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Shirley Shapiro (CFA’48) of Concord, Mass., was inducted into Mu Phi Epsilon almost 70 years after being invited to join the music society while at BU. At the time, she rejected the offer when she learned that African Americans were barred from joining the chapter. Shirley’s nephew, Marc, arranged the induction when he learned about what had happened all those years ago, and at a ceremony held at her home on November 2, 2017, Shirley received an official membership badge to the music fraternity.


Alvin Eden (MED’52) of New York, N.Y., published an article on in October 2017, about his relationship with the sport at age 91 and coming to terms with playing tennis for fun, rather than to win. Alvin also continues to practice pediatrics full time.


Jack Roseman (CFA’54) of Pittsburgh, Pa., coauthored with Evan Pattak Jump! How I Rose from Poverty and Anti-Semitism to Become a Tech Sector Pioneer and a Mensch (CreateSpace, 2017).


Liz Gribin (PAL’56, CFA’56) of Needham Heights, Mass., announces the publication of the book Liz Gribin: Paintings 1970–2017. She writes, “This comprehensive volume presents most of my paintings from almost half a century of creative endeavor.”


Bill Brennan (CAS’59) of Annandale, Va., published his seventh novel, The Choice Not Made (CreateSpace, 2017), an alternate history about the last weeks of the Civil War as attention focuses on reconstruction. “Abraham Lincoln faces an existential crisis as he addresses the problems with his plan for reconstruction versus the one proposed by radicals in Congress,” Bill writes. “As he weighs options, a cabal plots his assassination.”


Susan Surman (CFA’60) of Winston-Salem, N.C., published The Would-Be Virgin (Prospective Press, 2017), a collection of seven short stories.


Ranko Iwamoto (COM’63) of Bronx, N.Y., sends a reflection on her time at BU. “I was originally scheduled to graduate in 1962, but ended up extending my graduation by one year, willingly. David Manning White, head of the journalism department, suggested that I write a creative thesis for my master’s degree. He defined the creative thesis as ‘writing a novel.’ Thus, I wrote English and I, which took me eight months to write and was over 700 typed pages.” Ranko presented her manuscript to her second reader in the journalism department, Robert Baram, who called her several days later and said, “‘I enjoyed reading it. It has everything but sex.’ Instantly, he and I became friends. After graduation, I landed a job (coordinator of US-Japan relationships) and had the pleasure of recommending Professor Baram to work with me. Later, when I published Purity and Power: The Spirit of a Female Samurai (Xlibris, 2006), about the experiences of my foreign student days in America, I mentioned one of Professor Baram’s poems, from his book The Shiny Penny (Braden Press, 1968). I am so glad that I came to Boston to attend BU, and met wonderful professors.” Contact Ranko at

Ronald Wells (CAS’63, GRS’64,’67) of Maryville, Tenn., happily retired in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and published his 16th book, California Dreaming: Society and Culture in the Golden State (Pickwick Publications, 2017). Contact him at


Ed J. Boudreau (ENG’66,’80) of Winchester, Mass., was named chair of the Columbia Funds Board. Ed has been a longtime presence in the Boston mutual fund community, having spent 32 years at John Hancock Investments before retiring as CEO. He has been on the Columbia Funds Board since 2005. The Columbia Funds are mutual funds managed by Boston-based asset manager Columbia Threadneedle Investments.

Don Eyles (CAS’66) of Boston, Mass., published Sunburst and Luminary: An Apollo Memoir (Fort Point Press, 2018). “It is the story of the years immediately following my graduation from the College of Liberal Arts, when I worked at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory on the guidance system for the Apollo spacecraft that flew to the moon,” he writes. “I created software for the onboard guidance computer of the Lunar Module, and worked directly with the astronauts who would use the software. The book combines plain-English technical explanations with descriptions of important places, people, and events against a backdrop of the turbulent 1960s and early 1970s. During Apollo 14, I devised a solution to a problem that could have prevented Alan Shepard’s landing on the moon. For that, I was written up in Rolling Stone (March 18, 1971), and I believe there was also a small piece about it in Bostonia.” Learn more about Don’s book at

Lauren Beaudet Robertson (SON’66, Wheelock’69) of Waterford, Conn., writes that she homeschooled two sons. She is co-owner of Tours-of-Scotland, a travel company, and of Caledonia Fine Arts Co., maker of handcrafted Scottish accessories and jewelry. She is very involved in the Scottish community and travels around the United States setting up displays of Scottish goods at Scottish festivals.

Carole Schweid (CFA’66) of Westport, Conn., wrote Staged Reading Magic: A Play Producer’s Quick Guide for Turning a Free Staged Reading into a Hot Theater Ticket (Smith & Kraus, 2017). “I’ve directed over 100 staged readings at our popular lunchtime play-reading series, Play With Your Food, adding that to my experiences as a Broadway performer (original cast of A Chorus Line). I’ve written an informative, entertaining book of how to turn a simple reading into a memorable theatrical experience.” Email Carole at


Ellen Hirsch de Haan (CAS’68) of Belleair, Fla., an attorney at Wetherington Hamilton, received the Don Buck Lifetime Contribution Award on February 2, 2018, at the College of Community Association Lawyers 2018 Law Conference in Palm Springs, Calif. The award recognizes attorneys who exhibit exceptional leadership in the field of community association law. Ellen is the first woman to win the award since it was created in 2008.


Dori Newman (CAS’69) of Moody, Maine, wrote Once Upon A Time Off Broadway (Dreamer House Publishing, 2017).


Fred Bemak (CAS’70) of Fairfax Station, Va., is a professor in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University and director of the university’s Diversity Research and Action Consortium. He published a book he cowrote with Robert K. Conyne, Journeys to Professional Excellence: Stories of Courage, Innovation, and Risk-Taking in the Lives of Noted Psychologists and Counselors (Sage Publications, 2017).

Joe Roth (COM’70) of Los Angeles, Calif., was reelected to the board of trustees of the international humanitarian organization Save the Children. He previously served on the board from 2007 to 2008. Joe has had an esteemed career in the entertainment industry, having served as chair of 20th Century Fox and studio chair of Walt Disney Studios. In 2000, he founded Revolution Studios. A lifelong soccer fan, he is owner of the Major League Soccer team Seattle Sounders FC.

Jeremy Soldevilla (DGE’68, CAS’70) of Dorchester, Mass., wrote Second Chances (Christopher Matthews Publishing, 2018), a novel about an inner-city teen who enlists in the army.


Henry Ian Pass (CAS’72) of Gladwyne, Pa., a transactional and commercial litigation attorney, was recently interviewed on WWDB-AM’s Lifestyles radio program, during which he discussed the evolution and success of his boutique practice. Henry, who is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, is a director of the Private Investors Forum and the Entrepreneurs Forum of Greater Philadelphia. He is also the founder and managing director of Patriot Venture Capital Group. Email Henry at, or visit


Rhonda J. Miller (COM’73) of Bowling Green, Ky., is a reporter and producer at WKU Public Radio, based at Western Kentucky University. She earned a master’s degree in media studies at Rhode Island College in 2013, and teaches online courses in writing and podcasting for the Creative Nonfiction Foundation in Pittsburgh. Now, more than ever, she finds it essential to remind people that “media” is not the same as “journalism” and that journalism is a foundation of democracy. She writes that she “has three grown daughters who live in three wonderful US cities, and fortunately one of them is Boston and that means frequent trips to her favorite city.” To immerse herself in Kentucky culture, she’s enjoying group guitar lessons at the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Learn more about Rhonda at her website,, or contact her at


Lew Freedman (COM’74) of Columbus, Ind., cowrote Seventy Summits: A Life in the Mountains (Blue River Press, 2017) with noted mountain climber Vern Tejas.

Alan Hayman (Questrom’74) of Potomac, Md., writes, “Old grad, new tricks. It has been a long but interesting road from Myles Standish Hall in Kenmore Square in 1970, graduating with honors from the former College of Business Administration in 1974, and building a family technology (point of sale) business. What followed then was an acquisition by a public company called MICROS Systems (now owned by Oracle), where I had the opportunity to lead the restaurant sales and strategies group as executive vice president. During this time, I married another successful BU grad, Joan Alderman (CAS’74). An entrepreneur, Joan was a sweater designer who built a retail/wholesale business, including one of the early e-commerce retail websites. We now have two grown daughters and four granddaughters. A year before leaving MICROS, I became a board member of the BU School of Hospitality Administration and engineered a large donation of hospitality technology to help prepare BU students for their careers in industry while I started my consulting practice, which is still very active. Still having an itch to start a new business from scratch, I formed a partnership with my lifelong colleague who was the chief technology officer of MICROS. We thought we would start a smartphone app business and compete in a world of twenty-somethings. XCO Digital is now a successful boutique app company and just launched several projects for a 900-store chain called Hair Cuttery. From clients like Carnegie Hall to the Miami Heat and Smithsonian’s National Zoo, XCO has been a really fascinating journey. My time at BU was some of the best years of my life, and I am lucky to have a close-knit group of BU alumni who remember most but not all of the things that went on in the 70s in Kenmore Square. Most of all, I learned that adventures can be exhilarating—especially the new ones. BU opened my eyes to possibilities, and I think there are a few more tricks up my sleeve. Maybe some might consider me an old dog, but I don’t feel like one.”


Alan Matarasso (CAS’75) of New York, N.Y., practices plastic surgery in New York City, and is the president-elect of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. He was a professor of plastic surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and is a professor of surgery at Hofstra University School of Medicine/Northwell Health System.


Glenn Dyer (COM’76) of Park City, Utah, published his debut novel, The Torch Betrayal (TMR Press, 2018). The book has received several positive reviews, including from Foreword Reviews and BlueInk Reviews. Kirkus Reviews wrote, “Dyer writes in a confident, gripping prose that adeptly summons the formality and intrigue of World War II intelligence. A well-crafted espionage tale set during World War II.” Visit, or email Glenn at


William Emrich (SSW’77) of Oldsmar, Fla., published his second book, Have Racquet, Will Travel (Haleys, 2017). “It describes a particularly interesting yet turbulent period of my young life that had a tennis racquet woven through its many years,” he writes. “It includes my 14 months of US Army (101st Airborne Division) service in South Vietnam as well as an approximately two-year period later in the 1980s in which I lived and worked in Caracas, Venezuela, with my wife and her parents.” His first book was Wild Maine Adventure (Haleys, 2016). Visit Email William at

Jill Kramer (COM’77) of Encinitas, Calif., is a literary agent with Waterside Productions in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif., just north of San Diego. She represents authors in all fiction and nonfiction genres except children’s and middle grade. She is also a freelance editor, writer, and proofreader. Previously, she was the editorial director of a major publishing company for 18 years. Email Jill at


Kathleen Galvin (CAS’78) of Charlottesville, Va., received the Award for Distinguished Achievement from the American Institute of Architects Virginia. Kathleen, the principal of Galvin Architects, is in her second term on the Charlottesville City Council where she has often acted as a citizen architect, championing urban design and infrastructure-improving projects, multimodal street standards, sustainable building design, and transformative community revitalization. She initiated the city’s Strategic Investment Area, which is being implemented. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the University of Virginia’s department of planning. In private practice, she is known for smart-growth management, equitable redevelopment, and creative place-making. Her urban design projects have benefited Charlottesville and many nearby areas. Email her at

Terry Reilly (COM’78) of Indianapolis, Ind., recently stepped down as executive director of the Miracle Ride Foundation, Inc., one of the largest and longest-running motorcycle charities in the United States. “I’m proud that our little organization has made a real difference in the lives of sick and injured kids throughout the Midwest by donating $6.2 million to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis,” he writes. “Thousands of motorcyclists use the annual Miracle Ride to support pediatric disease research, child life services, and newborn care at Riley.” He’s joined IndyWest Harley-Davidson as its general sales and marketing manager. “I planned to keep riding since the day I first parked my Honda 750 at Rich Hall in 1976.”


Jay Koenigsberg (CGS’79, CAS’81) of Miami, Fla., joined Carlton Fields’ real estate law group. Previously, he worked at Isicoff, Ragatz & Koenigsberg.


David Feigelman (Questrom’82) of Boca Raton, Fla., is a wealth management advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. He was recognized on the 2018 Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list. He joined Merrill Lynch in 1998 and specializes in retirement planning and analysis for individuals. David is also managing director at Feigelman, Goldfarb & Associates.

Roberta Beach Jacobson (Wheelock’82,’86) of Indianola, Ind., writes that after four decades of living in Germany and Greece, primarily working as a freelance writer, she repatriated to the United States in 2012. At age 65, she began a career as a human services counselor in community mental health. Contact her at

Greg Tutunjian (MET’82) of Newton, Mass., delivers Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) workshops pro bono for veterans transitioning into software development through Northeastern University’s Dolce Center for the Advancement of Veterans and Servicemembers, as well as lessons for veterans participating in a code boot camp through Code Platoon. “Expertise and certification in SAFe will enhance a veteran’s hiring prospects and career opportunities,” Greg writes.


Judy Beal (SON’83) of Boston, Mass., professor and dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Simmons College, is chair-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). She will serve as board chair from 2020 until 2022. The AACN is the national voice for academic nursing, representing 810 schools of nursing nationwide.

Jennifer Poteet (CGS’83) of Montclair, N.J., published her first book of poetry, Sleepwalking Home (Dancing Girl Press, 2017). Contact her at

Barbara Zadina (COM’83) of Washington, D.C., writes, “After years overseas as a policy communications consultant, I came back to D.C. and produced the eight-hour television series Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music. It is the last project of legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin. Since premiering in the US on PBS, Soundbreaking has been nominated for six major awards, including an Emmy and a 2018 Grammy for Best Music Film. If you love music, you will want to see this series, available on Hulu or iTunes. We interviewed more than 250 artists and partnered with the Grammy Museum and Steven Van Zandt’s Teach Rock Foundation to create an extensive educational initiative—access the free teaching modules at What a ride!”


Sandra Dorsainvil (CAS’84, Sargent’85) of King of Prussia, Pa., is director of short-term mission at International Ministries with the American Baptist Churches, USA. In her position, which she assumed in April 2017, she helps facilitate volunteer opportunities around the globe. Email her at

Thien-Si Le (ENG’84, MET’98) of Attleboro, Mass., decided to go back to school in 2013, and in December 2017, earned a doctorate in computer science, with a concentration in big data analytics, from Colorado Technical University. “I am also a Kukkiwon-certified martial arts instructor (with a second-degree black belt) after six years of training and practicing in the disciplines of tae kwon do, hapkido, and kung fu at Mu Han Total Martial Arts,” he adds. “Hope to hear from some classmates from the College of Engineering and Metropolitan College.” Email Thien-Si at


Thomas Herlehy (GRS’85) of Alexandria, Va., was honored as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by his high school, McQuaid Jesuit High School, in Rochester, N.Y., on September 16, 2017. Tom was recognized for “his leadership in international agricultural development, transforming the lives of thousands of farmers and small business owners in nearly every corner of the globe.” Tom continues to work on the problem of global hunger as an independent consultant out of his home. Email him at

Craig Prusher (CAS’85, LAW’88) of Miami, Fla., executive vice president and chief legal officer for Church’s Chicken, was elected chair of the board of directors for the National Council of Chain Restaurants.


Melissa Leffler (CAS’86) of Concord, Mass., is vice president of engineering at Mautic, a Series A open-source marketing automation start-up in the Boston area.


James M. Collins (CGS’85, CAS’87) of Alexandria, Va., died on October 21, 2014. After graduating from BU, he earned a JD from George Mason Law School and practiced law in Alexandria. His parents, Jim and Bette Collins, recently published Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary (Vertel Publishing, 2017), about the historic stained and painted glasses of Calvary Episcopal Church in Stonington, Conn. They have dedicated the book to James’ memory.

Eric Fingerhut (COM’87) of Washington, D.C., was appointed office managing member of the national law firm Dykema’s Washington office. Eric is a member of the firm’s intellectual property practice group and immediate past leader of the trademark practice. He has more than 25 years of experience counseling clients on all aspects of global brand identity and reputation management, and he advises many of the world’s best-known brand names in the automotive, retail, food, hospitality, and technology industries on trademark, copyright, right of publicity, advertising, marketing, domain name, and new media legal issues. He also litigates infringement, dilution, cybersquatting, and unfair competition cases in US district and appellate courts, as well as domain name arbitration proceedings and oppositions and cancellations before the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Michael Jacobson (Questrom’87) of Mansfield, Mass., has written two books, Mock & Roll (CreateSpace, 2017) and Twilight Time (CreateSpace, 2017). Email Michael at

Hiroko Koide (COM’87) of Tokyo, Japan, writes, “I was appointed senior vice president, global brand and advertising development, at Newell Brands of Hoboken, N.J. I’m in charge of the baby care, technical apparel, and brand-positioning work across the entire brand portfolio of Newell. I’m also serving as external board director for two Japanese companies: Kirin and Mitsubishi Electric. I have a busy life commuting between Tokyo and New York, but I somehow squeeze in time for my music activities—playing viola in an orchestra, playing piano, taking vocal lessons, singing in a choir, and karaoke.” Email Hiroko at

RoseAnn Lovely (Questrom’87) of Exeter, N.H., received an award for inspirational leadership from the New England Center for Children (NECC), which focuses on education for children with autism. RoseAnn worked with NECC for 32 years in many different roles, among them as director of operations, chief financial officer, chief development officer, executive advisor, and member of the board of directors. Under her leadership and two capital campaigns, NECC raised more than $20 million.


Adam Michaelson (COM’88) of Santa Monica, Calif., has been elected chair of the board of Bob Hope USO. He writes, “Based in Southern California and one of the largest USOs in the nation, the Bob Hope USO proudly serves, entertains, and comforts our troops and their families from around the world.” He is also approaching his fifth anniversary as chief marketing officer of Farmers & Merchants Bank. Email Adam at

Alexander Newman (Questrom’88) of Needham, Mass., has published three nonfiction books on building systems and design through McGraw-Hill. Recently, he started writing historical fiction. His first is Esau: The Bible’s Mightiest Villain (Joshua Tree, 2018).


Santo J. Aurelio (Wheelock’89) of Arlington, Mass., writes that he is enjoying lecturing on English and allied subjects to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute groups and court-reporting associations in more than two dozen states. He gives PowerPoint presentations in webinars on diverse subjects, such as medical and legal terminology.

Anne Elizabeth Davidson (CGS’87, Questrom’89, COM’91) of Julian, Calif., a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, was awarded the 2017 RWA Service Award from Romance Writers of America. The last book of her West Coast Navy SEAL romance series (published under Anne Elizabeth) was released in December 2017.


John Patrick Acevedo (COM’90) of Columbia, Md., published his eighth poetry book, Godzilla and Human Radiation: Global Poems (2012–2017) (Synergy Press, 2018). John writes that he is “an ascetic romantic of gnostic poetry.” He has marketed and sold his books through his website,, since 2015. His latest publication collects 114 poems published by Synergy Press from 2012 to 2017. He was also a top district and store sales performer with Best Buy for 20 years.

Judith Boss (GRS’90) of Exeter, R.I., writes that her book Deception Island (The Wild Rose Press, 2015), a novel set in Antarctica, won fifth place in the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America International Digital Awards 2017, in the category of best suspense novels. Her latest mystery, Fall From Grace (The Wild Rose Press, 2018), is set in southern Rhode Island. Visit

Carmela Masi (COM’90) of Quincy, Mass., is vice president and senior counsel for Entercom Communication Corp., one of the country’s two largest radio broadcasters. “Entercom offers integrated marketing solutions and delivers the power of local connection on a national scale with coverage of close to 90 percent of persons 12 and up in the top 50 markets,” she writes.


Esther Galiana (LAW’92) of Madrid, Spain, has been appointed a member of the executive committee of the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT) board of directors. She is also cochair of the Europe Council of BAFT, representing the voice of European financial institutions. BAFT is an international transaction banking association that provides advocacy and a global forum for its members on international trade finance, payments, innovation, regulation, and compliance.


Wilfred Labiosa (CGS’91, CAS’93) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, writes, “Hurricane Maria affected the island of Puerto Rico as a category 5, and since then I have cofounded Waves Ahead Corp and have become its executive director. This not-for-profit organization has been reaching marginalized communities, providing aide to more than 358 individuals and 63 families, mostly elders living alone or from the LGBT community.” Visit the Facebook page at


Dawn Lombardi (CFA’94) of Farmington, Conn., is a painter and an art educator. She has worked as a public school teacher and now teaches classes at senior centers. She also hosts a local television show that combines painting lessons and visits from local Connecticut celebrities. Visit

Mike Nuell (CGS’90, CAS’94) of Potomac, Md., writes that he graduated with a degree in classical studies and went on to a successful tech career with a small Boston start-up that eventually became part of Veritas Software. In 2002, he left the corporate world to “walk the earth,” traveling around the United States, playing music, writing, and making art. In 2005, Mike set out to create a multiplayer game based on Sudoku, finally cracking the mechanics in 2013. After several years of testing, Mike launched a start-up, MClass Games, to produce electronic versions of the game for players worldwide. The game has STEM application for ages 10 and up, and extends and bridges the fields of game theory and combinatorial game theory by providing a new, compact model, suitable for mathematical analysis. Mike is pursuing a basic game patent for the method known as Multiplayer Partisan Sudoku, which produces an infinite set of games. Learn more at, and email Mike at

Cynthia Emiry Roy (MET’94) of Danbury, Conn., is the CEO and president of Regional Hospice and Palliative Care. She received the gold Stevie Award in the Female Executive of the Year category at the 14th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Cynthia has been a recognized expert in end-of-life care and palliative care for the last 20 years. She became CEO in 2007 and has since grown Regional Hospice and Palliative Care to a $16 million corporation. In 2010, Cynthia began lobbying state and federal representatives about reinventing Connecticut’s antiquated hospice care for inpatient hospice. After several years of tough negotiations, she succeeded in changing the hospice industry in Connecticut. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor female entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they run.


Jonathan Kiefer (COM’96) of Alameda, Calif., writes that principal photography just wrapped on his original film Around the Sun, which he cowrote with Oliver Krimpas (COM’93). “Set in a French chateau and inspired by Bernard de Fontenelle’s influential popular-science book Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds, the film is an experimental romantic drama starring Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey) and Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones). Visit or Email Jonathan at


Flint Kinkade (CAS’97, MET’00) of Bloomfield, N.J., was recently named president of Viridian Inc., an environmental services firm solving complex assessment, investigation, and remediation problems, particularly in the area of vapor mitigation. Flint and his father, Merwin Kinkade, founder and immediate past-president of the Montclair, N.J.–based firm, have worked closely on all aspects of the business for many years, making this a very natural transition for the family and the firm. The Kinkade family includes other BU alumni: Flint’s wife and Viridian colleague, Paige Phillips Kinkade (CAS’99), and his mother and Viridian cofounder, Catherine Isherwood Kinkade (DGE’60, CAS’62). Contact Flint at

Patricia Leavy (CAS’97) of Kennebunk, Maine, received the 2018 Distinguished Service Outside the Profession Award from the National Art Education Association in March. Established in 1965, the award recognizes exceptional contributions from people or organizations outside of art education. Previous recipients of the award include Nelson Rockefeller, Jackie Kennedy, and Hubert Humphrey. Patricia made history as the first full-time author and first sociologist to receive the award, and was recognized for her body of work advancing arts-based research in both the academy and the public domain.

Jeff Toister (Questrom’97) of San Diego, Calif., writes and speaks about customer service. He recently published his second book, The Service Culture Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Your Employees Obsessed with Customer Service (Toister Performance Solutions, 2017). “In December 2017, LinkedIn Learning (a.k.a. released my 17th video-based training course, Serving Internal Customers,” he writes. “More than 140,000 people on six continents have taken at least one of my courses online.” Email Jeff at


Obie Sims (Questrom’98) of Joppa, Md., landed a principal role in the upcoming film Backseat, starring Christian Bale and Amy Adams. He also launched a YouTube channel, Obies Cookies, featuring original short-form comedy content. Contact him at

Jason Storipan (CAS’98) of Hillsborough, N.J., is assistant general counsel, labor and employment, for SGS North America Inc. He provides legal support for labor and employment issues across North America for SGS North America Inc. and SGS Canada Inc. Previously, he worked at Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm. Contact him at


Sherley Cruz (CAS’99, LAW’03) of Washington, D.C., is a practitioner in residence at American University Washington College of Law. Email her at

Roberto Villasana-Garcia (LAW’99) of Mexico City, Mexico, recently joined 4finance as Ibero-America regional counsel.


Michael Hyland (CFA’00) of Los Angeles, Calif., writes, “After many years of fighting for it, I finally got a break that I am very proud of.” This winter, he appeared in four of six episodes in the television miniseries Waco. In 1993, 80 members of the Branch Davidian religious sect perished in a fire in Waco, Tex., after a 51-day standoff with the FBI. Michael plays an FBI negotiator and all his scenes are with the Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon. The show aired on the Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV), starting in January 2018. “I utilized so much of what I took from my education at BU to book the role and excel in the performance (from what I have been told),” Michael adds.

Diana Rodriguez Wallach (COM’00) of Philadelphia, Pa., published her fifth novel, Lies That Bind (Entangled Publishing, 2018), the second book in her Anastasia Phoenix series, a trilogy of young adult spy thrillers. The first book in the series, Proof of Lies (Entangled Publishing, 2017), was named one of the Top 10 Best Young Adult Books for March 2017 by Paste magazine. Inspiration for her espionage elements was derived from conversations with former spy Lawrence Martin Bittman, a BU professor emeritus. The series also focuses heavily on disinformation, or fake news, and some of the conspiracy theories in Lies That Bind are based on her interview with Harvard professor Dani Rodrik. Former classmates can email her at


Cecilia Ugarte Baldwin (COM’01) of Arlington, Mass., serves on the policy committee of the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS). Members of the committee provide feedback on proposed regulations or legislation under consideration by the executive branch or Congress. She continues to serve as director of public payer programs and policy at Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization.

Suzanne Mehta (COM’01) of Chicago, Ill., joined Cushman & Wakefield, a global real estate services firm, as the chief experience officer for the company’s global occupier services practice. Her job involves paying attention to the employee experience, leading the design and operations of the firm’s client experience and service excellence program.

Jessica Bradley Rushing (COM’01) of Cambridgeshire, England, is director of communications for the Officer Down Memorial Page (, the largest law enforcement memorial in the United States. As of writing, she was living in England, but will return to the Boston area in summer 2018.


Madelyn Rosenberg (GRS’02) of Arlington, Va., published the children’s book Take Care (Albert Whitman & Company, 2018).


Carly Fink (COM’03) of Alpine, N.J., is principal, head of strategy and research, at Provoke Insights, a New York City–based market research and brand strategy firm she founded in 2012. With more than two decades of experience analyzing advertising research, she oversees strategy, competitive analysis, and innovative and traditional research initiatives, serving clients across a variety of industries: advertising, financial services, technology, education, consumer goods, fashion, over-the-counter products, healthcare, telecommunications, and pharmaceutical. In addition to a master’s from BU, Carly has a BA from Lafayette College and an MBA from the City University of New York at Baruch College. She and her husband, Seth Kamens, have a son.

Erin Fraser (CAS’03) of Seattle, Wash., joined the law firm Tanenbaum Keale in its Seattle office, which opened on January 1, 2018.

Kathryn Kindred (CAS’03) of Long Island City, N.Y., married Adam Fischmann on June 28, 2016, in New York City. Their second son, Samson Hugo Kindred Fischmann, was born on December 15, 2016. Email Kathryn at

Kurt Kurtzhals (Wheelock’03) of North Manchester, Ind., is an assistant professor of education at Manchester University. He is also an assistant coach for the school’s Lady Spartans basketball program. Contact him at

David Martin (Questrom’03) of Sudbury, Mass., owns Forever Slender MedSpa in Wayland, Mass., with his wife. They count local professional athletes and a Miss Massachusetts among their clientele. Dave writes that their 16-year-old is considering a career as a concert pianist.

Jason Moore (CAS’03) of Johnson City, N.Y., writes, “I recently celebrated my first anniversary working for myself full time. I’ve taken my skills in graphic design and web development, along with my storytelling and service-minded approach, and started my own agency, Studio 118. My goal is to be the midwife for my clients’ projects. It’s not about me. It’s about how I can help you do your job better.” Visit, or email Jason at

Mandy Ranslow (CAS’03) of Middletown, Conn., an archaeologist at the Connecticut department of transportation, received the inaugural Mimi Findlay Award for Young Preservationists from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Contact Mandy at


Heather (Williams) Burrell (CAS’04) of Hampton, England, and her husband, William, welcomed their first child, Hunter Finn, on April 9, 2017.

Stacey Halpern-Bank (Sargent’04,’05) of East Meadow, N.Y., welcomed twins Jack and Samuel Bank on June 19, 2017.

Jennifer Mele (CAS’04) of Ewing, N.J., earned a master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University in 2010. She is an adjunct professor in Rutgers’ social work department. “BU holds a special place in my heart,” she writes. “The education I received is something that I reflect back on a lot. I see it as an integral part of my development and journey because of the progressive courses that truly opened my mind and set the stage for opening my heart.” Jennifer has also made a foray into art, having released her first collection of abstract paintings in September 2017. “I grew up in Plainsboro, N.J., in a single-parent home, and much of my journey speaks to these earlier experiences. Everything I’ve learned over the past 15 years from being a mindfulness practitioner, teacher, and licensed therapist influences my painting process.” Learn more at


Hilary Korman (CAS’05) of New York, N.Y., has joined the New York office of international law firm Blank Rome. She is a member of the firm’s consumer financial services team and concentrates her practice in all areas of consumer finance litigation, compliance, and commercial litigation.

Michael McGaghie (CFA’05,’10) of Saint Paul, Minn., is director of choral activities at Macalester College and recently received tenure. He conducts the Macalester Concert Choir and Chorale. He was one of seven American conductors chosen to participate in the American Choral Directors Association International Conductors Exchange Program in China, where he taught and conducted at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and at Fudan University.

Caitlin Warbelow (CAS’05, CFA’05) of New York, N.Y., is the violinist in an eight-piece on-stage band in the Broadway show Come From Away.


Therese Barbato (CFA’06) of Brooklyn, N.Y., writes that in addition to her acting work, she has launched a podcast, which she hosts and coproduces with Tala Ashe (CFA’06). “The show is called that’s what she said, and features conversations with women about their love lives that I host slumber party–style from my bed in Brooklyn. Several BU alumni have been guests on the podcast, and we are in the middle of our third season now.” Visit

Allison Brown (COM’06, CAS’06) of Louisville, Ky., has been elected partner at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs. Allison is a member of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution service team and focuses her practice on commercial and healthcare litigation. She was selected for the Louisville Business First Forty Under 40 award in 2017, and has been recognized by her peers as a Kentucky Super Lawyers Rising Star each year since 2013. She is a member of the Leadership Louisville Class of 2018, serves on the board of directors of Kids Cancer Alliance, is president of the Louisville Landsharks Multisport Club, and volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training and Girls on the Run. Allison earned a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law. Before joining Wyatt in 2011, she was a law clerk for the Hon. Charles R. Simpson III, in the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. Email Allison at

Basil Considine (STH’06, GRS’13) of Minneapolis, Minn., was named one of Musical America’s Top 30 Professionals of the Year: Movers & Shapers in December 2017. Contact him at


John Bartnicki (CFA’07) of West Hollywood, Calif., is coproducing Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King, which will be released in July 2019.

Lyuda Bouzinova (Questrom’07) of Boca Raton, Fla., is cofounder of Mission Lean, an online fitness program featuring next-level workouts, recipes, and motivational videos. Lyuda developed the program with her fiancé, Jon Pearlman, a former top-ranked tennis player at Harvard and pro athlete with the Association of Tennis Professionals and the author of two books on fitness. Since graduating from BU, Lyuda has appeared on America’s Next Top Model, worked professionally as a model with Wilhelmina Models, and earned a master’s degree in economics from Fordham University. “After developing my passion for health and fitness, I became a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist as well,” she writes. “Mission Lean users learn workouts that can be done anywhere and recipes that can be cooked in less than 20 minutes with the simplest of tools. I guide users through every week by telling them what to focus on, what not to worry about, and other various little tricks and tips that will make every fitness journey that much easier and more enjoyable.”

Cory Kalanick (CAS’07) of Denver, Colo., is a member of the law firm Sherman & Howard, representing local governments, special districts, and other political subdivisions, as well as underwriters and lenders, in public finance transactions, election law, constitutional law, and economic development matters in Colorado.


Lisa Granquist (MET’08) of Ashby, Mass., earned a PhD in law and public policy from Northeastern University in May 2017. Her field includes the study of the governance, economics, and regulatory environments of climate adaptation and resilience practices in coastal communities. She completed a fellowship at the Marine Policy Center at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where she developed a spatial (GIS)-econometric framework to analyze the impacts of accelerated shoreline erosion caused by seawalls. Email her at

Renana Greenberg Kehoe (GRS’08) of Dedham, Mass., recently founded Parent Tours, which offers tours for parents with their newborn babies at various museums in Greater Boston. Parent Tours was recently featured in the Inspiring Stories series of BostonVoyager magazine. Visit

Amy Puliafico (CAS’08) of Stoughton, Mass., published her first book, Divorce: A Consumer’s Guide to the Divorce Process (Blurb, 2017), cowritten with John Ullian. An attorney, Amy practices divorce and custody law. Contact her at


Shari Rabin (CAS’09) of Marietta, Ga., published Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America (NYU Press, 2017).


Leslie Alvarez (Wheelock’10) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, writes, “I was promoted to secondary school director at St. Michael’s School, one of the top private schools in Santo Domingo.” Email Leslie at

Olwen Jaffe (CAS’10) of Chicago, Ill., joined Cavanagh Law Group in Chicago, as an associate in 2017. Her work focuses on plaintiff personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice litigation. Email her at

Andrew McMahon (MET’10) of Holyoke, Mass., was named associate director of the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System. Previously, he was chief financial officer. He serves as a budget officer in the Massachusetts Air National Guard.


Duy Doan (GRS’11) of Jamaica Plain, Mass., published We Play a Game (Yale University Press, 2018), a collection of poems.

Kellen B. Maloney (Questrom’11) of Westport, Conn., created La Forma Athletics, a collection of swim, yoga, and athletic wear, custom built for artists, celebrities, and brands, in 2016. She is also the founder of Wild Oar Crew, an apparel company specializing in custom-made technical apparel for rowers. She was recently named to the Top Under 30 Elite list for Apparel magazine.

Jack Nicas (CGS’08, COM’11) of San Francisco, Calif., joined the staff of the New York Times. He is a technology reporter, covering Apple and Silicon Valley, for the Business Day section.

Brandi N. Ring (MED’11) of Denver, Colo., was elected junior fellow national vice chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. It is a three-year position with progression from national vice chair to national chair to national past chair. She took office in April.


Brian Engles (COM’13) of East Falmouth, Mass., published his debut novel, Wildball (Black Rose Writing, 2018). Set in seaside Nailer’s Cove, Wildball tells the story of Shane Monoghan, one of the top collegiate shortstops in the nation, as he plays in a prestigious summer baseball league. Shane’s season is derailed by the death of his former coach, Mike Calloway, the man who developed Shane as a player but also bullied him relentlessly. Follow Brian on Twitter @brianengles or email him at

MJ Halberstadt (GRS’13) of Brookline, Mass., writes, “I was named one of the Huntington Theatre Company’s playwriting fellows for 2017–19, along with Brenda Withers. This highly competitive program will surround me with tremendous theater professionals and support my playwriting work over the next two years, and includes some great professional opportunities.” Contact MJ at


Shraddha Bhansali (Questrom’14) of Mumbai, India, was recognized on the 2018 Forbes India 30 Under 30 list. “I want to thank the whole BU community, especially all my professors and advisors,” she writes. Shraddha is the founder of Candy & Green, a clean-eating vegetarian restaurant and bar, which has its own garden roof, in Mumbai.


Teresa Wang (ENG’15) of Atlanta, Ga., spent two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) “disease detective,” a training program in applied epidemiology at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Through the training program, Teresa conducted population-level research and surveillance to guide timely decision-making in tobacco prevention and control and was honored with the center’s Director’s Award for Health Professional of the Future. She graduated from the program in June 2017. She works full time in the CDC’s office of smoking and health, on the epidemiology branch’s surveillance team. She designs, conducts, and interprets population-level data to inform tobacco prevention and control–related policy, planning, and practice.


Fran C. Pearlmutter (CAS’44) of Mancos, Colo., was a World War II code breaker. She worked for the National Archives, facilitating transliteration from Japanese to English. Fran has a grandson, Jacob, who is working on stem cell therapies. She lives with many animals on a self-sustaining ranch called Thunderbird Ranch.


Peter Bury (CAS’48, GRS’49) of Lisle, Ill., a Korean War veteran, received a Bronze Star and the Korean War Service Medal on May 27, 2017, more than 60 years after being discharged from the army. Peter served with the Army’s 58th Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Division, and was eventually promoted to first lieutenant. After he was discharged in 1953, he received notice that he had earned the Bronze Star; it never came. This year, he contacted US Representative Bill Foster’s office for help.


Amnon Kabatchnik (COM’54) of Santa Monica, Calif., published two new installments in the fall in his celebrated Blood on the Stage series: Blood on the Stage, 1600 to 1800: Milestone Plays of Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem and Blood on the Stage, 1800 to 1900 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). The award-winning reference series analyzes plays of crime and punishment and has been honored by the Benjamin Franklin Awards, the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, and the Independent Book Publishers Awards. These two installments are the sixth and seventh releases in the collection, and “cover 100 milestone thrillers depicting theft, chicanery, treachery, court intrigue, incest, kidnapping, and murder,” Amnon writes. “The books focus both on manuscripts that passed the test of time as well as long-forgotten plays that deserve renewed scrutiny.” Amnon, who has an MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama, has served as a professor of theater at several universities, including Stanford University and Ohio State University, and has directed numerous dramas, comedies, thrillers, and musicals for off-Broadway productions, national road companies, resident theaters, and summer stock. In addition to the Blood on the Stage volumes, he is also the author of Sherlock Holmes on the Stage: A Chronological Encyclopedia of Plays Featuring the Great Detective (Scarecrow Press, 2008). Visit


Sanford Katz (CAS’55) of Waban, Mass., is the Darrald and Juliette Libby Professor of Law Emeritus at Boston College Law School, having retired in 2015. He wrote Family Law in America (Oxford University Press, 2004), now in its second edition.

Edwina Lynch (CAS’55) of Pasadena, Calif., published Ghost Out of Vegas (CreateSpace, 2017). Email her at


Richard Payne Evans (CFA’58) of North Chelmsford, Mass., published a chapter titled “Fitting In and Standing Out” in a new book, Aging Wisely…Wisdom of Our Elders (Jones & Bartlett, 2017), by Irving I. Silverman and Ellen Beth Siegel. The book is a compendium of essays by 75 seniors and the professionals who care for them on a wide range of topics about how we age. Melissa M. Kelley (GRS’03) of Somerville, Mass., also published a chapter in the book, titled “Sharing Our Stories: Emotional Comfort for Survivors.”

Richard Rowe (STH’58) of Belmont, Mass., is the founder and CEO of Open Learning Exchange (OLE), an organization working to find solutions to securing quality education for disadvantaged youth around the world by focusing on tackling the three most serious barriers to learning: the lack of quality materials, effective teachers, and meaningful connections with the rest of the world. The organization was selected as a “Solver” from among nearly 500 proposals by judges of the MIT Solve program for its outstanding work. OLE is known for its Personal Learning Toolkit, which contains a multimedia digital library, templates for course development, tools for content creation, and assessment modules to certify learning and evaluate the system. It provides a personalized experience and can be used on any hardware that can open a browser, typically on low-cost tablets with open-source software.


Bill Kurtz (ENG’60) of St. Augustine, Fla., is a consultant in the aerospace field. In April 2017, he won the Florida State Skeet, high average, for the senior (80+) veteran age group, in all four gauges. In August 2017, Bill won the high average, for the same age group, in the zone 7 (Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and Puerto Rico) skeet tournament. Contact Bill at

Mary Miller Leipziger (CFA’60) of Los Angeles, Calif., published one of her photos in Photographer’s Forum’s limited-edition hardcover book Best of Photography 2017.


Dorothy Martin Apgar (SON’61) of Bunnell, Fla., writes that since retiring from nursing, she has been writing inspirational books. Her ninth book will soon be published. Past titles of hers include Quotations To Live By (CreateSpace, 2016), Take The Road Less Travelled (CreateSpace, 2012), and To Thine Own Self Be True (CreateSpace, 2009).


Terry Connor (CGS’60, COM’62) of Beaufort, S.C., has been writing the wine column “Drink Globally” for the Lowcountry Weekly, a local lifestyle publication. He writes, “I had to put my writing skills on hold for about 48 years because I had two careers that were in the way. I learned writing from the best: Professor Al Sullivan, who now resides in COM heaven. My interest in wine started in Boston, where the wine business is nothing less than huge. I try to take my readers on a journey to wineries around the globe. I feature a winery in a particular country and present the history of the winery, the wines produced by the winery, and whether the wines are obtainable in the Lowcountry region or if they can they be obtained online.” Email Terry at, or visit

Zinas Mavodones (SED’62) of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., was awarded a ceremonial apron and medal by the Grand Lodge of Freemasons of the state of New York for his distinguished service and leadership. He and his wife, Maria, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in September 2017. They met while Zinas was attending grad school at BU and married in 1957. They have three daughters and five grandchildren and are active in the community and their church.


Neil Mahoney (DGE’58, SED’63) of San Rafael, Calif., published The Harvard Square Mob (Outskirts Press, 2017), which he wrote after spending six weeks doing research on the Harvard campus. The fictional account is inspired by a screenplay he wrote as a young man. Neil also has master’s degrees in interdisciplinary studies in education and in counseling psychology and a doctorate in public policy. For 25 years, he worked at Landmark Education as chair of faculty, and for 15 years he was the principal of Golden Gate Consulting. “I love BU!” he writes. “I served on the board of DGE for 10 years. As a young man from Roxbury’s Mission Hill housing project, I attended DGE on the GI Bill (Korean War), and that gave me the education to start a very productive life. Without BU, none of my own life story would have been possible.”


Garrison Nelson (CAS’64) of Colchester, Vt., published John William McCormack: A Political Biography (Bloomsbury, 2017), the first biography of the former US House Speaker.


Frederick Ricci (SED’65,’72) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a former program professor of education at Nova Southeastern University and a former distinguished professor at Georgetown University, was a recipient of the prestigious Senior Fulbright Specialist Award. He pursued his Fulbright award this past year at the University of Potsdam in Brandenburg, Germany, completing a project that focused on providing multicultural education and critical thinking programs for graduate teacher training students who will be working with the immigrant and refugee communities in Germany and greater Europe. The Fulbright Specialists Program was created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, and provides academic opportunities to prominent US professionals to support guest lectures, master classes, and performances at academic institutions around the world.

Soterios Zoulas (CAS’65) of Sudbury, Mass., completed a 15-year project to get his great-uncle Nikolaos Nitsos’ 90-year-old book, Tales, Rituals and Songs: Exploring the Unknown Popular Culture of a Greek Mountain Village (Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2015), translated and published in English. The book is a great ethnographical contribution, he writes, with a lot of folklore material from the village of Tsamantas and surrounding communities, material that was in danger of being lost without this translation and publication. Email Soterios at


John McCarty (COM’66) of East Greenbush, N.Y., an author and a filmmaker, has released the film Thirst: A Civil War Story on Amazon Instant Video and Amazon Prime. The production of the 26-minute film, the only Civil War film to be shot entirely in upstate New York, coincided with the 150th anniversary of the War between the States, in which New York contributed more troops and suffered more casualties than any other state in the Union. An official selection of the 2016 New York State International Short Film Festival, Thirst, which is written, directed, and edited by John, is inspired by a story by Stephen Crane, author of The Red Badge of Courage.


Susheel “Cheryl” Bibbs (CFA’68) of Sacramento, Calif., a singer and filmmaker, writes that she had a busy fall. She received a Marquis Who’s Who of Women Lifetime Achievement Award. Two of her documentaries, which focus on unsung African Americans, were shown on PBS in September: her award-winning 2008 film, Meet Mary Pleasant and her newest film, Voices for Freedom: The Hyers Sisters’ Legacy. Susheel recently won five international film festival awards, a broadcast Telly, and a screening at Cannes for her documentary on Mary Pleasant, known as the “mother of civil rights” in California. Susheel performed recitals this past fall in California; she won the first Willis Patterson Award from the International African American Art Song Alliance for the research she conducted for her recitals and films. Email her at

Susan Marx (CFA’68) of Orange, N.J., showed her art in a solo exhibition at Johnson & Johnson’s corporate headquarters in New Brunswick, N.J., from August 28, 2017, to October 6, 2017. Visit her website at

John Torday (CAS’68) of Redondo Beach, Calif., coauthored Evolution, the Logic of Biology (Wiley, 2017) with Virender Rehan.


Lesley A. Perry (SON’69) of Ardmore, Pa., was named interim dean of Villanova University College of Nursing.


Jean Elson (CAS’70, SED’71) of Durham, N.H., received an MA and a PhD from Brandeis University, and is a senior lecturer emerita of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. Her new book, Gross Misbehavior and Wickedness: A Notorious Divorce in Early Twentieth-Century America (Temple University Press, 2017), tells the story of the troubled marriage and acrimonious divorce of Nina and James Walker, both members of prominent American families. The Walkers’ disputes shed light on the Progressive Era, a critical period in the evolution of American culture. The book is based on court documents, correspondence between the principals, Nina’s journal, and interviews with descendants. “It is the first book to recount what happened in this case, with several twists and a fascinating cast of characters,” Jean writes. Visit

Davis Griffith-Cox (CFA’70) of Terrell, Tex., published Happenings or Happenstance: Paranormal Activity at Griffith Homeplace (Griffith Homeplace Museum and Research Center, 2017). “Griffith Homeplace is a historic and documented site, known for housing multiple generations of the Griffith family for over 135 years,” Davis writes. He is president and CEO of the museum, a retired professor of architectural design, and a preservationist, as well as the author of several books. Contact him at

Jon Katz (COM’70) of Oakland, Mich., has launched a humorous blog called KATZTALES: Strange-But-True Stories from My 50 Years ALMOST in Show Biz. The biweekly posts about Jon’s career as an advertising writer/producer/director include “The Time I Made Sinatra Smile” and “The Time I Took a Beatle to White Castle.” Jon writes that he “has worked with celebrities from A (Tim Allen) to YZ (hockey great Steve Yzerman), and won dozens of national and international creative awards.” His career began as a DJ with WTBU. He adds that fellow alums can “visit the blog at and be prepared to laugh a lot! Sign up to follow and be notified of each new hilarious tale, and share with fellow alums.” Email Jon at

Lloyd Segal (CGS’68, Questrom’70) of Los Angeles, Calif., was recently elected president of the Los Angeles Real Estate Investors Club, the oldest and largest investor club in California.


Wayne Miller (Questrom’71) of Weymouth, Mass., has written his second book about the history of shipbuilding in his hometown, Quincy, Massachusetts: A Shipbuilding Tradition (Quincy Historical Society, 2017). Contact Wayne at


Peter H. Bloom (CAS’72) of Somerville, Mass., a flutist, was artist-in-residence for the Snow Pond Composers Workshop in June 2017. The workshop was codirected by Edward Jacobs and Richard Nelson and featured premieres of 10 works by emerging young composers from across the United States. Peter’s concert schedule included shows with his own jazz trio in Boston’s Post Office Square Concert Series; renaissance and baroque programs with Ensemble Chaconne in New York, New Jersey, Georgia, and North Carolina; chamber music with mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato for the Amy Beach sesquicentennial; performances across New England with Ensemble Aubade (flute, viola, piano, and harp); and concerts at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and elsewhere with the Aardvark Jazztet, featuring the premiere of SGS (Saint-Gaudens’ Studio) by music director Mark Harvey (STH’71, GRS’83). In September, Mark and his Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (with Peter in the woodwind section) opened the band’s 45th season at the Silver Center for the Arts in Plymouth, N.H. Contact Peter through

Mark Mehler (COM’72) of Jackson Heights, N.Y., is coauthor of Madness: The Ten Most Memorable NCAA Basketball Finals (Skyhorse, 2018) with Charles Paikert.

Lee Sheldon (CFA’72) of Glendale, Mass., writes, “I received my MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1974. I had a 20-year career in television as a writer/producer—over 200 scripts produced, everything from staff writer on Charlie’s Angels to writer/producer on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and head writer of the daytime soap Edge of Night. For the past 23 years, I’ve been writing and designing video games (both applied, serious games and entertainment games) and wrote a book about how to do it: Character Development and Storytelling for Games (Course Technology, 2013), now in its second edition. I also design classes as games, and wrote a book about that: The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game (Cengage, 2011). My current entertainment video game, The Lion’s Song (for PC, Mac, iOS, Android), follows the interconnected stories of four characters struggling to overcome creative hurdles in Vienna, Austria, at the beginning of the 20th century. My latest class designed as an alternate reality game (ARG) went live on September 14, 2017, at California Polytechnic State University. It was funded by a National Science Foundation grant. The premise: 60 students in two sections of a cybersecurity class fought off attacks on the school’s servers by a determined hacker who also may have been targeting the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant—hacker videos, fake websites (including the dark web), field trips, and a kidnapped TA. Much fun! And learning…”


Janet Chapman (COM’73) of Albuquerque, N.M., published her first work of fiction, Madcap Masquerade: A Novel (University of New Mexico Press, 2017), a light comic romance set in the 1920s during the Fiestas de Santa Fe, a multicultural, riotous celebration that lasts four days and four nights.

Carol Gordon Ekster (SED’73,’78) of Andover, Mass., published her fourth children’s book in September. You Know What? (Clavis, 2017), illustrated by Nynke Talsma, is a playful and humorous conversation between Oliver and his mom where he repeatedly asks, “You know what?” to win some time before going to bed. Carol is thrilled that after 35 years of teaching fourth grade, retirement allows her this new way to communicate with children. Find out more at

Nancy F. W. Passmore (CAS’73) of Boston, Mass., is the editor and publisher of Luna Press, which recently published its 42nd annual edition lunar calendar for 2018. The calendar is filled with works from 23 different artists and writers. For more information about Nancy’s small, independent publishing company, visit


Joanna Kao (CFA’75) of Jamaica Plain, Mass., showed a retrospective of 27 years of her art practice titled Transforming Outrage at Boston’s Piano Craft Gallery in November 2017. “Much of the work is protest art; the more recent pieces are translucent in nature, allowing the passage of light from behind the picture plane as well as conventional frontal illumination. This variability endows a single image with strong contrasts in color and mood, suggesting the passage of day to night,” Joanna writes. Contact her at

Robert Noltenmeier (COM’75) of Monroe Township, N.J., retired as a clinical assistant professor in the New York University graduate program in public relations and corporate communication. Previously, he held senior corporate communication positions with ExxonMobil, Hoechst, and Unisys, and was a principal of Quadrant Communications Co., Inc., a Manhattan-based integrated communication agency with clients like AT&T, Citibank Private Bank, and Polo Ralph Lauren. He served three terms as president of the New York chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. Robert teaches writing part time at the Princeton Learning Cooperative in New Jersey.

Bruce M. Stein (Sargent’75) of Melbourne, Fla., writes, “Just wanted my classmates to know I made good on my promise to see the world. I returned home in March 2017 from my fifth trip to Africa and have now visited 61 countries overall—on my way to 75 countries.” Email Bruce at


Annette James-Rogers (SSW’77) of Los Angeles, Calif., writes, “I am delighted to report the publication of my book The Color of Equality: The Story of a Failed American Colony (Encarma Press, 2017). The book is a historical novel based on the experience of my great-grandparents and their children just prior to and during the Civil War.” Email Annette at


Claudia Bushman (GRS’78) of New York, N.Y., published Going to Boston: Harriet Robinson’s Journey to New Womanhood (University Press of New England, 2017), about poet and author Harriet Robinson’s role in the women’s suffrage movement during Boston’s golden age.

Rich Martini (DGE’75, CAS’78) of Santa Monica, Calif., published Hacking the Afterlife: Practical Advice from the Flipside (CreateSpace, 2016), part of his Flipside series. “It joins It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (CreateSpace, 2014) in an exploration of the latest science regarding consciousness and the afterlife. More important, I want to let DGE alums know about my short film, A Portrait of Julian Baird. Julian Baird, a former DGE professor, invited friends to a ‘roast in lieu of a eulogy’ for his 75th birthday, a couple of years prior to his passing. There are a number of BU alums featured; the film is in two parts. Part one is the event and Part two is raw footage from his free-wheeling interview. Both are free on YouTube.” Email Rich at


Amy Evans (CAS’80) of Windham, N.H., published two books: Fantastically Fabulous February: Recharge. Recalibrate. Renew. (CreateSpace, 2015), a guide to emerging from the bleakest month feeling vibrant and refreshed, and Solstice Celebrations: History, Crafts, Food (CreateSpace, 2017), a comprehensive guide to the winter season. Contact Amy at

Traci Marmon (CFA’80) of Studio City, Calif., self-published her book Tales of Gold in October 2017 under the name TL Marmon. The book is available for Kindle.


Glenn Kulbako (CAS’82) of Somerville, Mass., writes, “The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame accepted a photograph I took of [the horse] Arrogate breaking the 152-year-old Saratoga course record at last year’s Travers Stakes.” The image is part of the museum’s permanent collection. Contact Glenn at

Kathleen Mulligan (CFA’82) of Spencer, N.Y., partnered with US theater artists David Studwell and Linda Alper and Theatre Wallay of Islamabad, Pakistan, to tour their original piece, On Common Ground, at the Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Ore., and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in June and July 2017. “On Common Ground is a multistage project, funded by a $347,000 grant from the US embassy in Islamabad, seeking to explore the effects of violence and other forces on public space,” Kathleen writes. Contact her at

Gretchen LeFever Watson (CAS’82) of Norfolk, Va., published Your Patient Safety Survival Guide: How to Protect Yourself and Others From Medical Errors (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).


Ken Fakler (Questrom’83) of New York, N.Y., won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical for Dear Evan Hansen, as coproducer of the Broadway hit.

Herman O. Kelly (STH’83) of Baton Rouge, La., edited Black Rhetorical Traditions in the Civil Rights Movement (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2017). Herman is the pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge and an adjunct instructor at Louisiana State University in the African and African American studies program and the School of Education.

Arnold Pallay (CAS’83, MED’83) of Montville, N.J., received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians last September. Arnold is the director of practice development for Vanguard Medical Group and is medical director of its Montville and Lincoln Park sites.


Deborah Brightman Farone (COM’85) of New York, N.Y., has launched her own consultancy, Farone Advisors LLC. Deborah recently served as the CMO of two high-profile law firms, most recently at the helm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. In addition, she has been commissioned to write a book, Best Practices: Marketing and Business Development for Law Firms (PLI Books, 2018). Contact Deborah at

David O’Sullivan (CGS’83, Questrom’85) of Whippany, N.J., joined the law firm Graham Curtin, where he is working on the litigation and real estate practice groups. He received a joint JD/MBA from Seton Hall University School of Law.


David Biespiel (CAS’86) of Portland, Ore., wrote The Education of a Young Poet (Counterpoint, 2017), his account of his awakening to writing and poetry.

Kathy Kemp (Sargent’86) of Arlington, Mass., launched her own business, Sage Advice Geriatric Care Management. She writes that she is passionate about working with elders and the caretakers who face challenges related to aging. She specializes in working with families who are distant caregivers and with older adults with dementia and/or mental illness. Learn more at, and contact Kathy at


Gary Ferris (MET’87) of Glens Falls, N.Y., published Presidential Places: A Guide to the Historic Sites of U.S. Presidents (John F. Blair, 1999). Now he’s released an app of the same name, available for the iPhone and iPad. The app features detailed information on more than 900 historic sites connected to US presidents, from George Washington through Donald Trump, and directs users to the places where the presidents were born, went to school, worked, worshipped, married, died, are buried, and are honored. In addition to descriptive details and historical anecdotes, the app includes the physical addresses of sites, which, when tapped will launch a mapped route to the site. Gary is an ordained Christian minister who calls himself a “casual historian.” Retired from a career as a nonprofit executive, he works for the US Postal Service.

Daniel Finamore (GRS’87,’94) of Salem, Mass., coedited Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style (V&A Publishing, 2017). Daniel is the Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), and curated the PEM exhibition that the book accompanies. George H. Schwartz (GRS’15), a curatorial scholar at PEM, worked closely with Daniel on the exhibition as associate curator and contributed to the book.

Paul García (GRS’87) of Belfast, Maine, published El Machete, Dictionary of Argentinisms (Virtualbookworm, 2016), a comprehensive guide of terms used in a regionally distinct form of Spanish.

Shelby Raebeck (GRS’87) of East Hampton, N.Y., writes, “I have just published a collection of short stories, Louse Point: Stories from the East End
(BookBaby, 2017). The collection portrays a variety of characters from Long Island’s East End, people who are filled with heartbreak but also tenacity, as they struggle to hold on—to their livelihoods, their families, and the austere land and seascape they call home.” Email Shelby at


Peter Aperlo (CAS’88) of South Pasadena, Calif., cowrote the screenplay for the supernatural thriller Devil’s Gate, starring Milo Ventimiglia. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017 and screened at London’s FrightFest in August.

William E. Brown (CAS’88) of Staten Island, N.Y., is senior vice president and director of retail banking at Investors Bank. William has years of experience in managing large-scale retail banking networks in the New Jersey and New York markets. His primary responsibility is to implement the bank’s growth strategy for its retail banking unit. William also serves on the board of directors at the nonprofit Accion East, which provides microloans and resources to start-up businesses, and is a member of its credit risk committee. He is a member of the retail banking committee of the New York Banking Association. Previously, he was a naval flight officer in the US Navy and was later assigned to the chief of naval operations staff at the Pentagon.

Jeremy Kehoe (COM’88) of Los Angeles, Calif., staged the New York premiere of his one-man show, Shamamonica, at the Emerging Artists Theater on October 13, 2017. He describes the show as a “visceral, deep, and funny story of one man’s quest to reclaim his stolen soul, which has been ripped from his chest by the town crier of Santa Monica, Calif.”

Colleen Kennedy (ENG’88) of Lake Oswego, Ore., writes, “After serving for three years as an officer with the Oregon section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), I was selected as chair of the Oregon section for fiscal year 2018. The ASME was founded in New York in 1870, and the Oregon section will celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2019.”

Pamela Pettus (CAS’88) of Boca Raton, Fla., is the CEO and cofounder of The Gavel, a national legal network designed to streamline the claims defense experience for claims professionals. Pamela writes that she brings a pioneering approach to the executive team as a result of her background in the courtroom and her decades of work managing all lines of insured and self-insured claims. After BU, Pamela graduated from Emory University School of Law. She worked at Harvard Law School before obtaining a prestigious clerkship with the Supreme Court of Georgia. The legal knowledge she developed was essential for her successful transition to her insurance industry career as a claims representative at State Farm Insurance. She has experience with handling and managing most insurable risks, including directors and officers, mergers and acquisitions, coverage, professional liability, property and casualty, employer liability, product liability, property, crime, and class action litigation. Pamela has presented at professional conferences on a wide variety of legal and claims topics. Find out more at, or email Pamela at

David Steinberg (COM’88) of Oakland, Calif., left his job as copy desk chief and Sunday metro editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he worked for more than 20 years, to accept a position with the city and county of San Francisco. His new job is principal administrative analyst in the public works department, where he handles public records requests, is responsible for facilitating public hearings for the department, and works on special projects for the director. Contact David at


David Ricciardi (CAS’89) of Cos Cob, Conn., wrote the forthcoming thriller Warning Light (Penguin Random House, 2018).


Randy Fine (Questrom’90) of Jericho, N.Y., is president of Robert Fine & Associates, an insurance and financial services firm based in Framingham, Mass., and Jericho, N.Y. Recently, Randy was elected president of Guardian Life Insurance Company’s Guardian Leaders Club executive committee. “This is a major honor in my industry, and I am now the name, voice, and face that represents the field force of 3,500 agents nationally,” he writes.

Abby Helman Kelly (COM’90) of West Simsbury, Conn., writes, “In August 2016, I launched We have quickly become the state’s premier gluten-free resource. We do events, community outreach, and more, and we’re looking to expand into the Boston area next.” Contact Abby at

Natalie Lundsteen (COM’90, SED’95) of Addison, Tex., is assistant dean for career and professional development at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She coauthored ReSearch: A Career Guide for Scientists (Elsevier, 2017).


Sandeep Kapoor (GRS’91, MED’96) of Studio City, Calif., wrote a memoir, Trust Me, I’m a Doctor: My Life Before, During and After Anna Nicole Smith (CreateSpace, 2017).

Dan O’Donnell (COM’91) of Rochester, N.Y., joined Partners + Napier, an integrated advertising agency based in Rochester, as a group creative director. Previously, he was creative director at MARC USA in Pittsburgh, and a veteran of Arnold Worldwide, MullenLowe, and Hill Holliday. At Partners + Napier, Dan oversees creative development for Keurig Green Mountain, BurgerFi, Conduent, Excellus BlueCrossBlueShield, Gannett, Friendship Dairies, Xerox, Bausch + Lomb, and Rochester Regional Health. When he was at MARC USA, his primary focus was the Rite-Aid account. Other big brands that have benefited from his creative and business-building expertise over the years include Anheuser-Busch, Dunkin’ Donuts, Samsonite, Ocean Spray, and Tyson. Dan has received creative recognition, including One Show, Communication Arts, and Hatch Awards.

Sam Sokolow (COM’91) of Venice, Calif., was nominated for a 2017 Emmy Award in the National Geographic’s Genius, which starred Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein. The 10-episode program was the network’s first scripted series. Ron Howard directed the pilot episode and also executive produced. “Geoffrey and Ron were also nominated in their respective categories as part of 10 total Emmy nominations garnered by Genius,” Sam writes. Sam is president of EUE/Sokolow Entertainment, based in Beverly Hills. He lives in Venice Beach with his wife. He can be reached through his company’s website,


Diane Angelini (SED’92) of Kiawah Island, S.C., is coeditor of Obstetric Triage and Emergency Care Protocols, 2nd Ed. (Springer Publishing, 2017).

Judy Goldfarb (LAW’92) of Newton, Mass., a senior sales broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, received the International President’s Elite Award. The honor is given to the top 2 percent of approximately 87,000 sales associates worldwide.

Eric J. Meyrowitz (CAS’92) of Chappaqua, N.Y., was promoted to senior vice president of sales at Hearst Television.

Kristine Stratton (Questrom’92) of San Francisco, Calif., was appointed to the board of directors of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, a Maine-based public health organization. Kristine is senior vice president of operations of Earthjustice, the nation’s original and largest nonprofit environmental law organization.


Timothy Ketter (CAS’93) of Falls Church, Va., writes, “I completed my 24th year of service in the US Navy in May 2017 and recently returned from Moscow, Russia. While in Russia, I served as the US Naval Attache to the Russian Federation for two years and was fortunate to have traveled to Vladivostok, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, St. Petersburg, and Sochi, among other places. I am studying Greek for my next assignment as the senior defense official/defense attaché at the US embassy in Athens, Greece. Go Navy! Beat Army!” Email Timothy at

Nancy Hayes Kilgore (STH’93) of Burlington, Vt., published Wild Mountain (Green Writers Press, 2017).


Daphne Kalotay (GRS’94, UNI’98) of Somerville, Mass., writes that her short story “Relativity” was the One City One Story pick for 2017. One City One Story is the annual citywide reading event, organized by the Boston Book Festival (BBF). Daphne spoke about the story during a session at the BBF on October 28. She is a lecturer in creative writing at Princeton University.

Josette Manning (Questrom’94) of Wilmington, Del., was appointed cabinet secretary for the Delaware department of services for children, youth and their families. She oversees more than 1,200 employees.


Valerie Coleman (CFA’95) of New York, N.Y., is a Grammy-nominated composer and flutist who was recently listed as one of the top 35 women composers by Washington Post critic Anne Midgette, alongside fellow composer Missy Mazzoli (CFA’02). Valerie is commissioned to write a concerto for wind quintet and orchestra to be premiered at Carnegie Hall in November 2018 with the American Composers Orchestra and Imani Winds; a new suite for clarinet and string quartet based on the life of Muhammad Ali for David Shifrin and the Harlem String Quartet; and a featured work for the National Flute Association’s High School Artist Competition. Last fall, she was a visiting faculty member at the University of Chicago and a featured guest artist of both the 2017 New Jersey and 2018 Mid-Atlantic Flute Fairs.

Christopher Domenech (ENG’95) of Bordertown, N.J., writes, “I’ve been working for Lockheed Martin in New Jersey since graduating from BU. We recently merged with Sikorsky Aircraft, and I accepted a new job in September to manage a portfolio of IT applications across our business area. I now make regular trips up to our Stratford, Conn., facility to support the team that’s there.” Contact Christopher at

Scott Stitt (CAS’95) of Columbus, Ohio, was named to the Best Lawyers in America list for 2018.


Benjamin Bensadon (CAS’96, SED’01) of Boca Raton, Fla., is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in geriatrics. He received his PhD in psychology from the University of Florida and trains medical students, residents, and other healthcare professionals at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) College of Medicine in Boca Raton, where he also conducts clinical research and medical education studies. He is associate director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program’s geriatrics and palliative care rotation, and an assistant professor of clinical biomedical science. He cares for patients, families, and caregivers in his private practice, Bensadon Medical Psychology & Geriatrics, and is known for his “EngAGING with Dr. Ben” group counseling programs. He was named a National Geriatrics Leadership Scholar by the American Geriatrics Society and the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs, and is editor of the textbook Psychology and Geriatrics: Integrated Care for an Aging Population (Elsevier, 2015).

Scharukh Jalisi (CAS’96,’99, MED’99,’11) of Newton Centre, Mass., has been named chief of otolaryngology (ENT)/head and neck surgery in the department of surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Reneé B. Joe (Questrom’96) of Brookeville, Md., has joined the National School Boards Association as managing director, marketing and communications. She oversees communications objectives, strategies, and tactics that support the critical governance role of America’s school boards and build support for our nation’s public schools. Previously, she was vice president, global membership, marketing, and services, for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.


David Navarrete (COM’97) of Fairfield, Iowa, was invited to speak at the American Institute of Architects Iowa convention on September 29, 2017. He presented a new continuing education course for architects and interior designers, based on a new paper he coauthored, “The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space.” “The paper explores the power of multisensory images (illusions of nature) to alter the observer’s perception and experience of interior space. The use of multisensory illusions set within an architectural context is explored through the lens of neuroscience and environmental design,” David writes. The paper was also presented at a conference in October 2017 in Baltimore, Md. David is director of research initiatives and content development at Sky Factory, a company that specializes in design and architecture that emphasizes a connection with nature.


Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello (GRS’98,’03) of Tilton, N.H., was elected to a second three-year term on the board of directors of Mass Humanities, which conducts and supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities to improve civic life in Massachusetts. Elizabeth is a professor at Salem State University.


Scott Allen Jarrett (CFA’99,’08) of Jamaica Plain, Mass., is artistic director of Bach Akademie Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C., an organization that brings historically informed Bach performances to the area.


Danielle Minelli Pagnotta (SSW’00) of Astoria, N.Y., is the new executive director of Providence House, an organization serving women and families affected by homelessness in New York. Previously, Danielle worked for 12 years at the New York City department of homeless services, most recently as deputy commissioner of street homeless solutions.

Daria Polatin (CFA’00) of Los Angeles, Calif., is a playwright, a television writer/producer, and an author. Her debut novel, Devil in Ohio (Macmillan, 2017), is a YA thriller based on the true story of a young woman who escaped from a satanic cult and moved in with her psychiatrist’s family. For more information, visit


Ian Arougheti (CGS’99, COM’01) of Los Angeles, Calif., and his wife, Myriam, had a busy summer. After six years as head of the comedy department at Innovative Artists, where he was responsible for the rising careers of many well-known comedians and actors, he joined ICM Partners as a senior talent agent. A number of his clients followed him to the agency. He adds, “Keeping it all in the family, Myriam just won an Emmy Award as the key makeup artist for HBO’s critically acclaimed hit series Westworld. She’s had three nominations; this is her first win.”

Lawrence Copeland (Questrom’01) of Baltimore, Md., started a new job as business operations manager of the outpatient pharmacy at LifeBridge Health. He is responsible for financial reporting, 304B program compliance, and business development for two hospitals’ outpatient pharmacies. Contact Lawrence at

Michele Currie Navakas (CAS’01) of Oxford, Ohio, is an assistant professor of English at Miami University of Ohio. She has published her first book, Liquid Landscape: Geography and Settlement at the Edge of Early America (University of Pennsylvania, 2017), a study of early US writing about the perils and prospects of inhabiting Florida’s radically unstable ground. Email Michele at

Aaron Plitt (Questrom’01) of Pittsburgh, Pa., was promoted to vice president of trading for the Pittsburgh region at TMS International, a steel services company based in Pittsburgh. He has been with the company for 11 years. Aaron also earned an MBA at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business in May 2017.


Erik Malinowski (COM’02) of San Mateo, Calif., published Betaball: How Silicon Valley and Science Built One of the Greatest Basketball Teams in History (Atria Books, 2017). The book chronicles the swift and improbable rise of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.

Jessica (Nemczuk) Wagner (CAS’02) of Chicago, Ill., married Hugh “Bud” Wagner in Guilford, Conn., on September 12, 2015. Last fall, she earned her architectural license and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. In June, she earned her LEED AP BD+C credential, which promotes sustainable design. Jessica is an architect at Perkins+Will, an architecture and design firm in Chicago. Contact her at


James Direda (GRS’03) of Sterling, Mass., coauthored, with Jack Maroney and Henry Grosse, The East Side of Addiction (DGM Publishing, 2016), a memoir about growing up in a drug addiction–ravaged working-class immigrant enclave in Worcester, Mass.

Jonah Frost (Sargent’03) of Naples, Fla., completed the Pan-Mass Challenge, a two-day bike ride to raise awareness about cancer research and to raise money. He was riding for his father, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2014, and for his mother, who is battling cancer now. Find his gift page at, or email him at

Makousse Ilboudo (CAS’03) of Bronx, N.Y., joined the Bronx County district attorney’s office in February 2017 as assistant district attorney in the trial bureau division. Previously, Makousse was an immigration attorney with the international law firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy in New York City. Contact Makousse at


Jackson Johnson (Questrom’04) of Los Angeles, Calif., opened Johnson Global Accountancy Corp, based in Los Angeles, which specializes in assurance and consulting services to clients. The firm’s business services include audit, review, technical accounting, internal audit, and CFO services. In addition, the firm provides regulatory consulting and engagement quality review services to public accounting firms. Jackson has more than 13 years of experience in the accounting and auditing industry. He worked at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in the Division of Registration and Inspections, where he worked with accounting firms around the world in the areas of quality control and audits of public companies. Before that, Jackson worked for Grant Thornton LLP in Los Angeles, Boston, and Hong Kong. Email Jackson at

Patrick L. Kennedy (COM’04) of Brighton, Mass., coauthored Bricklayer Bill: The Untold Story of the Workingman’s Boston Marathon (University of Massachusetts Press, 2017), about his relative, Irish American “Bricklayer Bill” Kennedy, who won the Boston Marathon in 1917.


Nicole Trilivas (COM’05) of London, England, author of the novel Girls Who Travel (Penguin Random House, 2015), married Jonathan Brierley on September 13, 2017, in Tuscany. Email her at


Jennifer Dare (SED’06) of Rego Park, N.Y., celebrated 10 years at the School at Columbia University in September. She teaches kindergarten, leads a drama class for middle school students, and directs the eigth grade class’ annual spring musical.

Cary James (CGS’04, CAS’06) of New York, N.Y., a wealth management advisor for Merrill Lynch, was named to the first Forbes America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors list. The Forbes ranking of the nation’s leading millennial advisors is based on a variety of criteria meant to recognize the best forward thinkers in the advisory business. Cary joined Merrill Lynch in 2008. He helps individuals and families manage wealth and achieve their financial goals. Email Cary at

Bonnie Steyer (SED’06,’09) of Medford, Mass., and her husband, Jason Zomick, welcomed a daughter, Tahlia Jade Zomick, on June 24, 2017. Contact Bonnie at

Puru Trivedi (CGS’04, Questrom’06) of Washington, D.C., was featured in the Washington Diplomat for his work on the US-India bilateral relationship. The article is available to read on


Lisa Hinrichsen (GRS’07,’08) of Fayetteville, Ark., coedited with Gina Caison and Stephanie Rountree Small-Screen Souths: Region, Identity, and the Cultural Politics of Television (Louisiana State University Press, 2017).

Adrienne LaFrance (COM’07) of Washington, D.C., was promoted to editor of She joined the staff of The Atlantic in 2014.

Jesse Rodgers (CAS’07) of Denver, Colo., moved to the Mile High City from New York. He is an attorney with Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith in its Denver office, the same firm he was associated with in New York. Jesse and his fiancée, Rachel, are planning an October 2018 wedding.


Jin-Kyung Joen (CFA’09) of Brookline, Mass., is the new artistic director of Project STEP, a nonprofit classical string training program for black and Latino students.

Katie Novak (SED’09) of Groton, Mass., published Let Them Thrive: A Playbook for Helping Your Child Succeed in School and in Life (CAST Professional Publishing, 2017). Katie is the assistant superintendent of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Massachusetts.

Jude Ziliak (CFA’09) of New York, N.Y., writes, “I am the 2018 recipient of the Jeffrey Thomas Award from the American Bach Soloists (ABS), which recognizes ‘extraordinary promise and accomplishment in the field of early music.’ I performed as a soloist with ABS at their 2017 gala, and will serve as concertmaster for their May 2018 recording of Bach’s Orchestral Suites.”


Justin Antos (CFA’10) of Oak Lawn, Ill., was a recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Dissertation Award from Auburn University. His PhD dissertation, “High School Students’ Attitudes Toward Competitive Marching Band: A Comparative Analysis Based Upon Contest Rankings,” was one of only three since 2015 to earn this recognition in the fields of humanities/fine arts and biological sciences. Contact Justin at

Sarah Mosser (COM’10, CFA’12) and Daniel Fusco (CAS’10) of Brighton, Mass., met after graduation, and were married on September 16, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y.

Priyanka Naik (CAS’10) of New York, N.Y., competed on the Food Network competition show Cooks vs. Cons, and “won as a ‘con,’” she writes. “I beat out two professionals and one other amateur chef to take home the prize of $10,000. My day job is in data science and business operations at Condé Nast, but my passion is cooking. Born and raised in Staten Island, I have been cooking and designing recipes for 15-plus years. I have been recognized by, Zagat, PETA, and Meatless Monday, among other publications, for my creation of original vegetarian and vegan recipes, such as Sweet Potato Masala Burgers and Chipotle Pumpkin Tortas. My recipes have been featured on my blog of six-plus years, ChefPriyanka (” Email Priyanka at

Tani Nguyen (GRS’10) of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, writes, “I have been appointed director of the General Education Program at Hoa Sen University (HSU). HSU is the leading higher ed institution in Vietnam, promoting the concept of liberal education.” Contact Tani at

Gabrielle Wallace (SED’10) of New York, N.Y., is an English teacher. She writes, “I started making YouTube tutorials for my English language learners and the channel has become a hit, with over 350,000 subscribers and growing. I started the channel as an experiment to help my existing students. Now, these free lessons are reaching learners all over the world, from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe. The goal is to educate and inspire people to learn English and become better communicators.” Gabrielle has since been able to quit her full-time teaching job and work on her YouTube channel from home, “literally recording videos from my room,” she adds. “The channel has made it possible for me to travel the world, even meeting up with my channel followers in cities like Tokyo and Ho Chi Minh City. So, it’s been quite an interesting adventure.”


Sumaira Ahmed (CGS’09, COM’11) of Brookline, Mass., founded the Sumaira Foundation for NMO in 2014, after she was diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica (NMO), a rare autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the central nervous system. In September, Sumaira and the foundation organized a Picnic in the Park benefit at Boston Common, for those affected by the disease. Learn more about the foundation at

Mary Louise Fowler (ENG’11,’14, MED’18) of Malden, Mass., and Greg Boumil (ENG’11,’12) are engaged to be married in June 2018.

Shirley Neal (MET’11) of Toluca Lake, Calif., writes, “So proud that Oprah Winfrey granted me an exclusive cover story for the October/November 2017 anniversary issue of Forbes Women Africa.” Shirley interviewed Winfrey about her South Africa–based school, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Email Shirley at

Michael Zimmerman (CAS’11, GRS’11) of Needham, Mass., was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston on May 20, 2017. He has returned to Rome for a fifth year to finish his license in biblical theology at Pontifical Gregorian University and will spend the spring in Jerusalem at the École Biblique et Archéologique. Contact him at


Molly Ford Beck (MET’13) of Santa Monica, Calif., published her first book, Reach Out: The Simple Strategy You Need to Know to Expand Your Network and Increase Your Influence (McGraw-Hill, 2017). Molly is the founder of the forthcoming podcast-creation website and the lifestyle blog Smart, Pretty & Awkward. She is a marketing expert who provides digital strategies for companies and organizations such as Forbes, Venmo, Rice University, and Hearst. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Parade, the Huffington Post, Redbook, VogueUK, and more. Contact her at

Ventura Dennis (LAW’13) of Revere, Mass., received the 2017 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Massachusetts Bar Association for her outstanding character, leadership, and service to the community.

Alex Entratter (CGS’11, Questrom’13) of Chicago, Ill., was included in the sixth annual Jewish United Fund (JUF) Double Chai in the Chi: 36 Under 36 list of Jewish young adults in Chicago working to make the world a better place. Alex, a real estate broker, serves on JUF’s Young Leadership Division (YLD) board, as well as on the Chicago Next Generation Board of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Alex champions the Chicago LGBTQ community, too. He was one of the founders of the YLD Pride Community, working to connect LGBTQ Jews to Jewish communal life and Israel.

MJ Halberstadt (GRS’13) of Brookline, Mass., was featured in the Off-Off Broadway FRIDGE Fest theater festival, which ran from August 31 to September 10, 2017. The festival was created in response to the news that the New York Fringe Festival would not take place in summer 2017. All plays featured a fridge in their productions.


Alexander Golob (CFA’16) of Wellesley Hills, Mass., was commissioned to create an interactive Snapchat installation at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., for its #HistoricHouseCrush Block Party event on July 20, 2017. The installation consisted of a mural composed of hundreds of Snapchats submitted by community members, all centered around the theme of “home.”

John Allen Nelson (CFA’16) of Saint Paul, Minn., a graduate of BU’s Opera Institute, filled in last minute at the opening night of the Utah Opera’s production of Puccini’s La bohème on October 7, 2017.

Timothy Spezia (CGS’13, CAS’16) of Trenton, Mich., writes, “After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history, I became the assistant curator of collections at the Flat Rock Historical Museum in Flat Rock, Mich. Soon after, I was elected to the museum’s executive board as a trustee, playing a role in the administration of the museum. I left that position a year later to pursue graduate studies in the public history program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. As part of the program, I was awarded a graduate assistantship, a position which requires me to supervise and teach undergraduate history students.”


Michelle Ciccotelli (CFA’17) of Hillsborough, N.J., and Stephanie Occhipinti (CFA’17, CAS’17) of Boston, Mass., started a theater company called Amateur Hour. Their first production, Gutenberg! The Musical! debuted August 24, 2017, at the Club Café in Boston’s Back Bay. They describe the show as a “musical spoof in which two aspiring Broadway writers perform a staged reading of what might be the greatest musical of all time. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, the two playwrights play all the parts and sing all the songs in the hopes of finding a Broadway producer to make all their dreams come true.” The play, written by Anthony King and Scott Brown, originally involved the two male characters, but Michelle and Stephanie played those roles.

Allison Durkan (ENG’17) of Boston, Mass., writes, “I graduated in May and traveled across the country on a road trip, then I started working full time at Microsoft as a software engineer.” Email Allison at

Class notes from 2014-2017