Cara Treidel '16, President
Cara Treidel has served on the board since 2017 and has been chair of the BOLD/FAN committee, liaison to the BOLD Leadership Council and served as the board’s secretary since 2019. As a student, she was highly involved in President Harvey Stenger’s Road Map Committee as a consulting intern, overseeing the Road Map Student Task Force and assisting with the progress of each strategic priority. In addition, she was a resident assistant in College-in-the-Woods and was an active member of the Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity. At one point, she was president of Onondaga Hall and part of the Emerging Leaders Program. She continues to be a member of the Road Map Renewal Committee and frequently attends University events in the Metro New York area. Contact her by email.
Felicia Malarkey Moreira ’01, MA ’02, Vice President
Felicia Moreira has been on the Alumni Association board since 2019 and has served as the board secretary since 2021. She has served on the Lifelong Learning Committee and Networking and Social Engagement committees. As a Binghamton native, Moreira has maintained a strong bond with her alma mater throughout her professional journey. Currently serving as the associate director of employer relations and engagement at the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, she leverages her expertise to facilitate meaningful connections between students, alumni and employers. Her previous roles within the Residential Life department, Office of Alumni Engagement and Athletics department have provided her with a comprehensive understanding of Binghamton University's operations and a vast network of contacts across various departments.
Moreira’s dedication extends beyond her professional responsibilities. As a former member of the Binghamton University varsity softball team, she has continued to stay involved with Athletics, actively supporting the team by attending games and alumni events. Moreover, she actively engages fellow softball alumni, fostering a strong sense of camaraderie and encouraging their support through active participation and donations.
As a native of the Binghamton area, Moreira holds a deep appreciation for the University, the local community and the alumni network. She cherishes the University's presence in her backyard and frequently visits with her husband Jose, also a Binghamton University alumnus, and their three children, Isadora, Liliana and Jose III. Contact her by email.
Heather Provino ’95, Treasurer
Heather Provino has been on the Alumni Association board since 2019 and has served on the Finance Committee. She is one of the founders and a managing partner of The Scanlon Group where she applies entrepreneurial and strategic expertise in her work with start-up and growth companies to chart pathways of robust business acceleration balanced with long-term organizational vision, strategy and viability in pursuit of strategic exits and/or M&A. She credits her time at the University and the skills developed during her time at Binghamton to her ability to take the risk to found a company and for the successful growth and exit of her healthcare company. Provino is committed to mentoring, philanthropy and volunteerism which helped her find her way back to her Binghamton roots in Rhode Island during the Alumni Global Days of Service. As a student, she was a student athletic trainer, fitness instructor and manager at FitSpace and an active member of Smith’s Hall student council. Contact her by e-mail.
Dan Black ’94, Secretary
Dan Black is responsible for EY’s global recruiting strategy, leading a team of more than 1,200 recruiters around the world who are responsible for hiring talent at all levels, across all of EY’s locations and lines of business. Prior to his career in recruiting, he was an auditor for financial services clients as a Certified Public Accountant. He also serves on the Americas Inclusiveness Advisory Council, a group of senior leaders focused on advancing the firm’s efforts related to belonging, equitable sponsorship and accountability in the context of leading culture change.
Black regularly provides commentary for top media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, CNN, FORTUNE, Forbes, FOX Business and The New York Times, among others. He frequently serves as a keynote speaker at conferences, universities and industry events around the world, and was the School of Management Commencement speaker in 2016.
He is a former president and board member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the country’s leading organization focused on the employment of the college-educated. He currently serves as chair of the Executive Leadership Committee for the Tri-State New York chapters of the March of Dimes, ranking among its top-100 U.S. fundraisers nationally for the past 10 years. Black is also active within his local community, serving as a volunteer firefighter for the Archville Fire Department and as a coach, referee and active supporter of youth sports in his hometown. He remains an active alumnus of Binghamton as a regular speaker and contributor at alumni, admissions and mentoring events, as well as a site leader for the Global Days of Service. His leadership role in recruiting has helped to solidify Binghamton as a top source of talent for EY for the past two decades. Contact him by email.
Scott Feuer ’90, Past President
Scott Feuer has served on the board since 2015, and was elected president in 2021 after serving as vice president (2019-21) and treasurer (2017-19). As a student, he lived in College-in-the-Woods before moving off campus to the West Side of Binghamton. He majored in psychology and graduated with honors in 1990. After graduation, Feuer attended Brooklyn Law School where he was a Dean’s Merit Scholar and member of the Brooklyn Law Review. He is a partner at Rivkin Radler LLP, a commercial law firm with offices in New York City, Long Island, Hackensack, Albany and Poughkeepsie. He is a frequent Homecoming attendee, volunteer for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and participant in Alumni Global Day of Service. Contact him by email.
Vasu Dev Rao Aitharaju, MS '05
Vasu Dev Rao Aitharaju is a director of product management at a construction-fintech startup in New York, an entrepreneur and an active mentor at Yale tsai CITY. He graduated with a master of science degree in industrial and systems engineering from Binghamton University in 2005. He holds a bachelor of technology degree in mechanical engineering from National Institute of Technology – India, and an MBA from Yale University. Aitharaju is a passionate entrepreneur, product strategy and management leader, digital transformation expert, and a sustainability and social responsibility enthusiast. He built multiple products from ideation to go-to-market. He led multiple successful software and physical product launches in diverse environments including several geographical regions, multiple industries and organizations of different sizes from startup to global market leaders. Aitharaju's passion and motivation extend beyond professional work. Some of his community activities include donor and volunteer for New York Blood Center since 2014; mentor at Junior Achievement USA since 2019; 5K runner for charity since 2015; active American Red Cross Volunteer - Certified Adult First Aid/CPR/AED since 2014; and Yale SOM Class Secretary since 2019. He is a father of two, son Ishaan and daughter Trishika. He loves to spend his spare time with family and friends. He also likes racquetball, cricket, camping, hiking and wine tours along the Finger Lakes.
Diane L. Fischer Castiglione '82
Diane Castiglione has been on the Alumni Association board since 2019 and has served on the Mentoring and Career Development and Regional Chapters committees. She retired in 2017 after a 32-year career at the U.S. Department of State. As a student, Castiglione was active in Hinman College Council, including serving as president, and was on the Political Science Undergraduate Committee and the Commencement Committee. After graduating, she was one of the founding members of the Potomac Club/D.C. Metro Chapter, serving as co-chair 1989-90. She was on planning committees for Hinman College’s 40th and 50th anniversary celebrations and also volunteers with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She considers her work with the Fleishman Center, and other programs in which she provides career information and mentoring, including being a four-time sponsor of Liberal Arts to Careers Externship students, to be her most fulfilling connection with the University. She received the 1990 Young Alumni Award and in 2015 was given an Alumni Association Medal of Distinguished Service.
Matthew DeSaro '09, MPA '11
Matthew DeSaro has been on the Alumni Association board since 2019 and serves as chair of the Mentoring and Career Development Committee. He earned a Bachelor of Science in management from the School of Management, a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Harpur College, and a Master of Public Administration from the College of Community and Public Affairs. Thereafter, he graduated from Brooklyn Law School, where he was the president of the Moot Court Honor Society.
DeSaro is a special assistant attorney general in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the New York State Attorney General. In that role, he investigates and prosecutes a wide range of issues related to the state’s Medicaid program, including violations of the False Claims Act, and qui tam litigation. Prior to that, he served as both a county and federal prosecutor, and clerked for judges at the state and federal levels.
Since graduating from Binghamton, DeSaro has remained engaged with the University in both formal and informal capacities. He has been an active member of both the Metro New York and the Long Island chapters of the Alumni Association, a perennial volunteer at Metro Connections Night, a regular attendee of School of Management events in New York, and a judge for the Binghamton University Mock Trial team. In recognition of his efforts on behalf of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, he received an Alumni Association Medal of Distinguished Service.
Binghamton is a special place for DeSaro, as he proposed to his wife, also a Binghamton University graduate, outside the University Union where they first met as undergraduates. As a student, he was a resident assistant in College-in-the-Woods, where he twice chaired the Casino-in-the-Woods charity event, a graduate assistant in the Center for Civic Engagement, executive director of the ESCAPE Bus Company, and a tour guide with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Michael Devinoff '94
Michael Devinoff learned to manage a diverse group of individuals through leadership roles on the College-in-the-Woods Student Council. Then, he learned to manage fundraising and charitable work in association with his fraternity, where he held senior leadership roles. He worked to improve the overall Greek experience at Binghamton, becoming the Inter-Fraternity Council president and helping shape the rules that govern fraternity pledging and behavior.
Devinoff leveraged his Binghamton education and the leadership skills he acquired to create a successful 25-year career in the healthcare/pharmaceutical industry. During his extensive analytics and insights career, he has shaped how medicines get discovered and developed, how they go through approval processes globally, and how they ultimately arrive in the hands of patients. He runs an enterprise-wide team of more than 300 individuals who serve as strategic consultants for his company’s C-suite.
Devinoff has increased his commitment to giving back, participating in various Binghamton University alumni events, career development activities, career fairs and campus recruiting efforts.
Kate Haughie '09
Kate Haughie has a bachelor's degree in English from Harpur College of Arts and Sciences. As an alumna, she has remained actively engaged with the University, volunteering with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Metro New York Networking Nights. She was an inaugural Bearcats of the Last Decade Leadership Council member, serving for two years and chairing the Social and Networking Committee and Career and Mentoring Committee. An active member of the Long Island Chapter, she stepped up to serve as chair. As a student, Haughie was involved in many campus areas, including serving as an admissions tour guide, intern in the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development and a student information assistant in the Call Center. After graduation, she received her master's degree in integrated marketing and communications from Marist College. Haughie works in Demand Generation marketing for Cvent, the industry-leading meetings, events and hospitality technology provider. She spent the first 10 years of her career working in higher education, specializing in engagement events, marketing, communications and volunteer management.
Amy Hyatt '78
Amy Hyatt is recently retired from serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Palau 2015-20. Previously she worked for the U.S. Department of State in various postings negotiating successful outcomes around the world in Egypt, Finland, North Korea, Australia, Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Norway and the Czech Republic. Hyatt was also a trial attorney in San Francisco during her early career. In 2016, the Alumni Association presented her with the
Edward Weisband Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service or Contribution to Public Affairs. She has also served as a TIER Talk speaker for the University, coming back to campus for Homecoming in 2018 when she spoke with two other panelists on “The Effects of Climate Change.”
Tahmina (Igamberdiev) Lipsman '13
As a student, Tahmina Lipsman was involved with Women in Business, was director of Mentoring Initiatives, and co-president of the Russian Student Union. She also volunteered to help international students with their language skills as part of the English Conversation Pairs program and participated in a winter study-abroad to India. Since graduating, she has served on the School of Management Young Alumni Advisory Board and helped organize volunteer and social events as well as engage with current Binghamton students and alumni. Lipsman currently lives in New York City and works for Ernst & Young on its Debt Capital Markets team. Prior to that, she worked at several private direct lending institutions focused on providing capital to middle market companies. Outside of work, she volunteers for youth mentoring organizations and is a member of the Philanthropy Committee for 100 Women in Finance.
Balakrishnan G. Iyer, MS '00, SD '19
Balki Iyer has been on the Alumni Association board since 2019 and has served on the Mentoring and Career Development and Signature Events committees. He is a seasoned energy and utilities industry management professional, with rich experience driving business development for global conglomerates and successful startups. He has successfully steered three startups from inception to exit, with investments from some of the largest utilities and financial investors worldwide. Iyer strongly believes in the power of mentoring and the lasting impact it can leave. A prolific speaker at global conferences, he is passionate about the role of clean energy in changing the world and the role of education in empowering the people who can change the world. His business and entrepreneurial pursuits over the past decade have been guided by this passion. He is on the advisory group for INK, a TED-like platform in India that promotes inspiring ideas by game-changers. Iyer sat on the executive board for GE’s Asia Pacific American Forum, a diversity group focused on mentoring Asian American business leaders. As someone who believes in making a positive community impact through education, he, along with his wife, co-founded Iyer Educational Institutions with the mission to offer inclusive learning opportunities for children with autism. He is a recipient of the prestigious Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business award in 2017 and was listed in the Top 100 North American Power List 2020.
Julius Johnson '05, MS '09
Julius Johnson was born and raised in the Brownsville and Crown Heights neighborhoods of Brooklyn. He attended Clara Barton High School for health professionals while starring in football for the Brooklyn Skyhawks. He received his bachelor of science, with a major in nursing from Binghamton University in 2005, and received his master of science with a major in family nurse practitioner from Binghamton in 2009, and his Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Miami in 2016. Johnson specializes in home-based primary care, transitional care and transformational community intervention projects. He has spent the past 13 years serving underserved communities and reducing hospital rates for at-risk populations. He is a founding member of the Greater New York City Black Nurses Association and currently serves as president. Also, Johnson is the founding president of the Omega Nu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society at Long Island University (LIU) Brooklyn. He serves as an associate professor, chair of faculty affairs and director of the family nurse practitioner program at LIU-Brooklyn’s nursing school. In 2018, he was recognized as one of the National Black Nurses Association’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. In 2021, he received the Trailblazer in Nursing Award from the National Black Nurses Association. In his spare time, he is the defensive coordinator of the Brooklyn Skyhawks who are the current back-to-back U12 champions of the New York City youth football league.
Stacy Newman '99
Stacy Newman is an executive director, experience lead at JP Morgan Chase & Co., where she has been since October 2018. She graduated from Binghamton University with a bachelor’s degree in art and received a master's degree in human-computer interaction from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Newman has been on the Alumni Association board since 2018 and serves as the chair for the Mentoring and Career Development Committee. She is also on the board of directors for the Wilson Area Partners in Education Foundation and serves as chair of its Fund Development Committee. In her free time, Newman apprentices in printmaking and also runs. She recently completed the Boston Marathon. Newman resides in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley with her three children, daughter Tillie and sons Murray and Harry.
Karen E. Fuhrman Kerner '86
Karen Kerner has been on the Alumni Association board since 2019 and has served on the Networking and Social Engagement and Signature Events committees. She works part-time as an optometric physician and is very involved in her church as a member of the choir and parish council. Kerner is originally from Nanuet, N.Y. Her family lived in Switzerland for three years, which is where she developed her love of travel and learning languages. She is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and enjoys hiking and walking and her rescue dog, Frankie. Kerner is actively engaged at Binghamton University and has served on the Parent Leadership Committee and a panel of health professionals. As an undergraduate, Kerner was a resident assistant in Hinman College. She and her husband, Michael, another Binghamton graduate, have created a scholarship fund at Binghamton University. Their son, Edward, has also graduated from Binghamton University and is currently working on his master’s degree at American University. Daughter, Kimmi, is a graduate of University College Dublin, in Ireland and is teaching in Korea.
Kenneth Kidder '85
Ken Kidder joined the Alumni Association board in 2018 and has chaired the Audit Committee and served as treasurer during this time. He has been a development software and electrical engineer for more than 30 years at Lockheed Martin where he has led several development programs. Kidder is currently a software engineering associate manager. He has a bachelor of science degree in physics from Binghamton University and an associate’s degree in engineering science from SUNY Broome Community College. He currently serves on the SUNY-Broome Student Housing Corp and the Goodwill Theatre boards and has formerly served on boards for Visions Federal Credit Union and the Broome Community College Foundation. Kidder has held officer positions for many of the boards he has served on. He enjoys golf, investing, local history, keeping up with politics and spending time with family and friends.
Manoj T. Mahtani '03
Manoj Mahtani has been on the Alumni Association board since 2019 and has served on the Finance Committee. He has recently been named to the School of Management New York Metro Advisory Board. As a student at Binghamton, he was active in the Indian International Student Union and was Treasurer of the MCA. Since then, he has kept close ties to Binghamton by establishing an endowed scholarship for Services for Students with Disabilities and has stayed engaged through volunteer work. He has participated in round table discussion for students and provided a tour of the trading floors at Deutsche Bank.
Jonathon Nevett '88
Jonathon Nevett was elected to serve as Student Association executive vice president in his junior year and president in his senior year. In the mid-1990s, he chaired the Alumni Association’s Potomac Club/D.C. Metro Chapter and was given the association’s Young Alumni Award in 1996. He has volunteered for admissions, the mentorship program and other Alumni Association activities over the years.
Professionally, Nevett is president and CEO of Public Interest Registry (PIR), the nonprofit domain name registry that operates .org and other Internet domain extensions targeted to mission-driven entities and individuals. He is a veteran of the domain name industry, co-founding Donuts Inc., in 2010 and helping to raise in excess of $150 million to form a registry of more than 240 Internet domain extensions. Before PIR and Donuts, he was senior vice president at Network Solutions, where he was responsible for policy, government affairs, registry relations and corporate ethics. During the Obama Administration, he was appointed to the Online Safety and Technology Working Group to help protect children on the Internet.
After Binghamton, Nevett worked in the New York State Legislature and earned a juris doctor from Harvard Law School. He lives in Rockville, Md., with his wife, Karen Post, and they have three grown children.
Owen C. Pell '80, LLD '11
Owen Pell is president of the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, the largest nongovernmental organization (NGO) training government officials in genocide and mass atrocity prevention. Pell is a retired partner of counsel at the international law firm of White & Case LLP, where he has handled a broad range of complex commercial and international litigation. In addition to Holocaust-related cases, Pell handled cases relating to Apartheid-era South Africa and African slavery in the United States. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, from Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. In 1983, he earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Virginia Journal of International Law. Pell received the Binghamton University Alumni Association's Glenn G. Bartle Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University.
Marjorie J. Strelzyn '81
Marjorie Strelzyn is an optometrist and director of the contact lens service at Montefiore Medical Center. She is an assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the Einstein College of Medicine and enjoys teaching residents, interns and medical students. Strelzyn has served on the Binghamton Parents Leadership Council from 2016-2022 and has chaired the council for the last three years. She was on the advisory committee for the Binghamton Women’s Weekend in 2017 and was a speaker at the Binghamton Women’s Workshop in New York City in 2019. She and her husband, Barry Witt ’80, created an endowed “Acts of Kindness” scholarship which provides recognition and financial support to one undergraduate student annually who has impacted the community through acts of kindness. Strelzyn is an active member of the Binghamton Campaign Committee. Strelzyn and her family have hosted numerous “summer send-offs” at their home for incoming undergraduate students and their families, and organized and hosted dinners at local restaurants for parents of students to create connections with each other and to promote their engagement with the university. They also held a fundraiser for a Binghamton mental health and wellness initiative. As a student, Strelzyn enjoyed participating in co-rec sports and was secretary of the Canoe Club and sang in various campus shows. She worked in the dining hall as well as in the administration office and was a Telefund caller. Strelzyn and her husband have two sons, Dylan and Adin, who are also Binghamton graduates. Dylan received a bachelor of arts in biology then a bachelor of science via the accelerated nursing program. Adin received a bachelor of arts in economics and then pursued an MBA in management information systems.
Dana S. West '98
Dana West has been on the Alumni Association board since 2019 and has served on the Lifelong Learning Committee. He is founder and leader of the Westchester Chapter of the Alumni Association and lives in Westchester County with his wife, Nancy, and their two children. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the great outdoors and seeking out all the food, beverages and towns that make the Hudson Valley unique. As a student, he was active in volunteer opportunities with College-in-the-Woods, working as stage crew for Woods Jam and decorating for Woods War. Now, he is proud to see the success of TIER Talks and the rapid growth of the Westchester Chapter. Professionally, West is passionate about providing his clients with the planning tools and education they need to navigate life’s financial challenges. With more than 20 years in the financial services industry, he recognizes the more knowledge his clients have, the more empowered and confident they feel about achieving their goals.