Winter/Spring 2004 Baruch Magazine of Baruch College
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Class Notes 40
Leon Zucker is on the finance committee of the Palm Beach County Health Care District, sits on the community advisory committee of Channel 2, and is treasurer of Valencia Isles Homeowners' Association.

Retired importer Martin Cohn is currently a volunteer counselor at Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). In May, Philip Wolitzer, CPA, received the 2002-2003 Hall of Fame Award from the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA).

Seymour Hernes '49
Seymour Hernes is vice chairman of the board of directors of Marlton Technologies, Inc., formerly TeleSciences, Inc. Until 1973, he was a VP at Gulf & Western Industries (now Viacom); previously, he was executive VP and member of the board of TeleSciences.

Ralph Fine '54
Ralph Fine is a principal and officer of Triangle Services, Inc., a company he co-founded in 1960 to provide corporate direction in the areas of financial planning, acquisitions, growth, personnel, policies, corporate structure, and efficient use of corporate funds.

A member of NYSSCPA and AICPA for over 50 years, David Ribet serves on the board of directors of Peninsula Hospital in Far Rockaway, N.Y.

Now semiretired, Harvey Margolin works part time as a physical therapist. He is happily married with four children and eight grandchildren.

Burton Beagle is still active at Baruch as an assistant baseball coach and basketball statistician.

Lawrence Bloch resides permanently in Boyton Beach, Fla., with his wife of 37 years. They have two sons and four grandchildren.

Irwin Wolf is president of Wolf Wiessman CPAs, P.C., which specializes in the entertainment and sports fields.

Stanley N. Heller, CPA, was recognized as a symposium honoree by the Advancement for Commerce, Industry & Technology for his volunteer work. Heller serves on the Hauppauge Town Board of Ethics and Financial Review; additionally, he is a trustee of both the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants Political Action Committee.

Gilbert Glotzer is a partner in Mossberg & Glotzer, P.C., a firm that specializes in personal injury litigation and medical malpractice. Seth A. Hanover is principal of Hanover & Associates, Ltd., a 15-year-old management consulting firm assisting the IT professional services and staffing services industries. He is the author of the book How to Manage a Successful Professional Services Firm: Advice from an Industry Veteran.

Michael J. Jeffries '64
Michael J. Jeffries is executive VP, CFO, and director of Osteotech, which he joined in 1990. He is also a member of the board of governors of the American Association of Tissue Banks and serves as the chair of the finance committee.

Michael Wallach '65
Entertainment lawyer and manager Michael Wallach is teaching This Business of Acting, a course designed to enhance one's financial success as an actor, at UCLA Extension this winter. For 20 years, Wallach has been the owner/operator of Michael Wallach Management, a Los Angeles-based firm specializing in the representation of actors, casting directors, producers, and writers. His former positions include director of business affairs, Columbia Pictures Television; associate counsel, Motown Records and Capitol Records; and associate director of business affairs, RCA Records. Wallach plans to spend more time in New York City and hopes to teach a class at Baruch.

In May, Alan E. Weiner, senior tax partner at Holtz Rubenstein & Co., LLP, was re-elected to the DFK/USA International Board of Directors for a three-year term. The organization is a worldwide association of independent accounting and business advisory firms.

Jay Finkelman (MBA), currently executive VP of United Personnel Services, previously held executive positions at Disney and Art Carved. He has also worked as a consultant to staffing companies since 1998. During the 1970s, he was professor of psychology and dean of students at Baruch. He plans to re-enter academia full time.

Ira Ballen, a licensed architect since 1979, mainly designs commercial and residential interiors in New York City. He is married with one son. Diane Weisenberg recently celebrated 20 years of owning her tax accounting practice.

Joel Borshof is president of International Monetary Exchange, Inc., a financial outsource corporation in the field of foreign exchange. Robert C. Moller (MPA) is a minister counselor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Angela Previte Morici has been teaching for 31 years and resides in Alexandria, Va., with her husband and two children. Sol Zigman is a senior managing partner at Seidan, Zigman & Levine, CPAs.

Jimmie Harris recently retired as deputy superintendent of programs for the Fishkill (N.Y.) Correctional Facility, after 25 years of service.

Julian Perez, a retired FBI special agent, is now a managing consultant in South and Central America. CUNY Trustee Kathleen Pesile (MBA '77) was honored with the Leadership in Education Award by the Coalition of Italo-American Associations at its annual black-tie gala at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in September. A financial planner/investment advisor and educator, Pesile has a diverse background in international banking and higher education and has been the principal of her own financial services firm, Pesile Financial Group, since 1995. In June, Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. promoted Kenneth L. Wyse (MBA) to president of licensing and public relations for domestic and international operations. Wyse, who has been with the company for 15 years, was previously senior VP. He also serves as vice chairman of the Business Council at Lincoln Center and is on the boards of directors of Housing Works, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Young Men's Association.

Peter Chrisanthopoulos '78
Recently, Peter Chrisanthopoulos was promoted to president and COO of Pappas Telecasting Companies, the largest privately-held commercial television broadcast group in the U.S. Previously, he served as president and COO of sales and marketing for Pappas's Azteca America Television Station Group. Prior to joining Pappas in 2000, Chrisanthopoulos was president of national broadcast and programming at MindShare, the media operations unit of WPP agencies J.WalterThompson and Ogilvy & Mather.

In 2002, Stanley Wine (MBA) joined the Baruch faculty as an adjunct lecturer teaching networking and telecommunications in the Department of Statistics and Computer Information Systems.

In May, Arthur Bloom, CPA (MBA), was elected treasurer of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. A member of the society since 1972, Bloom is a tax partner at Marks Paneth & Shron LLP. Annette Y. Toolsie was recently hired as Bronx borough director for the Medical and Health Research Association's early intervention program.

A nurse consultant for a long-term care company, Maria Glenn (MPA) previously spent 16 years as a director of nursing at rehabilitation hospitals. Raymond Savino is the CFO for development at the DeMatteis Organization, a construction, development, and real estate management company. Prior to that, he was with Credit Suisse First Boston. Elda Vale was recently appointed VP of research and market intelligence at Ziff Davis Media. Previously, she was a principal at EV Associates, a strategic research organization.

Miles Hintzen is currently the accounting manager at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, architects in New York City.

Marion Aaron is CEO of a small specialty/promotional gift item firm located near Baruch College.

Kevin P. Crehan, a financial manager at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, was married in October 2002 to Deborah Ann Brutsch.

In October, Sandra Maxine Buchanan was married to Aubrey Albert Hurse. Buchanan is a VP for university relations in the human resources department of J.P. Morgan Chase in Manhattan. In January, Laban Carrick Hill's young adult history, Harlem Stomp! A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance, was published by Little, Brown. In addition to writing numerous books geared to young adults, the Vermont-based author has contributed articles and poetry to a variety of publications.

In April, Portia Rose (MBA), a tax consultant in New York, and Timothy Davison, a financial analyst, were married in Oklahoma, the groom's home state.

Steven D. Gage '90
In September, Steven D. Gage was named COO of Teliris Ltd., a New York- and London-based provider of Interactive Telepresence videoconferencing technology. Gage is responsible for the management of the company's North American operations and all technical services. Before co-founding Teliris in 2001, he was managing director of United Kingdom operations for Mycroft Inc., a network and directory-services provider. He began his career in 1989 at NETlan, a network integrator, as a senior sales representative.

Mort Gerberg is a cartoonist and author best known for his magazine cartoons, which have appeared in The New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, and Publisher's Weekly, among other publications. In addition, he has written or illustrated 39 books for adults and children, teamed with the late Shari Lewis in her home video Lamb Chop in the Land of No Manners, and has taught cartooning at New York's Parsons School of Design.

Anthoula Katsimatides was recently promoted to assistant VP for government relations and community affairs at the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. She oversees the LMDC's government affairs efforts on the state and national levels and serves as the liaison to family members of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, and Feb. 26, 1993, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Previously, she was assistant to Governor Pataki for community affairs. Philippe C. Leong is currently artistic director of Mellow Yellow Theatre Company, performing in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and colleges all along the East Coast. He recently acted in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Roger Garcia recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School, with an MBA in marketing.

Currently employed as a pharmaceutical sales specialist at Abbott Labs, Jose Ramirez is active in Big Brother in the Bronx, coaches the Inwood Little League, and is a member of Dominican Action—an organization dedicated to Dominican-Americans—in Washington Heights, N.Y. A specialist in mergers and acquisitions involving business-to-business information providers, Kathleen Y. Thomas (MBA) recently joined Berkery, Noyes & Co. as a managing director. Previously, she was a senior executive at the merchant bank Veronis Suhler Stevenson. Angela Vera is a guidance counselor with New York City's Department of Education.

In May, Avner Itzikowitz (MBA) joined Atco Properties & Management, Inc., as director of operations. Prior to joining Atco, he worked at Vornado Realty Trust.

In addition to performing in clubs and restaurants, jazz singer Vicki Smith brings her show to nursing facilities in New York and New Jersey, where her music acts as both entertainment and music therapy for the residents.

Ellen Gentilviso (MSEd) is a teacher at PS 110 in Manhattan and administrative director of the Reading Initiative after-school program at the Churchill School. In September, Catharine Grimes (MBA) and Dr. Bruce Polsky were married in Santa Fe, N.M. Grimes is an associate director of marketing for mental health drugs at Bristol-Myers Squibb in New York. Kirk Headley is currently a senior service associate at New York Life Insurance Company.

Holtz Rubenstein & Co. of Melville, N.Y., recently named Mikhail Tsetlin senior auditor.

Edward Jiminez (MBA) has been appointed executive director of ambulatory care services at UMDNJ-University Hospital, the primary teaching hospital of the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, N.J.

Ramil L. Cabela, a clinical safety reports and planning associate at Pfizer Inc., was recently appointed editor-in-chief of The Critical Connection newsletter of the American Association of Critical Nurses, New York Chapter. The recently married Carla Laban is assistant principal at the School for the Physical City in New York. Jesus Romero, currently attending St. John's University for a master's in professional studies in criminal justice leadership, is a sergeant with the NYC Police Department. Mathew Seminara recently graduated from Columbia University with an MA and is currently in law school. He is engaged to Eva Ogorek, whom he met at Baruch in 1998.

Aurora P. Cockrell works in the field of human resources and is looking forward to pursuing graduate studies at Baruch. Anesthesiologist Ashok Masand serves as business manager for an 82-member group of anesthesiologists. In addition to working at the Medical Health Research Association, Sepia J. Ownes-Villas is a part-time laboratory technician at Queensborough Community College. Jason Rosenblatt works in real estate investment, finance, and management, specializing in multifamily apartment buildings.


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