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JNEWS: Monahan, Robert [MC1974] STAR OF QUEENS





BACKGROUND—Robert Monahan grew up in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. He graduated from the LaSalle Academy and Manhattan College, then returned to LaSalle as a science teacher, educating young men in earth science, physical science and biology. After marrying his wife in 1974, they relocated to Glendale and raised a family of three. They now have six grandsons, with two more on the way.

Monahan took a job at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council (GRYC) while teaching at LaSalle; both positions wound up being full-time jobs for him. “I would teach at LaSalle, then come out to the youth council and work from 3 to 10 p.m.,” he said. “I did that for a year, then the executive director of the GRYC left, and I was promoted to that position.”

OCCUPATION—Monahan first served as GRYC executive director from 1982 to 1990, then moved on to the Police Athletic League for 10 years. Since returning to the GRYC in 2000, Monahan helped grow the organization into a borough-wide juggernaut. Today, the GRYC—powered by an $8 million annual budget—offers after-school activities, tutoring, internships and other programs at 30 different locations to 2,700 youths across Queens.

“We’re as far out as Rosedale and Bayside and as close as our Ridgewood headquarters, where we have UPK [universal pre-kindergarten],” he said. The organization has been “blessed” to receive support from local elected officials through the years to help grow the GRYC into what it is today.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT—Outside of the GRYC, Monahan is primarily involved with the Kiwanis Club of Glendale, a chapter of Kiwanis International, which raises funds for local and global causes aimed at improving the lives of children everywhere. In the past, he served as chair of the Glendale Kiwanis Scholarship Committee, which hands out thousands of dollars in scholarships annually to middle and high school students toward higher education. Monahan is also a member of the Knights of Columbus and previously supported the Ronald McDonald House. He is also involved with Cursillo, a spiritual religious retreat program for young adults.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE—Though grateful for the support that has helped grow the GRYC by leaps and bounds over the last decade, Monahan said the biggest challenge he faces is acquiring even greater funds to serve more youths throughout Queens. “We could probably serve 5,000 kids a day if we had additional funding,” he said. “We have waiting lists everywhere. Our biggest challenge is to be able to service all the kids that need service and their families.”

Help is on the way for the GRYC as the organization—through funds allocated from local officials—aims to open a state-of-the-art youth center next year at the former Garity Post on Fairview Avenue in Ridgewood.

BIGGEST INSPIRATION— “Obviously, my family is my biggest inspiration,” Monahan said. “I try to bring that whole atmosphere to the youth council, so my staff and the accomplishments they achieve every day is over the edge for me. It’s a blast coming to work for me.”

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Monahan, Robert [MC????]

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Dear John,

           I believe that Robert is a member of the Class of 1974.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Monahan, Robert [MC1974]

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JFOUND: Biggar, Barry [MC1974] Transportation Finance Practice Pillsbury



Pillsbury Boosts Transportation Finance Practice in New York
Leading Aviation Lawyer Barry Biggar joins Pillsbury


NEW YORK, June 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Pillsbury today welcomed new finance partner Barry Biggar to its New York office. Biggar concentrates his practice on asset finance, advising financiers of sizable capital assets in the aviation, rail, maritime and manufacturing sectors, as well as the financing of nuclear fuel sources in addition to renewables, bringing decades of experience representing lenders, lessors and investors.

“We are excited to welcome Barry to Pillsbury,” said Firm Chair Jim Rishwain, Jr. “Finance is a strength of our firm and a key area for further growth, and Barry brings a vital array of skills and experiences to our practice. His considerable experience guiding companies through complex financial projects will offer significant and strategic benefits to Pillsbury’s clients.”

Biggar has more than 25 years of experience representing financial institutions in complex structured debt and tax advantaged financings in both the U.S. domestic and cross-border markets. He also has extensive experience representing issuers, underwriters and placement agents of registered, 144A-eligible and privately placed debt securities issued to finance such assets.

“Barry’s rich history of serving clients across a number of industries, including transportation, heavy industry and energy (traditional and renewables) will be an excellent complement to the range of services we offer our global clients,” said Finance section leader Jon Whitney. “Barry is a welcome addition to our Finance practice in New York, and will add a wealth of experience to our international cross-border finance team.”

Biggar has devoted a substantial portion of his career to aviation finance matters, both commercial and corporate, including operating and finance leases, EXIM and other ECA supported financings, debt portfolio securitizations and EETC’s. He has been recognized by Air Finance Journal as one of the leading aviation lawyers in North America.

“Pillsbury has world class Aviation and Transportation Finance teams in addition to a global finance practice and I’m thrilled to be joining such a strong group,” Biggar said. “I look forward to collaborating with Pillsbury’s team in New York, London, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Asia.”

Biggar received his Bachelor of Science from Manhattan College, cum laude, and his JD, cum laude, from Pace University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the state of New York. Prior to joining Pillsbury, he was a partner at McGuire Woods.

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Biggar, Barry [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Barry is a member of the class of 1974.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Biggar, Barry [MC1974]

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JFOUND: Lorenzen, Sister Rosemary [MC1974] retired from Good Shepherd Catholic School in Orlando



Personal Reflection: Touching the Lives of Children

Category: E-Scroll May 7, 2015

Sister Rosemary Lorenzen, Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood

In celebration of the Year for Consecrated Life, we feature a series of articles told by religious sisters and religious order priests and brothers, who will share the joy of their vocation. Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood Rosemary Lorenzen shares her story.

The Sisters of St. Joseph were my teachers in elementary and high school, so I knew them very well. Still, I had no desire to become a sister at that point. One day, a sister who taught me in high school asked, ‘What are you going to do when you graduate?’ I told her that I was not sure what I am going to do. She suggested that I become a Sister of St. Joseph.

At that point I was going out with a fellow in the Navy who wanted to get married. One day – and I don’t know what happened — but the thought of getting married didn’t appeal to me anymore. I went back to the sister, and I said to her, ‘I think I want to become a Sister of St. Joseph.’ This all happened when I was a senior in high school.

I entered the community in 1952 and made my final profession in 1958. I think in the back of my mind, I wanted to be a sister all along. I have not regretted my decision for one minute.

Throughout my ministry, I have taught and taught and taught, in New York and Florida. I started off as a first grade teacher. During that time, I also graduated from St. Joseph College in Yonkers, N.Y. with my undergraduate degree in math.

I earned my master’s degree in math from Manhattan College in New York and taught seventh and eighth grade math until I retired from Good Shepherd Catholic School in Orlando in 2009. (Editor’s note: Sister Lorenzen moved to Florida in 1987.) Now I go back to the school four days a week and I tutor after school for two hours. One day a week, I visit the sick in the parish. I go to five people who are homebound.

The joy of my vocation has been working with the children. I have gotten so close to some of them and I have been important in some of their lives. So many times, people will come up to me after they have grown up and will say that I meant something to them in their lives. That to me is wonderful.

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Lorenzen, Sister Rosemary [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Sister received her Masters in 1974.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Lorenzen, Sister Rosemary [MC1974]

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JNEWS: Moran, Thomas J. (MC1974) Chancellor Queen’s University Belfast



Queen’s University Belfast appoints new Chancellor

Queen’s University today announced the appointment of leading Irish-American businessman and noted humanitarian, Thomas J Moran, as its new Chancellor.

A native New Yorker with ancestral roots in Fermanagh and Cavan, Tom Moran is listed as one of the top 100 Irish-American business people in the USA. He has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mutual of America Life Insurance Company since October 1994, the first person to have been appointed President from within the Company.

He is also Chairman of Concern Worldwide (US), Inc., an international humanitarian relief organisation that operates in 30 of the poorest countries of the world. He has contributed to several humanitarian and community causes, including acting as one of a group of unofficial peace envoys to Northern Ireland throughout the 1990s.

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The Chancellor fulfils three main roles – a ceremonial one which involves presiding at degree congregations; an ambassadorial role, where the office holder helps to “open doors” for the University as it seeks to fulfil its mission; and finally as an advisor, available to the Vice-Chancellor and senior management as a “sounding board” and to provide counsel and guidance.

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JNEWS: O’Connor, John Edward (MC1974) at Windmill International


O’Connor, John Edward (MC1974) has a new job!
Senior Program Manager at Windmill International

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O’Connor, John Edward (MC1974)
Senior Program Manager at Windmill International
Montgomery, Alabama Area
Technology and Services

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JNEWS: Tully, Ray [MC1974] retires from Melick-Tully and Associates



Jan. 2015

Ray Tully Announces Retirement. 

After 37 years of service, Raymond Tully has retired from Melick-Tully and Associates. Mr. Tully began his career as a geotechnical engineer at Mueser-Rutledge Engineers after graduating from Manhattan College in 1974. He joined MTA in 1977 and spent the remainder of his professional service leading MTA from a small start-up to one of the leading geotechnical firms in New Jersey. We wish Ray all the best in his new endeavors!

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Tully, Ray [MC1974]

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JFOUND: Asaro, Paul Anthony [MC1974] CFO Ellington Management Group



Asaro, Paul Anthony [MC1974]

Mr. Paul Anthony Asaro, CPA serves as Managing Director and the Chief Financial Officer at Ellington Management Group LLC. Mr. Asaro is responsible for all accounting and financial reporting. He has been with Ellington since 1997, initially as Chief Financial Officer of Ellington’s real estate finance affiliate Titan Management, and as Ellington’s Controller. Prior to joining Ellington, he served as the Controller at Auda Advisor Associates L.L.C., and from 1988 to 1996 he served as the Controller at Henry Kaufman and Company, Inc. He served as an Interim Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Treasurer of Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT. He served as an Interim Chief Financial Officer of Ellington Financial LLC since August 2007. Before joining Henry Kaufman, Mr. Asaro worked for nine years in the oil and gas industry, holding various senior finance positions with Weeks Petroleum Limited and R&B Petroleum, Inc. He started his career as an Auditor at Arthur Andersen & Co., where he engaged in various audit assignments from 1974 through 1978. Mr. Asaro became a Certified Public Accountant in 1977 and is a member of the AICPA and CSCPA. He received his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Connecticut in 1982 and his B.S. in Accounting from Manhattan College in 1974.

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