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Biderman, Beverly (BA Glendon)

Beverly has had progressive hearing loss since she was a toddler. It became profound by the time she reached her early teens, and from that point on, she was completely unable to understand any speech without lip-reading. As an adult, she had cochlear implant surgery, and then everything changed. She is pleased to announce the birth of an opera based on her memoir, Wired for Sound: A Journey into Hearing.


Rosenthal, Lowen (MBA)

Lowen believes his MBA has been a godsend, helping him become one of Canada’s top insurance advisors. When he graduated in 1971, his first job was as a research analyst with a boutique investment dealer on Bay Street, where he remembers Seymour Schulich also worked as one of their resource analysts.


Coombs, David (BA Spec. Hons., PhD ’78)

David was a member of McLaughlin College from the day it opened in September 1968 until 1977 – he met and thanked Col. R.S. McLaughlin for his donation – with a year away at Rutgers in 1972-73. Coombs stayed in McLaughlin residence for all those years, first as an undergrad and then as a Don for four years. He has a BA in history from York, an MA in history from Rutgers and a PhD in history from York. He was the president of McLaughlin for its first two years and sat as a student representative on York’s first search committee to find a successor to Murray Ross. As a graduate student, he purchased land in the Madawaska Valley and built a log cabin. After earning his PhD, he worked as a stockbroker for 27 years and then retired at age 54 to his cabin in the bush with his wife. People have told him he’s lived a varied life and he has captured some of the lessons in his novel, The Beckoning Land.

Strom, Elliot (BA Spec. Hons. McLaughlin)

Elliot recently published Rabbit, Run, which has received some very nice attention.


Paris, David (BA Stong)

David returned to Canada after receiving his PhD in human anatomy from the University of Oregon. He has been the director of athletic therapy at Concordia University’s Department of Exercise Science for over 30 years, and has worked with soccer and multisport teams as a ­certified athletic therapist at national and international events such as the Maccabiah Games, the Pan American Games and the Olympic Games. In 2012, he received the Canadian ­Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) Distinguished Athletic Therapy Educator Award. In 2015, he was inducted into the CATA Hall of Fame.


Davies, Peter (BFA Spec. Hons. Founders))

Peter has worked mainly in technology businesses in Chicago, London, Rochester, Maastricht and Barcelona, for companies including Apple, Motorola, HP and Experian. He currently works in London as a chief technology and marketing officer for a global business that tracks maritime assets.


Bowmile, Rochelle (BA, BEd Stong)

Rochelle is the head of the Department of Special Education at Unionville High School. The amazing professors and teachers that she encountered in her years at York University helped to mould, motivate and inspire her. She strongly believes that her job is not just a job, but an inspiring journey of learning, teaching and self-discovery.


DeKeseredy, Walter (BA, MA ’84, PhD ’88)

Walter received the Career Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Victimology. Walter also co-authored Violence Against Women in Pornography.


McFarlane, Peter (BFA Spec. Hons. ‘85, Stong)

Peter is a sculptor and painter represented by six galleries in Canada and the U.S. He lives on beautiful Salt Spring Island, B.C. When not in his studios or playing with his band (Thru Fare), he can be found in the garden or the orchard. His son Geoff is currently studying music at York University.

Mullen, Carolann (BA Spec. Hons Winters)

Carolann is currently a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and has published her 20th book, Education Policy Perils: Tackling the Tough Issues. The collection, written by experienced scholar-practitioners, offers insights that include descriptions of challenges facing educators and recommendations for overcoming them with an eye toward more successful policy and better implementation.


Barwin, Gary (BFA Spec. Hons.; BA ’88; BEd ’01, Vanier)

Gary was the 2014-15 writer-in-residence at Western University. His 18th book is I, Dr.Greenblatt, Orthodontist, 251-1457. Forthcoming are Sonosyntatics: Selected and New Poetry of Paul Dutton and Yiddish for Pirates. He lives in Hamilton and teaches at King’s University College in London, Ont.


Marsden, Scott (MFA)

Scott earned a PhD in educational studies from the University of Victoria in 2015. He is currently the executive director at the Haida Gwaii Museum.


Chu, Albert (LLB)

Albert was appointed the Hong Kong senior consultant for the global immigration consulting firm Elevay, based in Dubai. He was also a senior account director of ultra-high-net-worth individuals for the Hong Kong market at Savills & Colliers International, and he is currently with the to-be-listed local real estate brokerage firm Centaline, catering to the luxurious market segment. Previously, he was the associate director of the private banking departments at Merrill Lynch, ING and Fortis.


Mintz, Judith (BFA Spec. Hons. Winters)

Judith worked as a shiatsu therapist and yoga instructor after graduating from York. She completed her master’s degree in Canadian and indigenous studies at Trent University in 2011, through which she wrote her thesis, “Helpers and Demons: Binary Representations of Early 20th Century Midwives, Doctors, and Childbirth in Ami McKay’s The Birth House.” Upon completion of her MA, she was accepted into the PhD program in Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies at York University. Her current field work in the yoga world is fulfilling her research plans. The tentative title of her dissertation is “Gender, Health and Cross-Cultural Consumption in North American Yoga Communities: A Post-Colonial Feminist Ethnography.” She lives in Toronto with her daughters and partner, and continues to teach yoga part-time.

Ouanounou, Aviv (BSc Spec. Hons. Bethune)

Aviv is an assistant professor of pharmacology in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, from where he received both his DDS and MSc. He teaches pharmacology to undergraduate and graduate students and is also a clinical instructor. He has won several Dental Student’s Society teaching awards, including the “Best Teacher of the Year Award” in 2013. He was also the recipient of the prestigious 2014-15 Dr. Bruce Hord Master Teacher Award for excellence in teaching. He is an author of many peer-reviewed articles in the fields of neurophysiology and neuropharmacology, he is a member of the American Academy of Pain Management and the American College of Clinical Pharmacology, and he also maintains a general private practice in Toronto.


Carinci, David (BA, LLB ’95, LLM ’00)

David is senior legal counsel at DMTI Spatial Inc., a Neopost Digital Company. He received the York Catholic District School Board 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award for volunteering and contributing to community in York Region. He and his wife Rosalba welcomed the birth of their daughter Ava Rose on April 22, 2015. Brother Dominic enjoys having his little sister cheer him on at his ball hockey and soccer games.


Purcell, Gennet (BA, McLaughlin)

Gennet was recently appointed to serve as an administrative law judge for the Labor Standards Bureau in the Government of the District of Columbia’s Department of Employment Services. She has a longstanding career in the financial services industry, serving previously as both deputy commissioner and commissioner of the Department of Insurance, Securities & Banking for the Government of the District of Columbia. She served as co-chair of the District of Columbia’s Health Reform Implementation Committee, the four-member advisory body responsible for implementing the recent Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act in the District of Columbia, where she currently resides with her husband and three children.


Cappadocia, Frank (BA Hons. Vanier)

Frank was recently promoted to associate vice-president of Lakehead University’s Orillia campus, where he has served as assistant dean (student affairs) and associate vice-provost. He moved to Lakehead Orillia from York, where he served as the past director of the Centre for Student Community & Leadership Development.


Andrew, Jillian (BA, BA Hons. ’02, BEd ’03)

Jillian celebrates thousands of people’s lives through her activist work as an educator, journalist/writer, public speaker and events creator. She is the co-founder of Canada’s only national awards recognizing the work of body equity activists, the Body Confidence Canada Awards, and founder of the BITE ME! Toronto Int’l Body Image Film & Arts Festival, among many other body positivity initiatives. Visit ­ for more information.


Lorico, Hazel (BA Winters)

Hazel is an actress, copywriter and published author of Diary of an (Un)Glamourous Model: A Novel. Currently in Toronto, she has appeared in numerous TV shows and commercials for RBC, Comwave and Nowhere to Hide (Investigation Discovery). She also graduated from the technical writing program at Humber College.

Macharia, Sarah (MA, PhD ’08)

Sarah works as a global coordinator of a transnational collaborative feminist research initiative on gender in the news media. Last November, she launched the report “Who Makes the News? The Global Media Monitoring Project 2015,” which helped to start this season’s BBC “100 Women” debate, “Is news failing women?” The findings were featured in numerous news media around the world, including
the New York Times, the Guardian,
the ­Independent, Vice and the ­Huffington Post.


Burt, Matthew (BA Hons. Vanier)

Matthew is the host of the Toronto-based weekly music podcast “Songs In Seven with Matt Burt.” He writes, records and releases a new, original rock song every seven days from his home studio. You can find the podcast on iTunes. He used to play in the band Avenue Road that won York’s Battle of the Bands ­competition in 2002.

Nguyen, Thanh-Phuong (BA Spec. Hons. Calumet)

Thanh-Phuong received the Meritorious Service Medal from the governor general at Rideau Hall. He also recently joined the York University Alumni Association (YUAA) board.


Ngui, Andrew (BDes Spec. Hons. Winters)

Andrew is the manager of ­entrepreneurial programs at MIT.


Sette, Ralph (BA, Vanier)

Ralph has been teaching with the Toronto Catholic District School Board as a secondary/high school teacher for six years. He received an award in 2014 for TSU Beginning Teacher of the Year. He also started a rugby program at Monsignor Percy Johnson Catholic Secondary School – they won two Tier 2 Championships in their first two years of the program. He got married in June 2015.


Keslick, Shaunna-Marie (BA Hons.)

Shaunna-Marie works as the program manager of a pre-employment, literacy and basic skills program for marginalized women in downtown Toronto. Working with women who are homeless or precariously housed and often dealing with concurrent challenges such as addiction and mental health, she helps her clients develop self-advocacy skills.


Pennington, Kristen (BA Hons.)

Kristen received her juris doctor from the University of Toronto and was called to the Ontario bar this year. She recently started her labour and employment law practice with the Toronto-based firm Grosman, Grosman & Gale. She remains passionate about human rights issues and was recently selected as a blogger for the Canadian Women’s Foundation.


Arain, Ahad (BAS Spec. Hons. McLaughlin)

Ahad found employment at a major software company in Silicon Valley and launched his own consulting practice since graduating from York.


Koulakian, Tania (BA Hons. ­Calumet)

Tania is co-founder and chief communications officer of Ekko, the “World’s First Digital Time Capsule” and one of Canada’s leading startup companies.


De Sousa, Osvaldo (LLM)

Osvaldo works at Harrison Pensa LLP in London, Ont., as a foreign legal consultant. He was admitted as a qualified arbitrator of the ADR Institute of Ontario and is also a board member of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce.

Tremblay, Danielle (BA Hons. Calumet)

Danielle works as a residential counsellor with Oakdale Child & Family Services. She is also currently enrolled in Lakehead’s one-year Honours Bachelor of Social Work program, working alongside a women’s shelter for a community project and hoping to secure a student placement for next semester. She would love to see her fellow alumni again and hopes everyone out there is accomplishing great things and having the time of their lives.


Ha-Redeye, Omar (LLM)

Omar received the OBA Foundation Award in November 2015 for exceptional contributions to the legal system and public legal education.