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Michael Patanella ’97

Michael Patanella ’97 works as a C.P.A. for Grant Thornton LLP in Manhattan. He was named one of Long Island’s 40 Under 40 by Long Island Business News, and is a frequent speaker and author on various topics relevant to the financial services industry.

Donna Frasca Brady ’93

Donna Frasca Brady ’93 is the new director of the Osceola Church Preschool in Clark, N.J.

John Fitzgerald ’93 and Lori Torone Fitzgerald ’94

John Fitzgerald ’93 and Lori Torone Fitzgerald ’94 are celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary. The couple lives in Maspeth, Queens, with their children, Claire, 8, and Jack, 5.

Regina Cirigliano-Kieran ’94

Regina Cirigliano-Kieran ’94 is enjoying her 19th year of teaching in Brooklyn. She currently teaches eighth-grade language arts and reading in the Marine Park area. Regina also runs her school’s Builders Club, which earned an honorable mention for the New York City Department of Education’s first Service in Schools award. They were also honored at Gracie Mansion by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and met Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott. Last June, Regina was nominated for People magazine’s Teacher of the Year by DonorsChoose.org, an organization that connects donors with teachers who write grant proposals for their classrooms. One of her lesson plans was featured on The New York Times’ The Learning Network website, in the Great Ideas From Readers section. Regina recently celebrated seven years of marriage with her husband, Michael.

Lisa Gatti ’90

Lisa Gatti ’90 has been elected chair of the board of directors for EAGALA, a nonprofit organization developed to address the need for resources, education and professionalism in the fields of equine-assisted psychotherapy and equine-assisted learning. Lisa is the founder and executive director of Pal-O-Mine Equestrian in Islandia, where she resides.

Christopher Luna ’95

Christopher Luna ’95 has been named the first poet laureate of Clark County, Wash., by the Clark County Arts Commission. A resident of Vancouver, Wash., Christopher is a poet, visual artist and editor. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Poetics at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colo., and currently serves as a writing consultant and poetry event coordinator for Washington State University Vancouver’s Writing Center, where he also teaches a weekly workshop. Christopher’s work has appeared in The New York Journal of Books, The Poetry Project Newsletter, The Columbian, The Oregonian and Willamette Week. He co-edited Ghost Town Poetry, a collection of poems from a popular open-microphone poetry reading series he established in 2004. Christopher is frequently a featured reader at bookstores, nightclubs, libraries and coffee shops.