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Prominent Alumni

The School of Arts and Sciences is particularly proud of the many successes of our most accomplished alumni. The list below includes a small sample of alumni who have distinguished themselves in business, public service, and academia.

Steven J. Branfman '74
Mr. Branfman received his bachelor's degree in Art from SUNY Cortland in 1974. He earned his master's degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a potter, teacher, author, and owner of The Potters Shop & School which is located in Needham Heights, Mass.

Christine Buck '84
Ms. Buck received her bachelor's degree in geography from SUNY Cortland in 1984. Currently she is vice president of Buck Environmental Laboratories, Inc.

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Michael Comella '86
Mr. Comella received his bachelor's degree in physics from SUNY Cortland in 1986. He is now employed in sales for patents and technical marketing at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Dr. Maryann Delvecchio '77
Dr. Delvecchio received her bachelor's degree in secondary education/French at SUNY Cortland in 1977. While at Cortland, she participated in the study abroad program, was a Presidential Scholar, was inducted into Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society, graduated summa cum laude and completed her degree in three years. She earned her master's and doctorate degrees in Italian at Cornell University. She has worked and lived abroad in both Europe and the Middle East. She is currently employed by IBM and is also co-owner and co-founder of Global Enterprises, Academic Learning and Resource Center.

Robert Demske '85
Mr. Demske received his bachelor's degree in political science before completion of his J.D. degree at Franklin Pierce Law Center. He has served as a senior trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and served as special counsel to former Vice President Dan Quayle. He has consulted on a variety of national political races and in the non-profit sector. He is president and CEO of RD Consulting, working on fundraising for political campaigns and non-profit organizations.

Dr. Peter F. Eisenhardt '67
Dr. Eisenhardt received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from SUNY Cortland in 1967. He earned his master's degree in chemistry from the University of Florida and a doctorate in pharmacological chemistry. Currently he is the director of over the counter product research and development worldwide for Johnson and Johnson.

Dr. Eileen Jaffe '75
Dr. Jaffe received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from SUNY Cortland in 1975. She earned her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. She is employed in research and development at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

Dr. Suad Joseph '66
Suad Joseph earned her doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University in 1975. She has been a prolific in writer teacher and researcher. Her interests have followed a variety of subjects including gender in the Middle East, representations of Arab Americans in the media, politicization of religion and the mobilization of women into the labor force in Iraq.  Since 2009 she has been honored with a Named Lecture Series at University of California at Davis. She has served as President of the  Middle East Studies Association of North America.

David J. Kronman '80
Mr. Kronman received his bachelor's degree in Geology from SUNY Cortland in 1980. He earned a master's degree in geology from Vanderbilt University. He is an exploration geologist for Enron Oil and Gas International, Inc.

Martin Mack '76
Mr. Mack received his bachelor's degree in secondary social studies from SUNY Cortland in 1976. He earned an advanced degree in law. He has served as deputy attorney general in charge of a New York State Regional Office. In 2007 Governor Spitzer appointed Mack to the position of deputy secretary for intergovernmental affairs.

Dr. Wayne Marley '75
Dr. Marley received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from SUNY Cortland in 1975. He earned his medical degree in dermatology from SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse. He is in private practice at The Dermatology Skin & Laser Center in Bensalem, Pa. and is a past president of the American College of Phlebology.

John D. Mecca '73
Mr. Mecca received his bachelor's degree in political science from SUNY Cortland in 1973. He is currently employed as senior grants specialist for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

Michael Morandi  '76
Michael Morandi graduated from SUNY  Cortland in 1976, earning a magna cum laude  bachelor’s degree in political science. He then completed a master’s degree in political science from SUNY Albany in 1978. In his early career he worked as a policy coordinator for Pacific Gas & Electric Company in California.  Morandi earned a Master’s of Public Affairs with a concentration in Economics from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, which he attended on a fellowship. He has held prominent positions in Manufacturer’s Hanover Trust, Drexel Burnham Lambert, New England Mutual Life Insurance Company, Lehman Brothers and Citicorp.  In 1996, he formed the Medalist Group, LLC, in New York City. His company provides marketing consulting to major Wall Street firms.

Stanley Okula '82
Dr. Okula received his bachelor's degree in History from SUNY Cortland in 1982. He earned his doctorate degree from St. John's University. Currently he is an assistant U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, NY.

Bill Richards '88
Dr. Richards received his bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from SUNY Cortland in 1988. Richards earned a doctorate in 1993 in genetics from Stony Brook University where he investigated the function of tissue plasminogen activator in mouse embryos. Richards conducted post-doctoral research as a Eugene P. Wigner Distinguished Fellow at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn.  Dr. Richards is an executive director of discovery research in the metabolic disorders department at Amgen, Inc., one of the world’s leading biotechnology firms. 

William Thomas '82
Dr. Thomas received his bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from SUNY Cortland in 1982. He earned his medical doctorate at Harvard Medical School in 1986.  He is the founder of the Eden Alternative, a philosophy and program that centers on the de-institutionalization of nursing homes. He is the creator of the Green House, a radical new approach to long term care. In 2005, the Green House project won a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant for $10 million.  His leadership in advocating for a ”new old age”  has resulted in recognition and awards from the Kennedy School Government, the AARP, American Health Care Association, and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging among others.

Dr. Lynn Wecker '69
Dr. Wecker received her bachelor's degree in Chemistry from SUNY Cortland in 1969. She earned her doctorate from the University of Florida. She is a distinguished research professor and department chairperson at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.

Jim "Skip" Weiss '84
Mr. Weiss received his bachelor's degree in communication studies from SUNY Cortland in 1984. He is senior vice president of media relations and public relations for Turner Broadcasting.