JOBIT: Dersh, Rhoda Eisman [MC1980 RIP] on 2016-Feb-01


Rhoda Eisman Dersh

Rhoda Eisman Dersh, prominent Berks County civic leader, founder and longtime President and CEO of the Reading educational landmark Pace Institute, businesswoman, philanthropist and artist, passed away on the morning of February 1st in Boca Raton, Florida, at the age of 81, surrounded by her family.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Jerome Dersh, M.D., retired Reading ophthalmologist, two adult children, Debra and Jeff Dersh, and her grandson, Jeremy.

Mrs. Dersh was born in Philadelphia in 1934, the daughter of Kay and Maurice Eisman.

She was accomplished from an early stage in her life, earning a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1955, a M.A. in International Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1956 and an M.B.A. from Manhattan College in 1980.

Her early professional activities were varied, ranging from serving as an interpreter for the Consul of Chile, to staff or faculty positions at Albright College, Mount Holyoke College and Amherst College.

She settled in the Berks County area in 1960 when her husband joined an area ophthalmology practice, beginning a lifelong endeavor as perhaps the first local woman civic leader.

She was a founding member of several important organizations including The World Affairs Council of Reading and Berks County, the Citizens Active for Reading Education (CARE), and the Visiting Homemaker Service.

Mrs. Dersh also took on board and other leadership roles in the United Way, the League of Women Voters, the Berks County and Pennsylvania chambers of commerce, the Family Guidance Center, Leadership Berks and the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools. She was appointed a delegate to the White House Conference on Children and Youth, and was the first woman invited to join the board of the Rotary Club of Reading.

Her interests in education and business became more important over the course of her professional life. Concerned about local educational policies, she wrote a book titled “The School Budget: It’s Your Money, It’s Your Business,” which was adopted as a textbook at several universities. And she established a management training and consulting firm, Professional Practice Management Associates, which specialized in hospital and medical office management and training.

Her work in this area prompted local business leaders to ask for her help with the growing population of workers displaced from downsizing and closing businesses, leading her to establish Pace Institute in 1981, a private licensed career school that grew to offer diplomas, certificates and specialized associate degrees in 29 programs.

She was also recognized as the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Berks County Chamber of Commerce in 1985. She remained president and CEO of Pace Institute until her retirement in 2013.

Other endeavors included a lifelong interest in African art, eventually leading her to establish a collection, some of which has been gifted to the Reading Public Museum and the Boca Raton Museum of Art, and in collaboration with her husband, an important collection of contemporary post-war artwork. She was a longtime supporter of the arts more generally, and an accomplished artist herself, starting as a weaver in the 1970s and more recently creating jewelry pieces that have been exhibited at the Reading Public Museum, the Goggleworks Center for the Arts and the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Her family is holding private services and asks for any donations in her name to be made to the Reading Public Museum or the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts.

Published in Reading Eagle from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7, 2016


Dersh, Rhoda Eisman [MC1980 RIP]


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GOOGLE+: Thater, Glenn [MC1970] Author of Epic Fantasy Series


Glenn Thater
Attended Manhattan College

Author of the acclaimed Epic Fantasy Series – Harbinger of Doom.


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For more than twenty-five years, Glenn G. Thater has written works of fiction and historical fiction focusing on the genres of epic fantasy and sword and sorcery. His published works of fiction include the first nine volumes of the Harbinger of Doom saga – Gateway to Nifleheim; The Fallen Angle; Knight Eternal; Dwellers of the Deep; Blood, Fire, and Thorn; Gods of the Sword; The Shambling Dead; Master of the Dead; and Shadow of Doom.

Mr. Thater holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics with concentrations in Astronomy and Religious Studies, and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering, specializing in Structural Engineering. He has undertaken advanced graduate study in Classical Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, and Astrophysics, and is a practicing licensed professional engineer specializing in the multi-disciplinary alteration and remediation of buildings, and the forensic investigation of building failures and other disasters.

Mr. Thater has investigated failures and collapses of numerous structures around the United States and internationally. Since 1998, he has served on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Technical Council on Forensic Engineering (TCFE), is a member of that Council’s Executive Committee, and is the past Chairman of TCFE’s Committee on Practices to Reduce Failures. Mr. Thater is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional and has testified as an expert witness in the field of structural engineering before the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

Mr. Thater is an author of numerous scientific papers, magazine articles, engineering textbook chapters, and countless engineering reports. He has lectured across the United States and internationally on such topics as the World Trade Center collapses, bridge collapses, and on the construction and analysis of the dome of the United States Capitol in Washington D.C.


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  • Volume 10+ — Forthcoming HARBINGER OF DOOM

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Bragging rights
My books have often been on the Amazon best seller lists!

Manhattan College
Physics; Astronomy; Religious Studies
University of Maryland
Physics; Structural Engineering

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Dear John,

           I believe that Jerry is a member of the Class of 1970..


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Thater, Glenn [MC1970]

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JFACEBOOK: Zambito, Maryann Stallone [MC2000] Festival of Song USA 2016 WoY


So proud of my friend, fellow Kearney Tiger, and fellow Jasper!! Congratulations Maryann! 🎉

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 04, 2016 — Festival of Song USA named Maryann Stallone, a partner in [Tannenbaum Helpern __title__ ]’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, “Woman of the Year” at its 21st annual gala

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Festival of Song USA 2016 names Tannenbaum Helpern’s Maryann Stallone “Woman of the Year”

Festival of Song USA named Maryann Stallone, a partner in Tannenbaum Helpern’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, “Woman of the Year” at its 21st annual gala


Maryann C. Stallone


Tannenbaum Helpern is proud to announce that Festival of Song USA named Maryann Stallone, a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, “Woman of the Year” at its 21st annual gala on January 31st.

Drawing hundreds of attendees to its annual event, Festival of Song USA keeps the arts and the Italian culture alive through music, dance, and food and collaborates with the Cantamare Festival in Sicily, Italy to promote the arts and Italian culture and tradition across two continents. Its “Woman of the Year” award recognizes an individual’s drive to succeed, contribution to the community and accomplishments in their profession. This year’s event was in memoriam of its founder Silvana Romania.

Born to two immigrants from Italy, Maryann is the first in her family to graduate from college and law school. In 2007, Maryann graduated from Brooklyn Law School, where she was a Primary Article and Symposia Editor of the Journal of Law & Policy and served as Secretary of the Italian American Law Students Association (IALSA). In her last year of law school, Maryann had her first child just weeks before her final exams and a few months before the bar exam. One of her proudest moments was walking on stage to receive her Juris Doctorate degree with her daughter in her arms.

As a commercial litigator, Maryann advises clients on complex business disputes and has handled cases involving securities fraud, breach of contract, business torts, employment discrimination, intellectual property infringement, and professional malpractice. She has represented clients in the hedge fund, private equity, REIT, law firm, accounting, dental, real estate, media and staffing industries. Selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for 2014 and 2015 and as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Metro New York Rising Stars for 2014, Maryann is actively involved in Tannenbaum Helpern’s Women’s Initiative and co-authors the Attorney Professionalism Forum in the New York State Bar Association Journal.

A proud mother of three, Maryann is fluent in Italian and takes great pride in her Italian heritage, roots and culture.

About Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP 

Since 1978, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP has combined a powerful mix of insight, creativity, industry knowledge, senior talent and transaction expertise to successfully guide clients through periods of challenge and opportunity. Our mission is to deliver the highest quality legal services in a practical and efficient manner, bringing to bear the judgment, common sense and expertise of well trained, business minded lawyers. Through our commitment to service and successful results, Tannenbaum Helpern continues to earn the loyalty of our clients and a reputation for excellence. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter: @THSHLAW.

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Zambito, Maryann Stallone [MC2000]

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So proud of my friend, fellow Kearney Tiger, and fellow Jasper!! Congratulations Maryann! 🎉

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 04, 2016 — Festival of Song USA named Maryann Stallone, a partner in [Tannenbaum Helpern __title__ ]’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, “Woman of the Year” at its 21st annual gala

JNEWS: Rizzo, Christopher [MC1997] partner Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP


Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP Names Christopher Rizzo Partner And Anne K. Gerson And Leonardo Trivigno Counsel

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NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP ( is pleased to announce that Christopher Rizzo has become a partner and Anne K. Gerson and Leonardo Trivigno have become counsel to the firm effective January 1, 2016. Mr. Rizzo was previously counsel to the firm. Ms. Gerson and Mr. Trivigno were previously associates at the firm.

“Congratulations go out to Chris, Anne and Len on their promotions,” said Carter Ledyard’s managing partner, Judith Lockhart. “Their promotions reflect their consistent hard work, dedication and insight in serving our clients.”

Christopher Rizzo’s practice includes a wide variety of litigation, environmental and land-use matters. They include litigation and transactional matters arising out of environmental impact reviews for state and city-sponsored projects, compliance with local zoning and preservation laws, open space preservation, open space easements, development agreements and licenses, management of hazardous materials and energy generation. His practice also includes general litigation, often related to land-use disputes and contract disputes. In a pro-bono capacity, he is involved in several community-based organizations focused on the revitalization of New York City’s parks and public spaces. He currently serves as chairman of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Inc., trustee of the Porzelt Foundation, member of the Riverdale Merchants Association and board member of New Yorkers for Parks. Mr. Rizzo received his B.A. summa cum laude in 1997 from Manhattan College and his J.D. cum laude in 2001 from Pace University School of Law School.

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Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP (, established in 1854, has approximately 90 attorneys and has been headquartered on Wall Street since its founding. Carter Ledyard’s general practice includes corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, broker-dealer, on-shore and off-shore hedge and other alternative investment funds, private equity, litigation, intellectual property, environmental, employment, media and technology, investment regulation, antitrust, art law, trusts and estates, maritime, ERISA, tax-exempt organizations, real estate, tax and bankruptcy. A significant part of the firm’s practice involves representing overseas-based clients and their U.S. affiliates, financial institutions and other financial services providers, governmental entities and media and technology clients.

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Rizzo, Christopher [MC1997]

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JNEWS: Gene, John P. III [MC????] VP Tompkins Financial Advisors


What’s new on the business scene for Feb. 5
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(Photo: Chris Cusumano/Poughkeepsie Journal)


Management firm appoints vice president— Tompkins Financial Advisors recently announced the promotion of John P. Genn III to vice president and senior trust officer.

Genn, a Pawling resident, joined the company’s Hudson Valley branch in September 2015 as a senior trust officer. He is based in the firm’s Wappingers Falls office. In his position, Genn will continue to develop clients’ estate planning strategies, including consideration of their legal, tax and investment strategies, for the design, implementation and administration of appropriate trust and estate agendas.

Prior to joining the firm, Genn directed the trust departments of the Bank of Millbrook and Valley National Bank. His experience includes work in trust, estate and investment services, including insurance, new business development, and administration.

Genn received his master’s in business administration from Manhattan College. He serves as director of the Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council, is a board and finance committee member of Astor Family Services, and is a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Action Committee.

Tompkins Financial Advisors is the wealth management firm of Tompkins Financial Corporation, a New York based financial services holding company.

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Gene, John P. III [MC????]

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Dear John,

          I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for John.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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GOOGLE+: Grottola, Michael [MC1970] works at MGG Consulting


Dear John,

            I believe that Michael is a member of the Class of 1970.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Grottola, Michael [MC1970]
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On 1/31/2016 10:22 AM, Jasper Fjohn68 [JasperJottingsEditorial] wrote:

Michael Grottola
Works at MGG Consulting, LLC
Attended Stevens Institute of Technology, Manhattan College, Don Bosco College, Seton Hall College, Allhallows
Lives in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

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Dear John,
            I believe that Michael is a member of the Class of 1970.

On 1/31/2016 10:22 AM, Jasper Fjohn68 [JasperJottingsEditorial] wrote:>  >>> Michael Grottola> Works at MGG Consulting, LLC> Attended Stevens Institute of Technology, Manhattan College, Don Bosco College, Seton Hall College, Allhallows> Lives in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey


JHQ: Alumni events


Alumni Society Meeting #3
Saturday, February 6, 2016 | 9:30am – 12pm
Location: Memorial Hall, Chancellor’s Room


A light breakfast will be served in the Advancement office (Memorial Hall, Room 100) prior to the meeting at 9 a.m.

Read more about the Manhattan College Alumni Society and meetings throughout the year.

Every graduate of the College is automatically a member of our Alumni Society, If you are interested in serving on the Alumni Society Board, we invite you to attend a meeting throughout the year.


Marist Pregame Alumni Reception
Saturday, February 13, 2016 | 5 – 7pm


Join other Jaspers at Mahoney’s Irish Pub (35 Main St., Poughkeepsie, NY) before Manhattan takes on Marist at McCann Arena (3399 North Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY). There is no charge to attend the reception – food and refreshments can be purchased directly from Mahoney’s. Shuttle transportation to and from the game is also provided by Mahoney’s, if needed.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Bob Nasser ’67 at or Cesare Manfredi ’67

Tip-off is at 7 p.m. and game tickets can be purchased directly from Marist Athletics.


Thursday, February 18, 2016 | 6 – 9pm
Location: De La Salle Hall, Room 104 (Gunn Room)


Planning meeting for the 25th Annual Reality Retreat Weekend.


Jaspers of Georgia Luncheon
Sunday, February 28, 2016 | 12:30 – 3:30pm


Alumni, family and friends are invited to join the College and host Bob Fink ’57 at Cherokee Country Club (665 Hightower Trail, Atlanta, GA) for the annual Atlanta-area luncheon.

The event will begin with a 12:30 p.m. reception, followed by a lunch buffet at 1 p.m. The cost is $30 per person and advance registration is required. REGISTER»


Southwest Florida Alumni Luncheon
Sunday, March 6, 2016 | 11:30am – 3pm


Alumni, family and friends living in or visiting Southwest Florida are invited to join the College at the annual luncheon at Pelican’s Nest Golf Club (4450 Pelicans Nest Dr., Bonita Springs, FL). The event, hosted by Jim Connors ’57, is $25 per person and will begin at 1 p.m. Advance registration is required. REGISTER»

Prior to the luncheon, guests are invited to a gathering at Jim’s home (3440 Lakemont Dr., Bonita Springs, FL) at 11:30 a.m.


Winter Park Alumni Reception
Monday, March 7, 2016 | 5:30 – 8pm


Alumni, family and friends are invited to join the College and other Jaspers for a dinner reception hosted by Michael ’58 and Aimee Kakos at Luma on Park (290 South Park Ave., Winter Park, FL). The cost of the event is $35 per person. Advance registration is required. REGISTER»

The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m.


West Palm Beach Alumni Golf Outing & Dinner
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 | 11:30am – 7pm


Join the College for a day of golf hosted by Peter McDermott ’67 at Ironhorse Country Club (8055 Ironhorse Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL). Registration and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by tee-off at 12 p.m. Following the outing, cocktails and dinner will begin at 5 p.m.

Golf and dinner package is $125 per person. Not a golfer? Join us for the evening reception and dinner for only $50 per person. Advance registration is required. REGISTER»


Washington D.C. St. Patrick's Day Reception
Thursday, March 10, 2016 | 6 – 8:30pm


Alumni, family and friends living or working in the D.C. area are invited to join the College and other Jaspers for an evening reception hosted by Elli Nesbitt ’81 and Tony Kavanagh ’82 at James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant & Bar (1 Dupont Circle NW, Washington, D.C.). The reception will take place in the Hoban Room.

The cost of the event is $35 per person. Advance registration is required. REGISTER»


Sarasota Alumni Luncheon
Friday, March 11, 2016 | 12 – 2:30pm


Alumni, parents, family and friends are invited to join the College for an afternoon luncheon hosted by Neil ’60 and Lillian O’Leary at the University Park Country Club (7671 The Park Blvd., Sarasota, FL).

The event will begin at 12 p.m. and is $25 per person. Advance registration is required. REGISTER»


Bonita Springs & Naples Alumni Reception
Friday, March 11, 2016 | 6:30 – 9pm


Alumni, family and friends living in or visiting Southwest Florida are invited to join the College back at the home of Jim Connors ’57 (3440 Lakemont Dr., Bonita Springs, FL). Enjoy a hot Irish dinner as well as a performance by members of the Manhattan College Pipes & Drums. REGISTER»


Printed: Wednesday, February 03, 2016 at 1:33 PM PST Calendar events displayed in Eastern Standard Time


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