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Susan H. Curry ’80

Susan H. Curry ’80 started her career in the private investors department at Wertheim & Co and moved to Individual Capital Management as a portfolio assistant. She worked closely with the firm’s investment clients, reporting on the progress of their portfolios, making suggestions on their personal financial plans, and ensuring the accuracy of the custodial and reporting functions. She became a Vice President of Wertheim Schroder & Co. and then a Senior Vice President of Klingenstein, Fields & Co. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer. 

Dan Bagan ’84

Dan Bagan is Group President at Penton Media. He is currently responsible for several groups of magazines, websites, and events in the Food, Restaurant, Agriculture, and Meetings industries.

Some of the properties in his division are: Farm Progress Show, Husker Harvest Days Show, Nation’s Restaurant News, MUFSO, Supermarket News, The Farm Press titles (Delta FP, Western FP, Southwest FP and Southeast FP) Restaurant Hospitality, BEEF Magazine, Farm Industry News, Meetingsnet, and The Special Event. Dan is a member of the Penton Executive Committee. In 2013 Dan was named Top Publishing Executive by Crain’s Media Business in their annual Innovators Awards.

Gregory J. Aidala, Ph.D., ’72

Greg earned his master’s degree in mathematics education from SUNY Albany. He began his professional career at Bethlehem Central Middle School in 1973 teaching mathematics for four years, before becoming assistant principal and then principal of Chatham Middle School.

In 1986, he completed his Ph.D. in educational administration. Subsequently, Greg served as superintendent of schools at Salem Central (1988-2000) and Guilderland Central School District (2000-2007). In retirement, Greg does consulting work with local school districts and New York State as well as enjoying time for golf and tennis.

He has been a member of both the Salem and Colonie Guilderland Rotary Clubs and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Albany Pro Musica.


MaryAnn Pietromonaco '85

A twenty-five year veteran of the financial services industry, MaryAnn Pietromonaco ’85 has been with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 1999. She served as a branch manager until 2005 when she decided to step down from the responsibility to focus more on her clients’ and family’s needs.

Additionally, Pietromonaco is currently board secretary of Bad Girl Ventures, Inc. which educates and creates opportunities to female entrepreneurs. She is chairperson of the Planned Gifts Committee of St. Elizabeth Medical Center and also serves on the Gateway Community and Technical College Foundation Board and was a previous board member of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.