William Bliek ’01: bachelor of business administration with a major in finance.
Bill started his career at Deutsche Bank Securities, where he spent six years in the bank's Global Industrial Group. While at Deutsche Bank, Bill provided capital raising and M&A advisory services to companies in the Building Products, Packaging, and Metals and Mining Sectors. After Deutsche Bank, Bill was a Principal at Oleet & Company, a boutique investment banking firm in Vermont, where he provided advisory services to middle market companies and raised foreign capital through the USCIS-run immigration-through-investment program known as EB-5. Bill has held senior management positions at two operating companies, one located in Sydney, Australia and the other located in Rochester, NY. In 2014, Bill joined M&T Bank as a commercial lender.
Bill is a member of the University's National Alumni Association Board where he is the 2nd. vice president.
He is married to fellow Bonnie, Stacy Reeves-Bliek,’00, MBA ’01. They are the proud parents of two future Bonnies and reside in Victor, New York.
Meg Burt, '82: bachelor of business administration in marketing with a minor in mass communication.
Meg is a Key Account Executive with Papyrus Recycled Greetings, a division of American Greetings. She has been in the Social Expressions business for over 20 years in this capacity.
Prior Key Account assignments were based in Boston and Syracuse.
Meg served on the Bonaventure Gaudete Committee in Rochester in April 2014, and looks forward to serving the Bonaventure community as a member of the NAAB.
Meg resides in Rochester (Webster), with her husband, Gene. They have a daughter, Kate (Bonas’12), and son, Kevin.
Emily Ciraolo ’08, ’09 – Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication & Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications
Emily is an assistant director of corporate communications at National Fuel Gas Co. There, she manages the National Fuel Gas Company Foundation as well as the company’s community relations efforts in addition to helping drive internal and external communications with various stakeholders. Over the last three years, she served as co-chairperson of the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership New York West Seminar and recently transitioned to director of public relations. She is also a member of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County’s Next Generation United Advisory Board. During her time at Bona’s, Emily was a member of the women’s swimming team, BonaResponds, Student Government Association, and American Advertising Federation.
Kelly Cobb, '10, '11: bachelor of business administration with majors in accounting and marketing, and MBA in 2011.
Since graduating in 2011, Kelly has held multiple positions in auditing. She worked for 2 years at Ciaschi, Dietershagen, Little, Mickelson & Company, LLP in Ithaca, N.Y., as an external auditor focusing primarily on non-profit, governmental, and school district clients. Kelly currently works for Corning Incorporated as a senior internal controls analyst, and functions as an internal auditor at the corporate level for Corning's various businesses and divisions.
While at St. Bonaventure, Kelly was heavily involved in Enactus (formally SIFE), BonaResponds, as well as other service opportunities through the school of business. Additionally, Kelly studied abroad twice and worked closely with global organizations to host events in other areas of the world. She has continued helping her community through serving as an active board member for two local organizations: Tompkins Connect and Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund.
Kelly is a member of NAAB as secretary.
A native of Syracuse, N.Y., she is currently living in Ithaca, N.Y.
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 ninth 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 '86: bachelor of business administration.
Mary Louise 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, N.Y.
Nicholas P. DeMarco '11: bachelor of arts in political science and a minor in journalism/mass communication, cum laude.
He received his juris doctor, magna cum laude, from the State University at New York - Buffalo Law School in May 2014. While attending law school his activities included: clerk for the Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal; member, Sports and Entertainment Law Society; member, Torfeasors; and student member, American Bar Association.
Nick sat for the New York State Bar Exam in July 2014, and has since accepted a position with the law firm Gibson, McAskill & Crosby LLP in Buffalo, practicing in the field of civil litigation.
A native of Hamburg, N.Y., Nick is a resident of the City of Buffalo. Nick can be reached at email@example.com.
Eboni Hayes, ’98, '06: bachelor of arts in journalism/mass communications and master of arts in integrated marketing communications.
Eboni is a licensed real estate salesperson with Nothnagle Realtors. She is also founder/CEO of Envisage Marketing Communications, a niche marketing firm. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and singing, having performed in Dortmund, Germany and belongs to the St. Martin de Porres Gospel Choir.
Eboni is a member of the Western New York National Multiple Sclerosis Society Government Relations Committee, the Public Relations Society of America and the National Association of Realtors.
She resides in Buffalo and is the proud mother of Laila Skye, a budding vionlist, and her cat, Summer.
Bill and his wife Ginny (’82) reside in Orchard Park, N.Y. They have two sons, Sean (Hilbert College ‘15) and Patrick (St. Bonaventure University ’16).
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 Interim Director of the Access Opportunity Program 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 served as president from May 2013 to May of 2015.
Stephanie Karnas ’06 – Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance
Stephanie is an Administrative Vice President in the Finance Division of M&T Bank, where her primary role is to coordinate the company’s annual operating plan, track and measure financial performance throughout the year, and drive long-term process improvement.
During her time at St. Bonaventure, Stephanie was captain of the Women’s Swimming & Diving team, a student ambassador for the Admissions Office, and was actively involved in SIMM, Finance Club, BonaResponds, and Vocallusion (a capella group).
Sr. Suzanne M. Kush ‘06: master of arts in Franciscan Studies.
Sr. Suzanne is a Felician sister who holds a bachelor of arts in history from Canisius College, a master of arts in relgious studies from Aquinas College and a master of arts in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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, N.Y., and the board of directors of the Mental Health Association of Cattaraugus County, N.Y.
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 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, N.Y.
Kayte Malik ’03: bachelor of business administration – business information systems
Since early 2013, Kayte has worked at Sears Holdings Corporation (SHC) where she drives strategy and retail innovation as an eCommerce product manager for the Footwear and Kmart Apparel Businesses. Prior to joining SHC, she worked as a tech/finance consultant in Charlotte, NC.
Kayte is also pursuing her MBA in strategy and executive leadership at The University of Notre Dame. She is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and enjoys fundraising for causes she is passionate about.
A native of Rochester, NY, Kayte resides in Chicago, IL.
Kathleen A. Mannion ’03: bachelor of arts in journalism/mass communication.
She went on to earn her master of arts in liberal studies from St. John’s University in 2010.
Currently, Kathleen is director of donor relations in institutional advancement at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. She is responsible for the development and administration of all stewardship activities at the University. Prior to this she served as the associate director of gift planning at St. John’s University.
Kathleen has served as the co-chapter president of the SBU Metro area alumni.
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: bachelor's degree in journalism/mass communication and political science, magna cum laude.
Kristan 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 its 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 president of St. Bonaventure’s National Alumni Association Board and resides in Virginia.
Matthew Minichelli, '04: Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.
Matt is currently the Specialty Lines Manager for Fort Orange Claim Service (FOCUS), an independent adjusting firm servicing the Northeast. He was previously the General Manager for Arbitrage Adjusting Services until its merger with FOCUS in 2015. Matt is active in several industry-related associations. He operates the Metro NY office for the company.
Matt was involved with the Annual Fund, managing the Bonathon during his time as a student at St. Bonaventure. Since graduating he has been active in numerous university activities including: the SHARE Program, Bonnies4Bonnies, the Athletics Department, and both the Metro NY and Buffalo Alumni Chapters.
Matt is a native of Binghamton, NY and currently resides in Rockville Centre, NY. He is a member of a Legacy Family with several family members among the alumni of SBU.
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
Art completed his MBA graduate work in organizational behavior at 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.
Art is a member of the University's National Alumni Association Board where is the 1st. vice president.
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