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George Knipfing ’59
  • 1950s

George Knipfing ’59 - was a member of the CHS track team. He was one of 20 students in the class of '59 to  attend Mount St Mary’s University in Maryland (graduating in1963).  He was recently inducted into Mount St. Mary’s University Athletic Hall of Fame. 

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Patrick Grindel ’18
  • 2010s

Patrick Grindel, a senior studying mechanical engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and a cadet in the ROTC Gateway Battalion, has been recognized by the U.S. Army Cadet Command as a Distinguished Military Graduate, ranking fourth in a nationwide field of 6,000 cadets.

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Michael Beck ’60
  • 1960s

Michael Beck‘s book 365 Questions For Couples recently surpassed sales of 80,000 copies it has been translated into many foreign languages he coordinated with his wife and older daughter.

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James Kraemer ’91
  • 1990s

Jim recently started a new position as Senior Implementation Manager at Customer Dynamics, a Contact Center Software provider based in Draper, UT. Jim has spent the past 15 years in a variety of roles focused on Contact Center Technology, as both a customer and a provider. If any fellow alumni are looking for help evolutionizing your contact centers, moving to the cloud, or adopting a digital-first strategy, please reach out to Jim.

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Frank Amoroso ’66
  • 1960s

Frank Amoroso '66, recently published his tenth book, Stefan and the Celestial Sword. Mr. Amoroso generally writes historical novels on such diverse topics as the beginning of WWI, the Russian Revolution, the origins of the Federal Reserve Bank, and a trilogy on the early life of Babe Ruth, culminating in the 1918 world Series between the Red Sox and the Cubs. Stefan and the Celestial Sword is his first foray into fantasy and magical realism.

His books are available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. To inquire about speaking and interview opportunities, please contact simply francis publishing company at simplyfrancispublishing@gmail.com

 

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Patricia Giordano

Patricia Giordano passed away on February 11, 2022  She is the mother of Thomas Giordano '71, Stephen Giordano '75, Michael Giordano '80 and mother-in-law to Bruce Lombardi '66.  She is also grandmother to Matthew Lombardi ’00, Andrew Giordano ’03, Kevin Lombardi ’04 and Daniel Giordano ’10.

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Anne Greco RIP
  • 2010s

Anne Greco – mother of Annamarie Mansueto (CHS staff), mother-in-law of Carlo Mansueto (CHS staff), and grandmother of Michael ’13 – November 17, 2021

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Zachary Diehl ’11
  • 2010s

Chaplain Fr. Peter Heiskell, S.M. '86 officiated the marriage of Zachary Diehl '11 and his wife Kelly May on October 9, 2021 in St. Joachim's Church in Rockport, Massachusetts. The reception took place at the Beauport Hotel in Gloucester. Here he is pictured here with Zachary and several other Chaminade alumni who attended the wedding.

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Francis Morrisey '22 & Joseph Arnold '22  & Jake Grosso '22
  • 2020s

On September 26, 2021, current students Francis Morrisey ’22, Joseph Arnold ’22, and Jake Grosso ’22 honored Mr. Frank Morrisey (Chaminade Current parent, CAPA, FDNY Lieutenant), currently battling 9/11 related cancer, by running in the annual Tunnel to Towers run. What a wonderful surprise and honor shown by these young men to Mr. Morrisey!

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David Maloof ’76
  • 1970s

David Maloof ’76, an international attorney, human rights activist, and writer, had contacted the mayor of New York City, Hon. Bill de Blasio on May 28, 2021 to request that a parade be held to thank the essential workers who supported the city in its time of need during the early days of the Covid 19 pandemic. The mayor had agreed to arrange this parade and on July 7, 2021 2400 hero “essential workers” marched down Broadway in NYC in the city’s “Hometown Heroes” parade. Our hometown heroes were certainly recognized and applauded for all their efforts during the Covid 19 pandemic.

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Kristofer Seibt ’07
  • 2000s

Kristofer Seibt ’07 has joined the West Point Department of History as an instructor. CPT Seibt earned an MA in European History , Politics, and Society from Columbia University, where his research focused on German colonialism in Africa during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He commissioned through ROTC at Providence College, where he earned his BA I History with a minor in German. He has previously served in cavalry and military intelligence assignments in Germany and Hawaii.

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Straton Podaras '16
  • 2010s

Straton Podaras '16 Signs with LA Angels

Straton Podaras '16 will soon be moving from the East Coast to the West Coast. The Chaminade alumnus and collegiate baseball player has signed with the Los Angeles Angels as an undrafted free agent.
During his time at Chaminade, Straton played baseball all four years and served as captain. He also participated in Emmaus and the Student-Athlete Leadership Program.
He completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. It was during his final year there that he performed his best season. Straton was also named one of 16 semifinalists for the Buster Posey Award, an honor given to the nation's top catcher annually.
Best of luck, Straton – go Flyers!

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Luke Valentino '21 and Kieran Morse '21
  • 2020s

Luke Valentino '21 and Kieran Morse '21 came in first and second place, respectively, as recipients of the 2021 Steven McDonald Memorial Scholarship Award from the NYPD With Open Arms organization. Pictured are the award recipients with Patti Ann McDonald P'05 (third from left), widow of Detective Steven McDonald, who was shot and paralyzed in Central Park in 1986, along with other representatives from the organization.

The scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors within the NYPD community living with special needs or those who are family members of a special needs individual. Congratulations, Luke and Kieran!

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Gonzalo R Vazquez-Jimenez ’18
  • 2010s

Gonzalo R Vazquez-Jimenez ’18, a fourth year Chemistry major and Biology major in St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, recently earned distinction as a co-author of a research paper that is published in Molecular Neurobiology, a prestigious science journal. Gonzolo cowrote the piece "The Intersection of Parkinson's Disease, Viral Infections, and COVID-19", along with Simon G. Moleer Ph.D., Provots and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor, Biological Sciences, St. John's College of Liberal ARts and Sciences. Ph.D. students Alberim Kurtishi and Benjamin Rosen also coauthored the paper, which explores the relationship and numerous similarities between Parkinson's disease and COVID-19.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34033061/

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Irene Rabbitt RIP
  • 1960s
  • 1990s

Irene Rabbitt – mother of Clare Morosoff (CHS Staff), grandmother of Peter Carriero ’96 (CHS Faculty) and mother-in-law of William Carriero ’69 (CHS Retired Faculty) – June 6, 2021

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Bro. Raymond B. Gohring, S. M. (RIP)

Bro. Raymond B. Gohring, S. M.(RIP) - retired CHS science faculty member (taught 1956-1963) - April 21, 2021

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Matthew Vowinkle '17
  • 2010s

Congratulations to Matthew Vowinkle of the Class of 2017 on being the second pick of the third round of the 2021 MLS SuperDraft. Vowinkle has been drafted to FC Cincinnati! 

As a freshman soccer player, Vowinkle was voted Best in League. His sophomore year, he was given the rare opportunity to join the Varsity Soccer team here at Chaminade. As his high school career progressed, Vowinkle was not only voted Gatorade's New York State Player of the year, but he also became a two-time All-American player for soccer. Upon graduating, Vowinkle received a full scholarship to Hofstra University to play for the Hofstra Pride.  Coach Mike Gallagher said of Vowinkle, "Matt was one of the most complete players we have ever had. He is immensely talented, but his hard work and grit impressed me the most."

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Patrick Desmond RIP

Patrick Desmond RIP – cousin of Fr. Garrett Long, S.M. (CHS faculty) ’62 – March 3, 2021

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Michael Costantino RIP

Michael Costantino RIP – father-in-law of Joan Costantino (CHS Treasurer) – March 4, 2021

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Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy (CHS Faculty) and his wife, Hannah, welcomed their daughter Claire Riva on March 12, 2021

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Karen (Kuntz) Joyce

Karen (Kuntz) Joyce(CHS faculty) and her husband, Charles, welcomed their daughter Eleanor Mairead on March 20, 2021

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Andrew Chichester

Andrew Chichester (CHS staff) and his wife, Ciarra, welcomed their son David Andrew on January 12, 2021

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Colleen Aprile

Colleen Aprile (CHS Faculty) and her husband, Jonathan, welcomed their daughter Emma Rose on February 3, 2021

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Sarah Bersamin

Sarah Bersamin (CHS Faculty) and her husband, Frank, welcomed their daughter Eliza Claire on February 9, 2021

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Kenneth Caccavale '08
  • 2000s

Kenneth Caccavale ’08 married Paula Fastuca on March 21, 2020

      Paula Fastuca and Ken Caccavale were supposed to have an almost 200-guest wedding in mid-March, but they had to postpone it because of the coronavirus. The couple decided to have a small wedding ceremony on the roof of their apartment building with their immediate family on the day they were supposed to get married. The couple's family set up a makeshift altar for them on the roof, and their neighbors cheered them on from other roofs and fire escapes while they said their vows.

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  • 2000s
Timothy Andre '03

Timothy Andre ’03 married Danielle Bastow on October 10, 2020

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  • 1990s
Sean O'Connell '92

Sean O’Connell ‘92 published his first book,  Release the Snyder Cut.  This nonfiction book documents an historic Hollywood controversy about a lost Justice League film that fans had to fight to see. The film hits HBO MAX in March, 2021.

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Ronald Ahern '91

Ronald Ahern ’91 and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed their son Andrew James on February 19, 2021

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Capt. Mike Flatley '89 and Don Caetano '89
  • 1980s

Captain Mike Flatley ’89, USN, and Don Caetano ’89 had an impromptu reunion at the York College in Queens for the opening of a COVID-19 vaccination site on February 24, 2021.  CAPT Flatley serves as an Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for the Department of Defense at the site, while Caetano is the External Affairs Director for the regional office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Mike served on active duty from 1993-1999, has been in the Navy Reserve since 2002, and works for Pratt & Whitney in his civilian life.  Don has worked for FEMA since 2010 after retiring from a 20-year career in the United States Marine Corps.

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Arthur O’Connor '54
  • 1950s

Arthur O’Connor '54 and his wife of 58 years, Marcy, have moved to Bay Village of Sarasota, a Continuing Care Retirement Community.  They have lived in Sarasota since 1986. Art is a Co-founder and former President of the Chaminade Southwest Florida Alumni Chapter.

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  • 1960s
Chuck Mansfield '62

Chuck Mansfield ’62 and his wife, Mame, have co-authored a new book.  Kevin Courageous: A Journey of Faith, Hope and Love is the brainchild of the authors, who are Kevin’s paternal grandparents. They conceived of writing such a work in the wake of the tragic illness that befell their second grandson, Kevin Sean Mansfield, on February 23, 2018. One week after being stricken, Kevin, with his mother by his side and still in his hospital bed, opened his eyes and emerged from a coma. He could not yet speak or stand or walk or take care of any of his personal needs. Quite miraculously, Kevin resisted death and his family gives thanks to the Lord for sparing him and giving him renewed life.

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  • 1960s
Charles Ruff '66

Charles Ruff '66 has sold his orthodontist practice this past spring after practicing for 40 years and is now working part time. He is still teaching at the Harvard Department of Orthodontics also part time. He is looking forward to celebrating his 48th wedding anniversary with his wife, Rebecca, in November.

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  • 1960s
Robert Hussey ’67

Robert Hussey ’67 was elected by the membership of the Mercedes Club of New York as the 2019 Member of the Year. Bob has been instrumental in the immense success of the “Great Marques Concours d’Elegance” car show, which has become the largest Concours Car Show in the northeast.

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  • 1960s
Richard (Dick) Kearns '68

Richard (Dick) Kearns '68 and his wife Maureen (Mo) were honored at the 2020 Monsignor James McDonald Memorial Golf Outing on August 31, 2020, a fundraising event which is held annually to support St. Aidan School (Williston Park).

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  • 1980s
Joseph Castrigno '86

Joseph Castrigno '86 and Sherry Lynn Herr were married on April 18, 2020.

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Paul Annunizato '87
  • 1980s

Paul Annunizato '87 is involved with several volunteer services, one of which is The Homeland Security Foundation. His focus was to expand its reach to the west coast. The Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation West was sworn in on November 12, 2019, where Paul holds the seat of Vice Chair of the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation.

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  • 1990s
Kevin Flanagan '98

Kevin Flanagan '98 and his wife Jen welcomed their son, Declan Jeffrey, on July 16, 2020.

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  • 1990s
Michael Dolce '99

Michael Dolce '99 (CHS faculty) and his wife, Kelly, welcomed their daughter Molly Ann on October 8, 2020.

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Christopher Ambrosio '10
  • 2010s

Christopher Ambrosio '10 and Taylor Colleen Curley were married on October 4, 2019. In photo: Raymond Moylan '10, Andrew Napolitano '10, Joseph Guarino '97, Daniel Carter '10, Matthew Austin ’09,  David Portmore '10, Christopher Ambrosio '10, Matthew Ambrosio '16, Luke Bonomo '11, Gregory Gerner '10, Mr. Daniel Petruccio (Faculty), Michael Lagumina '10

 

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  • 2010s
John Felbinger '13

John Felbinger '13 married Veronica Kelleher on December 27, 2019.

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Oliver Roberts '14
  • 2010s

Oliver Roberts '14, a second year Harvard Law student, will be arguing a case against the IRS in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, on behalf of low–income taxpayers. As a student attorney in the Harvard Legal Services Tax Clinic, Oliver has spent this past semester representing low–income taxpayers against the IRS. Oliver had also spent undergraduate years interning at the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania, for the House Oversight Committee in Washington, DC and for multiple congressional offices.

 

 

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Brianna Campmier

Brianna Campmier (formerly O’Neill, CHS Faculty) and her husband, Dave, welcomed their daughter, Mae Catherine, on July 27, 2020.

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Tom Griffin

Tom Griffin (CHS Faculty) and his wife, Joanna, welcomed their son Benedict Francis on October 6, 2020.

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  • 2020s
John Mazzello

John Mazzello (CHS Faulty) and his wife, Diana, welcomed their son Luke Joseph, on August 26, 2020.

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  • 2020s
Ana Moz

Ana Moz (CHS staff) and her husband Wilfredo, welcomed their daughter, Nicole, on January 27, 2020. 

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