Alumni News, November 2018
Above: Alumni return to network with students at "Coffee and Connections" on November 1 (from left to right, Matthew Nesto ’16, Libario Obeid ’16, ’18, Executive Director of Graduate Business Programs Katie Desiderio, Jaclyn Smith ’17, Mary Zacher ’18, Angelo Fattore ’17).
Brynn Buskirk Becomes VP at Phoebe
Phoebe Ministries of Allentown, PA, recently announced the promotion of Brynn Buskirk ’04 to vice president of marketing and external relations. In this role she is responsible for all marketing, communications, and sales, as well as the strategic vision for the Phoebe Institute on Aging. Previously, Buskirk held the positions of regional director of marketing and sales and corporate director of marketing and community relations for Phoebe. Buskirk earned a BA in English and sociology from Moravian College and then an MA in American studies at Lehigh University. From 2004 to 2006, she served as assistant/associate director of annual giving at Moravian.
Ryan Starkman Promoted to Director at Pierson Commercial
Pierson Commercial Real Estate, based in Englishtown, NJ, promoted broker Ryan Starkman ’13 to director. In this role, Starkman will focus on the marketing and leasing of shopping centers, investment sales, land acquisition, and development and tenant representation. “In his four and a half years with the firm he has done a tremendous job of cultivating and retaining many relationships,” said Jason Pierson, the firm’s president. “Ryan has been instrumental with the growth of our urban practice and big box leasing with top landlords and retailers throughout the market, in addition to mixed-used development accomplishments. We look forward to his continued growth and success with Pierson Commercial.”
Starkman also specializes in development underwriting, programming, financial and feasibility analysis. He represents national retailers including 24 Hour Fitness, Forman Mills, Oportun, and Sticky Fingers Joint, as well as some of the most active mixed-use, urban and suburban real estate firms in the market including Ben Hur Realty, BNE Real Estate Group, Edison Properties, Jacobs Enterprises, L&M Development, Paramount Assets and Pennrose Development.
Christian Negron Joins Police Force
On November 13, Christian Negron was sworn in to the Barnegat Township Police Department by Mayor Frank Caputo. Negron graduated from Moravian in 2017 with a degree in sociology. Born in Puerto Rico, he brings his fluency in Spanish to the police department and is the first member of the force with Spanish fluency.
Ray Costello Awarded History Scholarship
Ray Costello ’05 is in his second year teaching sixth grade at St. John the Beloved School in Wilmington, DE, and while he’s engaging his students in the history of ancient civilizations, he’s taking a course in Word War I through a National History Day program. One educator from each state was awarded a scholarship to analyze various aspects of the war through a series of webinars during the fall of 2018. The end goal of the program is for participants to create a teaching tool or strategy that they can use in the classroom, Costello says.
Alexander Abramov Elected president of ISACA
A Princeton grad who earned an MBA in management and finance from Moravian College in 1996, Alexander Abramov was recently elected president of the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). The largest global chapter, ISACA NYM helps more than 4,000 New York-area member technology professionals with knowledge, credentials, education, and networking in fields of cybersecurity, IT governance, assurance, risk, and innovation to advance their careers and transform their organizations.