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Fisher Honors Ten Under 10 Recipients

October 10, 2017

Ten graduates of the last decade were honored for their professional and personal successes during the Ten Under 10 Awards Reception on Friday, Oct. 6.

Recipients of the 2017 Ten Under 10 Award with President Gerard J. Rooney.

Now in its second year, the awards program garnered more than 60 nominations, detailing the contributions Fisher graduates make to their workplaces and communities.

“I am continually impressed when I meet with our young alumni – whether here in Rochester or as I travel around the country,” said President Gerard J. Rooney, during the ceremony. “The accomplishments of all of the nominees in this room tonight collectively tell such a success story, and make everyone at the College so proud. We appreciate all of you for that impact – not only on our campus, but the clear impact you are making on the Rochester community.” 

This year’s winner are:

Garrett Macdonald ’14, ’16 (MBA) graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in corporate finance and MBA with high distinction.  As an undergraduate student, he was the recipient of several awards and acknowledgements, including the Upstate New York Turnaround Management Association’s Top Student Award. 

As a graduate student, he received the Dr. Katherine E. Keough Memorial Award in recognition of his academic success and service to the community.  He was also invited to join the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. In addition, he was the recipient of the MBA Scholarly Achievement Award.

Today, he is vice president at Three Plus One Advisors, a consulting firm headquartered in Pittsford, New York, where he travels across the country consulting government entities on how to leverage data and technology to increase interest earnings on operating cash.

Macdonald is an active member of Adopt-A-Block, New York, a national community revitalization initiative.  Most recently, he earned the Certified Treasury Professional credential from the Association of Finance Professionals.

Kathleen Redmond Roche ’07 has spent the last decade working in public relations, beginning on the agency side at Dixon Schwabl and then Text100.  Her account management experience in client-facing roles comprises technology, higher education, financial institutions, economic development, and nonprofits.

Today, she is part of the media relations team at Wegmans Food Markets, and is responsible for providing media relations support to Wegmans restaurants, as well as the prepared foods, cheese and deli, and home and entertaining areas of the business.  She also provides support in the Massachusetts and Pennsylvania divisions.

Whenever possible, she volunteers her time to mentor and support Rochester-area college students pursuing a career in public relations. A Rochester native, she holds a bachelor’s degree in communication/journalism. 

Travis Buchello ’13 went from Fisher to law school at the University of Dayton, where he received his Juris Doctor with a Criminal Law Concentration in 2016.  During his tenure, he clerked for the Honorable Frank P. Geraci Jr., chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York and United States Senator Rob Portman.  In addition, he was a member of the University of Dayton Law Review, served on the Moot Court and Mock Trial teams, and was elected to four terms as an executive board member of the Student Bar Association. As part of his continued commitment to the community, he was a recipient of the Lisa A. Kloppenberg Public Interest Award and interned in the Criminal Law Clinic, where he defended individuals in federal court. Through that capacity, he earned the CALI Award for Excellence for his advocacy.

After clerking for Senator Portman, he chose to pursue a career in politics and public policy, and upon graduation, accepted a position as an aide for Dr. Stephen A. Huffman, chairman of the House Health and Joint Medicaid Oversight Committees in the Ohio House of Representatives.  After helping the Representative on numerous health care initiatives and a biennial budget cycle, he transitioned to a new role with Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, where he currently serves as her health care policy advisor.

Sara Beth Fisher ’07 is a graduate of the sport management program.  A Buffalo native, she returned to her hometown after graduation and began her career with the Buffalo Bills as a ticket sales account executive.  Over the past decade, she has been promoted four times by the organization, and today is an assistant ticket sales manager, overseeing four sales representatives – two of whom are Fisher graduates. 

She is also an active volunteer in Buffalo, spending her time serving various animal rescues, the Food Bank of WNY, the Salvation Army, and the St. John Fisher College Buffalo/Niagara Alumni Chapter.

Daniel Dixon ’10, ’11 (MBA) earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and MBA before starting his career at Ernst and Young as part of its Rochester Core Assurance practice.  Today, he is a CPA and serves as a manager in the Financial Accounting Advisory Services Practice for Ernst and Young. 

Throughout his career, he has remained close to the College through his active recruiting efforts, attending MBA orientation question and answer sessions and networking events, participating in mock interviews, presenting select technical accounting topics for class lectures, and being an active member on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

In addition, he has stayed engaged with the Rochester community through serving a term on the Rochester Young Professionals Board of Directors and as a recurring volunteer for Junior Achievement and Ronald McDonald House.

Alexandra Hristodoulou ’17 is a media management graduate who walked across the stage this past May.  She works in account services at Dixon Schwabl, a job she secured in January of her senior year.

As an undergraduate, Hristodoulou was recognized with several awards including Who’s Who Among Students, Senior Student Leadership Award, and department-based recognitions including the Barbara F. Wheeler Schneider Memorial Award for Excellence in Communication/Journalism and Seward Scholarship. In her senior year, she also led the inaugural Fisher PRSSA Bateman Competition team’s Fisher5Signs mental health awareness campaign, which received Honorable Mention for the National Bateman Competition.

Hristodoulou continues her involvement with the Rochester PRSA chapter as a board member for the Young Professionals group and remains closely tied to campus as well.

Krystin Buckley Dauphin ’09, an alumna of the Fisher women’s soccer team, moved to Los Angeles following graduation to complete an internship at Disneyland and has built an impressive career in health care.

After earning a master’s degree in health care administration from California State University, Long Beach, Dauphin began working at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in West Los Angeles.  In her five and a half years at the VA, she worked as a health coach, helping patients to better manage their chronic health conditions and reach their personal health goals. She also led health classes in biofeedback, mindfulness for pain management, and improving sleep for patients with insomnia. Her team was awarded the 2013 Bright Spots Award, presented by the National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for these classes. In 2014, she presented at the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Conference on using biofeedback in a group setting for managing stress.  She was also chosen to be a part of a national pilot program, funded through and partnered with the U.S. Olympic Committee, for using exercise to manage symptoms of PTSD in veterans. 

This year, Dauphin began working at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the Quality and Patient Safety Department. She leads performance improvement projects throughout the hospital to improve patient outcomes, streamline care, and improve the patient and family experience. 

During her free time, Dauphin has served as a volunteer for the Special Olympics of Southern California as an assistant soccer coach and for Make-A-Wish as a wish granter, helping to grant 20 wishes so far. 

Brian Abrahamson ’07 works as an assistant controller with Charles River Ventures, and his responsibilities include investment and financial reporting to investors.  He also runs the financial operations of the firm including tax reporting and treasury function.  Some of the firm’s notable investments include Hubspot, Sonus Networks, Twitter, Yammer, Zendesk, and more.  Prior to his current position, he spent time working at KPMG, a leading professional services firm, and has worked at other prestigious venture capital and private equity firms.

Abrahamson has also been involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay and with the New England Kids Triathlon at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is also involved with AccessSport America, a national non-profit organization based in Massachusetts which inspires higher function and fitness for children and adults living with disabilities through high-challenge sports and training.  Over the past three years, Abrahamson has participated in ASA events including the Mayors Cup Regatta and the Run for Access. 

Sidita Kushi ’10 earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and international studies from Fisher. During her time as an undergraduate, she founded the Economics Club and maintained numerous academic scholarships. She graduated summa cum laude, gaining the title of “Top Distinguished Scholar” and received several departmental honors. 

After Fisher, she continued her studies as a graduate student in political science and economics at Northeastern University, where she was awarded a full scholarship and assistantship. She teaches undergraduate courses in statistics, international relations, comparative politics, globalization, and international political economy. Most recently, she was selected as the recipient of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities Outstanding Teaching Award.

As a doctoral candidate, Kushi researches, presents, and publishes on issues of economic development, international security, and labor markets. Her research on science funding across party lines received national attention during the most recent presidential election. In addition, Kushi has presented her research throughout the United States and across in Poland, Montenegro, Germany, and the Balkans.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in biology from Fisher, Dr. Frank Garcea ’10 worked as a research assistant and lab manager for two years in the Concepts, Actions, and Objects Lab in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. 

Working under the guidance of Assistant Professor Dr. Bradford Mahon, Garcea started to pursue a doctorate in the department in fall 2012.  He earned a master’s degree in brain and cognitive sciences in 2015, and successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in July 2017. 

Today, he is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he studies recovery of neurocognitive function after brain injury.

The event is sponsored by Fisher Young Professionals and the Office of Advancement.

Nominations are open for the 2018 Ten Under 10 Awards, which will be held in September 2018 during Homecoming Weekend.