Chapters

For more information about our chapters, contact Howard Morgan, '86, at hmorgan@niagara.edu.

Timothy Carroll, '84

Timothy Carroll, '84

Chapter Leader, South Texas/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.

Michael Chatfield, '06

Associate Chapter Leader, New York City

Phone:
585.482.0374

Whitney Coles, '10

Associate Chapter Leader, South Texas/Houston

Josh Coyne, '10

Chapter Leader, Southern California

Debbie (Tallman) Curtis, '84

Debbie (Tallman) Curtis, '84

Associate Chapter Leader, Monteagle Ridge

Phone:
716.286.8711

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

Donald Dalton, '98

Chapter Leader, Boston, Mass.

Bob Dermody, '73

Associate Chapter Leader, Raleigh, N.C.

Phone:
919.933.2406

Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.

Degree: B.B.A. in accounting

Current job/title: Retired

My best memory of NU is: looking out my dorm window and seeing the Niagara Gorge in the fall.

My favorite hangout was: Gallagher Student Center

My favorite part of my job was: I enjoyed my career in accounting for over 40 years and now I am enjoying being retired and traveling during the “off times.”

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: riding my bike.

I still want to learn how to: speak Spanish.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina has a lot to offer and I believe that a chapter can help fellow alumni connect to the opportunities the area offers.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: connecting with other alumni has benefits and allows one to connect to others who have shared the Niagara experience.

Courtney Donahue, '08

Courtney Donahue, '08

Chapter Co-Leader, Western N.Y.

Phone:
716.622.6609

Hometown: North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Degree: B.A. in political science

Current job/title: Associate in the estates and trusts department at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman

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 Donlon, '61

Joe Donlon, '61

Chapter Leader, The Villages, Fla.

Phone:
352.259.6013

Hometown: Johnson City, N.Y.

Degree: B.B.A. inaccounting

Current job/title: Retired

My best memory of NU is: living in Varsity Village

My favorite hangout was: OH

My favorite part of my job is: being retired.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: enjoying life in The Villages and traveling.

I still want to learn how to: be more proficient on the computer.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: I want to support Niagara.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it helps Niagara to grow and prosper, and it is fun!

Diane Dudziak, '06

Associate Chapter Leader, Cleveland, Ohio

Vanessa Dunn, '14

Chapter Leader, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Email:
vmd9@pitt.edu

David Farree, '03

Chapter Leader, Miami, Fla.

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.

                

Andrew Gala, '12

Associate Chapter Leader, New York City

Phone:
646.773.9278

Jim Gorman, '68

Associate Chapter Leader, Maryland

Patricia (Behringer) Gorman, '68

Associate Chapter Leader, Maryland

Sarah Griffon, '01

Chapter Co-Leader, Charlotte, N.C.

Eric Hall, '99

Eric Hall, '99

Chapter Leader, Austin, Texas

Phone:
703.589.3278

Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.

Degree: BSN, RN

Current job/title: Senior clinical consultant/nurse practitioner

My best memory of NU are: the lifelong friends I made and ROTC.

My favorite hangout was: Park Place.

My favorite part of my job is: making a difference for my patients.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: hiking or camping in the mountains.

I still want to learn how to: brew beer.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: I want to gather other NU alums for fun activities!

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: they feel that their experiences at Niagara have made a positive difference in their lives.

 

Claire Hogan, '12

Claire Hogan, '12

Associate Chapter Leader, Chicago, Ill.

Phone:
630.415.7567

Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

Degree: B.A. in psychology, B.S. in hotel management

Current job/title: Manager, customer experience & insights at McDonald’s Corporation

My best memory of NU is: being able to work for a summer at the luxury hotel Villa D’Este in Lake Como, Italy.

My favorite hangout was: the gym.

My favorite part of my job is: being able to make a meaningful impact on our customers and our business (plus all the variety)!

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: singing! I started cantoring for Mass in Alumni Chapel and have continued after graduation. I also sing for weddings and other special events.

I still want to learn how to: play the violin and code html.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: I want to give back and create a Niagara community outside of WNY.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it’s a fantastic way to support fellow alumni and the local area.

Michael Hogan, '76

Chapter Leader, Chicago, Ill.

Phone:
630.724.9764
Cell:
630.926.2196

Noemi Holecz, '12

Chapter Leader, Budapest, Hungary

Robert Ingrassi, '08

Robert Ingrassi, '08

Chapter Co-Leader, Western N.Y.

Hometown: Niagara Falls

Degree: BBA in accounting

Current job/title: CPA/tax manager

My best memory of NU is: the lifelong friendships that were made.

My favorite hangout was: Gallagher and the senior apartments.

My favorite part of my job is: the opportunities to build relationships and serve as a trusted advisor in assisting individuals achieve their future goals.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: spending time with friends and family, hiking the Niagara Gorge trails.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: Niagara gave me the opportunity for an excellent education and prepared me well for my career. I hope to encourage past and future graduates to promote, support and remain connected to the University that provided us with the foundation for our future.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it provides an excellent opportunity to network with old friends, new friends and colleagues. The local chapters encourage a sense of community and restore the special bond that we all share as alumni.

Joe Kalil, '07

Associate Chapter Leader, Syracuse, N.Y.

Jessica Kemp, '04, MBA'05

Jessica Kemp, '04, MBA'05

Chapter Leader, Southern Ontario

Phone:
289.932.5367

Hometown: Niagara Falls

Degree: B.S. in business administration, MBA in marketing

Current job/title: President/ financial advisor

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

My favorite hangout was: Pharos.

My favorite part of my job is: helping people protect their families.

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

I still want to learn how to: golf better.

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: it is always nice to give back to your alma mater.

 

 

Daniel Landel, '07

Associate Chapter Leader, Maryland

John LaRocca, '90

Associate Chapter Leader, Raleigh, N.C.

Phone:
919.896.6497 x1

Hometown: Baldwinsville, N.Y.

Degree: B.A. in communications/political science

Current job/title: President/CEO Phoenix Commercial Properties, Inc.

My best memory of NU is: graduation.

My favorite hangout was: Varsity Village, fishing in Devils Hole.

My favorite part of my job is: bringing new people into my business and finding simple solutions to complicated problems.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: always working on something. When I am not “laboring,” I am with my wife and four kids at the beach in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., or at our cabin in Boone, N.C.

I still want to learn how to: build a wood canoe.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: Thomas Edison wrote: “Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Opportunity is not just focused on business. New friends, new relationships, and the unique opportunity to go back in time to a place where you became more defined as a person and developed a focus or direction that hopefully has guided you for years.

Our chapter is planning: to generate activities that have a broad appeal to alumni of different generations and backgrounds.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it is just another way to meet new people, strengthen old friendships, and “play it forward.” We may have paid to be at Niagara, but the investment is likely one of the best you could have ever made and pays dividends every day.

Chas Lauria, '75

Associate Chapter Leader, Cleveland, Ohio

Chris Leentertse, '08

Associate Chapter Leader, Toronto, Ontario

Eliza (Mason) Leentertse, '10

Associate Chapter Leader, Toronto, Ontario

Elizabeth Ligas, '05

Associate Chapter Leader, Cleveland, Ohio

Email:
eal99@aol.com