Alumni News & Notes


Sharon Potoker Liese premiered her documentary, “The Gnomist,” at the Tribeca Film Festival. More info:


Bill Steffen is a faculty member at Ohio University, where he teaches recreation and sport pedagogy courses. He is also the administrator of the school’s online master’s degree in coaching education program.


Andrea Wolfe received the 2015 Excellence in Professional Service award from the University at Albany.


Andy Jay recently moved to Osaka, Japan, to serve as the U.S. Consulate’s management officer. Carol Nordhausen Perrin received the 2015 University at Albany Excellence in Professional Service Award. Jonathan Hudis joined the intellectual-property practice group of Quarles & Brady, LLP, Washington, D.C. He counsels clients in copyright, trademark, trade secrets, and unfair competition matters.


Elizabeth Donovan

Elizabeth Erhardt Donovan

Elizabeth Erhardt Donovan was recently appointed the first director of Experiential Education at Ave Maria School of Law. She teaches the Human Trafficking Law Clinic and the Mediation Law Clinic, as well as Advanced Clinical Law, Client Representation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. A member of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Florida Human Trafficking Coalition and co-chair of the Collier County Coalition Against Human Trafficking, she was an original member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force. Nancy J. Barry received the Appellate Division, Second Department, Milton Mollen Commitment to Excellence Award. The annual award, named for Milton Mollen, former presiding justice of the Second Department, recognizes the achievements of New York State Unified Court System employees within the Second Judicial Department who have demonstrated outstanding professionalism, dedication and service. Nancy is chief clerk of Westchester Supreme and County Courts.

Sandra McDermott

Sandra M.

Sandra M. McDermott joined Goldberg Segalla, LLP, as a partner in its Global Insurance Services Practice Group. She practices from the firm’s offices in Manhattan and in her hometown, Syracuse, N.Y.


Mary Beth Labate was appointed budget director for the New York State Division of the Budget. She has been directly involved in a number of the administration’s key fiscal accomplishments. They include maintaining state spending at 2 percent, reforming the Medicaid program to limit growth dramatically, and developing and advocating for $60 billion in federal aid in response to Superstorm Sandy. Sal Perednia has joined Interactive Data Corporation ( in Manhattan as a senior information-security risk analyst. He has served as treasurer for the Garwood Baseball League since October 2010, and also as treasurer for the Cranford Alliance Church, Cranford, N.J., where he was recently elected to serve a three-year term as an elder. Paul Schaffer is in his seventh year as managing director and CFO of Alterna Capital Partners, a private equity fund based in Wilton, Conn. He is president of the Danbury Westerners and was recently re-elected to the Dippikill Board of Directors.

Stuart Palczak and family

Bertha Brimmer Medal recipient Stuart Palczak ’87, ’88 celebrates with his family at the 2015 Excellence Awards Gala, held at the Albany Country Club. Palczak was one of 14 alumni and friends of the University honored for their achievements and contributions.


Connie Numbers

Connie Numbers

Michael Mund retired from a career in federal law enforcement following 26 years of service. He is currently the corporate security manager for JetBlue Airways in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Connie Numbers, PsyD, joined the faculty at The Sophia Institute and recently conducted the workshop “50 Shades of Remembering: Knowing Yourself on a Deeper Level.” Frank Whaley’s film “Like Sunday, Like Rain” – starring Leighton Meester, Debra Messing and Billie Joe Armstrong – was released by Monterey Media in March. Frank is a UAlbany Alumni Excellence Awards recipient. Info:


Paul S. Linzer

Paul S. Linzer

Thomas O’Connor is the new director of Government Relations at the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce. He will be responsible for the coordination of planning, development and implementation of the chamber’s government-affairs program.

Paul S. Linzer, labor-group partner at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, was included in Island Pulse Magazine’s top 10 list of “Legal Eagles.”


Daniel Baker

Daniel Baker

Blanca Ramos received the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award from the University at Albany. Daniel Baker joined Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, East Meadow, N.Y., as a partner in the real-estate and land-use and zoning practice groups.