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Ronald DePentu
Ronald Depentu graduated in 1959 with a B.F.A. in Art Education. He is currently retired.Ronald DePentu '59
Rita Auerbach
Rita Auerbach, '54,'74Rita Auerbach graduated in 1954 with a B.F.A. in Art Education. She is currently an Artist.
Grace Myhre, '51
Grace Myhre graduated in 1951 with a B.S. in Elementary Education.  She is a retired teacher.
Catherine Horton, '81, '83
Catherine Horton, '81,'83Catherine Horton graduated in 1981 with a B.S. in Elementary/Special Education. She is a Retired Buffalo Teacher/People-Inc. Employee.
Mark Looney, '85
Mark Looney, '85Mark Looney graduated in 1985 with a B.S. in Industrial Technology. He is a Director of Quality for the Landing Systems Division of United Technologies in Cleveland OH.
Jim Hartman, '74, '77
Jim Hartman, '74,'77Jim Hartman graduated in 1974 with a B..A. in Humanities and in 1977 with a M.S. in Student Personnel Administration. He is a Retired NYS Director of Federal Agency USDOL/VETS.
Julie Deuble, '10
Julie Deuble, '10Julie Deuble graduated in 2010 with a B.F.A. in Interior Design. She is a designer.
George Clever, '58
George Clever, '58George Clever graduated in 1958 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. He is a Retired Mathematics Professor and Military Commander.
Brian Milone, '09
Raelyn Woltz, '14Brian Milone graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in History. He is a Management and Program Analyst for the Department of Homeland Security.
Raelyn Woltz, '14
Raelyn Woltz, '14Raelyn Woltz graduated in 2014 with a B.F.A. in Interior Design. She is an Interior Designer/ Lecturer.
Jessica Lewis, '07
Jessica Lewis, '07Jessica Lewis graduated in 2007 with a B.S. in Social Studies Education. She is a Principal Publicist & Owner of LaLew Public Relations.
Jill Simon, '15
Jill Simon, '15Jill Simon graduated in 2015 with a M.S.ED in Special Education 1-6. She is a Special Education Teacher at Prince George's County Public Schools Seat Pleasant in Elementary 2nd Grade Autism.
Kimberly Mitchell, '15
Kimberly Mitchell, '15Kimberly Mitchell graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She is a Special Education Teacher at Orleans Niagara BOCES.
Daniel Klein, '16
Daniel Klein, '16Daniel Klein graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Childhood Education. He is a Graduate Assistant at SUNY Buffalo State.
Mike Greenberg, '94
Mike Greenberg, '94Mike Greenberg graduated in 1994 with a B.A. in Communications.  He is a Teacher and Radio Host.
Deneen Hernandez, '88
Deneen Hernandez, '88Deneen Hernandez graduated in 1988 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. She is a Forensic Examiner
Kimberly LaRussa, '11
Kimberly LaRussa, '11Kimberly LaRussa graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. She is the Community Content Producer at the Buffalo News.
Eva Doyle, '75,'82
Eva Doyle, '75,'82Eva Doyle graduated in 1975 with a B.S. in Childhood Education. She is a retired Buffalo teacher, columnist and author.
David Gorlewski, '72,'74
David Gorlewski, '72,'74David Gorlewski graduated in 1972 with a B.A. in Secondary English Education. He is an author who recently retired from a career in higher education.
Julie Gorlewski, '85
Julie GorlewskiJulie Gorlewski graduated in 1985 with a B.A. in Secondary English Education. She is an Associate Professor and Chair for the Department of Teaching and Learning and School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dallas Isiah Taylor, '16
Dallas Isiah TaylorDallas Isiah Taylor graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Journalism. He is a Development and Sustainability Coordinator at Algonquin Sports for Kids.
Abby Holland, '06

Abby Holland Abby Holland graduated in 2006 with a B.A. in Public Communication. She is a writer and comedian who lives and works in New York City.

Porsha Ari Coaxum, '11
Porsha Ari Coaxum, '11Porsha Ari Coaxum graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Journalism, and is a News Program Host at 88.7 FM WBFO.

Peter Michael Marino, '83
Peter Michael Marino, '83Peter Michael Marino is a Producer-Writer-Director-Performer. He graduated in 1983 with a B.A. in Theater Arts.


Kevin Freiheit, '16
Kevin Freiheit, '16Kevin Freiheit is an editorial producer for Major League Baseball (MLB). He graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Journalism.
Judy Bradbury, '74
Judy Bradbury, '74Judy Bradbury graduated in 1974 with a B.S. in Elementary Education, and is a full-time author and professional development consultant.
Mark Hosken, '78
Mark Hosken, '78Mark Hosken is an attorney, Supervisory Assistant Federal Public Defender, in Rochester, NY. He graduated in 1978 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice.
John Starkey, '98
John Starkey, '98John Starkey is the principal at Lafayette International High School in Buffalo, NY. He graduated in 1998 with a B.A. in Spanish.
Kelsey Bashore, '13
Kelsey Bashore, '13Kelsey Bashore graduated in 2013 with a B.S. in Fashion and Textile Technology, and is a hunting/fishing apparel designer at Under Armour.
Denis Uminski, B.S. '64, M.S. '67
Denis Uminski, B.S. '64, M.S. '67Denis Uminski is currently an attorney. He served in the National Guard for 27 years, and was involved with Casting Hall Productions on campus. He received his B.S. in Secondary Education (Social Studies) in 1964 and M.S. in Social Studies Education in 1967.
Neil O'Donnell, '93
Neil O'Donnell, '93Neil O'Donnell is a senior EOP counselor at Buffalo State College. He received his B.S. in Anthropology in 1993.
Mary (Tirone) DiPaola, '94
Mary (Tirone) DiPaola, '94Mary (Tirone) DiPaola is an adjunct professor in the Fashion and Textile Technology Department at Buffalo State College. She graduated in 1994 with a B.S. in Fashion and Textile Technology.
Aaron Kanige, '14
Aaron Kanige, '14Aaron Kanige is an ESL Teacher in Santander, Spain. He graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in Spanish Education.
Robert Lowery, '00
Robert Lowery, '00Robert Lowery graduated in 2000 with a B.S. in Sociology, and is the director of program quality at Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo.
Kyle Bradstreet, B.A. '02, M.A. '04
Kyle Bradstreet, B.A. '02, M.A. '04Kyle Bradstreet, B.A. ’02, M.A. ’04, is an award-winning writer/producer. One of his writing and producing credits includes the critically acclaimed series "Mr. Robot."
Matthew Bové, '13
Matthew Bové, '13Matthew Bové is a reporter at WKBW. He received his B.A. in Journalism in 2013.
Kathryn Leacock, '99
Kathryn Leacock, '99Kathryn Leacock is the director of collections at the Buffalo Museum of Science. She graduated in 1999 with a B.A. in Anthropology.
Greg Whitehurst, '15

Greg Whitehurst, '15Greg Whitehurst received his B.A. in History in 2015, and is the founder of the Gourm-Asian Bistro food truck.

Samantha Nephew, '11
Samantha Nephew, '11Samantha Nephew graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Public Communication, and is a community organizer.