January Class Notes

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Two Whitman Alumni Featured on 2017 Forbes “30 Under 30” Lists  

Jessica Santana, ajessica1000_1000_robinson-santana 2011 Whitman alumnus who also earned a graduate degree at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) in 2013, was included in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Education. She co-created New York On Tech, a nonprofit organization that provides pathways for underrepresented New York City high school students into the field of technology. New York on Tech co-creator and fellow Syracuse University alumna Evin Robinson ’12, G ’14 was also included on the list. (pictured left to right: Robinson and Santana)

ross320x486Ross Burack (pictured left) is listed among Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Food and Drink. He graduated from Whitman with a degree in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises in 2011. As detailed in his Forbes’ feature, Burack was working in Manhattan in commercial real estate leasing and noticed that fast-casual restaurants were leasing a significant number of spaces. This realization and his aspiration of opening something with a Mexican flare fueled the creation of Choza. Today, there are four Choza locations in the city.




mike_1078x516OZY Media has announced Michael Sadicario ’03 (pictured left) as vice president of sales/head of revenue. Sadicario will lead OZY’s premium sales unit, known throughout the industry for delivering high-quality, high-performance, custom advertising units across OZY’s three revenue streams, OZY.com, video, and live events.

Clifford Way ’54 – President, Patriotic Education Foundation for Southwest Youth Leadership Conferences

David Glaser ’65 (’68 J.D. Washington College of Law) – The Immigration and Global Mobility Law Practice of George D. Hepner III, advising business clients migrating to the US and representing them before the Department of Homeland Security

Jim Vallone ’80 – Executive Vice President, General Auditor, JPMorgan Chase

Craig Sheldon ’84 – Board of Trustees, Adirondack Health (hospital system) in Upstate NY (Saranac Lake and Lake Placid)

Jack Ryder ’86 – Board of Directors, Hopelink in Redmond, Washington

Nick Gustin ’95 – Vice President, Men’s Merchandising North America stores and e-commerce, Ralph Lauren Corporation

Dana (Storrier) Jackson ’00 – Senior Account Executive, WestRock

Georgiana Nertea ’01 – Senior Vice President, Sherwood Partners, Inc.

Chris Niemczyk ’08 – Managing Director, National Sales, xAd, Inc

Todd Schintzius ’09 – Global Fiber Planner, Corning

Jennifer Brady ’10 – Account Director, Exposure

Matthew Smith ’10 – Director of Finance, ThinkTank Collective Intelligence Software

James Hornung ’12 – Application Sales Manager-Marketing Cloud, Oracle

Gianna F. Conte ’14, ’15 M.S. –  Staff accountant, audit and tax departments, Grossman St. Amour CPAs PLLC


forks-knives-spoons6noblurbWhitman alumnus Leah (Bogdan) DeCesare ’92 will release her debut novel on April 18. The story begins at Syracuse University in 1988 and has many references to Syracuse traditions, history and places. It’s called Forks, Knives, and Spoons (2017, SparkPress). There are three kinds of guys: forks, knives and spoons. Or so Amy York’s father tells her as he sends her off to college. But he never suspects just how far or how seriously his daughter will take this lighthearted advice. Clinging to her dad’s “Utensil Classification System” (UCS) as a guide, Amy leads three female friends at Syracuse University in scoping out, over their years on campus in the pre cell-phone 1980s, which potential love interests are dispassionate “spoons,” which are arrogant, inconsiderate “forks” and which are “steak knives”–the best soul-mate and husband material. Pre-ordering is available at: Indie BoundTargetAmazonBarnes & Noble and Books a Million.

craigpfauCraig Pfau ‘04 (pictured left) is co-founder and principal of BPC Advisors, established in November 2016 in Syracuse. Pfau brings to BPC Advisors more than a decade of experience in finance, including associate and analyst positions at Akahi Capital Management and Stella Capital in the San Francisco Bay area as well as his most recent post as an analyst at Lakewater Capital in Syracuse.

00279On August 27, 2016, Marley Cohen ’08 married David Tannenbaum (pictured left) in Springfield, New Jersey. Several Whitman alumni were in attendance, including matron of honor, Sarah Frank ’08, and bridesmaid, Stephanie Madero ’08. Marley is a senior manager of corporate accounting for Time Inc.

Syracuse University alumni Michael Stephen Hughes ’10, ’11 M.S. and Brittany Marie Nims ’10 were married on August 27 in Syracuse. Michael earned his undergraduate and graduate accounting degrees from the Whitman School and is currently employed by WS Asset Management in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Amanda Witham ’04 married John David Merrill ’15 (Max & New) on September 24, 2016 in Waterford, Maine.