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49  Tony Franco W’49 represented the U.S. as playing captain of the men’s 80-and-over Gardnar Mulloy Cup team in Australia last November; the team defeated Britain, New Zealand, and France, before losing to Australia in the finals. Tony was 1-1 in singles and 3-0 in doubles. He earned his place on the team by winning both the singles and doubles titles at the national grass and clay-court tournaments. In the individual world championships following the cup matches, he lost in the semi-finals of the singles, but won the doubles crown for the fourth time in the past five years.

51 Dr. Sheldon Einhorn Ed’51 G’56 Gr’66 see Miriam Einhorn CW’58.

Elaine Goldberg Galen FA’51,
www.ElisaArt.com, had several works in Paradise Lost and Found, a show at the Atrium in Manhattan earlier this year.

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55Gwenda Acton Barnitz CW’55, gbarnitz@yahoo.com, emails that The Dragon Hunters: Children of Isis, the second in her Dragon Hunters series, has been published by Fountain Publishing.

56 R. Franklin Brown Jr. C’56,jandfbrown726@verizon.net, has dissolved the multi-association management firm bearing his name, and retired. He had completed a 49  -year relationship with his principal client, the Copper & Brass Servicenter Association. He recently received a lifetime achievement award from the Copper & Brass Fabricators Council and was also honored by the Copper Development Association for his 50 years of dedicated service to the industry. Completing his half century as executive director of numerous national trade associations, he reports “great satisfaction at being in a profession so challenging and invigorating, but also very enjoyable and satisfying.”
57 G. Donald Weber Jr. EE’57 writes, “In August, my beloved wife, Joann, and I, along with our kids and grandkids, celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on a cruise to the Mexican Rivera with stops at Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and Mazatlan. We still live in Villa Park, Calif. (having moved from Pennsylvania in 1972). I am semi-retired, but continue to practice intellectual-property law with much involvement with technologies that weren’t even thought about when I graduated. Also, thanks to Bob Wainer EE’58 for introducing me to Joann.”

58 Miriam Einhorn CW’58 and Dr. Sheldon Einhorn Ed’51 G’56 Gr’66 combined the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary with the marriage of daughter Janet Einhorn GEng’88 to Craig Spielman.

Dr. B. Vithal Shetty Gr’58, Germantown, Md., wrote World, as Seen Under the Lens of a Scientist: Negro Zero To American Hero Who Changed United States from American Hypocrisy To Greatest Democracy, which was published by Xlibris early last year. It describes his life, from growing up in a village in Karnataka state, India, to arriving in America in 1948, and on to becoming an internationally known chemist; it details the oppression he suffered and his seeing the parallel oppression of African Americans.

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61   Connie Freid Ed’61 writes, “I won Best In Show. My painting, ‘Waiting,’ won the Frances K. Brooks Memorial Award at the 93rd Annual Greenwich Art Society Bendheim Exhibit” earlier this year.

Frederick Rankin MacFadden Jr. Gr’61,
professor emeritus at Coppin State University, presented a memoir installment to the Rowan University library: “DVD Demo of the Dear Departed: Happy Hauntings of Memory’s Child.” He also submitted a poem, “Frobisher,” to Poetry magazine

64  Anne Sceia Klein W’64 ASC’65, president of Anne Klein Communications Group, LLC, in Mt. Laurel, N.J. This July she will become chair of the regional board of the American Heart Association for a two-year term.

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65 Natvar Bhavsar GFA’65 had a one-man exhibition of his paintings at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Hong Kong earlier this year.

66 Robert S. Adler C’66 writes, “My news is that I have taken a leave from my position as professor and the Luther H. Hodges Jr. Scholar in Law and Ethics in the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where I spent my last 22 years, to become a commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in Bethesda, Md. I joined the Obama Transition Team in writing a report on the Consumer Product Safety Commission. To my surprise and delight, after the election I was nominated by the President in May, confirmed by the Senate in August. I have a five-year term and so far have found the change from being an academic to government policymaker to be quite a challenge.”

67   Gregg Huff W’67 has moved south to teach and research at the University of Oxford, where he is senior research fellow at Pembroke College. He left the University of Glasgow, where he was professor of economics.

69   Dr. Marylouise Welch Nu’69, West Hartford, Conn., has been appointed a professor emerita of nursing at St. Joseph College.

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71    Dr. Anthony DiPrimio G’71 is a professor, department chair, and former dean of the business school at Holy Family University in Philadelphia. His third book, Corporate Leadership and Governance, has been published by Cengage Learning.

72   Kay Cothran Craigie Gr’72 was elected president of the American Radio Relay League, Inc., the national association for amateur radio.

Kenneth Neher WG’72 recently retired from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. He is an adjunct professor of marketing at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

74    Jose E. Cil L’74, vice president and region general manager of Wal-Mart Stores Florida, has been elected a member of the Orange Bowl Committee for 2010-11. He and his wife, Annette, live in Coral Gables with their two children.

H. Ronald Klasko L’74, Philadelphia, the founding partner of the immigration-law firm of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer LLP, spoke at a Congressional briefing in March on the federal immigrant-investor program and job creation.

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75   Fred Bowen C’75, www.fredbowen.com, writes that his most recent books, Dugout Rivals and Hardcourt Comeback, were published in February by Peachtree Publishers. His first non-fiction sports picture book, No Easy Way: The Story of Ted Williams and the Last .400 Season, published by Dutton Children’s Books in February, was selected by the Junior Library Guild.

Dan McCoubrey C’75 GAr’81, a principal at Venturi Scott Brown & Associates, spoke at the fourth Annual Forum on Philadelphia Preservation Practice in March on designing additions and new construction in historic settings, including the design for the Curtis Institute of Music’s new education and student residence facility.

Rabbi Dr. Goldie Milgram CW’75 has founded a publishing house, Reclaiming Judaism Press. Seeking and Soaring: Jewish Approaches to Spiritual Direction, was released in 2009.

Alan J. Steiner C’75 WG’82, ajstbgrass@aol.com, reports that he is retired and recently was involved in starting a Facebook group for WXPN Alumni.

76  Michael P. Malloy L’76, a Distinguished Professor and Scholar at the University of the Pacific’s law school, will serve on the panel of academic contributors for the forthcoming 10th edition of Black’s Law Dictionary.

77  Paul Fradin C’77 has been promoted to market manager for the Apple stores in Palm Beach County, Fla., after six years as general manager of the Apple Store in SoHo, Manhattan.
Lisa Kabnick C’77, a partner in the Philadelphia office of the international-law firm of Reed Smith LLP, has been named vice chair of the firm’s financial-industry group. She also serves on the boards of the Kimmel Center and breastcancer.org, and co-chairs the corporate-partners board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Barry Rabin W’78 has been “promoted to Chief Humor Officer (CHO) at ‘Blogging With Barry,’ a website that features satirical news dispatches as well as links to other satirical sites.” He continues to practice law full-time in Chester County, Pa., and is an adjunct professor at West Chester University. He is married to Bridget M. Doyle ASC’94; they live in West Chester with their two children.

79    Lois Liebowitz C’79 is happy to announce her “recent marriage to Irving Wiesen. We, including my beautiful daughters, Melissa and Cara, live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I am currently senior vice president, marketing and communications, at IntraLinks in New York.”

Michael Scullin C’79, an international lawyer and consultant, is of counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of Monteverde, McAlee & Hurd. The honorary consul of France, he has been elected vice president of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia.

Stephanie S. Unger C’79 has joined the healthcare litigation and risk-management group in the law firm of Stevens & Lee in Lancaster, Pa. She has lectured at Drexel University’s medical school since 1988.

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80    Jean Merva Bulmer Nu’80 GNu’85 writes, “I am currently director of organizational development at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa., where I have worked for the past 18 years. In January last year I started course work to obtain a doctorate in nursing at Case Western Reserve University; my area of focus is education and leadership. My husband and I also celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary last October.”

82    Timothy J. Hartigan W’82, Chesterbrook, Pa., has been elected a shareholder of the law firm of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin in King of Prussia; he had been an associate in its casualty department.
 
83    Dr. John M. Draganescu M’83 has joined Penn’s Division of Gastroenterology as a clinical associate professor of medicine. He is based at Penn Medicine at Radnor, where office consultations as well as endoscopic and other clinical services are performed.

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85    Judy Coutts GAr’85 recently completed two projects on the Penn State Altoona campus: its new communications center and the advisory-board suite. Both projects were published in the “2009 Regional Showcase of New Buildings” of Pennsylvania Business Central. She lives in Altoona, with her husband and son.

Tremain Smith C’85 exhibited at the Paia Contemporary Gallery in Maui, Hawaii, earlier this year.

 86   Brad Berkowitz W’86 married Jennifer Walzer in Boca Raton, Fla., on Jan. 9. He writes that his first book, The 21st Century Guide to Bachelorhood, “has been getting excellent reviews.” He is a partner at a company called “Lock Your Docs!, a secure, virtual lockbox that allows users to store and organize all of their critical documents.”

Sean T. Prosser C’86,
sprosser@mofo.com, a partner in the San Diego office of Morrison & Foerster LLP, was recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2010 for his expertise in securities litigation and corporate governance/compliance law; he was also recognized in San Diego SuperLawyers 2010.

87    Risa Vetri Ferman C’87, the district attorney for Montgomery County, Pa., in March received the 2010 Outstanding Service Award for Prosecution of the National Children’s Advocacy Center for her work in the creation of Mission Kids, the Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County (www.missionkidscac.org). She was also appointed chair of the criminal procedural-rules committee of the state supreme court.

88 Douglas Curtiss C’88 writes, “I still live in Branford, Conn., with my beautiful wife, Lucie (who helps me run my busy pediatric office), and my two incredible kids, Felix-Alexander (seven) and Chloe (five). My latest endeavor is a new parenting website, www.OwnersManualForYourKids.com. Check it out: it’s free to join, filled with up-to-date pediatric information, great camps and activities, as well as a dynamic community of parents.”

Janet Einhorn GEng’88 see Miriam Einhorn CW’58.

Kim Pizzingrilli G’88
has joined Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC in Harrisburg, Pa. where she specializes in government relations in its energy and utility-law section. She is a former state public-utility commissioner.
 

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90    Monty Agarwal EAS’90 is the managing partner of MACM LLC, a hedge-fund and investment advisory firm in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He wrote The Future of Hedge Fund Investing: A Regulatory and Structural Solution for a Fallen Industry, which was published by John Wiley & Sons in October.

Laura Hankins DiSilverio G’90 writes, “I retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2004 after 20 years as an intelligence officer to write full time: I broke through with contracts for seven mysteries last year. The first in my Southern Beauty Shop series, Tressed to Kill, comes out this month from Berkley Prime Crime under my pen name, Lila Dare.”

Heerak Christian Kim C’90 writes, “I received a doctor of ministry degree from Asia Evangelical College and Seminary in India on Feb. 24; my doctoral thesis was on the history and character of Hinduism and its significance for India’s Christians.”

Renee Rimland C’90 is “excited to announce the birth of my beautiful daughter, Jocelyn Rayne, on Aug. 17, 2008; she weighed 8 lbs. 14 oz., and was 20   inches long. She is a happy, healthy, and charming baby, who brings joy into the lives of all who meet her. We live in Miami and would love to reconnect with Penn friends at rrcurlgirl@aol.com.”

91    William Hudders GFA’91, www.williamhudders.com, writes, “A painting of mine was recently used as a backdrop in a recent movie It’s Kind of a Funny Story, from Focus Features; it should be released this fall if not earlier. The painting is “Brooklyn Morning” and will be seen in the therapist’s office. My work has also been used in the recent movie Bewitched. I was also awarded a Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant in 2008.”

Galit Kierkut C’91 L’95 is a litigation partner of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP in Woodbridge, N.J. In February she gave a national web seminar on “Legal Issues in Social Media,” This month she will address the annual conference of the New Jersey State Bar Association on social media usage for lawyers. She lives with her family in Millburn.

Garrett Reisman EAS’91 W’91 wrote in early March, “I am about to blast off on my second space mission. I will be part of the flight deck crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, perform two spacewalks and install a new Russian module onto the International Space Station using a really huge robotic arm. Upon conclusion of the mission, I will be appearing as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. Oh wait, no, that’s Buzz Aldrin. Launch is currently on schedule for May 14, so I apologize in advance for missing the Class of 1990 Reunion. If I were on the planet Earth, there is no way I would miss it.”

92 Elizabeth Gerst Ivanov C’92 writes, “My husband, Nick, and I are overjoyed to announce the arrival of Sara Alexandra Ivanov on Jan. 5 in New York. She joined big sister Emma, who is now three. I’d be happy to reconnect with classmates near and far atelizabethgerst1@aol.com.”
93  Minal J. Damani W’93 and Monish Kundra EAS’95 W’95 “joyously announce the birth of our son, Sachin Damani Kundra, on March 23, 2009, just six days before our first wedding anniversary! Minal is a business strategist currently consulting for the National Restaurant Association. Monish is a venture partner for Columbia Capital, a private-equity firm focused on media and communications. In our spare time when we’re not playing with Sachin, we volunteer in local high schools for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, [for] youth in low-income urban communities.”
94   Christine Arakelian C’94 writes, “I recently joined Biovail, a pharmaceutical company focused on the specialty CNS niche, as vice president of corporate development responsible for global M&A. I will relocate from northern Virginia to Toronto in June, and would welcome any friends with whom I lost contact who happen to be in Toronto to get in touch with me. My son, Alex, is also joining me in Toronto and is entering 6th grade.”

Oliver Graves C’94 and his family will move to Singapore for six months to help his company, Motricity, establish a presence in Asia. Jo Jo writes, “if you’re within a seven-hour radius of Changi International Airport, let [me] know and [I] might swing by to catch up over a bowl of noodles.”

Mark Graybosch W’94, mgraybosch@salesforce.com, writes, “My wife, Judy, and I welcomed our second baby, Indira Louisa, born healthy and happy, right in our own home in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 22. Our two-year-old son, Cipriani, is a proud big brother.”

Yuna Choi Jeon C’94 and her husband, Seonghoon, write, “We are thrilled to announce the birth of our second daughter, Hyewon Karin, on March 2. She joined big sister Hyeyong Caitlynn (two).”

Jon Lasser GEd’94, associate professor in the school-psychology program at Texas State University-San Marcos, co-wrote with his wife Professional Ethics in Midwifery Practice.

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95    Sondra Goldschein C’95 married David Stern on Jan. 30 in New York. Alumni attending included bridesmaids Hayley Rosenman Rejwan C’96 and Wendy Rothschild Heltzer C’96, and groomsman Jared Lubel C’03. Also attending were Robert Blumenfeld C’03, Nancy Goldman Greene C’96, Liz Albert Heyer C’96 and Joe Heyer C’95, Michelle Nadler Ingber C’96 and Matthew Ingber C’95, Jennifer McAllister-Nevins C’92, Wendy Feldman Shar C’95 and Dan Shar C’94, Jessica Pollock Simon C’95, and Abby Wise C’96.

Andrea Harris C’95
writes, “I am thrilled to share that on Dec. 3, my husband, Josh, and I welcomed our son, Jackson Emanuel Harris. He is a blessing and continues to bring us joy. The brit mila was at his granny’s house, and attended by numerous family members and friends, including Rafe Pery EAS’93. Also, happy 25th anniversary to Without A Net, responsible for much of the fun I had in school. I’d love to hear from Penn folks at Andrea@lalandscapes.com.”

Monish Kundra EAS’95 W’95 see Minal J. Damani W’93.

Aggie Sung Tang C’95
writes that she has started a small children’s book publishing company (www.thegoldfinchcompany.com); its first book is Mommy Duck.

Neil Boyden Tanner G’95 has become deputy chief counsel of Cigna International in Philadelphia and chief counsel of Cigna International Expatriate Benefits. Previously he was associate general counsel, international, for Aramark.

Jennifer K. Uleman Gr’95, assistant professor of philosophy at Purchase College (N.Y.), wrote An Introduction to Kant’s Moral Philosophy, which was published by Cambridge University Press earlier this year.

96    Dr. Donna Marie Caro C’96 W’96 see Dr. Marc Richmond C’97.

Amy Korn Fishkin C’96
writes, “My husband, Andrew, and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter, Emily Hannah, born on Jan. 11; she weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz., and measured 18   inches. She joined big brother Nate, and enjoys visits with her aunts Susie Korn Cutler C’96 and Adria Lavinsky Fishkin Nu’96.

Priya Hemrajani Nagrani C’96
and Vivek Nagrani are happy to announce the birth of their baby girl, Radha Ishwari, on Nov. 22 at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
 
97    Supti Bhattacharya C’97, sb@sbfamilylaw.com, has been named as a “2010 New Jersey Super Lawyer Rising Star.” In 2007 she opened a solo practice specializing in matrimonial law and in 2009 she co-founded a practice in Lawrenceville.

Abigail Hopkins Cram C’97 GAr’07 is an architectural designer with SMRT, an architectural, engineering, and interior design firm in Portland, Maine.

Hayley Lattman Geftman-Gold C’97 and her husband, Ryan, welcomed their first son, Milo Spencer, on Feb. 23 in New York.

Matthew Lattman EAS’04 W’04 WG’08 is a proud uncle and godfather. Hayley is a vice president of business and legal affairs at MTV Networks; the family lives in Brooklyn Heights.

Neil Gilmour III G’97 has joined the Philadelphia office of the Invotex Group, as a managing director in its reorganization/bankruptcy practice. Previously he was a managing director with Executive Sounding Board Associates in Wilmington, Del.

Amy Richard Kopelman C’97 and Michael Kopelman C’97 WG’05 are “thrilled to announce the birth of Samantha Lily, on Dec. 16, just a few miles away from Penn. Ethan (four) is excited to be a big brother.”

Dr. Marc Richmond C’97 and Dr. Donna Marie Caro C’96 W’96 are very proud to introduce their son Brendan Jack Richmond to the Penn community. “Born on June 26, 2009, he is loved very much by big sister Kayleigh (six) and big brother Owen (four). We are living in Scarsdale, N.Y., and desperately trying to keep in touch with all our Penn friends despite our busy lives.”

98   Adam S. Barrist C’98, an associate at Deeb, Petrakis, Blum & Murphy P.C. in Philadelphia, has published his first novel: The Concrete Lawyer “chronicles the exploits of a young Philadelphia attorney, caught up in a corporate cross-continental scheme from the City of Brotherly Love to Paris … [who] is faced with committing dastardly out-of-character acts to save his career, his marriage, and his very life.” He lives in West Chester with his wife, also an attorney, and their two children.

Romina Birnbaum C’98 married Jeff Manson on May 24, 2009, at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Many Penn friends joined in the celebration, including Adrienne Dale C’98, Jamie Garfunkel C’98, Raina Mehta C’98, Jigar Mehta CGS’99, Jennifer Feldman Wanner C’98, Jaime Becker C’98, and Danielle Silverman Roffman C’98. Long-distance warm wishes came from Meghan Wright Mueller Nu’98 (who had recently given birth to Estella Grace), and Natalya Gurevich Michaels W’98 and Adam Michaels EAS’98. Romina volunteers at Taproot Foundation and Jeff is president of Western Psychological Services; they “love living in Redondo Beach and hope friends come visit.”

Dr. Ted Daeschler Gr’98 has been appointed acting president and CEO of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

Ben Gafni C’98 and Cori Carter Gafni C’99 welcomed their second daughter, Simone Evelyn Gafni, on Nov. 8; she joined proud big sister Alaina. They live in Los Angeles.

Sara Nelson Goertel C’98 and her husband, Tim, are thrilled to announce the birth of Abigail Elizabeth Goertel on Sept. 15. She joined proud big brothers Charlie (four) and Thomas (two). The family lives in Darien, Conn.; Sara is a marketing-strategy consultant for SNG Consulting.

Logan Levkoff C’98 GEd’99 and her husband, Louis Cortes, welcomed a baby girl, Memphis Wilde, on April 17, 2009. They live in New York with Memphis’ big brother, Maverick. Logan is a sexuality educator.

Michael F. Schleigh C’98, an attorney with Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North, Ltd., in Philadelphia, wrote “Owning Up to Attorney Failures: The Need to Disclose Potential Liabilities When Applying for Malpractice Policies,” which ran in the ABA’s The Brief (winter 2010 issue).

99    Chas Carol C’99 and Amanda Shiffman Carol C’02 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Emmaline Rose Carol, on Dec. 19, weighing 7 lbs. 15 oz. “Mom, Dad, and proud first-time grandparents Barry Carol W’67, Rita Carol CW’68, Roger Shiffman (SEAS trustee), and Carol Shiffman are all delighted with the new addition to the family. Emmaline is being raised as a Penn Quaker from the start: she listens to the Penn Glee Club every night at bedtime and is looking forward to her first trip to campus.”

Melissa Bernbaum Neurman C’99 and her husband, Jeffrey Neurman, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, William Max on Jan. 6 in New York. She is a neurologist in practice at Lenox Hill Hospital and the New York Sleep Institute; they live in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Cori Carter Gafni C’99 see Ben Gafni C’98.

Danielle Blaine Halpern C’99
and Mark Halpern W’99 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Cooper Blaine, on Dec. 14. He was welcomed into his home in New York by big sister Penelope Hayden.

Jackie Kamali W’99 and his wife, Shirley, are thrilled to announce the birth of their second daughter, Chloe Kamali, on Oct. 25; she weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz., and was 20 inches tall at birth. They live in Great Neck, N.Y., where he is a real-estate developer.

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00   Matthew Barkan C’00 married Rhiannon Gulick on Jan. 9 on St. Martin in the Caribbean; attending were Ashley Wren Collins C’98 and Jordan Rockwell C’00. Matt is finishing his last year at Georgetown Law.

Jill Bergeron C’00 GGS’04 married Peter Carlson on June 21, 2009, in a small ceremony at Evergreen Lodge, just outside of Yosemite National Park. Alumni attending included Christine Yeh C’00, Joseph Romaine C’99, and Amy Urban C’99. Jill and Peter honeymooned in Egypt, and currently live in Pasadena, Calif., where they work as middle-school teachers at Chandler School.

Garrick D. Bernstein C’00, a member of the media and healthcare groups at Vestar Capital Partners, an international private-equity firm, was promoted to principal in January.

Megan Bly C’00 married Scott Wunsch on Oct. 3 at St. John’s Episcopal Church Lafayette Square in Washington. “After a quick ride around the Mall and through Chinatown in our ‘carriage’ (a pedicab!), we joined our guests at the Arts Club of Washington for an intimate reception. Many alums were able to participate in the celebration, including Daniel Esquibel C’00, David Glasner C’00 G’00, Nick Hays C’00 W’00, Dorian Hurley C’01, Bing Mei C’01, Ben Schein C’00, Asgeir Sigfusson C’01, Dan Sung EAS’00, and Dave Toccafondi C’95. Scott had the misfortune of attending a certain school in New Jersey; in acknowledgment of the challenges we will face in a house divided by scholastic and athletic loyalties, we chose Ben Franklin and tiger figurines as our cake toppers. We delayed our honeymoon and spent the month of February in New Zealand, where we enjoyed great wines and took in stunning scenery by foot, kayak, and automobile during the summer season. We are now back at home in Washington and look forward to seeing classmates and old friends over Alumni Weekend.”
Jerilyn Dressler W’00, who left a position with Ernst & Young, and after training with the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, is now with Your Part-Time Controller, which specializes in financial assistance for nonprofits and small companies. “My work is fun, challenging, and different every day. I’m fulfilling my dream of working with nonprofit groups to help them succeed.”

Joe Manzo C’00 and Sapphira Gratz Nu’01 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Lana Bella Manzo, on Oct. 12 in Tampa. They would love to hear from alumni at jojomanzo@gmail.com and semanzo@gmail.com.
 
01  Samantha Sacks Desai Nu’01 and her husband, Nehal Desai, are very proud and happy to announce the birth of their first child, a son, Benjamin Andrew Desai, on Feb. 11; he weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz., and was 20   inches long. They live in Smyrna, Ga.

Sapphira Gratz Nu’01 see Joe Manzo C’00.

Ben Katz W’01 WG’02
and his wife, Jessica Schimmel Katz, welcomed their daughter, Ila Hayworth Katz, on Dec. 16. The three live in Los Angeles, where Ben runs business development for CafePress.com. They encourage you to look them up “if you make it to LA, America’s best city.”

Erica Leskovsky Messina C’01
and her husband, John, welcomed a baby girl, Gabriella Claire Messina, on Nov. 8. They live in Chicago, where Erica is an associate at Goldman Sachs and he is a vice president at Citigroup. The proud grandparents include Stephen Leskovsky W’63.

Dr. Praveen Tipirneni WG’01,
vice president in charge of business development for Cubist Pharmaceuticals in Lexington, Mass., recently received its lifetime achievement award.
 
02   Andrew Blair W’02 married Anne Carson C’03 GCP’08 on Oct. 3 at St. Thomas of Villanova Chapel, followed by a reception at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Members of the wedding party included father Timothy Carson W’70, maid of honor Lindsey Carson L’09, Nina Micozzie Tyre GPU’06, Sam Cox C’02, Dan Osias C’02, and Jesse Terry EAS’02. Many Penn friends joined in the celebration, including Carolyn Cooney Bartholdson C’91, Andrew Bleiman C’02, Lauren Cahill GCP’07, Steve Carlson W’02, Kristen Burton Ferris C’03, Chris Gallagher C’03, K.C. Hagin WG’11, Florrie Hallenbeck C’02, Aaron Koch GCP’08, Jocelyn Landau C’02 Gr’09, Grace Lee C’02, Alistair Meadows C’02, Robert Montgomery C’46, Scott Palmer Gr’10, Dan Parry C’03, Keith Peter W’02, Jeter Thomas C’03, Jim Tyrrell C’03, Johanna Goldstein Meadows C’02, and Patrick Willis C’04. Andrew and Anne live in New York, where she is an analyst for a real-estate investment fund for Goldman Sachs and he is a manager of audit services for Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Amanda Shiffman Carol C’02 see Chas Carol C’99.

Amy Nguyen Giffin C’02
married Mitch Giffin on Sept. 12 in Newport Beach, Calif. The wedding party included bridesmaids Marjorie Chee C’02 and Brenda Le C’03 EAS’03; other alumni attending were Bryan Yue C’02, Krisana Gesuwan Nu’02, Sandra Kwan Nu’02, and Kim Nguyen C’02. Mitch and Amy currently live in Huntington Beach.

Stephen Hart C’02 emails, “I got engaged to Ann-Marie Michocki on Dec. 31 and we plan to get married in Manhattan this October. I currently work at BlackRock, the investment management firm, and she currently works at the law firm Dewey & Leboeuf.”
03  Chris Balme C’03 W’03, the co-founding executive director of Spark, a youth apprenticeship program, was recently awarded an Ashoka Fellowship for social entrepreneurship.

Anne Carson C’03 GCP’08 see Andrew Blair W’02.

Christopher Lee C’03
writes, “Last summer I completed a master’s of science in traditional Chinese medicine in San Francisco and passed the California Acupuncture Board Test. After completing additional studies at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, I have opened a private practice in Walnut Creek. I would be more than glad to discuss how acupuncture and Chinese medicine are not New Age hippy quackery but a complex medical system that works very well with Western medicine (www.christopherleelac.com).”

Nadine Spitalnick Shatzkes C’03 and Josh Shatzkes are thrilled to announce the birth of their second daughter, Sophia Ashley, on Jan. 17 in New York. She arrived seven weeks early, weighing 3 lbs. 5  oz. and measuring 16 inches long. Big sister Simone (three) is eager for her little sister to finally grow big enough to play with her.

Dennis Mahoney Tupper W’03 and his wife, Gina Marie Tupper, are thrilled to announce the birth of their first daughter, Reagan Mackenzie Tupper, on Feb. 28; she weighed 6 lbs. 1 oz., and measured 19 inches. She was welcomed by her proud grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, including aunt Catherine Mahoney Tupper C’06. Dennis and Gina currently live in Warren, N.J.

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05   Rowland Chavez C’05 see Kate Schruben W’06.
06  W. Malcolm Dorson C’06, who lives in Manhattan and works in finance, wrote Octopus Summer, which was published in February. “In one summer, [the hero] finds love, adventure, death, and heartbreak.”

Kaelsie Saravia C’06, a designer with Surface Workshop in Miami, was elected to the board of Green Mobility Network, an advocacy group devoted to making south Florida more hospitable to walking, running, and bicycling.

Kate Schruben W’06 married Rowland Chavez C’05 on Feb. 27 at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington; a reception followed at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America. They met in 2004 on a blind date for the Newman Center Semi-Formal, arranged by Ed Cable W’06, who was at the wedding. The wedding party included best man Huanlei Ni C’05 SEAS’05 G’06 and groomsman Jonathan Rodriguez C’06; other alumni attending were Derrick Chao W’05, Joanne Danifo C’04, Marissa Di Giovine C’04, Elizabeth Downing C’04, Alan Jacobsen WG’91, Kevin Kelly W’06, Anne McKnight McCarthy C’04, Brian McCarthy C’06, Marie McManus C’06, John (JP) McNeil EAS’06, William Miller Gr’10, Nicole Oddo C’05, and Kenneth Stark C’06 W’06. Rowland and Kate spent their honeymoon on Grand Cayman. They will live in the Bronx, where he is a third-year medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and she is a senior associate at Swiftwater Group, LLC.

07 Dean Krishna L’07 and Reena Vaidya Krishna Gr’10 announce the birth of their son, Veer Vaidya Krishna, on Oct. 27.

Sarah Smith-Brady G’07 and William Brady G’07 GEng’07 tied the knot on May 30 in the Christopher Wren Chapel at the College of William & Mary (her undergraduate alma mater) in Williamsburg, Va. Several alumni attended, including Chris Jankowski Gr’09, Andrew Obus Gr’09, Jen Hom Gr’15, Pilar Herreros Gr’09, Martin Kerin Gr’08, David Fithian Gr’08, Michael McDuffee G’06 GEng’07, Ashley Aiken McDuffee GFA’07, and Noble Novitzki G’07. Sarah and Wil now live in the greater Seattle area, where he works for Microsoft and she for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

08 Samir Malik C’08 W’08 announces the launch of his new business, AttendConnect, “a tool for attendees at business events and conferences to search and connect with each other.”

09 Dan Burkholder W’09 see Abigail Martin Nu’10.
Jeffrey Petkun EAS’09
and Heather Alpino C’09 are pleased to announce their engagement. They currently live in New York, where he is in the technology-analyst program at Citigroup and she works at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. They will marry in New York in May 2011 and looking forward to spending time with many of their fellow Quakers.

Rachel Toaff-Rosenstein V’09, rtoaff@gmail.com, and her husband, Arye, welcomed the arrival of their son and daughter, Matan Michael (6 lbs.) and Gefen Chaya Ayala (4 lbs. 15 oz.), on Feb. 22. Although they fantasized that “babies might be litter-box trained, the sense of fulfillment associated with caring for these adorable kids makes up for the countless diaper changes that are now part of the daily routine.”

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