Chapters

For more information about our chapters, contact Howard Morgan, '86, at hmorgan@niagara.edu.

Melissa Armentrout, '02

Associate Chapter Leader, Charlotte, N.C.

Matt Agronin, '09

Associate Chapter Leader, New York City

Amber (Zito) Ash, '03

Associate Chapter Leader, Cleveland, Ohio

Phone:
716.417.0583

Hometown: Lockport, N.Y.

Degree: B.S. in social work

Current job/title: Clinical hematology and oncology social worker

My best memory of NU is: being a Purple Eagles cheerleader and presenting research at a social work conference.

My favorite hangout was: Pharros

My favorite part of my job is: educating and counseling patients and their family system about end-of-life care.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: spending time with my husband, our dog, (soon to be son), and friends.

I still want to learn how to: play the piano

I decided to become a chapter leader because: NU provided me with many wonderful opportunities to grow personally and professionally while I was a student. I credit my current success to my education at NU and want to give back. Also, it is a wonderful feeling when you move away from Western New York to connect with others who have shared in the NU experience.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it provides an opportunity to network, make a difference in one’s community, and  stay connected to the university that has helped us launch successful careers.

Bernadette Barnes, '87

Bernadette Barnes, '87

Chapter Leader, Atlanta, Ga.

Phone:
404.518.9713

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.

Degree: B.A. in political science

Current job/title: GE Power & Water - Operations Digitization & Process Excellence

My best memories of NU are: cherished friendships and Varsity Village parties!!

My favorite hangout was: Monteagle at Jay & Smitty’s.

My favorite part of my job is: working with talented people globally/travel.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: volunteering with Midtown Assistance Center and Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption; redesigning/styling my loft.

I still want to learn how to: speak another language fluently.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: I miss Niagara peeps.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it’s a wonderful way to connect with people who share similar values and an avenue to create new memories with quality people!

 

Maureen Becker, '90

Chapter Leader, Maryland

Phone:
410.744.2400

Hometown: Riverdale, MD
Degree:
B.S. in tourism administration

Ed Blinco, '76

Associate Chapter Leader, Raleigh, N.C.

Phone:
919.379.1950
Cell:
919.522.7788
John Buckley, '12

John Buckley, '12

Associate Chapter Leader, Chicago, Ill.

Phone:
315.506.0643

Hometown: Baldwinsville, N.Y.

Degree: B.B.A. in accounting

Current job/title: Account manager at A&R Logistics

My best memory of NU is: walking around the west side of campus after midnight during spring and summer.

My favorite hangouts were: O’Shea Beach and the Lewiston Pub.

My favorite part of my job is: that it’s a new challenge every day.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: in downtown Chicago.

I still want to learn how to: get a single digit golf handicap.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: I loved my time at NU (club lacrosse, TKE, residence life and everything else).

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it keeps the memories of all the great times on Monteagle Ridge alive and vivid.

Martin Byrne Sr., '78

Chapter Leader, Syracuse, N.Y.

Phone:
315.247.5861

Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.

Degree: B.S. in marketing

Current job/title: Account executive

My best memory of NU is: senior year in Varsity Village.

My favorite hangout was: the east gym.

My favorite part of my job is: personal contact with my clients.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: traveling to my or my family’s various sporting events.

I still want to learn how to: keep up with the electronic and social media surrounding us in all aspects of our work and personal lives.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: I have strong family ties to Niagara University.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it promotes friendships and allows alumni to stay involved with Niagara. This is a very important piece of sustaining the legacy of Niagara for the future.

Jim Campbell, '91

Associate Chapter Leader, Boston, Mass.

Barb Capriotti, '86

Associate Chapter Leader, Syracuse, N.Y.

Timothy Carroll, '84

Timothy Carroll, '84

Chapter Leader, South Texas/Houston

Phone:
216.235.2827

Hometown: Houston, Texas (recently relocated from Lakewood, Ohio)

Degree: B.A. in criminal justice

Current job/title: Contract paralegal – Harris County – Hospital District

My best memory of NU is: There are several memories that stand out for me: graduation, walk to the Falls in freshman year, but I think seeing Mother Teresa as a commencement speaker at the old Convention Center in 1982 has to be the top. I was lucky to be an usher for that year and stood a few feet away from the stage.

My favorite hangout was: probably either one of my buddies' rooms or the Rat. (Sorry, Mom!)

My favorite part of my job is: the investigative work –– locating people and other information.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: either at home or on the golf course.

I still want to learn how to: Since I have already have skydived, learned how to play golf, and fired cannons at Old Fort Niagara, I guess it would be learning how to fly.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: This is my second time around with the alumni chapter and the funny answer remains the same; that is, Art Cardella asked me. I guess I just bleed Purple and White! After being involved with the Cleveland, Ohio, chapter for six years, I still believe it is important to have someone here in town be an access point back to Monteagle Ridge.

Our chapter is planning: We're just starting the Houston Chapter, so perhaps just a social to meet and greet all the area alums.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: the local chapters can be a terrific conduit for Niagara to reach out to new students, by aiding in the recruitment of high school juniors and seniors to attend Niagara. They're also great places for the newest grads to reach out to fellow alums as they begin their careers, especially if the new alum is moving to an area that may be unfamiliar.

Michael Chatfield, '06

Associate Chapter Leader, New York City

Phone:
585.482.0374

Whitney Coles, '10

Associate Chapter Leader, South Texas/Houston

Josh Coyne, '10

Josh Coyne, '10

Chapter Leader, Southern California

Phone:
619.206.6275

Hometown: Baldwinsville, N.Y.

Degree: B.A. in political science

Current job/title: Assistant Director, Student Leadership & Engagement, University of San Diego

My best memory of NU is: all-you-can-eat chicken wings at Clet Dining Hall!

My favorite hangout was: in the N-Zone during a basketball game against Canisius.

My favorite part of my job is: I get to teach/work with elected student government leaders, discuss politics, and hopefully coach a future member of Congress.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: on the water sailing, perhaps at the beach.

I still want to learn how to: master the art of my golf game … one day I will make that putt!

I decided to become a chapter leader because: I love our alma mater and wish to continue to tell the world about what it means to have a Niagara education.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: there are a lot of young people out there looking for a great university to attend, it’s on us to share the spirit of Monteagle Ridge, the power of Niagara.

Debbie (Tallman) Curtis, '84

Debbie (Tallman) Curtis, '84

Associate Chapter Leader, Monteagle Ridge

Phone:
716.286.8711

Degree: B.S. in travel and tourism

Current job/title: Director, Center for Events and Management Development at Niagara University

My best memory of NU is: watching NU/Canisius basketball games, playing on the softball and tennis teams.

My favorite hangout was: the library- not the one on campus.

My favorite part of my job is: helping others to reach their potential.

I still want to learn how to: dance without being self-conscious.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: I love NU.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: there are so many ways to stay involved/to give back – stay in touch with old friends, make new friends.

Donald Dalton, '98

Donald Dalton, '98

Chapter Leader, Boston, Mass.

Bob Dermody, '73

Associate Chapter Leader, Raleigh, N.C.

Phone:
919.933.2406

Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.

Degree: B.B.A. in accounting

Current job/title: Retired

My best memory of NU is: looking out my dorm window and seeing the Niagara Gorge in the fall.

My favorite hangout was: Gallagher Student Center

My favorite part of my job was: I enjoyed my career in accounting for over 40 years and now I am enjoying being retired and traveling during the “off times.”

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: riding my bike.

I still want to learn how to: speak Spanish.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina has a lot to offer and I believe that a chapter can help fellow alumni connect to the opportunities the area offers.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: connecting with other alumni has benefits and allows one to connect to others who have shared the Niagara experience.

Courtney Donahue, '08

Courtney Donahue, '08

Chapter Co-Leader, Western N.Y.

Phone:
716.622.6609

Hometown: North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Degree: B.A. in political science

Current job/title: Associate in the estates and trusts department at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman

My best memory of NU is: Senior Week!

My favorite hangout was: Gally

My favorite part of my job is: my clients. I know it sounds cliché; however, in the estates and trusts field, I work with a lot of families. Providing families with either legal assistance during hard times or peace of mind with planning is very rewarding for me.

When I'm not working, you'll find me: staying active with my family and friends. Western New York has so much to offer, from events at Canalside in Buffalo, to hiking at the Niagara Gorge in Lewiston, to enjoying a day in my hometown of North Tonawanda. I try to take advantage of what we have here in our backyards.

I still want to learn how to: golf.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: I wanted to stay connected to Niagara University and know what is happening with the school academically and socially. Being able to support the school with my time while staying involved with the local alumni chapter is a great way to accomplish that.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: Western New York is a very small community. Staying connected to alumni will allow you to learn who in the community is also an NU alum. After making these connections, it is just another way that we as alums can support each other professionally, socially, or other ways in the community.

Joe Donlon, '61

Joe Donlon, '61

Chapter Leader, The Villages, Fla.

Phone:
352.259.6013

Hometown: Johnson City, N.Y.

Degree: B.B.A. inaccounting

Current job/title: Retired

My best memory of NU is: living in Varsity Village

My favorite hangout was: OH

My favorite part of my job is: being retired.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: enjoying life in The Villages and traveling.

I still want to learn how to: be more proficient on the computer.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: I want to support Niagara.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it helps Niagara to grow and prosper, and it is fun!

Diane Dudziak, '06

Associate Chapter Leader, Cleveland, Ohio

Vanessa Dunn, '14

Chapter Leader, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Email:
vmd9@pitt.edu

David Farree, '03

Chapter Leader, Miami, Fla.

Tim Gabel, '91

Tim Gabel, '91

Chapter Leader, Washington, D.C.

Phone:
301.254.6513

Hometown: Randolph, N.J.

Degree: B.A., communication studies/sociology (double major)

Current job/title: Concierge @ Sofitel, Washington, D.C.; events consultant @ Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place & Nick’s Riverside Grill, Washington, D.C.

My best memories of NU are: the lifelong friends and experiences we had/still have.

My favorite hangouts were: the Student Government or Index offices.

My favorite parts of my job are: the smiling faces after an event I assist with planning or the appreciation from a guest after he or she takes advantage of a recommendation I made.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: biking (road bike)––I have participated in ADA Tour de Cure and the MS100 fundraising rides, as well as the Seagull Century––or at any of the museums and art galleries in Washington, D.C.

I still want to learn how to: skydive.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: we needed one. With the passing of longtime chapter leader Paul McCarthy, a few of us decided we would band together and continue what Paul did successfully for so many years – keep people from the DC/VA/MD involved and informed.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it gives them an opportunity to network. A strong alumni group can assist recent grads, grads interested in a career/job change, or a transplant with business connections, area information such as schools, neighborhoods, etc., and be a friendly face in a new and sometimes intimidating area. It is also a way to be social. We enjoyed the social aspect of Niagara, now we can share it with alumni of all ages, telling stories about the “old days” to new grads and creating new memories. Most importantly, it provides a way to continue in the tradition of St. Vincent de Paul to help others. As Niagara University alumni, we can touch others. Our chapter is fortunate enough to be in Washington, D.C., and we serve our military families through Honor Flight, Wreaths Across America, or a Wounded Warrior event. We also participate in inner-city projects to help brighten up schools or playgrounds. We live the Niagara tradition away from Monteagle Ridge.

                

Andrew Gala, '12

Associate Chapter Leader, New York City

Phone:
646.773.9278

Jim Gorman, '68

Associate Chapter Leader, Maryland

Patricia (Behringer) Gorman, '68

Associate Chapter Leader, Maryland

Sarah Griffon, '01

Chapter Co-Leader, Charlotte, N.C.

Eric Hall, '99

Eric Hall, '99

Chapter Leader, Austin, Texas

Phone:
703.589.3278

Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.

Degree: BSN, RN

Current job/title: Senior clinical consultant/nurse practitioner

My best memory of NU are: the lifelong friends I made and ROTC.

My favorite hangout was: Park Place.

My favorite part of my job is: making a difference for my patients.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: hiking or camping in the mountains.

I still want to learn how to: brew beer.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: I want to gather other NU alums for fun activities!

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: they feel that their experiences at Niagara have made a positive difference in their lives.

 

Claire Hogan, '12

Claire Hogan, '12

Associate Chapter Leader, Chicago, Ill.

Phone:
630.415.7567

Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

Degree: B.A. in psychology, B.S. in hotel management

Current job/title: Manager, customer experience & insights at McDonald’s Corporation

My best memory of NU is: being able to work for a summer at the luxury hotel Villa D’Este in Lake Como, Italy.

My favorite hangout was: the gym.

My favorite part of my job is: being able to make a meaningful impact on our customers and our business (plus all the variety)!

When I’m not working, you’ll find me: singing! I started cantoring for Mass in Alumni Chapel and have continued after graduation. I also sing for weddings and other special events.

I still want to learn how to: play the violin and code html.

I decided to become a chapter leader because: I want to give back and create a Niagara community outside of WNY.

Alumni should stay connected to Niagara by becoming involved in their local chapters because: it’s a fantastic way to support fellow alumni and the local area.

Michael Hogan, '76

Chapter Leader, Chicago, Ill.

Phone:
630.724.9764
Cell:
630.926.2196