JFACEBOOK: Gotimer, Tom [MC1977] shares about his sister’s passing


Tom Gotimer is  feeling sad.
11 mins · 

It is with a heavy heart that I inform my friends of Facebook that my sister, Maureen, has passed away this evening. She fought a tireless fight to beat cancer, for the past 20 years but the bastard disease won. Rest In Peace Maureen, there is no more pain you need endure. Peace and love Little Sister  ☮️ ❤️

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MFOUND: Alma Mater is on Instagram



Manhattan College

Official Instagram account of Manhattan College. Be sure to tag your photos with #ManhattanCollege.

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JNEWS: Dischino, Michele [MC????] Women in Science Leadership Award



NCCC professor receives Connecticut Science Center STEM Award
Published 12:00 am, Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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HARTFORD — At its annual award breakfast on Tuesday, April 24, the Connecticut Science Center will celebrate individuals and organizations in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) who share in the mission of lifelong learning through interactive and innovative experiences that explore our changing world through science. Along with the Science Center’s STEM Achievement Awards, the Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award is presented to a female leader who makes a significant effort to support other women and encourage girls’ interests in STEM. The event is generously presented by Stanley Black & Decker, with support from the Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

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Michele Dischino, Ph.D., is the 2018 Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award honoree. Dr. Dischino is a Professor of Technology and Engineering Education at Central Connecticut State University, where she teaches courses in a variety of science, technology, engineering and math subjects. She served as co-principal investigator on two NSF-funded grants through which she developed problem-based learning curricula used by educators throughout the U.S. and internationally. As an engineer drawn to education, she has a passion for delivering high-impact experiences to students that serve as examples of the many ways in which engineers can make the world a better place. Dr. Dischino received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College.

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Dischino, Michele [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]


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JNEWS: Butler, John P. [MC1986] BoD Zynerba Pharma



Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Appoints John P. Butler to Board of Directors
April 16, 2018 07:00 ET | Source: Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

DEVON, Pa., April 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZYNE), a clinical-stage specialty neuropsychiatric pharmaceutical company dedicated to developing and commercializing innovative pharmaceutically-produced transdermal cannabinoid treatments for rare and near-rare neurological and psychiatric disorders with high unmet medical needs, today announced the appointment of John Butler to its board of directors. Mr. Butler serves as the President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors at Akebia Therapeutics.

“We are excited to welcome John to our Board at such an important time in our evolution,” said Armando Anido, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zynerba. “John is a recognized leader in our industry, and his extensive operational and commercialization experience in rare diseases will be instrumental as we execute on our vision to bring new therapeutic options to patients with rare and debilitating neuropsychiatric disorders.”

Mr. Butler has served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. since 2013, where he has led the company through its IPO and multiple strategic partnering transactions. Previously Mr. Butler served as the Chief Executive Officer of Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. where he led the transactions that resulted in the sale of Inspiration’s hemophilia assets to Cangene Corporation and Baxter International for a total aggregate consideration that could exceed one billion dollars. From 1997 to 2011, Mr. Butler held various positions of increasing strategic importance at Genzyme Corporation, culminating in his tenure as President of the company’s rare genetic diseases business. Prior to his work at Genzyme, Mr. Butler held sales and marketing positions at Amgen and Hoffmann-La Roche. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Relypsa, Inc. from 2013 to 2016, and Chairman of the Board at Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, from 2015 to 2017. Mr. Butler received a B.A. in Chemistry from Manhattan College and an M.B.A. degree from Baruch College, City University of New York.

“This is an important and exciting time for Zynerba as they initiate a pivotal program in Fragile X syndrome mid-year and begin their transition into a commercial stage company,” said Mr. Butler. “I look forward to contributing to the Company’s success as they work to change the lives of people living with certain rare and near-rare neuropsychiatric diseases and their families.”

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Butler, John P. [MC????]  

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1986.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Butler, John P. [MC1986]

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JOBIT: Mennona, Robert [MC1978] 2018-Apr-13



Robert Mennona
SEPTEMBER 24, 1956 – APRIL 13, 2018

Bobby Mennona of Scarsdale, N.Y. passed away peacefully on April 13, 2018 with his wife Joanne and family and friends by his side.

He was born on September 24, 1956 in Manhattan to John and Virginia Mennona and was raised in the Bronx. He was predeceased by his brother John in infancy. He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife Joanne and his three sisters, Cathy (Frank), Pat (Dominic) and Chris (Pat), brother-in-law Michael (Candy) and brother-in-law John. He had seven nieces and nephews, Frankie, Aimee’, Danny, PJ, Kristina, Katie and Johnny, 11 great nieces and nephews, and five Godchildren who he loved and cherished. Bobby had numerous cousins, and many, many friends and colleagues.

Bobby attended Cardinal Hayes High School and went on to excel at Manhattan College graduating in 1978. While in college Bobby worked at Associated Supermarket on Kingsbridge Road in the Bronx, where he met and made lifelong friends.

He met the love of his life Joanne O’Neill, 40 years ago when they were just kids and went to her high school prom, later marrying in Our Lady of Fatima Church in Scarsdale by Father Hugh McManus, who remains a close personal friend.

He had a successful career and exceled in the food industry working for such companies as Scott Paper Company, Victoria Packing Corporation, Acosta Sales and Marketing, Dannon Yogurt, ESM Ferolie and Select Products Holdings.

Growing up Bobby’s love of sports began as a child playing baseball which he continued for years. He was a die-hard Yankees fan and dedicated a room in their home to his favorite team. His love of reading began with his huge collection of comic books when he was young and continued on with the still unanswered question of “who was the best Superhero”. He was an avid golfer and played some of the most prestigious courses with his colleagues and friends. Knowing Bobby would mean you knew a man who had the ability to make you laugh even on your worst day. He had a quick wit and the gift of storytelling that would always keep the party going. He loved his family deeply and cherished his lifelong friendships.

He loved spending time with his family so a trip to Cooperstown with his nephews, dinner with the guys or a vacation with Joanne and his nieces would be so special to him. The memories created during the countless holiday celebrations, summer barbeques where he grilled a mean steak, and family gatherings at their home will always be in our hearts. He spoke of his recent hospital visit from Cardinal Dolan and feeling so honored and blessed that he sat with him and Joanne to just shoot the breeze. One of his favorite things to do, was to play Santa Claus at the annual family Christmas party and for children in the hospital. His love of music would have him singing in his car with the windows down and just loving life. His big smile and heart of gold have touched so many and he will be greatly missed by all.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The National Kidney Foundation.

Visitation will take place at Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Home, 824 Scarsdale Rd. Scarsdale NY 10583 Tuesday April 17, 2018 from 7-9pm and Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 2-4pm & 7-9pm.

Mass of Catholic Burial will take place at Our Lady of Fatima Church on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 10am

Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla NY.


Mennona, Robert [MC1978 RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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JLINKEDIN: Foley, Jamie [MC2023?] Medical Instructor at US Army Reserves



Foley, Jamie [MC2023?]
Medical Instructor at US Army Reserves
Greater New York City Area

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JUPDATE: Broderick, Edward [MC1982] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JNEWS: Broderick, Edward [MC1982] promoted to CEO Gilbane Dev

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Dear John,

I believe that Edward is a member of the Class of 1982.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Broderick, Edward [MC1982]

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