Class Notes

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Michael Chiklis (CFA ’85) and Gary Fleder (’85) on the set of CBS’s new series Vegas. This isn’t the first time these two Hollywood heavies have worked alongside fellow Terriers in Tinsletown. Fleder made his directing debut with classmate and screenwriter Scott Rosenberg (’85) with the film Things To Do in Denver When You’re Dead, and then again in the New England-based TV series October Road, while Chiklis worked closely with FX programming exec Chuck Saftler (’85) on The Shield.

Larry Aasen (’49), a graduate of COM’s first-ever PR master’s degree class, writes that the degree helped him a great deal throughout his career in public relations and journalism. He has been the editor of three national magazines, Hunting and Fishing, The Journal of Accountancy and Fleet Owner. During his retirement, the North Dakota native has written three books on North Dakota history.

Wanda Rickerby (’51) recently launched a blog about the laughter and tears that come with aging. It will cover health care trends, anecdotes about seniors and more. The address is

Amnon Kabatchnik (’54) has written a book, Blood on the Stage, 1975–2000. Published by Scarecrow Press in September, the book provides an overview of 80 milestone plays of crime, mystery and detection, including works by David Mamet, Stephen Sondheim, Sam Shepard, Aaron Sorkin and Andrew Lloyd Webber.


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Arthur J. Singer (SMG’60, COM’61) co-authored Boston’s Downtown Movie Palaces (Arcadia, 2011) with Ron Goodman. The book boasts more than 200 vintage photographs and memories showcasing Boston’s classic theaters, such as the Metropolitan (lobby pictured at left), now the Wang Theatre. “It is today one of the largest of the original movie palaces in the country—next to Radio City Music Hall—that is still in existence,” Singer says.

President of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Singer is a career broadcaster, organizational consultant and author who spent 33 years in the public broadcasting industry. He is also a past recipient of the SMG Distinguished Alumni Award.

Christopher Barbieri (CGS’62, COM’64) has retired from the Lewis Broadcasting Corporation and from public affairs in the U.S. Army, after 26 years. He also recently ended his career at BellSouth/AT&T, retiring after 20 years and numerous accolades. He now devotes his energy to the Georgia Lions, Italian Men’s Society and various Savannah city commissions. He is working on his piano and golf, sprinkling in some good books. Christopher can be reached at

Charles ”Chip” Bishop (’67) has published The Lion and the Journalist: The Unlikely Friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and Joseph Bucklin Bishop to enthusiastic reviews. It’s available at local independent bookstores, Barnes & Noble and online at in hardcover and e-book versions. He can be reached at


The three COM alumni who dominated the nation’s network news in the 1970s and ’80s visited campus during Alumni Weekend in September. Ed Fouhy (’59) was the senior Washington producer of the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite during the Watergate years and later became CBS News vice president and news director. Bill Lord (’59), a former COM professor, was executive producer and vice president of Nightline with Ted Koppel and World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and then vice president of ABC News; Bill Wheatley (’70) was executive vice president of NBC Nightly News—making him Tom Brokaw’s boss. The three spoke at Presidential Campaign Politics: Then and Now, a panel moderated by Erica Hill (’98), co-host of the Today Show weekend edition.

Diana Heman Morrison (’72) writes about everything from pizza to ladybugs to the quality of political discourse in her year-old blog, The Magnifying Glass ( The writing is as clear and concise as a disciple of Timothy Cohane can make it. Diana can be reached at

Harry S. Pariser (’75), a San Fransisco resident, has published two interactive digital apps with Sutro Media for the iPhone/iPad and Android platforms. One, Explore St. John, covers the history, flora and fauna of, and other information pertaining to, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The second, Barbados Travel Companion, covers Barbados and is similarly comprehensive. They may be purchased at the iTunes and Android online stores. Harry can be reached at

Julie Harman (’79) has been working in TV since the infancy of the cable industry, mostly as a writer/producer and director. In 2009 she, along with two partners, formed Evident Entertainment and had the lucky experience of selling the first series they created. SOLD! joined History Channel’s lineup of “artifactual” programs (American Pickers, Pawn Stars, etc.) in April 2012, the first of what they hope are many seasons to come with the folks at Bryant Auction in Lake of the Ozarks. Julie can be reached at

Steven J. Maurano (’80) has been named assistant vice president and head of the Office of Public Affairs and Community Relations for Providence College.

Colleen Duffy (’83) has had an article published in the Albany Law Review, Volume 75, No. 2 of Albany Law School, titled “The Admissibility of Expert Opinion and the Bases of Expert Opinion in Sex Offender Civil Management Trials in New York.”

Julie A. Hennrikus (’84) has been appointed executive director of StageSource, an organization that promotes the advancement of theater arts in greater Boston.

Debra Lawless (’84), a freelance writer for Cape Cod magazines and newspapers, recently published her third nonfiction book, Provincetown: A History of Artists and Renegades in a Fishing Village. She is also writing a sequel to Provincetown, slated for publication next summer.

In June, Charlotte Garnell Scheide (CGS’83, COM’85) won an Emmy award for daytime drama art direction for The Bold and the Beautiful. Scheide has worked as a set decorator for 23 years, in that time earning two Emmy nominations for art direction on the Price Is Right and fourteen nominations for Bold. This is her first win.

Steve Becker (’85) has been with Newman Communications, a Watertown, Mass.–based publicity firm, since 1999, working primarily on the radio team. He’s well-connected with radio producers and hosts nationwide, setting up phone and in-studio interviews with authors of all genres—politics, health, business, novels, humor, sports and more! Contact Steve at and check out “And a shout-out to my fellow Ad-Lab teammates!” Steve adds. “Hope you’re all doing great.”

Scott Rosenberg (’85) has closed a deal with Disney for an action/comedy pitch after bids from several studios. The currently untitled project will be directed by John Jacobs of Smart Entertainment, and the plot is being kept under wraps for now. Other recent works by Rosenberg include Hauntrepeneur (sold to Paramount and starring Russell Brand) and a production rewrite for Pain and Gain, a Paramount movie currently shooting with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson.

Craig Sashihara (’85) has been appointed director of the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety’s Division of Civil Rights.


Photo courtesy of Sabrina Goodwin Monday

Sabrina Goodwin Monday (’85) recently earned her twelfth pink Cadillac as a top saleswoman for Mary Kay, Inc. Her cousin Carmen Fields (’73) reports that Monday is one of relatively few African Americans to hold the title of national director in the cosmetics sales organization. The mother of three lives in Tulsa, Okla., with her husband, Olympic gold medal wrestler Kenny Monday.

Marta Fernandez (’86) is the founder of CSR Consulting, SRL, the first consulting firm that specializes in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with Organizational Stakeholder (OS) status and certified by Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in the Caribbean, and at present, opening new markets in Spain. She can be reached at

Jen Perkins Singer (’89) writes and edits the blogs and The latter is a resource for parents with cancer, offering tips and advice for, and first-person stories by, cancer patients and survivors.

Reunited Book Cover

Reunited Book Cover

Hilary Weisman Graham (’92) has released a young adult novel, Reunited (Simon
& Schuster, 2012), about three former middle-school friends reconnecting, years after a falling-out, to travel together to a reunion concert by their old favorite band. Taking media convergence to the next level, Graham has created not only a cinematic trailer, but also a website for the fictional pop group central to the book’s story. The site,, includes band members’ blog posts from the road and even song files and a music video. Visit to learn more.

Elizabeth Fine (CAS’91, COM’93) is currently the supervising producer of VH1’s Mob Wives NY, Mob Wives Chicago and The Big Ang show, which premiered in July. She won Emmy awards in 2000 for Associate Producer, Best Live Event, Sydney Olympics and in 2002 for Feature Producer, Best Live Event, Salt Lake Olympics, and is mother to Alexander Fine, born December 2009.

Midge Raymond (’95) has published a new book titled Everyday Writing: Tips and Prompts to Fit Your Regularly Scheduled Life. This book provides dozens of tips for busy writers, including how to create your ideal writing space, how to develop habits that work for you, and how to keep your projects moving forward even when you’re short on time.

Charles “Chaz” Zelus (’00) was the executive producer of a feature length documentary, Let Fury Have the Hour, shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

Stacey Forman (CGS’99, COM’01) of Wilmington, Mass., and her husband, Lewis, announce the birth of their daughter Ella (Pamela Catherine Forman), on October 16, 2011.

Delilah (Rettagliata) Houser (CAS’99, COM’01) of Westchester, N.Y., married her best friend, Christian Houser, on November 17, 2011. The wedding was set on a beach in the jungles of Costa Rica with 30 of their closest friends and family present. Delilah is the marketing director at a credit union and Christian is an electrician. Email Delilah at

Sathya Yedavalli (’01) launched a Brooklyn-based fashion brand called Lakum, which presented its fall 2012 collection at Industry City’s Bush Terminal in March. Known to locals as Brooklyn Fashion Weekend, this debut runway presentation marked Lakum’s entry into the contemporary women’s wear market. Prior to launching Lakum, Sathya worked for various design houses including PHI, Réyes and Billy Reid in New York City. Sathya can be reached at

Michelle Howe (’02) and her husband, George, welcomed baby girl Lily Rue on November 21, 2011, at 7:07 a.m. The family is living happily in Rockland County, N.Y., where Michelle and George grew up.

Marika Kelderman (’02) was recently named director of 360 Marketing and Partnerships at the Travel Channel in Washington, D.C. She has been with the network for 2 years.

Haley G. Price (’04) is engaged to Nathaniel B. Stricker (’05, CAS’05). Haley holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and works in sports marketing and events in Los Angeles. Nathaniel holds bachelor’s degrees in film and psychology and works as a group media director at Initiative in Los Angeles.

Melanie Ryan (’04) and Santiago Gonzalez (’04) were married September 17, 2011, in Maine. Their wedding party included Allison Keiley, Elisabeth Berry, Jake Provencher, Betty Tsang, John Longino and Dean Plionis (all ’04). Other BU alums in attendance were Michael Walsh (’05), Bridget Carberry (’04), Joseph Sosnoff (CAS’04), Jason Trevino (’04), Brett Sutton (CAS’05, SMG’05), Daniel Sills (’03), and Rebecca (CAS’05) and Michael Osorio (’04, CAS’04). Melanie and Santiago live in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Kenton Wong (’05) married Sally Yeh Wong on October 1, 2011, in Los Angeles. A stats & info specialist with ESPN since 2008, Kenton is the lead researcher on the 1 ET/10 PT edition of SportsCenter. He recently wrote an article on Jeremy Lin and Michael Chang for and has a weekly Angels blog on You can find Kenton on LinkedIn or on Twitter at @kentonwong or reach him by email at

Igal Svet (CAS’04, COM’06) has been appointed vice president of development at 2C Media, where he will be instrumental not only in spearheading the production company’s unscripted development slate, but also in pitching and selling the projects. Most recently, Igal served as producer on a range of major cable network series, including truTV’s Full Throttle Saloon, the History Channel’s Top Gear and Lifetime’s Love Handles.

J. D. Beebe (’07), an advertising copywriter, created, a website where advertising professionals seeking work can connect with recruiters and agencies that are hiring.

Jonathan Thompson (CGS’05, COM’07) was recently promoted to manager of media relations at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Jonathan is an active member of the BU DC Alumni Club and welcomes past, present and future alums to contact him at

Matthew Goisman (’12) became a full-time sports reporter for the McAlester News-Capital in McAlester, Okla., in June.

Samantha Melendez (CGS’10, COM’12) has joined Boston-based 451 Marketing’s public relations team. Samantha brings marketing, public relations and event planning experience to her role as account coordinator. At 451 Marketing, Samantha will focus on developing and executing integrated public relations campaigns for consumer clients, including Hood Ice Cream, Entertainment Cruises, The Yankee Candle Company and Netwatch. Samantha can be reached at


obit_maynardDavid Maynard (’85), a COM lecturer who taught broadcast radio from 1977 to 1994, was best known across New England as a longtime host on WBZ-AM radio. Maynard died in February at age 82.

The creator of WBZ’s Phantom Gourmet cooking series, Maynard hosted Maynard in the Morning on WBZ-AM from 1980 to 1991, and Community Auditions on WBZ-TV from 1965 to 1986. Active in charity work, he founded a telethon to raise funds for Children’s Hospital Boston. Maynard was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009.

obit_morrissey_peterPeter Morrissey (’87), a COM associate professor of public relations, died of cancer in August at age 59. The crisis communicator for Johnson & Johnson during the infamous 1982 Tylenol murders, Morrissey amassed professional accomplishments, but it was the intellect and personality behind them that most impressed friends and family. Facing an impending death that medicine couldn’t avert, he fought back with the only weapons left to him: humor and a gratitude for the accumulated blessings of almost six decades. Even after receiving his diagnosis last year, Morrissey told his wife, Carey, “How lucky we have been.”

A colleague remembered that Morrissey suggested three criteria before speaking: “Is it necessary I say it? Is what I say the truth? And lastly, is what I’m about to say kind?” In his life’s finale, the teacher found a teachable moment, his last lesson a luminous, outside-the-class moral he’d urged on corporate clients: meet catastrophe with honesty, and grace.
–Rich Barlow

To read the full obituary, and to share your memories of Peter Morrissey, visit BU Today.

2 Comments on Class Notes

  • lex Poulos (’97) of Chestnut Hill, Mass., is writing a monthly business column for MetroWest Daily News, a chain of suburban newspapers around Boston. His recent topics include stress in small business, special occasion shopping, and staging a sales meeting. Poulos is president of LaunchPad Media, an interactive media firm. He’s written op-eds for The Boston Globe, The Boston Egotist (a blog for the advertising community) and for his company blog, Alex can be reached at

  • My first academic journal publication is Philadelphia’s Water Supply: How Human Capital and Collaboration Can Overcome Significant Man-Made Challenges found at

    Monty Harris, ’76, CPCU
    MSOD Candidate
    University of Pennsylvania

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