Alumni Networking Group


Alumni Networking Group

In 2016, a group of Aquinas alumni decided to combine parts of their worlds in order to help others and to uncover new relationships that may help them in their professional lives.
Aquinas alumni Rob DeRider `98, partner at Lavaro Group, was amazed at how often in his professional life he would come across fellow Aquinas alumni.  He decided to reach out to his classmates and friends, Ryan Bierley `98 (Independent Financial Advisor), Nick Gambino `98 (Allstate Insurance Agency Owner) and Sal Panella (owner of MicGinny’s Restaurant and Sports Pub) to set up something formal. The group decided to work with the Aquinas Alumni Office to get a networking group off the ground.  With humble beginnings in 2016, they have grown to more than 70 members who meet monthly.
“There’s just an immediate connection when you meet up with another AQ alum,” said Bierley.  What started out with 3 or 4 people has now grown to an organization with over 70 members all looking to “interact with fellow alumni, to educate each other, to help each other and to help Aquinas” according to Bierley.  The group gives back by helping with Sophomore Mock Interviews and has members who have joined the Aquinas Planned Giving committee, the Founders’ Golf Tournament committee and reunion committees.

According to Bierley, the networking group is “looking to meet likeminded alumni business owners that want to network with Aquinas alumni and then give back to Aquinas.  We are all here because of Aquinas, generating new clients and making money because we went to Aquinas.”  All professions and business are welcome to join. 

For more information, contact Nick Gambino ’98 at or Chris Grout ’88 at (585) 254-2020 X1050 or

2018 Alumni Networking Events

January 10 – Social at The Silver Iguana – 5-7pm
January 18 – Lunch Bunch Meeting at AQ – Noon

February 14 – Meeting at AQ – 8am

March 14 – Meeting at AQ – 8am – Chris Martins ’86 (VP, Cooley Group) to present on branding and strategic communication

April 11 – Social at Knuckles Knockout Grill – 5-7pm

April 19 – Lunch Bunch Meeting at AQ – Noon

May 9 – Meeting at Bonadio Group – 8am

June 13 – Meeting at AQ – 8am

July 11 – Social at MicGinny’s – 5-7pm

July 19 – Lunch Bunch Meeting at AQ – Noon

August 8 – Meeting at AQ – 8am

September 12 – Meeting at AQ – 8am

October 10 – Social at 585 Rockin’ Burger Bar – 5-7pm

October 18 – Lunch Bunch Meeting at AQ – Noon

November 14 – Meeting at AQ – 8am

December 12 – Meeting at AQ – 8am

Mark your calendar now for the following Aquinas events:

March 2 - Mission Bouts – 7pm

June 10 – Hall of Fame – 4:30pm

August 13 – Founders’ Classic Golf Tournament – 11:00am

September 21, 22 & 23 – Reunion Weekend


Alumni Business Name
Mrs. Marissa Anne Allen, 2004 Advantech Industries
Mr. Joseph R. Alves, 1990 Platinum Choice Bancard
Mr. Curtis V Amesbury, Jr., 1972 CEM Properties LLC
Mr. Joseph A. Amorese, 1975 American Investigative Services
Mrs. Diane M Bacon, 1987 Howard Hanna
Mr. James Bansbach, 2011 Clear Water Kizomba
Mr. Ryan Bierley, 1998 Bierley Financial Services
Mr. John V Bifarella, 1992 THS Computers
Mr. Royce E. Bleier, 2006 Enterprise Car Sales
Mr. Marc Brondon, 2008 UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Mr. Michael A Buckpitt, 1993 CompeerCorps
Mr. James Burgett, 2000 Grind Time Craft Roasting
Mr. Sean Carter, 2007 Liberty Mutual Ins. Co.
Mr. Nicholas P Castronova, 1987 Oxford Capital
Mr. Andrew M Cavalieri, 2002 Thomson Reuters
Mr. Andrew E Cehelsky, 1972 ACE Architecture
Mr. David Anthony D'Ambrosio, 1992 Karpus Investment Management
Mr. Michael J. Davis, 1992 Prime Lending
Mr. Robert DeRider, 1998 Novem Group
Mr. Joseph M DiFabio, 1984 Minuteman Press
Mr. Mario DiLuigi, 1985 EFPR Group, LLP
Mr. Nicholas J Dobbertin, CPA, 2001 Genesee Regional Bank
Mr. Robert Andrew Dornan, 2005 Angelo Planning Group, LLC
Mrs. Holly Nicole Dutcher, 2004 CURE Childhood Cancer Association
Mr. Daniel F Dwyer, 1972 Wealth Management Group, LLC
Mr. Peter Harry Fornarola, 2005 M&T Bank
Mr. Christopher C Frank, 1988 City of Rochester
Mr. Joseph M Gambino, 1996 Freeport Financial Partners LLC
Mr. Nicholas Gambino, 1998 Allstate Insurance
Mr. Scott P Gosert, 1975 Soho Imaging, Inc
Ms. Christine A Grout, 1988 The Aquinas Institute
Mr. D'Rian K Hart, 1987 Earth Conservation Center
Mr. Jenkins N Hart, 1968 Hart Cleaning Services
Mr. Adam D Hartwigh, 1994 Bank of America
Mrs. Alicia A Holmes, 1996 Beyond Components
Mr. Bernard J Iacovangelo, 1965 Faber Construction Co., Inc.
Mr. Brian A Izard, 1981 Conserve
Mrs. Vicki Marie James, 1991 Medicare Consultant
Mrs. Jodi A Johnson, 1988 The Cub Room
Mr. Christopher David Kelly, 2003 Cascades Recovery US Inc
Mr. Eric J Lauricella, 2001 Tompkins Insurance Agencies
Mr. Richard M Liberatore, 1985 USA Payroll Agency/Catone Insurance
Mr. Jason Robert Madigan, 1992 Spectrum Business
Ms. Christina M Mancini, 1990 The Aquinas Institute
Mr. Raymond Manioci, 2008 The Aquinas Institute
Mr. Francesco G Marino, 2001 AP Plumbing
Mr. Giuseppe Antonio Marino, 2004 Wegmans - Latta Rd. Store
Dr. Bernadette Marino Spencer, DDS, 1999 John P. Vicaretti, DDS
Mrs. Lisa Martone, 1997 Mamava
Mr. Lawrence S Mastrella, 1988 Stewart Title
Miss Colleen Marie McTammany, 2004 Live Your Good Journey
Mr. Michael Messina, 2011 Scottrade
Ms. Erin R Morrow, 1999 CinnaRoast
Mr. Jason J Mull, 1993 Brown & Brown Insurance
Ms. Elizabeth A Ortolani, 1996 Pullano & Company
Mr. Salvatore Panella, 1998 MicGinny's
Mr. Scott L Peters, 1986 City of Rochester
Mr. Jay P Polston, 1990 The Aquinas Institute
Mrs. Trisha J Pullinzi - Wise, 1985 LAICO Industries & Services
Mr. Marc A Quercia, 2001 Caliber Commercial Brokerage
Mr. George S Rose, 1995 Stokes Visca & Company, LLP
Miss Chelsea Rzepka, 2011 Thomas J. Rzepka, Esq.
Mr. Nicholas W Sciarratta, 1976 Rochester Community Baseball, Inc.
Mr. Thomas Sedor, Jr., 2006 Hoselton Auto Mall
Mr. Daniel E Seeley, 1966 Mitchell Pierson Jr. Inc, Realtors
Mr. William G Shaheen, 1972 Whitney & Company
Mr. William A Shaheen, 2007 Whitney & Company
Ms. Theresa Ann Sinopoli, 1993 Arlene's Costumes
Mr. Brady A Spetz, 1971 Liberty Hearing Aids
Mr. Anthony Starnino, 1987 Tones Entertainment and Rochester Photography
Mr. Christian Nicholas Valentino, Esq., 1991 Pullano & Farrow
Mr. Rhett J VanScoter, 1996 VanScoter Insurance Agency LLC
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