Summer 2014


Adele Trytko (CFA’53,’55) of Brighton, Mass., retired from Perkins School for the Blind after 55 years of teaching music. Adele says that what has been most meaningful to her is teaching organ, piano, and handbells to the students, watching their progress and growth, and seeing the parents’ reaction to their children’s success. During her time at Perkins, Adele organized the Handbell Festival concerts at Boston’s Old South Church from 1981 through 2005. The church was filled to capacity every year, she says, and the Perkins students always received a standing ovation. They performed across the city, at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Museum of Science, BU’s Marsh Chapel, the Massachusetts State House, and the Museum of Fine Arts. Adele also led workshops in handbell ringing and Suzuki piano at local and national events. She says that although she is not a “retiring” kind of person, she is looking forward to her next adventures.


Sheldon Saltman (COM’54) of Thousand Oaks, Calif., published I Can Still Drive at Night (S. Arthur Publishing, 2013), a story about losing a spouse and the often-humorous events that the survivor encounters.


Gerald Anderson (STH’55, GRS’60) of Hamden, Conn., met Pope Francis in Rome and received an honorary Doctor of Missiology from the Pontifical Urbaniana University on November 14, 2013. “It was the first time an honorary degree has been given to a Protestant by this university, which was founded in 1627 and is owned by the Sacred Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples,” he writes. A former Methodist missionary on the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines, Gerald is director emeritus of the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Conn. Email him at


Liz Gribin (CFA’56, PAL’56) of Needham Heights, Mass., published Liz Gribin: Paintings 1970-2013 (Liz Gribin, 2014), which traces her work over more than 40 years. Find out more about the book and about Liz’s work as she approaches her 80th birthday at


Susan Surman (CFA’60) of Winston-Salem, N.C., received the Mother Vine 2013 Award for Humorous Fiction for her sixth novel, West Palm Gig (Second Wind Publishing, 2012). She is working on a stage adaptation of the novel. Email Susan at


Anne Alison Barnet (CAS’67) of Boston, Mass., published South End Character: Speaking Out on Neighborhood Change (Anne Alison Barnet, 2013), a collection of her columns about the South End over the last four years. Email Anne at to obtain a copy.

Audry Lynch (SED’67) of Saratoga, Calif., published Garth Jeffers Recalls His Father, Robinson Jeffers (Edwin Mellen Press, 2012).

Don McLean (DGE’65, CAS’67) of Guilford, Vt., edited and published Sparks: The Collected Writing (The Midnight Press, 2013), a book of poems, short stories, and one-act plays written by his mother, Jean Stewart McLean. The publication date, November 2013, marked the 50th anniversary of his mother’s death in 1963, when Don was a freshman at BU. The book was launched at a party presented by Friends of Music at Guilford, which featured the performance of a skit written by his mother and the premiere of Don’s Eleven Songs, set to her poems and sung by his wife, Evelyn (Jacobs) McLean (CGS’63). Email Don at


Domenic A. Cretara (CFA’68,’70) of Long Beach, Calif., showed his paintings in the exhibition Figures & Fiction—Fighting with Fiction at Prographica Gallery in Seattle, Wash. and later in the solo exhibition, Delirium: The Familiar Alienated at Schomburg Gallery in Santa Monica, Calif. Learn more about his work at


Donald Gilleland (COM’69) of Melbourne, Fla., published America: A Cultural Enigma (Black Rose Writing, 2014), an overview of the dramatic changes in culture over the last 50 years that have affected how generations of American citizens view each other.

Karen R. Koenig (SED’69) of Sarasota, Fla., a psychotherapist, released her fifth book, Starting Monday: Seven Keys to a Permanent, Positive Relationship with Food (Gurze Books, 2013).

Susan (Strauss) Schneider (CAS’69) of New York, N.Y., published the novel Fire in My Ears (CreateSpace, 2013). “It’s about a nine-year-old named Sarah and her ancient grandmother, Mary, who tells Sarah in nightly installments the story of her life, from the shtetl to 1950s suburbia,” writes Susan. “But it’s no fairy tale, and the members of Mary’s dysfunctional family are the unfortunate victims of a woman who wrongly relied on her one asset: beauty.” Visit, or email Susan at


Judith Levy (SAR’70) of West Orange, N.J., published Activities to Do with Your Parent Who Has Alzheimer’s Dementia (CreateSpace, 2014). “It provides user-friendly activities that help maintain self-care skills, mobility, and socialization,” Judith writes. “The tasks also encourage success and feelings of self-worth.” Email Judith at

Thomas A. Petrie (GSM’70) of Denver, Colo., published Following Oil: Four Decades of Cycle-Testing Experiences and What They Foretell about US Energy Independence (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013), in which he shares lessons he has learned about domestic and global trends in population and economic growth, a maturing resource base, variable national energy policies, and changes in geopolitical forces, and how these factors affect energy markets. Thomas draws his knowledge on a forty-year career as an oil and gas investment analyst and strategic adviser on petroleum-sector mergers, acquisitions, and financings.

Darrell Reeck (GRS’70, STH’70) of Manzanita, Ore., published Growing Green Two Ways! (CreateSpace, 2013), a coming-of-age memoir set in western Washington from 1939 until just before the Seattle World’s Fair.


Linda Barnes (CFA’71) of Brookline, Mass., received the first Robert B. Parker Award from the New England Mobile Book Fair at its second annual Gala Mystery Night in December 2013. The award, which recognizes Linda’s accomplishments in fostering the mystery genre in New England, is a tribute to the late Robert Parker (GRS’57,’71), who wrote more than 60 novels including the Spenser series. Linda has written 16 mystery novels, including the Carlotta Carlyle detective series. The New England Mobile Book Fair is owned by Tom Lyons (MET’76).

Alan Harris Weinberg (CAS’71) of Westlake, Ohio, retired at the end of 2013 after a nearly 40-year career with Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., where he was the managing partner. Alan began as an associate in 1975 after graduating from law school at Case Western Reserve University and serving in the Army.


Jeanne Crane (SED’72) of Canandaigua, N.Y., published a travel fiction book, Celtic Spirit: A Wee Journey to the Heart of It All (CreateSpace, 2012), a story about Americans who join together for a tour of ancient sites in Ireland. Visit, or email her at

Lee-Alison B. Sibley (CFA’72) of New Delhi, India, a writer, singer, teacher, social activist, and an actor, is performing and working with NGOs. Learn more about Lee-Alison at or email her at


Kathleen Aguero (GRS’73) of Cambridge, Mass., published After That (Tiger Bark Press, 2013), a book of poetry.

Joseph Sweeney (LAW’73) of Newport Coast, Calif., retired in 2013 after a 40-year career as a lawyer, including 25 years as the head lawyer of two public high-tech companies in Silicon Valley: Applied Materials and MIPS. “My friend of 15 years, Nancy Handel, and I married in Maui in 2011,” he writes. My older son, Patrick, graduated from UCLA and is an actor in Hollywood. My younger son, Kevin, is a biochemistry major at UC Santa Cruz.” Friends can email Joseph at


John Boehnert (COM’74) of Providence, R.I., published Zoning the Ocean: The Next Big Step in Coastal Zone Management (American Bar Association, 2014). John is an attorney, author, and speaker in real estate and environmental law.

Lew Freedman (COM’74) of Columbus, Ind., published Becoming Iron Men: The Story of the 1963 Loyola Ramblers (Texas Tech University Press, 2014).

Paul Kenney (LAW’74) of Braintree, Mass., published Paths Along The Way (Kinvara Productions, 2013), a story of courage, devotion, and the power of the truth.

Fatima Shaik-Little (COM’74) of New York, N.Y., has been included in a new anthology, N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature (Lavender Ink, 2013). Email Fatima at


Julie Kane (GRS’75) of Natchitoches, La., published Paper Bullets (White Violet Press, 2014), a book of poetry.

Margaret McGuinness (CAS’75) of Malvern, Pa., published Called to Serve: A History of American Nuns (NYU Press, 2013). Email Margaret at

Marty Schupak (CAS’75) of Valley Cottage, N.Y., published his sixth book, the second in the Cliff Vermont series for young adults, Shoot the Pill & Smashed Puzzle (Youth Sports Club Inc., 2013). Marty writes that the first book of the series, Playoff Fever & Split Pants (CreateSpace, 2012), received excellent reviews and has become one of the most popular young adult books on Amazon.

Holly Strahan (COM’75) of North Pomfret, Vt., is the executive director of Children of the Earth Foundation, a nonprofit that educates children and families in the ancient arts of wilderness survival. Visit


Lewis R. Cohen (CGS’74, CAS’76) of North Miami, Fla., was recognized as a top lawyer by the 2014 South Florida Legal Guide. Lewis works in corporate and business litigation for GrayRobinson’s Miami office.

Cathy Stern (CAS’76) of Canton, Mass., was a faculty instructor for DIy by MIT India: Engineering the Eye Workshop in July 2013. The workshop’s objective was to bring students together from across India to design fully functional prototypes that prevent blindness or enable those with vision loss to lead fuller, more productive lives. Email Cathy at


Marina Corodemus (CAS’77) of Edison, N.J., was elected president of the Academy of Court-Appointed Special Masters, an independent organization of experienced masters and judicial adjuncts who serve in federal and state courts. Marina is a judge and managing partner of the alternative dispute resolution firm Corodemus & Corodemus.

Bill Fine (COM’77) of Wellesley Hills, Mass., president and general manager of WCVB-TV Channel 5 in Boston, was named General Manager of the Year by Broadcasting & Cable magazine. The honor recognizes local station executives who have provided “exemplary innovation, fearless leadership, and flawless execution.” The magazine cited Bill’s leadership during the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombings and his industry leadership positions (he is chairman of the trade association TVB, among other things).

Martin Grots (CAS’77, SMG’81) of Birmingham, Ala., writes, “After having worked in the international engineering/construction business for the past 25 years I opted to do something closer to home and much more fun. In 2009, I participated in founding Blue Hills Brewery in Canton, Mass.” Visit

Eliot Pattison (LAW’77) of Oley, Pa., published Original Death (Counterpoint Press, 2013), a mystery of colonial America. Learn more about Eliot’s work at


Tracy Burtz (CFA’78) of Pleasantville, N.Y., showed five of her paintings in the Katonah Museum of Art at the Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

Michael Maher (COM’78) of Chappagua, N.Y., published Great Shot! (Expert Press, 2014), a photography instruction book based on his 25-plus years of experience as a newspaper and freelance photojournalist.

Joslyn “Jos” V. Portmann (SED’78) of Harker Heights, Texas, was recently appointed to the Bell County Museum board of trustees and to the advisory board for the Central Texas College Police Academy and Law Enforcement Training Center. Jos served for 20 years on the Army III Cops and Fort Hood Retiree Council and for 4 years on the Army Chief of Staff Retiree Council.

Lincoln Russell (COM’78) of Stockbridge, Mass., published his photographs in three hardcover books: Seiji: An Intimate Portrait of Seiji Ozawa (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998), Artists Seeking Models (Stinehour Wemyss Editions, 2001), and Adventures in Burgundy (Pinot Press, 2008).


Jeffrey Hughes (CAS’79) of New Castle, N.H., was selected as the Healthcare Strategist of the Year by the New England Society for Healthcare Strategy. Email him at

Sandy Pochapin (COM’79) of Southborough, Mass., recently joined Renewal by Andersen as a retail market planner/event manager for Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Email Sandy at


Kristina Borjesson (COM’80) of Sayreville, N.J., published her first work of fiction, The Reptile Club Librarian (Kristina Borjesson, 2013), about a man working both sides of the law—on one side as a drug dealer and member of a criminal gang that includes assassins, and on the other side as an undercover cop and covert operator working with US federal agents to, among other things, bust mid- to high-level Latin American drug dealers.


Kenneth Dudek (SSW’81) of Stamford, Conn., coauthored Fountain House: Creating Community in Mental Health Practice (Columbia University Press, 2013) with Alan Doyle and Julius Lanoil.

Michael Grecco (COM’81) of Santa Monica, Calif., writes that he traveled to Sao Paolo, Brazil, in September 2013 to photograph six of the most important designers in Brazilian fashion for Brazilian Harper’s Bazaar magazine. Learn more about Michael’s work at

Peter Huston (COM’81) of Put-in-Bay, Ohio, concluded a three-year stint as the communications director for the Perry Group as it celebrated the bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie. “The event attracted 16 tall ships and more than 100,000 people for a full-scale, on-the-water reenactment of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s defeat of the British in the War of 1812,” Peter writes. Peter also directed the PBS documentary The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial and released a photo book, Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial: Remembering Forward (Perry Group, 2013).

Scott Sedita (COM’81) of Los Angeles, Calif., published the second edition of his acting book The Eight Characters of Comedy: Guide to Sitcom Acting and Writing (Atides Publishing, 2014). Scott is an acting coach, a motivational speaker, and an author. Recently, he was seen in the Showtime series La La Land, the VH1 reality series New York Goes to Hollywood, and MTV’s My Perfect Life. Scott began his career as a talent agent; in the 1990s, he was a casting director for Danny Goldman Casting until launching Scott Sedita Acting Studios in 1998. He also is a comedy consultant on sitcoms in the United States and Canada.


Joe Lyons (SMG’82) of Reading, Mass., cofounded a men’s footwear start-up, Boston Boot Company. “As Boston’s first ‘microshoery,’ we will use only the best materials to craft shoes in small batches, with Boston’s style and sensibilities as our main inspiration,” he writes. “We launched a Kickstarter campaign in November to gauge the market and presell our boots, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.” Visit

Susan McDuffie (SAR’82) of Santa Fe, N.M., published The Study of Murder (Five Star Publishing, 2013), a historical mystery novel.

Larry Schechter (SMG’82) of Rexford, N.Y., published Winning Fantasy Baseball: Secret Strategies of a Nine-Time National Champion (Emerald Book Company, 2014). Larry runs RSC, a student preparation and financial aid services company.


Roman Alis (CFA’83) of Williamsburg, Va., an actor, stars in the television documentary The Bill of Rights, which aired on PBS, Discovery, and Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trip series and which won an Emmy. “I portrayed a futuristic dictator, under the premise that this could have happened had we not had a Bill of Rights to go along with our Declaration of Independence,” he writes. In addition to acting, Roman teaches performing arts and has been a voice coach for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Colleen D. Duffy (COM’83) of Uniondale, N.Y., was appointed to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Second Judicial Department, by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Shelli (Stern) Feigenbaum (ENG’83) of Commack, N.Y., is director of project management at Clever Devices and is working on an intelligent transportation bus project at Logan International Airport. “Can’t believe how much BU has changed since I was last there,” she writes. “I have been able to work with other great BU alumni in the past few years. Shout out to Marie Racanelli (ENG’08) and Barbara Wojtlowski (ENG’08)—both great engineers to work with.” Email Shelli at

Fayne (Pitkowsky) Frey (CAS’83, MED’87) of New York, N.Y., a practicing board-certified dermatologist, launched the website FryFace, to provide skin care information and product selection service. Fayne writes that the average consumer is bombarded with over-the-counter skin products and often buys products that they don’t need and that are costly. Her mission, she says, is to clarify and simplify the choice. Visit

Thomas M. Nichols (CAS’83) of Middletown, R.I., published No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).

Laura Piccolo (SMG’83, GSM’84) of Hollywood, Fla., was a member of the first class to earn a Master of Science in Management Information Systems at BU. When she wrote, she was looking forward to spending her 30-year reunion on Cape Cod this summer, and was planning to rent a house in South Chatham, Mass., with Greg Truman (GSM’84), Terry Westropp (GSM’84), and Claire Waldman (GSM’84). Contact Laura at

Sari Ann Strasburg (LAW’83) of Bedford, N.H., announces the 10-year anniversary of her firm, Strasburg Law, which received the 2013 New Hampshire Excellence Award from the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce.

Tina Traster (COM’83) of Valley Cottage, N.Y., published Rescuing Julia Twice: A Mother’s Tale of Russian Adoption and Overcoming Reactive Attachment Disorder (Chicago Review Press, 2014).


Jane Berryman (CAS’84, COM’84) of Philadelphia, Pa., writes, “I recently returned from a two-month journey around the Pacific Rim, during which I swam with humpbacks in Tonga, visited World War II sites on Guadalcanal, and stayed with Stone Age tribes along the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea. I achieved the gold level of the Travelers Century Club, meaning that I’ve now been to 200-plus countries.” Jane also published Financial Planning in Times of Crisis (Amazon Digital Services, 2013).

Louise E. Cohen (LAW’84) of Larchmont, N.Y., retired from public service after many years as a sex crimes prosecutor with the Kings County district attorney’s office in Brooklyn. She has launched C&J Strategy Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in sexual misconduct investigations, training, and litigation support. She and her husband, Donald Kravet (LAW’83), have four daughters, only one of whom is still in high school and living at home. “Life has been very good these last 30 years,” she writes. Email Louise at

Eileen Cronin (SAR’84) of Sherman Oaks, Calif., published Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience (W. W. Norton & Company, 2014). Learn more at

Michael F. Dolan (CAS’84) of Belchertown, Mass., recently completed 18 years as director of the Marine Biological Laboratory’s NASA Planetary Biology Internship Program. The summer program, which ended in 2013, was started in 1980 by Lynn Margulis, a former College of Arts & Sciences professor of biology who died in 2011. The program enabled hundreds of graduate students from around the world to work on NASA exobiology research projects. Michael is an adjunct professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Katharine Esty (GRS’84) of Concord, Mass., published Twenty-Seven Dollars and a Dream: How Muhammad Yunus Changed the World and What It Cost Him (Katharine Esty, 2013).

Saraann Parker (COM’84) of Saint Louis, Mo., was cochair auction held during the 2014 Justice for All Ball, the largest annual fundraising event for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. Saraann is a partner in the corporate services practice group at Armstrong Teasdale.

Margaret Plympton (GSM’84) of Nazareth, Pa., joined the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer as an executive search consultant in the firm’s higher education and not-for-profit practices. She will support the nationwide search for presidents, chancellors, provosts and deans of higher education institutions as well as leaders in research, academic medicine, IT, finance, and administration.

Marc Rudov (GSM’84) of Brentwood, Calif., published Be Unique or Be Ignored: The CEO’s Guide to Branding (MHR Enterprises, 2013). Learn more at


Douglas Leak (CAS’85) of Mentor, Ohio, a partner at Roetzel & Andreas, has been named a 2014 Ohio Super Lawyer by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.


Michael Cyros (CAS’86, GRS’88) of Newburyport, Mass., chief commercial officer at Allied Vision Technologies, was honored in January with the 2014 AIA Achievement Award, the top leadership award for the vision and imaging industry. Michael was chosen for his outstanding contributions to the industry.


Jim Conviser (CGS’85, SMG’87) and Holly Adorno (MET’13) of Brookline, Mass., were married on June 2, 2012, at the BU Metcalf Trustee Center. Guests included Jeffrey King (SAR’87), Tom Lehrich (SMG’87), Matt Cowen (CAS’87), and Frank Conidi (CGS’85, CAS’87, GRS’91). Jim is a commercial real estate broker and partner at Conviser Property Group in Dedham. Email him at

Peter Johnson (GSM’87, COM’90) of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., created a nationwide public radio program, The Author’s Corner on Public Radio. The program features brief readings by authors from their new books. Visit

Peter Magnotta (CAS’87) of Brooklyn, N.Y., was married in February 2013. He also opened a store, Adverts Vintage, in Brooklyn, N.Y., selling mid-century modern and vintage furniture.

Jeanne Ryan (MET’87) of Seattle, Wash., published the young adult thriller, NERVE (Penguin Group, 2012). The book has been translated into six languages and has been optioned by Lionsgate. Find out more at


Roberta DeBiasi (CAS’88) of Centreville, Va., was promoted to full professor with tenure at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She is acting chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at Children’s National Medical Center, where she sees patients, teaches, and performs translational research. Roberta writes, “A big hello to Boyd Hall and Alpha Phi alumni!”


Gentry Gardner (ENG’89) of Colorado Springs, Colo., is director of software engineering at Fluke Networks.

Kimberly Howard (MET’89) of Needham, Mass., expanded the services offered by her company, KJH Financial Services, to include tax preparation. The company also provides financial planning and investment management services. Email Kimberly at

Liz Susman Karp (COM’89) and Larry Karp (SMG’87) of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., celebrated their younger son’s bar mitzvah on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Alumni in attendance were Kenny Burns (CAS’87) and his wife, Kallianne Burns (CAS’86, GRS’88), Patrick Hance (SMG’90) and his wife, Ann Burns (COM’90), Natalie Kaplin Gorlin (SAR’87), Dan Cohn (COM’87), Alan Zarembok (CAS’87), Adele Glasser (COM’88), and Dan Taylor (SMG’07).

Celia (Ketley) Leber (ENG’89) of Bend, Ore., writes, “The patent law firm I started in 2011, Leber Patent Law, is entering its third year of business. Yay! We’ve been growing slowly but surely and are hoping to add another attorney or two in 2014. Exciting times!” Email Celia at

Tracy Tenney (GSM’89) of Lebanon, Ohio, retired from the US Air Force as a colonel after almost 24 years of service. She served as a Medical Service Corps officer in Maine, Korea, Japan, Germany, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Washington, D.C. Most recently, she was chief of expeditionary medical policy and operations at the USAF surgeon general’s office.


Andrew Goffman (CGS’88, COM’90) of Forest Hills, N.Y., wrote and performed The Accidental Pervert, an off-Broadway coming-of-age show about his life. The show has been running for nearly five years. Learn more about it at

Thomas McClellan (GRS’90) of Huntsville, Ala., published Jack the Baptist (CreateSpace, 2013). Tom earned an MFA in BU’s Creative Writing program in 1990 and was managing director of BU’s Boston Playwrights’ Theatre for more than 10 years. He has won awards for theater production and playwriting and was most recently a finalist in the Austin, Tex., Songwriting Competition. Tom is making short films and recording music in Huntsville, where he lives with his wife, Beth, and son, Ely. Email Tom at


Denise (Warburton) Constandy (SAR’91) of Alexandria, Va., traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, in January 2014 as a volunteer, teaching about the cervical and thoracic spine to physical therapy students at the Kenya Medical Training College. She spent two weeks in Kenya, representing the Jackson Clinics, where she is a physical therapist and marketing specialist. Email her at

James McDowell (LAW’91) of Burlingame, Calif., became the director of tax operations for Kaspick & Company in December 2013, specializing in planned gift and asset management services to not-for-profit organizations. He and his wife, Caryn (Gordon) McDowell (LAW’94), have two seven-year-old daughters.

Brendan Werner (COM’91) of Jersey City, N.J., a freelance video editor, won an Emmy last year for his work on MLB Tonight, which airs on the MLB Network. Email him at


Paige Blair (CAS’92, STH’95) of Del Mar, Calif., rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar, is known around the church campus for her paintings of religious icons. Her work will reach a wider audience this year, when her icons will be featured on all four covers of Forward Day by Day, a quarterly publication of daily meditations that has been published by the church since 1935. Paige has taught icon workshops in Maine and Florida, and for the past two years, she has led a weeklong workshop in iconography at St. Peter’s.

David Ciochetto (ENG’92) of Sherbrooke, Quebec, writes that he and his partners have established a new facility, the Turbulent Atmospheric Reaction Dispersion Ice Simulator, for cloud research related to climate change. The facility is to be shared among the wider scientific community and is to be unveiled in Boston in July 2014. Email David at

Denise Lyons (COM’92) of Columbia, S.C., coauthored Serving Grandfamilies in Libraries (Scarecrow Press, 2013), which is about her work with grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Denise, who earned a Master of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina, established Grandparents Raising Grandchildren collections at the Dallas Public Library. She arrived at the South Carolina State Library in 2008 and helped to create GrandFamily Resource Centers in 16 public libraries. “As public libraries continue to serve a critical role as centers of community,” Denise writes, “the need to serve grandfamilies (and kin raising kin) continues to be an important one.” Denise also recognized in 2010 as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for her work in early literacy. Email her at


Michael Polia (MET’93) of Hudson, Mass., published his first novel, Relic (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2013), under the pseudonym Jonathan Brookes. “The novel is a fast-paced science fiction thriller that explores the possibility of resurrecting and weaponizing an extinct species,” he writes. “The intriguing storyline shares some fascinating anthropological and biological insights while also contemplating moral questions raised by genetic engineering.”

Art Risavy (CGS’91, CAS’93) of Edwardsville, Ill., has expanded his company, Swing City Music, to two locations. He also launched a website, focusing on vintage guitars and instruments. Visit or email Art at

Michael P. Smith (CGS’91, CAS’93) of New York, N.Y., is of counsel at Blank Rome. He concentrates on commercial litigation with an emphasis on international disputes.


Anne Harley (CFA’94,’96,’06) of Claremont, Calif., announces a new 30-minute choral cycle, True Witness, which sets to music the letters, speeches, and poems of African American female poets, activists, and leaders. The original work was conceived by Anne and composed by former BU College of Fine Arts lecturer Jodi Goble. Its premiere at Scripps College in November 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Anne is an assistant professor of music at Scripps. Visit

Caryn (Gordon) McDowell (LAW’94) of Burlingame, Calif., is vice president and deputy general counsel for InterMune, which focuses on therapies for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. She and her husband, James McDowell (LAW’91), have two seven-year-old daughters.


Praveen Mummaneni (CAS’95, MED’95) of Hillsborough, Calif., was elected a member-at-large to the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) executive committee. He is professor and vice chairman of neurosurgery at the University of California San Francisco.

Maria Sarzosa (ENG’95, GSM’95) of San Diego, Calif., writes that she just bought a house. Email her at


Esra (Gaffin) Dayani (COM’96) of Brooklyn, N.Y., and her husband, Kuroesh, welcomed their second daughter, Miriam Sorayah, on September 26, 2013. Miriam weighed in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 20 inches long. “Her older sister, Nadia Perihan is so proud and loving, doting on her new baby sister by singing her songs and giving her kisses,” Esra writes. Former classmates can email Esra at

Barbara Eichenholz (CAS’96) of Marietta, Ga., helped launch the Atlanta division of CertifiKid, a website specializing in deals for families. Barbara and her husband, Keith, have a six-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter. Visit, or email Barbara at

Debra Ochoa (CAS’96) of San Antonio, Tex., was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor at Trinity University. Debra, a specialist in contemporary Spanish literature and film, writes that she has forthcoming articles in Hispanic Journal and Confluencia. Email her at

Ifeyinwa “Fey” Ugokwe (LAW’96) of Fort Worth, Tex., published her first novella, Wifey (Pink Purse International, 2013).


Nadia Chamblin-Foster (SSW’97) of Cambridge, Mass., is executive director of Steps to Success, a program at Brookline Public High School that helps students prepare for college. Learn more about the program at

Melissa Fleming (CAS’97) of New York, N.Y., showed a piece in the exhibition Encounters with Nature at the Calumet Gallery in New York City. The show was organized by the New York City Sierra Club Photography Committee. Find out more about Melissa’s work at

Marlo Fogelman (LAW’97, GRS’98) of Charlestown, Mass., principal of Marlo Marketing/Communications, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of her Boston-based integrated marketing firm. The firm has grown to include 30 professionals serving clients in the food and beverage, travel and hospitality, fashion, beauty, personal care, and technology industries.


Nadia Chamblin-Foster (CAS’98, SPH’01) of Brookline, Mass., was reappointed to the Massachusetts Asian American Commission. Chris is a human services specialist at the Brookline public health and human services department. Chris has also been appointed to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. In Brookline, she is cochair of the Commission for Women and a member of Town Meeting, the Community Emergency Response Team, and the Medical Reserve Corps.


Brian Biggs (ENG’99) of Washington, D.C., was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force in August 2013 after spending the first half of the year deployed to Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. He serves on the Air Staff at the Pentagon, where he develops long-range human capital management strategy for the Air Force Reserve. Email him at

Gloria (Goldberger) Linden (ENG’99) of Southborough, Mass., writes “I am very happy to have started working this year as an applications engineer for IAR Systems. While I worked as an applications engineer right out of college, I’ve been a stay-at-home mother, raising my four children for the last eight years, so returning to engineering has been quite exciting for me.” Email Gloria at

Alex Poon (ENG’99) of White Plains, N.Y., writes, “The company I cofounded, Visual Revenue, was acquired by Outbrain in March 2013.” Visual Revenue is a predictive, analytics-based decision support system for editors working for various publications. Email Alex at

Philippe Sikias (ENG’99,’00) of Geneva, Switzerland, writes that his wife, Sima, gave birth to a girl in March 2013. “Our first child, Nayla Eva, has brought us so much happiness, joy, and love,” Philippe says. “We are blessed and thankful for this unique and very special gift of life.”


Alaina N. (Stout) Crislip (SPH’00) of Vienna, W.Va., was promoted to membership status at Jackson Kelly.

Colleen Madden Fairchild (COM’00) and Tim Fairchild (COM’00) of Walpole, Mass., announce the birth of their third son, Connor John, on July 20, 2013, in Boston. Connor joins two brothers, five-year-old Dylan and three-year-old Colin. Tim writes that his company, TCF Designs, is in its third year of business. His services include web design and development and search engine optimization. Email Tim at and Colleen at

Daniel Miele (MET’00) of Marshfield, Mass., an investment adviser representative at Centinel Financial Group, was named a 2014 Five Star Wealth Manager in a survey conducted by Five Star Professional. He also qualified as a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, an association for financial professionals.

Rebecca Olson (CAS’00) of Corvallis, Ore., published Arras Hanging: The Textile that Determined Early Modern Literature and Drama (University of Delaware Press, 2013).


Cynthia L. Cordes (COM’01) of Olathe, Kans., a partner in the law firm Husch Blackwell, received a 2013 Pathbreaker Award from Shared Hope International. The award recognizes Cynthia as a national leader in the fight to end sex trafficking. She was also recently named Missouri Lawyer of the Year by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Before joining the firm, Cynthia was an assistant US attorney for the Western District of Missouri; she prosecuted more human trafficking cases than any assistant US attorney. As part of her work at Husch Blackwell, she has partnered with the US attorney’s office in Kansas City to represent pro bono the international victims of human trafficking on their immigration needs. She trains law enforcement agencies and companies on the subjects of human trafficking and labor and immigration compliance issues.

Maria D’Amato (CFA’01) of Fulton, Md., was one of a group of BU College of Fine Arts alums who performed in the US premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys at the Metropolitan Opera. The others were Stephanie Chigas (CFA’05), Meredith Woodend (CFA’04), Elizabeth George (CFA’99), Sandra Piques Eddy (CFA’99,’02), and Mary Hughes (CFA’00).

Stacy Marcus (CAS’01) of New York, N.Y., was promoted to partner at Reed Smith. Stacy concentrates her practice in advertising, entertainment, and technology law.

Nick Moceri (COM’01) of Valley Village, Calif., heads film and TV development for Logan Pictures. The company’s first feature film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, was accepted into the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. ”I’m an executive producer of the film, which is a black-and-white, Iranian, vampire, art house movie…because of course, right?” Visit


Rebecca Santos Inzana (SAR’02) of Somerville, Mass., is a clinical instructor for the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.

Erik Malinowski (COM’02) of San Mateo, Calif., is a senior writer at BuzzFeed and was published in the Best American Sports Writing 2013 anthology. He lives with his wife, Rebecca Duran (CAS’02, COM’02), and their son, Tomás. Email Erik at

Madelyn Rosenberg (GRS’02) of Arlington, Va., will publish three children’s books: Dream Boy (Sourcebooks, 2014) in July, How to Behave at a Tea Party (Katherine Tegen Books, 2014) in September, and Nanny X (Holiday House, 2014) in October.

Kerin (O’Reilly) Smith (CGS’00, COM’02) of Los Angeles, Calif., married Trevor Smith on December 14, 2013. Courtenay Hollington (CGS’00, COM’02) and Lolita Verny-Acosta (COM’02) were among the wedding guests.


John Degory (CAS’03) of Washington, D.C., finished a two-year assignment as a Foreign Service officer on the staff of the secretary of state in June. During his assignment, John traveled around the world with then-Secretary Hillary Clinton and current Secretary John Kerry (Hon.’05), managing overseas trips and briefing materials. In August, he will become a deputy spokesperson at the US embassy in New Delhi, India. Email John at

Carrie Feliz (SPH’03) of Providence, R.I., joined the board of directors for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Carrie is director of strategic community partnerships for the Providence public school department.

Randi Hernandez (CAS’03) of Roselle, N.J., is associate editor at Drug Channels, a website covering pharmaceutical economics. Previously, Randi was the associate online editor for Pharmacy Times and Specialty Pharmacy Times.

Kathryn Kindred (CAS’03) of New York, N.Y., and Adam Fischmann announce the birth of their first child, Oscar Gordon, on September 23, 2013.


Spencer Cordell (LAW’04) of Fort Myers, Fla., received board certification in criminal trial law by the Florida Bar. Spencer is in private practice at the law office of Spencer Cordell and practices criminal defense and personal injury law. Email him at

Michael Cunha (ENG’04,’06) of Somerville, Mass., married Kristen Iodice on October 12, 2013, in Hamden, Conn. Groomsmen included David Kovacs (CAS’04) and John Byrnes (ENG’06).

Yevgeniy Finegold (ENG’04, MET’10) of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a senior data management associate with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Erol Ozmeral (ENG’04, GRS’07) and his wife, Alisha Ozermal (SMG’04), of Tampa, Fla., announce the birth of their first child, Reyna Katherine, on April 2, 2013. Erol is a postdoc fellow at the University of South Florida, and Alisha is director of finance at BayCare Medical Group. Email Erol at

Joseph Saroufim (COM’04) of Santa Monica, Calif., writes that his futuristic neo-noir TV pilot D-TEC premiered at the 2013 New York Television Festival. The series uses narrative second-screen content: while viewers watch the main screen programming, a secondary device, such as a tablet or smartphone, provides synchronized content that enhances the viewing experience.

Margreta Vellucci (CAS’04) of North Providence, R.I., was named a Massachusetts Rising Star last fall by the publishers of Super Lawyers. She was recognized as an outstanding young attorney in the Massachusetts legal community. Email Margreta at


Abby Collier (GRS’05) of Pittsburgh, Pa., is acquisitions editor for the history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh Press. Previously, she was assistant acquisitions editor for geography and cartography at the University of Chicago.

Caitlin Warbelow (CAS’05, CFA’05) of Brooklyn, N.Y., is the violinist and fiddler for a touring show, Heartbeat of Home. Find out more at


Ronald Angelo Johnson (STH’06) of Kyle, Texas, published Diplomacy in Black and White: John Adams, Toussaint Louverture, and Their Atlantic World Alliance (University of Georgia Press, 2014). “I could not have completed my research and written the narrative without historical training and the financial support I received from the Boston University School of Theology,” Ronald writes. “My affection for BU and STH remain strong.”


Jenny Alexander (COM’07) of Malden, Mass., recently finished a documentary, The Vigil, about faith in the immigrant rights movement. The film was screened at the West Newton Cinema in March.

Kali Giaritta (COM’07) of Portland, Ore., is part of the Portland-based duo There Is No Mountain. The band, which has toured the nation, playing 122 shows in some 40 states in 2013, was selected by Lincoln Center to be part of its American Songbook series in 2014. Learn more about Kali and her band at

Jonah Goldberg (COM’07) of Edinburg, Tex., was named one of the Top 30 Sportscasters Under 30 by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. Jonah announces the play-by-play for the University of Texas-Pan American volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, and baseball. He also is the host and an executive producer of the weekly regionally televised show Bronc Country.

Justin Sacco (ENG’07,’09) and Laura Martin (CAS’06, MED’08) of Brighton, Mass., were married on October 13, 2013, in Boston. Terriers in attendance were Laura (Deily) Clark (CAS’06), Michael Clark (CAS’07), Christiana Fischer (CAS’07, GSM’12), James Peterson (SMG’06), Kelly Munroe (SMG’05), Phil McMannis (SMG’06), Jerri Patlyek (SMG’08), Rachel (Potter) Ireland (CAS’06), and Jelle Maddens (CAS’06).


Kaitlin DeMartin (SMG’08) of Lowell, Mass., was selected to take part in the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Program. The professionals who participate in the yearlong program enhance their leadership skills, cultivate connections, and engage in the region’s business and civic communities. Kaitlin is a Boston-based tax supervising senior at the accounting firm Baker Newman Noyes.

Heather (Barrett) Desko (CAS’08, GRS’08) of Doylestown, Pa., married Andrew Desko on August 18, 2012, in the Poconos. Terriers in attendance included Nicole Urbanowski (SAR’09,’11), Nicole Tveten (SMG’09), Justin Jastrzebski (SMG’09), and Andrea Cioffi (SMG’09). Email Heather at

Gregory Thanavaro (ENG’08) of Saint Louis, Mo., became engaged to Susan Hale (SHA’08) on October 6, 2013.

Patrick Yen (ENG’08) of Cypress, Calif., earned an MBA from the University of California, Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business in June 2013. Since graduating, he has been working for Niagara Bottling as part of its leadership development program.


Hinda Eisen (CAS’09) and Bob Labovitz (CAS’04) of Waltham, Mass., are engaged. Hinda and Bob met at BU Hillel and are planning a late-summer wedding.

Kate Mensi (CGS’07, SMG’09) of Avon, Conn., was a part of the team that developed the app Be Active Together, which uses a person’s location and schedule to find new friends to work out or play sports with. Kate is the marketing director. The app launched on January 1, 2014, on iTunes.


Kazuko Kato (CGS’08, CAS’10) of Miami, Fla., is the associate producer at Mine-O-Rama, a YouTube fan-based convention that supports science, technology, education, and math education and to motivate children. Learn more at

Samuel Lopez (GRS’10) of Brighton, Mass., has developed a line of all-natural men’s grooming products. “I have always longed for simpler times, when grooming rituals made the man,” Samuel writes. “That nostalgia became my business. After receiving a master’s in economics from Boston University and some time as an economic intern at the United Nations in Bangkok, I decided it was time for men to reconnect with their smooth side.” The Men’s Soap Shop products are available in Urban Outfitters, Whole Foods, and other stores throughout the United States. Visit

Jeff Moore (CAS’10, COM’14) of Nashua, N.H., was named one of New Hampshire’s “Top 40 Under 40” for 2014. Jeff owns and operates North Main Music, a family of music schools in New Hampshire. Visit or

Jessica Yen (ENG’10) of Somerville, Mass., has been a manufacturing quality engineer for GE Aviation in Lynn, Mass., since graduating from GE’s operations management leadership program in 2012. “It’s been an extremely challenging year of owning jet engine hardware quality,” she writes, “but I’m so glad that I was able to do it close to BU, which will always be home.”


Ronald Elowitz (MET’11) of Watchung, N.J., is director of in-store merchandising and operations for the retail strategy and execution group at Samsung Electronics America in Ridgefield Park, N.J. Previously, he led retail-based customer experience design efforts at Benjamin Moore & Co. Email him at

Lauren Plavisch (ENG’11) of Rome, Italy, works at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, or the National Research Council. “I am working on protein detection technology developed in collaboration with BU College of Engineering professor of electrical and computer engineering Selim Unlu’s group,” Lauren writes.


Neil Borland (GRS’12) of Boston, Mass., has been awarded a Fulbright US Student Program scholarship in economic development. He is one of more than 1,700 US citizens who will travel abroad for the 2013¬–2014 academic year. In Guatemala, Neil will work at the Ministry of Energy and Mines, focusing on the impact of extractive industries on water sources and local communities.

Michael Kasparian (ENG’12,’14) of Andover, Mass., cofounded Atlas, which competed in the TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.


Ping Du (ENG’13) of San Jose, Calif., is a staff mechanical engineer at Western Digital. Email Ping at

Cory Haselmayer (ENG’13) of Clay, N.Y., is a biologics process operator at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Jason Hellerman (COM’13) of Venice, Calif., wrote a screenplay called Shovel Buddies, which made it onto Variety’s Black List for being one of the best unproduced scripts of 2013.

Alexandra Knowles (CAS’13) of Dorchester, Mass., was a semifinalist for the Young Emerging Leaders Women to Watch Competition. She was the only semifinalist from BU and from Massachusetts.

Rachel H. Schowalter (COM’13) of Boston, Mass., works for Cengage Learning. Rachel earned a degree in photojournalism and specializes in black-and-white photography.

Baris Tevfik (ENG’13) of Istanbul, Turkey, is a software developer at Anadolu Hayat Emeklilik. “I hope to carry the skills I learned in BU to my new job,” Baris writes. Email Baris at

Brandon Zuniga (ENG’13) (LAW’13) of Dallas, Tex., is an associate practicing intellectual property law at Carstens & Cahoon.