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, Houston

Phone:
216.235.2827

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.

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

Tim Gabel, '91

Chapter Leader, Washington, D.C.

Phone:
301.254.6513

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.

                

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

Jason Stein, '93

Chapter Leader, Charlotte

Phone:
704.332.8407
Cell:
704-756-1727

Joe Tonnos, '10, MBA'11

Chapter Leader, Toronto

Phone:
416.220.7329

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Degree: B.S. in finance/MBA

Current job/title: Foreign exchange trader at CIBC World Markets

My best memories of NU are: playing on the golf team and the road trips to all the tournaments.

My favorite hangout was: off-campus housing at River Point with the guys on the team and other friends.

My favorite part of my job is: being challenged by the financial markets and never knowing what to expect at the start of each day.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: playing/watching sports.

I still want to learn how to: surf.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: alumni networking provides a great opportunity to not only stay in touch with the NU community, but also to have contacts to reach out to for various business or social opportunities.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it provides a great way to meet new alumni and visit with old, all while building a network and celebrating NU pride.

 

 

Michelle Van De Loo, '01

Chapter Leader, Tri-state

Phone:
917.685.1675

Justin McCarthy, '94

Chapter Leader, Colorado

Phone:
720.985.9002

Hometown: Staten Island, N.Y.

Degree: B.S. in hospitality management

Current job/title: Facility manager at a consulting firm

My best memory of NU is: the walk to Niagara Falls during my freshman orientation and the basketball games.

My favorite hangout was: the Rat and the Gallagher Center.

My favorite part of my job is: that there's something different every day, and the customer interactions.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: on the golf course or traveling. I just received my scuba certification, so that’s a new hobby as well.

I still want to learn how to: play the bagpipes.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: I thought it would be fun to plan the events and meet alumni in Colorado – I’ve met a few already, including my fiancé.

Our chapter is planning: a meet and greet happy hour.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: they can receive more information on NU, maybe run into old friends or even meet new ones. Just get out there to socialize and have fun.