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Esther Hopkins (CAS’47) of Oak Bluffs, Mass., was elected a fellow of the American Chemical Society. Hopkins, a trustee emerita of the University and currently an overseer, has been a Golden Terrier for 16 years.

Pierre-Henri Laurent (GRS’60, ’64) of Wellesley, Mass., writes that he is professor emeritus of history at Tufts University. He also taught at Sweet Briar College, Tulane University, the University of Wisconsin, and at BU from 1961 to 1962. In retirement, he is a prison visitor, hospice volunteer, and, with his wife, supporter of eight grandchildren, all in the Boston area.

Carol Delaney (CAS’62) has recently published Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem (Simon and Schuster, 2011), cited as one of the 100 Best Books of 2011 by the Times Literary Supplement (now available in paperback). Carol resides in Providence, R.I., after retiring from Stanford University.

Miriam (Hamburger) Stein (CAS’63, SSW’65) of Arlington, Mass., published Make Your Voice Matter with Lawmakers: No Experience Necessary (Another Look Publications, 2012). Miriam’s book offers advice on how people can use their interpersonal skills to communicate with public officials and influence decisions. Learn more at, or email Miriam at

Jane (Kevorkian) Wingate (DGE’62, CAS’64) of Farmington, N.H., has published Coggerton, a novel about a woman who, in search of the good life, moves her young family from the city to an old farm on 60 acres in rural New Hampshire. Coggerton is available as an e-book from Amazon and Barnes & Noble or at

Jane Christo (CAS’65, COM’65) of Brookline, Mass., general manager of WBUR from 1979 to 2004, was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in September 2012. Jane transformed what was a special-interest radio station into a competitive, mainstream station by the mid-1980s and then into one of Boston’s top 10 stations by the mid-1990s. She was responsible for taking the local productions of Car Talk, Only a Game, Here & Now, and On Point to national audiences. Over the years, she has won many awards, including a Peabody Award in 1992, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, and a DuPont Columbia University Award and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2003. She also has designed and developed programs for journalists reporting in fledgling democracies. She and her husband, Van Christo (CAS’51), have a son, Zachary Christo (CAS’01).

Anne Alison Barnet (CAS’67) of Boston, Mass., who was never interested in history at BU, has become a South End historian. She writes a biweekly column in the South End News and leads history walks, especially of the BU Medical Campus area.

Alan Gurman (CAS’67) of Madison, Wis., retired as professor emeritus of psychiatry from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He is a clinical professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin and a clinical professor of psychology at the Family Institute at Northwestern University. Alan is a visiting professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance for the 2012–2013 academic year. Email him at

Emmett Coyne (GRS’70) of Exeter, N.H., and Dania Beach, Fla., published The Theology of Fear (CreateSpace, 2012), a critique of the use of fear, primarily in the Roman Catholic tradition. Visit, or email him at

Jerry R. Curry (GRS’70) of Haymarket, Va., published the e-book The Dream Continues: Thoughts from an American Journey (2012). “It is a compendium of vivid, penetrating, and poignant essays and stories filled with what I hope is wisdom, drama, and humor,” he writes.

Alice (Silverberg) Horning (CAS’71) of Beverly Hills, Mich., published Reading, Writing, and Digitizing: Understanding Literacy in the Electronic Age (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012), a book on understanding novice and expert literacy. Email her at

Lloyd Devereux Richards (CAS’71) of Montpelier, Vt., has published his first novel, a thriller titled Stone Maidens. The book was released by Amazon Publishing under its Thomas & Mercer imprint.

Janyce Stefan-Cole (CAS’72) of Brooklyn, N.Y., has published Hollywood Boulevard (Unbridled Books, 2012). Tagged a psychological thriller by Booklist, the story follows protagonist Ardennes Thrush, a successful actress, after she quits show business. More information can be found at

Joanne (Graham) Wilson (CAS’72) of Auribeau-sur-Siagne, France, has been named a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Psychotherapy. Joanne is a former business executive who negotiated international oil contracts for 15 years. She represents the European Federation for Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy and is on the board of directors of the European Association for Psychotherapy. She can be contacted at

Tarynn Witten (CAS’72) of Chesterfield, Va., published her second nonfiction book, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging: Challenges in Research, Practice, and Policy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012), a follow-up to The Tao of Gender (Humanics Trade Group, 2002). Her children’s book, I Love You a Circle, will soon be available. Tarynn writes, “Who would have thought that after graduating with a dual degree in mathematics and physics, I would also be doing geriatrics and gerontology.” Email Tarynn at

Carla Tomaso (GRS’74) of Pasadena, Calif., published Frozen (Carma Publishing, 2012). She is chair of the English department at Alverno High School in Sierra Madre, Calif.

Richard Few (CAS’75, LAW’79) of Marietta, S.C., is included in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Richard is a corporate attorney at Smith Moore Leatherwood.

Lewis R. Cohen (CAS’76) of North Miami, Fla., joined Gray Robinson, P.A., as a shareholder on November 1, 2012.

Kevin F. Coughlin (CAS’76) of Quincy, Mass., has been appointed chief probation officer with the Plymouth Division of the Probate and Family Court. Kevin is in his 34th year of service with the Trial Court, having served as a probation officer for 18 years and assistant chief probation officer for 15 years with the Middlesex Probate and Family Court.

Steven Jong (CAS’76, COM’81) of Westford, Mass., received the President’s Award from the Society for Technical Communication (STC) at its annual conference on May 22, 2012, in Rosemont, Ill. Steve is chair of the STC Certification Commission and has more than 30 years of experience in technical communication. He is a senior technical communicator at Tekelec in Marlborough, Mass.

David Tanz (CAS’76) of Voorhees, N.J., published his second novel, Silk on the Rocks (CreateSpace, 2012), a follow-up to his first book, A Shot of Brandi (CreateSpace, 2011). David’s thriller has the Philadelphia organized crime task force chasing down an Internet serial killer and unsolved mob hits. David writes that Silk has “more twists than a Philly soft pretzel.” Email him at

Marina Corodemus (CAS’77) of Edison, N.J., was recently named Best Individual Mediator in the nation by the National Law Journal. Marina is a managing partner at Corodemus & Corodemus, an alternative dispute resolution firm in Iselin, N.J. She presented the court’s perspective in a webinar on defending product liability litigation on October 31, 2012.

Emily Rice (CAS’77, GRS’78) of Concord, N.H., joined the law firm Bernstein Shur as a shareholder in its Manchester, N.H., office in September 2012.

Richard Martini (DGE’75, CAS’78) of Santa Monica, Calif., published FLIPSIDE: A Tourist’s Guide on How to Navigate the Afterlife, available for download on Amazon. “I’ve been doing extensive research into the afterlife and what 7,000 patients have said under deep hypnosis about where we go, what happens when we get there, and how and why we choose to return to Earth,” he writes. Watch a clip of Richard’s documentary, FLIPSIDE: What is Life between Life hypnotherapy? at

Eleanor Phillips Brackbill (GRS’80) of Mamaroneck, N.Y., published an Uncommon Cape: Researching the Histories and Mysteries of a Property (State University of New York Press, 2012). Eleanor is a full-time writer, following 29 years as education curator at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College. Learn more at

David J. Correia (CAS’81) of Sandwich, Mass., exhibited artwork at a national juried exhibition on November 9, 2012, at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, Mass. “My medium is graphic illustration that becomes 3-D via the use of specially designed 3-D glasses,” he writes.

Francine Koslow Miller (GRS’81) of Andover, Mass., published Cashing in on Culture: Betraying the Trust at the Rose Art Museum (Hol Art Books, 2012), a firsthand account of Brandeis University’s attempt to close the Rose Art Museum and sell major pieces from the museum’s collection to close the university’s budget gaps.

Michael Ungar (CAS’81, LAW’84) of Cleveland, Ohio, was chosen by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2013. He is chair of the litigation department and cochair of the financial services industry group at Ulmer & Berne, LLP.

Gretchen Garniss (CGS’83, CAS’85) of Krakow, Poland, a Fulbright grant recipient for 2011–2012 and 2012–2013, has a decade of experience in market and feasibility studies on affordable and independent senior housing. She has been published and has spoken about these issues at European and global conferences. She also was a member of a committee that organized an international senior housing summit in Poland in December 2012. Gretchen earned a master’s degree from Jagiellonian University in January 2011 and is pursuing a PhD from Cracow University of Economics. Email her at

Noreen Grice (CAS’85) of New Britain, Conn., published the second edition of Everyone’s Universe: A Guide to Accessible Astronomy Places (You Can Do Astronomy LLC, 2012).

Walter Ray (GRS’86) of Carbondale, Ill., published Tasting Heaven on Earth: Worship in Sixth-Century Constantinople (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012). Email him at

Natalie Sobchak (CAS’86) of City Island, N.Y., was appointed director of Pro Bono Programs at the Pace Women’s Justice Center (PWJC) in November 2011. Located in White Plains, N.Y., the PWJC provides a variety of legal services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse. Natalie is also a member of the board of directors of the Queens Symphonic Band, Inc. and performs with the band as the first chair trombonist.

Sergio Torres (CAS’86, GRS’88) of Centreville, Va., writes that after three years serving at the U.S. embassy in Bogota, Colombia, and another 14 months at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, he’s glad to be working in Washington, D.C. While he was serving in Baghdad, his wife, a Foreign Service officer, and their two boys had stayed in Bogota. “I look forward to reconnecting with BU alums in the Washington area,” he writes. Email Sergio at

Olga Valanos (CAS’86) of Albuquerque, N.M., directed, edited, and shot the film Generation Red Nation, which was officially selected for inclusion in the Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles, Calif., November 7–14, 2012. “This documentary gives a brutally honest view of life on a reservation, leaving ‘the Rez,’ and in the city,” Olga writes. Learn more about the film at

Marcelo Ruiz Camauër (CAS’87) of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is founder and CTO of Enterprise Objects Consulting. “I have just launched a line of 3-D printers built in Argentina,” he writes, “which are the first ones here and, I believe, the first ones in all of South America.” The printers are sold under the name Kikai Labs. Learn more at “I received Argentina’s highest prize in IT for the 3-D printer project,” he says, “the Sadosky Prize.”

Jan Marie Combs (CAS’87) of Norton, Mass., published Financial Aid Sense: Making Sense Out of Financial Aid and the College Financing Process (CreateSpace, 2012). Email her at

Bill Brown (CAS’88) of Long Island City, N.Y., was appointed market president for New York City, a new position in Citibank’s U.S. consumer and commercial banking business. Bill will work with 149 branches in New York, collaborating with community stakeholders, businesses, civic organizations, and government partners.

Patricia Johnston (GRS’88) of Reading, Mass., is a professor and the Rev. J. Gerard Mears, S.J., Chair in Fine Arts at the College of the Holy Cross. Patricia is a scholar of American art. Previously, she was a professor of art history at Salem State University.

Stephen Scarff (CAS’88) of Minnetonka, Minn., graduated in May 2012 from Yale Divinity School, where he earned a master’s in theology and a certificate in educational leadership and ministry, in preparation for ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church. Email him at

Jack Landskroner (CAS’89) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was elected president of the Public Justice Foundation at the organization’s annual meeting on July 29, 2012, in Chicago, Ill. Jack, a board-certified trial advocate, is a member of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and the Ohio Association of Justice, and has earned recognition for several consecutive years as an Ohio Super Lawyer. His law firm, Landskroner Grieco Merriman, specializes in catastrophic personal injury, insurance disputes, small business litigation, and child advocacy law across Ohio and in consumer class action matters across the country.

Monica B. Glina (CAS’92, GRS’96) of West Orange, N.J., has been awarded a three-year postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Oslo in Norway. Through her fellowship, she will be working as part of the TextDIM-Text Comprehension: Development, Instruction and Multiple Texts research group at the Faculty of Education at the university. The group focuses on different aspects of literacy, such as literacy among language-minority children, beginning reading skills, oral discourse as a precursor for literacy, text comprehension among postsecondary students, and reading of multiple sources and works in collaboration with international partner and collaborator Dr. Catherine Snow of Harvard University.

Isabel Stover (CAS’92) of Newton, Mass., has released a new CD titled Her Own Sweet World. A vocal jazz recording featuring voices from the BU community, the CD is available at, through CD Baby (, and on iTunes.

Jacqueline E. Loss (CAS’93) of New York, N.Y., coedited and published Caviar with Rum: Cuba-USSR and the Post-Soviet Experience (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

Molly (McAlaine) Dagit (CAS’95) of Devon, Pa., has been a desktop support specialist at the Vanguard Group for 15 years. She and her husband, John Murdoch Dagit, have two boys, three-year-old Jack and two-year-old Will. “I would love to hear from past friends and classmates, especially my Inner Strength Gospel Choir friends,” Molly writes. Email her at

Brendan Powell Smith (CAS’95) of San Francisco, Calif., earned his BU degree in philosophy and physics. While at BU, he drew a comic strip called “The Second Coming” for the Daily Free Press. “After graduating, my interest in religion collided with my interest in building with LEGO as an adult,” he writes. “I started a project in which I am attempting to illustrate the entire Bible using only LEGO, constructing all the characters, scenery, and props using creative recombinations of thousands and thousands of LEGO parts from sets from the 1960s through today.” Brendan writes that since his website ( launched in 2001, he has worked with publishers to produce several books of LEGO-illustrated Bible stories. “There are now over 100,000 such books in print.” Recently, he published the Brick Bible: A New Spin on the Old Testament (Skyhorse Publishing, 2011) in graphic novel format. He also released the first in a series of LEGO-illustrated Bible story picture books for children, Noah’s Ark: The Brick Bible for Kids (Sky Pony Press, 2012).

Anthony DeMaio (CGS’94, CAS’96, COM’98) of Scarsdale, N.Y., was named vice president of sales and associate publisher at Slate on October 4, 2012.

Samir Desai (CAS’96) of Los Angeles, Calif., recently launched a production company with fellow Boston University alumnus Van Ditthavong (SMG’96). Called Lost & Found Pictures, LLC (L&F), their studio is located in the Arts District near downtown Los Angeles. L&F specializes in providing photography, video, and website services to actors, business professionals, and artists. To learn more, visit their website at Samir would love to hear from any BU alumni in Southern California. Email him at or call the studio at 213-537-0760.

Ramin Tabaddor (CAS’96, MED’01) of Providence, R.I., is a physician who specializes in sports medicine at South County Hospital in Rhode Island. Ramin is part of a team of orthopedic surgeons who were the first in New England certified in MAKOplasty, which combines a surgeon-guided robotic arm with highly sophisticated software of real-time images and a virtual GPS for the body. He is also a five-time marathon runner and a triathlete.

Renee Kollar-Bachman (CAS’97) of Oceanside, Calif., was selected as a 2012 Math for America San Diego (MfA SD) Noyce Master Teaching Fellow. MfA SD is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving mathematics achievement in San Diego County’s public secondary schools.

Chakisse Newton (CAS’97) of Columbia, S.C., was named the Young Leader of the Year by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Chakisse, president of Cardinal Consulting LLC, was recognized by the chamber as a young professional who has shown outstanding leadership and commitment both to promoting the business community and to demonstrating a spirit of civic involvement to improve the Midlands region. To contact Chakisse, call 803-753-1311, visit her website at, follow @chakisse on Twitter, or connect with her on her blog,

Stefanie Rocknak (GRS’99) of Oneonta, N.Y., published Imagined Causes: Hume’s Conception of Objects (Springer, 2012). Stefanie, a professional sculptor, was selected by the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston to create a permanent sculpture of Edgar Allan Poe for Poe Square, at Boylston and Charles Streets, in Boston. The installation is scheduled for spring 2014. Visit or

Alan Colosi (CAS’00) of Boston, Mass., published his second novel, Captain Yuriko Kumage—Her First Adventure During the Greatest War on Earth (CreateSpace, 2012), a prequel to his first book, KKXG: King Kong vs. Gigantosaurus—The Adventures of Yuriko Kumage During the Greatest War on Earth (CreateSpace, 2010). Alan writes that his content is written for Ms. Yumiko Shaku. Alan also published a book about digital copyright law, HR-2282: And Then the DMCA Didn’t Apply on the Earth (Viacom vs. Google) (CreateSpace, 2011). You can email Alan at

Rahul V. Pawar (CAS’01, MED’05) of Hoboken, N.J., was appointed clinical assistant professor of diagnostic radiology at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School. He is the liaison neuroradiologist for the New Jersey Institute for Craniofacial Surgery and section editor of “On the Case” for Radiology Today magazine. He also received the Foundation of the American Society of Neuroradiology Award in 2011 for translational research he conducted during his fellowship at New York University Medical Center. Email him at

Darius Razgaitis (CAS’02) of Mumbai, India, was accepted into the Daniel J. Edelman Global Fellows Program in Mumbai in August 2012. Darius is one of 10 fellows working in emerging markets to advance Edelman’s global culture, develop worldwide understanding and capabilities, facilitate knowledge-sharing and best practices among employees across the firm, and support business objectives in high-growth markets. Darius invites BU alums in Mumbai to contact him at

Kimberly A. Skiba (CAS’02) of Ashland, Va., was recognized as one of Virginia Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” in the 2012 edition of Virginia Super Lawyers.

Cássia Peralta (CAS’03) of Miami, Fla., writes that “I’ve had an interest in painting and writing since an early age. Art has always been an important part of my life. After 15 years away from Brazil, I decided to return in order to accomplish my greatest artistic and entrepreneurial endeavor: Born in Rio, published under my artistic name Cássia Martins (2011).” Learn more about Cássia’s work at and

Mary (Samuelson) Schickler (CAS’03) and Jason Schickler (ENG’00) of Framingham, Mass., were married on June 16, 2012, in Woburn, Mass. Matthew Schickler (ENG’97), Vanessa Vera (ENG’97), and the children of Monica (Berkenpas) Wang (ENG’00) and Paul Wang (ENG’00, GSM’10) were all part of the ceremony.

Darcy Dizenzo (CAS’04) of Brooklyn, N.Y., was promoted to creative director of Rubenstein Creative, the new design division of Rubenstein Public Relations in New York City. Darcy attended the graphic design program at Massachusetts College of Art after graduating from BU. She has since won two graphic design awards from Graphic Design USA magazine and has worked on national creative campaigns for major brands, such as Skippy, Caress, and Pond’s. Darcy married Jonathan Briks in October 2012 in Stamford, Conn. “This has been a big year for me,” she writes.

Damien Ma (CAS’04, COM’04) of Washington, D.C., was named one of the Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders by the Diplomatic Courier and by Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Damien is an analyst in the Asia practice at Eurasia Group.

Peter Heltzel (GRS’05) of New York, N.Y., published Resurrection City: A Theology of Improvisation (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012). Peter is director of the Micah Institute at New York Theological Seminary. The book, he says, “paints a prophetic picture of an evangelical Christianity that eschews a majority mentality and instead fights against racism, inequality, and injustice, embracing the concerns of the poor and marginalized, just as Jesus did.” He calls for “radical change and collective activism modeled on God’s love and justice.” Email him at

Claire Smaldon (CAS’05) and Nelson Fu (CAS’05) of Bronxville, N.Y., were married on July 14, 2012, in New Gloucester, Maine. Guests included Joshua Kim (ENG’05), Melissa Skepko (CAS’05), Jessica Mack (CAS’05), Stella Goldstein (CAS’05), and Elias Marvinney (CAS’04). Claire is a grants manager at a philanthropic consulting firm, and Nelson is a catastrophe risk analyst at an insurance company.

Stephanie Marie Ehresman (CAS’07, COM’07) of Long Beach, N.Y., married Ralph Daniel Suarez IV on August 18, 2012, in Woodbury, N.Y. Cara Bolin (CAS’05) was a bridesmaid. Stephanie is a law clerk to E. Thomas Boyle, U.S. magistrate judge for the eastern district of New York. Ralph is the creative director for a health and wellness company in Farmingdale, N.Y.

Barbara Moreno (CAS’10) of Elmwood, Ill., has started a freelance blogging company for nonprofits that want a blog but don’t have the time to write or manage it. Learn more at, or email Barbara at