St. Lawrence graduates have a thirst for knowledge and are innovative problem-solvers. This periodic roundup features Laurentians who are in the spotlight for making a positive impact on their communities, companies, and the world.
Dr. David Guttman ’64
David Guttman recently published his new book, "Coming Home," which recounts his extensive medical career journey from New York to Alabama, spanning over 40 years in pediatrics. It details his educational background, professional experiences, and the challenges of relocating for work, offering readers an intimate look into his life as a physician. Published by Newman Springs Publishing, the book provides a candid reflection on adapting to change and finding fulfillment in one's career.
Guttman studied chemistry at St. Lawrence University.
Ted Raycroft ’86
Ted Raycroft ’86 has been recognized by EINPresswire for his recent promotion to Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) at Adaptive Processing Solutions, a top-level provider of insurance and risk-management solutions. In his new role, Raycroft will oversee revenue-generating activities such as sales, pricing, marketing, and customer support, leveraging his experience to drive business growth and maximize revenue for the company.
Raycroft studied chemistry at St. Lawrence University.
Dr. Bob Montgomery ’82
Robert Montgomery ’82 was recently featured in an article published by CNN Health for his role in the third-ever successful xenotransplantation of a pig heart into a human. Montgomery is the director of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute and has been actively involved in exploring xenotransplantation as a potential solution to the organ shortage. Motivated by personal experiences with heart failure, Montgomery sees xenotransplantation as a promising avenue to address the limitations of human organ donation, aiming to make animal organs, particularly pig organs, viable alternatives for transplantation.
Montgomery studied biology at St. Lawrence University.
George Moore ’70
George Moore is recognized in an article published by the New Hampshire Bar Association for his commitment to law and recognizing his dedication as he steps down for retirement. Moore was the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Bar Association (NHBA), and has overseen significant initiatives like the merger of the NHBA Pro Bono Referral Program, and is regarded highly for his dedication to the legal profession.
Moore studied English at St. Lawrence University.
Steve Amick ’86
Steve Amick recently released his new novel and is highlighted by Full Stop, Reviews, Interviews, Marginalia. Amick's novel You Shall See the Beautiful Things reimagines Eugene Field’s Wynken, Blynken, and Nod in a narrative style all its own, introducing the characters Wynken van Winkel, Ned Nodder, and Luuk Blenkin. Set in an imaginative world where reality and unreality blend, the story unfolds against the backdrop of large bodies of water and land, weaving together elements of fairy tale, nocturne, and literary sleight of hand. Through its expansive historical narrative, the novel both delights and challenges readers, exploring themes of magic, colonialism, war, and the human experience.
Amick studied English at St. Lawrence University.
Kayla Vespa ’20
Kayla Vespa ’20 is featured in an article on The Spec for her journey to becoming a professional women's hockey player with the New York franchise in the Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL).
Vespa reflected on a time when her biggest hopes and dreams were making the St. Lawrence University Women’s Hockey Team. A St. Lawrence coach came to Stoney Creek to see Vespa play a game and after she scored three goals, offered her a full scholarship on the spot while standing in the arena hallway.
“I cried,” says Vespa. “I was like, 'is this really happening?'” Vespa played at St. Lawrence from 2016-2020.
Vespa studied biology at St. Lawrence University.
Bob Rich III ’89
Niagara University's Board of Trustees welcomed Robert Rich III as one of its newest members during its December meeting. As the founder and president of ROAR Logistics, Rich brings a wealth of experience in the transportation and logistics industry. Rich is involved in the community through his volunteer work with organizations like Gear Secure Music and The Urban Redemption Foundation.
Michelle L. Monnat ’06
Michelle L. Monnat was recently highlighted on News Junky for her appointment as the new chief executive officer of the Children’s Home of Jefferson County (CHJC). With over 16 years of experience at CHJC, Monnat's journey from various departments to her most recent role as chief financial officer reflects her progressive leadership and commitment to the organization's mission.
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