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49 Tony Franco W’49 in October represented the U.S. in the Gardnar Mulloy Cup Tennis Matches for men 80 and over, in Antalya, Turkey. He played #2 singles, winning all four of his matches against Germany, Canada, Sweden, and Great Britain, and as the U.S. retained the cup. The following week, in the Individual World Championships, he reached the semi-finals in singles and won the doubles with teammate, Graydon Nichols. Tony made the team after winning the 2004 National Grass Court Singles Championship (75 & over). In 2005 he was runner-up in the National Grass and Clay Court Singles Championships (80 & over).

52 Jean Shaw Adelman CW’52, Philadelphia, a retired librarian, served with Global Volunteers in September and October, teaching English to adults and children in southeastern Hungary.

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60 Alan B. Miller WG’60, chair, president, and CEO of Universal Health Services, Inc., has been appointed to the board of overseers of the Wharton School. He had served on the graduate executive board from 1996 to 2004.

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61 Donald M. Fenmore W’61 practices real estate law in West Los Angeles. In September he received the Executive Director’s Award from the Beverly Hills Bar Association for “distinguished and exemplary service to the association.” He chaired the Bar’s first and second annual golf tournaments; in June when he chairs the third tournament, he will be joined by Sandy, his wife of 36 years—she is also an avid golfer. Don is trying to convince his daughter Tanya, who received her MBA degree from the Harvard Business School in June, to take up golf.

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62 Ross S. Preston C’62 Gr’67 writes, “After a career path which included IBM, Bethlehem Steel, WEFA Inc., the University of Pennsylvania, the Economic Council of Canada, Investment Canada, Industry Canada, and WEFA Canada, I find myself retired, as is Judy, my wife of 43 years, at my winter home in Perth, Ont., and at my summer home on Bluff Island, in the Big Rideau Lake near Portland, Ont. My daughter, Elisabeth Preston C’89, her two sons and husband, Oliver, and my son (a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at Harvard), his wife, Julie, and his son now take up a good deal of our time. Notwithstanding, my first novel, Blind Man’s Bluff, is now complete and will soon be published.”

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63 Ronald L. Rose W’63, Birmingham, Mich., a co-leader of the bankruptcy practice group and based in the Bloomfield Hills office of the law firm of Dykema Gossett, is included in The Best Lawyers in America 2006. He has been listed in every edition since it was first published in 1983.

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64 Dr. Ronald Kamm C’64 recently appeared as himself in Eagles! The Movie. He analyzed the psyche of  fans from a sport-psychiatrist’s perspective. Last summer he was interviewed on Comcast’s Daily News Live show, on the rift between the Eagles players Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb. He wrote, “Interviewing Principles for the Psychiatrically Aware Sports Medicine Physician,” the lead article in the October issue of Clinics in Sports Medicine.

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65 Karyl Charna Lynn CW’65 writes, “My sixth book, Italian Opera Houses and Festivals, has just been published by Scarecrow Press. The Italian Cultural Institute, the cultural office of the Italian Embassy in Washington, held a book-signing in December.”

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Lee Eisenberg C’68 ASC’70 was most recently executive vice-president of Lands’ End and is a former editor-in-chief of Esquire magazine. He wrote The Number: A Completely Different Way To Think About The Rest of Your Life, to be published this month by the Free Press, a division of Simon and Schuster. “The book explores whether baby boomers are prepared to cope financially and emotionally with the rest of their lives and, if not, what they plan to do about it.”

Frederick S. Keller M’68 is professor of interventional radiology and chair of diagnostic radiology at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, where he also serves as director of the Dotter Institute. He was honored last year by having an endowed chair in interventional radiology established in his name by the Cook Group Inc. of Bloomington, Ind. And in September Dr. Keller was named a distinguished fellow of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe.

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69 Dr. Stephen Bosniak C’69 (www. eye-lift.com) wrote Beautiful Eye, which was released last year by MD Publishing in New York. It is layperson’s guide to non-invasive rejuvenation of the eyes, brows, and face. He was also elected to the board of the International Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgeons.

Dolf R. DiBiasio WG’69 is a former executive vice president of AOL Time Warner, Inc., in charge of global strategy and investment, and earlier was a senior partner of McKinsey and Co. He was recently appointed chair of the graduate executive board of the Wharton School, which he has served on since 1995.

Dr. Ronald D. Klein C’69 GEd’70 <rklein@gol.com> recently edited Silverfish New Writing Anthology Edition 5, a collection of short stories by authors in Malaysia who write in English. He is professor of English at Hiroshima Jogakuin University, where he has been teaching for 16 years.

Hon. Richard B. Teitelman C’69, a judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri, has been re-elected to the executive board of the American Judicature Society, and nominated to the steering committee of the ABA’s appellate judicial network. Last year he received the distinguished non-alumni award of the Columbia School of Law at the University of Missouri; was keynote speaker at the September meeting of the St. Louis Jewish Community Relations Council; and in October received the St. Louis Historical Society Award.

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70 Haroldeane E. Richardson Snell CW’70 received a 2005 Volunteer Service Award from the Roland Tseng College of Extended Learning at California State University Northridge. Deanie, a member of the knowledge-management team at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, has worked closely with Tseng College in launching an innovative, interdisciplinary master’s program in knowledge management.

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71 Stephen D. Kramer W’71 L’74 has joined the corporate department of the New York law firm of Phillips Nizer LLP. He will also lead its new French-practice group. He is a member of the Union Internationale des Avocats, and also is a licensed certified public accountant.

William B. Patrick C’71 wrote Saving Troy: A Year with Firefighters and Paramedics in a Battered City, which was published last year by Hudson Whitman Publishers. The press release describes it as “a compelling and unique chronicle of a year with professional firefighters and paramedics in a down-at-the-heels, rust-belt city. The author rode along with the members the Troy Fire Department’s 1st Platoon, and has fashioned a vivid story that takes the reader not only inside the action but to the dramatic core of every call he re-creates for us—so close you can almost hear the heart monitor’s buzz … [he] has used his fictional know-how, as well as a screenwriter’s ear for dialogue, to craft this new non-fiction narrative that is unsurpassed in the literature of firefighting.”

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72 Arthur H. Finnel W’72 G’74 WG’75 has joined WellGen, Inc., a biotechnology company that develops plant-based health products, as its first chief financial officer. Previously he was executive vice president, treasurer, and chief financial officer of Bionova Holding Corp., an agribusiness biotechnology company.

William G. Kane GRP’72, former principal and partner at Design Workshop, based in Aspen, Colo., returned to the firm in October to work part-time on special projects. From 1996 to last July he was vice president of planning and development for the Aspen Skiing Company.

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73 Samuel Feldman C’73, Short Hills, N.J., a member of the Roseland law firm of Orloff, Lowenbach, Stifelman & Siegel, P.A., moderated a seminar, “Attorney Liability after Banco Popular North America v. Gandhi,” at the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education in October. He was the attorney for the prevailing party in the case before the state supreme court. He welcomes his daughter, Marin Feldman L’05, to the ranks of Penn Alumni.

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74 Dr. David Bienenfeld C’74 is professor and vice-chair of psychiatry at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he directs the residency-training program. He wrote Psychodynamic Theory for Clinicians, which was recently published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; it is a review of major theories in psychodynamic psychotherapy from Freud to the present. “E-mails from Penn friends are welcome at <david.bienenfeld@wright.edu>.”

Richard B. Cohen W’74, chair and CEO of C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., has been appointed to the board of overseers of the Wharton School.

Marsha Reines Perelman GCP’74, president of Woodforde Energy, Inc., in Ardmore, Pa., was elected chair of the board of The Franklin Institute in October. The first woman be elected to this position in the institute’s 181-year history, she had chaired its finance and investment and development and government-relations committees.

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75 Don Fetterolf C’75 M’79 recently left his position at Highmark Inc. to take the position of corporate vice president for strategic initiatives, at Matria Healthcare, Inc., in Marietta, Ga. The company has a number of divisions in the healthcare field, including disease management, women’s health, and medical-supply manufacture, and operates in the U.S. and overseas.

Craig K. Harding WG’75, chair and CEO of The Harding Group, a private-equity firm which he founded in 1984, has been appointed to the board of overseers of the Wharton School. He chaired the Wharton Fund (1993-95) and the graduate executive board from 1994 till last year; he received Wharton’s Distinguished Service Award in 1995.

Rabbi Goldie Milgram CW’75 writes that she gave birth to three published books in the past 17 months: Reclaiming Judaism as a Spiritual Practice, Meaning and Mitzvah (both published by Jewish Lights), and Make Your Own Bar/Bat Mitzvah (Jossey-Bass). Her newest project is serving as co-president of the Guild of Jewish Healthcare Professionals, details at (www.ReclaimingJudaism.org). She just moved back to Philadelphia and invites old friends and colleagues to be in touch at <rebgoldiem@aol.com>.

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76 Dr. Nelson Erlick C’76 wrote The Xeno Solution, which was published last year by Forge Books. His second novel, it was described as, “An engrossing, provocative thriller about what can go wrong with a medical breakthrough. [It] provides a terrifying glimpse into the newest procedure for solving the shortage of donor organs: Xenotransplantation, the transplantation of animal organs to humans. Combining the advances of medical science, the competitive battlefield of technology, and the underlying fear of genetic engineering, [it] posits a completely plausible scenario for a potential medical catastrophe. Lauded by premier authors, including Michael Palmer and John Lescroart, a key part of the story centers on the Penn campus.” He was at a book-signing for it at the Penn Bookstore in November. The book is available at (online and physical) bookstores and through his website (www.NelsonErlick.com).

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77 Andrew A. Chirls C’77, a litigation partner with Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen LLP, serves as chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association. In October he was named to the board of The Philadelphia Foundation, the $275-million public-charity community foundation that serves southeastern Pennsylvania. He and his partner, Larry Frankel, live in Center City Philadelphia.

Dr. Jack Ludmir C’77 GM’87 is chair and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital, part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima for his efforts to reduce perinatal and maternal mortality in Peru. He was also recognized by the Peruvian Minister of Health, receiving the Medal to Merit San Bartolome. Ludmir has helped trained healthcare providers by an exchange program of physicians and medical students with Penn, as well as distributing much needed equipment to Peruvian hospitals. Advocating for poor mothers and babies in Peru is a family affair for Ludmir: His father, Dr. Abraham Ludmir GM’56, and his sons, Jonathan Ludmir C’06 and Daniel Ludmir C’09, have been actively involved in helping poor Peruvian women.

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79 Neil Plakcy C’79 <plax@bellsouth.net> e-mails, “Mahu, which means homosexual in Hawaiian, is also the title of a mystery novel I have written. Published in August, it has already received rave reviews. In this police procedural set in Honolulu, a detective who has made a career out of finding the truth behind other people’s actions is forced to confront his own homosexuality, while investigating the death of a man whose body is found behind a gay bar in Waikiki (www.mahubooks.com).”

Dr. Jack Sariego C’79 lives and works on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where he is chief of surgery and director of trauma at Ocean Springs Hospital. The Mississippi State Chair for the American College of Surgeons’ committee on trauma, he is also active at the national level. A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, he has been called to active duty twice in the past few years: He was deployed for six months to Afghanistan and southwest Asia during Operation Enduring Freedom, and to Europe and southwest Asia for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He wrote in late September that he had “recently ridden out the tempest and endured the ravages of Hurricane Katrina” with his wife, Lauren, and 11-year-old twins, Andrew and Jessica.

Dr. Patricia Stranahan Gr’79 has been appointed president of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia. Most recently she was a research associate at the Fairbank Center at Harvard University.

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80 Beth J. Kaplan W’80 WG’81, managing director of Axcel Partners, LLC, has been appointed to the board of overseers of the Wharton School. She chaired the undergraduate executive board from 1998 till last year.

Anne G. Peach GNu’80 has been named vice president of nursing for the Orlando Regional Healthcare System. She continues as chief operating officer for the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, a division of the system.

Dr. Steven Sachs C’80 is a general dentist practicing in Harriman, N.Y., and lives in White Plains, with his wife, Bonnie. Her daughter, Jane, is now a sophomore at Ohio State University. In his spare time Steve is an avid bird and nature photographer. His pictures will be featured in an article on raptor photography in the February issue of Popular Photography. He notes that he is very happy to see that his fraternity Sammy is off double secret probation and has gotten the house back. Steve can be reached at <spsdmd@aol.com> or his website (www.stevesachsphotography.com).

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81 Dr. Stephen J. Betchen SW’81 GrS’86 maintains a full-time practice in couples therapy in Cherry Hill, N.J. His recently published second book, Intrusive Partners-Elusive Mates: The Pursuer-Distancer Dynamic in Couples (Routledge, 2005), was nominated for the Society for Sex Therapy and Research’s Professional Book Award. His article, “Husbands Who Use Sexual Dissatisfaction to Balance the Scales of Power in Their Dual-Career Marriages,” is to be published soon in the Journal of Family Psychotherapy. He is one of the few couples therapists in this country certified as a supervisor by both the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.

Steve Goldman C’81 W’81 writes, “My wife, Kris Goldman, and I have opened our first iSold It on eBay store in a suburb of Salt Lake City. We also signed a lease to open our second store [this month]; we plan to open three additional in Salt Lake and one in Park City. Individuals and businesses can bring in their items to sell on eBay and we do everything else from photography to packing and shipping to sending the customer a check. iSold is now the largest seller on eBay with over 15,000 items from 150 stores at any one time. Our eBay name is isoldit.ut069. Take a look at our auctions and feel free to bid. In addition to this business, we are still operating Nifty Cool Toys, our toy store (www.niftycool.com). If this is not enough, our daughter, Julia (10), played a Who and a Cadet in a local theater production of Suessical.”

Kenneth D. Moelis W’81 WG’81, president of UBS Investment Bank, has been appointed to the board of overseers of the Wharton School. He has served on the undergraduate executive board since 1997.

Leslie B. Posnock C’81 e-mails, “My husband, David Schwartz, and I are delighted to welcome our daughter, Katie Gabrielle, born on Dec. 28,  2004, into our family. She joined big sister Hannah (10). I would love to hear from friends and classmates at <lposnock@schwartzposnock.com>.”

Dr. Ralph M. Rosato C’81 was recently elected the 50th president of the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons. “My daughter Danielle will be applying to Penn in 2007 as a double legacy. We rebuilt our home after the hurricanes of 2004 and survived the hurricanes of 2005. I also survived spending a weekend in Vegas with Ernie Barsamian ChE’81 WG’87, Mike Bear ME’81, Lance Graber W’83 WG’88, Jay “Scud” Thomas ME’81, Brian “Bone” O’Neil ME’81, Tim Wilmott WG’87, Tom Friedberg WG’87, Dave Kulow WG’88, Peter Higgins C’84 W’84 WG’88, Rick Williams WG’87, and Pat Daly WG’87.”

Dr. Andrew Sillen Gr’81 was recently appointed vice president for institutional advancement at Brooklyn College. He will also serve as executive director of the Brooklyn College Foundation.

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82 Brian D. Finn W’82, president of Credit Suisse First Boston, has been appointed chair of the undergraduate executive board of the Wharton School, which he has served on since 1999.

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83 Shaun Eli Breidbart W’83 appeared in the New York City Underground Comedy Festival in early October; he was in showcases at Gotham Comedy Club and the New York Comedy Club. His schedule, biography, comedic essays, and the jokes he has written for late-night television can be found on his website (www.BrainChampagne.com).

Albert Diaz W’83 has been appointed a judge of the North Carolina Business Court, which handles complex issues of corporate and commercial law as a specialized forum of the state’s trial division. He has served as a state superior-court judge since Nov. 2001.

Sheila Alter Joseph C’83 W’83 and Marc Alter Joseph C’84 live in the eastern San Francisco Bay area with their sons Sam (11) and Jack (eight). Sheila teaches high school to non-traditional age students, and Marc is an associate professor and chair of philosophy at Mills College in Oakland. They’d be happy to hear from old Penn friends at either <sheila joseph5@yahoo.com or <majoseph@mills.edu>.

Lisa Kaner C’83, a shareholder with the law firm Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf in Portland, Ore., recently celebrated the first anniversary of the dedication of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial. She joined the effort to build the memorial in 1997, and assumed the role of chair in 2003. After a heated six-year legal battle (over its first site), the memorial was finally unveiled in late 2004, in downtown Portland’s Washington Park.

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84 Geralyn Rella Breig W’84 has been appointed senior vice president and brand president of Avon Products, Inc. Based in Manhattan, she will be a member of the global operating council and will be responsible for global research and development and marketing activities.

Marc Alter Joseph C’84 see Sheila Alter Joseph C’83 W’83.

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85 Gary M. Greenbaum C’85 recently became the president of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria Va., the oldest Conservative synagogue in northern Virginia, while maintaining his practice as an attorney concentrating in juvenile court work. In his little spare time, he indulges his liking for music, “attending shows ranging from punk rock to opera.”

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86 Edward Anton C’86 works fulltime in the ministry of the Hampton Roads Church in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Deb, and four children. He wrote Repentance: A Cosmic Shift of Mind and Heart, which was recently published.

Susan Kohl Malone GNu’86, Rumson, N.J., volunteered last summer with her daughter on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Mont.; this was coordinated by Global Volunteers.

Nancy Meisinger Nu’86 in October was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame of Central Bucks (Pa.) High School.

Rod J. Rosenstein W’86 on July 12 was sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland. He was nominated by President George W. Bush on May 23, and his nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 1. Rod previously served in the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington as principal deputy assistant attorney general for the tax division. He lives in Bethesda with his wife and their two daughters.

Jonathan D. Shaffer C’86 <jshaffer@smith pachter.com> recently had an article on Medicare-contracting reform published in the BNA Federal Contracts Report. The son of Charles A. Shaffer W’60 L’63, he is a partner in the law firm of Smith, Pachter, McWhorter & Allen in Vienna, Va., where he practices in government contracts and construction law, and commercial litigation. Jonathan, his wife, Robin Shaffer, and 12-year-old son, Daniel, live in the suburbs of Washington, where they frequently run into fellow alumni.

Joshua R. Slavitt C’86 is a registered patent attorney and partner with Synnestvedt & Lechner, LLP, Philadelphia’s oldest intellectual-property law firm; he concentrates on chemical and pharmaceutical patent applications, and IP counseling, opinion work, and litigation. In October he became a co-chair of the Philadelphia chapter of the Licensing Executives Society.

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87 Dr. James N. Canonica G’87, Mt. Laurel, N.J., has been appointed dean of students at Camden County College. For the last 14 years he was director of academic advising at the Community College of Philadelphia, where he had also taught information systems.

Robert K. Fitts C’87 and Sarah Watkins Fitts C’87 are pleased to announce that his latest book, Remembering Japanese Baseball: An Oral History of the Game, has been published by Southern Illinois University Press. The book is the first oral history of Japanese baseball available in English.

Keith E. Gottfried W’87 was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in October as general counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. From 2000 to 2004 he had served in senior executive positions at Borland Software Corporation, a global software company based in Scotts Valley, Calif.

Donald Orloski EAS’87 is a manager of global-manufacturing compliance in Pfizer’s facility at Peapack, N.J. From June to December he helped Family Health International evaluate their HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs in Lusaka, Zambia.

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88 Eric Bradlow W’88 is a professor of marketing and statistics at the Wharton School who serves as the academic director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center. He was the recipient of both the graduate and undergraduate Excellence in Teaching Awards in 2004. And he serves on the governing boards of Marketing Science and the Journal of Marketing Research. Last year he was appointed the first K.P. Chao Professor (which was endowed by K.P. Chao, chair of Hong Kong-based Novel Enterprises Ltd., and founder of Dragon Air).

NiaLena Caravasos W’88 <nialena@toplaw.com>, a shareholder partner at the Law Firm of F. Emmett Fitzpatrick, P.C., in Philadelphia, was last year named a “Pennsylvania Rising Star Super Lawyer” in criminal defense, by Philadelphia magazine.

Jonathan Kaye W’88 is senior counsel to the American Red Cross in Washington.

Darby Mullany C’88 <darbym@optonline.net> and her husband, Nick Dunn, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Edward Budd Dunn: Teddy arrived on May 22, and was named after his paternal grandfather. He joins his big sister Margaret (four).

Shira Tabachnikoff C’88 lives in Haarlem in the Netherlands. She is married to Pieter Smit, a Dutch set designer, and they have three children, Pjotr (seven), Stella (five), and Anoushka (one). In July she joined Burson-Marsteller as director of technology and corporate communications. Previously she led the PR team at Brodeur (Schoep & van der Toorn), where she was responsible for clients such as Orange, Philips, and Wolters Kluwer.

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89 David Cannistraro W’89 and Dira Strain Cannistraro C’91 are pleased to announce a new family addition, Jason Michael Cannistraro. He joins big brother Ryan: Together they enjoy listening to the Wiggles, playing with trains, and creating daily pandemonium.

Dr. Rachel Morris Cramton C’89 e-mails that, “After almost 10 years of teaching deaf children, I went back to graduate school, and then medical school (Temple University). I am now a pediatric resident at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, R.I. My husband, James, and I are also the incredibly proud parents of a 22-month-old son, Zachary. I would love to hear from folks at <Rachel@Cramton.com>.”

Nicole Galli C’89 L’92 and Charles Goodwin L’92 are the delighted parents of Caroline Elizabeth Goodwin, who was born on May 21, 2004. “She is a total joy and has brought lots of laughter to our lives. Nicole, Chuck, and Caroline love living in Center City, Philadelphia, where Nicole is a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP and he is a partner at Berger & Montague, P.C., while Caroline enjoys being an ‘urban baby,’ playing in Rittenhouse Square and going to sidewalk restaurants with mom and dad.”

Alexandra Samuels C’89 GPU’93 and Peter Kohn C’89 are pleased to announce the birth of their sons, Graham and Ian, on Oct. 4. Alex is manager of civic and philanthropic affairs at Rohm and Haas Company, and Peter is an attorney with Berger & Montague, P.C. They married in Oct. 2002 in Philadelphia; alumni who helped them celebrate were her mother, Aurele Samuels Rankin CW’57, and friends Aileen Atkins C’89 W’89, Rob Browne C’88 D’91 and Leslie Braginsky-Browne L’95, Rachel Gordon Dugoff W’89, Jennifer Fitzgibbons Nu’89, Meghan Frost C’89, Andy Gorman C’89 L’95, Mary McGowan Heins C’90, Nick Jekogian GPU’95, Melissa Jensen C’89 GPU’93, Dave Litt C’89, Lynn Feldman Lowy C’89, Alan Meyer WG’93, Carmel Napolitano GPU’96, Leslie Pelton Nichol GPU’93, Laura Richlin C’84, Janine Scaff GPU’95, Cara Schneider C’89, Rhonda Schulman C’89, Ivy Silver WEv’81, Brett Sirota C’89 and Roberta Kastelic C’90, Andy Soven C’89 L’95, Mike Young C’89, and Danna Goldthwaite ASC’01 Gr’06.

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90 Tim Dumbleton C’90 married Annette Goderbauer on May 21, “in the scenic Bavarian village of Dinkelsbühl, a town that has changed little since the Middle Ages,” writes Nelson Bae C’90. “The exceptionally gracious locals welcomed guests from all over the world, even the Americans, who included Brooke Bessert W’90, Lisa Silverman C’90 WG’97, Walt Tunnessen C’90, and Aviva Zyskind C’90. The wedding reception lasted into the wee hours of the morning, as the German locals proved their dominance in alcohol consumption over their global counterparts.” Tim and Annette live happily in Manhattan.

Barry Friedson EAS’90 GEng’90 writes, “My wife and I are happy to announce the birth of our second child, Julianne Kalanit Friedson, on Oct. 21. Mom, baby, and big brother Joshua are doing great. The addition to the family has forced us to relocate to the suburbs: We have moved to Scotch Plains, N.J., from Hoboken.”

Christoph Guttentag G’90 in October was promoted to dean for undergraduate admissions at Duke University; he had served as director of undergraduate admissions there for the past 13 years.

Ken Shillingford C’90 and his wife, Allison, are pleased to announce the recent birth of their son, Hamilton.

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91 Dira Strain Cannistraro C’91 see David Cannistraro W’89.

Yenii Chen Dex W’91 and her husband, John, are excited to announce the birth of their daughter, Lauren, on Aug. 29 in Seattle. Lauren joins her big sister Sophia (three).

David Hollenbaugh W’91 is a private-wealth adviser in the private banking and investment group of Merrill Lynch in New York. He was included, for the second year, in the “Top 100 Financial Advisers” list in the October issue of Worth magazine.

Jeff Peachin C’91 <jeffrey.peachin@us.pwc.com> and his wife, Kristin Byrd, are thrilled to announce that their son, Zachary Byrd Peachin, was born on Father’s Day, June 19. They live in San Francisco, where Jeff works at PricewaterhouseCoopers; in May Kristin completed her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in environmental science.

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92 Dr. David Brailer Gr’92 is assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in charge of electronic medical records. He coordinated the federal response to provide the medical records of people in the Gulf Coast areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina to doctors treating them. It involves the various agencies working with health plans, pharmacy-benefit managers, and drugstore chains to locate surviving records and make them available to physicians.

Alexa Chiang C’92 married Daniel Plotnick on Aug. 7 in Seattle. Alumni who joined the wedding celebration included his father, Paul Plotnick C’55, Kristen Peters Nathanson C’92 (a bridesmaid), Noam Harel C’92 M’96 Gr’98, Katie Cheng C’92 W’92, Michael Handler W’90, Erica Okada GrW’99, Julie Lin WG’97, Diane Wetherington C’81 G’84, Minhthe Luu C’00 EAS’00, and Michelle R. Gochoco-McQuistin C’94. “The wedding day began beautifully with a wonderful bottle of champagne sent to my suite by Phan (Kate) Lam C’92 in Hong Kong, who along with Vikki Tam W’92 WG’98 and Wai Sum Leong W’92 were unfortunately unable to attend. We agreed to include them in wedding photos by using Photoshop. We honeymooned in Kauai.” Alexa (fka Wai-Sum Lee) can be reached at wac@mcgavick.com>.

Brenda Shaw Doll C’92 and Paul Doll are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Kyle Jeffrey, on June 26. “He weighed in at 8lbs. 9 oz., and was 22 inches long, and was welcomed home by big sister Alena (two). We’ll be moving back to Pennsylvania, after more than 12 years in the Boston area, and would love to catch up with old friends, especially anyone near our new home in North Wales.”

Erica Klein Erignac C’92 GEd’97 and Dr. Charles Erignac GEng’98 Gr’01, “and big brother William are very happy to announce the arrival of the latest addition to the family: Clio Catherine Isabelle Erignac, on Aug. 13. We are still living in Seattle, where Charles is a computer researcher for Boeing and Erica is a full-time mom.”

Charles Goodwin L’92 see Nicole Galli C’89 L’92.

Mike Lefkowitz C’92 <mlefkowitz@corcoran.com> e-mails, “After more than 10 years as a consultant, banker, and market-research entrepreneur, I’ve finally found my calling and have joined the fun and fast-paced world of real estate in New York. It would be great to hear from old Penn friends, or anyone looking to buy, sell, or rent in New York.”

Robert C. Seiger III C’92 at <seigerr@whiteandwilliams.com> and his wife, Vanessa Negroni Seiger, are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, Audrey Dominique Seiger, on Aug. 23. Robert recently joined the law firm of White and Williams, LLP, as counsel in its Philadelphia office, where he heads the new immigration-practice group. He was recognized in the December issue of Philadelphia magazine as a “Rising Star” attorney in Philadelphia.

Anthony N. Verrecchia C’92 is founding president of Avari Press, “a publishing company devoted entirely to the fantasy genre. We are an independent company, founded on the principle of providing a level of customer service and personal attention that is unparalleled in the industry. While we strive to discover new talent, we invite submissions of full-length fantasy novels from both new and established writers. I’d love to hear from my fellow alumni and, hopefully, from a few aspiring authors. Please contact me at <anthony@avaripress.com> or visit our website (www.avaripress.com).”

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93 Daniel Mateo L’93 is a partner in the Princeton, N.J., office of the law firm of Reed Smith LLP; he focuses on complex commercial litigation and product-liability defense. In October he was elected regional president of the Hispanic National Bar Association’s board.

Melissa Schiffman C’93 GM’00 married Tom McLaughlin on Aug. 3 at Lake Willoughby, Vt. “We thank Penn for helping us meet! We met at a special-programs class on classical-music appreciation, fall 2003. We now live in the Mount Airy district of Philadelphia, with our new puppy, Kippah. I work nearby as an internist at a private practice.”

Stacey Wruble Seewald C’93 W’93 <Stacey@ sandlercap.com> and Scott Seewald C’93 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Daniel Joseph Seewald, on Nov. 3. He joins big sister Samantha (two). Scott continues to enjoy his move from private practice to the federal government, where he works as a senior attorney in the SEC’s enforcement division in Washington. Stacey, after “relaxing” for a few months on maternity leave, plans to return to her position as chief compliance officer of Sandler Capital Management, an alternative asset-management firm.

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94 Andy Baratta C’94 writes, “My first novel, What Color Justice, has just been published and is available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble—which can both be linked to through my law firm’s website (www.BarattaRussell.com). Penn plays an integral role in the story, which deals with difficult issues of race, class, and perception. My wife, Noelle, and I live a stone’s throw from Valley Forge park, and my law firm, Baratta, Russell & Baratta, is located in Huntingdon Valley.”

Brad Bozick EE’94 married Ann Paglee in Annapolis, Md., on April 16. “There was a nice representation from UPenn: friends Brad Gold W’94, Chris Stillwell C’94, Eric Werries W’94, and Sandeep Bhat EAS’94 GEng’02 and Tina Bhat C’92 L’96. Ann’s cousins, professors Dr. Cristle Judd and Dr. Robert Judd joined in the celebration as well.”

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95 Kym Ganeles C’95 <kganeles@ yahoo.com> is thrilled to announce that she married Jeremy Bixler on Sept. 3 at an outdoor ceremony in the heart of downtown Denver, after which they “partied till the break of dawn with 130 close friends and family.” Alumni attending included Celeste Perron Oberfest C’95, Catherine Rosato C’95, Karen Oberthaler EAS’95 V’02, and Sara Wells C’95. The newlywed Bixlers honeymooned in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and are now settling into married life in Denver, where they spend time renovating their newly owned home and playing with their two dogs, Mindy and Lilly.

Renée Gushurst C’95 wrote in late October, “My husband, Jordan Gushurst EAS’95 W’95, and I were thrilled to welcome our first child last February: Vivian Anne Gushurst joined us Feb. 1, and is now an adorable, feisty, cruising nine-month-old. I completed my combined residency in internal-medicine and pediatrics at UNC Chapel Hill last year, passed both board exams (whew!), and have been taking time away from the physician’s life to be a stay-at-home mother. Jordan owns his own consulting business, implementing software for the energy industry, and is hoping to get another start-up off the ground this year. We currently live in Durham, N.C., but are planning to move to the Philadelphia area in the next year or two, and look forward to being closer to family and friends in the region.”

Lee Huang W’95 and Amy Krinsley Huang Nu’97 wrote in late September, “We are going to China next month to adopt our first child: Jada Jia-Wei Huang will be about 7 1/2 months when we meet her for the first time on Oct. 10. We can’t wait!”

Joseph Imbrogno W’95, Philadelphia, is executive director of Nelson, an integrated-services consulting firm. He completed its merger with GLA, a firm formerly based in Atlanta, and currently is setting up a new location in Delhi. This month he starts Temple University’s Fox MBA program.

Adam M. Kohn W’95 e-mails, “Last summer we made the big move out to California: I accepted a position with Amgen’s law department, where I am handling issues relating to clinical research. My partner, Jason, our three dogs, Roxy, Bailey, and Nugget, and I are enjoying the change of scenery, great weather, and new opportunities. Jason and I married last March in Miami Beach, and are approaching our five-year anniversary together. Feel free to contact me at <adamkohn@alumni.upenn.edu>.”

Douglas Levy C’95 see Andrea Gurmankin G’03.

Alice Limkakeng C’95 W’95 writes, “My husband, Peter Nager, and I are happy to announce the birth of our first child, Noah Auguste Nager, on April 1. We’re having such a fun time with him as he discovers everything new. He loves to laugh and babble and mastered crawling rather quickly! I continue to work at Guidant Corporation as regional manager of sales, and we are still living in Katonah, N.Y.”

Chris McCarty McDonough Nu’95 <wcmcs@ sc.rr.com> and her husband, Will McDonough, are pleased to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Avery Rose and Mylie Christine McDonough, on May 21.

Clare M. Waterman-Storer Gr’95, an associate professor in the cell-biology department at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., last September received a 2005 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award for her cutting-edge work on the mechanisms of cell migration. Granted to “exceptionally creative scientists who take innovative approaches to major challenges in biomedical research,” the award provides a research budget of up to $500,000 in direct costs per year for five years.

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96 Roseanne Adderley Gr’96, an associate professor of history at Tulane University, was last year awarded a research fellowship by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. She conducted research at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library on “Rape and the Middle Passage: Uncovering Histories of Sexual Violence in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.” Her dissertation, ‘New Negroes from Africa’: Culture and Community Among Liberated Africans in the Bahamas and Trinidad, 1810-1900, will be published this year by Indiana University Press.

Lora Blackman Byala C’96 EAS’96 and Gary Byala EAS’97 W’97 are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Maia Eden, on July 26. “Maia takes after her father already, weighing in at a hefty 8 lbs. 14 oz., and growing like a weed. We are enjoying getting to know her and getting used to parenthood. Gary is director of operations for Acclaro Growth Partners, a small consulting firm, and Lora is currently on maternity leave from her job as a planning manager for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Feel free to contact us at <lorabyala@yahoo.com>.”

Melissa H. Chang C’96 is excited to announce her marriage to Garrett M. Baker on June 4 at the Felicita Gardens in Harrisburg, Pa. Bridesmaids included Renee Chang C’98, Nhu An Do W’96, and Tracy Balton C’99 WG’06. Alumni attending included Serena Godwin C’96, Joanna Diakos C’96, Ivy Altomare C’96, Thomas Shin C’97, Carolyn Choi W’03, Andrew Choi C’06, Wilson Kung C’96, and Vidya Kurella C’96. The wedding was everything that Melissa and Garrett had hoped for and afterwards they flew to Fiji for their honeymoon. She is director of equities at TAG Associates, a multi-family office in New York, managing a hedge fund-of-funds product, and he is a partner at Waller Capital, a New York investment bank. Melissa looks forward to seeing old friends at the 10th Reunion in May.

Joy Mendoza DiPilato Nu’96 GNu’97 writes, “My husband, George, and I are ecstatic to announce the birth of our daughter, Nina Carmella, on July 23. She joins big brother Domenic in keeping us on our toes. We’re enjoying year-round living at the Jersey Shore, and I am happily in the midst of an extended maternity leave.”

Dr. Chad Haller C’96 and Jessica Putterman-Haller W’97 are pleased to announce the birth of a son, Avery Jack Haller, on July 26. He is the younger brother to Leila Haller (three). Chad is currently practicing ophthalmology in Astoria, N.Y., and Jessica is working for MasterCard Advisors in Purchase. They look forward to seeing all their classmates at Alumni Weekend this May.

Wilton Cahn Levine C’96 see Lisa Bard Levine C’98.

Hayley Rosenman Rejwan C’96 married Jacob Rejwan on Oct. 1 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Among the many more than 30 alumni attending were her father, Martin Rosenman W’66, her brother and groomsman Lloyd Rosenman W’00, and bridesmaids Sondra Goldschein C’95, Carin Endzweig Gribetz C’96, Michelle Nadler Ingber C’96, Lauren Fetell Kalb C’97, and Pamela Bierman Mittman C’96; Stacey Gershwind Bennett C’95 had the honor of signing the ketubah.

Bett Schumacher C’96 graduated from Johns Hopkins University in May with a Ph.D. in the history of art.

Brian Upbin C’96 married Sarah Elizabeth Bellows on July 16 at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. Alumni in the wedding party included Bill Goebel W’97, Michael Kohn W’96, Andy Meran W’96, Jed Walentas C’96, Al Mui EAS’96, and Lisa Wilder C’96. Other alumni attending were Paul Diller EAS’96 W’96, Diana Scopelliti C’95, Laurie Levin C’95, Jim Lee C’98, Brett Albert W’95, and Seth Stoller C’96. Brian and Sarah live in Manhattan, where he is a vice president in fixed-income research at Lehman Brothers and she is an assistant product manager for Colgate-Palmolive.

Kirsten E. Wood G’96 Gr’98, an associate professor of history at Florida International University, was last year awarded a research fellowship by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. She will conduct research at the library of the New York Historical Society on “At the Crossroads: Taverns and the Making of America, 1765-1865.”

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97 Caroline Chait Berens C’97 and her husband, Steve, are thrilled to announce the birth of their baby girl, Jordan Rebecca, on Aug. 9. They live in Havertown, Pa. “She is a wonderful addition to our family and amazes us every day”.

Gary Byala EAS’97 W’97 see Lora Blackman Byala C’96 EAS’96.

Samantha Grebow Fliegler C’97 and Seth Fliegler C’97 G’03 WG’03 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Abby Elise, on Oct. 19 in New York. “Abby can’t wait to join the Class of 2027!”

Amy Krinsley Huang Nu’97 see Lee Huang W’95.

Adam Illfelder W’97 see Danielle Volk C’98.

Mike Isenberg EAS’97 W’97 reports that, “On Oct. 5-7, the eighth annual Spruce Street revival was held in Manhattan. The event was hosted by Sam Chandan W’97 GEng’01 G’03 GrW’04 and planned by the grand revival pubbah Anne Chapas C’96. Attending were Abby Beshkin C’98, Tamara Dubowitz C’96 G’00, her husband, Jay Aaronson, and new baby Ezra; Eugene Huang EE’99 W’99 GEng’99 and his girlfriend, Lisa; me and my fiancée, Karen Bandel; Karey Kessler C’96, Matt Pisanelli W’03, and Tamara York C’96 WG’02 and her husband, David Lowin GCP’00. The highlights of the revival weekend were (1) lunch at Zabar’s, New York’s famous Upper West Side gourmet emporium, (2) dinner and brunch at Sam’s new condo in Dumbo, (3) dinner at Piccolo Angolo, a cozy Italian eatery in the West Village, (4) hanging out with baby Ezra, and (5) a surprise visit from Bonnie Hulkower C’99 G’99. We can’t wait to see everyone at revival IX!”

Brooke Holzer Kienle C’97 married Christopher Kienle on Aug. 5 in New York. The wedding party included her brother, Craig Holzer C’98, and her father, Stuart Holzer C’69. Attending were many alumni, including Keren Backer Schindleman C’98, Katharine Leeson C’97, Laurie Ross Stern C’97, Kimberly Stern C’97, Talia Kohorn Senders C’97 and Joshua Senders C’95, Sarah Leshner C’98 G’03 WG’03, Lucy Yi C’97, Alison Olver EAS’97, David Levy EAS’96 W’96, Peter Cervellino C’97, Jay Bernstein C’70, Steven Lerman W’69, Peter Brock C’69, Susan Pondfield Mentlik CW’71 GW’75 and William Mentlik ChE’69, Joel Silverman W’69, and Kenneth Malech W’67.

Kimberly Goldstein Kleinman W’97 and her husband, Ronen, are “thrilled to announce the birth of our second child, Madison Pearl, on Aug. 31; she joins us and our son, Jack, who turned three on Nov. 8.”

Jessica Putterman-Haller W’97 see Dr. Chad Haller C’96.

Rebecca Waranch Rothman C’97 writes, “My husband, Josh, and I welcomed our son, Benjamin Isaiah Rothman, to the world on Aug. 30. Ben is so much fun and is growing fast. We live in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where I am an architect, and Josh is a history professor at University of Alabama.”

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98 Adam Barrist C’98 and his wife, Joy, proudly announce that their first child, Alexander Charles, was born on Nov. 4.

Todd Bonin C’98 e-mails, “I am thrilled and proud to announce my engagement to Sara Leeder. We are planning a September wedding in Bucks County, Pa. We met three years ago in New York, sitting back-to-back in the newsroom, working the ungodly early hours of morning television. We both work at CNN: She is a producer for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, and I’m a producer on American Morning. I would love to catch up with old friends at <toddbonin@hotmail.com>.”

Liz Camp C’98 married Tivon Moffitt C’98 at the Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sat., Oct. 22. “We had our wedding outside, just two days before Hurricane Wilma hit south Florida. Luckily, most of the out-of-town guests had early flights out on Sunday. With barely half a tank of gas in our car, we drove to the closest airport still open (Orlando) to make it to our honeymoon in Australia.” Wedding-party alumni included Liz’s sister and maid-of-honor Stephanie Camp WG’06, Liz’s godparent, Ed Pinals W’63, who walked her down the aisle (at Penn he was a roommate of her late father, Steven Camp W’63), best man Colin McLean EAS’98, bridesmaids Renee Chang Marquardt C’98 and Michelle McClaskey C’00, groomsmen Ben Gafni C’98, Ben Hammer C’98, Nazar Khan C’98 W’98, Mark Schneider W’98, and Grant Sievertsen W’98. Other alumni who celebrated with them included Liz’s cousin, David Camp GCP’83, Cori Carter Gafni C’99, Lisa Gordon C’98 L’01, Dr. Jon Kotler C’72, Mark Sendrow L’69 and Susan Goldman Sendrow CW’68 GEd’69, and Ankur Vora W’98. Liz and Tivon live in Fort Lauderdale, where she is a financial consultant at Smith Barney, and he is a senior associate at Grubb & Ellis. They can be reached at <lizcamp@alumni.upenn.edu> and at <tivon20@yahoo.com>.

Dr. Charles Erignac GEng’98 Gr’01 see Erica Klein Erignac C’92 GEd’97.

Alli Feldman C’98 became engaged to Michael Weiss in April. They had met on vacation at Club Med Turkoise in May 2002, and discovered that they had grown up three blocks from each other and attended the same elementary school, junior high school, and day camp, though their paths had never crossed before. He proposed by serenading her on top of Central Park’s Belvedere Castle overlooking the Great Lawn. They live in New York, where Alli works at Zenith Media on the Nexium account, and Mike is an associate producer of War Stories with Oliver North, the Fox News Channel’s documentary series. They will marry in July on Long Island.

Colleen Kelly Finegan C’98 and Michael Finegan announce the birth of their second daughter, Maggie, on Sept. 22; she weighed 7 lbs. 9 oz., and measured 20 inches in length. “Big sister Kelly turned 17 months in October, and everyone is healthy and doing well. We live in Narberth, Pa.”

Sara Nelson Goertel C’98 <sgoertel@gmail.com> and her husband, Tim, are happy to announce the birth of their son, Charles John, on Aug. 20. He weighed 9 lbs. 2 oz., and was 21 inches. They live in Darien, Conn., where she is a senior consultant for the Peppers and Rogers Group, and Tim is global director of customer insight for Reed Exhibitions.

Benjamin Goldberger EAS’98 W’98 writes that when he and David Morris W’00 were traveling in China last year, they “encountered Prof. Lawrence Brown (statistics) at random atop the Great Wall.”

Elizabeth P. Scanlon Hall C’98 writes, “I married Philo D. Hall on May 21 at St. Peter’s Church in Washington. The festivities included brunch on the Dole Balcony of the U.S. Capitol and a reception at the Capitol Hill Club. Alumni attending include Paul Pimentel C’96 and Ron Isaacson EAS’01 and Stacey Isaacson C’00. And in September I was promoted to director of health policy for Senate Majority Leader Dr. William H. Frist.”

Amanda Blum Latzman W’98 and her husband, Josh, welcomed twin daughters Alexa Eve and Brianna Hope on March 7. They live in Long Island, where he is completing his medical residency. Amanda recently resigned her brand-management position at Playtex Products, and is enjoying being at home with her wonderful daughters.

Lisa Bard Levine C’98 and Wilton Cahn Levine C’96 are proud to announce the birth of Joshua Bard Levine on Oct. 8.

Carrie Reed C’98 married James Ballek C’98 on June 18 at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church in Bryn Mawr, Pa.; the reception was held at The Highlands, an historic mansion and gardens in Fort Washington. Members of the wedding party included her sister and co-matron of honor, Robin Reed Stancampiano GAr’96 GFA’96, Jamie’s father, Dr. Ronald Ballek C’69, and groomsman Matthew Gerber W’97 and Denise Tiedeman Gerber C’99. Other alumni attending the event included Dominique Gaherty Nu’98 (who caught the bouquet), Rachel Benepe C’98, Ajay Bijoor C’98 WG’06 and Mona Parekh Bijoor C’98 WG’05, Dr. Joshua Lovelock C’98 and his wife, Lambda, and Brian Christian C’98. After honeymooning in Curaçao, Carrie and Jamie returned to their home in Haverford. They would love to hear from old Penn friends and fellow hallmates from Baldwin (aka, the Nipple), where they met their freshman year, at <ballek2005@yahoo.com>.

Danielle Silverman Roffman C’98 and Adam Roffman are happy to announce the birth of their son, Sam, on July 4. They live in New York.

Ryan Sacco EAS’98 W’98 GEng’98 see Clarissa Fesler Sacco C’00.

Erin Heffernan Shirhall C’98 and husband, Robert Shirhall, are proud to announce the birth of their second son, Mason James Shirhall, on Feb. 11, 2005. He was welcomed by three-year-old brother, Gavin. They live in Highland Lakes, N.J. and would love to hear from old friends at <shirhall58@yahoo.com>.

Jason Thornton Nu’98 writes, “I am excited to announce my marriage to Christine Valente last June in Newport, R.I. Among the family and friends attending were Hillary Baker Nu’98, Tina Robinson Brletich Nu’98, and Marianne Smith (Admissions, Penn Nursing). After serving as my best man in our wedding, my brother, Pfc. Jonathan Baker, went to Baghdad in November with the 101st Airborne. He sends his greetings to all, especially the girls of 210 South 42nd. Christine and I continue to work at Children’s Hospital Boston—the real No.1! I will finish work on my MSN in nursing informatics at Duke in July.”

Danielle Volk C’98 and Adam Illfelder W’97 are happy to announce their marriage on Sept. 4 in her hometown of Portland, Maine. The bridal party included Susan Zedek Freudenberg C’98 GEd’99 and Micah Collins EAS’97, as well as ushers Osamu Saito EE’97 W’97, George Holt W’97, and Mosi Bennett C’97 EAS’97. They were joined by many other family and friends, including Kenneth Volk W’60, Judd Volk W’89 and Debbie Fishman Volk W’90, Allison Volk Isaacman C’93, Jeffrey Volk W’97, Keith Canton W’97, Omar Gonzalez W’97, Dan Shub EAS’97, Kris Juncker C’97, Ricky Santiago W’97, Melanie Oppenheim Santiago C’97, and Charles Merriam W’97. After a two-week honeymoon in Hawaii, Danielle and Adam returned to Boston, where she is a physical therapist at Community Rehab Care and he is an investment analyst at Wellington Management.

Eric Wenke C’98 married Angela de Cespedes on Oct. 1 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla. Members of the wedding party included Roman Krislav EAS’98 W’98, Gregg Murphy C’98, Jon Peet C’98 GEng’01, Nick Saidel C’98, and Larry Sloan C’98. Other Penn friends helping them celebrate included Greg Berman C’97 and his wife, Shana Berman C’97, Lauren Feingold C’98 G’05 WG’05, Craig Leoce C’00 W’00, Daniel Mizukovski W’98, Dave Nathanson C’98, Jenn Sanders C’98, Mark Shapiro L’91, and Maria Zuckerman C’98. After honeymooning in Zambia, South Africa, and Mozambique, they returned home to Miami Beach; they can be reached at <ericwenke@yahoo.com>.

Jennifer Wong W’98 married Clayton B. Sherman on Aug. 20, in her charming hometown of Montreal. He is the son of Dr. Alan B. Sherman D’71. “Beautiful bridesmaids included Grace Madamba C’98 and Vivian Yeh W’98. Close Penn friends who joined in this amazing celebration included Katherine Viener Riordan C’97, Gloria Yang W’97, Arun Agarwal W’97, Stacy Bookman C’98 W’98, Oliver Cartade W’97, Sara Osborn Gilbert C’98, Andrew Savage C’98, Brian Terp W’98, Audrey Cheong W’99, Caroline Issa W’99, Aric Chang W’01, Chris Wright W’01, Paul McCaffery W’96, and Alvin Boyd D’71.” Jenn and Clayton will continue to live in New York, where she is a vice president at Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin and he is a vice president in institutional sales at Keefe Bruyette & Woods.

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99 Rachael Elwork C’99 and Richard Wells W’99 are thrilled to announce their marriage on Sept. 4 at HollyHedge Estate in New Hope, Pa., “after meeting in Van Pelt’s Lippincott Library in 1998, exchanging phone numbers on Locust Walk, having our first date during that year’s Spring Fling, and dating ever since.” Alumni attending the wedding included Rebecca Elwork C’05 (maid of honor), Roxanne Miller C’00 (bridesmaid), Kartik Shah EAS’99 GEng’99 (groomsman), Monica Gupta Adractas W’99 (ketubah signer) and John Adractas C’98, Liane Dos Santos Carneiro EAS’99, Neha Desai C’99 W’99 WG’06, Scott Engelman W’97, Nirav Jhaveri C’99, Neal Jain EAS’99 W’99 WG’06, Lisa Sandell C’99, Jarad Schofer C’99, Shalin Shah C’99 D’06, Swapnil Shah C’99 W’99, Deepak Sindwani EE’99 W’99, Jon Sherry EE’99, and Cynthia Wells CGS’77. Rachael and Richard, who went to Italy’s Amalfi coast and Sicily on their honeymoon, live in Manhattan. She is a doctoral candidate in organizational behavior at Columbia: After receiving his MBA in June from Harvard, he has joined the venture-capital firm Insight Venture Partners.”

Geoffrey Nosker C’99 see Rebecca Kirsch C’00.

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00 Leah T. Bills C’00, an associate in the business-law department in the Philadelphia office of the law firm of Cozen O’Connor, passed the Pennsylvania Bar last year.

Rebecca Kirsch C’00 married Geoffrey Nosker C’99 on June 25 in Tarrytown, N.Y. The wedding and reception were held at Sunnyside, the home of Washington Irving. The wedding party included bridesmaids Elizabeth Edsall C’00 and Maris Kreizman C’00, and Brian Jobe W’99. Other alumni attending were Rebecca’s father, Michael Kirsch C’68 GEd’72 GrEd’74, Adil Ali C’99, Howie Blumenstein W’99, Felicia Chiu W’00, Jesse Ducker C’97, Richelle Eisendrath C’02, Jonathan Kromm C’01, George Hirschhorn W’64, Cynthia Hong EAS’00 GEng’00, Rachel Weiss Jobe C’99, Greg Kalnit W’99, Chris Klock C’99, R. Thomas Lamont W’68, Amy McAllister C’00, Adam Newmark C’00 and Beth Nuzzo Newmark C’00, Sari Post C’99, Mike Schneider C’99, Jane Hirschhorn Rosenberg C’96 and Ilan Rosenberg GL’02, Jen Walsh Nu’00, and Alison Watkins C’00. The Noskers recently moved to Harrisburg, Pa., where he began his residency in anesthesiology at the Penn State-Hershey Medical Center, and she is working as an elementary-school teacher; they may be reached at <geoffandrebecca@gmail.com>.

David Morris W’00 see Benjamin Goldberger EAS’98 W’98.

Neal Mueller C’00 e-mailed in early November, “2005 was a lot of fun, I climbed Mount Everest. With that I’m near my goal to complete the 7-Summits. In December I’ll be climbing #7, the tallest mountain in Australia. If I make it I’ll be the fourth person ever to complete the 7-Summits on my first attempt. I finance my expeditions through sponsors and speaking, so missive me if you need a speaker. I’ll be returning to Penn in 2006 to start my MBA. I’m pretty jazzed about Penn’s new climbing wall.”

Elizabeth Rosenthal C’00 married David Traub on Sept. 18 at Crestmont Country Club in West Orange, N.J. Alumni in the wedding party included maid of honor Evelyn Rosenthal C’90, bridesmaids Melanie Abramsohn Levine W’00, Robyn Browdy EAS’00 W’00, and Carly Brooks C’00. Other attendees included Elizabeth’s father, Sidney Rosenthal W’54, Jeff Miller W’99, who signed the ketubah, Jennifer Chayo Fenton C’00, John Boschetti EAS’00, David Levine C’00, and Samantha Shevins W’00. Elizabeth is an associate vice president at the New York-based public relations firm Susan Blond, Inc., and David works in mortgage-backed securities sales at Lehman Brothers.

Clarissa Fesler Sacco C’00 and Ryan Sacco EAS’98 W’98 GEng’98 write: “We are happy to announce our marriage! The wedding took place May 29 on a beach in Puerto Rico. We had a beautiful sunny day and were joined by many family members and friends. Included in the wedding party were Sophia Yang W’00, Brad Karmiol EAS’97 W’97, Shane Lipson W’98 EAS’98 GEng’98, and Howard Steyn WG’03. Also joining in the celebration were Jeanne Levin C’96, Deborah Steyn WG’03, Kris De Leon C’00, Lori Werfel King EAS’99 W’99, Scott Saltzman EAS’98, Jessica Meng C’97 W’97 WG’04, Shira Cohen C’99, and Jason Fulton C’97. After a two-month honeymoon trip to French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, and Hawaii, we are settling in to our new home in Southern California. We love to hear from our Penn friends! You can e-mail us at <ryansacco@yahoo.com> and <clarissa@alumni.upenn.edu>.”

Robert Sachs C’00 married Anna Tiven on Sept. 17 in Middlebury, Vt. Alumni attending included Julie Kessler Gumpert C’00, Dave Isser C’01, and Jeff Marrazzo C’00 EAS’00 WG’07; family included Eric Korsten C’97, Susan Snyder Korsten CW’66, Andrea Sachs Otto C’96, Deborah Sachs C’95, Judy Sachs WG’06, Alice Snyder Sachs CW’69 and Herbert Sachs W’69, and Katherine Stein Sachs CW’69 and Keith Sachs W’67. Rob and Anna live in Venice Beach, Calif., where he is a producer for National Public Radio and she works as a freelance editor and as marketing director for an action-sports company.

Janice Wang C’00 married Herman Pontzer on Oct. 8 in West Chester, Pa. They met their first year at Harvard University: She graduated with a master’s in architecture and now works at Kyu Sung Woo Architects, and he is finishing his Ph.D. in biological anthropology. Among the bridesmaids were Janina Gilo C’00 and Shoma Lahiry C’00 GAr’03. Guests included Deepa Mohan Patten W’00 and Erich Patten W’00, Heba Abdulla C’00 with baby Amir, Alanna Campus W’00, Stefania Patinella C’00, Jeong Youn Cho C’00 GAr’03, Alan Lowinger C’00, George Blaustein C’00, Alex Meier-Tomkins C’01, Elena Kohl C’98, Sabrina Zimmerman C’99, and Adam Bressler C’99. Janice and Herman spent their honeymoon on the Greek Islands and will continue to reside in Cambridge, Mass. She may be reached at <hellojanice@gmail.com>.

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01 Nickolas Delikaris C’01 EAS’01 <nickolas.delikaris@alumni.upenn.edu> is excited to announce his engagement to Kathren Heide. They met in sixth grade in their hometown of Millburn, N.J., and started dating junior year of high school. They live in New York and work at Goldman Sachs, where he is a trader and she is a financial analyst. A September wedding is planned.

Laura Fung EAS’01 GEng’01 and Stephen Tu C’01 W’01 are delighted to announce the birth of their first child, Samantha Sibylline, on Oct. 5 at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. “She entered the world weighing 7 lbs. 14 oz. Baby and mommy are both doing beautifully. Daddy was in the delivery room the whole time and even got to cut the umbilical cord! Laura is currently on maternity leave from her general-surgery residency program at McGill University, while Stephen is pursuing his doctorate at the University of Toronto in Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature of the Second Temple period. We may be contacted at <threetus@gmail.com>.”

Myrna Majmudar C’01 married Aleem Jivraj W’01 on March 12 at the Oberoi in Bombay. The wedding party included her mother, Ami Majmudar WG’68, and a number of other alumni who braved the 20-hour flight to India to join in the week-long festivities, including Marcel Benjamin C’01 W’01, Rodger Bucchianeri W’00, Brendan Bush W’01, Andrew Day C’01 and Talia Riklis-Day C’02, Nimeet Dodhia W’01, Marco Lukesch C’01 W’01, Rohan Parikh W’01, Adrian Pasricha C’01 W’01, Greg Rankin C’01 W’01, Paul Sethi W’01, Nikhil Shah W’01, and Jose Tumkaya W’01. After a wonderful honeymoon in the Maldives, Myrna and Aleem returned to Manhattan, where they can be seen out and about on the weekends.

Mona Mohajerjasbi C’01 married Alexander Thomas Cowan on Sept. 4 at the Overbrook Country Club in Villanova, Pa.

Bradley Moore C’01 G’04 see Katherine Sledge C’03.

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02 Alice Lux Fawzi EAS’02 married Nicolas Fawzi EAS’02 W’02 on Jan. 1, 2005, in Webster, N.Y. The wedding party included bridesmaids Brooke Myatt C’03 and Kristen Matter Hsu C’02, and groomsmen David Frerichs EAS’03 W’03 GEng’03 and Michael Lorelli C’02. Penn friends attending were David Heitzman EAS’02, Erin Wong EAS’03, Brenda Trembath EAS’02, Paul Christner C’99 GCP’02, Jacques-Jean Tiziou C’02, Ian Sneed C’93 and Courtney Miller Sneed C’96, Felix Chen C’99 GEd’00, Jason Hsu W’99, Jowie Linn W’01, Joyce Lee C’02, and George Liao EAS’03 GEng’04. “We had an incredible wedding: Friends and family from throughout our life and from so many different places were there to witness and celebrate with us the vows we made and the life we are looking forward to together. Before the wedding we were able to have a few days enjoying the company of family and friends, including a trip to Niagara Falls and a New Year’s Eve dinner. We continue to love our life in Berkeley, Calif. Nick is a graduate student in bioengineering at UC Berkeley and Alice is a mechanical engineer at Rainin Instrument LLC in Oakland. We’ve picked up road biking (on our fast tandem bike) and also enjoy facilitating a discussion group at our church.”

Colin N. Holmes C’02 is completing his third and final year at the University of Connecticut law school, serving as notes and comments editor of the Connecticut Law Review. Next September he will work as an associate at the New York offices of Schulte Roth & Zabel, LLP.

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 03 Lt. Patrick R. Cleary W’03 recently graduated with distinction from the combat-engineer-officer course at the U.S. Marine Corps Engineer School at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Lauren DellaCava C’03 SW’07 writes, “I am engaged to Paul Curcio. We will marry in June 2007 in Philadelphia. I am currently getting my master’s of social work at Penn, and he is a multimedia developer for eCity Interactive in Center City. We recently bought a house in the Art Museum area and live there with Clementine, the most wonderful dog in the world!”

Andrea Gurmankin G’03 married Douglas Levy C’95 last September in Philadelphia. Alumni and current students in the wedding party included Megan Hague Angus C’99, Melissa Brotman Schwartz G’00 Gr’04, Renee Ebbert GNu’07, and Nobel Kamberi W’96. Other alumni guests included John Di Paolo C’92 W’92 G’92, Peter Laird EAS’95, Robert Leeman G’02, Robert Gurmankin D’84, Bernadette Spina C’99 G’03 L’03, Laurel Siegel Landau C’98, Lorraine Dean C’03, Joshua Blinder M’03, and Andrew Schwartz D’01 GD’03.

Neha Jain W’03 is happy to announce her marriage to Anurag Bagaria on June 20, in Goa, India. She was thrilled that so many of her friends from Penn traveled all the way to attend it.

Vincent M. Maniaci GrEd’03, Longmeadow, Mass., president of American International College in Springfield, wrote “A Taxonomy Based on Revenue Dependency for Private Master’s Universities,” in the November issue of the International Journal of Educational Advancement.

Katherine Sledge C’03 married Bradley Moore C’01 G’04 on July 2 in New Haven, Conn. Their attendants included bridesmaids Kate Healy Nu’03 and Shweta Antani C’03, and groomsmen Adrian Shieh EAS’00, Mark Hartz E’00, and Jungkeun John Lee C’01 EAS’01 L’05. Other alumni present were Karen Jablonski C’05, Janet Fu C’00, Tracy Kaplan C’00 and Jon Kaplan EAS’00 GEng’00, William Lovas C’04 EAS’04, Lauren Bylsma C’03 GGS’05, Elise Colella C’05 W’05, Seth Brostoff C’06, Matthew Thornton C’01 Gr’03, Ryan Kelly C’02, Jeff Barg C’02, Albert Shen EE’00, Andrew Apple EAS’05, Naomi Schwarz C’03 G’03, Nathaniel Berry C’04, Randy Cinco C’99, and Delfina Baribeau W’01. At the reception Katherine and Shweta played the drums when the band played “The Red and Blue” and “Highball”: All of the Penn alumni sang along. Katherine is in her first year working towards a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at the University of Michigan. Bradley is in New York with the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs program; he will re-join Katherine in Ann Arbor over the summer when he starts law school at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Srini Venkatesh WG’03 has joined Bausch & Lomb as senior director, product development in global research and development; he is based in the firm’s R&D center in Rochester, N.Y. Previously he was director of pre-clinical development for Bristol-Myers Squibb.

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 04 John M. Evans GFA’04, Philadelphia, has joined Hillier Architecture as an intern architect in its historic-preservation practice group. A former architectural conservator with the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust, he is working on the Lincoln Cottage Visitor Education Center in Washington.

Donna Gentile O’Donnell Gr’04 is managing director of the Eastern Technology Council, which specializes in life-science initiatives and enhancing Philadelphia’s biotechnology and research industries. In September she spoke at the Penn Bookstore on her book, Provider of Last Resort: The Story of the Closure of the Philadelphia General Hospital.

Eli Portnoy C’04 in July founded Buena Chamba: Latino Hire (www.latinohire.com), a bilingual service that brings together Hispanic job seekers with potential employers for free. He was also selected by Business Week Online as one of the best entrepreneurs under 25; Telemundo (New York) and WABC-TV ran segments on his company last October and Crain’s New York Business mentioned the company during its launch in August.

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 05 Alex Feldman C’05, Bryn Mawr, Pa., was an intern last summer with the urban-design practice group of Hillier Architecture in Philadelphia. He is now studying at the London School of Economics.

Caitlin Lukens C’05 and Kent Lasnoski C’05 joined their lives in Holy Matrimony at St. Agatha-St. James Church on May 7. The choir from the Sunday 10 p.m. Mass sang, led by Anne McGuire C’05. Rose Kozloski C’06 and Ludovic Pelletier EAS’05, provided solos, vocal and instrumental. Members of the wedding party included Kerry Lusk C’04 GEd’05, Erica Stone W’05, Rebekah Flake C’06, Zachary Drossman W’05, Mark Green W’06, Matt Aquiline EAS’07, and James Yoakum W’07. Hemashi Perera C’05 assisted the bride. Members from various Penn organizations, including the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, the Pennguinettes, the Penn Newman Center, and the University City Hospitality Coalition, joined in a celebration catered by Project Home afterwards at the Newman Center. Members of Full Measure, Penn’s Christian a capella group, entertained at the rehearsal dinner at the Inn at Penn. Caitlin’s mother is Donna Jungkurth Lukens SW’07 and her grandfather is Joseph M. Jungkurth W’55. Kent and Caitlin live in Milwaukee, where he is studying Christian ethics and systematic theology at Marquette University under the Ignatius Fellowship. They are expecting their first child in April, and can be reached at <cklasnoski@yahoo.com>.

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