Summer 2012


Ed Bryant (COM’50,’51, SED’53) of Ipswich, Mass., started the Service Academy Night 22 years ago. The annual event introduces students to representatives of the nation’s service academies, such as the U.S. Naval Academy, the Massachusetts and Maine Maritime Academies, Norwich University, and the Citadel. The event draws about 300 parents and students. Ed is a former BU sailing coach and assistant dean of men.

Robert Fehlman (STH’50,’55) of San Diego, Calif., writes that he and his wife, Fran (Yeager) Fehlman (STH’51), have many fond memories of the School of Theology. As a postgraduate student, Robert studied in a small group with Martin Luther King, Jr. (GRS’55, Hon.’59). Robert writes that he and Fran are proud of King’s memory at BU, and that they continue to support the University.


Robert Cabitt (COM’51) of Boston, Mass., published The Case of the Telltale Toes: Marfan Syndrome—Sinister Genetic Disorder of Seven Look-Alike Celebrities (BookBrewer, 2011). “I am founder and former owner of the Northeast Broadcasting School in Boston,” Robert writes. “It’s now known as the New England Institute of Art.” Email him at

Norman Chansky (SED’51,’52) of Swarthmore, Pa., a Temple University professor emeritus, published Old Testament Lore (Wipf and Stock, 2010), a book of poetry inspired by the Old Testament. He is also the author of Essence of the Psalms (Wipf and Stock, 2008) and Shabbat Odes (Poetica Publishing, 2011).


Bob Roth (SMG’52) of Redmond, Ore., was profiled in the Community Life section of the Bend Bulletin in March 2011. The article highlighted his volunteer recycling efforts. “Bottle Boy Bob” has raised more than $11,000 for the Humane Society of Redmond by collecting bottles and cans, according to the article.


Norman Delaney (GRS’56) of Corpus Christi, Texas, received the Naval History Author of the Year Award from the U.S. Naval Institute on October 19, 2011, in Annapolis, Md. The magazine’s editorial staff cited two of Norman’s articles as the best pieces to appear in the magazine in the previous 12 months.

Geraldine Schilling-Nordal (PAL’56, CFA’56, SED’57) of Agawam, Mass., and her husband, Reider Nordal, recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary with a 35-day cruise on the Voyage of the Vikings. The ship stopped in 20 ports in 9 countries, including Greenland, Iceland, and Scotland. A story about the Nordal’s trip appeared in the October 13, 2011, issue of Agawam Advertiser News.


Mary Nyman (GRS’59) of Wareham, Mass., published High School Stories (iUniverse, 2010), a book of short stories for teens. Mary serves on the alumni board of directors for Cape Cod and the Islands. She is also a painter and a jewelry maker. Learn more about her work at


Joseph Doolin (DGE’58, CAS’60, GRS’88) of Osterville, Mass., published South Boston Boy (Bumps River Press, 2011), a story about a boy growing up in South Boston that ends with his admission to BU in 1956.

Mary Leipziger (CFA’60) of Los Angeles, Calif., writes that Spirit magazine recently featured her photograph of cabs crossing Central Park on a rainy day. The New York Times recently ran Mary’s photo of a mother carrying her child in Peru. Email Mary at

Donald F. Megnin (STH’60) of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., published his seventh book, Glimpses of the Past: Letters from Overseas (Outskirts Press, 2011). The letters were written from the end of World War II to the 1980s, and focus on Donald’s experience teaching English at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, where he was the representative of the Syracuse-in-Asia Association of Syracuse University. Donald’s other books, all published by Xlibris, are The Security of Silence (2006), A Conspiracy of Silence (2007), The Struggle to Survive (2008), A Farm Boy Sees the World (2008), and Moments in Time: A Memoir (2010). Email Donald at


Mariel (Farre) Dumin (CAS’61) of Clemson, S.C., earned a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from Stanford University School of Medicine. Mariel worked at New York Medical Center in New York City and the Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, N.J., before becoming a public school speech therapist for various local schools. “My husband and I took up dancing a few years ago in retirement, and we are very enthusiastic,” she writes. “Good for the body, good for the brain, and lots of fun.” The couple recently saw Andrew Pierce (CAS’51) and Edith (Marotz) Pierce (CAS’51) at a dance.

Bonnie Kogos (CAS’61) of New York, N.Y., recently published Manhattan, Manitoulin (Scrivener Press, 2012), a love story that takes place between Manhattan and Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron. “Manitoulin is rugged, bucolic, and agricultural, while Manhattan bustles with life and business,” she writes. “The novel takes you over the swing bridge to discoveries of laughter, loss, and learning.”


B. Amore (CAS’64) of Benson, Vt., coordinated the exhibition Invisible Odysseys: Art by Mexican Farmworkers last winter at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. She and two friends brought art materials to undocumented farmworkers in Vermont’s dairy industry to create the project. “Extraordinary works of art have emerged in the dioramas that they have created expressing their journeys,” she writes. “This is truly ‘work of the soul,’ both moving and powerful, and links their journeys to the larger history of immigration.” Learn more about her work at

Christopher Barbieri (CGS’62, COM’64) of Savannah, Ga., is retired, having worked for Lewis Broadcasting Corporation, the U.S. Army, and BellSouth/AT&T. Chris devotes his energy to the Georgia Lions, the Italian Men’s Society, and various city commissions. Email Chris at

Wayne Goldman (ENG’64) of Elmore, Vt., recently founded Bedell Brook Mill, an engineering consulting and prototype fabrication facility that provides services to both commercial and military facilities. “This continues the work I have done for the past 15 years and allows for production of products in the food service and biomedical fields,” he writes. Email Wayne at


Nancy B. Finn (DGE’63, COM’65, SED’70) of Needham, Mass., published e-Patients Live Longer: The Complete Guide to Managing Health Care Using Technology (iUniverse, 2011).

Jack Mahoney (SMG’65) of Wilmot, N.H., was inducted into the Boston University Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011. As a captain in his senior year, Jack led the Terriers to the 1965 Greater Boston League (GBL) championship. He was twice named a GBL All-Star and twice received the Tommy Gastall Award as team MVP.

Kathleen Spivack (GRS’65) of Watertown, Mass., will publish her memoir, With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Plath, Sexton, Bishop, Kunitz (University Press of New England, 2012) this fall. She studied with Lowell while at BU, along with fellow students Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. The memoir looks at personal friendships and work, she says. Kathleen teaches in Boston and Paris and has received numerous awards and nominations for her writing. Visit


Lorraine (Wysoskie) Hurley (SED’67,’69) of Newtown, Conn., owns the Hurley Kitchen, where she conducts cooking classes for children ages 8 to 12. She welcomes ideas, comments, and visits to her website, Email Lorraine at

Audry L. Lynch (SED’67) of Saratoga, Calif., delivered a presentation on her book, The Rebel Figures in American Literature and Film: John Steinbeck and James Dean (Mellen Press, 2009), in October 2011 at the Harvard Club in Boston. Audry’s technical advisor for the program was another BU alum, Steve Wadzinski (CGS’89, SED’92).


Domenic Cretara (CFA’68,’70) of Long Beach, Calif., showed his drawings in the exhibition The Human Figure or Parts Thereof last winter at the Prographica gallery in Seattle, Wash.

Ed Fuller (SMG’68) of Laguna Hills, Calif., retired as president and managing director of international lodging for Marriott International. During his tenure, he led the company’s growth outside the United States, from 16 hotels to more than 550 today. Ed joined the company in 1972; he was appointed president and managing director in 1997. Ed, who is vice chair of the BU Board of Overseers, recently published You Can’t Lead with Your Feet on the Desk (Wiley, 2011), a book about management style.

Dennis Gale (COM’68) of Burlingame, Calif., retired from Rutgers University in 2008 after a 33-year teaching career in urban planning and affairs and in public affairs. During his career, Dennis published four books and dozens of scholarly articles. He also directed three research centers and taught at George Washington University and the University of Nottingham. Dennis now devotes his time to writing fiction and nonfiction, playing bluegrass music, and serving as a lecturer in the urban studies program at Stanford University.

Susan Marx (CFA’68) of Orange, N.J., exhibited her abstract impressionist paintings at the A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery in New York, N.Y., last fall. Email Susan at, or visit


Rick Mikels (SMG’69, LAW’72) of Boston, Mass., an attorney with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, was recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer. He was also honored as one of the top 100 lawyers in the state and in New England.

Ron Piselli (ENG’69) of Pensacola, Fla., is retired and “enjoying the good life.” Email him at


Ed Chiuchiolo (ENG’70,’74) of Boxford, Mass., writes that BU prepared him well for a great career in engineering. Ed has retired from General Electric and the FAA. A private pilot, his active life includes sports and hobbies. Ed and his wife, Jan, celebrated their 41st anniversary last August; they have two children and two grandchildren. “Life is good!” says Ed. Email him at

William Coughlan, Jr. (CAS’70) of South Euclid, Ohio, published WaWa-West Africa: A Coming of Age Memoir (Balboa Press, 2011). William is an adjunct faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.

John Jacoby (CAS’70) of Ridgewood, N.J., was recently appointed Peace Corps country director of South Africa. John was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal from 1970 to 1972. After his service, he worked for the World Health Organization in Nepal and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Most recently, John was the general manager of Newark Liberty International and Teterboro Airports.

Richard Ricciardi (CAS’70) of Monmouth Beach, N.J., received the Volunteer of the Year Award from Monmouth University, where he is vice chair of the Business Council at the Leon Hess School of Business. Richard is also a Holiday Scholarship Ball Committee member and a participant in the Alumni Association Volunteer Mentor Program. He earned an MBA from Monmouth University. Email Richard at

Jeremy Soldevilla (DGE’68, CAS’70) of Belgrade, Mont., published Thief Creek (Christopher Matthews Publishing, 2011). Jeremy started two publishing operations last year: Christopher Matthews Publishing and Soul Fire Press. Visit and


David Adams (CFA’71) of Mountain View, Calif., retired from the Palo Alto Unified School District and Foothill College after 40 years as a music educator. David is director of Foothill Symphonic Winds, a nonprofit community band he formed in 2011. “I’m a busy trumpet player and music festival adjudicator with a terrific wife and 14-year-old son,” he writes. Visit, or email David at

Maxene (Meisterman) Lorraway (CGS’68, SED’71) of Chestnut Hill, Mass., a survivor of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, writes that as a part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program, she walks half-marathons as often as she can to raise money for cancer patients. “The cancer survivors I walk with inspire me the most,” she writes. “It is truly an amazing experience to cross the finish line after the ordeals we all have faced.” Maxene writes that if you would like to donate, you can make your check out to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and send it to her at 70 Craftsland Road, Chestnut Hill, Mass., 02467. All donations are tax deductible and very much appreciated, she says.

April Smith (CAS’71) of Santa Monica, Calif., recently published her fifth book, White Shotgun (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011), a novel featuring FBI special agent Ana Grey. Learn more about April at


Rosalie Cushman (CGS’72) of Encinitas, Calif., coauthored The Man Confused by God (Amazon Digital Services, 2011), a Holocaust memoir, with Bennet Mermel, a concentration camp survivor.

Susan Heideman (CFA’72) of Boston, Mass., recently displayed her artwork in the solo exhibition Animalmineralvegetable at the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, Mass. Email Susan at


Lorrie Fink (COM’73, SED’73) of Oakland, Calif., showed her paintings and drawings in the solo exhibition WILD THINGS: The Unintended Landscape last fall at El Cerrito City Hall in California. Her series depicted native and exotic plants she has encountered in wilderness areas, in vacant lots, and on the edges of cultivated gardens. See more of her work at, or email Lorrie at

Terry Schumaker (LAW’73) of Concord, N.H., was named to the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission for a four-year term. Terry is an employment law attorney and mediator at the law firm Berstein Shur in Manchester, N.H.

Jan Tramontano (CAS’73) of Albany, N.Y., published her first novel, Standing on the Corner of Lost and Found (JMT Writing Services, 2011). “I have been a secret writer for most of my life,” she writes. “I finally came out of the closet about 10 years ago. Through serendipity and the support of a writing group called WomanWords, everything changed. Sitting around my kitchen table with this group of talented writers, I began the writing life I always wanted and am working hard to make up for lost time.” Visit, or email her at


Philip Brown (CFA’74) of Saint Johnsbury, Vt., was awarded the first Margaret Shurcliff Leadership Award by Area I of the Handbell Musicians of America for his efforts to promote the art of handbell musicianship. Philip is chair of the planning committee for the United Church of Christ Musicians Association national conference, which will take place this summer in Burlington, Vt. Learn more about the conference at, or email Philip at

Arthur Carakatsane (CAS’74) of Lynnfield, Mass., has been a member of the Mock Trial Committee of the Massachusetts Bar Association for more than 10 years. The committee administers the annual high school mock trial competition for 120 Bay State teams. This year’s case focused on high school bullying; Arthur was responsible for the law section of the case. Arthur has a solo practice in Middleton, Mass., and lives with his wife, Judy. Email him at

Bill Lebovich (GRS’74) of Chevy Chase, Md., writes that W. W. Norton will publish his book How to Photograph Historic Structures and Sites in August 2012. Email Bill at

Donna Rossetti-Bailey (CFA’74) of Marshfield, Mass., received the Great American Pastels Award for her soft pastel painting Late Afternoon Sun, at the Renaissance in Pastel 2011 exhibition at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Conn. She also won the Dakota Pastel Award for the painting Santa Fe Falls at the For Pastels Only on Cape Cod 2011 exhibition at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. Email Donna at


Walt Bistline (LAW’75) of Richmond, Ind., an artist in residence in photography at Earlham College, writes that his images will appear in books to be published this year by authors David Byrne and Christopher Benfey. Walt’s photos were recently accepted for juried exhibitions at the Minnetrista Culture Center in Muncie, Ind., the Richmond Art Museum, and Indiana University East. He also had a solo show at MacDowell Gallery in Reid Hospital in Richmond. Email him at

Robert Kershner (CAS’75) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., was awarded tenure as a full professor at Palm Beach State College last February. Robert is a board-certified ophthalmologist and has taught at the college for five years. He was recently appointed chair of the new department of ophthalmic medical technology and is responsible for the development of a two-year Associate in Science program that will train and certify ophthalmic assistants, technicians, and technologists.

Harry Pariser (COM’75) of San Francisco, Calif., published two interactive digital apps, Explore St. John, which covers the history, flora, and fauna of the Caribbean island, and Barbados Travel Companion, with Sutro Media. Email Harry at

Marty Schupak (CAS’75) of Valley Cottage, N.Y., published the e-book Baseball Coaching: A Guide for the Youth Coach and Parent (Youth Sports Club, Inc., 2011).


George Dunlap Burns, Jr. (SED’76) of Loysville, Pa., published Our Dying Republic: The Cause and the Cure (Xulon Press, 2011). George is a retired Army civilian who served in numerous training and education assignments in Germany and the United States.

Thadious M. Davis (GRS’76) of Philadelphia, Pa., published Southscapes: Geographies of Race, Region, and Literature (University of North Carolina Press, 2011). Thadious is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and a professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

Gary Jones (CAS’76) of Gainesville, Fla., was appointed a United States magistrate judge for the Northern District of Florida. Previously, Gary was a magistrate judge for 10 years in Florida’s Middle District.

Michael Kozul (SED’76) of Natick, Mass., is a special education and math teacher in the Quincy public schools. In cooperation with Karen Boatman, a BU School of Education clinical associate professor, Mike provides BU students the opportunity to observe and work with high-need, high-risk students in Quincy’s GOALS program. Mike says that six BU students have already been involved with GOALS, an alternative school for eighth graders and high school students with behavioral problems. Email him at

Douglas Philpott (ENG’76) of Marlborough, Mass., has worked in the advanced test engineering and time and motion fields for many years. Douglas and his wife, Ellie (Bunde) Philpott (CAS’81), have two sons, Chris, who graduated from Utica College this year, and Matt, who is studying accounting and finance at Bentley University. “The years have gone by quickly, and I would like to hear from the ’76ers,” he writes. “Hope all is well!” Email him at

Susan Katz Richman (CAS’76) of Merrick, N.Y., was recently elected president of the Nassau County Bar Association in New York. Susan is also a director of the Nassau County Magistrates Association and an appointed member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Law, Youth & Citizenship and its Special Committee on Veterans. She and her husband, David Lieberman (CAS’76), have been married for 32 years and live with their two children, Paige and Asa.

Rick Smith (ENG’76) of Hastings, Minn., recently finished his third book, Elementary Information Security (Jones and Bartlett, 2011). Email Rick at


Patrick Kahn (COM’78) of Orlando, Fla., is producer and director of Snap! Orlando, a project to “increase the visibility and appreciation of photography as art and to enhance Orlando’s national presence as a vibrant cultural tourism destination.” Learn more at

Dennis Looney (DGE’75, GRS’78, UNI’80) of Pittsburgh, Pa., published Freedom Readers: The African American Reception of Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011). “I first read Dante in DGE with brilliant faculty,” Dennis writes. “I then read the original Dante with Dennis Costa, a College of Arts & Sciences associate professor of Italian and comparative literature, and that set me on my career path. This book has its origins at BU, no question.”

Susan Rabin (COM’78) of Syracuse, N.Y., coauthored Jewish Community of Syracuse (Arcadia Publishing, 2011), a photographic history. Susan is a writer and an editor and has served on the boards of the Syracuse Hebrew Day School, the Rabbi Jacob Epstein School of Jewish Studies, and Vera House. She has lived in Syracuse since 1987 and has two children with her husband.


Erren Gottlieb (CGS’77, COM’79) of Mercer Island, Wash., is an executive producer and director of Biz Kid$, the Emmy-winning public television series that teaches kids about business and money. She was also an executive producer of the popular 1990s series Bill Nye the Science Guy, which won a total of 26 Emmy awards. Erren says that she has her dream job.

Patricia Randell (CFA’79) of Long Island City, N.Y., guest starred on an episode of actress Ann Carr’s web series The Actress. Watch Patricia’s appearance in episode 6 of season 2 at, or email her at

Paul Schulenburg (CFA’79) of Eastham, Mass., showed his recent paintings of New York City at the George Billis Gallery in New York. Visit Paul’s artist profile at

Simon Strong (ENG’79, GSM’91) of Weston, Mass., continues to enjoy a long career in engineering at GE Aviation in Lynn, Mass., and has occasional contact with GE Aviation colleagues and former classmates Joe Donofrio (SED’78) and Bob Carella (ENG’79). Simon still follows BU hockey and writes that the hockey coach in his town is former BU hockey captain Carl Corazzini (CAS’01).


Kimiharu Chatani (GSM’80) of Santa Ana, Calif., coauthored Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Fraud Casebook for 2011 and 2012 (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2011). Kimiharu is a partner at the management and financial consulting firm Khronicle.

Lilly Cleveland (MET’80) of Duxbury, Mass., recently showed her watercolors and charcoal drawings in a solo exhibition at the Paul Pratt Memorial Library in Cohasset, Mass. Lilly’s show was sponsored by the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, where she is a faculty member and gallery artist. She earned a certificate in genealogical research from BU in 2011. “It felt great to be back on campus,” she writes. Visit Lilly’s website at

Barbara Dill (SON’80) of Rockville, Va., retired from nursing in 1989 and began working with wood, first carving and then working on a lathe. “I became intrigued with turning spindles, using more than one axis to create asymmetrical forms,” she writes. “I’ve written articles that have been published in the national association journal, The American Woodturner.” Visit

John Endahl (CAS’80) of Concord, Calif., founded, a company that provides digital signs for professional private practices. John’s wife, Ann-Charlotte, is a biotech sales manager. He has three children, Jesse, 25, an IT manager, Oliver, 22, a student, and Alanna, 19, a ballet dancer. Email John at

Chrystle Fiedler (COM’80) of Greenport, N.Y., published the novel Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster, 2012), about a naturopathic doctor who runs a health food store. She has written four nonfiction books that focus on natural cures and has contributed to magazines such as Natural Health and Better Homes & Gardens. Visit, or email Chrystle at

Harry J. Getzov. (CAS’80) of Vero Beach, Fla., published gOld: The Extraordinary Side of Aging Revealed Through Inspiring Conversations (Greenpoint Press, 2011). Harry says he was inspired to write the book while he was working as an entertainment attorney and artist manager in New York City. Learn more about the book at

Cindy Gold (CFA’80) of Skokie, Ill., played the role of Parthy in Francesca Zambella’s new production of Showboat at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In fall 2011, she appeared with Loretta Swit and Taylor Miller in Love, Loss, and What I Wore, directed by Karen Carpenter (CFA’81). Cindy also appeared in the Music Theatre Company’s Pippin this spring. She continues as head of acting at Northwestern University. Email her at


Peter Morton Coan (COM’81) of New York, N.Y., published Toward a Better Life: America’s New Immigrants in Their Own Words (Prometheus Books, 2011). Peter’s work has appeared in publications such as Time magazine, the New York Times, and Newsday. He is the creator and principal owner of

Jane Fisher (CAS’81) of Buffalo, N.Y., writes that her book, Envisioning Disease, Gender, and War: Women’s Narratives of the Influenza Pandemic will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in July 2012. The scholarly work focuses on cultural representations of the 1918 influenza pandemic, particularly the poetry of Ellen Bryant Voigt and the novels of Willa Cather, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Anne Porter, Alice Munro, and Buchi Emecheta.

Andrew Isaacs (ENG’81) of Bedminster, N.J., is a principal in the life sciences practice at the global consulting firm Cognizant. Drew leads commercial optimization strategies and implementation projects within global medical device and pharmaceutical companies. Email him at

Michael Ungar (CAS’81, LAW’84) of Cleveland, Ohio, recently spoke at the 60th annual Securities Industry Institute. His presentation provided an insider’s view of the securities arbitration process and strategies to prevent the disputes that lead to claims against securities firms. Michael is chair of the litigation department at the law firm Ulmer & Berne in Cleveland.


Glenn Kulbako (CAS’82) of Somerville, Mass., received Somerville’s Small Business of the Year Award on November 9, 2011. Glenn, who owns Glenn Kulbako Photography, is an editorial/public relations photographer. He has been published in Time, Newsweek, and National Geographic, and had a still photo featured in the Oscar-winning film The Departed. Visit, or email him at

Martin Lynch (ENG’82) of Los Gatos, Calif., is vice president of operations and program management at Overland Storage. Email him at

Jay S. Winuk (COM’82) of Carmel, N.Y., received the 2011 Most Inspiring Person of the Year Award from the readers of Beliefnet, a multifaith online resource for inspiration and spirituality. He was recognized for his work to establish the anniversary of September 11, 2001, as an annual National Day of Service and Remembrance. Visit Jay is the president of Winuk Communications, Inc., a public relations agency in Mahopac, N.Y.


Richard Abrahams (COM’83) of Newton Center, Mass., published Long Beach Lullaby (FastPencil, 2011), an “off-beat” mystery about two former college friends who travel back in time to save the life of a woman whose body washed ashore on a Long Island beach in 1931. Visit

John Harkavy (LAW’83) of Wellesley, Mass., recently opened his own civil litigation practice in Wellesley after practicing as a partner in a downtown Boston firm. Former classmates can email John at

Michael Martin (ENG’83) of Las Vegas, Nev., is president of a new start-up company, Erickson International, in Las Vegas. Erickson specializes in state-of-the-art thin film manufacturing for solar control and energy-saving products. Previously, he worked in the aerospace industry for the U.S. Department of Defense. Old classmates and acquaintances can email him at

Mario Rub (CAS’83) of Miami, Fla., wishes his friends from 16C good luck: Smitty, Big George, Daryl, Roger, Walter from Mass, Bob, and Theresa. “I miss chowder from bread bowls at Faneuil Hall and New Wave music from behind Kenmore Square,” Mario writes. “It’s been 29 years, but it feels like only yesterday.” Email Mario at

Brian Sabowitz (ENG’83,’85) of San Antonio, Tex., was recently elected to the board of trustees of the Denver-based American Society of Bariatric Physicians. Brian is director of metabolic and bariatric medicine at New Dimensions Weight Loss in San Antonio. Email him at


Debra Lawless (COM’84) of Cranston, R.I., published Provincetown: A History of Artists and Renegades in a Fishing Village> (The History Press, 2011).


Paul Carlson (CFA’85,’98) of Watertown, Mass., released a new CD, Piano Music of Charles Ives and Ruth Crawford Seeger, which features Ives’ “First Piano Sonata” and Crawford Seeger’s “Nine Preludes.” Visit

Khaled Kanaan (ENG’85) of Amman, Jordan, recently returned to Boston for the first time since graduation. “I visited the BU campus with my wife, and it brought back so many nice memories,” he writes. “I was surprised how little has changed on the old campus. It was great going back after so much time.” Email Khaled at

Brian M. Kane (STH’85) of Bethlehem, Pa., published The Blessing of Life: An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics (Lexington Books, 2011). Brian is the Father John F. Harvey, OSFS, Professor of Moral Theology and head of the division of liberal arts and social sciences at DeSales University.

Roy Kay (GRS’85) of St. Paul, Minn., published The Ethiopian Prophecy in Black American Letters (University Press of Florida, 2011). Roy teaches college preparatory English at DeLaSalle High School in Minnesota.

William Spencer (CFA’85) of Cockeysville, Md., is in his third season as assistant conductor of the Frederick Symphony ( “I have also joined the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra as bassoonist, a skill I have dusted off (a little, anyway) after some 30 years away from playing,” he writes. William is a business analyst with CGI Federal, working on a project that helps track Medicare fraud. Email him at

Arra Yerganian (SMG’85) of San Jose, Calif., was appointed senior vice president of marketing and brand strategy for Apollo Group, Inc. Previously, he was chief sales officer for Phoenix Solar USA.


Dorothy Dembowski (SMG’86) of Stamford, Conn., is a Citigold relationship manager in New York City. She works as a focused advocate for clients with relationships at Citibank in excess of $200,000, assisting them with their banking, lending, and investment concerns. Dorothy writes, “I am thrilled to be back in New York City after a decade away.” Email her at

Don Van Natta, Jr. (COM’86) of Miami, Fla., published Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias (Little, Brown and Company, 2011), a biography of the first woman to play in the PGA golf tournament. Don is a national correspondent for the New York Times.

Celia Culver Rutt (SED’86) of Santa Fe, N.M., was elected to the board of trustees of the Nature Conservancy in New Mexico. Celia has been a natural science instructor for the K–8 outdoor classroom program at the Randall Davey Audubon Center and has served as the board chair of Desert Academy. She currently volunteers as a junior achievement teacher with the Santa Fe Public Schools.


Jan Marie (Luddy) Combs (CAS’87) of Norton, Mass., recently self-published a children’s book, The Forever Garden, An Adoption Story. Email Jan at

Dan Frost (ENG’87) of Bear, Del., is CEO at PAIR Technologies, which has developed the world’s fastest infrared spectrometer. Dan writes that the company’s PA-IR system allows for analysis of dynamic chemical reactions and processes such as combustion, and is more than 1,000 times faster than a conventional FT-IR spectrometer. Email him at

Christopher Koch (CGS’84, COM’87) of Los Angeles, Calif., is one of the directors of the ABC comedy Modern Family, which recently won the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series—Comedy or Musical. Chris has been with the show for three seasons. His other directing credits include the television shows Scrubs and My Name Is Earl and the films Snow Day and A Guy Thing. While at BU, Chris won the Redstone Award for Best Student Film.

Christine (Giurdanella) Renzi (ENG’87,’87,’89) of Acton, Mass., and her husband, Peter Renzi (ENG’85,’87), write that their son has been so inspired by his parents’ experience at BU that he will attend the College of Engineering in September 2012. Email Christine at

Ralph Sherman (LAW’87) of Saint Clair Shores, Mich., recently opened Sherman Law Offices in Saint Clair Shores. Visit

Marc Anthony Viola (ENG’87) of Washington, D.C., published A Spy’s Resume: Confessions of a Maverick Intelligence Professional and Misadventure Capitalist
(Scarecrow Press, 2008), a survival guide for troops coming home and becoming reintegrated into civilian life. Marc is an intelligence professional and a former active duty military officer who served for nearly 12 years in various Air Force intelligence positions before becoming a consultant in 1999.


Ann-Marie (Coombs) Messbauer (CAS’88) of Springfield, Mass., sings in the traditional folk duo Three of Cups with Deborah Claar, academic counselor at BU’s Sargent College. “We formed our group back in 1987 in Professor Emeritus Anthony Barrand’s course Folk Song as Social History,” she writes. “This year marks our 25th anniversary.” Learn more at, or email Ann-Marie at

Paul Moniz (COM’88) of New York, N.Y., was named managing director of communications and marketing at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Previously, Paul was director of the college’s Philip and Rita Rosen Department of Communications and Public Affairs.


Sheri R. Abrams (SMG’89) of Falls Church, Va., was named a partner in the law firm Needham Mitnick & Pollack on January 1, 2012. Sheri specializes in Social Security disability law. Visit

Paula Argento (LAW’89) of Washington, D.C., published How To Avoid the Law School Trap and Achieve Lasting Success in the 21st Century (Ceres Publishing Group, 2011).

Erica Ferencik (GRS’89) of Framingham, Mass., published Repeaters (Waking Dream Press, 2011), a novel about a girl who comes back to avenge her own death by her mother’s hand. Erica is also the author of Cracks in the Foundation (Waking Dream Press, 2008). Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, on Salon, and on National Public Radio.

Linda Goodspeed (COM’89) of Rutland, Vt., published Redfield Proctor & the Division of Rutland (The History Press, 2011).

Celia (Ketley) Leber (ENG’89) of Bend, Ore., started her own law firm last August after 20 years of practicing patent law at a big firm and then in-house. “It’s been a great move,” she writes, “and I’m looking forward to growing the practice in 2012.” Visit, or email her at

Andrew Rocco (CAS’89) of North Hampton, N.H., was a winner of the New Hampshire 2011 Five Star Wealth Managers Award. Andrew has worked as a financial advisor at Baystate Financial Services since 1989.

Carlos A. Rosales (MET’89) of Guatemala City, Guatemala, is working on a doctorate in political science and sociology in the Guatemala program of Spain’s Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca. Carlos earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from York University in Toronto, Canada, in 1993 and a master’s in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, in 1995. Email him at


Lourdes de la Mata-Little (CFA’90) of Miami, Fla., was executive producer of the film For Once in My Life, which followed the Spirit of Goodwill Band as it prepared to perform for the nation’s mayors at a Miami concert hall. The 28 band members have a wide range of mental and physical disabilities as well as musical abilities. The film was recently selected for inclusion in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs 2012 American Film Showcase. In 2010, it received the Audience Choice Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival and won Best Music Documentary from the International Documentary Association. Visit

Marc Sommers (GRS’90,’94) of Cambridge, Mass., published Stuck: Rwandan Youth and the Struggle for Adulthood (University of Georgia Press, 2012). Marc is a youth expert and a visiting researcher at BU’s African Studies Center. He is the author of six other books, including Fear in Bongoland: Burundi Refugees in Urban Tanzania (Berghahn Books, 2001), which received the Margaret Mead Award in 2003.

Alan Taboada (ENG’90) of Shrewsbury, N.J., welcomed his third child, Zoe Evangeline, in June 2011. The same month, Alan was named partner in his law firm, Moser Taboada, an intellectual property boutique. “It is hard having three kids under five,” he writes, “but fun at the same time.” Email him

Brian Walsh (CAS’90) of Walpole, Mass., is senior counsel for Arbella Insurance Group in Boston, Mass. He has extensive experience as a trial lawyer in both state and federal courts and is in his second year as chair of the Walpole School Committee. Brian and his wife, Ann, have five children. Brian also plays drums in the cover band Edgewater Road. Email him at


Diana Carmenates (CGS’89, COM’91) of Alexandria, Va., is vice president of meetings and educational services at the International Dairy Foods Association in Washington, D.C.

Alexander Hunger (GSM’91) of Braunschweig, Germany, and his wife, Silke Eickhorst-Hunger, announce the birth of their daughter, Maikea Caroline, on October 21, 2011.

Catherine Kim-Nestaas (ENG’91) of Trondheim, Norway, sends greetings to the biomedical engineering Class of 1991. “Has it already been more than 20 years?” she writes. “I’m living with my two kids and my Viking husband in Norway.” Classmates can email Catherine at

Shannon Henry Kleiber (CAS’91) of Madison, Wis., recently published On My Honor: Real Life Lessons From America’s First Girl Scout (Sourcebooks, 2012), a biography about Girl Scouts founder Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low. Shannon is a former staff writer and columnist for the Washington Post. Visit

Daniel Palmer (CAS’91, COM’95) of Hollis, N.H., published Helpless (Kensington Books, 2012), about a former Navy Seal who moves back to New Hampshire to raise his teenage daughter following the murder of his ex-wife. Daniel spent a decade in e-commerce before starting a career writing techno-thrillers.

Robert L. Tonsetic (MET’91) of Easton, Md., published 1781: The Decisive Year of the Revolutionary (Casemate, 2011). Robert is a former U.S. Army colonel and author of a trilogy on Vietnam combat.

Mike Woolf (CGS’89, COM’91) of Austin, Tex., is director of Beef & Pie Productions, an award-winning production company that has done commercials for Southwest Airlines and webisodes for the U.S. Air Force. Beef & Pie Productions recently collaborated with the app company Bohemian Innovation to create a game that rewards players with a free viewing of its short documentary Life is Marbleous! Learn more at

John Yannis (LAW’91) of Brighton, Mass., is president of the board of Blue Heron Renaissance Choir, which runs the professional vocal ensemble Blue Heron. Although John does not sing in the group, he writes that many of its members are BU alums. Blue Heron’s last CD received praise from the New Yorker and briefly appeared on the Billboard charts. Their latest CD was released in March 2012.


Monica Glina (CAS’92, GRS’96) of West Orange, N.J., was awarded a three-year postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Oslo in Norway. Monica will be part of a research group that focuses on different aspects of literacy, such as beginning reading skills and text comprehension among postsecondary students.

Myra (Rivera) Williams (CGS’90, COM’92) of Watsonville, Calif., recently moved to California from Houston, Tex., after 10 years as an estate manager. “I now enjoy being a stay-at-home mom while working as a marketing consultant for my husband’s company, Pacific Coast Ag (while sneaking in hikes, mountain biking, and jogging on the beach),” she writes. Myra and her husband had their second child, Zachary, in May 2011. He has a six-year-old sister, Maddox. Email Myra at


John Brady (SED’93,’95) of Bala Cynwyd, Pa., was appointed chief operating officer at the GF Education Group in February 2012. Previously, John was the College Board’s executive director for higher education AP and SAT policy, practice, and research.

Michele Howe Clark (CAS’93) of West New York, N.J., published Face Forward: Meeting Challenges Head On in Times of Trouble (Morgan James Publishing, 2011).

Rick Hoyt (SED’93) of Fiskdale, Mass., received the 2012 George Young Award at the 20th annual National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum induction ceremony on April 22, 2012. Rick, who has cerebral palsy, competes together with his father, Dick Hoyt, in triathlons and marathons. The award is given to those who display the high ideals of the late New York Giants general manager George Young.

Jamahl Peavey (ENG’93) of Belmont, Mass., writes that the College of Engineering prepared him well for becoming a mathematics and physics teacher at Arlington School in Belmont. Jamahl’s article, “Binary Precession Solutions Based on Synchronized Field Couplings,” was published in an April 2011 issue of the Indian Journal of Science and Technology. Email him at

Art Risavy (CGS’91, CAS’93) of Edwardsville, Ill., writes, “My company, Swing City Music, recently relocated to a new, 30,000-square-foot facility. Swing City sells all musical instruments, installs sound systems for churches and school gyms, and gives music lessons. This is our second location, and our family business has been around for more than 50 years.” Email Art at

Aurora (Selenian) Stone (UNI’93,’93, STH’96) of Somerset, England, is vice president of the South Petherton Women’s Institute. She also is a trustee of the Petherton Arts Trust and chair of its fundraising committee and a member of the Bath and Wells Change Ringing Association (“and ringer in our local tower”). “We relocated to Somerset in fall 2010 after four years in the nether reaches of Orkney,” Aurora writes. “With more opportunities for involvement, because the community is larger and more diverse, I have been making up for lost time. It’s wonderful to be back in the Somerset Levels where my husband, Chris, grew up.” Email Aurora at

Cathy Utzschneider (GSM’93, SED’02) of Brookline, Mass., published MOVE! How Women Can Achieve Athletic Goals at Any Age (Cedar Crest Books, 2011). Cathy, who began running at age 40, is head coach of the Liberty Athletic Club, the oldest all-women running club in the country. She is married with two children. Learn more at


Adam Friedman (COM’95) of Chicago, Ill., was recently elected to the board of directors of the Jewish Community Center of Chicago for a one-year term.

Phillip Spinks (CAS’95) of Boston, Mass., displayed his artwork in the South End Open Studios in September 2011at Wilkes Passage Lobby Gallery in Boston and the Brighton-Allston Heritage Museum in Brighton Center, Mass. Visit


Dorene (Davis) Cable (ENG’96) of North Grafton, Mass., and her husband, Ryan, announce the birth of their son, Trevor Alexander, on August 19, 2011. Trevor has a seven-year-old sister, Meghan, and a four-year old brother, Sean. Email Dorene at

Samir Desai (CAS’96) of Los Angeles, Calif., recently launched the production company Lost & Found Pictures with Van Ditthavong (SMG’96). The studio, in the Arts District near downtown L.A., specializes in providing photography, video, and website services to actors, business professionals, and artists. Visit Samir would love to hear from any BU alumni in southern California. “Maybe we could get together at the studio, or in the L.A. area.” Email him at, or call the studio at 213-537-0760.

Steffen Kaldor (ENG’96) of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and his wife, Lu Ann, have two sons, six-year-old Sebastian and three-year-old Alexander. Steffen is a process engineering manager at IBM’s advanced semiconductor fabricator in East Fishkill, N.Y. Old friends can email Steffen at

Jonathan Keefe (GSM’96) of Manchester, Mass., is senior vice president of strategic services at the commercial real estate firm Cassidy Turley FHO. Jonathan also is director of BU’s real estate studies program.

Glynnis LaRosa (SPH’96) of Bridgewater, Mass., is the senior public health nursing advisor at the Massachusetts public health department. She was recently elected president of the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Nursing, a national organization for practicing public health nurses and nurse leaders. Glynnis will serve a one-year term.

James Leone (CGS’96) of Waltham, Mass., recently published his first book, Concepts in Male Health: Perspectives Across the Lifespan (Jossey-Bass, 2012). Email Jim at

Tama Ryder (COM’96) of New York, N.Y., published Where’s the Watch?! And Other Tales: A Memoir from Seinfeld’s Uncle Leo (Staff Picks Press, 2011), which she wrote with late actor Len Lesser. Fellow BU alum and Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander (CFA’81, Hon.’95) contributed to the book. Visit Tama’s website at

Angela (Folse) Sarafin (ENG’96) of Houston, Tex., recently started a private practice providing marriage and family therapy in Houston’s Clear Lake area. Learn more at, or email her at


Sedrick Huckaby (CFA’97) of Fort Worth, Texas, displayed his paintings in the solo exhibition When Old People Talk to Young People, last fall at the Valley House Gallery in Dallas, Texas.

Michael Reynolds (CAS’97) of New York, N.Y., married Karoline Deferrari in Troy, N.Y., on May 14, 2011. The wedding party included best man Sean Reynolds (CAS’99) and groomsmen Claudio Gallucci (CAS’98), Anthony Auer (SMG’99), and Sean Gullen (CAS’00). Keith Gordon (COM’98), Edward Remache (CAS’99), Julie (Wilson) Remache (CAS’00, GRS’00), and Daniel Forman (CGS’97, COM’99) also attended. Email Michael at


Gary Rashba (MET’98) of Herzliya, Israel, published Holy Wars: 3,000 Years of Battles in the Holy Land (Casemate, 2011).

Amy Redgate (CAS’98) and Patrick Redgate (CAS’94) of Lutherville Timonium, Md., welcomed twin daughters, Emily and Madeline, on December 10, 2011.

Ana (Carreira) Valentin (CAS’98) of Walden, N.Y., and her husband, Tony, welcomed their first child, Mackenzie Arielle, on October 14, 2011.


Joseph Corneau (CAS’99) of New York, N.Y., was promoted to partner of the law firm Klestadt & Winters in New York City on January 1, 2012. Joe’s practice is concentrated in bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, and creditor’s rights.

Charles Freedman (COM’99) of Georgetown, Mass., launched the production company Red Seat Media with his wife, Jamie. They subsequently published their first children’s book, Welcome to Plow Town (Red Seat Media, 2011), about a family of snowplows that helps people around town during the winter. “We are planning more books and games around these fun characters,” he writes. “The timing is perfect, as our older son is just about to start reading.” Email Charles at, or visit

Kelly McGonigal (CAS’99, COM’99) of Palo Alto, Calif., a psychology instructor at Stanford University and a science journalist, published The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It (Avery, 2012). The book explains how we can break old habits and create healthy ones, conquer procrastination, focus better, and manage stress.


Larry (Loc) Bui (ENG’00) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and his wife, Mindy, announce the birth of their first child, Leanna, who was born in South Florida, where Larry was recently relocated for work. Previously, he worked for Sikorsky Aircraft in Connecticut. “We won’t miss the cold for a while,” he writes. Email him at

Michael Frank (ENG’00) of New York, N.Y., recently launched a new kitchen gadget called the Spongester, a small rack that separates clean and dirty kitchen sponges. Email him at

Michelle Joyce (SAR’00,’09) of Plymouth, Mass., and her husband, Corey, published Our Breast Cancer Journey: How to Kick Cancer’s Ass (Xlibris, 2011).

Adrienne (Bemis) Kelly (GSM’00) of Norwalk, Conn., and her husband, Colin, welcomed a daughter, Kiera Roe, on June 5, 2011. Kiera has a four-year-old sister, Caitlin, and a two-year-old brother, Patrick. Email Adrienne at

Alex Pereira (COM’00) of Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., was nominated for a 2011 International Emmy Award for the television miniseries she produced, Operation Checkmate.

Melissa Simas Tyler (COM’00) of Taunton, Mass., is a director in the communications practice at O’Neill and Associates, a government affairs and public relations consulting firm. Previously, Melissa was a reporter and anchor at KARK Channel 4 in Little Rock, Ark.


Rachel (Gunsberg) Bhatia (CGS’99, COM’01) of Glen Rock, N.J., married Anil Bhatia on May 14, 2011, in Stockbridge, Mass. Guests included Frank Gunsberg (SMG’67), Steve Davidoff (SMG’67), Marilyn (Goldstein) Davidoff (CAS’68), Stephen London (SMG’67), Sandee (Pearlman) London (SED’70), Phil Shapiro (SMG’67), Cathy (Ringler) Shapiro (CFA’69), Sara (Nisman) Sherman (CGS’98, SHA’00), and Alex Finkel (ENG’00). Rachel is an executive recruiter at ADP in New Jersey. Email her at

Kristen Ervick (SED’01) of Watertown, Mass., and her husband, Andrew Roy, welcomed their first child, Celie Michelle, on September 2, 2011.

Karin Esposito (UNI’01, LAW’07) of New York, N.Y., is an associate political affairs officer at the United Nations department of political affairs, Southern Africa team.

Breanne L. Heldman (COM’01) of New York, N.Y., married Rick Slusher on November 5, 2011, in New York City. Allison (Rose) Moss (COM’01) was the maid of honor, and Cydney Goldberg (COM’01) and Emily Murphy (CAS’01, COM’01) were bridesmaids. Other BU alumni in attendance included Shannon Valcich (COM’01), Paul Hanlon (COM’01), Chris Regan (COM’01), Nolan Reese (CGS’02, COM’04), Kerri Chyka (CAS’03), Sam Bufter (CAS’03), Jared Sharpe (COM’00), Colleen Curtis (COM’89), and Karen (Versoza) Kavanagh (COM’97).
Amanda (Crosetto) Herrold (SAR’01,’03) of Dauphin, Pa., and her husband, Jarrod, welcomed a son, Colter Jason, on March 28, 2012. He weighed 8 pounds and was 18 ¾ inches. Amanda and Jarrod were married on May 15, 2010, in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. Carolyn (Young) Gillan (SMG’01) and Tracy (Myers) Thain (SMG’05) attended the wedding. Amanda is a pediatric physical therapist in schools and early intervention programs in Pennsylvania. Email her at

Anuj Jain (ENG’01) of White Plains, N.Y., and his wife, Monica, welcomed a son, Nikhil Raj Jain, on October 12, 2011. “The little peanut weighed 6 pounds and was 19 inches,” Anuj writes. “He has his mom’s eyes and his dad’s mouth, but the jury’s still out on his nose. Mom, dad, and baby are all doing well, adjusting to life as a family of three.”

Vincent Lauria (ENG’01,’02) of Singapore, relocated from San Francisco to start a tech incubator. He hopes to connect with BU alumni in Southeast Asia. Email him at

Allison (Rose) Moss (COM’01) of New York, N.Y., married Dan Moss on August 21, 2011, in Napa Valley, Calif. Breanne L. Heldman (COM’01) and Laura Potucek (COM’01) were bridesmaids. Also in attendance were Emily Murphy (CAS’01, COM’01), Cydney Goldberg (COM’01), and Ric Ochman (SMG’00).

Andrew Williams (CAS’01, COM’01) of San Francisco, Calif., published his first novel, Learning to Haight (Amazon Digital Services, 2011), a coming-of-age story about a young newspaper reporter. He recently held a reading at the Beat Museum in San Francisco. Learn more at


Daniel Gold (LAW’02) of Dallas, Tex., is a partner at the law firm Haynes and Boone. Daniel is a member of the firm’s class action and securities class action defense and shareholder litigation practice.

Sarah (Kelley) Padilla (ENG’02) of Charlotte, N.C., married Luis Padilla on November 5, 2011, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Jessica Folster (CAS’03, COM’03) and Lindsey Parenteau (COM’03) attended the wedding, along with many of the couple’s friends and family.

Ben Shapiro (CGS’00, SMG’02) of San Francisco, Calif., recently launched a guitar lesson website,, which offers free tutorial videos to beginners.

Amy Stewart (LAW’02) of Medford, Mass., was promoted to a partner at Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch and Ford. Amy focuses her civil litigation practice on construction law, employment law, professional liability, and business litigation. She has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and Boston magazine every year since 2005.


Claritza Abreu (MET’03) of Randolph, Mass., is assistant chief information officer of analytics and business intelligence at the office of the Massachusetts secretary of health and human services. She is also program coordinator and senior professor of the health care informatics program at Cambridge College’s School of Management. Mass High Tech recently named her one of 2011′s Women to Watch. Claritza also received the Excellence in Technology 2011 Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, was presented the Alumni of the Year Award from INTEC in the Dominican Republic, and was recognized for her work by the Dominican government.

John Apesos (CGS’00, CAS’03) of Jamaica Plain, Mass., recently launched Metfarm, a company aimed at tackling problems in the food system. John received the TEDxAmsterdam 2012 Ideas Worth Doing Award for developing MetFarm. He writes, “My career has taken many turns over the years, and I have managed to travel to 30-plus countries as an outdoor educator. I have worked in clean tech since earning an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management in 2009.” Learn more at

Elizabeth Brenner (CFA’03) of Philadelphia, Pa., is a web designer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She recently graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a professional certification in web design. Elizabeth continues to photograph, illustrate, and design for print as a freelancer. Email her at

Jennifer Holt (COM’03) of Middletown, Conn., recently launched, “a humor website that peeks inside the life and brain of the world’s coolest dork.” Email Jennifer at

Adam Marks (CGS’00, COM’03) and Jessica Anne (Johnson) Marks (CAS’02) of Phoenixville, Pa., announce the birth of their son, Gavin William, on September 12, 2011. Contact Adam and Jessica at

John H. Wallace (CFA’03) of Salem, Mass., conducted the premiere of his new work, Five Miniatures, on February 1, 2012, in Boston. The work for mixed ensemble was commissioned by Theodore Antoniou and ALEA III, the contemporary music ensemble in residence at BU. Performers included pianist Yukiko Shimazaki (CFA’91), violist Mark Berger (CFA’00,’04), and double bassist Nathan Varga (CFA’13). John is the director of undergraduate studies in the School of Music at BU’s College of Fine Arts. Email him at


Dierdre Fulton (COM’04) of Portland, Maine, published the young adult novel Fury (Simon Pulse, 2011) under the pen name Elizabeth Miles. Learn more at or

Lev Katz (ENG’04) of Chicago, Ill., was recently elected to the board of directors of the Jewish Community Center of Chicago for a one-year term.

Jasmine Marrero-Pratt (CGS’02, CAS’04) and Nicholas Pratt (ENG’04,’06) of Bennington, Vt., welcomed their second child, Lilah Adele, on January 5, 2012. Jasmine is a stay-at-home mother to Lilah and to her older daughter, Esme Michele. Nicholas is an analytical engineer at Kaman Composites. Email Jasmine at

Haley Price (COM’04) and Nathaniel Stricker (CAS’05, COM’05) of Los Angeles, Calif., recently became engaged. Haley works in sports marketing and events and Nathaniel is a group media director at the communications firm Initiative. The couple plans to marry this year.

Dave Saladik (CAS’04) of Somerville, Mass., works for the architecture firm MASS Design Group, which recently received Contract magazine’s 2012 Designer of the Year Award for its impact on health care and design.

Carl Woog (UNI’04,’06) of Washington, D.C., was recently named assistant press secretary at the Pentagon. He joined the Obama administration in May 2010. Carl is married to Lauren Thomson (CAS’05).


Lulu (Ke Yang) Wang Curiel (ENG’05) of Caracas, Venezuela, graduated from Harvard Business School’s MBA program in 2010 and cofounded, a career coaching and admissions consulting platform. She recently started a mommy blog,, which offers stories and tips about how to develop a successful child. She and her husband, Martin Curiel, welcomed their first child, Francisco, in July 2011.

Katherine (de Groot) Kasle (COM’05) and Eden Kasle (COM’05) of Port Washington, N.Y., were married on September 18, 2011, in Bristol, R.I. Guests included the groom’s uncle and aunt, John Kasle (COM’82) and Susan Kasle (SAR’80); the bride’s parents, Greg de Groot (CGS’72, SED’74) and Judy (Young) de Groot (SED’74); and the bride’s brother, Travers de Groot (CAS’07). Also in attendance were Michael Birnbaum (COM’04), Eric Millard (ENG’07), Brooke Reno (COM’06,’08), Lissa Wheeler (CFA’78), Howard Zimmerman (CAS’69), Laura Aiges (CGS’07, COM’09), Abby Borovits (COM’06), and Stephani Wrabel (CAS’05).


K. Douglas Gross (SAR’06, SPH’10) of Roslindale, Mass., was promoted to associate professor in the department of physical therapy at MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Khalil Habib (GRS’06) of Saunderstown, R.I., recently published Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Globalization: Citizens without States (University Press of Kentucky, 2011). The book examines the consequences of globalization and provides an analysis of the claims of cosmopolitanism.

Reneé Spurlin (COM’06) of Lindale, Tex., was recently promoted from director to vice president of client services at communications 21, a marketing public relations firm.

Katherine Tarpley (CAS’06) and Timothy Knauf (CAS’06) of Boston, Mass., were married on July 3, 2011, in Boston. Nine of the 10 bridal party members were BU alums, including the bride’s three sisters and all five groomsmen. Joe Rouse (CAS’06) was the best man, and Genny Parker (CAS’06) was the maid of honor. Nearly 50 BU alumni attended, including all freshman-year roommates, friends from Orientation, Dog Pound members, a cappella friends, and most of the couple’s intramural broomball team. Tim works at a financial software start-up in Cambridge, Mass., and Katherine recently graduated from Northeastern University School of Law.


Andrea Levine (CFA’07) of Langhorne, Pa., launched Miss Musique, a musical event entertainment service in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, in 2010. Miss Musique provides professional violinists, violists, cellists, harpists, and flutists for events. Andrea has been a professional violinist for 18 years. Learn more at


Guila Kessous (GRS’08) of Cambridge, Mass., received the UNESCO Artist for Peace Award on January 17, 2012. Guila was honored for her participation in numerous theatrical performances supporting human rights and interreligious dialogue.

Carolina Save (ENG’08) of Boston, Mass., recently finished her last semester at Suffolk University Law School, concentrating in patent law. Carolina was the president of the Intellectual Property Law Student Association and a team member of the Giles Rich Patent Moot Court Team. She works at a local IP firm, a change from her previous in-house work at a local tech company.

Kasia (Katarzyna) Zabawa (CAS’08, COM’08) of New York, N.Y., was recently promoted to deputy director of communications at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Email Kasia at


Rachel Adler (CAS’09) of Miami Beach, Fla., is an account executive at the public relations and marketing firm Schwartz Media Strategies. Previously, Rachel worked at rbb Public Relations.

Tim Durkin (ENG’09) of San Francisco, Calif., a technical writer in the Bay Area, is fluent in Chinese after living in Taiwan for two and a half years. “I’m always looking for chances to meet up with other BU alumni if any are in the area,” he writes. Email him at

Jorge Alexander Garrido (LAW’09) of Panama City, Panama, is a partner and business consultant at the law firm Garrido & Garrido. Email Jorge at


Abby Bourgeois (SAR’10) of Plant City, Fla., recently launched Smooth Delivery Doula Care, which provides pregnant women with a doula for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care. Abby also began the Every Woman Deserves a Doula campaign, which accepts donations to help mothers who would not otherwise be able to afford a doula. Visit, or email Abby at

Joshua Friedonsohn (ENG’10) of Groton, Conn., started a new job in July 2011 at General Dynamics Electric Boat. He is also the technical director for the Boston-based Vagabond Theatre Group. Visit

Alex Hodara (SMG’10) of Boston, Mass., was recently included in Forbes “30 Under 30″ feature in the real estate category. While at BU, Alex started Hodara Real Estate Group, the first student-run real estate brokerage.


T. J. Ferrante (LAW’11) of Treasure Island, Fla., joined the law firm Carlton Fields in Tampa, Fla., as a shareholder and an associate.