Monday, March 14, 2011

Class Notes:1985

Gregg Clifton (J.D.) of Scottsdale, AZ, joined the sports industry practice of labor and employment giant Jackson Lewis to advise individual franchises, leagues and college teams ...
Lori Melnitsky (B.B.A, M.A. ’92) of Plainview, NY, opened All Island Speech & Stuttering Therapy, a center for stuttering treatment and communication disorders in Plainview, five years ago. Lori has struggled with stuttering since she was 4 years old. She earned a master’s degree in communication and speech pathology at Hofstra. She is now helping children and adults with communication disorders by administering “fluency therapy” ... George M. Newell (B.A.) of
Hicksville, NY, is teaching at Roads to Recovery, where he helps individuals with psychiatric disabilities and substance abuse issues ... Carlos A. Garcia-Perez (J.D.) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, was appointed director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting by the Broadcasting Board of Governors ... Ernest Smith (B.B.A.) of Blue Point, NY, is a senior partner at Nawrocki Smith, LLP ... Scott A. Berger (J.D.) of Westport, NY, joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a partner in the Real Estate Practice group of the New York office. Mr. Berger was previously the global head of White & Case’s Real Estate Practice group. Mr. Berger has broad experience representing equity investors, investment funds, developers, lenders and owners in deals, including joint ventures, capital market transactions, financings, acquisitions, development, leasing, and disposition of all types of commercial, hospitality, mixed-use, industrial, and residential properties ... Margaret B. Bermel (M.B.A.) of Bellport, NY, has written The Cancer Odyssey: Discovering Truth and Inspiration on the Way to Wellness. The book chronicles Ms. Bermel’s journey, searching for truth about the cancer industry and for inspiration about the purpose of life. This is the blueprint to help others overcome the fear of cancer and return to wellness ... David A. Crichlow (B.A.) of Upper Montclair, NJ, was selected by the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) as Private Practitioner of the Year. Mr. Crichlow is currently a managing partner of Pillsbury’s New York office ... Laurel Kretzing (J.D.) of Huntington Station, NY, has been selected as one of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business ... Bernard A. Krooks (J.D.) of Chappaqua, NY, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012 in the field of elder law. He was also named by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in New York for 2011 ... John J. Leone (B.F.A.) of Maplewood, NJ, starred in his one-man show, Songs My Father Loved: A Tribute to the Great Italian American Singers, at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency ... Kevin Thomas O’Brien (M.B.A.) of East Northport, NY, was appointed CEO and new president of IMUA. Mr. O’Brien has more than 30 years of business and insurance experience ... Stuart Shinske (B.A.) of Poughkeepsie, NY, has been honored with the President’s Ring by Gannett Co., Inc. for leading the Poughkeepsie Journal newsroom through a series of content additions and improvements that transformed the newspaper and its websites, increasing readership and revenue. Mr. Shinske is executive editor and director of content and audience development for the Poughkeepsie Journal. The President’s Ring is given each year to a select group of Gannett executives.


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