Inaugural Ten Under 10 Awards Honor Young Alumni
On Friday, Sept. 30, St. John Fisher College recognized the achievements of graduates over the last decade during the inaugural Ten Under 10 Awards. Held during Alumni Weekend, the awards honored individuals for their personal and professional successes, as well as their commitment to the community.
The 2016 Ten Under 10 awardees are: Dr. Craig Brackett ’06, Lauren Cirulli ’09, Brendon Dever ’08, Bronson Kopp ’07, Dr. Michael Maguire ’07, Dallas Miller ’07, Dr. Kathryn M. Nesbitt ’10, Mark Schnobrich ’09, Michael Spier ’09, and Kayleigh Terranova ’09.
Brackett earned his doctorate from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RCPI) graduate division of the University at Buffalo, studying tumor immunology. His research has been published in the journal proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and he has won awards for his presentations at national conferences. During his post-doctoral training, Brackett secured two grants, including a highly competitive three-year, $1.3 million breast cancer grant from the United States Department of Defense. He is now tenure-track junior faculty in the Department of Cell Stress Biology at RPCI.
Since graduation, Cirulli has become a fierce advocate for English-language learners, developing strategic plans and curriculum to ensure that all students are successful in school. With her assistance, a program was created that offers students as liaisons to more than 300 language learners. Cirulli also has helped Syracuse University (where she earned her master’s) host “We Are Syracuse,” an annual event to promote awareness of refugee and immigrant achievement in the community.
Dever served Delaware North as a regional supervisor at both Sahlen’s and Ralph Wilson stadiums, and was a team account manager for New Era Cap Co., managing sales and operations of many team accounts. He then founded Head’s Up, a company that develops wearable technology systems for people in hazardous work environments. Over the last eight years he has led teams in the development of $100 million in products across the industries of sport, hospitality, lifestyle brands, and construction technology.
Kopp is active in the Syracuse community. He is a member of the board of directors at Joseph’s House for Women, a residence for homeless pregnant women and their children, where he provides legal counsel and sits on two committees. Kopp is a volunteer attorney for Syracuse University’s pro bono Veteran’s Legal Clinic, and also works with the Onondaga County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Project Eviction Defense group, representing poor and unrepresented clients facing eviction.
Maguire earned a master’s in biophysics and physiology from Georgetown University in 2010. In 2012, he completed a Global Health Fellowship with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, through Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He earned his M.D. and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Miami in 2015, and is currently completing a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Christiana Care/Jefferson Medical College in Wilmington, Delaware. Maguire has conducted research at Georgetown University Medical Center and the University of Rochester Medical Center. He has been featured in various publications throughout his career, most recently co-writing an article for the Journal of Academic Medicine.
Miller served within the athletic communication offices at St. John Fisher College, St. Bonaventure University, and the United States Military Academy at West Point before joining the Buffalo Bills as manager of digital media. Currently, in his role with Little League International, he oversees the organization’s official websites, social media, video, and overall digital strategy. He also holds a master’s degree in human resource development from Fisher.
At Fisher, Nesbitt was a member of the varsity volleyball team, president of the chemistry club, and a chemistry tutor. She earned a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. Her research on improving neurochemical measurements in the brain has been featured in many publications and presentations at national and international conferences. Nesbitt officiates soccer at the highest levels, and in 2015 became the second woman to referee for Major League Soccer. In 2016, she was appointed as a FIFA international referee, working the Olympic qualifiers earlier this year. Nesbitt will represent her country as one of three U.S. officials refereeing a Women’s World Cup match in Jordan this fall.
Since starting at Northwestern Mutual as a college intern during his senior year at Fisher, Schnobrich has advanced to serve as the company’s managing director and field director. He is the college unit director for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network’s internship program, in addition to serving his clients. He serves on the executive board for the Eric Wood Foundation and volunteers with Hearts for ALS, the Maine Cancer Foundation, and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
At Fisher, Spier started a handball club and was the sports editor for the Cardinal Courier. He attended the University of Denver to pursue a master’s in marketing. There he earned the marketing department’s scholarship for most outstanding student and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma and Mu Kappa Tau honor societies. He continues to serve Fisher as founder of the Colorado Alumni Chapter, one of the Alumni Association’s most active chapters.
In her capacity at the Buffalo/Erie County United Way chapter, Terranova acts as coordinator for the organization’s United Way’s Women United and Next Generation United initiatives. She serves as a volunteer and instructor with Danceability Inc. and gives her time to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County and Leadership Buffalo. Terranova also is a member of the Homespace board of directors. She was in the inaugural class of Buffalo Business First’s “30 Under 30,” was named a Spotlight Professional for Buffalo Niagara 360, and was honored as a Community Hero by the Buffalo Sabres.