Chapters

Bernadette Barnes, '87

Bernadette Barnes, '87

Chapter Leader, Atlanta

Phone:
404.518.9713

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, Central Maryland

Phone:
410.744.2400

Hometown: Riverdale, MD
Degree:
B.S. in tourism administration

John Buckey, '12

John Buckey, '12

Chapter Committee, Chicago

Phone:
315.506.0643

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

Martin Byrne Sr., '78

Chapter Leader, Central New York (ex-officio)

Phone:
315.424.7139
Cell:
315.247.5861

Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.

Degree: BS 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.

Timothy Carroll, '84

Timothy Carroll, '84

Chapter Leader, Cleveland

Cell:
216.235.2827

Hometown: Lakewood, Ohio (but I still think of Youngstown, N.Y,, as my hometown).

Degree: B.A. in criminal justice

Current job/title: Paralegal

My best memory of NU is: seeing Mother Teresa as a commencement speaker at the old Convention Center in 1982. I was lucky to be an usher for that year and stood a few feet away from the stage. Graduation and the walk to the Falls freshman year also stand out for me.

My favorite hangouts were: either one of my buddies' rooms or the Ratt. (Sorry, Mom!)

My favorite part of my job is: the investigative work to locate 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: fly, because I have already skydived, learned how to play golf, and fired cannons at Old Fort Niagara.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: Art Cardella asked me! But, after having a few get togethers prior to the club forming, it was important to have someone here in town be an access point back to Monteagle Ridge.

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 and aid in the recruitment of high school juniors and seniors to attend Niagara.

It’s also a great place 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.

Frank Fiannaca, '85

Frank Fiannaca, '85

Chapter Leader, Delaware Valley

Phone:
856.665.5600
Cell:
609.314.6133

Hometown: Haddonfield, N.J.

Degree: B.S. in computer information science

Current job/title: USA Payroll owner

My best memory of NU is: participating on the NU baseball team and being named the recipient of the 1985 Philip Scaffidi Award. The Scaffidi award was given each year to the senior athlete who displayed athleticism, honor and spirit toward Niagara.

My favorite hangout was: the Student Center every day for lunch.

My favorite part of my job is: day-to-day interaction with my 40 employees.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: spending time with my family or fishing or both.

I still want to learn how to: always be a better husband and father.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: it was the least I could do for NU.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: in this stressed out world we live in, it’s a great way to remember the good ol’ days!

Tim Gabel, '91

Chapter Leader, Washington, D.C.

Phone:
301.254.6513

Michael Hogan, '76

Chapter Leader, Chicago

Phone:
630.724.9764
Cell:
630.926.2196
Jessica Kemp, '04, MBA'05

Jessica Kemp, '04, MBA'05

Chapter Leader, Southern Ontario

Phone:
289.932.5367

Hometown: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Degree: B.S. in business administration –– marketing/MBA

Current job/title: Financial advisor/president

My best memories of NU are: road trips with my teammates on the basketball team.

My favorite hangout was: Pharros.

My favorite part of my job is: helping people plan and protect their future as well as their families.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: working out and traveling.

I still want to learn how to: line dance!

I decided to become a chapter leader because: of my love for NU.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it is important to keep the passion and love for the university fresh in our minds, regardless of the year we graduated.

 

 

Anthony Lista, '80

Chapter Leader, Boston

Phone:
508.651.7011
Cell:
508.951.2641

Mary Lou Markowski, '90

Chapter Leader, Cleveland

Phone:
330.273.4231
Cell:
330.321.4523

Michael, '89, and Dianne Moll, '89

Chapter Leaders, Rochester

Phone:
585.924.2414
Cell:
585.478.9227
Patrick Noonan, '03

Patrick Noonan, '03

Chapter Leader, Albany

Phone:
518.577.6949

Hometown: Albany, N.Y.

Degree: B.S. in communications

Current job: Owner; El Loco Mexican Café and The Orchard Tavern & Restaurant

My best memories of NU are: too many to ever list here, but certainly the lifelong friendships and trying to learn the card game Pitch in Varsity Village.

My favorite hangouts were: the Green House on Chestnut Ave. and the NUSGA office.

My favorite part of my job is: seeing our employees succeed and move on to bigger and better things in their professional lives.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: finding ways to justify trips to Mexico or Ireland as “research."

I still want to learn how to: play Pitch and speak Spanish.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: Niagara provided me with the tools to be successful and the chapter leader position is a platform to showcase these abilities. Together with fellow Albany alumni, I want to showcase what Niagara has to offer to future NU students and to the Albany community.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: staying connected is easier than ever with social media, so even the smallest groups of alumni have the ability to organize. In today’s economy, it’s vitally important to have as many connections as possible to be successful, and having your fellow NU alums know you’re out there is a tremendous resource. Being actively involved allows NU to grow and attract the best and brightest, giving more merit to your Niagara degree.

Chris Reid, '81

Chris Reid, '81

Chapter Leader, North Texas

Phone:
214.631.1043

Hometown: Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Degree: B.S. in business communications

Current job: President, ACD Enterprises Inc.

My best memory of NU is: I grew up around campus so I have many great memories. I loved going to basketball games with my dad.

My favorite hangout was: Captain's Cove

My favorite part of my job is: working with my wife and brother.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: golfing, enjoying friends, having a cold beer.

I still want to learn how to: drive a race car.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: Niagara has done a lot for me and my family; it’s time to give back.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: we are a family, we have similar beliefs and experiences. Together, we can help and support each other, Niagara, and others. That’s what Niagara and Saint Vincent call us to do.

Mike Rockwood, '12

Mike Rockwood, '12

Chapter Committee, Chicago

Phone:
716.361.1117

Hometown: North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Degree: B.S. in management

Current job/title: Senior transportation analyst

My best memory of NU is: Senior Week.

My favorite hangout was: the Lewiston Village Pub.

My favorite part of my job is: working with Mike Hogan.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: exploring Chicago.

I still want to learn how to: golf.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: it is a good way to stay connected to the Niagara community.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: the shared experiences of alumni make it an enjoyable and beneficial experience.

 

Jaclyn Rossi, '08, M.S.Ed.'10

Jaclyn Rossi, '08, M.S.Ed.'10

Chapter Leader, WNY

Phone:
716.286.8761

Hometown: Fairport, N.Y.

Degree: B.S. in elementary/special education, 1-6/M.S.Ed. in literacy instruction, B-6

Current job/title: Associate director, leadership giving, Niagara University

My best memories of NU are: The years of living in the dorms, the apartments, NUSGA, Senior Week, Big Bucks BOO Bash!

My favorite hangout was: Gallagher/NUSGA Office & 3G

My favorite part of my job is: meeting with alumni to discuss their NU memories and the importance of supporting Niagara for years to come.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: spending time with family/friends, working out, trying new restaurants, and shopping.

I still want to learn how to: drive stick shift and cook using more than five ingredients!

I decided to become a chapter leader because: I want to be a part of Niagara as much as possible. It’s great to help alumni build on their existing relationships (and create new ones) with their fellow classmates and alumni.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: the more volunteers and individuals who become involved with the Niagara University Alumni Association, the more it benefits all alumni: past, present and future!

 

Joe Shanahan, '79

Joe Shanahan, '79

Co-leader, Rochester, N.Y.

Cell:
585.506.8424
Degree:
B.S. in natural sciences, concentration in biology

Hometown: Geneseo, N.Y.

Degree: B.S. in natural sciences, concentration in biology

Current job: Inside sales coordinator, Crosstex/SPSmedical Supply Corp.

My best memory at Niagara is: spending late nights at the Niagara Index office as the sports editor, and all of the great times in House 5!

My favorite hangout was: the East Gym, which is now the Scaffidi Gym of the Kiernan Recreation Center.

My favorite part of my job is: meeting a variety of people and helping and supporting them with the products and services that meet their needs. I also like to help them comply with industry standards and pass The Joint Commission inspections with flying colors.

When I’m not working you’ll find me: relaxing with family and friends, working out at the 24/7 Fit Club in Geneseo and, of course, following the Niagara University Purple Eagles sports teams all year round.

I still want to learn how to: play a decent round of golf.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: my family has deep roots and a long legacy at Niagara University. My great-grandfather, John E. Oley, Class of circa. 1873 (who lived past his 101st birthday and was thought to be the oldest living Niagara alum); my father, Joseph O. Shanahan Sr., ’41; my uncle James G. Shanahan, ’42; my brothers Brian, ’87, and Neal,’92; and of course, my daughter and chapter co-leader, Molly, ’07, are all Niagara University graduates.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it is a great way for all NU alumni to reconnect with their Niagara past, to stay up-to-date with the Niagara of the present, and to help ensure the future of Niagara for generations to come!

Molly Shanahan, '07

Molly Shanahan, '07

Co-leader, Rochester, N.Y.

Phone:
585.243.9064
Degree:
B.S. in hospitality and tourism

Hometown: Geneseo, N.Y.

Degree: B.S. in hospitality and tourism

Current job: Secretary at Highland Hospital

My best memory at Niagara is: There were so many, but I would have to say getting to be backstage with Little Big Town for a day was an amazing experience I will always remember.

My favorite hangout was: anywhere as long as I was with good friends.

My favorite part of my job is: the people I work with and the lives they touch.

When I’m not working you’ll find me: playing on Park Ave. with my friends, hanging out with my family in Geneseo, or enjoying the outdoors.

I still want to learn how to: snowboard.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: of my love for Niagara.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: Niagara was a wonderful time in our lives and what better way to remember it/let it live on than to connect with other Niagara alumni.

Melinda Smith, '78

Melinda Smith, '78

Chapter Leader, Atlanta

Phone:
770.935.4511
Cell:
404.934.6135

Hometown: Williamsville, N.Y.

Degree: B.S. in marketing

Current job/title: Director of development, Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center

My best memories of NU are: the beautiful campus and going to Niagara Falls and the gorge.

My favorite hangout was: the Rathskeller, aka the “Ratt.”

My favorite part of my job is: knowing I am making a difference in improving the lives of many individuals and their families.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: managing our two log cabin rental properties, www.collettcreekcabin.com.

I still want to learn how to: become a real estate agent.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: I thought it was important to bring alums together for networking and creating new friendships.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it’s fun and you never know who you might meet!

Jason Stein, '93

Chapter Leader, Charlotte

Phone:
704.332.8407
Cell:
704-756-1727