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Robert Pearson (STH’50) of Keizer, Ore., writes, “My wife, Mary, and I are living in proximity to our daughter and her husband. Our whole family was present for our 70th wedding anniversary this past April.”


Arthur A. Santilli (CAS’51) of Havertown, Pa., writes that he and three former medicinal chemist colleagues received the 2006 Thomas A. Edison Patent Award in Basking Ridge, N.J., from the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, for inventing the antiosteoporosis drug bazedoxifene (BZA). The award, in the category of Emerging Therapies, recognizes inventors with patents containing significant scientific breakthroughs originating in New Jersey. Arthur writes that BZA was launched by Pfizer on the European and Japanese markets as Conbriza and Viviant, respectively. In 2014, the drug was paired with conjugated estrogens and launched in the US market as the prescription drug Duavee and in Europe as Duavive. The paired drug is now prescribed for treating both osteoporosis and moderate to severe hot flashes in postmenopausal women with uteri. Arthur adds that a team of scientists at Duke University found that BZA, which is selectively and potently antiestrogenic in breast tissue, is not only able to stop the growth of estrogen-dependent (E-D) breast cancer cells in both cellular and animal models, but is also effective against cancer cells that are resistant to currently prescribed medications. These results prompted the formation of a clinical study in progress at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass., to determine if BZA, when administered in conjunction with Pfizer’s recently marketed (2015) anti–breast cancer drug Ibrance, can further enhance the drug’s efficacy profile for treating patients with E-D breast cancer. Arthur sends his greetings and best regards to all former classmates. He can be reached at


Joan S. Bergman (SAR’54) of Vestavia, Ala., writes, “The University of Alabama at Birmingham has honored me by establishing the Joan S. Bergman Pioneer in Alabama Physical Therapy Award,” which recognizes significant and lasting contributions to advance physical therapy practice, research, and education in Alabama. “I was further honored by being named the first recipient of the award on March 12, 2016.”


David Daniels (GRS’56) of Rochester Hills, Mich., an emeritus professor at Oakland University, received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the College Orchestra Directors Association in January 2016.

Liz Gribin (CFA’56, PAL’56) of Needham, Mass., showed her paintings and prints at the Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor, N.Y., as well as at Newbury Fine Arts in Boston, Mass.; the Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport, Mass.; Harbor Square Gallery in Rockland, Maine; and Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, Vt.

Steven J. Zevitas (CGS’56) of Beverly Hills, Fla., wrote Petee—The Islander (iUniverse, 2011), a book based on his experiences as a teenager on Thompson Island in Boston Harbor.


Philip Hendel (DGE’57, COM’59) of Flat Rock, N.C., recently moved after living in Chicago, Ill., for nearly 30 years. He just celebrated his 20th year as an associate with LegalShield. Email Philip at


David Hershenson (GRS’60,’64) of Brookline, Mass., published Accessible Retirement: A Guide for Persons with Disabilities (Harvard Book Store Printed On Paige, 2016). David is a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland and a senior lecturer in the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Rehabilitation Counseling program.


Robert Trager (CAS’61) of Roslyn, N.Y., is the 68th president of the Nassau County Dental Society. He writes scholarly dental publications, is an active member of the American Dental Association, and was previously president of the Queens County Dental Society. Robert has general dentistry practices in both JFK and LaGuardia Airports, providing oral health care to airport employees and the public.


Milton “Sandy” Martin, Jr. (CGS’60, COM’62) of Durham, N.H., is a student advisor for seniors who are producing feasibility studies and business plans on live case studies in the Entrepreneur Program at the University of New Hampshire’s Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. Students are team-taught and prepare a deliverable PowerPoint oral presentation. Sandy has participated for the last two years of the program’s four, and his team achieved the highest grades both years. For the past 25 years, his company, Martin Family Enterprises, has been enthusiastically involved in UNH intern programs in areas including television ad production and nonprofit marketing and management. Email Sandy at, especially if you have a case study that needs a team.


Miriam Brumer (CFA’64) of New York, N.Y., cocurated and participated in Something Else, a show that took place last spring at the Painting Center in New York City. Email Miriam at


Jane Pappalardo (CFA’65) of Boston, Mass., joined the board of trustees at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. She also serves as a board member of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, a member of the Council of the Arts at MIT, and a life trustee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.


Charles Duke (CFA’67) of Bedford, Pa., moved from Vermont in 2012 after 35 years of teaching all levels of instrumental music in Norton, Mass., East Montpelier, Vt., and Essex Junction, Vt. During this time, he performed continuously as principal trumpet with the Mattapoisett Regional Band, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Philharmonic, and the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra of Middlebury College. He also performed with, and was a founding member of, the Ars Nova Brass Quintet based in Burlington, Vt. After retiring from teaching in 2003, Charles started a small construction business, building wheelchair ramps, widening entryways, and renovating bathrooms for residents of Chittenden County, Vt. In 2014 and 2015, Charles received two President’s Volunteer Service Awards for donating more than 220 hours of labor in the construction of two Habitat for Humanity homes in Everett, Pa. He writes, “Looking forward to meeting many retired musicians in 2017, our 50th anniversary.”


Stephen Cohen (CAS’68) of Rockville, Md., is a senior fellow at the Center for Excellence in Survey Research at NORC at the University of Chicago. NORC, which was formerly called the National Opinion Research Center, is a social research organization headquartered at UChicago, with offices in several other locations in the United States, including Bethesda, Md. Previously, Stephen was chief statistician at the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics at the National Science Foundation.

Sheldon Krimsky (GRS’68,’70) of Cambridge, Mass., is a professor of urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University, and an adjunct professor in Tufts’ public health and community medicine department. Sheldon published Stem Cell Dialogues: A Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers (Columbia University Press, 2015).

PG Lengsfelder (COM’68) of Bigfork, Mont., published his first novel, Beautiful to the Bone (Woodsmoke Publishing, 2016), in May. “The book is a darkly atmospheric psychological suspense and mystery novel that follows an unusually prescient, grotesque-looking young woman on her mission to ‘make everybody beautiful’ through science,” he writes. “Her obsessive research into beauty draws her into a world of unreliable voices, unforeseen pleasures, dangers, and death.” PG also coauthored Filthy Rich: How to Turn Your Nonprofit Fantasies into Cold, Hard Cash: 2nd Edition (Ten Speed Press, 2000), with the late Richard Steckel (SED’75).

Charles Nightingale (CAS’68) of Rowesville, S.C., writes, “I am so grateful for BU for turning my life around. After seven years of elite private education, I came to the South Boston Naval Training Center as a reserve seaman recruit. Wanting to think beyond the Vietnam conflict, I enrolled in BU’s Metropolitan College for one year, which brought academic and spiritual enlightenment to this 20-year-old. I was accepted at the College of Liberal Arts (now CAS). After graduation, I spent four years as a public welfare social worker in Roxbury. There, I found the Bahá’í Faith and a 34-year career in public education. I moved to South Carolina, the Caribbean, and back to South Carolina. I am looking forward to our 1968 golden reunion in two short years.” Email Charles at

Nancy Swing (COM’68) of Pacific Grove, Calif., published her first novel after “20 years of stop-start writing and revising.” Now retired from international consulting, she found the urge and the time to finish it. Malice on the Mekong (Park Place Publications, 2016) is set in Laos in the early 1990s, when Nancy and her husband were living there. “The mystery opens when the body of a controversial foreign woman is found floating in the Mekong,” she writes. “There seems to be a rush to declare her death an accident, but the expatriate community doesn’t believe it. Anjali Rao, a chocoholic Hindu grandmother who likes a gin and tonic now and then, is persuaded to investigate. As she sorts through the facts and lies, Anjali begins to discern that there’s more than one mystery. Readers will find not only the puzzle of how this vexing woman came to be drowned, but also a view of what it’s like to live with lots of nationalities in an exotic country.”


Jeffrey Woolf (GRS’69, LAW’74) of Winchester, Mass., became an assistant bar counsel at the Office of the Bar Counsel in Boston in 2006, after many years in private practice. Since 2012, he has taught a seminar at BU School of Law on selected topics in legal ethics. In 2013, he became an assistant general counsel to the Board of Bar Overseers, and in 2015 coauthored an article for the Boston Bar Journal on the impact of the revised rules of professional conduct on confidentiality. Jeffrey also joined the LAW Dean’s Advisory Board in 2015. He and his wife are major donors to LAW and are members of BU’s Loyalty Society.


Sherri Koones (SED’70) of Greenwich, Conn., published Prefabulous Small Houses (Taunton Press, 2016), her eighth book on home construction. She writes that the book “profiles 32 of the most energy-efficient and sustainable small houses around the country.” Other books in the series include Prefabulous and Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home (Abrams, 2010) and Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes Around the Globe (Abrams, 2014).


Renee Beck (CGS’71) of Oakland, Calif., is a coauthor of The Art of Ritual: Creating and Performing Ceremonies for Growth and Change (Apocryphile Press, 2009). A licensed marriage and family therapist, she is the clinical director emerita (1981–2014) at Holden High School in Orinda, Calif, whose counselor training and internship program she created. She maintains a private practice online and at her Oakland office, Dreamwork & Transpersonal Therapy for Alternative Healers, Intuitives & Artists. Email her at

Eric Kaufman (CGS’68, Questrom’71) of Farmington, Conn., is the managing director of Acumen Business Advisors. He published Macro Thinking (CreateSpace, 2015) “for business owners seeking ways to reignite their companies when everything else they have tried has failed to produce results,” he writes. “Continued success is not a matter of luck—it is earned. The way it is earned is by focusing on the relevancy of products, the needs of customers, strategic thinking, and employee motivation. All simple concepts, yet ones that are often forgotten.”

Lorraine Shemesh (CFA’71) of New York, N.Y., showed her paintings, drawings, and works in clay in the solo exhibition Inside Out at the Gerald Peters Gallery in New York City from May 7 to June 3, 2016. This was the first time she exhibited her clay vessels alongside her two-dimensional work. See her work at the gallery’s website,

Paul (Don) Snyder (LAW’71) of West Newton, Mass., a Boston-area attorney, published his first novel, An Angry God (Wicklow Media, 2016), which “gives an exciting and thought-provoking picture of a World War II veteran who returns from battle and enrolls at the University of Notre Dame. The action-packed novel challenges accepted notions of how religion interacts with military service, faith in God, and whether our lives are controlled by destiny or by chance.”


Linda Woodman Ostrander (CFA’72) of Las Cruces, N.M., is a prolific composer and accomplished writer. She has composed for Music in Maine, the Northeast Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and Young Audiences of Massachusetts, among other ensembles. She has also written many academic works, and has advocated for women composers through her leadership, presentations, and writing for many professional organizations. She has published two books: Between Mothers and Daughters: A Collection of Poems and Lyrics Across Generations (Lulu, 2014) and The Princess Who Could Be You, Book I (CreateSpace, 2016).


Ronald Greenwald (MET’73, Questrom’76) of Waban, Mass., writes that on his way to England, he stopped off in Iceland, where he snorkeled and rafted in 35-degree water, saw the largest waterfall in Europe, stepped on the dividing plates of the North American and Eurasian continents, and jumped off a 28-foot cliff into a freezing river. After recuperating for 12 weeks in the Caribbean, Ron went snorkeling in Belize in April and then took the Rocky Mountaineer train through the Canadian Rockies in August. He writes, “Who says 66-year-olds cannot have fun?” Email Ron at

Barbara Marder (CFA’73) of Somerville, Mass., was a featured artist at the Newton Free Library in Newton, Mass., for the month of May 2016, during which her glass enamel pieces were on display. “My current studio is at Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville, a makerspace for artists, engineers, and makers of all ilks,” she writes. Visit, or email Barbara at


Robert Adelson (CAS’74) of Newton, Mass., received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers USA (IEEE–USA) professional achievement award for his “extreme dedication and contributions to the IEEE entrepreneurial community” at a ceremony at the national meeting of IEEE–USA in Las Vegas, Nev. Robert has been on the board of the IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network since 2002 and chair of the group for four terms since 2009. He is a business, tax, and contracts attorney and partner at the Boston law firm Engel & Schultz, where he represents small- and early-stage companies, executives, consultants, and family businesses. Robert lives with his wife and two children. Email him at


Ellen LaFleche (CAS’75) of Northampton, Mass., recently won the Tor House Poetry Prize for her piece “Before the sickness, when,” about the death of her husband from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).


Judith Amdur (CFA’76) of Los Angeles, Calif., showed her work in the solo exhibition Portraits of the L.A. River at Avenue 50 Studio in Los Angeles from April 9 to May 7, 2016. She also participated in the group exhibition Mi Ciudad of Los Angeles at Avenue 50 from March 12 to April 2, 2016, and displayed work in the juried exhibition California’s Future? at the Los Angeles Printmaking Society from April 17 to May 15, 2016.

Paul Backalenick (SED’76) of New York, N.Y., published his first novel, Development (CreateSpace, 2016), a mystery/drama. He writes that “reviewers call it ‘mesmerizing’ and ‘unique.’” Learn more at


Christopher Byrne (CFA’78) of New York, N.Y., published his fifth book on toys and the toy industry, They Came to Play (Toy Industry Association, 2016), a comprehensive history of the evolution of the toy industry in the United States. His previous books include Toy Time (Three Rivers Press, 2013) and Funny Business (Career Press, 2015). He is also executive vice president of, and content director for, the website (toys, tots, pets, and more), which publishes independent reviews of more than 5,000 toy, baby, and pet products each year. His work in the toy industry has taken him all over the world, and he is a regular guest on a variety of television shows, talking about toys and play. Christopher also is a theater critic in New York and volunteers with literacy programs for young people.

Meera Thompson (CFA’78) of New York, N.Y., showed her work in the exhibition Weathering Whether from May 17 to June 11, 2016, at New York’s Atlantic Gallery.


Dania Jekel (SSW’79) of Newton, Mass., is cofounder and executive director of Asperger/Autism Network (AANE). She is a nationally and internationally recognized expert and leader in addressing the impact of Asperger syndrome and related autism profiles on individuals and families. Dania was honored at AANE’s 20th Anniversary Celebration where, via video, US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III commended Dania and the organization. Dania also received a citation for outstanding public service from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. Contact Dania at

Susan Perry (SON’79) of San Diego, Calif., a captain in the US Navy Nurse Corps, completed a nine-month deployment as the director of nursing services at the NATO Role 3 Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The hospital serves as the primary receiving and treatment facility for US and coalition forces. Susan will retire later this year with more than 37 years of honorable military service.

Nina Tassler (CFA’79, Hon.’16) of Encino, Calif., former chair of CBS Entertainment and a BU trustee, published What I Told My Daughter (Atria Books, 2016), a collection of advice and anecdotes she edited with Cynthia Littleton. The book features contributions from Whoopi Goldberg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Brooke Shields, Pat Benatar, and others. The longest-serving woman leader in broadcast history, she helped shepherd hits from The Good Wife to The Big Bang Theory to CSI.


Alan Robert Ginsberg (LAW’80) of New York, N.Y., published The Salome Ensemble: Rose Pastor Stokes, Anzia Yezierska, Sonya Levien, and Jetta Goudal (Syracuse University Press, 2016), about the women who created Salome of the Tenements, first a novel then a Hollywood film. “My work on this book benefited greatly from research at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at BU,” he says.

Ron Romano (CAS’80) of Portland, Maine, published Early Gravestones in Southern Maine: The Genius of Bartlett Adams (The History Press, 2016). “I wrote the book after spending two years conducting surveys of more than 200 early burial grounds in southern Maine and researching Bartlett Adams’ life,” Ron writes.


Anthony (Sprauve) Harrison (COM’81) of Oakland, Calif., married George H. Harrison on February 12, 2016, at San Francisco City Hall. Email Anthony at

Terence McCorry (COM’81) of Rhinebeck, N.Y., writes, “After 15 years in the film industry in Hollywood and 20 years in campus ministry in Florida, I have returned to the Northeast, serving as people and culture director for the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in New York. The position is a hybrid of spiritual development and human resources. Learning to market to—and meet the needs of—an audience, as well as appreciating the richness of religious and cultural diversity, all began with my years at BU, Marsh Chapel, and COM. A proud member of both SAG-AFTRA and Spiritual Directors International, I continue to have a foot in both worlds. It has been great to reconnect with BU friends when I have returned. Omega is one of the largest seasonal retreat centers in the world, serving 25,000 guests per season….Perhaps I will see you there!”


Tony Scudellari (COM’82) of Los Angeles, Calif., was promoted to senior vice president of television music at Sony Pictures Entertainment. He is responsible for hiring composers and music supervisors on all Sony Pictures Television’s productions. Among the shows he oversees are Better Call Saul, Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down, The Blacklist, The Goldbergs, Outsiders, Preacher, and Underground (executive produced by musician John Legend). He also music supervises Dr. Ken and Outlander, and is working on a movie for television starring James Franco.

Mark Stonesifer (CGS’82) of Tucson, Ariz., has worked as a contractor for the departments of justice and defense, a banker at PNC, and a legal assistant at Westinghouse and several large firms in the Washington, D.C., area. He has been retired since 1998 and has taken up writing poetry; a recent work of his parallels the story of the philosopher Epictetus with the GOP landscape. Mark was married for the first time on June 12, 2016, to Alecia Johnson. He writes that he is a member of the Disabled American Veterans, and was recently accepted into the Sons of the Revolution in the state of New York.


Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard (LAW’83) of Port Washington, N.Y., is a managing partner at the law firm Pegalis & Erickson. She was reelected as an officer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, of which she is treasurer. Each year since 2007, Annamarie has been named to the New York Super Lawyers list.

Lisa Halm (Questrom’83,’00) of Newton, Mass., is the assistant head of school finance and operations at Newton Montessori School. In June, she was named a recipient of the 2016 Will Hancock Unsung Hero Award, which is conferred by the National Business Officers Association to honor business officers who have made great contributions to their schools.

Jo Ann Rooney (Questrom’83, LAW’91) of Chicago, Ill., is president of Loyola University Chicago. She is the 24th president of the university, and the first lay president.


Sandra Dorsainvil (CAS’84, SAR’85) of Natick, Mass., a reverend, self-published the devotional journal Walk With Generosity. The booklet is “a 40-day reflective journey with God, providing an opportunity to put our faith in action whether it be in reflection, journaling, or giving of ourselves and resources,” Sandra writes. Email her at

Andrea Miller Rhodes (COM’84) of Tivoli, N.Y., is writes that her theater company, Tangent Theatre, received its fourth Arts Mid-Hudson/New York State Council on the Arts project grant for its annual new works festival. One of the company’s board members received a Dutchess County Executive’s Volunteer Award for contributing to the arts as a board member, volunteer, or other service in the arts. Andrea cofounded Tangent in 2000 in New York City with her husband, Michael, who is artistic director. They relocated to the Hudson Valley in 2009, producing professional, contemporary, character-driven plays in an artsy, rustic space. She is also owner of Gig Marketing, an independent consulting studio. She recently hosted Branding with Clarity!, a workshop guiding small businesses to higher ground, at an entrepreneurial women’s conference held at a local campus.

Doreen Zankowski (MET’84) of Boxford, Mass., is a partner in the Boston office of the firm Duane Morris. Doreen is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and contributes to the firm’s construction law and litigation capabilities.


Kat McQuade (SED’85) of Barnstead, N.H., is director of marketing and communications at the Orton Family Foundation, which assists residents of small cities and towns across the United States in local decision-making and planning projects.

Donna Tobin (LAW’85) of New York, N.Y., is a partner and cochair at the New York City–based media, entertainment, and advertising law firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.


Robert Levenson (CAS’86) of Arlington, Va., is the principal of a boutique tax law outfit, BlackAcre 1031 Exchange Services. Since graduating from BU, Robert has been a real estate investor and broker, a banker, an attorney (he earned a JD from American University in 1994), and an inventor. Robert has five children and stepchildren ages 22, 19, 18, 16, and 9, and one of his life goals is to run a 10K race in the same number of minutes as his age: 54 minutes or better this year. Email him at

Chuck Rose (Questrom’86) of Los Angeles, Calif., is the creator and executive producer of the television series The Art of More, starring Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth, and Cary Elwes. The show—the first one-hour scripted drama from Sony’s streaming network, Crackle—is set in the cutthroat world of big New York auction houses. “The first season is now available on Crackle,” Chuck writes, “and given the success of the show, we are now in production on our second season. The show is rooted in my love of art, first cultivated during my years living in Boston, the most beautiful city in America.”

Sergio Torres (CAS’86, GRS’88) of Centreville, Va., earned a master’s in military studies from the Marine Corps University Command and Staff College in June 2016. His last assignment with the US Department of State was at the United States Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, where he was involved in the embassy’s evacuation in July 2014. He writes that he will most likely be staying in D.C. for a while, working at the Department of State. Classmates can contact Sergio at


Beth Kirk (LAW’87) of Bloomington, Ind., received the Fred H. Gregory Memorial Award at the District 10 Pro Bono Project’s 2016 attorney recognition event in Bloomington.

Andrea Muchin (LAW’87) of Chicago, Ill., a partner with the family practice law firm, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, was named a 2016 Leading Lawyer in Illinois by Leading Lawyers magazine.

Carol Shansky (CFA’87,’09) of Tenafly, N.J., published The Hebrew Orphan Asylum Band of New York City, 1874–1941: Community, Culture and Opportunity (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016). Through telling the history of this school band, Carol also profiles historical events and major figures in New York City during this time. Email Carol at


Bill Banfield (STH’88) of Jamaica Plain, Mass., a professor at Berklee College of Music and founder and director of its Africana Studies program, served on the jury for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Jeremy Kehoe (COM’88) of Los Angeles, Calif., debuted his play Steppin’ Out at Ruby Theatre in Hollywood on April 22, 2016. He writes that “Steppin’ Out is a satirical comedy that peels back the veneer of four characters faced with two tough questions: Which is a life more worth living: one filled with happiness or one teeming with meaning? And how closely does the face we show the world resemble the one we see in the mirror?” Email Jeremy at

Mike Zapolin (Questrom’88) of Miami, Fla., won the Amsterdam Film Festival Documentary Directing Van Gogh Award for his film The Reality of Truth, featuring Michelle Rodriguez and Deepak Chopra. Mike writes, “The film is about the importance of going inside your own mind for answers and healing. I am the creator, writer, and director of the film, which has other amazing thought leaders, including Joel Osteen, Ram Dass, and Marianne Williamson.” Visit


Linda Hervieux (COM’89) of Brooklyn, N.Y., published Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and at War (HarperCollins, 2015).

Mark Johnson (GRS’89,’95) of Del Mar, Calif., published Spitting in the Soup (VeloPress, 2016). Mark writes that the book covers doping in sport and society, “tracing its history and exposing the enormous social, economic, and political forces militating against modern antidoping missionaries’ efforts to turn sport into an island of chemical purity in the midst of what is, especially in the United States, a pharmaceutical sea.” Learn more at


Andy Mozina (GRS’90) of Kalamazoo, Mich., published his debut novel, Contrary Motion (Spiegel & Grau, 2016), about a divorced Chicago harpist taking a symphony audition. Learn more at


Willy Conley (GRS’91) of Hanover, Md., wrote the novel The Deaf Heart (Gallaudet University Press, 2015). He is a professor in the theater department at Gallaudet University, where he has taught for more than 20 years.

George R. DeMeo II (CGS’89, CAS’91) of Northville, Mich., was promoted to managing assistant prosecuting attorney in charge of the family support division of the Genesee County prosecutor’s office in Flint, Mich. He was also recently certified as a Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards instructor for Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Abuse. He writes that he is enjoying teaching law enforcement personnel locally and training prosecutors nationally.


Monica Bhatia (CAS’92) of New York, N.Y., directs the stem cell transplant program at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center. She researches stem cell transplantation for patients with sickle cell disease and has helped develop a reduced toxicity conditioning regimen, where the cure rates at Columbia University Medical Center are 100 percent in those with sibling donors. Since only about 15 percent of patients with sickle cell disease have a matched sibling donor, Monica is also concentrating on unrelated donor transplants. Monica is chair of the new Sickle Cell Transplant Alliance for Research, a multicenter organization that seeks to improve the cure and make it available to more children and young adults with sickle cell disease.


NiaLena Caravasos (LAW’93) of Philadelphia, Pa., writes that for many years, she has been selected a Super Lawyer, as well as one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers, both of which are featured in the June 2016 Philadelphia issue of Super Lawyers. NiaLena was also selected to become a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation extended to less than half of one percent of all lawyers in the United States, regardless of their practice area. Visit

Lisa Faille (CAS’93) of Barrington, R.I., was promoted to associate professor at Argosy University in July 2015. For the past six years, she has been a forensic psychology instructor in Argosy’s master’s program, as well as a chair for dissertation students in the counseling psychology doctoral program. She writes that she “continues to find her nontraditional students inspiring beyond measure, and continues to enjoy providing educational opportunities to determined individuals who otherwise might not have access to them.” Email Lisa at

Jane Zarse (CGS’91, COM’93) of Deerfield, Ill., published Love and Compassion Is My Religion (CreateSpace, 2016). Email Jane at


Jae Cho (SHA’94) of Stoneham, Mass., celebrated his daughter Sarah’s second birthday on July 4, 2016. He has been with the MBTA for two years and plans to become a full-time bus operator. Jae writes, “I’m using my SHA degree when interacting with my passengers, enjoying the work serving the public and its transportation needs. Frequenting many restaurants and hotels while I use the TripAdvisor app, and staying in touch with current trends in the hospitality industry.” Classmates can contact Jae at

Scott Copley (Questrom’94,’98) of Arlington, Mass., writes that he is “finally getting around to announcing the birth of his twin boys. Colin and Connor were born on January 14, 2015, and mom Daphne and the boys are doing great, despite all the big changes that have occurred in the past year.” Scott looks forward to taking his sons to their first BU hockey game. Email him at and.

Deanna Mazzochi (CAS’94) of Elmhurst, Ill., was elected chair of the board of trustees at the College of DuPage, the second-largest community college in Illinois, in April 2016.


Emily Williams Knight (SHA’95) of Southlake, Tex., was recently named a winner of the 14th annual Road Warrior Contest, held by American Way, the inflight magazine published by American Airlines. As part of the grand prize, she vacationed in Belize.

Rachel McCormack (SED’95) of Plymouth, Mass., is a professor of literacy education at Roger Williams University. Inspired by an encounter at a Syrian refugee camp in Holland while on sabbatical in Europe, she piloted a book drive for Syrian refugees to bring Arabic books and education directly to Syrian children.

Lygia Day Peñaflor (SED’95) of Roslyn, N.Y., published her debut novel, Unscripted Joss Byrd (Macmillan, 2016), about the trials and tribulations of Hollywood’s most sought-after young actress. Lygia is a private academic teacher for young Hollywood stars; her students have included the young casts of Gossip Girl and Boardwalk Empire.


Alexi Friedman (COM’96) of New York, N.Y., married Katia Druzhynina on May 7, 2016, in Irvington, N.Y. Terriers in attendance included Joel Maute (SAR’97), Amy Maute (SAR’96), Marco Munoz (CAS’96), Ben Middleberg (CGS’94, CAS’96), Matthew Whiting (Questrom’96), Joe Lucarelli (Questrom’95), Darius Smith (CAS’94), and Adam Kantor (Questrom’94). Alexi is a journalist and Katia is an information technology project manager.

Corey Kronengold (COM’96) of Livingston, N.J., was recently named chief marketing officer of Smart AdServer, a global advertising software provider. He and his wife, Emily, welcomed their first child, Samantha Marley, on December 30, 2015.

Radhika Murali (CFA’96, MET’16) of Upper Darby, Pa., earned a master’s in business continuity, security, and risk management at BU’s Metropolitan College. She walked this May, in time for her 20th reunion.

Erik Trump (GRS’96) of Midland, Mich., won the Franc A. Landee Teaching Excellence Award at Saginaw Valley State University. Erik is a professor of political science.


Hank Allen (ENG’97) of Chesapeake, Va., is commanding officer of the USS Bulkeley, a naval destroyer on deployment in the Middle East. Hank enlisted in the Navy in 1990, starting out as an electrician’s mate and working his way into the nuclear engineering department. After three years, he decided to pursue a nuclear officer commission. At BU, he excelled as the battalion commander of his ROTC unit, and after graduation went on to become a decorated naval officer. Next year, he will retire after 24 years of public service. Hank is married to Stacy, with whom he has two children, Jack and Emma.

Eric McHenry (GRS’97) of Lawrence, Kans., published a collection of poetry, Odd Evening (Waywiser Press, 2016), which has garnered praise from writers Sherman Alexie, Ilya Kaminsky, and Linda Gregerson.

Stephen Scott Whitaker (GRS’97) of Onley, Va., published a book of poetry, All My Rowdy Friends (PunksWritePoemsPress, 2016), which was nominated in the poetry category for the 13th USA Best Book Awards.


Peter Ungár (SHA’98) of Somerville, Mass., founded Tasting Counter, a 20-seat restaurant in Somerville’s Aeronaut Foods Hub, in the summer of 2014. The restaurant offers a multicourse tasting menu prepared while patrons face an open kitchen.

Prospero Uybarreta (ENG’98) of Christchurch, New Zealand, is head of aircrew and testing and the chief test pilot of the Martin Aircraft Company Limited in Christchurch. He leads company pilots and flight test engineers in flight testing prototype Martin Jetpacks, as well as plans and pilots elevated-risk Category 1 experimental flight testing of Martin Jetpacks. Prospero is also pursuing an aerospace sciences PhD online through the University of North Dakota. Prospero received the 2015 Iven C. Kincheloe Award from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots for his flight test achievements of the Bombardier CSeries and CRJ Series. Email Prospero at


Brian D. Biggs (ENG’99) of Warner Robins, Ga., a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force, started Hogwarts Running Club (HRC), a nonprofit that organizes virtual running events with Harry Potter themes. HRC started off as a Facebook page through which Brian raised money for the Jimmy Fund. Through HRC, Brian has raised nearly half a million dollars in two years and has inspired a community of people to get healthy. Learn more at

Michelle Chalfoun (GRS’99) of Glen Cove, N.Y., published The Treasure of Maria Mamoun (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2016), a novel about a girl from the Bronx, a dog, a troublemaker, a stolen sailboat, a treasure map, and a life-changing adventure on Martha’s Vineyard. This is Michelle’s third novel, and her first for middle-grade readers.


Rachel Biscardi (LAW’00) of Medford, Mass., was promoted to deputy director of the Women’s Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Foundation (WBF). For the past nine years, Rachel was the WBF’s director of pro bono projects.

Renato Freitas (MET’00) of São Paulo, Brazil, is the regional sales manager (North, Central, and South America) for the Norwegian Mint. He and his wife, Luciane, welcomed their first baby, a girl named Georgia, on September 4, 2015. Renato writes, “We are thrilled with this blessing from God!”


Shira Taylor Gura (SAR’01) of Galilee, Israel, published Getting Unstuck: Five Simple Steps to Emotional Well-Being (Three Gems Publishing, 2016). Learn more at

James Perrin (CFA’01) of Nashville, Tenn., won a Joan Mitchell Foundation award through the organization’s Painters & Sculptors Grant Program. He was among 25 artists who received $25,000 for their creative achievement. Visit

Cara (Baruzzi) Rosner (COM’01) of Woodbridge, Conn., and her husband, Jeremy, welcomed their second son, Shane Maddox, on February 8, 2016. Parents and big brother Ethan are very excited!


Laura Brown (SED’02) of Haverhill, Mass., published her debut adult contemporary romance novel, Signs of Attraction (HarperCollins, 2016), about a hard-of-hearing undergrad who learns about hearing loss from a deaf graduate student.

Zachary Dubey (CAS’02) of Port Jefferson, N.Y., and his wife, Shira, welcomed their third child, Sidney Meyer Dubey, on April 11, 2016.

Susanne Matias-Gomes (CAS’02, MED’04) of Barrington, R.I., and her husband, Hugo, welcomed twin sons, Canaan Alexander and Sebastian Grayson, on February 10, 2016. Susanne practices obstetrics and gynecology in Fall River, Mass.

Emanuela Porter (CGS’00, COM’02) of Washington, D.C., published a children’s book in conjunction with the NHL’s Washington Capitals titled Slapshot and the Great Skate, featuring the Capitals’ mascot. The book is on sale at the Verizon Center and the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the Capitals’ practice arena. Signed copies are also available at


J.D. Daniels (GRS’03) of Cambridge, Mass., received a 2016 Whiting Award. Given annually to 10 emerging writers, the $50,000 award is “based on early accomplishment and promise of great work to come.” Poet Elizabeth Alexander (GRS’87) gave the keynote address at the award ceremony held at the New York Historical Society on March 23, 2016.

James DiReda (GRS’03) of Sterling, Mass., coauthored The East Side of Addiction (DGM Publishing, 2016), a book “designed to offer understanding, support, and hope to individuals and families affected by drug addiction.” It’s the story of how drug addiction ravaged a working-class immigrant enclave in Worcester, Mass., and a close-knit group of young friends who lived there. Classmates can email James at

Nora Q. E. Passamaneck (LAW’03) of Denver, Colo., is a senior associate at the Denver office of the international law firm WilmerHale, where she represents clients in complex intellectual property litigations.

Matteson Perry (COM’03) of Los Angeles, Calif., published his first book, Available: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love, and Brunch (Scribner, 2016). “The book even has a chapter about my time at BU,” he writes. Matteson is a comedy writer, performer, and screenwriter, with two projects in development. He’s also had an essay published in the New York Times “Modern Love” column.

Marjorie Wilkinson (COM’03) of Los Angeles, Calif., was music supervisor, production legal, and coexecutive producer of the feature-length film Like Lambs. She writes, “The film enjoyed an excellent premiere on April 8, 2016, at the Atlanta Film Festival, followed by a screening on April 15, 2016, at the Boston International Film Festival. Like Lambs speaks directly to a generation that is fed up with the current financial system and is desperately seeking change. Created by a cast and crew with an average age of 26, this film stands alone in taking on the timely themes of global financial crime and political corruption from the perspective of America’s youth.” The film stars Liam Aiken (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Connor Paolo (Revenge, Gossip Girl), and Justin Chon (Twilight), and Ted Marcus, the film’s writer and director, who plays the aptly named villain Sebastian Dollarhyde. Like Lambs is an exploration of what financially savvy students at an elite boarding school will do when an economic apocalypse disrupts their perfect lives. Classmates can email Marjorie at


Kenneth E. Burdon (CAS’04, LAW’07) of Natick, Mass., was promoted to counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Affiliates.

Nikki Pollard (SSW’04) of Cambridge, Mass., is a behavioral health clinician at Atrius Health and the vice president of the BU School of Social Work alumni association. Email her at

Leda Scearce (SAR’04) of Raleigh, N.C., is the director of performing voice programs and development at Duke Voice Care Center in the division of head and neck surgery and communication sciences at Duke University. She was elected president of the Pan-American Vocology Association, with her term set to begin in 2017, and is president elect of the association’s board of directors. In April, Leda published Manual of Singing Voice Rehabilitation: A Practical Approach to Vocal Health and Wellness (Plural Publishing, 2016), a book that provides speech-language pathologists and singing teachers the tools to work with singers who have voice injuries. Contact Leda at


Alexandra Chau (Questrom’05) of Forest Hills, N.Y., and her husband, Michael Chau (CAS’05, GRS’05), welcomed a daughter, Samantha Elizabeth Chau, on November 14, 2015. Samantha was born at 8:15 p.m.; she weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 21.5 inches long. She joins big brother Matthew. Follow their adventures on Instagram at @foodbabyny, and email Alexandra at


Joseph M. Bagley (CAS’06) of Boston, Mass., published A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts (University Press of New England, 2016). Each artifact in the book is presented in full color, with a description of the item’s significance to the history of the city. Joseph is Boston’s city archaeologist.

Joel Richardson (MET’06) of Salem, Mass., published New England Running (CreateSpace, 2016), about his high school and college track years.

Mary Tedesco (CAS’06) of Gloucester, Mass., is cohost of the PBS television series Genealogy Roadshow, whose third season premiered on May 17, 2016. She writes that Genealogy Roadshow “is part detective story and part emotional journey, and combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans.” Mary is also founder and lead researcher at Origins Italy, a full-service Italian genealogical research firm.

Jennifer Uhrhane (GRS’06) of Jamaica Plain, Mass., an independent art consultant, curated an exhibition of Hungarian photographer and photojournalist Lucien Aigner’s work at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in 2011. In March, the Addison Gallery of American Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library announced their joint acquisition of Aigner’s collection. Jennifer was responsible for the acquisition of these works, which until now had been held by Aigner’s family in Boston. She writes, “I played the ‘matchmaker’ between the Aigner family and the institutions—a more than two-year process.”


Nicole Cammorata (COM’07) of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a copywriter at Mashable, where she is a creative lead for sponsored content programs, pitching ideas for presale and writing articles for sold programs. To learn more about Nicole’s experience with branded content and the intersection of journalism and advertising, email her at

Jessica Sirls (CGS’05, COM’07) of New York, N.Y., composed the music and lyrics for the song “Rest in You,” which is being recorded by Tatyana Ali and will be featured in the upcoming film The Reason, starring Academy Award winner Louis Gossett, Jr. Email Jessica at


Alessandra Cappellino (CAS’08, COM’08, GRS’10) of New York, N.Y., married Alexander Simkin in Island Park, N.Y., on July 9, 2016. Lisa Zimmerman (COM’08) was the maid of honor, and other BU alumni were in attendance. Alessandra is the director of global client knowledge management and a senior account supervisor focusing on the health care and pharmaceutical industry for Edelman in New York. Alexander is a litigation associate in New York for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Nohelani Lawrence (SED’08) of West Hollywood, Calif., was named the division head of membership services for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, a professional organization that promotes the development of science and ethical practice in the field of sport psychology. Nohelani is a clinical and sport psychologist at the University of Southern California. She also is the sport psychologist for the US track and field team during world competitions.

Kristina (Roman) Sawyer (COM’08,’16) of Chicago, Ill., earned a master’s degree in emerging media at BU and is working on her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s department of communication. She also presented her research findings on political news broadcasts in virtual reality at the fifth annual International Summer School in Political Communication and Electoral Behavior at the University of Milan in July. Kristina and her husband, Clark Sawyer (COM’08), look forward to this next chapter of their lives in the Chicago area.


Michael Bradley (Block) (CFA’09) of Mahwah, N.J., held a concert of his original musical, The Girls in White, featuring two-time Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris, at the acclaimed Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City in April 2016. Email Michael at

Stephanie Halligan (CAS’09) of Boulder, Colo., self-published Art to Self: Cartoon Notes to Remind You of Your Awesomeness (2015). The book is filled with cartoon notes and messages for moments of growth, change, challenge, and triumph. See more of Steph’s daily cartoon notes at

Anita Kupriss (CFA’09) of Southborough, Mass., toured with her professional choir, Labyrinth Choir, in Helsinki, Finland, Tallinn, Estonia, and Riga, Latvia, in July 2016. The group performed multiple concerts and concluded by singing for the opening ceremonies at the Latvian Music Master Class summer camp in Sigulda, Latvia.

Sarah Sherman McGrail (MET’09) of Southport, Maine, founded the publishing house Cozy Harbor Press in 1996 and has published many books since. Her newest works are Looking Back: A History of Boothbay Region’s Veterans During the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Volumes I & II (Cozy Harbor Press, 2016), which recount Maine veterans’ stories in their own words through remembrances, letters, and photographs.


Joyce Rudy (CGS’08, CAS’10) of Columbus, Ohio, graduated from the Ohio State University’s College of Public Health in May 2016 with a master’s in epidemiology. She is working on her PhD in epidemiology, also at Ohio State. Email Joyce at

Courtney Sander (CFA’10,’11) of San Antonio, Tex., earned a master’s from the University of Leeds Applied and Professional Ethics program in 2014 and is a senior compliance analyst at Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. In September, Courtney presented the paper “Finding Common Ethical Ground in Your Multicultural Organization” at the Society for Corporate Compliance & Ethics’ 15th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute in Chicago.


Sara Cathcart (SAR’12) of Hope, R.I., earned a doctor of podiatric medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine on May 25, 2016, in a ceremony at Lincoln Center. Sara also received the Board of Trustees’ 2016 Award for Excellence in Leadership. She is a member of the Pi Mu Delta National Podiatry Service Society and received the Dr. Sidney Solid Award for accomplishments and service to the podiatric community. While at NYCPM, she was president of the student association, student ambassador coordinator, and a representative to the American Association of Women Podiatrists. She is a graduate of Scituate High School, class of 2008, and began her residency at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence in July.

Antigone Matsakis (SAR’12,’14) of Brighton, Mass., is the athletic trainer at Walpole High School in Walpole, Mass. Under Antigone’s leadership, the school was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Athletic Trainer Initiative, a national grant contest to expand access to athletic trainers in underserved high schools and improve youth athlete safety. The NFL Foundation, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Gatorade, and Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society are sponsors of the grant.

Alexander Rhalimi (MET’12) of Revere, Mass., is running for Suffolk County Sheriff 2016. Alexander has a master’s in criminal justice from BU.


Abigail Smith (CFA’14) of Fall River, Mass., was a national semifinalist in the Young Artist/Emerging Professional division of the Classical Singer Vocal Competition, held in Boston in May 2016. Abigail also recently finished her first young artist residency with Tri Cities Opera, where she made her professional debut as Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia last October. In conjunction with her residency, Abigail recently graduated with a master of music in opera performance from Binghamton University.


Rebecca Wolfe (COM’15) of London, England, created a hip-hop adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus as part of a master’s dissertation project. The piece had its world premiere at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art on July 8, 2016. Contact Rebecca at


Hannah Lawson (CFA’16) of Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia, teaches music at Dhahran British Grammar School in Saudi Arabia. After graduating from Bowling Green State University in 2010, Hannah taught in the United States. In 2014, she moved to Saudi Arabia with her husband “with no knowledge of the culture or language,” she says, and with the hope “of self discovery, and has found it.” Hannah’s background in orchestra sparked interest from the administration; she realized the school had the opportunity to have the only running orchestra program on the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. She imports instruments from the United Kingdom, works with local music shops unfamiliar with string instruments, and designs curricula to include orchestra during and after the school day.


Jo Farkas (SED’49,’60) of Studio City, Calif., writes that she’s “up to no good, most recently as a woman on American Horror Story who shoots her husband while he shoots her (it’s a mercy killing). Also check me out on the HBO series Getting On and in many more films and television shows. I retired as a school psychologist in 1986, but have been working ever since.” Jo moved to the Los Angeles area in 1991, and adds, “in what we call ‘the industry,’ it takes more guts than brains, but it’s a hell of a lot better than just sitting around and knitting socks for my grandchildren—four of them!”


Nicholas Giosa (MED’52) of Wethersfield, Conn., writes that he “received a most welcome gift at the age of 90,” when his 217-page book of collected poems, This Sliding Light of Day, (Antrim House, 2015) was published. Read reviews and sample poems at


Norman Rozeff (CAS’55) of Harlingen, Tex., received the annual William Card, Jr. Library Service Award in November 2015, in recognition of his outstanding support of the Harlingen Public Library. For more than 13 years, Norman has volunteered his time to maintain the library’s archive room. A tangential result of this work has been his production of more than 300 published articles about the city’s history and his 354-page online booklet, The Chronological History of Harlingen.


Ed Boyd (DGE’55, SED’57,’73) of Melrose, Mass., wrote the small book Stories That Keep Popping Into My Head (Strategic Book Publishing, 2014). “These stories are my experiences,” Ed writes.


John Brookfield (CFA’61) of Charles Town, W.Va., published A History of the Port Royal Bands (Sam Teddy Publishing, 2015), a collection of records, photos, and personal accounts documenting the bands and musicians that originated primarily in Concord, N.H., during the Civil War. This book is a follow-up to a large project that John is working on, editing handwritten band books into a collection playable by contemporary reenactment groups and others.

Duane Miller (STH’61, GRS’70) of Rochester, N.Y., recently published The Memes of My Life: How Integral Thought Illuminated Personal Experiences (iUniverse, 2015).


Karen Lakin (CAS’62) of Jerusalem, Israel, writes that her husband, Richard Lakin (CAS’62), a retired elementary school principal originally from Newton, Mass., was murdered in a terror attack on a bus in Jerusalem on October 13, 2015. Richard passed away on October 27 at Hadassah Medical Center. “He fought for human rights, coexistence, and fairness throughout his life,” Karen says. “In his book Teaching as an Act of Love: Thoughts and Recollections of a Former Teacher, Principal and Kid (iUniverse, 2007), Richard describes himself as ‘a recipient of endless joy from my children and grandkids, and from the smiles, laughter, and sense of wonder of the hundreds of elementary school children I had the good fortune to work with as a teacher and principal during the past 40 years.’”


Paul M. Wright (CAS’63), Alison Barnet (CAS’67), and Russell P. Lopez (SPH’03) of Boston, Mass., served on the committee that organized the first annual South End Authors’ Book Festival, which took place at the United South End Settlements on November 16, 2015. Wright, Barnet, and Lopez have each written books on Boston’s South End. Hope J. Shannon (CAS’08), who also wrote a book on the South End, participated in the festival as well.


Lavinia Kumar (CAS’64, GRS’66) of Plainsboro, N.J., published a new book of poetry, Let There be Color (The Lives You Touch Publications, 2016), based mostly on the hospitalization of her husband. Lavinia writes, “It wasn’t until retirement that I could learn about poetry, could go to workshops and classes. I still go to a wonderful seminar given by [the poet] Christopher Bursk at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania, and workshop in a couple of groups.”


David Matteson (STH’68, GRS’68) of Crete, Ill., published the memoir I Took Both Roads: My Journey as a Bisexual Husband (The New Atlantean Library, 2015). “Chapters six, seven, and eight will be of special interest to BU alumni,” David writes.

Claire Soja (CAS’68) of Littleton, Mass., has joined the Boston investment firm Winslow, Evans & Crocker, Inc., as senior vice president and portfolio manager, having previously spent nine years as managing director/portfolio manager at Detwiler Fenton & Co., also in Boston. She also was a member of the Detwiler Fenton investment management board of directors. Email Claire at


Christopher Johnson (CFA’69) of Brooklyn, N.Y., brought his one-man show, St. Mark’s Gospel, to Massachusetts for a performance on February 5, 2016, at the historic St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge. Christopher writes that the show “presents the earliest gospel as the urgent ‘good news’ it was meant to be: a thundering yarn with unforgettable characters, lightning dialogue, quips, zingers, sarcasm, barnyard humor, unendurable pain, and a hero who may be God but is most assuredly man.”

Susan (Strauss) Schneider (CAS’69) of New York, N.Y., published the novel Fire in My Ears (CreateSpace, 2013), which is now out in an audiobook recorded by her daughter-in-law, Rachel F. Hirsch.


Wendy Brandmark (DGE’68, CAS’70) of London, England, is a fiction writer, reviewer, and lecturer. For many years, she taught creative writing at Birkbeck College, part of the University of London. She supervises students in Oxford University’s creative writing master’s program. She published The Stray American (Holland Park Press, 2014), which “follows a lawyer from Boston who escapes his dull corporate job to teach in a seedy American college in London during 2003.” The book was longlisted for the prestigious 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. Wendy also published a collection of short stories, He Runs the Moon, Tales from the Cities (Holland Park Press, 2016), in April.


Arnold Baskies (CAS’71, MED’75) of Cherry Hill, N.J., joined the scientific advisory board of Anixa Diagnostics, a company developing a platform for early detection of tumor-based cancers. Arnold is vice chairman of the board of directors of the American Cancer Society (ACS) and previously served as the chief science officer of the ACS board of directors and as president of the ACS of New York and New Jersey.

Adele Boskey (GRS’71) of Caldwell, N.J., a senior scientist at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, received the Lawrence G. Raisz Award from the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research. The award recognizes an individual for outstanding achievements in preclinical translational research in the bone and mineral field.


Ruth Lepson (GRS’72) of Cambridge, Mass., is the poet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music. She recently published a new collection of poetry, ask anyone (Pressed Wafer, 2016), which has a special musical accompaniment she created with the band Box Lunch. Ruth read and performed on all 14 compositions written and recorded for this project.

Norman York (Questrom’72) of Houston, Tex., published the books Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition (Entheos Press, 2015). He has worked as a career and leadership coach for 30 years.


Walter Correa (MET’73) of Flagler Beach, Fla., writes, “At age 85, I’m still operating a tax accounting business, am a licensed insurance agent, and teaching an online course for Quincy College.”

Jane Schukoske (CAS’73) of Gurgaon, India, is featured in the book Together We Empower: Rekindling Hope in Rural India (Sehgal Foundation, 2015), by Marly Cornell. The book recounts the 15-year history of the SM Sehgal Foundation, a public charitable trust in the rural development sector in India. Jane has been the CEO of the foundation since 2011. Connect with Jane at


H. Dudley Ives (Questrom’74) of Chevy Chase, Md., writes, “Not sure many notes have come from BU MSBAs that were earned in Frankfurt, Germany, while in the army. I did it and graduated in 1974 in Heidelberg. Launched me to a successful lifetime career in real estate for the federal government. If you went to night school two times a week for the 30 semester hours and want to contact me, please do so at”

Abbe Rolnick (CAS’74) of Sedro Woolley, Wash., published Cocoon of Cancer: An Invitation to Love Deeply (Sedro Publishing, 2016), a memoir written with her husband, Jim Wiggins, about his experiences with cancer. The book is a collection of essays, poems, and caregivers’ tips, and is intended to offer a guide for those navigating any serious illness.

Jeanine Young-Mason (SON’74, SED’82) of Newbury, Mass., published a second edition of her book, The Patient’s Voice: Experiences of Illness (F. A. Davis Company, 2015), which “introduces contemporary autobiographical accounts of psychiatric and somatic illness,” Jeanine writes. “The accounts are of children and adults’ experiences of illness and include narratives by family members and advocates in the medical, legal, and judicial systems. They are all pertinent accounts for students in nursing, medicine, allied health professions, and the law.” Young-Mason is a distinguished professor emerita at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing. Visit her website,, and email her at


Jonathan Connor (GRS’75) of Temecula, Calif., married Melinda Marsden Smith in September 2014. Contact Jonathan at

Jim Hiscott (CFA’75) of Washington, D.C., retired from the National Geographic Society in December 2015, after working for eight years as art director in the National Geographic Kids division. He writes, “I will continue to freelance for National Geographic Kids while refocusing my creative attention on my personal projects, which took a backseat to my pursuit of a career in graphic design in Pittsburgh, Atlantic City, and Washington, D.C. After having a piece accepted for CFA’s 60th anniversary alumni show in October 2014, coming to Boston to see the show, and meeting with the wonderful [CFA dean ad interim] Lynne Allen, a creative spark was reignited to pursue work that is not linked to any one client, but to my own imagination. To new creative adventures.”

Mark Peterson (CFA’75) of Wilson, N.C., is the director of music at Barton College, a role he has held since 2001. Mark shares the news that “Boaz Sharon (CFA’76), a BU College of Fine Arts professor of music and chair of BU’s piano department, was the featured soloist with the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra on November 22, 2015.” Boaz performed the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 with the orchestra under Mark’s direction. Contact Mark at


Robert Cox (CGS’74, CAS’76) of New Haven, Conn., was selected for inclusion in the 2015 Super Lawyers list. Robert is the chair of the law firm Halloran & Sage’s business and commercial law practicing areas.

Richard Fox (Questrom’76) of Longmeadow, Mass., joined Simsbury Bank’s home loans team as a mortgage loans advisor.


Cheryl (Roscoe) Carr (COM’77) of East Amherst, N.Y., was named to the editorial committee of the International Association of Business Communicators), a global network of communication professionals with 12,000 members in more than 70 countries. The editorial committee helps develop content for Communication World magazine and its associated publications. Cheryl is the co-owner of Carr Marketing Communications, founded in 1994, which provides strategic communications counsel to business leaders locally and nationally.

E. William “Bill” Emrich, Jr. (SSW’77) of Tampa, Fla., published his first book, Wild Maine Adventure (Haley’s Publishing, 2016), which, he writes, “recounts the realization of my longtime dream of building and inhabiting a rustic cabin on a secluded pond in midcoast Maine. It also describes the tremendous struggles and disappointments that I experienced while pursuing that dream. In addition, the book relates my fascination with wildlife living in, on, and near the pond and in the woods that surround my cabin, and includes many photographs of birds, fish, and mammals from that area of Maine.”

Melody McCloud (CAS’77, MED’81) of Roswell, Ga., initiated and cofunded an exhibit at BU’s School of Medicine that honors Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first black female physician in the US. Crumpler graduated from MED (then the New England Female Medical College) in 1864. The permanent exhibit was unveiled on February 19, 2016. Melody is the founder and medical director of Atlanta Women’s Healthcare Specialists and is affiliated with Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Eliot Pattison (LAW’77) of Oley, Penn., has published the novel Blood of the Oak (Counterpoint Press, 2016), the fourth installment of his acclaimed Bone Rattler series set in colonial America.


Phil Burke (CAS’78) of Rochester, N.Y., was named a member of the inaugural US Leadership Committee of Meritas, Inc., a global alliance of independent law firms. He is also a member of the US tax practice steering committee for Meritas. Get in touch with Phil at

Daniel Williams (COM’78) of Rome, Italy, published Forsaken: The Persecution of Christians in Today’s Middle East (O/R Books, 2015). For 30 years, he was a correspondent for the Miami Herald, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, and for Bloomberg News in the Middle East, Europe, Russia, and Latin America. More recently, he was a senior researcher with the emergencies division at Human Rights Watch.


Lee Berenbaum (COM’79) of Chicago, Ill., writes, “I was recently elected treasurer and board member of Hawthorn Neighbors (a local neighborhood group). This will be my third term as a board member, although not three continuous terms. Anyone out there from COM or AdLab, drop me a line at”

Martha Coakley (LAW’79) of Medford, Mass., former attorney general of Massachusetts, joined the board of Crittenton Women’s Union, a Boston nonprofit that works to financially empower women and disrupt the poverty cycle. Two other BU alums also joined the board: William Mantzoukas (CGS’66, COM’68) of Nahant, Mass., Lynn Community Health cofounder, and Eileen Casey (Questrom’11) of Dedham, Mass., senior vice president of tax and finance with the Kraft Group.

Jim Melville (CAS’79) of Tallinn, Estonia, is the US ambassador to Estonia. A career foreign service officer, Jim presented his credentials to Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the president of the Republic of Estonia, on December 8, 2015.

Patricia Randell (CFA’79) of New York, N.Y., received the Chain NYC Film Festival’s Award of Merit, Best Supporting Actress for her work in writer/director Paul Kelly’s short film Last Words, which screened at the festival during the summer of 2015. She guest stars in the third episode of the web series Happy Hour Feminism, which is playing at eight festivals nationally and internationally and has been nominated for several awards. Patricia also appeared in an episode of the Debra Messing NBC series The Mysteries o f Laura last fall. Email her at


Claudia Kousoulas (CAS’80) of Washington, D.C., recently completed a series of online lectures on writing, editing, and document production for Planetizen, a public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community. The lectures are designed to help students and professionals hone their skills in developing and presenting urban planning and design concepts.

Tony Torain (GRS’80) of Owings Mills, Md., was appointed executive director of the Maryland Board of Dental Examiners.


Daniel Clifford (CAS’81) of San Diego, Calif., is a senior staff surgeon at Naval Medical Center San Diego and has written a chapter on preprosthetic surgery in the 2015 Atlas of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He and Monique Vargas welcomed their first child, August William Clifford-Vargas, on September 9, 2014. Contact Daniel at


Christopher DeFazio (CAS’82, MED’86) of Needham Heights, Mass., writes, “I’ve been a career ER doctor for nearly 30 years. In the last five, I have, along with working at Melrose-Wakefield ER, finally found the time to do something I’ve always wanted to do—write. I’ve had a series of three paranormal suspense novels published in the last few years and have just completed a crime novel. Writing and ER work seem to be a good balance for me.” Email Christopher at

Karen Fielding (CGS’79, COM’82) of London, England, published her novel American Sycamore (Seren, 2014), which won the Gold Independent Publisher’s Award for the mid-Atlantic region.

Karen Haid (CFA’82,’83) of Las Vegas, Nev., was awarded the International Calabria Prize by the Society of Culture and International Relations in Villa San Giovanni, Italy, for her nonfiction book Calabria: The Other Italy (Mill City Press, 2015). The award highlights literature that promotes the culture and raises awareness of Southern Italy. Visit

Wynn Harmon (CFA’82) of New York, N.Y., played James Jarvis in the Washington National Opera production of Lost in the Stars at the Kennedy Center in February 2016.

Andrew Hulsh (Questrom’82) of Demarest, N.J., has joined the New York office of the multipractice law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP as partner in its corporate and securities practice group. Andrew graduated from Cornell University Law School.


David Bookbinder (GRS’84) of Danvers, Mass., published 52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief (Diversion Books, 2015). David writes that the book is based on his digital photograph “flower mandala images, transformed by artist Emily Sper into a family of illustrations that invite colorists to create their own works of art, experimenting with form, pattern, shading, and layering in a deeply personal way.” Visit, or contact him at

Michael Gollin (LAW’84) of Bowie, Md., published Innovation Life Love: Reflections on Living With Mortality (CreateSpace, 2015). The book is adapted from the blog, which he started in 2012 when he was diagnosed with ALS. Michael writes, “In my personal and professional life as patent attorney, author, professor, and nonprofit entrepreneur, I’ve tried to be a productive member of all my communities: family, friends, work, home, country, and planet. When I was diagnosed with ALS, I was dragged into a terrifying new situation, but I realized how lucky I’ve been in life, and I quickly resolved to make the best of the situation. It has been surprisingly liberating to explore this uncharted territory.” Michael is a patent attorney with the law firm Venable LLP, and is working to promote ALS research through his pro bono representation of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and his work with the ALS Association. For more information, email

Deborah Rosenberg (COM’84) of Aventura, Fla., is the founder of the Miami interior design firm DiMare Design. “I am an animal lover and have transitioned my business to vegan interior design,” she writes. “I no longer use any materials made with animals.” Learn more about Deborah’s firm at


Gayle Bieler (CAS’85, GRS’86) of Raleigh, N.C., has been a statistician at RTI International, a leading research institute, for 27 years. She is director of RTI’s new Center for Data Science, which she has been building and leading since May 2014. She also had the honor of employing her first BU summer intern in 2015. Contact Gayle at

Kenneth Ludden (CAS’85) of Falls Church, Va., writes, “Since graduating, I have created the Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet, published nearly three dozen books, and have done many things in the arts around the world.”

Susan Lupone Stonis (MET’85, SED’88) of Scituate, Mass., created Belly Books, a collection of board books designed for expectant moms and other family members to read to baby during the last trimester, with her coauthor and illustrator Jacqueline Boyle. “We’ve gotten a great deal of positive feedback, awards, and reviews, and it feels like we are on to something important and special,” she writes. Visit and

Elizabeth M. Williams (COM’85) of Berkeley, Calif., runs Elizabeth M. Williams Photography in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her photographic works are available through the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Artists Gallery and through Martha Schneider Gallery in Chicago, Ill. Elizabeth’s work was previously represented by Slate Contemporary in Oakland, Calif. Several of her images were also recently selected to be part of SFMOMA’s curated tumblr site. View Elizabeth’s photography at


G. William Freeman (SED’87) of Lawrence, Kans., recently published The Holy Terror: Captain William Nichols: A True Story (AuthorHouse, 2015). Before moving to Kansas, William had a long professional career as a licensed clinical psychologist in the Boston area. He writes, “My wife, Juliette (Stott) Loring (CAS’76) earned her EdD degree in 2013, and is now working at the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk, Jayhawks Basketball!).” Learn more about William’s book at

Karen Unger (SED’87) of Portland, Ore., published Brain Health for Life: Beyond Pills, Politics, and Popular Diets (Inkwater Press, 2015), in which she explores the question, “Can Alzheimer’s be prevented?” The book has won two awards: gold in the Living Now Book Awards category of Mature Living/Aging, and first place in the USA Best Books Awards category of Health/Aging 50+.


Michael Colman (ENG’88) of Somerville, Mass., was recently appointed the regional administrator for the US Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (VETS) in the Boston region, which encompasses all six New England states, New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. “VETS, Boston region, is committed to helping America’s veterans and their employment rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act,” Michael writes. He encourages anyone who knows a veteran in need or is looking to hire a veteran to email him at

Ben Golant (CGS’86, CAS’88, COM’88) of Washington, D.C., is chief counsel for intellectual property policy at the Entertainment Software Association, representing the video game industry in Washington, D.C. Ben started there in September 2015 after a long career in the federal government, at the Federal Communications Commission, United States Copyright Office, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where he worked on communications, technology, and content policy matters. Contact Ben at

Merlyn Griffiths (Questrom’88) of Greensboro, N.C., an associate professor of marketing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, was invited to present her research on hookah smoking at the Food and Drug Administration’s Waterpipes Workshop at the Center for Tobacco Products in Silver Spring, Md., which took place in March 2016. Merlyn’s work examines hookah culture and the impact of marketing on consumer waterpipe smoking.


Catherine Sheridan (CFA’89) of Greenwich, N.Y., was officially confirmed as the chief engineer of the New York State Thruway Authority and the New York State Canal Corporation in January 2016, after serving as acting chief engineer for almost a year.


Elizabeth Blandon (CAS’90, COM’90) of Weston, Fla., graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has had her own practice, Blandon Law, since 2002. A Florida immigration expert, she writes, “I was chosen to represent national Venezuelan hero Marco Coello with his asylum case. Coello was tortured by law enforcement for helping Leopoldo López, Latin America’s most famous political prisoner.” Email Elizabeth at

Tina Arning Brazell (COM’90) of Bel Air, Calif., guest-starred on the January 20, 2016, episode of Modern Family, in which she played Tanya, the trophy wife of Claire Dunphy’s colleague. Tina is best known for the roles of Angelina on Everybody Loves Raymond and Sasha Green on The Young and the Restless. She took a 10-year hiatus from television and film to raise three children with her husband, John Brazell.

Michele Sczerbinksi Diaz (CGS’88, COM’90) of Warwick, R.I., was president of the board for the 2015–2016 term of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Rhode Island (PPP-RI). “PPP-RI is a local council dedicated to being a source for education, research, and advocacy for professionals who have a role in designing and implementing donors’ philanthropic plans,” she writes.

Joanne Golden (CAS’90, Questrom’97) of Quincy, Mass., worked in financial services for 15 years before graduating from Suffolk University Law School in 2009. She is an attorney for the Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Boston. “Since May 2013, I have been part of a working group within the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts who have researched and drafted legislation to ban female genital mutilation and cutting in the state,” she writes. “We had our hearing before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary on December 1, 2015, and we have the support of 34 medical, legal, women’s health, domestic violence, and community-based nonprofit groups, as well as two Boston city councilors and Attorneys General Maura Healey and Martha Coakley (LAW’79). We are focused on having the bill voted favorably out of committee and brought to a vote on the legislative floor.”

Robin Reul (COM’90) of Thousand Oaks, Calif., writes, “My debut young adult novel My Kind of Crazy (Sourcebooks Fire, 2016) hit bookshelves nationwide on April 5, 2016.”


Supriya Desai (SHA’91) of Edgewater, N.J., recently introduced her rebranded global change advisory and leadership coaching firm, Desai Transformation LLC (DT), based outside New York City. “At DT, we help companies and leaders transform to achieve great things using a proven, modern approach that is well-suited to the complex challenges faced by businesses in the 21st century,” she writes. “I’d love to hear from fellow BU alums who want to discuss how DT might be able to help them, or who simply want to get back in touch. As a grad of the SHA program (before it was a school!), I truly loved the luxury hospitality industry right out of undergrad—though the diversity of management consulting has its charms, too! Plus, it lets me use my MBA from the Darden School of Business.” Connect with Supriya and learn more about DT at


Paul Cummings (CAS’92) of Arlington, Va., is a senior fellow at ICF International, a management consulting services company in Fairfax, Va. At ICF International, he works to “build games and simulations to teach topics as diverse as high school chemistry for the NIH and negotiation skills for the army.” The company is also working on other projects, including using virtual reality to treat PTSD and building rail yards for large rail companies.

Deborah Langer Dietz (SED’92) and Matthew Dietz (Questrom’92) of Miami, Fla., created Disability Independence Group, Inc. (DIG). DIG is a disability rights legal advocacy center whose mission is to expand opportunities for participation, education, employment, and acceptance of persons with disabilities through advocacy, litigation, education, and training. For more information, visit


Brian Hunter (ENG’94) of Palo Alto, Calif., writes that he is an expert in the field of semiconductor verification. I lives with his two kids and has published his first book, Advanced UVM (Universal Verification Methodology) (CreateSpace, 2015). “Come see me where I am often found, presenting at DVCon, SNUG, or DAC,” he writes.

Paul Marthers (SED’94) of Westport, Conn., published the college guide Follow Your Interests to Find the Right College (Wheatmark Publishing, 2015), which highlights many BU academic programs. Paul writes, “It is an excellent resource for prospective students and their anxious parents.”

Jonathan Newman (CFA’94) of Winchester, Va., a composer, recently had his piece Blow It Up, Start Again performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2015 BBC Proms, and at the 2015 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music under the direction of Marin Alsop. He is working on a mass in collaboration with poet Victoria Chang, commissioned by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. Last fall he began an appointment as associate professor at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, where he is director of composition and coordinator of new music.


James Aliberti (COM’96) of San Francisco, Calif., published Three Days of the Animal Olympians (Exaggerist Edutainment, 2015) under the pen name Drats. He writes that the book is an “empathetic voice for the innocent creatures on earth.”

Catherine Flanagan-Priore (COM’96) of Buffalo, N.Y., was honored as this year’s New Era Champion for Children at the eighth PUNT Foundation Wine Pairing. The PUNT Foundation was started in 2004 by former NFL punter Brian Moorman, and provides support to children in western New York affected by cancer and their families. Cate was recognized for her work as a psychologist specializing in pediatric hematology and oncology. Email her at

Jacqueline (Striano) Lucia (CGS’94, SED’96) of Coventry, R.I., and her husband, Kenneth, welcomed a baby girl, Carissa Striano Lucia, on January 5, 2016. Email Jacqueline at


Leslie Berland (COM’00) of New York, N.Y., was named chief marketing officer of Twitter in January 2016. Previously, she was executive vice president of digital partnerships and development at American Express.

Jessica Klewicki Glynn (COM’00) of Lake Worth, Fla., published her first book, Palm Beach Chic (Vendome Press, 2015). She writes, “I photographed all of the 312 pages on interior design and architecture in Palm Beach.” Contact Jessica at

Ben Hires (CAS’00, STH’03, MET’08) of Brighton, Mass., the director of programs at the Boston Children’s Chorus, connected with fellow terriers Daniel Hagerty (COM’94) and Emily Foster Day (MET’05) on January 29, 2016, at a workshop on the essentials of fundraising for arts organizations held at the State Room in Boston. Daniel is a senior consultant at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, which provides training, consultation, and implementation support for arts managers and their boards. Emily, the vice president of development at the Boston Center for the Arts, and Ben are both members of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ arts innovation and management Boston cohort, led by the DeVos Institute.

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Robert Simon (CAS’00, GRS’00) of Acworth, Ga., published his second full-length book of poems, Poems of a Turning Professor: A Collection in Two Epochs and Five Parts (Cyberwit, 2015). He was recently promoted to professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Kennesaw State University. At 39, he is the youngest faculty member to achieve this rank in his department’s history. Robert invites his classmates to “let me know how you are doing, and how you like the book.” Email him at

Enrico Villamaino (CAS’00) of Springfield, Mass., recently completed his term of service with AmeriCorps. He worked with the St. Bernard Project in New Orleans, La., leading groups of young volunteers in rebuilding homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Isaac. Enrico was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award, and was recognized for his work with young people with commendations from the governors of Alabama, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Diana Wallach (COM’00) of Philadelphia, Pa., sold a new three-book young adult series, Anastasia Phoenix, to Entangled Publishing. The first book in the series will debut in hardcover in early 2017. It will mark Diana’s fourth published novel. Diana describes Anastasia Phoenix as a “YA spy thriller, including research derived from the life of BU professor emeritus of journalism Lawrence Martin-Bittman, a former communist spy for the Czech Republic.” Learn more about Diana’s books at, and contact her at

Edward Welch (CGS’98, CAS’00) of West Palm Beach, Fla., was appointed to the executive boards of the Alliance for Kids and the Florida Bar Clients’ Security Fund Committee. He practices law at Broad and Cassel in Miami, in the firm’s health law, commercial litigation, construction law and litigation, and real estate litigation practice groups.

Fay Wolf (CFA’00) of Los Angeles, Calif., is an actor, musician, and professional organizer. In January 2016, she published her first book, New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else) (Ballantine Books, 2016). “New Order isn’t just about physical clutter,” she writes. “It’s also about mental clutter, digital clutter (emails, social media, passwords), to-do lists, collaboration, imperfection, creative practice…and how a little better is a little better.” The book features illustrations by Jeremy Gates (CFA’00) and includes a nationwide list of places to donate and recycle. Emily Deschanel (CFA’98) provided a quote for the book cover.


Angela Gomes (CAS’01, LAW’05) of West Roxbury, Mass., Sebastián J. Pacheco (LAW’13) of North Dartmouth, Mass., and Thanos Matthai (COM’07, LAW’11) of Somerville, Mass., were honored by the Boston Bar Association for their work toward a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. Angela is the president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association; Sebastián is the treasurer of the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys; and Thanos is the vice president of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston.


Edouard Fontenot (GRS’02) of Jamaica Plain, Mass., was elected chair of the board of governors of the Albert & Jessie Danielsen Institute at Boston University. The Danielsen Institute is a multidisciplinary nonprofit institution that provides clinical mental health services and clinical training, and supports research and training with an emphasis on depth psychotherapy and religious, spiritual, and existential issues. Edouard is the managing director for clinical services and operations for Commonwealth Psychology Associates in Boston and Newton. He lives with his spouse, Christopher Bellonci (CAS’84), in Boston and Truro, Mass., and in New Orleans, La. Email Edouard at

Ann Keniston (GRS’02) of Reno, Nev., published Ghostly Figures: Memory and Belatedness in Postwar American Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2015).

Scott McKinney (Questrom’02) of Houston, Tex., and his family announce the birth of Katherine Paige in March 2015. In August 2015, the McKinneys relocated from Pittsburgh to Houston, where Scott assumed the role of vice president of investor relations for the mattress specialty retailer Mattress Firm, which has more than 2,300 stores in 41 states.

Madelyn Rosenberg (GRS’02) of Arlington, Va., published her new children’s book, How to Behave at a Dog Show (HarperCollins, 2015), illustrated by Heather Ross.

Christina Wong (Questrom’02) of New Hyde Park, N.Y., was named the chief financial officer of Lighthouse Guild, a leading not-for-profit vision and healthcare organization. Christina earned a BSBA from BU and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU. She previously held positions at Aetna, where she was CFO of Aetna Better Health of New York in 2014.

Dennis Yang (CGS’00, CAS’02) of Boston, Mass., published the book The Pursuit of the Chinese Dream in America: Chinese Undergraduate Students at American Universities (Lexington Books, 2015). In October 2015, Dennis also became the associate director for the Beijing Gateway Office at Boston University.


Elizabeth Brenner (CFA’03) of Philadelphia, Pa., married Andrew Bruner on September 6, 2015, in Philadelphia. Suzanne Heise (CAS’03) was the maid of honor, and Callan Wall (CFA’03) and Stephen Medeiros (CFA’03) were among the many guests. Elizabeth is the manager of web design for the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Andrew is a general dentist with Penn Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Susan Climan (CAS’03) of Plantation, Fla., writes, “My husband, Brett, and I welcomed our first child on September 8, 2015. His name is Ethan Gray Climan and he weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce.” Email Susan at

Jonathan Mirin (GRS’03) of Shelburne Falls, Mass., founded the Piti Theatre Company, based in Shelburne Falls and Les Ponts-de-Martel, Switzerland, in 2004 with his wife, Godliève Richard. Jonathan is a playwright, actor, and director, and his wife is a dancer, choreographer, director, and designer. On March 20, 2016, the Piti Theatre Company hosted its seventh annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls. At the festival, the theater company performed the original play Old Coleraine: A Musical Hilltown History, which depicts the hill towns of western Massachusetts from 1869 to 1898.

David Montgomery (GRS’03,’07) of Washington, D.C., coauthored Living with Difference: How to Build Community in a Divided World (University of California Press, 2016) with Adam Seligman, a BU College of Arts & Sciences professor of religion, and Adam’s wife, Rahel Wasserfall. The book explores the challenges of accommodating difference in everyday life.

Jason Moore (CAS’03) of Johnson City, N.Y., writes, “My amazing wife, Kim, and I welcomed our third child, Julia Mae, on May 29, 2015. She was 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and 19 inches long. She joins her older brothers, Liam and Benjamin, who are two of her favorite people.”

Melissa Pimentel (CAS’03) of Brooklyn, N.Y., published Love by the Book (Penguin Random House, 2015).


Stephen Curet, Jr. (Questrom’05) of Wildwood, Mo., and his wife, Daleesa, welcomed a son, Stephen Curet III, in 2015. Stephen was named director of big data sales consulting for Oracle’s North America big data practice, where he is responsible for supporting big data sales opportunities at Fortune 1000 companies. Email Stephen at


Laura Kathleen “Kate” Hackett (CAS’06) of Monrovia, Calif., is the creator and star of the successful independent web series Classic Alice. The series “lives beyond the traditional confines of video,” she writes; its characters use Twitter, Tumblr, SoundCloud, and other social media platforms through which viewers can follow along. Recently, Kate launched an iOS app for the series. “Telling a story via many platforms means that the narrative is spread out all over the web,” she writes. “The app pulls the story into one place and lets you experience it with one tap on a screen. Our users can simply scroll through the timeline of the show and pick up wherever they want.” Learn more at

Bruce Kaplan (GRS’06) of Somerville, Mass., is the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization’s central transportation planning staff manager. One of his responsibilities is to help manage an expansion feasibility study of South Station. Bruce was recently named one of two 2016 Jennings Randolph International Fellows by the American Public Works Association. As a fellow, Bruce will conduct a topical public works study tour of waterfront redevelopment and intermodal terminal rehabilitation in Auckland, New Zealand.


Andrea Fiaschetti (ENG’07) of Hummelstown, Pa., recently began working at Vibra HealthPlan, a Medicare Advantage start-up in Pennsylvania that helps seniors “navigate the complex health care system to receive quality and affordable care,” Andrea writes.

Scott Hochman (CGS’05, SHA’07) of New York, N.Y., married Brooke Adler (SAR’09) on November 14, 2015, in New York City. The wedding party included Matt Goldgrub (CGS’05, CAS’07), Benjamin Movtady (CGS’05, CAS’07), Brandon Katz (Questrom’06), Jesse Jacobs (SHA’08), Jennifer (Hochman) Sonneland (CGS’02, COM’04), Emily Blatt (CAS’09), Amy Schneiderman (COM’09), and Arielle (Schack) Sofer (SHA’09). Email Scott at

Misty Wick (COM’07) of Indianapolis, Ind., is director of development for the Julian Center, central Indiana’s largest provider of comprehensive services for those affected by domestic and sexual violence.


Donald S. Waack (LAW’08) of Arlington, Va., was promoted to partner in the Washington, D.C., financial services regulatory and enforcement practice of the global law firm Mayer Brown.

Maddy Weber (COM’08) of Philadelphia, Pa., an accomplished journalist and editor, is an associate at the firm SteegeThomson Communications, which serves mission-driven organizations with strategic marketing and development communications. Maddy previously was associate director of donor stewardship at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where she also managed internal communications and publications, including the consumer-facing Forward magazine, the peer-to-peer publication Fox Chase NOW, the annual report, and Connect, an electronic employee magazine. Maddy began her career as a correspondent for Gannett newspapers, covering nightlife, events, and dining on the Jersey Shore.


Amanda Curtis (CGS’07, COM’09) of New York, N.Y., is the CEO and cofounder of Nineteenth Amendment, which launches fashion brands from around the world on a digital platform with on-demand manufacturing in the United States. The company is based in New York City and launched a first-of-its-kind partnership with Macy’s in September 2015. Amanda was named to the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in retail and e-commerce. Contact her at

Courtney Wagner Peerless (SAR’09) of Boston, Mass., married Jim Peerless (CAS’10, GRS’10) in August 2015, in a beachside ceremony in North Carolina. Kristin Wagner (SHA’12) was the maid of honor and Mike Peerless (Questrom’11) was one of the best men. The bridal party also included Katey Mayer (CAS’09, SED’13), Shannon Disla (CAS’08), Josh Enzer (CAS’09, Questrom’09), Mario Mitrano (CAS’09), and Barry Lai (ENG’09). Justin Dashner (CAS’09) and Jess Dashner (CAS’08), Mike Clark (CAS’09), and Kelly Dahler (SAR’09) were also in attendance. Courtney is an emergency medicine physician assistant and Jim is a software engineer/entrepreneur who recently founded a company with Josh Enzer.

Hillary Richonne (COM’09) of London, England, writes, “After completing a master’s in international communications and development at City University London, I have recently founded the communications consultancy Hillary of Troy Communications in London, specializing in social media and digital content.” Contact Hillary at


Dana Jaeger (ENG’10) of Red Bank, N.J., married Kurtis Voorhees (ENG’10) on September 6, 2015. Dana is a manager for a private medical device developer/manufacturer. Kurtis is an engineer for Bombardier Transportation.

Corrin Marquardt (COM’10) and Andy Beatman (COM’08) of Seattle, Wash., were married on September 7, 2013, in Boston, Mass. The “COM couple” started dating after exchanging pokes, wall posts, and messages on Facebook. Omari Peterkin (CAS’07, SED’09) officiated the wedding ceremony. Terriers in attendance included Geoff Rhizor (Questrom’07), Lauren (Basham) Rhizor (COM’08), Versha Singh (CAS’08,’09), Renee Pyles (CAS’09), Regina (Carlo) Glaser (CFA’09), Chantal Silvano (CGS’08, SAR’10), Jordan Cumper (ENG’10), Mac-Alen Gerard (CGS’08), Tyler Brewer (CGS’09, CAS’11, COM’11), Aaron Maybury (CAS’11, MED’19), Ben Huey (ENG’12), Ashley Rosenkranz (Questrom’12), and Desiree Okoh (CAS’13). The couple moved to Seattle in August 2015. Corrin is a site merchandiser at Amazon Fashion, and Andy is a senior marketing manager at Amazon Web Services.

Gu Wang (Questrom’10, GRS’13) of Worcester, Mass., is an assistant professor of mathematical sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Previously, he was a postdoctoral assistant professor at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor.


Lauren Stein (COM’11) of Boston, Mass., published her first cookbook, Fresh Made Simple: A Naturally Delicious Way to Eat (Storey Publishing, 2015). Lauren writes, “The 76 recipes in the book are fully illustrated in watercolor and ink, with ingredients and steps cleverly integrated right into the art. Each of the recipes is designed around a featured fresh ingredient, from kale to leeks, mango to blueberries, resulting in a delicious collection of light meals, snacks, dressings, and spreads, such as ginger lemon honey butter, leek corn egg bake, mango rice salad, and a burrito scramble.” Learn more at


Aaron M. Faust (UNI’12) of Arlington, Va., published The Ba’thification of Iraq: Saddam Hussein’s Totalitarianism (University of Texas Press, 2015). Aaron works at the US Department of State.


Alexandra Knowles (CAS’13) of Boston, Mass., married Kyle Kahveci, who also studied at BU, on January 16, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass. The wedding party included Danielle Miller (CAS’14), Eduardo de la Garza Sanchez (Questrom’14), and Eugene Mundowa (CGS’12, Questrom’14). Alexandra writes policy for the Boston city council and Kyle is CEO of a health care technology startup. The couple purchased a home in Jamaica Plain. Get in touch with Alexandra at

Stephen Finlan (STH’13) of Warwick, R.I., had two books published in recent years: Bullying in the Churches (Cascade Books, 2015), and The Family Metaphor in Jesus’ Teaching: Gospel Imagery and Application (Wipf and Stock, 2013). Contact him at


Chelsea Quezergue (CAS’14) of Chinandega, Nicaragua, recently completed a six-month Spanish interpretation and translation internship program with the New York City district attorney’s office. She is a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua, where she is a teacher trainer for teaching English as a foreign language at La Universidad Cristiana Autonoma de Nicaragua en Chinandega. She writes, “I had an awesome Thanksgiving Day luncheon with the US ambassador to Nicaragua.”

Jacob Turnbull (CAS’14, GRS’14) of Raleigh, N.C., married his longtime girlfriend, Alexandra Wilkins, on August 21, 2015, in their hometown of Portland, Maine. The groomsmen included Dan Toth (ENG’13) and Samir Khoso (CAS’13). Also in attendance were Evan Caughey (COM’13), Tara Bylsma (CAS’12, SPH’14), Stephanie Kukolich (CAS’14), and Jessica Boven (CAS’13). Jacob and Alexandra live in the famous Research Triangle Park. Jacob is a scientific researcher at a biopharmaceutical company, and Alexandra is a music therapist at a hospital.

Nikita Virani (Questrom’14) of Brookline, Mass., recently launched Wizdy, a start-up that leverages games empowering kids to cultivate healthy habits. Nikita writes, “I believe in gaming for good. Our first game, Wizdy Pets, tackles asthma, the number one chronic disease in children.” Wizdy Pets was recently featured in Apple’s Kids Best New Apps and Games category.


Erica Larence (LAW’16) of Cumberland, R.I., published the children’s book Caine and Mabel (Green Bamboo Publishing, 2015), about the importance of animal rescue and how rescue dogs can bring healing and happiness into people’s lives. Erica writes, “Caine is based on my own rescue dog, and part of the proceeds will be donated to the Northeast Animal Shelter.” Email Erica at


Jo Farkas (SED’49,’60) of Studio City, Calif., worked at the Cortical Function Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital before she became a school psychologist, first for Newton public schools and then for Baltimore City public schools. She retired in 1986 and moved to Gualala, Calif., where she lived until 1991. She then relocated to Los Angeles and began her acting career with a role on The Young and the Restless. Jo writes, “13 films and 30 television shows later, my last gig was a music video for Pharrell. Having the best time of my life!” Contact Jo at


Norman R. Dunphe (Questrom’51) of Taunton, Mass., was appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Norman writes, “On April 15, 1945, as a member of the B-24 bomber crew (448th Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force), I participated in a mission that caused the surrender of the 122,000 German troops and relieved the town of Royan, France, from Nazi occupation.” At a ceremony at Taunton’s Old Colony Historical Society Museum, where he is on the board of directors, Norman was presented with the Legion of Honor medal before an audience of family and friends. Norman, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, spent his career in casualty insurance as a senior underwriter, and in local radio. A lover of big band music, his retirement years have been spent entertaining residents of hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation facilities.


Susan Surman (CFA’60) of Winston Salem, N.C., is “an actress turned author and dramatist,” she writes. She has adapted her novel West Palm Gig (Second Wind Publishing, 2012) for the stage; the full-length comedy is published with Heartland Plays, Inc. Her new novel, Afternoon Sun (Second Wind Publishing, 2015), is available in print and as an e-book. Susan has been teaching writing and pronunciation in the ESL program at a North Carolina community college for 13 years.


Carol Aronson-Shore (CFA’63) of Portsmouth, N.H., showed her paintings in an exhibition last fall at the Banks Gallery in Portsmouth. Carol is a University of New Hampshire professor emerita. She was named a Lifetime Fellow by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in more than 150 shows, with one-woman exhibitions in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Her paintings were also included in the 2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial. Learn more at


Carroll Parrott Blue (CAS’64) of Houston, Tex., is a filmmaker, an interactive multimedia producer, and a community activist. She collaborated with French composer and multimedia artist Jean-Baptiste Barrière and New York–based composer and interactive artist George Lewis to create Whispering Bayou, an immersive multimedia art installation that features a video triptych and multichannel soundscape composed of sounds, voices, and images of Houstonians and their city. It was recently displayed at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Learn more at

Lavinia Kumar (CAS’64, GRS’66) of Plainsboro, N.J., published The Skin and Under (WordTech Communications, 2015), a book of poetry that “explores a body of history through worldwide healers who use natural remedies, magic, potions, special rituals, or the familiar scalpel.”


Hank Davis (GRS’65) of Yonkers, N.Y., coproduced The Sun Blues Box, a boxed set of blues music issued by the German company Bear Family Records. The Sun Blues Box won the 2014 W. C. Handy Blues Music Award for Historical Album of the Year. Hank is a retired professor of psychology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.


David R. Mindlin (CAS’67) of South Daytona, Fla., published How I Recovered From PTSD Due To Child Abuse (B.M.I., Inc., 2014).


Domenic Cretara (CFA’68,’70) of Long Beach, Calif., had two of his drawings accepted into the permanent collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, including a large drawing, Masquerade.

Susan Marx (CFA’68) of Orange, N.J., an abstract expressionist painter, showed her work in the exhibition Divergent Realities throughout October at the Agora Gallery in New York City.


Deirdre Dore (CAS’69) of Westbridge, British Columbia, published the short story “The Wise Baby” in Geist magazine. In November, Deirdre won the $10,000 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, one of the most significant monetary awards given in Canada to a developing writer for a work of short fiction published in a literary journal.


Roy Perkinson (GRS’70) of Framingham, Mass., a painter, showed his work in a solo exhibition at Fountain Street Fine Art in Framingham in September.

Bonnie Selway (COM’70) of Manhattan Beach, Calif., writes, “I got my master’s degree in 1970 and have been blessed! When I attended, a lot of the men of my generation were in Vietnam. That may be the reason journalism chair David Manning White gave me a full scholarship. Lucky me.” Bonnie worked at the Boston Herald for 11 years as a feature writer, covering “all the social issues of the day: Roe v. Wade, women suing Boston publishers for equal pay, Associated Industries of Massachusetts saying pregnancy is not a medical condition worthy of sick pay because pregnancy is voluntary,” she says. “When we moved to California, I worked as a copy editor at the Pulitzer Prize–winning daily Riverside Press-Enterprise.” She now volunteers for the charity the Sandpipers, which donates $1.2 million a year to the needy, and writes one story a month for the neighborhood magazine Hill Section Life, “which I am trying to drag into the 21st century.” Contact Bonnie at


Robert Allyn Goldman (SDM’71) of Columbia, S.C., published Henry Maurice Goldman, Dental Educator and Pioneer (Archway Publishing, 2015), a biography of the dental educator for whom BU’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is named. Robert, also a dentist and educator, was a fellow under Henry at Beth Israel Hospital.


Peter H. Bloom (CAS’72) of Somerville, Mass., a flutist, was artist-in-residence at the Snow Pond Composers Workshop in Sidney, Maine, in June. There, he gave premieres of 11 new works written for the occasion, including music by faculty members Elliot Schwartz, Richard Nelson, and Edward Jacobs, as well as compositions by workshop participants. Peter also presented a lecture in June and multiple demonstrations of historical flutes for the American Musical Instrument Society’s national meeting at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Peter also recently participated in numerous chamber music concerts in Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois, Iowa, New York, and Pennsylvania, as well as a variety of performances with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, whose founder and music director is Mark Harvey (STH’71, GRS’83). Contact Peter at

Jean Kilbourne (SED’72,’80) of West Newton, Mass., received the Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley College last February. “This is Wellesley’s highest honor,” Jean writes. In October, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in recognition of her work on the image of women in advertising, her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising, and her promotion of media literacy.


Donna Rossetti-Bailey (CFA’74) of Marshfield, Mass., has shown her art in several local, regional, and national exhibitions. Her piece Marsh Memory was selected for the North River Arts Society 39th Festival of the Arts and was sold opening night. Other works of Donna’s, River Sky and Last Rays, were juried into the Cecil Byrne Gallery’s Sand, Sea and Sky exhibit, part of the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. Another work, Marsh Glow, has been accepted into the Cape Cod Art Association National Juried Exhibit, in Barnstable, Mass. Four pieces of Donna’s were on exhibit at the Marshfield Ventress Library, part of the North River Arts Society Faculty Show, and 14 additional works were on display at the South Shore Conservatory Gallery in Hingham, Mass., in a group pastel exhibit.
Donna earned the International Association of Pastel Societies’ (IAPS) Master Circle Award, which she received at the IAPS convention in June 2015. Donna also teaches pastel painting classes at South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, and North River Arts Society in Marshfield Hills, Mass. Contact her at


Michael Levy (CAS’75) of Andover, Mass., published his second book, Celebrity and Entertainment Obsession: Understanding Our Addiction (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). Michael writes that the book “explains society’s obsession with celebrities and being entertained from a psycho-social-historical perspective.” Contact him at

David B. Seaburn (STH’75) of Spencerport, N.Y., published his fifth novel, More More Time (Savant Books and Publications, 2015). David is a retired psychologist, a marriage and family therapist, and an ordained minister.

Bruce Stein (SAR’75) of Melbourne, Fla., recently returned from his fourth trip to Africa, bringing the number of countries to which he has traveled to 59. Bruce writes, “Any old friends out there, I’d love to hear from you.” Contact him at


Nina Paris (SAR’76) of North Caldwell, N.J., is the founder and president of the International Foundation for Performing Arts Medicine, a nonprofit whose mission is to teach injury prevention to performing arts professionals, students, and teachers, as well as to sound engineers, costume designers, set designers, and others in the field. The organization provides injury prevention workshops, health care professional referrals, and general medical advice. Visit, or email for more information.


Ray Anderson (MET’78) of Hingham, Mass., published The Trail (Turner, 2015), a thriller about a wanted serial killer who attempts to escape on the Appalachian Trail.

Tracy Burtz (CFA’78) of Pleasantville, N.Y., showed her artwork at Nantucket Looms in Nantucket, Mass., in July 2015, and in the exhibition Exploring the Emotions of Women in Painting last fall at the Rye Arts Center in Rye, N.Y.


Richard S. McGowan (LAW’79) of Westport, Conn., has been selected as chair of the board of Cleveland BioLabs, Inc. (CBLI), a NASDAQ-listed pharmaceutical drug development company.

Peter Reich (SPH’79) of Cambridge, Mass., writes that his autobiographical novel, A Book of Dreams (Trafalgar Square Publishing, 2015), has been reissued after more than 40 years since its original 1973 publication. Peter writes that the revival was prompted in large part by singer Kate Bush’s 1985 album Hounds of Love. The album includes the song “Cloudbusting,” which was inspired by Peter’s novel and the life of his father, psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich. Peter, a retired School of Public Health assistant professor of environmental health, has a strong connection to BU, and credits the clinicians at the School of Medicine with saving his life when, in early 2004, he was put in an induced coma for nine weeks to treat complications from Pemphigus vulgaris, a rare auto-immune disorder. Upon remission, Peter worked to help produce an instructional module on the disorder for second-year medical students.


Deena Baxter (MET’80, GSM’92) of Naples, Fla., had her book Surviving Suicide: Searching for “Normal” with Heartache & Humor (Mascot Books, 2014) endorsed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It is listed on the foundation’s website,, as a resource for families.


David Brinn (COM’81) of Ma’ale Adumim, Israel, is the managing editor of the Jerusalem Post. He has lived in Israel since 1985, and recently wrote the book Goodbye Parkinson’s, Hello life! (Divine Arts, 2016) with Alex Kerten, an Israeli treatment specialist for Parkinson’s. “I spent a year meeting with Alex and sitting in on his sessions,” David writes, “and the result of our efforts is an easy-to-understand and easy-to-use guidebook that Parkinson’s patients and their families can follow to eliminate many, if not most, of their symptoms and return to a productive and fulfilling life.”

Ilene Mitnick (COM’81) of Provincetown, Mass., is co-owner of Roux, a restored Victorian bed and breakfast in Provincetown’s East End Gallery District. In October, Roux was named Best Inn—Cape Cod in Boston magazine’s 2015 Best of Boston awards, “nearly a year to the day of opening its doors,” Ilene writes. Learn more about Roux at


Jim Haskell (CAS’82) of Ipswich, Mass., published Two Tents: Twenty-one Years of Discovery on the Appalachian Trail (Maine Authors Publishing, 2015), his account of hiking the trail over two decades.


Brooke Karzen (CFA’84) of Toluca Lake, Calif., who was instrumental in launching The Voice and The Bachelor television franchises and was named one of the Hollywood Reporter’s Reality TV Most Powerful list, was promoted to executive vice president of alternative programming and development at Warner Horizon Television in October.


Christine Netski (LAW’85) of Lexington Mass., is treasurer of the Boston Bar Association (BBA). Three other BU graduates also hold new leadership positions on the BBA’s council: Julia Huston (LAW’87) of Natick is the immediate past-president, and Russell Beck (LAW’89) of Marblehead and Wendell Taylor (LAW’95) of Boston, who both teach at BU’s School of Law, are also new additions to the council.

Arra Yerganian (Questrom’85) of San Jose, Calif., is the new chief marketing and branding officer of Sutter Health, a northern California health network.


Helene Houston (SON’86) of Springfield, Mass., published The Other Couch: Discovering Women’s Wisdom in Therapy (NorLights Press, 2015), which she coauthored with Patricia Peters Martin.


David Cohen (ENG’87) of Winter Garden, Fla., retired from the US Air Force in July 2014, after a career of more than 26 years that started with Air Force ROTC at BU. His career included more than 2,500 hours as a pilot (primarily in the KC-135 air refueling tanker), multiple command assignments, a joint-staff assignment at the Pentagon, and deployments around the globe. David is manager of creative costuming for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. He overseas a bicoastal team of more than 60 inventory planners and warehouse professionals responsible for clothing nearly 110,000 cast members at Walt Disney World and Disneyland and aboard Disney Cruise Line ships. David’s wife, Carolyn, teaches sixth-grade science at a local charter school and is pursuing her doctorate of education.

Robert Hesslink, Jr. (SAR’87) of Lake Oswego, Ore., has conducted research in the life sciences and managed investment assets. He recently self-published Eat Less, Sleep More, and Slow Down (2015), which, he writes, is “a pleasantly simple guide to help individuals live better and longer in today’s fast-paced world.”

Nanette Kaplan Solomon (CFA’87) of New Castle, Penn., a concert pianist, recently released the CD Badinage: The Piano Music of Mana-Zucca with Albany Records. Learn more at

Ian Randal Strock (CAS’87,’89) of Brooklyn, N.Y., is ombudsman of American Mensa Region 1 (Northeast Region), his first Mensa office since 1998. He writes, “After two terms as president of Greater New York Mensa (and more years as an editor and membership officer), plus two terms as treasurer of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and getting the Moon Society off the ground, I thought I’d shaken the need to volunteer, but I guess not.” He is also building the publishing company Gray Rabbit Publications/Fantastic Books and working on his writing career. Contact Ian at, and learn more about his publishing company at


William Cooke (CAS’88) of Madison, Wisc., published the book of poetry In a Haunted Analytic of the Sublime (CreateSpace, 2014). William writes, “Included within the text is a poem about my experience at BU.” Contact him at

Paula DelBonis-Platt (COM’88) of Contoocook, N.H., was awarded the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence from the Community College System of New Hampshire in May. She is a full professor in the department of English and foreign languages at New Hampshire Technical Institute, Concord’s Community College, where she teaches writing, literature, and French. She is also a PhD candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Contact Paula at

Benjamin Levi (ENG’88) of Washington, D.C., is a principal with the McKool Smith law firm. He specializes in patent litigation in the US International Trade Commission and in federal district courts, and was recently awarded the Lexology 2015 Client Choice Award for patent litigation in Washington, D.C.


Sheri R. Abrams (Questrom’89) of Centreville, Va., has reopened her own law firm after five years as partner in another firm. The Law Firm of Sheri R. Abrams, PLLC, in Oakton, Va., concentrates on Social Security disability law, special needs planning, elder law, and estate planning. Sheri can be reached through her website:


Andrew Berkowitz (COM’90) of New York, N.Y., is senior vice president of artist relations and video promotion at Warner Bros. Records.


Sarah (Stanton) Andre (SAR’91) of Bonita Springs. Fla., published Locked, Loaded, & Lying (Entangled Publishing, 2015), a romantic suspense novel. Learn more at

Dirk Baker (CGS’89, COM’91, SED’93,’98) of West Boylston, Mass., is the head baseball coach at Worcester State University. He recently released a bestselling instructional baseball video, Burning Up the Base Paths (Championship Productions, 2015).

Nancy Dubuc (COM’91) of New York, N.Y., is president and CEO of A+E Networks. Nancy and A+E Networks recently received the Governor’s Award Emmy, the highest honor from the Television Academy, for their corporate philanthropy work.

Kirk Westphal (ENG’91) of Southborough, Mass., published his first book, No Ordinary Game: Miraculous Moments in Backyards and Sandlots (Down East Books, 2015). “It’s a collection of true stories about great moments in sports that happen to everyday people,” Kirk writes, “and two of the stories happened at BU during my time there (including the day that five male engineering students, myself included, were challenged to a game of basketball against the women’s varsity team).” Learn more about the book at


Kristen Dieffenbach (CAS’92) of Morgantown, W.Va., was named public relations and outreach division head for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, an international professional organization that promotes the field of sport and exercise psychology.


John Custy (MET’93) of Boston, Mass., received the Ron Muns Lifetime Achievement Award and the IT Industry Legends Award from Cherwell Software in recognition of his 35-year career in the IT industry. John is president of JPC Group, a professional services company that serves its clients in the practice areas of training, technology acquisition, service marketing, IT service management best practices, and knowledge management.

Norbert Pickett (MET’93) of Hermosa Beach, Calif., was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in August. Norbert holds multiple all-time state and regional records, including for scoring, most points in a season, and shooting percentage with points over 60.

Jean-Marc Retrouvey (SDM’93) of Outremont, Quebec, was elected the new president of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists.

Casey Sherman (COM’93) of Marshfield, Mass., is the author of eight bestselling novels, including The Finest Hours (Scribner, 2009), which he co-wrote with Michael Tougia. The book, which chronicles the greatest small boat rescue in US history, has been adapted into a major motion picture from Walt Disney Pictures starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, and Eric Bana, and will be released in 80 countries beginning on January 29, 2016. Sherman’s most recent book, Boston Strong (ForeEdge, 2015), co-written with Dave Wedge, is also coming to the big screen, starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Peter Berg. It will begin production in Boston in March 2016. Watch the trailer for The Finest Hours on YouTube.

Scott Singer (CAS’93) of Hallandale Beach, Fla., founded Insider Career Strategies, a firm assisting job seekers with every phase of their job search, including coaching and résumé writing, as well as helping small- and medium-sized companies develop and implement their recruitment strategies. Scott can be reached at


Christian Na (CAS’94, LAW’97) of Somerville, Mass., is the CEO of Pinch!, a new app start-up in Boston, which recently won the Best of Boston College Tech Fest 2015. Users of the app can request any kind of help and be connected to someone who can fulfill the request. Learn more at

Fadia Nader (CGS’92, SAR’94, CAS’94) of Westlake, Ohio, recently earned a postprofessional Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

Tony Shortway (CGS’94, COM’96) of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., released The Puddle Jumper Escape, an instrumental concept album that he wrote and produced, in February 2015. The album draws from many themes he originally composed for television ads and documentary films and “sounds like it should accompany an avant-garde sci-fi crime thriller,” Tony writes. He is also a designer at ADK Studios, a design and custom fabrication company that creates show sets for entertainment and theme park industries. Tony recently was the graphic production designer for the Diagon Alley expansion at Universal Studios Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter and for the Fast & Furious: Supercharged attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood.


Jeff Takle (Questrom’96, CAS’96) of Somerville, Mass., runs Global Connectivity, which connects medical diagnostic devices to the internet in the developing world. The devices are used to fight infectious diseases like Ebola, tuberculosis, and HIV. “Faster disease information leads to faster health care response and better health outcomes,” Jeff writes. “Global Connectivity has national networks in 23 countries across Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.” Jeff’s wife, Heather (March) Takle (Questrom’99), runs mergers and acquisitions at Ameresco, an energy services company in Framingham, Mass. Jeff and Heather have two sons, Grady and Anderson, and a big dog, Buckley.


Seth Fox (COM’97) of Tarrytown, N.Y., writes that his team took home the 2015 News & Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast for the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley series Challenge Academy. Seth was the editor for all seven segments, and a producer on the project. “Over six months we followed the cadets of the California-based Sunburst Youth Challenge Academy, run by the California National Guard,” he writes. “All were high school-age dropouts. For some, this was their last chance. For all, it was an opportunity to take control and turn their lives around. We were with them from day one through graduation.” Watch the pieces at

Stephen Gardella (COM’97) of Astoria, N.Y., is a writer and producer for Low Budget Sketch Show, an online sketch series that has been featured in the A.V. Club, Splitsider, the New York Observer, and the New York Times. He is also an associate producer for O.S.F.U.G., a monthly late night sketch show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York.


Rob Brownson (SAR’98) of Littleton, Mass., is taking his counseling degree in a new direction. In partnership with his wife, Jenna Brownson, he is providing mediation services to civic organizations, small business entities, elders, and families. Rob writes that their enterprise “more specifically works with divorcing couples as a peace-minded alternative to litigation, promoting self-direction, mutually beneficial financial outcomes, and intensive focus on post-divorce parenting. Of noteworthiness is the pairing of the two disciplines of law and counseling in a common goal-oriented forum of negotiation.” Rob and Jenna share four children, two motorcycles, one minivan about to cross 200,000 miles, two dogs, and infrequent skunk spray cleanup responsibilities.

Prospero Uybarreta (ENG’98) of Wichita, Kans., is a scaled composites experimental test pilot. At the 59th Annual Symposium Awards Banquet of the Society of Test Pilots (SETP), Prospero received the prestigious Iven C. Kincheloe Award, which recognizes outstanding professional accomplishment in the conduct of flight testing, for his contributions to Bombardier’s CSeries and CRJSeries commercial jet flight test programs. The Kincheloe Award is the highest and most prestigious accolade a professional test pilot can achieve. Kincheloe Award trophies are maintained at the National Air and Space Museum and at the SETP headquarters.


Jennifer Cleary (CAS’99,’03) and Michael Duda (COM’00) of Brooklyn, N.Y., welcomed their first child, Sophia May Duda, on July 1, 2015.

Marsha Doran (CFA’99) of Morris, Conn., had her first solo show last summer at the Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City. “My current works are mixed media abstract pieces that build from a representational structure that derives from mythological and religious symbols,” she writes. “All are connected by the idea of breaking things down to a base structure and re-creating with an assortment of mediums. Each medium feeds off of the other. I learn from one and try to pull new ideas and techniques throughout the process, no matter what I am working in. Each also allows me to see new things within the subject.” Learn more about her work at

Dan Guzman (COM’99) of West Roxbury, Mass., was recently named senior producer of WBUR’s daily news magazine program Morning Edition. He oversees all material and editorial content produced locally for the show.

Jared Jacobson (CAS’99) of Philadelphia, Pa., graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 2002. After working in New York for a few years, he formed his own law firm, Jared Jacobson Law, in 2009. In January 2015, Jared partnered with attorney and licensed physical therapist Franklin J. Rooks, Jr., and formed Jacobson & Rooks to develop their labor and employment, qui tam/whistleblower, and general counsel legal service practice areas. “We filmed a fun video and were lucky enough to have a review written on it, published in the legal industry’s leading blog Above the Law,” Jared writes. Check out the video, which parodies Lorde’s hit song “Royals,” on the company’s website,, and contact Jared at

Beth Murphy (GRS’99) of Falmouth, Mass., is releasing the documentary film What Tomorrow Brings, about the Zabuli School for Girls in Afghanistan. The Zabuli School provides K–12 education to almost 500 students. Now, along with Afghan activist Razia Jan, Murphy is working to create the first college for girls in rural Afghanistan. She founded the production company Principle Pictures in 1999, and has worked on projects all over the globe, often in war-torn areas and developing countries.


Brian Clay Luedloff (CFA’00) of Greeley, Colo., has been promoted to full professor at the University of Northern Colorado, where he is director of opera theater. He is also artistic director of Opera Fort Collins, a professional regional opera company now in its 36th season. His production of The Daughter of the Regiment, for which he wrote a new English performing edition set during the American Civil War, was awarded the 2014 American Prize, third place in the professional opera company division.

Edward Welch (CGS’98, CAS’00) of West Palm Beach, Fla., an associate at the Miami office of the law firm Broad and Cassel, was recently appointed to the advisory board of Florida Atlantic University’s College of Education. Edward is a member of Broad and Cassel’s health law, commercial litigation, construction law and litigation, and real estate litigation practice groups. His work focuses on complex business issues, bankruptcy, consumer transactions, and the construction industry.


Nathan Cobb (MED’01) of Washington, D.C., founded QuitNet, a quit-smoking website that recently celebrated its 20th year online. Nathan created the website during his time at BU. Learn more at

Rachel Stevenson (COM’01, SED’06) of Hopkinton, Mass., and her husband, Dave, announce the birth of Cora Jane on July 6, 2015. “Big sister Lucy, five, and big brother Walt, three, were thrilled to welcome baby Cora to the family,” she writes.

Lee Tasey (STH’01,’02) of Lincoln, Neb., published his third novel, the paranormal romance Jenna’s Flaw (iUniverse, 2015). “It deals with college life, demonic possession and exorcism, and the death of Western civilization,” he writes. Visit


Jennifer Gaudiani (MED’02) of Denver, Colo., was promoted to medical director of the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health, where she started working in 2007.

Duci Goncalves (CGS’00, SAR’02) of Dorchester, Mass., earned a JD from Northeastern University School of Law, and is now the attorney in charge at the Quincy office of the Committee for Public Counsel Services’ Youth Advisory Division (YAD). Duci began working at the YAD Roxbury office in 2005, where she represented juveniles in delinquency and youthful offender matters in the Dorchester, West Roxbury, and Boston juvenile courts. From 2010 to 2011, while on a leave of absence from YAD, she worked as a staff attorney at Suffolk University School of Law’s Juvenile Justice Center (JJC), where she supervised law students representing juveniles in the Boston Juvenile Court, assisted in teaching the Juvenile Defender Clinical Class, and maintained a small caseload of juvenile delinquency and youthful offender cases. Duci received the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 2012 Access to Justice Defender Award.

Daniel Hoak (CAS’02) of Richland, Wash., writes that he successfully defended his PhD thesis in physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in July. As a graduate student, Daniel worked on the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, a group of scientists seeking to make the first direct detection of gravitational waves from astrophysical events. After completing grad school, he plans to move to Pisa, Italy, where he has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study at the European Gravitational Observatory in Cascina.


Manu Oberoi (Questrom’04) of Needham, Mass., transitioned from a nine-year career in financial services to working as a full-time real estate agent. Manu, his wife, Meera, and their daughter, Piya, welcomed baby Aashi to their family last April.

Thaddeus “Toby” Yurek III (MET’04) of Henderson, Nev., retired from the city’s police department on August 21, 2015, after a 20-year law enforcement career. Toby practices workers’ compensation law for the law firm of Greenman, Goldberg, Raby, and Martinez.


Jenn Sotolongo (CGS’03, COM’05) of Portland, Ore., embarked on a nine-month bike tour in May 2015, with her partner and Australian shepherd. When she wrote, they planned to cycle from Oslo to Istanbul.

Amie Valpone (Questrom’05) of New York, N.Y., is the editor-in-chief and founder of She writes, “I recently healed myself from 10 years of chronic illness with integrative medicine and clean eating” and notes that her first cookbook, Eating Clean: Detox, Fight Inflammation, Reset Your Body, & Get to the Root Cause of Illness (Houghton Mifflin, 2016), will be in stores nationwide on March 8, 2016. She writes that BU “taught me how to start my own business, and I am forever grateful.”


Allison Brown (COM’06, CAS’06) of Louisville, Ky., was selected for the spring 2016 class of Ignite Louisville, “a seven-month program designed for next-generation leaders ready to make a positive impact both in their career and in their community.” Allison is a member of the litigation and dispute resolution service team at the law firm Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs. She represents clients in a variety of cases, including health care litigation, employment matters, and commercial disputes.

Charlie Nadler (COM’06) of Astoria, N.Y., has released his first stand-up comedy album, Alive From Martha’s Vineyard, available now at, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit web platform where comedians and musicians raise money for charities via the sale of their original audio recordings. All of Charlie’s proceeds go to Alex’s Place, his hometown venue where he recorded the album. Charlie writes that Alex’s Place “is named in legacy to Alexandra Gagnon and provides safe, enlightening, educational, and entertaining experiences for teens on Martha’s Vineyard.”

Rebecca Roulier (CAS’06, SED’13) of Burlington, Mass., is associate director of Doc Wayne Youth Services, a nonprofit that connects youth through sports. Rebecca writes, “Our organization won the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Sport Award,” which recognizes innovative and collaborative approaches to making healthier communities.


Xena-Shira Grossman (SAR’07) of Ojai, Calif., was a research coordinator at Boston Medical Center for many years before moving to California. She has launched Menu Allergenie, which helps restaurants cater to the more than 15 million Americans with food allergies and the millions more with food sensitivities. Menu Allergenie “makes eating out with food allergies simpler,” she writes. “It is a cloud-based program that allows customers with food allergies to instantly see what they can order at participating restaurants. The program even alerts the customer to cases of likely cross-contact.” Learn more at


Nicole Record (MED’08) and Haig Panossian (CAS’05, MED’08,’12) of New York, N.Y., were married on September 5, 2015, in Laguna Beach, Calif. They are both resident doctors in New York.


Justin Fyten (CAS’10) of Boston, Mass., opened the small immigration law firm Johnson & Fyten Law Offices in Boston’s Back Bay in March 2015.

Mario Nacinovich (MET’10) of Patterson, N.Y., is a managing partner at the US offices of Axon, an international health care communications company. Recently, Mario won the Strategist Award at the PM360 first Elite Awards, which honor individuals who have made a significant impact to the health care industry through their careers.


Silvano D. Orsi (LAW’11) of Rochester, N.Y., received special congressman recognition for running the Little Italy Festival of Rochester, as its president and chair in 2015. “We successfully raised thousands of dollars to aid the needy this year and donated more than 3,500 meals to feed the poor and hungry in Upstate New York,” Silvano writes.


Ralph C. Hamm III (MET’12) of Norfolk, Mass., published Blackberry Juice (Little Red Cell Publishing, 2015), a collection of short stories, poems, and plays related to his experience with racism and the prison system.


Alexandros Papadopoulos (CAS’13) of Cambridge, Mass., is an account manager at EMC, a global IT company. In addition to working full-time at EMC, he is also the managing partner at Ventus Advisors, a part-time consulting firm he helped start. His partners are Nicholas Sorenson (Questrom’14), Christian Chabaneix (ENG’14), Bradley Sauln (ENG’14), and Jack Gantt (Questrom’17).


Kesia Ryan-Webster (CAS’14) of Washington, D.C., published It Ain’t Easy (CreateSpace, 2015), a collection of short stories about growing up in Washington, D.C. “If you think it’s all memorials and museums, you’re mistaken,” she writes. “This collection explores the everyday lives of those who reside in the city—from the around the way girls and boys in the hood, to the private schools on the privileged side of town. It Ain’t Easy shows one of America’s most talked-about cities in a way it is rarely seen: through the eyes of the people.”


Ashley Mayrianne Jones (CAS’15, COM’15) of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, a former Bostonia intern, accepted her dream job: a reporting position at the Pulitzer Prize–winning Virgin Islands Daily News. Ashley is based in St. Thomas and covers environment, crime, government, and community events. She invites fellow alums to contact her at


Edward J. Bander (CAS’49, LAW’51) of Concord, Mass., published the essay “Dating at Age 91” in the November 9, 2014, Boston Globe Magazine. Edward is the author of the books Legal Anecdotes, Wit, and Rejoinder (Vandeplas Publishing, 2007) and The Hidden History of Essex Law School (Trafford Publishing, 2010).


James Hofford (COM’52) of Washington, N.H., published a new compilation of his poetry, Four Score and More (Snowfall Press, 2014), which spans 50 years. The volume has received favorable reviews, notably from New Hampshire author and reviewer Rebecca Rule, who called the poems “meticulously built, like the best of New England’s timeless stone walls.” Contact James at


Richard Noyes (SED’57,’61) of Wilmette, Ill., writes that he dedicated his new novel, Discovering Will’s Lost Years and the Marlowe-Shakespeare Lost Play: Uncovering 16th and 21st-Century Mystery, Treachery, and Obsession (CreateSpace, 2014), to former BU College of Arts & Sciences professors of English Robert Sproat and Harold White. Contact Richard at


Joan Rodman (CAS’58) of Santa Monica, Calif., published Finish Your Dissertation, Darling! (Publish Green, 2015), about her struggles with gender and minority status discrimination while working to become an expert in the field of psychology. Joan, who was head of student services at American University in Washington, D.C., for a decade, now works closely with students completing their own dissertations.


Tex Sample (STH’60, GRS’64) of Kansas City, Mo., writes that his latest book, Human Nature, Interest, and Power: A Critique of Reinhold Niebuhr’s Social Thought (Cascade Books, 2013), received a positive recommendation in the April 29, 2015, edition of The Christian Century .

Philip A. Wheeler (SED’60) of Grand Rapids, Mich., sold his organic and sustainable agronomy business, Crop Services International, and is retired. He and his wife, Louisa, spend their winters in Acapulco and their summers houseboating in Michigan. Philip is on the board of directors of West Michigan Academy of Environmental Sciences, a public charter school.


Dan Tokar (ENG’62, Questrom’64) of Prescott, Ariz., was recently elected to the board of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Arizona. He is a member of the Industrial Development Authority for Prescott. Contact Dan at


George Wolkon (GRS’63) of Pacific Palisades, Calif., an emeritus clinical professor of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences at the University of Southern California, published What’s A Girl Gonna Do? (FriesenPress, 2014), a humorous tale of the complications of gender discrimination that arise when a sensitive girl plays high school football. He says that unlike his professional writing, this short novel is aimed at early teens, although some adults (his brother and cousin) think it is a fast, fun read for grown-ups. Contact George at


Lenore Kola (GRS’64,’70) of Westlake, Ohio, retired from teaching at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University after 40 years. Lenore is codirector of the university’s Center for Evidence-Based Practices. Contact her at


Helaine Smith (CAS’65) of New York, N.Y., published Teaching Particulars: Literary Conversations in Grades 6–12 (Paul Dry Books, 2015). The book engages readers with the questions evoked by great literature. Helaine has taught English in Manhattan for 40 years.


Ruth (Schildkraut) Gustafson (CAS’66) of Madison, Wis., is an independent scholar who contributes to publications on the history of education and curriculum theory. She earned a PhD in music education from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has taught in public schools and at universities in Wisconsin. She is the author of Race and Curriculum: Music in Childhood Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).


Alison Barnet (CAS’67) of Boston, Mass., self-published Sitting Ducks (2014), a novel set in the South End of Boston in 1970. To obtain a copy, contact Alison at

Tim Miles (CGS’67) of Bowie, Md., is in his fifth year of retirement. He tutors and mentors at-risk teens for the Vine Corps in Prince George’s County. He also provides counseling on college and trade school selection and admissions to Hispanic students in the St. Ambrose Catholic Church youth club. Contact Tim at


Domenic Cretara (CFA’68,’70) of Long Beach, Calif., writes that four of his large figurative drawings are featured in Going Home , a two-person exhibit in Las Vegas that will travel to the Schomburg Gallery in Los Angeles. Domenic writes that the exhibition also features the work of Chris Troutman, “a wonderful draughtsman and a former figurative graduate student of mine at California State University, Long Beach, who is now a professor of art in Texas. Two generations of dedicated, observation-based, contemporary artists showing together. So encouraging to see a forceful living tradition continued! I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Helaine Mario (CAS’68) of Arlington, Va., published the novel The Lost Concerto (Oceanview Publishing, 2015), inspired by her son, Sean, a classical pianist.


Adele Boskey (GRS’71) of Caldwell, N.J., is the first woman to receive the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society/Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. Adele is a senior scientist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.


Alexander Bove (LAW’72) of Chestnut Hill, Mass., earned a PhD in law from the University of Zurich in 2013 and was elected to the Estate Planning Hall of Fame in 2014. Alexander is a graduate of BU School of Law’s graduate tax program; his Boston firm, Bove & Langa, P.C., focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, income tax planning, gift and estate tax preparation, and wealth preservation strategies. He recently published Trust Protectors: A Practice Manual with Forms (Juris Publishing, 2014) and is a regular columnist for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Alexander is also updating his book The Complete Book of Wills, Estates, & Trusts (Holt, 2000), which has more than 100,000 copies in print. Contact Alexander at

Harold “Hackie” Reitman (CAS’72, MED’74) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., published Aspertools: The Practical Guide for Understanding and Embracing Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Neurodiversity (Health Communications, Inc., 2014), which he coauthored with his daughter, Rebecca, and Pati Fizzano.

Richard Shemin (CAS’72, MED’74) of Los Angeles, Calif., received the Nathan Shapell Memorial Lifetime Commitment Award from the Jewish Free Loan Association of Los Angeles (JFLA). The JFLA offers interest-free loans on a nonsectarian basis to those in urgent need who may not qualify through normal financial channels.


Peggy Pancoe Rosoff (COM’73) of Wilmington, N.C., has been cochair of the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival for three years. Last April’s festival featured a range of dramas, thrillers, romances, and documentaries.

Stephen Schuit (SED’73,’81) of Peaks Island, Maine, says that the Peace Corps—which he joined after graduating from BU—was a life-altering experience. His assignment took him to South Korea, where he taught English. “Forty years later,” he writes, “after having a career in human resources, I have returned to Korea as a professor of English at a Korean university quite similar to BU—private, about 25,000 students.”


Patricia (Ledden) Chapman (CAS’74) of Pulaski, N.Y., received the Rosemarie Forstner Award from the Community Health Care Association of New York State, along with her husband, Jay, for their work as physicians at Northern Oswego County Health Services. Patricia and Jay are also members of the SUNY Upstate Medical University faculty, and they precept medical students through the school’s rural medicine program.

David Rothauser (COM’74) of Brookline, Mass., is the founder of the independent film company Memory Productions. In May 2015, two of his films—Article 9 Comes to America and Hibakusha, Our Life to Live —were shown at the United Nations Nuclear Nonproliferation Conference.

Sandra Scialdone (CAS’74) of Rochester, N.Y., published a new novel, The Vampire, as an e-book under the pen name Sandrine Genier. Email Sandra at


Katherine Austin (CFA’75,’78) of Bend, Ore., writes, “After 30 years as an architect, I began painting again. I’ve shown my work in several venues. Currently, my work can be seen at the Balletto Vineyards in Santa Rosa, California. I’ve chosen classic cars as my inspiration.” Learn more at, and contact Katherine at

Ralph Stalter, Jr. (CFA’75) of Las Vegas, Nev., is executive director of the Clark County Theatre Center ( He writes that the center has launched a $65 million capital campaign to design and construct a state-of-the-art, regional theater complex. “It will be a gathering place for artists and art lovers alike,” he says. Ralph is also a management consultant with the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company, an associate producer and contributing editor with Southwest Digital Broadcasting, and a contributing writer for The Philantrepreneur, a digital magazine focused on empowering nonprofits and entrepreneurs. Contact him at

Deborah Wayne (CFA’75) of Port Chester, N.Y., opened her own collaborative law and mediation practice in Purchase, N.Y. In addition to her family and matrimonial law practice, Deborah is an adjunct professor of collaborative law at Pace University School of Law. She codeveloped the program, which was one of the first in the United States. She is on the board of directors of the New York State Council for Divorce Mediation and previously served on the board of the New York State Association of Collaborative Professionals. Email Deborah at


Cassandra Georgilakis (SED’76) of Charlottesville, Va., writes that she has found her new calling after having “received permission from John of God (a world-renowned healer) of Abadiânia, Brazil, to give crystal bed sessions,” a physical and spiritual healing treatment.


Ixa Blanco-Maldonado (SED’78) of Tampa, Fla., is the program manager of bilingual services at Hillsborough Community College. “Among other tasks, I tutor all the international, bilingual, and generation 1.5 students on campus,” she writes. “My one-on-ones with these amazing students have reenergized my commitment to education and made me incredibly humble. The professors working in the classroom praise the students’ drive to become more educated human beings ready to become involved in our society or to help in the development of the countries they left behind. Even after 40 years as an educator, I still feel butterflies in my stomach when I walk into the first class session every semester.”

David E. Cherny (Questrom’78) of Newton Centre, Mass., was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc., 2015) in the categories of family law and appellate law. David is a partner in the Boston law firm Atwood & Cherny, where he concentrates on complex matrimonial and family law litigation. Contact him at

Dan Gabbay (CAS’78) of West Orange, N.J., is the coauthor of an autobiography by the late television producer Robert Halmi, Sr., titled American Dreamer: My Story of Survival, Adventure, and Success (Globe Pequot Press/Lyons Press, 2015). Dan conducted hours of interviews with Halmi before he died, as well as extensive historical research, in order to cowrite the book, which includes a foreword by Isabella Rossellini and an introduction by Patrick Stewart.


Scott Biron (SED’79) of Westwood, Mass., has achieved the Bronze Fly Tying Skills Award, offered by the International Federation of Fly Fishers–Fly Tying Group. The award is given to an individual who completes a rigorous evaluation of eight fly patterns. Email Scott at

Joan (Cornwell) Bohl (CAS’79) of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “I’m happy to report that my husband and I have moved to the Bay Area. I retired from law teaching and started an online legal writing consulting business ( Working with law students and lawyers on their writing continues to be very satisfying!” Email Joan at


Douglas J. Gladstone (COM’81) of Wilton, N.Y., has published Carving a Niche for Himself: The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore (Bordighera Press, 2014), a book about Mount Rushmore’s unknown Italian-American chief carver. Gladstone previously published A Bitter Cup of Coffee: How MLB and the Players Association Threw 874 Retirees a Curve (Word Association Publishers, 2010).

Nancy Hogan (SED’81) of Medford, Mass., joined the full-service real estate management firm Peabody Properties, Inc., as its chief administrative officer. With more than 20 years in the real estate industry, Nancy is an expert in affordable housing and serves on a number of national and regional industry boards, including the New England Affordable Housing Management Association’s board of directors. Previously, she spent 18 years as officer and vice president of government relations and training at First Realty Management.

Linda J. Popky (COM’81, Questrom’86) of Redwood City, Calif., published Marketing Above the Noise (Bibliomotion, Inc., 2015). Linda is the president of the strategic marketing company Leverage2Market Associates.

Dina (Wischkin) Rosenbaum (SED’81) of Sharon, Mass., is chief program officer at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Mass., where she was formerly the director of marketing. Email Dina at


Amy Brier (CFA’82) of Bloomington, Ind., is an assistant professor of fine art at Ivy Tech Community College and the executive director of the Indiana Limestone Symposium, Inc. She carved an art installation, titled Koi Pond, for Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, to be installed in 2016. Last year, Amy gave a TEDxBloomington talk about limestone, which can be found on her website,

Judy Simpson (COM’82) of Essex Junction, Vt., received a Distinguished Service Award from the Vermont Association of Broadcasters. She has been working in that market for 30 years, formerly as a reporter, anchor, and news director for WVNY-TV (ABC) and now as a reporter and anchor for WCAX-TV (CBS). In a news story on Judy’s award, WCAX called her a “trailblazer,” adding that she “was the first female news director in Vermont back when she worked at WVNY.”


Pamela Meyer (CFA’83) of Chicago, Ill., published The Agility Shift: Creating Agile and Effective Leaders, Teams, and Organizations (Bibliomotion, 2015).


Raymond Diaz (ENG’84) of Weston, Fla., has been promoted to senior director of manufacturing and production support at HeartWare, Inc., in Miami Lakes, Fla. HeartWare develops and manufactures left ventricular assist devices, which “afford folks suffering with end-stage heart failure the opportunity to live a relatively normal life,” he writes. Contact him at

Mara Koven-Gelman (COM’84) of Buffalo, N.Y., coedited the book Mourning Has Broken–A Collection of Creative Writing About Grief and Healing (PK Press, 2015).

B. J. Sadoff (CAS’84) of Rockville, Md., writes, “A group of 1980–1985 BU RAs and student government representatives (and their friends) are interested in planning a reunion. Any interest in attending? Helping with planning? Stay tuned for info as the gray/no hairs from the 80s try to learn about social media to plan an event.” If you’re interested, you can contact B. J. at


Judy L. Santos (CAS’85, COM’85) of Sherman Oaks, Calif., opened a coworking space in the San Fernando Valley called OfficeSlice, which houses startups, entrepreneurs, and established businesses that aim to do business in a new way. OfficeSlice also sponsors community workshops on email marketing, social media, and more. Judy recently launched the Business Builder Program, a 12-week one-on-one program that helps new business owners and entrepreneurs develop easy action steps to grow their ventures. Contact Judy at

Thomas Savino (COM’85) of Ridgefield, Conn., was appointed interim CEO of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. Thomas is the managing director of TMS Consulting.


Eric Andreas (CAS’86) of Silver Spring, Md., published his debut novel, Origins Rising (CreateSpace, 2014), the story of how humans re-evolve into three distinct species—flyers, swimmers, and swift runners—after an asteroid almost destroys life on Earth. In March, Foreword Reviews, a quarterly print magazine and website devoted to independently published books, named Eric’s book a 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Finalist. A practicing attorney, Eric has an MS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a JD from Pace University School of Law.

James V. Langer (CFA’86) of Asheboro, N.C., was promoted to full professor and is chair of the art department at Greensboro College. James exhibits art regularly in the region, and in the summer, he directs and acts in musicals, Shakespearean plays, and other productions. James, who has two young children, celebrated his 15th wedding anniversary this summer with Joanie Flynt Langer. Contact him at


Chisun S. (Chu) Chun (CAS’87) of San Diego, Calif., is a regent at large on the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Council of Regents. The council is the legislative body of the ACHE and is the link between ACHE and its members. Chisun is board certified in health care management as an ACHE fellow and is director of clinical operations at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Previously, she was the first director of health care operations at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Email Chisun at

Donna J. Duellberg (SED’87,’88,’97) of Washington, D.C., is the voluntary education program manager for the United States Coast Guard. She appeared on the cover of the April 2015 issue of Military Advanced Education magazine .

Adrienne Forman (SAR’87) of New York, N.Y., coauthored Fit from the Start: How to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Infancy (Shape Up America!, 2014) with Barbara J. Moore and Alvin N. Eden. Visit

Robert Hesslink (SAR’87) of Lake Oswego, Ore., published an e-book, Eat Less, Sleep More and Slow Down (2015), which he describes as “a pleasantly simple guide to help people live fuller, longer lives.” He writes that the book is based on “my 30-plus years spent conducting research in the life sciences since leaving BU.”

Thomas Lehrich (Questrom’87) of Washington, D.C., is the new deputy inspector general for the Architect of the Capitol, the agency that preserves and maintains the most iconic government buildings in the nation’s capital. Tom oversees all the business units for the agency and serves as its counsel. His past public sector positions include chief counsel for the US Department of Transportation and inspector general and assistant chief counsel for the Transportation Security Administration. Tom and his wife, Debbie, have three children. Contact him at

Kathleen McGovern Kearns (COM’87) of New York, N.Y., was appointed vice president for development and communications at the New York Genome Center (NYGC) in March 2015. A consortium of leading academic medical centers and research universities, the NYGC works to improve medical research and clinical care in New York and beyond by creating one of the largest genomics facilities in North America, integrating research, sequencing, bio- and clinical informatics, and data management. Contact Kathleen at

Marea Murray (SSW’87) of Oakland, Calif., is a social worker for the San Francisco VA Health Care System. Marea was featured on the San Francisco VA’s website recently for helping a formerly homeless veteran secure housing in a luxury apartment in San Francisco at a below-market rate.


Amy Brenner-Fricke (COM’89) of Oakdale, Conn., is communications coordinator at Yale-New Haven Health System, which includes Yale-New Haven Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, and Bridgeport Hospital, as well as hundreds of primary care physicians and specialists. Amy and her husband, Stephen Fricke (ENG’91), write that their son Kyler is a senior in the Corps of Cadets at Norwich University, and their son Caleb is a sophomore majoring in aerospace engineering at the University of Maryland.

Colleen Curtis (COM’89) of Sea Bright, N.J., was promoted to senior vice president of consumer and digital publicity for the Starz Networks.

Leslie Shapiro (SSW’89) of West Newton, Mass., published Understanding OCD: Skills to Control the Conscience and Outsmart Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Praeger, 2015).


Andy Mozina (GRS’90) of Kalamazoo, Mich., published Quality Snacks (Wayne State University Press, 2014), a collection of short stories named a finalist in Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book Awards.

Takonkiet Viravan (COM’90) of Bangkok, Thailand, directed Waterfall, a new musical that premiered at California’s Pasadena Playhouse in May 2015. The show features music and lyrics by Academy Award winner David Shire and Tony Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr.


Jennifer (Trowe) Donatelli (COM’91) of Huntington, N.Y., has formed her own production company, Spotlight Entertainment, after many years as a network television producer in New York City and Los Angeles. Spotlight creates, develops, and produces programming for television and digital media. Jennifer lives with her husband and two boys, ages 9 and 13, and divides her time between Long Island and New York City. She sends greetings to “all the Tri Deltas” and invites old friends to contact her at

Jack David Eller (GRS’91) of Denver, Colo., published the second edition of his textbook, Introducing Anthropology of Religion (Routledge, 2014), and a book on American diversity, Culture and Diversity in the United States (Routledge, 2015). Contact him at

Glenn Prezzano (GRS’91) of Methuen, Mass., is the owner of 512 Media Inc., the parent company of Merrimack Valley Magazine and Merrimack Press, which recently published The Witch at Rivermouth, a mystery/thriller by Lowell author Stephen P. O’Connor.


Eric Becker (LAW’92) of Bow Mar, Colo., was promoted to senior vice president of corporate communications at Starz Networks. Becker is a 16-year veteran of Starz.

Craig Huffnagle (ENG’92) of Keller, Tex., is a pilot instructor with Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth.

Michael Quinlin (COM’92) of Milton, Mass., edited the 10th anniversary edition of Tales from the Emerald Isle and Other Green Shores: Classic Irish Stories (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). Michael is also the author of Irish Boston: A Lively Look at Boston’s Colorful Irish Past (Globe Pequot Press, 2014).


Sanaé Kanda (CFA’93,’02) of Beverly, Mass., has released a new CD of her musical compositions, Purple Night, on which her husband, Mike Milnarik (CFA’95), also performs. Sanaé, an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger, and music educator, is on the faculty of Salem State University.


Rachel (Rossetti) Leone (COM’94) of Hingham, Mass., writes that her company, Leone Marketing Solutions, Inc., just celebrated 10 years of providing marketing, public relations, and event-planning strategies that help companies and organizations improve results and exceed customer expectations. Contact Rachel at

Andrew Liu (LAW’94) of Salinas, Calif., was elected a judge on the Monterey County Superior Court in June 2014. He took the oath of office in January 2015 and now presides over the domestic violence court. Previously, Andrew was an assistant district attorney in the Bronx, a deputy district attorney in Monterey County, and a criminal defense attorney in private practice.


Jennifer (Ewen) Frank (CAS’95, MED’95) of Neenah, Wis., published her debut novel, Getting it Right the Second Time Around (Astraea Press, 2015), in April. Contact Jennifer at

Brian Gocial (CAS’95) of Elkins Park, Pa., was elected president of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Delaware Valley chapter, which consists of more than 1,000 members from leading organizations in Greater Philadelphia that support the defense industrial base. Brian is a partner in the international law firm Blank Rome.


Jeffrey R. Docking (GRS’96) of Adrian, Mich., published Crisis in Higher Education: A Plan to Save Small Liberal Arts Colleges in America (Michigan State University Press, 2015). As president of Adrian College since 2005, Jeffrey has used a strategic business model to double enrollment, expanding academic and cocurricular programs, facilities, and housing to attract students. He shares that model in his book, along with lessons to help other struggling private colleges meet economic challenges while providing a high-quality liberal arts education.


Ron Leshnower (LAW’97) of Dix Hills, N.Y., a pianist and composer, has released a new choral-orchestral interpretation of the Jewish prayer “Ma Tovu,” which features the Hebrew text of Numbers 24:5 and Psalms 5:8 and incorporates elements of the traditional melody recited in synagogues. For more information and to listen to the composition, visit

Nikki Manning (CAS’97) of Missoula, Mont., published Historic Underground Missoula (Arcadia Publishing, 2015), based on her master’s thesis research in urban archaeology.

Pete Wilgoren (COM’97) of South Pasadena, Calif., is managing editor at KCBS/KCAL Los Angeles, one of the largest local news stations in the country. In his spare time he blogs about parenting and fatherhood at and for the Huffington Post. Pete is also part of the new anthology Dads Behaving Dadly 2 (Motivational Press, 2015). He says hello to “fellow Sleeper Hall fifth-floor folks.” Contact him at


Dan Gurvich (CFA’98) of Norwalk, Conn., is executive director of the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, one of the 10 largest community arts schools in the country.

Jon Marrelli (CAS’98) of Brooklyn, N.Y., a clinical psychologist, was promoted to program director of several integrated care projects at NYU Lutheran Medical Center. One project aims to improve the physical health of people suffering from mental health conditions; another aims to bring mental health services to people visiting their primary care doctors. Jon encourages psychologists and anyone interested in the integration of physical and mental health to contact him at

Steph “Skippy” Sklar (COM’98) of Los Angeles, Calif., married Michele Mulcahy on February 14, 2015, in Culver City, Calif. In attendance were Melissa Gordon (COM’98) and Kelly Morris (COM’98). Skippy met Michele while studying abroad in Australia in 1997. Contact Skippy at

Pia J. (Hargrove) Raymond (CGS’98, CAS’00) of Brooklyn, N.Y., published her first children’s book, Celebrate Smiles (CreateSpace, 2013), which is dedicated to her son, Sage. A licensed social worker, Pia runs Creating Legacies, an organization that seeks to bring families together through workshops and community events. Learn more at


Travis Roy (COM’00) of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., returned to his home state of Maine in June to receive the 2015 Special Mission Award from the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness. Roy was paralyzed 20 years ago in a hockey accident he suffered at BU. A prominent supporter of spinal cord injury research and services, he founded the nonprofit Travis Roy Foundation in 1997.

Moritz von Stuelpnagel (CFA’00) of Rego Park, N.Y., directed Hand to God on Broadway, which was nominated for five Tony Awards, including for best director, best play, best lead actor, best lead actress, and best featured actress.


Delilah (Rettagliata) Houser (COM’01) of Astoria, N.Y., and her husband, Christian Houser, welcomed their first child, Lennox Christian, on October 30, 2014. Contact Delilah at

Adele Pike (SED’01) of Brookline, Mass., received the Outstanding Innovation Leader Award from the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) for her creative approach to developing and implementing programs in the home health and hospice care field. Adele is the director of excellence and education at the VNA Care Network Foundation.

Roger Wong (SHA’01) of New York, N.Y., was recently selected as one of 20 AmeriCorps Alums 20th Anniversary Award Winners. He works at the NYC Service (Office of the Mayor) as the first service years director. Contact him at


Ray King (MED’02) of Evans, Ga., was named the 2015 Resident of the Year at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) at Georgia Regents University. Ray earned a PhD in neurobiology and anatomy at BU and taught gross anatomy at the University of Massachusetts Medical School while conducting postdoctoral research at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He then accepted a teaching position at the Ross University School of Medicine. When the university offered to admit him as a student and cover his tuition as long as he still stayed on as a teacher, he accepted, creating some confusing moments when his students were in classes with one of their teachers. Ray also met his wife, Jessica Van Beek, who is also a doctor, while at Ross University. The two registered for couples match, ending up at MCG, where they recently completed their residencies.

Kimberly Skiba-Rokosky (CAS’02) of Ashland, Va., was voted by her peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Virginia Super Lawyers.


Mariana Agathoklis (COM’03), of New York, N.Y., married Timothy Alan Schlock (Questrom’03) on December 27, 2014, in Baltimore. Mariana is vice president of communications for MTV, and Tim is an associate in Morgan Stanley’s media banking practice.

Danielle (Spillman) Yoch (Questrom’03) of Thornton, Pa., is vice president at Montrose Park Advisors, a boutique financial planning and investment management firm. She writes, “I’ve also become active in Questrom’s mentoring program to encourage women graduates who are interested in pursuing careers in financial planning.”


Robert Doody (CAS’04, MED’08) of Riverside, Calif., married Shannon Pedrani on September 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. BU alumni in attendance were Sreenivas Garla (CAS’04, MED’08), Adam Frisch (CAS’04), and Steven Weiss (CAS’03, SAR’07). When he wrote, Robert was completing his residency in anesthesiology. Contact him at

Vanessa Manzano (SPH’04) of Emerson, N.J., was named one of the four 2015 Distinguished Filipino Women in New York by the Philippine Consulate General of New York. She was honored for her work with the Filipino School of New York and New Jersey, a nonprofit she founded.

Melissa Meyers (CAS’04) and Daniel Rosenbloom (CAS’04) of Forest Hills, N.Y., were married on February 15, 2015, in Bryn Athyn, Pa. In attendance were Tiffany (Eisenman) Yankovich (COM’04), Mordechai Yankovich (COM’05), Alon Cohen (UNI’01, LAW’05), Rebecca Singer-Cohen (CAS’01), Tracy Fogel (CAS’04), Rena (Silberberg) Berman (CAS’01, MET’15), Yashi Kraus (UNI’03), Beth (Lamport) Kraus (CAS’03, SAR’05), Melissa Kivitz-Krantzow (CAS’06), and Cameron Bloomer (CAS’03). Daniel is a senior DevOps engineer at Logicworks; Melissa is a pediatrics resident at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Queens, N.Y. When they wrote, they were planning a move to Philadelphia, where Melissa will be a nephrology fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Contact them at

Melissa Renn (GRS’04,’11) of Cambridge, Mass., published American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born Before 1826 (Yale University Press, distributed for the Harvard Art Museums, 2014), with coauthor Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. Melissa has an essay on the American avant-garde in Provincetown in the collections catalogue Provincetown Art Association and Museum: A Century of Creativity (2015).


Bede Benjamin Bidlack (GRS’05) of Somerville, Mass., published his first book, In Good Company: The Body and Divinization in Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ and Daoist Xiao Yingsou (Brill, 2015). Bede is an assistant professor of theology at Saint Anselm College.

Amy Durbin (COM’05) of Williamsville, N.Y., was appointed to the newly created role of executive media director at the marketing and public relations agency Eric Mower + Associates, where she was also named a partner. Based in Buffalo, Amy will lead the media department across the agency’s eight offices.

Stephan Nadeau (MET’05) of Taunton, Mass., was honored at an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) international conference in March. He received the Emerging Leadership Award for his outstanding contributions to the Lexington–Concord branch of the AFCEA. The honor recognizes Stephan for spearheading an effort to enhance STEM education in local schools. He was also cited for working to expand the Department of Defense’s STARBASE program at Hanscom Air Force Base, a program that motivates elementary school students to explore STEM subjects.

Barry Thomas (MET’05) of Ames, Iowa, is president of the FBI National Academy Associates—one of the largest law enforcement associations in the world with approximately 17,000 members. He writes, “During my presidency, I will be focusing on urging law enforcement administrators to lead the way in healing the relationship with communities that we’ve seen deteriorate in recent times.”


Vlada Brofman (UNI’07) of Cambridge, Mass., has released a debut CD with her band NoMad Dreams. “Our music draws on many traditions,” she writes, and features “jazzy chords and French melodies, Latin and African rhythms. We’re equally at home with folk, bossa nova, blues, and world music, and we create a sound both refreshingly new and soothingly retro.” Learn more at

Lisa Hinrichsen (GRS’07,’08) of Fayetteville, Ark., published Possessing the Past: Trauma, Imagination, and Memory in Post-Plantation Southern Literature (Louisiana State University Press, 2015). Lisa is an assistant professor of English at the University of Arkansas.

Joel M. Roberts (Questrom’07) of Boston, Mass., married Margaret “Molly” Wilson-Murphy on June 20, 2015, in Mattapoisett, Mass. Joel is the chief operating officer of J. P. Marvel Investment Advisors, Inc., and Molly is a pediatric neurology resident at Boston Children’s Hospital. Contact Joel at

Jessica Stein (CAS’07) and Gregory Governale (Questrom’08) of River Edge, N.J., were married on March 13, 2015, in Stony Brook, N.Y. The wedding party included bridesmaid Meghan (Penfold) Dolan (COM’07) and groomsman Jacques Minoyan (CAS’08).


Elizabeth Paige Fierman (COM’08) of West Hartford, Conn., is the manager of event marketing for ESPN Radio. Now in her fourth year with the company, she manages marketing of events for shows like Mike & Mike and The Herd. Elizabeth earned a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University. Contact her at

Stephen E. Murphy (MET’08) of Placentia, Calif., is vice president and benefits consultant at the Segal Group, a benefits, compensation, and human resources consulting firm. He works with higher education and public sector clients in Segal’s western region.


Christopher Conte (COM’09) of Nashville, Tenn., has earned seven Emmy Awards in the fields of broadcast journalism, reporting, and writing. As an anchor, reporter, and producer for KTTC-TV NBC in Rochester, Minn., Chris won a regional Emmy for “Eye of the Storm,” in the weather category. He is a reporter for Nashville’s CBS affiliate, WTVF-TV, a position that has earned him regional Emmys for reporting, writing, and news feature categories.

Jacob Schneider (LAW’09) and Claire Superfine Schneider (LAW’10) of Brookline, Mass., welcomed Sybil Superfine Schneider on December 9, 2014. Jake practices patent litigation at Holland & Knight, and Claire practices commercial litigation at Mintz Levin.

Rachel Weislow (CAS’09, SED’15) of Boston, Mass., recently won Symantec’s Innovation in Teaching Award for Storybook Café, a program she created, in which ESL students compose their own culturally relevant narratives and stories. Rachel is a Teach for America corps member in Massachusetts and teaches ESL in Chelsea. She also graduated from Drexel University School of Law.


Stephanie (Kotseas) Fattman (COM’10) of Webster, Mass., is the newly elected register of probate for Worcester County. She began serving her six-year term in January 2015.


Alok Medikepura Anil (ENG’11) of Bangalore, India, writes, “Apart from the regular engineering-related activities with 3D printing and drones that I am associated with, I am cofounder of a venture called The Blue Book,” which he notes has a presence in two major cities in India and generates revenue of approximately $200,000. He plans to expand to five other cities this year, and adds that as part of the expansion, he would love to collaborate with other BU alums in the field. Contact Alok at


Kaitie Dicks (SAR’12) of Baltimore, Md., earned a BS from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing accelerated bachelor’s program in December 2014. She accepted a registered nurse position in the cardiac care unit of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Mark Guirguis (ENG’12) of Stratham, N.H., is an electrical engineer at Medtronic Advanced Energy in Portsmouth, N.H. He notes that the company “was just ranked the number-one large company to work for in New Hampshire.”


Tiffany Chang (CFA’13) of Allston, Mass., writes that her ensemble project, the New England Repertory Orchestra (NERO), placed third in the college/university division of the American Prize in Orchestral Performance in 2014. A graduate of the Doctor of Musical Arts program, Tiffany initiated NERO while at BU. The project, which received a 2013 Kahn Career Entry Award from the College of Fine Arts, now consists of hundreds of members, from BU and around Boston. Tiffany is a lecturer at BU’s School of Music and an assistant professor at the Berklee College of Music.

Brett Feldman (SED’13, CAS’13) of Philadelphia, Pa., was selected as managing editor of the next volume of Temple University’s Temple Law Review. When he wrote, Brett was preparing for a job as a summer associate at the international law firm Duane Morris. Email him at

Jennifer Leighton (CAS’13) of Atlanta, Ga., is a first-year dental student at the University of Kentucky. “Dental school is challenging and rigorous,” she writes, “but I am enjoying it. Went to see BU play Kentucky in basketball at Rupp Arena. Unfortunately, the Terriers were no match for the number-one ranked Wildcats, but they gave them a good run and the game was great. Wonderful to be a Terrier and a Wildcat!”


Andrew Caplan (COM’14) of New York, N.Y., writes, “I’ve been freelance marketing for Loose Seal Productions, a new production company founded by recent alums Lucien Flores (COM’14) and Michaela Smith (COM’14). They’ve been writing, producing, and editing high-quality, timely sketches for a while, in hopes of catching the attention of industry execs.”

Tara Skurtu (GRS’14) of Allston, Mass., teaches part-time at BU’s Metropolitan College, on the Charles River Campus and at BU’s Prison Education Program in Framingham. “I’ve been awarded a Fulbright to Romania for the 2015–2016 academic year,” she writes. “I’ll be serving as a cultural ambassador by teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Transylvania, giving poetry and translation workshops to young Romanian writers, working on a poetry manuscript, and translating contemporary Romanian poetry.”

Josh Tammaro (COM’14) of Brighton, Mass., was promoted to account executive at Schneider Associates, a full-service integrated marketing and public relations agency in Boston.


Jeanne Ohnemus (DGE’48) of Haverhill, Mass., writes that since graduation, she and her husband have earned private, commercial, instrument, and multi ratings pilot’s licenses, and have flown to Florida, California, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Bahamas. “Piper Comanche planes were our favorite,” she says. Her big news: “jumping out of a DeHavilland Twin Otter aircraft when I was 86, beating President Bush and his tandem jump. That was an unexpected event not really on my bucket list, but indeed a rather thrilling accomplishment. Until that moment, I fully expected to be in the left seat and in control of any of the many planes I flew!”


Anne G. Hargreaves (SON’51,’52) of Dedham, Mass., was awarded the first Francis Slanger Lifetime Achievement Award for military service and nursing excellence by Boston City Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association. Anne, a former BU School of Nursing professor and chair of psychiatric nursing, is a retired commissioner of nursing for the city of Boston.


Alan Shawn Feinstein (CGS’50, COM’52) of Cranston, R.I., is a philanthropist and founder of the Feinstein Foundation, a nonprofit agency that promotes public service and fights hunger. His annual campaign with antihunger agencies for the past 17 years has raised $2.5 billion. There are 152 Feinstein Leadership Schools in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and overseas, dedicated to encouraging students to reach out to help the needy. Learn more at


Robert M. Blais (DGE’56, COM’58) of Lake George, N.Y., has been reelected to his 12th term as mayor of Lake George. Robert’s 44 years in office is the longest mayoral term held in New York state, and fifth in the nation. He recently published A View from the Top, a collection of memories of life as a BU student and challenges as a mayor. Robert is working on a mandatory boat inspection program for Lake George’s 32-mile lake, which, he says, will be first of its kind east of the Mississippi.


Bill Brennan (CAS’59) of Annandale, Va., recently his sixth novel, Harrigan (CreateSpace, 2014). The book chronicles the divisive forces at play in Boston and New England in the years leading up to the Civil War, focusing on how debates about slavery and new ideas generated by American Transcendentalism were affecting working class, ethnic neighborhoods. Contact Bill at


Hank Doiron (CFA’60) of Conventry, R.I., completed an autobiography, Gonna Take a Sentimental Journey…, recalling his life and experiences with celebrities in the entertainment field. Chapter four is devoted to his student years at BU, he writes, and includes stories about his involvement in BU Choral Arts Society, Student Council, and Kappa Gamma Psi, among other activities.

Mary (Miller) Leipziger (CFA’60) of Los Angeles, Calif., is a painter and photographer. She showed her work at the American Jewish University, in August 2014, and at Hillel at UCLA. Her photographs were published in the June 2014 Spirit magazine and in the Los Angeles Times in September 2014. Contact her at

Donald F. Megnin (STH’60) of Jamesville, N.Y., writes, “Upon completion of doctoral requirements [from Syracuse University], I joined the faculty of Slippery Rock State College (it became a university in 1982). I not only taught courses in political science, but was also an assistant vice president for academic affairs for five years, as well as an acting dean of the social and behavioral sciences for one year.” Donald had traveled extensively in Asia and Europe, so the college also asked him to develop its international travel and study experience for students. Since his retirement, he has written nine books, including The Security of Silence (Xlibris, 2006), The Struggle to Survive (Xlibris, 2008), and Glimpses of the Past: Letters from Overseas (Outskirts Press, 2012). He is currently at work on his 10th book, to be titled The Origin and Development of Two Boys, Jesus and Gottlieb.


Eugene Niemi (ENG’61) of Dracut, Mass., has been on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell for 45 years, teaching aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, and ocean engineering. Previously, he worked in the industry for seven years at such firms as General Electric and Raytheon, with summers at NASA, the US Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center, and the US Army Natick Research, Development, and Engineering Center. Eugene’s hobbies include boating and firearms, and he was also a pilot with his own Bensen Gyrocopter and Piper Warrior. Eugene is married to Evelyn Grace-Niemi and has three sons, Eric, Jim (ENG’91), and Steve (ENG’91). His first wife, Peggy, died in 1995. He says hello to all his fellow aeroengineering classmates in the Class of 1961. Contact him at


Leo Griffin (Questrom’62) of Andover, Mass., earned an MBA from Northeastern University. Upon completing a successful auditing career, he became an internal audit director for Marshalls, Inc. He wrote Retail Auditing: A Practitioner’s Guide (Wiley, 1998), and, last October, ventured into fiction with the novel Bunker Hill Day (CreateSpace, 2014), the story of an intelligent, troubled, poor, and tough Irish boy from Charlestown, Mass., who experiences a dramatic transformation. Contact Leo at


Stephen Biller (CAS’63, LAW’65) of Memphis, Tenn., writes that he has made the list of outstanding attorneys in the 2014-2015 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. “This is the fifth year that I have been included in an edition of the Best Lawyers in America for labor and employment discipline.”


Marilyn Anderson (GRS’65) of Marina Del Rey, Calif., is the writer and executive producer of a new family comedy called How to Beat a Bully. Watch it on YouTube or visit Marilyn is also the author of Never Kiss a Frog: A Girl’s Guide to Creatures from the Dating Swamp (Red Rock Press, 2003).

Patrick Tucker (CFA’65) of London, England, published the third edition of Secrets of Screen Acting (Routledge, 2015), his seventh book. Patrick, who has directed more than 150 television productions and more than 200 plays, most recently directed a Russian situation comedy for the BBC.


Charles Altman (COM’67) of Frisco, Tex., writes, “I was interviewed by the curator of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, in Dallas, and, as a result, am now part of the JFK Assassination Oral History Project. This came about as a consequence of my acquaintance with Bernard Weissman during my Army days in Munich in the early 60s. Weissman, although in the military, espoused strong political views, primarily anti-Kennedy. His goal, along with a cadre of others, was to invite others to join him in Dallas as part of an anti-JFK, pro-Goldwater polemic. Invited to join… I assessed these views to be extreme and declined. Weissman and his fellow conspirators subsequently authored a full-page diatribe against Kennedy that appeared in a Dallas newspaper the morning of the assassination. The museum had no prior input about Weissman and invited me to share my knowledge of his views in an interview that is now included among the many recordings in the collection.”

Audry L. Lynch (SED’67) of Saratoga, Calif., received two honorable mention awards at the London Book Festival in the general nonfiction category, for her book The Development of Roy Simmonds as a Steinbeck Scholar (Edwin Mellen Press, 2010), and the biography category, for The Rebel Figure in American Literature and Film: The Interconnected Lives of John Steinbeck and James Dean (Edwin Mellen Press, 2009). Audry, who has written seven books, entered three of them in book festivals last spring, and won honorable mentions in three of them: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Hollywood.

Tony Pippo (ENG’67) of Mystic, Conn., writes with a life update, in shorthand: “Retired from Eastern Air Lines (they went out of business). Retired from Cleveland Pneumatic (they were bought out by BF Goodrich Aerospace). Safety International (Berkshire Hathaway bought them out). Traveling to Atlanta frequently to be with my daughter and two grandchildren (future BU attendees), and to Florida for the winters. Making my Annual Fund donation to the College of Engineering and keeping up with all the college activities.”


Jerry (Fuchs) Fox (COM’68) of Wartrace, Tenn., hosts the weekly one-hour syndicated radio program Welcome to Wartrace, featuring music that illustrates a different theme for each show. “I include interesting facts and trivia about the artists, songwriters, and the culture around each song,” Jerry writes. The show can be heard on several commercial radio stations and at

Edward Kazanjian (CAS’68) of Belmont, Mass., writes to say that he and fellow alum Frank Colvario (SED’69,’71) of Charlestown, Mass., plan to travel to the British Open this summer, with reservations to play both the new and old courses at St. Andrews the following week. “A true ‘bucket list’ trip,” Edward says. Contact him at

Bruce Nortell (DGE’66, CAS’68) of Lisle, Ill., published a book of poetry, Crossed Words. Visit

Andrew Radding (LAW’68) of Baltimore, Md., has again been elected to Super Lawyers in the category of white collar criminal defense. His practice also encompasses complex civil and commercial litigation and the representation of professionals in licensing and administrative matters. Recently president of the Bar Association of Baltimore City, Andy is now sitting on the board of governors of the Maryland State Bar Association. Contact him at


Jay Snyder (CFA’70) of Santa Monica, Calif., is a former musical director and professor who has published his third book, Parisian Reasons: An Homage to Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast (Golden Retriever Media, 2014). Contact Jay at


Robert L. Capone (Questrom’71) of Portsmouth, R.I., was awarded the 2015 Community Humanitarian Award from the Da Vinci Center for Community Progress, a social service agency in Providence. The award is given annually to a person who exemplifies unselfish giving—whose quiet efforts, performed with no expectation of reward, make a significant difference in the world. Robert is senior vice president of Stifel Nicolaus, a brokerage and investment banking firm. He serves on the boards of the Make A Wish Foundation and the Tomorrow Fund and is the past president and chairman of the Da Vinci Center, and is a supporter of many other charities. Robert is also a Vietnam veteran who received the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action, a Purple Heart, and four other notable citations for his service.

Dan Kain (COM’71) of West Hartford, Conn., has been inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Boston/New England chapter, for his significant contribution to the community and television industry.

Gary Larrabee (COM’71) of Wenham, Mass., has researched, written, and published two books: Sensation at Salem: The Legendary Babe Zaharias’s Historic 1954 U.S. Open Victory (Cricket Press, 2013) and Kernwood Country Club: The First 100 Years, 1914–2014. His next project is The 100-Year History of the New England Professional Golfers Association, 1916–2016. Contact him at


Peter H. Bloom (CAS’72) of Somerville, Mass., presented a recital-lecture on the illustrious 19th-century flute maker Alfred G. Badger at the Animusic-Portugal Organological Congress in July 2014 in Braga, Portugal. Last fall, he concertized in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska with diverse chamber music and jazz ensembles. Highlights included the premiere of David Owens’ At the Landing and the premiere of his own composition Ablaze for flute, viola, and guitar (published by Noteworthy Sheet Music), as well as concerts with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, whose founder and music director is Mark Harvey (STH’71, GRS’83). When he wrote, Peter was planning to serve as a faculty member for the Snow Pond Composers Workshop in Maine in June 2015.

Jean Kilbourne (SED’72,’80) of West Newton, Mass., has been named a recipient of the 2015 Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award, the college’s highest honor. Jean, creator of the acclaimed multipart documentary film Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women, is a writer, filmmaker, and noted speaker. She has done groundbreaking work on alcohol and tobacco advertising, as well as the relationship between advertising and other public health issues facing women, such as eating disorders and relationship violence.

Linda Luke (COM’72, SED’74) of Hingham, Mass., has celebrated her 35th year in the specialty food industry and was inducted into the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers, an association of cheese professionals from around the world. Her company, the Luke Group, Inc., provides sales and marketing services to gourmet food companies, with a special focus on cheese.

Arthur M. Read II (LAW’72) of Warwick, R.I., has been elected a director, general counsel, and executive vice president of Powerdyne International, Inc., which provides power solutions designed to be installed in virtually any location worldwide. Contact Arthur at

Wendy (Rice) Walleigh (COM’72) of Los Altos, Calif., published From Silicon Valley to How One Couple Found Purpose & Adventure in an Encore Career (Wheatmark, 2015). Former high-tech executives, Wendy and her husband moved to Swaziland for six months, then Nairobi, Kenya, for one year to work in economic development for TechnoServe, to which all royalties are donated. The book describes the challenges of daily living in unfamiliar cultures and the joy of helping people in poverty grow their own businesses. They hope to inspire readers to expand their horizons and pursue their own socially beneficial endeavors. Learn more at


Edward Jazlowiecki (LAW’73) of Forestville, Conn., is in private practice with his son Zachary Jazlowiecki (LAW’08) and daughter, Stephanie, among others, in the law firm of Jazlowiecki & Jazlowiecki. “Our practice is limited to mass torts, including plane, bus, and train crashes; pharmaceutical drugs; mesothelioma; and class action suits,” he writes. The firm has represented victims in many notable cases, including victims of contaminated injections formulated by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., and businesses and estates of victims of a train explosion in Quebec, Canada. “I love the practice of law wherein I can use my chemical engineering background to get compensation for the victims of corporate greed,” Edward writes. Contact him at

Peri Schwartz (CFA’73) of New Rochelle, N.Y., was chosen as one of 50 outstanding artists to be celebrated at ArtsWestchester’s 2015 Arts Award Luncheon, in honor of the organization’s 50th anniversary. Peri is also planning an exhibition called In the Studio at the University of Mississippi Museum, which will open in September, and another at the Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, Va., in October. Visit


Edwin H. Hines (SDM’74) of Brentwood, Tenn., retired from teaching and was appointed professor emeritus at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville. Edwin established the school’s first department of pediatric dentistry, in 1983, and was chair until his retirement. Focusing on the needs of underserved populations, especially African Americans, Hines has seen more than 100 of his students enter the field of pediatric dentistry, many also with a focus on underserved patients. Contact him at

Gary Meyer (COM’74) of Clinton, N.Y., has published a second novel of small-town intrigue, titled What You Don’t Know: A Tale of Two Mothers (, 2014). Contact Gary at

Dave Riese (COM’74) of Wilmington, Mass., published Echo from Mount Royal (Merrimack Media, 2015). The novel, he writes, takes place in 1951 Montreal, and is the story of an 18-year- old girl who struggles to control events when her newfound love is tested by class, religion, sexual inexperience, and family secrets.

Bruce M. Stein (SAR’74) of Melbourne, Fla., recently returned from his third trip to East Africa, bringing his total number of countries visited to 55. He hopes to get to 100 and join the Travelers’ Century Club. Contact Bruce at


Walt Bistline (LAW’75) of Richmond, Ind., has been promoted to associate professor of art at Earlham College in Richmond, and appointed to the Advisory Board for Humanities and Social Sciences at Indiana University East. This fall, his photographs were accepted in juried competitions at Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie, the Richmond Art Museum, and Indiana University East, where he received a “Top 10” award.


Joe Fusco, Jr. (COM’76) of Worcester, Mass., published his second collection of humorous poems and essays, Three Score (CreateSpace, 2014). Joe has lived in Worcester for almost 30 years as a poet/humorist/grocer and has been featured at various venues in Central Massachusetts. He was also featured in Worcester Magazine last fall.

David Itkoff (CAS’76) of Newtown, Pa., writes the online asset management column for The Legal Intelligencer, a source of Pennsylvania legal news, information, and analysis. Contact David at


Philip M. Read (CGS’75, CAS’77) of Wake Forest, N.C., has just launched a glossy quarterly magazine, 27587, about life and culture in the Wake Forest region. Read, who was once managing editor at the Daily Free Press, had a 32-year career in daily newspapers in New Jersey and published eight books, including the recent Memories from the Meadowbrook: From Big Bands to Dinner-Theater to Rock ‘n’ Roll (Fonthill Media, 2014). He marked his 35th wedding anniversary with Nancy Rees Read, a hospice nurse and ordained Episcopal deacon, last year. His son, Philip, Jr., is the magazine’s illustrator and senior graphic designer, and his daughter, Lauren Ann Read Koslow (CAS’03), is reference librarian at the Beaufort County, S.C., public library.


David B. Farer (LAW’78) of New York, N.Y., has been named president-elect of the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL), a national association of distinguished environmental lawyers. In 2008, David became the first New Jersey attorney invited to fellowship in the ACOEL; he was voted president-elect by the group’s Board of Regents. David is chair of the environmental department of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, where his work encompasses the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties, environmental compliance and insurance issues, and sustainable development and green building.

Steven Howitt (Questrom’78) of Seekonk, Mass., has been reelected to a third term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the 4th Bristol District, consisting of Rehoboth, Seekonk, and parts of Norton and Swansea. Contact him at Steven.Howitt@MAHouse.Gov.

Richard Martini (DGE’75, CAS’78) of Santa Monica, Calif., writes to say, “For all you DGE folks out there, I made a short film about Julian Baird’s birthday party and posted it on YouTube. For those who remember, he ran the humanities program at DGE and came to BU via his scholarships at Oxford and Harvard. I tracked him down on Cape Cod, and when he invited me to this birthday bash, I offered to film it.” (Find the film by searching “A Portrait of Julian Baird” on YouTube.) Richard is the author of Flipside: A Tourist’s Guide on How to Navigate the Afterlife (Homina Publishing, 2011), which he notes has twice been in the top spot on Amazon in its genres, and a new book, It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (Homina Publishing, 2014). Contact Richard at


Deena Baxter (MET’80, Questrom’92) of Naples, Fla., received the 2014 Mascot Books Outstanding Author Award in nonfiction for her book, Surviving Suicide—Searching for “Normal” with Heartache and Humor (Mascot Books, 2014).

Bruce Follansbee (CGS’78, Questrom’80) of Sammamish, Wash., is a director at Expense Reduction Analysts. Bruce is also vice president of membership for his Toastmasters Club chapter and codirector of membership for the Executive Network of Seattle. Contact him at


Nancy (Finkelstein) Kline (SAR’81) of New York, N.Y., is an assistant professor of occupational therapy at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, and has just had a chapter on cognitive assessment published in Asher’s Occupational Therapy Assessment Tools: An Annotated Index.

Denise Perreault (COM’81) of Boulder, Colo., was one of five textile artists who helped design and weave Luminescence, a large, outdoor art installation at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder. Unveiled November 2014 and on view through 2017, the artwork includes strips of reflective metals woven onto two vertical outdoor grids, which reflect the environment by day. Come dusk, more than 2,300 individually addressed LEDs create a never-repeating light show that reflects and glows off the metal strips. Denise is the founder of Art Parts Creative Reuse Center, a nonprofit that collects and resells reusable industry surplus.

Linda J. Popky (COM’81, Questrom’86) of Redwood City, Calif., published Marketing Above the Noise: Achieve Strategic Advantage with Marketing that Matters (Bibliomotion, 2015). Linda is president of Leverage2Market Associates, a strategic marketing company. In 2009, she was named one of the top women of influence in Silicon Valley and was inducted into the Million Dollar Consultant Hall of Fame. Her previous books include Marketing Your Career: Positioning, Packaging and Promoting Yourself for Success (Woodside Business Press, 2008) and Promoting Your Non-Profit: Using Marketing to Help Your Organization Succeed in a Turbulent Time (Woodside Business Press, 2009). Visit She also is a classically trained pianist, and recently released the CD Night Songs. Learn more about her music at


Delia Cabe (CAS’82, COM’92) of North Reading, Mass., has written her sixth case for the Case Consortium at Columbia University, titled “Covert Activity: The Washington Post, Edward Snowden, and the National Security Agency.” Delia interviewed Pulitzer Prize−winning investigative journalist Barton Gellman, Washington Post editor Marty Baron, and investigative editor Jeff Leen. Visit

Karen (Herman) Fielding (CGS’79, COM’82) of London, England, published the literary novel American Sycamore (Seren Press, 2014). Contact Karen at

Karen Haid (CFA’82,’83) of Las Vegas, Nev., published Calabria: The Other Italy (Mill City Press, 2015), a recount of her four-year travel and living experience in Southern Italy.

Wynn Harmon (CFA’82) of New York, N.Y., has performed at the Glimmerglass Festival for the last three summers, in Lost in the Stars, The Music Man, Camelot, Ariadne in Naxos, and Carousel. For the last three winters, he has played Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Last fall he played Edgar Allan Poe in the one-man Pure Poe at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, N.Y.

Kathleen Mulligan (CFA’82) of Spencer, N.Y., is an associate professor at Ithaca College. She was awarded a grant from the US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, to work on a project called Voices of Partition during a sabbatical this past spring. She planned to join members of Theatre Wallay in Islamabad to collect narratives of survivors of the partition of India and Pakistan and then collaborate on an original theater piece based on those narratives, along with her husband, David Studwell. The resulting production will open in Islamabad, tour to Lahore, and then to Ithaca College. It will be available to tour to other US colleges and universities. Contact Kathleen at


Shelli (Stern) Feigenbaum (ENG’83) of Commack, N.Y., is managing IT technology infrastructure projects at Cablevision. She writes that her great engineering education at BU has allowed her to work in many exciting technology fields. Shelli lives with her husband, Alan, while her son, Dillon is a first-year dental student at the University at Buffalo and her daughter, Tyler, is studying environmental policy at the University of Maryland. Contact Shelli at

Jonathan Hall (CGS’80, CAS’83) of Springdale, Ark., was elected to the board of directors for the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP). AFP established and administers the Certified Treasury Professional and Certified Corporate FP&A Professional credentials, which set standards of excellence in finance. Jonathan is vice president of finance and strategy at Walmart Stores US in Bentonville, Ark. Prior to joining Walmart, he was chief financial officer for the North American Supply Chain Business Unit at Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.


Eileen Cronin (SAR’84) of Los Angeles, Calif., writes that her book Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience (W. W. Norton & Company, 2014) was chosen as one of Oprah’s Best Memoirs of the Year for 2014.

Robert Hubbard (SED’84) of Mattoon, Ill., has written an e-book intended as a resource guide for people coping with the consequences of traumatic loss. It is available for free; to obtain a copy, contact Robert at

David H. Katz (CAS’84) of Arlington, Va., is a senior managing director with Guidepost Solutions, where he helps clients navigate complex and changing regulations and meet compliance requirements across a range of operational areas. Previously, he was senior counsel to the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and he has held positions with the IRS and the US Department of Justice. In the private sector, he was a partner at the law firm Petillon, Hiraide, Loomis & Katz.

Glen Merzer (GRS’84) of Woodland Hills, Calif., has published his first novel, Off the Reservation (Vivid Thoughts Press, 2014), a comic look at the presidential campaign of a vegan congressman. Glen writes that he was pleased to receive an endorsement for the book from actor and fellow Terrier

Jason Alexander (Hon.’95), who called it “politically savvy and poetically literate.” Glen is an alum of BU’s Creative Writing program and worked under Leslie Epstein, a College of Arts & Sciences professor of English. Learn more at


Danny Adlerman (CGS’83, Questrom’85) of Metuchen, N.J., writes that after 20 years as a children’s book author and singer—during which he and his wife, Kim, released 10 books and 3 CDs—he has ventured into the world of games. Danny and Kim have created a word-building card game called Compound It All!, published by Lee & Low. Based on rummy, the all-ages game helps build vocabulary, critical thinking skills, and math skills. Learn more at


Kathy (Johnson) Bowles (CFA’86) of Swannanoa, N.C., was appointed vice president for advancement at Warren Wilson College. Earlier this year, her artwork was featured in an exhibition at Adams State University in Colorado, and last year she curated the exhibition Scent of the Pine, You Know How I Feel: North Carolina Art from the Jonathan P. Alcott Collection and wrote the 170-page catalog. The exhibition was held at Longwood University in Virginia.


Marty Dugan (ENG’87, Questrom’96) of Waltham, Mass., works in Boston as chief marketing officer at ANDalyze, in the water analytics industry. He is also a mentor with the Kindle program at BU’s Office of Technology Development, helping to commercialize new University technologies. Contact Marty at

Carla Panciera (GRS’87) of Rowley, Mass., published Bewildered (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014), a collection of short stories that won the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction.

Rodi Rosensweig (COM’87) of Newtown, Conn., is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her public relations firm, the Rodi Company. She started the firm after heading the daytime media relations department at ABC. Current clients include Born Free USA, Music Together LLC, the New York Children’s Theater Festival, and several health care providers. Learn more at

Steve Wiggins (STH’87) of Somerville, N.J., announces the publication of a new academic book, Weathering the Psalms: A Meteorotheological Survey (Cascade Books, 2014).


Diana Anderson (Questrom’88) of Point Pleasant, N.J., has written Wills, Trusts, and Estates for Paralegals (Wolters Kluwer, 2015), a textbook for paralegal training that provides a general overview of wills and trusts in a practical, step-by-step manner. Contact Diana at

Timothy Gibbs (ENG’88) of Canton, Mass., was given the 2014 “Eddie” award by his employer, E. M. Duggan, Inc., in recognition of his “dedication, dependability, ingenuity, and enthusiasm in service to the company, fellow workers, and the industry.”

Thomas F. Tallmadge, Jr. (COM’88) of Atlanta, Ga., was named a partner in the law firm Culhane Meadows. His practice focuses on commercial contract matters, technology, and intellectual property. When he wrote, Thomas and his wife, Samia, were expecting twin girls in the spring.

Jimmy Trinh (ENG’88) of Hudson, Mass., is delighted that his son, Julian (ENG’17), was accepted at BU—and, like his father, at the College of Engineering. “So many fond memories rushing back to me when we toured the campus,” he writes. “So much fun strolling down Comm Ave and chasing the Green Line trolley.”


Connie (Eines) Beliveau (ENG’89) of Essex Junction, Vt., does website support and bookkeeping at Clio Visualizing History, a nonprofit organization promoting research in American history and women’s history. Visit

Amy Brenner-Fricke (COM’89) of Oakdale, Conn., is a communications coordinator at Yale New Haven Health System, responsible for supporting and executing overall communications efforts. The system includes Yale-New Haven Hospital and other health care facilities. She and her husband, Stephen Fricke (ENG’91), have two sons, Kyler, 21, a junior majoring in criminal justice at Norwich University, and Caleb, 18, majoring in aerospace engineering at the University of Maryland. Contact Amy at

Janice M. Hamby (Questrom’89) of Quarryville, Pa., was appointed chancellor of the Information Resources Management College (iCollege) at the National Defense University (NDU), an institution of joint professional military education. The NDU iCollege awards the Master of Science and graduate level certificates focused on the strategic employment of information and information technology and military operations in cyberspace. Janice retired from the US Navy in the fall of 2012 with the rank of rear admiral.

William Krekstein (Questrom’89) of Maple Glen, Pa., has been named partner at the law firm Timoney Knox. William practices in the areas of arson/insurance fraud, extra-contractual/bad faith claims, and property coverage, as well as insurance industry business practices. He represents national and international insurers and has litigated cases before state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and New York, as well as several other states.

Fay Efrosini Lellios (CAS’89, COM’89) of Los Angeles, Calif., writes that she and her brother, George Lellios (COM’93), have made a feature documentary on novelist/writer A. I. Bezzerides that is now streaming in full on SnagFilms ( Narrators include George Pelecanos, Barry Gifford, Mickey Spillane, Jason Baldwin, and Jules Dassin, and the music is by Fugazi. Learn more at

Arthur Pantelides (ENG’89,’91) of Virginia Beach, Va., writes that he “got his PhD in engineering management, swam with sharks, ran with bulls (not in the same day), and is planning to climb the highest mountain in Europe this summer.” He is director of strategic planning and control at Sumitomo Drive Technologies in Virginia, where he continues to research and publish. Contact him at

Elizabeth Sommers (SPH’89,’10) of Cambridge, Mass., recently published Acupuncture as an Adjuvant in the Treatment of HIV/AIDS (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2014). Elizabeth is an acupuncture researcher and public health activist.

Constandinos Stavrou (ENG’89,’90) of Nicosia, Cyprus, is the EMEA director of IT-Infrastructure for the Nielsen Company. He is married to Meropi Moliviatis (Questrom’88) and has two children, Maximos and Danae, and a dog named Lizzie. They travel frequently to the United States and other countries. He invites old friends to contact him at

Jon Weinstein (CAS’89) of Ellicott City, Md., was elected to the five-member Howard County Council, a legislative district that includes more than 60,000 residents in and around Ellicott City, which has been named one of the country’s top 10 places to live by Money magazine for the last five years. Jon is the president of Line of Sight, a small management consulting firm in Columbia, Md.


Christina Laurie (STH’90) of West Falmouth, Mass., has written C is for Cape Cod (Islandport Press, 2014), a children’s book about the history and culture of Cape Cod told in alphabet form. She is also the author of two poetry books, Seasons Rising: A Collection of Haiku and Song of the Dancer (Finishing Line Press, 2014), and she is working on a middle-grade ghost story. She was a pastor at Methodist churches in Connecticut for a decade before becoming a hospice chaplain in Rhode Island. She blogs at

Dave Reiss (COM’90) of York, Pa., is a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, working as a public affairs officer for Flotilla 19-06 Codorus Valley, Pennsylvania. He was promoted to program assistant at the USCG Auxiliary National Training Directorate. He is qualified as a USCG auxiliary instructor, boat crew member, and vessel examiner. Dave is an associate professor in the electronic media and film department at Towson University.


David Miller (ENG’91,’94) of Framingham, Mass., writes that the startup where he’s worked for the past three years, Tilera Corporation, was acquired by EZchip Semiconductor Ltd. David was appointed to the University of Massachusetts Boston Engineering Advisory Board. Contact him at


Tony Biscardi (CAS’92, SED’94) of Medford, Mass., celebrated his 100th win as head coach of the girls JV ice hockey team at Austin Preparatory School in Reading, Mass. Tony is in his 22nd year teaching at Austin Prep and was named dean of the junior class this year.

David Ciochetto (ENG’92) of Houghton, Mich., is coordinating the Pi Chamber at Michigan Tech University. He writes that the Pi Chamber is the only cloud chamber in the world where researchers can control the level of turbulence in a laboratory setting while simulating clouds from site level up to 69,000 feet in the atmosphere. (He adds that in cylindrical configuration, the working volume in the Pi Chamber is 3.14159 cubic meters.) The atmospheric sciences group at MTU looks forward to collaborating with scientists from around the world, Ciochetto says. Contact him at

Keith E. Gottfried (LAW’92, Questrom’95) of Rockville, Md., is a partner in the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in its Washington, D.C., office. Keith concentrates on defending public companies against proxy contests, activist shareholder campaigns, and other contests for corporate control. During the second term of President George W. Bush, Keith was general counsel and chief legal officer of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Previously, he was general counsel of the publicly held technology company Borland Software Corporation in Silicon Valley. Keith and his wife, Cindy, have two children, Sophie and Benjamin.

Poppy Helgren (SED’92) of Henderson, Nev., is the director of nursing services at the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City, Nev. She met with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval at the home’s Veterans Day Ceremony last fall.

Brinton (Britt) Minshall (STH’92) of Baltimore, Md., published The Book of Meme Law: How Human Social Organisms Create Gods, Build Cities, Form Nations, Unleash Devils, Make War, and Kill Us Dead! (Renaissance Institute Press, 2015).

Michael Quinlin (COM’92) of Milton, Mass., is the editor of Tales from the Emerald Isle and Other Green Shores: Classic Irish Stories (Lyons Press, 2015), a collection of stories from celebrated and little-known Irish writers that encourages reflection on what it means to be Irish. Michael is also the author of Irish Boston (Globe Pequot Press, 2004), which charts the history of the Boston Irish from the 18th century. He is a founder and past president of the Boston Irish Tourism Association, which markets Irish cultural activities and businesses to the convention and visitors industry.

Rebecca Sommer-Petersen (STH’92,’95) of Dover, Mass., was admitted into the Order of Deacons within the Rumney Marsh Diocese on November 23, 2014. The ordination service was held in the Church of the Holy Paraclete in Providence, R.I., with David Dismas (STH’94,’96) as the ordaining bishop. Rebecca was due to be admitted into the Order of Presbyters-Elders this past spring.


Lisa (Edwards) DiVasta (Questrom’93) of Duxbury, Mass., has bought Plymouth Cards, a retailer/wholesaler of photo notecards, in Plymouth, Mass. Lisa plans to expand the product line at the 10-year-old company and satisfy increasing customer demand, all while fulfilling the company’s mission of producing environmentally friendly products and employing socially responsible principles. Learn more at

Carrie Regan (COM’93) of Knoxville, Tenn., writes that after 16 years in Washington, D.C., she relocated to Knoxville in 2013 and works for Scripps Networks Interactive as director of programming and development for HGTV, DIY, and Great American Country. Also in 2013, she eloped with John Dandelski, a sport chiropractor, in Jamaica. Look for her new series, Half-Price Paradise, on HGTV, and contact her at

Casey Sherman (COM’93) of Marshfield, Mass., coauthored a memoir of the Boston Marathon bombing titled Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy (University of New England Press, 2015). The book, featuring photographs by John Tlumacki (DGE’76, COM’78) and a forward by the late Mayor Thomas M. Menino (Hon.’01), is dedicated to the victims of the bombings, including Lu Lingzi (GRS’13). The book is under production as a feature film by 20th Century Fox.


Michael Friedman (CGS’92, COM’94) of Chattanooga, Tenn., earned a PhD in media and information studies from Michigan State University in 2013.

Daniel J. Sax (CAS’94) of Warsaw, Poland, and his wife, Beata, welcomed a baby girl, Lena, on June 30, 2014. “Big sister Zoe is four and loves her new sister,” Dan writes. He is a translator and an interpreter in Warsaw.


Hans Batra (ENG’95) of Needham, Mass., has taught high school math, computer science, and robotics since 1999. Before that, he worked in industry at GE, Haemonetics, and Product Genesis. “Currently I am the advisor for the Robotics Club, which has grown to three teams of about 50 students,” Hans writes. “I am also designing and raising money for an innovation lab at the high school, called the Da Vinci Workshop, aimed at increasing the number of students doing hands-on STEM projects in high school. My wife, Sandra, and two boys, Kyle (10th grade) and Josh (8th grade) have been great at supporting me with these activities.”

Richard Samuel Deese (GRS’95,’07) of Acton, Mass., published We Are Amphibians: Julian and Aldous Huxley on the Future of Our Species (University of California Press, 2015). It explores the contributions of the biologist Julian Huxley and his brother, the writer Aldous Huxley, to 20th-century debates about the environment, technology, and the future of our species. Richard is married to Isadora Deese (GRS’94) and has three sons and two cats. Contact him at

Alex Sanchez (ENG’95) of Melbourne, Fla., was appointed the new vice president of supply chain at MC Assembly. Alex is responsible for integrating all aspects of the company’s supply chain: inventory management and replenishment, imports, strategic sourcing, transportation, and logistics.

Lygia (Peñaflor) Szelwach (SED’95) of Roslyn, N.Y., is a young adult author and teacher to child actors on television and movie sets. Her debut novel, Filming the Locals, about a young actress struggling with her mother’s expectations and her ambitious director’s edgy script, will be published by Macmillan/Roaring Brook in the spring of 2016.


Glynnis M. LaRosa (SPH’96) of Bridgewater, Mass., is the senior public health nursing advisor in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health bureau of infectious disease. She earned a Master of Science in nursing in May 2014 from Framingham State University. Glynnis also recently passed her specialty area board certification exam and is now an advanced public health nurse–board certified.

Jacquelyn Pope (GRS’96) of Oak Park, Ill., was selected to receive a 2015 Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for the translation of poems by the Dutch poet Hester Knibbe. A book collecting these poems is to be published in October 2015.

Ifeyinwa “Fey” Ugokwe (LAW’96) of Fort Worth, Tex., has published her first novella, Wifey (Pink Purse International, 2013). Learn more on her socially conscious media site,


Catherine (White) Reilly (SPH’97) of East Sandwich, Mass., completed a Master of Science in nursing in May 2014 from Framingham State University. Catherine passed her specialty area board certification exam in July 2014 and is now an advanced public health nurse-board certified. She is a public health nurse in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health bureau of infectious disease.


Vilda (Hernandez) Mayuga (CAS’98) of New York, N.Y., was recently appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and confirmed by the state senate as chair of the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals. During her four-year appointment, Vilda will serve as an administrative law judge in labor-law matters.

Mark C. Toth (COM’98) of Pittsburgh, Pa., is vice president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). He was recently appointed to the new IABC Global Ethics Committee, one of only six appointees from around the world. Mark previously worked as senior director of communications at Education Management Corporation and was a public information officer at Penn State University and a public relations associate at BU.

Prospero Uybarreta (ENG’98) of Wichita, Kans., is an experimental/engineering test pilot with the Bombardier Flight Test Center. Throughout his career, he has accumulated more than 4,200 pilot hours in 32 military and civil aircraft. He is an adjunct assistant professor of aeronautics with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and he separated from active-duty US Air Force in 2012, after serving 14 years and achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. He and his wife, Janice, have three children, Ella, Vic, and Sierra. Contact him at


Johnny (Woodnal) Cole (COM’99) of Concord, Mass., told the story of how he met and built a family with his now-husband, Todd Cole (CFA’97), in an interview published by the Huffington Post. The interview was conducted in partnership with Raise a Child, an agency that helps prospective parents adopt through the foster system. Find the story by searching Johnny’s name on


Grady (Konieczko) Dante (CAS’00) of Lowell, Mass., recently left environmental consulting after 13 years to join the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s bureau of waste prevention, as an environmental analyst. Contact Grady at

Theresa Yvonne (Ovalle) Espinoza (CAS’00) of Austin, Tex., is one of only eight college counselors in the country to be given the 2015 Counselors That Change Lives Award by the nonprofit Colleges That Change Lives. The award recognizes Yvonne’s work to increase college access for underserved populations. Previously, she was a counselor at Lyndon B. Johnson High School in Austin, which has served African American and Hispanic students as well as housing the premier magnet school in the city. According to the award citation, colleges would go to LBJ to visit the magnet students, but Yvonne would reach out to them and remind them not to forget her students. She now works at Gonzalo Garza Independence High School, a solution-focused school that works with students to complete their degrees regardless of their circumstances.


Ian Arougheti (COM’01) of Los Angeles, Calif., and his wife, Myriam, announce the birth of their first child, Aidan Jack, on January 13, 2015. “The family is doing great, and we are looking forward to visiting Aidan at BU’s graduation in 2036!” Ian writes. He is the comedy department head at the talent agency Innovative Artists, and his wife is an Emmy-nominated makeup artist.

Kristen Ervick (SED’01) of Waltham, Mass., writes, “Kristen, Andrew, and Celie joyfully welcomed baby Beau to their family on July 23, 2014.” Kristen teaches ninth-grade history in Acton, Mass.

Zoran Kahric (ENG’01) of Bethesda, Md., is a principal engineer at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., working on mission control for the ICESat-2 satellite, planned for launch in 2017. The satellite will measure ice-sheet elevation change and vegetation canopy height, generating data to create estimates of change in volume of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets over time. Contact Zoran at

Michael Todd Landis (CAS’01,’02, GRS’02) of Granbury, Tex., published Northern Men with Southern Loyalties (Cornell University Press, 2014), examining the proslavery actions of Northern Democrats during the Civil War.

David Nealy (Questrom’01) of New York, N.Y., married Kaitlyn Darr on November 15, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Eric Kaplan (Questrom’01), Jeremy Shein (COM’01), and Scott McKinney (Questrom’02) were three of his groomsmen. Also in attendance were Robert Kanzer (Questrom’01), Lauren Kanzer (CAS’07), Aaron Plitt (Questrom’01), Meredith Kaplan (Questrom’07), Zachary Dubey (CAS’02), and Dana Sifakis (CGS’97, CAS’99).

Aaron Plitt (Questrom’01) of Pittsburgh, Pa., was admitted to the MBA program at Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business, with an expected graduation date of May 2017. Aaron is as a trader for Tube City IMS, trading recycled metals. Email him at

Matt Rinaldi (LAW’01) of Irving, Tex., was elected to the Texas State House of Representatives to serve for the 2015–2016 legislative session. Contact Matt at

Summer (Spanish) Swydan (Questrom’01) and her husband, Paul Swydan (Questrom’01), of Acton, Mass., welcomed their second child, Jasmine Sophia, on October 26, 2013.


Rachael (Barolsky) Sack (CAS’02, GRS’02) of Watertown, Mass., was elected president of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Boston chapter for 2015–2016. WTS is an international organization for the advancement of women in the transportation industry. The Boston chapter is the third largest, with more than 300 members. Contact Rachael at


Jill C. Anderson (ENG’03) of Bronxville, N.Y., is senior vice president of public and regulatory affairs for the New York Power Authority (NYPA). She was recently recognized by Diversity Journal as one of its “Women Worth Watching in 2015” for her leadership in positioning NYPA to meet the challenges of an industry undergoing rapid technological change. Jill also is chief of staff to NYPA’s president and chief executive officer and is a member of its executive management committee.

Anthony DeVita (COM’03) of New York, N.Y., was promoted to event producer at ESPN. He has served as replay producer for Monday Night Football during the last two seasons. When he wrote, Anthony was looking forward to serving as producer of the Frozen Four telecast for ESPN in April 2015.

Elisabeth Donnelly (CAS’03) of Brooklyn, N.Y., has written a book with her husband, Stuart Sherman (LAW’06, SPH’07), called The Misshapes (Polis Books, 2014), under the pseudonym Alex Flynn. Aimed at middle-school readers, the book blends quirky humor and adventure as it tells the story of teenage superheroes whose third-rate powers don’t qualify them for admission to the prestigious Hero Academy. It’s the first in a projected trilogy. Learn more at

Daniel Remar (COM’03, MET’12) of Columbia, S.C., married Annu Ross (MET’13), whom he met at BU while in grad school. The wedding party included Nathan Barber (Questrom’03), Kiran Vutla (CAS’03), Andrew Condon (CGS’01, COM’03), Scott Hazleton (COM’04), Michael Terra (CAS’03), David Baghaei-Rad (CAS’03, SDM’07,’10), and Patrick S. Hansen (CAS’03). Also in attendance: Nirav Shah (Questrom’03), Spandan Daftary (CGS’01, COM’03), Ana Luz Rodriguez-Paz (CGS’01, COM’03), Jaime Honkawa (SHA’04), Ayesha (Khan) Barber (CGS’01, CAS’03), Jon Schippers (CGS’01, CAS’03), Julie (Apfel) Condon (CAS’03), Allison (Wasserstein) Schippers (CGS’01, COM’03), Beau Barber (CGS’99, CAS’01), Robert Haley (MET’13), Arthur Hughes (LAW’67), and David Siegel (LAW’86,’89).


Joanna Elkayam (CAS’04, Questrom’08) of Brookline, Mass., is cofounder, along with Yaniv Ophir (ENG’06), of a boutique skincare line called Refresh Skin Therapy. “In less than a year since our launch, our products are in the top five of their categories on Amazon around the world, purely through word of mouth, since we have spent nearly zero on advertising,” Joanna writes. They regularly hire part-time and short-term employees through BU’s student job service, and they are working with the BU AdLab on branding and marketing.

Andrew Holden (SHA’04) of Cambridge, Mass., married Colleen Hein on October 13, 2014. Andrew is the general manager of Eastern Standard restaurant in Kenmore Square; Colleen is the wine manager—”a perfect pairing,” he writes. The couple was married at the Blue Room restaurant—their neighborhood haunt—on a Monday to accommodate their friends in the restaurant industry. The officiant was Edward Downes, a College of Communication associate professor of public relations.

Devon Hyde (CAS’04) of Silver Spring, Md., and Erin (Hyde) Mendelsohn (CAS’04) write with an update and, they say, to fulfill their mother’s dream of seeing them in Bostonia! Devon is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (2005–2007, Fiji) who earned a master’s degree in social work in 2012 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She now works in nonprofit management in Baltimore. Erin is a project manager for clinical cancer research with the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups in Philadelphia.

Alisa Jordan (SAR’04,’05) and Karna Sheth (CAS’03, Questrom’04) of Chicago, Ill., were married in a small ceremony in Chicago on September 6, 2014. They also had a traditional Hindu wedding in Louisville, Ky., and were honored to have many fellow BU alums at both events. The couple met during freshman year, when both were living in the Towers. Alisa is pursuing a PhD in disability studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Karna is an account manager with the Larvol Group. Contact Alisa at


Brenda Gardenour-Walter (GRS’05,’08) of St. Louis, Mo., is a recipient of the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, given annually by Emerson, a global manufacturing and technology company, to St. Louis–area educators for their achievements in education and their dedicated service to students.

Zachary Lamothe (CGS’03, CAS’05) of Plymouth, Mass., published his first book, Connecticut Lore: Strange, Off Kilter, and Full of Surprises (Schiffer Publishing, 2013), an offbeat travel guide to Connecticut. Contact him at

Joelle Lurie (CFA’05) of New York, N.Y., has released Take Me There, her debut album of “jazzed-up pop/popped-up jazz” originals and covers. Joelle and her band, the Pinehearst Trio, recently performed at the JFK Terminal 5 Opening at the New York Stock Exchange, the James Beard Foundation Silver Anniversary Gala, and Fashion Week. Joelle’s CD was also featured on NPR’s Song Travels with Michael Feinstein this spring. Visit

Lindsey Nelson (ENG’05) of Washington, D.C., is director of maker education at Flint Hill School in Oakton, Va.


Michael Cooke (MET’06) of Vancouver, Wash., has been appointed undersheriff of Clark County. The sheriff’s office employs more than 400 people. Michael is a 26-year law enforcement veteran.

Laura Kathleen “Kate” Hackett (CAS’06) of Monrovia, Calif., is the creator and star of an independent web series about books, writing, and reading called Classic Alice. Kate plays Alice, a college student who receives a bad grade on an essay and then partners with her friend Andrew to film a documentary about living her life according to classic literature. The show has more than 70 episodes airing on YouTube, and Kate recently conducted a crowd-sourcing fundraiser on IndieGoGo to fund a new season. The show is a transmedia experience—the characters use Twitter and Instagram accounts, podcasts, and other social media platforms that viewers can follow. Learn more at, on YouTube, and at

Sasenarine Persaud (GRS’06) of Tampa, Fla., published a book of poems titled Love in a Time of Technology (Mawenzi House, 2014). He did a reading tour of Scotland last summer during the Commonwealth Games, funded primarily by the British Council. Among other events, he gave three readings at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. “The BBC recorded one of my poems, ‘Georgetown,’ and also printed the poem on postcards as part of its BBC Poetry Postcard Program,” Sasenarine writes. You can hear the reading and an interview on

Heather (Rasich) Simani (ENG’06) and Sohrab Simani (ENG’06) of Dedham, Mass., announce the birth of their first child, Colin James, on June 13, 2014. Heather writes, “He is ready to cheer on the Terriers!”


Aleksei Austin (ENG’07) of Falls Church, Va., is marking five years at Systems Management Technology.

Adam Groffman (COM’07) of Colleyville, Tenn., quit his job as a graphic designer in Boston in 2010 to travel around the world, ultimately parlaying the success of his travel blog into a freelance business. The blog——is now a guide to “the coolest things to do and see around the world,” offering a series of alternative and indie city guides and destination guides.


Ashley Harmon (CFA’08) of Hyde Park, Mass., published a research paper in the journal Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Ashley graduated from Northeastern with an MS in speech-language pathology in 2013. She did her research for this paper in collaboration with the Boston Children’s Hospital Autism Language Program. Contact her at

Sara Hawley (COM’08) of Warren, R.I., has joined (add)ventures, a Providence-based brand culture and communications firm, as manager of marketing and branding. Previously, Hawley worked at Citizens Bank, where she focused on sponsorships and sweepstakes, and at Hasbro, Inc., where she managed the design and execution of point-of-purchase displays at retailers.

James Kuhnert (MET’08) of Amherst, N.H., earned a PhD in business administration in 2014. After more than 20 years as a management consultant to Fortune 150 companies on issues relating to change management and process improvement, James is actively seeking adjunct teaching opportunities. He lives on an 1840s-era farm with his wife and two sons. Contact James at

Cesar I. Lastra (ENG’08) of Waltham, Mass., writes that he graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell on May 17, 2014, with a master of science in engineering in civil engineering—but he remains a true BU Terrier at heart.

Rebecca Redner (SED’08) of Brighton, Mass., published The Gateways Haggadah: A Seder for the Whole Family (Behrman House, 2015). It was developed as a Haggadah for children with special needs.

To-wen Tseng (COM’08) of San Diego, Calif., published her first children’s book, Summer Days with A-Fu (Tzu Chi, 2014). To-wen was a television reporter before having a baby last year, when she turned to freelance writing.


Lucia Jazayeri (COM’09) of Boston, Mass., is director of communication for Clover Food Lab, a restaurant business headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. Contact her at


Sergio Robert DeLima (MET’10,’15) of West Fargo, N.D., joined Amazon WACS Inc. as senior IT support engineer, overseeing network engineering and troubleshooting, project management, mentorship of junior technicians, and a variety of other activities. Email Serg at

Alex Hodara (Questrom’10) of Boston, Mass., along with Vincent Vomero (CAS’10) and Jeffrey Zucker (Questrom’10) are partners in a real estate development initiative that focuses on a novel concept in residential design: personal health. Their project is called NeWell, which they bill as a first-of-its-kind healthy apartment concept. NeWell is designed to improve the overall health of its apartment residents through a variety of technological accessories, including water filtration, air filtration, and adaptive circadian lighting. The project, which they say could become the new standard in apartment and home design, consists of 10 units across 4 buildings. Hodara, Vomero, and Zucker met at BU and have been working together since 2009. Learn more at

Aaron Krerowicz (CFA’10) of Kenosha, Wis., writes, “I am pleased and proud to announce that my first Beatles book, The Beatles & The Avant-Garde (CreateSpace, 2014), financed in part by a grant I won through the University while I was a grad student there, was recently released.” Learn more at

Ashley Dawn McKeone (CGS’08, COM’10) and Michael Taft Murphy (Questrom’10) of Princeton, N.J., were married on July 19, 2014, in Brookline, Mass. The couple met their freshman year at BU in Warren Towers. Ashley is a studio artist at the marketing services company Harte Hanks and Michael works in corporate strategy for NRG Energy. In attendance were Shiney James (CAS’99), Linda Younis (a former BU employee), Margaret Lam (Questrom’10), Jade Phame (Questrom’10), Sam Kuttner (CGS’08, CAS’10), Adanta (Samalie) Ahanonu (CGS’08, Questrom’10), Katherine Andreosatos (CGS’08, CAS’10), Katherine Mattioli (CGS’08, COM’10), Steve Rowen (CAS’10), Mary Louise Fowler (ENG’11,’14, MED’18), Dana Butler (CGS’08, COM’10), Mark Scheffler (COM’10), Elizabeth (Dimock) Loehr (SED’09, CAS’09), Philip Rich (CAS’09), Rob Wozniak (Questrom’11), Taryn (Coster) Rich (CAS’09), Alex Lattell (CAS’08), Elizabeth Murphy (Questrom’83), Nicholas Hann (CAS’10), John Savage (CGS’08, COM’10), Courtney Maule (COM’09), Chris Conway (CAS’11), Alexandra “Lexie” O’Connor (COM’11), Jon Loehr (CAS’09), Clifford Nash (COM’08), Taylor Stein (Questrom’14), and Griffin Nash (CGS’06, COM’08).

Chelsea Pereira (ENG’10) of Salem, Mass., worked in the medical device industry for three years before returning to school to earn a master’s at Cornell University. She is working at SpineFrontier. Contact her at


Lauren Goldberg (SAR’11) and Joshua Samot (Questrom’08) of Parsippany, N.J., were married on September 7, 2014, seven years from the day they met at Boston University. Terriers in attendance were Tara Malinasky (COM’11), Marianna Dworak (CAS’11, COM’11), Michael Chefitz (CGS ’05, COM’07), Chris Junno (CFA’11), Deborah Beth Medows (LAW’11), Jeremy Parker (COM’07), Briana Ballis (CAS’11), Andrea DiNetta (SAR’11), and Daniella Wodnicki (SPH’11). Rabbi Posner of the Chabad Center of Greater Boston officiated.

David Lessard (ENG’11) of San Jose, Calif., writes that he moved to San Jose to pursue a career as an industrial gas hub manager for Matheson Tri-Gas.

Courtney Sander (CFA’11) of Oakton, Va., earned a master’s degree in applied and professional ethics from the University of Leeds. Her dissertation centered on resolving dissonance in business ethics.


Gregory Duguies (ENG’12) of Allston, Mass., writes, “After an amazing two years at my company, Annkissam, I’ve enjoyed one promotion and have experienced and learned so much from this small company. We are always looking and continuing to develop our employees, and anyone interested in joining should reach out. Best wishes to the entire class of 2012.”

David Lewis (GRS’12) of Waltham, Mass., published American Comics, Literary Theory, and Religion: The Superhero Afterlife (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), which grew out of his dissertation work at BU.

Guanshi Li (ENG’12) of Needham, Mass., writes, “I started a consulting firm this year, outside of my engineering job, to promote cultural exchange between the US and China. The cofounder is Yimin Zhao (SED’13).”


Tristan Campbell (ENG’13) of Milton, Mass., is a software engineer at 3M.

Brian Dyer (MET’13) of Warwick, R.I., was promoted to the rank of detective at the Providence police department, where he has served as an officer in the patrol division since 2007.

Brian Kane (ENG’13) of Braintree, Mass., works at a local tech startup called MediaVue Systems. “It’s given me exposure to a ton of different facets of programming, which has been awesome,” Brian writes. Contact him at

Jeff Manzik (ENG’13) of Woburn, Mass., works at MITRE Corporation as a senior sensor systems engineer. Contact Jeff at

Wesley Pak (ENG’13) of Allston, Mass., writes that he’s working hard and grateful for the tools that BU and the College of Engineering gave him to start his career.


Behraam Baqai (ENG’14) of Irvine, Calif., began work as a development engineer at Covidien Neurovascular last fall.

Keng Feng (ENG’14) of Boston, Mass., writes to thank the BU College of Engineering and all of the “great professors” in materials science and engineering.

Erin Hulverson (ENG’14) of Hull, Mass., is enjoying her first full-time mechanical engineering position, at Vanderweil Engineers in Boston. Contact Erin at

Jeff Soong (CAS’14) of South Windsor, Conn., writes that he has begun work at Accenture, a provider of management consulting, technology, and outsourcing services.


John Patrick Roche (CBA’49, CLA’53) of Barrington, Ill., published his memoir The Streets Where I Lived as an ebook with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. The book, he writes, retells stories from the Great Depression to his retirement years.


Amnon Kabatchnik (COM’54) of Santa Monica, Calif., published Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D.: Milestone Plays of Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). The book serves as a prequel to Amnon’s four previous Blood on the Stage volumes, each looking at plays that have depicted acts of wrongdoing.


Sanford N. Katz (CAS’55) of Waban, Mass., has published the second edition of Family Law in America (Oxford University Press, 2014). He is the Darald & Juliet Libby Emeritus Professor and professor of law at Boston College Law School. He lives with his wife, Joan, and is the father of Daniel, an appellate attorney, and Andy, a college basketball reporter and analyst for ESPN.


Barbara (Morey) Talbert (DGE’57) of Medina, Ohio, has published her first children’s book, Where Can We Live? (Tate Publishing, 2014), which takes readers on an imaginary journey through animal habitats, emphasizing the importance of home and family. She dedicates the book to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Email Barbara at


Louis W. Sullivan (MED’58) of Atlanta, Ga., published Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine (University of Georgia Press, 2014). He served as Secretary of Health and Human Services under former President George H. W. Bush and is the former dean and president of Morehouse School of Medicine.

Vic Washkevich (COM’58) of Palm Coast, Florida, writes, “Way back in the summer of 1957, 10 new scholars arrived at BU’s Graduate School of Communications with the mission to attend school by day and become the arms and legs of WGBH-TV by night. Our scholarships were made possible through the generosity of the Lowell Foundation. Back then, WGBH-TV was on air from 6 until 11 p.m., Monday through Friday. The station was on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, directly across from MIT and one floor above a luncheonette, in a space that once housed a roller skating rink. It was the TV equivalent of a garage band. The cameras were atop wooden fixed tripods that we prodded across floors furrowed by time and neglect, directing our tired picture tubes, rescued from the WBZ-TV dumpster, at luminaries from Harvard and MIT who discussed things esoteric. Surely, it was then and there that the phrase ‘talking heads’ was coined and became part of the English lexicon. In our youth, nothing seemed insurmountable. We approached every challenge with the old Mickey Rooney ‘Let’s put on a show!’ enthusiasm. All programming was live, back-to-back, and broadcast from a single studio. We raced from the director’s booth to man a camera, then to pull a cable, then to operate a boom mike every night for a year. And so, with our primitive, fragile equipment, we aired the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Arts Festival, Father O’Malley’s jazz, and much more. Several of us made it through the entire year, became fast friends, and have remained close over the years via reunions at regular intervals,” including John Musilli (COM’59), Stew White (COM’58), Paul Noble (COM’58), Bob Moscone (DGE’49), and Don Mallinson (DGE’56, COM’57).


William Brennan (CAS’59) of Annandale, Va., just finished his sixth novel, Harrigan (Create Space Publishing, 2014), which examines the impact of American Transcendentalism on the working classes of Boston during the period leading up to the Civil War. William writes that the book “was inspired by classwork in CAS on the American Renaissance, enhanced by many hours of rumination in the Commons and the Dugout, and gestated over more than half a century. Readers are able to reacquaint themselves with the American Renaissance and to glean some of the early stages of liberal Catholicism, the conservative reaction to that trend, the waning of the first phase of Transcendentalism as Abolitionism stole its thunder, the role of the Know Nothings in cowing Catholic immigrants, faint echoes of Hamlet and King Lear; early rumblings of existentialism, and more.” Email William at

Carl Chiarenza (COM’59, GRS’64) of Rochester, N.Y., was included in The Opposite of Concrete, a group exhibition at Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs, N.Y., that featured five approaches to abstract imagery. Chiarenza, a photographer and former faculty member in the BU art history department, is Fanny Knapp Allen Professor Emeritus of Art History and artist-in-residence at the University of Rochester.

Roberta L. Salper (CAS’59) of Manchester, N.H., published Domestic Subversive: A Feminist’s Take on the Left (Anaphora Literary Press, 2014).


Mary Leipziger (CFA’60) of Los Angeles, Calif., exhibited her paintings in the Platt & Borstein Galleries at the American Jewish University. She also had a photography exhibition this fall at the Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts at UCLA Hillel. Mary’s photographs explored the public lives of members of the Lubavitcher community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Donald F. Megnin (STH’60) of Jamesville, N.Y., writes, “Upon completion of my doctoral requirements [from BU], I joined the faculty of Slippery Rock State College (it became a university in 1982) and not only taught courses in political science, but was also an assistant vice president for academic affairs for five years as well as an acting dean of the social and behavioral sciences for one year.” Donald had traveled extensively in Asia and Europe, so the college also asked him to develop its international travel and study experience for students. Since his retirement, he has written nine books, including The Security of Silence (Xlibris, 2006), The Struggle to Survive (Xlibris, 2008), and Glimpses of the Past: Letters from Overseas (Outskirts Press, 2012). He is currently at work on his tenth book, to be titled The Origin and Development of Two Boys, Jesus and Gottlieb.


Stafford Cohen (MED’61) of Newton Centre, Mass., published the biography Paul Zoll MD: The Pioneer Whose Discoveries Prevent Sudden Death (Free People Publishing, 2014). Cohen was a medical resident under Dr. Zoll and later his colleague at Beth Israel Hospital.

Ronald Santoni (GRS’61) of Granville, Ohio, was honored at a national conference on existentialism in June 2014, in a special session devoted entirely to Ronald’s extensive body of work on the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. Ronald is the Maria Theresa Barney Chair Emeritus of Philosophy at Denison University and a life member of Clare Hall at Cambridge University.


Leo Griffin (SMG’62) of Andover, Mass., is the author of a new novel, Bunker Hill Day, available in print and digital editions from Amazon. It tells the story of a poor, tough, bright young boy from inner-city Charlestown, Massachusetts, and his slow but dramatic climb out of delinquency.


Ronald W. Geddes (CAS’63, GRS‘66) and Paul M. Wright (CAS’63), both of Boston, Mass., are featured in Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End (Arcadia Publishing, 2014), edited by Hope J. Shannon (CAS’08). The book celebrates figures in community service and activism from the 19th century to the present day. Ron and Paul have been neighbors in the South End for more than 40 years and last year proudly celebrated the 50th anniversary of their BU graduation with South End neighbor Benjamin S. Siegel (CAS’63).


Gene McCarthy (CAS’65) of Arlington, Mass., plays each summer in the EMASS Senior Softball League for players 55 and over. He notes that there are quite a few BU alumni playing in his division, which is for players 65 and over, including John Stewart (DGE’56, CAS’58, GRS’59).


Carole Schweid (CFA’66) of Westport, Conn., took part in the Public Theater’s gala One Singular Sensation, at the Delacorte Theater on June 23, 2014. Carole is an original Broadway cast member of A Chorus Line.


Bruce Harper (ENG’67) of Gilroy, Calif., wrote with a whimsical summary of his life events: “3 wives, 2 kids, 1 pet, 4 grandkids, 2 houses, 1 home, 15 cars, 7 motorcycles, 3 boats, 12 acres, 2 tractors, 30 patents later—I finally learned to play the bluegrass banjo! Everyone needs a goal.” Email Bruce at

Audry Lynch (SED’67) of Saratoga, Calif., won an honorable mention at the Los Angeles Book Festival for her children’s book Ruben’s Tales from the Amazon Jungle (Sisyphus, 2002). She also won honorable mention for her biography Steinbeck Remembered: Interviews with Friends and Acquaintances of John Steinbeck (Daniel & Daniel Publishers, 2013) at the San Francisco Book Festival. In May, Audry presented a workshop on “The World of John Steinbeck” at the National Convention of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of women in education.

Mark M. Meltzer (CAS’67, SED’68) of West Hollywood, Calif., retired from the Jewish Free Loan Association (JFLA) after 35 years of leading the organization. As executive director and chief executive officer of JFLA, Mark was responsible for growing the agency, which offers interest-free loans to residents of greater Los Angeles for education, emergencies, children with special needs, healthcare, and more. Mark is also a former president of the Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California and a founding member of the International Association of Hebrew Free Loans. Recently married to Peter W. Brown, Mark is looking forward to relaxing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Email him at


Linda Edelstein (DGE’66, COM’68) of Evanston, Ill., is a clinical psychologist and the author of Shattered: How Parents Cope with the Death of Their Child (C­reateSpace, 2014). Email Linda at

Susan Marx (CFA’68) of Orange, N.J., had several of her paintings included in an exhibition entitled Modalities of Expression at the Agora Gallery in New York City this fall. Susan characterizes her style as modern Abstract Expressionism. She paints outside, barefoot, and seeks to form an authentic connection to the landscape while paring down visual elements to focus on color, light, and energy.

Sue William Silverman (CGS’66, COM’68) of Grand Haven, Mich., published The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew (University of Nebraska Press, 2014).


Thomas Dresser (DGE’67, CAS’69, GSM’83) of Oak Bluffs, Mass., published Martha’s Vineyard in World War II (History Press, 2014), an historical account of activities on the home front and the involvement of this small island in the war.

Joseph A. Lieberman (CFA’69) of Eugene, Ore., is the co-author, with Rabbi David Zaslow, of a book entitled Jesus: First-Century Rabbi (Paraclete Press, 2013), now in its second hardcover printing. The authors aim to strengthen ties between Christianity and Judaism and lead readers to a greater understanding of their commonalities. Joseph’s previous book was School Shootings: What Every Parent and Educator Needs to Know to Protect Our Children (Citadel Press, 2008, Email him at

Milda B. Richardson (SMG’69, GRS’91,’03) of Chestnut Hill, Mass., published a chapter in the book Architecture and Armed Conflict: The Politics of Destruction (Routledge, 2014). Her chapter is entitled “Iconoclasm and Resistance: Wayside Shrines in the Struggle for Lithuanian Independence.

Judi Sechter (SED’69) of Merrick, N.Y., was selected to serve on the People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council.

Bruce Weiss (SMG’69) of Essex, Conn., finished the Providence Marathon with his daughter, Sasha Weiss-Sanford (CAS’93), on May 4, 2014. It was Bruce’s second marathon, completed during chemotherapy treatment for his second bout of cancer. Bruce is doing well and was planning to run the Hartford Marathon this fall, again with his daughter.


Tom Hanlon (CAS’70) of Acton, Mass., released his CD This Train, which includes 10 original songs and Ellis Paul’s “Dragonfly.” The title track was recognized as a finalist in the American Songwriting Awards 2014 competition in the folk category. Tom has had five Top 40 finishes on in its monthly singer-songwriter and folk competitions. Many of his recordings are available at Email Tom at


Susan McLeod Hall (CFA’71) of Cotacachi, Ecuador, writes, “Retired from my administrative post in the Northwestern University history department and moved to Ecuador in December 2013. Now living 7,800 feet up in the Andes in some seriously dramatic country! Best to all.” Email Susan at


Maria Antonieta Flores (CAS’72) of San Leandro, Calif., was named an associate fellow of the Society for Technical Communication for her courage and persistence in learning and exploring new technologies and for her leadership in sharing her knowledge with others. This is one of the highest ranks the society confers upon a member.

David Weiss (STH’72, GRS’80) of Westbrook, Maine, writes, “After writing poetry for over 50 years, I recently published my first book of poems, A Heart on Fire: Poems from the Flames (Maine Authors Publishing, 2014). In May 2011, I closed my practice as a licensed marriage and family therapist in the Boston and Portland, Maine, areas. I am active in book signings, readings, and offering poetry-writing workshops in New England. I also spend part of the year teaching poetry to ninth- and tenth-grade Tibetan Buddhist monks at Sera Jey Monastic University in South India, where my son is a Buddhist monk. My other son is a teacher in the Boston area.”


Steven Goldman (CAS’73) of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., was appointed to the Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by President Barack Obama. Steven is a partner in the New York office of the law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel.

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord (CAS’73) of Newburyport, Mass., is an artist, author, and speaker best known for creating contemplative art objects that she calls spirit books—part book and part sculpture—made with branches, sticks, vines, handmade papers, and beads. After 22 years of making these wordless volumes, Susan has published The Spirit Books, a paperback book with evocative images of 34 of the books and explanations of her inspirations. Susan’s work was exhibited at the Cox Reservation Barn at the Essex County Greenbelt Association in Essex, Mass., in September 2014, and she will speak about her work in appearances throughout the winter. Learn more at

Peri (Aronauer) Schwartz (CFA’73) of New Rochelle, N.Y., exhibited her paintings at Gallery NAGA on Newbury Street in September 2014. Learn more about Peri’s art at


Paula (Rosenberg) Bell (DGE’72, SED’74) of Norwich, Conn., has retired after 39 years as a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing. After graduating from BU, Paula earned her MEd at the University of Virginia in 1975 and taught in the Richmond, Va., public schools for nine years before moving home to Connecticut with her husband, Chris. She taught in the Connecticut public schools for the next 30 years. Among her many successes, she is most proud of helping to establish three high school American Sign Language programs in Connecticut: at Montville High School and Palmer Academy in Montville and at Robert E. Fitch High School in Groton. She continues to teach American Sign Language as an adjunct for Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, Conn., and Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Conn. Paula and Chris look forward to traveling, “especially now that it doesn’t have to be during a school vacation!”

Jane Hanser (CAS’74) of Newton Centre, Mass., published Dogs Don’t Look Both Ways: A Primer on Unintended Consequences (Ivy Books, 2014).

Helene Solomon (CGS’72, COM’74) of Boston, Mass., was inducted into the Academy of Women Achievers by YWCA Boston, in recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments and advocacy for the organization’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote social equality. Helene is founder and CEO of Solomon McCown & Company, a public relations/crisis communications firm.

Jeffrey A. Swillinger (CAS’74) of Dayton, Ohio, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2015 for his work in the practice area of business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships). Jeffrey is an attorney with Taft Stettinius & Hollister, in the firm’s Dayton, Ohio, office.


Joseph Aviv (LAW’75) of Birmingham, Mich., who practices in the business litigation group in the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, office of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, was named in the 2014 edition of Michigan Super Lawyers as a top-10 Rising Star.

Peter Bein (CAS’75) of Atlanta, Ga., has signed with Literary Artists Representatives in New York. The firm will represent his memoir, Maxwell’s Suitcase, the story of a hidden suitcase and the search for lost family. Visit for information.

Richard Few (CAS’75, LAW’79) of Marietta, S.C., was named to Greenville Business Magazine’s 2014 Legal Elite. Richard is an attorney at Smith Moore Leatherwood.


Lewis R. Cohen (CGS’74, CAS’76) of North Miami, Fla., was named as a Top Power Leader in Banking by The South Florida Business Journal. Lewis is a shareholder in the law firm GrayRobinson.

David Tanz (CAS’76) of Voorhees, N.J., has published his fourth novel, a thriller called Reunion (CreateSpace, 2014). Email David at


Joseph Eliot Pattison (LAW ’77) of Oley, Pa., published Soul of the Fire (Minotaur Books, 2014), a fiction novel navigating the explosive political and religious landscape of Tibet. Learn more and view previous publications at

Marilyn Phillips (SAR’77) of Summerville, S.C., was selected by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation to serve on its People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council. After a competitive selection process, she now joins 15 others from around the country in helping to advance the foundation’s goals of supporting families and ultimately ending Parkinson’s disease. Marilyn is a care partner to her husband, Jay, who lives with Parkinson’s.


Jody Gelb (CFA’78) of Burlingame, Calif., writes, “Just finished a fifth contract with the musical Wicked. Was able to visit CFA while on tour in Boston last summer. Walked through our old movement studio. It’s all still there. Same linoleum.” Gelb recently voiced two characters in a new short for the upcoming Minions movie from Illumination Entertainment and worked at Pixar on a new project from director Lee Unkrich. She adds: “Great ongoing friendships with my BU classmates. Still up in Northern California and loving it.”

Mary Ann Mayer (SAR’78) of Sharon, Mass., published a poetry chapbook, Salt & Altitudes (Finishing Line Press, 2014).

Jo Anne Vacca (SED’78) of Vero Beach, Fla., was honored by Kent State University’s College of Education, Health, and Human Services with its Distinguished Service to EHHS Award at its annual Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony in October. Jo Anne received the award with her husband, Rich Vacca; both are emeritus professors in the School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies at Kent State. Over her long career there, Jo Anne taught courses in literacy and research, directed more than 20 doctoral dissertations, and served as an assistant to the president in 1985-86, as department chair from 1986-97, and as a member of the University Foundation Board. The Vaccas are co-authors of Content Area Reading: Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum, now in its 12th edition, and Reading and Learning to Read, now in its 9th edition.

Stu Zakim (DGE’76, COM’78) of Montclair, N.J., writes to announce a new partnership between his firm, New York City–based Bridge Strategic Communications, and Asbury PR Agency, the Beverly Hills, Calif., firm founded by his former BU classmate, Dan Harary (COM’78). Stu and Dan are considered to be among the most experienced and respected public relations practitioners in the entertainment industry, and they join forces to offer media and entertainment industry clients in all sectors a full portfolio of PR, promotional, social media, and marketing services. Their first joint project is the national promotion of this fall’s tour of the popular singing group Under the Streetlamp, with four cast members from the Broadway musical Jersey Boys.


Marcie (Cohen) Ferris (CAS’79) of Chapel Hill, N.C., has published The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region (University of North Carolina Press). Marcie is an associate professor in the American studies department at the University of North Carolina and coordinates the department’s southern studies program.


Deena Baxter (MET’80, GSM’92) of Naples, Fla., writes with news of a hopeful response to a personal tragedy. “After losing our youngest son to suicide in July 2012, I partnered with the local National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to provide life-affirming resources to help families impacted by mental illness,” she writes. “The Funny Farm Project (book and new website) officially launched on September 10, 2014, Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day.” All profits from the sale of Deena’s book, Surviving Suicide: Searching for “Normal” with Heartache and Humor, will go to nonprofit mental health organizations. Deena invites fellow alums to submit artwork for consideration for display on the website galleries. Email Deena at

Jody A. Beresin (CGS’78, COM’80) of Woodbury, Conn., was named executive vice president and chief administrative officer of the Phoenix Companies, Inc., responsible for human resources, corporate communications, corporate services, and information technology.

Robert E. Emin (CLA, MET, SED’78-‘80) of West Newton, Mass., published The Scroll: Moses The Untold Story (Trafford Publishing, 2014), a fictional novel inspired by his archaeological experience in Egypt.

Cindy Gold (CFA’80) of Skokie, Ill., was promoted to full professor at Northwestern University in the Department of Theatre, where she heads the acting area. She appeared in Jessica Thebus’ production of In the Garden with fellow alum Austin Tichenor (CFA’86) and in Robert Fall’s Measure for Measure.

Peter Raimondi (MET’80, LAW’83) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is set to become CEO of a new wealth management company formed through the 2014 merger of the firm he founded, Banyan Partners, with Boston Private Bank and Trust. The merger will significantly reshape the wealth-management sector, creating a new entity with $9 billion in assets. Raimondi ’s professional journey has taken him from law school—which he attended with the goal of representing artists—to entrepreneurship. He founded the Boston-based financial planning firm Colony Group in 1986, establishing longstanding client relationships. After moving to Florida in 2006, he formed the Palm Beach–based Banyan Partners, which grew quickly. Peter has always credited BU for his life successes and has consistently looked to hire BU alumni. In 2014, he started a foundation at BU in honor of his late father, the Captain Peter J. Raimondi Jr. Scholarship Fund. He has also been a member of the Leadership Circle of Giving, is a past member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at MET, and previously served as managing editor of The Probate Law Journal.


Kay Corry Aubrey (SSW’81) of Bedford, Mass., is celebrating the 12th anniversary of her consulting business, Usability Resources, which specializes in user-experience research and interface design.

Nick Daukas (CGS’79, COM’81) of Glastonbury, Conn., has been promoted to managing partner of KardasLarson, a Connecticut-based human resources firm where he was formerly vice president. Nick has more than 30 years of experience in operations, as well as in HR leadership and consulting.

Scott Giarman (GSM’81) of Kilauea, Hawaii, published The Greater Good (Dog Ear Publishing, 2014), a novel about the first manned mission to Mars and the moral and existential questions that accompany it. All net proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to The Planetary Society.

Gian Lombardo (GRS’81) of Niantic, Conn., published a book of poetry, Machines We Have Built (Quale Press, 2014).


Stefanie Cloutier (COM’82) and Sheila Eppolito (COM’96) published the third in a series of plays, MOMologues 3: The Final Push (Samuel French, 2014), along with a third co-writer. The trilogy—original comedies about motherhood—has earned worldwide audiences. Stefanie is an education writer at the Perkins School for the Blind and lives in Concord, Mass., with her husband and two children. Sheila is a writer at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and lives in Chelmsford, Mass., with her husband and three daughters. For more information on the MOMologues trilogy, visit

John R. Hill (ENG’82) of Rochester, N.Y., published Third Degree: Leadership, Project Management, and Old-School Masonry (Hill Communication Services, 2014).

Shellie Leger (CFA’82) of West Paris, Maine, has recently published her first novel, Lonely Specks (Paregoric Press, 2014), intended as the first book in a trilogy. It is available from For information, visit or email Shellie at

Don Richeson (COM’82) of Syria, Va., was named editor of The Independence Declaration, a weekly newspaper serving Grayson County in southwest Virginia. Email Don at


Andrea Siegel (MET’83) of Woodside, N.Y., has published Splash! The Careful Parent’s Guide to Teaching Swimming (Swimming Without Fear Press, 2014), with Andrew M. Jackson. The book is a comprehensive and effective resource guide, showing real children engaged in the process of learning. Focusing particularly on strategies for teaching children who fear swimming or the water, the book includes 342 full-color illustrations with captions, a detailed section on water safety, an index, and a bibliography.


Valerie Hall (GRS’84) of Nantucket, Mass., writes that after a 35-year career teaching middle and high school science—during which she completed her master’s degree in marine biology from the Boston University Marine Program (BUMP)—she retired from the Nantucket Public Schools in 2004. One of the highlights of her career was the institution of a marine program at Nantucket High School. Two years after retirement, Valerie began a doctoral program at the School for Marine Science and Technology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and in May 2014, she received her PhD in marine science and technology, with a dissertation focusing on the reproductive biology and population dynamics of the bay scallop, which is fished commercially on Nantucket. She writes, “My husband, Robert Hall, retired in 2001 from a career as a high school science, electronics, and computer teacher. We have lived on Nantucket for 38 years. We have two children, Emily (age 28) and Julie (age 26), and one granddaughter, Avia (age 4). In addition to continuing my bay scallop research, I am a volunteer caregiver at the local animal shelter, I sing in a women’s chorus and in my church choir, and I volunteer in various other capacities in my church.”

Joseph Kamelgard (ENG’84) of West Orange, N.J., has narrated an audiobook version of the memoir written by his father, Norman Kamelgard, about his experiences in Nazi-occupied Poland and later in a concentration camp in Austria. The memoir, My Stormy Youth, was handwritten in Yiddish shortly after Norman was liberated, in May 1945, and was translated and published in 2006 (Outskirts Press). Joseph’s audio narration is available from

David Sherer (MED’84) of Chevy Chase, Md., has released his second book, The House of Black and White: My Life with and Search for Louise Johnson Morris (Strategic Book Publishing, 2014), a memoir that honors the nanny who helped raise him. To learn more, visit or email David at

Brian D. Smith (CFA’84) of Webster Groves, Mo., took a sabbatical from teaching and received an artist’s grant from the Vermont Studio Center, where he spent a monthlong residency. His work has been exhibited in solo shows at McKendree University Gallery of Art, SIBA Gallery, and PS Gallery, and he was part of a group exhibition at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art. Learn more at

Fred Spring (COM’84) of Atlanta, Ga., started the inbound marketing agency 98toGo in 2011, founded on a company culture of health and fitness. After more than two decades at Turner Broadcasting, he is enjoying the challenges and rewards of small business ownership. He recently got married and lives in Atlanta, though he still gets together each fall on the Jersey Shore with his BU buddies for their annual reunion. Email him at


Stephanie Lovell (LAW’85) of Jamaica Plain, Mass., was inducted into the Academy of Women Achievers by YWCA Boston, in recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments and advocacy for the organization’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote social equality. Stephanie is senior vice president and general counsel at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Randy Sue (Kornfeld) Marber (LAW’85) of Mineola, N.Y., is a justice of the New York State Supreme Court. On September 29, 2014, she was sworn in as a member of the board of the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court, an association of legal scholars and practitioners who share a commitment to excellence, ethics, and civility in the legal profession.


Rev. Sarah (Long) Brockmann (COM’86) of Scituate, Mass., published Cracksman’s Bird (Abbott Press, 2014). The novel, originally written as a screenplay, was awarded a book deal from The Writer’s Store in 2012.

Grant Lally (LAW’86) of Oyster Bay, N.Y., ran for Congress in 2014 in New York’s Third Congressional District.

Kim Nolte (CAS’86) of Atlanta, Ga., was recently promoted to president and CEO of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential, a state-level nonprofit founded by actor, activist, and philanthropist Jane Fonda. Kim was promoted from vice president of programs and training. She began her career in public health as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. Email her at


Erika Feinberg (CGS’85, ENG’87) of Norwalk, Conn., is celebrating the continued growth of ActiveForever, the e-commerce firm she took over 10 years ago and rebranded into a leading supplier of medical, fitness, and assistive-technology equipment. The business, which has grown exponentially over the last decade, was recently acquired by a strategic investor specializing in taking health products to market. Erika will continue as CEO and chief outcomes officer. Visit the company’s website at

Julia Huston (CAS’87, SED’87, LAW’92) of Boston, Mass., has been elected president of the Boston Bar Association. She is a partner in the intellectual property and litigation departments of Foley Hoag; chair of the firm’s trademark, copyright and unfair competition practice group; and co-chair of the advertising and marketing practice group.

Jeff Kline (COM’87) of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, founded Darby Pop Publishing, a comic-book company, in 2013, after a long career in television, where he worked as writer or showrunner on more than 40 animated and live-action series and pilots. Kline wrote the first title in Darby Pop’s first series, Indestructible.

Paul Niebanck (CFA’87) of New York, N.Y., recently starred in a production of A Walk in the Woods, written by Lee Blessing and directed by Jonathan Silverstein at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, in New York City. Paul played an American arms negotiator struggling to hammer out a deal with his Russian counterpart.

Jack Roth (SMG’87) of Orlando, Fla., has published Ghost Soldiers of Gettysburg (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2014), a new book that explores “the paranormal legacy of one of America’s most celebrated historical sites.” Based on extensive research at the battlefield, the book presents a wealth of fascinating Civil War history, as well as compelling testimony of first-hand encounters with ghost soldiers. Email Jack at


Sahar Amer (GRS’88) of Hydra, Algeria, published What Is Veiling? (University of North Carolina Press, 2014).

Roberta DeBiasi (CAS’88) of Washington, D.C., was appointed as chief of the Division of Pediatric Infections at Children’s National Medical Center, where she treats patients with severe infections and performs clinical and translational research. She is a tenured professor of pediatrics, microbiology, immunology, and tropical medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Stephen Pizzello (COM’88) of North Hollywood, Calif., was appointed to serve as editor-in-chief and publisher of the American Society of Cinematographers’ flagship magazine, American Cinematographer. He was promoted from his previous position as executive editor, a title he had held for 19 years. During Stephen’s tenure as executive editor, the magazine earned six Folio Editorial Excellence Awards (“Eddies”), 10 Maggie Awards (from the Western Publishing Association), and dozens of Maggie nominations. As a writer, Stephen has earned two Eddies, a Maggie, and six other Maggie nominations. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Delphine, and three sons, Nicholas, Matthew, and Tommy.

Don Reny (ENG’88) of League City, Tex., writes that he and his wife, Jennifer, are proud that their daughter Katie is carrying on the Terrier family tradition and attending the BU College of Engineering to pursue a biomedical engineering degree. Email Don at


Rafael Nieves (GSM’89) of Madrid, Spain, writes that he launched a maintenance engineering company four years ago and is planning to expand activities to Europe and America. He writes, “Thanks BU for such a great legacy after 25 years.” Learn more about the company at or email Rafael at


Kevin Calica (CAS’90) of Southampton, N.Y., published his first inspirational; book, Strength and Simplicity (Strong and Simple Press, 2014). Follow Kevin’s projects and tips at

Scarlett Lewis (COM’90) of Sandy Hook, Conn., published Nurturing Healing Love: A Mother’s Journey of Hope and Forgiveness (Hay House, Inc., 2013).

Matt Mansfield (SMG’90) of Deerfield, Ill., published The Beginner’s Guide to Content Marketing for Small Businesses. Visit his firm’s website,, to learn more.

Petros “Peter” Tsirigotis (CAS’90) of Potomac, Md., has joined the law firm of Stradley Ronon as an attorney in its investment management/mutual funds practice group. He’ll focus his practice on advising financial institutions, asset managers, private equity funds, and hedge funds on regulatory risk and compliance matters. He was most recently a senior vice president with Brown Brothers Harriman in New York, where he was head of the funds operations and administration group.


Catherine Burns (COM’91) of Brooklyn, N.Y., edited the critically acclaimed, bestselling book The Moth: 50 True Stories. The book features stories directed by Catherine and Sarah Austin Jenness (COM’00), among others. Catherine is the artistic director of The Moth.

John Caddell (GSM’91) of Camp Hill, Pa., published The Mistake Bank: How to Succeed by Forgiving Your Mistakes and Embracing Your Failures (Caddell Insight Group, 2013).

Rafael Campo (GRS’91) of Jamaica Plain, Mass., published a book of poetry, Alternative Medicine (Duke University Press, 2013).

Michael T. Cicchetti (SED’91) of Farmington, Conn., is serving as interim director of human resources for the Darien Public Schools for the 2014–2015 academic year. He had previously served in interim positions as director of human resources and general administration for the Wilton Public Schools and as elementary principal for the Weston Public Schools. In June 2011, Michael retired as superintendent of schools for the Easton, Redding, and Region 9 school districts.

Jennifer (Economos) Green (COM’91) of Edgewater, Md., is the chief executive officer and cofounder of Urban Teaching Center, which aims to build a corps of effective, well-prepared educators through a rigorous, four-year residency program that trains and places new teachers. The program is intended to reduce teacher burnout, give schools more stability in their workforce, and ensure that partnering districts — now in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. — are able to hire high-quality teachers. Prior to cofounding UTC, Jennifer was the director of curriculum and instruction for Baltimore City’s public high schools.

Michael Weiss (CAS’91) of Westlake Village, Calif., is the co-author of Herding Cats: A Strategic Approach to Social Media Marketing (Business Expert Press, 2014).


Justin Courter (CAS’92) of Sunnyside, N.Y., published The Heart of It All (Owl Canyon Press, 2014), a novel about a frustrated artist’s search for love, freedom, and individuality.

Gregory Knepper (CAS’92) of Oakton, Va., has published a research paper for the Brookings Institution that looks at challenges facing the use of air power in military campaigns, particularly range limits in contested airspace and persistence limits in permissive airspace, exploring issues related to fueling and refueling. Greg — a U.S. Navy commander who has served as a strike fighter pilot assigned to multiple squadrons and aircraft carriers in support of Operations Southern Watch, the Global War on Terrorism and Iraqi Freedom, among other assignments — was a Federal Executive Fellow at Brookings in 2013–2014. Find his paper at

Rina (Migliaccio) Stone (COM’92) of New York, N.Y., has been the creative director of InStyle magazine since 2007. Rina’s career at Time Inc. began in 2002, when she was named People magazine’s first creative director. Prior to that, she served as Talk’s design director and worked on the prototype for Radar. Her earlier experience included design and art director positions at Us Weekly and its monthly, Us magazine. She also redesigned and launched Sports Illustrated for Women and contributed to redesigns of GQ and Entertainment Weekly. At InStyle, Rina oversees the core magazine, special issues, books, and digital. She played an integral role in its redesign in 2008 and a brand refresh in 2013. Rina has received three silver medals and numerous merit awards from, among others, the Society of Publication Designers, the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and American Photography.


Ann Atkins (Theresa Bulkley) (SED’93) of Paoli, Pa., published Eleanor Roosevelt’s Life of Soul Searching and Self Discovery and Golda Meir: True Grit (Flash History, 2015) as part of her series covering women in history.

Andy Gaus (MET’93) of Boston, Mass., published Translations and Poems (Anserine Books, 2014).

Peter Lurie (GRS’93,’01) of Richmond, Va., is co-editor of Faulkner and Film (University Press of Mississippi, 2014), a collection of essays that draw on film history, critical theory, archival studies of Faulkner’s screenplays, and scholarship about his work in Hollywood to explore the crosscurrents between his novels and the word of cinema. Peter is an associate professor of English at the University of Richmond.


Deana Golini (COM’94) of Cranston, R.I., writes to share the sad news of the passing of her friend Mark Marella (SMG’97), who died last year at age 37, leaving a large extended family and two daughters. Deana is a guidance counselor at the high school that she and Mark both attended, Cranston High School West, and she has started the Mark Marella Memorial Scholarship Fund in his honor. The fund will make an award each May at the school’s Senior Honor’s Night to a deserving senior who best embodies Mark’s spirit, with a preference given to students who plan to attend BU. To learn more or contribute, email Deana at

Tim Heck (CAS’94) of Bonsall, Calif., was promoted to principal of Sullivan Middle School in August 2013 and this year opened Bonsall High School: A New Tech Academy. BHS is the first New Tech model high school in San Diego County; there are about 175 New Tech schools nationwide, focusing on innovation, experimentation, and technology to help students. Email Tim at

Leah Hunter (COM’94) of Tallahassee, Fla., earned a PhD in mass communication studies from Florida State University in May 2014. Her areas of study include political economy of media and issues of race and representation in media. She is currently an assistant professor at Florida A&M University’s College of Journalism and Graphic Arts. After a career in television and film, Leah looks forward to teaching future generations of media professionals.

Tracy (Quinn) McLennan (CAS’94, COM’94) of Shrewsbury, Mass., has formed a business called TQM Communications to provide copyediting, copywriting, and proofreading services to clients in marketing, advertising, publishing, and academia. Email her at


Dinesh C. Verma (CAS’95) of Rockville, Md., an attorney with Nankin & Verma, was elected treasurer of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  With more than a thousand member attorneys, the D.C. Chapter of AILA includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Chris Walsh (GRS’95,’99), of Cambridge, Mass., a BU College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of English and director of the CAS Writing Program, published Cowardice: A Brief History (Princeton University Press, 2014).


Douglas Marrano (COM’96,’00, LAW’99) of Cranford, N.J., married Joanna Albanese on May 2, 2014, in Woodbury, N.Y. Andrew Wincel (CAS’97) was one of the best men. Also in attendance were Christina Flesch (CAS’97), Mary Stefaney (CAS’97), Stergios Botzakis (CAS’95, SED’97), Peter Oliver (SMG’97), Michael Flippin (SMG’97), Soumiya Krishnaswamy-Clemens (CFA’97), Rachel Polintan Wincel (CAS’93,’96), Shahram Siddiqui (CAS’95, SMG’95), Michael Murphy (CAS’98, SMG’98), Robert Monteiro (ENG’97), Jason Thomas (CAS’96), Henry Louis-Charles (MET’06,’09), Naji Hajje (ENG’95), Ramu Reddy (CAS’95), and Regan Rinaldi (CAS’99).


Violetta Avedisian (SED’97) of Naples, Fla., recently returned from Africa, where she had been invited to give a seminar on leadership skills at Malku Institute of Technology in Accra, Ghana. Violetta developed training material specifically for this group of men and women in positions of leadership, to help provide them with basic, practical skills to be applied to their day-to-day job requirements. Email Violetta at

Jennifer (Schaus) Blount (CAS’97, GRS’99,’04) of Sudbury, Mass., was named to the 2014 class of Boston’s “40 under 40” by the Boston Business Journal, based on her academic achievements, her professional accomplishments, and her commitment to family and community. Jennifer works for the biotechnology firm ImmunoGen in Waltham, Mass.

Tiffany Gailliard (MET’97) of Hyde Park, Mass., is an officer in the IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance group at State Street Corporation, where she has been employed for more than 10 years. For the past several years, Tiffany has also served as the leader of the Boston University Alumni Network at State Street, engaging with more than 200 members, managing steering committee meetings, coordinating events, and maintaining the network’s SharePoint community. To connect, contact Tiffany via LinkedIn.

Jennifer (Jenna) Glatzer (COM’97) of Stony Brook, N.Y., co-authored Never Ever Give Up: The Inspiring Story of Jessie and her JoyJars (Zondervan, 2014). Learn more at

Erin (Burke) Murphy (SAR’97,’99) of Pittsfield, Mass., left the physical therapy world to start Inklings Design, a graphic design studio located in the Berkshires. See her work at or email Erin at


Valerie Coffey (GRS’98) of Las Vegas, Nev., writes that she and her partner, Mitch Rosich, have “left Massachusetts for good to become full-time RVers,” after selling their homes and cars, putting some belongings in storage, and settling three kids into college in Virginia, South Carolina, and Utah. They are enjoying living and working aboard a 45-foot motorhome as they travel the country, visiting national parks and seeing friends and family. Follow along at Valerie’s blog, at, and on Facebook and Twitter at RVLuckyorWhat.

Eileen (Boyle) Paddock (MET’98) of Scottsdale, Ariz., is the founder and president of Elderflower Group, a consulting group with expertise in gerontology, marketing, business development, and policy that helps organizations enhance their outreach to older adults and/or their caregivers. Learn more at or email Eileen at

Dennis Wright (CFA’98) of Henderson, Nev., was named Career Education Corporation Educator of the Year within the category of student success. Dennis is the department chair for design programs at Sanford-Brown College Las Vegas and teaches in the fashion design program.


David Ciccarelli (COM’99) of Tyngsboro, Mass., published a science fiction novel, Mesh: Book 1 (CreateSpace, 2014). He is also working on a supernatural children’s book for his two sons.

Haco Hoang (GRS’99,’02) of Topanga, Calif., was advanced to the rank of full professor in the political science department at California Lutheran University.

Gregory E. O’Malley (CAS’99) of Santa Cruz, Calif., published Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807 (University of North Carolina Press, 2014).

Jessica Piazza (COM’99) of Brooklyn, N.Y., published a book of poems, Interrobang (Red Hen Press, 2013).

Nicole C. Smith (CAS’99, LAW’02) of Orlando, Fla., joined Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman as an attorney in the firm’s Winter Park office. As part of the corporate and business practice group, Nicole provides outside general counsel services to business clients.

Mary G. Thompson (CAS’99) of New York, N.Y., published her third book for young readers, Evil Fairies Love Hair (Clarion Books, 2014). Email her at


Kim Edwards (CGS’98, SMG’00) of Boston, Mass., launched Step. & Lizzie (, a retail startup that aims to “bring the brick-and-mortar boutique experience online.” The site celebrates craftsmanship and features distinctive jewelry, scarves, stationary, pillows, vintage signs, and more from skilled artisans. Kim worked previously at Wayfair and Amazon.

Amy Elkins (COM’00) of Bala Cynwyd, Pa., writes, “Since graduating in 1995, I have gone from television producer living in Los Angeles to getting married and moving to Philadelphia to raise three children and become the creator of Mama Mac, a media outlet for children’s music and books.” Amy has written and produced two CDs and a sing-along book, Mama Mac Presents: The Adventures of Sammy the Snail. (View the related video on YouTube.) Her second CD, entitled Shine Shine Shine, was recently named 2013 CD of the Year by Creative Child Magazine, received a Parents’ Choice Award, and was named one of Dr. Toy’s Best 100 Picks of 2013. The title track was a finalist in the 2013 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and another song on the album, “Loose Tooth,” was a finalist in the 2013 Independent Songwriting Competition. See Amy’s website,

Christina J. Hodge (GRS’00,’07) of Somerville, Mass., published Consumerism and the Emergence of the Middle Class in Colonial America (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Kirun Kapur (GRS’00) of Amesbury, Mass., published a collection of poems entitled Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist (Elixir Press, 2015).

Ethan Kominsky (LAW’00) of Boynton Beach, Fla., was selected to the Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star list for the sixth straight year, in the practice area of plaintiff personal injury. Ethan is an attorney at Frankl & Kominsky Injury Lawyers, a Palm Beach County law firm focusing on personal injury and wrongful death.


Erin (Vintinner) Betley (CAS’01) and her husband, John Nicholas Betley (CAS’02), of Ashburn, Va., announce the birth of their first child, Maeve Opal, on May 27, 2014. Email Erin at

Jody Chai (ENG’01) of Natick, Mass., was appointed director of product management for Network Health, a division of Tufts Health Plan. Jody now oversees the strategic analysis, planning, development, implementation, and monitoring of the division’s product portfolio.

Cathy (Williams) Ginel (CAS’01, SED’02) of Knoxville, Tenn., was selected as a Tennessee Educator Fellow as part of SCORE, an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy and research institution in Tennessee education. She will learn about, reflect upon, and inform the policies and practices that affect student achievement and educator effectiveness. Email her at

Sara Hefez (CGS’99, COM’01) of Mansfield, Mass., is director of the New England and capital district (Albany) regions for the Jewish National Fund. Under her direction, the New England region raised more money this past year than during any prior year.

Michael Landis (CAS’01, GRS’02) of Granbury, Tex., published his first book, Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis (Cornell University Press, 2014). Michael is an assistant professor of history at Tarleton State University, a part of the Texas A&M system located in Stephenville, Texas.


Liliane Klein (CFA’02) of Cambridge, Mass., writes with news of a fulfilling year personally and professionally. An actress, singer, and model, Liliane appeared in a commercial for JC Penney that aired during the 2014 Academy Awards, signed with FireStarter Entertainment and Ideal Fit Models, and appeared in a Connecticut Free Shakespeare performance of As You Like It. Following her wedding in 2013, she traveled extensively with her husband, Matt, celebrating with friends and family, skiing in Europe and in the Rockies, and road-tripping across America, among other adventures.

Tom Laszewski (MET’02) of Hampton, N.H., was promoted to global partner solution architect senior manager at Amazon Web Services. A cloud computing expert, he runs a blog aimed at helping enterprises run applications in the cloud, at Email Tom at

Kimberly A. Skiba-Rokosky (CAS’02) of Ashland, Va., was selected to become a member of the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 and Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Membership in the National Trial Lawyers group is by invitation only, recognizing superior qualifications, trial results, and stature in the field. Kimberly also received an “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. She is a partner at Owen & Owens.


Abe Friedman (CAS’03) of Chicago, Ill., was named to the third annual Double Chai in the Chi: 36 Under 36, a list of young Jewish movers and shakers in Chicago presented by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. Abe is a rabbi at Anshe Emet Synagogue.

Jennifer Holt (COM’03) of Middletown, Conn., was promoted to senior postproduction editor at ESPN after finishing her master’s degree in organizational leadership at Quinnipiac University in 2013 and receiving certifications from both the Project Management Institute and the Institute of Certified Professional Managers. Jennifer also serves as director of operations for Pets on Wheels of Connecticut, a nonprofit that provides assistance to people adopting shelter animals. For information on Pets on Wheels, email Jennifer at

Amanda Ma (SMG’03) of Pasadena, Calif., founded Innovate Marketing Group, a brand-building event marketing and event management agency. Email her at

Meredith McCardle (LAW’03) of Davie, Fla., will publish Blackout (Skyscape) in early 2015, the second novel in her Annum Guard series of young adult political thrillers. The first book in the series, The Eighth Guard, came out in May 2014, about students training to be government operatives and a girl who is chosen to be part of the Annum Guard time-traveling unit.


John S. Leinicke (CAS’04) of Miami, Fla., has been named chair of the DRI Young Lawyers State and Local Defense Organization Steering Committee. DRI is the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. John is an associate in the Miami office of Roig Lawyers and also the president of the Dade County Defense Bar Association.

Wanda Montañez (SED’04) of Roxbury, Mass., received a Doctor of Education (EdD) from the University of Massachusetts Boston in higher education administration. Her dissertation was titled “The Role of Identity Development in Multiethnic Latino Students’ Sense of Belonging in College.” Email Wanda at

Melissa Renn (GRS’04,’11) of Cambridge, Mass., published a chapter in the book Architecture and Armed Conflict: The Politics of Destruction (Routledge, 2014). Her chapter was entitled “Fine Arts Under Fire: Life Magazine and the Display of Architectural Destruction.”

Jonathan Waldman (COM’04) of Boulder, Colo., published Rust (Simon and Schuster, 2015), an environmental narrative covering the dangers of corrosion.

Stephanie Yingling (CAS’04) and Joseph Fagan (ENG’04) of Brookline, Mass., were married on June 28, 2014, in Westport, Connecticut. Joseph works for GE Aviation as a senior design engineer. Stephanie works for Acxiom as a senior account manager for digital marketing. The couple met during sophomore year in Warren Towers.


Laura Burns (COM’05) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been promoted to account director in the Fort Lauderdale office of Boardroom Communications, one of Florida’s largest public relations and integrated marketing agencies. Laura joined Boardroom in 2012 as an account executive, and before that worked as an executive producer for WPLG Channel 10 News in Miami. She is a mentor for Women of Tomorrow, a group that pairs accomplished professional women with at-risk high school girls. She is also an original member of Jack & Jill Young Professionals, a group that supports the Jack & Jill Children’s Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Victoria (Garcia) Wilburn (SAR’05) of Indianapolis, Ind., was named an assistant professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Indianapolis, where she is working to help develop the Doctor of Occupational Therapy fieldwork curriculum. Victoria has a background in pediatrics, adult rehabilitation, and emerging practice. Email her at


Resa Blatman (CFA’06) of Somerville, Mass., curated an exhibition called Forecasted: Eight Artists Explore the Nature of Climate Change at Northeastern University’s Gallery 360 this past fall. The show featured artists who use physical or representational elements of nature in their work, examining a planet in flux and beckoning viewers to ask what the future holds for our rapidly altering landscape. The artists included Resa and two other BU alums: Dana Clancy (CFA’99), now an assistant professor at CFA, and Joe Wardwell (CFA’99).

Jessica Lynn Costa (CAS’06, LAW’09) of New York, N.Y., married Jason David Falk in Garden City, New York, in April 2014. Bridesmaids included Libby Fulkerson (CGS’04, CAS’06), Sonali Munshi (CAS’06), Kelly O’Keefe (CAS’06, SPH’10), Kate Proctor (LAW’09), and Nikki Woodworth Riley (CAS’06). Dozens of BU alumni, including Sleeper and Danielsen Hall floormates, Gamma Phi Beta sorority sisters, and 1L law school classmates, were in attendance.

Timothy Ferguson (MET’06) of Scranton, Pa., was appointed to serve as an agent for the Bureau of Consumer Protection by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. Email Timothy at

Christy Foley (COM’06) of Longwood, Fla., established her own law firm, representing small businesses, entertainers, and athletes through contractual and intellectual property work. Email Christy at or visit her website,

Laura (Ahmes) Gollinger (SMG’06) of Boston, Mass. was promoted to vice president of The Collaborative Companies, a residential real estate marketing firm, where she will oversee and execute the firm’s research and design development programs. Prior to joining TCC in 2013, Gollinger was the managing director at Accelerated Marketing Partners.

Vicky Tiglias (CAS’06) of Syosset, N.Y., was planning to run the New York City Marathon this fall, with hopes of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Her run was a fundraiser for the American Heart Association and was inspired by her years at BU, watching the Boston Marathon in person. Email Vicky at


KC Downey (CGS’05, COM’07) of Norwell, Mass., says he moved to New Hampshire in 2012 to work for WMUR-TV as the digital media manager for, after working for five years in the Boston TV market. won its second consecutive Edward R. Murrow award for Best Large Market Television Website in the region, competing with Boston and Hartford stations. Email KC at

Caroline (Klein) Michaud (COM’07) of Chicago, Ill., is the director of public relations for the Preferred Hotel Group of Chicago. She has been chosen as one of Hotel Management’s “Thirty Under 30” listing of professionals in the hospitality industry.

Jason Myers (COM’07) of Salt Lake City, Utah, is now the manager of internal communications at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a $300 million charity that raises funds and awareness for children’s hospitals in the United States and Canada.

Susan Pienta (CAS’07) of Valatie, N.Y., was awarded a five-year teaching fellowship from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation.

Matthew Piscitelli (CAS’07) of Northford, Conn., graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a PhD in anthropology. Matthew specializes in South American archaeology and plans to pursue a career as a university professor.

Sarah Shapiro (COM’07) of Trumbull, Conn., was accepted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to pursue a master’s degree in occupational therapy, beginning the program in August 2014. Sarah writes, “I am thrilled to join the ‘helping profession’ community and hope to specialize in burn recovery or veteran support.” Email her at


Ira Kantor (COM’08) of Belmont, Mass., has been named a senior account executive at Regan Communications Group in Boston. For his coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, Ira is also a 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Award recipient in the category of deadline reporting, with the staff of the Boston Herald, as bestowed by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Mallory MacDonald (CAS’08) of Laurel, Md., works with at-risk youth at Operation Peace–Boston, where she developed a curriculum to teach students about US history by bringing them through the decades experientially. Mallory also works at the Peterborough Senior Center and is on the board of the Fenway Community Development Corporation.

Melissa Mulrey (CAS’08) and Brian Soares (CAS’08) of Washington, D.C., were married on May 24, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Terriers in attendance included Sunny (Harirchi) Stanisz (CGS’05, CAS’07), Jon Stanisz (CAS’08), Rob Lucia (CAS’08), Allie Myers (CAS’08), Dan Leach-St. Germain (CAS’08), Justin Meyer (CAS’09), Matt Wilson (CAS’09), Laurie Mincieli (CAS’08), Tej Dave (CAS’08), and Gabriela Hansen (CAS’12). Alums in the wedding party included bridesmaids Stacia (Kauffman) Krupa (SMG’08) and Ginny Dominguez (CAS’08), groomsmen Eric Immerman (CAS’08) and Brian Esposito (CAS’08), and best man Ankit Lal (SMG’08).

Ximena (Valdes) Roth (CAS’08) of Chapel Hill, N.C., started a full-time MBA program at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, after having been awarded a full fellowship through the Consortium for Graduate Study of Management. When she wrote, Ximena and her husband, Andrew, were expecting their first child in December 2014—“during finals week!”


Albert J. Carroll (LAW’09) of Auburn, Pa., joined the business litigation practice at Morris James as an associate in the firm’s Wilmington, Dela., office. He will focus on corporate and commercial litigation.

Rachel Kunkler (CGS’07, SAR’09) of Ellicott City, Md., graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in June 2014 with high honors. In July, she began her residency in general surgery at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Prior to her residency, Rachel was also the primary author of a research article in the Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. Email her at


Sumaira Ahmed (CGS’09, COM’10) of Boston, Mass., was recently diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called neuromyelitis optica (NMO). As she recovers, she plans to establish a nonprofit organization to raise awareness of and funding for her own and other understudied disorders. Sumaira is a healthcare PR professional and the author of a blog, at

Nicki (Noble) Bean (MET’10) of Kennebunkport, Maine, was named director of marketing for the Nonantum Resort. Nicki will handle the property’s online, social media, and email marketing, as well as public relations, advertising, packages, and promotions.

Ramya Kumar (CAS’10, SPH’13) of Lowell, Mass., is a CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Fellow in Lusaka, Zambia, a position that began in September. She is creating e-learning modules for a field epidemiology training program and is conducting analyses for several surveillance projects and epidemiologic studies on HIV/AIDS. Email Ramya at

Melanie Mah (CFA’10) of San Francisco, Calif., starred in Valley of the Heart, a new play by Luis Valdez. The play is about a Japanese American farm girl and a Mexican American sharecropper in Silicon Valley who fall in love prior to WWII and the Japanese internment. The play was staged at El Teatro de Campesino, in San Juan Batista, California, through October.

Chris Octeau (CAS’10) of Los Angeles, Calif., writes to say that he is engaged to Theresa Yang and was planning a December 2014 wedding in Wanaka, New Zealand. Chris received his PhD in pharmacology from the University of Rhode Island in May 2014, and started his first postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in August. Email Chris at

Michelle Shapiro (COM’10) of Washington, D.C., and Scott Karrel (CGS’08, CAS’10) of New York, N.Y., cofounded the nonprofit Unlock Foundation in 2011. Scott, an international relations major at BU, was inspired to start the organization, dedicated to improving primary education in rural African schools, while teaching at a school in Namibia for several months after graduating from BU. Michelle offered her marketing and communications skills. “Scott and I first met freshman year at a meeting of the BU Darfur Coalition (BUDC), and our friendship grew from there as did our involvement in the group, peaking in our leadership of BUDC as president and vice president in 2008. The skills we gained from BUDC, from event planning to managing a budget to coordinating volunteers, were very helpful in starting Unlock Foundation.” The nonprofit now includes three partner schools: two in Namibia and one in Ghana. “We have completed many projects to keep kids in school and ensure they have a quality education, including getting new desks and chairs built, constructing safe and clean bathroom facilities, providing mosquito nets to prevent malaria, giving textbooks to each student, etc.,” Michelle writes. “Scott has visited our schools several times in the last few years, and this past September I had the opportunity to join him for the first time in Namibia. It was incredibly inspiring to finally meet the students and see our programs in action.” Learn more at


Kathryn Cramer Brownell (GRS’11) of West Lafayette, Ind., is the author of Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life (University of North Carolina Press, 2014). Kathryn is an assistant professor of history at Purdue University.

Lauren Goldberg (SAR’11) and Joshua Samot (SMG’08) of Parsippany, N.J., were married on September 7, 2014, seven years from the day they met at Boston University. Terriers in attendance were Tara Malinasky (COM’11), Marianna Dworak (CAS’11, COM’11), Michael Chefitz (CGS’05, COM’07), Chris Junno (CFA’11), Deborah Beth Medows (LAW’11), Jeremy Parker (COM’07), Briana Ballis (CAS’11, GRS’11), Andrea DiNetta (SAR’11), and Daniella Wodnicki (SPH’11). Rabbi Posner of the Chabad House of Greater Boston officiated.


Connie Cheung (MET’12) of Boston, Mass., is a senior associate in the communications and media group of the Boston office of dunnhumbyUSA, a leading customer science company. Her responsibilities include building community management and social media strategy for the company’s BzzAgent operations. Prior to joining the firm, she worked as a social media analyst at the Taj Boston Hotel.

Jenna Cipolla (CFA’12) of Jersey City, N.J., got engaged to Angela Robidoux in October 2013 and planned to be married in October 2014 at the General Theological Seminary in New York City.

Kenice Mobley (COM’12) of Boston, Mass., created the web series Allston Xmas with two other BU alums to showcase the joy and horror of moving day in Boston—September 1, when seemingly every young person in the city is moving on a single day. Allston Xmas is an anthology of twelve episodes that follow a group of young people as they strain under the weight of changing relationships and addresses.

Derek J. Pastuszek (CAS’12, COM’12) of Brookline, Mass., is a fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He writes that he and fellow alum Halee Bernard (COM’12, CAS’13) are working together on a short film called Solitary, about the system of solitary confinement in modern U.S. prisons. Derek and Halee started a fundraising campaign via Kickstarter to fund their production costs.


Natalie Siddique (CAS’13) of San Luis Obispo, Calif., is co-founder of Moja Gear, a content- and community-driven rock-climbing marketplace. After majoring in international relations and Russian and Eastern European studies, and preparing for a career in foreign service, Natalie found that her love of rock climbing (which started at BU’s FitRec) pulled her in a different direction. Last April she moved to California and joined a friend in a startup incubator to build Moja Gear (, which aims to be a personal and immersive online retail experience for climbers that places community at the forefront.


Alexandria Chong (SMG’14) of Brooklyn, N.Y., cofounded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit called College AppAssist, Inc., which aims to sponsor college applications of Boston public high school students by forming tutoring and mentoring relationships with the students. The nonprofit celebrated its first graduating class of mentees with a 100 percent college attendance rate. Email Alexandria at

Amanda Crawford-Staub (CAS’14) of Hatfield, Pa., is a university enrollment coordinator for The Green Program, a new study-abroad organization that offers experiential education programs for students interested in becoming leaders in the field of sustainability and renewable energy. Learn more at, or email Amanda at

Ariel Ferrante (COM’14) of Lynbrook, N.Y., was hired by the Boston-based firm Schneider Associates as an integrated marketing and digital design associate, supporting the agency’s day-to-day social media marketing, as well as marketing design.

Madeleine Lee (CAS’14) of Boston, Mass., has joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest for a year of service, working at the Recovery Café in Seattle. JVC members work with marginalized people around the world, addressing issues such as hunger and homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, end-of-life care, mental health, and food justice, serving in indigenous communities, schools, health clinics, and advocacy groups.

Robert Lucchesi (CFA’14) of San Francisco, Calif., has joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps for a year of service, working at the Saint Martin de Porres High School in Cleveland. JVC members work with marginalized people around the world, addressing issues such as hunger and homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, end-of-life care, mental health, and food justice, serving in indigenous communities, schools, health clinics, and advocacy groups.

Doniella McKoy (MED’14) of Garrison, N.Y., has successfully completed a 10-month national service assignment as a FEMA Corps volunteer, working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and AmeriCorps. FEMA Corps is a partnership between FEMA and the Corporation for National and Community Service to enhance the country’s disaster response and recovery capacity while expanding career opportunities for young people. Doniella was honored at a graduation ceremony in Vicksburg, Mississippi.


Eileen Merullo (SAR’44) of Revere, Mass., received the 2013 Deborah Sampson Award as the Outstanding Woman Veteran of the Year in Massachusetts, presented at a ceremony last November at the State House. A World War II veteran who served as a lieutenant in the Medical Corps, Eileen was the driving force behind the creation of a memorial on the American Legion lawn in Revere that honors the many local women who served in noncombat support roles during that war. In recognition of those efforts, she was named the Revere Journal’s 2013 Woman of the Year.


Jean Kelly Ohnemus (DGE’48) of Haverhill, Mass., successfully landed a parachute jump at the age of 88.


Margaret “Teddy” (Mayer) Milne (CAS’51) of Northampton, Mass., launched Pittenbruach Press in 1986, publishing some 16 books by other writers and 29 of her own over the next two decades. She describes her path after BU as “less a climb to some mountain peak and more like a leaf floating free down-river, taking whatever comes.” After receiving her degree, she writes, “I wanted most to travel, so I set out for California. By thumb—my maverick father’s advice. Money was a problem, or could have been, but I learned, and I often traveled free as a courier, tour leader, frequent flyer, youth hosteler, hitchhiker, and camper. Instead of a career, I took any job I could get, from cleaning fish in Monterey to dishwashing in Stockholm to peeling potatoes in Oslo, and on through 97 different jobs in my lifetime.” Besides her publishing venture, some of the best of those jobs included stints as a reporter and editor at the Gazette in Northampton, a French teacher and publicity director at a private school, and a codirector of a Quaker conference center. Teddy was married twice and had three sons along the way. “Life has sure been fun,” she concludes.


William Tortolano (CFA’53) of Underhill, Vt., was awarded the pontifical honor Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice by Pope Benedict XVI for his contributions to Gregorian chant. He is professor emeritus of fine arts and music at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt. Other alums in William’s family include his daughter, Allegra Tortolano Havens (CFA’84), and grandson William Tortolano IV (CAS’10).


Yap Kim Hao (STH’54,’68) of Singapore, a longtime advocate of interfaith dialogue, had a named professorship endowed in his honor at Yale-NUS College of Singapore. The Yap Kim Hao Professorship in Comparative Religious Studies will enhance the academic study of religions at Yale-NUS, Singapore’s first liberal arts college. Yap is the former vice president of the Inter-Religious Organization, convenor of the Singapore Interfaith Network on AIDS, chairman of Chen Su Lan Trust, and pastoral advisor of Free Community Church. He was the first Asian bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore and Malaysia.


Dorothy Hegarty (CFA’58) of Pembroke Pines, Fla., was featured on the Meet Our Musicians page of the Sunrise Pops Orchestra program. A violist, Dorothy is a member of the Hallandale Pops, the Sugar Pops Orchestras, and the Broward Symphony. She retired from teaching in the Agawam, Mass., school system and remains active with contra dancing and raising semitropical plants in her garden.


Raymond Coppinger (CAS’59) of Montague, Mass., published Fishing Dogs: A Guide to the History, Talents, and Training of the Baildale, the Flounderhounder, the Angler Dog, and Sundry Other Breeds of Aquatic Dogs (Canis Piscatorius) (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014).


Walter Feinberg (CAS’60, GRS’62,’66) of Champaign, Ill., has been awarded the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award by the John Dewey Society for his work in educational philosophy. His latest book, coauthored with Richard Layton, is For the Civic Good: The Liberal Case for Teaching Religion in the Public Schools (University of Michigan Press, 2014).


Leslie Srager (LAW’61) of New York, N.Y., writes that his wife, Joan Trotter Srager, published a young adult fictionalized memoir, Spaghetti Rain (iUniverse, 2013).


Cynthia Maurice Garrett (CFA’63,’65) of New Town, Mass., had a solo exhibit, GLOVES OFF/Hands On, at Galatea Fine Art in Boston in May 2014. Her work was also selected for the Off The Wall juried exhibit, curated by Katherine French (GRS’81), at the Danforth Museum in Framingham, Mass.

Roy Licklider (CAS’63) of New York, N.Y., published a book he edited, New Armies from Old: Merging Competing Military Forces After Civil Wars (Georgetown University Press, 2014). Roy is a professor of political science at Rutgers University and an adjunct research scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.

Beth (Leichter) Peerce (CGS’61, CAS’63) of Beverly Hills, Calif., was named vice president of the National Association of Realtors. Previously, Beth had been elected president of the California Association of Realtors in 2011. Beth lives with her husband, film and TV director Larry Peerce, in Los Angeles. Email Beth at


B. Amore (CAS’64) of Benson, Vt., was commissioned by Dorothea’s House, an Italian cultural institution in Princeton, N.J., to create a commemorative art piece to celebrate 100 years of their history.


Francie Heller (SED’66) of Greenwich, Conn., has been elected to the national board of directors for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Francie is managing partner at Heller Advisory.


Alfred Kanwischer (CFA’67) of Pittsboro, N.C., published From Bach’s Goldberg to Beethoven’s Diabelli: Influence & Independence (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). A former member of the piano faculty at BU, Alfred is professor emeritus at San Jose State University’s School of Music.

Bob Nesson (COM’67) of Somerville, Mass., completed his 100th documentary, Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change, which premiered at the BSA Space of the Boston Society of Architects in April.

Blanche Podhajski (DGE’65, SED’67) of Waterbury Center, Vt., celebrated 30 years as the founder and president of the Stern Center for Language and Learning, where her work has helped more than 20,000 children and adults struggling with dyslexia, autism, learning disabilities, and speech and language disorders. Learn more at


Edward A. Kazanjian (ENG’68) of Belmont, Mass., had the pleasure of taking his nine-year-old granddaughter, Marianna, to her first BU men’s hockey game. Edward writes, “Marianna saw a BU win, a great game with an open-net goal at the end, and all topped off with ice cream and dessert back in the Burke Room following the game.” Marianna got to meet retired coach Jack Parker (SMG’68, Hon.’97) and tell him that both of her parents, Paul M. Lilla (SED’95) and Karen Kazanjian Lilla (COM’95), are BU alums.

Susan Marx (CFA’68) of Orange, N.J., exhibited her abstract impressionist paintings at the Ashok Jain Gallery and the Agora Gallery, both in New York.

Wesley T. Mott (CAS’68, GRS’69) of Vineyard Haven, Mass., published Ralph Waldo Emerson in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He is a professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Sherry Weinstein (CGS’66, COM’68) of Malibu, Calif., is the director of the Peace Education Program, a 10-week multimedia course designed to explore inner resources—innate tools for living such as inner strength, choice, and hope.


David E. Hollowell (ENG’69,’72, GSM’74) of North Charleston, S.C., was appointed a commissioner with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, a regional accrediting body, and will serve on its finance committee. David is also a member of the Boston University board of overseers.

Karen Danstedt Roop (CFA’69,’75) of Concord, Mass., was accepted into the Academic Artists Association in February 2014 after her acrylic painting Becky’s Buoys was included in the association’s juried 64th Annual National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism.


Mitchell Fillet (CAS’70) of Rockville, Md., writes with a story about how his longtime affinity for Terrier sports took an interesting turn one recent evening, when the BU men’s lacrosse team was playing an early-season game against Providence College—a team that included his son, Nolan. After having been a varsity athlete at BU and following Terrier sports for decades, Mitchell writes, that evening “I did something I haven’t done for 48 years. I rooted for a team to beat BU. Trust me, it was hard to do. But I love my little guy (who is now pretty big).” Mitchell is a lecturer in finance and business economics at Fordham University.

Ruth Mordecai (CFA’70,’80) of Gloucester, Mass., had two one-person shows, in Gloucester at Trident Gallery and in Boston at Soprafina Gallery. Learn more at

Roy Perkinson (GRS’70) of Wellesley, Mass., had one of his recent pastel paintings, Sun and Shadows, selected for the nationally juried exhibition See the Light at the Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, Mass.

Peter Simon (COM’70) of Chilmark, Mass., released a DVD titled Through the Lens, about his 50 years in photojournalism.


Eleanor Rowe (SON’71, SED’74) of Orange City, Fla., writes, “Since receiving my doctorate in adult education, I have been involved in many areas of education and nursing, primarily as a missionary serving in Africa, Asia, and South America. Since retirement, I have authored 12 books—nonfiction and novels—emphasizing the Christian life and missions.”


Peter H. Bloom (CAS’72) of Somerville, Mass., is a flutist with a long tenure at the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, founded and directed by Mark Harvey (STH’71, GRS’83). Peter performed in multiple world premieres with Aardvark in 2014, including Commemoration (Boston 2013), a tribute to the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon tragedy, and Spaceways, a celebration of Sun Ra in his centennial year. He performs widely as a recitalist and chamber musician. Visit, or email Peter at

Joe Coffey (ENG’72) of Albany, N.Y., was appointed to the position of commissioner of the city of Albany’s department of water and water supply. Email Joe at

Eugenia Poporad Vanek (GRS’72) of Saint Petersburg, Fla., published Bonnets to Boardrooms: Women’s Stories from a Historic College Town (Oberlin Heritage Center, 2014), a compilation of oral histories from women in Oberlin, Ohio. It chronicles changing economic and social conditions and opportunities that altered women’s roles within the family, community, and society during the 20th century.


Mikki Ansin (COM’74) of Cambridge, Mass., a photographer, had an opening at Galerie Esther Sobin in Bonnieux in the South of France this past summer.

Robert Miraldi (COM’74) of Stone Ridge, N.Y., published Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist (Potomac Books, 2013), the first biography of one of the most important and controversial journalists in the United States for the last forty years.


Marjorie Epstein-Aloni (CAS’75) of Aventura, Fla., was appointed to the Miami Dade Community Relations board of directors. She was also appointed to the Aventura City advisory board for community services for a two-year term.

Richard Few (CAS’75, LAW’79) of Marietta, S.C., earned recognition in the 2014 Chambers USA Guide by Chambers and Partners, publisher of the world’s leading guides to the legal profession. Richard is an attorney at Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greenville, S.C.

Adrienne Gusoff (DGE’73, COM’75) of Kew Gardens, N.Y., is the author of a blog that shares the life stories of deceased people. Gusoff writes, “I don’t claim to be a medium. I am first and foremost a writer, but these feel very much like dictation and not at all like creative writing. Regardless of where the stories are originating, they are interesting and poignant tales which hopefully will encourage readers to consider their own life choices, and perhaps have more understanding/compassion towards others.” Read the blog at

Steven McFadden (COM’75) of Lincoln, Nebr., published his 14th nonfiction book, Teach Us to Number Our Days: A Compilation of Keys for Adept Aging (Soul*Sparks Books, 2014). Email Steven at

Samuel C. Pease (GSM’75) of Cohasset, Mass., was appointed managing director at New Directions, Inc., a Boston-based career development firm that helps executives and professionals successfully navigate work/life crossroads.

Albert Sherman (CFA’75,’76) of Brooklyn, N.Y., made his European debut with Volkstheater Rostock in Germany, directing the world premiere of Happy Birthday, Mr. President, an opera by British composer Kruss Russman about Marilyn Monroe and the Kennedy brothers. Visit

Richard Steckel (SED’75) of Littleton, Colo., has an exhibition of his photos hanging in the Denver International Airport as it hosts the Milestones Project, a nonprofit initiative launched by Richard and Michele Steckel to help parents teach their children to value and respect people who are different from themselves. The exhibit, Global Colorado: We’re All Here!, features more than 100 photographs that celebrate and honor international families living in Colorado.


Mary (Alper) McManus (COM’76) of Chestnut Hill, Mass., published Coming Home: A Memoir of Healing, Hope and Possibility (CreateSpace, 2014), about her life after she was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease, at the height of her career as an award-winning social worker. Mary is also the author of five books of inspirational poetry. Visit

Mark Savran (SMG’76) of Milford, Conn., wrote in June that he was looking forward to the hockey alumni golf outing again. “Hope to see some former teammates/coaches.” Email Mark at


Melody T. McCloud (CAS’77, MED’81) of Roswell, Ga., an OB/GYN and author, was a panelist for the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Health Care Heroes Awards 2014 ceremony. The event honors gifted leaders and innovators in medicine. Panelists were past award winners, including Melody, who won the 2012 Physician of the Year Award, and Louis Sullivan (MED’58), former secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and recipient of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.


Richard Jones (CAS’78) of Los Angeles, Calif., was named one of the top financial advisors in the nation by both Barron’s and the Financial Times for 2014. This is the 10th consecutive year that he has been recognized on Barron’s Top 100 list. Richard is a founding partner of the Jones, Zafari Group, a 25-member team that specializes in providing private banking services to affluent individuals and families around the world.

Michael Maher (COM’78) of Chappaqua, N.Y., was named president of ID Health, a new specialty unit of the Interpublic Group’s media agency ID Media. ID Health focuses on health care marketing and pharmaceutical brands.

Meera Thompson (CFA’78) of New York, N.Y., exhibited her paintings, inspired by her experiences abroad, at the Atlantic Gallery in New York. The exhibition, The Landscape Listens, gets its title from an Emily Dickinson poem that emphasizes the connection between the world without and the world within.


Anthony Doris (COM’79) of South Miami, Fla., published his first e-novel, Dirt (Mr. Media Books, 2014), a tale of reporters, corruption, and Miami craziness. Anthony is currently a government and investigative reporter and editor at The Palm Beach Post, where he has worked for the past 10 years.

Michael Gualtieri (CGS’77, COM’79) of West Hartford, Conn., received his industry’s highest honor, induction into the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association (CLDA) Hall of Fame. The award is presented annually to a CLDA member who is respected in the industry and has made noteworthy contributions. Michael is founder and president of ProCourier, a company providing on-demand trucking service locally, regionally, and nationwide. Email Michael at

Patricia Randell (CFA’79) of Long Island City, N.Y., won a supporting actress Award of Merit in the 2014 Best Shorts Competition for her performance in writer and director Paul Kelly’s film My Day. Contact her at


Miriam Serman (SED’80) of Marina del Rey, Calif., gave a TEDx presentation in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where she spoke about her days teaching yoga as well as matriculating at BU. The presentation is available on YouTube.

Judy Smith (CGS’78, COM’80) of Los Angeles, Calif., was presented with the Hope Award by Calvary Women’s Services for her commitment to economic development and equal opportunity housing in Washington, D.C. In 2012, Judy published Good Self, Bad Self: Transforming Your Worst Qualities into Your Biggest Assets (Free Press, 2012). She is a crisis management expert and the inspiration for the hit TV show Scandal.


Douglas J. Gladstone (COM’82) of Wilton, N.Y., published Carving a Niche for Himself: The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore (Bordighera Press, 2014), about the obscure Italian American immigrant who served as Mount Rushmore’s chief carver.

Yvette Rose McLarty (CFA’82) of Valley Cottage, N.Y., sang in the musical Smokey Joe’s Café at Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack, N.Y., this past summer. Email Yvette at


Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard (LAW’83) of Port Washington, N.Y., was elected as an officer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association board of directors. Annamarie is managing partner at the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson, LLC, and is one of only five female managing partners on Long Island.

Mehrzad Boroujerdi (CAS’83) of Manlius, N.Y., was named an O’Hanley Faculty Scholar by Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where he is a professor of political science.

Joseph Kuhn Carey (COM’83) of Chicago, Ill., published a book of poetry entitled Postcards from Poland (Chicago Poetry Press, 2013). The book was a Journal of Modern Poetry Book Award selection in 2013.

Laurence C. Schwartz (CFA’83) of New York, N.Y., is active as a playwright, an actor, and a director. He performed in this summer’s Fringe Festival.


Athena Yannitsas (CAS’84) of Palm Beach, Fla., published Vino, Vida y Alegría (CreateSpace, 2014), a wine appreciation book written in Spanish. The book is based on wine courses that Athena taught at Florida International University and Miami-Dade College and is the first wine book geared toward primarily Hispanic consumers in the US. Athena is a Certified Specialist of Wine, in addition to being a marketing specialist for the School District of Palm Beach County.


Marc Ferris (CGS’83, CAS’85) of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., published Star-Spangled Banner: The Unlikely Story of America’s National Anthem (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) just in time for the song’s 200th anniversary. This is the first comprehensive history of the anthem, telling the story of the song’s creation by Francis Scott Key, its designation as national anthem 117 years later, and its continued role in American life.

Eugene Young (COM’85) of Pasadena, Calif., was appointed president of Ryan Seacrest Productions. Eugene, a veteran television executive and producer, is responsible for managing the creative direction of the entertainment production company.


Howard Hoff (SMG’86) of Port Chester, N.Y., was named partner-in-charge of the new commercial business group at accounting firm Marks Paneth LLP. In this position, Howard will help the firm’s manufacturing, wholesale, distribution, retail, and construction clients improve their organizations, structure, and profitability.

Michael G. McAuliffe (GSM’86) of Andover, Mass., was named executive vice president and chief commercial banking officer for Middlesex Savings Bank. In this new role, Michael serves as a member of the senior management committee and has responsibility for commercial banking, including regional teams, investment real estate, construction, community business banking, the business development team, government-assisted lending, and cash management.

Todd Summer (SMG’86) of San Diego, Calif., was sworn in as president of the board of trustees of the National Association of College Stores on March 8, 2014. He is director of Aztec Shops for San Diego State University.


Heidi Engel (SAR’87,’07) of Lafayette, Calif., received the Jack Walker Award from the American Physical Therapy Association. Heidi is a physical therapist at UCSF Medical Center.

Thomas Lehrich (SMG’87) of Washington, D.C., was selected as the chair for the Federal Bar Association, Transportation and Transportation Security Law Section. Tom has served as counsel and chief counsel to the Inspector General for the US Department of Transportation and assistant chief counsel at TSA. He now works for the Federal Maritime Commission and is a member of the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, where he teaches administrative law and legal research and writing. He is also on the faculty of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Southern Georgia. Tom lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Debbie, and three children. Email him at

Lisa Scales (LAW’87) of Pittsburgh, Pa., is CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Lisa was featured in the May issue of Pittsburgh Magazine, where she gives a summary of her background as well as the challenges she faces at the food bank.


Floyd Knight (STH’88) of Bolingbrook, Ill., was awarded a DFI Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. He is currently the Rhoten A. Smith Teaching and Research Fellow in the English Department at Northern Illinois University, where he is pursuing a PhD in linguistics. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination since 1988, Floyd was granted approval for ordained ministerial partnership standing in the United Church of Christ in 2010.

Arthur Levering (CFA’88) of Cambridge, Mass., released a CD, Parallel Universe, on the New World label to showcase a range of orchestra and ensemble music. The CD includes performances by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, mezzo-soprano Krista River, and pianists Donald Berman and John McDonald.


Laura DeVeau (CGS’87, COM’89, SED’95) of Newton Center, Mass., was named vice president of the Division of Student Affairs at Mount Ida College. In her new position, Laura is responsible for the leadership, direction, supervision, and assessment of student life on campus.

Steven H. Lee (CAS’89) of Brighton, Mass., a graphic artist who runs a design firm called Studio Graphiko, was honored at the 2014 Koch Institute Image Awards.

Alessandro Uzielli (CGS’87, COM’89) of Beverly Hills, Calif., is the current owner of the famed Beverly Hills restaurant La Dolce Vita. He has modernized its northern Italian cuisine and launched an impressive cocktail menu. An art collector and photographer, he gives back to the College of Communication through his Alessandro F. Uzielli Film Fund.


John Patrick Acevedo (COM’90) of Columbia, Md., is the sole publisher and author of the Trilogy Collection (Synergy Press), including Deer of the Crossing Last Ones (2013), Bad Technology and Poor Weather (2012), and Bubble Gum, Slime, & Electro Man (2011). He has also produced a spoken word CD, featuring him reading 14 of his best poems, and can be seen in the YouTube documentary Windows Into Poetry: John Patrick Acevedo by Prince Kwasi Mensah. To purchase Synergy Press publications, email Patrick at

Andrea L. Ciota (CAS’90) of Johns Island, S.C., provides legal consulting services through Ciota Consulting LLC and is affiliated with Potomac Law Group, a Washington, D.C., full-service law firm. Andrea practices commercial and corporate transactions, technology and business process outsourcing transactions, and intellectual property and licensing. She is also working part-time at her husband’s financial investment company, Hines Wealth Management, LLC.

Christina Laurie (STH’90) of West Falmouth, Mass., published her fourth book and first children’s book, C is for Cape Cod (Islandport Press, 2014). Visit for information.


Kyle McInnis (SAR’91) of Windham, N.H., was awarded a $500,000 grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in partnership with the Merrimack Valley YMCA, to expand Active Science, the initiative he founded to battle child obesity. Kyle is health sciences chair at Merrimack College and creator of Active Science.

Thomas Nolan (SED’91,’00) of Jamaica Plain, Mass., has been appointed associate professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Email him at

Kevin Pitts (CAS’91) of Longmont, Colo., is director of product marketing, enterprise networks for the communications global business unit at Oracle. Email Kevin at

Richard Rubin (GRS’91) of Brunswick, Maine, released The Last of the Doughboys: the Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War in paperback (Mariner Books, 2014) on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

Linda Shore (SED’91) of San Francisco, Calif., was chosen as the new executive director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. She took over management of the international society, headquartered in San Francisco, during the celebration of its 125th anniversary. Linda is the first woman in the society’s history to hold the position.

Damian Siekonic (CGS’89, COM’91) of Center Valley, Pa., worked as the marine coordinator for AMC’s new television series Turn, where he and his company, Privateer Media, provided historical watercraft and cast training. Damian is now writing his third book—the second in a series on 18th century artillery. He is also the proprietor and chief winemaker at Blackledge, a research winery that specializes in historical wines and the science of traditional winemaking. Email him at


Keith E. Gottfried (LAW’92, GSM’95) of Rockville, Md., is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Alston & Bird LLP, where he co-heads the firm’s mergers and acquisition practice. Keith is also head of the firm’s shareholder activism practice. During the second term of President George W. Bush’s administration, Keith served as general counsel and chief legal officer of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Earlier, he had been general counsel of the publicly held technology company Borland Software Corporation.

Anthony Grant Lechtman (COM’92, GRS’94) of Jaffa, Israel, is a journalist working for i24news, an international news channel based in Tel Aviv, producing the daily Press Review.

Mark Robertson (CFA’92) of Los Angeles, Calif., is a violinist who served as concertmaster and orchestra contractor for the recent films Growing Up and Other Lies, In Your Eyes, Time Lapse, and Girl Most Likely. In Your Eyes premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, and Growing Up and Other Lies premiered at the 2014 Newport Beach Film Festival. Contact Mark via his website,


Elizabeth Fine (CGS’91, COM’93) of New York, N.Y., was named vice president of programming and development at FYI, a new lifestyle channel in the A&E network portfolio that launched in July 2014. Elizabeth writes that she is excited to be working with Nancy Dubuc (COM’91), the company’s CEO.

Catherine V. Holmes (CFA’93) of Plymouth, Mass., published How to Draw Cool Stuff: A Drawing Guide for Teachers and Students (Library Tales, 2014), which includes not only art, but cross-curricular connections and teacher support, with specific exercises that offer step-by-step guidelines for drawing a variety of subjects.

John Talbot (GRS’93,’01) of Provo, Utah, published a book of poetry entitled Rough Translation (David Robert Books, 2012).


Michael Maloni (COM’94) of Wilbraham, Mass., published the novel Penn State Blue! (Strategic Book Publishing, 2013).

Beth (Kanner) Pereira (COM’94) of Fort Lee, N.J., won a 2014 OTTY (Our Town Thanks You) award for East Sider of the Year—Educator. Beth is a public early childhood educator and private tutor in New York City. Email her at


James Lavino (CGS’93, CAS’95) of Philadelphia, Pa., was commissioned to compose music for the ceremony dedicating the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. James scored the videos that were shown during the ceremony, and his music formed part of the presentations given by President Obama, former New York Governor George Pataki, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Corinne Marrinan (CFA’95) of Altadena, Calif., is a television writer and producer who recently had her first TV pilot, a crime drama entitled Spotless, green lit by French broadcaster Canal+ and German production company Tandem Communications. Previously, Corinne spent 10 years as a writer for CSI and for the international crime series Crossing Lines. Email her at


Amy Ikerd (LAW’96) of Coldwater, Ohio, was selected to participate in the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute, a statewide program created to encourage and train women in business and civic leadership to assume more prominent roles in their communities, their government, and in the Republican Party. Amy is assistant prosecutor in the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.


Tanya Feke (CAS’97, MED’98) of Windham, N.H., published Medicare Essentials: A Physician Insider Explains the Fine Print (Diagnosis Life, LLC, 2014).

Kathleen Heery (COM’97) of South Easton, Mass., published her third book, Too High a Price to Pay: The Health Care Reform Revolution, What It Is and What You Can Do (Abuzz Press, 2014).

Shin Yu Pai (CAS’97) of Seattle, Wash., published a collection of poems and photographs, Aux Arcs (La Alameda Press, 2013). Shin Yu’s fourth full-length collection and ninth book, Aux Arcs reflects on the three years she spent living and working in the American South. She was also nominated for a 2014 Stranger Genius Award in Literature.


Sarah (Mott) Alwardt (CAS’98) of Kennesaw, Ga., was named 2014–2015 Teacher of the Year at Powers Ferry Elementary School in Marietta, Ga. Sarah holds a teaching degree from Kennesaw State University. She was a political science major with a minor in anthropology at BU and is also a third-generation Terrier, following in the footsteps of her father, Wes Mott (CAS’68, GRS’69,’74), and her grandfather, Theodore W. Mott (SMG’43).

Abdel Darwich (ENG’98) of Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, was selected as one of Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine’s “40 Under 40,” recognizing the most talented young engineers in the building industry. Abdel is an innovator in the field of mechanical systems and sustainability, with more than 16 years designing HVAC systems for health care, commercial, industrial, and K-12 buildings.

Amanda Dubin (CGS’96, COM’98) of Alexandria, Va., published her first novel, Assassins Wall (Amazon Digital Services), a contemporary action-and-adventure thrill ride through Paris. Learn more at

Sheri (Tenn) Klock (SAR’98,’00,’10) of Merion Station, Pa., and Christopher J. Klock welcomed their second daughter, Alexis, on February 26, 2014. Sheri writes that big sister Briana is enjoying the new addition to the family.

Mark Schafer (GRS’98) of Roxbury, Mass., published The Scale of Maps (City Lights Books, 2010), the English translation of Belén Gopegui’s Spanish book, La escala de los mapas (Anagrama, 1993).


Thomas Conroy (GRS’99) of Beacon, N.Y., is the editor of a collection of food studies entitled Food and Everyday Life (Lexington Press, 2014). Email him at

Katie Reilly (CAS’99) of Pittsburgh, Pa., is director of publications, graphics, and photographic services at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. She works with fellow alums Tina Kukielski (CAS’01), curator of the 2013 Carnegie International and of the Hillman Photography Initiative, and Hannah Silbert (CAS’11), exhibitions coordinator.


Rebecca Black (COM’00) of Bronx, N.Y., and Waled Haredy were married in December 2011 and welcomed their son, Laith Waled, in April 2014. Rebecca was promoted to associate director, business strategy, at Disney and ESPN Media Networks and has been part of their affiliate sales department since August 2000.

Kelly Davidson (COM’00) of Cambridge, Mass., was a cinematographer for the feature film TEN, a post-exploitation thriller with an all-female cast. She worked with three fellow alums who acted in the film: Karin Webb (CFA’00), Susannah Plaster (MET’10), and Rachel Leah Blumenthal (COM’10).

Loretta (Hawkes) McHugh (ENG’00) of Thompson, Conn., has worked for a medical device company in central Massachusetts for 11 years and is currently director of quality. Loretta had her third child in March, Adeline Hannah. Big sister Maggie, seven, and brother James, three, are loving their new baby sister. The McHughs hold season tickets to BU men’s hockey, so look for them there!

Min Xu (MET’00) of Laguna Niguel, Calif., was promoted to assistant vice president of insurance risk and research in the corporate division of Pacific Life Insurance Company. This promotion recognizes the impact of her leadership role in managing aggregate insurance risk.

Travis York (COM’00) of Manchester, N.H., is the president and CEO of GYK Antler. Last year, Travis recruited fellow alum Matt Doyle (COM’00), whom he first met at freshman orientation in 1996, to be the executive producer and director of GYK Antler’s new in-house video production service, Big Brick Production. Their work has received several awards, including recognition from USA Today as producing the “Best Viral Sports Video of 2013.”


Annie Ferrence (SMG’01) of Cressona, Pa., adopted her daughter, Lena, on November 13, 2013. Lena was born on September 7, 2012, and has been Annie’s foster daughter since she was 12 days old.

Cara (Baruzzi) Rosner (COM’01) of Woodbridge, Conn., and her husband, Jeremy, welcomed a son, Ethan Jace Rosner, on April 24, 2014.

Jillian Sarno Teta (CAS’01, GRS’03) of Winston-Salem, N.C., published Natural Solutions for Digestive Health (Sterling, 2014). Jillian is a naturopathic physician and the creator of the Fix Your Digestion gut restoration program. Learn more at


Michaela “Kayla” Mohammadi (CFA’02) of Brookline, Mass., received a Purchase Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for her painting The African Mask.

Kimberly A. Skiba-Rokosky (CAS’02) of Ashland, Va., was voted by her peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Virginia Super Lawyers. Kimberly is one of four partners at the law firm of Owen & Owens.

Alyse Stolting (COM’02) of Dayton, N.J., earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Ross University School of Medicine. She is starting her psychiatry residency training at the University of Toledo. Email Alyse at


Jonathan Brett Fulesday (SMG’03) of Sewickley, Pa., left KPMG in February 2014 after almost six years and joined the Pittsburgh-based CPA firm Grossman Yanak & Ford LLP as a manager in the business valuation services practice.

Meredith McCardle (LAW’03) of Davie, Fla., worked for several years as an attorney before deciding to shift gears and follow her lifelong dream of being a writer. Her first book, The Eighth Guardian (Skyscape, 2014), is a young adult novel about a girl who is chosen to join a secret government organization that travels through time to change the course of US history.

Stefanie Wortman (GRS’03) of Cranston, R.I., published a book of poetry, In the Permanent Collection (University of North Texas Press, 2014), which won the 2013 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry.


Lindsay Crudele (COM’04) of Jamaica Plain, Mass., is the City of Boston’s first social media director, creating and overseeing a program that has become a national leader in digital community engagement. She was named one of Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers for work in social media for crisis communication. Lindsay writes, “I look forward to connecting with former classmates, fellow Bostonians, and future collaborators—feel free to drop me an email with your ideas for how to make our city and beyond a better place!” Email her at

Lisa (Romeo) DeVerna (CAS’04) and John DeVerna (SED’04) of Stony Brook, N.Y., welcomed their second child, Ethan Patrick, on December 1, 2013, joining big sister Courtney. John is the head of technology for a web-based marketing company. Lisa works part-time on public relations and community awareness for their local library. Email Lisa at

Jenna (Monusky) Ruggiero (SMG’04) of New York, N.Y., married Nicholas Ruggiero, Jr. (SMG’96), on May 31, 2014. The groom’s father, Nicholas Ruggiero (ENG’64) is also a BU alum. Jenna and Nick met in New York, where they have both been living since graduation. Jenna works for Bank of America and Nick works for Daiwa Securities.


Julia Bainbridge (CAS’05) of Brooklyn, N.Y., was interviewed on Off Campus, an online radio show and podcast about life in college and what comes next. Julia is currently the food editor at Yahoo! Listen to her interview at

Chandra DiGregorio (CAS’05) of Syosset, N.Y., was hired by dunnhumbyUSA, the world’s leading customer science company. Chandra, now associate director, media insights analyst in the New York office, is responsible for delivering data-driven insights based on single- and multichannel national media campaigns for dunnhumby’s US brand consulting team.

Abigail Henry (COM’05) of Brooklyn, N.Y., was hired as project manager and development communication consultant at Generation Branding and Communications, a boutique firm based in Brooklyn, N.Y., that services the nonprofit sector. Email Abigail at

Donna Khalife (CAS’05, SMG’05) of Washington, D.C., started Surprise Ride, a service that delivers a monthly box of activities for kids and families, fostering creativity and teaching kids about everything from photography to Japanese culture. The service was chosen to appear on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank. Donna previously worked on Wall Street before earning an MBA at Harvard and starting Surprise Ride with her sister, Rosy.

Jason Sarlanis (COM’05) of West Hollywood, Calif., joined ABC Entertainment as vice president for alternative series.


Nick Barber (COM’06) of Brookline, Mass., married his wife, Chelsea, on August 2, 2013, in a ceremony at Marsh Chapel officiated by the Reverand Robert Allan Hill, dean of Marsh Chapel. Brandon Bodow (COM’06) served as best man and Joe Gugliotta (CAS’07) as groomsman. The couple celebrated with family and friends at a reception at the Four Seasons. Alumni in attendance included mother of the bride Heather Ellis Boyd (SED’73), Andy Bergner (COM’06), Matt Sato (COM’06), Michelle Pilson (COM’06), and Meredith Traina (COM’07).

Jessica Lynn Costa (CAS’06, LAW’09) of New York, N.Y., married Jason David Falk in Garden City, N.Y., in April 2014. Bridesmaids included Libby Fulkerson (CGS’04, CAS’06), Sonali Munshi (CAS’06), Kelly O’Keefe (CAS’06, SPH’10), Kate Proctor (LAW’09), and Nikki Woodworth Riley (CAS’06). Dozens of BU alumni, including Sleeper and Danielsen Hall floormates, Gamma Phi Beta sorority sisters, and 1L School of Law classmates, were in attendance.

Megan Kelly (CAS’06) of Boston, Mass., cofounded Tailored for Education, a nonprofit organization that provides school uniforms—required in many countries—to impoverished children across the globe. The organization has raised more than half a million dollars, providing more than 15,000 uniforms to children in 11 countries.

Igal Svet (CGS’04, COM’06) of Washington, D.C., was named director of development for National Geographic Channel’s East Coast division. He will be part of a team responsible for the development of new series and specials for the network.

Melissa Vise (CAS’06) of Chicago, Ill., was selected as one of 22 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2014 by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Melissa is a PhD candidate in history at Northwestern University. Her dissertation, The Threat of the Tongue: Illicit Speech in Late Medieval Italy, 1250-1450, uncovers the origins and development of speech regulation in medieval Europe.

Kathryn (Serpico) Zambito (COM’06) of Bridgewater, N.J., was named director of public relations for the Parsippany, N.J.-based Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company. She lives with her husband, Mike, and two dogs, Bella and Einstein. Email Kathryn at


Jonathan Evron (CAS’07) of Cedarhurst, N.Y., graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in December 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He passed the NCLEX in April 2014 and started working as a registered nurse at North Shore-LIJ Health System in May. Email Jonathan at

Grant J. Henderson (CGS’05, COM’07) of Philadelphia, Pa., joined the workers’ compensation department of the law firm of Capehart Scatchard to represent insurance carriers and employers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims at all stages of litigation. He is based in the firm’s Mt. Laurel, N.J., office.

Jessica Mendez (CAS’07) of St. Louis, Mo., was named general counsel to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis. Jessica is an attorney in Armstrong Teasdale’s intellectual property practice group.

Matt Renna (MET’07) of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., is associate vice president of human resources at Pace University, overseeing the university’s compensation, benefits, and HRIS functions. Matt also serves as a supervisory committee member of the Board of Directors of the Academic Federal Credit Union.

Chelsea (Marino) Sireno (CGS’05, SHA’07) of New York, N.Y., married James Sireno on February 22, 2014, in St. James, N.Y. Ali Baldassare (CGS’05, CAS’07), Lauren Sanders (SMG’07), and Erin Kelly (CGS’05, COM’07) were three of her bridesmaids. Jessica Mauro (SHA’07) was also in attendance. Email Chelsea at


Kate Mikels (CAS’08) and Jeff Greco (COM’08) of Los Angeles, Calif., were married on May 25, 2014, in Solvang, Calif. Bridesmaids included Carla Benatti (CAS’08) and Lindsay Dahl (COM’08), and groomsmen included Joshua Gee (CAS’07, COM’07), Christian Lynch (CAS’07), and Eli Stonberg (COM’08). Twenty other BU alums were in attendance.

Nathan Penn (SMG’08) of Augusta, Maine, was named to Verizon Wireless’ prestigious President’s Cabinet to honor him for performing in the top one percent nationally in sales during 2013. Nathan is manager of retail sales in Augusta.


Hinda Eisen (CAS’09) of Newton Center, Mass., was ordained as a cantor at Hebrew College in June 2014. When she wrote, Hinda was set to marry Bob Labovitz (CAS’04) on August 31, 2014, in New Jersey.

Samantha Kinney (CAS’09) of Lynn, Mass., attended a forum last May at Salem State University with US Congressman John Tierney and Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. Samantha shared her experiences living and working in the Dominican Republic, where she currently serves as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching business skills to local women and youth. She is one of 35 BU undergraduate alumni who are serving abroad as Peace Corps volunteers.

Andrew Novak (LAW’09) of Washington, D.C., is an adjunct professor of international and comparative criminal justice at George Mason University and adjunct professor of African law at American University. He published two books on the decline of the death penalty worldwide: The Death Penalty in Africa: Foundations and Future Prospects (Palgrave Pivot, 2014) and The Global Decline of the Mandatory Death Penalty: Constitutional Jurisprudence and Legislative Reform in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean (Ashgate, 2014). Andrew practices law part-time in Washington, focusing on employment discrimination for a government agency.

Christian Pulcini (SPH’09) of Peabody, Mass., was selected as a Massachusetts Medical Society Scholar in recognition of his outstanding academic performance and community involvement as a medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine.


Sean M. Bigley (MET’10) of Los Alamitos, Calif., is an attorney who represents military personnel, federal civilian employees, and government contractors nationwide in security clearance denials or revocations. Visit

Tristan Birkenmeier (CGS’06, CAS’10) of Bar Harbor, Maine, joined the law firm of Bernstein Shur as an associate in the business restructuring and insolvency practice group.

Nicola Buttigieg (CFA’10) of London, England, started an online music program with Abigail Blair (CFA’09), focusing on a new area they are calling “Music Theory Streamed Audio Engineering.” The program will start as a pilot next year between Nicola’s students at St. John’s Beaumont in Windsor, United Kingdom, and Abigail’s students in Westmoor School, North Chicago, Ill. The Beaumont-Westmoor Program will include a series of online workshops and tasks involving children of different musical and cultural backgrounds, with the hope of engaging in shared musical experiences that reinforce aspects of musical composition for the new breed of musician developing globally.

Lauren Celano (GSM’10) of Boston, Mass., was a finalist for the 2014 Alumni Impact Awards at the first Boston UpFront event, hosted by Streetwise Media and BostInno. The awards honor local alumni of Boston-area colleges and universities who have had a substantial effect on the city, its future, and its innovation economy. Lauren is CEO at Propel Careers, a Boston-based life sciences search and career development firm.

Timothy Kadish (CFA’10) of Framingham, Mass., has received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship for painting. He was one of eight painters to receive the fellowship.

Clara Lee (SHA’10) of Los Angeles, Calif., published The Cupcake Theory (CLU Press, 2013), a book of advice about the secret ingredient to being happy in your relationships.

Kristin (Chebra) McAuliffe (MET’10) of Brighton, Mass., appeared as a contestant on Jeopardy! on April 17, 2014, and contributed to the defeat of a six-time returning champion.

Patrick McGettigan (CAS’10) of Haddonfield, N.J., completed his Peace Corps service in Mozambique. He worked to “create changes in the community and instill a sense of responsibility about the marine environment. More than anything, I am amazed to see how my community has made a difference in me.”

Caitlin McVeigh-Reyna (CFA’10) of White Plains, Md., is an opera singer who was invited to attend the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, this past summer. Caitlin writes, “I would not have been able to get this far without the wonderful encouragement I received while at Boston University.”


Molly McLeod (COM’11) of Washington, D.C., was named PRWeek’s Young PR Professional of the Year. Molly is a senior account executive at Hellerman Baretz Communications. Molly works with several BU alums, including Leora Kaplan (CAS’12), Kelsey Nason (CGS’07, COM’09), and Spencer Baretz (CAS’94), HBC’s founding partner.


Sara Meinke (GSM’12) of Boston, Mass., is a marketing manager at American Well, a Boston-based company providing access to video visits with doctors over the web or via a mobile app. Sara works with fellow alums Emily Wolfe (COM’09), also a marketing manager, and Catherine (Moore) Anderson (COM’10, MET’13), a marketing and public relations manager.


M.C. McGrath (CAS’13) of Danvers, Mass., was selected as one of Peter Thiel’s 20 Under 20 Fellows, a program that awards young people two-year, $100,000 grants who agree to leave school in order to advance their revolutionary and potentially world-changing ideas. M.C. is working on a project called the Transparency Toolkit, a program meant to help journalists scour documents.

Poonam Pardasaney (SAR’13) of Boston, Mass., received the Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award from the American Physical Therapy Association, for her article “Conceptual Limitations of Balance Measures for Community-Dwelling Older Adults” published in the October 2013 issue of Physical Therapy. Poonam is a research public health analyst at RTI International in Waltham, Mass.

Payal Patel (MET’13) of Schaumburg, Ill., founded HealthComU, a blog devoted to all things health communication, with fellow alums Lisa Blubaugh (MET’14), Christine Senke (MET’15), Kristin Neubauer (MET’13), and Julie Markum Gough (MET’13). Payal writes, “We met as students through BU’s online master’s program in health communication and got accustomed to working together from a distance, while we managed HealthComU virtually–connecting and collaborating online from all over the country.” Read the blog at

Carlos Rey (CGS’11, SMG’13) of New York, N.Y., works in the strategy and analysis department at DigitasLBi. Email Carlos at

Xue Sherry Zou (MET’13) of Brighton, Mass., is community development project manager and planner for the Brockton Redevelopment Authority. Email her at


Wuyang Dai (ENG’14) of Allston, Mass., was accepted as one of eleven fellows to the prestigious Data Incubator in New York, where he trains to become a data scientist, a specialist who harnesses, organizes, and leverages companies’ data.

Josh Tammaro (CGS’12, COM’14) of Portland, Conn., was hired as an account coordinator at Schneider Associates, a Boston-based public relations and integrated marketing agency. Josh is responsible for day-to-day account administration and outreach to media outlets.


Adele Trytko (CFA’53,’55) of Brighton, Mass., retired from Perkins School for the Blind after 55 years of teaching music. Adele says that what has been most meaningful to her is teaching organ, piano, and handbells to the students, watching their progress and growth, and seeing the parents’ reaction to their children’s success. During her time at Perkins, Adele organized the Handbell Festival concerts at Boston’s Old South Church from 1981 through 2005. The church was filled to capacity every year, she says, and the Perkins students always received a standing ovation. They performed across the city, at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Museum of Science, BU’s Marsh Chapel, the Massachusetts State House, and the Museum of Fine Arts. Adele also led workshops in handbell ringing and Suzuki piano at local and national events. She says that although she is not a “retiring” kind of person, she is looking forward to her next adventures.


Sheldon Saltman (COM’54) of Thousand Oaks, Calif., published I Can Still Drive at Night (S. Arthur Publishing, 2013), a story about losing a spouse and the often-humorous events that the survivor encounters.


Gerald Anderson (STH’55, GRS’60) of Hamden, Conn., met Pope Francis in Rome and received an honorary Doctor of Missiology from the Pontifical Urbaniana University on November 14, 2013. “It was the first time an honorary degree has been given to a Protestant by this university, which was founded in 1627 and is owned by the Sacred Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples,” he writes. A former Methodist missionary on the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines, Gerald is director emeritus of the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Conn. Email him at


Liz Gribin (CFA’56, PAL’56) of Needham Heights, Mass., published Liz Gribin: Paintings 1970-2013 (Liz Gribin, 2014), which traces her work over more than 40 years. Find out more about the book and about Liz’s work as she approaches her 80th birthday at


Susan Surman (CFA’60) of Winston-Salem, N.C., received the Mother Vine 2013 Award for Humorous Fiction for her sixth novel, West Palm Gig (Second Wind Publishing, 2012). She is working on a stage adaptation of the novel. Email Susan at


Anne Alison Barnet (CAS’67) of Boston, Mass., published South End Character: Speaking Out on Neighborhood Change (Anne Alison Barnet, 2013), a collection of her columns about the South End over the last four years. Email Anne at to obtain a copy.

Audry Lynch (SED’67) of Saratoga, Calif., published Garth Jeffers Recalls His Father, Robinson Jeffers (Edwin Mellen Press, 2012).

Don McLean (DGE’65, CAS’67) of Guilford, Vt., edited and published Sparks: The Collected Writing (The Midnight Press, 2013), a book of poems, short stories, and one-act plays written by his mother, Jean Stewart McLean. The publication date, November 2013, marked the 50th anniversary of his mother’s death in 1963, when Don was a freshman at BU. The book was launched at a party presented by Friends of Music at Guilford, which featured the performance of a skit written by his mother and the premiere of Don’s Eleven Songs, set to her poems and sung by his wife, Evelyn (Jacobs) McLean (CGS’63). Email Don at


Domenic A. Cretara (CFA’68,’70) of Long Beach, Calif., showed his paintings in the exhibition Figures & Fiction—Fighting with Fiction at Prographica Gallery in Seattle, Wash. and later in the solo exhibition, Delirium: The Familiar Alienated at Schomburg Gallery in Santa Monica, Calif. Learn more about his work at


Donald Gilleland (COM’69) of Melbourne, Fla., published America: A Cultural Enigma (Black Rose Writing, 2014), an overview of the dramatic changes in culture over the last 50 years that have affected how generations of American citizens view each other.

Karen R. Koenig (SED’69) of Sarasota, Fla., a psychotherapist, released her fifth book, Starting Monday: Seven Keys to a Permanent, Positive Relationship with Food (Gurze Books, 2013).

Susan (Strauss) Schneider (CAS’69) of New York, N.Y., published the novel Fire in My Ears (CreateSpace, 2013). “It’s about a nine-year-old named Sarah and her ancient grandmother, Mary, who tells Sarah in nightly installments the story of her life, from the shtetl to 1950s suburbia,” writes Susan. “But it’s no fairy tale, and the members of Mary’s dysfunctional family are the unfortunate victims of a woman who wrongly relied on her one asset: beauty.” Visit, or email Susan at


Judith Levy (SAR’70) of West Orange, N.J., published Activities to Do with Your Parent Who Has Alzheimer’s Dementia (CreateSpace, 2014). “It provides user-friendly activities that help maintain self-care skills, mobility, and socialization,” Judith writes. “The tasks also encourage success and feelings of self-worth.” Email Judith at

Thomas A. Petrie (GSM’70) of Denver, Colo., published Following Oil: Four Decades of Cycle-Testing Experiences and What They Foretell about US Energy Independence (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013), in which he shares lessons he has learned about domestic and global trends in population and economic growth, a maturing resource base, variable national energy policies, and changes in geopolitical forces, and how these factors affect energy markets. Thomas draws his knowledge on a forty-year career as an oil and gas investment analyst and strategic adviser on petroleum-sector mergers, acquisitions, and financings.

Darrell Reeck (GRS’70, STH’70) of Manzanita, Ore., published Growing Green Two Ways! (CreateSpace, 2013), a coming-of-age memoir set in western Washington from 1939 until just before the Seattle World’s Fair.


Linda Barnes (CFA’71) of Brookline, Mass., received the first Robert B. Parker Award from the New England Mobile Book Fair at its second annual Gala Mystery Night in December 2013. The award, which recognizes Linda’s accomplishments in fostering the mystery genre in New England, is a tribute to the late Robert Parker (GRS’57,’71), who wrote more than 60 novels including the Spenser series. Linda has written 16 mystery novels, including the Carlotta Carlyle detective series. The New England Mobile Book Fair is owned by Tom Lyons (MET’76).

Alan Harris Weinberg (CAS’71) of Westlake, Ohio, retired at the end of 2013 after a nearly 40-year career with Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., where he was the managing partner. Alan began as an associate in 1975 after graduating from law school at Case Western Reserve University and serving in the Army.


Jeanne Crane (SED’72) of Canandaigua, N.Y., published a travel fiction book, Celtic Spirit: A Wee Journey to the Heart of It All (CreateSpace, 2012), a story about Americans who join together for a tour of ancient sites in Ireland. Visit, or email her at

Lee-Alison B. Sibley (CFA’72) of New Delhi, India, a writer, singer, teacher, social activist, and an actor, is performing and working with NGOs. Learn more about Lee-Alison at or email her at


Kathleen Aguero (GRS’73) of Cambridge, Mass., published After That (Tiger Bark Press, 2013), a book of poetry.

Joseph Sweeney (LAW’73) of Newport Coast, Calif., retired in 2013 after a 40-year career as a lawyer, including 25 years as the head lawyer of two public high-tech companies in Silicon Valley: Applied Materials and MIPS. “My friend of 15 years, Nancy Handel, and I married in Maui in 2011,” he writes. My older son, Patrick, graduated from UCLA and is an actor in Hollywood. My younger son, Kevin, is a biochemistry major at UC Santa Cruz.” Friends can email Joseph at


John Boehnert (COM’74) of Providence, R.I., published Zoning the Ocean: The Next Big Step in Coastal Zone Management (American Bar Association, 2014). John is an attorney, author, and speaker in real estate and environmental law.

Lew Freedman (COM’74) of Columbus, Ind., published Becoming Iron Men: The Story of the 1963 Loyola Ramblers (Texas Tech University Press, 2014).

Paul Kenney (LAW’74) of Braintree, Mass., published Paths Along The Way (Kinvara Productions, 2013), a story of courage, devotion, and the power of the truth.

Fatima Shaik-Little (COM’74) of New York, N.Y., has been included in a new anthology, N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature (Lavender Ink, 2013). Email Fatima at


Julie Kane (GRS’75) of Natchitoches, La., published Paper Bullets (White Violet Press, 2014), a book of poetry.

Margaret McGuinness (CAS’75) of Malvern, Pa., published Called to Serve: A History of American Nuns (NYU Press, 2013). Email Margaret at

Marty Schupak (CAS’75) of Valley Cottage, N.Y., published his sixth book, the second in the Cliff Vermont series for young adults, Shoot the Pill & Smashed Puzzle (Youth Sports Club Inc., 2013). Marty writes that the first book of the series, Playoff Fever & Split Pants (CreateSpace, 2012), received excellent reviews and has become one of the most popular young adult books on Amazon.

Holly Strahan (COM’75) of North Pomfret, Vt., is the executive director of Children of the Earth Foundation, a nonprofit that educates children and families in the ancient arts of wilderness survival. Visit


Lewis R. Cohen (CGS’74, CAS’76) of North Miami, Fla., was recognized as a top lawyer by the 2014 South Florida Legal Guide. Lewis works in corporate and business litigation for GrayRobinson’s Miami office.

Cathy Stern (CAS’76) of Canton, Mass., was a faculty instructor for DIy by MIT India: Engineering the Eye Workshop in July 2013. The workshop’s objective was to bring students together from across India to design fully functional prototypes that prevent blindness or enable those with vision loss to lead fuller, more productive lives. Email Cathy at


Marina Corodemus (CAS’77) of Edison, N.J., was elected president of the Academy of Court-Appointed Special Masters, an independent organization of experienced masters and judicial adjuncts who serve in federal and state courts. Marina is a judge and managing partner of the alternative dispute resolution firm Corodemus & Corodemus.

Bill Fine (COM’77) of Wellesley Hills, Mass., president and general manager of WCVB-TV Channel 5 in Boston, was named General Manager of the Year by Broadcasting & Cable magazine. The honor recognizes local station executives who have provided “exemplary innovation, fearless leadership, and flawless execution.” The magazine cited Bill’s leadership during the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombings and his industry leadership positions (he is chairman of the trade association TVB, among other things).

Martin Grots (CAS’77, SMG’81) of Birmingham, Ala., writes, “After having worked in the international engineering/construction business for the past 25 years I opted to do something closer to home and much more fun. In 2009, I participated in founding Blue Hills Brewery in Canton, Mass.” Visit

Eliot Pattison (LAW’77) of Oley, Pa., published Original Death (Counterpoint Press, 2013), a mystery of colonial America. Learn more about Eliot’s work at


Tracy Burtz (CFA’78) of Pleasantville, N.Y., showed five of her paintings in the Katonah Museum of Art at the Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

Michael Maher (COM’78) of Chappagua, N.Y., published Great Shot! (Expert Press, 2014), a photography instruction book based on his 25-plus years of experience as a newspaper and freelance photojournalist.

Joslyn “Jos” V. Portmann (SED’78) of Harker Heights, Texas, was recently appointed to the Bell County Museum board of trustees and to the advisory board for the Central Texas College Police Academy and Law Enforcement Training Center. Jos served for 20 years on the Army III Cops and Fort Hood Retiree Council and for 4 years on the Army Chief of Staff Retiree Council.

Lincoln Russell (COM’78) of Stockbridge, Mass., published his photographs in three hardcover books: Seiji: An Intimate Portrait of Seiji Ozawa (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998), Artists Seeking Models (Stinehour Wemyss Editions, 2001), and Adventures in Burgundy (Pinot Press, 2008).


Jeffrey Hughes (CAS’79) of New Castle, N.H., was selected as the Healthcare Strategist of the Year by the New England Society for Healthcare Strategy. Email him at

Sandy Pochapin (COM’79) of Southborough, Mass., recently joined Renewal by Andersen as a retail market planner/event manager for Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Email Sandy at


Kristina Borjesson (COM’80) of Sayreville, N.J., published her first work of fiction, The Reptile Club Librarian (Kristina Borjesson, 2013), about a man working both sides of the law—on one side as a drug dealer and member of a criminal gang that includes assassins, and on the other side as an undercover cop and covert operator working with US federal agents to, among other things, bust mid- to high-level Latin American drug dealers.


Kenneth Dudek (SSW’81) of Stamford, Conn., coauthored Fountain House: Creating Community in Mental Health Practice (Columbia University Press, 2013) with Alan Doyle and Julius Lanoil.

Michael Grecco (COM’81) of Santa Monica, Calif., writes that he traveled to Sao Paolo, Brazil, in September 2013 to photograph six of the most important designers in Brazilian fashion for Brazilian Harper’s Bazaar magazine. Learn more about Michael’s work at

Peter Huston (COM’81) of Put-in-Bay, Ohio, concluded a three-year stint as the communications director for the Perry Group as it celebrated the bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie. “The event attracted 16 tall ships and more than 100,000 people for a full-scale, on-the-water reenactment of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s defeat of the British in the War of 1812,” Peter writes. Peter also directed the PBS documentary The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial and released a photo book, Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial: Remembering Forward (Perry Group, 2013).

Scott Sedita (COM’81) of Los Angeles, Calif., published the second edition of his acting book The Eight Characters of Comedy: Guide to Sitcom Acting and Writing (Atides Publishing, 2014). Scott is an acting coach, a motivational speaker, and an author. Recently, he was seen in the Showtime series La La Land, the VH1 reality series New York Goes to Hollywood, and MTV’s My Perfect Life. Scott began his career as a talent agent; in the 1990s, he was a casting director for Danny Goldman Casting until launching Scott Sedita Acting Studios in 1998. He also is a comedy consultant on sitcoms in the United States and Canada.


Joe Lyons (SMG’82) of Reading, Mass., cofounded a men’s footwear start-up, Boston Boot Company. “As Boston’s first ‘microshoery,’ we will use only the best materials to craft shoes in small batches, with Boston’s style and sensibilities as our main inspiration,” he writes. “We launched a Kickstarter campaign in November to gauge the market and presell our boots, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.” Visit

Susan McDuffie (SAR’82) of Santa Fe, N.M., published The Study of Murder (Five Star Publishing, 2013), a historical mystery novel.

Larry Schechter (SMG’82) of Rexford, N.Y., published Winning Fantasy Baseball: Secret Strategies of a Nine-Time National Champion (Emerald Book Company, 2014). Larry runs RSC, a student preparation and financial aid services company.


Roman Alis (CFA’83) of Williamsburg, Va., an actor, stars in the television documentary The Bill of Rights, which aired on PBS, Discovery, and Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trip series and which won an Emmy. “I portrayed a futuristic dictator, under the premise that this could have happened had we not had a Bill of Rights to go along with our Declaration of Independence,” he writes. In addition to acting, Roman teaches performing arts and has been a voice coach for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Colleen D. Duffy (COM’83) of Uniondale, N.Y., was appointed to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Second Judicial Department, by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Shelli (Stern) Feigenbaum (ENG’83) of Commack, N.Y., is director of project management at Clever Devices and is working on an intelligent transportation bus project at Logan International Airport. “Can’t believe how much BU has changed since I was last there,” she writes. “I have been able to work with other great BU alumni in the past few years. Shout out to Marie Racanelli (ENG’08) and Barbara Wojtlowski (ENG’08)—both great engineers to work with.” Email Shelli at

Fayne (Pitkowsky) Frey (CAS’83, MED’87) of New York, N.Y., a practicing board-certified dermatologist, launched the website FryFace, to provide skin care information and product selection service. Fayne writes that the average consumer is bombarded with over-the-counter skin products and often buys products that they don’t need and that are costly. Her mission, she says, is to clarify and simplify the choice. Visit

Thomas M. Nichols (CAS’83) of Middletown, R.I., published No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).

Laura Piccolo (SMG’83, GSM’84) of Hollywood, Fla., was a member of the first class to earn a Master of Science in Management Information Systems at BU. When she wrote, she was looking forward to spending her 30-year reunion on Cape Cod this summer, and was planning to rent a house in South Chatham, Mass., with Greg Truman (GSM’84), Terry Westropp (GSM’84), and Claire Waldman (GSM’84). Contact Laura at

Sari Ann Strasburg (LAW’83) of Bedford, N.H., announces the 10-year anniversary of her firm, Strasburg Law, which received the 2013 New Hampshire Excellence Award from the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce.

Tina Traster (COM’83) of Valley Cottage, N.Y., published Rescuing Julia Twice: A Mother’s Tale of Russian Adoption and Overcoming Reactive Attachment Disorder (Chicago Review Press, 2014).


Jane Berryman (CAS’84, COM’84) of Philadelphia, Pa., writes, “I recently returned from a two-month journey around the Pacific Rim, during which I swam with humpbacks in Tonga, visited World War II sites on Guadalcanal, and stayed with Stone Age tribes along the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea. I achieved the gold level of the Travelers Century Club, meaning that I’ve now been to 200-plus countries.” Jane also published Financial Planning in Times of Crisis (Amazon Digital Services, 2013).

Louise E. Cohen (LAW’84) of Larchmont, N.Y., retired from public service after many years as a sex crimes prosecutor with the Kings County district attorney’s office in Brooklyn. She has launched C&J Strategy Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in sexual misconduct investigations, training, and litigation support. She and her husband, Donald Kravet (LAW’83), have four daughters, only one of whom is still in high school and living at home. “Life has been very good these last 30 years,” she writes. Email Louise at

Eileen Cronin (SAR’84) of Sherman Oaks, Calif., published Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience (W. W. Norton & Company, 2014). Learn more at

Michael F. Dolan (CAS’84) of Belchertown, Mass., recently completed 18 years as director of the Marine Biological Laboratory’s NASA Planetary Biology Internship Program. The summer program, which ended in 2013, was started in 1980 by Lynn Margulis, a former College of Arts & Sciences professor of biology who died in 2011. The program enabled hundreds of graduate students from around the world to work on NASA exobiology research projects. Michael is an adjunct professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Katharine Esty (GRS’84) of Concord, Mass., published Twenty-Seven Dollars and a Dream: How Muhammad Yunus Changed the World and What It Cost Him (Katharine Esty, 2013).

Saraann Parker (COM’84) of Saint Louis, Mo., was cochair auction held during the 2014 Justice for All Ball, the largest annual fundraising event for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. Saraann is a partner in the corporate services practice group at Armstrong Teasdale.

Margaret Plympton (GSM’84) of Nazareth, Pa., joined the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer as an executive search consultant in the firm’s higher education and not-for-profit practices. She will support the nationwide search for presidents, chancellors, provosts and deans of higher education institutions as well as leaders in research, academic medicine, IT, finance, and administration.

Marc Rudov (GSM’84) of Brentwood, Calif., published Be Unique or Be Ignored: The CEO’s Guide to Branding (MHR Enterprises, 2013). Learn more at


Douglas Leak (CAS’85) of Mentor, Ohio, a partner at Roetzel & Andreas, has been named a 2014 Ohio Super Lawyer by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.


Michael Cyros (CAS’86, GRS’88) of Newburyport, Mass., chief commercial officer at Allied Vision Technologies, was honored in January with the 2014 AIA Achievement Award, the top leadership award for the vision and imaging industry. Michael was chosen for his outstanding contributions to the industry.


Jim Conviser (CGS’85, SMG’87) and Holly Adorno (MET’13) of Brookline, Mass., were married on June 2, 2012, at the BU Metcalf Trustee Center. Guests included Jeffrey King (SAR’87), Tom Lehrich (SMG’87), Matt Cowen (CAS’87), and Frank Conidi (CGS’85, CAS’87, GRS’91). Jim is a commercial real estate broker and partner at Conviser Property Group in Dedham. Email him at

Peter Johnson (GSM’87, COM’90) of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., created a nationwide public radio program, The Author’s Corner on Public Radio. The program features brief readings by authors from their new books. Visit

Peter Magnotta (CAS’87) of Brooklyn, N.Y., was married in February 2013. He also opened a store, Adverts Vintage, in Brooklyn, N.Y., selling mid-century modern and vintage furniture.

Jeanne Ryan (MET’87) of Seattle, Wash., published the young adult thriller, NERVE (Penguin Group, 2012). The book has been translated into six languages and has been optioned by Lionsgate. Find out more at


Roberta DeBiasi (CAS’88) of Centreville, Va., was promoted to full professor with tenure at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She is acting chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at Children’s National Medical Center, where she sees patients, teaches, and performs translational research. Roberta writes, “A big hello to Boyd Hall and Alpha Phi alumni!”


Gentry Gardner (ENG’89) of Colorado Springs, Colo., is director of software engineering at Fluke Networks.

Kimberly Howard (MET’89) of Needham, Mass., expanded the services offered by her company, KJH Financial Services, to include tax preparation. The company also provides financial planning and investment management services. Email Kimberly at

Liz Susman Karp (COM’89) and Larry Karp (SMG’87) of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., celebrated their younger son’s bar mitzvah on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Alumni in attendance were Kenny Burns (CAS’87) and his wife, Kallianne Burns (CAS’86, GRS’88), Patrick Hance (SMG’90) and his wife, Ann Burns (COM’90), Natalie Kaplin Gorlin (SAR’87), Dan Cohn (COM’87), Alan Zarembok (CAS’87), Adele Glasser (COM’88), and Dan Taylor (SMG’07).

Celia (Ketley) Leber (ENG’89) of Bend, Ore., writes, “The patent law firm I started in 2011, Leber Patent Law, is entering its third year of business. Yay! We’ve been growing slowly but surely and are hoping to add another attorney or two in 2014. Exciting times!” Email Celia at

Tracy Tenney (GSM’89) of Lebanon, Ohio, retired from the US Air Force as a colonel after almost 24 years of service. She served as a Medical Service Corps officer in Maine, Korea, Japan, Germany, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Washington, D.C. Most recently, she was chief of expeditionary medical policy and operations at the USAF surgeon general’s office.


Andrew Goffman (CGS’88, COM’90) of Forest Hills, N.Y., wrote and performed The Accidental Pervert, an off-Broadway coming-of-age show about his life. The show has been running for nearly five years. Learn more about it at

Thomas McClellan (GRS’90) of Huntsville, Ala., published Jack the Baptist (CreateSpace, 2013). Tom earned an MFA in BU’s Creative Writing program in 1990 and was managing director of BU’s Boston Playwrights’ Theatre for more than 10 years. He has won awards for theater production and playwriting and was most recently a finalist in the Austin, Tex., Songwriting Competition. Tom is making short films and recording music in Huntsville, where he lives with his wife, Beth, and son, Ely. Email Tom at


Denise (Warburton) Constandy (SAR’91) of Alexandria, Va., traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, in January 2014 as a volunteer, teaching about the cervical and thoracic spine to physical therapy students at the Kenya Medical Training College. She spent two weeks in Kenya, representing the Jackson Clinics, where she is a physical therapist and marketing specialist. Email her at

James McDowell (LAW’91) of Burlingame, Calif., became the director of tax operations for Kaspick & Company in December 2013, specializing in planned gift and asset management services to not-for-profit organizations. He and his wife, Caryn (Gordon) McDowell (LAW’94), have two seven-year-old daughters.

Brendan Werner (COM’91) of Jersey City, N.J., a freelance video editor, won an Emmy last year for his work on MLB Tonight, which airs on the MLB Network. Email him at


Paige Blair (CAS’92, STH’95) of Del Mar, Calif., rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar, is known around the church campus for her paintings of religious icons. Her work will reach a wider audience this year, when her icons will be featured on all four covers of Forward Day by Day, a quarterly publication of daily meditations that has been published by the church since 1935. Paige has taught icon workshops in Maine and Florida, and for the past two years, she has led a weeklong workshop in iconography at St. Peter’s.

David Ciochetto (ENG’92) of Sherbrooke, Quebec, writes that he and his partners have established a new facility, the Turbulent Atmospheric Reaction Dispersion Ice Simulator, for cloud research related to climate change. The facility is to be shared among the wider scientific community and is to be unveiled in Boston in July 2014. Email David at

Denise Lyons (COM’92) of Columbia, S.C., coauthored Serving Grandfamilies in Libraries (Scarecrow Press, 2013), which is about her work with grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Denise, who earned a Master of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina, established Grandparents Raising Grandchildren collections at the Dallas Public Library. She arrived at the South Carolina State Library in 2008 and helped to create GrandFamily Resource Centers in 16 public libraries. “As public libraries continue to serve a critical role as centers of community,” Denise writes, “the need to serve grandfamilies (and kin raising kin) continues to be an important one.” Denise also recognized in 2010 as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for her work in early literacy. Email her at


Michael Polia (MET’93) of Hudson, Mass., published his first novel, Relic (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2013), under the pseudonym Jonathan Brookes. “The novel is a fast-paced science fiction thriller that explores the possibility of resurrecting and weaponizing an extinct species,” he writes. “The intriguing storyline shares some fascinating anthropological and biological insights while also contemplating moral questions raised by genetic engineering.”

Art Risavy (CGS’91, CAS’93) of Edwardsville, Ill., has expanded his company, Swing City Music, to two locations. He also launched a website, focusing on vintage guitars and instruments. Visit or email Art at

Michael P. Smith (CGS’91, CAS’93) of New York, N.Y., is of counsel at Blank Rome. He concentrates on commercial litigation with an emphasis on international disputes.


Anne Harley (CFA’94,’96,’06) of Claremont, Calif., announces a new 30-minute choral cycle, True Witness, which sets to music the letters, speeches, and poems of African American female poets, activists, and leaders. The original work was conceived by Anne and composed by former BU College of Fine Arts lecturer Jodi Goble. Its premiere at Scripps College in November 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Anne is an assistant professor of music at Scripps. Visit

Caryn (Gordon) McDowell (LAW’94) of Burlingame, Calif., is vice president and deputy general counsel for InterMune, which focuses on therapies for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. She and her husband, James McDowell (LAW’91), have two seven-year-old daughters.


Praveen Mummaneni (CAS’95, MED’95) of Hillsborough, Calif., was elected a member-at-large to the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) executive committee. He is professor and vice chairman of neurosurgery at the University of California San Francisco.

Maria Sarzosa (ENG’95, GSM’95) of San Diego, Calif., writes that she just bought a house. Email her at


Esra (Gaffin) Dayani (COM’96) of Brooklyn, N.Y., and her husband, Kuroesh, welcomed their second daughter, Miriam Sorayah, on September 26, 2013. Miriam weighed in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 20 inches long. “Her older sister, Nadia Perihan is so proud and loving, doting on her new baby sister by singing her songs and giving her kisses,” Esra writes. Former classmates can email Esra at

Barbara Eichenholz (CAS’96) of Marietta, Ga., helped launch the Atlanta division of CertifiKid, a website specializing in deals for families. Barbara and her husband, Keith, have a six-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter. Visit, or email Barbara at

Debra Ochoa (CAS’96) of San Antonio, Tex., was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor at Trinity University. Debra, a specialist in contemporary Spanish literature and film, writes that she has forthcoming articles in Hispanic Journal and Confluencia. Email her at

Ifeyinwa “Fey” Ugokwe (LAW’96) of Fort Worth, Tex., published her first novella, Wifey (Pink Purse International, 2013).


Nadia Chamblin-Foster (SSW’97) of Cambridge, Mass., is executive director of Steps to Success, a program at Brookline Public High School that helps students prepare for college. Learn more about the program at

Melissa Fleming (CAS’97) of New York, N.Y., showed a piece in the exhibition Encounters with Nature at the Calumet Gallery in New York City. The show was organized by the New York City Sierra Club Photography Committee. Find out more about Melissa’s work at

Marlo Fogelman (LAW’97, GRS’98) of Charlestown, Mass., principal of Marlo Marketing/Communications, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of her Boston-based integrated marketing firm. The firm has grown to include 30 professionals serving clients in the food and beverage, travel and hospitality, fashion, beauty, personal care, and technology industries.


Nadia Chamblin-Foster (CAS’98, SPH’01) of Brookline, Mass., was reappointed to the Massachusetts Asian American Commission. Chris is a human services specialist at the Brookline public health and human services department. Chris has also been appointed to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. In Brookline, she is cochair of the Commission for Women and a member of Town Meeting, the Community Emergency Response Team, and the Medical Reserve Corps.


Brian Biggs (ENG’99) of Washington, D.C., was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force in August 2013 after spending the first half of the year deployed to Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. He serves on the Air Staff at the Pentagon, where he develops long-range human capital management strategy for the Air Force Reserve. Email him at

Gloria (Goldberger) Linden (ENG’99) of Southborough, Mass., writes “I am very happy to have started working this year as an applications engineer for IAR Systems. While I worked as an applications engineer right out of college, I’ve been a stay-at-home mother, raising my four children for the last eight years, so returning to engineering has been quite exciting for me.” Email Gloria at

Alex Poon (ENG’99) of White Plains, N.Y., writes, “The company I cofounded, Visual Revenue, was acquired by Outbrain in March 2013.” Visual Revenue is a predictive, analytics-based decision support system for editors working for various publications. Email Alex at

Philippe Sikias (ENG’99,’00) of Geneva, Switzerland, writes that his wife, Sima, gave birth to a girl in March 2013. “Our first child, Nayla Eva, has brought us so much happiness, joy, and love,” Philippe says. “We are blessed and thankful for this unique and very special gift of life.”


Alaina N. (Stout) Crislip (SPH’00) of Vienna, W.Va., was promoted to membership status at Jackson Kelly.

Colleen Madden Fairchild (COM’00) and Tim Fairchild (COM’00) of Walpole, Mass., announce the birth of their third son, Connor John, on July 20, 2013, in Boston. Connor joins two brothers, five-year-old Dylan and three-year-old Colin. Tim writes that his company, TCF Designs, is in its third year of business. His services include web design and development and search engine optimization. Email Tim at and Colleen at

Daniel Miele (MET’00) of Marshfield, Mass., an investment adviser representative at Centinel Financial Group, was named a 2014 Five Star Wealth Manager in a survey conducted by Five Star Professional. He also qualified as a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, an association for financial professionals.

Rebecca Olson (CAS’00) of Corvallis, Ore., published Arras Hanging: The Textile that Determined Early Modern Literature and Drama (University of Delaware Press, 2013).


Cynthia L. Cordes (COM’01) of Olathe, Kans., a partner in the law firm Husch Blackwell, received a 2013 Pathbreaker Award from Shared Hope International. The award recognizes Cynthia as a national leader in the fight to end sex trafficking. She was also recently named Missouri Lawyer of the Year by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Before joining the firm, Cynthia was an assistant US attorney for the Western District of Missouri; she prosecuted more human trafficking cases than any assistant US attorney. As part of her work at Husch Blackwell, she has partnered with the US attorney’s office in Kansas City to represent pro bono the international victims of human trafficking on their immigration needs. She trains law enforcement agencies and companies on the subjects of human trafficking and labor and immigration compliance issues.

Maria D’Amato (CFA’01) of Fulton, Md., was one of a group of BU College of Fine Arts alums who performed in the US premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys at the Metropolitan Opera. The others were Stephanie Chigas (CFA’05), Meredith Woodend (CFA’04), Elizabeth George (CFA’99), Sandra Piques Eddy (CFA’99,’02), and Mary Hughes (CFA’00).

Stacy Marcus (CAS’01) of New York, N.Y., was promoted to partner at Reed Smith. Stacy concentrates her practice in advertising, entertainment, and technology law.

Nick Moceri (COM’01) of Valley Village, Calif., heads film and TV development for Logan Pictures. The company’s first feature film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, was accepted into the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. ”I’m an executive producer of the film, which is a black-and-white, Iranian, vampire, art house movie…because of course, right?” Visit


Rebecca Santos Inzana (SAR’02) of Somerville, Mass., is a clinical instructor for the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.

Erik Malinowski (COM’02) of San Mateo, Calif., is a senior writer at BuzzFeed and was published in the Best American Sports Writing 2013 anthology. He lives with his wife, Rebecca Duran (CAS’02, COM’02), and their son, Tomás. Email Erik at

Madelyn Rosenberg (GRS’02) of Arlington, Va., will publish three children’s books: Dream Boy (Sourcebooks, 2014) in July, How to Behave at a Tea Party (Katherine Tegen Books, 2014) in September, and Nanny X (Holiday House, 2014) in October.

Kerin (O’Reilly) Smith (CGS’00, COM’02) of Los Angeles, Calif., married Trevor Smith on December 14, 2013. Courtenay Hollington (CGS’00, COM’02) and Lolita Verny-Acosta (COM’02) were among the wedding guests.


John Degory (CAS’03) of Washington, D.C., finished a two-year assignment as a Foreign Service officer on the staff of the secretary of state in June. During his assignment, John traveled around the world with then-Secretary Hillary Clinton and current Secretary John Kerry (Hon.’05), managing overseas trips and briefing materials. In August, he will become a deputy spokesperson at the US embassy in New Delhi, India. Email John at

Carrie Feliz (SPH’03) of Providence, R.I., joined the board of directors for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Carrie is director of strategic community partnerships for the Providence public school department.

Randi Hernandez (CAS’03) of Roselle, N.J., is associate editor at Drug Channels, a website covering pharmaceutical economics. Previously, Randi was the associate online editor for Pharmacy Times and Specialty Pharmacy Times.

Kathryn Kindred (CAS’03) of New York, N.Y., and Adam Fischmann announce the birth of their first child, Oscar Gordon, on September 23, 2013.


Spencer Cordell (LAW’04) of Fort Myers, Fla., received board certification in criminal trial law by the Florida Bar. Spencer is in private practice at the law office of Spencer Cordell and practices criminal defense and personal injury law. Email him at

Michael Cunha (ENG’04,’06) of Somerville, Mass., married Kristen Iodice on October 12, 2013, in Hamden, Conn. Groomsmen included David Kovacs (CAS’04) and John Byrnes (ENG’06).

Yevgeniy Finegold (ENG’04, MET’10) of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a senior data management associate with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Erol Ozmeral (ENG’04, GRS’07) and his wife, Alisha Ozermal (SMG’04), of Tampa, Fla., announce the birth of their first child, Reyna Katherine, on April 2, 2013. Erol is a postdoc fellow at the University of South Florida, and Alisha is director of finance at BayCare Medical Group. Email Erol at

Joseph Saroufim (COM’04) of Santa Monica, Calif., writes that his futuristic neo-noir TV pilot D-TEC premiered at the 2013 New York Television Festival. The series uses narrative second-screen content: while viewers watch the main screen programming, a secondary device, such as a tablet or smartphone, provides synchronized content that enhances the viewing experience.

Margreta Vellucci (CAS’04) of North Providence, R.I., was named a Massachusetts Rising Star last fall by the publishers of Super Lawyers. She was recognized as an outstanding young attorney in the Massachusetts legal community. Email Margreta at


Abby Collier (GRS’05) of Pittsburgh, Pa., is acquisitions editor for the history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh Press. Previously, she was assistant acquisitions editor for geography and cartography at the University of Chicago.

Caitlin Warbelow (CAS’05, CFA’05) of Brooklyn, N.Y., is the violinist and fiddler for a touring show, Heartbeat of Home. Find out more at


Ronald Angelo Johnson (STH’06) of Kyle, Texas, published Diplomacy in Black and White: John Adams, Toussaint Louverture, and Their Atlantic World Alliance (University of Georgia Press, 2014). “I could not have completed my research and written the narrative without historical training and the financial support I received from the Boston University School of Theology,” Ronald writes. “My affection for BU and STH remain strong.”


Jenny Alexander (COM’07) of Malden, Mass., recently finished a documentary, The Vigil, about faith in the immigrant rights movement. The film was screened at the West Newton Cinema in March.

Kali Giaritta (COM’07) of Portland, Ore., is part of the Portland-based duo There Is No Mountain. The band, which has toured the nation, playing 122 shows in some 40 states in 2013, was selected by Lincoln Center to be part of its American Songbook series in 2014. Learn more about Kali and her band at

Jonah Goldberg (COM’07) of Edinburg, Tex., was named one of the Top 30 Sportscasters Under 30 by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. Jonah announces the play-by-play for the University of Texas-Pan American volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, and baseball. He also is the host and an executive producer of the weekly regionally televised show Bronc Country.

Justin Sacco (ENG’07,’09) and Laura Martin (CAS’06, MED’08) of Brighton, Mass., were married on October 13, 2013, in Boston. Terriers in attendance were Laura (Deily) Clark (CAS’06), Michael Clark (CAS’07), Christiana Fischer (CAS’07, GSM’12), James Peterson (SMG’06), Kelly Munroe (SMG’05), Phil McMannis (SMG’06), Jerri Patlyek (SMG’08), Rachel (Potter) Ireland (CAS’06), and Jelle Maddens (CAS’06).


Kaitlin DeMartin (SMG’08) of Lowell, Mass., was selected to take part in the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Program. The professionals who participate in the yearlong program enhance their leadership skills, cultivate connections, and engage in the region’s business and civic communities. Kaitlin is a Boston-based tax supervising senior at the accounting firm Baker Newman Noyes.

Heather (Barrett) Desko (CAS’08, GRS’08) of Doylestown, Pa., married Andrew Desko on August 18, 2012, in the Poconos. Terriers in attendance included Nicole Urbanowski (SAR’09,’11), Nicole Tveten (SMG’09), Justin Jastrzebski (SMG’09), and Andrea Cioffi (SMG’09). Email Heather at

Gregory Thanavaro (ENG’08) of Saint Louis, Mo., became engaged to Susan Hale (SHA’08) on October 6, 2013.

Patrick Yen (ENG’08) of Cypress, Calif., earned an MBA from the University of California, Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business in June 2013. Since graduating, he has been working for Niagara Bottling as part of its leadership development program.


Hinda Eisen (CAS’09) and Bob Labovitz (CAS’04) of Waltham, Mass., are engaged. Hinda and Bob met at BU Hillel and are planning a late-summer wedding.

Kate Mensi (CGS’07, SMG’09) of Avon, Conn., was a part of the team that developed the app Be Active Together, which uses a person’s location and schedule to find new friends to work out or play sports with. Kate is the marketing director. The app launched on January 1, 2014, on iTunes.


Kazuko Kato (CGS’08, CAS’10) of Miami, Fla., is the associate producer at Mine-O-Rama, a YouTube fan-based convention that supports science, technology, education, and math education and to motivate children. Learn more at

Samuel Lopez (GRS’10) of Brighton, Mass., has developed a line of all-natural men’s grooming products. “I have always longed for simpler times, when grooming rituals made the man,” Samuel writes. “That nostalgia became my business. After receiving a master’s in economics from Boston University and some time as an economic intern at the United Nations in Bangkok, I decided it was time for men to reconnect with their smooth side.” The Men’s Soap Shop products are available in Urban Outfitters, Whole Foods, and other stores throughout the United States. Visit

Jeff Moore (CAS’10, COM’14) of Nashua, N.H., was named one of New Hampshire’s “Top 40 Under 40” for 2014. Jeff owns and operates North Main Music, a family of music schools in New Hampshire. Visit or

Jessica Yen (ENG’10) of Somerville, Mass., has been a manufacturing quality engineer for GE Aviation in Lynn, Mass., since graduating from GE’s operations management leadership program in 2012. “It’s been an extremely challenging year of owning jet engine hardware quality,” she writes, “but I’m so glad that I was able to do it close to BU, which will always be home.”


Ronald Elowitz (MET’11) of Watchung, N.J., is director of in-store merchandising and operations for the retail strategy and execution group at Samsung Electronics America in Ridgefield Park, N.J. Previously, he led retail-based customer experience design efforts at Benjamin Moore & Co. Email him at

Lauren Plavisch (ENG’11) of Rome, Italy, works at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, or the National Research Council. “I am working on protein detection technology developed in collaboration with BU College of Engineering professor of electrical and computer engineering Selim Unlu’s group,” Lauren writes.


Neil Borland (GRS’12) of Boston, Mass., has been awarded a Fulbright US Student Program scholarship in economic development. He is one of more than 1,700 US citizens who will travel abroad for the 2013¬–2014 academic year. In Guatemala, Neil will work at the Ministry of Energy and Mines, focusing on the impact of extractive industries on water sources and local communities.

Michael Kasparian (ENG’12,’14) of Andover, Mass., cofounded Atlas, which competed in the TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.


Ping Du (ENG’13) of San Jose, Calif., is a staff mechanical engineer at Western Digital. Email Ping at

Cory Haselmayer (ENG’13) of Clay, N.Y., is a biologics process operator at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Jason Hellerman (COM’13) of Venice, Calif., wrote a screenplay called Shovel Buddies, which made it onto Variety’s Black List for being one of the best unproduced scripts of 2013.

Alexandra Knowles (CAS’13) of Dorchester, Mass., was a semifinalist for the Young Emerging Leaders Women to Watch Competition. She was the only semifinalist from BU and from Massachusetts.

Rachel H. Schowalter (COM’13) of Boston, Mass., works for Cengage Learning. Rachel earned a degree in photojournalism and specializes in black-and-white photography.

Baris Tevfik (ENG’13) of Istanbul, Turkey, is a software developer at Anadolu Hayat Emeklilik. “I hope to carry the skills I learned in BU to my new job,” Baris writes. Email Baris at

Brandon Zuniga (ENG’13) (LAW’13) of Dallas, Tex., is an associate practicing intellectual property law at Carstens & Cahoon.


Judith Moore-von Sicard (CAS’44) of Birmingham, England, published Beyond the Narrows: Cultural Reflections from My Missionary Life (Bold World Books, 2013).


Robert L. Saitz (CAS’49) and Herlinda Charpentier Saitz (CAS’87) of Stoneham, Mass., recently published their second book of bilingual Spanish-English translations, Hasta que la boda nos separe (Until the wedding does us part) (Albert Editor, 2013). Their first book was Eight Novellas by Ramón Gomez de la Serna (1889–1963) (Peter Lang, 2005). Their most recent book is a prize-winning play by the Spanish playwright Roberto Lumbreras. “It is a comic tour de force whose hero is none other than Ramón and whose heroine is a life-sized Russian doll named Natasha,” Robert writes. “The text of the play calls attention to Ramón’s interest in the interaction between humans and things, and its language demonstrates the kind of linguistic imagination and creativity Ramón was famous for.” Robert is a BU College of Arts & Sciences professor emeritus of English and Herlinda is a professor emerita at UMass Lowell.


Rose Madeline Mula (PAL’50) of Methuen, Mass., published Grandmother Goose: Rhymes for a Second Childhood (Mindstir Media, 2012). “The book is a collection of humorous, seniors-related poems that explore a range of rants, including coping with the computer age, discrimination against older drivers, and changing fashions,” she writes. “We all will grow old, if we’re lucky. If we’re luckier still, we’ll be able to laugh about it.”


Lorna (Neumann) Lecrenier (CAS’53) and her husband, G. Philip Lecrenier, Jr., of Mount Laurel, N.J., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on September 12, 2013.

Titus Plomaritis (SED’53) of Pelham, N.H., published Titus: The Life Story of Dr. Titus Plomaritis (AuthorHouse, 2012), a memoir of his life as an immigrant son, football legend, presidential confidant, and highly honored chiropractor.

Taffy Slye Wagner (SAR’53) of La Canada Flintridge, Calif., writes that she and other members of the Sargent College Class of 1953 gathered in May 2013 for their 60th reunion. Those in attendance included Joyce Kadis Picard (SAR’53), Joan Connor Tine (SAR’53), Edie Pridham Baker (SAR’53), Harriet Glazer Cowan (SAR’53, SSW’80), Joan Sullivan Murphy (SAR’53), Claire McCarthy (SAR’53,’68), Jo Colella Puglisi (SAR’53), Ellie Keady Gaffney (SAR’53), Jeanne Juodis Hannan (SAR’53), and Joan Glidden Moulton (SAR’53).


Paul Bordeleau (CFA’54) of Bedford, N.H., is a pianist, an organist, and a composer. He released a CD, Be A Friend, with vocalist Doug Rickard in April 2013. The collection of 14 songs, which includes “Welcome to New Hampshire,” was written between 1945 and 2012.


Elisha S. Tikasingh (GRS’55) of Glencoe, Trinidad and Tobago, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by the University of the West Indies at its commencement in October 2013. Elisha, an expert in entomology, parasitology, and virology, was recognized for his contributions to scientific research in the Caribbean.


Silas K. Baker, Jr. (ENG’56) of Rockledge, Fla., published Descendants of William Baker, Jr. (d. Concord, MA 1702) (Genealogy Publishing Service, 2013). “Travel through time and experience history as your ancestors lived it,” Silas writes. “Those who preceded us left footprints in days we will never know.”

Rudy Nelson (STH’56) of Amherst, Mass., coauthored The Risk of Returning (Troy Book Makers, 2013), with his wife, Shirley Nelson. Email Rudy at

Salvatore Rabbio (CFA’56) of Harwich, Mass., was inducted into the International Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame on November 14, 2013. He is the author of Contest & Recital Solos for Timpani (Alfred Music, 2011) and has also developed a wooden timpani mallet for the Cooperman Drum Company. Salvatore received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Fine Arts School of Music at BU. Email him at


Myron Schwager (CFA’58) of Glen Burnie, Md., recently evaluated a book manuscript for the University of Rochester Press on former BU Opera Workshop director Sarah Caldwell and the opera companies she headed in Boston. Myron writes that he met Caldwell during freshman registration, when she thrust a piano score into his hands and asked him to accompany a young freshman vocalist whom she was auditioning. He subsequently performed many times as a cellist under her direction. He has performed in several Boston-based organizations and served as principal cellist for the Springfield, Mass., Symphony Orchestra and as cellist for the Hawthorne Trio. Later, he appeared with the Hartford Symphony, the Hartford Chamber Orchestra, the Nutmeg Orchestra, and other organizations. He performed with the Karas String Quartet for 30 years. Myron is a professor emeritus and former chair of the music history department at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music.

John Stewart (DGE’56, CAS’58, GRS’59) of Newton Lower Falls, Mass., participates in a competitive softball league in the Eastern Massachusetts Senior Softball Association, a league dedicated to softball players in their late 70s and early 80s. Fellow players include George Chan (CGS’57), Marshall Krasnow (CAS’58, LAW’61), and Jerry Levin (SMG’57).


Patricia Callan (CFA’59) of Newton, Mass., published a chapbook of poems, Field Songs, in 2013. She writes that several dramatic monologues from her manuscript “Tea and Scandal” have been developed for the stage for the San Jose One Act Players. Her essays on Deborah Warren and Frances “Fanny” Cosby can be found on the Women Poets Timeline Project. “It was accompanying all those singers at BU that gave me an ear for words,” she writes. Email Patricia at


Judith Shufro (CFA’61) of La Jolla, Calif., showed her paintings of dancers and cows at Bread & Cie in San Diego in December 2013. She teaches art at ARTS, A Reason to Survive, and at Toussaint Academy, a residence for homeless high school students. Visit

Renny A. Stackpole (DGE’59, CAS’61) of Thomaston, Maine, published Sea Letters: Letters and Journals of the Captain Andrew Pinkham Family of Nantucket and Ohio, 1813 – 1870 (Maine Authors Publishing, 2013).


David Woodhouse (CAS’62, GRS’64) of Bradenton, Fla., published A City Upon a Hill: The Geology of the City of Boston & Surrounding Region (Boston Society of Civil Engineers, 2013).


Steven Kane (ENG’63,’71) of Chestnut Hill, Mass., writes he has been happily retired from Raytheon Co. as principal systems engineer for the past 10 years. He is married to Susan (Miller) Kane (SED’63) and has two children and four grandchildren. Steven is enjoying traveling, reading, taking short courses and seminars, and volunteering in his community. Email him at


James B. Fulmer (STH’64) of Orlando, Fla., has narrated and recorded on CD the entire New International Version Bible, as well as seven CDs of Bible favorites: Old Testament Favorites, New Testament Favorites, The Parables of Jesus, The Miracles of Jesus, The Psalms of David, Proverbs, and Prophets. Contact James at

Jane Kevorkian Wingate (DGE’62, CAS’64) of Farmington, N.H., released a new work, Time for a Little Something, “a 23,000-word, 1,478-photo romp through the UK.” Visit, or email Jane at


Mike Barnicle (DGE’63, CAS’65) of Lincoln, Mass., published a chapter in the new book, Our Boston: Writers Celebrate the City They Love (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, 2013). For every book sold, the publishers will donate $5 to The One Fund, which assists victims and the families affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

Karen Folger Jacobs (SED’65, SMG’84) of Berkeley, Calif., was selected for a Fulbright Specialists project at St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai, India, during November and December of 2013. She taught a seminar on Native American films.

Patricia Lakin (DGE’63, SED’65) of New York, N.Y., published Steve Jobs: Thinking Differently (Aladdin, 2012).

Nicholas Piediscalzi (GRS’65) of Aptos, Calif., received the first Lifetime Distinguished Service Award from the American Educational Research Council’s Special Interest Group on Religion and Education. The award was presented at the council’s 2013 annual meeting. Nicholas also wrote the foreword for Civility and Education in a World of Religious Diversity (Routledge, 2013) and an article, “James V. Panoch: Unheralded Pioneer,” which appeared in the November 2013 issue of Religion and Education.

Arthur P. Richmond (CGS’63, SED’65,’72) of Canton, Mass., published Massachusetts Lighthouses Past & Present (Schiffer Publishing, 2013).

Marsha Surgecoff Zeitz (COM’65) of North Dartmouth, Mass., won second place in health reporting in the category of daily newspaper, circulation more than 30,000, in the 2012 New England Better Newspaper Competition. She is a freelance writer for the Standard Times in New Bedford.


Jack Driscoll (GRS’67) of Centerville, Mass., president of the Cape Cod – based instrument business PID Analyzers, was honored recently by R&D Magazine for developing an arsenic analyzer. The company also received a Research & Development 100 Award for the product, which analyzes arsenic levels in food and water. The award recognizes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.

Marshall Stein (LAW’67) of Chestnut Hill, Mass., published a new mystery novel, Rage Begets Murder (Post Mortem Press, 2013).


Domenic Cretara (CFA’68,’70) of Long Beach, Calif., was featured in the summer 2013 issue of American Arts Quarterly.

Linda H. Feinberg (CAS’68) of Manchester, N.H., recently sold her acrylic painting of Franconia Falls to Carol (Green) Bowen (CAS’67). Linda, who is enjoying retirement after having sold her bookkeeping business two years ago, writes that she and Carol were in Spanish classes together at BU and have been in touch over the years. Learn more about her paintings at, and read her art and poetry blog at

Susan Marx (CFA’68) of Orange, N.J., exhibited her abstract impressionist paintings at the Agora Gallery in May 2013. Visit, or email Susan at


Stephen Davis (CAS’70) of Milton, Mass., published More Room in a Broken Heart: The True Adventures of Carly Simon (Gotham, 2012).

Sheri (Warman) Koones (SED’70) of Greenwich, Conn., received the Robert Bruss Gold Book Award for 2013 from the National Association of Real Estate Editors for her book Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid: Your Path to Building an Energy-Independent Home (Abrams, 2012). Email Sheri at

Jay Snyder (CFA’70) of Santa Monica, Calif., published Retro Sketches: A Musical Director Remembers (Golden Retriever Media, 2013).

Ellen Wineberg (CFA’70) of Watertown, Mass., showed her work in the solo exhibition In Context II: Paintings/Assemblages at Danforth Art Museum.


David Eddleman (CFA’71) of Rockaway, N.J., reports that with the publication of two of his choral works by Carl Fischer in the spring of 2013, his published works now number more than 700. Check out to find out more about his activities and hear many of his musical works. You can also email David at

Judi Hershman (CFA’71) of Foxboro, Mass., writes that she was one of the winners of a 1970 contest sponsored by the MBTA to design murals for the Kenmore Square train station. Hers is the Red Sox ticket mural. In May 2013, Judi saw a Boston Globe article about artist Laura Meilman, who is sketching all of the MBTA stations. She contacted Laura, and the artist included her in a sketch of the Kenmore Station. See the sketch at


Lesley (Fleisher) Cohen (CFA’72) of Newton Highlands, Mass., was one of three BU alums showing their work in the group exhibition Take Five last fall at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass. The others were Carol (Ehlers) McMahon (CFA’66) and Ellen Wineberg (CFA’70).

Steve Kurlansik (COM’72) of Miami, Fla., writes, “After retiring from a 30-year career as an optometrist, I’ve recently completed my sixth home renovation/flip and I’m enjoying it tremendously.” Email Steve at

Jay Perry (CFA’72) of Charlottesville, Va., is coauthor of Take Charge of Your Talent: Three Keys to Thriving in Your Career, Organization, and Life (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2013). Since 1979, Jay has coached executives on five continents and led workshops for thousands of people around the world on topics such as business planning, leadership, coaching skills, communication, and career planning. Learn more about the book at

Shoya Zichy (SED’72) of New York, N.Y., published Personality Power: Discover Your Unique Profile and Unlock Your Potential For Breakthrough Success (American Management Association, 2013).


Matthew Perlstein (LAW’73) of South Glastonbury, Conn., coauthored Connecticut Common Interest Ownership Manual, Second Edition (LawFirst Publishing, 2013).


Barbara Golder (SAR’74) of Lexington, Mass., retired from Newton Public Schools in June 2013 after a long and fulfilling career.

David Goldstein (CAS’74) of Auburn, N.H., was appointed to the newly created regulatory and licensing New Hampshire Board of Psychologists.

Ann Parchem (COM’74) of Dallas, Texas, published Mr. Tickleweed: A Whale of a Counting Tale (AuthorHouse, 2011).

Abbe Rolnick (CAS’74) of Sedro Woolley, Wash., published her second novel, Color of Lies (Sedro Publishing, 2013). Two characters from Abbe’s first novel, River of Angels (Sedro Publishing, 2010), reappear in this mystery set in the Skagit River Valley, gateway to the Pacific Northwest wilderness. Abbe is working on her third novel, Founding Stones. Email her at

Brian Yates (MET’74) of Newton, Mass., is an alderman-at-large from ward five in Newton. Visit


Martha E. Bellinger (STH’75) of Claremont, Calif., published From Robe to Robe: A Lesbian’s Spiritual Journey (Trafford Publishing, 2010).

Steven L. Berk (MED’75) of Lubbock, Texas, published Anatomy of a Kidnapping: A Doctor’s Story (Texas Tech University Press, 2011).


Lawrence R. Cohan (SMG’76) of Gladwyne, Pa., was named Lawyer of the Year in Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions in the 2013 edition of Philadelphia’s Best Lawyers. He was also voted president-elect of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association in 2013 and will take the position this year.

Anna Maria Farias (CAS’76) of San Antonio, Tex., was nominated by Texas Governor Rick Perry and confirmed by the state Senate to a six-year term as a board regent at Texas Woman’s University.

Duane M. Jackson (MET’76) of Buchanan, N.Y., published May First: The Day Times Square Stood Still (Duane Jackson, 2011).

David Tanz (CAS’76) of Voorhees, N.J., published his third crime novel, A Toast to Justice (CreateSpace, 2013), part of his Philadelphia crime series. He describes the book as “a classic page-turner.” Email David at


Dave Aboulafia (DGE’75, COM’77,’79) of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., an attorney in New York City, published his first novel, Visions Through a Glass, Darkly (Brighton Publishing, 2013), a psychological thriller. Email Dave at

Steven H. Biondolillo (CAS’77) of Wellesley, Mass., received an Alumni Achievement Award from Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society at the society’s annual national conference in August 2013. Steven is the founder and president of Biondolillo Associates, a marketing consulting firm that primarily serves nonprofit organizations. He helped spark the national renaissance in walkathons and other pledge-based fundraising events, including the first million-dollar Walk for Hunger in 1985 and the launch of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in 1993.

Bill Curatolo (GRS’77) of Niantic, Conn., retired from Pfizer after 27 years. He published the novel Campanilismo: Crime and Intrigue in International Biotech (Bayberry Institute, 2013). Email Bill at

Steven P. Marini (SED’77) of West Yarmouth, Mass., published his second crime novel, Aberration (Gypsy Shadow Publishing, 2013). This is the second book in the Detective Jack Contino crime series. Steven can be reached at

Peter Marsh (COM’77) of Tewksbury, Mass., was elected chairman of the board of directors at Samaritans, Inc., a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to suicide prevention. He was also recently named vice president of product marketing at Newscycle Solutions, an advertising, audience, and editorial content management software provider. Email Peter at


Alexander M. Andrews (CAS’78) of Ostrander, Ohio, has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Delaware County Cultural Arts Center, also known as the Arts Castle, a community teaching center for the arts. Alexander is the partner-in-charge of law firm Ulmer & Berne’s Columbus office.

David Cherny (SMG’78) of Newton Centre, Mass., chaired the program Facing Complex Issues in Family Court for Suffolk Law School’s Center for Continuing Education. David is a partner in the Boston law firm Atwood & Cherny, where he concentrates his practice in the area of complex matrimonial family law litigation at the trial and appellate court levels. Email him at

Alan Cohen (SMG’78) and Lisa-Joy Clausen-Cohen (SED’77) of Voorhees, N.J., celebrated their 35th anniversary. Lisa-Joy has retired after 28 years as a teacher, and Alan manages Tutoring Club, their learning center in Cherry Hill, N.J. “We’re thrilled that our two children, Justin and Lindsay, live in Boston, which brings us back to the area frequently,” Alan writes. “We’d love to hear from classmates at”

Paul Jean (ENG’78) of Potomac Falls, Va., a department head with the MITRE Corporation and a freelance photographer, published Carpe Weekend: 52 Day Trips and Adventures Near Washington, DC (Single Step Press, 2013) with his wife, Elaine. The two have been married for 33 years, and the book is their first professional collaboration. “Field-tested stories range from the historic to the alcoholic,” Paul writes, “ensuring that local readers are never bored and visitors to the mid-Atlantic region have the best vacation possible.” Email Paul at

Richard Jones (CAS’78) of Los Angeles, Calif., was recognized on the 2013 Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors list by REP magazine. Richard is a private wealth advisor and managing director of wealth management at Merrill Lynch.

Joslyn “Jos” V. Portmann (SED’78) of Harker Heights, Texas, was recently appointed to the board of trustees for the Bell County Museum and to the advisory board for the Central Texas College Police Academy and Law Enforcement Training Center. Jos served 20 years on the Army III Cops and Fort Hood Retiree Council and served four years on the Army Chief of Staff Retiree Council.


Linda S. “L. S.” Goldberg (SED’79) of Hoboken, N.J., a writer and an educator, had her 60-minute, one-act play, Yesterday Iran/Today Iraq, presented at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York City in July 2013. The play was based on actual World War II letters from a veteran stationed in Iran and interviews with Iraq War veterans. Linda writes that those who would like more information or who are interested in having it performed can email her at “The company would love to take it on the road,” she writes.

William E. Narrow (CAS’79) of Silver Spring, Md., was research director for the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2013), released in May 2013 after 14 years of development. The manual is the authoritative guide to the diagnosis of mental disorders for clinicians and researchers in the United States and much of the world. William is associate director of the American Psychiatric Association’s division of research.

Susan Yasinski (LAW’79) of Beaverton, Ore., released her second solo album, Too Far, under the name Susan SurfTone. The album features surf guitar music. Visit


Mike Birch (ENG’80) of Methuen, Mass., has released his second album of 15 new original songs. “A mix of mellow acoustic guitar, piano, and rocking electric songs chronicling a personal journey from darkness and despair to peace and serenity,” Mike writes. “There is a message for everyone in these songs: no matter how desperate or down you may be, there is always hope.” Listen to the songs at or email Mike at

Steven Locklin (COM’80) of Miami, Fla., published the novel Beneath Hallowed Ground (Grey Gecko Press, 2013). Email Steven at

Ron MacLean (COM’80) of Roslindale, Mass., published his third book of fiction, Headlong (Last Light Studio, 2013), “a Boston-based literary thriller about fathers, sons, ecoterrorism, murder, immaturity, anarchism, marriage, friendship, and failure.” Email him at


Margo Fisher Lemieux (CFA’81) of Mansfield, Mass., an associate professor of fine art in Lasell College’s art and graphic design department, published the poetry chapbook Believe in Water (Finishing Line Press, 2013) and edited African Animal Life: A Memoir 1931-37 (CreateSpace, 2013). Her piece Grandmother Clock was included in the Attleboro Arts Museum’s national juried exhibition What Goes Around.

Denise Perreault (COM’81) of Boulder, Colo., a textile artist, was chosen by Historic Boulder to create a public art installation from reclaimed materials around the rehabilitation of the historic Hannah Barker house in downtown Boulder. The installation, a 345-foot-long chain link fence weaving that stands 6 feet high, will remain on view during the house restoration, which is expected to take about two years. Denise is also the founder of Art Parts, a creative reuse center that collects donated arts and crafts materials from industry and individuals to sell at low cost to educators, students, artists, and the public. Visit and

Dina (Wischkin) Rosenbaum (SED’81) of Sharon, Mass., reunited with classmates Rosanne Sargent (SMG’81), Nancy (Finkelstein) Kline (SAR’81), and Michael Rosenberg (COM’81) in New York City.

Daniel Schwartz (LAW’81) of Las Vegas, Nev., published Principles of the American Republic: An Essay on American Government (Sturdy Oak Press, 2010).

Stephanie A. Smith (CAS’81) of Gainesville, Fla., published Baby Rocket (Thames River Press, 2013).

Michael Ungar (CAS’81, LAW’84) of Cleveland, Ohio, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Michael works for Ulmer & Berne LLP in Cleveland.


Cheryl F. Bragg (GRS’82,’86) of Annandale, Va., coauthored the biography Cyrus Maxwell Boger & Heritage of American Homeopathy (Emryss Publishing, 2013) with Norbert Winter.

Scott Kadish (SMG’82) of Cincinnati, Ohio, an attorney at Ulmer & Berne, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014.

Joyce Maroney (GSM’82) of Nahant, Mass., was honored by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts at its 22nd annual Leading Women Awards Breakfast. Joyce is senior director of customer experience and services marketing at Kronos Incorporated. She also is managing director of the Workforce Institute at Kronos.

Tom Sansone (CAS’82, LAW’85) of Bethany, Conn., is president of WIKS-USA, a nonprofit that provides technical and financial assistance to the Nambale Magnet School in rural western Kenya. The school educates children orphaned or rendered vulnerable by the AIDS pandemic. “The school provides an opportunity for disadvantaged children to obtain a quality education in a nurturing environment, enabling them to overcome the social stigma of AIDS,” Tom writes. “My wife and I have visited the school twice and have seen it grow from a ‘pioneer’ class of 32 to its current enrollment of 222.” Learn more at, or email Tom at

Olga Stamatiou (CFA’82,’84) of Beaufort, S.C., is a painter whose work is part of a traveling exhibition of art and healing called The Power of Art, aimed at opening up discussion about art and the human condition. The exhibition will be traveling during 2014 to colleges and universities across the nation. Learn more about Olga’s work at


Roman Alis (CFA’83) of Williamsburg, Va., acted in the Emmy Award¬–winning documentary Bill of Rights. Roman is an actor and acting coach.

Marie Bakitas (SON’83) of Birmingham, Ala., is the Marie L. O’Koren Endowed Chair and Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. She has a secondary appointment in the university’s School of Medicine. Marie is internationally recognized for her contributions to the fields of oncology nursing and palliative care. Previously, she was an associate professor at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine and the Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

Glen Barrentine (LAW’83) of Glen Ridge, N.J., joined Winston & Strawn’s financial services practice. He focuses on legal and regulatory matters affecting broker-dealers, investment advisors, and other financial entities. Glen is also one of the authors of Lofchie’s Guide for Broker-Dealer Regulation and is a member of the board of directors of the National Society of Compliance Professionals.

Kevin G. McGuire (CAS’83) of Waltham, Mass., is founder and CEO of AbleRoad, a company that recently launched a website and app to help people with disabilities. Visit Kevin is also CEO of McGuire Associates, a consulting firm specializing in compliance with federal and state disability laws.

Jack Saul (GRS’83) of New York, N.Y., a licensed psychologist, published a book on his work in global mental health called Collective Trauma, Collective Healing: Promoting Community Resilience in the Aftermath of Disaster (Routledge, 2013).

Robin Share (CFA’83) of Sherman Oaks, Calif., premiered her new musical, Windjammers, at the American Folklore Theatre in Door County, Wis. The musical follows a crew of Great Lakes sailors during a season sometime around 1875, writes Robin, who was the book writer and co-lyricist with collaborator Clay Zambo. Email Robin at


Lionel Alford (ENG’84) of Wichita, Kans., was a test pilot for the inaugural flight of the first-production Beechcraft AT-6, which will be used to train US Navy and Air Force pilots.

Carolyn (Bassett) Brownawell (GSM’84) of Boston, Mass., is executive director of human resources at BU. “For the past 25 years, I’ve served in a variety of human resources leadership roles at the MITRE Corporation,” writes Carolyn. “I am very excited about returning to Boston and rejoining the Boston University community.” Email her at

Sandra Dorsainvil (CAS’84, SAR’85) of Natick, Mass., is director of missions and stewardship for the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts. She writes that she helps churches with their vision of mission ministry and stewardship, develops yearly missions, and makes sure churches remain connected in doing God’s work.

Carolyn Eggert (COM’84) of Newtonville, Mass., launched the service Friend an Elder to help elders maintain their interests and passions. “Whether it is a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts or baking cookies for grandchildren, I remove obstacles and handle logistics so that my clients can continue to do what they love,” she writes. Learn more about Carolyn’s program at, or contact her at

Debra Michals (COM’84) of Newburyport, Mass., recently worked on the online exhibit From Ideas to Independence: A Century of Entrepreneurial Women for the National Women’s History Museum. Debra is an independent scholar, activist, public speaker, and women’s historian who specializes in women’s entrepreneurship, the women’s movement, and the feminist blogosphere. An instructor on women’s and gender studies at Merrimack College, She is completing a book on women’s growing presence as entrepreneurs in decades since World War II and is the author of See the exhibit at

Jennifer Paquette (COM’84) of New York, N.Y., published her debut mythology novel, The Awakening of Agnostos (Write More Publications, 2013), which she coauthored with her son Nicholas. “Of Greek heritage, Nicholas and I gave the legends of our ancient ancestors a bit of a makeover, while providing a new twist on a timeless story line,” she writes. Email Jennifer at

Joe Perota (COM’84) of Bethpage, N.Y., is directing the second season of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell for the new FX Network. Joe’s other recent credits include The Marriage Ref for NBC, Denis Leary and Friends for Comedy Central, and the MTV Woodie Awards.

David Swartz (GRS’84) of Newton, Mass., published Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu (University of Chicago Press, 2013). David is a BU College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of sociology and a senior editor of Theory and Society.


Jeffrey Arsenault (MET’85) of Old Greenwich, Conn., is the founder and principal of Old Greenwich Capital Partners, a New York–based investment management company. Jeffrey is a member of the Boston University Athletic Council and the BU Metropolitan College Dean’s Advisory Board. He also sits on the board of Sound Point Capital and the Stepping Stones Museum for Children. He is involved in various social and charitable events, such as “ARTrageous,”a fundraiser benefiting foster children. Jeffrey is the father of five. Email him at

Elizabeth M. Williams (COM’85) of Berkeley, Calif., a fine art photographer, participated in the New Artist Fair in London in September 2013, at the Old Truman Brewery in the East End. Learn more about her work at


David X. Cifu (CAS’86, MED’86) of Midlothian, Va., coauthored the Handbook of Polytrauma Care and Rehabilitation (Demos Medical, 2013) with Henry L. Lew.

Sue Porter (LAW’86) of New Albany, Ohio, has been recognized by Chambers USA in the labor and employment practice area for her work as a partner at Ice Miller. Sue has practiced law for 27 years and handles employment litigation, traditional labor matters, and affirmative action compliance. She also works extensively with financial institutions and health care entities on labor and employment issues.

Mark Tanzi (ENG’86) of North Providence, R.I., works for Palmer Industries, a small family business specializing in custom fabrication of solid brass architectural hardware and bath fixtures. He is responsible for the design and engineering of the product, as well as operations and general management. “I am married with daughters ages 11 and 9, Angelina Rose and Giuliana Rae,” he writes. “We follow Terrier hockey passionately. I would love to hear from my freshman Warren Towers gang. Go ninth floor, B tower!” Alums can email him at

Diane Vines (GRS’86) of Los Angeles, Calif., was recently named the new dean of nursing at Mount St. Mary’s College. Diane is an author, a researcher, and an expert on post-traumatic stress disorder and human trafficking.


Teri Brotbacker Kirsch (CAS’87, LAW’90) of Glen Rock, N.J., and fellow BU alums started the Julia Anne Kirsch Foundation, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve the lives of those with significant disabilities and their families. Joining her are Karen Rauch Ryan (LAW’90), treasurer of the foundation, and Michele Miller Silver (LAW’91), a board member. The foundation, based in northern New Jersey, honors the memory of Teri’s daughter, Julia Anne Kirsch, who had multiple disabilities and passed away unexpectedly in November 2011. Learn more at


Richard Klein (CAS’88, GRS’88) of Miami, Fla., has been named a Knight Ridder Research Fellow. He is an associate professor in the department of decision sciences and information systems at Florida International University’s College of Business. Richard lives on Biscayne Bay with his son, Elijah. Email him at

Gina (Generelli) Orlando (CFA’88) of San Francisco, Calif., showed her photographs in the exhibition NOCTURNE at the Firehouse 8 gallery in San Francisco last summer. She has worked as an art director for Warner Bros. International Television and for Papyrus.

David Steinberg (COM’88) of Oakland, Calif., was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association at the group’s 2012 convention. David served on the nonprofit association’s board for 11 years, including two terms as president and two terms as treasurer. He has been elected president of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity. He is the copy desk chief/stylebook editor at the San Francisco Chronicle. Email David at


Frank Cimler (LAW’89) of Derry, N.H., was a producer of the Boston Strong Concert telecast, which aired on June 29, 2013, on WCVB-TV to raise money for the One Fund Boston, the charity created to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The concert featured dozens of artists, athletes, celebrities, and comedians. Frank was engaged by Don Law (CGS’64, CAS’68), president of Live Nation New England and executive producer of the concert and telecast, to oversee the television broadcast licensing requirements.

Catherine T. (Vadney) Sheridan (CFA’89) of Greenwich, N.Y., was named the deputy chief engineer for the New York State Thruway Authority and New York State Canal Corporation. Email Catherine at

Lisa (Bicknell) Susanne (ENG’89) of Muskogee, Okla., earned a Master of Arts in Christian ministries at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in May 2013. Email her at


Keri Bocis-Laman (SHA’90) of Manchester, N.H., expanded her business, Tidewater Catering Group, by opening Waterworks Café in the historic Amoskeag Millyard in Manchester in March 2013. “Waited two years to find a great spot like this,” she writes. Visit the café website,

Anthony De Jesús (SSW’90) of Hartford, Conn., is an assistant professor of social work and Latino community practice at the University of Saint Joseph. He will serve as director of field education for the master’s degree in social work program, which will be offered at the university beginning in the summer of 2014.

Adam Epstein (LAW’90) of Danville, Calif., published The Perfect Corporate Board (McGraw-Hill, 2013).

Steven Lubars (ENG’90) of Newton, Mass., is a software engineer at IBM Watson.

Dave Reiss (COM’90) of York, Pa., an associate professor in Towson University’s electronic media and film department, recently won two awards at the 2013 Broadcast Education Association Media Arts Festival. His film SWIRL for a Girl won the Best of Competition Award in the faculty promotional video category, and his film HOPE: Then & Now won an Award of Excellence in the faculty short documentary category. Learn more about Dave’s work at

Paul Riccio (CGS’88, COM’90) of New York, N.Y., directed commercials for PBS in which he created promos for fake reality shows. His short film, Space Cadet, was chosen for the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.


Karl Lentini (COM’91) of Los Angeles, Calif., writes that his first feature film, Cleaver’s Destiny, opened on September 27, 2013, at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Calif. The movie is about a troubled teenage girl who searches for her missing father, only to discover that he is a homeless veteran with no memory of her. Visit, and email Karl at

Clay Risher (MET’91) of Fairfield, Conn., is a management consultant for McGladrey Consulting in New York City. A writer, Clay has been published in Forbes, the Boston Globe magazine, Fairfield magazine, and Wilton magazine. His first novel was Flash Point (Spencer Books, 2011).

Robert L. Tonsetic (MET’91) of Easton, Md., published Special Operations in the American Revolution (Casemate, 2013).


Janée J. Baugher (SAR’92) of Seattle, Wash., published her second collection of poems, The Body’s Physics (Tebot Bach, 2013). “Inspired by works of art from all over the world, this new collection employs scientific sensibilities while exploring the poetic possibilities of the human body,” she writes. Email Janée at

Sharon Goldey (COM’92) of El Cerrito, Calif., writes that she and her husband welcomed their first child, Esther, in December 2012. “She is healthy, thriving, and energetic; we are joyful, thankful…and much less rested,” she writes. Email Sharon at

Jack Greene (CAS’92) of Allston, Mass., is senior director for process development and manufacturing for Allena Pharmaceuticals and Alcresta Inc. Allena develops protein therapeutics to treat metabolic and orphan diseases, with a focus on nephrologic and urologic conditions; Alcresta develops enzyme-based nutritional products that support improved nutrition and manage disease. Jack can be reached at

Carol (Smith) Roberts (CFA’92) of North Franklin, Conn., has been showing her work at galleries in southeastern Connecticut, including Norwich Arts Center, Ashbel Woodward Museum, and Reliance Gallery. She specializes in oil on canvas, but also creates with other media. Learn more at

Nancy Wine (COM’92) of Waltham, Mass., is director of marketing at O’Connor & Drew, a regional accounting, tax, and business consulting firm in Braintree, Mass.


Michael Burstein (GRS’93) of Brookline, Mass., writes that he, Daniel M. Kimmel (LAW’80), and Ian Randal Strock (CAS’87,’89), all writers, convened at Readercon 24 in Burlington, Mass., a convention dedicated to the written word in science fiction. Daniel is the author of two books published by Fantastic Books, Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and Other Observations About Science Fiction Movies (2011) and Shh! It’s a Secret: A Novel About Aliens, Hollywood, and the Bartender’s Guide (2013). Fantastic Books is owned and operated by Ian. Visit

Martha K. Emory (SED’93) of Burke, Va., is the manager of workforce planning and performance and chief learning officer at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where she combines “her professional vocation with her personal avocation (love of museums).”

Ariel Kulkin (ENG’93) of Bronx, N.Y., and Adrian Gulich (SMG’91) of Teaneck, N.J., coauthored the study guide Foreign Service Officer Test (Adar Educational Technologies, 2013). The book was recently ranked number one among all civil service test guides for sale by Amazon. The two alums have been developing educational content since 2006.

Michael W. McTigue, Jr. (LAW’93) of Southampton, Pa., has been appointed chair of Drinker Biddle & Reath’s litigation department. Previously, Michael was vice chair of the firm’s commercial litigation practice group.


P. J. Bracco (CFA’94) of Matawan, N.J., is an award-winning director and owner of Red Hook Films. One of his latest projects, “After Life,” is a music video that premiered at the NYC Independent Film Festival in October 2013. P. J. has been working behind the scenes and in front of the camera on the fringes of independent film for more than a decade. Visit

Brent C. J. Britton (LAW’94) of Tampa, Fla., published Ownability: How Intellectual Property Works (Brent C. J. Britton, 2013).

Barbara Finer (MET’94) of Hudson, Mass., launched TechSandBox in Southborough, Mass. The nonprofit sci-tech accelerator and incubator supports people in the innovation economy who live in MetroWest Massachusetts, offering mentoring, advising, working space, and programs, among other things. Barbara, who is the CEO, has founded and served as an early team member for several technology companies. Visit

Saleem Zamindar (CAS’94) of Karachi, Pakistan, was appointed to the board of directors of Pakistan-Kuwait Investment Company Limited, a AAA-rated bank/development finance institution where he also serves as chair of the board audit committee. Saleem also serves on the board of directors of Shezan International Limited, a publicly listed company on the Karachi Stock Exchange. “Any member of the BU community needing assistance in this part of the world is welcome to contact me at,” he writes.


Gia Batty (SED’95) of Jamaica Plain, Mass., writes, “For the last five years, I’ve been driving across the country with my family—old-school style. We drive on two lane roads, we camp, we don’t have DVD players in the car.” Read about Gia’s adventures on her blog,

Stergios Botzakis (CAS’95, SED’97,’97) of Knoxville, Tenn., is a tenured associate professor in theory and practice in the teacher education department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Chris Hulton (CAS’95) of Silver Spring, Md., works for Pabst Brewing Company as the area manager of the mid-Atlantic region. “My wife, Melissa, is now director of occupational therapy at a special needs school in D.C. and works with a lot of BU alums,” Chris writes. “Our daughter, Kate, is six and is already asking about college.” Email Chris at

Jamie Kirkpatrick (COM’95) of New York, N.Y., a film editor, writes that his latest film, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, premiered at Sundance in January 2013 and opened nationwide in October.

Sohui Lee (GRS’95,’02) of Redwood City, Calif., coedited her first book, The Routledge Reader on Writing Centers and New Media (Routledge, 2013), with Russell Carpenter. Email Sohui at

Midge Raymond (COM’95) of Ashland, Ore., published Everyday Book Marketing: Promotion Ideas to Fit Your Regularly Scheduled Life (Ashland Creek Press, 2013). The book is for the published author who is not only a writer but who also may have another career, a family, and other obligations that make book promotion tough. Midge is cofounder of the boutique publisher Ashland Creek Press. Her short story collection, Forgetting English, received the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Her stories have appeared in TriQuarterly, American Literary Review, Indiana Review, North American Review, Bellevue Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times magazine, and many other publications. Learn more about her at


Fawzia Ahmad (GRS’96) of Colorado Springs, Colo., published two new articles, “The Kalabagh Years,” in MountHope Literary Magazine, and “Monsieur Ibrahim et les Fleurs du Coran,” in an ACTFL brochure on French films and language instruction.

James Aliberti (COM’96) of San Francisco, Calif., who goes by the pen name Drats, published Humans Need Three Hands: Will Human Nature Destroy Nature and Humans? (Exaggerist Edutainment, 2013), “a wild adventure novel discussing working and studying at BU, and biology work on remote islands.”

Mark Mooney (COM’96) of Woodland Hills, Calif., published Acing the Admissions Essay, a how-to book for high school seniors writing their college essays. Email Mark at

Hannah Venit (CAS’96) of Cheltenham, Pa., and her husband, Kyle, welcomed a daughter, Ashley Pamela. She joins big brother Daniel. Email them at


Wendy Gillette (COM’97) of New York, N.Y., is a freelance broadcast journalist, working for CBS Newspath (as a correspondent and a producer/writer/editor), for ABC NewsOne and NBC News Channel (as a correspondent), and for FiOS1 News (as a weekend anchor). In December 2012, she writes, “I hit a rare freelancing trifecta, appearing on ABC, NBC, and CBS stations across the country in the same month.” Visit

Jenna Glatzer (COM’97) of Holtsville, N.Y., is writing her 22nd and 23rd books. Her latest book, The Pregnancy Project (Simon & Schuster, 2013), was made into a Lifetime movie and has won multiple awards. Learn more about Jenna’s work at

Michael Harrington (LAW’97) of Largo, Fla., climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for brain cancer. He writes that his son, Thomas, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2012. Before he had surgery, Thomas said if he beat the disease, he wanted to make the trek with his father. After Thomas was declared cancer-free, the two made the trip, along with Thomas’ surgeon and a few friends.

Matthew Marullo (CFA’97) of Bethpage, N.Y., published his second book, Gludman’s Proof (CreateSpace, 2013), a mystery/suspense novel. Matthew’s first novel was The Octave Displacement (iUniverse, 2006). He lives with his wife and daughter on Long Island, where he teaches high school music theory and music technology.

Jennifer (Konigsberg) Mento (SAR’97,’99, GSM’04) and Andrew Mark Mento (ENG’95) of Canton, Mass., welcomed a daughter, Emily Alexandra, on June 28, 2013. Emily has a five-year-old brother, Jacob Andrew.

Adam Mitchell (CGS’95, COM’97) of Los Angeles, Calif., published his first book, Street Player: My Chicago Story (Wiley, 2010), with drummer Danny Seraphine. More recently, he published Jimi Hendrix: A Brother’s Story (Thomas Dunne, 2012), which he wrote with Jimi’s younger brother, Leon Hendrix. The book has also been translated and released in Sweden, Italy, and Brazil.

David Pendery (COM’97) of Yonghe City, Taiwan, published a new edition of his memoir, Something Super: One American Lives, Teaches, and Learns in Taiwan (Xlibris, 2013), which includes maps and photos of his life in Taiwan since moving there in 2000. The book covers topics such as education and students in Taiwan, Asian politics and culture, overseas study, and David’s 2003 wedding.

Stephen Scott Whitaker (GRS’97) of Onley, Va., published a book of poetry, The Black Narrows (S. Scott Whitaker, 2013).


Kathryn (Kopach) Biel (SAR’98,’00) of Cohoes, N.Y., published her first novel, Good Intentions(Kathryn R. Biel, 2013). The book draws on her experiences at BU, and the main character is a Terrier.


Christopher Castellani (GRS’99) of Boston, Mass., recently published a digital-only series of individual long stories called The Living (Ploughshares, 2013). He is also the author of three novels, A Kiss from Maddalena (Berkley Trade, 2004), The Saint of Lost Things (Berkley Trade, 2006), and All This Talk of Love (Algonquin Books, 2013) and is at work on his fourth. Christopher is the artistic director of Grub Street, a nonprofit literary arts center. Download The Living at

Jeremy Catalino (COM’99) of Portland, Ore., published his comedic novel, Bullfrog (CreateSpace, 2013), which is based on his experiences at BU. “This coming-of-age story takes place during the summer of 1997 in Allston, during my sophomore and junior years, when I went on a debauched journey into manhood,” he writes. Jeremy also writes a parenthood blog at

Robert Lieberthal (CAS’99) of Collingswood, N.J., a health economist, is part of a multidisciplinary team that has been awarded a grant by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study the cost of transforming primary care practices into “patient-centered medical homes.” Robert, an assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Population Health, is a coinvestigator. He lives with his wife and two children, ages three and one.

Tom Ryan (CAS’99) of Medford, Mass., was promoted to vice president and director of integrated marketing and creative at Schneider Associates, a Boston-based public relations and integrated marketing agency.

Christina Tramontozzi (CGS’97, COM’99) of Brighton, Mass., and her fiancé, Mark, welcomed their first child, Luca Antonio Tritto, on December 14, 2012. Christina returned to work at the marketing department of Kiva Systems, an Amazon company. Email her at


Beatrice Mercado (SMG’00) of New York, N.Y., launched Bennett Mercado, Hospitality Sales Consulting & Representation. Visit, or email her at

Lauren Starke (CAS’00) of New York, N.Y., welcomed her second daughter, Victoria Margaret, in February 2013. Lauren is the director of public relations for New York magazine and its digital properties. Email Lauren at

Diana Rodriguez Wallach (COM’00) of Philadelphia, Pa., the author of three young adult novels, published the short story collection Mirror, Mirror (Buzz Books, 2013). The stories, which give a modern high school twist to the Greek myth of Narcissus, will be included in the Mythology High anthology (Buzz Books, 2014). Visit

Jeff Wurtzel (CGS’98, SMG’00) of Chicago, Ill., was named to the second annual Double Chai in the Chi: 36 Under 26 list of young Jewish movers and shakers in Chicago.


Ian Arougheti (COM’01) of Los Angeles, Calif., was recently selected by Variety as one of its 2013 Hollywood’s New Leaders, which spotlights the most exciting and important 36-and-under professionals in the business of entertainment. He writes that his wife, Miriam, was nominated for her first Emmy as a makeup artist and recently wrapped her first season on HBO’s Hello Ladies and ABC’s Trophy Wife.

Cynthia Cordes (COM’01) of Olathe, Kans., recently joined Husch Blackwell as a partner in the firm’s Kansas City office.

JaeYoun John Kim (CGS’99, CAS’01) of Closter, N.J., recently joined the litigation practice of Pashman Stein in Hackensack, N.J., as an associate.

Christina Kukielski (CAS’01) of Pittsburgh, Pa., is a curator of an international art exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

Maura Matlak (CAS’01) of Holden, Mass., recently released a pop record, Robot Nation. She writes that the musical comedy she cowrote was picked up by an off–West End theater in London. She has written music for ESPN, NASCAR, and Chevy, and has toured Russia with the Educational Bridge Project. Maura has taught master classes on the American pop music industry at the Moscow College of Jazz, and sang at the US consulate in Russia.

Ashley (Ellis) Papadopoulos (CGS’99, SED’01) and George Papadopoulos (ENG’01) of Franklin, Mass., announce the birth of their second child, Alexander George, on July 1, 2013. He weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 21.5 inches long. “Theo, the proud big brother, is so excited to have a new buddy,” Ashley writes.


Danielle Bellini (COM’02) of Commack, N.Y., is a sideline reporter for Madden NFL 25. “This is the 25th anniversary of the video game,” she writes. “Sportscasters Jim Nantz and Phil Simms introduce me. My photo and name pop up, and you hear my voice as I give all the updates from the virtual field.” Visit

Summer Davis (COM’02) of Los Angeles, Calif., writes that her business, Los Angeles Urban Adventures, was voted Best Food Walking Tour in L.A. by Los Angeles magazine. Visit

Lauren Grimley (SED’02) of Shrewsbury, Mass., released Unbridled (Paramance, 2013), a collection of paranormal romance short stories. Proceeds from Unbridled were donated to two women’s charities in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Email Lauren at

Joe Kreisberg (COM’02) of Long Island City, N.Y., left his job as vice president, group copy supervisor, at Draftfcb Healthcare in order to take on his own projects as a freelance copywriter.

Scott Shilinsky (SHA’02) of Easton, Conn., announces the birth of his son, Scott, Jr. Scott and his wife, Kathryn, have two other children: five-year-old Sarah and two-year-old Anna.


George Lam (CFA’03) of Brooklyn, N.Y., is an assistant professor of music at York College, City University of New York, where he teaches music theory and composition. George earned a PhD in music at Duke University.


Justin Lamontagne (COM’04) of Portland, Maine, was named the 2013 Maine Commercial Association Realtor of the Year. Justin and his wife, Marycelina, have a daughter, Katherine, and a dog, Fenway. Email Justin at

Jason Pollak (LAW’04) of Chicago, Ill., joined the in-house legal department of Sears Holding Corporation as senior counsel for taxation and corporate transactions.


Alexandra Lauren (Silva) Chau (SMG’05) and Michael Jacob Chau (CAS’05, GRS’05) of New York, N.Y., announce the arrival of their first child, Matthew Aaron, on August 6, 2013, at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York. Matthew weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. Mother, father, and baby are all happy and healthy.

Karen Cheung (COM’05) of Danvers, Mass., married Kevin Larivee on August 18, 2012. Her bridesmaids included Alisa Tenenholtz (SMG’04) and Carly Bruder (COM’04). In attendance were Alicia (Riley) DiCocco (CAS’04), Shay DiCocco (CGS’04, CAS’06), Elissa Silverman (CAS’06), Emily Beaver (COM’06), Addie (Gillespie) Johnsen (CAS’06), Joshua Kim (ENG’05), Peter Kim (SMG’05), Nicole Rimar (CAS’04), Selena Bauer (CAS’04), and Sarah Pozniak (CAS’06).

Jaimee Garbacik (CAS’05) of Seattle, Wash., published Gender and Sexuality for Beginners (For Beginners/Random House, 2013) with comic artist and singer-songwriter Jeffrey Lewis. Jaimee is the owner and founder of Footnote Editorial Services. An editor, writer, and publishing consultant, she specializes in short story collections, young adult and literary fiction, cultural anthropology, gender studies, queer theory, and food writing. Visit or

Blake Hunter (CFA’05) of Afton, Va., recently completed an album, which he recorded in New Orleans. Blake was a vocal performance major at BU’s College of Fine Arts. After graduating, he started the band Trees On Fire with Justin Esposito (CFA’05), Robert Mezzanotte (CFA’05), and Brian Wahl (CFA’05). “We established ourselves in Charlottesville, Va., and succeeded in drawing an average of 400 people per show and toured up and down the East Coast,” Blake writes. Learn more at

DaShanne Stokes (GRS’05) of Pittsburgh, Pa., published his first book, The Unfinished Dream: A Discussion on Rights, Equality, and Inclusivity (DaShanne Stokes, 2013). DaShanne is completing a doctorate in sociology at the University of Pittsburgh and is working on a forthcoming memoir, titled Recomposition. Download a copy of The Unfinished Dream at

Samantha (Hobden) Stringert (COM’05) of New York, N.Y., married William Shea Stringert in San Francisco, Calif., on December 1, 2012. Bridesmaids included Kristina Fula (COM’05) and Emily Leidner (COM’05). Among the guests were Elise Carlson (COM’05) and Julia Wilson (COM’06). Since graduating from BU, Samantha has been living in Manhattan and working in digital media sales, currently for AOL Networks. Email her at


Kira Klapper (CGS’04, COM’06) of San Mateo, Calif., is a freelance reporter and substitute anchor for ABC7 News/KGO-TV in San Francisco. Kira’s career started with an internship while she was still at BU, leading to her first TV news job as a behind-the-scenes production assistant. She later became a reporter, anchor, substitute weather forecaster, producer, photographer, and editor in Minnesota and at stations across California. More than six years later, she’s back in the Bay Area and married to the man who stuck with her through it all.

Natasha Ohene (MET’06) of Mattapan, Mass., recently joined the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions as clinical education placement and systems associate in the School of Nursing. Previously, she was the admissions manager for the Boston Teacher Residency Program.

Rochelle (Cotton) Rosenthal (SMG’06) of Attleboro, Mass., and her husband, Randy, welcomed their first child, Sadie Mia, on September 30, 2013. Email Rochelle at

Rebekah Roulier (CAS’06, SED’13) was nominated for Community Call 2013 Greater Boston Young Leader of the Year Award. Rebekah is general manager of Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.

Paul Toms (CAS’06,’07) of Boston, Mass., has been named general manager of Joss & Main, a private sale site for the home. Previously, he was the brand’s senior director of marketing.


Nalini Gupta Anand (CAS’07) of Southport, Conn., married Neil Anand on July 14, 2013, in Rockleigh, N.J. Lindsey (Chaney) Moorley (SMG’07) was the matron of honor and Emily Southard (CAS’08, GRS’08), Shuchi Agarwal (CAS’07, MED’10,’11), and Bhavana Pathak (CAS’07, MED’10,’11) were bridesmaids. Alumni in attendance included Roma Keniya (SMG’07), Shrenik Shah (CAS’07, SDM’09,’12), Gobind Singh (CAS’04), Mikhail Ledvich (COM’06), Tanaz Mody (CGS’05, SHA’07), Jess Curtis (GRS’15), Mike Kanaan (GSM’12,’13), and Amit Gupta (CAS’94, MED’98). Email Nalini at

Abigail Carroll (GRS’07) of Durham, N.H., a food scholar and historian, published Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal (Basic Books, 2013). Abigail reveals the story behind our modern eating habits, from cornmeal mush to tuna noodle casseroles. She explains that the three-square-meals regimen—a small, grain-based breakfast, an often cold, quick midday lunch, and a hot, frequently meat-centered family dinner in the evening—isn’t a biological necessity, but a cultural inheritance.

Lindsey Chaney (SMG’07) of Chicago, Ill., married Jonathan Moorley on November 3, 2012, in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Nalini (Gupta) Anand (CAS’07) and Christine Cole (SMG’07) were bridesmaids. Also in attendance were Christine’s husband, Christopher Cole (SMG’06), and Mandy Roundtree (SMG’07), and BU volleyball team members Lindsey Alves (CAS’07), Caitlin Miethe (CAS’07), Zabrina DeLaurentis (SAR’07, MED’09), and Aubry Monahan (COM’09).

Lauren Goldberg (CAS’07, SED’07) of Hoboken, N.J., writes that an article about the food unit she teaches in her high school English classes, “Herbivores, Carnivores, and Literavores: Argument and Appetite in the Classroom,” was published in English Journal. She is beginning her second year in Fordham University’s new doctoral program in education.

PMargaret Koker (ENG’07) of Neenah, Wis., defended her doctoral thesis at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart, Germany, last year. She is studying material behavior at the high-energy synchrotron at Cornell University. Email Margaret at

Jason Myers (COM’07) of Salt Lake City, Utah, writes, “I just landed my dream job as the development director at the Utah Film Center, a nonprofit organization that brings the world of film to Utah audiences through free community screenings.” Email Jason at

Ana Pantelic (COM’07, GRS’08) of Bogotá, Colombia, is working with Fundación Capital, a regional nonprofit dedicated to fostering the generation and accumulation of assets in low-income and marginalized populations in Latin America and the Caribbean. “During our 2012 pilot phase, I was responsible for designing, developing, and disseminating the world’s first tablet-based financial education program for low-income women in rural areas,” Ana writes. “After a very successful pilot, training more than 1,270 people in 10 weeks, my team and I are working on scaling up this initiative and designing similar products for other countries and their government social programs.”

Jeremy Parker (COM’07) of Englewood, N.J., recently launched VOWCH, a new app that is reshaping the way people make and discover recommendations on restaurants, artists, and entertainment.

Betsy Polatin (CFA’07) of Brookline, Mass., recently published The Actor’s Secret (North Atlantic Books, 2013). Find out more at Betsy is a master lecturer at BU’s College of Fine Arts.

Sara (Rac) Rochette (CAS’07) and Steve Rochette (COM’07) of Philadelphia, Pa., tied the knot on September 28, 2013, in Westbrook, Conn. The two met 10 years ago in an elevator in Warren Towers and found out they lived on the same floor.

Jessica Stein (CAS’07) and Greg Governale (CGS’06, SMG’08) of Franklin Square, N.Y., are engaged. Greg proposed to Jessica in June 2013 in front of Shelton Hall. The couple is planning an August 2014 wedding on Long Island, N.Y. Email Jessica at


Vartan Aghababian (CFA’08) of Boston, Mass., a composer, premiered his one-act comic opera, The Knave of Hearts, in April 2013. The opera was commissioned by the Tufts University opera department. Other recent premier performances include his four-movement String Quartet No. I (based on Armenian folk themes and liturgical chant), Three Dickinson Songs (for soprano and piano), and the anthem This Joyful Eastertide (for chorus, brass quartet, and organ), which was commissioned by the Acton Congregational Church. Vartan is a BU College of Fine Arts lecturer in composition and theory and a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Email him at

Sarah Fredericks (GRS’08) of Denton, Tex., published her first book, Measuring and Evaluating Sustainability: Ethics in Sustainability Indexes (Routledge, 2013), which investigates the discrepancies between common national and international measurements of sustainability and what people desire to sustain, and suggests ways to improve these measurements. Email Sarah at

Matt Kurkowski (COM’08) of Boston, Mass., left his job as marketing manager at Zipcar after four years to take a new position as senior marketing manager at in its new Boston office. Email Matt at

Joe Norman (SMG’08) of Coral Gables, Fla., works for Burger King as manager for IT and planning in the Asia-Pacific region.

David M. Parsons (MET’08) of Concord, Mass., a graduate of the Prison Education Program at MCI-Norfolk, earned a Master of Arts in the Humanities from California State University in May 2013. He writes that he will “at first opportunity be applying for admission into BU’s PhD in English and American literature program.”

Sarah Prager (CAS’08) of Berwyn Heights, Md., created a new mobile app about LGBT history called Quist. When she was at BU, Sarah was president of Spectrum, the LGBT student organization, and actively volunteered with the movement to promote marriage equality in Massachusetts. The experiences were part of what inspired her to create the app. “My goal is to bring LGBT history to my generation in a new interactive way, including history in the making today, like the recent Supreme Court decision,” she writes. Learn more at

Emily Reed (MET’08) of Jamaica Plain, Mass., was recently promoted to director of bicentennial and community engagement at the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston. The society, considered the oldest continuous performing arts organization in the country, will celebrate its bicentennial in 2015. Email Emily at

Chiofa Sakuwa (MET’08) of Mount Holly, N.C., published The Lady Leathernecks (CreateSpace, 2013) under the pen name Chiara Kelly.

Peter J. Smith (SMG’08) of Boston, Mass., recently joined the board of directors of Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation. Peter is a partner and investment advisor representative at Stone Harbor Trust.


John Condakes (CAS’09) of Weston, Mass., was recently promoted to food safety and security manager at Peter Condakes Company. He also released his first studio EP, titled Up By Two, in March. Email John at

Rosemary Eger (CAS’09, SED’09) and Andrew Peckham (CAS’09) of Oakland, Calif., were married on July 4, 2013, in Deer Isle, Maine. Gary Grasso (CAS’09) officiated and many BU alums attended, including Timothy Kelly (CAS’09, SED’12), Collin Sanders (ENG’09), Cindy Palmer (CAS’09), Melissa Riesgo (CAS’09), and Sara Marx (SED’04). Email them at

Sasha Ensslin (CGS’07, CAS’09) of Albany, N.Y., recently joined Finkelstein & Partners as an associate attorney concentrating on personal injury law.

Tim Heintzelman (CGS’07, COM’09) of Charlestown, Mass., brought home four New England Emmy Awards from the New England Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in June 2013. Representing Red Sox Productions and the Boston Red Sox, Tim won awards for historical/cultural feature/segment, sports series, sports one-time special, and sports segment.

Barry Norman (COM’09) of Harpswell, Maine, a filmmaker, hosted a special screening in August 2013 of the feature film Sticky Wicket. Barry, the movie’s executive producer, is the owner of Eveningstar Cinema, where the film was primarily shot; he collaborated on the film with independent filmmaker Rick Schmidt.

Nicholas Pinheiro (MET’09,’12) of Braintree, Mass., a software architect for Microsoft Corporation, released the first Facebook app targeted to the worldwide Cape Verdean community. The app, nhaCabo brings together people, places, and things related to Cape Verde. With a Facebook account, users can sign in and find content from a variety of sources, including YouTube, iTunes, Amazon, and Bing. Nicholas is the son of immigrants from the Cape Verde islands.

Jonathan Salt (CAS’09) of San Diego, Calif., delivered the student address at the University of San Diego School of Law commencement on May 18, 2013. Jon writes that he graduated on schedule despite missing significant time traveling between California and his family in New York during his father’s 13-month battle with pancreatic cancer. His father, Richard M. Salt, passed away on October 29, 2012.

Laura Tisch (CAS’09) of Milwaukee, Wis., a fourth-year student at the Medical College of Wisconsin, received the school’s 2013 Walter Zeit Fellowship Leadership Award. The award recognizes qualities of leadership, loyalty, selfless service, initiative, and compassion toward peers at the college.


Paola Chanes-Mora (CAS’10) of Glastonbury, Conn., a PhD student at the University of Connecticut, founded the nonprofit Operation Unisson, Inc. (O.U.I.), which helps the people of Haiti. Paola and her organization work with the community of Blanchard, Haiti, focusing on orphaned children. Learn more at

Stephanie Manas (CAS’10, COM’10) of New York, N.Y., was named to the 2013 PRNews People-to-Watch in PR (under 30) list. She also served as a 2013 PRSA Silver Anvil Judge and is the cochair of the marketing committee for PRSA-NY.

Patrick McGettigan (CAS’10) of Haddonfield, N.J., organized a three-day Ocean Fair to promote coastal conservation in Mozambique as a Peace Corps volunteer. The event featured cultural and educational events, including beach cleanups, a sand sculpture competition, an ecotourism workshop, and educational presentations on fishery management and marine reserves.

Pedro R. Pizano Mejia (CAS’10) of Bogotá, Colombia, was named to the 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33, or the “99 Under 33,” by the Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

Bailey Roese (CAS’10, GRS’10) of Louisville, Ky., joined Bingham Greenebaum Doll as an associate attorney in the law firm’s Louisville office.

Courtney Sander (CFA’10,’11) of Oakton, Va., recently became a certified compliance and ethics professional (CCEP) by the Compliance Certification Board.


Alec Cohen (COM’11) of New York City, N.Y., is director of programmatic media at Integrated Media Solutions, overseeing the development of CadenX, its proprietary in-house addressable trading platform. Previously, Alec was an activation account manager at VivaKi.

Marianna Dworak (CAS’11, COM’11) of Scotch Plains, N.J., published a cookbook, Authentic Polish Cooking: 150 Mouthwatering Recipes, from Old-Country Staples to Exquisite Modern Cuisine (Skyhorse Publishing, 2012).

Allison McKinnon (CGS’09, COM’11) of Orlando, Fla., works on the public relations team for the Walt Disney Company at Walt Disney World Resort. Visit

Matthew Stern (CAS’11) of Paramus, N.J., was appointed a 2013 presidential management fellow serving in the US Department of Education’s office of elementary and secondary education.


Will Cox (SMG’12) of Paris, France, cofounded a new literary publication, Belleville Park Pages, which he says is gaining traction in Europe and is now being stocked in the United States.

Kelly Joyce (CGS’10, SMG’12) of Menlo Park, Calif., started an e-commerce site called Armoury New York. Previously she worked in the fashion industry, consulting for department stores. Learn more at

Brett Kohan (SMG’12) of Dix Hills, N.Y., produced the television pilot City-Bound, which is about four recently graduated Long Island millennials struggling to make it to Manhattan. The pilot was a finalist in the 2013 NYTVF Comedy Central Competition, after which Brett launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for additional episodes.

Carolyn Tillo (COM’12) of Brookline, Mass., was promoted to account executive at Schneider Associates, a Boston-based public relations and integrated marketing agency.


Robert Reed (COM’13) of Watertown, Mass., was appointed president and CEO of iCatholic Media, which coordinates radio programming and oversees and coordinates the CatholicTV Network, the Pilot, Pilot New Media, and Pilot Bulletins and Printing. Ordained a priest in 1985, Robert has served in parishes in Malden, Norwood, Dorchester, Haverhill, and, most recently, Holy Ghost Parish in Whitman. He prepared for the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary and the Pontifical North American College in Rome, and he earned a master’s degree in television management at BU.

Brett M. Waldron (LAW’13) of Allentown, Pa., an attorney, joined the law firm Gross McGinley.