Whitman Voices


February Class Notes

February Class Notes

We welcome announcements of new jobs, promotions, board positions, marriages and family additions. Please visit our online submission form to share your news. You can also use this form to request your copy of the Whitman biannual magazine via email rather than in print. To update your address or contact details, please visit https://securealumni.syr.edu.


Steve KassPeapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: PGC) has announced the appointment of Steven A. Kass ‘78 (left) to the Board of Directors of the Company and of Peapack-Gladstone Bank, effective January 25, 2018. Kass is the retired chief executive officer of Rothstein Kass and former senior partner of KPMG, the firm that acquired Rothstein Kass in 2016. He is a member of both the Whitman School of Management and the Lubin School of Accounting Advisory Boards.


Kurt R. Kruger ‘76 has joined Hastings+Chivetta Architects as director of client development.

Elizabeth Gula ’92 was recently promoted to director, global head of customer experience transformation at Barclaycard.

Eric Duenwald ‘94 MBA, treasurer at Synchrony Financial, has joined the board of United Way of Western Connecticut.

Sarah O’Leary ’95 was promoted to Of Counsel at Clarkin & Phillips, P.C.

Juan Paul Ramirez ’97 has joined Goop as CTO, working directly with Gwyneth Paltrow and team.

Robert Auci ’01 MBA has been appointed vice president of marketing at Cradlepoint.

Tanya Ortiz ’03 has been named senior project manager at Nickelodeon.

Zachary Gering ’09 has become advisor and vice president at Sontag Advisory LLC.

Ming Zhou ’15 has joined Grossman St. Amour CPAs, PLLC as a staff accountant.

Nelson Nguyen ’17 MBA has joined Union Bank as a VP, sales strategy manager.


Michael Lombardi ‘03, ’12 MBA and Lisa Kelly ‘03 (EDU) of White Plains, N.Y., announce the birth of their son, Alexander Deivid Kelly-Lombardi. Michael is a marketing strategy director at Ogilvy. Lisa is an attorney and real estate agent with a teaching certification in TESOL.




Amanda Feterik ’08 and Andrew Barnett ‘06 (pictured left) were married in Pittsburgh on October 7, 2017. Amanda and Andrew lived and worked in London for the last two years and recently moved back to New York City, where they are continuing their careers with Macy’s Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, respectively.

Michael Goldstein ‘10 married Farzana Gurwala on December 16, 2017, at the Wilshire Grand in West Orange, New Jersey.



Misericordia University recognized former Wall Street executive Elisabeth “Lisa” Fontenelli ’86 (WHIT/NEW) for lifelong support of the Sisters of Mercy and the Mercy educational traditions at its seventh annual winter commencement ceremony in December. During the ceremony, the university presented Fontenelli with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Fontenelli recently retired after a 30-year career in the global financial industry. Before her retirement, she served as deputy head of global investment research at Goldman Sachs, overseeing all equity and credit research globally.


This semester’s University Lectures series will feature Whitman alumnus Rick Fedrizzi ’87 MBA, chief executive officer of the International WELL Building Institute, who will speak at Hendricks Chapel on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.


Ken Sosne ’80, director of Regional Grants for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families the Great Society Programs, has been extended as a loaned executive for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) D.C. for another year. The CFC is the largest workplace giving program in the world. For 2017, CFC in the Washington D.C. area raised more than 38M for more than 8,000 charities. Ken’s role was in account management and non-profit management assisting his federal colleague with their workplace giving programs. Since 1961, CFC as created by President Kennedy, has raised more than $8 billion dollars for worthy causes.

Wolfe Search Group, led by managing director, Todd Wolfe ’80, recently celebrated its 20-year anniversary.

Ira Berkowitz ’82, who is currently serving in his 13th year as president of the Syracuse University Northern New Jersey Alumni Club, was recently featured in the Syracuse alumni magazine.

 David Finkelstein ’82 (SOM/NEW) founded and is president of the SU Alumni of Westchester Fairfield alumni group. David noticed a lack of alumni networking and events in these towns and worked with university officials to address the void. WestFairOrange held its first event in March 2017 and has since hosted social events, football and basketball game watches, professional development events, freshman/new student send-offs, and a welcome home happy hour for new grads. If you would like to attend events or help out, check out WestFairOrange on social media or contact SU Alumni Engagement.