arts&sciences | Spring 2010

Class Notes

  • Marc Mappen (CAS’67) published There’s More to New Jersey Than the Sopranos (Rutgers University Press). He is entering his tenth year as the director of the New Jersey Historical Commission. This book—his fifth—has been called by historian Tom Fleming “a delightful read, full of wit and information on every page.” Contact Marc at mmappen@gmail.com.

  • Mark Zvonkovic (CAS’72) of New York City published his first novel, When Mermaids Sing (iUniverse 2009). Information about the novel can be found at www.whenmermaidssing.com.

  • Sally Rae Rogers (CAS’75) released Feel Your Heart’s Magic, a CD of original stories and songs for children that were performed live at Boston’s First Night. It is an interactive, uplifting spiritual adventure for young children and families. Children with communication problems will be inspired to communicate. The Jewish legend about Baal Shem Tov has original songs created for this telling. If you have a child, know a child, or ever were a child, this makes a perfect gift. The CD can be purchased at cdbaby.com/cd/SallyRaeRogers.

  • Russell L. Fischer (CAS’80) is honored to be included in the Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in Business and Finance for 2010. Russ is the past president of the BU Alumni Association of Southeast Florida. Contact him at rf3300@aol.com.

  • John D. Becker (GRS’83) of Castle Rock, Colo., has been appointed a Presidential Management Fellow, a prestigious and highly selective fellowship for recent graduates working within the federal government. Becker received his PhD from the University of Denver’s Joseph Korbel School of International Studies prior to his selection to the fellowship. He will be working as a program and management analyst in the Finance Center of the Small Business Administration in Denver, serving as an advisor to the center’s director.

  • Cameron Davis (CGS’84, CAS’86), appointed by U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in July 2009 as senior advisor, is the Obama administration’s point person for restoring the Great Lakes. He’s also now an author for the first time. Confluence (Booksurge, 2009) is in a new genre: the genealogical memoir or “genoir.” In it, he makes family histories fun to read, using his own 300-year family story as an example (including encounters with Lincoln, Washington, and Chicago gangsters—all true).

  • Elaina (Roschke) Stuard (CAS’87) of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a financial advisor with the Sittenfeld, Stuard & Thornberry Group for Robert W. Baird & Co. In her spare time, she is an advocate for those with special needs. E-mail her at estuard@rwbaird.com.

  • R. Thomas Rankin (CAS’88) writes, “I still live in Jamestown, N.Y., with my wife and son. This past year, I made partner in my law firm, Goodell & Rankin, and became head of the criminal defense practice group of our two-person law firm. I look forward to arguing my first case before the New York Court of Appeals in 2010. Does anybody know any good hotels in Albany? Not much else going on here except raking leaves and showing my son the subtleties of macaroni and cheese.” E-mail Tom at stampguy19@hotmail.com.

  • Charles “Skuk” Jones (CAS’89) completed his PhD in public policy at UMass Boston, and is now a fellow in the Energy Technology Innovation Policy group at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

  • Jonathan Weinstein (CAS’89) has co-authored, with his business partner Tim Jaques, Achieving Project Management Success in the Federal Government (Management Concepts, 2010). This is a first-of-its-kind view into effective project management practices across the huge U.S. government enterprise, providing real-life case studies from the perspectives of executives and practitioners. Jon has also co-authored chapters in two recent books and numerous articles on project management, organizational development, and other topics. He lives in historic Ellicott City, Md., with his wife, Margaret (SAR’90), and two sons. Jon is a founding partner of Line of Sight (www.line-of-sight.com), which delivers project management, process reengineering, and organizational change management services to government and private sector clients. Reach Jon at jweinstein@line-of-sight.com.

  • Julie Hooper (CAS’92) of Austin, Tex., has been named the 2010 Outstanding Professional Fundraiser by the Greater Austin Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is the Assistant Dean for Development & External Relations at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Contact her at julierob01@earthlink.net.

  • Mitchell Goldstein (CAS’93) and and his wife, Deanna, would like to announce the birth of their third child. Daughter Ella Winter Goldstein was born on December 20, 2009. Mitch looks forward to catching up with old friends. E-mail him at mpgoldstein@yahoo.com.

  • Catherine (Hussan) LeDuc (CAS’93) and her husband, Michael, proudly announce the birth of their second child, Jacob Paul, on October 9, 2009. Little JP was also welcomed by his older brother, Aaron.

  • Nomi (Pearlman) Burstein (CAS’94) and Michael A. Burstein (GRS’93) welcomed twin girls, Elisheva Meira and Yael Batya, on July 19, 2009. Reach Nomi at gnomi@asknomi.com.

  • Tracy (Quinn) McLennan (CAS’94, COM’94) joined Vistaprint—the global company that offers high-quality printed marketing products and services for small businesses and consumers—as the senior copy manager in the Marketing Services Department. She and her husband live in Shrewsbury, Mass., and are enjoying raising their three-year-old son, Andrew. Contact Tracy at tquinn-mclennan@gmail.com.

  • Amy E. Robertson (CAS’94) moved from Seattle, Wash., to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in 2007, and in 2009 published her first book, Honduras and the Bay Islands (Moon Handbooks), which she co-authored with Chris Humphrey. Amy has been freelance writing for magazines and newspapers for the past four years. A select list of her publications can be found at mediabistro.com/AmyERobertson. She hopes fellow alumni will visit Honduras soon! Reach her at ­aerobertson@yahoo.com.

  • Zarrar Sehgal (CAS’94) was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Zarrar is a partner at the law firm of Clifford Chance, where he heads the Global Asset Finance group. Contact him at zsehgal@gmail.com.

  • Graham Morehead (CAS’95) is currently pursuing a PhD in computer science at the University of Maine, with a concentration in linguistic knowledge representation. Contact him at gm@pangeon.com.

  • Kimberly (Audet) Cornwell (CAS’96, LAW’99) and Peter “Chip” Cornwell (SAR’97) of North Attleboro, Mass., announce the birth of their second child, Helena Paige, on April 28, 2009. Big brother Grayson Emdon is three years old. Kim is employed as general counsel at Sanofi Pasteur Biologics Co. in Cambridge, and Chip is a cardiovascular products sales representative for Medtronic, Inc. Contact them at kaudetcornwell@yahoo.com.

  • Barbara (Uhr) Eichenholz (CAS’96) and her husband, Keith, announce the birth of their second child, Samantha Lauren, on October 19, 2009. Big brother Joshua is two years old. Contact Barbara at barbara_eichenholz@hotmail.com.

  • Dahlia (Rosenbaum) Evans (CAS’97) of Oceanside, N.Y., welcomed Gila Rose Evans into the world on May 27, 2009. E-mail Dahlia at dahlia376@optonline.net.

  • Marvin Dunson III (CAS’98) is a founding partner of Valdez Dunson & Doyle LLP, a San Francisco-based employment law boutique that focuses on employment litigation, counseling, and training. Visit the firm’s website at www.vddlaw.com and contact Marvin at mdunson@vddlaw.com.

  • Timothy S. Pure (CAS’98) and Julie Ann Silvasy of Bensalem, Penn., were married on September 4, 2009, in Croydon, Penn., and held a reception at Pen Ryn Mansion in Bensalem. Attending the wedding were Jason Bernstein (CAS’98), Hugh Liang (SMG’98), Tim Troccoli (CAS’99), Orpheo Speer (SED’99), and Steve MacDonald (CAS’97).

  • Maritere “Teri” Rivera (CAS’99) married Kirk R. Mix on July 18, 2009, in Boston, Mass. John Clements (SED’99), Elizabeth (Harmell) Clements (CAS’99), Emily Cavanagh (CAS’99), Stephanie (Currier) Goryl (SSW’01), and Erin (Thompson) Berriel (CAS’00) attended the wedding, as well as officiant Kristan (Collier) Schoen (CAS’99). Maritere continues to teach Latin at Boston Latin Academy, where she has worked for the past six years, and lives in Belmont with her husband. She also planned to finish her Master of Education at UMass Boston in December 2009.

  • Jeremy Roach (CAS’99) and his wife, Allison, welcomed their first baby, Brandon Morrison Roach, on September 18, 2009. Reach Jeremy at jeremyroach@gmail.com.

  • Frank Freidinger (CAS’00) and Beth (Kelly) Freidinger (CAS’00) of Garwood, N.J., were married on May 2, 2009. The wedding party included Jen Costanza (CAS'00), Dan Hart (CAS'98), Jessi Parsons (ENG'00), Meg Nakahara (COM'00), Maria Solomon (CAS'00) and Darlene Stokes (SAR'00). Also in attendance were Ciaran D'Arcy (MET'95), Mike Kerwick (COM'99), Jason Gorman (ENG'00), Danielle (Khoury) LeBlanc (CAS'01), Bruce LeBlanc (CAS'00), Ben Lieberman (COM'00), Darren Misener (COM'00), Aaron Richardson (CAS'99), Lauren (Richardson) Robinson (SAR'01, SAR'03), Greg Robinson (CAS'00), Ellen Teitel (COM'00, CGS'98), Cheryl Wolf (COM'00), Gina Powers Wright (CAS'00) and Chris Wright (COM'99). Frank works for the Department of Homeland Security and Beth is a human resources corporate consultant. Beth and Frank can be reached at freidingers@gmail.com.

  • Vincent Napoli (CAS’01) and Pamela (Deutchman) Napoli (CAS’02) were married on May 24, 2009, in Babylon, N.Y. Michael Lawrence (CAS’01), Amy (Katz) Lawrence (SAR’03), Mari Kataoka (CAS’03), and David Soohoo (ENG’93) were in attendance. Vincent and Pamela are both software engineers on Long Island.

  • Kristin Badowski (CAS’02) and Brian Zajac were married May 24, 2009, on Cape Cod. Attending the wedding were BU alums Patty Bachorz (SMG’03, SED’07), Nick Cvetovich (CAS’03), Jennifer Leisner (CAS’02), and Juli Keyes (SED’02). Kristin is currently pursuing her MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Brian works in international finance. The couple will live in Quincy, Mass. Reach Kristin at kristin.zajac@gmail.com.

  • Dianna Jouan (CGS’00, CAS’02) planned to graduate from the University of San Francisco with a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing on December 18, 2009.

  • Amanda Jean Capps (CAS’04) graduated from New England Law Boston in May 2009 and passed the Massachusetts Bar Examination in July 2009. Amanda is currently employed as the associate director of advanced markets at The Smith Companies, Ltd., a Capitas® Financial, LLC, Partner. She focuses on estate and business continuation planning strategies utilizing insurance products. Contact Amanda at ACapps194@gmail.com.

  • Nicholas J. Kassotis (CAS’04) married Heather Bassett in Norfolk, Va., on September 26, 2009. Michael Kiser (CAS’03, GRS’03, MET’10), Peter True (CAS’06), Matthew Henderson (CAS’05, GSM’10), Colleen Callaghan (COM’05), Cindy Reasner (CAS’04), and Katie Fone (SED’04, ’05) were in attendance. The wedding took place at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk. The bride is a mortgage and loan counselor at Navy Federal Credit Union; the groom is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps, currently deployed to Iraq. The couple will live in Virginia Beach, Va. Contact Nicholas at nickkassotis@gmail.com.

  • 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.

  • Erin McCoy (CAS’04) married Mike Casale on May 23, 2009, in San Diego, Calif. Victoria Cataldo (CAS’05) was a bridesmaid. Also in attendance were Rita Assaf (CAS’05), Emily Quinn (CAS’05, GRS’05), and Nina Quinn (CAS’04). The couple will live in San Francisco.

  • Tess Taylor (GRS’06), a graduate in creative writing, will be moving back to Massachusetts this year, as she has been awarded the 2010–2011 Amy Clampitt Fellowship in Lenox, Massachusetts. Her chapbook, The Misremembered World, was selected by Eavan Boland and published by the Poetry Society of America. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Literary Imagination, Times Literary Supplement, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine. She has received writing fellowships from Amherst College, American Antiquarian Society, The Headlands Center for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony, and was recently the John Atherton Scholar in poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

    You can read about the Amy Clampitt residency at www.amyclampitt.org/residency, and contact Tess at tess_taylor@mac.com.

  • Echol Nix (STH’00 and GRS’07) is in a tenure-track position in the religion department at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. Contact him at echol.nix@furman.edu.

  • Jessica Stein (CAS’07) recently graduated from Columbia University and is a social worker with Children’s Aid Society. She works in the Family Foster Care unit, where she advocates for children and young adults from infancy to age 21. Contact her at j.m.stein@me.com.

  • Vanessa Valdes (CAS’08) of Newport Beach, CA, decided to turn down acceptances to graduate schools of design in Europe and stay on the West Coast to professionally pursue architecture and interior design for custom residential and hospitality developments. She has since launched her own design firm in Orange County, CA.