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The Viking Voice - June 2020

Benjamin Mathews
Benjamin recently informed us that he promoted to the rank of Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Maryland global campus. His promotion is effective in the Fall 2020 semester. In a letter informing him of his promotion, Dr.
Bryan A. Booth, Vice President and Dean of the School of Business stated that “This promotion recognizes your contributions and effectiveness as a UMGC faculty member and is based on the recommendation of Dr.Kathleen Sobieralski, Program Director,Accounting, and Mr.Peter Munger, Department Chair, Department of Accounting and Finance.    Congratulations and best wishes for continuing success and fulfillment as an educator for UMGC. I sincerely appreciate your fine work and thank you for your commitment to our students.”

Hunter Carrick
After graduating WCC in 1981, Hunter continued his education for the during the following nine years.  He received his B.A. in Biological Sciences (Minor in Botany) from The State University of New York at Binghamton; his M.S. in Aquatic Ecology from Bowling Green State University, Ohio; and a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He currently is a Professor at the Institute for Great Lakes Research in Biology Department teaching Aquatic Ecology, Biogeochemistry. He is also working on a research project on how chemical pollutants (fertilizers) and invasive species (like zebra mussels) have altered the food web in the Great Lakes.   

Hunter notes that “WCC was a very important step in my career at a crucial time- I probably would not have gone to a four year school without that experience.  Several professors encouraged me and were influential in getting me turned on to academics.”

Lisa Denig
Lisa has been honored by the New York Law Journal as one of its recipients of its 2020 Innovation Awards. Lisa, who serves on the WCC Alumni Council, will be recognized in the New York Law Journal’s upcoming Professional Excellence magazine and honored Oct. 27th at the New York Legal Awards at Marriott Marquis in New York City. The event will feature numerous other awards, including Rising Stars, Distinguished Leaders, Lifetime Achievement, Litigation Departments of the Year, In-House Impact and the announcement of our Attorney of the Year winner.

Chad Arnold
Chad, is the newest reporter for the Glen Falls, NY, The Post-Star’s. His primary beats are Glens Falls and the town and village of Lake George. In an article published in The Post-Star, Chad notes that journalism wasn’t even on his radar when he graduated high school in 2008 but seven years later when he enrolled at Westchester Community College, he fell in love with journalism. For the past two years he interned for the USA Today Network’s Albany Bureau. An office he says he says he owe a great deal to.

Lawrence Chiull i
Lawrence was nominated by Congresswoman Nita Lowey to the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Merchant Marine Academy. “Nominating outstanding young people to pursue higher education at our service academies has been a highlight of my 32-year career in the Congress,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “I am honored to recognize the fine young men and women who will undoubtedly be leaders of the next generation, and I am humbled by their commitment to serving our nation.”


The Viking Voice - June 2020


James Dale
 After 20 y ears of working as a bartender and in the food services industry, I started an online trivia company, Captain Jim's Trivia, on the heels of two years of local pub trivia in Westchester. Recently, the Rivertowns Enterprise did a piece on my connections to Westchester, . It is the first time I have done something I think might merit mention in a newsletter and my company is now my living -- a success story born of Westchester.

The Viking Voice - March 2020

Thomas Sheil

I started a dating and social media site for adults who have Autism and Aspergers called Uneepi.  What sets Uneepi apart from all dating sites, especially those with people on the spectrum, is our coaching.  It’s designed to help people who need help with meeting new people or getting ready for a date, how to date and everything else that deals with dating.  I was wondering if you could help us out by either promoting us online or if you have any organizations that you think might be a good fit for us.  Thanks!


The Viking Voice - January 2020

Ben Mathews

I moved
to Fernandina Beach Florida this year, with my wife Sunny. I work as a Professor at the University of Maryland, On Line Classroom, teaching accounting.  I recently passed the course of study, and exam to be Certified as a Forensic Accountant. along with my CPA. I still operate my accounting firm, mostly on a part time basis; except for the tax season. My kindest regards to all at WCC, and my classmates from 60 years ago. Best regards, Ben Mathews, CPA -CFA

Richard Cirulli

I am a former  graduate of WCC (Class of 1978) and have also taught  business courses in the past at WCC. Now retired after a successful career as  a senior corporate executive; I am spending my time as an author, columnist, playwright, and producer. Since my retirement I have written two books that are available through Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and e books. I have also written four original plays addressing the issue of mental health that have been performed off Broadway. My troupe the Demitasse Players  is a  501 (C) (3) charity. My troupe presents plays to help educate society about mental illness and  and its taboos.  I will refer you to my website  I would be most honored if the Alumni Association would  post this on  the Alumnews . My dedicated troupe and I would be most grateful for this since we all work Pro Bono in our mission to assist humanity in distress. We need to spread the word!



I am honored and excited my play, If That's Not Cheating, Then What Is? was chosen for the 20/20 Greensboro Fringe Festival. The festival showcases new and upcoming artists. My play asks the question - what is cheating? Do you think it's just the physical act? Do you think an emotional affair is cheating? Which do you think is worse? To read more and contact me, visit:


Joanne Bischofsberger (Verde)

After getting married and starting a family (we have 3 wonderful sons) I went back to school to get my Bachelor's and then my Master's degree in psychology from Kaplan University (now Purdue Global) with emphasis on Applied behavior analysis. I currently work at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health as a clinician and I love it.


Rachel Flamm
I am currently studying sociology at Manhattanville college and I graduate in 2021! I recently wrote a thesis about disability studies in different countries

Vincent Desantola

The ranks of the Carmel Police Department continue to grow as Vincent Desantola, sworn in last week, is expected to hit the streets next spring after graduation from the police academy in Westchester County this coming May. Desantola,24 years old, was sworn in by Supervisor Ken Schmitt at the Town Board’s Jan. 2 reorganizational meeting.   Desantola is from Wappingers Falls and is a graduate of Roy C. Ketchum High School. He attended Westchester Community College in Valhalla and Marist College in Poughkeepsie where he continues to work toward a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Desantola said his inspiration to go into law enforcement was his father, who was a police officer for 30 years in Mount Vernon.

“I watched him put on the uniform every day my whole life,” he said. “I have always admired the uniform and the duties that a police officer has.”


The Viking Voice - December 2019
Kevin Nadler

Kevin Nadler of Carmel, NY joins D&B Engineers and Architects as an engineering technician. Kevin holds an A.S. in Engineering Science from SUNY Westchester Community College and was previously a CAD drafter for Pawling Corporation in Valhalla, NY. D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C., is a leading engineering and consulting organization in environmental engineering, science and architecture. The firm, headquartered in Woodbury, NY was founded in 1965.  D&B President Steven A. Fangmann, commented, “D&B is continuously seeking the best and the brightest talents. Our new employees bring their expertise and experience in the public and private sectors to D&B’s client roster where they can help expedite projects of all sizes…on budget and on time.”


The Viking Voice - November 2019


Maddie Cheatham-Walker

My foundation Pamela's Big Heart Foundation hosted it's second Annual #Supplies4Kids event on September 6th 2019, I myself earn the honor of Yonkers Resident of the Month in April and received my own day as well as a Proclamation from Mayor Mike Spano. Founded Yonkers Peace March Association, monthly Peace Walks and Luncheons hosted in Yonkers.




The Viking Voice - October 2019
Cindy D'Ambroso - Argiento
Cindy Argiento can now add playwright to her bio as writer, storyteller and speaker. Her first play, Stanley and Alice, a comedy, debuted in March at ARTC theater in Winston Salem, NC. Audiences came to love the Whitman's as they followed then during the span of a typical (not) day filled with laughter. Cindy has more Stanley stories to tell and is looking to tell them on other stages. If interested and to find out more, contact Cindy at To read a news story on the opening of her play in march, click on Alice and Stanley .


The Viking Voice - September 2019

Gary Cotter/Sharon Gregory
Colucci/Marion Lepore Lynch

Gary writes: “Sharon Gregory Colucci (‘69) and I are permanently engaged and happily retired in the Tampa Bay Area. We would love to connect with fellow alums from our era. Marion Lepore Lynch (‘69) and her husband Mike are buying a home literally 50 yards from ours, so we will have “old” friends to hang with!”


Randall Kolb 
Ron is a graduate of the food and nutrition program at WCC. He is currently retired and living in Anderson, SC with his wife of 48 years. They have two children and three grandchildren. The oldest grandson starts college this fall. During his career, he worked for Pan Am, Marriott and Eurest, among others, he ultimately moved to SC to work for Erskine College, cooking in their kitchens. He unfortunately missed his class’ 50th anniversary celebration, but acknowledges the roll WCC had in his life.

Lou Dorio
I authored a book which was just recently published. It’s a Crime Fiction from an actual case I worked while with the Harrison NY Police Department. The book is called “Murder Finds the Suburbs” and it’s published through Outskirts Press. currently teach criminal justice here at WCC and have been doing so on and off since 1992.



Patricia (Tamburino) & Phil O’Sullivan
I have been married to Phil (‘77) for almost 38 years. We have two children and three beautiful grandchildren. Phil graduated from Columbia University in 1979 with a degree in Psychology. I got my undergraduate degree from Adelphi University and began teaching Special Education through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program. I teach students with autism and couldn’t be more proud to be doing what I do every day. My husband is the administrator of an adult day program for severely mentally ill adults. In addition, he has a private therapy practice in our town. As they say, “Life is (hectic but) good!” We couldn’t agree more!

The Viking Voice - April 2019

Brendan Joseph Rivera
Brendan Joseph Rivera was married to Caroline Ann McMahon on June 1at the Bowery Hotel in New York. Brendan is an audio technician in Brooklyn for Crossley Acoustics. Caroline is an associate specializing in litigation and trial practice in the Manhattan office of Latham & Watkins, a law firm based in Los Angeles. She graduated from Pace University and received a law degree from Northwestern.



The Viking Voice - March 2019
Donna Gataletto
In 2015 Donna published her first book entitled You Guys are Good - for Girls!: One Woman's Musical Breakthrough in a Male-Dominated World. The book chronicles Donna’s musical journey beginning with her first acoustic guitar. That instrument proved to unlock a life-long love of music as a musician and songwriter.
Armed with her first electric guitar at thirteen, Donna put together her first band and started performing in her native New Rochelle, NY. Throughout her teen years and beyond, she continued to have bands gigging most weekends. She even brought her band to perform for her speech class while attending WCC. In the mid-1970s, she left her day job and pursued her dream of playing music full-time, traveling the United States with her band La Femme. Donna’s book can be found on several on-line venues including her publisher’s website:
In 2010 Donna’s group, Tuesday Night Vision, released their first CD entitled confusion, which features several of her original songs. One of the songs, co-written with Jean-Marc Berne is about what happened on 9/11 entitled After the Rain. The song captures the feelings of shock and sorrow of that day along with hope for the future.
Donna has lived in Central New York for the past 18 years with her life partner, Lisa. In 2013 she retired from SUNY Upstate where she worked as an administrative assistant in the Medical Alumni Office. Today, Donna continues to write music and perform with her band ECHO.


The Viking Voice - February 2019
Ronald Nixon, Sr.
Ronald finished all of his requirements to be a life coach and received his official certification. He is currently enrolled in the advance life coaching certification program and received his official certification in January. He also finished creating his own online life coaching course to teach his clients how to have a balanced and successful life.




The Viking Voice - December 2018
Ron Watson, Jr.

Lieutenant Colonel Ron Watson, Jr. ’73, Retired, recently was the keynote speaker for East Stroudsburg University’s 10th annual Veterans Day Celebration.  After graduating WCC, Watson went on to ESU where he played on the 1975 undefeated football team which is enshrined in the ESU Athletic Hall of Fame. Watson served in the United States Marine Corps in various command and staff assignments over a 22-year active duty career. Distinguished service included overseas duty in Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yugoslavia, Somalia, Brussels and the Bosnia-Herzegovina area. He has received numerous medals and commendations for his service. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Ron enjoyed a second career as a Principal with the Lockheed Martin Corporation.




The Viking Voice - November 2018

Susan Ohrablo
Sue Ohrablo, Ed.D. (A.A., ‘81) has published a new book entitled The Pocket Advisor: A Family Guide to Navigating College. Drawing from over 30 years working in higher education in the field of academic advising and student services, Ohrablo provides college-bound and new college students valuable information to help them successfully navigate institutional resources, policies, and procedures and provides guidance for academic planning, decision-making, and problem-solving. The Pocket Advisor includes checklists, worksheets, and tips that students can use as they strive to competently navigate their first year of college.

“Students often find navigating college confusing and often frustrating” says Ohrablo. “I want to give them the tools and information they will need to effectively make decisions, avoid obstacles, and develop positive relationships with institutional personnel.”

The Pocket Advisor has widespread uses and will benefit high-school counselors and colleges who want to support their freshmen, first-generation, first-time-in-college (FTIC) and international students. For more information on Ohrablo’s book, go to or contact the author directly at

Michael Delucia

Mike DeLucia grew up in the Throggs Neck/Pelham Bay section of the Bronx and spent his childhood playing baseball, softball, and all of the street games associated with city living in the ‘60s and 70s. The Yankees were as much a part of his life as Sunday mid-afternoon macaroni and meatballs, religion, and summer vacations at Lake George. He would never have believed that his first book would call for a boycott of his beloved team. He didn’t write this manifesto because he stopped loving the Yankees, he wrote it because of how much he did, and tries to reclaim the fan-friendly atmosphere of the old ballpark from the corporate icy chill of the new one. Even though he wrote his first screenplay, The Hank Luisetti Story, now titled Madness, at the age of 22, he didn’t publish his first book, Boycott The Yankees until the age of 56. His next work, Settling A Score is a short story that invites readers to the Bronx during the 1960s and into the home of the DeFrancos where two estranged brothers are forced to play on the same little league team and learn life-changing lessons in the process. His oldest and newest project, Madness, is a historical fiction novel about Hall of Fame forward, Hank Luisetti, whose unorthodox playing style reinvented basketball in the 1930s and paved the way for March Madness and the formation of the NBA. Mike has two children and one grandchild

Gene Westmoreland

At Pace University’s 2018 Homecoming Weekend, Gene Westmoreland ’63 received a very special recognition from the University. On October 27th , immediately following the football game, alumni, college staff and friends joined in the dedication of the Gene Westmoreland Dugout. A member of the Pace Sports Hall of Fame, Gene Westmoreland is the University’s only four-sport athlete and former coach of golf, basketball, and baseball at Pace. After his time as a student-athlete he went on to coach various sports at Pace including basketball and baseball from 1966-1980. He was the Athletic Director for the Pleasantville Campus from 1975-1980. 

His success at Pace followed a storied career at WCC where Gene was a student-athlete at Westchester Community College from 1961-1963.  During his time in Valhalla, Gene earned his BBA in Accounting.  He was a member of both the Men's Basketball and Golf teams both years.  The 61-62 and 62-63 basketball teams advanced to the NJCAA Regional Tournament.  His golf team finished 2nd in the NJCAA Northeast Championship which was held in West Virginia. Gene was inducted into the WCC Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.


John Cacheiro
After 50 years I received my first Alumni Newsletter from Westchester Community College (WCC). How WCC was able to track me down is a mystery to me. I attended Westchester Community College from 1966 to 1968. I received my Associate degree in Business, majoring in Accounting. I moved to California in 1968 and attended California State University Los Angeles where I received a BS degree in Accounting in 1971. After graduating, I went to work for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. After working for 31 years in a variety of management positions in finance, I retired in 2002. My wife and I moved to Palm Desert, CA and have enjoyed playing golf and traveling around the world


Kenza Gumbs

Kenza Gumbs ’02 recently published a book telling the true story of a tragic accident in her life that she wrote “to encourage and remind readers that everything happens in our lives at designated times and better yet, for appointed purposes, established before the foundation of this world.”  Kenza e-mailed the Alumni Office the following:

“On March 15th 20 I was on my way to celebrate a good friend of mines ordination and while on my way I ended up getting stuck on some train tracks here in Ga and got hit by a freight train with 38 locomotives. I was then propelled into a 9 month recovery journey that entailed learning how to take care of myself again.

My faith in King Jesus was the source of strength that helped me tremendously, as well as the love and support of my family and friends I received.”

The book may be purchased at Amazon; Books a Millions; Barnes and Noble and Author Press. The cost of book is $18.


The Viking Voice - October 2018

Nannie Dickerson

Nannie Dickerson passed away in 2001 but her legacy is still celebrated some 17 years later.
  The City of Yonkers recently celebrated her life by renaming a portion of Lamartine Avenue, between Ravine Avenue and Woodworth Avenue, “Nannie B. Dickerson Way.”  Nannie Dickerson came to Yonkers in 1943 and was a longtime resident of the city, living on Woodworth Avenue. She attended the Yonkers Public Schools and Westchester Community College before working for the City of Yonkers for 31 years; 20 of those years in Yonkers Human Rights work, and 11 years with the Yonkers Community Action Program for which she was recognized as the “Mother of the Community.”

Jonathon Campozano
I graduated from Pace University School of Law in May of 2017. I was sworn in as an attorney in the State of New York in January of 2017. In addition, I was accepted into one of the most prestigious immigration law fellowships with the Immigrant Justice Corps which placed me with Empire Justice Center in Yonkers, NY. Also, I was appointed to Westchester County's Hispanic Advisory Board and have been serving on the board since May 2018.




Jay Modi

Jay Modi has been named an assistant coach for the Sarah Lawrence men's basketball program, announced by head coach Chris Ehmer. Modi joins the Gryphons following a stint at Lehman College. Modi helped coach the Lightening to a 22-5 record in 2017-18, their most wins in school history, while posting a 15-1 mark in the CUNY Athletic Conference. The season featured a 14-game winning streak, and an appearance in the CUNYAC championship game. Modi assisted in the growth of Luis Hernandez, Andrew Utate and Mylo Mitchell, as the trio earned CUNY All-Stars accolades. At the end of the season, Hernandez received All-Met and NABC All-District honors, and was named to the All-Region squad. A native of Ramat Gan, Israel, Modi was a four-year letter winner for Lehman from 2010-13, appearing in 70 games with 20 starts. As a senior, he helped the Lightening to their first winning campaign (14-13) since the 2008-09 season. A 2014 graduate, Modi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He earned a Computer Programming Certificate from Westchester Community College in 2017 and began his studies to earn a Master of Science degree in Computer Science in 2018.

The Viking Voice - June 2018

Alexander Santini

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces the appointment of Alexander Santini as chief commercial officer

With over 30 years of varied health care experience, Mr. Santini has demonstrated the ability to build, lead and motivate cross functional teams responsible for driving successful product launches and customer service improvements, while building strategic partnerships with key decision makers.  Mr. Santini joined Lexicon in April 2015 and was previously responsible for developing the market access and channel management strategy for telotristat ethyl.  Prior to joining Lexicon, Mr. Santini served as executive member and vice president of market access for the Bayer U.S. Pharmaceutical organization where he had executive responsibility for market access, pricing, trade and channel management, and payer account management for the entire Bayer U.S. drug portfolio.  Prior to Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Santini held executive leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Berlex Laboratories.  Prior to embarking on his career in the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Santini served as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he completed the Radiologic Technology Program at the U.S. Air Force School of Health Care Science and an AAS degree in Business Marketing from Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York.  During his tour of duty Alex was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Secretary of Defense for exemplary outstanding performance of duties in support of the 1980 XIII Olympic Winter Games, Lake Placid, New York.

The Viking Voice - May2018

William "Billy" McClure
A 28-win season, the 2018 Mid Hudson Conference Championship, and a fifth-consecutive NJCAA Region XV Championship later, and Westchester Community College Head Baseball Coach Billy McClure has a lot to celebrate for a job well done. And if that is not enough, McClure can now celebrate being voted the NJCAA Region XV Baseball Coach of the Year ... again. The award marks five straight years that McClure has claimed the honor, coinciding with the team's current run of five straight region championships.

During his nine seasons as Westchester Community College's Head Coach, McClure has led the Vikings to unprecedented success. Not only has he led WCC to five straight Region XV Championships, but Westchester has appeared in the region's championship game during seven straight seasons, winning six, after capturing the Region XV Championship only twice before McClure took the Westchester helm. His tenure has included Westchester's second-ever trip to the NJCAA World Series (2014), 54 All-Region selections, six Region XV Player of the Year honors, and four All-Americans.

Overall, McClure - a 2000 Westchester Community College graduate - enters his 10th season at the Viking helm with a 299-133 career record for a .692 career winning percentage. He will celebrate his 300th career win in 2019.


Jillian Weadock
Orem—Bank of Utah has appointed experienced personal banker, Jillian Weadock, to serve on the treasury management team in the locally-owned bank’s Orem branch. Weadock has worked for more than five years in the banking industry including serving as a personal banker at Wells Fargo Bank, where she helped customers open new accounts and apply for loans. She also worked as an assistant manager and personal banker at Chase Bank in Tucson, AZ. Weadock attended Westchester Community College in New York. She is a resident of Utah County and is looking forward to serving the banking needs of people in her community.



Paul Presendieu-Cuesta

Paul has had an incredible start to 2018.  Westchester Magazine recently named him to its Wunderkinds 2018 list, recognizing 22 Under-30 business superstars in the County.  Paul, who is Director of Community Gardening Habitat for Humanity of Westchester County, was also one of five Westchester County residents were recognized by Westchester health officials for their work in public health.  Paul Presendieu-Cuesta, 27, of New Rochelle, received the JR Tesone Youth Public Health Service Award. Presendieu-Cuesta led the effort to revive Earth Day on campus and has continued to expand Earth Day activities at Westchester Community College since 2015.  The Westchester County Board of Health selected Paul from a pool of nominees. The awards also highlight National Public Health Week, which celebrates the accomplishments of the public health community.


The Viking Voice - April 2018

Mary Alice Gaines
Mary Alice Gaines, who passed away on January 21, 2018, was
posthumously honored by Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader her service to the city of Yonkers during Women's History Month. Mary Alice was born in North Carolina and moved to Yonkers at an early age. A graduate of Mercy College and Westchester Community College, she worked hard her whole life, until being named executive director of the Nepperhan Community Center. She guided the center's growth and played an instrumental role in the rehabilitation of the center and its programs. She dedicated her life to helping the youth, senior citizens, and the families of Yonkers. She has served on many different boards (too many to name) and has been awarded countless honors.



Kathleen McShane

Administrator Linda McMahon of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the appointment of Kathleen McShane as the head of the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO). McShane will serve as the Assistant Administrator for OWBO. In this capacity, she will oversee the agency’s efforts to promote the growth of women-owned businesses. The SBA offers advocacy and programs that provide business training and counseling, access to credit and capital, and multiple business and networking opportunities.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Kathy to the SBA’s team of talented leaders who are committed to the development of small businesses across the nation,” McMahon said. “Her business acumen, accomplishments, and private sector experience are a great fit for the SBA’s programs and resources that help to create more opportunities for women-owned small businesses to succeed, create jobs and drive economic growth. Her background as a small business owner and business leader will be a tremendous asset for women entrepreneurs and the small business community.”

As office head, McShane will manage a nationwide network of Women’s Business Centers that provide training, counseling and mentoring to hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs in every state and two U.S. territories. Her office will also work with representatives in every SBA district office to oversee operations of the Women’s Business Centers and to coordinate services for women entrepreneurs


The Viking Voice - March 2018

Cheryl Green
In recognition of Black History Month, the City of Yonkers is highlighting the work of Yonkers Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology Cheryl Green, who has been an integral part of the city's IT department, serving the residents of Yonkers for the past 31 years.
  Most recently, Green facilitated and coordinated the implementation of new computer systems for the City of Yonkers. She also assisted with the preparation of the annual department budget, recommended the purchase of new equipment and researched options to determine the feasibility of implementing new technology to all city departments.
  Green joined the City of Yonkers' IT Department in 1996 as help desk manager, where she provided coverage to computer operations, disseminated work orders, and studied operations, procedures and policies. In 1999, she was promoted to client support manager, where she was responsible for installing hardware, troubleshooting problems within the network, and providing support to end users.
  Green later took on the role of business systems analyst, a position she held from 2005 to present day. She was tasked with facilitating and coordinating the implementation of computer systems for the City of Yonkers, assisted with the preparation of the annual department budget, and recommended the purchase of new equipment and researched options to determine the feasibility of implementing new technology to all City departments.
  Green holds an associate degree in business administration from Westchester Community College, a bachelor's of business administration in management information systems from Baruch College, and is currently completing a master of science degree in human resource management from Mercy


Julia Tortorello-Allen

Julia has been named by the Union of Reformed Judaism as one of 16 candidates nation wide for the 2018 JewV’Nation Fellowship’s Jews of Color cohort.From March – November 2018, the fellows will participate in cutting-edge seminars focusing on identity enrichment, professional and leadership development, Jewish learning, movement-building, mentorship, risk-taking, and project work. Julia teaches Hebrew and Torah to children at Temple Beth Am of Northern Westchester, in Yorktown Heights, NY, and social justice at the Center for Social Responsibility at the JCC of Manhattan. She interned at Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and Ma’yan, and participated in JustCity Leadership Institute at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Julia is an outspoken and proud teen mother, who is committed to creating a better world for her daughter, her students, and other young Jews of Color. 


The Viking Voice - February 2018

Jon Jay Baisley

Jon was reelected as the Supervisor of the Town of  Poughkeepsie, NY, in last November ’s election.  But it was nearly a month after election day before Jon was declared the winner.  Jon led his opponent by just 37 votes election night and there were still a few hundred absentee ballots to be counted.  “I’m glad I won and glad I got the support of the Town of Poughkeepsie,” said Baisley on Wednesday afternoon. “Moving forward, we’re looking forward to preparing the Town of Poughkeepsie for the future through infrastructure and roads.”


Joseph Olenik
For the first time since he started working at 16, Joseph Olenik, now 59, is going to have weekends off. A man of many hats, which included those of fire marshal, police chief, facilities director for Weston public schools in Connecticut for the last five years.  For the past 32 years he has worked part time for the North Salem Police Department.  Olenik’s time with the North Salem Department was a sliver of what has been a varied career. With more than 30 years’ experience in facilities management, he was the campus police chief for the State University of New York (SUNY) in Purchase, spent 38 years as a volunteer with the Millwood Fire District in New Castle, N.Y., including the position of district chief, and was also New Castle’s fire marshal. His law enforcement career started in Ossining. He went from there to the Westchester County Department of Public Safety for six years before beginning his work in North Salem. After 20 years, he also retired from the New York State Police, in 2012.  In that time, he served for eight years as chief of the NYS University Police at SUNY Purchase, and doubled as its chief operating officer, managing a staff of 150 employees. Prior to that, he was the operations manager at Iona College in New Rochelle, where he was responsible for the operations and management of three campuses and oversaw a $5.3 million operating budget and directed a staff of eight managers, 52 tradespeople and 40 contractors.


Dara Cohen
Dara joined the firm of ARS Investment Partners LLC in 2009. Prior to joining ARS Investment Partners LLC (formerly A.R. Schmeidler & Co., Inc.), Dara was a research associate at Rockbay Capitol, a long-short hedge fund. She was previously an Executive Assistant to Robert Pitts at Steadfast Financial. Before that, Ms. Cohen worked at NJJ Music as a coordinator of a music library for Fox Sports. Dara attended both Westchester Community College and Hunter College.




Matt Rivera
The Peekskill Police Department welcome their newest officer, Matt Rivera, who happens to be a native of Peekskill.  Peekskill Police Department Chief of Police Eric Johansen had this to say about Rivera: “Matt is a 30-year-old resident of Peekskill. He attended Westchester Community College where he received his associates degree. He will be attending the Westchester County Police Academy for the next five-and-a-half months, where he will receive instruction in the law, arrest procedures, defensive tactics, firearms, emergency vehicle operation and numerous other topics. We are very excited to have Matt working with us, given the fact he is a long-time Peekskill resident, received one of the highest scores on the civil service entrance exam and is fluent in Spanish.  He is employed by the City of Peekskill during the time he spends an the academy, and is currently a police officer undergoing training at the academy. Once he graduates, he will go through a six- to eight- week field training program here in Peekskill, where he will be assigned to a field training officer.

The Viking Voice - January 2018

Michael Brennick

I am proud to let you know that after almost 20 years at the University of Pennsylvania where I was a Research Assistant Professor, I have now joined Johns Hopkins University Medical School as a Sr. Research Assistant and we have published a new article relevant to the study of obstructive sleep apnea.  
I was a co-author on the new article (attached) where I have contributed from my background in MRI approaches to study obstructive sleep apnea, the focus of my work since obtaining a PhD in biomedical engineering from Rutgers Medical School in 1994.  "The objective of this study was to determine whether upper airway patency can be improved using chemogenetic approach by deploying designer receptors exclusively activated by designer drug (DREADD) in the hypoglossal motorneurons."



Tricia C. Charlton

The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Tricia C. Charlton, RN, ADN, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Tricia C. Charlton is a registered nurse currently on staff at Centers Health Care in the Bronx, New York.  

Now in her third year of nursing, she is a specialist geriatrics nurse. Tricia C. Charlton obtained her Associate's Degree in Nursing from Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York in 2015, having previously been a Certified Nursing Assistant. Since graduating, Tricia has completed a number of advanced training courses while working as a nurse. Tricia is renowned for her dedication and enthusiasm, and was awarded the Mary A. Christesen award while at Westchester Community College. She is a specialist in medication administration, and says that her success is attributed to her good listening skills and her passion for nursing. When not working, Tricia enjoys biking and being surrounded by nature. Learn more about Tricia C. Charlton here: and read her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.

The Viking Voice -May 2017


Loretta Cerrato
Loretta recently marked 30th years of working for Croton Pediatrics in Croton-on-Hudson, NY in the position of office manager. Croton Pediatrics is part of Boston Children’s Health Physicians.  Loretta is married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren.




Janet Sikora

Dr. Janet Sikora is Associate Professor of Anatomy and Neuroscience at Keiser University, College of Chiropractic Medicine in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Sikora has been a practicing chiropractic neurologist for the past 20+ years in Melbourne, Florida and is enjoying her new appointment and adventure at Keiser U.




Andra Marie Annette

The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Andra Marie Annette, RN, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Andra Marie Annette is a Registered Nurse with 16 years of experience in her field and an extensive expertise in all facets of nursing. Andra is the founder and owner of Annie’s Compassionate Nursing in Bronx, New York. Annie’s Compassionate Nursing helps the elderly connect with resources available to them for treatment, entertainment, and other medical, emotional, or social needs. Andra was educated at Westchester Community College, becoming a licensed practical nurse. An advocate for continuing education, she later gained her Nursing Degree from Rockland Community College. Andra is completing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing next month, and will then continue for her Master’s Degree in Education. Andra is an inductee of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Phi Sigma Society, and holds additional certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support. With her wealth of experience and knowledge, was a preceptor and mentor. She attributes her success to her compassionate nature and remaining teachable, and when she is not assisting her patients, Andra enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and writing poetry

The Viking Voice -February 2017

Anthony Riccio
Anthony Riccio is Senior Vice President, Facilities and Construction Management, in the Global Corporate Services department. Since joining Blackstone, Mr. Riccio has been involved in construction management and architectural design services including; conceptual estimating, new construction fit outs, area alterations, infrastructure upgrades, and logistics planning. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Riccio worked with Lehr Construction Corp. as a Project Executive where he performed construction management services with an annual volume in excess of $31,000,000. He also worked with Plaza Construction Corporation as Vice President / Director of Estimating; Senior Project Manager for NICO/MDI; and Project Coordinator / Landlord Representative for Cushman & Wakefield. Mr.Riccio received a BS in Construction from Arizona State University and an AAS in Civil Engineering from Westchester Community College.

Matt Beitscher

SUNY Oneonta meteorology major Matt Beitscher attended the 97th American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting in Seattle from Jan. 22-26, 2017. More than 4,400 scientists, educators, students and other professionals from across the weather, water and climate community came together to share, learn and collaborate. At the conference, Beitscher was recognized for being selected to receive one of 22 highly competitive scholarships awarded by the AMS in 2016 to outstanding undergraduate students across the country. Beitscher received the $2,500 Guillermo Salazar Rodriguez Undergraduate Scholarship.  "I've been to a local and a regional conference in the past, but this was my first time attending a national meeting," Beitscher said, "The entire experience was surreal. I got to shake hands with the heads of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, something I had never envisioned for myself. I also got the opportunity to network with professionals and fellow students. All in all, it was an invaluable week of my college career that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world."

Beitscher is a senior meteorology major from White Plains, NY, who transferred to SUNY Oneonta from Westchester Community College. After graduation in December 2017, he hopes to pursue a career at a private company forecasting risk management, or forecasting for the Federal Aviation Administration or National Weather Service.

The Viking Voice - November 2016
Andrea Brown
Ms. Andrea Brown has been appointed to serve as a Trustee of the Yonkers Board of Education. She took the oath of office at the Board’s May 10, 2016 Annual Meeting.  Ms. Brown is the Chair of the Board’s Diversity Action Committee.  Ms. Brown, now retired, currently serves as the President of the NAACP Yonkers branch, serves on the Mayor’s African American Advisory Board, acts as 1st Vice President of the Empire State Federation of Women’s Clubs in addition to other community and not-for-profit organizations.



Thomas J. Kelly Jr.
MacQuesten Construction Management, LLC, recently announced the hiring of Thomas J. Kelly Jr., a Wappingers Falls resident, as senior project executive. Most recently, he served as a senior project executive for HFZ Capital Group in New York City, where his principal responsibilities included overseeing high-rise conversion projects, liaising with directors, realtors, design teams and investors, building and managing networks of consultants, subcontractors and vendors, supporting acquisitions and legal teams and assisting marketing and sales teams. Kelly earned degrees in civil technology from Westchester Community College and construction management from Manhattan College.


Ileen Kodish 

The following is a recent statement by Congressman Elliot Engel recognizing Ileen Kodish receiving the Shaarei Tikvah's Gates of Hope Award: 
Mr. Speaker, communities thrive when hard work, dedication, and sacrifice are set by voluntary example. Ileen Kodish's actions embody these ideals for her community and it is why she is being awarded the Gates of Hope Award as Shaarei Tikvah's Volunteer of the Year.
  Ileen grew up in Akron, Ohio, where she and her family became active in the Jewish community, involving themselves in B'nai B'rith Youth and USY. Following fashion school in Chicago, Ileen worked overseas; studying design in Paris and teaching at the Pratt Institute.

Ilene became Head Nursery School teacher at Genesis Agudas Achim, teaching two-year-olds who are now young adults actively engaged in our community. In recent years, she has worked as an au pair community counselor and as an office manager. Within Shaarei Tikvah, Ileen served as School Board Co-Chair from 2008 to 2014, devoting countless hours and extensive organizational skills to bring about the most efficient operation possible. She brought the PJ Library program to Shaarei Tikvah while organizing and leading family workshops around the stories.  Currently, Ileen lives in Yonkers and has three daughters--Danielle, Nola, and Hali--who are graduates of Yonkers public schools, of our Religious School, and carry on the family tradition by volunteering in the school. Ileen also completed her Associates degree at Westchester Community College in 2011.

It is clear that Shaarei Tikvah has found a most deserving and accomplished honoree for recognition this year. Congratulations to Ileen on receiving the Gates of Hope Award and thank you for your years of contributions to the community.


Christopher Salguero

Christopher Salguero, 23, a former New York State Park police officer was sworn in as a Rye police officer on Monday.  Rye Police Commissioner Michael C. Corcoran, Jr. said Salguero took his oath during a ceremony at City Hall with his family in attendance.  Salguero has an associate’s degree from Westchester Community College and a Bachelors Degree from the State University of New York at Albany.  Salguero will be assigned to the Rye Police Department’s field training program for the next six weeks to familiarize him with the community and departmental procedures under the guidance of experienced officers.  While announcing the appointment, Corcoran said, “This is a great day for the City of Rye and the Rye Police Department. This was a very fortunate hire. Normally, it can take almost a year to hire and train a police officer before they are patrol ready. Police Officer Salguero is already experienced, well- trained and a consummate professional."  Corcoran added: "I am confident that his skill set will serve the department and community very well."

The Viking Voice - September 2016

Patricia Maranan

Managing Director of Operations James Hricay has announced the appointment of Patricia (Pat) Maranan as the Finance Supervisor for the Greenwich Public Schools (GPS), effective May 17, 2016. A Town of Greenwich employee since 2001, Ms. Maranan currently serves as the Internal Auditor for the Town, working in the Comptroller’s Office. Mr. Hricay said, “Ms. Maranan’s fifteen years with the Town in positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of accounting, payroll, finance, auditing and risk management provide solid experience for the position of Finance Supervisor. Her knowledge of the Town’s systems and processes will ensure a smooth transition. We look forward to welcoming Ms. Maranan to the GPS team!” Patricia Maranan has been an Internal Auditor for the Town of Greenwich since 2012, auditing financial records and recommending improvements for greater financial control and operating efficiency. She began working for the Town in 2001 as a Payroll Processor. After four years, in 2005, she moved to the position of Financial Analyst, assisting in the development of the annual operating and capital budgets and preparing financial reports and analyses. Prior to working for the Town of Greenwich, Ms. Maranan worked as a Junior Accountant for Velocity Express inWhite Plains, NY. Ms. Maranan received an associate of science degree in accounting from Westchester Community College in 2003, and a bachelor of science degree from Manhattanville College in business administration and organizational management in 2005.

Nicholas Chiappetta

ERA Insite Realty principal broker Louis Budetti recently announced that Nicholas Chiappetta has joined his White Plains office.  He is a licensed real estate salespersons who moved to the company from other local brokerages.  Chiappetta, a North Salem resident and Westchester native, started his real estate career with Urban Realty in New York City and Home Sweet Home in Mamaroneck. Prior to that, he attended Westchester Community College for business management and worked in the world of retail. His strong interpersonal skills and intuitive nature led him to pursue a career in real estate, and he is currently specializing in rental assistance. When not working with tenants and landlords, Nick enjoys fishing or watching his beloved Mets. “Nick brings unique skills, backgrounds and perspectives to our real estate practice. As a company, we are continually seeking out professionals who will broaden the spectrum of clients we reach and the services we provide, while always offering an exceptional consumer experience. We are excited to have him on board,” Budetti said.


Joseph Burns, Kyle Kristiansen, Adam Marshall and Andrew Temkin

WCC Professor and Curriculum Chair of Accounting, Carolyn Christesen, found out that four of her 2015 graduates have been selected to participate in the Ernst & Young Emerging Leaders Program. This very selective program is designed for those individuals who are strong candidates for future internship positions. Participants should plan to pursue 150 credit hours or a masters degree. Students are selected based on their academic achievements, leadership and extracurricular activities, communication skills, and interest in a career with a professional services firm. “We are very proud of these four young men, three of whom served as officers of the Accounting Club and two of whom participated in the Workplace Culture Coaching Program," said Christesen.



Brian Ponte

The Pulitzer Center and its Campus Consortium partners are proud to announce the 31 students selected to receive international reporting fellowships in 2016. The recipients will report on a range of complex issues from around the world—from global health and perceptions of identity to environmental degradation and innovation—and will be mentored by Pulitzer Center-supported journalists and staff throughout their projects. The reporting fellowships are awarded to students who attend colleges and universities that are part of the Pulitzer Center's Campus Consortium educational initiative.

In Western European cities such as Prague, Amsterdam, and Dresden, one of the challenges Syrian refugees face is xenophobic sentiment. A graduate of Westchester Community College, Brian Ponte traveled to Dresden, Germany, where an organization called Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) originates to report on the effects of its demonstrations on refugees and German citizens.

Austin Pollack

Harrison High School alumni Austin Pollack was voted All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association, 2nd team, following a record-setting year (and career) at Westchester Community College. Pollack, who played baseball for, and graduated from Harrison High School in 2013, finished WCC in May gaining an Associates Degree in Business. This past season, Pollack was the starting center fielder, and batted .460 (seventh in the U.S.) with an on-base percentage of .571 (second in the U.S.), for WCC -- which won its region for the third time in the past four years.

The Viking Voice - May 2016
Lon Safko

Lon Safko has just published his seventh books, MASSACRE!: The Secret of the Lost Dutchman.  This is the first book in a new and exciting Western series based on the true story behind the legendary goldmine. The secret of the Lost Dutchman goldmine has been legendary for as long as anyone can remember—this is the true story of that legend.  Lon’s other literary endeavors have shown corporations how to train managers to think creatively, detailed the secrets of launching a successful on-line business, offered advice to new homeowners on reducing building costs, and related amazing stories about the serendipity of life. His latest book with John Wiley & Sons "The Social Media Bible," unlocks the mysteries of the hottest new Internet wave, Social Media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for business.

Lora Lyons

Lora Lyons has been named assistant vice president of Absence Management and Short Term Disability for the Standard Insurance Company.  Lyons earned her associate degree in nursing from Westchester Community College, and is a certified quality auditor by the American Society for Quality.  "Lora is a dynamic and strategic leader with an extensive background in employee benefits, including life, disability and leave services,” said David Payne, vice president of Life and Disability Services at The Standard. "We are confident that her exceptional combination of vision and passion will continue to advance us and make us even stronger.” Lyons has more than a decade of experience in employee benefits and disability claims. Most recently, she served as a principal at Hills Group Consulting, where she provided professional employee benefit services. Lyons has also held leadership positions at Symetra Financial, Zurich American Insurance and American General Life. Lora Lyons has been named assistant vice president of Absence Management and Short Term Disability for the Standard Insurance Company.  Lyons’ responsibilities at The Standard include oversight of Absence Management and Short Term Disability claim operations. In addition to managing the intake and contact center operations, Lyons will oversee claim operations in Portland, Oregon, and in White Plains, New York.

Fessenden Neish Dawkins

Fessenden Neish Dawkins announced the publication of his first book of poems: "Poems That Shed Light." The book is a series of experiences gathered from various events. Written in English but is sprinkled with a little Patois, French, Spanish and Hebrew. These Poems will serve as a source of encouragement and inspiration to you in those necessary moments of challenge.  After graduating WCC, Neish transferred to New York University where he is currently completing his studies in Electrical Engineering.

The Viking Voice - April 2016

Betty Salinas
Betty Salinas received the Public Accounting Award from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University in 2015.  This is a very prestigious award given to the top graduate in each major.  While at WCC, she was the Accounting Club President, an accounting tutor and the recipient of a Key Award for student involvement.  

The Viking Voice - July Edition
Dominick Fickeria
Hill International, the global leader in managing construction risk, announced today that Dominick Fickeria has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Deputy Northeast Regional Manager with Hill's Project Management Group.  Fickeria has more than 35 years of experience in construction management on building and infrastructure projects throughout the New York City metropolitan region. Before joining Hill, he was Director of the Construction Management Department for the New York City office of URS Corporation where he was responsible for over 80 local projects and a staff of nearly 400 construction professionals. Fickeria is also an adjunct faculty member at New York University Polytechnic, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in construction management. He earned his A.A.S. in civil technology from Westchester Community College and his B.C.E. and M.C.E. in civil engineering from Manhattan College.
The Viking Voice - May Edition