Laurie Gershgorn '80
After working in television production and raising three boys, Laurie is now a plant-based health supportive chef, owner and operator of Good Choice Kitchen Vegan Cafe & Culinary Center in Ossining, N.Y. She supports local sustainable agriculture, green practices, and socially responsible entrepreneurship.
Christine Wawrynek Rafin ‘97
After graduating from Bishop Kearney High School in 1997, Christine graduated from Fordham University at Lincoln Center and New York Law School. Christine has over 15 years of experience in the legal industry. Christine was a partner at a boutique full service law firm in New York before going in house at American Media, where she serves as assistant general counsel - media. She also works at A&E Studios many Friday and Saturday nights advising producers of the “Live PD” docuseries as the show airs live. Christine lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.
Christa Sullivan ‘09
Christa Sullivan is the brand and public relations specialist for the Northeast region at Ernst & Young LLP. She previously worked with Ernst & Young's Diversity & Inclusiveness (D&I) Brand, Marketing and Communications team, where she focused on increasing internal awareness and engagement with regard to Diversity & Inclusiveness priorities. Prior to joining Ernst & Young in May 2018, she worked for Cravath, Swaine & Moore and LAK Public Relations where she executed internal and external communications with a specialization in public relations, events and social media.
Ann Marie Carlin '79
Ann Marie Carlin attended Wagner College, Staten Island, NY upon graduation in 1983 she was commissioned as an Ensign, Nurse Corps and attended initial training via Officer Indoctrination School, Newport, RI.
Receiving initial orders to Naval Hospital, Bethesda, she was assigned as a staff nurse to various areas oncology, surgical and medical units. She worked in several Military Hospitals along with the Recruit Command assigned to Navy Recruit District, New York, where she was the Nurse Corps Officer Recruiter. Following release from active duty in 1993 she transferred to the Independent Ready Reserve (IRR).
In 1993 she affiliated with the Navy Reserves (NR) and was assigned to Fleet Hospital Fort Dix and then OHSU Portsmouth. She transferred to Operational Health Support Unit, Bethesda, MD, where she served as Senior Nurse Executive (SNE). She was mobilized to Landstuhl, Germany in support of Operation Enduring Freedom for one year as the Senior Nurse of NEMU 10. She served as Executive Officer for EMF Bethesda , then Commanding Officer EMF Great Lakes and Deputy Chief of Staff NR-NMETC. Currently she is assigned to various Navy Committees completing special projects
In her civilian career Captain Carlin is a Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse at New York Harbor Health Care System: Brooklyn Campus. She holds a Master in Science from Long Island University and is board certified as a Community Health and Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse. Her daughter Katrina and husband Ray reside in Staten Island as well.
Ruqayyah Batts ‘09
Ruqayyah Batts graduated Bishop Kearney HS in 2009. She earned her HS diploma with a Regents Honors’ distinction. She was also a member of the National Honor Society while in high school and received awards in Spanish. Following which, Ms. Batts attended the City University of New York at Brooklyn College. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies and a minor in Health and Nutrition Science. While at BC, Ms. Batts also held a pre-medicine concentration. She also participated in medical missions to Central and South America with Global Medical Brigades. Her B.A. degree had a Cum Laude distinction. After College, Ruqayyah worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC in 2015, where she did clinical research in Pancreatic Cancer with Dr. Peter Allen. From her work there she became a published author. Her work can be found in the prestigious journals: Pub Med and the Annals of Surgery. The article is entitled, “Development and Validation of a Multi-institutional Preoperative Nomogram for Predicting Grade of Dysplasia in Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms (IPMNs) of the Pancreas: A Report from The Pancreatic Surgery Consortium.” Following her work at MSKCC, Ms. Batts began graduate school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. There she received her Master’s of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Physiology and Biophsyics in 2016. Following graduate school, Ruqayyah wanted to give back to her community before starting medical school. She worked as a Kindergarten teacher at Success Academy Flatbush Charter School in Brooklyn, NY. In 2017, Ruqayyah began a Post-Baccalaureate program at the University at Buffalo which led to her acceptance into medical school in 2018. Ruqayyah is currently a first year medical student at UB with plans of graduating in 2022. Following medical school, Ruqayyah hopes to pursue a residency in Emergency Medicine with a focus on community health.
Gerri Connaught ‘09
After graduating from Bishop Kearney in 2009, Gerri attended Brooklyn College where she was a part of the Honors Academy Scholars Program and a member of both the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Psychology in 2013. From there, Gerri went on to attain her Master of Social Work degree from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, specializing in Health and Mental Health. While attending Hunter, Gerri interned at Borough of Manhattan Community College with CUNY PROVE (Project for Return and Opportunity in Veterans Education). As part of CUNY PROVE, Gerri provided psychosocial, emotional, and academic counseling to student veterans who were transitioning from the military into life as a civilian and college student. She also interned for a program called BC Bound at Brooklyn College where she provided counseling to students who were transitioning into their first year of college. After graduating with her MSW in 2015, Gerri became a licensed social work practitioner and worked for two years as an Academic and Career Advisor for college freshmen at the Parsons School of Design at The New School. While in her role as an advisor, Gerri became a member of several committees and task forces designed to promote and maintain student success for various student populations. Her work as an advisor is what inspired her to pursue a doctoral degree in Social Work. Gerri is currently a PhD student at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. Her research will focus on how higher education institutions can provide more support to first-generation college students and students of color. She plans to explore the issue of Imposter Phenomenon among these student populations, a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments, and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud.” She hopes to study how this phenomenon impacts first-generation college students of color, their self-esteem, and their retention rates.
Maureen Downey Cooper'01
After graduating from Bishop Kearney, Maureen attended the City University of New York Honors College- College of Staten Island on a full academic scholarship. Maureen graduated with a B.S. in Bioinformatics with a concentration in Computer Science in December 2004. During her time at Bishop Kearney, Maureen participated in the Westinghouse Research Program where her research on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and the Human Genome Project prepared her for the Biology and Bioinformatics program in college.
During her undergraduate tenure, Maureen interned with the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on the World Trade Center DNA Identification Team (2002) and the NYPD Crime Scene Unit (2003). In 2003, she was the recipient of a Merck Undergraduate Research Stipend which allowed her to conduct bench research in the Cell and Microbiology research labs at the College of Staten Island. Her research on the effects of phthalates on peroxisome proliferation and their link to liver cancer led to multiple publications and presentations at the Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference in 2005 and local microscopy conferences around NYC.
In early 2005, Maureen relocated to Pittsburgh, PA to pursue a career in Molecular Pathology research at the University of Pittsburgh. At the University of Pittsburgh, Maureen researched genomic changes in prostate cancer. She began a career in the molecular diagnostics industry focusing on oncology in early 2006. Maureen has spent almost 12 years working in this industry focusing on all types of cancer. Her career has evolved from bench research to sales and marketing to business development with some of the country’s leading molecular diagnostics and information companies.
Presently, Maureen leads clinical collaborations and the Precision Medicine Consortium at Foundation Medicine, a leading molecular information company that collaborates with physicians, patients and bio-pharma partners to uncover insights that transform cancer care. Maureen collaborates with many of the leading cancer centers around the country to further advance genomic testing and molecular information options for patients with advanced-stage cancer. Although her career takes her around the country almost weekly, Maureen continues to reside in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, Art and their daughter, Elizabeth.
Dalal Najjar '95
Following graduation, Dalal Najjar moved overseas starting her career in the hospitality industry while completing her degree online in Public Administration and International Relations. Following her time in the hospitality industry, she decided to change paths and work for charities around the world helping those in need.
Over the years, Dalal and her teams have helped men, women, and children in places where there is a lack of basic health care, food, shelter, and education. She previously served as Response Team Leader in Jordan working with Syrian refugees within Save the Children International, and as Merlin’s (Medical Emergency Relief International) Country Director in the West Bank/ Gaza Strip, Country Representative in Libya and Tunisia during the Arab Spring, and Team Leader for programs in Kenya, Somaliland, and Somalia.
Dalal is currently the Deputy Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) in Washington, DC and lives there with her husband Dale and their dog Dusty.
Deborah Aquila '76
After graduating from Bishop Kearney in 1976, Deborah attended NYU's Tish School of the Arts and The Stella Adler Conservatory; Deborah Aquila worked on the first two seasons of "Miami Vice" and several feature films including Michael Mann's "Man Hunter" and "The Pope Of Greenwich Village,” as an associate. Her independent casting director career began with Steven Soderbergh's "Sex, Lies And Videotape" and Uli Edel's "The Last Exit To Brooklyn." Before moving to Los Angeles in 1993 to cast Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption," Deborah had completed over 18 independent films in New York.
In 1993, she was named Senior Vice-President of Features Casting for Paramount Pictures. The more notable films Deborah cast at Paramount were: "Primal Fear," "Mission Impossible Ii," "Double Jeopardy," "Varsity Blues," "The Brady Bunch," "Kiss The Girls," "Mother" and "What Women Want."
After departing Paramount Pictures in 1999, Deborah returned to the independent casting world with Sam Raimi's "The Gift." Her most recent film credits include "La La Land,” “Now You See Me, Two,” “Stronger,” “Deep Water Horizon,” “Woman In Gold,” “Age Of Adaline,” and “American Pastoral.” Deborah’s most notable television credits include the critically acclaimed Showtime Series “Dexter,” FX’s ”The Shield,” and Tnt’s “Mob City.”
Deborah has been nominated fifteen times by the Casting Society of America, for their Artios Award. In 2011, she won the Artios Award for Outstanding Casting for the comedy feature, “Red” and in 2012 won that same award for the feature, “My Week With Marilyn,” which honored Michelle Williams with an Oscar Nomination and in 2017, she won the Artios Award for “La La Land.” In 2003, Deborah was recognized by the Hollywood community with the Hollywood Film Festival Career Achievement Award.
Deborah has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1994.
Amanda Valentin '08
After graduating from Bishop Kearney, Amanda attended MIT in Cambridge, MA where she obtained her B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2012. While at MIT, she participated in cheerleading (eventually captaining the team), undergraduate research and various minority programs.
Amanda taught Engineering Design through the same high school program she had the privilege of attending while at Kearney, MITES (Minority Introduction To Engineering and Science).
Upon graduation, Amanda moved to Houston, TX to work in the oil and gas industry for Chevron. Her first job rotation was as a Subsea Pipeline Engineer, which gave her the opportunity to manage large scale projects and occasionally work offshore during project installation. She has since become a Riser Engineer, which entails design and analysis of the riser systems for all of Chevron’s major capital projects. Through this position, Amanda has recently traveled to a university in China to manage a model test of a new riser system.
Amanda continues to live in Houston, TX with her adopted dog, Lupo!
Donna Pantaleo Murphy '78
Donna joined the Havas network as Chief Financial Officer of North America in 1987 and then went on to become the Chief Operating Officer of Euro RSCG Life Worldwide. In 2006, Donna was promoted to Global CEO with her partner, Doug Burcin. Today, she and Doug are responsible for the Havas Health global network, consisting of 60 agencies and 2,500 employees worldwide. Havas WW has named them Management Team of the Year for 2010, 2011 and 2012. Medical Marketing & Media named Havas Health 2010 Network of the Year. That same year, Adweek, in its first-ever selection, named Havas Health Healthcare Agency of the Year. The Irish Voice also named Donna one of the Most Influential Irish American Women of 2010.
Donna is known for her visionary style of leadership, one that emphasizes new strategic ideas and inspires her employees to find innovative solutions for the health and wellness business.
She and Doug have taken the network to new levels of organic growth and continued momentum. She’s known for leading brands through transformations of their business.
Donna is an active board member of the Coalition for Healthcare Communication and member of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program’s Leadership Council.
Donna is a native New Yorker with a B.B.A.in Public Accounting from Pace University. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Jim, their children, Taryn and Jimmy, and their English Springer Spaniels, Kerry and Mulligan.
Pamela Tadross '01
After graduating from Bishop Kearney, Pam attended NYU and graduated as valedictorian of her class with her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 2005 summa cum laude with a minor in Latin and Classical Civilization. In the fall of 2005, Pam began her graduate studies in natural product synthesis and organic chemistry at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, eventually resulting in her Ph.D. in 2011 in the labs of Professor Brian Stoltz. Currently, Pam is a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow in the labs of Professor Eric Jacobsen at Harvard University where she studies new methods in enantioselective catalysis. Pam now resides in Cambridge, MA, with her husband, Chris Gilmore (Caltech, Ph.D. 2012), who is a chemist at Dow Chemical Company. In the future, she plans to pursue a position as a tenure-track faculty member at a major research university.
Maria Laterza '07
Maria graduated from Bishop Kearney in 2007, with a full scholarship to Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York to play basketball. At Marist, she and her team won four consecutive conference championships and got to play in the NCAA tournament four times, advancing past the first round two out of the four years. As a captain in her senior year, she helped lead the team that became the team with the most wins in the program's history.
Off the court, Maria majored in advertising with a minor in psychology, with the ultimate goal of becoming an art director at an advertising firm. However, God's plan would have things differently.
Since graduating from Marist in 2011 with a degree in communications, Maria has spent the past five years playing basketball throughout Europe. She played for a team near Milan, Italy and was part of the Italian Nation team that was competing for a chance to play in the Olympics.
Maureen Tobin Powers '80
Maureen Tobin Powers, studied at Oxford University and graduated from Marist College in 1984. She married Robert Powers in 1987 and, together, they made their home in Rockville Centre, NY with their four children, Ken, Connor, Nora and Maeve. Her career includes 30 years on Wall Street where she is a Managing Principal of Trading for Halcyon Asset Management, a privately owned global investment firm with approximately $12 billion of assets under management. In addition to work, Maureen volunteers her time with many organizations including her local parish, St. Agnes Cathedral. More recently, she and Rob are involved members of the Marist College community and chaired the Marist College Alumni Campaign Fund together. Besides working and volunteering, Maureen enjoys vacationing with her family and has had the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world. Maureen is also a tennis enthusiast and when time permits, can be found on the tennis court, practicing her serve. She and three of her sisters, Kathleen (1973), Rosemary (1975), and Eileen (1982), are proud alumnae of Kearney.
Daynia La-Force '91
Daynia La-Force is the eighth women’s basketball coach at the University of Rhode Island in the program history. La-Force came to Rhode Island after spending eight seasons at Northeastern, where she took over a struggling program and made it competitive in the CAA.
The first minority woman head coach in Rhode Island history in any sport, La-Force proved at Northeastern that she could rebuild a program. She took over the Huskies one year after they made the jump from the America East to the CAA. In her first season, Northeastern struggled to a 4-26 mark, going 3-11 in league play. The next season, La-Force’s squad went 14-16 overall for an improvement of 10 wins. The Huskies also made a five-game jump in the CAA with an 8-10 league mark that same year.
After stabilizing the program, La-Force had a breakthrough season in 2012-13, guiding Northeastern to a 17-13 overall record - including a 10-8 mark in conference play, en route to a fifth-place finish in the CAA. She earned CAA Coach of the Year honors, as the 17 wins marked the most for the program in 13 years while the 10 conference wins and fifth-place finish were NU’s best since joining the CAA in 2004-05.
During her time at Northeastern, La-Force recorded the program’s first-ever victories over CAA powers James Madison, Old Dominion and Delaware. In six of her eight seasons, La-Force and the Huskies exceeded preseason coaches' poll expectations.
Additionally, La-Force coached 10 All-CAA performers, including Jewell Tunstull, who became Northeastern’s first player to earn First Team All-CAA and All-Defensive Team honors during the 2013-14 season.
In her time at Northeastern, La-Force experienced success against Atlantic 10 teams, compiling a record of 9-5 against such programs. She won five of her last six contests against A-10 competition. La-Force also came to Rhode Island with a working knowledge of George Mason and VCU, having faced those programs in the CAA before they joined the A-10.
Before going to Northeastern, La-Force spent one season as the head coach at New Haven (NCAA Division II), where she guided the Chargers to a 24-4 record as well as the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference championship title. For her efforts, she earned the league’s Coach of the Year award for the 2005-06 season.
La-Force spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach at the Division I level before ascending to the head job at New Haven. She was on the Long Island University staff from 1995-2002. In 2001, she was part of Blackbirds' 2001 Northeast Conference championship squad, advancing to the NCAA Tournament. From 2002-05, she was on the coaching staff at St. John's, which earned a spot in the 2005 WNIT.
A 1995 graduate of Georgetown with a degree in psychology, La-Force was a four-year letterwinner for the Hoyas. As a sophomore, she was part of the 1993 Big East Championship team, helping lead the Hoyas to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
An active member of the National Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the Black Coaches Association, La-Force earned a master’s degree in school psychology from LIU in 2000. La-Force has two sons, Terrance and Martin.
Major Laura Gallo, MD '00
After graduating from Bishop Kearney in 2000, Laura attended the College of William and Mary and graduated in 2004 with a major in biology and minor in religion with a pre-med concentration. During her time there she was on the steering committee for the largest campus bone marrow drive in the country and also did an honors thesis after four years of research with *Caenorhabditis elegans *worms.
She attended the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago through the United States Air Force Health Scholarship Program and graduated in 2008. After leaving Chicago, she spent 3 years in San Antonio completing her residency in Internal Medicine at the San Antonio Military Medical Center.
Since 2011, she has been stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia where she serves as an Internal Medicine staff physician and medical director of an inpatient ward in the hospital.
Noelle Raffaele '05
Noelle graduated from Bishop Kearney in 2005 and from Cooper Union in 2009. While in college, she became interested in concept art and set design. Her work included pitch material for TV shows, such as The Food Network and animated motion graphics for a Times Square billboard.
Noelle's interest in character animation involved moving to California, the center of this industry. As a story board artist, she has contributed to productions of Monster High, SpongeBob SquarePants and Barbie. She is presently working on an upcoming Disney production
Recently, Noelle returned to Kearney and spoke to the AP art class. She encouraged the girls to keep a sketch book and use it every day. "Draw from life and draw what you love. This will be your best work." The students enjoyed Noelle's visit and were happy that she shared her own AP art portfolio with them.
Jeannine Bardo '80
Jeannine Bardo is a Brooklyn born artist, curator and art educator. She received her BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts and completed both a Masters in Art Education and a Masters in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College. She is a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on humanity's connections to the natural world. Bardo is the founder and artistic director of Stand a large-scale curatorial project centered on social engagement that is based in the Bay Ridge community. She is a contributing art writer and member of galleryell, a participating artist and juror for SAW before becoming a board member and a participant of ART21 Educators.
Jeannine graduated from Bishop Kearney High School in 1980. She was interested in art throughout her life and gained the skills she needed to complete her portfolio and be accepted into School of Visual Arts for undergraduate studies.
“I have so many fond memories of my time at Bishop Kearney and the friendships I made in school have endured. I felt like I was in a place that was like a second home. Even though education was important, the Kearney community made room for the whole student and that made my tenure in Kearney special. It was school, but it was fun. I was learning, but I was allowed to be myself. The Kearney spirit was an anomaly and it came from the teachers who cared and the students who loved being there.”
Jeannine’s on-going project Stand focuses on the power of community. The goal of Stand is to connect the diverse groups of people living in the Bay Ridge community by highlighting their history and culture in the places that they learn, work, eat, shop, play and pray.
“I am an artist, art educator, curator, community activist and a mother. These are my talents and my passions. My artistic practice is inspired by our intrinsic connections to each other and our environment. I am driven by my belief in how strong these connections are and how our actions make a difference no matter how small. I want to make a difference in a positive way for my children, my students and my community that in some small way will make a difference in this crazy world. I truly believe that my experience at Bishop Kearney planted the seed in me to work towards strengthening community”
Lisa Sclafani Sorrento, MD '74
After graduating from BKHS, I attended New York University College of Arts and Science where I graduated with honors in Chemistry, Phi Beta Kappa and suma cum laude. I was also the captain of the Women's fencing team and President of the Draper Chemistry Society. I was admitted early decision to NYU School of Medicine where I received Honors in Hematology and graduated in 1982. My general surgical training was completed at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and my fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Following completion of my training, I accepted a position on the breast surgical service at MSKCC but left in 1992 to take care of my three daughters. During this time, I worked in a private breast practice in Garden City, Long Island, close to where I lived and I had the privilege of caring for many of the sisters of St. Joseph, who lived close to the Mother House in Brentwood. In 2001, I returned to MSKCC where I have participated in research and teaching and have earned the position of Professor of Clinical Surgery at Cornell Weill School of Medicine. I have recently been named Director of Surgery in the Regional Networks of Memorial Sloan Kettering. My twin daughters have recently graduated from college and I am proud to say they have chosen careers in the "helping professions" by studying Social work and medicine. I am equally proud of my youngest daughter, Gina, who is developmentally disabled but just completed a BOCES program in food service and enjoys her work at a nursing home kitchen.
I remember my time at Kearney fondly and thank all my teachers and fellow students that helped me become the person I am today. Thanks!
Adriana Marchetti '06
Upon graduation from Bishop Kearney in 2006, Adriana attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she obtained her BA in history in 2010. At Emory, Adriana became very active in the university community. She held leadership positions within her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, as well as the student-run crisis hotline. As a senior, Adriana served as an academic mentor to freshmen, helping them select classes and acclimate to the university environment.
After graduation, Adriana moved back to New York and began working in marketing for the international law firm, Kelley Drye & Warren. She spent three and a half years there, gaining knowledge and insight into the world of business development, communications and client engagement. In 2014, Adriana was hired as the Manager of Alumni Relations at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, one of the oldest law firms in the United States. There, she oversees Alumnae Relations for the firm's network of over 2,500 former attorneys, a prime source of new business for Cadwalader's attorneys. Adriana regularly collaborates with Marketing and Human Relation professionals in order to foster strong business relationships and opportunities for the firm.
Donna M. Corrado '79
Dr. Corrado began her social work career at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Brooklyn in 1992, and in 22+ years with the agency, has held roles as Program Manager, Associate Director of Aging Services, Director of the Office of Government Relations and Public Policy, and Chief Operating Officer. She was named Executive Director of Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services (CCNS) in 2013. Dr. Corrado provided leadership oversight to CCNS’ 180 programs throughout Brooklyn & Queens, serving vulnerable populations from all walks of life, including persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, youth, children, persons with mental illness, the homeless, persons with HIV/AIDs, and older adults.
In 2010, she received the Reverend Robert V. Lott Humanitarian Award presented by the Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City. In 2005, she was elected a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. She holds Doctorate and Masters of Philosophy degrees in Social Policy and Administration from the Graduate Center of CUNY, an MSW from Stony Brook University and a Bachelors from St. Joseph's College.
On February 18, 2014, she was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio as Commissioner for the NYC Department for the Aging.
Elaine Aurigemma Hughes '71
Elaine Hughes, Founder and CEO of E.A. Hughes & Co. has never followed an expected path. In her high school salutary speech, Elaine quoted Thoreau, “if man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.” Elaine’s career started during her years at Hunter College where she combined her education with internships that included Tiffany & Co., The City of New York HRA, and Altman’s. In 1976 in an industry setting precedent, Elaine became the first woman to sell textiles for Springs Industries which also sponsored her for her MBA. Elaine went on to join the product team of Malden Mills and in 1983 was recruited to join a boutique recruitment firm serving the apparel and retail industry, Bader Hartley. In the 7 years Elaine remained there as a partner, she introduced them to a retained search process when she undertook the searches for the Presidents of a number of major textile mills, direct mail companies, and apparel firms.
In 1991, in the middle of another recession Elaine Hughes founded E.A. Hughes & Co. Her goal was to provide a thorough and professional process to the recruiting of mid to senior level executives in the fashion consumer products industry and all channels of distribution. Elaine wanted her firm and her associates to be recognized as the industry experts and to become the resource for both recruitment and career advice. In a service which promotes size as analogous to global reach, E.A. Hughes & Co. provides the same reach but with a high touch approach to all client engagements. Over the course of the past 23 years E.A. Hughes & Co. has been at the forefront of early stage recruiting for the most notable companies in the fashion/consumer industry. Many of these companies began with a small operational staff recruited by E.A. Hughes & Co. and have now grown in excess of one billion dollars. Elaine’s attitude has always been ‘less is more’ and therefore she and her team become employees of their client companies in order to understand the critical cultural issues required to achieve success in these companies. In other words, E.A. Hughes & Co. views each client as a unique entity.
Elaine is on the board of JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and is a former Board Member of the Baseball Express Catalog Company (now known as Team Express Distributing, LLC) in San Antonio, Texas. She is also on the Board of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business of Fairfield University. She is a three-term board member of Women in Management, where, in the early 90’s she initiated two programs: The WIM Scholarship Fund, which offers financial assistance to women who are attending college, working and raising families, and the WIM Mentorship Program, which assists high school teenagers with positive role models from business. Elaine was named Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year in 1996 by the Fairfield County Girl Scout Council.
Elaine is a founding member of the New York Textile Group, formerly known as the New York Textile Board of Trade. She is a long-term member of Fashion Group where she initiated the membership incentive program and is a member of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. E.A. Hughes & Company was also represented for five years in the Educational Foundation Board of F.I.T. Elaine Hughes is also the search partner in the retail consulting business, The Grayson Company, founded by Bob Grayson, former CEO, Limited Stores.
Elaine is regularly quoted in a number of publications, including Women’s Wear Daily, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Crain’s New York Business. She has sponsored both the WWD CEO Conference since 2003 as well as the Footwear Summit in 2012. She has been a featured speaker at numerous industry related events over the past 25 years.
Jeanne Gallo Briganti '98
After graduating from BKHS in 1998, Jeanne received a Bachelors Degree in International Politics in 2001 from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. After graduating, she worked as a paralegal specialist at the U.S. Department of Justice before joining the Foreign Service in March 2002.
Jeanne has served at the U.S. Embassies in Kingston, Jamaica, and Warsaw, Poland, and Consulate General in Krakow, Poland, in addition to State Department headquarters in Washington. She was the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver, Canada until June 2015. She is presently obtaining an MS in National Security Strategy at the National Defense University in Washington DC.
Jeanne and her husband Mark, a Senior Manager with Accenture, have two daughters, Sophia and Emilia.
Kayane Hanna Hinday '96
Kayane Hanna-Hindy, MD born and raised in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, a Bishop Kearney Alumni, NYU graduate who completed her fellowship and training at the State University of New York.
She had been an assistant clinical professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and now has affiliations with Maimonides Medical Center. Her comprehensive training allowed her to develop excellent skills in basic endoscopic procedures needed for the diagnosis and management of colorectal cancer screening, peptic ulcer disease and inflammatory bowel disease.
Her special interests are geared toward’s Women’s Health. She also has expertise in the management of liver, pancreatic and biliary disease. Dr. Hanna-Hindy is a published researcher and authored over 20 abstracts and papers. She is the newest addition to an international show called “ New York Doctors “ that airs globally, in which she provides her expertise to patients worldwide.
She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, and continues to be actively involved in the community providing free seminars on colorectal screening, GERD etc
Catherine Sabatos-Peyton '92
After graduating from Bishop Kearney, Catherine attended Fordham University in the Bronx where she obtained her B.S. in Biology in 1996. Catherine spent the following year at the University of Oxford on a Fulbright Fellowship, studying the role of the immune system in multiple sclerosis. Catherine continued similar work in Boston at Harvard University for her Ph.D. in immunology, which she obtained in 2004. Catherine went on to do a short postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco, after which she spent 5 years at the University of Bristol in England, pursuing further studies on the immune system with funding from the UK Multiple Sclerosis Society. Catherine returned to the US and Boston in 2012; she was the first employee at a biotech startup (CoStim Pharmaceuticals) studying cancer immunotherapy. CoStim was acquired by Novartis in February 2014, and Catherine has continued there as a Senior Investigator bringing cancer therapeutic treatments forward to the clinic. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband Jamie, an attending anesthesiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, and their two children, JJ, and Niamh.
Christine Doherty '88
Upon graduating from Bishop Kearney High School, Christine Doherty attended St. John’s University where she obtained her B.S. in Transportation and Logistics. In 1997, she joined the New York City Police Department. She began her career in Coney Island and quickly moved up the ranks. In April of 2011, Christine was promoted to the rank of captain and she is currently the Commanding Officer of the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau’s Lower Manhattan Security Initiative (LMSI). The Lower Manhattan Security Initiative is a state of the art networked surveillance project designed to detect threats and perform pre-operational terrorist surveillance. This initiative is a public-private partnership fostered between the NYPD, private entities and public entities. Prior to this assignment, Christine worked in patrol commands in Brooklyn and Manhattan, the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, Special Operations Division and the Counterterrorism Bureau’s Investigations Unit.
Captain Doherty is the recipient of the NYPD’s prestigious Police Commissioner’s Theodore Roosevelt Award, which is presented to deserving individuals who, like Theodore Roosevelt, continue to render outstanding and praiseworthy service despite a serious illness or injury.
She is also a graduate of Columbia University’s Police Management Institute.
Andrea Abati, M.D. '76
Due to the excellent and insightful direction of the late Sister Jane Baden, my guidance counselor at Kearney, I attended the 6 year BS/MD program at The City College of New York, The Sophie Davis School for Biomedical Education. After graduating from SUNY Buffalo Medical School, I chose a career in pathology - the behind the scenes laboratory that yields the "test results". My residency training was at NYU Medical Center in Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology and my post-residency fellowship was at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
When my training was complete, I went back to NYU as an attending pathologist working predominantly in cellular pathology. After several years there and a short time in Dallas,TX at Baylor University Medical Center, I returned to the East coast and began working at the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute. During my 17 years at NIH, I became the Chief of Cytopathology Section and served on numerous editorial advisory boards, as well as co-authoring over 100 peer reviewed publications and a text book of cytopathology.
After a successful academic career in cytopathology, I was motivated to completely change careers and learn something new. I did a fellowship in skin pathology (dermatopathology) at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center. I have been a dermatopathologist for 7 years and am still fascinated by the field.
My husband, Steve and two sons, Hank and Tony, are the best things in my life. I am very grateful for the education I received at Kearney. I was taught to believe that anything was possible with hard work and a goal in mind and never felt limited because I was a woman.
Virginia Maksymowicz '69
Virginia Maksymowicz was born (1952) in Bay Ridge and grew up in St. Patrick's parish. She graduated from Bishop Kearney High School in 1969 from what was then called the "commercial" program. Although her typing, Pittman shorthand and office management courses were oriented towards business, she nonetheless received a solid academic education, including four years of Latin. She sang in the Glee Club (under the direction of Paul LaMedica) and was a member of the Art Club (under the mentorship of Sr. Winnifred Eugene aka Sr. Mary Kelly). She was inducted into the National Honor Society, and upon graduation was awarded a Regents Scholarship and the Olivetti-Underwood Award of Merit.
Maksymowicz went on to Brooklyn College where she completed a B.A. in Fine Arts. She worked a year as a secretary (saving money for graduate school), and subsequently received a full scholarship to attend the University of California, San Diego, where she earned an M.F.A. in Visual Arts in 1977.
Since graduation, Maksymowicz has worked as an artist, with a specialty in sculptural relief and installation.
She has exhibited at the Franklin Furnace, Alternative Museum and Grey Gallery in New York, as well as in college, university and nonprofit galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad. Images from her series, “The History of Art,” were included in “Reconstructing the Feminist Past: Art World Critique, 1960 to Now” at the Museum of Modern Art. She is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and her exhibitions have been reviewed in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Sculpture Magazine.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Lancaster, PA commissioned Maksymowicz to design and create a sculptural Stations of the Cross. A traveling set of the original Stations has been exhibited at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, and Saint Peter's Lutheran Church at the Citicorp Center in Manhattan.
Her essays about art have been featured in magazines such as New York Arts, Art & Artists, Women Artists News and Heresies, and in scholarly compilations such as Routledge’s Encyclopedia of Sculpture and W.J.T. Mitchell’s Art and the Public Sphere. She is a regular contributor to Sculpture Magazine.
Maksymowicz lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, where she is Associate Professor of Art. She has been married for 40 years to Blaise Tobia, a photographer, who is Professor of Art at Drexel University.
MJ Pedone '84
As President and Founder, MJ Pedone has supervisory and strategic control over all functional disciplines of Indra Public Relations. As a former partner and CEO of Pro Players Sports Marketing Group, Inc., MJ served as President of the Sports Marketing Division working with professional athletes across all platforms. With almost two decades of experience, MJ is a result driven leader and a seasoned public relations expert and talent manager who possesses a unique perspective when it comes to business branding from grassroots to multimedia level. MJ’s ability to present and articulate comprehensive branding strategies and complete the loop of communication is always recognized as exceptional and her relationships and roster of clients reads like a "who’s who" of professional sports, entertainment and corporate America. MJ’s forward-thinking approach towards business strategies has led to unique and successful opportunities for her clients. Integrity is the foundation of her values and character is inherent in the methodology that she has employed in forming her company and trusting relationships.
MJ has successfully grown her agency which was named the "Top Celebrity PR Agency” by topPRagencies.com and has been recognized in a Forbes article titled, "How I Made It In A 'Man's' Field: 5 High-Powered Women Tell All.” MJ is one of the top female entrepreneurs to receive the Puglia’s Award of Excellence for Public Relations & Nonprofit Leaders as well as the Top Women in Business Award and is expanding globally as her strategic efforts have helped many nonprofit organizations collectively raise millions of dollars throughout the years. MJ is on the Advisory Board for the Gotham Comedy Foundation, a sponsor for Children International and is a member of both the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). MJ was a contributing writer of the published book Media Magnetism, is a ghostwriter for the Impact section of the Huffington Post where she writes on behalf of her notable clients, is the Men’s Fashion Editor for Social Life Magazine and is a sought-after speaker and expert panelist on varied topics. MJ is the host of a celebrity based Internet show Live With MJ! and is the Co-Founder of the recently launched Giving Carpet which is a social, philanthropic video news network that focuses exclusively on the charitable efforts of celebrities and brands that covers high profile red carpet events and enables supporters to virtually attend and donate funds from anywhere in the world. Moreover, MJ is an investor in the animated film, Henry & Me starring Richard Gere, Danny Aiello, Chazz Palminteri, Cyndi Lauper and the cast of the NY Yankees which will be released to theaters in the fall of 2014.
Antoinette Clarke '94
Antoinette Clarke is an Emmy award winning television producer and branded entertainment executive. She currently serves as the vice president of branded entertainment and media innovation at CBS Network.
Antoinette has been working in television for almost two decades. She began her career as a production assistant in 1999 and was determined to quickly work her way up to producer. From 2001-2006, she was a producer at CBS Paramount Domestic Television, where she worked on the the nationally syndicated daytime talk show, "The Montel Williams Show".. Ms. Clarke produced everything from breaking news, human interest, celebrities, pop culture and makeovers.
After leaving "Montel", Antoinette started working for Telepictures Production (Warner Bros.). Her first project with the company started in 2006 as a producer on the launch of a nationally syndicated daytime talk show, "Dr. Keith Ablow". Ms. Clarke was able to expand her producing skills while working on medical content.
Antoinette then moved on to work as coordinating producer on another nationally syndicated daytime talk show, "The Tyra Banks Show", where she was labeled "The Ultimate Bells and Whistle Lifestyle Producer". While at "Tyra", she produced all of the fashion/beauty based shows, makeovers, special occasion, holiday extravaganzas and big events, and won two Daytime Emmys. This is also where Antoinette started to segway into branded integrations. She was responsible for producing and and securing millions of dollars in product giveaways.
In 2010, after 3 years at "The Tyra Banks Show", Antoinette was hired by SONY Pictures Television and Harpo as a supervising producer for the syndicated daytime show, "Nate Berkus". She was responsible for overseeing the production,,creation and development of the daily one-hour Entertainment/Lifestyle Show and worked closely with the executive producers and integration sales team. She also started to get more involved in branded integrations, even securing her own deals. Antoinette has also worked at the nationally syndicated daytime talk show, "Rachel Ray" and the VH-1's reality show, "A Night with..." as a producer.
After 12 years of working in television production, Antoinette wanted to leverage her producing background and build on the exposure she had in marketing, branded entertainment and product integration to create a new career path. In 2011, she embarked on a new journey in the branded entertainment space where she secured a job with Martha Stewart Living, Omnimedia, Inc. as the Director of Broadcast Sales Integrations. Ms. Clarke was responsible for selling and creatively integrating products into weekly shows. She also worked with marketing and production teams to execute creative concepts and managed the day-to-day integration sales activities of the account executives.
In 2012, Antoinette started working for CBS Network as the Director of Branded Entertainment and Media Innovation and within less than two years was promoted to Vice President. She worked with the existing media client list and with the community of branded entertainment and PR firms to build a "new business" in the sales and production of customized, branded content for CBS daytime. She is responsible for ideation, pitching, selling, negotiating, developing and activating strategic branded content and advertising partnerships across multiple platforms for the CBS Daytime Slate of shows and specials. Antoinette uses her producing skills, creativity and love of content, trends and products to develop a custom creative segment based on specific brand goals and objectives. Antoinette has successfully increased the revenue stream and has made daytime integrations a viable and very lucrative business for CBS.
In her downtime, Antoinette takes DJ lessons, designs clothing with her twin sister and travels around the world.
She holds a BA in English/Literary Studies from Skidmore College.
Tricia Clarke-Stone '94
Tricia Clarke-Stone is the CEO of Narrative_, a New York based advertising agency that functions like an innovation lab by applying a product and tech style methodology to everything they make. They are committed to creating on and off-line immersive experiences, products and campaigns that emotionally connect people and brands by leveraging technology, culture and storytelling. Along with her co-founder, business mogul Russell Simmons, Tricia leads Narrative_ in creating unprecedented, integrative campaigns with the world's largest brands, including Under Armour, Samsung, DeLeon Tequila and Universal Pictures. Tricia is an innovative problem solver, marketer and strategist with a passion for (and consistent record of) results.
From Skidmore College to New York City to Emmis Communications, Tricia's early career rode to the forefront of the internet revolution. After honing her craft with pioneers of home internet and search, Excite@Home, Tricia returned to Emmis to launch their interactive division, guiding media agencies and brands such as PUMA, iTunes,FOX, Scion, EA Sports and more, to create multilayered, cross platform campaigns.
In 2009, Russell Simmons recruited Tricia to head business development marketing and operations for his media company, Global Grind. she was quickly promoted to co-president, where she led over 100 cross cultural, digital, social and transmedia experiences for brands like Universal Pictures, Toyota, Pantene, Pepsi, Gillette, Tide, Sony and AT&T.
Tricia's gift for storytelling and creating culture-forward brand experiences, combined with Russell Simmons' entertainment and life-style expertise brought Narrative_ to life in 2013. Since then, Tricia has not only doubled the revenue of her company each year but her visionary tactics have landed her spots on AdAge's 40 Under 40 and Crain's New York 40 Under 40.
Jaime Denniston-Merced '94
Jaime Denniston-Merced has been a New York Cares volunteer and staff member since February 2007. In her position as Volunteer Relations Manager, she worked to ensure that New York Cares' volunteers were well managed, and created and implemented an effective volunteer recruitment, recognition, retention and activation strategy. Jaime also served as Leadership Development Officer, managing all aspects of the Team Leader program with New York Cares, including recruitment, training and enrichment of Team Leaders. Currently, she serves as Director of Training and Professional Development, managing a team of four staff members,who provide all training for volunteers, team leaders and nonprofit organizations. Her team is responsible for facilitating the volunteer Impact Program (VIP), New York Cares' eight week intensive volunteer management training course for nonprofit organizations.
Jaime also serves on two non-profit boards - the New York Association for Volunteer Administration (1st vice President) and New York City Volunteer Organizations (Secretary). Previous to her position at New York Cares, she worked as Program Specialist at The Girl Scout Council of Greater New York for five years, overseeing programming in Southern Brooklyn and all programming for high school aged girls.
Jaime holds a BA in the Sociology of Volunteerism from CUNY, a degree uniquely created by he through the CUNY BA program. she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter, Molly.
Lara Genovesi '89
Lara J. Genovesi is a life-long resident of Brooklyn, New York. She attended Bishop Kearney High School where she graduated in 1989. Throughout high school she had extensive volunteer involvement with the senior citizen community and tutoring children.
She graduated Siena College in June 1993 with honors. During that time she continued her volunteer work with senior citizens and Campus Ministries. Thereafter, she received her Juris Doctor degree in 1996 from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Lara worked as an attorney in private practice with her family’s law firm and then as an attorney for a judge. In November 2014, Lara was elected a New York State Supreme Court Justice.
Maria Lenco Carrozza ‘87
After graduating from Bishop Kearney in 1987, Maria attended Kingsborough Community College, majoring in Travel and Tourism. She worked for more than ten years as a senior consultant for Carlson Wagonlit Travel, while working weekends and holidays with her husband, James, at their bakery, The Cakechef. In 2007, Maria decided to expand her husband's business and together they opened The CookieJar. She started the new business by implementing delivery and a web site, offering shipping nationwide of her husband's delicious cookies. She proved that she had a winning recipe and the business grew to be a huge success. Continuing with her husband and their entrepreneurial teamwork, they decided to open their third shop in 2012, called Piece-A-Cake, a cafe offering breakfast and lunch, as well as desserts and a full coffee bar. It has been so successful that they will be expanding into an available space next door which will provide a second CookieJar and an extension of the dining area next door. Kearney alums are always welcome.
Rosemary Gitto Conroy '81
Rosemary Gitto Conroy’s path in life has been somewhat off-beat in nature. She only came to art after two previous (and quite) successful careers — the first being an explainer of computers to stockbrokers in New York City; and the second being a promoter of land conservation to the good people of New Hampshire.
Rosemary was inspired to fulfill her life-long dream of painting full-time after the witnessing (from afar) her former office building collapse on 9/11. Largely self-taught, she nevertheless has enjoyed ever-increasing success as an artist, exhibiting her work on both the regional and national level. Rosemary truly believes that passion for your subject is just as important as any formal pedigree.
“I feel so blessed to be living my dream and doing what I love,” says Rosemary, who graduated from Bishop Kearney in 1981. Passionate about wildlife, she regularly visits far-flung places to find inspiration for her colorful paintings and has served on land trust boards to help protect local habitats. Rosemary shows in several galleries in New Hampshire and hosts an open studio each fall. She invites you to visit her website at www.rosemaryconroyart.com.
Sandra Albo '76
Sandy Albo, CPA, President, and former "Big 4" accountant, has been working in the financial services recruiting industry for over 15 years. A graduate of L.I.U. with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Sandy was an auditor for Ernst and Young and a Manager of Financial Reporting for Paramount Pictures.
Since Pro Advantage Executive Search has emerged in midtown Manhattan, it has catered to a variety of divisions within the financial services industry. Our clientele includes some of the major Banks, Brokerage Firms, Hedge funds, Insurance and Private Equity companies.
Sandy takes pride in the contacts she formed through her years as an executive recruiter. She has become a real leader in the search profession, having started up two successful companies. Sandy founded Pro Advantage after she left G.A.C. Associates in 1997, where she was a partner and co-founder. She is a true generalist in terms of her ability to identify, recruit and procure senior level executives. Sandy has a real passion for the search profession and attributes her success to a genuine pursuit to help others. Sandy is affiliated with the New York State Society of CPA’s (NYSSCPA).