arts&sciences | Fall 2010

Class Notes

Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

  • Slater E. Newman (GRS’48) of Raleigh, N.C., received the 2010 Peacemaker Award from North Carolina Peace Action “for being the voice of justice for all those who did not have voices of their own.” A professor emeritus of psychology at North Carolina State University, Slater was instrumental in starting and sustaining groups such as the ACLU of North Carolina, the Committee to Reverse the Arms Race, the Human Rights Coalition of North Carolina, and North Carolinians for the Ratification of CEDAW.

  • Margaret “Teddy” (Mayer) Milne (CAS’51) of Northampton, Mass., ran a “tiny” publishing company, Pittenbruach Press, from 1986 to 2009. The company published fiction and nonfiction, including Teddy’s accounts of her travels to China, Japan, Western Europe, and North Africa. Teddy, who has three sons and four grandchildren, was finishing a four-year term on the Northampton School Committee when she wrote. She has worked as a reporter, copy editor, newspaper columnist, teacher, codirector of a conference center, publicity director at a private school, a stained glass craftsperson, and a crossword puzzle composer.

  • Sidney L. Phillips (CAS’53) of Orinda, Calif., an electrochemist at IBM, received an award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for his investigation of the electrical resistance of electroplated contacts.

  • Julian Peterson (CAS’63, COM’71) of Cambridge, Mass., would “love to hear from classmates and colleagues,” he writes. Contact him at petersonjulian@yahoo.com.

  • B. Amore (CAS’64) of Benson, Vt., presented at the conference For a Dangerous Pedagogy: A Manifesto for Italian and Italian American Studies, held at Hofstra University this past April. She also has been involved in Invisible Odysseys, an art project by and about Mexican migrant workers in Vermont.

  • Carroll Parrott Blue (CAS’64), formerly Carroll Ann Parrott, of Houston, Tex., was honored in late May with a UCLA Film & Television Archives appointment to work intermittently at the archive from June to December 2010 as a visiting researcher with the L.A. Rebellion project curators. She is a University of Houston research professor with appointments in the history department’s Center for Public History and Texas Learning and Computation Center (TLC2).

  • Carl Chiarenza (COM’59, GRS’64) of Rochester, N.Y., showed works in Peace Warriors and Solitudes: Recent Photographs by Carl Chiarenza at the Daura Gallery at Lynchburg University in Lynchburg, Va., earlier this year. The series of abstract photographs was inspired by his frustration with the U.S. government during the Iraq war. Visit www.carlchiarenza.com.

  • Gloria Burkin (CAS’65, SED’73, SSW’91) of Chilmark, Mass., has been busy landscape painting on Martha’s Vineyard since her retirement. Check out her website at www.gloriaburkin.com.

  • Mark Meltzer (CAS’67, SED’68) celebrated in June 30 years as executive director/CEO of the Jewish Free Loan Association (JFLA) of Los Angeles, California. This important milestone was recognized at JFLA’s Annual Gala Dinner on May 26, where he received the Ben & Anne Werber Communal Service Award. Since he joined JFLA in 1980, he has been the main catalyst for JFLA’s tremendous growth over the past three decades, garnering funding and implementing dozens of new loan programs. He is a consultant to national and international Jewish organizations requiring expertise in émigré transmigration and relocation. He is a founding member and past president of the International Association of Hebrew Free Loans, and consults with communities worldwide that wish to start up local free loan programs. He is a past president/chair of the Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California and the Los Angeles Council of Federation and Agency Executives. Email him at mark@jfla.org.

  • Sara Rothman (GRS’67, ’71) of Silver Spring, Md., received the 2010 American Society for Microbiology Roche Diagnostics Alice C. Evans Award for her dedication to mentoring women and scientists. Sarah is associate science director at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring.

  • Robert L. King (GRS’68) of East Longmeadow, Mass., published The Ethos of Drama: Rhetorical Theory and Dramatic Worth (Catholic University of America Press, 2010).

  • Gerald Koocher  (CAS’68) of Chestnut Hill, Mass., dean of the Simmons College School of Health Sciences, was elected president of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association. He will serve as president-elect through 2010 and begin a one-year term in January 2011. He also is serving a two-year term as a member of the APA Council of Representatives from Massachusetts.

  • Wesley T. Mott (CAS’68, GRS’69, ’74) of Vineyard Haven, Mass., was elected president of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, which he founded in 1989. Wesley, an English professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is editing volumes of the works of Henry David Thoreau and James Fenimore Cooper. He has published nine books on Emerson, Thoreau, and transcendentalism.

  • Charlie Bloom (SSW’75) and Linda (Cooper) Bloom (CAS’69) of Santa Cruz, Calif., published their second book, Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truth from Real Couples about Lasting Love (New World Library, 2010), which features interviews with 27 couples from around the country. Their first book, 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married: Simple Lessons to Make Love Last (New World Library, 2004), has sold more than 90,000 copies. 

  • Linda (Sones) Feinberg (CAS’70) of Fort Collins, Colo., recently set up a web store for her artwork at www.lindafeinberg.com. Email her at lhfeinberg@myfairpoint.net.

  • Roy Perkinson (GRS’70) of Wellesley, Mass., exhibited his oil painting Red Door: Near Framingham Station in the group show RED: It’s More than a Color at the Cambridge Art Association University Place Gallery in Cambridge, Mass. Visit www.perkinsonpaintings.com

  • Richard H. Cummings (CAS’71) of Düsseldorf, Germany, wrote the book Radio Free Europe’s “Crusade for Freedom”: Rallying Americans Behind Cold War Broadcasting, 1950–1960, published by McFarland & Company. The book takes an in-depth look at the Crusade for Freedom, revealing how its unmatched pageantry of patriotism led to the creation of a dynamic movement involving not only the government but also private industry, mass media, academia, religious leaders and, lastly, “the average Joe.” Email Richard at richix9@gmail.com.

  • Peter H. Bloom (CAS’72) of Somerville, Mass., played the North American premiere of Butterfly Effects by composer Elizabeth Vercoe (CFA’78). Peter, a flutist, performed the piece with pianist and harpist Mary Jane Rupert. He recently gave solo recitals at Christie’s in New York and with the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble. Peter has played concerts in Indiana and Michigan with Ensemble Chaconne, given recitals in New York and New England with mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato, and played concerts in Greater Boston with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, led by composer-trumpeter Mark S. Harvey (STH’71, GRS’83). Visit www.americasmusicworks.com, or email Peter at phbloom@comcast.net.

  • Hyman Darling (CAS’72) of Longmeadow, Mass., received the American Cancer Society’s Omar T. Pace, MD, Award on May 8, 2010, for his contribution to the fight against cancer. Hyman has volunteered with the society in western Massachusetts for 30 years and has secured more than $10 million in gifts. An attorney with a background in estate planning, he serves on the society’s new Nationwide Gift Planning Advisory Council.

  • Ellen Kitzis (CAS’72) of Charlestown, Mass., has worked at Gartner, Inc., for the past 15 years. While there, she co-authored The New CIO Leader (Harvard Business Press, 2004).

  • Susan Levy (GRS’72) of Brooklyn, N.Y., retired from the Brooklyn Public Library after 32 years. “I’m now figuring out what to do with the rest of my life; I intend to enjoy it!” she writes. Email Susan at suelev@hotmail.com.

  • Carolyn Jacoby Gabbay (CAS’73, LAW’76) of Newton, Mass., a partner at Nixon Peabody, was recognized by Chambers & Partners as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in the health care category.

  • Steven M. Goldman (CAS’73) of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., is a partner in the corporate department of the law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. Previously, he was commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance under Governor Jon S. Corzine.

  • Stephanie Downs Hughes (COM’67, GRS’74) of Naperville, Ill., was awarded the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award by the Illinois Humanities Council for her “significant and sustained contributions furthering public understanding of the humanities.” Stephanie, a public educator and business sociologist, founded the Diversity Dinners program in 1996 to promote “constructive communication among diverse people.”

  • Ellen (Pober) Rittberg (CAS’74) of Roslyn, N.Y., published 35 Things Your Teens Won’t Tell You, So I Will (Turner Publishing, 2010), a “humorous book about how to be a savvy, stealthy, responsible authority figure without losing one’s sanity or sense of humor.” A former award-winning journalist, essayist, and cable television host, Ellen has three grown children and has represented teens in court for 13 years. She would love to hear from former classmates at erittberg@gmail.com. Visit www.ellenpoberrittberg.com.

  • Doug Tynan (CAS’74) of Wilmington, Del., is director of program development and implementation for Nemours Health & Prevention Services. Nemours is participating in Partnership for a Healthier America, the foundation chaired by First Lady Michelle Obama, to help develop approaches to reduce child obesity.

  • Janey Bishoff (CAS’75) of West Roxbury, Mass., received the Super Bell Award from the Publicity Club of New England for her crisis communications program on behalf of the Melrose YMCA. Janey is the CEO of Bishoff Communications in Boston, Mass.

  • Arthur Lazarus (CAS’75) was recently awarded the Administrative Psychiatry Award by the American Psychiatric Association. This top honor is given to a psychiatrist who has demonstrated extraordinary competence in psychiatric administration over a substantial period and has achieved a national reputation in this area. The association praised Dr. Lazarus for his “dedication as a clinician and executive; inspiration as a teacher and role model; dedication as a public servant; and eminence as a productive clinical investigator and author in the field of psychiatric administration.” He is currently senior director of global clinical development at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in Wilmington, Delaware.

  • Randy Lay (CAS’76, GSM’80) of Jersey City, N.J., was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Friends of Joshua House Foundation, an organization serving abused, neglected, and abandoned children. Randy is the chief financial officer of Lazydays, the largest single-site RV dealership in North America.

  • Joan Bohl (CAS’79) of Saint Petersburg, Fla., received tenure at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla. Her scholarly work focuses on generational learning styles and family law issues, particularly visitation.

  • Jodi Colella (CAS’81) of Wellesley, Mass., won the Most Innovative Use of Materials and Technique Award at the international exhibition Metaphoric Fiber: Untamed Knitting and Crochet at the Textile Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Jodi’s winning piece, One Day, was created from thousands of plastic sleeves used in daily newspaper delivery. Learn more at www.jodicolella.com.

  • Theo Gluck (CAS’81, COM’84) of Studio City, Calif., is approaching his 20th year with Walt Disney Studios and is in his fifth year as Disney’s director of library restoration and preservation. His team was responsible for the 2009 Blu-ray releases of Pinocchio and Snow White and for the digitally restored Dumbo last March, he writes. Contact Theo at theogluck@sbcglobal.net.

  • Genevieve A. Fitzpatrick (GRS’82) of Orlando, Fla., is retired. A disabled veteran of the Gulf War, she has been a Navy Commander, a state college professor, and an advanced registered nurse practitioner.

  • Bronwyn L. Martin (CAS’85, GRS’87, MED’94) of Kennett Square, Pa., became an Ameriprise Platinum Financial Services advisor, based on the success of her financial services practice in 2009. Bronwyn is a financial advisor and chartered retirement planning counselor. Email her at bronwynner@gmail.com.

  • Ehudi “Udi” Oren (GRS’85, ’89) of Ra’anana, Israel, specializes in a trauma-focused therapy called eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). A few years ago, Udi was elected president of the EMDR Europe Association.

  • Tom Connolly (GRS’86) of Marblehead, Mass., was promoted to professor of English at Suffolk University. He is a regular commentator on WGBH radio’s The Callie Crossley Show, where he discusses the tabloid press and popular culture every Friday during the “Ragtime” segment. His most recent book is Genus Envy: Nationalities, Identities, and the Performing Body of Work (Cambria Press, 2010), a study of the role of theater in creating national identities.

  • Ziv J. Haskal (CAS’86, MED’86) of Cockeysville, Md., published his first article, “Stent Graft versus Balloon Angioplasty for Failing Dialysis-Access Grafts,” in the New England Journal of Medicine. Ziv is a professor of radiology and surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is also the vice chair of strategic development and chief of vascular and interventional radiology, image-guided therapy, and interventional oncology at the university’s medical center.

  • Sergio E. Torres (CAS’86, GRS’88) of Bogota, Colombia, works with the U.S. Department of State and is currently assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Bogota. He has been there since June 2007 with his sons, William and James, and his wife, Kimberlee, who is also a Foreign Service officer. Email him at sergio@kimset.com.

  • Da Zheng (GRS’87, ’94) of Brookline, Mass., just published a biography of Chiang Yee, a Chinese American artist and travel writer. The title of the book is Chiang Yee: The Silent Traveler from the East, by Rutgers University Press, 2010.

  • Jacqueline Lentini McCullough (CAS’88) of Geneva, Ill., has opened a solo law firm, concentrating her practice in business employment immigration. She may be reached at jacki@lentinivisas.com, or 630-262-1435, and looks forward to catching up with classmates!

  • Anne McCaffrey (CAS’89, MED’98) of Needham, Mass., is medical director of the Marino Center for Integrative Health in Wellesley, Mass., and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School.

  • Robert Simpson (CAS’89) of Farmington, Conn., delivered the keynote address at Capital Community College’s Fifth Annual Black and Latino Male Resource Center Conference this past April. Robert is a partner at the law firm Shipman & Goodwin.

  • Douglas Thompson (CAS’89) of Cambridge, Mass., is vice president of finance at Network Health in Charlestown, Mass.

  • Elizabeth (Valdes) Blandon (CAS’90, COM’90) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently became board certified in immigration and nationality law by the Florida Bar Association. She is one of three certified immigration lawyers in her county. Email Elizabeth at blandonlaw@aol.com.

  • Mark Hinders (ENG’86, ’87, GRS’90) of Williamsburg, Va., is a professor and chair of the applied science department at the College of William and Mary, where he has worked since 1993.

  • Matthew A. Poliquin (CAS’90) of Bangor, Maine, has two sons, Brendan, four, and Isaac, two. Email Matt at mattlock78143@yahoo.com.

  • Michele Valerie Ronnick (GRS’90) of Detroit, Mich., a professor of classical and modern languages, literatures, and cultures at Wayne State University, is president of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.

  • Carmen Bolanos (GRS’91, ’98) of Austin, Tex., is cofounder of NuNomad.com, a Web community that helps people gain “location independence” so that they can live and work “wherever they want.” The trend, Carmen writes, will be good for students and families who want to design their education and careers with location independence in mind.

  • Carl Rapp (GRS’91) of Richboro, Pa., and his wife, Sandra, were recognized by the World Youth Peace Summit for their “profound appreciation” of the scholar-athlete and scholar-artist and the sportsmanship initiatives of the Institute for International Sport. Carl, a former professional basketball player in Europe and an inductee into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, works in the power transmission equipment industry.

  • Christina (Wood) Bjergo (CAS’92) of Vancouver, Wash., published The Tao of Tarot: “The Way” to Health, Happiness and Spiritual Illumination through Qigong Dreaming. Christina has published more than a dozen articles in various health journals. She offers free local qigong classes to educate others about Chinese medicine and the benefits of dream work and qigong practice. Email her at cbjergo@msn.com.

  • Jonathan D. Graham (CAS’92) of Palatine, Ill., recently joined Rabjohns Financial Group as a financial representative. He writes that he enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Jacqueline, and their two young daughters, Sarah and Lauren.

    Brian Smith (CAS’92) of Montreal, Quebec, runs financial literacy workshops for disadvantaged youth and single mothers in Montreal. He was profiled recently in The Guardian Weekly international newspaper.

  • Rob Toker (CAS’92) of Katy, Tex., cowrote a recent article for the Harvard Business Review, titled “Can Technology Really Save Us from Climate Change?” Find it online at www.hbr.org.

  • Alexandra L. Chan (CAS’93) of Pound Ridge, N.Y. and Westhampton Beach, N.Y., is vice president of dental services/dental director and medical director for administrative services in Hartford, Conn., where she continues to lead a multimillion-dollar oral health program and a multi-practice expansion within the state of Connecticut. She attended the New York University Dental School and completed her postdoctoral residency training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in 1999. In 2004, she earned a master’s in health policy and management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Fellowship Award from the Academy of General Dentistry. She has held several leadership positions in community health centers since 2003. She holds a faculty appointment at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and oversees the training of dental residents and fellows at her dental sites.

  • Erich S. Knox (CAS’93) of Stafford, Va., was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps on April 1, 2010. Erich has been a Marine since 1994 and returned to active duty in late 2000 after a period in the reserves. He lives with his wife, Helene, and is stationed at the Marine Base Quantico. When he wrote, he was looking forward to joining the staff of the Wounded Warrior Regiment.

  • Christine Tello-Lorenz (CAS’93) of Groveland, Mass., launched HollywoodEastConnection.com to address the growing interest in film and television production in Massachusetts. The entertainment news and career website provides resources for networking, as well as the only complete list of film festivals and schools throughout New England.

  • Ahab Garas (CAS’94) of Bangkok, Thailand, recently became the CEO of G Steel Public Company Limited. G Steel and its subsidiary, GJ Steel Public Company Limited, are publicly traded on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, employ more than 1,700 people, and are capable of producing three million tons of hot rolled steel coils per year.

  • Jo Anne (Domingo) Lemus (CAS’94) of San Diego, Calif., relocated following her husband’s promotion to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Pacific Operations Control Center. She continues to work for the FAA and has been reassigned to the Southern California Terminal Radar Approach Control. Email Jo Anne at jodomingo@hotmail.com.

  • Erika Washburn (CAS’94) of Washington, D.C., is spending a year in the capital as a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow for 2010. She is working in the office of the deputy assistant secretary of commerce for international affairs, where she will contribute to the development of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s international policy positions. “I am interested in the land/sea interface and the social landscape of how people make decisions about that type of ecosystem,” she writes.

  • Karen Zacarias (GRS’95) of Washington, D.C., is a playwright. Her latest play, Legacy of Light, ran at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston in February and March 2010.

  • Dave Goldberg (CAS’96) of Washington Crossing, Pa., coauthored A User’s Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty (Wiley, 2010). Visit www.usersguidetotheuniverse.com.

  • Henry Hampton (CAS’96) of Fort Mill, S.C., is the regional chief pilot for Mesa Airlines/US Airways Express, where he has been a pilot since August 2003. Email him at henryhampton@hotmail.com.

  • Trish (Ivanjack) Short (CAS’97) of Vancouver, Wash., ran an ultramarathon on a treadmill to raise awareness and money for Three Angels Children’s Relief in Haiti, where her family sponsors a five-year-old girl. Her 30-mile effort was part of a series of runs held in different cities after the earthquake on January 12, 2010.

  • Eric M. Stryker (CAS’98) of Dallas, Tex., earned a PhD in art history from Yale University in May after completing his dissertation, “After the Blitz: Figurative Art and Social Space in London, 1945–1962.” He is an assistant professor of art history at Southern Methodist University, where he teaches contemporary art history, theory, and methodology. Email Eric at eric.stryker.1998@alum.bu.edu.

  • Lindsay A. Toghill (CAS’98) of Brighton, Mass., is vice president in the government relations practice at O’Neill and Associates, a government and public relations firm in Boston.

  • Molly Lee (CAS’99) of San Francisco, Calif., was promoted to senior counsel at Hanson Bridgett.

  • Rachel Stahle (GRS’99) of Carteret, N.J., published her first book, The Great Work of Providence: Jonathan Edwards for Life Today (Wipf & Stock, 2010). Rachel is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Carteret. Email her at buphd99@yahoo.com.

  • Pamela Sutton (GRS’99) of Marco Island, Fla., was on a leave of absence from the University of Pennsylvania finishing her first novel and second book of poems when she wrote last July. Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry 2000 (Scribner, 2000) and The Best American Poetry 2009 (Scribner, 2009). Pamela writes a column for her local paper, the Marco Eagle, runs five miles a day, and enjoys spending her free time with her 12-year-old daughter, Emily Brook.

  • Jocelyn Lippman Bell (CAS’00) of Pawtucket, R.I., was executive producer of the short film Hushed, which was invited to screen at the Short Film Corner of the 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival. Hushed is a 24-minute film “in the spirit of The Twilight Zone,” she writes.

  • Kate Burian Chase (CAS’00), formerly Kate Burian, and her husband, Patrick, of Upper Saddle River, N.J., announce the birth of their first child, Nathan Robert, on January 8, 2010. Contact her at kbchase@gmail.com.

  • Manan Trivedi (CAS’00, MED’00) of Reading, Pa., is campaigning for the Democratic nomination to the House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District. Manan, a physician, spent six months in Iraq in 2003 as a surgeon for the Marines. Visit www.trivediforcongress.com.

  • Melissa Weiner (CAS’00, COM’00) of New Haven, Conn., was selected to be the new corepresentative of the race and ethnicity network of the Social Science History Association. She is an assistant professor of sociology at Quinnipiac University.

  • Paul Bloomfield (GRS’01) of Wilbraham, Mass., exhibited “dreamlike photographic images” in Camera Obscured: Photograms by Paul Bloomfield at D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, Mass., from October 2009 through January 2010. Email Paul at pbloomfield@wma.us.

    Cesar Cardenas (CAS’01) of New York City, N.Y., is director of intergovernmental affairs at the NYC Workforce Investment Board. He has been with the WIB since February 2010. Email him at ccardenas@gmail.com.

  • Jessie (Lemovitz) Lee (CAS’01) of Shrewsbury, Mass., and her husband Erik Lee welcomed their second son, Ryan Scott, on February 13. This newest addition to the family joins his older brother, Justin, who will be two in July. Ryan was born six weeks early, and came home healthy and strong after only 10 days in the Umass Memorial NICU. The Lee family wants to remind everyone to support the March of Dimes and their efforts to support healthy babies—either by donating or participating in local charity events. The Lee family participated in the local March for Babies on April 18 in honor of Ryan!

  • Kristin (Stefan) Swenson (STH’93, GRS’01) of Richmond, Va., published Bible Babel: Making Sense of the Most Talked About Book of All Time (Harper, 2010). An associate professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, she spent the spring 2010 semester serving as a visiting fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville, Va. Contact Kristin at kswenson@vcu.edu.

  • Gustav Schmidt (CAS’02) graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, receiving his JD magna cum laude, and is an associate with the law firm Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

  • Jason Moore (CAS’03) of Johnson City, N.Y., and his wife, Kim, announce the birth of their son, Liam Alexander, on April 14, 2010.

  • Rose Constance (CAS’04, LAW’07) of Brookline, Mass., received a 2010 Burton Award for Legal Achievement in the Law Firm Legal Writing category. Rose is a corporate associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

  • Jenny M. Estes (CAS’04) of Kenbridge, Va., was recently admitted to the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2014, for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program.

  • Cassandra Krone (CAS’04) finished her master’s degree in molecular microbiology and immunology at Johns Hopkins in May 2009. She moved to Europe and started her PhD in infection and immunity at University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands, in July 2009. Reach her at ckrone@gmail.com.

  • Gerald Carozza (CAS’82) of Milford, Pa., was recalled in April 2010 to active duty with the U.S. Army for one year at the rank of colonel. When he wrote, he was set to deploy to Afghanistan as the chief of legal development of the Afghan National Army and Ministry of Defense. Email Gerald at gerald.corozza@us.army.mil.

  • Christina Gerstel (CAS’05) is helping to coordinate and implement a massive response to the earthquake that rocked Haiti. She is a staff member of Pittsburgh-based medical relief organization Global Links. As volunteer program manager for Global Links, she is facilitating the agency’s mobilization of resources to respond to the Haiti earthquake disaster.

  • Leah Griesmann (GRS’05) of Asheville, N.C., received a 2010–2011 Steinbeck Fellowship for fiction from San José State University. She will use the $10,000 award to support her work on a novel, A Distant Territory, set in American Samoa, and on a collection of short stories set in Las Vegas.

  • Erica Jaffe (CAS’05) and Gabe Redner (CAS’05) of Brookline, Mass., were engaged and planned a July 2010 wedding when Erica wrote last March.

  • Elizabeth C. (Scanlan) Johnson (CAS’05) of Washington, D.C., received a 2010 Burton Award for Legal Achievement in the Law Firm Legal Writing category. Elizabeth is an associate in the litigation field in Kelley Drye & Warren’s Washington office.

  • Cassandra Nelson (CAS’05, GRS’07) published an edition of Samuel Beckett’s More Pricks than Kicks with Faber & Faber in June 2010. She is currently a PhD candidate in English at Harvard University.

  • Kimberly Rescigno (CAS’05, COM’05) of New York, N.Y., graduated from MIT’s Sloan School of Management on June 4, 2010. She is a consultant in New York City.

  • Matthew Cogan (CAS’06) of Phoenix, Ariz., married Kasey Boike on June 12, 2010, in Flint, Mich. Ernie Clarke (SHA’06) was in the wedding party. Olivia Wu (SHA’06), Justin Yu (SHA’07), Alexandra Demas (CAS’06, SHA’06), and Samantha Duvall (SHA’07) attended. Email Matthew at matt.cogan@gmail.com.

    Patrick Daly (CAS’06) of Lauderdale, Miss., was designated a naval aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps while serving with Training Air Wing One in Meridian, Miss. Patrick received the coveted Wings of Gold, marking the culmination of months of flight training.

  • Andrey Ostrovsky (CAS’06, MED’11) of San Francisco, Calif., is taking a break from medical school and participating in a research fellowship on heart disease in babies. In his year off, Andrey has also started a small company and is leading a project for the San Francisco Department of Health that will realign its $25 million health budget to the health report card that he is creating.

  • Maya Siddhanta Sloan (CFA’99, GRS’07), formerly Maya Sloan, of Brooklyn, N.Y., released her first novel, High Before Homeroom, published by Simon & Schuster, on June 22. She can be reached at www.mayasloan.com.

  • Matthew O’Connor (CAS’08) of Northborough, Mass., proposed to Kimberly McKee on November 15, 2009. The wedding ceremony and reception were planned to take place at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Mass., on October 2, 2010 with Nicholas Goodmanson (CAS’08) and Victor Bieger (SMG’08) as groomsmen. Matt performs surgical research at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Kim is working in a residential treatment facility while she pursues an MSW.

  • Sarah Prager (CAS’08) of Boston, Mass., became engaged to Elizabeth Oliver on March 13, 2010. They are planning a June 2011 wedding on Cape Cod. Rebecca Matteson (MET’11) will be one of the maids of honor. Email Sarah at sarahprager@gmail.com.

  • Maribel (Maria) Dominguez (CAS’09, SMG’09) of Mexico City, Mexico, is cofounder and vice president of International Surplus, a wholesaler that sells excess inventory of consumer goods business-to-business between the United States and Mexico. The company was featured in the January 2010 Mexican edition of Entrepreneur magazine. Email Maribel at mdominguez@intsurplus.com.

  • Jennifer Patello (CAS’09) of Chatham, N.J., is pursuing a master’s degree in global affairs at New York University. She also is an intern at the United States Mission to the United Nations. Email Jennifer at jppatello@gmail.com.