work in continuing education and ecumenical and interreligious understanding both within, and outside, of Puerto Rico.


Queen Rogers-Paschal married Alvin Paschal III in December of 2012. They have four beautiful children together. Queen works for Broward County School Board and is currently working on publishing her first novel and screenplay. 

Antoine Atouriste is a professor at the University of Notre Dame Haiti and a member of the Haitian National Anti Corruption Committee.


Ira Gonzalez, BS ’01, has been appointed one of the new Young Lawyers subcommittee co-chairs of the ABA Section of Litigation Products Liability Committee. Gonzalez serves as the Deputy Regional Representative for Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas for the Hispanic Nation Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division. 


Michael Ugarte MS ’09, married Ashley DuFrene on March 22, 2013; “my best friend is now my wife and partner in crime.” Michael is also the new Director of Stewardship at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.


Jermaine Rolle, a mental conditioning coach at Velocity Sports performance in Cherry Hill, N.J., has achieved Certified Consultant status with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, an international professional organization that promotes the field of sport, exercise and health psychology.


Nancy Clark has just had her second book published, “Haikus and Cinguains”. The book contains photos that were taken during her travels throughout the United States and Canada that Nancy tried matching up with various poems to paint a pleasant visual picture for the reader.


Saskia Stamm has relocated to Oakland Park with her 3 year old daughter where she will be teaching for the German School of Ft. Lauderdale while continuing her master’s degree with Barry University.


Joshua Jackson has been accepted to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA to pursue his masters in Motion Pictures and Television.

Lance Leider with the Health Law Firm delivered a seminar to Florida Hospital’s family medicine residents and medical students in February 2013. The topic focused on types of fraud and abuse in the health care industry.

In Memoriam:

Cilia Vallejo Bach ‘51
Martha Suguitan Klingberg ‘64
Judith Brogren ‘62
Beverly Eberly ‘62
Alan Rene Turin ‘78
Mary Dwyer Honebrink ‘47
Nicole Hives ‘09