The Carillon

2010s Alumni News & Notes

Fall 2022

Last updated July 14, 2022.


Taylor Chaney was appointed director of Annual Giving at D'Youville University, Buffalo, N.Y.

Robert Pirson joined Field point Private’s NYC office as a Managing Director and Commercial Banker.

Lauren Ursaki started a new position as investigator, Compliance& Ethics at Zoom.

Taylor Chaney ’13


Dan Krzykowski is an associate at Barclay Damon in Albany.

Dan Krzykowski ’14


Stephanie Kazanas was recently tenured and promoted to associate professor at Tennessee Technological University. She currently serves as interim-chairperson in TTU’s Department of Counseling and Psychology.

Stephanie Kazanas ’16


Rashan Brown joined the Walt Disney Company Product Operations Management team on ESPN+. He formerly served as associate product manager at Learning A-Z. Rashan is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, and is the founder of spoken word poetry platform Poetry Me, Please.

Rashan Brown ’17


Harlan Ginsburg joined Etsy as senior technical recruiter.

Shaine Holloway is an editorial intern atPhilomel Books, Penguin Random House.

Shannen O'Brien married Nathanial Discavage, Oct. 9, 2021, in Albany. Felicia Brunner '17 was a bridesmaid and Meaghan Valis '19 was a guest at the wedding.


Saolam Nguyen and Christina Hodson were promoted to senior auditors at UHY LLP.

Mackenzie Darling was named a 2022 Maeve McKean Women’s Law and Public Policy – O’Neill Institute Fellow at Georgetown Law School. Mackenzie is working with HIPS, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that focuses on promoting the health, rights and dignity of people impacted by sexual exchange and substance use.

Mackenzie Darling ’19

Spring 2022


Deirdre Barthel and Jeff Quain of Albany celebrated their recent engagement. Deirdre is director of Intergovernmental & Legislative Affairs at the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Jeff is director of operations at J Strategies.

Kayla Arias, UAlbany Class of 2010
Kayla Arias ’10

Kayla Arias was selected to the 2021 Super Lawyers Upstate New York and Rising Stars lists. She is an associate at Barclay Damon LLP, Syracuse and serves on the firm’s Diversity Leadership Team.

Ashley Clark Stella and Anthony Stella Jr. welcomed baby Milo James Stella, Nov. 4, 2021.


Ryan Starks, UAlbany Class of 2011
Ryan Starks ‘11

Ryan Starks joined Gentry Locke’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, based in Richmond, Va.


Brienna Christiano, UAlbany Class of 2012
Brienna Christiano ’12
Jamie Hogenkamp, UAlbany Class of 2012
Jamie Dughi Hogenkamp ‘12

Brienna Christiano and Jamie Dughi Hogenkamp were selected to the 2021 Super Lawyers Upstate New York and Rising Stars lists. They are associates at Barclay Damon LLP, Albany.


School of business alum Nick Domnisch was nominated to the Forbes Tech Council and is a regular contributor on He serves as CEO / Partner at EE Solutions, a full-cycle consulting & development agency based out of NYC that builds custom enterprise software.


Mike Slifer, UAlbany class of 2016
Mike Slifer ’16

Mike Slifer received the American Meteorological Society Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (AMSCBM) seal. He is a meteorologist at NBC affiliate News Center Maine in Portland, specializing in forecasting.

Fall 2021


Raymond Blanchard is president-elect of the American Counseling Association of New York State.

Marlon Balogh was named a “City & State 40 Under 40 Rising Star”. He is a forensic accounting and fraud examination expert at Guidehouse.

Karina Vartanyan ’13 and Kevin Estrada ’12 celebrated their recent engagement.


Mike Avella Jr. was named a “City & State 40 Under 40 Rising Star”. He serves as government affairs associate at Dickinson & Avella, PLLC in Albany.


Iris White was named a “City & State 40 Under 40 Rising Star”. She serves as chief of staff at Bolton-St. Johns, a government relations and public affairs firm in Albany.


Haley Viccaro was appointed senior adviso for communications for NYS Governor Kathy Hochul. She previously served as communications director for Governor Hochul.

Jackie Silvestri opened Downtown Dough in Albany and Farmhouse Tap + Tavern in Altamont. She is the creator 518 Foodies, a Facebook Group with over 41,000 members.

Fall 2022

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