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YorkU Fall 2014 33 ever they visit the Car ibbean. He can be reached via email at 1987 Basso, Nello (BA '85, MBA) was appointed chief operating of f icer of the Zanchin Automotive Group (ZAG) in March. He oversees the leadership team that manages 27 dealerships and their more than 800 employees. Basso first joined ZAG in 1998. Niggl, Violet (BA Atkinson) recently published her second book, Angel in Disguise. She is currently working on promoting a screenplay of her f irst book, First Love, for which she earned numerous awards. Learn more about her work at Ranson, Sharon (MBA) was appointed to the board of directors for Sprott Inc. in Apr il. Sprott is a leading independent asset manager dedicated to achieving super ior returns for its clients over the long term. 1988 Freedman, Cory (BA) was named the new director of the Sporting Life 10k race – Toronto's largest stand-alone running event – in May. The event raises funds for Camp Oochigeas, which provides getaways for kids impacted by cancer. Freedman is a racing veteran, having f inished four Ironman races and multiple marathons across North America. He has had 25 years of experience cre- ating and managing runs, including Team Diabetes Canada, the YMCA's Corporate Team Challenge, the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon and the CIBC Run for the Cure. Holigrocki, Richard (BA) was appointed dean of the California Lutheran University's new Graduate School of Psychology in August. He previously ser ved as dean of the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Indianapolis. Seagrove, Susan (MFA) has been an art teacher with the Toronto District School Board for the past 17 years. She held a one-woman show-and- sale of her original paintings in April at Visual Arts Mississauga in celebra- tion of her 60th birthday. 1989 Monopoli, Domenic (BA) joined HealthSource Plus Inc. as their director of consulting ser vices in March. In this role, Monopoli is responsible for the company's ben- ef it consulting team by providing strategic leadership and direction to its Ontar io- and Manitoba-based consultants. He is also responsible for executing on one of the f irm's key strategic initiatives to increase its consulting presence across Canada. 1991 Boyden, Joseph (BA) was named the winner of CBC's 2013 Canada Reads book contest for his best-selling novel The Orenda. Boyden's book is a f ictionalized account of the arr ival of Jesuit missionar ies among the Huron Nation in the early 17th cen- tur y. The novelist received an hon- orar y degree from Trent University dur ing its 2014 convocation cere- monies in June. 1992 Inglis, Colin (BSc) is head coach of the York University Lions men's track and f ield team. Inglis was recog- nized in March with his f irst Bob Boucher Award for being the Cana- dian Interuniversity Spor t (CIS) men's coach of the year. The distinc- tion came af ter he led his team to the CIS national championship in March at the University of Alberta. Johnston, Colleen (BBA) is the group head of f inance, sourcing and corporate communications, and chief f inancial of f icer at TD Bank Group. Johnston presented her talk "Attitude then Altitude" at the TEDxYorkU 2014 event in March. The talk aimed to demonstrate how women, though already capable of achieving success, need to harness the r ight attitude to achieve their personal and professional goals. 1993 Bernards, Paul (MBA) was appointed CFO of Discover y Air Inc. in April. Discovery Air is a Canadian specialty aviation company oper- ating more than 160 aircraf t with approximately 850 team members. Bernards br ings nearly 30 years of exper ience as a senior f inance leader and executive to this role, having previously ser ved as CFO for Masonite International Corp., She- pell FGI and Premier Salons, and ser ving most recently as vice presi- dent f inance, operations, for JELD- WEN. 1994 Daniel, Ted (BA, BAS) was appointed to the board of directors for BLVD Holdings Inc. in Apr il. Daniel founded Titanium Transpor tation Group Inc. in 2002 and has extensive experience in the trucking industry, having worked as CFO of a mid-sized transportation company for six years and ser ving as an industr y advisor on a consulting basis. Serumaga, Amanda (BA '91, LLB) is currently working as the deputy countr y director in Juba, South Sudan. As the head of programs, she oversees a broad range of develop- ment projects aimed at suppor ting the state and its peace-building ini- tiatives, including governance, rule of law and livelihoods programs. 1995 Di Lieto, Rossana (BBA '91, MBA '92, LLB) was appointed to the role of vice-president and chief compli- ance of f icer with the Ontar io Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP) in April. The OTPP is the largest single- profession pension plan in Canada. Di Lieto joins the OTPP from the Investment Industr y Regulator y Organization of Canada where she was vice-president, registration and complaints & inquiries. 1998 Cantkier, Lisa (BA '97, BEd Vanier) worked as an elementar y teacher until the bir th of her second child, but has since switched gears to pursue her passion of working in nutrition. Diagnosed with celiac dis- ease, Cantkier's desire to help others with similar dietary needs led her to create, an award-winning, health-focused online resource directory. She is also a nutr ition coach at Toronto's Lib- er ty Clinic and a featured health wr iter at Tonic Magazine. Cantkier was honoured by Microsof t Canada for making a dif ference in health and wellness using technology. 1987: Violet Niggl

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