37Hon. Bentley Kassal C’37 was awarded the Légion d’honneur in June last year; the ceremony, in Normandy, honored 35 Americans for their service in the Second World War and was attended by President Obama. At 93, Bentley still serves as legal counsel for the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York.
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46Ted Nace C’46 writes that he received the Micah 6 Award from the peace and justice committee of the First Congregational Church—United Church of Christ in Colorado Springs for his years of advocacy for justice for Palestinians. His daughter, Martha Johnson, on confirmation by the US Senate, became the first woman administrator of the General Services Administration, the acquisition and property management arm of the federal government, with 12,000 employees, a multi-billion dollar budget, and a presidential mandate to go 100% green. His son wrote a new book, Climate Hope: On the Front Lines of the Fight against Coal.
47Dr. Slater Newman W’47, Raleigh, N.C., emeritus professor of psychology at North Carolina State University, in May received a 2010 Peacemaker Award from the North Carolina Peace Action group.
48Robert Stovall W’48 in February made his 41st appearance, a presentation on financial forecasting, before the Ivy League Club in Sarasota, Fla.
50 Frederick Selby W’50 published a book, Postcards From Kathmandu, which describes his many journeys to Nepal including his three years as adviser to that country’s finance ministry; it includes 35 pages of photos, taken on climbs and treks in the Himalayas. After a lifetime as an investment banker, he also has traveled into the mountains of Bhutan, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Africa, the Alps, as well as the US and Canadian Rocky Mountains. He lives in New York and is the father of two daughters and a son (who is in charge of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Australia); there are four grandchildren. He is currently working on a book in which he writes “about the highs and lows of life.”
55 Anita Kushner CW’55 writes that she has returned from Israel, after 34 years there, and is “living, painting, and teaching at the Westbeth Artist House in New York.”
57 Carl Moskowitz EE’57 writes, “In May, the St. Louis Jewish Light newspaper named me and 14 others ‘Unsung Heroes’ for our volunteer work. Since my retirement in 2000, I have worked as a volunteer for FEMA (assisting in its hurricane-recovery efforts in 2003, 2005, and 2008), the local Red Cross chapter, a local school district, and my city’s police department.”
59 Heshie Josephs ME’59 and Bette Shear Josephs Ed’60 celebrated the bar mitzvah of their grandson, Yehudah Leib, in Israel, earlier this year. They write, as “the fourth child of their fourth child, [he] is affectionately known as 4-4.”
60Frank N. Fleischer W’60 is an attorney in the Tampa, Fla., office of GrayRobinson, P.A., who specializes in bonds and government finance. Earlier this year he was recognized as a “Florida Super Lawyer” for 2010.
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61Frederick Rankin MacFadden Jr. Gr’61, professor emeritus at Coppin State University, has sent President Obama “an introductory proposal to widen interlingual talk across our nation.” He has submitted three poems to Poetry magazine.
Spencer G. Nauman Jr. L’61, senior partner at the law firm of Nauman, Smith, Shissler & Hall, LLP, in Harrisburg, Pa., was designated a “Living Legacy” by the Harrisburg SusqueCentennial Commission, as part of the city’s 150th-anniversary celebrations. He is known for his legal work with community foundations.
Dr. Wesley B. Truitt C’61,firstname.lastname@example.org, is an adjunct professor of public policy at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. He recently just published his fourth book, Power & Policy: Lessons for Leaders in Government and Business (Praeger Publishers).
62Richard A. Camp C’62,email@example.com, in May received a doctor of ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill. His major project was “A Pastoral Handbook for Caring for People in Grief and Loss,” and he is looking to publication. Dick, retired after 35 years with Send International, an evangelical missionary organization, and his wife, Esther, live in Laceyville, Pa.
64James L. Marshall G’64 wrote In Search of Poetry, a book of poems, which was published in May by Xlibris. “The title is a metaphor for the gradual emergence of my devotion to the expressive arts, paralleling a career in engineering; a midpoint was my master’s in music at Penn.”
65 Natvar Bhavsar GFA’65 was profiled in Kee magazine in May, after a show in Hong Kong earlier this year.
Margot Marx Einstein CW’65 writes, “My husband, Mort, and I have settled into our new home in Scottsdale, Ariz. Our 10-year-old Pekingese, Snickers, and our two-year-old new AKC Champion Bedlington Terrier, Lambchop, are enjoying the big backyard and pool. I am teaching water aerobics at LA Fitness and still swimming a mile a day. I recently participated in the Grand Canyon State Summer Olympic Games and brought home four medals in the four entered events: I won gold in the 200m backstroke, silver in the 50m backstroke, bronze in the 100m backstroke, and bronze in the 50m free-style. Would love to hear from any of my former classmates firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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66Robert F. Adams C’66 is an attorney with the law firm of Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, in West Chester, Pa., who specializes in municipal law. In June he was named a “Super Lawyer.”
Virgil Renzulli C’66, vice president for public affairs at Arizona State University, recently published his third novel, Kaleidoscope, “which can be described as a different look at time and outcomes.”
67Arthur L. Pressman C’67, of the law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP, was recognized in the 2010 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Specializing in franchising, he is based in its Boston office.
68Dr. Robert Rovinsky C’68 is director of IT enterprise services at the FAA. He recently received the Gary Christle Leadership Award for “advancing the best practice of earned value management in government” from the Project Management Institute. Bob lives in Washington with his wife, Dr. Renana Brooks, a clinical psychologist, and their two teenage daughters, the oldest of whom has matriculated at the George School outside Philadelphia.
69Dr. Richard W. Cohen C’69 is a practicing psychiatrist in Philadelphia. He writes that last year he was “ranked one in the Middle States and USTA in 30-and-over singles and doubles, 40-and-over singles and doubles, and 50-and-over doubles, father and son and father and daughter.” He “also won the National Fathers and Daughters Championship, with daughter Julia, for the third straight year.”
Lorraine Schechter GFA’69,www.lorraineschechter.com, read from her latest book of poems at Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago in June.
Dr. John Wasacz Gr’69 has been named interim dean of the School of Science at Manhattan College, where he is professor and chair of chemistry and biochemistry.
70Dr. Arnold R. Eiser C’70 is vice president of medical education for the Mercy Health System and associate dean at Drexel University College of Medicine; he is also an associate fellow of Penn’s Center for Bioethics. In March he received the 2010 Courage to Lead Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education “for exemplary leadership of residency training programs.”
Joel Goodman C’70 is director of the Humor Project, Inc., “the first organization in the world to focus full-time on the positive power of humor.” (www.humorproject.com).
72Dr. Joseph R. Greenberg D’72 GD’76 is a clinical professor of periodontics at Penn Dental and a clinical professor of restorative dentistry at Temple University. In June he moderated and presented a lecture at Temple’s first “Kornberg School of Dentistry Smile Symposium.” Dr. Marc B. Ackerman D’98 (Jacksonville, Fla.) also participated.
Joseph Turow C’72 ASC’73 Gr’76, the Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication at Penn, in June received a Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association for “a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication.” It was noted, “As a public intellectual, Prof. Turow is among a handful of scholars to whom The New York Times regularly turns for informed commentary on media systems.”
Deborah R. Willig CW’72, a managing partner of the Philadelphia union-side labor law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson, in May was named a “2010 Woman of Distinction” by The Legal Intelligencer. She also is president of the French International School of Philadelphia.
73Dr. Larissa M. L. Zaleska Onyshkevych Gr’73 last year had a book published in Ukrainian (Text and Performance: on Modern Ukrainian Drama) and she co-edited Contemporary Ukraine on the Cultural Map of Europe.
74Kim Johnson Gross CW’74,www.kimjohnsongross.com, wrote What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life, her most recent book, which was published in May. In July she spoke at the Penn Club in New York and is the keynote speaker at the fall conference of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women at Penn on Oct. 28.
H. Ronald Klasko L’74, Philadelphia, the founding partner of the immigration-law firm of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer LLP, in May addressed the Consular Corps of Philadelphia on immigration law.
75Art Gertel C’75 is vice president for strategic regulatory consulting and medical writing at Beardsworth Consulting Group, Inc., in Flemington, N.J. Last year he received the Harold Swanberg Distinguished Service Award from the American Medical Writers Association.
Daniel W. Sklar C’75, of the law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP, was recognized as a top lawyer in the 2010 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Specializing in corporate and commercial bankruptcy, he is based in its New Hampshire office.
Lawrence J. Tabas C’75 G’75 is chair of the healthcare-practice group, chair of the election-law-practice group, and a senior partner in the business and financial-reorganization departments of the Philadelphia law firm of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP. In June he was named by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in the state for 2010; he received this distinction in six of the last seven years. He also is general counsel of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania.
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76Barry Hartman C’76 is a partner at the law firm of K&L Gates LLP in Washington, who specializes in environmental litigation and counseling. Recently he provided testimony to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on proposed changes to the Oil Pollution Act in light of the BP Gulf oil spill. He led the prosecution for the Justice Department in the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and represented the lobster industry in the 1996 North Cape spill off of Rhode Island and the pilot in the Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay in 2008.
Rabbi Goldie Milgram CW’76 writes, “A few hours after adding a condo in beautiful Sarasota, Fla., to our lives, the local Reconstructionist synagogue inquired about rabbinic services, so I will be rabbi-in-residence for Kol HaNeshama, from mid-December to mid-April. [I am] serving as September rabbi-in-residence for the Jewish renewal community in Portland, Ore., then heading to Wisconsin to offer a few retreats, after [teaching] public speaking for the Won Korean Reform Buddhist Seminary, to be followed by two webcam semesters teaching pastoral counseling for the Aleph ordination programs. Also working as “Living Judaism” editor for the Philadelphia Jewish Voice. [My] two sons and beloved hubbatzin [are] doing well: seven step-grandchildren keeping me amazed.”
Dr. Keith L. Wapner C’76 GM’85 is a clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at Penn and director of the orthopedic foot and ankle surgery fellowship program. He has been elected president of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society.
77Neal J. McNamara C’77, of the law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP, was recognized as a top lawyer in the 2010 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Specializing in labor and employment law, he is based in its Rhode Island office.
Lesley Mallow Wendell C’77, president of Rosewood Consulting Group, which she started in 2001, has been named Philadelphia chapter chair for the Women Presidents’ Organization, an “organization for women with growth-oriented multi-million dollar businesses.” She also serves on the board of the Forum of Executive Women, and the advisory boards of the Career Wardrobe and Professional Women’s Roundtable. She lives in Media, Pa., with her husband, Gary Wendell C’77.
78Dr. Timothy J. Johnson SW’78 has retired after 30 years in social-work education. For the last 15 years, he was senior professor of social work at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y., a program he helped to create; he continues to teach as an adjunct professor at two area colleges. He continues as program director of Johnson Master Consulting, which provides staff training for human-service agencies.
Wendi L. Kotzen C’78, the partner in charge of the real-estate-tax practice of Ballard Spahr LLP, has been elected to the American College of Tax Counsel. Last year she was appointed by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter W’79 to the Mayor’s Task Force on Tax Policy and Economic Competitiveness.
79Karla Brockie OT’79, Tucson, Ariz., recently received a master’s in divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School, a Unitarian Universalist seminary in Chicago.
Rabbi Shoshana Hantman C’79 writes, “I am so proud that my dear husband, Richard Weill C’76, has been made partner in the law firm of Boies, Schiller, & Flexner, after spending 26 years in the Westchester County DA’s office, the last year as chief assistant. I continue my career in Jewish education, and am active in the havurah movement. Rich and I are the parents of Mollie Hantman-Weill (14) and Isaac Hantman-Weill (12), both of whom were born with fully formed senses of humor.”
Michael Scullin C’79 is counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP. In June he was made a fellow of the Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc. He is an adjunct professor at Temple University’s business school, where he teaches international law and cyberlaw.
80Dr. Mitch Leventhal C’80 G’80, vice chancellor for global affairs at SUNY, in Albany, N.Y., has been appointed senior adviser on academic affairs to the UN Global Compact, “a policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations with universally accepted principles of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.”
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81 Jeffery S. Batoff C’81 L’84 is a vice-chairman of the litigation department, chair of the Intellectual-property litigation group, and serves on the management committee of the Philadelphia law firm of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP. In June he was named by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as one of the top attorneys in the state for 2010.
Dr. Stephen J. Betchen SW’81 GrS’86 is pleased to announce the publication of his third book, Magnetic Partners: Discover How the Hidden Conflict That Once Attracted You to Each Other is Now Driving You Apart (Simon & Schuster). Recently named an official blogger for PsychologyToday.com, he continues to contribute to the column “Can This Marriage Be Saved?” in Ladies Home Journal. Along with his duties as secretary of the New Jersey Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, he maintains a full-time private practice, specializing in couples therapy.
Jeffrey Drew Butt W’81, a real-estate lawyer, in May became managing partner of the Tampa, Fla., office of the international law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP. He is chair ex officio of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, and also is active in local Scouting and gifted-education programs issues in Hillsborough County.
Nancy J. Knauer C’81 L’84, professor of law at Temple University, received both the Dukeminier Award and the Stu Walter Prize from the Williams Institute for her article “LGBT Elderlaw: Toward Equity in Aging,” which was published last year in the Harvard Journal of Gender and Law. Her forthcoming book, Gay and Lesbian Elders: Navigating History, Law, and Identity Politics (Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.) focuses on the unique challenges facing gay and lesbian elders. Dr. Kenneth Maiese C’81 has been appointed professor and chair of neurology and neurosciences at the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School in Newark. Previously he was chief of cellular and molecular cerebral ischemia at Wayne State University in Detroit.
Stephanie Middleton L’81, Media, Pa., has been appointed deputy director of The American Law Institute in Philadelphia. Previously, she was staff director and general counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
Marc Morris W’81 writes, “After 30 years in the corporate world, I have left my position as chief financial officer of an asset-management firm outside New York and have moved with my wife to the Charlotte, N.C., area. I will be pursuing various ‘second career’ ideas revolving around ‘financial literacy,’ hopefully teaching and advising people on how to manage finances and make sound financial and credit decisions.”
82Linda Falcão C’82 W’82 L’85 writes, “I’m excited to report my service learning organization, America Serves, is the recipient of a Pennsylvania state grant for the purpose of expanding the program to other high schools and colleges. Please see our website, www.americaserves.net, for more info on this amazing program and the benefits to students who have gone through it. You also can purchase the America Serves Student Journal, honored in 2008 by the U.S. Department of Education as a guide to service learning, on Amazon, or you can email me at email@example.com for a bulk rate. I also am available to consult with your school or Scout troop (or ambitious individual student who wants to start a chapter and really wow the college-admissions officers) on how to get started.
Christopher Maurer Gr’82, Boston, professor of Spanish and chair of Romance studies at Boston University, co-wrote Dreaming in Clay on the Coast of Mississippi: Love and Art at Shearwater, which was published by the University Press of Mississippi. He also wrote Fortune’s Favorite Child: The Uneasy Life of Walter Anderson (2003), about one of the family that set up the artists’ colony near Biloxi.
83Matthew Arbit C’83 G’83 reports, with great gratitude, receiving a successful kidney transplant in December. He regrets only “that this put the kaibosh on a reunion of some Speakman Spud dorm-mates, planned for approximately the same time.” Matt also sends his “tremendous appreciation to Gary Hahn W’83 for the repeated schlepping between Washington and Baltimore. Thanks again, Gar!”
Barry Smith Gr’83 writes that last spring “I retired from my position as the Dr. Herman B. Baehr Endowed Chair of Finance at Emporia State University (Kansas), after a 30-year career as a university professor. On the day I retired, I received some amazing news. A novel I published last fall, Only Milo, won the 2010 Gold Medal for Popular Fiction from the association of independent publishers and university presses.”
85Kirk H. Edelman WG’85 in May was appointed president and CEO of Siemens Financial Services, Inc., in Iselin, N.J.; he had joined the firm in 2007 as head of its energy-finance business.
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86Michael McGarry C’86 recently moved his wife, Yao, and daughter, Gwendolyn (four), from the “Big Apple” to the “City of Roses”: he has taken a new position as a financial adviser with Umpqua Investments, Inc., in Portland, Ore. He has joined the local Penn Alumni club, and also would enjoy hearing from other Pacific Northwest alumni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David J. Steerman C’86 is a partner in the litigation department of the Philadelphia law firm of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP, who specializes in family law. In June he was named by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers as one of the top attorneys in the state for 2010. This is the sixth consecutive year he has received this distinction.
David Manspeizer C’86 has joined the New York office of the law firm WilmerHale, as a partner in its litigation and controversy department and IP-litigation practice group. Previously, he was vice president of intellectual property and associate general counsel for the old Wyeth Corp.
87Jeffrey S. Brenner C’87, of the law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP, was recognized as a top lawyer in the 2010 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Specializing in general commercial law, he is based in its Rhode Island office.
Nathaniel Carlton Law C’87 GM’96 writes, “Since graduation from the College, so many things have happened. I taught English in Japan for a year, then went to Penn State for medical school. I completed my anesthesia residency at Penn, then went on to do a pain-management fellowship at Stanford. I now live in Los Gatos, Calif., and practice anesthesia with Group Anesthesia Services there. Along the way I married Tomoko Wada, who was an exchange student at Penn 1986; we have two boys, Isaki (11) and Masaki (nine), who keep us very busy.”
88Craig E. Behrenfeld C’88 has been elected as managing partner of the law firm of Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long & Bride in Tampa, Fla.
Lori Freudenberger C’88 emails, “I am thrilled to announce my engagement to Richard Nelson, president of Caritronics, Inc., based in Montville, N.J. I look forward to having many dear Penn friends from near and far help Richard and I celebrate our wedding late this fall, and would love to hear from you at LoriJF2@aol.com.”
Carol W. Sherman L’88 has been elected special counsel at the law firm of Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP in New York. She specializes in corporate and securities law.
89Elisa Minsk Hartstein C’89 is excited to announce the launch of Milk Nursingwear, “a chic brand of clothing to helping nursing moms look and feel great while breastfeeding (www.milknursingwear.com).” This is her second nursingwear company, having founded Expressiva 10 years ago (she sold in 2007). Both companies were inspired by her “four beautiful children.” Elisa would love to hear from old friends and can be reached at email@example.com.
Howard S. Krooks L’89, a partner of Elder Law Associates PA, in Boca Raton, Fla., has been named the “2010 Member of the Year” by the Florida Bar elder-law section, included in Florida Super Lawyers (2010), and included in Florida Trend magazine’s “2010 Legal Elite.”
90Blair J. Davis C’90 recently received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. In August she began a post-doctoral residency at Humboldt State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center in Arcata.
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91E. Kenly Ames C’91 is a partner in the law firm of English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley LLP in Bowling Green, Ky., where she specializes in business litigation and trademarks and copyrights. She is participating in Leadership Kentucky, a one-year program “to develop talents and energies of the state’s present and future leaders.”
Robert Checkoway C’91, Amsterdam, writes, “As international vice-chair of Democrats Abroad, I was recently in Taiwan with a delegation of state Democratic chairs where we met with Dr. Lyu-shun Shen Gr’79, vice-minister of foreign affairs. He read in my bio that I’m a Quaker, so he wore his Penn tie for our meeting.”
Justine Fitzgerald C’91 W’91,firstname.lastname@example.org, emails that she has started her own “virtual” law firm, Fitzgerald & Rhodes LLP, after 11 years at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington and a brief stint in-house at Hilton Worldwide in McLean, Va. She and her partner each work from their homes in the metro area, in order to reduce costs for clients and provide a better work-life balance. She will continue her commercial real-estate and corporate-transactional practice, and looks forward to being able to shuttle her three children to baseball, basketball, and soccer in the afternoons.
Melissa Stein C’91 writes that her poetry collection Rough Honey won the 2010 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, selected by Mark Doty, and was published in September by The American Poetry Review with Copper Canyon Press.
92Matthew Biben L’92 has been appointed senior vice president, general counsel, and chief administrative officer of Next Jump, Inc, provider of e-commerce and advertising technology. Previously, he was executive vice president and deputy general counsel at the Bank of New York Mellon. He is an adjunct professor at Penn Law, and serves on the executive committee of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.
Kurt Ekert W’92,email@example.com, was recently named chief commercial officer at Travelport, Inc., a Blackstone portfolio company.
Jennifer Bright Reich C’92 announces the publication of the first book in her new Mommy MD Guides book series: The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth. It has over “900 tips that 60 doctors, who are also mothers, used during their own pregnancies and births.”
Lisa Scopa W’92 and Matthew Beagle C’93 write, “It’s been an exciting 2010 for us as Lisa was recently appointed to the role of VP and Treasurer at Staples, Inc., and I recently took a role as a credit analyst at the Hartford Investment Management Company, leaving Putnam Investments after seven years. We are doing well in metro Boston with our two kids, Ethan and Addie.
Colleen Seeber-Combs GNu’92 and her husband, Christopher Combs, are thrilled to announce the arrival of their second son, Brendan Christopher, born Jan. 8. “His big brother Thomas (six) can’t wait to enter first grade.” Colleen is a senior clinical editor for clinical e-learning at Elsevier/MCStrategies in Philadelphia.
Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock C’92 and his wife, Astrid Weinstock, are proud to announce the birth of their son, William Solomon Favro Weinstock, who entered the world on July 7. Jeffrey is professor of English and coordinator of the graduate program at Central Michigan University Jeffrey.Weinstock@cmich.edu.
Rabbi Josh Joseph C’93 has been appointed vice president of Yeshiva University in New York, while continuing as chief of staff there. He lives in Lawrence, N.Y., with his wife, Julie, and their three children: Zach (11), Ozzie (nine), and Marsha (seven).
Christopher C. Lee C’93 W’93 has joined Helsell Fetterman LLP in Seattle as counsel in its estate planning and probate practice group. Previously, he was director of Betts, Patterson & Mines P.S. He also has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Washington Law and Politics for the last several years.
Yvette Irène Saint-André C’93 and her husband, Neven Filip Stipanovic, welcomed their son, Charles André Stipanovic, to the world on Feb. 16 in Washington. “He inherited Mom’s Dutch blue eyes, and we hope will also inherit Dad’s height (6’4’’). As is fitting for a Penn German language and literature grad (with an MA in European studies and international economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies), [I have] focused on Europe for [my] entire 11-year career at the U.S. State Department. Last year, [I] was promoted to unit chief in the Office of Central Europe, where [I am] responsible for bilateral diplomatic relations with Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland.”
Susan Stone Wilbanks W’93 has joined the ranks of Ivy League romance novelists! Her debut book, The Sergeant’s Lady, a tale of forbidden love during the Napoleonic Wars, was an August release from Carina Press. She lives in Seattle with her husband and six-year-old daughter. She enjoys the beautiful Northwest summers and having her “heart broken in a new way each year by the Mariners.”
94Urshula Barbour GFA’94 is pleased to report that her studio, Pure+Applied, has been selected as part of the team to undertake the permanent redesign of the Times Square area; reconstruction, to start in 2012, will take place in the areas of Broadway and Seventh Avenue between West 42nd and West 47th streets.
Steven Goldberg L’94 writes, “I published my first novel, One Last Thing to Do Before I Die, earlier this year. It is a satirical comedy that examines absurdities of American culture through the eyes of a prosecutor, who has become disillusioned with the ignorance and immorality in the world.”
Elliott Hornblass C’94 and his wife, Melissa, are pleased to announce the birth of their second daughter, Olivia Rose, on May 26.
Mindy Nagorsky-Israel C’94 W’94 and Ronen Israel EAS’95 W’95 welcomed their third child, a girl, Abigail Elissa Israel, on June 17. She joined big sister Madeline (five) and big brother Ariel (three). They live in Purchase, N.Y. Mindy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Schulder C’94 married Peter Kazanoff on March 6 at Tribeca Grill in New York. The wedding party included her father, Howard Schulder W’67, her sister, Marcy Schulder Barkan C’97, and her brother-in-law, Andrew Barkan W’97. Alumni guests attending the celebration included Amy’s cousin Robert Fisher C’89, and good friends Danielle Mandelbaum Anderman C’94, Samantha Kleier Forbes C’94, Elizabeth Silverman Goodman C’94, Marcia Zabusky Harwitz C’93 and David Harwitz C’88, Tal Kastner Lehon C’94, Heather Zeegan Lieberman C’94 and Todd Lieberman C’95, Sabrina Kleier Morgenstern C’98, Molly Morse Rothstein C’96 and Randy Rothstein W’92, and Jennifer Zeller W’94. Amy and Pete enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon in South Africa; they live in New York, where she is general counsel for Summa Capital Corp. and he is a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.
95Eva Domotorffy Nu’95 and Woody Paik C’95 welcomed their first child, Oliver Arpad Paik, on July 2; they live in Alexandria, Va.
Ronen Israel EAS’95 W’95 see Mindy Nagorsky-Israel C’94 W’94.
Jonathan Steinberg C’95 and his wife, Jill, are thrilled to announce the arrival of their son, Ryan Cole, who was born on June 4 in New York. He “expects to be living in the Quad in the Fall of 2028.”
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96Dr. Erik Bond C’96 and Dr. Sara Bond welcomed their daughter, Lucy Sara Bond, to the world on the Summer Solstice (June 21) at 2:47pm; she weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. She is their first child and “already prefers her red-and-blue onesie to all others.”
Jonathan Rosen W’96 see Jill Margulies Rosen Nu’97.
Suzie Roth C’96,email@example.com, and H. Max Greenhut C’96,firstname.lastname@example.org, are basking in the smiles of their “healthy baby boy, Gus Joseph Roth-Greenhut. Between cooing and diapering” their “chunky little nugget,” Suzie continues to run Suzie Roth Design, her graphic-design studio of nearly 10 years, and Max is manager of content strategy at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online.
97Katie Hort Clement C’97 writes, “My husband, Jamie, and I welcomed Robert Hort Clement on June 24. We are thrilled; big brother Teddy (almost three) isn’t so sure.”
Lisa Levenson Friedman C’97 and Eric Friedman WG’02 are excited to announce the birth of their son Nolan Fisher Friedman on June 15. He weighed 7 lbs., was 20 inches long, and had a full head of hair. Lisa, Eric, and Nolan live in Manhattan.
Jill Margulies Rosen Nu’97 and Jonathan Rosen W’96 are excited to announce the birth of their daughter Gabrielle Daniela on Dec. 21. “She joined big sister Allie, who is thrilled to be a big sister, as long as Gabrielle doesn’t touch any of her things! We would love to hear from Penn friends at email@example.com.”
Rebecca Waranch Rothman C’97 and Josh Rothman are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Michal, on Nov. 23. She joined Ben Isaiah (five), “who has been immensely enjoying his new role as big brother.” They live in Tuscaloosa Ala., where Rebecca is an architect and Josh is a history professor at the University of Alabama.
Laurie Nestler Williams C’97 writes, “My husband, Rich, and I are proud to announce the birth of our son, Richard James Williams. He arrived on his due date, May 17, at 5:23pm; he weighed 8 lbs. 2.8 oz., and was 20 inches long. Big sister Caitlin cannot get enough of her little brother RJ, and has been a big help to Mommy. We currently live in Shawnee, just outside of Kansas City, and would love to hear from Penn friends at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
98Adam Barrist C’98 has been named a partner of the Philadelphia law firm Deeb, Petrakis, Blum & Murphy, P.C. He joined the firm in 2004, and specializes in commercial and tort litigation and contract negotiation.
Danielle Volk Illfelder C’98 and Adam Illfelder W’97 are “thrilled to announce the birth of our second daughter, Isabelle Kamryn, on June 29; Ilana (3 ) is so excited to be a big sister and share all of her toys in our new house in Villanova, Pa.”
Adam Michaels EAS’98 and Natalya G. Michaels W’98 are proud to announce the birth of their second son, Alexander Max Michaels, at 5:33am on Saturday, June 5, in New York. “His first gift to his father was to wait 5 1/2 hours so his birthday was a day later than his Daddy’s. He weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz., and was 20 inches long. We and big brother Gregory are doing well and are happy to welcome Alex as the newest addition to our family. We’d love to catch up with everyone: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Mandy London Weinman C’98 and her husband, Dennis Weinman, are thrilled to announce the birth of their second son, Benjamin Avery Weinman, on July 4. “Big brother, Dillon Tyler Weinman, is excited to have a new playmate—at least we think he is. He is 15 months old, so this is what we believe he would say if he could.”
99Wendy deProphetis Driscoll C’99, a chemistry professor at Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y., recently was granted tenure with promotion to associate professor. She specializes in an organic synthesis of a cyclacene (a piece of a carbon nanotube) and in educational materials introducing nanotechnology to the public.
Sarah L. Dunn C’99 and her husband, Jeffrey Grossman, are happy to announce the birth of their first child, Sasha Rose Grossman, on March 4; she weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz., and was 21 inches long. They live in Long Island City, N.Y.
Paulette Dweck Kaffee C’99 and Josh Kaffee C’99 welcomed their second daughter, Nicole Madelyn, on June 30; she joined proud big sister Hannah. They in Bethesda, Md.
Hillary Aisenstein Kane C’99 and Brandon Kane EAS’99 welcomed their first child, Jeremy Parker, into the world on Saturday, May 29.
Martha Nguyen C’99 and Greg Wright welcomed their second son, James Francis Wright-Nguyen, on June 17. Mai, Greg, big brother Luke (two), and the family dogs, Ernie and Sammie, live in Bethesda, Md., where she is regulatory counsel at the Food and Drug Administration.
Melissa Oretsky C’99 married Jonathan Muskin on May 14 at a beachside wedding at the Bayer Estate in Honolulu. Among the friends and family in attendance was matron of honor Sarah Lawentmann Chesney C’99 GEd’00. Melissa and Jonathan spent their honeymoon on Maui, Big Island, and Kauai’i. They also celebrated their wedding with a reception in Philadelphia; they live in Center City. She is a senior associate in the commercial-litigation department of Reed Smith LLP and he is a founding partner of Muskin & Cusick, LLC, in Lansdale, Pa., where he practices intellectual-property law.
Stephanie Prevost C’99 L’03 and her husband, Brian Kellogg, welcomed their daughter Zoey Julianne Kellogg on Feb. 8. They live in the Lehigh Valley, where Stephanie is a director for CP Global Partners, LLC, and Brian is brewery superintendent at the Sam Adams Pennsylvania Brewery.
Todd Rosenberg EAS’99 and his wife, Stephanie, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Asher Ryan, on June 3; he was 9 lbs. 8 oz., and measured 21 inches long. Also welcoming him was big sister Abby (two). They live in Avondale, Pa., and Todd is a senior manager of business insights at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Wilmington, Del.
Wendy A. Woloson Gr’99, Philadelphia, a consulting historian, wrote In Hock: Pawning in America from Independence through the Great Depression, which was published in April by the University of Chicago Press.
00Elissa Mecklenburger Imran W’00 and her husband, Shafi Imran, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, William Zain Imran, on May 6. Two-year-old Leah is very excited to be a big sister. They live in Brooklyn Heights.
Dara Lovitz C’00 wrote Muzzling A Movement: The Effects of Anti-Terrorism, Law, Money, & Politics on Animal Activism (Lantern Books), “which examines the unconstitutional silencing of the animal-activist movement.” She is an adjunct professor of animal law at Temple and Drexel universities.
CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: May 13-16, 2011
01Jenn Falik C’01 writes, “I teamed up with MSN to launch Beauty BFF, my own beauty show on MSN.com; it is a 28-episode series that runs through October (beautybff.msn.com). I continue to appear as a guest, sharing my fashion and beauty finds, on the Today Show, The View, Rachael Ray, E! News, and others, and also maintain my website where I share my discoveries (www.jennfalik.com). As the host of Beauty BFF, I open up my industry rolodex, giving access to the biggest names in the beauty business as they teach me their most sought after insider tricks and tips. I also open up my makeup bag, sharing the must-have products that I can’t live without.”
Sam Holliday EAS’01 WG’09 see Katie Klein Holliday C’02.
Dr. V. Scott Koerwer GrEd’01 has been appointed president of Newberry College in South Carolina. Previously, he was deputy dean and clinical professor of management at the University of South Carolina.
02Shriram Bhashyam C’02 married Milli Shah C’02 W’02 on June 27 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; a reception followed in the Palm House, the garden’s Victorian glasshouse. Many alumni friends celebrated the big day with them, including Aloke Agarwal W’01, Darshan Bachhawat W’03, Konika Bose C’02, Kathleen Chen C’01, Ajay Doshi EAS’02, Pranav Gupta EAS’02 W’02, Anisha Jangi C’02 W’02, Jason Levy C’04, Samir Mayur C’03 WG’03, Sapna Mistry C’02, Nisha Mohindra C’03 EAS’03, Ronak Pandya W’04, Hemal Parmar W’01, Natasha Parmar C’02, Reena Patel D’10, Kedar Phadke W’02, Anand Shah EAS’02, Gurmeet Sran GEE’01, Rishi Talreja C’02 EAS’02, Vikram Veeramachaneni C’02, Milan Vora C’02, and Carrie Wong C’02. Milli and Shriram live in Manhattan, where they are both attorneys.
Katie Klein Holliday C’02 and Sam Holliday EAS’01 WG’09 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Emerson Reese Holliday, on June 18, weighing 8 lbs. 6 oz., and measuring 20 inches long. They look forward to Emmy joining the Penn Class of 2031. Sam and Katie live in New York, where he works in healthcare investment banking at JP Morgan, and she is an account executive with NBC Universal.
Saahil Mahajan W’02 and his wife, Heather, are happy to announce the birth of their first child, Penelope Asha, on May 15 in New York.
Solimar Otero Gr’02 wrote Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World (University of Rochester Press). “The majority of work for the title was done at Penn for my thesis, where I won a Fulbright to do research in Nigeria. The book is about Cuban repatriate communities in Africa.” 03Tamara Weiss C’03 married Brian Levine on May 30 in Babylon, Long Island. They met at a mutual friend’s karaoke party, and one song led to marriage 19 months later. At their reception, he serenaded her with the same song he sang on the day they met. The wedding party included Adam Weiss L’04, Kristin O’Donoghue W’03, Pamela Kasenetz C’03, and Melissa Kaufman C’03; others attending included Phil Putter C’03 and Jordan Fishman C’03. Tamara and Brian live and work in Manhattan, where she is a matrimonial and general-litigation attorney and he is a manager of investment accounting at a real estate investment trust.
04Michelle Dembiski C’04 married Steven R. Mocarski on May 30 at the Alger House in New York’s West Village. The wedding party included Frank Scott C’00, Monica Sharma W’04, Caroline Spector C’04, and Nancy Sun C’04. Joining in the celebration were brother David Spyra EAS’92 W’92, sisters-in-law Taunya Ciambotti SW’06 and Kelly Spyra W’93, and friends Amanda Bowden V’05, Kristi Brecht C’00, Amanda Fenster C’05 L’09, Jeffrey Greenhouse W’97, Jordan Levy C’05, Corrine Majeska V’03, Dana Nakano C’04 EAS’04, Ryan Orr C’00 L’03, Meredith Seidel C’04, Daniel Shtob C’00, Avital Spiegel SW’08, and Stephanie Young C’07. Michelle and Steven live in New York, where she is an associate in health economics at Forest Research Institute and he works as a vice president in information technology at the Hachette Book Group.
Lauren Moskovitz EAS’04 W’04 married Scott Sholder on June 20 at Congregation B’nai Tikvah in New Jersey. The bridal party included Melissa Herman C’04 and Barrie Mellin C’04; other alumni attending were William Beckerman C’04, Amit Gupta EAS’04, David Herman C’04, Jared Mellin EAS’04 GEE’04, Sam Hershey C’05, Craig Cohen C’06, Brad Henis C’04 EAS’04, and Ellen Cohen W’75. Lauren and Scott live in New York, where she works as a vice-president in retail structured products at Citi and he is an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
Paule-Valerie C’04 writes that she “has completed two projects in an effort to give back and pave the way for others’ success.” She has produced a seven-step audio program No More Excuses: How to Turn Your Passion from Make-Believe to Real, and written an electronic book The Beginner’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to TV Hosting … on a Low Budget. A certified fitness instructor and dance-fitness enthusiast, she is developing an online life-empowerment and fun-fitness series (www.PauleValerie.com).
05Keith Jones GGS’05 has been appointed executive director of the Lower Merion Conservancy in Gladwyne, Pa. Previously, he was general counsel of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies in Washington.
Anil Makhijani EE’05 L’12 WG’12 married Bhumi Zaveri C’06 on June 12 at the Skylands at Randolph, N.J. Family and friends, including many alumni, joined them in celebration at a reception immediately following the ceremony. They currently live in Philadelphia, where he is completing a JD-MBA program at Penn and Bhumi is an attorney.
CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: May 13-16, 2011 06Christopher Brown C’06 has been commissioned as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. He will serve on active duty at Madigan Army Medical Center as a clinical-psychology predoctoral intern.
Josh Gordon C’06 married Laura Freeman C’06 on March 13 at the Hyatt at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. The wedding party included her parents, Marsha Freeman Gr’75 and Harvey Freeman EE’66, and friends Alex Bellos C’06, Craig Cohen W’06, Ben Dodson C’06 EAS’06, Ariane Dweck W’06, Eric Lee C’06 G’06, Jennifer Pavane C’06, Ted Ross C’06, Maya Varthi C’06, and Garrett Young C’06. Other alumni attending included Alex Brown C’06, Joyce Chan C’06 W’06, Dave Diesenhouse C’06, Rachel Dodson C’06, Mark Dweck EAS’06, Erica Ehrlich EAS’06, Katie Foster C’06, Lara Gitlin C’06, Hayley Hamilton C’06, Cate Jensen C’06, Doron Kenter L’08, Joanna Levy C’07, Matt Mirett C’06, Rachel Moscowitz C’06, Allison Myers C’06, Austin Pena W’08, Tej Raj EAS’06 W’06, Eric Shore EAS’06, Alissa Weiss C’06, Vanessa White C’06, and Jeff Williams C’06. Josh and Laura currently live in New York with their dog Toby. Laura works in development at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Josh recently graduated from NYU School of Law and is working for New York-based law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf.
Melody Joy Kramer C’06,email@example.com, writes, “After surviving a pretty brutal rollover car accident, I quit my job at NPR and enrolled in a five-year program at the Temple medical school, only to realize that I missed writing and would make a very unhappy doctor. So I dropped out to go back to public radio. I’m working as an associate producer at Fresh Air with Terry Gross at WHYY in Philly. I love it. I’m writing a lot and there’s not as many scalpels in the office, on a daily basis.”
Gregory Meila C’06 recently was promoted to manager, North America marketing, at Oliver Wyman Financial Services, a management consultancy based in New York. This month he begins an MBA in finance in the Langone part-time MBA program at the NYU Stern School of Business.
Leroy Nunery C’06 writes, “In April last year, my cousin and I launched the Creative Confederation Design Group, and we’ve grown internationally in just over a year. From developing logos and helping companies brand themselves, to revitalizing websites, we can do it all. We’re based in Philadelphia and Washington (www.creativeconfederation.com).”
Bhumi Zaveri C’06 see Anil Makhijani EE’05 L’12 WG’12.
07 Dr. Mary Ellen Caro GrEd’07 recently was appointed vice president for enrollment management and learner services at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J. Joining that college in 2004, she was the first dean of its business school.
Cameron Hoyler C’07 graduated in May from the University of San Francisco School of Law and has started a career in civil defense litigation at the Bay Area trial firm of Filice, Brown, Eassa & McLeod, focusing on products liability and toxic torts. He is the son of Carolyn and Carl Hoyler C’59.
Ivan Koutsarov C’08, New York, has joined Mars & Co., the management consulting firm, as an associate consultant in the metro area office in Greenwich, Conn.
Meredith Laning C’08 married 2nd Lt. Patrick Kimener C’08 in Bethesda, Md. “Classmates and teammates chose to celebrate the July 4 weekend at the wedding. Among the celebrating volleyball teammates of Mere were Elizabeth Hurst C’07, Anna Shlimak W’08, and Linda Zhang C’08. Both sides of the ball were represented among Pat’s football teammates, including co-defensive backs Greg Ambrogi W’08, Jordan Manning C’09, and Tyson Maugle C’09. Former football captains (including Tyson), Pat’s co-captain Nick Cisler C’08, and Don Snyder C’06 also surfaced, along with Andrew Allen W’08, Dan Coleman C’08, Mark Cavanaugh Nu’08, John D’Agostini C’08, Mike Marinelli W’08, Will Milne W’08, Brian Raike C’08, Rob Repass C’08, and Ted Rosenbaum EAS’08. The athletic department was rounded out by Stephanie Castellano C’08, Laura Freedlander C’08, Sophia Termini C’07 and Barrett Freedlander C’62 [who sent in this note]. A beautiful day for a handsome and beautiful couple.”
09Anne-Cara Apple C’09 married Matthew Aquiline C’08 on May 8 in Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. Bridesmaids were Amy Bachman SW’09, Sarah Stewart C’09, and Danya Kelberg C’02, and James Yoakum W’07, Scott Watkin EAS’07, Mark Green C’06 W’06, and Zachary Smith Ferris Nu’09 were groomsmen. Other alumni attended, especially friends from the Penn Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, where Matt and Anne-Cara first met. They live in Philadelphia: he works as a legal analyst for the Social Security Administration and she works for the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Alex Seyferth C’09 is finishing his master’s at Northwestern University, where he “took advantage of a fifth year of eligibility on the baseball field.” He “helped lead the Wildcats to a third-place finish in the Big Ten, while also receiving academic all league honors.” He also received the Gordon Rothrock leadership award for the team. Majoring in integrated marketing communications, he will graduate in December.
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