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Class Notes Vincent DeGiaimo ’72 was elected President of SCAN (Supportive Children’s Advocacy Network) New York’s Board of Directors. SCAN provides a number of programs to high-risk children and their families in East Harlem and the South Bronx including substance abuse treatment, violence prevention, and literacy programs. DeGiaimo also now heads his own firm, Ridegcroft Capital Advisory. Dennis Lacognata ’76, Senior Vice President of Prompt Direct Inc. was the Fall 2013 Keynote Speaker for the Center for Entrepreneurship. He spoke about direct marketing for entrepreneurs. Dennis and his wife Patricia ’79 are also proud to announce the birth of their second grandchild, Addison Elizabeth. Joan Reder-Koechler ’72 is currently enjoying retirement, and volunteers her time recording periodical literature for the blind in Daytona Beach and helping elementary students in a resource setting in their parish school. Prior to retiring, Joan taught in Catholic Schools in Brooklyn, Queens, and Glen Cove School districts. Joan and her husband, Joseph, currently reside in Ormond Beach, FL. Frank A. Spinosa ’76, M.D. was inaugurated this past March as the President of the American Podiatric Medical Association in Washington, DC. Frank lives and practices on Shelter Island, NY. Bro. David Migliorino, OSF ’73 renewed his Franciscan vows after 40 years, helping to raise more than $300,000 for Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Bro. David has been principal at the High School for the past 15 years. James F. McElroy Jr. ’77 was recently given the ABCA Meritorious Service Award by the American Baseball Coaches Association during their luncheon this past January in Dallas, Texas. James is Executive Director of the Brooklyn Queens Catholic High School Athletic League; the Director of the Brooklyn Cadets Baseball Club; serves on the Board of Directors for both the New York City Baseball Federation and the All American Amateur Baseball Association; and is on the advisory Board of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball league. Karl T. Bednarek ’78, M.D. is practicing gastroenterology in Manhattan and Brooklyn. He still plays tennis, and is enjoying his 9 year old daughter’s growth. Virginia K. Bolton ’78 recently completed her doctorate degree in Health Science from A.T. Still University, School of Health Science in Mesa, AZ. Dennis McDermott ’74 (above) and Jamaal Womack ’09 worked out the St. Ephrem Sub-Novice Gold Team at a basketball clinic for a group of future stars. Vincent A. Gardino ’75 is Publisher of Straus News’ five New York Community Papers, which comprise: Our Town, West Side Spirit, Our Town Downtown, Chelsea Clinton News, and The Westsider. Phil ’76 and Jeannie ’78 DeVito are thrilled to announce the birth of their twin grandchildren, Nicholas William and Gia Rose Marano this past October. This makes five grandchildren for the DeVitos including 10 year old Brendan, 8 year old Justin, and 7 year old Kayla. Robert D. Hannafin ’76, Ph.D. is now dean of Fairfield University’s Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions. Al DiGuido ’78 returned to St. Francis College April 8 as a Keynote Speaker for the Center for Entrepreneurship. DiGuido, the CEO of Optimus Interactive and President of Al’s Angels, talked about entrepreneurship and social responsibility. Catherine O’Brien ’79 was recently named Woman of the Year and presented with the Sportsmanship Award by The Italian-American Soccer League and the New York Stars Inc., during their 10th Annual Dinner Dance. Catherine is also a member of the St. Francis College Athletic Hall of Fame, and is the Operations Administrator for the Eastern New York Youth Soccer program. Louis G. Pastina ’79 is proud to announce that his son Timothy ’13 is now a graduate of the College while his nephews, Thomas & Kevin Kelly, are current SFC students. Their mom, Louis’ sister, Ann Kelly ’86, and their brother Vincent Pastina ’93, are proud to know that the tradition continues. 16  |  ST. FR ANCIS COLLEGE TERRIER  |  SPRING 2014 1980s Gaetano Messina ’80 was recently presented with the Sportsmanship Award by The Italian-American Soccer League and the New York Stars Inc., during their 10th Annual Dinner Dance. Gaetano is also a member of the S t. Francis College Athletic Hall of Fame, and works as Station Manager and Station Coordinator at John F. Kennedy Airport. Jeanette Dowdell ’82 self-published her third book, The Hereafter: Our Next Assignment, Our Next Grand Adventure. Brian Cosgrove ’83 (below, fourth from right) recently returned to his Alma Mater to speak about Risk Management as part of a lecture series sponsored by the College’s Finance Department in conjunction with the Finance Club. Denis P. McGowan ’83 was recently appointed as Executive Director of Investigations for the Office of Internal Audits and Discipline (IAD) of the Department of Buildings of the City of New York. He is a member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, NYPD Honor Legion, NYPD Emerald Society, the Knights of Columbus, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Denis and his wife of fifteen years, Theresa, reside on Staten Island with their two daughters, Bridget Theresa and Megan Ann. Joseph J. Moreira ’84, MD was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring. Dr. Moreira specializes in intraoperative neurophysiology, the science of evaluating the integrity of the nervous system during surgery. Wayne Keeney ’85 has been appointed Family Support Magistrate by Connecticut Governor Daniel P. Malloy. Keeney is an attorney with the Law Offices of Wayne R. Keeney, LLC in Bridgeport, where he has served as the sole practitioner since 1996 specializing in criminal law. He also currently serves as chairman of the Connecticut Judicial Review Council. He is a former New York City police officer and prosecutor for the City of San Diego.