Mark Battaglia, ’04, ’11: bachelor of business administration in business information systems, masters in business administration.
Mark is currently a commercial lines account executive for Tompkins Insurance Agencies in the Rochester, NY area. Previously, Mark worked on the enterprise risk management team for The Bonadio Group.
Mark worked with the annual fund while attending St Bonaventure, calling on several alumni each semester. Since graduating, Mark has been actively involved with alumni chapters in Charlotte, Buffalo and Rochester. In addition, Mark has worked with the Bona Athletic Fund on “Golf with the Bonnies” and “ROC City Hoops Classic” in Rochester.
Mark is a native of Batavia, NY, and currently resides in Penfield, NY. Two of Mark’s brothers and father have also graduated from St. Bonaventure.
Meg Burt, '82: bachelor of business administration in marketing with a minor in mass communication.
Meg is a Key Account Executive with Papyrus Recycled Greetings, a division of American Greetings. She has been in the Social Expressions business for over 20 years in this capacity.
Prior Key Account assignments were based in Boston and Syracuse.
Meg served on the Bonaventure Gaudete Committee in Rochester in April 2014, and looks forward to serving the Bonaventure community as a member of the NAAB.
Meg resides in Rochester (Webster), with her husband, Gene. They have a daughter, Kate (Bonas’12), and son, Kevin.
Emily Ciraolo ’08, ’09 – bachelor of arts in journalism and mass communication & master of arts in integrated marketing communications.
Emily is an assistant director of corporate communications at National Fuel Gas Co. There, she manages the National Fuel Gas Company Foundation as well as the company’s community relations efforts in addition to helping drive internal and external communications with various stakeholders. Emily is an active member of her community, serving as the director of public relations for Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership New York West, the sponsorship committee chairperson for PRSA Buffalo Niagara, an advisory board member of Next Generation United, and a member of the Taste of Buffalo's communications committee. During her time at Bona’s, she was a member of the women’s swimming team, BonaResponds, Student Government Association, and American Advertising Federation.
Kevin A. Cleary, '02: bachelor of business administration with a major in marketing.
Since graduating in 2002, Kevin has built a career within the consumer packaged goods industry focusing within the beverage for The Boston Beer Company and Nestlé Waters North America. He has managed various elements with both companies including sales management, communications, marketing, sponsorships, and community relations.
Kevin earned his masters of business administration from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia in 2011.
Kevin has served as the co-chapter president of the SBU Metro area alumni.
He currently serves as president of St. Bonaventure’s National Alumni Association Board and resides in Southwestern, CT with his wife Janine.
Kelly Cobb, '10, '11: bachelor of business administration with majors in accounting and marketing, and MBA program with accounting focus.
She currently works as an Assistant Controller at the Corning Incorporated Canton, NY plant. Kelly has been with Corning for five year in various roles including compliance, and operations.
Kelly started our Ithaca, NY alumni chapter prior to relocating to Northern, NY and has served on the NAAB for two terms. When not working with our alumni, or other boards (Tomkins Charitable Gift Fund), Kelly enjoys exercising, being outdoors, traveling the world, and cooking.
Jeff Connors, ’02: bachelor of arts in history and minor in secondary education.
One among many in his Buffalo-based family who graduated from St. Bonaventure, Jeff later moved to Washington, D.C., earning his master’s in English at Marymount University. From 2004-2006, Jeff lived and worked in New York City as an entertainer and performed off-Broadway. In 2006, Jeff moved back to the Buffalo area (Evans) and began teaching at his alma mater, Lake Shore Central, as a high school English teacher.
Currently, he is the instructor of Lake Shore 2017: Freshman Seminar — a life-skills course designed to help ninth grade students academically, behaviorally, socially and emotionally prepare for life in and after high school. When Jeff is not teaching freshmen, he is busy in numerous extra-curricular activities like coaching track, the Boys’ and Girls' Club of Lake Shore and motivating high school seniors to attend St. Bonaventure.
Mary Louise Conrow '86: bachelor of business administration.
Mary Louise went on to earn a law degree at Syracuse University. She is a member of the New York State Bar (’92), the U.S. District Court for the Northern (’92), Southern (’09) and Eastern (’09) Districts as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (’13).
In 2000, Mary Lou joined Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP, where she is a partner. She concentrates in the litigation field, with emphasis on municipal liability, including police and fire disability and retirement claims, labor negotiations, workers' compensation and social security claims.
Her previous experience includes private practice in Broome County, vice president of workers' compensation and disability for EM Ernst Management, risk manager for Broome County, first assistant corporation counsel for the City of Binghamton and assistant Broome County public defender.
Nicholas P. DeMarco '11: bachelor of arts in political science and a minor in journalism/mass communication, cum laude.
He received his juris doctor, magna cum laude, from the State University at New York - Buffalo Law School in May 2014. While attending law school his activities included: clerk for the Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal; member, Sports and Entertainment Law Society; member, Torfeasors; and student member, American Bar Association.
Nick sat for the New York State Bar Exam in July 2014, and has since accepted a position with the law firm Gibson, McAskill & Crosby LLP in Buffalo, practicing in the field of civil litigation.
A native of Hamburg, N.Y., Nick is a resident of the City of Buffalo. Nick can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patrick Doyle, '81: bachelor of science in economics.
After graduation from Bona's, Pat spent 18 years at Eastman Kodak. He held various roles, the last as a district sales manager. He is in his 32nd year in the sales profession and is currently Security Software Sales Representative for Oracle Corporation. Pat has worked at Oracle for 16 years in various sales roles.
Pat worked several different jobs during his time at Bona's, including bartender at the Rathskeller. He was co-captain of Bona's men's rugby from 1979-81. He has been active in several youth organizations, including 10 years as a Little League baseball coach and board member. Pat is a member of Bona's Devereux and Seraphim societies and is also proud to be a Bonnies Athletic Fund (BAF) member.
Bill is the President and CEO of the Auto Care Association based in Washington DC which represents the $381 billion in GDP and 4.6 million jobs in the automotive repair and maintenance sector. His entire career has been spent in automotive sector primarily working for tier 1 manufacturers in business development, marketing and public relations. He has run North American operations for several major manufacturers utilizing his sales and marketing roots to find new business relationships and opportunities, and puts his degree in Mass Communications to good use. In his current capacity he represents the industry on Capitol Hill, at the state level, and to government agencies and is actively involved on the boards of the Aftermarket Charitable Foundation and the University of the Aftermarket scholarship fund.
Bill and his wife, Kristin were married at St. Bonaventure and are the proud parents of two Bona grads, Katie (Hanvey) Barrett, '05 and Liam, '15, and are actively working on their granddaughter, Maura for a 2031 St. Bonaventure graduation. They share residence in both Washington DC and beautiful Asheville, N.C. where Kris has her own psychiatric nurse practitioner practice.
Jonathan S. Hickey, '98: bachelor of arts in political science, magna cum laude.
After St. Bonaventure, Jon graduated cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law and he is now the Confidential Law Clerk to New York State Supreme Court Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek. In this role, Jon is actively involved in all areas of the law including civil, criminal, and matrimonial disputes. Prior to serving in this role, Jon was a founding member of the law firm of Burden, Gulisano & Hickey, LLC. He is also a former Prosecutor in the Town of Clarence (New York). Prior to starting his own firm with two partners, he started his career as an attorney with Hurwitz & Fine, P.C., an association that began when he was in law school.
In his community, Jon currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Erie County (New York) Bar Association as well as serving as a member on the Town of Clarence Zoning Board of Appeals. Jon was a 2018 Co-Chair of the St. Bonaventure University Gaudete Award Committee having served on the Committee in previous years Previously he devoted considerable time to other civic and professional organizations including serving on the Town of Clarence Environmental Quality Review Committee, the Erie County Reapportionment Committee, and the UB Law Alumni GOLD Group Board of Directors. He also previously volunteered as a reading tutor for Buffalo City School students with the Lawyers for Learning Program.
Bill is vice president of John Kearns & Associates (JKA), a full-service fundraising consulting firm that has successfully implemented over 200 capital campaigns for Roman Catholic parishes, high schools, colleges, hospitals and community groups throughout the northeast. Prior to joining JKA, he served as director of marketing for Hillside Family of Agencies, overseeing marketing, public relations, government advocacy, and foundation relationships for the largest non-profit, human services organization in New York State. Earlier in his career, Bill spent 18 years with the Midmark Corporation, a medical device manufacturer based in Ohio. As director of sales and marketing, North America, he led a team that was responsible for developing a start-up, animal health division that became the largest medical equipment provider to veterinary distributors throughout the United States and Canada.
Bill and his wife Ginny (’82) reside in Orchard Park, N.Y. They have two sons, Sean (Hilbert College ‘15) and Patrick (St. Bonaventure University ’15 & ’16).
Neal J. Johnson, ’73: bachelor of science in physical education; ‘14, doctor of pedagogy
Neal has broad experiences in education, private and public corporate and non-profit leadership and management. In September, 2017, Neal retired as the President & CEO of Special Olympics New York, Inc. after leading SONY for twenty years. During his leadership of SONY, it grew to be the largest special olympics program in North America and sixth largest program in the world, serving more than 70,000 athletes across New York State. As an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities, he has presented to schools, universities and organizations globally including the NYS Legislature, United States Congress and the United Nations. Coincidently with his professional experiences, he has been involved in athletics as an athlete, coach, official, event producer and athletics leadership at the youth, scholastic, collegiate and elite athlete levels. He has officiated at multiple events both nationally and internationally.
In 2014, St. Bonaventure awarded him an honorary doctorate, making him the first alumnus of its school of education, and the first person with a degree in physical education to be so honored.
Stephanie Karnas ’06 – bachelor of business administration in finance.
Stephanie is an Administrative Vice President in the Finance Division of M&T Bank, where her primary role is to coordinate the company’s annual operating plan, track and measure financial performance throughout the year, and drive long-term process improvement.
During her time at St. Bonaventure, Stephanie was captain of the Women’s Swimming & Diving team, a student ambassador for the Admissions Office, and was actively involved in SIMM, Finance Club, BonaResponds, and Vocallusion (a capella group).
Kimberly Balthaser Kayiwa '96: bachelor of arts in English.
Kimberly is the Claims Team Lead (Life Sciences) at Sedgwick Claims Management were she is responsible for managing complex and high exposure life sciences claims involving drugs, devices and nutraceuticals. Kimberly is a former practicing attorney with over ten years of experience in the life sciences area. She currently serves as a CASA (court appointed special advocate) for at risk children and has also served as a guardian ad litem for disabled adults and minors.
Kimberly is the proud recipient of the Ideal Bonaventure Woman Award. She resides in Pittsford, NY with her husband, Francis Kayiwa (1997), and two children.
Kevin Kelleher ‘93: bachelor of arts in history.
After graduating from St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster, NY, Kevin went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in history from St. Bonaventure University in 1993, followed by his juris doctorate degree from the University at Buffalo Law School. Upon earning his degrees, he moved on to work for the Atlantic 10 Conference in Philadelphia, where he served as the assistant director of championships and compliance. From there, he moved to Princeton, NJ, where he worked for a sports event management firm known as the Gazelle Group, as director of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic held annually at Madison Square Garden.
In the summer of 2000, Kevin returned to St. Mary’s High School, where he served as athletic director and enrollment director for six years. He also served as head coach of the men’s varsity basketball team and brought home the first ever New York State championship for St. Mary’s. He was also instrumental in the building of the school’s state-of-the-art athletic center, which still stands as one of the best high school athletic facilities in the state.
In 2006, Kevin became an owner of ADPRO Sports, where he also served as vice president of sales & marketing. In 2014, he left ADPRO Sports to return to St. Mary’s High School as vice president for advancement. In September 2016, with a change in the school leadership model, he was named the first head of school in St. Mary’s 112 year history.
In 1993, Kevin became a co-founder of the Chris Wanat Memorial Foundation. Through the work of this foundation, over $350,000 has been donated to various causes throughout the Western New York community.
Kayte Malik ’03: bachelor of business administration – business information systems.
Since early 2013, Kayte has worked at Sears Holdings Corporation (SHC) where she drives strategy and retail innovation as an eCommerce product manager for the Footwear and Kmart Apparel Businesses. Prior to joining SHC, she worked as a tech/finance consultant in Charlotte, NC.
Kayte is also pursuing her MBA in strategy and executive leadership at The University of Notre Dame. She is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and enjoys fundraising for causes she is passionate about.
A native of Rochester, NY, Kayte resides in Chicago, IL.
Elaine Nessle, ‘06: bachelor of arts in journalism and mass communication.
Elaine Nessle is a senior associate at a government affairs and communications firm based in Washington, D.C. Since 2015, she has also served as the executive director of a national 501(c) 6 advocacy association that her firm manages, the Coalition for America’s Gateways & Trade Corridors. The Coalition is dedicated to the expansion and modernization of America’s freight and goods movement infrastructure. Elaine manages the organization’s work to increase awareness of the benefits of trade infrastructure development and to coordinate legislative strategy and support.
As a student at St. Bonaventure, Elaine participated in Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), SBU-TV, and studied abroad through the Francis E. Kelley Oxford Program.
Elaine is a third generation St. Bonaventure graduate; her two siblings and brother-in-law also graduated from the University. Elaine and her husband, Thomas Marchetti, live in Washington, D.C.
Kathleen Mannion O'Reilly ’03: bachelor of arts in journalism/mass communication.
She went on to earn her master of arts in liberal studies from St. John’s University in 2010.
Currently, Kate is the director of development for the Alzheimer's Association-New York City Chapter. She is responsible for the development and administration of all mass market fundraising for the chapter. Prior to this she served as the director of donor relations at St. John's University.
Kate has served on various reunion committees, is a former co-chapter president of the Metro Area Alumni and volunteers her time with the Mountain working on their development initiatives.
A native of Syracuse, NY, Kate resides in Westchester County, NY, with her husband and two children -Nolan and Connelly.
Kristan McMahon, ‘97: bachelor's degree in journalism/mass communication and political science, magna cum laude.
Kristan earned her juris doctorate from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 2000, and a certificate from its Telecommunications Law Institute.
She served as antitrust counsel for Verizon for nearly 10 years, focused on government merger work, litigation and antitrust training for the Verizon entities. Prior to joining Verizon in 2006, she was staff attorney at Howrey, LLP. She is a member of the Virginia State and DC Bars. Kristan is past president of St. Bonaventure’s National Alumni Association Board and resides in Virginia.
Matthew Minichelli, '04: bachelor of business administration in finance.
Matt is currently the Specialty Lines Manager for Fort Orange Claim Service (FOCUS), an independent adjusting firm servicing the Northeast. He was previously the General Manager for Arbitrage Adjusting Services until its merger with FOCUS in 2015. Matt is active in several industry-related associations. He operates the Metro NY office for the company.
Matt was involved with the Annual Fund, managing the Bonathon during his time as a student at St. Bonaventure. Since graduating he has been active in numerous university activities including: the SHARE Program, Bonnies4Bonnies, the Athletics Department, and both the Metro NY and Buffalo Alumni Chapters.
Matt is a native of Binghamton, NY and currently resides in Rockville Centre, NY. He is a member of a Legacy Family with several family members among the alumni of SBU.
Fr. Daniel Riley, O.F.M.,’64: bachelor of arts in philosophy and coursework in biology.
He serves as chaplin to the National Alumni Association Board and is a friar priest of Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor, the university’s sponsoring order. Fr. Dan is one of the founding members of the Franciscan mountain retreat, Mt. Irenaeus. He is president of “The Mountain” and serves on its board of directors.
In 1990, Fr. Dan was named the Guardian of Holy Peace Friary, the Franciscan community of men based at Mt. Irenaeus. He works closely with all members of the University community from alumni to students to help meet their spiritual needs.
Prior to his role at the Mountain, Fr. Dan held various positions throughout the Holy Name Province and at St. Bonaventure, including being a founding member and a director of campus ministry.
Fr. Dan is a native of Rochester, New York.
Mary Beth Shea Wells ’76: bachelor of business administration in accounting.
She went on to earn her masters of business administration from Rutgers University in Newark in 1985.
Since 2005, Mary Beth has been the accountant for St. Paul Parish in Princeton, NJ, serving on the finance parish council and the St. Vincent dePaul Society. She is responsible for all accounting, budgeting, insurance, and payroll/benefits for the church, school and cemetery. Prior to St. Paul’s, she was the finance director of the Princeton YWCA for seven years.
Her volunteer activities have included treasurer for her children’s PTA, treasurer for her children’s CYO board. Her St. Bonaventure involvement has been with the annual fund, Bonnies Athletic Fund (BAF) advisory board, and Class of 76 reunion weekend planning.
Mary Beth and her husband, Gary, reside in East Windsor, NJ. They have a son, Terence, and a daughter, Maureen ’11, ’12.
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