Alumni Updates

Daniel Weamer 1996-2000

After attending second through fifth grades at Villa Maria, Dan transferred to Dolan Middle School. He attended Stamford High School, and then went on to the Maine Maritime Academy for a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation Operations. At present, he is a Second Mate aboard a US Flagged Crude Oil Tanker. Dan now lives in Monmouth Beach, NJ. He is pictured here on a recent visit with his fiancée, Bernadette.

Michael Vitti 1980-1981

You might say that Mike is one of the “old timers.” After attending Villa for seventh and eighth grades, he went on to J.M. Wright Tech in Stamford. Today he owns and operates his own Service Master.

Ryan Park 2008-2011

Ryan attended grades four, five and six at Villa Mara. Remember when he played Birdie in Villa’s Bye Bye Birdie performance? He is completing his senior year at Harvey School. Last fall he played center and was one of the captains on their football team (#65). This fall he will be attending College of Holy Cross.

Lia Osterman 2004-2008

Several years ago, Lia was a student at Villa when she was in grades one through four. Last June, she graduated from Devereux Glenholme, and she spent three weeks of her winter break with us in January. Since Lia intends to get a certification so she can work with young children, she wanted to get some experience. Lia was amazing. It was like having another teacher in the class. On Lia’s last day, at morning assembly, we presented Lia with a card and gift for her service to Villa Maria School. Lia, in turn, gifted all the students, teachers and staff with her melodic voice and sang a song from her performance of The Little Mermaid. Wow! What talent! Lia is now back at school in Cambridge, but we hope she visits again.

Ryan Neysmith 2006-2011

Ryan attended Villa from second grade through sixth grade. After Villa, Ryan went to Iona Grammar School and then onto Iona Preparatory School where he is completing his senior year. As for college, he is undecided, and is currently evaluating four universities for fall 2017. After Villa, Ryan continued to stay in touch, not only to visit, but to offer his services. For example, he assisted with registration and on-line bidding at our annual gala; helped set up food, games, and decorations at the annual Pre-Super Bowl Party; and recently spoke to a group of parents at our open house. Ryan he shared his experiences at our school and responded to the questions of prospective parents. He values a good education, felt positive and valuable when speaking to prospective families, and wants to continue to give back to Villa.

Eugenia McCoy

Although Eugenia only attended Villa Maria for eighth grade, she has a special place in her heart for our school. At present she is a freshman at Harrison High.

Michael Filice 2000-2003

Mike attended Villa for grades four through six, and then transferred to John Jay Cross River Middle School. He went on to Dean College for an Associate Degree in Athletic Training; and Assumption College for Marketing. At Manhattanville College Mike obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Studies, and a Masters in Physical Education. He is currently student teaching at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, NY. He coached the freshman baseball team the past four years there while also working full time in the family business.

Here is what he wrote in a recent email:

Hello Sister Carol Ann! Wow, it’s been a while since I have talked to you. I want to first personally tell you going to Villa when I was in 4th grade was the best decision my family ever made me do. This school has made me who I am now and taught me how to become a well-rounded person. Without Villa I wouldn’t be able to write this email to you. You taught me how to read and write. Lindamood-Bell is the BEST reading program in the whole world. Over the years I've always mentioned Villa Maria to people in my life from job interviews or even having conversations. It’s been a long journey for myself starting with my degree at Dean College in Franklin, MA while playing my favorite sport, baseball, there for two years. I was grateful and lucky to keep my baseball dreams alive playing at a Division 2 school in Assumption College in Worcester, MA. While there, I met a lot of great friends and teachers. After two years there, I continued to try and finish my degree. So I was working full time with my dad and finishing my Bachelors at Manhattanville College in Sports Studies and currently finishing my Masters there now in Physical Education. I’ve known my whole life that I'm meant to teach children to play sports and teach them life lessons that we learn from sports. Being in my last semester at Manhattanville, I’m currently student teaching at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, NY until May doing physical education. I’ve been lucky enough to be their head freshman baseball coach for the past 3 years and assistant varsity. I would love to meet with you soon and give you an update on my life and hear about yours. Becoming a teacher, I would love to come and see how everything is going there and the new physical education program that you have provided.

Emma Devaney 2008-2012

Emma attended Villa for four years. While at Villa Maria, teachers were impressed by her positive and cooperative attitude and by her many talents as well. Emma was not only a strong athlete, but she also had a variety of artistic talents. She is a wonderful singer, dancer, and actress, and she showcased these gifts in our many talent shows and musicals. Her first year Villa Maria she was Belle in Beauty and the Beast. During her last year at Villa Maria, she also had a starring role in our performance of the musical, Aladdin. Upon graduating, she obtained her high school diploma at The Marvelwood School in Kent, CT where she was captain of her soccer team. She found time to visit, participate in our school fair, and be our guest speaker at graduation. At present, Emma is attending Sacred Heart University, where she is a freshman.

Anthony Bizzoco 2011-2016

As evidenced in this photo, Anthony seems to have grown several inches since he graduated in June 2016. He was at Villa from fourth grade through eighth grade, and transferred to Thornton Donovan where he is a freshman.

Bennett Breig 2008-2012

Bennett attended Villa for grades 4 through 7. While at Villa Maria, he was the emcee for Villa’s annual performance. He transitioned to the Greenwood School in Vermont for his middle school and is completing his senior year there. He was one of the winners of the annual Learn the Address Competition, a longstanding tradition at Greenwood that challenges students to learn and recite the Gettysburg Address. This past year, he did an internship as a prep cook at The Glenery. Perhaps someday he will be on “The Iron Chef”! Last year, Bennett volunteered his time to our gala at The Loading Dock.

Zachary Gault 2008-2010

Zach came to Villa for grades 4 and 5, before transferring to Harvey, in Katonah, NY, for his middle school and high school. He got the performing bug while at Villa when he was Chip in Beauty and the Beast, and has pursued his love for the theatre. He performed in a number of musicals and plays throughout middle school and high school, most notably the Off-Broadway/Edinburgh Fringe Festival Tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Rock Musical, where he played the role of Lysander. He was a leading player in the French farce Boeing Boeing, and most currently the Greek play The Frogs as well, taking on the roles of Bernard and Dionysus respectively. Zach is currently a senior at the Harvey School, and he has just been accepted into NYU Tisch School of the Arts for a BFA in Theater and Performance.

Joselyn Hutnik (Pines) 1979-1981

Joselyn could probably be considered one of our school’s pioneers, and attended 7th and 8th grade at Villa Maria. She completed her high school at Rippowam High School and Westhill High School. Joselyn has been a loyal supporter of many of Villa’s functions and has attended most of the reunions and galas. At present, she is married to Jay Pines and has a son and daughter.

Donald McAllister 2008-2012

After completing four years at Villa Maria, from 5th grade through 8th grade, Donald transferred to Winston Prep for high school. At present, he is a freshman at Landmark College in Putney, VT.

Claire Niciforo 2002- 2005

Claire attended Villa for grades 5 through 7. She spent her middle years at Winston Prep and high school at Franklin Academy. In 2011, she graduated from Elmhurst College. At present, Claire is pursuing her love for cooking at the Illinois Institute of Art Culinary School.

John Orr 1976-1978

John came to Villa in January of 1976 for grades 2, 3 and 4 before transferring to BOCES in Yorktown. He completed his high school at the Grove School and went on to Chapel Haven in New Haven. He worked at a nursery and at present is now employed at Chapel Haven. John continues to pursue his artistic abilities and uses them to make gifts for his friends. The blue vase in the school kitchenette is one of his creations.

David Ottaviano 1979-1983

After attending Villa Maria School for grades 3 through 6, David transferred to St. Gabriel’s Middle School. He completed Windward High School. In 1996, David earned a BA in History from Antioch College, and in 2007 a MA in Sociology at The New School for Social Research. At present, he is married and has a young daughter. David works in New York City at the Hamilton Grange National Memorial and enjoys giving house tours and working with school-groups visiting the site. Look for David in our Spotlight on Alum in the near future.

John “Tucker” Spellane 2010-2013

Tucker attended Villa Maria in grades 6, 7 and 8. Upon graduation, he was accepted to Fairfield Prep. Tucker earned his service credits at Prep by volunteering at Villa’s Pre-Super Bowl Party and Annual Gala as well as other activities throughout his high school years. He is looking forward to starting Rider University in the fall and pursuing his love of music.

Noelle Vinson 1994-1999

Noelle came to Villa in 1994, attended grades 2 through 6, and completed her elementary and high school at Holy Child. She graduated from Princeton University and is now working toward licensure as an attorney in Texas where she hope to use her legal training to advocate for students with unique learning needs. In 2015, she married Terri St. Jean and lives in Dallas, Texas. Look for Noelle in our Spotlight on Alum in the near future.

Chase Yarnell 2006-2007

Chase attended Villa Maria from the middle of 7th grade through 8th grade. He graduated in 2007 and transferred to Marvelwood School. Chase has almost completed his undergraduate work at the University of New Haven with a degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

Wesley Bell 1996-1999

Wes attended Villa in grades 4 – 6, and went to high school at Pine Ridge School, Williston, VT. He attended Lyndon State College earning a B.S. with a major in Recreation Resources and Ski Resort Management, and a minor in Marketing. At present, Wes is employed as a Recreation Management Professional, that is, he is the Seasonal Park Superintendent at October Mountain State Forest in Lee, MA and the Nordic Center Director (aka “Dean of Nordic Skiing) at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, NH.

Andrea Bush 2007-2008

Andrea attended Villa for grades 7 and 8 and then went to St. Joseph High School. At present, she is working as a hostess at Olive Garden.

Catherine Doering 2000-2003

Katherine came to Villa for grades 3, 4, and 5, and then attended AITE for her high school. At present, she is at Curry College working towards her BS in psychology.

Emma Devanny 2008-2012

After attending Villa Maria School for 4 years, Emma went to high school at The Marvelwood School. At present, she is in her first year at Sacred Heart University.

Andrew Lane 2013-2015

Drew was at Villa for grades K-1. At present, he is in the 3rd grade at North Street School in Greenwich.

Ariana Nuzzo 2009-2013

Ariana attended Villa in grades 6-9. She transferred to Stamford High School, and at present is a senior. This year she is taking literacy center, fashion, a college course entitled individual family development, Italian 2, English 12 and economics. She loves her classes and is also still on the swim team. Ariana has been in a few swim meets, and came in first in the 100 meter- butterfly.

What she remembers most about Villa is that she had great teachers and really enjoyed the activities and special events. Her hobbies are swimming and tennis. At Villa she learned to be more independent and to hard work which really helped her in high school. She still misses Villa and her aspiration is to attend Mitchell College and become a graphic designer.

Tom Lenihan 1989-1991

I am starting my 16th year of teaching overall and 14th at Yorktown High in Arlington, Virginia. I am a Social Studies teacher currently teaching AP European History, Ancient World History, Introduction to Law and World Affairs. I served as chair of the Social Studies Department from 2011-15, hiring 9 new teachers and expanding the department to include 20 teachers. I completed my master’s degree at Georgetown University in 2011, with a concentration in Medieval and Early Modern European Studies in the Liberal Studies Program. I have enjoyed traveling and participating in several summer teacher programs abroad over the past several years in Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Cuba and Ireland. I enjoy bringing back what I learn to my classroom from my travels and have also been to other countries in Europe, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

Sinan Biro 1992-1995

Sinan wrote: “Looking back, I can see how much Villa Maria has been a positive influence on me, and along with my parents really pointed me in the right direction. I went to Columbia University where I majored in Biomedical Engineering. I joined ROTC and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Army National Guard. A few years later I transferred to the Air National Guard as a Bioenvironmental Engineering Officer. At the same time I also worked full time as a manager of an imaging lab at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation in New York City. While I do that, I was finishing my Masters from Columbia. I am currently working in clinical sales with Philips Healthcare which I started in 2014. I've accomplished so much since Villa Maria and I really believe that if it had not been for that experience I would not be where I am today.”

Alyssa Rosenberg 1994-2001

Alyssa wrote: “A lot has happened in the last 14 years of my life, I graduated college, and I am engaged to be married in May of next year. I owe the majority of my college career success to you and to Villa. I walked away from Manhattanville College with a BA in psychology and a focus in child development. My fiancé, Adam also works with special needs children and adults and together we are in the early stages of opening a center for special needs children and young adults that have aged out of the system. Thank you again for what you did for me and numerous other children. I hope that I can help as many children as you have.”

Alum in the News

Gabe Ryan 2002-2010

Gabe Ryan was featured in the New Canaan News on July 1, 2016. A harmonica wizard, Ryan talked about his many musical inspirations.


Alex Bauman 2003-2008

Alex was featured in The Stamford Advocate on July 16, 2016 regarding his legislative internship with State Rep. Caroline Simmons, D-Stamford.

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