Class Notes

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Robert Pearson (STH’50) of Keizer, Ore., writes, “My wife, Mary, and I are living in proximity to our daughter and her husband. Our whole family was present for our 70th wedding anniversary this past April.”


Arthur A. Santilli (CAS’51) of Havertown, Pa., writes that he and three former medicinal chemist colleagues received the 2006 Thomas A. Edison Patent Award in Basking Ridge, N.J., from the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, for inventing the antiosteoporosis drug bazedoxifene (BZA). The award, in the category of Emerging Therapies, recognizes inventors with patents containing significant scientific breakthroughs originating in New Jersey. Arthur writes that BZA was launched by Pfizer on the European and Japanese markets as Conbriza and Viviant, respectively. In 2014, the drug was paired with conjugated estrogens and launched in the US market as the prescription drug Duavee and in Europe as Duavive. The paired drug is now prescribed for treating both osteoporosis and moderate to severe hot flashes in postmenopausal women with uteri. Arthur adds that a team of scientists at Duke University found that BZA, which is selectively and potently antiestrogenic in breast tissue, is not only able to stop the growth of estrogen-dependent (E-D) breast cancer cells in both cellular and animal models, but is also effective against cancer cells that are resistant to currently prescribed medications. These results prompted the formation of a clinical study in progress at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass., to determine if BZA, when administered in conjunction with Pfizer’s recently marketed (2015) anti–breast cancer drug Ibrance, can further enhance the drug’s efficacy profile for treating patients with E-D breast cancer. Arthur sends his greetings and best regards to all former classmates. He can be reached at


Joan S. Bergman (SAR’54) of Vestavia, Ala., writes, “The University of Alabama at Birmingham has honored me by establishing the Joan S. Bergman Pioneer in Alabama Physical Therapy Award,” which recognizes significant and lasting contributions to advance physical therapy practice, research, and education in Alabama. “I was further honored by being named the first recipient of the award on March 12, 2016.”


David Daniels (GRS’56) of Rochester Hills, Mich., an emeritus professor at Oakland University, received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the College Orchestra Directors Association in January 2016.

Liz Gribin (CFA’56, PAL’56) of Needham, Mass., showed her paintings and prints at the Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor, N.Y., as well as at Newbury Fine Arts in Boston, Mass.; the Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport, Mass.; Harbor Square Gallery in Rockland, Maine; and Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, Vt.

Steven J. Zevitas (CGS’56) of Beverly Hills, Fla., wrote Petee—The Islander (iUniverse, 2011), a book based on his experiences as a teenager on Thompson Island in Boston Harbor.


Philip Hendel (DGE’57, COM’59) of Flat Rock, N.C., recently moved after living in Chicago, Ill., for nearly 30 years. He just celebrated his 20th year as an associate with LegalShield. Email Philip at


David Hershenson (GRS’60,’64) of Brookline, Mass., published Accessible Retirement: A Guide for Persons with Disabilities (Harvard Book Store Printed On Paige, 2016). David is a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland and a senior lecturer in the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Rehabilitation Counseling program.


Robert Trager (CAS’61) of Roslyn, N.Y., is the 68th president of the Nassau County Dental Society. He writes scholarly dental publications, is an active member of the American Dental Association, and was previously president of the Queens County Dental Society. Robert has general dentistry practices in both JFK and LaGuardia Airports, providing oral health care to airport employees and the public.


Milton “Sandy” Martin, Jr. (CGS’60, COM’62) of Durham, N.H., is a student advisor for seniors who are producing feasibility studies and business plans on live case studies in the Entrepreneur Program at the University of New Hampshire’s Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. Students are team-taught and prepare a deliverable PowerPoint oral presentation. Sandy has participated for the last two years of the program’s four, and his team achieved the highest grades both years. For the past 25 years, his company, Martin Family Enterprises, has been enthusiastically involved in UNH intern programs in areas including television ad production and nonprofit marketing and management. Email Sandy at, especially if you have a case study that needs a team.


Miriam Brumer (CFA’64) of New York, N.Y., cocurated and participated in Something Else, a show that took place last spring at the Painting Center in New York City. Email Miriam at


Jane Pappalardo (CFA’65) of Boston, Mass., joined the board of trustees at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. She also serves as a board member of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, a member of the Council of the Arts at MIT, and a life trustee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.


Charles Duke (CFA’67) of Bedford, Pa., moved from Vermont in 2012 after 35 years of teaching all levels of instrumental music in Norton, Mass., East Montpelier, Vt., and Essex Junction, Vt. During this time, he performed continuously as principal trumpet with the Mattapoisett Regional Band, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Philharmonic, and the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra of Middlebury College. He also performed with, and was a founding member of, the Ars Nova Brass Quintet based in Burlington, Vt. After retiring from teaching in 2003, Charles started a small construction business, building wheelchair ramps, widening entryways, and renovating bathrooms for residents of Chittenden County, Vt. In 2014 and 2015, Charles received two President’s Volunteer Service Awards for donating more than 220 hours of labor in the construction of two Habitat for Humanity homes in Everett, Pa. He writes, “Looking forward to meeting many retired musicians in 2017, our 50th anniversary.”


Stephen Cohen (CAS’68) of Rockville, Md., is a senior fellow at the Center for Excellence in Survey Research at NORC at the University of Chicago. NORC, which was formerly called the National Opinion Research Center, is a social research organization headquartered at UChicago, with offices in several other locations in the United States, including Bethesda, Md. Previously, Stephen was chief statistician at the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics at the National Science Foundation.

Sheldon Krimsky (GRS’68,’70) of Cambridge, Mass., is a professor of urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University, and an adjunct professor in Tufts’ public health and community medicine department. Sheldon published Stem Cell Dialogues: A Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers (Columbia University Press, 2015).

PG Lengsfelder (COM’68) of Bigfork, Mont., published his first novel, Beautiful to the Bone (Woodsmoke Publishing, 2016), in May. “The book is a darkly atmospheric psychological suspense and mystery novel that follows an unusually prescient, grotesque-looking young woman on her mission to ‘make everybody beautiful’ through science,” he writes. “Her obsessive research into beauty draws her into a world of unreliable voices, unforeseen pleasures, dangers, and death.” PG also coauthored Filthy Rich: How to Turn Your Nonprofit Fantasies into Cold, Hard Cash: 2nd Edition (Ten Speed Press, 2000), with the late Richard Steckel (SED’75).

Charles Nightingale (CAS’68) of Rowesville, S.C., writes, “I am so grateful for BU for turning my life around. After seven years of elite private education, I came to the South Boston Naval Training Center as a reserve seaman recruit. Wanting to think beyond the Vietnam conflict, I enrolled in BU’s Metropolitan College for one year, which brought academic and spiritual enlightenment to this 20-year-old. I was accepted at the College of Liberal Arts (now CAS). After graduation, I spent four years as a public welfare social worker in Roxbury. There, I found the Bahá’í Faith and a 34-year career in public education. I moved to South Carolina, the Caribbean, and back to South Carolina. I am looking forward to our 1968 golden reunion in two short years.” Email Charles at

Nancy Swing (COM’68) of Pacific Grove, Calif., published her first novel after “20 years of stop-start writing and revising.” Now retired from international consulting, she found the urge and the time to finish it. Malice on the Mekong (Park Place Publications, 2016) is set in Laos in the early 1990s, when Nancy and her husband were living there. “The mystery opens when the body of a controversial foreign woman is found floating in the Mekong,” she writes. “There seems to be a rush to declare her death an accident, but the expatriate community doesn’t believe it. Anjali Rao, a chocoholic Hindu grandmother who likes a gin and tonic now and then, is persuaded to investigate. As she sorts through the facts and lies, Anjali begins to discern that there’s more than one mystery. Readers will find not only the puzzle of how this vexing woman came to be drowned, but also a view of what it’s like to live with lots of nationalities in an exotic country.”


Jeffrey Woolf (GRS’69, LAW’74) of Winchester, Mass., became an assistant bar counsel at the Office of the Bar Counsel in Boston in 2006, after many years in private practice. Since 2012, he has taught a seminar at BU School of Law on selected topics in legal ethics. In 2013, he became an assistant general counsel to the Board of Bar Overseers, and in 2015 coauthored an article for the Boston Bar Journal on the impact of the revised rules of professional conduct on confidentiality. Jeffrey also joined the LAW Dean’s Advisory Board in 2015. He and his wife are major donors to LAW and are members of BU’s Loyalty Society.


Sherri Koones (SED’70) of Greenwich, Conn., published Prefabulous Small Houses (Taunton Press, 2016), her eighth book on home construction. She writes that the book “profiles 32 of the most energy-efficient and sustainable small houses around the country.” Other books in the series include Prefabulous and Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home (Abrams, 2010) and Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes Around the Globe (Abrams, 2014).


Renee Beck (CGS’71) of Oakland, Calif., is a coauthor of The Art of Ritual: Creating and Performing Ceremonies for Growth and Change (Apocryphile Press, 2009). A licensed marriage and family therapist, she is the clinical director emerita (1981–2014) at Holden High School in Orinda, Calif, whose counselor training and internship program she created. She maintains a private practice online and at her Oakland office, Dreamwork & Transpersonal Therapy for Alternative Healers, Intuitives & Artists. Email her at

Eric Kaufman (CGS’68, Questrom’71) of Farmington, Conn., is the managing director of Acumen Business Advisors. He published Macro Thinking (CreateSpace, 2015) “for business owners seeking ways to reignite their companies when everything else they have tried has failed to produce results,” he writes. “Continued success is not a matter of luck—it is earned. The way it is earned is by focusing on the relevancy of products, the needs of customers, strategic thinking, and employee motivation. All simple concepts, yet ones that are often forgotten.”

Lorraine Shemesh (CFA’71) of New York, N.Y., showed her paintings, drawings, and works in clay in the solo exhibition Inside Out at the Gerald Peters Gallery in New York City from May 7 to June 3, 2016. This was the first time she exhibited her clay vessels alongside her two-dimensional work. See her work at the gallery’s website,

Paul (Don) Snyder (LAW’71) of West Newton, Mass., a Boston-area attorney, published his first novel, An Angry God (Wicklow Media, 2016), which “gives an exciting and thought-provoking picture of a World War II veteran who returns from battle and enrolls at the University of Notre Dame. The action-packed novel challenges accepted notions of how religion interacts with military service, faith in God, and whether our lives are controlled by destiny or by chance.”


Linda Woodman Ostrander (CFA’72) of Las Cruces, N.M., is a prolific composer and accomplished writer. She has composed for Music in Maine, the Northeast Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and Young Audiences of Massachusetts, among other ensembles. She has also written many academic works, and has advocated for women composers through her leadership, presentations, and writing for many professional organizations. She has published two books: Between Mothers and Daughters: A Collection of Poems and Lyrics Across Generations (Lulu, 2014) and The Princess Who Could Be You, Book I (CreateSpace, 2016).


Ronald Greenwald (MET’73, Questrom’76) of Waban, Mass., writes that on his way to England, he stopped off in Iceland, where he snorkeled and rafted in 35-degree water, saw the largest waterfall in Europe, stepped on the dividing plates of the North American and Eurasian continents, and jumped off a 28-foot cliff into a freezing river. After recuperating for 12 weeks in the Caribbean, Ron went snorkeling in Belize in April and then took the Rocky Mountaineer train through the Canadian Rockies in August. He writes, “Who says 66-year-olds cannot have fun?” Email Ron at

Barbara Marder (CFA’73) of Somerville, Mass., was a featured artist at the Newton Free Library in Newton, Mass., for the month of May 2016, during which her glass enamel pieces were on display. “My current studio is at Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville, a makerspace for artists, engineers, and makers of all ilks,” she writes. Visit, or email Barbara at


Robert Adelson (CAS’74) of Newton, Mass., received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers USA (IEEE–USA) professional achievement award for his “extreme dedication and contributions to the IEEE entrepreneurial community” at a ceremony at the national meeting of IEEE–USA in Las Vegas, Nev. Robert has been on the board of the IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network since 2002 and chair of the group for four terms since 2009. He is a business, tax, and contracts attorney and partner at the Boston law firm Engel & Schultz, where he represents small- and early-stage companies, executives, consultants, and family businesses. Robert lives with his wife and two children. Email him at


Ellen LaFleche (CAS’75) of Northampton, Mass., recently won the Tor House Poetry Prize for her piece “Before the sickness, when,” about the death of her husband from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).


Judith Amdur (CFA’76) of Los Angeles, Calif., showed her work in the solo exhibition Portraits of the L.A. River at Avenue 50 Studio in Los Angeles from April 9 to May 7, 2016. She also participated in the group exhibition Mi Ciudad of Los Angeles at Avenue 50 from March 12 to April 2, 2016, and displayed work in the juried exhibition California’s Future? at the Los Angeles Printmaking Society from April 17 to May 15, 2016.

Paul Backalenick (SED’76) of New York, N.Y., published his first novel, Development (CreateSpace, 2016), a mystery/drama. He writes that “reviewers call it ‘mesmerizing’ and ‘unique.’” Learn more at


Christopher Byrne (CFA’78) of New York, N.Y., published his fifth book on toys and the toy industry, They Came to Play (Toy Industry Association, 2016), a comprehensive history of the evolution of the toy industry in the United States. His previous books include Toy Time (Three Rivers Press, 2013) and Funny Business (Career Press, 2015). He is also executive vice president of, and content director for, the website (toys, tots, pets, and more), which publishes independent reviews of more than 5,000 toy, baby, and pet products each year. His work in the toy industry has taken him all over the world, and he is a regular guest on a variety of television shows, talking about toys and play. Christopher also is a theater critic in New York and volunteers with literacy programs for young people.

Meera Thompson (CFA’78) of New York, N.Y., showed her work in the exhibition Weathering Whether from May 17 to June 11, 2016, at New York’s Atlantic Gallery.


Dania Jekel (SSW’79) of Newton, Mass., is cofounder and executive director of Asperger/Autism Network (AANE). She is a nationally and internationally recognized expert and leader in addressing the impact of Asperger syndrome and related autism profiles on individuals and families. Dania was honored at AANE’s 20th Anniversary Celebration where, via video, US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III commended Dania and the organization. Dania also received a citation for outstanding public service from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. Contact Dania at

Susan Perry (SON’79) of San Diego, Calif., a captain in the US Navy Nurse Corps, completed a nine-month deployment as the director of nursing services at the NATO Role 3 Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The hospital serves as the primary receiving and treatment facility for US and coalition forces. Susan will retire later this year with more than 37 years of honorable military service.

Nina Tassler (CFA’79, Hon.’16) of Encino, Calif., former chair of CBS Entertainment and a BU trustee, published What I Told My Daughter (Atria Books, 2016), a collection of advice and anecdotes she edited with Cynthia Littleton. The book features contributions from Whoopi Goldberg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Brooke Shields, Pat Benatar, and others. The longest-serving woman leader in broadcast history, she helped shepherd hits from The Good Wife to The Big Bang Theory to CSI.


Alan Robert Ginsberg (LAW’80) of New York, N.Y., published The Salome Ensemble: Rose Pastor Stokes, Anzia Yezierska, Sonya Levien, and Jetta Goudal (Syracuse University Press, 2016), about the women who created Salome of the Tenements, first a novel then a Hollywood film. “My work on this book benefited greatly from research at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at BU,” he says.

Ron Romano (CAS’80) of Portland, Maine, published Early Gravestones in Southern Maine: The Genius of Bartlett Adams (The History Press, 2016). “I wrote the book after spending two years conducting surveys of more than 200 early burial grounds in southern Maine and researching Bartlett Adams’ life,” Ron writes.


Anthony (Sprauve) Harrison (COM’81) of Oakland, Calif., married George H. Harrison on February 12, 2016, at San Francisco City Hall. Email Anthony at

Terence McCorry (COM’81) of Rhinebeck, N.Y., writes, “After 15 years in the film industry in Hollywood and 20 years in campus ministry in Florida, I have returned to the Northeast, serving as people and culture director for the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in New York. The position is a hybrid of spiritual development and human resources. Learning to market to—and meet the needs of—an audience, as well as appreciating the richness of religious and cultural diversity, all began with my years at BU, Marsh Chapel, and COM. A proud member of both SAG-AFTRA and Spiritual Directors International, I continue to have a foot in both worlds. It has been great to reconnect with BU friends when I have returned. Omega is one of the largest seasonal retreat centers in the world, serving 25,000 guests per season….Perhaps I will see you there!”


Tony Scudellari (COM’82) of Los Angeles, Calif., was promoted to senior vice president of television music at Sony Pictures Entertainment. He is responsible for hiring composers and music supervisors on all Sony Pictures Television’s productions. Among the shows he oversees are Better Call Saul, Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down, The Blacklist, The Goldbergs, Outsiders, Preacher, and Underground (executive produced by musician John Legend). He also music supervises Dr. Ken and Outlander, and is working on a movie for television starring James Franco.

Mark Stonesifer (CGS’82) of Tucson, Ariz., has worked as a contractor for the departments of justice and defense, a banker at PNC, and a legal assistant at Westinghouse and several large firms in the Washington, D.C., area. He has been retired since 1998 and has taken up writing poetry; a recent work of his parallels the story of the philosopher Epictetus with the GOP landscape. Mark was married for the first time on June 12, 2016, to Alecia Johnson. He writes that he is a member of the Disabled American Veterans, and was recently accepted into the Sons of the Revolution in the state of New York.


Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard (LAW’83) of Port Washington, N.Y., is a managing partner at the law firm Pegalis & Erickson. She was reelected as an officer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, of which she is treasurer. Each year since 2007, Annamarie has been named to the New York Super Lawyers list.

Lisa Halm (Questrom’83,’00) of Newton, Mass., is the assistant head of school finance and operations at Newton Montessori School. In June, she was named a recipient of the 2016 Will Hancock Unsung Hero Award, which is conferred by the National Business Officers Association to honor business officers who have made great contributions to their schools.

Jo Ann Rooney (Questrom’83, LAW’91) of Chicago, Ill., is president of Loyola University Chicago. She is the 24th president of the university, and the first lay president.


Sandra Dorsainvil (CAS’84, SAR’85) of Natick, Mass., a reverend, self-published the devotional journal Walk With Generosity. The booklet is “a 40-day reflective journey with God, providing an opportunity to put our faith in action whether it be in reflection, journaling, or giving of ourselves and resources,” Sandra writes. Email her at

Andrea Miller Rhodes (COM’84) of Tivoli, N.Y., is writes that her theater company, Tangent Theatre, received its fourth Arts Mid-Hudson/New York State Council on the Arts project grant for its annual new works festival. One of the company’s board members received a Dutchess County Executive’s Volunteer Award for contributing to the arts as a board member, volunteer, or other service in the arts. Andrea cofounded Tangent in 2000 in New York City with her husband, Michael, who is artistic director. They relocated to the Hudson Valley in 2009, producing professional, contemporary, character-driven plays in an artsy, rustic space. She is also owner of Gig Marketing, an independent consulting studio. She recently hosted Branding with Clarity!, a workshop guiding small businesses to higher ground, at an entrepreneurial women’s conference held at a local campus.

Doreen Zankowski (MET’84) of Boxford, Mass., is a partner in the Boston office of the firm Duane Morris. Doreen is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and contributes to the firm’s construction law and litigation capabilities.


Kat McQuade (SED’85) of Barnstead, N.H., is director of marketing and communications at the Orton Family Foundation, which assists residents of small cities and towns across the United States in local decision-making and planning projects.

Donna Tobin (LAW’85) of New York, N.Y., is a partner and cochair at the New York City–based media, entertainment, and advertising law firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.


Robert Levenson (CAS’86) of Arlington, Va., is the principal of a boutique tax law outfit, BlackAcre 1031 Exchange Services. Since graduating from BU, Robert has been a real estate investor and broker, a banker, an attorney (he earned a JD from American University in 1994), and an inventor. Robert has five children and stepchildren ages 22, 19, 18, 16, and 9, and one of his life goals is to run a 10K race in the same number of minutes as his age: 54 minutes or better this year. Email him at

Chuck Rose (Questrom’86) of Los Angeles, Calif., is the creator and executive producer of the television series The Art of More, starring Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth, and Cary Elwes. The show—the first one-hour scripted drama from Sony’s streaming network, Crackle—is set in the cutthroat world of big New York auction houses. “The first season is now available on Crackle,” Chuck writes, “and given the success of the show, we are now in production on our second season. The show is rooted in my love of art, first cultivated during my years living in Boston, the most beautiful city in America.”

Sergio Torres (CAS’86, GRS’88) of Centreville, Va., earned a master’s in military studies from the Marine Corps University Command and Staff College in June 2016. His last assignment with the US Department of State was at the United States Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, where he was involved in the embassy’s evacuation in July 2014. He writes that he will most likely be staying in D.C. for a while, working at the Department of State. Classmates can contact Sergio at


Beth Kirk (LAW’87) of Bloomington, Ind., received the Fred H. Gregory Memorial Award at the District 10 Pro Bono Project’s 2016 attorney recognition event in Bloomington.

Andrea Muchin (LAW’87) of Chicago, Ill., a partner with the family practice law firm, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, was named a 2016 Leading Lawyer in Illinois by Leading Lawyers magazine.

Carol Shansky (CFA’87,’09) of Tenafly, N.J., published The Hebrew Orphan Asylum Band of New York City, 1874–1941: Community, Culture and Opportunity (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016). Through telling the history of this school band, Carol also profiles historical events and major figures in New York City during this time. Email Carol at


Bill Banfield (STH’88) of Jamaica Plain, Mass., a professor at Berklee College of Music and founder and director of its Africana Studies program, served on the jury for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Jeremy Kehoe (COM’88) of Los Angeles, Calif., debuted his play Steppin’ Out at Ruby Theatre in Hollywood on April 22, 2016. He writes that “Steppin’ Out is a satirical comedy that peels back the veneer of four characters faced with two tough questions: Which is a life more worth living: one filled with happiness or one teeming with meaning? And how closely does the face we show the world resemble the one we see in the mirror?” Email Jeremy at

Mike Zapolin (Questrom’88) of Miami, Fla., won the Amsterdam Film Festival Documentary Directing Van Gogh Award for his film The Reality of Truth, featuring Michelle Rodriguez and Deepak Chopra. Mike writes, “The film is about the importance of going inside your own mind for answers and healing. I am the creator, writer, and director of the film, which has other amazing thought leaders, including Joel Osteen, Ram Dass, and Marianne Williamson.” Visit


Linda Hervieux (COM’89) of Brooklyn, N.Y., published Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and at War (HarperCollins, 2015).

Mark Johnson (GRS’89,’95) of Del Mar, Calif., published Spitting in the Soup (VeloPress, 2016). Mark writes that the book covers doping in sport and society, “tracing its history and exposing the enormous social, economic, and political forces militating against modern antidoping missionaries’ efforts to turn sport into an island of chemical purity in the midst of what is, especially in the United States, a pharmaceutical sea.” Learn more at


Andy Mozina (GRS’90) of Kalamazoo, Mich., published his debut novel, Contrary Motion (Spiegel & Grau, 2016), about a divorced Chicago harpist taking a symphony audition. Learn more at


Willy Conley (GRS’91) of Hanover, Md., wrote the novel The Deaf Heart (Gallaudet University Press, 2015). He is a professor in the theater department at Gallaudet University, where he has taught for more than 20 years.

George R. DeMeo II (CGS’89, CAS’91) of Northville, Mich., was promoted to managing assistant prosecuting attorney in charge of the family support division of the Genesee County prosecutor’s office in Flint, Mich. He was also recently certified as a Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards instructor for Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Abuse. He writes that he is enjoying teaching law enforcement personnel locally and training prosecutors nationally.


Monica Bhatia (CAS’92) of New York, N.Y., directs the stem cell transplant program at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center. She researches stem cell transplantation for patients with sickle cell disease and has helped develop a reduced toxicity conditioning regimen, where the cure rates at Columbia University Medical Center are 100 percent in those with sibling donors. Since only about 15 percent of patients with sickle cell disease have a matched sibling donor, Monica is also concentrating on unrelated donor transplants. Monica is chair of the new Sickle Cell Transplant Alliance for Research, a multicenter organization that seeks to improve the cure and make it available to more children and young adults with sickle cell disease.


NiaLena Caravasos (LAW’93) of Philadelphia, Pa., writes that for many years, she has been selected a Super Lawyer, as well as one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers, both of which are featured in the June 2016 Philadelphia issue of Super Lawyers. NiaLena was also selected to become a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation extended to less than half of one percent of all lawyers in the United States, regardless of their practice area. Visit

Lisa Faille (CAS’93) of Barrington, R.I., was promoted to associate professor at Argosy University in July 2015. For the past six years, she has been a forensic psychology instructor in Argosy’s master’s program, as well as a chair for dissertation students in the counseling psychology doctoral program. She writes that she “continues to find her nontraditional students inspiring beyond measure, and continues to enjoy providing educational opportunities to determined individuals who otherwise might not have access to them.” Email Lisa at

Jane Zarse (CGS’91, COM’93) of Deerfield, Ill., published Love and Compassion Is My Religion (CreateSpace, 2016). Email Jane at


Jae Cho (SHA’94) of Stoneham, Mass., celebrated his daughter Sarah’s second birthday on July 4, 2016. He has been with the MBTA for two years and plans to become a full-time bus operator. Jae writes, “I’m using my SHA degree when interacting with my passengers, enjoying the work serving the public and its transportation needs. Frequenting many restaurants and hotels while I use the TripAdvisor app, and staying in touch with current trends in the hospitality industry.” Classmates can contact Jae at

Scott Copley (Questrom’94,’98) of Arlington, Mass., writes that he is “finally getting around to announcing the birth of his twin boys. Colin and Connor were born on January 14, 2015, and mom Daphne and the boys are doing great, despite all the big changes that have occurred in the past year.” Scott looks forward to taking his sons to their first BU hockey game. Email him at and.

Deanna Mazzochi (CAS’94) of Elmhurst, Ill., was elected chair of the board of trustees at the College of DuPage, the second-largest community college in Illinois, in April 2016.


Emily Williams Knight (SHA’95) of Southlake, Tex., was recently named a winner of the 14th annual Road Warrior Contest, held by American Way, the inflight magazine published by American Airlines. As part of the grand prize, she vacationed in Belize.

Rachel McCormack (SED’95) of Plymouth, Mass., is a professor of literacy education at Roger Williams University. Inspired by an encounter at a Syrian refugee camp in Holland while on sabbatical in Europe, she piloted a book drive for Syrian refugees to bring Arabic books and education directly to Syrian children.

Lygia Day Peñaflor (SED’95) of Roslyn, N.Y., published her debut novel, Unscripted Joss Byrd (Macmillan, 2016), about the trials and tribulations of Hollywood’s most sought-after young actress. Lygia is a private academic teacher for young Hollywood stars; her students have included the young casts of Gossip Girl and Boardwalk Empire.


Alexi Friedman (COM’96) of New York, N.Y., married Katia Druzhynina on May 7, 2016, in Irvington, N.Y. Terriers in attendance included Joel Maute (SAR’97), Amy Maute (SAR’96), Marco Munoz (CAS’96), Ben Middleberg (CGS’94, CAS’96), Matthew Whiting (Questrom’96), Joe Lucarelli (Questrom’95), Darius Smith (CAS’94), and Adam Kantor (Questrom’94). Alexi is a journalist and Katia is an information technology project manager.

Corey Kronengold (COM’96) of Livingston, N.J., was recently named chief marketing officer of Smart AdServer, a global advertising software provider. He and his wife, Emily, welcomed their first child, Samantha Marley, on December 30, 2015.

Radhika Murali (CFA’96, MET’16) of Upper Darby, Pa., earned a master’s in business continuity, security, and risk management at BU’s Metropolitan College. She walked this May, in time for her 20th reunion.

Erik Trump (GRS’96) of Midland, Mich., won the Franc A. Landee Teaching Excellence Award at Saginaw Valley State University. Erik is a professor of political science.


Hank Allen (ENG’97) of Chesapeake, Va., is commanding officer of the USS Bulkeley, a naval destroyer on deployment in the Middle East. Hank enlisted in the Navy in 1990, starting out as an electrician’s mate and working his way into the nuclear engineering department. After three years, he decided to pursue a nuclear officer commission. At BU, he excelled as the battalion commander of his ROTC unit, and after graduation went on to become a decorated naval officer. Next year, he will retire after 24 years of public service. Hank is married to Stacy, with whom he has two children, Jack and Emma.

Eric McHenry (GRS’97) of Lawrence, Kans., published a collection of poetry, Odd Evening (Waywiser Press, 2016), which has garnered praise from writers Sherman Alexie, Ilya Kaminsky, and Linda Gregerson.

Stephen Scott Whitaker (GRS’97) of Onley, Va., published a book of poetry, All My Rowdy Friends (PunksWritePoemsPress, 2016), which was nominated in the poetry category for the 13th USA Best Book Awards.


Peter Ungár (SHA’98) of Somerville, Mass., founded Tasting Counter, a 20-seat restaurant in Somerville’s Aeronaut Foods Hub, in the summer of 2014. The restaurant offers a multicourse tasting menu prepared while patrons face an open kitchen.

Prospero Uybarreta (ENG’98) of Christchurch, New Zealand, is head of aircrew and testing and the chief test pilot of the Martin Aircraft Company Limited in Christchurch. He leads company pilots and flight test engineers in flight testing prototype Martin Jetpacks, as well as plans and pilots elevated-risk Category 1 experimental flight testing of Martin Jetpacks. Prospero is also pursuing an aerospace sciences PhD online through the University of North Dakota. Prospero received the 2015 Iven C. Kincheloe Award from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots for his flight test achievements of the Bombardier CSeries and CRJ Series. Email Prospero at


Brian D. Biggs (ENG’99) of Warner Robins, Ga., a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force, started Hogwarts Running Club (HRC), a nonprofit that organizes virtual running events with Harry Potter themes. HRC started off as a Facebook page through which Brian raised money for the Jimmy Fund. Through HRC, Brian has raised nearly half a million dollars in two years and has inspired a community of people to get healthy. Learn more at

Michelle Chalfoun (GRS’99) of Glen Cove, N.Y., published The Treasure of Maria Mamoun (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2016), a novel about a girl from the Bronx, a dog, a troublemaker, a stolen sailboat, a treasure map, and a life-changing adventure on Martha’s Vineyard. This is Michelle’s third novel, and her first for middle-grade readers.


Rachel Biscardi (LAW’00) of Medford, Mass., was promoted to deputy director of the Women’s Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Foundation (WBF). For the past nine years, Rachel was the WBF’s director of pro bono projects.

Renato Freitas (MET’00) of São Paulo, Brazil, is the regional sales manager (North, Central, and South America) for the Norwegian Mint. He and his wife, Luciane, welcomed their first baby, a girl named Georgia, on September 4, 2015. Renato writes, “We are thrilled with this blessing from God!”


Shira Taylor Gura (SAR’01) of Galilee, Israel, published Getting Unstuck: Five Simple Steps to Emotional Well-Being (Three Gems Publishing, 2016). Learn more at

James Perrin (CFA’01) of Nashville, Tenn., won a Joan Mitchell Foundation award through the organization’s Painters & Sculptors Grant Program. He was among 25 artists who received $25,000 for their creative achievement. Visit

Cara (Baruzzi) Rosner (COM’01) of Woodbridge, Conn., and her husband, Jeremy, welcomed their second son, Shane Maddox, on February 8, 2016. Parents and big brother Ethan are very excited!


Laura Brown (SED’02) of Haverhill, Mass., published her debut adult contemporary romance novel, Signs of Attraction (HarperCollins, 2016), about a hard-of-hearing undergrad who learns about hearing loss from a deaf graduate student.

Zachary Dubey (CAS’02) of Port Jefferson, N.Y., and his wife, Shira, welcomed their third child, Sidney Meyer Dubey, on April 11, 2016.

Susanne Matias-Gomes (CAS’02, MED’04) of Barrington, R.I., and her husband, Hugo, welcomed twin sons, Canaan Alexander and Sebastian Grayson, on February 10, 2016. Susanne practices obstetrics and gynecology in Fall River, Mass.

Emanuela Porter (CGS’00, COM’02) of Washington, D.C., published a children’s book in conjunction with the NHL’s Washington Capitals titled Slapshot and the Great Skate, featuring the Capitals’ mascot. The book is on sale at the Verizon Center and the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the Capitals’ practice arena. Signed copies are also available at


J.D. Daniels (GRS’03) of Cambridge, Mass., received a 2016 Whiting Award. Given annually to 10 emerging writers, the $50,000 award is “based on early accomplishment and promise of great work to come.” Poet Elizabeth Alexander (GRS’87) gave the keynote address at the award ceremony held at the New York Historical Society on March 23, 2016.

James DiReda (GRS’03) of Sterling, Mass., coauthored The East Side of Addiction (DGM Publishing, 2016), a book “designed to offer understanding, support, and hope to individuals and families affected by drug addiction.” It’s the story of how drug addiction ravaged a working-class immigrant enclave in Worcester, Mass., and a close-knit group of young friends who lived there. Classmates can email James at

Nora Q. E. Passamaneck (LAW’03) of Denver, Colo., is a senior associate at the Denver office of the international law firm WilmerHale, where she represents clients in complex intellectual property litigations.

Matteson Perry (COM’03) of Los Angeles, Calif., published his first book, Available: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love, and Brunch (Scribner, 2016). “The book even has a chapter about my time at BU,” he writes. Matteson is a comedy writer, performer, and screenwriter, with two projects in development. He’s also had an essay published in the New York Times “Modern Love” column.

Marjorie Wilkinson (COM’03) of Los Angeles, Calif., was music supervisor, production legal, and coexecutive producer of the feature-length film Like Lambs. She writes, “The film enjoyed an excellent premiere on April 8, 2016, at the Atlanta Film Festival, followed by a screening on April 15, 2016, at the Boston International Film Festival. Like Lambs speaks directly to a generation that is fed up with the current financial system and is desperately seeking change. Created by a cast and crew with an average age of 26, this film stands alone in taking on the timely themes of global financial crime and political corruption from the perspective of America’s youth.” The film stars Liam Aiken (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Connor Paolo (Revenge, Gossip Girl), and Justin Chon (Twilight), and Ted Marcus, the film’s writer and director, who plays the aptly named villain Sebastian Dollarhyde. Like Lambs is an exploration of what financially savvy students at an elite boarding school will do when an economic apocalypse disrupts their perfect lives. Classmates can email Marjorie at


Kenneth E. Burdon (CAS’04, LAW’07) of Natick, Mass., was promoted to counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Affiliates.

Nikki Pollard (SSW’04) of Cambridge, Mass., is a behavioral health clinician at Atrius Health and the vice president of the BU School of Social Work alumni association. Email her at

Leda Scearce (SAR’04) of Raleigh, N.C., is the director of performing voice programs and development at Duke Voice Care Center in the division of head and neck surgery and communication sciences at Duke University. She was elected president of the Pan-American Vocology Association, with her term set to begin in 2017, and is president elect of the association’s board of directors. In April, Leda published Manual of Singing Voice Rehabilitation: A Practical Approach to Vocal Health and Wellness (Plural Publishing, 2016), a book that provides speech-language pathologists and singing teachers the tools to work with singers who have voice injuries. Contact Leda at


Alexandra Chau (Questrom’05) of Forest Hills, N.Y., and her husband, Michael Chau (CAS’05, GRS’05), welcomed a daughter, Samantha Elizabeth Chau, on November 14, 2015. Samantha was born at 8:15 p.m.; she weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 21.5 inches long. She joins big brother Matthew. Follow their adventures on Instagram at @foodbabyny, and email Alexandra at


Joseph M. Bagley (CAS’06) of Boston, Mass., published A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts (University Press of New England, 2016). Each artifact in the book is presented in full color, with a description of the item’s significance to the history of the city. Joseph is Boston’s city archaeologist.

Joel Richardson (MET’06) of Salem, Mass., published New England Running (CreateSpace, 2016), about his high school and college track years.

Mary Tedesco (CAS’06) of Gloucester, Mass., is cohost of the PBS television series Genealogy Roadshow, whose third season premiered on May 17, 2016. She writes that Genealogy Roadshow “is part detective story and part emotional journey, and combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans.” Mary is also founder and lead researcher at Origins Italy, a full-service Italian genealogical research firm.

Jennifer Uhrhane (GRS’06) of Jamaica Plain, Mass., an independent art consultant, curated an exhibition of Hungarian photographer and photojournalist Lucien Aigner’s work at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in 2011. In March, the Addison Gallery of American Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library announced their joint acquisition of Aigner’s collection. Jennifer was responsible for the acquisition of these works, which until now had been held by Aigner’s family in Boston. She writes, “I played the ‘matchmaker’ between the Aigner family and the institutions—a more than two-year process.”


Nicole Cammorata (COM’07) of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a copywriter at Mashable, where she is a creative lead for sponsored content programs, pitching ideas for presale and writing articles for sold programs. To learn more about Nicole’s experience with branded content and the intersection of journalism and advertising, email her at

Jessica Sirls (CGS’05, COM’07) of New York, N.Y., composed the music and lyrics for the song “Rest in You,” which is being recorded by Tatyana Ali and will be featured in the upcoming film The Reason, starring Academy Award winner Louis Gossett, Jr. Email Jessica at


Alessandra Cappellino (CAS’08, COM’08, GRS’10) of New York, N.Y., married Alexander Simkin in Island Park, N.Y., on July 9, 2016. Lisa Zimmerman (COM’08) was the maid of honor, and other BU alumni were in attendance. Alessandra is the director of global client knowledge management and a senior account supervisor focusing on the health care and pharmaceutical industry for Edelman in New York. Alexander is a litigation associate in New York for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Nohelani Lawrence (SED’08) of West Hollywood, Calif., was named the division head of membership services for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, a professional organization that promotes the development of science and ethical practice in the field of sport psychology. Nohelani is a clinical and sport psychologist at the University of Southern California. She also is the sport psychologist for the US track and field team during world competitions.

Kristina (Roman) Sawyer (COM’08,’16) of Chicago, Ill., earned a master’s degree in emerging media at BU and is working on her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s department of communication. She also presented her research findings on political news broadcasts in virtual reality at the fifth annual International Summer School in Political Communication and Electoral Behavior at the University of Milan in July. Kristina and her husband, Clark Sawyer (COM’08), look forward to this next chapter of their lives in the Chicago area.


Michael Bradley (Block) (CFA’09) of Mahwah, N.J., held a concert of his original musical, The Girls in White, featuring two-time Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris, at the acclaimed Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City in April 2016. Email Michael at

Stephanie Halligan (CAS’09) of Boulder, Colo., self-published Art to Self: Cartoon Notes to Remind You of Your Awesomeness (2015). The book is filled with cartoon notes and messages for moments of growth, change, challenge, and triumph. See more of Steph’s daily cartoon notes at

Anita Kupriss (CFA’09) of Southborough, Mass., toured with her professional choir, Labyrinth Choir, in Helsinki, Finland, Tallinn, Estonia, and Riga, Latvia, in July 2016. The group performed multiple concerts and concluded by singing for the opening ceremonies at the Latvian Music Master Class summer camp in Sigulda, Latvia.

Sarah Sherman McGrail (MET’09) of Southport, Maine, founded the publishing house Cozy Harbor Press in 1996 and has published many books since. Her newest works are Looking Back: A History of Boothbay Region’s Veterans During the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Volumes I & II (Cozy Harbor Press, 2016), which recount Maine veterans’ stories in their own words through remembrances, letters, and photographs.


Joyce Rudy (CGS’08, CAS’10) of Columbus, Ohio, graduated from the Ohio State University’s College of Public Health in May 2016 with a master’s in epidemiology. She is working on her PhD in epidemiology, also at Ohio State. Email Joyce at

Courtney Sander (CFA’10,’11) of San Antonio, Tex., earned a master’s from the University of Leeds Applied and Professional Ethics program in 2014 and is a senior compliance analyst at Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. In September, Courtney presented the paper “Finding Common Ethical Ground in Your Multicultural Organization” at the Society for Corporate Compliance & Ethics’ 15th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute in Chicago.


Sara Cathcart (SAR’12) of Hope, R.I., earned a doctor of podiatric medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine on May 25, 2016, in a ceremony at Lincoln Center. Sara also received the Board of Trustees’ 2016 Award for Excellence in Leadership. She is a member of the Pi Mu Delta National Podiatry Service Society and received the Dr. Sidney Solid Award for accomplishments and service to the podiatric community. While at NYCPM, she was president of the student association, student ambassador coordinator, and a representative to the American Association of Women Podiatrists. She is a graduate of Scituate High School, class of 2008, and began her residency at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence in July.

Antigone Matsakis (SAR’12,’14) of Brighton, Mass., is the athletic trainer at Walpole High School in Walpole, Mass. Under Antigone’s leadership, the school was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Athletic Trainer Initiative, a national grant contest to expand access to athletic trainers in underserved high schools and improve youth athlete safety. The NFL Foundation, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Gatorade, and Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society are sponsors of the grant.

Alexander Rhalimi (MET’12) of Revere, Mass., is running for Suffolk County Sheriff 2016. Alexander has a master’s in criminal justice from BU.


Abigail Smith (CFA’14) of Fall River, Mass., was a national semifinalist in the Young Artist/Emerging Professional division of the Classical Singer Vocal Competition, held in Boston in May 2016. Abigail also recently finished her first young artist residency with Tri Cities Opera, where she made her professional debut as Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia last October. In conjunction with her residency, Abigail recently graduated with a master of music in opera performance from Binghamton University.


Rebecca Wolfe (COM’15) of London, England, created a hip-hop adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus as part of a master’s dissertation project. The piece had its world premiere at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art on July 8, 2016. Contact Rebecca at


Hannah Lawson (CFA’16) of Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia, teaches music at Dhahran British Grammar School in Saudi Arabia. After graduating from Bowling Green State University in 2010, Hannah taught in the United States. In 2014, she moved to Saudi Arabia with her husband “with no knowledge of the culture or language,” she says, and with the hope “of self discovery, and has found it.” Hannah’s background in orchestra sparked interest from the administration; she realized the school had the opportunity to have the only running orchestra program on the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. She imports instruments from the United Kingdom, works with local music shops unfamiliar with string instruments, and designs curricula to include orchestra during and after the school day.


Jo Farkas (SED’49,’60) of Studio City, Calif., writes that she’s “up to no good, most recently as a woman on American Horror Story who shoots her husband while he shoots her (it’s a mercy killing). Also check me out on the HBO series Getting On and in many more films and television shows. I retired as a school psychologist in 1986, but have been working ever since.” Jo moved to the Los Angeles area in 1991, and adds, “in what we call ‘the industry,’ it takes more guts than brains, but it’s a hell of a lot better than just sitting around and knitting socks for my grandchildren—four of them!”


Nicholas Giosa (MED’52) of Wethersfield, Conn., writes that he “received a most welcome gift at the age of 90,” when his 217-page book of collected poems, This Sliding Light of Day, (Antrim House, 2015) was published. Read reviews and sample poems at


Norman Rozeff (CAS’55) of Harlingen, Tex., received the annual William Card, Jr. Library Service Award in November 2015, in recognition of his outstanding support of the Harlingen Public Library. For more than 13 years, Norman has volunteered his time to maintain the library’s archive room. A tangential result of this work has been his production of more than 300 published articles about the city’s history and his 354-page online booklet, The Chronological History of Harlingen.


Ed Boyd (DGE’55, SED’57,’73) of Melrose, Mass., wrote the small book Stories That Keep Popping Into My Head (Strategic Book Publishing, 2014). “These stories are my experiences,” Ed writes.


John Brookfield (CFA’61) of Charles Town, W.Va., published A History of the Port Royal Bands (Sam Teddy Publishing, 2015), a collection of records, photos, and personal accounts documenting the bands and musicians that originated primarily in Concord, N.H., during the Civil War. This book is a follow-up to a large project that John is working on, editing handwritten band books into a collection playable by contemporary reenactment groups and others.

Duane Miller (STH’61, GRS’70) of Rochester, N.Y., recently published The Memes of My Life: How Integral Thought Illuminated Personal Experiences (iUniverse, 2015).


Karen Lakin (CAS’62) of Jerusalem, Israel, writes that her husband, Richard Lakin (CAS’62), a retired elementary school principal originally from Newton, Mass., was murdered in a terror attack on a bus in Jerusalem on October 13, 2015. Richard passed away on October 27 at Hadassah Medical Center. “He fought for human rights, coexistence, and fairness throughout his life,” Karen says. “In his book Teaching as an Act of Love: Thoughts and Recollections of a Former Teacher, Principal and Kid (iUniverse, 2007), Richard describes himself as ‘a recipient of endless joy from my children and grandkids, and from the smiles, laughter, and sense of wonder of the hundreds of elementary school children I had the good fortune to work with as a teacher and principal during the past 40 years.’”


Paul M. Wright (CAS’63), Alison Barnet (CAS’67), and Russell P. Lopez (SPH’03) of Boston, Mass., served on the committee that organized the first annual South End Authors’ Book Festival, which took place at the United South End Settlements on November 16, 2015. Wright, Barnet, and Lopez have each written books on Boston’s South End. Hope J. Shannon (CAS’08), who also wrote a book on the South End, participated in the festival as well.


Lavinia Kumar (CAS’64, GRS’66) of Plainsboro, N.J., published a new book of poetry, Let There be Color (The Lives You Touch Publications, 2016), based mostly on the hospitalization of her husband. Lavinia writes, “It wasn’t until retirement that I could learn about poetry, could go to workshops and classes. I still go to a wonderful seminar given by [the poet] Christopher Bursk at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania, and workshop in a couple of groups.”


David Matteson (STH’68, GRS’68) of Crete, Ill., published the memoir I Took Both Roads: My Journey as a Bisexual Husband (The New Atlantean Library, 2015). “Chapters six, seven, and eight will be of special interest to BU alumni,” David writes.

Claire Soja (CAS’68) of Littleton, Mass., has joined the Boston investment firm Winslow, Evans & Crocker, Inc., as senior vice president and portfolio manager, having previously spent nine years as managing director/portfolio manager at Detwiler Fenton & Co., also in Boston. She also was a member of the Detwiler Fenton investment management board of directors. Email Claire at


Christopher Johnson (CFA’69) of Brooklyn, N.Y., brought his one-man show, St. Mark’s Gospel, to Massachusetts for a performance on February 5, 2016, at the historic St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge. Christopher writes that the show “presents the earliest gospel as the urgent ‘good news’ it was meant to be: a thundering yarn with unforgettable characters, lightning dialogue, quips, zingers, sarcasm, barnyard humor, unendurable pain, and a hero who may be God but is most assuredly man.”

Susan (Strauss) Schneider (CAS’69) of New York, N.Y., published the novel Fire in My Ears (CreateSpace, 2013), which is now out in an audiobook recorded by her daughter-in-law, Rachel F. Hirsch.


Wendy Brandmark (DGE’68, CAS’70) of London, England, is a fiction writer, reviewer, and lecturer. For many years, she taught creative writing at Birkbeck College, part of the University of London. She supervises students in Oxford University’s creative writing master’s program. She published The Stray American (Holland Park Press, 2014), which “follows a lawyer from Boston who escapes his dull corporate job to teach in a seedy American college in London during 2003.” The book was longlisted for the prestigious 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. Wendy also published a collection of short stories, He Runs the Moon, Tales from the Cities (Holland Park Press, 2016), in April.


Arnold Baskies (CAS’71, MED’75) of Cherry Hill, N.J., joined the scientific advisory board of Anixa Diagnostics, a company developing a platform for early detection of tumor-based cancers. Arnold is vice chairman of the board of directors of the American Cancer Society (ACS) and previously served as the chief science officer of the ACS board of directors and as president of the ACS of New York and New Jersey.

Adele Boskey (GRS’71) of Caldwell, N.J., a senior scientist at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, received the Lawrence G. Raisz Award from the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research. The award recognizes an individual for outstanding achievements in preclinical translational research in the bone and mineral field.


Ruth Lepson (GRS’72) of Cambridge, Mass., is the poet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music. She recently published a new collection of poetry, ask anyone (Pressed Wafer, 2016), which has a special musical accompaniment she created with the band Box Lunch. Ruth read and performed on all 14 compositions written and recorded for this project.

Norman York (Questrom’72) of Houston, Tex., published the books Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition (Entheos Press, 2015). He has worked as a career and leadership coach for 30 years.


Walter Correa (MET’73) of Flagler Beach, Fla., writes, “At age 85, I’m still operating a tax accounting business, am a licensed insurance agent, and teaching an online course for Quincy College.”

Jane Schukoske (CAS’73) of Gurgaon, India, is featured in the book Together We Empower: Rekindling Hope in Rural India (Sehgal Foundation, 2015), by Marly Cornell. The book recounts the 15-year history of the SM Sehgal Foundation, a public charitable trust in the rural development sector in India. Jane has been the CEO of the foundation since 2011. Connect with Jane at


H. Dudley Ives (Questrom’74) of Chevy Chase, Md., writes, “Not sure many notes have come from BU MSBAs that were earned in Frankfurt, Germany, while in the army. I did it and graduated in 1974 in Heidelberg. Launched me to a successful lifetime career in real estate for the federal government. If you went to night school two times a week for the 30 semester hours and want to contact me, please do so at”

Abbe Rolnick (CAS’74) of Sedro Woolley, Wash., published Cocoon of Cancer: An Invitation to Love Deeply (Sedro Publishing, 2016), a memoir written with her husband, Jim Wiggins, about his experiences with cancer. The book is a collection of essays, poems, and caregivers’ tips, and is intended to offer a guide for those navigating any serious illness.

Jeanine Young-Mason (SON’74, SED’82) of Newbury, Mass., published a second edition of her book, The Patient’s Voice: Experiences of Illness (F. A. Davis Company, 2015), which “introduces contemporary autobiographical accounts of psychiatric and somatic illness,” Jeanine writes. “The accounts are of children and adults’ experiences of illness and include narratives by family members and advocates in the medical, legal, and judicial systems. They are all pertinent accounts for students in nursing, medicine, allied health professions, and the law.” Young-Mason is a distinguished professor emerita at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing. Visit her website,, and email her at


Jonathan Connor (GRS’75) of Temecula, Calif., married Melinda Marsden Smith in September 2014. Contact Jonathan at

Jim Hiscott (CFA’75) of Washington, D.C., retired from the National Geographic Society in December 2015, after working for eight years as art director in the National Geographic Kids division. He writes, “I will continue to freelance for National Geographic Kids while refocusing my creative attention on my personal projects, which took a backseat to my pursuit of a career in graphic design in Pittsburgh, Atlantic City, and Washington, D.C. After having a piece accepted for CFA’s 60th anniversary alumni show in October 2014, coming to Boston to see the show, and meeting with the wonderful [CFA dean ad interim] Lynne Allen, a creative spark was reignited to pursue work that is not linked to any one client, but to my own imagination. To new creative adventures.”

Mark Peterson (CFA’75) of Wilson, N.C., is the director of music at Barton College, a role he has held since 2001. Mark shares the news that “Boaz Sharon (CFA’76), a BU College of Fine Arts professor of music and chair of BU’s piano department, was the featured soloist with the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra on November 22, 2015.” Boaz performed the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 with the orchestra under Mark’s direction. Contact Mark at


Robert Cox (CGS’74, CAS’76) of New Haven, Conn., was selected for inclusion in the 2015 Super Lawyers list. Robert is the chair of the law firm Halloran & Sage’s business and commercial law practicing areas.

Richard Fox (Questrom’76) of Longmeadow, Mass., joined Simsbury Bank’s home loans team as a mortgage loans advisor.


Cheryl (Roscoe) Carr (COM’77) of East Amherst, N.Y., was named to the editorial committee of the International Association of Business Communicators), a global network of communication professionals with 12,000 members in more than 70 countries. The editorial committee helps develop content for Communication World magazine and its associated publications. Cheryl is the co-owner of Carr Marketing Communications, founded in 1994, which provides strategic communications counsel to business leaders locally and nationally.

E. William “Bill” Emrich, Jr. (SSW’77) of Tampa, Fla., published his first book, Wild Maine Adventure (Haley’s Publishing, 2016), which, he writes, “recounts the realization of my longtime dream of building and inhabiting a rustic cabin on a secluded pond in midcoast Maine. It also describes the tremendous struggles and disappointments that I experienced while pursuing that dream. In addition, the book relates my fascination with wildlife living in, on, and near the pond and in the woods that surround my cabin, and includes many photographs of birds, fish, and mammals from that area of Maine.”

Melody McCloud (CAS’77, MED’81) of Roswell, Ga., initiated and cofunded an exhibit at BU’s School of Medicine that honors Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first black female physician in the US. Crumpler graduated from MED (then the New England Female Medical College) in 1864. The permanent exhibit was unveiled on February 19, 2016. Melody is the founder and medical director of Atlanta Women’s Healthcare Specialists and is affiliated with Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Eliot Pattison (LAW’77) of Oley, Penn., has published the novel Blood of the Oak (Counterpoint Press, 2016), the fourth installment of his acclaimed Bone Rattler series set in colonial America.


Phil Burke (CAS’78) of Rochester, N.Y., was named a member of the inaugural US Leadership Committee of Meritas, Inc., a global alliance of independent law firms. He is also a member of the US tax practice steering committee for Meritas. Get in touch with Phil at

Daniel Williams (COM’78) of Rome, Italy, published Forsaken: The Persecution of Christians in Today’s Middle East (O/R Books, 2015). For 30 years, he was a correspondent for the Miami Herald, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, and for Bloomberg News in the Middle East, Europe, Russia, and Latin America. More recently, he was a senior researcher with the emergencies division at Human Rights Watch.


Lee Berenbaum (COM’79) of Chicago, Ill., writes, “I was recently elected treasurer and board member of Hawthorn Neighbors (a local neighborhood group). This will be my third term as a board member, although not three continuous terms. Anyone out there from COM or AdLab, drop me a line at”

Martha Coakley (LAW’79) of Medford, Mass., former attorney general of Massachusetts, joined the board of Crittenton Women’s Union, a Boston nonprofit that works to financially empower women and disrupt the poverty cycle. Two other BU alums also joined the board: William Mantzoukas (CGS’66, COM’68) of Nahant, Mass., Lynn Community Health cofounder, and Eileen Casey (Questrom’11) of Dedham, Mass., senior vice president of tax and finance with the Kraft Group.

Jim Melville (CAS’79) of Tallinn, Estonia, is the US ambassador to Estonia. A career foreign service officer, Jim presented his credentials to Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the president of the Republic of Estonia, on December 8, 2015.

Patricia Randell (CFA’79) of New York, N.Y., received the Chain NYC Film Festival’s Award of Merit, Best Supporting Actress for her work in writer/director Paul Kelly’s short film Last Words, which screened at the festival during the summer of 2015. She guest stars in the third episode of the web series Happy Hour Feminism, which is playing at eight festivals nationally and internationally and has been nominated for several awards. Patricia also appeared in an episode of the Debra Messing NBC series The Mysteries o f Laura last fall. Email her at


Claudia Kousoulas (CAS’80) of Washington, D.C., recently completed a series of online lectures on writing, editing, and document production for Planetizen, a public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community. The lectures are designed to help students and professionals hone their skills in developing and presenting urban planning and design concepts.

Tony Torain (GRS’80) of Owings Mills, Md., was appointed executive director of the Maryland Board of Dental Examiners.


Daniel Clifford (CAS’81) of San Diego, Calif., is a senior staff surgeon at Naval Medical Center San Diego and has written a chapter on preprosthetic surgery in the 2015 Atlas of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He and Monique Vargas welcomed their first child, August William Clifford-Vargas, on September 9, 2014. Contact Daniel at


Christopher DeFazio (CAS’82, MED’86) of Needham Heights, Mass., writes, “I’ve been a career ER doctor for nearly 30 years. In the last five, I have, along with working at Melrose-Wakefield ER, finally found the time to do something I’ve always wanted to do—write. I’ve had a series of three paranormal suspense novels published in the last few years and have just completed a crime novel. Writing and ER work seem to be a good balance for me.” Email Christopher at

Karen Fielding (CGS’79, COM’82) of London, England, published her novel American Sycamore (Seren, 2014), which won the Gold Independent Publisher’s Award for the mid-Atlantic region.

Karen Haid (CFA’82,’83) of Las Vegas, Nev., was awarded the International Calabria Prize by the Society of Culture and International Relations in Villa San Giovanni, Italy, for her nonfiction book Calabria: The Other Italy (Mill City Press, 2015). The award highlights literature that promotes the culture and raises awareness of Southern Italy. Visit

Wynn Harmon (CFA’82) of New York, N.Y., played James Jarvis in the Washington National Opera production of Lost in the Stars at the Kennedy Center in February 2016.

Andrew Hulsh (Questrom’82) of Demarest, N.J., has joined the New York office of the multipractice law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP as partner in its corporate and securities practice group. Andrew graduated from Cornell University Law School.


David Bookbinder (GRS’84) of Danvers, Mass., published 52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief (Diversion Books, 2015). David writes that the book is based on his digital photograph “flower mandala images, transformed by artist Emily Sper into a family of illustrations that invite colorists to create their own works of art, experimenting with form, pattern, shading, and layering in a deeply personal way.” Visit, or contact him at

Michael Gollin (LAW’84) of Bowie, Md., published Innovation Life Love: Reflections on Living With Mortality (CreateSpace, 2015). The book is adapted from the blog, which he started in 2012 when he was diagnosed with ALS. Michael writes, “In my personal and professional life as patent attorney, author, professor, and nonprofit entrepreneur, I’ve tried to be a productive member of all my communities: family, friends, work, home, country, and planet. When I was diagnosed with ALS, I was dragged into a terrifying new situation, but I realized how lucky I’ve been in life, and I quickly resolved to make the best of the situation. It has been surprisingly liberating to explore this uncharted territory.” Michael is a patent attorney with the law firm Venable LLP, and is working to promote ALS research through his pro bono representation of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and his work with the ALS Association. For more information, email

Deborah Rosenberg (COM’84) of Aventura, Fla., is the founder of the Miami interior design firm DiMare Design. “I am an animal lover and have transitioned my business to vegan interior design,” she writes. “I no longer use any materials made with animals.” Learn more about Deborah’s firm at


Gayle Bieler (CAS’85, GRS’86) of Raleigh, N.C., has been a statistician at RTI International, a leading research institute, for 27 years. She is director of RTI’s new Center for Data Science, which she has been building and leading since May 2014. She also had the honor of employing her first BU summer intern in 2015. Contact Gayle at

Kenneth Ludden (CAS’85) of Falls Church, Va., writes, “Since graduating, I have created the Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet, published nearly three dozen books, and have done many things in the arts around the world.”

Susan Lupone Stonis (MET’85, SED’88) of Scituate, Mass., created Belly Books, a collection of board books designed for expectant moms and other family members to read to baby during the last trimester, with her coauthor and illustrator Jacqueline Boyle. “We’ve gotten a great deal of positive feedback, awards, and reviews, and it feels like we are on to something important and special,” she writes. Visit and

Elizabeth M. Williams (COM’85) of Berkeley, Calif., runs Elizabeth M. Williams Photography in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her photographic works are available through the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Artists Gallery and through Martha Schneider Gallery in Chicago, Ill. Elizabeth’s work was previously represented by Slate Contemporary in Oakland, Calif. Several of her images were also recently selected to be part of SFMOMA’s curated tumblr site. View Elizabeth’s photography at


G. William Freeman (SED’87) of Lawrence, Kans., recently published The Holy Terror: Captain William Nichols: A True Story (AuthorHouse, 2015). Before moving to Kansas, William had a long professional career as a licensed clinical psychologist in the Boston area. He writes, “My wife, Juliette (Stott) Loring (CAS’76) earned her EdD degree in 2013, and is now working at the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk, Jayhawks Basketball!).” Learn more about William’s book at

Karen Unger (SED’87) of Portland, Ore., published Brain Health for Life: Beyond Pills, Politics, and Popular Diets (Inkwater Press, 2015), in which she explores the question, “Can Alzheimer’s be prevented?” The book has won two awards: gold in the Living Now Book Awards category of Mature Living/Aging, and first place in the USA Best Books Awards category of Health/Aging 50+.


Michael Colman (ENG’88) of Somerville, Mass., was recently appointed the regional administrator for the US Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (VETS) in the Boston region, which encompasses all six New England states, New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. “VETS, Boston region, is committed to helping America’s veterans and their employment rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act,” Michael writes. He encourages anyone who knows a veteran in need or is looking to hire a veteran to email him at

Ben Golant (CGS’86, CAS’88, COM’88) of Washington, D.C., is chief counsel for intellectual property policy at the Entertainment Software Association, representing the video game industry in Washington, D.C. Ben started there in September 2015 after a long career in the federal government, at the Federal Communications Commission, United States Copyright Office, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where he worked on communications, technology, and content policy matters. Contact Ben at

Merlyn Griffiths (Questrom’88) of Greensboro, N.C., an associate professor of marketing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, was invited to present her research on hookah smoking at the Food and Drug Administration’s Waterpipes Workshop at the Center for Tobacco Products in Silver Spring, Md., which took place in March 2016. Merlyn’s work examines hookah culture and the impact of marketing on consumer waterpipe smoking.


Catherine Sheridan (CFA’89) of Greenwich, N.Y., was officially confirmed as the chief engineer of the New York State Thruway Authority and the New York State Canal Corporation in January 2016, after serving as acting chief engineer for almost a year.


Elizabeth Blandon (CAS’90, COM’90) of Weston, Fla., graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has had her own practice, Blandon Law, since 2002. A Florida immigration expert, she writes, “I was chosen to represent national Venezuelan hero Marco Coello with his asylum case. Coello was tortured by law enforcement for helping Leopoldo López, Latin America’s most famous political prisoner.” Email Elizabeth at

Tina Arning Brazell (COM’90) of Bel Air, Calif., guest-starred on the January 20, 2016, episode of Modern Family, in which she played Tanya, the trophy wife of Claire Dunphy’s colleague. Tina is best known for the roles of Angelina on Everybody Loves Raymond and Sasha Green on The Young and the Restless. She took a 10-year hiatus from television and film to raise three children with her husband, John Brazell.

Michele Sczerbinksi Diaz (CGS’88, COM’90) of Warwick, R.I., was president of the board for the 2015–2016 term of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Rhode Island (PPP-RI). “PPP-RI is a local council dedicated to being a source for education, research, and advocacy for professionals who have a role in designing and implementing donors’ philanthropic plans,” she writes.

Joanne Golden (CAS’90, Questrom’97) of Quincy, Mass., worked in financial services for 15 years before graduating from Suffolk University Law School in 2009. She is an attorney for the Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Boston. “Since May 2013, I have been part of a working group within the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts who have researched and drafted legislation to ban female genital mutilation and cutting in the state,” she writes. “We had our hearing before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary on December 1, 2015, and we have the support of 34 medical, legal, women’s health, domestic violence, and community-based nonprofit groups, as well as two Boston city councilors and Attorneys General Maura Healey and Martha Coakley (LAW’79). We are focused on having the bill voted favorably out of committee and brought to a vote on the legislative floor.”

Robin Reul (COM’90) of Thousand Oaks, Calif., writes, “My debut young adult novel My Kind of Crazy (Sourcebooks Fire, 2016) hit bookshelves nationwide on April 5, 2016.”


Supriya Desai (SHA’91) of Edgewater, N.J., recently introduced her rebranded global change advisory and leadership coaching firm, Desai Transformation LLC (DT), based outside New York City. “At DT, we help companies and leaders transform to achieve great things using a proven, modern approach that is well-suited to the complex challenges faced by businesses in the 21st century,” she writes. “I’d love to hear from fellow BU alums who want to discuss how DT might be able to help them, or who simply want to get back in touch. As a grad of the SHA program (before it was a school!), I truly loved the luxury hospitality industry right out of undergrad—though the diversity of management consulting has its charms, too! Plus, it lets me use my MBA from the Darden School of Business.” Connect with Supriya and learn more about DT at


Paul Cummings (CAS’92) of Arlington, Va., is a senior fellow at ICF International, a management consulting services company in Fairfax, Va. At ICF International, he works to “build games and simulations to teach topics as diverse as high school chemistry for the NIH and negotiation skills for the army.” The company is also working on other projects, including using virtual reality to treat PTSD and building rail yards for large rail companies.

Deborah Langer Dietz (SED’92) and Matthew Dietz (Questrom’92) of Miami, Fla., created Disability Independence Group, Inc. (DIG). DIG is a disability rights legal advocacy center whose mission is to expand opportunities for participation, education, employment, and acceptance of persons with disabilities through advocacy, litigation, education, and training. For more information, visit


Brian Hunter (ENG’94) of Palo Alto, Calif., writes that he is an expert in the field of semiconductor verification. I lives with his two kids and has published his first book, Advanced UVM (Universal Verification Methodology) (CreateSpace, 2015). “Come see me where I am often found, presenting at DVCon, SNUG, or DAC,” he writes.

Paul Marthers (SED’94) of Westport, Conn., published the college guide Follow Your Interests to Find the Right College (Wheatmark Publishing, 2015), which highlights many BU academic programs. Paul writes, “It is an excellent resource for prospective students and their anxious parents.”

Jonathan Newman (CFA’94) of Winchester, Va., a composer, recently had his piece Blow It Up, Start Again performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2015 BBC Proms, and at the 2015 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music under the direction of Marin Alsop. He is working on a mass in collaboration with poet Victoria Chang, commissioned by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. Last fall he began an appointment as associate professor at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, where he is director of composition and coordinator of new music.


James Aliberti (COM’96) of San Francisco, Calif., published Three Days of the Animal Olympians (Exaggerist Edutainment, 2015) under the pen name Drats. He writes that the book is an “empathetic voice for the innocent creatures on earth.”

Catherine Flanagan-Priore (COM’96) of Buffalo, N.Y., was honored as this year’s New Era Champion for Children at the eighth PUNT Foundation Wine Pairing. The PUNT Foundation was started in 2004 by former NFL punter Brian Moorman, and provides support to children in western New York affected by cancer and their families. Cate was recognized for her work as a psychologist specializing in pediatric hematology and oncology. Email her at

Jacqueline (Striano) Lucia (CGS’94, SED’96) of Coventry, R.I., and her husband, Kenneth, welcomed a baby girl, Carissa Striano Lucia, on January 5, 2016. Email Jacqueline at


Leslie Berland (COM’00) of New York, N.Y., was named chief marketing officer of Twitter in January 2016. Previously, she was executive vice president of digital partnerships and development at American Express.

Jessica Klewicki Glynn (COM’00) of Lake Worth, Fla., published her first book, Palm Beach Chic (Vendome Press, 2015). She writes, “I photographed all of the 312 pages on interior design and architecture in Palm Beach.” Contact Jessica at

Ben Hires (CAS’00, STH’03, MET’08) of Brighton, Mass., the director of programs at the Boston Children’s Chorus, connected with fellow terriers Daniel Hagerty (COM’94) and Emily Foster Day (MET’05) on January 29, 2016, at a workshop on the essentials of fundraising for arts organizations held at the State Room in Boston. Daniel is a senior consultant at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, which provides training, consultation, and implementation support for arts managers and their boards. Emily, the vice president of development at the Boston Center for the Arts, and Ben are both members of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ arts innovation and management Boston cohort, led by the DeVos Institute.

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Robert Simon (CAS’00, GRS’00) of Acworth, Ga., published his second full-length book of poems, Poems of a Turning Professor: A Collection in Two Epochs and Five Parts (Cyberwit, 2015). He was recently promoted to professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Kennesaw State University. At 39, he is the youngest faculty member to achieve this rank in his department’s history. Robert invites his classmates to “let me know how you are doing, and how you like the book.” Email him at

Enrico Villamaino (CAS’00) of Springfield, Mass., recently completed his term of service with AmeriCorps. He worked with the St. Bernard Project in New Orleans, La., leading groups of young volunteers in rebuilding homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Isaac. Enrico was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award, and was recognized for his work with young people with commendations from the governors of Alabama, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Diana Wallach (COM’00) of Philadelphia, Pa., sold a new three-book young adult series, Anastasia Phoenix, to Entangled Publishing. The first book in the series will debut in hardcover in early 2017. It will mark Diana’s fourth published novel. Diana describes Anastasia Phoenix as a “YA spy thriller, including research derived from the life of BU professor emeritus of journalism Lawrence Martin-Bittman, a former communist spy for the Czech Republic.” Learn more about Diana’s books at, and contact her at

Edward Welch (CGS’98, CAS’00) of West Palm Beach, Fla., was appointed to the executive boards of the Alliance for Kids and the Florida Bar Clients’ Security Fund Committee. He practices law at Broad and Cassel in Miami, in the firm’s health law, commercial litigation, construction law and litigation, and real estate litigation practice groups.

Fay Wolf (CFA’00) of Los Angeles, Calif., is an actor, musician, and professional organizer. In January 2016, she published her first book, New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else) (Ballantine Books, 2016). “New Order isn’t just about physical clutter,” she writes. “It’s also about mental clutter, digital clutter (emails, social media, passwords), to-do lists, collaboration, imperfection, creative practice…and how a little better is a little better.” The book features illustrations by Jeremy Gates (CFA’00) and includes a nationwide list of places to donate and recycle. Emily Deschanel (CFA’98) provided a quote for the book cover.


Angela Gomes (CAS’01, LAW’05) of West Roxbury, Mass., Sebastián J. Pacheco (LAW’13) of North Dartmouth, Mass., and Thanos Matthai (COM’07, LAW’11) of Somerville, Mass., were honored by the Boston Bar Association for their work toward a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. Angela is the president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association; Sebastián is the treasurer of the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys; and Thanos is the vice president of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston.


Edouard Fontenot (GRS’02) of Jamaica Plain, Mass., was elected chair of the board of governors of the Albert & Jessie Danielsen Institute at Boston University. The Danielsen Institute is a multidisciplinary nonprofit institution that provides clinical mental health services and clinical training, and supports research and training with an emphasis on depth psychotherapy and religious, spiritual, and existential issues. Edouard is the managing director for clinical services and operations for Commonwealth Psychology Associates in Boston and Newton. He lives with his spouse, Christopher Bellonci (CAS’84), in Boston and Truro, Mass., and in New Orleans, La. Email Edouard at

Ann Keniston (GRS’02) of Reno, Nev., published Ghostly Figures: Memory and Belatedness in Postwar American Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2015).

Scott McKinney (Questrom’02) of Houston, Tex., and his family announce the birth of Katherine Paige in March 2015. In August 2015, the McKinneys relocated from Pittsburgh to Houston, where Scott assumed the role of vice president of investor relations for the mattress specialty retailer Mattress Firm, which has more than 2,300 stores in 41 states.

Madelyn Rosenberg (GRS’02) of Arlington, Va., published her new children’s book, How to Behave at a Dog Show (HarperCollins, 2015), illustrated by Heather Ross.

Christina Wong (Questrom’02) of New Hyde Park, N.Y., was named the chief financial officer of Lighthouse Guild, a leading not-for-profit vision and healthcare organization. Christina earned a BSBA from BU and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU. She previously held positions at Aetna, where she was CFO of Aetna Better Health of New York in 2014.

Dennis Yang (CGS’00, CAS’02) of Boston, Mass., published the book The Pursuit of the Chinese Dream in America: Chinese Undergraduate Students at American Universities (Lexington Books, 2015). In October 2015, Dennis also became the associate director for the Beijing Gateway Office at Boston University.


Elizabeth Brenner (CFA’03) of Philadelphia, Pa., married Andrew Bruner on September 6, 2015, in Philadelphia. Suzanne Heise (CAS’03) was the maid of honor, and Callan Wall (CFA’03) and Stephen Medeiros (CFA’03) were among the many guests. Elizabeth is the manager of web design for the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Andrew is a general dentist with Penn Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Susan Climan (CAS’03) of Plantation, Fla., writes, “My husband, Brett, and I welcomed our first child on September 8, 2015. His name is Ethan Gray Climan and he weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce.” Email Susan at

Jonathan Mirin (GRS’03) of Shelburne Falls, Mass., founded the Piti Theatre Company, based in Shelburne Falls and Les Ponts-de-Martel, Switzerland, in 2004 with his wife, Godliève Richard. Jonathan is a playwright, actor, and director, and his wife is a dancer, choreographer, director, and designer. On March 20, 2016, the Piti Theatre Company hosted its seventh annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls. At the festival, the theater company performed the original play Old Coleraine: A Musical Hilltown History, which depicts the hill towns of western Massachusetts from 1869 to 1898.

David Montgomery (GRS’03,’07) of Washington, D.C., coauthored Living with Difference: How to Build Community in a Divided World (University of California Press, 2016) with Adam Seligman, a BU College of Arts & Sciences professor of religion, and Adam’s wife, Rahel Wasserfall. The book explores the challenges of accommodating difference in everyday life.

Jason Moore (CAS’03) of Johnson City, N.Y., writes, “My amazing wife, Kim, and I welcomed our third child, Julia Mae, on May 29, 2015. She was 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and 19 inches long. She joins her older brothers, Liam and Benjamin, who are two of her favorite people.”

Melissa Pimentel (CAS’03) of Brooklyn, N.Y., published Love by the Book (Penguin Random House, 2015).


Stephen Curet, Jr. (Questrom’05) of Wildwood, Mo., and his wife, Daleesa, welcomed a son, Stephen Curet III, in 2015. Stephen was named director of big data sales consulting for Oracle’s North America big data practice, where he is responsible for supporting big data sales opportunities at Fortune 1000 companies. Email Stephen at


Laura Kathleen “Kate” Hackett (CAS’06) of Monrovia, Calif., is the creator and star of the successful independent web series Classic Alice. The series “lives beyond the traditional confines of video,” she writes; its characters use Twitter, Tumblr, SoundCloud, and other social media platforms through which viewers can follow along. Recently, Kate launched an iOS app for the series. “Telling a story via many platforms means that the narrative is spread out all over the web,” she writes. “The app pulls the story into one place and lets you experience it with one tap on a screen. Our users can simply scroll through the timeline of the show and pick up wherever they want.” Learn more at

Bruce Kaplan (GRS’06) of Somerville, Mass., is the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization’s central transportation planning staff manager. One of his responsibilities is to help manage an expansion feasibility study of South Station. Bruce was recently named one of two 2016 Jennings Randolph International Fellows by the American Public Works Association. As a fellow, Bruce will conduct a topical public works study tour of waterfront redevelopment and intermodal terminal rehabilitation in Auckland, New Zealand.


Andrea Fiaschetti (ENG’07) of Hummelstown, Pa., recently began working at Vibra HealthPlan, a Medicare Advantage start-up in Pennsylvania that helps seniors “navigate the complex health care system to receive quality and affordable care,” Andrea writes.

Scott Hochman (CGS’05, SHA’07) of New York, N.Y., married Brooke Adler (SAR’09) on November 14, 2015, in New York City. The wedding party included Matt Goldgrub (CGS’05, CAS’07), Benjamin Movtady (CGS’05, CAS’07), Brandon Katz (Questrom’06), Jesse Jacobs (SHA’08), Jennifer (Hochman) Sonneland (CGS’02, COM’04), Emily Blatt (CAS’09), Amy Schneiderman (COM’09), and Arielle (Schack) Sofer (SHA’09). Email Scott at

Misty Wick (COM’07) of Indianapolis, Ind., is director of development for the Julian Center, central Indiana’s largest provider of comprehensive services for those affected by domestic and sexual violence.


Donald S. Waack (LAW’08) of Arlington, Va., was promoted to partner in the Washington, D.C., financial services regulatory and enforcement practice of the global law firm Mayer Brown.

Maddy Weber (COM’08) of Philadelphia, Pa., an accomplished journalist and editor, is an associate at the firm SteegeThomson Communications, which serves mission-driven organizations with strategic marketing and development communications. Maddy previously was associate director of donor stewardship at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where she also managed internal communications and publications, including the consumer-facing Forward magazine, the peer-to-peer publication Fox Chase NOW, the annual report, and Connect, an electronic employee magazine. Maddy began her career as a correspondent for Gannett newspapers, covering nightlife, events, and dining on the Jersey Shore.


Amanda Curtis (CGS’07, COM’09) of New York, N.Y., is the CEO and cofounder of Nineteenth Amendment, which launches fashion brands from around the world on a digital platform with on-demand manufacturing in the United States. The company is based in New York City and launched a first-of-its-kind partnership with Macy’s in September 2015. Amanda was named to the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in retail and e-commerce. Contact her at

Courtney Wagner Peerless (SAR’09) of Boston, Mass., married Jim Peerless (CAS’10, GRS’10) in August 2015, in a beachside ceremony in North Carolina. Kristin Wagner (SHA’12) was the maid of honor and Mike Peerless (Questrom’11) was one of the best men. The bridal party also included Katey Mayer (CAS’09, SED’13), Shannon Disla (CAS’08), Josh Enzer (CAS’09, Questrom’09), Mario Mitrano (CAS’09), and Barry Lai (ENG’09). Justin Dashner (CAS’09) and Jess Dashner (CAS’08), Mike Clark (CAS’09), and Kelly Dahler (SAR’09) were also in attendance. Courtney is an emergency medicine physician assistant and Jim is a software engineer/entrepreneur who recently founded a company with Josh Enzer.

Hillary Richonne (COM’09) of London, England, writes, “After completing a master’s in international communications and development at City University London, I have recently founded the communications consultancy Hillary of Troy Communications in London, specializing in social media and digital content.” Contact Hillary at


Dana Jaeger (ENG’10) of Red Bank, N.J., married Kurtis Voorhees (ENG’10) on September 6, 2015. Dana is a manager for a private medical device developer/manufacturer. Kurtis is an engineer for Bombardier Transportation.

Corrin Marquardt (COM’10) and Andy Beatman (COM’08) of Seattle, Wash., were married on September 7, 2013, in Boston, Mass. The “COM couple” started dating after exchanging pokes, wall posts, and messages on Facebook. Omari Peterkin (CAS’07, SED’09) officiated the wedding ceremony. Terriers in attendance included Geoff Rhizor (Questrom’07), Lauren (Basham) Rhizor (COM’08), Versha Singh (CAS’08,’09), Renee Pyles (CAS’09), Regina (Carlo) Glaser (CFA’09), Chantal Silvano (CGS’08, SAR’10), Jordan Cumper (ENG’10), Mac-Alen Gerard (CGS’08), Tyler Brewer (CGS’09, CAS’11, COM’11), Aaron Maybury (CAS’11, MED’19), Ben Huey (ENG’12), Ashley Rosenkranz (Questrom’12), and Desiree Okoh (CAS’13). The couple moved to Seattle in August 2015. Corrin is a site merchandiser at Amazon Fashion, and Andy is a senior marketing manager at Amazon Web Services.

Gu Wang (Questrom’10, GRS’13) of Worcester, Mass., is an assistant professor of mathematical sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Previously, he was a postdoctoral assistant professor at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor.


Lauren Stein (COM’11) of Boston, Mass., published her first cookbook, Fresh Made Simple: A Naturally Delicious Way to Eat (Storey Publishing, 2015). Lauren writes, “The 76 recipes in the book are fully illustrated in watercolor and ink, with ingredients and steps cleverly integrated right into the art. Each of the recipes is designed around a featured fresh ingredient, from kale to leeks, mango to blueberries, resulting in a delicious collection of light meals, snacks, dressings, and spreads, such as ginger lemon honey butter, leek corn egg bake, mango rice salad, and a burrito scramble.” Learn more at


Aaron M. Faust (UNI’12) of Arlington, Va., published The Ba’thification of Iraq: Saddam Hussein’s Totalitarianism (University of Texas Press, 2015). Aaron works at the US Department of State.


Alexandra Knowles (CAS’13) of Boston, Mass., married Kyle Kahveci, who also studied at BU, on January 16, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass. The wedding party included Danielle Miller (CAS’14), Eduardo de la Garza Sanchez (Questrom’14), and Eugene Mundowa (CGS’12, Questrom’14). Alexandra writes policy for the Boston city council and Kyle is CEO of a health care technology startup. The couple purchased a home in Jamaica Plain. Get in touch with Alexandra at

Stephen Finlan (STH’13) of Warwick, R.I., had two books published in recent years: Bullying in the Churches (Cascade Books, 2015), and The Family Metaphor in Jesus’ Teaching: Gospel Imagery and Application (Wipf and Stock, 2013). Contact him at


Chelsea Quezergue (CAS’14) of Chinandega, Nicaragua, recently completed a six-month Spanish interpretation and translation internship program with the New York City district attorney’s office. She is a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua, where she is a teacher trainer for teaching English as a foreign language at La Universidad Cristiana Autonoma de Nicaragua en Chinandega. She writes, “I had an awesome Thanksgiving Day luncheon with the US ambassador to Nicaragua.”

Jacob Turnbull (CAS’14, GRS’14) of Raleigh, N.C., married his longtime girlfriend, Alexandra Wilkins, on August 21, 2015, in their hometown of Portland, Maine. The groomsmen included Dan Toth (ENG’13) and Samir Khoso (CAS’13). Also in attendance were Evan Caughey (COM’13), Tara Bylsma (CAS’12, SPH’14), Stephanie Kukolich (CAS’14), and Jessica Boven (CAS’13). Jacob and Alexandra live in the famous Research Triangle Park. Jacob is a scientific researcher at a biopharmaceutical company, and Alexandra is a music therapist at a hospital.

Nikita Virani (Questrom’14) of Brookline, Mass., recently launched Wizdy, a start-up that leverages games empowering kids to cultivate healthy habits. Nikita writes, “I believe in gaming for good. Our first game, Wizdy Pets, tackles asthma, the number one chronic disease in children.” Wizdy Pets was recently featured in Apple’s Kids Best New Apps and Games category.


Erica Larence (LAW’16) of Cumberland, R.I., published the children’s book Caine and Mabel (Green Bamboo Publishing, 2015), about the importance of animal rescue and how rescue dogs can bring healing and happiness into people’s lives. Erica writes, “Caine is based on my own rescue dog, and part of the proceeds will be donated to the Northeast Animal Shelter.” Email Erica at


Jo Farkas (SED’49,’60) of Studio City, Calif., worked at the Cortical Function Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital before she became a school psychologist, first for Newton public schools and then for Baltimore City public schools. She retired in 1986 and moved to Gualala, Calif., where she lived until 1991. She then relocated to Los Angeles and began her acting career with a role on The Young and the Restless. Jo writes, “13 films and 30 television shows later, my last gig was a music video for Pharrell. Having the best time of my life!” Contact Jo at


Norman R. Dunphe (Questrom’51) of Taunton, Mass., was appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Norman writes, “On April 15, 1945, as a member of the B-24 bomber crew (448th Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force), I participated in a mission that caused the surrender of the 122,000 German troops and relieved the town of Royan, France, from Nazi occupation.” At a ceremony at Taunton’s Old Colony Historical Society Museum, where he is on the board of directors, Norman was presented with the Legion of Honor medal before an audience of family and friends. Norman, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, spent his career in casualty insurance as a senior underwriter, and in local radio. A lover of big band music, his retirement years have been spent entertaining residents of hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation facilities.


Susan Surman (CFA’60) of Winston Salem, N.C., is “an actress turned author and dramatist,” she writes. She has adapted her novel West Palm Gig (Second Wind Publishing, 2012) for the stage; the full-length comedy is published with Heartland Plays, Inc. Her new novel, Afternoon Sun (Second Wind Publishing, 2015), is available in print and as an e-book. Susan has been teaching writing and pronunciation in the ESL program at a North Carolina community college for 13 years.


Carol Aronson-Shore (CFA’63) of Portsmouth, N.H., showed her paintings in an exhibition last fall at the Banks Gallery in Portsmouth. Carol is a University of New Hampshire professor emerita. She was named a Lifetime Fellow by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in more than 150 shows, with one-woman exhibitions in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Her paintings were also included in the 2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial. Learn more at


Carroll Parrott Blue (CAS’64) of Houston, Tex., is a filmmaker, an interactive multimedia producer, and a community activist. She collaborated with French composer and multimedia artist Jean-Baptiste Barrière and New York–based composer and interactive artist George Lewis to create Whispering Bayou, an immersive multimedia art installation that features a video triptych and multichannel soundscape composed of sounds, voices, and images of Houstonians and their city. It was recently displayed at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Learn more at

Lavinia Kumar (CAS’64, GRS’66) of Plainsboro, N.J., published The Skin and Under (WordTech Communications, 2015), a book of poetry that “explores a body of history through worldwide healers who use natural remedies, magic, potions, special rituals, or the familiar scalpel.”


Hank Davis (GRS’65) of Yonkers, N.Y., coproduced The Sun Blues Box, a boxed set of blues music issued by the German company Bear Family Records. The Sun Blues Box won the 2014 W. C. Handy Blues Music Award for Historical Album of the Year. Hank is a retired professor of psychology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.


David R. Mindlin (CAS’67) of South Daytona, Fla., published How I Recovered From PTSD Due To Child Abuse (B.M.I., Inc., 2014).


Domenic Cretara (CFA’68,’70) of Long Beach, Calif., had two of his drawings accepted into the permanent collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, including a large drawing, Masquerade.

Susan Marx (CFA’68) of Orange, N.J., an abstract expressionist painter, showed her work in the exhibition Divergent Realities throughout October at the Agora Gallery in New York City.


Deirdre Dore (CAS’69) of Westbridge, British Columbia, published the short story “The Wise Baby” in Geist magazine. In November, Deirdre won the $10,000 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, one of the most significant monetary awards given in Canada to a developing writer for a work of short fiction published in a literary journal.


Roy Perkinson (GRS’70) of Framingham, Mass., a painter, showed his work in a solo exhibition at Fountain Street Fine Art in Framingham in September.

Bonnie Selway (COM’70) of Manhattan Beach, Calif., writes, “I got my master’s degree in 1970 and have been blessed! When I attended, a lot of the men of my generation were in Vietnam. That may be the reason journalism chair David Manning White gave me a full scholarship. Lucky me.” Bonnie worked at the Boston Herald for 11 years as a feature writer, covering “all the social issues of the day: Roe v. Wade, women suing Boston publishers for equal pay, Associated Industries of Massachusetts saying pregnancy is not a medical condition worthy of sick pay because pregnancy is voluntary,” she says. “When we moved to California, I worked as a copy editor at the Pulitzer Prize–winning daily Riverside Press-Enterprise.” She now volunteers for the charity the Sandpipers, which donates $1.2 million a year to the needy, and writes one story a month for the neighborhood magazine Hill Section Life, “which I am trying to drag into the 21st century.” Contact Bonnie at


Robert Allyn Goldman (SDM’71) of Columbia, S.C., published Henry Maurice Goldman, Dental Educator and Pioneer (Archway Publishing, 2015), a biography of the dental educator for whom BU’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is named. Robert, also a dentist and educator, was a fellow under Henry at Beth Israel Hospital.


Peter H. Bloom (CAS’72) of Somerville, Mass., a flutist, was artist-in-residence at the Snow Pond Composers Workshop in Sidney, Maine, in June. There, he gave premieres of 11 new works written for the occasion, including music by faculty members Elliot Schwartz, Richard Nelson, and Edward Jacobs, as well as compositions by workshop participants. Peter also presented a lecture in June and multiple demonstrations of historical flutes for the American Musical Instrument Society’s national meeting at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Peter also recently participated in numerous chamber music concerts in Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois, Iowa, New York, and Pennsylvania, as well as a variety of performances with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, whose founder and music director is Mark Harvey (STH’71, GRS’83). Contact Peter at

Jean Kilbourne (SED’72,’80) of West Newton, Mass., received the Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley College last February. “This is Wellesley’s highest honor,” Jean writes. In October, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in recognition of her work on the image of women in advertising, her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising, and her promotion of media literacy.


Donna Rossetti-Bailey (CFA’74) of Marshfield, Mass., has shown her art in several local, regional, and national exhibitions. Her piece Marsh Memory was selected for the North River Arts Society 39th Festival of the Arts and was sold opening night. Other works of Donna’s, River Sky and Last Rays, were juried into the Cecil Byrne Gallery’s Sand, Sea and Sky exhibit, part of the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. Another work, Marsh Glow, has been accepted into the Cape Cod Art Association National Juried Exhibit, in Barnstable, Mass. Four pieces of Donna’s were on exhibit at the Marshfield Ventress Library, part of the North River Arts Society Faculty Show, and 14 additional works were on display at the South Shore Conservatory Gallery in Hingham, Mass., in a group pastel exhibit.
Donna earned the International Association of Pastel Societies’ (IAPS) Master Circle Award, which she received at the IAPS convention in June 2015. Donna also teaches pastel painting classes at South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, and North River Arts Society in Marshfield Hills, Mass. Contact her at


Michael Levy (CAS’75) of Andover, Mass., published his second book, Celebrity and Entertainment Obsession: Understanding Our Addiction (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). Michael writes that the book “explains society’s obsession with celebrities and being entertained from a psycho-social-historical perspective.” Contact him at

David B. Seaburn (STH’75) of Spencerport, N.Y., published his fifth novel, More More Time (Savant Books and Publications, 2015). David is a retired psychologist, a marriage and family therapist, and an ordained minister.

Bruce Stein (SAR’75) of Melbourne, Fla., recently returned from his fourth trip to Africa, bringing the number of countries to which he has traveled to 59. Bruce writes, “Any old friends out there, I’d love to hear from you.” Contact him at


Nina Paris (SAR’76) of North Caldwell, N.J., is the founder and president of the International Foundation for Performing Arts Medicine, a nonprofit whose mission is to teach injury prevention to performing arts professionals, students, and teachers, as well as to sound engineers, costume designers, set designers, and others in the field. The organization provides injury prevention workshops, health care professional referrals, and general medical advice. Visit, or email for more information.


Ray Anderson (MET’78) of Hingham, Mass., published The Trail (Turner, 2015), a thriller about a wanted serial killer who attempts to escape on the Appalachian Trail.

Tracy Burtz (CFA’78) of Pleasantville, N.Y., showed her artwork at Nantucket Looms in Nantucket, Mass., in July 2015, and in the exhibition Exploring the Emotions of Women in Painting last fall at the Rye Arts Center in Rye, N.Y.


Richard S. McGowan (LAW’79) of Westport, Conn., has been selected as chair of the board of Cleveland BioLabs, Inc. (CBLI), a NASDAQ-listed pharmaceutical drug development company.

Peter Reich (SPH’79) of Cambridge, Mass., writes that his autobiographical novel, A Book of Dreams (Trafalgar Square Publishing, 2015), has been reissued after more than 40 years since its original 1973 publication. Peter writes that the revival was prompted in large part by singer Kate Bush’s 1985 album Hounds of Love. The album includes the song “Cloudbusting,” which was inspired by Peter’s novel and the life of his father, psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich. Peter, a retired School of Public Health assistant professor of environmental health, has a strong connection to BU, and credits the clinicians at the School of Medicine with saving his life when, in early 2004, he was put in an induced coma for nine weeks to treat complications from Pemphigus vulgaris, a rare auto-immune disorder. Upon remission, Peter worked to help produce an instructional module on the disorder for second-year medical students.


Deena Baxter (MET’80, GSM’92) of Naples, Fla., had her book Surviving Suicide: Searching for “Normal” with Heartache & Humor (Mascot Books, 2014) endorsed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It is listed on the foundation’s website,, as a resource for families.


David Brinn (COM’81) of Ma’ale Adumim, Israel, is the managing editor of the Jerusalem Post. He has lived in Israel since 1985, and recently wrote the book Goodbye Parkinson’s, Hello life! (Divine Arts, 2016) with Alex Kerten, an Israeli treatment specialist for Parkinson’s. “I spent a year meeting with Alex and sitting in on his sessions,” David writes, “and the result of our efforts is an easy-to-understand and easy-to-use guidebook that Parkinson’s patients and their families can follow to eliminate many, if not most, of their symptoms and return to a productive and fulfilling life.”

Ilene Mitnick (COM’81) of Provincetown, Mass., is co-owner of Roux, a restored Victorian bed and breakfast in Provincetown’s East End Gallery District. In October, Roux was named Best Inn—Cape Cod in Boston magazine’s 2015 Best of Boston awards, “nearly a year to the day of opening its doors,” Ilene writes. Learn more about Roux at


Jim Haskell (CAS’82) of Ipswich, Mass., published Two Tents: Twenty-one Years of Discovery on the Appalachian Trail (Maine Authors Publishing, 2015), his account of hiking the trail over two decades.


Brooke Karzen (CFA’84) of Toluca Lake, Calif., who was instrumental in launching The Voice and The Bachelor television franchises and was named one of the Hollywood Reporter’s Reality TV Most Powerful list, was promoted to executive vice president of alternative programming and development at Warner Horizon Television in October.


Christine Netski (LAW’85) of Lexington Mass., is treasurer of the Boston Bar Association (BBA). Three other BU graduates also hold new leadership positions on the BBA’s council: Julia Huston (LAW’87) of Natick is the immediate past-president, and Russell Beck (LAW’89) of Marblehead and Wendell Taylor (LAW’95) of Boston, who both teach at BU’s School of Law, are also new additions to the council.

Arra Yerganian (Questrom’85) of San Jose, Calif., is the new chief marketing and branding officer of Sutter Health, a northern California health network.


Helene Houston (SON’86) of Springfield, Mass., published The Other Couch: Discovering Women’s Wisdom in Therapy (NorLights Press, 2015), which she coauthored with Patricia Peters Martin.


David Cohen (ENG’87) of Winter Garden, Fla., retired from the US Air Force in July 2014, after a career of more than 26 years that started with Air Force ROTC at BU. His career included more than 2,500 hours as a pilot (primarily in the KC-135 air refueling tanker), multiple command assignments, a joint-staff assignment at the Pentagon, and deployments around the globe. David is manager of creative costuming for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. He overseas a bicoastal team of more than 60 inventory planners and warehouse professionals responsible for clothing nearly 110,000 cast members at Walt Disney World and Disneyland and aboard Disney Cruise Line ships. David’s wife, Carolyn, teaches sixth-grade science at a local charter school and is pursuing her doctorate of education.

Robert Hesslink, Jr. (SAR’87) of Lake Oswego, Ore., has conducted research in the life sciences and managed investment assets. He recently self-published Eat Less, Sleep More, and Slow Down (2015), which, he writes, is “a pleasantly simple guide to help individuals live better and longer in today’s fast-paced world.”

Nanette Kaplan Solomon (CFA’87) of New Castle, Penn., a concert pianist, recently released the CD Badinage: The Piano Music of Mana-Zucca with Albany Records. Learn more at

Ian Randal Strock (CAS’87,’89) of Brooklyn, N.Y., is ombudsman of American Mensa Region 1 (Northeast Region), his first Mensa office since 1998. He writes, “After two terms as president of Greater New York Mensa (and more years as an editor and membership officer), plus two terms as treasurer of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and getting the Moon Society off the ground, I thought I’d shaken the need to volunteer, but I guess not.” He is also building the publishing company Gray Rabbit Publications/Fantastic Books and working on his writing career. Contact Ian at, and learn more about his publishing company at


William Cooke (CAS’88) of Madison, Wisc., published the book of poetry In a Haunted Analytic of the Sublime (CreateSpace, 2014). William writes, “Included within the text is a poem about my experience at BU.” Contact him at

Paula DelBonis-Platt (COM’88) of Contoocook, N.H., was awarded the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence from the Community College System of New Hampshire in May. She is a full professor in the department of English and foreign languages at New Hampshire Technical Institute, Concord’s Community College, where she teaches writing, literature, and French. She is also a PhD candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Contact Paula at

Benjamin Levi (ENG’88) of Washington, D.C., is a principal with the McKool Smith law firm. He specializes in patent litigation in the US International Trade Commission and in federal district courts, and was recently awarded the Lexology 2015 Client Choice Award for patent litigation in Washington, D.C.


Sheri R. Abrams (Questrom’89) of Centreville, Va., has reopened her own law firm after five years as partner in another firm. The Law Firm of Sheri R. Abrams, PLLC, in Oakton, Va., concentrates on Social Security disability law, special needs planning, elder law, and estate planning. Sheri can be reached through her website:


Andrew Berkowitz (COM’90) of New York, N.Y., is senior vice president of artist relations and video promotion at Warner Bros. Records.


Sarah (Stanton) Andre (SAR’91) of Bonita Springs. Fla., published Locked, Loaded, & Lying (Entangled Publishing, 2015), a romantic suspense novel. Learn more at

Dirk Baker (CGS’89, COM’91, SED’93,’98) of West Boylston, Mass., is the head baseball coach at Worcester State University. He recently released a bestselling instructional baseball video, Burning Up the Base Paths (Championship Productions, 2015).

Nancy Dubuc (COM’91) of New York, N.Y., is president and CEO of A+E Networks. Nancy and A+E Networks recently received the Governor’s Award Emmy, the highest honor from the Television Academy, for their corporate philanthropy work.

Kirk Westphal (ENG’91) of Southborough, Mass., published his first book, No Ordinary Game: Miraculous Moments in Backyards and Sandlots (Down East Books, 2015). “It’s a collection of true stories about great moments in sports that happen to everyday people,” Kirk writes, “and two of the stories happened at BU during my time there (including the day that five male engineering students, myself included, were challenged to a game of basketball against the women’s varsity team).” Learn more about the book at


Kristen Dieffenbach (CAS’92) of Morgantown, W.Va., was named public relations and outreach division head for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, an international professional organization that promotes the field of sport and exercise psychology.


John Custy (MET’93) of Boston, Mass., received the Ron Muns Lifetime Achievement Award and the IT Industry Legends Award from Cherwell Software in recognition of his 35-year career in the IT industry. John is president of JPC Group, a professional services company that serves its clients in the practice areas of training, technology acquisition, service marketing, IT service management best practices, and knowledge management.

Norbert Pickett (MET’93) of Hermosa Beach, Calif., was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in August. Norbert holds multiple all-time state and regional records, including for scoring, most points in a season, and shooting percentage with points over 60.

Jean-Marc Retrouvey (SDM’93) of Outremont, Quebec, was elected the new president of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists.

Casey Sherman (COM’93) of Marshfield, Mass., is the author of eight bestselling novels, including The Finest Hours (Scribner, 2009), which he co-wrote with Michael Tougia. The book, which chronicles the greatest small boat rescue in US history, has been adapted into a major motion picture from Walt Disney Pictures starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, and Eric Bana, and will be released in 80 countries beginning on January 29, 2016. Sherman’s most recent book, Boston Strong (ForeEdge, 2015), co-written with Dave Wedge, is also coming to the big screen, starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Peter Berg. It will begin production in Boston in March 2016. Watch the trailer for The Finest Hours on YouTube.

Scott Singer (CAS’93) of Hallandale Beach, Fla., founded Insider Career Strategies, a firm assisting job seekers with every phase of their job search, including coaching and résumé writing, as well as helping small- and medium-sized companies develop and implement their recruitment strategies. Scott can be reached at


Christian Na (CAS’94, LAW’97) of Somerville, Mass., is the CEO of Pinch!, a new app start-up in Boston, which recently won the Best of Boston College Tech Fest 2015. Users of the app can request any kind of help and be connected to someone who can fulfill the request. Learn more at

Fadia Nader (CGS’92, SAR’94, CAS’94) of Westlake, Ohio, recently earned a postprofessional Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

Tony Shortway (CGS’94, COM’96) of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., released The Puddle Jumper Escape, an instrumental concept album that he wrote and produced, in February 2015. The album draws from many themes he originally composed for television ads and documentary films and “sounds like it should accompany an avant-garde sci-fi crime thriller,” Tony writes. He is also a designer at ADK Studios, a design and custom fabrication company that creates show sets for entertainment and theme park industries. Tony recently was the graphic production designer for the Diagon Alley expansion at Universal Studios Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter and for the Fast & Furious: Supercharged attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood.


Jeff Takle (Questrom’96, CAS’96) of Somerville, Mass., runs Global Connectivity, which connects medical diagnostic devices to the internet in the developing world. The devices are used to fight infectious diseases like Ebola, tuberculosis, and HIV. “Faster disease information leads to faster health care response and better health outcomes,” Jeff writes. “Global Connectivity has national networks in 23 countries across Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.” Jeff’s wife, Heather (March) Takle (Questrom’99), runs mergers and acquisitions at Ameresco, an energy services company in Framingham, Mass. Jeff and Heather have two sons, Grady and Anderson, and a big dog, Buckley.


Seth Fox (COM’97) of Tarrytown, N.Y., writes that his team took home the 2015 News & Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast for the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley series Challenge Academy. Seth was the editor for all seven segments, and a producer on the project. “Over six months we followed the cadets of the California-based Sunburst Youth Challenge Academy, run by the California National Guard,” he writes. “All were high school-age dropouts. For some, this was their last chance. For all, it was an opportunity to take control and turn their lives around. We were with them from day one through graduation.” Watch the pieces at

Stephen Gardella (COM’97) of Astoria, N.Y., is a writer and producer for Low Budget Sketch Show, an online sketch series that has been featured in the A.V. Club, Splitsider, the New York Observer, and the New York Times. He is also an associate producer for O.S.F.U.G., a monthly late night sketch show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York.


Rob Brownson (SAR’98) of Littleton, Mass., is taking his counseling degree in a new direction. In partnership with his wife, Jenna Brownson, he is providing mediation services to civic organizations, small business entities, elders, and families. Rob writes that their enterprise “more specifically works with divorcing couples as a peace-minded alternative to litigation, promoting self-direction, mutually beneficial financial outcomes, and intensive focus on post-divorce parenting. Of noteworthiness is the pairing of the two disciplines of law and counseling in a common goal-oriented forum of negotiation.” Rob and Jenna share four children, two motorcycles, one minivan about to cross 200,000 miles, two dogs, and infrequent skunk spray cleanup responsibilities.

Prospero Uybarreta (ENG’98) of Wichita, Kans., is a scaled composites experimental test pilot. At the 59th Annual Symposium Awards Banquet of the Society of Test Pilots (SETP), Prospero received the prestigious Iven C. Kincheloe Award, which recognizes outstanding professional accomplishment in the conduct of flight testing, for his contributions to Bombardier’s CSeries and CRJSeries commercial jet flight test programs. The Kincheloe Award is the highest and most prestigious accolade a professional test pilot can achieve. Kincheloe Award trophies are maintained at the National Air and Space Museum and at the SETP headquarters.


Jennifer Cleary (CAS’99,’03) and Michael Duda (COM’00) of Brooklyn, N.Y., welcomed their first child, Sophia May Duda, on July 1, 2015.

Marsha Doran (CFA’99) of Morris, Conn., had her first solo show last summer at the Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City. “My current works are mixed media abstract pieces that build from a representational structure that derives from mythological and religious symbols,” she writes. “All are connected by the idea of breaking things down to a base structure and re-creating with an assortment of mediums. Each medium feeds off of the other. I learn from one and try to pull new ideas and techniques throughout the process, no matter what I am working in. Each also allows me to see new things within the subject.” Learn more about her work at

Dan Guzman (COM’99) of West Roxbury, Mass., was recently named senior producer of WBUR’s daily news magazine program Morning Edition. He oversees all material and editorial content produced locally for the show.

Jared Jacobson (CAS’99) of Philadelphia, Pa., graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 2002. After working in New York for a few years, he formed his own law firm, Jared Jacobson Law, in 2009. In January 2015, Jared partnered with attorney and licensed physical therapist Franklin J. Rooks, Jr., and formed Jacobson & Rooks to develop their labor and employment, qui tam/whistleblower, and general counsel legal service practice areas. “We filmed a fun video and were lucky enough to have a review written on it, published in the legal industry’s leading blog Above the Law,” Jared writes. Check out the video, which parodies Lorde’s hit song “Royals,” on the company’s website,, and contact Jared at

Beth Murphy (GRS’99) of Falmouth, Mass., is releasing the documentary film What Tomorrow Brings, about the Zabuli School for Girls in Afghanistan. The Zabuli School provides K–12 education to almost 500 students. Now, along with Afghan activist Razia Jan, Murphy is working to create the first college for girls in rural Afghanistan. She founded the production company Principle Pictures in 1999, and has worked on projects all over the globe, often in war-torn areas and developing countries.


Brian Clay Luedloff (CFA’00) of Greeley, Colo., has been promoted to full professor at the University of Northern Colorado, where he is director of opera theater. He is also artistic director of Opera Fort Collins, a professional regional opera company now in its 36th season. His production of The Daughter of the Regiment, for which he wrote a new English performing edition set during the American Civil War, was awarded the 2014 American Prize, third place in the professional opera company division.

Edward Welch (CGS’98, CAS’00) of West Palm Beach, Fla., an associate at the Miami office of the law firm Broad and Cassel, was recently appointed to the advisory board of Florida Atlantic University’s College of Education. Edward is a member of Broad and Cassel’s health law, commercial litigation, construction law and litigation, and real estate litigation practice groups. His work focuses on complex business issues, bankruptcy, consumer transactions, and the construction industry.


Nathan Cobb (MED’01) of Washington, D.C., founded QuitNet, a quit-smoking website that recently celebrated its 20th year online. Nathan created the website during his time at BU. Learn more at

Rachel Stevenson (COM’01, SED’06) of Hopkinton, Mass., and her husband, Dave, announce the birth of Cora Jane on July 6, 2015. “Big sister Lucy, five, and big brother Walt, three, were thrilled to welcome baby Cora to the family,” she writes.

Lee Tasey (STH’01,’02) of Lincoln, Neb., published his third novel, the paranormal romance Jenna’s Flaw (iUniverse, 2015). “It deals with college life, demonic possession and exorcism, and the death of Western civilization,” he writes. Visit


Jennifer Gaudiani (MED’02) of Denver, Colo., was promoted to medical director of the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health, where she started working in 2007.

Duci Goncalves (CGS’00, SAR’02) of Dorchester, Mass., earned a JD from Northeastern University School of Law, and is now the attorney in charge at the Quincy office of the Committee for Public Counsel Services’ Youth Advisory Division (YAD). Duci began working at the YAD Roxbury office in 2005, where she represented juveniles in delinquency and youthful offender matters in the Dorchester, West Roxbury, and Boston juvenile courts. From 2010 to 2011, while on a leave of absence from YAD, she worked as a staff attorney at Suffolk University School of Law’s Juvenile Justice Center (JJC), where she supervised law students representing juveniles in the Boston Juvenile Court, assisted in teaching the Juvenile Defender Clinical Class, and maintained a small caseload of juvenile delinquency and youthful offender cases. Duci received the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 2012 Access to Justice Defender Award.

Daniel Hoak (CAS’02) of Richland, Wash., writes that he successfully defended his PhD thesis in physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in July. As a graduate student, Daniel worked on the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, a group of scientists seeking to make the first direct detection of gravitational waves from astrophysical events. After completing grad school, he plans to move to Pisa, Italy, where he has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study at the European Gravitational Observatory in Cascina.


Manu Oberoi (Questrom’04) of Needham, Mass., transitioned from a nine-year career in financial services to working as a full-time real estate agent. Manu, his wife, Meera, and their daughter, Piya, welcomed baby Aashi to their family last April.

Thaddeus “Toby” Yurek III (MET’04) of Henderson, Nev., retired from the city’s police department on August 21, 2015, after a 20-year law enforcement career. Toby practices workers’ compensation law for the law firm of Greenman, Goldberg, Raby, and Martinez.


Jenn Sotolongo (CGS’03, COM’05) of Portland, Ore., embarked on a nine-month bike tour in May 2015, with her partner and Australian shepherd. When she wrote, they planned to cycle from Oslo to Istanbul.

Amie Valpone (Questrom’05) of New York, N.Y., is the editor-in-chief and founder of She writes, “I recently healed myself from 10 years of chronic illness with integrative medicine and clean eating” and notes that her first cookbook, Eating Clean: Detox, Fight Inflammation, Reset Your Body, & Get to the Root Cause of Illness (Houghton Mifflin, 2016), will be in stores nationwide on March 8, 2016. She writes that BU “taught me how to start my own business, and I am forever grateful.”


Allison Brown (COM’06, CAS’06) of Louisville, Ky., was selected for the spring 2016 class of Ignite Louisville, “a seven-month program designed for next-generation leaders ready to make a positive impact both in their career and in their community.” Allison is a member of the litigation and dispute resolution service team at the law firm Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs. She represents clients in a variety of cases, including health care litigation, employment matters, and commercial disputes.

Charlie Nadler (COM’06) of Astoria, N.Y., has released his first stand-up comedy album, Alive From Martha’s Vineyard, available now at, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit web platform where comedians and musicians raise money for charities via the sale of their original audio recordings. All of Charlie’s proceeds go to Alex’s Place, his hometown venue where he recorded the album. Charlie writes that Alex’s Place “is named in legacy to Alexandra Gagnon and provides safe, enlightening, educational, and entertaining experiences for teens on Martha’s Vineyard.”

Rebecca Roulier (CAS’06, SED’13) of Burlington, Mass., is associate director of Doc Wayne Youth Services, a nonprofit that connects youth through sports. Rebecca writes, “Our organization won the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Sport Award,” which recognizes innovative and collaborative approaches to making healthier communities.


Xena-Shira Grossman (SAR’07) of Ojai, Calif., was a research coordinator at Boston Medical Center for many years before moving to California. She has launched Menu Allergenie, which helps restaurants cater to the more than 15 million Americans with food allergies and the millions more with food sensitivities. Menu Allergenie “makes eating out with food allergies simpler,” she writes. “It is a cloud-based program that allows customers with food allergies to instantly see what they can order at participating restaurants. The program even alerts the customer to cases of likely cross-contact.” Learn more at


Nicole Record (MED’08) and Haig Panossian (CAS’05, MED’08,’12) of New York, N.Y., were married on September 5, 2015, in Laguna Beach, Calif. They are both resident doctors in New York.


Justin Fyten (CAS’10) of Boston, Mass., opened the small immigration law firm Johnson & Fyten Law Offices in Boston’s Back Bay in March 2015.

Mario Nacinovich (MET’10) of Patterson, N.Y., is a managing partner at the US offices of Axon, an international health care communications company. Recently, Mario won the Strategist Award at the PM360 first Elite Awards, which honor individuals who have made a significant impact to the health care industry through their careers.


Silvano D. Orsi (LAW’11) of Rochester, N.Y., received special congressman recognition for running the Little Italy Festival of Rochester, as its president and chair in 2015. “We successfully raised thousands of dollars to aid the needy this year and donated more than 3,500 meals to feed the poor and hungry in Upstate New York,” Silvano writes.


Ralph C. Hamm III (MET’12) of Norfolk, Mass., published Blackberry Juice (Little Red Cell Publishing, 2015), a collection of short stories, poems, and plays related to his experience with racism and the prison system.


Alexandros Papadopoulos (CAS’13) of Cambridge, Mass., is an account manager at EMC, a global IT company. In addition to working full-time at EMC, he is also the managing partner at Ventus Advisors, a part-time consulting firm he helped start. His partners are Nicholas Sorenson (Questrom’14), Christian Chabaneix (ENG’14), Bradley Sauln (ENG’14), and Jack Gantt (Questrom’17).


Kesia Ryan-Webster (CAS’14) of Washington, D.C., published It Ain’t Easy (CreateSpace, 2015), a collection of short stories about growing up in Washington, D.C. “If you think it’s all memorials and museums, you’re mistaken,” she writes. “This collection explores the everyday lives of those who reside in the city—from the around the way girls and boys in the hood, to the private schools on the privileged side of town. It Ain’t Easy shows one of America’s most talked-about cities in a way it is rarely seen: through the eyes of the people.”


Ashley Mayrianne Jones (CAS’15, COM’15) of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, a former Bostonia intern, accepted her dream job: a reporting position at the Pulitzer Prize–winning Virgin Islands Daily News. Ashley is based in St. Thomas and covers environment, crime, government, and community events. She invites fellow alums to contact her at

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