Classes from the 1980s

Janice Barrett (COM’80) of Natick, Mass., is a member of the Senior Specialist Peer Review Committee for the Fulbright Commission. She will help select Fulbright Scholars in communications and journalism. Janice was a 2003–2004 Fulbright Scholar in the graduate communications program at Dublin City University in Ireland. She is the founding director of BU’s Communication, Culture, and the Media Program at Dublin City University and was previously associate dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University.

Jo Cates (COM’80) of Evanston, Ill., has published the third edition of her reference book Journalism: A Guide to the Reference Literature (Libraries Unlimited, 2004). She was promoted to the new position of dean of the library at Columbia College, Chicago.

Russell Fischer (COM’80) of Palm Beach, Fla., was included in Marquis’s Who’s Who in America 2005 and Who’s Who in the World 2005 . Russ has been active in the BU Alumni Association of South Florida, and “hopes to see everyone in the Palm Beach County area at the coming 2005–06 events.” E-mail him at

Helen Sims Husher (CAS’80, GRS’82) of Montpelier, Vt., recently published her third book of nonfiction, Conversations with a Prince: A Year of Riding at East Hill Farm (Lyons Press, 2005). Helen was the coach of the BU Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team from 1977 to 1981 and talks about some of her BU experiences in this riding memoir. E-mail her at

Jeff Wagenheim (COM’80) of Northampton, Mass., left the Boston Globe sports department after 23 years to join Disney Publishing as senior editor of Wondertime, a magazine for parents. In April, Jeff and his wife, Sarah Swersey, had their second child, Rebecca Ananda; Aaron Rumi is two years old. Jeff also hosts an eclectic music program, Strange Bedfellows , Fridays at midnight on WMUS-FM in Amherst, Mass. You can listen to his show online at or e-mail him at

Gregory Wilkie (SED’80,’84) of Anchorage, Alaska, is the organizational effectiveness manager for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Division of Environmental Health and Engineering, which provides rural Alaskan tribal communities with sanitation and drinking water facilities. E-mail him at

Richard J. Bortnick (COM’81) of Gladwyne, Pa., a member of Cozen O’Connor Attorneys, wrote articles on insurance coverage issues for Insurance Day and Mealey’s Emerging Insurance Disputes and was a source for an article in Reactions . Richard is a litigator in the firm’s insurance group and is admitted to practice before U.S. District Courts in the Northeast and Midwest and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Eleventh Circuit.

Theo Gluck (CAS’81, COM’84) of Studio City, Calif., is in his 15th year at Walt Disney Studios, where he is the director of technology for the library restoration program. “We just finished Cinderella and are hard at work on Lady and the Tramp ,” he writes. “Look for me on the recently released bonus disc on the Bambi DVD.” E-mail Theo at

Michael Grecco (COM’81) of Santa Monica, Calif., recently shot covers for Time magazine and Fortune Small Business . He and his team also worked on advertisements for Oakley’s winter fashion campaign. “Look for the ads in all the major magazines come fall,” he writes. Visit his Web site at or e-mail him at

Sharyn Rose Zeiberg (COM’85) of Malden, Mass., works for Twisted Rico Management, a music management company in Boston. She is still in contact with fellow Warren Towers 18C-ers Shari Rovner (COM’85) and Laura Bilhorn Perlstein (SAR’85) . E-mail Sharyn at

Wynn (Thomas Edwin) Harmon (CFA’82) of New York, N.Y., played Trevor Babcock on All My Children . Wynn is playing roles in The Winter’s Tale , The Comedy of Errors , and Macbeth at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, Calif., from May to October.

John Wei (CAS’82, MED’82) , of Burlington, Mass., recently returned from an Asian tsunami relief mission in Banda Aceh with Project Hope. “A calamity of this order can definitely rearrange your outlook and priorities in life,” he writes. “I’m glad to have gone, seen, done, and happy to be home again.” E-mail John at

Clarke Canfield (COM’83) of South Portland, Maine, published his first book, Those Damned Yankees — The Not-So-Great History of Baseball’s Evil Empire , which looks at the moments, players, series, and games in Yankee history that may embarrass the Yankee franchise. Clarke is a longtime journalist and now writes for the Associated Press. E-mail him at

Mandana Kavoussi (CAS’83, ENG’84) of Bayville, N.Y., is an attorney at Zervos and Kavoussi in Great Neck, N.Y. Old friends can e-mail her at

Tana Scouras (CAS’83, SMG’83, MET’92) of Worcester, Mass., founder and former president of Vitel Software, Inc., a commercial software developer for Fortune 500 companies, recently sold his company to Concord Communications. E-mail Tana at

Gina Rosselli Boswell (SMG’84) of Rye, N.Y., senior vice president and chief operating officer of Avon North America, was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. The fellowship program brings together 20 young executives and professionals from around the world to undertake individual community service commitments.

Robert B. Finegold (MED’84) of Yarmouth, Maine, was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Radiology during its 82nd Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., in April. Robert is affiliated with the Parkview Adventist Medical Center and Mid Coast Hospital, both in Brunswick, Maine. He has also been active in other medical societies, having been vice president and president of the Maine Radiological Society.

Paul Nagy (CAS’84) of Silver Spring, Md., is a commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was recalled to active duty and is on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C., assigned to the Strategy and Concepts Branch. “For the last 14 months or so I’ve been consumed with figuring out what exactly is the Navy’s long-term role in the global war on terror,” he writes. “It’s a fascinating and complex issue. In many ways it challenges most of the basic assumptions we’ve had about the role of the Navy and naval war fighting over the last 10 to 15 years.” Paul, who is married to Laura Pawlowski and has a son, Stephen, 8, remains a rabid Red Sox fan.

Tim Parker (MET’84) of Raleigh, N.C., is director of the Workplace Environment Group at RTI International, the nation’s second largest independent research and development organization. Tim won the 2005 Energy Leadership Award from the State Energy Office for his work as director of support services for the North Carolina Employment Security Commission.

Ed Pohl (ENG’84) of Fayetteville, Ark., recently retired from the Air Force after 21 years of service to become an associate professor of industrial engineering at the University of Arkansas. E-mail Ed at

Joseph F. Bermudez (CAS’85, CGS’83) of Denver, Colo., joined Cozen O’Connor’s Denver office as a member of the insurance litigation department. Previously, he practiced at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP.

Christopher Johnston (CFA’85) is executive director of leadership and principal gifts at the University of California, Irvine. Chris was recently honored with an E3 = Excellence National Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, recognizing his leadership in promoting effectiveness, efficiency, and expediency in the academic development workplace. He also was a faculty member for the Advancement Academy in July and will contribute two chapters, on stewardship and gift agreements, to the upcoming CASE Advancement Series book.

Susane Lee (CAS’85) of New York., N.Y., won a 2005 Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Previously, she was a producer for the Nature series at WNET in New York. She got her start in television at WGBH in Boston, where she worked on the NOVA series. Susane lives in New York City with her husband and children and would love to hear from her friends at BU. E-mail her at

Randy Sue Kornfeld Marber (LAW’85) of Jericho, N.Y., is president of the Nassau County District Court Judges Association and has been a judge in the District Court since January 2002. E-mail her at

Barbara van Buskirk (COM’85) of Albuquerque, N.M., is showing selections of her work in Lasting Impressions, a two-person monotype exhibition at the Fisher Gallery in Albuquerque from August 5 to October 1. E-mail Barbara at or visit her Web site at

Brad Waugh (SMG’85, CGS’83 ) of East Greenwich, R.I., just sold his wireless consulting company, Watch Hill Partners, to MasterCard International. He is now enjoying life with his wife and two kids. E-mail Brad at

Joseph Zaks (LAW’85,’89) of Naples, Fla., a partner in the Naples office of Roetzel and Andress, is on the Florida Bar Association’s team of board-certified lawyer contacts. He is the cocreator of the Florida Intangibles Tax Trust, is a member of the Florida, Lee County, and Collier County Bar Associations, and is a past president of the Estate Planning Council of Naples.

Cheryl Cresta (SED’86) of West Haven, Conn., was awarded the Unsung Hero Award in the 2005 Excellence in Government Awards Program. She received the award as a member of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System Recreation and Creative Arts Therapists. Cheryl is a recreational therapist at the VA Connecticut Errera Community Care Center, a community-based psychological rehabilitation center that works primarily with homeless veterans.

Jeffrey Goldman (LAW’86) of Boston, Mass., is an immigration attorney in the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo.

Mark Hinders (ENG’86,’87, GRS’90) of Williamsburg, Va., was promoted to professor of applied science at the College of William and Mary. Mark joined the W&M faculty after 11 years at BU, where he started out as a freshman and ended up as a research assistant professor of aero/mechanical engineering. He is also a founding member of the W&M applied science department and head of the Nondestructive Evaluation Lab. E-mail Mark at

Todd Summer (SMG’86) of San Diego, Calif., is the director of course materials for Montezuma Publishing at Aztec Shops, Ltd., which serves San Diego State University.

Mark Jensen (CAS’87) of Rowley, Mass., and his wife, Michelle, announce the arrival of Annalise Rose on April 27, 2005. Big sister Sophia, 2, is also thrilled. “All are healthy and well,” writes Mark. E-mail him at

Kathleen McLaughlin (ENG’87) of Toronto, Ontario, is married and has two little boys. She is a principal at McKinsey & Co., “applying all those problem-solving skills I learned at the College of Engineering in the business world.” Kathleen is also working on a number of civic and global projects related to nutrition, sustainable foods, and the arts. “Getting nostalgic as I approach 40 (!) and would love to hear from former classmates,” she writes. E-mail Kathleen at

Carla Panciera (GRS’87) of Rowley, Mass., received The Cider Press Review Book Award for her first collection of poetry, One of the Cimalores , which will be published this fall. E-mail Carla at

J. Kelly Beatty (COM’88) of Cambridge, Mass., was awarded the 2005 Harold Masursky Award for meritorious service to planetary science by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. Kelly is editor of Night Sky magazine and executive editor of Sky & Telescope magazine. His work has appeared in the New York Times and the Boston Globe , on National Public Radio, and in a number of book chapters. His book The New Solar System is used as an introductory textbook at many universities. E-mail Kelly at

Paige Wilds Kern (COM’88, CGS’86) of Los Angeles, Calif., and her husband, John, announce the arrival of their son, David Quentin Robert Kern, on May 17. Paige is pursuing an M.B.A. at Loyola Marymount University. E-mail her at

Michelle McKenzie (COM’88) of Weymouth, Mass., is suburban editor at The Enterprise in Brockton, Mass. She lives with her husband and two children. She would love to hear from Mike Ferraro (COM’90) and Nancy Lynch (COM’88) at

Eileen C. Miskell (GSM’88) of Falmouth, Mass., the treasurer of Wood Lumber Company in Falmouth, has been appointed to the boards of directors of Independent Bank Corp. and its subsidiary, Rockland Trust Company. She is a certified public accountant and formerly served as a director and chair of the Audit Committee for the board of directors of Falmouth Bank.

Joseph Sensi, Jr. (ENG’88) of Norfolk, Va., is a Navy captain and commander of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge .

Howard Shafer (GSM’88) of West Hartford, Conn., is executive director at the law firm Day, Berry & Howard LLP, where he leads the firm’s business operations. Howard was previously the firm’s chief financial officer.

Sharon Fanto Smith (COM’88) of San Francisco, Calif., was recently married, and when she wrote, she was expecting her first child (a son) June 2. Sharon is general sales manager at KICU-TV and would love to hear from old friends at

Jonathan Katkin (COM’89) of Studio City, Calif., is a copy writer and project manager for Full Tilt Poker, an online poker software published by TiltWare, LLC, a software design and licensing company. He regularly works alongside such poker legends as Howard Lederer and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson. “No, I cannot help you win a seat at the World Series of Poker. Sorry,” he writes. E-mail Jonathan at

Mark S. Miller (SMG’89, LAW’92) of Revere, Mass., is director of fraud investigation and recovery for the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance. He worked for nearly a decade at the commonwealth’s Medicaid Program, initially as an attorney and later as a manager.

Margrette Cardone Mondillo (COM’89) of Canton, Mass., is vice president of the Goodwin Group, a Boston-area firm founded by Tara Goodwin Frier (COM’86) that specializes in public relations, crisis communications, and corporate affairs. Before joining the Goodwin Group, Margrette spent seven years at the E! Network in Los Angeles. E-mail her at

Leslie Skantz-Hodgson (CAS’89) of Leeds, Mass., had her third son on September 11, 2004. Rowan Hodgson joined brothers Colin and Christian. Leslie is the head of the English department at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton, Mass., and works as a teacher consultant and freelance journalist.