Binghamton University Alumni Making a Difference on the COVID-19 Frontlines

Posted by Jacob Wilkins on April 29, 2020

Binghamton University alumni are taking their degrees and using them to make a direct impact on those most in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the stories of those who are on the frontlines and making us “Bearcat proud.”

Megan ’18 and Melissa Hart ’19

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Megan and Melissa are twins who both graduated from the Decker School of Nursing. Megan is treating patients at the Clinical Teaching Unit (CTU) at North Shore University Hospital. Melissa is at St. Francis Hospital in Long Island on the telestroke floor.

Genesis Castro ’15; Ingrid Campoverde ’17; Michelle Plasencia ’15, ’16; Anneth Delgado ’14

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This quartet of Binghamton University graduates work on the front lines as nurses at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. They met on campus through the Quimbamba Latina Dance Team and the Latin American Student Union. Campoverde said: “We’re lucky to have met at BU and be working in the same hospital. It’s so refreshing to see each other during this pandemic!”    

Colin Anderson ’12 MD

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Colin is currently an ophthalmology resident at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, but has been redeployed at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens in the Emergency Department. At Binghamton he was also a captain of the men’s track and field team.

Melissa Mendoza ’17

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Melissa graduated from the Decker School of Nursing and is currently working on the frontline in fighting COVID-19 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Chris Hayen ’13

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Chris graduated with a degree in sociology and was a member of the men’s soccer team. He is currently a state police officer at Stony Brook University and has been working at the drive through testing site since it opened in March.

Elissa (Lissy) Szalkiewicz ’08

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Elissa works on the frontline at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She comes from a family of Bearcats, and her team was recently recognized in a USA Today article.

Paul Nguyen, Justin Muller, Ashley Candelora, Daiel Kaluzhnyy, and Jessica Ng, all ’17

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Paul, Justin, Ashley, Daiel and Jessica are all 2017 graduates of the Decker School of Nursing, Justin, a senior staff nurse at NYU Langone Medical Center sent this note along: "Many of us went our separate ways after graduation, but with the COVID-19 pandemic we seem to have found our way back to each other. We ended up working the same shift in one of our many, many new COVID ICUs.”

Danielle Kendrick ’14, MS ’17

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Danielle is both a Binghamton native and Binghamton University graduate. She is a neurosurgery nurse practitioner at Mount Sinai Hospital in Queens, currently working in the emergency room.

Aaron Chan ’17

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Aaron is the head of strategy and operations for the Mask Our Heroes campaign to get PPE to hospitals in New York. So far, they’ve raised over $55,000!

Lauren DiGiola ’13

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Lauren is working as a nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. Her brother, Peter, helped start a fundraiser to raise money to provide Lauren and her co-workers with hot meals during their shifts and support local restaurants in New York City. They have raised over $30,000!

Jacob Wilkins works as an assistant in the Office of Media and Public Relations. He also serves as the lead broadcaster for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Mets Double-A Affiliate. 

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