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Every year, dozens of alumni and Colgate campus community members offer classes for reunion attendees. Read more about this year’s slate of Reunion College faculty.
Jeff Fager ’77 discusses his colleague Andy Rooney '42 P'74, GP'05 at Reunion College

Faculty Directory

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Anthony Aveni is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University professor of astronomy, anthropology, and Native American studies at Colgate University. He was named a U.S. National Professor of the Year and has been awarded the H.B. Nicholson Medal for Excellence in Research in Mesoamerican Studies by Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Fryxell Medal for Interdisciplinary Research by the Society of American Archaeologists. He has researched and written about Mayan astronomy for more than four decades. His most recent book, The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012, made Choice’s Top 10 list for 2010. His most recent book is a non-fiction book for kids: Buried Beneath Us: Discovering the Ancient Cities of the Americas.

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Thomas Balonek, professor of physics and astronomy, whose teaching specialties include extragalactic astronomy and life in the universe, joined the Colgate faculty in 1985. He has a BA from Cornell University and his MS and PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He conducts observatory open houses for the public and instructs students in the use of the telescope.

Goldie Blumenstyk ’79​, has worked at The Chronicle of Higher Education for 26 years and before that, was a reporter at The Orlando Sentinel, is an award-winning reporter who specializes in the business of higher education.”  She also has a M.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. ​Jason Barto ’89, is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist and a graduate of the Municipal Forestry Institute.  He is the founder and Community Forester of Wasatch Back Trees, a non-profit that promotes awareness and education about trees and our Community Forests.  In 2012, Jason was recognized with the Utah Forestry Stewardship Achievement Award.  Jason was responsible for helping three towns achieve Tree City USA status with the Arbor Day Foundation.  Jason also has a private Consulting Arborist Business, ArborDocs, LLC.

Carrie Blackmore ’08 majored in history and German. She was on the university’s Outdoor Education staff, and sang with the Colgate Resolutions. She lives in Hamilton and owns a microbrewery (Good Nature Brewing) in town with her husband. Though she grew up in Pelham, N.Y., she has roots in Hamilton and at Colgate. Those roots, combined with a background in sustainable agriculture and place-based education, inspired her business’s mission to help its region thrive culturally, economically, and ecologically.

Jennifer Brice, associate professor of english

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Anja Chavez​, director of university museums at Colgate University, has an academic background as an art historian, and holds MA and PhD degrees from the University of Bonn, Germany, and she attended the École Normale Supérieure and the Université de Paris Sorbonne (Paris IV). She has taught and lectured at several American universities and museums and held residencies in Beijing and Taiwan.

Vicky Chun ’91, MA’94, director of the division of physical education, recreation, and athletics​.  After a national search, Chun  was named athletics director of Colgate University effective Jan. 1, 2013. She served the position in an interim role the previous five months. Chun is the only female athletics director in the Patriot League. A four-year letter-winner on the Raiders volleyball team, she went on to serve as head coach from 1994-97. She remains the only person in NCAA Division I history to have earned both player and coach of the year in the same conference, as well as the only person to win conference championships in those two roles.

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Joe Eakin, senior visualization lab/planetarium designer and technician​. Joe has been in the planetarium business for 14 years starting out as a Console Operator at the Sky Theater of University of North Texas. For 4 years using a Digistar II combined with Sky Skan's Spice control system, Joe worked on productions, gave shows to school groups, and aided in Astronomy Labs. After graduation and a degree in Geography, he became the program coordinator position for a new planetarium at the University of Texas at Arlington.. In 2008, he became, Senior Visualization Lab Designer & Technician at Colgate University. Joe works closely with faculty and students designing content for many disciplines: Archaeology & Anthropology, Art, Astronomy, Athletics, Biology, Classics, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, History, Physics. Joe also teaches students how to create content for the dome environment using software like the Digistar 5, Maya, 3ds Max, and Adobe After Effects. Joe and his students also have started tinkering with fulldome video & photography using the Freedom 360 rig and the Canon 5D Mark II.

Drew Esocoff ’79, currently works at NBC Sports where he directs Sunday Night Football and the Triple Crown Horse Racing, as well as the Olympics. Drew previously worked at ABC Sports and ESPN. IHe has won 12 Emmy awards. His program will be a simulation of what it is like to be in the production truck during the Kentucky Derby.

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B​ruce Fein ’84, majored in Political Science with a Topical Concentration in International Relations and obtained his law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1987. He is a member of Beta Theta Pi General Fraternity, currently serving on the Colgate Chapter’s Alumni Board as well being an Assistant General Secretary and District Chief of District IV for the General Fraternity. He was a disc jockey and new reader on WRCU-FM, serving as News Director his senior year. He has been an Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review since 2009. He held previous positions as Regional Attorney for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and as an Assistant District Attorney for Cortland County, NY and Onondaga County, NY. He recently was selected for promotion to Colonel in the Army’s Judge Advocate Generals Corps and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, assigned to the New York Army National Guard’s 42nd Infantry Division as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, having previously deployed to Iraq in 2005. He currently resides in Cortland, NY and is married to Julie A. Campbell, Colgate ’84 (Ceremony held in the Colgate Memorial Chapel, July 1988!). Their son David is finishing 8th  grade at Homer Junior High School.

Tom Fussner ’79

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Andy Greenfield ’74, received his B.A. in (philosophy) and his M.A. and A.B.D. from Brown University 1978 (philosophy). From 1983 to present, he has spent his career as an entrepreneur, primarily in the business services category.In 2009, Andy founded the ‘Thought into Action Entrepreneurship Institute’ (TIA) at Colgate University. TIA began as an institution which mentored student entrepreneurs by linking them with successful alumni entrepreneurs, who served as mentors to help student entrepreneurs launch their new enterprises. Today, TIA is the umbrella organization for all of Colgate’ entrepreneurial assets and activities.

He is also a recipient of the 2002 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the business services category.

Ann-Marie Guglieri, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations, A 2004 undergraduate of Syracuse University, Guglieri was a three-year starter on the Orange field hockey team. She earned All-Big East honors in 2003, ranking fourth in the Big East in scoring and second in assists while also being a nominee for the prestigious Doris Soliday Award.

In May 2006, Guglieri earned her master’s degree in education with a concentration in athletic administration at Springfield College.  While earning her master’s, Guglieri served as an assistant coach for the field hockey team in the 2004 and 2005 seasons, when the team won its conference championship in each of those years. In addition to her coaching duties, she worked in the athletic department by assisting in event management, marketing and championships.

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Brian Haghighi ’09​,  co-founded California Fruit Wine Company, an innovative winery in San Diego that is pioneering a new category in the alcohol space called "fruit wine cocktails".  Fruit wine cocktails are made like a wine, since they they are fermented from fruit, although fruit other than grapes, but they drink more like a cocktail both because of the way they taste and because of the time of day and the occasions that you'd drink them. Their fre-be fruit wines work great in sangria, mimosas, or any number of other signature craft cocktails and will be in many outlets across the US starting this fall.

Maura Lofaro Harrower ’89
is an enthusiastic advocate of Grand Teton National Park. Since the time she moved to Jackson, WY in 1997, Maura has enjoyed the serenity and beauty that GTNP offers to its visitors. As is usual for people living in this miraculous valley, Maura and her husband, Kim, entertain many visitors from afar, and GTNP is always at the top of the list of places to visit. Moreover, she enjoys the solitude of the trails in GTNP as her training ground for distance running. Maura is better known as Maura Lofaro, M.D., running a successful obstetrics and gynecology practice, Gros Ventre Ob/Gyn.

Bruce Healey ’84 was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and lived in England, Scotland and the Middle East (Bahrain) early on. In 1984, he graduated with a BA in Psychology from Colgate University. He returned to Brazil after graduation, where he worked for Marsh & McLennan, training in London and the US. He was subsequently Alcoa’s Risk Manager for Brazil based in Sao Paulo, at a time when inflation was running 20 to 80% a month. After moving to Mexico and helping establish Marsh McLennan’s independent office in Mexico City, he was Director for Sao Paulo of a British Insurer, General Accident. He is a licensed insurance broker in both Brazil & Mexico. In 1991 he was nominated a member of the Brazilian Finance Ministry Task Force to help write the new plan to open the insurance market. As a result, he was made a member emeritus of the Brazilian Risk Management Society. In 1998 he moved to Venezuela and then came to Cincinnati with his wife and family in 2001.

Bruce currently lives in Cincinnati with his wife Melanie. He has lived here since 2001. His two children, Nicholas and Jackie are in University. Bruce has been a proud US Citizen since 2008.

Lisa Hillenbrand ’79, Director Global Marketing, Procter & Gamble. As Director of Global Marketing, Lisa Hillenbrand leads global brand building capability initiatives for Procter & Gamble. She has been instrumental in leading numerous breakthrough capability efforts including P&G’s Brand Building Framework. This framework has become the foundation for how P&G approaches marketing.In 2004, Lisa was elected Harley Procter Marketer by the company’s top management.  Those selected for this lifetime honor are recognized as the select few individuals (less than 8 out of 5000+ marketers) who exemplify the highest standards of marketing at P&G.

Lisa has extensive global experience with assignments in Asia, Western Europe and North America. She has a BA from Colgate University, an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Columbia University and has two children.

Ron Hoham
, professor of biology emeritus, taught introductory biology, plant evolution, phycology-macrophytes, and a research course on extreme environments. He earned his BA from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, MS from Michigan State University, and PhD from the University of Washington. Hoham started the Colgate-affiliated Montana study program at the Flathead Lake Biological Station in 1982 and was director of the marine-freshwater science topical concentration. When chair of the Colgate Research Council, he instituted the student wage grant. He edited the Snow Ecology book and participated in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA’s Mars Ice projects.

Brian Hutzley, vice president for finance and administration, Brian brings nearly 30 years of business and management experience gained in higher education and the private sector.

Most recently, he served as vice chancellor for shared services and regional economic development at the State University of New York (SUNY). He also had served as chief financial officer for the SUNY system, overseeing a $12 billion annual budget and the overall administration and operations of the 64-campus system.

Before working in higher education, Hutzley served as director of finance and strategy for Mead in Sidney, N.Y., where he led acquisitions and alliances processes, budgeting, credit and collection, and accounting services. Before Mead, he held management positions at Amphenol Aerospace, AT&T, and NCR.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University, and a master of business administration from Syracuse University.

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Eamon Javers ’94 joined CNBC in June 2010 as a Washington reporter based at the bureau in the nation's capital. He appears on CNBC's business day programming.

Previously, Javers was a White House reporter for Politico, where he covered the intersection of Wall Street and Washington. He conducted investigations of the administration's financial bailouts and economic stimulus efforts, broke news about the presidency of Barack Obama and authored trend stories on Washington.

​Prior to joining Politico, Javers was a Washington correspondent for BusinessWeek magazine writing extensively about Washington lobbying, including the Jack Abramoff scandal and unearthed previously unknown incidents of corporate espionage. He also was an on-air correspondent for CNBC, where he covered the intersection of business and politics. Javers' articles have appeared in Fortune, Money, Congressional Quarterly and Slate.com. He began his career at The Hill, a weekly newspaper (and website) covering Congress.

Javers is author of the book "Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage,"

I​n 2006, Javers received an Award of Distinction in investigative journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

Doug Johnson, associate professor of psychology, director of Colgate’s center for learning, teaching, and research, and 2014 recipient of Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

D. Kay Johnston, professor of educational studies and women’s studies

Mari Jones ’09, grew up with a keen eye towards business, and in particular, the wine business. Her father is the influential Brice Cutrer Jones (founder of Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards and more recently of Emeritus Vineyards). When she was twelve her dad brought her on a business trip to Burgundy where she fell in love with Pinot Noir, it was all downhill from there! After graduating from Colgate with a degree in Philosophy Mari knew that she would end up back in California but made a stop in Colorado on her way back West. She landed in Telluride working with the non-profit Telluride Adaptive Sports Program as the Development Director and snowboarding or hiking every moment that she could. In 2012 she moved back home to join her family's operation, Emeritus Vineyards. Emeritus produces Estate-Bottled Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. Mari is particularly passionate about the farming operations, she loves educating people on grape growing, winemaking and, of course, wine drinking! Mari is currently the President of Fun at Emeritus, a job she has wanted her whole life!

Dr. Edward “Biff” Jones ’64, MD, MA

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Ellen Kraly, is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Colgate University. She holds a M.Sc. in demography from The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and earned her Ph.D. from Fordham University in sociology with an emphasis in population studies. Professor Kraly is currently serving as Editor of the International Migration Review, published by the Center for Migration Studies. Her scholarly interests generally focus on population processesand policy, and her published research has addressed the relationship between immigration and U.S. population dynamics and environment, emigration from the United States, refugee policy and resettlement and immigrant incorporation, and historical Australian Aboriginal population policies. She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Immigration Statistics and has prepared reports on topics including international migration data and immigration policies for the United Nations Statistical Commission, National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. Her current research program has three themes: (1) refugee policy and forced migration; (2) ethical and human rights dimensions of the use of population data systems in policy and administration, with particular reference to Aboriginal affairs in Australia; and (3) population vulnerabilities, community health, and HIV/ AIDS and maternal and child health in sub-Saharan Africa.

At Colgate, she teaches courses in population geography, international migration and refugee studies, medical geography, environmental studies, and research methods. She has served as associate dean of the faculty and division director of social sciences and also university studies. Between 2006-2011 she served as Director of the Upstate Institute, an initiative of Colgate University to promote community based research and capacity building in the upstate region of New York. She serves on the board of directors of several organizations including the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, Central New York Community Foundation, National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, and Oneida Community Mansion House. She’s a member of the Sustain for Life Foundation, international charity working to empower people to create sustainable livelihoods.

Robert P. Kraynak
is professor of political science and director of the Center for Freedom and Western Civilization at Colgate. He has a BA from Cornell University, a PhD in government from Harvard University, and has taught courses in political philosophy and general education since 1978. He was awarded the Colgate Alumni Corporation’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006.

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Meika Loe, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies; Director of LGBTQ Initiatives; Director of Women’s Studies. She teaches courses on aging, gender, culture, and medicine. She is the author of The Rise of Viagra: How the Little Blue Pill Changed Sex in America and Aging our Way: Lessons for Living from 85 and Beyond.

Loe has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR), O Magazine, BBC, The Washington Post, London Sunday Times, Psychology Today, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), The New England Journal of Medicine, and Mother Jones. She has been a featured speaker at international sociology conferences, community meetings on aging, continuing education forums, and on various college campuses.

To write Aging our Way, Loe spent three years following and interviewing 30 individuals aged 85–102 who were living in rural, suburban, and urban upstate New York. The 13 lessons she learned from these inspirational elders provide the framework for her book.

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Tim Mansfield, Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Director of Alumni Relations. Tim leads the university’s efforts to build and maintain strong relationships with its 32,000 alumni through a comprehensive and diverse program that engages alumni across generations, locations, and interests. Tim has served at Colgate since June 2001, holding positions as director of the Office of Residential Life and assistant dean of students.

A graduate of Providence College with an MEd degree in guidance and counseling, Tim has 16 years of higher education experience in student leadership, advising, and alumni relations.

Art McKinnon, Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Cross Country Coach; Instructor in Physical Education. With more than two decades of coaching experience, Art McKinnon is one of the most knowledgeable track and field mentors in the Patriot League and the northeast. Now in his 25th year as the head coach of the Colgate University men's cross country and track and field programs, McKinnon has guided 38 student-athletes to individual Patriot League crowns, 17 during the Outdoor Championship and 21 during the Indoor Championship. During the past 25 years Colgate individuals have broken 6 Colgate Outdoor records and 14 of 21 Colgate indoor records.

McKinnon holds a Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University, 1968; and MEd, from Boston State College, 1974.

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Suzy Nelson, vice president and dean of the college. Suzy earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Syracuse University and has served more than 25 years as a university leader and educator. Suzy joined Colgate in June 2012 as Vice President and Dean of the College after working for Harvard University as Dean of Student Life. Suzy has also worked at Cornell University and Syracuse University and has taught at Cornell, SUNY Morrisville, and Sherburne-Earlville and Camden High Schools. She and her husband Jack have four children and live in Hamilton, N.Y.

Christopher Nulty ’09

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John Penner ’04

Jane Lagoudis Pinchin, Thomas A. Bartlett Professor of English and Department Chair

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Gary Ross ’77 is an integral part of Colgate’s administration. He served as assistant to the president and secretary to the Board of Trustees from 1985 to 2000, and as dean of admission from 1994 to 1996. Ross returned to the admission office as dean in 2000. He holds a BA in political science and an MS in educational counseling and administration from the University of Southern California. He is a Maroon Citation recipient.

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Michael Sciola, Associate Vice President for Advancement and Director of Career Services. As director of career services, Michael guides his team in providing students with direct, informed access to Colgate’s alumni and parent community while amplifying the ongoing focus on student development and personal reflection.

Before coming to Colgate in 2012, Mike was director of Career Services at Wesleyan University, worked in career services at Brown University and the University of Rhode Island, and held a variety of student affairs positions at the University of Rhode Island, the California State University, Fresno, and the University of New Hampshire. Mike is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a BS in gerontology and an MS in human development, counseling, and family studies. His career has encompassed a few twists and turns including: training in clinical hypnosis; spinal cord injury rehabilitation; and singing backup for Mr. Kenny Rogers

Sidney Silverman ’54 graduated from Columbia Law School in 1957. He was a trial lawyer for forty three years. Upon retiring, Silverman enrolled in graduate school at Columbia receiving a master’s with a concentration in philosophy .
Silverman is the author of four books: his memoirs and three novels. A fourth novel is scheduled for publication in the summer.

Charles “Chip” Simon ’74 is a Certified Financial Planner™ Professional and founder Taconic Advisors, Inc., a mid-Hudson Valley, NY firm specializing in financial planning for secure retirements and life’s transitions. He works on retainer only and does not sell financial products.

Chip has participated as an alumnus in the Colgate RealWord and is featured on one of the University’s podcasts (Episode 11: “Building Financial Independence Today”). He and his family have been happy participants in the Colgate University Camp community since 1994.

Cliff Sirlin ’89

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Rick Taketa ’94​ earned his Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School. Currently, he is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the York Risk Services Group. As an entrepreneur, Rick left a Silicon Valley law practice in 2003 and founded a private equity “search fund” called Eventide Capital Management. During the last ten years, the company has been active in M&A and acquired 16 businesses growing to over $500M with almost 4000 employees located in the US, Latin America, and Europe. He and his family reside in Newport Beach, CA, and Short Hills, NJ.

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Barbara Waxman ’84, as an executive coach, Barbara coaches senior leaders and teams to increase and expand their leadership capacity, personal and professional success, and to consistently deliver measurable results. At The Odyssey Group, she developed the highly successful Entrepreneurship Turned Inward (ETI) coaching model, which clarifies clients’ next best steps toward achieving their goals. She is an expert in adult development and aging, and holds Master’s degrees in Gerontology and Public Administration.
Also, she is Certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Hudson Institute as an individual and organizational coach; GILD (Global Institute for Leadership Development) Coaching Faculty Barbara lives with her family in Northern California.

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Jim Young ’64, after years in corporate America, Jim turned his love of pottery into a “second career”. In 1996, he earned a Masters in Art Therapy; Southwestern College, Santa Fe, NM and has become an award-winning potter and a member of the Arkansas Craft Guild. His work is influenced by travels in Europe, Latin America and Asia as well his beloved Ozark Mountains. He enjoys sharing the beauty of his home in Northwest Arkansas through the flowing shapes and earth tones of his functional pottery. Jim runs what he calls a “therapeutic studio” which emphasizes freedom of expression and creativity. Jim believes that there is an artist in everyone and he delights in helping new artists realize their creative potential.​ www.vanhollowpottery.com

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