Class Notes – Spring 2012

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Photos by Charlie Agatep

Photos by Charlie Agatep

The Philippine Daily Inquirer published Charlie Agatep’s (’53) recollections of his time in Boston, studying at COM on a Fulbright fellowship and snapping shots around town with a new Rolleiflex Automat with 75mm f3.5 Carl Zeiss Planar lens.

Agatep is now president and CEO of leading Filipino PR agency Agatep Associates, and group chairman of Euro RSCG Philippines, a subsidiary of Euro RSCG Worldwide, the world’s fifth-largest communications agency network.

Read Agatep’s article

Robert Cabitt (’51) published a nonfiction book, The Case of the Telltale Toes: Marfan Syndrome—Sinister Genetic Disorder of Seven Look-Alike Celebrities, available as an e-book or in print. Cabitt founded and owned the Northeast Broadcasting School in Boston in 1953. It’s now known as the New England Institute of Art. He can be reached at

If I could step into Van Gogh’s painting of Café Terrace with its yellow lighting and lovers strolling on cobblestone streets, the buildings looming in the dark and the people sitting at the café’s tables with their coffees, I should select for my table, the one where the woman sits alone trying to see her future in the swirl of coffee and milk, in the grains of sugar slowly sinking into the brown murk. I would sit down without asking her permission, say hello in English with the hope she knew enough to answer and I would order the same drink she was having. I’d tell her of the beautiful sky, blue like the collar around a king’s cape and the stars like popped corn. I would tell her how nice it would be to stroll the cobblestone streets until we were too tired to continue and she could invite me upstairs to her third floor flat where, panting from exhaustion, I would fall asleep waiting for the kettle’s anxious call. In the Café Terrace the woman has no face, as so many other women I have known.

Zvi Sesling

Photo by Susan Dechter

“Café Terrace,” by Zvi Sesling (’66), appeared in the Saranac Review and is based on the Vincent van Gogh painting Café Terrace at Night. Sesling, a veteran of journalism, public relations, government, teaching and the navy, is an active poet. In the past couple of years, he has been asked to adjudicate the 2012 and 2013 Voices Israel Poetry Anthology and edit the 2012 Bagel Bards Anthology. He earned Honorable Mention in the 2011 Reuben Rose Poetry Competition.

Learn more about Zvi Sesling’s poetry

Gary Larrabee (’71) of Wenham, Mass., recently researched and authored his thirteenth and fourteenth institutional histories: The 50-Year History (1960–2010) of Nashawtuc Country Club and The Updated History (1910–2010) of Wellesley Country Club. He is currently working on his next three projects: The First Fifty Years of the Northeast Amateur Invitational Golf Championship (Wannamoisett Country Club, 1962–2011), The Centennial History of Kernwood Country Club (1914–2014) and History at Salem Country Club: Babe Zaharias’ Greatest Golfing Triumph—the 1954 U.S. Women’s Open. Classmates can reach Gary at

Noted golf writer James Y. Bartlett (’73), has written Mastering Golf’s Toughest Shots, released this spring from Sellers Publishing, Portland, Maine. Produced with the Professional Caddies Association, the book is a follow-up to Think Like a Caddie . . . Play Like a Pro, published by Sellers in 2010. A former editor at Golfweek, Bartlett wrote the column “The Golf Bag” for Forbes FYI magazine for 12 years and is the author of the Hacker series of golf murder mysteries, published by Yeoman House Books. He can be reached at

Photos courtesy of the Museum of African American History

Photo courtesy of the Museum of African American History

Carmen Fields (’73) chairs the board of the Museum of African American History, which recently completed a renovation of the African Meeting House in Beacon Hill. Originally the First African Baptist Church, the 1806 building is America’s oldest existing black church building built primarily by black artisans. William Lloyd Garrison founded the New England Anti-Slavery Society there in 1832, and Frederick Douglass gave an anti-slavery speech there in 1860.

A fixture in Boston news for years, Fields reported for the Globe and anchored broadcasts on WGBH-TV and WHDH-TV before working in communications for government, nonprofits and the energy industry.

Peggy Rosoff (’73) has started a small business, Peggy Photo Books. Customers send her their photos by email, disc, SD card or share site, and she edits and designs them into creative, gift-worthy photo books. Peggy can be reached at

In August, Gary Fishman (’76) of New York, N.Y., a partner at Anreder & Company, moderated a New York Hedge Fund Roundtable panel discussion on “Hedge Funds and the Business Media,” featuring Dominic Chu, Nathaniel Baker and Cristina Alesci of Bloomberg. The Roundtable is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting education and best practices in the hedge fund industry. Membership is composed of investors, investment managers and other industry professionals. Gary can be reached at

Chrystle Fiedler’s (’80) new fiction novel Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery about a naturopathic doctor who runs a health food store and dispenses natural cures was released in February by Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster. Death Drops is the first book in a series that will focus on Willow McQuade, ND, and the Nature’s Way Market and Cafe in picturesque Greenport on the East End of Long Island. The books combine a traditional cozy mystery with over two dozen natural cures ranging from yoga to meditation, from herbs to supplements. Chrystle has also written four nonfiction books that focus on natural cures: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Natural Remedies, The Country Almanac of Home Remedies, Beat Sugar Addiction Now!, and the Beat Sugar Addiction Now! Cookbook. She has also contributed to national magazines including Natural Health, Better Homes & Gardens, Remedy and Vegetarian Times on the topic of natural remedies. Chrystle lives in Greenport, N.Y. She can be reached at or through

Photo courtesy of the New England Historic Genealogical Society

Photo courtesy of the New England Historic Genealogical Society

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi met with Brenton Simons (CGS’86, COM’88, SED’94) (right) last year. Simons is president and CEO of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the nation’s premier genealogical resource, which found that DeGeneres is related to none other than George Washington. Simons has been bringing the Back Bay institution into the 21st century lately, working with television programs including Who Do You Think You Are? on NBC and Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on PBS. He also helped produce a documentary, A Farseeing Vision, that won a Silver Telly Award.

Diana Carmenates (CAS’89, COM’91) was named vice president, meetings and educational services, at the International Dairy Foods Association in Washington, D.C.

Tracy Marek (CAS’90, COM’92) added the chief marketing officer designation to her role as the senior vice president of marketing for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. She will continue to oversee marketing, game entertainment, arena and event marketing and merchandising for the Cavaliers; the Charge, the NBA Developmental League Team in Canton, Ohio; the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters; and Quicken Loans Arena. Tracy joined the Cavaliers in 2003 as the vice president of marketing and was promoted to senior vice president of marketing in 2006. Tracy can be reached at

J. Kevin Cook (’93) was promoted to vice president of sales at BrainSell Technologies. BrainSell is a re-seller of business software including CRM, ERP and accounting packages. In 2011 he accepted the SugarCRM MVP award on behalf of BrainSell. “My success in sales is a direct result of my education at BU,” says Cook. You may reach him on Facebook or LinkedIn as jkevincook, or by email at

Mike McDougall (’95) left his role as global vice president of corporate communications and public affairs at Bausch & Lomb to cofound McDougall Travers Collins. The firm focuses on senior-level reputation and communications counsel for businesses worldwide. He lives in the Rochester, N.Y., area with his wife and three children. Mike can be reached at

Barbara Moran (’96) won a 2011 Science in Society Journalism Award in the category Science Reporting for a Local or Regional Audience for her Boston Globe Magazine article, “Power Politics.” She was honored at a reception in October during the Science Writers 2011 meeting in Flagstaff, Ariz. Barbara is a graduate of COM’s science journalism program and this is the highest award science journalism has to offer.

Photo courtesy of Tama Ryder

Photo courtesy of Tama Ryder

Happy Festivus! Tama Ryder (’96) met Jerry Stiller at her book launch party. Ryder co-wrote Where’s the Watch?! and Other Tales: A Memoir from Seinfeld’s Uncle Leo with Len Lesser. In the past, Ryder has also produced an award-winning television documentary and worked for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Stephanie Elaine Fagan (’97) was honored at the YWCA of Central New Jersey’s 32nd Tribute to Women and Industry awards dinner.

David Pendery (’97) was awarded his PhD in English literature from National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, in June 2010. Pendery and Liou Shwu-tyng (’99) were married in 2003 in Taipei, where they make their home. Pendery can be reached at

Charles Freedman (’99) and his wife, Jamie, launched a new production company, Red Seat Media (visit, or @redseat on Twitter), and with it, their first children’s book, Welcome to Plow Town. The book is available for Kindle, Nook and iPad. It’s about a family of snowplows that help people around town during the winter. They have self-published the first story and are planning more books and games around these fun characters. The timing is perfect as their oldest of two boys is just starting to read. Contact Charles by email:

Diana Rodriguez Wallach (’00) published an essay entitled “Strangers On A Street,” in the anthology Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories, which was released in September through HarperTeen. In the anthology, today’s top authors for teens come together to share their stories about bullying—as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators. Dear Bully was featured in the New York Times Book Review and Glamour magazine. Diana can be reached at

Rachel (Gunsberg) Bhatia (CGS’99, COM’01) of Glen Rock, N.J., married Anil Bhatia on May 14, 2011, in Stockbridge, Mass. Alumni in attendance included Frank Gunsberg (SMG’67), Steve Davidoff (SMG’67), Marilyn (Goldstein) Davidoff (CAS’68), Stephen London (SMG’67), Sandee (Pearlman) London (CGS’68, SED’70), Phil Shapiro (SMG’67), Cathy (Ringler) Shapiro (CFA’69), Sara (Nisman) Sherman (CGS’98, SHA’00) and Alex Finkel (ENG’00). Rachel is an executive recruiter at ADP in New Jersey. Email her at

Allison (Rose) Moss (’01) married Dan Moss on a beautiful summer day in Napa Valley, Calif., on August 21, 2011. In attendance were several close friends and BU alumni: bridesmaid Breanne L. Heldman (’01), bridesmaid Laura Potucek (’01), Emily Murphy (’01, CAS’01), Cydney Goldberg (’01) and Ric Ochman (SMG’00).

Andrew Bardin Williams (’01, CAS’01) recently published his first novel, Learning to Haight, and held a book reading at the Beat Museum in San Francisco. The book, a coming-of-age story about a young newspaper reporter, is available for purchase on, and the Apple iBookstore. To learn more about the book, visit

Chris Conte

Photo courtesy of Chris Conte

Chris Conte (CGS’07, COM’09) was honored in the “Weather—Single Story/Series” Category by the Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Chapter for his compilation of stories titled “Eye of the Storm,” which covered a series of deadly tornadoes that ripped across Minnesota in the summer of 2010 and historic flooding that devastated parts of the state in the fall of the same year.

Jennifer Holt (’03) recently launched, a humor website that peeks inside the life and brain of the world’s coolest dork. Email Jennifer at

Meagan McCrystle (CGS’01, COM’03) and Patrick Soffera of Charlotte, N.C., were married on September 17, 2011, in Charlotte. The wedding party included Elizabeth Ulatowski (SMG’03), Brigitte Gavin (SMG’03), Terin King Schmidt (CAS’03), Michelle Limongello (’03), Nicole Loux (’04), Beth Canning Lupo (CAS’03) and Allison Berkowitz Sigmond (CAS’03). Meagan is a public relations specialist for Access Communications of San Francisco/NYC and Patrick works for Bank of America in Charlotte. Friends can email Meagan at

Cheryl Panlilio (’04) married Hunter Venable in October 2010 in San Francisco. They both now work in the television industry in Los Angeles, where Cheryl works for growing Disney–ABC Cable television network ABC Family. Fellow alumni can contact Cheryl at

Photo by Emily Bell

Photo by Emily Bell

Emily Bell (’11, CAS’11) spent three and a half months in Mali, staying with a host family while studying development with the School for International Training. She took this photo on a day when she was learning traditional Malian fabric dyeing techniques.

“The biggest impressions I took away were how kind and generous the people of Mali are, and how amazing the women are in Mali. They don’t have many freedoms, but they do still have power in this culture and within their families. What we think of as a feminist movement is not going to work in a country like Mali, and yet before colonization, women were treated more equally than they are now. They had a lot of respect in their roles as mother, cook, and, really, head of the house.”

After interning for GlobalGiving—an organization that approves grassroots development projects and gives donors regular updates on their progress—Bell is now an AmeriCorps member, working in Oakland, Calif., with the nonprofit Wardrobe for Opportunity, which empowers low-income job seekers with professional clothing and skills training.

Read Emily Bell’s article “The rice farmer vs. the multinational: Mali’s winding path toward food sovereignty.”

Stevie Lee Lundgren (’07) married Nathaniel Taylor in Duxbury, Mass., on September 17. The couple met while working at Boston University and were lucky to have several Terrier alumni, staff and faculty in attendance.

Karla Diaz Cano (’08) just launched a food and photography blog,, sharing recipes and styling and photographing food. She also contributes to three other blogs, including Honest Cooking, with her recipes and photos. She would love to invite BU alumni to check out her work. Karla can be reached at

To-wen Tseng (’08) published her first book, No Trivial Matter—the Stories Behind the News (Tzu Chi Journal, Taipei, 2011), which is based on her award-winning blog, featuring her life as a U.S.-based international correspondent for a Taiwanese TV network. The book, currently printed only in Chinese and only available in Taiwan, was published in May 2011 and had 88,000 copies sold by November 2011. Contact To-wen at

Jack Nicas (CGS’08, COM’11) was hired as a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, covering airlines and the Midwest out of the paper’s Chicago bureau.

Photos courtesy of Sarah Kamaras

Photo courtesy of Sarah Kamaras

Last summer, Sarah Kamaras (’11) and Emily DeScalo (’11) hit the road on the “Socks for America” tour, a project of apparel manufacturer No nonsense. Because socks are among the most needed, yet least donated, clothing items for homeless families, No nonsense partnered with Kids in Distressed Situations to donate one million pairs to those in need. As part of that effort, Kamaras and DeScalo traveled from New Jersey to Illinois, logging 2,042 miles, visiting eight cities and delivering socks to 14 social services agencies. They also made a documentary, Rebuilding Tomorrows.