Fashion, adventure, IRONMAN, MTV, and Martha Stewart. See what’s happening in the lives of CGS alums, and submit your class note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Kemprecos (CGS’59, COM’61) of Dennis, Mass., has written an adventure book titled The Emerald Scepter, published by Suspense Publishing. It is his 15th book. He is the author of six books in the Aristotle “Soc” Socarides series about a Cape Cod-based private investigator, and he coauthored eight NUMA Files novels with best-selling author Clive Cussler. back to top
David Starr (CGS’63, CAS’65) and Phyllis Solomon Starr (CGS’63, SED’65) have been living in Rockport, Mass., for more than 23 years. They both worked for the Framingham, Mass., public school system where David was a school social worker and Phyllis was an elementary school teacher. They have 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren, and they report that they have been “loving life in retirement for the past 10 years living by the ocean.” Dave Dockstader (CGS’65) organized the Trauma Recovery Network, a group of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapists who render free treatment to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. The network helps people who still have intrusive memories; are triggered by memories and are trying to avoid reminders; have felt unsettled, agitated, hyper-aroused; or whose sleep has been disrupted since the bombings. For more information, call 774-292-0877 or email bostonareaTRN@emdrhap.org. Mary Garcelon (CGS’65, COM’67) is public relations representative, personal assistant, and booking agent for Eugene Pitt of the music group Eugene Pitt & The Jive Five. Richard Salinsky (CGS’65, COM’67) has been married 45 years and has two children, seven grandchildren, and a dog. Michael Crowley (CGS’66, CAS’71) had a poem published in the Summer 2013 edition of 24Pearl: The Magazine. Tim Miles (CGS’67) retired at the end of 2010 after 35 years of service in the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, during which he worked on trade promotion and policy with the US IT sector. He is currently an advisor to and a tutor with the Vine Corps, an organization that provides tutoring and mentoring to at-risk teens in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Diane E. Smith (CGS’68, CAS’70) says “Hello, all, to the CGS Class of 1968.” She is a marriage and family therapist “with a thriving private practice and loving my career.” She has been married since 1969 and has two children and three grandchildren. She writes, “I know a lot of you went to other colleges after CGS (although when we went, it was called College of Basic Studies). I would love to hear from anyone who wants to reconnect.” Email Diane at email@example.com. back to top
Stacey Wentworth Camire (CGS’71, SAR’74) is celebrating the marriage of her youngest son, and her three grandchildren. Her oldest owns a bar and restaurant in Durham, N.H., at the University of New Hampshire; her daughter is a virtual guidance counselor; and her youngest is in real estate. She will soon be retiring from her career as an occupational therapist. Fern Immerman (McGovern) (CGS’71, SED’73) has been practicing law since 1976. She married fellow CGS alum and attorney Joe McGovern (CGS’71, CAS’73) in 1976. Throughout the past 37 years they have lived in Boston, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, where they have lived since 1988. They have four grown children and “life is as busy as ever with no slowdown in sight!” They still have family in the Boston area and visit every year during the Head of the Charles Regatta. Margaret Elsa Loder (CGS’73, SED’75, SED’76) is a retired elementary school principal and her sister, Reed Elizabeth Loder (CGS’67, CAS’69, GRS’79), continues her professorship at Vermont Law School. Margaret calls her sister’s work in law ethics “truly noteworthy,” and writes that “I have always felt her accomplishments would make CGS proud. The College has really made a great influence in both of our lives. What a terrific program!” Gershon Blumstein (CGS’74, CAS’76) announces the birth of his fourth grandchild and writes that “the Blumstein tribe” now has four children and four grandchildren. He now has two children in college at the same time. “College tuition is higher now than when my sister and I went to college,” he notes, “but I am sure my parents felt the financial strain as much as I do. The big difference is my parents never complained about the financial burden.” He is still utilizing his Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Certification. He spends most of the week indoors and hikes and kayaks on the weekends. “I value my education at BU and the gifted professors I had at CGS,” he writes. “I am proud when I tell people I am a BU graduate.” Ginny Sandler Berg (CGS’76) has been working as a speech language pathologist in a Florida middle school for more than 15 years. She writes that she has “fond memories of the College of Basic Studies and the team approach to learning. I often think about our Capstone project creating a utopian society with fellow team members. This project allowed us to explore possibilities for the future, and I like to imagine that since 1976 some of our ideas have actually been implemented in order to create a more peaceful and creative society.” Frederick W. Grabau (CGS’78, Questrom’80) is vice president of global business development at Autosplice, Inc. He has been married for 32 years to his wife, Arlene, who teaches second grade in Temecula, Calif. Their oldest daughter, Sarah (age 25), graduated from San Diego State University with a double degree: a BS in Business Management and a BA in Interior Design. Their youngest daughter, Rachel (age 22), is a senior at Cal State Fullerton and will graduate in spring 2014 with a BS in Communications. Sean Gilmore (CGS’79) and his family live in Hong Kong. He writes that “all friends, classmates, and alums are invited to reach out to me, if visiting. We would enjoy hearing from any BU friends and connecting in Hong Kong.” Email Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org. back to top
Ian Donnis (CGS’83, COM’85) was recognized in May by the Washington Post political blog, The Fix, in its list of the best state-based political reporters. Ian covers politics for Rhode Island Public Radio. David Dorfman (CGS’86, CAS’88, LAW’91) recently ran IRONMAN Switzerland for First Descents, a cancer survivors’ adventure group. He is coaching a triathlon program at Princeton University this fall. back to top
Marissa Osbourne (CGS’94, COM’95) of Johns Creek, Ga., is senior product manager for Verizon Telematics, Inc., and has earned PMI-SP and CSPO accreditations. Marissa has a daughter, Saskia (age 12), and a baby on the way. Anika Bent-Albert (CGS’97, CAS’99), her husband, Todd Albert (CAS’99), and their two young daughters, Maeve and Freya, have relocated to Portland, Ore., where Anika is the assistant director for the Independent Police Review. Eugene Schneeberg (CGS’97, CAS’99) heads the US Department of Justice Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (CFBNP), which coordinates between the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (WHOFBNP) and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) efforts to outreach and partner with faith-based and other nonprofit organizations around the country. The CFBNP leads the DOJ’s efforts to develop new partnerships and provide relevant information to faith-based and community organizations and expand their participation in DOJ initiatives. Faye Liu (CGS’99, CAS’01) has started a new fashion brand with Tex Saverio, an up-and-coming fashion designer from Indonesia. They launched their first ready-to-wear collection in Paris in September 2013. back to top
Andrew Keith (CGS’00, CAS’03) and his wife, Marianne Puddister Keith (SED’08), of Newton, Mass., welcomed their first child, Evan William Keith, on May 21, 2013. Andrew will complete his doctorate in clinical psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in June 2014, and Marianne is a first grade teacher in the Wilmington public schools. Rachel Rosen (CGS’00, COM’02) welcomed her son, Ezra Jordan Goldstein, in January 2013. She lives in Washington, DC, where she works as a producer for CNN’s State of the Union. Kira Klapper (CGS’04, COM’06) is now one year into her work as a freelance reporter and substitute anchor for ABC7 News/KGO-TV in San Francisco, Calif. She got her first television news job as a behind-the-scenes production assistant at ABC7 following her graduation from BU. Her career then took her in front of the camera as a reporter, anchor, substitute weather forecaster, producer, photographer, and editor (you name it, she’s done it!) in Minnesota and at stations across California. More than six years later, she’s back where she always wanted to be and married to the man who stuck with her through it all. She will be back in Boston this fall and hopes to enjoy an “Accountant” sandwich at her beloved BU Pub. Katie Shesh (CGS’04, COM’06) directed, produced, and edited the short documentary Sensationism with several other BU alums, including mixed-media artist Taryn Alessandro (CFA’07) and Director of Photography Alex Sax (CGS’04, COM’06). Kristen Chalos (CGS’06, COM’08) joined the development team at MTV Networks in New York as a manager of talent and casting for new series. She notes that she embarks on this new venture with the education and experience granted by BU’s outstanding programs. Michelle Conti (CGS’06, CAS’08) graduated with a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University-Post Campus in May 2013. She began a postdoctoral fellowship at Westchester Institute for Human Development this fall. Matt Trevithick (CGS’06, CAS’08) is finishing his third year in Afghanistan, working as the director of communications for the American University of Afghanistan. Pamela Aquino (CGS’08, CAS’10) was married on December 12, 2012, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in her family’s home. She just started a new job in the legal department at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and writes, “Yes, I have the privilege of seeing Ms. Stewart on a daily basis. My office is right next to hers!” She has been in New York City since graduation, but she plans to relocate to Washington, DC, with her husband “if/when Hillary runs for president, to work on that historical campaign.” She still stays in touch with her CGS friends and recently got together with Yuberca Pena (CGS’08, CAS’10), Iris Picat (CGS’08, COM’10), and Marta Baranovska (CGS’08, COM’10) in DC. She also “had a nice reunion” with her London CGS summer program friend Mai Al Moataz (CGS’08, CAS’10, Questrom’10) in New York City. Ashley Grossman (CGS’08, COM’10) just received her master’s degree in early childhood general and special education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City, and is now a first grade teacher on the Upper West Side. “I’ve truly found my passion,” she says, “and I’m grateful to CGS professors who inspired me, particularly Meg Tyler.” Lindsay Stadtherr (CGS’09, SHA’11) lived and worked at a lodge in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo., from summer until October 2011. “It was the most amazing experience,” she writes. She has since moved to Arlington, Tex., and has been working for almost two years as a travel coordinator for a travel and marketing incentive firm. “Traveling and experiencing new and different places is my passion, and I hope to always fulfill it,” she says. back to top