The Carillon

Alumni News & Notes


Dan Burnside was appointed publisher of Hudson Valley Magazine.


Marisa Sotomayor was elected to the partnership at international law firm Paul Hastings LLP. She is a resident in the firm’s New York office and chairs the Paul Hastings Women’s Initiative. Marisa is a member of the UAlbany Alumni Association Board of Directors. Benjamin Young was appointed Chief of Staff to New York State Sen. David Carlucci. Benjamin is an adjunct professor at Monroe College in Bronx, N.Y. Cherie Plante’s corporation, River Career Counseling, Inc., celebrated five years in business in September. Cherie provides career and vocational-rehabilitation services, as well as expert testimony on vocational-employment issues, including insurances and family/matrimony. She lives in Troy.


Curtis Johnson was named a 2017 Upstate New York Super Lawyer Rising Star. He is an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King, Rochester, N.Y. Vik Purewal was recently named partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, New York, N.Y. Charles Dunham was promoted to member of healthcare law firm Epstein Becker & Green.


Gino Santorio, F.A.C.H.E., M.P.A., was promoted to chief operating officer of Broward Health in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. He has served Florida in healthcare management positions since 2008. Prior to joining Broward Health, he served as senior vice president and CEO of Jackson North Medical Center. Stacy Bandhold passed the State of California bar exam. UAlbany football alum Geir Gudmundsen, head strength and conditioning coach at TEST Football Academy in New Jersey, was featured in the March 2017 issue of Sports Illustrated for his work with professional and college football players preparing for the
NFL Combine. Geir was inducted into the UAlbany Athletics Hall of Fame in October.


Michael Cesternino is partner at Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte in Albany. He has been with the firm since 2006.


Teal Becker & Chiaramonte senior accountant Nathan Pannucci was promoted
to supervisor. Nathan joined the firm in 2010.


The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants reappointed Robert Stoddard to serve as member-at-large of its advisory council for 2017-18. Robert is managing director, federal tax, at KPMG in Stamford, Conn. Steven Yearwood of Los Angeles completed the World Marathon Majors in 2016. He has taken classes in the conservatory program at The Second City Hollywood, and helped bring diversity to the famous Groundlings Theater on Melrose Avenue. Steven currently works in real estate. Ryan Mahoney was appointed executive director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University. He previously served as executive director of the Irish-American Heritage Museum in Albany.


Anthony “AJ” Zarrelli was promoted to supervisor at Teal, Becker and Chiaramonte. Lauren Valentine was promoted to executive associate at Sandler Training in Albany, N.Y.


Leah Gillham was promoted to supervisor at Teal Becker and Chiaramonte. She joined the Albany-based firm in 2015. Nicole Jensen is an information representative at the New York State Teachers Retirement System. She celebrated her wedding in September.


Ben Henderson was promoted to supervisor at Teal, Becker and Chiaramonte. He joined the Albany-based firm in 2015. Jamie Dughi Hogenkamp recently joined Barclay Damon, LLP, in Albany as an associate in the Health Care & Human Services and Health Care Controversies Practice Areas.


Connor M. Greenseich was promoted to audit senior at public accounting and consulting firm Dannible & McKee, LLP. He joined the firm’s audit department in 2014. Connor is a C.P.A. in the State of New York and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Ruhi Ahmed was appointed grant administrator for the Executive Division at the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York in August. In addition, she was promoted to QM3 and received the Sailor of the Quarter award from the U.S. Navy. Ruhi joined the Navy in July 2016.


Lissette Paulino is a health promoter for the New York State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


Erin Kennedy was promoted to senior research supervisor at the Democratic National Committee.


Bailey Hixson was promoted to full-time marketing assistant at Environment One Corporation, Niskayuna, N.Y. She plans to pursue a M.B.A. In Fall 2018.