Whitman Voices


July Class Notes

July 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.


Daniel Montaigne ’95 has joined Laurel Road as VP of Business Development. Laurel Road is a leading online FinTech company focusing on reducing costs related to student loan debt and other consumer lending areas. Montaigne will be focusing on building partnerships and alliances with companies, educational institutions, and relevant organizations.

Steven Kass ’78: Board of Directors, Intl FC Stone (Intl)

Anthony Carbone JD & MBA: Co-Chair, Global Tax Department, Morrison & Foerster

Richard Long ’90: Global Manager of Customer Loyalty and CRM, McDonald’s

Michael J. Hawthorne MBA: President and CEO, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

Clark Machemer ’93: Senior Managing Director, Crow Holdings Industrial

Jennifer Morel CPA: Senior Manager, The Siegfried Group, LLP

Mat Daussan ’10: Group FP&A Manager, Funding Circle

Olivia Zaiya ’13 J.D., MBA: Managing Director, Financial Planning, Callan Capital

Joseph Howard ’16: Ecommerce Specialist, Simple Energy

Eric Klein ’16: Category Space Manager, Anheuser-Busch

Kara Sciscente ’16: Senior Account Executive, Negotiatus

Derek Wohlfarth ’16, ’18 MS: General Manager, Joplin Miners (Independent; Southwest League)


Thomas S. Bozzuto ’97 MBAwas named the Business Leader of the Year 2018 by Loyola Maryland Business School.

Whitman Alumna Jessica Santana ’11, G’13 and Her New York On Tech Co-founder Evin Floyd Robinson Named the 2018 Generation Orange Award Recipients: The Generation Orange Award is presented to young alumni who have made significant contributions to their communities and to the University. This year’s honorees are Evin Floyd Robinson ’12, G’14 and Jessica Santana ’11, G’13. Robinson and Santana are the cofounders of New York On Tech (NYOT), a nonprofit organization that provides greater access to technology and innovation to low-income and underrepresented students. NYOT offers immersive programs for high school students that include internship opportunities, mentoring and after-school educational programming. The pair will be honored during the Syracuse University Alumni Awards Celebration set to take place during Orange Central 2018. To register for the awards event and any of the nearly 50 Orange Central programs, visit orangecentral.syr.edu.

Patrick Smeeding ’12, a sales representative for Power Home Remodeling Group (PHRG), has achieved the Million Dollar Sales status for the past three years in Boston, Massachusetts. PHRG further recognized Smeeding at the award ceremony in Philadelphia with a generous donation to the memorial fund set up at UC Irvine in honor of his younger brother Joe Smeeding (Maxwell ‘13).


“Bill Allyn on leadership: Always be kind and true”:  Bill Allyn MBA, former CEO of Welch Allyn, was featured by Syracuse.com.

The Altamont Enterprise Guilderland: Kim Blasiak, advocating for students with special needs. Blasiak graduated from Whitman in 2008.

AI can help build a more inclusive tech workforce, says IBM’s Daly ’00,’01 MBA, vice-president, Talent, for IBM.

Built in Boston Features Host, a mobile platform that connects local vetted bartenders to events, was founded by Michelle Carazas ‘15 and Brian Megill ‘13.


Carl Gundersen ‘87 MBA welcomed his first grandchild, Kadence Ela, on April 18.


Charles F. Schaffstall Sr., retired owner of a custom metal product manufacturing company and a nationally ranked senior athlete, died July 1 in his Orchard Park, New York, home at the age of 92.