Winter/Spring 2011


Richard Blakely (DGE’52) of Reading, Mass., writes that he is looking for the young lady, who, on the first day of class in September 1950, asked him if he would like to join her circle of friends. Their paths crossed again one day in 1954 by the State House. She told him she was going to BU’s School of Law and was engaged to a fellow LAW student. Richard writes that he’s enjoyed a full life and “hopes life has been kind to her and her dreams realized.” He says he would like to reconnect and “reminisce about the youthful days at BU.” He can be contacted at

Freda Torrisi Tillin (CAS’52) of Napa, Calif., published her second whodunit, The Bow Wow Murders: A Sully the Potbellied Pig Mystery (Freda Torrisi Tillin, 2010). “My husband and I continue to raise most of the fruits and vegetables we eat but have given up home wine making,” she writes.


Stephen Picciuolo (DGE’51, SED’53,’54) of Jacksonville, Fla., is retired from the U.S. Navy and teaches in public schools. He also is the aquatics director for a country club, and he enjoys judging and showing dogs at AKC, ASCA, and FCI dog shows. Over the past 50 years, he has bred and trained champion dobermans, vizslas, and cocker spaniels and has successfully showed them at obedience trials.


Robert P. Crosby (STH’54) of Seattle, Wash., coauthored A Month in Medieval Volpaia, Tuscany: Diary of a “Temporary Citizen” (Vivo! Publishing, 2010) with his wife, Patricia. Robert writes that the book, his seventh, “chronicles a month of connections and joy.” Email him at

Douglas Wingeier (STH’54, GRS’62) of Lake Junaluska, N.C., published Marks of Mission: A Life Transformed by 50 Years in Mission (Wind Eagle Press, 2010). The book, he writes, “draws on a lifetime of cross-cultural mission experience to develop an approach to mission that is Biblical, progressive, and tested.” Douglas, who received the 2004 BU School of Theology Distinguished Service to Profession Award, is active in peace and justice causes. Email him at


Norman Rozeff (CAS’55) of Harlingen, Tex., was honored with a tile in the Walk of Fame, which honors the most influential citizens in Harlingen’s 100-year history as the city celebrates its centennial. Norman was recognized for documenting city and regional history. Email him at

Orlo Christopher Strunk, Jr. (STH’55, GRS’57) of Calabash, N.C., published his fifth suspense novel, The Forerun Winter (PublishAmerica, 2010). Orlo is a BU School of Theology professor emeritus, the emeritus managing editor of the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, and a retired member of the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1943 and in 2009 received an honorary Doctor of Divinity. While at BU, Orlo was a clinical supervisor at the Danielson Institute. He is an adjunct professor at Webster University. Email Orlo at


Bernard R. Silva, Jr. (LAW’56) of Reading, Mass., retired on April 1, 2010, after 53 years of practicing law in Massachusetts.


Robert M. Blais (DGE’56, COM’58) of Lake George, N.Y., recently completed his 40th year as mayor of the Village of Lake George, N.Y. Robert is one of the longest tenured mayors in New York and has been named “the best elected official” in northern New York on six occasions. Lake George was named one of the nation’s top five family resorts by Money Magazine.


Francis “Bud” McInnis (SMG’60) of Ramsey, N.J., writes, “I’d be interested in hearing from any of my Delta Sigma Pi brothers.” Email him at


James J. Doty (COM’61) of Dedham, Mass., writes that he still swims in long-distance races. He attended his 55th high school reunion in May 2010.


Arnie Daxe (SMG’63) of Burke, Va., published two guidebooks, one for returning combat veterans and the other for law enforcement leaders. Arnie is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army and project manager for the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Alexandria, Va. He came out of retirement to work on the guidebooks. “It has been very gratifying to be able to help vets who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he writes. Email Arnie at


David Bradbury (CFA’65) of Harpswell, Maine, is a retired secondary school art teacher. He and his wife, Leslie, built a home and moved from Massachusetts to Maine following her retirement. When he wrote, they were about to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. David, who taught for 28 years, has enjoyed retirement for the past 18, doing yard work, listening to classical music, reading history, and attempting to improve his art technique.

Alan Cushner (LAW’65) of Boynton Beach, Fla., published the novel Obey or Die: Josh Parker and the Facets Project (Parker Books, 2010). The book follows Josh Parker, a fictitious BU poetry professor and retired CIA analyst who, following several breaks into artificial intelligence labs across he country, stumbles upon a double murder at MIT’s secret Facets Project facility. “You won’t be able to put this one down,” Alan writes. Email him at


Erica Miner Brown (CFA’67) of Carlsbad, Calif., published Murder in the Pit (Twilight Times Books, 2010), a story about a young Metropolitan Opera violinist who risks her life to investigate the assassination of her mentor, a famous conductor. Visit, or email Erica at

Renee (Mattel) Goldenberg (DGE’65, SED’67) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a circuit judge, received the 2010 Jurist of the Year Award from the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Renee is chair of the family division in Broward County, Fla., and of the family law committee of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges. She also serves on the executive committee of the conference. She is the author of Florida Family Law & Practice (James Publishing, 2005). Renee is married to Stephen F. Goldenberg (SMG’68), a Florida Bar board-certified tax lawyer. She and Stephen have three children and three grandchildren.

Alan Gurman (CAS’67) of Madison, Wis., recently published his 15th book, Clinical Casebook of Couple Therapy (Guilford, 2010). Alan is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.


Micaela Amateau Amato (CFA’68) of Boalsburg, Pa., showed her sculptures in the solo exhibition Exiles & Nomads at Angles Gallery in Los Angeles, Calif., last fall.

Linda H. Feinberg (CAS’68) of Manchester, N.H., recently set up a web store for her artwork at Email her at

Susan Marx (CFA’68) of Orange, N.J., showed her new paintings at Agora Gallery in New York, N.Y., last fall. Visit


George Fulginiti-Shakar (CAS’69) of Boston, Mass., was music director and conductor for the show Oklahoma!, the inaugural production in the newly rebuilt Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C. The show ran through December 31, 2010. It was George’s 14th musical production at Arena Stage, where he is also an affiliated artist. Email him at


Marilyn Edelson (SSW’70) of Newton, Mass., wrote Values-based Coaching: A Guide for Social Workers and Other Human Service Providers (NASW Press, 2010). Voted “Top 10 Coach” by Women’s Business Boston in 2007 and 2009, Marilyn drew on her experience as a licensed social worker and master certified coach to write the book. Learn more at

Ruth Mordecai (CFA’70,’80) of Gloucester, Mass., has shown her work in several recent exhibitions, including Dreams and Symbols, Works on Paper, at Soprafina Gallery in Boston’s South End last November, and Four Decades: From Figure and Landscape to Abstraction at the Cape Ann Museum in October. Visit

Roy Perkinson (GRS’70) of Wellesley, Mass., showed a new painting last fall in the 16th annual juried exhibition at the Zullo Gallery in Medfield, Mass. The painting, Charentais Wheatfields, was inspired by Roy’s trip to the Charente département in southwest France in the spring of 2010. Visit

Elsa Voelcker (DGE’68, CAS’70) of Antrim, N.H., showed her photos in the exhibition Piercing Portraits: the Body as Canvas last fall at the Starving Artist Gallery in Keene, N.H. The exhibition was the outcome of a project in which Elsa explored the overt and underlying reasons that individuals get pierced. Elsa teaches traditional photography at Franklin Pierce College and Saint Anselm College.


Richard H. Cummings (CAS’71) of Duesseldorf, Germany, published his second book on the Cold War, Radio Free Europe’s ‘Crusade for Freedom’: Rallying Americans Behind International Broadcasting, 1950-1960 (McFarland, 2010). Richard writes that his studies in BU’s Soviet and East European studies program helped him professionally and in his research for both books and for more than 40 articles on the Cold War at Email Richard at


Joan M. Gross (SED’72) of Shaker Heights, Ohio, a partner at Hahn Loeser & Parks, was elected to the Society of Benchers, an honorary society for graduates and associates at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law.

Marie S. Hanna (SON’72) of Hauppauge, N.Y., is a professor of obstetric and pediatric nursing at Suffolk County Community College. Marie, who teaches obstetric and pediatric nursing, received the State University of New York Chancellor Award for Excellence in Teaching. She also is the secretary of the faculty association and a delegate to the New York State United Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers. Marie and her husband, John, have three grown sons, John, James, and Matthew.

George Lewis, Jr. (SMG’72) of Boston, Mass., the owner of the Foundation Lounge in Boston’s Kenmore Square, closed the venue in April 2010.

Iris Osterman (CFA’72) of Lincoln, Mass., showed her paintings at the Bowery Gallery in New York, N.Y., last October. Email Iris at


Stewart F. Lane (CFA’73) of New York, N.Y., an award-winning Broadway producer has released on DVD his book Let’s Put On a Show: From Raising Money to Creating an Audience. The video covers auditions and casting, budgets, show selection, sound and lighting, rehearsals, and publicity, among other topics. Visit

Dick LeFave (SMG’73) of Guilford, Conn., published two books, An IT Tale—A Program Manager’s Journey (EMC Consulting, 2010) and Implementing Strategic Sourcing (Van Haren, 2010).

Rhonda Miller (COM’73) of Providence, R.I., profiled George Wein (CAS’50), the pioneering jazz musician and music producer, for Voice of America, a multimedia international broadcasting service. Wein launched the Newport Jazz Festival in 1954.

Stephen M. Politi (LAW’73,’74) of Lexington, Mass., published “State Responses to Declining Tax Revenues and Limited Tax Administration Resources—A Massachusetts Perspective 2001-2010,” for the November/December edition of the Journal of State Taxation. He is also the author and editor of the 2010 and 2011 Guidebooks to Massachusetts Taxation and the editor of the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board Reporter.

Maureen Sullivan Romagnoli (CAS’73) of Manchester, N.H., published two novels, Trail Magic: Lost in Crawford Notch (Romagnoli Publications, 2008) and The Sullivan Saga: Memories of an Overseas Childhood (Romagnoli Publications 2010) under her maiden name, M. H. Sullivan.


Philip Brown (CFA’74) of St. Johnsbury, Vt., released his third CD with the band Maple Leaf Seven. “The recording contains a selection of ‘sacred jazz’ interpretations developed over 20 years of leading Dixieland and jazz worship in Vermont and across the Northeast,” he writes. Email Philip at, and listen to sample tracks at

Chris M. A. (Cristarella) Dixon (SAR’74) of British Columbia, Canada, is semiretired but continues to work as an occupational therapist. Her recent journal publications “address the unmet needs of individuals aging with schizophrenia and the management of their symptoms with meaningful activities,” she writes. She lives with her husband and two daughters.

Roberta Golick (LAW’74) of Sudbury, Mass., is president-elect of the National Academy of Arbitrators, an organization of labor employment arbitrators from the United States and Canada. Roberta, a full-time arbitrator and mediator, will succeed the current president in May 2011.

Abbe Rolnick (CAS’74) of Sedro Woolley, Wash., published her first novel, River of Angels (Sedro Publishing, 2010). The story explores “people caught between what society accepts and each individual’s true self,” she writes. Visit, or email her at

David Rothauser (COM’74) of Brookline, Mass., writes that 2010 has been a banner year for his company, Memory Productions. “Our recent film, Hibakusha, Our Life to Live, premiered at the UN Non-Proliferation Treaty Conference in May, where Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon requested two copies for the UN Library.” The film tells the stories of Japanese, Korean, and American survivors of the 1945 atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The movie also played in Kyoto and Hiroshima and will be featured at the USC Institute for Genetic Medicine in February 2011. Email David at

Paul Wannamaker (COM’74) of Glendora, Calif., launched, a library of high-resolution digital images that can be downloaded by artists and designers for their projects. Email Paul at


Bill Arden (GSM’75) of Minneapolis, Minn., is an assistant professor of business administration at Augsburg College, where he has worked since 2005 following a 35-year career in technology and management. Email him at

Steven L. Berk (MED’75) of Lubbock, Tex., was appointed executive vice president and provost of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Steven will continue to serve as dean of Texas Tech’s School of Medicine.

Arthur Lazarus (CAS’75) of Chadds Ford, Pa., works for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in Wilmington, Del., and was recently honored with the Administrative Psychiatry Award from the American Psychiatric Association. After graduating from BU, Arthur earned a medical degree and a master’s in business administration at Temple University. Known as “Doc” by his BU classmates, Arthur writes that medicine was his destiny. Email him at

Steven McFadden (COM’75) of Santa Fe, N.M., published the ebook Tales of the Whirling Rainbow: Authentic Myths and Mysteries for 2012 (Soul*Sparks, 2010).

Lon Nordeen (CGS’73, COM’75) of Manchester, Mich., published his sixth nonfiction book, M60 vs. T-62: Cold War Combatants 1956–92 (Osprey, 2010), which he coauthored with David Isby. Visit

Marty Schupak (CAS’75) of Valley Cottage, N.Y., is president of the Youth Sports Club, which just released its first digital application, the Baseball PakPad. The digital scoring system, available on iTunes, helps baseball and softball coaches keep track of players’ stats as they happen. Schupak’s company also released its 21st  sports instructional DVD, Infield Team and Play Strategies. The Youth Sports Club produces and distributes sports instructional books and DVDs. Email Marty at

Douglas Zook (COM’75, MET’82) of Boston, Mass., was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Kraków from February 1 to July 15, 2010. Among his experiences and achievements, he taught courses and spoke at numerous invited lectures, completed work on a research review paper that was accepted by the journal Symbiosis, and served on a review committee for the newly established Institute for Environmental Sciences international PhD program at Jagiellonian University.


Risë Birnbaum (COM’76) of Washington, D.C., was honored with a Brava! 100 Award as one of the top 100 female entrepreneurs in greater Washington by Washington SmartCEO magazine. Risë is the CEO of zcomm, a marketing and communications agency specializing in audio and video production and distribution as well as digital public relations. Visit

Morrison Bonpasse (LAW’76) of Newcastle, Maine, published The Single Global Currency: Common Cents for the World (Single Global Currency Association, 2009 edition).

Mark Pfeffer (SAR’76) of Chicago, Ill., has appeared on season three of the A&E television series Hoarders. Mark is director of the Panic/Anxiety Recovery Center in Chicago and a clinical member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the International OCD Foundation. He has been featured and quoted on mental health issues in various media outlets and was a recipient of the 2002 Golden Bell Award from the Mental Health Association of Illinois for an article he coauthored on panic disorder.

Jack Rovner (LAW’76) of Chicago, Ill., was among the “Best Lawyers” list published by U.S. News & World Report. His law practice, Health Law Consultancy, was named to the first tier of health law practices in Illinois. Email Jack at

Sheldon Toplitt (COM’76) of Needham, Mass., is teaching a course on the First Amendment at Emerson College. Sheldon is also a lecturer in journalism at BU’s College of Communication.


Julie S. Amberg (CAS’77) of York, Pa., published American English: History, Structure, and Usage (Cambridge University Press, 2009). The book explores American English and its place within contemporary society, highlighting the role of language in our daily lives.

Joan (Glinski) Pennell (SED’77) of Mashpee, Mass., received the Most Valuable Volunteer Award from the Mashpee Council on Aging and the Mashpee Senior Center for her involvement with the volunteer program, senior center library, and other activities. She also received a certificate of appreciation from the office of U.S. Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) and a congratulatory citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Ron Rapice (CAS’77, MET’79) of Bridgeport, Conn., received the 2010 Theodore and Margaret Beard Excellence in Teaching Award from the Fairfield County Community Foundation. The award acknowledges outstanding educational instructors in Bridgeport’s public schools. Email Ron at

Jan Schwartz (CAS’77, MET’84) of Wellesley Hills, Mass., was named director of development at MetroWest Jewish Day School in Framingham, Mass.


David Cherny (SMG’78) of Newton Center, Mass., was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, 2011, in the fields of family and appellate law. He is a partner in the Boston law firm Atwood & Cherny, where he concentrates his practice on complex matrimonial and family law litigation at the trial and appellate court levels. Email David at

Alan Kravetz (SMG’78, GSM’81) of Andover, Mass., was named executive vice president of LMCA, a company that specializes in building brand extension licensing programs. Previously, Alan was vice president of the Cherokee Group, president of the Frye Company, and director of international sales and marketing at Rockport.

Joe Marlow (SED’78) of Overland Park, Kans., was recently appointed the principal of Primitivo Garcia Elementary School in the Kansas City, Mo., school district

Eric Raines (SMG’78) of St. Augustine, Fla., is a bank regulator with the FDIC. As its senior ombudsman specialist, he is often the spokesperson for the agency in the closing of banks. Email Eric at


Scott Biron (SED’79) of Westwood, Mass., was selected to speak at the 2011 U.S. Lacrosse National Convention in Baltimore, Md., in January. When he wrote, he was planning to run a field drill demonstration with the Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team. Email Scott at

Debbi K. 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 and all women on the go,” she writes. Debbi is the former editor of Robb Report, a veteran travel writer, and a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.

Bill Tyson (COM’79) of Walpole, N.H., published Pitch Perfect: Communicating with Traditional and Social Media for Scholars, Researchers, and Academic Leaders (Stylus, 2010). Bill is the owner of Morrison & Tyson Communications, a media relations firm that works with colleges, universities, policy institutes, and foundations. He and his wife, Kristen (Morrison) Tyson (COM’80), have four sons.


Louis Porter II (COM’80) of Minneapolis, Minn., received a fellowship to attend the international symposium American Literary History in A New Key last September. He joined other writers and educators in Salzburg, Austria, to look at the increasing diversity of authors being read and studied. Louis is an assistant professor of communication and an administrator at Northwestern College. He also teaches poetry, memoir, and performance in upper elementary through high school classrooms. Email Louis at

Peter Raimondi (MET’80, LAW’83) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., celebrated the fourth anniversary of the investment management firm he founded, Banyan Partners, in the summer of 2010. The firm recently opened its fifth regional office, in Atlanta, Ga. Email Peter at

Julia Shepley (CFA’80) of Brookline, Mass., a sculptor, showed her new work in the exhibition OUT/IN at the Boston Sculptors Gallery last fall.


Seth Bagshaw (SMG’81) of Boxford, Mass., was promoted to vice president and chief financial officer of MKS Instruments, Inc., a high-tech company in Andover, Mass. MKS, a supplier of technology used in the development and production of equipment for the semiconductor and solar markets, has operations in the United States, Asia, the European Union, and Israel. “My experiences living and working in Singapore and acquiring companies in the high tech industry, including acquiring several companies with operations in China, have prepared me well for this opportunity at MKS,” he writes. Seth and his wife, Katherine, have an eight-year-old daughter, Elizabeth.

John Coll (CAS’81) of Wyoming, Del., is a staff neurologist and medical director at the Sleep Disorders Center of CNMRI. His son, Randall Coll (COM’12), is a student in the MFA film production program at BU’s College of Communication. Email John at

Andrew Isaacs (ENG’81) of Bedminster, N.J., was named chief strategy officer at Phoenix Marketing Solutions, a privately held medical communications and integration company in Warren, N.J. He received the BU College of Engineering Distinguished Services to the Community Award in 1999 and has 25 years of medical device, pharmaceutical, consulting product development, and commercial leadership experience.

Jim Wood (CAS’81) of San Diego, Calif., published From Ramen to Riches: Building Wealth in Your 20s (Tannywood Group, 2010). “It aims to help financially clueless 20-somethings get a grip on managing their money,” he writes.


Lynda Bouchard (COM’82) of Hilton Head, S.C., launched Booking Authors Ink, an author concierge service that helps publishing companies, authors, and speakers by securing media placement and speaking venues, providing travel arrangements, and other services. Visit, or email Lynda at

David Chivers (COM’82) of Wilbraham, Mass., stepped down as an administrative judge in the Massachusetts workers compensation system after 18 years. He has opened his own law office in Springfield, Mass., which focuses on trial work, including criminal defense. David also hopes to do more creative writing. His wife, Marie, is a nurse practitioner. Their two sons, Nate and Adam, are starting their college searches.

Wynn Harmon (CFA’82) of New York, N.Y., played The Ghost/Player King in Hamlet at the Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah, last September. He later played Michael in God of Carnage at TheaterWorks in Hartford, Conn. Email him at

David Lawton (CFA’82) of New York, N.Y., published a poem in the anthology hell strung and crooked (Uphook Press, 2010). Last November, he traveled to Cambridge, Mass., with fellow New York City poets to read with Boston poet Lenore Balliro.


Tom Hayes (CAS’83) of San Jose, Calif., published No Size Fits All: From Mass Marketing to Mass Handselling (Portfolio Hardcover, 2009). The book, which Tom co-wrote with Michael S. Malone, gives a behind-the-scenes look at changes taking place in marketing and global business. Tom also wrote Jump Point: How Network Culture Is Revolutionizing Business (McGraw-Hill, 2008).

Vito Mazza (CGS’81, COM’83) of Trumbull, Conn., is president of Hunger Relief and Development, Inc., a nonprofit that raises money for the earthquake victims in Haiti. Learn more at, or email Vito at

Tina Traster (COM’83) of Valley Cottage, N.Y., published Burb Appeal: A Collection of Humorous Essays (Tina Traster, 2010), which is based on her newspaper column about moving from the city to the suburbs. Email Tina at


Marc Kaufman (ENG’84) of Chevy Chase, Md., joined the Washington, D.C., office of Reed Smith. “Still get to a few hockey games every year,” he writes. Email him at


Michael K. Barron (LAW’85) of Wellesley, Mass., a corporate and securities partner in the global law firm DLA Piper, was named to Lawdragon 3000, a source of legal news and information. Michael is cofounder and a member of the board of directors of Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange.

Eric Berger (ENG’85) of Ipswich, Mass., recently received Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity’s Distinguished Service Award for his involvement in the development and implementation of its True Brother Initiative, a program that provides fraternity members with a format and structure to live values-based lives.

Norma Roth (CGS’83, COM’85) of Cherry Hill, N.J., published her first book, Pink Ribbon Journey: Stories From the Heart (Norma Roth, 2010). Norma, a breast cancer survivor, spent five years working with a photographer to create a book of photo essays that offers a glimpse into the lives of women with breast cancer, their families, and the medical professionals who care for them. Visit, or email Norma at

Elizabeth M. Williams (COM’85) of Berkeley, Calif., exhibited her photography last summer at the University of California, Berkeley, and at San Francisco Camerawork. Elizabeth has shown her work at Stanford University and the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. Visit


David Biespiel (CAS’86) of Portland, Ore., published Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces (Kelson Books, 2010). David, a poet and founder of the Attic: A Haven for Writers, writes a column on poetry for the Oregonian and contributes to various newspapers, magazines, and literary periodicals. Visit

Robert B. Dimmick (CFA’86) of Jamaica Plain, Mass., was elected president of the Interlochen Alumni Organization in April 2010. As president he will work with the administration and trustees of the Interlochen Center for the Arts on the 50th anniversary of Interlochen Arts Academy, in 2012. Robert writes on etiquette at

Susan Porter (LAW’86) of New Albany, Ohio, a partner at Schottenstein Zox & Dunn Co., was recognized in the 2011 edition of the publication Best Lawyers.

Don Schlossman (CFA’86,’88) of Santa Monica, Calif., played Billy Pilgrim in the West Coast premiere of Eric Simonson’s Steppenwolf Theater–commissioned adaption of Slaughterhouse Five. The show ran last fall at the Studio-Stage Theater in Los Angeles.


Stephen Keneally (MET’87) of Montecito, Calif., was appointed president of American Global Standards, a certifier of corporate quality and environmental management systems. Email him at

Darius Melisaratos (CAS’87, MED’87) of Alpine, N.J., is an assistant attending radiologist in the department of radiology and imaging at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, N.Y.

Joe Rabinovitz (SED’87) of Boca Raton, Fla., has been a child psychologist for 24 years. He recently made the decision to “step outside the box in order to help as many folks as possible become more prosperous,” he writes. Check out what he’s doing at

Dan Warner (SED’87) of Houston, Tex., recently became director of admissions for Rice University after three years at Stanford University. Dan writes, “I would love to hear from any and all classmates and friends, especially from Lambda Chi, SED, and Student Union.” Email Dan at

Lauren Zirilli (CAS’87) of Boston, Mass., founded the nonprofit organization JILLIES to support women with breast cancer. JILLIES manufactures patient treatment wear for women with the disease and hosts programs that promote breast cancer health for all women. JILLIES launched a breast health education program for BU students on September 11, 2010, when team members participated in the Kick for a Cure event at Nickerson Field, hosted by Kappa Sigma and Gamma Phi. Visit, or email Lauren at


William Gruel (LAW’88) of Martinsburg, W.V., and his wife, Rebekah, announce the birth of their seventh child, Wilford, last September. William is an immigration and criminal defense lawyer. Email him at


Amy Brenner-Fricke (COM’89) of Oakdale, Conn., writes that she recently enjoyed a mini reunion in Boston with several of her classmates: Gretchen (Neuwirth) Newell (SED’89), Erica (Castle) Davidovic (CAS’89), Pamela (Iovino) Isenburg (CGS’87, COM’89), Andrea Deyo Zaluski (ENG’89), and Jacqueline Gibbons (MET’89). The women met while living on West Campus during their freshmen and sophomore years. They spent a long weekend catching up with one another, visiting favorite sights in the city, and marveling at the changes to BU’s campus since their graduation.

Susan Page (MET’89) of Orlando, Fla., published The Power of Business Process Improvement: 10 Simple Steps to Increase Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Adaptability (AMACOM, 2010). Susan is a business process improvement consultant for the computer, banking, and entertainment industries.

Rebecca Rosenberger Smolen (CGS’87, CAS’89) of Bala Cynwyd, Pa., was appointed cochair of the Women’s Initiative Committee for the Philadelphia Estate Planning Council, an organization of nearly 1,000 lawyers, accountants, financial planners, insurance agents, and trust officers involved in estate planning.


Melissa Croteau (COM’90) of Sharon, Mass., has been named chief marketing officer at the law firm Nixon Peabody.

Carlos Hoyt (SSW’90) of Andover, Mass., writes that he recently created a website for “individuals who are commonly ascribed to the black or African American race, but who do not subscribe to the social construct of race.” He writes, “I am also a researcher seeking to provide a voice for race transcenders to describe the factors and paths that lead to a nonrace identity. Visit, or email Carlos at

D. Michael Noonan (LAW’90) of Exeter, N.H., is a shareholder in the law firm Shaheen & Gordon, where he has worked since 1990. The Best Lawyers in America recognized him for his work as a personal injury lawyer. Email him at

Jonathan Spampinato (CAS’90), of Oslo, Norway, moved to the country in January 2010 for work. Jonathan writes that he is enjoying the European lifestyle. Email him at


Wilma Slenders (MET’91) of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, writes that she has completed two major milestones. She earned a PhD in organization and management with a specialization in leadership from Capella University. Her dissertation topic was Chief Executive Officers and Their Trusted Advisor Relationships: A Qualitative Study from the CEO’s Perspective. Wilma also completed an executive coaching program and is now a certified professional coach. Email her at


Tony Biscardi (CAS’92, SED’94) of Medford, Mass., is director of College Academy, a summer program for gifted middle school students. Lisa Desberg (SED’01), John Matos (CAS’08), and Shea Justice (CFA’93) work with him. Both Lisa and Shea have received teaching awards at the program for their outstanding ability in the classroom.

Michael Brown (LAW’92) of Huntington, N.Y., was appointed associate village justice of Lloyd Harbor in 2009 and continues to practice criminal defense in Suffolk County, N.Y.


Larry Betcher (SSW’93) of Portland, Ore., was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Social Workers. He was also recently appointed by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski to serve as the social services representative on the Oregon Health Services Commission. Email Larry at

Alexandra Chan (CAS’93) of Pound Ridge, N.Y., married Jack H. Katz on December 18, 2010, in Ridgefield, Conn. Alexandra is vice president of dental services and the interim medical director for administrative services in Hartford, Conn. Jack practices internal medicine and is the interim medical director for clinical services in Hartford.

Edward Comentale (CAS’93) of Bloomington, Ind., edited The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies (Indiana University Press, 2009) with Aaron Jaffe. In the book, 21 fans and scholars address the influences of the film The Big Lebowski as well as its historic connections to the first Iraq war, boomers, slackers, surrealism, college culture, and bowling. Edward is an associate professor of English at Indiana University Bloomington.

Stephen Oakes (COM’93) of Reading, Mass., is the adoption counselor at the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, Mass. Previously, he was a public relations manager at Advanced Micro Devices in Austin, Tex., and vice president at GCI Group in New York, N.Y. Email him at

Kaara Peterson (CAS’93, GRS’95,’01) of Brighton, Mass., published Popular Medicine, Hysterical Disease, and Social Controversy in Shakespeare’s England (Ashgate, 2010), which focuses on the rhetorics of female disease in 16th- and 17th-century literature and culture. Kaara is an associate professor of English at Miami University of Ohio.

Casey Sherman (COM’93) of Marshfield, Mass., adapted his 2009 book Bad Blood: Freedom and Death in the White Mountains (UPNE, 2009) for the big screen. Moody Street Pictures will begin filming in 2011. His previous books include The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue (Scribner, 2010) and Search for the Strangler: My Hunt for Boston’s Most Notorious Killer (Grand Central Publishing, 2005). The Cold Case Investigative Research Institute honored him with its 2010 Truth & Justice Award for his work in the Boston Strangler case. Email Casey at

Suzanne Staszak-Silva (CAS’93) of Scotch Plains, N.J., and Fab Silva (SAR’93) announce the birth of twins, Tess Genevieve and Graham Garrett, on May 2, 2010. They join big brother Asher and big sister Mireille. Email Suzanne at

Elaine Waterhouse Wilson (CAS’93, LAW’93) of Chicago, Ill., was appointed the American Bar Association’s Real Property Trust & Estate Section advisor to the National Conference on Commissioners on Uniform State Laws’ Drafting Committee on the Oversight of Charitable Assets Act. She is a partner at Quarles & Brady.


Liz Appel (CAS’94) and John Kaufhold (ENG’95,’01) of Arlington, Va., were married in August 2010. Among those attending the wedding were James Appel (LAW’69), Rebecca Bates (ENG’90), Natalia Levina (CAS’94), Nicole Goldstein Rivas (CAS’95), Michele Arbeeny Lotito (CAS’94), Aaron Lewis (SMG’95), Lisa Maney Lewis (SMG’95), Teresa Lopez VanDever (CAS’95), Isaac Peachin (ENG’95), Joseph Greenstein (ENG’95), Vadim Spektor (ENG’95, MED’00), Leah Dunton Greenstein (ENG’96), Timothy Todd (Tater) Read (ENG’00), Robert Weisenseel (ENG’04), Bob Dizon (ENG’01), Kristen Richardson (ENG’01), and Chuck Dorval (ENG’04). Liz is a regulatory counsel for the assistant secretary of Indian affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior, and John is a technical fellow and image scientist at SAIC in Washington, D.C.

D. Paul Koch, Jr. (LAW’94, GSM’08) and Catherine A. Koch (CAS’96, SED’96,’97) of North Andover, Mass., announce the birth of their third “Kochling,” Eli Zachary. He joins his two sisters, Grace Hannah, born in 2006, and Emma Abigail, born in 2008, as “cooperative tyrants over their parents,” Paul writes. The couple would be happy to hear from anyone at

Mary (Jurgensen) LaCivita (CAS’94) of Brockton, Mass., is of counsel at the law firm Orsi, Arone, Rothenberg, Iannuzzi & Turner, in Needham, Mass., where she practices divorce and family law. Email Mary at

Dawn Lombardi (CFA’94) of Farmington, Conn., showed her oil paintings at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington last November. The paintings were part of a farmer’s market series, featuring the scenes that Dawn painted every Sunday.  

Marnie (Goldman) Spector (CGS’92, COM’94) of Baltimore, Md., married Karl Spector in Miami, Fla., on June 26, 2010. Karl proposed on stage with 1980s pop idol Boy George on New Years Eve in London, England. Marnie’s freshman-year roommate, Sarah Fogel (CGS’92, COM’94), attended the wedding and signed the ketubah. Marnie is a public relations and marketing professional. Email her at


Daniel Friedman (CAS’95) of Brookline, Mass., recently returned to the Boston area with his wife, Emily, and his two children, seven-year-old Sophia, five-year-old Caleb. He is vice president of strategic solutions at Kelly Habib John, a brand strategy consulting firm. Email him at

Matthew K. Nock (CAS’95) of Brookline, Mass., was named professor of psychology at Harvard University. Previously, Matthew was the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard, where he has been a faculty member since 2003. Matthew’s research focuses on self-injury and suicidal behavior in adolescents and adults.

Sarah Raymond (LAW’95) of Dover, Mass., recently opened a law firm in Dover, specializing in trusts and estate planning and probate law. Visit, or email her at

Christina Severin (SPH’95) of Boston, Mass., along with Peter Bristol (CGS’89, CAS’92, GRS’92) and Doug Thompson (CAS’89), both of Cambridge, Mass., were part of a senior leadership team for Network Health, Inc., which received the 2010 Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare Award in the health plan category from HealthLeaders Media. Teams were judged on their overall leadership culture and their ability to overcome challenges. Network Health, Inc., provides health care coverage to more than 160,000 Massachusetts residents with low and moderate incomes.

Christy (Cullen) Williams (CAS’95, SED’96) of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of their first child, Kaylee Elizabeth, on October 7, 2010. Email Christy at

John Yunker (COM’95) of Ashland, Ore., published a novel, The Tourist Trail (Byte Level Books, 2010), a literary adventure about endangered species in the world’s most remote areas, and those who put their lives on the line to protect them. The book was inspired by a trip to the Patagonia region of Argentina, where John volunteered with a penguin census for the University’s of Washington’s Penguin Project. Yunker writes that the novel was represented by a major New York agency in 2009 but couldn’t find a publisher. “First you look for the perfect publisher,” he writes. “Then you become the perfect publisher.” The Tourist Trial is an example of authors successfully taking their work directly to readers, he writes. “The Kindle and iPad have allowed me to find the audience that I know is out there. So far, the results have been fantastic.” Visit


Catherine Koppel (CAS’96, COM’96) of New Orleans, La., is a fellow of the Alfa Fellowship Program, in Moscow, Russia. The program chooses 10 young American specialists each year to learn about modern Russian society, culture, business, and politics.

Michelle Digilio O’Connell (CAS’96) of Mooresville, N.C., and her husband, John, welcomed daughter Sarah Marie on February 2, 2010. Michelle and John married in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 24, 2009, before moving to Mooresville with their children Chris, Andrew, Patrick, Peter, Amanda, and Elizabeth. Email Michelle at

Laurie Searle (COM’96) of Santa Monica, Calif., is an actor, host, writer, and yoga and fitness instructor. She is also the creator and writer of the comic strip Lady Yoga, Superhero, which appears in LA Yoga magazine. Laurie’s blogs are at, and her videos are at Email Laurie at


Dawn Behrmann (CAS’97) of Westport, Conn., married Matthew Robbins on June 19, 2010, in Ridgefield, Conn. Allison Francis (CAS’97), Julie Lippert (COM’97), Kalina Gendel Laroque (SMG’98), Michel Laroque (MET’99), Alexis Absalom-Bosworth (SED’99), and Nicolina Saporito (SMG’99) attended the wedding.

Erin Brennen (SED’97) of Marlborough, Mass., is the assistant athletics director at Emerson College. Previously, Erin was director of athletics at Pine Manor College. She also was an athletic trainer at BU, where she worked primarily with the men’s soccer and wrestling programs from 1997 to 2004.

Seth Fox (COM’97) of New York, N.Y., and his wife, Ann (Dugan) Fox (CAS’98), announce the birth of twins, Jacob Mason and Ella Madeline, on April 26, 2010. The twins join big sister Jenna.

Jay Gabler (SED’97) of Minneapolis, Minn., recently published Sociology for Dummies (Wiley, 2010). Email Jay at

Karen Lau (COM’97) of Glendale, Calif., cocreated and coproduced two public service announcements for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to raise awareness about the VA benefits available to returning veterans.

Shin Yu Pai (CAS’97), formerly Doris Pai, of Conway, Ark., published her eighth book of poetry, Adamantine (White Pine Press, 2010). Publication of the collection was funded in part by a grant from the 4Culture Foundation. Email her at

Evan Stein (CGS’95, COM’97) of Studio City, Calif., owns Experience Music Group, an independent music licensing and publishing company, which has placed the music of scores of independent artists in commercials, television shows, and films. Evan founded the company in 2003 with business partner Martin Weiner, and in 2009, they diversified to include an artist management division. Evan and his wife, Tamara, have a toddler, Ethan, and an infant, Stella. Visit, or email Evan at

Philip C. Williams (CGS’95, CAS’97) of Playa Del Ray, Calif., married Dina Torok on March 7, 2010, in Los Angeles. Remy Debes (CAS’97) and Jake Kono (CAS’97) attended.


Kurt Bauer (GSM’98) of Miami, Fla., is chief of staff for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency support team to the United States Southern Command. Former classmates can contact Kurt at

Conor Carlin (CAS’98) and Sandra (Brackney) Carlin (CAS’98) of Boston, Mass., welcomed their third child, Eamon Ulysses, in May 2009. Eamon joins his sister, Fiona, and his brother, Leo. Conor recently earned an MBA cum laude from Babson College and works in the Boston area.

Sarah Mogg Ingoldsby (SED’98, GSM’09) of Boston, Mass., and her husband, Michael, welcomed their first child, Lily Margaret, on March 28, 2010. Email Sarah at

Sheri A. (Tenn) Klock (SAR’98,’00,’10) of Riverdale, N.J., earned a doctorate in physical therapy at BU’s Sargent College. Email her at

Bethany Shorb (CFA’98) of Detroit, Mich., was featured in a documentary web series, Detroit Lives, starring Johnny Knoxville. The series, launched on the website for Palladium Boots, was produced by the European boot manufacturer and Virtue, the creative agency for Vice magazine. The brand’s slogan, “We put our boots on and went exploring,” inspired the idea to explore different urban centers around the world.

Bernadette Coveney Smith (COM’98) of Boston, Mass., is the founder of the nation’s first gay wedding planning firm, 14 Stories, which she established in 2004. Bernadette published Gay Wedding Confidential (iUniverse, 2010), which provides information to gay couples planning their wedding. Email her at


Nicole (Williams) Adamowicz (SED’99, CAS’99, GRS’01) of Marlborough, Mass., and her husband, Matthew, welcomed their second child, Benjamin Charles, on July 28, 2010. Benjamin joins big brother James, who is 18 months older.

Tania Hossain Caravella (SPH’99) of Durham, N.C., presented the keynote address at the Harmonization of Clinical Trial Protocol Review Process and Research Ethics Training Conference in Mangochi, Malawi. She is the regulatory affairs manager and international ethics consultant for the Center for AIDS Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sherley E. Cruz (CAS’99, LAW’03) of Boston, Mass., left the Greater Boston Legal Services employment law unit to become the community outreach coordinator for the Fair Labor Division in the Massachusetts attorney general’s office. Email Sherley at

Richard A. Davis (GRS’99) of North York, Ontario, Canada, published The Intangibles of Leadership: The 10 Qualities of Superior Executive Performance (Jossey-Bass, 2010). Richard, an industrial/organizational psychologist, is a partner at RHR International.

Talia Houminer (COM’99) of New York, N.Y., was promoted to vice president of international business and legal affairs at the Weinstein Company, an independent film studio. Email her at

Roger House (GRS’99) of Arlington, Mass., is an assistant professor in American studies at Emerson College. He recently published Blue Smoke (Louisiana State University Press, 2010) about the life and times of legendary Chicago bluesman Big Bill Broonzy.

Grant Silver (CGS’97, CAS’99) of Brookline, Mass., recently joined the asset management division of BioMed Realty in Cambridge, Mass. BioMed Realty focuses on providing real estate to the life science industry.

Gwen Thompson (GRS’99) of Brooklyn, N.Y., started a feng shui consulting business, Graceful Space, which was profiled in the Faster Times as part of an ongoing series exploring the challenges of small-business marketing in the digital age. Graceful Space will be used as an interactive test case to experiment with various marketing strategies suggested by Faster Times readers. The results will be tracked and analyzed in future Faster Times columns. Visit, or email Gwen at

Elizabeth Vineis (CFA’99) of Flushing, N.Y., and her husband, Eugenio Silvestrini, announce the birth of their identical twin daughters, Isabella Sofia and Olivia Ines, on March 18, 2010. Email Elizabeth at


Kathy Ehrich Dowd (COM’00) and Mark Dowd (COM’00) of Maplewood, N.J., announce the birth of their first child, Jack William Dowd, on April 1, 2010. “Jack is a master communicator already, as he is quite skilled at making sure his parents do exactly what he wants,” Kathy writes. Kathy is a pop culture and human interest freelance writer for several national publications, and Mark is a marketing and communications manager for Instinet, a brokerage firm in New York City. Kathy and Mark were married in 2004 at BU’s Marsh Chapel.

Angela Frechette (COM’00) of Atlanta, Ga., started her own company after spending 10 years in public relations and corporate communications. Angie Fresh, LLC, provides freelance writing, editing, and PR services to a wide range of companies and publications. Visit, or email her at>.

Karie L. Frost (COM’00) of New York, N.Y., launched Beauty Etc., a digital magazine devoted to the makeup artist and beauty-loving “prosumer.” Visit

Tom Kiley (COM’00) of Washington, D.C., was named director of communications for the U.S House of Representatives financial services committee. The committee, chaired by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), oversees housing, real estate, banking, insurance, and securities.

Marshall Levit (CGS’98, COM’00) of Houston, Tex., and his wife, Abigail Neiman, announce the birth of their first child, Hannah Judith Levit, on September 22, 2010. Email Marshall at

Loretta (Hawkes) McHugh (ENG’00) Thompson, Conn., and her husband, Evan, announce the birth of their son, James Patrick Ronald, on September 11, 2010. “Big sister Maggie couldn’t be more excited for her brother to be here,” Loretta writes. “Keep an eye out for the McHugh family at BU hockey games!” Email Loretta at

Barbra (Galdo) Ondis (SED’00) of Lincoln, R.I., and her husband, Albie, welcomed their first child, Luciana Maria, on June 5, 2010. Email Barbra at

Echol Nix (STH’00, GRS’07) of Greenville, S.C., published his first book, Ernst Troeltsch and Comparative Theology (Peter Lang Publishing, 2010). Email Echol at

Lesley Tellez (COM’00) of Mexico City, Mexico, launched Eat Mexico, a culinary tourism business that offers “fun, informal food tours” of Mexico City, where Lesley moved with her husband in January 2009.Visit, or email Lesley at  

Andrew Walker (CAS’00) of Huntington Station, N.Y., and his wife Ann (Alves) Walker (CAS’01) announce the birth of their first child, Logan Manuel, on July 29, 2010. Email Andrew at and Ann at

Lisa Wong (CAS’00, GRS’00) of Fitchburg, Mass., received the Conservationists of the Year Award, along with the Fitchburg Greenway Committee, from the Trustees of Reservations on September 25, 2010. She has served as the mayor of Fitchburg since 2007.


Lilah Al-Masri (SAR’01) of Annapolis, Md., coauthored 100 Questions and Answers about Sports Nutrition and Exercise (Jones and Bartlett, March 2010).

Robert A. Caplen (CAS’01, GRS’01) of Washington, D.C., published his first book, Shaken and Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond (Xlibris, 2010), a cultural history of the “Bond girl” character. Visit, or email Robert at

Joseph M. Donnelly (SMG’01) of Washington, D.C., earned an MBA at Columbia Business School in May 2010 and began working with Deloitte Consulting in the Washington, D.C., area in August 2010. Email Joseph at

Robert Gustafson (COM’01) of Los Angeles, Calif., married Melissa Renzi on May 1, 2010, in Jenkintown, Pa. Paul Gustafson (CAS’63), Ben Dietz (COM’00), David Ryan Quigley (CAS’00), Richard Barrientos (CFA’00), Adam Alexander (CFA’01), Aaron Kaburick (CAS’00), Ed Fians (CAS’00), Jeremy Wahlman (COM’01), Anthony La Pira (CGS’99, COM’01), and John Craven (SED’00,’01) were in the wedding party. Also in attendance were Heather Dietz (COM’01), Noel Cody (COM’99), Rebecca La Pira (CGS’96, COM’98), Stephanie Albrycht (COM’02), Phillip Miller (COM’00), Kelli Strieby (CGS’99, COM’01), Mark Doyle (CGS’99, COM’01), Matt Kaszanek (COM’03), Megan Lewit (COM’03), Jessie (Greher) Traue (CAS’01, SED’02), Stephanie Unwin-Kuruneri (CGS’99, CAS’01), Elin Eggertsdottir (CFA’01), and Jaime Pona (COM’00).

John Hannon (SMG’01) and Megan (Cross) Hannon (CAS’02, MED’07) of Pembroke, Mass., announce the birth of their daughter, Lily Jane Hannon, on July 23, 2010. John writes that all are healthy and happy.

Rovshan Ismailov (SPH’01) of Toronto, Canada, published New Insights Into the Mechanisms of Alzheimer’s Disease: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Kindle, 2010). Visit, or email Rovshan at

Ashley (Ellis) Papadopoulos (CGS’99, SED’01) and George Papadopoulos (ENG’01) of Franklin, Mass., announce the birth of their first child, Theodore William, on March 13, 2010.

Eric Parker (COM’01) of Arlington, Va., is the communications director for U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio). Email Eric at

James Perrin (CFA’01) of Enville, Tenn., showed his paintings in a solo exhibition last fall at Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, Tenn.

Tulasi Srinivas (UNI’01) of Arlington, Mass., had her latest work, Winged Faith: Rethinking Globalization and Religious Pluralism Through the Sathya Sai Movement (Columbia University Press, 2010), chosen as a featured publication on the Social Science Research Council’s blog, The Immanent Frame. Tulasi is an assistant professor of anthropology at Emerson College.

Summer (Spanish) Swydan (SMG’01) and Paul Swydan (SMG’01) of Centennial, Colo., announce the birth of their first child, Xander Paul, on May 31, 2010.


Isabelle V. Benditte (CAS’02) of Coral Gables, Fla., married Russell F. Pike on May 8, 2010 in Miami, Fla. Tim McBride (CAS’02), Steven Wolfe (CAS’02), and Kristin Rae (CAS’02) attended the wedding. Isabelle is director of development at South Florida Urban Ministries and is enjoying her work. Email her at

Devri Xaviera Davis (CGS’00, COM’02) of Los Angeles, Calif., launched DEVRIXAVIERA Designs, showcasing her handmade knits and crochets, at in February 2010. She is the assistant manager of marketing at Royal Imex. Email her at

Melissa (Nott) Davis (LAW’02) of Somerville, Mass., and her husband, Nate, announce the birth of their first daughter, Eleanor Grace, on July 29, 2010.

Zachary Dubey (CAS’02) of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., married Shira Blum on June 13, 2010, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Robert Kanzer (SMG’01) and Brandon Mellusi (SMG’04) were groomsmen. Zach has worked as a lawyer in New York since 2007. Email him at

Josh Eriksen (SMG’02) of Billerica, Mass., is pursuing a Master of Science in communications design at the Pratt Institute in New York City. Visit, or email him at

Sarah Glidden (CFA’02) of Brooklyn, N.Y., published the graphic novel How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less (Vertigo, 2010), a series of mini-comics about her birthright trip to Israel.


Jeanne (Lucas) Ciccone (CAS’03) of Newark, Del., and her husband, Marco, announce the birth of their first child, Thomas Giovanni, on April 19, 2010.

Rachel (Davidner) Einstein (CGS’01, COM’03) of Kansas City, Mo., married Claude Einstein on June 13, 2010. Sarah Longosky Cusick (CAS’03), Stefanie Munsky (CAS’03), Alana Budasoff (CAS’03), Shari Mason (COM’03), Jason Nadler (CAS’03), and Lindsey Stone (CGS’01, COM’03) attended the wedding.

Amanda (Turner) Schlan (COM’03) and Max Schlan (SHA’03) of Syosset, N.Y., announce the birth of their first child, Emily Lila, on March 9, 2010.

Nathaniel Ulrich (CAS’03) of Boston, Mass., married Kristyn Brezinsky on July 10, 2010, in New Orleans, La. Richard Peterson (CAS’05), Brandon Cook (CGS’03, CAS’05), Stanley Kam (CGS’05, SMG’07), Andrew Delker (SMG’05), and Geoff Fisher (CAS’06) were guests.


Katie (Fone) Bordelon (SED’04,’05) of Arlington, Mass., married Darren Bordelon on July 18, 2010, in Hunter, N.Y. Cindy Reasner (CAS’04) was the maid of honor. Nicholas Kassotis (CAS’04), Leanne Dellabovi (SED’04,’05), Karen Simmons (SAR’03), and Christine Tolfree Williams (COM’04) were also in attendance. Katie is a first grade teacher in the Chelsea public schools, and Darren is an ophthalmologic technician for an eye care office in Boston. Email Katie at

Ezra Caplan (ENG’04) of Bethesda, Md., graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Master of Science in aerospace engineering in May 2010. Ezra, who lives with his wife, Gillian, is a captain in the U.S. Air Force and recently received orders to the Pentagon. Email him at

Al Conti (ENG’04) of East Greenwich, R.I., organized a 10-year reunion for his Sleeper Hall floormates last September. Attending the reunion were Eda Atasoy (COM’04), Rowan Benjamin (SMG’04), Jackie Baker Linnell (CAS’04), Bill Griffin (ENG’04), Deena Kelly (CAS’04), Jon Manierre (ENG’04), Michael Mephan (ENG’04), Liz Peterson (CGS’02, CAS’04), Brad Phylis (ENG’04), Adam Pisco (ENG’04), Nina Quinn (CAS’04), Chris Taclas (ENG’04), Lisa Trifiletti (CAS’04), Melissa Wrba (CAS’04), and their residence assistant Steve Comeau (ENG’01,’07). Al and Mike had T-shirts printed with Steve’s face on the front and “Sleeper 11” on the back. Weekend activities included canoeing, catching up, and an Allston pub crawl. Some came from as far as Hawaii and Seattle for the reunion.

Lisa (Romeo) DeVerna (CAS’04) of Hoboken, N.J., and her husband, John, announce the birth of their daughter, Courtney Nicole, on May 14, 2010. Email Lisa at

Amanda (Lima) Glinski (LAW’04) of New Bedford, Mass., and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of a son, Mark Jacob Glinski, Jr., on February 27, 2010. Amanda opened a solo practice, focusing on estate planning and probate matters, in New Bedford in June 2010.

Gwen Shipley (SED’04) of Cambridge, Mass., was recognized as the Massachusetts Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Biology Teachers. Gwen teaches at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham, Mass.

Michael Williams (CAS’04) and Tara Williams (SED’04) of Washington, D.C., announce the birth of their daughter, Marilyn Grace, on August 15, 2010. Michael and Tara were married on September 29, 2007, in Danbury, Conn. Patricia Townsley (CAS’04), Megan Sigovich (CAS’11), Jeff Bruckner (COM’04), Chris Murphy (SED’04), Andrew Parker (COM’04), Thomas Rains (CGS’02, CAS’04, COM’04), and Rikhav Shah (SMG’04) were in the wedding party. Also in attendance were Courtney Spencer Cuykendall (CAS’04), Victoria Garcia Wilburn (SAR’05), Anne Fortino Rositch (CAS’04), Katy Thakkar (CAS’04), Alex Mitchell (SMG’04), Jason Terk (CAS’05), Brendan Cavalier (SMG’04), Paul DeGennaro (CAS’04), Michael Scutro (SMG’04), Grace Scutro (SMG’04), Emily Aframe (SAR’04), and Andre Mount (CAS’04). Tara is a teacher and Mike is a legislative representative. Email Tara at


Steve Holmgren (SMG’05) of Ridgewood, N.Y., produced the feature film Putty Hill. “We have gotten great reviews, including a four-star, two-thumbs-up Ebert write-up following our Berlin premiere,” he writes. Visit Steve also programs Uniondocs, a microcinema in New York City that presents nonfiction projects to the public. Visit

Paul Jenkins (SED’05,’06) of Waldorf, Md., presented at the 2010 Maryland Society for Educational Technology (MSET) annual conference in Baltimore, Md. Paul’s presentation, Playing with ’Postrophes: Interactive Grammar Instruction, was selected as a 2010 MSET Grant Award Winner. Email Paul at

Akiva Leeder (CAS’05) and Amanda Aaron (CAS’05) of Brooklyn, N.Y., were married on October 3, 2010, in Closter, N.J. David Aaron (CGS’01, CAS’03), Lisa Joels (COM’05), Brooke Allman (CGS’03, CAS’05), Emily Cantor (CAS’05), Joshua Weinstein (CGS’03, CAS’05), and Christian Kalled (CGS’03, CAS’05) were in the wedding party. Diane Ackerman (CAS’05), Jillian Kornsweig (CAS’06), Barbara Sharnak (COM’04), Nathan Blouin (CAS’03), Matt Kersner (CGS’03, CAS’05), Alexandra Willinger (CGS’03, CAS’05), Nick Ogiony (COM’05), Ian Gould (CFA’05), Jeremy Cherson (COM’05), Gunner Arnson (CAS’05), Devashish Kandpal (CAS’05), Kristen Kalick (CAS’05), Nicole Lederman (COM’05), Jackson Haddad (CGS’03, CAS’06), Joshua Bond (COM’05), Eitan Burstein (CAS’05), Jeremiah Glazer (CAS’05), Haviland Rummel (CGS’02, COM’04), Chandler Means (CGS’03, CAS’05), Andrew Lundig (CGS’03, CAS’05), Eric Mendel (CAS’02), and Steven Gut (SMG’03) also attended. Amanda teaches autistic children at the McCarton School in New York City, and Akiva is an entrepreneur and attorney.

Victoria Martone (CGS’03, SMG’05) and Joseph Cardinale (CAS’05) of Massapequa, N.Y., were married on June 18, 2010. Guests included Justin Burke (ENG’05), Michelle (Bussichella) Palladino (CGS’04, SMG’06), Colleen (Casey) Evjen (CFA’05), Robyn (Desmarais) Varney (SMG’05), Brian Fage (CGS’03, SMG’05), Matthew Glassman (CGS’03, CAS’05), Charles Levine (CGS’03, CAS’05), Laura Maguire (SHA’06), Steven Orzo (SMG’06), Marc Reiser (CGS’03, SMG’05), Anthony Rich (COM’05), Kaya Rifkin (CAS’06), Nicholas Riley (CGS’03, SMG’05), David Stockel (CGS’04, SMG’06), and Shannon Varney (CGS’03, SMG’05).

Alexandra Lauren Silva (SMG’05) of New York, N.Y., became engaged to Michael Jacob Chau (CAS’05) on July 2, 2010, in New York. Alexandra is a private banker at Morgan Stanley, and Justin is a technology analyst at Goldman Sachs. Alexandra writes that she and Michael love their Friday night sushi and movie dates, just like they did at BU. Email Alexandra at

Rachael (Petro) Wojtovich (CAS’05, GRS’05) and Andrew Wojtovich (CAS’05, GRS’05) of Rochester, N.Y., announce the birth of their second son, Bennett Rhys, on August 31, 2010. He joins his two-year-old brother, Jackson.


Philip Becnel (MET’06) of Washington, D.C., published Private Investigator Entry Level (02E) (iUniverse, 2009), a textbook for the entry course required of all private investigators in Virginia. Philip is the managing partner of Dinolt Becnel & Wells Investigative Group in Washington, D.C. He is married with two children. Visit, or email him at

Kevin B. Fornshill (MET’06) of Alexandria, Va., received the 2010 Anti-Defamation League SHIELD Award on October 18, 2010, in Washington, D.C. Kevin, a detective with the U.S Park Police, was honored for more than a decade’s work investigating hate- and bias-related crimes.

Sam Kendall (CGS’04, CAS’06) of San Francisco, Calif., recently returned from the Peace Corps in Ukraine. He left again in July for Tajikistan, where he was a Kiva Fellow, part of a volunteer organization with Kiva, a microfinance web platform.

Deepa Natarajan (CAS’06) of Berkeley, Calif., married Gautam Ganeshan on June 20, 2010, in Berkeley. Olivia Dunn (COM’06), Talia Frenkel (CAS’06), Imogen Lee (CAS’06), Kira Klapper (CGS’04, COM’06), Valentina Gallup (CAS’08), Amber Held (UNI’06), Bonnie Steyer (SED’06,’09), Rachel Gaddes (SAR’06, SPH’08), Maria Daskolopolous (CAS’05), and Nicholas Kretz (CAS’05) attended the wedding. Deepa has worked at the UC Botanical Garden in Berkeley since graduation. Email Deepa at


Michael Bear (CAS’07) of Buffalo, N.Y., published an article in the Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology while working at Tufts University School of Medicine. He attends the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Ellen Hawes Durbin (MET’07) of Austin, Tex., is the senior marketing manager at Unicast. Email Ellen at

Jason Johnson (COM’07) of Mesa, Ariz., and Elizabeth Weinberg (COM’04) of Brooklyn, N.Y., were featured in the “Fresh” section of Communication Arts. The section recognizes up-and-coming artists. Jason works at TunnelBravo, a creative boutique, and Elizabeth is a freelance photographer.

Hyan Kim (CAS’07) of Saratoga, Calif., was promoted to senior account executive and is managing Loyalty and Signature programs at AKQA in San Francisco. Email Hyan at

Alexandra (Hanson) Trevino (SAR’07,’09) and Roberto Trevino, Jr. (CAS’05, SED’09) of Brookline, Mass., were married on August 7, 2010, in BU’s Marsh Chapel. Shama Amin (SMG’07) and Brieann Yimoyines (SAR’09) were bridesmaids, Haig Panossian (CAS’05, MED’08,’13) was the best man, and Anthony Orlando (CAS’04, SED’08,’09) and David Grotsky (CAS’05) were groomsmen. Sean Carlson (CAS’05, COM’05), Jinny Choi (COM’05), Jane Coulter (CAS’07, COM’07), Sapan Desai (SHA’08), Meghan Foster (CGS’04, CAS’06), Laura Najemy (CAS’06), Tanya Kennel (SED’08), Lindsay Koblitz (CAS’05), Maria (Acre) Mahoney (CAS’06), Marianna Martinez (CAS’05), John McEachern (CAS’99), Diana Nenchev (CAS’06, LAW’09,’10), Christa Nordman (COM’06), Stephanie Nunez (CAS’07), Ami Patel (SMG’07), Nehal Patel (SAR’07,’09), Shivani Patel (CAS’06), Neha Rana (SAR’07), Clinton Randall (CAS’05), Nicole Record (MED’08), Shannon Rice (SAR’09), Scott Sawyer (CAS’05), Michael Sordo (CAS’05), Vishad Sheth (CAS’09), Meredyth Thomas (CGS’99, COM’01), and Ryan Ung (CAS’06, MED’08) also attended the wedding. Email Alexandra at


Jessica Ariens (COM’08) of West Chester, Ohio, is a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Sierra Leone. She was featured in the October NBC News story “Making a Difference,” on the Peace Corps’ return to the West African country.

Robert Lehmann (CFA’08) of Scarborough, Maine, released Manuel Ponce: Chamber Music for Strings on Centaur Records, the result of his sabbatical project. William Rounds (CFA’83,’87) is also featured on the CD.

Erica Mosca (CGS’06, COM’08) of Las Vegas, N.V., completed her Teach for America commitment in the Las Vegas Valley, where she taught fifth grade for two years, earned a master’s in curriculum and instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and bought her first home. Erica is pursuing a master’s in education policy and management at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Email her at

John Serbell (COM’08) of Westport, Conn., worked with a team of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps members in Pensacola, Fla., in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The team provided support and educated the public about the oil spill. Previously, he worked for Habitat for Humanity Restore in New Orleans and did relief work in a flooded rural community outside Nashville, Tenn.


Krista McClellan (CFA’09) of Alexandria, Va., recently performed the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Bethesda Summer Music Program. Krista writes, “It was my first-ever Giovanni—what a blast!” Email her at

Anthony Pollington (GRS’09) and Ellen Syracuse (GRS’09) of Madison, Wis., were married on August 21, 2010, in Bedford, N.Y. Eric Moore (GRS’10), Rachel Scudder (GRS’09, GRS’12), Kate Swanger (GRS’09), and Jennifer Wade (GRS’08) were in the wedding party. Also in attendance were Emily Carruthers (CAS’09), Besim Dragovic (CAS’99, GRS’12), Christopher Hein (GRS’10), Eugene Manley (GRS’10), and Elizabeth Wilson (CAS’05).


Andrea Picariello (SAR’10) of Pennington, N.J., was sworn in last October as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cambodia. She will serve with a team of community health educators.