Tag Archives: MC2008

JFOUND: Leonard, Melanie [MC2008] is a Beacon hatmaker


Dear John,

I believe that Melanie is a member of the Class of 2008.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. FYI often if a story doesn’t look “Jasper-ish”, then I’ll ping Mike for a Jasper check”]

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On 4/19/2019 8:06 PM, Jasper Fjohn68 wrote:

The Milliner of Cold Spring
Beacon hatmaker opens shop on Main Street
By Alison Rooney on April 19, 2019No Comment

It’s never “Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?” at Wynono & Company, the new Cold Spring millinery that will open on Main Street just in time for Easter.

In fact, it will be the opposite, says Melanie Leonard, a Beacon resident who hopes her stock of handmade hats and colorful vintage clothing will invite lingering. “I don’t want anyone to feel intimidated about coming in,” she says.

Years ago, Leonard felt intimidated about making hats, but she became friendly with a milliner, Ashley Ruprecht, who invited Leonard to her studio and wound up training her in the classic techniques.

After “falling in love with the process,” Leonard studied with Anya Caliendo, who does couture millinery. “By then I was able to make a good hat but not really express myself,” she recalls. “Anya is a strong Russian woman. She told me when things were awful, which was perfect for me! Each week you made a new style. Anya taught me true technique with her assessment of ‘nyet’ after hours of handstitching! I learned patience. Now I understand that it’s how someone feels in the hat that matters, and that I shouldn’t criticize myself if one stitch isn’t perfect.”

None of this was on Leonard’s mind growing up in Londonderry, New Hampshire, where her sartorial style was atypical. “I can truthfully say I dressed differently,” she says. “At 10 I walked around like a hippie, wearing big pants, colorful shirts. My mom would buy me Gap jeans, then we would cut parts of them out and put different fabric in.”

As a teenager Leonard recalls always being drawn to New York City; she would take a 6 a.m. bus from New Hampshire to wander around Central Park, the East Village and walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, then catch the 10 p.m. train home.

She attended college in the city, studying sociology and criminal justice at Manhattan College, and two years ago made the move from Brooklyn to Beacon with her husband, Stu McLaughlin, who is a creative director at a marketing agency and a photographer. They were joined a year ago by daughter Marlo. Leonard says she finds Beacon a “nice blend of my New Hampshire and Brooklyn backgrounds.”

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Leonard, Melanie [MC2008]

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JLINKEDIN: Lucas, Amy [MC2008] Wellness Coach



Lucas, Amy [MC2008]
Wellness Coach at Health & Wellness
Greater New York City Area

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JLINKEDIN: Corwin, Heart Rose [MC2008] Legal Assist @ Kania Law Firm



Corwin, Heart Rose [MC2008]
Legal Assistant in Tax Foreclosure at The Kania Law Firm, P. A.
Asheville, North Carolina

Experienced professional with a demonstrated history of work in multipleindustries. Skilled in Real Estate and Tax Foreclosure law, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Hospitality Industry, Event Management, Databases, and Management. Strong marketing professional with a BS in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing from Manhattan College.

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JNEWS: Martello, Mike [MC2008] and Zambianchi, Connie [MC2006] are ENR NY TYP’s



Top Young Pros: Cultivating Innovation, Mentoring Colleagues

  • Rising leaders under 40 are making an impact on many of the region’s biggest 
  • projects as they cultivate innovative practices and mentor colleagues
  • January 21, 2019
  • Tom Stabile

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They are top performers in their fields—expanding how their employers confront challenges such as infrastructure resilience, changing software and technology, project efficiency, public-private project management and creating a more diverse workforce.

ENR New York’s Top Young Professionals for 2019 also are organizational leaders, delivering major projects, cultivating innovative practices, taking charge of teams and internal initiatives and mentoring junior colleagues.

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Mike Martello
Accomplished bridge engineer
32, Professional Associate
New York City

Two years into his decade at HDR, Martello started a four-year stint as chair of the bridge and structures technology group that serves as a resource helping the firm’s bridge engineers solve design challenges. He has been an in-house technical leader contributing to big jobs such as the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge and the Durham Orange light rail transit project in North Carolina. In 2017, Martello became group lead for HDR’s New York-New Jersey bridge structure section. He manages 45 engineers on a team he has helped stock with experts in BIM, and geotechnical and wind analysis.

Beyond the firm, Martello shares his knowledge as a graduate structural engineering professor at Manhattan College, his alma mater, and as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Connie Zambianchi
Building a new firm
34, President and Founder
Amaracon Testing and Inspections
Hicksville, N.Y.

A veteran of STV, Conti Construction, RC Dolner and Materials Testing Group, Zambianchi took her industry experience to a new level in 2015. She founded Amaracon Testing & Inspections, relying in part on her credentials as a professional engineer with a master welding certificate and master special inspections license.

With projects that include an open road toll project at the Whitestone Bridge, she’s built out the business to include a high-tech testing lab, a digital reporting matrix and a team of inspection professionals.

Zambianchi also contributes to industry endeavors, such as the ACE Mentor Program and Professional Women in Construction, and she mentors Manhattan College engineering students.

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Martello, Mike [MC????]

Zambianchi, Connie [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Mike is a member of the Class of 2008, but I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for Connie


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Martello, Mike [MC2008]

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[JR: Did a quick google search and found this search entry but the underlying document is gone offline.]

Class of 2006 Donors | Honor Roll of Donors | Manhattan College …

Cupola Club. Connie Zambianchi … Donor Profiles. Read about selected donors and why they choose to support Manhattan College. Read Profiles.

[JR: Probably 2006?]

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JLINKEDIN: Sajduk, Kate Christmann [MC2008] Structural Eng @ CityScape Eng



Sajduk, Kate Christmann [MC2008]
Structural Engineer at CityScape Engineering PLLC
Greater New York City Area

Holds PE license if three states (NY, NJ, CT), Over ten years of experience in structural and geotechnical engineering. Experienced in design of new construction in timber, masonry, cast in place concrete, precast concrete, structural steel, cold formed steel framing, as well as rehabilitations, demolitions, special inspections, support of excavations plans, and vibration monitoring. 

Chair – New York State Society of Professional Engineers PE’s in Construction Group

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JLINKEDIN: LaVallie, Michael [MC2008] Op Mgr @ GVC Ltd



LaVallie, Michael [MC2008]
Operations Manager at GVC Lt
Greater New York City Area

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JLINKEDIN: Gomez, Floritza [MC2008] Exec Asst at Hiscox USA



Gomez, Floritza [MC2008]
Executive Assistant at Hiscox USA
Greater New York City Area

Completed a broad variety of administrative tasks for two C-level executives including: managing an extremely complex and ever changing calendar of `appointments; completing expense reports; composing and preparing correspondence that was sometimes confidential; arranging complex and detailed travel plans, itineraries and agendas; and compiling documents for travel related meetings 

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