Melissa Armentrout, '02
Associate Chapter Leader, Charlotte, N.C.
Matt Agronin, '09
Associate Chapter Leader, New York City
Bernadette Barnes, '87
Chapter Leader, Atlanta, Ga.
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Degree: B.A. in political science
Current job/title: GE Power & Water - Operations Digitization & Process Excellence
My best memories of NU are: cherished friendships and Varsity Village parties!!
My favorite hangout was: Monteagle at Jay & Smitty’s.
My favorite part of my job is: working with talented people globally/travel.
When I’m not working, you’ll find me: volunteering with Midtown Assistance Center and Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption; redesigning/styling my loft.
I still want to learn how to: speak another language fluently.
I decided to become a chapter leader because: I miss Niagara peeps.
Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it’s a wonderful way to connect with people who share similar values and an avenue to create new memories with quality people!
Maureen Becker, '90
Chapter Leader, Maryland
Hometown: Riverdale, MD
Degree: B.S. in tourism administration
John Buckley, '12
Associate Chapter Leader, Chicago, Ill.
Hometown: Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Degree: B.B.A. in accounting
Current job/title: Account manager at A&R Logistics
My best memory of NU is: walking around the west side of campus after midnight during spring and summer.
My favorite hangouts were: O’Shea Beach and the Lewiston Pub.
My favorite part of my job is: that it’s a new challenge every day.
When I’m not working, you’ll find me: in downtown Chicago.
I still want to learn how to: get a single digit golf handicap.
I decided to become a chapter leader because: I loved my time at NU (club lacrosse, TKE, residence life and everything else).
Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it keeps the memories of all the great times on Monteagle Ridge alive and vivid.
Martin Byrne Sr., '78
Chapter Leader, Syracuse, N.Y.
Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.
Degree: B.S. in marketing
Current job/title: Account executive
My best memory of NU is: senior year in Varsity Village.
My favorite hangout was: the east gym.
My favorite part of my job is: personal contact with my clients.
When I’m not working, you’ll find me: traveling to my or my family’s various sporting events.
I still want to learn how to: keep up with the electronic and social media surrounding us in all aspects of our work and personal lives.
I decided to become a chapter leader because: I have strong family ties to Niagara University.
Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it promotes friendships and allows alumni to stay involved with Niagara. This is a very important piece of sustaining the legacy of Niagara for the future.
Jim Campbell, '91
Associate Chapter Leader, Boston, Mass.
Barb Capriotti, '86
Associate Chapter Leader, Syracuse, N.Y.
Timothy Carroll, '84
Chapter Leader, South Texas/Houston
Hometown: Houston, Texas (recently relocated from Lakewood, Ohio)
Degree: B.A. in criminal justice
Current job/title: Contract paralegal – Harris County – Hospital District
My best memory of NU is: There are several memories that stand out for me: graduation, walk to the Falls in freshman year, but I think seeing Mother Teresa as a commencement speaker at the old Convention Center in 1982 has to be the top. I was lucky to be an usher for that year and stood a few feet away from the stage.
My favorite hangout was: probably either one of my buddies' rooms or the Rat. (Sorry, Mom!)
My favorite part of my job is: the investigative work –– locating people and other information.
When I’m not working, you’ll find me: either at home or on the golf course.
I still want to learn how to: Since I have already have skydived, learned how to play golf, and fired cannons at Old Fort Niagara, I guess it would be learning how to fly.
I decided to become a chapter leader because: This is my second time around with the alumni chapter and the funny answer remains the same; that is, Art Cardella asked me. I guess I just bleed Purple and White! After being involved with the Cleveland, Ohio, chapter for six years, I still believe it is important to have someone here in town be an access point back to Monteagle Ridge.
Our chapter is planning: We're just starting the Houston Chapter, so perhaps just a social to meet and greet all the area alums.
Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: the local chapters can be a terrific conduit for Niagara to reach out to new students, by aiding in the recruitment of high school juniors and seniors to attend Niagara. They're also great places for the newest grads to reach out to fellow alums as they begin their careers, especially if the new alum is moving to an area that may be unfamiliar.
Michael Chatfield, '06
Associate Chapter Leader, New York City
Whitney Coles, '10
Associate Chapter Leader, South Texas/Houston
Josh Coyne, '10
Chapter Leader, Southern California
Debbie (Tallman) Curtis, '84
Associate Chapter Leader, Niagara University
Degree: B.S. in travel and tourism
Current job/title: Director, Center for Events and Management Development at Niagara University
My best memory of NU is: watching NU/Canisius basketball games, playing on the softball and tennis teams.
My favorite hangout was: the library- not the one on campus.
My favorite part of my job is: helping others to reach their potential.
I still want to learn how to: dance without being self-conscious.
I decided to become a chapter leader because: I love NU.
Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: there are so many ways to stay involved/to give back – stay in touch with old friends, make new friends.
Donald Dalton, '98
Chapter Leader, Boston, Mass.
Courtney Donahue, '08
Chapter Co-Leader, Western N.Y.
Hometown: North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Degree: B.A. in political science
Current job/title: Senior associate attorney, estates and trusts dept., Mosey Persico, LLP
My best memory of NU is: Senior Week!
My favorite hangout was: Gally
My favorite part of my job is: my clients. I know it sounds cliché; however, in the estates and trusts field, I work with a lot of families. Providing families with either legal assistance during hard times or peace of mind with planning is very rewarding for me.
When I'm not working, you'll find me: staying active with my family and friends. Western New York has so much to offer, from events at Canalside in Buffalo, to hiking at the Niagara Gorge in Lewiston, to enjoying a day in my hometown of North Tonawanda. I try to take advantage of what we have here in our backyards.
I still want to learn how to: golf.
I decided to become a chapter leader because: I wanted to stay connected to Niagara University and know what is happening with the school academically and socially. Being able to support the school with my time while staying involved with the local alumni chapter is a great way to accomplish that.
Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: Western New York is a very small community. Staying connected to alumni will allow you to learn who in the community is also an NU alum. After making these connections, it is just another way that we as alums can support each other professionally, socially, or other ways in the community.
Joe Donlan, '61
Chapter Co-Leader, The Villages, Fla.
Diane Dudziak, '06
Associate Chapter Leader, Cleveland, Ohio
Vanessa Dunn, '14
Chapter Leader, Pittsburgh, Pa.
David Farree, '03
Chapter Leader, Miami, Fla.
Tim Gabel, '91
Chapter Leader, Washington, D.C.
Hometown: Randolph, N.J.
Degree: B.A., communication studies/sociology (double major)
Current job/title: Concierge @ Sofitel, Washington, D.C.; events consultant @ Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place & Nick’s Riverside Grill, Washington, D.C.
My best memories of NU are: the lifelong friends and experiences we had/still have.
My favorite hangouts were: the Student Government or Index offices.
My favorite parts of my job are: the smiling faces after an event I assist with planning or the appreciation from a guest after he or she takes advantage of a recommendation I made.
When I’m not working, you’ll find me: biking (road bike)––I have participated in ADA Tour de Cure and the MS100 fundraising rides, as well as the Seagull Century––or at any of the museums and art galleries in Washington, D.C.
I still want to learn how to: skydive.
I decided to become a chapter leader because: we needed one. With the passing of longtime chapter leader Paul McCarthy, a few of us decided we would band together and continue what Paul did successfully for so many years – keep people from the DC/VA/MD involved and informed.
Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it gives them an opportunity to network. A strong alumni group can assist recent grads, grads interested in a career/job change, or a transplant with business connections, area information such as schools, neighborhoods, etc., and be a friendly face in a new and sometimes intimidating area. It is also a way to be social. We enjoyed the social aspect of Niagara, now we can share it with alumni of all ages, telling stories about the “old days” to new grads and creating new memories. Most importantly, it provides a way to continue in the tradition of St. Vincent de Paul to help others. As Niagara University alumni, we can touch others. Our chapter is fortunate enough to be in Washington, D.C., and we serve our military families through Honor Flight, Wreaths Across America, or a Wounded Warrior event. We also participate in inner-city projects to help brighten up schools or playgrounds. We live the Niagara tradition away from Monteagle Ridge.