Alumni News & Notes


Former UAlbany basketball team member Todd Cetnar was inducted into the Greater Amsterdam School District Hall of Fame in Amsterdam, N.Y. He is also a member of the UAlbany Hall of Fame and the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame. 


Thomas Simcoe

Thomas Simcoe

Thomas W. Simcoe has been recognized in the 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in the field of Estate and Probate. He is an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC. Marc A. Antonucci was named partner at Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde LLP. He practices in the areas of litigation and healthcare. Marc is a graduate of Leadership Tech Valley and the FBI Citizen’s Academy, and serves on the board of the Center for Disability Services Foundation, Inc. 


John McCann

John McCann

J. Eric Smith is president and CEO of the TREE Fund, Naperville, Ill. He previously served as executive director of the Salisbury House Foundation, Des Moines, Iowa. John McCann was named audit and tax manager at Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte CPAs, P.C., in Albany, N.Y. Previously, he served as audit and tax supervisor for the firm. 


Samson Brown is assistant defensive backs coach for the Denver Broncos. He has held positions with the Buffalo Bills, the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers. Samson was a standout under retired UAlbany head coach Bob Ford. 

Curtis Johnson

Curtis Johnson


Curtis A. Johnson joined Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC in Rochester, N.Y. His concentration is in complex corporate litigation. 



Maybel Nunez

Mabel Nuñez

Mabel Nuñez launched Girl$ on The Money, a stock-market education platform that educates women in the areas of stock-market investment and creation of long-term wealth. She is the author of Stock Market Investing Mini Lessons for Beginners. Mabel holds an M.B.A. from Baruch College, New York City. NFL alum Rashad Barksdale will be the honorary host of the Northeast Kidney Foundation Walk/5K/10K in Albany, N.Y. in June. 


Timothy Buddenhagen is an employee-relations associate, supervisor of support services and applied skilled trades program coordinator at NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training.


Amanda Gonin launched WeatherBrush, an iPhone app that provides hairstyling tips based on weather conditions. 


Diane Phillips earned a master’s degree in social work from Winthrop University.

CaTyra Polland

CaTyra Polland


CaTyra Polland relocated to Savannah, Ga., where she works at the Economic Opportunity Authority. She founded writing and editing company Career Prep. CaTyra, a development officer for the Shelter from the Rain Board of Directors, received the Point of Light Award in October. 

Alyssa Buonagura

Alyssa Buonagura


Alyssa Buonagura recently joined the Law Office of Christy Foreman, LLC, in Pittsburgh as an associate attorney. She previously served as law clerk to The Hon. Carol Hanna, judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Indiana County, Pa. Alyssa is a 2014 University of Pittsburgh School of Law graduate. Cathlene Schwartzbeck was named the campus president at the Branford Hall Career Institute in Windsor, Conn.


Zafir Uddin joined New York City-based Stribling & Associates as a residential real-estate agent. Jennifer Kemp was awarded a painting fellowship by the New York Foundation for the Arts. Only 2 percent of applicants receive this award. Michael Blaustein was named a “City & State 40 Under 40 Rising Star” in New York City. He serves as senior associate at public-affairs firm Kivvit. Jermaine Wright competed on Season 2 of Food Network’s “All-Star Academy.” 


Lee Stanton was named campaign manager of Victoria B. Campbell’s Orange County Family Court campaign in Port Jarvis, N.Y., leading the team to victory in the November election. He recently served as the sponsorship coordinator for the first annual Hudson Valley Fiesta Latina.

Alyssa Buonagura

Sapphire Williams



Josy Delaney received the Walking College Fellowship from America Walks and attended the second national Walking Summit in Washington, D.C., last fall. Sapphire Williams is AmeriCorps Family Services Coordinator at Flower City Habitat for Humanity in Rochester, N.Y.

Christopher White

Christopher White

Christopher White joined Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP, Amherst, N.Y., as a staff accountant.