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Michelle Cook

Michelle Cook

Rebecca RaffertyRebecca Rafferty (2005 Studio Art) is an artist, freelance writer, and the Arts & Entertainment Staff Writer for Rochester City Newspaper. She is the founder of Rochester Art Front and co-founder of The Lobby, which provides a spotlight on Rochester street art & graffiti and is an emerging artist-focused gallery in-residence at Bug Jar. Her writings have been published in "12ozProphet", "Ceramics: Art and Perception", "Afterimage", and "POST" magazine. (Picture: Rebecca standing in front of a wall painted by Italian artist Peeta for Wall Therapy. The photo is by Christopher C. Hayes.)

Julianna Sikes (1997 BS Art Education and 2001 MA General Education)
After teaching at Canandaigua Primary and Elementary Schools from 1997-2005, Julianna Sikes (BS Art Education, 1997 and MA General Education, 2001) moved back to her home state of California in 2005 after accepting a position as an Assistant Principal.  She is also a graduate of SUNY Brockport where she received a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration in 2005.  She has worked for the past 8 years in Educational Administration as an Assistant Principal, Curriculum Specialist, and most recently as an Elementary Principal in Berkeley Unified. This fall she  started a new position with Mt. Diablo Unified, a school district located slightly east of the San Francisco Bay area, working as a School Support Administrator. She provides direct coaching and support to principals and also is overseeing several different curricular areas including Transitional kindergarten, PE, and visual and performing arts. Sikes writes, “I am thrilled to be back advocating for the arts and also coaching principals.  I am big proponent of coaching/mentoring programs in education - as it is a way to develop and sustain teachers and administrators.” She has continued to do her own artwork - including letterpress printmaking - and is now focused on woodworking. Sikes, a world-class athlete in fencing while at Nazareth, is also looking forward to coaching fencing at a nearby club and to doing some volunteer work for the US Fencing Association.

Deparde - thumbHillary Cohen DeParde (1985 Studio Art) is a Fine Art Photographer at Hillary C. DeParde Photography:

(Pictured at left.)

 Kelly McGrogan (2012 Art Ed) is an Adjunct Faculty member at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY teaching Art Appreciation and 2D Design. Kelly is also teaching a Sketching & Drawing adult course for BOCES and Acrylic Painting for adults at Michael's Arts & Crafts in New Hartford, NY.

Michelle Cook (2011 Studio Art) painted a portrait of Larry and Nancy Peckham for the lobby of Nazareth’s newest building, Peckham Hall, which was dedicated on September 27, 2012. (Pictured at right.)

Joyce Wynes (1985 Studio Art), a painter and illustrator in Charlotte N.C., has illustrated for a long list of magazines both in the US and abroad. She gave up her graphic design business, Wynes Desynes, Inc., in 2008 to devote her time to her first love, painting. Over the last 4 years she has been in many group and solo shows and has been awarded grants from the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte, NC.  

Recent Activities:

LeJeune Alumni SpotlightMargaret LeJeune (1998 Studio) is Assistant Professor of Photography at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Her recent series of photographs, The Modern Day Diana, is getting national and international attention. LeJeune's series is currently featured on, one of the leading internet magazines in the U.S. and in the on-line version of the Daily Mail, one of the top newspapers in England:

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel (1997 Art History) has been Assistant Curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester Institute of Technology since 2009. Since graduating from Nazareth, Amelia earned a Master of Science in Printing Technology from RIT. In 2001 she assumed the role of production editor of Cary Graphic Arts Press, the university press at RIT, where she published several books on the Collection's unique holdings and continued to provide supplementary patron services support. Her previous experience in archival collections management includes a position as photography collection curatorial assistant from 1997 to 1999 at George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York. She recently curated the exhibitions, "The Light of the Sublime, The Work of Rumi" and "The Work of Isaiah Thomas in the RIT Cary Collection":,

Amelia is also a letterpress printer for fun.

Ashley Kukula Cuevas (2007, Art Ed.)

Ashley Kukula Cuevas (2007 Art Ed) has an exhibition on display at the Hinesville Area Arts Council Gallery in Georgia. Ashley taught public school for four years while studying at SUNY Oswego. In 2011 she moved with her military husband to Georgia where she currently takes care of a toddler during the day and teaches art classes and hosts other community art activities through the council on nights and weekends. A link to the show:

Sean Lounsberry (2012 Gr/Ill and B.A. History) is an Optician with Optimax Systems, Inc. in Webster, NY. Sean is still drawing, painting, and sculpting in his free time and recently had a solo exhibit in the Fountain Arts Center in Belmont, New York. He will also participate in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute's 63rd Exhibition of Central New York Artists in February of 2013.

Carole Sconfitto (2009 Studio/GrIll) lives in Houston, Texas and works with the Organization Mission Year at the Start Hope Transitional Living Center for Families. It's a safe-house for homeless women and families and those recovering from substance abuse. Her program focuses on working towards racial reconciliation, working alongside the homeless population, community building and simple living. Carole is part of an art team focusing on incorporating creativity and art into a just lifestyle. She is also involved in running a community garden at the neighborhood community center, and installing a mini-library at the shelter where she works (to help residents get their GEDs and help children with their reading skills.)

Laura Taylor (1996 Studio Art and GR/ILL) is a Sign Shop Team Leader at Wegmans, Mt. Read Blvd. Laura earned a BFA in Computer Animation from the Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL, earned a black belt (4th dan) in tae kwon do, performs with the long-form improv teams Provumentary and Pinched with Four Aces, and performs in Spirits of the Past at Genesee Country Museum in a rendition of Bluebeard.

Perri (Berg) Hogan (1976 Art Ed) is an adjunct English Professor at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. She is an MLA and APA documentation specialist and gives presentations on the subject at various colleges in New York State. She continues to do personal creative work, designing dresses for her granddaughter and designing crochet patterns. She is a freelance greeting card writer and has written six children's picture book stories and an adult novel. She is starting a career as a voice-over talent for commercial advertising, narration and audio books.

Laura Mancuso (2007 Studio) teaches workshops and classes on printmaking at Anchorage Community Works, a new community art center in Anchorage, Alaska. She will be having a solo exhibit in January 2014 and participating in an Object Runway show where artists and designers create outfits using found and unique objects. She also participated in the International Gallery of Contemporary Art Members Exhibit in January 2013.

Katharine "Kat" Evans (1992 Studio/Art Ed) is a Visual Effects artist at The Paint Collective, creating special effects for feature films including Rango, 
Star Trek, Super 8, Transformers, X-Men 2, and many others. She is also a part-time instructor at the Academy of Art, University in San Francisco. She worked at Industrial Light & Magic until 2010 when she gave birth to her daughter, Charlotte. 

Kathy Carruba Schmidt (1981 Studio) is an Art Specialist at Beauclerc Elementary School, Jacksonville, FL and a member of the Fiber Artists Network, NE Florida. She will be giving a presentation for the group at a workshop in November.

Tim Winter (2000 Art History/Studio) is Creative Supervisor/Art at JAY Advertising. Tim recently completed an ad campaign in collaboration with the Rochester Ad Council and the Gandhi Institute for Rochester's Season for Nonviolence. Some of the work from the campaign will be featured in the 2012 PRINT Regional Design Annual published in December and exhibited at the HOW Design Conference in San Francisco in June, 2013. The billboard series won an international award from Graphis and will appear in the 100 Best in Advertising Annual.  Website:

Brad Daruszka (2004 GR/ILL/Studio) does Graphic design and production, and serves as secretary (and baby and dog sitter) at Turning Point Signs in Fairport NY. He is currently working on a Halloween art show that was displayed last year at Dubland Underground. He’s also revamping his website

Laura-Marie (Seeberg) Small (2005 MSEd) is owner and Art Educator at Kidcasso Art Studio in Wakefield, MA. and Arlington, MA., a community-driven small business that supports local arts and artists:

Karen (Lauterbach) Nelson (1989 Studio Art) is Owner/Designer at TRN Designs, LLC:

Brittany Cool (2012 GR/ILL) won first place in the 2011 Fashion Photography Society of Publication Designers Annual Photography Competition and her work appeared in the 46th Publication Design Annual.

Umaira  Habib (2010 GR/ILL) is a Graphic Designer for Takeform Architectural Graphics.

Fernando Martinez (2010 GR/ILL) is Graphic Designer, Motion Artist  and Semi Web Developer for LEAD Technologies in Charlotte, NC.

Matt Chatham (2009 GR/ILL)   is an Art Director for Pinckney Hugo Design Group in Syracuse NY.  He recently concepted and designed an online video game titled “Go, H20, Go!”  for the global water technology company Xylum Inc..

Design and illustration work by Sherri Baker Hamilton (1997 GR/ILL), for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, won both a Silver and a Gold  American Advertising Federation Award in 2011. Sherri is now teaching Graphic Design, Typography and other classes in the Visual Communications Design program at Nazareth.

Caitlyn Knepka (2010 GR/ILL) is a Graphic Designer with Foster Martin Agency in New Hartford, NY. After working as a Graphic Designer at Fiber Instrument Sales. She recently exhibited in Rochester Contemporary’s 6x6 exhibition.

Sue Egan-Mongiovi (Sue Egan) (1995 Concentration: Photography) is the owner of Sue Egan Photography, a Wedding/Portrait photography business in Rochester:

Tom Moyer (2004  GR/ILL) is Senior Art Director at Mason Selkowitz Marketing, where he has worked since 2004. Aside from Art Directing he has recently been working on launching his own brand of clothing called “Downhill Threads.” It launches in October and will start with 10 different ski-themed t-shirt designs: .

Kristen Palladio (2011 GR/ILL) is an assistant art director at Retz Advertising in Syracuse.

Denise L. Anderson (2004 BS, 2006 MSEd) is working at Barnes & Noble Bookseller, Ontario Parks & Recreation Summer Day Camp Supervisor, and is a Substitute Teacher. In August, 2012, she exhibited in a Barnes & Noble Employee Art Show. She also sings in 5-Second Rule, a female a cappella group.

Lauren Peczkowski (2011 GR/ILL)  is an Associate Visual Merchandising Designer at Bumble and Bumble in New York City.

Danny Resch  (2009) is teaching drawing and printmaking as an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Brockport. Danny recently graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia with an MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking. His recent work can be seen at

Laurie Stone Adams (1975) is an Art Educator at McCullough Jr. High School in Woodlands TX. Recently named a Houston Museum of Fine Arts Fellow, Adams will work with MFAH education staff to develop a new approach to interdisciplinary classroom curriculum, school and teacher resources, and professional development opportunities at the museum.

Alice Hallahan (2011 GR/ILL) completed the MFA Computer Graphics Design program at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Melissa Salatino (2012 Art Education} is an Elementary Art Teacher at St. Joseph School in Penfield. She completed her Master's Degree at Nazareth College in May 2013.

Sara Dankert (2007 MSEd.) is a Middle School Art Teacher at University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men. She was married in August 2009 and had a son, Rowan, in July 2011.

Eleanor Poore (2012 Studio) is a graduate student in Nazareth’s Creative Arts Therapy Program.

Meredith SnowMeredith Snow (1999 Art Therapy/Psychology) is an Art Therapist  and Art and Science Instructor at University of California San Francisco, Langley  Porter Psychiatric Institute and Aspire College Academy. She recently left Stanford Hospital and Clinics as an Art Facilitator, where she worked with medically fragile adults and presented to students and staff in the Biomedical Ethics & Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration program, to pursue an offer from  UCSF as part of their Rehabilitation Treatment team. Her recent exhibitions include Oakland F3 (April 2012) a series of large acrylic paintings based on her work in a hospital setting (Myth,  Medicine and the Muse).

 Joyce W. Brown (1997 BS,  2007 MSED) is Assistant Director, Pinehurst Senior Living Community (managed by Conifer Realty).

Martha O'Grady Evans (1973 Studio) is Part-Time Professor of Education (Visual Arts and Student Teaching I and II Supervisor) at Elmira College in Elmira, NY. Before retiring in 2006 she taught at Watkins Glen Central School for 30 years.

Hilary Woznica (2004 Art Ed.) is an Art teacher at Glasgow Middle School, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, VA.


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