Alumni & Friends
Alum of the Month
The "Alum of the Month" feature of the Alumni Affairs web site showcases alumni who are doing interesting and exciting things, or who have made exceptional contributions to their chosen field of profession. Visit us soon to read about the next featured alumni of the month!
About the Program
The Alumnus of the Month feature of the Office for Development and Alumni Affairs Web site is a program that will showcase 12 outstanding alumni per year. The program is designed to recognize alumni who are doing interesting and exciting things, or who have made exceptional contributions to their chosen field of profession.
Nominations may be based on the following:
- Alumnus doing something particularly interesting or different
- Alumnus making outstanding achievements in his/her profession
- Alumnus setting a positive example, either by philanthropy, balancing work and life, or showing a loyal commitment to Hofstra and the community
Sarah and Christian are co-founders of QuikFit, the first customized styling and shopping app powered through artificial intelligence and augmented reality technology.
Past Alumni of the Month
Cantor Alexandra Fox believes in the power of music to foster a community that inspires, comforts, uplifts, and heals.
Dexter A. Bridgeman is the CEO and founder of MIA Media Group LLC, one of the nation’s largest Black media publishers.
Remi Harris is a multidisciplinary movement artist and performance curator, exploring the intersectionality of dance, new media, and black female representation.
Jeff Belanger is an author, podcaster, storyteller, adventurer, and explorer of the unexplained. He has a passion for mysteries and legends.
Michelle Albanese is director of financial operations for Long Island Jewish Medical Center, part of Northwell Health...
Christian Heimall graduated from Hofstra University with the experience he needed to step into the world of professional baseball reporting and later, management...
Wendy D. Darwell is president and CEO of the Suburban Hospital Alliance of New York State and its two regional entities, the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council and Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association...
Named a Rising Star in a list of the Top 100 Black Scientists (published by University of Iowa postdoctoral research scholar Antentor Hinton), Calvin Carter, PhD, founded GeminiiHealth with twin brother Walter Carter...
Tricia Messeroux is a self-taught photographer and creative of Toddlewood. Tricia began her career immediately after graduating from Hofstra University with a degree in TV and Film Production and a minor in marketing...
Brian Sckipp is the CEO and founding member of Westhampton Beach Brewing Company and former COO and partner of Sherwood House Vineyards...
Mary Jeanne Hurley Hickey is a pioneer. Choosing physics as her major at Hofstra, as well as math, was very unusual for a woman in the 1940s. In fact, she was one of only two women to earn a BA in Physics in 1950...
Guy (Günther) Stern was born in 1922 in Hildesheim, Germany. He immigrated to the United States in 1937. From 1940 to 1942, he studied at Saint Louis University, followed by three years of Army service....
Tara Tubridy, a native New Yorker, graduated cum laude from Hofstra University in 2004 with a BA in Dance. Since graduating, she has had the opportunity to perform both regionally and nationally...
David Cea is a multiple award-winning film editor with 15 years’ experience in the industry. The bulk of his work comes from the advertising world, where he has had the pleasure of bringing ...
Angela Ellis Gibbs is the founder of CÖSBEAU (kaz-boh) INK, a permanent makeup studio located in Freeport, NY. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Hofstra University in 2000 before starting...
Dr. Rahul Sharma is professor and chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and serves as emergency physician-in-chief for New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Paula Parrino-Altiere has over 20 years of experience in the real estate and title industry, and is currently the chief administrative officer and vice president of operations for Nationwide Court Services Inc.
Mitch Maiman co-founder, president, CEO of IPS, has more than 40 years of experience in successful product development. Mitch and his partner, Paul Severino, have built a large, multifunctional product design and development team serving many tier one clients, including Motorola, Google, Verizon.
Shaquana P. Divers is a dedicated and vibrant leader with 20 years of service in the healthcare sector. As executive program manager at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, she leads the planning and implementation of innovative health programming for the largest health plan in Upstate Western New York, affecting the lives of 1.6 million people.
Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DM, is a bestselling author/editor and nationally recognized spiritual teacher and psychotherapist. Widely acclaimed for his guidance in helping people understand and apply time-tested Buddhist teachings as simple strategies for living in today’s chaotic world, Sensei Koshin is a dynamic, original, and visionary leader, teacher, and speaker.
Lindsay Hymson Schechter joined Johnson & Johnson in 2015 as a brand PR consultant, where she provided strategic public relations and social media counsel, managed innovative influencer programs, and garnered key earned media coverage for brands such as Band-Aid®, Neosporin®, Compeed® and Rogaine®.
Anthony Conrardy '09 is assistant vice president at the Northwell Health Center for Learning & Innovation, Emergency Medical Institute (EMI). The Center for Learning & Innovation is the corporate university for Northwell Health....
As energy partner at Robinson & Cole LLP, Joey Lee Miranda is a member of the firm’s Environmental, Energy + Telecommunications Group, and her practice focuses on energy, telecommunications, and water matters, including litigation...
Kevin Dexter ’13 is a sportscaster working in both New York City and Long Island. He is the play-by-play voice of the Long Island Nets, the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, with broadcasts airing on YES Network, ESPNU, ESPN+, NBA TV, and more.
Social entrepreneur and business owner Dianna Rose is the culinary creative mind behind Jars Of Delight – the eco-friendly catering and meal prep company founded in fall 2017.
October 2019 Jon El Kordi-Hubbard is founder and CEO of Craft + Logic, a product lab that builds tech and content to tackle consumer problems.
October 2019 As a founding member of Hofstra University Start-Ups in 2012 and as a former president of the club, Max Bidna is thrilled to be back supporting the Hofstra Entrepreneurship community through the NexGen Advisory Board.
September 2019 Dr. Randi B. Nelson (aka Dr. Randi) is a nationally recognized pediatrician, financial wellness expert, author, speaker, and consultant.
August 2019 Ezron Bryson is entering his fourth season with the New York Jets as an assistant athletic trainer, where he is responsible for the day-to-day health and wellness of the professional football players.
July 2019 Author, columnist, and senior-level strategist Tom Basile has been in the middle of the action on the biggest stories and hottest issues of the two last decades.
June 2019 Aviva Skall is vice president of talent management and business affairs at Model Management Group (MMG)...
May 2019 Steve Kullback is a seven-time Emmy and VES award-winning visual effects producer working in feature films and television...
April 2019 Stephanie Nagel graduated from Oceanside High School as salutatorian. Her options were wide open as to where to attend college.....
March 2019 Michael Waiser is the founder of Michael Scott Events, a leading luxury catering and production firm based in New York City....
February 2019 Dana Caraballo is a certified rehabilitation counselor and licensed mental health counselor....
January 2019 George Calvo is a data and business intelligence engineer for Major League Baseball....
December 2018 is a sought-after communicator, theologian, author, scholar, and singer who utilizes her multifaceted abilities in service to God and humanity. An ordained Christian minister, Melaine currently...
November 2018 Jake Kramer is a managing partner at FedTech, a unique private venture program funded by federal agencies that connects entrepreneurs to technologies...
October 2018 Noah Seidman graduated from Hofstra University in 2007 with a BS in engineering. Kicking off his career at Roundarch Inc., a professional contracting ...
September 2018 Tonia V. Ramsue started her career at Coca-Cola as a trade spend manager for Warehouse Water. She then moved into a sales support role ....
August 2018 Vincent P. Amy, PG, CPG, FGS, is a career consulting geologist. With over 40 years of experience as a hydrogeologist, Vincent has performed duties ranging from the evaluation of....
July 2018 Oren Loloi is the owner of Papercuts by Oren, where he creates hand-made paper cut ketubah designs. The company was founded in 2012 and has grown steadily over the years....
June 2018 Shana Lawson was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY by her mother, a Brooklyn native, and her father, a Guyana native. The oldest of three children, Shana was raised in a large, close-knit household...
February 2018 Shannon Nia Alomar is a Hofstra alum working as a production assistant for CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. In addition to her position at CNN, Shannon plays Queen Nefertiti for the performance company Your Queens and serves as the company's visual content... | more |
January 2018 Natalie is an Idaho native who believes in a future where gay families are equal and no longer have to hide in the closet out of fear. She aspires to reduce discrimination against LGBTQ families through the power of education and sharing her own family story... | more |
DEC-1 Eric Lempel serves as the senior vice president of marketing and the head of PlayStation Network Americas for Sony Interactive Entertainment. Since he joined the company in 2000, Eric has served in a variety of online development and marketing roles... | more |
OCT-16 Jonathan D. Moreno is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania where he is... | more |
Jamie Morris has been the ultimate utility player for iHeartMedia's New York radio cluster... | more |
MAY-13 Cornell Yarbrough (B.A. '04) ( aka DJ Whutevva) is far from your average DJ! With a voice for radio, a face for TV, personality to fill the big screen and DJ skills that rival the legends... | more |
MAR-13 Aaron Simon (B.B.A. ’97) started a new division of ‘Artist Relations’ for Harman, a multi-billion-dollar audio/consumer electronics company in January 2011.Harman is the official sound company for the Grammys, the MTV Video Music Awards, Coachella Festival, American Idol... | more |
Jan-13 Daniel J. Moran, Ph.D., BCBA-D (M.A. ’92, Ph.D. ’98) is committed to helping people with their challenges and their goals. He has appeared in several episodes of TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive and Confessions: Animal Hoarding as the featured psychologist... | more |
JULY-12 Shannon Bennett (B.A. ’09) is a young, up-and-coming broadcast journalist who has accomplished more than many others her age. Recently transitioning from radio to television, she has taken on the position of program information coordinator for CBS in New York City.... | more |
JULY-12 Reverend Darren M. Morton (B.B.A. ’89) is a man of many talents, specifically in the areas of social action, urban ministry, college administration, student development, and leadership. He constantly works to strengthen families and enhance the lives of young people of all races and nationalities. He is heavily involved in civic and social endeavors specifically affecting youth and the underprivileged of all ages.... | more |
JUN-12 Jeffrey Breslauer (B.A. ’76) is an actor, puppeteer, writer, voice-over artist – and even a ballroom dance instructor. After graduating with a degree in communications and a concentration in broadcasting from Hofstra University, Jeffrey began his career in New York in the mid-1970s... | more |
NOV-11 Margaret Brennan Bermel, M.B.A. '85, chronicles her personal journey, while searching both for truth about the cancer industry and for inspiration about the purpose of life, in her new book, The Cancer Odyssey: Discovering Truth and Inspiration on the Way to Wellness... | more |
SEPT-11 Dr. Pamela D. Straker (M.A. ’75; Ph.D. ’79) is a licensed psychologist; workplace strategist for managers, small business owners and human resource personnel; and author of Let Me Stop You Right There and 28 Other Lines Every CEO, Manager, and Supervisor Should Know (New York: Morgan James Publishing, 2011)... | more |
July-11 Tracey Delio ’93, ’97 has been providing speech and language services to toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children on Long Island for the last 15 years while also becoming a successful children’s book author. Louie V Trims the Tree is Tracey’s third book in The Secret Adventures of Louie V series and will be available ... | more |
Jun-11 Cecilia Pagkalinawan '89 has a remarkable track record in launching and marketing successful e-commerce businesses. She currently is CEO of StyleTrek.com, an e-commerce boutique dedicated to helping entrepreneurial fashion designers from around the globe reach new customers through social commerce... | more |
Jun-11 Jessica Robles '10 has always had a passion for women's rights. She earned a Bachelor of Science in community health and psychology, and credits her educational experiences at Hofstra with providing the foundation for a career as a health educator... | more |
Apr-11 As director of entertainment promotions at Hearst Magazines in New York City, Lauren Ruotolo '00 is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with television and cable networks, as well as music labels and movie studios. Lauren’s success has been hard-won... | more |
JULY-10 After graduating with a Diploma of Advanced Studies (D.A.S.), Robert Harrison ’75 became a successful communications manager, published poet, cartoonist, newspaper and documentation photographer, children’s book writer, historian, play writer, baseball history re-enactor, docent, and staff writer for two magazines, as well as a sought-after guest speaker on radio and television and at various events. ... | more |
JUNE-10 Ten years ago, when Claudia Gabel ’00 was handed her Master of Arts in English and American literature from Hofstra University, she thought she would walk off the stage and in the direction of a Ph.D. Instead, she moved to New York City and became a children’s book writer and editor.... | more |
JAN-09 Melanie Moore Carpenter ’95, ’98, is founder and partner of i-advize Corporate Communications, Inc., an investor relations agency based in Manhattan’s financial district... | more |
OCT-08 Matthew Friedman '90, '94 spent 2006 as the “The Piano Man” in the First National Touring Company of Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s Tony Award-winning musical, MOVIN’ OUT... | more |
SEP-08 As the new President of Mercy College, Hofstra alumna Kimberly Cline '87, '89, '96 has an extensive background and dedicated commitment to educational excellence and access... | more |
JUN-08 Jennifer Appel began her professional career as a clinical psychologist, having earned undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from Hofstra University. Though academically oriented, she discovered that the culinary arts were also in her blood... | more |
APR-08 In recognition of her exceptional talents as a teacher and role model for students, Shakira Brown ’03 will be traveling to Antarctica in fall 2008 on a National Science Foundation grant with Dr. Stephen Pekar. Shakira’s innovative teaching style... | more |
MAR-07 Michael Wach was named executive vice president of ad sales for YES Network in November 2004. He oversees all national, regional and local advertising sales for the most-watched regional sports television network in the country... | more |
FEB-07 Lisa Henning is owner and chef of Queen of Cuisine Personal Chef Service (www.queenofcuisine.com) in southeastern Massachusetts. She launched her business in 2003, offering in-home cooking... | more |