TUDAA Board of Directors
The Boston Dental School Alumni Association was founded in 1872. In 1900 after the Boston Dental College became part of Tufts it became the Boston and Tufts Dental Alumni Association. The Executive Council of the Tufts University Dental Alumni Association (TUDAA) is comprised of 13 alumni who work to maintain a strong relationship between the school and the alumni body. The first six years of a member’s tenure are in the role of director. The Executive Council votes on topics including fundraising allocations, events and programming, alumni award recipients, and enjoys a close connection with the Offices of the Dean and Development and Alumni Relations. All members serve on at least one committee each year.
Richard Catrambone, D85, DG89
Dr. Catrambone is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Catrambone is the Chairman of the Department of Oral Health at the Steward Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton, Massachusetts, where he has maintained a private practice since 1993. After graduating with honors from Assumption College and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Catrambone completed a four-year residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Tufts. He then completed a one-year fellowship in anesthesiology at Boston City Hospital. Furthering his studies in medicine, he then went on to graduate with honors from Boston University School of Medicine after which he completed a PGY-2 year of general surgery training at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. His clinical interests include implant dentistry and bone grafting, impacted wisdom teeth, orthognathic surgery, pathology, and dentoalveolar surgery. Dr. Catrambone was born in Brockton and raised in West Bridgewater. He has been married to his wife, Sophia, for over 28 years and has two children, Christopher and Karina. When not in his office, Dr. Catrambone enjoys spending time with family and friends, teaching, traveling and the outdoors. I was the first person on both sides of my family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.
Dr. Ancy Verdier is the founder of East End Periodontics and Worcester Periodontics, periodontal dental practices with offices Worcester, MA and East Hampton, NY where he practices periodontology and implant dentistry. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University, where he served as Student Body President and was the winner of the coveted Wendell Phillips Award (sole student speaker at graduation). Following his graduation, Dr. Verdier completed the post-baccalaureate program at Harvard University then matriculated at Tufts University’s School of Dental Medicine. After receiving his Doctor of Dental Medicine, Dr. Verdier completed a prestigious three-year residency program in Periodontology at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine after which he was awarded Diplomate status by the American Academy of Periodontology.
Dr. Verdier is a former clinical associate professor at NYU School of Dentistry, is currently an attending at Interfaith Medical Center and is a frequent speaker at national dental meetings and oral health seminars. He is the Young Alumni Chair for Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Ambassador of American Academy of Periodontology Foundation and a Trustee of Evidence, a Dance Company. He has also been recognized by the Trustees of the Southampton Library and Bridgehampton Child Care/Recreational Center for his support of their organizations.
Assistant Vice President/Secretary
Joy E. Kasparian-Federico, J92, D97, DG01
Dr. Kasparian-Federico is a very proud “Triple Jumbo” alumna and hails from a family of loyal Tufts alumni. Dr. Kasparian-Federico grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts and now resides in Weston, Massachusetts. Her father, Dr. Frank D. Kasparian, was a Tufts educated dentist and his love of the dental profession inspired Dr. Kasparian-Federico to pursue a career in dentistry. Dr. Kasparian-Federico received her Bachelor of Arts in history, cum laude, from Tufts University, and subsequently earned her D.M.D., magna cum laude, from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. During her graduate study at Tufts, Dr. Kasparian-Federico was elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society. She also received the Maury Massler Award in Restorative Dentistry and merit scholarship awards for scholastic achievement. After practicing as a general dentist for two years, Dr. Kasparian-Federico returned to Tufts to complete her specialty training in orthodontics. She received her Certificate in Orthodontics from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2001 and practiced orthodontics in both Worcester and Sudbury, Massachusetts before coming to Medford in 2006 and founding Mystic Valley Orthodontics, P.C.
Dr. Kasparian-Federico is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). After taking the ABO Clinical Examination to renew her board certification in 2013, Dr. Kasparian-Federico was honored to have the ABO Board of Directors select three of her orthodontic cases for inclusion in the ABO Case Display at the 2014 American Association of Orthodontists Annual Session. Additionally, she is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the Massachusetts Dental Society, the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Kasparian-Federico is an active volunteer at the Massachusetts Dental Society and she received the Society’s “Ten Under Ten Award” recognizing outstanding young dentists in 2007 and the “Volunteer Heroes Award” in 2009. She has served as Secretary and Chair of the East Middlesex District of the Massachusetts Dental Society and is now on the Executive Committee. She was also selected to participate in the Massachusetts Dental Society’s Leadership Institute and Guest Board Member Programs. Currently, Dr. Kasparian-Federico is the Chair of the Committee on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations of the Massachusetts Dental Society. Finally, Dr. Kasparian-Federico has been a committed volunteer at Tufts, as she has served as Secretary of the Tufts Association of Orthodontists, Co-Chair of her Class Reunion Committees and is a member of the Dental M Club Executive Committee.
Dr. Kasparian-Federico is married to her husband Richard and is the proud and happy Mom of two young boys, Richard III and Christian. When she is not at work, she loves being surrounded by her family! She also enjoys running, spinning and making awesome chocolate chip cookies.
Peter Delli Colli, A69, D73
Dr. Delli Colli has had Tufts in his blood since childhood. Growing up in Teele Square, Somerville, he would walk the three blocks to the Medford campus, and always wished to attend Tufts and that dream came true as he attended both Tufts University, A69 and Tufts Dental School D73. Dr. Delli Colli has taught at Tufts Dental School, Boston University and Harvard. A long-time volunteer at Tufts, Dr. Delli Colli is currently President of the Tufts Dental Alumni Association (TUDAA), an M-Club member, has co-chaired his dental reunions, and finds time to volunteer at many dental and non-dental affiliations. These include his current roles as president of the Central New England Dental Research Group, Diplomat of American College of Forensic Dentistry, and the International Congress of Oral Implantology.
Dr. Delli Colli has served on the Natick Board of Health since 1984 and is currently the Chair of the organization. During his tenure, the board instituted fluoridation in the Natick water system. In 1999 he was selected as the Massachusetts Dental Society Volunteer Hero and in 2009 received the Deborah Blumer Community Health Leadership Award from the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation for the design and implementation of the Access to Dental Care program, Supporting Smiles. Additionally, Dr. Delli Colli is a board member on the Natick Service Council and Natick Visiting Nurses agency.
Dr. Delli Colli’s has a busy General Dentistry practice in Natick MA and owns many residential and commercial properties, including the building his office is in and a summer home on Cape Cod. Delli Colli has many additional outside interests including snowboarding and windsurfing, car and motorcycle racing along with making wine & jam. Dr. Delli Colli resides in Natick, on a lake and very close to his office.
Derek A. Wolkowicz, D97, DG00
Dr. Wolkowicz is the president of Orthodontic Specialists of Southeastern Massachusetts. Offices located in New Bedford and Mattapoisett. Dr. Wolkowicz’s involvement with Tufts includes being a member of the Dental M club executive committee, director on the executive council of the Tufts University Dental Alumni Association. Currently Dr. Wolkowicz is the president of the Tufts Association of Orthodontists.
Dr. Vangel R. Zissi, D62, DG67, A02P
Van was born and raised in Manchester, NH where he received his BA from UNH in 1958. After graduating from UNH he decided to pursue dentistry at TUSDM and graduated in 1962 with his general dentistry degree and his certificate in Endodontics in 1967.
He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and continues to practice at Limited to Endodontics in Lexington. He received the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Annual Alumni Association Achievement Award in 2007, the Distinguished Service Award in 2008, and served as Director of Continuing Education at Tufts from 1991-2013. He received the Provost Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service, May 2013 and awarded Emeritus status.
As a member of the Navy Dental Program while at Tufts, Van was assigned to active duty at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego immediately after graduating. He then served a tour of duty in Vietnam. He became Senior Dental Officer, First Battalion, 25th Marine Reserve Unit, 4th Marine Division (1965-1967), completing his obligation in June 1972, with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
He has been very active in the International College of Dentists since 1971 and in 1990 he received the Spark Plug Award for unselfish and dedicated service to the USA section, and the ICD District One Distinguished Fellow Award in 2008. He served as Deputy Regent from 1986-1991, Vice Regent from 1992-1997, Regent in 1998 to 2002, Vice President in 2003, President elect in 2004, and President USA Section ICD in 2005. He was appointed Deputy Registrar USA Section from 2006-2012, Deputy Secretary General of the College @ large 2007-2012. He served as Councilman for the College at large 2007-2010, Deputy Registrar Emeritus ICD USA section 2012, Chair of Awards committee ICD College at large and received Master Fellowship in the ICD in 2013 and Regent Emeritus District One USA section also in 2013.
As you can see, he has served in a variety of offices and chaired numerous councils and committees of many dental organizations. He has also been extensively involved at Tufts where he is Past President of OKU (1998) and past co-chairman of his class reunions.
Dr. Zissi is a devoted faculty member, volunteer, and generous supporter of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He has held the roles of director and president of the Dental Alumni Association. He is also an Emeritus member of the Tufts University Alumni Association. He is also the team Dentists for the Men’s Varsity Lacrosse team at Tufts University. He and his wife Barbara have 2 sons; Jonathan, A20P, who lives in California and coaches lacrosse, and Christopher, UNH 2005, who lives in Washington D.C.
Sandra F. Cove, D92
Dr. Cove first attended Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene and then earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University. She graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1992, Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Cove was honored with the Merit Scholarship Award, as well as clinical excellence in Restorative Dentistry, Endodontics, and Removable Partial Dentures. She was also elected by the Honorary Dental Society as a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Dr. Cove is one of eighteen dentists over four generations of The Cove family. With a commitment to delivering the highest level of contemporary, comprehensive and compassionate dental care, Dr. Cove established her own practice in Ashland, MA in 1999.
Dedicated to staying current and proficient with leading edge dentistry, she has incorporated some of the most advanced dental technology and techniques into her practice, she participates regularly in continuing education and advanced training courses throughout the country and is faculty club member with Spears in Arizona. She is currently pursuing Accredited Fellowship status with The Academy of General Dentistry, and will attain her Mastership from the Academy in 2015. Dr. Cove volunteers within her dental community, namely with The Massachusetts Dental Society annual Yankee Dental Convention for the past 20 years. She was awarded the Volunteer Hero Award in 2005 by the Massachusetts Dental Society. Dr. Cove continues be a Co-Chair with the alumni reunions with TUSDM.
Rustam K. DeVitre, DI77, DG76, D12P
Dr. Rustam DeVitre is a Prosthodontist who has expertise in treating patients with temporo-mandibular joint disease as well as treating patients with difficult restorative needs including surgical immediate and delayed implant placement. His background is centered on esthetics and oral rehabilitation. Dr. DeVitre has conducted research in cementation, (that led to the development of The Boston Post System), dental ceramics, computer aided design in dentistry (where he and his colleagues foster miller engineers)secured NIH grants to develop the first hand held digitizer in the US). This led to the further CAD CAM development as a result of the grant. His work has been published in the Journal of Prosthodontic Dentistry. Presently, Dr. DeVitre is working on the development of new bone technologies: a substance that occurs in nature for use in socket bone regeneration. Dr. DeVitre has also incubated and facilitated over 12 startup companies from 1998 till to date.
Joanne Falzone-Cherubini, D80
Dr. Falzone was born and brought up in Quincy, Mass. She attended Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene, and Northeastern University graduating with High Honors with a BS degree in Biology and Chemistry minor. She graduated from Tufts, and went into private practice in Quincy for many years. Dr. Falzone has been teaching in the Prosthodontic and Operative Dentistry Department for 20 years. She Directs Dental Anatomy; she is the Associate Course Director in the Fixed Prosthetics, and Operative Dentistry courses. She is the Course Co-coordinator in the Implant course, too.
Dr. Falzone is a faculty mentor, and sits on many of the standing committees in the school such as The Admissions, and The Student Promotions, Ethics, Wellness, Faculty Advisory committees. She is involved in two terrific research projects. She is a Fellow in the American College, and the International College of Dentists. Dr. Falzone has just been inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. She was also inducted into Archbishop Williams High School Academic Hall of Fame. She has been voted as the outstanding Pre-clinical teacher many, many times. She is very involved in my community, and volunteer in many avenues. She resides in Weymouth with her husband Peter J. Cherubini, and has two very successful and wonderful sons who are investment bankers in New York.
Hubert J. Park, D.M.D.
Dr. Park received his dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Park started a free dental clinic at Sharewood Clinic in Malden which to date continues to provide dental services to the community. He also volunteered for several mission trips, providing dental care to the underserved populations in Kenya, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, and Zambia.
After dental school, Dr. Park completed a General Practice Residency at the New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical College. He then returned to Tufts University and completed his residency in Pediatric Dentistry where he served as the Chief Resident. Dr. Park also received a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Tufts University School of Medicine with a focus on infant and toddler nutritional imbalances and racial disparities in oral health. He currently chairs the Massachusetts Dental Society’s membership committee and is in private practice in Beverly and Malden and also on staff at Massachusetts General Hospital Dental Group. Dr. Park is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking, and playing basketball.
Mary Catherine (“Katie”) Talmo, DMD
Originally from Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, Dr. Talmo received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Amherst College in 2003. In 2010 she graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. While at Tufts, she served as a teaching assistant and, upon graduation, was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Dental Honors society. She currently holds the position of Vice President of OKU, Xi Xi Chapter. She has remained very active in the Tufts Dental Alumni Association, serving as a member of the M Club Executive Committee and a reunion committee co-chair in addition to her appointment on the Executive Board. She also teaches part time as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Comprehensive Care at Tufts. She is a member of the American Dental Association as well as the Massachusetts Dental Society. She is a fellow of the International College of Dentists. Dr. Talmo participates in a number of dental outreach programs, serving as Advisory Committee Chair to the Somerville High School Career and Technical Education’s Dental Assisting Program. As a faculty member, she has also traveled to the Dominican Republic as a part of the Tufts Hispanic Student Dental Association’s Global Service Learning Trip. Dr. Talmo is a resident of Medford, MA and maintains a private practice in Somerville, MA.
Charles B. Millstein, D62, A96P, A10P
2017 -2018 Peiman Mahdavi, D91, DG92, DG94
2016 – 2017 Raina A. Trilokekar, DI91, DG88, A18P
2015 – 2016 Derek Wolkowicz, D97, DG00
2014 – 2015 Cherie C. Bishop, D94
2013 – 2014 Joseph P. Giordano, D79, DG80, DG84, D17P
2012 – 2013 John J. Millette, D91, A15P
2011-12 Peter A. Delli Colli, A’69,D’73
2010-11 Mostafa El-Sherif, DI’95
2009-10 Tofigh Raayai, DG’77, DI’82
2008-09 John Ficarelli, D’73, D’10P
2007-08 Nicholas Papapetros, II, D’91
2006-07 Lisa Vouras, D’89
2005-06 Robert B. Amato, D’80, DG’83
2004-05 Naushirwan Mehta, DI’77, DG’73
2003-04 Norman Diamond, D’57
2002-03 Janis Moriarty, D’94
2001-02 Robert Chapman, A’63, D’67, DG’74
2000-01 Lisa M. Giarrusso, D’90
1999-00 James F. Kane, D’74
1998-99 J. Steven Tonelli, D’80
1997-98 Clifton A. Grayer, D’75, DG’79
1996-97 John J. Meade, D’56, A’54
1995-96 Suzanne L. Noel, D’77, DG’79
1994-95 Milton A. Glicksman, D’65
1993-94 Frederick L. Randall, D’64
1992-93 Kathleen M. O’Loughlin, D’81
1991-92 Thomas J. Swift, D’63, A’59
1990-91 Joseph G. Distasio, D’46, DG’58
1989-90 Vangel R. Zissi, D’62, DG’67
1988-89 Paul D. Cammarata, D’79
1987-88 John S. Wolkowicz, D’55
1986-87 Carl J. Perlmutter, D’64
1985-86 Allyn E. Segelman, D’73
1984-85 Melvin H. Gulbrandsen, D’46
1983-84 Arthur R. Falvey, Jr., D’60
1982-83 Barbara C. Kay, D’71
1981-82 Charles E. Rounds, Jr., D’67
1980-81 Donald B. Stackhouse, D’60
1979-80 William C. Less, D’60
1978-79 Edward S. Miller, D’56
1977-78 Max J. Perlitsh, D’56
1976-77 Ralph B. Diamond, D’35
1975-76 Morris H. Gudwin, D’29
1974-75 Carl J. Monacelli, D’47
1973-74 Delbert L. Jackson, Jr., D’52
1972-73 Ralph B. Diamond, D’35
1971-72 Charles L. Branch, D’43A
1970-71 Walter E. Bianchi, D’45
1969-70 Raymond F. Cole, Jr., D’45
1968-69 Charles F. Vallender, Jr., D’36
1967-68 Henry Swaebe, D’29
1966-67 Irving Glickman, D’38
1965-66 L. Charles Christopher, D’35
1964-65 Clinton W. Pickering, D’43B
1963-64 Robert T. Whittaker, D’37
1962-63 Thomas J. Ford, D’43B
1961-62 Leon Lieber, D’29
1960-61 Charles E. Rounds, D’30
1959-60 James F. Colgan
1958-59 William F. Maguire, D’23
1957-58 Robert L. Baxter, D’24
1956-57 William F. Donohoe, D’171955-56
Nathan H. Fink, D’16
1954-55 Francis C. Ortolani, D’37
1953-54 C. Lindale Davies, D’24
1952-53 Alfred V. Cogan, D’13
1951-52 Austin T. Williams, D’22
1950-51 Jacob A. Cushner, D’18
1949-50 L. Walter Brown., Jr., D’24
1948-49 William H. Griffin, D’11
1947-48 William F. Cleary, D’19
1946-47 William H. Canavan, D’08
1945-46 J. Murray Gavel, D’23
1944-45 Hyman Schwartz, D’18
1943-44 Harold H. Hookway, D’21
1942-43 James W. Howard, D’26
1941-42 Norman H. Tracy, D’13
1940-41 Lawrence M. Staples, D’14
1939-40 Charles B. Hopkins
1938-39 Max H. Jacobs, D’18
1937-38 J. Robert Allen, D’18
1936-37 J. William M. Parks, D’16
1935-36 Frederick C. Allen, D’11
1934-35 John B. Bisbee, D’25
1933-34 Francis H. Daley, D’26
1932-33 Louis E. Sager, D’18
1931-32 Walter E. Briggs, D’09
1930-31 William Wadsworth
1929-30 Earle S. Bucknam, D’18
1928-29 George A. Bruns, D’22
1927-28 Harold W. Brown, D’14
1926-27 J. Russell Mackinnon
Alumni Award Recipients
Dr. Henry Swaebe D29
Dr. L. Walter Brown, Jr. D24
Dr. Lawrence H. Clayman D34
Dr. Orrin Greenberg
Dr. Philip Williams D32
Dr. Raymond F. Cole D45
Dr. Everett Shapiro K49
Dr. Abraham Kaner
Dr. Leon Lieber D29
Dr. Ralph B. Diamond D35
Dr. Milton J. Meyers D40
Dr. James B. Gallagher, Jr. D49, K68
Dr. Thomas W. Quinn D49
Dr. Edward S. Miller D56, K58
Dr. Robert B. Shira
Dr. Delbert L. Jackson D52, K55
Dr. Malvin Pollack D39, K42
Dr. J. Murray Gavel D23, H64
Dr. Stanley M. Schwartz D46, K63, A44
Dr. William C. Less D60, in memoria
Dr. A. Albert Yurkstas D49, K56
Dr. Melvin H. Gulbrandsen D46, in memoria
Dr. Lloyd L. Miller D58, A54
Dr. Cyril Gaum
Dr. Donald B. Stackhouse D60
Dr. Albert Charney
Dr. Max J. Perlitsh D56, K65, G65
Dr. O. Walter Donnenfeld D54
Dr. Esther M. Wilkins D49, K66
Dr. Joseph G. DiStasio D46, K58, G59, A43
Dr. Erling Johansen D49
Dr. Harold Berk
Dr. Samuel S. Turesky D41
Dr. S. Walter Askinas
Dr. Harold Gelb D47
Dr. H. Chris Doku D58, K60, G60
Dr. Saul Hirshberg D48, K65
Dr. John W. Hein D44
Dr. Frank A. Coppola D64
Dr. Philip Molloy, D55, K67
Dr. William Sellers, A56, D60
Dr. Charles A. McCallum, D51, H88
Dr. David G. Stahl, D51
Dr. Thomas W. Murnane, A58, D62, K65, G68, J97P
Dr. Charles E. Rounds Jr., D67, J96P
Dr. Harold Kaplan, D63, K66
Dr. Hilde Tillman, D49
Dr. William Brennan, D49
Dr. Paul McKenna, A46, D49
Dr. John Wolkowicz, D55, D91P, D97P, DG95P, DG00P
Dr. Ronald Maitland, A60, D64, J90P
Dr. Richard L. Wing, A53, D56, E85P
Dr. John Meade, A54, D56, A90P, F98P
Dr. Vangel Zissi, D62, DG67, A02P
Dr. Roderick W. Lewin, D57
Dr. David B. Harte, A75, D78, A02P
Dr. Robert Hunter, D63
Dr. Norman Shepherd, D64, DG67
Dr. Ira Cheifetz, D74
Dean Lonnie H. Norris, DG80, M99P, A01P
Arthur F. Falvey Jr., D60, J84P
Dr. Robert Buchanan, D46
Dr. Thomas Winkler, A62, D66, D10P, DG12P
Louis Fiore, D62
Christine Benoit, D77, D01P
Dr. Peter A. Delli Colli, A69, D73
Dr. John P. Ficarelli, D73, DG76, D10P, DG12P
Dr. Allyn E. Segelman, D73, DG77
Jess Kane, D74, DG76, AG78, DG79, D04P, DG06P
Carl J. Perlmutter, D64, DG70
Gerald Carrier, D60
James B. Hanley, DA75, DG79