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Art Durgin (COM’51) of Spokane Valley, Wash., turned 90 on June 9, 2018. He lived in Boston for 50 years, and has lived near Seattle for 40 years. “I’ve had good memories during all those years,” he writes.
Frank Clausen (COM’52) of South Haven, Mich., is a semiretired manufacturing consultant. His grandson Peter Kimball (MET’18) recently earned a Master of City Planning at BU’s Metropolitan College.
Titus Plomaritis (Wheelock’53) of Pelham, N.H., recently went on a book tour of all 79 New England Market Basket locations to promote his autobiography, Titus (AuthorHouse, 2012). Titus was a football star while at BU, and he recently established a $100,000 Century Challenge Scholarship at the University. He once hosted President Jimmy Carter at his home in New Hampshire. He was also a military paratrooper and celebrated chiropractor.
Barbara Lee (CAS’59) of New York, N.Y., published God Isn’t Finished with Me Yet (Loyola Press, 2018). “After a career as a lawyer and a US magistrate judge,” she writes, “I became active in Ignatian Volunteer Corps, an organization of retired people who do volunteer work among the poor in the context of Ignatian spirituality. This led me to become a practicing spiritual director (after a three-year course of training). This book presents the resources that Ignatian spirituality offers to the aging, especially those who have retired or experienced various kinds of losses, written from the personal experience of a layperson who firmly believes that age is a number, not an identifier.”
Mary Mallon Nyman (GRS’59) of Wareham, Mass., received a 2018 Marquis Who’s Who in America Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for her achievements in the arts. Now retired, Mary had taught at the junior high, high school, and college levels, and has published several books. She still takes art classes and occasionally teaches at the Plymouth Center for the Arts.
Thomas Chamberlain (ENG’61) of San Pedro, Calif., writes that having retired from engineering in 2009, he has turned his “primary research interest from micro/macroeconomics back to astrophysics and cosmology, focusing (for now) on classical space-time and gravitation with contributions toward explaining ‘too fast’ galaxy dynamics and cosmic acceleration.” He has given talks at the 29th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics (Cape Town, South Africa, December 2017), the American Physical Society April meeting (Columbus, Ohio, April 2018), and the annual AAAS/Pacific division conference (Los Angeles, Calif., June 2018). Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Kemprecos (CGS’59, COM’61) of Dennis Port, Mass., published Shark Bait (Suspense Publishing, 2018) the eighth book in his Cape Cod–based Aristotle “Soc” Socarides private detective series. It is Paul’s 19th book. He writes that he “also collaborated with master of adventure Clive Cussler in the best-selling NUMA Files series.” Paul and his wife, Christi, live on Cape Cod; their granddaughter Zoe Kemprecos (CAS’18) graduated from BU in May with a degree in international relations. Contact Paul at email@example.com.
Catherine (Isherwood) Kinkade (DGE’60, CAS’62) of Clifton, N.J., won the Sonya Koumjian Martin Memorial Award for Innovation in Fine Art for her remarked transfer print, Carlsbad, CA, at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s 121st National Annual Juried Exhibition in New York City in January.
Neil Mahoney (DGE’58, Wheelock’63) of San Rafael, Calif., has begun a new career as a writer after retiring as CEO of Golden Gate Consulting Services. He has published two books, The Connection (Outskirts Press, 2018) and The Harvard Square Mob (Outskirts Press, 2017), the story of “greed and pride and hubris during the Vietnam War.” The Connection, Neil writes, “is an action-adventure story about the people of Boston’s Mission Hill and their connection to and support of each other as they face some tough challenges. It is intended as the first in a series.” Neil also writes that he has a PhD in public policy, an MA in psychology, and an MS in counseling psychology as well as a clinical hypnotherapy certification he received in the 1970s. Neil is married and has 4 sons, 10 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Latimer (CFA’64) of Oregon, Wisc., a percussionist, directs the Capitol City Band, a concert band founded in the 1960s. In celebration of its 50-plus years, the band held a series of free concerts over 12 weeks this past summer. James took leadership of the band in 1981, after its founder, Elmer Ziegler, passed away. Under his leadership, the band has nearly doubled in size and has featured many guest performers. Contact James at email@example.com.
Laura Blacklow (CFA’67) of Cambridge, Mass., announces the release of the fifth edition of her book New Dimensions in Photo Processes: A Step-by-Step Manual for Alternative Techniques (Routledge, 2018), which “invites artists in all visual media to discover contemporary approaches to historical sun-printing as well as recent techniques. Painters, printmakers, and photographers alike will find value in this practical book, as these processes require little to no knowledge of photography, digital means, or chemistry.” She teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and maintains a studio practice hand-making artist’s books and prints. Visit www.laurablacklow.com, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erica Miner (CFA’67) of Edmonds, Wash., published Death by Opera (Paladin Timeless Books, 2018), a Santa Fe–based thriller. Erica can be reached at email@example.com.
Arthur J. Rawl (Questrom’67) of Miami, Fla., published Buying Brazil (CreateSpace, 2017), the first in a planned trilogy. The book, which tells the fictional story of two lovers against the backdrop of an ever-changing Brazil, made it onto the Midwest Book Review Small Press Bookwatch last March.
Nancy Swing (COM’68) of Pacific Grove, Calif., has retired from consulting on adult education and media in countries including Guyana, Pakistan, and Somalia. She’s turning the experiences of her unusual life into “mysteries, with twisty plots, unconventional characters, and offbeat locations.” She has previously published two award-winning mysteries, Malice on the Mekong (Park Place Publications, 2016)—set in Laos—and Child’s Play (Park Place Publications, 2017)—set in West Virginia. She’s working on her third mystery, Lazarus, due at the end of 2018. Visit www.nancyswing.com.
William Frishman (CAS’69, MED’69) of Scarsdale, N.Y., published his 15th book, Triumph over Tragedy: The Odyssey of an Academic Physician (Science International, 2016). His granddaughter is a freshman at BU.
Marvin Raskin (Questrom’69) of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., was appointed to a four-year term on the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct on April 1, 2018. The commission was established in 1978 by the New York state constitution to review complaints of misconduct and disability against judges and justices of the State Unified Court System and, where appropriate, to discipline publicly those judges found to have engaged in misconduct. The commission is composed of 11 members, all of whom serve without pay.
James Seymour (CFA’71) of South Gardiner, Maine, writes that the Boston Theater Critics Association awarded the 2018 Elliot Norton Award for Best Production (large theater) to the Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. production of Beckett in Brief, which he directed. The production starred Will Lyman (CFA’71) and was stage managed by Greg Nash (CFA’71, Wheelock’77). All three had been students of Elliot Norton. Contributing artists to the production included lighting designer Alexander Fetchko (CFA’15) and costume designer Chelsea Kerl (CFA’14).
Laura Studen (COM’71) of Newtonville, Mass., was recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Chambers USA 2018, under the category of Labor & Employment: Mainly Plaintiffs Representation in Massachusetts. She is a partner at Burns & Levinson in Boston.
George A. Logue (Wheelock’72) of Wellesley Hills, Mass., has been appointed to the board of directors of Rosetta Stone, Inc., an education technology company focusing on language and literacy for all ages. George is the former president of the Houghton Mifflin school division and Voyager Sopris Learning. He retired after a 43-year career in educational publishing.
Henry I. Pass (CAS’72) of Gladwyne, Pa., is a business transactional and commercial litigation attorney in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., and owns the Law Offices of Henry Ian Pass. Recently, Henry was appointed to serve on the board of directors of Vesper Boat Club, the rowing cub on Philadelphia’s historic Boathouse Row.
Stewart Lane (CFA’73) of New York, N.Y., a six-time Tony Award–winning producer, was inducted into the Manhattan Jewish Hall of Fame on May 14, 2018. Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough president, hosted the event, which was held at the historic Library of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York.
Andy Cowan (COM’75) of Santa Monica, Calif., a comedy writer who has written for Seinfeld, Cheers, Third Rock from the SunBanging My Head Against the Wall: A Comedy Writer’s Guide to Seeing Stars (Black Rose Writing, 2018). The book features a foreword by Jay Leno.
Shann Kerner (CAS’75) of Boston, Mass., has joined the law firm Lathrop Gage as counsel for its Boston intellectual property team.
Robert Kershner (CAS’75) of Jupiter, Fla., is chair, medical director, and lead professor in Palm Beach State College’s ophthalmic medical technology program. In April, the Palm Beach County Medical Society honored him at the 15th annual Heroes in Medicine Awards for his contributions to healthcare higher education.
Glenn Rifkin (COM’75) of Acton, Mass., published Future Forward: Leadership Lessons from Patrick J. McGovern, the Visionary Who Circled the Globe and Built a Technology Media Empire (McGraw-Hill Education, 2018). “Featured prominently in the book is Hugo Shong, a protégé of Pat McGovern, who has gone on to become a hugely successful business leader in China and an active BU alum,” he writes.
Anne Jolles (Sargent’76) of Plymouth, Mass., writes, “In 2012, my son was in combat in Afghanistan, and I was struggling to cope. I read an article about the Appalachian Trail and the question was, ‘Who’s hiking the trail?’ The answer was, ‘It’s vets walking off their war.’ I thought, ‘Where do I walk off my war?’ Since I couldn’t get to that trail, I created Grace Trail in my hometown of Plymouth, which thousands have since embraced. My mission: Support people and communities worldwide to build greater resiliency and access hope and possibility.” She notes that the five Grace Trail words and questions are gratitude (What am I grateful for?), release (What do I need to release?), accept (What is calling out for acceptance?), challenge (What is my next challenge?), and embrace (What can I embrace as possible?). “You don’t have to come to Plymouth,” she adds. “You can walk or talk it anywhere, anytime just by asking those five questions. As an occupational therapist and certified life coach for 18 years, I’ve joyfully observed the meaningful impact Grace Trail has had on so many others. People are yearning for a simple way to move toward hope, past their challenge—they find it here. This motivation of human spirit fuels me.”
Lisa-Joy Clausen-Cohen (Wheelock’77) and Alan Cohen (Questrom’78) of Falmouth, Mass., are celebrating their 40th anniversary. They write, “After spending 40 years in southern New Jersey, [we made] the move to Cape Cod this spring to be close to our daughter’s growing family. Would love to hear from BU friends: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Robert Stuart (CFA’77) of Staunton, Va., showed his new paintings in the solo exhibition Linear Progressions last spring at the Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Va. Email him at email@example.com.
Lucille Jerome (SSW’78, GRS’95) of Tyngsboro, Mass., received a Because of Her Award at the Lowell Women’s Week 2018 ceremony on February 26, 2018, in Lowell, Mass. The annual award recognizes “extraordinary leadership, generosity, compassion, activism, and commitment” to the Lowell community. She was honored for service to the elderly community. She created and hosts For the Young at Heart, a monthly cable access television program, now in its 11th year. The program is sponsored by the D’Youville Life and Wellness Community, is taped in Dracut, Mass., and broadcast in the Merrimack Valley area. The program can also be viewed on the D’Youville website: www.dyouville.org. The show features interviews with experts in aging, with a focus on topics such as medical and mental health, socialization, spirituality, elder law, finance, and housing.
Karen Vitek (Wheelock’78) of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., writes, “After 40 years of teaching, I retired at the end of June 2018. I have been a fourth grade teacher, learning disabilities specialist, child study team leader, resource room teacher, self-contained teacher, technology integration specialist for K–5 and 6–12, middle school computer studies teacher, and finally a computer science teacher for grades 9–12. Time for the next chapter!”
Scott Biron (Wheelock’79) of Bradford, N.H., was recently accepted onto the New Hampshire Traditional Arts & Folklife Listing, which is managed by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Scott is listed for his knowledge of the traditional art of fly tying. Email Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynda Goldstein Shrager (Sargent’79) of Slingerlands, N.Y., published Age in Place: A Guide to Modifying, Organizing, and Decluttering Mom and Dad’s Home (Bull Publishing, 2018). Learn more at www.otherwisehealthy.com.
Andrew Isaacs (ENG’81) of Bedminster, N.J., founded the biotech company Interstice Therapeutics, LLC. Andrew has worked in the life science/pharma industry for 30 years, which, he says, has given him “firsthand experience in global product development, launching many products, and assessing thousands of drugs for in/out licensing. Unfortunately, most of the big drug companies are only seeking ‘blockbuster’ drugs that have multibillion-dollar revenue opportunities and are not structured to manage the various revenue contributions from smaller or shorter in-market exclusivity products. So, when ‘new’ drugs are launched, there is an enormous expectation of adoption/uptake that rarely happens, leaving a treatment gap that may be addressed by simple combination therapies. This presents an enormous opportunity to fill this gap that not only meets unmet clinical needs, but is also profitable. Therefore, the first drug target for us is a simple combination cardiology drug that has the potential to address a significant unmet medical need and help prevent thousands of deaths each year.” Contact Andrew at email@example.com.
Francine (Kirven) White (Sargent’81) of Silver Spring, Md., writes, “For the past two years, I’ve been working as a nurse for the District of Columbia government within the division of program integrity. I conduct Medicaid provider audits for fraudulent billing practices. The DC alumni are really active—I’ve enjoyed the BU on the Hill events.”
Manjit Kaur Khalsa (Wheelock’82) of Millis, Mass., published The Yoga-CBT Workbook for Anxiety (New Harbinger Publications, 2017), which she cowrote with Julie Greiner-Ferris. The book “addresses anxiety management from a new perspective. Julie and I drew from our many years of clinical practice to create an innovative psychological treatment model called Yoga-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Y-CBT). The Y-CBT model blends traditional psychotherapy with ancient yogic practice,” Manjit writes. “By addressing both the physical and cognitive (thought) components of anxiety, our research has shown the Y-CBT model to be highly effective in helping people achieve more complete symptom resolution. Our book offers readers the opportunity to work on their symptoms of anxiety in a self-help format.”
Mark Stonesifer (CGS’82) of Tucson, Ariz., published a new book of poetry, Siege of the Saguaro (Blurb, 2018). When he wrote, the book was slated to be released at the world’s largest book fair in Frankfurt, Germany, in October. Mark has also written another collection of poetry, Poet on the Border (Blurb, 2018), which his wife, Alecia Johnson, edited.
Mehrzad Boroujerdi (CAS’83) of Manilus, N.Y., published Postrevolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook (Syracuse University Press, 2018).
Richard Gentzler (STH’83) of Gallatin, Tenn., published An Age of Opportunity: Intentional Ministry by, with, and for Older Adults (Discipleship Resources, 2018). In the book, he “engages church leaders with knowledge and information about our aging society and the need for churches to reimagine congregational vitality through intentional older adult ministry.” Richard has retired from the General Board of Discipleship and the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is director of Encore Ministries for the Golden Cross Foundation of the Tennessee Conference. “We are living in an age of opportunity with an aging population that congregations too often ignore,” he writes. In addition to his work with the church, he serves as president of the board of directors for the Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wendy Heath (CAS’83) of Princeton, N.J., has been a professor of psychology at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J., for 25 years. She recently published her first textbook, Psychology Research Methods: Connecting Research to Students’ Lives (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Email Wendy at email@example.com.
Lynn Griesemer (CAS’84) of Tampa, Fla., announces the publication of Take Back Your Birth: Inspiration for Expectant Moms (Terra Publishing, 2018) and the debut of her podcast, Your Marriage Matters. Contact Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Arbetter (COM’86) of Altamont, N.Y., was selected as one of the 2018 Albany Power 100 by City & State New York. The rankings cover Albany’s most powerful people in politics, media, and business. Susan is the news and public affairs director at WCNY, central New York’s public broadcasting station.
Todd Summer (Questrom’86) of San Diego, Calif., was promoted to CEO of Aztec Shops, Ltd., and to associate vice president of business and financial affairs at San Diego State University in 2017. Aztec Shops handles commercial services for San Diego State, including its independent dining operations, independent campus store operations, residential and commercial real estate, conference services, and licensing. Todd is a former president of the National Association of College Stores and the former treasurer of RATEX Business Solutions, and has held other collegiate industry board positions.
Demetries Grimes (CGS’85, CAS’87) of Miami, Fla., a retired navy commander, is a Democratic candidate for South Florida’s 26th congressional district.
Michael Jacobson (Questrom’87) of Mansfield, Mass., is a guitarist-turned-author. He published Mock & Roll (CreateSpace, 2017), which follows four bandmates as they find success in a part of the music industry that hustles imitation rock ’n’ roll groups performing under the guise of well-known bands and artists.
John Loalbo (LAW’87) of Parsippany, N.J., joined Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP, as a probate litigation lawyer.
Shelby Raebeck (GRS’87) of East Hampton, N.Y., published Sparrow Beach (Gatekeeper Press, 2018), a novel “set on Long Island’s rapidly changing East End.” Last year, he published Louse Point: Stories from the East End (BookBaby, 2017), a collection of 13 short stories “also set amidst the haunting land and seascapes of the East End.”
Dan Warner (Wheelock’87) of Bethlehem, Pa., has been named vice provost for admission and financial aid at Lehigh University. He will lead efforts key to the enrollment goals set forth in Lehigh’s Path to Prominence initiative, which calls for expanding the undergraduate population by 1,000 students. Dan was previously director of admission at Rice University. Email him at email@example.com.
Armando Addati (CAS’88) of Fiumicino, Italy, published I sandali al cocco (CreateSpace, 2015). The book, written in Italian, was partly inspired by his parents’ meeting. “My father, Felice, immigrated to Venezuela from Italy in the 1950s and my mother, Dorita, immigrated from Spain. They were staying at the same B&B in Caracas. Felice left Italy to have a life change, and Dorita left Madrid to look for her daughter’s father. They helped each other until they fell in love…. The book’s silent subject is the sea, but it is a romanced storytelling collage of journeys, of all the places and people I grew up with and who in some way were related to the sea or to the smell of coconut,” he writes. “Even though it is a self-published book, and is not promoted at all, readers find it on the web and then contact me. These readers who contact me are people who one way or another were searching on the internet for Italian immigration stories in Venezuela or searching for Venezuelan terms related to immigration and immigrants.”
Charles F. Barker (GRS’88) of Plymouth, Mass., published Bonnie the Friendship Sloop: A Story about Making It through Hard Times (iUniverse, 2018). “During my time at BU, I did a lot of field work along the coast of Maine,” he writes. “I was working under [professor of earth and environment] Duncan Fitzgerald, studying coastal geology. Those were great days! This book features many of the places in Maine I visited during my studies, and which I return to now for vacation.”
Karen (Keck) DeRuosi (Sargent’88) of Ambler, Pa., was honored as Holy Redeemer Health System’s Employee of the Year during an employee recognition dinner in May 2018. She is a pediatric rehabilitation therapist, and has worked for Holy Redeemer for 11 years. Employees of the Year are chosen from among those recognized quarterly for their dedication to patients and commitment to the health system’s values. They are nominated by their peers and selected by departmental committees. Holy Redeemer Health System has 4,100 employees. Email Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeremy Kehoe (COM’88) of Los Angeles, Calif., writes that his dark, absurdist, existential comedy Movin’ On Up made its West Coast premiere at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival in June. The show made its world premiere at the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival, where it performed before sold-out audiences and was named one of the 10 Shows That Stand Out by The Producer’s Perspective. Visit www.movinonuptheplay.com, or email Jeremy at email@example.com.
Genevieve Martin (LAW’88) of Johnston, R.I., received the Musiker-Merenda Award from the Rhode Island Psychological Association in September 2016 for her work on behalf of the mentally ill in Rhode Island. It is the highest award given by the association. She was recently unanimously elected a member of the board of directors of the Rhode Island Mental Health Association. Genevieve married Henry Michalenka on October 20, 2017.
David Friedlander (Questrom’89) of Albuquerque, N.M., released an original jazz album, Reflections. The compositions have elements of Latin, funk, and blues, performed by internationally acclaimed musicians, with David on guitar.
Laura Ibanez (GRS’89) of Lorton, Va., works in the benefits delivery administration, operations department, of Willis Towers Watson, a global insurance company. She is also an associate broker for Wise Agent Realty in Fairfax, Va., and licensed in life insurance for Utah. She was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow from 1988 to 1989 at BU, and writes that her fellowship year “paved the way for a successful career transition to the Washington, D.C., area and Utah.” In 1997, she formed her own company, OakCrest Enterprises, LLC. She has cowritten the book Mother and Sons (AuthorHouse, 2001), and she wrote A Tale of Survival (Xlibris, 2012) under her pen name, Laurel Richards. Former classmates can email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marnie MacLean (COM’90) of Cumberland Center, Maine, accepted a new position with Broadreach Public Relations in Portland as a senior storyteller/multimedia strategist. Marnie spent most of her career in television news as a reporter for affiliates in Maine and Oklahoma, and in Boston. “As a reporter, it was my job to listen to people and tell their stories, a responsibility I took very seriously,” she writes. “Now, as a PR professional, I have the unique ability to help clients see what makes their story compelling and the most effective ways to share it with the desired audience. As a visual storyteller, I know the power of video and photography to help deliver a message, and am pleased to bring those skills to Broadreach Public Relations.” Contact Marnie at email@example.com.
Kevin Murphy (CAS’90) of Syracuse, N.Y., has been in law enforcement in upstate New York for 28 years. This past year, he earned an MS in criminal justice administration from Keuka College. He was named Central New York Police Officer of the Year in 1997 and the New York Gang Investigators Association Gang Investigator of the Year in 2007. Kevin’s next goal is pursuing a doctorate in criminal justice while he seeks secondary employment as an adjunct professor.
Andrew Budkofsky (CGS’89, COM’91) of Tenafly, N.J., was named chief revenue officer and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine.
Ellen Graper (Questrom’91) of Washington, D.C., a certified public accountant, has joined Johnson Global Accountancy Corp as its managing director. In this role, she provides consulting services to public accounting firms registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). Previously, Ellen was an associate director for the PCAOB and managed the division of registration and inspections’ remediation efforts for accounting firms worldwide. Johnson Global Accountancy was founded by Jackson G. Johnson (Questrom’04). The firm provides assurance, accounting, and consulting services to companies in a variety of industries and CPA firms throughout the world, and specializes in performing audits of small to medium-size companies. Contact Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelly Kane (CAS’91, Sargent’97) of Pawtucket, R.I., is director of nutrition at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. She published her first textbook, Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy (Jones & Bartlett, 2018), with coauthor Kathy Prelack. The book is geared toward upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level nutrition students.
Raymond McElfish (LAW’91) of West Hollywood, Calif., opened his law firm, McElfish Law, in New York City almost 25 years ago. He opened his Los Angeles office in 2002 and has been headquartered in West Hollywood. Since law school, he has litigated and tried to verdict hundreds of catastrophic accident cases, including trucking, general liability, products liability, and bad faith insurance cases. He has published in every area of his practice and is considered one of the preeminent trial lawyers in southern California today. In addition, he is a semiprofessional stand-up comedian, a regular at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, the Hollywood Improv, and the Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway. He has performed and taped for the Fox television show Laughs and was a featured speaker at the annual Mensa meeting in Los Angeles on the subject Comedy in the Courtroom, “chronicling how humor is present in all aspects of lawsuits and every walk of life if you know where to look,” he writes.
Stephanie Kossmann (CAS’92) of East Fairfield, Vt., is featured as an Artist to Watch in volume #7 of the Vermont Art Guide, which was released in May 2018. Stephanie’s mission is “to foster radical self-acceptance and agency through art.” She is seeking survivors for nonrepresentational, abstract portraiture as part of her “3:30 Project,” which “will be used to reflect the subjects’ memories, or imagined state of safety and peace.” Each survivor volunteer will be gifted an original portrait. A separate triptych will be used for exhibits and offered for sale. A portion of the profits will be used to support community service providers, rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, or other empowerment and advocacy groups. Learn more at www.stephaniekossmann.art.
Jonathan Sarver (CAS’93) of Kansas City, Mo., is senior vice president/investment officer at Sarver Vrooman Wealth Management at Wells Fargo Advisors in Mission Woods, Kans. In February 2018, he made the Forbes 2018 Best-In-State Wealth Advisors ranking for Kansas. Jonathan self-published the book 6 Essential Practices for Income Investors. He welcomes all alumni to contact him at email@example.com or request a complimentary copy of his book at www.sarvervrooman.wfadv.com.
David Arrivée (CFA’95) of Arroyo Grande, Calif., is codirector of Cal Poly Bach Week, an annual festival that brings together early music specialists and students to present historically informed performances of Bach and his contemporaries. The festival includes lectures, chamber music on period instruments, and large works for choir and instruments.
Aimee Perron (CGS’93, Sargent’95,’97) of Somerset, Mass., is an American Physical Therapy Association board–certified neurologic clinical specialist. She recently received the Richard Kessler Memorial Award at the American Physical Therapy Association Massachusetts chapter 2017 annual meeting. The award honors a physical therapist who has given to society without thought of personal or professional gain. Aimee also received the American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Geriatrics Award for Clinical Excellence at the 2018 Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans in February 2018. This award recognizes a physical therapist for outstanding clinical practice in a geriatric healthcare setting.
Sean Sweeney (COM’95, CAS’95, Sargent’99) of Dorchester, Mass., has been recognized by Speech Pathology Master’s Programs as a top speech-language pathology blogger for his blog, Speech Techie.
Glynnis LaRosa (SPH’96) of Raynham, Mass., received the Lillian Wald Service Award from the public health nursing section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) at the APHA annual meeting in November 2017. The award honors individuals who provide exemplary public health nursing service, especially through professional, legislative, or public advocacy. Glynnis is the senior public health nursing advisor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Jason Charnick (CAS’97) of Long Beach, Calif., writes that his debut feature documentary, Getting Over, had its world premiere in March at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. It was well received, he writes, and has had many positive reviews. Visit www.gettingoverfilm.com, or email Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Prudhomme (COM’97) of Port Clinton, Ohio, published Be Happy NOW!: From Wall Street Ambition and the Illusion of Success, My Path to Happiness (Balboa Press, 2017) with Alison Lanza Falls.
Rebecca La Pira (CGS’96, COM’98) of Demarest, N.J., was elected to her second three-year term as a council member in Demarest, N.J. She is also an owner of a recently opened RE/MAX Signature Homes in Closter, N.J. Contact her at email@example.com.
Rob Raymond (ENG’98) of Phoenix, Ariz., and Erik Brine (CAS’98) of Arlington, Va., have started a music organization made up of veterans, called Operation Encore, which is based in Arlington. The group has released two CDs so far and has held many concerts. Rob and Erik are both airmen. Learn more at www.operationencore.org.
Emmanuel Tagnard (COM’98) of Geneva, Switzerland, published Très Saint-Père (Holy Father) (Salvator, 2018), for which he had 18 notable people write open letters to Pope Francis on issues such as ecology, disability, terrorism, genocide, pedophilia, prostitution, and corruption. The letters complement his own missives in the book, written during a 50-day, 670-mile walk from Switzerland to Rome. Emmanuel is the co–executive producer of Faut pas croire (Don’t Believe It), a religious and ethical program of the French-speaking Swiss national television Radio Télévision Suisse.
Ludmilla Leibman (CFA’99) of Boston, Mass., is executive director of the Educational Bridge Project (EBP), a nonprofit organization that provides forums for collaborative American-Russian creative initiatives, which she established while a doctoral student at the BU School of Music. In October 2017, the EBP celebrated its 20th anniversary and welcomed participants from Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Boston to the events of the 32nd Russian-American Festival of Art and Education (in Boston). “Previous festival participants include BU School of Music professors John Daverio, Roman Totenberg, Raphael Hillyer, Jeremy Yudkin, Phyllis Hoffman, Eric Ruske, Charles Fussell, among others, as well as more than a hundred BU students,” Ludmilla writes.
Diana Rodriguez Wallach (COM’00) of Philadelphia, Pa., was selected as a finalist for Best Young Adult Novel by the International Thriller Writers for her book Proof of Lies (Entangled Publishing, 2017), the first in a series of YA spy thrillers. George R. R. Martin received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony. The sequel to Proof of Lies, Lies That Bind (Entangled, 2018), debuted in March. Visit www.dianarodriguezwallach.com, and email Diana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emily Hollenberg (CAS’01) of Southfield, Mich., joined Transitions Legal as an associate attorney, practicing family law.
Allison Rose Moss (COM’01) of Santa Monica, Calif., has spent her career developing and marketing beauty products for large brands, such as Lancôme, L’Oréal, and Jurlique. She eventually followed her heart to the more natural side of beauty, focusing on nontoxic products, but the one she couldn’t find a good solution for was deodorant. So she hooked up with a green chemist and decided to do it herself: type:A deodorant launched in April 2018. A month after launching on her e-commerce site, www.typeadeodorant.com, she launched at Credo Beauty; this fall type:A will be available at Fab Fit Fun as well. Inc. magazine online named type:A one of the brands everyone will be trying in 2019, and US Weekly awarded type:A in the 2018 Best Hair and Makeup Products.
Jessica (Morris) Betz (CAS’02) of La Mesa, Calif., and Sarah (Dixon) Sherrod (ENG’02) of San Diego, Calif., are best friends and former BU roommates who were both commissioned at the USS Constitution 16 years ago. They still serve in the US Navy—Sarah as a reservist helicopter pilot and Jes as an active duty nuclear power surface warfare officer—at Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific (CNAP) in San Diego. Sarah is the executive assistant to the executive director for CNAP and Jes is the force reactor training assistant for the Nuclear Propulsion Office. Friends for the last 20 years, they have deployed separately around the world; each has married and had two children. Sarah went on to earn an MA in teaching, secondary science (with a physics concentration) from the University of Southern California in 2017, and Jes received an MA in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in 2010. This is the first time they have been stationed together. Over the years, they have bumped into other former classmates, including Joshua Peters (COM’02) of Coronado, Calif., Jes writes. At the time of writing, Josh was in the prospective executive officer pipeline and was about to assume the position of executive officer, and later commanding officer, of helicopter squadron HSM-79 out of Naval Air Station North Island. “Upon graduation and commissioning, newly minted ensigns leave Boston not knowing when they’ll see their classmates again, but the Navy is smaller than you think,” says Jes.
Andrea Cale (COM’02) of Harvard, Mass., is the author of The Corn Husk Experiment (Morgan James, 2018). “In advance of the novel, I created a nonfiction spinoff called the Good News Experiment, which highlights the work of community innovators with feature stories that run on my blog and are posted on social media, in addition to press releases that go out to the honoree’s local newspaper,” she writes. “This initiative has highlighted the work of four honorees so far, and all four have had newspaper coverage. The ripple effects have been encouraging. For example, Lola Alexander, a woman who overcame tragedies and dedicates her life to serving others in her community, received coverage in Boston’s Dorchester Reporter. A local professor saw the story and invited her to speak at a Northeastern University bioethics forum. The Good News Experiment is in partnership with Boston’s Mothers for Justice and Equality, whose president, Monalisa Smith, helps identify honorees. The Good News Experiment emphasizes the connections we share with each other by highlighting stories of ‘helpers’ in the media. Unexpected connections and empathy are also themes in my novel, which takes readers on a journey with five relatable characters through a gritty, entertaining ride through life’s ups and downs before connecting at a stadium where unexpected things happen.”
Kayla Mohammadi (CFA’02) of Brookline, Mass., showed new paintings in a solo exhibition at the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine, last summer.
Punit Shah (SHA’02) of Tampa, Fla., is now a minority owner of the Miami Marlins, joining former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who has a 4 percent stake in the team. Businessman Bruce Sherman is majority owner. Punit is CEO of the real estate development and investment company Liberty Group.
Brian Sirman (CAS’02, MET’08, GRS’14) of Brookline, Mass., a lecturer in BU’s Creative Writing Program, published Concrete Changes: Architecture, Politics, and the Design of Boston City Hall (University of Massachusetts Press, 2018). “This is the first book-length study of one of the most controversial buildings in the world,” he writes.
Angela Chaudhuri (SPH’03) of Bangalore, India, writes that she is the director of Swasti Health Catalyst, “an organization that works on social innovations and catalyzes sectors, partners, and ideas to create positive health impacts for vulnerable communities.” She adds, “I recently became a board member of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health, hosted by the World Health Organization.” Contact Angela at email@example.com.
Justin C. Maaia (GRS’03) of Alexandria, Va., was awarded the Olmsted Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching by Williams College. He accepted the prize in June at the Williams commencement ceremony. He writes that he would like to thank all of the BU faculty who prepared him for a successful career in teaching.
Parag Vaish (Questrom’03) of Redwood City, Calif., is an industry leader in the field of digital product management. He works for Tesla in San Francisco as the head of digital product management, content and design, a position that involves helping to ease the world’s transition to sustainable energy through the development of digital products. Parag came to Tesla in 2017 after working at companies such as Epocrates, Inc., StubHub, and MSNBC. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration at California State University, Northridge, and an MBA at Boston University.
Milissa Kaufman (MED’04) of Belmont, Mass., received the 2018 Cornelia B. Wilbur Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation for her work in the assessment and treatment of acute stress disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and dissociative disorders.
Matt Bezerman (CAS’05) and Julie Adler (COM’07) of Los Angeles, Calif., were married in September in Southern California, where they both live and work as in-house attorneys. Matt writes that they “sadly couldn’t figure out how to register at the BU Bookstore.” Contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Therese Barbato (CFA’06) and Tala Ashe (CFA’06) of New York, N.Y., are actresses who have launched the podcast that’s what she said. The podcast, Therese writes, “features conversations with women about their love lives. I host the show slumber-party style from my bed in Brooklyn. Several BU alums have been guests.” Check out the podcast at www.thatswhatshesaidpod.com.
Kate Gallagher (COM’06) of Leesburg, Va., was promoted to senior associate and oversees marketing efforts for the mid-Atlantic and federal markets for the professional services firm Dewberry. She is based in the firm’s Fairfax, Va., office.
Caitlin (McGee) Swartz (COM’06, Questrom’06) of Culver City, Calif., was promoted to vice president at MPRM Communications. She leads publicity efforts in the television practice for numerous clients, including AMC/SundanceTV, DreamWorks Animation Television, Netflix, NBC’s The Voice and World of Dance, Showtime Documentary Films, Sony Pictures Television, and TV One. In addition, she oversees campaigns and submissions for networks and studios for the Primetime Emmys and other industry awards. Caitlin has been with the company since 2007.
Stephanie Cote (Questrom’07) of Barrington, R.I., joined the education law team at the law firm of Brennan, Recupero, Cascione, Scungio & McAllister.
Kate (Marshall) Elkins (SHA’07) of Chelmsford, Mass., recently launched a project called Veggies to the People, which “brings veggies to people who need them most through a grassroots business model that empowers low-income women and their families.” The initiative launched in July 2018 in Lowell, Mass., and distributed hundreds of boxes of vegetables in the community, while helping women earn a commission on each box sold. Learn more at www.facebook.com/vegtothepeople, or email Kate at email@example.com.
Cory Kalanick (CAS’07) of Denver, Colo., made partner at Sherman & Howard LLC, a full-service law firm based in Denver. Cory practices in the firm’s public finance group, where he represents local governments and other political subdivisions, as well as underwriters and lenders, in public finance transactions, election law, constitutional law, and economic development matters. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rebecca Perkins (SPH’07) of Boston, Mass., an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at BU’s School of Medicine, was one of two volunteers from across the country to receive the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) 2018 Volunteer Leadership Award. She is an ACS-funded researcher and an expert on HPV, and works in collaboration with the ACS global headquarters staff, HPV Roundtable, and its HPV Vaccinate Adolescents against Cancers program. Additionally, in leading a survivor involvement task group, she spearheaded a suite of HPV survivor videos that have been widely used by ACS and national partners.
Emalie Gainey (CAS’09) of Orleans, Mass., and Meggie Quackenbush (COM’16) of Boston, Mass., have taken on high-level positions in Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office. Emalie is press secretary and Meggie is deputy press secretary.
Tim Probert (CFA’09) of West Islip, N.Y., writes, “I recently signed a two-book deal with First Second Books, a division of Macmillan. I’ll be writing and illustrating an original graphic novel series.”
Bailey Roese (CAS’10, GRS’10) of Louisville, Ky., is the general counsel of the Kentucky Democratic Party.
Andre Chapman (MET’11) of Quincy, Mass., writes, “After graduating with my master’s in criminal justice in 2011, it took quite a while before I was in a role aligned with the criminal justice field. I started working at CFG, Inc., as an AML (anti-money laundering) investigator in August 2015. I have also since attained my CAMS (certified anti-money laundering specialist) certification from the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, and am now contributing daily to the investigation and capture of individuals perpetrating money crimes, which also are linked to other major and minor crimes.” He adds, “I am grateful that my degree from BU helped to propel me into a career with purpose and value to society. I also do real estate on the side.” Email Andre at RealEstateDre@gmail.com.
Brittany Trimble (Wheelock’12) of Boston, Mass., married Kyle Walker on May 19, 2018.
Monique M. Chouraeshkenazi (MET’13) of Woodbridge, Va., founder and CEO of the Chouraeshkenazi Group, writes, “My first collegiate textbook was published this year. Titled Homeland & National Security: Understanding America’s Past to Protect the Future, it’s one of the first texts to integrate homeland and national security initiatives to better understand the responsibilities of the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, with an overall goal of protecting American national security interests. I’m also a 13-year Air Force veteran.”
Ismael Hammoudi (CAS’14) of Brooklyn, N.Y., writes, “Since graduating from BU, I have taught K–12 students in Cambodia, worked in refugee education in the New Jersey/New York area, and worked in operations at a charter school that serves vulnerable populations in south Brooklyn. These experiences have led me to commit myself to fighting for education equality throughout the world for the rest of my life. I believe strongly that every student deserves high-quality education, and that education is the most powerful weapon to combat inequality.” Ismael is a global advocate with Mama Hope, an NGO that partners with local organizations on sustainable development projects. “I have committed to supporting Flying Kites, an education NGO in Njabini, Kenya. Flying Kites provides a high-quality, holistic education as well as food and housing to local students while also running training programs for local public school teachers,” he says. “In October, I will be going to Njabini to oversee the enrollment of 60 new students and to monitor the effectiveness of all academic programs. I have pledged to raise $20,000 for Flying Kites, and would love the support of the Boston University alumni community.” Contact Ismael for more information at email@example.com.
Haley Ashworth (Sargent’16) of Hoboken, N.J., is attending graduate school in New York City. She will graduate in November and will begin practicing as a physician assistant.
Shruti Bhiwandiwala (COM’17) of Brookline, Mass., writes, “Since graduation, I’ve had a hard time leaving the BU campus. I completed a part-time consultancy at the School of Social Work in August 2017, and went on to become the marketing and communications specialist at the College of Engineering’s department of mechanical engineering.”
Katherine Carrillo (MET’17) of San Diego, Calif., is vice president of a mid-size, full-service marketing and communications agency in San Diego that has an emphasis on social change. “With my master’s degree in international marketing and a global business performance certificate,” she writes, “I’ve been able to build this position to help form what a new-age ‘ad agency’ looks like: what we go after, the purpose we fulfill, and how we go about influencing and impacting the world around us with like-minded companies and organizations and advertising. It is extremely fulfilling personally, and I credit the alignment of the graduate program to the mission and values of the agency for my successes as of late in my career. Proud to be a BU alum!” Email Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fiorella Patrucco (MET’17) of Lima, Peru, writes that she had “an exciting 2016–2017 year. I met lots of amazing people during my time in Boston, excellent professors always willing to help and transmit their academic knowledge. I had many travels and adventures that I will always remember. What I liked the most about BU is how international the University is. I joined the Outdoor Club, which I enjoyed on the weekends. I participated in the Summer Accelerator Program, which helped me improve my entrepreneurial skills and meet talented people. I will be back to Boston soon. It was a great experience.”
Matthew Scinto (CFA’17) of Brewster, Mass., has created an orchestra to serve the Cape Cod region. “I was shocked by the lack of classical music and the need for an organization to help develop more youth programs in this area of Massachusetts,” he writes. “After fundraising since October 2017, I managed to raise around $10,000 for our debut concert on April 15, 2018. Performing music of young composers is part of the mission of the orchestra, and we [debuted] a new piece by Boston composer Francis Snyder on the poetry of Judith Askew, a local Cape Cod poet.”
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 tennis.com 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 sunburstandluminary.com.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.hipesq.com.
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, folkriver.net, or contact her at email@example.com.
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 www.glenndyer.net, or email Glenn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.wildmaineadventure.com. Email William at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.teachrock.org/book/soundbreaking/. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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, www.synergy-press.org, 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 www.judyboss.com.
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 www.facebook.com/WAVESAHEAD.
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 www.dawnlombardiart.com.
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 www.mbranegame.com, and email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.aroundthesunfilm.com or www.facebook.com/aroundthesunfilm. Email Jonathan at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Lynda.com) 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 (www.odmp.org), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.studio118creative.com, or email Jason at Jason@studio118creative.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.jennifermele.com.
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 www.thatswhatshesaidpod.com.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 ParentTours.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.amnonkabatchnik.com.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, or visit www.lcweekly.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.susanmarxartist.com.
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 www.jeanelson.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.katztales.com 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.americasmusicworks.com.
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 www.carolgordonekster.com.
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 www.thelunapress.com.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.kathykemp.com, and contact Kathy at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.thegavel.net, or email Pamela at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.glutenfreeconnecticut.com. 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 email@example.com.
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, www.euesokolow.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.dariapolatin.com/books.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 http://profile.pmc.org/jfo342, or email him at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.washdiplomat.com.
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 TheAtlantic.com. 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 email@example.com.
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 foodgawker.com, 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 (www.chefpriyanka.com).” Email Priyanka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 thanhnghi2342yahoo.com.vn.
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 www.sumairafoundation.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.messybun.com 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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