Board of Directors

The MSUACGNY Board of Directors is a group of 18 local Spartan volunteers. We work together, and with other local Alumni, to plan social, educational, athletic and entertainment events throughout the year. If you’re interested in becoming a Board Member, or would like to help out with one of our committees, please drop us a note. We’d love to hear from you! 

 

Mitch Huzar – President

Mitch was born and raised in Southeast Michigan, just outside of Detroit. He graduated from Michigan State University’s James Madison College in 2007 with a degree in international relations. After graduating from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2010, Mitch relocated to New York City where he now serves as in-house counsel in the banking and financial services sector.

 
Brian Catanese, Board of Directors. Michigan State University Alumni Club of Greater New York 

Brian Catanese – Vice President

Born on Long Island, Brian grew up in a small town in Western Massachusetts. After attending soccer camps at Michigan State, he knew that East Lansing was the place for him. Brian graduated from MSU in 2001 with a BA in Political Science and received his law degree from MSU in 2004. Brian and his wife, Katie, met their third year of law school and were married at the Alumni Chapel a year later. As an undergraduate, he represented MSU at model United Nations competitions as a member of the International Relations Organization.

Professionally, he has been in private practice for the past eight years as a trial and appellate attorney. Brian and Katie live in Maplewood, New Jersey with their two children and two dogs. They can be seen regularly at Blondies cheering on the Spartans.

 
Jim Tumbrink 

Jim Tumbrink – Vice President

Jim graduated from Michigan State in 2006 with a degree in Microbiology, and he now works in equity research focusing on the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. While at MSU, Jim met his wife, Kathleen, and they were married in the chapel on campus in 2009, and had Sparty attend their reception.

 
Roni O'Connor 

Roni O’Connor – Treasurer

Roni was born in Detroit, grew up in Mount Vernon, NY, and returned to Michigan earning her BA in Elementary Education from Michigan State in 1964, followed by an MS and Professional Diploma in Counselor Education from Fordham University.

Roni worked as an elementary school teacher and guidance counselor and is now retired. Roni has served as Treasurer of our Club since 2006 and also serves as Secretary/Treasurer of our newly formed Foundation. She is a past President of the MSU International Alumni Board and is currently Treasurer of the MSU College of Education Alumni Board. In addition to “all things MSU,” Roni enjoys skiing, gardening, needlework, and being with friends and family. One of her favorite MSU activities is volunteering for Grandparents University. Roni resides with her husband, Michael, in Port Chester, NY.

 
 

Mark Sosnowitz- Secretary

Born in Stamford, CT and raised in Port Chester, NY and Greenwich, CT. He graduated from Blair Academy in NJ. His family built, owned and operated 4 golf courses when he was a kid. Mark attended and graduated Michigan State ’76, with a B.S. in Food System Management and Economics and Minors, in Horticulture, Turf, Landscape Design and Hotel Mgt. He spent a quarter in London studying Political Science, in 1974 and in Japan studying Urban Planning and consulting for golf course design, construction and maintenance in 1987.

While at State, he worked for the Office of Overseas Studies, the Athletic Department, Football Team Manager, spring 1975, He was, along with his freshman roommate, Todd Sandell, the first MSU Varsity Hockey Team Videographers, Sports Radio & TV Analyst and Hockey Radio Color Analyst, fall 1974 to spring 1976.

Member of the Varsity “S” Club. Past Board Member of the MSU Agricultural Alumni Association and of the Blair Academy Alumni Association. Currently, involved in a Research Project at MSU. Associate Editor: Landscape Management Magazine and Landscape 0n Line. Member: Cornell Master Gardener, ASLA, GCOAA, GCSAA and EIGCA. Owner of Mark Eliot Design, LLC in Pawling, NY. A landscape design, build, renovation specialist in the residential, commercial, public sector and golf fields. Favorite Project: Yankee Stadium Renovation ’74 -76. he did the Sprinkler Irrigation Design, sold the materials and consulted on the installation of the system

 
Larry Alterman 

Larry Alterman

Born in Manhattan, Larry found his way to the Banks of the Red Cedar and fell in love with Michigan State. He has been active with our club since the early 1990’s and has served as Treasurer, Vice President and President. In 2007, after a 6 year work transfer to Arkansas, Larry moved back into the NY area and was once again Vice President until June 2017. Larry feels his most important work is raising money for the endowed scholarship fund for MSU students from our area, he recently said, “Everyone should be as lucky as I have been to have the opportunity to receive a Michigan State education.”

 
Pat Donohue 

Patrick Donohue

Patrick Donohue – Board Member since July 2008.  Co-chair of Communications Committee.  Team member for the bi-weekly generation of our club newsletters, club’s database growth and maintenance, and club web site updates.  Scholarship Committee member.  Represent MSU at northern NJ College Fairs since 1994.  Both daughters are MSU grads.

 
 

Clara Fletcher

Clara grew up in West Bloomfield Michigan, where she was raised to be a lifelong Detroit Lions and Coney Dog fan. She graduated from Michigan State with a degree in Environmental Microbiology and later attended Boston University where she attained an MS in Econometrics. Clara has lived in several major cities including London, where she was the MSU Alumni chair and lead social event coordinator. She now lives in Tribeca, New York City.

Professionally, Clara has been in data infrastructure and processing for over 10 years, and is currently a partner at Accenture Digital. Outside of work Clara is an active volunteer, women in technology mentor, amateur comedian and Burning Man camp organizer. She can be seen regular at Joshua Tree cheering on the Spartans or playing Big Ten Cornhole. 

 
Greg Hauser - Director, MSU Alumni Club of Greater New York 

Greg Hauser

Born in Canandaigua, NY, Greg grew up in Rochester. He attended Michigan State and earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Zoology with an undergraduate minor in German. After leaving MSU, Greg moved to NYC to attend the NYU School of Law and has been practicing law here since 1981. Greg was President of our club from 2001 to 2014, except for one year when he served as President of the National Board of MSUAA. As devoted a Spartan as you will find, Greg has given much effort to the local alumni club we have today. Greg lives on the Upper West Side, a little over two short blocks from Blondies.

Read more about Greg in his Spartan of the Week feature

 
Jason Johnson 

Jason Johnson

Jason was born and raised just outside of Detroit. After receiving his B.A. in History from Michigan State in 2003, Jason made his way to Boston where he earned his J.D. from New England School of Law and his LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. While in Boston, Jason met his wife and honorary Spartan, Lindsay.

A job offer to work in a firm’s International Tax Group brought Jason down to live in New York. Now, Jason works for a Fortune 500 financial services company as an in-house International Tax Attorney. He lives in Bronxville, New York. Jason is a retired U.S. Marine who in his free time enjoys spending time with his family (wife + pug), studying military history, and shouting “Go Green!” at complete strangers wearing Michigan State gear.

Read more about Jason in his Spartan of the Week feature

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Board of Directors

  • Mitch Huzar – President
  • Brian Catanese – Vice President
  • Jim Tumbrink – Vice President
  • Roni O’Connor – Treasurer
  • Mark Sosnowitz- Secretary
  • Larry Alterman
  • Patrick Donohue
  • Clara Fletcher
  • Greg Hauser
  • Jason Johnson
  • Bob Kobel
  • Claire Kuhn
  • Kelly Lundquist
  • Tiffany Marsh
  • Bob McGee
  • Patrick Rooney
  • Kristen Selasky
  • Marie Simmons