Class Notes

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Fall 2017/Winter 2018



Four Nichols alumni were inducted into the Buffalo Tennis Hall of Fame this fall. David Scamurra ’71, Peter Scamurra ’73, Chris Sadkowski ’69 and T.J. Klier ’95 were honored for their respective accomplishments as tennis players in a ceremony held at Transit Valley Country Club on October 15, 2017. Congratulations to each of you!


Tom Harriman writes: “I’m still cooking and supporting the BRAIN Initiative at UC Santa Barbara. This is a campus-wide program - vision being improved cognitive therapy for better outcomes at drastically reduced cost. Otherwise the mental health system will implode because of the growing increase of aging in the population. Mission is to identify impaired neurons in the brain via finer resolution of fMRI and to replace them by means of nano-bio agents.”


Dave McCain writes: “Eleanor and I are still in Concord but have downsized, like most of us, and no longer need mowers, etc. We are both looking forward to our next reunion (our 70th) in 2021. Seems unbelievable, doesn’t it?”

Lew McLean writes: “Arlene and I have recently sold our small farm and moved into a house in the Meadowood Retirement Community. We welcome visits from anyone coming to the Philadelphia area!”


Trey Cryer writes: “Growing older is challenging, adjusting to limitations. I have recently retired to working part time, 20 hrs, just enough to keep sharp and useful. I have lived in Delray Beach, Florida for the last 20 years. Got sober in '69 used the GI bill to attended graduate schools, UB and Miami, Was married for 33 three years and now living with Laura for 22 years. We were thrown together by Marilyn, a force 5 hurricane that devastated St. Thomas, where I was working in 1997. Raised 2 sons and 2 daughters who have given me 11 grandchildren. We are all doing well.”

Tom Eighmy writes: “Happy to report neither conflagrations, tectonic eruptions, tsunamis, force 5 hurricanes, nor inundations here in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and even the eclipse was a dud.”

Robert Gorski writes: “My mom, Charlotte Gorski, passed away on February 13, 2017. Mom was 102 years old and lived an active life until the last few weeks! She passed away at home. As her only child, adjusting to life after her death has been difficult with me being her primary caregiver. She is missed by me and her grandchildren.”

Wally Hoffman writes: “Tana and I have had to evacuate Daufuskie Island for 2 hurricanes, Matthew and Irma. A lot of work cutting and removing trees after Matthew but just storm surge and erosion with Irma. Continue to play golf and carve birds. Life is good. We observed the eclipse from a boat out in the ocean, but unfortunately it was partly cloudy so the sun kept going in and out. It still was memorable.”

Dan Rogers writes: “I have four walkers and two canes. I live in Rochester, NY where there was a 60% of totality eclipse, which I saw from the driveway. It did not seem like a big deal. I have relatives who live in California but they seem to have been spared. I see a good deal of Gretchen’s classmates (Sem '56), notably Linda Kittenger Wadsworth, Bonnie Barman and Mary Ellen Daniels. I also see our classmate Bill Harder's sister, Ellie, usually in the company of Linda Wadsworth.”

Jim Warner writes: “At my home, the prediction for the [August 2017] eclipse was 99% totality. Luckily I was invited to a party about 35 miles north, which would have 100% totality. It was spectacular, lasting about 90 seconds. The temperature dropped 6 degrees F, and the streetlights turned on briefly, but there was no noticeable change in wildlife sounds or activity.”


In June 2017, Joyce and Stuart Angert cruised the inner passage from Seward to Vancouver. Describes Stuart: “Whales, bears, seals on ice floes, moose, zodiacs, kayaks, canoes, First Nation communities, Qrand eagles as populous as pigeons under a bridge in Buffalo.”


Dick Clinton writes: “I walk the beach, not everyday, and less so as it gets cooler here on the coast of Maine. Nancy and I moved from Massachusetts in 2000 and have never looked back. We hit our 50th anniversary in September. All three of our children have families of their own, and being g-parents is certainly one of life's great experiences. DeWitt is with Google in Seattle doing s/w dev, married a girl from Gettysburg, and has 2 kids. We plan to see them in Gettysburg over Xmas. Maggie got her PhD in History and has just received tenure at Middlebury. She is married to an artist and has a little girl whom we just saw Saturday. Cate married her partner Lucy and is living in Cambridge. Lucy [delivered] the cutest boy . . . , Ben, whom we see often. I'm still working/consulting from home, and Nancy is very involved with outreach at church. So still busy.”

Jeffrey Linsky and wife Lois saw a perfect total solar eclipse on August 21 in Grant Teton National Park in Wyoming. This was his tenth successful total eclipse with no losses. They have already signed up to view the July 2, 2019 total eclipse from Northern Argentina and are planning to view the April 8, 2024 total eclipse from the front lawn of Nichols School.


Jeffrey DeMunn (shown here in his role as the prosecutor in the legendary 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption) played the role of Dr. Sayer in the 2017 film Marshall. Based on an early trial in the career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the film follows the young lawyer to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur charged with sexual assault and attempted murder of his white socialite employer. Muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall partners with a courageous young Jewish lawyer, Samuel Friedman. Together they mount the defense in an environment of racism and Anti-Semitism. The high profile case and the partnership with Friedman served as a template for Marshall's creation of the NAACP legal defense fund.


Victor Ehre writes: “I have recently published a motivational book entitled The Three Legged Table, The Three Principles of Life Living. It explores the three cornerstones of each individual's life, the Personal, the Social and the Spiritual. By recognizing that our time is our most valuable and precious resource, the book shares 18 words which when committed to, tie in to the Personal, Social and Spiritual growth and success we seek. It is available in paperback as well as in e-book format on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google play and ITunes.”

Randy Gretz and Patricia Paarlberg were engaged in Paris, France in September 2016 and married in Lake Como, Italy in June 2017. Randy's five children and Tricia's two sons attended. Randy has since moved from his Lake Forest residence to his bride's home in South Holland, Illinois. Randy and his older brother Bill Gretz '62 are still partners at Merrill Lynch in downtown Chicago. Their brother Rick Gretz '65 is retired and lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

David Kiely writes: “My wife, Dr. Theresa Ricke-Kiely, was recruited by the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to head up the Office of Common Good, an effort to link students with educational volunteering efforts with nonprofits and NGO's. It was a tough decision to leave the University of Notre Dame, but St. Thomas offered her a great opportunity to head up her own department. I have now retired from Adjunct teaching with the Nonprofit Leadership Program, Mendoza College of Business at UND, although we still team-teach on-line. I am spending my summers playing golf and take some classwork at UST to keep my mind working. Those venturing to the Twin Cities should look us up."


Dick Roberts writes: “Our 50th class reunion was great. Enjoyed renewing friendships and reminiscing over our years at Nichols. Many thanks to George Bergantz and Dale Haidvogel for leading the way!” Also, Dick's niece, Erin Hamlin, was the flag bearer for the United States at the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Erin is a four-time Olympian and the first female American luger to medal at any Winter Olympics, as well as the first American of either gender to medal in singles competition.


The Tennessee law firm of Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C., is pleased to announce that Lawrence Giordano has again been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice areas of Education Law, Corporate Law and Medical Malpractice Law-Defense. Giordano graduated from Denison University (B.S. Psychology) in 1975 and is a 1978 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.). He is a shareholder and director of the firm where he engages in a statewide practice based in Lewis Thomason’s Knoxville office. He is a member and co-chair of both the firm’s Education Law and Health Care Practice Groups. He concentrates the balance of his practice in the areas of business, commercial and complex litigation and he is a listed Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator. Lewis Thomason has offices in Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis, Tennessee.


John Bardol relocated back to Canada in January 2017. He writes: “Susie and I are enjoying life on Vancouver Island and sharing child care with our daughter Elle and her husband Dave and our granddaughter Sadie (2).”


Thomas Braun, Senior Vice President at Bank of America, retired in July, 2017 after a 31 year career in banking in Boston, MA. He reports his daughter, Andie, recently graduated from Miami University and his teaching junior high school math in Harlem. His son, Connor, is a sophomore at Haverford College and is playing lacrosse. Thomas writes: “To Nichols alums, look me up if you're ever in the Lake Placid area or on Martha's Vineyard. And yes, I am livid about the state of the Bills and Sabres.”

Thompson Herrick, owner of Maxwell Property Management in Saratoga Springs, formally presented a $5,000 check to Shelters of Saratoga on July 25, 2017 as part of the company’s year-long 25th anniversary celebration. The check represents a percentage of all brokers’ commissions the property management company will receive throughout 2017 on all new business brought in. Maxwell Property writes more than 300 leases per year in and around Saratoga. The company provides consulting services and works with owners and their attorneys to convert properties into viable investments for clients. Maxwell Property also manages multi-unit properties and turns “distressed” units into attractive rentals. “We act as the firewall between the landlord and the tenant,” said Herrick, adding that he represents landlord’s interests and manages properties “the way I would my own.” Herrick is particularly interested in helping SOS’ Code Blue program, which gives the homeless a place to stay when temperatures dip below 32 degrees.

Deborah Raines, PhD, associate professor in the University at Buffalo School of Nursing, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). The prestigious designation recognizes contributions by thought leaders to nursing practice, policy and education. Selection is also based on the nominee’s influence on health care policy and practice and the overall health and well-being of patients. Raines is among 173 nurses honored during the AAN’s annual policy conference, held Oct. 5-7 in Washington, D.C. Raines, also a clinical nurse specialist, focuses her research on parenting behaviors, pregnancy and newborn health, and nursing workforce development through innovative education.

Brian Wilson writes: "Retired, alive, and well. Caring for my Mom here in Western New York and keeping tabs on my dad in Florida. (Both in their 90s). Recently had a hip replacement and in need of two new knees. Too many wrestling practices with Seth and Brett Greenky '75. Anyone know any good orthopedic surgeons?"


Andy Plager writes: “Still plugging away as an E.R. doctor in the Berkshires. Had a rather tumultuous year…while in the midst of ending a long and happy marriage, I learned I had a large brain tumor, had it removed, then became happily reunited. Anyone writing screenplays?”

Greg Stevens was presented with GObike's Distinguished Community Partner Award at that organization’s 3rd Annual Solstice Soiree this past December. Greg was recognized for his work as Chairman of the Niagara River Greenway Commission. GObike Buffalo works to “create healthy, environmentally sustainable, community friendly transportation options in the City of Buffalo.”

On September 1, Jud Weiksnar became pastor at Ss. Columba-Brigid Catholic Church in Buffalo. Jud writes: “During my junior and senior years at Nichols, I belonged to the Tutoring Committee. We would tutor students after school once a week, at St. Columba School. My office is in one of the buildings where I used to tutor students over 40 years ago. [And another Nichols tie] . . . among my parishioners is Daisy Anderson, mother of my classmate Sheila Anderson.”


Jane Regan writes: “I'm now an Associate Professor of the Practice at Boston University's College of Communication, where I'm teaching multimedia, local and television journalism. Would be happy to try to meet up with Nichols students or children of alumni if they are visiting and interested in journalism.”

Hugh Russ was selected to America’s Top 100 Attorneys® in August 2017. Lifetime Achievement selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional attorneys whose accomplishments and impact on the legal profession merit a Lifetime Achievement award. Having argued more than 100 cases before juries in the last 30 years, Hugh has represented individuals and businesses in virtually all areas of civil litigation throughout New York and the Northeast. Hugh was appointed by the U.S. District Court to be plaintiffs' liaison counsel in the Continental Flight 3407 multi-district litigation. In addition to serving as lead counsel for all plaintiffs, he also represented seven families of victims killed in the crash. He has represented a major insurer in one of the largest environmental insurance coverage litigations in the nation, and he has represented international businesses in product liability cases. Hugh also has substantial trial experience on insurance cases involving arson and fraud, on personal injury cases, in employment litigation, environmental litigation, and in shareholder and business disputes. Additionally, he has extensive experience in pro bono and civil rights work.


Paula Fronckowiak Krupa (right) was inducted into the WNY US Lacrosse Chapter Hall of Fame on Jan 13 at the Marriott Hotel at Harborcenter in Buffalo. A member Nichols Athletic Hall of Fame, Paula played field hockey and lacrosse at Ursinus College and she helped the lacrosse team win multiple National Championships in 1983 and 1984 under the United States Women’s Lacrosse Association. A long time coach of the sport following her playing days, Paula resides in Bradenton, Florida with her husband Ron and their 3 adult children; a daughter Victoria who played lacrosse at Huntingdon College (graduated 2017) and coached and officiated youth lacrosse; a daughter Caroline who is a junior at University of Montevallo where she plays lacrosse and is a club lacrosse coach; and a son Richard who is a freshman and plays basketball at Benedictine University.

Dan Lieberman writes: “For the past three years I've been immersing myself in the brain chemical dopamine, and this summer [2018] my first book will be coming out, The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity―and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race. I [recently] did a TEDx talk on the subject, which is available at .”


Jane Cudmore was recently promoted to Regional Operations Coordinator, overseeing the five Western New York locations of SUNY Empire State College.


Tim Vanini accepted a position at Cornell University. Tim writes: “I am working in Academic Affairs in CALS. Specifically, I amworking with 1-year Masters of Professional Studies (MPS) students, and my official title is Corporate Relations and Career Services manager. In essence, I develop relationships with corporations to secure capstone projects for our students (which can serve as a training ground for corporations to evaluate students for possible employment) and aid students with job skill development. I am excited about this position and blessed to have an opportunity to work at Cornell University! If you are ever on campus, and have a few minutes to reach out, grab a coffee, lunch or to say hello, please do not hesitate.”


Mike Shatzel and The Shatzel Group received the Amherst Chamber of Commerce’s Hospitality Group of 2017 award in October. Mike owns and/or operates many of Buffalo’s most popular and successful restaurants and bars: Allen Burger Venture, Brennan’s Bowery Bar, Coles, Colter Bay, Liberty Hound, Moor Pat, The Terrace at Delaware Lake, & Thin Man Brewery. Among Mike’s business partners are his wife Suzanne Scarcello Shatzel, his sister Stacey Shatzel Gandolfo ’93, and Rocco Termini P’97, ’99.

Nancy (Sterman) Fernandez recently returned to Buffalo where she met her husband, Alex Fernandez, and gave birth to Benicio Isaiah Fernandez in March, 2017. She is currently working as an educational consultant and creativity architect; building bridges between art, technology and literacy.

To ring in the New Year, Andy Mathias '91 hosted Niko Ciminelli ’17, Jake Bard ’20, Alec Ciminelli ’20 and Amy Decillis Bard on the floor at Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on January 2nd.


Susan Shingledecker has joined the Chesapeake Conservancy’s staff as the organization’s vice president and director of programs. In her new position, Susan manages the partnership with the National Park Service and oversees Chesapeake Conservancy’s programs, which include community-based conservation initiatives throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. She also provides leadership to the organization as a whole, working with the Annapolis-based nonprofit’s president and board of directors to determine and administer the organization’s strategic direction in accomplishing its mission. Susan joins the Conservancy after working in a number of positions for BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water since 2005.


Craig MacDonald writes: “Excited to be working with Ice-America again, creating unique ice skating experiences all over the country. We recently completed a project for a commercial that will air during the Winter Olympics. I'm currently living in the Chicago area, but traveling extensively throughout the US to our various projects. Would love to see some of our alums on the ice this holiday season, so check us out!”


Season 1 of Comrade Detective, a satire police show created by Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka, was released in August 2017 through Amazon Video. “The show parodies Communist propaganda and US action/cop-buddy films and television shows from the 1980s by presenting the episodes as a fictional lost Romanian television show. Every episode was filmed in Romania using local actors and then dubbed into English as part of the effect.” Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star as the voices of the two protagonists. Gatewood also serves as writer for the show.


On October 26, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted their annual CFsational Women of WNY luncheon at the Twentieth Century Club. Four local women were honored for their work the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the fight for a cure of this disease. Liza Keenan was recognized for her work as a member of the WNY Cystic Fibrosis Board of Directors, along with the Major Gifts & Tee Off golf committees. Liza’s major commitments have been the serving on the Breath of Life Gala committee and creating a Great Strides team Friends of KC every year. Liza does not remember a time in her life when Cystic Fibrosis wasn’t a part of it, as her best friend KC Bryan White was diagnosed with CF at age 3. KC, who now lives in Cleveland, was the CF perspective speaker at the luncheon. She offered her thanks to everyone involved with the Foundation for giving her hope as there are many drug trials in the pipeline and more research is conducted each day. KC offered a touching tribute to Liza and their life-long friendship.


Jessica Napora Spino is currently working as the Business Support Manager and Branding Expert for Carolin Soldo, an International Business Coach. Jessica writes: “By applying real-life experience to coaching, our team helps transform the lives of passionate men and women who desire to bring their skills to the world, make an impact, follow their purpose, and create free and abundant lives by launching thriving online coaching businesses. We work with new and experienced entrepreneurs across the globe, both online and in live, luxury retreats in exclusive locations such as Italy, Scotland, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and more.” When she isn’t traveling, Jessica is at home in Hamburg with her husband Mike, their two daughters Sophia and Vivian, and their dog, Indie.

Owais Balti has been married to Amnah Taufique for 13+ years and lives in Sterling, VA. The happy couple has four boys: Bilal (8), Yusuf (6), Dawud (4), and Ismail (2).


Andy Snyder, a longtime theater publicist who most recently served as creative director and vice president of theatrical PR firm DKC/O&M, has struck out on his own, launching the independent agency Thinkwell NYC. Andy specializes in written material for agencies and businesses, including press releases, ad copy, speech writing and branding. For theatrical PR, he works exclusively with DKC/O&M and its clients, a list that currently include Broadway shows “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “Kinky Boots” as well as organizations such as the American Theater Wing. Andy has worked with the team at DKC/O&M — which was known as O&M Co., prior to its acquisition by DKC — for eight years on shows including “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” “The Humans,” “Sleep No More” and “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” He has also had stints at PMK and at now-defunct theatrical PR agency Barlow-Hartman. Thinkwell NYC offers a roster of services that includes strategic messaging, content marketing, ghostwriting and PR consultation, among others. Through its partnership with DKC/O&M, the firm provides creative materials for the bulk of DKC/O&M’s slate, including upcoming shows “Springsteen on Broadway,” Jimmy Buffett’s “Escape for Margaritaville” and Steve Martin’s “Meteor Shower” with Amy Schumer.

Gigi Gatewood began teaching as a professor of photography and video at Siena College in the fall.

Nichols alumni were out in full force at the wedding for Lindsay Sullivan and Neil McLaughlin on August 19, 2017 at the Country Club of Buffalo. Alumni include Mike Lucchino, Rob Drake ’00, Michael Marlette '71, Carolyn Potts Sullivan '87, Peter Marlette '76, Helen Marlette '77, Kyle Hess, Ramey Griffin Caulkins '92, Jeff Jacobs '63, Kevin Wyckoff '64, Hadley Graham Nylen, Gina Wettlaufer Tomenson ’98, Quinn Kayser Hillegass, Ed Marlette, Jr. ’64, Sarah Kreiner Godshaw, Paul Sullivan '63, Warren Gelman '63, Spencer Carbone '00, Whitney Carbone Parker '01, Jack Walsh ’63, Cary Marlette '09, Perry Marlette '00, Sarah Marlette Van Duyne '03, Peter Marlette, Jr. '06, Karr Marlette '02, Cooper Carbone '03, Paul Sullivan, Jr. '88, Melissa Marlette Kresse '96, James Carbone, Jack Hurley '03, Blake Carbone '05, Ed Marlette III, Peter Sullivan '92, Ted Sullivan '61 (missing in photo are Megan Carbone Steven '96 and Melissa Hurley Denys '00).


Matt Arnold lives in Chicago and was promoted in May 2017 to Vice President of Nielsen Innovation.

Andrew Franz, a teacher at Hamlin Park Claude and Ouida Clapp Academy in Buffalo, received a Milken Educator Award in October 2017. Since 1987, the Milken Awards provide public recognition and individual financial rewards of $25,000 to elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and specialists from around the country who are furthering excellence in education. Recipients are heralded in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish. Andrew, who helped his students perform a potato farming experiment on the International Space Station, received his award during a surprise all-school assembly. He is the second and final recipient from New York State and is among up to 45 honorees who will receive this national recognition and the unrestricted $25,000 cash prize for 2017-18. Andrew covers all core subject areas in his classroom: Students dissect live hydra, observe animals, care for class pets (a beta fish and an African walking frog), produce documentaries about animals, augment history concepts through online gaming, read graphic novels to supplement classic texts and illustrate math concepts with creative drawings. Andrew serves on Hamlin Park's school leadership team, Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) team, math team and extracurricular committee. He facilitated weekly meetings for the school's 7th and 8th graders, led the expansion of the science lab and works with parents and students during Saturday School. Franz, who regularly attends and presents at Western New York STEM Hub meetings, gave a presentation about the SpudLaunchers project to the 5,000 people who attended the Falcon 9 launch and spoke at the mayor's private showing for Buffalo Public Schools of the movie "Hidden Figures," which focused on African-American female mathematicians critical to NASA's first manned launch. Franz earned a Bachelor's degree in English education in 2006 and a Master's in secondary special education in 2010 from Buffalo State College.

Lindsay Aquilina Levert writes: “I live with my husband in The Bahamas. We welcomed our daughter Isabelle in April 2017. We enjoy boating and snorkeling and always look forward to our trips back to Buffalo.”


Sara Campos Saak and her husband Jason welcomed baby boy Lincoln into the world in June 2017. Their daughter Cassidy is a proud older sister.


Nick Arnold lives in Washington, DC and completed his MBA at Georgetown University in May 2017. He has taken a consulting position with KPMG. In June, Nick and his wife Melissa welcomed a daughter, Vivian James. Their 2 year old daughter Camille is very happy.


Dina McCumber Allen is a hockey referee at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Dina is an official for College Hockey America and is one of three American female referees chosen for the Olympics.


Stephanie Perna Celani and John Celani '03 welcomed their second child, Bruno Anthony Celani, on July 30, 2017.

Billy Griffin (pictured at far right) won an Emmy in September, as he was an actor in "Black Mirror: San Junipero" which took home the award for Outstanding Television Movie. Congratulations Billy!


This fall, Shoan Yin Cheung will pack her bags for Washington, D.C., where she will be affiliated with Cornell's Wolpe Center as she finishes her Ph.D. dissertation in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell. She moved to Tokyo, Japan in 2015 to conduct her fieldwork on the global uptake of reproductive technologies, winning grants from the National Science Foundation, Toshiba International Foundation, and the Nippon Foundation, learning Japanese along the way.

Anna Ellis married Ben Zimmerman on December 9, 2017 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Nichols alumni pictured: Kyle Winnick, Kayla Zemsky, Michael Stenclik, Katelyn Todd Hubbell, Jesse Baier Radford, Anna Ellis, Sam Walsh, Ashley Racine Fedeli, Kenton Muscato.

Ashley Racine Fedeli married Matteo Fedeli on June 11, 2017 at Rocca di Angera in Lago Maggiore, Italy. Alumni pictured: Sam Walsh, Jesse Baier Radford, Kyle Winnick, Joe Walter, Tess Alberts Flynn, Ashley Racine Fedeli, Katelyn Todd Hubbell, Kenton Muscato, Chris Winter, Kayla Zemsky, Anna Ellis, Michael Stenclik.

Tess Alberts Flynn married Liam Flynn on September 23, 2017. The reception was held at the Twentieth Century Club, joined by many Nichols alumni, including: Carlie Wopperer, Jesse Baier Radford, Ashley Racine Fedeli, Kate Todd Hubbell, Laura Tubbs Maher, Stephanie Perna Celani, John Celani, and Chris Winter.

In 2017, The Walton Bros Inc. (Eric, Ian and Evan) & gotTRASH? started the Trash 2 Treasure Recycling Initiative. They recycle unwanted household goods and previously loved items, as well as oversee cleanout projects for refugee programs and community organizations in need. Call them for more information about this program and how you can lend support. Contact: (716) 800-2000 call or TEXT.

Kayla Zemsky was married Sept. 16 to Michael Myers at the Chestnut Hill Guest House and Farm in Orchard Park. Kayla is a project manager at the Larkin Development Group, and Michael is the project manager for the British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. Pictured are: Bekah Myers, Maddie McQueeney, Chris Winter, Victoria Winter, Matteo Fedeli, Ashley Racine Fedeli, Jesse Baier Radford, Jason Radford, Michael Myers, Kayla Zemsky, Anna Ellis, Ben Zimmerman, Stephanie Kujawski, Kyle Winnick, Sam Walsh, Katelyn Todd Hubbell, Bridget Riley, Jamie Hubbell, Annmarie Cellino, and Kenton Muscato.


Happy mom Stephanie Gautreau welcomed her son Jaimie Marc Gautreau into the world at 2 PM on July 31. Jaimie, Steph, and Pierre are all doing well.

Andrew Lepore, Matt Winkel, Steve English, Mark Farmelo, Dan Wiedenhaupt, Will Gurney and Evan Campbell attended the wedding of fellow classmate Peter Marlette, Jr. and Sarah McQuade on Saturday, September 30, 2017 in Buffalo, NY.


Chris Arnold married Mary Grode who he met during undergrad at UW-Madison. Mary moved to Buffalo 5 years ago from Wisconsin. They own a home in Allentown. Chris works for Lactalis USA in a marketing roll and Mary works for Rich Products in new product development. Photographed at the wedding are: (back row) Nick Arnold '02, Ryan McQueeney '07, Harry Zemsky '07, Tim Olsen '07, Gunnar Burke '07, Matt Parker '07, Adie Dedecker '08, Matt Arnold '00, Tarik Erk '07, Dan Swift '07, Sean Heidinger '07; (front row) Phil Wagner '07, Chris Arnold '07, Mary Arnold, Allison Todd '08, Tyler van Schoonhoven '07, Ellie Moscov '07 and Tommy Tobias '07. The Best Men were Matt Arnold and Nick Arnold. Groomsmen were Gunnar Burke, Tommy Tobias, Phil Wagner, and Harry Zemsky. Sean Heidinger was the master of ceremonies.

Ben Walsh and Danielle Levy were married June 24, 2017 in Harwich Port, MA surrounded by family & friends. Many Nichols alums were in attendance to help celebrate, including Matt Parker, Tyler Van Schoonhoven, Will Gurney ’06, Rocky Rockwell ‘06, Matthew Winkel ‘06, Kate Todd Hubbell ’05, and various family.


Francesca Fulciniti moved to Las Vegas, NV with her husband Brandon Silverman last year. She works at a local nonprofit - Opportunity Village - managing their event volunteer operations, and sees 12,000+ volunteers help the organization each year. She and her husband bought a house in Summerlin and recently adopted a rambunctious mutt named Mona.

Siobhan Hanley married Hendrik Kits van Heyningen on August 5th, 2017 in Buffalo. The couple was happy to see so many Nichols friends at the wedding, including Siobhan's brother Patrick Hanley '05 (not pictured), Laura Carless '10, Abhi Khurana '10, Alexandra Mathews '11, Katie Smith '10, Victoria Vossler '10, and Tess Williams '10. Following the wedding, Siobhan and Hendrik moved to Chicago where Siobhan is pursuing her MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. They look forward to reconnecting with Nichols grads in Chicago over the next few years.

On November 11, the Nichols 6th grade class took a behind the scenes tour of the University at Buffalo’s athletic facilities and got to play a basketball game on UB’s court during halftime of the Bulls game against Canisius College. Here they pose with former UB star and Nichols alumnus, Will Regan.


On October 21, 2017 Margaret George Melber married Joesph Melber at Christ the King Chapel on Canisius College's Campus in Buffalo, NY. The two currently reside in Pittsburgh, PA where Margaret works in the Marketing Department of The Ellis School, Pittsburgh's only All-girls Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 Private School and where Joseph is earning his Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Emily Pfalzer, currently the captain of the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL, is playing for Team USA as a member of the women's ice hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea! The Olympics are not Emily's first time representing the United States: Emily has won gold with the U.S. Women's National Team in the past three IIHF World Championships, beating their rivals from Canada in each tournament.


Lauren Randaccio graduated from Hobart & William Smith in May 2017 with a BS in Physics. She currently lives in Boston, MA pursuing a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Northeastern University.


Lydia Gavner is a busy junior at the University of Maine, studying in the school’s nursing program, providing upperclassman leadership on the field hockey team, and serving as a member in the Army ROTC.


Ron Montesano enjoyed a great round of golf at National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York in August. He won his way onto the prestigious links-style golf course by way of a successful bid at the 2017 Derby Day Party at Nichols in May. Ron (right) is pictured with Wally Tomenson, who along his wife Gina Wettlaufer Tomenson ’98, generously donated the item to Derby Day for bidding. Thank you for your generosity in support of Nichols, Gina and Wally

Spring 2017


Bill Kinkel received the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award given by the American Society of Neuroimaging at its 40th Annual Meeting at the Luskin Conference Center at UCLA on January 21. Bill was one of the founders of the Society of Neuroimaging, which was started in Buffalo in 1976. Bill brought the third ever CT scanner to America, the fourth in the world. He has been passionate about teaching Fellows to read the images created ever since. Dr. Kinkel still teaches Residents and Fellows how to read and evaluate CT, PET scans, MRIs, MRAs and other types of images at the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Scans are sent to him by former students from all over the world. His lifetime of experience has helped him diagnose many complex cases and to change the diagnoses of many less-experienced clinicians. The field has grown exponentially in the last decade because of sports injuries and war wounds. In 1963, Bill founded the Dent Neurologic Institute in Buffalo. He developed the first Neuroimaging Fellowship Program in the world at the Dent. Later, he developed a second Fellowship Program for UB at Buffalo General Hospital. These two Neuroimaging Programs are two of only six such programs in the United States. Every medical student who wishes to obtain board certification in the Subspecialty of Neuroimaging must complete a one-year fellowship in a program approved by the United Council of Neuroimaging Subspecialties. Students come from all over the world to study with Dr. Kinkel and in turn, train future neuroimagers. Many of them go on to treat patients at the Dent, which is now the largest neurologic clinic in the world, seeing over 800 patients a day.


Carolyn and Dave Schnatz and Suggie and Vic Williams enjoyed a dinner together in Florida in September 2016. Dave and Vic were defense partners in hockey at Nichols, winning the first Lawrenceville Tournament, and later played together on two championship teams at Princeton University.


Steve Gurney won gold in eights, coxed fours and quadruple sculls for rowers over age 75, and silver in double sculls, single sculls and again in quadruple sculls for rowers over age 80, in the National Masters Rowing Championships in Worcester, MA in August. He notes that of 2,100 master rowers over the four days, only five are competing beyond age 80. He and they fully agree that making it to the starting line now matters more than who gets to the finish line first.

1952 – 65th Reunion

Roger Boocock writes: “I was delighted with the article about my father (former Head of School, Phil Boocock) in the summer issue of TAW ALAY THESS. He carried the school through the depression and World War II, then built a fine academic institution. When he died I received hundreds of letters extolling his warmth and care for everyone. I was equally pleased to see the article about my nephew, Philip Hamilton ’81. He has become one of the major experts in Right Whale research. And to know that Phil Coburn, our nephew, follows in his grandfather’s footsteps teaching at Nichols is wonderful. I thought your readers might be interested to know that our daughter, Phil Boocock's granddaughter, Melissa Boocock Soderberg is now in her fourth year as Head of School at Columbus Academy, Columbus Ohio, a co-ed K-12 school with about 1,085 students. Melissa thus becomes the third generation in our family to head an independent school. And she seems to enjoy it!”


George Lockie of Escondido, CA is still enjoying full time pediatric practice with 17 other physicians in various medical fields.


Tom Trimble writes: “Two and 1/2 years ago, I was totally paralyzed with a broken neck in a terrible skiing accident. I am so pleased that I can tell you that I have recovered to about 80% of normal. We would love to visit with any class member here in Lake Tahoe, CA, but medical conditions prevent me from flying to Buffalo. My best wishes to all.”


Alan Oestreich and his colleague Meg Caré have published a new book entitled Recognizing Child Abuse in Radiology. Published by Springer International Publishing, the book is a personal review of experience in the diagnosis of child abuse and its differential diagnosis. Al is emeritus pediatric radiologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and he goes to work nearly every morning when not traveling.


Stuart Angert, under the auspices of the Coleman Foundation, has been named Entrepreneur in Residence for Canisius College, Richard J. Wehle School of Business. Canisius will develop an interdisciplinary program in which a component of entrepreneurship will be imbedded in each of the several academic curricula. Ultimately, the initiative will be one of collaboration with several of the WNY organizations that have coincident entrepreneurial missions. Canisius has created an incubator in which Stuart will coach and mentor students, with the goal of assisting them in the conceptualization, creation, funding and launch of their business plans.


Norman Ernst writes: “It is with sadness that I report that Bob Raiser, President of our senior class, passed away on July 30, 2016 in Cameron Park, California. Bob is survived by his wife, Judy, a daughter, Becca, and two grandchildren. I participated in the memorial service in El Dorado Hills, CA on September 17th, where it was evident that he was loved and respected by all. Bob will always be remembered as a great guy.”


David Desmon and his wife Janet received the Endowment Leadership Award from the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies in October. This award is the highest honor that the Jewish Philanthropies organization annually bestows and it is awarded in recognition of extraordinary service, generosity and commitment to the Buffalo Jewish community. Excerpts of the award citation reads as follows: “David served as President of the Buffalo Jewish Federation from 2012 to 2014. He served on the Board of Temple Beth Zion for over 20 years, including a term as President. He is on the Board of the WNY Planned Giving Consortium and the Leave a Legacy Program of WNY. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of MusicalFare Theatre and the WNED Foundation. The Desmons were honored with the Community Relations Award by the Buffalo Chapter of the American Jewish Committee in 2004. David and Janet have been generous donors to the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies for decades, establishing endowment and charitable funds for the benefit of a wide variety of causes. Their significant contributions to our community will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.”


Michael Dyett writes: “Still working part-time and serving on a regional theatre board, but also doing photography in far-flung places such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda and the Myanmar highlands and some upland bird hunting. Heard Tom Harriman 64 did a nice around-the-world trip! Classmates should call if they pass through town.”


Phil Brennan visited Nichols in November 2016 to graciously donate his family’s long held collection of James Fenimore Cooper first edition novels (33 books in all). Cooper [1789-1851] was a prolific, popular writer who wrote historical romances of frontier and Indian life. He is considered to be the first true American novelist. The donated set is #27 of only 66 sets ever published. The collection is considered the finest available of Cooper’s writings. Thank you for your generosity to Nichols, Phil!

Rich Goldberg is still working in healthcare as SVP for Psychiatry & Behavioral Health for Lifespan in Rhode Island and as Professor of Psychiatry at Brown University. He recently started a new project called Dr. Rich Golf: a blend of Eastern philosophy, psychiatry, and performance psychology. Want to make that breakthrough in your golf game? Check out the website ( or follow @DrRichGolf on Twitter.

Dick Oleksiak’s daughter Penny (16) received the Lou Marsh Trophy from the Toronto Star in December as Canada’s Athlete of the Year for 2016. Penny, a 2016 Olympic swimmer for Canada at the games in Rio de Janeiro, won gold in the 100-metre freestyle along with a silver in the 100 m butterfly and two bronzes in the women's freestyle relays (4×100 m and 4×200 m). She also served as Canadian flag-bearer at the closing ceremony at Maracana Stadium. She added four more medals at the short-course world championship in December 2016 in Windsor, ONT. Penny edged Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby for the Marsh Trophy, which is named after a Toronto Star sports editor. Other finalists for the award were sprinter Andre De Grasse, golfer Brooke Henderson, Paralympic swimmer Aurelie Rivard, tennis player Milos Raonic, and high jumper Derek Drouin. Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price took the honor last year. Penny is the first swimmer to win the trophy since Mark Tewksbury in 1992.


Back on Homecoming Day on October 1, members of the Class of 1969 gathered to commemorate Phil Faust who passed away on December 5, 2005. There to remember and honor him at the on-campus site of his commemorative stone were Jad Cordes, Dick Coley, Art Cryer, Greg Pauly, Andy Rich, and Ken Sullivan.


Tim McNamara continues his post-retirement second career as a private K-12 math turnaround specialist, helping educators nationwide improve their students’ classroom performance. Most recently, he has contributed to schools in rural middle Georgia seeing as much as 30-point increases in achievement scores on the state’s annual Milestone math examinations for grades 3-10. Tim retired from full-time education in 2007 after a 32-year career that included seven years on the Nichols faculty (1986-93) and recognition as the 1993 New York State recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He then left Buffalo to work in the Rochester area as K-12 math supervisor for the West Irondequoit Central Schools before serving as an assistant professor of mathematics at Monroe Community College. Tim also reports just having completed his second Marine Corps Marathon (and his 11th marathon overall) this past October through the streets of Washington, D.C.

1972 – 45th Reunion

On September 16, 2016 the South Buffalo Knights of Columbus held their annual 5K race to memorialize Ryan Purcell whose life was tragically cut short by a hit and run driver in 2011. Tom "Te" Caulfield was presented with the Tim O'Neil Good Samaritan Award at the race, while Maureen Griffin Tomczak P’14 ’15 ’17 and her siblings received the Michael J. Diggins Community Service award. Te is pictured here Erin Hart ’03.


Marc Reinhardt was featured in the Sports section of the Oct. 16 issue of The Buffalo News for his career accomplishments in racquet sports. Marc played squash and tennis at Nichols as a 1 and 2-seed, and played as the 1 seed for Williams College Squash as a senior. He later went on to win seven Buffalo City Squash Doubles titles in his career between 1982 and 2001, and he earned runner-up distinction in City Singles for 5 straight year from 1978 to 1982.


Debbie Raines was honored with the Isabel Hampton Robb Award for Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Practice from the National League for Nursing in September 2016.

To take Nichols chap stick to the rooftop of the world, Greg Stevens and 20 of his biking brotherhood from China days went this year to the Tibet Plateau, entering from Western Sichuan China. They spent 8 days (mostly pushing) their bikes up toward the 4 sacred peaks and riding down vast yak inhabited valleys.


Molly Sanders Clauss and Mary Kenefick Kopp went to Desert Trip together in Indio, California in October. Three epic days of peace, love and rock and roll!


Kristan Andersen writes: “Here three generations of Nichols graduates, showing off our chronological order: Noel '13, Elizabeth '16, Chick Carlson ’52 (my father), me, Lee Carlson '76 (my brother).”

Bill Hibbard started a not-for-profit called Society for Random Acts of Kindness (RAK'em) four years ago with classmate Ray Walter. It began as an anonymous act of giving to randomly selected cancer patients and their care givers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. “Just a nice way of letting people know that their neighbors in the Buffalo Community are thinking of them and the challenges that they face each day,” writes Bill. Twice a year they provided Food Cards and Gas Cards to five patients and their caregiver/families. “Nancy Holiman is the administrator for gifts at RPCI and she helped us setup the program.” Bill’s son Teddy Hibbard ’24 and his classmate Truman Saperston ’24 (pictured) recently went to door to door in their respective neighborhoods and raised their own money for RAK'em. With Nancy's help, Teddy and Truman delivered the gift cards with smiles all around.


May 18th, 2017 marks the fourth Dancing to Live, an annual gala held at Nichols that features work by renowned choreographers and performances by internationally celebrated dancers. (6:00 doors open/cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, 7:15 Performance, 8:30 - 9:30 Champagne, dessert, meet the dancers. Pre-sale tickets $125pair/$75 single, at the Door $75 each.) Dancing to Live benefits two seemingly different organizations: Neglia Ballet Artists and TargetCancer Foundation. The basis for the collaboration stems from the thirty-year friendship between Neglia co-founder Heidi Halt and TargetCancer founder Paul Poth ’87. Their relationship was fostered at Nichols by a shared appreciation of dance in all forms. To honor Paul’s legacy after his death from cancer in 2009, Dancing to Live was created. By working collaboratively, both organizations are able to raise funds to support rare cancer research and Neglia’s City Dance Educational Program. This event which features a reception and silent auction also brings world premieres of specially commissioned work to the Nichols stage. Both Heidi and Paul are examples of the best of Nichols - individuals who when faced with challenges created their own answers. When Paul realized there was no treatment protocol for his cancer (cholangiocarcinoma) he founded TargetCancer to fund innovative research. When Heidi and her husband Sergio realized that Buffalo was in need of a classical ballet company they founded Neglia Ballet Artists. Together, Neglia Ballet Artists and TargetCancer celebrate what connects us all as human beings - creativity, innovation, compassion, philanthropy and hope. The contact for tickets to the event on May 18 is Neglia Ballet Artists: 2495 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14214, 716 447-0401.

Debby Heath writes: “What a wonderful surprise to get a phone call from my former Spanish teacher, Steve Moscov, last fall! Steve had a huge influence on my life. Not only did I end up joining the Peace Corps because of his inspiration, but I also ended up becoming a High School Spanish teacher at an independent school. Here´s a picture of us during the first week of school this year. I was honored to have him as a guest in my Spanish 4 class at Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington, where I´ve been teaching for 22 years.”

Ted Strachan (pictured with his son, Billy) is Operations Manager of the Biddeford Ice Arena in Biddeford, Maine. Pittsburgh Penguins player Brian Dumoulin (#8) played his youth and high school hockey at Ted’s arena and brought the Stanley Cup back to a massive Biddeford crowd over the summer. He is the first Maine native to win the Stanley Cup.


28-year Navy Veteran Commander Stephen Bray was honored at a retirement service on August 7 at the Navy Operational Support Center in Buffalo. Stephen was commissioned in 1988 after four years in the NROTC Unit at R.P.I. in Troy, NY. A graduate of Union College, Stephen received his J.D. from the University at Buffalo in 1997 following his active Navy career, and he currently practices law at Morris & Bray in Buffalo, where he lives with his wife, Karin, and their three children. During his active duty, Stephen was deployed to a multitude of foreign waters, including the Persian Gulf during Desert Shield/Desert Storm.



Jeff Teach writes: “Happily relocated to St Pete, Florida after 20+ years in Chicago. Have not looked back and thrilled to have signed up with Berkshire Hathaway selling real estate. Always welcoming visitors!”


Dr. Kyle Bacon published his first research article based on his dissertation, "A Phenomenological Study of 8th Grade African American Males in Two Suburban Maryland Middle Schools." In addition, Kyle presented his research at the International Conference on Urban Education in San Juan, Puerto in November 2016.

Andrew Feinberg, Eric Dobmeier, Tony Sugalski, and Chris Henrich gathered at Eric's home in Seattle 11/6 - 11/8 for golf and the Buffalo Bills Monday Night game. Despite Andrew's best attempts to stir up controversy, the Seattle fans remained cordial and welcoming throughout the weekend.


In November 2016, Tim Vanini (far left) and business partner Denis Guerin (far right) opened a new small business collaborative dedicated to interior floral home arrangements and exterior lawn care on Hertel Avenue. Petrichor Flora provides a holistic approach of maintaining aesthetically pleasing environments inside and outside of the household. Tim does this by making sure that people have healthy and vibrant front lawns and landscapes, while Denis provides floral arrangements to residential and commercial clients. Pictured with Tim and Denis at the store’s grand opening in November are Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Laura Fulciniti, owner of Buffalo Paint & Wallpaper which co-occupies the multi-purpose Hertel storefront with Petrichor.


Director Nanette Burstein’s recent film, Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee, was shown at the Toronto Film Festival in September. It was later shown on Showtime on Sept. 24th. The film is a documentary about the bizarre and scandalous life of tech millionaire John McAfee - famed inventor of anti-virus software - who goes off the grid to live in Belize, building a compound and harem, becoming a drug lord and developing an armed security force to guard himself against the police until he is a suspect in his neighbor's murder and must make a great escape. In addition to Gringo, Nanette received a Silver Lion Award at Cannes for her work on commercials. She created a commercial that aired during the Olympics and also worked on the HPV commercial that currently airs. Marna said that Nanette received a wonderful education at Nichols and is incredibly proud of her time here.

Carl LeVan was promoted to associate professor with tenure at American University. He recently returned from an 800 km road trip through northern Nigeria, where he met with displaced persons, politicians, and rural pastoralists while researching his new book.


Drew Barzman writes: “All is well in Cincinnati. [In late October], Newsweek published an article about my research to prevent school violence. You can find it online at:”

Robin Gerstenzang recently retired from the State Police as a Zone Sergeant after having previously Retired from the Army Reserve. Daughters Emily, Abigail, and Hana are all well with Emily to graduate from Sacred Heart in 2017.


Matt Miller was named to Business First’s annual “40 Under 40” list in August. More than 140 nominations were received this time around, and the class was selected by a six-person panel of former 40 Under 40 winners. Matt is a partner at Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham LLC in Buffalo and serves as President of the Nichols Alumni Board.

Randy Torgalski is currently residing in Horseheads, NY with his wife, Robyn. They have three kids: Alyssa (11), Ben (8.5), and Owen (7). Randy is entering his 9th season as the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Elmira College.


Jaron Bruzgul and his wife Andrea Bruzgul had a baby girl, Sadie Jane Bruzgul on December 18, 2016.


Amelia Booth Patton recently completed her ninth year as MIT's assistant/novice lightweight women's crew coach. On July 1st, she bumped into current Nichols junior Andrew Jensen ’18 at MIT Sculling Camp on the Charles River in Cambridge, MA.


Carey and Haley Herrlinger (DeCarlo) welcomed with love, Charlie Stone Herrlinger, on June 21, 2016.

Sarah Kirke (Ward) recently joined TripleTrack HR Partners, a local Human Resources Consulting firm that specializes in assisting small to mid-size businesses with their full range of human resources needs, as an HR Consultant. She and her husband Ryan live in Orchard Park with their daughter Charlotte (3) and son Harrison (1).


Alumni Board members Colleen and Sean Heidinger '07 hosted an alumni Thanksgiving Eve happy hour before the Sabres game at Lockhouse Distillery & Bar. Complimentary spirits and good times were had by all. Thanks to Colleen and Sean for organizing!


Author and illustrator Falynn Koch has published a new work with the Science Comics series called “Plagues.” Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic - dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and more. These illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects., tailored everyone from fourth graders doing a natural science unit at school or an adult with a secret passion for the given subjects. Falynn graduated with a degree in Sequential Art from SCAD, and Science Comics: Bats was her first graphic novel with First Second Publishing.


Cece Boddice (née Butcher) and her husband Luke welcomed their first child, Imogen, to the world on May 22, 2016.

Billy Griffin plays Corporal Caleb Grant in Starz's award-winning series "Outlander" (Season 2, Episode 9, "Je Suis Prest"), and Davis in the new season of Charlie Brooker's critically-acclaimed "Black Mirror" (Season 3, Episode 4, "San Junipero"), now streaming on Netflix.


Adele Jackson-Gibson’s article entitled Why I Love My Natural Hair was published by Teen Vogue in February. Here is an excerpt: “I’ve been fighting my curls since I was a little girl. Back then, my parents helped me to keep my little fro tame and neat. It was soft and broke off easily when a comb ran through it, and still it had to be detangled and braided for me to go to school. On Sundays, my two younger sisters and I would each get in the shower and calm the itchy follicles with shea butter conditioners. My mother would blow-dry our hair, then tease and weave all three of our tender heads. It was hours of whining and crying and Looney Tunes on TV.”

Joanna Solis writes: “[Since graduating from Nichols in 2009] I have earned a BS in Psychology and a BS in Spanish from the University at Buffalo. I then moved out of state and I got my EMT certification and have been working on an ambulance in the streets of Aurora, Colorado. I just got engaged last April, and will be married on September 24, 2017, with our ceremony on a cliffside in Estes Park, CO. I am marrying my best friend-- we met at U.B. and both graduated in the Class of 2013. But most recently, I am so proud to say that I was accepted into RUSH University's College of Health Sciences Master of Physician Assistant Studies program, Class of 2019! I will be moving to Chicago, IL this summer. Yay! All the best, JoJo”


Meredith Vivian recently reunited with Marce, the Costa Rican exchange student that stayed with her during Meredith’s sophomore year at Nichols.


Alexander Aylward performed with the Ars Nova Musicians Orchestra in Buffalo as the soloist in Beethoven's magisterial Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" at Buffalo’s Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in November. The enormous "Emperor" concerto - so named by Beethoven's publisher after the composer's death - is Beethoven's final and greatest work for piano and orchestra, composed in the tumultuous year of 1809 just as Austria declared war on Napoleon Bonaparte; the original autograph score is titled "Battle, Hymn of Jubilation, Attack ... Victory." Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto drastically enlarges the scope of the concerto genre, magnifying at once the dramatic presence of the orchestra and the expressive intensity of the piano. A senior at Boston College, Alex was named a winner of the 2016-2017 Concerto Competition at B.C. in January. Alex, a Classics major, studies with Max Levinson, Chair of the Piano Department at Boston Conservatory and faculty member at New England Conservatory of Music. Along with the poetry of Homer and Vergil, Alex has taken many graduate philosophy seminars throughout his undergraduate career, focusing on the work of Jacques Derrida and G.W.F. Hegel. The Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Dean named Alex a Dean’s Scholar in 2016 and a Sophomore Scholar in 2015.


Sam Stark was recently named to Huffington Post's "20 under 20 for STEAM and Innovation.” The Post’s write-up on Sam is as follows: “As captain of his high school’s robotics engineering program, Sam competed in robotics competitions, securing NASA grants and various sponsorships. He has since deepened his interest in STEAM to explore the intersection of education and tech, creating a company that incentivizes people to watch educational STEAM videos online, and co-founding the news website College Reaction.” Sam, a sophomore at Williams College, writes: “One of the big reasons I was named to this [list] was because of the work I did at Nichols with robotics and science Olympiad . . . I have seen the [Nichols] robotics program taking off recently so I just wanted to let you know Nichols is always helping in big ways.”