BU Alumni Council
The Boston University Alumni Council (BUAC) conveys alumni interests and concerns to the University. The BUAC is made up of about 30 members who have proven themselves leaders in their careers, communities, and their alma mater.
Each of the University’s 17 schools and colleges are represented on the Council. Members hail from all over the country, as well as The U.K., Hong Kong and Brazil.
Nominations for 2018 are now closed. We are currently accepting nominations for 2019. You may submit your nomination here.
Mary Perry, CAS’79, GRS’80, LAW’83
Mary Perry is Senior Program Manager for the U.S. Air Force, working on the staff of the Secretary of the Air Force to implement the Secretary’s special programs. She is also a Senior Editor at GraMac Press (a small independent firm) and serves in the Southwest Florida district of the Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. All these roles tap into her legal training, but none requires the license she holds to practice law in Virginia and the Federal Courts.
Known by Twitter handle, “tripleterrier,” Mary earned her law degree at Boston University’s School of Law, after previously obtaining a B.A. (magna cum laude) from CAS and an M.A. (GRS) in political science, with concentration in international relations. After spending a year in private law practice in the Washington, D.C. area, she put all three degrees to good effect during her 26-year career as an active duty lawyer (JAG) for the U.S. Air Force. She sought diversity in education by studying at the University of Virginia Law School, earning an LL.M. in international and national security law.
During the last 20 years of her Air Force career, Mary saw international travel as well as legal practice in areas as diverse in subject and geography as Brussels, Belgium and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Throughout these assignments, she contributed international and operations law expertise to decisions on legality and lethality of military operations in peace (in post-9/11 Washington) as well as war (in Iraq and Afghanistan).
After hanging up the uniform (retiring in the grade of Colonel), Mary continued working at the Pentagon in the Department of Defense General Counsel’s Office. There she brought her BU qualifications to bear on the most sensitive issues facing the Obama Administration, contributing to government-wide discussions at various national offices and the White House.
Recognizing the need to throttle back a bit, Mary left the bustle of Washington to advance the pursuits her heart desired, and still contribute to the Air Force as a civilian employee at the pace she determines. Primary among her volunteer pursuits, she enthusiastically embraces the opportunity to serve as President of the BU Alumni Association.
Wayne Positan, CAS’70
Immediate Past President
Wayne J. Positan is a labor and employment lawyer representing management/defendants, and is the managing director of the law firm of Lum, Drasco & Positan LLC in Roseland, NJ. Following his graduation from CAS, he received his JD from New York University School of Law. He has been a lawyer in his current firm since graduating law school, first as an associate, then partner, and became managing director in 1990. He has been a leading practitioner in New Jersey labor and employment law, being involved in the handling of traditional labor practice, defending discrimination and whistleblower suits, being involved in chancery litigation over non-compete agreements and business disputes, commercial litigation, and appellate practice. Positan is special labor counsel to the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts. He is editor-in-chief of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education book, New Jersey Labor and Employment Law, and has chaired the ICLE Annual Labor Law Forum since 1994. He has spoken at over one hundred programs and seminars for the ABA, ABA Section of Litigation, NJSBA, New Jersey ICLE, the Conference of Chief Justices, and a variety of other entities. He served on the board of editors of the ABA book, Jury Instructions in Employment Litigation, and has authored a variety of book chapters and audio-visual/DVD practice series presentations of the ABA Section of Litigation.
He has been very involved in the legal profession, serving as a member of the ABA Board of Governors, its executive committee and as chair of its operations and communications committee. He also served as board liaison to the Special Committee on Disaster Preparedness and the Conference of Federal Trial Judges. He was chair of the ABA Commission on Multijurisdictional Practice, whose report and recommendations on the practice of law have been adopted by 43 states. Positan currently is chair of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility/ABA Section Officers Conference Joint Committee on Ethics and Professionalism, is a member of the Coordinating Council of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, and is a member of the ABA House of Delegates Committee on Issues of Concern to the Legal Profession. He served as a Managing Director and Council Member of the ABA Section of Litigation. Positan has also served as president of the New Jersey State Bar Association, chaired its labor and employment section, and served on the board of trustees of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. He served on the board of trustees of Montclair State University for seven years, and has been a member of the capital campaigns of Seton Hall University Law School and the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. He is a member of the board of directors of Marotta Controls Inc.; and vice conseiller gastronomique of La Grande Cave du New Jersey Chapter of La Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs. Positan has been involved in the BU Friends of Hockey.
Positan was a member of the inaugural class of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers when it was founded in 1996; has been in the Best Lawyers in America for labor and employment law since 1993; perennial Top Ten New Jersey Superlawyers (listed in 2007 and 2009 as #2); and is listed as one of 8 New Jersey lawyers in Chambers USA “Leading Business Lawyers” top tier labor and employment lawyers, and is in the International Who’s Who Leading Business Lawyer’s Labour and Employment list.
Positan was inducted into the BU CAS Collegium of Distinguished Alumni in 2009, and recently received the Alfred Clapp Award from New Jersey ICLE for outstanding service to continuing legal education in New Jersey. He has received the Professional Achievement Award from the Essex County Bar Association; the Humanitarian and Achievement Award from the Columbian Foundation; and Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards from the NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law, by nomination of the Essex County Bar Association in 2002 and the NJSBA in 2009. Wayne is married to Susan Lukacs Positan (CAS’70). They reside in Essex Fells, NJ. Their daughter, Brooke Positan (COM’02), and Wayne’s sister, Karen Positan (COM’76), are also BU alumni.
A message from the Council Immediate Past President, Wayne Positan, CAS’70:
Marcos Bellizia, Questrom’00
Marcos Bellizia holds dual Brazilian/Italian citizenship; obtained his MBA from Questrom School class of 2000, and IMP class of 1998 (International Management Program) in Japan from BU. Marcos` successful career comes from FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) global companies such as AB-InBev, Nestlé, ConAgra Foods and Bel Fromagerie among others.
Currently, he is engaged in business development and consulting for both domestic and international businesses that are looking to establishing operations in Brazil and Latin America.
He has been deeply involved with Brazil`s BU Alumni Network, acting as a local Ambassador in São Paulo. In addition, he is a co-founder of the US Alumni Association-Brazil in São Paulo which is linked to the US Consulate.
A former Lieutenant for the Brazilian Army and a goalkeeper for the Water Polo National team. He takes great pride of having had the opportunity to represent the country in both military and sports careers.
Marcos is married, father to two children Pedro, age 14, and Laura age 12.
Edward Boesel, ENG’70
Mr. Boesel received his BS of Engineering from Boston University in 1970 after also rowing on the men’s crew. He served as a Vice President of Software Engineering and Development at Fidelity Investments for 20 years, retiring in 2016. Before that he worked at Software International for 25 years, through its two acquisitions, producing financial database software packages. His entire career has been writing Assembler, COBOL and C on IBM mainframe computers. He has also served for 20 years in elected and appointed town government positions in the town of Saugus Massachusetts. He has actively supported the College of Engineering and the men’s rowing team for many years. He is a member of both the Claflin Society, and recently the William Fairfield Warren Society.
Lincoln Chan, CAS’94
Chan is the director of Asiaview, a property investment company in Hong Kong. He earned his B.A. in International Relations from CAS in 1994, and he also holds a M.A. degree from the University of Virginia. He is the vice president of the Boston University Alumni Association of Hong Kong (BUAAHK). Since 2006, he is a member of the Boston University Asian Alumni Committee; he has been heavily involved in alumni activities all over Asia. He was the organizer of the University’s first Asian Alumni Business Forum and the second Asian Alumni Festival in Hong Kong. He has written several articles for the BU Asian Alumni newsletter. He is also the vice president of the Hong Kong International School Alumni Board. In his spare time, he enjoys participating in environmental protection activities. The Wall Street Journal featured Chan in 2010 for his involvement with anti-air pollution activities in Hong Kong. Chan is married to Mika Yamaguchi. They have two children.
James Chen, SPH’09
Chen serves as the Finance Manager in the Medical Oncology Department of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He has 15+ years experience in healthcare management and financial services combined, through progressively professional advancement with substantively increased responsibilities. He oversees departmental operational budget, approximately $60 million annually, and millions in discretionary funds. And Chen is responsible for negotiating and executing several dozens of inter-organizational professional, clinical services and business agreements with internal and external stakeholders. He also leads analytical support and developing solutions for effective and efficient allocation among and between different funding resources, as well as identifying indirect patient care expenses for cost reductions to meet institutional and departmental strategic targets.
Serving on the BU School of Public Health Alumni Leadership Council & Education Advisory Board, having served 2 one-year terms as BUSPH Alumni Board President (2010-2012).
Chen is an adviser to UK-based Barry & Martin Trust (America) since 2010 on HIV/Aids in China, and was a participant of 2013 “The Partnership Inc.” Fellowship Program and 2010 “Lead Boston” Class (now affiliated with YWCA), sponsored by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2010, Chen was the recipient of the Annual Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Ethics Award.
Peter Cocolis, ENG’64
Retired/ Former senior director of business and government affairs, Boeing; lieutenant colonel, U.S. Air Force; negotiator, Strategic Arms Reduction Talks.
Peter Cocolis is a retired aerospace executive with The Boeing Company in Business Development and Government Relations. He served at the business unit and corporate levels with responsibilities in civil space, commercial space and military programs, such as the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station (ISS), missile defense and aerospace research and development programs. At Rockwell’s Aerospace and Defense unit (acquired by Boeing in 1996), he served as manager of military programs and director of business development for the company’s North American Aircraft and Rocketdyne Divisions.
Cocolis served in the US Air Force, retiring in 1984. He held a variety of flying, system acquisition, command and Pentagon positions within Headquarters US Air Force and the Office of the Secretary of Defense working with other military services, executive agencies and the Congress. He was appointed Military Advisor to the Secretary of Defense Representative with the U.S. Delegation on Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) in Geneva Switzerland.
In retirement, Cocolis moved to Chatham, MA, on Cape Cod, where he was elected to Board Selectman. He also volunteers as the chairman of the planning board and past chairman of the energy committee, as well as supporting homeless prevention organizations. He is the Chatham board director to the Cape Light Compact, member of its Executive Committee and prior treasurer. Cape Light Compact is an inter-governmental organization consisting of the 21 towns and one county on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. The Compact’s mission is to serve its 200,000 customers through the delivery of proven energy efficiency programs, effective consumer advocacy, competitive electricity supply, and green power options.
Cocolis is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and past Chairman of its National Capitol Section in Washington, DC. As past Chairman he led a Board consisting of 20 senior level volunteers elected from industry and government. During that time, the NCS won national awards for special events and membership
He holds a BS Engineering Management, Boston University, MBA, Auburn University and is a Kennedy School graduate of the National and International Security Management Executive program, Harvard University. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College and the Air Force Institute of Technology Education with Industry Program.
Peter Cocolis received the College of Engineering Service to Alma Mater award and a BU Alumni Volunteer of the Year award in 2013. The Cape Cod and Islands Network won an Alumni Networks award under his leadership.
He is married to Lorraine Marut Cocolis (SAR 63). They have two sons, Peter Jr. (DMD) and William (CGS 91, CAS 93) and four grandchildren, with Aly Cocolis attending Boston University Sargent College.
Mark DiCristofaro, COM’08, ’09
Mark DiCristofaro is a film, television, and new media producer based out of Los Angeles. He has had the opportunity to work on a number of productions including FX’s The League, Fox’s House M.D., A&E’s Duck Dynasty, and worked for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson on the Golden Globe–winning film, The Adventures of TinTin. Mark worked for a brief time producing live events and was one of the producers for the 2011 AT&T Figure Skating Championships. Recently, Mark has been freelance producing for various shows on networks, including A&E, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, Biography Channel, and TNT.
Mark graduated from Boston University (CGS’06, COM’08) with a BS in Film and Television Production, and attended the Boston University in Los Angeles Internship Program (’09). Student leader, NCAA athlete, and entrepreneur, he was inducted as a member of the Boston University Scarlet Key Society and was the 2008 recipient of the Leila Saad Award—BU’s highest distinction to a graduating senior for excellence in leadership and service. During his time at Boston University, Mark served in a number of leadership positions including student body vice president, founder and program director of the Boston University Leadership Conference, member of the 2008 class gift campaign, and captain of BU’s golf team. Prior to matriculating into Boston University, Mark started a production company called Perspective Productions. He continued his company while at Boston University and was a two-time winner in the Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards regional competition for his company’s achievements while an undergraduate student. Perspective Production produced several productions for Boston University including the Boston University Freshman Orientation Video from 2006–2009.
When not working on a film or TV project, Mark enjoys working with leadership and community service programs that have a focus on youth leadership development. An alumnus of the National Student Leadership Conference, Mark was the Program Director and Director of Academics for their Mastering Leadership Program from 2008–2012, and co-wrote and directed their Advanced Leadership Program from 2010–2012. Mark has also worked with the National Relief Network coordinating disaster relief programs for high school students and serves as a consultant for Robert Pruitt, a leadership training, motivational speaking, and life coaching company.
An active Boston University alumnus, each year, Mark returns to campus to speak at the College of General Studies Spring Open Houses and to host a young alumni panel for students aspiring to transition into the film and television industry. In Los Angeles, he often speaks to the Boston University in Los Angeles Internship Program as part of their orientation program. He is an active member of the BU Los Angeles Alumni Organization and enjoys hosting events and mentoring young alumni entering the film and television industry. In his spare time, Mark is a part-time golf instructor.
Nadia Chamblin Foster, SSW'97
Nadia Chamblin-Foster, received a Master in Social Work from the Boston University School of Social Work, Boston, MA in 1997.
Nadia applies more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, non-for-profit leadership, philanthropy, and education as a consultant to executive leaders in the areas of community health and non-profit management. She has served in leadership roles within many local organizations including Tufts Health Public Plans, Steps to Success, Steward Health Care, LLC., The Dimock Center, and the Boston Public Schools.
Additionally, Nadia has served on the Boston University Alumni Council, Pine Manor College Board of Trustees, The Massachusetts Stem Council, the Boston Children’s Museum and The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Nadia resides in Cambridge with her husband Kevin and their two sons.
Patricia de la Sota, CAS’79
Patricia was born in Argentina, moved to the United States at a young age and grew up in Worcester, MA. Following a family tradition – both Patricia’s sister and brother graduated from Boston University – Patricia is an alumnus of BU’s CAS class of ’79 and was a Scarlet Key recipient as well as an elected member of the CAS student government and the BU Student Union Government. Not only did Patricia get a great education at BU, but wonderful friendships started while there continue and have only gotten stronger over the years.
Her parents instilled in Patricia a deep respect for the freedoms enjoyed in the United States which led to Patricia’s 30 plus year career at the Central Intelligence Agency where the work she performed protected the United States, its people and its values. Now retired, she treasures her experiences at the CIA and the people with whom she worked.
Patricia is now a learning facilitation consultant working with several US government agencies and the event coordinator for the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, a private entity recommending and promoting changes to U.S. policy and law to strengthen national biodefense.
Patricia loves diversity – people, ideas, food – and she loves to travel. She is a firm proponent of Mark Twain’s quote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness … .” She has traveled to all seven continents, some many times over.
She is also a volunteer scuba diver at the local aquarium, a lover of all kinds of animals and a responsible steward of our earth. Patricia and her husband Jerry live in coastal North Carolina with their rescue Lab Riley.
Albert Gonzalez, Questrom’76
Al grew up in Manhattan and after attending Power Memorial Academy in NYC, attended Boston University as a recipient of a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship. He graduated from the College of Business Administration (Questrom School of Business) and was an active participant as a walk-on athlete to the 1971-72 Terrier Ice Hockey program and also walked-on and earned a varsity letter in football his senior year.
Al started his career in sales with Johnson and Johnson and continued with 3M, AT&T and GE. While at 3M he was transferred to Austin, TX in 1985 to handle Mexico and began to set roots in Texas. He earned his MBA from University of Phoenix in 1999.
Upon embarking in the financial service industry, Al worked at New York Life, AIG, TD Ameritrade before joining Waddell & Reed, Inc. 7 years ago. Al was awarded the 2006 Chairman’s Award by the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber for his efforts in membership retention.
Al has been married for the past 37 years to Jackie Habib Gonzalez (MS’77) and they’ve raised their 3 children in Texas. The family likes to return to Cape Cod for summer family reunions and enjoy the cool summer nights away from the Texas heat. He remains a diehard Yankee fan but has become a Cowboy fan with the departure of Tony Romo.
Jenny Gruber, ENG’99
Lead, Inventory and Stowage Officer Group Operations Division, NASA Johnson Space Center
Jenny Gruber was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from Boston University (ENG ’99) with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, and in 2002, earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Science from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
Jenny joined NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston as a cooperative education student in the fall of 1996, and as a full time employee in the fall of 2002. She spent 9 years in the Flight Design and Dynamics Division of the Flight Operations Directorate. She was a Flight Dynamics Officer (FDO) in Space Shuttle Mission Control, and she served as a liaison between Mission Control and United States Strategic Command and as a liaison between Mission Control and scientists with Langley Research Center’s Hypersonic Thermodynamic Infrared Measurements Project. In May of 2012, Jenny moved to the Flight Planning Branch of the Operations Division to become the Lead of the Mission Planning Software Group. In June 2014, she joined the Vehicle Integration and Daily Operations Branch as Lead of the Inventory and Stowage Officers (ISO) in ISS Mission Control. ISOs are responsible for stowage and disposal on ISS, as well as cargo transfer operations for spacecraft visiting the ISS.
Jenny is married to Ron Sostaric, who works in the Engineering Directorate at Johnson Space Center, on Entry, Descent, and Landing for Advanced Projects. They have a son, Markus, who was born in Ethiopia, so their family is Ethiopian-American, and they celebrate that heritage.
In her spare time, Jenny enjoys long-distance running, serving as an Elder and Sunday school teacher at Clear Lake Presbyterian, travel, camping and other outdoor activities, reading, mentoring young people, and learning about Ethiopian history, language, and culture.
Derrick Harkins, COM’80
Currently, The Rev. Dr. Harkins serves as Senior Vice President for Innovation in Public Programs at Union Theological Seminary. Harkins develops programming aimed primarily at those not enrolled in Union’s degree programs. This includes continuing and online education, public events, and the work of the institutes and initiatives housed at Union. Most recently, these initiatives have included outreach about Islamophobia, LGBTQ public policy and intersectionality issues, and criminal justice reform.
Dr. Harkins previously served as National Director for Faith Outreach for the Democratic Party, as well as Senior Pastor of the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington DC, and also as Director of Faith Outreach for Enroll America. In addition, he has been an informal advisor to the Obama Administration on faith related issues, and has been a guest lecturer on the church and social action at a number of colleges and universities, including Bucknell, Cornell, Iona College, and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Fox News, and NPR. An active voice in the debate for comprehensive immigration reform, he has worked to expand the combined immigration reform efforts of the African American and Hispanic communities. He has been extensively engaged in relief and development work in Rwanda, Burkina Faso, and Jamaica, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Faith in Public Life, and Sojourners, and is currently a member of the Board of Odyssey Television Networks.
Anthony Harrison, COM'81
Anthony A. Harrison leads a team of top-notch communications professionals as Head of Corporate Media Relations at Facebook. He is a senior communications executive with more than 25 years of experience in corporate communications, public relations and reputation management in the United States and abroad.
As a counselor to companies big and small, he has built a career telling powerful and compelling business stories—stories that get written and repeated, engage influencers and change opinions, build or renew reputations, and help businesses grow.
J.R. Hipple, COM’88
J.R. Hipple is a founding-partner of SIR Communications, a Richmond-based, communications and leadership consulting firm to business, NGOs and governmental organizations throughout the U.S. He is an advisor to executives on corporate communications, and issues and crisis management, and he is an author, speaker and workshop facilitator on corporate reputation matters.
His recent consulting engagements include: synthesizing the results of a McKinsey corporate culture study to develop a management change program for a Fortune 200 company; managing a number of concurrent crises for the new president of a liberal arts college in the Northeast US; consulting on a campus-wide, diversity strategy for a large public research university; conducting media training for 80 executives of a large governmental agency; and creating a public education campaign on a vital economic development issue.
J.R. is active in business and civic affairs, currently serving on the boards of:
• Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, vice chair
• Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership/SwimRVA
• Boston University Alumni Board
• The Community Foundation of Central Virginia, advisory board
He also has served in business and community leadership roles throughout his career, including:
• Chairman of the board of governors, The Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at Georgia State University
• Chairman of the executive committee of Counselors Academy (a national association of senior-level communications consultants)
• Editorial board member, Insight to Diversity magazine
• Chairman, Counselors Academy Annual Conference
• Chairman, Ethics Advocate Awards, The Center for Ethics & Corporate Responsibility
• Chairman of PRSA/Georgia Leader Board (a regional association of communications executives)
• Advisory board, Central Atlanta Progress, a downtown, community development organization
• Board member of The Community Foundation of Central Virginia
• Co-founder & president of the Richmond Sports Backers, a regional sports commission
In addition, J.R. is a visiting lecturer and adjunct instructor at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a founding faculty member of the public relations executive M.S. degree program at Virginia Commonwealth University. He was a founding partner and president of CRT Public Relations, the largest PR firm in Virginia, and is a recipient of multiple Silver Anvil awards from PRSA. At the outset of his career, he was an intern to Edward L. Bernays, the father of the public relations profession. He earned an M.S. in public relations from Boston University and a B.S. in marketing-management from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He resides in Richmond and is married to Candace Barnes Hipple.
Sabrina Horn, COM’85
Sabrina Horn is a tech industry communications expert and executive advisor with 30+ years experience. Her career includes Horn Group, the iconic U.S. tech communications agency which she founded in Silicon Valley at age 29 and ran as President and CEO for 24 years. She sold Horn Group to Finn Partners in 2015, where she now serves as Senior Advisor, Managing Partner, Global Technology Practice.
Sabrina’s expertise includes category creation, digital brand transformation, crisis counsel, go-to-market strategies, vertical expansion, executive media-readiness, and IPO/M&A navigation. Her tech expertise spans the B2B markets including enterprise/cloud software, data science, cybersecurity, HR, venture capital, adtech, CRM, supply chain, and consumer ecommerce.
Sabrina is a frequent speaker at technology and marketing industry conferences and has authored several research papers including “Public Relations for Emerging Growth Technology Companies” and “Advertising in the People’s Republic of China.” She is currently on 5 for-profit advisory boards: AirPR, Akoonu, Dogly.com, Illuminate Ventures, and The Jordan Edmiston Group. Community work includes Boston University Almuni Advisory Council, and 6 years as President, Board of Trustees, Christ our Saviour Lutheran, New York.
Horn has a B.A. in American Studies from William Smith College, Geneva, NY in 1983 and an M.S. in Public Relations from Boston University in 1984. She has two daughters, Grace, 20, and Christina, 16, and two very large Golden Doodles.
Laura Housman, SPH'94, CAS'88, Questrom'00
Judith Hurwitz, CAS ’73, COM ’75
President & CEO, Hurwitz & Associates
Judith S. Hurwitz is president and chief executive officer of Hurwitz & Associates, a strategy consulting and research firm focused on the business value of emerging technologies. A pioneer in anticipating technology innovation and adoption, Judith advocates for a pragmatic adoption of an architectural and business approach to the emerging market for cloud computing, service orientation, information management, and service management. She has served as a trusted adviser to many industry leaders over the years. Judith has helped these companies make the transition to a new business model focused on the business value of emerging platforms.
Prior to founding Hurwitz & Associates in 2003, she was the co-founder of CycleBridge, a consulting firm focused on life sciences software. In 1992, Judith was the founder of Hurwitz Group, a well-respected research and consulting firm. She also served as a senior information technology consultant at John Hancock and Apollo Computer.
Hurwitz combines a comprehensive understanding of industry issues with a focused, business-oriented approach. She believes that rather than looking at emerging technologies in a vacuum, industry leaders need to evaluate technology based on the impact on innovation, business effectiveness, and the bottom line.
Hurwitz’s expertise is widely recognized, and she is frequent speaker at industry events and writes a popular blog focused on distributed technology. She is the co-author of the following books published by Wiley Publishing: Big Data for Dummies, Hybrid Cloud for Dummies, Cloud Computing For Dummies, Service Oriented Architectures for Dummies, Service Management for Dummies, and Information Management for Dummies. In addition, she is the author of Smart or Lucky? How Technologies leaders Turn Chance into Success (Jossey-Bass, 2011), and Computing and Big Data Analytics (Wiley, 2015). She is the co-author of more than 40 e-books on a variety of technology topics. She has written extensively about all aspects of distributed software. Judith holds a BS and MS degrees from Boston University. She serves on several advisory boards of emerging companies. She was named a distinguished alumnus Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences in 2005. She is also a recipient of the 2005 Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council award.
Gerald Iseda, Questrom'89
Risk Management and Regulatory Affairs Consultant
Gerald Iseda is a Global Risk Management and Regulatory Affairs Consultant, most recently working for eight years as Director of Supervisory Affairs for GE Capital. He previously served as Senior Technical Advisor on Banking Supervision for the International Monetary Fund, working as the resident advisor to the Bank of Thailand. He worked in numerous capacities in banking supervision for the Federal Reserve System for over 17 years. He also served as an instructor and course developer for several of the Federal Reserve’s training courses domestically and abroad, and has represented the IMF as a speaker and instructor throughout Asia.
Gerald holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics/Systems Science from the University of California at Los Angeles and received his Master of Business Administration degree from Questrom School of Business in 1989.
Mr. Iseda was a member of the Questrom School of Business Alumni Board for many years, and served as its President for 4 years. He received Questrom’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007.
Alyssa Lodewick, STH’13, SSW’13
An authorized minister in the United Church of Christ, the Reverend Alyssa Lodewick earned Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work (clinical concentration) degrees from Boston University in 2013. She feels privileged to have spent four years at BU and looks forward to working on behalf of the school and her fellow alums.
Alyssa spent the early years of her professional life working for a variety of nonprofit organizations and academic institutions. After earning a bachelor’s degree from The College of William & Mary and a master’s degree from Northwestern University, she taught history and English at the high school and university levels. She also pursued doctoral work in American history at Brown University, where she became the assistant director of the Advanced Study Fellowship Program in Education, co-edited To Educate a Nation: Federal and National Strategies of School Reform, and spent a bit of time working at a private equity investment firm (much to the surprise of many who knew her). Following her time in Rhode Island, Alyssa served as the vice president of workforce development at the Urban League of Southern Connecticut before moving to Maine, where she finally allowed herself to pursue vocational calls to education, ministry, and spiritual care.
In 2015, Alyssa was ordained into ministry as the associate director of The BTS Center, the nonprofit mission successor to Bangor Theological Seminary. While there, she edited, produced, and wrote for the organization’s award-winning publication, “Bearings: Navigating Life-as-Ministry.” Alyssa’s current ministry site is the Maine Philanthropy Center (MPC), where she is the program and communications director. Through its initiatives and programs, the MPC seeks to advance the effectiveness of philanthropy in Maine and bolster philanthropy’s ability to make a meaningful difference in the world. Alyssa enjoys helping to build meaningful relationships between nonprofits and funders. She also relishes opportunities to explore the spiritual, psychological, structural, and grassroots dimensions of power, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Alyssa currently serves as a denominational representative on the board of directors for the Maine Council of Churches. She also sits on the board of the Maine Conference, UCC and is a member of its Anti-Racism Resource Team. Alyssa and her partner, Robyn (MPH, Boston University School of Public Health) live in Maine with their two cats. While they like to live in denial and tell themselves they aren’t crazy cat ladies, the number of photos they take of their feline housemates hints at an entirely different story.
Wendy (Engel) Lustbader, SAR’83, SAR’84
Wendy (Engel) Lustbader is a retired speech language pathologist. She is currently working as an Educational Consultant and Child with Special Needs Advocate in the Boston area. She has worked over 28 years with children with a variety of communication disorders. Wendy works with parents and local schools to help navigate the Special Education guidelines.
She has assisted in the development of “Neighborhood Inclusion” to mainstream developmentally delayed students in regular classes. She has created augmentative communication devices for non-verbal students. In addition, Wendy has developed social language skills groups for children on the autism spectrum.
Wendy was a Scarley Key and Sargent College Twinness Award recipient. She also was the president of NSSLHA her during her senior year at Boston University.
She attends BU alumni programs and enjoys staying in touch with other alumni. She Mentors students at The College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Other activities include volunteering for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Pan-Mass Challenge, Scleroderma Foundation, and Holocaust Education Programs
She is married to David P. Lustbader, CAS’86, SDM’86, a practicing oral-maxillofacial surgeon. They have two children and reside in Canton, MA.
Adam Marsh, COM'95
Kevin Packford, SAR'97
Kevin is Head of Business Development at Engadine Partners LLP, a London based Hedge Fund Manager, investing capital on behalf of US Endowments, State and Corporate Pension Plans and Family Offices. Prior to joining Engadine, Kevin was Head of Business Development for Ledbury Capital Partners LLP and began his Alternative Investment career at Habrok Capital Management LLP, where he was Head of Sales and Investor Relations. Kevin’s time before entering Financial Services was spent competing in motorsport competitions across North America and Europe.
Kevin has a BSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Boston University, Massachusetts, and holds the Investment Management Certificate from the CFA Society of the UK.
Musa Pam, Questrom’01
Musa Pam founded Plateau Asset Management (PAM) based in Boston, MA. PAM is a micro private equity firm, and a privately-held, entrepreneurial investment firm with the sole mission of seeking to identify, acquire, operate, and grow one or more well-built family-owned or founder-managed private enterprises. His immediate focus is on acquiring a lower middle market firm in New England, with the eventual hope of developing a socially conscious platform strategy of private equity investments that prioritize investments in, and empowerment of entrepreneurs and founders in underserved and underrepresented communities in and around New England.
Prior to founding PAM, Musa worked for NORESCO (now known as AMERESCO) as an Energy Engineer, then for Sodexo over an almost 19-year career span as an award-winning Facilities Manager, Director of Engineering, and District Manager as the executive responsible for the company’s healthcare facility solutions accounts providing facilities management services to healthcare clients in New England and New York City’s five boroughs.
A native of Plateau State, Nigeria, Musa earned two Bachelor of Science degrees – first in Marine Engineering, and then in Facilities & Plant Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) on Cape Cod, in which time he was elected Secretary and then President of the Student Government Association representing the student body in matters of welfare, wellness, and education. Musa played varsity soccer at MMA, and served as Captain of the soccer team.
Musa earned his MBA from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, and served on the Questrom School’s Graduate Student Council.
In his spare time, Musa enjoys working out, playing golf, mentoring, and volunteering his time for various causes and entrepreneurial ventures around Boston and Cambridge, MA. He was recently elected to the Boston University Alumni Council in July 2017, representing BU’s 326,000 alumni. He is a booster for Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s soccer team and athletics program, and serves as a board member on the advisory councils for engineering and business degree programs at the college. A stroke survivor himself, Musa volunteers as a Peer Visitor with fellow stroke survivors receiving in-patient acute rehabilitation at Boston’s famed #4-ranked Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital where the motto is “Find Your Strength,” and where Musa was a former patient.
Musa is particularly proud and honored to have been recently crowned the 2017 Sanders Division National Champion at the North American One-Armed Golf Association (NAOAGA) Championship Tournament conducted in Gaylord, Michigan this past July. Musa was also elected to serve on the NAOAGA Board and volunteers his time helping to advance the causes and interests of one-armed golfers who are limited by injury, illness, or genetics to playing that way. Because of his win, Musa was selected to be part of a team that will represent North America at the 2018 Fightmaster Cup Tournament in the UK, an international Ryder Cup-style tournament contested every two years between European and North American one-armed golfers.
Musa has also been a member of the Harvard Club of Boston since 2016 because of one of his BU Alumni benefits. A budding entrepreneur at heart, he recently co-founded the Harvard Club of Boston Entrepreneurs Roundtable, and helps lead and coordinate the group’s mission, vision and activities which aspire to serve and advance Harvard Club members’ interests in entrepreneurial ventures and the innovation economy.
Musa tweets at the handle @SurvivedStroke, and is on Instagram as @Moosepee.
Kim Raver CFA’91 CGS’87
Travis Roy, COM'00, Hon'16
Travis Roy is a Maine native who arrived at Boston University in the fall of 1995. In his first hockey game for the defending national champion Terriers, Travis had a freak accident which left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Ten months after his accident Travis returned to BU graduating from the College of Communications in 2000. Travis wrote the book Eleven Seconds with Sports Illustrated senior writer EM Swift. Since leaving BU in 2000 Travis has established himself as a professional speaker. He speaks to audiences of all ages from high schools, to colleges, and business groups across the country. Travis also founded the Travis Roy Foundation which is dedicated to helping spinal cord injury survivors and funding research towards a cure for paralysis. Travis currently resides in Boston and spends his summers in Vermont.
Mitch Sabbagh, SDM'87
Dr. Mitchell V. Sabbagh is the founder and director of Aesthetic Dentistry of New York (ADNY). His practice will be moving to Rockefeller Center in January 2017.
Dr. Sabbagh, a native New Yorker, grew up in Brooklyn and earned his DMD doctoral degree in 1987 from Boston University’s School of Dental Medicine as its’ youngest graduate ever at the age of 24. He received his Bachelors Degree in Biology from New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1983.
Dr. Sabbagh presently serves on The Alumni Board of Boston University and is co-chairman of its’ New York Alumni Continuing Education Study Club. Dr. Sabbagh was President of The Midtown Dental Society and served on The Board of The New York County Dental Society.
Early in his professional career, Dr. Sabbagh represented New York City to the New York State Dental Society’s Council for the New Dentist followed by serving as a delegate to The American Dental Association.
Dr. Sabbagh is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of General Dentistry at BU serving in a voluntary capacity. His dedication to continuing education and excellence is signified by his membership to The Academy of General Dentistry as well as The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. His service to the community includes chairing The Physicians and Dentists group of United Jewish Appeal. Dr. Sabbagh enjoys all things New York, from his devotion to The New York Mets to fulfilling a lifelong dream of completing The New York City Marathon.
Chuck Saftler, COM’85
Chuck Saftler is president of program strategy and chief operating officer of FX Networks. He oversees programming strategies including scheduling and acquisitions, program operations, business operations, and digital operations for FX, FXX, FXM, and the new video-on-demand app FXNOW. In addition, Saftler oversees specials including awards shows and has creative and business oversight of “10/90” series including Anger Management, Saint George, and a Kelsey Grammer/ Martin Lawrence project.
Saftler has the longest tenure of any FX employee, having joined the network in December of 1993 as director of scheduling, seven months prior to the launch of FX. In addition to being a member of the FX launch team, he also helped launch Fox Movie Channel in its original incarnation as FXM in October of 1994. He was promoted to vice president of programming in 1996, and then to senior vice president of programming at FX in June 2000. He added general manager of Fox Movie Channel to his responsibilities in July 2003, and he was promoted to executive vice president of FX Networks in 2006.
For FX, Saftler has played an enormous role in the growth and expansion of FX Networks. He has been responsible for assembling the most impressive movie library of any broadcast or basic cable network on television, which has the highest number of box-office hit films and the most commercial television premieres of any network.
He is also responsible for acquired television series deals on FX, including Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, and How I Met Your Mother. Saftler negotiated a non-traditional first-run and syndication deal for the “10/90” comedy series Anger Management, starring Charlie Sheen, Saint George, starring George Lopez and a project with Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence, for which Saftler also oversees creative on both series. Saftler also oversaw FX’s interest in all UFC properties including three seasons of the reality competition series The Ultimate Fighter.
Saftler spearheaded the transformation of FXM from Fox Movie Channel and has expanded its growing library of award-winning hit and prestige films. Saftler also oversees the creation of the network’s original programming, including Life After Film School, Fox Legacy and the Emmy Award–winning Writer’s Draft.
Prior to joining FX, Saftler worked in various program research positions at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, as well as at Columbia Pictures Television, where he participated in the successful syndicated launches of Seinfeld and Married…With Children. Saftler is a member of both the national and local Los Angeles boards for Autism Speaks. Saftler is a graduate of Boston University and currently serves on the national Boston University Alumni Council.
Hakan Satiroglu, Questrom'95
Hakan Satiroglu is an entrepreneur and investor specializing in education technology (EdTech) and innovation . He has been actively involved in either the founding or acceleration of more than 40 EdTech companies, many of which are tackling some of the most acute problems in education today. As a co-founder of LearnLaunch, an innovation ecosystem for edtech startups, Hakan has been a key player in making Boston a leader in EdTech innovation. His life’s mission is to build global companies focused on improving educational outcomes and workforce readiness.
Beyond LearnLaunch, Hakan is building his own portfolio of companies: he has co-founded several companies since 2012. His current portfolio of companies includes: EdTech Times (a multimedia news publication focused on education technology), Mountain Gap Solutions (software/app development for the education industry), MindBridge Partners (market analysis and strategy development for K-12 and higher ed), Advanced Bootcamps (bootcamps for rapid skill acquisition), Teachers Connect (a social networking and mentorship platform for new teachers) and Global iLab (global gateway for sales channels and strategic market consulting services for non-US based startups, growth and established companies).
As part of the Global iLab, Hakan is launching Turkish innovation gateway TurkInno in fall of 2016.
Hakan started down the path of edtech entrepreneurship when he founded Xplana Learning. As its CEO, Hakan established Xplana as the premier edtech R&D company creating products for top learning companies such as Pearson, McGraw-Hill Education, Cengage Learning (Thomson Learning), Houghton Mifflin and many others. Xplana developed one of the world’s first interactive online e-book platforms, a white labeled K-12 learning management system, as well as more than a dozen other widely used education products including podcasting, quizzing, activity and simulation engines. The company was acquired in 2009 by MBS Textbook Exchange, one of the largest textbook distribution companies in the U.S.
Hakan is on the board of several organizations and companies including Boston University Alumni Council, United Nations Association of Greater Boston, Equity Lab Charter School in Lynn, MA. He received his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from Boston University.
Denise Schier, ENG'81
Retired / Vice President and General Manager of Floorcare and Specialty Motors, AMETEK
Denise Schier recently retired as Vice President and General Manager of Floorcare and Specialty Motors following 27 years of service with AMETEK. Denise had served in that position since 2007, when the division was formed from the consolidation of the Global Household Floorcare, Specialty Motors, and Commercial Motors divisions. Denise was elected a Corporate Vice President and promoted to General Manager of Commercial Motors in 2004.
Denise has played an instrumental role in the continuing development of Floorcare and Specialty Motors as a global leader in its markets. With its world-class manufacturing operations in Brazil, Mexico, China, Serbia, Czech Republic and Italy, the division has been at the forefront of our Operational Excellence and Global and Market Development Growth Strategies. In addition, under her leadership, the division maintained its industry leadership position in electric motor innovation and new product development.
Denise joined AMETEK in 1989 with the acquisition of General Electric’s aircraft instruments business, where she held a variety of increasingly responsible operating management positions. At AMETEK’s Aerospace and Power Instruments business, she served in a number of operations, marketing and general management roles, achieving the position of Division Vice President and Business Unit Manager of Aerospace’s Sensors and Monitoring Products prior to her promotion to Commercial Motors.
Punit Shah, SHA'02
As Chief Executive Officer of Tampa, Florida-based Liberty Group, Punit Shah maintains overall executive control over all divisions of the company and manages its private equity funds. Since 2002, Punit has led the company in more than $380 million in real estate investments including hotels, multi-family, mixed-use retail & office, and senior-living assets throughout the United States. A second-generation hotelier, Mr. Shah earned a Hospitality Management degree from Boston University and sits on the school’s Advisory Board. He has completed the Economics program at Harvard University, as well as Executive Real Estate Development programs at Cornell and Emory Universities.
– Florida Governor’s Business Diversification Award 2010
– Tampa Business Journal “Under 30” Award 2010
– Florida Gulf Coast Business Review “Under 40” Award 2011
– Named as “Florida’s 25 People to Watch” by Tampa Business Journal in 2014
– Named as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Florida Business in 2015
– Global Board of Directors member for Intercontinental Hotels Group Owners Association
– Named as “Young Alumni of the Year” at Boston University 2015
– Board of Directors member & Distinguished Guest Lecturer at Boston University School of Hospitality
– Endowed Punit & Carla Shah Family Scholarship at Boston University
– Board of Directors member of Commercial Construction Magazine
– Featured Speaker at Crittenden Real Estate Finance Conferences (Miami & Atlanta), and Massey Knakel Real Estate Investment Conference (NYC)
– Leadership Tampa & Leadership Florida Alumni
– Board of Directors member of Real Estate Investment Council of Tampa
Alex Tanguay, Questrom’02
Alex Tanguay received his BSBA degree in Business Administration from the Boston University Questrom School of Business. Since graduation, he has served actively in alumni efforts for the school in varying capacities, including Questrom’s Alumni Board of Directors for over four years among others. He has been a member of Boston University’s Annual Leadership Donor Society since 2007.
Alex applies more than 16 years of experience in the financial services industry as a First Vice President at Merrill Lynch and a partner in the Boston office of The Barcomb Group, a nationally ranked wealth management team. Alex serves as a member of the Financial Planning Association of Massachusetts and has a Certified Financial Planner™ certificate, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.
Additionally, Alex serves in various roles for the national body of the Sigma Chi fraternal organization. Originally from Cape Cod, Alex resides in Boston with his wife, Nacole and their puggle Tessie. He has been a Big Brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Massachusetts Bay for over ten years, and sits on their Board of Overseers. In his spare time, he’s an avid runner who competes regularly and has completed numerous marathons.
Matthew Trevithick, CGS’06, CAS'08
Founder, CEO, Blank Slate Technologies, LLC
Matt is the Founder and CEO of Blank Slate Technologies, a learning services company that provides customized memory tools for companies, organizations and schools. He launched the company in 2017 with a group of computer engineers and memory nerds.
From 2013 to early 2018, Matt was the Managing Partner of SREO Consulting, which he co-founded in 2013. SREO is a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and research firm that analyzes aid effectiveness and impact for the world’s leading humanitarian and development organizations, including multiple United Nations agencies, the World Food Programme, and more than two-dozen NGOs involved in the regional refugee humanitarian response to ensure aid is getting to those who need it most. SREO is headquartered in Istanbul with regional branch offices and staff, and has uncovered corruption, stolen aid, and provided recommendations to where aid work can have the highest impact. Men’s Journal profiled the organization in 2015.
From 2010 to 2014, he worked as the Director of Communications at the American University of Afghanistan. Previously, he worked at the American University of Iraq. He is currently on the Board of the Friends of the American University of Afghanistan.
In 2016, he was invited to join the Dartmouth Conference, the longest continuous bilateral discussion between leading citizens of the Soviet Union, now Russia, and the United States, established to create a sustained dialogue on the changing nature of the relationship between the two countries for the purposes of preventing nuclear war and then strengthening the relationship between the two powers.
In the summer of 2016, he launched the Spaced Repetition Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit center dedicated to advancing the adoption of spaced repetition as a supplementary learning tool.
One of the first Americans invited into Iran after the 2015 nuclear deal to study, he successfully completed an intensive Farsi-immersion program at Tehran University, which he first walked through while visiting Tehran as a tourist in 2010. He was also briefly imprisoned as he was leaving the country as part of an abrupt crackdown on ‘Western influence’ / نفوذ.
His first book is the autobiography of Afghanistan’s first Minister of Higher Education after the fall of the Taliban, with a foreword written by US Ambassador Ryan Crocker.
He is also the co-host of Sources and Methods, a bi-weekly podcast which interviews leading writers and researchers and discusses their research strategies and tools.
Before going overseas, he worked as a writer and researcher at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC for Rock The Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Muslim World by Robin Wright, which won an Overseas Press Club award for Best Non-Fiction Title in 2012, as well as at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, Time Magazine, Men’s Journal, NPR, CNN / Anderson Cooper’s AC360, PBS NewsHour, Foreign Policy Magazine, the Daily Beast, the Wall St. Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, in addition to research publications. He speaks Farsi and can get by in Russian and Arabic, and has lived and traveled across the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa, including Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Mali. He has a silver medal from the 2008 Head of the Charles Regatta, and was a part of the team that helped the Iraqi National Rowing Team win one Iraq’s first medals in the Asian Games.
Among his many failures, Matt’s inability to adequately support the Afghan National Rowing team will always feature prominently. Despite the refugee athletes winning medals on the world stage for Afghanistan in 2002 and again in 2003 paired with four years of concerted assistance while he was in Kabul, the effort failed to catch flame, and will always remain a sore spot despite the invaluable lessons learned in building organizations.
Matt graduated from Boston University in 2008 with a degree in International Relations. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Young Alumni Award, the highest honor given to alumni less than 50 years old, from his alma mater for his work overseas. He is also a member of the Boston University College of General Studies Dean’s Advisory Council.