NYSC Alumni Association
February 1998 Newsletter
- Joe P. Case (OK63) is Dean of Financial Aid at
Amherst College in Amherst, MA where he administers college financial
aid and fellowships programs.
- Robert D. Gillette (MS63) has a PhD in Chemical
Engineering from Rice and is an engineering advisor with Shell Oil
Products in Houston where he performs installation and technical support
of on-line optimization systems.
- Tom Jones (TX63) is Professor of Astronomy at the
University of Minnesota (where he did his PhD). Tom teaches and does
research in astrophysics. His current interests are in computation
hydrodynamics and cosmic-rays.
- Thomas K. Riddering (MI64) is the Assistant
Director of the Detroit Department of Public Works, where he is
responsible for traffic engineering, highway design, building design
& construction management for the City of Detroit, MI.
- Ed Strassberger (MD64) lives in Billerica, MA with
his wife Linda and their two children - Annette (21), Christopher (13).
Ed is senior technical consultant for Cayenne Software where he does
software development and works with data modeling tools.
- Stephen B Swigert (MO66) has a JD from Harvard Law
School and is a corporate attorney with Pratt & Whitney in Hartford,
CT (whose parent company is United Technologies Corporation) He advises
them about numerous legal issues, including business transactions,
mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.
- Arjo Van Der Jagt (NY66), teaches in the Department
of Philosophy & History at the University of Groningen in the
Netherlands. Arjo holds a PhD in History & Literature from there
and is a Professor of The History of Ideas. where he lectures and does
research on the history of ideas; specializing in classical, medieval,
- John R. Barnes (MI67) is an advisory engineer with
Lexmark International Design in Lexington, KY. He does design and
development of adapters to connect printers to local area networks
(LAN's). John has a heavy involvement in product safety,
electromagnetic compatibility, electrostatic discharge, and robust
- Wes McQuown (IA67) is President of McQuown
Consulting in St. Joseph, MO. His firm is involved in agronomy -
primarily soil and crop consulting.
- Steven E. Shields (GA67) is senior scientist with
Hughes Aircraft in San Diego, CA. He is currently designing video
systems for a new Navy Ship - the LPD-17. Steve married his MIT lab
partner (Janet) in 1971, after both had graduated in physics. They
moved west where he went on to complete his PhD in Physics from UC- San
Diego while Janet went to work as a researcher at the Scripps Institute
- Leonard M. Rubin (RI68) is finance director of Esso
Singapore Pte. Ltd. He manages the finance functions (treasurer's, tax,
controller's, procurement, information systems, and planning) for
affiliates of Exxon Corporation located in Singapore, China, India,
Vietnam, Indonesia, Taiwan, & Korea.
- Newell D. Taylor (UT68) holds the position of
senior process engineer with ISP Chemicals Inc. near Paducah, KY. He is
involved with process engineering of continuous organic chemical
processes and hatch specialty chemical polymer processes.
- Larry Washington (MA68) is Professor of Mathematics
at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. He holds a PhD in
Mathematics from Princeton University.
- Donald O. Nickey (OH69) has a law degree from
University of Toledo, and is a partner in the firm of Standley &
Gilcrest. Don does preparation and prosecution of patent applications,
both domestic and foreign; he also performs legal consulting in
intellectual property matters, litigation, contract negotiation, legal
- Robert Edward Opaluch (RI69) holds a PhD in
Psychology from UCLA, and just wrote from Boulder, CO to say he was now
retired (but he didn't mention from what).
- Charles W. Gaston, III (AL70) has retired from the
U.S. Navy with the rank of Lt. Commander, and is living in Sylacauga,
AL. During his military service, he was naval flight officer in 3
Pacific Fleet flying squadrons and on the headquarters staff in London
& Washington, DC. He also served as air operations officer for
Operation Deep Freeze - 3 annual expeditions to Antarctica.
- Stephen B. Rimsa (MA70) is manager of technical
development with Allied Signal of Morristown, NJ where he is involved
with the development of advanced fabrication processes for the micro
optic arrays used in lighting, telecommunications, and laptop computer
- John M. Zeigler (IN70) is president and head of
consulting of Silchemy, an R&D firm in Rio Rancho, NM specializing
in silicon-based advanced polymer materials. Silchemy also produces
commercial scientific software for predicting solubility properties of
materials or designing optimum solvent systems or formulations. In
addition, John serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Piano Education Page. He
holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the U of Illinois.
- Thomas J. Landon (MS71) is manager of corporate
equipment for Chicago Bridge & Iron. He manages their worldwide
fleet of construction equipment, including procurement, utilization,
scheduling, and disposal. He resides near Houston, TX with his wife
Terri and two children - Scott and Jamie.
- William L. Cor (WY72) is a senior Mechanical
Engineer at Lockwood Greene Technologies in Los Alamos, NM. He performs
mechanical and HVAC design for laboratory glove box facilities and
nuclear material at Los Alamos National Labs; he also supervises design
coordination and drafting.
- David R. Cruickshank (WY72) recently completed his
PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the U of Colorado-Boulder, He is a
staff engineer with Lockheed-Martin Astronautics in Boulder, where he
works on astrodynamic analysis and algorithm development, satellite
navigation and orbit determination and the computer implementation of
- Roger Dickinson (VT72) is vice president of
Lamoureux, Stone, & O'Leary Consulting Engineers, Inc., which
performs civil engineering consulting. Roger is responsible for
overseeing all transportation and environmental engineering services.
The company is located in Essex Jct., VT - home of a major IBM
- Russell E. Kremer (NE72) is manager of product
engineering for Crysteco, Inc. in Wilmington, OH. Crysteco produces
silicon wafers and Russ is the technical interface between sales,
marketing, and manufacturing, where he makes sure the products are made
and priced appropriately. He has also climbed 13 of Colorado's 14'ers
(the 14 mountains above 14,000 feet). Russ holds a PhD in Physics from
- Bruce A. Stanton (AK72) teaches chemistry at
Washougal High School in Washougal, Washington (where he and his wife
- Jerry Gilbert (MS73) has a PhD in Biomedical
Engineering from Duke University and is Chairman of Agricultural and
Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University in Starkville,
MS. In addition to teaching, he manages the research, teaching and
extension programs; his research specialty is in the area of
- Anthony A. Grace (PA73) is a professor in the
Department of Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned
his PhD in Pharmacology from Yale University and now teaches in the
fields of neuroscience and Psychiatry. His current research involves
basic neurophysiology approaches to psychiatric disorders, with an
emphasis on schizophrenia.
- Michael I. Grant (RI73) resides in Scarsdale, NY
with his wife Joan and their son Steven (7). He is a marketing and
database consultant with his own company - Michael I Grant &
Associates, and works with the direct marketing and catalog
- William L. Holstein (DE73) is a member of the
technical staff for the Dupont Corporation at their experimental station
in Wilmington, DE where he does materials research. He has a PhD in
Chemical Engineering from Stanford University.
- Clifford J. Lau (OH73) is group leader of the
Adhesive & Sealant Lab of Bayer Inc. in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
where he is responsible for directing research and development
activities at the lab which works with polyurethane, rubber adhesive,
and sealants. Clifford obtained a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Ohio
State University and presently resides in Fort Gratiot, MI.
- Jeffrey K. Marchal (IN73) resides in North Palm
Beach, FL where he is a project engineer for Pratt & Whitney,
working on the integration of rocket propulsion systems into space
vehicles and also rocket control system development.
- Martin L. Marchese (CT73) is vice president of the
Bank of New York Financial Corporation, performing asset-based lending
& factoring. He resides in Greenwich, CT.
- Stanley D. Reynolds (AZ73) is a CFP (Certified
Financial Planner) and owner of American Financial Advisors Inc. in
Phoenix, AZ, where he provides investment management as well as estate
planning, risk management, and tax planning consulting.
- Thomas H. Evans (GA74) is president of T.H. Evans
Enterprises, Inc. in Athens, GA.
- David J. Groisser (NY74) earned his PhD in Physics
from Harvard, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of
Mathematics at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
- James W. Burns (GA75) is the sanitary district
engineer for the Department of Public Works in Talbot County, MD. Jim
is responsible for the operation and maintenance of two wastewater
plants and more than 30 miles of collection system. He and his family
reside in St. Michael's on the Delmarva Peninsula.
- Joey Howell (NC75) is a record producer and
recording artist with Howling Sounds Studio in Siler City, NC. You 1975
alums may remember Joey's talent with both acoustic and classical
guitar; now (along with his wife Lisa), he writes music, plays
concerts, and makes records.
- Ray E. New, Jr. (MS75) is an instructor at Millsaps
Vocational Center in Starkville, MS where he "exposes students to
various areas of technology from biomedical to lasers to robotics. I
teach a hands-on course where students spend time on each area -
performing various tasks and activities related to the
- Lodie K. Schlegel (OK75) recently retired from the
U.S. Navy after 22 years on active duty, where he was primarily involved
with communications, radars, and weapons systems. Lodie now resides in
Lakeside, CA and is getting ready to start a second career, most likely
in computers and GIS - geographic information systems.
- Don Vendetti (CO75) lives in Kirkland, WA, where
he is director of product development for AT&T Wireless in Bellevue.
Don works on the definition, implementation, and introduction of new
products and services for the paging division of AT&T.
- Talis J. Colberg (AK76) and his wife Krystyna
reside in Palmer, AK where he is a self-employed attorney and an adjunct
history professor at Mantanuska Community College. Talis obtained his
law degree at Pepperdine University, and prides himself on "serving
as a diversionary target for public disgust that might otherwise be
directed towards politicians and used car salesmen."
- Scott E. Horton (FL76) is operations manager for
Esteromar S.A. where he runs a 400 acre marine shrimp farm in Guatemala.
The farm produces 1.3 million pounds of shrimp per year for export to
USA and Europe.
- Robert D. Nabow (NC76) is a senior process engineer
with Milliken and Company in Spartanburg, SC. He designs and develops
process control systems for in-house automation products.
- Gregory S. Sergienko (WA76) was recently a Visiting
Associate Professor at the U of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore,
where he taught business associations and property. He will be moving
in January, 1998 to a similar position at Wayne State University in
Detroit, MI. Obtaining his JD at Harvard, his main area of interest is
how business relationships can be structured to be mutually beneficial
to contracting parties despite different contributions and
- Paul Susca (CT76) is an environmentalist with the
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services in Concord, NH, where
he is involved in outreach, education, and technical assistance
regarding protection of ground water and public drinking water
- Keith Van Sickle (CA76) and his family currently
live in Switzerland, where he is director general of Silicon Graphics.
Keith is primarily involved in site management for a European
manufacturing and technology center and does process re-engineering for
- Brenda J. Baldwin (MS77) lives in Cary, NC where
she is regional sales manager for Chiral Technologies. She manages
sales and marketing for both the southeast and northeast regions of the
- Richard Beigel (CT78) is an Associate Professor of
Computer Science at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He received his
PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. Richard has been
married since August of 1995 to the former Sara Kaplan (a high school
teacher), and they reside in Allentown.
- Linda Boone Weiss (SC78, Staph 84-85) is the
practice manager of the Animal Wellness Center in Royal Palm Beach, FL,
where she specializes in small animals, does staff education and
training, protocol design, and ordering. She received her DVM from the
U. of Georgia, and has been married to Donald Gary Weiss since May of
- Allen S. Cohn (IL78) is director of marketing for
Speech Machines, a small startup company in San Francisco, CA which
offers computerized speech recognition for transcription.
- Jon S. Mewes (MT78) is owner and vice-president of
WaferNet in San Jose, CA. WaferNet sells silicon wafers to the
semiconductor industry. Jon and his wife Danielle currently live in Palo
- Cathy E. Hollen (OK80) is a pharmacist/ consultant
with Eli Lilly & Company who works out of Oklahoma City, OK. Cathy
is also a board member of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority's Drug
Utilization Review Board.
- Darrell A. Hovde (ND80) is the space resource
manager for the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake, CA. Darrell
establishes the allocation of facilities to meet the changing
requirements of this large R&D complex; he is also responsible for
prioritizing various repair projects for the facilities.
- John A. Morris (MO80) is the software project
leader for Thomson Financial Services in Boston, MA. He is responsible
for designing and implementing the financial services software sold by
Thomson. These responsibilities also include database design, GUI
interfaces, and client/server development.
- Anita L Riddle Schmidt (AZ80, Staph 81) is
production superintendent at Mobil Oil's Beaumont, TX refinery where she
safely implements the refinery strategy on 36 process units, 2 power
plants, a water treatment lab, and truck, rail, pipeline, river
transportation. She supervises 30 lead process and maintenance
supervisors along with 110 operators and technicians. The refinery's
daily capacity is 315,000 barrels of crude plus 70,000 barrels of
natural gas. Anita also recently completed her doctorate in Chemical
Engineering at Lamar University , and has been married for two years to
Steven P. Schmidt.
- Darcy Butler Bellusci (MT81) is a senior systems
engineer with Quinton Instrument Co. in Bothwell, WA, where she designs
medical instrumentation such ECG's, cath labs, and exercise stress
testers. Darcy is currently designing an open-systems medical
information system for Windows NT. She and her husband Mark live in
- Lisa Loesch Cotter (NV81) is a brands manager at
Hershey Foods Corporation in Hershey, PA. Lisa currently manages four
brands in the pasta and grocery divisions, handling advertising
promotions and other marketing.
- Janice Veron Homan (MD81) has a veterinary degree
from the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1995, Janice and her husband
John purchased a small animal and clinical practice along Route 7 and
Georgetown Pike in Great Falls, VA They are both working very hard to
turn it (the Seneca Hill Animal Hospital) into a success. A certain
long-time NYSC stapher highly recommends this clinic if you live in the
area (and have a pet). Janice and John make their home in nearby
- Dave Ward (AZ81) recently accepted a position as a
physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA;
he works in computational plasma physics research. Dave obtained his PhD
in Plasma Physics from Princeton.
- Omar Ahmad (FL 82) has changed jobs again, he is
now the WebMaster for Netscape Communications Corporation in Mountain
View, CA (Way to go Omar!). Omar also recently served on the NYSCAA
Steering Committee (92-94); as one of the three coordinators of 1993's
NYSC 30th anniversary reunion; and on the board of the NYSCAA (94-96).
He remains involved in the activities of the NYSCAA -- and never misses
an annual meeting/reunion.
- Kelly Kaspzyk Stice (CO92) was wed to Ryan Stice
November 23, 1996 after completing her degrees in Biology &
Psychology at the University of Colorado. Ryan is a pharmacist, and the
couple resides in Denver.
- Janice Lee (PA92, Staph 96) is currently at MIT
pursuing a PhD in Biology. After finishing a triple major in Biology,
Chemistry, and French at Washington & Jefferson College - she was
awarded a Fulbright Grant to study in France from late fall of 1996 to
May of 1997. While in France she did research on drug-resistant
pathogens at the Pasteru Institute in Paris.
- Jacob T Richardson (AL92) is now a chemical process
engineer for IMC-Agrico, a chemical manufacturer in Baton Rouge, LA. He
completed his degree from LSU in Chemical Engineering and remarks
"I get paid well to be involved with math, science, and engineering
on a daily basis. I love it!"
- Richard G. Smith (NM92) - after completing his
degree in Botany at the U of New Mexico, Richard is serving a hitch in
the Peace Corps as a science and social studies teacher in Papua New
Guinea (in the South Pacific).
- Phil Steinmetz (MO92) completed Electrical
Engineering and Physics degrees at the U of Missouri - Rolla in 1996 and
is now pursuing an MS/PhD in Optical Science and Engineering through the
Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers at the University
of Central Florida.
- Erin Vining (ND92) is undertaking a PhD in Plant
Biology at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ after completing her
undergraduate major in Biological Sciences at North Dakota State
- Kristen Graesser (CO93, Staph 94) is teaching
Spanish and Math at the Stratton Mountain School in Vermont until she
enters medical school. Kristen completed her BS in Science at Bowdoin
College in Maine this past May.
- Amy Lynn Hancock (UT93) recently completed her
degree in Theraputic Recreation at Brigham Young University in Provo,
UT, while John Honey (AR93) is currently putting the finishing touches
on a double major in Psychology and Biology from Quachita Baptist
University in Arkadelphia, AR.
- Mark Alan Johnson (MN93) is now working on his PhD
at MIT in Chemical Engineering after completing his BS in Chemistry at
the University of Minnesota.
- Barbara Kumpf (VA93, Staph 94-96) is working for
Hewlett-Packard Corporation in San Diego, CA after finishing her
Chemical Engineering degree at the University of Massachusetts.
- Yen Lin Loh (NC93) finished her undergrad degree at
Duke with a double major in Biology and Chinese. She is currently an
IRTA Fellow - doing a PreDoc at the National Cancer Institute.
- Mindi Robinson (ID93) completed her degree in
Biology at University of Utah in May and is currently with the
AmeriCorps Program at the University of Richmond, working with faculty
and students to support and further develop their curricular
service-learning program. She will be attending graduate school in the
- Lisa Streyffeler (IA93) finished her a double major
in Language / Literature at Harvard - Radcliffe this year and is now
pursuing her PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Iowa.
- Daniel S. Cohan (TX94, Staph 95-97) will complete
his BS in Applied Math / Atmospheric Science from Harvard this May. He
has served on the Staph of the NYSC since 1995. He worked in public
information for two years and in 1997 he served as a Unit Leader. He
also managed to fit in some time in 1997 as a summer intern working for
Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management.
- David Crowley (UT94) completed his two-year LDS
mission in March and is now back at Harvard pursuing his BS in
- Dawn E. Pribyl (CO94) In May of 1998 Dawn will
complete her BS in Mathematics & Computer Science at the Northern
Colorado School of Mines. She is also currently a student intern with
Lucent Technologies where she designs & manages a Microsoft Access
database to record project development information.
- Brian H. Shirts (UT95) Brian is now San Salvador,
El Salvador until August of 1998 Missionary Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints. While in El Salvador he will "Preach the
restored gospel of Jesus Christ, baptize converts and help others
obtain spiritual and temporal salvation." Until he left on his
two-year mission Brian had been attending the University of Utah.
- Michael Ryan Byrd (UT96) will be serving a two-year
mission in Geneva, Switzerland teaching French for the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Another missionary is Christian T. Palmer (HI96)
who is currently in Sao Paulo Brasil until February of 1999 performing
his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Until
his mission began he had been attending Brigham Young University -
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