Class Notes

Alumni Updates: Winter 2024

Pitt alumni do amazing things.

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Leon Pamphile A&S ’73G, EDUC ’78G, ’80G and Ervin Dyer A&S ’11G, ’16G recently published “The Power of Love: 40 Years of the Functional Literacy Ministry of Haiti” (self-published), which shares the history of FLM Haiti, a nonprofit organization, and the people connected to it. Pamphile and his wife, Rozelle, founded the organization to provide education and medical services to people in a rural mountainous area outside of Port-au-Prince, where Pamphile was born and raised. Dyer is a member of the board.


Michael C. Hassett A&S ’74, SPH ’76G, who began acting and writing after retirement, recently completed a two-act play, “Yearbook Memories,” and a musical, “The Good Eats Cafe.” He retired in 2016 after successful careers in environmental protection and television advertising. He resides in Florida with his wife, Carol Ann.


Francis Feld A&S ’76, EDUC ’85G, a nurse anesthetist at UPMC Passavant Hospital, traveled to Antigua, Guatemala, with Operation Walk on a medical mission trip in October 2023. The surgical teams performed 20 hip and 53 knee replacement procedures on 52 patients in four days. This was his third trip with Operation Walk.


Don McPherson A&S ’77G is now a dual citizen of the United States and United Kingdom. The retired labor arbitrator and Indiana University of Pennsylvania professor emeritus was recently sworn in as a British citizen at the British Consulate General in San Francisco. His mother was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and a 2002 amendment to the British Nationality Act provides for citizenship to pass by descent from a person’s mother, just as it does from the father.


Janet McQuaid ENGR ’78 recently joined the national law firm Frost Brown Todd as a partner specializing in environmental law. Before joining the firm, she worked at Exxon for 11 years, inspiring her focus on the intersection of science and law. She’s been practicing law for more than 30 years.


David Feehan SOC WK ’81G, the president and CEO of Civitas Consulting in Maryland, was honored as a Master Community Organizer by Pitt’s School of Social Work. He recently finished organizing a tribute to Minneapolis firefighters alongside U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and has begun working with the City of Monessen, Pennsylvania, on a revitalization plan involving the Remaking Cities Institute, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and East Liberty Development. He also sits on the Pitt Alumni Association board.


Ronald Roth MED ’82 has retired from his position as Pittsburgh’s medical director after four decades. He began working for the city as an emergency medical technician in 1977, before graduating from medical school. Over the years, he mentored more than 1,000 paramedics and served as the medical director for the Allegheny County Emergency Operations Center. He’s a professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Vincent L. Santucci A&S ’82, ’91G, a senior paleontologist and paleontology program coordinator for the National Park Service, recently presented at the Geological Society of America Conference in Pittsburgh. He’s authored more than 180 publications and received numerous awards, including the George Wright Society Natural Resource Achievement Award and the George and Helen Hartzog Stewardship Award. Two fossils — Androcycas santuccii and Sapelnikoviella santuccii — are named in his honor.

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The Ferreres at a scenic overlook

Jeanne Ferrere NURS ’88 and Daniel Ferrere CGS ’89 celebrated their retirements with a two-week trip to Hawaii. Both Ferreres participated in Army ROTC at Pitt and, after graduating, served at Fort Stewart in Georgia. They leave behind successful accounting and nursing careers and plan to enjoy their retirement in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee.


Tammy Singleton-English LAW ’90 was nominated to serve as treasurer for the Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh, a professional organization for attorneys, CPAs, financial planners, bankers and trust offers engaging in estate planning for clients. She’s an estate planning attorney, CPA and the founder and owner of Singleton-English Law Offices in Pittsburgh.


Kevin Guskiewicz EDUC ’92G is the sole finalist for the Michigan State University presidency in November 2023. He is a sports concussion specialist who has served as chancellor of the University of North Carolina since 2019. Prior to that position, he served as dean of UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences.


Myron Jones Jr.Myron C. Jones Jr. UPG ’98 is the 2023 recipient of the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association’s (PGAA) Alumnus of Distinction Award, recognizing former students for outstanding professional achievement and service to the community. It is the highest honor given by the alumni association annually. He is a software engineer with Technology Services Group and pastor of the Apostolic Christian Temple in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Brian Moreland UPG '98 was recently appointed to the Pennsylvania State Board of Chiropractic. He’s a previous recipient of the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association’s Alumnus of Distinction Award and Volunteer Excellence Award. He continues private practice at Back In Motion Chiropractic in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.


Robert J. Salzer A&S ’01 Salzer holds a Matteau jersey in front of the hockey player played alongside NHL legend Stéphane Matteau in a 24-hour hockey marathon called Hockey Helps, raising $500,000 for regional charities. He’s a partner at Williams Family Law in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.


The cover of "Homicide Hank"Kenneth Bridgham UPG ’02 has written a book about the only man to hold championships of three boxing weight divisions — featherweight, lightweight and welterweight — at once. “Homicide Hank: The Life of Boxing Legend Henry Armstrong” details the boxer’s rise from the son of a Mississippi sharecropper to a cultural icon. This is Bridgham’s second foray into the boxing ring; he also wrote “The Life and Times of John Morrissey: Bare Knuckle Boxing Champion, New York Gangster, Irish American Politician.” Both books were published by Win by KO Publications.


Jacob B. Kring CBA ’05 joined Husch Blackwell’s commercial litigation practice team as a partner. He routinely handles trade secret disputes, oil and gas litigation, trademark litigation, securities fraud claims, shareholder and partnership disputes, employment disputes and real estate-related litigation. He’s based in Dallas.


Matt McCabe A&S ’09 was recently selected for the 2023 Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) cohort. LGC is a civic leadership incubator that convenes, connects and mobilizes the area’s most promising leaders around key socioeconomic issues through education and experiential activities. He works as the executive director of strategic initiatives for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.


Jennifer Frey A&S ’12G presented at the Chautauqua Institution in August, reflecting on the importance of classic texts in a modern world. She’s the inaugural dean of the Honors College at the University of Tulsa and the host of the philosophy, theology and literature podcast “Sacred and Profane Love.” Her research focuses on moral psychology and virtue.


Madison Clark GSPIA ’18 was recently selected as a member of Sigma Kappa’s 35 Under 35. Honorees are leaders in their fields and communities and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to Sigma Kappa’s values. She works as the manager of constituent relations at Pitt’s School of Education.

Giorgiana Zeremenko EDUC ’18, a former Pitt student-athlete, has returned to the University as an assistant coach for the softball team. She earned a degree in exercise science and helped lead Pitt softball to its first ACC Coastal Division title before being drafted by the E1 Pro Ballers of the American Softball Association. She spent the past two years as an assistant coach at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.


Laura Kuster GSPIA ’19 has been named the program and education manager at the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP). She previously served as the group’s part-time educator. Prior to joining GASP, she worked as a health equity specialist for the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh.


ShaulisGabrielle K. Shaulis A&S ’20, LAW ’23 was recently named an associate of the law firm Rothman Gordon, where she has been working as a clerk since 2021. She will practice with the firm’s employment litigation and labor and employment groups, as well as assisting with the business and corporate practice. She volunteers her time with Oakland TNR Coalition and does pro bono work with the Name Change Project.


Serena Gray EDUC ’23G became the first former Pitt volleyball player to be named to a U.S. women’s national team. The 2023 team competed in the Pan-American Volleyball Cup in Puerto Rico in August, defeating the Dominican Republic to win the bronze medal.

Vish Juvvadi A&S’23 has joined the Peace Corps and will serve as a volunteer in the Philippines in the youth in development sector. He will be among the first volunteers to return to service overseas after the program suspended operations during the pandemic.