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Alumni Accomplishments

Christian Ehrhardt ’07 (second from right) presented two lectures at the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Service Foundation's annual conference near Washington, D.C., in March.  Also there were St. Lawrence EMS or EMT crew leaders and/or directors (left to right) Caroline Webster '10, Dylan Jones '06, Woody Parker '09, Douglas Smith '05 and, far right, Matthew Maynard '07.

Several alumni convened at the Camillus (N.Y.) Erie Canal Park on their way to Reunion Weekend last spring. Left to right are David Beebe ’56, Ed Sharkey ‘59, Bob Ferry ’59, Doris  Kloppenburg Ferry ’56, Mary Desso ’63, Helen Badger Druce ’63 (standing behind Desso), Betty Renalli Green ’65 and Elisabeth Ehret Beebe ’56.   Liz Beebe is a docent at the park; Doris Ferry explains that “Liz and Dave have spearheaded the work to open the park.  It has been a labor of love for over 20 years.  They are reconstructing the nearby aqueduct which will elongate the canal segment--a million-dollar undertaking.  Liz organizes over 150 volunteers for the project and conducts tours of the museum and boat tours for school and adult groups.”  Dave Beebe, a retired dentist, has written a book, Halfway There, about the canal segment, which was being used as a dump before the Beebes started restoring it. For more, go to

Joel Collamer ’78, of Old Greenwich, Conn., has accepted a position with Wipro Technologies Insurance practice.  He has responsibilities for selling the full spectrum of Wipro’s consulting offerings and for advising in the delivery of those services to insurance companies. He has a long career in insurance consulting.  His insurance technology experience started with General Reinsurance of Stamford, Conn., where he held strategic technology planning and implementation responsibilities; his IT consulting career began with Arthur Andersen. He continues as class reporter to this magazine.

Ameritox, the U.S. leader in pain prescription monitoring, has announced the appointment of Sean Hurley ’84 as vice president of insurance and managed care contracting. Hurley will oversee the company’s contracting activities and support within the managed care market.
After serving in the U.S. Army, he began in healthcare at Abbott Laboratories as a hospital representative. There, he moved into managed care sales, working in the pharmaceutical, biotech and laboratory industries.  A member of the Executive Planning Committee of the American Diabetes Association for Upstate New York, he will be based at Ameritox headquarters in Baltimore, Md.

Jacques Martin '75 has been named to one of the most prestigious positions in all of sports, head coach of the Montreal Canadiens NHL hockey team. Martin was the Florida Panthers' general manager 2006-2009 and head coach 2004-2008. He has 20 years of experience at the NHL level, including 15 seasons as head coach. He is the Ottawa Senators’ all-time leader in games coached (692), regular-season wins (341), playoff games (69) and playoff wins (31). A four-time nominee for the Jack Adams Trophy as NHL Coach of the Year four times (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003) winning the award in 1999.  He has also coach of the St. Louis Blues, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche. He ranks 10th on the NHL all-time list for games coached (1,098) and in wins (517).  He also has extensive experience on the international level, serving as an associate coach on Team Canada’s hockey team for the last two Winter Olympics, earning a gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games. He was also a member of the Canadian Team coaching staff at the 2004 World Cup.  He earned his St. Lawrence degree in sport and leisure studies and French and was a goaltender on the men's ice hockey team.

Robert Montgomery '82, director of the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center, led the first 16-patient multicenter "domino donor" kidney transplant last summer and was subsequently the subject of a variety of national news reports about the feat. Surgical teams at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit successfully completed the first eight-way, multihospital procedure. The transplant involved eight donors (three men and five women) along with eight recipients (three men and five women).

Montgomery was awarded an honorary degree at St. Lawrence's Commencement in 2007 for his pioneering work in the organ-transplant field. An interview with Montgomery on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" can be found at

Two St. Lawrence alumnae recently received 2009 SCCC Foundation Awards at Schenectady County (N.Y.) Community College.

Carol A. DeFries ’72, left, professor and chair of the humanities and social sciences department, was honored for Excellence in Professional Service. She has played a significant role in SUNY assessment, has been a strong proponent of the Writing Across the Curriculum initiative and instrumental in the development of the Honors Program, and has overseen the implementation of the Individual Studies A.A. and A.S. degree programs and the Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S. program. An English major at St. Lawrence, she holds an M.A. in reading from The College of Saint Rose.

Sandra Boynton ’69, professor in the humanities and social sciences department, was recognized for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. A faculty member since 1991, she was the only community college recipient of the 2004 NEH Institute’s Summer Workshop “Shakespeare’s Playhouses Inside and Out.” She developed the Theatre in London course/program at SCCC and produces and directs many productions on campus. Also an English major, she earned an M.A. in theater from the University at Albany.

Former assistant men’s hockey coach Jay Heinbuck, left, and Ray Shero '84 hold the Stanley Cup after helping the Pittsburgh Penguins win the National Hockey League championship trophy from off the ice. Shero was hired as the team's general manager after a last-overall finish in 2005-06. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, he was assistant general manager of the Nashville Predators for eight seasons and the Ottawa Senators for six seasons. He was a two-time captain of the Skating Saints. Heinbuck, who was an assistant coach under Joe Marsh 1992-2002, became the Penguins’ director of amateur scouting in 2006; he oversees amateur scouting in North America and Europe.

St. Lawrence Trustee Elinor Tatum '93 received a Member of Distinction Award at the Pi Beta Phi fraternity's annual convention, held recently in Texas. Tatum is publisher and editor-in-chief of the New York Amsterdam News, the oldest and largest Black newspaper in New York City, and one of the oldest in the country. She was appointed to her current position in 1997,becoming one of the youngest publishers in Black press history. She also produces and co-hosts a weekly segment of Al Sharpton's radio show "Keepin' It Real," inviting members of the Black press to discuss national issues facing the African-American community.

Green & Seifter Attorneys, PLLC, of Syracuse announces that Harrison V. Williams Jr. ’55  has been named to the 2009 issue of New York Super Lawyers – Upstate Edition. Harry has been a member of the firm for 40 years, with litigation experience in banking, real estate, insurance and construction.  He is a charter member of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, and is a member of the AARP Legal Services Network and the AARP Litigation Foundation. He’s also President of The Learning Place, Inc., a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to providing free adult literacy services. In June, he was honored by the Onondaga County Bar Foundation for 50 years in the practice of law.  He earned his law degree at Syracuse University.

Pete Hayes ’78 has been named to the Board of Directors of  Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island.  A partner and co-founder of Hayes & Sherry Real Estate Services, a commercial real estate brokerage company in Providence, he previously served as vice president and regional manager of The Codman Company’s Providence office.  His 25-year business career has been focused on commercial real estate sales and leases.  Pete is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rhode Island Chamber of Business & Industry; an incorporator with The Providence Foundation; on the board of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council; an advisory board member for YearUp Providence; a member of the Rhode Island Commodores; and a founding member of the board of the Ross Elkhay Foundation. 

David Miller ’81 has left the New York State Education Department and joined Ecology and Environment (E&E), which he describes as “a private international environmental consulting and planning services firm with a strong emphasis on sustainable practices for the benefit of the environment and the economy.” The firm is based in Lancaster, N.Y., near Buffalo; it provides biological surveys, environmental impact analysis and engineering studies, and has programs to address climate change through renewable energies and energy efficiencies. Dave is director of strategic initiatives, which means expanding the company's reach and getting innovative, collaborative projects off the ground.

David Wald ’84 received the Seismological Society of America's Frank Press Public Service Award in April; the award honors “outstanding contributions to the advancement of public safety or public information relating to seismology.” Wald is a research scientist at the United States Geological Survey in Golden, Col., as well as an adjunct professor at Colorado School of Mines. He has expanded the reach and application of seismic data through development of widely used programs such as ShakeMap and "Did You Feel It?"

Along with a colleague, Wald launched the Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) system, which estimates the number of people subjected to levels of ground shaking within 30 minutes of an earthquake anywhere around the globe. The advancement has enabled humanitarian organizations to provide quick and appropriate responses to disasters.


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