Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Alumni of the Month- May 2011

Cara Castronuova ’04

“Boxing and martial arts teach you focus, discipline and how to be strong through adversity. It’s about bouncing back up after being dealt a crushing blow, whether in the ring or in life. It is this mentality that has played a crucial role in my success, and keeps me striving for more in life.” 

Cara, the newest fitness trainer on NBC’s hit show The Biggest Loser, is a two-time Golden Gloves winner who was once ranked nationally by USA Boxing. Born in Elmont, New York, Cara began boxing at the age of 5 in the family garage with her father, a former Marine. She wrestled in high school and college, and graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Arts in communications. Cara won her first New York Golden Gloves championship at Madison Square Garden in 2005. Following the win, she started competing nationally and was ranked No. 2 in the nation by USA Boxing. She went on to win numerous titles. Certified as a boxing coach by the New York State Athletic Commission, she is also a personal trainer certified by the ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association). She has worked as a reporter and fitness writer for New York and boxing press outlets, and as an announcer and sports commentator for various boxing venues throughout New York City, such as Madison Square Garden.

Darrell Lerner ’96, ’99

“There is a shortage of quality programmers, and the demand is going to increase in the future. Knowing how to program opens up so many doors: from great job opportunities, to positioning yourself to open your own Internet start-up, as well as simply being able to build websites for fun.” 

Darrell is the co-founder of SNAP Interactive, Inc., a leading provider of online dating applications for social networking websites. SNAP has developed social dating applications on Facebook, such as AreYouInterested.com, which currently has more than 40 million installations. Darrell’s responsibilities include handling business, operational, and legal features for SNAP. He also performs many of the regulatory and administrative tasks associated with a publicly traded company. Darrell previously served as president, CEO, chairman, chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer of Universal Flirts Corp.
Prior to joining SNAP, Darrell founded an Internet sports company that operated fantasy sports games for major media partners, including WFAN Sports Radio and Daily Racing Form. He served as CEO and president of Fantasy Sports Net, Inc. for three years.


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