SPECIAL FEATURE: Finding Love
BY FARAH F. JADRAN
If you were born and raised in Central New York you most likely have come to know many transplants. A transplant is someone who moved to a particular area to either pursue a career, education or maybe even a relationship. These transplants sometimes become strong parts of our CNY community. And recently, we met quite the group of transplants…
ARIEL DUCHENE, Assistant Dean for External Relations, L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at SU
Originally from Glen Head, N.Y., on Long Island, Ariel attended Cornell University where she met her husband (of 11 years now) Adam. She reevaluated her big city plans when Adam promised that “this was it” for them. Years later, they’re enjoying life in Syracuse with their son, Isaac.
“We have wonderful friends and the quality of life we will be able to give our son Isaac makes us really happy.”
MEGAN COLEMAN, NBC3, 5:00 & 6PM News Anchor
Megan grew up in Prairie Village, Kan., and she moved here to study journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She moved away for her first reporting job, but she returned in 2003 to work as a reporter for WSTM. During that time, she met her husband, Richard. They’ve been married for four years with two children, Olivia, 2, and Henry who will have his first birthday this spring.
“I think love tends to happen when you least expect it. We have settled into a wonderful life here and I have been able to create a fantastic balance between work and family life.”
TARA LaBARGE, Senior Analyst, National Grid & Co-Founder, Deserted Attic Vintage Rentals
Tara, of Nanuet, N.Y., slowly began realizing that Syracuse was becoming a second home to her as she made regular visits to her now husband Courtney. She began to cherish the CNY culture: Planning SU basketball outings and devouring pulled pork sandwiches at the Dino.
“The love of my life is from here. I began a business with my best friend here and most recently, gave birth to my son, Hadley, here.”
JUSTINE KRESO, Senior Firearms Examiner (Onondaga County Center for Forensic Science)
Making her way across the country, Justine was born in Peoria, Ill., and raised in Albuquerque, N.M., and now a resident in CNY. She ended up becoming a CNY-er because she found something worth staying long term for, her husband, Almin. She says she’s still “surprised she ended up finding this great guy.”
“I think one of my favorite things about the ‘transplants’ is how we are a spider web of connections with very little common ground on the surface.”
SCOTT CLARKE HAYS, Assistant Scientist II, Bristol-Myers Squibb
After finishing his master’s degree at SUNY-ESF, Scott, a former resident of Meadville, Pa., decided to stay in Syracuse when he was offered a job. Scott enjoys the area’s wineries, great sports teams and the NYS Fair. But all experiences are multiplied thanks to his transplant friendships.
“I have had a lot of good friends in my life, but from the night of my first Transplant gathering I knew I had met my people, the ones who think like me, understand me, and accept me for the person I am.
ERICA MARCIANO, High School English Teacher and Co-founder Deserted Attic Vintage Rentals
While the distance between her hometown, Little Falls, N.Y., and Syracuse is not great, she is grateful to have made the move. Her husband, Michael, is here, but also she has found a plethora of career opportunities, cultural events and diversity.
“Syracuse is home now. We enjoy raising our children together and always share many laughs whether we gather one on one, as a transplant group or with our families.”
Lauren LaGrow, PA, Hospital Medicine at Upstate University Hospital Community Campus
Hailing from Allentwon, Pa., Lauren is only three hours away from her hometown. No matter, the transplants have become a big part of her “extended family” in CNY. Now, she and her husband, Josh, look forward to many days with a clear blue sky to be on Skaneateles Lake or snowshoeing in three feet of snow along with their two dogs!.
“Now that I’ve lived here for almost 8 years I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I absolutely love the seasons.”
KARYN BURNS, Vice President, Communications and Government Relations at MACNY, the Manufacturers Association
After graduating from SU, Karyn was ready to go. She moved to Washington, D.C., for a few years, but her relationship with her now husband, John, brought her back. Formerly of Bennington, Vt., Karyn now loves living, working and raising a family here.
“Our group really takes advantage of the region when planning our get togethers…ski trips, seeing plays or shows together, or trying out new places to eat.”