Class Notes

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1940s

Lloyd C. Peterson (DGE’49, CAS’51, GRS’53) of Portland, Ore., reports that he stayed at BU after graduation as director of the IBM installation and University registrar. In 1966, he and classmate Kermit Morrissey (DGE’49, CAS’50) went to Pittsburgh, Pa., to start a community college system, Kermit as president and Lloyd as dean. In 1972, Lloyd was recruited to Portland, Ore., to be vice president of Reed College. Along the way, he married Christine Burtt (CAS’48), assistant dean of women at BU, who died in 2004. He is now retired.

1950s

Bob Fearn (DGE’50) writes, “Priscilla (DGE’50) and I are enjoying the summer at our dacha (Camus Fearna) in the North Carolina mountains, at Lake James. Not much news, but we are still raising flowers, boating, swimming (at least I am, about 1/2 mile every day or so), cutting down and up a few trees, bailing boats after rainstorms, pouring concrete steps on our steep lot, trimming mountain laurel so we can see the lake, and having family members and friends visit.”

Vivian (Scott) Frommer (DGE’53, COM’55) of Tarrytown, N.Y., retired in 2002 from her “dream career” in not-for-profit public relations. She is now enjoying folk dancing, her book club, hiking, birding, travel, and spending time with nearby family—three sons, two daughters-in-law, and two adorable grandsons.

Nathan (Natey) Freedman (DGE’55, COM’60) is currently painting in New York City after a long and varied career as a radio and TV news writer and reporter, a public relations director, and a small-business owner in Boston, Israel, and New York City.

Bernard Streeter (CGS’55, COM’57) reports that after 26 years as vice president for development at St. John’s Medical Center in Lowell, Mass., and 6 years as vice president for public affairs at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, N.H., he served for 8 years as the full-time mayor of Nashua, N.H., retiring in 2008. He currently is the director of special projects and business liaison at Nashua Community College. For 30 years he served as an elected executive councilor, representing southwestern New Hampshire. He now serves on a number of local nonprofit boards in Nashua and as campaign chair for a new Nashua YMCA. Classmates will find him at berniestreeter@aol.com.

Gail Kredenser Mack (DGE’56, COM’58) began her career as a city-side and education reporter for the Boston Herald Traveler. One of her favorite memories: a security guard would not allow her into Harvard Yard. She was there to cover graduation for the Traveler. She told the guard: “I’m NOT a woman—I’m a reporter!” and flashed her press card. He let her in. She was invited to cover high school activities and youth news by The New York Herald Tribune and worked there summers on the city staff as a reporter and editor until the paper folded in 1966. She met her former husband, the cartoonist, illustrator, and writer Stan Mack, there. When the Trib folded in 1966, she went to The New York Times as an editor in its then Book and Education Division. Since then she has worked both on staff and freelance as an editor and reporter for local weekly and daily newspapers in the New York City metropolitan area. She is the author of The ABC of Bumptious Beasts (Harlan Quist) and One Dancing Drum (S. G. Phillips), both illustrated by Stan Mack; Yesterday’s Snowman (Pantheon), illustrated by Erik Blegvad; and, most recently, The Stars and Horses (Marshall Cavendish Benchmark). Two other books from Cavendish, Kickboxing and Animal Rights, are scheduled for next year. Gail lives in Manhattan; her family includes two sons, two daughters-in-law, two grandchildren, and two kittens.

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1960s

This summer, Nick Curran (CGS’60, COM’62) of Santa Barbara, Calif., completed 35 years as an ordained permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Roman Catholic Church. He has also worked as a financial advisor since 1983 with what is now Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and is a vice president in the firm’s Santa Barbara office. Previously, he served as director of public relations of the National Basketball Association in New York City for 7.5 years, then vice president of public relations of the International Volleyball Association in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara for 3 years.

Tobe Carey (DGE’62; COM’64, ’70) is premiering his newest documentary film, The Catskill Mountain House and the World Around, on October 23 in Hunter, N.Y.

Lance Lee (DGE’62) recently published his fourth book of poetry, Seasons of Defiance. Initial reviews have been highly favorable. Here’s a sample from reviewer Pamela Stewart: “Lee blasts and sculpts the beauty of life . . . with all its lurches and turns [to] reveal the ‘inexpressible hunger we never fulfill.’”

Anita Burger Ekbladh (CGS’63, SED’65) reports that she and her husband, Lamar (CAS’64), are maintaining their ties to BU and Boston: “Our granddaughter, Julia Murphy, attended a photography summer session in 2008 and was a spokesperson on the BU website. She loved BU and Boston. Also, my son, David, took a teaching position in history at Tufts and published his first book, The Great American Mission. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and my other granddaughter, Lillis. Our grandson Sam has also enjoyed visits to Boston.”

John Macchi (CGS’63) is director of corporate training and development at TracFone Wireless in Miami. Not contemplating retirement, John is responsible for the development and delivery of all management development programs within the company’s TracFone University.

Jon Haywood (DGE’64, CAS’66) is owner and president of Greater Boston Home Inspections, headquartered in Newton, Mass. Being a home inspector, he writes, has allowed him to see some “very antique and amazing properties.” Jon recently celebrated his 50th class reunion at Wilbraham and Monson Academy.

Gerald M. Snyder (CGS’65, CAS’67) of Secaucus, N.J., practiced veterinary medicine in Florida for 30 years and now publishes Veterinary Productivity, a trade journal for veterinarians. He recently published his 300th management column in DVM Newsmagazine and delivered his 100th management seminar at a veterinary conference.

Bill Malone (CGS’66) offers sailing adventures aboard the Schooner Jolly II Rover, which he operates out of Key West, Fla. His years at CGS, he writes, were “a great start for me. It was the formal beginning of a search that would take me through nine more colleges and universities! Fourteen years later, with lots of travel, adventures, and work behind me, I graduated with a BS in psychology from Charter Oak College in Hartford, Conn. In 1985, I graduated from Yale University with a master’s degree in public health. I then spent the next 20 years running behavioral health hospitals and systems in Louisiana and Florida. In 1997, while working full-time as the CEO of Mental Health Services at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, I enrolled in a doctoral program at Tulane University (Executive Health Systems Management). The program was heavy with statistics and research and very light on management. I dropped out after two years!” Bill purchased his 80-foot topsail schooner in 2003 and left health care management to start his sailing company in 2004. “My first two years in Boston set the stage for the rest of my life,” he writes. “For that I am eternally grateful. I would recommend CGS to anyone who wants a well-rounded foundation to their education and their life!”

Bill Malone operates the Schooner <em>Jolly II Rover</em> out of Key West, FL. Malone stands aboard his schooner (right).

Bill Malone operates the Schooner Jolly II Rover out of Key West, Fla.

William Trainer (CGS’69, COM’71) recently celebrated his 62nd birthday and his 22nd year living in Portland, Ore., and saw the birth of his first granddaughter. Bill continues to practice public relations through his consultancy, The Public Relations Project, Inc. “It is gratifying to still be in touch with close CBS/CGS classmates, Peter Gelzinis (CGS’69, COM’71) and Tony Cardello (CGS’69, CAS’71),” he writes, “though we three have lost track of our other close friend, Jim Cronin. Here’s hoping Jim reads this and will get in touch.” Bill can be reached at bill@theprpinc.com.

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1970s

Guy Maynard (CGS’70) of Eugene, Ore., has published The Risk of Being Ridiculous (Hellgate Press), a historical novel based on real events in Boston and at BU in late 1969 and early 1970, exploring the worlds of radical politics, celebratory youth, free lunch at the Union, complicated young love—and the College of Basic Studies (as it was known in those days). For more information, visit TheRiskofBeingRidiculous.com.

David S. Pollack (CGS’74, CAS’76) lectured on courtroom technology at the summer meeting of the Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association in August. His son, Paul (COM’10), graduated from BU in May.

Neil Ferranti (CGS’76, CAS’79) is a managing director at J.P. Morgan Securities and advises both institutional and retail clients on investments in multiple asset classes. “I practiced law for nine years in both California and New York but made the shift into the investment field in 1994 when I joined Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette,” he writes. “I remain very good friends with two other classmates from CGS/CLA, Rob Cohen (CGS’76, CAS’79) and Tony Pennetti (CGS’76, CAS’78). I invite old friends to contact me at neil.ferranti@gmail.com or neil.ferranti@jpmorgan.com.”

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1980s

Stuart A. Trautenberg (CGS’83) is president and CEO of S.A. Traut Associates, a technical/executive search firm in Laguna Beach, Calif. He writes, “My firm was selected by video game industry icon David Perry to build/staff Gaikai. Gaikai is a viral startup with new cloud streaming technology that will revolutionize the video gaming industry. In a very competitive sea of competition, S.A. Traut was awarded the contract and has hired 31 new Gaikai employees thus far.”

Alvin M. Daniels (CGS’86, COM’88) created and produced a new stageplay and TV show brand, Preachers Kids: The Untold Stories. “The project looks at the church from the perspective of the preachers’ kids from across the country in a funny yet thought-provoking way,” he writes. For information on stageplay dates and television stations carrying the series, go to www.amenzone.org.

David C. Holland (CGS’86, CAS’89) has opened his own general law practice in New York City and has a specialty in the movement to legalize medical marijuana. He is general counsel to High Times magazine and legal director of Empire State NORML (the New York affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). He would like to hear from old classmates at david.holland@att.net.

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Author Anne Elizabeth Davidson recently published her first graphic novel, Pulse of Power.

Anne Elizabeth Davidson (CGS’87, SMG’89, COM’91) debuted her graphic novel, Pulse of Power, at the San Diego Comic Con in July. The novel introduces Anne Elizabeth’s new superhero, Tia Stanton, a Connecticut girl who gains extraordinary superpowers and then helps a warrior-king from another world save the universe from destruction. Watch the book trailer and learn more at www.pulseofpower.com

After having lived in Boston since graduation, Dan Bernstein (CGS’88, COM’90) moved to Sydney, Australia, in September 2009 to work as a training consultant for Blackbaud, a provider of software and consulting to charities, nonprofits, and educational institutions. “I am enjoying the culture and weather here and do not miss shoveling snow at all,” he writes. “However, I do miss being able to get Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and also T. Anthony’s pizza, as well as BU hockey games. I’m doing my best to learn Australian football, which has four goal posts and is played on an oval.” Dan has been in contact with members of the BU community in Sydney and participated in the Global Day of Service in April with the students in the BU Sydney Program. “The alumni group is always looking for more alumni to participate,” he says. “They would love for more people to ‘self-identify’ so the list can grow.”

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1990s

Peter Shankman (CGS’92, COM’94) recently sold the company he started in 2007, Help A Reporter Out, to Vocus, Inc., a publicly traded software company in Washington, D.C. Peter is still the CEO of HARO (read about the company in the Spring 2009 Collegian) and continues to enjoy a second and third career of spending most of his life on an airplane, teaching Fortune 100s the value of social media, as well as keynoting shows and conferences around the world. His second book, Customer Service: New Rules in the Social Media Era, will be published by Pearson/Que this fall. Peter is still actively involved with CGS and would love to reconnect with old friends. Find him at http://shankman.com or www.facebook.com/shankman.

Adam Troso (CGS’92, SMG’94) lives in Chappaqua, N.Y., with his wife, Jill, and children, Ava (5) and Tommy (4). He works at J.P. Morgan in the investment bank covering real estate investment trusts. He keeps in touch with fellow alumni Boyd Brown (CGS’92, CAS’94), Kenny Meyerson (CGS’92, SMG’94), Jonathan Beck (COM’94), and Chris Macera (CGS’92, SMG’94) and jokes that he was recently excommunicated from the BU rugby world due to a dispute over the best pasta plate at Ciro’s—“which, as we all know,” he writes, “is the fettuccini alfredo.”

Tony Lopez-Isa (CGS’94, COM’96) is the afternoon executive producer for WTTG-TV, the Fox-owned and -operated station in Washington, D.C. In June, Tony won his second Emmy Award, this one for his station’s coverage of the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Kate (Bailey) Gardner (CGS’95, UNI’97) and Josh Gardner (UNI’97) of West Hartford, Conn., celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in July 2010. In November 2009, they welcomed their second child, Elena Kathryn. Elena joined big brother Bennett (age 4). Kate would love to hear from former professors and friends. Contact her at katiegardner@comcast.net.

Evan Stein (CGS’95, COM’97) of Studio City, Calif., is owner of Experience Music Group, an independent music licensing and publishing company based in Los Angeles. Founded in 2003 with business partner Martin Weiner, Stein’s company has placed the music of scores of independent artists in countless commercials, television shows, and films. In 2009 the company diversified to include an artist management division. Evan and his wife, Tamara, have a toddler son, Ethan, and infant daughter, Stella. Get in touch with Evan via www.experiencemusicgroup.com or at Evan@ExperienceRecords.com.

Meghan Fay (CGS’97, COM’99) relocated to New York City after 14 years in Boston to accept a position as director of development for the Mind Brain Behavior Initiative at Columbia University. Contact her at megfay77@gmail.com.

Marissa Yaremich (CGS’97; COM’99, ’04) is currently a freelance writer and editor based in the Philadelphia area. She married David Miklus Jr. on November 10, 2009, in an intimate wedding ceremony on Jumby Bay, Antigua, West Indies. They celebrated a December 5 reception in their home state of Connecticut with family and friends, including Lisa James (CAS’99). When Marissa wrote in July, she was anxiously awaiting the birth of her first child, due August 18.

Lucas Caron (CGS’98, SMG’00) of South Portland, Maine, married Jennifer Roth on July 3, 2010, in Dover, N.H. Lucas currently works for U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe and owns a general consulting business. Jennifer is a graduate of Le Moyne College and New York University and is a cancer researcher at Maine Medical Research Institute. Contact Lucas at lcaron@maine.rr.com.

Britt Hoglund (CGS’98, CAS’00) loves living in Seattle, Wash. She is enjoying her new job at Clearwire as a real estate specialist and completed her first triathlon on August 15. She writes, “A special shout out to my peer advisor friends of ’97. Is anyone attending our 10-year reunion in October 2010?” She would love to connect with her fellow classmates and can be reached at sunbun96@aol.com.

Albert Ondis (CGS’99, CAS’01) and Barbra (Galdo) Ondis (SED’00) of Lincoln, R.I., celebrated the birth of their first child, Luciana Maria, on June 5, 2010. Albie can be reached at albie@astromed.com.

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2000s

Kavita Contractor Morris (CGS’00, SMG’02) and her husband, Jason, are happy to announce the birth of their first child, Elijah, born on January 7, 2010. They have also recently relocated from Hong Kong to Singapore and would love to hear from old friends at kavita_c@yahoo.com.

Sara (Katz) Koblentz (CGS’01, COM’03) has been working at the corporate office of The UPS Store for three years. She was married in October 2009.

Sarah Lemme (CGS’01, SMG’03) moved with her husband to Rochester, N.Y., last fall and started a job as a risk management administrator at a top construction firm. “We are now expecting the birth of our first child in late October and are very excited,” she writes. Sarah suggests that friends contact her on Facebook.

Bhavik Modi (CGS’02, SMG’04) recently launched a website, www.inkdatabase.com, that allows users to compare ink and toner prices for printers, copiers, and fax machines from hundreds of retailers to find the best price.

Gabriella Israel (CGS’04, COM’06) of Minneapolis is an interactive project coordinator for the marketing agency E Group, Inc., where she is responsible for the online interactions of the Red Cross Racing blood donor program. She also writes about tastefully designed, eco-friendly products on her blog, Green Design in Mind.

Sam Kendall (CGS’04, CAS’06) recently returned from a Peace Corps stint in Ukraine and left again in July for Tajikistan, where he is volunteering with Kiva, an online microfinance organization.

Kira Klapper (CGS’04, COM’06) of Chico, Calif., is the evening anchor for the CBS and NBC affiliates serving California’s North State region. She moved from the CBS and Fox affiliates on California’s Central Coast, where she worked as a morning reporter and substitute anchor and weather forecaster for the only four-hour morning show in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. The Los Angeles native began her on-air journalism career at the CBS affiliate in Mankato, Minn. She writes that she hopes to come back soon to visit BU, where she left her heart!

Raymond Nugent (CGS’04, SMG’06) of Drexel Hill, Pa., recently earned an MBA from St. Joseph’s University’s Haub School of Business. He was among a select group of MBA students who visited Cologne, Paris, Amsterdam, and Prague as part of SJU’s finance and accounting study abroad tour. He also completed internships with Ameriprise Financial, Neve Group-CPAs and Consultants, and ING Financial Partners. He now works for Robert Half International as a financial specialist in the Accountemps division. During his spare time, he’s enjoying outdoor activities, relaxing at the Jersey Shore, traveling, and reading. Contact him at ray24n@alum.bu.edu.

Ashley Patterson (CGS’04; COM’05, ’07) is press secretary to U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism. She recently began a part-time master’s program at National Defense University, studying international strategic security and counterterrorism.

Greg White (CGS’04, COM’06) is happy to report that Ugly Americans, the Comedy Central show he’s been writing on for the past year, has been picked up for a second season, to air in 2011. The second half of Season 1 airs in October of this year.

(Jessica) Brady Hahn (CGS’05, CAS’07) is the women’s program manager for the Los Angeles office of Step Up Women’s Network, a national nonprofit membership organization dedicated to connecting professional women and underserved teen girls. Contact her at brady@suwn.org.

Ivo Tankov (CGS’05, CAS’07) graduated with Pi Sigma Alpha honors in 2009 from Northeastern University’s master of public administration program. He then moved back to Poland to work as an associate in Ernst & Young’s tax advisory department. He recently took a job as a consultant with another Big Four firm, Deloitte.

Amarveer Brar (CGS’06, SMG’08) of Los Angeles recently started a medical staffing franchise business, Redwood Healthcare Staffing. He writes, “If anyone is interested in exploring a career in healthcare staffing, interested in franchise opportunities, or just wants to reconnect, I can be contacted at abrar@redwoodhcs.com.”

Kyla F. Griffith (CGS’06, CAS’08, COM’08) is one of 139 candidates selected for the prestigious White House Internship Program this fall, chosen from thousands of applicants. She will be working in the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates the domestic policy-making process and offers advice to the president.

After graduation, Betsy Hoback (CGS’06, UNI’08) moved to New Mexico to teach second grade on a Navajo reservation through Teach for America. She completed her two-year commitment in May and was then hired as the program director for Teach for America—Alabama. “It is TFA—Alabama’s charter year,” she writes, “and we will be placing 32 new corps members to teach in six counties across Alabama’s Black Belt region.”

In September, Vanessa Porter (CGS’06, CAS’08) completed 27 months of Peace Corps service working with students in rural Honduras. She plans to spend two months traveling in South America and then return to Boston in November.

Amanda S. Wybolt (CGS’06, COM’08) is volunteering with the Peace Corps in southern Senegal as a health worker. She writes, “I’ll be living the hut life until summer of 2011. Come visit!”

Isabella Hughes (CGS’07, CAS’09) and Harrison Rice (CGS’07, COM’09) were married on August 15 in Isabella’s hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii. “We first met in Professor Hammer’s biology class,” Harrison writes. “We have also both expatriated to the United Arab Emirates and started some pretty exciting new jobs!”

Christy Little (CGS’07, CAS’09) of Boston writes, “I am living and working at the Beacon Hill Friends House as the residency manager. I started living here while still at BU and love the diverse group of people I call ‘housies.’”

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A Terrier family: (from left) Dara, Orlee, Oren, and Pipi Sendowski are all CGS and BU alumni.

When Pipi Sendowski (CGS’08, CAS’10) graduated from BU last spring, she completed a family tradition, joining all of her siblings—Oren Sendowski (CGS’00, SMG’02), Orlee Sendowski (CGS’02, SHA’04, CAS’05), and Dara Sendowski (CGS’04, CAS’06)—as proud CGS and BU alumni. All four Sendowski siblings now live and work in New York.

Alan Yedid (CGS’08, SMG’10) recently completed a volunteer trip with WWOOF (World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) in Redwood Valley, Calif., and has begun work at Barclays Capital in New York City as a structured credit analyst. He invites classmates to contact him at alanyedid@gmail.com.
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