Class Notes

Class Notes


Charlotte Carrington (B.A. ’77) retired in April 2017 after 33 years with NYS OCA Brooklyn Criminal Court Night Court. Charlotte writes that she is enjoying her family and friends!

Juan Gonzalez (B.A. ’77) celebrated his first-year anniversary of co-founding his own firm with three other partners on 11/30/17, after nearly 10 years at a private law firm. Rubin Sheeley Paterniti Gonzalez Kaufman LLP is a full-service firm headquartered in midtown Manhattan with 20 attorneys and support staff across several offices.

Joseph Kilmer (B.A. ’80) retired in 2015 after over 35 years of police work; four with the Ocean City, Maryland Police Department, and 31+ as a Special Agent with DEA, with assignments throughout South Florida and a three year tour in Australia from 2007 to 2010.

Alma E. Martinez (B.S. ’83) retired from U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services for the Southern District of Florida after 29 years of service.

Larry Williams (B.S. ’83) is working as a teacher’s assistant with the Astor Services for Children and Family. He became an NYPD police officer working with youth for 15 years, and was promoted to Sergeant before retiring in December 2001.

Paul D. May (B.S. ’84) retired from the NYPD as a sergeant. He is currently working at The Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx as the Director of Operations.

Thomas Mixon (M.P.A. ’92) is the Deputy Chief US Probation Officer for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, one of the busiest and most prestigious offices in the federal court system.

David Mendelsohn (M.A. ’93) retired as a professor of Criminal Justice and has since taken up writing novels. His newest children’s novel A White Mouse in the White House was published in January 2018.

Julio A Ginel (B.A. ’97) recently opened his private practice, Ginel Counseling, in Middle Village. At the same time, he started working as a mental health counselor for Crime Victims Treatment Center in Morningside Heights.


Esther Israel (M.A. ’00) wrote and published a book about her work experience as a mental health therapist called The Hokey Pokey: I Was A Mental Health Therapist In Salt Lake County Jail.

Christian M. Wood (B.S. ’03) received his Master of Divinity at the Nashotah House Theological Seminary in May 2016. He became an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church and he now works at Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota, Florida.

Teri Coaxum (CERT ’94, M.P.A. ’08) is currently an Adjunct Professor at John Jay College, Medgar Evers College and Metropolitan College of New York. She was most recently the Regional Advocate for the Office of Advocacy’s Region II (SBA) with oversight responsibility for all 62 counties in New York, 21 counties in New Jersey, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Teri is the author of Peaceful Pondering: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Inner Peace.


Richard Piszczatowski (B.S. ’11) is a fifth year M.D./Ph.D. student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He was recently awarded the Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) fellowship from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This award will provide funding over four years for his work in hematopoiesis and blood cancers such as Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

Rosemarin Belliard (B.A. ’13) learned in late October that she passed the New York State Bar Exam. Congratulations, Rosemarin!

Juan C. Checo, (B.A. ’14) is working for New York City Health +Hospitals as Director of Security/NYC Hospital Police at the Kings County Hospital Center. In this role he oversees a law enforcement department of over 100 Peace Officers.

Christina M. Garcia, (B.S. ’16) has been accepted to ColumbiaUniversity School of Social Work for her master‘s degree. She is currently employed full time by Smith Engineering (which she found on the John Jay Careers website) as an office manager.

Emily Pelletier (Ph.D. ’17) became Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Rider University. Pelletier received a bachelor‘s in Comparative Literature, American studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a master‘s in Public Policy and Management from University of Southern Maine, a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law and a doctorate in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. Her research and teaching interests include juvenile defense and justice.

Andrene Wright (B.A. ’17) is at Northwestern University in the first year of her doctorate degree program in Political Science. She is living in Chicago and enjoying her academic journey.
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