William Bliek ’01: bachelor of business administration with a major in finance.
Bill spent 10 years as an investment banker, where he advised on $6 billion of mergers and acquisitions transactions and raised $12 billion and $1.8 billion of debt and equity issuance, respectively. He also held domestic and international general management and business development roles and is currently the president and general manager of The Reliance Contracting Group, Inc.
Bill is married to fellow Bonnie, Stacy Reeves-Bliek,’00, MBA ’01. They are the proud parents of two future Bonnies, Charlotte, 5, and Evelyn, 2, and reside in Victor, New York.
Jeff Connors, ’02: bachelor of arts in history and minor in secondary education.
One among many in his Buffalo-based family who graduated from St. Bonaventure, Jeff later moved to Washington, D.C., earning his master’s in English at Marymount University. From 2004-2006, Jeff lived and worked in New York City as an entertainer and performed off-Broadway. In 2006, Jeff moved back to the Buffalo area (Evans) and began teaching at his alma mater, Lake Shore Central, as a high school English teacher.
Currently, he is the instructor of Lake Shore 2017: Freshman Seminar — a life-skills course designed to help 9th-grade students academically, behaviorally, socially and emotionally prepare for life in and after high school. When Jeff is not teaching freshmen, he is busy in numerous extra-curricular activities like coaching track, the Boys’ and Girls' Club of Lake Shore and motivating high school seniors to attend St. Bonaventure.
Mary Louise Conrow earned a bachelor of business administration in 1986 and went on to earn a law degree at Syracuse University. She is a member of the New York State Bar (’92), the U.S. District Court for the Northern (’92), Southern (’09) and Eastern (’09) Districts as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (’13).
In 2000, Mary Lou joined Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP, where she is a partner. She concentrates in the litigation field, with emphasis on municipal liability, including police and fire disability and retirement claims, labor negotiations, workers' compensation and social security claims. Her previous experience includes private practice in Broome County, vice president of workers' compensation and disability for EM Ernst Management, risk manager for Broome County, first assistant corporation counsel for the City of Binghamton and assistant Broome County public defender.
Linda Cooper Cross, ’71: earned a bachelor of business administration in management at a time when there were very few women business majors, which led her to a long career in the insurance industry.
In 1982, Linda earned her Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter professional designation. In 2012, she retired from her distinguished career to focus on her family, friends, and wide variety of charitable activities. She has been an active participant in alumni events and is a longtime supporter of the The Bonaventure Fund.
Her husband, fellow St. Bonaventure alumnus, Daniel Cross, class of 1971, passed away in 2002. She has two daughters, Bethany and Kathryn, and is a doting grandmother of Alyssa. She is a resident of Orchard Park, New York.
Tom Cullen, ’00: bachelor of business administration, is the 38th member of his extended family to graduate from St. Bonaventure.
Tom began his career in the financial services field, as a trader in Chicago. After six years, he left the trading floor to start multiple businesses. These businesses include LaunchPad Lab, which is a software development firm started in 2012. Additionally, he founded PayValet, a payments firm assisting businesses with debt collection.
Married to Michelle Hoffstaetter Cullen, ’00, they are parents of a daughter, who will continue the family legacy as a member of the St. Bonaventure University, Class of 2035. In addition to his responsibilities on the National Alumni Association Board, he serves as president of the Chicago alumni chapter.
Matthew Dabrowski, ’04: bachelor of arts in political science.
He is currently the U.S. political analyst at Citigroup Global Markets, based in New York City.
A pollster by training, Matt specializes in public opinion research, global political analysis and electoral politics. A veteran of U.S. politics, he's managed political campaigns at the statewide and federal levels. His experience includes research with the McLaughlin Consulting Firm on behalf of members of congress; working with a prominent U.S. political figure and former presidential candidate; and with a research firm based 'in country' in Afghanistan.
He is a member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research and the American Political Science Association.
Matt is single and currently lives in New York City.
Nicholas P. DeMarco: a 2011 cum laude graduate with a bachelor of arts in political science and minor in journalism/mass communications. While a student he participated in mock trial and received the Political Science Award – honorable mention upon graduation.
He is a May 2014 candidate for a juris doctor from the State University of New York – Buffalo. While attending law school his activities have included: clerk for the Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal; member, Sports and Entertainment Law Society; member, Torfeasors; and student member, American Bar Association.
In additional to his formal studies, Nick is a law clerk at the firm of Gibson, McAskill & Crosby LLP in Buffalo where he will accept a full time attorney position upon completion of the New York State Bar Exam in the summer of 2014.
A native of Hamburg, New York, Nick is currently a resident of the City of Buffalo.
Marianne C. Glover, ’75: bachelor of business administration in accounting, and M.B.A. from Niagara University. For more than 10 years, she has been a member of the faculty of Daemen College in Buffalo, N.Y. teaching a wide variety of business courses within the departments of accounting, MIS, and business administration.
Prior to entering the academic field, she held leadership roles with Standard Oil and the FMC Corporation, both in Western New York.
She is married to Dr. Robert Glover, M.D., and they have two adult sons. She and her husband reside in Getzville, New York.
Eboni Hayes, ’98: bachelor of arts in journalism/mass communications and master of arts in integrated marketing communications.
She is founder and chief executive officer of Envisage Marketing Communications, a niche marketing communications firm in Buffalo, N.Y. She loves contacting people through social media, and staying current on the newest trends.
Eboni is an advocate with the Upstate New York National Multiple Sclerosis Society and enjoys singing - having performed in Dortmund, Germany and in plays across Buffalo.
She is mother to Laila Skye and to her cat, Summer.
Gabriel Iturbides ’02, 06: bachelor of arts in English and master of science in professional leadership. An alumus of the university’s Higher Education Opportunity Progam (HEOP), Gabe worked as a graduate assistant and counselor for St. Bonaventure University’s HEOP.
After leaving St. Bonaventure, he worked for a time in the financial sector in New York City. Realizing that his true passion was in higher education, he relocated to Geneseo, N.Y., where he is counselor/coordinator for AOP Student Development at SUNY Geneseo. He is also the staff coordinator of the Men Incorporating Leadership, Empowerment, and Service (M.I.L.E.S.), a men’s leadership group at SUNY Geneseo.
Gabe is originally from the Washington Heights section of Manhattan in New York City and is a descendant of Dominican immigrants. In 2013, he married his best friend, Heidi Iturbides (Regan) and celebrated the birth of their daughter, Ruby Adelaide Iturbides. They reside in Rochester, NY.
Robert P. Kane, ’78: bachelor of arts in journalism/mass communication.
Robert is a senior partner with Training Unlimited, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in training, organizational development, human resources and communications. He previously enjoyed a successful career within the financial services industry where he held key roles with Merrill Lynch as vice president of organizational development and quality manager, serving 2,800 employees across 700 branch offices. Additionally, he led administrative services with responsibilities for managing administrative, communications, human resources, facilities, and technology functions across multiple sites.
He co-authored “Putting Your Best Foot Forward: School to Work Program”, which is utilized by thousands of high school and college students to help prepare for the job search process.
Current and past professional and community activities include: Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources past-president; current executive board and director of the scholarship and sponsorship committee member of the Garden State Council-SHRM; member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM); Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church usher team; volunteer for the America Heart Association; member of the Sedgefield Civic Association.
Kane was named to the National Alumni Association Board in 2008 and was elected president in May 2013. He is serving a two-year term on the board of trustees.
Sr. Suzanne M. Kush ‘06: is a Felician sister who holds a master of arts in Franciscan Studies. She received a bachelor of arts in history from Canisius College and holds a master of arts in religious studies from Aquinas College, as well as a master of arts in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Currently, Sr. Suzanne is the director of the Franciscan Center for Social Concern at St. Bonaventure University and adjunct faculty member. She also serves as a staff member for Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs.
Previously she taught for almost a decade in the Diocese of Buffalo Catholic schools at the elementary and secondary levels. Previously, Sr. Suzanne served as a director of religious education at several parishes, was vocation and formation director for her community, was a member of the faculty of Villa Maria College of Buffalo and Felician College, Lodi, N.J. Presently, she serves on the board of trustees of Villa Maria College, Buffalo, New York and the board of directors of the Mental Health Association of Cattaraugus County, New York.
Sr. Suzanne is a native of Buffalo, New York.
Steve Leary, ’75: bachelor of arts in history.
While an undergraduate, he was active in a variety of student activities, including: president of the dorm council, and a member of the student judicial board. He was a member of the university’s first rugby team, and was also his floor’s intramural captain, which twice won the President’s Cup.
He went on to earn an M.B.A. at Russell Sage College and is currently the senior account manager for the America Red Cross Blood Service in Eastern New York State.
Steve, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., is part of a legacy family with his sister, Sue Leary Redmill. He is the proud father of three adult children and currently lives in Waterford, New York.
Maureen Butler Maier, ’78: bachelor of arts in history.
Her professional career has been focused in the financial services field, spending nine years working for Federated Investors as a senior research analyst and specializing in mutual funds for corporate bank trust departments. Since that time, she has spent 25 years in private family wealth management, specializing in real estate, investments, and family trusts.
In addition to her professional career, Maureen is an active volunteer for a variety of charities. She is the vice president of the board of directors for the Carnegie Library and the secretary for the National Alumni Association Board.
Maureen is married to fellow Bonnie, Robert Maier ‘76 and they make their home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Andrew Mantilia, ’08 and ’09: bachelor of business administration and M.B.A. in 2009. Since beginning as an intern at KPMG LLP in New York after his junior year at St. Bonaventure, Andrew has held several positions at the firm in management consulting. Currently, Andrew is a manager in KPMG’s London office working on the global government & infrastructure team.
Andrew is also the co-founder of Embrace It Africa, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity focused on assisting a rural village in Uganda. Embrace It Africa was incubated by fellow classmates in 2007 as part of St. Bonaventure’s Enactus chapter (formerly SIFE). Embrace It Africa was carved out into a separate entity in 2010 with fundraising currently exceeding US$ 60,000 annually.
A native of Connecticut, Andrew is currently living in London, UK. He is a member of a legacy family with his parents Robert ’73 and Susan ‘74 being among the university’s alumni.
Kristan McMahon, ‘97 graduated magna cum laude from St. Bonaventure in 1997 with bachelor's degrees in journalism/mass communication and political science. She then went on to earn her juris doctorate from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 2000, and earned a certificate from the Telecommunications Law Institute.
Currently, Kristan is counsel-antitrust for Verizon. Her practice focuses on government merger work, litigation and antitrust training for the Verizon entities. Prior to joining Verizon in 2006, McMahon was staff attorney at Howrey, LLP, focusing on antitrust litigation and government merger work. She is a member of the Virginia State and DC Bars.
She currently serves as the first vice president of St. Bonaventure’s National Alumni Association Board and resides in Virginia.
Thomas Moore, ’74: bachelor of arts in history.
Tom has built a career in the financial services industry, specializing in the insurance field. He is employed by the Headquarters Financial Group based in Morristown, New Jersey.
He and his wife, Cathy ’74, are a St. Bonaventure legacy family who make their home in Ringwood, New Jersey. All three of their children have followed in their footsteps to become Bonnies.
Mary Coughlin Quinn, ’76: bachelor of business administration in marketing. She began her professional career working for the City of Buffalo, N.Y. where she worked in the financial services industry, holding management positions with Columbia Banking and First Federal Bank.
Mary made the career decision to return to public service, where she continues to this day. Since 1978, she has held a variety of administrative and leadership roles within Monroe BOCES 2 and the Brockport Central School District.
In her spare time, Mary enjoys many fun activities, including travelling, bowling, jazzercise, and spending time with family and friends. She is a long time participant in alumni activities and enjoys her ability to give back to the university.
Mary and Marty are the proud parents of three children, two of whom, attended St. Bonaventure. Mary’s brother is Brother F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., the University’s vice president of Franciscan Mission.
Georgette Attea Rautenstrauch, ’82: bachelor of business administration in marketing.
Since 1989, she has worked in her family business, M. Attea & Brothers, Inc., based in Buffalo, N.Y, where she currently serves as the firm’s controller and office manager.
When not working, Georgette is busy with a variety of educational, religious, and sports related boards. In addition to her work on the National Alumni Association Board, she has served as the president of the Queen of Heaven Home School Guild, as a member of the St. Francis High School Parents Guild Board, and on the booster club board for men’s lacrosse at Canisius College. She has also been involved at the Queen of Heaven Church, where she was a religious education teacher.
Georgette and her husband, Jim, are residents of West Seneca, N.Y. They are the proud parents of Kevin, Michael, and Joseph.
Fr. Daniel Riley, O.F.M.,’64: bachelor of arts in philosophy and coursework in biology.
He serves as chaplin to the National Alumni Association Board and is a friar priest of Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor, the university’s sponsoring order. Fr. Dan is one of the founding members of the Franciscan mountain retreat, Mt. Irenaeus. He is president of “The Mountain” and serves on its board of directors.
In 1990, Fr. Dan was named the Guardian of Holy Peace Friary, the Franciscan community of men based at Mt. Irenaeus. He works closely with all members of the University community from alumni to students to help meet their spiritual needs.
Prior to his role at the Mountain, Fr. Dan held various positions throughout the Holy Name Province and at St. Bonaventure, including being a founding member and a director of campus ministry.
Fr. Dan is a native of Rochester, New York.
Arthur H. Roberts, ’68: bachelor of arts in history, MBA graduate work in organizational behavior from Long Island University and advanced educational work through the University of Michigan and Cornell University executive development programs. Art’s professional experience also includes military service as an officer in the U.S. Army.
Art has achieved a distinguished career within human resources encompassing a series of leadership positions, each with additional responsibility during nearly 40 years with Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York. Prior to retirement, Art was director and vice president of human resources for the graphic communications group where he successfully delivered strategic and operational leadership toward the acquisition and integration of six major independent businesses to create one integrated $4 billion global business with over 10,000 employees.
Currently, residing in Rochester, Art uses this background and experience through a consulting practice focused on executive leadership development and coaching. In addition, he works as a volunteer business counselor for SCORE, a national volunteer organization dedicated to advising America’s small businesses.
Elizabeth Years Stevens, ’02, ’03: bachelor's degree in elementary education and master's degree in childhood literacy.
Elizabeth began her professional career in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District teaching sixth grade. In the classroom, Elizabeth drew on much of what she learned in her teacher education program at SBU. She also drew on her experiences at SBU as a PT3 (Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology) graduate assistant. In this role Elizabeth planned and implemented technology focused professional development workshops. This experience highlighted the value of professional development in education and served as the foundation of Elizabeth’s research interest in literacy and technology.
Elizabeth is currently completing a Ph.D. in literacy education at Syracuse University. Like those at SBU who influenced her identity as a teacher, she aspires to instill a love for learning in many. Her career goal is to educate teachers.
Elizabeth met her husband, Matthew Stevens ’02, ’03 at St. Bonaventure. Together they have two daughters, Adelynn and Lyla.
Kate Torpey, ’86: bachelor of arts in social science is currently the director of business development for Alliance Shippers, Inc.
Alumni among Kate’s family members are her dad, Thomas ’55; sister Patricia Torpey Keller, ’89; and brother-in-law, Paul Keller, ’87.
In addition to her work on the National Alumni Association Board, her charity efforts include serving on the board of St. Dominic’s Home and the Rockland Country Club Foundation.
She resides in Nanuet, New York.
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