The Carillon

Alumni News & Notes


Michael Grignon was elected secretary-treasurer of the Association of Oncology Social Work Board of Directors. He is an Alumni Association volunteer. 


Patrick McNeely was named one of Business Insider’s 25 “Rising Stars of Wall Street.” He is a corporate banker at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  Ibrahim Khan was appointed chief of Staff by New York Attorney General Letitia James in November.


Jessica Chapman Bielmann was named vice president, account director at Quinlan, an advertising agency based in Buffalo. 


Sara Richburg joined City Habitats in NYC as a licensed real-estate salesperson. She is a member of the UAlbany Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Student Affairs Advisory Board.


CaTyra Polland was named a Forty Under 40 honoree by the Rochester Business Journal. 

Jeff Girault was cast in Ben Stiller’s Showtime series “Escape at Dannemora.” In addition to his work on set, Jeff works in the New York State Comptroller’s Office.

John Williams received the Pinnacle of Achievement Award from the Association of School Business Officials International. He is CFO of Uinta County School District No. 1 in Evanston, Wyo.


Nora Lum (also known as Awkwafina) will star in a new 10-episode Comedy Central series inspired by her own upbringing in Queens, N.Y.


Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) appointed Anthony Pileggi chief of Staff for her office in the 116th Congress. Previously, Anthony served as the northeast regional political director for the National Republican Congressional Committee. 


Nick Barrato is the co-founder of 700 Smiles, a fundraising organization that supports international children’s charity Smile Train and provides free surgery to children born with cleft palates. Nick and wife Chelsea have raised more than $32,000 in two years, enough to fund 128 surgeries. Nick is one of the top-performing consumer-loan officers at SEFCU.


Hanna Godson joined HESS International Educational Group as an English teacher for elementary-aged students in Taiwan. 

Michelle Isopo accepted a position as adult-services librarian at Schuylerville Public Library in Schuylerville, N.Y.