Alumni News

We are excited to launch a section on our website for La Salle Academy Alumni News! This page will maintain a career focus in order to celebrate the success of our alumni. We will also include obituaries that highlight the careers of alumni who have passed away.

While we are in touch with many alumni, we may not know of specific career moves and achievements happening for the thousands of men in our database, so we invite you to share this information with us. Report an alumni news tip by contacting Ms. Daria Coney at dconey@lasalleacademy.org or 212-475-8940 ext. 301.

June 2021

Michael Coffino

Class of 1966

After a four-decade career as a trial attorney, Michael Coffino ‘66 pivoted to become a full-time professional writer. Since 2015, he has written or co-authored nine books, six of which are published and three of which are set for release in 2021, including his debut novel, Truth is in the House, which debuts on July 6th. Michael also represents other writers in querying literary agents, submitting to publishers, and writing (and editing) book proposals. He evaluates and developmentally edits fiction and non-fiction manuscripts and edits and ghostwrites a wide range of other material for clients, including web content, articles, blogs, social media posts, speeches, and public presentations. As an attorney, Michael published countless articles, wrote press releases for clients, and was a writing coach and instructor to young attorneys. He has an author page on Amazon. Learn more about Michael at https://michaelcoffino.com.

William Dempsey

Class of 1959

After graduating from La Salle Academy, William Dempsey ‘59 attended St. Francis College in Brooklyn and later entered U.S. Air Force Officer Training. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in May 1964 and assigned to USAF Training Command, providing systems and programming training and support to all USAF commands. In 1968, Bill joined Hughes Nevada Operations in Las Vegas as a Systems Analyst and Programmer. By 1971 he was promoted to Director of Data Processing and was responsible for all computer software and operations for 21 operating divisions. Five years later, Bill left Hughes to launch his own computer software and services business which he operated for 30 years before retiring in 2006. His company specialized in accounting software for the gaming and hospitality industries. Major clients included Hilton Hotels and Southern Bell Advanced Systems. Bill is a licensed instrument-rated pilot with over 1600 flying hours and is an active participant in his Las Vegas community as a member of the Kiwanis Club, Treasurer and President of Southern Nevada Executive Council, and Board Member of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

Albert Mrozik

Class of 1971

After 33 years of working for the City of Newark Department of Law, Albert Mrozik ’71 retired. In part, this was precipitated by the COVID-19 infection he caught at work in April 2020. Albert was the acting chief municipal prosecutor three times during his career and was also in charge of Collection Litigation. To keep his Municipal Law trial certification current, he is the alternative municipal prosecutor for Irvington and West Orange Townships, both in Essex County. Albert is looking forward to purchasing and settling into his winter home in West Hollywood, California, soon.

May 2021

May’s Alumni News is dedicated to the four La Salle Academy alumni who have a major role in our 29th Annual Scholarship Benefit taking place on Thursday, June 24th.

Michael Ambrosino

Class of 1962

Born and raised in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Michael Ambrosino ‘62 is being honored with a Lasallian Medal this year for his steadfast dedication and commitment to our mission and the young men entrusted to our care. After graduating from La Salle Academy, Michael received a B.S. in Finance from Gannon University and his M.B.A. from Long Island University. From there, he went on to work in the oil industry for over 40 years, founding Brooklyn Oil Associates, Inc. with his wife, Lynn. Michael has been a generous benefactor to La Salle for nearly 30 years, contributing to the school’s Capital Campaign in the early 2000s, and sponsoring students for nearly two decades. Michael attributes much of his success to the education he received at La Salle Academy.

Stephon Barnes

Class of 1997

Stephon Barnes ’97, Chief Operating Officer at CFI Partners, will be honored with a Lasallian Medal at the Scholarship Benefit this year. After his four years as a student at La Salle Academy, Stephon matriculated to Temple University where he received his degree in Finance and Economics. As a student, Stephon was on the receiving end of the tuition assistance La Salle provides thanks to a generous benefactor who had a huge impact on his life. As an alumnus, Stephon has given back with his time, talent, and treasure – he is a member of La Salle’s Board of Trustees and helped to establish La Salle’s mentorship program. He has said, “Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything. When I was a student at La Salle, I was on the receiving end of mentorship and scholarship. Today, I am humbled to be on the distributing end. Helping somebody else is huge.”

Salvatore LaRocca

Class of 1982

Of his time at La Salle Academy, Salvatore LaRocca ’82 has said his four years at the school were the four most formative years of his life. After graduating from La Salle in 1982, Sal went on to study at St. John’s University. Since then, he has had a successful career with the National Basketball Association, currently working as President of Global Partnerships. Sal serves his high school alma mater as Chairman of La Salle Academy’s Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the annual Scholarship Benefit, alongside Vincent Tese ’60. Sal was honored with a Lasallian Medal at the event in 2013.

Vincent Tese

Class of 1960

Vincent Tese ’60 is an attorney, entrepreneur, and investor. Following graduation from La Salle in 1960, Vincent served two years in the U.S. Army, after which he went on to receive his degree in accounting from Pace University. He also holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and the L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. On top of his impressive resume, Vincent sits on La Salle Academy’s Board of Trustees, serves as Co-Chair of the annual Scholarship Benefit, and was honored with The Legacy Award at the event in 2016.

April 2021

Robert Lane

Class of 1958

In 2008, Robert Lane ’58 gave in and finally bought his first computer. It was then that he began to transfer and expand upon notes and memories that he had written down in a number of marble composition notebooks over the years. Originally, he only intended the text to benefit his children and grandchildren. “I wanted them to know what our lives were like growing up in the ‘40s and ‘50s,” Bob said. Reluctantly, he later agreed to have his writings published. The book, A Bay Ridge Life, is now available for purchase on Amazon. Bob says, “Just think, little Bobby Lane is now a published author just like Matthew, Mark, Luke and John!”

David Lee Madison

Class of 1989

David Lee Madison ’89 developed his love for film as a very young man. By the age of five, he had already seen and loved all of the original Universal horror films. He got his first taste of filmmaking at age nine, when he was an extra in Hero at Large, a John Ritter film directed by Martin Davidson. More about Dave’s professional film career can be found on his IMDB page. Look out for Dave’s new film, Full Moon Fever, in theatres this October. Dave now resides in Milford, PA and has brought the Class of 1989 together for their 20th and 30th reunions, which were weekend-long events!

Jim Williams

Class of 1957

Jim Williams ’57, like many, found himself housebound with uninterrupted time to himself during the pandemic. He took that opportunity to finally live his dream of becoming a published fictional writer! Jim’s first published book, Beyond Hate, is available for purchase now on Amazon. Having lived in Bordentown, New Jersey for nearly 30 years, he owned area bars and restaurants and was a volunteer Burlington Court Mediator, handling over 2,500 mediations during his 15 years of volunteer service. He says, “I believe my life, and now my writings, would be an inspiration to older alumni who have a need to find a new way to gain purpose and continue to contribute.”

March 2021

This month’s Alumni News article recognizes three alumni who sit on La Salle Academy’s COVID-19 Task Force. This Task Force was convened to ensure that our stakeholders had input in how we address the unprecedented situation precipitated by the current pandemic. All three of the men below have tremendously helped guide and shape La Salle’s COVID-19 policies and procedures which are designed to minimize the risk of virus transmission for students, faculty and staff.

Martin Cottingham

Class of 1988

Martin Cottingham ’88 brings years of corporate experience to our COVID Task Force, including knowledge on how to handle delicate nuances and communication related to COVID-19 within the workplace. Marty, a Principal at Avison Young, is also Co-Vice Chairman of La Salle’s Board of Trustees and played an instrumental role in the recent sale of the Annex building on 2nd Street and 2nd Avenue.

Thomas Issing

Class of 1974

Thomas Issing ’74, Owner of East Village Environmental LLC, has been a fantastic addition to our COVID Task Force, especially with his knowledge of enhanced cleaning and disinfecting processes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Tom donated air conditioning filters for use in the school’s AC units, as well as hospital-grade cleaning solution to sanitize desks in our classrooms. Tom also volunteers his time to the school as Co-Chair of La Salle Academy’s Alumni Association.

Dr. Ricardo Sequeira

Class of 1970

Dr. Ricardo Sequeira ’70 is an Internal Medicine Specialist in Brooklyn and has over 40 years of experience in the medical field. Ricardo has played a key role in providing the COVID Task Force with medical expertise and accurate medical information in order to implement proper procedures intended to minimize risk to students, faculty and staff.

February 2021

Jason Snipe

Class of 1999

In November 2020, Jason Snipe ’99 became an official contributor for CNBC. Jason is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Odyssey Capital Advisors, an independent investment management firm based out of Philadelphia. Jason has said, “La Salle has been such an important part of my story and I am forever grateful!”

Allen Wan

Class of 1984

La Salle alumni are in all corners of the world. Allen Wan ’84 is a foreign correspondent for Bloomberg News in China. He was recently named the news organization’s Bureau Chief in Shenzhen and TV News Producer in Beijing. While Allen assumes these roles, he continues to be Bloomberg’s Deputy Shanghai Bureau Chief, Emerging Markets Deputy Team Leader, a position he has held since 2006.

Kelly Grant

Class of 1975

Sadly, Kelly Grant ’75, star Varsity Basketball player for La Salle Academy, passed away on January 29, 2021. After La Salle, Kelly went on to play professional ball throughout Europe in France, Poland and Sweden. After he retired from playing, he went on to coach, most recently coaching the Norrköping Dolphins (leading them to a gold in the Swedish championship in 1998 and 2010), Uppsala and Sweden’s women’s national team. Our prayers are with Kelly and his family at this difficult time.