Fall 2013


Eileen Merullo (SAR’44) of Revere, Mass., launched an initiative to erect a memorial recognizing Revere female veterans who served during World War II. “The groundwork is started,” she writes. “The style and shape of the memorial stone is selected. The place where it will reside is decided: the lawn of the American Legion. And now all that is left to do is to ask the residents of Revere and neighboring cities and states for donations. Any amount, no matter how small, will be gratefully appreciated.” Checks payable to Revere’s Women Veterans WWII Memorial may be sent to People’s United Bank, Revere’s Women WWII Memorial, 310 Broadway, Revere, MA, 02151.


Mary Raissi Stewart (GSM’48) of Christiansted, Virgin Islands, and Middletown, Conn., writes that she received an honorary Doctorate of Education from her undergraduate college, American International College, in May 2013. Mary served in the Coast Guard during World War II. In 1986, she retired from the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix.


Alan S. Feinstein (DGE’50, COM’52) of Cranston, R.I., a philanthropist and founder of the Feinstein Foundation, launched his 16th annual $1 million giveaway to nonprofit agencies that fight hunger. Agencies inform potential donors that the more donations they receive in March and April, the more Feinstein challenge funds they will receive. An estimated 1,800 agencies nationwide use the giveaway to spur fundraising, and a total of $1.5 billion has been raised to date. Alan is a recipient of many honorary degrees and many schools and colleges have been named for him. Learn more at www.feinsteinfoundation.org.

Kenneth Herman (SED’52) of Wyckoff, N.J., and his daughter, Rebecca Cipriano, published Pop: Burst the Diet Bubble and Finally Lose Weight (Amazon Digital Services, 2013). Kenneth, a board-certified clinical psychologist who was in private practice for many years, believes there is a correlation between self-concept and controlling one’s life and weight. He is the author of Secrets from the Sofa: A Psychologist’s Guide to Achieving Personal Peace (iUniverse, 2007). He also is on the board of trustees at a free primary care medical facility in Hackensack, N.J. Kenneth served with the Third Army in Europe during World War II; he has been married for 54 years and has four children and nine grandchildren.


Amnon Kabatchnik (COM’54) of Santa Monica, Calif., was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards program for Blood on the Stage, 1975-2000: Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery, and Detection (Scarecrow Press, 2012). Learn more about Amnon at www.amnonkabatchnik.com.


Kenneth Richardson (COM’55) of Lodi, Wis., published three of his submissions in volume 3 of the juried literary magazine Agora: a poem, a work of creative nonfiction, and a photo. Kenneth’s work has been included in the previous two volumes of the Agora, produced annually by the Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization associated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s division of continuing studies.


Norman Delaney (GRS’56) of Corpus Christi, Tex., published The Maltby Brothers’ Civil War (Texas A&M University Press, 2013), about a set of brothers whose allegiances are divided during the tumultuous American Civil War. An authority on Civil War naval history, Norman researched the brothers’ lives extensively to write a story of how war can affect a family and a community. He taught history at Del Mar College for 40 years before retiring in 2006.

Liz Gribin (CFA’56) of Needham Heights, Mass., showed 13 paintings and several prints in Newbury Fine Arts spring exhibition last April in Boston. Learn more about her work at www.lizgribin.com.

David Haines (SED’56,’57) of Windham, Conn., was elected to a second term as president of the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM). Email David at dnjhaines@aol.com, and visit www.spoom.org.

Donald Le Porte (SMG’56) of Mauldin, N.C., writes, “I would like to hear from any brothers from Alpha Kappa Psi.” Donald turned 83 years old in May 2013. Email him at bigd29662@charter.net.

Arthur Votolato (LAW’56) of East Greenwich, R.I., retired after 40 years as Rhode Island’s first and only bankruptcy judge. The courtroom where he served as the nation’s longest continuously serving bankruptcy judge was dedicated to him in a ceremony where more than 100 members of the bar and state and federal judges gathered to honor


Stephanie (Polakow) Rivera (CFA’58) of Richmond, R.I., published Pursuit of Enlightenment (Friesen Press, 2012), “a memoir about a family’s quest to find economic security and a path to higher consciousness in post–World War II America.” Visit Stephanie’s author page on Facebook, or email her at stephrivera@verizon.net.


Natalie Gast (CAS’61) of Hollywood, Fla., published her third English-as-a-second-language book, Perfect Phrases for ESL: Everyday Situations (McGraw-Hill, 2012). Perfect Phrases for ESL: Business Life and Perfect Phrases for ESL: Advancing Your Career were published by McGraw-Hill in 2010. Email Natalie at esolfl86@gmail.com, or visit www.esolspecialties.com.


Lance W. Lee (DGE’62) of Pacific Palisades, Calif., published Transformations (Birch Brook Press, 2013).


Elizabeth (Rutter) Dimeo (SON’63) of Greensboro, N.C., published The Preacher’s Dead (Wings ePress, Inc., 2012), a suspense novel set in North Carolina.

Robert Levy (COM’63) of Plantation, Fla., was reelected to his third four-year term on the Plantation City Council and selected to serve as council president. Robert was also selected for the Broward County Senior Hall of Fame. Email Robert at robertl523@aol.com.

Appleton Schneider (CAS’63) of Shirley, Mass., writes, “At last count I have published 22 books: poetry, future-fiction, autobiographical, humor, erotica, and political critique. After receiving my BA in psychology I worked in my own fancy design and construction business. For the last 30-plus years I have been ‘retired’ as a full-time truck driver (which balances both existentially and financially my state of being as a writer).”


Toni-Lee Capossela (CAS’64) of Boston, Mass., published John U. Monro: Uncommon Educator (Louisiana State University Press, 2012), a biography of the late dean of Harvard College.

Bernadette D’Amore (B. Amore) (CAS’64) of Benson, Vt., showed her artwork at the East Boston Open Studios May 18 and May 19, 2013. She writes that the show was an opportunity to introduce her six-year-old grandchildren, budding artists Ava and Nina. “They have adopted my habit of working with found objects, and collected these pieces around the shipyard and transformed them.”

Judith Solomon Shah (CFA’64,’74,’75) of New Castle, N.H., showed her sculptures and paintings in the solo exhibition Absolutely Abstract last June at the New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth, N.H., and on June 4 at the Liberty Hotel Gallery Night Series in Boston. Visit www.judithshah.com, or email Judith at judeshah@yahoo.com.


Stephen Berkowitz (CAS’65) of Watertown, Mass., was named secretary of the board of overseers for the English High School alumni association. The board serves as the governing agency of America’s oldest public high school, established in 1821. Email Stephen at berkowitz_stephen@yahoo.com.


Richard A. Hughes (STH’66, GRS’70) of Williamsport, Pa., published Religion, Law, and the Present Water Crisis (Peter Lang Publishing, 2013), a look at global water shortages, the privatization of water ownership, and notion of water as sacred.


Erica Miner (CFA’67) of Carlsbad, Calif., is a former Metropolitan Opera violinist who shares her 20-plus years of experience on www.operapulse.com. Read Erica’s opera articles and interviews at www.operapulse.com/author/ericaminer. Email her at emwriter@earthlink.com.

Marion Zola (CAS’67) of Beverly Hills, Calif., published her second book, Romancing the Dog: The Struggle to Make a Pound Dog Happy in Beverly Hills (Planet Publishing, 2012).


Sheldon Krimsky (GRS’68,’70) of Cambridge, Mass., edited Genetic Explanations: Sense and Nonsense (Harvard University Press, 2013) with Jeremy Gruber.

Robert L. Larson (SED’68) of Harwich Port, Mass., published Changing Schools from the Inside Out: Small Wins in Hard Times (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011).

Susan Marx (CFA’68) of Orange, N.J., showed her abstract impressionist paintings in May 2013 at the Agora Gallery in New York City. Learn more about Susan’s work at www.susanmarxartist.com, and email her at thisissusan@aol.com.


Susan Schneider (CAS’69) of New York, N.Y., writes, “After retiring 10 years ago, I began putting on paper the novel I had been writing in my head for many years.” Her book, Fire In My Ears (Amazon Digital Services, 2013), is available for readers on Kindle and Nook. “Please don’t forget to write a review!” Email Susan at fireinmyears@gmail.com.


Fred Bemak (CAS’70) of Fairfax Station, Va., published Social Justice Counseling: The Next Steps Beyond Multiculturalism (Sage Publications, 2011). Fred is a professor of counseling and development and director of the Diversity Research and Action Center at George Mason University. Email him at fbemak@gmu.edu.

Hugh Duhaney (SDM’70) of Washington, D.C., published Short Tales from Jamaica—Happy Grove, Portland (Anaconda Press, 2013), which features Hugh’s hobbies of photography and writing.

Peter LeVine (CAS’70) of Longmont, Colo., published Saturn’s Return: A Boomer’s Memoir (CreateSpace, 2011). Peter describes the book as a coming-of-age narrative, set at BU from 1966 to 1970 and chronicling the family, political, and social forces that shaped a life.

Roy L. Perkinson (GRS’70) of Wellesley, Mass., writes that one of his oil paintings, Columbia Rover, Late Afternoon, was selected for the 12th National Prize Show, a juried competition sponsored by the Cambridge Art Association. The show ran from May 15 through July 11, 2013, at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery and the University Place Gallery. “I was thrilled and excited that my painting was selected from over 1,400 pieces submitted by 478 artists in 21 states,” he writes. Visit www.perkinsonpaintings.com.

Phyllis Zagano (COM’70) of Lido Beach, N.Y., published Women & Catholicism: Gender, Communion, and Authority (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).


Adele Boskey (GRS’71) of Caldwell, N.J., was honored by the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) for her research in osteoporosis and for her role as a mentor to young scientists on May 2, 2013, in New York City. Adele, who is Starr Chair in Mineralized Tissue Research, has been studying bone chemistry at HSS since 1970.

Richard Cullen (SED’71) of Lynnfield, Mass., was inducted into the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Richard coached for 32 years at Malden and Malden Catholic High Schools. Email him at r.wcullen@verizon.net.

Richard B. DeWolfe (MET’71,’73) of Milton, Mass., was elected chair of the board for Manulife Financial Corporation, parent of John Hancock Financial, on May 2, 2013. Richard is a longtime Boston University trustee and former chair of the board.

Barbara Frake (CFA’71) of Newton, N.H., an artist, is represented by the Chisholm Gallery. While she paints many subjects, her specialties are equestrian themes and dogs. Her work can be seen at Wellington Equestrian Gallery and Mall in Wellington, Fla., and at Dover Saddlery stores in New England. Learn more at www.chisholmgallery.com and www.frakefineart.com.

Mark Harvey (STH’71, GRS’83) of Arlington, Mass., a composer, a minister, and an MIT lecturer, was recently recognized for four decades of music-making advocacy with the Boston jazz community and his leadership of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. Both the Boston and Cambridge city councils named a day in his honor, and he was given a key to the city of Cambridge. His extended composition, Boston JazzScope, premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and he recently performed with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall.

Susana Lannik (DGE’67, GRS’71) of Chestnut Hill, Mass., writes, “While most people retire at this point in their lives, I am pleased to announce that I am not retired, and have just fulfilled a professional dream and law firm goal by continuing my estate and elder care law practice in a brand-new environment.” Susana’s new office in Newton Center, Mass., has a resource center that offers workshops with guest speakers and a library.

Gary Larrabee (COM’71) of Wenham, Mass., published Sensation at Salem: The Legendary Babe Zaharias’s Historic 1954 US Open Victory (Cricket Press, 2013).

Wayne G. Miller (SMG’71) of Odenton, Md., published his first book, Fore River Shipyard (Arcadia Publishing, 2013), which documents the history of the shipyard in Wayne’s hometown of Quincy, Mass.

Frederick J. Nachman (CAS’71) of Chicago, Ill., published There Used to Be a Synagogue Here: Former Chicago Temples (Blurb, 2013), which includes 100 photographs of buildings that formerly housed synagogues.


Peter H. Bloom (CAS’72) of Somerville, Mass., a flutist, is contributing editor for Noteworthy Sheet Music, an online publisher specializing in new music and rare transcriptions. Bloom and pianist Mary Jane Rupert, who tour the world as the duo 2, are featured on the CD Kleemation and Other Works (Navona Records, 2012). The music was composed by Elizabeth Vercoe (CFA’78). Bloom and Rupert performed Kleemation at concert tours in Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Bloom is touring with various artists and groups, including Ensemble Chaconne, mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato, and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, whose founder and director is Mark Harvey (STH’71, GRS’83). Visit www.americasmusicworks.com, or email Peter at phbloom@comcast.net.

Gary Golden (CAS’72, SED’89) of Waltham, Mass., writes, “I have been involved with media advertising for 23 years. My work has been with cable, TV, radio, print, and digital. My specialty is working with Hispanic media, the fastest growing media segment in the United States. The education I received at Boston University has been very useful in many of the media projects I have worked on.” Gary is a local sales manager at Mas Media, a multiplatform Hispanic media company in Somerville, Mass.

Shoya Zichy Nemes (SED’72) of New York, N.Y., published Personality Power: Discover Your Unique Profile—And Unlock Your Potential for Breakthrough Success (Amacom, 2013).

Linda Ostrander (CFA’72) of Las Cruces, N.M., published Between Mothers and Daughters: A Collection of Poetry and Lyrics Across Generations (Lulu.com, 2013).

Marsha Patterson (SAR’72,’78) of Walnut Creek, Calif., is a part-time tutor for the department of rehabilitation in Concord, Calif. Marsha suffered a severe lower brain stem stroke in 1990. “I was locked-in for two months,” she writes, “and then I started moving my left index finger. I had six months of therapy at an inpatient rehabilitation facility in Marin County, Calif. I’m still getting therapy instead of giving therapy.” Marsha later earned a master’s in elementary education, and was a substitute teacher. She is enjoying her new job. “I love being able to keep on keeping on and reaching as far as I can,” Marsha writes. “I owe my sense of humor and perseverance to my father, Robert Neil Alsworth. He worked at BU in the 1970s and 1980s as director of housing. He was (and is) my champion while I was a student at Sargent College. He passed away May 4, 2013, on his 89th birthday.” Email Marsha at mkaypat@astound.net.

Patricia Randell (CFA’72) of Long Island City, N.Y., costarred opposite Judith Roberts (from David Lynch’s Eraserhead) in Paul Kelly’s independent short film My Day, which premiered at the Queens World Film Festival in February 2013. Email Patricia at hellgig@nyc.rr.com.

Lee Sheldon (CFA’72) of Rensselaer, N.Y., published the second edition of his book, Character Development and Storytelling for Games (Cengage Learning, 2013). The first edition was published in 2004. “It is the standard text in universities worldwide,” he writes. Lee is an associate professor in the department of communication and media and codirector of the games and simulation arts and sciences program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Robert S. Chase (ENG’73) of Fall River, Mass., graduated magna cum laude in June from Bristol Community College with an associate’s degree in computer information systems (forensics). He completed an internship in the field this past summer.

Chris Henes (DGE’70, CAS’73) of Westwood, Mass., was awarded the Legion of Merit upon his retirement from the US Army. Email him at ch45@aol.com.

Linda Pearlman Karlsberg (CFA’73,’75) of Newton Highlands, Mass., showed her paintings in the solo exhibition Light, Landscapes and Lilies at Newton Free Library in June 2013. Her work was also on display in the exhibition 8 Visions at the Attleboro Arts Museum during August and September. Learn more about Linda’s work atwww.lindapearlmankarlsberg.com, or email her at lindapearlmankarlsberg@gmail.com.

Peri Schwartz (CFA’73) of New Rochelle, N.Y., showed her watercolor and charcoal drawings last spring at Garvey Simon Art Access. . Learn more about Peri’s work at http://www.perischwartz.com/.


Robert E. Braczyk (CFA’74) of New York, N.Y., published The Lady of The Lake (iUniverse, 2013), a tale of discovered treasure, adventure, and unexpected consequences. “I have put what I learned at BU to good use in a long career as a sculptor,” Robert writes. “It is my contention that the discipline acquired in learning any art form is adaptable in many other spheres of life.”

Donna Rossetti-Bailey (CFA’74) of Marshfield, Mass., showed her soft pastel painting Late March Sky last spring at the Duxbury Art Complex Museum. Her pastel painting Late Afternoon Sun was included in the Open Spaces exhibition in April 2013 at South Street Gallery in Hingham, Mass. Donna was coordinator of awards for For Pastels Only on Cape Cod 2013 and is chair of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod Signature Committee. Email Donna at DLRB@comcast.net.


Joseph Aviv (LAW’75) of Birmingham, Mich., was named one of 30 Leaders in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Joseph is a partner in the litigation department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn and comanaging partner in the firm’s Oakland County office.

Ronald Berman (SMG’75) of Scottsdale, Ariz., was promoted to executive director of the College of Doctoral Studies at Grand Canyon University. Email Ronald at rbermanaz@gmail.com.

Richard Few (CAS’75, LAW’79) of Marietta, S.C., was one of 20 Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys to earn recognition in the 2013 Chambers USA Guide, published by Chambers and Partners.

David Forsberg (MET’75) of Worcester, Mass., was appointed dean of the School of Business at Anna Maria College. He began his new job on July 1, 2013.

Adrienne Gusoff (DGE’73, COM’75) of Kew Gardens, N.Y., published Lucky in Love: Secrets to Being Irresistible (CreateSpace, 2013). The book is a result of her lifelong fascination with love and relationships. “This is not merely a how-to book about becoming a ‘love magnet,’” she writes, “but a guide to more productive ways to thinking about your own emotions.” Adrienne is a relationship coach and lecturer. Learn more about her at www.artofepiphany.com.

Stephen Marcus (LAW’75) of Sherman Oaks, Calif., a Superior Court judge, was named Judge of the Year by the criminal justice section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. The awards ceremony took place at the Biltmore Hotel on May 1, 2013. Email Stephen at smarcus@lasuperiorcourt.org.

David Seaburn (STH’75) of Spencerport, N.Y., published Chimney Bluffs (Savant Books and Publishing, 2012).


Harold Augenbraum (CAS’76) of Bronx, N.Y., contributed the introduction and notes for Marcel Proust: The Collected Poems—A Dual-Language Edition with Parallel Text (Penguin Books, 2013).

David Henderson (CFA’76) of Boonton, N.J., returned to the world of fine arts after 20 years of working as an illustrator in New York City. “At this time in my life, it feels like coming home after a long voyage,” he writes. “As I work away in the studio, ghosts of my painting professors now visit me often, their voices imparting timeless advice. My experience as an art student at BU has never left me, and continues to strengthen me still.” David is represented by Design Domaine Gallery. Learn more about his work at www.dfhendersonfineart.com. Email David at njartist@optonline.net.

Gregory Pearson (COM’76) of Milwaukee, Wis., published Fenway Fanatics: 50 Red Sox Fans Tell Their Stories (Surry Cottage Books, 2013). Gregory interviewed fans from Massachusetts to Uzbekistan. “Their stories include the Vermont man who built a miniature Fenway Park on his property,” he writes, “the Rhode Island couple who delayed their son’s birth to avoid a conflict with opening day, and the Massachusetts woman whose last wish was that people wear Red Sox gear to her wake.”


Karen Kang (COM’77) of Palo Alto, Calif., published BrandingPays: The Five-Step System to Reinvent Your Personal Brand (BrandingPays Media, 2013).

Steven P. Marini (SED’77) of West Yarmouth, Mass., published his debut novel, Connections (Gypsy Shadow Publishing Company, 2012), a crime story set in Boston in the 1970s. Steven has spent 30 years in higher education and the federal government. Email Steven at spmarini@comcast.net.

Emily Rice (CAS’77, GRS’78) of Concord, N.H., an attorney and a Bernstein Shur shareholder, was named a 2013 Honorary Fellow by the New Hampshire Bar Foundation on March 8, 2013. The award recognizes her commitment to strengthening justice through her leadership and volunteerism.


Michael Bisbee (CFA’78) of Magdalena, N.M., writes that after moving to New Mexico from Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., in 2006, he began creating works with exhibition in mind after more than a decade’s exploration of conceptual and land art. In 2012, Michael showed his work at a solo exhibition at the LAND/gallery in Albuquerque and at a group exhibition at 516 Arts in Albuquerque and the International Print Center New York. Visit www.michael-bisbee.com.

Tracy Burtz (CFA’78) of Pleasantville, N.Y., writes that two of her paintings, which were purchased by NBC, made a cameo appearance on the television show Smash. Learn more about her work at www.tracyburtz.com.

John L. Cook (SED’78) of Matoaka, W.Va., published Afghanistan: The Perfect Failure—A War Doomed by the Coalition’s Strategies, Policies and Political Correctness (BookBay, 2012).

Jody Davis (COM’78) of Palm Coast, Fla., writes, “I’m back on the air as a volunteer program host at Flagler College radio, WFCF 88.5, for Theater 88Five, an old-time radio show each Saturday morning. I provide fun facts a la Robert Osborne on Turner Classic Movies. I also produce student re-creations of old-time radio shows and serve as a guest lecturer and student mentor when requested.” Listen to Theater 88Five Saturdays at 9 a.m. EST on the I Heart Radio site. Email Jody at bronxboy1957@gmail.com.

Richard Jones (CAS’78) of Los Angeles, Calif., was included in the 2013 Barron’s America’s Top 100 Financial Advisors list. Richard is a senior partner and private wealth advisor at Merrill Lynch.

William Spencer (CFA’78,’85) of Cockeysville, Md. was appointed music director of the Harford Choral Society (www.harfordchoralsociety.org) in Bel Air, Md. William completed his second season as a member of the bassoon section at the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra (www.jhu.edu/jhso/) in Baltimore, Md., reviving his bassoon-playing days after a hiatus of more than 30 years. Email William at wspencer@jhu.edu.


Alan Cremer (SED’79) of Worcester, Mass., spent 21 years on the Harvard Medical School faculty after earning a doctorate at BU. He is cofounder of IntelliDex Rx, a computational, linguistic, medication knowledge system for health care professionals. The application performs search, text analysis, categorization, and summarization in nine languages from any standard database in health care or non-health care. “I am interested in contacting alumni or members of the Boston University community interested in becoming strategic partners for IntelliDex Rx,” he writes. Email Alan at acremer@intellidex.biz.

Sandra (Curro) Sala (SED’79,’80) of Belmont, Mass., celebrates her 20th wedding anniversary this year. Retired from three decades of public service in the fields of administration, historic preservation, and public information, she remains busy, running her own market garden business, Underwood Greenhouses, from March to October. She also swims often, and would love to hear from members of coach Reagh Wetmore’s swim team from 1976 to 1977.” Email Sandra at sssala@aol.com.

Bob Sarles (COM’79) of San Francisco, Calif., produced, directed, and edited the documentary film Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield for Sony Legacy through his San Francisco based production company, Ravin’ Films, Inc. Visit www.ravinfilms.com.


Bruce Follansbee (CGS’78, SMG’80) of Sammamish, Wash., joined Choice Logistics after studying and pursuing a career in supply chain outsourcing and third-party logistics. Choice serves companies in the high tech and medical equipment industries, providing mission-critical service part logistics. Email Bruce at bjfollans@comcast.net.

Patrick Nolan (COM’80) of West Hartford, Conn., published CIA Rogues and the Killing of the Kennedys: How and Why US Agents Conspired to Assassinate JFK and RFK (Skyhorse Publishing, 2013).

Laurie A. Silver (SSW’80) of Sharon, Mass., published Mindfulness Practice for Seven Days of the Week (CreateSpace, 2012). The book “grew out of my personal study of mindfulness and out of my employment as a clinician working for three decades with persons in recovery, initially from eating disorders, then from substance abuse disorders,” she writes.


Eric Gurgold (SMG’81, LAW’88) of North Point, Fla., an attorney at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Fort Myers, has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Florida Super Lawyers magazine.

Melanie Sabo (ENG’81) of Washington, D.C., joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton on April 22, 2013, as a partner on the antitrust team. Previously, she was assistant director of the Federal Trade Commission’s anticompetitive practices division.


Amy Brier (CFA’82) of Bloomington, Ind., showed her art in the solo exhibition Roliqueries in May 2013 at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art in New Harmony, Ind. In summer 2012, Amy taught at the University of Georgia study abroad program in Cortona, Italy. She is assistant professor of fine arts at Ivy Tech Community College and director of the Indiana Limestone Symposium, now in its 16th year. Visit www.amybrier.com. You can follow Amy on Facebook, or email her at abrier1@gmail.com.

Lawrence Cade (MET’82) of San Diego, Calif., published Would You Like the Experience? Blacks/Whites in the South During Segregation (PublishAmerica, 2008).

Kristin Esterberg (CAS’82) of Andover, Mass., is provost and academic vice president at Salem State University. She published her third book Divided Conversations: Identities, Leadership, and Change in Public Higher Education (Vanderbilt University Press, 2012). Email Kristin at kesterberg@salemstate.edu.

Wynn Harmon (CFA’82) of New York, N.Y., played Cap’n Andy in Francesca Zambello’s production of Show Boat with the Washington National Opera last May at the Kennedy Center.

Martha Sweezy (CAS’82, GRS’84) of Northampton, Mass., was coeditor of Internal Family Systems Therapy: New Dimensions (Routledge, 2013).


Marie Bakitas (SON’83) of Birmingham, Ala., is the Marie L. O’Koren Endowed Chair and Professor at the University of Alabama (UAB) School of Nursing. She also has an appointment at the UAB School of Medicine. Marie is known for her extensive contributions to the fields of oncology nursing and palliative care.

Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard (LAW’83) of Port Washington, N.Y., received the Corporate Leadership Recognition Award at United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau’s 11th annual Dignitary Awards luncheon on April 26, 2013. Annamarie is managing partner at the medical malpractice law firm Pegalis and Erickson.


Ricardo Guthrie (COM’84) of Flagstaff, Ariz., is an assistant professor of ethnic studies at Northern Arizona University (NAU). He completed an ethnographic mural project titled The Historic Southside Mural at the Murdoch Center, which reflected the contributions of Flagstaff’s African American leaders. He later received the NAU Research and Creativity Award for Most Significant Artistic and Creative Work.

Laura Kirkpatrick (MET’84) of Rumson, N.J., was named director of public information and tourism for Monmouth County, N.J. She also serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Government Communicators. She is married to John Kirkpatrick (CAS’84). Email Laura at laurakirk1@gmail.com.

Gene Miller (GSM’84) of Weston, Mass., is executive director Families United in Educational Leadership. Previously, Gene was chief operating officer of the Boston-based nonprofit.

Saraann S. Parker (COM’84) of St. Louis, Mo., joined the law firm of Armstrong Teasdale as a partner in its St. Louis office.


John William Grisham (COM’85) of Middletown, R.I., published his first novel, University (Aloha Lounge Press, 2013). The book, he says, is “a fond look back at college life in the Reagan era.” Email John at jwgesqlaw@aol.com.

Jeffrey R. Hulburt (SAR’85) of Dracut, Mass., was appointed chief operating officer at Network Health.

Melissa Maxwell (CFA’85) of New York, N.Y., directed Intimate Apparel at the University of Texas, Austin, last spring. “UT has a great program and an impressive facility, the students are sharp and ubertalented, and Intimate Apparel is a gem of a play to have the honor to direct,” she writes. “And, according to the critics, we did Lynn Nottage justice.” Learn more about Melissa’s work at www.melissamaxwell.com.

Cindy Sughrue (CAS’85) of Glasgow, Scotland, has been awarded the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her extraordinary service to dance in the United Kingdom. Cindy is chief executive and executive producer of the Scottish Ballet. She traveled to Scotland as a Marshall Scholar in 1985 to pursue a PhD in dance.

Alex W. Thomson (ENG’85) of Pittsburgh, Pa., was elected to the 2013 executive committee of Houston Harbaugh. Alex heads the firm’s corporate department.


Christian Becker (ENG’87) of Burke, Va., has been promoted to rear admiral. A naval flight officer and aerospace engineering duty office, Christian received the Department of the Navy Acquisition Professional and the Intelligence Community Major Program Manager of the Year Awards. He is the deputy program executive officer for Enterprise Information Systems in Arlington, Va.

Margaret Daley (LAW’87) of River Forest, Ill., was named cochair of the Better Government Association by its board of directors on May 17, 2103. The association is a nonpartisan government watchdog organization. Margaret is a managing director in the Chicago office of the financial advisory and investment banking firm Duff & Phelps.

Thomas Lehrich (SMG’87) of Washington, D.C., joined the Federal Maritime Commission as counsel to the managing director. He works on the nation’s ocean-borne shipping agenda. Previously, he was chief counsel to the inspector general at the US Department of Transportation and assistant chief counsel for the Transportation Security Administration. Thomas and wife, Debbie, have three children. Email him at thomas.lehrich@gmail.com.

Matthew Phillips (CAS’87) of Diamond Point, N.Y., published Everything but Snakes: The Story of an Impossibly Glamorous, Manipulative, Sex-Obsessed, New York City High-Society Matron (iUniverse, 2012).

Masha (Marci) Savitz (CFA’87) of Los Angeles, Calif., writes that she is in the process of securing distribution for her documentary Red Reign, about the persecution of practitioners of Falun Gong in China. Masha writes that the film exposes the forced organ harvesting from these prisoners of conscience. Watch the trailer at www.redreignfilm.com, and learn more about Masha’s related organization at www.thetruthtour.org.

Janet R. Young (GRS’87) of Gloucester, Mass., published two young adult novels with Atheneum Books for Young Readers in 2012: My Beautiful Failure, about a teen boy who volunteers at a suicide hotline and falls in love with a troubled caller, and Things I Shouldn’t Think, about a babysitter whose obsessive-compulsive disorder causes her to think about harming the child she cares for. Visit www.janetruthyoung.com.


Tom Anapol (SMG’88) of Bryn Mawr, Pa., a shareholder at Anapol Schwartz, was named to the Top 100 Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2013 list.

Pacifico “Pat” S. Agnellini (CGS’86, SMG’88) of Longport, N.J., a shareholder for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was appointed to the AtlantiCare Foundation board of trustees.

Peggy A. Connolly (COM’88) of Ipswich, Mass., launched a new website, www.SewFreshFabrics.com on April 1, 2013. Email her at peg@sewfreshfabrics.com.

Porter Gale (SMG’88) of San Rafael, Calif., published Your Network Is Your Net Worth: Unlock the Hidden Power of Connections for Wealth, Success, and Happiness in the Digital Age (Atria Books, 2013).

Ellen Harvey (CFA’88) of New York, N.Y., is appearing as Madam Giry in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. “Also working at Phantom are Greg Livoti (CFA’05) in stage management and Ken Kantor (CFA’74) in the acting company (almost a 30-year span of BU alumni).”

Maria G. Mackavey (SED’88) of Wayland, Mass., published The Artist and the Lava Beast (AuthorHouse, 2013). “I wrote this children’s book a number of years ago after the death of my husband, William Mackavey, in 1993,” she writes. “Recently, finding myself once again in transition, I pulled the story out, reworked it, and published it. This book is my next act in that it provides a new direction for me—that of helping children in reading and learning to express their feelings through storytelling and art.”

Jean W. O’Malley (SON’88) of West Roxbury, Mass., was promoted to director of clinical management and long-term services and supports at Network Health, a nonprofit Massachusetts health plan.

Paul J. Riccio (GRS’88, COM’90) of New York, N.Y., writes that his short film, Space Cadet, was included in the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2013.

Don Share (GRS’88,’03) of Oak Park, Ill., has been named editor of Poetry magazine. He is the 12th person to hold the title in the magazine’s 101-year history.

D. Brenton Simons (CGS’86, COM’88, SED’94) of Boston, Mass., is president and CEO of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. He recently awarded David Gergen, former presidential advisor and current director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, with the society’s Lifetime Achievement Award in American Public Service. Brenton, who has helmed the 170-year-old society since 2005, is steering a $55 million capital campaign for the organization and has led its participation in several television shows, including PBS’ Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Steven Slutsky (LAW’88, GSM’88) of Lafayette Hill, Pa., was admitted into PwC’s partnership in its Philadelphia office in July. Steven is a tax principal.

David Steinberg (COM’88) of Oakland, Calif., completed his four-year term as president of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association at the conclusion of the group’s 2012 conference, held as part of the UNITY 2013 convention in Las Vegas, Nev. In October 2012, David was elected treasurer of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity for the 2013-2014 term. Email him at dasteinberg@alum.bu.edu.


Elizabeth Ann Sommers (SPH’89,’10) of Cambridge, Mass., served as coeditor of a special public health edition of European Journal of Integrative Medicine. Elizabeth is a BU School of Public Health adjunct assistant professor of health policy management.


Adam J. Epstein (LAW’90) of Danville, Calif., published The Perfect Corporate Board: A Handbook for Mastering the Unique Challenges of Small-Cap Companies (McGraw-Hill, 2012).

Melissa Jackson (CAS’90) of Bradenton, Fla., played Bathsheba, the evil ghost, in a two-hour documentary based on Andrea Perron’s book, House of Darkness House of Light: The True Story (AuthorHouse, 2013), on Mysterious World TV.

Gwen (Perkins) Murphy (CFA’90) of Acton, Mass., showed three shoe sculptures in the exhibition Step into the Limelight! (Starker Auftritt!) at the Grassi Museum of Applied Arts in Leipzig, Germany. The show ran through September 2013. See Gwen’s work at www.gwenmurphy.com.

Vineeta Sawkar (CAS’90, COM’90) of Saint Paul, Minn., joined the Star Tribune Media Company as the on-camera host for video news operations. An Emmy Award–winning journalist with 17 years of experience in the Twin Cities, she will support the media company’s increased video presence on the web. Watch Vineeta at www.startribune.com.


Alex Carr (SMG’91) of North Yarmouth, Maine, retired from the U.S. Navy as a commander after 22 years. He and his wife, Alison Carr (CAS’91), relocated from Virginia Beach, Va. He and Nick Lopane (CAS’89) are rebuilding their address database of members of BU’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Email Alex at carr.alexander@gmail.com or Nick at electnick1@aol.com.

Brian Despain (CAS’91) of Springfield, Mo., shared vocals on a Nashville recording session, which included Ken Coomer (formerly of Wilco), Mike Daly (sideman of Hank Williams, Jr.), Supe Granda (of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils), Jim Reilley (of the New Dylans), and Michael Webb (of Poco). The two songs recorded will be included on a tribute film for the Twin Cities’ Americana band, the Jayhawks. He is currently producing a tribute album for the Jayhawks’ 30th anniversary. Email him at bdespain2k@hotmail.com.

Rachel Sobel (COM’91) of Evanston, Ill., was promoted to senior managing editor at GLC Custom Media, a content marketing agency. Her husband, Alex Rubenstein (COM’91), earned tenure as an elementary school teacher in the Park Ridge, Ill., public school system. The couple celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in the summer of 2012 with a trip to Cape Cod and Boston, where they attended a BU admissions information session and campus tour with their teenage children. Rachel writes that they spent hours dragging the kids to every spot on campus that played a role in their courtship.


Motez Bishara (CAS’92) of London, England, published his first book, Beating the NBA: Tales from a Frugal Fan (CreateSpace, 2013), which chronicles his attempts to make attending a sports game as affordable as possible.

Catherine Kehoe (CFA’92) of Roslindale, Mass., showed her paintings in the exhibition Radical Attention last spring at the Howard Yezeski Gallery in Boston. Learn more about her work at http://catherinekehoe.com.

Craig Kennedy(CAS’92) of Mansfield, Mass., was named CEO of MyTurn, Inc., a nonprofit working with at-risk teenagers across New England. Craig has worked in the nonprofit world since leaving the Navy in 1998. Email him at craigandrewkennedy@gmail.com.

Christina Post (COM’92) of Portland, Ore., and her wife, Sarah McMillan, announce the birth of their first child, Logan Chance, in May 2013. BU friends can email them at christinaepost@gmail.com.

Ibrahim Tutar (GRS’92) of Istanbul, Turkey, would like to hear from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences graduates from his class, “especially Maria, Richard, David, Risa, Deniz, Adnan, and other very valuable friends whose names cannot be recalled by my old brain.” Email Ibrahim at ibrahim.tutar@penetra.com.tr.

Raymond Velez (CAS’92) of New York, N.Y., published Converge: Transforming Business at the Intersection of Marketing and Technology (Wiley, 2013). Raymond is the global chief technology officer at Razorfish.


Scott Hunter (CFA’93) of Pittsburgh, Pa., showed his artwork in the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 102nd Annual Exhibition from April 20 through June 23, 2013 at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Scott also showed his paintings in 30:2, an exhibition of 30 artists from the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh in April 2013, at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Visit www.scottdavidhunter.wix.com/scotthunterfineart.


Molly F. Collins (SED’94,’04) of Nashville, Tenn., and Judith A. Schickedanz, a BU School of Education professor emerita of education, published So Much More than the ABCs: The Early Phases of Reading and Writing (National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2013).

Melissa Marcucci (CAS’94, SAR’94, MED’97) of Cheshire, Conn., was promoted to associate professor with tenure in the School of Health and Nature Sciences at the University of Saint Joseph.

John Rosengren (GRS’94) of Minneapolis, Minn., who earned a master’s in creative writing at BU, published his seventh book, Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes (NAL Hardcover, 2013). Visit www.hankgreenberg.net.

Susan F. Skawinski (SED’94) of Marion, Mass., received the 2012-2013 Joseph R. Accinno Teaching Award at Providence College. Susan is an associate professor of education in the college’s department of elementary/special education.

Bonnie Youn (LAW’94) of Tucker, Ga., was among 11 people honored at the White House as a Cesar Chavez Champion of Change on March 26, 2013. The event honored those who embody the spirit of Cesar Chavez and committed themselves to working in their communities to advocate for and organize around immigration issues.


Curtis Epstein (COM’95) of Staten Island, N.Y., a staff editor at Aviation International News, was named the National Air Transportation Association’s Aviation Journalist of the Year.

Mark Leibowitz (CAS’95, COM’95) of Sharon, Mass., has worked for Meditech for the past eight years. “Many will remember me as the cohost of Kvetching with Mark and Zlati on WTBU back when it was in Myles Standish Hall,” he writes. “And while I am not on the radio now, I still get my ‘broadcasting fix’ by hosting the TJW Podcast with my freshman roommate, Dan Gil. In addition, I’ve gotten back into drawing and sketching comic book superheroes and started taking a course at the Kubert School, which specializes in teaching the skills to illustrate graphic novels. I’m having fun with it.” Mark lives with his wife, Janet, and their three children, Noam, Nadav, and Shifra. Learn more about Mark’s podcast at www.jundlandwastespodcast.blogspot.com. Email him at markaronl@juno.com.

Brian Wahl (CFA’95) and Elise Blake (CFA’95) of Charlottesville, Va., celebrated their one-year anniversary on May 12, 2013. They met as freshmen at the College of Fine Arts School of Music while on their way back from an orchestra rehearsal in the Tsai Performance Center. The wedding party included Eric Wahl (GRS’08) and Malorie Blake (CFA’07).


James Aliberti (COM’96) of San Francisco, Calif., published Humans Need Three Hands (Exaggerist Edutainment, 2013) under the pen name Drats. Email James at jaydrats@hotmail.com.

David Mitchell (COM’96) of Littleton, Mass., is co-owner of the sports equipment business My Town Sports, which has launched Cleats to Fight Cancer. The campaign is a used sports equipment drive to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Email David at david@mytownsports.com.

Dave Moorhead (ENG’96) of Duluth, Minn., has worked in the alternative energy department at Energy Plus for the past eight years. His work involves design, implementation, and maintenance of several energy projects, such as photovoltaic, solar, hot water, and heat transfer systems. “I would be pleasantly surprised to hear from anyone,” he writes. “Go Terriers!” Email him at dpmoorhead@yahoo.com.


Darcy Harris (SAR’97) of Fairfield, Conn., a physician in the emergency medicine department at Bridgeport Hospital, has been nominated for the Dr. Melville G. Magida Award. The award recognizes a young physician (39 years or younger) who has shown exceptional patient care, leadership, and dedication to the community.

Ron Leshnower (LAW’97) of Dix Hills, N.Y., published Fair Housing Helper: For Apartment Professionals (Hillocrian Creative, 2013).

Jeffrey MacDonald (GSM’97) of Ridgefield, Conn., a chartered financial analyst, was appointed managing director and senior portfolio manager at Fiduciary Trust Company International.


Sarah (Mott) Alwardt (CAS’98) of Kennesaw, Ga., a third grade teacher in Mariette, Ga., was among 200 participants in the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in Jersey City, N.J. this past summer. Professional golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, partnered with ExxonMobil, the National Science Teachers Association, and Math Solutions to create the academy to promote the best practices in teaching, with the goal of inspiring interest and achievement in math and science among students in grades three through five.

Elizabeth Latif (UNI’98, LAW’01) of West Hartford, Conn., is counsel in the white-collar defense and internal investigations department at Day Pitney. Previously, she was an assistant U.S. attorney in both the district of Connecticut and the eastern district of New York.

Barbara K. Lawrence (SED’98) of South Hamilton, Mass., published Islands of Time (Just Write Books, 2013), her first novel and sixth book. Visit www.barbaralawrence.com‎.

Jon Marrelli (CGS’96, CAS’98) of Brooklyn, N.Y., was promoted to director of quality assurance and performance improvement at Lutheran Medical Center’s outpatient behavioral health clinic. He also cochairs the Health Care Reform Task Force of the New York State Psychological Association.

Monica Sullivan (GSM’98) of Newton Highlands, Mass., was named president of d50 Media, an integrated, multichannel acquisition agency based in Wellesley, Mass.


Eric Melin (SMG’99) of Stratham, N.H., founded Beer Bites, a new consumer packaged goods business. He welcomes support from the BU community. Email him ateric@beerbites.com.

Guillermo Parra (GRS’99) of Pittsburgh, Pa., translated José Antonio Ramos Sucre: Selected Works (University of New Orleans Publishing, 2013).


Shane Anderson (CAS’00) of Minneapolis, Minn., a lawyer with Faegre Baker Daniels, received the firm’s Baker Benson Pro Bono Award.

Marc Beaupre (CFA’00) of Pembroke, Mass., and his wife, Kellie, welcomed a son on September 24, 2012.

Stanley Schreyer (CAS’00) of Salem, Mass., joined the BU Department of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance as head coach and sailing coordinator. As a BU student, Stan was a tenacious competitor, a national champion, and an All-American and Collegiate Sportsman of the Year. Since he graduated, he has sailed professionally and coached collegiate and Olympic sailing teams, and worked in the boating industry. He holds the sailing speed record in the New York-to-Barcelona Transoceanic Sailing Race. He was a member of the Tommy Hilfiger sailing team on the Extreme 40 Grand Prix circuit from 2005 to 2008. He was a member of the U.S. sailing team from 2002 to 2004, when he was selected to the U.S. Olympic team.

Rahul Shah (CAS’00, MED’00) of Potomac, Md., and Alex Grilli (CAS’93) of Westwood, Mass., cofounded HIPPOmsg, which provides a free, cloud-based, secure messaging platform. Visit http://hippomsg.com.


Jessica Dickey (CFA’01) of Brooklyn, N.Y., is an actress and playwright. Her play, Charles Ives Take Me Home, had its world premiere in May 2013 at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York City. At the same time, Jessica performed in Hit the Wall at the Barrow Street Theatre. “The opportunity to work with these two prestigious theatre companies is a rare treat, let alone at the same time and in two different capacities,” she writes. Visit www.jessicadickey.com.

Karin Esposito (UNI’01, LAW’07) of Brooklyn, N.Y., and her husband, Karim, welcomed their first child, Avi Sulaiman, on July 26, 2012. Karin returned to work at the United Nations department of political affairs, where she concentrates on the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean area. Email Karin at karushe@yahoo.com.

Christina Kukielski (CAS’01) of Pittsburgh, Pa., is cocurator of Carnegie International, a triennial exposition on the state of contemporary global art, which began in fall 2013 and will run through spring 2014 at the Carnegie Museum. Email Christina at kukielskit@carnegiemuseums.org.

Rebecca Sansom (CAS’01) of Draper, Utah, was selected as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow for 2013–2014 by the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education. A teacher at Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah, Rebecca is serving at the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources. Email Rebecca at sansom.becca@gmail.com.


Katie (Dyer) Avebe (CGS’00, COM’02) of New York, N.Y., writes that her nonprofit theater company, Royal Family Productions (RFP), produced a benefit performance in May 2013, featuring selections of Walking the Volcano, a chain of 10-minute plays by the late Jon Lipsky, a BU College of Fine Arts professor of playwriting and acting. The performance was part of RFP’s Emerging Artist Program. Jess Moss (CFA’11), a member of the program, played the lead role.

Michael S. Davis (SPH’02, GSM’06) of Miami, Fla., was promoted to vice president of service lines at Miami Children’s Hospital on March 12, 2013.

Lauren Grimley (SED’02) of Shrewsbury, Mass., published Unveiled (Paramance, 2013), the second book of the Alex Crocker adult urban fantasy series. Email Lauren at lauren@laurengrimley.com.

Ann Keniston (GRS’02) of Reno, Nev., published the collection of poems, November Wasps: Elegies (Finishing Line Press, 2013).

Lara Lauchheimer (CFA’02) of New York, N.Y., founder of Land Yoga in Harlem, launched an app designed to teach children how to stay active and healthy through yoga and other practices. The app, Chloe Goes to the Amusement Park, is the first of five interactive yoga stories from Lara’s Chloe the Yogi. Since graduating, Lara has traveled to India, where she obtained her Vinyasa certification and to Rwanda, where she taught yoga to HIV-positive genocide survivors. Learn more about Lara’s new app at www.chloetheyogi.com and her work at www.landyoga.com.

Scott McKinney (SMG’02) of Sewickley, Pa., left banking in March 2013 and joined Dick’s Sporting Goods as director of investor relations in Pittsburgh, Pa. He previously was a vice president in the retail group at Barclays Capital in New York.

Kayla Mohammadi (CFA’02) of Brookline, Mass., was one of 12 artists invited to be part of the artist in residence pilot program at the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New Orleans. A painter, Kayla showed her work in the solo exhibition New Work at the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine, in August 2013. She has two upcoming exhibitions: at Tarrant College in Dallas, Tex., in January 2014, and at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in March 2014.

Amiee J. Shelton (COM’02) of Barrington, R.I., will travel to the Slovak Republic in spring 2014 on a Fulbright award.

Megan Talbert (CAS’02) of North Oxford, Mass., is executive director at Helping Hands Monkey Helpers. She began her career at the organization as a trainer in 1998. Helping Hands provides trained service monkeys free of charge to adults with mobility impairments. Learn more at www.monkeyhelpers.org.


Rachele Alpine (SED’03) of Mentor, Ohio, published Canary (Medallion Press, 2013).

Jason Borbet, also known as Borbay, (CFA’03) of New York, N.Y., is an independent New York City artist. His work has been featured by magazines such as Design Bureau, A Magazine, NYC Artparasites, New York Runner, Complex, and Forbes. Learn more about his work at www.borbay.com.

Eoin Cannon (GRS’06) of Dorchester, Mass., published The Saloon and the Mission: Addiction, Conversion, and the Politics of Redemption in American Culture (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013). Eoin can be reached at efcannon@fas.harvard.edu.

Matthew Moisan (CGS’03, CAS’05) of Roslyn, N.Y., joined Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone as an associate in its corporate practice group.

Jason Moore (CAS’03) of Johnson City, N.Y., and his wife, Kim, welcomed their second son, Benjamin Riley, on February 27, 2013. Ben weighed in at 8 pounds, 14 ounces, and 21 inches long. His older brother, Liam Alexander, “is very proud of his new buddy,” Jason writes.

Jill Ross (SAR’03) of Montague, N.J., launched School Safety Solution, which has designed a shade that quickly covers classroom windows during emergencies. The shade, called the Hideaway Helper, is available in 28 states. Jill, a high-school science teacher, was a finalist in the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in New Jersey and a runner-up in Tech & Learning magazine’s 2011 Leaders of the Year.


Allison Carroll Duffy (MET’04,’06) of Brunswick, Maine, published Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin (Fair Winds Press, 2013) about the technique and history of crafting and canning low-sugar jams and jellies.

Carrie Ann Quinn (CFA’04) of Boston, Mass., and Jane Bergeron (CFA’03) of Lewisham, Australia, cofounders of Escape Artists theater company, produced their play, Possessions, which debuted in June at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. The work tells the story of two fiercely independent sisters, Hortense and Marie Mancini, who shocked society in the 17th century by abandoning their aristocratic husbands, dressing as men, and traveling unchaperoned through Europe. Learn more at www.escapeartiststheatreco.com.


Julie Palakovich Carr (CAS’05) of Rockville, Md., is a candidate for city council.

Cindy (Chin) Smith (SMG’05) of San Carlos, Calif., is the operations manager at Upstart, a company that allows people to invest in themselves by raising capital in exchange for portions of their future income. She works with cofounder Anna Mongayt (SMG’03). Visit www.upstart.com, or email Cindy at cindy@upstart.com.

Greg Weisman (CAS’05) of Boca Raton, Fla., was ordained as a rabbi by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion on May 19, 2013. He, his wife, Tami, and their newborn daughter, Claire, relocated from Los Angeles, Calif., to Boca Raton, where Gregory will serve at the Temple Beth El. Email him at gweisman@gmail.com.


Sonia Crumpler (SMG’06) of Atlanta, Ga., was one of 25 promising young business leaders to receive a certificate of completion from the Diplomatic Leadership Corps program. The weeklong business leadership program is organized by the Buckhead Coalition.

Ari Deutchman (SMG’06) of Pepper Pike, Ohio, was promoted to vice president in the leveraged finance group at KeyBanc Capital Markets, where his responsibilities include underwriting and managing private equity–sponsored leveraged transactions. Previously, Ari spent more than five years working in leveraged finance for Ally Commercial Finance in New York City. He moved back home to Ohio almost two years ago and looks forward to visiting the BU campus soon.

Karla Fossett (COM’06) of Hollis Center, Maine, earned an MFA in fiction from the University of Southern Maine. Email her at karla.fossett@gmail.com.

Rebekah Roulier (CAS’06, SED’13) of Billerica, Mass., launched Doc Wayne Youth Services, an organization that helps at-risk youths. Visit www.docwayne.org.

Yael Wilkofsky (CAS’06) and Benjamin Nabel (CAS’06) of New York, N.Y., were married on November 17, 2012, in New York. The couple met at BU. Terriers in attendance included Sara Goldwitz (COM’06), Stephanie Feilhardt (CAS’06), Kate Hindin (CAS’06), Molly Leff (CAS’06), Frank Gravino (COM’05), Andrew Ballagh (CFA’06), Matthew Disare (CAS’06), Hilla Israeli (CAS’05), and Rhinehart Reglos (CGS’03, CAS’05).


Melissa Eng (SMG’07) of New York, N.Y., earned a master’s in organizational psychology from Columbia University.

Ross Lohr (CAS’07) of Newton Highlands, Mass., cofounded Project Repat, a company that turns a customer’s old T-shirts into blankets, scarves, and bags. Learn more at www.projectrepat.com.

Jessica Mendez (CAS’07) of St. Louis, Mo., was appointed to the United Way of Greater St. Louis Multicultural Leadership Society Cabinet. Jessica is an attorney in Armstrong Teasdale’s intellectual property litigation practice group.

Balaji Pillai (SAR’07) of Macomb, Mich., earned the Medallion Award 2013 for service excellence from Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. Email Balaji at balajipillai@att.net.

Jessica Sirls (CGS’05, COM’07) of Los Angeles, Calif., performed in the season four opener of the sketch comedy web series The House on South Bronson (www.thosb.com) in July. “It’s as if everything I’ve ever done has led me to this one point,” she writes. “I get to act for a living. What’s better than that?” Visit www.jessicasirls.com. Jessica has starred in several commercials and independent films, including 72 Beats.

Samantha Smikle (CGS’05, COM’07) of Bronx, N.Y., majored in print journalism but has since pursued a career in jewelry. She has launched her own line called TNEMNRODA (pronounced nem-row-dah). She was recently featured in Jet magazine. Learn more at www.maisontnemnroda.com.

Jessica Stein (CAS’07) of Franklin Square, N.Y., is executive assistant to a general partner at the private investment firm Accretive in Manhattan. Previously, she was family foster care supervisor at the Children’s Aid Society in the Bronx. Email Jessica at jessmstein@gmail.com.

Alexandra (Hanson) Trevino (SAR’07,’09) and her husband, Roberto Trevino, Jr. (CAS’05, SED’09), of Houston, Tex., welcomed their first child, Aaron Roberto, on April 20, 2013. Email Alexandra at ahtrevino@gmail.com.


Mary Dolan (COM’08) of Los Angeles, Calif., was named director of social media and media outreach at Operation USA, a nongovernmental organization specializing in domestic and international disaster relief and development programs. Learn more at www.opusa.org.

Robyn Neeley (COM’08,’09) of Fairfax, Va., published Destination Wedding (Crimson Romance, 2013), a comedic romance novel. Check out Robyn’s web site at www.robynneeley.com for more information on upcoming books—she has two more set for release in 2013 and 2014—her blog, and career.


Amanda Curtis (CGS’07, COM’09) of Boston, Mass., started a fashion-tech company called 19th Amendment (www.19thamendment.com), a portfolio site for emerging fashion designers to showcase, receive critiques, and sell their work. Amanda studied fashion design at Parsons, and her work has been featured on the runway at New York Fashion Week. She has also designed for Ellen DeGeneres and made it to the final round of admission to London Fashion Week. Email her at amanda@19thamendment.co.

Katie Garcia (COM’09) of Brooklyn, N.Y., is general manager and co-owner of the Brooklyn-based independent record label Captured Tracks, where she began working as an unpaid intern. In December 2012, Katie became engaged to Dustin Payseur, lead singer of the band Beach Fossils. Visit www.capturedtracks.com.

Vincenzo J. Macrino (MET’09) of Newfield, N.J., published Humanity: The Alien Project— An Ancient Astronaut Theory (Bridger House Publishing, 2013), which examines ancient tablets, codices, hieroglyphs, manuscripts, scrolls, and oral traditions describing alien encounters throughout history. Vincenzo earned a master of science in criminal justice at BU.


Samantha Cox (COM’10) of Richmond, Va., who works at CRT/tanaka, was recognized as the 2013 PR Rising Star by the Public Relations Society of America’s Richmond chapter on May 16, 2013.

Annalisa Dias-Mandoly (CAS’10) of Wexford, Pa., traveled to Malawi in July as part of the Salima Project, whose mission is to promote health education and social awareness through storytelling and theater. Genevieve Helfrich (CAS’11) of Stockton, N.J., a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, also participated. The project was documented by a Los Angeles–based film producer. Learn more at http://salimaproject.org.


Courtney Sander (CFA’10,’11) and Daniel Doyle (CFA’11) of Oakton, Va., were married on March 19, 2013.


Daniel Beauvais (SAR’12) of West Suffield, Conn., is a dental student at the University of Connecticut. In summer 2013 he biked from San Francisco, Calif., to the New England coast with a fellow dental student to raise money and awareness for Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research. Email Daniel at beauvais@bu.edu.

Igor Bratnikov (LAW’12) of West Newton, Mass., is cofounder of the travel start-up Wanderu, which he describes as the simplest way to find and book bus and train travel between any two points in the United States. Wanderu was named the most innovative technology for 2013 at South by Southwest 2013. Visit www.wanderu.com.

Sara Cathcart (CAS’12) of Hope, R.I., is president-elect of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine Student Association. A second-year student, Sara is also a student ambassador coordinator.

Andrew Kightlinger (COM’12) of Pierre, S.D., directed the short film Paper People, which was officially selected at the Academy-qualifying Palm Springs ShortFest in June 2013. He also directed his first feature film, Dust of War, a postapocalyptic action film set in the prairie of South Dakota and starring Tony Todd (Candyman) and Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy).

Abra Landau (COM’12) of San Diego, Calif., is a marketing coordinator at Road Runner Sports. She happily lives two blocks from the beach with her boyfriend, also a former Bostonian and a Berklee alumnus. Abra would love to connect with other BU College of Communication alumni living in the San Diego area. Email her at ablandau87@gmail.com.

Craig Pelletier (SMG’12) of Arcadia, Calif., and Thomas Hanes (CAS’12, SMG’12) of Chicago, Ill., launched Emblem Bicycles, a business that allows cyclists to customize their bikes. Learn more at www.emblembicycles.com.

Kendall Ramseur (CFA’12) of Cambridge, Mass., released his first album, T.I.M.E (Truths in Many Experiences), in April. An accomplished cellist, singer, and songwriter, Kendall played for Maya Angelou on her 80th birthday and at the 2008 Grammy Awards. Visit www.kendallramseur.com.


Anna Tobin (SPH’13) of Stamford, Conn., recently joined the nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization AmeriCares as a senior associate in the medical outreach program.