Alumni updates for the year 2020

Alumni may submit Class Notes for future publication to with "Class Notes" in the subject line. Please include your name, graduation year, and your major, as well as some information about your accomplishments. 


William Soldato ’73, Criminal Justice, wrote a book, “Under Too Long,” about his work as a part of the New York State Petroleum, Alcohol, and Tobacco Bureau (PATB) undercover team. In 2007, agents of the team seized over half a million dollars in untaxed alcohol, drugs, and guns. This take-down, the largest in New York history, led to 87 arrests.

Alex Melnikow ’75, Mechanical Engineering Technology, retired after 41 years of federal civilian service and established a management consultant company in 2016 in the Washington D.C. area. As Principal Owner of LEXNIKO, LLC, Melnikow has provided project management support to the Department of Defense program management team that oversees the $110 million of federal investment in the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics).

Randy Loboda ’76 was awarded a J.D. degree from Florida A&M University School of Law on May 16, 2020. Loboda graduated from MVCC with an associate degree in Criminal Justice and Midwestern State University in 2011 with an applied arts and sciences degree. Loboda retired from the Dallas Police Department in 2013 after 33 years of service.


Cathy Cucharale ’83 launched a new company called Cucharale Consulting Group, LLC (CCG) to provide comprehensive solutions for a diverse range of financial firms and businesses. CCG focuses on the challenges that companies face regarding regulatory compliance, business development, and organizational management.

Dr. Patricia Klimkewicz ’85, Nursing, has been named Dean of Health Sciences at Hudson Valley Community College.


Lt. Frank Fragapane ’94 retired after serving and protecting the residents of the City of Rome for 20 years.


Sharon Giovinazzo ’04, president and CEO of World Services for the Blind, served as the guest speaker at the virtual discussion, “All You Need to Know About COVID-19 But Were Afraid to Ask,” for students and alumni who are blind or visually impaired, hosted by MVCC’s Office of Accessibility Resources on April 16.


Hajrudin Omeragic ’10, and his wife, Mersiha, recently opened the new Yummilicious Café & Bakery in Utica.

Meghan Misiaszek ’15 was named Employee of the Year at Slocum-Dickson Medical Group.

Todd Stevens ’16 was recruited to the Rome Fire Department in March.