Berthold Demsch (SED’44,’46,’50) of Skokie, Ill., writes that his master’s thesis, “What is the Athletic Background of Those Men in World War II Who Have Been Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor?” was accepted by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Museum in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Berthold held various supervisory positions in social work in the Chicago public schools before retiring in 1987. He and his wife, Hilda, have two sons. Email Berthold at email@example.com.
Amnon Kabatchnik (COM’54) of Santa Monica, Calif., published Blood on the Stage, 1975–2000: Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery, and Detection (Scarecrow Press, 2012).
Glenn Martin (STH’54) of Plymouth, Minn., published his seventh and final book, Remember My Name in Sheboygan: Sheboygan Revisited (iUniverse, 2012). Glenn was ordained a minister in the United Methodist Church and served throughout Minnesota for 35 years, retiring in 1987.
Estrid Eklof (CFA’56) of Kensington, Conn., writes, “I am artistic director of Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Arts Fund, Inc., where I choose all musicians appearing in concert series, set up concert dates, and work with a board. We support solo and chamber concerts, art exhibitions, poetry readings, and classical jazz.” Email Estrid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marguerite Boucher (CAS’57) of Highland Park, N.J., completed two years of work toward a master’s degree. Email her at email@example.com.
David Kushner (CFA’57) of Gainesville, Fla., is the author of Ernest Bloch: A Guide to Research (Garland, 1988) and articles in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, the International Dictionary of Opera, American Music, Opera Journal, College Music Symposium, and the Journal of Musicological Research. He is cofounder of the American Liszt Society, first president of the American Musicological Society (Southern Chapter), past president of the College Music Society (Southern Chapter), a board member of the 19th-Century Studies Association, Senior Advisory Council, and the Foundation for the Promotion of Music, a National Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota, and a life member of the Music Teachers National Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. David is professor emeritus and former head of the musicology program at the University of Florida. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephanie (Polakow) Rivera (CFA’58) of Richmond, R.I., published In Pursuit of Enlightenment (On a Shoe-String Budget) (Friesen Press, 2012). The memoir, she writes, is about “one family’s quest to find economic security and a path to higher consciousness in post–World War II America. Email Stephanie at email@example.com.
Sumner Rotman (CGS’56, SED’58,’61) of Edgewater, N.J., retired in April of 2009 after serving as director of the Center for Technical Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Sumner’s lifelong pursuit focused on career development for students and adults with special needs. In the 1970s, he was associate director of what was then the Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration Finance’s Bureau of Retardation. He also held positions in the state Department of Education, the Cardinal Cushing School and Training Center in Hanover, Mass., and the Office of Children in Worcester, Mass.
Carl Chiarenza (COM’59, GRS’64) of Rochester, N.Y., showed his photographs in the exhibition Transmutation: Photographic Works by Carl Chiarenza last winter at the University at Buffalo’s Anderson Gallery. Learn more about Carl’s work at www.carlchiarenza.com.
Barbara Colton (CFA’60) of New York, N.Y., graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Context program and was appointed to the advisory board of the seminary’s Institute for Jewish Learning. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donald Megnin (STH’60) of Jamesville, N.Y., is working on his eighth book, Questions We Need to Ask Ourselves. Email Donald at email@example.com.
Gerhard Geyer (SMG’61, GSM’63) Osprey, Fla., published “Amerika”: Survival of an Empire (CreateSpace, 2012).
Susan T. Spencer (DGE’61, CAS’62) of Las Vegas, Nev., published Briefcase Essentials: Discover Your 12 Natural Talents for Achieving Success in a Male-Dominated Workplace (Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2011).
Charles DeMotte (CGS’63) of Freeville, N.Y., published Bat, Ball & Bible: Baseball and Sunday Observance in New York (Potomac Books, 2013).
Jane Wingate (DGE’62, CAS’64) of Farmington, N.H., published Coggerton, a novel about a woman who moves her young family from the city to an old farm in rural New Hampshire. But as the months pass, her dream unravels, and she learns what the state’s motto, Live Free or Die, means to the people of Coggerton (Sampson’s Ridge Press, 2012).
Moira Marti Geoffrion (CFA’65) of Tucson, Ariz., showed 117 paintings in the exhibition Desert Grasslands at the Tucson Museum of Art January through July 2013. See Moira’s work at www.moirageoffrion.com.
Helaine L. Smith (CAS’65) of New York, N.Y., published Homer and the Homeric Hymns: Mythology for Reading and Composition (University Press of America, 2011).
Sheppard Kominars (GRS’66) of San Francisco, Calif., presented a program of his poetry journal writing last winter at two branches of the San Francisco Public Library. Sheppard is the author of Write for Life: Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit through Journal Writing (Kaplan Publishing, 2010).
Martha “Marty” (Cohn) Morgan (CAS’67) of Gloucester, Mass., majored in French while at BU but is happily pursuing pottery fulltime. Learn more about her work at www.martymorganpots.com.
Domenic Cretara (CFA’68, CFA’70) of Long Beach, Calif., writes that he had a 20-year retrospective of paintings and drawings at the Triton Art Museum in Santa Clara, Calif., February 15 through April 14, 2013.
Wesley Mott (CAS’68, GRS’69,’74) of Vineyard Haven, Mass., published the article “‘America’s Intellectual Morning’: or, How the Transcendentalists Founded Boston University” in the 2012 volume of the annual Resources for American Literary Study. He writes, “The article explores the unlikely alliance that promoted ‘the Boston University’ during its first decade: BU’s first president, Methodist William Fairfield Warren, leading women’s rights activists, and aging Transcendentalists, including Bronson Alcott, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.” The study is based on research in the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University and rare newspaper collections at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass. Wesley is a professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Linda De Coff (CFA’68) of Lauderhill, Fla., was one of 112 finalists in the 2012 Authors Show contest 50 Great Authors You Should be Reading. Linda is the author of Bridge of the Gods: A Handbook for Ascending Humanity, the Golden Pathway to Your Highest God Self! (Balboa Press, 2011).
Carolyn Evans (CFA’70) of Natick, Mass., recently showed her paintings at the Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans, La., Rosenbaum Contemporary gallery in Boca Raton, Fla., and Cavalier Galleries in Greenwich, Conn. Learn more about her work at www.evansartstudio.com.
Andrew Kraus (CFA’70) of Rockville, Md., released the CD Music from the Golden Age of the Piano. Visit www.andrewkraus.com, or email Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Paradise (COM’70) of Toluca Lake, Calif., directed The Last Romance at Theatre Forty in Beverly Hills, Calif., and his screenplay, Cheater, won the A/Exposure Monthly Script Contest on WriteMovies.com in June 2011. An actor, James appeared in the Roman Coppola film A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, starring Charlie Sheen in February 2013.
Roy Perkinson (GRS’70) of Wellesley, Mass., showed his paintings at the French Cultural Center and the Copley Society of Art, both in Boston, and the Fountain Street Fine Art gallery in Framingham last winter.
Richard Rappaport (SMG’70) of Pompano, Fla., published Star! Finding Artistic and Commercial Success in the New Entertainment Industry (ABA Publishing, 2013).
Mary Blanchard (SED’71) of Albuquerque, N.M., published Ed’s Place: A Memoir (BookLocker.com, 2012).
Sara Hacala (CAS’71) of Weston, Conn., published Saving Civility: 52 Ways to Tame Rude, Crude & Attitude for a Polite Planet (Skylight Paths Publishing, 2011).
Greg Brown (SMG’73) of St. Johnsbury, Vt., writes that after “a long career as chief cook and bottle washer for Brown and Koelewijn Properties, he launched Amer1ca One, a nonprofit whose mission is to support American-made products. “With the demise of manufacturing (and its impact on middle class working families) and the rise of our trade deficits, Amer1ca One was created to remind consumers that America still makes stuff, more than Germany and Japan combined,” Greg writes. “Yes, American products are everywhere—even Walmart.” Learn more about Amer1ca One at www.amer1ca.org, and email Greg at email@example.com.
Robert Greer (SDM’73,’74, GRS’89) of Denver, Colo., published Astride a Pink Horse (North Atlantic Books, 2012). Learn more about Robert’s books at www.robertgreerbooks.com.
Deborah Cornwall (GSM’75) of Marshfield Hills, Mass., published The Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out (Bardolf & Company, 2012).
Steven McFadden (COM’75) of Lincoln, Nebr., published Classical Considerations: Musings Prompted by the Late John H. Finley, Jr. (Steven McFadden, 2013).
Richard Steckel (SED’75) of Littleton, Colo., writes that the Milestone Project, the nonprofit he cofounded with his wife, Michele, has launched In Common (www.incommonimages.org), which combines philanthropy and photography. Users can browse more than 70,000 photos, and their purchases automatically trigger a donation; 100 percent of the net proceeds benefit a designated charity.
Joseph Fusco (COM’76) of Worcester, Mass., published The Lost Then Found Essays of Joe Fusco Jr. (Lakshmi Books, 2012). Contact Joseph at www.joefuscojr.com.
Rea McDonnell (GRS’77) of Silver Spring, Md., published From Glory to Glory: Spirit and Sacrament in the Writings of Paul and John (New City Press, 2011).
Patricia Arredondo (SED’78) of Chicago, Ill., a licensed psychologist, was appointed president of the Chicago campus of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology on December 18, 2012. She is the first Latina to serve in this role.
Robert Blagman (COM’78) in Los Angeles. Find out more about Debbi at www.marketingauthor.com, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John L. Cook (SED’78) of Matoaka, W.Va., a retired US army lieutenant colonel and a decorated veteran of the Vietnam and Afghanistan wars, published Afghanistan: The Perfect Failure (Xlibris, 2012).
William Spencer (CFA’78,’85) of Cockeyville, Md., was named interim music director for the Harford Choral Society in Bel Air, Md. He’s in his second season playing bassoon in the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra. Visit www.harfordchoralsociety.org and www.jhu.edu/jhso. Email William at email@example.com.
Elizabeth Vercoe (CFA’78) of Rockport, Mass., a composer, released her eighth CD and first solo album, Kleemation. The CD is named after the opening piece for flute and piano, which is based on drawings by Paul Klee and performed by Peter H. Bloom (CAS’72), she writes. Learn more about Elizabeth’s work at www.elizabethvercoe.com.
Deborah Katchko-Gray (SED’79) of Ridgefield, Conn., a fourth-generation cantor, was included in the Cantors Assembly Spirit CD series. She was also included in previous recordings, The Spirit of Israel, The Spirit of Hanukkah, The Jewish World, Spirit of Peace, and Jewish Weddings. Email Deborah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Debbi (Karpowicz) Kickham (COM’79) of Westwood, Mass., published The Globetrotter’s Get-Gorgeous Guide: Diet and Beauty Secrets of Travel and Beauty Pros, Traveling Executives and Celebrity Travelers (Outskirts Press, 2010). “It is the world’s first beauty book for traveling women,” she writes. Debbi owns the marketing and communications firm Maxima Marketing, where she is “queen of creativity.” She and her husband, Bill, travel the world, writing for luxury magazines. They visited Robert Blagman (COM’78) in Los Angeles. Email Debbi at email@example.com.
C. J. Lori (COM’79) of Brookline, Mass., showed her paintings in the exhibition The Narrative Landscape at the Galatea Fine Art gallery in January 2013. Learn more at www.cjlori.com.
Sheila Trugman (MED’79) of Worcester, Mass., became a concierge primary care physician at the Willows at Worcester retirement community in December 2012 after more than 30 years in family practice.
Eleanor Baker (LAW’80) of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, was elected managing principal for the accounting and consultancy firm Baker Newman Noyes on November 5, 2012. Ellie is cofounder of the firm.
Doug Chapman (COM’80) of Somerset, Mass., was appointed women’s tennis head coach at UMass Dartmouth. As coach of the Somerset-Berkley High School boys’ team for the past 34 seasons, Doug compiled 542 career victories. The total is the highest for any high school coach in Massachusetts. He recently was named New England High School Tennis Coach of the Year and received a United States Tennis Association 2012 Starfish Award.
Robin Reich (CAS’80) of New York, N.Y., a Merrill Lynch financial adviser, was among the Top 50 Wirehouse Women in 2013, a list published by REP magazine. It’s the first time she’s been part of the list. Robin joined Merrill Lynch in 1985; her areas of focus include investment and asset management, life insurance, long-term care, and residential and commercial lending.
Deborah Spingarn (COM’80) of Norwood, Mass., published Another Spin: Columns by a Newspaper Writer (Xlibris, 2012).
Eric Gurgold (SMG’81, LAW’88) of North Port, Fla., copresented the seminar The ABC’s of Charitable Remainder Trusts Opportunities, Operations, and Pitfalls for the Southwest Florida Community Foundation on November 28, 2012. Eric is a wills, trust, and estate planning attorney at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt.
Douglas Landau (SAR’81, CAS’81) of Herndon, Va., taught an American Association for Justice Social Security seminar in New Orleans, La., in January 2013. Douglas is a lawyer at Abrams Landau.
James Lobell (ENG’81) of Oella, Md., became the instrument manager for the NASA/NOAA Deep Space Climate Observatory mission, which will gather solar weather data and perform earth science investigations into areas such as climate change. Previously, James was the product design lead for the solar plasma instrument suite on NASA’s original Triana mission. Email James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christy (Duquette) May (COM’81, CFA’81,’82) of Foxboro, Mass., received the Greater Boston Realtor of the Year Award from Women’s Council Realtors. When she wrote, Christy was developing an interactive TV series, Buying Boston, on the nine neighborhoods of Boston and the surrounding vacation destinations. Email Christy at email@example.com.
Randie Gottlieb (SED’82) of Yakima, Wash., published Teaching Unity: A Guide for Parents and Teachers with Learning Activities for Ages 8-12 (UnityWorks, 2013). The guide has more than 300 pages of hands-on activities, focusing on topics such as unity, diversity, and overcoming prejudice. Visit www.unityworks.net.
Wynn Harmon (CFA’82) of New York, N.Y., played James Jarvis in Lost in the Stars and Charlie Cowell in The Music Man in September 2012 at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y. He then played Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Charles Strickland in Race last winter at the Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, N.Y. Email Wynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Lawton (CFA’82) of New York, N.Y., published his debut poetry collection, Sharp Blue Stream (Three Rooms Press, 2013). David’s book release events took place at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on April 22, 2013, and at the Woburn Public Library on May 23, 2013.
Blaine Parker (COM’82) of Park City, Utah, published Billion-Dollar Branding: Brand Your Small Business Like a Big Business and Make Great Things Happen (Morgan James Publishing, 2013).
Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard (LAW’83) of Port Washington, N.Y., managing partner at the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson, was named to the New York Super Lawyers list of top women lawyers in the New York metro area.
David Morrisey-Payne (SED’83) of Quincy, Mass., writes that he discovered a trove of medallions in a construction ditch near Boston’s South Station in the summer of 1994. He believes the 286 medallions were crafted by Sergeant Thomas “Boston” Corbett, the Union cavalry trooper who killed President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, in northern Virginia on April 26, 1865. “Any background information on Corbett’s life in downtown Boston, where he lived before the outbreak of the Civil War, would be greatly appreciated,” he writes. Information can be sent to: David Morrisey-Payne, Pagnano Towers, Suite 507, 109 Curtis Avenue, Quincy, MA. 02169.
Mario Rub (CAS’83) of Aventura, Fla., completed board recertification in general pediatrics for another seven years. Missing watching the CITGO sign, having a cold one, and sailing in the Charles River,” he writes. “Not missing meatloaf at the ‘zoo.’ If Theresa Roth reads this, still looking for you. I did enjoy Shostakovich!” Mario has three children, one of which is applying to BU. Email him at email@example.com.
David J. Schonfeld (CAS’83, MED’83) of Philadelphia, Penn., was appointed pediatrician in chief at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. David, an expert in school crisis and bereavement, provided consultation in the aftermath of Hurricanes Sandy, Katrina, and Ike, as well as after the shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn. He is the founder and director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement and has been named to the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, which is making recommendations on school safety, mental health, and gun violence prevention.
David Stone (CGS’81, COM’83) of Hilton Head, S.C., is an attorney licensed in New York, New Jersey, Georgia, and South Carolina. David is executive vice president and general counsel of Aerospace Defense Systems, Inc., a military defense contractor for the US government. He also has solo practices South Carolina and New York. He and his wife, Nancy, have two grown sons. “I look back on my years at BU with great fondness and am very pleased to still be close friends with several classmates who are near and very dear to me,” he writes. “Love to Laurie (Raffo) Coran (SMG’84), June (Sanger) Gold (COM’84), Patricia Schaefer (SED’88), Steve Judson (CFA’83), and my departed college sweetheart Ellette Durlacher (CAS’84), who all shaped my life and make me smile.” Email David at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Berryman (CAS’84, COM’84) of Philadelphia, Pa., writes, “I just returned from an amazing six-week trip to Antarctica and Patagonia with National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions, where I met fellow alum and National Geographic photographer David Doubilet (COM’70). The trip was beautiful, special, and once-in-a-lifetime, a real capstone to 2012. Antarctica makes my 182nd country visited.” A member of the Travelers’ Century Club, for which she runs the Philadelphia chapter, Jane plans to hit the 200-country mark soon. She also published The 60-Second Financial Planner (Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 2012). When she wrote, she was expecting to publish her second book in June. Jane hosts a personal finance radio show called The Money Mom on the AM station WWDB 860. She earned an Accredited Wealth Management Specialist designation and diploma from the College for Financial Planning. Email her at email@example.com.
Vernon Parrish (ENG’84) of Arlington, Va., was awarded the Department of Defense Standardization Program Award as a Navy team member for developing standardization advanced shipboard tank coating that can provide 20 years of service for fuel and ballast tanks. Vernon was also awarded the Naval Sea Systems Command Total Ownership Cost Award for developing the same advanced shipboard tank coating. Email Vernon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruth Shuman (COM’84) of Chestnut Hill, Mass., was named vice president of communications, community, and government relations at Lasell College. Ruth joined Lasell in 1998 as dean for institutional advancement; she was promoted to vice president in 2009. Before that, she was associate dean for external affairs at Simmons College Graduate School of Management. She also worked in career development for BU’s Schools of Management and Law. Email Ruth at email@example.com.
Eric Berger (ENG’85) of Ipswich, Mass., was appointed vice president of supply chain at Lahey Health System.
Jeffrey Sheehan (CAS’85) of Boston, Mass., is business development manager for McGladrey’s IT service consulting practice. Jeffrey was a cadet in the Charles River Battalion and received his commission as an officer in the US Army after graduating from BU. He served 10 years on active duty in the United States, Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America before beginning a career in IT services in 1995.
Margaret Duggan (CAS’86, MED’90) of Wayland, Mass., was appointed chief medical officer at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. She also is medical director of Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Breast Centre and an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.
Karen E. Friedman (LAW’86) of Arlington, Mass., was named partner at the law firm Lurie, Lent & Friedman. She practices in the area of commercial litigation.
Peter Vodola (CAS’86, COM’86) of Newtown, Conn., founded the law firm Reardon Scanlon Vodola, with two longtime friends. The firm specializes in commercial litigation and financial services. Peter, an avid hiker, and his wife, Celeste, have five daughters, and the family actively volunteers in their parish and in various community organizations. Email Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alford W. Alphonse (STH’87) of Miramar, Fla., published Not Without Honor: A Prophetic Progressive Assessment of the President (Inkwater Press, 2012).
Christian Becker (ENG’87) of Burke, Va., is deputy program executive officer for Enterprise Information Systems. Email Christian at email@example.com.
Kathleen Kearns (COM’87) of New York, N.Y., was awarded the New York City Neighborhood Achievement Leadership Award for her work as the volunteer chair of the New York City Workforce Investment Board in July 2012. She was appointed to the board by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Corrina (Lawson) Lavitt (COM’87) of Granby, Conn., created the parenting blog www.geekmom.com and is coauthored Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families (Potter Craft, 2012). “After I left Boston University, I worked for weekly and daily newspapers, spent time managing a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and finally left the workplace to raise my four children,” she writes. “But I still had the need to write, and published some articles for various webzines and eventually became involved in several internet forums, including moderating a site for comic creator Gail Simone. Along the way, I was asked to come aboard Wired.com’s GeekDad blog as a contributor. The four women who wrote for GeekDad then spun off onto our own GeekMom site, which was also picked up by Wired.com.” Visit www.corrina-lawson.com.
Corrina Lawson (COM’87) of Granby, Conn., published Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and their 21st-Century Families (Potter Craft, 2012).
Thomas Lehrich (SMG’87) of Washington, D.C., is counsel to the managing director for the Federal Maritime Commission, where he will help the nation with ocean-borne shipping initiatives. Previously, he served in leadership roles in the US Department of Transportation and Transportation Security Administration. Thomas and his wife, Debbie, have three children. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crista DeLuzio (CAS’88, COM’88) of Dallas, Tex., published On the Border of Love and Power: Families and Kinship in the Intercultural American Southwest (University of California Press, 2012).
Jussi Hanhimaki (GRS’88, GRS’93) of Geneva, Switzerland, published The Rise and Fall of Detente: American Foreign Policy and the Transformation of the Cold War (Potomac Press, 2012). Jussi coauthored Transatlantic Relations Since 1945: An Introduction (Routledge, 2012) with Benedikt Schoenborn and edited An International History of Terrorism: Western and Non-Western Experiences (Routledge, 2013) with Bernhard Blumenau.
Michael Rosenbloom (MET’88) of East Meadow, N.Y., published When Stars Were in Reach: The Who at Union Catholic High School—November 29, 1967 (JB Brumbam Productions, 2013).
Jonathan Simmons (GRS’88,’91) of Brookline, Mass., published Here for the Ride: A Tale of Obsession on Two Wheels (Climbing Ivy Press, 2012).
David Dell (ENG’90) of Wichita, Kans., works for Bombardier, a global aircraft and train manufacturer. He writes that the midsized aircraft, Bombardier Learjet 85, underwent its first flight in the second quarter of 2013. Email David at email@example.com.
Heidi Gehris-Butenschoen (COM’90) of Cohasset, Mass., is a partner at Rona Consulting Group.
Stacey Giulianti (COM’90) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is chief legal officer at Florida Peninsula Insurance Company, a residential property insurance company that she cofounded in 2005. “We are the seventh largest homeowners insurance carrier in the state,” she writes.
Nancy (Duvall) Horne (CAS’90) of Los Angeles, Calif., is the founder of the LA-based architecture and design executive search and strategic global consultation firm NDH Search. Nancy organized a three-day conference, beginning February 17, 2013, to initiate talks about the FIFA World Cup 2022 with Qatar Secretary General Hassan Al-Thawadi and Susan Ziadeh, the US ambassador to Qatar. The purpose of the meetings was to show examples of successful entertainment and sporting venues in Los Angeles.
David Reiss (COM’90) of Cockeysville, Md., was promoted to associate professor of electronic media and film at Towson University. He also is general manager of the university’s faculty-supervised, student-run television station, WMJF-TV. Visit www.davidreiss.com.
Julie (Walsh) Upton (SAR’90) of Tiburon, Calif., published The Real Skinny: Appetite for Health’s 101 Fat Habits & Slim Solutions (Tarcher, 2013) with Katherine Brooking.
Robert Christman (CAS’91) of Decorah, Iowa, was named the inaugural Kermit O. and Jane E. Hanson Professor in History at Luther College’s spring convocation, on January 31, 2013. A member of the Luther faculty since 2005, Robert teaches courses in German reformation, Rome, and late medieval and early modern Europe.
Jennifer (Block) Martin (COM’91) of San Francisco, Calif., writes that her book, What to Do When You’re Dating a Jew: Everything You Need to Know, from Matzah Balls to Marriage (Three Rivers Press, 2000), is available as an e-book. Jennifer, a copywriter at Wells Fargo, and her husband, Dave, have twin first graders, Marieke and Roy.
Alice (Lesch) Kelly (GRS’92) of West Newton, Mass., coauthored Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby: The Ultimate Pregnancy Guide (HarperOne, 2013) with Siobhan Dolan. Alice is a freelance book collaborator, journalist, and custom content creator. She teaches undergraduate creative nonfiction workshops at Emerson College. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.alicekelly.net.
Ralph Wallace (SED’92) of Sarasota, Fla., published the children’s book Tria Maria: The Cat with No Eyes (CreateSpace, 2012), the true story of his family’s rescue of a three-week-old blind kitten on the island of Rhodes in Greece. “It was near death, but we nursed her back to life, and, eventually, brought her home with us,” Ralph writes.
Elise Knepper (COM’93) of Pasadena, Calif., writes that after 10 years of selling real estate in Los Angeles, she has launched her own boutique business, the Property Shop LA, which represents home buyers and sellers from Venice to Pasadena. Email Elise at email@example.com.
Glen Wiggy (MET’93) of Monument, Colo., published 1536 Free Waters and Other Blackjack Endeavors: Finding Profit and Humor in Card-Counting (iUniverse, 2012), which chronicles his 800-plus visits to casinos while counting cards, from January 2001 to June 2008. Glen is a civilian at US Northern Command in Colorado Springs. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennie E. Burnet (UNI’94) of Louisville, Ky., published Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory, and Silence in Rwanda (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012).
Daphne Kalotay (GRS’94, UNI’98) of Cambridge, Mass., published her second novel, Sight Reading (HarperCollins, 2013). Learn more about her work at www.daphnekalotay.com.
Kendall Meade (MET’94) of New York, N.Y., released a new album, Wild Chorus. Learn more about Kendall’s album at www.ninemilerecords.com.
John Rosengren (GRS’94) of Minneapolis, Minn., published Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes (New American Library, 2013).
Steven Wright (MET’94) of Roswell, Ga., earned a JD at Georgia State University and passed the state bar “as part of a family trifecta of graduations” in 2012. His son Geoffrey earned a BBA in accounting from Georgia College, and his daughter Stephanie received a BS in biology from Centenary College of Louisiana. Steven was elected cochair of the infrastructure architecture working group of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute’s Network Function Virtualization Industry Specification Group in January 2013.
Jarod Bloom (SMG’95) of Acton, Mass., became a member of the board of directors for the Discovery Museums on February 21, 2013. Jarod is a partner at the CPA and wealth management firms Sechrest & Bloom and Sechrest Financial Services.
Andrea (Rees) LePain (COM’95) of Wrentham, Mass., was promoted to vice president of media relations at Greenough, a national public relations, social media, and marketing firm.
Philip A. Riley (ENG’95) of Alexandria, Va., was promoted to partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner on December 10, 2012.
Andrew Dreier (LAW’96) of Round Rock, Tex., writes, “I presented the subject matter of my LLM thesis at BU School of Law on October 16, 2012, just as his book, based on the thesis, Strategy, Planning & Litigating to Win (Conatus Press, 2012), peaked at number four on Amazon.com’s Trial Practice Best Sellers list. Thank you, Ben Mickle (LAW’14), Litigation Society president, for sponsoring the talk!”
Joaquin Hernandez (ENG’96) of Roselle, Ill., writes that after 15 years of engineering he decided to go into patent law, enrolling at Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2011. He is a patent agent with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Email Joaquin at email@example.com.
Gary Lowe (MET’96) of Portsmouth, N.H., is a director at the Institution Recycling Network in Concord, N.H., which specializes in recycling college dorm, office, and K–12 school furniture by finding uses for it in the United States and in developing countries. In his spare time, Gary is jazz director at WUNH and does a Thursday afternoon show called Exploring Jazz (www.wunh.org). He also spends time rebuilding the Delaware and Hudson railroad line in the Catskill Mountain region of New York State. Find out more about it at www.catskillmtrailroad.com, and email Gary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Oxman (COM’96, LAW’96) of Washington, D.C., is chief executive officer of the Electronic Transaction Association, a trade association of the electronics payments industry. Email Jason at email@example.com.
David Shalansky (CFA’96) of Los Angeles, Calif., married Cassandra Rene Hodges on June 24, 2012, in Berkeley, Calif. Classmates at the wedding included Justin Heneveld (CFA’96), Andrew G. P. Abraham (CAS’95), Julian Mulvey (CAS’94), Margaret Francis (CAS’95), and Kaipo Schwab (CFA’93), whose video company, 15 Minutes of Frame, did the wedding videography. Dave is a working actor in Los Angeles.
Kevin Stoehr (GRS’96, GRS’97) of Portland, Maine, published Ride, Boldly Ride: The Evolution of the American Western (University of California Press, 2012).
Constance Valentine (SMG’96) of Mahwah, N.J., is cofounder and vice president of Jersey Italian Gravy and a winner of Top 10 Local Products 2012 at Whole Foods Markets. Learn more at www.jerseyitaliangravy.com.
Ron Buell (ENG’97) of San Francisco, Calif., is vice president of engineering at the digital music service Rdio.
Melissa Fleming (CAS’97) of New York, N.Y., a visual artist, showed two of her pieces, Projections I and Energy: 300 Million Years, at the South Shore Art Center’s exhibition Regarding the Third Dimension: Real or Imagined? which ran from November 9 to December 23, 2012. Learn more about Melissa’s work at www.melissafleming.com.
Sedrick Huckaby (CFA’97) of Fort Worth, Tex., and his wife, Letitia, showed their paintings, drawings, and mixed-media works, which reflect their cultural heritage, in the exhibition Everyday Glory: Letitia and Sedrick Huckaby last winter at the Cushing-Martin Gallery at Stonehill College.
James Karis (COM’97, COM’99) of Fitchburg, Mass., published The Death of the Human Soul (Avalini, 2012).
David Pendery (COM’97) of Taipei, Taiwan, published Something Super: One American Lives, Teaches, and Learns in Taiwan (Xlibris, 2013). “My overall aim is to present foreigners (mostly) a picture of a vibrant, exciting, and ever-stimulating life in Asia in the 21st century, full of the exhilarating challenges, rewards, and opportunities that this region affords,” says David, who has lived in Taiwan for 12 years.
Jennifer Buzzell (CFA’98) of Silver Spring, Md., was presented the 2012 Emerging Leader Award at the County Executives Awards for Excellence in Arts and Humanities. The award was presented for her work as vice president of marketing and communications at Strathmore and on the board of directors of the Bach Sinfonia, and for her volunteer service throughout metro Washington, D.C. Jen would love to hear from classmates and friends at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristen Donaldson (ENG’98) of Chicago, Ill., welcomed a son, Connor Bailey, on November 24, 2012. Email Kristen at email@example.com.
Prospero Uybarreta (ENG’98) of Teaneck, N.J., left active duty military service with an honorable discharge after 14 years as an experimental test pilot in the US Air Force a promotion to lieutenant colonel. He joined Bombardier as an engineering test pilot to test the prototype CSeries jet aircraft. He is also an adjunct instructor with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Prospero received the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal, the state’s highest military veteran’s decoration.
Mark Harris (SED’99) of Carson City, Nev., is a professor of humanities at Tecnológico de Monterrey-Sinaloa in Culiacan, Mexico. He teaches philosophy, world history, social sciences, art history, and literature at the university high school, Tec Prepa. Email Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jaime (Pucci) Hrubala (SMG’99) of Simsbury, Conn., and her husband, Bernie, welcomed a daughter, Emma Maeve, on April 26, 2012. Emma joins her four-year-old brother, William Garret. Email Jaime at email@example.com.
Alexandre Lecarmezz (CFA’99,’02,’05) of Brookline, Mass., is a member of the Boston Cello Quartet. The group released its debut album, Pictures, on February 5, 2013. Learn more at www.bostoncelloquartet.com.
Mary G. Thompson (CAS’99) of New York, N.Y., published Escape from the Pipe Men! (Clarion Books, 2013).
Patricia (Lizano) Cuadra (ENG’00) of Sunnyvale, Calif., and her husband welcomed their first child, Sofia Isabella, on November 8, 2011. Patricia joined the software group Lab126 and her husband works at Google in the mobile group. Email Patricia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danuta Charland (MET’01,’03) of Winthrop, Mass., visited Panama in January 2012, with students from the BU Global Environmental Brigade student organization and Honduras in January 2013 with the BU Global Water Brigade. A published poet in Poland since 1994, Danuta also blogs about the benefits of walking using a pedometer.
Michelle Ehring (SED’01) of Stone Ridge, Va., and her husband, Evan, welcomed their second daughter, Genevieve Exton, on July 13, 2012, at 4:15 a.m. “First daughter, Penelope, who is four, was thrilled to become a big sister to a dragon baby on Friday the 13th,” Michelle writes. Email her at email@example.com.
Brooke Garber (COM’01) of New York, N.Y., opened a women’s clothing boutique, Mint Julep, in September 2012 at 555 Hudson Street, in Manhattan’s West Village. “Mint Julep has locations in Boston and New York City, and we love it when BU students and graduates pop in for a visit,” Brooke writes. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert Kanzer (SMG’01) and Lauren (Ristau) Kanzer (COM’07) of New York, N.Y., were married on August 18, 2012, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Members of the wedding party included Zach Dubey (CAS’02), Eric Kaplan (SMG’01), Ryan Morick (CAS’03), Emily (Windle) Seymour (CAS’07), and Lauren Todd (CFA’08). Among the guests were Dan Berger (SMG’01), Stephen Gullo (SMG’01), Darcy Keane (COM’08), Bill Koch (COM’01), Marty Lee (SMG’02), Rachel Liftman (CAS’07), Scott McKinney (SMG’02), Dave Nealy (SMG’01), and Aaron Plitt (SMG’01).
Danielle Khoury LeBlanc (CAS’01) of Wayland, Mass., is an astronomy educator and show producer at the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, Boston. Danielle produced and cowrote “Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun,” a show about the discovery of exoplanets—the hundreds of planets that have been found orbiting other stars in our galaxy. The production, which plays in planetariums worldwide, won Best Immersive Cinema—Fulldome at the 2012 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards.
Januel Nalupta (CAS’01) and Lynn Formanes Nalupta (CGS’99, SAR’01) of Clark, N.J., welcomed their first child, Lyla Jae, on March 18, 2012. Januel works at the United Nations and Lynn at PG Chambers School. Old friends and other alumni can email them at email@example.com.
Cara (Baruzzi) Rosner (COM’01) of New Haven, Conn., married Jeremy Rosner in October 2012 in Simsbury, Conn. Nora (Ferguson) Carpenter (COM’01) was the maid of honor.
Luke Beata (CAS’02) of Manlius, N.Y., is an associate in the trusts and estates and the elder law and special needs practices at the firm Hancock Estabrook.
Zachary Dubey (CAS’02) of Port Jefferson Station, N.J., and his wife, Shira Blum, welcomed their first children, identical twin boys, Lavi and Samuel, on September 18, 2012. Email Zachary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jodie Hollander (GRS’02) of Monterey, Calif., published The Humane Society (Tall Lighthouse Press, 2013).
Timothy Kelley (CGS’00, SMG’02) of Norwood, Mass., was named a Five Star Wealth Manager in Boston magazine for the third consecutive year. Email Timothy at email@example.com.
Alejandro Restrepo (CAS’02) of South Windsor, Conn., was named manager of network system performance at Verizon Wireless in East Hartford, Conn., on June 17, 2012. Email Alejandro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kendrick Watson (CAS’02, COM’04) of Alhambra, Calif., welcomed his third son, Jonathan James, on January 8, 2013. Jonathan has two older brothers, four-year-old Thomas Walker and two-year-old Christopher Charles. Kendrick earned a master’s in education administration at California State University, Northridge, in May 2012, and works at the California Institute of Technology.
Melissa Coughlin (CAS’03) of Washington, D.C., was reelected president of the Capital Alumni Network on February 4, 2013. The network is an all-volunteer organization composed of more than 250 Washington, D.C.–based college and university alumni clubs. It’s Melissa’s second two-year term.
Evan Hirsch (CAS’03) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and his wife, Michelle, welcomed their first child, Matthew Bennett, on November 27, 2012. Evan recently joined the Jones Day law practice in Cleveland, where he focuses on real estate and business law. Email Evan at email@example.com.
Russell Lopez (SPH’03) of Boston, Mass., published Building American Public Health: Urban Planning, Architecture, and the Quest for Better Health in the United States (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
Amanda (Turner) Schlan (COM’03) and Max Schlan (SHA’03) of Syosset, N.Y., announce the birth of their daughter, Aubrey Faye, on December 13, 2012. “She joins excited, big sister Emily,” Amanda writes.
Andrew Nestor (SMG’04) of Tampa, Fla., is president and general manager of the Tampa Bay Rowdies and a founding member of the North American Soccer League (NASL) and the NASL board of governors. He capped off a prolific 2012 season by leading the team to its first NASL Soccer Bowl Championship since the Rowdies’ return to professional soccer in 2010.
Clinton Reed (ENG’04) of Tallahassee, Fla., professed perpetual vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience as a Catholic religious brother in the Brotherhood of Hope on July 14, 2012. Clinton is a campus minister for the Catholic Student Union at Florida State University. Learn more at www.brotherhoodofhope.org.
Rachel (Neuman) Gioia (SAR’05,’07) and William Gioia (COM’05) of Melville, N.Y., were married on May 6, 2012. Members of their wedding party included Kristen (Dionne) Piscatelli (SAR’05,’07), Melissa (Rossi) Gruska (SAR’05), and Eric Spitzer (COM’05). Among the guests were Orley (White) Templeton (SAR’05), Jennifer Hale (SAR’05,’07), Ashley Dennis (SAR’05,’07), Amanda Thoens (SAR’05), Steve Hamblin (COM’05), Andrew Cannarsa (COM’05), Katie (Dill) Cannarsa (COM’05), Thomas Piscatelli (ENG’04), Jimmy Tran (CAS’06), Erin (Souza) Rezendes (CAS’06), and Jenny Lyn Alegre (CAS’06). Since graduating from BU, William finished New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and is a surgical resident at Stony Brook University Hospital. Rachel is a physical therapist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Cohen Children’s Medical Center.
Scott A. J. Johnson (CAS’05) of St. Louis, Mo., wrote the textbook Translating Maya Hieroglyphs (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013). Scott earned a PhD in anthropology at Tulane University.
Donna Khalife (CAS’05, SMG’05) of Washington, D.C., writes that in 2009 she left banking in search of a new career. She earned an MBA at Harvard, with a focus on entrepreneurship, and launched an online company with her younger sister. “At SurpriseRide, we curate a monthly box of hands-on activities for kids,” Donna writes. “Our mission is to foster creativity and help expand their horizons.” Visit www.supriseride.com.
Aaron Santos (GRS’05,’07) of Fairhaven, Mass., published Ballparking: Practical Math for Impractical Sports Questions (Running Press, 2012).
Barry Thomas (MET’05) of Ames, Ohio, was recently appointed to the board of directors for Safe Call Now, a nonprofit organization that provides confidential crisis referral services to public safety employees and their families. Barry is also chief deputy of the Story County sheriff’s office in Iowa and serves as the third vice president for the FBI National Academy Associates.
Nicole Cammorata (COM’07) of Somerville, Mass., published Words You Should Know 2013: The 201 Words from Science, Politics, Technology, and Pop Culture that Will Change Your Life This Year (Adams Media, 2012). Nicole is creative copy editor for the company Life is Good.
Randy Cohen (CAS’07, GRS’07) and Kimberly Lescher (COM’08) of New York, N.Y., were married on November 4, 2012, in Simsbury, Conn. Alumni in attendance included Christopher Aiola (CAS’07, COM’07), Jonathan Thompson (CGS’05, COM’07), Jordan Cohen (CAS’04, SMG’04), Michael Kheyfets (CAS’07, GRS’07), Melissa Hootstein (CAS’07), Jessica Siskind (CAS’08), Karalynn (O’Rourke) Gau (CAS’08), Ellen (Cohen) Lescher (SAR’74), Leslie Rosenberg (CAS’09), Jennifer Matthews (SED’08), Andrew Schwarz (COM’07), Brian Brandler (CAS’08), Jaron Gandelman (CAS’06), Anna Long(CAS’07, SED’07), Melissa Chumsky (CAS’08), Daryl Doeschner (COM’04), Jessica Levine Rothbart (COM’05), Randall Molony (ENG’81), and Sheila Molony (SON’82).
Natasha Lewin (SMG’07) of Brighton, Mass., and A. David Brown were engaged on December 25, 2011, and were married on March 10, 2013. Jessica Sgrignuoli (CAS’08) was a bridesmaid. Natasha and David work at BU’s College of Engineering. David was installed as treasurer of Boston University Lodge A.F. & A.M. on June 23, 2012.
Jessica M. Mendez (CAS’07) of St. Louis, Mo., a lawyer at Armstrong Teasdale, was selected to attend the Latino Leadership Institute in fall 2012.
Sylvana Opris (CFA’07) of Astoria, N.Y., a singer-songwriter, released her debut album, For You, Comrade, with her band, Sylvana Joyce and the Moment. The band was selected to showcase at the 2013 South by Southwest Conferences & Festivals. Learn more at www.sjandthemoment.com.
Christine Boucher (MET’08) of Torrance, Calif., earned an Executive Juris Doctor at Concord Law School, where made the dean’s list each year of attendance and graduated with highest honors. Christine was also awarded the EJD Excellence in Writing Award.
Elizabeth Fiandaca (COM’08) of San Francisco, Calif., an account executive at Twitter, has joined the board of directors for Project Open Hand, a nonprofit organization that provides more than 2,500 meals a day to the sick and the elderly in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Erica Mosca (CGS’06, COM’08) of Las Vegas, Nev., founded the nonprofit Leaders in Training, an after-school college access program for Las Vegas students. Learn more at www.leaders-in-training.org.
Grace Ryder-O’Malley (MET’08) of Provincetown, Mass., curated her first solo exhibition last winter at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM). Teaching Traditions: Selections from the Museum School at PAAM traced the history of faculty and art colony heavyweights Charles Hawthorne, Hans Hofmann, and Michael Mazur. Grace runs adult education at PAAM. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Gawronski (CAS’09) of Lackawanna, N.Y., became program director for Say Yes to Education Buffalo on February 18, 2013.
Samantha Kinney (CAS’09) of Lynn, Mass., was accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for the Dominican Republic on March 5, 2013, to begin training as an economic advisor.
Whitney (Veit) McGoram (CAS’09) of Ann Arbor, Mich., earned a master’s degree in strategic public relations from George Washington University in 2012, and is an account executive at Detroit-based Identity Public Relations. Email Whitney at email@example.com.
Prerna Mukharya (GRS’09) of Gurgaon, Haryana, India, established a research services start-up, Outline India, to provide field data collection and research advisory services in India. Visit www.outlineindia.com.
Jay Rigsbee (SAR’09) of Potsdam, N.Y., was appointed clinical assistant professor of physical therapy at Clarkson University.
Timothy Weldon (ENG’09) of Gales Ferry, Conn., writes that he and his wife are expecting a son.
Stephanie Barrak (SMG’10) of Allston, Mass., released her debut album, Words to Break Your Heart, on February 14, 2013. Preview Stephanie’s album at http://stephbarrak.bandcamp.com.
Elijah Ercolino (ENG’10) of Boston, Mass., is director of building automation systems for Facilities Management & Planning at BU.
Ethan Rubin (CAS’10) of Gladwyne, Pa., was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge, England, in fall 2013. He will pursue a master’s degree in education.
Eli Schwartz (UNI’11) of Brookline, Mass., and his father, Jim, launched Mountain of Leopards Records, an independent record label focusing on singer-songwriters. Learn more at www.mountainofleopards.com.
Timothy Wolfe (ENG’11) of Beavercreek, Ohio, was assigned to a master’s program in electrical engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Rebecca Kaufman (CGS’10, COM’12) of Pleasantville, N.Y., works in the worldwide communications department at MasterCard, where she develops and implements social media strategies and manages the official corporate Twitter handle. Follow her on Twitter @MasterCardNews and @MasterCardBecca.
Adam Mayle (LAW’12) of Viola, Del., published his first novel, Mother Land: A Tale of Adoption, Communism, and Cuckoldry (Orphan House Books, 2012), a comedic thriller about international adoption set in Russia.
Jared Reiter (ENG’12) of New York, N.Y., is staff and operations manager at Camp Towanda. “The best place to be during the summer,” he writes. Learn more at www.camptowanda.com, and email Jared at firstname.lastname@example.org.