Class Notes

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Celebrating Academic Success

Camara SilverCamara Silver ’12 earned his doctorate in government and international affairs from the University of South Florida–Tampa. In another distinction, he is the first Black male to earn a PhD from the USF School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies. He first earned a master’s degree in Africana studies there. Silver began working on the topic that led to his dissertation while he was majoring in history at Saint Leo under the mentorship of the late Professor Douglas Astolfi. Silver wrote about the Rwandan genocide of 1994 for his senior project at Saint Leo. Getting to that point in itself was an achievement for a young man who was a first-generation college student and who had to overcome a fluency disorder.  

In March, Silver successfully defended his dissertation, “The Domestic Reality of Foreign Policy: The 1994 Clinton Administration Response to the Crises in Rwanda and Haiti.” Professor Marco Rimanelli of Saint Leo served on Silver’s dissertation committee, a continuation of Saint Leo’s mentorship. Current Saint Leo students and recent alumni may recognize Silver as an adjunct instructor who has taught some undergraduate classes in recent years.



Hugh Moriarty ’68 is the recipient of the George Walter Connell Memorial Award, for 42 years of chairmanship of the Montclair Immaculate Conception High School annual golf outing. He also was presented with an honorary diploma for more than 50 years of service to the school and Catholic education.


Lydia “Gidget” Ariaudo-Gragg ’70 retired from the San Ramon Valley Unified School District in California. She now lives in North Carolina and hosts for Airbnb.

Robert Ford ’70 is a retired federal law enforcement agent and senior special agent for the U.S. Treasury. He lives in Galloway, NJ.

Robert Sully ’70 is living in Virginia Beach, VA. He enjoys boating, jet skiing, umpiring, refereeing, and substitute teaching.

Bill Ante ’71 and Paul Johnson ’70 play tennis in a Tampa, FL, league, Ultimate Tennis. Recently, they played a match against two, 28-year-old Florida State University graduates, and despite the age differences, the duo was able to keep the games close, only to be defeated in three sets. According to Ante, “Old Lions never give up.”

John Moritz ’71 has retired and has become a permanent resident of Florida.

Anthony Gerbino

Tony Gerbino ’74 is the CEO of ErgoGenesis, a manufacturing company that produces ergonomic office seating, tools, and workspaces. Recently he was featured in Texas CEO Magazine for the company’s efforts to begin producing work-from-home solutions during the pandemic. Historically, the company had been a B2B organization, but began selling and producing for individuals when more people started working from home.

Ann Marie Lombardi ’77, past president of the Saint Leo University Alumni Association, was elected to the American Association of University Women Board of Directors.


Kim Callan ’80 and her partner Sherry Trunzo, a registered nurse, spent many months making more than 700 masks to help keep Trunzo and her co-workers, family, and friends safe from COVID-19. 

Douglas Snell ’80 retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation in 2018 and was elected as finance officer for American Legion Post 175 in Mechanicsville, VA, in 2019.

Joyce (Doino) Sixsmith ’84 works as a substance abuse counselor/prevention specialist. She also is the president of the Ram Council Foundation, a substance-free living and healthy decision-making nonprofit for teens in New Canaan, CT. Sixsmith speaks on a variety of topics such as self-care, goal-setting, and communication between adults and teens throughout Connecticut.

Christopher Stallings ’89 was promoted to director of defense at Workrise (formerly RigUp), which specializes in providing staffing, training, and professional services in renewable energy. He resides in Chesapeake, VA.


Keith Klements ’90 came out of retirement to take a position in the Office of Emergency Management for the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office (NJ). In his role, he has handled emergency management in response to COVID-19.

Ignacio Esteban ’92, ’93 retired as a special agent from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in June 2021 after 26 years in federal law enforcement. He lives in Stafford, VA, has been married for 18 years, and is the father of two daughters.

Cathy FellowsCathy Fellows ’95 was named the 2020 Northern Kentucky Paraprofessional of the Year. Fellows is employed by the University of Kentucky and works in the nutrition education program. She also was presented with the 2020 Extension Diversity Individual Award in January 2021 by the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University Cooperative Extension for her work to reach diverse communities.

Gloria Smith ’98 announced the publication of the fifth book in her Annie Elf series for children. The book, entitled Annie Elf has Freckled Ears, is about an elf who learns to overcome obstacles and helps others.

Roslyn McCaleb ’99 was selected as the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year for St. John’s Technical School, in St. Augustine, FL. 


Brandon FambroBrandon Fambro ’00, ’03, ’09 started a position in January 2021 as a public affairs officer for the Fort Bliss Mobilization Brigade in El Paso, TX.

George Root ’01 joined the Stockham Law Group, located in Tampa, FL, in January 2021. Root has spent more than 10 years representing homeowner and condominium associations in Florida.

Jason Remmel ’04 was promoted to regional field sales trainer and sales representative for Ambu USA in 2002. The company also named Remmel the 2020 Florida Regional Representative of the Year and awarded him third place for the 2020 National Representative of the Year. He also got engaged to Vanessa Marin Collazo in 2020. Their wedding is planned for March 2022 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

Marc Bayram ’06, an alumnus of the men’s golf program, was chosen as the 2020 Connecticut PGA Teacher of the Year. The award recognizes excellence in golf instruction, promotion of golf through teaching techniques and training aids, and overall performance as a golf professional.

Deirdre Beaudin ’06 accepted a new role as a quality assurance project manager at Lonza, in Portsmouth, NH. Lonza, a chemicals and biotechnology company, was chosen by Moderna to help produce the company’s COVID-19 vaccine.

Elizabeth Schillo ’06 successfully completed her Master of Arts degree in addiction counseling: advanced practice in December 2020. She graduated from the Hazelton Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Center City, MN.

Edwin Narain ’07, ’09 was promoted to vice president of external and legislative affairs for AT&T Florida in November 2020. Additionally, in December 2020, Narain received the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious H.L. Culbreath Jr. Profile in Leadership Award for making a positive impact within the Tampa Bay community by serving as a catalyst for cooperation between business leaders, government, and the community at large.

Kristi Groves ’08, ’10 has been appointed to executive director for the Office of Quality Management, within the Office of Quality and Patient Safety, for the U.S. Veterans Health Administration. Groves also serves as a senior examiner on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners.

Amanda (Cook) Phelps ’09 was married in 2014. Her son, Hudson, was born in 2017, and her daughter, Harper, was born in 2019.


Rodney Brown ’10, ’13 joined HAVI Global Solutions in November 2020 as the new senior vice president and chief supply chain officer for the Americas. HAVI is a global supply chain company, based in Chicago, IL.

Laura Chirichigno ’10, ’12 passed the Certified in Financial Forensics Credential examination from the American Institute of CPAs. Chirichigno is one of only 150 in the state of Florida to hold this designation.

Jonathan Buhring ’11, an indirect tax accountant for global business services at Siemens, was selected as the 2020 Siemens Global Business Solutions Indirect Tax Employee of the Year. He lives in Sanford, FL.

Frank Carrillo ’11 is an active member with the following professional organizations: American Corrections Association, Virginia Correctional Association, American Jail Association, and Virginia Board for People with Disabilities. He works as a case manager counselor for the Virginia Department of Corrections.

James Forrest ’12 was promoted to captain with the Sarasota County (FL) Sheriff’s Office in January 2021.

Sherman Milton III ’13 and Sterling Birdsong ’12Sherman Milton III ’13 and Sterling Birdsong ’12 celebrated one year in business as the owners of Two Maids and a Mop of Pasco County, FL.

John McClellan

John McClellan ’14 was promoted to special agent supervisor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Office of Statewide Intelligence in Tallahassee, FL. In his new role, McClellan oversees the economic and drug squads. He most recently served as an inspector focusing on organized crime.

Andrea Seabra-VanusanikAndrea Seabra-Vanusanik ’14, ’16 married Vitalij Vanusanik in November 2020. In August, they welcomed a baby boy, Luca Anthony.

Ashley Lee ’15 married Austin Lee on November 8, 2019. They are expecting a daughter.

Brittany Millsap ’15 began coaching lacrosse at Incarnate Word Academy in St. Louis, MO, in March 2021.

Gabriella Montemarano ’15, ’19 works for Pasco County (FL) Schools in the Office for Leading and Learning as the health and physical education resource teacher. She was awarded the Pasco County District Level Teacher of the Year for 2020-2021.

Daniel Francois ’16 married Brianna Van Tuyl in June 2021.

Helena Frazier ’17 began a new career as an IRS revenue agent in February 2021. She credits the MBA she received in accounting, as well as a recommendation from the Saint Leo Career Services resource, Handshake, with helping her acquire the position.

Colett Rampf ’17, ’18 was named to the Sunshine State Conference’s Women’s Cross Country All-Decade Team and Runner of the Decade. Rampf, the most decorated runner in Saint Leo program history, competed for the Lions from 2014 to 2017.

Dylan Taylor ’18 became engaged to Eliza Zehmer on January 23, 2021. Taylor teaches government and history at St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s schools in Richmond, VA.

Nathalie Argueta ’19 recently accepted a new position as an administrative recruiting assistant with Equitable Advisors.

Michael LeeMichael Lee ’19 graduated in Spring 2021 with a master’s degree in cybersecurity from Saint Leo University.

Roger Miller ’19, ’20 joined Paradyne Management Inc., which is based in Tysons Corner, VA, and Greenbelt, MD, as the senior director of growth and justice markets.

David Quesenberry ’19 has been accepted to teach psychology as an adjunct instructor at Northeast State Community College in Blountville, TN.


Ian Steuart Brehaut ’20 began working as a governance, risk, and compliance associate with General Dynamics IT in November 2020.

Jessica Clinton ’20 recently accepted a position as a kindergarten teacher. She lives in Jacksonville, FL.

Marquese Hayden ’20 retired from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years of service. He lives in Riverview, FL.

Mont Martin-Montalvo ’20 recently published a tabletop book entitled Árte Mont-Alvo. This collective depicts canvas art and descriptive poetic verses created as he pursued his degree at Saint Leo University.

Bernard Ramos ’20 accepted a position as a kindergarten teacher in Tarpon Springs, FL, after graduation. He also is pursuing his master’s degree in school counseling at New York University.

In Memoriam

Mary C. Schrader ’49
December 5, 2020

Mary E. Plazewski ’50
April 24, 2020

Daniel O’Connell Culliton ’57
February 18, 2021

James Patrick Toner ’59
June 2, 2020

Gordon Wilfred Winslow ’59
October 5, 2020

Francis Karl Vent ’62
August 2, 2020

John A. Donofrio ’69
October 11, 2020

Ronald Joseph Chmura ’70
July 15, 2020

Donald Edward Dubowski ’70
July 19, 2020

James Brian Hotze ’70
October 29, 2020

Richard Dominick Trotter ’70
July 8, 2020

Joseph Christopher Byrne ’71
November 9, 2020

Elizabeth Eileen Troy ’72
March 7, 2020

James R. Murray ’73
October 24, 2020

Gerard G. Seevers ’73
June 11, 2020

Peter A. Novy ’74
April 7, 2020

Kevin James Connors ’75
January 3, 2021

Edward W. Markey ’76
January 9, 2021

Shirlie C. McCarthy ’76
January 25, 2021

Stephan Michael Walton ’78
November 2, 2020

Emerson Theodore Frantz ’79
June 22, 2020

Connie L. Terry ’79
November 19, 2020

Wilmer Eugene Miller ’81
June 24, 2020

William R. Bailey ’82
August 9, 2020

William J. Sigmund ’82
February 28, 2021

George Earl Mitchell ’83
July 14, 2020

Joseph F. Barresi ’84
January 28, 2021

Mary O. Holt ’85
October 3, 2020

Philip Graham Ross ’86
August 20, 2020

Judy Lynn Bodenhamer ’87
January 19, 2021

Jimmie D. Robbins ’88
January 17, 2021

James S. Beebe ’92
March 14, 2020

Louis Taglieri ’92
August 11, 2020

Rebecca H. Ploehn ’94
July 23, 2020

Kevin L. Minot ’97
May 29, 2020

Kenneth Gregory Graham ’04
October 25, 2020

Theodore Majors ’04
September 11, 2020

Brian Van Alstyne ’09
August 25, 2020

Laurie Joanne Bilodeau ’10
July 23, 2020

Robyn F. Patz ’13
March 29, 2020

Odell Whitehead ’16
March 15, 2020

David Andrew Starkey ’17
March 13, 2020

Chaynia Cecilia Dawkins ’18
July 11, 2020

Emily Anne Clark ’20
September 15, 2020

Kimberly Denise Schmidt ’20
December 6, 2020