The Carillon

2000s Alumni News & Notes

Fall 2022

Last updated July 14, 2022.


Steven Lorenzet was appointed dean of the Touro University School of Health Sciences. Dr. Lorenzet previously served as associate dean at Seton Hall University Stillman School of Business. His research has won multiple awards including the Citation of Excellence from Emerald Publishing.

A photo of Steven Lorenzet, UAlbany Class of 2000
Steven Lorenzet ’00


Vanessa Gibson was elected Bronx Borough President. She is the first female and first African American to hold the position. Previously she served as a member of the New York City Council, representing the 16th district 2014-2021.

A photo of Vanessa Gibson, UAlbany Class of 2001
Vanessa Gibson ’01


Fernando Luciano is founder and CEO of Day 1 Graphics US, a graphics and signage consultant company.

Manny De Los Santos is assembly member of District 72. Manny previously served 13 years as a social worker and community school director in schools across NYC. He is a proud UAlbany EOP and track and field alum, and member of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

A photo of Manny De Los Santos, UAlbany Class of 2002.
Mann De Los Santos ’02


Diane (Matthews) Ryan won the masters (40-and-over) title at the 2022 Freihofers Run in Albany.

Brian Kearns was promoted to partner at UHY LLC in Albany. He leads the firm’s National Not-for-Profit and Government Practices. 


Todd Zuckerwise was named assistant principal at Nassau BOCES Jerusalem Avenue Elementary School for the 2021-22 school year.

A photo of Todd Zuckerwise, UAlbany Class of 2005.
Todd Zuckerwise ’05


Brent McGrady and wife Melissa welcomed a baby boy, Brogan, Nov. 11, 2021.


Dennis Amore was listed among the 2021 New York Super Lawyers “Rising Stars.” Dennis is an associate in the Consumer Financial Services Litigation group in McGlinchey Stafford PLLC’s NYC office.

Spring 2022


Jill (Dizeo) Guzzardo was appointed to the administration at Nassau BOCES Children’s Readiness Center (CRC) for the 2021-22 school year.

Jill Dizeo Guzzardo, UAlbany Class of 2000
Jill Dizeo Guzzardo ’00


David Burch was selected to the 2021 Super Lawyers Upstate New York and Rising Stars lists. He is partner at Barclay Damon LLP, Syracuse.

David Burch, UAlbany Class of 2003
David Burch ’03


Ema Buco joined Northwestern Mutual as chief strategy officer. She oversees the highest level of financial representative recruiting, onboarding and development processes. Ema is a former resident director at UAlbany. She currently serves on the Alumni Association’s Benevolent Association Board of Directors.

Ema Buco, UAlbany Class of 2009
Ema Buco ’09

Fall 2021


Virginia Rawlins is the founder of Building Blocks Together, an advocacy organization that helps people buy houses. She is a licensed real estate agent and economic development program assistant at the Capitalize Albany Corporation.

Arleny Alvarez-Peña

Arleny Alvarez-Peña participated in the 7th annual Great Cycle Challenge USA to raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. She met her goal of 200+ miles and raised over $2,500.


Jeanette O’Neil was appointed assistant director of Workforce Development, Columbia-Greene Workforce New York Career Center, Columbia-Greene Community College.


Kyle Ketcham, director of policy for the State Senate Republican Conference and Brittany Vogel, government analyst at Albany-based law firm Hinman Straub, were named “City & State 40 Under 40 Rising Stars”.


Katie Birchenough was named a “City & State 40 Under 40 Rising Star”. She is an associate attorney at Greenberg Traurig. Thomas Briggs was named a “City & State 40 Under 40 Rising Star”. He serves as manager at KPMG.


Nicholas Van Dam is the director of the newly established Contemplative Studies Centre in the University of Melbourne’s School of Psychological Sciences.

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